Sunday, December 30, 2007
There are many new ideas swirling around in my head. I'd like to push myself to the next level, but I need your help. How can you help, you ask. Well, on my side bar there are a few quick questions that I would like you to answer. My poll is set up so you can answer with the click of a button. No writing is necessary. Simple.
Please, if you are a subscriber, would you mind taking the time to click to be linked right onto my blog site, because my poll cannot be viewed through your subscription.
I wanted to offer up some blog candy for your participation, but I really want to listen to my viewers rather than having people filling in a poll just for the chance of winning blog candy.
How about this. If I have a good response, I will offer up some wonderful blog candy, valued at $20+, once the poll is closed in a week. Donnie has been watching me clean and reclean my studio for the past month. It's been torn apart and now I have unused rubber to share with you folks!
Happy New Year to you and your family. You have made it so enjoyable to blog. I treasure the friendships I have gained over the past few months, of blogging, and look forward to getting to know more of you.
Are you a bead lover like me? Look at what the Stamp Queen created with Christmas balls.
Have you heard about the new rage of altering a puzzle? Well A Mark in Time has the coolest one. Take a peak here.
Kathy Wasilewski of Art Pub Studios is a collaboration of 13 well-known artists who provide their art-tips, give-aways, and free images. Kathy's personal blog can be viewed here.
What girl doesn't love purses? Take a look at these by R2Art Studio.
Are you interested in signing up for a free newsletter that offers free tips & techniques plus quilting and mixed media trends? Then click here. This link takes you to the Cloth Paper Scissors site.
I have the sense that you enjoy these types of posts, and will try to do this once, or twice, a month. Let me know how you enjoy these sites, and if you would like to see more.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
What does this mean to you, my loyal viewer? Well, you aren't losing out at all. In fact, it will encourage me to look for bigger and better tutorials for you, and for Pat. As you know, I am a technique junkie, but now it's official--LOL.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Elegant Extract was stamped onto watercolour paper with black Stazon, and watercoloured with Tombow markers. How did I achieve all that blended colour? By colouring with the markers and with a #0 brush (winsie teenie tiny brush) I blended the colours with water. Stay tuned for a tutorial on Tombow markers in January. Image was then cut out with an exacto knife and glued to chipboard. October was matted onto polished stone background that I made previously. When I am creating backgrounds, I like to make a lot of extras so that I have them on hand to readily use.
If you have a tutorial that you would like me to prepare for you, please let me know. Have a wonderful day. Thank you for stopping by.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Holiday Jenny's Flickr photos (pretty in pink)
Fleamarket Studio has lots of inspiration. Click here to see the handmade house.
Holly Doodle Designs has lots of vintage items. Click here to see some houses (can you tell I love houses of any kind?)
Saray-Viola has a love for altered ATC's.
I'm a member of Trish Bee's Yahoo Next Generation Stampers group, and she generously placed her recent vintage photos on Flickr for everyone to use, whether they are in the group or not. Trish, you rock!
I hope I was able to inspire you to create.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
As I look outside and hope for new fallen snow, I realize there are unfinished things I have to let go. Darling hubby's card needs to be started. With attention to detail, I have to be quick--as it is almost Christmas and time for St. Nick.
Children are special and full of delight. Their love for Christmas are shining so bright. To have them for Christmas will be such a pleasure, even if severe weather. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
My Christmas baking is all done, and today I am giving you a peak into my kitchen. Decorating sugar cookies is one of my favourite things to do over the holidays. The recipe that I used is new to me this year, and was found on the All Recipe site. I'm all set up over there and have my own recipe box for future reference. This cookie and icing recipe is very easy and I had lots of success with them. Just in case your baking isn't done yet, and you are looking for something to bake, I have included my recipes to help you out. Enjoy!
1 cup margarine
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cream the margarine and add the sugar gradually. Beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at time, mixing well after each addition.
Stir in the vanilla. Add the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt gradually to the creamed mixture, stirring in by hand. Cover and chill dough overnight.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Roll dough out on a floured surface to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick and cut into your favorite shapes. Place cookies onto the prepared baking sheets.
Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 6 to 8 minutes or until cookie has a golden appearance.
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons milk
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
assorted food coloring
In a small bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies, or paint them with a brush.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Pink designer paper by Flair. Blue designer paper by Heidi Grace Designs. Large chipboard snowflake by Hero Arts. Sentiment from Stamper's Anonymous. Flourish stamp, by Inkadinkado, embossed with white embossing powder. Embellishments: buttons, punched flowers held by brads, punched pink and white snowflakes, micro beads, vintage image from a Yahoo group I belong to, and ribbon.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Good morning folks! Christmas has us all busy, and since we are in a time crunch, I thought I would hold off posting new tutorials until the new year. For your reading pleasure I thought I would share inspirational posts for you.
Creative Chaos is a site I stumbled upon this morning. It is filled with pretty paper crafting projects.
Artsy-Crafty Babe has a cute button wreath.
There is a lot of eye candy over at LilyBean's Paperie. You might recognize LilyBean from Two Peas in a Bucket.
My friend Kim shared Tejae's Art blog with me. Love polymar clay? Then you'll love this site!
I'm a huge fan of Mika Arts. Laurie Mika creates beautiful art with polymar clay.
If you love houses like I do, then Friends in Art is the site for you.
Free vintage photos from Vintage Stamper.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Stamp is by Willowgrove. Designer paper is Basic Grey, and design for this card is from the Technique Junkie Newsletter.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
I'm also a huge fan of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and watch it at least twice during the holidays. I even have the soundtrack. My porcelain collection of characters are one of my favourites and are set up in a special spot of their own, and on my Christmas tree. Here's a quick tune for you. Enjoy.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Roll out a small piece of fondant. Keep fondant wrapped in a ziploc bag at all times, and take out just enough fondant to do two cookies at a time.
Find suitable glassware the size of your cookie, and rotate onto fondant until the pieces are separated.
Your canvas is now ready to be turned into art.
Wash stamp with soap and water and dry completely. Push stamp into fondant until a deep impression is left.
Seen here are two ways to decorate the stamped fondant. 1) Add sprinkles around the stamped image, and 2) Paint indentations with liquid food colouring and decorate with candies.
The use of stamps in our daily lives seems endless. I hope this tutorial was helpful in making your decorated cookies special this year.
1 1/4 cup white sugar
1 cup butter
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter
Mix sugar, butter, egg yolks and vanilla. Sift together flour, baking soda and cream of tarter. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix well. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.
Fondant - click here for recipe.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
This afternoon I'm meeting up with another fabulous friend of mine--Christine (aka IrishChristine) whom I met over at the Stamp Shack. We like to get together to scrapbook and make cards. Today she is taking me to Archiver's (in Michigan), where we are making a cute Christmas gift card holder, and to a few other scrapbook stores. Christine is such a wonderful friend, and I can't wait to see her. We have lots of catching up to do. I'll post some pics for you tomorrow.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Life has been hard for me over the past couple of years, and my girlfriends have been there to support me. They don't judge me for cancelling out at the last minute, or if I don't show up. They don't judge me when I'm down, or when I talk way too much. I love my girlfriends, and treasure them dearly.
This week we got together for a Christmas party. We missed one member, Kim, who was busy studying for exams. Our Christmas present to each other was a booklet of tags, held together with a ring and decorative ribbon. Each lady made a tag with a personal picture and advice to their younger self. The idea for hosting this swap came about by way of the the Stamp Shack, where I was in a swap like this, hosted by Ethel. It was so much fun, I decided to host this swap so I could have more tags.
Here I am at two years old, while I lived in Germany, where my father was stationed with the 1 RCR (Royal Canadian Regiment). My advice is to be who you are! Find an incredible group of ladies to share your hobbies with, and treasure that friendship. Don't think that moving from house to house, or province to province will solve your problems. Face them. Dance like no one is watching. Lighten up a little. (Deep, eh?)
Carol's unique style of tag offers up the statement, "it's not about the amount of challenges in Your life--it's about how YOU handle them--one day at a time.
Cathy, who is a self-taught Photoshop pro, depicts her older self in a tent talking to her young self. Cathy reports her life as "It's a Wonderful Life" then adds, "I wouldn't change one moment, good or bad, because it brought me to be the person I am today and I really like who I am. Our one dream did come true, only in miniature. Oh, and by the way, Prince Charming came on a motorcycle, not a horse."
Kathy's pretty-in-pink advice is: be joyful always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances.
Sharon's angelic tag has wonderful, and whimsical, advice: When I grow up I'll eat snow and make snow angels. Jump in puddles and make mudpies. Go to the creek by myself. Catch tadpoles. Keep them till they're frogs. Walk barefoot on the grass and beach, wade in the water, get covered in sand. Have tea with my friends, and dinner too, and talk all night if we want. Collect moss and bark and stones and shells, and rusty metal things. I'll feed the birds and give them string. I'll lay on the grass on summer nights and watch for bats and learn the names of ALL the stars. I'll have every colour crayon. I'll draw on walls. An pink popsicles will always be in my fridge.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
2 - Mat board cut into 4" x 4"
2 - Paper of choice cut into 4" x 4"
3 - 8" lengths of double sided ribbon
double sided tape
Mat board 1F - pattern side up
Decorative paper 2 F - wrong side up
Mat board 1 B - wrong side up
Decorative paper 2 B - wrong side up
Draw lines on the wrong side of the paper 3/4" in from the top and bottom, and at the 2" mid way point.
Using 1 B, lay wrong side up and lay ribbons as shown. Glue with glue stick.
Take 1 F (cover) and glue the wrong side to wrong side. Set one is now complete.
Flip book over so the single piece of ribbon is situated to the left.
Place 2F wrong side up, to the right of finished set.
Glue ribbon to 2F. Trim ribbon.
Slip the remaining ribbons up through the slit in between the two sets as seen in this photo.
Fold the two ribbons over to the left.
Using double sided sticky tape, fold the ribbon from the left up over onto 2B, pulling taut. Next (not photographed), take double sided sticky tape and place it around the circumference of 2 B and sandwich the two wrong sides together.
Once you have sandwiched your ends together, this is what your Jacob's ladder will look like.
You are now ready to decorate the outer edges as desired. Because these are for Christmas, I turned them into Christmas cards. Do you recognize Crab & Co decorated up as Sandy Claws?
This cute snowman, by Hero Arts, is paired up with die cuts from my Cricut (And I said I'd never use the machine. Good thing Donnie doesn't listen to me).
This tutorial was a challenge to put together. How can we make up for this? Please leave a comment with a link to your card, or e-mail a copy. I really would like to see at least one person try this out. Please? Call it an early Christmas present.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
This morning's cards were inspired by the beautiful Star Bright and Angels Sing papers, by Flair Designs. As soon as I saw this paper, I knew it would coordinate well with Fabulous Flowers.
Card size is 5 1/2 inches x 5 1/2 inches. Star Bright paper was cut to 5 inches x 5 inches, and adhered to the card front. Angels Sing paper was cut so that the words would appear on the card, was mated onto gold cardstock. Ribbon was tied around the top layer of the card front. Fabulous Flowers were stamped three times on coordinating cardstock, and heat embossed with coordinating embossing powder. Layers were adhered with glue dots.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
This tag and box set is for my teenage niece. Patterned paper is Colorbok. The stamps (one of my favourite sets) is from Cornish Heritage Farms. Marieke is the designer and if you skip over to her blog you will find the stamps sets listed on the right bar, where she links you directly to her stamps.
If you haven't voted for the December 11th tutorial, go cast your vote in the post below.
Have a nice weekend.