Friday, September 22, 2017

Have a Boo-t-iful Halloween!


So its going to be in the 90's today. 

I can't believe it! No end in sight for this Fall heat wave....by the

way happy first day of Fall. 

This is card was fun to make! 

Lets start with the background...



I was in a heat embossing mood the other day. I ran black, white, and

cardstock weight vellum through a spider embossing folder. Next

I lightly went over the raised parts of the web with VersaMark ink. 

Sprinkled on some iridescent ice embossing powder then heat set. 


The completed black layer was adhered to a white base card. 

The boots, and greeting were from a set that I bought some years ago. 

Now I can't even remember which company made them, but I know I 

bought them at Archivers. 

Colored the boots in with color pencils, and highlighted with a stardust gel pen. 

The greeting is popped up over the cardstock, as is the which hat is from a Tim Holtz set. 


Here is a view of the inside. The greeting is from a SU stamp set. 


and here is the card I made using the cardstock weight vellum.

It looks better in person as I don't think I had the camera angled right to pick up

the ice embossing powder. 

So I hope everyone is enjoying the hot weather on this first day of Fall. 

I'll be creating away in my craft room, and keeping cool! 

Stamping trails
Karen

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Trick-or-Treat Banner


This project started out with a pre-made banner. 

It was just a plain one that said trick or treat. 

To spice it up I added a bunch of embellishments. 


Some paper rosettes, stickers, buttons, and other do dads. 


Placing the embellishments so some were above and below each letter

gives the banner more interest. 
 
Today will find me still working on more swaps. Since it has been so
 
hot this week I've been spending lots of time in the stamping studio. So
 
much cooler on the lower level. Love it! 
 
Stamping trails
Karen 


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cat Girl and Trusty Sidekick


Meet Cat Girl and her trusty sidekick Meow-Meow. 

I had such fun pulling this one together! 

The cat is just too cute!!!!!!!!!

The girl was colored with Prisma pencils, then the 

clothes were added with the help of designer paper. 


and the fishnet stocking I just couldn't resist adding. 

First I colored and shaded her legs. Next step was

to use a sparkle black gel pen to make the hatch marks. 

The photo doesn't show the sparkle, but it is there, and looks

fantastic! 


Kitty was stamped on designer paper first. Then I added some color

with Prisma penicls, and shaded using Gamsol. She was bit of a chore

fussy cutting, but worth the work. I had to stamp the cat on the black designer paper

then layer the cut image over it. That way I still had the detail of the whiskers without
 
having to cut those. 
 
Very happy with the completed card. 
 
Now the hard question.....who gets it? 
 
I have a busy day. Going to class so I can work at the voting polls in November. 
 
On the way home I need to do some shopping, and stop at the Post Office. 
 
Looking forward to doing some running around!
 
Stamping trails
Karen 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Little Miss Witchy Poo


This cute little witch is nothing to be frightened by. 

Little Miss Witchy Poo is a Julie Nutting stamp. 

I made this memorydex for an upcoming swap. 


Here is a closer view of the witch. I got to use

the gamsol I bought at the craft show on Saturday. 

I blends the Prisma pencils really nicely! I was able to shade her face, and

hat just using small circular motions with a paper blending nub.


It is easy to change color on the nubs. Just rub the tip over the

sanding block. 

You may recognize the black designer paper I used on this as I also used a scrap of it
 on the Mailable Monday

card I posted yesterday.

Stamping trails
Karen 


Monday, September 18, 2017

Mailable Monday #211


When cleaning off my desk yesterday I found some scraps that

I thought would work on today's Mailable Monday edition. 

None of the three pieces of designer paper had to be cut again. 

I just put them in a pleasing design stamped the leaf in red, and 

added a greeting at the top. Took a whole 3 minutes to put together. 

Gotta love that, and more importantly gotta love using scraps. 

I really don't like throwing anything away. 

Speaking of leaves......


coming back from our walk around the lake yesterday I snapped some photos of 

the changing trees in the neighborhood. 



Really hard to believe that Fall starts this Friday when

we are suppose to have temps in the 80's all week. 

Stamping trails
Karen

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Adventures in Stamping Show at Strongsville


Me and my friend Betty got to spend several hours at 

the Adventures in Stamping show in Strongsville yesterday. 

Here we see Betty doing some shopping. 


We stopped at Linda's Stampin'Up! booth and we

did a make and take. 


Here is the card we made for Christmas. 


and the inside. 



Lots of great SU displays. 


stopped for another make and take. Betty was getting into it! 
 
 
Here is the card we made. Fun! 


Liked this display with the cards hung inside a decorative frame. 


Doll stamps. 


So pretty. 


Had to stop by the Tim Holtz booth. 


more


Got to meet Ted. He was telling me all about the company. It is based 

right here in Cleveland OH. He is the 3rd generation. His son was also there doing
 
demos. 
 
 
Ted made up this tag for me. I wanted to see the

new Oxide inks at work. 


He signed the back for me. Such a fun guy. I'll

be seeing him again in April for the the next show. 


Remember shinky dinks? There is a company that

has shrink plastic. After the images are shrunk down to size they

layer a matching button on top of them. I wish I would have

taken a photo of the one Betty did. She selected a blue bird. 


Betty got some dog stamps. 


I was pretty good with my purchases as I only spent 40 dollars. 

Got some paper dolls, and accent pieces from the Tim Holtz booth. 


At Inky Antics I got some stuff to use with my Primsa color pencils. 

Gamsol for blending, and eraser. Had to pick up some Stardust gel pens. 


Glitter tape, pop dots, embossing folders, and charms from 

the Darice booth. 


I think this display was at Our Daily Bread booth. 


this one too. 

I took 58 photos, but I'm not going to post them all. 

It was a great day! Of course I was to tired to work on more craft stuff

yesterday when I got home. I didn't sleep well the night before. My neck is still bothering me
 
and I just couldn't lay down for very long. Hoping its better today. 
 
Thanks bunches Betty for going to the show we me. Looking to our next
 
outing! 
 
Stamping trails
Karen 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Cherokee, and Fall Lake Photos


I snapped a photo of Cherokee yesterday enjoying a sunbeam......


and then.....


she yawned really wide! Ah the life of a kitty! 


After I took the photos of Cherokee me and hubby went for

a walk at the lake. 

Here you can see some geese on a fallen log in the lake. 

Anyone up for a game of duck, duck, goose? 


While hubby is still in full denial I took a photo

of a tree that leaves are most certainly changing to red. 


and plenty of leaves are falling into the lake. 


Skip walking in front of me. I don't think I've ever taken

photos of the cabin at the Hamby center. 


Front of the cabin


Full front of the cabin. I love the windows. 

Really need to visit this weekend as the Center

is only open to the public on the weekends. 

We've been inside before, but of course I didn't have the camera then. 

Today should be fun! Me and my buddy Betty are going to 

Adventures in Stamping. Lots of booths to visit, and I'm sure we 

will see some great demos, and maybe be able to take 

part in some make and takes. 

I'll be back tomorrow to share photos and let you know how much I bought. 

Stamping trails
Karen