Post 3: California hasn’t had any real rain in so long that I’d almost wondered what it looked like. But this year we’ve gotten LOTS!

I once again applied gesso to the entire page and started building my background with layers. The little kids and their pets are actually from Christmas stamps. I stamped and cut them out and then added them to the windows. The droplets were made Glossy Accents and then I painted over them a bit with acrylic paint.

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
1104-J Billy and Sparky at window
1105-J Mary and Mr. Meow at window


Post 2: As many of you know I’m an animal person. With four cats and three dogs my house is full!

I once again applied gesso to the entire page and started building my background with layers. I love washi tape and used it to create the flag banner and there are little bits in the background. The letters I stamped, they were a set I picked up at Michaels. Once everything was completely dry I added a little bit of pen work with a black marker. My pets make me very happy.

Eat Cake Graphics stamp used:
1148-J Hadley and kitty give Buddy a big hug (GF)


Post 1: For the next 6 posts I’ll be sharing a little book project. I was at the craft store quite awhile back and I don’t know about you but sometimes I purchase something because I love it and then it takes awhile to figure out what I’m going to do. Well such was the case with this little house book. I pulled it out a number of times but nothing came to me.

And then poof. I applied gesso to the entire page and started building my background with layers. I always have scraps of this and that and so I decided to use a few. The letters were cut with a die and the faint white doilies were rub-ons. Once everything was completely dry I added a little bit of pen work with a black marker. Home makes me very happy.

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
5078-D Little birdie standing looking down
5080-C Little birdie lying down

holly-mabutas-penguin-races

holly-mabutas-penguin-races-detail
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

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