Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Christmas Card Quest - 8 of 40

Here's another in my quest to get 40 Christmas card completed before December.

I love monochromatic cards -especially when you add lots of embellishing to them - okay really I just like to add embellishments - it's a sickness!

The black and cream mat is another one from Archiver's $1.99 spot - it really helps to pull the entire card together and gives you the WOW factor!

32 more Christmas cards to go and 13 more days until I am Cruising with Tim Holtz!!!

How many Christmas cards do you have finished?


The Stuff:
Stamps - Santa's Wish (Tim Holtz), Sanded (SU)
Other - 5th Avenue Spiral Journal (Making Memories)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Country Friendship

Hmmm... I must be on a pink kick - this card has pink written all over it! This is from ISC new stamp sheet Country Living

Country Friendship:

The background behind the flower "vase" is another of the spiral journaling pages (remember Archivers $1.99). The little flower in the vase and on the side panel were water colored with distressed stickles for their centers. Love the little stick pins in the ribbon knot.

I'll have to make sure that my next card is not pink!


The Stuff:
Stamps - Country Living (Innovative Stamp Creations)
paper - Perhaps (Basic Grey)
other - noteworthy spiral journaling book (Making Memories)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Friendship in Pink

How about a girlie card today? The flowers on this card are from ISC new stamp sheet - Let It Bloom.

Friendship In Pink:

The focal flower and the background floral panel are polished stone with reinkers. The girl image is distressed background using the same colors at the polished stone.

Pink is Pretty (purple - not so much!)


Stamps - (all Innovative Stamp Creations) Let it Bloom, Women Around the World
Paper - Glossy, Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana, Black (SU), VersaMark
Ink - Black Archival (Ranger), Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink and reinkers (SU)
Other Black EP

Monday, September 14, 2009


Happy Monday!

Today's samples are also using ISC Shades of Autumn. I used the fern image using two different techniques.

Fern - Paint Resist:

After stamping the fern on pattern paper from Basic Grey I used a versamark marker and clear EP on the image before apply ivory acrylic paint. After the acrylic paint drys simply wipe off with a damp paper towel and it will "magically" disappear where the EP is...

Fern - Opaque Pen

The opaque pen was used to color the leaves. One the side panel the same stamp was used and the leaves were water colored.

Have a great day!


The Stuff:
Stamps - Shade of Autumn (Innovate Stamp Creations)
Other - Classic Frame (Spellbinders), Scallop Punch (SU)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Grape Leaves

I love leaf stamps - any size, shape or type of leaf - my favorite are line image leaves because then you can do all kinds of wonderful techniques to them. Today's sample is from ISC new set - Shades of Autumn.

Grape Leaves for You:

The focal grape leaves were embossed in Brown and water colored. The background was created by clear embossing the leaves and blending with distressed inks.

Have a wonderful Saturday!


The Stuff:
Stamps - Shades of Autumn (ISC)
Paper - white, chocolate chip (SU)
INk - Watermark Resist, Aged Mahogany, Scattered Straw, Brushed Corduroy, Peeled Paint (Ranger), choc chip (SU)
Other - Brown EP (american crafts)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Innovative Stamp Creations - September Release

For September Innovative Stamp Creations has a little bit for everyone - images that range from flowers, to farm life, leaves and even the tropics!

Since today is Betsy's (the owner of ISC) birthday - yes ladies she's 29 again - she's running a unique special for ISC. You can buy all 5 of the new release sheets for $40.00 (retail value $56.49). That's over 50 stamp images for less than a $1 an image. This special offer ends on Sept 18th. To learn more go to Innovative Stamp Creations site here

Today I am sharing with you samples from the new sheet called The Tropics - love the fern and bamboo images on this sheet (and maybe I like these cards because they are green and that's my favorite color!)

Something For You:

Close up of Memory Frame:

I love the Ranger memory capsules - see the little leave inside - it's a button.

Dreaming of the Tropics:

I made the little rosette under the button by simply slip stitching the ribbon and gathering - I thought it went great with the velvet and gathered ribbon. I love the little journaling paper behind the image - you'll see a few samples from me using these with different designs and colors - they were a great find at Archivers in the $1.99 section.

So now I am dreaming of hot, sunny weather!


The Stuff:
Stamps - (all Innovative Stamp Creations) The Tropics
Paper - Very Vanilla, Old Olives (SU)
Ink - Chocolate Chip, Old Olive (SU), Brushed Corduroy Distress (Ranger)
Other - 1 1/2 Memory Capsule and Frame (Ranger), paper crimper, Paperie Greenhouse spiral journaling book (making memories), velvet and gathered ribbon (Pink paislie)