Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fall in the air

Little bit of fall in the 44 degree air, this morning!  Brrr!  It was beautiful with the sun shining through a few clouds here and there.  Yesterday, I noticed several yellow leaves on our birch trees and last night's breeze blowing through the bedroom window, was cooler.   There is no doubt that summer days are my favorite but, I'm embracing the change of seasons with this cute little Lawn Fawn fox from Into the Woods.


Background blue is watercolored on Tim Holtz Watercolor paper with Artists's Watercolors by Grumbacher, die cut with Lawn Fawn's stitched journal card.  I inset the stitched journal card, the fox and the chat bubble, as well, so all the die cut pieces fit into the background like a "puzzle."

A little wood leaf embellishment finishes off this simple fall greeting.

Happy Fall! (There, I said it!)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sending Smiles

When blooms on the Alaskan Fireweed have reached the top, the "Sourdough's" say it's six weeks until snowfall.  (Sourdough's are those who have "soured" on Alaska, but don't have the "dough" to get out.) Those of us who have lived here for a long time usually aren't real fond of the first snow fall as it's a reminder of many wintery months ahead!  So looking on the bright side, I colored up this beautiful image from the Fireweed Collection from Stamp Attic Alaska.


Online Card Classes are working with a lovely set by Clearly Besotted.  This Fireweed stamp is one from my stash that worked perfectly for different techniques that were featured.  

The tag is a Lawn Fawn die cut stamped and colored with Copic's.  For the card I chose Tim Holtz watercolor paper, some Grumbacher water color paint tubes and finished it with Copic markers and from Lawn Fawn, the wonderful sentiment from the Wish You Were Here, Too, "Sending Smiles."

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Online Card Classes - Day 3 - Stamped Die Cuts

Another day at Online Card Classes and all kinds of fun going on!  Debby shared some super cute cards using stamped die cuts.  Julie came up with an ingenious word search on her card, Jennifer Rzasa personalized her message by changing up some sentiments,  and Stephanie stamped text in her stencils.  Here's what I came up with:


I know it's a bit early for snow, and evergreen trees and stars that say Bright and drifts that say, "snow."  I just wanted to check it out!  The falling snow is a stencil covered in translucent embossing paste.  Before the embossing paste I stenciled it using Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass.  It dries clear and raised for such a fun effect!


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

My Heart

Another technique from Online Card Classes, this one using background stamps with Perfect Pearls.  The "Lace Background" Design Block from HERO Arts is my background stamp on this square type card with a Spellbinders Heart cutout.  I chose Magenta pink and Cobalt blue colored Perfect Pearls to dab here and there over my image.  As they blended together they formed a really cool purple color that is very subtle.


The first photo shows the shimmer, the second, not so much!  Lighting is key when shooting Perfect Pearls!  The second photo shows a bit more of the layout and the super intense effect of the background.





Super fun technique and one I sometimes forget about!  Had to dig for my Perfect Pearls but, it was worth it!
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Monday, August 4, 2014

Hello! Resist, Emboss Technique with Background Stamps

Hello to Online Card Classes Day One!  Still time to join in if you haven't already for Online Stamp Classes - STRETCH YOUR STAMPS 2 -  I love learning how to use your stamps in more than one way and this class gives you lots of ideas to do just that!

I challenged myself to try as many techniques on one card as I could and here is what I came up with.  Chose a "Roy G Biv"color scheme like Kristina did on her first card, a clear embossing technique with my background stamp like Kristina and Lisa did and used a spritzed, distressed watercolor background on my craft sheet, like Shari, to come up with my background.  Then "ironed off" my clear embossing like Lisa did on her card.  Loved the result!


 Used my roll of 3M tape to pop up my background, added my Mama Elephant Die cut "hello" in black, a few sequins and "poof" a fun HELLO card!

It's still Day One and plenty of time to sign up for this fun class!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BEACHY KEEN!

It's a BEACHY KEEN kind of time!  Summer is in full swing, the sun is shining and pop up the umbrella, it's time to be BEACHY!  I always think of my friend Jenn Shurkus who is always running to the beach!  Trust me, I would too, if I could.  I enjoy my Alaskan beach scene from about 2 miles up the hill or the side of the mountain.

These super cute images from Pink Ink conjured up a light and airy, clean and simple type of design in my mind.  Kind of a breeze blowin' in your hair, umbrella, sunny day kind of idea, here:


Colored up in Copic markers R11, R20, YR31,YR21, BG10, BG11, finished with a little Wink of Stella its a super fast and easy card!

I would so love to be under one of those sweet umbrellas but, this week I have abandoned my studio for a Jury Room!  Soak up the sun for me!!!


Monday, July 28, 2014

Sweet Love

It's been Sarah and Leif for a long time.  Since junior high.  Both friends of our daughter and close friends of ours, during their growing up years, we were privileged to celebrate their "Sweet Love" as they were married in a beautiful Alaskan setting last weekend.   We love Sarah and Leif.  First there was Sarah and then, Leif and then Leif and Sarah, for nine years (9).  They must have been 14 when they began to notice and like each other.  The Best Man said it took 2 years for him to kiss her.  How sweet is that?   It was a beautiful wedding celebration as they start off the rest of their lives.  They have already been together nearly half of the time they've been alive!

I thought this Penny Black sentiment was perfect for a wedding card and chose the colors from their invitation.


I used Lawn Fawn Heart dies for the hearts and Lawn Fawn twine for the accent.  I took this photo after I had sealed it in the clear envelope as we were racing out the door!  I love the clean and simple design that sends a bit of heart felt advice, good for all to remember!

Here they are, the new Mr. and Mrs!


Wishing them a lifetime of love, joy, and happiness!