Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Generation Redux!



I really love these old gals from Artistic Outpost's Generation Redux set. I love the vintage feel to them, like a portrait of a couple of sisters.

Purple card -

Cardstock: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Whisper White

Ink: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum

Other: Perfect Plum grosgrain



This project is actually a matchbook style notepad.

Cardstock: Soft Sky, Whisper White, Soft Sky designer papers

Ink: Basic Brown

Other: big metallic brad (I cut the prongs off and just glued it to the front of the notepad).

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Bloggers Challenge - Designer papers


This week's challenge was a product focus - use designer/patterned papers. I had this old can/lid laying around...waiting for something to inspire me, and I thought of this as a Halloween candy holder.

The jar was just a wee bit too wide around for the 12" paper, so I had to patch it on the back side with like 1" of the same paper sort of like matching up wallpaper. You can't tell, so I guess it's just in the pattern. Anyhoo - attach paper to the can with Sticky Strip so it doesn't come off later. Also used Sticky Strip for my skull piece on the lid.

Stamps: From the Crypt, Extreme Elements

Cardstock: Old Olive, Basic Black, Whisper White, Cast-a-Spell designer papers

Ink: Old Olive, Basic Black

Other: Sticky Strip, circle cutting system, sponge dauber, Old Olive wide grosgrain ribbon, old can/lid

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Business Card holder

This really is my lucky crafty week. My friend Lori gave me this business card holder last night at dinner. She used a CASSETTE TAPE holder to make it!!! Covered it with papers, and added some embellishments. How awesome is this??? And oddly enough - the papers she used totally match my business cards. What are the chances??? It's beautiful and I love it!

Haunted Halloween!


WOW!!! My friend Peggy made me this phenomenal Halloween Haunted House card! She used a variety of dies, papers, and doo-dads to create this masterpiece. Is she good or what??? Such detail on it too...I'm in love with it!











The Outpost

Love these images from Artistic Outpost! This week, I'm highlighting the set called "The Outpost".

Door hanger is a wooden door hanger that I inked up with craft pads, and added some buttons, ribbon, and a layered image.

Cardstock: Garden Green, Naturals Ivory

Ink: Basic Brown, Creamy Caramel (craft), Close to Cocoa (craft)

Other: markers, Chocolate Chip wide ribbon, gold brads, buttons, natural hemp


Windmill card uses a Spectrum pad and some distressing around the edges.

Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Glossy White

Ink: Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Patch spectrum

Other: rubber brayer


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Old Grist Mill


Used the newly released Old Grist Mill from Artistic Outpost, for both of these cards! I love these images!

Fall leaves card -

Cardstock/Ink: Really Rust, Chocolate Chip

Other: Really Rust eyelets






Sunflowers card -

Cardstock/Ink: Crushed Curry, Basic Black

Other: Basic Black eyelets

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sept Challenge

One of the idea sharing groups that I'm on has started a monthly challenge. September's challenge was to use:
  • * 2 In Colors
  • * a button
  • * a scallop of some kind
  • * Halloween theme

Stamps: House of Haunts, Woodgrain Background

Cardstock: Basic Black, Dusty Durango, Soft Suede

Ink: Dusty Durango, Basic Black (Craft)

Other: Scallop edge punch, Large oval punch, Scallop oval punch, black hemp, mini glue dots, Stampin' dimensionals, metal button (from an old sweater)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Fishes!

Thanks to Ellen Kemper for this great idea for making fish out of the new Ornament punch! I love it!!!

Inside, I wrote "Happy Birthday Fishes!"
Stamps: Delightful Decorations

Cardstock: Brillian Blue, Only Orange, Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink, Yoyo Yellow, Whisper White

Ink: Rose Red, Only Orange, Tempting Turquoise (sponged that all over white to make it water-like).

Other: Ornament/Modern Label/Boho Flowers/3/4" circle punches, eyelets, Brilliant Blue/Rose Red/Only Orange markers

Monday, September 7, 2009

Artistic Outpost - Generation Redux


Three different cards using the same set today! I'm working with the Generations Redux, and tried to come up with some really different looks for each thing.

First card features the two men.

Cardstock: Basic Black, Going Gray

Ink: Basic Black, Basic Gray

Other: Jumbo Silver eyelets, fancy CB embossing folder (forget the name of it)



Candle uses some leave/foliage stamps out of the set.

Cardstock: Mellow Moss, Very Vanilla

Ink: Mellow Moss, Blush Blossom

Other: Mellow Moss narrow organdy ribbon, cellophane bag, candle (dollar store)





This might be one of my favorites. I call it the Green Lady.

Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Very Vanilla

Ink: Staz-On Timber Brown, Certainly Celery

Other: Blush Blossom/Certainly Celery markers

Bright Blessings wheel


For this card, I stuck with two of this year's In Colors - Dusty Durango and Soft Suede. All of the images are actually from the Bright Blessings jumbo wheel...I bought 2 of the wheels and cut one up to use as unmounted stamps.

For the leaves, I ran cardstock through the Big Shot with the Weathered Texturz plate first. Then I die cut it with the Leaves die, and then direct-to-papered them.

Stamps: Bright Blessings jumbo wheel, Woodgrain Background

Cardstock: Dusty Durango, Soft Suede

Ink: Dusty Durango, Soft Suede

Other: Big Shot, Weathered Texturz Plate, Leaves #2 die, Stampin' dimensionals, sponge dauber

Look Ma - No Layers!


No layers on this one at all! Very simple, and just a little bit of coloring. Card is 4 1/4" square.

Stamps: Jolliest Time of the Year, Short & Sweet

Cardstock: Whisper White

Ink: Basic Grey, Pretty in Pink Craft

Other: Pretty in Pink grosgrain, Bashful Blue/Pretty in Pink/Only Orange/Creamy Caramel/Going Gray markers

Out of the Box Challenge



I played in an "Out of the Box" challenge this week. The object is to use a stamp set, punch, die cut...anything really, to make something that it's not obviously intended for.

For this card, I used a halloween set to make ornaments, and used a tree to make branches.

Stamps: Pumpkin Patch & Four the Holidays (Holiday Mini catalog), Lovely as a Tree

Cardstock: Old Olive, Brushed Gold, Shimmery White

Ink: Old Olive, Ruby Red, Summer Sun, Not Quite Navy, Gold Encore

Other: Ticket corner punch

Delightful Decorations!


Got the chance to play with my new Christmas ornament set today. I added the build-a-brad to the Melon ornament, because it was kind of bland even with polka dots.

Stamps: Delightful Decorations, Four the Holidays (both in the Holiday Mini Catalog now)

Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Shimmery White

Ink: Melon Mambo, Bermuday Bay

Other: Pewter Build-a-Brad, Mini Glue Dots, Silver Zig Painty pen

Friday, September 4, 2009

Bloggers Challenge - Labor Day Onesie mini scrapbook



This week's challenge is fittingly in honor of Labor Day. I have been dying to use this Onesie die that I got to make a mini scrapbook, so this was the perfect opportunity.

I used the white cardboard that comes in the back of designer papers for the front and back covers, to make it a little sturdier. Just used a glue stick to attach cardstock to both sides of each cover, then covered the fronts with the gingham paper.

The inside pages are just cardstock, with the gingham paper overlay. I cut the arms out, so the pink sleeves would show through and it wouldn't be so boring.

Bind it at the bottom, add some ribbon, and you're ready to put a few pictures in for a new Mom!

Stamps: So Many Scallops

Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, pink gingham paper

Ink: Pretty in Pink Craft ink (showed up better than Classic)

Other: Scallop and 1 3/8" circle punches, Bind-it-All, white coils, White and Pink grosgrain ribbon, white gel pen, glue stick

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Outpost in Mosaic


I love the house and tree in this new set from Artistic Outpost called, funny enough - The Outpost!

I went for a mosaic type look for this card, and used a square punch so they're all perfectly the same size. I did kind of mess up with the placement of the colors...and for once, my tape held like cement and I couldn't pull them off.

Stamps: The Outpost

Cardstock: Ruby Red, More Mustard, Creamy Caramel, Basic Black

Ink: Basic Black

Other: 1 1/4" square punch

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Bloggers Challenge - Sketch

Last week's Bloggers Challenge was to use a provided Sketch. I had just gotten back from vacation, and didn't have much time so I'm just now getting to it. I'm sure you all know how that goes!

Stamps: Autumn Splendor (Holiday Mini), Woodgrain Background

Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke
Ink: Chocolate Chip

Other: 3/4" & 1" circle punches, Chocolate Chip grosgrain.

So I mostly followed the sketch - just turned it sideways.


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Artistic Outpost NEW Release Blog Hop!

I'm so excited about Artistic Outpost's newest release! I love all three of these new sets, and I'm sure you will too.

I love this little 3" x 3" acrylic magnet that I made using The Old Grist Mill.

The newest three collections from Artistic Outpost have a very natural vintage style, an ode to simpler times. They were inspired by some of their favorite quotes of Henry David Thoreau. His simple advice to "simplify, simplify" are words we should use in our daily life - the hustle and bustle of work, home, and community - as well as in our art.

How often do we just need to stamp! Just the act of simply putting ink to rubber is calming and rewarding. We hope you find simple inspiration to create something that makes you happy. And, we know you will love and want all three. So for a limited time, they are offering 20% when you purchase all three stamp collections. Simply use coupon code: September2009 at check out.

The Outpost: This collection is inspired by their Serenity signature set and continues this theme with a much larger image of our "outpost". You will love the versatility of this collection including the ATC sized farm house, and the nostalgic pocket watch.

Old Grist Mill: Artistic Outpost lives in the South where covered bridges are not quite as common as they are in other parts of the US and Europe. However, they absolutely long to be driving through the countryside in the fall, stopping at each covered bridge, and just listening to the "clippety, clap" of the tires going over each floor board. Again, we are reminded to enjoy simple beauty.

Generation Redux: These vintage images are grunged up a bit in a unique collage style. They are designed to go with not only The Outpost and Old Grist Mill, but think of using them with Home as well. You'll love this generation and find that this style of photo stamp is a perfect versatile style to add that "human" element to your creations.

Be sure to check out what the other Design Team members have created using these new plates!!!

Lisa Somerville
Gerrie Johnnic
Kelly Burton
Cathy Edgar
Debby Boltman
Judy Hayes
Lynn Stevens
Robin Willis
Sharon Briss
Susan Conrad