Friday, October 31, 2008

Trick or Treat

A little trick or treating...House Mouse style. I love the idea of the little mice (RATS as my dear friend Deborah calls them) carving Halloween apples.

Colored with prismacolor pencils and a little Martha Stewart Halloween ribbon added for fun.

Are you in costume yet? Since we saw the stage production of WICKED this summer I'm dressing as Elphaba, the "wicked" witch.

Happy Haunting!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Is your costume all ready or are you already dressed in a bewitching style? I have always loved Halloween and having lots and lots of children and adults come to my door. It doesn't matter to me the age of the trick-or-treater. My only "rule" (if I have a rule) is that they are polite and hopefully wearing some type of costume. We usually have more teenagers in our neighborhood and they always are a lot of fun.

These are the treatbags I made last year but I thought for this Halloween day I'd reprise them for this year's Halloween posting. They were very fast and fun to make.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Soot Stamping

We just had our first major snow storm of the year. WHAT? Snow in October? Yep! But I've just had so much fun this morning experimenting with SOOT STAMPING for the first time that I didn't even care about the snow outside. Have you tried the soot stamping technique? It creates a vintage photograph effect. For each of my cards I used the train from the Stampin' Up! set called Happiness is a Journey.

The technique is simple:
1.) Light a candle
2.) Using glossy cardstock glossy side down move your cardstock over the candle flame being sure that the flame touchs the cardstock. (WARNING: the edges of the cardstock will catch fire so do this near the sink in case of emergency.)
3.) The flame will leave black soot on your glossy cardstock. As soon as you've achieved the coverage you want, blow out the candle and then take your stamp and stamp directly (do NOT use any ink)onto the soot.
4.) Spray a clear fixative or acrylic spray over the soot to set the image. Do NOT touch the soot with your finger prior to spraying the fixative because you'll leave fingerprints. After you spray you can touch the area.

VOILA! That is all there is to it. Here are the three cards I made. I just love them and now I have three masculine cards to use for various occasions:

Well, I suppose I really should shovel off the deck and ramp now for the dogs. They haven't seemed to mind but it is pretty messy.

Until next time,

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Wool sew for friends

This week's challenge at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge #11 calls for a card that is "natural." Natural can mean natural fibers, natural/neutral colors or anything you consider a natural element on your card. The choice is yours as long as you use a House Mouse or one of House Mouse friends stamp.

I chose a new Gruffies stamp titled "Wool sew for friends." I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils, stitched it to a green mat, pinked the edges and added buttons and then used a border punch of X's and Hearts and stitching.

You might ask, what is the "Natural" element on the card? Look closely at the lamb. Do you see the lambswool? I added a very small bit of natural wool roving to my lamb to give her a wooly coat. I've been doing a bit of wool felting and jewelry making lately using wool roving so I had it on hand to add to my cards as well.

If you enjoy House Mouse stamps or any of the House Mouse friends (Gruffies or Happy Hoppers) be sure to check out the weekly challenge on House Mouse and Friends Monday challenge site.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Happy Blessings

I received my Stampin' Up order from the new catalog while I was away on vacation last week so you can just imagine how excited I was to break out the ink and new stamps and begin stamping!

This week's Mojo Monday sketch challenge, presented on Julee's blog POETIC ARTISTRY ,is the perfect layout for my new Stampin' Up! set called Happy Blessings.

I love the colors of the background paper, made by Basic Grey, and the SU olive green and chocolate chip cardstock worked perfectly with it. I stamped the sentiment on a pumpkin punchout using a Martha Stewart Pumpkin punch. The scarecrow is colored with Prismacolor pencils.

I started out using a very pretty satin ribbon in the center that says pumpkin patch on it but it was just too elegant looking for this scarecrow card and so I changed my mind and decided to use the natural raffia. I like the look and it makes me think that perhaps the scarecrow is spilling his stuffing.

This is Julee's sketch challenge for this week. I really enjoyed getting to join in on this week's sketch.

The sun is finally out after a lot of rain so I think I'll take the dogs out for a romp while I can stay dry.

Until later.....

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Iris notecards

With Christmas coming in a couple of months, I decided that it was time to get serious about making some Christmas gift sets. One of my sisters loves Iris flowers. Her beautiful home is decorated in an iris theme/motif so I decided that I'd make her some notecards with her signature iris on the fronts of them.

The first iris notecard is made with a beautiful deep blue metal looking glossy cardstock. I embossed it with my cuttlebug and used and iris brass stencil and Glitter Glitz glitter.

The next card was also made using my Swiss Dots cuttlebug embossing folder and the scalloped edge made with a Martha Stewart border punch. Again, I used an iris brass stencil with glitter glitz and sticky paper.

I may make one or two more variations of this card in different colors other than blue and then duplicate them for a whole set.

I hope everyone is enjoying a good weekend. Until later....


Friday, October 24, 2008

More Glitter Glitz

I'm having more fun playing around with my glitter glitz and rediscovering brass templates that have been neglected for so long in a drawer.

For today's card I used an Anna Griffin brass stencil that I've had for probably about four years and I hadn't even broken the seal on the package yet! YIKES! It's time to use some of these great stencils.

The really fun thing about using glitter glitz with the brass stencils is that it is so fast. Unlike embossing paste and stickles, you don't wait for anything to dry. The glitter glitz is sprinkled over the template which you've attached to sticky paper so the glitter is literally sticking to the paper when you peel it away from the template. This card took me a total of 15 minutes to make tops! The only reason it took even this long is that when I was sprinkling the glitter on the various parts of the tree stencil, I needed to change colors and decide the color placement.

I've received a couple of emails asking for more specifics about glitter glitz. Since this is entirely new to me I don't want to appear to be an authority as I'm not! But maybe if I get a chance this weekend I can create a tutorial making a simple card with Glitter Glitz. (We have a lot of home improvement chores to do so I may be painting and spackeling instead of cardmaking.)

To get a little look at an idea of what I'm using forgive my messy desktop but here are a couple of photos. You'll see that I'm using coffee filter papers to catch the excess glitter in the various colors. Also, you'll see in the background the autumn/winter box of glitter colors that I purchased. I've also tried using the Martha Stewart ultra fine glitter and it works well too on the sticky paper.

Here are a couple more photos of the supplies as well as the brass template and a practice glitter piece. I decided to make a minor change for my card so this is just a sample piece.

I have two more pieces started and will make floral cards as well as an icy blue and crystal winter snow scene. Using the glitter and stencils is fast. I'm just very slow figuring out card layouts.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me and ask. This is really fun stuff and if you like glitz and glitter, you will love this!

Back to my sparkle-y desk. You should see my dogs. They are glittery and ready to sparkle for the holidays...early!



Thursday, October 23, 2008

Glitter Glitz Pumpkin

I'm back from my week vacation with my family in Indiana. I had a wonderful time and we had a huge family reunion. If it hadn't been for missing my hubby and critters I'd have not wanted to return.

While I was gone I did manage to get some fun papercraft shopping in and just look what I discovered! GLITTER GLITZ! Oh my...if you love stickles and glitter and lots of sparkle on your cards then you are going to love, Love, LOVE Glitter Glitz. I have the usual home from vacation cleaning and laundry to do but I couldn't help but make a really quick and simple card using a brass stencil and sticky paper and glitter glitz.

The pumpkin brass stencil is an old, old stencil I've had for years which I've used for dry embossing, embossing paste and now with Glitter glitz. The stencil doesn't have a manufacturer's name on it so I can't identity the maker for you. I chose this because (A.) I love pumpkins (B.) I need to make some autumn swap cards (C.) This card was so fast to make that I can get back to my housework and still have a chance to play with my new toys.

I hope this closeup shot shows how colorful and sparkle-y this card is. You are going to see a lot of cards using every stencil in my stash using the glitter glize product. It is so fun! I know...I'm an embellishment junkie.

Until later....


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Rose Gardening Bibs

Have I mentioned how nuts I am about Impression Obsession stamps? Well I am! This Rose Gardening Bibs stamp is just adorable. I can think of a number of people for whom a card using this stamp would be perfect.

But.....somehow on the way to card creation this first card I made using it just didn't quite hit the mark. I'm not at all happy with the outcome of the card but I'll go ahead and post it for now until I make another that I'm more pleased with.

I colored the bibs with prisma color pencils. The designer paper is Martha Stewart. Our Walmart had a huge pad on sale of 12 X 12" size and 24 sheets in 12 different yet coordinating designs and I couldn't pass this paper up. It has so many coordination possibilities and I love the paper.

So for today I will post a not so hot card, but one I am confident I'll come up with a design in the future that will work. This stamp is just too cute not to want to use it over and over.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Grateful gum boots

How is that for a blog entry title? "Grateful Gum boots"! I had never heard of rubber boots being called gum boots until I met my husband. I always just called them rubber boots. Anyway, have you noticed the trend lately for the most beautiful floral and patterned gum boots? Is it just around here or is everyone seeing them? I have to get a pair for pulling on quickly this winter.

This stamp is another one of my new Impression Obsession stamps. I love it. In fact, Impression Obsession is becoming one of my favorite lines of stamps. For this simple card I used my oval nestabilities to cut out the image after I'd colored it with watercolors. I wasn't able to get a clear closeup of the boots, but I covered the boots with a layer of dimensional glaze and they really look like rubber in real life. Even my husband commented on how real they look. (He usually thinks I use dimensional glaze too much but for this card he approved! hee hee hee).

I have some more Impression Obsession images colored and I will make them into cards very soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sheet music cards

Last year my mother moved from the house she and my father had lived in for more than 50 years to an apartment. My mother is a life long musician so naturally, she's acquired a great deal of sheet music and books over the many years. When it came time to move she gave away much of her music to other teachers, church organists and choir directors and also to many of her musician friends. Some of the music, though, was very old, discolored and torn. I let her know that any music she no longer wanted or could give away, I would love to use for cards. And so she gave me a lot of old sheet music.

I was playing around with some of the sheet music the other day. This first card I just might use for some of my Christmas cards this year. It is quite simple and quick to make but I like this sentiment with the music background.

The next card is just for fun...well actually, it is "just a note" card! It is based primarily on the Christmas card but one that could be used for any occasion or just a note.

These cards are minimal stamping but were a lot of fun to make. I'm going to see what else I can come up with using some of my mother's sheet music. I like that it has yellowed over the years. It gives these cards a special "vintage" look to them.

Until next time,


Alterations Sew & Go

I had a VERY nice surprise a few weeks ago. I was in the kitchen, preparing dinner when suddenly there was a "knock, knock, KNOCK!" on the front door. I heard my husband go to the door and following a short conversation with a very nice young man at the front door, my husband came back into the kitchen with a small parcel. He said with a grin on his face, "You just received a special delivery!" I dropped my potato peeler and tore into the package only to discover THIS House Mouse stamp and a beautiful card with a note that said, "...this stamp had Thimbles, Bobbins, Paper and Ink written all over it! Hope you enjoy it!..." and it was signed by my very talented artist friend from Nova Scotia, DEBORAH! Click Deborah's name to view her amazing artwork.

If you care to, double click the photo to enlarge it to see the mirror. I used dimensional glaze on it in Vintage glass color to make it look like a real mirror. Each pin head has a tiny drop of stickles to match the color. I machine stitched the borders and added buttons for the little mice to use on their garments when they are finished with their sewing.

For many years I did alterations as a side business and this little stamp is just sew (oops, so!) perfect for me to use.

I just love this stamp! Thank you so much Deborah!

Until later...


Monday, October 13, 2008

Floral Rooster

One of my favorite new Impression Obsession rubber stamps that I've recently purchased is the Floral Rooster stamp. I just love this rooster!

For this card I watercolored the Rooster with Tombow Markers and then added lots and lots of stickles for glitz! I knew I wanted to add machine stitching to this card and the feather stitch on the outter border reminds me of rooster tracks. The background/designer paper is some beautiful Anna Griffin paper.

For this Merci Rooster card I wanted to give it a different look but still use the same colors. I colored this rooster with Prismacolor pencils and toned down the stickles to a bare sheen. The floral designer paper is a little scrap of Daisy Dee that I had that was just the right size. I added a button and some ribbon, rounded the corners and VOILA! Same stamped image but a bit softer.

I am sure this floral Rooster stamp is surely going to get a lot of use by me.

Speaking of poultry...I had better start preparing the turkey for our Thanksgiving Dinner today. To all Canadian bloggers I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving today!


Sunday, October 12, 2008

Trick or Treat

Have you missed me? WOW! It has been a long time since I've lasted posted. My husband has been doing a lot of traveling this month and he's had the camera with him. My scanner doesn't work so I've been out of luck as far as getting cards posted. I have made a lot of cards, so over the next several days I'll show some of my new creations. Some for challenges, some for fun and some from new stamps.

First I want to show you the card I made for the HOUSE MOUSE AND FRIENDS MONDAY CHALLENGE GROUP. Each Monday the House Mouse and friends group post a new challenge. I've been wanting to play along for the longest time and I've finally slipped a card in just under the deadline wire. Tomorrow a new challenge will be posted.

For this card I used one of my new Gruffie's stamps titled "Punkin' Head'. I used some basic gray designer paper for the background and the "trick or Treat sentiment is stamped on a pumpkin punchout (a Martha Stewart Pumpkin punch.)

I colored the image with prismacolor pencils. feels good to be back into card making again. I've missed it and all of my blog-o-sphere friends.

More to come soon! Until then......

Sunday, October 5, 2008

And the winner is........

I'm sending a big hug and thanks and also a "WOWZA" shout out to my friend JAN of Far North Designs for taking my blog candy challenge to make a card out of a label. Here is Jan's wonderful card using a bottle label, and of course it is from Alaska ! I love it!

I urge you to check out more of Jan's work and a description of how she made this card and others on Jan's blog, FAR NORTH DESIGNS.

Thank you for accepting and taking on my challenge, my friend! I'll be sending you your prize starter kit of Flower Soft. I hope you'll enjoy it!