Friday, October 31, 2008

Giving Thanks

It's that time of year in which we reflect and join family to give thanks for the year.  Hard to believe it's November, isn't it?  I created this card just for the joy of it and wanted to share with you.

I'm a frequent flyer at Ellen Hutson's store... you know what I'm talking about, right?  ;-)  Well, I saw this image and knew I'd make good use of it.

Give Thanks:
It's hard to tell from the image above, but I embossed an oval from the Nestabilities set first.  I stamped the image with Espresso ink and colors with Copics and Prismacolor pencils.  I highlighted the whole thing with the At You Spicca pens too.  It is so shimmery in real life.  Overall, it's a simple card, but I love that the Harvest Candle image speaks for itself.  No need for pomp and circumstance.

So, what are you thankful for?

I appreciate anyone that stops by to share my creative journey.  You are a blessing.

Thanks, as always, for stopping by!

-"Give Thanks" from the All Things Fall set (The Rummage Bin) by Cornish Heritage Farms
-Harvest Candle by Lockhart Stamp Company from

-Espresso Adirondack dye ink by Ranger

-Classic Crest Classic Cream cardstock by Neenah

-Copic markers
-Prismacolor pencils
-At You Spicca pens
-satin ribbon by Making Memories

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Holiday Organization

I can't claim to be a perfectly organized person.  I go into every new endeavor with the intention of being organized.  A new school year starts and I purchase extra school supplies, only to forget where I tucked them.  Or keeping track of the family's appointments and schedules, only to forget to fill in the blanks... you know the drill.

Winter Vintage Christmas Journal

I found this notebook at Target and only covered the front.  I sewed the plaid layer and the white lace to the main panel.  I kept the embellishments on this fairly simple since I'll be using this and taking it with me... I didn't want anything that would rip off or damage the cover.

I intend to keep notes on everything this holiday.  Things I'll be noting:
  • Shopping lists (colors, types, part numbers and sizes)
  • Menus
  • Holiday baking (cookies, cakes and candies - what we loved and worked well, so we can repeat)
  • Grocery lists
  • Schedules and Events
  • Card-making (dates to work, supply lists / shopping lists, design ideas)
  • Card list (mailing list, new addresses to note)
  • General checklists - I'm addicted to checklists... make the list and complete tasks!  Nothing better than a completed task. 
How do you keep organized for the holidays?  I'd love to hear.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Winter Vintage Signage (The Rummage Bin) by CHF
-Perfect Plaid and Aged Music Scrapblock (TM) by CHF

-Fired Brick Distress ink by Ranger
-Pitch Black and Slate Adirondack dye inks by Ranger

-White Prismatic, Simply Smooth White, Blush Red Dark and Cryogen White by Prism

-snowflake die and embossing folder by Provo Craft
-Copic markers
-White lace by Wrights
-red twine by Martha Stewart
-Vintage Brass hardware by We R Memory Keepers
-sewing machine and thread

Designer Note:
-Thread the red twine through the white lace for contrast.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Be Creative

Blogging and stamping go hand in hand, don't you think?  It's been a powerful tool to share our creative talents, to make connections in the community and to learn / educate.

Cornish Heritage Farms is excited to announce a new blog for our creative endeavors.  It's called CHF Creative Blog and is Farm Fresh and yummy!  Isn't that clever?!?!?

Head over to see what we're talking about and there might be a bit o' candy in the offing!

Thanks and I hope to see you there!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Beacon of Hope

A new set released at Cornish Heritage Farms today called Beacon of Hope.  The sentiments and images are so meaningful to me.

Aren't the sentiments wonderful?  I can't even tell you which is my favorite.  And I can see myself using each one... give a word of encouragment, to console, to thank someone...


I created this card with the fall colors in mind.  And I haven't a clue how I landed on the layout.  Just something about the light yellow layer reminded me of the hillside and the trail leading to the door.  I hand drew the lines and trimmed.

The image was stamped with Archival ink and watercolored with Derwent pencils.  I use a waterbrush and pick up the color on the brush from the tip of the pencil.  Another good way to use them is to scribble on a piece of cardstock and use it as a palette, of sorts.

The sentiment "Journey" is for someone that is questioning things in her life right now.  This person is very special to me and I can't imagine what my journey through life would be without her.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing my creative journey,
-Beacon of Hope (Scene It) by CHF

-Coffee Archival ink by Ranger

-Kraft, Papaya Puree, Iced Yellow by Prism
-Natural White by Neenah

-Derwent watercolor pencils
-Niji waterbrush
-Nestabilities by Spellbinder
-Dew Drops by the Robin's Nest

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

New Images

I am really excited about a new release coming up for CHF.  I spent a couple hours over the weekend stamping with the images and fell in love!  The images in the new line (called Scene It) are just that... scenery and sentiments that just speak to my heart.

The first peek at the set is a card I did in about 20 minutes.

You Are My Rock

To create the image for this card, I started with glossy cardstock.  I brayered the background with Denim ink to create the water.  Then, with a circle punch and a post-it note, I added the sun as a mask along the water's edge.  I brayered Red Pepper and Terra Cotta ink over the mask.  I removed the mask and brayered over the whole sky with Butterscotch ink.  To give the water some interesting depth, I brayered over it a second time with Denim ink and while it was wet, I used my finger (in a napkin) to smear around a bit.  I think this really looks like brush strokes.  I love how textured this looks.

Once the color was layered on the paper, I stamped the images with Jet Black Stazon.  Because I wanted the images to pop against the background (and not have the boat be the same color as the water), I painted in the lines with Copic Opaque White.  After adding a bit of white to the water (whitecaps), I stamped my sentiment.

I think it took me longer to outline the steps than it did to create it.  LOL!

Friday is release day and the entire CHF team has been creating with the set.  Be sure to check in the gallery for more inspiration with Beacon of Hope.

Thanks for stopping by,
-Beacon of Hope (Scene It) by CHF

-Jet Black Stazon by Tsukineko
-Denim, Butterscoth, Terra Cotta, and Red Pepper Adirondack inks by Ranger

-Sunflowers Medium, Intense Orange and Glossy cardstocks by Prism

-Brayer by Ranger (Small)
-Copic Opaque White
-small sable brush
-1-1/4" circle punch by EK Success
-tape (to exclude larger bird)

-Brayered background

Monday, October 20, 2008

CHF Challenge - Shaped Cards

It's Monday again and the challenge is on!  This week it's all about shaped cards.  Talk about a hard challenge for me.  I was convinced my head doesn't think this way... so this was a GREAT challenge.  Get me thinking outside the A2 card box, so to speak.

Apple Appreciation

This card went together quickly.  I sketched the shape of the apple on my folded patterned paper and hand cut.  The center sentiment is popped up and is single layered, but has a finished edge from the Silver Leafing pen by Krylon.  It's such a neat finishing touch!  Super simple, actually!  I surprised myself.

Check out the other CHF girls for their shaped cards...

- Julia Stainton
- Kristine Reynolds
- Alli Miles
- Carole Burrage
- Joanne Allison
- Val Stangle
- Dawn Lusk
- Michele Boyer
- Lesley Langdon
- Kim Hughes
- Julie Campbell

Their links are posted on my sidebar for fast hopping!

Thanks and I hope you'll take up the challenge with us this week.  Let us know if you do!
-Making the Grade (Kim Hughes Collection) by CHF

-Pitch Black and Lettuce Adirondack dye inks by Ranger

-Natural White by Neenah

Patterned Paper:
-Picnic Basket by October Afternoon

-Copic Markers
-Silver leafing pen by Krylon
-wide grosgrain by May Arts
-staples and stapler
-precision scissors
-Nestabilites by Spellbinder

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

World Cardmaking Day Fun

So... did you stamp over the weekend?  Did you enjoy World Cardmaking Day?  I did manage to stamp a couple of things and managed to add to my stack of holiday cards.  I'm sneaking up on that total, slowly.  LOL!

Stonehearth Hutch
I really love how the image completed.  I stamped the image and colored with the lightest colors of Copic markers and then layered in shading and depth with Prismacolor pencils.  To soften the colors, I colored over the entire image with a white pencil.  It blurred edges a bit and really gives the image an "out of focus" or a snowy afternoon.
Here's a close up... it's hard to capture the little hints of the glitter...

Thanks for stopping by,

-Stonehearth Hutch (Thomas Kinkade Series) by CHF

-Tuxedo Black Memento ink by Tsukineko

-Core'dinations Elements cardstock (teal)
-White Prismatic by Prism
-Solar White by Neenah

-Copic markers
-Prismacolor pencils
-Glossy Accents by Ranger (on the windows, lightpost and tree lights)
-Glitter by Art Institute (adhered on the tree with Glossy Accents)

Monday, October 6, 2008

CHF Challenge - Quick Cards

Hello!  It's Monday again... and I've not been a very good blogger lately.  I think it's a function of time for me... type on my computer or stamp?  I know what my preference is!  LOL!

This week's challenge was quick cards.  I am the QUEEN of layers.  The more the better, actually.  Complex cards that take hours to create are my forte!  So this challenge is meant to give me a swift kick.  Sometimes less is more and quick cards are really what most people create.

My card today uses a few of the Primitive Beginnings images from Lesley Langdon's Rummage Bin line at Cornish Heritage Farms.  I really love these images!  They have a unique way of blending together perfectly!

Est. Home:

This card has a few layers (you didn't think I'd go cold turkey, did you?) and has stitching.  But it was fast!  I think in total, this took about 15 minutes (maybe less).  I stamped the Est. 1862 on the Granola (Vanilla Bean) patterned paper with Black Soot Distress ink and embossed.  Then, I stamped the Primitive House over it with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  I did it in this order, because I didn't want the lines of the house to show under the Est. image.  I glued and stitched... voila!  Fast card!

My computer's been acting up... or I'd link everyone that participated in this challenge... their blog links are on the sidebar of my blog.  These are the girls that will have a fantastic quick card to share and I can't wait to see what ideas they have brewing.

- Julia
- Jen
- Kim
- Val
- Alli
- Joanne
- Kristine
- Carole
- Michele
- Becky
- Julie

Speaking of brewing, I'm off to find more java.  Have a great day everyone,
-Primitive House and Est. 1862 primitive individual image (The Rummage Bin) by CHF

-Weathered Wood, Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress Ink by Ranger

-Kraft cardstock by Prism Papers

Patterned Paper:
-Granola by Basic Grey

-Clear embossing powder by Ranger (for Est. 1862 image)
-sewing machine and thread
-heat gun for embossing