SC241 Fall in the Country

  • Stamps: Country Pleasures, Print Pattern, Linen, Antique Cracking, Happy Everything  SC241 Fall in the Country
  • Paper: white, Basic Black, Not Quite Navy, Really Rust, Old Olive
  • Ink: Versamark, Old Olive, Really Rust, Not Quite Navy
  • Accessories: black embossing powder, aqua painter, watercolor pencils, silent setter, eyelets, black gingham ribbon, twine
  • Technique: embossing, watercoloring

Today I’m thrilled to bring you my creation for yesterday’s Sketch Challenge (SC241) over at Splitcoast Stampers!  With all the Christmas cards I’ve been doing lately, I was looking for an opportunity to do something else, and when I saw this week’s sketch the first set that came to mind was Country Pleasures!  I purchased this set off of eBay last year and I absolutely adore it.  There’s something about the three little scenes that makes me want to move right in!

SC241 Fall in the CountryI chose the autumn scene from the set because the fall season is just around the corner and I was really in the mood to work with that type of color scheme.  Usually I get out the cardstock I want to use and figure out my color combination before I start to color my images, but this time I decided to color the scene first and then found cardstock to match.

I first got out all my supplies to do the Gamsol Magic technique but then I got to thinking about my small, neglected collection of watercolor pencils and decided to give that a whirl instead.  I don’t have any watercolor paper (I hope to pick some up tomorrow!), but if I go easy on the amount of water I use I can usually make it work out alright on regular cardstock.  Before I began, I stamped my image in Versamark and embossed it with black embossing powder to really give it a finished look.  With the natural “frame” around the stamped image I knew it would be perfect to frame each panel in black also, so the embossing on the image just seems to make everything flow just a bit better.

I fininished all my stamping (background images on the Not Quite Navy, Old SC241 Fall in the CountryOlive, and Really Rust panels were stamped in matching ink) and assembled the card, I was really happy with the result, but wanted to do something more to just really take it over the top (in a good way!).  After a few minutes of standing there staring at the card I spotted some of our gingham ribbon and decided to tie a bit of that and a bit of twine on the edge of the Old Olive panel by first setting a few eyelets along the side and tying them through that.  Viola!  It was finished!

Thanks for looking and please take a moment to let me know what you think – if you leave a link back to your blog or online gallery, I’d be more than happy to return the favor!



Wishing You Happiness card

  • Stamps: Give Thanks, Summer by the Sea, Antique Cracking
  • Paper: White, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Old Olive
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip, Versamark  Wishing You Happiness
  • Accessories: Ribbon, colored pencils, baby oil, blending stump, distressing tool, sponge
  • Technique: Gamsol magic, distressing, sponging

Yup, I’m still here!  It was a very stormy day yesterday so I had a bit of a hankering to make another card and since the weather was preventing me from doing anything outside, I sat down to make another card! :0)

I purchased this set last week at a rummage sale my SU demonstrator had.  She has a little sale once or twice a year to clear out old stuff and make room for new!  She is extremely fair with the pricing and takes good care of her stuff so it is very exciting when I find a set I’ve been wanting in her “for sale” pile!  I have wanted this particular set (“Give Thanks”) for quite some time, even making several unsuccessful attempts to buy it off of eBay last fall.  I have always thought it was perfect for coloring and the images could be used for so many different occasions!

This particular card is intended as a birthday card but I left it blank inside in case I another use would arise for it.  The design and color combo is my creation – I didn’t even glance through the SU catalog to get inspiration, I just sat down with the intent of using the image of the bucket of apples.

I’m not sure why the bottom of my photo turned out so blurry – the sentiment on the bottom of the card is actually quite crisp and clear.  The photo also does not clearly show the versamark background stamping on the Real Red panel.

Please let me know what you think and thanks so much for looking!


LSC195 SC120 Changing Seasons Masculine Birthday

  • Stamps: Changing Seasons, It’s Your Birthday, Antique Cracking, Linen
  • Paper: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, cream
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa

    LSC195 SC120 Changing Seasons Masculine Birthday

    LSC195 SC120 Changing Seasons Masculine Birthday

  • Accessories: SU Markers, sponge, gold brads, gold leaf pen
  • Technique: sponging, direct-to-paper ink distressing.

I did this card for this week’s limited Limited Supplies: Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (LSC195) challenge at SplitCoast, which specifies using “chocolate” in some form for your card. So, I used both “Chocolate Chip” and “Close to Cocoa” colors. I also did a random search of the Sketch Challenges and found SC120, from April 17th of 2007 and used that as the design for this card.

Because of the more masculine color scheme, I decided this would be a great opportunity to make a masculine birthday card, and this image from the retired Stampin’ Up set “Changing Seasons” fit the bill perfectly.

First, I stamped the image of the bridge and the sentiment (from “It’s Your Birthday”) in Chocolate Chip on cream cardstock. Colored certain parts of the image with various SU markers. Stamped portions of the “Antique Cracking” background stamp in Close to Cocoa ink around the outside of the main image to form a sort of frame. Sponged Close to Cocoa ink in the corners of the same panel. Distressed edges with distressing tool. Mounted on a panel of Chocolate Chip cardstock. Added antique gold colored brads to all four corners.

Stamped “Linen” background stamp on the three Close to Cocoa cardstock panels. Sponged corners of the panels in the same color ink and brushed the stamp pad itself lightly over them to add additional distressing.

Finally, stamped Antique Cracking stamp in Chocolate Chip ink on the back panel. Sponged Chocolate Chip ink on corners as well. Finished by running a gold leaf pen on the edges of the background panel.

Thanks so much for looking!


Nature Sunset

  • Stamps: Nature Silhouettes, Antique Cracking, Linen
  • Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black

    Nature Sunset

    Nature Sunset

  • Ink: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Summer Sun
  • Accessories: Brayer, Sponge, “rip” pattern scissors, black brads

This was a creation from last week, but for some reason I see I never got it up on here so I’m posting it this morning to add a little brightness next to the dark colored card from last night! :0)

I brayered summer sun, more mustard, and pumpkin pie (in that order) over the tree and wolf silhouette stamps.  Sponged summer sun over the entire sun and more mustard in the center/upper portions of the sun.  I also stamped the pumpkin pie panel with both the Antique Cracking and Linent background stamps.

Thanks for looking!  Please let me know what you think! :0)

WT190 – Grateful for You

  • Stamps: Dotted Autumn, Antique Cracking
  • Paper: White, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie

    WT190 Grateful for You

    WT190 Grateful for You

  • Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
  • Accessories: brads

Here is my submission for yesterday’s Ways To Use It Challenge: Get Cracking (WT190).  I didn’t start this card until 9 pm, and I try to be in bed as close to 10 as possible (in order to function the next day) so I made this a simple card.  I don’t like doing simple cards unless I like they way they turn out (and they don’t look “too simple”).  I think this one turned out pretty good.  I’ll likely include this in the batch of cards I send to Splitcoast’s Stamp Your Heart Out Campaign, which gives cards to the troops for their use.  I sure welcome a cause like that which can make use of my odds ‘n’ ends cards, as it seems we usually really only use Christmas, Birthday, and Sympathy cards ourselves, and I don’t always want to just make one of those types!

For a little extra dimension, both the pumpkin stem and the leaf on the pumpkin were stamped in old olive, cut out, and glued into position.  To balance the antique cracking background on the old olive panel, I rubbed a chocolate chip ink pad over the chocolate chip panel.

Thanks for looking!

Season of Friendship Joyful Tree

  • Stamps: Season of Friendship, Small Script, Antique Cracking
  • Paper: Cream, Always Artichoke, Baroque Burgandy, Mellow Moss

    Season of Friendship Joyful Deer

    Season of Friendship Joyful Deer

  • Ink: Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Baroque Burgandy
  • Extras: Holographic & Clear embossing powders, twill ribbon

I created this card for my mom to use as a Christmas card for fellow members of her genealogical society.  She writes fantastic poems, and wrote a lovely one for this year’s Christmas card to them involving the “family tree” that discussed the bark on the tree.  So, I used antique cracking on the background and used my new Season of Friendship tree in the foreground.  It’s a pretty simple card but that’s what she wanted it to be as she’s got to make a good stack of these and there’s no sense creating a card that takes a long time to duplicate!

Special notes: the little birdie was stamped & embossed and then I cut him out, and the snowflakes were also stamped & embossed with “holographic” glitter powder for a little extra sumthin’ :0)

Changing Seasons Thank-You

  • Stamps: Changing Seasons, Lovely As A Tree, Fantastic Foliage, Noteworthy, Antique Cracking
  • Paper: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, More Mustard

    Changing Seasons Thank-You

    Changing Seasons Thank-You

  • Ink: Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, More Mustard, Mellow Moss, Very Vanilla, SU Markers (Not Quite Navy & Bordering Blue – used in sky)
  • Accessories: Clear embossing powder, ribbon, Coluzzle, exacto knife, aquapainter
  • Technique: watercoloring, emobssing, sponging

I made this as a thank-you card to thank the local SU demo that helped me locate someone who wanted to sell their “Changing Seasons” stamp set.  She found one I could afford and I am SO excited to have this set now!  I can picture many more lovely creations that I can make in the future with it.

Fore this card, I inked the stamp first with Versamark and then with Chocolate Chip, stamped it, poured clear embossing powder over it, and embossed the image.  I like to do that when watercoloring to reduce any yucky image “bleeding.”