Monday, November 24, 2014

Winter and Fall, Something For All!

This is a great time of year for crafting and stamping...we have to fun holidays to design for...we have a fun mix of inspiration for you today.

So, tell us what you are up to creating these days...are you working on fall projects or holiday projects?  Leave us a comment for your chance to win a few fun images to help you along in your endeavors!  Winners will be announced next Monday!

Designer Angela Bode using: GG0095 It Came Without Ribbons DD031 Poinsettia Leaf DieD040 Pine Branch DieCLR031A Poinsettia 2 Holiday Clear Stamp.

Designer Rita Wright using: HH0109 Winter Birds

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pretty as a Rose...

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Isn’t this just the prettiest little rose?  This is one of the red rubber images from Prickley Pear.  They stamp so clear, so beautiful.  I had this piece of cardstock left over from a previous project with the bricks on it and thought it would make a great back ground for this pretty rose.
This was pretty straight forward stamping so I only have the one picture.  Wish I would have taken pictures at the time I was using that pretty translucent embossing paste.  I just added a bit of black ink from a distress marker to give it a bit of brick color look.  Since it was a scrap the bricks are only on part of the piece I used which gives it a really nice look, I think.

I colored the image with colored pencils and let the Dove blender pen soften the colored lines.  Then using a punch I made a little frame for the image.  What I learned about corner punches is you need to cut your layering piece (the layer you are going to punch) 1/2 in larger than the piece you are going to put in the frame.  So if you have a two inch square image piece you need to cut your frame piece to  two and half inches and then it will fit perfectly.

I added the greeting from the Hibiscus set, trimmed out a banner for it and added a tiny piece of braided thread I snipped off a clothing tag.  A few spatters of “paint” with a brush and mounting the frame piece with dimensionals made this a really simple card with lots of elegance.  As I looked at it though, if felt it needed a touch of stickles glitter and that just finished it off.  This was a wonderfully simple card to make.

Prickley Pear Products that I used:
Rose Bunch –Red Rubber Stamp
Hibiscus 2 Clear Stamp Set

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Janeen Thompson - Guest Designer

Hello All,

Where does one start to write a short bio? It was a dark and rainy night??? Ha-ha.
I’m an advanced stamper, in years that is. I will be able to collect my social security check next year. I feel a bit out dated amongst all these young stampers but I love it and you all keep me young.

I’m a wife of forty four years to a husband that has always encouraged my growth and completely supports my stamping addiction interest. I’m a mother of two adults. How can that be?

Water and beaches and warm climates and I have an affinity for one another. I’m still pondering the strength of a love that moved me to a frigid climate here in Wisconsin with our long winters. Ahhh, love, it does strange things to us. The rest of my family all moved to the south.

The first time I stamped I didn’t enjoy the process at all but once I learned about coloring stamped images that was a whole new story. I love to color. I have so many coloring mediums and I use them all. I love to practice with water colors. That has been my most recent endeavor. I love water color pencils, markers, paints. I love crayons, copics and oil based pencils. It’s so fun to see how the color reacts on different papers, with different techniques, with different layers. I like to color images and have them ready to go and can just stamp and color for hours.

I’ve been a stamper for many years but I feel like a slow learner. I’m an impatient card maker. I like to roll in and make a card in thirty minutes or less. I time myself with a timer and try to beat the clock. It doesn’t matter to me if I take longer but I just like to move things along. I’m always using a heat gun to speed things up. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy the process, I just like it to be quick. Because of this, I’m also a very messy stamper and am constantly cleaning my craft space.

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You all know how much I have enjoyed playing with my oh so cute, softly vintage Prickley Pear Stamps.  Oh my word.  I have had a hard time keeping this under my hat.  It was so exciting to be chosen as a Guest Designer for them.  I was so excited to receive my box of stamping goodness from them.  Dies, stamps, clear stamps, red rubber, sentiments…..what to make first???

Since Thanksgiving is upon us I chose this beautiful harvest pumpkin.  Using my distress markers scribbled onto my craft mat I picked up the color with a water brush.  This is done on regular card stock and  I tried to use a light hand at coloring in the image.  This image was a bonus because it has the dies to go with it. So easy, so much more fun than fussy cutting everything, eh? I was able to cut the leaves and the pumpkin at the same time and then stamp the image onto the already cut die. For the leaves, I spritzed my colors on the craft mat so they ran together and then pressed the leaves into that color.
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For the main panel I used the Scalloped Circle die in two sizes and embossed them instead of cutting them for a nice classic look that wouldn’t detract from that beautiful harvest pumpkin.  I then curved the sentiment from the clear stamps and placed that inside the scallops.  I mounted the sentiment onto a see through stamp press with grids.

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Before mounting the pumpkin to the Kraft piece I turned it over and used my stylus to rub on it and give it some dimension.  It really added a nice touch of realism to it.

Thanks for taking the time to visit!

Scalloped Circle Nesting Dies
Pumpkin Set 2 Clear Stamp Set