Sunday, November 29, 2009

More Simple on Sunday with
Paperbag Studios

Here are a few more quickie journals! I just love the quick results and the great look!

All stamps from Paperbag Studios.

One day I will get brave and try and stamp on the kraft-covered pens too!

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend and think on the simple side! Sometimes it can be just as great as the more complex looks.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Something Simple for Saturday

The closer we get to Decemeber, the less time I have! That's why I wanted to share with you a truly simple project.

It all started with a great find at Target last Summer. They were stocking a ton of wonderful kraft journals. The instant I saw them I knew they would be perfect for stamping.

The idea behind this project is to quickly add some personality to an ordinary item without having to devote hours of your life to the endeavour.

What you need:
kraft journal
Dark ink (I used black Memento to go with the bindings of the journals)
Collage or high detail stamp

Yup, that's it. Here's the instructions:

Ink up your stamp, center it on your cover and stamp it down! No, I'm not being silly. Just check out the results!! Simple look and easy to do! To add a bit more personality, just add coordinating stamped images on the corners of random pages.

Stamp from Generation Redux (Artistic Outpost).

Stamps from Fortune Teller (Artistic Outpost).

We've all got those fabulous complex and visually rich stamps in our collections. Why not let them truly speak for themselves in this simple way!

Here's something else truly simple - how about 20% off unmounted and mounted stamps at Artistic Outpost? The sale ends on Monday. Check out all the details on the Artistic Outpost blog.

Have a sensational Saturday!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Marking Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I am having a fabulous day with my family but I stopped for a few minutes to stamp some Thanksgiving Day greetings for all the people I won't see today!

The first one uses an image from my Thanksgiving Day plate from Hearts in Touch. I used copics to color in the image and then added a torn frame, a Technique Junkies technique, to finish it off.

Stamps: vintage image from Thanksgiving plate (Hearts in Touch)
Paper: Samara (Daisy D's)
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: E11, E15, E21, E31, E35, E39, E43, G20, Y11, Y21, Y26, YR04, YR07, YR09, and YR23

For the second card, I used some Serendipity images. These images are great to color. I used the marker watercolor technique from Technique Junkies to give them a soft look and then another Technique Junkie technique, called Out of the Box, to make them stand out a bit more.

Take Time to Give Thanks
Stamps: animals from Pilgrim Pets set and sentiment from Quilted Pumpkin set (Serendipity)
Paper: Fall Harvest Pumpkin Patch (K & Company)
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Markers: More Mustard, Garden Green, Bashful Blue, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Apricot Appeal and Pumpkin Pie
Embellishment: twine
Tools: oval cutting system (Creative Memories)

Have a fabulous family day!! Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Enabler Alert: Road Tripping
with Artistic Outpost

With so many people out on the highways this weekend, I found a Thanksgiving sale good enough to drive out of my way for! The best part - I don't have to go farther than my laptop to get in on these great deals!

Stamps from Artistic Outpost's Route 66 collection.

Artistic Outpost is celebrating the Thanksgiving weekend with 20% off on all rubber stamp collections, mounted and unmounted, as well as individual images until Monday, November 30th, 2009! Just use the coupon code "holiday2009" when you check out to get in on this deal.

Can't beat that!! Totally fabulous! With over 30 plates of great images, there is something for everyone! If you haven't already purchased a Snowy Woods plate, this sale may be a great opportunity to get this wonderful collection as well as all those others you've had your eye on!

Stamps from Artistic Outpost's Snowy Woods plate.

To top it off, Artistic Outpost has free shipping for USA orders totalling over $50.00 and for International orders over $150.00. Check out all the specifics on the Artistic Outpost blog.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful weekend stamping!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Bookmark Monday: Town and Country

I have been just insanely busy lately so I thought I would take a break from doing anything too involved and just play a bit. My solution - break out the bookmarks! I bought packages of pre-cut bookmarks at Joann Fabrics ages ago and they have been calling to me.

I just grabbed my drawer of Ranger Distress Inks - yes, I have a whole drawer - and started sponging random colors onto the blank slate of my nice white bookmarks. I love the effect of sponging several colors and letting them intermix. After that, it was just a matter of grabbing some of favorite stamps and having some fun!

Stamps: text from Beloved plate and woman from The Art of Being Beautful plate (Oxford Impressions)

Stamps: rooster, word and checkered block from Country Girl (Oxford Impressions)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Color Collage and a
Christmas Cookbook

Yesterday, on Gingersnap Creations, I reviewed a Cookbooking: A Delicious New Way to Scrapbook. Using ideas from the book, I created my own Holiday Recipe album. I used tags to store my recipes in this pretty little accordian album.

To make the tags, I used a color collage technique I learned about through the Technique Junkies newsletter. I tried to create a flow between the tags by repeating the images.

The recipes were printed on digital vellum from PaperTemptress and adhered to the back of the tags. The one depicted below is my Mom's recipe for her wonderful Tortiere (or Tourtiere), a dish that always brings back memories of my childhood.

Here's the how the album looks from cover to cover:

If you like this project, check out my step-by-step instructions for this project on Gingersnap Creations.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Making Smiles on Faces

What a cheery award! I was blessed to receive this fun award from two great friends, Laura Liddell and Lynn Stevens! Thank you, ladies!

As part of the award, you have to write down 5 facts about yourself. I have decided to write down 5 things that make me smile (in addition to this sweet award, obviously!)

Just the Facts

1. Being a mom of a beautiful, smart and fun 9-year-old makes me smile lots!

2. I am celebrating 13 years of marriage to a fantastic man, who always makes me smile, tomorrow.

3. I am a paperaholic! I have no control when confronted with a yummy designer paper!

4. I cannot draw or sing at all eventhough art and music are my passions and always make me feel happy.

5. I have a huge soft spot for the furry friends around us and smiles abound when it's pet playtime at my house.

I will pass it on to some other people who make me smile! There are a ton more people I could add but then this post would be very, very, very long!

Yeah, I know I was only supposed to pick 5 people to pass this on to, but another fact about me is that I am really bad at rules...and possibly counting. Smiles all round!

Shout out to Hels and Ali who already received this fun award!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

GC31: Monochromatic - Anatomy of a Card

After a tough couple of weeks at work and travelling, I am home and having fun with my inks again!

This week's Color Challenge on Gingersnap Creations is to make a monochromatic creation. I wanted to make something to celebrate the upcoming holiday season and the onslaught of winter which is definitely arriving early in Massachusetts.

I decided for my color scheme I would use a silvery gray!

It made me think of silvery snows and deep gray crisp and sparkling winter nights. Can you see the slight wavy pattern behind the vintage Santa, reminiscent of snow drifting? That's from my Silver Lustre Package from PaperTemptress, this month's Gingersnap Creations Challenge sponsor.

I started with some base cardstocks in pale silver - Laser Silver Lustre, Retro Silver Lustre, and Vintage Silver Lustre. For my deeper silver gray, I picked another PaperTemptress paper - Anthracite.

I loved all the texture on the Vintage Silver Lustre which looks like swirling snow and the sparkle on the Anthracite.

I used a simple design with two crossing bars, reminiscient of a gift wrapped in ribbon. After I put together the basic layout, I had fun adding details. I added some bling,

and some silvery flowers and flat gray and silver brads.

I really liked how the whole thing came together. I photographed it from an angle to try and capture a bit of the texture of the papers, but with little success.

Silver Santa
Stamp: vintage Santa from Snowy Woods (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: Silver Lustre, Retro Silver Lustre,Vintage Silver Lustre, Anthracite Stardreams (PaperTemptress)
Ink: Stone Gray (StazOn)
Embellishments: 5 rhinestone embellishments, 4 silver Prima flowers, 2 silver brads and 1 flat gray brad

Well, that's one Christmas card down....49 more to go!

Hope you can join in on this fun Gingersnap Creations challenge! Check out the challenge post for some great samples from the GC Design Team!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

GC29: Cozy Home

We're getting all comfy cozy over at Gingersnap Creations with our new theme for November - Home!

Today, we have a new Chestnut Theme Challenge - Cozy Home! The Gingersnap Creations Design Team and the visiting artists from PaperTemptress made some incredible samples! Check them out here.

To make my submission, I started with a wooden photo frame shaped like a bird house. I bought it ages ago because I just loved the way it looked. I covered the main body of the house with PaperTemptress' Red Pepper Column to create the look of siding! I used my craft knife to cut away the opening where the photo is supposed to fit.

Once I was finished siding my house, I needed to work on the roof. I added some sparkling cream trim with some Autumn Hay Glimmer, also from PaperTemptress.

I also used this paper to stamp the image of American Gothic (Stampfrancisco). The soft sheen behind the image gave it a rich look. I was going to sponge it but decided it was fine as it was.

Once I had the central image in place, I started to play around adding random words and elements to the front of the "house" using StazOn. Yes, I did that after I glued down the paper - sometimes you just have to go where the creation takes you.

To finish off, I created a custom tag using the same paper with a homey sentiment - Home is Where Your Story Begins - from Verses. I stamped the sentiment with StazOn and then cut it into a tag, using a scrap of the red and some twine to give it that "shipping tag" look with a rustic twist.

Here's the finished piece:

Home - Where Your Story Begins
American Gothic (Stamp Francisco); Enjoy the Simple Things (Hero Arts); Home is Where sentiment (Verses); elements and "Home" from Serenity and Home plates respectively (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: Red Pepper Column and Autumn Hay Glimmer (PaperTemptress)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Other: hole punch; Glossy Accents; twine; wooden photo frame

Why not try out this fun theme? You have until November 29th to enter!

Hope you have a warm and cozy day! I'll be taking a bit of a break so see you next week!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

King Tut Day Tomorrow - Who Knew?

I made this card for the latest Reasons to Stamp article on Gingersnap Creations. Each month, they put together a list of prompts for every day to get you to grab your inks and go!

With November 4th being King Tut Day, I had a reason to dig out my Limited Edition Egyptian-themed stamps.

To start, I stamped this beautiful lady from Beeswax Stamps in the center of my card. I had wanted to do a block collage surrounding her but as she is very tall, I morphed this wonderful Technique Junkies technique into two collaged borders using a Limited Edition set. To finish her off, I added touches of gold with a painted and stamped disc (extras from my checkerboard) and some hardware to frame her face.

Here's my interpretation of King Tut Day:

Cairo Dreamer
Stamps: collage elements (Limited Edition); Egyptian woman (Beeswax)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up); Jet Black (StazOn)
Embellishments: painted wooden disc; frame hardware; metal picture corner

To find some more interesting inspirations, check out Reasons to Stamp in November on Gingersnap Creations.

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