Thursday, September 29, 2011
Here is a deal I bought his morning for only $8 (for myself but really more for my adventurous and fabulous husband cook, belated anniversary gift!): a one year subscription to Bon Appétit. (12 issues, a $60 value) I've never subscribed to this magazine before, but the food and recipes names on the covers at checkout always look positively drool-worthy! (like that pie above? Omgosh!)
Just thought I'd share, at less than $1 an issue, there will probably be some great recipes and techniques to add to your repertoire! :)
BTW, my husband and I made some terrific new recipes for our anniversary dinner on Sunday night: a barbecue shrimp recipe from Emeril with the most amazing sauce and "Utterly Deadly Pecan Pie" from Southern Living. Both were fantastic! I'm not really a "nut pie" person, prefer fruit pies, but this pie made me a believer! :) Will have to share those with you soon, too!
Monday, September 26, 2011
I added just a few dots onto the needles and flowers to add more snow. Cardstock is Gina K Pure Luxury Ivory and Fresh Asparagus, greeting is from "Celebrate the Season".
Have a GREAT day!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Here is a closeup. The teacher had just the teeniest hint of a mast on the horizon in her painting so I added a little sail and two birds to mine. These little details are SO small, but it's probably my favorite part of the painting because it draws you in to check them out. Not crazy about how bright the colors came out, but it was my first time to mix oil paints, amazing how many different colors you add to create a more muted tone. I preferred the finished work of most of the other students to my own, but it seemed like that was how most people felt, preferring someone else's work to what they were doing. Although a few women said they'd done a few ladies nights there before, I think most had little to no experience painting, so I feel pretty comfortable saying anyone could do a very fair job of this their first time with the instructor going step by step. I'd been told before (by painters) you don't need to be able to draw to paint, and while it certainly helps to be comfortable with seeing colors and shapes, now that I've done it, I believe that to be pretty true. Everyone seemed to like the texture I got on my waves and how impressionistic the clouds looked. (Impressionism has always been one of my favorite painting styles) Because it's still drying flat, I haven't been able to hang it up and view it from a distance for a different perspective.
I have to say I enjoyed the knife work, tapping the back of the palette knife into a mound of paint and pressing it onto the canvas to create the little peaks. But, I think I'll stick with drawing, you know?! (I think perhaps I might have been happier with my results if I'd painted from a real scene rather than trying to recreate someone else's scene, seeing what the waves really look like when they are crashing, etc, but hey, who wouldn't rather be on the beach painting than in an art room, LOL! I may take another class, I would like to learn some watercolor background techniques I saw in samples of their other classes, some that used salt, which I think would be really terrific when applied to cardmaking. :)
Just wanted to share. (I finished SEVEN new stamp sets this week, which of course I cannot yet share, but squeal, you will like! So I've really been getting my "draw" on!) Try something new this week! Expand yourself and your experience!
Hugs and God bless,
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Hello! Today's sample uses just a few of the sunflowers trimmed out of one of the flower bunches from "Holiday Basket", I was was inspired by this piece of stamped patterned paper I made in this post (yep, it was still in a pile on my desk!) using "Elegant Elements" (stamped in cranberry and brown on Kraft, the embossed dots on each side are made with the Scor-Bug and Scor-Buddy). I noticed how cute the little flowers would be framed up inside those circles! :)
I punched out one of the holes for my greeting: to do this, flip your punch over and line up the circle over the round image and punch. Then lay your punched mat over your white mat, ink up just the "love" from one of the long greetings in "Holiday Basket" with a Memento Bamboo Leaves and stamp into the hole. Pop up the stamped paper using foam dots over the White and then adhere to the Pure Luxury Fresh Asparagus card base.
Hope this inspires! Gotta show you more than just the basket! ;)
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I used most of the same markers from this basket tutorial post, adding the deeper orange color (E07) inside the flowers (Flesh Pink E95). See how different this white basket looks? To make it stand out from the white background, just add shadows to the edges with W-3 and E51.
I stamped the flower bunch first, covered with the mask, then stamped the basket.
Then I stamped a single flower on either side, removed the mask and then stamped and cut out three separate flowers to pop up over the image to make a fuller arrangement and add dimension. In the photo below I outlined the areas where I added shadows on the sides of the basket and under the masked flowers.
Hope this is helpful in showing how options for adding to the basket are unlimited! Hmm, which set to try with it next? ;) Thank you for visiting today, I appreciate your feedback!
Monday, September 19, 2011
I pierced a row of dots with my Scor-Bug and Scor-Buddy at the top and bottom, across the wonky layers, and added some Taupe May Arts silk ribbon that matches the Kraft, making a nice bow with the Bow Easy (secured with a glue dot).
Have a great week!
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Good morning! It's time for that "Holiday Basket" coloring tutorial I promised for my favorite card from the release! I said during the party I thought I used 6 or 7 colors, turns out it was 8 (BUT, I could have done it in 7, two of the markers are almost the exact shade and I only only noticed I used a different one when I looked at my photos that I grabbed a different marker) It looks like more colors though because I add my color in layers to create darker shades rather than separate markers for each, and you can really change the shade of one marker using a gray tone like W-3 over it...so let's begin!
First stamp your basket in brown on White Pure Luxury. (While I ended up using warm tones and Ivory cardstock on the card underneath it, the colors of your markers will be a lot truer when you start with white, and I will be adding warmth to the mat at the end with the distressing inks.) Stamp it on scratch paper and cut out to have a mask you can keep, you will use this mask a lot! Place it over your stamped cardstock.
Stamp the roses directly over it in brown.
Remove your mask. Ta da, the roses are in! I love masking!
So I usually start by filling in my entire image with the lightest color, that's what I did here with E53 Raw Silk. This is a nice deep ivory color, it works great for skin, but also for light woodwork.
Then I filled in the wider horizontal strips with E57 Light Walnut. See the braid across the top and bottom? Did I fill in each little "bubble" separately? Nope, just one careful line straight across with the brush tip, easy peasy!
Now I am adding a second layer with the same marker to shade the edges to each strip, the hump in the middle should be the lightest where the light hits. All you have to do is go over the lines I have already drawn in the the image to give the basket shade and texture just start at the edge and pull out toward the middle in quick flicks. Do this on both sides of each brown strip, it goes quickly.
Now do the same on the vertical strips on the top and bottom with E31 Brick Beige. Also go over the far left and right sides of the basket. (In this case I chose a darker shade for shadows because the lighter Copic shades do not deepen as much when you layer them as the darker ones do like the brown above. The beige can also act as a blender if you want to go over the darker areas of the dark brown ones to blend the lines just a little. Then take the W-3 and do the left and right sides and the handle, concentrating on the ends and creating streaks to give texture and the appearance of wood grain.
Now for the leaves. Color over the whole leaf with a light green like G21. Then go over the middle sections and portions that are tucked under a rose with a darker green like YG03.
Next I went over all the roses with E51 Milky White (also a flesh tone). This color is so close to Raw Silk, just a little paler, either would have worked...) (BTW, the holes on the top look darker because I pierced through them for the handles)Then I added W-3 to the undersides of the petals and areas near the center of each rose. I do thin really quickly, just adding strokes and basically tracing around things, it doesn't have to be perfect (I know you might be thinking "Ack! Gray on a ROSE?!" But it will be okay, it really will! You need to have some dark areas and a warm gray like this is going to look just perfect, especially with that paper, wait and see... :) I forgot to take picture but I also went over the leaves just a bit with this gray to tone down the brightness of the greens to make them a little more muted, you'll see the difference in the next photo.
Now for some color that's going to make these roses glow! I added E95 Flesh Pink over those same areas, and a couple new ones, just dabbing here and there. See how nicely they blend together? You know these color are all going to work because the Basic Grey Curio patterned paper that is the inspiration is so glorious, so color with confidence! The Copics I am using in this post go will work with most of the sheets and prints in this pack. :)
And here is the finished card. Add warmth to the mat with distressing ink, starting with the light ones (Antique Linen, Tattered Rose)and then gradually adding dark Vintage Photo until you have the desired look. I kept holding my basket mat up to the patterned paper in between sponging more on until I felt I had it right. TIP: I didn't bother to mask the basket when I did my sponging because I didn't want to go all the way up to my image, instead wanted to have a little white showing for more contrast between the sponging. One last thing I did was use my W-3 to add a shadow (just a line) under each handle and then a small "puddle" of shadow below the basket.
Hope you can tell from these photos it was EASY to do, no tricky techniques involved! Good grief this is my longest post in awhile, I hope it was helpful! I like doing them but they take a lot more time, so if you like this and want more, please let me know in your comments, thanks!
More overflowing baskets and coloring to come! Have a great weekend!
Friday, September 16, 2011
To add a little interest and bring your attention to the tree top, I notched around the tree by placing a Circle Nestabilites over the tree, tracing with a pencil and cutting. Then I used my brand spankin' new Classic Scallop Edgeabilities to cut and emboss the bottom . Love these!! LOVE! (oh, can't wait to show you all the cool things the Edgeabilities can do!) Last I tied some red baker's twine through a light green Pure Luxury Button (to pick up the pears) and tied a little bow. Card base is Lipstick Red. Cute? I think so! Like this set very much! (Of course the inside reads "...a partridge in a pear tree! Have a joyous holiday" :)
Next up we have one of the cutest "Free with Three" sets evah!! It's "Cool Beans"! I decided to paper piece the little coffee cup in three different Echo Park "Walk in the Park" prints and colored the coffee, beans ( E13 and E57) and spoon (W-3) with Copics. Tip: Don't forget to add a little shading with the W-3 over your paper piecing to make it more dimensional!
I put the cups and Pure Luxury Chocolate Brown mat at angles to go with the sentiment's and prints casual and funky feel, and sponged the edges to the Pure Luxury Tan Leather CS with Vintage Photo Distressing Ink to give the paper more depth and richness (like fresh brewed coffee, mmmm!) Brown baker's twine and a button to embellish. Have fun picking out three sets you love from the Gina K Designs store so you can bring this sweet set home! ;)
Enjoy hopping with the rest of the team, don't forget to leave comments all along the way for chances to win a free set of your choice from Gina K Designs, the more comments you leave the more chances you have to win!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Cardstock is Pure Luxury White and Chocolate Brown, I chose to have just a small reveal of the brown to mimic the branches and I always love a big expanse of white on Christmas cards (just me wishing we had snow covered yards here in Texas!) :)
The next set we have today is "Home Is" from Tami Mayberry, honoring all things home and filled with greetings and images to for welcome, we've moved cards, invitations, etc. I'm sure you will see lots of card using the house today, but when I first saw this sun I immediately thought of the little medallions I saw in a paper flower making set and decided to make a few of my own. :) I stamped the sun three times onto Echo Park "Walk in the Park" paper , added a little Copic orange, and punched them out with a 1" circle punch. Next I cut some long stripes on DP about 1 inch wide with decorative scissors and pleated. I attached the ends together with Scor-Tape to form a tube and pulled out the edges to flatten it. Next I cut some long stripes on DP about 1 inch wide with decorative scissors and pleated. I attached the ends together with Scor-Tape to form a tube and pulled out the edges to flatten it. I put a large piece of adhesive foam on the back to hold it together and on top to hold down the punched sun.
I left out the petal part from the third sun to go with the "Missing you". Card base is Pure Luxury Sweet Mango.
Enjoy hopping with the rest of the team, don't forget to leave comments all along the way for chances to win a free set of your choice from Gina K Designs, the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The first card I am sharing today uses the basket and bunch of roses. First I stamped the basket, covered it with a mask, and then stamped the roses in Memento Rich Cocoa. Remove the mask and color! three are SO many ways to color this basket, here I created a two tone look to emphasize the warp and weft of the weave (I will be back with step by step Copic photos of how I colored it after our hops, still need to upload the photos) My inspiration was this gorgeous DP from the Basic Grey Curio pack (I tore the edge to add some texture like the curling rose petals). Stamp the handle twice, cut out and attach with brads. Edges are sponged with Antique Linen, Tattered Rose and Vintage Photo Distressing Inks. Cardstock is Pure Luxury White, Ivory, and Black Onyx.
For my next card I wanted to do a quicker one with just two layers and no basket. The flower bunches alone look beautiful inside an embossed frame or die cut. When you stamp or emboss one of the long greetings included in the set underneath it fills up the whole space so elegantly! That's all you need! :)
I traced the embossed border with a Sakura Stardust pen as tracing a few parts of the image to the flowers and added a 3 mm pearl to the center of each.
Finally I have the card I shared yesterday, I realized I didn't give you details about how I made it! Originally I colored the basket and flowers, but then decided I really wanted that pumpkin cardstock I used on the die cut mat to "pop", so I paper pieced over it, stamping it in brown and no shading. I think it looks really rich without any coloring! Flowers and handles are popped up for dimension.
This is a straight greeting, but is long and narrow enough to curve it on the block, isn't that pretty going around the flowers? (When I was bending it, I was thinking I would use it to sort of "suggest" a curved handle, but then I really wanted to use the handles I drew so I added those anyway, hee hee! I'll do another card like that, okay?) Cardstock is Pure Luxury White, Pumpkin Spice, Chocolate Brown, Fresh Asparagus and Wild Dandelion. Come on fall colors, I am so ready for you!) I used my new Classic Petal Edgeabilities for the side which I thought went perfectly with the petals and leave in this image. Tip: Cut a skinny strip of the green cardstock to place behind the dots to add color to your die cut border. This card measures 5 1/2" x 5 1/2". The basket and whatever it's holding is a large image, it works well on A2 cards, but the scale is also lovely for bigger cards like these, I need to make them more often...
Next we have "Under the Weather" by Rupa Shevde, an adorable set of images and greetings perfect for sending get well wishes! I used this little teddy with his arm in a sling and paper pieced his bandages with Echo Park "Walk in the Park" DP.
I added just a touch of shading with Copics B00, B000 and R83 for the ears. I used some scraps of the polka dot paper to make my own "bandage" since I didn't have any coordinating ribbon, and free cut a little heart from Lipstick Red Pure Luxury CS to match the mat. I added a button and hemp (see it, XO?? get it?) and a little heart brad secures the sentiment pennant. Card base is Pure Luxury Bubblegum Pink.
Enjoy hopping with the rest of the team, and don't forget to leave comments all along the way for chances to win a free set of your choice from Gina K Designs, the more comments you leave the more chances you have to win!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Good morning! I am very pleased to extend an invitation to our September Gina K. Designs August Release Party! We have a fun evening planned for you - chatting, prizes, challenges, full stamp set reveals, design team shares, and most importantly, at the end of the party you will be able to go shopping! Whether it's your first time or fortieth, I promise you'll have fun! :)
If you came from the lovely Lee Murphy's blog, you're at the right place. If not make sure to head over to StampTV (link to StampTV's main forum) where you will find a list of all those participating in today's hop.
Here's a photo of one of the cards I will be sharing at the party, using my newest set "Holiday Basket". Just a peek at what one thing you can put in this new basket, this coordinates with so many of my previous sets!
I really hope you'll be able to join us at the party, here are all the details:
- When: Today, Tuesday, September 13
- Where: StampTV Release Party Forum
- Time: 7 PM to 9 PM (CST)
Head on over to the marvelous Michelle Woerner's blog to see what she's sharing with you today and see you back here tomorrow for the beginning of our three day Inspiration Blog Hop series for September!
PS You want to know who won my blog candy? Well! I'm not even sure what the "correct" answer is to the question how many of my previous sets coordinate with this new "Holiday Basket set, there are many right answers you could easily justify!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Sorry for the lack of posts, we have had a lot going on this week and I have been stamping my hand off getting ready for our next release! Thank you all SO much for your prayers for the fires, everyone I knew personally who had to evacuate returned to their homes, which were untouched, praise the Lord! One of which was Donna Baker and her husband, I am so, so thankful their house made it.
Please continue to pray for all the families who are in need and that Texas gets some rain SOON, and if you can, support local businesses and organizations who are contributing to the relief effort.
My heart goes out to all of you who were directly effect by 9/11, it has been on my mind all week. Remembering 10 years ago today watching the towers fall, preparing for airline travel just a few days later to go to our cousin's wedding in Washington, DC (wow, that town was shut down tight) and finding out shortly after we had finally conceived our first child (Jonathan)...
I don't have any cards I can share today, so how about some blog candy. Hope you all got a chance to check out Gina's sneak peek here, you can get a chance to win this new set by leaving a comment below with your guess of how many of my pasts sets it coordinates with. (You cans see all my sets here to help with your answer! I will announce a winner on Tuesday morning during our design team blog hop when we share cards using the new sets and have info about the release party that night.
Thanks for playing and good luck!
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Wherever you live, you may have seen the catastrophic fires that are raging here in Central Texas, please please pray for the safety of all the families and first responders affected by this. Bastrop Cedar Creek, Steiner Ranch and Leander are all within close proximity of where I live, to the West, East and North. We have no rain in the forecast for the next week, this is the worst drought we've had in 50 years and more than 25,000 acres have been destroyed and over 500 homes have been completely destroyed. (Over 3 million acres have been burned across Texas already!) Please pray for miracles and RAIN! As of last night there was ZERO containment of this fire.
Thankfully, there has been very little loss of life as most have been evacuated, the fire is so bad though that they can't even fight it on the ground, dumping water with planes and helicopters. If you feel led to, please consider a donation to the American Red Cross or The Salvation Army 9you can specify a city/state for it to go to), or, if you live nearby donate supplies for those who've lost everything or are evacuated and still waiting to find out about their homes. I have friends in ALL these areas who have been evacuated waiting to find out if they will have anything to go back to, I am on pins and needles waiting to hear. They are collecting these supplies today at the Diocese of Austin, you can find a list of what they need in the supplies link above. There are also several churches in the area that are helping collect and transport items all week, you can find a convenient location online. It only took a few minutes to go through our home room by room and collect travel size hotel toiletries, clothes, books, toys and blankets and I am just so thankful we can do something in addition to praying and hoping, that all these small things will help people who are desperately in need!
If YOU have been affected by this, I AM praying for you!!
PS These are not my photos, found online to show you how bad things are, not sure who took them, but you can see news footage and more photos by Googling "Bastrop fires.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Okay, here's a deal I snagged THREE of: the "i like book" from Mamapedia for $12, a one year book you fill in each day (or when you have time) with things you like about your child OR spouse (they have a couple version, so I got one for each of my 'boys") ;) Each entry starts with an "I like" prompt and just a few lines to write something sweet, it need not be something long, and then a place in the back of each month with places for photos, fun quotes, etc. You can start at any time of the year. (The deal is half off and includes free shipping, available for a few more days) It's very portable and has one of the cool little bands that hold it closed. :)
I thought for a moment I could just get a blank book and do this myself, but I've been saying that for years! A couple years ago a friend told me she she couldn't' stay on top of a scrapbook she'd started a journal where she'd write something she about her son that day, i thought it was a terrific idea, but with it blank you might end up feeling like yo need to write a really long entry. I got these because I can always find something new or different or worthy of commenting on about my children each day and it's important that they know it and important that I focus on those good things instead of any negatives. Same goes for my husband. It will help me remember all the most important and blessed little things that they do as well as build up their self esteem.
I also read through the reviews on other mom sites of the product before buying and they ALL had such great things to say about it, that their children loved it reading it or doing it together (there is place for the child or spouse to respond and write something back to you if you want to do it that way), even older kids. I think it will be a wonderful way to connect with my husband when our schedules are so busy sometimes to have many opportunities to focus on each other.
I am excited about having this and will probably be sharing some of the things here "i like".
Have a wonderful, safe holiday weekend!
Friday, September 2, 2011
My sister-in-law just received a boxer puppy, and I thought it would be fun to get some things just for Lucy. However, I didn't know exactly what she would need. Perfect time for a gift card!
I used Gina's gift card tutorial ( and this video shows the second part) from Stamp TV using pure luxury Kraft cardstock, and Basic Grey's Max and Whiskers paper. Before I adhered the patterned paper, I inked up all the edges with vintage photo distress ink.
I stamped the puppies from "Basket Buddies" on white pure luxury heavy base weight paper, and colored them with my Prismacolor pencils, blending with odorless mineral spirits. I gave them just a hint of a background using my Copic markers. I cut the Oval and Scalloped Oval using Spellbinder's Nestabilities. I stamped the growing family sentiment on coordinating cardstock, and used my Spellbinder's Fancy Tags #3 die to cut it.
From there, it was easy to adhere all the pieces, cut and make a loop with Gina K's wonderful stitched ribbon, and attach the oval image.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
I copied the photo she posted to her blog of Pebbles, I assume it's a favorite (since I took it for the purpose of sending this to Theresa only, I'm hoping it was okay to lift it!) I cropped it into an oval and softened the edges with my photo editing program, then printed it on Pure Luxury Ivory. I put a layer of vellum over it (I couldn't find anyway to attach it that I liked from the front, brads took away from the portrait) by folding the top and securing it to the back with Scor-Tape. I stamped the little paw and sentiment at the bottom.
Then I made a little Best Friend tag for the bottom. (You may have noticed I provided a frame image almost identical to this silver one in the set, which is a nice option for different colors or if you don't have any metal tags, but I had a couple left in my stash.) You can make the greeting say "Best Friend" by inking with a marker and omitting the "s"; being able to make the "Best Friends" singular or plural is very nice for when you want to caption a single portrait OR a picture of two pets together or a pet and their owner. Sentiment is stamped on Tan Leather and attached with brads to hold the vellum down. Finally I mounted it all on Pure Luxury Bubblegum Pink to match that cute little bandana Pebbles is wearing and Black Onyx. I lined the inside with Ivory to match the front so I could write my letter.
If you don't have a photo of that pet for a pet sympathy, you can use just the paw print, pet silhouette (with or without the little cloud) or stamp just the line art image behind the vellum. Whatever you choose, the card is sure to be appreciated and you'll have a good experience making it, thinking about all the wonderful things animals add to our lives.