Monday, December 19, 2011

Merry Christmas

Just one last post for 2011 – tomorrow I start a massive baking effort, and then parties, cookie exchanges and one more trip shopping with a dear friend of mine, Christmas with family – and then a wonderful New Year’s with my other family that will last a week.
Here is the very last project that I needed to complete for a gift – a new Christmas ornament for my mother.  I purchased the acrylic ornament (and matching chipboard) from Stampers’ Corner – they have several styles left as of Saturday – so if you are looking for something a little different, I’d try one of these ornaments.  Then it was a matter of layering and stamping, and spilling glitter everywhere! 

Best wishes for a delightful and magical Christmas and a very happy New Year!
Other:  Darcie’s acrylic ornament (Ariana – Long)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My First A*muse Studio Class

Wow, I cannot even remember how long ago it was that I held my first card class (I fondly remember it was a lot warmer then, since it is freezing here right now).  Naturally, I tried to use all products from the A*muse Studio catalog – and did except for some Basic Grey paper scraps.  Today I found the pictures I had of the cards, buried deep in a file on my computer – and decided to share.  They are a bit simpler than some things I "create", however, with the need for gifts to be made and kids on holiday soon - they might provide the answer.
The first card we made was very simple – but I created two different variations to show that this card could have unlimited use – simply change the colors or change the stamps (like I did in the class).

The second card was very simple – except that you normally get covered in glitter.  First up – we put down a stripe of the super-stick double-sided tape, and then rubbed glitter into it for a glittery stripe.  Next we used the sakura quickie glue pen and edge around the sentiment – and more glitter.  Depending upon the paper scraps used for striping – this card could be masculine, feminine, adult or child.  

The final card we made was a floating bird card – which came to me in my sleep. Mainly just lots of stamping with A*muse Studio’s wonderful/colorful ink pads.  Once you try their ink pads – you are sold on how juicy and rich the colors are.  I would say that their ink is almost mistake proof!

Again – everything can be found in the current A*muse Studio catalog – however, a new catalog comes out in January! 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas the “Prequel”

I am not sure about you, but the start of December is always full of things to do.  I have been busy, working, shopping, wrapping, addressing, baking and decorating – probably just like everyone else is!   So, I just had to share pictures of my Mardi Gras themed tree – it makes me smile every time I see it lit up.

As most years, I am also busy making some presents for my friends and family. Until I have time to craft again, here is a sneak peek here of two of the presents I am working on – since I cannot share the entire picture or it would spoil the surprise!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Flirty Anya

I hope that everyone had a pleasant Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends – and that nobody got caught up in the Black Friday madness!

As I type this post – an image came to mind.  I will have to use this same stamp from the Greeting Farm – but do it in sparkly Christmas colors (or even New Year’s Eve) or even a 4th of July. Apparently today, I’m in a glitter mood! 

This little Flirty Anya has been paper pieced, colored with Copics, and Rock Candy Distress Stickles were smeared over the flower in her hair.  The dangle is from the vintage pack I purchased in Brentwood a while ago– I just keep using things from the pack and there is still so much more in it!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Printed Paper:  (Bouquet from the Portrait Collection) Crate Paper
Stamp:  (Flirty Anya) The Greeting Farm
Ink:   (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Copic:  various
Other: (Rock Candy) Distress Stickles, (bakers twine) My Minds Eye, antique dangle, (big scalloped circles) Spellbinders

Sunday, November 20, 2011

"Merry" Little Lamb

This is my final card for the Holiday Boot Camp – yet I had the papers and stamp picked out by the first day class.    The holly leaves are dimensional stickers from American Crafts – I removed the bow since it did not match the paper, and replaced with the dots from Hero Arts.  I learned when stamping on the glitter paper (for the paper piecing of the ornament) that I have to use StazOn to make sure the image does not rub off the glittery surface. 
The class was wonderful – I cannot wait to see the next class that Jennifer and Kristina have!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Christmas Winter Combo Glitter Cardstock Matstack) DCWV
Patterned Paper: (Peppermint Party, Warm Welcome, Comfort & Cheer) Dear Lizzy & American Crafts
Stamp:  (Ornament Ewe, sentiment) CC Designs
Ink: (Antique Linen Distress) Ranger, (Black) StazOn, (Tuxedo Blac,) Memento
Copics: W00, W1, W2, 0, RV000
Other: (labels three, classic ovals large) Spellbinders, (white gold glitter) Martha Stewart Crafts, (Tradition Dimensional Details) Dear Lizzy & American Crafts, (blush dots) Hero Arts, (twine) Papertrey Ink, (jingle bells) Stampin Up, (le pouf) A*muse Studio  

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A*Muse Studio Winter Holiday Card Class

Thank you to all who attended the Winter Holiday Card Class that was hosted by my friend Shelley the weekend before – it may have seemed like punishment (lol) at the time, but everyone got their cards done and did an amazing job! You are definitely a very creative group of ladies.
I am sharing pictures of the two cards that we did that were not “borrowed” ideas directly from the A*muse Studio idea book.  I try not to publish things that are not my “creations” on my blog – if that makes sense – unless I give full due to the creator.
First up is our happy snowman family - we stamped “Matthew” first then masked him with Eclipse masking tape (purchased here ).  Then we stamped “mom” and “dad” snowmen, and followed up with our sentiment and snowflakes.  The fun part was distressing our tree and covering it in the distress stickles – it made it so old fashioned shimmery!  Then to make it easy, we tore off a piece of washi tape to use as the trunk.

SUPPLIES (Snowman Card):
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink,  (Green texture, blue) Bazzill, (Colonial White card/envelope) CTMH
Patterned Paper: (Tinsel Town paper pad) Creative Imaginations
Stamp:  (chill of winter) A*Muse Studio
Ink:   Distress Ink (Gathered Twigs) Ranger, (Black StazOn, Pearlescent Sky Blue Brilliance) Tsukineko
Other:  (Watercolor pencils) CTMH, (pine needles Distress Stickles) Ranger, (Hunter Green grosgrain) Stampin Up, (brown fall Washi tape) A*Muse Studio

The second card was a bit more of challenge – with all those folded circles lined up to create a wreath like look.  We distressed everything with the winter sky ink pad (and finger dauber), punched out our tree border (love that new border maker) and layered everything with adhesive and glue dots.  Then to make things easy – we tied a separate bow and glued it to the ribbon on the card (a cheater bow).

SUPPLIES (Folded Card):
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (blue) Creative Memories, (White card/envelope) CTMH
Patterned Paper:  (cheerful winter collection) Creative Memories
Stamp:  (vintage Christmas postmarks) A*muse Studio
Ink:   (winter sky, cobalt) A*muse Studio
Other:  (pebble satin ribbon) A*muse Studio, (web/swirls impression plate) A*muse Studio, (tree border maker, circle maker, scallop circle maker) Creative Memories

Finally, I am sharing a picture of a card from the A*muse Studio idea book (page 23) – with just a little change that we added.  The lovely gingerbread houses were missing life – so in the Saturday class we stamped and embossed the little string of gingerbread people (jolly gingerbread stamp set) in white embossing powder on pumpkin colored cardstock.  Then we just cut out how many little family members we wanted to populate the card!  Again, an artist with A*muse Studio came up with this card idea, I just wanted to share our little “gingerbread” addition.  For those that attended the Friday class and would like a mini family for their card – let Shelley know.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Winter Bird

When I see little red birds, I always think of one of my aunts – not sure, but it always makes me smile.  Today I turned a “chickadee” into a red bird, and used a new technique – cracked Utee.  I stamped the next to the smallest snowflake from the Christmas Glamor stamp set, with Iced Spruce ink.  Then I punched it out with the ¾” punch.  I covered the image in Versamark Ink, and then covered it with Utee, and heated it until it melted.  While the enamel was still hot, I covered it in Utee and heated it again.  I repeated this process, heating three layers of Utee on each snowflake.  Once cool, I cracked the image and rubbed Iced Spruce ink into the creases. 
You will also notice that instead of coloring the background of the stamped image, I choose a coordinating paper, stamped the same bird image and cut out.  Then I layered my bird upon the printed and white stamped images.  So the bird image was stamped three times, once on the die cut white paper, once on a coordinating print and again, on a scrap of white paper.  Now, some folks can probably color the background beautifully, but it was quicker for me to fussy cut – it is just whatever you are good at, cutting or coloring.

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Snowed In 6X6 paper pad) My Mind’s Eye,  (Forever Christmas Card Paper Stack) Hot Off the Press
Stamps:  (Christmas Glamor) TPC Studio, (Chickadee) Stampendous
Ink:   Distress Ink (Iced Spruce) Ranger,  (Tuxedo Black) Memento, (Versamark) Tsukineko
Copics: R24, R27, R29, Y17, BG78, C00, C1, C2
Other:  (Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large) Spellbinders, (Utee Thick Embossing Enamel, White Embossing Powder) Ranger, (Uniball white gel) Signo, (Distress Stickles in Antique Linen, Shabby Shutters, Tarnished Brass) Ranger, (Bakers twine – brown) Papertrey Ink, (¾” punch) Stampin Up

Sweater Weather

Day 8 of the Holiday Boot Camp centered on techniques – and I could not figure out which technique I wanted to try – distress ink/stain background, a gatefold card or Copic coloring.  I ended up choosing all.  The only one I have not tried is the crackle Utee – and that is probably coming on my next card.
I wanted to color the little Anya character and change her boho chic clothing into a sweater and faux fur trimmed hat.  I ended up coloring her skin and hair, then paper piecing her clothing to give a bit more texture to her outfit.
In addition, I tried out a new craft item called “le pouf” by A*muse Studios.  Things I have learned – let everything dry, and put on the “le pouf” and heat set it prior to coloring with the Copics.  The heat seemed to dry out and fade the coloring, in my opinion.  I like “le pouf” though – it produces a nice true white fluff look – just perfect for a winter hat and scarf!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (grass, olive) A*muse Studio
Patterned Paper: (grass dotted) Amuse, (Write the cards, Sing the carols) Very Merry collection October Afternoon
Stamp:  (Wonderland – for sentiment) Dear Lizzy for American Crafts, (Beanie Anya) The Greeting Farm, (Flourish Background) Hero Arts, (glistening snow) CTMH
Ink:   Distress Ink (Broken China, Pumice Stone, Tattered Rose, Iced Spruce, Shabby Shutters) Ranger, Distress Stain (Picket Fence) Ranger, (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Copics: E00, E11, E13, E35, Y23, YR23, R20
Other:  Embossing Powder (White) Ranger, (Le Pouf) A*muse Studio, (crystal Stickles) Ranger

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Merry Ornaments

Hello!  It is still me, but I have changed the blog color – at least until the Christmas card postings are finished – the orange paisley was a bit much of a contrast. 

This is the third and final card using the Day 6 sketches provided by the instructors at Holiday Boot Camp.  I can only say thank you to them for the great inspiration! Plus a big thank you to all my fellow students for the lovely comments!

Unfortunately, the photo does not do this card justice – I just couldn’t pick up the pearly shimmer of the ornaments with my camera (each was dusted with perfect pearls after stamping).  I have mentioned before that my camera work is elementary at best.  I am very happy with the way my ornament “ties” worked out – I glued the ornaments to the patterned frost paper and then punched holes through both with my hole punch.  The strength of two sheets of heavy weight paper was perfect to hold up to the string tying.  Then I hauled out the trusty Scotch tape – and taped the string in one place on the back so that the ties did not shift.

You may wonder why I showed the inside of this card – and it is simply that I found the perfect “shadow” color to stamp an image inside – not too yellow or to greyish.  Sometimes instead of paper etc. decorating the inside, I prefer to just stamp a faint image from the front (or a complimentary stamp) – but I have not been pleased with the color until now – Jenni Bowlin Malted Milk for Ranger is perfect.  Love the color!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Printed Paper:  (glazed apple, frost) Eskimo Kisses collection Basic Grey
Stamp:  (Decorative Ornament) Hero Arts, (Winter Pin Pals) Darcie’s
Ink:   (Tuxedo Black) Memento, (festive berries Distress Ink) Ranger , (sky, grass, cranberry ink pads) A*muse Studios, (malted milk) Jenni Bowlin for Ranger
Other: (Perfect Pearl) Perfect Pearls by Ranger, (black fine tip pen) Creative Memories, (twine) Papertrey Ink, Scotch tape

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Poinsettia Christmas

I am on a roll (if two cards in two days is any real indication).  This image is not really my style – a bit vintage, but when I saw the stamp, I had to buy it because the stamp is pre-shaded and does a lot of the coloring work for you.  The card is based on a sketch from the  - so many great ideas!

Things I have learned today – stamp the image on the piece of paper, then punch it out.  It is just one of the simple things in crafting, which sometimes take so many attempts to learn.  I added the ring of gold dots using my Uniball pen – it dawned on me that if the white gel pen can make faux stitching then the silver and gold pens can do the same thing (just another simple thing as mentioned prior). 
I really should make a video of my card making "techniques” – it would make everyone in my card making group feel so much better about their own talents (and give a few laughs to everyone watching).  When you just see the finished product, it is misleading since you do not see the struggle (at least for me) that went into it.  Maybe I will just gather up all the failed bits of card to share?  Even this card has a "mess up" on it - bottom right corner - see it?  Just another lesson in card making - let the gel ink dry before fussing with card!
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Vineyard Berry) CTMH
Printed Paper: (Nordic Holiday 6X6 Paper pad) Basic Grey
Stamp:  (Christmas Postcard) Stampin Up
Ink:   Distress Ink (Gathered Twigs) Ranger, (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Copics: G14, G24, G29, Y28, R29, R59, RV99, (clear) Spica
Other:   (Uniball Gold) Sanford,  (green button) CTMH, (Giga Scallop Circle punch) Marvy Uchida, (gold ribbon) May Arts

Monday, November 14, 2011

Holly Jolly Rudolph

I finally had time to begin the Holiday Boot Camp – mercifully, all videos are available for “replay” so you do not have to keep up but can work at your own speed.  As always, I love all the ideas that Jennifer and Kristina share (along with the talented guests). 
This card is made using a sketch provided in the class, and I knew which of my stamps I had to use first.  Amy at used the same little Rudolph - and I adored her card – enough to have a little shopping frenzy. 
Rudolph is colored with Copics, and I added glossy accents for a shiny nose.  To speed things along, I cut the bulbs out of glitter cardstock and just used a little liquid adhesive to hold them in place.  My thought while coloring was that I possibly have no idea what a real reindeer looks like, much less its coloring – so I apologize to the animal experts out there (or reindeer experts) for my shoddy knowledge.

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Printed Paper: (Peppermint Twist paper pad) Brenda Walten for K&Company, (Christmas Winter Combo Glitter mat stack) DCWV
Stamp:  (Reindeer Lights) CC Designs, (Handy Christmas Greetings) Amy R Stamps
Ink:   Distress Ink (Gathered Twigs) Ranger, (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Copics: R24, R27, YG23, G17, E33, E35, E39, E47, 100, C00, C1, C2, W7 (antlers), (clear) Spica
Other:   (Glossy Accents) Ranger, (Details Lizzy Tradition) American Crafts, (Uniball Silver) Sanford,  (Christmas Bulbs die) CC Designs, (Labels Four die) Spellbinders

Monday, November 7, 2011

"Gringa" on a Limb

The card today is actually a concept taken directly from Nellie at  (Elk Grove, CA).  Nellie came up with the original, decidedly masculine, Gringo in one of her card classes.  I naturally fell in love with the little Iguana – and had to buy the stamp.  While making my purchase, Nellie pondered – “wouldn’t it be cute to put a little bow on Gringo’s head and make a little female Iguana” – so off we went in search of appropriate paper and ribbon.  If you are near the Elk Grove area and need to find just the right piece of paper – Nellie is the woman to seek out – she has what would be described as “mad skills”!
I am sure there is an easier way to do the layering on Gringa, I just did lots of layering and fussy cutting.  When done – I covered the leaves and eyes in Glossy Accents, slapped a tiny little bow on her head and drew some eyelashes. 
So here is my take on Gringa, and all thanks to Nellie.

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey
Printed Paper:  (fauna, stripe, limeade dot-grid) Doodlebug
Stamp:  (Gringo) WhipperSnapper Designs, Inc., (hand scripted) A*muse Studio
Ink:   (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Copics:  misc
Other: (pin ribbon) May Arts, (clear gem) Hero Arts, (Glossy Accents) Ranger

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Find Joy

Hello!  It has been busy at my home, between Halloween and the Scrapbook Expo,  Croptoberfest and work – a lot of crafting for others (or no crafting at all) but not for myself!  Then I had a window of opportunity, and jumped at the chance to make this card.  While it has a summer tone to it, I just had to use this stamp set – all the layering possibilities just begging me to get inky.   Not sure if you can tell in the photo, but I fussy cut to my heart’s delight and layered trees, clouds, leaves, and the little girl (her feet are kicking out from the card). 
Holiday boot camp begins on Monday – I cannot wait to see all the new things I will be learning! 

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey
Printed Paper:  (Yellow dot) BoBunny, (A Little Hello)  Pebbles, floral lane collection
Stamp:  (Swinging Girl) Darcies
Ink:   (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Copics:  misc
Other: (stardust) Stickles, (uniball gold) Signo, (bakers twine) Papertrey Ink, antique button

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Blast Off Birthday Card

 I spent a few hours this morning on a card for my friend’s son.  I thought it would take 30 minutes maximum to finish – but apparently since I am not a boy – it is hard to take what I like and translate to the audience (a first grader) something that they will like.  I will not know until his birthday, but knowing him, when nobody is looking, he will take the card out and play with it (at least to see the googly eyes bounce)!  I really love how the Fluorescent Yellow Orange Copic ink almost glows off the page – which makes the inside of the card my favorite part. 

I used several different stamp companies in this card – especially for the planets.   While I was using the arrow stamp – it reminded me how difficult some clear stamps are.  In this case – this company’s stamps cannot tolerate any pressure put to them because it immediately flattens the stamp – distorting the image.  Fortunately, this stamp set was gift from a friend – so I have just learned to work with it.

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey, (silver glitter) DCWV, misc. blue cardstock scraps
Stamp:  (happy everything) Amuse Studios, (robots) Recollections by Michaels, (fun & Funky Arrows) Hot Off the Press, (seeing spots) Stampin Up
Ink:   Distress Ink (Chipped Sapphire) Ranger, (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Copics:  B23, B24, B26, FB2, FY1, R14, C00, C1, C2, C3
Other:  (Stardust) Stickles, (silver fox) Smooch, googly eyes, Glossy Accents

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Wishing for Summer Days

Hello to all!  I am counting down the days until the online Holiday Boot Camp class - but I have a few cards to share over the next few days thanks to my friend Shelley, who took some amazing photos – so very different from my photography!

This card is my first tri fold attempt.  I started with a 5 ½ “by 12 “piece of Papertrey Ink white cardstock – it is a nice durable cardstock that folds beautifully.  I scored the paper at the 1”, 2”, 4”, 6” and 9” marks on my Martha Stewart scoring board.   Then I just had the fun of decorating – and dreaming of summer!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Printed Paper:  Mini dicuts from Moxie (tiny prints used for her hat), (Splash Dance collection) Imaginisce
Stamp:  (fun in the sun) Penny Black, (studio sampler one) Amuse Studios
Ink:   (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Punches:  (scallop) Stampin Up, (grass) Martha Stewart, (sandcastles) EK Success
Copics:  E08, E09, E50, E53, E95, E97,  BG10, BG13, YG41, YR04, YR31, YR61, G02, Y38, R02, R22, W00, W1, W3
Other:  stickles

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Halloween 2011

I spent last evening at Croptoberfest – and worked on my Halloween cards – in between eating too many treats!
The catalyst for the cards came from a blog I read on a regular basis, and Amy mentioned some adorable stamps she had used were from the $1 bin at Michaels – and off I ran.  I was so happy to find them!  What a bargain and so very cute!  Then I used the skills I learned from my online class (thank you, Jennifer McGuire) and quickly made a bunch of rosettes to embellish my cards (adding a strip of washi tape to them before folding). 
I had fun coloring the little witch – since she made me smile the whole time (really, when do you get to work with green as a skin tone)!  Now I just have to get these cards into the mail.

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey, (Heather, Blackberry, Onyx, Wasabi) Amuse Studios
Printed Paper:  (Ambrosia collection) Basic Grey
Stamp:  (Witch, Halloween) Craftsmart – dollar bin at Michaels
Ink:   (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Copic:  YG00, YG01, YG03, W00, W1, W5, W7, W9, BV00, BV04
Ribbon:  (black ruffle) May Arts, (heather satin) Amuse Studios
Other:  (blackberry buttons, onyx baker’s twine, washi tape) Amuse Studios, (small rosette die) Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Stickles

Monday, October 10, 2011

Catching Up!

Hello again!  I have been laid up due to a neck injury the past week - still hurts to sit up too long - which means no crafts, no computer and I had to cancel a trip to San Diego (and that is when my family knew I really hurt)!  However, I wanted to remind everyone that there is another online class scheduled, Holiday Bootcamp, and you can register here: .  So if you keep meaning to make homemade Christmas cards etc. - this class is the one for you.  Now I just need to heal up prior to the class so that I can enjoy my hobby again.

Since I have not made my Halloween cards yet for this year, I've included photos of last year's cards.  I used Papertrey Ink's jar stamps (love them), the paper, accessories etc are from Making Memories Toil & Trouble, and I used the Martha Stewart drippy goo punch.  I loved using so many prints on one card - just by cutting the paper into strips.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A Little Thing Called Croptoberfest

If you do not have plans on October 14th, and you could use 6 hours to work on all your unfinished scrapbook pages, join the Croptoberfest celebration here  .
For a small charge -not only will you be provided dinner but there will be raffle prizes and goodie bags – and I have done my part and thrown a few card kits into each bag.  However, it is filling up quickly (Saturday is already full)!

Here’s a sneak peek:
 Just a simple waterfall - always impressive but easy to do (not sure if you can see all the bling on it?)!

And the cutest things:

The concept for these boxes is strictly Inky Antics – in fact, I can see myself buying all the holiday "Maker" pieces because they are so cute!
Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Camel - Pick Me Up

Thanks to everyone who attended the Halloween Card class - congrats to the very talented ladies who attended and completed all the cards in record time!  There are now 10 new rosette making experts in Northern California!

This is the last of 2010’s Scrapbook Expo castoffs (thank goodness since the next expo is this month), the print paper was a real “challenge” - could it be the hot pink foil stripe?  I really am enjoying all the Inky Antics stamps purchased from Stampers Corner – truly, is it a wonder that they know me by name, lol!  The camel was quite a challenge – I ended up dipping a cotton ball in Copic blender solution and daubing the “fur” to give a texture to the beige, beige and beige.

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, various scraps
Patterned paper:  various GCD paper
Stamp: (BaZooples #4  )  Inky Antics
Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Other:  Copics

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A*Muse Studios Halloween Workshop

Just a quick post about something other than the Online class, this weekend I am teaching a Halloween Card workshop - September 25th.  There will be four cards, a standing tag and a flat tag - the tags and two of the cards are strictly from A*Muse Studio's artists.  Two of the cards are strictly my work so I decided to share them here - though I have to say, if I hadn't taken the online class I wouldn't know how to make the cute rosette! 

If you are in the area, and if there is space, you can reserve your spot by going to the hostess' site  (RSVP thru

All products are from the A*Muse Studio catalogs except for the rosette maker from the Tim Holtz Alterations collection by Sizzix.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Online Class Day 8

Today’s card involved acetate, tissue paper, sticky back canvas, watercolor with markers and matte multi-medium.  I had to start over several times – not sure if I am just uncoordinated (ripped the tissue several times after it was stuck to the canvas) or if it is because I feel stuffy and achy (allergies, cold?).  I am leaning toward the later, since I also watched the season premiere of “Castle” tonight and even that confused me.  I have already made an appointment to get my flu shot this week - perhaps I am a few days late on it (isn’t that just the way things happen?)! 

Cardstock: Sticky Back Canvas (White) Ranger, (Acetate Card) Hero Arts
Stamp:  (Find Joy ) Hero Arts, (Flower Dot Pattern, Butterflies and Print) Hero Arts/Basic Grey, (Lower Case Art) Stampers Anonymous  
Ink:   (Black, White) StazOn, (Antique Linen) Ranger
Other:  (Perfect Pearls mister) Ranger, vintage button, (markers) Stampin Up, (border punch) Fiskars, Multi-Medium (Matte) Ranger, (twine) Papertrey Ink

Monday, September 19, 2011

Online Class Day 7

Wow, I’ve made it through Day 7 of the class – and I am only 1 day behind!  How is everyone else holding up in the class?
I’ve tried stamping with markers before (a little bit here and there).  This is the first time I tried using the first and second generation stamp on the same card.  It really is dramatic – though I’m not sure about the cards I came out with – very much out of my norm.  I guess that’s part of the whole point of taking classes – learning new techniques and stepping out of our comfort zones. 
I definitely have an addiction to Perfect Pearls mist – it makes everything softer, less harsh (and covers a whole bunch of errors) – wonder if I can just spray myself in the mornings with it (would it have the same effect)?

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey,
Stamp:  (Find Joy) Hero Arts, (Hippy Girl) Kasiercraft
Ink:   VersaMark, (Chipped Sapphire) Ranger
Other:  (various gemstones) Hero Arts, (Perfect Pearls mister) Ranger, Embossing Powder (White) Ranger, (button) Basic Grey, (markers) Stampin Up, (Scallop Punch) Stampin Up, (Classic Scalloped Ovals Large, Classic Ovals Large) Nestabilities

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Online Class Day 6

Another great day of “Art” – I’ve only managed one card today which seems to be the norm for the “implement the techniques you learned the day before” days.  On this card, I’ve distressed everything I could get my hands on (including the flowers prior to rolling them and the ribbon) - I've probably used all the techniques learned yesterday!  I didn’t have the picket fence Distress stain – so made do with the snow cap Acrylic Paint Dabber, used sparingly.  I over spritzed what was to be a pink rose several attempts in a row, so in the end I just grabbed the Prima pebble with a pink rose on it.  Do I have any advice?  - Let the trimming dry completely prior to putting on card – while I have some cool Broken China castoff on my card – it wasn’t planned, if you get my drift.
Plus, during this past week, I had to come up with ideas and the card kits for my favorite Creative Memories consultant (  Each year, she hosts two major crops – National Scrapbook Day, and Croptoberfest.  She always gives out goodie bags for each attendee, and for the past two years (at least), she has included a card kit that I create.  So this year, all attendees will be able to make a waterfall card and two monster boxes, all made from this year’s new CM colors. 

Cardstock: (White, Vintage Cream) Papertrey
Patterned Paper:  (Berry Splash from Strawberry Kisses Collection) Prima Marketing
Stamp:  (Graph Background, Find Joy) Hero Arts, (Songbird) Prima Marketing
Ink:   Distress Ink (Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Broken China, Tattered Rose) Ranger, Distress Stain (Broken China) Ranger, (Onyx Black Versafine) Tsukineko
Other:  (Perfect Pearls mister) Ranger, Embossing Powder (Clear) Ranger, Acrylic Paint Dabber (Snow Cap) Ranger, (Trimmings, Philosophy Tags) Tim Holtz Idea-ology, (Pebbles) Prima Marketing

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Online Class Day 5

Today’s card was done using the techniques of Pearlized Distress Resist and Distress Stamping – and to be honest, it’s too close to the example given by Jennifer McGuire to be called my own (just the color and stamps were changed).  However, I love the card – especially since there is no colored cardstock or printed paper anywhere!  Jennifer has definitely taught me to add leaves to my flowers – something I’d never really done before – this time the flower was stamped a second time, colored with green and cut out for leaves.  Plus – the bonus today was finding out that you just needed one glue dot to make a felt flower – not the massively glued one I made two weeks ago!  I’m sure I’m not the only one “in class” to have a few “aha” moments.  If you have ever taken a art/craft class - what kind of "aha" moment did you have?

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey, (Watercolor) Hero Arts
Stamp:  (Old Letter, Small Sweet Petals, Find Joy) Hero Arts
Ink:   Distress Ink (Vintage Photo, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint) Ranger, Distress Stain (Broken China) Ranger, (Rich Cocoa) Memento
Other:  (pearls) Hero Arts, (Perfect Pearls mister) Ranger, Embossing Powder (White) Ranger

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Online Class Day 3

Yesterday’s class focused on techniques involving dry embossing and die cutting – so my little Cuttlebug got quite the workout!  I actually like all the cards I made (though I was still finishing them up this morning)!   I cannot wait until tomorrow – my friend is coming over and we are going to do the class together (plus go out for an amazing lunch)! 
Anyway, back to day 3, my first card is using the embossed glossy technique – I focused on snowflakes and made a Christmas card (one down, with many more to go).  Since I didn’t have a snowflake die, I used a hexagon punch since it reminded of the shape of many snowflakes.  I laughed later because the sentiment and the scheme (cool blue colors and snowflakes) seemed such a contrast!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Glossy White) Ranger, scraps of blue probably Bazzill
Stamp:  (Snowflakes) Stampin Up
Ink:  Distress Ink (Faded Jeans, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire) Ranger, (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Other:  (Perfect Pearls mister) Ranger, (gemstones) Hero Arts, vintage glass buttons, (felt snowflakes) Stampin Up, (Oval, Scallop Oval) Nestabilities, (Hexagon large, small, shape maker) Creative Memories

The second card is using the Altered Color Embossing technique – I immediately thought of those candies that are dots on paper strips – so bright and fun (although not really very tasty if I remember correctly?).  Plus I had to remember how to fold a pinwheel since I wanted the dimension – not sure you can tell in the photo but I actually used the pinwheel stamp, covered it with the dimensional pinwheel, colored the handle and added Glossy Accents.

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink,  (Crystal Blue) CTMH
Patterned Paper:  (stripes, dots) Doodlebug – I cut of the tabs to tell the exact name – but there is also a blue equivalent strip called Dragonfly stripe (for those folks needing a less “pink” card)
Stamp:  (Life of the Party Birthday) Hero Arts
Ink:    (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Copics:  R21, RV02, BG10, B01, Y21, G14, E71
Other:  (glitter brads) Doodlebug, (Glossy Accents) Ranger, Stickles (Rock Candy Distress, Diamond) Ranger, (Labels Four) Nestabilities

The final card used the Letterpress technique (I should say “Faux” in front).  I had many, many attempts at the background before I was finally happy with the color and design.

Cardstock: (Vintage Cream) Papertrey Ink, (New England Ivy) CTMH
Patterned Paper:  (Thrift Shop collection) October Afternoon
Stamp:  (Find Joy) Hero Arts
Ink:    (French Roast) Amuse Studios, Shadow Ink (Soft Sand, Soft Brown) Hero Arts
Other:  (Flower Layers #6) Sizzix/Basic Grey, antique lace,  (Blush dots, gemstones, pearls) Hero Arts

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Online Class Day 2

The second day of my online class was what I’ll call an implementation day, where you implement the techniques learned the day before.  Since part of my goal is to learn and grow (so to speak), I made a determined effort not to use any of the stamps etc. that the instructor or guest instructor used.  Hence, I basically sealed my own doom, and I had to struggle to come up with even one card.    In fact this morning, I tore off part of the card and redid it.  While I’m happier today with the card, it still just doesn’t seem complete to me.

Things I learned or practiced during the making of this card - practiced the Kissed Resist technique, made my own background stamp from smaller stamps, learned that acrylic word charms should be chalked so that the words can be seen, that a bottle of glossy accents should not be squeezed too hard if it’s jammed up, and that the craft mat is invaluable (and that glossy accents really cleans up off of it)!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Glossy White) Ranger, miscellaneous scraps
Stamp:  (Butterflies and Print, Flower Dot Pattern) Hero Arts/Basic Grey
Ink:  (Misty Meadow chalk queue) ColorBox, (Vintage Photo) Ranger
Other:  (Clear acrylic tags, Sassy strands) CTMH, (Green Galore stamping pastel) Stampin Up, (Black Soot distress stickles, Perfect Pearls mister) Ranger, buttons

Monday, September 12, 2011

Online Class Day 1

Day 1 of my online class was so much fun!  We learned 5 techniques – and created 4 cards with those techniques.  While some of my cards are similar to the instructor's (full credit to Jennifer McGuire), I think I varied them enough to make them mine.  Plus I used up some orphan pieces of paper in my stash that I wasn’t sure I’d ever use!  I’ve even managed to get all the paint and ink off my hands – basically a successful day.
After an errand to get my cell phone bill corrected, I’ll be right back into the mix for the day 2 class! 
Special thanks to Shelley, who took one look at the Halloween card and said, “add a spider”.  I did, and I think it just finishes it off perfectly.

For this last card - posted to the class gallery - here are the list of "indgredients":

Patterned paper: (Aqua Shock, BFF and Chocolate Fix from Jocelyn Collection) SEI
Stamp:  (Antique Engraving, Wildflower Garden) Hero Arts
Ink:  (Broken China Distress stain) Ranger, (Shabby Shutters ink pad) Ranger  - I layered both to get a deep blue green color - truly an accident
Other:  (Sticky Back Canvas) Ranger, vintage buttons, (white embossing powder) Hero Arts, Ranger Perfect pearls mister 

British Magazines and OnLine Class

I started my online class today, taught by the very talented Jennifer McGuire - I naively thought I'd have completed today's lesson and have a post tonight filled with my creations.  However, this class is just so amazing -  a ton of techniques and cards for each technique - hours later I'm still working (and having a terrific time)!  So here is last weekend's project and post - maybe tomorrow I can post today's work!

I am really loving how British craft magazines always include a little craft goodie – paper, shimmer pots, chipboard each month!  My challenge is that each time I buy another $12 import – I have to use the ‘goodie’, or give it away.  It is not to be added to my stash, my clip it up, my closet, my box of shame, my IKEA drawers, none of them!
So, I got the latest Simply Cards and Papercraft, and attached to it was a set of papers by Craftworkcards.  Since the colors of the paper pack were right up my league, I pulled out a few supplies and came up with four simple cards – all very similar but different.  The best part of the whole project, besides four more cards to put in my sale bin, was the fun of making my first felt rose using a die that had been sitting around for a month!
You might ask, sale bin?  I make more cards than I need, so I keep the ones I love – and I either give away, ship to Operation Write Home, or put in the sale bin at my favorite Creative Memories consultant’s house (  Her mother is my best client – thank you, Maureen!
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Slate) Amuse Studios
Patterned paper: (Botanicals) Craftworkcards
Stamp: (essential sentiments, studio sampler 3) Amuse Studios
Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Memento, (Slate) Amuse Studios
Other: (Slate Felt) Amuse Studios, (Buttons) Bo Bunny, (die) My Favorite Things