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Aug 31, 2007

Creepy Crawly Spiders

Ewwww.....I absolutely detest Spiders so you're probably going to wonder why I used them for my card. These kind don't creep me out like the real live one's do so I can handle them.

Today is Bloggers Challenge Day and we are on Week #10 - Our challenge this week was to use the layout from Pg. 92 (Pocket Train card) in the new Stampin'Up! Fall/Winter collection. When I first saw the challenge card I said, "No Way" am I ever going to participate in this weeks challenge since I hated the card sketch. I mentioned this a few times & several of the members of the group said they didn't care for it either but that's why it's called a "Challenge." A few of them even went so far as to e-mail me and say that if they participated in the challenge I had to too. (Thank you so much Anna)...I'm really glad now that I took them up on the challenge since I love how my card turned out.

I didn't do the "pocket" card but then we didn't have to. For my card I chose to use a brand new set from Papertreyink called, (Spooky Sweets). I stamped both the Large & the Small Spider imaged with Versa Mark ink & embossed with Bold Black EP. I punched on the Lg. spiders with the 1 3/8" Square Punch and mounted them on a slightly larger square that I cut using my paper cutter. I distressed the edges of the squares that the large spiders are on with the Cutter Kit. The Small spiders were punched out with the 1" circle punched and raised up with mounting tape.

My card base is Basic Black which I layered with More Mustard stamped with the Sanded Background in Versa Mark ink & Layered with a piece of the Creepy Crawly DP and a punched scalloped border (using the slit punch) of Basic Black. My spiders were mounted on various colors (More Mustard, Only Orange, Really Rust, Basic Black). I stamped the "Boo" sentiment on Only Orange with Basic Black ink & punched it out using the Word Window punch. I added 3 Black Brads and pierced the top portion of the card to complete the sketch.

Hope you enjoy it & be sure to check out all the other fabulous challenge cards. Use the Bloggers Challenge list on my side bar to do this.

Card Information Change

In the previous post I stated that the stamp set I used for that card was Autumn Apparitions and have since realized that the set I actually used was Seasonal Whimsy. Sorry for my mistake but at least I caught it!

Aug 30, 2007

Colorful Autumn

This card is was for a Color Combo challenge that I participated in on another stamp group that I belong to. The colors we were to use were: Only Orange, Taken With Teal & Green Galore (or Gable Green) - They are an unusual color combination but once you combine them they really do look nice together.

For my card I chose to use Autumn Apparitions (SU) - My card base is Only Orange then I paired it with a layer of Gable Green, Taken with Teal and Whisper White. I stamped the large leaf image several times in those colors and then overlaid it with the Sanded Background stamp in Only Orange ink. I distressed the edges with the Cutter Kit, added a piece of Orange Grosgrain ribbon and 3 Green Galore brads.

For the main focal image in stamped the image first in Green Galore ink, then rock-n-rolled the imaged with the Teal ink and wiped off the pumpkin with a Q-Tip and inked it with an Only Orange marker, huffed on my stamp and then stamped on Whisper White card stock and cut the image out. I then pressed the image on a Versa Mark pad & sprinkled with Glassy Glaze Powder, heated it and repeated those steps about 3 times. Then I put the image in the freezer for 15-20 minutes took it out and bent it to give it a "Cracked Glass" effect. I mounted the image on Only Orange & Taken With Teal card stock & raised it up with Dimensional tape.

I didn't include any sentiment as I figured my partner could either add an Autumn saying or a Halloween saying of her choice.

Aug 27, 2007

Cattitude Monday - Kitten Capers

I use to do a thing on my blog on Mondays called, Cattitude Monday. I had hoped to get some stamped images of cats because I don't have a lot but no one sent me any so eventually I stopped posting my cat cards on Mondays. However I think I'll start again with at least something "Cat" related on Mondays. Today's post are photo's of those 2 little adorable kittens that we took in last Tuesday. Hard to believe they have almost been here an entire week.

My how they have changed!

The one that was so feisty & spit at me all the time the first day I named, Spitzer and then my husband thought we should call them Wellington (Spitzer) and Melrose because those are the names of the streets where the Apartment complex is being built and that's where the kittens were left by their mother. Well (Spitzer) now Wellington is anything but feisty now. He's such a mellow little guy and just loves to be held & petted. He's a purr box and a half.
The other smaller little guy, Melrose is now quite feisty and just loves to climb all over you & slide down your arms, legs, feet etc...so needless to say I have quite a few battle scars already & me being allergic to cats (yes you read that right & it's a LONG story) but I take allergy injections and have for 6 years so I'm able to be around the 4 cats that we had before we took in these two little guys and thankfully all the scratches from the kittens haven't really bothered me to much. I'm thankful though for the makers of Benadryl!

We have already found a wonderful home for them. Sadly we just can't keep them with 4 adult cats already in the house. However a clerk at the grocery store we shop at has fallen in love with them & he wants both of the kittens. His old cat was stolen and he really misses having a cat so we're happy that they will be going to a good home with someone who adores cats as much as we do.

I took several photos of the kittens today and wanted to share them with you.
Photo 1 is the 2 kittens actually sitting still! Melrose is on the left & Wellington is on the right.
Photo 2 is me feeding Wellington while Melrose is playing at my feet.

Photo 3 is the two of them playing rough & tumble games with each other.

Have a great day!

Aug 26, 2007

Let's Get Punchy - Part 2

I had some extra card stock/paper left over from my Punch challenge card so today I thought I'd do another version of the same card but I changed out a few things. All card stock & Papers, Inks are basically the same as my first card. The things I changed though were: The size of the card, This one is a standard 41/4 x 5 1/2" (The previous card was a 5 1/4" Square card)

I also changed the Creamy Caramel punched border and this time used a Fiskar's Border punch (Flowers). Then I punched out the same pattern on some Chocolate Chip card stock but this time I just took the 3 small flowers left over after I punched the border and used them as the centers for my 3 yellow flowers and added a light green brad (Bazzill Refined Rounds). I also punched out some small Chocolate Chip circles and glued them down on the Creamy Caramel border in the center of the punched out flowers. My sentiment is from Hero Arts (Take Good Care Greetings)

I think that I actually like this card better then my first card. What do you think? - Ida

Aug 25, 2007

Music & Blog Header

First off I want to say that I blog for my own pleasure but I also hope you get some enjoyment as well out of my blog. I know there are a lot of people who don't care for music on blogs and that is understandable however...it is so easy to just turn the volume down on your computer so you don't get blasted away by the music. I for one have found it to be inspiring to me. In fact when creating the card this week for the Blogger's Challenge I logged on to my blog and just let the music play since the stereo in my stamp room doesn't play that well and I feel more inspired at times by having some music to listen too so for now I'm leaving my music up until I feel it's time to take it down.

Last week my blog header was a picture of Multnomah Falls, OR and I had several people comment on how pretty it was & asked where the picture was taken etc...I'm not sure how long it takes for my photo's to load but I enjoy having something other then a "generic" blog header and I can't afford to have someone design one for me so I do the pictures instead. This weeks photo is the Spillway at Bonneville Dam. I hope you enjoy it. - Ida

Let's Get Punchy - Blogger's Challenge

I'm LATE, I'm LATE for a very important date!....Yes I'm finally getting around to posting my card for Week 8 of the Blogger's Challenge Group. Last week was so busy and a lot of time was spent taking care of those little orphaned kittens we took in. Which I'm happy to say are doing quite well & starting to grow like little weeds. Anyway I finally managed today to have some free time to stamp. This weeks challenge was to use punches on our cards/projects. So without further ado here is my card:

This was not at all what I had originally thought of doing. My first thought was to doing something with stars so I could use the new SU Star Punch but when I tried yesterday (Friday) to come up with an idea nothing looked right. I put it away and today got out my papers etc...and turned on my blog so I could listen to my Play List (which I'll address at the end of this post) and was inspired to create the following card.

Card Base: Sage Shadow stamped with Sanded Background in Sage Shadow Ink. Layered with a piece of the Outlaw designer paper and a row of scallops punched with the "Slit Punch" on textured Creamy Caramel card stock. I added Chocolate Brads to the scallops.

Then I used the Small Scallop (SU) to punch out the Chocolate Chip portion of my flower and the 1 3/8" (SU) circle punch for the flower center which was punch out of So Saffron Card stock and stamped with Itty Bitty Backgrounds in the Saffron ink to create sunflower like speckles. I stamped the butterfly image from Priceless with Sage Shadow Ink and then stamped on my Versa Mark pad and onto the Sage card stock and quickly sprinkled Clear EP and heat set then cut out. I just glued down the body portion of the butterfly so that I could raise the wings up.

I stamped the flourish with Chocolate Chip ink onto the pattern paper and then punched out 3 small flowers from the Three For You punch kit on Saffron CS and then punched out Chocolate Chip centers with the 1/8" Handheld circle punch and glued them down. I raised the edges of the petals up a little by curling them with my fingers. The corners of my card were rounded with the Large SU Corner Rounder (now retired & I have no clue why as it is such a neat punch). The sentiment is from: All Holidays and was stamped with Chocolate Chip Ink.
There you have it...If you haven't already taken a look at everyone else's challenge cards/projects be sure to check them out using the Blogger's Challenge list on the side bar of my blog. Hope you enjoy. - Ida

Aug 21, 2007

Crazy Cat Lady

This morning I received a phone call from DH who started off the conversation with, "If I tell you about this you can't keep them." Weird huh? - Anyway he want on to tell me that they had discovered a wild mother cat & her 3 kittens this morning under a pile of lumber at the construction site he is working at. The mother grabbed up one of the kittens and took off with it and just left the other two kittens there under the wood pile. When he called me it had been almost 3 hours and she hadn't returned for them. He wanted to know if I could come get them and then take them to the Humane Society when they opened at noon. I went and got the poor little things and brought them home. Then I called our Vet and was told that the Humane Society more then likely would put them down since they are so small and not weaned. Well naturally I couldn't let that happen (I'm to big of a "softie" when it comes to cats & small helpless animals).

The Vet gave me a recipe for "kitten formula" and told me to feed them every 3-4 hours. I had to go buy some kitten nursing bottles and the stuff for their formula. I could have bought already made up formula at the Pet Store but our Vet has always been good a recommending things that work just as well but cost considerably less money. The one kitten took to the bottle right away but it took some coaxing to get the other kitten to eat but it finally did. I'm thinking that both kittens are males (near as I can tell but I could be wrong). We have given them names. The one on the left in the photo is the smaller, shier one and we are calling it, Melrose and the one on the right I named Spitzer because it spits at you every time you try to touch it. Hubby thought we should call them Wellington & Melrose because those are the names of the streets where the construction site is located so Spitzer is now Wellington Spitzer and Melrose doesn't have a 2nd name yet.
They were pretty dirty & had a lot of fleas (UGH!!!) so I had to give them a bath to get the fleas off since they are too young yet for flea medication. They'll probably need another bath tomorrow since I didn't get all the fleas off but they are much cleaner & happier now.

Aren't they CUTE!!!

Aug 20, 2007

Sun Ripened Thanks

I was asked to make a card to send to the company my husband works for (Opp & Seibold Construction) as a thank you for the use of their facility. We are part of a new church planting project and have been attending meetings at their building on Sunday afternoons now for about 4 months.

In October the church will be starting regular services under the name, Vineyard Christian Fellowship. It's going to be an exciting time and I am thrilled about being a part of the founding members.

For my card I chose to use Sun Ripened II since it had an image of Grapes in it. I thought that was fitting for the new church and it's name. The grapes were colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol. I highlighted them with Frosted Lace Stickles and also stamped the speckles from Itty Bitty Backgrounds in Bashful Blue ink. I added punched out Photo Corners of Wild Wasabi that were ran through the Cuttlebug. The card base is Elegant Eggplant with Whisper White. I then used the Cuttlebug Textile folder (my favorite of all the folders) on some Celery Mulberry paper that I had and layered that to the white card stock with double stick tape. I added 3 purple brads (JoAnn's) and stamped my sentiment, Sincere Salutations in Eggplant ink as well. Then I attached a piece of Wild Wasabi stitched ribbon. The grape image was raised up with dimensional tape. I also distressed the edges of the white card stock with the Cutter kit.
The card itself looks a lot brighter in real life but it was hard getting a decent scan.
Also if anyone out there is interested in designing & making a banner with a Vineyard theme would you please e-mail me so we could discuss this. We would like to put some banners up in the building to help make it look nice for our services. I did some research on Banners & they are pretty costly. Since we are just a brand new congregation funds are rather limited so we are hoping to find something fairly cost effective and yet nice at the same time. - Ida

Aug 17, 2007

Inspiration challenge

Happy Friday everyone! - It's that time again and this week the Blogger's Challenge group was asked to create a card/project from something that "inspired" us. It could be a picture in a magazine, a pattern in a rug, something in nature, an article of clothing etc...

I must say that this week has been the most UN-inspired week I've had in a long time. I just was not at all motivated to stamp and when I did try to sit down and come up with a card idea my brain just could not think of a single creative thought. Yesterday though I got to thinking about what I could come up with for the challenge and I decided to base my card on an article of clothing that I recently purchased. It's a blouse that I bought to wear to my nephew's wedding reception last weekend. I love the colors and the pattern and the way it feels when I put it on, (very comfy) I think that my card captures the feel of the blouse but let me know what you think.

Card base: Basic black, then Blue Bayou edged with a white craft pad. Next a layer of Bashful Blue that I used the Textile Embossing folder (Cuttlebug) and distressed with Blue Bayou Ink.

I stamped the Medallion from the True Friend stamp set (I LOVE THAT SET) in Blue Bayou Ink on Bashful Blue card stock, cut it out & added some Nirvana glitter (Art Institute) to give it some sparkle and a black brad in the center. I punched out a Circle of Blue Bayou card stock using a Marvy Mega Circle punch and ran it through the Cuttlebug as well then distressed the edges and highlighted them with the white craft pad. I layered this to a Scalloped Punched (Giga) circle of Bashful Blue that I pierced with the Crafter's Tool kit & edged with Basic Gray ink. I added a strip of Blue Bayou which I stamped the leaf/flower pattern with White Craft ink, distressed the edges and then layered 2 strips of May Arts ribbon about and below the strip.

To finish off the card I added 3 half pearls (Pretties Kit) that I dyed with a Black Sharpie Marker. If you look closely at the photo of the blouse you might be able to see the shiny black buttons in the V neck portion of the blouse - I wanted to recreate that on my card so that's why I added the half pearls.

Overall I'm really pleased with how this card turned out even if it took me all week to be inspired by something. - Don't forget to check out the other Blogger's challenges. They are listed on my Sidebar under Blogger's Challenge group & be sure to leave a comment on their wonderful creations.

Aug 13, 2007

Music has arrived

I finally decided that I would add some music to my blog and spent the better part of yesterday creating my Playlist only to have it all deleted and I had to start all over again. What a task that was. Now I'm not sure how many of my readers enjoy music on blogs but I hope you do. If not just turn the volume control down (that's what I do if I don't like what's playing on the blogs I visit). My taste is music is mainly Classic Rock n Roll and the Oldies. I do like some Country but generally it's the older style of Country music. I've included a little of both on my Play List and I believe there are 75 tracks to choose from. Yes that was a lot of music to go through but I had fun doing it. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Enjoy...Ida

Autumn Apparitions

Halloween is one of my all time favorite holidays and I just had to use the new Autumn Apparitions (that's a hard word to spell) set to create a card with. I started out with a White card base that I covered with Creepy Crawly DP and textured More Mustard card stock stamped with the Sanded BG stamp in Basic Gray ink and added 3 Really Rust eyelets.

Then I took a strip of Basic Black card stock distressed the edges with the Cutter Kit and added another strip of Designer Paper that I stamped the Happy Halloween sentiment on in Basic Black Ink. I stamped the spider in basic black and punched it out with the 1 1/4" Circle Punch, distressed the edges and edged it with Really Rust ink. Then punched a 1 3/8" circle of the textured Mustard Card stock to layer i with. Finally I punched out a Scalloped circle of Basic Black card stock, pierced holes & highlighted them with a white Gel Pen and mounted it with mounting tape. I embossed the cat with Black EP and cut it out then mounted it to the corner of the card with the mounting tape to complete the card. It's a fun & fairly fast Halloween card.

Aug 10, 2007

Altered Journal

Wow hard to believe we are into week 7 on the Blogger's Challenge Group. We had several new members join last week so please be sure to check out their creations as well. Their names are listed on the sidebar under (Blogger's Challenge Group).
For this week we were to Alter something, anything we wanted, a tin, a CD case, a picture frame etc...Well I must admit that I had thought about skipping this challenge because I just don't do that sort of thing. I'm really more of a Card Making stamper then anything else. I don't Scrapbook (Gasp!) and have a hard time figuring out patterns for 3-D items like boxes and such so it was hard for me to break out of the "box" and complete this challenge but I did try it. The first picture is the "Before" picture except that I had already removed a little medallion off the front where the circle is and couldn't find where I'd put it so you'll just have to image what it looked like with the medallion on it.
I decided to try a fairly simple idea by Altering a Journal as that didn't seem like it would be to difficult. It's nothing fancy and I did have a few minor problems as the spine of my journal doesn't lay flat since I apparently didn't measure it properly and then the glue stuck down before I could fix it so it's staying as is but since I'm using the Journal it doesn't matter to me that it's not perfect.

I used the Refuge & Strength stamp set from the new Fall/Winter Collection from SU and Chocolate Chip Card Stock along with Whisper White & some designer paper from DCWV that I thought reminded me of a Stained glass window. I dyed one of the flowers with a Chocolate Chip marker and glued a half pearl (Pretties Kit) in the center. The other 2 flowers are from a bunch of flowers that were sent to me and I added brads in shades of brown to their centers. The sentiment was computer generated. If you have any questions on how this was made feel free to e-mail me.

Again this was a Challenge for me but it was good to try something different and that's the fun of belonging to this group.

Aug 7, 2007

True Friend Tri-Fold Card

I received a great card from Rose Kerry that was a Tri-Fold card and I really liked the idea so I created this card for today's Color Challenge on SCS (Blue Bayou, Soft Sky & Cameo Coral). At first I thought I wasn't going to like the color combination but I decided to just use the Cameo Coral as an "accent" color for my card and I like the results. I hope you do as well.

My card measure 4 x 5 1/2 when folded. I started with an 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of Blue Bayou card stock that was scored at 2" & again at 6" to make the two folds. I stamped the leaf image from True Friend in Blue Bayou ink on Soft Sky card stock ( 2 1/4" x 5 1/2") added some speckles from Itty Bitty Backgrounds and a bit of direct to paper distressing then distressed the edges with the Cutter kit and edged it with Blue Bayou ink then glued it down on the top portion of my tri-fold card. Then I cut a piece of Soft Sky designer paper (2" x 5 1/2") and glued that to the bottom portion of the tri-fold card. Next up I cut a 1" strip on Cameo Coral card stock and a 3/4" piece of the Dotted Soft Sky DP glued to the Cameo Coral and scored at both ends at 2 1/2" then glued together to form a band to go around the closed card.

For my focal piece I cut a 2 1/2 x 2 1/2" Square of Blue Bayou card stock, then a slightly smaller square of the Soft Sky and finally a piece of Cameo Coral that I stamped the Simple Stripes background on (now retired) and distressed the edges with the cutter kit and glued this down to my card band being careful to only put a line of glue down the middle of the piece. Then I embossed the medallion using a Cameo Coral stampin spot & Clear EP on Whisper White card stock & cut it out. Then I stamped the star image with Blue Bayou ink on Soft Sky card stock & punched out the star portion using the 1" Circle punch. I layered this over the center of my embossed medallion and added a Ice Blue Rhinestone brad to the center and mounted this with foam mounting tape.

On the Inside I glued a piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped the flower in Blue Bayou and then again in Soft Sky cut out the center portion and glued it over the Blue Bayou flower and added a 1/4" circle of Cameo Coral for the flower center and stamped the True Friend sentiment in Cameo Coral ink.

This was a fun card to make and I hope you enjoy it. - Happy Stamping, Ida

Aug 6, 2007

A True Friend

Today's card is made using the, True Friend stamp set from the upcoming Holiday Mini Collection from Stampin'Up! I so love this set and it's going to coordinate fantastically with the Wanted and the Bronc Buster sets that are in the Fall/Winter catalog. (At least in my opinion)

I couldn't wait to get this set & the best part is that I got it for FREE because I had points for the Consistency Counts program that SU had going last year. Now what could be better the FREE rubba! Another great feature is that all the sets in the Holiday Mini are "Die Cut" which means you don't have to cut them yourself. They just pop out of the rubber and you mount them and away you go. Fast & Easy.

For this card I went with some Autumn colors since we are rapidly approaching that season and the Earth Elements are my favorite color family. I started with a card base of Pumpkin Pie and then layered a piece of Whisper White that I had stamped the Linen BG stamp in Old Olive ink and distressed it directly to the paper with my ink pad. Then I stamped the leaf pattern from the True Friend stamp set in the Old Olive ink as well and layered a solid piece of old olive on top with a strip of Really Rust textured card stock and 3 Old Olive brads. I stamped the sentiment from the set in Garden Green ink.

For the focal piece of the card I punched out a scalloped circle (Giga punch) in Pumpkin Pie and edged the scallops with Pumpkin Pie ink and pierced holes in the scallops. I then punched out a (Mega) circle punch of Really Rust card stock that was also stamped with the Linen BG stamp in Really Rust ink and distressed the edges with the Cutter Kit. I stamped the medallion with Really Rust ink on Pumpkin Pie card stock & cut it out then added a Rhinestone brad to the center and mounted it with mounting tape onto the Rust circle and glued the piece down on my card.

It was hard to get a decent scan of this card. I need a way better camera but alas I don't have the $$ for a new one so this one will have to do. I can assure you though that in real life this card is really COOL looking. Can't wait to play with this set again and tonight my Apple Cider designer paper will be here so look for more fun cards this week done using this set. - Ida

Aug 3, 2007

New Header Photo

Okay for some time now I've been including pictures on the header of my blog and they have mostly been pictures of the flowers in my garden & my mom's. I hope you have all enjoyed them. This week I am featuring a photo of me & my granddaughter, Coleen that was taken at a fountain at Bonneville Dam in WA on our recent 3 day weekend trip down to visit my brother and then to the coast. We had a really good time & Coleen enjoyed seeing so many new things which made it fun for the rest of us. Seeing things through a child's eyes is such a wonder. Ida

Aug 2, 2007

Study in Purple

It's FRIDAY!!! - With that comes the Blogger's Challenge and this week I was actually able to participate. I missed the last 2 weeks challenge's due to being on a trip for a few days and then recovering from the trip. (Isn't it weird how you take a vacation to relax and when you get home you need to relax from your vacation!) - But back to the challenge.....This week we were to make our card using the sketch/card on Pg. 165 of the new Fall-Winter SU catalog. If you don't have a catalog you can view it on-line at http://www.stampinup.com/ .

I had a particular person in mind when I made my card and if she's reading my blog she may guess who I'm talking about. If not she'll find out because I'm sending this card off to her in the mail as a little surprise RAK - Can anyone guess who this card might be going to? I know the gals from the Blogger's Challenge group might have some guesses.

My card base is actually white card stock that I purchased from Papertreyink called, Stamper's Select White card stock. It's a heavier card stock then SU's Whisper White and since I was adding some Chipboard embellishments I wanted something sturdy so the card would stand up properly when displayed. I layered a piece of dark plum textured card stock by Bazzill on top of the white card base. I had some really pretty floral designer paper that I bought ages ago so I can't tell you who made it and I wanted to use up the scraps I had left so I covered the large flower from the On Board Blossom and Basics kit with it and then edged it with Wisteria Fluid Chalk ink by Color box. Then I took a smaller circle and layered a piece of Green Galore card stock on top and covered it with Key Lime glitter (Art Institute) then edged it with Lime Pastel Fluid Chalk ink. For the flower in the center I took a small flower from the Pretties Kit and dyed it using Stampin Pastels (Orchid Opulence, Lavender Lace, Lovely Lilac) then sealed it with WorkableFixative by Krylon. I dipped the white center in crystal effects and covered it with the Key Lime Glitter then punched a hole through my chipboard and threaded the flower down through the hole and used a piece of sticky tape to hold it down (I cut off the excess).

I stamped the Harlequin (or Argyle) from the Looks Like Spring stamp set with the Wisteria Chalk in on light plum textured card stock. Then I stamped the new Polka Dot background stamp with Wisteria ink on Whisper White and layered that to my plum card stock. I wrapped my ribbon (May Arts) around those pieces and added 2 purple brads then glued this down on my card and tied the bow. The sentiment is from the Holidays and Wishes stamp set and was stamped in Basic Black Ink.

I used sticky tape to glue down the large flower and foam mounting tape to raise up the center. I also used the mounting tape to raise up the smaller flower. I like how this turned out.
Enjoy & have a truly great weekend! - Ida

Aug 1, 2007

Bronc Buster Exclusive to my blog only

Sometimes I like to have cards exclusive to my blog as I also have a gallery at SCS and often have to post the same card to both my gallery and blog due to time constraints to make different cards for each site. This card though I'm only sharing here on my blog. I hope you enjoy it.

When I made my original card see Bronc Busting post, I started out using a Chocolate Chip Stampin Spot and clear EP for the Cowboy image. For some reason I just didn't like the way it looked for the rest of that particular card so I set it aside and started over. Not wanting to "waste" my original image I cut it down to size and created this card with it. Note the cowboy imaged was also stamped with the Linen background stamp using Sage Shadow ink & I layered it onto a piece of Chocolate Chip card stock distressed with the Cutter kit.

My card base is Sage Shadow and then I layered a pieces of the Outlaw designer series paper that I distressed the edges of with Close to Cocoa ink. I then took some Chocolate Chip card stock and tore it into strips and crumpled it and the glue it to a piece of Soft Sky card stock, curled the edges up and added 2 punched out stars and added two aged copper brads from the Hodgepodge Hardware kit. I stamped the sentiment (Priceless) with Chocolate Chip ink to complete the card.

Be sure to check out these FABULOUS cards by Anna Wight and Lindsay Botkin using this set. They are 2 of my Stamping Heroes and their work is FANTASTIC! - Ida