Friday, November 19, 2010

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Blog Signage

Hello peeps! I hope you are knee deep in crafty goodness for the upcoming holidays and playing Christmas tunes while you create beautiful hand made items.  I have gotten around to making signage fo my videos. It was a fun little project using items on hand and my Cricut Expression to cut out the letters with the Winter Woodland cartridge. I usually reach for the Story Book cartridge when it comes to letters but I resisted and opted for this font instead.  I neglect my Cricut and have decided to make a point of using it more often. Enjoy the vid!
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Oversized Mini

Hey everyone! I finally have a YouTube video loaded for you. My daughter needed a scrapbook for her trip to Korea.  She is participating in a program where teens from 20 countries come together for a two week long school.  This school teaches the kids how to think on a global scale for their future jobs. My daughter just didn't have the time to finish the book with all of the classes that she is taking.  Her two college classes have created a lot of extra work for her this semester so I finished the book that she started. Enjoy!
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Friday, October 15, 2010

No Pics Today

I thought I should check in and let you know that I am still creating and should have some new things up very soon. I just need to get the video finished and loaded.  It has been very busy around here and I have been pulled in many different directions! Here is a sample of all the extra goings on....

My daughter is leaving for a trip to Korea in a just a few days.

Daughter needs a scrapbook of introduction for the trip and guess who got the job of creating much of it since daughter is knee deep in classes and prep for the trip?

Still painting the carriage house outside!

Lost a friend to cancer on Sunday and the mojo is a bit low.

I will try and get back on track soon!


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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Christmas Silhouette 2010



So I know I titled this Christmas, but let me just say that this would make a great Valentine or Birthday card too.  I kept this card simple yet still elegant so that it could be mass produced for Christmas.  The stamps are from Scrolls Work Stamps. I used 2557 Lady Flourish Silhouette #1, 7104 Sheet Music and 25 18 Letter Seals. I used gold detail embossing powder since the music sheet is so fine and the Musical Shape Paper Clip was purchased at Staples. 

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Pumpkin Set 2010

Hey everyone! Hope you are having a great day. Before I tell you about this card, I would like to thank the gals that showed up at my ustream class last night and put in a plug for the next class which will be held October 5th at 8PM Eastern Standard Time on laughingstamper channel. Okay, now that the shameless plug is over, I can give you some details about this project.
I used the same stamps as I did for the ATC (Artist Trading Card) in the previous post along with the pumpkin set and Happy Fall Phrase.  I just brayered the background a little different and at a different angle. If you are looking for any of these stamps, you may find them here at Scrolls Work. The fence was the waste material from a fence that I cut out on my cricut using the Paper Dolls cartridge.  I love to use the scraps! If you have any question, go ahead and leave me a comment and I will get back to you!

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Ustream

Join me Tuesday evening at 8PM Eastern Standard time as I teach how I created this Artist Trading Card via a ustream class.  You can find me here. I will show you how I created this background using a brayer. All of the stamps used in this project are from Scrolls Work so you can check that out if you like any of these. The victorian haunted house and the bats are a reminder of my own house before the restoration began!  Yikes! I hope to see you Tuesday night!
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Thursday, September 23, 2010

September Birthday 2010

Here is an old technique that I had forgotten about until I saw You Tuber Hungry Heffy do a vid about it.  I am behind and needed some quick cards which were still very pretty and thought this would fit the bill quite nicely. I embossed the images with white pearl embossing powder and sponged the card stock. The flower and leaves were from my I Am Roses haul.  I used my home made glimmer mist to color the flower so that it color coordinated with the card stock. I hope this sparks some creativity for you!
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Old House News

Lately I have been getting questions about where I have been and how the house restoration is going. Today I kill two birds with one stone as I answer those questions.  My arthritic hand has been wrapped around a paintbrush which has been priming over 4000 cedar shakes. Ugh! We are in the middle of trying to get the carriage house weathered in before winter hits the mountains.  Back in the 1940's, our carriage house was built and over the years it has been just that as well as two apartments.  The first floor will house two of our vehicles and the second floor will remain an apartment space without a renter.  I'll have a new creative space with a kitchen, bed and bath. When my scrappy friend from South Carolina saw it, she said....."great, I won't have far to go to bed when I visit!" LOL! She's just too funny!
The garage doors were framed out and installed along with new windows. Cedar lap siding now covers the alley side first floor as well as the side with the electrical panels. Everyone is working on this project including my husband and daughter. I even got in on the act of siding the building as you will see in the next photo.

This is the side with the electricity and the pic was snapped last Sunday a week ago. We have begun to paint so maybe I'll show you a completed side, in the near future. Okay so it probably won't be totally complete this season because the soffit needs repaired and I doubt we will have time to do that along with getting the floor heat installed on the first floor of the main house this season. Whew!  Anyway, I have been pulled in many directions lately and some days I don't know which end is up. Enjoy this beautiful fall weather and don't forget to get some scrappy time in too!

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Old Crow

Can you believe that I only used two stamps to create this card? Talk about economical cropping! This was more design team work for Scrolls Work this month. I used scarecrow 7503, old bird 1037. Then I put my brayer, sponge and die cut machine to work. I think it turned out great!  I nearly forgot to mention that Michelle Zindorf was the inspiration for this piece. Let me know what are you creating as the air begins to chill and days shorten? It's your turn.
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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Vintage Magazine Holder

I finally finished this magazine holder that has been sitting on my desk for three weeks. I took a simple cardboard holder and turned it into this.  I was going for an antique book sort of thing using Scrolls Work Stamps. Here is a video with a bit of information about the project and the specific stamps that I used and techniques involved in making this project. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Stamping on Beads

I finally took a few minutes and stamped on some beads. You may find these stamps at Scrolls Works. I used a silver and gold paint pen to add a bit of pizazz to the edge of the flat beads.  Here are a few pics and a short video. Let me know what you think.



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Monday, August 16, 2010

Mariposa Mini Sneak Peek

I have been working on a DCWV Mariposa mini off and on all summer long.  This is just a little preview of what's to come. I hope to show you the entire mini within a few weeks. The butterfly is a stamped image that I colored with copic markers.

The black photo mat has been embossed with gold embossing Powder using Scrolls Work Stamps 2544, Leafy Swirls. The Butterfly is also from them. Look for 3082, Monarch Wings.
I still have a couple of pages, the back cover and a bunch of tags to finish before I show you a video. I just couldn't hold it any longer. I just had to show someone. This paper is so wonderful to work with and it makes the most beautiful projects!I am thinking about making a couple of kits available to make this particular book. If you are interested, let me know.  Enjoy!

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Irish Blessing

Today I have a vintage style card that is simple and quick! All stamps were from Scrolls Work Stamps.  They have so many vintage stamps that they are my go to source. This is also why I wanted to be on their design team! If you would like to be on the design team, go on over to their web site and apply.  They are taking applications. 
This is how I made the card.
 Take a piece of Kraft card stock and stamp the Leafy Flourish several times with SU! Garden Green ink and sponge the edge of the card stock and set aside.
 Take white card stock and stamp 2527 Gothic arch with Stazon Saddle Brown ink. 
Ink 1604, Irish Blessing with SU! Garden Green ink and stamp after lining it up with the Gothic Arch. 
Cut out this piece and sponge Tea Dye Distress ink all over it.
Again take white card stock and stamp2542, Gothic Medallion in the same way the arch was stamped.
Quickly add a similar color marker to highlight a few areas on the medallion and the arch.
Cut a strip of designer paper and place it behind the Irish Blessing after sponging the edges.
Add the Blessing to this strip and the Medallion.
Pop the medallion up with pop dots to add dimension.
Mount all of this on the Kraft card stock.
Cut a piece of SU! Garden Green card stock to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches.
Score this in the middle and fold in half.
Us a border punch down the edge and sponge this edge with  SU! Garden Green ink.
Add the Kraft card stock and Voila!  You are finished!

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

August Birthday 2010

Hello all! I don't know about you but out weather has been hot and muggy the past few days.  So much so that when I walked outside yesterday. My glasses fogged up! That is a new one for me on a summer day since I started wearing glasses.  I had no idea that would happen. Anyway, I have my August birthday cards finished. I used stamps from Scrolls Work.  The letter M came from the Scrabble-a-bet set #1457. The birthday sentiment came from Person Holidays #1601 and the frame is called Mirror Mirror #2560. The embossing folder is one of the Tim Holtz alterations texture fades pack called Damask and Regal Flourish. If you have any questions about this project, please contact me.  Enjoy!
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Saturday, July 24, 2010

OFA Short Course and Trade Show

I have spent the last several weeks in Columbus, Ohio for the OFA Short course and trade show. Once I returned home, my Dad was hospitalized for several days. Right now I feel like I am a day late and a dollar short getting all of the new stuff posted here on the old blog. Stay tuned because I have lots to show you and time is quickly ticking away as I gear up for CHA. If you don't already know, CHA is the Craft and Hobby Association show. I'll be showing you the new products that are being released this summer.
Now let's get back to the Short Course. So now you might be wondering what this is, why I would go there and what this has to do with crafting. Well the answer is.........
           What- the largest green industry event and trade show in the country.
           Why- because I have volunteered to set up decorations for the last 11 years. The volunteers are a
                     wonderful group of people.
           Crafting- absolutely nothing. It is just something that I have enjoyed doing in my field of study. Since it is a part of my summer, I have decided to share some bits and pieces with you!
This first photo shows a banner in downtown Columbus which welcomes the OFA Short course. This event brings in about 10,000 people to the downtown area during the slow dog days of summer. We had people attend from every state in the US and also from 30 some countries.
  
      
          This shot shows some of the plant material that we move in for the event. Since it is a green industry event, we use a lot of fresh materials. A big thanks goes out to Proven Winners, Ball Seed and Baker's Acres for providing a lot of the plant material in this display. If you want to see the latest plant introductions, this is the place to be!
We used a lot of Dramm watering equipment in the decorations this year.  I glued vases to this water sprinkler and set a vase with color coordinating tulips to finish off this display. I know there is a bit too much light with these pics but this area is solid glass walls and it is tough to get a good photo. 
I'll be back soon with more pics of this event in the near future. Enjoy!

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Sequin Bell Ornament

When I was growing up, my Mom would order sequin ornaments kits through the mail and we would sit and make this type of ornament for our tree. When I left home, my Mom shared the ornaments we had made all those years earlier and I had plenty of pretty ornaments for my first tree. I was in the craft store and found these foam forms and pins so I went over and picked up some sequins to make these ornaments again. I already had the other materials needed to complete these, in my stash at home. I went home and put this together for my daughter. Her room is blue, white and silver. She uses these colors on her small table top tree, so I thought I would continue the tradition. If this interests you, let me know and I will post more information about how to make these. They take about 8 hours or so to complete one ornament but they will last for decades on a tree. Mine are over thirty years old and they still look great! They are stored in the attic and they have not tarnished or discolored. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Addicted to Stick Pins

I decided to try my hand at making stick pins and I must say that it is addicting. Stay tuned to see what I have been up to. I am sure that I will soon snap a few more pictures of some of the other pins that I have been creating. I keep coming up with different color combinations and one pin leads to the next!

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Christmas Ornaments in July!

It's never too early to begin working on items for Christmas.  I used Nestabilities Labels 3 from Spellbinders to create this silver ornament. Then I added a few beads to make a simple but elegant bauble for the tree. The red and gold ornament was made by using a Sizzix die that I recently picked up from my haul at Sizzix.com. This is the first ornament that I have tried using this die and I have many ideas for future projects.  Enjoy!
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Friday, July 9, 2010

Butterfly Floral Birthday

I have been putting my scrap basket to use lately.  You know the one that has a finished piece of artwork or a half finished one that didn't work out for a project as you had intended, yet it is too nice to discard into the trash can. This piece had too much glitter for my liking when I created it so I doubled up two of the images to show off the leaves from two levels. removing some of the glittered leaves looked better so I dropped it into my basket for later use.  I added the butterfly and a happy birthday sentiment to finish of this simple card. All of the stamps, papers, watercolor crayons and punch were Stampin' Up! products.  Enjoy!

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

July Birthday 2010

This month I created a simple birthday card and used some Flower Soft to add dimension to my Larkspur. I watercolored the image first using stamp ink and then applied the Flower Soft. It is a simple and easy product to use. I really liked the way it turned out! Add a bit of ribbon and some bling to finish off this summer card. Enjoy!

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Asian Inspired Quiet Garden

This is a card that I made for the Scrolls Work stamp company. If you are interested in the quick details, check out this video. Enjoy!

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Rose Petal Flowers

This is just a pic of a couple of flowers that I made from some inexpensive flower petals from a dollar store. I glimmer misted them, added stickles and bling. I then finished it off with a leaf that I kept from a stick of silk flowers that I stripped for cropping purposes. the top of the photo shows cream colored petals and the bottom shows white petals. Enjoy!
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New Design Team

Well it is that time again when Scrolls Work Stamp company is looking for a new design team. Go on over to their blog and sign up if you are interested. I have enjoyed working with their stamps and would urge you to check them out if you enjoy stamping! You can find all of the details in this blog post so go on over and see for yourself!
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Monday, June 28, 2010

Friendship Seeds

Today I have this friendship card to share with you. I really like the color combo for this one! If you like these stamps, then go over to Scrolls Work and pick them up for yourself. I used 2543 Leafy Flourish, 4504 Futterfly Bait and 1650 Dream Seeds. All of the papers and inks are by Stampin' Up! except for the shiny paper. If you are interested in this paper, then check out this post to see what I used. The punch is called sunburst by Fiskar.
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