Thursday, December 18, 2014

Celebrate Your Day

Yes, the colors may seem a bit summery for December.  However, there are numerous "Christmas in July" promotions going on during the hottest days of the year – so I figured I too could switch things around a little . . .

 . . . and if this winter is going to be anywhere near as horrible as last year's, I shall immerse myself in summer colors and not poke my tender pinkies out until spring.

On this background, I was trying for distinct areas of color and that's what I got.  But it might look better if I'd allowed more blending.  I'll give it a try next time . . .

Cardstock:               Watercolor paper, Generic textured Green, White
Stamps:                    Stampendous Agapanthus Cluster, Verve Celebrate 
                                        your day”
Inks:                           ColorBox Frost White, Distress Seedless Preserves
Watercolors:            Peerless Butterfly Wing Blue, Heliotrope, Golden Yellow
Emb Powder:          Judikins Opaque White, Stampendous Shabby White
Doo Dads:                Oriental Trading Distressed jewels

Monday, December 15, 2014

Advent Calendars

In mid-October, I came to a decision regarding Advent Calendars.  I decided that they weren't just for kids – that adults could enjoy them as well.  So I made two of them in red and green for a couple of our friends and neighbors.  They loved them and I plan to make a few more for Christmas next year.  The first picture shows how the calendar looks before the ornaments in the drawers are hung . . .

The next picture shows what it would look like on December 24 . . .

The last picture shows the green calendar with the angel tree topper which was in the little box with the number 25 glued on the top . . . just waiting for that wonderful day of our Lord's birth to arrive!

Each calendar took about three weeks for me to make, but I enjoyed every minute of it.  I'm so looking forward to making more of them, starting about halfway into 2015.  For now, however, I think I'll just take a little rest . . .

Stamps:        Impression Obsession Clothesline
Spellbinders Standard Circles Small, Small Classic Inverted
Scalloped Square, Cuckoo Clock (small bird), Classic Scalloped
   Rectangle Small, Petite Scalloped Circles Large, Inspire Row Houses
Impression Obsession Clothesline Set, Christmas Icons
QuicKutz Angel, Star (2 styles), Tag, Bell
Sizzix Sizzlets Merry Details
Lil’ Inker Christmas Bits
JustRite Charms
DieVersions A Hint of Lime font (ornament numbers)
Marianne Circles
DieNamics Mini Doily Circles
Ellentina Poinsettia Stackable Flower
Wplus9 Clearcut Stackers: Pears
Tim Holtz Alphanumeric set (drawer numbers), Holiday Greens

McGill Two Trees
EK Success Six-Leaf Sprig, Carrot (top), Christmas Tree (star)
Punch Bunch Tiny Leaf

Distress Tea Dye

Decorative Papers
Cosmo Cricket Art Angel

Thursday, December 11, 2014

It's Your Day

More feathers . . . surely you're not surprised . . .

The fun thingy on this one is the background.  I used an idea from Wendy Vecchi and am really happy with the results.  She took Ranger's Tan embossing powder and mixed it half-and-half with their Frosted Crystal.  That gave it a textured look with a lovely glisten to it that I really like.  This mix has its own jar now and I'll be using it often!

Cardstock:   Bazzill Wheat, Gina K Charcoal Brown, Generic
Stamps:        Starving Artistamps Tooled Leather, Unknown
                          Feathers, Hero “It’s Your Day”
Inks:               VersaColor Brown, Gina K Charcoal Brown, Fresco
                         Tuscan Earth, Marvy Matchables Terra Cotta
Emb Powder:  Ranger “Frosted Tan”*
Dies:              Spellbinders Classic Squares Small/Large
Doo Dads:    Jute fiber Rust

*a half-and-half mixture of Ranger’s Tan, and Frosted Crystal

Monday, December 8, 2014

Awesome Day

This card is for a four-year old and unfortunately, my stash of worthy images for such adorably tiny people is quite low.  So, since we all live in the country wilds of North NJ, I figured that a few images from nature, such as trees and birds, might work . . .

I don't expect that Justin's attention will be held for very long with this card, but I know that the rest of the family will enjoy it.

There are five birds I popped up with pop dots and yet they're still not very visible, even after my third attempt at making them stand out.  I thought of making them black, but that seemed a little grim for a four-year old.  I tried a lighter shade of blue but it looked sickly.  I outlined in black and it was only minimally helpful – likewise coloring over them with Wink of Stella Clear.  Any ideas, anyone?

Cardstock:               Bazzill Jacaranda, Paper Cut Matte Coat White
Stamps:                    Impression Obsession Tree Birds, Simon Says Tilted
                                   Banner Sayings: “Hope your day is awesome!”
Inks:                           Distress Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Black Soot,
                                    ColorBox Black, Wink of Stella Clear
Emb Powder:          Judikins Detail Black
Dies:                          Spellbinders Petite Ovals Small, Petite Scalloped
                                     Ovals Small, Memory Box Resting Birds, Simon
                                     Says Tilted Banners

Thursday, December 4, 2014


For my birthday in January, my college roomie sent me a commercial card so exquisite that I had it framed.  It was painting of a lovely butterfly-covered tree with a huge gold-winged dragonfly poised for flight in front of it.  It was a magically believable scene and it inspired this card . . .

To heat emboss the dragonfly, I made a temporary handle using two glue dots to fasten the dragonfly's body to a wooden skewer.  I then pressed him onto a VersaMark pad, and scattered pinches of colored UTEE over his body and wings.  Then I heated him from beneath.  He stayed put but came off the skewer easily when the glue dots were softened by the heat.  I used a glue pen to add some glitter along his body and the edges of the wings – happily, the camera actually decided to share some of the glimmer!

This card is going to a long-time family friend who dearly loves dragonflies . . .

Cardstock:   Generic Black, Marcos Jade Constellation White
Stamps:        PSX Black Walnut, VAP “Journey”, CC Rubber Stamps
                          Squiggle Border
Inks:               ColorBox Frost White
Emb Powder:   Judikins Opaque White, Cloisonné Teal, Melt Art UTEE
                              Violet, White,  Pipe Dream Opals Zeehan, Dove Lake
Dies:              Spellbinders Fanciful Flight: Dragonfly, Tim Holtz
                           Butterfly Frenzy
Doo Dads:    Art Institute Glitter Shiny Silver

Monday, December 1, 2014

Grapes and Pomegranates

Although we are now officially into winter, much of the summer and fall bounty is happily still with us – hence some colorful reminders of what is soon to be buried in snow and freezing temps . . .

 . . . and if we ever have another Winter like the last one, I swear I'll drape myself in an electric blanket, plug it into my 50' extension cord, and never leave the house.  As long as I can keep my hands free for stamping, I'll be just fine . . .

BTW, shown are a few more DIY enamel dots:  I'm not too keen on their placement (20-20 hindsight is always infallible – and infuriating), but I still think they're adorable . . .

Cardstock:   Bazzill Leapfrog, Kisses, Beckett Moonlight
Stamps:        A Stamp in the Hand Fruit Set: Pomegranate, Grapes,
                          and Fruit Definitions
Inks:               Hero Black, Marvy Wet Looks: #’s 1, 8, 11, 64, 72
Emb Powder:  Suze Weinberg UTEE Clear
Dies:              Cheery Lynn Lace Corner Deco B
Doo Dads:    DIY enamel dots, Inkssentials Enamel Accents

Thursday, November 27, 2014

In All Its Glory

A gratitude-filled and most blessed Thanksgiving day for one and all!

This is yet another of those holiday cards I make for a number of people and as such, these need to be a little on the streamlined side.  However, this never seems to happen.  Things start out simply enough and then everything just sort of expands.  This card took more than 24 steps to make and when I look at it, I'm still not sure if I'm done yet.

Sigh . . .

One other note:  the background is a lovely rich dark chocolate brown, not the black that my camera seems to think that it is . . .

Cardstock:               Gina K Charcoal Brown, Lustro-Dull Cream,
                                     Bazzill Marigold
Stamps:                    Stampin’ Buddies Patchwork Pumpkin, Creative
                                      Imaginations Thankful Set “In all its Glory”
Inks:                           ColorBox Black, Cream White
Emb Powder:          B’Muse Devil’s Food Delight, Stampendous
                                    Ivory Pearl
Impr Plate:                Cheery Lynn Cement
Doo Dads:                May Arts Cream, Black jute fiber, Gold glitter