Hello, there, and happy Monday, friends! Look how close we are to Christmas! Do you believe it? I need to start mailing Christmas cards soon. Heck, I need to make quite a few more, too. Not to panic, though. There’s always the option to buy a box of cards, if necessary, but I’d rather not.
Today’s card was not too time consuming. I used a pretty wreath and sentiment from Power Poppy’s Wreaths Plain and Fancy set. I stamped the wreath in a soft green ink so I could do no-line coloring. The outline completely disappeared and it looks as though I painted the wreath, myself. Shhhh, don’t tell!
This is my post for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog, which I do every Monday but, really, I’m just having fun stamping and crafting. It’s not like work or anything, tee hee! I’m seriously having fun with dies lately. Today I’ve used:
Yes, I’ve enjoyed my IO Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames so much that I picked up a set of square frames. Love the shape of these little cuties. They’ve got “stitching”, too. Everyone’s loving that these days. Here the three largest frames are held together with foam mounting tape on the back. I considered coloring the frame, but opted instead to leave it white for a nice, clean look.
The deer and the tree are perfectly sized for card accents, especially when you have a stamped image for a focal point. I must say of all the deer dies I perused at Dies R Us, this is the one that spoke to me. As for the tree, I cut it in white, colored part with a YG95 Copic, and applied Frosted Lace Stickles glitter to the snowy parts.
Copic markers used for the wreath:
Foliage: E81, YG91, YG95,YG99
Ribbon: E21, E23, E25
Berries: RV63, RV66
Designer paper is Echo Park The Story of Christmas.
Jump in anytime between now and the 28th with our Thankful Challenge and maybe you’ll be a winner. Use a die, a thankful theme, and link it up. Couldn’t be easier! That about wraps it up, I think. Thanks so much for coming to visit today!
Hello! Perhaps by now you’ve seen the latest digital stamp set from Power Poppy. The Instant Gardeners shared their interpretations on the 15th of this month and they were gorgeous. You can read what Marcella has to say about it here, and find a link list to all the Instant Gardeners’ creations, as well. Fanciful, whimsical, and beautifully illustrated, I was smitten from the start with this Partridge in a Pear Tree set. Marcella has provided the pear tree image with and without the script on the teapot. I love it all so I worked everything into my card front. This card with its well known, classic verse need not be reserved for my one “true love”.
I wanted to do this up all colorful and vintage looking, so I made red pears and a blue peacock, neither of which is entirely far fetched, but my bird may be a compilation of a couple different partridges. Coloring was done with Copics, which are pictured below.
To suggest the appearance of age I did a cracked glass technique on both the image panel and the sentiment tag – pressed my Versamark pad all over, then embossed with ultra-thick embossing powder. I always do two or three coats, but I ran out of ultra-thick and had to resort to umpteen coats of ultra-fine embossing powder. Hey, it worked. Put it in the freezer for a bit, then bent it until it cracked. I cracked it up good so it would look nice and old. The final step was to rub the cracked pieces with saffron ink, then wipe off excess with a tissue. The ink stays in the cracks. Very cool. I’m not technique oriented, but I’ve always loved doing cracked glass.
If you Google images of “partridge in a pear tree” you’ll find them all very whimsical, indeed, so I say have fun with it. Any colors, any style. Such freedom is a heady experience. Now, for the Copics:
Pears. I used E15 to tone down the red.
Leaves and branches
Baubles and teapot
The cracked glass technique does alter colors ever so slightly, just as it should, but I’ve never been disappointed with the outcome. I should add that I used the Colorless Blender to lighten colors/add highlights in some areas.
Okay. . . seems like I’ve been bending your ear forever. Let’s see what some of my Bloom Brigade sisters are sharing today:
By the way, I do have another post today prior to this one – a no-line Copic colored snowman. Thanks so much for your time. I’ll wrap this up with a full list of ingredients in the recipe below my signature. Have a fabulous weekend!
Stamps:Partridge in a Pear Tree digital stamp set Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Bazzill green card base, Kiwi Kiss (swirlies around sentiment tag), More Mustard (poinsettia), Webster’s Pages designer paper (old, probably retired) Ink: Printer (grayscale), So Saffron (rubbed into “cracked glass”), Versamark, Copic markers as pictured above Accessories: Copper brads, Stickles Golden Rod glitter glue, clear embossing powder, Spellbinders circle die, Poppystamps Small Blooming Poinsettia, Dee’s Distinctively Sm Pair of Leaves
Happy Friday, friends! My QKR Stampede card today is snowy and simple. All white with a little stitching and some no-line coloring. I printed him in blue, which inadvertently turned out a blue-green, so I used various Copics in shades of blue-green for coloring. Added a little sparkle and stitched him up – a cutie patootie snowman for the Christmas card pile!
He’s a digital stamp – 8715 Merry Christmas – and comes complete with the sentiment built right in. There’s not much more to explain about this one so I’ll leave you with a reminder of our QKR Challenge this week: Snowmen. Easy, right? I can’t wait to see all the darling cards for this one! Have a happy day!
I felt a bit like a kid at a Playskool desk when I was making this card but, oh, what fun! It’s good to let the inner kid out once in a while. Our house is yellow with white trim. We have trees and dogs and big, fat mustard-brown maple leaves scattered around. I thought this would make a fun Thanksgiving card for one of our local friends.
I did a little nip/tuck on the vine and the grass to make them fit my needs. Way more dies than I ordinarily use on a card but, hey, it was a rainy day. I stamped, too. The house is an MFT Wood Plank Background stamped in yellow on white. I stamped a Weathered background (retired Stampin’ Up) on gray for the die cut trees. And, of course, there’s the sentiment and the doggie in the window.
I meant for the leafy overhang to be a vine of some kind growing along the house, but after I made this I thought how it might work as foliage for these bare trees. Maybe underneath and on top, slightly offset. Sprinkle in a few small flowers for springtime. I tell you these trees are one of my favorite dies ever. I’ve had dozens of ideas in my head, and this wasn’t even one of them. It just sort of happened.
Come visit us on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog and the Challenge Blog (two challenges per month with a chance to win Dies R Us $$). Find all the dies I used today and much, much more in the Dies R Us store. The other day I typed the word “border” in the search field and came up with 416 matches. I mean, really! I’m telling you, huge selection! Have a happy day!
Every few years I dust off this old Stampendous Pumpkin Feast stamp and use it for a Thanksgiving card. It’s one of my favorites. I haven’t made many Thanksgiving cards the last few years, but this year I’ve made six. And here I thought I wasn’t really stamping all that much. More focused, maybe? They’re all going in the mail, too. I’ve not been letting any moss grow under my cards lately.
So. . . A new challenge starts today on the Dies R Us Challenge Blog. Our theme is “Thankful”. I’m thankful that I have the opportunity to design with products I thoroughly enjoy. I try to make selections from the Dies R Us store based on what I think I’ll use most and I’m getting better at making wise choices for me. Below I’ve used some favorite dies with a favorite image.
I cut two of the Cross Stitched Frame Borders together to make the frame and layered that over the oval mat with the Leafy Sprig Border sandwiched between them. I cut the Leafy Sprig Border in white, then swiped the side of three different Copic markers over it to color. A closer look:
When I photograph my cards in my small stamp room I have to clear off a space, set up the background, and move the lighting around. If I forget to photograph the Copics before I change the room back to stamping mode, then they won’t get photographed, oops. However, today I remembered:
I used quite a few oranges and yellows on the pumpkins. E08, which is a brown, was used on the pumpkins for the darkest shading. Probably more greens than necessary on the leaves. The chipmunks were easy with just three browns. Three BG’s and the colorless blender for the sky to make it smooth and seamless. I’m not an expert. I just like to color. This image took me one hour. I know! Who’s got that kind of time? Sometimes I talk too much, too, so I’ll let you go now. Just a reminder to join us in our Dies R Us Thankful Challenge. You could win some $$ to spend in the Dies R Us Store! Have a happy day!
At the earliest possibility I sat down and colored Marcella’s latest Power Poppy digital offering – Maize for Days. This beribboned calico corn makes a warm and welcoming sight as a fall decoration and it certainly looks fabulous on a card. I don’t know what that hazy, speckled nonsense is toward the top of the image, mostly on the green ribbon. It showed up in the photo, but is not even remotely there in real life. So please just air brush it out in your imagination.
I colored with Copics, sanded my cardstock, and added some leaf ribbon trim and a punched border. A simple card, really, but how can you make this image look anymore awesome? Marcella’s digis are a colorist’s dream.
Let’s see what the rest of the Bloom Brigade has colored today:
I colored up some cute flowers for an earlier post today, too. You can see those here if you’d like. Thanks so much for your time. I always love it when you stop by. Enjoy your weekend!
Stamps: Power Poppy digi Maize For Days (senti included) Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, CTMH Desert Sand and Olive, Bo Bunny Autumn Song designer paper Ink: Printer, Copic markers for coloring Accessories: Twine, May Arts leaf ribbon, 1” circle punch, Fiskars edge punch, Scotch brand foam mounting tape (to pop up sentiment panel)
I saw these cute flowers at QKR Stampede and just had to have them! Our challenge theme this week is “Give Thanks”. I could have made a Thanksgiving card, but that’s not the only time to give thanks, is it?
So here it is, fresh as springtime. This $2 digi is 23803 Flower Bouquet. Or you can find it as a $3.50 unmounted rubber stamp here. The rubber stamp measures 2 3/4” x 1 3/4”, which is only slightly smaller than I printed this digi.
I printed on X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers. The twirling tendrils in the image are echoed in the designer paper, the embossed panel, and the font of the sentiment. I’ll list everything in the recipe below my signature. Thanks for dropping in!
Stamps: QKR Stampede digi 23803 Flower Bouquet, Inque Boutique thank you sentiment (retired) Paper: X-Press It Blending Card (white), Bazzill aqua, Prima Julie Nutting designer paper Ink: Printer, Versafine Onyx Black, Copic markers for coloring Accessories: Silver cord, SU! Candy Dots, Stickles Patina glitter glue, Cuttlebug Heritage Collection embossing folder, Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large and Elegant Ovals, heart die (Spellbinders custom created for JustRite, retired), Scotch brand foam mounting tape
Hello! I'm finally getting back to my Stampin’ Up! A-Z project. I was working with Flower Shop and decided to split it into two posts. The first is here. I didn’t think it would take me so long to finish up with this set. After the first two cards I wasn’t feeling especially inspired, but I sat down today and made these.
The first is an anniversary card, put together with some pretty die cuts and pearls. The sentiment is also SU! from the One in a Million set. Die cuts are Sue Wilson Striplets – Regal, Cheery Lynn Pair of Ferns, Sue Wilson Petite Vinery and Spellbinders Hearts. The flowers are watercolored in Rich Razzleberry.
The next card was made using SCS Sketch #566. I saw the sketch and loved it and it was really what gave me the jump start to finish my Flower Shop cards. These flowers are in Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, and Melon Mambo. Card base is Crushed Curry. Both cards use retired SU! designer paper.
This is the sketch:
Now I’ve used up all my Flower Shop stamps and can move on to the next set. I’ll be back Friday with a double post day. Hope to see you then!
How about some flowers today? These gorgeous Power Poppy Camellias are about as far from the current season as you can get, but after doing quite a few fall and Christmas cards I get to longing for my flowers.
I did some distressing, some machine stitching, and some faux cross stitching. Guess you know I love to stitch. The Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Borders have become a real go-to die set for me. When I cut the cross stitched layer I centered it on a 4” x 5 1/4” panel. It left a plain narrow frame which I decided to use on the card with the rest of the layers set into it. I really wanted to use one of my new Paper Smooches Hello Words, too. I’ve been feeling I “needed” more word dies and “hello” seemed like a good place to start.
The Camellias are one of Power Poppy’s digital stamps. I printed on X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers. Added a few dots of Stickles glitter around the flowers. I shadowed the “hello” with pink and applied one coat of Diamond Glaze to the word. These are the markers I used for coloring: