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August 2010

Shhh…

It’s my turn again to post on the Stampavie Design Team blog.  Time sure flies by quickly and it will be Christmas before we know it.  I am having lots of fun getting a head start on my Christmas cards with the new 2010 Christmas release.  I love all of the new images.  I am happy to share my project made with Penny Johnson’s Shhh…

KC Penny Johnson Shhh

The image was stamped two times on watercolor paper.  Once for the main layer and once again on scrap paper to be cut out for paper piecing.  It is very hard to see in the picture but the the fur on the sleeves and hat, the dog and the bag of toys are all popped up for added dimension.  All the images were colored with a brush and reinker mixed with water. The fur and beard was painted with Chinese watercolor paint straight with no water. I added a little taffeta ribbon to the bag for a simple embellishment.

I hope you are having a great week.


Majestic Evergreen Tree

I hope you all had a great weekend.  I got lots of rest and had the opportunity to get my fingers inky and create another Christmas card to add to my collection.  I used a tree from the Rubbernecker Evergreen Tree set found in the Winter Holiday Collection.

KC Evergreen 3 

I stamped the tree on vanilla cardstock with black craft ink and heat dried. Using dry brushes wiped directly on the ink pads to gather the ink I used a stipple type brushing motion to add the greens and brown to the tree limbs and trunk. I heat dried each color before moving on to the next to avoid smudging the two colors together. I sponged on light yellow ink around the tree to highlight and heat set. My final step was to apply the snow on the branches using a dry brush with thick white Chinese watercolor paint that had no water added.

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Evergreen Tree Set    Paper:  Vanilla, Olive    Ink:  Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Scattered Straw    Accessories:  Grosgrain, Corner Punch, Chinese White Watercolor Paint, Crimper


In The Christmas Mood

Here I am in Florida with record breaking temperatures and me in the mood to make Christmas cards.  I had lots of fun this weekend playing in the Splitcoaststampers challenges and adding to my supply of cards.  Not only do I need cards to send holiday greetings to my family and friends but I also sell them in my office to raise money for our annual adopt-a-family holiday project.

My first project  was made to honor my good friend, Cindy Motherway aka Mothermark who was crowned Queen for the Day on Friday.  I had no problem at all finding one of Cindy’s projects for inspiration as I received one of her very special cards as a gift a couple of years ago and have kept it as a treasure. Here are our cards together.KC The Moose is Loose 15 a 

Here is a closer view of mine.

KC The Moose is Loose 15 

I used my Kittie Kits The Moose is Loose set and a Rubbernecker tree from the Evergreen Set. This project was simple and easy to do.  Texture for the snowy ground was created with a Cuttlebug folder and then cut out to fit the card front.  I cut the oval shape with Nesties before embossing and then cut to pop up over the front of the cabin scene.  The trees were simply stamped across the card base and oval base and the sky was sponged using the retired SU cloud template.  I used a punched circle to create the mask for the moon. The cabin was painted and the little roof parts were cut out of some of the embossed scraps.

My second project was created for the Saturday Inspiration Challenge.  I was inspired by an olive green frame.  I like nothing better than to use Nesties to create frames to highlight my scenes.

KC Penny Johnson Dearest Deer

I created a simple tree scene with snow on the ground and framed using a double mat of red and olive green.  I created the dotted texture using a Cuttlebug folder.  I love the new Dearest Deer image from the Stampavie Penny Johnson Christmas release.  I stamped the image, painted and cut out to pop up in front of the scene.  I love those little legs and hoofs showing out of the box.

My third project was done for the Featured Stamper challenge. My good friend, Kathy aka CAKath was our inspiration artist for the day and here is a link to her project that inspired me.

KC Penny Johnson Snowy and Rudolph

I loved the simple layout Kathy used with the image being the main focus.  The ribbon and tag were the perfect embellishment for a simple project. I stamped the new Stampavie Penny Johnson Snowy & Rudolph image on watercolor paper, colored and applied a tag and twill embellishment and attached to the card front.  Fun, fast and easy.

I hope you all have a great week and that you have the opportunity to get your fingers inky.


Christmas Snowmen, Coffee Time Friend and Sunflowers

I love making Christmas cards and always need to start around this time of year to get enough made for family and friends.  I have never been one to mass produce my cards as I hate repetition.   The new Christmas 2010 release by Stampavie has so many wonderful new images to play with and nothing screams winter holiday like a snow scene filled with snowmen.  I want to share my first project using Penny Johnson’s A Magical Christmas.

KC Penny Johnson A Magical Christmas 

There is nothing I enjoy more than a good cup of coffee unless it is sharing it with a good friend. Rubbernecker’s Coffee Time set has fun sentiments based on both coffee and friendship.

KC Coffeetime Set

Creating outdoor scenes is my favorite kind of card project.  Creating a clean and simple one layer card is a little more challenging but allows the scene to be the main focus without lots of designer papers and layers of cardstock.  Using the reverse mask technique creates a natural frame around the scene. The images in my sunflower garden are from Rubbernecker’s Kittie Kits In My Garden. 

KC In My Garden 3

I’m sorry that my blog posting is not as consistent as it used to be. Stamping is my great stress release from my busy work schedule and sometimes it’s hard to fit both stamping and blogging in in the evening after work.

I hope you have a great week.

Project 1  Stamps:  Stampavie A Magical Christmas, Rubbernecker Tree Set    Paper:  Watercolor, White, Red, Olive    Ink:  Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Bashful Blue, Gray, White Craft     Accessories:  White EP, Nesties, Tiny Tag Punch, Taffeta, Mounting Tape, Scalloped Border Punch, Brushes, Cloud Template, Sponges

Project 2  Stamps: Rubbernecker Coffee Time, Scuffs Scraps & Stains   Paper:  Vanilla, Retired SU Designer Paper     Ink:  Walnut Stain     Accessories:  Clear EP, Deckle Scissors, Craft Knife, Mounting Tap, Snips

Project 3  Stamps:  Rubbernecker Kittie Kits In My Garden   Paper:  White     Ink:  Peeled Paint, Pesto, Vintage Photo, Butterscotch, Bashful Blue, Rust , Sahara Sand   Accessories:  Gingham, Nesties , Cloud Template