Friday, August 29, 2008

Paris in Greentime

I bought this paper a couple of months ago and every day I think about how I can use it. Finally, I just decided to go through my indexes and find some fleur de lis images. I ended up pulling out my Carte Postale, Too Terrific Tags and Paris in Spring sets from Stampin Up. Despite being from all different sets, all the images went nicely together.

Paris in Greentime
Stamps: flourish, mon amie and fleur de lis - Carte Postale, Eiffel Tower - Paris in Spring; Tag - Too Terrific Tags; background - French Script ....all Stampin Up
Cardstock: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip & Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Paper: Daisy D's Fleur de Lis
Ink: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up); Antique Linen (Ranger Distress Ink)
Embellishment: 1 antique brass square brad
Tools: paper piercer, 2 sizes of Stampin Up tag punches

Guess I will be dreaming of Paris for the rest of today!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Autumn Colors

Leaves and apples - what could say Autumn any better? Well, maybe some lovely oranges, yellows, deep reds and browns to go with them.

It was a coloring day when I created these two cards. Can you tell my Rubber Tree Stamps order came in?

Random Acts of Beauty
Stamps: Apple Basket and sentiment (Rubber Tree Stamps)
Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, Summer Sun, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Paper: Urban Window Collection - Peasant Tudor (We R Memory Keepers)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn); Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Pencils: various from Stampin Up
Tools: blender pen

Don't Postpone Joy
Stamps: Girl Dancing in Leaves and sentiment (Rubber Tree Stamps)
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Paper: none - can you believe it?
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Markers: Pumpkin Pie & Summer Sun (Stampin Up)

Just looking at those lovely warm colors I feel all cozy!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Back to Birds?

Yup, I was on another bird kick! At the beginning of the month, I ventured out with my friend, Ali, to one of our fav stamp stores, Absolutely Everything. I picked up a bunch of new Memory Box I love their stuff! Simple yet strong images! Anyway....I came up with this card with the help of one of my Ma Vinci Reliquary alphabets.

Huddled Bird, Petite Dove and Perched Bird (Memory Box); B, i, r, D from Playful Heart Alphabet (Ma Vinci's Reliquary)
Cardstock: Burgundy (Paper Store); Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Ink: Antique Linen (Distress Ink); Chianti (Colorbox)
Embellishments: gorgeous ribbon that's origins are sadly unknown

The second card showcases a beautiful stamp from Magenta. I started with some great patterned paper and using that as a springboard came up with the combination of River Rock and Really Rust for the main pieces of the card. I needed some heavy duty contrast so I added Handsome Hunter to the mix. I got these cute swirl paper clips AGES ago so I decided to use them to create a little interest.

Grouse Trio
Three Birds (Magenta)
Cardstock: Really Rust, River Rock, and Handsome Hunter (Stampin Up)
Paper: Urban Window Collection - On the Dot Wheat (We R Memory Keepers)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Chalk: Really Rust (Stampin Up) - in background of image to allow birds to stand out. Did you think I would do something the normal way? Not!
Embellishment: cool gold swirl paper clip

Tomorrow - new Autumn cards!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Setting Sail on Paper

With the end of summer coming upon us, I stopped to reflect....I haven't gone anywhere yet! With that thought in mind, I decided to take to the high seas of ink instead.

The first card was inspired by staring at my own antique globe trying to come up with an idea. Yup, one of THOSE days. Despite its humble beginnings, I think the card turned out quite well. It looks much more gray in the photo than it is in reality. It's actually quite a bit more brown.

Take Pride
Stamps: globe & sentiment (OnyxXpressions)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Paper: Sea Glass Antique Map Flat Paper (K & Company)
Cardstock: More Mustard & Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Tools: my trusty circle cutters (Creative Memories)

The second card came from me rooting around in my OnyxXpressions stamps to find the globe. I found the sentiment and just took off from there.

Set Me Adrift
Stamps: ship's wheel & sentiment (OnyxXpressions)
Ink: Chocolate Chip & More Mustard (Stampin Up)
Paper: BasicGrey Hang 10 - Swell
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, More Mustard & Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Tools: ticket punch (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: 2 antique copper brads - or was it brass? Hmm....

Hope your summer holidays included more than my ventures onto Veranda Beach and Camp Back-o-Yard.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Cornish Collages

I just got these two Cornish Heritage Farms images last week. They are part of the Rummage Bin line with which I am in total love. I just got some Christmas stamps and the For the Men plate from which I got the images for the Blue Boy.

I used a technique, Layered Collage from this month's Technique Junkies Newsletter, as inspiration for both cards. As I did not follow all the directions, I cannot say that I have yet made a proper layered collage.

For Bloom with Youthful Abandon, I used some of my favorite flourishes from Artistic Outpost's Serenity plate. They added that sense of whimsy and girly frills to the card. I used a technique, Layered Collage, from this month's Technique Junkies Newsletter as inspiration. As I did not follow all the directions, I cannot say that I have yet made a proper layered collage.

Bloom with Youthful Abandon
Bloom with Abandon & Sweet Little One Collage (Cornish Heritage Farms); flourishes - Serenity plate (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Rose Red and Regal Rose (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rose Red (Stampin Up); Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)
Embellishments: 2 kraft-colored photo corners

Little Boy Blue
Boys Will Be Boys Collage & flourishes from For the Men plate (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Ballet Blue and Bashful Blue (Stampin Up)
Ink: Ballet Blue (Stampin Up); Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)
Embellishments: 2 kraft-colored photo corners

My new goal is to try and do a new design every weekday...but not this week. Maybe when school is back on track. Summer sun affects my ability to concentrate on indoor pursuits.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Bunches of Birthday Cards

With my daughter attending two birthday parties this weekend, the lack of birthday cards in my card stash was apparent. I took some time today to make up a few to keep on hand as the Birthday Party season starts up again full force.

Dog-Gone Birthday
Birthday Dog (Penny Black)
Cardstock: Yoyo Yellow, Real Red (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Paper: unknown (maybe Provocraft? from a stack)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Yoyo Yellow, Real Red (Stampin Up); StazOn Timber Brown

Charming Chameleon Birthday
Chameleon - A Day at the Zoo set (Rubber Soul)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Old Olive (Stampin Up)
Paper: unknown (maybe Provocraft? from a stack)
Ink: Old Olive (Stampin Up)

You're the Cat's Meow Birthday
Stamps: Cat and sentiment (Pink Cat Studio)
Cardstock: Pixie Pink (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Paper: unknown (maybe Provocraft? from a stack)
Ink: Timber Brown StazOn
Pencils: Aquatone 63 & 22, Watercolor 17 (all Derwent)
Embellishments: white ribbon

Now, to get some adult birthday cards done!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

School Daze

The signs in the stores swearing that the start of school is imminent were getting to me so I pulled out my School Days plate from Oxford Impressions. I love vintage photos and the Cracked Glass technique from Technique Junkies makes a great fit with vintage images. It not only gives a great look but also serves a nice seal for chalk.

School Days Courage
School Days plate (ABC, School Days, It Takes Courage and Girl) - Oxford Impressions
Cardstock: Old Olive, Night of Navy and Whisper White (Stampin Up); generic red
Paper: Classroom Stripe (Daisy Ds)
Inks: Timber Brown (StazOn); Tea Dye (Distress Ink)
Chalk: So Saffron, Real Red, Old Olive, Blush Blossom (Stampin Up)
Other: UTEE embossing powder

Enjoy these next two weeks of barbecues, vacations, and beach fun! September is just around the corner.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Pulling Out Some Paperbag Studios

Had to dive back into my Paperbag Studios unmounted stamps! They provide such great inspiration and are so versatile!

This little girl called out to me! She's from the Delight plate. She looks like she has some wonderful deep thoughts. The quote is from another plate called Dream Notions.

The camera distored the card a bit but the quote says "This is the flowering of an idea which began as an experiment, and then turned into a rare adventure". Just yummy!

Flowering of an Idea
Stamps: Delight plate and Dream Notions plate (Paperbag Studios)
Cardstock: Always Artichoke & Cranberry Crisp (Stampin Up); generic white
Paper: Mum's the Word (Flair Designs)
Inks: Timber Brown Staz-On; Always Artichoke and Amost Amethyst (Stampin Up) - used for sponging in the background. Hard to tell in the pic but I did sponge!

I have loved this image for ages and last weekend I came across some paper that would give the right feel for the background. Well, it also finally gave me the right color scheme. Gotta love good paper!

The quote reads "Within your heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go". The quote along with the picture propelled me back in time to summer's at my grandmother's country house just whiling away the time.

Secret Places
from Quasi plate (Paperbag Studios)
Cardstock: yellow, red and white (Paper Store)
Paper: Springtime Plaid (Daisy D's)
Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On; Tea Dye Distress Ink (used for sponging...a lot of sponging)
Pencils: a variety of Derwent watercolor pencils from the Aquatone, Studio and Watercolor lines

Saturday, August 9, 2008


I have recently purchased some great apple stamps and I guess with the weather so nutty, I have started to long for Autumn.

This set from Chapel Road Art Stamps has long beckoned to me and I was finally able to purchase it at the Heirloom Convention in Springfield, MA this June. How exciting! I managed to get this card done while waiting for my husband to do the first leg of the Pan-Mass Challenge charity bike ride last weekend. He did 83 miles! Very cool!

Apple set (Chapel Road Art Stamps)
Cardstock: River Rock, Cranberry Crisp (Stampin Up)
Paper: French Market Pomme (Rusty Pickle)
Inks: Cranberry Crisp (Stampin Up); Stucco (Colorbox)
Embellishments: 2 antique brass brads

I loved the richness of the paper, Rusty Pickle's French Market Pomme, and last year's Stampin' Up in-color River Rock (I bought a ton of packages) was the perfect shade to compliment it. In a happy coincidence, the previous year's Cranberry Crisp in-color matched the rich red tones of the paper. The remarkable thing is that I actually used a discontinued color as I tend to hoard them. Don't ask to what purpose....I have no idea...they are just pretty.

My other card was inspired by more new stamps. This time the set, Give Thanks, from Stampin Up gave me some new ideas. Again, River Rock came in handy for the base color of the stamped images with Old Olive and Bravo Burgundy lending the other shades. This paper is from Creative Imaginations and is just completely gorgeous!

Simple Things in Life
Give Thanks set (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Old Olive, River Rock and Bravo Burgundy (Stampin Up)
Paper: Tossed Leaf (Creative Imaginations)
Inks: Timber Brown Staz-On
Pencils: variety of Derwent watercolors from the Aquatone, Watercolor and Studio lines
Embellishments: thread
Tools: notched corner punch

This weekend, I hope to do more cards that are "in the moment" and not so much Autumn ideas.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Where Have I Been? At the Pan-Mass Challenge!

I would like to take a moment away from stamping to recognize the amazing effort my husband put in this year cycling in the Pan-Mass Challenge to raise money for cancer research and treatment.

He trained all year and it certainly paid off! I am so very proud of him! It means so much to me that he undertook this tough challenge as I lost my father to lung cancer 14 years ago. I have many relatives and friends who have battled cancer and many who still fight on. It is such an important cause as it touches each of us. I have yet to meet someone who did not have a friend or relative who is currently suffering from cancer.

The Pan-Mass Challenge is a two-day bicycle ride. In David's case, he left from Babson College in Wellesley, MA and cycled to Bourne on the first day and then continued on to Provincetown for a total of 163 miles! Way to go, David! He raised $4,000 for the cause and, in total, the 29th Annual Pan-Mass Challenge and its 5,390 riders have raised over $21,000,000. That's going to go a long way to finding a cure!

So, congratulations to my husband and all the other riders who gave up their time and used their talents to raise money to fight cancer! A huge thank you to everyone to contributed to this year's ride!

If you missed your opportunity to give to this wonderful cause, please visit My husband's egift ID number is DB0249 and the PMC accepts donations for this year's ride until October 1, 2008.

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