Sausalito, California

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Happy Birthday Lindsey!

My little girl is going to turn 24 next week!  She is a lover of ice cream (who isn't) so when I saw these ice cream cones on SC I knew this was the card for her.  I found the saying on SC too! At my favorite stamping store, Stamped Designs in Dover, NH, I found Tilda with the ice cream.  Tilda looks a little like Lindsey when she was a little girl because of the blondish ponytails.  I had fun making this side-stepcard with all the pink that I used. The pink paper is BoBunny, so pretty. 

Our little girl at age 5

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Side step Christmas Tree

I was thinking of Christmas today and how back in June I stated that I wanted to start making my Christmas cards early.  So here it is almost September and I am starting. This punch art Christmas Tree came to mind and thought it would be a good card to make as a side step card.  The tree is made from the SU scallop punch and then cut into hearts.  Some of them are cut into triple hearts.  Then just layer them on top of one another to form a pine tree.  I saw this on SC months and months ago.  Sorry, I don't remember who to give the credit.  The SU ornament punch is made with shiny gold paper.  (Looks a little like yellow but it isn't) I tried to make it look like it is hanging from a branch.  Check out the pictures below from a different angle and a little closer view.  Thanks for looking!

Scallop punch

Shiny Gold Ornament
Side step/side view

Monday, August 29, 2011

Lavendar Birthday

Birthday cards are a lot of fun to make.  I have a few birthday cards to make for September and this is just the first one. I have been dying to use my new Fancy Tags #2 from spellbinders and thought this would be a perfect opportunity. The doily started out as white but I used Tim Holtz dusty concord distress ink to color it and added the Fancy Tag on top with the flowers from prima and SU bird punch leaves.  The ribbon is from Joann's Fabric.  MS corner punch is one of my favorites. I just love this punch!! Come back for more birthday cards!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My Sympathy

Unfortunately, I have had to make another sympathy card.  My husband is a principle in an elementary school and there have been 2 teachers who have had loved ones pass away recently.  This is the second emboss resist  card that I have made.  I used the Upsy Daisy stamp set from SU with purple embossing powder. It is hard to see but the daisies are a deep purple and then sponged with yo-yo yellow and night of navy.  I added the "my sympathy" in Eggplant Envy and some ribbon. I like the way it came out. Sorry that the picture doesn't really do it justice but I do love this stamp set!  Next, onto making some birthday cards for a few September birthdays!! Thanks for looking!

Thinking of you

I haven't used my embossing tool in a long time and I saw this card by M Zindorf.  Love her technique! Although, instead of brayering I sponged.  Sponging for me is a little easier than brayering.  I will have to keep practicing. I embossed the stamp from Just Believe first and then sponged the colors.  I didn't like the way the Basic Black from SU came out (kind of a purplish color) so I used black soot from Tim Holtz's distressed inks.  It was fun and think I will do more of this technique.  I should have taken a picture of my fingers!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Punch art Asters

It has been hard to work in my craftroom since my family has gotten back from California.  It has been hot and I don't have air conditioning in my room.  I do have a fan which helps but some days it just isn't enough.  But we have had some cooler days and since we are heading into fall, I will be making more cards because September is another big birthday month in our family. From the book Paper Bouquet by Susan Tierney Cockburn I have made the Asters which are fun.  Same technique as the Echinacea (which was on a previous blog post) which is cupping the individual flower and layering them together.  The bird is from Heartfelt Creations/Spellbinders colored with copic markers. For the background it is the cuttlebug embossed folder and then I used Tim Holtz distressed inks peeled paint to color the Sizzix Top Note image.   Thanks for looking and enjoy!