Friday, November 30, 2018

Autumn's Smile

So I've had this left over piece from cutting the leaf stem in my work area ever since I made the card in the previous post.  Even though Autumn is over and we had a blizzard this past weekend, I just couldn't set this aside in a pile of "this is too good to throw away but I don't have time to use it right now".  So I took time this week to actually use it.  

The leaf piece is stamped around the edges with Crackle Background (Quietfire Design) using just bits of the image.  It was stamped with Distress Ink Gathered Twigs and the same ink is sponged around the edges with a Mini Blending Tool.  The Autumn Quote from Autumn Collection (Quietfire Design) is stamped onto Vellum with Archival Ink Jet Black (Ranger Ink).  For the background piece I tore a piece of corrugated card, painted some Distress Ink Picket Fence over it, scraped on some Texture Paste, Opaque Crackle (Ranger Ink), allowed the paste to dry naturally.  Yes, patience is involved, lol.  Once it was dry I sprayed it first with some Distress Sprays in blue.  I decided I didn't like that as well as I thought I would and sp sprayed over it with Distress Spray Tarnished Brass and Mica Spray Buttercup.  There are still hints of blue.  In the top left and bottom right corners I added embossing ink using a dauber and then embossed with Seth Apter's Chunky Rust powder (Emerald Creek).  The ribbon is Tim Holtz's Crinkle Ribbon colored with Distress Spray Stains.  The thread is Tim Holtz Craft Thread.  The leaf charm is from my stash.  The tree is a button with the shank cut off. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Birthdays, Old Cars, and Autumn

Hi!!!  It's good to be back on the blog today sharing another post!!  I have another birthday card, this one was created earlier in November.  The background images and car are Stamper's Anonymous/Tim Holtz images.  The sentiment is Hero Arts.  The leaf is a Sizzix/Tim Holtz die.

For the background there is Ranger Alcohol Inks on Yupo paper.  I then stamped with the Alcohol Lift-Off Ink.  Oh, how I love this ink!!!!  I stamped the tire treads onto white cardstock after lifting them from the background.  The car was stamped onto that piece using the stamp platform allowing me to stamp a few times and get the image nice and dark.  I trimmed the piece to length, tore the bottom, and fussy cut around the top of the car.  The sentiment was stamped first with the Lift-Off ink and then with black offsetting a bit.  Way cool look!!!  The leaf is die cut from white card that was dipped into Distress Inks put on a craft sheet and water sprayed.  

I'm really pleased with how this card turned out!!!  I hope you like it too!!

Hugs, Wanda

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Sara's Stamping Techniques

Hello!!!  Today I'm sharing a review for the book, Sara's Stamping Techniques, by Sara Naumann available from Bella Crafts Publishing.  I did receive a copy of this eBook free of charge in exchange for an honest review of the book.  My thoughts and opinions are totally mine.  I'm going to also mention that as of the writing of this post, the book is on sale along with other books published by Bella Crafts.

I think the book is wonderful!!!  Sara does a fabulous job of covering the basics of stamping including videos.  She then goes on to share lots of different techniques along with cards and complete directions.

This book is an excellent source for the beginning stamper but also contains techniques long time stampers would enjoy.  I found myself wanting to stop and do various techniques as I was reading through the book.  Some techniques I had never tried and others I'd forgotten about.  I've been stamping since 1999.

Following is a card I made partly while reading Sara's book and finishing it once I'd finished the book.  I used a stamp and stencil from Sara's PaperArtsy line of stamps and stencils (specifically ESN11, ESN24 and PS091). 

Monday, November 26, 2018

You Rock Happy Birthday

Hello!!!  If you are in the US, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday and Weekend!!  Our daughter and her family were able to be here but had to head back a day early as we had a blizzard coming in.  It was still good to have her and the boys (and their families) all here a couple of times over the weekend.

I'm hoping to catch up on some blogging and other things this week.  I made this card almost 2 months ago for our youngest son's birthday.  Yes, he plays the guitar (and the drums).  The stamps, guitar dies, and background paper are all from Our Daily Bread Designs.  They were all part of their Sept 2018 release.  

For the guitar, the red is red metallic paper.  The insets are die cut from Shimmer Sheetz.  It made a fabulous looking guitar!!!!!  Our son was impressed - yay!!!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Gable Box Extravaganza

Hello!!!  And for those celebrating - Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Over on the Quietfire Creations Blog it is all about the Gable Box and decorating it in a Christmas theme.  You will not want to miss that post.  It is chocked FULL of gorgeous projects!!!

The box I made is very simple but oh, so pretty.  I cut a piece of white cardstock large enough for the cutting die.  Onto that cardstock I lightly brayered Fresco Finish Chalk Paint (Candy Floss & Guacamole).  After the paint was dry, I die cut the Gable Box. Next I stamped the background holly leaves with Archival Ink and roughly colored them in with Distress Markers.  I left the bottom flaps of the box and the flaps with the heart cut out mostly free of leaves.  I stamped the "25" with black ink and the 2 holly leaves on either side with a darker green ink, colored in the leaves and added Stickles to the berries.  The Small Merry Christmas was die cut from gold cardstock and attached wrapping the extra around the corners and adhering well.  You could choose to not wrap the extra and leave it loose from the box. 

Monday, November 12, 2018

Foiling on the PaperArtsy Blog

It's all a Foiling on the PaperArtsy Blog for the current topic.  I have a post over there sharing some of my favorite ways to use foil to create three Christmas cards using stamps from Sara Naumann.  You can find the post HERE

A Quick and Easy Christmas Card With Zing

A quick and easy Christmas card over on the Quietfire Creations Blog.

Thursday, November 1, 2018


Hi There!!!  This card was created for a custom order.  The person who ordered it gave it to a friend of hers to commemorate an event in her life.  All those balloons, a total of 41, have significance, even the red one.  

It was a real joy to create this card!!!!

I die cut the balloons using the balloon from the Mini Crazy Birds & Things Set (Sizzix/Tim Holtz) and then shaped each one using a soft mat and a stylus.  The scripture is a stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs.