Monday, November 28, 2011

You Gotta Have Heart

Hearts and trees are the first things I remember drawing ; the first things I remember my  children asking me to draw for them.
I just saw my children all together for the first time in 5 years. I never could have dreamed how big my heart could grow, just watching them grow.
This weeks theme at Created Byhand Tuesday Challenge is Family/Heart die cuts.
This Quote -Versafine sepia- themal embossed on the Spellbinders Heart  die cut, reminds me that Christmas is everyday in my heart.
The pattern paper is wrapping paper and the border is Rubber Stamp Tapestry . I swear I am never going to buy another mounted stamp till I see them at my LSS.
The red and green are the new Winter Seasonal Distress Colors. Bravo Ranger! They live on my desk.
I also used the holly from the new Christmas Rubber. (Everyone write to Suzanne- when you order rubber- and tell her we want more design elements!)
Added a bit of Stardust pens for zings- hard to see in this scan. Get some- they are on sale now at Quietfire.
This season I hope you will take time to develop your heart-creativity helps-and lets see some of your creations here in the Challenge- don't be shy.
Free Rubber each week in December for one poster!

Thanks for looking, comments and posting your own entry.
To read what is on my heart, please visit Still Waters Refuge

Monday, November 21, 2011

Clean and Simple
A digital friend on a message board recently asked the meaning of CAS-clean and simple.
This weeks theme for the Created Byhand Tuesday Challenge is Thanks/Square Die Cuts.
This card came together in just a few minutes as soon as I had my hand on the stamp-take a look at it ,it's one of a set of four-one of them will fit everywhere you need it to, and the Spellbinders Lacey Square Die.
The background color- not showing up well here is Iced Spruce from the Winter Seasonal  Distress Inks-a new love- take good care of these pads- no re-inkers!
It was so quick and easy I made a dozen- they are ATC size so could be traded, used as a TY tag on a gift or as a design element on a bigger card.
The stamp is thermal embossed  black and the gold floral images are stamps I found on a recent cleaning spree. They were in the give away pile-So it goes!
 Clean and Simple!

Thanks for your comments and posting your own entry.
To read what is on my heart , Please visit Still Waters Refuge

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Christmas Tag Mingle

 My LSS A Stamp Artist Place had a Christmas Tag exchange and here is my entry. We were to use all products available in the shop and keep to a certain size that we all ignored.
I used last years Spellbinders ornament die to cut the shape and this years layered poinsettia die for the flower. Noel is a Quietfire stamp that comes vertical and horizontal!
Lots of gold, embossing and Twinkling H2O's.
Leave a comment of you need more info and have any Christmas cheer to share!

sorry out of focus!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Leaf Well Enough Alone

It's only Wednesday and here is my entry in this weeks Created Byhand Challenge and the theme is Leaves/Leaf Die Cuts.
Life can come to a halt when you get New Rubber from Quietfire in the mail. then again it may not.
Everything on this card was on my desk-the leaf die cuts, the fall Ranger inks and this seasonal sentiment from the new Rubber. There is something for everyone in this new Christmas Plate that is specially priced for a few more days. If you are local to me I can order it for you. Leave me a comment.
This tag may and may not be done, and here it is and Bloggers, I ask you to do the same.
I might add some white shading, and I have a few more leaves I can add to a ribbon to make a festive tag-maybe-if I make time...
I want to see more of your art play in the Challenge- no excuses- it doesn't have to be your best work and what you are selling on Etsy. Just share with us.
Leave a comment if you have questions about the techniques and anything else you might like to comment on. Thanks.
Watch this space- some free rubber contests coming in December.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Gee, It's good to be Back Home Again

I've been on the road, in the air and living out of a suitcase. Yes, I drew everyday and had some knitting and embroidery... and... there is nothing like getting inky in your own studio, even if you haven't unpacked yet from the fiber fest in October!
Shout out to Yogi for filling in with my Created Byhand Tuesday Challenge duties.
This weeks theme is Postal/ Faux Stamps.
I went all out and bought new dies, and I used the Spellbinders Postage Stamps to shape this card. I'm sorry to say I've been a bit disappointed in my newest Spellbinders dies. This looks more to me like a cog than a stamp. The quote a Quietfire oldey and goody-and the faux postmark is Kaspareks. I love her fiber themed stamps and I wish they came unmounted.
Lots of Distress -did you get the new holiday colors yet?
If you need more info leave me a comment.
I sent lots of postcards while I was gone, and got some to send now that I am back.
Thanks for your comments, posting in the Challenge and all who take the time to send me letters and cards.

Home might just be where the card is!
To read what is on my heart, please visit Still  Waters Refuge