Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Happy Birthday!!!

I made this card for a friend of mine, she already has the card so it is now safe to post it online.  The picture is kind of blurry because I took it outside at night.  This is project #15 of 30....halfway mark.

This card was done with a couple of different stamp sets Basic Grey Flourish Edges,Crafty Secrets French Mail and the Happy Birthday is from the tag line stamp set by Flourishes.  I used many different distress inks on this card (peeled paint, broken china, spiced marmalade, vintage photo & walnut stain.  The tower was stamped with black momento ink.  You can't tell from the picture but there is gold perfect pearls on the swirls and the fleur de lis. 

Well that's it for now, off to get some work done, happy crafting everyone!


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Class Samples Complete!!!

Well I was up till 1:00am working on them but they are finally done.  My deadline for class samples was today and I did manage to finish on time.  I just might even be able to complete my challenge by September 15th.  I hope so because I have guests arriving on the 16th.  So I needed to do one more card for my fall class that I am calling "Autumn in Paris".  The other 3 cards for this class are in the post dated August 19th. This is what I came up with for the final card.

The centre image piece is glossy white card stock and alcohol inks (rust, butterscotch & metallic copper).  The stamps (Crafty Secrets "French Mail") are done with black momento ink.  For the background I used copper metallic bazzill and a pumpkin cuttlebug folder.

The next 3 cards are for my Christmas card class which I am calling "Blue Christmas",  The first card for this class is the snowman card I posted on August 20th.

The main image stamp for this card is a Santa face stamp by Rubber Stampede (Delta).  I use this stamp a lot at Christmas it is one of my favorites.  I guess you would call the fold of this card a Z fold, I just wanted to do something different for this card.  I embossed the front white panel with the ornament cuttlebug folder and used some tumbled glass distress ink on it.  The stamp design & greeting on the inside of the card are done with stamps from the Crafty Secrets "Vintage Christmas" set.  Although it doesn't show up in the picture there is glitter on the snowflakes on the Santa image.  When the card is closed, the greeting is hidden.

The next card is done with a tree from the Stampin' Up set "Lovely as a Tree".  The two colors of ink for the trees are Tim Holtz distress inks broken china and tumbled glass.  The Merry Christmas greeting is from a Bombshell stamp set.  I also used a few rhinestones to decorate a few of the snowflakes in the background.

The final card for this set has a little more color on it.  I used starmist and parakeet bazzill and some basic grey patterned paper.  The stamps for the image part are from the "Vintage Christmas" set again and the greeting from Bombshell.  I stamped the image and then cut it our using Spellbinders Labels 1 die.  I colored the image with watercolor pencils and added a little bling for decoration.

These 4 cards are #'s 11, 12, 13 & 14 of 30.  I may even get a project or two done tomorrow.  I'm almost certain I'll have to come back tomorrow and correct something in this post, as I am falling asleep at the keyboard as I type this.

Well I think that's about it for now.  Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting everyone.

Friday, August 20, 2010

More Samples

I'm going to teach a Christmas card class in October.  I have been looking for ideas for this for awhile now.  I'm not all that thrilled with the Christmas paper this year.  The last couple of years the papers for Christmas have been awesome and this year I haven't seen any that I just have to have.  So I've decided to try to avoid the patterned paper this year.  I will probably use up some stuff from the last couple of years on my cards I make for family or to sell, but for my class in October I will try and keep the patterned paper to a minimum.  Lots of stamps, embossing and a few items from the cricut.

Here is the first card for my new Christmas card class.  It a tent fold card, I found the instructions on Splitcoast Stampers.  You can make any size you like this one is 4"x4".  The snowman is from the cricut cartridge Doodlecharms.  The snowflake stamp is from Crafty Secrets and the tree stamp inside is from Stampin Up "lovely as a tree" set.  I covered the snowman in white flock and the trees have been covered in transparent micro fine glitter by glitter ritz.
I'm not going to teach a Halloween class this year but I will be making a few for sale.  I just love, love, love Halloween.  Very few people I know give out Halloween cards but, I just can't resist making some up each year.  Here is a sample I made for Scrap Arts using pigment inks, perfect pearls and Basic Grey stamps.
Well I better get in my studio and make the rest of my class samples.  I have to have them ready for Sunday.  I guess these cards make #9 & 10 of 30.  I should have more to post tomorrow or Sunday, until then happy crafting everyone and thanks for visiting.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

New class designs in progress

Here are a couple of samples from my new fall classes.  I won't post too many details just yet but I will add to this post soon.  These classes are full of techniques that are hard to explain.  Well...hard for me to explain anyway LOL. The first card is done with the "French Mail" set by Crafty Secrets. 
This second card is similar to the tag I made for my other class but it is a full card size and also done with perfect pearls.  I followed Tim Holtz's video tutorial to make this card.

The next card is a CASE of this card,  I really liked her layout and colors so I made one with totally different techniques but a similar color scheme. All pieces on this started out as white card stock and I used different techniques to create them.  It is hard to tell in the picture but the flower image is popped up with 3d dots.
I still need to make one more card for this class, I try to get that done tomorrow night and then post it and more details for these.  So these are projects #6, 7 & 8 of 30.  I do have two more to post, but that will have to wait until tomorrow.
Until then, happy crafting all and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Ok so I went shopping again!!!

I couldn't help it, I watched some more Tim Holtz videos and had to try some of techniques he has on there.  Another problem is working in a paper craft store.  I tell the owner what I like and she orders it.  So...I have to buy it right??  I'm sure that's the way it works LOL.  So this week at Scrap Arts we got in Inkessentials glossy paper, perfect pearls, smooch spray, tattered florals dies.  I therefore had to buy them.  I've been trying to get my hands on the glossy paper for awhile now and had to try my alcohol inks on it.  This led to another problem, I only own 3 colors of alcohol ink what a dilemma.  Off to Scrap Arts to buy some more.  So now I have a few more colors I'm sure to be able to come up with something fantastic,  I hope!!!

I did however come up with a new card last night.  I know I had hoped to do more but I was just so tired.  I played with the alcohol inks and made a piece for another card but I didn't get it finished.  Anyway here is the card I made last night.  The pirate girl image is from Bombshell, the background map is by Local King and the greeting is by Jillibean. The map was stamped on french vanilla cardstock with rich cocoa ink by momento,  I crumpled it up a bit and distressed it with distress inks antique linen, vintage photo and walnut stain.  The layer of cardstock under the map is also french vanilla edged with brilliance gold ink and walnut stain.  I stamped the pirate girl image on white and colored with my prisma markers (dress = driftwood, light mocha, dark mocha - belt = sepia & cocoa bean - skin = pale peach & light peach).  I then cut her out and attached her with 3d dots.  The chipboard frame around the greeting was white so i inked it up the the vintage photo and walnut stain inks and then added some perfect pearls gold to it.  It shows up a little bit in the photo.  So I guess I better add that this is #5 of 30.  Did I mention that I tend to procrastinate!!!

Oh...just in case you think Kit has been neglecting her duties as my assistant, here is a picture of her lending me a paw the other night.  I had buttons and flowers all over my desk but, it was a cork lid (you can see it on the desk beside the roll of white tape) that she ultimately ran off with.  She left it in the middle of the living room LOL.

Well that's all for now, I have to go prep for the class I'm teaching tomorrow.  Until next time, happy crafting and thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Project #4 of 30

… 12 days….yeah at this rate I’ll never finish. I so need to get busy. However, I did get lots of new goodies today that are sure to inspire some creativity. I finally got my hands on some Inkessentials Gloss paper by Ranger, some Perfect Pearls, a new color of distress ink, and a bunch of new ribbon.

I confess I am a bit of a Tim Holtz product junkie, I’ve bought so much lately. I just bought the Tattered Florals die the other day. I’m sure to be able to get some good stuff made this weekend. I do have to prep for a class on Sunday. I plan to spend tomorrow night in my studio I have one project started and plan to do at least 2 more tomorrow.

Here is the project I completed last night. I googled free digital stamps and it is amazing how many there are out there. I’m not sure where this image came from but I thought it was really cute. I used prisma markers to color it in. On the boys jacket I used sky blue light, light cerulean blue & cerulean blue- girls jacket mint cream, green tea & spearmint, boots warm grey 20%, 30%, 40% & 80%. Other colors pale peach, light peach, mocha light, cocoa bean, cold stone & muted turquoise. The patterned paper is from the Bo Bunny Abbey Road collection and the cardstock is bazzill sprout & true teal. The flowers were white and I colored them to match with my prisma markers.

Well off to play with my new goodies now, until next time, happy crafting all.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Birthday Present

Ok so I’m a little late with this post…it really shouldn’t surprise anyone. I went to a staff crop at Scrap Arts on Friday night and started work on a project for my husband’s birthday present. It took a lot longer to finish than I thought it would. I got the main part of the collage done on Friday night. Then on Saturday morning I found a great frame at a thrift store for only $5.00 but it wasn’t exactly the right color or size. So I spent Saturday afternoon working on the frame and expanding the collage a bit. His birthday isn’t until tomorrow but we had his party last night and I wanted to be able to give him this at the party.

I printed these old mining pictures off on matte photo paper and aged them by tearing them and using distress inks (scattered straw, vintage photo & walnut stain). I colored the larger picture of the miner panning for gold with my prisma markers. Although it is hard to see in the picture I also glued some craft sand and used some gold leaf foil in his gold pan. I also put the gold leaf foil in 3 of the other gold pans. I sanded the frame but did not remove all the navy blue paint from it. I then used a vintage photo ink and another bottle of ink spray to stain the frame. I also added bits of gold to the frame. The small metal frame at the bottom is from a Tim Holtz set. I will post the rest of the details later.

So I guess this is project #3 of #30

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time, happy crafting everyone!


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tim Holtz Inspired Tag

So here is project #2 of 30, it is a tag for my new class. I do realize that this challenge would not be much of a challenge for some people. However, for me I’m just not able to sit down every day and craft something. I really like to procrastinate, for example my new class “Aged & Distressed” is scheduled for this Saturday and here I am just finishing the last project in this class. So this is really going to be a challenge for me. I also have a few birthdays coming up as well as a camping trip and more classes.

I just love the Tim Holtz products and I am getting a good collection of them now. I have also been watching his tutorial videos on his website. I love all the great tags he makes and decided to try one. I am quite happy with how it turned out. I started with peeled paint on a piece of plastic and spayed it with some water and dyed the white tag green and then dried it with my heat gun. I stamped the floral background with walnut stain distress ink, the bird is done with Momento tuxedo black and the butterflies are done with peeled paint. I then sponged on broken china, spiced marmalade & vintage photo. I used a glue pen to add some gold leaf foil accents to the bird and the flowers. It does not show up very well in the photo but there is quite a bit of gold on there.
Well that’s all for tonight. I hope to have another project ready to post on Friday.

Until then, happy crafting everyone and thanks for visiting my blog.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Everyone Loves A Challenge....Right?

I've decided to challenge myself. I'm hoping it will get me motivated to get some work done in my craft studio. The challenge is to create at least 30 new projects and post them between now (well August 1st) and September 15th. The projects can be anything I want, for example a card, tag, mini book, or whatever else I decide to design.

I need to design new classes for October for Scrap Arts. I also need to design some more cards for Big Pete’s (this is where I sell my cards) and the supply there is getting low.

I figured the only way I would be motivated enough to do all this is to put the challenge here in print and force myself to do it. As part of the challenge I also have to post the photos to my blog. I do have a few people who actually check in and read my blog (even though I don’t seem to have any official followers…LOL) so I know someone will be keeping tabs on my progress. This will keep me motivated to keep on creating.

Here is my first project. It is a birthday card I made on Sunday for my sister in law’s birthday. The stamps I used for this project come from the Water lily stamp set by Flourishes, Flights of Fancy stamp set by Tim Holtz and the Happy Birthday stamp is from one of the $1.50 stamp sets from M’s.

The water lily was stamped with Momento Tuxedo Black and was colored in with prisma markers. I actually remembered to write the colors down this time. For the flower petals the colors are Pale Peach, Light Peach & Peach. The center of the flower is done with Deco Yellow & Jasmine. The lily pads were done with Mint Cream, Green Tea & Spring Green.

I used Hazel and Mocha Devine card stock and the patterned paper is from the Basic Grey Cappella line. The back sides of Bravo and Sonata. I stamped a verse from the Tim Holtz set over the pink patterned paper with Tattered Rose distress ink. Other inks used are Tumbled Glass and Vintage Photo distress inks, also versa magic jumbo java, sea breeze, pink grapefruit & Pixie dust.

My photo is a little blurry but the card turned out really nice and my sister in law loved it!

Well I guess I better get back in my studio and get busy. I will be back tomorrow with something else to post… I hope.

Until then, Happy crafting everyone.