"Thinking of You"

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Well, I made it through Thanksgiving. I gained a few pounds, but who has not. I guess working in my craft room isn't counted as exercise.

Todays card is the second most demanded type of card that my better half asks me for, "Thinking of You". Here is the most recent one I made;

"Thinking of You"

The image used is from a "Close to My Heart" stamp set called "Childhood Portrait" #D1373. You can see the full set here.

As you can see, the image is a silhouette that I stamped using "Chocolate Ink". All of the images in this set are silhouettes. I love the silhouette type stamps because I can use them to make card very quick. No coloring.

My hand is not that steady so I used a 2" square acrylic stamp block placed over my stamped image, and using a "Chocolate Marker" drew dashed lines around the block centered over the image. The sentiment was stamped with " Juniper" ink. The small and large hearts where stamped then cut out.

I curled the upper right and lower left corner of the stamped mat by slightly moistening the paper then rolling them slightly.

The card is very simple and quick to make. I hope you will give it a try.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Happy Thanksgiving"

Friday,November 25, 2011

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I always look forward to the holidays, because one of my favorite activities is eating. I can realy chow down. Yesterday was no exception.

So in honor of this theme, here is a simple 5"X5" card that I made;

"Life is Good"

The image used is from a stamp set from "Close to My Heart" and is called "Remarkable Wreath" # C1473 and the price is $13.95. If you wish to purchase this stamp set you may do so at my "Close to My Heart" store.

As I stated above the overall measurements for the card is 5"X5". I stamped the image on a 2 3/4" SQ piece of Colonial White piece of cardstock. The wreath was stamped twice, with a slight rotation between and was stamp with a Chocolate ink. The leaves were stamp in Honey ink and the sentiment was stamped in Ponderrosa Pine.

All of the papers used were from "Close to My Heart". I finished off the card with some baker twine and some light green gems.

I hope you enjoy the card and will leave a comment.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"St. Nick"

Friday, November 11, 2011

I have been trying to get motivated to finish up my Christmas cards. So today I sat down and worked on one with an image from "Close to My Heart" called "St. Nick"# B1356. In fact I used all of the stamps in the set on the this card.

Here is the card;

"St. Nick"

And here is a closeup of the main image "St. Nick";

The images were colored using Copic markers on "Cryogen Iradescent Paper'.That is the sparkle that you see in the image. It is right in the paper and shows through the Copic markers. The colors that I used were;

Hat; R22,R24,R27,R29
Face; E000,E01,R20
Holly; YG05;YG09
Beard; C1

I used Spellbinder dies to cut out the image and the mat. Both dies were from the Petite Circle series. The patterned paper is from a set from "Close to My Heart" called "Wonderland" # X7146B.

The background on the main card was accomplished using one of the new "Hero Arts" stamp and embossing set called "Holly".
To cut out the smaller images, I used my "Glass Mat" and a new xacto knife.

I think it's a very cute card which does not take much time to assemble.

If you have a question about the card or products used, please let me know.

All of your comments are as always appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Happy Birthday Glitter Ritz"

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Todays card is done with a little different technique. The technique is called "Burnished Velvet".

First I'll show you the card;

"Happy Birthday"

The card it's self is self explanatory. Although the glitter does not show well in the picture, believe me it really glitters when you see it first hand.But, the stamping of the image of the flower is the technique called "Burnished Velvet". To stamp the image I used a "Glue Essentials" Glue pad. The pad looks like a standard ink pad, but with one difference. The glue pad need to have glue applied everytime you use it. It does not require a lot of glue, but needs to be applied each time you use it.

After you apply the glue to the pad, you are ready to stamp you image. Stamp the image on the paper. This is very important wait 15 minutes for the next step.

After the 15 minutes is up, we are going to do the "Burnished Velvet" technique. The product I used here is "Jewel Glitter Ritz" it is a Micro Fine Glitter. The glitter is different in that it has very little excess powder in it. You might as well say it's pure glitter, and it goes a long way.

Once the 15 minute is done, the glitter can be applied. Take a very small amount of glitter and apply it to the image in several places. With your finger and very light pressure rub the glitter into the image. Once the image is completely cover, tap the rest of the glitter off. Using a large makeup brush the rest of the glitter off the image.

The glitter comes in 60 different colors. So, you should be able to find a color to go with your project. This glitter and technique works on both ligh and dark color cardstock.

Give this technique a try, you'll love the effect.

If you have a question, please don't hesitate to ask.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Birthday Criss Cross"

Monday, November 1, 2011

Todays card is called a "Criss Cross Card".Very simple card to make once you do the cutting. I saw the idea on the "Split Coast Stampers" site. Here is where you can get the instructions.

The image is from "Close to My Heart" and the stamp set is called"Enjoy Every Moment" #C1395. The set is from the Spring/Summer 2011 catalog. As you will notice the image is mounted upside down, but that's how the grow on the fence in my yard. And, here is the card;

"Criss Cross Card"

The card was colored with with Copic Markers using the following makers;

Flowers; B00,B01, B04
Leaves; G02, G05

The mats were cut with a Spellbinder die set called "Labels Four". I did sham stiching on the body of the patterned paper with a blue multiliner pen. Some glass half pearls were added to the front of the card.

Very simple card, but I think it turned out alright.

What do you think?

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Snow Days"

Saturday, October 29, 2011

I had to get a start on my "Christmas Cards". I only have about twenty (20) made so far, so this one will make 21.
This card is from a "Close to My Heart" stamp set call
"Snow Days". It a cute stamp set as you can see from the link to my store. For this card I used the house. Here is the card I came up with;

"Snow Days"

And here is a better view of the house it's self.

"Close Up"

I cut out the image and the mat using Spellbinder Dies. The patterned paper used was from "Close to My Heart" called "Wonderland" part number X7146B. It has 3 sheets of double sided patterned paper (2 of each) and matching cardstock. Well worth the price of $9.95.

The image was colored with Copic markers.

The snow effect on the image was created with a "Marvy Snow Marker". I like this snow pen alot better than then "Liquid Applique", because the Marvy marker can be heat set after only 15 minutes. The Liquid Applique needs to dry over night.

The snowflakes I used a "Martha Stewart" punch that I cut out of silver paper that I ran through the Cuddlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder.

All and all, I am pretty satisfied with the card, but the important thing is what is your opinion?

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Beautiful Lily"

Monday,October 17, 2011

It seems like I have gotten off on a flower kick. At least coloring them with my Copic markers. As you all should realize by now Copics is my favorite coloring medium. It is so fast and easy to color with and the color selection is outstanding, over 300 colors.

Today's image is from "Close to My Heart" called "Enjoy Every Moment" CTMH# C1395. It has three (3) stamps in the set, Lilies, Morning Glories, and Daisies. Very versatile set.

And here is today's card;

"Beautiful Lily"

After coloring the image I cut out the mats using a Spellbinder die set "Labels Eight", in different sizes. The two bottom mats where embossed using a Sizzix embossing folder. They were then colored using direct to paper with an ink pad.

A little ink was stippled onto the body of the card. Then I added some "Liquid Pearls" as embelishment.

Hope you like todays card and will leave a comment. All comments are appreciated and posted.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Wait for Me"

Monday, October 10,2011

It's been a little hectic with the move to the new company that I am now demonstrating for, but I think I have most everything figured out.

I have been making quit a few cards but mostly for gatherings. So, I have not been sitting idle all of this time.

The card that I am posting today is from a set from my old company. I called the card "Wait for Me". Here is the card;

"Wait for Me"

I used a "Stamp'n Up" embossing folder to embellish the main mat on the card. I then added "Liquid Pearls" to the inside edge of the pattern, for a little contrast. The sentiment was printed using my HP printer. Sometimes I wished that I had a bigger selection of sentiments. But, if I did have enough to satisfy me, I would have to buy a larger house to hold them all.

The embellishments in the top left and bottom right, were from my stash. I believe they are from "Prima".

The clouds, grass, and road were airbrushed in to finish the scene.

Well that's about it from here. I hope everyone is in good health and happy.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Xmas Button Tree"

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Today's card is my first Christmas card for the season. I call it a button tree, you will see why when you see the picture.

So with out further ado, here it is;

"Xmas Button Tree"

The original stamp set is from "Close to My Heart" and is called "Happy Cluster" CTMH # C1471.

The body of the card is 4 1/4" X 11" and is scored at 4 1/4"and 8 1/2". This leaves a 2 1/2" flap at the bottom. The ovals were cut using a Spellbinder Large Scalloped Oval.

The background paper used is from "BoBunny" and is called "St. Nick Noel". I don't know if it's still available, but works very well with Xmas themes.

The buttons were from my button jar. You can never tell what you will find in that jar.

I guess when I send this one out, it will cost some extra postage. Oh well, you can be cheap all of the time.

If you have any question about this card, don't hesitate to ask.

Your comments are always appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"I'm Back Again"

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Well after about a month I'm back up and running.

I was very surprised when the company that I had been demonstrating for, "The Angel Company" for twelve (12) years closed up business without any notice. It made it pretty ruff, because I had taken a bunch of customer order, and had to return the money. I signed up with "Close to My Heart" and I am, so far very happy with them.

They have a great line of products and very low prices on thier product.

Any who, this is one of the cards that I demonstrated at my last gathering;

"Gnome House"

The image is from "Close to My Heart" from a set called "Gnome Garden" number C1470. It has nine stamps in the set and cost $13.95.

I wanted the card to be decorative on the edge, so I used ther Spellbinder "Label 8" to cut the edge of the card body and both pieces of the mat paper. Gives it a little different look. The only thing that you have to do different is to cut the card body down from 5 1/2" to 5 1/8" so that it will fit inside of the die.

The image was colored with Copic markers;

Roof and door frame B02,B05,

Door ; E33,E15

Walls; Y11,Y17

Grass; G00, G02

The hinges and door knob were colored with a "Gell Roll" gold glitter pen. It's hard to see in the picture but it's there.

The corner of the stamp mat and the mat where cut with a "Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper"in the "Cloud" pattern. These Corner Chompers are great and have two patterns on each.

Hope you enjoy todays creation, and will leave a comment. All comments are appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Enjoying the Ride"

Wednesday, August 10,2011

Well, the weather is getting to hot to work out side, so it's time to stay in my craftroom. The temperatures have been in the high 90 degrees for the last couple of weeks. So, it's inside time for me.

The card that I have posted today is from "The Angel Company" called "Enjoy the Ride" TAC #RPH-2. It's from a series of stamps by the artist Phyllis Harris, who designs exclusively for "The Angel Company". There are five different set in the series.

Here is the card;

"Enjoy the Ride"

I colored the image with Copic markers of course. Then I stamped and cut masks for the dog and the girl. Once I had the masks inplace, I cut some Post-It sheets to give me a cloud shape. With my airbrush I airbrushed in some clouds. Next was the grass in the middle ground, using the Post-It sheets again. the last application with the airbrush, was the path way. I left the Post-Its for the middle ground in place for this.

A Martha Stewart edge punch was used to make the white border at the bottom of the background mat.A little green Stickles was added, and walla the card was finished.

Hope you enjoy the card as much as I enjoyed making it. Your comments are always appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"An Apple a Day"

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Seeing that everyone around here has either the sniffles or some other ailment, I thought that the saying "An Apple a Day" was appropriate.

Todays cute little card is from a stamp that I borrowed from a friend. Don't kow where it came from or what the name of the stamp is. If anyone knows let me know.

Here is the card;

"An Apple a Day"

It was colored with Copic Markers in the following colors;
Apples, R-29, R27,R24,R22
Leaves, G09
Basket, E55,E29
Signo White Gel Pen

The black swirls on the card are from a Quik-Kutz 4"X4" die. The mat for the basket was cut using a Spellbinder die called "Heart Circle".

I added some Silver Stickles to the swirls and I was done. The mats in the top left and bottom right were adhered to the main mat then trimmed with a scissors.

Very simple care to use for a "Get Well" card to a friend.

Hope you enjoy todays card. Remember all comments are welcome and appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"{You are My Sunshine"

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Well it's the 4th of July and we are half way through the year already. Hope everybody enjoys thier three day holiday. As for me, being retired, everyday is a day off.

The card that I am posting today, is another image from "S.W.A.L.K.". One thing about these stamps, is that they don't have much interior detail. Such as in the hair, hat, and fence. Here is what the stamp set looks like;

"View of Stamp Set"

So, how I have solved this problem, is to us a Copic Black Multiliner pen to create detail in the interior of the image. You can see in the picture of the card, I have added detail in the hair, the hat and the fence. I think it's an improvement overall. What do you think?

"You are My Sunshine"

The image was colored with my Copic Markers of course. As where the half pearls to make them match the color scheme. In this case I air brushed them, but you can use the brush tip of the marker.

The mat under the image was cut wit a Martha Stewart punch called "Flower Doily Trim Large Punch Around The Page™ Set". The only problen I have found with this punch is that it is restricted in the size cardstock you can us it on. 4"X4", 4"X6", 6"X6" all even measurements. It does have a very cute appearance.

The overall size of the card is 5"X5". This is unusual for me because it costs extra postage to mail it.

Hope you enjoy looking at my effort and will leave a comment. Your comments are what make it worth while.

Have a GREAT DAY and a safe July 4th Holiday!!!!

Bob L.

"Flower Girl"

Sunday, June 26, 2011

It has been an interesting two weeks. We have had some pretty good winds that have taken down a lot of trees. It has really kept the utility companies busy restoring power. The big problem has been that we have gotten very little rain. Rain is what we really need.

Seeing that my power was not off, I did have a chance to clearup some cards that were in progress on my desk. Hopefully I can finish up the rest this week.

The card that I am posting today is from a set from " Stampin' Up" called "Bouquet Pascal". It's a cute set that the sentiments come in either French or English.

I call the card "Flower Girl" and it was made as a Birthday card. And here is the card;

"Flower Girl"

I used alot of different tools to make this card. The first one was an "Impressabilities" embossing plate from Spellbinders of butterflies, that has since I believe has been dicontinued. The second tool that I used was a punch from "Martha Stewart" call "Butterflies Deep Edge Punch". I used a Gold Glitter Pen to color the butterflies.

The last tool that I used, or should I say stamp set, was from "Just-Rite" and is called "Happy Everything Mini Tag Making Kit". The set is worth while because it has 18 different sentiment stamps, 5 dies to use with the sentiments and even a stamp block.

There was not much coloring on this card, except for the flowers and the easter eggs. I finished up the card with some Gold Stickles.

If you have any questions about this card, please leave it in the comments section. I will answer.

Hope you enjoy my card and that it will inspire you to try one of your own.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"My Tummy Tickles......"

Monday, June 20, 2011

Todays card is from a very cheap stamp set that I bought at "The Stamping Place". Well, to tell you the truth, I did not really pick it out my wife did. She is always picking up stamp sets. She never colors any of them, but she likes them.

The stamp set is from S.W.A.L.K. Crafters Companion. The set cost $4.95, a very good price. Below is a picture of the stamp set;

"Thinking of You"

For the price it has enough elements in the set to make it interesting. And here is the card that I made with the set;

"My Tummy Tickles"

After the image was colored with copic markers, I cut the image out. As you can see the sentiments are arched. I cut these out with a Spellbinder , Scalloped Circle die using the two cut method to give me the top and bottom sentiments.

The image and sentiments elements were mounted with pop dots. Some red Stickles were added to give it some sparkle.

Hope you like the card and will leave a comment.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

"Cuddlebug Quilt"

Sunday, May 29,2011

I wish to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our past and present member of our armed services. With out thier sacrafice we would probably not have the freedoms that we enjoy today. I can only say "Thank You For Your Service" to all those that have served.

Todays card is what I call a "Cuddlebug Quilt". The background is made up of six patterned paper squares that measure 1 7/8" X 1 11/16" squares of different paper. They where run through the Cuddlebug in an embossing folder to give the texture.

Here is the card;

"Cuddlebug Quilt"

After you emboss the squares, glue them to a 4"X5.25" piece of cardstock. This will then be adhered to the base card. The image used on this card is from the "Paper Parachute". It was colored with Copic markers. After coloring the image I used a Spica pen in Green to give some sparkle to the stems and leaves.

The image mat was corner punched with a Martha Stewart corner punc, as was the secondary image mat. The half pearl where origanially cream, but I colored them with a Copic marker to match the card.

The image mat assembly was popped up withPopDots. Also the center of the flower was popped up.

Hint: Use glue to adhere the squares to the mat' this give you more tack time to position the squares.
Use an embossing folder that will give you a high definition pattern so that it shows up.

That's all for today. Enjoy your weekend and your family.

Please leave a comment, they arer always appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!!
Bob L.

"Your World Is As......."

Friday,May 20, 2011

Where does the time go? I havn't posted to this blog since the 6th of May. Things are starting to settle down so I will try to get back to posting twice a week.

Todays card is one that I made for a "Funshop" that I was doing for "The Angel Company" For these "Funshops" we usually make two cards that I design. The stamp set used is of course from "The Angel Company" and is called "Joy, Found" T-3319.

It's a very cute set.

"Your World is As...."

The card is very simple. I wrapped "Scrapper's Floss" around the back dark blue mat. I cut slits with my scissors to keep the start point end and the end in place. You can use tape if you want, it works just as well.

The dots in the corners were made using "Liquid Pearls". Works quite well but I am limited in the colors that I have. The "Liquid Pearls" dry faster than the "Stickles". I intend to try the new replacement for the Liquid Pearls made by "Viva Decour". They are surpose to be easier to use and give a better results. I'll let you know.

If you have any questions about this card, let me know by leaving a question in you comment along with how I can reach you.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L

"Hoppy Everything"

Friday, May 6, 2011

Todays card is from an image that I colored for Easter. Turns out that I had colored to many so I have turned it into an all occassion card;

Here is the card;

"Hoppy Everything"
The image is from "Art Impressions" stamp number P-1588. It's a cute image and I could not resist using it for a card. So I guess the Sentiment sayes it all, "Hoppy Everything".

I used a Spellbinder die "Labels Small" to cut out the image. I did not have the matching larger die to cut out the mat, so I used the "Ticket Corner" punch to make the mat. The border around the background paper was punched with a "Fiskars Corner,Border punch called Bubbles. The background paper is from "The Angel Company" and is a collection called "Tutti Fruiti". This is a very cute collection of papers.

The sentiment is also from "The Angel Company" and is called "Hoppy Everything" number T-2732.

I added a few rinestones a ribbon and "walla" it was done.

Hope you enjoy todays card. If you have and questions please leave a comment and I'll get back to you.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Thank You Friend"

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

I want to appologize for the measurement mistake I made on my last posting. I stated that the measurements for the body of the card were 4 1/4"X112". They should have been 4 1/4"X11". I'm not measurement challenged, I'm key board challenged.

Today's card is a variation of the offset z-fold that I posted last. It is a true Z-Fold. Here it is;

"Thank You"

The body for the basic card is 4.25"X9.75". The card is scored at 3.25" and 6.50" from the left. When the card is folded it measures 3.25"X4.25".

The stamp image used is from "Just-Rite" stamps. The sentiment is from "The Angel Company". The top corners were formed with a .50" corner rounding punch as were the bottom center fold corners. The horizontal and diagonal strips were punch with a "Martha Stewart" punch. On the right panel the poka dot trim was cut using a Spellbinder border die and chalked it while it was in the die.

The flower was covered with Fine Flower Soft. It kind of blkocks out the outline of the flower, but looks cute.

Hope you enjoy today's posting. Your comments are always welcome.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Special Fold Card"

Monday, April 25, 2011

Hope everyone had a Great Easter with thier family and loved ones. The weather here was great, and the community pool was crowded.

The card I have for you today is a special fold card. After it is folded, it will fit a standard A2 envelope. I'm cheap that way and try to stick to regular postage.

Here is the card of the day;

"Special Fold"

The image stamp used for this card was one from "Just-Rite" stamps called "Beautiful Blossoms". The sentiment stamp is from "The Angel Company" called "Swirly Sayings". The sentiment stamps is a discountinued set, but I never get rid of sentiment stamp sets. You never know when you will need them.

The cardstock is cut to 4 1/4" X 11". It is scored at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2". After it is scored it is folded in half then folded back to the left. This leaves you with a standard 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" card.

Most of the background papers I purchased from Joann's. The image was cut out with a Spellbinder die. The decorative strip on the center mat was punched with a "Martha Stewart" punch.

Of course the image was colored with my Copic markers.

The card was fun to make. I hope you enjoy it and will leave a comment.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Bring a Smile Card"

Monday, April 18, 2011

Quite often I send card to friends, for no special reason. The purpose of the card is to let them know that I am thinking of them. The main reason is to bring a smile to thier face. If I can make someone smile or laugh, it makes my day.

The card for the day is just such a card;

"Smile Card"

Both the image and the sentiment stamp are from "The Angel Company". The image is from a set called "Funny Farm" T-3115 and the sentiment is from the set "Funny Farm Phrases" T-3125. Great stamps and sentiments, if you like the comical.

The card is a very simple card, so I don't have a lot of chatter about it.

Hope it bring a smile to your day. Your comments are always appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Cupcake Tilda"

Sunday, April 10, 2011

This week has been a busy week. It is "Masters Week". For all of you that don't follow golf, it is a big week in Augusta, GA. All of the top golfers in the world are in town for the week. For those of you that have never had the opportunity to visit the "Augusta Nationals" here is a few photos to show you what it looks like. It's a little piece of heaven on earth.

"The Club House"
Beautiful clubhouse that was built in the 1930's
"One of the Par 3's"

The player are teeing off from a spot in the top left of the photo. The brave souls in the center of the fairway have the shots coming right over thier heads. If you get a chance, to visit the "Masters" take it you will love it.

Todays card is an older Magnolia image. Cupcake Tilda which you can use for just about any occassion. Here is my rendition of the image.

"Cupcake Tilda"

The image was colored with Copic markers. The background paper is from Joann's and says "Happy Birthday". I decorated the edges with a Fiskars Corner, Border punch. The flowers on the left side are from Michaels in the Home Decore section. All of the mats were cut with a Spellbinder die.

A pretty simple card, but it, in my opinion, cute. Hope you enjoy todays card and will leave a comment.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Hello Friend"

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 I am trying to use as many of Magnolias as I can, but I'm running out of images. I guess I will have to break down and purchase some new one. The biggest problem is which one. There are so many new ones, that I having a hard time choosing. Todays card was maded using the image "Tilda with Tag". I like this image because you can print a short sentiment on the tag. My printing,hand writting, is not that good but I try. Here is todays card called "Hello Friend";

"Hello Friend"

Most of the cardstock used on the card were from "Stamp'n Up" called "Pink Passion". Very soft color, but bright. The background paper is a small piece from my stash. I never throw anything away. I used a Fiskars "Corner, Border Punch" around the edges of the background paper The mats for the image were cut using a Spellbinder scalloped circle and a Label 5. I undercut the feet of Tilda .

A few glitter dots and a bow was added to finish the card off.

Of course the image was colored with my Copic markers. Sorry I did not keep track of the colors I was using on this on. I'll do better the next time.

Hope you enjoy the card and will leave a comment.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Bedst Wishes"

Sunday, March27, 2011

I have a problem. My photos are a little to sharp. They show up every mistake that I make. Take a look and see what I mean.

Todays card is the "Blueberry Tilda". It's a cute one and can be adapted to just about any occassion.

Here is the card;

"Best Wishes"

The card is in the same style as a card that I posted last week, but I used a different Tilda image. The mats were cut using Spellbinder dies. This time I used the circle dies for the corner elements. The mat for the image was cut using a Spellbinder once again. I did not have the next size up for this one so I cut a piece of cardstock the needed size then used a punch from Stamp'n Up to form the corners to match the Spellbinder die.

The swirls were cut using a 4"X4" "Quic-Kutz" die.

Hope you enjoy todays card, and that you will leave a comment. Comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Happy Spring"

Wednesday, March23, 2011

I have been asked many times about my method for designing cards. No, I don't pick my papers first then color the image.

I usually color images way ahead of time then pick an image that I wish to use, and come up with a design with the papers that match. Todays card is a perfect example. I colored it a couple of weeks ago. Yesterday I made the card. The design is just made up as I go. Here is todays card.

"Happy Spring"

The weather has been great here in Augusta, GA. Temperatures have been in the high 70degrees to the mid 80s. So I was thinking spring flowers. The image I selected is a "Just-Rite" oval stamp. I colored it with Copic markers in the following colors;

  • Leaves; YG05, YG09
  • Flowers; Y06, Y08,Y17
  • Background Grounding; BG10

The main body of the card is a dark brown. Background paper is from a pack from "DCWV" called "Pocket full of Posies" The image was cut out with a Spellbinder die and matted. The side mats at the edge of the card were once again cut with a Spellbinder die matted then cut in half.

The flowers are from the "Recollections" series from "Michaels". The butterflies were cut using a "Embosslits" that I got from "Stamp'n Up". Although you can't see it in the photo, I sprayed the butterflies with some "Tattered Angels" Glimmer Mist in Gold. Adds a nice touch. The butterflies were popped up.

I think the card reflects a very Spring feeling.

Hope you enjoy the card. Remember you comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"He Loves Me"

Sunday, March 20,2011

I love this image of Tilda saying"He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not". I think the verdict will be that he loves her. You can't help but love her.

This is one of my favorites, but I do love them all. I used the Tilda w/ Flower and the chair images on this card. The image of the Tilda was stamped first then masked and the chair stamped. So that you can get an idea of what I did, here is the card;

"He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not"

I colored the image with Copic markers using the following colors;

  • Face; E000,E00,E01
  • Hair; Y23,YR23,E37
  • Chair;E11,E15,E18
  • Jeans&Shoes; B00,B01,B05
  • Flower & Blouse; Y11,Y15,Y17
  • Image Grounding; BG10,BG11

The background papers that I used for this card are from an older stack from "DCWV" called "Pocket full of Posies". I am not sure if it is still available. The swirls were cut with a Quik-Kutz 4"X4" die out of gold CS.The image was cut using Spellbinder dies, of course.

Hope you enjoy the card and will leave a comment.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.


Sunday, March 13 , 2011

Yesterday, I did a "Funshop" for a bunch of ladies. A "Funshop" is a stamping event where I demonstrate and the ladies make two cards using products from the company that I demonstrate for. "The Angel Company"

My theme this time were easel card. We mad two different versions. The first one was a standard easel card, but cut out with a Spellbinder die. Remember that my purpose was not to make a real fancy card, but to demonstrate the techniques for making these types of cards.

Here is the first card. It was cut out using the Spellbinder die called "Big Scalloped Circle"

"Spellbinder Easel Card"

The image is from "The Angel Company" and is called "Toodles". It was collored with Prisma-Color pencils and OMS. The image and the sentiment were popped up.

The second card that we made was a "Twisted Easel Card". Another simple card once you know the principles of the assembly of the card.

"Twisted Easel Card"

The Image for this card was from "The Angel Company" and is called "Furry Friends". Once again it was colored with Prisma-Color pencils. The shodow was done with a Silver pencil and blended with a "Colorless Pencil Blender" that I purchased at Michaels.

As you will notice, both of the cards are "Birthday" cards. You can never have enough Birthday cards made up.

Hope you enjoy the cards as much as the ladies did making them yesterday. They show some of the variation of easel cards that are possible.

Remember, your comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Happy Birthday Tilda"

Monday, March 7, 2011

Sorry about that, I normally post on Sundays and Wednesdays, but got tied up shopping. Joann's now carries the Spellbinder dies in the four pack set. The were 40% off and are normally $79.99 plus tax. On sale they were $51.99 including the tax. Great buy, I could not resist.

Today's card I decided would be a Birthday card. I usually make them up ahead of time. That way the wife does not catch me by surprise. I made this card using two Magnolia images, Tilda the Cook and the Cupcake. Tilda was stamped and then masked. Then the Cupcake was stamped.

"Happy Birthday Tilda"

The images were colored with my Copic markers. Some pink Stickles was added to the sprinkles on the cupcake. I added some half pink pearls from "Hero Arts" to add some dimension.

The "Happy Birthday" sentiment was stamped in two colors of ink. A light pink and a light bule to match up with the colors of the image. No, I'm not that steady of a stamper to achieve the effect. I use a Stamp Positioner to achieve the effect. Here is a closer look at the "Happy Birthday" sentiment.

"Happy Birthday Shadow Effect"

All and all I think the card turned out quite well.
What do you think?
Hope you enjoy my belated post and that you will leave a comment. All comments are welcome and appreciate.
Have a GREAT DAY!!!!
Bob L.

"Pick Me Up"

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

It's still playing at spring time here. It's to the point were I don't know whether to wear a short sleeve shirt or a long one. So, I keep one of each out. Oh, well it's that time of the year.
Todays card is unusual for me because it's a 5 1/2" square card. Normally I only make standard size cards because I'm to cheap to pay the extra postage.

The image used for todays card is from "The Angel Company" it is called "Furry Friends #T-03245". It's a cute set which contains four small images and four sentimnts. Here is the results;

"Pick Me Up"

The diecuts where done with a Spellbinder die called "Fleur De Lis Pendant". I was used to cut two mats in lavender and light green. The background paper used is from "K&Company". I love the glitter on it.A little sponging was done on the light green mat with lavender ink. And the bow was tied with my new best friend the "Bow Easy".

Because there is not much coloring to this image, so, I would classify it as a quick card.

Hope you enjoy todays card and will leave a comment.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Get Well Soon"

Sunday, February 28, 2011

I guess I'm in a Spring mood. The weather today, in northeast Georgia, is to be in the 80 degree range. I guess you would call it an early summer. Now, I just have to wait and see what it will be tomorrow.

Today's card is for all of you great members who are trying to shake off a winter virus. I hope you feel better soon and this card will brighten your day.

"Get Well Soon"

The image used today is from "Just-Rite Stamps". I love their stamps, they are so diverse, and I use the alot as you have noticed.

The mats where cut with Spellbinder dies in three different sizes. They were;

  • Petite Oval Large S4-138
  • Petite Scalloped Oval Large S4-139

The image was colored with Copic Markers;

  • Roses; R22,R24,R27,R29
  • Leaves; YG05,YG09

The Roses were coated with Crystal Lacquer, that where you get the little glare from. I decorated the background paper with a little red Stickles for bling.

Believe it or not I did tie the small yellow bow on the bouquet. But, I cheated and used the "Bow Easy"

Hope you enjoy the card and will leave a comment.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"An Apple a Day"

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Today I would like to show you another example of a twisted easel card. It is made with Spellbinder dies to cut out the pieces.

Here is the card;

"An Apple a Day"

I used the following Spellbinder Dies to cut the elements of the card;

  • Main Body Lacey Squares S4-295
    Image Mat Petite Scalloped Oval LG S4-139
    Saying Mat Standard Circle SML S4-116
    Saying Mat Classic Scalloped Circle SML S4-125

The image was colored with Copic Markers using the following markers;

  • Apples; R22,R24,R27,R29
    Leaves; G02,G09
    Basket; E11,E15

You can get the instruction for the assembly of the basic Twisted Easel Card from "Pam Sparks" blog. Her instructions are excellent.

One hint on making this card is to cut off the loops form by the die on the hinged portion of the card body, only. This makes it easier to assemble the card.

Try different Spellbinder dies to make these cards. You will get some very different effects. Have fun and enjoy your experiments.

Your comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!!

Bob L.

"Birdie Talk"

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Good Morning Everyone. Welcome back to my blog. I hope everyone is having beautiful weather for this day, I know we here in Georgia are.

Today's card is a format that has become very popular in the last couple of weeks.
It is called a "Twisted Easel Card". Here is the card;

"Birdie Talk"

I have seen these posted quite often recently, so decided to find out how to make them. I found some very simple and quite good instruction on "Pam Sparks" blog. Click on her name for the instructions.

Although her instructions are for a 6"X6" square card, my card is for a 4.25"X4.25" square. I guess I am just cheap when it comes to paying money to the USPS.

The image was colored with "Derwent Inktense" pencils and a water brush. The image and the mat was cut out using a Spellbinder die called "Classic Scalloped Circle SML". The mat for the main body of the card was edged with a Martha Stewart edge punch.

Overall the card is very simple, but the Twisted Easel format gives it a nice punch.

Hope you enjoy todays card. If you have questions please feel free to ask.

Your comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Roses for My Lady"

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It's been a busy week. The wife and I made a trip to our favorite stamp store in Columbia, SC "The Stamping Place". She had some pretty good sales going on, trying to make room for all the new products coming in from CHA. We bought some new "Just-Rite stamp sets that I plan to color shortly.

Today's card, I call "Roses for My Lady". No reason for making it, just wanted to color an image and make a card. The image is from the Tilda series from Magnolia. Here is the card;

"Roses for My Lady"

As I was embellishing the card I realised that I need some pink flowers to use on the card. After much searching, the only thing I had some white one. Hmmm!! Out came the Copic Airbrush and walla, I now had some pink flowers. The Copic Airbrush and markers work great on all kinds of embellishments. Give it a try.

The border around the primary mat was punched with a Martha Stewart Corner Border Punch called "Laurel Leaf". I also used only the corner punch on the secondary mat corners. The design is light and airy.

The paper for the secondary mat behind Tilda I bought at Hobby Lobby. The paper pack is sold by "The Paper Studio". Very pretty papers, and most of them are already embossed.

Hope you enjoy today's card. Your comments are always appreciated and welcome.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Shop til you Droop"

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Before I post my next card, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the comments that you all have made about my cards. That's what keeps me going.

Seeing that everyone is hoping for "Spring", I thought I would post a card that reminds us that it is coming, and also one of our favorite activities. Shopping!!!!

"Shop til you Droop"

I think it reminds me of what is coming, "Spring". The sentiment is a play on words.

The stamp set is from "Raisinboat Stamps" a company that I love. They rent stamps, so if I try the stamp and love it I can then buy it. Check them out it's a great deal.

The card is a gate fold that I made using my "Scor-Buddy". It's just like the "Scor-Pal" but just the right size to carry to card making group meetings. Here is what it looks like and it is only 7.5"X9.o" so it's easy to fit in your bag. With the Scor-Buddy it is very easy to make these gate fold cards.

The image was colored with Copic makers. The center of the flower was surrounded with I-Rock yellow crystals as was the corners.

Hope you enjoy todays card. Your comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"I Love You Dearly"

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I know, I said I only make one Valentines Day card a year, but I just had to make one more.

This card was colored with Prisma-Color Pencils. Before I got my Copics, this was all that I colored with. Now as you can clearly see, I'm out of practice.

Here is the card for the day;

"I Love You Dearly"

The image as you can see is a Magnolia called "Tilda withRose". Very appropriate for a Valentines Day card. The corners of the card mat were run through a Fiskars hand crimper called "Wavey". Each corner was feed into the crimper as shown in the picture below.

If you don't have a crimper, you could also use you Scor-Pal. It might take alittle longer, but it will get the job done.

The flowers are from Michaels and are called "Boutique Fluer" from thier "Reflection" line of craft items. They look a little like the Wild Orchid collection and come in a full range of colors. A few dots of Stickles was added. The bow I actually made my self with out getting Rose involved. She said it was acceptable and I could go ahead and use it.

The sentiment was stamped directly on the image. I am not that happy with the results, but it will suffice.

Hope you enjoy my effort, and will leave a comment.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"From My Heart To Yours'

Friday, February 4, 2011

I usually only make two Valentine's Day cards a year. Now, since my mother has passed on I'm down to making only one. The remaining one is for my other love of my life Rose. Although we don't always agree on everything, she still supports me in everything that I do, even the crazy thing I get into.

The card I am posting today, may and may not be the one she will get this year, but she will get one.

The card that I have made today is from a stamp set from "The Angel Company". It contains 8 images and is called "Furry Friends" #T-3245. All of the images are of dogs and cats. Very cute and small.

The main card is an easel card that I cut using the Spellbinder die "Classic Scalloped Heart". All of the mats on this card were cut with the same set of dies.

Here is the card;

"From my heart"

The main colors for this card, brown and hot pink. I used a Cuddlebug embossing folder to emboss the mat. The embossing folder is call "Heart Blocks", which is very appropriate for this card.

I have to reveal one thing. When it comes to making bows, I get my wife to do them, she has it down to an art. The image was colored with my Copic Markers as usual.

Hope you enjoy my effort and will leave a comment.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Natural Beauty"

Monday, January 31, 2011

I have one thing to say, "I've had enough of winter". With that said, I'll start thinking about spring.

The card I made today is of a lily. The stamp is from "The Stamping Studio" and from thier flower of month series. Which I enjoyed very much.

It was a quick card, but interesting to make. The lily was colored with copic markers. The flowers on the left side were hand made using a punch and some remaining paper from the card. I added some Stickles to the center of the flower.

Here is the card;

"Natural Beauty"

I was trying something different with the grounding colors on this card. Instead of straight one color shading, I have used two colors to for the grounding. First I dotted the area to be grounded, then I used the lighter to blend the dots. It gives it a little different effect.

My question is, "Do you like the effect or not"?

Remember you comments and questions are always welcome.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Count The Waves"

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

It's surprising how much stuff you have, that you put away and forget about. Yesterday I was going through some drawers, when I came across six corner,border punches by Fiskars that I honestly forgot about.

The punch I used on todays card is called "A Tisket,A Tasket Border and Corner Punch" by Fiskars. The limits on these punches is that the paper being punch needs to have even number dimensions i.e. 4.0"X5.0" or 3.0"X 4.0". The really do a nice job on the corners and borders. They are very simple and easy to use.

The card I am posting today was made using one of these punches and the stamp used for the card is from "Just-Rite Stamps".

Here is the card I made.

"Count The Waves"

I used the Fiskars punch mentioned above plus some "Spellbinders" dies. Here is a close-up of the image;

The orange diagonal stripe on the card was cut using the Fiskars punch. A few dots of Gold Stickles was added to the card to give it some bling. The image was colored with Copic Markers.

Your comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.