Sunday, October 31, 2010

Creative Connection - Only One - Second Entry

I am participating in a GC Creative Connection. I heard about this month’s GCCC - Only One - from the Gingersnap Creations blog. Why not play along? Post a creation to your blog mentioning my post and the Creative Connection post on Gingersnap Creations. Let’s all craft it forward and see how far we can get this connection to go!

The assignment this month is to use "Only One" stamp on your project or creation! Being in the Halloween mood, I decided to create a hanging with a repeated pattern of vintage pumpkins. I even stamped pumpkins in Distress Ink onto my background.

Pumpkin Grid Hanging
Stamp: pumpkins from Vintage Halloween plate (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: Ambrosia from Pattern Paper line (BasicGrey); Month 2 Month November (Bo Bunny); Eeks and Shrieks (Imaginisce)
Cardstock: Basic Black (Stampin Up)
Ink: Vintage Photo and Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools: distressing wheel (Tim Holtz - Ranger); Crop-o-dile
Embellishments: 2 copper eyelets; ribbon; prima flowers; 2 brown brads

Why not play along? It's any theme! You can connect to my "chain" or connect directly from the Gingersnap Creations blog where you can see another of my "Only One" creations.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pup-O-Latern for GC76

Gotta love that great color combo on Gingersnap Creations for Halloween cards! I couldn't resist making another!

I totally love Penny Black's cute collection of animals and their dogs are beyond adorable! This pup was perfect for coloring with my copic markers.

Happy Pupoween!
Stamps: Pup-O-Latern (Penny Black); Happy Halloween (Inkadinkado)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Elegant Eggplant (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: C0, C1, C3, E04, E11, E13, Y00, Y15, Y19, Y38, YR04, and YR07
Tools: corner rounder

Hope your Halloween lights up the night with fun!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Puzzling over the Only One Creative Connection

Today, Gingersnap Creations announced their newest Creative Connection! This month's assignment is to use only one stamp in your creation.

I decided to create a 6" x 6" canvas. I used Lumiere paints to create a soft painted background using a dry brush technique to add layers of color. I then used some rather large bubble wrap to add some texture.

Finally, I chose my stamp. I have always loved this wonderful image from Beeswax but as it is quite large, it needs a vehicle that is a bit bigger than a regular sized card. I decided to add interest by using the Puzzle Layers technique from Technique Junkies. I stamped the image in several Ranger Distress Inks and then pieced them together, matting with chocolate cardstock. To finish off, I add some rag flowers. I really love how it all came together!

Why not have some fun and check out the newest Creative Connection on Gingersnap Creations? Check out Helene Huber's take on this month's inspiration. You can play too! Just follow the directions and start spreading art around the blogosphere! It's like a blog hop with no bounds!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Christmas Chicks

I am officially up to 30 holiday cards ready to go as of this edition of Holiday Happenings! Whoohoo!

This month, we are doing "Things with Wings" for the inspiration on Gingersnap Creations. The idea is to do 5 to 10 simple holiday cards a month until November 25th so that you have all your cards done and out of the way before December even starts!

While I could have gone with angels or Christmas fairies, I was drawn to birds this time around. Apparently, I was drawn to birds in rows... Did I notice I was making the same card over and over with different birds - nope! So here are my latest Christmas cards, apparently with "birds in rows" as my theme.

Stamp credits: Cat's Pajamas

Stamp credits: Hero Arts and Memory Box

Stamp credits: Stampendous

Want to join in my pursuit of finished cards before December 1st? Check out my Holiday Happenings posts at Gingersnap Creations!

Hope you have a holiday season filled with your favorite chicks!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

GC76: I Want My Mummy

Gingersnap Creations has a new Color Challenge with the wonderful harvest colors of Eggplant, Pumpkin and Avacado. While these colors do make me think of farmers markets and bountiful banquets, I couldn't resist doing another card for my fav holiday - Halloween!

I love this cute little Mummy stamp from A Muse. It works perfectly on a Warhol card. To make it a little different, I added some white to the bandage area with a white gel pen.

I Want My Mummy
Stamps: Mummy (A Muse); sentiment (Rubber Tree Stamps)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant and Old Olive (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); white gel pen (Inkssentials)
Technique: Warhol (Technique Junkies)

Have some fun and give your Mummy a call on Halloween! In the meantime, see what the Gingers have done with this great color combo!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Early Bird Chanukah Cards

Every year the holidays sneak up on me! With our family celebrating two holidays in December each year it can get a bit complicated. This year, Chanukah is really really early - December 1st to the 9th! I really needed to get my cards done and ready to go before all the Thanksgiving hoopla started.

A couple of my amazing stamping gal pals pointed me toward Pink Cat Studios Digital Stamp store...hmmm. I don't really do digital...or do I? I checked them out and they had some adorable images. Better yet...they had interesting Chanukah stamps! Awesome! The few I have I have used and used and used so something new was just what was required.

The other awesome part of making the cards is that the images are so cute, I just showcased them with some designer paper and let them pretty much stand on their own with no embellishment. I did give my copics quite the workout though.

Check out these super cute images! I went big with two of the cards, just to show them off even more!

Stamp credits: Pink Cat Studio Digital

Of course, I have also been working on piles and piles of Christmas cards! Yikes! Check out some more of my feathered friends cards for the season at Gingersnap Creations and my latest "Holiday Happenings" post.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Worn Wallpaper and Holiday Happenings

It's the 25th of the month again which means I have been hard at work creating some more Christmas and Chanukah cards to try and get ahead of the calendar! Each month, I've been working on a small selection of cards with different themes so that I would have a stack of cards ready to send out before December 1st rolled around. You can follow my progress at Gingersnap Creations - this month's theme is "Things with Wings".

As I wanted all my cards to be quick, simple and easy to reproduce, I went to check out what wonderful ideas I could get from my Technique Junkies newsletter! I found the perfect technique - worn wallpaper - for the only vintage card I did today!

While I did pick a fairly light backgrounded paper, the weathering still had a nice effect. Here's how the weathering looked on the paper:

Here's the finished card:

Vintage Partridge
Stamp: partridge image (Oxford Impressions); weathered background (Stampin Up)
Paper: Herb Garden/Annies Apron from the Grandmas House line (Paper Loft)
Cardstock: Always Artichoke and Very Vanilla (Stamping Up)
Ink: Always Artichoke (Stampin Up); Frost White (Color Box)
Embellishments: several flowers and leaves from a Christmas pack of Prima flowers; 1 brown brad
Tools: oval cutter (Creative Memories)

Have a fabulous Autumn day! I am off to get going on more Christmas cards!

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Wasn't it a boo-tiful day today? I had the urge to color, so I thought I would bring out my Penny Black stamps.

I didn't want to overshadow him with any designer paper so I made some of my own with a couple mini-stamps.

Stamps: Frightful Flight (Penny Black); Spooky Stuff (Studio G - I think); Boo (A Muse)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie,and Elegant Eggplant (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Pumpkin Pie (Stampin Up)
Copics: C0, C1, C3, C5, C9, R20, RV21, Y02, Y38, YR04, YR07, and YR09

Here's wishing you a fun holiday that takes off with glee!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A Pink Elephant and a Scaredy Cat

I've been beyond busy lately and haven't had a chance to just play with my stamps for awhile. I was so happy to get a moment to just relax and get inky this week!

To jump start my mojo, I checked out some of my favorite challenges and figured that this card would work well for Pink Elephant's TPE86 Orange and Brown challenge.

I got this little kitty last year when I was on a trip with my daughter in Vermont and have been dying to use it ever since! I guess I liked it a lot as I ended up stamping it not once but dozens of times for this card.

Scaredy Cat Greetings
Stamps: Black Cat and sentiment (Penny Black); bats (Cat's Pajamas)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Ink: More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust and Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Technique: Depth of Field (Technique Junkies)

Don't let your Halloween be scary - get together with some purrfectly lovely friends!

GC75: Arches...Mirror Mirror on the Wall

We've been "Going Goth" all month at Gingersnap Creations and this month's Random Redhead Challenge fits the bill perfectly with GC75: Arches! I chose to go Gothic Arch for my submission.

I have never tried this fabulous format, but I am always inspired by the fantastic art at Gothic Arch Challenge blog and I was absolutely captivated by Nancy Maxwell James' Gothic Arches Ebook.

I didn't use a template for this submission...guess I should have. But that's me! I'm a jump-right-in kind of person.

For the last gothically-inspired challenge I did, I went sort of cute so, as I have a reputation to uphold, I decided to go a little edgier on this one. I was inspired by some of the great paintings by Rene Magritte which feature mirrors not quite reflecting as they should. Magritte is a favorite painter of mine as I love his surreal art.

I just loved this vintage paper from My Mind's Eye and thought it would make a great backdrop for my arch. I stamped some flourishes onto the arch using a twist on a Technique Junkies technique called Vintage Photo stamping where you slightly offset two impressions of an image for a very cool effect. I stamped the flourishes from Blockhead Art Stamps with Tea Dye Distress Ink and then overstamped slightly ascue with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I added a die-cut and inked die-cut and then my collage images, adding red eyes to the "mirrored" image.

I accented with a few words from an old spelling book after sponging more Tea Dye Distress Ink onto the designer paper.

Total fun! Do check out the awesome arches from the rest of the Gingers!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Masquerade with Crackle Paint

My second annual Halloween mask is now complete! Last year, I made a collage-based mask, so this year I wanted to try something new - Distress Crackle Paint.

To create this mask, I used Lumiere paints, Distress Crackle Paint from Ranger and some great stamps from the Oxford Impressions' Trick or Treat and Wicked plates on two wooden masquerade masks.

Here's the whole thing:

To see how I made it, check out my post on Gingersnap Creations!

Happy Haunting!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Blobby Does Birthdays

Yup, I've done another digital stamp card! My daughter was off to a birthday party today so I made up a fun little card for her birthday buddy using one of the new Blobby images and a nice bouquet of flowers from Pink Cat Studios.

I used a Technique Junkies format called Triple Play as the basis of the layout!

Here's the inside:

Using the flower Blobby is holding as an inspiration, I added a bouquet of flowers to the inside flap.

Hope everyone had a day blooming with friends!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Cafeteria Staff Appreciation Day

Our school is having a cafeteria staff appreciation day tomorrow so I made these cards for these dedicated people.

I don't have very many food-related stamps but, last year, I purchased the Kitchen Classics set from Clear Art Stamps aka Crafty Secrets. I decided to use one of my favorite Technique Junkies techniques - Block Collage.

I had such fun making the first one (below) that I made the rest in the exact same way using a variety of coordination Stampin' Up! inks.

Here's a few more:

Why not take some time today to thank someone that makes your life just that much sunnier!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

GC73: Gothic Elements

I have to admit that I just love creepy, scary and slightly surreal stuff! That said, I decided no to go too dark with this sample for the Gingersnap Creations Gothic Elements Challenge!

The instructions were to "Create something dark perhaps supernatural with an atmosphere of mystery, darkness, oppressiveness, fear, or doom" and to include " something rather disturbingly amiss".

To get me in the "spirit" of the challenge, I went through my paper drawers and pulled out some utterly amazing paper from Memory Box (I have the matching stamp - yea!). I then perused my collage collection for just the right image and ended up rejecting all the witches...something amiss was on my mind or was it "a miss". Then, I found this marvelous little Miss from Paper Whimsy and decided she just needed a little tweek to take her from cute to creepy. Going through my vast collection of Halloween stamps I found this fab inkadinkado flourished bat and an idea was born!

Jeepers Baby Creepers
flourished bat (Inkadinkado); bats (Cat's Pajamas); and Jeepers Creepers sentiment (A Muse)
Collage Image: sweet girl from sheet digisheet 020 (PaperWhimsy)
Paper: Blackbird (Memory Box; cardboard backing
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishments: 2 orange eyelets; 1/4" light orange ribbon (Offray)

Have a spookily wonderful day and don't forget to see what other Gothic treats the wickedly talented Gingers have put together on Gingersnap Creations.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Scraplings have Landed

I was so pleased to receive my scraplings the other day!! They are all so gorgeous!

Thanks to Helene, Penny, Jean, Rinda, Paula and Pattie!! All the scraplings are just incredible!

Thanks also to Ali for the incredibly beautiful scrapling that she included in my packet!

What fun! If you missed out on this GC Art Exchange, the next one has just been announced - Winter 4x4s! A delightful theme! Check it out!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Somebody for You

I found this amazing vintage card in an antique shop and I thought it deserved to be displayed. Such a sweet poem.

I painted this 8" x 10" canvas with a combination of Lumiere paints (love their wonderful sheen) and then layered on some wonderful hand-made paper and vintage-look designer paper that picked up on the roses in the card.

I added a collage image, a flower and some hardware to complete the piece.

Hope you like it! I had a ton of fun putting it together!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Going Goth on GC!

This month the Gingersnappers are going Goth!

I decided to get in the "spirit" with a 6" x 6" canvas. I painted it with Burnt Orange Lumiere paint and then added purples and citrine. I finished off the base with a bit of webbing (my first try) which got a little away from me.

I then added images from an Alpha Stamps Collage sheet, some hardware and an A Muse sentiment, Wicked.

Hope you like it and hope you'll pop over to Gingersnap Creations to get in on some of this month's fun!
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