Friday, December 31, 2010

Leaves In Oval

Spellbinders beaded oval was used to
cut the dark plum card stock.
I then used the die itself to cut the
Karen Foster scrapbook paper.
A Coluzzle cutter used on the inside
of the die made a perfect oval.
I have found that the Coluzzle cutter works best
when used with the foam sheet that they recommend.

The leaf "ribbon in the center of the oval
is an EK Success Martha Stewart punch.
It was glued to the oval and the parts
that extended past the pink paper
were carefully cut with a straight edge.
I rather like the results.

The striped background paper is
another fantastic Karen Foster paper.
I have no idea if they are still making it.
I have had it for a number of years.
OK, I have hoarded it for a number of years.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

More Christmas Ornaments

Christmas Ornaments

The flowers are made with Sculpey clay
or Makin' Clay air dry clay.
They have all been painted with Lumiere metallic
or pearl paints.
The silver ornament is one that hangs in my window.
The rest of the ornaments will be Christmas gifts.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Rejoice and Be Glad

It is amazing what a big difference
a slight change in design can make.
On the above card, the pine bough
was stamped with VersaMark
and embossed with clear embossing
powder. This creates a "shadowed" look.

The same basic design can be seen above and below.
One difference is the punched pine bough.
I personally like both looks.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Folded Christmas Tree

The basic instructions for the folded
Christmas tree can be found at
Connie Babbert's blog Inkspired Treasures.
While the instructions are for a plain edge,
I used one of Spellbinders scalloped circle
Nestibilites and sponged the edges.

The white oval that the tree is mounted on
is also texturized in an embossing folder.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Bathing Cowboy

The above card has a hammered metal accent
under the layered cowboy image.
Isn't this cowboy just simply hilarious?
I love the spurs hanging over the edge of the bath tub.
Viva Las Vegas Stamps is the manufacturer.
The phrase comes from Claudia Rose.
The cowboy was colored with colored pencils
and blended with a stump and baby oil.
Square Nestibilities from Spellbinders was used
to die cut the cowboy image and a
Spellbinders Label was used
on the cardboard.
Both the cardboard and the image
have been enhanced by sponging
dark brown ink around the edges.
This was also done with the card base.

Sutter Enterprises is the maker of the retreating rider.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


I have a LOT of Christmas stamps and
have been very careful about my purchases
of those stamps because I have to many.
Christmas and the Holy Days
(aka Holidays to the politically correct)
are my yearly reminder of God's unending
love for me and all humanity
by the fulfillment of the promise,
the gift of His only Son, born a man,
to die and shed his blood for me.
Because of this great gift and sacrifice that
followed I have eternal life.
So I Rejoice!!!!!!!

The branch in the upper left corner
has been stamped with VersaMark
and embossed with clear embossing powder.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Big Merry, Little Christmas

Four very similar cards with the same basic design.
Begin with a computer generated "merry".
It took a little experimenting to get just the right size.
I worked in landscape format with two columns
in Word 2003 and got four "merry"s per sheet of card stock.
The "merry" was then cut out with a
Spellbinders Label die,
then embossed in a Cuttlebugembossing folder.
The "Christmas" is also computer generated.
These were cut out with Spellbinders oval Nestibilities.
Some were layered onto the coordinating scalloped ovals
and others had ink sponged around the edges to make
them stand out slightly from the "merry" label.

The gold card is gift wrap that has been attached with
spray glue to card stock. It was then embossed with
a Cuttlebug folder as was the "merry" label.

The blue backgrounds are K & Company scrapbook paper.
This design has endless possibilities.
My husband has an anniversary card the
has a big "happy" and a small
anniversary. The design is done is black and white.
This design is easy to mass produce and
great fun to give.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Western Flavor

Begin with a fantastic image from
Wildlife Enterprises stamped
with black Ranger's Archival ink.
Why archival? So when you smooth
out the colored pencil with a stump soaked
in baby oil the black ink doesn't run.
A non archival water based ink
will "move" and smear when it get
wet with the baby oil.

Cut the finished image to a rectangle,
punch the corners and sponge the edges
with a dark brown ink.
Layer onto a dark brown card stock,
trimming the left side with a decorative scissors.

The faux snake skin is also layered onto
dark brown card stock with
the bottom edge cut with the
same decorative scissors as the
hat and gloves image.
Place three brads at the top and
some type of decorative western
embellishment at the bottom.

Attach the faux snakeskin and
stamped image as shown in the picture.
I used a beige parchment card stock for
my card base. The edges of
the card have also been sponged with
dark brown ink.