I embossed the stamp "Ornaments with Flourish" from Prickley Pear in white on kraft colored cardstock. I drew the lines and dots around the edge of the oval and layered it on a white scalloped edge oval. The pattern paper is from BoBunny's Mistletoe paper pad. The little sentiment on the bottom is from Prickley Pear's "Christmas Trees 2 Clear Stamp Set", and that was embossed in white as well.
I know there is no such thing as a blue cardinal, but seeing how he has snowflakes on him, I had to go blue.
The stamp is from Cardinal 2 Clear Stamp Set by Prickley Pear. He is colored with Copics, layered on a Label Twenty Five die from Spellbinders. The snowflakes and swirls embellishments are chipboard from Make It Crafty. I also used the stamp Swirls & Snowflakes from Prickley Pear, first around the edges of the blue background, then on the white cardstock .
The blue background is a really cool technique I found in the "Craft Stamper" magazine from the UK.
1. You want to take 2 pieces of cardstock, same size, and gesso them. Make it about 1 to 2 mm thick.
2. Press the gessoed sides together.
3. Slowly pull them apart. You'll have a nice pattern on both sides. Let the pieces dry overnight.
4. Now you can color your background.
I choose to play with Distress Stains, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire and Pewter. Play around with your colors, blot where it's to dark, mist to make the colors run together etc. Liesbeth Fedder, who did the tutorial in Craft Stamper used water color crayons and a barrel water brush on hers. When you're satisfied, let the panel dry completely.
On this card I used the two stamps Lg. Cozy by Mantle (JJ0079) and Winter is the Time (GG0161) by Prickley Pear. I colored the image with my Copics, cut it out, layered it on a diecut (Labels Three by Spellbinders). Layered that in turn on pattern paper from the Mistletoe Collection by BoBunny, that went on solid green cardstock and then onto the red card. The little photo corners are punched from the same red cardstock as the card, and the punch is by EK Success.
This week I used the Prickley Pear Christmas Tree Die, Christmas Tree 2 Clear Stamp Set and Swirls and Snowflakes stamp on my card "Snowfall".
The trees and saying were stamped with Tsukineko's purple Encore ink, the Swirls and Snowflakes were stamped with the Glue Pad, also from Tsukineko, and then I put microfine glitter on top. This is actually stamped on the white die cut background, close up shot is below.
The die I used for the background is a Tim Holtz die from Sizzix.
Last, but not least, the chipboard snowflake border and snowflake are both from Make It Crafty.
I covered the chipboard pieces first with Brilliance White ink, then used the Glue Pad again, and lots of glitter on top. Oh, and a very light spraying of Fireworks Grape Jelly spray on top of the snowflake border.
Got a nice heavy box from Great Britain yesterday! Loaded with stamp sheets from PaperArtsy. I got a few dies to coordinate as well.
You'll find most of them under the stamp category "eclectic". It was difficult to categorize them, so they got their own. lol
This week I made a "Happy Fall" card for our Prickley Pear Design Team blog submission.
I used the Fall Scalloped Oval 2 stamp set and their Scalloped Oval Die. The sunflower I colored with Copics, and then the layering began. The colored papers are from a DCWV paper pad. To "notch" the corners I used a small circle punch.
The wavy bottom was done with an embossing and die combo from Stampin' Up. A little lace, a few well placed gold dots and it was time to get the Distress ink out, Pumice Stone, and everything was distressed except the gold dots.
I received this email this morning. Thought I'd share.
You are invited to attend the Virtual Convention at RSC right from the comfort
of your own home! The show officially starts today at 9am PT and runs through
Monday. We have lots of companies offering HUGE discounts just for RSC members.
Be sure to spread the word to all of your stamping friends because no one
should miss out on these great sales.
I spent some money over the last few days! So we have new merchandise, stamps and coordinating dies primarily, coming in from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps, Stampendous and a nice big order from the British company Paper Artsy. (They were offering free international shipping this week!) They had so much to choose from, that I stayed within one catalog. "Hot Picks".
All these companies ship very quickly.
One of the little Anyas from "Miss Anya Scarves" from The Greeting Farm. She was colored with Copic Markers and the Oval Snowflake frame and the snowflake in the upper left corner is from Make It Crafty.
I used the Scalloped Oval 2 Clear Stamp Set from Prickley Pear, stamped the pumpkin oval stamp on their scalloped oval die, added the sentiment in the middle. The 3 little pumpkins on the ribbon are from the same set. I used my Copics to color, YR12 and YR15. Around the edges of the scalloped ovals and the cardstock I used my VersaMark pen and then embossed using the Frantage Aged Green Embossing Enamel from Stampendous. A little ribbon, a lot of pearls, and it's done.
On the card "Little Boo" I used the pumpkin, ghost, teeny-weeny spider and leaf from the Mini Owls Clears Stamp Set 2, and the little Boo saying from the Bats Clear Stamp Set, all from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.
I used a crackle medium on the pumpkin and leaves, distress inked the purple Harlequin paper a little with Dusty Concord Distress Ink. The pattern papers are from K&Co. I love their little mat pads for card making.
This was just a nice simple card to make. I used the Prickley Pear Scalloped Oval Die, stamped the little spider and web oval from Prickley Pear's Clear Stamp Set Scalloped Ovals 2, the tiny bats (all hand cut out), and both sayings are from their Bat Clear Stamp Set.
The spider web paper is from K&Co and EK Success makes the ticket punch I used for the saying.
They're not my style really, but I saw their booth at a convention here in Jacksonville. And I must say, some of their samples were absolutely stunning! So, I have just placed my first order withHeartfelt Creations!! I think I got their latest collection, Vintage Floret Collection another one called Delicate Aster Collection. And the tea cups of course. I'm excited. Hope I'm not the only one.
I pulled out the Kenya Ketto. stamp from Stamping Bella last week and started playing with it. She's really fun and cute. So here are summer, fall and Halloween Kenya Ketto. Christmas will be done in a day or so.
Well, big news for me, I have just been chosen as one of the Design Team Members for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps for 2012-2013. I am very excited. Just ask Mary from PPRS who probably got her eardrum blown out when I shrieked in her ear on the phone.
You'll see some samples from them this week, since I just got a shipment in, and next weeks class we'll be using one of their new stamp and die sets.
Thanks to everybody that came yesterday for the Bleach Out Class/Spray Class. I don't think I have ever seen you all so concentrated. You did a great job and it was fun!!
For those of you who didn't come, or aren't local, here is the card we made. I think it came out great!
We used Dylusions Sprays, orange and black for the background, stamped the leaves with black Archival ink and then used various other colors of the Dylusions Sprays to color in the leaves. Voila, a fall card. The leaves come from the "Further around the Edge" set by Dylusions/Dyan Reaveley. This is a link to her video of the technique. http://rangerink.com/?ranger_video=dylusions-bleach-out
If you don't get/read my emails then here's another way for you to find out about the monthly sales.
First off, you really need to check out the CLEARANCE section. Lots of goodies in there at 50% off.
Then we get to this month's sale, we have 40% off all Distress ink pads and reinkers, all embellishments, Lawn Fawn Stamps, Spellbinders Dies and StazOn ink pads. I may have forgotten to write something in here, and there may be more added later. You just never know!
The Tim Holtz Blueprint Line of stamps got replenished, so Halloween and Fall Leaves are back in. FYI.
Here we have "Flip Flop Tilda" from Magnolia. She was colored with Copics, and is sitting comfortably on a Floral Oval Die from Spellbinders. I added a little netting, a rose that I aged, some torn paper and a large and small seashell from Magnolia that I crackled.