Wednesday, April 04, 2012

This Old House ...

OK, so I've "borrowed" the title from a show that my hubby used to watch :)  But it definitely fits the card!

I had a lot of fun making this card ... it reminds me of my friend Liz's house in New Westminster.  I used the Belleek Pottery technique (a version of faux letterpress) for the "wallpaper" on the upper half of the card.  I made a simple scene out the window by sponging a little blue for the sky and then using one of my new favorite stamps (Kittie Kit's leaf sprig) for adding bushes and tree branches.

To add some color and fun to the card, I made a vase of flowers using a small circle punch for the vase (cutting of a small bit from the top and bottom), and adding a little sprig of leaves and three Itty Bitty flowers with half-pearl centers.  Hope you like.

"This Old House"

Stamp:  Kittie Kits Cause a Scene - Master #1 (Rubbernecker)
Paper:  River Rock, Whisper White, Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi, Pretty in Pink, River Rock striped DP (SU!)
Ink:  Barely Banana, Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Regal Rose, River Rock (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Small Window die (Poppy Stamps), Textile Embossing folder (Cuttlebug), rubber brayer, 3/4" circle punch, Itty Bitty flower punch, Leafy Branch die (C.C. Designs), mini half pearls, mat pack, stylus, sponges, adhesives, glue, sticky strips, and dimensionals

I ran the small window die through my Big Shot with River Rock cardstock.  I used the River Rock Stampin' Write marker to darken the horizontal lines on the window to give it more character and also sponged River Rock ink around the outside edges to give it an aged look.

I cut a small piece of Whisper White cardstock to fit the window and then sponged the top with Baja Breeze ink and added leaf sprigs all along the bottom and a partial branch near the top, using Old Olive ink and first and second generation stamping.  I mounted the scene behind the window.

I inked the embossing folder with Barely Banana ink using my rubber brayer, added Whisper White cardstock and then ran it through my Big Shot.  I just love the look of the Belleek Pottery technique!!!

I mounted a piece of embossed cardstock to the top portion of my River Rock card base.  Added the River Rock striped DP to the bottom and then a thin strip of River Rock cardstock between the two to represent a chair rail (I sponged the chair rail with River Rock ink to give it an aged look).  I mounted the window to the card base, popping it up with dimensionals.

I made the vase of flowers by punching a small circle from Early Espresso cardstock and trimming off a small portion at the top and bottom.  I ran a scrap of Wild Wasabi cardstock through my Big Shot with the Leafy Branch die  and mounted it to the back of the "vase" with glue.  I punched out three Itty Bitty flowers from Pretty in Pink cardstock, sponged Regal Rose ink around the outer edges and used my mat pack and stylus to form into flower shapes.  I glued the flowers on to of the branch, adding a half-pearl to the center of each.  I mounted the vase of flowers onto the window sill, popping it up with dimensionals.


I wanted to mention that I've added a search feature to the blog using labels.  You will see the labels listed on the right hand side at the bottom.  I know the list is HUGE and maybe seems a bit daunting, but I have a method to my madness :)

  • You can search by stamp manufacturer (e.g. Hero Arts, Stampendous, etc.) - the SU! stamps are listed separately by stamp set at the top of the list (alphabetically)!
  • You can also search by technique (e.g. paper tole, paper piecing, etc.).
  • And I have added in a few other labels (CAS, baby, Christmas, etc.).

I hope you'll find this search feature useful!


Anonymous said...

Your work is amazing, beautiful, inspiring, blows me away!!! Mahalo nui for sharing your beautiful creations for both the eye appeal and the inspiration!! Love all you've created!!!
Goodly Creations (SCS)

Judy Inukai said...

Loll, I have been enjoying your work for several months and am so glad you've moved to a blog format that allows comments. This is the first time I've had time to browse your new blog. Your window scene is fabulous. I love that tiny little vase of flowers. Thanks for providing the wonderful details.

Anonymous said...

I love your cards!!!! I started popping in every now and then when you had the website and now you have a blog and I am so glad I can tell you how wonderful I think your cards are! And truly appreciate that you give the details of how you create them. Thanks for shareing your abundent talent!
Lu C

Anonymous said...

You did a lovely job on this card! Love how you laid it out and the little vase and background etc. Thanks for sharing!

Julia Aston said...

What a wonderful window scene Loll! love the wallpaper and the pretty foliage! thanks for sharing on the details!

mamawcindy said...

Your Card is so pretty! I just became a follower of yours. Would Love for you to come visit my blog sometime. :0)

Lura said...

This is my first visit and I see I have my work cut out for me, ha! Wonderful what I have seen so far. Just wanted to mention that this window die is from Poppy Stamps rather than Memory Box in case people are trying to find it and coming up empty. Poppy Stamps is actually an offshoot of Memory box and belongs to Daves kids. Glad you posted this as it gives me great inspiration to use the Madison Window die. I will be back often... Thanks!

Loll said...

Lura, thanks for letting me know that I had the name wrong. I thought all my dies were Memory Box ... all the packaging is the same EXCEPT, now I see that Memory Box dies are in a blue envelope ... and Poppy Stamps are in a green envelope.

Daria said...

I love this! I can barely see the effects of the Belleek Pottery Technique, but I know how subtle and lovely it is IRL so I can see it in my mind's eye. TFS.