Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Summer and Autumn

Two more frames to share.......

Sarah & I created these frames for two special little girls named Summer & Autumn. She wanted the frames to be fit for princesses! We added trim and flowers sprayed with Glimmer Mist and glitter on their names. A labor of love!

Here's what we made.......

We chose papers from My Mind's Eye Penny Lane collection. Sarah wanted the frames to be similar but not the exactly the same.

Here's some close ups of the flowers and names........

Enjoy! We had fun making them!

Smiles to each of you!


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A Frame for Meghan

I spent some time creating with my daughter Sarah over the past three days. It was fun to have her visit. She moved to Texas last fall so we don't get to see her very often.

She wanted to decorate some photo frames for some special friends. I was happy to be able to create and visit with her, too! We both really enjoyed the creative challenge and chatting while we worked.

.....a frame for Meghan!

Sarah found this paper in my stash and chose it because red & orange are two of Meghan's favorite colors. We used the red side of the paper for the name, cut with QK Magnolia. We added a band of solid color papers to set it off. The little checked pattern is created with a MS punch along the edge of orange paper, then layered over red. I created the little tag by stamping with white StazOn ink on a clear Hero Arts tag, and adding a piece of red paper glued to the back with glossy accents.

Such fun colors to play with!

I have 2 more to show you tomorrow....

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Lady in Brown

I created this vintage card using stamps from Artistic Outpost's Distant Generations stamp set. My initial goal was to make a Mother's Day card. I couldn't quite find a way to add an appropriate greeting. In the end, it became a vintage lady card!

My inspiration was a new Spellbinders' die: Labels Three. I cut a frame using a Labels Three die & a circle die out of some patterned paper that I had created with a Butterfly Impressabilities used as a stamp.

Here's how I created the paper: I laid the Impressabilities over a piece of paper & sprayed it with Tattered Angels Tattered Leather Glimmer mist. Then I picked up the Impressabilities plate, turned it over & quickly pressed it onto a blue green piece of paper (actually the back of a Whitewash Co'ordinations paper). The result was a wonderful "stamped" image of the Butterfly Impressabilities. I really like how the Glimmer Mist spread before it dried so the design is blurred. It seemed perfect for the vintage look I was creating.

Once I had this frame, I chose the lady from Artistic Outpost's Distant Generations stamp plate (stamped with Adirondack Espresso). This image is part of a larger stamp with a gentleman & a child. I wanted to use just the lady but my original frame showed some of the child. Now, what to do? That led to cutting another frame of dark green using the same size Labels Three die with a smaller circle center. Better! I liked it but the circle wasn't quite small enough. I cut another circle mat out of pearlescent dark brown paper to mat under the dark green. Perfect!

The lady is colored with Copic markers. Since the hat on my lady didn't stamp quite solid brown, I went over it with my Copic marker. I added a hat band and a tiny paper flower also colored with Copic markers.

What next?

I then stamped the scrolly corner pattern on a square of ivory paper using Adirondack Pesto ink. I love how this turned out! A little Distress Antique Linen & Vintage photo around the edges.........perfect! I added pearlescent brown & dark green mats.

I added some little brads to the corners of the frame. My brads weren't quite dark enough so I colored them with a dark brown Copic marker. The frame is mounted with foam tape for dimension.

At that point, I left it overnight. The rest of the design just wasn't working. The next day I chose a card size and decided to use the same Co'ordinations paper for the background. I added Distress inks to the edges.

I punched the lace edge - Martha Stewart punch - out of the dark brown pearlescent paper and also out of ivory paper. I layered them and added a dark green piece that just peeks out between the points on the edge. I added a strip of the patterned paper and a satin ribbon. I colored the ribbon with Pesto started as tan. Some little brads to compliment the brads in the frame were my final touch.

What do you think?

Smiles to you........I'd love to read your comments!


Friday, April 24, 2009

Mother's Day Wish

A wish for Mom created with papers from the Porcelain collection by Basic Grey. I chose the bird from coordinating chipboard shapes. I love the soft colors!

I colored the flowers to match using Distress ink mixed with water in a Ranger Mini Mister. I used Tattered Rose & Scattered Straw. The flowers, from Prima, were natural color. The buttons are from Basic Grey, too.

The lace edge was created with a Martha Stewart border punch and white paper. I added Tattered Rose ink with a piece of Cut N Dry foam.

The verse & "mom" are from CHF Mother's Day Centers stamp set.

.....a closer view at another angle.

.......the inside.


A package in the mail

Sorry to be gone for sooo spare time seemed to disappear this past week. I didn't find time to create or post. Soo sad!

Remember I wrote last week that I won a prize for leaving a comment on Tim Holtz' blog?
Well, my package from Tim arrived earlier this week! Thanks, Tim!
How fun!
I love getting packages in the mail.
Here's the packaging as I pulled it out of the envelope.

......Holiday Grungeboard, Distress Stickles, & Brushed Corduroy Distress ink!
I wanted to make a sample with the Grungeboard but none of the images seemed appropriate for now. Really fun Christmas, Halloween, Valentine's Day shapes though! And a set of alphabet letters, too!
Have fun......create something!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Bird on a Branch

I worked with Tim Holtz' Urban Tapestry stamp set for the Fond Memories workshop. This is the card I created. The background color was created with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists Riptide & Tattered Leather. The bird & branch, flowers & spatters are all stamped with StazOn Timber Brown ink. The verse is from Cornish Heritage Farms Motivational Centers set. I matted it with Bazzill Java, added some brown twine and mounted it on a kraft card which was stamped with the spatter stamp around the edges.

In the process of working with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists for that project, I created numerous other backgrounds. Here's another card I created with the same stamps from Urban Tapestry only a totally different background. I used these Glimmer Mists: Hydrangea, Lemon Meringue, Garden Fairy, Lime Twist. The flowers were stamped with various Distress Inks. The branch with the bird and the verse (CHF Scripture Essentials I) are stamped using StazOn Timber Brown.

Neither of these photos really show the beauty of the Glimmer mist.

Enjoy a glorious day!

Create art!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


I stamped this card on my lunch yesterday and finished it today. I wasn't sure if it would turn out after I stamped it because the colors were so pale. Now that it's finished, I like the soft colors.

I used Tattered Rose Distress ink on the flowers and Shabby Shutters on the stems. I misted the stamp lightly & stamped it...a very soft image.

I misted the entire image with Tattered Angels Wheatfields Glimmer Mist for a slight vintage color plus sparkle. I stamped the verse with Versafine Black Onyx and embossed it with clear.
The DP is Crate Blue Hills Collection "Flower". I used a Fiskars scallop punch on 2 edges. I misted the cream card with Wheatfields around the edge that's visible around the DP. A little silk ribbon & bow complete the design.


Monday, April 13, 2009

I won a blog prize!

Guess what!?!!
I won a prize on Tim Holtz' blog! I can hardly believe it! I never win. Click on the link to see the post with my's the first one!

Last Thursday night I happened to look at his blog. He had a great Easter tag posted with step by step photo directions! I left a comment....I really liked the stickles bunny!

Tonight, I was looking at my favorite blogs. I was gone over the weekend so I needed to catch up! Who knows why I checked Tim's blog! I sometimes look at it once or twice a week, sometimes not at all. I read it 3 times to be sure I actually won!

I can hardly wait to see what he sends. What fun!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A Quick Mother's Day Card

Here's a quick Mother's Day card I put together yesterday. I used 2 of the new Octagon die sets from Spellbinders to mat the verse from Cornish Heritage Farms Mother's Day Centers. Papers are from My Mind's Eye Bloom & Grow collection.
I'm often asked how I think of a card design, where do I start. Here's how I created this card:
I actually started it on my lunch break. I usually spend my lunch hour at my LSS, Fond Memories. Since I have 1 1/2 hr break, I have plenty enough time to eat & create!
I started with the CHF stamp set & my new Octagon dies. I matched a die to the verse. Then I stamped the verse on a scrap of white paper and cut the octagon. Next, I decided to add the scallop. I checked out the scrap drawer to find a turquoise Bazzill scrap. I love the challenge of using scrap papers as the start of a card! I added the black octagon to define the scallop edge and coordinate with the black ink on the verse.
Then I went searching for DPs to coordinate. The Daisy Chain paper just "fit"! I chose a coordinating dot pattern, too. My lunch break ended then so I took the papers home to finish the card.
Last night, I decided to use the dot paper for the card front. Then I cut a piece of the daisy paper & arranged & trimmed it until I liked the design. I tried it with and without the black edge, finally deciding I liked the mat edge.
I used a Martha Stewart punch, Checker Board, to add the white edging. A ribbon and 3 little Hero Arts gems completed the design.
This design could easily be created with squares or circles for the verse.
Easy to create!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Let Us Rejoice

I created this card to showcase the design of one of the new Impressabilities from Spellbinders. I created the background paper by spraying Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist over the Impressabilities die which I had laid on white paper. So simple!
I actually created a second background by taking the wet Impressablities die & laying it on a another piece of paper. I pressed it against the paper to "stamp" the reverse image. I was amazed at how well the stamped design turned out.

You can see the stamped image in this photo as well as the Spellbinders Impressabilities plate. It's the reverse of the card background. I used mostly Lemon Meringue Glimmer Mist with touches of Hydrangea, Garden Fairy & Lime Twist sprayed in areas and over each other.

Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists
Lemon Meringue
Garden Fairy
Lime Twist
Thanks for visiting my blog!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

A Touch of Vintage

Isn't this little girl sweet? She's from a wonderful clear set of stamps called Garden Girls from Crafty Secrets. The stamps are all so detailed & stamp beautifully!

I stamped the girl on glossy paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored the image with Copic markers.

The frame was created with 2 Spellbinders dies: Lables 1 and a Petite Oval. I embossed the paper first with a Cuttlebug folder, then cut the frame & embossed the edge. I added color with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Tattered Leather.

I used the same Cuttlebug folder to emboss the strip of cream paper with added highlights from Distress Vintage Photo. The edge punch is Arc Lattice from Martha Stewart. The paper on the card front is from Graphic 45. A few buttons & a satin ribbon complete the design.

Hopefully, I'll find more time to create for my blog next week. I've been so busy with the Fond Memories workshop which is this Saturday. We have 111 stampers coming! Incredible! It will be a busy day but oh so fun!

Hope to see some of you there!