Monday, September 29, 2008

You can't have too many bluebirds....

...and it's a good thing, since I have them everywhere. Thank you, Artistic Outpost, for creating this lovely sheet!

This card was made with Stampin'Up!'s Blue Bayou and Whisper White CS. The yellow gingham and green border where scraps from my stash. I stamped the image in Blue Bayou, then colored it with watercolor pencils and an Aquapainter. I added a bit more length to the branches with brown wc pencil as well. The birds were stamped on a large brad (Basic Grey or Bazzill - can't remember which at the moment) with Blue Bayou ink and heat set. I layered the image onto the green scrap, then tied the ribbon around the yellow scrap before I attached the bird image. All was layered onto Blue Bayou CS, with a bit of inking on most of the edges.

Here's a ribbon trick or two:
1. This ribbon was black and white gingham, but I needed blue, and not that wussy light blue. I wanted a strong blue. I inked the ribbon with Blue Bayou to match the card. If you have black and white ribbon, you can make it match any card you're making. I keep a stash of gingham, dots and swirls in black and white just for this technique.

2. My other trick is a green trick: if you're going to tie a ribbon around a card, the back side is just wasted. Cut your ribbon 2 inches longer than the width of your card and wrap the extra inch to the back on each side, securing with double-stick tape. You might even get away with 1/2" on each side. After you glue your layers down, tie a scrap piece of ribbon to the base ribbon. You can tie a knot or a small bow. Either way, you're using less ribbon and saving a tree in the Amazon jungle. Just kidding about the tree, but it sure makes your ribbon go farther.

I'll post again tomorrow evening. Not sure which plate, so come back and be surprised. I know I will be!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

When it rains, it pours....

Haven't posted to this blog since August and now, three posts in three days. Is the world coming to an end?

I made this card with the new Bluebird plate from Artistic Outpost, which will be released Wednesday, October 1. I hope you are enjoying these cards as much as I enjoy making them. They aren't fancy, but they're quick and easy.

I used Stampin' Up! cardstock (don't I always?) in Old Olive, Basic Black, Lavender Lace, Blush Blossom and Creamy Caramel, and SU Basic Black and Lavender Lace Craft inks. Stamp the bird image in black on Lavender Lace cs. Stamp the boy in black on Creamy Caramel. Ink edges of the Lavender Lace cs, the boy image and a scrap of Old Olive trimmed to frame the boy. Cut a piece of Basic Black cs to 5 1/2" X 2 1/2" and run it through the Cuttlebug to texturize. Use a copper- colored Rub-on to highlight the texture (available at ...... such shameless self-promotion!) I tied a raffia scrap though the button ...y'all know I hate button holes with nothing in them. Oh, but first, the button I used was a little too bright, so I just rubbed a bit of my Basic Black ink on the front to tone it down. You could do the same with the rub-ons from RCS.

Now for the assemblage: Glue the boy image to the Old Olive and attach to the right side of the Lavender Lace piece, leaving about 1/8" of LL cs showing. Add five brads to the top of this piece. Note: The brads were antique brass, but I wanted a hint of purple so I tapped them on my Lavender Lace Craft pad and then onto a paper towel to get just a little purple tint. Layer all onto a folded piece of Old Olive. Fold the textured black cs around the edge of the card fold and glue in place. Stamp the sentiment onto Blush Blossom cs in black ink,trim and tear the right edge, then ink the edges with Lavender Lace ink and attach to card front. Add the button with red liner tape or a glue dot.

Be sure to check out the new plates at, plus all of their previous releases. October is their 1 year anniversary. Happy Birthday, Artistic Outpost!

More Artistic Outpost Snowy Woods

I just love this Santa. He looks just like the real thing, which as we all know, is alive and well and currently sunning in Boca Raton or points south. I think the RockCandy Studios Brown Baroque Border (try quickly saying THAT three times) really sets off the sentiment and works beautifully with the vintage look.

To make this card, I used Stampin'Up! cardstock (Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Blush Blossom) and SU's Basic Black, Purely Pomegranate and Apricot Appeal inks, a couple of antique brass brads and RCS Baroque Border. I stamped the Santa image in black, sponged on the Purely Pomegranate and Apricot Appeal inks and tore the lower edge. I stamped the sentiment in Purely Pomegranate, sponged the edges of the sentiment card and layered it onto Chocolate Chip. I used a Cuttlebug background to texturize the larger Chocolate Chip layer. I added brads to the sentiment card and attached the border above and below. I layered all onto the Pretty in Pink. I really like the "Happy Christmas" sentiment with this image. It seems very old-fashioned to me and I thank Artistic Outpost for including it with this gorgeous plate.

Friday, Roxi and I hauled our wares to the West Tennessee Christian Women's Retreat at Whispering Hills Conference Center in Olive Branch, Mississippi. We were invited by our good friend, Dianne Papasan, who was one of the organizers of the event. We spent the weekend with a great group of ladies and had a commemorative make & take bookmark for each of them to create. All was well except the glue I bought for the event. It was really fresh and REALLY sticky, which is what you want in a gluestick, but we had people sticking to bits and pieces of RCS trims, to the bookmarks, to the table cover, to the gluestick, to each get the picture.

One thing I really enjoy with make & takes, especially when the group is not really a stamping or scrapbooking bunch, is the wonder you see in someone's eyes the first time they stamp an image or finish their piece. It's like a child who has just successfully ridden a bike without training wheels. There is such a sense of accomplishment. We saw that over and over this weekend.

I want publicly thank our gracious friend Shelly Hickox who opened her home to two weary travelers Friday night. The selfish guests in question arrived at her home after 11 p.m. Friday night, kept Shelly and hubby Dan up half the night talking about the debate, then snuck out like thieves in the night before seven the next morning. Well...I stretched the truth a bit. We did arrive after 11 and stayed up a bit talking, but Shelly and Dan were so nice to us. Their opening their home to us kept us from having the expense of a hotel (We are just starting this business. Every penny must be wisely spent!) or making the hour-and-a-half drive back to Drummonds and Brighton and back again to arrive by seven the next morning. We would have had five hours to sleep, and we all know that when you know you have to get up with the chickens, you just can't fall asleep immediately. We did get up with the chickens, though. Shelly has chickens, and while we didn't walk out to the coop to actually see them, we did hear the rooster greeting the sunrise. We also met Steve the cat who is a girl. Shelly woke us at six and made a pot of coffee with freshly ground beans. We all talked a little art before we had to crank up my log-wagon diesel truck to head back to the conference center. I'm sure everyone was awake after that, including the neighbors.

I'm off to prepare my class materials for my Sunday school class as well as dinner items for our last-Sunday-of-the-month fellowship. I will be posting again this evening with a card from the new AO Bluebird plate.

Have a blessed day!

Friday, September 26, 2008

New Stamps from Artistic Outpost!

Artistic Outpost is releasing two new stamps plates on October 1, Snowy Woods and Bluebird. I will be posting new images daily until Oct. 1 so you can have a little sneak peek.

Today's sample is from Snowy Woods. I just fell in love with this Santa, and the phrase is from one of my favorite poems, so what's not to love? The technique involves a stipple brush and my favorite color combo: Stampin'Up!'s Old Olive, Cameo Coral and More Mustard. The image was stamped in Basic Brown, then the colors are stippled on. I inked all the edges in Basic Brown. The papers are SU Very Vanilla and Chocolate Chip, plus a Cosmo Cricket from last Christmas. I have no clue what the base paper is, but that's a little strip of RockCandy Studios' Leaf and Flower Border in antique gold on the edge of the sentiment tag.

Roxi and I are off to the West Tennessee Christian Women's Retreat this weekend in Olive Branch, Mississippi to peddle our wares and hang out with some great people, including our good friend and artist extraordinaire Shelly Hickox who is letting us bunk at her house tomorrow night to avoid driving all the way back home, which is more than 50 miles.

Since it's 3 a.m. and I have to get up at 6, I think I'll head to bed.

Have a fun weekend!