Sunday, September 16, 2007

Fall, Fabulous Fall

Well it seems like just the other day, as a matter of fact it was just the other day, I was concerned because the air conditioner in my car has broken. Today Fall has arrived, I sure hope it stays for awhile, but knowing Va. it is just a tease of what Fall could be like and never is down here. Anyway I was making Christmas cards hoping to bring cooler weather to mind a couple of days ago and this morning I'm sitting at my computer with all the windows open and the fans turned off wearing a fleece jacket. I know I could close a window or two and take off the jacket, but the crisp cool air feels so good. Anyway I sat down and made this card for a Virtual Card Swap I'm in and wanted to share it with everyone. It was fun coloring in the images with watercolors and the waterbrush, always reminds me of the hours I spent coloring with my kids especially my girls. I think I always had more fun than they did. When I saw this stamp set from the new catalog I just had to order it, reminds me of my kids and fall is my favorite time of the year. Hope you enjoy it. Uses Fabulous Fall Stamp set, new papers from Enchanted paper pack, the new Autumn Leaves paper leaves (oh they are to die for, so cute and easy for cards or those fall layouts), the new edge anchors and the natural twill and hemp fibers.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Santa's Here

Santa is jolly and is one of the newest images that is on the October Stamp of the Month. Paired up with the Creative Holiday Basic paper and a smidgen of red from the Everlasting paper pack, Santa pops off the paper with Liquid Applique for a fun dimensional technique that makes this card special.

Origami Christmas Tree Card

Here is a card we had fun making at hostess club on Tuesday. Using the newest papers from CTMH, the Creative Holiday Basics makes this tree fun and it's already decorated with the little dots of color. Easy to construct it's all in the fold.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Double POP UP Tutorial

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Flowers created by the o and the number 0 and filled in using waterbrush. Such a versatile stamp set.

Stamp on Ribbon

The Sept. SOM from Close To My Heart is fun to use and here I've stamped on some grosgrain ribbon to spice up a little card I made. Use the V and the small rose to create this ribbon.

Altered Journal

I little journal I made for my daughter using the new Caprice papers by Close To My Heart.

Inside of card

Here is the inside of the card. My attempts to post pictures of the double pop up technique have failed. I'll try again.

Double Pop Up

Everyone loves a homemade card and the Stamp of the Month for September from Close To My Heart is the perfect stamp set for lots of fun cards as well as a great Alphabet set for fun additions to your scrapbooks. I think it's fun to add a little something special to the inside of the card as well, a double pop up for images or sentiments that adds an extra smile. Here's hoping that my first tutorial is easy to follow. This is a card I made for a special friend for his birthday.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Home from Camping

We had a great time this past weekend, beautiful weather, wonderful event with lots of friends. This was a special time spent at the Nansemond Pow Wow in Suffolk, Va. It would only have been better if the city council had finally after 6 long years agreed to give back to the tribe a small portion of the land the White settlers took away almost 400 years ago. There are 2 hold outs, even the major wants to do the right thing. We can only hope and say a special prayer that one of the men will see what is the right thing to do and be swayed to change his vote.
Katie, my sheltie, Larry and I arrived early Friday morning and set up camp. Our pop up camper quickly becomes a real home away from home. Katie had a blast and is the best camp dog ever, never straying from camp and greeting everyone that stops by like you came to see just her. And some of them did, she wins over everyone she meets. We spent Friday afternoon helping to set up the Pow Wow site and helping the vendors who arrived set up their wares for the weekend. Good food and good times was the fare of the weekend. The drums beat thoughout the weekend and it was great to see some friends we haven't seen since last year at this time.
Well, I've got lots of stamping to catch up with. Have a unit meeting and as always, I'll be doing my swap cards at the last moment. The stamp of the month for September is so much fun, I've already done some out of the box ideas with it. I'll post some later today if I get a chance.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Ghost in the shadow technique

This is probably one of my favorite cards yet. Stamp your design with Versamark. The background is done by placing a jagged piece of masking tape at angles on a piece of glossy cardstock and rubbing ink with a makeup sponge in a circular motion onto the cardstock. Move the masking tape and continue across the paper. Then go back over the images and stamp just to one side with colored ink. The result is a ghost like image in the background or shadow.

Thoughts on Journaling

I'm getting ready to sit down and work on some scrapbook layouts and was thinking about how important journaling is to my books. I once heard a saying I feel is so true and important. " They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but after time a picture with no words is just a picture". My heritage scrapbook is probably the most important album I've yet to create. It combines three of my great loves, my family, geneology and scrapbooking. I've tried to worry more about the content than the artistic and combined extensive journaling about the lives of my ancestors. Each question that is answered in geneology leads to dozens of other questions and the quest for more knowledge of one's family goes on. My hope is that by my creating this album, my living family and generations yet to come will feel connected to the past and gleam a little bit of the pleasure I receive by looking at and learning about the past generations that make them who they are.

How much journaling should you include on your pages? Look at a typical page of one of your scrapbooks with someone that wasn't with you when the event was taking place. If you have to explain what was going on, who the people in the pictures are, when it was taking place, then chances are you haven't journaled enough on your page. Do you want someone in the future to be able to know the when, where, and who of your pictures? Then journal it now so they will be able to associate with it. After all you are creating the Heritage books of tomorrow, today.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Christmas in August

Here's my first attempt at a post. Hope it works. All images are produced by using CTMH acrylix stamps.

Dry embossing of snowflakes was done using a cuttlebug embossing folder and my sizzix machine and white daisy card stock. Once embossed lightly brushed with Heavenly blue CTMH ink using direct to paper technique.

Little snowman embossed with Crystal Blue CTMH embossing powder and colored with water pen and Petal CTMH ink.

Indian Corn Blue CTMH cardstock and retired paper from Winter Fest paper pack.

New Endeavor

I love to create new artwork for my cards and scrapbook pages and I love to share them. So for my friends both near and far, I've decided to start this site to make sharing fun and easy. I hope that you will visit often, post comments so I know you are visiting and ask questions if you have any.
I've got some tried and true techniques to share and I'll be posting some new ones as I try them out.
Right now we, in Virginia are in the mist of the hottest days of the year. Records are being broken in all the cities and I truely hope that all are staying cool and remembering your elderly neighbors and pets.
I have been working on some Christmas cards, I'm hoping that mind over matter will prevail and it will help to stay cool, thinking of the chilly days of December.
I'll post a couple later which will also give you a sneak preview into one of the new stamp sets that will be available from CTMH in November.