Monday, March 30, 2009

I received some horrible news yesterday!!!

At around 1:15pm yesterday, I received a call from our niece saying that my husband's sister (Merrylene) had been in an accident and was at the Trauma Center in Jacksonville, FL (around an hour away). We immediately rushed to the hospital and about 30 minutes after we arrived we learned that Merrylene's husband died at the scene and Merrylene was in critical condition. I am still in shock. Merrylene and Tom just got married this past fact I posted the wedding card that I made for them here on my blog! Yesterday they performed emergency exploratory surgery on her and removed her spleen as well as a piece of her colon. They could not close her up due to swelling and if the swelling has gone down enough by tomorrow afternoon, they plan on reconnecting her insides and closing the incision. She has many broken bones they have to deal with also. The doctors told us she has a long hard road ahead of her if she makes it. They have her so heavily sedated that she has a breathing it's like she's in a coma. She also does not yet know that Tom died in the just breaks my heart. Please keep her in your prayers!!!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

My friend Teri said this looks good enough to eat!

I made this little “Thinking of You” card for the Splitcoast Stampers Limited Supplies Challenge (LSC212) yesterday. I know that I wanted to use my new ($1.00 from Michaels) Hampton Arts “Tulips” stamp and since we were supposed to use soft colors, I decided to use watercolor paper and do a washed background using pastel colors. I had also used watercolor paper for the image, except instead of using watercolors for the image I used a technique with my Sharpies and alcohol. I colored on a ceramic tile using my Sharpies and then dipped my brush in alcohol and picked up pigment off of the ceramic tile! The sentiment was done using Photoshop CS3 and some digital brushes that I have. I used the Edwardian Script ITC font. The large lavender flower was designed by a lady (Doris the Crafter) at the UK Scrappers site and was cut using my Pazzles “Inspiration Creative Cutter”. I "paper sculpted" all of the flowers. I hope you like!

Here is a close-up of my coloring:

Finished Card Size: A2/4.25”x5.5”


Papers: GA Pacific White CS, Darice Paper Crafter CS and Bienfang Watercolor Paper
Stamps: Hampton Art designed for Studio G
Ink: Brilliance “Graphite Black”, “Pearlescent Purple” & “Pearlescent Yellow”
Tools: Pazzles “Inspiration Creative Cutter, Quickutz “Revolution”, Fiskars “Sunburst Border Punch”, Fiskars “Flowers” Corner Punch, and EK Success Flower Punch
Accessories: Spellbinders “Standard Circles & Standard Scalloped Circles SM” Nestabilities, Offray “Sheer Petit Dot Orchid” & “Lavender” Ribbons, “Crystal” Stickles, “Petal Pink” Liquid Pearls, Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Permanent Markers and Daler Rowney Watercolors

Sunday, March 15, 2009

I’ve been practicing with my Prismacolors………….

and Goo Gone. I have the OMS but I think it’s probably safer with the Goo Gone and it works just fine. I also used a paint brush with some alcohol and the ink from one of my Sharpies to add a little shadowing type background color. The image I used was not a stamp….I guess you could say that I made a digital stamp using the“Red Rose” Plate 28 in my “The Language of Flowers" Coloring Book by Dover. I just printed it using my Canon Pixma MP530 All-in-One inkjet printer and then heat set it with my heat gun. I then decided to use it to make a birthday card for my “adopted” daughter, Cathy. Her birthday is next month……..I sure hope that she will like it!

Oh, and I just have to mention this. Do you notice the beautiful designer paper? I love it……I purchased it from Michaels a few weeks ago when they had the “get 7 sheets of 12x12 paper for $1.00” sale! I wound up buying ten sheets of this particular paper for only $1.40…..WOW, what a bargain!!!
Finished Card Size: A7/5”x7”


Papers: GA Pacific White CS, DP from The Paper Co. [Michaels], Bazzill Bling and “Best Occasions” Metallic Paper Pack gold metallic CS.

Tools: Pazzles “Inspiration Creative Cutter”, Provo Craft “Cuttlebug and Ranger “Heat It”

Accessories: Provo Craft Cuttlebug “Textile” embossing folder, Spellbinders “Ribbon Tags Trio” and “Small & Large Petite Scalloped Ovals”, Prismacolor Pencils, Goo Gone, “Gold Photo Corner” Peel-Off Stickers by the Paper Studio, Edwardian Script ITC font and Offray ribbon

Friday, March 13, 2009

I guess you could say that I "got bugged' today.......

Actually, today’s Limited Supplies Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers was entitled “Go Ahead and Bug Me” and we had to make a card with any kind of a bug on it, with no more than four layers and NO patterned papers! Well, I just happened to remember this really cool bug that I had used on a digital scrapbook page that I designed four years ago, so I located the image on my Hemera Big Box of Art CD collection and tuned it into a “digital stamp” so that I could color him with my Prismas and some Goo Gone… you can see the scrapbook page and the darling little bug!

I also decided that since I could not use pattered paper, I would create my own background using ink pads and a cloud stencil. I designed the “picket fence” using my Pazzles “Inspiration Studio” software and then cut it out using my Pazzles “Inspiration Creative Cutter”. The “Always take time out to smell the flowers” was done using the "FreehandBT 591" font and Photoshop CS3 and then printed on my Canon Pixma MP530 All-in-One inkjet printer. In addition to using Prisma Watercolor pencils, I added the shadowing using watercolor and an aqua brush. I placed a clear Dew Drop over his eye instead of using a googly eye! I also used some iridescent paper to make an extra layer of the wings that I covered with “Crystal” Stickles.

If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can find all the information here! Trust me you will have a lot of fun with it and I usually learn something new from doing their challenges!
Finished Card Size: A2/4.25”x5.5”


Papers: GA Pacific White CS, “Majestic Blue”, “Plum Iridescent” and “Gold Leaf” Effect Papercraft by Canson
Inks: Memories “Soft Stone” and “Antique Linen” Distress Ink by Tim Holtz
Tools: Pazzles “Inspiration Creative Cutter
Accessories: “Crystal” and “Black Diamond” Stickles, The Robins Nest “Clear” Dew Drops, Prismacolor Colored Pencils and Daler Rowney Watercolours

Friday, March 6, 2009

I can't believe our youngest granddaughter.........

is turning 18 tomorrow and I guess you know what that makes me? Old!!!LOL It seems like just yesterday she was a little girl sitting on my lap at my computer. How time flies! At any rate, yesterday when I was starting to design her birthday card in my head, I decided to use the sketch for the Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge (SC218) for this past Wednesday.

Some time during the past couple of weeks I had been playing with my new Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks and some gold mirror cardstock. I used some “Denim”, “Bottle” and “Silver Mixative” along with some of the blending solution and it turned out stunning on the gold cardstock……looks very marbled, but it’s extremely hard to capture using my camera. Here is a close-up that I took of some of it back on February 24th:

I used some of it for the corners, circular frame for sentiment and the ribbon buckle. For this card, I also decided to make my own “designer” paper using my “Antique Linen” Tim Holtz Distress Ink pad . The pretty lattice overlay was designed by me using my Funtime Deluxe 2009 software and then I cut it using my Craft Robo. All of the panels were cut using my Pazzles “Inspiration Creative Cutter”. The sentiment was created using Adobe Photoshop CS3 and printed onto my homemade designer paper using my Canan Pixma MP530 All-in-One inkjet printer.
Finished Card Size: A2/4.25”x5.5”


Papers: GA Pacific White CS, “Majestic Blue” Creative Collection Metallic Cardstock by Wausau Paper
Tools: Pazzles “Inspiration Creative Cutter, Craft Robo, Sizzix Big Shot, and Quickutz “Revolution”
Accessories: Provo Craft Cuttlebug “Textile” & “Happy Birthday” embossing folders, Spellbinders “Photo Corners” and “”Ladies Fashion Buckles" Shapeabilities, ribbon from Spare Parts “Neutral Doily Ribbon” pack, Michaels “Gold Beads” Rhinestone Stickers and “Peel-Offs” (18th) that was a gift from a UKS forum friend of mine.