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November 2009

Make a Bow- Stampavie Challenge #18

The Stampavie Blog Challenge today is to create a project with some type of bow. Ribbon is my most favorite and frequently used embellishment.  I grew up in my mother’s flower shop and learning to use ribbon was a must in floral design. I use the same bow tying technique to create bows on a much smaller scale for my craft projects. I love knots, single loop and multi loop bows and I have recorded a series of ribbon tying tutorials  here on my blog to show how easy ribbon can be to work with.  Now is a good time take a look at the multi loop tutorial since Christmas is near.  You can learn to make any size bow, from tiny for a card to a massive bow for a wreath or package.  The technique is all the same.

KC Mo M Siku and Shiya bow KC Sarah Kay Noel Charity ribbon KC Sarah Kay Noel Faith ribbon

I stamped the image on watercolor paper and painted with reinkers.  I painted the white fur on both the coats with white watercolor paint to make it stand out on the bright colors.  I sponged in the sky area and heat set.  I dotted the sky with white craft ink to create falling show and painted the ground area and then embossed with white embossing powder.  I added a fine layer of Flower Soft and then attached the frame with mounting tape.

KC Mo M Siku and Shiya a

I thought the BasicGrey designer paper was perfect for the background layer and the bright cranberry bow was the perfect embellishment to finish the project.

KC Mo M Siku and Shiya

I hope you will create a bow project and link it to our challenge.  Check out the challenge details here and see how you can win a surprise from Stampavie. Have a great week.

Stamps:  Stampavie Mo Manning   Paper:  Aqua, White, BasicGrey Eskimo Kisses, Watercolor   Ink:  Cranberry, Aqua, White Craft, Vintage Photo, Blush Blossom    Accessories:  Chine White Watercolor Paint, Flower Soft, White Embossing Powder, Grosgrain, Crimper, Sponges, Brushes


Christmas Tree and Holiday Home

I have had a great Sunday playing in my stamp room.  First I created a peaceful tree card using Lovely as a Tree.  I love filling in the image with ink and then painting on snow with craft ink.

KC Lovely as a Tree 29

I stamped the image on watercolor paper and heat set the ink.  I used a dry brush and wiped it directly on the ink pad to pick up the ink and used a stippled motion to apply to the image.  I first filled in with green and then used brown to add the trunk and limbs.  I heat set again and then painted on the falling and ground snow with white craft ink as well as the snow laying on the tree branches and embossed with white embossing powder. I sponged the yellow background around the tree to highlight it. I thought the multi loop gingham bow was the perfect finishing touch.

KC Home Made 2

I had so much fun yesterday playing with the Home Made set and template that I had to make another one today.  The houses are a little time consuming but are very easy.  The instructions that come with the template are very easy to follow.  Believe me….if I can follow them then anyone can as I am template challenged. 

KC Home Made 2a 

KC Home Made 2b

I couldn’t resist taking a picture of the two houses together.  Now I am going to have to make a third to create my little Christmas community. I should take these to work and sell them for our Adopt-a-Family charity project but I can’t decide if I can part with them or not. Oh wait……I can always make more.

KC Home Made 2a 2b combined

Have a great week.

Lovely as a tree     Paper:  Red, Olive, Watercolor   Ink:  Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, White Craft, Lemonade    Accessories: Gingham, Brushes, Sponges, White Embossing Powder

Home Made   Black Craft, Martha Stewart Punch, Flower Soft, Mod Podge, Satin Ribbon

Home for Christmas

I had lots of fun today playing with my new Papertrey Home Made set and template.  It was fun and easy and there are tons of possibilities.

KC Home Made

KC Home Made a

KC Home Made b

I printed the templates out on white and red cardstock and assembled. I used black craft ink to stamp the windows and shutters and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I attached the door, windows and bows and painted on a fine layer of Mod Podge around the roof area and dropped Flower Soft on for a soft snowy effect.  The roof top comes off and you can fill the little house with cookies, candy or even stamping supplies for a sweet gift. 

Stamps: Papertrey Home Made Set and Template    Paper:  Red, White   Ink:  Black Craft   Accessories:  Flower Soft, Clear Embossing Powder, Glue Dots, Mod Podge, Snips,  Grosgrain

Caroling, Caroling,

Caroling, caroling, now we go
Christmas bells are ringing
Caroling, caroling thru the snow
Christmas bells are ringing
Joyous voices sweet and clear
Sing the sad of heart to cheer
Ding dong, ding dong
Christmas bells are ringing

Can you hear Nat King Cole singing these words?  I love this song and thought of it as I created my snowy caroling project yesterday for the Featured Stamper Challenge on SCS.  Birgit (Biggan) was the featured stamper and I was so inspired by this project using fall colors and two darling children. I wanted to keep the theme of using two children and keep the same layout but changed the color combination and the seasonal theme.

KC Carolers Boy and Girl with Tree 2

This Elzybells image has three children in it but I covered one up as I inked the stamp so I could just have the couple for my scene.  I stamped the image, masked and then stamped the trees several times around the masked image to create the background. I chose to color the kids in bright colors as the images are very mod and I especially love bright blue and red together. I sponged the sky using a light layer of the same blue that I colored the boy’s coat and hat with and then heat set.  I added snowflakes and the white ground snow with white craft ink and embossed with white embossing powder.  I sponged yellow around  the lantern to show a glow in the night sky.  I used a white Sharpie to color the girl’s scarf and mittens and Liquid Appliqué for the pompoms.  I covered the ground snow lightly with glue and added Flower Soft as the finishing touch to the scene.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving week.  We are happy to have Bob’s mother with us for this holiday and are already having great meals of Bob’s favorites.  Yum!

Stamps:  Elzybells, Kittie Kits The Moose is Loose   Paper:  Ballet Blue, Red, Watercolor     Ink:  Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Ballet Blue, Lemonade, Blush Blossom, Caramel, White Craft, Black Craft     Accessories:  Grosgrain, Flower Soft, White Embossing Powder, Brushes, Sponges

Pine and Poinsettias- Quick and Easy

The SCS Color Challenge on Tuesday was to use red, chocolate brown and artichoke green.  I thought this was the perfect opportunity to pull out my sets with poinsettias, pinecones, and pine sprigs and make a quick and easy old-fashioned Christmas card. Well the truth is the poinsettia image is not a poinsettia at all and can be used in many ways.  It is from a retired SU set called Paint Prints and one I will never part with. 

Kc Paint Prints 11

I started by stamping the flower image five or six times around the top part of the paper and then stamped the pine image several times over top of the flower. I cut a quick flower mask and masked one of the center flower images and then then stamped the pinecone with chocolate craft ink.  I repeated this two more times as I wanted the pine cones to look like they were coming out from under the poinsettia petals.  I then stamped full pinecone images a few more times over top of the flower images around the outer border and then embossed with clear embossing powder. I stamped the individual leaf image several times with artichoke, stamped the flower center and sentiment with craft ink and them embossed with gold embossing powder.  My happy mistake is that the green ink wasn’t totally dry and a faint whisper of gold powder stuck to them as well giving a nice rich feeling to the arrangement. The pinecones and leaves looked so pretty and shiny but made the red flower petals look dead in comparison so I decided to lightly pat my versa pad over the whole arrangement and emboss with clear embossing powder. This made the whole card pop to life.  I added the twill across the top corner and attached to the card base.  This sounds like lots of work but the whole project only took about fifteen minutes which is really fast for me compared to my scene cards. This card could be easily mass produced to send for holiday greetings.

Stamps:  SU Paint Prints, Peaceful Wishes, Seasons Greetings-all retired, Rubbernecker Pine Set-Winter Holiday Collection   Paper:  Artichoke, Red, White    Ink:  Fired Brick, Artichoke, Chocolate Chip Craft    Accessories:  Gold and Clear Embossing Powder, Versa, Twill