Sunday, 22 December 2013
I used a design from a class I took at Heather's Stamping Haven from my friend Mary. I loved this card. I made a tiny change - sponged the focal panel instead of using wrinkle-free distress. I thought it would be a bit faster. The ornament stamp is a Penny Black cling stamp from the set "ornately". I coloured it with Tombow markers and misted lightly before stamping. After it was dry, I added some clear Wink of Stella to the ornaments. The snowflake on the black strip is also from the "ornately" set and stamped in Delicata gold. The background panel is stamped in Red Royal (Hero Arts) using a Penny Black background stamp called "christmas story". The whole thing is mounted on a black linen card base and I used Delicata gold to stamp the greeting on the inside. I really love Delicata gold for stamping on dark cardstock - it is crisp and clean and dries right away. Tsukineko people - if you are reading my blog - please, please make us a Delicata silver too! Please!
Well, this blog post must come to an end. It was off to a shaky start since I couldn't log in to Google the way the accounts are set up. So my blogging time did get a bit eaten up by technical contortions.
I hope you get some time to stamp over the holidays. I have high hopes of some quality time at the craft table myself! I will be working on my January class sample for sure - will feature Penny Black stamps in the theme of Love. Perfect for Valentine's Day, anniversaries, wedding cards, etc. I have a lovely little stack of cardstock all picked out and ready for experimenting! But I am not going to rush into post-Christmas thoughts. I am going to enjoy the moment and anticipating the celebrations to come.
Monday, 9 December 2013
I hope your December is going well. Ours is - November birthday has been wrapped up, December birthday is taking shape. Hubby wants us to have a party so I am planning that - the fun part is going through the cookbooks deciding on the signature drink and appetizers. Maybe I should also be auditioning the signature drinks too! We've been doing our shopping and everyone is busy hiding packages and being mysterious about errands. There's a cookie exchange planned at work and I think this weekend will see us putting up the Christmas tree. The Advent activities are preparing us for the feast of Christmas, which is now only weeks away. This past weekend we went out to the Living Nativity, which is well worth a visit next year if you are in the Ottawa area. On a more secular note, the Jacquie Lawson Advent calendar this year has an Edwardian theme, which is lots of fun for all fans of Downton Abbey. I hope you are enjoying your preparations for Christmas, and taking time to enjoy the moments of preparation.
Best wishes and happy stamping!
Sunday, 1 December 2013
All stamps are from Heather's Stamping Haven's line of stamps. The focal image of poppies is embossed in Bavarian Bronze embossing powder. The background stamp is a Shakespearean sonnet in script, and stamped in Bundled Sage I believe, or possibly one of the soft shadow inks from Hero Arts. The background on the poppy panel is one of the genealogy stamps from Heather's line. The poppies are coloured with Distress Markers and some more Distress ink is sponged around the edges. The whole panel is covered in Distress crackle paint (rock candy) and when it dried, more ink was rubbed into the cracks. The dark teal strip was embossed with one of Tim Holtz' texture fades folders and all the card stock pieces were edged in Memories Art Print Brown. Lastly, some dots of Adirondack liquid pearls completed the effect.
Well - it's time to get ready for church! Must dash. I just looked at the clock and it's 9:00 and the girls need to be there at 9:15 for choir practice. I'd better get moving!
Thanks for stopping by.