Saturday, September 7, 2013

Saturdays with Stampin' Up

Paper:  Eastern Elegance DSP, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
Stamps:  Morning Meadow and Express Yourself Hostess Sets
Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate
Thanks for looking!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Freestyle Friday

Paper:  Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Venetian Romance DSP
Stamps:  Morning Meadow Hostess Set
Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar, Basic Gray
Misc:  Swirled Lace Martha Stewart Punches, Spellbinders' Scalloped Oval
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Hello Thursday!

Paper:  Recollections
Misc:  Peacock Image from French Manor Cricut Cartridge, Gold Stickles, Spellbinders' Labels13
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wednesday's Wow!

This is a fork easel I had made.  I simply bent the prongs and added beads to the handle to embellish it.  All of the cards on my resent posts have been displayed on a fork easel.
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tuesday's Technique

Today's card was made by using Distress Ink and a mask on glossy card stock.
Paper:  glossy card stock, Recollections paper
Ink:  Stazon Black, Distress Inks in Broken China and Tea Dye
Stamps:  Butterflies by Unity Stamp Co. and Sentiment by Crafty Secrets 
Sentiment:  Sorry You Are Ill
With lots and lots of sympathy
For every ache and pain
And may hopes that very soon
You'll be quite well again.
Misc:  2" circle for mask
Thanks for looking!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Magazine Inspired Monday

This card was inspired by March/April 2013 issue of Paper Crafts magazine (p. 34 and the front cover).
Paper:  Crate Paper's Emma's Shoppe
Ink:  Basic Black
Stamps:  Inkadinkado
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Sundays with Stampin' Up

 Paper: Soft Sky, Sahara Sand, Sweater DSP
Ink: Sahara Sand
Stamps:  Morning Meadow Hostess Set
Misc.: Waterfall Stickles
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Saturdays with Stampin' Up

Paper:  Sweater Weather DSP, Whisper White card stock
Ink: Early Espresso
Stamps: Petite Pairs
Misc: 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch
Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Freestyle Friday

Today's card was made from a card kit I received in a swap (on Splitcoaststampers).  I colored the image with Copic markers.  The image is "Scattering Love" by Elisabeth Bell for Sugar Nellie Stamps.
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Hello Thursday!

Paper: Recollections
Ink: Basic Black
Stamps: Inkadinkado
Misc.: Celebrate with Flourish Cricut Cartridge
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wednesday's Wow!

This is an altered mouse trap for holding memos/notes.  I used Martha Stewart acrylic craft paint in Pink Poodle, the paper is from Webster's Pages and other items were what I had on hand.
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tuesday's Technique

Today's technique is using color spray with a stencil.  
Paper:  Recollections (kraft and blue)
Ink:  Basic Black, Heidi Swapp Color Shine - Gold
Stamps: Unity Stamp Co.
Misc.:  Martha Stewart stencil, Martha Stewart Butterfly punches
Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Magazine Inspired Monday

Inspiration:  Card Sketch found on  p.26 of Paper Crafts  March/April 2013 issue
Paper: Scrap
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Stamp: Unity Stamp Co.
Misc: 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sundays with Stampin' Up

Paper:  Coastal Cabana and Whisper White card stock, Eastern Elegance DSP
Ink:  Smoky Slate, Coastal Cabana
Stamps:  Morning Meadow Hostess Set
Misc:  Sponge, Doily
Thanks for looking!!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Saturdays with Stampin' Up

Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White card stock
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Stamps:  Love and Sympathy
Misc:  Festive Paper-Piercing Pack, White colored pencil, Window Frames Collection Die
Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Freestyle Friday

Since I have so many materials that are considered "contraband" (non Stampin' Up), I thought Fridays' posts would be "anything goes."

Paper:  (all SU) Etcetera DSP, Baked Brown Sugar, Night of Navy , Old Olive card stock
Ink:  Night of Navy, Versa Mark with Silver Embossing Powder
Stamps:  MFT Sew Nifty Die and Stamp Set
Misc: Silver brad, MFT dies

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hello Thursday!

I really need to use my Cricut machine more.  So I thought I would follow Cricut's example and post on Thursdays a project I created with my machine.  I used the Art Nouveau cartridge.  This image is Rose 2.  The sentiment is from a Paper Pumpkin (Stampin' Up) kit and the paper is by Recollections (Michael's brand).  Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wednesday's Wow!

I thought it would be nice to post on my Anything But a Card projects.  This is an altered cigar box.  As fantastic as SU DSP is, I'm still hooked on Graphic 45.  This is from their Steampunk Spells line.  The sides of the box were covered with K and Co. Halloween paper.  I used Tim Holtz box feet and some items from his Ideaology line.  Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tuesday's Technique

Today's card was inspired by The Stamper's Sampler Take Ten June/July/August 2013 issue.  On page 67, a technique, "Perfectly Painted," is discussed.  I thought it was an interesting way to add a little dimension without adding bulk.  I used a fuschia acrylic craft paint and I believe the sentiment is by Heidi Swapp.  The paper is scrap that I had.  Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Magazine Inspired Monday

Today I have a card that was inspired by a tag found on page 61 of Paper Crafts May/June 2013 issue.

Paper:  Basic Black, Whisper White, and scrap pink card stock
Misc:  Anna Griffin Modern Vines Embossing Folder, Martha Stewart Butterfly Lace Punch, black rhinestones
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sundays with Stampin' Up

I decided to return to the blogging world.  Hopefully, I'm here to stay.  

I thought I would start by promoting Stampin' Up.  I did start my card making hobby when I attended my friend, Carol's Stampin' Up workshop.  I had so much fun.  Ten years later I've decided to become a demonstrator for this wonderful company.  Today's project:

Paper:  Coastal Cabana and Whisper White card stock,  Winter Frost DSP
Ink:  Basic Gray
Stamps:  Petite Pairs, Christmas Collectibles
Misc: Silver 1/8" Ribbon, Christmas Ornament Punch
Thanks for looking!!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

My "love" for Barb . . . and apologies

On the 5th of every month, the blogging group I'm in (if they don't kick me out) celebrates and honors one of its members.  For the month of April it is Barb.  Please check out her beautiful blog and creations, here.

This is my card to honor Barb.  She has a real knack for choosing beautiful, bright, happy colors.  I love the layouts she uses for her creations.  They are simply gorgeous!!

This was the source for my inspiration:
Good Luck Turtle from her March 12th post.  As you can see my personal spin, a fairy.  I do love creatures of fantasy.  

You can also see, I'm 2 days late (and many $$ short).  I'm so sorry for my tardiness.  Life has truly gotten away from me.  Hopefully with the arrival of spring and longer days I will be better.  

Have a wonderful day and thanks for looking!!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

My "love" for Carolina

This month the Crafty Gals Blog Group is celebrating Carolina.  She has a very bright and cheerful style and often sews on her beautiful cards (I love that!).   Checkout her wonderful creations, here.   I couldn't unearth my sewing machine (or the table where I work to put the sewing machine upon) so I stamped the stitches (with an A*muse Studio boarder stamp).  The paper was from my "scrap" pile and the image came from a friend.   The image is colored with watercolor pencils.  The bling and flowers are also from my stash.

Here is my inspiration from Carolina (here):
Also in true Carolina Style, I rotated her layout and made my card horizontal instead of vertical.  Thanks for looking!!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Trying Something New

Have you heard of Paint Fusion?  It's One-Stroke Brush Painting meets Rubber Stamping.  Sheena Douglas developed this technique.  I was very interested when it came to the US (via Crafter's Companion, here), but decided, I don't need to take on another medium.  Well one day someone on SplitCoast was selling her Pain Fusion Supplies.  It was a sign!!!  That was probably at least 6 months ago.  Yesterday I played for the first time, not so bad.  This card will go to my Aunt Ruth for her birthday.  Thanks for looking!
Stamps:  Paint Fusion-Rose
Ink:  Recollections Dye-Black
Paper:  Canson Bristol, Recollections Card Stock
Misc:  Arcyrlic Paint, Sparkle Spray Mist

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

My "love" for Jeanette

This month Crafty Gals Blog Group is showing our "love" for Jeanette Cloyd's work.  Here is my love. . .
Stamps:  {ippity} by Unity 
Paper:  Recollections Card Stock, Page from a rescued Hymnal
Ink:  Recollections Dye Ink 
Misc: Rhinestones

Yes, the background paper is from an actual Hymnal.  I found it in the recycling bin at school one day (with many others).  I used to teach in Catholic schools, I'm sure a priest said a blessing before they were tossed.  They were "well loved;" you could tell by the broken spines and covers hanging on by a thread.  I rescued one to use on my projects.  

Here is my inspiration from Jeanette's blog, see all of her beautiful creations, here.

Mine doesn't even come close to her elegant work (see her original post, here).
In true honor of Jeanette I even finished the inside:
Jeanette, THANK YOU for the INSPIRATION!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Mixed Media Challenge

Stamps:  Recollections Garden Gnome
Paper:  Amuse Studio Cherry, K & Co. pattern w/ Gesso painted over
Ink:  Versa Mark and Black Embossing Powder
Other:  Inktense Pencils, Amuse Studio le pouf

After following Creative JumpStart 2013 (and learning a lot), I was so excited to find out SplitCoastStampers is starting a Mixed Media Challenge on Fridays, learn more here.  This week's challenge, Yin Yang, use a matte medium (Gesso) and a shiny medium (embossing poweder) on your project.  I'm going to give this card to a friend who is moving in to her first apartment.

I decided to keep an Art Journal for this challenge too:

Stamps:  Recollections-Moths
Paper: K & Co. w/ Gesso painted over
Ink:  Versa Mark with Black Embossing Powder, Recollections Black Dye Ink
Other:  Stencil with Tattered Angels spray ink

Thanks for looking!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Been Busy

 I'm in a card and tag swap over at SCS.  I'm in the window card group and the dressform tag group (obviously).  
The lighthouse stamp - Stampendous
 the dressform (French Manor) and window (from a Christmas cartridge, can't remember the name) were cut with the Cricut, 
the tags on top of the dressform - Tim Holtz 
script background - Hero Arts stamp.  

I went to visit friends at the school where I taught last year.  One of my friends is having a birthday, so I made her a few cards:

 I made her a set of six, these are the duplicates I made.  I forgot to take a picture of the others before I wrapped them.

Sock Monkey Stamp - Stampin' Up
Birthday Wishes - {ippity} by Unity
St. Patrick's Day card - Made with a kit from a swap
Steampunk Owl - Hero Arts
Corner and Clock - Theresa Collins

Thanks for looking!!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Very Girlie!!

 I bought one of those Balsa Wood Boxes at Michael's (the ones in the $1.50 bin).  I decided to cover it in paper and it was perfect for 24 crayons.  The most amazing thing, I didn't cut one new sheet of cardstock/paper, I found this in my scrap bin.  :)

I'm in LOVE with FRENCH ROMANCE (at least this week).  So I made this album I used stashed chipboard (backs of desk calendars), Webster's Pages paper, SU paper and stamps, the ring binder is from My Craft Channel, lace scraps, scrap fabric, and an old brooch.

The inside pages are from Webster's Pages.  I folded a pocket with a scrap piece of paper from a previous project.  Thanks for looking!!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Altered Journals

These mini journals came from Michael's (I think they were marked down to 50 cents each) right before Christmas.  The dress form was made using the French Manor cartridge with my Cricut machine and I made the flower yo-yo.  The bling flourish and bling across the dress form are from Michael's.  The jeweled pearl on the closure is "Say it with Pearls" from Prima.

The second journal:  black and gold scalloped circles were made with Spellbinders dies and my Cuttlebug.  The gold embossing was done with a Spellbinders Mbossibilities folder.  The butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch.  Pearls on the butterfly and the rhinestone flourish are from Mike's and the jeweled pearl on the closure is from Prima.

Thanks for looking!!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Dictionary Stamping

I stumbled upon a beautiful blog,  Stamping Mathilda.  Mathilda had the wonderful idea of altering a dictionary someone had given her by stamping images and coloring them right on the entry pages.  So I've lifted her idea and have started my own altered dictionary.  Like her, I will be stamping/coloring every Wednesday.  I'm challenging myself to 2 images a week.  Since this is the second Wednesday in 2013, I stamped 4 to catch up.  The balloon, key, and clock images are with Unity stamps, the daisy is with a $1 (or $1.50 now) stamp from Michael's

Since I live in Maryland, I made colored my daisy to look like a Black-Eyed Susan (our State Flower).

Thanks for looking!