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I wanted to create a soft winter scene, so I stamped the Winter trees in a light color and then used my watercolors to create the background. I stamped the penguins and Milo on a separate piece, watercolored them in and cut them out. I used a little foam tape to create some dimension. I then thought the little penguin should be holding a flag so I cut one out, wrote the words, glued it on a toothpick and then cut it to fit. The penguins arm fit around it just perfectly. Of course I had to use some glitter to finish things off.

Happy Christmas!
Holly

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
1114-G Milo’s sled picking up speed
5077-D Right foot up penguin
5075-D Sliding Penguin
7073-N Winter trees

stamping: halloween
Sometimes when I get a little stamping time in, I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do but I’ll make a bunch of different backgrounds or I’ll stamp images on a piece of Bristol board (somewhat like a very smooth watercolor paper) to color in while sitting on the couch in the evening. That’s how this card came about.

For the background I used my craft sheet and stamped a couple of different Ranger Archival inks on it. Then, adding a little rubbing alcohol I put a piece of blank paper right in the ink and moved it around. I repeated this until I got something I liked.

I stamped the witch and rooftop, watercolored them in and cut them out. I stamped the stamps again on the background piece. I then placed the cut out images right on top of the images on the background. Doing it this way I can keep all the little details (the wand, the moon weathervane). Here’s a close up.
stamping: close up halloween

I cut out the bats – I believe they are a Memory Box die. I added the Boo! text and then mounted the whole thing on black and another piece of paper with big polka dots. I added a little bit of glossy accents to the witch’s eyes and shoes. I think I like stamping little scenes the best. It’s kind of like a snippet of a story.

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
1191-M A witch and a wand mishap
6042-O Rooftop
8060-B BOO! (text)

stamping: halloween
Here’s a somewhat simple card. I stamped Purskie on a piece of watercolor paper. I then stamped Happy Halloween below him. I drew a little line for him to stand on making a nice division for the bottom of the card. I then used a Molotow Grafx Art Masking Liquid Pen on the letters. This is a liquid masking fluid that allows what’s underneath to stay whatever color the paper is. I watercolor the bottom with orange and then rubbed off the masking fluid. I added a ribbon, some Glossy Accents on the letters and of course a few bats (a little die from Memory Box I believe). Oh, the little dots of orange are just small splatters of watercolor. I mounted the whole thing on black and white polka dot paper and the onto a white card base.

Here’s a close up.
stamping: halloween close up

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
2037-G Purskie kitty looks down
Alphabet by Purple Onion Designs (one of my all time favorites!)

stamping: here comes fall
Right now I’m loving watercolors. I stamped Crumbs and Baxter in black but weren’t sure what the scene was going to be in the beginning. I decided to stamp Bunch of grass twice in green. I knew I wanted the paper airplane to pull something…but what? Then it hit me! A leaf and “here comes fall”.

I watercolored everything, stamped the sentiment with an alphabet set and then added a little bit of Distress Ink around the edge. I tied a green ribbon bow and mounted the card on two pieces of paper – green with a linen print and then polka dots. Then I got out my sewing machine and added just a bit of stitching. I thought it came out pretty cute.

Here’s a close up.
stamping: here comes fall

Happy First Day of Autumn!

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
3006-F Baxter goes boing
5052-C Crumbs away (flying mouse)
7037-D Oak leaf (small)
7034-I Bunch of grass

Holly-Lake-Slider

Have you ever made a slider card? I went to the scrapbook store and they had these new slider die cuts from Lawn Fawn. The set comes with a few dies and they are just the right size to create a no-fuss card.

I hope you don’t get tired of the lake images, but they are some of my favorites. I stamped the Lake Shoreline on the background card. I stamped the Boat House and then cut part of  it out. I used the slider die and with double stick foam tape put the card together.

This is the first time I’ve taken and posted a video from my iPhone. I’m hoping that it works for everyone. :)

And here’s the Lawn Fawn YouTube video showing the actual dies:

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
3055-I Leaping Tucker
6030-K Boat house
6031-F Lake sign
7068-P Lake shoreline

Here’s a card I made for my mom. I was trying my watercolors again – I just can’t help myself, they are so much fun. I stamped the row of trees a few times to fill the entire card. I water colored them in and added a little wash of green for the ground. I stamped the doggy and in a circle and added a little bit of text. I also decided to add a little “texture” to the background – a few clouds, some text, a few little things and a little washi tape. I got out the sewing machine once again and used it for the circle around the dog. I know I’ll be using this technique some more.

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
3004-F Darby
7078-I Row of pine trees

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I know I haven’t written in quite a bit – I do have a few cards in my queue to post but life has been so busy. I hope this post comes out the same as my old ones, I’m trying a new app and using my iPad – seems to be a little easier than sitting in front of my computer.

I thought I would share this little card I made for my husband- we celebrated our 20th anniversary. Gosh, how time flies! He loves camping and the outdoors so I decided to use the Lake shoreline stamp. The card is a little long, so I actually stamped it once in the center and then stamped part of it on each side of the card. I used my watercolors to color everything in. I love adding a little texture to the background by lightly stamping text and dots and whatnot. I used a little bit of washi tape and got out my sewing machine added some stitching around the edge. He loved it. :)

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
7068-P Lake shoreline

Holly-Eat-Cake-Graphics---umm-hello

Here’s another watercolor card I did. I was going for just a pop of art, keeping the card pretty minimal. I stamped Woogums and watercolored him in. The card was a little to plain so I decided to add a little shadow around the kitty. Then I thought hmmm…it just needs something so I got out my stencils and with my watercolor brush (and not a lot of water) I used the stencil as a template for the dots and the little lines. I actually really liked it and am certainly going to try it some more because goodness knows I have enough stencils! :)

Eat Cake Graphics stamp used:
2046-G Woogums perspective
(the ummm…hello was stamped with an alphabet stamp set I had purchased quite awhile ago)

Holly-Eat-Cake-Graphics-thank-you

I’ve been seeing all the craze there’s been with watercolors and stamping so the lines of the stamp somewhat disappear. I decided to give it a try with this card using my Rowley jumps yippee! stamp multiple times. I think I still need a little practice – I see the lines of the stamps a little more than I wanted to. But I think it came out pretty swell.

After watercoloring Rowley I thought I’d like some faint clouds in the background so I got out my colored pencils and picked the lightest blue I could find. I also added a little pencil texture to the puppies too.

Eat Cake Graphics stamp used:
3003-G Rowley jumps yippee!
(the “thank you” was stamped with an alphabet stamp set by Concord & 9th)

Holly Eating CakeHi everyone.

I usually try to keep my posts about cards and projects. I do have more of those to post but I took a little break. Part of it was the cold and flu of December – I would have rather not. But part of it this month was a big birthday – not in the form of a party, but in the form of a number – the big Five Oh. :) I don’t think numbers bother me, in fact I’d rather be older than I look instead of the other way around. :)

It was special because my brother and sister flew out and it was the first time I’d seen them in years, probably almost a decade. We spent time at my parents hanging out and enjoying each other’s company. Yes, there was a bit of cake too. As you can see by the photo I found looking through my parent’s albums, I have always had an affinity towards all things sweet. Yum.

Anyway, I’m getting back into the swing of things, trying to finish up a few orders and get some drawings done for new things – I know it’s been awhile. I hope you are all having a splendid 2016.

Toodles for now.
Holly

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