I see that it has been several months since I have made a post, I apologize but I have completely changed the direction of my creativity.......after much soul searching I decided to go back to painting, the art medium that I love the most. I had painted only occasionally for several years while my girls were young, , then started painting all the time back in April after my last post, I have several completed canvases. I'm starting another blog for my paintings soon.
I am taking a mixed media class to learn some new techniques and to learn how to use new materials, this week happens to be somewhat papercraft related so I thought I would post it and share.
This was created on a heavy watercolor paper, I used acrylic paints thinned down to paint the background of sky and mountains and the light green and stone path in the foreground. The fence posts are embossed with a wood grain folder, then popped up, the flowers were stamped then I carefully cut them out then hand painted each one, some were popped up. The trees in the mid ground were stamped with acrylic paint, I penciled in the quote, then painted the letters, the word 'believe' was stamped with stazon.
I finished by accenting the edges using acrylic paint, stencils and my fingers, it creates a frame around the work.
My plan is to frame this and give it for a Christmas gift.
The size is 11" x 15".
I hope this inspires you to create a journal page, the materials can be swapped with whatever you have on hand, give it a try and have fun!
Here's a painting I did and submitted at Talenthouse to try and get a cover for the musical group The Pierces, they are from the UK, but alas I did not win, I do have this awesome work of art though.
They had a video of one of their songs to use for the inspiration of the work, this is my interpretation. It was done with acrylic paints on stretched canvas.
Thank you for stopping by, I will be adding paper crafted works occasionally in the future and I will have a separate site for my paintings, I will share more details soon.
Have a wonderful day!
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Happy Wednesday! I'm sorry I've been rather absent lately but I have been drowning in paperwork, lol, getting my mil paperwork ready for the accountant.........I used to not mind doing it but now it has been become something I dread, I don't like crunching numbers I like making cards, lol. Anyway over the weekend I did take a bit of time to use some of my new goodies to create a card.....finally got the photos' edited and ready for the post.
I used the new 'on film' framelits dies and the new retro fresh dsp.....don't you love all the arrows.....here's the front...
I also used the stamp set 'peachy keen' and one of my 'free' sab stamps from the 'see ya later' set......4 great stamps in this set....hope you were able to get one of your own :)..............
I added a little accent to the inside so it wouldn't be so plain....
Well actually just some dsp for the sentiment to sit on, looked much better than just the sentiment on the inside.
I love the colors in this dsp set......I've gotten a thing for orange and shades of orange here lately, not sure what's up with that, lol, orange is not usually a color I go for.....sometimes change is good.
Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Happy Tuesday! Things have been so busy lately with spring and school sports, all 3 of my daughters are involved- 2 are playing softball and the other is on the track team, I have turned into the taxi service......I don't mind so much although it can be hard to get anything accomplished.......however I do like watching them play it's enjoyable and relaxing, plus I get out of the house for awhile. Going to watch an evening game tomorrow, I like those, except it's still a bit chilly, will probably need to take a blanket to cover up with.
Today I have another card using the 'so very grateful' set, I sort of did some casing of a tag in the occasions catalog but then decided to add the tag to a card front....I really love the way it turned out....the flowers in this set are so pretty, love it! ...........here's the front...
I had to do a little extra stamping and fussy cutting to add the extra flowers and leaves, to shade the flowers I used my blender pen and SU ink and markers.
On the inside I simply stamped a sentiment, then stamped, cut, and painted a flower to add to the corner.
For my supplies I used:strawberry slush cs
fresh prints dsp stack
So very grateful stamp set
1/8" rose regal ribbon
blender pens, markers and ink
Many thanks for stopping by, I hope my card inspired you to create one of your own!
Have a great day!
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Happy Wednesday! I hope you are all having a good week so far, I'm sorry I'm a day late with this post but as I was working on editing my photos for this post yesterday my daughter sent me a text and said there softball game was starting about 30 minutes earlier than we had thought and she wanted me to bring her a drink and some sunflower seeds, lol, got to have those for the game......so I had to drop everything and head out the door. When I got home of course it was time for fixing dinner, and getting everything ready for today, so I did not get back to my post until this morning.
Today's greeting is for mothers day, I combined the two set's 'so very grateful' and 'my mother' from the occasions catalog............I love the flowers in this set, it's such a beautiful design and it looks fabulous when painted. I used a blender pen and SU ink to color in the flowers, then I added a little sparkle with some rhinestones.
My cs base is strawberry blush........
And with such a lovely front I decided the inside needed to be just as lovely, especially since it is a mothers day card.
I really adore this set and I can see I will be getting a lot of use out of it.
Well I really must be on my way, busy day ahead and I want to get all the un-fun chores done so I can spend some time in my craft studio.
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!
Monday, March 17, 2014
Happy Monday! Today our weather took a turn, well last night really, yesterday was so warm and sunny that I was in shorts, t-shirt and barefoot, but last night a high wind came in and it's still blowing, it's sunny and nice but chilly.
Over the weekend I created a couple of cards to post this week, today's card is using the new 'oh snap' , and 'Cool kid' stamp sets from the Occasions and the 'See ya later' set from the SAB....you to can get the 'See ya later' set for FREE! with a $50. purchase! Don't delay SAB ends March 31st! Anyway I also used the 'sweet sorbet' dsp (from SAB) and some of those cool sequins you see everyone using to dazzle up their creations.
I used the 'gorgeous grunge' set and gold heat embossing to create a background for the cat. Here's the inside....
Tomorrow I will be back with a greeting made with the 'So very Grateful' set from the Occasions catalog, it's one of my favorites, can't wait to share.
Have a wonderful day!
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Happy Saturday all!, as I promised I am back with a quick post and another card using the petal parade stamp set, I really love the flowers in this set.....I can see that it is going to get much use. I had a die cut piece from the 'on film' framelits that I had used part of on another card sitting on my desk, so I decided to incorporate it into another card.
I started by adding a piece of vellum to the back of the frame, then I layered some dsp on the front and topped it with the frame so the flowers would peek through, I added the 'sweet sorbet' embellishments....cork flowers.....and some of the twine. It needed some sparkle so I added some of the sequins, I separated them from the string and attached them separately.
Here is a side view...
I added a little dress-up to the inside but left room to personalize.
I really must be off for now, the girls and I are getting ready to go out to lunch then bridesmaid dress shopping for my nieces wedding....I love playing dressup, hoping I can find a nice dress to wear to the wedding while I'm there too.
So I hope you all have a great weekend, I will be back on Monday with something new to share!
Friday, March 14, 2014
Happy Friday! Well I'm so happy the telephone repair guys came early, actually yesterday afternoon, but hey that's 2 days earlier than they had originally said they would be here........so yea we have the internet back again!!! While they were fixing it I went to watch my daughter play some varsity softball, the weather was great, I was in short sleeves.....seems like spring is arriving early this year, for California anyway.
The card I'm sharing today is using the petal parade set from the SAB, only available through March 31, 2014, now my card base is actually an accident that I played with and made work, I just had my paper lined up in the wrong spot and of course I didn't notice until I had already scored it, so I decided to create a flap at the end and add a closure........I used 2 buttons and some twine attached to one button, you just twist the twine around the other button to keep closed.
The cs was cut at 4 1/4" x 10" then scored at 5 1/2 " and 7/8"
My happy mistake turned out kind of cute, I think I will try using this design again only perhaps rounding the corners, I also think it would be awesome with a pocket inside for holding a gift card, more work for the design dept. :)
And here it is opened fully .........
Here is a list of my supplies:pool party cs-122924
petal parade stamp set- w 133599 or c 133602 from the SAB get free w/$50.purchase!
happiest birthday wishes stamp set- retired
twine lucky limeade- retired
inks: summer starfruit-126991
I hope you liked it, I think it turned out pretty good for starting with a mistake :)
Thank you for stopping by, I have another card I will be sharing tomorrow, I made it using some of my new supplies!
Have a wonderful day!
Thursday, March 13, 2014
I am just making a quick post today to update everyone as to my whereabouts, lol......I had planned on posting another card on Tuesday but suddenly we had internet one minute and it was gone the next :( Not a problem with the bill just the line and being the speedy service techs they are I cannot expect them to be out until Saturday! what? Saturday, omg......we'll right now I am going through internet withdrawals,lol .....I am now using my phone's wifi to piggy back so I could post my card but the photos are in my desk top computer and the network is not cooperating sooooo I cannot post it yet, ugh.....I'm so aggravated with the mess...... :(
So I will have to try for Saturday afternoon, in the meantime I got a new order of SU with a bunch of new stamps and dsp so I will be creating some new goodies and will share as soon as I can get back on-line.
I hope you all have a wonderful week !
Monday, March 10, 2014
Happy Monday, I hope everyone has a good start to their week, it's kind of windy around here today but this week the weather is supposed to be nice. On Sunday I took some time to mess around in my studio and created a greeting using the 'petal parade' set in the SAB flyer, you can get it free through the end of March with a $50. purchase.......contact me for any details or info you need!
Anyway I've seen some examples on the web using the stamps in this set to create a background, plus there's also some dsp with a print using those flowers, love it, but since my order still has not gotten here yet I made my own background using the set. I wanted a window to look through to the background so I decided to use the new die in the occasions, 'on film' and vellum for the window.
The butterflies and leaves were die cut, the flowers were stamped and cut out then attached, the hello was stamped with versa mark and heat embossed with black. Here's a side view.....
And the inside...........
Tomorrow I have another greeting card made for a Birthday, it is similar in that I used the 'petal parade' and the same colors and patterns but the card is different than todays post. So if you have the time stop by and see what's new in my crafty world.
Have a great day!
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Happy Saturday!!! I'm here for a quick share, today is my birthday and I am going to be out playing, shopping and eating out to celebrate :) My wonderful mom got a new work light for me!!!, it's so awesome.....I will be testing it out tomorrow :) thank you mom!!! I love it!
I thought I would share a card and say Thank you to all my followers!! I really appreciate you following my blog and for all the wonderful comments you leave.
I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!!! I will be back on Monday with a new creation to share! Thanks for stopping by,
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Happy Thursday! I hope your week is going good so far, we are actually having some great weather here, feels like spring, temps in the 70's, we have some tomato seedlings coming up and we're making our garden plans, I can't wait, home grown vege's are so good.
If you follow my blog I'm back to share the second part of the Standing box/ greeting card set tutorial. I actually filmed them back to back, but it takes awhile to get them from the camera to my computer to the web.....
I missplaced some of the measurements during the taping so I want to add the measurements here:For the box bottom: cut cs at 6 1/2" x 10 "~ on the 10" side score at 4 1/2" & 5 1/2"
turn and score @ 1" & 5 1/2"-------fold on score lines, cut off center tab, adhere together as per video
For the top: cut cs at 6 1/2" x 6 3/4" ~ on the 6 3/4" side score at 1" & 5 3/4" turn and score at 2 3/4" & 3 3/4"---------fold on score lines, cut off center tab, adhere together as per video.
If you are unclear about any of my instructions, just comment on this post and I will get back to you......if you miss any of my videos just click on the link to my channel (on the top right side.
Thank you for stopping by, have a great day!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Happy Wednesday! I hope your having a good week so far, I have been busy as always but I'm really happy because Saturday is my Birthday! :) Great day for my Birthday to fall on, usually my kids are at school, now we can celebrate all day together!
I was finally able to get the video tutorials made that I promised you all last week, my apologies for taking so long, I woke up on Friday with a migraine type headache and a sick stomach :( needless to say I was not up to making a video or crafting at all, but I am better now I did my prep work and filmed the videos yesterday.
I ended up making 2 tutorials, 1 of the card and 1 of the box that holds the set of cards. Today I will be sharing the card video tomorrow the box video will be published.
Here are the measurements for the card:
pool party cs- cut at 4 1/4" x 11", score at 5 1/2 "
white cs- cut at 4" x 5 1/4"
(for the other cards in the set, I used baked brown sugar, pistachio pudding, & pink pirouette cs w/ whisper white)
I used the stamp sets: petal parade- from the SAB catalog
petite petals- from the Occasions catalog
lots of thanks- from the IBC
I'm not the best videographer in the world, still trying to figure it all out, so please excuse my mistakes......I am trying to tweak and improve my efforts, lol. Enjoy!
Thank you for your patience and for stopping by, have a wonderful evening!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Happy Wednesday! I hope your week is going well so far....I have been spending some much needed time doing some domestic work, I procrastinate far too often when it comes to housework and hide in my crafty fortress instead, lol, so I have been getting rid of some clutter, washing windows, purging old, stained or torn, or doesn't fit anymore clothes from the girls room.......I was joking with my husband and told him "I'm really worn out, I'm not used to doing this much housework, lol"
Seriously it's not that bad....most of the clutter is just a lot of laziness and not wanting to put away what was gotten out, ugh, I thought girls were supposed to be neater than that, I'm hoping some day they will grow out of it :)
Today I am excited to share this Boxed Set I created...........it started with one card that I cased from my upline....Thank you Dawn! Anyway I loved the card, made my own but changed it up a bit, then decided to re-create it in a few colors with different sentiments, then I thought they need a box...............so the result is a beautiful box with 4 greetings. This set would make a great gift and of course when emptied the box could be refilled.
I ended up creating a card in coastal cabana, baked brown sugar, pistachio pudding, and pink pirouette. The sentiments include a Thank you, a Happy Birthday, a Hello, and a Just for you.
I love the look and the technique, I'm picturing some other images that would also work well :)
The flowers I used were a combination of the 'petal parade' and 'petite petals' I used a blender pen and ink to paint the brown sugar flowers, I love how they turned out....can't wait to get my hands on the new blender pens SU is coming out with :)
That ruffled ribbon is just the right accent to the scallop circles.....ruffled ribbons are on my favorites list!
Here's my list of supplies:
white cs #100730
coastal cabana cs # 131297
baked brown sugar cs # 131296
pistachio pudding cs # 131294
pink pirouette cs # 111351
petite petals bundle # 134822 clear # 134821 wood~from Occasions
petal parade # 133599 wood~ from SAB
fresh prints dsp stack # 132996~from Occasions
rhinestones # 119296
ruffle ribbon coastal cabana #130024
Peachy Keen #133110 wood # 133113 clear~from Occasions
Petite pairs # 128706 wood #122497 clear
Lots of thanks # 129687 wood # 129690 clear
Remembering your Birthday # 131350 clear # 131347 wood
plus I used some bits of these retired sets: Happy Greetings, Vintage verses, and Perfect words.
If you enjoyed this project, then I invite you to come back, I am creating a video tutorial of the card and box :) I hope to have it done and ready for viewing Friday or Saturday. All of my videos are always available to view at my You tube channel:
Stop by anytime!
Thanks for stopping by, Have a great day!
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Wishing you a happy Saturday! I hope you are all having a great start to your weekend, I worked my tail off cleaning house yesterday, so today I've been taking it easy. Started the morning taking 1 daughter to basketball camp, then another daughter was doing softball tryouts, and then my 3 rd daughter had softball practice.....I stayed to watch the practice....it was a nice day sunny and warm, in the sun that it, I had my own chair, a drink and some sunflower seeds, it was quite relaxing and enjoyable.
When I got back home I messed around a bit in my crafty room and created this Easter greeting, I think I'm longing for my fringe scissors, which I still haven't gotten yet (insert sad face) so I had to cut my grass by hand, it turned out ok but it would look better and neater, more uniform if I had the scissors.
It folds over from the side, and the top above the eggs I slightly cut off, so it is shorter than the back.....it turn out colorful and happy :)
Here's a side view:
On the inside I simply stamped a bunny in an egg shell leaving room for a personal message.
My supply list:Crisp cantaloupe cs #131298
Pistachio pudding cs # 131294
Dazzling diamond # 102023
SU markers brights # 131259
white satin ribbon
and some retired stamps:
Easter egg wheel
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Happy Thursday! My this week is zooming by, I can't believe the weekend is almost here. This Friday and Saturday my girls are participating in soccer, softball try-outs and there's a school dance Friday evening. We've had some awesome weather for outside activities but it seems like spring is getting here too soon, wish it would hold off a bit and give us more rainy days.
Today I carved out some time to get a little creative in my craft room and I created a greeting card using I believe it's 'calypso coral' cs looks peachy to me :) anyway I used a sketch I found on the web to give me the inspiration I needed to get started.
Here's the card front:
I've seen a lot of cards and projects using the petite petals stamp set and punch, I love it! this is a wonderful bundle that's very reasonably priced............
Since I used the sentiment ' you can never have too much happy' on the front I had a lightbulb moment and decided to use my markers to color and stamp just the 'happy' over and over.........very cool, it's like having another stamp that just says 'happy' :)...............
It turned out a little silly but it does put the 'happy' on your face. Here are my supplies:Petite petals #133155 clear # 133152 wood
Yippee Skippee # 131344 clear #131341 wood
dsp brights stack # 130134,
calypso coral cs # 122925
ruffle ribbon cantaloupe # 130021,
gold embossing powder # 109129
On film framelits die # 132969