Sunday, December 2, 2012

Stampin' Up! Christmas Ornament

 
I saw a video by Linda Heller on how to make this ornament.  In case you haven't seen it...this is the link! 
 
 I added a pearl and tassle at the bottom.  This project takes time but is well worth the end result.
 
Any time I receive an ornament....when I place it on the tree the next year I always think of the person who gave it to me.  Who can you give an ornament to this year?
Blessings....

Thursday, November 15, 2012

MOJO 267 Challenge



Sometimes it takes a challenge to motivate me into getting started with my cards and I sure do like the challenges here http://mojomonday.blogspot.com/2012/11/mojo-monday-267.html .
This card has a mixture of Stampin'up papers, Michaels ribbon, some antique glass balls, gold elastic, a Michael's chipboard snowflake, SU embossing powder, Diamond Dust and Rubber Cafe Crystals.
Thanks for taking the time to look at my project!  Any questions please ask!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Holiday Card Workshop Day 4

This card is from Day 4 'Online Card Classes' Holiday Workshop.  So all I can say is that sometimes my class projects are out of order on my blog because I make the cards when I am moved to be creative and....I am never sure what is going to strike me on any particular day.  This card was fun to make but I know I need more practice with my Copic Markers!  Practice makes perfect as they say.  Who is 'they' by the way?  If you aren't familiar with the markers they are alcohol based. 
The workshop can be found at www.onlinecardclasses.com Holiday Card Workshop.  The artist that demonstrated how to make the card is Sandy Allnock

Supplies:
Stamp:  Stampendous (Santa) and Stampin Up 'Be Merry'.
Copic Markers:  Light Gray, Dark Gray, Red, Green, Navy, Light Blue.
Cardstock:  Gumball Green and Whisper White (Stampin' Up).
Punch:  Corner Chomper
Ink:  Stazon Black and Distress Vintage Photo.
Glitter:  Spray
Tinsel:  Stampin' Up

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Holiday Card Workshop Day 1

 
 
This class started on Monday....and as usual I am a little behind.  At any rate here is my first assignment or at least part of it.  The card is 3" X 3" and the envelope to fit is Stampin' Up.  Yes....I could make my own but since I was running slow....I decided to just stamp the front of a small envelope.  The teacher for this assignment is Kristina Werner.....and we website is www.onlinecardclasses.com (Holiday Workshop Day 1).  This is a great on-line class resource and since you always have access to past class information and videos....I will keep taking more and more classes!
 
This is a simple card....
Card base is 3" X 6" Whisper White Cardstock (Stampin Up!). Next I chose a patterned paper and cut the first layer 2 3/4" X 2 3/4".  The third layer is the stamped image layer.  This is 2 1/2" X 2 1/2".  Next I stamped the image with Stazon black ink.  The color is Copic Markers.  These are attached using double sided tape.  These mini cards are perfect on a package or attached to a food item Christmas gift.
 
 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Heartfelt Creations 'Peace' Christmas Card



With October almost over I am more and more aware that I need to work on my Christmas Cards!  I saw this one on the 'Heartfelt Creations' Website at http://www.heartfeltcreations.us/gallery.php?project=1595&product=2827 created by Kristina King.  She is one of the very talented artists showcased in the 'gallery'. This picture is the card that I made but you can see Kristina's at the above link.   My supply list is slightly varied from hers and is listed below.

Supplies:
Heartfelt Creations: Holiday Dove, Dove Of Peace, Snowy Winter
Paper:  Stampin Up': Brushed Silver, Whisper White, Midnight Muse
Ink:  Stampin Up':; Whisper White Craft Ink; Stazon: Black; Distress: Clear Embossing
Chalk:  Pan Pastels
Embossing Powder:  Ranger: Silver, White
Ribbon:  Celebrate It (From Michaels) Silver or White.
Embellishments:  Misc. Bling
Adhesive:  Pop-up Dots and Double-sided Tape
Misc:  Glitter Spray,  Finishing Spray
Dies: Spellbinders: Christmas Cheer

Instructions:
1.   Cut card base so that card measures 5 1/2" X 4 1/4".
2.   Cut a card front to measure 5 1/4" X 4 1/8".
3.   Stamp card front with the 'Snowy Winter' Stamp using clear embossing ink.
4.   Sprinkle with Silver embossing powder pouring off excess.
5.   Heat with heat-gun to melt powder.
6.   Ink around the card with white ink and a sponge, then wrap ribbon around card front and tie a
      bow.
7.   Attach to card base.
8.   Stamp 'nest' from the Holiday Dove stamp set with clear embossing powder onto White   
      Cardstock.
9.   Sprinkle with white embossing powder, pour off excess.
10. Heat with heat gun to melt powder.
11. Cut out nest with small scissors.
12. Chalk with gray to shadow.
13. Spray with Working Fixative and then Glitter Spray.  Dry.
14. Attach nest to card with Pop-up Dots.
15. Stamp the 'Dove Of Peace' onto white cardstock with black Stazon ink.
16. Cut out and emboss the dove with the dove die.  If you don't have the die just cut out around with
      small scissors.
17. Shadow and highlight with gray, blue and yellow chalks.
18. Spray with Finishing Spray.  This keeps the chalk from rubbing off or transfering to places you  
      don't want it to go!
19. Spray with Glitter Spray.
20. Attach to the card front and placing so that it looks like the dove is sitting in the nest.  Here I
      attached the bottom part of the dove with double sided tape since the nest was already elevated.
      I attached the top part of the dove with pop-dots....since nothing was already elevated beneath.
21. To complete the card I added 'bling' here and there.  In the four corners I added 'pearls'. 
      Also at random I added glass rounds here and there on the body of the dove. 

Any questions please ask.  Thanks for taking time to look at my project!  It was so much fun.....
I am thinking this could look wonderful in other colors as well.  Maybe light green or red?  I'm just saying.....

Tuesday, October 9, 2012



I saw a card like this on the internet at some point and have to give the credit to Sharon Field at www.createdbyu.blogspot.com (who is a Stampin Up Creative Coach).  Check out her website for inspiration.  You will love it.   My card isn't exactly like hers but the style is very close.....

Supplies:
Paper:  Stampin Up 'Whisper White', 'Old Olive', 'Real Read', Water Color Paper
Stamps:  More Merry Messages and Kidoodles
Ink:  Black Stazon
Chalk:  Stampin Up
Embelishments:  Rubber Cafe 'Red' Jellies and Stampin Up Red Polka-dot Ribbon
Adhesive:  Rubber Cafe Double-sided tape and Scrap Happy Sheer Glue, Dimensionals (SU), Pop-up Dots (SU).
Misc: Paper Cutter, Big Shot, Embossing Folder 'Holly' by Sizzix,Postage Stamp Punch from Stampin Up, Blender Pen (SU).

Steps: 
  1.  Cut a card base that folds to 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" using Whisper White.
  2.  Cut card front to emboss 4" X 5 1/4" using Whisper White.
  3.  Run card front through Big Shot to emboss.
  4.  Adhere the card front to the card base.
  5.  Cut a green strip from Old Olive Cardstock measuring 5" X 1 1/2".
  6.  Cut a red strip from Real Read Cardstock measuring 4 7/8 X 1 5/8".
  7.  Adhere the red strip to the green strip. 
  8.  Stamp the images on Water Color Paper using Stazon black ink.
  9.  Color the images using a blender pen (SU) and chalk.
10.  Punch out the images using the Postate Stamp Punch.
11.  Adhere to the red strip with double sided tape.
12.  Using Pop-up Dots....adhere the decorated strip to the card.  This will lift the strip a bit giving
       it dimension. 
13.  Stamp the 'message' on Water-color paper with Black Stazon or any black ink.
14.  Cut a piece of 'Old Olive' slightly larger than the word image.
15.  Mount the verse on the green cardstock and then adhere to the card front.
16.  Tie a bow and stick it to card-front with a glue dot. 

So fun!  Hope you will try it.....
Blessings to you.....
                          

Sunday, October 7, 2012

'All Things Tim' Christmas Patchwork Swatches







These are pictures are of the swatches I sent in to our Host 'Mom' from my 'All Things Tim' group.
If you are much of a crafter I am sure you have heart of Tim Holtz.  He is an amazing artist and also a Designer for Ranger Inc.  If you care to look...check out www.timholtz.com and you will be amazed.
Currently I am part of this swap where you are assigned a certain size of a piece of a patchwork.  We were assigned 27 pieces....and mine was 2" X 3".  Finally I am done....and soon I will receive all of the other pieces and assemble them into a 12" X 12" work of art.  Maybe I should say....works of art.  How amazing to get mini masterpieces from all over the world and be able to look at it every year for many years to come.  I don't enter many swaps but this one is one I could not pass up. 

Supplies I used:
Grungepaper
Embossing folder (Tim Holtz - Alterations Brick Wall)
Gesso
Watercolor Paper
Stazon Ink (Black)
Distress Ink (Barn Red and Black Soot)
Stampin Up Chalks/Blender Pen
Glossy Accents
Embellishments (I used charms, brads, bristle Christmas trees, and anything else that looked good at the time....

Thanks for taking a look and have a great day!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Tim Holtz is an inspiring artist and I love following the 12 tags of 2012.  It was a bit disappointing that He decided not to have the 12 tags of Christmas this year....but I am thinking I can adapt a Christmas theme to the monthly tag techniques offered January through December.  This is my version of August 2012.  You can view Tim's blog at http://www.timholtz.com/category/12-tags-of-2012/

Monday, July 16, 2012






I have been taking a class on Mixed Media and I love it....unfortunately I am very slow at it.  There is a bit of stamping on this project but it is mostly paint, artist spackle, india ink, chalk and gel medium.  This is very different than the usual work I do.....and I am glad that I tried it.  Also I used Tim Holtz digital pictures and several of his stamps.  I used pan pastels and inca gold on various stencils.  The little girl in the picture is my Mother when she was young.  It was fun to incorporate a family picture with the art.  Also the date on the project says March 31st....but my camera is not displaying the correct date.  It is always something! 
Thanks for stopping by to look at my project!  Why don't you try something you haven't done before?  You may like it!

Monday, July 2, 2012









It has been a while since I posted anything.....a few health issues but I am getting back in the swing of things now.  Certainly I am inspired by the very gifted artists I follow on the internet.....
There are blogs and other wehsites that encourage Artistic Journaling.....so I am trying to finish the journal I started over three years ago.  I know that sounds like a long time and probably is to most....but the theme of it is 'My Favorite Things'.  I have many 'favorite things' to share....and the inspiration comes when it comes.  So.....I just want to share the cover and some of the pages I have completed so far.  I have almost all of the pages at least started.....and usually projects go much faster for me than this!  I have had a mental block on this one for some reason.  I think if I blog about it maybe it will motivate me to finish it for good!  Thanks for taking time to look. 
The book is one I bought at Hobby Lobby and has a hard cover and back with a spiral binding.  I used acrylic paint on the outside, Grungeboard, Black Stazon ink, permanent black micron pen, wall paper and collaged paper.  This is collaged over the top with mat gel medium.
I used all kinds of layers on the pages inside much like the outside....just whatever I felt like using at the time.  There is alot about my faith in the pages of this book....my husband, family, dog, my youth....oh yes...and the art I love.  Also I used stencils and stamps here and there, wax oil and water crayons.....chalks and watercolors. 

Friday, February 24, 2012

Die Cutting With Spellbinders 101


This is the third of four classes offered by Catherine Scanlon called Die Cutting With Spellbinders 101 from http://www.mycreativeclassroom.com . The lesson was learning to cut frames using multiple dies at one time and also cutting matching holes on the front of the card to show the inside. I have never used a magnetic pad before that fits into the card itself. Thanks for looking at my card. It was fun to make. Any questions please ask! Supplies-Stampin Up! Cardstock Whisper White, Writing Stuff, Presto Patterns. Ink: More Mustard by SU! and Stazon Brown. Misc. Floral Embellishment blitz; I used silk flowers that were the wrong color....so I painted them white with acrylic paint and Glossy Accents.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Hambo Stamps are so cute!

Just recently I found a new (to me) stamp company called 'Hambo Stamps'. I haven't used digital stamping very much and thought I would just try. I also ordered some of their rubber stamps as well because rubber stamps of any kind are my favorite. Check out their website at http://www.hambostamps.com/ you will catch yourself giggling alot! Also....Monica was their representative and she was wonderful. I ordered my stamps late Friday night and had them by Monday!
On to the recipe....I have someone dear that I have wanted to give a 'Starbucks' card. This image is perfect for that.
Supplies: Cardstock and DSP: Stampin Up! It is hard to see but underneath the ribbon I stamped white ink by Colorbox and used white embossing powder by Ranger. The stamp I used was a background stamp by Stampa Rose, Inc. The adhesive is Sticky Tape, ribbon is from my stash....not sure what kind. Graphic image is by Hambo Stamps. Bling is from Michael's.
Thanks for taking time to look at my card. Any questions please ask!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Diecutting With Spellbinders 101


This week in class the project is an ornament. I made a card instead using this week's material. The teacher is Catherine Scanlon from http://www.mycreativeclassroom.com
My Mother left me a collection of Cameos.....so this graphic reminded me of her. The DSP is Presto Paper inked with Cameo Coral Classic Ink. from Stampin Up, Cameo Coral and Basic Black. The Cameo image itself is a graphic download from the class. I used the Beaded Ovals, Petite Ovals, #4 Label and Fancy Tags from Spellbinders. The adhesive is Sticky Tape and Pop-Dots.
I have entered this card in the challenge here: Card Patterns Challenge 152
Any questions please ask!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Diecutting With Spellbinders 101

It is fun to take classes now and then to keep my skills up or to learn a new technique or two.
This month I am taking the 'Die-cutting with Spellbinders 101, class with Catherine Scanion at http://www.mycreativeclassroom.com/ . This card is entered in two challenges this week....to see some other beautiful ideas see http://casestudychallenge.blogspot.com/ and http://ourcreativecorner6.blogspot.com/
I used the largest of the small 'Oval' die set....and the second of smallest of the Grande set for the focal point. The graphic is a download from the class. I sprayed this with workable fixative then cut out a duplicate of the graphic onto vellum and cut out close to the edges of the image. This is held over the top of the base and then with a cotton ball and tweezers I inked over the top with 'Soft Suede' ink by Stampin Up! This is done while the small oval is still around the image. When removed from the die this leaves the white edge to contrast the ink. Once this dried I sprayed over the top with a permanent fixative. The cardstock is Pink Pirouette, White, Soft Suede Textured and Rasberry Tart DSP all Stampin Up! The ribbon is also Pink Pirouette. The adhesive is Glossy Accents, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots and Pop-Up Dots. I'm glad you took time to look at my card! Any questions please ask.

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Shabby Tea Room Challenge #99

With Valentine's Day around the corner I had to pull out the 'love' stamps! This card is for the Shabby Tea Roo challenge #99 at www.theshabbytearoom.blogspot.com. The cardstock and DSP is by Stampin Up! The Glue and Glitter is by Rubber Cafe. I used a black and a white gel pen. The embellishments are black and also by Rubber Cafe. The ink is black Stazon. The tulle is white glittered. The stamp is by 'American Art Stamps' (Live, Laugh, Love) and the border stamp is by Stampin Up! 'Vintage Vogue'. Any questions please ask! Thanks for taking time to look at my card today!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Day 9 of Clean & Simple Card Making

This technique is done by using white pigment ink on a black background and then heat-setting it. Then I used Water Color pencils to color in the detail. I used the lesson by Jennifer McGuire from Day 9 of Clean & Simple Card Making http://www.onlinecardclasses.com/cleansimple/
The teachers for today are Jennifer, Kristina Werner and Krystie Hersch.
No website for Krystie H. is available
Supplies: Cardstock is Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Pretty In Pink; Ink is Basic Black by SU and White by Color Box; Water Color Pencils are misc. companies; Ribbon is SU; Stickles are pink and green. I just used the Stickles at random. Thanks for looking at my blog. Any questions please ask!

Day 6 of Clean & Simple Card Making

This is day 6 of Clean & Simple Card Making http://www.onlinecardclasses.com/cleansimple/and I can't believe it! The time has passed so quickly. This is a card that was kind of fun to put together. You punch 6 circles and fold two sides so that when it is all done you have a flower shape!
The teachers for today are Jennifer McQuire, Kristina Werner and Julie Ebersole.
Supplies are....Paper: 'Kraft' and 'So Saffron' Cardstock and DSP by Stampin' Up!; 3" Circle Punch by EK Success; White Gel Pen by Ink Essentials; White Bakers Twine by Stampin' Up!
The 'Thanks' stamp is Stampin' Up!
Thanks for taking a look at my blog and come back again soon! Blessings.....

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Day 3 of Clean & Simple Card Making

Tone on tone is the topic for today's class. These cards took a bit of time to construct because the embellishments that are layered are six layers glued together. I used liquid glue on my samples but I think the next time I make this type of card I will use dry glue. It could speed the process.
Supplies: Cardstock: Pale Plum and Whisper White by Stampin Up. Die: Amana Circle by Memory Box; Ink: Versamark; Embossing Powder is American Crafts Zing White; Glue: Tombow; glitter pen. Any questions please ask! Check out these other websites for some great ideas! http://tamihartley.blogspot.com/2011/12/hero-arts-2012-catalog-blog-hop.html

Day 2 of Clean & Simple Card Making

This is my version of one of the Greeting Cards from Day 2 of Clean & Simple Card Making. The class this day focuses on flat cards. I usually layer my cards so this lesson is good for me!

Supplies: Cardstock: Stampin Up! Whisper White; Ink: Verifine Black; Brilliance Rocket Red; Stamps are by Stampin Up! Post-it-notes for masking. Any questions please ask! You will find lots of great ideas at these websites: http://papertrufflez.typepad.com/ http://mypapersecret.blogspot.com/2011/10/o-christmas-tree.html Thanks for taking time to stop by my blog. Comments are always welcome!

Day 1 of Clean & Simple Card Making



These are two cards from Day 1 of the Clean & Simple Card Classes by Kristina Werner and Maile Belles. Both cards are quite different from each other and very fun to make. It was actually harder for me to make the flat card than it was to make the layered look. I don't know why....I guess I tend to want to layer things more and it was a little out of the box from what I usually do. I really had to rely on a steady hand! Card 1:Recollections Card Stock Aqua w/envelope; Stamp: Hero Arts Flower Dot Background; Ink: Hero Arts Soft Pool Shadow Ink; Versamark Ink; White Gel PenEmbossing Powder: Americna Crafts Zing White; Punch: Stampin Up Mini Heart; Tools: Paper Cutter; Adhesive: Dimensionals by Stampin Up! Card 2: Cardstock: Whisper White by Stampin Up!; Markers: Copic....various colors; Ink: Verifine Black; Die: Papertrey Ink Wonderful Words; Stamps: 'Simply You' by Technique Tuesday and 'Everyday Sayings' by Hero Arts; For some great ideas stop by these websites! Jennifer, Kristina and Maile are behind just some of the inspiration on day 1 of this great class! http://www.jennifermcguireink.com/ http://www.kwernerdesign.com/blog/ http://mailebelles.blogspot.com/

Friday, January 6, 2012

A Card For My Friend

This card is for my best friend. She moved away a few years ago but it seems like it has been alot longer than a few years. I think of her every day and want her to know that I miss her. This will go out in tomorrow's mail. I wanted to share it with you before it goes. Today would be a good day to send a card to YOUR best friend.
Supplies:
Stamps: Verve
Rub-ons: Stampin Up!
Punches: Long oval and 1/16th Circle Stampin Up! and rounded Corner Punch by EK Success
Cardstock: Stampin Up!
Designer Paper: Stampin Up!
Baker's Twine: Stampin Up!
Metal 'Wings' Charm and Jumper Ring: Tim Holtz
Adhesive: Stampin Up!
Foam Dots: Stampin Up! Dimensionals
Circle Dies: Spellbinders

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Double Dutch Fold Card




One of the tutorials on 'Splitcoaststampers' was for this 'Double Dutch Fold' card. I thought I would try it and it was fun to make. The main layer is vellum (vanilla cardstock underneath).
The cardstock and all embellishments are Stampin Up! The stamp is by 'Ashlyn's Faith' by Stampabilities. To see other Double Dutch Fold Cards go to :


Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate any comments, questions or suggestions!