Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Halloween is coming!

In just a few hours it will be September – back to school time, and fall coming. Fall is my favourite season of all – love the colours and the foods of this time of year the best of all.
Pumpkin bread, Pumpkin pie, turnip, squash, turkey, beautiful leaves, long walks in the crisp air…I could go on and on!! It also means the CreativFestival is coming to town in Toronto in October – another favourite! Lots to look forward to, that’s for sure.

Today’s card is definitely on topic – it’s Halloween! Another card using those wonderful Eat Cake Graphics images!

Pumpkin Trick or Treat:
Card dimensions – 6” square

Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Paper – DP, watercolour paper Accademia (Fabrianno); Ink –StazOn Black (Tsukineko); Stamps – Peter Pumpkin 1080-E, Bob Bat 5034-D, Full Moon 7072-G (Eat Cake Graphics); foam tape, sheer black ribbon, thin purple satin ribbon (Offray), Tombow markers, water brush, 3 large black brads.

For September – I have lots of cards to show you using a brand new stamp line – Lacey Designs. Lots to look forward to!

Until next time, have a great day!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fairy Rose

I can't believe it!
It’s the end of August – I’m not 100% sure of where the time went. I did manage to spend some time with DH and the kids at Great Wolf Lodge. A fun break all around for us – it was worth it to see the smiles on the kids faces. Especially when I got a bucket of water dumped on my head when I wasn’t looking – they thought that was hilarious!!!

Anyway – I haven’t made as many cards this month’s as I would like to have – but there are a few Eat Cake Graphics ones up my sleeve still! Here’s one:

Fairy Rose dangler:
Card dimensions – A2 (4 ¼” x 5 ½”)

Materials: CS – (CTMH); Paper – PP (CTMH), watercolour Accademia (Fabrianno); Ink –StazOn Black (Tsukineko); Stamps – Fairy Rose sprinkles petals 1164-I (Eat Cake Graphics), Leave Room sentiment C596 (Frog Whisker’s Ink); foam tape, coloured wire, Hollyhock grosgrain ribbon (CTMH), Tombow markers, water brush, oval cutting template, Coluzzle, swivel cutting knife, Hollyhock marker (CTMH), small safety pin (CTMH), Stickles glitter glue – Icicle, shaped scissors – large scallop.

Here’s a close up of the little fairy – she is so sweet!
Hope everyone has had a wonderful summer – you can feel the fall wanting to slowly come in – especially that past 2 days in Ontario – definitely not the hot, humid we have been having!

Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

It's a hot Christmas in August!

It’s August, it’s hot and steamy – and…. I’m thinking about Christmas! Isn’t everyone now – seriously, there are only143 days until Christmas!! I know it is very hot outside, but I do love Christmas stamps – especially these two from Eat Cake Graphics, with little ones looking for Santa outside the window – just like my little ones do.  And how clever are these two separate stamps that once you stamp them side by side – they show the Christmas tree inside! Love it!

Christmas with Mary and Billy at Window:
Card dimensions – 6” x 5”

Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Paper – Accademia (Fabrianno); Ink –Versamark (Tsukineko); Stamps – Billy & Sparky at Window 1104-J, Mary & Mr. Meow at Window 1105-J, Christmas word cube RSW003CU (Sunshine Designs available at The Stamp Barn); foam tape, detail gold embossing powder, sheer ribbon, Tombow markers, water brush, Liquid Applique (white), loose glitter (Martha Stewart), gelly roll glitter pen, fine point black permanent marker (Martha Stewart).

The snow around the window frames is quite glittery. To do this, I sprinkled loose glitter onto the wet Liquid Applique – and then used my heat gun to puff. When it puffs the glitter makes it sparkly Liquid Applique. For the sentiment – I used Tombow #228 to colour directly onto my stamp and then stamp the sentiment onto the card (huff on the stamp first). This allowed me to make the stamp colour to the card well. Fr the background house brick, I used a black permanent fine marker to draw in the brick lines and then I used Tombow #977 and 969 to colour it – then blend.

I thought I would also show you how I work out the colouring for the cards, and show you the test I did of my idea for how I wanted to house to be around the stamped windows.
Here are my test pieces, where I did a scrap of the house bricks, and then stamp the images in Black Stazon and colour with the markers that I think I would like to use. This test coloured piece is also what I use to make my colour chart once I’m done making the card.

Here is the finished colour chart for you – if you want to give it a try too.
Until next time, have a great day!