Thursday, September 30, 2010

It's The Background

Now just what is similar about these cards?
At first glance that is a major mystery, BUT it's
what has been used to create the background.
On both cards Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists
has been used to make a
shimmery almost glowing background.
Yes! This product is so much fun
to play with.
On the top card it is easy to see what has been done.
The bottom card is a little different.
A brass stencil was laid over a 4.25 x 5.50 piece
of card stock. Now mist the darker spray over
the whole. Remove the stencil, very carefully
as spray is still wet. Let dry and mist again
with a lighter spray.

As an added use, place a piece of card stock
over the still wet stencil and gently press.
You will have a negative image!
What fun! Once you start, you will not be
able to stop experimenting.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I'm Baacckk!!!

The last 2 weeks have been so insane and stressful.
My husband's 92.75 year old father passed away
and his mother is not doing well at all.
My mother is in the final stages of Parkinson's
(but she has been in this condition for 6 months, so
this could go on for a long long time) and we have
an uncle that has just gone into hospice.

So a simple sympathy card seems to fit.
This a paper quilting border/ribbon with a
very small Hero Arts stamped phrase
in one of the squares.
The card base front is cover with a texture
that was done in an embossing folder.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Horses On Suede

The background for this card is an embossing folder
that looks like wood. The wood grain has been accented
by dusting with dark brown ink on a sponge.
The leather look gift wrap has been cut with
a Spellbinders new diamond die cut
and is layered onto black text weight paper
that has been cut with a decorative scissors.
The horse stamp is from Inkadinkado.

Monday, September 13, 2010


A clear acrylic stamp by Inkadinkado is the beginning.
It has been stamped with black ink onto faux suede.
How to make faux suede - spread a thin layerbrown Liquid Applique
over card stock and heat with heat gun.
Yes, it really does feel like suede.
I stamped over the suede with crackle stamped
inked with a medium brown dye ink.
Tear around the edges of the image and
"burn" the torn edges with black ink.
I have been known to fill in some of the uninkable
edges with a black Sharpie to get a nice solid
black burned look.

The Spellbinders Label that the horse image
is attached to is cut from a leather look gift wrap.
Next layer down is another Spellbinders Label
that has the edges first sponged with a dark brown ink,
followed by very narrow sponging of black.
Horse shoes have been stamped in the corners.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sympathy Cards

The top portion of the card has been
embossed with embossing folders from
Cuttlebug or Sizzix and the decorative punched
"ribbons" are Martha Stewart, EK Success or Fiskars.

These cards will be a gift to someone who is dear to me.
She commented that she was always running out
of sympathy cards.
Now I don't know about all of you,
but most of my family and friends have
pretty much every thing that they need,
so when they comment that they do actually
have a real need for something, I am
thrilled. I just hate buying dust catchers
for people or am item that is less than thrilling.
(you can tell by the look on their face when they open the package.)

The papers used on the lower third of the card
are whatever matched from my scrap box.

Monday, September 6, 2010

from my friend Jen L.

I found this very interesting and educational and thought it worth sharing. It really does not matter if you agree or disagree, but you should know the FACTS. Not what is spoon fed us by the so-called unbiased media. If this is wrong, prove it to me.

What is islam?

Is it a religion?

Is it protected under our 1st amendment rights to freedom of religion

Or is it foreign law?

Religious faith is part of islam. The rest of it - a socially engineered society with it's own laws and customs.

The Quran is simply a governing charter complete with laws, punishment, and social behavior expectations.

Our constitution does the same

England's charter does the same

Islam has a global mission to take over and run the world according to islamic shariah law.

That is much more than a religion - that is a government.

Islam is not a religion - it is a governing doctrine that dictates religious belief AND law. It is a form of government because if the laws are not obeyed, then penalties and punishments are invoked.

We are letting it take over our nation a little bit at a time.

By insisting that we respect their "religion" they are insisting that we respect and submit to their government.

The law of God - thou shalt not kill
The law of Mohammed - kill all who will not convert

The quran teaches that islamic government is God's law. Duh!

Some political person said this week that it was racist to call Israel a Jewish state.

How long before it will be racist to call America anything but muslim? That day will come sooner than you may be willing to believe!

Muslim worship is protected by the 1st Amendment
Islamic law is not. Islamic law does not belong in the US. Any place that imposes islamic law, including a mosque, does not belong on American soil.

Something to think about, huh?

by Jen Lowe

Faith Makes Things Possible

This design began with my playing around with an
EK Success punch. I drew two orange metallic lines close
to the punched area and then searched for a way to use
it on a card. The scrapbook paper with the white leaves
seemed to be a perfect match.
The stamped phrase is one of my favorites
and is made by
River City Rubber Works.
The image has been stamped with VersaMark and
embossed with fine line black embossing powder.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Ranch Life Adventures

Early one morning the just weaned kittens were crying at the back door. Poor babies were hungry. So being the softy that I am I got a hand full of cat food, opened the door and bent down and put it on the top step.

I heard a "cat" lapping water from the bucket under the hydrant that was about five feet from the door. I looked over to see which cat it was. Wellllllll............ it was a black "cat" with white stripes.

After slowly and gently backing up, closing the door in a manner that would not upset the "cat" (aka, big skunk, monster skunk, big ugly scary skunk, shudder) I hot footed it for hubby. He was not impressed at 5:30 in the morning and told me, "I'll get it another day."`I just hope he meets that big monster scary skunk one fine morning. He has been warned.

The lesson in all this - when you live in the country you open doors slowly in the early morning, look carefully and don't wake up hubby to handle trouble unless it involves a lot of blood or the cows are in the yard.