Thursday, December 14, 2017

December Technique Challenge - Repeat Stamping!

Hello Friends! I am the host for December's Technique Challenge on the Club Scrap Blog and I choose Repeat Stamping!  This is such a fun and easy technique and it yields soooo many different looks - let's check it out...

Grid Stamping...
I used a ruler and pencil to tick off stamping marks.

All in a row...

You can use sentiments to repeat stamp for a fun look.

Layers of the same stamp make a remarkable card!

Combine repeated patterns for a fun layered look.

Tilt your card on it's axis to stamp multiple lines of images.
Makes for quick work but yields a complicated intricate look!

If you give repeat stamping a try please share!
And if you use a Club Scrap stamp/materials be sure to enter the linky party for your chance to win!

Supplies: - cardstock, stamps, embellishments
Imagine - VersaMagic (chalk ink); Memento Ink; VersaFine

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Few More Pegged Christmas Cards!

I am really trying to finish up Christmas cards and get them sent out reasonably close to Christmas...some may not make it but at least it's the thought that counts right?  

For some reason this year I seem to be making more portrait instead of landscape oriented cards this year. Usually it's the other way around.  Anyway, here's one of the landscape cards I made this session...  Don't ya just love those lights?

A poinsettia wreath.

This is such a fun card. The "tree" is actually a pine branch but it was laying on it's side on my desk and I noticed that it looked like a charlie brown tree so I decided the snowman needed his very own tree - LOL!!  It's decorated with a trio of tiny flowers (in red) and a 5 petal flower in gold for the star on top!

I love this card - I might have to go against my policy (of no dups) and make a few more of these...It's very "me".  Anyway, the sentiment is from Joy Clair's Rustic Christmas set...goes perfectly with the peg stamps don't ya think?  I may add more glitter if I make more...need to bump up the sparkle factor - LOL!!

So that's what I've been about you?
Ready for the big day??


Rubber Stamp Tapestry - Peg Stamps
Imagine - VersaMagic (chalk ink); VersaFine; Memento; On Point Glue (to adhere the glitter)
Club Scrap - Cardstock, Ribbon
Joy Clair - Rustic Christmas Sentiment
MFT - Stitched Circle Dies

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Scandinavian Holiday Christmas Decor

Hello Friends!

I wanted a change of decor for Christmas so I made a fun set of plaques to hang by our front door using vintage embroidery hoops and the Scandinavian Holiday set from Club Scrap!  Check it out....

They almost look like Christmas ornaments only on a larger scale don't they?  LOL...

Each one was lined with the fun pattern paper that looks to me like a Christmas sweater.

Then I added various embellishments, stamping, sentiments 

and mica flakes.  Gotta have a bit of glitter you know!

Each is very dimensional with several varying layers of fun foam to lift each element off the background.  All three were then tied with a red ribbon for hanging!

These are going on the wall facing the front door so it's the first thing that will greet guests this holiday season!

Merry Christmas Everyone ;)

Supplies: - Scandinavian Holiday Kit, stamps, embellishments
Imagine - VersaFine; VersaMagic
Mica Flakes
Vintage Embroidery Hoops

Monday, December 11, 2017

Carve December 9, 10 and 11

Been doin' lots of shopping and making over the weekend and didn't get a chance to post the stamps I've carved recently so here they are...

Carve Day #9 - a set of rustic looking roses. It started with the small one and I worked my way up from there.  I think they got better as I went along.

Love this one, I've always wanted a feather stamp like this and now I have one :)

These were all carved from scrap that I've cut away from previously carved stamps. I need to "freshen" some up as far as the edges go but I want to stamp more flowers so I think these leaves will come in handy.  I'm not sure about the 1/2 leaf but it was an experiment...not sure if it worked out or not yet.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Farmer Christmas Card

Do you know how hard it is to find a farm themed Christmas card?  I decided that this year I'd make my own using Delicata Inks from Imagine.

I made my very own animal Christmas tree and topped it with a gold star!
I gave each animal a bit of holiday spirit with some glitter, a Santa hat and even some reindeer horns. 

I love how it turned out and hope the recipient does too!



Delicata – Ruby Red, Emerald Green, Golden Glitz, Dark Brown Shimmer
Radiant Neon Amplify! – White
Sponge Dauber
On Point Glue
Memento Ink – Northern Pine


Stampers Anonymous – Livestock
JoyClair Stamps – Antlers, Hat
My Favorite Things – “Merry Christmas” Sentiment
Rubber Stamp Tapestry – Poinsettia, Holly Leaf
Red Glitter
Cardstock – Cream, Kraft
Card base – Dark Green

Friday, December 8, 2017

Carve December Day 8 - Challenge Accepted!

Today I have a special stamp to was a special request for a friend. She liked my dog stamp so much she asked if I'd make one of her dog.  Never backing away from a challenge I gave it a shot and here it is...

It's her long hair weiner dog Buddy.

My first attempt was rather tragic...In my defense it was a small photo with half his face in shadow. I tried to enlarge it but the left side of his face just wouldn't show up well enough. Needless to say he's a scary looking dog - I think it's going in the trash.

So she sent me a better photo and I played with the contrast and such the started carving...

This is a much better likeness - at least you can tell how it is this time - LOL!!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Carve December #7

Today I have a trio of stamps that I made to go with a couple new stamps I bought recently.  The stamps I bought were some woodsy type stamps from Joy Clair that were so cute but I needed something to go with so I carved these...

I am so excited to use these...they are going to come in so handy with my other new stamps. I think they will make some really cool "woodland" type cards and I'm thinking some masculine cards are in my near future as well. 


Speedball Carving Tool
Various Rubber Blanks
Imagine  - Memento Dye Ink

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Carve December 2017 - Day 6

This is only day 6 on my stamp carving journey and I'm still learning.  I have always wanted a feather tree stamp but I've never found one that I really like. There aren't many out there and the ones that are just don't look like what I picture a feather tree so I decided to carve one of my own.

This is my finished "decorated" feather tree.  I used several peg stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry for the decorations and to add to the bottom of my spool stand.  Looks cute huh?  Best thing - I can vary the peg stamps to change up my tree for the various seasons and holidays!!!  How cool is that?

But it wasn't all peaches and cream!  It was really hard trying to figure out how to make the branches of the tree and I had an epic fail.   My first attempt actually went into my circular file so I started over.

This time I did things a bit different and carved out all of the little bits. It was VERY time consuming but I liked how it turned out...almost.

I say almost because I started the spool stand too far down on the rubber and ended up not having enough room to carve the bottom portion of the spool....CRAP!

But I had a thought, I went digging through my circular file and pulled out my first attempt.  I liked the spool from that tree so I hacked it off, did a bit of surgery on my second stamp and ta-da! I now had a feather tree that actually had a decent stand.

And here's my funky little feather tree!
The star was carved from some scrap rubber that I cut away making the tree.

So tickled I figured out how to make it after all.

Are you carving???


Speedball Carving Tool

Stamped Imagines:

Imagine - Delicata Golden Glitz; Memento Dye Inks
Rubber Stamp Tapestry - Various Christmas Stamps

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Winter Wonderland ...

No, we didn't get any snow last night but I did make a fun winter wonderland scene on a card for Imagine!  One of the challenges for December was "winter window" so I decided to make a winter shadow box card.  It's not the normal small cards you see around.  This one measures 4x7x2.5" and fits into a #10 size envelope. Since it's 2.5" wide it allows for 4 layers plus the scene on the back of the card. Lots of room to decorate!

You can find the directions on how I completed this card here...

Don't ya just love how the White Amplify! really looks like snow on the hills and trees?  It really adds such depth and dimension to an already fun card.

So, are you ready for winter????

CarveDecember2017 - Day 5 Graber

I am so excited to share the stamp I carved today...I saw somewhere that someone was carving stamps of people from photographs.  Well I'm so not ready for that but I did want to give it a shot so I found a photo of my dog Graber (pronounced Grey-burr, not grabber - LOL) I liked and tried my hand at it.

This is my stamp that I made from this photo...

(He's a Jack Russell, Rat Terrier mix)

I forgot to print it out in reverse so he would be facing the right direction but it's pretty close.  As you can see he's brown with black shot through. I didn't know how to carve that into the stamp so it doesn't look exact but I'm pretty happy with how he turned out.  He's at least recognizable.