Monday, December 29, 2008

Bird Watching

If you are anything like me, it's a struggle to come up with cards for the men in our lives.
This was a very simple card that I put together using a stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms called Bird Watching. The plaid paper is from My Minds Eye and the ink I used was Distress Brushed Corduroy. Adding a ribbon tied in a knot to the bottom of the card adds the finishing touch.
I hope you all have a happy and safe end to 2008,
Doreen


Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Christmas greetings to all our blogger friends!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Merry Christmas

Created by Doreen Osland
STAMPS: Xmas Kiss by Penny Black
Merry Christmas by Amuse
PAPERS: Cosmo Cricket(Oh Joy)
SPELLBINDERS DIES: Scalloped & Classic Ovals

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

May the spirit of Christmas...

Created by Doreen Osland

bring joy to your heart & happiness to your home

We are having alot of fun designing with these Thomas Kinkade stamps. I must admit when I first saw them, I thought they were beautiful but didn't really know what I would do with them. As it turns out, they couldn't be easier.
On this card, I used The Night Before Christmas. I stamped the image on white paper using Versafine Olympia Green ink. Then I added yellow colored pencil to the windows. I finished the image off with some stickles(diamond) glitter glue, adding it to the trees and to the roof of the house. The papers I used were Wassail by Basicgrey.
I hope you will give these stamps a try.
Have some fun & enjoy your life,
Doreen

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Bits & Pieces

Did you follow the 12 Tags of Christmas on Tim Holtz' blog?
I even got up early a few mornings just so I could see his newest tag before I went to work. I've been wanting to try some of the techniques but I'm way too busy right now.
The Fragments just came in today. Tim used these on Tag 3 and 11. All 3 styles are in stock: ovals & rounds; squares & rectangles; tags with tab & hole.
Fond Memories also has a few sets of the Holiday Grungeboard. Tim used pieces from this set on Tags 5, 7, 8. He used the plain Grungeboard to stamp the deer & cut it out on Tag 10 - a technique to use with any of your favorite stamps.
Have you seen the metallic & white Crackle paints? Three of the colors are in stock now: Tarnished Brass, Antiqued Bronze, Picket Fence (white). Brushed Pewter is on back order.
Doreen & I plan to post card samples through the holidays whenever we have time. We may not write much. After all, a photo is worth a 1000 words.

Thank you from all of us at Fond Memories to all our loyal customers! We truly appreciate your business. We wish you all a wonderful Christmas!
Judy

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Noel

Created by Mary Jo

Papers: Making Memories Falala & Bazzill

Spellbinders Die: Curved rectangles

Inks: Versafine Olympic Green

Old Paper & Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks

Stamps: Cloud9- Christmas Joy

Artist outpost- Snowy Woods

Cloud Nine embellishments



Happy Birthday Dad!


I created this card for my father for his 76th birthday. Not your typical birthday card but my father is very proud to be an American veteran. So this was perfect for him.
I stamped Thomas Kinkade's Hometown Pride stamp using Versafine black ink onto white paper. Then I colored the flag using Faded Jeans and Fired Brick Distress inks. I sponged on black ink around the edges and mounted this onto a piece of black card stock. I ran a piece of red Core'dinations paper through the Cuttlebug using the Argyle embossing folder. The blue mat is also Core'dinations paper with distressed edges.
A BIG THANKS to all of you veterans out there!!
Doreen

Friday, December 12, 2008

Frosty Friends, warm hearts.

Created by Doreen

Cornish Heritage Farms stamps:
Frosty Friends
Warm Hearts
Bazzill Papers:
Berlin
Auckland
Crimson
Spellbinders Die
Curved Rectangles
Prisma colored pencils
Stickles
Plaid Ribbon
Frosty Friends made the"Snow or other Wintery ideas" list on Card of the Week! Congrats, Doreen!
-judy

Friday, December 5, 2008

Skater's Pond II

Another card with the same stamps -Thomas Kinkade Skater's Pond & Christmas Expressions greeting - as the card posted yesterday......
....only a totally different look because of different papers & colors.
The Skater's Pond was stamped on a kraft colored paper with Versafine black ink. I added a touch of color to the pond, sky & windows with Copic markers. Frosted Lace Stickles adds sparkle to the snowy areas yet not a lot of glitter. The image is matted on black & pale yellow. The snowflake paper is from My Mind's Eye. A cream & black check ribbon finishes off the design.
Happy stamping!
-judy

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Season's Greetings

Another beautiful stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms Thomas Kinkade series called the Skater's Pond.

This image is simply stamped with StazOn black ink on white glossy paper. Yes, it's simple! The antique color is achieved with Antique Linen & Vintage Photo Distress inks. I used one of the Curved Rectangles Spellbinders dies to create the curved ends on the mat. The background paper is actually from Cosmo Crickets Halloween line called Haunted: Ominous. I distressed it a bit.....of course. The ribbon was black & cream. I colored it with Fired Brick & Spiced Marmalade Distress inks to match the mat. "Season's Greetings" is from the CHF Christmas Expressions stamp set. The card is 5" x 6 1/2".

I have another card made with the same stamps that I'll post tonight.......a totally different look.

Keep stamping......enjoy!

-judy

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Tim Holtz' 12 Tags of Christmas

Remember the new Tim Holtz stamps? The ones we featured here a few days ago.

If you'd like to see what Tim does with them, check out his blog. He started 12 Tags of Christmas yesterday. Each day he shows a new tag with lots of techniques, great step by step photos, incredible designs.....a feast for the eyes!

Many of the products & stamps that he uses are available at Fond Memories.

So inspiring......

enjoy!
-judy

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Here's wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving Day! May we all be thankful for all the wonderful blessings we enjoy in this country.

I'm thankful for the blessing of such a wonderful stamp store called Fond Memories. Where else would we get such great products, stamps, paper, tools, ideas & great service? Thanks, Kathy!

Enjoy your turkey & pumpkin pie!

-judy

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

New Tim Holtz Stamps

Just in yesterday are 3 cling sets of new Christmas stamps from Tim Holtz: Letter to Santa, Reindeer Flight, and Holiday Collections (ATC size collages). All these stamps are beautiful! I can hardly wait to work with the Santa! He has such a fun look on his face. The Santa stamp is also available on a wood mount.

I really like the reindeer & the trees on the Reindeer Flight set, too. I sure hope I can find time to play with these stamps over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Keep stamping!

-judy

Monday, November 24, 2008

Blessings to You

Today, I put together this card to send to my sister in Ohio. Can you believe that yesterday I totally forgot that I needed to get Thanksgiving cards in the mail..... Well, I did.



So I picked out 2 Graphic 45 papers on my lunch. I had my Cornish Heritage Farms Time to Stamp set with me. It's not exactly a Thanksgiving set but I decided to use the verse. Once I started putting it together, the clocks seemed like a logical choice to fill in. I cut out the "stamps" & "butterfly" to mount separately. There's a subtle background stamped on the brick colored paper created with a CHF stamp called Pretty Pattern. I used the new Versamark Champagne ink pad. It leaves a watermark with gold sparkle. You simply can't see it in the photo. I added a bow & 3 round gems from Hero Arts that I colored with an Aidrondack Ginger marker.

I finished it up after work just in time to get it in the mail... Whew!

Enjoy!
-judy







Thursday, November 20, 2008

Masked Holiday Card


Doreen made this card using a Tattered Angels mask. She sprayed Glimmer Mist over the tree mask. What a great background for this elegant verse from Penny Black! The patterned paper has glitter on it........hard to see in this photo.
Enjoy!
-judy

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Big News....

I have some big news..........for me that is.

I just made the Guest Designer Team for Artistic Outpost stamps for 2009! I'm so excited.

In order to accept the position, I needed to have my own blog. So, last week, I created one. It's called Creating...My Style. I'm still tweaking the layout & adding things. Guess that's a continuous thing....... You can find it here. I've posted more info about the Guest Designer Team there.

I plan to continue to write this blog...... You may eventually read posts from some of the other FM girls, too!

I created this card with stamps from the Artistic Outpost Bluebird plate. Find it at FM!

I used it as one of my submissions for the Design Team. I used Distress inks........again!

It's also posted on my blog with more info........

Enjoy!

-judy

Friday, November 14, 2008

Holiday Open House

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Little Bird Wreath

New papers from Cloud9Design arrived at the store last week. The collection is called Christmas Joy. The colors range from pale blue to moss green to darker green to dark red. Three of the papers have sparkle or embossed designs. The stickers to match inspired me to make this card.

The little bird in the center of the wreath is one of the stickers. First, I cut the little square of white paper with a Spellbinders square die & embossed it. Then I centered & a new Spellbinders Pinking circle around a wreath on the Christmas Wreath paper & cut it. I cut a petite scalloped circle of dark red (which is the back side of Christmas Boughs) to place under the wreath. Next I cut the large Spellbinders Labels 1 in the dark red paper. I set the cut out aside to use on another card choosing to use the negative space. I trimmed the edges to fit on a 5 1/4" card allowing for a border. The blue card front is the back side of the wreath paper. There are little white pine branches all over it. Hard to see in the photo.


Do you remember this little tool? It was a gift to all our Workshop attendees. I've had this little tool on my work table for .........well, a long time. Today, I pulled it out to punch the little holes along the edge of the red square. It was so easy to use! I centered it along one edge using the guide marks to line it up. I used the top edge with holes every 1/4". I just moved the tool along realigning with previously punched holes until I got near the corner. I left the corners all for last since the spacing didn't come out exactly. I punched a corner hole & filled in with another hole....not quite the same 1/4" spacing but all the corners are alike. It's a design element!
I added a little tag cut with a Cuttlebug die. The "Merry Christmas" is from a tiny Hero Arts clear set. An iridescent bow & some Star Dust Stickles on the wreath berries finish off the design. So little stamping.....only the verse.......and no distressing! So fun!

There's a set of coordinating dimensional stickers that I want to try next!

Come back soon!
-judy

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Spellbinders Extravaganza Wrap Up

Our Spellbinders Extraganza was a big success!

.......despite the weather. We had snow Thursday night & Friday........roads were still good. Then the cold NW wind howled & blew snow across the wet roads........icy spots & treacherous driving this morning. It always amazes me how we can go from a record high of 78 on Monday to howling winds, rain, snow & icy roads in just a couple days. We certainly know it's November now.
Now for more cards......

Doreen created this Thanksgiving card using oval dies for the pumpkins. Three ovals make up each pumpkin. The papers are Graphic 45.


How appropriate........snowflakes. I certainly didn't expect this card to fit in so well with the weather when I made it. All the snowflakes are cut from the same die and embossed. If you look closely you may be able to see the raised areas. All the Spellbinders dies cut & emboss. The background is created with a Cuttlebug embossing folder called Swiss Dot. The "Believe" stamp is from B Line.

Everyone had a chance to try out the dies & make this card on Thursday. All stamps are from Cornish Heritage Farms Joyeaux Noel set. The card was cut with a new Spellbinders die as well as the mats.
On Friday & Saturday, this little gift tag was the free card......
The Pinking Circles used for this card is a new die set.
A big THANK YOU to all of you who came for the Spellbinders event. We enjoyed showing you all the new dies & how to use them.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

A Fun Day........

We had a great day with Spellbinders today!

I was there for my lunch to help with the noon start. There was a nice group ready to learn about the dies & see the new ones. Doreen & Mary said they were busy all afternoon. I was there again after work. It was fun!

Tomorrow is day 2 from 10-5. I sure hope the weather isn't too snowy! Yes, it's snowing here tonight!


Doreen created this wonderful design using 2 oval smooth dies & one scallop oval. This is one of the cards available to make for $2.00. The card front is stamped with a burlap texture stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms. I think the wheat is CHF, too. The verse is from My Sentiments Exactly. A popular card today!

This star card is my creation.......a simple design. Yet, the Reminisce paper & foil star make it elegant. I used 2 star dies to cut the foil frame. To create the embossed edge, the die with the foil in it is run through the die cutting machine again using an embossing mat from Spellbinders. That little embossed edge really adds to the classic elegance of the star. There's another star of dark green paper behind it. The verse - from Cornish Heritage Farms Christmas Expressions set - is stamped & embossed in gold. The Reminisce paper has a sheen which didn't show up in the photo.
Check back for more photos.......... Better yet, stop at the store to see these in person!
Keep creating.......
-judy

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tomorrow's the Day

Tomorrow is the start of the Spellbinders Extraganza! The new dies will be out at the store! There are some really nice Nestabilities sets plus other great designs. The Nestabilities dies are my favorites!

Doreen & I put some finishing touches on the cards today. It seems no matter how early we start getting ready for an event like this, we end up finishing at least one design at the last minute. Today, we had 2 that needed tweaking. We hashed over a few ideas & scrapped some original ideas.......and came up with 2 great cards by late afternoon!

There are 4 cards that you can make for $2.00 each. Plus, there's a free card! You have the opportunity to make 5 cards. All the cards feature at least one element cut with a Spellbinders die.

We hope to see many of you at Fond Memories on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. For all our blogger friends too far away to visit, I'll post photos starting tomorrow.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Spellbinders Extravaganza

Just a quick reminder! The Spellbinder Extravaganza is this Thursday-Saturday. The hours are Thursday: 12-8; Friday: 10-5; Saturday: 10-5. Doreen & I have been working hard to get some great cards ready!

All the Spellbinders dies will be on sale! The new dies will be available starting Thursday. There are some great new designs. If you're a blog checker.....like me..........you've seen many of the new dies featured. It was frustrating not being able to get them. Well, you can get them on Thursday.

I wish I had a card to share........but I don't. I can't show you the cards for this weekend.......not yet anyway. I'll be sure to post them on the weekend.

See some of you at the Extravaganza!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Home for the Holidays

A Holiday card to share........

Isn't this big house on a hill grand?
B Line stamps
Prismacolor pencils
StazOn Stone Gray
Bazzill papers
Glue pen
Glitter


The house is stamped in StazOn Stone Gray ink. I colored the trees, house roof, sky & road with Prismacolor pencils. I added glue to some areas with a glue pen & then added crystal glitter. I chose to keep the whole card in muted colors: soft blue & green and white. I wanted to create the soft, quiet beauty of a first fallen snow.



Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Halloween greetings to all our blogger community!

I must admit I only made one Halloween card this year. I found 2 that I made last year so I had three to send to my grandchildren. They rate on the top of my list!

Tonight I'm sharing a card that I got in the mail today! I love handmade cards that come in the mail! What a treat!

Kathy made this card for me. What a nice break from traditional orange & black!

I recognize the stamps that she used along the fold from a Tim Holtz Halloween set. I'm guessing the little verse is from A Muse. All the embossed creatures must be from a Cuttlebug embossing folder. The paper? You guessed it.....Core'dinations that's been sanded. That little spider on bottom is sure cute! and the cat! and the bat with the big eyes!

No tricks tonight........just a very nice Halloween card treat.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Moonlight Madness!

Tonight was Moonlight Madness in Walnut Grove! It's a fun night when the stores offer discounts. Many customers come in their Halloween costumes. Everyone is in a festive mood!

I stopped at the store after work to see Kathy, Mary & Doreen in their "costumes". I ended up helping for about an hour. The store was packed. Kathy & Mary were permanently fixed behind the checkout counter bagging purchases & ringing up sales! Doreen & Sally were refilling the food sample dishes & helping customers. I stood near the door to offer each customer a chance to draw a little orange discount coupon from a black cauldron. Each coupon gave a percent off of their entire purchase. Lots of fun shopping!
Lucky for me I had my camera along! (I often do just in case I need to get a picture of a card for the blog.) Well, tonight I got some pics of 3 of the Fond Memories Girls........in costume. Don't you wish you could have been there?
Here's Kathy & Mary in action behind the counter........... Love those red cheeks!
Okay, now I got their attention....... Aren't they pretty?

And here's Doreen.........isn't she sweet in purple?

I tried to get another photo of Kathy just before I left. Kathy's comment was "not now I'm trying to think" as she rang up another customer's purchases......... I think she was pondering whether she hit the right key on the cash register at this moment. Or maybe she was just checking her earrings?!!!
It was a fun time in the old town tonight!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Trees for Sale

Brrrrrr.....didn't this morning's temps feel like winter? I had to remind myself that it is still October. I sure hope we get some warmer days.
Today, I did some stamping on my lunch. Usually, I spend my time chatting with whoever is working........or shopping for more stamping stuff. I did my shopping on Monday so I had a new stamp set to work with today.
The set is Winter Vintage Signage by Cornish Heritage Farms. I used one of the stamps for the little sign. Isn't it cute? There are 8 different signs as well as a vintage frame to put around the verses. I chose to frame my little sign with a dark green mat & tiny brads in the corners. I stamped it with Adirondack Cranberry & Distress Pine Needles selectively applied to the stamp. There's a touch of red Spica marker on the star & arrow. (Spica markers have fine glass glitter in them.)
The tree stamped all over the background is new from B Line. It just came in last week. I think it's just the cutest little tree! I stamped it many times with Distress Pine Needles ink on white paper. I used more Pine Needles to shade the lower portion, Peeled Paint towards the tops of the trees & Broken China at the very top.
This was a fairly quick card. I wanted to try an idea for an even quicker card but I ran out of time tonight. If only I didn't need to sleep! Maybe I'll get that put together on my lunch tomorrow.
Let's think warm......and keep stamping!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Christmas in Blue

A Christmas card in blue!

How beautiful is this Thomas Kinkade Village Christmas? It's simply stamped in Versafine Majestic Blue ink. I added touches of Crystal glitter to all the snow areas. Isn't the detail incredible?

The card front is covered with a piece of dark blue vellum which has silver stars on it (I don't know the company but it's at Fond Memories.) I stamped over it with Penny Black Snowy Scroll using White Cotton StazOn. I used the blue vellum again as a mat on the stamped image only it's the back side. Perfect color match without the stars. That's layered onto a white mat. A white ribbon & 3 brads (with glitter added) finish off the card.

I hoped you could see the glitter in the close up. If you look closely maybe you can see the sparkle on the rooftops.

Happy stamping!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Red Foil Birds

Good Morning all!

Today, I have a quick card........at least it's much quicker than the cards I've posted lately.
This red foil with birds & branches was quickly made by embossing a piece of red foil in a CuttleBug embossing folder. To remove the red on the birds, I used a Tiny Touch applicator with a bit of Ranger Solvent Stamp Cleaner. The solvent removes the color. Be careful to use just a tiny bit & keep it on the birds.....it removes color wherever it touches the metal. I think alcohol will work the same way......try it!
When I buffed the metal with a paper towel to remove any solvent, a tiny bit of color rubbed off the branches & leaves.......just enough to accent them. A nice surprise & it adds to the image! Of course, you could sand the color off but sanding will leave tiny scratches on the metal. I didn't want that look for this card.
The black frame was cut using 2 Spellbinders dies: one rectangle & a bigger scalloped rectangle. I put both dies on a magnetic mat (Spellbinders) & cut both edges at the same time. Then I embossed it by using an embossing mat & running it through my Spellbinders Wizard again. If you look closely, you'll see the embossed ridges just inside the cut edges of the rectangle & scallops. Papers are from Wild Asparagus by My Mind's Eye. I added a textured dark red ribbon, a verse from Cornish Heritage Farms Script Essential Expressions........and it's done!
Send it to someone special.......to brighten their day!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Gifts at the Door....

I did some more stamping with Artistic Outpost's Snowy Woods stamp set......a wonderful mix of stamps. One of them is a door with a wreath & greenery. My first thought was that I really didn't know what to do with the door. So I challenged myself to try working with it.

I stamped it with Versafine Black Onyx & used Adirondack markers (Pesto, Meadow, Lettuce, Slate) to color the wreath, greenery & accent the shadows on the door. Then I added Weathered Wood Distress ink to the wood of the door & siding. I used Anitque Linen over the complete image to "antique" it. I added "berries" with a dark red gel pen. I stamped the wreath....another stamp in this set......& colored it to match the greenery. I used foam tape to attach it to the door. The bow is a silk ribbon. Silk ribbon is so soft & drapes nicely which works so well for this small bow.

The sled took a bit more work. I stamped one package, then I masked it. I stamped the second package. I added a mask to that package & then stamped the sled. I used a stamp positioner so I could get the sled to be under the packages. (An easier way would be to stamp & cut out the packages, stamp the sled, then glue the packages to the sled. Too bad I didn't think of that before now! )
I colored the packages with Distress inks using Cut n Dry foam. I think I used Antique Linen & Vintage photo........I forgot to make notes. I added Glossy Accents to the sled runners......it doesn't show up very well in the photo. I cut out the sled & packages creating a "snowbank" with the cut edge. I used Weathered Wood to shade along the sled runners & outer edges; the rest is colored with Antique Linen. The little tag is cut with a Spellbinders die. I stamped the verse & then re cut the tag to shorten it. It's distressed with Antique Linen. Do you think that's probably my most used Distress ink.......Antique Linen? You're right! I added a twine bow & attached the tag with foam tape. The sled & packages have 2 layers of foam tape near the center & none at the edges of the card.

I had all these pieces on my work table for a couple days before I put them together because I couldn't find quite the right paper for the card. I finally created a background paper. I started with white paper, stamped snowflakes......also in this set......with Brilliance Moonlight White & heat set the ink. Then I stamped the pine branch using Adirondack Oregano ink. I rubbed Weathered Wood distress ink all over the paper & images. The pattern is subtle but I really like how it turned out. Because Weathered Wood is the same color as used on the door, the colors blend perfectly. Once I put the card together, I added a touch of Black Soot Distress ink along all the edges.

For the inside of the card, I used the pine branch with Oregano ink again. I stamped the ink off twice so the image is very soft. I used Adirondack Raisin for the verse. I love the script in this verse. Isn't it elegant? You guessed it, it's part of this set, too!

Happy stamping!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A New Color Twist on Halloween

How's this for a new color combination for Halloween?

Forget about orange & black.......try these colors!

The color on the card was accomplished using various Distress inks: Faded Jeans, Scattered Straw, Dusty Concord. The color on the focal image is Adirondack alcohol inks on the back of acetate: Denim, Butterscotch, Eggplant, Wild Plum & Lettuce. The Tim Holtz ATC Halloween image was stamped on the acetate with StazOn. Then alcohol ink was applied to the back of the acetate. Kathy learned this technique at CHA: put drops of alcohol inks on a palette & let dry, fill a waterbrush with Blending Solution, use the brush to paint with the dried inks. That's how she applied the color to the acetate. It's a bit more controlled than using an applicator. The color palettes of the two inks are very compatible so the colors seem to be the same. Stamps used on the card are from the Trick or Treat set by Tim Holtz from Stampers Anonymous. Card design by Kathy.

Here you can see the wonderful range of color on the acetate. By layering the acetate over white paper, the colors intensify.

I really like the colors on this card! It's a fun change from traditional Halloween colors. Use this card for inspiration if you're not into Halloween (like me). Try this combination for a Christmas card. I think it would be great with snowflakes.

Challenge yourself......step out of that box! You never know what wonders you'll create.

Monday, October 20, 2008

New Core'dinations Papers

One of our wonderful customers left a comment about the anniversary card that was made with Core'dinations paper. That reminded me to tell everyone that some of the black Core'dinations papers are in at the store now. Yeah!!

I picked up a few last week. Most of the colors are what I would call "winter" colors......darker shades. There are some colors that will work great for Christmas cards. There is also one dark brown with red. Wonder how that would work with a vintage Santa image......an idea to try!

Remember Moonlight Madness is next week! Have you got your costume picked out? Ready to come shopping for some great deals & a wonderful selection of gifts? New things have been coming in every day. Today, Kathy suggested that they would need to move all the antiques out to make room for all the new things she & Doreen picked out at market! Guess that means lots of new stuff! (I don't really think she was serious about moving the antiques out!)

Some background stamps from Cornish Heritage Farms came in today. These are the ones I remember: burlap, notebook, a small flower pattern & aged wood. Those aren't the names of them.....just my description. Be sure to check them out when you're in the store!

I discovered tonight that the Fond Memories blog & the Santa card made the "Shout Out List" on the Card of the Week website. I'm thrilled. I check that website often. I've often wondered how the Card of the Week is chosen. I still don't know the answer to that question but I'm pretty honored to make the Shout Out List. I'll keep working for Card of the Week!

The Santa card was also featured on the Artistic Outpost blog on Saturday. You can check it out here... http://www.artisticoutpost.blogspot.com/ Just scroll down a bit to see it. How special ist that! It sure is to me!

Until next time........smiles to everyone.


Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Forest Chapel

.........a Thomas Kinkade stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms.
Some of the Thomas Kinkade stamps arrived at Fond Memories last week. These stamps have incredible detail just like Kinkade's paintings. Sometimes when I see a stamp that has a colored index on it like these, I'm reluctant to stamp with it because I think it will be hard to replicate the colors. You might think that about a Thomas Kinkade stamp. After all, he is known for his absolutely beautiful use of color.

.........so here are a couple cards that I made without coloring the image in detail.

First, I stamped the image using Versafine Black Onyx. Versafine is one of the best inks for fine detail stamping. Next, I cut out the chapel using an oval Spellbinders die. (You could also use the Coluzzle cutting system with an oval template.) I matted it on bigger ovals cut from black & white paper. I edged the white mat with a black marker. Then the image was mounted on a gray Bazzill card over a white satin ribbon. The verse is from Cornish Heritage Farms Script Essential Expressions set. I think the image is just stunning without adding any color!

Now, here's a second card that has a touch of color added..........


I again used Versafine ink but this time it's Olympia Green. I cut out the chapel & a dark green mat with round Spellbinder dies. Using a piece of Cut N Dry foam, I added a touch of green with Distress Peeled Paint ink. (Tip: Ink the foam lightly, rub it on scratch paper, then apply the color to the image so that it's very light. I often "huff" on the foam to add a bit of moisture to release more of the ink.) The card is Bazzill. I sponged on Peeled Paint ink to the lower edge for the darker color below the twill. The twill tape is green but I thought it needed to be a bit darker so I slid my black StazOn pad over it; it added a touch of dark to the ridges in the twill. I used the same verse from Cornish Heritage Farms Script Essential Expressions.
Now, for a colored version of the Forest Chapel.........

If you read the blog yesterday, I mentionned that I would post an image colored exclusively with Distress inks & Tiny Touch applicators. That is exactly how I colored this stamped image of the Forest Chapel by Thomas Kinkade - Cornish Heritage Farms. I was amazed myself with how well it turned out!
I stamped it with Versafine Black Onyx. Then I started coloring with these Distress inks:

Weathered Wood

Broken China

Scattered Straw

Peeled Paint

Shabby Shutters

Tea Dye

Dried Marigold

Worn Lipstick

Brushed Corduroy

Milled Lavendar

Tattered Rose

Aged Mahogany

Once I had it all colored, I cut the oval using a Spellbinders die. I cut the next size larger oval from Bazzill "Berlin" for the mat. Because it's matted, I mounted it with foam tape over the hole in the original image (the mat being bigger than the hole so it hides it). I used the Bazzill Berlin to mat the complete image & added a tiny white mat; then matted it on another green Bazzill paper (I don't know the name..) which I distressed with Antique Linen & Walnut Stain to add shading to the edges. I had intended to make this into a card & add a verse.......I couldn't cover any of the image once it was done. For now, I will set it on a shelf in my stamping room to admire.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Ho, Ho, Ho!

Merry Christmas!


Well, not quite yet but today I have a Santa card to share. I had fun creating this card using the Artistic Outpost Snowy Woods stamp set.

Artistic Outpost Snowy Woods stamp set
Cosmos Cricket paper
Creative Impressions hardware
Ranger Espresso & Distress Antique Linen inks
Ranger Adirondack markers: Cranberry, Latte, Mushroom
McGill Pine Branch punch

I used Ranger Espresso for all the stamped images. The santa is colored with Adirondack markers: Cranberry, Latte, & Mushroom. These markers are alcohol based so they do not smudge the image since it was stamped with a water based ink. In order to get the skin color, I scribbled a bit of cranberry marker on a my glass work surface. I added a bit of acohol to dilute the color & then picked up the color with a Tiny Touch applicator (from Ranger & Suze Weinberg) to color the hands & face. (These little applicators are great for detail work. Tomorrow, I'll post a Thomas Kinkade image that's totally colored with Distress inks using Tiny Touch applicators. Did I get your interest peaked? Check tomorrow....)
After the Santa was colored, I rubbed Distress Antique Linen over him to give that vintage look. He is mounted with foam tape under his head & shoulders to give dimension; no foam tape under the bottom edge so that it will fit under the frame. The frame was cut using 2 Spellbinders square dies. The delicate pine branches were cut with a punch from McGill that's new to Fond Memories. I love the detail. I must warn you that this punch is extremely hard to cut through cardstock. I literally had to step on it to push is through the paper. It was worth it, don't you think? The hardware & red twill are from Creative Impressions. I stamped the verse on vellum & embossed it with clear. The wonderful papers are all from Cosmos Cricket except the red mat which is Bazzill.
Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Take 6 cards

Here's what you missed if you didn't get to the store for the Take 6!


The Far Out Holiday card is a Hero Arts design. This little robot is so cute! I used the little tree from the same set on some of the tags shown last week.




This Welcome Baby card uses a Cuttlebug embossed background & a sentiment die. The yellow paper is Core'dinations which has a white core brought out by sanding the embossed image. Card designed by Doreen.


Live Simply is the 3rd card. Doreen designed this card using a small clear Hero Arts set called My Art. Aren't the colors great?


Simplify is the 4th card. All stamps are from the Primitive Beginnings set from Cornish Heritage Farms. Another great design by Doreen.


The 5th card is bright & colorful & uses an Ellzybells stamp. The papers are so fun & fit so well for a birthday card. Great job Doreen!
The last of the Take 6 is 3 holiday tags. The background is created with a Penny Black swirl background stamp as well as a Penny Black snowflake from the Crystalline clear set. There were a couple little verses to use from Hero Arts sets. The snowflake brads are from Creative Impressions.
Be inspired to create..........make a card to brighten someone's day!