Friday, September 24, 2010

Finally a moment

September has been crazy, absolutely crazy.  Not only have I started a new job at the high school here but I am still working at the library.  On Wednesday, I worked at three different places.  Last weekend our family went to Ottawa for my nephew Shawn's wedding.  It was a three day affair that left me exhausted.  I'm just not used to staying up late night after night.  It was really fun though to be staying in downtown Ottawa, walking the streets and seeing the sites.  Although it's nice living in the country, I still love the sites and sounds of a bustling city.  If you've never been to Ottawa, the capital of Canada, it really is a great city to see. 

Anyway, back to stamping.  Yes I am back at it.  Hopefully I will be able to get a few more idea's I've had made and posted this weekend.  This card is one I made for my daughter who goes to Carleton University in Ottawa.  I'll send it her way around Halloween with a little something in it.   The sentiment is not SU's but I've had it for ages and find it comes in handy when I give gift cards or money.  The stamp set is Autumn Harvest I stamped it on Very Vanilla, cut out the leaf and popped it up on a dimensional.  It is watercolored using watercolor wonder crayons.  The ribbon is the new narrow 1/8 taffeta ribbon in Old Olive.  This stuff is just gorgeous and I love, love, love the feel.  I plan on getting a few more rolls of this soon.

Friday, September 10, 2010

It's been a crazy week.

This week has been stampless!  Oh the horror and it's not even Halloween yet!  This week I started a new job and I also was substituting at a two other jobs.  Needless to say it's been CRAZY.  But even though I haven't been physically stamping, I have been stamping like crazy in my head.  That means this weekend I should have time to put them together and share.  Can't wait to play again.


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Giant Pumpkin Contest

Our wonderful friends the Fishchers grow giant pumpkins every year.  Hard to believe but they load the biggest pumpkin of them all onto the truck and drive it off to a fair where it's weighed in along with a bunch of others.  They've yet to win the biggest, but this years is looking pretty good so far.

For this card I first stamped the pumpkin from Autumn Harvest, then I made a mask, and masked off the bottom of the pumpkin.  Watercolored it.  Hope they like it.

                   Card Recipe
                   Countryside Clear          120495
                   Autumn Harvest Wood 110372
                   Sincere Salutations        115068
                   Mini Library Clips         109857
                   Oval Scallop Punch       119871
                    Med Oval Punch          119855
                   Corner Rounder            119871
                   Square Lattice Folder    119976
Colors Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black.  Sponged with Cajun Craze.

A Cardinal Christmas

The stamper who is being featured today, Emily Stampingout has a fabulous gallery.  I found lots to play with in it.  What is so fun about the featured stamper for me is that you can look at a card and then make it your own with changes. 

Card Recipe
Stamp Set  A Cardinal Christmas  111760
Crochet Trim Chantilly                  118480
Curly Label Punch                        119851
Pearls                                           119247
Deck the Halls DSP                      120810
Watercolor Paper                         105019
Ink Black Stazon, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, more mustard and Crumb Cake for sponging.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Another Gratitude Card

Today I am grateful.  Grateful for two wonderful, smart funny, healthy girls.  I am especially grateful that the oldest, mentioned in the last post, finally went back to Ottawa today.  That's where our family lives and she goes to Carleton University and is in her 4th and final year.  I will miss her, but not the mess she brings with her.  Every year it's the same, it's like a hurricane hits and doesn't leave until she packs up and heads back up north.  Mike and Lindsay left at 6:00am and I have finally now got the house back to normal.  I have to thank Alana my almost 16 year old for pitching in and helping.  All that being said, I am looking forward to seeing Lindsay up in Ottawa in a few weeks, my nephews wedding and her 21st birthday!

Okay, I've bored you enough with the family stuff, on to today's card.  I took a break to make this card today.  The Day of Gratitude stamp set just is so much fun to play with.  I stamped the leaf image 3 times using Cajun Craze (such a yummy fall color) and  Old Olive.  The sentiment was stamped in Early Espresso, my new black.  I mounted the Very Vanilla piece on Old Olive.  Mounted that on a piece of More Mustard run through the Big Shot using the Lattice Embossing Folder.  Again, the same DSP as yesterday, Autumn Spice was layered between them and a piece of Early Espresso grosgrain ribbon was tied around that.  The finishing touch,  something I don't grab enough, Build a Brad with a leaf from the DSP in it.

Recipe Same as yesterday with these additional items used
Build a Brad  109128
Early Espresso Grosgrain Ribbon 120931
Square Lattice Embossing Folder  119976

Friday, September 3, 2010

What a busy hot week.

I haven't posted in over a week.  Stamping seems to take a back seat when my almost 21 year old starts getting ready to go back to school.  Seems like only yesterday Lindsay left for the first time now she's heading back for her final year.  Well that is if she doesn't go to grad school.

Today I managed to make a card using the new set I got on Wednesday.  It's called Day of Gratitude and it's in the new Holiday Mini.   Also in that order was the matching designer paper Autumn Spice.  I love this paper it's heavier and textured.  To make the card I started with a base in Cajun Craze and stamped the large medallion randomly on it in the same color.  Then I stamped three of the matching leaves, two in Old Olive and one in Cajun Craze. Cut them out and layered them on More Mustard.  I stamped the sentiment on Very Vanilla with Early Espresso and punch it out with the new decorative label punch.  I added a little paper piercing around the edges.  I layered all that on top of a piece of the designer paper that punched the bottom with the scallop border punch.  I also added just a little strip of early espresso.  Last but not least I used my sizzlets button die and Early Espresso and a bit of thread and it was all done.

Card Recipe
Stamp Sets Day of Gratitude Mini 121148 Clear
Cardstock Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Very Vanilla and Early Espresso.
                                                                                       Designer Paper Autumn Spice 120808
                                                                                       Sizzlet  Buttons 113440