Saturday, December 29, 2007
On a side note, a couple weeks ago there was on a posting on our local freecycle group for Somerset magazines and artist supplies. You know I was all over that one! I got a box full of wonderful goodies, and I've been browsing the magazines for ideas. One of the issues showcased Calvin Nicholls, and his work literally left me with my jaw hanging open. I am absolutely amazed by what he can create from paper - take some time to peruse his work here.
Anyway, hopefully I can actually use some of those art supplies, along with the new rubber that's lying on my table just begging for ink... Back soon!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
A friend of mine brought me this wonderful jar yesterday, and I just had to share. I love all the little details! The cool layered tag, the greeting stamped on twill, touches of crystal effects, and the embellished lid... plus chocolate!
This would be a wonderful gift for just about anyone on your list!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
I started with some scraps of blue paper, and laid out the basic design. Next, I die cut "Aaron" and 3 from thin sheet metal using the Sizzix boxed brush alpha die set. I stamped "Happy Birthday" (smARTworks, "Time To") onto caramel paper with navy versamagic ink. I made the hole reinforcer with a couple punches, and then tied on some great American Crafts ribbon. Nothing too fancy, but I thought simple was better in this case.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
I started by masking off some areas around the star and spraying with gold glimmer mist. Next I roughly laid out where I wanted the words to go. I scanned Luke 2 from my Bible, and printed out verses 1-7 onto watercolor paper. I stamped the names of Jesus (Biblical Impressions) in the corner, and added several gold stickers. I love how the shepherds really do look like they're worshipping, and the small cross under the manger serves as a reminder of what that tiny baby came to do. Humbly you came to the earth you created, all for love's sake became poor.
This is definitely not my "normal" style, but I am thrilled with the final result. It's now hanging on the wall in our living room, and I'll definitely be making more in the future.
Just in case you've never heard this powerful song, check it out here.
Friday, December 14, 2007
I'm also working on a very cool project for the Salt challenge. A little different from my normal style, but I'm really enjoying the process. Hopefully it will be ready to share by Monday!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
And just a reminder that I'll be drawing a winner tomorrow for some of my favorite things, so scroll down to Monday's post if you haven't entered yet!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
- BasicGrey Perhaps 6x6 pad
- smARTworks "One Smile" stamp set (UM rubber)
- Mono Multi liquid glue
- 5 yards white dotted Mary Arts ribbon
- mini gold brads
So how can you win this great stuff? Please leave a comment sharing one of your favorite things, and I'll draw a name on Friday morning (12/14). Everyone is free to enter (but be sure to check back to see if you've won!) Good luck!
Friday, December 7, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
And how about winning a set of your very own? Susan is giving one away, so head to her blog before Thursday morning to join in the fun!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I will send a handmade item to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this "Pay it Forward" exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet (but it will probably be made of paper!) and you probably won't receive anything in '07 but it will definitely be within 365 days - I promise! In order to participate, though, you must pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog. So basically, if you comment, I’ll send you something crafty that I’ve made! Once you sign up, copy and paste the above paragraph on your blog, and three other lucky people will be recipients of your handmade work. I found this at Aged to Perfection and thought it was a great idea. So spread a little handmade cheer!!
(and please leave your email in the post so I can get in contact with you!)\
Still one more slot available - please join in the fun!
I still love the idea of this card - but I'm not really digging the actual results here. I need to play more with colors (I used chocolate chip and tempting turquoise on this one, but the card base is showing much more blue on my monitor), and either use alphabet stamps or a different alpha die set. I think it needs additional embellishment, too, but I couldn't figure out where to add ribbon, brads, etc. Thoughts anyone? I'm *very* open to suggestions!
Monday, November 26, 2007
We also managed to finish up one of our kitchen chairs. We were given these beautiful chairs when we got married. They are at least 75 years old, and they served us well for a few years but were getting rickety. My hubby took them all apart, sanded and stained, drilled new holes, and then I did the seat. Not bad for my first upholstery job! One down, three more to go...
Well, that concludes the crafty tour. Hopefully I'll get some time to stamp this week and I'll be back with a few cards.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
stamps by SU (Always on My Mind, Happy Harmony), sepia versafine ink, watercolor crayons, Fabriano notecard
Monday, November 19, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
I had ordered some extra stamping goodies from smARTworks, and Susan included this great card in my package. Simple, lovely, and a true day brightener. I am so blessed to be on the design team for this wonderful company!
Monday, November 12, 2007
I kept the design relatively simple. I used the Brocade Background designer paper (SU), and stamped a single swirl (Autumn Leaves). I cut a strip from one of the other papers in the pack, and added just a bit of distress ink to help it stand out from the background. I stamped the sentiment (retired SU set - Hope for Comfort) on some River Rock cardstock, and then glued it all down and added a single prima. I matted the panel and then mounted it to the card base. I added another River Rock panel to the inside so that it's easier to read the sentiment. I used another stamp from the HfC set, and it reads "May you find comfort in God's word and in the knowledge that others care and sympathize with you."
I do like how it turned out, and I may have to make a couple more to keep on hand for these difficult times.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
I must say, I liked using the kit, and will be using more strips like this on future layouts. Great way to use up scraps but they also make fabulous accents!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
I love these type of stamps that look so great with minimal coloring!
Friday, November 2, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
In other smARTworks news, you've GOT to check out the fabulous specials this month - including 12% off all items. Wowzers! Plus there are some fabulous new images (love the vintage holiday stuff here and pretty much the entire supplement!) and they're even carrying these square Fabriano notecards now. Seriously, check it out!!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
They're great for holding photos (my sample has our adorable kidlets from two years ago), recipes, lists, receipts, whatever! They're small enough that they won't take up too much space, but they can hold quite a bit. And wouldn't these make great gifts? I'm thinking about letting the kids decorate a couple for their grandparents. One little note: I used ink on my samples, but there is some sort of finish on the hearts, so it was a rather messy endeavor. Paint would definitely work better (but just wasn't feasible for us to do in the time allowed). Everyone had fun making these, and I was thrilled to hear little squeals of delight throughout the room as the ladies admired their handiwork.
Papers from DCWV; ribbon from SU; buttons, gems, and rub-on were just from my stash so I'm not sure of the source
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Check out the other creations at In the Works, Mama Dini's Stamperia, Dee's Studio, Sweet Somethings, and Susiestampalot.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
1-I own 5 different brands of punches.
2-All my ribbon tied together would reach from my stamp room to my mail box or beyond.
3-I have at least 10 shades of green ink.
4-I know at least 3 ways to make my images look grounded.
5-I have at least one stamp in my collection that is a vehicle without wheels.
6-I have at least one stamp that has an image of some sort of antique.
7-In my stamp room is a needle, a bottle cap, and a piece of fabric (remember Let's Make a Deal when Bob wanted to see what was in your purse?).
8-I use some form of make-up in my stamping now and then.
9-I know at least 3 ways to make paper glittery.
10-I have shaving cream, rubbing alcohol, and bleach in my stamping supplies.
11- I have at least 5 kinds of adhesive.
12-In my stamp collection I have all three: an eagle, an owl, a hummingbird.
13-I have at least 15 kinds of flower stamps (tulips, roses, etc.)
14-I have more designer/decorate paper than I could use to make 200 cards.
15-I have at least 8 colors of silk/fabric flowers.
16-I have embossing powder that is at least 5 years old.
17-I have used an iron in my stamping more than once.
18-I have 10 or more background stamps.
19-My stamp collection includes a jar, a telephone and a typewriter/computer stamp (all 3 for the point!).
20-I have 3 or more pair of straight edged scissors or cutting tools.
21-I have at least 6 shades of blue cardstock.
22-I know 3 ways to attach a ribbon to a card.
23-I use transparencies in my stamping.
24-I know how to paint with reinkers.
25-I have at least one card in my stamp room that has 8 layers on it.
26-I have done paper piecing or paper applique before.
27-I have made a card with at least one element that uses origami.
28-I know how to resist emboss.
29-I store my markers horizontally.
30-I have at least one stamp or stamp set that is about chocolate.
28-30: We will have to bury you with your stamps when you die. You need inpatient treatment.
23-27: Yep, you are addicted, Without an intervention soon, you will quickly reach the level above this one.
18-22: Come on, you can do better. Take a few weeks off work and stamp!!!
17 and UNDER: There is still hope for you. Spend a bit more time reading blogs and shopping in stamp stores and you will make progress.
Anyone wanna guess my score? ;)
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Things will be fairly quiet around here for another week or so - my folks are visiting, plus we have some other events we're involved with. I will be back on Saturday, though, as I'm taking part in a Sketch "Tea Party." Check back then!!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Well, this is going to be my last "One Smile" card for awhile. I have just recently started to really use my Prismacolor pencils, and I decided to have fun with them on this card. I was going for the vintage, hand-tinted photo look. (And why is that every one of those photos seems to have robin's egg blue in it somewhere?!) Anyway, I had fun coloring it in, and then roughed up the edges, attached a fancy paper clip, and mounted it onto some BasicGrey paper. BTW, the cool script on the background is another image from the set. I'm telling you, it is a great set full of potential!!
OK, off to the more mundane tasks that require my attention. Have a great weekend!
Friday, October 12, 2007
Gotta run - I'll post the second one sometime this weekend.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Now to get her mailed off!!
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
I don't enjoy mass production, but I just kept plugging away at these. Although they're quite simple there were a lot of steps. I computer generated the inside info, and stamped a baby hand over the birth info. I then sponged the outside, then layered on the blue gingham paper, photo, and sentiment (that was stamped, punched, and then accented with the ribbon). It felt so good to finally finish them!
sentiment from SU