Monday, December 29, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
bring joy to your heart & happiness to your home
Sunday, December 14, 2008
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!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
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
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!!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
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.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
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.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
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!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
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.
Monday, November 24, 2008
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!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
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........
Friday, November 14, 2008
The Store is decorated and filled with a wonderful selection of holiday décor and gifts for everyone on your list. As always, we are proud of our specialty toy selection, packaged foods, jewelry and books for all ages. Stampers and Scrapbookers: we offer a great selection of products for your holiday designing.
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
FRIDAY, NOV. 21 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
SATURDAY, NOV. 22 9:00 AM – 5:00PM
SUNDAY, NOV. 23 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
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EVERY DAY OF THE OPEN HOUSE
FIND THE PICKLE AND WIN A PRIZE!!!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
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!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Doreen created this Thanksgiving card using oval dies for the pumpkins. Three ovals make up each pumpkin. The papers are Graphic 45.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
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
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
Friday, October 31, 2008
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
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?!!!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
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.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
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.
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!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
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
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
Saturday, October 18, 2008
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