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Monday, September 22, 2014

The Harvest Moon


Happy Monday!  Today's card for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps is a simple one to do and is so eye-catching.  The sentiment is stamped on craft cardstock and is popped up with foam tape.  This is simple stamping at it's best; quick and easy!

Supplies:  HH0171 Wheat Field, FF0183 The Harvest Moon, FF0179 Harvest Flourish

Be sure top pop on over to the Prickley Pear Blog today and see what the other designers have been up to! 

Also, if you have not checked out the Prickley Pear Design Team Call, there is still time to get your application in!  Come play in the Prickley Pear sandbox!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fall Color Explosion!

I have been on a fall coloring spree...I just love vibrant fall colors and the snap in the air this time of year! 

This first card features a Whipper Snapper image and a Wordsworth sentiment.  I had some gold mesh in my stash from back in the day, but it was perfect for this card.  The gold thread wrapped around the simple paper strip is from my Grandma's sewing bin.

This card uses some paper that has been here a while, I didn't think I liked it much, but in this setting I'm loving it! ...now I wish I had more!   The flower is from Art Gone Wild!  I just love my flowers...flowers make everything better!  Sentiment is from Inky Antics.  I just love the font.
My only embellishment is a snip of corrugated cardboard...it should have been in the trash, but I save little things like this and just love it when they find the perfect home!

My last card today features another thing from my save bin.  I was messing around with my brayer and Kaleidacolor ink pads long ago...but you can't toss those inky papers...and now looky here how nifty this has turned out, just stamping Stampers Anonymous trees on top.  Sentiment is from Penny Black.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

All-Occasion Card Trio

I've been on a mission to stock up on cards for various occasions, it's nice to be able to grab a card and mail it when needed!

This first card uses some fabulous designer paper that looks all distressed and worn.  I added the light house image from From The Heart Stamps and some Candi Dots as my only embellishment.  Image is colored with Copic Markers.
This image is one from Stampin' Up that has been in my stash for a while.  Today I ran across the perfect MME designer paper, added a touch of seam binding and some Candi Dots and I was set.
This final card is a simple one using images from Stampin' Up that is classic and simple.  A touch of distressing is the perfect touch.  The image and cardstocks are Navy Blue, not black as the photo suggests.  I liked the less harsh color.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Anniversary Cards

Had some requests recently for some Anniversary cards, so what to do but sit down and make a slew?
This one uses some embossed designer paper from bin and other bits and bobs from around my stamping area.  It's generic in nature, so could be a wedding card as well.
This features a Stampin Up set and the addition of a Peddler's Pack sentiment and some seam binding.  A touch of distressing makes everything a bit more interesting!
This one features a cut out from KandCompany that has been laying around here for a bit.  I added Glossy Accents to the buttons and added a butterfly and lace for this card.  The anniversary sentiment is from Inky Antics.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Glittery Web!

Today's card features a glittery web featuring the September Cute and Spooky Creative Cafe Kit.

I stamped the web image with some Scrap Happy Glue on another piece of acetate I rescued on it's way to the landfill.  I let it sit while I went and washed off my stamp with warm soapy water.  I then came back and covered my glue-stamped image with Black Licorice You're So Fine Glitter.

To prepare my black window frame I cut a black panel 5 1/4 x 4 inches.
On the back I drew a 2 5/8 x 2 7/8 inch rectangle. 
The margins will be 3/4 inch down from the top and 11/16 inch on each side.
Cut out the window with a craft knife.
When the glitter and glue are dry, stamp your little spiders with Stazon ink onto the back of the acetate web piece.  The glitter will go towards the card and the spiders will be on top.
Add your little gems for the spiders' bodies.
Attach the completed acetate piece with Scor-tape to the back of your frame.
Then attach the window piecce to your A2 sized purple panel with foam tape.  This gives your web dimension off of the card and casts shadows!
As a final touch you can add the sentiments popped up on foam tape and add a ribbon.

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Supplies:
Stamps/Papers/Embellishments:  September Cute and Spooky Creative Cafe Kit: cardstock, gems, ribbon, Halloween Traditions stamp set.
Ink: Memento black, Stazon black
Adhesives: Scor-tape, Scrap Happy Glue, Foam Tape
Glitter: Black Licorice

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Friendship Card Trio

I have been picking up some fabulous friendship quotes lately from Stampers Anonymous.  The flowers on this card are from Art Gone Wild.  The background was one I stamped years ago with Stampin Up! stamps.  I've been on this cleaning binge...and this one was too pretty to leave sit.
 This quote is one from Inky Antics.  Love the beautiful font.  The background is one that I stamped up years ago with Stampin Up! images.  This is a baby wipe technique where you use reinkers and wet wipes to create your own ink pads.  I would have used the orange and blue inks on the wet wipe for the flowers.  The leaves were done with the rock n roll technique where you ink up the image and then just roll the edges on a darker ink pad to vary the colors.
Here is another Stampin' Up background that was in my stash.  I added distress inks in Brushed Courduroy and Gathered Twigs.  The flower and leaf stamp dies are by Prickley Pear.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Stamping With Acrylic Blocks

Jackie shared some of my cards on the Inky Antics Blog today:

Acrylic blocks have been around since before I started stamping in 1996. (Yep, I'm dating myself here!) They've always been useful as a temporary mount for rubber dies, and then with polymer stamps when those came onto the scene many years later.

However, it wasn't until fairly recently that we started seeing them being utilized as a "stamp" of sorts themselves. Somebody got the brilliant idea to ink up their acrylic block and put it to paper, with lovely results.

Michelle Pearson likes this technique because "it is very quick and easy and beautiful...I tapped the distress pads on my long acrylic block before spritzing with water and stamping on watercolor paper."

You can find a step-by-step tutorial here, which outlines the process she followed using 11069SC Soaring Eagle Clear Set to make this card:


"For other [cards]," continues Michelle, "I dragged the ink pad through the inked blocks for contrast." Here's an example created with 11073SC Shining Lantern Clear Set:
 
The card above shows slight variations in color, whereas this one featuring 11070SC Songbird Clear Set contains greater contrast:

And for even more variety, Michelle explains, "[on] others I used my markers to make random patterns before spraying and stamping."

The resulting bold splashes of color are really striking:
 

The stamps from both 11013SC Brushed Calligraphy #2 Clear Set and 11071SC Holy Spirit's Fruit Clear Set work great for this fun technique!

I think the "wet" watercolor look of the horizontal darker green stripes mimics the juicy pear theme here:

Have YOU tried stamping backgrounds with acrylic blocks, Inky friends? Did you like how your projects turned out?