Friday, January 29, 2010

Creative Weekend

I am going to a Crop this weekend (or a Crap as my husband refers to it)...

Here's a teaser of what I'll be working on...
My plans for the weekend:
  • Get both projects finished
  • Have a great time
  • Spend time with friends
  • Be available for "arty" advice :0)
  • Watch some great chick flicks
  • Laugh too much (is that possible?)

If I am successful I'll share what I did with this "stuff" next week!

Have a great creative weekend!


Thursday, January 28, 2010


It look like a blizzard outside my window - so I thought I would share a warm weather card.


The boats are cut out of the image and popped up, I dry brushed some antique white paint on the boats to make them look weathered.

Wishing for warmer weather!


Stamps - One the Shore (Innovative Stamp Creations)
inks - Coffee, Black Archival (ranger), Tea Dye Distressed Ink (Ranger)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Blue Bird

I made this card for the Technique Lovers Challenge over at SCS - make a Side Step Card - here is the link.

The hardest part of this card is choosing the images you want to use - after that a little cutting and scoring and you end up with:

#4 Blue Bird

All of these stamps are new - Thanks to all my crafty Santa's (you know who you are). The blues were water colored using Prismacolor pencils and Goo Gone.

Now I have a song stuck in my head - Some where over the rainbow Blue Birds fly...

Thanks for the visit!


Stamps - Inkadinkado, Memory Box
Inks - Broken China, Vintage Phota, Frayed Burlap Distress Inks (Ranger), Coffee Archival (Ranger)
Other - Classic Frames (Spellbinders)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Today is January 25th

Do you know what that means? YES - only 11 months until Christmas! This is my first installment of my 2010 Christmas Cards (I made 2 of each design) :

Birdie Greetings:

That neat ribbon behind the bird is from May Arts and it was originally pink - I sprayed it with some Tattered Angels mist to make it match the card.

Very Merry Reindeer:

Love that little rusty snowflake! This Colorbox paper has been in my stash for a few years (actually since 2006) - I had to dust it off so that I could use it!

Here's a KAT Christmas fact for you - I love shopping for Christmas stuff after the holidays - getting decorations and crafty goodness for 50 to 75% off it's original price. I haven't paid full price for Christmas wrapping paper in 20 years. Today I was organizing my wrapping paper and I discovered that I have FORTY SEVEN, yes 47, rolls of Holiday paper - WHAT WAS I THINKING?

It's 11 months until Christmas have you started your holiday cards yet?

Thanks for the visit!


The Stuff-
Stamps - Inkadinkado, Stampers Anonymous
Paper - Figgy Pudding (Basic Grey)
Stamps - Reindeer Flight, Letter to Santa (Stampers Anonymous); Textured Backgrounds (ISC)
Paper - Colorbox Christmas 2006
Ink - Fired Brick, Shabby Shutters, Walnut Stain Distressed Ink (Ranger), Coffee Archival (Ranger)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

On The Shore or "Cut It Out"

This card was made for today's Ways to Use it Challenge on SCS - "Cut It Out" here's the link. The challenge was literally to cut something out. On this I cut the top off of the Boat image, the frame and that little itty bitty piece of paper in the silver frame.

On the Shore:

What you can't see real well in the picture is the Rock Candy Distressed Stickles and Crackle Paint. Here's a little better photo of the frame where you can see the crackle paint:

I love to cut stuff out stuff - I find it very relaxing -unlike a few of my friends - Hello Diana and RoRo.

Thanks for the visit!


Stamps - One the Shore, By the Bay, Fruitful (frame) - all from Innovative Stamp Creations
Other - Rock Candy - Ranger

Posy Thanks

In my quest to do 96 challenges or new techniques in 2010 I would like to share with you...

#3 Posy Thanks or Cute, Easy Scrunchy Flower:

See the cool scrunch flower. It was sooo easy! Here are the steps:

1. Stamped the With All My Love stamp on scrap printer paper 6 times.
2. Punched them out with scalloped punch.
3. Blended with Antique Linen Distressed Ink.
4. Blended around the edges with Vintage Photo Distressed Ink.
5. Stack them all together and put a brad thru the center. (good way to use ugly brads)
6. Scrunch your paper till your little heart is content.
7. Added Button using pop dots.

Easy, fast and adds a big punch to your project!

Thanks for the visit today!


Stamps - I Heart For You, Batik Flower (background image) - All Innovative Stamp Creations

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Picture Nature

I was on a quest to find an image in my ISC stamps to pair with Tim Holtz's film strip ribbon...
I did not have to look very long!

Picture Nature:

This large "film square" is a perfect match to the ribbon. I added lots of background stamps, smaller images and used post-its to masks the different areas. There is even a small butterfly in the idea-ology charm.

Nature here in NE Ohio is kinda looking like a muddy mess - snow and melted snow with squishy mud showing through... Hmm maybe a sign of early Spring?

Happy Creating!


Stamps - All Innovative Stamp Creations- Photo Negatives, Nature Silhouettes II, ATC Artsy Backgrounds, ATC elements, Birch Tree Paintings, Collage of Leaves, Butterflies

Friday, January 15, 2010

Girlie Valentine

As I promised yesterday here is a Girlie card!

You Make My Heart Soar:

The background on this card is a new technique that I found on Linda's Works of Heart Blog. It's Glimmer Mist and Tissue Paper - here is a link to Linda's Video. The technique creates a beautiful, soft glimmer background and you get a bonus piece of glimmered tissue paper.

With the tissue paper I created this 3x3 card.
Pink Love:

Girlie right?


Stamps - Innovative Stamp Creations - With All My Love, I Heart for You, Nature Silhouettes I
Other - Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Stamping Goals 2010

Okay don't fall over - I know I have two posts in one day. I've been a bad blogger and I wanted to try to make an effort to blog more often.

The last week or so I've been looking at some challenges and thinking that I needed to set some stamping goals for myself for 2010. So here is my attempt:

Complete 96 Challenges or New Techniques.
Why 96? It's 2 a week minus December (this month is way too busy).

Complete Christmas Cards Before November - 4 a month.
Starting them in September was not enough time... I will complete 4 a month
giving me 40 cards in total.

Complete 6 Altered, Complex Projects
I have a few ideas and I really loved mixed medium altered art!

My first piece towards this goal...
Birdie Friends:

This is today's Ways to Use IT Challenge on SCS - here's a link. The challenge was to incorporate birds into something - only feeling moderately creative I went with a card.

I LOVE birds images - they are currently my favorite!

I'll keep you posted on my Goals!


Manly Valentine?

The ISC Design Team was asked to create a Manly Valentine (insert nail biting here). I always have a tough time making the dreaded "Man Card". I always feel so limited - watch your colors, no ribbon, only masculine hardware, no glitter, stickles, bling...

My first attempt was a simple one layer card using Kraft card stock (now that is manly right?).
Manly Hearts:

The second attempt I used a technique called Retiform (here is the SCS tutorial).
You Own the Keys:

All you need to try this technique is post its, ink, glossy paper, and sponges.

Check back in tomorrow for a Girlie fix!


Stamps - All My Love, I Heart For You, Make a Note, Photo Negative

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

ISC January Release

Love is in the air! What better time to think about love and those who are special in your life than a cold January day!

The Innovative Stamp Creation's January stamp release truly has a little bit for everyone from a unique large background to a definition and small calendar! And to start the New Year with something different…. introducing ISC Digi-Design Paper. A downloadable file!

Here is my sample using the new I Heart For You set and the Digi-Design Paper.

Our Love:

The frame was created using Distress Embossing Powder (it feels like sand paper). The flower was created from the sold image flower- I inked only the edges, stamped on design paper, adhered to Grungepaper, cut and formed the flower (I used 3 layers to create this flower).

Side view of the flower:

Check out the ISC Blog for more information and inspiration.

Back with more to show you tomorrow. Keep warm!


Stamps - Innovative Stamp Creations - I Heart For You, Sayings, Batik Flower