Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Oodles of Tags

This week I've been making Christmas gift tags.  Quite a change from making cards.  I will be posting more as this week goes by.  I'm using my Cricut to make the tags and most elements on them.

Here's 6 of the 10 I made yesterday.  Definitely a non-traditional color but I think it works.

I tried to get the shimmer to show on the silver "ribbon" but it is just subtle enough it wouldn't show.  I used my clear Wink of Stella brush on the whole silver ribbon and the effect is gorgeous!  I added 3 itty bitty red stickers from Stampendous on the ribbon base and just love how that looks.  I'm thinking of adding these to the box of cards I'll be taking to Curves for my "hobbyist" booth Sept. 19.  What would be a good price per each of these?

Monday, September 1, 2014

A Unique Blog Hop Update!

Just to let you know my two tagged bloggers have posted their Unique Blog Hop posts!

Check them out!



They did a fabulous job answering the questions posed and have wonderful projects!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Snow Covered Tree Proclaiming Glory!

I recently purchased a new Cricut cartridge called Winter Woodland.  I like the fun things on this cartridge and here's a card using a cut snow-covered tree as the focal point.  This card meets the Clean & Simple 305 challenge of using a shape other than circles or squares as a focal point!

The stamped phrase is from a set called "Hung On A Tree" by Red Rubber Designs.  The little stars are white sparkle embossed.  I know that a pine tree is traditionally used on Christmas cards but I like this tree.

It's really hard to tell but all the snow on the tree has been brushed with my Clear Wink of Stella Brush and they really shimmer!! I used various scraps for all the paper elements on this card.  I'm sure enjoying my Cricut more and more!!  Head on over to Clean & Simple for more info on this challenge!

P.S.  I have updated my Stamps For Sale page with a few sets. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Meeting A Challenge

I do enjoy 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches blogs and get lots of inspiration from their challenges and those who pick up the challenges.  Wednesday I worked on a card to meet both challenges in 1 card.

The reindeer stamped image is by Copper Leaf Creations (I could not find the stamp in their online list) and the text by The Angel Co. (closed in 2011).  I embossed both with an embossing powder called Twilight by Stampendous (which I've had for about 15 years).  52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown's  August challenge was to use glitter and bling.  I added some red bling stickers from Stampendous under the text to meet the bling part of the challenge.

The sketch came from this week's Freshly Made Sketches 151.  I used some paper scraps I had left over from a class last month.  I think they work well together.

Now, please pop over to the 2 blogs and check out the wonderful inspiration projects and the great cards made to meet the challenges.  If your mojo is on vacation these should bring it back!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Owl Miss You on my Desk

I realized that I needed a card to post with today's desk view and seen the challenge on the Stars and Stamps blog and thought, ah ha!  I had a virgin set of stamps (never inked until today) that I purchased from my CTMH consultant while in a hostess club and some OLD paper from The Angel Co. (closed in 2011) and I started in yesterday morning before heading in for Bible study at church.  But first, I have to show you my desk.  I've been taking part in this blog tour headed up by queen desker Julia at the Stamping Ground. Sometimes showing you my desk prompts me to tidy it but that doesn't happen very often as I can ignore that relatively easy.

What is on my desk (last night)?  On the left is an old paper collection from The Angel Co. (closed in 2011) of which I was an independent consultant for 9 years, my Cricut (just got a new cartridge that I'm anxious to use called Winter Woodland),  the now not virgin stamps that I used finally, my card shown below, scissors, ink pad, bone folder, sanding block, and  OTT lamp base.  Further back is my rack of Copic markers, tape dispensers, lots of misc. stuff.  The turquoise thing in the upper right is a piece of dyed fish leather. Yeah, you read that right, fish leather.  I hope to make a wrist cuff out of it - someday.

Here's the card that's on my desk.  I used a sketch (#237) from a Stars and Stamps challenge.  I enjoy taking part in challenges as it usually gets my mojo going.

As you can see I raised the stamped elements.

I also used some Glossy Accents on the eyes.  I do have an issue with this card.  I don't like the eyes on the girl owl.  The direction is wrong.  Oh well.  Next time I'll tilt her more. (I had to laugh when a comment said she was looking at the sentiment...  I like that!)

So now please pop over to the Stamping Ground and check out the other desks.  I'll be visiting more this morning as I don't have to go to town (at least not that I know of at this time).  Enjoy!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Unique Blog Hop - Getting To Know Your Creative Side

A couple weeks ago my friend Mischelle asked me to join in this unique blog hop.   Here's her post that she did last week for this fun and unique hop.

The first question I'm supposed to answer is "What Am I Working On?"  Well, since I teach at a local scrapbook store in Green Valley, AZ, I'm constantly trying to find ideas for classes.  I teach once a month and hope to get back to twice but not until our "snowbirds" come back. I also enjoy taking part in various challenges by different blogs and if you look back in my blog you can see some of them.  And I'm just finishing some card samples to help sell certain papers at the store.  They're by American Crafts and here's 2 of them.  I posted 1 last Friday.  The 4th will post soon.

I'm also preparing to have a "booth" at our local Curves (women's work out place) as a crafter.  I will bring some cards to sell, the monthly class schedule of the store where I teach and some tools of the hobby such as paper, stamps, etc.  Here's the box of cards I've been working on...

What cards don't sell do have places to go.  Some will go to the store to sell and some will become gifts for our children to use.  Occasionally they ask for the cards and I so happy to give them what they want.

The next question is "How Does My Work Differ From Others In This Genre?"   I can't really say that it does other than trying to make cards for my classes that my students will replicate.  The cards can't be too complicated or use products that the store doesn't carry, can't get, or that the students don't have in their normal stash.  I tend to use Spellbinder dies and am getting into my Cricut Expressions a bit more.

The third question is "Why Do I Create What I Do?"  Because I love it!!  I enjoy working with my hands and making items that people love.  My hubby enjoys seeing my projects and looks for the bling since I have a tendency to use my Stardust Clear Gel pen, Wink of Stella pens, sequins, or rhinestones.  But sometimes I fool him...

Question 4 is "How Does My Creative Process Work and How Do I Get and Stay Inspired?"  Well, that's a hard one.  I tend to visit MANY blogs and Pinterest is where I get inspiration!  Once in a great while I CASE a card but most of the time my cards barely resemble what inspired me.

I have 2  wonderful and awesome gals who will be sharing with you next Monday, September 2.

1.  Seliese at Amethystcat Designs who is an A|Muse Studio Designs consultant.  I knew her when we were in The Angel Company together.  I love her projects!  She is a lot of fun to be around.
2. Valentina at Kookie's Paper Kreations who is a new Stampin Up! friend.  I've met her on FB on a group I'm a member of and enjoy seeing her kreations.  She teaches classes and has the cutest projects.  She is new to blogging so please encourage her when you pop over to her blog.

I hope you enjoyed a bit of my work and I thank Mischelle for thinking of me.  I hope you pop by again!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Ice Cream Cones and a Freshly Made Sketch

This week Debi at AZ Scrapbooking gave us instructors some paper to make at least 3 card samples to promote different papers that she wanted to sell.  I ended up with 3 from American Crafts "Summer" collection.  When I seen the one with ice cream cones I had a thought.  Then I seen the sketch on Freshly Made Sketches # 150 and I was off and running.

I borrowed the Cricut cartridge "Designer's Calendar" that has a cool cone and grabbed some light brown scrap to make the cone bottoms.  The stamped text is from the Hero Arts "Say It All" set.  I used some red and patina Stickles on the ice cream scoop bottoms.

I scored the cones using my Scor-Pal and love how they turned out!

I used a 1/2" circle punch and a bit of green scrap for the cherries.  I think this card will help.  Now, on to making 2 more.  Head on over to Freshly Made Sketches and check out the inspiration projects and challenges!  My cards decorative panel is too large but the pattern seem to determine the size.  Hmmm, do I need to add some bling to the cherries?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Another Desk, Another Christmas Card

I have been away from my desk for about 4 days so finally got a few minutes yesterday to finish a card for a monthly 1 on 1 swap through the Technique Junkies.  So, when I completed it I took this picture of my desk.  This weekly international blog tour has been brought about by head desker, Julia, at the Stamping  Ground.

I have slightly reorganized my desk by now having my Copic markers just above my Cricut and at a horizontal position instead of vertical.  I can actually see the numbers so much better!  The little gal on the Cricut is a name tag I made about 3 years ago for a group of us that met once a month or so and stamped. In front of the Cricut is my package of Wink of Stella brushes and some stamps along with my metal ruler.  On the right half of my picture is my blue craft mat under my Scor-Pal with mat, the card shown below, ink pad, scissors, a star punch (for an "out house" card posted just before this), roll of foam mounting tape, my sanding block, and just a hint of the red handle of my ATG tape dispenser.

This is the card on my desk.  The technique is called Background Stained Glass. It is colored with the Copics.  The text is stamped on a die cut made with a Spellbinders Labels 28 nestie.  The stamped image is from an old wood-mounted stamp by Peddlar's Pack Stampworks dated 2000.  The text is from a Hero Arts set called Celebrate Everything.

It's really hard to see the Clear Wink of Stella on the red berries.  I think my Stardust Clear Gel pen works better than the Clear Wink but the Silver & Gold Wink brushes are very brilliant!  Now to get this card in the mail to my swap partner tomorrow and I'll have all my swap cards out.  But please pop on over to the Stamping Ground and enjoy up to 100 desks involved in this hop.  It's great fun, lots of inspiration, and so great organizational ideas!

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Clean & Simple 52 {Christmas} Card

I'm so glad to be done with my 4 "Wood 'N It Be Nice" card samples for a class in September.  The meeting is on Monday so I'm am ready for it.  Now, I wanted to play a bit with some challenges and found 2.  One at Clean & Simple (#303) and one at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown (August Color Challenge which is closed now but I liked the colors).  What to do... combine them!

The challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown was to use 4 colors: white, cream, silver, and gold.  The challenge at Clean & Simple was a sketch (which I turned horizontal).  I used my new Winter Wonderland Cricut cartridge for the snowflake along with white and cream card stocks, and silver and gold metallic card stocks.  The background was stamped with Brilliance gold ink.  The text was embossed with silver and gold embossing powders.  The gold metallic paper with the word "Christmas" is using the same gold metallic in the snowflake.

This is the first time I used this cartridge.  I really wanted Winter Woodland but it wasn't available anymore at the store where I teach.  (I get a nice discount so I'll live with this cartridge.)   Head on over to the Clean & Simple blog and check out the challengers. And you can check out the Christmas cards, too.

An Out House Card.... Yep.

If you've been following me the last few days you know I've been playing with some turquoise wood grain pattern paper by Fancy Pants Designs from a collection called Everyday Circus for my proposed class in September at the AZ Scrapbooking store in Green Valley, AZ. In fact, there's 3 different colors of wood grain patterns in this collection along with a brick pattern and some other fun designs.  I remember using these little houses and were quite thankful for them.  I did see a card on Pinterest that also had one of these on it and I had an "ah ha" moment.  Glad I pinned that card!

I used my paper trimmer to cut the "door" out of the 4" x 5 1/4" wood paper. Before adhering the outside frame I added the photo turn and brad to make the door latch, punched the star in the door, and made little "leather" hinges out of some brown scraps.

Now, what is an out house without the "hole"?  I cut a 1" oval and adhered it to the wood bench.  I need to figure out what to say on the inside of the card.  If you have any suggestions I would appreciate it!