Friday, February 24, 2012

Uncharted Birthday

I have been a bad blogger.  I thought I had a bunch of things set to post but after things finally slowed down around here I realized I still had them set to draft.  So I will try to catch up now.  I love it when the manly cards come together and even though I have 5 sons I still struggle with putting together a good masculine card.  I colored this card with the Aqua pens and the re-inkers.  I find it easier to color when the image is embossed.  The boat is cut out and adhered with dimensionals to make it stand out.  The sentiment was stamped with regular ink and then stamped again with clear embossing ink. To do the background paper, I just ran it through the crimper a few different directions and then crumpled it up in my hand.  I then ran it under water in my sink, crumpled it again and laid it out to dry.  I did some separating of corners and curling before I let it dry thoroughly.


Stamps: Uncharted Territory, Curly Cute
Paper: Early Espresso, So Saffron, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Ink: Cajun Craze, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Old Olive, So Saffron, Versa Mark
Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, Clear Embossing Powder, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelit Die


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Light House

Sorry I am late my post this week.  We saw 6 doctors in 7 days with 3 sets of Xrays, 2 CT's and an MRI.  So far all is clear on his neck.  They allowed him to remove the hard brace yesterday.  Now to work out the tight muscles and get the concussion cleared up.  He gets light headed very easy...especially when I have a chore for him LOL.  I found plenty of things he can do sitting down. I hate sorting socks and I got the foyer closet cleaned out so he could sort hats, gloves and scarves. ;-)  Enough about my son (thank you to those who added them to your prayers!) on to my project.

I love this set but I am not very good at coloring objects in.  I needed a card for my father's birthday and since I always use the eagle one for him I thought maybe I should go in another direction. I figured lighthouses are always a good choice for a man's card.  I am loving the Framelit Dies!!! They are so easy to use and so many things that you can do with them.  The image was embossed and colored in with re-inkers and aqua painter brush.  I find it so much easier to color an image when it is embossed. To do the light beam I just cut a triangle out of a piece of paper and used it to mask so I could sponge the area I wanted.

Card Details:
Stamps: Uncharted Territory, Bring On the Cake
Paper: Whisper White, Well Worn DSP, Soft Suede, So Saffron, Not Quite Navy
Ink:  Soft Suede, So Saffron, Not Quite Navy, Versa Mark, Basic Gray, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelit Die, Black Embossing Powder, Extra Large Oval Punch


Monday, February 06, 2012


Well, we had a long weekend.  My #3 son had a 2 day out of town basketball tournament to attend and I never miss a game so off I went.  After traveling the 2.5 hrs to the tournament and his team winning first place we then had to travel another almost 4 hours to another game that night.  Unfortunately my son was injured in that game when he took a shoulder to the neck.  He had numbness and tingling in all extremities and blurred vision so we spent the night in 2 hospitals (first one's CT machine was broke and they did not have a neurosurgeon on call that night so we took an ambulance trip to another one near by).  His team is a group of great boys who love the pictures I take at their games so I thought I would put this together for my son in MDS to raise his spirits (it is now the wallpaper on his phone).  He is home with no fractures found. They think it might be swelling and ligament damage that is causing the problems.  He is in a hard neck collar for awhile.  He is the monster tall one in the center of the boys- 16 years 6'3" and growing.  The team is 18 wins and 4 loses and praying my son can continue the rest of the year playing with them.


Friday, February 03, 2012

3 Little Words

This one was taken almost straight from the catalog on page 166. Whenever I get stumped for a color combo or a layout idea I love just flipping open the catalog and doing whatever catching my eye first.  That is how this card came about.  I seemed to have only bought the new Cling mount stamps since for me with limited room they take up less room and are easier to see what is in each set on the binding.  My poor wood mounts ones get forgotten far to easy.  I have had this set for quite a while but forget about it since I have it in Wood mount.  This card was simple to do so I actually made a few to set aside for later use.


Stamps: Three Little Words
Paper: Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Whisper White
Ink: Lucky Limeade, More Mustard, Early Espresso, Island Indigo
Accessories: Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Impression Folder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch


Wednesday, February 01, 2012


Today is my #2 son's 21st birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY KID!!! He is a mechanic so I though this card would be perfect for him.  I had seen the punch art wrenches before on numerous cards (sorry I do not know where they originated from) So that is where this whole card began.  The background is tin foil adhered to regular printer paper and ran through the Big Shot. I did sponge some Soft Suede on the wrenches to give them the "used" look.  The scoring tool was perfect to make the line down the grip of the wrench.


Stamps: Perfect Punches 
Paper: Peach Parfait, Soft Suede, River Rock
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories: Extra Large Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Word Window Punch, Flower from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Big Shot, Square Lattice Impressions Folder, 5/16" Silver Jumbo Brads

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