Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Dangle, Dangle!

Today is a jewelry day instead of a cropping day. Yes I have been making more earrings. Sterling silver and glass beads make good partners. these will be part of a fund raiser for the American Cancer Society. Tell me which is your favorite and why.

Tag You're It

I had just completed two sets of tags for a Christmas tag swap that Heidi organized when she tagged my blog. She makes some really cute stuff so go check out her blog.
So, now that I have been tagged I have to do the following:

1. Link to the person that tagged you
2. Post 7 random/weird facts about yourself on your blog (cause we all want to know how weird you are!)
3. Tag 7 people at the end and link to their blog
4. Leave comments on each blog that you tag so that they know!

7 Weird facts!

1. I listen to music, read, or watch TV to fall asleep at night.

2. I carry a purse in a purse. Yep! You know the wallet purse on a strap? I carry that in my handbag so that when I go shopping, I can just pull out the wallet and shop without a heavy bag on my shoulder.

3. Plants are easier to get along with than people. I give my plants what they need to grow and they flourish. They don't complain either so I have tons of plants and a much smaller group of friends.

4. I really like Asian food of all types. Sushi, Thai, Chinese..... Yum! I could eat it every day.

5. I like to have things just so. I spend a lot of time decorating and creating vignettes in my house and garden.

6. I like to listen to Christian contemporary music while I crop. Turn up Phillips, Craig and Dean and get stamping! I sing off key too!

7. I don't like to listen to other people eat. My spouse has a way of making soft food sound crunchy. How does he do that?

Whew! I was beginning to think that I wouldn't get through that!

I am tagging these folks because I read their blogs and appreciate their work.

Tandra she creates really pretty things and has a great sense of humor!

Faith The spray and smash technique that I posted last week is her brain child.

Adelina at Well Said Cards has some great things to check out.

Mary does beautiful watercolor and Gamsol work.

Jen at Inking Along is always a good read. If you need to laugh, read her bloga part 1 & 2.

Wanda has a bit of this and that. Great cards!

Lynn she has stamperosity!

FINISHED!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Christmas!

Oops! I forgot to post yesterday! Well....not really. I was leaving the phone line open for a call that never came. Don't you just hate that? You wait and wait and the phone doesn't ring when it is supposed to. Are you wondering why I am not using high speed Internet access? Well, things happen slowly around these parts. This will probably be the last place in the U.S. to get high speed Internet access. LOL!
Isn't this cute? Does it look familiar? Looks similar to the party favor cone on page 17 of the November 2007 issue of Stampin' Success doesn't it? This was a swap from Claire during the Kalidagal sleep over. (see previous posts) I think she did a great job and the color combo was great! This is SU! prints designer series paper in Rose Red and the Perfect Presentation stamp set. The ribbon looks like Wild Wasabi double stitched in color series. The jumbo eyelet is also from SU!

Friday, October 26, 2007

More Potter's Ranch Fun


I just wanted to show you a few more items that some of the Kalidagals created. This card was created by Dena Faulkner. She has a way about glitzing up a card and making things elegant.


The round box was done by Karen Faber. Isn't it adorable? a hole may be punched in the side of the tin and it may be hung as a Christmas ornament! These ladies are just so talented!
Both projects were done using Stampin' Up! materials except for the round box itself and the shiny gold card stock on the Christmas card.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Spray and smash Background

This is a cute little fall card that I made trying the spray and smash background technique. You can check out Stampin with Markie's Mom blog for the instructions.

1. The card is SU! Always Artichoke that has been stamped with a leaf stamp in a watermark ink.
2. Next I added the background paper that I made with the spray and smash technique.
3. The next layer is SU! Cranberry Crisp that has also been stamped with a different leaf in watermark ink.
4. The top layer is the House Mouse floating on a leaf stamp by stampabilities. It is stamped on white card stock with black stazon ink and then colored using the Gamsol technique. If you need more info, here is another tutorial. I used Prismacolor pencils for the red and burgundy colors. The other colors are just some Rose Art pencils that I have had for a while. If you want true reds and not pink, use the Prismacolors.
5. Stamp the phrase in cranberry crisp ink on white CS.
6. Sponge with mellow moss on the phrase and the around the mouse stamp.
7. Add lines on mouse CS with a forest green colored pencil and then attach to the other layers of the card.
8. Cut a narrow strip of always artichoke and attach to the right side of the Spray and Smash background.
9. Add gold cording around this strip and tie a bow.
10. Attach this background to the card front.
11. Trim the phrase and back with always artichoke that has been trimmed to the same shape as the phrase.
12. Use a gold gel pen and add a decorative line around the phrase.
13. Place stampin! dimensionals on the back of the phrase and attach to the front of the card.

HAPPY STAMPING! Let me know how your project turns out and be sure to post a link to your finished work of art!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Kalidagals Creative Time and Turkey Card



I went to northern Kentucky this past weekend for some creative cropping with Ann Lightner's Stampin' Up! Kalidagals. We met at Potter's Ranch in Union Kentucky. The food was good, the fellowship great and much fun was had by all. I enjoyed meeting everyone for the first time and have decided to share some of the work done by the Kalidagals here on my blog over the next few days.
Once the whirlwind cropping event was over, I headed down to the Louisville area to visit with family for a few days. It was great to see everyone even though the visit was short. The shopping was productive and some new Christmas decorations were acquired. I shopped on the way home and finally picked up a paint can that I hope to decorate in the near future.
Isn't this turkey card adorable? Ann had these all cut and ready to be assembled. Everything needed to make these can be found in the Stampin' Up catalog.
List of supplies:
God's Blessings Stamp Set
Leaf Prints Wheel
Chocolate Chip ink (I think)
Close to Cocoa card stock
More Mustard CS
Pumpkin Pie CS
Old Olive CS
Creamy Caramel CS
Really Rust CS
Ruby Red CS
More Mustard Grosgrain ribbon
Designer series Apple Cider paper
Black Marker Pen
Small Oval Punch
1" Circle Punch
3/4" Circle Punch
1/8" Circle Punch
Here is a view with the card opened up. I think this is so adorable don't you? Thanks Ann!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Time to Pitch In

Did you know that one of our stamping bloggers in blog land has lost nearly everything in her summer house? If you would like to send her some new supplies, just visit Deb at the Stampingranny blog to find out more details. It would be nice to send some supplies to a fellow stamper and spread a little Random Act of Kindness don't you think?

Cube and Clover

I finished these a few weeks ago and have been wearing them constantly. Remember when I said that the watches sparkle even more if you pair it with a bracelet on the same wrist? Well, I have been wearing this one with my silver and crystal watch and it looks great!
The sterling silver toggle clasp came from a Bali bead company in Indonesia. The 8 mm cube beads are dressed with a cap on each end and wired together with 18 gauge half hard round sterling silver wire. I just did a simple wire wrap technique on each end. The same is done with the 6mm Swarovski bicone beads. Don't forget to link the beads together before you close the wire wrap. The clover was made on the jig using medium size pegs and then gently hammered to harden. It was rather easy to put together but a bit time consuming.
The earrings were made by using a fine Bali head pin and two different cap beads. They were finished by using the wire wrap technique and then placed on a French wire.
The photo does not do justice to these pieces. The mix of modern with old has proved to be quite popular.
Happy Beading!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Snowman Tags


I have been stuck on these little guys for several weeks. I am just not happy with them yet. There has to be something more I can do to them! I know they can be the most adorable things but I have a creative block. A new set of eyes need to look at these. Any suggestions?

This is what I have done so far. The Stampin' Up! Frosty stamp set was used on white CS and stamped with brilliant blue ink. Next I went over the snowman body with blue glitter glue. I masked off the snowman and stamped a snowflake stamp with Versamark then I added heat and stick powder along with some glitter. The brilliant blue CS was stamped with a snowflake stamp in Versamark watermark ink.

What should I do next?

Monday, October 8, 2007

In the Pink

Good morning! Today I am featuring another lapel pin. Again the pin was created with a single length of sterling silver wire with beads added to the structure. It is difficult to see by the photo but there are five different shaped beads on this piece. It adds needed texture and interest. This looks great on a blazer lapel or light weight jacket. The movement and sparkle as it catches the light is really great! Have you been beading or been inspired by one of my pieces. Please leave a comment and let me know that you have stopped by to take a peak! Enjoy!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Brocade Blue Hybrid

I can't believe it is October already and I have not posted anything this month! We will now continue with regular scheduled programming. Have you been wondering where I have been? I had to take a break while I rearranged my office a bit. Things were getting too cluttered to get any creative work done!
I guess you could say this is a hybrid card between Stampin' Up! and Anna Griffin. My two favorite stamping companies share the stage here! As usual the soft effects of Anna Griffin type layering do not show up well in a photo. If you have not tried any of her cards, please give it a try. The cards always turn out beautiful.
The dusty blue card stock is some that I have had for quite a while so I can't tell you where to find it. I would use Stampin' Up! Brocade Blue card stock if I were trying to reproduce this card.

Brocade Blue Card Stock
Vanilla Card Stock
Decorative Paper
Bashful Blue Stamp Pad
Brilliant Blue Stamp Pad
Watermark Ink
VersaMark Pen
Silver Embossing Powder
Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Embossing Gun
Floral Background Stamp Anna Griffin or Stampin Up!
Sentiment Stamp
Ruler
Tape or post it pad
Craft Knife and cutting pad or detail scissors
Paper Trimmer
Adhesive
Ribbon
Silver Eyelets or brads
Crystal Effects

1. Cut a standard sheet of card stock in half and fold so that you have a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card.
2. Stamp the card front with the Anna Griffin background stamp using a watermark ink. You may use the SU! Floral Background stamp instead.
3. take a ruler and a VersaMark watermark pen and outline the card.
4. Heat emboss the outline with silver embossing powder.
5. Mask off a flower from the background stamp and stamp with watermark ink on brocade blue.
6. Emboss the flower with clear embossing powder.
7. Stamp oval frame from SU! Label Classics stamp set on Vanilla card stock with Bashful Blue ink.
8. Cut out the oval using a craft knife. This includes the center of the frame.
9. Line up the embossed flower in the frame. Trim and attach to the back of the frame with adhesive.
10. Cut a piece of decorative paper approximately 2 1/2 x 3 inches. If you do not have decorative paper then stamp a background stamp with bashful blue and use that instead. I used Anna Griffin paper which I can no longer find via the Internet so I had to use a background stamp for part of the cards that I made.
11. Back this with a piece of vanilla card stock to layer and set aside after you attach the oval frame to this.
12. Stamp sentiment with Brilliant Blue on Brocade Blue CS. I used a stamp from the SU! retired set called Elegant Greetings.
13. Trim the sentiment close and layer with decorative paper.
14. Layer all of this with a narrow stripe decorative paper. I used a vintage paper from nicole crafts (you could use any geometric pattern).
15. Attach the sentiment to the bottom of the layered frame with brads or eyelets.
16. Attach to the front of the card.
17. Make a bow and attach to the card using crystal effects.
I have included this photo so that you can see the background stamp that I used.
Happy stamping! Please let me know that you stopped by and give this one a try and let me know what you think. It really is great looking up close and personal!

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