Friday, December 16, 2011

A little late but better late then never

So I just picked up some die-cuts from K&Co. I just love vintage Christmas images, my absolute favorite style of art.

On this card I used:
~Stamps: Christmas Cling stamps by Recollections.
~Tinsle embossing powder by Recollections
~Liquid Pearl in Bisque by Ranger

Thanks for looking,

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Modified frames

Boy its been a pretty busy summer so far. I've barely been able to do anything artsy or crafty so last night the crafting itch got too strong and so I just set everything aside to focus in my room.

So one sat we (Dh & I) stumbled upon a cool tiny town called Franklin, its actually still part of our city but not at the same time. Anyways, there is a guy there with a pretty awesome shop and I've managed to pick up some cool little things. Two of those things are what today's post is about.

I took a before picture with my phone but this morning all the pictures magically disappeared so I found the frame style from the makers. 

The frame is a 4x6 - 3 series from the Aaron Brother's Adel line of frames. The one on the right looks pretty similar but those look smaller then 4x6 get the look though.

These are totally cute frames but just a bit plane for my taste so I had to go and make them extra special.

Here is my pretty little creations, now I just need to find the right photos to add in.

Here is a close up of one of my new fav. stamp sets. I just love how rich the Bravo Burgundy came out.

Layering all the stamps worked really well for these frames. I think I used a total of  7 stamps for the background alone. 2 sets were used for the burgundy stamping.

What I used:
  • Stamps: Butterfly Garden**(*New fav. Set. PinkPaislee), Happiness Shared, French Fillagre (SU!), French Script (Le Blanche)
  • Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, More Mustard, Old Olive (SU! Classics), Walnut Stain & Frayed Burlap (Tim Holtz)
  • Frames: Adel (Aaron Brothers)

Till next time,

Friday, May 27, 2011

PSC: Bee-utiful Wish

A fun little card with a few of my favorite stamps. I heat embossed "Wish" in 

What I used on this card: 

  • Paper: Scraps, Kraft (generic)
  • Ink: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze (SU! Classics)
  • Stamps: Natures Walk, Script stamp (unknown), Wish (Studio G)
  • Stickles: Shabby Shutters

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Grapevine Wreath for Spring and Summer

I've finally made my first wreath ever and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. It was pretty low on the cost scale since I got the Grapevine Wreath for free from a friend who didn't think she could put it to good use. I must say this thing was a bit intimidating at first (it actually lived in my crafting chest for about 4 months before I dared to touch it)because I had no clue what to do with it. One day I was at J's and came across these cute little Lavender bundles that were $1 so I thought maybe this would be cool. I hunted down those other picks which had a 40% off sign above, score right? Wrong, it turns out that discount marker was put in the wrong spot but luckily I had coupons so I still got em on sale. 
Don't you just hate it when that happens?  Personally I can't stand to pay retail, even when its tiny things like these too.

Typically something so asymmetric doesn't appeal to me
 but for whatever reason this does in a very nice way.

I used my Slice to cut out all the butterflies and gave them fake bodies with the help of some Stickles.

This was a fun little project to make so I think I might start making more of these for each season from now on.

I'm on a roll this week, maybe my mojo is back :D

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

PSC: Everything and the Kitchen Sink

I just went a little nuts on all the embellishments here. I made 2 tags, topped it with a metal rose that I picked up in the clearance jewelry section at M's. I also managed to sneak in real little pearls onto this too...I was also playing with my new Cuttlebug too, love that thing.

Thanks for checkin in with me,

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

PSC: Birthday Card

"The Moment may be temporary but the memory is forever."
A client of mine had a birthday last week so I made this card for her. I hope that all of the temporary moments of her birthday will be a beautiful memory that can last forever.

I managed to use my new set of Spellbinders as well as a Cuttlebug folder and I must say I'm really loving that little machine. Until we decide how we're going to change up the loft I've decided to be a space conscience as possible and the Cuttlebug fits in just right.

What I used on this Card:
  • Prima Flowers
  • Spellbinders Die
  • Bling (no brand)
  • Diamond Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)
  • Paper: All random bits from the stash
  • Stickles Distress in Shabby Shutters
  • Snaps: Creative Memories
  • Clear Expression (unknown)
  • Stamps: Nature Walk (SU!)
  • Ink: Cajun Craze, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake and Old Olive (SU! Classics)
Thanks for lookin,

Monday, May 23, 2011

I have busted out my new set of Spellbinders and holy moly they are soooooo COOL!!!
They are like the greatest thing cream! Now I get why everyone is into them and I must say I need to get more. 
I might make this card again and do something different in place of the flower as I'm not totally loving it but my MIL loved it so I thought maybe I was being my own worst critic and decided to post this anyway. I will keep playing with this card layout since I like how the banner looks against the die cut thingie.

What I used:
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso (SU!), Metallic Purple from a Cats Eye set and Walnut Stain (TH DI)
  • Paper: Scraps from my drawer
  • Stamps: Notably Ornate and Nature Walk (SU!)
Thanks for lookin,

Sunday, May 22, 2011

PSC: Since its been a touch windy...

I thought I'd make Pinwheels!....for my garden. 
I recently potted a fern and placed it by my front door but it was a bit bland.
I think a few of these will do the trick to liven up that plain little fern.
Its rather late so instillation with happen some time tomorrow. I'll also need to rotate my sprinkler head as well as it completely soaked attempt #1's sassy pinwheel that I had make a week or so ago but forgot to photograph until it was too late.

In the center of my pinwheel is 2 decorative buttons glued together.
I made this from a 6x6 scrap piece of paper from my pile.

I got a few cards done so those posts will fallow along soon,

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Long time no talk...

Hi everyone,

I've been in a bit of a funk lately. My mojo is hanging on by a tread and I think its because I've been so busy with work. I sit down to create and I'm just not feelin' too much but the past couple of days I've been trying to do little things to bring it back. I did a little bit of drawing and I also picked up my very first Spellbinders set too so I'm pretty excited to get crafty with those. 

So the cards I'll share with you today were some I made a month ago for a friend of mine who's Mother passed very unexpectedly. I didn't know how to help so I offered up my creativity for her and made her these Thank You cards. Her mom loved the ocean so they had a lot of ocean colors for her Memorial and I've carried it through to the cards. 

What I used for these cads:
  • Ink: Early Espresso, Baja Breeze and Crumb Cake (SU! Classics)
  • Ribbon: Early Espresso (SU!), Blue shade is unknown
  • Stamps: Four Frames (clear), French Foliage(wood mount) and Friends 24-7
  • Punch: Frame punch (SU!)
  • Glue: Sticky Strip (SU!), Dimensionals (SU!)
Off to create something new, wish me luck!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Spring is Blossoming Info

Hiya Everyone, 

Starting today if you order $20 or more you can qualify to purchase the new Decorative Labels Stamp set and Paisley Petals Designer Paper pack. These are previews to the new 2011-2012 Catalog that is going to be released....not soon enough :).

Aren't those papers gorgeous?!?! The detail on the stamp set is great too, I love labels and I'm totally in love with these!

I'm going to go off and play with all my new toys, I'm in such a creative mood now!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Glass Glitter!!!!!!

So in the order that I received a few days ago I mentioned that I got some pretty fun stuff. I tried to use quite a bit of it on this card. I finally ordered some Glass Glitter and all I can say is holy moly this stuff ROCKS!!!!!!!!! I'm not talkin' alternative soft rock I'm talkin full on hardcore ROCK! Sadly the picture cant even fully translate how awesome this stuff is, I used sticky strip to adhere it into place, scraped at my test run with a credit card and that stuff was stuck on there pretty good, barely any came off.  I also picked up some new colors of ink too, loving Perfect Plum and Baja Breeze!

Anyways, onto what I used on this card:

  • Stamps: Nature Walk, Decorative Labels, French Foliage (a must have set IMHO, I hope ya'll got it when you could) all from SU!
  • Glue: Sticky Strip (SU!)
  • Glass Glitter in Champaign
  • XL Label Punch
  • Ink: Perfect Plum, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede 
  • Paper: Part of Project Scrap Clean up...yup I'm still going at it :D

Hope you like the card as much as I do,

Sneek Peek for a new stamp set from SU!

I'm pretty excited, I finally got my SU! box in the mail yesterday and inside was quite a bit of fun stuff! 

Like the banner? Its a NEW stamp set that is the spring preview set for the 2011-2012 Look Book catalog. This is just one of the 4 stamp sets that come in the Four Frames Stamp Sets (W:$20.95, C: $15.95) and I also picked up the XL Decorative Label Punch...I love love love how these all fit together! I don't know how but I managed to leave off the new Decorative paper that is also premiering with that stamp set.

Starting April 1st if you order a minimum of $20 you will qualify to be able to purchase the Decorative Labels Stamp set and Paisley Petals Designer Paper.

What I used on this card:

  • Stamps: Nature Walk, Decorative Labels (SU!), Alphabet (Hero Arts)
  • XL Decorative Label Punch
  • Thick String
  • Inks: Early Espresso, More Mustard, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Bravo Burgundy, So Saffron (SU! Classics)
  • Markers: Certainly Celery and a Blank Marker  (SU!)
Hope you like it,

Beautiful weather has returned and so have I

Spring has come to Elk Grove and my family and I couldn't be happier. We spent a pretty big amount of time outside, cleaning up the Winter mess and seeing if any of the Berry bushes we planted last summer survived the winter and it looks like 3/4 of them have! Even the Virginia Crawler fence plant survived, I thought it was dying in the fall but I've got buds. I'm hoping it will start to really crawl and grow all over my back brick wall to give a rustic look to the brick.

I was avoiding being in my craft space since I shared the Loft with my Babushka and now that she isn't there its a little lonely. Our house is quiet, no hum of the oxygen concentrator so I've started to listen to music in there since I don't have her to sing to me either.

I had this weird little metal bird that I bought from Cost Plus-World Market a couple years back, I've grown to really dislike this bird and for some reason its just stuck out like a soar thumb to me lately. So decided I needed to make it pretty, this is the first project I undertook when I went back into the loft. 

Say Hello to my little friend!....I couldn't help myself, so here is my little Babushka Bird. I was really surprised with how adorable it has turned out to be. It was this ugly little gun metal gray bird but now I think its found it true look.

I used Mod Podge to get the small strips of paper to adhere to the metal which I was surprised by how easily it worked. After I got all the paper on I let it dry and then applied some ink to give it a little vintage look (I could have inked the paper had I thought of it earlier), then after a  10 min. drying time I followed it with another layer to seal the ink in place.  Finished it off with some flowers and ribbon and wah-la! Oh I did discover that glue dots did not want to permanently adhere the flowers to the mod podged bird so I used Glossy Accents to get that and the bling of the eye to permanently stick.

What I used on this Bird:

  • Metal Bird 
  • Junky Book
  • Flowers: Prima and Hero Arts
  • Ribbon: unknown
  • Ink: Antique Rose, Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain (TH-Distress Pads)
  • Bling: unknown
  • Mod Podge
  • Glossy Accents (Ranger) 

Thanks for reading,

Sunday, March 20, 2011

It's been a rough year...

Hi everyone, 

Today at 11am my husbands Babushka (Grandma) passed away. A week ago we took her to the hospital and my MIL and I have spent the whole week at the hospital with her but sadly today we lost her. She was a woman who inspired and touched everyone she came in contact with. 

Last summer we asked my MiL (Luba) and Babushka to move into our home. My DH and I felt that since Babushka was getting older it was time to Luba to quite her job and just focus on taking care of her mom full time so she could insure that her mother got the best care for however long God was willing to grant us with her. It was such a joy having both of them with it, one thing I loved the most about Babushka was how she would sing. Her voice was like that of a little bird, delicate, sweet and it would fill our house in the best sort of way that is hard to put into words. 

I'll be focusing on taking care of Luba for a bit so I might not be posting for the next couple of weeks.

Thank you all for your understanding,

Babushka on Christmas Eve 1020, the day before her 89th birthday.
She watched after us while here but now she'll have to watch from Heaven until we meet again.
I'll love you, always.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

PSC: Perfect Mason II

This is the last one I created for the Laney set I sent out. I ended up sending a total of 20 cards to be divided into 2 sets of 10. I really love that mason jar, it was the last one I had. I hope whoever ends up with these cards, really enjoys them.

Thanks for looking at all of these,

Flower Blooms

Another card in the Laney Collection. I used a sheet from the Garden Party stack my mom gave me the last time she came for a visit. I used the water splatter stamp I love so much to add just a little extra something to this card.

Have a good night,

PSC:Bold Cake

PSC/Laney double duty card. I used Ranger Glossy Accents to adhere my glitter on the cupcake.
I'm not sure how well you can see it but up on top is a little heart.

Thanks for lookin',

PSC: Many Blessings

This little card is pulling double duty as a PSC as well as a Laney card.
I was hoping I would be able to head down south this weekend to take the cards as well as a special cake but since I'm still trying to recover I think I'll be skipping all that and sending the cards out in the mail. My MIL knitted a very soft pink scarf to be auctioned off as well that I've paired with a matching mini card too.

Sorry if I'm slow on replies, this flu bug is kickin' my bum.

OMG! I thought I posted this on Tues night. 2 days late, here you go. I am feeling much better then I was 2 days ago but the flu flared up my neck injury and now I have a cough which is making it all worse :(. I'm going to get some tea and then post a few more blogs for today. :D

Monday, March 7, 2011

Butterfly Adventure

This card is part of a group of cards that I've made to send off to a silent auction to benefit my cousin Delaney. 

Until next time,

Sunday, March 6, 2011

PSC: Frame

Hi all, sorry I've been m.i.a but I changed my brokerage right after valentines day and had to build a whole new website. I got into the card making mood again late last week only to catch the Flu from my Dh this weekend. Needless to say I'm not feeling all that great but I was able to get pics of my cards before I got sick so I'll be posting them off and on this week.

take care,

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

I meant to post this on Sunday but I forgot my cards at my friends house, ops. These are quickie photos, sorry if the quality isn't as good. 

Card 1:
This card is featuring one of the new stamp sets from the 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog that just came out.

Card 2:
I started out trying to make a "simple" card...this is what happens when I try to do simple, I get elaborate. :)

Card 3:
This was a card we made in a class I held this past sat as a quick little 5 minute card.

Oh no I forgot to photograph one of my cards...I'll have to take some pics and post this in another post. 

Happy Valentine's Day,

Saturday, February 12, 2011


It sure does look like used 2 different color inks on the background doesn't it?
Truth be told that is the exact same color but for the lighter shade I didn't build up the color to give it the true Bravo Burgundy shade. I also used a clear acrylic stamp which made this technique easier since I could see if I had too little or too much ink on the stamp.

What I used on this card:
  • Cardstock: Pretty in Pink (SU!), Random Ivory scrap
  • Ink: Bravo Burgundy and Basic Black (SU! Classics) and a random shade of pale magenta from a cat's eye stack.
  • Pop Dots
  • Stamps: XoXo (unknown), Demask from a Prima Clear set.
I'll be doing a stamp workshop today so I will 3 very cute cards to share with you tomorrow.

PSC: Clean vintage card

What I used on this card:

  • Cardstock: Black random scrap, Pretty in Pink (SU!)
  • Ink: Basic Black (SU!)
  • Gold Embossing Powder
  • Stamps: Friends 24-7, Day of Gratitude (SU!)

Have a beautiful Sat!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Keys to my Heart

Here is one of the cards I made this past week.

  • Cardstock: Kraft (generic), Red (SU!)
  • Stamps: French Foliage, Artistic Etchings, Baroque Motifs Stampin' Wheel (SU!) Love you much sentiment from a retired set.
  • Ink: Soft Sued, Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Thanks for looking,