Thursday, April 28, 2016

Better late than never!!!

Hey y'all.........I think maybe my mojo is finally back!!!  Back in February, right after I got out of rehab from my last surgery, my dear friend Peggy had a birthday and I told she would be getting a card made by me, but it would be quite late and here it is!  First off, I want to say that I cased this is what gave me the mojo.  I used one of the "Regal Borders & Pockets Die Set [HCD1-799] by Heartfelt Creations....I scanned the die to make the gorgeous frame for my card that I cut with my Silhouette Cameo.  The actual die is a little larger than I needed for my card size.

I used a lot of dies for this card, in addition to the Heartfelt die.  For the "Happy Birthday" label, I used a couple of dies from my newest set called Fran's "Make It Pop Cutting Dies" by Stampendous [DCP1004].  You can see what the set looks like here!  For the white leaves I used Elizabeth Craft Design "Curvy Leaves".  For the leafy swirled flourishes I used "Vintage Swirls Anja's Creatables" by Marianne Design [LR0271] and I just want to add  that that set was a gift to me from Peggy and is one of my favorites!!!  The lattice panel is the "Moroccan Template" by Momenta [25131]. The lovely butterfly is the Leanna Butterfly Die [S171] by Simon Says Stamp.   I also used a number of 
Spellbinders dies from the 6x6 Card Creeator die sets.  I used the "Happy Birthday" stamp from the "Persian Motifs" stamp set by Altenew.  The flowers were cut using my Cameo......I am sure it was one from a free set but I cannot remember the file name.  I used Hero Arts "Tide Pool" ink to ink the flower centers and tips using a finger dauber.  I used a Copic marker (BC15), as well as my Wink of Stella Marker to enhance the color of the butterfly and to custom color the three pearls on the frame and I used "Mint Green" liquid pearls on the body of the butterfly.  Here is a close-up photo.

For the inside design of the card, I wanted to incorporate a "striped layer" because Peggy and I had just discussed how much we had been seeing the done, so I cut stripes of the sea foam cardstock and glued then in a diagonal order to a square of the white cardstock and then used one of my Spellbindes dies to cut the panel for my card.  So there is a layer of the sea foam, a layer of the striped, another layer of the sea foam, and a layer of the white in which I "inlaid" a die cut from the Spellbinders "Labels 42 Decorative Accents" die set.  The text is computer generated using "Frosting for Breakfast", "A&S Black Swan" and "AR Bonnie" fonts and once again I used some liquid pearls.

For the back of the card, I used another layer of the lattice panel as well as a couple more of dies from my newest set called Fran's "Make It Pop Cutting Dies" by Stampendous [DCP1004] to make my computer generated "signature label" using the "Arabella" font.

I wanted to make an envelope that "tied in" with my card design so I used some of the stamps from my newest Altenew stamp set purchase, "Peony Bouquet" using some more of the "Tide Pool" ink.  I made the address label using some of my sticker paper.......I got the idea from Peggy!  For the "PLEASE HAND CANCEL..." I used the "Andalus" font and for the name and address, which I blanked out, I used the "2Peas Blessing" font.

Peggy just received her card yesterday and she really liked it!!!  Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit!

Finished Card Size:  5 1/2" x6" Rectangle

Supplies List

Papers:  Recollections 65# White & "Sea Foam Green" from the "Soda Pop" Collection ", 110# Recollections "White" (card base)

Stamps:  "Happy Birthday"  from "Persian Motifs Stamp Set" by Altenew

Inks:  Tsukineko "Versafine Onyx Black", Hero Arts "Tide Pool"

Cut Files:  Flowers cut on my Cameo.

Dies:  Spellbinders "6x6 Matting Basics A & B",     "Regal Borders & Pockets" die set by Heartfelt Creations,  label for for "Happy Birthday", Fran's "Made it Pop Cutting Dies" by Stampendous, Elizabeth Craft Desigm\n "Curvy Leaves", "Vintage Swirls Anja's Creatables" by Marianne Designs,   "Moroccan Template" by Momenta,  "Leanna Butterfly" die set by Smon Says Stamp,  Spellbinders "6x5 Card Creator" die set, Spellbinders  "Latels 42 Decorative Accents"    

     Fonts:  "Frosting for Breakfast", "A&S Black Swan", "AR Bonnie",  "Arabella" & "Andalus"
Tools: Silhouette "Cameo",  Martha Stewart "Score Board", Milwaukee "Heat Gun", WeR Memory Keepers "Envelope Punch Board", Tim Holtz "Vagabond 2"
Accessories:  Ranger "Mint Green" Liquid Pearls, Recollections "Half Pearts",  "Clear" Wink of Stella Brush Tip Marker,

Monday, March 28, 2016

and she's back...........again!!! Plus Craft Room pics

Hey y'all!!!  Sorry that I have been "MIA" for so long, but back on February 5th I had to have some more surgery for repairs to the aortic aneurysm surgery I had last February.  The surgeon thought that he was going to have to do one stent and that the surgery would take two to three hours.........but it wound up being eight stents and a seven hour surgery.  After getting released from the hospital on the 11th, I went to Brooks Rehab and was not released until the 20th.  It has been a lot more recovery than I had figured, but I am now doing a lot better.  My biggest problem at this point is back is really hindering most things that I try to's work five minutes and then sit in my recliner for 15, but I am hanging in there.

Back in February of 2013, after purchasing our new home Thanksgiving of 2012, I posted some photos of my new craft room and promised that there would be more coming.  I spent the past few days cleaning my room and decided while it looks half way decent, to take some current know, before I wreck it again LOL!!!  So here they are!

My husband and I agreed that I would use the large master bedroom for a combo den/craft room. This first photo is part of the den portion.  We have a 60" inch wall mounted TV in the "gathering room" ...that one is my husbands, so I got his old entertainment center and 42" TV which is perfect for my den area.  I display a number of cards on the shelves of the entertainment center.

This photo shows another view of the den area and that is my wonderful power  recliner that we purchased after I had my open heart surgery........I love it!!!

This is the third view of my den are and very conveniently, the master bath is right there which is SO convenient for clean up!

Corner side, front view of my desk that hubby and I built from 12 Recollection cubes.  It measures 6 feet and I had a 5 foot piece of custom glass cut for the top.

Here is a front view of my craft desk.

This is my "stand up work table" and I use it a lot.  I keep my Tim Holtz Vagabond 2 on the left side of it and it is a perfect fit!

I call this my "cutter station" as it holds by Silhouette Cameo as well as my Pazzles Vue machines.  That is my computer desk to the right.

Here is a front view of my computer desk.

This photo shows the right corner of my computer desk with my "printer stand" right beside it.  It holds my Canon and my Brother laser printer.  There is a third "storage" shelf that hold some Xyron machines as well as some miscellaneous items.  There is a front facing storage shelf next to it that holds my stamp and die storage, my Recollection 65# cardstock, as well as my Cuttlebug and some miscellaneous items.

I pretty much call this my "wall of storage" with my "laptop station" in the  center.

This is a close-up of my "laptop station".  I mainly use my laptop when doing file conversions, as I have an older version of Silhouette Studio and allows me to save in the SVG format.

I want to draw attention to all of the stunning black and white covers throughout my room.  They were all made and gifted to me by my dearest friend Tammy....she is SO talented!!!

Now, here is a photo of something I constructed out of foam board to store some of my ink pads and I am VERY proud of it.  I may need to make another one down the road!!!

I do want to say that my craft room/den is VERY lived in ......and I really like it that way!

Thank you to all of you that have stood by me during my "MIA" periods due to my health issues....I am so glad you stopped by for a visit!!!

Friday, January 8, 2016

R.I.P. Albert!!!

Hello everyone!  Unfortunately my first card of this New Year is a sympathy card.  My daughter-in-law's Dad passed away before Christmas and this is the sympathy card that I've made for her Mom. Since it is a sympathy card, I kept it pretty simple and I hope it brings her some comfort!  Here are some photos.

Here is a close-up.

And a photo of the inside.

You can see a list of the supplies that I used below.  Thanks for stopping by and I should be posting a birthday card really soon.  Hurry back!!!

Finished Card Size:  A7 (5"x7")

Supplies List

Papers:   Recollections 65# "Black", 110# Recollections "Ivory" (card base), Recollections 65# "Champagne" & "Shimmer Silver"

Stamps:  "Birds on Branch Silhouette" by Crafty Individuals [Magenta Stamps], "WITH"
Spiral Bouquet Stamp Set by Papertrey Ink, "Sympathy" Lovely Letterpress Stamps by Anna Griffin

Inks:  Tsukineko "Versafine Onyx Black "

Cut Files:  "Robin on Bench" on card front made by me from images found online & "Birds on Branch Silhouette" by Crafty Individuals [Magenta Stamps] scanned & enlarged to fit my card, both cut on my Cameo.

Dies:  Spellbinders "5x7 Matting Basics A", "Park Bench Dies" Couture Creations-Intrticutz-Secret Garden (had  to scan and cut on Cameo to size it to 4" to fit my card design)

Fonts: "Edwardian Scripe ITC", "Matilde", "Corinthia"

Tools: Silhouette "Cameo", Spellbinders "Grand Calibur"

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy Birthday Tammy!!!

Oh my, where do I start with this was SO much fun to make!  OK, let's start with the scored panel behind the white die cut panel.  I used a technique that I learned from Laura Sterckx, a very talented young card designer from Belgium, while taking an online Watercolor Class (K. Werner/Jennifer McGuire), wherein you make a scored design on watercolor paper, swipe your craft mat with different colors of Distress Inks (I used different shades of green), spray with a fine mist of water and then lay your piece of watercolor paper face down on the mat.  I love the watercolor effect that you get from this technique!  If you would like to check out Laura's YouTube channel, you can find it here.  You can let the inked panel dry on it's own or use your heat gun.  Now, for the magic....once it was dried I sprayed it with some of Heidi Swapp's "Gold Color Shine" and the panel really became quite that "Color Shine"!  Unfortunately, my photo skills did not allow me to capture the true beauty of the panel.  On the top panel I used a Tim Holtz die and then decided to make me a stencil using the circular die from the same set using contact paper that I cut using my Cameo.  I swiped some of the "Forest Moss" Distressed Ink on a ceramic tile and then added some modeling paste, mixed it up using a pallet knife, adhered the "stencil" to my panel and added the paste.  Because I used contact paper to make the stencil, it just makes a thin layer of texture.  Here is an image of that die set which includes four dies and I really like it!

And here is how my card front looked when completed.

To finish off the card front, I made some white daisies using a Sizzix "Mini Daisy" die set and then added one of my "ladybugs" that I made using red liquid pearls, black stickles and a black fine tip Sharpie.  I sprayed some of the gold color shine unto some green card stock to make the green panel and cut the "happy" die.  I also sprayed some black cardstock and then cut the butterflies and dragonfly using my cameo.  Here are some close-up photos:

For the inside of the card, I used a layer of white cardstock on top of a layer of green, both sprayed with the gold color shine.  I used my same stencil  and some of the "Forest Moss" Distress Ink and a stencil brush to embellish this panel.  Prior to gluing them together I printed my message using my Canon printer.  OK y'all, now I have to make a printer caused some black spots on the white panel. so I cut some little circles of the green sprayed cardstock, used my stylus to shape them and glued them to my panel to hide my boo-boo.  It worked like a charm and I topped it off with a butterfly with some more of the green sprayed cardstock! 

My friend Tammy loved her birthday card!!!
Finished Card Size:  5 1/2" Square
Supplies List

Papers:  Neenah 65# "White" & "Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 80# Cover 8.5"x11", Recollections 65# & "Black  & "Green" from the "Spice Market" Collection ", 110# Recollections "White" (card base), DCWV "Silver Glitter Paper", Canson 140# "Cold Press Watercolor" paper

Stamps:  "Birthday" is a portion of a "Happy Birthday" stamp by Studio G

Inks:  Tsukineko "Versafine Onyx Black", Tim Holtz "Distress Inks"

Cut Files:  "Butterflies & Dragonfly" on card front made by me from images found online & cut on my Cameo.

Dies:  Spellbinders "6x6 Matting Basics A & B", Tim Holz Sizzix "Mixed Media", Susan's Garden Sizzix "Mini Daisy", Avery Elle "Simply Said Happy"

Fonts: 'DK Carte Blanche", "Dani's Handwriting"

Tools: Silhouette "Cameo",  Sizzix "Big Shot", Martha Stewart "Score Board", Susan's Garden "Tool Kit", Milwaukee "Heat Gun"

Accessories:  Susan's Garden "PanPastel Flower Coloring Kit 1", Woodland Scenic's "Yellow Paper Flower Pollen", Hiedi Swapp "Gold Color Shine", Teresa Collins "Modeling Paste", Ranger "Black Stickles", Martha Stewart "Classic Butterfly" punch.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Deer & Fawn Christmas Card

This is the only new Christmas card design that I completed this year (hope to do better next year!), due to so many doctor appointments for my husband and myself!  I've been wanting to do a design using birch trees and this is what I came up with.

I made a background panel using Distress and Hero Arts Shadow Inks and then stamped some trees and foliage to go behind the birch tree oval that I cut using my Cameo and then I cut and inked the edges of the deer to go in front of the birch trees.  I also put some little spots on the fawn using my white Signo pen.  I cut two ovals...on the bottom one I used some microfine glitter and I cut the top one using some silver glitter paper, glued them together and popped them up with an oval die cut piece of fun foam.  I designed the sentiment and the mat layer below it...I cut the "Merry Christmas" using some more of the silver glitter paper and then cut a couple of layers of the mat to pop it up.  I kept this pretty simple and uncluttered as I wanted the "deer scene" to be the focal point.  Here is a close-up.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope y'all liked this one!!!

Finished Card Size:  A7 (5"x7")

Supplies List

Papers:  Neenah 65# "White" & "Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 80# Cover 8.5"x11", Recollections 65# "Brown" from the "Strawberry Cream" Collection, 110# Recollections "White" (card base), DCWV "Silver Glitter Paper"

Stamps:  Pine Trees from "Winter Holiday Stamp Set" Plaid "All Night Media" [#2438R], "E-88 Stick Weed" by Judith, "Blades of Grass" CC Rubber Stamps 1996, "Clump of Grass" Annette Allen Watkins A899

Inks:  Hero Arts "Shadow Inks", Tim Holtz "Distress Inks"

Dies:  Spellbinders "Ovals"

Cut Files:  Miss Kate Cuttables "Birch Trees with Deer" (altered by me to remove the deer and grass clumps), "Deer Family" by Tatum Clark from the Pazzles Craft Room, "Merry Christmas" [by me using Mightyheart Font Duo purchased from Mighty Deals]

Fonts: "Mightyheart Font Duo"

Tools: Silhouette "Cameo",  Sizzix "Big Shot", Martha Stewart "Score Board"

Accessories:  "White Uni-Ball Signo broad" pen, Elizabeth Crafts Designs "Cool Diamond" Microfine Glitter 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

You are incredible!!!

Unfortunately, this year, I've only made a couple of Christmas cards because I've had a lot of problems with back pain and can only sit at my desk for short periods of time.  I have a wonderful friend that I wanted to make a card for......saying the she is incredible and I added a "Merry Christmas" to the inside of the card.  I used my new Altenew stamp set, "Persion Motifs" and here is a photo of the card front.

Here is a photo of the inside of the card, minus my personal message.

I used that same stamp set to decorate the inside of the card as well as the envelope.

I used a scan of my stamp to made a shape to use for my "signature label".

My friend loved her card!  Thank you for stopping by!
Finished Card Size:  5" square
Supplies List
Papers:  Neenah 65# "White" & "Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 80# Cover 8.5"x11", Recollections 65# Purple Passion" and "Soda Pop" Collections, 110# Recollections "White" (card base)
Stamps:  Altenew "Persion Motifs"
Ink:  Tsukineko "Versafine Onyx Black" 7 Memento Dew Drops "Sweet Plum"
Cut Files:  Signature Label 
Dies:  Lil Inker "Stitched Mats Square"
Fonts"Corinthia", "Christmas Debbie" dingbat font (deer images)
ToolsSilhouette "Cameo" (signature tag and some panels),  Sizzix "Vagabond", WeR Memory Keepers "Envelope Punch Board", Martha Stewart "Score Board"
Accessories Clear "Wink of Stella", Ranger "Glossy Accents", Copic "Sketch Markers", "Purple Bling”

Thursday, December 10, 2015

"Thinking of You!"

A dear friend of mine is going to be receiving this card in the next couple of days....but I won't name her because she does not know it yet!  I water colored the background, and then used stamps from Altenew's "Peony Scrolls" set to stamp the flower, leaves and scrolls with VersaMark, added some white embossing powder, heat set and then water colored them using my Gansai Tambi watercolor set that I love.  I decided to do two more of the flowers which I cut with my Pazzles Vue and popped them up on foam tape for dimension and added some Wink of Stella.  I cut the butterfly with my Silhouette Cameo and added some Wink of Stella as well.  For my sentiment, I made a "fishtail banner" using my Cameo, colored it black and made the text white using the "Corinthia" font.  I had to make it a print and cut file in order to get the text to be white and I have to say that I love the look.  I have several stamps that I could have used but they would not have fit on my banner and of course, I just had to add some sequins....I am addicted!!!  

For the inside I used a panel of Champagne shimmed cardstock and used the same stamps with VersaMark and white embossing powder and heat set and I found a poem online that said what I wanted to say.  I used the "Flair Roman" font, printed with my Canon printer and I used the "photo matte" setting so that it would lay down more ink and then heat embossed it using clear embossing powder.

For my "signature label" on the back, I made a cutting file of one of the peony shapes with a mat and cut on my Cameo.  Once again, I used the "Corinthia" font.

I used some 24# Georgia-Pacific paper to make the envelope and added a panel of parchment paper to the front and used the same stamps to decorate it.

Thanks for stopping by and come back soon!

Finished Card Size:  A2 (4.25"x5.5")
Supplies List
Papers:  Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper, 65# Recollections "white, black & pink, 110# Recollections "ivory" cardstock (card base), Southworth 24# "Ivory" parchment paper
Stamps:  Altenew "Peony Scrolls"
Ink:  Tsukineko "VersaMark Watermark"
Cut Files:  Fishtail Banner, Butterfly & Signature Label (all by me)
Fonts"Corinthia", "Flair Roman"
Tools: Pazzles "Vue", Silhouette "Cameo", Ranger "Heat It", Sizzix "Vagabond", WeR Memory Keepers "Envelope Punch Board"
Accessories "Clear" Wink of Stella Brush Tip Marker, Pretty Pink Posh "Sparkling Clear" sequins, Zing "White" embossing powder, Spellbinders  "Card Creator A-2 Matting Basics A, "Gansai Tambi" 36 Color Watercolor Set.