Thursday, September 24, 2015

A little birdie told me....

it's your birthday!  Oh my, can you stand another Bird Crazy card???  I made several of these but varied the color palette slightly.  A local resident is turning 100 and my brother-in-law and step-dad are also celebrating special birthdays this month.

Stampers Anonymous:  Bird Crazy CS212, Crazy Talk CMS236, Crazy Things CMS237

Ranger:  glossy cardstock, distress inks, Jet Black Archival Ink, watercolor paper, Posh Impressions inks

Sizzix: Bird Crazy thinlits dies 660954

Miscellaneous:  foam tape, string, green cardstock

I think it would be really neat if crazy cat and dog images were available, don't you?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Artfully autumn

It's finally here...the autumnal equinox!  My favorite time of year...the colors of nature as she sheds her layers to make way for winter, the smells of walking on brittle leaves, apples fresh picked from the orchard, pumpkin pie cooling on the counter.  Bring it all on!  I am ready!!!

Tim's September tag was a bit colorful for me so I toned it down to match my style and my love for fall.  Although butterflies currently abound in my flowers I'm ready to concentrate on raking leaves.

Here are some of the items I used to create my version of this month's tag.  #8 manila tag, glossy card stock, black paper, frosted film; Fossilized Amber and Ground Espresso distress spray stains; Copper Mixative, Butterscotch, Ginger, Red Pepper, Denim, Pesto and Stream alcohol inks; Potting Soil and Jet Black archival inks; translucent embossing paste; woodgrain stencil; Falling Leaves CMS097 stamp set; token, long fasteners, copper beading wire, Glossy Accents, Black Soot distress marker, silk ribbon

Tim introduced some fun ideas that I hope to incorporate into some seasonal cards for shut-ins in my community.  I am now officially ready to decorate my home for the season.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Celebrating an anniversary

Oh, Tim...I can't thank you enough for bringing these crazy bird images into your collection!  They are helping me recognize anniversaries and birthdays in such special ways!

Using the small hearts from Crazy Talk, I created a background with Watermark Resist Ink.  The plaid layer is from a piece of glossy cardstock and Dee Gruenig's Posh Impressions Magical Sponge and inks.  (Remember this technique????)

The birds were stamped twice on watercolor paper and colored with distress inks and markers.  The second image allowed me to cut out the wings and facial features separately.

The accessories were also stamped on watercolor paper and colored with distress inks and markers.   The sentiment was stamped in Jet Black Archival Ink.  Bits of foam tape elevate the birds; their wings are adhered only at the edge or top so that they appear to give movement.  Can't wait for the matching thinlits dies for the accessories...lots of fussy cutting I'd rather let Sizzix do! 

I drew over the lace ribbon on her hat with a Sakura Gelly Roll Glitter Pen.  The three hearts were coated with Glossy Accents.

Stampers Anonymous:  Bird Crazy CS212, Crazy Talk CMS236, Crazy Things CMS237

Ranger:  watercolor paper, glossy cardstock, Glossy Accents, distress inks, Jet Black Archival Ink, Posh Impressions inks

Sizzix:  Bird Crazy 660954

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Thinking of you

I've been wanting to use this ribbon on a card for a long, long time.  I got it about 20 years ago and put it aside in a drawer so the colors are still gorgeous...I love the art of it.  The brown layer picks up the brown in the ribbon and it was easy to use a Sizzix word dies to cut out my message.  The yellow base card brings it all together.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

At the movies

Happy birthday to my youngest niece!  She's currently enrolled as a freshman at SIU Carbondale and hopes to major in film production.  Thought these Stampsmith stamps of veteran movie stars was perfect.  Add some filmstrip ribbon and a Sizzix camera die and it was perfect!

For the background I copied info about the 3 Hollywood legends (Clark Gable, Louise Brooks and Shirley Temple) from Wikipedia and printed it out on white cardstock.  The images were stamped in Adirondack ink on vellum; I think I like the look better than the suggested archival/permanent ink on glossy paper.