Sunday, September 30, 2007

Script and flower, Hero Arts

Script stamped was heat embossed in gold. Tombow markers were used to colour image directly onto stamp. Stamp was spritzed very, very lightly with water and then stamped directly onto text background. Pink ribbon (source unknown) was tied onto the bottom of the card.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Fall is Here

Yahoo, it's the weekend, and my mom is flying in from Atlanta for the week. I have been so lucky in the past 2 1/2 years because I have seen my mom once or twice a year. When I lived out east in Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, I would see my mom every 3 to 5 years. Because I live on the US border, I go to Michigan to pick her up at the airport. My son, and his girlfriend, are going to the airport with me today. I have a lot planned this week, so I told my mom she can sleep in while I get up at 6:00 a.m. to work in my studio and upload to my blog every day. Since I just took a three week holiday, I thought it would be unfair to all of you for me to take another holiday. Now onto business...

Today's card was made for the Stamp Shack's technique challenge. Jan challenged us to create a card by scrunching saran wrap up and inking the paper. Surprisingly, the saran wrap easily transferred ink directly from the pad.

This second card was created for the Shack's first colour challenge. Colours to be used were black, gold, copper, and a little dark green. Stacy's inspiration came from a candy wrapper.

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 27, 2007


Good morning. Today's card resembles an earlier posting. Although an old technique it is new to me. Using a multi-coloured ink pad, I brayered colour onto card front. Once dried, Lovely as a Tree images were stamped with Stazon onto card front, and once again onto acetate. The acetate was turned upside down and laid onto the card front. With light pressure my fingers tapped over the stamped image to transfer the Stazon onto the card front. Acetate was gently lifted and whalaa--a reflection was made. This is a very fun technique. Good luck with your card.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Note To My Younger Self

Good morning. Today I'm mixing things up a bit by showing you an altered card I made for a swap that Ethel is hosting, entitled, "Notes To My Younger Self." The rules were simple: Create a 4 x 6 card with a note to our younger self, detailing the wisdom that was gained over the years. Ethel certainly did have me thinking. Wanting to keep this light and fun, I decided to add the following: 1) Be who you are, 2) Live fully, laugh freely, Love always, 3) Dance like no one is watching. Words to live by, don't you think? The other rules were to add a childhood photo, and to use rubber stamps. There is stamping on the back side of the card as well as the front (Beth). Unfortunately, the camera did not capture the beauty of the card. There is lots of glitter on the wings, dress, hat, and name tag. Thanks for stopping by. Tutorial Tuesday will commence next week.

Details: 4 x 6 card. Decorative paper, by Magnolia. Name tag stamped with black ink on pink cardstock, and mounted on Magnolia paper as well as Cool Carribean (my fav!). Butterfly wings were decorated with Stickles. Image was photocopied and cut out with exacto knife, and glued onto card front. Second image was cut out and the dress was traced onto watercolour paper. Dress was watercoloured and mounted with pop up dots for dimension. Stickles were added to the dress. Party hat was cut from watercolour paper, coloured with Tombow markers, and decorated with Stickles. CK flowers were mounted with glue dots, and buttons were added to the centres.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Lovely as a Tree

Good Monday Morning. This brayered background is a technique that has been around for ages. I was itching to try this technique and finally got around to purchasing a Kaleidacolor stamp pad. Trees are from the Lovely As a Tree set that I purchased four years ago, and never got around to using. Isn't that crazy? The moon was created by using a circle punch on yellow paper. Moon was adhered to cardstock with sticky tabs. Trees were stamped with black Stazon. "Happiness Always", from the Happy Harmony set, was stamped with black Stazon as well. Have a great day, and thank you for stopping by.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

What, no layers?

Where's the layers, you ask? Well, I thought I would try something new and stamp with no layers. I thought if Julie Ebersole can do it, so can I. It wasn't as easy as I thought it might be.

Using my Magenta bird stamp, I stamped the four bird stamp once, and then masked the birds and stamped one bird on top of the pink bird. Using a flourish stamp (source unknow--it's unmounted with no label on my set) I stamped in black. Next, I coloured the birds with Prismacolour pencil crayons.

Yesterday Sarnia held it's second annual Scrapbook show. Lasting Impressions, Sarnia's scrapbook and rubber stamp store, had the cutest rolodexes. The autumn one was very impressive. The second rolodex was a full year calendar which had so many cute embellies. Has anyone done a rolodex? I signed up for the calendar class which I thought would be perfect for my office desk. I'm a medical transcriptionist, typing dictated reports all day, and I like to have pretty things on my desk to glance over at. As you can imagine, it can be a tideous job, but I do enjoy it.

Other new-to-me products that Lasting Impressions showed off were the new Tim Holtz ink daubers. Have you seen them yet? They come in a beautiful variety of colours. Colouring chipboard will be easy with this new line. Distress embossing powders come in a wide range of colours, and so do distress inks. Tim Holtz rocks. Have any of you been lucky enough to attend one of his classes?

Thanks for the big welcome back. Many of you left me such wonderful comments welcoming me back. If I haven't made it over to your blog to leave a comment, don't dispare, I'll be there shortly. I have been trying to catch up on my blog reading, while working on renovations. My mom comes in a week, and there is still so much to do before she arrives.

Have a great day, and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Witchy Halloween

Good morning. Here is a card I made before my trip. It is so hard to find my mojo again. It is so hard to tear me away from my studio, and find it just as hard to get back into the swing of things. Does that happen to you?

I am not sure who made the witch stamp because my secret sister from the Stamp Shack mailed me images.

The card is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4. The base is orange, and then green and black were layered on top. The witch image was layered onto orange and green as well. Brads were added to the corners of the card front and the smaller image. Ribbon was glued along the side of the smaller image with glue dots. To make the moon I used a circle punch. Whalaa, there you have it.

Have a great day.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

I'm Back

Well, I'm back. Let me tell you that it was not easy going without internet connection. I did manage to get into a library to check for messages for a brief hour, and all I can say is it is good to have internet connection again. I didn't know how addicted I was to my blog, and internet, until I was tested. So, how are you? Did I miss anything while I was gone? Anyone win contests or get onto design teams? I tried out for two design teams before I left for vacation, but didn't get onto them. Oh well, I'll keep on trying.
This is a cottage I rented on the Bruce Pennisula, near Tobermory, Ontario. As you can see, I was very spoiled. The cottage sits on Miller Lake. In the evening we had a fire and I got to make smores. I'm such a kid!

Hummingbirds flew all over the area and used the three feeders almost constantly.
We fed the chipmunks peanuts.
Here is my DH, Donnie, as we hiked in the woods.
This is Donnie's cousin's cottage in Merrickville, near Ottawa. The cottage sits on the Rideau Canal, one of the "new wonders of the world." We both love Merrickville, and hope to move there one day.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Gone On Holidays with No Internet Connection

I'm leaving you with two Halloween cards, as I will as I am away on holidays for three weeks. Can you believe I will have no internet connection, which means no blogging. Ugh!! What will I do with my time you ask? Well, I packed three suitcases full of scrapbooking and card-making items, including my Cricut and Cuttlebug machines. How's that for roughing it? LOL. My laptop has Photoshop installed and I'll be busy teaching myself how to use it with my trusty Photoshop for Dummies book. Besides, DH is a computer geek so he can help me out.

Kindly leave comments for my return. Let me know what you would like to see on my blog, and what tutorials you would like. I promise to return to my Tutorial Tuesday's upon my return.