Monday, December 31, 2012

Glitter Birthday

These sparkly packages were for a Paper Trey Ink Make It Monday challenge.  I just didn’t get the pictures taken in time. 

I discovered that my Xyron adhesive is too old to get complete coverage on the edges, so I had to use some glue to get the glitter to stick.  Some glitters work better than others – opague, fine & bright colors work well.


Supplies – Package bow stamp is from DeNami; Assorted papers and ribbons from my stash; Flower is from JoAnn Stores.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Pink & Orange Damask

Isn’t this photo interesting? You can find the original Tuesday Trigger post at

This bedroom is so not my style. The almost rough black and white blanket with the ornate gold bed frame with the orange and pink toile wallpaper is a lot of contrast and I certainly never would have considered an aqua headboard for this room. Yet, it all works.

To create my interpretation, I started with three backgrounds – one with bright pink embossing powder (which is certainly bright), clear powder over pink & orange ink which came out mostly orange, and gilded gold powder over pink & orange ink which came out mostly gold.   I guess the pink ink was too light to show up on the orange cardstock.

The gold along the top is a sticker. Isn't it beautiful?  This is the first time I have used this Peacock stamp but it will certainly be used more now.  It (she? he?) is beautiful in black and white, imagine the possibilities in color.

Here I mixed the black and white of the blanket with the pink and white of the linens from the inspiration  photo. The pink and white background paper was made by spraying dark pink and pearl Glimmer Mist on white paper. Parts of the butterfly were colored in with a black pen. I think a Spica pen would have looked great on this – one more item on my long list of tools (or toys) I would like.

Sorry it is blurred.  It looked great on the camera.
Another card using the Glimmer Misted paper. The square image double matted on black and white reminded me of the geometric pattern of the blanket from the inspiration photo.

Thanks for visiting,

Cardstock – Bazzill Tangelo Blast, Canson Iced Gold (peacock), white and black
Stamps – Holly Berry House Butterfly (special edition), Great Impressions Peacock, Wordsworth Roses Square, Paper Trey Ink Damask Designs background
Ink – Tsukineko Serenade Pink Shade, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Cherry Limeade and Pearl
Embossing Powders – Clear, Black, Gilded Gold (clear & gold), and Ranger Candy Pink
Fibers – Offray edged ribbon, Great Buy! wide blue ribbon, unknown sheer blue
Sticker – Mrs. Grossman’s Fall Vines, Metal

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Lavender Lattice

I wanted to enter the Die Cutting Challenge on the Moxie Fab Blog ( ) and I am very fond of lattices.  The idea of white wood lattices with vines and flowers growing on them is so romantic.  I just want to sit under them and drink tea (silver teapot, china cups and a servant to bring them of course).

My goal was to use these corner dies to create lattice squares.  Two of the dies in this set are symmetrical and created squares (more or less) with a wonderful woven look.  It is harder than you would think to keep them square and even.

For the two unsymmetrical dies, I tried a different look.  I used the corners as corners (how inventive!) and also made rectangles with four of them.  The last corner die I used to make a medallion which ended up looking like a cross, so I will give it to my friend to celebrate her baptism.

Patterned Paper – lavender print unknown, pink print and green print from Creative Memories
Cardstock – Coredinations Gemstones in Amethyst
Stamps – Hero Arts “Flourish Wave with Hearts”
Ink – Clear embossing with Ranger “Bridal Tinsel” powder
Dies – Sizzix Architectural Accents
Fibers - Horizon Fabrics lavender ribbon, Archiver's die cut trim, JoAnn cream ribbon
Flowers – Prima Got Flowers Deux, The Paper Company Studio metal flowers, Hero Arts flower gems
Other – Rhinestones, Sakura Gelly Roll pen

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

New Year Chickens

This was their first whole coop cleaning.  They handled it pretty well since they had scratch (chicken candy) to distract them. 

As you can see, Hildegard Pauline is no longer bald, but she does have a lot of downy feathers. 

Johanna has stopped laying eggs now due to the shorter days of winter.

Hubby keeps going out to talk to them, thinking that will make them lay!

Monday, January 23, 2012

South Carolina

The ladies group is on the move again.  This trip was to Hilton Head Island, SC.  The background paper is one of my favorites – I bought an entire pack of it.  QuicKutz made the ornate sign die which seems to belong in the South, especially places like Charleston and New Orleans.

Paper –Reminisce “My Kitty” (I use the back side), The Paper Company Solar White, black scraps
Punches – Family Treasures
Die - QuicKutz
Stickers – State of Mine, Tie Me To the Moon “Travel Borders”, ocean quote & vellum sentiment unknown

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Our Garden in Fall

We harvested the last of our produce in preparation for the coming snow.

Even the strawberries have their fall colors on.  I picked about 5 berries before mulching and covering them for winter.  Wow, strawberries in October!

These may be Japanese Maples.  They are volunteers from our neighbors yard.  The next day
they were covered with snow.

These wildflowers were blooming in October.

That is it for our garden until we start sprouting seeds in the house.  Next year we will have a plot at least twice as big and this years garden will become my fruit garden.  Us California girls have to have our fruit.

Puppy Sympathy

My puppy sister died recently after 16 years of fun and love.  I made this card for my Dad and Step-mom.  The brown poodle is Miss Molly with her favorite toy, a sock.  The others are loved ones who have gone before – Coco, Grandma and Grandpa.

Supplies for all cards
Cloud Paper – Heidi Grace Designs Baby|Clouds, scraps of white & brown cardstock, Pink with paw prints from BoBunny
Stamps – Grandma & Grandpa from AIPs V.I.P.s, sentiment from My Sentiments Exactly!, sock unknown
Ink – Momento Tuxedo Black, ColorBox black
Dies – QuicKutz poodle
Other – BoBunny Brads, Tombow & Marvy markers

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Comfort Card in Neutrals

Blue Eyed Yonder

Here is the Tuesday Trigger photo from the Moxie Fab Blog.

I was inspired by the neutral palette and the ruffled flowers.  My interpretation uses a unique technique – stamping with sweetened condensed milk.  It gives a glossy, toasty color when heated.  The edges of the textured paper are torn and sanded to reveal the yellow core which adds a bit of color.  Isn’t the trim beautiful?  I found it in a booth at an antique mall.

Paper – Coredinations Whitewash Collection in Butter Churn, Coredinations Gemstones in Jasper, Bazzill French Vanilla, Worldwin Papers Colormates in White
Stamps – Great Impressions Dandelions and Seeds Blowsing, Stampendous Sympathy set
Ink – Ranger Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
Dies – Frame from QuicKutz Jolly set
Other – Mark Richards Glitter Dome glitter dots, vintage trim

Here's The Scoop

These cards are for the “Map to Your Heart” Challenge on the Moxie Fab Blog.

I spent days thinking about maps and designing cards in my head, but none seemed quite right.  Then I saw my “Here’s the Scoop” stamp and I instantly knew what I wanted to make.  Version one uses lighter colored maps but I didn’t have the cone quite right.  It was too big and the waffling (this really is a word!) was too square.  Version two uses brighter colored maps and I really like the way the cone turned out.

Here is a hint for you – try the library and thrift stores for old travel books and maps, perfect for crafting projects.

Paper –
Reminisce Road
Trip (blue map), all others are from old travel and tour books
Card – The Paper Company in cream
Stamp – DeNami Design
Ink – Tsukineko Memento “Tuxedo Black”, Stampin’ Up Earth Elements stampin’ spots (old color palette)
Markers – Tombow

Leaves At The Park

A ladies group from church went to see fall color way back in September.  I am finally getting caught up on my scrap pages for the bulletin board.

I used punched leaves to spell out the title for the Cool Tools challenge on the Moxie Fab Blog. 


The original top of the paper did not fit my theme so I covered most of it, leaving the brown border to represent tree trunks and the pink zigzag to represent the mountains.

Paper – Carolee’s Creations Flower Garden Pattern B, Printworks Apple Green Elegant Leaves, scraps of many colors and patterns
Punches – Family Treasures, EK Success
Large leaves – Hero Arts stamps, Copper ink & embossing powder
Writing – Creative Memories pen

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Pillows and Cards

My sister decided we would make felt pillows for our family for Christmas.  She told me this just before I arrived at her house for a visit.  Needless to say I did not have much say in this decision.  Little sisters can be bossy, especially little sisters who are teachers.  We designed and made the pillows together and had a great time.  Everyone loved their pillows.  We told them (and ourselves) that they were intended to be ‘rustic and homemade’ to cover up any imperfections.  Later, I made cards to match each one.





Supplies for all cards (for specific info, leave a comment)
Patterned Paper – Paper Pizazz, Daisy D’s
Other Paper – silver vellum
Stamps – “Penguins at Play” from Memory Box, Poinsettia from Hero Arts,
Sentiment Stamps – “Vintage Ornaments” from Paper Trey Ink, Embossing Arts, Stampendous
Ink – Tattered Angels Glimmer Spray in Sapphire
Ribbon – Stats
Dies – Cuttlebug snowflakes
Other – Marvy Uchida Liquid Applique

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Counting Cards

I can't believe it has been 2 months already!  How time flies during the holidays.  Here are some new cards to get you going for the new year.  2012 already!

These cards are for the Tuesday Trigger on the Moxie Fab World Blog. 


First I used all kinds of number stickers to decorate a piece of cardstock



Then the numbered cardstock was cut into quarters and run through my Big Shot to emboss it.  I rounded the corners and backed them with some striped paper, which also had the corners rounded.  Since quilts are usually tossed onto a chair (unless you are my hubby, who folds them and places them just so) I mounted them on the cards off center.  The background cards have been sprayed with glimmer mist.  I only had three of the colored frames, so one has a plastic slide mount.  Even my smallest alphabet stamps were too big for the frames so I wrote the sentiment.

Stamps – Hero Arts Dot Letter Alphabet (for the slide mount sentiment)
Ink – Tsukneko VersaColor Rainforest, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Embossing Powders – Clear
Stickers – any I could find in every color I could find
Accents – Colored frames (with brads) from Queen & Co., Slide mount from Powder Sensations
Embossing – Sizzix Harlequin, Large Dots and Fourish plates
Cardstock/Paper – Worldwin Papers Colormates White, unknown striped paper, The Paper Company white notecards

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