Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Whew, it  has been a whirlwind since Stamp Camp; this month just flew by. I squeeze in a little time before bed each night checking out what all my stamping friends have been posting but have had no time to post myself.  I managed to get some Thanksgiving cards in the mail early this week before the holiday. People that know me were surprised.  Here I share the card that I sent to the Cardologists:

I found inspiration for the shape in a card by Nancy Riley also using the Stampin' Up set "Autumn Days", adding a sentiment from their "Happy Harmony" set.  I used the 'thumping' technique on the partridge using Chocolate Chip and Razzleberry pens although the Razzleberry doesn't show up well on the Pumpkin Pie bird.  I finally figured out how to use the Fiskars texture plate "scales" on the Big Shot through trial and error since none of the recipes I collected seemed to work with mine. The lace border is a Stampin' Up edgelit as is the label punch.  Paper colors: More mustard, Ruby red, Close to cocoa.  Some thrift store Cream,  a fall DSP and circle dies completed the card.

I am very thankful that a coworker asked me one day, fifteen years ago, if I wanted to go to a stamping party with her and meet a crazy bunch of ladies that spend all their money on stamps.  As a "habit" goes, this one is very rewarding and I have been able to meet so many very good friends.  I hope all of you have had a wonderful holiday with family and friends.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Hello Stampers,
This started as a quick and easy, one layer card, because it was getting late and most of the Cardologists had already packed their bags for the evening.  I really needed a sympathy card - the third one this week - sad to say.  But this morning, I couldn't help but add a layer because it looked so unfinished.
I started by stamping a flower from Inkadinkado's Meadow set with Memento black on Crumb Cake paper.  Then I sponged lines with Marvy grey ink using the edge of a torn paper, to simulate mist behind the flowers.  A sentiment from Stampin Up's Teeny Tiny Wishes, a punch from Stampin Up, a layer of black on Crumb Cake, and this easy card was  finished. (I don't know why it looks like it is on a white card.  sigh)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Hello Friends,
Thank you to all who have made me welcome in my first blog attempts.

I barely recovered from Stamp Camp - no I am still not unpacked! - and then I was off to visit friends in New Hampshire.  Here is a picture of my friend's daughter, a very talented teenager.  She designed and sewed her first quilted wall hanging when she was nine; here she is holding one of the Christmas stockings she made to sell to raise money for her class trip to Washington DC. 

And now for the card I made, inspired by her stocking. I must say I chose colors that were too dark so it is not as colorful as the stocking!

Stamps: Stampin Up Pointsettia (1998), Endless Creations Merry Christmas, Inkadinkado Pine branch, Studio G Ornaments
Stampin Up Top Note Die, Papers, Bakers Twine
Ranger Ink, Snowflake embossing powder
Cuttlebug Snowflakes
Other: detail gold embossing powder, gold rub-on, versafine clear