Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fall birthday

This uses a number of papers from a fall/Halloween stack I got a couple of years ago.  I rarely use anything Halloween related, but I figured if I used the fall items I would still be ahead - though I now have enough to last for my lifetime!  I used the Spellbinder circles - I forget the exact name.
Colors of autumn:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Distressed birthday!

There are several family birthdays coming in the next few weeks, and I need to build up my stash.  I really like this cs - it has texture and sparkle - as well as giving me a sense of  old fashioned (vintage) wallpaper.  This is one of many sheets of cs that was in a box sent to me by my sister - given to her by an acquaintance. I added some gems to the strip, and used ribbon that has a bit of shine to it as well.  I distressed the edges.
Technique (distressing):
Distress, vintage, layers:

Distressed Vintage

Our friends are celebrating a milestone anniversary, and I thought the challenge to use hearts would be appropriate - as well as the distressing!  In addition to the die cut hearts, there are hearts in the embossed portion - one one each side has been left uncovered but nearly impossible to see here.  All of the edges are distressed, and I added tiny flowers with pearls, some gems, and a bit of lace.  The CS is all from a huge packet from Costco.
Distress, vintage, layers:
From the heart:
Pearls and lace:
Technique - distressing:

Monday, September 15, 2014

For a friend's recovery

This will go to a friend who is having back surgery - I suspect he will spend time at home in his favorite chair with a cup of coffee.  He is a "member" of DH's breakfast group - they apparently consume many cups of java!  I am not sure you can see it - I personalized his mug. Just a comment - this DP is some I have had for a long time, and there are still a few bits left!

Cute image:

"Home sweet home":

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Krafty horses

I am making a small collection of cards to send to my sister - their family does a lot with horses, so this should be good for her.  I do struggle with these larger images - hope this is not overwhelming on an A2 card.  what do you think?  I used a Sizzix Brick embossing folder on the Kraft layer, and also used Kraft for the Cheery Lynn leafy die cuts, as well as the circle punches.  This image has been in my stash for a long time - it was received through the WishRAK group at Splitcoaststampers.  The other tools and supplies have also been around for quite a while - I am really trying to use up some things, but I think I could make a dozen cards a day for a long time and it would still take me years do get to the end of my supplies!  (I suspect a couple of you could relate to that...)
Any, with Kraft:

Brown and cream with a touch of blue

I needed a fairly elegant thinking of you card - the embossed cream works well for that.  The EF is Victoria by Cuttlebug.  I used a sentiment from High Hopes that sadly has been buried for a while - glad it came to light again!  The DP is from an older stack by DCWV - textured and a bit glittery.  I have some ribbon in my stash that almost matches!  I cut the Cheery Lynn butterfly from the same DP.
Blue, brown and cream, with a HH stamp:
Texture, with Cheery Lynn die:

Friday, September 12, 2014

Painterly card

The challenge at A Day for Daisies is to create a card with a "painterly" effect.  I thought I had some paints, but it has been so long since I used them that they are pretty much dried up.  My printer's ink and water colors do not get along - there is much smearing.  But, I did try - just used the aqua brush and stayed well away from the lines - I think I sort of accomplished the effect with very little bleeding.  Maybe some one has some suggestions.... 
This image is from A Day for Daisies.  The strip is a glittery border from a sheet by Hobby Fun.  I used Coordinations white core to emboss with Cuttlebug's dots and spots - though I did enhance the white by lightly sanding.
Bright colors:
For a child:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Half a flourish

Not long ago I expressed a wish for a more delicate flourish die - wish granted!  This is from a Die Namics flourish die - part of a prize from My Favorite Things!  How fortunate for me.  However, I only used half of it so the image was not covered.  The flourish, the collage look of the image, and the sponging are all influenced by Tim Holtz' style.  I used pale gold and rust for fall - as well as the sunflowers. That stamp, by Inkadinkadoo, is one I have had for several years, and tend to neglect.  I stretched the sketch due to the size of the image.  The bg. is embossed with the Vines folder(Quickcutz).  That layer as well as the stamped layers are sponged with ColorBox Chestnut ink.  The flowers are from a little strip I have had a very long time.
Autumn in the garden:
 Autumn colors:
Touch of vintage:
Tim Holtz style with a flourish:

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

TeaPot Party for Connie Jo

If you frequent SplitcoastStampers you may be familiar with the TeaPot Tuesday challenge and party.  I have not participated very regularly as of late, and I need to get back in form.  Each week a special recipient is chosen, and the leader writes a nonsense story to go with the situation.  Connie Jo has had a lot going on in her life and needs some cheer.  Our mission is to do humorous cards to accomplish this.  I used the first bubble from a piece of Paper Pizzazz dp -and hand wrote "Things could be worse... we could be trying on bathing suits!"  The image is large, so the card is 4.5x6.75.  I added a strip of gold sticker, and some garnet gems. The sketch is flipped for this image.  Difficult to see - the garnet mat was embossed.
Sketch and colors (garnet, pink, sand):
Stamped image:
Not square:

Back to School Riley with a birthday

I am a bit late for back to school, but this will be good for some one with a birthday right now!  I keep forgetting to mention a favorite technique for subtle distressing.  I have kept a trimmer with a dull blade - it gives just the right amount of texture at the cut - so much easier than tearing.  My blade gives a rougher edge going left to right, so I can even adjust the amount of distress. I used colored pencils and water color pencils to color - and he has a pencil tucked in his rack!  Another note - soon after I began stamping I bought a box of magnetic "word" stamps (by Words and Crafts).  I forget about them - but they are great for an informal card such as this.  There are endings to add to words, as you see here.  The strip is Washi tape mounted on blue cs.
Child's birthday:
Back to school:
Back to school: