Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Humming And Eating Away

Hello :o) I am so glad you stopped by today. Why??? Because it is the first day of this weeks Digital Tuesday Challenge. The challenge this week is Flower Power. What fun, who does not like to use flowers on their cards, scrap book pages and altered media.

Our sponsor this week is the totally awesome Karens Doodles. The winner of this weeks challenge will win 3 digital stamps of their choice!

I simply could not seem to color this week. After taking a couple of weeks off coloring, it just seems to have gotten sloppy :o( I am so sad because I love her images and own quite a few of them. Please stop by the challenge blog and see some of the images that the DT used. They are so totally beautiful.

Since I just could not get coloring to look right, I used a pre-colored image I had in my digital stamps file.

Why siggie is here I have no idea! Blogger did not have the code for it in the HTML draft, so I could not remove it. Grrrrrr...You can just scroll down a bit to see my card.
I used a simple paper tole technique for this cutie. I think that the flower being paper toled makes it look like the humming bird beak is really inside the flower.
I am not sure if you can tell, but I also paper toled the birds body, head and some of the further away flower petals. It gave them a wonderful embossed look being raised from the paper. I did winkle the bird a bit, so really want to practice the the technique. It is so fun, I am sure I will be doing it a lot in the future.
I am really liking this new to me embossing folder from Stampin' Up. It has been in the catalog for the past year and was not sure I liked it. I saw some cards made with it and decided I just had to have it, lol. I used it for the base layer and like how it embossed the back of the card front, too, adding interest to the inside of the card.

Something great happened when I was making this card. While I was waiting for the glue to dry, I sat out on my back porch. I have a few hanging baskets there and a humming bird came along and started feeding not a foot from me. I have never seen one close up before, they are so pretty and gentle. After feeding on about 10 flowers he/she stopped, just fluttering there. After about 10 seconds, it noticed me and flew to the next basket and ate away. How awsome and so ironic that I was working on a humming bird card! Maybe I should make more of them so I can see him/her again, lol

I hope you join us this week for the Digital Tuesday Challenge. I love to look at the entries and the winner will be so thrilled with this prize!


Monday, June 27, 2011

To Many Flower?

I have been dabbling in some more egg art the past few weeks. Here is the one I made using a real goose egg.
The picture is a silk print. I got the tear drop pearls, cord and flowers from Pizzazz Aplently. The flowers really should be a bit smaller, but since I don't understand the mm sizing it is a trial and error thing when ordering them. I am loving this store. She has so many items for paper crafts that can also be used with the egg art.
I added some pearl swirls to the side for an added touch. These I bought from and egg catalog. I know that they can be bought from paper craft sites, but they were less money buying from the egg art place. It is funny that items that can be used for paper crafts also are less at the egg art stores. While the items that can be used for egg art also, are less at the paper craft stores. So weird!
If you look closely, you will see that the shell is not exactly smooth. This is how you can tell a real egg has been used. The shine is from the pearlescent paint used to add the shine as well as to give the egg some extra hardness making it easier to work on with out breaking it.
The back only has a simple butterfly. It seems to add the perfect extra touch to eggs when adding something small to the back.

I hope you like the different type of craft. I know for this egg there is no paper involved, but they are so much fun to make. It is like embellishing a card without have to match paper and image, {{{wink}}}. After all, embellishing is the best part of paper crafting, lol

I do have more egg art under the egg category. Some are chicken eggs covered with Washi paper and glitter. Very pretty.


Friday, June 24, 2011

Flower Girl

Hello and thank you for stopping by my blog. Today I have a card that I made as a DT member for the Digital Tuesday Challenge a couple of week ago. Due to computer problems I was not able to upload it.

As always, I have a hard time matching the colors fo paper. I read about matching patterns which is quite easy, but the colors seem to baffle me. Anyone else have the same problem? Did you finally find and easy way to match it all up? I would love to hear your tips and tricks.

I adore the paper from Bearly Mine. I have so many that I sometime have a hard time choosing which ones to used. I did find some fun matching papers for this card.
Aren't the tulips cute. I really like the soft colors and ease of matching the other paper. I am not sure what this style is called but it looks like color splashes to me, lol
For the flowers I thought some flower soft would be fun. I finally bought an itty bitty paint brush, which makes all the difference when adding the glue to small areas. As I said before, I do not use the glue that comes with the flower soft. It is just to hard for me to squeeze out of the bottle. I use the Aleene's tacky glue instead and it works just as well in my opinion.

The image is from Spesch Designer Stamps. She is so adorable, I just had to choose her when the DT had the opportunity to choose an image to use. She is called Forest Elf and can be found here. I felt so badly getting a free image to use and then not being able to upload it for the weekly challenge. I am so glad that the computer is finally up and running so that I can share it with you.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

No Stamping Card

Wow, I can't believe how long it has been since I have posted! First the computer gave us fits, which lasted about 2 weeks. Then I was out of state for a few days. One would think that I would have had plenty of time to work in my craft room and I did. I lost my mojo, though, and could not think of a design or even match paper! Yikes, I felt like such a new crafter.

I finally decided to make a card without using stamps. That seemed so much easier to match up the paper rather than try to match the colored image to some designer paper. Here is what I came up with.

Isn't it just full of demension!

I purchased these butterflies from Penny who has an Etsy store HERE. Aren't the beautiful! They are about the same price as Prima, but are so worth it. She makes them and will take orders if you would like them in different colors. I also purchased some dragonflys that I have not used yet.

All I have are the silver colored crystal swirls, but I did not like how they matched the color scheme of the card. So I tried something new (or new to me anyway, lol) I colored them with my copics! I have done this with pearls before, but never thought of doing it with gems. I was able to get a perfect match to one of the butterflys.

As I said, I am having a brain block about designs, so the basic design of the card is very simple. 

Of course, as most of my cards do, the inside is a match to the outside design.

 Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you like this card :o)


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Quick and Simple Notecards

A few weeks ago, my Pastors wife asked me to make some note cards for a missionary wife that was going to visit the church. She showed me some home made cards that she recieved once when visiting a church. She loved the idea of home made note cards to send out. She only had one left though, so I decided to make her some.

First I made the folder using Paper Temptress White Gold card stock. You can see the beautiful shimmer of this paper in the photos of the note cards since it is used on every card. I used a template called All Boxed Up which was designed by Laruen Meader and is available at Papertrey Ink.

I have used this template several times with not trouble at all, but for some reason it printed all weird this time. The pockets were way to big and the folder is super tall. After altering the pockets and folder for everything to fit together, I embosses each pocket and the outside of the folder in silver.

I did adhere the pockets backward on purpose. I like the way it looks this way better, especially since I can stamp a nice image onto them this way.

I made 2 of each of these note cards for the folder.

This butterfly stamp is from Kitchen Sink and I love it. I cut it out and adhered it with dimensionals.

I made the whole set in no time yesterday afternoon, including working to fix the folder template. They go so fast expecially since there is no decorating of the insides.

I hope you all have a super weekend!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Dressing Up The Refrigerator

Not that I don't have enough magnets on my refrigerator, lol.  My husband likes to collect magnets from everywhere we visit. I just don't think they are very pretty, nor are they strong enough to hold more than one paper, if that. So...I decided to make some that are prettier and much stronger.

I used the retired Stampin' Up set called Stipple Flowers which is a set of 8. Using Staz On ink made them really easy to color without smudging. To color I used my much neglected Prisma pencils and gamasol to blend just a bit. The gamasol did not blend the shadowing on the flowers and leaves well. It did however blend the background colors to make them much smoother. After coloring, I coated the front and sides with 2 layers of Mod Podge glossy.

The tiles are about 2 x 2" and were bought as a 1 sq foot tile. They are so easy to remove from the tile backing so that there are plenty of this size to work with. The tiles are about 3/8" thick. They are nice and heavy, but using strong magnets, will not fall off whatever you put them on, even when holding up paper.
The magnets I used  are super duper strong. This one magnet will hold up to 5 sheets of paper or 3 sheets of thick paper, such at tickets to plays (which is what I am using one for right now). 

The kids (well, all in their 20's) bought my husband 2 tickets to see Fiddler On The Roof for his birthday. Funny, he is not artistic at all. Can't clap to music or even get the simplest of poems. yet, he loves musicals, especially this one. One of these magnets hold so well, there is no chance of misplacing the tickets or that they will fall off and blow under the refrigerator, lol

Anyway....I adhered them with a small dot of E6000 which is the duck tape of glues, lol. It adheres anything to anything, but is really to thick for using on paper. I love this stuff. It is definitely a must have for every craft room :o)
I buy these MagCraft magnets from Amazon here. Like I said, they are super strong and are relatively inexpensive compared to any other magnets I have seen. This particular size came in a package of 24 for $10.39, that is only .44 each!!! I think the price has actually gone up since I bought these. They are 1/2 x 1/16 ", the perfect size for this size mini tile.

If you haven't tried stamping and coloring on tumble tiles yet, go ahead and give it a try. It is SUPER EASY! You can by 4 x 4" tiles at Home Depot or Lowes. I made my daugher coasters for her first apartment with these, which you can see here, on my old blog. I also made some using napkins instead of stamping here, again on my old blog.

Have a great day! Hugs,

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

2 Cute

I am sorry I am late for the Digital Tuesday Challenge this week. I have had such computer problems again. This time the external drive crashed. That is where we backed up all the documents when the desktop had to be wiped clean 2 weeks ago. Of course, we had not backed up the back up file back onto the desk top yet, so my digital stamp file was next to impossible to access.

Thankful for the Geek Squad we were able to save my digi files, but lost all our pictures :o( They may be able to back but it will cost a minimum of $250.00 just for them to see if they can. Then an additional $500.00 for each tier of files they can recover for us! We just don't have that kind of money! That will teach us to wait and only have a backup on 1 hard drive.

Anyway...onto this week's Digital Tuesday Challenge. It was Anneke's turn to choose a theme, and she chose

Animal friends.

Simply create a card or other paper crafting project with the theme in mind, and don't forget to include something digital in your design.


Our fabulous sponsor this week is

2 cute Rubber Stamps
giving away either 2 rubber stamps or 3 digistamps to one lucky randomly chosen winner. The Design Team also had the chance to choose from a few cuties. I chose to use Butterfly Bear.

Since I have had such problems, I made a quick card for you today.
After coloring him, I added shimmer with my Sakura Glitter Pens. The paper was already embossed and glittered! Love when the paper is like that, lol

A few more embellishments and the card was finished. I adore those heart pearls. I won them with some blog candy, the very first time I ever won. It was so much fun to open the package!
Thank you for stopping by today. I am hoping to get into the craft room today. I have been having such a problem with my mojo. I can hardly think of designs to make. I did start a project that I think I will finish today and share tomorrow :o)

Have a great day, Hugs,