Friday, November 28, 2014

Three Chickens

I was going through some cards in my stamping room and found this one that I made a while ago.  I really like the punch art chickens on this card so I thought I'd share it.  I don't have the particulars on the stamps that I used but I can tell you how to make the chickens.  They are so cute and would be a good embellishment on a scrapbook page too!

All of the punches I used were from Stampin' Up, the body of the chicken is made from the large oval punch, the wings and orange at the top of the head is cut from one of the flowers in the Boho Blossoms punch.  Both of these are still available from Stampin' Up.  The beak and wattle were made using the 3 - Heart punch.  This one is retired but any little heart punch would work. you punch a yellow heart and an orange heart and cut them both in half.  The bottom of the yellow heart makes the beak and the top of the orange heart makes the wattle!  The nesting box is just a rectangle I cut with my Fiskars cutter and I used orange and yellow tissue paper to make the nesting material.  

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Always Something to be Thankful For

I've seen a lot of cards made with Papertrey Ink Autumn Hills and thought they were so pretty that I had to buy the set!  I moved to Florida from Massachusetts and I get a little nostalgic in the fall because I miss seeing the leaves changing colors and the smell of the air.  Coloring the image on this stamp made me happy and made me remember all the things I like best about Autumn in New England!  

I really enjoy doing paper mosaics and used a bunch of leaf stamps to make the one I put on this card.  Here's a close-up of the mosaic before I cut it into strips to put on the card.  You can't tell from the photo, but the cut pieces are very shiny and really do look like pieces of broken china!  If you are interested in the steps for making this let me know in a comment and I'll do a tutorial.

This is a picture of the stamped and embossed piece that I cut up to make it.  The leaf stamps are from a set by Impression Obsession called Wreaths and Garlands and the swirl is from a Hero Arts set called Fancy Scrolls.  I couldn't find a source for purchasing it on-line so it may be retired, but a different scroll stamp would work, especially since you cut it all up into pieces.

I used a tool that I made myself to add some texture to the background and then spritzed a little Melted Chocolate Dylusions spray and Tattered Angels spray to add some more interest and a little bit of sparkle.  Here's my tool!!

I use it like a stipple brush...pounce the ends into ink and then onto the card stock.  It gives a flecked look to your piece.  It's easy to clean, too!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Supplies Used:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Autumn Hills, Impression Obsession - Wreaths & Garlands, 
              Hero Arts - Fancy Scrolls
Ink: Momento - Tuxedo Black; Adirondack - Sunshine Yellow, Pesto, Sunset Orange, 
              Lettuce, Red Pepper, Ginger, Butterscotch; Stampin' Up - Bashful Blue
Copics: B21, B23, Y26, YR24, YR18, E99, YG95, YG97, W2, W3, W5, E43, E07, YR07, 
             Y18, R29, C3
Dies: My Favorite Things - Stitched Tags Die-namics; Impression Obsession - Wheat die
Cardstock: Stampin' Up: Old Olive, Basic Gray, Black, More Mustard; 
                  Little Yellow Bicycle - Hello Fall-Walnut Knit 
Embossing Powders: Judikins Amazing Glaze; 
                 Tim Holtz Distress Powder - Weathered Wood (I just read that this powder has        
                 been discontinued.  It's still available so if you would like some, you should get it 
                 now.  It makes really good grout!)
Miscellaneous: Dylusions Spray - Melted Chocolate; 
                Tattered Angels Spray - Inchworm Glimmer Mist; 
                Sparkle & Sprinkle 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape; 
                Mark Richards metal nailheads - black