More use of the foil and gold outline stickers. Same background paper used, same ribbon, also used Cuttlebug embossing.
I used three rhinestones as enhancements.
With a supply of foil from another project, I used gold stacking Dazzles stickers to create this 3D rose. I used a shimmery lavender pape, run through the Cuttlebug and wrapped with sheer lavender ribbon. I placed this on white folded cardstock and added gold corner stickers.
Another repeat appearance of a stamp. I tore the right edge and then tore a similar edge from a printed paper with definitions and bands of color. I used a distressor to rough up these torn edges.
The yellow layer was run through the Cuttlebug for texture and I wrapped and tied a Martha Stewart ribbon around it. Not fond of this ribbon - too stiff.
All layers are stacked on a folded lavender base.
This is a repeat performance of the wheelbarrow of flowers. The image and a backing piece were cut and embossed with nestabilities die. I used the printed paper to bring out more of the colors from the stamped image and rounded the corners of this layer as well as the white card base.
As a last step I stamped a greeting on the image panel.
The center image for this card was stamped, painted and cut out and then combined with a plethora of table scraps. I do love this pierced paper - and almost out of it! I had already cut out the scalloped center for another project so I backed it with a square of teal scrap.
Those rows of holes just call out for ribbon weaving so I added the teal ribbon and tied a couple of bows.
I used a folded card base in lavender to pick out yet another color from the image and then dropped on some lavender rhinestones over 6 of the punched holes.
In the empty space at the bottom I used an acrylic stamp for the text.
When you have hay for sale but don't live nearby a road sign seems like a good idea. This way buyers can call to make purchase arrangements.
I made this with scrap plywood and an extra sawhorse we had. I painted it with leftover house trim paint and some black glossy paint left over from painting the wrought iron stair railings. I made a stencil on the computer, printed it out, cut by hand with a craft knife and then traced it on the sign before painting.
First sale came withing 45 minutes of posting the sign!
This was the first year we cut hay at our farm and it looks so nice in the field waiting for buyers to load it and take it away.
Suddenly, after almost three years, we FEEL like farmers.
(sorry for the late posting - don't know where the original post went. It just didn't show up this morning when it was supposed to and I don't find it lurking in the queue anywhere.)
This blossom cluster of Queen Anne's Lace was at the edge of our hay field at the farm. I am always amazed by the extreme delicacy of the tiny flowers on these.
Photographing these was difficult since I was using the macro mode and the wind was blowing. I guess you can tell that my camera is pretty good at stop-action.
I chose the backing paper for this and cut out the stamped image then decided there was too much contrast. I left the image in the scalloped die and spritzed it with diluted blue re-inker in a mini-mister.
I liked the effect so did it again on the orange folded cardstock base.
I used two cardstock text stickers and added a rub-on border. As a final touch I threaded and tied orange thread through three scalloped buttons and adhered them with glue dots.
I colored up this stamped image some time ago but just got around to using it. I pulled together table scraps for the cardstock, printed papers, and green scallops.
I used a Nestabilities label die to cut the image and used a corner punch to round the pink dotted paper corners.
The text is a rub-on and I added three rhinestones upper right for balance.
I love the view we get of Mt Hood from multiple vantage points as we drive about on our daily business. This shot was taken through the windshield of the car on the way home from shopping the other day.
Ain't she a beauty?
The fish are back - with a new color scheme. I added the same splish-splash stickers to the background and the clear bubbles to the eyes. A different greeting for this one and a smaller base card.
I added the Stickles to the fins and tail and also to the blue parts of the body.
Stamped and colored these fish and then made them a watery background with colored pencils. I found these 'splash' stickers in my stash and added them for effect. Mounted on teal cardstock and stamped the greeting half on and half off the image panel.
Here you can see the glitter I added to the fins and tail and the 'bubble' stickers I added to the fish eyes.
A little bit of summer on paper!
An advertising brochure for travel yielded up this winsome face. How could I throw that in the trash? I had to use it in a card!
I trimmed it up with scraps from my cutting table, including the greeting strip.
While looking for embellishments I found a sticker sheet of clear 'bubbles' and used them on the eyes. Look at how this enhances the gaze from those beautiful brown eyes.
With the two previous images I used plain white cardstock for stamping but, for this one I used a scrap of actual watercolor paper that I had on hand. It makes all the difference in 'selling' the technique as watercolored art.
This was, again, stamped with Adriondack inks which were dabbed onto the stamp and misted with water.
For finishing, I just tied a sheer ribbon on the panel and layered with other colors of cardstock to carry the color scheme of the stamping.
The text at the bottom is a combination of two clear stickers.
While I was in the mode of watercolor stamping I pulled out this image (one of my favorites) and inked it with Adriondack pads. Unfortunately, the 'sketch lines' are so close together that the misted water and ink pools into them and the whole thing stamps as blobs of color. I misted the stamp again and stamped...nope still too much. Then on the third misting I got very light color but still no definition.
Harrumph! I dried all of them with the heat gun and put them in the bin to use as backgrounds/tiles/whatever. Then it occured to me to try using them as BASE color and stamp the image in black over the top. So with the use of my stamp positioner, I aligned the image and stamped with Archival black ink. Impressions one and two still look lame but this one...
What a perfectly colored image. I used a Nestabilities die to cut and emboss the image and selected papers to layer that picked up the image colors. The solid layer got some Cuttlebug embossing (branches) which were enhanced with distress ink. Then I used a distressing tool on the paper edges of both pink layers and inked the edges slightly.
Layered onto green cardstock, the pearl accents were added and then I hand-lettered the text.
I picked up this stamp (on sale, of course) with the express intention of stamping it in this style. There are actually two stamps here, one is the 'sticks' at the bottom and the other is the flowers/weeds.
I tapped on ink from Adriondack stamp pads in multiple colors, sprayed with a 'mini-mister' and stamped, drying immediately with a heat gun. I re-misted and stamped twice more before re-inking and repeating. The branches were done the same way, using two tones of green ink. I made a smudge in the upper right so I covered it with a stamp of a bee and then repeated it in the lower left. The bees and the text were stamped with Archival black ink.
The bands that cross the image were made by scoring using the Scor-Pal. Then I inked them and all the edges of all the papers with "Old Paper" Distress Ink.
After adhering all the layers, I colored the bees with grey and gold watercolor markers and added Stickles to them (different color for the wings than the body).
Remember, way back when, I shared my remodeling project (result of a broken dishwasher flood)? Well, we finally finished that up with the installation of the backsplashes in the kitchen and replacing the basement furniture with some from the living room (which in turn got replaced with Mom's gift of some she did not have room for any longer.
So here is the kitchen tile work:
A close-up of the tiles:
The designwork behind the range:
Here is the family room with its furniture in place:
And the 'new to me' living room furniture:
We have only one more part to this remodel - installation of a 4-foot round window in the diningroom. It will replace a wall-mounted air conditioner.
Did you really read the caption for today's entry?
When I glanced out the kitchen window the other day I thought this buck looked a little weird. It took the binoculars to realize what I was seeing was a very strange configuration of horns. His left horn appears to naturally come from just on the nside of his ear. But the right horn sticks right out from his forehead!
I got the camera and started taking picutres trying to get a good angle that would really show this well. This shot was not too bad:
This zoom is a little better:
You can see that even his regular horn has a strange crook in it. Makes you wonder if his mother dropped him on his head when he was born?
As he walked away into the brush I got a side view that really gives the unicorn effect.