Friday, October 31, 2008

Penny Black Beaded Ornaments

Hi everyone!

Today I've got a real simple but visually impressive card to share. Sometimes you just need to do something quick with no time consuming colouring involved.

I used Penny Black's Hanging ornaments which is a simple little image but spruced it up by coloring the ornaments solid with my tombow markers, then adding some ranger glossy accents and sprinkled on Suze Weinberg's Beadazzles in Waltz and Disco Ball on top. With a toothpick, I carefully moved everything inside the outline of the ball to not cover the silver embossing. I mounted with silver mirrored paper and inside I added a couple strips of Peel Off's just to spruce it up.

It's not coloured, but it is VERY pretty and I think I be making several more of these for my Christmas stash!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Harvest Wreath

This is a VERY old PSX stamp that I have had forever. I bought it when one of our local stamp stores was going out of business. I've always liked it but haven't used it until today. I have a friend who is home recouping from surgery and I needed a card to send her. Rather than something bright and funny, I decided to do something warm and cozy. With fall coming to Michigan and Southwestern Ontario, and a breeze in the air today, this was a perfect choice.

I stamped it on Neenah paper, coloured with copics, added a hint of blue shading with pencils and gamsol, distressed with ranger tea dye ink, mounted on papertrey brown paper that I frayed with the edge of my scissors and finally mounted on some Basic Grey and Memory Box papers. In the end I added a bright ribbon to punch it up. Although it's not a typical get well card, I hope she likes it! Get well soon Mary! You got a scrap room open house coming up!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

When things get a little lazy

Yes, I admit, I've been a bit lazy in the card making dept the last few days. So I decided to cheat a bit and I bought a Basic Grey Card Kit at Pickle yesterday. This one is the Wassail Holiday Card Kit and if you haven't seen the Wassail papers yet, you are in for a treat...they are beautiful! So after my regular Saturday shopping and errands I decided to put these together. It took a bit longer than I thought, but they are very nice and will come in handy for last those last minute cards...or maybe the paperboy, who I'm sure is more interested in a tip than a card that I spent an hour colouring!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Three Little Ole' Ladies

This is the other River City Rubber Works image I coloured up on Sunday night snuggled into my couch! You may or may not know that I just sit and color with no papers in front of me for inspiration. For this one, I started with the turquoise decided on the cinnamon then hummed and hawed for a bit and went for the ended up being a bit brighter than I had in mind so I knew I'd have a challenge when it came to mount it. I didn't even bother to go thru my stash of paper cause I just knew it would be a futile attempt!

I played around a bit with some lace background stamps because I knew I wanted lace for these little ladies but nothing was working for me. So after work I headed off to Fabricland (for you Americans, it's a poor Canadian substitute for Jo-Ann's) to buy some 'real' lace! I knew that is what it needed! I waited in line NO LESS THAN 15 minutes to get my selections of lace cut because only two people were working. One was on cash and the other was unloading a shipment! that stuff in mid afternoon when us full timers are sitting at our desk! NOT at 4:30 when we are racing around getting our errands done! But I waited patiently without a huff because i WANTED this lace!

You can imagine after waiting for 15 minutes in line i was DETERMINED to use a piece of lace. I bought a length of 4 different ones, and this is what I decided on. Despite the deep purple dress, I think I may have pulled it off!

Well, off to cut ribbon for class tomorrow. I have all papers cut and packaged up for the 4 upcoming classes, just need to get the ribbon done. For once I'm ahead of the game....YAY!!!!!!!!! last thing if you are still with me. I couldn't resist adding my little Westie's to the pic. I can just totally imagine these little ole' ladies being Westie mamma's!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Sometimes I sits and thinks...

Sometimes I just sits.

That's been me for the last week. More appropriately, since my back has been out AGAIN, it should say "sometimes I lay...". Sitting has been uncomfortable to say the least! On top of that, I've been on call this week and that pager has been burning it's batteries out all week! Wednesday night till almost 1am, an early wakeup call on Friday, again on Saturday which sucked up a good part of my day and yet again this morning! Not to mention the darn thing went off the moment I stepped foot in the door after work! I hate when when work interferes with my life! Thankfully Kathy gets the pager tomorrow...sorry Kath...hopefully for your sake we have resolved EVERYTHING that could possibly go wrong and you will have a quiet week!

Anyhoo, in the midst of it all, last night I figured out that I could sit on the sofa and prop my thermophore heating pad between my back and my new feather throw pillows, open up the lid on my Harvest House supper table (looks like a coffee table, but the lid opens to become a table top!...awesome for small spaces) and manage to color! So I got this guy all coloured up.

A few weeks back Shannan Tuebner emailed me with a few River City sentiments she owns and that sparked me to check out their site since I hadn't been there in a while. To my surprise, they were having a 25% off sale on all unmounted stamps so I ordered a 'few'. I've always loved River City...they were one of my first fav companies when I started stamping 5 or 6 years ago.

This is one of my new ones, and I can't recall his name, but I like him! (unfortunately, he looks a bit washed out in the pic and I didn't bother to 'correct' it) Now, they are a bit of a challenge to color and I have to really be in the mood! They never look good stamped in black on white paper! so it always takes a few tries to get the right color combo of paper and ink. This guy was done on SU natural with Versafine smokey grey ink and I used Cornish Heritage Farms Fine Houndstooth Scrapblock behind him. I have also done them using SU night of navy on a darker carmel paper. AND I think that if you use a natural paper with some flecks with these stamps, it looks better for whatever reason!

The sentiment I'm pairing him with says "Sometimes I sits and thinks, sometimes I just sits".

I love him. And I have a different one colored up but I'm busy with class this week, not to mention massage, chiropractor, and a must needed hair appt so I can't promise I'll have her mounted in the next couple days. Speaking of classes, Pickle asked if we would do weekly classes for the next 8 weeks! I agreed, but that means I may need to slow down on blogging for a bit. Between that, the 'day' job, callouts, and getting my own xmas cards done I may not have too much time for new stuff! Be patient though...I'm not going far and will sneak in what I can. Let's hope the back holds out!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Stamping Bella and Gamsol Class Cards

Hi Everyone! I'm so excited because Paper Pickle will now be stocking Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol and Blending Stumps! You know what that means....I'll be teaching it!

So these are my very first pencil/gamsol class cards. For those who have never worked with pencils and gamsol, we will start with Wreathabella and just a few pencils. The resuls will WOW you!

The next card, Polly Packages, will use the same colors as Wreathabella, plus a few extras to get an introduction to adding colors for some extra shading and depth. Three classes are now full and as of this afternoon there was still some availability for a fourth class that we added so if you haven't signed up there are still spots available!

Sharpen those pencils and see ya in class!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Snowman #1 done!

...and a family update!

Last night my boys, twins Alex and Derek, had their high school graduation ceremony. We had my parents and Mark's Dad, wife and Aunt down for dinner and off to the commencement ceremony! Here is a pic of my boys, Alex on the left and Derek on the right. You'd never know they are twins, but they are!!!!!!!!!!! I can attest to it! Delivering two babies with no never leaves you....LOL! To be honest, yes I had no drugs, but it was a fairly easy delivery and they have grown up to be (mostly) great guys! I wish they would pick up after themselves a bit more, but if that is all I have to complain about, I think I got off easy!

On to todays card. I told you I had three Whipper Snapper snowmen all colored up and in the middle of the grad festivities I managed to get one of them dressed up on to a card. This is Earmuffs Snowman and he is very rustic in his little stitched vest and scarf so I paired him with some equally rustic Minds Eye paper and some SU buttons that I've had FOREVER! This little guy was colored with prismas and gamsol and I added some Hero Arts glitter sprinked on Liquid Pearls for snow.
Well tomorrow is another busy family gathering as my nephews are getting baptized....better get busying making a couple cards for them!

'till next time...Linda!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

I'm back with a Stella

Hi everyone, thanks to all who wished me well during my little bout of the stomach flu. It lasted a good three days but I'm all well and good now. On a good note, I got lots of coloring done during my down time but most of those goodies still need to make their way onto cards. I have THREE Whipper Snapper snowmen that need mounting and a couple chichi's but I did manage to get one stella put together...that would be because my mother needs her like NOW so I was under pressure.

I don't think I've presented her on my blog yet, but I did color one up for Paula and the ladies at Pickle class tonight got to get a sneak peek of her! So now that I am home from class and watching CSI season premier (one of the few shows I watch......soooooo sad that Warrick is gone, right up there with losing LeRoi of Dave Matthews Band) I thought I would post her. This card is for my mom to give to her SIL (my aunt)...Aunt June likes funny cards so Stella paired with this verse that I bought at the Paula Best booth in Novi was perfect. I RARELY put anything on an angle, but it worked for this card.

Hope you like her! (And Paula, hope you like that DP because it's from that stash that you brought me this summer! it! perfect for Stella)

Sunday, October 5, 2008

World Card Making Day

So yesterday I was a bit under the weather, not flat on my feet, but didn't want to be too far from facilities, if you know what I mean. So when you are held up all day and it is World Card Making Day, what does one do but make cards! Thankfully, with the reno I have a bathroom real close to my crafting area so I was all prepared for the challenges! I'm very proud to say that of the 7 challenges I have so far completed 5. If i'm lucky, I get the other two done tonight...but my wireless at home is giving me grief so it's a pain to upload from my laptop so IF i get them done, they may not make it to the galleries 'till tomorrow night!

Here is what I have done so far:

For the sketch challenge:

for the inspiration challenge:

For the featured stamper challenge:

For the ways to use it challenge:

for the limited supply challenge: (this is my fav! You should see it IRL, it's clean, it's crisp, it's oh so glittery!)

Well, if I'm feelin' up to it, i'll have the remainder of the WCMD challenges done by tomorrow night. If not, oh well, there are always other cards to make! If you are interested in the stamps I used for these cards, check my Splitcoast Gallery, (you'll find the link under my profile) I have them listed there.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Knit Happens!

BAAAAAHAHAHAHAH! I bought that sentiment from Stamping Bella. I need to make a couple cards for my mom this weekend and this is for one of her knit crazy friends so I just had to use the sentiment. However, you can't see it because I put it in the inside of the card. I teamed it up with the Lockhart Basket of Yarn that I got at Ellen's store on her extended sale day and coloured it up with my Lyras, Prismas and a bit of gamsol. In hindsite I wouldn't have put the yellow yarn beside the basket but after i spent FOREVER colouring the basket I wasn't about to start over. The paper is one I've had hanging around for a while and it is from a Memory Box 6x6 stack. I LOVE LOVE LOVE those Memory Box papers. I think they are my fav...nice subtle colors and patterns that don't distract from what I just spent an hour colouring! The shadowing was achieved by leaving my spellbinder die in place and shadowing the edge with Ranger Antique Linen and a Tsukineko large dauber. Those large daubers are another one of my fav products. they give such a nice soft edge you'd never know a dauber was used.

Well that's it for tonight. I think I'll go post some of my latest blog cards on SCS and see what's going on over there.


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