Monday, April 22, 2019

I Am the Way

Time was getting short and I wanted to use this image of the empty tomb, as it speaks so eloquently of the foundation of our faith . . .

However, there was no time to individually color the stones, so I opted for a smooshed and mottled background that I hoped would give the same aged impression.  The folded napkin was inked with a white marker in order to emphasize its traditional significance:  when one leaves a folded napkin at table after a meal, it means that they intend to come back.  

Blessed be our Lord and Savior who suffered so that we might have eternal life in His presence . . .

To all who celebrate, I wish you a wonderfully blessed Easter . . .

Cardstock:   Papers by Catherine White, Strathmore #90 Watercolor
Stamps:       Purple Daisy Empty Tomb, Stamp Magic “I am the Way…”
Inks:             Hero Black, Distress Pumice Stone, Picked Raspberry,
                     Twisted Citron, Uni Posca paint marker White
Dies:            Spellbinders A2 Distressed Edges                      

Thursday, April 18, 2019


Several occasions have arisen which call for quick cards, so I've taken a little break from my series of Concord and 9th's Turnabout Collection.  I have one more sample to go, so stay tuned!  

Meanwhile, Hero's Agapanthus stamp set is getting a lot of attention on several blogs and for very good reason:  it's gorgeous!  Here's my take on one of the images . . . 

I thought the delicate flowers would look nice when contrasted against a rough stone wall.  There are several lovely images in this set and my only complaint is that there's no matching die set.  I fussy-cut this bouquet and it turned out OK, but I would have loved a quicker solution via a matching die . . .

Cardstock:   Papertrey Ink Soft Stone, Scrap Purple   
Stamps:       Hero Beautiful Day-Agapanthus
Inks:             ColorBox Black, Copic V12 Pale Lilac, V17 Amethyst,
                     BV04 Blue Berry, C1 Cool Grey #1, Gelly Roll White
Emb Powder:   Judikins Detail Black 
Dies:            Spellbinders Blessings Vine Frame: “Blessings”                      
Stencil:        Tim Holtz Stone
Emb Folder: Taylored Impressions Weathered
Doo Dads:    Faber Castell Whipped Spackle: Opaque White Matte,
                     Offray ribbon Lilac, Nuvo Dream Drops: Cloud 9 

Monday, April 15, 2019

On the Mend

When news of Tim Holtz' open heart surgery appeared on his blog, I was vastly relieved to read at the beginning of the post that it had a happy ending.  He's doing fine but will need to take things slowly for the next few months.  During all of my twenty years of stamping,  Tim's creations and clever innovations have given me thousands of hours of happy stamping, so I thought a Get Well card was certainly in order . . .

My objective was to use as many of his products as possible, so everything except the heart and the texts are his.  The patched and mended heart image seemed exactly right for this card.  I hope Tim takes his time to make a full recovery:  he has created more than enough fantastic tools to keep all of us busy for years to come, so there's no need for him to rush back into the saddle again.  May he get the rest he needs and come back when the time is right for him to do so . . .

Cardstock:   Marcos Jute, Legion #140 White  
Stamps:       Rubber Cottage Mosaic Heart, Tim Holtz Pine
Inks:             Distress Fired Brick, Barn Door, Brushed Corduroy,
                     Ancient Page Chocolate
Emb Powder:   Distress Walnut Stain
Dies:            Lil Inker Stitched Mats Squares, DieVersions A Hint of
                     Lime: “Ouch!”, Noodles: “On the Mend”            
Emb Folder: Tim Holtz Riveted Metal
Doo Dads:    Nuvo Crystal Drops Dark Walnut 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Praying for You

My latest writing assignment for the Fall 2019 issue of RubberStampMadness magazine involved putting together a homemade wreath builder template.  It was easy to do and I had a wonderful time stamping a wreath that actually turned out round and with images that were properly spaced . . .

The stamp set I used has matching dies which bailed me out of a color scheme that didn't work.  Frankly, the dark brown I used on the flowers was flat out ugly, so I die cut the flower shapes instead and positioned them right over their stamped counterparts.   The "Praying for You" sentiment in the center of the wreath doesn't show up very well, but IRL, it does.

As the card corners looked a little naked and forlorn, I die cut some lacy corners out of the same cardstock as the card and glued them down.  I love to do that when I need some texture that doesn't compete with the focal point.

Cardstock:   Bazzill Leapfrog, Strathmore Ultimate White     
Stamps:       Verve Poppy Birthday, Praying for You
Inks:             Distress Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Twisted Citron,
                     Mowed Lawn, Bundled Sage, Memento Cottage Ivy
Emb Powder:   Sweet Stamps Fine Detail White
Dies:            Lychee Flower “Stitched Circles”, Prickley Pear
                     Poinsettia 2 Holiday, Cheery Lynn Lace Corner Deco B
Doo Dads:    Wink of Stella Clear, Past Time Stamps Multi Fine
                     Glitter, pearls      

Monday, April 8, 2019


This card came out of my emergency stash - basically, a shoe box I consult when Time has backed me into a corner and I absolutely must  get a card out:

I collected these leaves one fall and painted two of them black for drama.  This helped set off the red leaf quite well.  After stamping a randomly dotted background, I then brushed on a clear decoupage glue and covered the whole thing over with a very wispy Japanese rice paper, adding more glue to seal.

This one is going to a nature lover and I think he'll enjoy it . . . I hope you do too!

Cardstock:   Bazzill Raven, Strathmore #90 Watercolor paper,
                     Japanese Rice Paper
Stamps:       Stampin’ Up Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Purple Daisy Sand
Inks:             Hero Black
Emb Powder:   Stampin' Around Gold Dust
Die/Punch:   DieVersions A Hint of Lime, EK Success Corner Adorner Slots, 
Doo Dads:    Making Memories Antique Brass Label Holder, Leaves

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Seas the Day!

In a fanciful moment, the Marbled Turnabout image I used for the background here suggested swirling water to me, so I decided to make a beach-themed card for a dear friend who grew up on the Jersey shore . . .

I decided to try a random sprinkling of embossing powder for some added glimmer and I chose my favorite Gold powder from Ranger.  It comes out textured, even when used sparingly, and I love the effect.  I took the merest pinch of powder and dusted it over the background. 

As I didn't use any ink to hold the embossing powder to the cardstock, I heated it from beneath.  I'm sure the camera doesn't pick it up, but the final effect is like looking at glimmering grains of sand as seen through swirling shallow water.  It was a result I never expected and I'm delighted to have stumbled onto it!

Cardstock:   Bazzill Fawn, Smoky, Strathmore Ultimate White         
Stamps:       Concord & 9th Marbled Turnabout, Impress “Seas the Day”
Inks:             Memories Soft Wheat, Soft Stone, Hero Soft Brown,
                     ColorBox Dune, Frost White
Emb Powder:   Ranger Gold, Judikins White Diamond
Dies:            Spellbinders A2 Distressed Edges, Memory Box Delicate
                     Sea Fan, Love Nicole Scalloped Shell, Nautilus Shell,
                      DieNamics Basic Stitch Lines, Creative Expressions
                     Embroidered Elements, Arich “Rounded Corners
                     Stitched Rectangles”            

Monday, April 1, 2019

Live For Today

This one is for a dear friend who is celebrating an incredible forty eight years of rock-solid sobriety . . .

What you are looking at is the result of three days of dithering over multiple design choices, most of which didn't work.  After having fun with the dotted Roundabout background, nothing else seemed to come together.  It's still not together.  I've had lots of trouble in the past while working with circles and have no idea why.  But I'm calling it quits with this one as I have no clue how to make it work.  As with other rubber artists, I am my own most severe critic, so before I get down in the dumps, it's time to move on to the next challenge. 

Regardless of the final result on this card, my friend knows that I value and love both him and his successful recovery, and that is all that really matters.

Cardstock:   Marcos Jute, Bazzill Admiral, Fox River #130 Tiara White      
Stamps:       Concord & 9th Bitty Burst Turnabout Set, Studio G “Live
                     for Today”
Inks:             Ancient Page Cardinal, Indigo, Leaf Green, ColorBox
                     Gold, Frost White
Emb Powder:   Ranger Gold, Vippies Transcendence ColorBox Gold
Dies:            Lychee Flower “Stitched Circles”, Gina Marie Stitched
                     Rounded Squares, Simon Says Sentiment Labels    
Emb Folder:    Darice Argyle
Doo Dads:    Viva Pearl Pen Ice White,  Jute cord