Friday, January 29, 2016

Tired of winter

Winters are a difficult time for me.  I don't like the long, dark nights and the cold weather makes my joints hurt.  The arthritis in my hands makes card making difficult in cold weather.  I am happy to say that the days are getting longer and we are starting to see more sunshine.  Last weekend, there was a balloon festival in my home town.  To my surprise, the wind was right to bring the balloons into my part of town.  As you can see from the photos, it was a cloudy day without our normal blue sky.  Even the birds were cold and huddled on the street lights.

One balloon even dropped below the palm trees.  They were pretty, but would have looked prettier with blue sky behind them.
 
I managed to make my first card in a month and it helps me to get focused on all those supplies that are taking a lot of room in my small home.
I mostly used the stitched rectangle dies from Simon Says Stamp.  The sentiment is a very old stamp from Penny Black (2004).


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Thank you cards

This is the time to send thank you cards.  Have you noticed that fewer people send them these days.  I blame the ease of social media.  All the technology makes it easy to send a quick message that gift was received.  After the effort people make to select and send gifts to us, it's proper to spend some time thanking them for their thoughtfulness.

Some of these cards are for me to send and others are for a friend who needs some help making cards this year.  I used a brayer and embossing folders for the backgrounds.  Framing and mounting creates a nice, but easy card to produce.  Please help bring this tradition back to our friends and families.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Anniversary card

I think my family must be unusual, since we've had many weddings in winter.  There were 2 in the family celebrating 50th wedding anniversaries this month.  Feeling non-creative, I made both cards the same.
The cards were difficult to photograph.  Both the red and white cardstocks are pearlescent and have a nice shimmer.  The bells are die cut from glossy gold cardstock.  The sentiment was stamped on vellum and embossed with clear embossing powder.  The strip of vellum is mounted on a ribbon with gold edges.  The ribbon & vellum were wrapped around the top layer.

December 24th would have been my parents 100th wedding anniversary, if they were still with us.  I remember celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary soon after my brother's wedding.  Lots of memories.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Doxie Birthday

The holiday season is difficult for me, so I haven't been making many cards.  However, an event is coming up next week that convinced me to make a card.  My brother will be celebrating his 94th birthday.  We haven't seen each other for several years, but we do stay in touch.  As I was chatting with him on the telephone recently, my dog started barking.  He asked about the dog and we talked a bit about Tex.  Here is one of my all time favorite photos of Tex.
This was taken a couple of years ago and he is now 10 years old.  Here is the card I made for my brother.
I also added another image and message to back of card.
I colored the images with my Prismacolor pencils, but my old arthritic hands don't do a good job of that any more.  Happy Birthday, Loyd.

Friday, October 16, 2015

More stamping with water

If you haven't read my last post, please do so to better understand this technique.  I rubbed some Distress ink onto this piece of cardstock, using several colors, but it just looks sort of dark reddish orange.  I then stamped a large flower arrangement from Embossing Arts after spritzing stamp with water.  After allowing it to dry overnight, I could barely see the flowers.  I used a stamp positioner (since this is a wood mounted rubber stamp) and spritzed my stamp with water with gold Perfect Pearls added.  This time, the flowers are more easily seen.
I stamped the sentiment onto a strip of vellum and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.  The ends of the vellum strip are taped to back of layer.  I then adhered this layer to a white card base.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Stamping with Water

This card uses a new technique to me.  I got this idea from Jennifer McGuire.  This technique is called Stamping With Water.  I used ivory cardstock and rubbed Ranger Distress Ink liberally over the surface.  I then sprayed water with gold Perfect Pearls added onto a leaf rubber stamp and pressed it into the surface, then repeated this to cover the surface.
I stamped the sentiment onto vellum and embossed with copper embossing powder.  I glued the ends of the vellum strip to the back of the top layer, then adhered to an ivory card base.

Monday, October 12, 2015

More Thanksgiving cards

After a little break to take care of personal things, I'm continuing to make cards for Thanksgiving.  With these, I made my watercolor backgrounds with more yellow in them.  I also mixed some copper Perfect Peals into some water in a Mini Mister and spritzed the finished background.  It adds a nice copper sheen to the background.
 



The leaves were sent to me by a friend on Gingerwood Bulletin Board.  I added some Tombow Power Tabs under some of the die cut leaves for a little dimension.  The sentiment is a Stampendous stamp with Versamark ink and copper embossing powder.



Sunday, October 4, 2015

Watercolor leaves

Using my stash continues with these cards.  I started by making the backgrounds with watercolors and a spritz of water with gold Perfect Pearls added.  When dry, I cut them out with a stitched rectangle die, then stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink and embossed with copper embossing powder.  Finally, I edged the backgrounds with the same ink and embossing powder.  I then mounted them onto ivory card bases.
On this card, I added 3 copper skeleton leaves from my stash.
 

These leaves were in my stash, sent to me by someone on Gingerwood Bulletin Board.  We lovingly call the Gingerbits.  These are fun little item from our own stash to share with another card maker.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Watercolor Thanksgiving

I made some more watercolor cards today.  I used Canson XL watercolor paper and Peerless watercolor papers.  I also spritzed them with water with gold Perfect Pearls added for a little sparkle to the background.  I then sprinkled salt (a combo of coarse & fine grain) over the wet surface and allowed it to air dry.  The salt creates the spotty surface of the watercolor background

 
I used some very old copper skeleton leaves from my stash.  The leaves were adhered with Multi Medium Matte liquid adhesive by Ranger.  I like this glue because it doesn't leave a shiny area when dry, so it doesn't show through the leaves.  I cut out the watercolor layers with a stitched rectangle die, then edged the outside with copper embossing powder to match the sentiment.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fall watercolor

I have to decided to try watercolor in fall colors.  I like to send Thanksgiving cards, so it's time to get started.  I'm also try to work with the Go for the Gold challenge that I started in the last couple of posts.
On this card, I used Peerless Watercolor papers and Canson XL watercolor papers.  I stamped the sentiment and the leaves with Versamark ink and used copper embossing powder for some shine.  I also added a rim of copper embossing powder around the edge of the watercolored layer before adhering to a cream colored base card.
On this card, I used the same watercolor procedure, but used gold embossing powder.  One of my leaves did not stamp well and left a gap in the center.  I attempted to add ink from a Versamark pen and more embossing powder.  It didn't work too well, but I will work on more cards.