Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I Teach Artsy Papercrafting

"That's so pretty."

"How did you do that?"

"I want to learn to do that!

"Can you show me how?"

Yes I can!

I have been asked by several women if I can teach them how I do what I it coloring and shading, layout designing, or creating crafts with paper and stamps.

I am thrilled to announce: 

"My Kinda Creations" Classes!

More information to come, so make sure you join my blog or follow me by email, on the right.
 That way you won't miss a thing!

While you wait, enjoy these precious pictures of me and my granddaughter, Lily:

Monday, January 28, 2013

Steampunk Violin

Lilypatch Stamps' image of a classic violin inspired me to step back in time.
This stamp was graciously supplied to the Design Team at Tuesday Throwdown, so we could make some inspiration cards for the challenge.

 I used some Crafty Secrets stamps and Tim Holtz Craft Resist card stock to make this violin sing. I also used some paper from MME.

 I inked the Craft cardstock with Distress Markers in Picket Fence and Broken China. 

The mosaic tiles are from Mark Richards. The music notes were cut with my Silhouette.

 Ribbon from my stash. I used Distress Stickles to dress up the card with some bling.

Hope you like it,

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Card Club Challenge #2

It's time for our Card Club Challenge again! Our February Challenge is:


(You may use neutrals such as white, black, grays, tans and browns.) 

Here are some samples to inspire you!

Bring your finished creations to Card Club on February 23, 2013 and we will display all the work...and I will bring cupcakes!

That's when you will get your next challenge.

Have fun,

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Who Holds Your Key?

Digital Delights has done it again!

This beautiful stamp just screamed for a vintage venue. I colored it with Prismacolor Pencils, then softened it with some mineral spirits. Gold Stickles on the key and clear glitter around the holes in the valentine dress it up.

I cut a lattice on my new Silhouette. We are becoming friends, slowly.
The gold mesh ribbon is from Hobby Lobby, as well as the pearls in the corners.

The patterned paper is by Colorbox. The ribbon is curled with my heat of my favorite techniques.

I used Distress ink around the edges of the card, and tore a couple of the corners. 

Finally, I had an old stretch bracelet the got too loose, so I took it apart and used one of the charms on this card.

Visit Digital Delights. There are links in my sidebar...and HAVE FUN!


Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Classic Valentine

Digital Delights has some adorable as well as classy digital stamps, papers and more. Here, I used a beautiful ruffled heart trimmed in tiny gems. Well, the gems are actually holes in the lace, but to me they are diamonds! I also added a gem in the heart in "heart". Lots of hearts!

The designer paper is from a set called, Love Me. 
Love me Digital Paper Pack

I also used the digital stamp set called, Love My Accessory Set, which includes this lovely heart. 
Love me accessories set - Click Image to Close
The sentiment comes from Love is in the Air Sentiment Set.

Love is in the air sentiment set
 Also, "From my Heart" was added to the ruffled heart using Photoshop.

I used Prismacolor Pencils with Mineral Spirits. An embossing folder from the pile of folders at Card Club makes the purple paper appear so soft. I scraped the edges with my scissors to help it look even softer. I used my new Gelly Roll pen to make the stitches, and Stickles to make the tiny gems. The diamond and pearls are from Michael's.

I made a bow out of my favorite ribbon from CTMH. It's old, and almost gone. I don't think they make it anymore. My heat tool was great for melting the ribbon a bit, so it curls up. I glued it in place with fabric glue. The black Card Stock is from Michael's.

I am entering this card in some challenges:

lady anne's challenges - anything goes
crafting for all seasons - something new (Gelly Roll Pen)
crafts and me - something new (Gelly Roll Pen)
fresh brewed - anything goes
paper pretties - ribbon
stamp n doodle - anything goes

Be sure to check out all my lovely fellow DT's creations here.

I love the fact that you stopped by. Please visit often, and join my site so you don't miss a thing!


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Jury Duty

I had jury duty last week, so I brought my Prismacolor Pencils along in a baggy, and some digital stamp images. How cool is it to have your images printed out on card stock so you can color anywhere? People were curious, but naturally, everyone was quiet.

It was fun.

Tuesday Throwdown challenge #130 - Frame It 

This image was colored at jury duty. I used mineral spirits on it when I got home , with a paper nib.

I used Stickles in gold to accent the flower.

Using my paper trimmer, I cut a white square background, being careful not to cut into the image.
I then trimmed the image, around the square. I love to cut. It's like therapy to me.

A frame of black was mounted behind the white square.

The image was then mounted with dimensionals on two papers I found in the bin at Card Club. I tore the edges and overlapped them. I used a piece of sheer ribbon as a border.

Three tiny mosaic squares on their edge, dress up the corner.

The sentiment is from an old See-D's set. I sponged a bit of Momento black ink over the sentiment and bottom of the flower.

I am entering this card in some challenges:
1. Card A Day Blog Thank-you, Valentine, Get Well
2.  Cards Galore - Anything Goes
3.  Digi Haven - Sparkles and Bling
4.  Fresh Brewed Blog - Anything Goes
5.  Heck of a Challenge - Thank-You
6.  One Crazy Stamper - Anything Goes
7.  the Crafters Cafe - Anything Goes
8.  Lady Anne's Challenges - Anything Goes
9.  Crafting For All Seasons - Something New
10.  Crafts and Me - Something New
11.  Crafty Creations - Something New
12.  Paper Pretties - Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by...leave a comment if you please. I would love to know what you think. And leave your blog addy so I can stop by!
(By the way, they didn't pick me for a jury that day.)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Road Ahead

Digital Delights' Newest stamps...Hurray!  This was such a fun digital stamp image to work with. Here's what I did...
 from Digital Delights.
2. I loaded them into Photoshop.
3. I Combined the images into one image.
4. Then I printed them out.
5. I colored them with Prismacolor Penciles and Low Odor Mineral Spirits.
6 I chalked the sky using an old CTMH cloud stencil and SU chalks.
7. I cut out the image, using the "Out of the Box" Technique and my old Coluzzle cutting system, only going around the circle part of the way, then using scissors to cut out the rest of the image.
8. layered the picture on CTMH cardstock, and cutting close to the circle to make a frame.
9. Die Cut the background on white Card Stock using a Spellbinders Embossing Folder .
10. Cut a 6x6 Card out of CTMH cs.
11. Attached four eyelets in the corners of the card.
12. Attached picture to embossed bg and then attached bg to card, using dimensionals.
13. Added bow and gems, both from Hobby Lobby.

And that's how I did it!

I am entering this card in the following yummy challenges:
1.  A Gem of a Challenge - New Beginnings
2.  Lady Anne's Challenges - Anything Goes
3.  Crafting for all Seasons - Something New
4.  Crafty Creations - Something New
5.  Divas by Design - Anything Goes
6.  Fresh Brewed Blog - Anything Goes
7.  Inky Impressions - Add a Sentiment
8.  Little Red Wagon - Bring on the Bling
9.  Penny's Paper-Crafty - Anything Goes
10.  The Stamping Chef - Celebrations

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Wine Country

My Time Made Easy's Pretty Patterns Challenge this week is using a sketch that I have turned on its head.

 I used one of the newest sets of stamps by MTME: 

Vintage Vineyard © 25 Plus Images - Digital

I  added flourishes from the set right on the paper image, and printed it out in the perfect size for my card...saving TIME and INK.
I used the papers by MTME that go with these stamps.

Un-Wined Vinyard ©
Try your hand with this sketch. Be sure to purchase some of the beautiful stamp sets. Play with the digital images and  made them your won.

Have fun with it!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Embracing Friendship

My word for this year is, "Embrace". I want to embrace my talents, and whatever and whomever is brought into my might be a new experience, a different point of view, a new acquaintance.

To honor the embracing of friendships, I have made a vintage card using my favorite stamps...Crafty Secrets.
Some of my favorite things are on this card:

-Cottage Roses made with Tim Holtz' Tattered Florals Die
-Flourishes (made at the Card Club I attend...not sure what company made this die)
-Trellis made with my new Silhouette machine

I tore the patterned paper, by Colorbok, and inked the edges with Distress Ink in Broken China. Stickles makes the flowers dewy.

I distressed all the edges with my scissors blade.

Tie it up with a ribbon, which I melted with my heat tool to make it ruffly.

Card stock by CTMH...very vintage as it is very old. I have had it for about 13 years. I was a consultant once...and the card stock has a white core so it's very distress-able.

I want to stay true to my word...and embrace the things I love and learn this year.

I love to learn.

I am entering this card in some wonderfully challenging challenges...
1.  Vintage Stamping Challenges by Flonzcraft - Pocketful of Posies (flowers)
2.  Cards Galore Challenge - Anything Goes
3.  One Crazy Stamper - Anything Goes (2/1)
4.  Oozak - Anything goes Plus pink and bling

What's your word this year? Visit Ali Edwards' Blog and read about "One Little Word".

Embracing the Future,