Sunday, November 29, 2009

Fun and Messy

The title says it all about the background on this card, inspired by Splitcoast sketch SC256. I brayered ink on card stock, with a wavy texture sheet underneath. Then I added the waves of crackle paint in iced lavender. After all of that dried, I stamped the flower (Starving Artistamps) with black Stazon and white Palette hybrid ink. Then stamped Life (Firecracker Designs) in white.

Have a relaxing Sunday!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Digital and Stamped Images Together

Digital images are all the rage right now--presumably because they are so much cheaper than stamps and you don't need all of those messy stamp pads. Belinda has designed some new digital images, one of which I used on the card below, along with some stamped images.

The floral image is the digital one--I printed it on glossy card stock where I had already applied alcohol ink. Then I heat set the image and colored with dye ink markers.

The other floral images are from the Echos of Summer stamp set, and the Bible verse is from Cornish Heritage Farms.

Huge Sale!

Between now and midnight Sunday the 29th--Clear Artistic Stamps has stamp sets and card stock marked waaaaaaay down. If you've had you eye on some stamps or card stock, you'll get a great deal this weekend.

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Happy Thanksgiving to my friends and family!

Thank You Lord for all my blessings!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Watercolor Background

I usually don't think of using watercolors on Christmas cards, do you? I made some cards this week for Christmas, challenging myself to incorporate watercolors. Here is one card using Splitcoast sketch SC255:

I made a large piece of watercolor background, cut a bit of it off and then stamped the image with a deep color of ink. Here is the background paper that I did:

Making a pretty background paper like this is really very easy. You will need watercolor paper, a brush, and either water-based paints or dye ink pads.

For my piece I used the dye ink pads. If you haven't watercolored with these before, here's how you do it. Take your closed stamp pad and and press the lid down onto the pad:

When you open the lid, you will see some ink on the lid:

Take your brush and a little water and mix into the ink on the lid:

To make my background, you just take a wet piece of watercolor paper and paint stripes of different colors across, blending where they meet. Let the paper dry thoroughly before stamping on it. You can heat set if you wish. Go ahead and stamp with dye ink if your paper is completely dry.

Here is another card that I made with the blue portion of my background paper:

I made a third card with Blingz paint instead of dye ink. You can see it on the Cottage Studio blog HERE.

Oh, and by the way, there is a great sale over at Clear Artistic Stamps. Stamp sets that are usually $10.95 are on special for $6.49. What a deal!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

A Quick Card for Sunday

I made this card using Splitcoast SC254 and a cute stamp from Artful Inkables.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Brick Wall

This card was made using the Brick Wall Tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers. I like how it turned out, but will probably not do this again. It's even more tedious than it looks!

I used Belinda's gorgeous iris stamp from A Dreamer's Moment. And be sure to check out the envelope boxes that she has on sale this week. They will be great for gift giving.

Happy Friday to everyone!

Friday, November 6, 2009


Ever heard of inchies?  If you are a fan of small projects, this is just the thing for you!  An inchie is a one inch square piece of card stock where you do your artwork.  It's kinda fun to challenge yourself to create something pretty with just one inch to work with.

I decided to make my inchies out of paperboard for a little dimension.  I painted them brown and then embossed a design in gold.  Afterward, I put them on some autumn place cards that will be just right for Thanksgiving.

The Cottage Rumble that started today is "Inchies", so why don't you head on over the the Cottage Studio blog and see what all of the designers did for the challenge.  And give it a try yourself--we would love to see what you come up with!

Have a great Friday.

Monday, November 2, 2009

ATC for trade!

I posted on the Cottage Studio blog today with this ATC that I made. Details HERE. The linen and shimmer cardstock that I used is on sale this week.

Anybody want to trade with me for this ATC?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Trunk or Treat!

I painted this backdrop for our car decoration at our church's Trunk or Treat celebration. I was able to find stills from The Great Pumpkin online so I printed one out and went from there. My husband and daughters carved the jack o lanterns. The kids had a blast going from car to car to collect treats. And the grown ups had fun decorating their trunks.