Thursday, February 13, 2014

My latest projects were for a Christmas swap on the Cricut message board. We had to make a bunch of different items following some directives. I really enjoyed making all of these and tried to do something different for each. Let me start with my snowflakes. They were made using clock hands and a small circle token. Super easy!!!
Then I made a canvas. I used various TH stencils, paints, glitter, etc. I added a poinsettia that I die cut and added glitter to. I found a saying that I liked and added it on using different types of media.
I then made some note cards using black & white glossy cardstock, Judikins mica gloss paint and a stamp. You put a drop of a few different colors of the paint on white glossy cardstock. Then take another piece of white cardstock and lay it on top. Smooch them around a bit to blend in the colors. Take of the top piece and use these as your paint pallet. Press your stamp into the paint and then onto the black cardstock. I love this filigree type stamp!!!!
I am not the greatest at making mini albums bit I really liked this vertical  paper bag one. I made a Beach themed one and though that Christmas would be a great one also. It has about 80 spots for photos, journaling or whatever you want. I added more pockets, tags, and spots to use. There are lots of steps and it is very time consuming but I love how they both came out!!!! Here is a picture of the outside and another of the inside showing all of the pages.

I made a couple tags also. One is using an embossing folder with  Distress paint, inks and heat embossing. The other is using fragments. Both are using Tim Holtz ideas and materials.

Okay, 1 more and I am done for today!!!! This is one of my all time favorite projects. It is right up there with Silas. LOL
  I decide to do a shadowbox. The theme for this was snowman. I had to really think about it because my partner lives in Florida and I know they don't have snowmen there.  So I decide to go with "things that people do in winter." I had such a great time figuring out what I wanted to do for each little box. First I covered all the boxes with paper and tied them together with tissue tape. (I learned this at a Tim Holtz class I went to). Starting at the top left. I added skis, a sled and ice skates.  Next is a tree and a deer(winter to lots of people) Top right is a glass dome filled with Aruba shells and sand( for her home state of Florida). Next is a basket filled with greens and berries next to a bottle of snow. Of course I had to have a snowman!!! The box to the right is games. who doesn't play games in the winter. I added dice, domino,  puzzle piece, monopoly house and bingo things(10-5 for her birthday) Bottom left is for Christmas with a wreath, bulb and decorations. Center box has 2 red birds on tree branches. (Reminds me of winter) The last box is for New Years with a bottle and a fancy drink!!!!! I added feet and a few snowflakes and then added a small amount of spray snow to finish it off.
Hope you enjoyed my projects and I was going to say I will post more often but I can't promise that will happen!!!!!!


I really was going to keep up with my blog but I just seem to forget all about it. I was in a few swaps around the holidays, we went to Nashville in early Dec, Costa Rica in Jan and all this snow is driving me nuts!!!! DH and I have been on a puzzle kick recently also. I think we have done 8 of them in the last month.
First I will post a few pictures of Nashville and Costa Rica and then show you a few things I have  crafting.
We saw Rascal Flatts at the Ryman Auditorium, went Honkey Tonkin on Broadway, saw the King and Queen of Country music at the Hall of Fame and they even had Kelley Pickler's dress she wore when she won  the Mirrorball trophy on Dancing with the Stars. A great time for sure. we will return someday.

We went on our January group trip to Costa Rica. I ended up sick for 4 days but we made the best of it. We managed to get off the resort and go on a riverboat ride where we saw iguanas. crocodiles and monkeys. The view from our room was beautiful!!!!!


Monday, September 23, 2013

Time sure has a way of slipping right by!!!!! September is almost over. WOW!!!!

 I have been busy doing some Fall cleaning and haven't done much crafting recently.
I did however join a Halloween partner swap. I am not really into Halloween but thought I should try it anyway.
I made an accordion mini album in a tin , a Halloween layout and some pumpkin jars.
I just added a few mats and some embellies to the mini.

 For the layout, I used the Artbooking cartridge for the spiders, the web and the photo mat. I used stickles on the web, added google eyes on the spiders, popped them up and hung them with floss. I also used some black embossing powder around the mat.

The pumpkins are jelly jars that I paint with orange and black features. When I went to apply the 2nd coat, it just peeled off the first.!!!! I finally got it to work after painting twice with Gesso!!! They look really cool with a  flickering tea light inside.
So that is the extent of my Halloween projects!!!!!!!
I am still working on things for the craft show in Dec and making Cards for Soldiers.
Christmas swaps are posted on the Cricut MB so I will be starting those soon.
Hubby and I will be going to Nashville soon!!!! We have never been and I especially am looking forward to it.  My Christmas present I think. :)

Saturday, August 31, 2013

It is labor day weekend and that means fall is right around the corner. Where in the world did summer go? August wasn't very summerlike here in RI, more like Sept.
I have slowed down a bit on crafting to get ready for the holiday swaps that will be coming up on the Cricut MB.
So while I am in between swaps, I continue making  cards for Cards for Soldiers. We can make everyday cards any time and then do specialty ones when they post a new themes. We just finished up Christmas in July and have moved on to Fall cards.
I am not a fancy card maker especially if I want to make quite a few. I tend to go simple with most of my cards and my layouts also. (Once in awhile I do amaze myself)
I sometimes like to use photos on cards so I decided to print some out and use a grid.  I found a grid in the new Artbooking Cartridge and printed it out at 5". I had to trim it once I  had it glued  to the picture but that worked out well. Just a little stamped sentiment and the cards are good to go. I used different cardstock from a fall colored stack that I had.

 I also tried out a masking technique. First you use markers to ink up your stamp. Doesn't matter where you put the colors really. They will all come out a bit different!!!! Stamp on the center of your cardstock. Take a cut out of the leaf and tape it over where you stamped. (I use removable scotch tape.) I then take some 1/4" tape and put it in a pattern around the edges. Once I have that done, I stamp over the whole thing with a script stamp. Before removing any of the tape or leaf pattern, I ink it up using my TH distress ink. Then I remove all the tape and the leaf. Not bad for my first try but next time I'll try to add a bit more  orange, green, yellow to the leaf as it looks too read to me.
Finally I took some of my scraps and punched out some circles and hearts to make these cards. Hearts are supposed took like a bunch of balloons!!!! The circles were punched from embossed papers I had stashed away.

So that is my card making for the last few days. I have a few more hearts and circles so I'll make a few more
Happy crafting everyone!!!!! 

Monday, August 19, 2013

I wanted to go ahead and post my 3 ATCs that are for my Fall swap that is finishing up this weekend.
I like to give everyone a challenge when they make these little works of art!!!!
Group 1 theme was APPLES and the style was VINTAGE. The challenge-- NO LACE

Group 2 theme was LEAVES and the style was GRUNGE. The challenge- NO BROWN

Group 3 theme was PUMPKINS and the style was STEAMPUNK. The challenge-NO GEARS

I have received some really cool looking ATCs so far and I will post the pictures once the swap has closed and they are all mailed back.

I used corkboard and  frayed some fabric which I stamped on my image for Group 1. I colored in just the apples and a little green grass..

For group 2, I used leaf cuts, a couple pieces of textured materials and covered them with metal tape. I emphasized it all with a  round tip and then painted it black. I wiped off some black and then added some orange and yellow and did the same thing. I added black chunky EP around the edges for a more grunge look.

For Group 3,  I used a pumpkin pie as the top of a heat embossed hot air balloon which I added wings to. Some mixed embossing powders finished it off.

Hope you like them and will check the thread on the Cricut Message Board to see how everyone else interpreted this ATC challenge.

Die cut projects

I am back from a couple busy weeks with crafting, summer cleaning, etc. Plus I have enjoyed this cool weather!!!!

I finished up my Cards for soldiers and also my Die cut swap projects. We had to use die cuts and make 3 projects for a partner. Because my partner likes Halloween, I decided to try a haunted house scene that I had seen on the Sizzix blog.  I used about 7 different die cuts, inked and heat embossed some of them to make that grungy look! I like how it came out and it was certainly fun putting it together.
 My partner sent me a picture of something she saw on the internet and  liked but  I wasn't sure if I could do it or not. I tried it and while it came out OK! I wasn't happy with the way the pages split. I used a large TH pumpkin die and cut out a paperback book in that shape. I inked the pages and then opened up the book and glued it to a stick forming the round pumpkin. I added some greenery and acorns to finish it off.

My 3rd project was a small shadow box using the bottom of a wooden box. I used tree die cuts, deer die cut and a star die cut. The deer and star were covered with tissue paper and inked. The tree cuts were painted and then snow was added. The 3D trees were TH and I used the same paint on them as the other trees. Again I added snow. All assembled it came out very festive looking.

Monday, August 5, 2013

I decided to try my hand at making a Vertical Mini Paper bag album. I found the videos instructions on You Tube and it didn't look too complicated. I am pretty intimidated by minis because the ones I have seen finished are beautiful and the couple I have done are just so-so. I am not big into embellishing these minis so this one looked to be right up my alley. LOL I followed along with all 6 of the videos and found that is wasn't complicated at all. The person doing the video took you step by step all the way from the beginning to the end. I actually think anyone can do this one!!!!
I will say that it is very time consuming!!!!! You have LOTS of papers to cut and you use LOTS of Scor tape. I also inked all my paper edges so that took time also. I like how my paper pack had some beachy  papers along with the other papers.
It comes out VERY sturdy and you end up with spots for at least 75 photos and journaling. I also added a couple more fold outs so that adds a few more spots. I didn't use many embellishments and the ones that I did use are not too 3D. I wanted the focus to be on the photos and the story being told.

 Thanks for looking. I doubt you will have any questions after watching the video, but feel free to ask me if you have one.
I will add the link to the You Tube instructions at the end of this post.

Here is the front, the whole thing fanned out and then some of the pages. The back cover has what is called a Waterfall  card. Added room for more pictures!!!Sorry for a couple blurry pics!!!!
Forgot to say that I do have to add my tabs.

Here is the link so you can make one for yourself!!!!!!!