Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Northwood Cards

I recently taught a class doing all of these Northwoods cards at Priceless Scrapbooks.. It took all day but they all turned out lovely.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

No time to play

I have been slacking on my blog. So much going on, it will only get worse as we close in on the Holidays. I spent the last two weeks getting things ready for the sidewalk sale, snowman soups, snowman poops, reindeer poops and reindeer food, even turkey poops.. We have a few left over if anyone needs some as gifts for secret sisters or secret pals.
Now I am prepping for my class on Saturday. Ten people making ten cards each, plus two kits to take home. That's a lot of cards. The glitter paper from American Crafts is so thick, I almost broke my cutter on it. I had to take it apart and re-align the blade as it was off track. I am now using the old Fiskars chipboard cutter to do the glitter paper. It seems to do a good job. I will have it all done by Friday evening, or I will stay here until I do.
 Next, I have a class Tuesday evening that I need to prep for. It is only 3 cards, but it will involve a lot of heat embossing. To keep the class moving, I have to do that a head of time or we will be here all night. Can't have that.
On top of that, Carl is preparing to go visit his son for two weeks. :)
That means I have to shop and pick up a few things he will need, plus make sure he gets his laundry done. I thought Brian was driving down Sunday to pick him up, but now Carl tells me he and his family are driving down Friday and leaving Sunday. Good grief, are they planning to come by my house? it will take 3 months for me to get it ready for company.. O_o
Ok, enough whining. I can do that in my sleep.. literally. I will have to. Small price to pay for two weeks peace and quiet.
 Enough whining, back to work.
 This is a 12 x 12 scrapbook page I made for a sample for the store. For inspiration, I used an old Christmas 5 x 7 photo of me and 2 of my sisters with my Dad in the 1950's. This is one of my favorite Christmas photos of us.

Don't forget to stop by Priceless Scrapbooks and pay me a visit.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Quilted Card

This is a 5.5 x 5.5 card I did for a class a few months ago. I used a red cardstock for the base of the card. I cut a white cardstock to 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 size, and punched the corners using a Martha Stewart Punch.  I cut the Black cardstock  to 5 1/8 x 5 1/8 and punched the corners with the same punch as the white cardstock.
For the card front, I used a plain white cardstock, cut 4 1/2  x 4  1/2 and run through a xyron. I had pre-stamped white cardstock, using black versafine ink, using various background stamps so I would have different patterns. I cut these stamped pieces into strips, varying from 1/4 to 5/8 inches in width. I also cut a few pieces of the black cardstock so I could add them into the mix. I then placed the different pattern strips side by side, all the way across until completely covered. I die cut  the assembly using a Spellbinder label die. I used a small long oval die to cut out the center aperture.  I stamped a small vase of flowers on white cardstock and colored it with Copics. I cut it out slightly bigger than my oval cut out and used pop dots to pop it up. I mounted the quilted piece to the black background. I tied a black satin ribbon, about 1/2", vertically around my black background assembly. I added a black satin bow to the tied on piece of ribbon. I added three white mini roses from Magnolia to the center of the bow. I colored them red using a red copic..

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Another Iron Works Card

This one is an A2 card, on a white base. I used the dark red suede paper for the mat, then a white cardstock, embossed with a holly Sizzix folder. I used the wide white satin ribbon, matted with the red suede paper. Then I die cut a large scallop circle in the red suede. I placed the snowflake type die cut on top of the scallop circle, placed the small red suede circle on top of that and finished it with a large white half faux pearl. I punched the corners of the white embossed background using Marvy's scallop corner punch.  I added four small half faux pearls, one to each corner.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Christmas Blues

This is a 5.5" x 5.5" square card. I started with an aqua colored base, added a mat of silver mirror cardstock, then used a piece of Little Yellow Bicycles "25 Days" from last years Christmas papers. I cut the large snowflake like medallion out of silver mirror paper, using the Ironworks Motif Nestibilities. The used a white snowflake ribbon, colored with a silver Krylon marker, across the background. The corners were punched with the scallop corner punch from Marvy. The "be merry" was from a Penny Black acrylic set called Crystalline.This set is still available from our store and is currently on clearance at this time. (That was my "shameless plug" for the day )

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Stampendous Snowman

This is a snowman card I made for a swap.The card is A2 size, white base with rounded corners. The background papers are from a Bo-Bunny line, Jovial. The stamp set is an acrylic set from Stampendous (SSC1009). I bought it in 2008, and never done a whole lot with it until now.  I cut him out on Bazzill white smooth, using Momento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored the snowman with Copic markers. I stamped the hat and scarf on more Jovial scraps and cut them out. The green band separating the papers is a scrap of green Bazzill cut 4" x 3/4". I assembled the snowman, placed his hat on him, added a whilte fuzzy ball to the end, and placed his scarf around his neck, To finish off the card, I used Stampin'Up's Word Window punch with their long label punch and popped it up over the Let it snow greeting from an older Hero Arts acrylic set.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fall Scarecrow Card

This is a JustRite Fall set I found. There was a card on their blog similar to this, I just changed it slightly. I did my coloring with the Copic markers, and I used the Classic oval Nestibilities to cut out the image. I matted it with orange Bazzill, I cut theat with Labels Four nestibilities. I couldn't find the Martha Stewart Picket Fence punch, so I settled for the Halloween fence punch by Martha Stewart, I used my fussy cutting scissors to trim off the bats. I used a viney Cuttlebug folder to emboss the black background, and a scrap of Pyrus from {Last Fall's Bo Bunny line.I think the greeting was punched with an oval punch, mounted on a tag created with the Fancy Tags die from Nestiblities. I adhered the card front to an orange A2 card made from orange Bazzill.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

I was making sample cards for  the store in the last few days. Here is one inspired by a card I saw on the Impression Obsession blog a few days ago. They used different backgrounds, a different stamp and different ribbon, but otherwise mines just like theirs.

I started with Bazzill's kraft paper for the card base, A2 size. I cut a dark brown  Bazzill for the mat, then another piece of kraft for the background. I used the Impression Obsession Background stamp - Distressed Corduroy (cco47) with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink. I then stamped over the corduroy with the Impression Obsession background stamp - Spatter (cco59) with the Ranger Distress ink Peeled Paint.
 The main image is a stamp by Penny Black called Queen Anne's Lace (3939k).  used the brown Versafine again stamped on the flip side of a pattern paper called Pink Grapefruit by Kaiser Craft. It was from a line called Pink Gelato. I used one of the circle dies from the Classic circle Nestibilities, and cut a brown circular mat I made using the Lacy Circles Nestibilities.  I made some small glue placements on the image and sprinkled on some Sweet Pea Flower Soft.  The ribbon was from May Arts,  a 3/8" satin with pink on one side and brown on the reverse.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Gift Bag Class by Tange

These are two gift bags done in a class given by my friend Tange. She used standard white gift bags, about 12 inches high, maybe 8 inches wide. The Loralie's were stamped and enlarged 200%. I colored them with Copic markers. I used a Copic Multiliner to add a few details to both images. The hamburger turner was made using a slender rectangle of brown textured cardstock for the handle, and a square of silver mirrored cardstock, punched 3 times with Stampin'Up's Word Window punch.

Friday, September 23, 2011

This is a site where you can find many pattern to practice with.

More Zentangle Art

I just love Zentangle. I borrowed the small square face stamp from a friend and stamped it on a piece of water color paper. The design was actually on the cover of the Zentangle 3 book, and I did mine pretty close to theirs except I put a flower on the hat where they have a pinwheel. I just have a hard time drawing pinwheels. I guess I need to practice. I then matted the image on the red cardstock and mounted it to an A2 black card. I used a red copic, R29 I think to color her lips. Added a red sheer bow made with my Bow Easy, and a clear bling on the flower. I colored the bling with a red copic also, R59. I added an edge of cream cardstock along the bottom of the image, using a Martha Stewart border punch.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Charlie's Arc Card

I love the Charlie's Arc card toppers made by Flower Soft. They are a great way to make a card without the muss and fuss of stamping and coloring, if your in a hurry. This particular set was designed to be used in the snow globe cards. I thought I would try something different with them, so I made them into easel cards using my Spellbinders Nestabilities. A little bling, a bit of ribbon and you have a nice card. Charlie's Arc is a series of childrens books. For more information about these books, Google Charlie's Arc.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

This is a predominantly white card I did for a sample in the store. I used a damask style Cuttlebug folder for background, then used the Heartfelt Creations swirling leaf die to do the diecut in white. The greeting is from heartfelt Creations, punched with a Marvy circle die, and mounted on a purple die cut. I used a Nellie's Multi Frame die. The roses were white, and i painted them with the lavendar Inspirations. The ribbon is just a one inch purple sheer, tied in a knot. This is done in the A2 card size on a standard white card.
This is a card I did using some pre-made flowers. They were white, so I glimmer misted them with Marmalade Glimmer mist. I used plain cream Bazzill cardstock for the card base. The pattern paper is Gabrielle by Bo Bunny. The stamp is from Heartfelt Creations, and the buttlerflys are punched out with a Martha Stewart butterfly punch. The image was colored with Copics. This is an A2 card size.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Zentangle Scrap Card - Daiseys

This is a card made from my scrap box. The die cut is a Spellbinders and i couldn't get it out of the die without tearing it. I discarded it into my scrap box, and later took it out to do some practice on my Zentangles. I liked it so much, I found the pale green scrap and made a card. I took a matching scrap and used a Sizzix Cuttlebug folder to emboss it, then used a white gel pin to add the white dots. The corners of the card front are punched with the scalloped corner punch by McGill. The "thank you" is by StampinUp'. I added a bit of color with my Copic Markers. This is an A2 card.

Magnolia Card

This is a Magnolia I stamped up last Christmas. I colored the image with Copic markers. I used a Spellbinder Medallion Die, and the corner dies are by Cuttlebug. The roses I made using some flower punches from Paper Shaper, and layering them, misting with water, then wadding them into a ball, then straightening the petals out one by one.

Recent Projects

I am going to post some of my more recent projects. Several of them contain an art form called Zentangle. This is a form of doodling, just a bit more structured. You can read more about it at

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Welcome to my Blog

I have tried having blogs several years ago, and couldn't seem to keep up with them. I will try to do better with this  one. I need a place to upload my work and try to make order out of chaos.