Monday, March 21, 2016

Since it has been almost a year...

...I guess it is time to update my blog!  It is hard to believe that time passes so quickly, it seems you blink and a couple of months have zipped by.  I have been doing some crafting, but not nearly as much as I would like.

My most recent project is in the picture below.  I bought some craft eggs and some clay and decided to make some dragon eggs (since it is almost Easter and the Easter Dragon will be arriving soon :) ).

For this project I started with crafting eggs that I picked up at Michael's and covered them with Fimo Basic Clay, then I used some embossing folders to add the texture (rolled the egg over the inside of the folder) and let them dry over night.  If you want the gems to be inset, just press them into the clay before it dries.  Once they were dry I used a variety of paints and dyes to them for the finishes (Folk Art metallic paint, Tim Holtz dimensional pearls paint & distress paint, Adirondack alcohol inks, & twinkling H2O's).  After the paint dried I used Diamond Glaze to adhere the rhinestones and colored them with copic markers.

Spring has arrived early this year and I have been out walking & taking some pictures.  Here are a couple of shots from last week.

Our two girls also keep me quite busy. They think attacking markers & sitting on projects is helpful.  They can be adorable though.  When they are asleep they are so cute, this is usually the only time I can get a decent picture.



Hopefully it won't be almost a year before I post again.  I do have a few other projects to share.  Have a great week and Happy Easter.
Thanks for stopping by,
Deanna

Saturday, May 30, 2015

A couple of projects

Hello everyone

I hope you have all had a great week, and are having an even better weekend.  I am working all weekend so I won't be getting much crafting done.  I did finish working on the main part of my studio earlier this week and I am quite happy with how it turned out.

The first picture shows my main craft desk wall, it basically takes up one whole wall in the studio and is from floor to ceiling.  The other side of the room has storage and my sewing desk (which does not get used much....however, I do plan to use it more).
The second picture is of my main work area.  This is where I keep most of my inks, markers stamps and tools.  If you are wondering, that is magnetic sheets up on the wall to hold all spellbinders & other dies from various companies.  It is the easiest storage method and I love not having to go search for them.  All my unmounted stamps are on the first shelf above my desk, they are filed in magazine boxes that I have flipped over and sorted by company.  I will post some pictures of how I have done this later.  I have other inks, dyes and refills in drawers below.
The last picture shows the other side of the work area.  This is where I have my cricut create machine, cartridges, papers, stencils & misc supplies.  Also there is a small stand in front of this area that has my Big Shot & Zutter bind-it-all machine.  Of course my Cricut Mini is at another desk attached to my computer.

Here are a couple of cards I made last year.  I can't remember what color copics I used for them.  Not a ton on the black and white one as it was mostly paper piecing and grey tones.   I think I probably used N0, 1, 3, 5 & 7 on her dress & hair and E000, 01 & 02 for the flesh tones.  The patterned paper is from an older do crafts black & white paper pack. The main image is a Stamping Bella Stamp Uptown Girl "Posh has a Present".

I used a sakura star dust pen on the presents and for the black ribbon & bow I used a wink of Stella black glitter pen.

The second card is also using a Stamping Bella stamp Uptown Girl "Ava loves to celebrate".  The patterned papers on this one are from the basic Grey "Porcelain" collection.  I'm really not sure what copic colors I used on this project.  I did paper piece the dress and used the "out of the box technique" to cut it out.  For the oval shapes I used spellbinders large & small petite ovals.
 I also added some bling with rhinestones, a sakura stardust pen and some diamond stickles.

That's it for tonight, it is getting late and I do have to work in the morning.  Have a great week everyone and thanks for stopping by.

Deanna

Monday, May 25, 2015

When I can't craft....

...I shop,  with great plans of what I will make when I have the time, LOL!!!  Here are a few pictures of things I picked up over the last year.  My local Scrapbook store closed so I have been buying on line from and when I'm at Comic Conventions (there are almost  always art supplies available at the big conventions).

This is a bunch of goodies I got in spring 2014 from One Crazy Stamper.  You can see a couple of these stamps in some samples I will be putting up soon.


This is a bunch of goodies I got last fall from One Crazy Stamper.  Some new papers and stamps and inks.  Really haven't had a chance to try out much of this stuff yet.


This is what I got from the Copic booth last year at ECCC 2014!

This is what I got at FanExpo Vancouver 2014

 This is my haul from the Copic booth ECCC 2015!

I have also been working on reorganizing my craft studio yet again.  Had to make room for 2 kitties who also like to share that room.  Here is a peak at part of my desk so far... I will post more pics later.

I will post some pictures of projects from the past several months tomorrow.  I will try to add as many details as I can but I probably won't remember what color markers I used on the images.  Well, I'm off to do more work on my studio.  Have a great evening everyone and thanks for stopping by.

Dee

Sunday, May 24, 2015

It has been a very long while

I know it has been over a year since I updated this blog, but it has been an absolutely crazy year! For a very long time I just wasn't able to spend much time in my studio.  I also lost my crafting assistant last year and didn't like spending time in the studio with out her.

After several months my DH and I decided to adopt a couple of rescue cats.  It took a while to get them situated and used to us and then we had to move our business again.  Once that was done we were into the Christmas season, then inventory and then Comic Convention season.

So now that things are some what back to normal, I have been getting my studio reorganized and hope to spend a little more time in there.  I will try to post every week or so and get back to doing some challenges.  I do have some pictures of projects that I did have time to do, but never got a chance to post.  I think I even managed to get a Christmas card made in December LOL!

I will have a page dedicated to each cat (if I can ever figure out how to get them to show up across the top bar again)  I made them and published them but they don't seem to show up.  For now here a few pics of our new girls.


Khali - short for Khaleesi


Smidgen - AKA the Smidgenator
she likes to destroy things :)

Well I guess that is enough for tonight and I will be back in a couple of days with a few more pictures!

Thanks for visiting my blog!
Dee

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Happy Spring!!!

What a beautiful day it was here today...I actually had the patio doors open all afternoon while I worked at my computer.  I have had a very busy month and haven't spent much time making cards.  I have started a few new projects.  I am working on a sewing pattern and I finally got it all cut out and now have to start the sewing portion....deep breath...hope it turns out.  While I was digging for some supplies for that I came across my tote full of cross stitch supplies and decided to work on a kit.  I have also been working on a couple of sculpey projects for some cosplay accessories.  When I get them finished I will post them.  All that and I also started work on an altered book, so with that and work I really haven't had time to work on cards .... but I really wanted to make one today.

I haven't done a challenge in a while and I didn't even know where to begin.  So I checked out some of my favorite sites for inspiration and this is what I found.   Prairie Paper & Ink is one of my favorite sites to visit for inspiration and info.  She always makes the cutest cards and has some fabulous video how to's.  This card she put up the other day was so great I just had to CASE it.  I used to do this technique all the time and was glad she posted it.  Here are a couple of cards I used this technique for over the last few years...I love making patterned paper to suit my needs and colors.


 However, I do have a ton of patterned paper I need to put to use.  Well, I'll get to that eventually...LOL!

Anyhow on to today's card...I wanted to take part in the Simon Says Wednesday challenge...Glitter it.  I used the same colors that were in Amy's card but I did not die cut my greeting.  Instead I chose a greeting I wanted and simply stamped it on the card when I was finished stamping out the background.  Greeting is from the Kraftin Kimmie "Wonderland Greetings" stamp set and I used versa fine onyx black ink.
I used memento inks for all the background stamps (pear tart, dandelion, rose bud & tangelo).  I pulled the stamps from several different sets.
Leaves (pear tart) - Ranger Dylusions - doodle parts
Large flower & dot circles (rose bud) - Stampin Up - seeing spots
Small flower (dandelion) - Bo Bunny - Ambrosia
Solid dots (tangelo) - Technique Tuesday - talking in circles

Then to add some glitter for the challenge I randomly added diamond stickles to flowers and dots.  It is hard to tell in the picture but it is there.

Well that was kind of a long ramble...but I did get a card made and posted.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend everyone!!!
Dee

Friday, February 28, 2014

It's been too long....

since my last post, but I have been rather busy.  As I said in my previous post...I did redo my craft room and decided to take up a couple of new hobbies. Here is an old picture of my studio, pretty much what it looked like when I started working on it.
And here is a picture of the redo in progress.  Sorry it is a little blurry, I didn't check the pictures until after I was finished.  To late to fix it then :)
The next two pictures are how it ended up.  As I said I wanted to take up a couple of new hobbies and wanted more desk space to work at.

I have had this sewing machine for years and for the longest time it was buried in the closet.  I wanted to have it out where it was easy to access.  I have picked up a couple of patterns and will hopefully be able to make them.  The other new hobby I decided to try is painting....my hubby bought me a wonderful easel and some paints and so I am putting them to use.  Here is my first attempt at mountains...to my surprise they actually look like mountains.  Thank you Bob Ross!!! I love watching his videos!
I still have to finish this painting but I needed to pick up some more paints and supplies.  I have made a few cards over the last couple of weeks but they are just variations of ones that I have made before.  As soon as I have some new designs I will post them.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend everyone.

Dee

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Let's Have a Laugh!!!

Sounds like an excellent idea!!!! The challenge this week over at Simon Says is to create something humorous or witty or a play on words.  I decided to pull out this cute Kraftin' Kimmie stamp "Sarah Shopper"  this is what I like to think when I go shopping.  I'm really just supporting the economy .... It seems like a plausible theory!!!

Anyhow I stamped the image on copic paper with memento black ink and coloured it with copic markers (E0000, 000, 01, 02, 21, 23, 25, 27 - N1, 3, 5 - BG70, 72 & 75).  Then I paper pieced all the shopping bags with different patterned papers.  I edged all image and greeting & patterned papers (from the Bo Bunny Alora collection) with agean blue versa magic ink. The greeting is stamped with Versa Fine Onyx Black ink and popped it up with 3d dots.  For a little more detail I added some bling and brads.

I planned on having more projects to post over the last couple of weeks but as usual life doesn't always go as planned.  I had a few unexpected things happen and then I decided to completely redo my craft studio.  I will have some pics to post soon.  

Thanks for stopping by and until next time Happy Crafting everyone!
Dee

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Something New!

Hello everyone!!! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!!!  I know ours was fabulous but very chaotic!  I have made a few resolutions for the new year and hope to be able to stick to them.  One is to find more time to spend in my craft room and update my blog more often.  This week I spent several hours in there...cleaning!!!  LOL!  I did get it organized and spent some time in there crafting.  I decided to try the Simon Says challenge this week...Something New.  That means
New Year, New Job, New Baby, New Crafty Stash, New Home, Wedding ( new life) Retirement ( new life) ,, etc ,,,,  !!!  


I decided to go with new crafty stash.  I got a few new stamps just before Christmas and haven't had a chance to ink them up.  The stamp is a "I gave you my heart" gorjuss by docrafts.  I bought three of these girls ...they are just so cute.  I stamped the image on copic paper and colored it with copics (W1, 2, 4- N1, 5, 7 & 110 - E0000, 000, 00, 01, 21, 23, 25, & 27 - R00, 02, 05, 22 & 46 - B95)  I also used spica gold on her bow and a sakura clear glitter gel pen on the heart.  The patterned paper is from the Teresa Collins "you are my happy" collection (also new).  I edged the papers with versa magic chalk ink wheat and pink grapefruit.  I cut the greeting piece out with the MFT Dienamics Tabs quartet dies and stamped the greeting (from the cc designs Amy R stamp set "All about Mom") with versa fine smokey grey ink and edged that piece with color box creamy brown chalk ink.    I used a prisma color marker  PM-6 to color the rhinestones, I noticed they were a little crooked and fixed them after I took the picture :).

Well it is quite late and I have to work in the morning, so that's it for now.  Have a great week everyone ... Happy 2014!!!

Dee

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!!!

So I actually have one more card to post and when I looked at it I realized it also fit the Simon Says challenge for this week.  "Bling it on!!! Time to Party"...it has bling and metallic pearl and although it is hard to tell all the berries on the garland are red metallic.

This is another one of the new stamps I bought for Christmas this year and it is from the Artistic Outpost set "Snowy Woods" and I colored it with derwent water color pencils (will post colors later).  I used a gold metallic marker to color the pearl for the door handle and used a red rhinestone for the middle of the bow.  I also colored over all the berries with a red glitter gel pen.  The greeting is from the Whimsy Stamps "holiday Notables 2" stamp set and I also used the matching die to cut it out and adhered it to the card with pop dots.

Well it is getting late and I have to work early in the morning.  Have a very Happy New Year everyone!!!!
Dee

Monday, December 30, 2013

Season's Greetings!!!!

Hi Everyone, I hope you all had a very Happy Christmas, Yule, Solstice or whatever you happen to celebrate this time of year.  I am enjoying the holidays but they have been very busy.  I did get a couple of projects done lately but haven't had much time for posting.  This first card I am posting is for the current Simon Says Challenge.  The challenge this time is "Bling it on...Time to Party".  It is a Christmas card but that is as good a time as any to Party!!!

For this card I finally got a chance to use some of the new supplies I bought to make Christmas cards this year LOL.  I didn't get many cards made maybe 3 or 4 max.  Fortunately I had a good supply left from last year.  Anyhow the picture for this card didn't turn out very well because you can't see how much glitter is on it.  There is micro fine glitter all over his beard, eyebrows, hat and snowflakes.  I layered metallic gold and red card stock for the rest of the card.  I embossed the background card stock using the Sissix Tim Holtz "holiday print" embossing folder and then ran a metallic gold ink pad over the letters to make them pop.  I colored the image with copics and then used a clear glaze pen on his glasses.  For the greeting a used the Whimsy stamps Holiday Notables 2 stamp set and matching die and then colored it with the same gold ink pad I used for background.  The Santa stamp (delta - rubber stampede) is one of my favorites, I have had this a few years now and use it for several cards every year.

Well I think that is all the details I have for this card.  I know there are some details missing from a couple of previous posts and as soon as I find the information for them I will post an update.  Thanks for stopping by everyone!  Wishing you all a very Happy, Healthy & Safe 2014!!!
Dee