Thursday, November 13, 2008

7 Days of Moose - Day Seven

Wow, it's hard to believe the 7 days are over. I finished up this one during a snow day. Perhaps you saw Bismarck on the Today Show or the Weather Channel last Friday? We had a heck of blizzard.
This was taken out my dining room window when the snow had let up. The drift behind the tree was 4 feet high! We had over 9 inches of snow with 40 mph winds gusting to 50. There was a bigger drift behind the barn. Don't worry, Moose and his friends were cozy in the barn during the storm. Most of the time they are outside. Horses prefer being outside unless it's wet. Moose spent 2 years of his life in the barn while he was being shown (he's a registered American Paint Horse) and he prefers to be out, but not during this storm. Two of our horses are barn babies and would stay in most of the time if I'd let them (but I don't like to clean the stalls) and the mare (girl), Duchess hates being in
So today's card is Moose getting the tree and I knew it needed a snow background. I stamped him with black Stazon on a piece of acetate about 3 X 4 inches and used Adirondack markers to color him on the back side. Then I ran it through my Xyron with permanent adhesive. The snow is the fake stuff you find at Hobby Lobby or Menards for villages. I got a huge bag for about $2. Then put it in a ziplock bag, put your acetate in, shut the bad and knead the snow onto the piece. Shake it off good and set aside. I cut a piece of white cardstock and ran it through with an oval nestie to cut a frame. I use an ATG gun for adhesive on all my cards. HINT: ask for one for Christmas if you don't have one! They are great and the refills are cheap. I took a piece of cardstock the same size as the frame and stamped a few evergreens in hunter ink on it. You can kind of see it in the picture. I glued those together and layered it on a brown piece of cardstock.
The embellishments are the evergreen punch from Martha again but this time held on with snowflake brads I found and forgot had forgot about. I'm sure that hasn't happened to any of you right? I put glue pen on them and dipped in glitter. Nothing says snow like glitter right? HINT: to keep brads safe while drying, I have a small piece of Styrofoam to stick them in. The tree brad was with the snowflakes but it was a pewter color. I put glue on it and dipped in green glitter. You can color almost any brad with embossing powder. Heat is a little and dip in colored powder and heat again. Let cool in the Styrofoam. You can also color silver ones with alcohol inks.
I layered all this on my 5 X 7 card and used striped DP and green cardstock. No it's not a ticket punch, it's a small 1/2 inch circle one! I wish I could remember who to give this credit too. I saw it on another blog a while ago. Save money, buy stamps not punches when you have something else that will work. The saying at the bottom right is a sticker that says "Snowy Days and the snowflake on red is from the same set.

This ends the 7 days of Moose. I hope you enjoyed them as much as my daughter has getting them. When I get more Riley stamps, I will post more days of Moose. But until then. I'll leave you with a picture of me and my REAL Moose.
Happy Trails

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

7 Days of Moose - Day Six

I think people would look twice if they saw a moose swooshing down a ski slope. Ok, they would probably think a moose couldn't knit or sit and have coffee either. But we sure like to think my "Moose" could do these things...we even have a voice we all use to say things we think Moose would.
This is a 5 X 5 square card. I stamped Riley (All moose stamps by Hanna Stamps) in black and colored him with SU markers on the antlers, scarf, hooves and skis. If you look real close you'll see pink ribbon on the tip of the skis. My daughter just bought a new pair of K2 skis and she said they have the pink ribbon for breast cancer on the bottom. Part of the purchase price goes to research. Pretty cool huh?
Do you know the difference between antlers and horns? Horns are permanent, antlers are shed in the spring. Deer, Moose and elk have antlers. Buffalo and cows have horns.
I colored his body with pencils again. I used a silver pen for the ski poles. Next I went over the whole stamped image with an embossing marker and covered with clear powder and heat embossed. This keeps the image masked while I stamp the background. Then I stamped the trees (SU retired) in hunter green dye ink. I tore a large piece of post it in a mountain look pattern and sponged a light blue in above it. I ran a couple lines of glue from a pen and sprinkled glitter. I decided to add a evergreen brad.
The image is layered on white ran through the snowflake cuttlebug folder and layered on snowflake DP. The corner evergreen embellishments are punched from white and green paper with Martha Stewart punch. I find these are hard to glue down. HINT: run them through a Xyron sticker maker. It's easier to run the paper through before you punch although it's harder to get the backing off but you can punch and run through but they don't always 'catch'. Try both ways, to see what works for you. The snowflakes are from a garland I bought at Hobby Lobby (that's a tip that won my prize.) I found this 9 foot garland and realized I can cut them apart and have tons of snowflakes. I put some glue and glitter on these and glued them on with "The Ultimate" glue. Any clear drying glue should work too. The best part is it was still thin enough to send without extra postage. I think DD will get this card today! I better hurry and get the last one mailed so she doesn't have a preview! But, I doubt she has time to follow old mom's blog anyway.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

7 Days of Moose - Day Five

How fitting that Riley Moose is a cowboy too! I mean after all, my Moose is a horse! LOL
Riley was colored with markers and pencils again. I used a silver pen for the belt buckle and this is the first time I've ever seen metalics show up this good. The star brad has HOWDY written on it.
The DP is SU that is 2 sided and I cut the circles with a large circle cutter. Then I sewed them together with a a fancy stitch. The ribbon is twill that I stamped the horse shoes on. HINT: when stamping on fabric and ribbon, hold your stamp down a little longer to allow the ink to soak in. All this was layered on a background stamped with brands background stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms in black.

Monday, November 10, 2008

7 Days of Moose - Day Four

We're onto day 4. I suppose some of you, if anyone is following perhaps you are wondering why 7 days? Well that's all the Riley Moose stamps I have at the moment. I suppose I will have to buy some more but I think Christmas presents might preempt my stamp purchases for a while.

Onto Day 4

Sick Riley was so appropriate to send to my daughter and her husband and he is fighting a buldging disk in his back from a car accident 4 years ago. When I mailed it I didn't know that my daughter also had come down with a terrible cold. So bad she went to the doctor who told her to stay home. She did as much as she could but classes are important. This arrived just in time to cheer her up so I was happy. I picked brown and blue since that is the color in her bedroom. I found the paisley paper at a scrapbook store in Montana when I was visiting. Same color method (I promise tomorrow I use something it Christmas yet? I want my Copics!) The brown lace look border is a Fiscars punch. I've had them for a long time and keep forgetting about them so I pulled them out of my drawer and set them on my desk so I will remember to use them. I used a word window punch to cut out the greeting layers. Then I did holes in the ends and added ribbon. I wish I could tell you where it was from but I got it in a prize package from Midwest Stampers Yahoo group Tuesday tip winner! I actually have some good ideas. :)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

7 Days of Moose - Day Three

Here is day 3: It's Riley having a cup of coffee and cupcake. This image is so fitting for my daughter and me....we love our coffee and or tea. We both love muffins and or cupcakes and baking. We spent a lot of time sitting around with our feet up just chatting while sipping our drinks. This was colored again with the Prismacolor pencils and then went over with Gamsol. Coloring that way is fun but I am really starting to think I NEED (OK Want) Copic markers. They will be on my Christmas list this year. I used the square nesties for my layers this time and put them together kittywampus. Do you like the layers? They are paint chips from Lowes! I found these while browsing one day. What drew me to them is the size. Look at the green bottom layer that went through a cuttlebug folder; it was a HUGE paint chip I picked up someplace and I wish I remembered where. The bad thing about them is after they go through the cuttlebug, it cracked the color so I used a green pad and highlighted the raised areas. I just wraped some ribbon around it. The ribbon is left over from my daughter's wedding projects last year. I have tons of left over ribbon so anytime I can use it, I will. This card is 5X7 inches.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

7 Days of Moose - Day Two

Onto day 2. If you are following along, thanks! Please leave a post so I know people are looking.
Jammy Time has special meaning to us. Last Christmas my son had his girlfriend over for a few days. Danielle was such a great girl and after a day of shopping we came home and I said, "Jammy pants time" and we all ran to our rooms to put them on. I was bummed when they broke up.
Anyway, day 2 is sleepy time Moose. Again he was colored with the pencils and layered on nesties. The saying was made with Just Rite Harmony stamp set and Brayton font. They are rectangle blocks that you can put your letters on, a whole phrase if you want. I stamped that on a Wizard spellbinders Ribbon tag in Sage Ink. I then added the flowers. HINT: These are bunches of white flowers I bought at Hobby Lobby in the floral department and took apart. This makes very reasonable flowers and if you get white, you can die they yourself with reinkers. Anyway, I attached them with eyelets and my Crop-a-dile. How did I ever live without that? I can't believe all the things it cuts through too. I admit, I do use a regular punch most of the time since I have a hard time seeing just where the hole will punch with it but when something is thick, the Crop-a-Dile is worth every penny....Ok, I admit, I used a coupon at Hobby Lobby. LOL

Friday, November 7, 2008

7 Days of Moose - Day One

Those of you that know me, know I love horses and my most favorite horse of all time is Moose. I've owned a lot of good horses (and some bad) and he is by far the most naturally talented horse of all. Sometimes I think I did a disservice by not continuing to show or sell him to a show home. Not that I didn't have offers but for some reason, Moose stayed, I just couldn't bring myself to let him go. So now he's 14 and I've had him for 13 years. He's the horse I'm riding in the profile picture. Oh, yes he's very big too.

Since I have a horse named Moose, it was natural I guess that I started collecting "Moose" things and people started collecting them for me. Stamps had to be included as one of those collectibles. I usually don't do 'cute' per say but the Hanna Stamps "Riley Moose" ones were just to "cute" to pass up. So today I will start my 7 days of Moose. These cards are all being sent to my daughter in Montana. She has had a hard fall with finishing up her senior year at UM in Geophysics and knee problems, with the possibility of surgery looming and she's been on crutches for 2 months now.

Onto the Day One:

Since my daughter loves to knit, this one of a Moose knitting was the first stamp in my cart. I did a layer of stripped DP and used the cuttlebug folder for the blue portion. I used the nestibiltities for the greeting; Live Laugh Love which was a stamp by Just Rite. The Moose image was stamped in black and colored with colored pencils and went over with Gamsol, the Gamsol technique of coloring. After attaching it to the layers, I knew I had to have some yarn (aka fiber) on there someplace so I attached a piece with a Fastenator brad.

Be sure to come back. There are 6 more Riley cards.