Life is a Journey

I've seen a trend recurring for Multi-Step stamping.  When I brought out my Fall seasonal stamps I ran across an old favorite set from Kitchen Sink Stamps featuring multi-step trees.  What I love about this set is that whether or not you attain perfection in the placement of stamp layers it still results in a pretty image.

I'm getting ready for a mini fall trip again up to the North Shore.  The first leaves to change are the beautiful sugar maples that turn crimson red.  We drive old logging roads in back of the hills which run along Lake Superior to find the hidden valleys full of leaf color bliss.  This year it may be too early as the weather was so strange but the air will be crispy and the hiking will be fun.

Stamps:   Kitchen Sink Multi Step Trees,  Papertrey Ink- Framed Out #5 set

Specialty Paper:   Maja Design-Walking in the Forest Collection 6x6,  DCWV- Weathered Aspect Collection 6x6

Ink:   Memento- cantaloupe,  tangelo,  rhubarb stalk,  toffee crunch,  rich cocoa,  espresso truffle,  Archival Jet Black,  Pan Pastels

Embellishments:   Momenta- metal corners

Tools:   Spellbinders- circle dies,  Papertrey die from Framed Out #5 set


Winter Wonderland

I just had to make another card using the Stampendous Winter Birds.  This image was a perfect fit for the Wednesday Sketch at Splitcoast Stampers.  The sketch used circles as the main focus. 

This is kind of a big card 5 1/2 x 5 1/2"...so I added another circle at the top right to balance the design.  I used the new Tim Holtz Christmas rub-ons on the front because I liked the font.  I found these to be a little hard to use as they are very pressure sensitive and all of the images/words are close together on the sheet.  The color of my card as photographed is also a bit "wonky" today depending on what light the camera was seeing as I moved the card around to take pictures.  The card front is closest to actual color.

Stamps:  Stampendous- Winter Birds,  Penny Black- Vintage Ornament set (inside phrase)

Specialty Paper:  Little Yellow Bicycle-  Fern & Forest 6x6

Embellishments:  Elizabeth Craft Designs Micro Fine Glitter-  Warm Diamond,  Crystal Stickers- Glitter Dome

Color:  Copic Markers (on white linen),  Memento Tuxedo Black & Rose Bud ,  I-Kandee Iridescent chalk

Tools:  Impression Obsession- Snow Flakes die,  Spellbinders- circle dies, 


Best Witches

I might be afraid of clowns but I adore vintage witches.  I love vintage Halloween images.  I'm not sure where I got this one from but she is ver-r-ry witchy and now all sparkly too.  This is a dimensional card though it's hard to see.  The witch hat, cloak and pumpkin are all popped up.

I love the "happy accident" of finding the perfect swirly piece of paper for her to cast a spell.  Part of the fun of making cards is for me...the process.  It may take me all day sometimes to get a completed card but I enjoy "the making".

I was going to call this one Witch Dotty because I tried to see how many "dot" papers I could use on one card.  Even the card is embossed with dots ;)

Stamps:  Crafty Secrets- Costume Cuties set words,  Magenta- moon and stars

Specialty Paper:  Graphic 45- Halloween in Wonderland & Happy Haunting 8x8,  Authentique- Glowing & Enchanted Collections 6x6,  Adorn It- Bullseye orange 12x12

Embellishments:  Elements-Crystals orange,  Cloud 9 Rain Dots- Halloween

Ink:  Archival Jet Black,  Zig Wink of Stella brush glitter clear, Pan Pastel-black

Tools:  Marvy- Big oval punch,  EK Success- small oval punch,  Fiskars- Flag border,  Memory Box- spider die


Hocus Pocus

It's never too early for a Halloween card.  First I gathered up all of the card embellishments to paint or alter in some way.  I painted all of the parts with gesso. Then I daubed with either Paper Artsy Fresco or Golden metallic acrylic paints and stamped with Archival Jet Black ink or copper acrylic paint.  The cogs and the fleur are chipboard.  The piece in back of the spider is was a copper colored metal filigree that I purchased through Funkie Junkie.  I added some micro fine rust colored glitter in the sticky spaces between the pearls on the swirls.

Stamps:  Crafty Secrets- "Hocus Pocus",  Hero Arts You Scare Me set (May all your witches),  The Moon Rose-tiny word print,  Limited Edition- type text background & Calligraphic words,  My Minds Eye-Lost & Found Halloween witch

Specialty Paper:  Art Warehouse Simple Sentiments- Neutral 6x6

Color:  Golden-Iridescent Copper, Gesso- black & white,  Paper Artsy Fresco acrylic paint-eggplant & pansy, 

Embellishments: FabScraps- Fleur, Art Chix small cog,  Retro Art Cafe- spider,  Coffee Break Designs (Retro Art Cafe)- chipboard web corners,  DoodleBug-  Halloween stars,  Microfine glitter silk-rust, 

Tools:  MFT fish tail die,  glue gun,  Glossy Accents


Thinking of You Birthday

We are celebrating my son-in-law's birthday tomorrow.  I have been wanting to try the new Pom Pom tree dies and thought maybe I could make a birthday card using them.  Julio is an outdoor person and loves nature.  He's originally from Colorado and has spent countless hours exploring the back-country of the beautiful Rockies.

This tree is a combination of both sets of Pom Pom trees.  One set had a shorter tree with oval "poms" and the other had a taller and smaller tree with roundish "poms".  I'm not sure if I made this tree correctly but I was going for "texture".

I cut out the "poms" by placing the dies randomly on a fall colors background paper. 

I used a pretty leaf printed card stock for the card base.  I'm not sure where I got it from as I found it in my "browns" when I sorted my card stock during my stamp studio redo.  This card also fits the current sketch challenge at Splitcoast Stampers.

Stamps:  Hero Arts-Thinking of You set,  Papertrey Ink -inside/outside Birthday II

Specialty Paper:  BoBunny- Autumn Song Collection 6x6

Ink:  Archival Jet Black

Tools:  A Cut Above- Dee's Distinctively Pom Pom Trees set 1 & 2,  EK Success- heart punch,  McGill- embossing foam mat & 6mm ball stylus


Out of my Comfort Zone

I have recently been helping my family members to get ready to sort through all of the boxes of old family photos I have accumulated over time.  We have our smaller boxes to sort into and this week we went out and purchased a bunch of Project Life stuff because we are just not "scrap-bookers"...well at least I'm not and no one else in the family has started up yet.  Project Life seemed far less intimidating.  To make a long story short...my husband asked me to put pictures from a recent hiking/climbing trip to Colorado into one of the smaller Project Life books.  It holds 76 pictures...or 80 if you don't make a beginning and ending page "lay-out"( I can't believe I said that word ).  He wanted it done before a family members' birthday this weekend so he could "show & tell".

I had made the cutest pages with a bunch of "dimensionals".  We couldn't close the book...hilarious.  I had to take everything apart and redo it because the pages are "sewn" in.  I think the bigger Project Life scrap book may actually be easier to work with.  After two days I am quite ready for a return to my stamp studio!!! This was really easy though ;)

One positive that came from this experiment is that I found a use for some things in my stash of goodies that I hadn't been using much... as well as using from the collection of "nature" stickers that my husband buys out of boredom when I'm shopping at craft stores.


Things Are Gonna Get Better

I'm still working on the seasonal change-over.  In the meantime I'm finding some pieces that I had started but didn't finish.  Honestly it's hard to let go of summer too quickly so I am easily distracted from my main goal when I'm in the studio.  This butterfly set by Hero Arts has got to be one of my all time favorites.  I use it often to try out color combinations when I'm in the "color room". Lavender, moss and mint are featured on this card (5" x 7")

I have to recommend this pretty background paper that I found through Funkie Junkie.  I have a link to her shop on my sidebar.  They are Swedish papers.  I love how subtle all the background patterns are.  There are a ton of designs in each 6 x 6 collection.

Stamps:  Hero Arts-Butterflies & Blooms,  Memory Box-Script Circle,  Verve- Blue Skies set

Specialty Paper:  Maja Design- Vintage Spring Basics,  BoBunny Nutmeg Spice 12 x12 (dots)

Embellishments:  DoodleBug- Sprinkles white,  Prima- Anna Marie Sugar Dot hearts

Color:  Pan Pastel- Violet Shade,  Archival Jet Black and Violet Blue inks, Zig Wink of Stella brush pen-clear glitter

Tools:  EK Success-tiny flag punch & word tags punch,  MFT-scallop border die and fishtail die,  Hero Arts- butterflies dies, Memory Box leaves die

Color Room

Before I go into each area of my stamp studio I thought I would show you my laundry "color" room.  Since my children are grown and on their own I can be very creative with what I do with the rooms in my little house.  This room had no purpose other than having a washer and dryer plus closet inside.  It has a great window facing south = wonderful natural light.  It's also on the main level so I can multi-task easier.  I'm going to keep the photos small for easy page loading but just click on them to get "the big picture".

I found that awesome glass top desk recently at Pottery Barn online.  The glass shows every dust particle and fingerprint but I don't care...I love it!

This is my husband's library.  I love to sit in the chair to catch up on my Nook subscriptions or sketch on my IPad...or maybe a game of Angry Birds...

I collect these birds that are made of wood, painted, and full of old bits and pieces.  Each one is so unique.  I found the old pressure gauge at a local florist that sells repurposed items.  Thanks for visiting !