Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Marker Wash

This is the card I entered in the Technique Junkies Technique of The Month contest. The winners have been chosen so I can share it with you now. The technique that was used is called Marker Wash. It is from the current issue of the Technique Junkies Newsletter. The stamps I used are from Firecracker Designs by Pamela. I had to mask each stamp to get this to look like one image. That was a bit challenging to do because I had to emboss each piece first and the embossing powder made it hard to get the masks to stick but I eventually got it to work. Another cool thing I did was I colored silver brads with a magenta colored sharpie to get them to match the flowers. Hope you like it.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Grandma and Me

I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. Hanukkah is just around the corner now, it starts on December 4th this year. Last night I made a gift for my mom. She loves pictures and I took a great one of her and Emilia at our Botanic Gardens when we were there in October. I was looking around Lisa's blog one day and saw she had made a cool picture frame using pearl ex and the essential glue pad and I thought that would be a perfect gift for my mom. I got the chipboard frame from Joann's online. I used the essential glue pad to stamp the glue on the frame and then stippled on 2 colors of pearl ex. After that I used a retired TAC background stamp to add the flowers. I colored them in with my Copic sketch markers and then cut the letters with my cuttlebug using the baby face alphabet dies and chipboard. After that I used a green colorbox petal point ink pad to color them. Unfortunately the scan is washing out some of the color from the pearl ex and you cannot see the shimmery effect it gives off but it does look cool IRL. I hope my mom will like it. I am pretty sure she will and it should be a nice surprise for her. I hope you like it too.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Birthday Alexandra

Today is my neice Alexandra's 12th birthday. I still remember the day she was born like it was yesterday. I can't believe she is 12 now! I made this card for her birthday because she loves Hippos so much. I hope she likes it. I used the starburst technique from the April 06 Technique Junkie Newsletter. Stamps are from The Angel Company. I drew the bows on with a white gel pen. I am also making her a double layer chocolate cake that we will have tomorrow after Thanksgiving dinner. Tomorrow is my Dad's 73rd birthday too so it is a double celebration day for us here. I hope you all have a good Thanksgiving and have a lot to be thankful for as well!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Gluten Free Treat

I just realized that it has been almost 2 weeks since I last posted. Sorry about that. Unfortunately I have been having problems with my mouth again and have been spending quite a bit of my free time trying to find answers for what might be the cause. Because of this I have not had much time to stamp but I am hoping that will change soon.
In the meantime I wanted to share a recipe for a gluten free dairy free cookie I made yesterday that I really like. Emilia even likes it too. I think they are great to eat as a morning snack with a cup of tea.
Breakfast Cookies
4 Tablespoons Earth Balance buttery sticks which are dairy free you could also use butter or margarine too.
1/3 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups almond flour. I get mind from Lucy's Kitchen
Put the earth balance butter in a mixing bowl and melt in the microwave. Add all the other ingredients and then stir in the almond flower. Roil into balls and put on cookie sheet. Bake in 275 degrees oven for 10-15 mins.
You could also add raisins or nuts if you want too.
Enjoy! I hope you like them as much as we do.
Have a good night!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Foxglove Cottage

I finally got some time this week to play with one my Thomas Kinkade stamps that I had purchased from Cornish Heritage Farms a few months ago. This is the Foxglove Cottage stamp. I stamped the image with Versafine black ink onto 90# watercolor paper that I got at Hobby Lobby last week. I used my new Faber Castell watercolor pencils, a few of my prismacolor watercolor pencils and an aqua brush to color it. I used the Spanish Gold technique from the current TJ junkies newsletter for the background piece. I stamped a TAC crackle background stamp on the spanish gold background to give it some texture. I am really happy with how this turned out. I hope you like it too.


Friday, November 2, 2007

Halloween and other stuff

Halloween went pretty well. It was really cold here when we went out and I almost froze my fingers off but Emilia and my niece Alexandra had a good time and got lots of candy. Emilia loves Halloween and American Girl dolls so we were really lucky to find a women that makes handmade American Girl costumes on Ebay. The dress matched Emilia's American girl doll Kirsten perfectly too. I know she will still get a lot of wear out of the costume now that Halloween is over and it is something she will always treasure. It is hard to believe the year is almost over now.
On another note. I am really bummed that Sabrina was voted off Dancing With The Stars this week. I thought she was going to win for sure. That makes me not want to watch that show anymore but I know I will. The Amazing Race starts again Sunday night. Rich really likes that show and it is another show we can all watch together so I am looking forward to it starting again too.
Well that's about all from here for now. I have been able to do some stamping this week so I hope to have some new card creations to share with you soon.