Monthly Archives: October 2017

Brake For….Jumbo Acorns!

Hello stampers and welcome to Wednesday where it is my turn to host the I Brake For Stamps Blog.  I have a nice fall card to show you – along with my attempt at the latest popular technique.  First, the card..

The stamp is call Jumbo Acorns and can be found here.

Oh – this was such a great image to color up.  I love using fall colors on cards – you can go very bold and bright or muted.  I used copics in  oranges, reds, mustardy yellows and a bunch of earth tones. If you do a fancy dinner for Thanksgiving this image would be perfect for napkin rings or on candles.

Now – the technique.  The word FALL was spelled out using the Eclipse technique – which seems to be all the rage right now.  It was my first attempt at this and let me give you my perspective..

I don’t own any alphabet dies, which is what is typically used to cut out the letters, so I went to my silhouette and designed the word using the Bebe Nueve font and a generic leaf cut file for the “A”.

I cut the word out of my main panel, and twice more on colored cardstock – the same color as the background mat – giving you three layers.

Then you take the three layers and glue them together…

From here you just place the letters on your card where the negative space was left.

Some pointers –

-If you have good sized alphabet dies, use them as they are probably easier to handle then going with a cut file.

-If you use a silhouette or similar machine, make your letters big enough so they are easy to handle.  If I were doing my card over again I would make the letters about 1.5″ tall (they are just shy of an inch tall now) and I would make them “fatter” – which is easy to do on a silhouette.

-Use liquid glue to put the layers together – you will have a few seconds to wiggle the pieces so they are lined up nicely.

-Some people use pop dots to pop the letters up on the card, but if you are using good cardstock there is no need to do so – the three layers will be enough.

I hope you will try this technique – it was fun to do.

Hop on over to the IBFS store to find this stamp and hundreds of other for the fall and winter.  You are sure to find something you will like!! use code SAVE10NANCY and get 10% off your order.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

 

Sisterhood of Crafters

Hello stampers!  It’s time for another new challenge over at the Sisterhood of Crafters Blog!  Todays challenge theme is “I See Spots!”.  So anything with spots, dots, etc. is good to go.  Break out that dotted embossing folder, dotted ribbon, paper or stamps and enter in the challenge. All the details are here.

Here is my card for the challenge.

So, I know this is more of a summery card, but when I saw the theme of the challenge for some reason I thought of a Lemon stamp set I had and thought I could do something with the lemon slice.

Now here is a fun tip – this particular stamp itself is a “detail stamp”  – meaning the detail outline in the card (the redish/orange outline) is the actual stamp.  I did not want to color in all those lemon slices and needed to find a round solid stamp to fill in the color.  Since this is a clear stamp, all I did was turn the detail stamp over and use the back side as a solid image stamp.

Take a look at the photo below – I flipped the detail stamp over and used it as a solid stamp to make the circles.

Then I turned the stamp right side up to get the detail and stamped it in a darker color.

 

I wonder just how many other clear detail stamps I have that can be used in this manner?

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!

 

 

I Brake For….Elegant Pumpkin!

Hello stampers – it’s time for another Wednesday with I Brake  For Stamps – and today I have a card that is all about October!  Take a look…

This beautiful pumpkin filled with fall foliage is called Elegant Pumpkin and can be found here.

There are many pumpkin stamps out there but the reason I LOVE this one is that it is not a jack-o-lantern, or cute, but has a nice elegance to it.  Look at the luscious blooms that fill this pumpkin!   Everything screams fall and this is perfect for a fall birthday or even a wedding card.  It’s a really nice size too –  about 3.5 x 3.75 – enough to make a statement on a card.

I enjoyed coloring this up – I used copic markers and went to town with the colors of autumn.  Lots of orange, yellow and green with touches of red and brown.    I found some old Basic Grey paper in shades of orange and love the bottom design – a perfect elegant pattern for this stamp.

Even though I used patterned paper and a fancy edge tag, I can see this image on a clean and simple card as well,  The overall design is so nice it can stand on its own.

I hope you will hop on over to the IBFS store and take a look at this and all the fall/winter stamps that are available.  I’m sure you will find something to your liking! Use code SAVE10NANCY and get 10% off your order!

Thanks for stopping by today!

 

I Brake For….Wine And Grapes!

Hello stampers and welcome to Wednesday and I Brake For Stamps.  My card today features the beautifully drawn Wine And Grapes stamp..

The stamp can be found here on the IBFS store. It’s also part of a larger set called MS58 Full Sheet – found here.

I really enjoyed coloring this one up.  I’ve been taking an online class using colored pencils and wanted to try out what I learned on this image.  One thing I’ve learned from the class is patience.  I am not a patient crafter – I think it goes back to the days when I first started stamping and it seems like every class or get together was focused on how many cards we could make in the time we had together.  That created a rush mentality for me that has carried on throughout the years.  However this particular class I am currently taking focuses on different parts of a stamp and taking your time to color each section.

It’s been a real eye opener for me and I find that taking the time to just get one card done, and done well, is much more satisfying than getting three cards done in the same time that may not turn out as nice.  That being said, I still like those “stamp and go” cards.  Especially around the holidays when I need to get a few clean and simple cards out.

I used a bunch of prisma pencils for this image:

Grapes:  Dioxazine Purple Hue,  Dark Purple, Imperial Violet, Lilac and a touch of Lime Peel on a few of the grapes

Leaf and Stems – Prussian Green,  Kelp Green, Moss Green

The Wine bottle and Glass use the same colors.  For the Wine Bottle, I combined some green and purple pencils to try and mimic the look of a green wine bottle filled with red wine.  For the label on the bottle of wine I scribbled a name and framed it out with a bronze pencil.

I went back and forth as to how to use the image on a card and decided on framing it within a stitched rectangle die with a purple mat on green cardstock.

This image would be great for a birthday card for wine lovers, a thank you card, or house warming gift card.   If you are heading out to a party this holiday season this image would look great paired with a bottle of wine!

Stop by the IBFS store to find this and thousands of others stamps.  You are sure to find something to your liking! Use the code SAVE10NANCY and get 10% off your order.

Sisterhood of Crafters

Hello friends – it’s time for another new challenge at the  Sisterhood Of Crafters Blog!    Today’s challenge is PINK!   Anything goes as long as it has some pink.  You can find all the details HERE.

First, let me apologize for he photo.  I just could not get a good picture of this card – it is really pretty IRL!

I decided to go with a clean and simple card,  with soft subtle colors (which I am now finding are very hard to capture in a photo in my craft room)..  My inspiration for the colors was a sweater a friend of mine has – a very pretty soft grey with some pink and white stripes at the bottom.  It’s hard to explain, but it is a very pretty sweater.

So I started with a very light grey paper and combined it with light pink paper.  Just a few tiny stamps for the center  (from Papertrey) – and a simple thank you card is created.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you visit the Sisterhood blog and take part in the challenge.