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Sunday, July 5, 2015

SUMMER LOVIN'

 Hi everyone!  Well I made it through my daughters graduation and party.  It took a lot out of me and I needed about a week to recover.  It took a bit to get my mojo going again and I'm not sure it's totally there yet.  Still dragging a bit.  We all had a fabulous time but I have way to much leftover food.  Good thing you can freeze a lot of it.  We will be having BBQ Pulled Pork for many dinners to come.  

Now let's get to the order at hand...another fortnightly challenge at

CRAFTING WHEN WE CAN

Our challenge is "Summer Fun".  We are sponsored by  
 
A Random Fan.


 I have been given this cute image called "Swing Into Love".  Isn't it just darling!  I colored them with my Copics and added some Wink of Stella to her hair then Glostique to her flower.  I have tried to make it show better in the picture but I have not been able to manage it yet.  I'll keep trying.  

The flowers I got from my stash...I think it was a candy win.  I used my Copics here too to add some color and depth to them.  I also paper pieced her dress.  Since I am making this the 4th of July weekend, I just had to use red, white and blue.  
 
I am so happy to have been born an American.  I am very grateful to all the men and women who go out to protect our freedom and those who fought to get it. 
 
 Thanks for coming to visit me and I hope that you will stop by the CWWC blog and check out all the wonderful creations made by my DT sisters.  Have a great day!

Card Recipe:

Image - Swing into Love by A Random Fan
Coloring mediums - Copic markers, Wink of Stella, Glostique
Sketch - Papertake Weekly

 
Papers - Bazzill, WorldWin, Echo Park and generic
 Embossing folder & die - Darice
Pearl - Michael's 
Sentiment - I made on Word
Flower - Stash

Challenges Entered:

Papertake Weekly - Take your pick (Sketch)
 Simon Says Monday - Summer
Creative Moments #71 - Embossing
Simon Says Wednesday - Going dotty
Word Art Wednesday #190 - Always anything goes
DL Art Thursdays #159 - Red, White, Blue
Crafty Catz #286 - Anything goes
 Frosted Designs - Red, White, Blue, something old (flower & pearl), something new (circle die)
Catch the Bug - Anything goes
Noor Design July #8 - Something old (flower & pearl) something new (circle die)
 
Here's a shout out to On A Stampage!  She is having her 5th anniversary and celebrating by having a giveaway.  Check it out.  Don't delay it ends July 31.
 
 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

FAVORITE COLOR COMBO WITH CWWC


Here we are again with another fabulous challenge at


Our challenge is "Use your favorite color combo" and we are sponsored by



A few weeks ago I made some background papers when I was playing with my Color Burst.  I just love them.  So for this challenge I picked an image I thought would go wonderfully with this background.  So the image I am using is called "Flutterby".  Isn't she just adorable!  One of my fave color combos is pink and purple but I love to add some green in too (my fave color).  

I made this into a birthday card because you can never have too many.  Here is the inside of the card.


Thanks so much for coming by and I do hope you will join us in the challenge.  Don't forget to stop by all the other DT at CWWC and see all the beautiful creations they have made.
 
Card recipe:
 
Image - Flutterby by Art by Miran
Coloring mediums - Copic & Whisper Strokes markers, Wink of Stella, Glastique, Reminisce white gel pen
 Background water colored with Color Burst by Ken Oliver
Stamps - Butterflies by Our Daily Bread, sentiment by Jennifer Ellory
Embossing Powder - Ranger Super Fine Black
Ink- Stampin' Up
Papers - Bazzill, Canson & generic
Embossing Folder - Darice
Chipboard & enamel powder - Piccolo
 Dies - tag is Spellbinders, oval is Sizzix
Ribbon - Offray
Brad - Eyelet Outlet
Twine - Hemptique
Inside punch - EK Success
Inside sentiment - Stampendous

Challenges entered:
 
 The Paper Girls #82 - Happy Birthday
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Papertake Weekly - Ohh so pretty
 Simon Says Wednesday - Fave technique or product (Copics)
Word Art Wednesday #188 - Always anything goes
3 Girl Jam June - Anything goes
Great Impressions June - Anything goes
Stamping Sensations June - Dies and punches
Scribble and Scrabble - Anything goes
Whimsy Stamps June - Ribbon, lace or twine 
 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

PAPER PIECING WITH CWWC


Welcome to our fortnightly challenge at


Our challenge is to use "Paper Piecing" and we are sponsored by



I am becoming a big fan of paper piecing.  I recently did another card using this technique.  I love to color but sometimes you just can't get the look you would like using your markers.  Using some designer papers increases your options when coloring clothes or anything else.

I can never seem to have enough birthday cards in my stash either.  I have a few friends with birthdays coming up so I will be making a few more of these soon. 

I am again using some water coloring.  I so love the Color Burst by Ken Oliver.  I am a huge fan.  The colors are so vibrant and easy to create.  I used a resist technique on this.  The stamp is a background I have had since I started crafting and I just love the butterflies.  Unfortunately, I don't know who makes it.  I bought it at Archiver's but they are no longer here.  It is probably Stampendous if you are looking for it. 

When I added the colors, I found that some of the stamp did not make it but I liked how it looked...making it look old and distressed.  Adding the antique butterfly seemed to add to that look.

For the sentiment I cut it out several times and then added the new Tim Holtz Deco Sheets.  My sister Rebecca ordered them some time ago and they were finally released.  I got to use mine first.  She is so sweet to get me some when she got hers.

This is also the first time I got to use my doily die from Our Daily Bread.  I only used a section of it...it is a whole circle.

I hope you have enjoyed my card and it has inspired you to put on your crafting tiara and join us in the challenge.  Don't forget to check out all the fabulous inspiration for you at CWWC.

Thanks for visiting and have a blessed day.

Card Recipe:

Coloring mediums - Copic & Whisper Strokes markers, Glastique
Ken Oliver Color Burst
Papers - Basic Grey, Bazzill, World Win, Canson, Tim Holtz Deco Sheets & generic
 Charm - Blue Moon
Embossing powder - Stampin' Up
Die - Our Daily Bread, Frantic Stamper
Flower - from a candy win

Challenges entered:


Saturday, June 6, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACINTAY

  Jacintay is my daughters best friend.  She is turning 17 so I thought I would make her a card.  Her favorite color is purple so that is my main color.  The ribbon looks blue but it is purple.

My cousin Candy had given my sister and I some stuff to play with last year and we were both real bad and did not use them.  Candy just did a card and it inspired me to use this stuff.  This glitter is put on a sticky surface and then you can color it with alcohol markers.  First I put the peel off sticker on the sticky paper and then covered it in the glitter.  Then I colored it.  So very simple...I don't know why things intimidate me the way they do.

I have included the links for the balloons and the glitter but could not find the exact font of happy birthday but there are several of them so have your pick. 

Thanks for coming by and visiting me.  I hope you have a blessed day.
 
 Card recipe:
 
  Image - Elizabeth Crafts Peel Off Stickers Balloons
Coloring medium - Copic markers & Silk Microfine Glitter
Sentiment - Elizabeth Crafts Peel Off Sticker Happy Birthday
Embossing folder - Darice
Ribbon - Stash
Paper - Generic 

Challenges entered:

Pile It On #71 - Focus on coloring
Scribble and Scrap #45 - Always anything goes
Simon Says Monday - Royal (I used the royal color purple)
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations #316 - For a friend
Word Art Wednesday #186 - Always anything goes
Crafts 4 Eternity #229 - Birthday
3 Girl Jam June - Anything goes
 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

GRADUATION TIME


It's finally happened.  My youngest has graduated from high school.  Isn't she just gorgeous!!!
Her sister came up from North Carolina for the graduation too.  It's been a while since she's been here so I was so very excited to have her here.
 

Here she is after she got the diploma.
 

Well this is a quick one so I don't cry again.  She heads off to BYU in the fall.  I will miss that beautiful face every day.  I'm so very proud of her.  She graduated with honors too.
 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A ROOSTER FOR CANDY

 

Here's the card I made for my cousin Candy.  She just loves her chickens so I got this image for her thank you card.  My sister and I went to the Scrapbook Mega Meet over Mother's Day weekend with her.  We had such an amazing time.  I hope she likes it.

As I'm looking at this I see that I was a little crooked on the sentiment but I will have to say it will just add to the character since I can't take it off.  I really need to wear my glasses from beginning to end when doing a card.  Also I normally don't make my pics this large but I wanted to make sure you can all see the googly eyes.  When Candy and I were helping my sister to organize her craft room, Candy found so many googly eyes that she will have enough to last 3-4 lifetimes.  This image cried out for these eyes so I swiped some from her.  I love how they look and Candy will get a kick out of it.


Card recipe:

Image - Oak Pond
Coloring medium - Copics & Prismacolor markers and Glossy Accents
Dies - Elizabeth Craft, Sizzix, Hot Off The Press
Papers - Bazzill & generic
Bakers twine - Hemptique
Googly eyes - Darice
Embossing folder - Darice
 
 Challenges entered:

Love to Scrap #54 - Anything goes
Simon Says Monday - Thank you
Papertake Weekly - Take your pick (blue)
 Simon Says Wednesday - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #185 - Always anything goes
Fairy Tale #118 - Feathers and wings
Sweet Stampin' - Birds and/or bees
Crafty Calender May - Things with wings
V's Sweet Ideas #34 - Embossing
Mema's Crafts May - Anything goes
 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

YOU MAKE ME SMILE


Yesterday was my sister's birthday!  Happy Birthday Becky!  I was going to go to her house today but when she woke up she wasn't feeling well.  So since I get sick very easily I had to stay home.  My daughter had plans with a friend so I decided to play with some of my craft supplies.

I got out my new Color Burst by Ken Oliver, some stamps & embossing powders and started to experiment with them.  Here are some of the other backgrounds I made.






I took one of the backgrounds and thought this would make a good thinking of you card.  I searched for a sentiment from Create with TLC and added my new butterflies from Our Daily Bread.  Here is the inside.


I hope you enjoyed this and thanks for visiting me today!

Card Recipe:

Color Burst - Ken Oliver
 Butterfly stamp and die - Our Daily Bread
Coloring medium - Copic markers & Memento
Background stamp & inside border - Stampendous
Sentiments both - Create with TLC
Papers - Bazzill, Cannon & generic

Challenges entered:


Sunday, May 24, 2015

THANK YOU DANNY AND HAZEL

 
Here's a thank you card I made for my cousins Danny and Hazel.  When my sister and I went to Michigan for the Mega Meet, we spent time with them.  We had a lovely visit and I just wanted to let them know I appreciate the hospitality and taking us out for Chinese and then pizza.  It was nice getting to catch up.
 
I used some of the new techniques I learned at the demonstrations.  We took a class from Heartfelt where I learned to make these flowers.  At Sweet Stamps I learned to use enamel powders on their chipboard images.  Unfortunately, one of the ladies there heard my sister and I having a dispute about something and thought I was her mother.  She said we sounded just like her and her daughter.  Since our age difference is only three years my sister was ecstatic about the mistake.  It's all good though.  I don't take too much offense since she has been mistaken for being older than I am too...hehehe.  Here is a pic of the dragonfly that was demonstrated for us.  She did a much better job than I did.  I'm still learning though.  
 
 
Tim Holtz used this same stencil to make a tag by using paste and embossing powders.  While the paste and powder did not come from him the stencil did.  He also gave me the tag he made with it. 
 
 
I hope you enjoyed my card and thank you for your visit.  Have a wonderful day!
 
 Card Recipe:
 
Flowers - Heartfelt stamped with Stampin' Up and Copics
Pearls - Want 2 Scrap
Stencil - Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz collection
Modeling Paste - Liquitex
Embossing powder - Stampendous
  Papers - Bazzill and generic
Die - Elizabeth Crafts
Dragonfly & Enamel powders - Sweet Stamps
Glossy Accents over sentiment and dragonfly
 
Challenges entered:
 
Sweet Stamps #222 - Fave color (green)
Love to Scrap #54 - Anything goes
Marker POP #69 - Flowers
Simon Says Wednesday - Stencil it
Word Art Wednesday #184 - Always anything goes
Mema's Craft May - Anything goes
Noor! Design UK #6 - May flowers
Stamp and Create May - May flowers
Stamping Sensations May - Flower power
  V's Sweet Ideas #34 - Emboss it 
 

CONGRATULATIONS ALICIA!!


 Welcome to another fantastic challenge at 


Our challenge is "Bling it Up".  We love the bling!  CWWC is sponsoring this challenge and Ang is offering $10 Gift Certificate/Voucher for shop of winner's choice.

Thank you Ang!

I've made this card for my beautiful baby girl.  Alicia is graduating from high school and going off to college in the fall.  There are so many things to do and I'm stressing a bit.  She is such a great daughter and I am so proud of her.  She not only is graduating from school but also from seminary.  For four years she went to seminary in the morning before school.  This was not easy for either of us but we both made it.  She is also graduating with honors.  


 Isn't she just gorgeous!!  I know I'm a bit prejudice.  She doesn't like this picture, but since she never checks my blog I'm okay posting it...hehehe.  

Her school colors are green and yellow but her favorite color is black so that is why I have chosen these colors.  She hopes the gown is green and not yellow.  She is not a fan of wearing yellow.  I'm so excited that her sister is coming from North Carolina to go to her graduation.  We just can't wait to see her.

I wanted to use some new stamps I got recently.  I used some Versamark and embossed with a glittered embossing powder so it would have some sparkle.  I also found free banner letters and numbers.  So I cut them out and made a sentiment.  I so hope she likes it.

Please stop by our challenge blog and check out all the wonderful creations by the DT and then put on your crafting tiara and join us this week in the challenge.

Thanks for your visit and have a most wonderful day!

Card recipe:

(I've had this image for a while so I'm not sure if it's been retired or not)
Finnabair (bubbles) from Prima
Coloring mediums - Copic & Whisper Strokes markers, Glastique, Wink of Stella
Embossing powder - Whispers Enchanted Gold
Flourish and pearls - Want 2 Scrap
Sentiment - Cottage Market

Challenges entered:


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

SCRAPBOOK MEGA MEET

This past weekend my wonderful sister Rebecca and I went to the Scrapbook Mega Meet in Novi, MI.  Our cousin Candy from Candy Scraps lives there.  There was so much to see last year and we missed so much that we decided to go two days instead of one this year.

A big highlight of mine is always getting to see Tim Holtz demonstrate.  This year we watched him doing powders and paste.  I am new to mixed media and I'm enjoying it so much.  Here are some pics of the demo:



Tim made this and I asked if I could have it and he let me have it and even signed the back.
 
 
This is what I got from Tim.


We met a new artist that I had seen on line that I just loved.  His name is Ken Oliver.  He has a product called Color Burst.  It is powder that reacts to water much like the Bister line I have been using.  Only Ken's powders are bright and vibrant.  He was real fun to watch and I got some of his stuff too.  Here are some pics.



Here is the tag I got from Ken along with the paper and powders I bought.  He also let me have the paper you see him with after it was finished.  I would love to display it but I had to pinky swear not to as it contained some new powders that are still in trial form and cannot be displayed yet.

 
I'm so excited to get to use these.  There were so many wonderful people there and we met so many of the companies that I enter challenges in.

Two more wonderful companies are Sweet Stamps and Craft Fantastic.  I got these fabulous items from Sweet Stamps.


 The owner made that dragonfly and let me keep it.  I'm all about the dragonflies and butterflies.  I just love them.

Craft Fantastic makes jewelry and charms.  I made the two necklaces you are about to see and the next pic is the bounty I acquired there.



 I see some Christmas gifts in the making here.

Now the rest of the score I bought.

 This is from Our Daily Bread


Rebecca and I took a class from Heartfelt.  These are the cards we made and the stamp I got from them.
 

This was a door prize that I won.  I thought I would use it for my daughter's upcoming graduation from high school.
 

Here are new brads.  Of course they are butterflies and dragonflies.


 We had so much fun.  This has been the best Mother's Day I think I ever had.  Thank you Beck.  You are the best sister ever.
 

Monday, May 11, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY SISTER


Many of you may know my sister Rebecca from Sydney's Sentiments.  Her birthday is coming up on May 25.  I won't share how old she is because she is my younger sister.  Recently she has been teaching me a lot of mixed media art.  She even bought me some Bister powders to play with.  I made this background with them.

I decided to do somewhat of a tutorial on this card.  So here goes:


 I started out with some watercolor paper, Bister powders and a small paintbrush.

 

 As you can see I only put a small amount of powder on the paper.


Then I spritzed with some water.  The more water you use the more diluted the color.  Then I dried it with a heat gun. 



 I wanted more color so added a bit more and some yellow. 



 My next step was to use this stencil I bought.  My sister loves her birds and I thought she would like this.  I did the top in black.


 Then I did the bottom in white.  The paper was smaller than the stencil so I moved the stencil to get more birds out of it.


 Here is my finished background.  I took this and mounted it my cardstock then added my Happy Birthday to it.  I used a die and cut it out five times in black and once in green.  I glued them all together and added some Glossy Accents to it.  



On the inside I used some Distress Ink and then stamped with a sentiment I had.  Green is her favorite color and I'm sure she is going to love this.  She and I are about to head to the Scrapbook Mega Meet tomorrow and I'll give it to her then.  We are leaving the families behind and going to have some sister/cousin time as we will be meeting our cousins Candy from Candy Scraps and her mom.  We had so much fun last year that we decided to make it an annual trip.

Well I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial.  Have a wonderful day!


Card recipe:

Paper - Canson & generic
Inks - Bister, Tim Holtz Distress, Momento & Brilliance
Stencil - The Craft Workshop
Die - Frantic Stamper
Sentiment Stamp - Stampendous
Glossy Accents

Challenges entered: