Saturday, July 19, 2014


Hi friends.  Friday's mix-ability challenge on SCS was to make some patchwork.  As a quilter, how can I resist such a challenge.  This is a mixed media challenge and requires that at least two different mediums are used. 

I pulled out a bunch of scraps and leftovers from other projects.  Then I used a square punch to make the blocks.  I used some corrugated cardboard, burlap ribbon, some inked and embossed pieces, stamped cardstock, some prints from my gelli plate, and some melted crayon that was just an experiment. 

After gluing all the blocks on my card, I added faux stitching. 

The flower was already stamped and colored.  I just needed to cut it out.  I attached it with dimensional foam tape. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

technique class cards

Hi friends.  As promised, here are the cards from today's technique class. 

The first technique is a ribbon frame.  I just never get tired of this stamp set - natural beauty.  The background is from Cornish Heritage Farms.  I colored the image with Derwent Inktense pencils and a blender pen. 
The second technique is paper embroidery.  I found this idea here.   The flower stamp is a new one I picked up last weekend at Endless Creations. 
The third technique is frosted embossed acetate.   It was impossible to get a decent picture on this one, since the acetate reflects the light, and because of the frosted technique, you can't see through the acetate clearly.   However, I can assure you that, in reality, the card is pretty awesome.  The lace and sentiment is from Rubbernecker and the flowers are from roses in winter, another SU set I won't get rid of. 

Thank you so much for stopping by. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

class cards

Hi friends.  Well, I didn't win the card contest at the rubber stamp event, but I did have a great time and did manage to acquire some more stamps and other items.  One of the things I bought is the new tool 'n one from Spellbinders.  I haven't had a chance to play with it yet, but I'm sure it will be useful. 

But I promised to show you the cards from last week's cuttlebug class.  So here they are.  This first card is actually white, but my camera does weird things when there is any reflection, so the shimmery paper managed to make everything look gray. 
Today was my technique class, so once again, I will show you those cards when I get photos taken. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

a contest card

Hi friends.  I taught my cuttlebug class today.  We had a lot of fun.  I will post pictures of the cards, but I haven't yet taken photos, so that will have to wait.  I do, however, have a picture of the card I entered in the contest for the Rubber Stamp Event on Saturday in West Bend, Wisconsin.

The category of Saturday's contest is Cinderella, so I pulled out one of my newest Prima mixed media doll stamps, Aurora, and used her on my card.  Now Aurora is one of the largest doll stamps by Julie Nutting, so I knew that she was not going to completely fit on the card, which had to be an A2 size.  So I made made some adjustments. 

I stamped her a few times on different papers and did some paper piecing.  The background and both papers used on her dress are from the same paper stack, which was a birthday gift from my daughter.

I colored her hair with markers and then added some gold glitter on her crown and on her gown.

The sentiment is from My Sentiments Exactly.  On the inside, it reads, 'dream big'.

If you happen to be at the stamp show on Saturday, I would appreciate if you would vote for my card. 

Thank you so much for stopping by. 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

garden trellis

Hi friends.  My sister was having our dad's cousin over today and asked me if I wanted to come for lunch, so I said 'sure'.  I'm a person who likes to keep my hands busy, so I grabbed a pack of white cardstock, a few stamp sets, a couple of inks, watercolor pencils and my basic tool kit.  My intention was to just stamp and color images.  I also grabbed a crochet project in case I needed a diversion. 

I did color a few images, but that isn't much fun if you don't have a specific project to put them on.  So I checked out the inspiration challenge on SCS.  Most of the samples given and even pictures on the selected site just didn't do anything for me.  So I went back to the samples.  I chose the fifth sample and took my inspiration from the trellis in the background. 

Since I only had white cardstock, I swiped my vintage photo distress ink pad down the paper to color it brown.  Then I cut thin strips from the colored cardstock to build a trellis. 

I stamped leaves and flowers from peaceful petals (SU).  The flowers were colored with inktense pencils and water brush, and the leaves were colored using a blender pen dipped into my vintage photo ink pad.  Then I fussy cut them out... yeah, I cut around all those tiny stems.  I don't do that often, but I really wanted the trellis to show behind the flowers. 

The sentiment is from the same set. 

I then punched some 1/8" circles from the same brown cardstock to make some faux brads. 

I sponged vintage photo ink along the edges of the card and the trellis panel. 

Thanks for stopping by today. 

Friday, June 27, 2014


Hi friends.  Yesterday, my sister and I went to a stamp/craft rummage/estate sale.  I managed to spend all of my cash, but I was pleased with all the goodies I got.  I bought a bunch of loose stamps (all different manufacturers), which were sold by the pound.  I bought a few stamp sets from different companies as well.  And then there were punches and patterned paper and wrapping paper.

My friend, Sarah, who is a SU demonstrator and was running the sale, gave a card kit to everyone who made a purchase, with the challenge to use it to make a card and post it on her facebook page.  My card kit was already glued together, so that left me with some limitations.  I used stamps and a punch that I had purchased at the sale.

The main image is mixed flowers from Impression Obsession.  I stamped it with tuxedo black memento ink and colored it with copic markers.  The sentiment has no company name on it. 

I used the daisy chain edger punch from EK Success to punch a strip to go across the bottom of the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

It's been awhile

Hi friends.  Yes, I'm still here.  I know it's been a long time since I've posted.  I really haven't been doing much crafting.  I guess I needed a break.  I've done a bit of gardening.  I had to replace all my lavender plants that died over the cold winter.  I think because of all the rain we've been having, they aren't doing too well.  Of course, they need to be weeded badly - not something I enjoy and it's really too wet. 

I do have some tomatoes coming on -- little green ones.  And a few tiny zucchini plants are up -  I planted those really late, but we'll enjoy some before summer is over. 

I took my hexagon quilt with me to my lace guild, because I knew I could set up some extra tables and pin the layers together.  So I have that ready to baste and start quilting.  

Last night I made a card for the Rubber Stamp Event contest, but will wait to show that one to you.  I won 2nd place last year, so here's hoping. 

Here are the cards we made in my technique class last week. 

The first is a pop up box card -- a bit labor intensive, but well worth it.  There's a tutorial here

The 2nd is a card using inchies.  Little works of art that are only an inch square.  They are great for using your tiny stamps. 

The 3rd is a stair step card.  A tutorial can be found here

I used a pretty sunflower stamp that I picked up recently at a rummage.  It's part of a set - one solid image and one detailed image.  The only problem with that is the stamps are mirror images, so they really don't fit together.  But they can be used separately, so that's how I used one of them for this card. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.