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.


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


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


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


Blue Patina Perfect Pearls by Ranger
Mini Mister spray bottle by Ranger
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,
-We Remember (Rummage Bin) by Cornish Heritage Farms

-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

-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!
-Bear and Robin image by Stampavie (designed by Gillian Roberts)

-Tuxedo Black Memento ink by Tsukineko

-Classic Crest Solar White by Neenah

Patterned Paper:
-Eskimo Kiss by Basic Grey

-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

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!
Ornament: Winter Doe Ornament
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:

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?

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!

-Domestic Love (All Things Considered) by CHF

-Old Paper and Walnut Stain Distress inks by Ranger

-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

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