Sunday, April 26, 2009

Rustic Rooster

Hey ya'll! Sorry I've been gone for awhile. Life is crazy right now. I was laid off of my job on Friday and kinda bummed out, but I'm going to use the time for a couple of weeks to get ready for Amber's wedding which is May 22. I have already applied at a couple of places, but I'm not going to stress over it. I have a lot to do around the house and really want to get some items done so that I can maybe hit some gift shops to put stuff on consignment. Now is a pretty good time to work on my Stampin' Up! business, too. I know that I probably can't make much of a living on just selling my handmade items, but it sure would be nice.

I made this card a couple weeks ago, but with computer and camera issues, had not been able to post it until now. The card base is 5 1/12 inch square and is Ruby Red cs. All of the images are from the Rustic Rooster hostess set. The main image is stamped on a large tag that was dyed with coffee. I got a pack of them at the Stamp Fair that was here in Columbia back in February. Love that paper, it smells so good! lol. I might have to figure out how to make some of it! I embossed the rooster with black ep and then colored him in with different inks using a blender pen. I then stamped the french script, swirl and post mark stamps, from the same stamp set, all over with Old Olive, Ruby Red and Creamy Caramel. The main image piece is mounted on three different layers, two that were cut out with the Top Note die cut from Belle Rose patterned paper. All layers are also sponged. The ribbons are the wide organdy and the stitched ribbon, both of which have been retired. I stamped the script stamp on the organdy ribbon and heated it with the heat tool to age it.
Well, thanks for stoppin' by today. And thanks for hangin' in there while I haven't been posting much. I don't have much of an excuse now, since I do have some extra time on my hands. I have some other things to share with you very soon. Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Easter!!

Kind of non-traditional Easter colors, but I love this Parisian Breeze SU! DP! The card base is Baja Breeze. The stamps are from the dollar bin at Michael's. Love a bargain! I stamped the egg images on Baja Breeze in Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. Each egg is cut out and mounted on a punched out piece of DP with the Curly Label punch. The sentiment is stamped and embossed on the same brown DP. I punched both ends with the Curly Label punch as well. The ribbons are from Taylored Expressions online store. That's it! Super simple but so sweet! Reminds me of Easter chocolates!
Hope you all have a very special Easter Sunday! Don't eat too much candy, though!
Until next time, Hugs & Happy Craftin'!!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Bella Rose

This DP is one of my favorite that SU!
has come out with. I love roses even though I can't grow them! My Dad and Brother got the green thumbs in the family. I do good with a few bulbs and shrubs in my yard. I'm a better paper flower grower, lol! So anyway, I really wanted the stamp set, Fifth Avenue Floral when it first came out, because of the big rose stamp. I thought that it would look so great layered. This took me awhile to do, but there are actually 6 layers to this rose. I stamped each one with Black Stazon on Riding Hood Red cs and cut each one out. Some of the petals are cut and just layered individually. Before I put it together, I distressed each one by rubbing a bone folder type tool over each piece to make it kind of wrinkled. Then I stamped the French Script Background stamp in Riding Hood Red on each one. I like the dimension that gave it. The card base is Kiwi Kiss, then a layer of Riding Hood Red that was punched at the bottom with the new Lace Punch. Next is a layer of the Bella Rose DP with a piece of White Organdy tied around it. The flower is adhered with dimensionals as is the tag that was stamped on Kiwi Kiss in Riding Hood Red and the sentiment is from the Friend to Friend stamp set. I could not get the ribbon tied in a very good bow, so I opted for a button from a vintage button pack from Hobby Lobby and I added a Red Fire & Ice Brad to the center. This card is very bulky and will probably cost twice as much to mail it, but isn't it worth it?!!!
I have a lot more to show you. Yes I have been busy stamping. Haven't been able to post until today, because the mother board went out on my computer. Computers are wonderful things, if they wouldn't break down! It's almost as bad as having car trouble!! What in the world did we do before computers? Oh yeah, we played outside or played board games or found something to watch on the 3 tv chanels we had! We had it so rough! lol
I will try to go ahead and set up the next few posts and see if I can figure out how to schedule them to post on different days.
So until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!