Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Santa collage

The owner of my LSS, Heather's Stamping Haven, lent me this great stamp. It's been discontinued so it's been fun to play with it. I really like the image. I stamped it with Versamagic, which really suits the fine detail line art. It seemed to fit perfectly on this background that had been kicking around on my desk for a while. I made it too long ago to remember any of the colours I used, but they are chalk inks for the background, and pigment inks (including brilliance) for the snowflakes. The santa is matted on some green velvet paper (gorgeous!), which I scored with my stylus for mitered corners. See the silver punched snowflake? It symbolizes all that is good and all that is bad about saving scraps. I punched it out about 6 (7?) years ago at my mother's house one Christmas, during one of our first stamping marathons. It's punched from some silver wrapping paper (that had seen many a present, and the last usable bits of it were punched into snowflakes). I have carted that snowflake around for ages, lost it (when I wanted to use it), found it (when I didn't), and now moved it to a whole different house. It finally found its home on this card and to be honest, I was a bit sad to see it gone. Still, it was gratifying to use it, somehow justifying its long tenure in my stamping stash.

A few other details: lenses are done in Crystal Effects, snowflakes highlighed with blue glitter pen (Sakura), frames highlighted with silver glitter pen.

Thanks for stopping by.

Stamp credits: Santa Collage (Rubber Stampede), snowflakes (various, including Sunshine Designs for tiny one), sentiment (Heather's Stamping Haven)

Monday, 24 November 2008

Gorgeous birthday card!

I'm off work today (yay!) to be home with DD2 to work on toilet training her. I guess as reasons to be home go, it's one of the less glamourous, still it's better than being at work! She's doing really well. I'm so proud! We're just working on waking-hour training right now, but she's making great progress.

She's napping now, so I'm stealing a few minutes for a post.

This is the birthday card my mother made me. Isn't it stunning! She's a stamper too, and we have spent many happy hours together stamping. Here's a virtual {hug} for my mother, who could use a real one :-)

Anyway, back to the card. She inked up the bird image (Local King Rubber Stamps) with markers and stamped it on glossy. It's hard to see in the photo, but she's overstamped it with woodgrain (also Local King). Some pretty background paper and embellishments later, and you have the best, purdiest, wonderfullest birthday card ever! Thanks Mum! I love it!

Let me forestall any errant birthday wishes. My birthday was this summer, it's just taken a while to get the pictures uploaded off my camera onto the computer for posting. It's just a task that never made it high up the list of priorities. It got done recently because DD1 needed some recent pictures printed off for a school project.

I'm off to do some stamping now - dear Heather (Heather's Stamping Haven) lent me the famous and much-coveted Santa Collage (Rubber Stampede) stamp. I have been having a blast playing with that and will have more to post soon.

Supply list: Ask me mudd'r!

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Watercoloured Angel

My stamp club ladies wanted to do some more watercolouring, so this is what I came up with. It needed to be fairly straightforward as it was a big group of ladies this month, but still nice. I tried a few versions, and settled on this one. It's an unconventional colour scheme, but I was short on designer series paper, so purple and yellow it was! Maybe more an Advent colour scheme with the purple and blue, and the yellow of the candle flames. Yeah, that's it, that's what I planned all along. (That's now my story and I'll stick to it!)

The angel is from Holy Triptych and is embossed in gold on watercolour paper. We used Stampin' Spots mooshed (the technical term) on yogurt lids for our colour, applied with aquapainters. The image is mounted on elegant eggplant on a gate-fold card base, secured with a punched circle (from the scraps of the saffron dsp!).

Thanks for looking!

All supplies Stampin' Up: Stamps: Holy Triptych; Ink: Encore gold, elegant eggplant, almost amethyst, lavender lace, bashful blue, brocade blue, so saffron, more mustard, paper: so saffron and so saffron designer series paper, watercolour, elegant eggplant; other: 3/4" and 1/2" punches, aquapainters, gold embossing powder.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Wedding Card

This is the card I made my cousin for her wedding. The nice thing about a homemade card is that you can make it in the wedding colours. My cousin's invitations were teal and ivory, so I went with a teal theme in the card. The inspiration for the design came from lots of different people on splitcoaststampers when I was looking through the Baroque Motifs gallery. I stamped the swirl and the little flowers and cut them out, and added lots of half-back pearls and seed beads. There is a layer of silver paper matting, so this was a very glamourous card in real life.

Must go and help DD1 make her birthday party invitations. DH carved some fish stamps out of potatoes and we will stamp them in Lumiere paint. I'll be back....

Well, we're done with the invitations. I'll have to post a sample when they're done. We had a great time stamping with the Lumiere paints. DH did a fabulous job carving fish - several varieties and lots of colours of Lumieres made for really wonderful fish.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies (All Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted): Stamps: Baroque Motifs; Ink: Taken with Teal, Night of Navy, silver encore; Paper: Shimmer White, Taken with Teal, non-SU silver, Night of Navy; Other: pearls - Pretties Kit; turquoise seed beads - Miss Priss, silver embossing powder.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Remembrance Day

My daughter wanted to stamp with me and I wanted to try my Prismacolor crayons. I stamped her this flower, which she wanted to make into a poppy. We're wearing our poppies these days, in honour of Remembrance Day and the war veterans and soldiers, sailors and airmen and women serving overseas. She drew the artwork and found the cardbase herself and put it all together. I only helped with blending the p'colors as the OMS seemed too a little too risky for a Grade 1 helper.

Didn't she do a good job! I'm so proud of my little stamper.

Supplies: Stamp: Stampendous, Ink: Stazon, Other: prismacolor crayons, odourless mineral spirits, blending stump, ballpoint pen.