Saturday, November 26, 2011

Hats Off To You

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It has been a while since I posted any women in big hats, so I rustled up a few for you.

Friday, November 25, 2011

What Is A Group Of Geisha's Called?

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Gobble, Gobble!

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I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful turkey dinner with family or friends today.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

WOW (What's On My Worktable)

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I have been busy trying to get ahead on making my Christmas cards this year. I usually make each one individually so no 2 are alike but it takes me weeks to do it. This year I decided to make them in batches of 4, 6 or 8 at one time. Of course there isn't much on my desk except a messy pile of scrap paper because I just finished the last batch of 6 cards. Just scroll down to see each one and read details of what I did for each card. 


1. I started this card by using a Corner Card Adorner punch from EK Success then inserted a piece of patterned green paper. The red oval behind the tree is stamped with Picket Fence Distress Stain and then I took Fired Brick Distress Ink and rubbed the pad over it to tone down the white. It makes a very nice tone-on-tone look that I really liked. 

2. The tree is made but cutting out a triangle from a cream colored card stock and then gluing 3/4"strips of various green paper that I either had or made by stamping. 

3. I added a small gold star to the top and some self adhesive rhinestones and I was done. I did also rub some Distress Ink along the edges of the green background and the red oval to darken them. 




1. I started this card by cutting the edge with a new Tim Holtz die that I just got called Distressed Doily. I then rubbed the die cut part with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink on a blending pad to make it darker and stand out from the background. 

2. I stamped the oval to frame the "25" on some cream card stock using a mossy green embossing powder then colored in some parts with a red and green marker. The "25" is another new die cut from Lord Tim which is one of the new Mini Mover and Shapers dies called Mini Reindeer and 25. (It is cut from thin chipboard covered with gold paper that was heat embossed first.)

3. The loopy border is a punch from Martha and it has a piece of moss green dotted paper cut into a strip and glued down the center. (I made the border by punching both sides of the strip of paper with the border punch.) 

1. The background of this card has several layers and I started with a cream card stock that I edged with a postage stamp border punch by EK Success then rubber Gathered Twig Distress Ink along the edge with a blending pad. 

2. The next layer of the background is made by running some moss green card stock through my Big Shot in an embossing folder and then rubbing Evergreen Bough from Tim's new Christmas Collection Distress Ink. (My new FAVORITE color!) I added some sparkle to the berries by putting little dots of Distress Stickles in Fired Brick and inked the edge with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. 

3. I took a 2" circle punch and punched the hole for the bird to nestle in and backed it with some distressed looking scrapbook paper. I punched the bird with an EK Success punch and then rubbed the edges of it with some more Gathered Twig Distress Ink. 

4. The little "noel" banner was stamped and heat embossed with some tan powder and then cut into a strip. (I also rubbed the edges with more Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.) I scored a line on the left side of the "noel" and then another line about 1/8" from that. I then folded  it in and out to make it look like a dimensional banner. To make it stand out further I put a piece of foam tape under the "noel" part and glued the outer piece directly to the card. That way it looks like the folded part is lapping over the background matt from behind. 

5. The "25" is die cut from thin chipboard covered in gold paper and then I smeared on some Antique Brass Distress Stickles to give it some sparkle. 




1. This was actually the first card I made and I started it by making a punched matt from a distressed looking cream scrapbook paper using a Martha Stewart corner and border punch set called Wrought Iron. I then matted that onto a darker green scrapbook paper and then a larger paid matt and then onto a red card. 

2. The deer is cut from thinner chipboard covered with some brown scrapbook paper and has a punch art flower and holly leaves added to the neck. (I rubbed some Walnut Stain Distress Ink around the edges of the deer.) 

3. The "25" is cut from thin chipboard covered in gold paper and backed with an oval punched from red paper and rubbed around the outer edge with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. It was then matted on a scalloped oval punched from more of the same gold paper. 

4. The finishing touch was to take some tissue tape and scrunch it up as I laid it across the bottom of the card. (Of course I did this before I glued down the deer and the "25" oval.) 




1. To make the background on this card I took a piece of dark moss card stock and cut and folded it to the finished card size then I ran through my Bog Shot in a Tim Holtz embossing folder. I then took some Pine Needle Distress Ink on a blending pad and lightly rubbed it over the embossing to highlight the raised areas. 

2. The "25" is cut from thin chipboard covered with gold paper and it is mounted on a red circle punched from red card stock. You may not be able to see it from the photo but the red circle is stamped with a slightly darker red ink in a damask design. (This was a reject from a previous card but worked for the this one..... so don't throw your scraps away too soon.)

3. I cut out tags from some paper that I stamped with a Tim Holtz design and then rubbed the edges with Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany Distress Ink. (I also added en eyelet and some ribbon.)

4. To the left of the tag I added some punched pine boughs from a light moss green card stock and then I added some red glitter paper berries and Distress Stickles in Picket Fence to make them look like they are covered in snow. 




1. The background of the this card started with the beautiful scrapbook paper I bought that was glittered and glossified in certain areas. (Is glossified a word?) I punched the snowflake border from a new Martha Stewart punch I just bought from a white pearl moire paper then I backed it with some matching icy blue card stock. (The edges are rubbed with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.) 

2. I stamped the saying on some white vellum with a green iridescent sheen and then matted it on some more of the white pearl moire paper that I tore with a deckle ruler. (The snowflake border on the envelope is punched from some more of the iridescent vellum.)

3. At the bottom of the card I added a wider brown organza ribbon with a thinner icy blue, brown edged ribbon over top of it. 




1. The background for this card is something I learned from an on-line class I recently took which I highly recommend. It's called Holiday Card Boot Camp and you can register anytime even though the live classes are over. (There are videos to watch and PDF's to download for all the classes.) The best thing is that it is only $29.00 and it was a 10 day class. Click here to be taken to the site to learn about it and buy the class. 

2. Once I made the background I punched a circle in it with a 2.5" circle punch so I could suspend the snowflake. I made the snowflake by gluing 2 snowflakes back to back (to make it thicker) that I punched out of cream card stock. I then spread some glossy accents over each side (let one side dry first before you do the other) and sprinkled silver glass glitter over it. I like the vintage tarnished look this glitter has rather then the glitzy, sparkly regular glitter. (And yes it is made from real ground up glass so be careful with the stuff if you use it.) 

3. I took a thin strip of teal card stock and stamped "winter wishes" on it and embossed it with white powder. I then attached a rhinestone to each end and cut the ends into a "v" notch. Make sure that this little banner is long enough to extend over the opening because it is what helps the snowflake float in the center of the punched circle. To make the snowflake float you simply add a small piece of red-liner tape to the back of the paper strip and press the snowflake into it. (Yes you need to use some strong gooey adhesive to stick the glass glitter snowflake down good.)



I hope that gives everyone some inspiration to make their Christmas cards this year. Be sure and check out the Card Boot Camp as well as the other classes they have available. Even though I only did 7 cards I did multiples of each one so I now actually have 40 cards made in 4 days. 

Happy Turkey Day

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I hope everyone is getting ready for a fabulous turkey dinner tomorrow. I'm lucky that my hubby makes the entire dinner every year and all I have to do is clean up.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Yukata See This

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I know a lot of you may not get the joke of the title unless you know what a yukata is. (Pronounced "you-ka-tah".) A yukata is a casual summer kimono like garment worn by the japanese and usually made of cotton or other light synthetic materials. (OK.... Now you can laugh.)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Bright Asian Backgrounds

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Wise Old Bird

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I finished these pages last week but I didn't post them right away because I don't like to pile too many posts up all in one day. These are for one of the circle journal groups I belong to called Artistic Evolution and they are for Eileen Bellomo's book. The previous page and really the whole journal has been based on the theme started from the first artist of using "eyes" and "eye glasses" for "Eye-leen". (Get it?) Sarah had used the game "I spy with my little eye" and had a whole bunch of images one of which was an owl. That made me think of the poem that I included with my artwork so I got busy making my little hooter.

Here are the details.

1. The background is done on heavy watercolor paper with Distress Stains. I just love these bottles of color and usually reach for them first when I start doing a background. To make it look more spattered I took a paint brush and threw clear water at the page and let it set for a few seconds then blotted it up with a paper towel. (The background color needs to be dry first.)

2. The owl is made of various die cut parts and punched pieces from the huge collection that I have of both. The edge of the page is also an over the edge die cut by Tim Holtz. I added the glasses to him at the last moment so that he would blend better with all the previous pages that had eyeglasses on them. (It is simply made of some 20 gauge gold wire.)

Sunday Digital Download

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To make these papers I started with a photo of white peonies with tinges of yellow, peach and pink.

Beauty Drawn In Black And White

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