Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sharing the Love

My sweet granddaughter and daughter in law have been learning to make cards with stamps and inks I have been sending them over the years. But they live in Oregon and I am in Florida, so when I get to visit we pull out the stash from the closet and I make cards with them. Last time I showed Liane how to heat emboss. I have been going through my abundance of supplies and am thinning out some of my old stamps and tools to make room for my new Fun Stampers Journey supplies and, of course, Liane and Luci are getting some of my "love"! The latest box has a cuttlebug machine and some dies. Embossing folders will be in the second box.

I am hoping to make videos to share online and this is my very first "how to" video in which I show how to use the Cuttlebug machine. In the video I couldn't remember how to get the Nestabilities die to emboss. Gina K does a much better job when she shows how to use a shim in her Stamp TV video on YouTube here. There are other Cuttlebug videos done by Gina K there as well.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Stamping with Friends

I was able to have a few friends here yesterday and we made these cards for fall and Christmas.

pierced card, inks, and ribbon
coloring with pencils and
sponged for highlighting

embossed sentiment and
small ornaments with silver
embossed flowers with white
and sponged distress inks on top

I added my initials as a kind of watermark.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Autumn Greetings

I have been making cards with a fall theme this week.
This one is my favorite.

I first stamped a white 4 x 5 1/4 in. card with the ink splat stamp using rich coral, pineapple smoothie, orange rave, and oatmeal cookie(all FSJ inks).

Then I ran the card through the Amaze machine with the Fall Text embossing folder( a Bloom Benefit, free with a $100 order). Then I used a hard sponge and hazelnut blend ink to rub lightly over the embossing and bring out the words.

I used scraps of paper from my stash, Versamark ink, and the Hello Fall stamps and dies to make the leaves.

I used an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of kraft card stock for the base and glued down the front piece.

Lastly I stamped the sentiment from the Hello Fall set, punched it out with FSJ 2" scalloped oval, sponged the edges with that same hazlenut blend inked sponge, mounted it with small foam squares, and put journey glaze over the whole tag.

I love the way the ink spot stamp looks like leaves in the background.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Pan Pastels

I needed to make a card that was one layer, so nothing glued on. I used my pan pastels to color the background, then stamped the images on top. I colored the turtles with colored pencils, using a white eraser first over the red area because I wanted to take out the background color before coloring.

All products are from Fun Stampers Journey.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Fun Stampers Journey is hoping to receive at least 500 cards during the month of October to send as encouragement to patients battling cancer. You can help by creating cards and sending them to the company. You do not have to use FSJ products. Click here to go to FSJ blog and learn more. Let me know if you are willing to help.

 Click here to go to FSJ blog and learn more.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Happy Hello

Thanks to Ann R in our Sisters in Stamping group who shared this stamp with us and her "Antiquities" embossing powder from Stampendous and available at Sparkle and Sprinkle. After embossing the image, I used water based markers and a water brush to add a wash of color and then color to the individual cats. Lastly I used stardust gel pens to color the eyes and small areas of the cats. The sentiment is an old one from The Angel Company that is one of the many from my stash of stamps.
 This one will make a great card for a friend who loves cats.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

An Oldie but Goodie

I made this Christmas card today to share with my Sisters in Stamping group. The Train Collage stamp and paper behind the image are from The Angel Company, which is no longer in business. The inks used were Fun Stampers Journey Black Licorice, embossed with clear powder, and then sponged with Distress Inks( antique linen, tattered rose, and vintage photo). Lastly I used Copic markers(G19 and R27) to color the leaves and berries. The image was trimmed with deckle scissors before mounting on fun foam to add dimension. I stamped the sentiment(from the SU Joyful Christmas set) with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink, punched it out with my Marvy scalloped oval, and sponged more of the victorian velvet around the edge.