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.


 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.

Monday, February 3, 2014

More Vintage Garden

 Graphic 45 scrapbook paper was carefully cut
apart and used to create a very vintage look.
The top card has additions to enhance the design.
The edges of the card base were sponged with a
dark brown ink.  The dp itself is on a dark green
card stock cut to a narrow border using a
Perfect Layers ruler.  Viva Pearl Pen was used to create
the pearls in the lower right corner and
the center of the flowers.
The leafy flourishes and butterflies are 
from a Cheery Lynn Designs 
die and the flowers from Punch Bunch punches.
Begin with a white card base as the background
of the vintage print is white.
The gingham background is from
an Impression Obsession stamp stamped
on a paper bag.
The bow is from shimmery tulle.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Top Fold Cards

 All of the background dies used on these cards are
slightly larger than the standard A2 size.
All are from Spellbinders.
 The butterflies and flourishes are
Cheery Lynn Designs dies.
 The flowers are mostly from Punch Bunch.
The card above has flower centers that
are from Viva Pearl Pens.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Vintage Garden

 By carefully cutting apart a Graphic 45 piece
of scrapbook paper I was able to make multiple cards.
Adding just a little bit to finish off the designs really
makes them pop.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Sunflower Birthday

A soft sunflower DP with sponging
around the outer edge of the card and 
around the oval die cut phrase help
pull this design together.

The frame for the happy birthday is
a Spellbinders decorative oval die.

Going Prehistoric 2

 Dinosaur stickers on a faux snakeskin background.
The leaves on the top card are from 
Cheery Lynn Designs olive branch die.
The phrase is computer generated.
On the lower card the tree was cut free hand
and the leaves are punched.
 A totally different dino sticker for
a totally different look.

 The stickers on the upper and lower cards came from
the same sticker pack.  They are 3-D and
awesome.  (so is the price)
The background is distressed leather paper
from Karen Foster, which of course is no longer made.
I loved the very first papers that Karen Foster came out with.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Going Prehistoric 1

 The phrase is computer generated.
That band of faux snakeskin on the right
has been created using a Fiskars texture plate,
various inks with a final finish of a coat of
glossy water based varnish to give it a snaky sheen.
 The dinosaur skeleton is a die cut from Die-Versions.
As soon as I say it on Frantic Fran I just had to have it.
On the card above the base "rock" is done with 
the polished stone technique.
 For a little variety try sponging around your die cut.
The results can be interesting.
 More sponging around the die cut.
This one is inside the card.  
That dinosaur is sneaking up on someone
to help an "old timer" with a sense
of humor celebrate their birthday.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Treasury of David

I have been reading Charles Spurgeon's Treasury of David.  Now you have to understand that I have been chewing on Psalm 1 for several weeks.  It is just so profound and deep that I have to share some of Rev Spurgeon's observations.

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, not standeth in the way of sinners, not sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  Psalms 1:1
The original word for blessed is plural, meaning multiple blessings on the one God has justified.
The one who does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly.  The Godly's counsel is the Lord.  We are to walk in His commandments.  These ways are the ways of peace and contentedness.  Our walk or steps are ordered by the Word of God.  This is an outward sign of an inward grace.

he standeth not in the way of sinners.  We have a choice of who we spend time (and thus are influenced) with.

nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  We are to find no rest with the athesists and their scoffings.

Note the graduations, if you walk with evil, soon you are standing with it and then finally sitting down with it.  To me this means we get comfortable with sin and evil doers if we even walk with them.

Personally I want God to help me recognize clearly the evil, no matter how prettily it is presented, then I want Him to make me very very very uncomfortable around it.  I want to flee evil.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Cheerful Birthday

 Papers are by DCWV, the scallop border is a Fiskars
border punch.  The flowers and leaves have been punched 
with my trusty Punch Bunch punches.
Sizzix is the maker of the Happy Birthday die.
 Centers for the shaped flowers are Viva paint pens 
or glitter glue.
The plaid border has been raised off the card 
base for a 3-D look using the flat portions of paper egg cartons.
Corners have been rounded using a chomper.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas Explosion On My Deck

 My husband does not like all the fuss that
accompanies Christmas.  Well he left with our 
son to spend a couple of days with the daughter.
So I let the Christmas elves and all their 
decorations out of the closet.
Three trips down the cedar tree row to trim boughs 
off trees, elk and deer antler sheds
and goodies from the Christmas storage box ended
with my deck looking like Christmas.  
Ho, ho, ho!!!!!

Using Washi Tape

 The washi tape is a gorgeous floral from 
Classy Cards N Such.
Layers, textures using embossing folders,
and sponging are techniques used.
The label layers are raised using the flat pieces of
paper egg cartons.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Playing With A2 Borders

The above is done on a polished stone base.
 A different look with a K & Company paper as the base.