Trick or Treat

I came across this darling digi image from A Day for Daisies when I was searching in my computer files for Halloween and Fall ideas. I love her vintage looking costume. Although I much prefer inking up stamps to using digital...it is nice to have the capability to re- size digital images.  I have a pet peeve about being surprised by the size of some rubber stamp images I receive.  It is very misleading to use abnormally small sized cards to feature stamp designs. I now prefer to buy from companies that clearly state stamp sizes. 

card size: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4 "

Stamps:   Waltzing Mouse- Vintage Witch set (inside words), Impression Obsession- Hand Over the Candy set(spider web string), Impression Obsession-Creepy Crawly set (Trick or Treat, Spider and Spider Border)

Specialty Paper:   Webster's Pages- Once Upon A Halloween 6x6

Ink/Color:   Copic Markers, Berol Prisma Color Pencils, Zig Wink of Stella glitter

Embellishment:   Swarovski Crystals- Peridot and Cyclamen,  LittleB- striped washi tape


Best Wishes

I took a break from reorganizing my stamp studio to finish a birthday card that I needed to get done.  I wanted the card to have a light and happy feeling to it.  I think this end of the summer bouquet was perfect for adding some cheer to the birthday wishes.

card size:  5 1/2 x 4 1/4"

 Stamps:   Flourishes-Garden Picks,  Technique Tuesday- Simple Sentiments

Specialty Paper:   My Minds Eye- Just Sayin'

Ink/Color:   Distress Markers,  Archival Jet Black inkpad

Embellishment:   My Minds Eye- Just Sayin' enamel dots

Tools:   Memory Box- Primo Labels die


Happy Owl-O-ween

I recently bought a couple of products I had never tried before.  The one I am showing today is called Brusho which is a crystallized watercolor. I found Brusho at Dick Blicks. The other which I will show soon is Bister which is also a dry form of concentrated watercolor.  This was my first attempt at a Brusho background.  I taped down watercolor paper and wet it with a wide brush. I lightly sprinkled on random tiny bits of the watercolor crystals.  I then sprayed a little more water on and let the piece dry overnight. When I looked at it in the morning it reminded me of a fall sky at dusk. I knew I needed a silhouette type of stamp and thought the Stampotique owls would be perfect. I stamped them with black pigment ink but my ink pad was a little dry.  I located one rather odd color of embossing powder in my stash which was black and gold. When you turn the card one way the owls are gold...the other way black.  The embossing powder left a gold dust halo around the images with tiny dots of black but not too bad for a "spooky" card.

card size: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   Stampotique- Owls on a Branch, Memory Box- "Boo",  Tim Holtz- Half Tone Halloween(owl and moon), Impress Rubber Stamps- "Happy Owl-oween"

Specialty Paper:   Echo Park Simple Life,  Ranger Watercolor paper

Coloring/Ink:   Archival Jet Black,  Colorbox Black pigment ink, Distress Ink- Scattered Straw, Uni Posca- White fine tip paint pen,  Colourcraft Brusho-  Vermillion, Orange, Cobalt, Light Brown


For All You Do

I'm still deep in the garden with my card making this summer.  I have really enjoyed the flowers this year.  When you're having that much fun you just gotta roll with it ;)  I'm also in the middle of an "inventory" sort and organize as I prepare to ***gasp*** bring out some seasonal stuff to play with before it gets really serious. 

card size:  5 1/2"  x  4 1/4"

Stamps:   Flourishes- Garden Picks,  Simon Says Stamp- Friendship Messages

Specialty Paper:   Ranger Watercolor Paper

Inks:   Archival Jet Black Ink, Distress Markers,  Zig Wink of Stella brush glitter clear

Embellishments:   German Scrap- Black Lace Trim,  Black Metallic Photo Corners


Well Hello...Celebrate!

Splitcoast Stampers is celebrating their 500th Wednesday Sketch Challenge this week.  Since I still have a couple of floral images water-colored and all ready to go I thought I would play along. Basically you get to pick your favorites from previous sketches.  This sketch was perfect for this image. I had a little trouble getting all of the panels even when I converted this sketch to a larger card but I like a challenge.  It's all good :)

 card size: 5" x 7"

Stamps:   WPlus9 Designs- Strictly Sentiments,  Lawn Fawn- Hello,  Impression Obsession- Alesa Baker Freshly Picked, 

Specialty Paper:   Memory Box- Minuet Collection 6x6

Ink/Color:   Archival Jet Black Ink, Distress Markers

Tools:   My Favorite Things- Gerbera Daisy Die (sunflower ;) ,  Spellbinder-  Oval and Scalloped Oval dies,  Martha Stewart- Frond Leaves Punch


It's Your Day

I made this birthday card for my granddaughter Sierra who is turning 18 soon.  Time flies far too quickly...and soon Sierra will be flying off to start her new life at college.  She is a "sparkler"...so of course I needed to add sparkles just for her ;)

card size:  5" x 7"
Stamps:   Impression Obsession- Bouquet,  Hero Arts- Many Birthday Wishes set

Specialty Paper:   Doodlebug Design- Kraft in Color-Color 6 x 6 ,  Ranger Watercolor Paper

Ink/Color:   Distress Markers,  Versamark Ink,  Hero Arts- White embossing powder

Tools:   Simon Says Stamp- Sketchy Banner die,  Glossy Accents

Embellishments:   WR Memory Keepers- Enamel Shapes-neutral,  Swarovski Crystals- Aurora Borealis size 5 & 9