Friday, October 20, 2017

Thanksgiving Ribbon Tag

I have changed in my crafting.  Gone are the days of throwing out multiple tries on a card - now days, I just change direction.  I changed direction on this creation a BUNCH of times.
It started out as a card with a fun old die, but my die cutting base is messed up and the die is slightly bent so it slipped.  I tried again with a smaller die and it slipped.  Destined to save the image, I went with an oval but didn't have enough paper left to get a full oval so I had to cover it up with something.  I found this fun bow I had made for something else but never used.  The bow was too big and bulky for a card so this became a large tag.  It is currently tied on a bottle of wine, but I can see it tied to lots of fun things.

The image is the DRS Designs Filigree Pumpkin inked up with several colors of DOX (Distress Oxide Ink - thanks to Loll Thompson for teaching me that acronym) and DI (Distress Ink).  Then I stamped the Deco Happy Thanksgiving To You Greeting.  I scrubbed on a little extra ink around the edges to tie it in with my background.  I made the bg by stamping the Filigree pumpkin in black and sponging on lots of DOX and DI. A polka dot stencil added some additional pattern and covered up a few inky mistakes.

We had a hint of Fall in the air this week  - YAY!!!!

Hope you are enjoying Fall wherever you live - it is a wonderful time full of gorgeous colors and relief from the heat.

Hugz,

Nancy

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Pumpkin Surgery and Christmas Bling

I have some fun cards to share today.

On my first card, I did a quick background by inking up some foil with inks in circles, spritzing it all with water, liberally spraying on some Fireworks spray, and then slapping down the paper to soak it all up.  After it dried, I threw some water on it and then mopped it up with a paper towel.  It makes a cool background and if you do lighter ink in the middle circle, you don't have to worry about your lighting on the card. 

After that fun adventure dried, I stamped the new The Floor image (this is going to be a well used image - isn't it great?).  I had so much fun doing some image surgery to create my pumpkin grouping!  Most my pumpkins are from the Hot Air Balloon image:  I stamped them with the balloon stamp and then again with the new Filgree Pumpkin image,  I cut the basket portion off at various levels from the balloons to create different sized pumpkins, sponged them with Distress Inks/Oxides, and put them in a little group. Next, I stamped the new Pumpkin Patch image and cut out one little pumpkin, the large leaf, and the sign.  I stamped a bunch more of just the large leaf so I could cover up my surgery.  I sponged all the images as I was too lazy to color. I still needed more stuff to cover the surgery, so I die cut a bit of foliage (Tim Holtz/Sizzix).  So fun and you can see that pretty Fireworks spray shimmer if you look closely at the corners of my background. 
I did another quick card based on this week's Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers - I was inspired by a Victorian lampshade at Victorian Trading Co. 

I used a Cottage Cutz Bethlehem die cut and sponged Distress Inks around it to get a little cityscape and a cool sky.  Next, I splashed on some water and let it all dry.  After it all dried, I sponged on a bit of orange using  a mask to make a little starburst effect. Then  I stamped the Silent Night with Jesus Star image and added a bit of Stickles to get an even better starburst effect.  This was a super quick and easy card to make even if it doesn't sound like it. 
Super fun to make cards.  I know I say that all the time, but it really is true!

Hugz,

Nancy

Monday, October 9, 2017

Ostriches in the Bible

Every once in a while, I see something on Pinterest that I just have to try and do myself - this ostrich is one of those times. I drew it out with a regular ink pen and some Prisma pencils.  Isaiah 43: 18-21 - has so many messages.  I focused on our need to praise God for His mightiness and all He has done for us and plans to do for us.  Even ostriches, who normally put their head in the sand and are clueless, take note of God in these verses.

Did you know ostriches are mentioned more than once in the bible?  They are a good way to illustrate one of  our big weakness - putting our own heads in the sand.


Many hugz and wishes for a great week - don't be an ostrich (I will try too - lol).

Nancy