Thursday, July 24, 2014

Whitewash Dogwood

Stamped with Versa Mark, heat embossed with 
fine line white embossing powder on craft colored 
card stock.
I used water colors that were very watered down
for the soft delicate whitewash appearance. 
Note the layering.
The craft paper was sponged with dark brown, 
layered onto white, trimmed to a narrow bordere,
the white was sponged with dark brown.
There is another layer of craft paper,
trimmed to narrow border, sponged and yet
another narrow border of white.
This is place on a pale pink card stock
that has been cut to 5.25 x 4 inches.
The lovely lace border at the bottom is
another Cheery Lynn Designs die.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cheery Lynn Designs Bow Part 3

 Two slightly different takes on the same basic design.
Sponging the edges of all layers adds subtle definition
and a more vintage look.
The paper is from Graphic 45.
The scalloped ribbon was cut using my 
Create A Cut guillotine cutter. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cheery Lynn Designs Bow Part 2

Pink and ivory DP with a scalloped paper 
ribbon and a Cheery Lynn Designs Bow die.
The corners are rounded.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Using the Cheery Lynn Design Bows, Part 1

I have to say that I really really like the 
It even comes in two sizes!

Manly Cards

 There is a lot to be said for the dies that allow one to
emboss and ink.  These old cars are just fantastic.
The background paper is from Paper Studio.
The card base has the edges sponged with dark brown ink,
as does the map paper and the ivory paper that the cars 
are mounted on.  
Note that the map paper is on a dark brown card stock
that has been trimmed to a narrow border.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Simple

 Using an Anna Griffin die that covers the whole 
front of the card.
It was embossed and the open areas
of the die were sponged with inks.
I glued tiny pieces of the flat part
of a paper egg carton in various 
places on the back to create the 3-D.
A frame was cut with Spellbinders
Basic Matting dies.
The frame was attached to the die before 
being placed on the card front.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Using An A2 Border Die

 Some basic designs that have so many
possibilities using Spellbinders A2 Border dies.
I have FIVE sets and am anxiously awaiting their
next round of new dies.
 The phrases are computer generated using the Word program.
If you try this you will have be sure to leave
plenty of room between the phrases so 
that your dies will fit.
 I have used a little longer phrase
and repeated a short phrase.  
With the longer phrase you do have 
to be careful to center your die with the
center of the phrase.
 The possibilities are endless with these dies.
I am hooked!!!!
A design without a phrase.

Monday, May 12, 2014

New Die!

 Here is the new die from Joy Craft.
The bottom picture is of the die cut with our
sponging ink on the portions of the die 
that are cut out for embossing.
I really really like the sponging.
The top card is the last one made.
While I like the green one, the texture of the
dotted Swiss embossing folder really adds a lot.l
 The addition of pearls does add a lot.
Which one is your favorite?

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Using An A2 border

The die cuts are Spellbinders A2 Border.
I love these dies, there are just so many different ways they can be used.
The paper is a double sided K & Company.
Using the double sided paper makes it easy to
match the various shades of color.
The light liner of the die cut is silver metallic
gift wrap.

The scrapbook double sided paper cover a white card base.
I very seldom use the dp as a card base.
For one thing it is just not heavy enough and
I am stingy with my precious lovely dp.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Celia's Card

My pen pal Celia sent me this card.
I just loved what she did.  
She is so talented and jerks me out
of my safe little box with her great ideas.
Thanks Celia!

Love Glitter Glue

 I have been playing with my Rubber Stamp Tapestry stamps.
They sat ignored in my studio until a few weeks ago.
While I don't have that many, what I do have is more
than adequate for making some great cards.

The texture on the card base on both cards is
from some Anna Griffin embossing folders.
Then I used a sponge with purple ink to
make the raised embossing stand out.
This required a very light touch.
The glitter glue on the Rubber Stamp Tapestry images
really pops them.  They go from ordinary to wow.
A Spellbinders Lacy Ovals die was used to cut the
oval under the stamped oval.
On the bottom card I fussy cut the scallops.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Small Stamps

 The individual tiny stamps on these cards
are from Rubber Stamp Tapestry.
After stamping various colors of 
glitter glue were applied.
 The phrase was computer generated and die cut before
stamping.  A Spellbinders Lacy Oval die was used to accent
the oval.  The background design paper is by DCVW.
The above card is on a different background paper.
It is far to busy.  I much preferred the top two cards.
I tried the dark purple under the lacy oval to make
the stamped oval stand out, but it just did not work.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Another White Wash Techniqe

The white wash technique is relatively simple.
Begin by stamping your image with Versa Mark
or white pigment ink on craft paper.  
Use fineline white embossing powder.
Now using some type of water color to
"wash" the image and then add soft accents
of color.  I like to start with the color
at the bottom of the petal and
use a fairly damp brush to pull the
color outward until it blends into the white.

The stamp is a PSX or Personal Stamp Exchange.
They have been out of business for a number or years.
This series of stamps are known in the older stampers
world as "The Botanicals".

The ribbon at the bottom was die cut
from Cheery Lynn Designs Alison's Ribbon.

Hint - water colors can be pencils, crayons, 
markers scribbled on plastic, kids water colors,
tubes of water colors, pull ink from water based
ink pads, re-inkers.

Monday, March 31, 2014

White Wash Tulips

 The tulips are from a company that was called
Stampa Rosa.  The date on the wood is 1999.
I loved their stamps.  The company is no more.
White washing - easy, fun, fast.
Stamp you flower image on craft color card stock
and heat emboss with fineline white embossing powder.
Now us a wash of white water color over all the images.
Now water color in pink (in this case that was the chosen
color) at the bottom of the flower petals.
Now use a brush wet with plain water to
softly pull the color up the petals
till if fads into the white.
I used a very light wash of green on the leaves.

The dainty pink and white border is
a Cheery Lynn Designs die
I love this set and am going to have
a lot of fun playing with it in the future.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Big Bad Buffalo

I have no clue where I got this stamp.  I do know
I have had it for a long time.
It has been stamped with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink.
The coloring was done with Prisma colored pencils
and blended with baby oil.
A Spellbinders oval die was used to 
cut out the image.
Coffee and Jet Black Ranger Archival inks
were sponged around the edges to "burn" them.
The edges of the cream card base were also sponged
with the Coffee ink.

The faux snakeskin was made using a
Fiskars texture plate with
various brown inks and water based varnish
for a glossy finish.
Barbwire is a Cheery Lynn die.

Bronze brads are in all four corners of the
faux snakeskin.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Bathing Cowpoke

 I believe that the cowboy stamp is from Viva Las Vegas.
The barbwire and horse shoes on all versions are die cuts from 
Cheery Lynn Designs.  It comes in two different sizes
and cuts beautifully.
 The faux snake skin is behind every cowboy.
Note the sponged edges on the card bases
and the faux snake skin.
The top two cards have a dark brown card stock
under the snake skin that has been cut to a narrow
border using Perfect Layers rulers.
I picked up the phrase at a Houston stamp store
years ago and have no idea who made it.

Monday, February 17, 2014

White On White Sympathy

A very pale mauve base with a Spellbinders 
rectangle die over.
The flourishes are a Cheery Lynn Designs
die that has been cut apart.
Flowers are punched using Punch Bunch dies
and shaped with Ice Viva Pearl Pen centers.
The leaves are also Cheery Lynn.

The phrase is computer generated and it and the 
pale mauve layer under it are from
Spellbinders Labels.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Sympathy Card

The plain white card base has delicate flourishes
stamped in Distressed Ink Lavender
around the outer edges.

The phrase is computer generated.
The dies are from Spellbinders.
Both die cut layers have been
slightly raised to create a 3-D look.
I have used the flat parts of
paper egg cartons.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Helpers In My Studio

 Above is Baby the cat.  She has to have her
nose in everything.
MacDuff the Scottish Terrier comes by once in
a while to see if there are any treats.

Valentines

 Some heart punches and five different shades
of pink are the beginnings of this design.
The Happy Valentines die is from
Cheery Lynn Designs.
The luv ya is from Sizzix.