Sunday, 1 December 2013
All stamps are from Heather's Stamping Haven's line of stamps. The focal image of poppies is embossed in Bavarian Bronze embossing powder. The background stamp is a Shakespearean sonnet in script, and stamped in Bundled Sage I believe, or possibly one of the soft shadow inks from Hero Arts. The background on the poppy panel is one of the genealogy stamps from Heather's line. The poppies are coloured with Distress Markers and some more Distress ink is sponged around the edges. The whole panel is covered in Distress crackle paint (rock candy) and when it dried, more ink was rubbed into the cracks. The dark teal strip was embossed with one of Tim Holtz' texture fades folders and all the card stock pieces were edged in Memories Art Print Brown. Lastly, some dots of Adirondack liquid pearls completed the effect.
Well - it's time to get ready for church! Must dash. I just looked at the clock and it's 9:00 and the girls need to be there at 9:15 for choir practice. I'd better get moving!
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Friday, 1 November 2013
This has been a fun challenge! I don't think I can keep up the pace at the moment. I am gearing up for the church bazaar where I am coordinating the sewing and knitting table. I have a few projects on my knitting needles and I am taking a quilting class so have a sampler quilt underway. I am absolutely not complaining, just not very good at juggling and balancing. Still, this challenge has reminded me that it is always mentally and creative restorative to make time for stamping. It is also satisfying to use up the scraps and bits and bobs that are cluttering my stamping desk. I think if I kept this challenge up until the end of December, I would have a clean desk out of it. December 2018 that is!!! Hahahahaaa!
Hope you get some stamping in this weekend!
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Thanks for stopping by. One more day of my stamping challenge!
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Tuesday, 29 October 2013
Hello! Here's my latest stamping challenge project - a quick little tag. I used some leftover parts from my explorations in making my samples for my November class at Heather's Stamping Haven. The class will be on November 30 from 2-5 pm. The class projects are show below and my class is called Wink of Christmas because I have been trying out the Wink of Stella glitter brushes! They are a lot of fun and add a different sort of shimmer than stickles or twinks. I quite like them. My class also uses a great set of Christmas stamps from Penny Black. Hope you can join us!
The other stamping things I have been doing this weekend are Krista's classes! I haven't taken a picture (yet) of all my projects, but you can see them on Krista's website here. If you click on one of the thumbnails, it expands the picture to a see-able size and you can scroll through. We had such a good time! Krista teaches a variety of colouring techniques: Tombows, Distress markers, Copics, and Inktense pencils. It was a blast and the other ladies always make it such a special time. A great big thank you to Krista, Heather, and all the other ladies for a wonderful weekend!
Well, all this stamping goodness is the reason I have been away from my stamping challenge. I gave myself a pass since I was spending so much time doing other sorts of stamping. I think my family might have really rebelled if I had spent any more time stamping and blogging!
Well, time to dash off to work here. Hope you had a good weekend too and found some time to get inky!
Thursday, 24 October 2013
Then I cut out different parts of the image, being careful to cut just beside the embossing line. Then, I layer them back together again. I like to keep a "big" piece for the back. It's also fun to apply Art Institute Glitter to the various design elements of the image. This is easiest to do before they are assembled because the glue takes a while to dry. I get a bunch of them on the go at once and then I get my glitter out and do it assembly-line style. I also embellish them with stickles and liquid pearls too. This particular one is mounted to a piece of textured cardstock (Sahara Sand).
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Tuesday, 22 October 2013
Here's the next one - I have a stack of these medallions (Holly Berry House) all assembled and waiting for a card. I chose a Creamy Caramel card base (one of the layers) and stamped it with one side of the Marble Textures cube (Stampendous). The medallion had been stamped on a variety of papers (shimmer and ordinary) and trimmed out, and layered with foam tape. A number of the layers are embellished with coordinating colours of Art Institute glitter. I added some gold Viva Decor pearls too.
In other stamping news, this weekend Krista Schneider comes! I love this time of year and the happy anticipation of her classes. This year's multimedia class is a gorgeous fall birch tree. She walks you through all the steps so anyone can make their own gorgeous original artwork. The samples are on Heather's website (www.heathersstamping.com) and on Krista's blog (link on the right hand side bar - Red is my Favorite Color)
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Sunday, 20 October 2013
Hello! As many of my readers will know, I teach classes at Heather's Stamping Haven in Ottawa. I have been a customer for many, many years and Heather and her store are very dear to my heart. It was with very mixed emotions that I learned of her intentions to retire this winter (click here for the post on her blog). I am so pleased for her that she will be starting this new direction in her life and enjoy the freedoms that come with retirement. That said, I will really miss her at the store! It really has been a haven, in so many ways, and I have had such good times there with so many very dear people.
I know Heather is looking for a buyer for the store, so if you are someone with an entrepreneurial streak or know someone who has one that is looking for an active business with great growth potential, please connect with Heather. I am sure I am not the only one hoping that someone takes over the business and keeps a wonderful stamping store in Ottawa!