Monday, May 23, 2011

Ribbon Candy

I am working on a scrap book page about a trip to Hammond’s Candies.  Of course it must have ribbon candy on it.  After seeing the selection (and price) of candy embellishments in the store, I decided to try and make my own.  I bought ribbon which I will cut down, fold and glaze.

I also found an old stencil which I will try coloring, cutting out and glazing. 

To be continued. . .

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Birthday Card

This card was intended for submission to Paper Crafts magazine, but due to computer problems, it did not make it.  The whimsical flowers are Hero Arts stamps colored with Zig markers.  I picked up the stitched grosgrain ribbon at Archivers and forgot to see who made it.  After a lot of searching I found clear flower gems (in two sizes) so I can color them any color I want.  After making this card, I decided a new corner rounder was needed.  The one I have does ½” rounds very well but the ¼” rounds are usually ‘off’.  I bought a Fiskars Squeeze Punch and it works great.

Cardstock – Bazzill White/OP & Blush Red Dark & Parakeet, Paper Trey Ink Lemon Tart
Rubber Stamps – Hero Arts flowers, Stampendous sentiment
Tsukineko Cardinal pigment ink with Zing clear embossing Powder
Zig & Copic Markers
Darice flower gems, red gems unknown
Yellow ribbon from Archivers
Corner rounder

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Garden Update

Our first baby bell pepper has arrived!

Lots going on in the garden, unfortunately planting has not been part of it.  It is just too cold for most of the plants to leave their sunny windowsill yet.  The potatoes and onions already planted are doing well though

 My Dad sent me a box of irrigation supplies (he manufactures all types of irrigation tubing) and hubby set up a wonderful system. 

Once we get the hose timer, it will be all done. 

He also fenced our garden to keep out wandering cats and other critters.  Both our dogs love green beans and one of them tried to eat one of the sprouts we have inside, so the fencing is to keep them away from the veggies also.

These indoor photos are from last week.

Green Beans






Hopefully the next photos will be of the plants in the ground!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Felt Flowers

This is the first time I die cut felt, the first time I used real wood and the first Tuesday Trigger I created for.   I think it came out with a happy Mexican feel and I am pleased.

Supplies: Sizzix die, felt from Michael's, Bazzill Blue Oasis Cardstock, Sheet Of Wood - Cherry, Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink

See’s Candy Grand Opening

I was trying to get caught up with my scrap booking and got this page completed.  Then I got a temporary cleaning job helping a friend get her house ready to sell so no more time.

See’s makes the best candy in the world and I used to have to drive almost 2 hours to get to a store.  Now there is one within a few miles!  I decided I wanted a black and white harlequin patterned background.  Sometimes knowing what you want makes it harder since I had to visit three stores before I found the perfect paper.  It is called Black Diamonds from Echo Park Paper.  The rest was mainly adhering everything to the page.  The jounaling box was made by cutting a scalloped square and then border punching the top and bottom of a piece of white cardstock. 
I hope hubby get me some See’s Candy for our anniversary!

Scraps of black and white cardstock
Black Diamonds paper from the Be Mine Collection, Echo Park Paper
Black letter stickers from Colorbök
Fiskars corner rounder punch, Stampin’ Up scalloped square die & scalloped border punch

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Color Challenge #4

From Paper Crafts Blog:  We just launched our Color Inspiration Challenge #4 today! CIC4’s color combination can be found in the Metallics section (p. 112) of Color Inspiration of Card Makers. The Bazzill equivalents are Gold Leaf Metallic, Satin Wedding White shimmer and Pinkini:
Since the only one of the Bazzill colors I could find is Pinkini, I used other gold and white shimmer to make this card for the family of a sweet lady who died recently.  Unfortunately I was not in time to enter the challenge, but I got a nice card anyway.

These  two cards used a brighter pink cardstock but the same gold and white shimmer.  The pearls were colored with a Copic marker to get the right shade of pink.  I have no idea where I got the ribbon with the prism stars woven in it, but I really like the way it looks with this card.  The sheer ribbon with swirls printed on it is one of my favorites.  I have it in several colors.

Cardstock – Bazzill Pinkini, The Paper Source Arctic Gold Metalic, Canson Effects Iced Gold (White)
Border Punches – Martha Stewart lattice, Stampin’ Up ruffles
Sentiments – Stampendous, stamped with Colorbox pink ink and embossed with Zing clear powder
White pearls unknown colored with an RV21 Light Pink Copic marker

Friday, May 6, 2011

Tie Dyed Birthday

Another Sister #3 request.  This is what I call an odds and ends card.  It used leftover tie dyed paper and odds and ends of trim.  You may be able to see a little shimmer – that is from some Glimmer Mist sprayed on for more color depth.

I am keen on using up odds and ends.  Not only because it doesn’t cost anything (which keeps hubby very happy), but because it makes room for new stuff (don’t tell hubby!).

Sandy Lion tie dyed paper (from 2000!)
Beaded trim from an after Christmas sale at Pier One many years ago
Striped ribbon from KI Memories, gold ribbon unknown
Sentiment is part of a Hero Arts birthday stamp
Kaleidacolor (Tsukineko) Creole Spice dye ink
Tattered Angels Aspen Yellow Glimmer Mist

Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Snowy Day

It has been snowing on and off today.  Hubby covered our baby plants outside with burlap and we had to move the others away from the window.  It is hard to believe we will be planting outside in two weeks!  Here are some updated indoor garden photos.


Broccoli & Peppers




Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Mothers Day Card

Sister #3 requested a card with “lots of flowers” for our mother.  Since my Mom likes lilacs I went with one big flower rather than lots of little ones.  I used a die to cut all the flower parts.  The leaves are cut from Mulberry Paper that I got ages ago.  The petals are from a tissue paper with fibers in it, but still very thin.  Also from ages ago.  My favorite paper to use for stems and tree trunks is this crinkled brown paper that I buy at JoAnn.  I thought of putting pearls in the center of each petal, but that seemed like way too many pearls and too much work, so I sprinkled lavender glitter on them while they were still wet.

I hope they don’t get crushed in the mail.

My husband played with the stem and flower outline and gave me some good ideas.  He said it looked like a bunch of grapes and if you stand the flower point up with the stem as a trunk it looks like a tree.  Isn’t it great to find more used for our supplies?  Since hubby sees ‘my stash’ without knowing what most of it is supposed to be, he comes up with lots of ideas.

Bazzill Celtic Green dotted cardstock
Background paper from Memory Box’s Frond paper pack, Stem paper from The Paper Company
Mulberry paper in green, Tissue paper with fibers in purple and lavender
Martha Steward border punch
Sissix Lilac die (this is an older die, they have a newer version out now)
Doodlebug lavender glitter