Friday, December 30, 2011

Almost end of the year!

Hello! The end of the year is upon us and I am definitively  ready to start a new adventurest crafting year! I have been doing a lot of blog hopping the past few weeks and you are going to start seeing me using different mediums,  folds and more than just cards. Plus, I joined a new design team which I will reveal on New Years Day!

 One of my favorite sites is  Stamp TV with Gina K. for she has a video for lots of fantastic techniques you would like to learn! Her stamps lines are so versatile and they stamp gorgeously on all kinds of paper and what I like the best is they come already pre-cut on cling cushion that you can use on acrylic stamping blocks.  She has her own line of paper. The Pure Luxury 120lb Heavy Base Weight Card Stock is great to use for the base of your cards or projects. It is thick but bends without the paper becoming jagged and tearing along the edge.

 I purchased the Natures Greetings Card Kit which has your paper, brads, ribbon and a DVD on how to make six different cards using various techniques.  It was so nice just following directions instead of trying to come up with ideas and you learn at the same time!! Hours of blissful fun and this is one of the cards I created with it.

TIP OF THE DAY:  How the butterflies were created by following Gina K's DVD. I stamped the butterfly several times on cranberry card stock with VersaMark watermark stamp pad and embossed it with black embossing powder. Using a small paint brush, I colored the butterflies with Clorox bleach and heat set it.  Isn't that a cool effect!!  Easy as 1-2-3!  Look at the different shades I got and it was a "no thinker!" You have to be very careful not to let the bleach reach outside of the embossed lines. Yeppers, I learned that on my own!  The design paper is included in the kit!

Happy New Years and my wish is you have a new year filled with peace, love, joy, and esp. good health!

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Six more wake-up days!

Happy Monday everyone! Six more wake up days and it's Christmas!!! Two of our grandchildren were here visiting for 3 days and we had so much fun. Nothing like a four and six year old to take you back to the magic of of Christmas!  Abbie said "How many more wake-ups until Christmas Grandma?" I replied "6"  Her eyes got real big as she grabbed her brother "Andew only 6 more wake-up days!!" Their excitement is so contagious and wonderful to be around! We took them to see Happy Feet 2 on Saturday and would you believe I got out of bed at 8AM to go to the theater!?!  The movie started at 9:55 AM and we wanted to go to the mall and tell  Santa what we wanted for Christmas and look at all the decorations! It was an awesome day from start to finish!

Today I did a marathon Christmas shopping!! I literally didn't have one present bought and so I got up early and headed for the malls and was back home by 6 PM! When I got home, I hurried up and took my make-up off and put my PJ's on so when hubby walked in the door it looked like I didn't budge all day! Hehehe Wait until he see's what he got for Christmas!! It put me back a little bit but he is so worth every single penny and then some! He will think I bought it for me and it really is for him! I will just borrow it:)

My cards today were made with an image from the Christmas Rose Digi Set at Fred She Said! I bought this candle last year and love the clean and simple cards I can make with it! My idea for my card today  came from visiting Tina Gilliland's blog! Tina used the partial embossing video by Gina K on Stamp TV which you can watch here!

Thank you for visiting with me today!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Santa's Hat - Mo's Digital Pencil

Happy Hump Day!! The week is almost over and I am finally starting to catch up a little bit! I have made over 20 cards so far this week and have about 15 more to go, but I am getting there! I didn't even photograph over half of them or you would be looking at Christmas cards until next Christmas and I am getting to the point I am ready to move on to other celebrations!

I had to share this card with you for I am so happy with the way it turned out and I might just have to keep this one! I used the cutest image from Mo's Digital Pencil! Oh my gosh I love the angelic face she created with the wishful look "Are you coming?" I love, love her images! Last night I bought one of her elf's swinging on a Christmas ball and I can't wait to color it!

I sewed gold thread with what I call my Snowflake stitch around the border and in it is so shimmery! All my thread was given to me by my mom who used to be quite the seamstress! I was looking at the various colors  when I spotted spools of silver and gold thread and guess how much they were in the 80's? Originally they were 45 cents each but had a sticker over top of the original 10/1.00!! Gasp!! Today I have no doubt they would be $7.00. Unreal!!

The tree is by Jolee's from last years stash.  Paper: 6 x 6 Lost and Found Christmas paper pad by My Minds Eye.  I cut the rug out with Nestability Scallop Oval  and embossed it with a Craft's Too Scroll Works embossing  folder to give it a little texture. DecoArt Glamour Dust which is a iridescent superfine glitter and sparkles big time!  Copics: R39, R37, R35, YG99. YG95 YG93, YG91!

Don't forget to stop by SCACD for all of your crafting needs!

Susana has been adding new products again!
Merry Christmas!


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Doggie treat bags for Simba and Bailey!!

Happy Sunday everyone! Eeeks this weekend went fast and I am still where I was last Sunday making Christmas cards for customers and hoping to have them all done by Wednesday!! Yesterday, I took time out to go to my local craft store,  Photo Scraps in Eldersburg, MD. I never realized how fortuante I was to have a huge privately owned craft store so close to me for it is less than 4 miles. I have been taking several of their awesome classes and have met woman who have traveled more than 2 hours to attend because  there was nothing closer to their homes.  Amazing! Today Lisa Halstead had these adorable Christmas doggie  and kitty treat bags, which I had to make!  I brought one home, not put together to show you how easy they are to do!  

This is the supplies you will need to complete this project.

Plus: Cuttlebug,  Nestability 1.75 inch scallop oval, 1 1/4 circle punch, score tape or tape of your choice, Christmas stamps or digi's, border punch, clear small baggie, small dog bones or kitty treats. 
  • Cut (green) card stock 9" x 3", Red 2 3/4" x 3 1/4" and green pattern  3" x 2 1/2". 
  • Score the 9" x 3" at 4" and 5"
  • Punch a 1.25 inch hole in the of the 4" x 3" section on the green card stock. Center your red and green pattern paper  on the 4" x 3 " section of the green card stock and punch a 1.25 inch hole in each. It is much easier to punch one hole at a time. 
  • Red pattern paper cut to 3 x 2 inch and score at one inch. Using any border punch cut a border on the 3" side of paper. 

Cut a 1.75 inch scallop circle using white paper. 
Using your 1.25 circle punch cut out the center of the scallop circle. 

Layer your circle punch paper together and 
adhere to the 4 x 3 inch section on the green card stock. 

Your bag should now look like this when folded on the score lines. 
Place the small dog bones or kitty treats in a small baggie and 
staple onto the inside top of the 5" x 3" green card stock.  

Fold your red pattern paper at the score line and attach it over the top of your green folded card stock. 
Decorate the front with anything you like. The word woof was printed by a stamp at the store but, you could do this yourself using word on your computer.  Cut around the word to give it a white outline.  Make a small tag and punch small hole at the end of it. Place twine or ribbon through the hole and tie into a bow. 
Sounds difficult but it is really easy to make and treat bags can easily be made for anyone and filled with red candy hearts for Valentines day! Lots of possibilities!

SCACD has so many new products including paper pads, 
embossing folders and lots more!! Check it out and 
wish yourself a very Merry Christmas!!

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

I believe!! Yes, I do! Suzanne Dean's Online Copic Classes!

Hello Happy Crafters! I love, love this card I made today for it is the spirit of children who make the season!! Do you still have children at home? I'll tell ya Christmas isn't the same without them!  We are never home on Christmas for we travel to where the grandchildren are! This year we don't have to go far for my daughter, Amy moved back to Maryland and is only 2 hours away! The rest of them live in PA, Las Vegas and Orlando and it makes it very hard not to see each one on Christmas morning. Amy has the two youngest grandchildren who are Abbie 6 and Andrew 4 and they get wide eye and so excited every time they talk about Santa. What is even more special is they know Christmas is really about the birth of Christ.  We always sing happy birthday and it puts the entire day into respective! I love watching their eyes when they see what's under the tree for they dance with excitement and yes glee!!

My card is made with Mo's Digital Pencil. image.   A lot of my customers are multicultural and I struggle sometimes to find the right images for their cards and why I love Mo's Digital Pencil! Mo does a lot of her images in multicultural hair and eye shapes and so if your looking for that special card Mo will probably have an image to suit your needs!!

Do you color with Copics?  Do you want to learn different techniques and ways of coloring- like a rusty vehicle, ethnic hair coloring, animal prints or how about hot pink?!! You can learn all of these techniques and more with Suzanne Dean, Color Me Creative Classroom Copic Class 5!!  With my image today I used one of Suzanne's techniques and I love it! My image didn't have any hair lines and I used the technique Suzanne teaches in  "Ethnic Hair" and was super please with it! If you do not know how to color with Copic, Distress Inks or Prisma Pencils and want to learn how...easy peasy head on over to CMC for online classroom lessons!  

Some day I will get my pictures taken in sunlight so you can see all the sparkle and shine they have!

Suzanne shows a little more of a highlight/ gap between the front and back of the hair rows and it does look better her way but I am still happy with the way it turned out for my first time!!  
  • Copics: Hair: E49, E29, E25, E35, E31, E50. Skin: E25, 23, E13, E11. Green: G29, G28, G24, G21. Red: R29, R27, R24, R22. Blue Strips: B16, B14, B12. 
  • Ribbon: was a gift. 
  • Stickles "Diamond"
  • My edging is actually gold adhesive strips but they look silver in the photo
New goodies at SCACD where you will find all of your crafting needs!
  • Gorgeous new Kaisercraft 6x6 paper pads-HERE
  • New Gorjuss Girl Stamps- HERE
  • Fun Flower Grab Bags- HERE
  • Very cool Wood Flourishes- HERE
  • Awesome new Memory Box Dies- HERE
Do you like to do challenges with fabulous prizes? Freebies, tutorials and a very friendly community of crafters? It's all at The Outlawz!!  Some of the wide site prizes are Oozak. com $50.00 Gift certificate; SCACD $25.00 Gift Certificate, Paper Temptress: A special goodie bad with over $20.00 of paper, Gilli Stamps; awesome goodie bag.....come on and play with us! 

Tip of the Day:  How to attache fine detail dies to your paper. I started buying very thin dies from Memory Box and Cherry Lynn Designs  and some of them are very thin and it's a PIA to try and glue down from top to bottom.  After my card is created I place the die cut in place and spray lightly with Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray:  Goosebumps texture spray adds unique speckled texture with the press of a spray button and it glues your die cut into place!! I love it!!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Letter to Santa

Happy Monday everyone!!  First I want to give a great big shout out to those that follow me and take the time to leave such loving comments.  You have no idea what a moral boost you give me with each one I read. Even the ones that say "I would have done this differently" for I will try it and sometimes I think "Hey I like that better that way!"  so thank you very much!

Did you have a great weekend? Ours was okay with lots of yard work.  Hubby cleaned up the rest of the leaves outside and I more or less did nothing!! LOL Seriously the only thing I did was work on some cards for customers and that list is getting bigger!! I need to make 38 more Christmas cards and if I don't speed up my rate I will be making them for 2012 orders! The Christmas cards I send out from us are store bought!! Every single year I promise myself I will do ours all year long and they'll be done. Well!! January comes and goes and February seems to early  to be working on Christmas cards and before I know it I am out buying them!  Terrible isn't it!

My card today is using this sweet "Letter For Santa"  image from Elisabeth Bell's Digi's.  I didn't have the right color of Christmas paper to match the rich blue coloring of her snow suit and of course my mojo decided to abandon me big time.  So I found solid blue paper that matched the coloring and drew white snow flakes with a Sharpie marker and added a few 3 D snow flakes! My version of clean and simple!!

 Do you like how big the snow flakes are surrounding the image!?! I thought ok let me use my Pearl pen and sprinkle glitter on top...what was I thinking!!! Now I have these globs of snowflakes but you know what!?! I decided to post it anyway!  In person it's really pretty and the snow flakes sparkle big time!

Copics: Hat and coat: B29, B26, B24, B21. Red: R29, R24, R21. Mail box: C7, C5, C3, C01, C00 Wood: E44, E43, E37, E50. Bird: B16, B12. Mouse: E34, E31.
Martha Stewart Flocking Powder,

SHOUT OUT FOR SCACD  new products alert!! Yummy more Memory Box Dies and they are to die for! New paper pads, Jorgus girl and whole slew of stamps. Also did you see the new stocking stuffers by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD...ah you need to leave now and go see all of the new things she collected.


Friday, December 2, 2011

SCACD release of Elisabeth Bell Odds and Ends Collections!

Happy Friday everyone! Welcome to the  SCACD's  release of the Elisabeth Bell  Odds and Ends blog hop!   8 adorable images and so cute to color and decorate! Each image can be used in multiple ways including Christmas, Happy Birthday,  Let's Party anything you want and they are wonderful stocking stuffers for your crafty friends or even for yourself! LOL

I have the pleasure of showcasing "Sharing Is Best" from the "Ends set!"  Isn't she as cute as can be! I love her face to pieces and you know I am a HUGE dog lover!! Look at my photo's on the right side bar! Sharing Is Best is sharing her yummy cookies with her brand new Christmas puppy!

Copics: Hair: E55, E53, E51, E50. Skin: E21, E00, E000, R20. Dress: BG02, BG01, BG000. R85, R83. RV10. Dog: E44, E43, E40. Apron: W00, W01
Spellbinders Die: Fleur De Lis Rectangles
Leaf Punch: Martha Stewart
Flowers: Wild Orchards Crafts.

The Design Team blog hop is filled with gorgeous creations from these two wonderful sets by Elisabeth Bell! You should have arrived here from the awesome creator  Dianne and after here hop onto the very talented Lorraine's blog!   If you need to start at the beginning you can start at the store blog : Follow Your Heart!  Have a great time!

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