Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
2 - 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" (backing and front mat)
1 - 4 3/4" x 3 3/4" (insert)
2 - 5 1/4" x 4" (decorative front)
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Anxious to use my new backgrounds, I visited this week's sketch challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. You may recall I recently created backgrounds using a brayer combined with pearl-ex. To see my backgrounds click here.
Stamp set: Baroque Motifs. Paper: Taken With Teal, Cool Caribbean and Bazzil's turquoise. Ink: Black Stazon, Cool Caribbean and Adirondack's Stream and Wild Plum. Accessories: unknown source for ribbon, and white brad.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
I tried my hand at shabby chic, and I'll admit it isn't easy for me to do. For the first time I pulled my sewing machine out to sew on a card; something I have been wanting to do for over a year. I kept going back to Ila's blog because Ila is the queen of shabby chic. It is a style that I need to keep working on because I am not satisfied with my outcome. If anyone has any tips for me, please, please drop me a line. I'd really appreciate it.
Enjoy your weekend.
Friday, January 25, 2008
These cards are being taught by me, at Lasting Impressions. Each card uses the Cuttlebug. If you are in the area, why not sign up? Class is on February 5th at 7:00 p.m.
I hope you have a great weekend.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
It has been a while since I did a layout from SCS Tuesday challenges, so I went over and found a kickstand style that was posted a couple of weeks ago. I must say it was a fun style to work with.
Kim, thanks for playing along with me. Let's see what we can come up with next Thursday.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
This evening I took the time to do Trish Bee's background challenges. Aren't they pretty?
- place Perfect Pearls, or other mica powders in water
- brayer your glossy cardstock
- spray mist
- dip brush into mica powder and blot onto cardstock
- dab with a paper towel
- use a heat gun to dry ink and water while dabbing
You really should check out Trish's blog if you are interested in doing these backgrounds. She has detailed directions, as well as challenges, on her blog (this talented lady has quite a few blogs on the go). If you are interested in joining Trish's Yahoo group, click here. There's no pressure to join the challenges. Actually, I'm a month behind in my glue background challenge, so I better get right on it tonight.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sweater & dress was hand drawn onto watercolour paper and watercoloured with Tombow markers. Paper for hat came from a magazine. Wings were provided by a blogger who posts images to use as you wish.
Trish Bee posted this angel for her Yahoo group to use. Embellishments added: red embossed flourish, pink crystals, beads, flowers and ribbon.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
I put everyone's name into a bowl and drew the winning participant. Okay, the winner of my blog candy is.......
Congratulations Chelsea, and thanks for stopping by.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Then, one day while Beth was pulling out a bottom drawer, the drawer above came tumbling down. "Oh, shoot," she said. "I better fix this so Donnie doesn't know what I did." Well, no matter what she did another drawer would fall. And then another and another. "Oh brother, I wonder how I created this problem" she muttered to herself. She didn't know if she should be angry, or worried. So, two days later she gathered enough strength to tell her dear Donnie. "Donnie" she said in a low voice, "somehow my drawers to my unit in the studio fell apart." Quick as a jack rabbit, Donnie ran into the room and tried to fix the problem. After some time, he decided he needed to call the carpenter who built this massive unit, complete with 4' x 4' drawers and 12" x 8" storage compartments. With broken drawers, Beth continued to work in the studio all through the Christmas holidays, when all of a sudden, the carpenter called to say he was coming out. "Great" she thought, "when I get back from teaching my card class, my drawers will be back in place." With an excited skip in her feet, she bounded up the stairs...
and this is what she saw. Just like in the movies, she arrived just in time to hear the carpenter say, "well, I can't figure out the problem. After adding in these re-enforcements, the drawers should go in smoothly." Beth's heart sank. As she listened to "..but I promise to make new drawers if securing the unit doesn't do the trick in a couple of days" she grew weary.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
3 - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" cardstock
(two for inside and one for outside)
1 - 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" cardstock
(coordinating colour for your circle or oval)
Place 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock into your paper cutter, so your widest part of the paper is horizontal. Cut cardstock in half at the 5 1/2" mark.
Stamp images over the top of your cardstock, in colours pleasing to you.
Place cardstock into your cutter, in a horizontal fashion, once again, and score cardstock at 2 1/8", 4 1/4", and 6 3/8".
Centre Coluzzle. With a close watch on your score lines, you should not have to measure and mark your centre. If you do not feel comfortable just eyeing the centre, you can use a ruler and pencil.
Cut a coordinating paper larger (approx 3 1/2" x 3 1/2") than the circle, or oval, you just cut. Next, cut a second circle, or oval, one size smaller than the previous cut. Glue around the edge opening on the backside of your main cardstock (in this photo, my main cardstock is on the bottom) Glue does not need to be wider than 1/2". Reinforce coordinating paper by placing scotch tape on all four sides.
Here is another view for you.
Bend card front score lines, back to front. Cut double sided tape 2" wide and place on the card front. It is important you do not place double-sided tape over the score line. Tape must be butted up to the score line. Your card is now finished.
Top view of the tunnel card.
Monday, January 14, 2008
If you are interested in making a kimono card, click here to be taken to Stamper's Mall, where you will find the template.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
My 9 drawer storage unit that was custom built buckled on me, and all the 4 foot x 4 foot drawers collapsed. Ugh! Thank heavens Donnie came to my rescue. He took all those drawers out, all the "stuff" on the top shelves, and six cubby holes, and put them in the spare bedroom. Now I have to clean up my 6 foot wide desk, collapse it down, and clear space to allow my closet unit to be pulled out and repaired. Am I happy? Ask Donnie. Thank heavens he is the calm one in all of this.
How does this affect you? Well, I need to work hard finding photos that I haven't used yet, so you think I'm busy creating "new" stuff, and maybe even give you a sneak peak into the mess I'm in.
In the meantime, I'd like to direct your attention to Next Generation Stampers. Trish Bee runs this wonderful Yahoo group. She loves creating backgrounds as much as I do. I'm learning some really cool things which I'll work on in my kitchen while my studio is under de-construction. If you sign up, give me a shout. I'd love to hear from you.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Taava tagged me,
"Give the award to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blogland. Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware you may get the award several times."
Friday, January 11, 2008
The image of the girl is from Stamper's Anonymous. Embellies: button, ribbon, flowers. Card layout came from Page Maps.
Have a great weekend. Doing anything exciting?
Thursday, January 10, 2008
My girlfriend, Kim, and I both love the look of cloth journals and are swapping pages with each other this year. That said, guess I better get right on it!
Monday, January 7, 2008
Malieta. The cute little cat card had a reminder inside that I won this as a player in her "pay it forward." How awesome is that? I was blown away by her generosity. I'm so excited about the images she sent me too, and I'll be showing you what I created with them. Thanks, Malieta, you are a doll! Hugs.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Now, onto my poll. Thank you for your participation. It was risky asking if you liked, or even wanted, my tutorials, because I could have found out that no one cared about them. I am happy to report 98% of you like my tutorials, so I will continue posting them every Tuesday.
What do you want to see me post? 88% of you said cards, paper crafts, with a mix of surprise.
Links of interest? I'm happy to report that 81% of you would like me to continue them. I will treat you to one or two favourite sites here and there.
Surprising to me, it was almost a 50-50 split with posting daily versus posting a little less often, but with higher quality. Because I can, and it's my blog, I'm siding with the 57% of people who would like a little less postings and higher quality. For the 42% who beg for daily postings, please know that I will try my best. My goal for 2008 is to set my goals higher and demand higher quality for myself.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
This is the time of year that spring weddings are being planned, so I made this flap fold card (instructions are from the Technique Junkie Newsletter) that would feel delicate and lacy.
Skipping back to Christmas, for a minute, mine was filled with electronics. Let me tell you, it is so nice to be able to listen to the radio and CD's without a lot of static interference. Right now I have some beautiful harp music and Loreena McKennitt in my player. Loreena grew up close by-- Stratford, Ontario. I also got a PVR player. Yahoo, I will never miss another episode of CSI and Survivor again! Regarding 'Lost,' I never leave the house on Wednesday nights because I refuse to miss it. Does anyone think they have the secret of the island solved? There are wonderful websites with message boards that I like to read. From what I see, we are all puzzled and cannot figure out the secret. I got season 3 for Christmas, and I just finished a 12 hour marathon finishing up 90% of season 1.
Enough of the chatter. Please do not forget to take my poll. Only 22 hours left. I'd like to post some blog candy, but would like to have some more voters before I do so.
Enjoy your weekend. Thanks for stopping by.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
And speaking of friends, look what my BFF made me for Christmas. (mom, BFF means "best forever friend"). Who is she, you ask? Kim, from Running on Ink. Kim is a talented artist who has a love for collage and soldering. Recently, Kim was in a cottage swap, and just couldn't resist turning a small project into a big project. Click here to see the cottage she soldered together.
There are two types of people in life. One is, "look what I want to do one day" and "look what I did today." Kim never ceases to amaze me with her talent--and how quick she can move. I am very good at sending her links to sites because "this is what I want to do one day." No sooner have I said it, Kim is posting the done project on her blog the next day--LOL. Recently, I showed her a free doll pattern on line and look what she got made in the next 24 hours. Isn't this gal amazing?
For Christmas, Kim made me this gorgeous necklace, which I'm wearing today. I can't wait to show it off this evening, because my friends always comment on the interesting jewelery I wear (ok, so I am eccentric sometimes). Her soldering job is amazing.
Kim's blog banner has an interesting story. Upon designing, and drawing, her own banner, the owner of justjohanna noticed it immediately and contacted Kim to ask if she could turn these birds into stamps. Guess what? Kim's rubber can now be purchased at justjohanna.
Thanks for your friendship Kim.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
The first thing I did was to research kimono's on-line. My inspiration came from this photo.