Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Peaceful Wishes

Sharing the second card in the set using My Mind's Eye "The Merry Days of Christmas" paper collection and Stampin' Up!'s "Peaceful Wishes" stamp set.  This one is just a little more complex than the first, "Berry Noel" card from Monday. The major difference is that I eliminated all white/cream and added more Kraft-colored elements.

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink ‘Kraft’;DCWV
Pattern Paper: My Mind’s Eye The Merry Days of Christmas ‘Pajama Plaid’
Stamps: SU! ‘Peaceful Wishes’
Inks: SU! craft ‘Always Artichoke’; Distress Ink ‘Old Paper’; Distress Stain Aged Mahogany; Versamark; StazOn ‘Timber Brown’
Embellishments: Hobby Lobby lace ribbon; PTI rustic button twine; button; chenille fiber; Distress Stickles ‘Fired Brick’

Tools: scallop scissors; Tim Holtz paper Distresser; Glossy Accents; foam ink blending tool; foam tape

Monday, November 28, 2011

Berry Noel

Today's card is the first in a series of four that I made using My Mind's Eye "The Merry Days of Christmas" paper collection and Stampin' Up!'s "Peaceful Wishes" stamp set.  I've discovered that I like to make cards in sets using either the same papers and/or the same stamps.  It's a fun way to experiment and build upon your own creativity.  Inevitably when I'm making one card I think "hmm...wonder what it would have looked like if I had done "this" instead."  When you make sets, you can try "this" out on the next card.

This was the first card created and is the simplest of the set...great for when you're making multiples like with Christmas cards!

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink ‘Kraft’; Stampin’ Up! ‘Confetti White’; DCWV
Pattern Paper: My Mind’s Eye The Merry Days of Christmas ‘Pajama Plaid’
Stamps: SU! ‘Peaceful Wishes’
Inks: SU! craft ‘Always Artichoke’; Distress Ink ‘Old Paper’; Glaze Pen ‘White’
Embellishments: grosgrain ribbon; lace ribbon; PTI rustic button twine; buttons; Distress Stickles ‘Fired Brick’

Tools: scallop scissors; Tim Holtz paper Distresser; Glossy Accents; foam ink blending tool

Friday, November 25, 2011

Icy Shimmer

It won't be long before the snow flies here in Southeast Michigan.  And with the snow comes the ice...and scrapping the car windshield, slick roads, and a longer commute to work.  Sigh.  Oh, shoot, I meant...and with the snow comes the ice and its beautiful shimmer on the car windshield and the slick roads.  Doesn't really sound better, does it?  Oh well.

Anyway, the card I'm sharing today DOES have a beautiful icy shimmer created with a generous amount of Pearl Perfect Pearls Mist.

A Couple Details:
  • The tree image is stamped in Coffee Archival Ink and then accented with Glossy Accents and Stickles.   Once those were dry, I rounded the corners and antiqued the edges with Old Paper Distress Ink, then gave the whole image a spritz of Pearl Perfect Pearls Mist.

  • I used another border punch along the right side and added a stamped border strip.
  • Some beautiful vintage mother-of-pearl buttons, scrunched ivory seam binding, and a pearl and glass beaded pin create a shimmery accent.  Once assembled, I sprayed the entire face of the card with more Perfect Pearls.


Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! ‘Naturals White’; Papertrey Ink ‘Ripe Avocado’
Pattern Paper: My Mind’s Eye The Merry Days of Christmas ‘All Aglow’
Stamps: Inkadinkado
Inks: Archival Ink ‘Coffee’; Distress Ink ‘Old Paper’; Distress Stain ‘Tumbled Glass’
Embellishments: Glossy Accents; Hug Snug seam binding ‘ivory’; buttons; Darice corsage pin; Distress Stickles ‘Old Paper’; Stickles ‘Icicle’, ‘Crystal’; glass bead; Perfect Pearls Mist ‘Pearl’

Tools: EK Success border punch; scallop scissors; Fiskars corner rounder punch; 3M foam tape; foam ink blending tool

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Give Thanks This Day

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  

I came across this poem and wanted to share it with you today.  To me, it really speaks to the heart of what the day means.  We may joke and call it "turkey day" and say it's all about the food, but it's important to remember to truly give thanks for all our blessings...big and small.

Giving Thanks 

For the hay and the corn and the wheat that is reaped,
For the labor well done, and the barns that are heaped,
For the sun and the dew and the sweet honeycomb,
For the rose and the song and the harvest brought home --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving! 

For the trade and the skill and the wealth in our land,
For the cunning and strength of the workingman's hand,
For the good that our artists and poets have taught,
For the friendship that hope and affection have brought --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving! 

For the homes that with purest affection are blest,
For the season of plenty and well-deserved rest,
For our country extending from sea unto sea;
The land that is known as the "Land of the Free" --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving! 

Author Unknown

I am thankful for my loving and supportive family and friends and for their continued good health, for without them, my life would be empty. 
I am thankful for my own health because without it, not much else is possible.
I am thankful that I am employed, it's key to supporting my craft addition.
I am thankful for my home, my cozy bed, electricity, running water, and the food in my pantry.
I am thankful for my "boys", the cats, for without them the house would be too quiet and too clean.
I am thankful for my artistic ability and for all of you who read this blog and support my art with your kind comments.

What are you thankful for this year?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Peace on Earth

Sharing a card today using non-traditional Christmas colors...grey-blue and ivory with a touch of brown.  While I do enjoy building up layers and loading on the embellishments, I love the simplicity of this card.  The color scheme seems so peaceful.

"Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." 
Luke 2:13-14

For a bit of antique sparkle, I added Old Paper Distress Stickles to the garland, ornaments, and stars in the central stamped image.

I made my own simple trinket tag by punching out the "Peace On Earth" sentiment using a circle punch and then layering a second slightly larger circle of patterned paper behind it.  I then used scallop decorative scissors to edge the patterned paper circle and hung the tag using a jump ring.


Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! ‘Bordering Blue’, ‘Confetti White’
Pattern Paper: My Mind’s Eye The Merry Days of Christmas ‘All Aglow’
Stamps: Inkadinkado
Inks: Archival Ink ‘coffee’; Distress Ink ‘Old Paper’
Embellishments: Distress Stickles ‘Old Paper’; Hobby Lobby lace; Papertrey Ink rustic button twine; ribbon fibers; Tim Holtz jump ring

Tools: Tim Holtz paper distresser; Coluzzle; scallop scissors; foam ink blending tool; hole punch

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Today is my mom's birthday and I'm sharing the card I made for just for her.  She loves to sew, is a big quilter and knitter, so I come by my creativity honestly.  Although, I only caught on to simple sewing, and never have really found my groove with knitting.  I'm more of a one needle gal...crocheting is my thing.

I wanted to celebrate my mom's creativity with this card and when I saw the antique sewing machine image on one of the papers from My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Two "Sunshine" collection, I knew I'd found my starting place. I tore the corner of the paper out and used it as an image.

I've been on the chipboard label kick lately.  I just love how easy it is to color chipboard with Distress Stains.  On this one, I used Spiced Marmalade as the base, then lightly dragged Picket Fence for a dry-brushed effect.  The sentiment is a K&Co Studio 112 Vellum quote that I trimmed closely and adhered with vellum tape.

I also wanted to have lots of yummy layers on this card.  I just love the layered look and keep striving to achieve it.  Between the papers, ribbons, lace, buttons, twine, embossed birdies, and everything else...I think I came pretty close this time!

So Happy Birthday, again to my Mom!  Hope you are enjoying your day.

So Artful Challenges: Sew Pretty
Sarah Hurley Challenges: #54 Buttons
The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop: November Challenge #4 - Buttons & Bows

Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! ‘So Saffron’, ‘Confetti Ivory’
Pattern Paper: My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Two ‘Sunshine’
Stamps: Glitz Design ‘Vintage Blue’
Inks: Distress Ink ‘Old Paper’; Distress Stain ‘Picket Fence’, ‘Spiced Marmalade’; SU! Craft ‘More Mustard’; Martha Stewart craft markers
Embellishments: chipboard oval; K&Co Studio 112 Vellum Quote; My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found button (yellow flower); buttons; thread; Hobby Lobby crochet lace; Papertrey Ink rustic button twine; ribbon trends ruler twill tape; Zing clear embossing powder

Tools: scallop scissors; hole punch; foam ink blending tool; needle; 3M foam tape; heat gun; glue dots; vellum adhesive tape

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Treasure Hunting

Every year for my mom's birthday, my sisters, mom, and I go on a shopping trip.  We usually stay in Michigan, but have also included trips to Chicago and San Antonio for these girls' weekends.  This time, we visited the Port Huron area on the eastern edge of the state, directly across the St. Clair River from Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

We met up last Friday and spent the day and evening shopping the quaint downtown boutiques in Lexington, Michigan.  For such a small town, they have some great little shops (definitely hit Noble, Irish Rose, and The Town Shoppe).

Here we are...taking in some refreshment after shopping all day and most of the evening!

We also stopped in Trash to Treasures antique store on the edge of town where I hit pay dirt on some great items to alter!  Can't wait to start in on these babies!

Saturday was spent in Port Huron at the Mary Maxim retail store.  My mom is a knitter and has ordered from Mary Maxim for as long as I can remember.  We also shopped several of the major craft stores that day and got kind of silly with some of the novelty hats.

Here's my mom and me at her birthday dinner.  I hope I look that young when I'm her age!

And finally on Sunday, we wrapped things up with a quick stop at a local flea market that I won't name because frankly, it was pretty gross.  BUT, we did find some treasures in all the grime and mess.  My sisters found books and trinkets and I found these fab-o aluminum cookie cutters that I plan on making into Christmas ornaments. 

So much to alter and so little time until the big day gets here!  Better go get started...hope you enjoyed the travel log of our treasure hunting adventure!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Free Digi Friday: Candy Cane

It's Friday again and time for another free digital stamp!  (Wow, did you guys like last week's Mod Christmas Tree...I'm so glad...let me know when you make something with it, I'd love to see it!)

Today's "Candy Cane" is tied with a big bow and is great for cards and gift tags.  Happy creating!

Friday Free Digis are free for one week. This digital stamp is now available for purchase. To order, go to the side bar, enter the stamp name shown below and click 'buy now' to pay via Pay Pal.
Cost: $2.00
Stamp Name: Candy Cane
I will email you the file within 24 hours of receiving payment.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Golden Leaves

When I saw the big gorgeous leaf designs on Inkadinkado's "Leaves Galore" set, I knew that I wanted to emboss them and make something really fabulous.  I had a ton of fun creating this card playing with Pearl Ex powders, embossing powders, and Distress Stains.

The Details:
  • I've been using a ton of neutrals lately and wanted to step out a bit, so I used eggplant cardstock as the base, stamped the medium leaf cluster in Versamark and used a dry paint brush to add gold, bronze, and copper Pearl Ex powders to the stamped leaves.  The edges were distressed with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  • The label plate was raw chipboard that I colored with Distress Stains and then added a layer of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.  "Happy Thanksgiving" was embossed in gold on mustard cardstock that was also colored with Distress Stains.  It's adhered to the label plate with foam tape for dimension.  The "brads" are dots of Frayed Burlap Distress Stickles.
  • Now for the fun part...the big yummy leaves!  I stamped the large oak, medium oak, and large maple leaves in Versamark onto kraft cardstock.  The large oak is embossed with gold, large maple with copper, and the medium oak is mostly gold with a little copper thrown in.
  • I then cut the leaves out using deckle scissors for a ragged, dry leafy edge, then distressed the edges a bit more with a Tim Holtz paper distresser tool.  
  • Next, I just played and layered, and played and layered...I kept adding different Distress Stains until I liked the results and got some nice autumnal leaves.  But I wasn't done yet.  Once I was satisfied with the Distress Stains, I sprayed each leaf with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist and smeared a bit of Frayed Burlap Distress Stickles to the medium oak leaf.
  • After layering up the finished leaves (the top oak leaf is raised a bit using foam tape), I added the wide organza ribbon and gold cord.
Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! ‘Elegant Eggplant’, ‘More Mustard’; Papertrey Ink ‘Kraft’
Stamps: Inkadinkado ‘Leaves Galore’; Stampin’ Up! ‘All Year Cheer’
Inks: Versamark; Distress Stain ‘Pumice Stone’, ‘Brushed Corduroy’, ‘Rusty Hinge’, ‘Spiced Marmalade’, ‘Crushed Olive’, ‘Chipped Sapphire’; Perfect Pearls Mist ‘Heirloom Gold’; Distress Ink ‘Vintage Photo’
Embellishments: Pearl Ex powder ‘Antique Bronze’, ‘Super Copper’, ‘Antique Gold’; SU! embossing powder ‘Gold Glory’; All Night Media embossing powder ‘Copper’; Celebrate It ribbon; gold cord; Distress Stickles ‘Frayed Burlap’; chipboard label; Distress Crackle Paint ‘Rock Candy’

Tools: deckle scissors; heat tool; Xacto knife; 3M foam tape

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Happy Fall

Still working toward using all those fabulous new stamp sets that I've been squirreling away lately. And I want to squeeze in a few more Autumn-themed projects before focusing on Christmas.

This Happy Fall card features an absolutely adorable set from Unity's Ippity line called "Fall for You". It's not just for fall either, so don't let the name or this card fool you!  You can purchase this stamp set here.

I also used the Lost & Found Two Sunshine paper collection from My Mind's Eye. Such gorgeous papers! I don't seem so worried about hoarding them when I purchase the 6x6 paper pads. Maybe my squirrely-ness is fading...nah! :-)

My Time to Craft Challenges: #166 - Take Two (two pumpkins)
Sparkles Forum: Challenge #24 - Autumn
Sweet Stampin': Going Gorgeously Gingham
Desert Island Crafters: Challenge #20 (ribbon, tree, 3 or more patterned papers, fussy cutting)

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink ‘Dark Chocolate’
Pattern Paper: My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Two ‘Sunshine’
Stamps: Unity Stamp Ippity ‘Fall For You’
Inks: Distress Ink ‘Old Paper’, ‘Spiced Marmalade’, ‘Forest Moss’, ‘Crushed Olive’; Archival Ink ‘Coffee’; Distress Stain ‘Spiced Marmalade’, ‘Crushed Olive’, ‘Rusty Hinge’
Embellishments: Offray ribbon; PTI rustic button twine; Making Memories trinket pin; Stampin’ Up! twill tape

Tools: Fiskars corner rounder punch; foam ink blending tool; 3M foam tape; deckle scissors; Cricut Expression; Sure-Cuts-A-Lot; water pen

Saturday, November 12, 2011

CADB Design Team: O Tannenbaum

The theme this week at Card A Day Blog is "Christmas Around the World" and after some brainstorming, I decided to pay homage to my German ancestry. What favorite symbol of Christmas started as a German tradition? Why, the Tannenbaum, known in English as the Christmas tree, of course! This card celebrates the transformation of a simple pine tree into a gloriously bedecked symbol of the season.

The Details:

  • I found sheet music of the traditional Christmas carol, "O Tannenbaum", at Free Vintage Clipart. I printed it on standard office paper, sprayed it with Krylon Workable Fixatif to set the ink, distressed the edges with my Tim Holtz paper distresser, crinkled it, rolled the edges, and finally aged it with Old Paper Distress Ink.
  • The pine tree image is from The Graphics Fairy and was printed on moss cardstock and sprayed with fixative. Before trimming to size, I glued the cardstock to a scrap of cereal box cardboard, then distressed and aged the edges with Old Paper. 
  • To deck my tree, I wound gold cord around as "garland", then added dots of Fired Brick Distress Stickles for "ornaments". Touches of fine crystal glitter give the hint of snow or flocking. And the whole thing is topped off with a "star" that was originally a shiny star burst sequin that I antiqued with Gold Mixative and Mushroom Alcohol Inks, then accented with a antique brass brad.
  • Next time you're at Michael's, pick up some of this green ribbon! I think this is my third or fourth's reversible with two great shades of green to choose from.  
  • The chipboard label started off raw. I colored it with Pumice Stone Distress Stain, then lightly brushed on some Brushed Corduroy DS. I LOVE coloring chipboard with Distress Stains! So quick and easy and dry with the blast of a heat gun! I stamped "Merry Christmas" in Jet Black StazOn, then applied Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint...thin where the words are and thick along the edges as if the whole thing is icing over. That didn't look quite frosty enough for me, so I added chunky crystal glitter to the edges too.
  • The red bracket was some unattractive chipboard accent (not raw), that I decided to custom color with alcohol inks and layer on the label.

Totally Paper Crafts: Week #92 - Victorian
Sweet Stamps: Challenge #40 - Red, Green & Gold

Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! ‘Sage Shadow’, ‘Always Artichoke’
Pattern Paper: K&Co ‘Christmas Cheer’
Image: pine tree – The Graphics Fairy; O Tannenbaum sheet music - Free Vintage Clipart
Stamps: SU! ‘All Year Cheer’
Inks: Alcohol Ink ‘Oregano’, ‘Red Pepper’, ‘Mushroom’, ‘Aqua’, ‘Gold Mixative’; Distress Ink ‘Old Paper’, ‘Forest Moss’; Distress Stain ‘Pumice Stone’, ‘Brushed Corduroy’; StazOn ‘Jet Black’
Embellishments: Distress Crackle Paint ‘Rock Candy’; JoAnn glitter; Michael’s ribbon; gold cord; SU! brads; starburst sequin; Distress Stickles ‘Fired Brick’; chipboard tag, chipboard bracket; Martha Stewart crystal fine glitter

Tools: spray adhesive, Krylon Workable Fixatif; deckle scissors; 3M foam tape; Tim Holtz paper distresser; foam and felt ink blending tools; tweezers; heat tool
Misc: cardboard

Friday, November 11, 2011

Free Digi Friday: Mod Christmas Tree

Happy Friday, everyone!

Today's an especially great Friday for me because I have the day off and am spending a fun shopping weekend with my mom and sisters in celebration of my mom's birthday.  Woo-hoo!

While we start our Christmas shopping, I thought you might want to get a jump on some Christmas cards with this Mod Christmas Tree digi.  A simple design that is great for making multiples!

Friday Free Digis are free for one week. This digital stamp is now available for purchase. To order, go to the side bar, enter the stamp name shown below and click 'buy now' to pay via Pay Pal.
Cost: $2.00
Stamp Name: Mod Christmas Tree
I will email you the file within 24 hours of receiving payment.

Need more inspiration?  Visit Card A Day Blog for a new Christmas card idea everyday until mid-December!  Definitely stop by on Sunday to see my card that kicks off the "Christmas Around the World" theme.  Oh, and did I mention that there's a monthly challenges with PRIZES?!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Fancy Frame Thanksgiving Card

Sharing another Thanksgiving card with an embossed frame today, but this time it's extra FANCY!

A Couple Details:

  • The frame started life as raw chipboard that colored using a variety of Distress Stain colors, then stamped the filigree frame and corner images in StazOn Timber Brown.  Next, I embossed the frame using the Tim Holtz Woodgrain texture fade and accented the raised areas, corners, and edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  As a final fancy step, I spritzed the whole frame with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls mist and then added some Vintage Photo Distress Stickles.
  • To create the medallion, I stamped the image on kraft cardstock, again using StazOn.  I then cut out the image and accented the base color with layers of various Distress Stains.  Once those were dry, I covered the cardstock in Versamark and proceeded to layer on about three applications of Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE).  On the final application, I spritzed some Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls onto the warm UTEE and re-heated just long enough for the PP to be absorbed.  This creates a pitted surface to the UTEE...sort of like corroded metal.  The final touch on the medallion is a fancy metal brad.

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink ‘Dark Chocolate’, ‘Kraft’
Pattern Paper: scraps; Daisy D’s Paper Company; K&Co
Stamps: JoAnn; Inkadinkado; Stampin’ Up!
Inks: StazOn ‘Timber Brown’; Distress Ink ‘Vintage Photo’, ‘Old Paper’; Distress Stain ‘Spiced Marmalade’, ‘Rusty Hinge’, ‘Brushed Corduroy’, ‘Crushed Olive’; Versamark
Embellishments: Distress Stickles ‘Walnut Stain’; Perfect Pearls Mist ‘Heirloom Gold’; Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel; Tim Holtz texture fade ‘Woodgrain’; chipboard frame; Recollections brad; velvet ribbon; organza ribbon; Papertrey Ink rustic button twine

Tools: glue dots; TH paper distresser; scallop scissors; foam ink blending tool; Sizzix Texture Boutique; heat gun; tweezers; deckle scissors

Monday, November 7, 2011

Damask Turkey Card

Please welcome back, for the last time, my favorite turkey stamp...yaaaaay...!!!
( my head that sounded a lot like an intro on the Muppet Show!  Oops, showing my age!  The sad part is that this is not even my stamp, I borrowed it from my sister.)

Okay, back to the card at hand! Obviously, it features the same turkey stamp as The Heart of Autumn and Turkey Tag cards and Mr. Tom is stamped, colored, and Glossy Accented-up the exact same way. What makes this card special is the embossed chipboard frame and the oak and acorn medallion.

Just a Few Details:
  • I embossed a raw chipboard frame using Tim Holtz's Damask texture fade, then painted it with Burnt Umber acrylic paint, accented it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, and finally added a rough layer of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. To me, the result is reminiscent of tooled leather.
  • The oak and acorn image was stamped on kraft cardstock using StazOn Timber Brown. I then cut it out and accented with marker and Old Paper DI. I used Glossy Accents to pop the entire image and while the GA was still wet, I added Vintage Photo Distress Stickles to just the acorns. After everything was dry, I added a brass brad to the center, but it looked too shiny, so I used Copper and Silver Alcohol inks to knock the shine down, then added some Vintage Photo Distress Stickles to the tops for a tarnished, corroded appearance.
  • The crackle background was stamped with Brushed Corduroy Distress Stain for a watercolor effect.
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink ‘Kraft’
Pattern Paper: Kraft Glassine; scraps
Stamps: JoAnn, Stampin’ Up!
Inks: Delta acrylic paint ‘Burnt Umber’; StazOn ‘Timber Brown’; Distress Ink ‘Vintage Photo’, ‘Old Paper’; Distress Stains ‘Brushed Corduroy’; Martha Stewart craft markers; Alcohol Ink ‘Copper’, ‘Silver’, ‘Blending Solution’
Embellishments: Glossy Accents; Distress Stickles ‘Walnut Stain’; Distress Crackle Paint ‘Rock Candy’; Perfect Pearls Mist ‘Heirloom Gold’; brads; velvet ribbon; gingham ribbon; Papertrey Ink rustic button twine; chipboard frame; Tim Holtz texture fade ‘Damask’

Tools: hole punch; foam ink blending tool; tweezers; felt ink blending tool; scallop scissors; Texture Boutique; Tim Holtz paper distresser

Friday, November 4, 2011

Thankful for You

Sharing another Thanksgiving card today from my stash of "I bought them and I MUST use them!" stamp sets. I love the sentiment on this card...especially appropriate for those special people in your life.  What a great time of year to remind them that you count them first when you count your blessings.

A Few Details:

  • The base is Papertrey ink Dark Chocolate that was stamped with a French script background using Versamark.  A strip of scrap fall leaves photo pattern paper was added, and then the entire base spritzed with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist.
  • This card is a study of browns and neutrals, so for the central image, I used Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip ink and clear embossing powder on PTI Kraft cardstock.  That was accented with some Old Paper Distress Ink, also spritzed with Heirloom Gold PPM, and layered on Chocolate Chip cardstock.
  • Layers of crocheted lace ribbon, brown polka dot ribbon, a Maya Road chiffon flower, metal elements, and twine all build on the brown/neutral theme while adding texture and interest.


Cardstock: Papertrey Ink ‘Dark Chocolate’, ‘Kraft’; Stampin’ Up! ‘Chocolate Chip’

Pattern Paper: scraps
Stamps: Inkadinkado ‘Filagree Fall’; SU! ‘French Script’, ‘All Year Cheer’
Inks: SU! craft ‘Chocolate Chip’; Versamark; Distress Ink ‘Old Paper’; Perfect Pearls Mist ‘Heirloom Gold’
Embellishments: Zing embossing powder ‘Clear’; Hobby Lobby crochet ribbon; Making Memories ribbon; PTI rustic button twine; SU! label holder; Tim Holtz foliage; SU! brad; Maya Road flower

Tools: Glossy Accents; glue dots; heat gun; scallop scissors; foam ink blending tool; 3M foam tape

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Fall Harvest

This sunny Fall Harvest card was created with one of the (too) many stamp sets I've purchased lately.  Still working toward that goal of a project from each!

A Couple Details:

  • For something a little different with rubber or clear stamps (but something I do all the time with digis), I stamped the central image onto pattern paper for a little extra something.  I love how you get a glimpse of the leaf pattern through the marker.  The image was stamped in brown pigment ink and embossed using clear powder.  This ensured that my pigment ink didn't smear when I colored the image.
  • For some texture, I embossed Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Up! cardstock using Tim Holtz's Woodgrain texture fade.  I then distressed the top and bottom edges and highlighted the embossed pattern with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  • A distressed "Fall Harvest" banner, some argyle ribbon, and chrysanthemum tag finish off this card that makes me think of the still-warm sun breaking through on a chilly autumn day.


Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! ‘Old Olive’, ‘Pumpkin Pie’; Papertrey Ink ‘Kraft’

Pattern Paper: Paper Adventures
Stamps: Inkadinkado ‘Doodle Fall’; JoAnn
Inks: Distress Ink ‘Vintage Photo’, ‘Old Paper’; Distress Stain ‘Brushed Corduroy’; JoAnn; Martha Stewart markers; SU! Stampin’ Write markers
Embellishments: American Crafts ribbon; Tim Holtz texture fade ‘Woodgrain’; Zing embossing powder ‘Clear’; chipboard tag; TH safety pin; PTI rustic button twine

Tools: TH paper distresser; Sizzix Texture Boutique; heat gun