My stamping adventures

Monday, October 24, 2016

cards, cards and cards

Went to a card class with a couple of friends and had a fun time.  we actually made the three designs, two of each except the elephant - 1. pear  2. birthday hats  3. hedgehogs.  the elephant card was a bonus card.
thank you to our hostess Holly.
stamps - SU
See a quick video of us having fun here in this post or go to Sue Wisniewski - YouTube

Thursday, October 20, 2016


 I joined a facebook onelittle tag group where you are to make a tag a day...well...not me...but I had planned on doing one a week ....not is working out to be maybe one a month which is o.k.  According to the owner of this group she just wants everyone to enjoy art and do it as often as you can.  the background on both these tags are shaving cream technique.
At the end of this post you can watch my video on how I did the shaving cream technique or go to Sue Wisniewski - YouTube
stamps used on tags:
haunted halloween/haunted house-Unity stamp co.
Pumpkin patch-MFP Stamp Shop
swirly pumpkins-Stampin' Up

Monday, October 17, 2016

Pumpkin carving and pretty leaves

It was such a nice weekend and who knows how long we will have such good weather that when there is something to do outside ..... you should take advantage of it.  Needless to say didn't do any stamping this weekend but did enjoy the beautiful weather and things to do.
Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 we took a ride to Stew Leonard's in Danbury to see Lenny carve a pumpkin.  I watch Halloween Wars on Food network channel every year just to see some fantastic pumpkin carving and Lenny was on this program.

here is a quick video

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Cemetery walk

Mary Fowler - check out rubbing of her grave. original grave stone is gone. in memory of Fowler, a young woman who died in her 20s in 1792. The headstone known as the "Molly Stone" is so popular as a result of its one-of-a-kind inscription. The inscription reads: "Molly tho pleasant in her day Was suddenly seiz'd and sent away How soon she's ripe how soon she's rott'n Sent to her grave and soon forgott'n."

We went on a cemetery walk yesterday at our local cemetery.  It was fun ..... fun because people from the Historical society dressed up in costumes at certain grave sites.  Our town was established back in the 16oo's so some of the grave stones are well worn but mostly still readable.  I thought it would be a 45 minute walk but it ended up being almost two hours so I tell you I was a little sore by the time we got home.  Usually if I know I will be doing any type of exercise which includes standing or walking for any length of time I take Ibuprofen before hand.  The little civil war boy had a very informative talk even with the train going by!  yes, the railroad took over part of our cemetery so there very well could be graves under the tracks because back then they just plowed through land for progress.  hope you like this little view of our cemetery.
check out how they spelled lies on the grave is spelled lyes on most of the grave stones in the old section.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

House Mouse fun

It's been a long time, maybe years since I have pulled out my HouseMouse stamps but a couple of weeks ago needed a get well card so here it is.  I stamped the mice on kraft cardstock then colored with my medium of choice ... Prisma color pencils.  the poor sick mouse is a little yellow looking because he doesn't feel well.  the orange/red color on the aspirin bottle and background layer gave another sickly feel to my card.  had fun doing this card so think there will be more HouseMouse cards in the future.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Cut up card with video

A cut up card is just what it sounds like ... a card that is cut up into sections.  some people like to do measurements but I am not one of them.  I just went for it and cut it up.  I will give measurements of the layers but when it comes to cutting it up ... sorry I just did what looked good to me.  I did three color schemes for my cards ... I started with the orange, purple and last the yellow and each time I liked it but I do have to say I think my favorite is the yellow one.  how about you?
you can watch the video here in this post at the bottom or at Sue Wisniewski - YouTube

stamps - Unity stamp co.
top folding card - 4 1/4" x 11"
layer - 3 1/4" x 4 1/2"
stamped layer - 2 3/4" x 4"

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Shaving cream background with video

Time to get out the shaving cream ... the cheap foam  shaving cream from the dollar store.  this is a fun and easy background but it does get messy!  you just need a few tools ... toothpicks, wooden ice-cream spoon ... a palette I used paper palette but you can use anything ...  an old metal cookie sheet, piece of foil ... use whatever you have available.  next dye ink re-inkers ... any brand will work.  some type of papers, cardstock or tags just remember that every paper will react differently as you will see in video at the bottom of this post or at Sue Wisniewski - YouTube 
the manila tag I used didn't absorb the ink as much as the white cardstock I used.  you can see the differences in the photos.
here are a couple of finished cards I created
stamps for cards - Unity stamp co.

please watch my video

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Five cards

 Went to a fun class and made these five cards.  It was a Stampin' Up class so all supplies are from that company.  these cards are all made using the swirly bird dies and stamp set.  who would have thought you could have so much fun with such a unique dies especially.  stamps are doing double duty ... I mean if you look at the bird in the nest and the sail boat they both use the same image for the nest/boat.  I like it when stamp images can be used for more than one idea.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Half circles

I'm going to mix it up a bit today showing you two cards with the same technique but different themes.
The technique is partial die cut ... this is the name I'm giving this technique ... I'm sure there is some cute name out there in cyber land and if there is please leave me a comment and I'll change it.
On to this technique ... die cut a circle or any shape will work for this technique.  take the negative part of the die or the cut out section and place it on the side of your card with part of it hanging off the card.  This is also called a reverse mask.  add the color using whatever tool you have available ... this can be blending tool, sponges or stipple brushes.  for the next step you can leave the mask on and stamp some images as I did with the Egret (if this is not an Egret please leave a comment) card or you can remove the mask and stamp as on the holiday card.  the difference is that on the Egret card the Egret is hanging outside the colored area with the cattails are only inside the colored circle.  on the holiday card all images were stamped with the mask removed.
stamps - Just For Fun
ribbons - SU

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Fall tags

 Tags, tags, and more tags for today.  I've gone from making cards and postcards all the time to changing it up with tags instead of postcards.  So today I'm showcasing Fall tags which fit into Just For Fun stamps challenge ... Fall or anything than a card.  Please go to Just For Fun  blog for more details on my tags and challenge for your chance to win a gift certificate.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Resist more

 Two more cards showing this fun resist technique.  Basically you blend, sponge or stipple color onto card...I used white cardstock but I'm sure it would work with cream or any light color cardstock.  after you have all the color you want on card ... let it dry.  Next stamp images with VersaMark ink pad and watch the magic happen.  when those images are dry you can over stamp the same images with Colorbox white pigment ink for contrast...after that step I dusted on some Ranger perfect pearls for more pop!  stamp and emboss a saying and you are done.
all images on these two cards by Just For Fun stamps
inks by Colorbox white pigment ink, VersaMark ink pad and Ranger distress inks

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

another post it note holder

here is a square post it not holds a 3" post it note pad and a pen on top.  Actually you can turn this holder so the pen is on the side if you want.  for the background of this piece I inked up an acrylic block with distress inks, spritz with water then pressed it to the cardstock.  this is a quick and easy water color effect.  after it dried ... can use heat tool to dry it ... I stamped the leaf image with archival jet black ink ... added some glittery dots with stickles ... tape it to piece of pattern paper then to post it note holder ... this make a wonderful little gift.
stamp - Just For Fun stamps
Ranger distress inks, stickles, archival jet black ink pad.