Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Floral Window

First cut a lattice from the Cheery Lynn Designs
lattice die.  Attach the lattice to a plain white card base.

Now take a piece of 4.25 x 5.5 inch card stock.
Cut a Spellbinders Label aperture.  I left a little more
room at the bottom than the top to make room for 
a little more elaborate  floral embellishment.
If you desire a more embossed border around the 
aperture run it through the die cut machine
again with the embossing rubber sheet.

The lower left and upper right corners
are embellished with white die cut corners from
Cheery Lynn Designs.

Now we come to the flowers and leaves.
I have no idea who is the maker of the leafy stem die.
The stem on the right is a full stem, the one on the lower left 
was cut down.  Leaves from the cut down stem were
used for the single flower in the upper left corner.

The cream colored flowers were punch with a
Punch Bunch punch.  The brown centers of the
flowers are from Punch Bunches star burst and 
twinkle punches.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Framed Ornament

I began with a Cuttlebug folder that is
trimmed to 4 x 5.25 inches, then layered
over a sage green card stock. 
The green card stock has been cut to
make a narrow border.
This whole concoction is then attached
to a plain white A2 card base.

The ornament frame is from a
Spellbinders ornament die.
I used the largest and the second largest 
dies together to create the frame of polished stone.
The trick is to tape the dies in place before you cut.

The greeting was created in PSP X and
printed on plain white card stock.
It was cut out with the same ornament die.

I used a heavy gold metallic gift wrap
that has been attached to card stock using spray glue.
This was die cut using a Sizzix extended cut die.
The straight gold pieces and the hanger
were cut with a guillotine paper cutter.

The frame is raised over the Christmas phrase
using flat pieces of paper egg carton.
Most pop dots are expensive and too thick.
Paper egg cartons a free.  (big plus!)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Simple and Elegant Christmas Card

I began with a piece of glossy paper that was
4 x 5.25 inches, this was embossed in a folder.
It was layered over a brown card stock and that card 
stock was trimmed to a very narrow border using
Perfect Layers laying rulers.

The Christmas bulbs are polished stone.
This is a technique using glossy paper (clay cast)
and alcohol inks.  It is very fun and very messy.
I usually make up huge variety of colors and styles
when making polished stone.  Warning, this technique
is addictive.  It's hard to stop experimenting with the 
various colors and looks you can achieve while creating.

The bulbs were cut out using various Spellbinders
ornament dies.  The bronze decorations on the bulbs
are die cut from a bronze metallic Christmas wrap paper
that has been attached with spray glue to a piece of card stock.
I used Cherry Lynn Designs and Sizzix dies.
The straight pieces were cut using a paper cutter.

I use Crafters Pick Ultimate glue and a toothpick
to carefully dot glue on the backs of the decorations.
A very fine paper cutting of bronze paper was used
to create the "wire" that the ornaments appear
to be hanging from.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

What's happening at the ranch

 Well we finally broke down and got a game camera.
It is positioned by a tank and we have put out a few ears 
of corn every night.
Above is a nice fat healthy coyote and 
below is 5 point buck.
The camera is infrared so they don't
see a flash although I do think some notice the little red light.
 I took this picture up in our hill pasture while waiting for
son to gut his deer.  He shot the deer in second 
deepest and most inaccessible canyon on the place.
So we did our mother son bonding thing and I 
helped him haul it out.  Took a little grunt work, mostly on 
his part, but the doe is now being processed and
we will be enjoying some wonderful sausage this winter.