As you probably have noticed I have been a little absent. There are many reasons, but the most important one is my DH & I have been super busy with craft shows & making items for a local shop. Good thing we only do this for a hobby. LOL We just turn around & make more things.
I am going to get this blog up & running as I finish samples for classes I will be teaching in town & in March.
I feel Fall in the air which is fine with me. I have always loved Fall. To me it was my "New Year's", a fresh beginning. Why? If you are a teacher you will know what I mean. New first day outfit, new class, new books, new lessons, new challenges, etc., etc.
Here is something different I made with Just For Fun Stamps - an 18" x 18" wood sign made from recycled pallet boards. This what keeps my DH in his workshop. Lots & lots of signs. We are selling them in 4 stores. Some are finished others we call DIY Signs. "We make, You finish." We don't make a lot of money, but we can buy new supplies to keep our fun going.
I used 3 different Stamptangle leaf stamps: Stamptangle Maple Leaf (E3860), Stamptangle Oak Leaf(F3859) & Stamptangle Elm Leaf (D3858)
I base coated the sign with Ivory acrylic paint. The leaves were stamped on the sign using Ranger Copper Metallic Paint Dauber. It dabbed just the right amount of paint. A couple I had to restamp, but since I was using the stamps on a cling cushion & clear stamp block it was easy to realign the stamp without too much trouble.
Just For Fun Stamps also have leaf stamps more like nature. I do like, however, how the Stamptanlge leaves came out. It is hanging on the living room wall!
As I mentioned before I have been binge watching YouTube card techniques. I tried one of the fun techniques I watched with this card. Actually it was done with watercolors, but I did it with ink pads & sponges.
Pick your stamp & sponge colors on the cardstock anticipating where the stamp will fall within the colors. The stamp, Tropical Sunset (G1442), made it pretty easy. I added more Sand (C413) & a Crane on a Pier (C3636). The Sentiment 3 (UMS7020) stamped & added with pop dots.
Another flat card, well almost flat, but again I built a story with the stamps. Simple, but fun.
We live near the Oregon Sand Dunes & they are beautiful. This week's card is a homage to our dunes.
I sponged in the "sand dunes" & stamped sand over them. I added the beach fence & grass. A beach is not a beach without a seagull swooping down.
Now this card is very different than any other card I completed over the past year. Can you all tell me what it is? OK, I'll tell you...it's flat...no fussy cut on this card. Yep, all I did was sponge & stamp a beach scene & I love how it turned out!
I am so excited this month's challenge sketch & theme is "Sand in Our Toes" because I live on the Oregon Coast. There is sand not only in our toes, but it tracks inside the house all the time. I don't care...I love the wind, fog, & in the Summer cool weather.
I have been totally binge watching YouTube craft shows.Do you remember the Carol Duvall Show on
DIY?I loved that show, well, anyway,
there was a Christmas Holiday Show & the guest demonstrated a background
technique using Puffy paint & reinkers.
place a large drop of Puffy paint in the middle of your cardstock & 1 drop
of stamp pad reinker ink.In my case it
was Navy.You take a brayer & roll
out the paint/ink all over the cardstock.Using your embossing heat tool you quickly dry the paint/ink.The effect is supposed to be a foggy
background from the dry Puffy paint.
course I couldn’t find my brayer, so I used a sponge paint brush to spread the
paint/ink over the cardstock & even though the effect didn’t quite look
like it did on the TV show, I still liked the effect it gave the backgrounds to
all 3 cards.
the paint is wet on paper the cardstock did warp a bit, but I think if I ironed
the back of the card base it will straighten out.Gluing it on an A2 card will probably straighten
it out also.
Stamps I used:
Holiday Magic: On Dasher (A3445), Ice Skaters (F2280), Pine Forest (F3588), Sentiments Unmounted 3 (UMS7020
Happy Holidays: Getting the Tree (F3510), Pine Forest, Sentiments Unmounted 1 (UMS7018
Joy to the World: Holly Branch Sketch (G2632), Fiber Background (J2207), Sentiments Unmounted 3
I love making Christmas cards, so I am thrilled this month's challenge is Christmas in July.
I love how the sky turned out. I used light blue copy paper & stamped the tree line. There are 1st, 2nd & 3rd generation stamping. I like to call it ghosting, but that's just me. I sponged the sky, but didn't like it so I sprayed it with water. I really liked it a lot even though it started to crumple. Ii hit the paper with the embossing heat gun & it left the sky with texture.
The snow is simply two torn pieces of white cardstock & the cut out snowman colored & tucked between the layers.
Stamps used are: Snowman (C2937), Pine Forest (F3588), Sentiments 3 (UMS7020)