Monday, October 28, 2013

In Everything, Give Thanks...

Hey, ladies! Hope you are well. I stayed home from church yesterday because of my monthly yuck and felt just a little bit like stamping. But you know how it is when your whole body is miserable and it's hard to think straight. So I went simpler than I usually do. NO Cuttlebugging! Hard to believe I actually resisted the embossing folders! But I wanted to do a card that wouldn't tax me too much and that had an autumn theme. I don't give Halloween or Thanksgiving cards, so this was strictly for pleasure again, and really, to test my newly-made cloud template!!!!!!

I had colored the image the night before while watching The Stratton Story with Jimmy Stewart. Amazon has these 4-pk. sets of old movies for dirt cheap and I had bought one with Jimmy Stewart movies. The Stratton Story is a true story about a famous baseball player who loses his leg in a hunting accident and struggles to persevere and rise above his handicap. A very good and satisfying film with a wonderful ending.

I folded this one like a gatefold card, but turned it on its side. All I did was stamp the SU Pumpkin Pie cardstock with the old SU Flannel Plaid background stamp to go along with a cozy autumn theme. I hope you can see it. I used VersaMark ink so it's very light.

I wanted to do something with jumbo black eyelets, and was going to tie them together with some black hemp twine, but then I thought it would complicate the opening so I turned the twine to the side and wrapped it around to the inside. I did a simple paper piercing design around most of the edges and left the top and bottom plain. I glued all of this onto a piece of black cardstock.

I had a lot of fun coloring the image from the old SU set Country Pleasures. I realized that I did not recall ever doing a card with this set! That's a pity because the images just cry for Copics! I heat-embossed with Brilliance Graphite Black ink and clear ep. I made 2 images and cut out the pumpkins on one and popped them out on the other. I stamped a saying from SU Happy Harmony within the image using Memento Tuxedo Black. It was perfect for the autumn theme I was trying to create. Unfortunately, it stamped just a tad crooked, but I was not about to scrap it and start all over! No, sir!

Btw, the colors are actually truest in the top pic. The bottom pic is more muted than on the real card. It's so hard to get pics right! The lighting is always changing, and certain colors just don't photograph well, especially reds and oranges.

As you can see in the top pic, I did clouds in the sky and used my newly-made cloud template!!

I cut out some cloud-like Nestabilities dies and glued them together in cloud-like formations. The clouds in the scene are actually a bit darker than the top pic shows. But only a bit. I sponged SU Bashful Blue ink for the clouds. They're happy-day clouds.

When I think of all the clouds I've missed out on because I was stuck on the idea that I had to buy a template, well.......I'm just glad that I can now make my own for free! And I can keep changing them!

Thanks for coming by and checking out my latest creation! I'm a happy stamper once again and it feels good to be getting into the stamps and ink! I'm not sure how interested people will be in seeing me use mostly old stuff, but I am finding great contentment in it and will continue to look for new ways to use it. I have so many sets I've hardly or never used! Such a shame!

Stamps: SU Country Pleasures, SU Flannel Plaid, SU Happy Harmony

CS: Black, SU Pumpkin Pie, White

Inks: VersaMark, Brilliance Graphite Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, various Copic markers

Other: Cloud template, black jumbo eyelets, black hemp twine, sewing machine, paper piercing tool, foam tape, sponge, Crop-a-Dile (to cut and set eyelets)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Love is a fruit in season...

Howdy, ladies! Still very much enjoying stamping again and this card proves it! I made it for the sheer pleasure of it.

I loved that TAC grass cup image (that sounded odd!) so much that I wanted to use it again. Really, it was the coloring of it I enjoyed the most. Playing with different green Copics was very satisfying and relaxing. I heat embossed the image first. My favorite heat-embossing duo is Brilliance Graphite Black ink and clear ep. My second favorite is Versamark ink and Judikins Detail Black ep, but I'm going to try Ranger's Super Fine Black to see if I like it. Probably will.

Do you watch movies while you stamp? I keep a small tv and dvd player in my stamping area and find it a good time to review movies for my family, or just plain enjoy a movie I've seen tons of times. I watched The Spirit of St. Louis starring Jimmy Stewart and a couple of Katherine Hepburn movies whilst working on this and my mother's card. I highly recommend the Jimmy Stewart movie! So interesting and accurate to the story of Charles Lindbergh's historic non-stop flight from New York to Paris. It had my attention the whole time!

I did a lot of stamping on this card. First I tried something I don't think I've done before. I inked one side of the Textile embossing folder with VersaMark ink and ran it through the Cuttlebug. This produced a watermark effect of the design of the folder. It went down into the grooves of the design. The folder was easy to clean afterwards with a little Simple Green (my stamp cleaner for most colors).

I only did part of the front with the embossing and did some over-stamping on the left side. I stamped first with SU Canvas (one of my all-time favorite background stamps...ever). Then I rolled the SU Swirl Style wheel over it. Both were done with VersaMark ink.

I kept the Canvas theme going in the word sentiment area by stamping it in SU More Mustard. I overstamped a bit to add more interest. I used the Ornare paper piercing template to add even more interest and topped it all off with some yellow-gold gems.

Well, I think that's everything I wanted to mention about the card. I so appreciate you spending time visiting my blog and commenting. Thanks for encouraging me and letting me know that you're here!

Stamps: SU Canvas, SU Swirl Style Wheel, TAC image (name unknown), Stampabilities Mother Teresa quote

CS: SU Taken with Teal, Black, White

Inks: VersaMark, SU More Mustard, Brilliance Graphite Black, various Copic markers

Other: Cuttlebug Textile embossing folder, SU Ticket Corner Punch, Ornare paper piercing template, various ribbons, clear ep, foam mounting tape, gems

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Make your own cloud template

I've always wanted a cloud template, but have never bought one. It dawned on me the other day that I could probably make one. Sure enough, someone else had the same idea! Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Best Wishes, Eagle Scout!

Not my Eagle Scout, but another boy in my son's troop who helped him on his Eagle Project 2&1/2 years ago, and has now become an Eagle himself. I wanted to create a card that said "Boy Scouts" with what I already had. Thankfully, I had a nice eagle image from my Our Daily Bread Designs' set, In God We Trust.

I did a decent amount of heat embossing on the card. The sentiment is HE'd on a thick piece of vellum (close-up below), the eagle is HE'd (including the marks on his brown body - seen below - which I added by hand using a stick and dipping it in Brilliance Graphite Black ink and then covering it in clear EP).

I did some paper piercing around the star.

And I folded the sentiment to where it's arched on the front and flat on the back. Then I trimmed the edge with scissors and held it together with a brad.

I used Forest Branches to emboss the side panels. I stamped the background scene from SU Yukon on the top of one panel.

Scouts are always doing things involving ropes and such, so I thought I'd carry that theme with the leather strips and the jumbo eyelets. Made me think of tents for some reason. The old kind, I guess. All the cardstock was done with direct to paper with its coordinating ink to give the feel of leather or khaki canvas.

I hope you like my scouting card! I enjoyed doing a masculine card for a change!

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs In God We Trust, SU Sincere Salutations, SU Yukon

CS: SU True Thyme, SU Chocolate Chip, White, Black, vellum

Inks: SU True Thyme, SU Chocolate Chip, Brilliance Graphite Black, Vintage Photo and Antique Linen Distress Inks, various Copic markers

Other: Cuttlebug Forest Branches embossing folder, Nestabilities Large Pinking Circle and Star dies, jumbo eyelets, khaki brad, leather strips, red grosgrain ribbon, paper piercing tool, sponge dauber, ticket corner punch, clear EP

Friday, October 18, 2013

May Your Day Be As Wonderful As You Are!

This is the most stamping and playing with ink I've done in a long time! I heat-embossed so much on this card, y'all! I am loving all this playtime! This card is for my mother's birthday.

For the brown background piece I first did direct to paper with the Antique Linen Distress Ink pad. Then I stamped the leaves from SU Autumn in VersaMark ink and heat embossed with SU Vintage Verdigris EP. Then I went over it with DI Vintage Photo and lastly with SU Basic Brown. So now it just looks brown. But that's how I got there! lol Then I rubbed a light green Copic marker over the leaves and wiped them off. I'm not sure, but I think embossing powder might react with Copics and soften. Just be careful if you try this.

I hope you can see that I heat-embossed the grass image and the bee. It made for some enjoyable coloring with Copics afterwards. The bee is popped up with foam tape.

On the inside I wanted to create a sort of dancing bee scenario. I stamped them all in Brilliance Graphite Black and heat-embossed them with clear EP. Then, once cooled, I ran the edges through the Cuttlebug using the D'Vine Swirls embossing folder. To hide the folder edge and keep with the black lines image, I used some grosgrain ribbon. I rolled both inside and outside edges of the Green Galore CS with the Leaf Prints wheel and VersaMark ink. Busy, busy, buzzy!

The white paper collapsed a bit from the Cuttlebug embossing. A thin extra layer in the sandwich probably would've fixed that. Ah, well.

I hope you liked my imperfect, but happily-created card, and thanks for looking!

Stamps: The Angel Company (TAC) - not sure of stamp set names, but the image is from one and the saying is from another; SU Autumn, SU Leaf Prints wheel, SU Birthday Greetings

CS: Black, SU Green Galore, SU More Mustard, White

Inks: VersaMark, Copic Markers, Brilliance Graphite Black (for heat embossing), Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo and Antique Linen, SU Basic Brown

Other: Cuttlebug Birds and Swirls and D'Vine Swirls embossing folders, Nestabilities oval, rectangle, and scalloped dies; Clear heat embossing powder, SU Vintage Verdigris embossing powder, foam tape

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Paris in the Spring birthday card

Well howdy there! Yes, it's another card from me! Amazing, I know. I'm feeling such a strong desire to stamp right now. It's wonderful! Almost every day I stamp and create a little. I love it!

This card is more what I normally do, but you'll be seeing me go back to my stamping roots in the near future. I've got another card I'll post soon and I'm almost finished with a third. My mojo is back, y'all, and it's all because I am playing like I used to!

I had actually made parts of this card many months ago, and was re-inspired to finish it whilst going through my cardstock pile and finding pieces of cards I had started. Do you have a cardstock pile that forms every time you make a card? I usually do, and it normally grows with each project, gathering dust in the process. But I got it all put back and now have my cardstock within easy reach so I can put scraps in their proper place. I keep a box like this nearby for smaller scraps so I am more likely to grab them instead of reaching for a new sheet. It works! I feel so good using my scraps up!

I realized how perfect this saying from SU Loads of Love Accessories was with this image from SU Paris in the Spring.

The middle flower and the smallest flower were inked up with a Copic marker. It was so easy to make the white flowers into whatever colors I wanted and was much less messy than pressing the flowers on an ink pad (my old way) which soaks up a lot of ink.

All coloring was done with Copics.

See the wheel stamping I did below? I have totally ignored my lovely wheel stamps for far too long! Btw, you can also see that I started to write in the card before I realized I hadn't photographed it yet. Oops! It went in the mail to my sister today!

More Copic coloring. I did a little doubling and tripling up on the colors to make the images more whimsical.

Tried hard to copy the outside image coloring inside. Considering that the outside image was done months ago, I found it a bit challenging. But the FUN kind of challenging!

Well, I hope you enjoyed this birthday card I made! Thanks for coming by!

Stamps: SU Paris in the Spring, SU Loads of Love Accessories, SU Swirl Style Wheel, Fiskars Make a Wish Quotes

CS: SU True Thyme, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Stash: Lost and Found, White

Inks: Copic markers, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, VersaMark, SU True Thyme

Other: Martha Stewart Arched Lattice border punch, Nestabilities oval die, Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirl and Polka Dot embossing folders, Cloth flowers, Gems, Grosgrain ribbons

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

I never, ever tire of using Lovely Leaves

This is the perfect time of year to pull out an old favorite like Lovely Leaves, isn't it? I needed a birthday card for my oldest daughter and I haven't played with this set in a long time. I did the leaves by stamping on different colored ink pads with some inks overlapping. This is a bit risky, and I usually color the stamps with markers and then lightly touch the edges with a little black or other dark ink. It's better with the markers, but the ink pads really do some neat things. So I sometimes risk it. I always go light to dark when overlapping colors.

There's an interesting little story behind those dotted holes. I was doing a single row around the oval and I goofed them up. Rather than start all over I just kept adding holes and ended up with a pleasing result.

I did some matching panels on the inside as well as the outside, running the panels through the Cuttlebug after stamping them.

I'm very pleased with my leaves. This set is so amazing!

For the inside sentiment I stamped part of it in one color and part in another. Then I ran a bit of it over some black ink.

The main colors in my card are Pumpkin Pie and Brocade Blue. Does SU even sell those anymore?

Thanks for looking! I hope you enjoyed my little ode to Autumn!