Saturday, May 26, 2012

Operation Write Home Blog Hop

Welcome to Memorial Day Sketch BlogHoppers!  This is the first time I have participated in this and I am excited and happy to be part of this event.
About two years ago my oldest grandson, Nick, a Marine MP, returned from duty in Afghanistan. 
After months of anxiety this grandma could hardly wait to get my arms around him and hug his neck! So proud of you Nick!                     
This stamp by Art Impressions reminds me of that time when we all welcomed our sons and daughters, husbands and wives, home. The original image was stamped, colored with Copic markers and then reduced by 30% in order to fit the sketch.  I used sketch #43.
Thank you for bloghopping with OWH.

OWH Welcome Home
Stamp: Art Impressions Uptown Girls Set 4129 (Girlfriends)
             Paper Smooches Circle of Honor M25099
Punch:  Punch Bunch (small flowers)
Memento Ink Tuxedo Black
Paper:  TPC Studio Spring Break Printed Pad P62130
             Bazzil Cardstock Pauly Poo (blue) Grasshopper (green)
Copic Markers:
E000, E02, R02, R14  (skin)
B60, B63, B66
RV000, RV00, RV02, RV06, RV09
BV000, BV00, BV02
BG000, BG02, BG05
YG25, YG11
YR14, YR18, (hair)
Y32, Y38 (hair)
E21, E13, E19 (hair)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Nesting birds

Welcome Oldies but Goodies blog hoppers!  This one certainly qualifies as an Oldie and I think it is a real Goodie!  I must of had this stamp for at least 10 years and I have never used it.  
The stamp is from Magenta, 08-047P.  There is no name on the stamp (I call it Nesting Birds) and searches on the internet including Ebay did not return any hits for this stamp.  This is one of those stamps that you love to hold and touch. 
I stamped it on Neenah solar white card stock and colored it using my Copics, matted on pieces of scrapbook paper from my piece pile. Added ribbon, hat pin and pearls as embellishments. It doesn't show up in the picture but card base was white card stock so I aged it using Tim Holtz Distress old paper ink with the blending tool.
The shape of this stamp reminds me of the vintage cabinet cards. I would love your comments or questions concerning this post. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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Here is the blog hop schedule:

1. Maria Matter

2. Lorie Souther

3. Vicki Patranc

4. Barb Wibel

5. Mary Harmon

6. Gina Lindsay

7. Mary Witter   (You are here)

8. Cindy Grigiski

Friday, May 11, 2012

Post card from the edge

Tonight I wanted to share what I have been working on or should I say working at.  Finally finished it this evening.  I belong to an Altered Book Club and we are making altered post cards.  This month the subject was birds.
Materials list:
Feathered Friends  Crafty Secrets HSC015
Thinking of You     Crafty Secrets
Post Card              Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz CM066
Keep in Touch       Stampendous  F112
Tiny Owl                Hero Arts  A4982
Archival Coffee
Ranger Walnut Stain

I took a piece of chipboard and used Mod Podge matte to adhere a piece of linen. The owls and salutation was attached with my sewing machine.  The sunflowers are sliced polymer clay cane pieces attached with glossy accents  The feathers were attached with stitching.  The flowers were colored with copic markers and attached with glossy accents.  The card front was distressed with Walnut Stain and the blending tool.

The back of the post card I used paper from an old piano roll from a player piano.  I ran it thru my Xyron machine as the paper was very fragile and attached it to the back side of the post card.  It was stamped using Coffee Archival Ink.  The edges were aged using Walnut Stain and blending tool.  The postage stamp is from letters my husband and I wrote 50 years ago.

All is left is to address it to the recipient.  Of course it won't be mailed but handed to her at our next meeting.  Do you think she will like it? I hope so....