Monday, October 29, 2007

A Thanksgiving Center peice

OK so I'm going a bit overboard with these Lumiere's! I just keep getting new ideas. The instructions are as follows.
Paper 12X8 sheet of Pumpkin pie, 11X5 1/2 sheet of Always artichoke, 11X4 1/4 sheet of Always Artichoke, vellum, River rock, and designer series papers

Stamps Stem silhouettes, Sanded, With gratitude,

Ink Always Artichoke, Pumpkin Pie, Brown Stazon, River Rock, Purely Pomegranate

Accessories-Jute, Clear embossing powder, versa mark, 1 1/4 inch punch and scallop punch.

I scored card stock at 2 1/2, 5, 7 1/2, 10. I used a 1 1/4 circle punch to make the windows. Just center the punch on the paper going all the way in and punch hole for window. Stamp the top half of the Pumpkin Pie card stock with Pumpkin Pie ink using the sanded background. Then using the flowers from Stem silhouettes set use Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, and and river rock ink to decorate the bottom half of card stock. Follow the same procedure for smaller Lumiere's . But just stamp sanded background on outside of card stock with always artichoke. Then follow the same procedure as above for the windows for all four size. I then punched holes in scrap river card stock, leaving enough room to punch with scallop punch to create the window frame.
It is much easier to do it this way than to try and center after punching the scallop circle. Glue scallop frames to card stock. Now cut vellum for the windows. Using brown stazon stamp flowers from Stem silhouettes set on all sheets. Glue to wrong side and then fold and glue scored sides of Lumiere. Decorate with designer paper and jute.

Leaves-Using Pumpkin Pie, ink leaves from With Gratitude set and then roll edges with Purely Pomegranate ink and then stamp on to very vanilla and scrap river rock card stock . Cut out leaves and ink with versa mark and emboss with clear embossing powder. When embossing curl and hold leaf till it cools. This gives the leaves a realistic look. Use leaves to decorate the outside of Lumiere's. Thanks for looking! Virginia

Sunday, October 28, 2007


I saw a gift bag like this one at splitcoaststampers. The tutorial for the bag is here. My bag was made with the following.

Paper- A 12 X 9 white envelope, always artichoke, River rock
Ink- Certainly Celery, Always artichoke
Stamps- Stem silhouettes
Accessories-Martha Stewart Ribbon, Really rust and always artichoke stampin write marker, corner punch and window punch for handle Thanks for looking. I will tell you about the leaves next time, I have a thanksgiving Table arrangement
Thanks for looking, Virginia

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Another Lumiere

This is another Lumiere. The instructions are in the post below. supplies are as follows;

Paper-Brocade blue, Whisper white, vellum

Ink-Black stazon, White craft

Accessories-Purely pomegranate ribbon, electric candle

Thursday, October 25, 2007

I have been Busy OK!

Sorry I haven't posted lately but I had way to much fun last weekend. I went to a gathering of stampers in Central NY. It was so fun to see old friends and some new ones were made. I have posted some of the projects from that gathering here. So many talented ladies all with great ideas. One of those was Michelle, who shared an project for a Lumiere. I made it and fell in love with the idea. Thanks Michelle for your wonderful project. Here is a picture of her lovely creation!

I liked it so much I made a Halloween one today.

Halloween Lumiere

This project starts with a 4 1/4 X 10 1/2 piece of pumpkin pie card stock. I scored card stock at 2 1/2, 5, 7 1/2, 10. I used a 1 1/4 circle punch to make the windows. Stamp with black ink using the sanded background. then using Home is where the haunt is I decorated the card stock. I then punched holes in scrap black card stock, leaving enough room to punch with scallop punch the window frame.

It is much easier to do it this way than to try and center after punching the scallop circle. Glue scallop frames to card stock. Now cut vellum for the windows. Using black stazon stamp Flowers from Stem silhouettes on two sheets and the witch from Home is where the haunt is on another two sheets. Then flip over the vellum over and color in the background with summer sun stampin write marker. Thanks for the inspiration Michelle If you would like to see some of her work click here. Thanks for looking! Virginia

Saturday, October 20, 2007


This card took a while because of all the masking. But it was fun to do. You start with confetti paper and stamp with black stazon the trees from Punch pals. Create a wash for the sky with night of navy water color crayons and using an aqua painter. Continue using water color crayons to color in the trees. Take a piece of confetti card stock and rip at an angle use the largest piece and stamp penguin on the left side using stazon. Stamp penguin on Post-it-note and cut out and place on first penguin. Stamp tree and gifts on top of tree with stazon, using watercolor crayons and aqua painters color in penguin and the rest.
Assemble card in layers adjusting to fit on a Purely Pomegranate card stock. decorate snow banks with iridescent glitter glue. Thanks for looking Virginia

Thursday, October 18, 2007

A quick Card

This is a quick card!. Sometimes it is just fun to make simple card. I tend to over do my cards and add to many steps This card took less that 5 minutes!
I started with the pine bough from peaceful wishes using always artichoke ink on whisper white card stock. I also used the same ink for the strings of the ornaments. Then I used Cranberry crisp ink for both the ornaments from the Hung up on the holidays set. Thanks for looking Virginia

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Using Simply Scraping To decorate!

I purchased a simply scraping kit a while back and have been saving it for a special project. I found it!
I purchased a box at the dollar store. and then went about using the my 2 sided adhesive to attach the paper. There is not much you about how this was made as every thing just came together. I think from start to finish I spent 20 Minutes. the adhesive die cut(stickers) make it so Easy and there is plenty to do several more boxes. Thanks for looking Virginia!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Dryer sheets for a card!

When my Upline told me she used a dryer sheet for a card she made I was skeptical! She encouraged me to try my hand at it and I was so surprised how easy it was and I loved the way it looked not to mention the fresh smell LOL! So here is my version of a card using a used dryer sheet. HA!
I began by stamping on whisper white card stock with the pine tree from Lovely as a tree. I used Certainly Celery and Wasabi. Once the card was dry I ran the card through my xyron machine to add a sticky surface to the front of the card. I then sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds glitter lightly over the surface and put my used dryers sheet on top and trimmed it. The glitter adds a wonderful quality under the dryer sheet. The card glistens! I then stamped on a scrap of wasabi using punch pals sentiment and wasabi ink and then punched out the medallion using the scallop punch. Taking another scrap of Whisper white card stock I stamped the snowflake medallion using wasabi ink. I also punched that out and adhered it to wasabi medallion. I then punched a hole and threaded an iridescent cord through the medallion. Adhered the dryer sheet to a wild wasbi card stock that was stamped with snowflakes again in Wasabi ink. Lastly I wrapped the medallion and centered it on the front of the card and attached it to card stock. Thanks for looking Virginia.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Marcellus Technique Winner!

Each Month I teach a class on techniques in Marcellus. After the class students create a card based on the last months techniques. When we meet the following month we all vote on the best use of technique on a card. Last months winner was Joyce Glover and this is her card using chalkboard pastels technique we learned in August! I love all the patterns and texture Joyce added to her card. Thanks for looking Virginia

Monday, October 08, 2007

Hostess gift

This may look like a card but it really is an mini calendar. It is a hostess gift for any one who books a workshop with me! The process for this card takes several steps but it reminds me of a textile batik and is created much in the same way. It really is worth all the steps. I start with river rock card stock. Begin with the With Gratitude stamp and emboss with versa mark and clear EP. With a brayer roll more mustard all over paper . let dry, and stamp again and emboss. Roll with brayer and pumpkin pie ink. Let dry. Using a dauber and chocolate chip ink rub leaves to bring out details. Then stamp with chocolate chip ink. Layer with so saffron. Adhere to Mini Calendar Covered with close to cocoa card stock stamped with fine lace and chocolate chip ink. Whew! thanks For looking Virginia

Christmas card

I saw a similar card to this one at Julia Stainton's blog so I was excited to try my hand at it. So here is my attempt. I am a textile artist by nature so the play of pattens is what I enjoy about this card. I started with real red and very vanilla card stock . I then cut triangular shapes from Cherise designer series papers and glued them down in a pleasing pattern. I then stamped a tag from the party punch set and then using the designer label punch I cut out a tag. I punched a tiny hole in the front of the label. Using gold string I tied it in the front and tacked it down with a bit of tape. Lastly I ripped a scrap of very vanilla card stock to create the effect of snow at the base of the card and tacked it down. Very little stamping and lots of fun! Thanks for looking.

Scrapbooking for Halloween!

Scrapbook page for Halloween! this is a design for a class I am teaching today. Project starts with a strip of whisper white that is colored with a brayer. This is done by taking a spectrum pad in pumpkin pie and rolling the brayer to ink it up. do not push the colors together . then roll back and forth over white strip. Next step is to ink up spooky skyline with black in and roll across spectrum covered strip Glue down on edge of a 12x12 piece of pumpkin pie card stock. Take a strip of black card stock and roll through paper crimper. Glue down next to skyline strip. Take pieces of Kraft paper in the size of your photos and staple down to create a staples look. Stamp sentiments in black ink. Using photo corners punch out corners and apply randomly. Thanks for looking Virginia.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Fall trees!

This set is so versatile! I love how you can change the feel depending on the season. This card starts with the sanded background stamp and chocolate chip ink, on Ruby red card stock. Using very vanilla card stock I then inked up the trees from this set with creamy Carmel ink. I then began thumping the trees with assorted stampin write markers starting with the lightest and going to the darkest. Be for you put the rubber to the card stock huff the stamp(breathe on the stamp with your breath). Stamp and then huff again and flip the stamp on to card stock to create a mirror effect. Using a circle mask created with a post it note punched with the 1 1/4 inch punch. Using a stipple brush and soft sky ink, lightly pounce around the moon, repeat but go much lighter on the reflection side. On a piece of river rock using creamy Carmel ink and the sanded background stamp card stock. then using chocolate chip in stamp sentiment and punch out with key tag. Punch a hole and wrap around card with jute. Assemble card. thanks for looking Virginia
PS My background color Change is to honor October Breast cancer awareness.

Lovely as a tree

Sorry I have not posted lately between school( I teach art) and grand jury duty I have been running as fast as I can. I couldn't wait for the weekend so I could play in my studio! Thanks for looking
I love this set I constantly find new ways to use it. This card started by using my embossing buddy on whisper white card stock, to prepare the surface to better accept embossing powder. I then stamped with versamark and then used embossing powder and heated it to create a resist for the trees. I created a mask by punching with my 1 1/4 circle punch on the sticky edge of of a post it note. I placed it where I wanted the moon to be behind the trees. I started by using a brayer with soft sky and covered the card stock all over. Then with my stipple brush I pounced with Blue Bayou ink all over the card stock creating the darkest area from the center out. Then I used Night of navy to bring out the center set of trees. Lastly I removed the mask and lightly went over trees that are covering the moon with soft sky. I mounted the card on a piece of Blue Bayou card stock. Last step is to tie a white piece of ribbon and now you are done! Hope you enjoy Virginia

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