Thursday, December 10, 2009

12 Days of Christmas Tags - Day 3

All set for the next batch?  With any luck, I'm keeping up with the creating of these.  Hah!

And when I checked to see if this had posted... it hadn't.  So, by now I can say I'm not keeping up and I have a few more posts coming your way.

Day 3 - Tim Holtz style: Listen and Plaid Bird



Tim's did a double tag day on Day 3 with his fun and fast plaids.  Here is his original post.  Now, while this should have been fast, I labored over the plaids.  It took ages for me to get something that didn't look like a muddy mess or that I didn't mess up when I was stamping.  I did this so many times, I was plaiding in my sleep!  But I loved the results.

When I looked for the perfect Santa stamp for my tag, I only had one that was a polymer / clear stamp.  I found it didn't want to stamp easily on the glossy cardstock (hence the multiple repeats).  So, I took a different approach and did this gorgeous chickadee image.  One thing I did different from Tim's tags was to omit the stamped white flecks and add the opaque white pen ink as highlights to my images.  I love the pop of white against the plaids.  And doesn't the teal plaid remind you of a comfy blanket or shirt?  Also, one of the things that I think was a cool addition to my plaid was a "stripe" of gold mixative.  It looks so festive in real life.

Day 3 - the CLASSroom: Botanical Elegance


Lisa Strahl kicked it up a notch with a tag that is like no other!  Her tag can be seen HERE.  I didn't have the right supplies to copy hers, but I had a lot of fun trying!  My deer is a clear accent die-cut, but worked perfectly.  Lisa had also used a Heidi Swapp paper that is pre-embossed.  I used a cuttlebug folder, embossed and carefully inked with a wash to give a similar effect.

Thanks for visiting!
lise
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Supplies - Listen and Plaid Bird:
Stamps:
-The Pines and "winter" from Evergreen Holiday (All Things Considered) by CHF
Ink:
-Stream, Lettuce, Cranberry, Meadow, Slate and Gold mixative alcohol inks by Ranger
-Jet Black Archival ink by Ranger
-Vintage Photo ink, Pine Needles, and Aged Mahogany Distress inks by Ranger
Paper:
-Manilla tags
-teal by Prism
-Glossy cardstock
Other:
-opaque white pen by Inkssentials
-pen nibs, x-mas red Stickles, felt applicators, alcohol blending solution, and fragment by Ranger
-ribbon by May Arts and Basic Grey

Supplies - Botanical Elegance:
Stamps:
-none (can you believe it?!?!)
Ink:
-Tattered Rose and Vintage Photo Distress inks by Ranger
Paper:
-Manilla tag
-White prismatic by Prism
Patterned paper:
-Holiday Collection petite papers by Webster's Pages
Other:
-Pearls by Prima Marketing
-25 Days 'deer' by Little Yellow Bicycle
-taffeta ribbon by May Arts
-Holly Ribbon Cuttlebug folder by Provo Craft
-glossy accents by Ranger

Monday, December 7, 2009

12 Days of Christmas Tags - Day 2

So... are you in the spirit yet?  I have another set of tags to share.  So without further ado...

Day 2 - Tim Holtz style: Merry Christmas




I tried to follow Tim's tag pretty closely... I think it's a good attempt anyway - you can see his HERE.  It's amazing with all the stuff I have in my stamping supplies and I didn't really have the right image.  Again.  Oh well... And Tim outlined this amazing technique of creating a metal rose.  I didn't have his flowers, so I used this lovely flower from Flourishes I'd been hoarding saving.  When creating these tags, I jotted a few notes and headed upstairs... these really were from memory and my own flair.  It was SO enjoyable to stamp!

Day 2 - the CLASSroom: Flakes


Becky Olsen outlined the most amazing tag called "Dashing Through the Snow", which you can see HERE.  I did a simple and girlie version in rose and brown.  While not a traditional holiay color scheme, I loved the warmth.  My tag is very different from Bek's, but it was clearly inspired by hers.

Thanks for visiting!  I'll have more posts for you this week.  I'm hoping to get them all written and scheduled since this has the makings of a very stressful work week.  I have two days that I'll be starting at 4 am (or earlier) for meetings with India.  Good times.

Thanks!
lise
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Supplies - Merry Christmas:
Stamps:
-Night Before Christmas by CHF

Ink:
-Aged Mahogany, Pine Needles, and Vintage Photo Distress inks by Ranger
-Jet Black Archival ink by Ranger

Paper:
-Manilla tag

Other:
-Silver flower by Flourishes
-Silver Lining corner by We R Memory Keepers
-Clear embossing powder, opaque white pen, Tim Hotlz ruler and pewter perfect pearls by Ranger
-paint brush
-ribbon by May Arts

Supplies - Flakes:
Stamps:
-Joyeux Noel by CHF
Ink:
-Versmark pad and pen and Moonlight White Brilliance ink by Tsukineko
-Tattered Rose and Vintage Photo Distress inks by Ranger
Paper:
-Manilla tags
Patterned Paper:
-Holiday Collection petite papers by Webster's Pages
Other:
-Grungeboard, clear embossing powder, seafoam white embossing powder by Ranger
-sewing machine
-jewel sticker by Little Yellw Bicycle
-ribbon by May Arts
-lace by Prima Marketing

Sunday, December 6, 2009

12 Days of Christmas Tags - Day 1

I've decided to join the creative challenge this year to follow both Tim Holtz and Lisa Strahl / Becky Olsen and their holiday tags.  And this weekend, I've had a chance to catch up and complete the first six days of each.

Day 1 - Tim Holtz style: Warm Wishes



Tim's tag also have a snowman on Day 1.  I opted for a more feminine color scheme.  You can see Tim's tag ---> HERE.  Of course, it's funny... I have a bazillion stamps and couldn't find one snowman stamp that was a perfect fit.  But the solid surface snowman from Winter Wishes worked just fine.  What isn't captured well is all the shimmer to this tag.  I painted the whole tag with Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint after laying in the base color.  And I loved how Tim made icicles at the top of his tag, so I did the same.  It's shimmer and texture is wonderful.

Day 1 - the CLASSroom: Season's Greetings


This tag was inspired by Lisa Strahl's tag at the CLASSroom.  You can see her tag right HERE.  Lisa's tag began with a based of Distress crackle paint.  I decided to do the same for my tag base.  I used Picket Fence white Disress paint on the tag and let it dry. Then, I swiped my tag with Vintage Photo... it reminded me of a birch tree / bark - perfect for a little bird.  Since I didn't have the angel image that Lisa used, I decided to create my own focal point from this beautiful chickadee image from Impression Obsession.  I stamped the bird on glossy cardstock, used Distress inks to tint the image and sanded over the whole thing.  I inked with Old Paper and Vintage Photo inks to create a faux linen image.  The tag and ribbon keep with the holly theme too.

I'll be prepping my posts for the other 5 x 2 tags that I've finished... and promise to post again tomorrow.
Thanks for visiting!
lise

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Supplies - Warm Wishes:
Stamps:
-Warm Wishes snowman and flakes (Kim Hughes Collection) by CHF
Ink:
-Faded Jeans, Dusty Concord, and Broken China Distress inks by Ranger
Paper:
-Manilla tags
Other:
-Dymo labeler
-Glossy Accents, Rock Candy Distress paint, Frosted Lace Stickles, plain Grungeboard and flourish, tiny attacher and staples, and Perfect Pearls by Ranger
-Studio paint by C. Hellmuth
-Diamond Dust glitter
-Ribbon by May Arts, wire and tape for a wired ribbon

Supplies - Season's Greetings:
Stamps:
-Chickadee by Impression Obsession
-Vintage Christmas Expressions by CHF
Ink:
-Jet Black Archival ink by Ranger
-Vintage Photo, Old Paper, Aged Mahogany, Pine Needles, Antique Linen, and Spiced Marmalade Distress inks by Ranger
Paper:
-Glossy cardstock and Manilla tags
Other:
-ribbon by Prima Marketing
-lace by May Arts
-mini pin
-white opaque pen, pen nibs, x-mas red Stickles, sanding block, White Picket Distress Crackle paint, clear embossing powder by Ranger
-1-3/8" circle punch by EK Success

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Bouncing with Glee!

What a banner day this has been!  It's not often that I can say I'm caught up on "most" things, my house isn't disgusting (it's never really super clean, but sometimes a shovel is my only hope), and that I've stamped just for fun!  That's right... I actually stamped!  I promise to get pictures up here tomorrow.  I was so inspired by the 12 Days of Christmas tag projects that Tim Holtz (on his blog), Lisa Strahl and Becky Olsen (at Ellen's CLASSroom) are all doing that I decided to do a few too.  More to come...

And I have some great news to share.  I've been chosen, along with 4 other new members, to be a part of the CPS Design Team!  I'm really excited to join such a talented bunch of stamping rock stars!  Seriously... did you see the names on that list??

Thanks for letting me share and I promise to post again soon.
I appreciate the visits!
lise

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wishing You Well...

Sorry it's been a few days since I've posted.  For some crazy reason, I've decided to take on the 25 Days of Christmas / December Daily.  I think I've mentioned I'm not a scrapbooker.  Umm... yeah... I must be mad.  Of course, I'm already behind.  And it's only day 2!  DAY 2!!!  OK.  Breathe.  Slowly...

I do promise to add pictures of my project, if it's not embarrassing.  :-)

Onto the subject at hand, though...

The vintage / retro art in the soon-to-be released set called Common Cold from the Saturday Evening Post line at Cornish Heritage Farms is just my style!  In fact, my mom had several of the SEP prints framed and hanging in our home when I was growing up... and I just love them.

Wishing You Well



I never seem to have "get well" or sympathy cards when I need them.  You'd think I'd make a stack of them and keep some on hand, since they seem to be the first to run out in my stash.  I quickly created this card for a colleague of mine that underwent surgery and is recovering at home.  In fact, he was a live donor for part of his liver, as his friend was in need.  Isn't he inspiring?!  While the images aren't really surgery related (thank heavens!), I thought it was perfect to let him know we're thinking of him.

I kept the images really simple.  I colored with Prismacolor pencils and only dry blended with a stump to pull a bit of color into lighter areas for shading.  The bolder coloring style seemed to fit the retro appeal and reminded me a bit of the "technicolor" effect.

Thanks for visiting... and I wish you well too!
lise

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Supplies:
Stamps:
-Common Cold (Saturday Evening Post collection) by Cornish Heritage Farms

Ink:
-Rich Cocoa Memento ink by Tsukineko
-Vintage Photo Distress ink by Ranger

Paper:
-Natural White by Neenah
-Suede Brown dark and Kraft by Prism Papers

Pattered Paper:
-My Mind's Eye

Other:
-prismacolor pencils and blending stumps (dry)
-piercing tool and template

-ink blending tool by Inkssentials

Friday, November 13, 2009

Faux Patina Technique

So... are you in the mood to get messy?  I had ink and little bits of blue-glittery stuff all over me by the time I was done.  But, you can great a great rust effect on cardstock without the need for time and weather.

Rusty Hello


I'm sure there is an official technique (maybe by Ranger) with a slightly different result.  The patina effect on my cardstock is truly an experiment... and one I plan to try again.  I think it might be interesting to see what other tones I might achieve with a custom Distress ink spray.

To see all the details on how to recreate this project, check out the technique on Cornish Heritage Farms Technique Talk forum.

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Supplies:
Stamps:


Freesia flower stamp by Cornish Heritage Farms
Cursive Expressions (Mona Lisa Moments) by Cornish Heritage Farms


Ink:


Rich Cocoa Memento ink by Tsukineko
Broken China Distress reinker by Ranger
Cosmic Copper Brilliance ink by Tsukineko


Paper:


Simply Smooth vanilla cardstock by Cornish Heritage Farms
Kraft and Island Mist (Med and Dark) cardstocks by Prism papers


Other:

Blue Patina Perfect Pearls by Ranger
Mini Mister spray bottle by Ranger
Water
Precision Scissors
non-stick mat by Ranger
craft stick (to scoop Perfect Pearls)
Prismacolor pencils (aqua, copper, yellow, green and cream)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Missing You...

Thank you to all the service men and women that support and keep us safe.  I can't thank you enough for all you do.

I created this card from the We Remember set from Cornish Heritage Farms.  I'm really proud of this set because of it's sentimental value to my family.

Missing You


The card is so simple.  I left it unadorned, paired with Basic Grey Boxer patterned paper for the perfect masculine card.


The envelope image in this set is one of my favorite.  The actual envelope was one my dad had saved from when he was in the service - a letter from my mom about home.  I like the open lines on the envelope to add a handwritten message to cards.  My handwriting isn't the best, but it's so wonderful to be able to add something heartfelt, right on the front of the card.

Thank you for visiting,
lise
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Supplies:
Stamps:
-We Remember (Rummage Bin) by Cornish Heritage Farms

Ink:
-Tuxedo Black Memento ink (full size ink pad) by Tsukineko
-Tuxedo Black, Paris Dusk and Rhubarb Stalk Memento markers by Tsukineko
-Old Paper Distress ink by Ranger

Paper:
-Vanilla Simply Smooth by Cornish Heritage Farms

Patterned Paper:
-Boxer by Basic Grey

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sweet Friends

I have to say... I'm not sure when the holidays started creeping up on me, but I'm floored that we're just a couple weeks from Thanksgiving.  Where does the time go?

I HAVE to start on my holiday cards.  I didn't send them out last year and really want to get to them this holiday season.  Honestly, isn't that why we stamp?  Haha... OK... some days I think it's to collect really amazing patterned paper and embellishments.  But, I'm bound and determined to get holiday cards mailed this year!

Sweet Friends


I fell in love with this Stampavie Bear and Robin image, which I bought at 7 Kids College Fund (doesn't that make you break out in a cold sweat... the thought of putting 7 kids through college?).  OK, I'm back...

The sweet pair of friends are just darling and the image was begging for me to color.  As a treat for myself, I sat down and enjoyed a few minutes with my paper, ink and copic markers.  I colored the image with Copics, added highlights with Atyou Spica glitter pens and then added a light blue sky with my airbrush.  To add a bit of texture to the soft, furry bear, I dampened a piece of muslin with the Copic blending solution and blotted over the colored bear.


The fuzzy bits to the hat and the snow bank were embellished with Polar White Flower Soft and a bit of shiny glitter.  Overall, it's a simple card that let's the image take center stage.

Thanks for visiting!
lise
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Supplies:
Stamps:
-Bear and Robin image by Stampavie (designed by Gillian Roberts)

Ink:
-Tuxedo Black Memento ink by Tsukineko

Paper:
-Classic Crest Solar White by Neenah

Patterned Paper:
-Eskimo Kiss by Basic Grey

Other:
-Nestabilities and Frameabilities by Spellbinder
-Copic markers, blending solution, Atyou Spica glitter pens and airbrush system
-paper flowers and leaves by Prima Marketing
-Polar White Flower Soft
-Glitter by EK Success / Martha Stewart
-Glue

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Every Thing Creative Ornament Template

Oh how I love this template!!!  You can find it for purchase as a digital file from Every Thing Creative on Etsy.  The Hanging Ornament Template prints quickly on patterned paper.

Winter Doe Ornament

It looks amazingly complex, but the template is quick to print and the directions are right there on your cardstock.  Super fast!  I printed the template on the back of some Mistletoe & Pear Basic Grey patterned paper and embellished with a portion of the Winter Doe image from Serendipity.  It's just so easy to create.

The template creates two separate halves - a box of sorts.



I plan on making a couple and keeping them on hand for little gifts.  I think I'll tuck a few on the tree for the kids and a few for my coworkers on our tree in our department.  They'd make a great Secret Santa gifts... unless you're the only crafty one in the office.  If might be a give-away that the ornament is from you.  Hah!

If you purchase a template of your own, be sure to stop by and let me know what you think.  I'd love to see your creations!
Thanks for visiting!
lise
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Ornament: Winter Doe Ornament
Supplies:
Stamps: Winter Doe stamp set by Serendipity
Ink: Smokey Gray VersaFine and Dazzle Frost VersaMark inks by Tsukineko
Paper: Simply Smooth White and Gray Prismatic by Prism Papers
Patterned Paper: Mistletoe & Pear by Basic Grey
Other: sheer and grosgrain ribbon by May Arts, buttons by Paper Studios, matte and stylus (for scoring), jump ring and beads, Ornament template from Everything Creative (Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/everythingcreative)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Some Domestic Love!

I love the new All Things Considered set by CHF.  It's called Domestic Love and the images are fantastic!

What do you think?



Wrinkles:
I created this fast card with my favorite sentiment from the set...



Isn't that sentiment great?!  I need to follow that advice.  I tend to stress about things sometimes and I need to just go with the flow.  This was simple in design and execution.  The fun and retro papers really do all the heavy lifting.

For more fantastic inspiration, stop by the Domestic Love gallery at CHF.

Thanks for visiting!
lise

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Supplies:
Stamps:
-Domestic Love (All Things Considered) by CHF


Ink:
-Old Paper and Walnut Stain Distress inks by Ranger


Paper:
-Simply smooth vanilla cardstock by CHF
-Kraft and Teal dark cardstock by Prism
-Dark Red-orange by C'oredinations


Patterned paper:
-Early Bird by Cosmo Cricket


Other:
-Clear embossing powder by Ranger
-Copic marker (W1)
-Crushed velvet ribbon by May Arts

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

I don't send Halloween cards, but I fell in love with the Ghosties stamp set by Seredipity Stamps.  That's right... I shopped!

Boo!!!!


I stamped the ghosties and colored with Copic markers. Because white is never just white, I highlighted the ghosts with two shades of violet. While I'm not a purple-lover, I really like the tone of purple in the Basic Grey Eerie paper. I carefully trimmed and popped this up on the Eerie paper background. I also went over the bats on the fence with a Black Glaze pen for extra dimension and shine.

Have a safe and fun Halloween!  Save a Snickers for me!
Thanks for visiting,
lise

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Supplies
Stamps: Ghosties and Trick or Treat Bag ($1) from Serendipity Stamps



Paper: Classic Crest Solar White by Neenah, Wizard Light, Black Prismatic, Suede Brown Light by Prism Papers, Eerie Patterned Paper by Basic Grey


Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento ink by Tsukineko, Vintage Photo Distress ink by Ranger


Accessories: Copic markers (R20, o, E53, E55, E57, V09, V93, V95), Black Glaze pen by Sakura, precision scissors, sewing machine and thread


Techniques: sewing, precision trimming

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Upcoming Saturday Evening Post Release

I love the vintage art from the Saturday Evening Post line at Cornish Heritage Farms. The Horse & Rider image releasing on Tuesday is one of my favorites!

Graphic Girl:


This sweet little girl, giving her friend some attention, is so classic.  I stamped the image on glossy paper and sanded for a Faux Linen finish.  It's such a great technique and so fast.  The card is finished with some graphic paper from the Antique Collection by Creative Imaginations (which I found at Hobby Lobby) and a bit of velvet ribbon.  I added the hardware to my ribbon with my Crop-o-dile.

Be sure to stop by the CHF gallery on Tuesday for more inspiration!

Thanks for visiting!
lise
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Supplies:
Stamps:
-Horse and Rider (Saturday Evening Post) by CHF

Ink:
-Jet Black Stazon ink by Tsukineko
-Old Paper Distress ink by Ranger

Paper:
-Black by Prism
-Glossy White cardstock by Ranger

Patterned Paper:
-Antique Cream by Creative Imaginations

Other:
-Black velvet ribbon by May Arts
-Pewter Press hardware and Crop-o-dile by We R Memory Keepers
-Sanding block
-Nestabilities by Spellbinder

Technique:
-Faux Linen

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall...

Birthdays are just another day for me. But, I love to make them a big deal for friends and family.  A new release for Cornish Heritage Farms this Tuesday is an amazing set in the Rummage Bin line called A Royal Birthday.  Here's one of the projects I created with the set...

Lying Mirrors:


The image itself is the vintage, delicate frame with the sentiment "do not Believe the Mirror it is Lying" inside of it.  To create the frame, I stamped the image with Black Soot Distress ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I carefully trimmed out the image and used a scalpel to remove the center.  I cut a small piece of metal sheet and adhered behind the frame to make my own mirror of sorts.  Then, to make the sentiment tag, I used cellophane tape to cover the frame portion of the image and inked the image.  I removed the tape and stamped on the tag shape.  Super simple!

The set will release on Tuesday, October 20th - so be sure to check out the CHF gallery for more inspiration.

Thanks for visiting!
lise
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Supplies:
Stamps:
-A Royal Birthday (Rummage Bin) by CHF
 Ink:
-Black Soot Distress ink by Ranger
Paper:
-Simply Smooth White by CHF
 Patterned Paper:
-Rhubarb Tart by Memory Box
Other:
-Clear Embossing powder by Ranger
-metal sheeting by Making Memories
-gems by Mark Richards
-flowers and Lace by Prima Marketing
-gem brad by Making Memories
-dimensional tape
-scalpel
-nestabilities by Spellbinder

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Blossom Box Template from Every Thing Creative

I love the ease of templates!  Every Thing Creative has made this one SO easy for me!

Blossom Boxes aren't the easiest thing to create from scratch.  Trust me - it's not something I woud ever think to do, for sure!  That's what makes this template magical to me... I printed this template twice to create the following treasures... and I can guarantee that I'll be printing again and again in the future for the perfect packaging.

Snowy Gift Box:

I printed the Blossom Box template on a sheet of kraft cardstock.  I used white pigment ink to stamp my snowflakes and ink the edges of the box for a frosty look.  Super simple!
Tip: It was simplist to get the box together by using a stylus, a ruler and a mousepad (for a soft, impressionable surface) to create even scores along all the marks.  I also used a very strong adhesive to put this together - ATG worked great, but you could also use sticky strip.

Bloom Box:



This one was so easy, I had it complete in about 5 minutes from print to finish.  I printed this one on patterned paper.  It's double-sided and heavy card, so it holds up well to the scoring... and is gorgeous on the inside from it's coordinating side!

Add a coordinating tag to make this a gift someone will be ready to dive into... The Happy Birthday tag was created uing the larger Open Poppy stamp.  I colored both sides of the cardstock and trimmed out carefully.  To give the open petals an upward turn, I cut the petals from the edge to the center (about where the dark poppy "seeds" are).  I colored and trimmed out a small peony and completely covered in glue.  I added Diamond Dust to the center and allowed to dry completely.  It looks like a gem!  I used this to cover the poppy center and folded the petals upwards to make a realistic paper flower.  I really loved how this came together... I can see me making this again in other colors to suit any project.

Thanks for visiting!  If you create with the template, I'd love to know what you think too.  Stop by and leave me a comment.

lise

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Supplies for Snowy Gift Box:
Stamps:
-Wings of Joy by Taylored Expressions

Ink:
-Snow Cap and Pitch Black Pigment Adirondack ink by Ranger

Paper:
-Kraft cardstock

Patterned Paper:
-Webster's Pages

Other:
-everything creative Blossom Top Box Printables template
-Clear embossing powder by Ranger
-printer
-ribbon by May Arts

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Supplies for Bloom Box:
Stamps:
-Open Poppy and Peony stamps by Memory Box
-Cursive Expressions by CHF

Ink:
-Tuxedo Black Memento ink by Tsukineko

Paper:
-Solar White and Kraft

Patterned Paper:
-Bloom and Grow by My Mind's Eye

Other:
-everything creative Blossom Top Box Printables template
-Glitter glue by Martha Stewart / EK Success
-Diamond Dus by Flora Craft
-Copic markers (R22, R24, R27, and R29)
-Precision scissors

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Gingersnap Creations Challenges

The weather is starting to turn frosty in St. Louis... the holidays are just around the corner!

I couldn't resist creating for a Gingersnap Creations challenge this month.  Not only are the challenges No Stress (and they promise it), Cornish Heritage Farms is also sponsoring their design team this month.

GC25: Chestnut Theme Challenge - Harvest

Fall Harvest:


This card came together quickly.  I stamped the Fall Harvest image on glossy cardstock with Timber Brown StazOn ink.  I colored the image using pen nibs and my Distress ink pads (and it seemed like I used every single one of them).  :-)  To help you with the step by step process, there is a wonderful tutorial on CHF's forums to give you a hand called Vintage Photo Tinting.

After I finished coloring the image, I used a sanding block to rough up the image.  I know... it seems odd to mess with a pretty colored image.  But the truth is that Glossy cardstock won't absorb all the ink.  By roughing up the image, it hides any imperfections and gives a great vintage look.  To see a tutorial for this detail, check out the Faux Fabric / Faux Linen Technique at CHF.  I used Old Paper and Vintage Photo Distress ink to age the photo... such a great technique.  It's probably one of my favorites!


I deliberately created lighter and darker areas of the sky (Broken China).  When I sanded the image, it really gives the illusion of fluffy white clouds.

To see all the great projects, be sure to check out Gingersnap Creations for more Harvest inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!
lise

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Supplies:
Stamps:
-Fall Harvest (Saturday Evening Post) by Cornish Heritage Farms

Ink:
-Timber Brown StazOn ink by Tsukineko
-Vintage Photo, Old Paper, Broken China, Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw, Spice Marmalade, Mustard Seed and Fired Brick Distress inks by Ranger

Paper:
-Kraft and Dark Suede Brown by Prism Papers
-Dark orange by C’oredinations
-Glossy cardstock by Ranger

Other:
-Ornamental Iron Cuttlebug folder by Provo Craft
-felt by Prima Marketing
-flower by Fancy Pants
-brad by Karen Foster
-ribbon by May Arts
-Pen Nibs and ink blending tool by Ranger
-Sanding block

Techniques:
-Faux Linen / Faux Fabric
-Vintage Photo Tinting

Monday, October 5, 2009

Haute Couture

Before you fall off your chair in shock... I'm posting again. I'm not sure why it's all clicked into place lately for me to create and post in a timely fashion. It just has!

A new ATC (All Things Considered) stamp set is releasing this Tuesday. It's amazing! I love the vintage feel to this set and couldn't wait to get inky.

Paris in the Spring:

So, I've been to Paris in the Fall, not the Spring like this card suggests. But the sweet pink of the patterned paper just seemed to be a perfect fit.

I really think you'll love all the designs filling the gallery on this set.  Be sure to check it out on release day HERE.
Thanks for stopping by,
Lise
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Supplies:
Stamps:
-Haute Couture (ATC) by CHF
 Ink:
-Rich Cocoa Memento ink by Tsukineko

Paper:
-Kraft and Suede Brown by Prism
 Patterned Paper:
-Bellezo by My Mind's Eye
 Other:
-flower, lace and ribbon by Prima Marketing
-Copics
-Dimensional tape
-pin by Making Memories
-Smooch paint in Snickerdoodle by Clearsnap
-beads and pearls from craft store

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Christmas Peace

I purchase the limited edition snow globe image by Karen Lockhart (from Ellen Hutson's store) every year.  There is something so sweet and wonderful about these images.  The one for 2009 is darling!

I'm not necessarily a cat person and we don't have a pet.  My son has allergies, so we've always refrained.  However, our neighbor has a sweet little cat that has decided we're all part of his family too.  At first, we didn't know his name and just called him "orange kitty".  Later, we talked to his family and learned his name is Paprika and that he's a rescue pet.  He's such a tentative little guy - so it's amazing he's taken a shine to us at all.

But he loves us and we adore him.  Isn't he sweet?  He sits on my front porch sometimes and watches me work.

So, of course, I had to create an orange kitty in this snow globe!  He's Paprika!

Christmas Peace:


To get perfect placement of the circle in the middle of my patterned paper, I created an "X" by drawing lines from corner to corner. This centered the nestabilities circle die perfectly.  But, other than that, it's a simple design... all to feature a really fun image.
Thanks for stopping by today,
lise

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Supplies:
Stamps: 2009 snow globe Lockhart image from Ellen Hutson, LLC, Vintage Christmas Expressions (Mona Lisa Moments) by CHF


Paper: Neenah Solar White, Jolly by Golly by Cosmo Cricket


Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento ink by Tsukineko


Accessories: copic markers, At you spicca glitter pens, Nestabilities by Spellbinder, precision scissors, sewing machine

Saturday, October 3, 2009

World Card Making Day

OK... So I was half-way through my post and Blogger spazzed on me. Sorry if you get a goofy post on your Google reader...

I created today in celebration of World Card Making Day! Can you believe it? I just had so much fun!

I have a few things to share... since this is my second time trying to type all this out, I'm sure I'll miss a few things. And I'm scampering off to my parents for a night of fun, food and bonfire.

Scaredy Cat:


This image was from the ever so talented friends of mine - Julia Stainton, Becky Olsen and Lisa Strahl. They have joined creative forces to create their own line of digital images that I couldn't wait to try.  You can find their etsy shop at every thing creative.  They also have a blog called etc. that will have inspiration galore!



Isn't this Halloween card fun?!?  This little guy was printed twice. I carefully trimed around the cat and flocked him. Isn't that fun? Not the flock... I have it EVERYWHERE. It's evil, I tell ya. But, I just love how this black cat looks so fuzzy!  I used my copic airbrush system to give the base image a little glow and voila!  Finis!

Inchie Carolers:




And I also did a quick card with their Carolers image. I trimmed it down to 3" x 4" and glued it to a piece of cardboard (which I saved from the insert of a pack of patterned paper). I cut the image into inchies and adhered to the card base. This came together SO quickly. But, doesn't it look like it took me hours? I love when that happens!

OK... I'd better run!  See you later!
lise

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Supplies:
Digital Images:
-Scaredy Cat and Christmas Carolers from everything creative (etsy)

Ink:
-Old Paper Distress ink by Ranger

Paper:
-Kraft by Prism
-Solar White by Neenah
-Black by Prism

Patterned Paper:
-Eerie by Basic Grey
-Holiday Collection Combo by Webster's Pages

Other:
-Bling by Prima Marketing
-felt flower by K & Co.
-Sewing machine
-cardboard
-mono-multi glue
-flock by Stampendous
-twill tape by May Arts
-mini fastener by Tim Holtz
-Copic markers and airbrush system

Friday, October 2, 2009

World Card Making Day preview

There's much to celebrate tomorrow with World Card Making Day.  So much to enjoy, that I thought I'd post something to get the party started.
Check out my latest technique at the Cornish Heritage Farms forums HERE.

Notecard Folder:


This project is all about cards.  Gather a few very simple supplies to create a quick gift.  I'm planning on giving this to my mother-in-law for her birthday in a couple of weeks.  I think she'll really love having a few cards on hand along with the extra stamps.


See you tomorrow for the big day!  Thanks for stopping by!
lise
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Supplies:
Stamps:
Can It (All Things Considered) by Cornish Heritage Farms

Ink:
Rich Cocoa Memento ink by Tsukineko

Cardstock:
Dark brown cardstock by Prism
Simply Smooth vanilla cardstock by Cornish Heritage Farms

Patterned Paper:
French Flea Market by My Mind's Eye

Other:
Twill Tape by EK Success
Large Eyelets and Crop-o-dile by We R Memory Keepers
Copic markers
Scor-Pal scoring tool
Glittered chipboard alphabet by Prima Marketing
Felt flourish by Prima Marketing
Nestabilities by Spellbinder

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Can GM images be Glamorous?

You know, I had to wonder if it's possible for GM images to be glamorous. But it is!  This new set (Crown Jewel from the GM Collection at CHF) will be released on Thursday.

Diamonds... are a Girl's Best Friend



My design idea when I saw this set was to create a "Breakfast at Tiffany's" or Hepburn-esque style project. I used the beloved Tiffany colors (light blue and black).  There's a bit of texture to the main matte of the card - I used the Flourish Impressabilities.

I also added millions of glittering bits to it too...  The AMAZING necklace image was stamped and then carefully painted with Smooch silver paint.  Then, I added varying sizes of rhinestones to give all these stamped gems the real deal!

Not to be forgotten, I stamped the sparkle to dot the "i" in diamonds and add a gem.



I was really pleased with how this finished.  I'm thinking this would be a great "girl's night out" invite... for a night of glam / spa treatments at home.  What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by,
lise
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Supplies:
Stamps:
-Crown Jewel (GM Collection) by CHF

Ink:
-Tuxedo Black Memento ink by Tsukineko

Paper:
-Baby Blue and Black by Prism
-Simply Smooth White by CHF

Other:
-Nestabilities rectangle die and Flourish Impressabilities by Spellbinder
-Water sprayer
-Copics and Airbrush System
-gems by Mark Richards
-Smooch Silver Fox and Moonlight by Clearsnap

Monday, September 28, 2009

New Stamp of the Month at CHF

I think it the most crazy thing is that September is nearly over.  Really?  When did this happen?

I thought I'd share with you a preview of the newest stamp of the month at Cornish Heritage Farms, called The Pines, releasing on October 1st.

Merry Christmas:



Since I didn't get any Christmas cards sent last year, I thought I'd get an early jump on it this year.  I already have a stack of cards, neatly tucked away... all different from each other with their own charm and personality.  And while this image is not initially intended as a holiday image, it just shouted snowy winter day to me.

I inked the stamp with New Sprout Memento ink and added Bamboo Leaves and Cottage Ivy Memento inks around the edges to give a variance of color.  Since my colored Memento inks are in the dewdrop shape, it's really easy to do this.  If you have full size ink colors, you could use a stipple brush and paint the ink onto the image for even coverage.

Tip:  I'm a stamper that prefers to die-cut any shapes (like this Label or sentiment tag by Spellbinder) prior to stamping the image.  I align my image on my acrylic block and test a few times on scrap paper to ensure placement.  I know there are creative ways to hold the die in place to cut out an image neatly, but this is my successful route (and I have a low scrap rate)... so it's up to you what works best!
After I stamped the image, I used my Copic marker to add a bit of sky into the image. I kept it light... and it really reminds me of how the sky looks on a particularly cold day. I added COPIOUS amounts of Polar White Flower Soft. I think I went a little overboard, hmm? But, it really makes the image a holiday image, doesn't it? Yep - I thought so too!


Overall, a simple design. It has lots of texture to it and the merit of the image and sentiment speak for themselves.

Thanks for stopping by,
Lise

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Supplies:
Stamps:
-The Pines (October SOTM) by CHF
-Vintage Christmas Expressions (MLM) by CHF

Ink:
-New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy and Tuxedo Black Memento inks by Tsukineko

Paper:
-Simply Smooth White cardstock by CHF
-Kraft cardstock by Prism

Other:
-B00 Copic marker and airbrush system
-Impressabilities (Snowflake) and Nestabilities by Spellbinder
-Sewing machine and thread
-Polar White Flower Soft
-Ribbon by Making Memories

Friday, August 28, 2009

Technique Talking about Shimmerz!

As promised, I'd like to share my last project with you using Shimmerz.  This has been a real treat using these glimmery, luscious paints!

Shimmery Happy Birthday:


This was such a quick project and one that you can customize to meet any occasion by just changing the color of Shimmerz paints.  I also think this worked perfectly with the Distressed Circle Scrapblock, because it's meant to be imperfect... on purpose.  I don't think I'd give this a go with something terribly intricate.

I used multiple colors for variation, which I LOVED.  The only hazard with this is... I can see myself needing a lot of Shimmerz paints.  Like all of them.  *gulp*
For all the details on the project with step-by-step instructions, stop by the Techniqe Talk forum at CHF for my tutorial.

Thanks for stopping by!
lise

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Supplies:
Stamps:
Distressed Circles Scrapblock by Cornish Heritage Farms
Birthday Centers from the Mona Lisa Moments Collection by Cornish Heritage Farms


Ink:
Tuxedo Black Memento ink by Tsukineko
Antique Linen Distress ink by Ranger


Cardstock:
Simply Smooth cardstock by Cornish Heritage Farms


Other:
Sunflower and Burgundy Shimmerz paints
paint brush
paper flower by Prima Marketing
satin ribbon by May Arts
epoxy button by Making Memories
Black twine
rhinestons by Mark Richards
Sewing machine and thread
water bottle

Thursday, August 27, 2009

More Shimmerz

Of course, I couldn't just stop at one project with the new Shimmerz I received.  I have two more projects to share with you... so be sure to check back in here again on Friday (and a the CHF Forum) for the last one.

Historic Poster:

I love the vintage feel of the East-West Historic Poster image, paired with fun colors.  I embossed the image with detail black embossing powder.  I sprayed the entire image with Ruby Spritz.  While the paper was still wet, I painted in large swipes additional colors and let them blend.  The Sunflower Shimmerz paint turned into a lovely peach color when paired with the Ruby Spritz and Burgundy Shimmerz paint.


And if that wasn't enough glimmer, I embossed the Ornamental Vines backgrounder on the Razzleberry layer with clear embossing powder and lightly sprayed with Ruby Spritz (as they are a very close match in color).  I really loved the subtle effect with the over the top shimmer on the main image.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope to see you tomorrow!
lise
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Supplies:
Stamps:
-East-West Historic Poster (B&O Rail Collection) by CHF
-Ornamental Vines Backgrounder by CHF


Ink:
-Versamark by Tsukineko


Paper:
-Simply Smooth White cardstock by CHF
-Razzleberry Med., Orange Med. and Kraft by Prism


Other:
-Burgundy, Sunflower Shimmerz Paints
-Ruby Spritz Shimmerz Spray
-Clear and Detail black embossing powder by Ranger
-Corner rounder by EK Success
-Sewing machine and thread
-grosgrain ribbon by Offray
-Lace from Grandma's collection
-Flower and jewel by Prima Marketing
-vintage pin by Making Memories


Technique:
-Emboss resist: After embossing the Historic Poster in black detail, I sprayed the entire piece of paper with Ruby Spritz. Then, while still wet, I used a brush to add Burgundy and Sunflower in sweeping strokes to give variegated color.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

It's all about the Shimmerz Blog Hop!

Today, the Cornish Heritage Farm design team is sharing projects that are all about the shimmer!  Even more specific, Shimmerz!  These little pots of paint are so dazzling.  The Shimmerz and CHF teams swapped products and oh, what a lovely combination...

Shimmery Poppy Pair:


This project was so easy to paint.  I first embossed the image with black detail embossing powder.  This helped me keep the paint where I wanted it.  Then, over time, I built up multiple layers of the paint to give a vibrant darker color.  The image was solely colored with Shimmerz paints.

I do have to apologize for the way the picture looks a bit wonky (very technical term here).  I think it's because I was getting a bit of reflection from all that shine from the paints that it looks that way. And... it's just dazzling in real life!


Since we thought it would be fun to blog hop, be sure to stop by and visit Joanne next...

Joanne

If you stop by later and want to visit all us sequentially:

Becky
Kristine
Be Creative CHF

Joanne
Julia

Thanks for stopping by!
lise


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Supplies:
Stamps:
-Poppy Pair from the Shady Tree Studio line by CHF


Ink:
-Versamark by Tsukineko


Paper:
-Simply Smooth white cardstock by CHF
-Black and Kraft by Prism


Other:
-Burgundy, Sunflower, Opal and Evergreen Shimmerz paints
-Black detail embossing powder by Ranger
-Green linen fabric from grandma's sewing room
-brush and water
-Sewing machine and thread
-Coluzzle circle cutter by Provo Craft
-ribbon by May Arts

Monday, August 10, 2009

On the Desk

On the Desk is not just the pile and masses of scraps and stamps (haha!)... it's a new set designed by the fabulous Julia Stainton.

Just My Type

This is a fast and fun design.  The Vintage Text Scrapblock adds the typewriter charm that works really well with the sentiment.  And what's prettier than Lemonade Basic Grey paper?

Be sure to check in the On the Desk gallery for more inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by!
lise

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Stamps:
-On the Desk (Rummage Bin) by CHF
-Vintage Text Scrapblock by CHF


Ink:
-Black Soot and Old Paper Distress ink by Ranger


Paper:
-Simply Smooth cardstock by CHF


Patterned Paper:
-Lemonade by Basic Grey


Other:
-Paper flower and lace by Prima Marketing
-mini staples by Tim Holtz
-Worn Lipstick Distress crackle paint by Ranger
-Clear embossing powder by Ranger
-Polka dot ribbon by Bazzill Basics

Friday, July 31, 2009

Paper Bead Technique

I am a terrible blogger... but, I have been stamping.  In fact, I have a technique to share with you at the Cornish Heritage Farm forum.  It's fun and different... and perfect for scraps of paper you might have around.

Paper Beads:


The technique requires only a few supplies... stamps, cardstock, ink, glue... and wire or other jewelry findings to make whatever your heart desires.


Here's a close up of the beads.  I used the Vintage Text Scrapblock for my cell phone strap... irony, yes?

And a bonus project for the technique were these earrings:


I think I'll make a few more of these to have on hand for birthdays.

To see a step by step outline of how to recreate the beads, check out the tutorial HERE.

Thanks for stopping by,
lise
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Supplies:

Stamps:
Vintage Text Scrapblock by Cornish Heritage Farms
Paisley Scrapblock by Cornish Heritage Farms
"For You" from the Baked with Love stamp set (The Kim Hughes Collection) by Cornish Heritage Farms


Ink:
Tuxedo Black and Rose Bud Memento dye inks by Tsukineko


Cardstock:
Simply Smooth White cardstock by Cornish Heritage Farms
Black cardstock by Prism


Other:
Liquid Glue by Scotch
Paper piercing tool by Ranger
Pliers and wire cutter
Cell phone strap (Craft store)
Jump rings
Wire
Jewelry findings (Craft store)
paper flowers by Prima
Pearl brads by Paper Studio

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Still Life Painting

I've always wanted to take a formal painting class - to study paint properties, shadow and light...

And yet, with stamps as the baseline, it's possible to paint a still life with convincing artistry!

Still Life Painting:
I've written the full details on how to create this project, along with the full supply list in the Cornish Heritage Farms' Technique Talk Forum.  The details can be found HERE, if you'd like to see step by step pictures.  And as a sidenote, I (or one of my colleagues) post a new technique each week to get your creative juices flowing.  I hope you'll stop by to see what we've been doing...

The sticky backed canvas is the perfect stampers platform - and I purchased a package from Ellen Hutson.  I'm so pleased that I'll be able to get several projects from one package.  I'd love to know how you use Studio Sticky canvas.  Post a note with some of your favorite ways.

Thanks for stopping by!
lise
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Supplies:
Stamps:
Vegetable Harvest (Shady Tree Studio) by Cornish Heritage Farms
Fruit Basket (Shady Tree Studio) by Cornish Heritage Farms
Distressed Grid Scrapblock(R) by Cornish Heritage Farms


Ink:
Jet Black and Slate Adirondack dye inks by Ranger


Other:
Frame and Matte
Gesso
Studio sticky backed canvas by C. Hellmuth
Studio acrylic paints by C. Hellmuth
Paintbrushes by C. Hellmuth
Post-it notes
Precision Scissors