Friday, September 23, 2011

Beach Houses

End of the summer...time does seem to fly.  This is a card I made a little while back.  I love those beach houses.  It's a stamp by Magenta.  I used to buy quite a few Magenta stamps.  They were very unique to me.  I haven't seen any for several years and then I ran across this one.  Had to have it!
Stamp:  Beach Houses/Magenta; birds/Alexstamping; sentiment ?
Ink:  Distress inks-tumbled glass, tea dye; Momento Cocoa brown
Bakers twine
Papers:  Paper scraps
Metal clip
Technique:  direct-to-paper (also used some acrylic paint-white-and swiped across the sky.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Some Digital Scrapbooking

My grandchildren...Kyla, Liam, & Eoin (Owen).  I really enjoy digital scrapbooking.  I used Stampin'Up "My Digital Studio".  I have used Photoshop Elements, but seem to go back to MDS.  It's easy, quick, and I can do most of the things that Photoshop does.  I don't just use the Stampin'Up products,  I can also use digital papers, elements, etc. from other companies  MDS seems simplier.  I carry my laptop to appointments where waiting becomes fun and productive.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Blog Candy at the Daily Marker

Blog Birthday

If you jump over to The Daily Marker, there's some great blog candy!!  I just love her cards and ideas.

Just for fun I made these for the RV.  It seemed to need some crafty elements.  They look nice on the dinette wall.
Papers:  Bo Bunny
Clock hands:  Tim Holtz grunge
Die:  Tim Holtz Alterations "Steampunk"
Computer for the message

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Summer Online Class Week 4

Beautiful color combination this week!  Just love it.
Copic markers:  YG13, B52, BG05, BG49
Stamps:  Hero Arts "Earth Flowers"; Sentiment Taylored Expressions "Celebrate Life"
Ribbon:  Papertrey Ink
Embossing Folder:  Basic Grey "Starry Night"
Ink:  Versamark
Embossing powder-white

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Summer Card Camp 2011

Color combination:  Week 2
Stamp:  Hero Arts (Large Blossom; Thinking of You)
Paper:  Basic Grey (Out of Print, nook & pantry
Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen big brush (deep scarlet red, orange glaze, light green, permanent green olive)
Twine (colored with copic G14) & Button
Technique:  embossing

Thursday, June 16, 2011

 My friend's card for his birthday.  He has a Harley and loves the beach.  He was amazed.
Stamp:  Motorcycle-Stampin' Up digital; Palm tree (a stamp I've had for years)
Ink:  Tumbled glass, scattered straw, frayed burlap distress inks.
Coloring:  colored pencils on palm tree; copic and colored pencils for motorcycle
Technique:  DTP
Paper:  whisper white-stampin' up and other various paper
Hardware:  Stampin' Up kit

 My Dad turned 90 this June...and this was the card I made for the occasion.
Stamp:  Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous "The journey"
Die:  Fancy tags two; Labels Ten
Paper:  Basic Grey
Mama and Daddy's anniversay card.  They've been married 64 years.
Stamps:  Hero Arts "Peeking Posies"
Color:  Colored pencils
Paper:  Basic Grey "Curio"; black & White CS
Baker's Twine

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

New Cards

 Got this idea from Jennifer McGuire's blog.  I stamped twice and cut some flowers out and mounted them on deminsions.
Stamps:  Flower Burst Pattern/Hero Arts; Holiday Labels #14/WaltzingMouse; Sentiment-MFT
Ink:  Distress Inks-Spiced Marmalade & Rusty Hinge
Die:  Spellbinders Labels Ten
CS:  Whisper White/Stampin'Up

 I tried out the new Faber-Castell big brush artist pens.  Think I'll need to keep playing with these, but I think I like 'em.  I watched a couple of videos on this...Gina K, Jennifer McGuire.
Stamp:  Leaf Cluster/Hero Arts; Friend background/Hero Arts
Ink:  Faber-Castell PITT artist pen big brushes cobalt green 156; permanent green olive 167; scarlet red 118; Old paper/Distress Ink
Die:  Labels Ten
CS:  Aqua Mist/PaperTrey Ink
Ribbon:  Joann's

Friday, March 25, 2011

Boy Gone Fishing

This is the cutest image....I just love that little boy!  My nieces baby wears the same kind of cap, so when I saw "Boy Gone Fishing" from Lili of the valley, I had to have him (along with several others).
Stamp:  Boy gone Fishing/lili of the valley
Paper:  Basic Grey
Pearls:  Hero Arts (colored with copics)
Hardware:  from stash
Sentiment:  handwritten; die-Spellbinders scallop circle

I found this poem somewhere, but thought it was great to describe little boys.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Simon Says Stamp Challange Blog....I'm in!
Stamp:  Unity/"Together We Bloom" April 2010 Kit of the month
Paper:  Basic Grey/"kioshi (just love these papers)
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa; Tim Holtz Distress Ink spiced marmalade
Ribbon/button/floss:  misc. from stash

Couldn't resist the inside of the card......just think it's too cute.  I'm making these cards for my Alanon group, so I changed the Unity stamp (i'll pull you through) to be more appropriate for the senders.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Learning photoshop elements

I'm taking a Elements class with Jessica Sprague.  I did Photoshop a long time ago and am trying the trail of Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 (can't find that link right now, but I'm sure you can google it).  My first assignment was to post a layout to the web...thus.  I'm having a little trouble cause I'm trying elements 9 and she instructing in elements 8, she's on a PC and I'm on a Mac.  Oh well.  I do love a challange.  To post on the web, the size has to be changed from the printable LO (lots of ppi) to web LO.  I'm learning a lot.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

My Grandchildren:  Eoin (pronounced Owen); Kyla; Liam.  I love doing digital scrapbooking.  When there's doctor's appointments or other places that I'll be waiting, idle.  I don't have Photoshop Elements yet, but I am getting closer.  In the meantime, I enjoy My Digital Studio from Stampin Up.  Aren't they cutie-pies?!!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Post-it Note Case & Easel card

Stamp:  Bildmalarna-Little Winged Friends "On Walk"
Paper:  Basic Grey "Bittersweet"; DCWV "Once Upon A Time"
Die:  Spellbinder Labels No. 2
Punch:  EKSuccess
Flowers/Buttons:  Misc.

Side View.  Pretty cool.  Excuse the hot-pink post-it notes...need to get a different color.
Found this tutorital at stampARTic.  Front view opened.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Treat jars with red hot candy for the grands!
Stamps:  Stampin up "Love You Much"; Waltzing Mouse "Holiday Labels No. 14" (these spellbinder compatible stamps are just the best)
Die:  Spellbinder Labels No. 14
Jars:  Michaels

Box card.....something different.
Stamps:  Stampin Up "Valentine Defined"

Opens into a box.  I put small hearts inside that I punched out with the Martha Steward heart edge punch.  This was fun and easy to make.  Found a video with the instructions....can't remember where.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Valentines for the kids

Digital stamp:  Pink Cat Studio "Brondy"  (colored with copics)
Paper:  My Minds Eye "Love Nest" (Michaels)
Dies:  Classic Oval sm & Fancy Tags (Spellbinders)

Stamps:  Penny Black "Mimi & Miles" (local stamp/scrapbook store)-colored with copics; sentiment-Recollections "Valentine" (Michaels)
Dies:  Classic circle small (Spellbinders); Decorative Doily (Die-namics-MFT)
Papers:  Misc.

Stamp:  Penny Black "Mini & Miles"  Colored with copics; swirls & flowers-Stampin Up "Elements of Style"
Ink:  distress inks-Pealed paint, tumbled glass, stormy sky, wild honey
Micro beads (long, long time ago)

Stamps:  Penny Black "Mimi & Miles (colored with copics); Penny Black "Fantasy" (tree); Hearts-Verve "Hearts Desire"
Paper:  K&Company "Valentine Sweetheart" (Michaels)
Embellishment:  Recollections (Michaels)

Stamp:  Magnolia "Will You be my Valentine"; sentiment-Penny Black "mimi & miles"
dies:  Classic Oval sm (Spellbinders); Decorative Doily  (Die-namics MFY)
Paper:  K&Company "Valentine Sweatheart"

Stamp:  Great Impressions "Love is in Bloom" (got this stamps several years ago and still love it); sentiment and hearts-Verve "Heart Desire"
Paper:  Papertrey Ink "Sweet Blush"; pattern paper-Basic Grey; basic red paper
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug "Heart Blocks"
This is a pop-up card that is really cute.  I got the instruction from a blog/video, but I can't remember where.  I want to find it again because this is a really easy and fun card to make.

I really enjoyed making cards for the kids at St. Judes and am very appreciative that Tiffany's Doodles hooked me.  Jennifer McGuire also has done this.  I look forward to making more cards for others...a random act of kindness.

Friday, January 28, 2011

I'm sure there are several places to do this, but I'm joining Tiffany Doodles (love the digital stamps) and making Valentine cards to send to the kids at St. Jude.  I love making VC and sharing them!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Over the holiday slump, maybe!

After Christmas, it seems is to have taken me a long time to rest up.  There's been a lot going on and I haven't stamped much.  This is a Penny Black stamp.  I love the dots.  Following Kathy (The Daily Marker blog), I've done some of the white dots with a white pen.  I found a pen I really like to used by Sharpie.  It's not the paint pen, but something on that order.  It works really well.  I had a hard time finding it, but when I out what it is exactly and I'll share.  It's wonderful for making those white dots.  The papers are just some scraps I had.  I embossed the blue cardstock with a embossing folder.  (I'm not at home right now and I can't remember just which one it was.  

 Another Penny Black stamp:  City Scapes (I think).  I used different kinds of scrap paper and paper pieced the buildings.  The bird is from one of the Stamper's anonymous sets (Urban Grunge, maybe).  I cut the banner from paper and cut the ends and scored so it would stand up.  I used a Gelly Roll pen in gold that I have had for probably 8-9 years.  They still work and I've used them quite regularly.  I don't remember what kind of paper.

This card I used the Curio paper by Basic Grey.  Oh my goodness, I love these papers!  Everything goes with everything.  The lace was some I've had for awhile.  I need new lace.  The sentiment is from a Stampin' Up stamp set I've had for quite a few years.  I used the spellbinders oval die to cut it out.  Now the butterfly.......
It's a Martha Steward punch which I distressed and stamped with the Hero Arts Friend background stamp (Jennifer McGuire style).  The body.....I used two bugle beads (I think they are called that) and put them onto a staple.  Then attached to the middle of the butterfly.  I read that trick a few years ago and still like to use it.  Sometimes I just have it as an embellishment.  It's pretty cool!  You can also use the other small beads on the staple, too.  Just a little something different.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Handmade Embossed Boxes

A Handmade box front with brad holding the box closed.  The lid, front and back are embossed.  The bottom isn't.   It's lightly distressed so the design stands out.   Distressing can be done in many different colors.

This is one piece box that opens to display the product inside.  There are flaps on the side to enclose the contents more security.

This is the way it looks when opened.  The flaps go on the inside for strength and privacy (so to speak).

The top is embossed and can be decorated in many ways:  tags, labels, ribbons, flower, etc.

The back of the box is embossed as well.  

Paper:  Ga. Pacific cardstock
Embossing:  Cuttlebug birds & swirls embossing folder
Brad:  Oriental Express
Template:  designed for a specific product

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Digital Scrapbooking

Digital scrapbooking is something that I enjoy and can do anywhere.  I got My Digital Studio from Stampin Up and I carry my laptop to all doctors appointments and get a lot done while waiting.  These are my grandchildren Kyla, Liam, and Eoin.  Big sister is great with the twins.  

My World

My World
Bits and pieces

Travel Book

Travel Book
I love the word books. I used s.e.i "Black Orchid" papers and some of the matching embellishments. After a road trip this summer, this book will be filled with memories. I had so much fun working on this. I think the papers inspired me. I just love them.