Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
The card is 5" x 7" which is bigger than my usual cards, but it worked better with the image & the sketch. The Santa image was stamped & embossed on a piece of white cardstock. I choose to emboss it with purple to match the papers better. I then colored the image with chalk & then put Crystal Glaze in the inside of the wire frame to look more realistic.
After I inked all of the edges of the card & papers with dye ink, I matted the image on a circle mat. Next I glued it on top of the two pieces of design paper that was cut about 1/8" shorter than the card. To make sure the ribbon stays on better, I cut a slit on the inside edge & ran the ribbon through the slit & glued it on the outside & inside of the card. I added some sparkle with the glistening yarn & glued the snowflakes on top of the ribbon. The inside was then stamped & embossed & the Operation Write Home image was stamped on the back of the card. One thing I did add after I took the picture was a little white dot with a gel pen on each of Santa's eyes. If you don't have a white gel pen to do this, you can always dip a toothpick or end of a paintbrush in white paint & just barely touch in the eye as a highlight.
Since this card will be going with the tons of other cards that I'm sending to Operation Write Home to be sent to our soldiers overseas, I wanted to make sure that I didn't add glitter, but Santa does deserve a little sparkle! I love to use non-traditional colors for my holiday cards as much as possible, so I can use more of my everyday papers. Don't forget to come back on November 14th to my blog & all of the other participants for the Operation Write Home Blog Hop. Don't forget to sign up as a follower on my blog for your chance to win some awesome blog candy after this blog hop. You won't be disappointed!
Image by Victorine Originals
Candy Violet EP by Joann's Craft Essentials
Embossing ink by Top Boss
Purple ink by Memories
CS & DP by Hobby Lobby
Chalk by Kaisercolour
Crystal Glaze on eyeglasses
Ribbon by unknown
Snowflakes by Craft Essentials
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I really love this image from Impression Obsession, but I couldn't decide what to do with it. I remembered that I had bought a ton of these foil squares at a garage sale, so I decided to give them a try. Boy, I'm glad I did! I love how it really sets this scene off!
First I stamped & embossed (yes, embossed, even w/the fine details!) the image on white cardstock. Then I stamped & embossed it again on the foil & cut out just the sky area. I then glued this section carefully on top of the main image. Finally, I stamped & embossed the image again on some more white cardstock & cut out just the sled. For the final touch, I glued the embossed sled image on top of the foil image of the sled. It really popped, but the wreath on the door needed something. I decided to get out some 1/4" red ribbon & made a bow to balance the color. I thought I was done, but now that I look at the picture, I think I may add some snow to the rooftop, or not!
Image: Impression Obsession K1026 'Twas the Night
Cardstock: The Paper Studio
Ink: Black Versafine
EP: Ranger Black Superfine
Ribbon: 1/4" red Hobby Lobby
Adhesive: Ad Tech Glue Runner & Tacky Glue
Friday, October 23, 2009
As soon as I heard about the blog hop, I knew I wanted to join in. If you don't already know, my daughter is a Sgt. in the Colorado Army National Guard 220th MP Unit. She did a tour in Baghdad, & she will probably have to go to Afghanistan since she reinlisted for 3 more years last year while she was in Baghdad. Making cards is one of the few activities that I'm still involved with due to my disabilities.
I will be offering BLOG CANDY to one of my followers that comments on my blog on November 14th. Some of the items I will be offering include a custom stamp with the Operation Write Home logo for the backs of your cards (not required, but it helps them out in the mailroom!), rubber stamps by Judith & CC Rubber Stamps, The Paper Cut White Luster Twist Cards, Martha Stewart Crafts ribbon, K&Company adhesive gems, tons of design paper & LOTS more! I'll try to get the picture up later today.
If you want to be involved in this Blog Hop for our Heroes, click on the Operation Write Home logo on my sidebar for more information. The last Blog Hop they had on Memorial Day had over 150 blogs involved, so you won't want to miss this one!
Friday, October 9, 2009
You can get to this challenge site by following this link: http://stampchallenges.blogspot.com/2009/10/brown-plus-something-challenge.html
I stamped this card a while back with this beautiful Holly Berry House Butterfly medallion stamp. I stamped the image 3 times, embossed each layer with bronze embossing powder, added Magic Scraps glitter, layered the butterfly image with Pop Dots & then placed it on a layered background that uses LOTS of browns! I've been on another medallion stamping spree lately, so whatever doesn't go to the nursing home will probably end up on my blog soon.
Rubber - Holly Berry House Butterfly medallion
Ink - Versamark
EP - Ranger Bronze
Glitter - Magic Scraps & Art Glitter,
Cardstock - Paperabilities, Bazzil textured, DCWV the Metallic Stack,
DP - DCWV Once Upon a Time Matstack, Colorbok Carnival Pack
Adhesive- Pop Dots, Scotch taperunner & Zig 2 way glue pen
Decorative Scissors - Fiskars
Happy "Brown" Stamping!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
My service dog, Stoney, became a member of the family very quickly. Her real personality took a little longer to show up. She's almost as big of a ham for the camera as my grandkids. Scratching her back on the grass rates right up there with playing with her tennis balls or Nylabones. Do you think the back scratching has anything to do with the harness she usually wears??? ~ Lee
The next tag was stamped with portions of the stamps again. First, the cabin image was stamped. After covering w/torn sheets of paper towels, I stamped the right side of the cove image to the left of the cabin. While the cabin was still covered, the left side of the cove image was stamped in the forefront of the right side. I messed up on this image some, so I covered it up w/aome extra tree images. The clouds were added & colored like the rest of the images & then the branch, fisherman & duck were stamped last. It was finished off w/glossy sealer & matted & a ribbon was added to the top. I found another sentiment sticker to add that seemed to fit this image perfectly, but Kevin at Stampscapes has some great sentiment stamps that he just added to his line of stamps recently that would work just as well.
2nd tag - Karen Foster Design Natural Burlap
3rd tag - the Paper Studio Green Country Cackle