Today was a day of getting ready for our garage sale. What a chore this is, but most of the time it is worth it. My hubby and I worked most of the afternoon, but he and I needed a break, so he went and laid down for his nap, and I came into my craft room. I still had graduation on my mind since school is starting up again, so I made this card. I used white card stock as the base for this creation. The rest of the card stocks were "scraps" that I had laying around. I drew my own graduation cap in black, punched a very tiny hole in the middle, affixed the tassel with a black brad, then mounted it on red card stock, and then onto white card stock to form the square, that was affixed to a black rectangle card stock. I cut out a circle of red card stock and affixed it to the card, but not before cutting out a moon shape from the right corner of the black rectangle card stock. In the bottom right hand corner of the card I used a small square of the black card stock and cut small moon shape out of it. I wanted a "diploma" on the card somewhere, so I added the black ribbon to "soften" the look of the card. I then rolled a small piece of white card stock, glued it shut, then added a black piece of embroidery thread to hold it. I affixed this to where the black ribbons intersect, and viola' I thought the card was done...LOL. I remembered I wanted to "finish off" the inside of the card, so I cut another cap from black card stock, and atop this I affixed a red rectangle. I wrote "Congratulations" in gold embossing powder on white card stock and affixed that to the red. Now I'm done with the card. I hope you enjoyed my creation today, and that you have a creative day. Stop back again.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Today was a very sunny & humid day, so I turned the air conditioner on and came into my studio to finish a card I started yesterday. This card was stamped on water color paper and the images were stamped with I Brake For Stamps. I colored the images with Derwent water color pencils. You really can't tell from the photo, but I stamped the background images twice, colored them, and then I cut out some of them. The deer is a separate stamping. I cut out of the second stamping/coloring some of the leaves of the trees, put foam tape on the backing and affixed to the card. I also stamped/colored the downed log and bushes (in that area), and affixed them to the card with foam tape. The deer was colored and cut out and affixed with foam tape. This image was then affixed to white card stock that I swiped the edge with Walnut Stain Distress Ink from Ranger Industries, and then affixed all of this to chocolate brown card stock. I also used the word stamp from I Brake For Stamps called "Friendship", stamped it with brown ink (don't remember the name of the ink), onto white card stock and again swiped the Walnut Stain Distress Ink onto the edges and affixed it to the brown card stock. To me, this was Not an easy card to make as it had a lot of "parts" (as I call them) to it. I think it will make a nice male card for some man in my life. Thank you for looking and happy creating.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
The rain has persisted, and I have too - that is stamping...LOL. I made this card to the right to use up what was left of the trio colors of the Wal Mart Glitter paint. I used a piece of ribbon that I had in my ribbon stash, and tying a knot in the middle of it. I still had some floral fabric left so I backed the white card stock with it. The stamp, "When I get the urge to exercise, I lie down until the feeling passes," is from the Stampabilities line and can be found at www.craftsetc.com . I love making what I call fun cards, but I think this rain is making me goofy, so I'd better get serious...LOL. This next card is going to be a "Thank you" to a special friend of mine who sent me this stamp. I do hope she'll enjoy my rendition of it. The card stock is chocolate brown, upon which I layered a white painted surface on copper card stock. Then came a deep burgundy velvet paper I had laying around, and then I stamped the image upon white card stock. I colored the image with Derwent water color pencils, but it looked a bit bland, so I used my distress inks from Ranger. I wanted to high light the lady's face so I removed some of the ink from that area. Within the image there is a clothespin that is holding a button (all stamped), and I really wanted this to stand out so I cut along the clothes pin stamp and inserted a real button, and glued all of this down again. The left side of the image was stamped with what looked like to me as lace, so yes I just had to add "real" lace to the card. To top all of it off I had added a white organza bow behind the layers and to the right of the stamped image. Viola' I am finished with it, so now to the mailbox I go so she can enjoy it also. Thank you for stopping by, and I'm hoping you'll come again and leave a comment.
Here in NE Arkansas it has been raining, which means it is "cool" enough to do some stamping. The humidity even has been down, so then my embossing powder does not get clumped up...LOL. The card to the right is what I call "Tiny Bubbles" and the stamp is from I Brake for Stamps at www.ibrakeforstamps.com/ Della has the most fun senior stamps there is on the Internet that I have ever seen. I stamp one of the seniors and while I'm coloring, I get to giggling and then I have to cut out the stamp as I've colored outside of the lines. The ribbon is just some pink gross grain ribbon I had lying around, and I attached some deep pink brads to it. On the background, I used glossy paper and some alcohol inks by Ranger Industries at www.rangerink.com/ . The darker pinkish paper is from the Paper Temptress at www.papertemptress.com/ who has gorgeous paper and card stock. The lighter pink card stock is some paper I purchased some time ago and I don't remember where I got it (sorry). The "I don't do mornings" is how I felt the other day when I saw it raining. I soon got out of the mood because I realized my stamp room was probably one of the coolest rooms in our house. The stamp is from Stampabilities www.craftsetc.com and I affixed it to a circle of floral fabric (in other words it is the fabric that is wrapped around flowers that were delivered to me), and I deckle cut the circle. The background paper I made by using some "glitter paint" that I had purchased at Wal Mart and dabbed it on some white card stock. It is for the "trio color" swap that we have this month over on Inky Fun Stampers. Come join in the fun at: firstname.lastname@example.org Just tell them you saw Audrey's Blog. I do hope you have enjoyed looking at my attempt at some fun with our art of rubber stamping and I hope you'll visit often. Thanks for looking.
Friday, July 17, 2009
It's July, 2009, and what a month. The photo of my gladiolas on the right are blooming. These flowers have grown so tall and their stems are so fragile, they break off. It's okay as then I get to enjoy them indoors as well. The red, white & yellow are only some of the colors that I have. One in particular is so delicate looking with a white center and the faintest of salmon/pinkish color on the outer part of the petal, that I really wish I had more of this color. I'm just glad that I am able to have their beauty that I have. The Patriotic card is one that I whipped together for a swap that I was in. I stamped the flag on some swirly shiny card stock that I purchased from Patricia Dunbar of the Paper Temptress. Her paper is so yummy and irresistible that all of it is so tempting. Please go have a look see at: http://www.papertemptress.com. The stamps are from Della Warr of I Brake For Stamps, who is another vendor that has so many deeply etched rubber stamps, and whom gives great service. Please try her site also, at: http://www.ibrakeforstamps.com. In these sad economic times we are having, to me it is very important that we rubber stampers show our appreciation to these (and other vendors) to keep their stores going, or we won't have anywhere to spend what little monies we have for our own satisfaction of creating art. Okay, I'm off of my soap box and on to do my laundry. Enjoy and leave a comment if you care to. Have a creative day.