Thursday, December 30, 2010

A New Beginning

I want to start working on some new projects, something other than cards.  Though I will never give up cards completely.  But before I can even think creatively I have to re organize and re design my art room.  This is my workspace.  Actually, it was cleaned up some before I took the picture.  I usually only have about a 12" space to work on. 

 This is my die cutting table.  Not too bad, but still pretty crowded.
This disaster is my heat embossing table.  Unfortuantely it has collected a few other things too.

So, we went to Walmart tonight and picked up another 6' table, and put it where the die cut table is, and moved the die cut table to the right of the table here..

There is a file cabinet and an iris cart here that I moved under the tables.  Then I shifted a lot of the stuff around and while I'm not done yet, hopefully tomorrow I will be and I'll post an update.  I made some good progress tonight.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Fabric Flowers

This one is done using TH's Alterations die cut Tattered Florals.  There are four differnt size of flowers in this die.  Only three are used here, the fourth is quie a bit larger.  The rose is done with the same technique as the other roses, but it looks a little different because of th weight of the flower.  There are four layres in the rose, 3 in the daisy and three in the little one.
Each petal of each layer has distress stickles added.  I have a pair of hemostats left over from my doula days and it worked perfectly for holding the petal and rolling it slightly to dry with the heat gun.  The bottom side of the daisy petals are inked, but I found out you have to be very careful because I pulled two petals off doing that.
The base is embossed with a cuttlebug embossing folder and inked with Spun Sugar Distress inks and the blending sponge tool.  Happy Birthday sentiment is Inkadinkado.  I think it took a couple hours to do this card with all the prep work on the flowers.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Frugal Cardmaking

You know when you buy the little dollar stamps at Michaels and JoAnn's?  They have a thin clear acrylic liner on either side of the stamp.  One I keep to cover the stamp in my notebook where I store my clear stamps, the other one usually gets thrown away.  But, with my Vagabond (you can use any die cut machine), I cut flowers (3 in this case) from each one.  Then I laid it on a piece of paper and put drops of Adirondack alcohol inks here and there and used compressed air, like you use to clean your computer to spread the ink around.  I used Raisin, Raspberry and Pink Sherbet.  The I set the ink with my heat gun.  To make the petals curl I very carefully "dove" the heat gun closer and pulled it away quickly so it didn't turn to a hard clump of plastic.  Then I used a Red violet RV19 copics pen (which is also alcohol ink, so it works well on shiny surfaces) to edge it in the places where it actually came out clear, just to give it a little definition.  Pierce the center and applied this cute little BoBunny brad.  The background script stamp is Inkadinkado.  Edges of that piece is sponge distressed with Victorian Velvet  Distress Ink. 
But that wasn't the end of the frugality.
I've always just hated wasting the center part of the mats when you only see 1/4 inch of it.  So, from each mat I cut the flourishes using a Sizzix die. Because of the type of die it was, the sizlet, it leaves the base cardstock a little wavy, but I just put it  under my glass mat for a few minutes and it laid down nicely.
Remember, I said that I laid the flowers on a piece of paper to blow the alcohol ink around?  I started out using a piece of scrap copy paper.  When I do bank deposits for work I have to print out four copies and it only uses a small portion of the copy paper, so I usually turn it over and use it again for the next deposit.  But that still leaves a good portion of the paper, so I keep those and use them in my art room for "whatever."  But then as I was doing this card, I looked at paper underneath and got another idea.  I got a piece of scrap white cardstock and used that instead.  So what looks like pattern paper here is actually the overspray from the alcohol inks coloring of the acrylic flower. 
Then I used a mixture of perfect pearls and water and misted it to give it a sheen.  I LOVE the way it turned out.  The stamps used are Close To My Heart.  Title is heat embossed on black.  Butterfly is highlighted with a jelly roll sparkle pen and cut out.

I finished off the card by cutting the border with an EK Success border punch and inked the base card with the Victorian Velvet distress ink and added the ribbon.  It was a fun way to spend a couple hours on Christmas Eve!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Fun card

I have envisioned this card for a long time.  The background pattern paper is Colorbok.  Latice is an EK Success punch.  Blue flourish is cut with a sizzix die on my Vagabond and airbrushed with copics.  Florwers are cut with Tim Holtz Alterations die, layered, rolled, attached and misted with perfect pearls and water.  Jeweled flourish is from the dollar rack at Michaels.  Label is cut with Spellbinders die, airbrushed with cool grey copics and outlined with the same copic and and a fine line of black chalk in to set it off from the background.  It took a couple hours to make this card, but it was well worth it.  It's actually much prettier IRL. 
Though the roses are not exactly as same as in the tutorial, I think they still turned out well.  I used the same technique for the small flower.  Each rose has four layers, and the smaller flower is two layers.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Playing around

Been wanting to try the cut for the label, so instead of sitting in front of the tube with the puter in my lap, I decided to get up and play last night.

The label is cut with the Tim Holtz Alterations "on the edge" die (on my new vagabond :)).  I cut one side, then turned it around and matched it up with the first cut to get the oval shape.  The flower flourish is a Stampendous one that I've had for a long time and not used..  Coilored with Copics.  Don 't know if you can see it, but it is also shadowed with the lightest grey around the flower and flourishes.  Really adds a nice touch.  I haven't used the technique much.  Background is embossed with Tim's embossing envelopes.  I airbrushed the background with Copics and then used darker distress ink with Tim's distressing tool.  The label is also inked on the edges with distress inks.  It was with milled lavender but actually looks more yellowish, don't know why.  Sometimes inks look very different when using the direct to paper method.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Christmas cards are all done, shopping is all done.  The only thing left for Christmas prep is buying the ham and fresh fruits/vegies.  We are celebrating on the 26th this year, as it is the only day that my remaining Washington family can get togther.  I got a really cool surprise gift from Panda.  If anyone doesn't know who Panda is, here he is:

 Isn't he about the cutest little thing you've ever seen?  This was right after his grooming, it only takes a couple days for him to start looking rag-tag, but he's even cute then!  So anyway, on to the nice surprise.  "Panda" bought me a Vagabond die cutting machine, THE Coolest die cutter ever made!  Can't wait to get started created more cards and goodies with it.  Will be posting more projects as they are completed.  I hope that you all enjoy them, and that you have a wonderful and glorious Christmas!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


I was so happy and surprised to see that this guy was blooming.  The blossoms are huge!  4+ inches across.  It only has 3 buds, but I am so pleased.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

More Christmas fun

This first card is a one layer that I dry embossed the cover, then applied gold embossing powder to the ridges and heat embossed.  The die cut is "quilted" with 1/2" strips of an embossed pattern paper.  A couple years ago I bought a pack of this paper and split it with Christy and I still have lots of it.  I ran the die cut base through the xyron so there wouldn't be a lot of gluing and just trimmed the edges when done. 
 The white looking part of the snowflake is actually die cut on the car itself.  The white showing through is actually the inside of the card.  I glued three other little die cut snowflakes on top of that and added the bling.  The white "frame" is actually the trim on the die cut that I used on the inside of the card below.
I just love my little jellyroll glitter pen.  The little flourishes on the snowman are outlined with the jellyroll pen.

 The front of this one is dry embossed with one of my new Sizzix embossing folders, then I die cut the snowfkaje abd added the embossed snowflakes and bling as with the other card.

 Though it doesn't show well, this is the inside of the last card.  The blue snowflake on the left side is actually the "positive" of the die cut from the front, and the stamped image "jellyrolled" is on the right.  These were all quite time comsuming but I like the results and it is something just a little out of the ordinary.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Snow globes

These little guys were so fun.  I used the dryer sheet-glittter method, though it can't really be seen in the scan.  In the video tutorial I read, it says to trim the dryer sheet, but I just cut one at the same time I cut my circle for the globe.  I also figured out that you can stamp on top of the image so that it isn't quite as subdued.  I thought this little Close to My Heart stamp was perfect for the globe.
 The background is done with versamark resist and distress inking.  The snowmen and snowflakes are Close to My Heart, and the flouris on the other is Inkadinkado.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas Cards

With Thanksgiivng over it is time to get in earnest about my cards.  This one really didn't scan well, and is actually very pretty.  It is a technique I just learned using a used fabric softener sheet.  First, you color the image just as you normally would, and then run it through the xyron so the adhesive is on the front of the image.  The put a used dryer sheet on top and apply fine glitter and rub it in.  Trim the edges (in this case, I ran it back through with the die cut and attach to card.  IRL it looks like a glittery snowy image.  I am going to try to do a snowglobe with it, I think it will look very pretty.

The next two are from the Copic class.  Actually, I am not sure why, the only use of copics was for the background using the wide copics.  Penguins are stamped and the black was colored with a "glaze" pen, scarves were cut from pattern paper, fringed and adhered.  There is a little glitter on the snow.

We didn't get to complete this one in class, so I did it at home.  The background is sticky glitter paper.  I know that the donkey looks red, but he really isn't.

These two were fun.  The stamp is an older Hero Arts, and fun to color with copics.  The trees are highlighted with a white "ink" pen.  Snowflakes are highlighted with the glitter pen and look very pretty IRL.  Sure with glitter would show up on scans.  Background on green and red card is embossed with a Sizzix die in my Cuttlebug, then inked so the embossing would show more.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Christmas cards

It's been a long time since I've posted.  I guess I just haven't felt very inspired lately.  But I finally got to take my Copics class last weekend, and found some inspirations.  I was scheduled for the class last month and had the time wrong, so it was rescheduled for this month.  It wasn't as dissapointing as the last class that I took at Scrapbook Nook, but it really wasn't all that I hoped it would be.  But I did learn a little bit more, and mybe I'll find an advanced class sometime.  I bought the stamp with the lightpost when I was there.  There is a lot of glittery on it that doesn't show in the picture.  The snow on the trees has glitter from the Jelly Roll Silver Star pen, and the holly berries have Stickles.
 The snowmen are a stamp that I've had for a while, but have never done them with Copics.

 I just love this little snowman and birdie. It is from Northridge and I got it at the class at Unique Creations.

 The card on the left is the one I did in class.  I used the Toner Grays for the fence, which is a more brownish gray.  The one on the right I did with Cool Grays and it makes a huge difference.  I'm going to have to go buy some Toners now.
So, I feel like I'm back on a roll with my cards.  Not sure how many I have done, but i know that I'm a long way from done. 

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Elizabeth and David in Seattle

My beautiful granddaughter and her husband David were visiting this weekend from South Africa.  Well, they didn't come all the way here just to go to Seattle.  But that was a bonus for us!
They came on Friday, we did some shopping that evening in Federal Way.  Saturday we spent the day in Seattle.  Went to the Experience Music Project and SciFi museum, then took the monorail to Westlake for lunch.

 We had other plans for the day, but the time just flew, so we headed out to Safeco field for the Mariners vs the A's.  They didn't win, but it was a good game.  We had totally radical seats besides!  Second row from the front and looking right at home plate.
They headed home on Monday.  I miss her already, but we kept telling each other that it was just 6 more months until we see each other again in South Africa!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Page 8 and 9

I like the way this one turned out, except one little thing.  I colored the button die cuts and I think they look too bright for the rest of it.  .  I think I may go back and try and mute them a bit.  Also, it scanned a funny color.  It is actually a light tan color, not the yellowish that it shows here.
I wanted to have lots of elements to it and for it to look extremely girly.  It was going to be just one page, like the last page or something, but then the stamp gave me the idea for the second page.  The first page took me over two hours to complete.  I think it will show case a couple pictures nicely.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Album Day 2

Actually I stayed up until 3:30 this morning working on this album.  When it is quiet and I get in that room, it's like time doesn't exist.  I did  four more pages last night and two today during lunch.... and after closing.
This first one is the second page to the green one I did yesterday.  I am trying to put one journaling block on each two pages. 

These two are both done with off white, but they the right hand one looks like white here.Butterflies are stamped and cut out, except the ones on the bottom right.

I am trying to do each piece similar but not exact, with elements from one used in a different way on another.  ie  the left has the  punch flowers on the frame and the right has the seperated punched flower border.  The pattern papers are reversed, and the flowers on the left were punched out of a full sheet, and the round elements on the right were pre-cut shapes that I stamped flowers on. and added the bling. 

My intention is for it not to be a typical "baby" album but with some infant elements here and there.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Baby Album

I do very little "scrapbooking" but this is my second baby album in the last couple months.  It is a gift for our Pastor and his wife.  I don't think they read my blog, so I should be safe for a surprise.

I think it is going to be all pinks and green.  Maybe a little brown, and off white of course.  Note the red hair on the baby... Pastor Bob has red hair.

I will probably have pages that are the same background or theme for opposite pages.  If you click on the picture you can see the detail in the stamping better.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Fall/Mens card

This is inspired by Jennifer McQuire and a technique she demo'd on her blog.  The leaf is coated with glossy accent as a permanent mask.  You can stamp right over it and just wipe it off.  The base is inked and masked with a Tim Holtz mask, and I added a Tim Holtz Grunge element.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Been doing a little bit of stamping and playing lately

I really like the way the shading came out on the leaves.  I used just one color of Copic ink and the airbrush.  The flower and leaves are die cuts that are individually inked with Copic and airbrush and pens, a real combination of techniques to come up with the colors I wanted, and then attached with brads.  I'm pretty happy with the results.  I don't so much like the stamp at the top, but it will do. 

These three were fun.  I masked the white cardstock and airbrushed the sky.  Then stamped the trees in first and second generation and applied glitter.  Then I shadowed the trees in the "snow" with the lightest grey shade of Copic.

This is just a few of the tri-fold Christmas cards that I did.  the first one the pattern paper is embossed, the second one the base card is embossed and sanded.  The flourish on this card is cut with Tim Holtz Alterations die cut on shrinky dink, baked and inked with copics and airbrush and then added stickles.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Panda Update

Panda continues to bring so much joy into our lives.  I think he looks like a bunny rabbit here sleeping.
They are a little blurry here, but it's hard to get a jumping puppy that is not blurred.