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Sunday, October 17, 2010

I thought of You Pearled Flowers~

These flowers are beautiful and so much fun to create! All from a piece of 3x3 paper...mind boggling but such creative fun. I cannot take the credit for it...but thanks to paper crafters who love to share their talent, You can find the directions here thank you Frenchie for sharing your heart with us. :-)

A few weeks ago, a friend from church handed me a bag and said "I thought of you when I saw this..." Inside was a pad of 12x12 K&Co. paper...totally gorgeous!!! It is one of those things that bring a smile to your face when you know someone has clued in to your likes. You can never have too much paper! So, a huge thank you hug to Becky for thinking of me...these flowers were made from that beautiful foil paper of many designs. I have a feeling I will be making many more. :-)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Motivet October sketch~

I bought Hilda at a Stamp expo recently and couldn't wait to debut her....so what better time and place than to show her off with a sketch?  These sketches are fun!
October Sketch

I didn't want her directionally challenged so I flipped the sketch
Here she is...at your service! Isn't she cute? I didn't have a sentiment that fit this image from Motivet so I substituted these from MFT... Adorable. I glammed the flower with a rhinestone strip that I had in my stock. The scallop eyelet border is fashioned from the SU punch that I clipped and formed around the oval. It worked, although time consuming. I didn't have a scalloped oval die anywhere. The papers are from K&Co Amy Butler designer mat pad.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Great is your Faithfulness~

Yet this I call to mind...how many times I have to remind myself that God is Faithful. He never gives us day old mercies, they are new every morning! I love my Father ~



This card came together quick as I needed a birthday card for a friend. Using Our Daily Bread scripture set as my focal point, I stamped it with Baja Breeze and cut it out using the spellbinder die labels nine set.  Then I cut another piece, the same size on Not quite Navy cardstock, cut it in half and layered it behind the white stamped image. Next, I pulled out this awesome 6x6 paper pad from Basic Grey called cappella. I embossed the whole piece with SU's vintage wallpaper folder...so far so good, then I added another strip of paper on the side and finished it off with these cute paper flowers from Prima. My friend loved her card!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Nurse Doraline~

Doraline and Dexter from Motivet are the cutest critters one might want to colour...I bought this stamp last year at a Rubber Stamp expo. This year I bought another image that will be forthcoming in a card ;-) Plus, I am "patiently" waiting for a package bringing five unmounted images I won in their comment to win draw...Five!

I coloured Doraline with Tombows and finished the card using Cajun Craze cardstock as my base and pulled out  my scraps and I embossed, trimmed and inked until I got the look I wanted. Love how it turned out. I glued some dew drops for some balance and tied it all with an organdy bow. Isn't she cute?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Clever Mini Roses~

These little rosettes are genius!
I stumbled across these fabulous little creations on this girl's blog...thud, my jaw hit my keyboard. I grabbed my scallop punch and began rolling these little things and made several in one shot. They look so elegant on a card but I needed an embellishment for a box I made in a stamp class, so here is my finished product.

close up of the roses - aren't they darling?

I made this box using the scallop envelope die from SU! You can find directions here on another clever stamper's blog. Love how it turned out!!! the finished size would easily fit 3x3 cards with envies, fill it with chocolate or gift card...enjoy!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Nostalgic Trade Route~

I bought this stamp when a moment of nostalgia hit me on one of those stamping excursions eons ago...I love the realistic look...you see where I grew up, I use to jump into my aunt's canoe to attend school. My brothers and I would paddle across the little bay and walk the rest of the way to school, otherwise we would be wading in our rubber boots in murky muskeg...a little history lesson.


I started out by stamping this on watercolour paper using versafine ink then I coloured it using prisma colour pencils with gamsol. I wanted to give it more colour so I rubbed chalks to create more shadow and also to create a sunset sky reminiscent of the evening skies where I grew up.  I mounted it onto Basic Grey that reminded me of water...I love how it turned out!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Thankful for Antique scallop flowers~

I was delighted to find this tutorial on these how to make these flowers...Loved seeing them in the new catalogue and here was my chance to give it a try!! I have made several of these and added them to little gift bags as an added embellishment.


a closeup view of the flower sporting the Antique brad
Take a scallop punch and begin by folding it in half, then again, do this until you have created "hills and valleys" all around, cut to the centre and refold until you have half a fan. Add another half (or third if you desire) and glue together on one of the pleats. Embellish with a brad, a button or another flower...take time to watch the tutorial it will make more sense. :-)

Here is my finished card...I love this new Designer paper Autumn Spice from the SU mini...and I paired it with Always Artichoke Seam binding also found in the mini. Quite simple with a wow factor!


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Autumn Harvest Kindness~

Fall is one of those seasons where the heart comes home...pumpkin spices and cinnamon scents and the changing of colours...I love it! I hold my mug of coffee a little closer in the early crisp mornings...my heart is happy. Ok, on with the card...

I loved this set as soon as I laid eyes on it...The sketchy look and open spaces are invitations for colouring, masking and creativity!  I stamped the centre pumpkin first and then masked that image and stamped the others around it. Masking is really easy...stamp and cut out the image you want to "cover" using a post it note or regular weight paper...begin to work and stamp other images around it and be intentional to overlap..ta-da! you will have created a scene that wows you..this is a great way to get more use out of your stamps if you don't have many to choose from (especially seasonal stamps)

Using Versafine which is a quick drying pigment ink, I took my tombow markers and began to colour and blend. I love the look. I applied some chalking to create more shadow without diffusing my original stamp lines.

I finished my card with SU Autumn spice paper, some rhinestones, layering SU punches...love it! Almost as good as Pumkin Spice Latte.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Poppies & Greetings~

The creative offerings of talented people on SCS make me want to pull out my stamps, colour mediums and create a card...This was the result of the sketch challenge that was posted this week. Come on, I needed a booster to get me going so I jumped on the sketch bandwagon and created this fun card. I began by colouring this cute poppy flower set from Sweet&Sassy stamps I picked up this summer. Love these flowers!

I pulled out some of my hoarded paper stacks from Me&My Big Ideas, embossed the first layer with SU's Elegant Lines folder which created an awesome texture. I coloured the poppies using Tombow markers layering and blending the colours. I need practice. To finish the card I added some flourish pearls and added some on the panels to create a balance. Love the result.

Have a beautiful day! It is gorgeous out there today :-)

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