"Maine Lighthouse"

Sunday,May 30, 2010

I love lighthouses. The stamp that I used today is from a partial "Stamp'n Up" set that I bought at a yard craft sale. I believe it was originaly a four stamp set, but I only got two. And I must say for a very good price. I can not pass up a bargin.

Here is my rendition of the stamp;

"Maine Lighthouse"

The image was colored with Copic Markers. After the image was colored the image was cut out useing a Spellbinder die "Label Seven". Before the cut out image was removed from the die I drew around the inside of the die with a Spica Blue pen. The water at the bottom of the image had some "Crystal Lacquer" applied. The mat for the image was cut with the "Label Seven Die" in the next larger size. The background papers were from scraps that I had in my stash.

The sea shells that are at the bottom of the card are buttons that I had on hand. They were colored with a Krylon Copper Leaf pen. Some Copper Stickles were added to the corners of the mats. All of the matted items were popped up using double-sided carpet tape. A piece of jute string was tied into a bow and attached to the card.

Sorry I did not keep track of the colors used on this card, I'll do better the next time. This card is simple, but fun to make.

Hope you enjoy it. Your comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Mare and Foal"

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

In my post "Something Other Than a Card" I was asked where they could buy Roses creations. She has and "Etsy" shop at HERE. You can go there if you are interested in her creation. She wishes to thank you for your support.

The card I am posting today would make a great card for you husband, father or any male friend.

I call the card "Mare and Foal". The stamp is from "Stampabilities" the stamp number is JR1029.

"Mare and Foal"

I did this one a little different. I cut out the scalloped oval first with the Spellbinder die. This made it easier to position the image where I wanted it. After the image was stamped and colored, I masked the mare and foal. The grass and trees, stamps from Stampscapes were stamped. I had one more thing to do before the masking was remove. I airbrushed in the sky and the grass using a piece of paper towel to give me separation. This card has a lot of detail in it, but is quit easy to make.

Now to finish up the card, I used a Copper Leaf Krylon pen to edge the image and the sentiment. The bottom of the card front was stamped in black ink using the tree stamp.

The colors used for this card were;
Horse; E13,E15,E18
Grass; YG09, YG45
Sky; B02

I hope you enjoy my creation. Your comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Tiger Lily"

Sunday, May 23,2010

Rose wanted to take this opportunity to thak everyone for there kind comments about the pictures of her plastic canvas creations that I posted for her. I am in the process of setting up an "Etsy" shop for her. I will put the addie in my signature as soon as it is open.

Now on to card making.

Friday morning I was pleased to see that our "Tiger Lilies" in our garden were in full bloom. So I decided to do a card honoring these beauties. They put so much joy in our lives. The card is a simple card, but shows off the beauty that nature provides us.

"Tiger Lily"

The image for this card is from the "Stamping Studio" and the name of the image is FOTM2-5 Lily. It's a very pretty image and consists of two different sizes of the lily and the saying "Lily". I of course colored the lily with Copic Markers and airbrushed the background. The paper used on this card were from "DCWV" and the pad is called "Pocket full of Posies". The lily was colored than masked and left in the Spellbinder die while it was airbrushed. I stamped the background paper using a stamp from "The Angel Company" called "Curls and Swirls" for a little depth.

The Copic colors used for this image were;
Tiger Lily; Y13,YR16,YR18
Stem; YG07,YG17
Background; B01,YG05

Well, that's it for today, I hope you enjoy my redition of a "Tiger Lily". Your comments are always welcome. By the way I worked from a photo that I took of the "Tiger Lily".

Have a GREAT DAY!!!
Bob L.

"Something Other Than a Card"

Friday, May 21, 2010

Todays post is not a card. Surprise, Surprise. I'm always saying how crafty my wife Rose is. She knits, Crochets, and does plastic canvas. She can do it in here sleep, or when she is sitting in front of the TV watching her favorite soap opera. Don't ask me how she does it, I have no idea. So, with that said, if you have questions, I'm not the one to answer them.

The first item is a tissue box in the shape of a cute dog called "ZIP". She loves to do animal themes.

"Dog Tissue Box"

The second tissue box is a cat. Strangely it looks like our cat "Sandy. I can't snuggle with it, but it is very cute.

"Cat Tissue Box"

Seeing that my wife ,Rose, refuses to use a computer, if you wish to leave a comment about her work, please do and I will pass them on to her. She mostly gives her creations away, but also does sell quit a few.

Hope you enjoy her work.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Happy Birthday Mouse"

Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Yesterday, I remembered that I had not made a birthday card for a friend of mine. Now I knew it had to be something fast and easy. I already had the image colored which is my normal way of doing thing. I color a lot then assemble cards as needed.

Here is the card I came up with;

"Happy Birthday Mouse"

Seeing that the image was already colored, it was just a matter of assembling the card. I picked a piece of background paper from a DCWV pack called "Text Prints the paper stack". It has Happy Birthday printed all over it. I was trying to figure out what sentiment to use, when looking at the paper I figured that the background paper had the sentiment on it already. So, I placed the image so that the "Happy Birthday" showed. Then I cut two narrow strips of cardstock to highlight the bottom saying. The image was cut out with a Spellbinder die, but I did not have a larger die to do the matting for the image. I cut a piece of cardstock an 1/8" large and punched the corners with an EK Success "Ticket Punch" to follow the theme. Added some silver dots and some stickles to the card. Walha, the card was out in the mail.

The image was colored on my favorite cardstock, "Cryogen". Of course the image was colored with Copic Markers. The colors used for the image were;

Teacup; B000,B01,B02, W1
Mouse; C0,C03,C05
Flowers; Y02,Y17,BV00,BV01,BV04,RV02,R22,R24
Leaves; YG07,YG09

Did not take long with this card. Hope my friend will like it.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"The View"

Wednesday. May 12, 2010

I have a lot of stamps. I don't have a favorite company, I just pick stamps that appeal to me at that moment. The stamps that I have choosen for todays card are from "Great Impressions". The theme is japanese. And here is the card;

"The View"

The card is made up of three stamps, the scene,geisha and side border. I started out by coloring all of my images with Copic Markers. For the cut out on the scene I used a Spellbinders die called "Classic Scalloped Paisley". I used the largest die even though it was to large the left side of the scene was covered by the decorative embossed strip. Next I cut out the geisha on my Glass Mat with an xacto knife. I like using the Glass Mat for cutting out image because I get a smoother cut and no drag on the knife.

For the base of the card I used a Stamp'n Up "Brushed Gold cardstock. The background was from a paper pad from "DCWV" called "The Far East Stack". The chinese coins I picked up at Hobby Lobby in the jewelry department. The edges around the scene were airbrushed with BG10 and B01. After all of the images were ready, assembly started. First the scene was adhered, then the side strip was applied. The geisha was popped up and the coins applied.

The colors use were all Copic except for a little glitter pen used on the mountain and the water. The Copic Clors used were;

Gown; V12,V15,V17
Obie; YR15,YR18
Skin; E51,E53,E55
Umbrella; G03,G05,G07
Trees & Grass; G02,G09,G00
Roof; E07
Water; BG02, BG10
Sky; B000,B01
Bridge; E11,E35
Mountain; V000,V01,W1

Wow, that's a lot of colors, but the scene dictates it. I love these built up scenes and they are not hard to do. Just a little planning.

Hope you enjoy the card. Remember your comments are always appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Special Mothers Day Card"

Sunday, May 9,2010
Hope all of the "Mothers" in the groups are enjoying their well deserved day and that all of your loved ones are around you on this special day.

Seeing that I am unable to send flower to all of you, here is a card that I made specifically for you this morning. It is called "Penelope" and the stamp is from "Stampavie". An here is my card honoring your day.

"Flower Girl"

Once again I used papers from the pack that I bought at Hobby Lobby last week. I really love these packs of Hand Made Paper. They are so well color coordinated and the patterns are great. The papers are packaged by "The Paper Studio". All of the embossing that you see are the papers are as they come from the pack. Great aren't they?

The colors that I used for this card were;
Face; E25,E27
Hair; E33,E35,E37,E53

The flowers and leave I used to decorate the card were bought at "Michaels" from the flower section, that I cut apart. Buying flower this way insures that you get the colors that you want, not a mixed pack. I used a white gel pen for high lights.

Hope you enjoy your card on this special day. Your comments are always appreciated.


Bob L.


Friday, May 7, 2010

Today I have a card that was inspired by Mary Witter a very talented lady and an excellent Copic instructor. Please visit her at her Blog. She is an instructor and demonstrator at "Stamps and More by Eleanor" in Greenville, SC.

As I said the card today was inspired by Mary, and I hope that I did it justice. Thank you Mary for the inspiration.


The stamp use for this card is from "Hero Arts" it is called "Dogwood". It is a very nice stamp that requires very little coloring. And as you have probably guessed, it was colored with Copic Markers.
The paper used for the card is from "Hobby Lobby" it comes in color coordinated packs and has quit a bit of paper in each pack. Very pretty paper, it is called "Handmade Paper".

One note on using the paper. It is very soft and fibrous. The only problem is when you go to adhere the paper. I found the best way is to use something like "Wonder Tape". If you try to use a tape runner, it tears the paper apart. You can see on the card that I had a hard time placing the mats to the card base.

I did not use a lot of colors on this one. The colors use were;
Flowers; RV11,Y00,YR23,E13
Leaves; YG09,W3
This is an easy card to make. Give it a try.

Hope you enjoy my efforts. Leave a comment as they are always appreciated.
Have a GREAT DAY!!!
Bob L.

"Best Friends"

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Yesterday the wife and I made a road trip to Greenville, SC to visit "Stamps and More by Eleanor". We have fun and picked up a few items, as usual.

Today the card that I have posted, is one of a series of cards for men. The series is called "Masculine Manuvers". This series is just to illustrate what type of cards a man would like to recieve, no fru-fru.

"Best of Friends"

The stamp used for this card is from "Stampavie" and is called "Bobby and Me". It is a very cute stamp and fun to color. The scalloped oval and the oval were cut with a Spellbinder die as the sentiment background was. The white dots on the scalloped oval were applied with a white gel pen. The final thing added was the "Jesse James" Glitter Dot that I added to the corners of the card.

Copic colors used for this card were;
Skin; Eooo,E00,E01,R11
Hat; R24,R27
Shirt; YG01,YG05,YG09
Pants; BG000,BG02,BG05
Shoes; Co,C03
Dog; Y13,E11,E15

Pretty simple card, but will work for anyone that is an animal love, or not.

Hope you enjoy the card. Your comments are always welcome.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.