Monday, June 29, 2009

CPCM Fun On Friday Fruits and Veggies



I finally took a photo of the card I made for the Fun On Fridays challenge (FOF 09) over at CPCM. Most of the details about this card are found here. I don't know what else I can tell you about it. If you have a question, just ask and I would be happy to answer it.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

HAPPY MAIL

Today I will share a few more cards with you. tackertwosome sent this card. I was in the car when I opened it and my DD from the back seat went Ooooh! I like that one! She's attracted to bright shiny objects like her mom!
afancycat at SCS Wish RAK sent this. It is bright cheery and quick to put together!

dls881 sent this house mouse stamped card. You gotta love the birthday cheese! Thanks for all of your hard work! I really appreciate these!

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Lovely WRAKs

Today I am sharing more of the wonderful birthday cards that the folks over at SCS WRAK forum sent to me. This first one was sent by meluvstampin.
This next one came from sbs81. Pink is such a happy color!

Scraperwannabe sent this butterfly. The color combo is so great! I never would have thought of using these colors together! A big thank you goes out to all of these ladies!

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

There is a season Brayer


This is the last card that I made at the brayer class taught by Michelle Zindorf. We used Ranger adirondack ink and I only remember the name of the green ink. It is lettuce. We brayered, stamped and sponged to make this. It was easy and I think it turned out really well. I added the verse and think it fits in well. I hope you like it as much as I do!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Birthday Wish RAKs

I just wanted to share with you some of the wonderful birthday wishes that came in from SCS Wish RAK Forum. This is from jkstieber. I really like this color combo!
This was sent by djuseless. Gotta love that cupcake!

This lovely little gem came from dtstampz. Another wonderful color combo! I'll be sharing more of these over the next few weeks. I hope they inspire you to create something wonderful!

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

June Birthday

I definitely had fun with my punches while creating this little number! You really don't need tons of layers and dimensional foam to create a pretty card that will go through the mail without extra postage. Here is what I used to make this one. I really like the shimmer of the paint for this femenine card. It is bright and refreshing.

SUPPLY LIST
SU! Happy Birthday Frame and Flower of the Month Stamp sets
SU! CS Certainly celery, Designer series Prints Pack paper in Wild Wasabi and pretty in pink
Watercolor paper
Timber Brown Stazon ink
SU! Mellow Moss Marker
Lumin Arte Twinklin H2Os in Douglas Fir, Sea Glass, Cherry Sorbet and Playful Peony
Creative Memories corner punch
EK Sucess Fleur De lis border punch
SU! Eyelet border punch
SU! Wrought Iron corner slot punch
7/8 best value ribbon from JoAnn Fabrics

What do you think?



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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Chair Caning

Yep, that's right! That is me caning an antique chair. Like I don't have enough things to keep me busy! It's like this, our local chair caning guy moved away and I didn't get this to him before he left, so now I am stuck with doing it myself. This is not difficult to do but it is time consuming and I don't have a lot of extra time since the weather is nice and I need to be outside more. I purchased a couple of books on how to cane along with a video. I recomend a video if you have never done this before. Having weaving experience would be a big plus also. Since I have been weaving for a while I figured it couldn't be too difficult. Did you know that caning is just about a lost art? It is difficult to find people who know how to do this!
If you are wondering about the look on my face, let me tell you about how it came to be. I asked my daughter to take a few photos and she thought she would be cute a snap a bunch of pics before I was ready. There are loads of pics of me bending over and turned away before she finally took this one.
The caning was easy until it came to the end of this step. The seat tightens up as you add more cane and this one is definitely getting tight. I also may regret using medium cane on this project. One source said to use fine cane and another said to use medium. I wanted a sturdy seat so I went with the latter and don't know if there will be room for the rest of the weaving. This is the last step that I have completed so far. The chair is sitting and waiting on me to finish it. I will show you the completed project when I get back to finishing it. Until then you can sit back and grin while I wrestle with the last few steps!


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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Father's Day Grid and a Free Subscription

What do you know? I finally have a card made before the actual holiday. I created this for the Christian Paper Crafts Magazine new to you challenge CPCM-NTYW08. We were to create a grid by scoring our paper/card stock and then create a card. This is what I came up with. I used reinkers to water color using an aqua painter and then I used Crystal effects on the windows and the head lights. It looks like glass but does not show up on the photo. Go on over and check things out at CPCM if you haven't been there yet!
If you are interested in getting a free one year membership to CPCM go here and enter to win. Please be sure and leave my name also when you enter! Have Fun!
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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Peace and Harmony

Do you remember a few weeks ago when I posted a few pictures of my creative space and entitled the post 'Cyclone Alert'? Let's go back to those photos and look at the before and after. This is a photo of the same corner but now the chest of drawers has been moved to the back wall and an armoire has been brought in to house a lot of things behind closed doors. This piece of furniture solved a lot of my problems and all I need to do is open the doors and sit down beside of it and most things will be within easy reach.

The table still has a lot on it because these are the things I use constantly. The SU! ink pad caddy revolves so I can easily find what I need. The other inks are sitting on a lazy susan so that they are easy to get to also. You can see that I no longer need to keep the doors of the bookcase open because my stamps have a new home. This now houses embellishments, paper and finished projects. Just look at the fireplace mantle! I no longer need to use it for storage. I use it to showcase finished work.
Now I don't feel so tense when I walk into this space because my supplies now have a home without flooding my table. Stay tuned if you want a closer peek. I am working on a video tour that should post in a few weeks. Are you wondering how I can work in a room that has been painted this dark red? I'll discuss how I work around that issue since this is a temporary creative space.


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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Birthday Blessings Gate Fold


If you are thinking that I am in birthday mode again, you are correct. It's that time to get my birthday cards finished for the month. First, let me tell you a bit about these new stamps. The happy birthday to you is from the SU! Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set. Everything else you see here is from Blue Ridge Impressions. This is a company that I recently discovered and like very much! When my box of stamps arrived in the mail, I opened it and dumped it out. Do you know what tumbled out of the box? Butterscotch candy! Yep, you gotta love a company that sends treats!!! Garden gate and garden scene are the two stamps that make the shape of this card. Isn't it cool the way the stamps go together? This is made with one continuous sheet of
8 1/2 x 11 inch card stock so you need to get the placement of the stamps situated just right for it to fold correctly. It's not difficult but does need a good eye unless you want to measure it out. Not me, I just eyeballed it!! There is a little gap in the gate but this was the first stamping. The others I did came out just about perfect.


I colored this very similar to how it was done in their catalog. I used Stampin' Up! markers, watercolor crayons and bashful blue ink to create what you see here. Okay you caught me, I used black Stazon also! I think this would be even prettier if it were done in watercolor and not marker. You have not seen the last of these images because I want to play around a bit with them!
Thanks for looking!
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Friday, June 5, 2009

August Flower of the Month Birthday


This was the card sketch challenge CPCM-ST08 this week over at Christian Paper Crafts Magazine (CPCM). I think it is a nice design. It is also a different size than I usually make so that was a nice change of pace too. This card measures 6 1/4 by 3 1/2 and fits in the run of the mill standard envelope that you can pick up at any big box store.
SUPPLY LIST:
SU! Happy Birthday Frame Stamp Set
SU! Flower of the Month Stamp Set
SU! Leaf Print Wheel
SU! Really Red CS
SU! Mellow Moss CS
VV CS
WC Paper
SU! Patterns Pack II Designer Paper
Twinkling H2Os - olive vine, sea glass, hot cinnamon,
SU! Old Olive ink
SU! Yo Yo Yellow ink
Stazon Timber Brown stamp pad
Cuttlebug die
Decorative Scissors-castle
Fiskar Sunburst border punch
Sponge
Dimensionals

I used a stamp from Blue Ridge Impressions on the interior that reads....
This birthday greeting comes your way
To wish a special kind of day
God's choicest blessings and good cheer
Enough to last throughout the year!

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Pile O' Stamps/ It's my Birthday and I'll Blog if I want too.....


I just had to take a few moments and blab about a stamp company. I recently stumbled across this little stamp company through the Christian Paper Crafts Magazine website. They are Heart and Soul Rubber Stamps out of Washington State. I liked what I saw on their website and I didn't own any of their rubber images so I ordered the 1/2 pound grab bag for $15.00. These are just the rubber without any mounting foam.....and YOWZA look what a pile of stamps showed up in my mail!!!!! There are over 40 stamps in this pile! Yes you read it right....I said over 40!!!! Many of them are phrases and scripture. That was something that I never have enough of so now I can stamp my heart out for a while without using the same stamp twice! I did some trimming on these and got them ready for acrylic blocks the easy way. I didn't use foam! I'll talk about that in a blog post soon enough when I discuss the different ways to mount stamps. Until then, order youself some stamps from Heart and Soul! These were a birthday gift to me! Enjoy!


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Award from Sue


A few weeks ago Sue at Sue's Sentiments gave me this award. Things have been a bit hectic around here lately so I am just getting to writing about this lovely award and Sue's blog. Go on over and see what she has going on as well to the nominees blogs!
The rules of this award*comment on this blog*cut and paste the award logo and use it on your own blog*nominate 5 to 10 blogs you feel show great attitude and gratitude*link to your nominees within your blog post*comment on their blogs to let them know they received the award*link back to the person who gave you the award to show your appreciation
I would like to nominate:
1. Becky- A Diamond in the Rough
2.Sue - Purplestamper's Musings
3.Jennifer - Just Coffee Please..
4.Nina - Crafting in Croatia
5.Heidi-Create-reach for something more!


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Monday, June 1, 2009

Twinkling H2Os /Peace and Comfort


I finally obtained a good photo of a card that has been painted with Twinkling H2Os. I can hardly believe it! The shimmer shows up so well on this card. If you haven't tried this product by Lumin Arte' then get yourself a dozen or so pots of this mica embedded watercolor paint and work with them. If you enjoy watercoloring then you will want to add these paints to your repertoire. Here is how I made the card. First I stamped the image with a Versa mark watermark pad onto watercolor paper. Next I embossed the image with SU! gold embossing powder. Then I went to work with an Aqua Painter using Twinkling H2Os (icy iris, periwinkle, sea glass, douglas fir and olive vine)and a couple of SU! Classic stamp pads (yo yo yellow, pixie pink and creamy caramel). I used a white gell pen to add the dots to the butterfly and a purple gel pen to add the stitch marks and dots to the scallop. The scallop was cut with Bigz scallop circle die from Stampin1 Up! I used naturals ivory CS. I folded the CS in half and placed the paper on the die so that a small portion of the fold would not be cut. and By doing this, a hinge was created for the card to open and close. I cut the circles out with my fiskar system and used lavender lace CS as well as green galore CS. I masked a Stampabilities stamp to get the phrase and stamped it on naturals ivory CS and trimmed it close. I then added lavender lace CS to back the phrase and popped it off the card using dimensionals. It was relatively simple to create yet the shape of the card makes an interesting and different style of card.
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