Sunday, October 28, 2012

Falling Autumn Leaves

As "Sandy" approaches, and I look at multiple 16 hour work days looming ahead, I wanted to get some crafty time in this weekend!

The Simon Says Stamp Challenge this week was Autumn Leaves... with the high winds forecast for this week, I envision skies full of leaves blowing wildly about.

I added a new set of tools to my arsenal last week - a heat gun, versamark ink pad and clear embossing powder - and got them out to play.  SO MUCH FUN!!!!  I was surprised as I looked through my stamp sets, I don't have many, but as a lover of all things autumn, I was stunned that I don't have any stamps with maple or oak leaves.  So my falling leaves are less traditional looking, but let me play with the emboss-resist technique when coloring them in.

To color the leaves I used my Tombow watercolor markers and a water brush.  I swept several colors onto the back of my stamping block, mixed as desired with my water brush and applied in varying patterns onto the embossed leaves.

I really wanted the leaf design to shine, so I kept the sentiment small and simple with a tiny brad to set it off.

Hope that hurricane Sandy doesn't do too much damage, and everyone stays safe!

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Grand Canyon Rejuvenation...

Nothing crafty to post today...  but thought I'd share a quick picture from our vacation in the Grand Canyon - we went completely off the grid for a week!

Back to "reality" and the cold, but feeling very refreshed from the trip on the river!

Hope your weekend is filled with sunshine!