Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween 2014

It is a few hours away from All Hallow's Eve so I post the card I made for this season. 

Susanne was a little under the weather tonight and didn't make it to the Cardologist's party, so Susanne your card is in the mail.  I hope you are feeling better soon.

I had intended to put googly eyes on the outside and place the owl inside.  However, I couldn't find my googly eyes - since I am only half unpacked from Stamp Camp that is not a surprise.  So, on the front the owl goes.  Of course, she had to have her feathers dyed orange and purple for the occasion...and a little green makeup for the beak and toes.

The Spider Web sentiment is from DRS and inside,

"Wishing you a delightfully frightful Halloween night!" which I believe is an old Close to My Heart stamp.

Thank you for visiting.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fairy wishes

 Hello, my friends,

The Cardologists believe chocolate is necessary for the creative process. Needless to say a lot of M&Ms went into this project.   The card took over my whole afternoon.  It started as a simple small card but then it called to be switched around and made into a buckle.  (The actual card went through several metamorphosis until ending up as a gray card with embossed swirls distressed with blue.)

 The fairy stamp is a Penny Black stamp. I stamped her twice and popped up the head and star.  I stamped the wings twice with Staz-On on acetate, and cut them out, leaving a tab to slip into the slit I made along her dress.

It wasn't going to be a Christmas card either but when I went looking through my stash I found this sentiment that fit perfectly. 

Spellbinders Labels Twenty-two  formed the "buckle" and framed the sentiments from two different Stampin' Up sets, one retired, one Petite Pairs.

Thank you for visiting today.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


My sister likes butterflies, and even though we are past the season to see them here, I found myself making a butterfly card this week.

My friend, Susanne, found a technique posted by Therese on  her website Lost In Paper this month using solid dies with embossing folders to create a frame for a matching stamp.  To our dismay, the Cardologists do not have many solid dies.  I have one solid die, but no stamp to match so I tried the technique with a set of dies from Impression Obsession that I fortuitously received in the mail this week.

The effect of the frame is lost unless you peak under the butterfly in the closeup, so it would work better with a matching stamp, and as we found out from our experimenting, if the die is sized to leave a border around the stamp.

The butterfly was cut from a left over scrap of ink applied direct to glossy paper. The word stamp is from a Stamp Camp set; the embossing folder is from Provo Craft/Cuttlebug. 

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Stamp camp news

Hello.  The skies turned really gray today and we are losing the beautiful leaves here on the mountainside.  We have to turn to our creations for color.

Yesterday Susanne came and brought her embossing paste.  We CASEd her card on her website Keep In Touch; mine is pictured on the left.  We also used a stencil she brought with ferns and I made a card with bits and pieces pictured here on the left.

Since we all share our supplies at Stamp Camp, and Susanne brought the stencils, I do not know the company that makes them.  Thank you Susanne for sharing your time and talent with us.

[edit: The fern stencil is from TCW and the grid stencil is from Memory Box.]

1. Background stamps by Stampin Up; bird is a Local King stamp
2. Scroll is from a Fiskars Heidi Grace set; Die is Simon Says.

Stamp camp Monday

Greetings from Stamp Camp.  

On Monday, we played with two techniques that we had never done before.  The first is the Bull's Eye technique we studied in a video by Deb Valder.  You can find the instructions on her website stampaladee.  The second was using reinkers and rubbing alcohol.  There are lots of instructional videos for that but the one we studied (and apologies that I do not remember where) had us mixing the two on a craft mat and then dipping our paper into it.
These are our creations:

1.  Stampin Up Embrace Life, Papillon Potpourri, Sizzix  Circle dies.
2.  Stampin IUp retired set In Full Bloom.