Monday, August 21, 2017

Mailable Monday #207


My friend Kathy sent me this card last week, 

and I really like it. 

She told me that the lines going around the border were

not done using a ruler. Kat used a piece of 

acetate (or window sheet) cut to the size of the 

layer she wanted. After the stamping is finished lay

the cut window sheet over the images and use

a marker to go around it. Word of caution make sure

you stop when you come to an image. Don't draw through them. 

Speaking from experience here. First time I did it that was exactly

what I did. LOL

Once I got started making these I couldn't stop see for yourself. 
 Fall card.


Christmas.


and a fun sewing theme one. 

Let me know if you try this out, and how you liked it. 

Stamping trails
Karen 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Bliss is a Dog called Ozzy


I'm still making things with a dogs days of Summer theme. 

This is a photo of Ozzy. He belongs to my friends. 

Found this photo in with some other ones in a box in my craft room. 

At one time I must have thought it would make a cute card. 

And I still do. Just the look on his face says pure bliss! 


Here is an inside view. 

Of course I had to put more doggie footprints on the back of the card. 

So photos do make cute cards. Just make sure you use a copy, and 

not the original unless you are like me, and doubles of everything. 


Stopped by the dollar store the other day. They had

candy corn M & M's on the counter. I have one word to say

YUCK!!!! Don't know who would like these things. 

Normally I love all the designer M's flavors, but I can't get on 

board with this one. 

Stamping trails
Karen

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bring on the Rays


Love how this card turned out! 

I'm still in summer mode as its very hot, and sunny here. 

The background was made using Tim Holtz layering stencil. This

one is called Ray. 
The ends of the rays were sponged with Crushed Curry ink. As
The rays got closer to the sun I sponged with Cajun Craze ink. 
The single flower stamp is an old one from Stampendous!. Name of the stamp is

Agapanthus Cluster.

You can still get this stamp at local craft stores. I've seen them still being sold.

Must still be popular.

Not much else going on in our little Suburb. We

are still working with the garden. This time of the year is busy!

The tomatoes are ripe so I have to put them up for winter.

Still have green beans I put up another three quarts yesterday.

I will be glad when the garden is finished so I can take a rest, and

have more time to stamp!

Stamping trails
Karen


Friday, August 18, 2017

Dog Days of Summer Crazy Dog Style


Since they call this time of the year the dogs days

of summer....I couldn't resist making some cards 

using Tim Holtz Crazy dogs. These are the mini dogs. There

is a large set of dogs, but I didn't buy those....yet. 


The mini dogs have three dogs along with some greetings, and 

doggie toys. 


Here is a closer look at the dogs. I used lovely as

a tree in the background. The mounds of dirt/grass were

hand drawn. I tried to capture how our grass looks now. Not much

green going on. We got some browns, yellows, and a little bit of green. 

We really need some rain. I wonder if I should go out on the lawn and

do a rain dance. Nope strike that....its too hot!!!!!


This is my favorite dog from the set. So cute! 

I used a layering stencil to make the dots in the background. 

Very happy that this set comes with matching dies. Why

doesn't all stamp sets come with them? Maybe someday! 

Stamping trails
Karen

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Vintage Beautiful Lady Card


Beautiful vintage lady card. 

The stamps are from Hero Arts, and came with matching dies. 

Lady stamped on Smoky Slate cardstock using Basic Gray ink. 

The only color I added to her is on the cheeks, and lips. 

Thanks to my crafty buddy Kathleen for sending me the little

cameos. The cream vintage lace was added around her collar then

the cameo was attached. She was also popped up over the 

the cream layer of embossed cardstock. 


Here is a side view. I added some stamping to the inside as well. 

The embossed layer is also popped over the base card. 

Love the vintage doily edged washi tape. 


and here is the inside view. The set came

with the large upper body image, and the smaller

full body image. Gotta love stamps with matching dies. 

Makes crafting so much easier. I mean I like fussy cutting as

well as the next crafter, but matching dies are my friends!

Got a call last night around 6  from my son. He goes how ya doing.

I told him I was fine. He goes I'm in the hospital. On his way home from

work a female driver made a left turn out in front on him.

Both of them are okay, but John banged up his wrist pretty good, and

got a cut on his head from the air bag going off, but nothing broken.

The car is totaled. I told him we can replace a car can't replace him. I was

going to dye my hair a few days ago. I'm glad I didn't now cause after yesterday I'm

sure it would have gone gray again. Scary to get a call saying your child is at the hospital.

So we will be busy trying to find him another car.

 

Stamping trails
Karen

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kinda Eclectic Butterfly Card


Now this card screams eclectic! 

I used Kinda Eclectic, and Timeless Textures stamp set. 

Several different ink colors were used. 

Cajun Craze, Sahara Sand, Crushed Curry, Always Artichoke, Smoky 

Slate, and Basic Gray. 

So here is what happens when I can't decide

if I want a, gray, or white butterfly in the corner.....
I use use them both. 
I layered them together using mini pot dots in between each one. 
Well August is flying by really quick.
The kids in our school system went back today! 
Can you believe that? I remember being a kid (which
is really hard because it was eons ago!) going
back to school after Labor Day. So most years it was the 1st week
of September before we went back. Times do change...don't they? 

Stamping trails
Karen

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Teabag Holder


Time for tea? I'm part British on my grandmother's side, 

so to me it's always tea time! 

The little teacup is an old stamp that I found years ago, and

quite frankly was surprised that it was still in my single stamp stash. 

Base for the holder is Melon Mambo cardstock. Designer paper is retired pack

from SU called Nice Cuppa. 


and the inside view. 

I used the envelope punch board to make the two holders for the tea bags. 

Flaps are held down with the help of Velcro dots. 

The buttons were hot glued in place. I like the gold edging on them. 

Gives the piece a vintage look. 

The little teapot was cut with a matching die. Had

to cut two of the them, so they could be layered

with the fibers in between the spout.


Here is a closer view. The edging was created with

a notebook edge punch. 


and a closer view of the little envelope teabag holders. 

Each envelope holds two teabags. 
 
 
Stamping trails
Karen