"Christmas Cardinal"

Wednesday, September 25, 2012

I have become intrigued with a new maker that I have seen advertised in some of the magazines. The markers are called "Spectrum Noir".  They are alcohol based markers that can be blended, and refilled.

These markers are comparatible to the now famos "Copic" markers.

I bought a couple of sets at my local "Joann's" for $14.99 a set of six. With a 50% off coupon that came to about $1.25 for each marker. Not a bad price!!!

I am quit impressed with the results that I was able to obtain with the markers, but I'll let you judge for your self.


"Christmas Cardinal"


The stamp set is from "Close to My Heart". The background paper is from "Joann's". And, the light green leaves where cut on my Cricut.

All in all I think that the Spectrum Noir markers are well worth the money especialy when using acoupon at Joann's. It gives you a good alternative to the pricey "Copic" markers.

If anyone else has had experience with these markers, let me hear from you.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Wonder and Joy"

Saturday, July 14, 2012

It has been a busy week, but I did get to finish up a couple of projects. Mostly at the Thursday card get together.
The card that I am posting today is called "Wonder and Joy". It reminds me of when I was a child and I was always doing something that my mother, who was city raised, thought was icky. But, I thought it was great fun.

So here is the card, and you will see what I was into;

"Wonder and Joy"



The stamp set is a set from the now defunct "The Angel Company". I sold for them for about 12 years until they closed shop. A company called "RedRubberDesigns" bought up most of thier designs.

You will notice that I used another "EK Success 2 in 1" punches for the trim along the bottom of the card. There are I think 5 different punches to be had, at Joann's.

The image was stamped with Memento ink and colored with my Copic markers on "Cryogen Cardstock". The background of the card was stamped using the remainder of the stamps in the set using Versa-Mark ink to stamps the watermarks. A little Stickles was applied to give the card some bling.

Very simple card, but the wife liked it.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!!

Bob L.

"Happy Birthday Card and Product Review"

Wednesday, July 4, 20012

I hope everyone is enjoying thier 4th of July. I surpose to be in the high 90's today, so I believe most of our activities will be inside. Not that I'm against doing a little BarBQ ing.

Todays card is one that we made at our monthly club meeting.

I made a birthday card because everyone needs Birthday cards.Seeing that I'm always late sending out cards, I thought this sentiment was appropriate. And here is your look at the card.

"Happy Birthday"


The stamp set used is from "Close to My Heart" called "Card Chatter-Birthday" # D1475 and the cost is $17.95. The mats wghere cut out using the Spellbinder die set "Label Eight". The front of the card was embossed with a Cuddlebug Embossing frolder called "Birthday". The decoritive strip was cut with an EK Success punch. More about the punch below.

"Product Review of The EK Success 2 in 1 Punch"



The punch is fairly new and  I got this one at Jo-Anns. The cost of the punch is $25.95, but with a 40% off coupon it is very reasonable at $15.57. Here is how the punch looks;

"EK Success 2 in 1 Punch"

The pink lever on the left front on the body of the punch is how you select the type of punch out that you want to do.The lever is currently set to #2 which is the edge punch, and #1 is for the complete cutout to give the strips that I used on the top and bottom of the card.

One note on the use of these punches. The need to be pressed very firmly, in other word they punch hard. In the #2 setting, the punch lever only goes half way down. Thats because it only cuts half the pattern. In the #1 setting the punch must be pressed down hard to get the effect.

"Punch Outs"

The top example is lever setting #1, and the bottom example is using lever setting #2.

The punches come in five(5) different patterns that I have seen so far, but there may be more. You can also cut the #1 pattern in a contasting color and overlay it over the bottom pattern. This gives a great look. Try one you will like them and find many uses for them. They are not only cost effective, but they save space.

That's all for today.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!
Bob L.