Sunday, April 13, 2014

Glasses, glasses - where are my glasses.

   Recently I took some time to create a pop up box card, not to be confused with my Explosion Box cards, this style of pop up card has become quite popular after a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers HERE.  While I love the ones using flowers, and I am sure to make some like that, this particular day I was driven to use an AI stamp I purchased last fall that has never been inked up.  These cards are nice and you can put a lot of layers together, but proportion is key, in my opinion.  I just couldn't see how this stamp would work but I was determined to try.  Playing around I discovered that if I cut part of the couch arm out this sassy little lady fit wonderfully.  It became obvious to me as I played with this and the sentiment that came with her that I needed to make this card for Jill Saur, my art instructor, she is always switching her glasses to look at various pieces that students are working on.  To make the card even more personal I went to her website and copied a piece of her artwork (scaled way down) to use in the background.  She paints stunning scenes with birch trees, as well as many other lovely pieces. Since she shares her talent for art and teaching with me I wanted to share some of my card making talent with her - I think she enjoyed her card.
 Yes, you read correctly I am taking art classes.   I am at the age that one realizes they are getting older.....don't get me wrong I still adhere to that old adage 'growing up is inevitable, growing up is optional'.  However, this year is a milestone birthday for I will be turning 60.  No matter what they say 60 isn't really the new 50 - it is 60!!!  Needless to say I have been pondering this event since my last birthday, reflecting so to speak......where have the years gone, how do I feel about things I have accomplished or not accomplished.....and what do I want to do as I grow up. There is no bucket list, but there are some things that I have always thought might be fun to try or learn and I recently gave myself permission to try one of those things - the aforementioned art class.  After thinking about it for more than a year I got in touch with a local Artist/Teacher Jill Saur in my area and was able to find a place in one of her classes.  This week was my fourth class and I am so happy with my decision to take this risk and develop this new skill. There are some lovely people in class......I have enjoyed the other students and Jill. The two and half hours fly by each week.

Supplies:  Cardstock, Art Impression's Celeste Set, Clipart, Silhouette Cameo die cut, Copic Markers, 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Coloring and cutting......

     Yep, there is a little coloring and cutting going on in the stamp room today.  I'm in need of some more Easter cards.  My go to stamp is from Flourishes, who sadly is no longer in business.  This cross with Easter Lily's was designed by Marcella Hawley - You may not be aware of this but she has opened  her own on line stamp shop this week called  Power Poppy (please check it out she has put together an outstanding design team)  If her new designs are anything like this one I am gonna be one thrilled stamper.
     Two of these beauties above will be going into my Easter Exploding Boxes that I sell and make for friends.....and some will be going in a pop up style card I have designed.  I usually cut out the center flower from a second stamping and after a little bending and folding layer it over the one on the cross for some dimension.  I will also be digging out a rock stamp I have to layer in the pop up card as well.
     I would have taken a picture showing more but then you would know what a mess I create when I am coloring and cutting.

Materials:  Silhouette Cameo, Flourishes stamp, Copic Markers, Card Stock

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Easter Chick....

     The last week and today has found me working on several Easter cards.....this little chick is a stamp I purchased last year. My first thought was to stamp it, color it, layer it on a die and put some bright busy paper in the background......but I instead decided on a more clean and simple look (If you know me then you know that clean and simple does not usually describe my style at all).
    Using my Silhouette Studios text feature I typed the word happy and merged it with a rectangle.  The word Easter was typed and the cut feature turned off to print the word instead.  I also did an internal offset to create a golden yellow line around my word and shape to coordinate with the background paper I decided to use.  After printing and cutting I stamped my little chick next to the word Easter and with my Copic markers colored him in.
     I like the yellow polka dot paper and how it coordinates with the little chick....definitely the kind of card that brings a smile to my face when I am finished.  Patting myself on the back for keeping it simple as well.

Materials:  Silhouette Cameo, Crafts Mart Stamp, Copic Markers, Designer paper, Brilliance card stock

Challenges:  Featured Stamper gallery for Yours Truly at Splitcoast Stampers 3/16/14

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

No Calorie Cakes and other goodies

     If you live in the Georgia area, like me, it the perfect kind of day to finish up some special orders.  With the snow, sleet and ice no one is going anywhere, we are hunkered down, staying warm, and hoping we don't lose electricity.
     I have finally fine tuned my cut file on my Silhouette Cameo to make my 'no calorie' explosion box cakes.  The machine cuts them like butter and I assemble them need to even lick my fingers. My main reason for designing this file was to have consistency when I make these AND I wanted a certain look to the frosting on the side of the cake.
     Instead of my usual two layer cake I have created a single layer cake so I could add a special topper for some people getting ready to celebrate their 50th Birthdays.  I need to get a few of these done.

     I know, I know, when someone turns 50 you are suppose to raz them and give them a hard time, but the request was for this one to be a little more me there is one coming that has some head stones on it, as well as some cute sayings.  The cake below is one I recently finished for sale at my Etsy and Zibbet shops.
I have another almost finished - I really have great fun making these.  The scalloped piece below the cakes is another file I was able to design and cut on my Silhouette -perfect for the consistency I want when I make these.  Off to start designing one for Easter........Thanks for stopping by.

Materials:  Silhouette Cameo, Card Stock, Floral embellishments, rhinestones, hand made flowers, computer, embossing folder, designer paper.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Car-magedon aka snow in Georgia

     This is the view yesterday afternoon from my stamp room - its a lovely view for sure, but an unusual view as I live in the Atlanta Georgia area......we are not known for snowfall here.  Having grown up in the midwest as well as having spent 17 years before this move in St. Louis Missouri I look at the weather radar and listen to the reports and figure its better to be safe than sorry.  That said, when I heard on Monday that there was a 'chance' of snow (words rarely used on our weather forecasts) I did what anyone use to snow in the forecast would do.  First thing I made sure my gas tank was full, then I checked the pantry and freezer to be sure we had supplies for a few days - nothing fancy, but enough for some dinners - knowing that was all taken care of I hunkered down in my stamp room to play.  My planning paid off, by 1:00 in the afternoon the schools were dismissing kids and people were trying to get home.....but the snow was coming down pretty steady and that chance of 'maybe' a 1/2 inch was already on the ground.  By 3 p.m. there was gridlock everywhere.  Then my daughter,who doesn't drive, calls to say Publix is closing early - yikes - hope she can wait for her father to get her as he comes home, cuz momma don't drive in this kind of stuff.  Of course my hubby left a little later than the average crowd, but surprisingly made it home in two hours with a drive by to pick up our daughter :)  I'm gonna give Audi a plug here - that quattro drive they have kept him firmly moving across the ice.....nonetheless, there was a huge sigh of relief on my part when all were home safe.  I know some ladies whose hubby's had to drive back to work and sleep in their offices and kids who had to spend the night in schools - At least they were safe and not on those crazy roads.

  I am hunkered down again today  (hubby working at home - after driving daughter to work) - going over tutorials on the Silhouette Cameo......WOW - I have had great fun using mine and have I ever learned more about what this baby is capable of.  The view out my windows looks the same only with some lovely sunshine today - crazy part is it is predicted to be in the 60's on Saturday - mother nature has quite the sense of humor.  Be safe if you have to be out in this crazy stuff.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Vintage Valentine Pop Up

My inspiration for this card came from the original 1908 Valentine's card that was my grandmothers. Sacrilegious as it may sound I took the card apart and scanned it to use.  The truth is that while the card holds sentimental value to me I like knowing that is being re-purposed, so to speak, being used in a new card. Like the original card I made this one a pop up as well.  You can see below that the card folds down when you open it and it has an unusual shape with the front cover not going all the way to the top.  The original card inspired me to create the piece this way.  

While I enjoy the look of vintage cards I just couldn't see making this one all frilly, lace and glitter....I instead chose a harlequin print stationary in my stash and some Spellbinder dies to create my own look

Below is a copy of the original card -  I have post cards from several holidays that were my Grandmothers. As I handle them I am always touched that she had family that loved her so and amazed at how well these cards still look at over 100 years old. 

Materials:  Computer, Spellbinders Dies, Cardstock, Designer stationary, rhinestones, vellum, embossing folder

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Gift set of cards

     This is a set of cards I made for a friend I met for lunch before the holidays. I found the warm earthy tones of the BoBunny paper very soothing.  The set contained four different styles of cards.  On this one I made the flowers used to embellish it and a stamp by Impression Obsession.
     The paper and sentiment from My Favorite Things on this card just screamed butterflies.......these are metal and add a nice touch.
     My friend likes chickens and roosters and swore she wouldn't send this one out as she wanted to hang it in her kitchen....I told her I can always make another one.  Colored this fella with some copic markers and used an embossing folder that looks like chicken wire for the background.
     This sentiment is a favorite Spellbinder die and the leaves are from some ribbon in my closet.  The sentiment is a stamp from Stampabilities.
     We had a great lunch together the day I gave her these cards - we even took some time to stop by one of my favorite stamp shops while we on that end of town.

Supplies:  BoBunny Paper, Spellbinder dies, Cheery Lynn die, Martha Stewart punch, My Favorite Things, Copics, Stampabilities, Impression Obsession, Ribbon, Cuttlebug Embossing Folders 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

'Spa' in a jar for Christmas

     Personally crafting of any kind is fun to me.  I especially enjoy making gifts for friends and family.  While shopping at The Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain a few months back I purchased some fabulous handmade soap.  What attracted me to this particular booth was the genttlemen had teak wood soap holders available for sale with his soap.  Hand made bars of soap are great but they can get all 'icky - sticky' looking when they are wet and sitting with no air around them. I was fascinated by the way he had cut slits on each side that allowed air to circulate around the bar after you used it.  As I thought about buying these I remembered an inspiration I had pinned from Pinterest for a spa in a jar.  The little grey cells began working and I bought a bunch of soap and holders.  
     Then the fun began.....My thinking was that I would simply buy a mason jar and add some goodies and have my 'Spa in a jar'.  Oh, if it had only been that simple.  The soap tied so sweetly to the holder was 3 inches across - no matter what I did it wasn't going to fit in a mason jar, and if I did get it in (sideways) the other items were going to be pretty cramped.  Not one to be easily defeated the hunt began for a jar that would work......I scrolled places on-line, I looked all over Michael's, Hobby Lobby and JoAnns - and as I hunted I began to get the sinking feeling nothing was going to work the way I had intended it to.  As I prepared to give up on my idea I wandered down the isle of my local Publix grocery - lo' an behold on the bottom shelf I spotted various size Anchor Hocking plastic jars.  Much better than glass ones that were heavy and hard to ship and if my eyes were not deceiving me they were the right size. I grabbed two sizes and put them in the cart - could these possibly work?  To my great surprise they did!!!!  The tallest was the perfect size to not only hold the soap and holder, but the rather large file I had purchased as well.  Then the real fun began as I shopped around for more items to fit in my jar.  

     My original idea had been to wrap a band of white card stock around the jar with my design but once again my handy dandy Silhouette Cameo came to the rescue.  While shopping I discovered some new clear printable sticker paper by Silhouette and scooped it up to use.  I made some long thick lines, typed out my heading 'SPA' in a jar, added a Bugaboo Digi of Stella in the tub, then I finished the label off with a definition for pamper.  After printing this from my Silhouette I then cut several out and labeled my jars.  
     Having also bought a shorter jar I used some other holiday soaps I had on hand and created some smaller 'spa' jars as well.  Once again I designed and printed my topper on my Silhouette, printed it then had my Silhouette cut it out.  
      It was great fun putting these goodies together - for my sisters I scored a few samples of some colognes I knew they liked and added them as well as some soft socks, and other beauty items not in the picture above. I think my younger sister has already tried some of her new products to pamper herself.

     I am going to post this at the Silhouette Cameo challenge site for their December challenge of 3-d and anything but a card.....consider joining in on the fun with a project of your own.  

Supplies:  Silhouette Cameo, Silhouette Clear Sticker paper, Bugaboo Digi Stamp, Bath and Body products, soap, Anchor Hocking containers

Challenges:  Silhouette #8 3-D

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Exploding Barn

     My daughter and I made our yearly trek to the White Stallion Ranch to do some horseback riding.  There are about 18 of us who meet there each December from all over the US and world (England, Germany, Channel Islands, Minnesota, California, New Jersey, D.C. Tennessee - we adopted a visiting Australian this year as well). Every year we celebrate the birthday of a lovely lady named TJ.  This year we knew we would be celebrating number 75 with her.  Such a birthday called for a special card.  Months ago I began dreaming the idea up in my head for an explosion box card AND FINALLY just before Thanksgiving I had time to sit and play.
     With the help of my Silhouette Cameo I was able to design a cake (my own design) and a barn style cover for the box (again my own design).  The barn door is a cut file designed by Cali Arroyo, and the cactus and wheel are a cut file design by Jamie Cripps.   The sweet horse on top of the cake and peeking out the window is a digital stamp from Clear Dollar Stamps.   
     After designing this cake and frosting on my Silhouette Cameo.... I decorated it with a personalized message for TJ!!  Every cowgirl needs some 'bling' and TJ's is on her cake - since the whole theme was barn oriented I placed the cake on some hay!  
     I couldn't carry the card around the ranch and get signatures on the sly (given its size) so I created individual cards that I could slide out of the fences and carry around with a pen in a zip lock bag.  This allowed me to get lots of good wishes for her on both sides of the inserts.  

     Below is TJ getting ready to open her explosion box card - she was so excited by all the people who left her messages and Birthday wishes and she is ALWAYS so complimentary about the cards I make her....this one was a huge surprise to her.  

     It was great fun making a card like this for such a special lady.....BTW she is wearing antlers because I couldn't find a tiara at the grocery store in Marana and holiday antlers were as close as I could come.  She is a great sport.  

     Going to post this on the Silhouette challenge this month for 3-D  --  I love making 3-D cards and using my Silhouette has made them even more fun. I am posting this over at the Silhouette Challenge for 3-d and anything but a card for December - think about joining in on the fun.  

Supplies:  Silhouette Cameo, Rhinestones, Embellishments, Memory Box  fence, Clear Dollar Digital Stamp, Copic markers

Challenges:  Silhouette #8 3D

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Country Cowboy Christmas

     If you know me at all you will find it no surprise to see this stamp inked up and colored.  Why it took me so long to get it is beyond me.....guess that thing called life got in my way for a few weeks.  However, from the moment I first saw it on on the blog of some of the Flourishes Design Team members I knew it would find a home with me.
    YES, I love it because it has a cowboy on it, but I also love it because it evokes a warm fuzzy feeling when you view it, whether it is colored or kept color free.  Can't you just imagine the anticipation of this country family waiting for the 'perfect newly cut tree' to be pulled to the front door.  The ornaments are out, popcorn has been strung......little hands are ready to decorate the tree.  I bet there is a warm fire glowing in the hearth as well. A warm homey Christmas scene.
     I want to just take a moment to thank the illustrator Lauren Pope for creating this lovely design and Flourishes for making it into a stamp.
     After stamping this lovely image I used my Prisma color pencils - I heard that gasp just now, shock over my not using my oh so favorite Copic markers.  I just felt the pencils would work better....I want to ink this up again and use my water colors.  Using my Silhouette Cameo I cut an oval the size I needed in some designer paper and placed it over my image.  To give it a little more pop I cut another oval out of some green card stock that I stamped over with a wood grain stamp - hard to see in this photo but it helped keep the green card stock from having that plain jane look, wood also seemed the right effect.

      The inside was kept fairly simple with one of the many sentiments included in the set.  Yes, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here.........Thanks for stopping by.

Materials:  Flourishes Country Time Christmas, Silhouette Cameo, Card stock, Versafine Ink, Prisma color pecils


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Vintage Santa Step Card

    Visit my blog often enough and you will begin to see that I love Step Cards and 3-D projects.  While perusing Pinterest recently I came across a card with this new shape I hadn't seen.  Her picture tutorial was nice, but it seemed to me a lot of paper was wasted in her, I went to my handy dandy Silhouette Cameo and drew out a background to use.  This machine comes in soooo handy.  I not only now have this style of card ready to cut when I want -- I can also cut out my layered pieces to the correct proportions as well.  Often using scraps and laying them out for one run through.  Now that's efficiency.
   Vintage cards are usually not my style - but around Christmas time these images always appeal to me.  I have several post cards that were my Grandmothers, as well as some other images, that date back to around 1903 - 1912. I have made cards and ornaments from copies of several of them over the years.  This paper by K & C from last years holiday stash seemed perfect for this image.  The card when flat fits in an A6 envelope.  
     After making this one I decided to start another one - the next is going to have lots of glitter to make it a little more vintage looking - I'm thinking it will be very nice looking.  If I have a chance I'll try and post it.
Thanks for stopping by

Materials:  Copy Vintage Post Card, Computer, Spellbinders Label Die and Gold Label Four, Rhinestones, K & C DP, Pop Ups

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Santa nestled in the greenery

    Months ago I saw a card on Pinterest that fascinated and inspired me.  I had only recently purchased the Spellbinders Ornament die, but realized the shape of the card was nothing close to what I owned.  So the picture was filed away until recently when I decided I would just have to make my own background to replace die used in my inspiration piece.  Why own a Silhouette Cameo if you can't get creative.

     I designed my own shape for the easel background and then started playing.....I am in love with this sweet half moon Santa from Sassy Cheryl and I thought he would look great.  However, he just looked SO plain sitting on the ornament - next thing you know I drew upon my inner Kiitie Caracciola  (oooh I love her work - you can check out her gallery here) and out came the Martha Stewart punch, some snowflake dies, blinginty bling and soon Santa was nestled amongst the greenery with snowflakes falling.  I do have to admit that at one point I had to tell myself 'step away from the bling' as I was afraid I might be getting to carried away.  Below I have posted the inspiration image and a second card I made using this same easel background I created and the Spellbinders Ornament amazes me how changing things like paper, and images can make three very similar cards look so different.

This is the inspiration piece, now watermark can't remember who did it, but they are talented. 

This is my second card using the shapes from my first one at the top of the page. 
     Just love how both of my cards turned out - beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here.  I have about 13 ornaments painted and finished and ready to go.  Thanks for looking. 

Materials:  Silhouette Cameo, Spellbinders Ornament Die, Bling, Martha Stewart Punch, Designed2 Delight Digital, Sassy Cheryl Digital, Designer Cardstock, Copic Markers, IO Snowflake Die

Challenges:  Just myself :)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Get Well

     This card is for a Bella, she has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (only a few short months after her cousin Bridger received a more severe and aggressive cancer diagnosis).  The Teapotters over at Splitcoast have challenged us to make Isabella some cards to cheer her up.  I am late getting to the Tea Party.....which is rather ironic as I knew of Isabella's diagnosis and need for cards two weeks ago and made this card.  I'm just way behind in getting it to the post office.  The Teapotters will probably be making princess cards, I made this before the challenge, but I personalized it so Isabella would feel special.  You can read about Isabella here.  This card will get to the post office in the next two days and I am continuing to keep Isabella, her family and her cousin Bridger in my prayers......these kids are too young to have to go through all these treatments, breaks my heart.  What troopers they are.

Materials:  Old Bear Stamp, Silhouette Cameo for Letters, Ribbon, Cardstock, Spellbinders die, Copic markers

Challenges:  MMTPT272

Monday, October 14, 2013

With Sympathy

     While I enjoy creating cards I always find it a challenge to be asked for a Sympathy want the card to reach out and touch the recipient, yet words are so difficult in those times.  My co-worker needed a card for her Aunt who lost an older daughter pretty suddenly.  As I surfed the net I came across a blog that had a poem that brought me to tears.  The woman posting it had lost a child and put this poem, she had received, on her blog because she was so touched by it.  There was no credit for who wrote it (I may have to Google further to find out and I will update that info if I find it).
     It was such a long poem I struggled with putting it on the inside of the card.  Should it be on vellum as an overlay on some lovely paper with hearts in the background, should it be shrunk down and made so small it couldn't be read?  Finally,  I decided it should be the background of the front of the card.  I printed it in grey ink and adjusted them so that the words went around the die I wanted to put in the middle -- two hearts, the poem ends with a reference to the heart.
     It is simple and yet I think it conveys a lot of heartfelt thought.  I kept the sentiment on the inside simple

Materials:  Computer, Spellbinder Die, Heart Embellishment, Cardstock

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