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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Embossed Thanksgiving Card

Gold Embossed Leaves

 Here's a Simple but Elegant Card
and A great Opportunity to get out your heat embossing
tool # 100005

All of the images from the AUTUMNSPLENDOR stamp set # 116503 were stamped with VERSAMARK INK # 102283 and embossed using GOLD EMBOSSING POWDER# 109129. It is amazing how many cards you can emboss using this cute little pot of powder.

TIP: Whenever you do embossing , be sure and lightly scrub the 
EMBOSSING BUDDY fabric sack # 103083 over your card stock before inking. This helps prevent embossing powder from sticking in unwanted places.

Card stock colors:
Very Vanilla # 100730
Bravo Burgandy # 105123
Kraft #107070

Posted by PicasaThe HAPPY THANKSGIVING sentiment is from a SU retired set ALL YEAR CHEER III, but there are lots of choices that would fit in the 

The ACORNS were water colored after being embossed using the Bravo Burgandy classic ink pad# 105123 and a AQUAPAINTER# 103954

Isn't the bow cute?  It's KRAFT TAFFETA RIBBON # 109068
It's softer than grosgrain and therefore easier to tie.

Other items used:
WIDE OVAL punch # 112082
Cutter Kit # 106958  includes 4 tools  ( created the distressed edges )
1 1/4" CIRCLE PUNCH # 104403

WELL, I hope this inspires you to pull out that embossing gun and powder. It always makes a great impact on your cards or scrapbooking projects.

See you soon!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Water Colored Pumpkin

Give Thanks

 Well I'm having fun playing with color......
IN-COLORS that is. They really seem to pop when adding black and vanilla for a deep contrast.

Both of the images were stamped with Black Staz-on INK # 101406 on vanilla CS and then WATERCOLORED using the In-Colors classic ink pads and an AQUAPAINTER# 103954.

1. Start watercoloring with your lightest ink color     first.
    I used In-Color Crushed Curry# 115659 

TIP:  Spread a thin layer of water all over your image first...it will help your ink flow more evenly.

2. The next color that was used is In-Color 
     Dusty Durango#115654

3. And finally In-Color Bermuda Bay# 115655

The pumpkin image from the stamp set Harvest Home # 111642 was cut out along the edges of the stamped image and then mounted to a piece of 
Bermuda Bay CS # 115317 measuring 1 3/4" by 1 3/4". Increase your next layer by 1/4" on 2 sides to form a 2" by 2" piece of Crushed Curry# 115319.

The largest brown layer , SOFT SUEDE# 115318 measures 3 1/4" by 2 3/4" and
the smaller layer 3 1/2" by 1". They are both stamped with
 SOFT SUEDE classic ink# 115657 and the 
SANDED background stamp # 109294. Don't you just love the texture it creates.

Back panels measure...
Basic Black   3 3/4" by 5"
Dusty Durango   3 1/2" by 4 3/4"

TIP:  Try to cut your layers in 1/4" intervals, then increase or decrease your next layer by 1/4" on both sides.
The thin black strip on the small brown layer measures 3  3/4" by 1/4"

My LITTLE LEAVES #114511 were die cut using my BIG SHOT #113439 and stamped with Soft Suede and the Sanded BG stamp.

The GIVE Thanks sentiment using THE MORE THE MERRIER # 115332 hostess set was stamped and colored using the same method as the pumpkins. Use circle punches 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" to cut out and layer your sentiment.

The Crushed Curry square behind the sentiment measures 1 1/8" by  1 3/8".

For your final touch add 2 black WORD WINDOW punch # 105090 tabs and insert 2 VINTAGE BRADS # 109109before attaching the whole thing to a VANILLA CS base.

Hope this inspires you!

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How to Create An Embossed Image

1. Dust your card stock with an Embossing Buddy #103083 
    This will help to prevent extra unwanted flecks of embossing powder
    from sticking to your paper beyond your stamped image.
Versamark Pad - by Stampin' Up!Embossing Buddy - by Stampin' Up!

2. Using a VERSAMARK  clear ink pad# 102283 
    stamp your image onto the piece of dusted card stock.
3. Sprinkle EMBOSSING POWDER onto the stamped image.The powder will 
    stick only where the ink is even though it is scattered all over the image.
    Tap off excess powder, I usually will tap the back of the card stock
    knocking the excess powder onto a piece of copy paper that I can fold
    and drop the leftover powder back into my powder container.

4. Using a HEAT TOOL #129053 , melt thembossing powder by holding the  
    tool about 4 " from the image until the image turns shiny.
    Be patient, don't get the heat too close to the paper or you could burn it.
    Let cool (1 minute)

Heat Tool

Monday, November 2, 2009


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What Inspires You?    Take a Look around You...I found inspiration in the leaves in my yard on this beautiful Japanese Maple.
Look at the range of colors filtering through the sunlight.

To make this card start with your leaves.

I cut several leaves with my BIG SHOT sizzix  die cutting machine and the sizzix originals die cut LEAVES #2   #113459.
I used card stock colors  Rich Razzleberry  #115316 More Mustard  #100946 , Always Artichoke  #105119Dusty Durango  #115321  and Pumpkin Pie  # 105117  .

To make the leaves have a realistic look....

1. Start with a dense foam pad (paper piercing pad)....I used the one in my 
     MAT PACK # 105826
2. Place your leaves right side down on the mat.
3. I  used my BONE FOLDER # 102300 to create leaf veins.
4. Using your bone folder tip, crease or draw lines/veins in the leafs. 
          TIP:Use a real leaf to see where veins actually start and finish
5. Turn your leaves over.
6. Time to sponge the Rich Razzleberry Ink pad # 115658 on leaf edges 
     and across your veins.
7. Finally, give your leaves an added touch of richness by sponging on some 
    GOLD METALLIC ENCORE ink pad # 101017 on the leaf edges.

Create your card base using card stock AlwaysArtichoke  #105119 
Make your next layer using the TOP NOTE # 113463 die cut and LAVENDER LACE # 101614 card stock
The stitching on your TOP NOTE Layer magically appears when you sponge Rich Razzleberry Ink pad # 115658 on the edges.

Arrange your leaves behind and in front of your top note layer.
Before adhering to your base, wrap the solid side of RICH RAZZLEBERRY  GROSGRAIN RIBBON # 115613 around your top note layer.

Other items used:
Stamp Set :Teeny Tiny Wishes # 115370

more to come.....thanks for visiting!


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Bug Eyed Turkey Place Card

Bug-Eyed Turkey Place Card

 Aren't the Stampin'Up punches just the greatest?

There are so many cool little things you can create.
What do you think of my Bug-Eyed turkey?

These could be used at your Thanksgiving feast year after year.

Card stock Paper colors used:
Chocolate chip   Pumpkin Pie
Close to Cocoa   More Mustard
Vanilla                 Black
Ruby Red 


and the punches that I used.   Use 1/2" circles for his bug eyes.  I hope this inspires you to try your own.      

Thanks for stopping by today!


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Acorn Card

Give Thanks Acorn card

I just love making cards of different shapes and so I made this acorn card. You would think that I would have had enough of these guys. I can't tell you how many wheelbarrow loads of acorns we have picked up this fall.  We need more squirrels I guess!

My card actually hinges just under the cap. 
After cutting the cap, I scored it every 1/4" in two diagonal directions. This gave me the texture I was looking for.

The base was stamped with the swirled image from BAROQUE MOTIFS # 113490

My sentiment was stamped with Versamark ink# 102283 and embossed with gold  embossing powder #109129.
The sentiment is from the Hostess set HOLIDAY BEST #115364

The leaves were die cut using my BIG SHOT SIZZIX machine# 113439 and the Originals die LEAVES#2  
 # 113459. The edges of the leaves were sponged in chocolate chip classic ink #100908.

I hope this inspires you to step of out the box occasionally!

Thanks for stopping by....

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