Thursday, December 31, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
- Patterned Paper is from Die Cuts With a View
- Flourish is chipboard from Maya Road
- Butterfly cut with Cricut and Indie Art cartridge
- Black shape behind butterfly cut with Cricut and Wild Card cartridge
- Name cut with Cricut using Sure Cuts A Lot program and Oklahoma font
- Happy Happy Birthday stamp from Stamp Oasis
- Flourish stamps-most likely Inkadinkadoo-but not really sure.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
This is the front of Bibi's card. I loved the colors she used. They aren't colors I ever think to use together. I know red and green are opposite each other on the color wheel and so are complimentary colors...but...when I go to use them, I always think Christmas.
Bibi went above and beyond and did an awesome job of making the inside just as fun as the outside. I love all the color and texture she used!
Here is my challenge card. I thought it was interesting that our color choices were so similar. We hadn't discussed anything outside of the card sketch and the stamp set because we wanted to see each other's take on it. But we have a lot of crazy similarities like that, it's fun, and it's what makes us such great friends.
This challenge was fun, and we plan to do it again. We'll keep you posted!
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Once I made the background, I used the Leafy Branch embossing folder to emboss. (I love leaves!) I grabbed my Walnut Stain and Black Soot Distressing inks to make the embossing pop and age the edges. I am still in love with my new Cherry Pie stamps so I used that for the phrase. I matted everything with black. Then I was stuck. I couldn't decide if I wanted to embellish it with the Dew Drops or with this great leaf from the Graphically Speaking Cricut cartridge.
I did the dew drops on the first one and then added the black leaf on the other. I had purchased a set of pretty bird stamps at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago, and decided that would be a great match with the Leafy Branch for the second card. The stamp is from the Birds Galore set from The Paper Studio. Of course I had to age all the edges because I love that look.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
...with a purchase from HSN (Home Shopping Network).
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I CAN'T WAIT FOR SPRING!!!!
Okay, I will calm down now....and try to patiently wait.
In my wait for spring, I decided to do an American Goldfinch card. I love the stamp, it's from Northwood's Rubber Stamps. I used another technique from my all time favorite TJN (Technique Junkies Newsletter). This technique is the Marker Wash from the October 2007 issue.
I did use watercolor paper as they state in the instructions, and have found that the results are much better when you do. The water is able to float around better and give you awesome results, I think, anyway.
I basically just scribbled brown marker around the edges of the card, then loosely colored the bird and the tree branch. I then spritz it with water and hit it with my heat gun to speed up the process and to keep the edges distinct where the water pooled.
I have been admiring a lot of the paper piecing I have been seeing online, and decided to give it a try on this card. So I stamped a couple more goldfinches, colored them and cut them out...definitely time consuming...but I feel it was worth it. Then I used pop dots to put space between each layer.
Here is a close up of the layers. It's a little fuzzy...but you get the idea of the dimension.
I was going to layer this on a lighter brown card base..to match the edges, but DH thought it got lost in all the brown..so he suggested the orange card base....YAY hubby! It definitely made the goldfinch stand out like I wanted.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I have had this Basic Grey paper for so long...and that really was one of my least favorite sheets in that collection...until I made butterflies out of it, that is. I LOVE the way that paper looks when it is cut out. I used it for butterflies, a ric-rac type border and I cut my name out (letters welded together using the Sure Cuts A Lot program) then made a shadow for it in a dark teal color. So much fun to play that way!
I had to think of something to use for a body for these fun wings. I remembered making paper beads a long while ago, and thought they would be a great shape for a butterfly body. So, I cut out some extra long triangles of the same great paper, rolled them up...long end to short end. I stuck a bamboo skewer into the rolled up paper and rolled it over my Versamark Watermark pad a few times to get it full of ink. Then my plastic container of Clear UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel)came out and I dipped the inked up roll into the powder and embossed it. I did that 2-3 times to get it nice and thick. I wanted it glossy and I wanted it sturdy. I let it cool, and there was my body. I found a few different colors of copper wire, and grabbed some plain cream colored beads from my stash for the heads and put them together with glue dots.
I really like the way they turned out, and am certain I will be starting to use my "oh so very horded patterned paper" a whole lot more now that I see what it looks like when it has been through the Cricut!
Here is a close up of the paper bead, you can see all the great colors from the paper showing through. I am happy with the way all the colors pull together for the body and the wings.
I don't know what I am going to do with these butterflies yet. Part of me wants to make a framed name for The Room (my stamp/scrap room) using the name I cut from the same paper. But I also found a half finished scrapbook page of my Senior pictures from high school...and it is in similar colors and I have fall leaves everywhere..which is perfect because I loooove leaves, and I looooove butterflies. I just can't decide yet. But, in the mean time, I do enjoy looking at the butterflies on my work table for now.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Jhone (from Just Jhone...now unfortunately closed) was the recipient of this card. It was destined to be hers, since it was her alphabet stamp set I used and we are Zentangle buddies...and it was her Birthday last month!
Monday, March 9, 2009
I saw this saying and have wanted it up on my bedroom wall just above our bed for a long time now. Well, since I now have a Cricut, and downloaded the Sure Cuts A Lot program...I decided to take the project on myself.
I used Scriptina font for the word "together". I don't know what the font was that I used for the rest of the words, just picked something fairly plain. "IS A" is a smaller font size and non-bold. "WONDERFUL PLACE TO BE" was larger and in bold. The leaf accents are from a dingbat font called Florals 2 that I downloaded from dafont.com . I put this all together in Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL). I didn't have the 12 x 24 mat...so I put the letters together so I could fit everything on three 12 x 12 mats and cut them out. I also didn't have the special release paper to put the words up on the wall, so I improvised. I used blue painters tape. I put the tape on a piece of foam board, sticky side up...and lined my letters up along the bottom edge of the tape (letters were backing side up). It was a great way to line up the letters. I should have maybe stuck that painters tape on my shirt a time or two, because it was a bit stickier than I had expected. But it worked fairly well. I did have to remake the the "S" in IS and the "N" in WONDERFUL because my tape stuck a little too well....but the really cool thing is that I was able to go make them quick and finish the project. I have no idea what I would have done if I would have purchased the words and ruined them putting them up. I think having the Cricut is going to be lots of fun!
Here is a shot with part of the bed in it...it is centered above the headboard.
This was really fun to do...and pretty easy, too. I think I will be doing more of this!!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
It still makes me laugh when I look at it. (you can see the original inspiration card if you click the link for the e-zine above). I really loved the look of the technique and I just got the Inspired By Nature stamp set from Stampin' Up and I wanted to use the grass instead of flowers. The original plan was to mask the grass and stamp a lions face so it looked like it was peaking through the grass. I found a roll of Magic Mask that hadn't been used in a long time...cut out a rectangle the size of my card and then used my Creative Memories oval cutter to cut the oval out of the center. That was the mask for my oval. Well, I sponged my ink around the edges, stamped my grass... the lion face just didn't work like I had planned. It was a little too big for the oval and the grass...and it was looking off to one side. So, I spent the evening looking at the card...trying to figure out what would be the best thing to fill that space...words? a bird? a bug? Ahhhh....a butterfly! I stamped and colored the butterfly, then stamped it and colored it again to cut out for dimension. I was pretty satisfied with the card...proud of my choice to fill that space. It had been a while since I had seen the original card that had inspired me...I remembered the oval and flowers...but not the butterfly. I really thought that was my own genius to add the butterfly. Well...I was in for a surprise when I went back a while later and saw that butterfly on the original! LOL! I still like the card...even if it isn't as "original" as I thought it was. It's a great technique and really fun to do. I think I would like to try making a mask from some of my Nestabilities. I gotta make a list of things I want to do!!
You really should check out the Stamper's Quest Magazine....lots of inspiration there!
Monday, March 2, 2009
And here is a close up of the fairy.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
I work with some amazing people. This card was made for a friend that brought me a Latte one day when she knew our work load was going to be crazy, and she decided I needed one to get me through the day. The background behind the cup of coffee is from that actual paper cup that held the Latte. It matches the goldish card stock on the right much better than this scan looks, but the paper on the cup is a bit shiny and I couldn't get a very accurate scan. Then last weekend, she just "happened" to be at Archivers in Minneapolis and called me up to see if there was anything I needed. I didn't really "need" anything...but she came back with Bazzill Stitchz templates...and that is what I used to stitch the "steam" over the cup.
The coffee cup is from a great coffee/tea sheet of UM stamps from my very good overseas friend Bibi...a perfect match for this card I'd say.
The stamps used are the Coffee Stain set from Close To My Heart. The coffee stains are stamped in ColorBox Chalk ink Chestnut Roan, the sentiment stamped in Timber Brown Stazon. I love the look the chalk ink gives the coffee stains....think I will be using this combination again.
I know it's been a long time since my last post...sorry to those of you who come here to look. I have been busy in the stamp room lately, so stay tuned...there is more to come!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
This is what it looks like inside. I used some cardstock scraps to line the bottom of the box in a coordinating color. I also figured out how to fold a dollar bill into a bow tie today! I added a snowflake brad to that bottom piece so it would hold the bill in place.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Well, it's done! I added this cute little skiing snowman from Northwoods that I colored with watercolor pencils and a water brush. I cut out the snowman and put pop dots on his back side. I added some torn white paper in layers for snow...and it's finished. It only took me a couple of months. tee hee.
I am supposed to be working on Thanksgiving cards this weekend, but all this blustery, wintery weather has got me in the mood for snowy cards.
Friday, November 7, 2008
This card just happened.
The flower images here, by Close To My Heart, are what I originally wanted to put on the first card when the color combination was sage and navy. I didn't really like the way that looked together. The sage layer with the rope border punch was just me playing around, but I loved the way it looked. So, while I had all the pieces just hangin' around my table...they ended up coming together in a card! It's so much fun when that happens! The colors in real life are just so striking together, they really pop and look great together.
I stamped the background on this one, and used white embellishments instead of silver. Still using the Denim Adirondack ink and added to the edges. I am loving the look of that Denim ink on the edges.
The "Wishing you..." stamp is from Close to my Heart and inside it says "a Merry little Christmas". Both stamped in the Denim Adirondack ink.
Okay...off to play some more!
Here's my first creation with this really fun technique.
I know it's been a really long time since I've posted anything. Life, love, kids, work...they just all take a lot of time and attention. I'm not complaining, I enjoy all of them most of the time, but some days it can be overwhelming and I don't get the chance to create like I would like. (I'm sure there are plenty of you out there that understand that completely)
But...today is a SNOW DAY for me! Most of the state is covered in blowing snow, so I get to stay home and play.
A few days ago someone from a rubberstamping list I am on (YAY RST!) posted this technique from SplitCoastStampers.
I'm a gadget girl....love to have lots of toys. And ever since I saw that technique, I have been trying to figure out how to get my hands on that scallop punch. Money is so very tight and I really can't justify another purchase. Well, the light came on at 4:36 AM this morning! I remembered the Fiskars Rope border punch I had...and started to wonder what that would look like for this technique. The idea rattled around in my head until I couldn't take it anymore and had to run to the stamp room. I didn't want to take the time to boot up my computer to get the dimensions...so I just winged it. I grabbed a long chunk of navy blue from the scrap bin. Then I measured the punch...it was exactly 2 inches wide. I cut a 2.25 inch square, a 2.5 inch square, and still had some navy blue left over, so was able to make a 3 inch square.
The top one here is the 2.25 inch square. As you can see, it was a bit too small. But I kinda like the pieces it made. Same with the 2.5 inch square. The top one has a great little frame with a bit of fun punched in the corners, the second one gives you a perfect 2.5 inch frame. The stuff that falls out of the middle looks like it could be a fun layer on cards, too...or you can turn them a bit and put them inside of the frame. Lots of different options, I think.
The bottom one, the 3 inch square is the one that worked like it was supposed to. I can't wait to make something out of it!
I'm so happy it's a snow day!! I'll be posting later to let you know what the day produced.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
For all of you that are enjoying warm temperatures and sunshine.....ENJOY! This is what we woke up to this morning in SW North Dakota.
Although it is pretty to look at, it is a bit disheartening to know winter has already shown it's blustery face here in the Dakota's. I better prepare myself for a loooong winter! LOL!
Okay, last one today. I really, really loved the look of the trio of brown acrylic paints on the cardboard. It's just so rustic and old looking. This is a tissue box I painted. I am not certain where I got the tissue box covers from. I do know I bought a bunch of them. Good thing...cuz I had to make one for my stamp room and one for my bedroom. This is the one for our bedroom. The one I made for my stamp room had to have those black swirls stamped on it.
I ended up using that combination of brown acrylic paints to paint the bottom of the album box, 2 tissue boxes and I grabbed a small bare cardboard box that I had some jumbo copper paper clips in, and painted that, too!
I think I will be using this for home decor a lot. We live in the country and everything in our house is rustic...leaves, leather, wood, pine cones (can you see the pine cones in the fabric of the chair behind the tissue box?)...so this seems to fit in perfectly.
Here is a close up of the front panel of what will be the photo album. This isn't completed yet. The plan is to add a picture of our house to this panel and then add the word "HOME" with chipboard die cut letters. Pictures of our family will go on the inside and the pictures that my son took will be on the outside. You will have to wait a bit for the inside...I'm still not done with that part yet.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
The background that the Art saying is stamped on here happens to be the "leftovers" from the above card. I used watercolor paper, sprayed it with lotsa water and then put the plastic wrap with the leftover ink on it and scrunched it up.
It is a softer, more whispery look and I really like it, too. It makes me feel better to use everything up. :o)
The dotted swirls are from Inkadinkado and the Art washes away from the Soul.... saying is from Hampton Art Stamps. I used Timber Brown Staz On ink to stamp the swirls and the phrase.
Something I did notice when doing these backgrounds is that the type of card stock you use really makes a big difference in the results. I have some glossy card stock that is glossy on both sides, and is a bit wimpy. The ink seems to absorb into the paper and it isn't bright and vibrant like the first card I posted here, and you don't get the really defined wrinkles, either. When I used a heavier card stock that was glossy on one side, it seemed like the ink would sit on top and "smoosh" better, was much more vibrant and defined. The watercolor paper is very muted and soft, but still gives a more defined crinkle.
Friday, September 19, 2008
This was inspired by Shelly Hickox and a "Western Bandanna" card she did. I've been very intrigued by the Bandanna technique since I love to doodle. I was also intrigued by the wrinkle free distressing she had talked about, and I adore that look and the colors.
The distressing takes some time...but the results are so worth it. But I liked the background so much I couldn't bring myself to "Bandanna" it with the white pen!
I loved the colors, and thought a bare tree would look good with them. So I made another background, a little lighter than the last and made a card out of it.
I used carpet tape to put this card together. It's pretty heavy duty. And of course, as I was trying so hard to put the background on the black card base...painstakingly trying to make sure it was straight...and wouldn't ya know....it's crooked! Then when I was putting the orange mat on the tree piece....and this part seems pretty fool proof because I use the Perfect Layers ruler thingies from Stampin' Up. But for some reason the left side of the orange cardstock cut EXTREMELY crooked. I have no idea how it could even happen. And since all the very many layers of this card are held together with a foot of carpet tape...I couldn't pull it apart and redo it without wrecking it. So, this card is a little wonky...but I really like the colors! I really like the wrinkle free distressing too, and think I will be doing more of it.
I'd love to give you details on the stamps I used...but most of them are all some old UnMounted stamps I had in my binder and have no idea where they came from. The only ones I am sure of are the swirls or flourishes...they are clear stamps from Autumn Leaves.
I never thought I was a doodler.
I used to try, and it would look terribly unappealing...and eventually gave up. That was until a stamping friend of mine, Darla Doodles, started talking about ZENTANGLES I liked what I saw and was really curious.
So, I put the Zentangle Kit on my wish list for Christmas last year, and it's all history now.
I love to doodle, I love the way it looks, I love that it is quick, easy and non-messy. And, I really like to make cards from them.
I still seem to take some really bad pictures, so these seem to be a bit blurry, but I hope you get the idea.