In Honour of "Black Friday"

Friday, November 26, 2010

This year I am not participating in one of my favorite holidays, "Black Friday". It's not that I not a frugal shopper, but that I have so much stuff, that I don't in a lot of cases know WHAT I have. One of these days I have to make a list, but I'm not sure that I have enough paper to make a list on.

So in honour of you few that don't have everything, I have dedicated this card to you.

"Happy Black Friday"

Once again, I have colored the image with my Copic markers, but I stamped the image on GP cardstock from Wal-Mart. There is some bleeding. I think I will restrict my cardstock to my favorite "Cryogen". I think the card says it all, not that it's just women out there shopping, I know a lot of men that are out there too.

I don't want to hold you up, so get out there and shop.

On my next post I will do a review of the Wizard "Grand Caliber" a new die cutter from Spellbinder.

Remember, your comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY shopping.

Bob L.

"Waiting for Mail"

Monday, November 22,2010

This is the time of the year when we all keep pretty close watch on our mail boxes. Why, because we get those cards from people that we only hear from at this time of the year. They update us on the history of that year in thier life.

The missive is in the form of a long letter stuffed in a card. They are always welcome, but some time very sad, because we have not kept in contact more often.

My image today, is of my lonely mail box.

"Waiting for Mail"

The image is from "Raisinboat" stamp. it is from a set called "Joyous Garden, the same set I used for my last card. Although the color on the image and sentiment mats is a royal blue it shows in the picture a black. I colored the image with Copic markers. The background mat for the sentiment was punched with a new Martha Stewart "Punch all Over" punch that I purchased yesterday. I did a little inking around the edges of the image and the sentiment with ink from a Hybride Palette "Cote d'Azure" blue. I applied the ink with a sponge. The sentiment stamp is from "Hero Arts" it is called "Time to Enjoy" (F1843). The bow was matched to the ink color that I edged the image with.

I added some stickles to give the card some bling.

Simple card, but I like the finished card.

Your comments or questions are always welcome.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!
Bob L.

"Peaceful Meadow and Product Review"

Friday, November 19, 2010

Today, I have two things for you. The first one is a card that I made yesterday at our Thursday Stamp Club. The second is a product review of a new type of punch by Martha Stewart.

The card I have today is from a set that I rented from "Raisinboat Stamps". The set is called "Joyous Garden". Very cute set and well worth the rental price.

"Peaceful Meadow"

The image was stamped with Memento Tuxcedo Black ink, and colored with my Copic markers on "Heavenly White" paper. The main background paper was from a "BasicGrey" collection called "Boxer". The mat paper is from the "Paper Temptress' it is called "Gold Sparkle". This paper is one of my favorite gold papers.

The flowers in the upper left corner are made using a punch. Very cute and easy to make in the color of your choice to match the colors in your card.

This card reminds me of what is to come after the long cold winter. Hope it inspires you.

Product Review

My wife says I have to have everything new that comes on the market. This is probably true to some extent. When I find something new I ask myself how can I use this item, if the answer is positive, I buy it.

The product that I bought yesterday was an unusual punch from Martha Stewart. The name of the punch series is "Punch all Over". And that exactly what it does. It will punch in the middle of any size sheet of paper. They can be order at the "Crop Stop" or "Michaels" is also carrying them, they are in stock.

"Martha Stewart Stars Punch all Over"

The punch is about three inches square and pretty light, but will cut through pretty thick cardstock. Here is the inside of the punch.

"Inside Punch"

As you will see on the picture, the four shiny dots on all four corners of the punch are magnets. The magnets can only be matched up one way. On the picture in the bottom right corner you can see a beveled edge. All of the rest of the corners are rounded. You place your paper on the base, and then lining up the bevels you place the top piece on and punch. Very simple and quick.


In the sample, I punched a 3"X5 1/2" piece of cardstock. Using the punch it is very simple to do. The punch work well and can add some very nice patterns and texture to your projects. The sample above would work very well for Christmas projects.

Well that's all for today, I'm off to do some more shopping.

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Thank You Friend"

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I am getting ready to teach some classes in a watercolor mode. The stamps that I am using is "Art Impressions" element stamps. They are very easy to use and give a very nice effect, just like real watercoloring.

I have two samples to show you today. They are ones that I use for my beginners class. Very simple to do once you have the basics down.

Here is the first one;

"Being Grateful"

And here is the second one in a flower theme;

"Thank You Friend"

With just a few element stamps, you can make up many different images to work with. I buy the stamps unmounted because of the price and the ease of use on the clear acrylic blocks.

Hope you enjoy looking at them. Your comments are always welcome.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Back To Xmas Cards"

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Well, atleast my "Honey Do" list is getting shorter. So far I have tiled two bathrooms, a fire place, installed 9 doors and crown molding and alot of painting. My better half said I deserved a break. yayay!!!

I did three cards at our Thursday club meeting. All three are Christmas themes. The two that I am posting today are very simple cards, I need the simple cards so that I can get to 50 to 70 cards made to send out.

The two cards that I am postin today are from a stamp set from "Just-Rite Stamps". As I said they are very simple cards, but show well. They of course colored with Copic markers.

Here are the two that I made Thursday;

"Just-Rite Nut Cracker"

And here is the second card;

"Just-Rite Snowman"

As you can see, they are as I said very simple cards to make. A little stamping, a little layering, an walla you have two cards done. With the "Just-Rite stamps you can do as little coloring or as much as you want. On both of these cards I used the Copic Spica pens to add a bit of glitter. The matting is a little different, but it turned out well. What do you think?

Now that my wife has given me a break from the "Honey Do" list, maybe I can get some of my Christmas cards made. How is everyone else doing on thier Christmas projects???

That's all for today. Remember your comments are always welcom and appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.