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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Nature Walk Weekend-September MCE

I held off posting my card until I received my MCE (Monthly card exchange) card back. This time our card had to include a pumpkin. Out of all the stamps I have...can you believe only one stamp with a pumpkin! So sad....I must buy something again..~Grin~ I dug through my stash of supplies for an idea and I came across two Wooden Scarecrow pins I had bought last year. I thought it was perfect but what to do with it??? I saw a tutorial at Splitcoaststampers for the Free Standing Pop-up Card. I had tried this tutuorial before and really like how it came out...but this was a bit tricky. I did not want the pin to be permanent...I wanted the pin removable. So I looked at the pin packaging on how they held the pin on. It had two holes...one a little larger than the other. So using the back of the package as a guide...I punched two holes in the back of cardstock tag with my Crop-0-Dile. I also had to make the slit for the card to pop up through a little wider to make room for the bulky pin to pop through. Because the pin was thicker and heavier...I was afraid it would not stand up very well but it worked ok!! I wish that I had taken a photo of it when it was closed but thought of it after I had sent it off. Here is my card I received back. Sandy...thank you so much!!! I absolutely love it! The coloring is fantastic and I love the colors. It reminds me of home.......good ole New Hampshire in the Fall. I miss the Fall the most and it has always been my favorite season...something we do not get in Florida. This card reminds me of what it was like...air brisk but the sun warm. ~sigh~ I have your card displayed right by the front door so everyone can see your card as they walk in. If you want to check out more of Sandy's work...swing on over to her blog...she has some fantastic cards to view!!!! http://memoriesandink.blogspot.com/

Monday, September 14, 2009

Outhouse Wedding

I agree....a strange title for a strange card!!
When I bought this stamp "His n Hers" ...the first thing I thought of was an Anniversary or Wedding card. It could be the backwoods living I did for most of my life lol.
Our neighbors announced they suddenly got married on a Tues (decision made that day!!) so I knew they were the perfect couple to get my humorous card. I stamped this image on white cardstock and colored it in with Twinkling H2O's. I had a hard time to get a good photo but the "Hers" Outhouse is colored in white and "His" is colored in light blue. I outlined the entire image with a very light blue marker. The bow is made from wire ribbon and easy manipulated to a puff ball and then glued down on a black/white dotted chipboard. Sometimes you just have to make easy cards! Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Nature Walk Weekend-August MCE

Time for MCE!!! The August theme was leaves and unfortunely Jo'Ell never received my card I mailed her. I wanted to make her another one so this weekend I combined the two challenges into one. Monday I will send this card off to Jo'Ell...crossing my fingers that it will arrive to her safe and sound!
A little stamping and a little embossing and VOILA....my MCE Leaves card and my Nature Walk Weekend card all in one!
This card is my August MCE card that I received from Joyce. I have been holding the scan of this card for a few weeks now....until Jo'Ell received my card I mailed her ( maybe the first MCE card will show up someday??? ). Very cute card and perfect fall colors!! I need to hunt down that paper...it is adorable!! Thank you for visiting!!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Stamp Camp

I have a friend in town who is a Stamping Up Instructor ....you can see Lisa's blog at Gulf Coast Stamper.....she offers Stamp Camp once a month at her house. It has been 3 or 4 months since I have been able to go-until last night. It was so much fun....as usual.....Lisa is a GREAT instructor and we always have so much FUN at her camps and her Popcorn was to die for (someday I will talk her into giving me the recipe!!!!). I wanted to show you what I did last night for Fall, Halloween and Christmas!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

ATC

Have you heard of the wildly popular little art form called ATC (Artist Trading Cards)? They were created for the purpose of trading art with other artists. I joined in with three other people to do an ATC swap and went with the attitude I would give it a try and could always use them on a card or scrapbook page. It was fun to create my miniature Sunset Tiger ATC Art! After I received my set of ATC's (see the other 3 great pieces of Art below)....I am not so sure I want to give them away! I think that I will just be a collector. If you're looking for a fresh perspective, you might enjoy exploring these addicting little works of art! ATC DONE BY GINNY ATC DONE BY SUSAN ATC DONE BY KIM
Thank you for stopping by....have a wonderful day!!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Tea light Flower Tutorial

A couple of people sent in a request for me to explain how I made the metal flower in my post on August 30th. The flower is actually a great way to use up some trash!! If you burn disposable tea light candles....then start saving them....because they have another use!
You will need the following
Alcohol Inks (1 or more colors of your choice)
Alcohol Ink Applicator
Cuttlebug or Wizard
Cuttlebug folder of your choice
Empty Tealight Disposable Candle Holder
For my card I used the images from "Smell the Coffee Set"
Start with a disposable candle that was burned down.
Empty out the wax that was left on the inside after the candle burned down. From experience...do not use your scissors as the metal is so thin it is easy to poke a hole through the bottom. On my second attempt, I used hot water to melt the wax and carefully wiped it dry. (Added note: Fellow crafter informed me....you can also place the tealight holder in the freezer and the wax will pop right out!! Thanks Shelly for that tidbit!!)
Start clipping the "petals" with a pair of scissors...making sure each cut is done opposite of each other. You will have a better chance of all the petals even in size.
Press down gently in the center. Do not worry about getting it completely flat.
Place your flattened tea light holder into your cuttlebug folder and run it through your Wizard or Cuttlebug
Sponge on the alcohol inks that you chose to use until satisfied. Your flower will dry in just a couple of minutes and will be ready to put on your card.
Add a flower center and it becomes an easy and interesting embellishment for any card!
Thank you for stopping by!!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Nature Walk Weekend

Hello Everyone!
I hope you all had a wonderful 3 day holiday. I enjoyed the peace and the 3 day break from work!! It is always nice to have an extra day off. This weekend I worked with the image "Change the World" for my Nature Walk Weekend. This image reminds me of when I was a child...as a family we would go on picnics....dad always spent time fishing and always down by the river we would watch the dragonflys fluttering around.
Emboss image with clear detailed embossing powder and sponge on ink. That simple!!
Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Christmas Card #1-Sketch Challenge

The yahoo group I belong to had a sketch challenge in July and I am JUST getting around to making my card.
I realized over the weekend that there is ONLY about 90 days left to make my Christmas cards before I start labeling them to be mailed out. That means I have to make an average of one Christmas card a day!!! EEEKKKKK Where did the year go!!!
I decided I might as well turn this sketch into a Christmas Card
We have several of the cutest Christmas Mice Stamp sets at Stamping Palace.
The Mice Set I chose to use for this card is called Lighten Up Mouse Set. I stamped my card with Momento Tuxedo Black, which is a perfect dye ink that will not bleed when you color your image with an alcohol based marker like Copics. Each light bulb has a drop of stickle to make it sparkle a different color. The icicle is from a batch that I made last year and am still using up. Inside the card are words from the same set-"Rejoice in this season of light and love". To make the icicle border requires only 3 items Liquid Glue that will dry clear Fine Glitter Wax paper Directions Tilt your wax paper so your glue will slowly drip down to form icicles as you run a line of glue along the top of the wax paper about the length of your card. Do not put too much glue as your "icicle" will become too thick. You can always go back and add a bit more glue to an icicle to make it run a little longer. Remember-icicles are not the same size. Now cover the icicles with fine glitter and shake off the extra. Let dry over night and then you will be able to slowly peal the glue icicle off the wax paper. I stored mine after they dried in a box. Last year I was able to make several lines of icicles on big sheet of wax paper and I am still using them up. Ok...now I am off to go make the next Christmas card.....