Saturday, November 5, 2011

Gobble Gobble

This will be the last of the cards I make until after Thanksgiving. Than it'll be a mad dash to finish Christmas cards all while unpacking and getting settled into a new home. :-)



First card I used the Storybook Cricut Cartridge for the lettering at about 3/4" I believe. Than rolled it through the Xyron and added glitter. 
Leaves - Harvest Crafts 
Ribbon - Autumn Inspirations


Gobble Gobble
The turkey was cut using the Create a Critter Cricut cartridge at about 2 1/2 - 2 3/4". I added orange craft glitter to part of the feathery tail. I used a pop dot to raise the body of the turkey from the feathers. Also added chocolate brown embossing powder to the hat. 
Ribbon - Harvest Crafts

Happy Thanksgiving Y'all. 


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

WOYWW

I haven't posted to WOYWW in about a couple months probably. Or almost! I haven't been up to much at my own work desk. But, I have been creating. I found a local shop to go and paint. I'm having fun and actually working on a personal painting of the Chicago skyline at sunset (which is where I grew up). 


Here's last weeks session -- 



I'm super excited to see what the finished painting will look like. Last week I started on all the lights inside the buildings. Very tedious work but looking good!!

Here's a couple other paintings I made -- the first one is a beachy scene that turned out really good and my Halloween one that I was not happy with the pumpkin face but when I took a step back I actually like the way it turned out..



Well, that's what I've been up to .... in the middle of packing for another move. This one permanent. Will be closing on a house soon. :-)

P.S. If you'd like to participate, head over to Stamping Ground and add your desk, or just take a looksie at what others are up to..

Turkey Day

I had started off on such a good roll back in July & August to make all my holiday cards and than slacked off. A couple weeks ago though, I did manage to make a couple more Thanksgiving cards. 



Background (and feathers) by DCWV
Turkey is cut out at 3" from the Cricut Simply Charmed cartridge. I used different patterns for the feathers and just cut and pasted together. 
Stickles - Golden Rod, around the feathers.
Some ivory lace and Recolletions adhesive embellishments.
Googly eyes. 

Here's the inside of the first card:


Second card is almost the same as the first one...


Background and feathers by DCWV
Turkey is cut at 3" using Cricut Simpy Charmed cartridge. Same as the first one. 
Gobble Gobble stamp - AAW Printworks (Hobby Lobby)
Golden Rod Stickles around feathers.
Sew Easy straight stitch (first time using) using brown jute. I had an old mouse pad that worked pretty well. 
Googly Eyes.

Happy Thanksgiving!



Wednesday, August 17, 2011

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday....#115

It's that time of week again....time to share what's on my desk...and to take a look at what others are up to (or not). :-)   If you want to participate or see what  this is all about pop on over to Julia's Stamping Ground blog.


Well, not too much going on here. Last weekend I finished my scrapbooks from my Thailand trip. Yay! 

I placed an order from Shutterfly for my pictures from my trip to Munich, Germany back in December 2009. I went during the time all the Christmas Markets were up and running. I got the pictures in the mail today.

Also, the other day I got my order from JoAnn's for my Cuttlebug "C" plate, some liquid applique, scotch mounting tape, and Distress Inks (mustard seed, tumbled glass, and shabby shutters). 

I'm STILL waiting on my Copic Markers I ordered online. Apparently the site I ordered from was waiting on some back ordered colors. I replaced the colors so hopefully they're being sent out.....

Okay, now I'm off to try and visit as many of your blogs as I can.... :-) 



Saturday, August 13, 2011

Pink Snowflakes

Pink....not your ordinary color for Christmas but this all pink card is adorable I think. 



Background: Stampabilities Snowflake 04. I used Distress Ink in Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar to stamp the snowflake all over the white cardstock. Than sprayed Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist in Iridescent Gold all over the cardstock.

The "Bianca" snowflake die is from Memory Box. They're metal die plates which I used in my Cuttlebug. It was a bit tough going...I had to add quite a bit of "stuffing" to get it to cut. My "B" plates have taken a beating. :-( I want to buy the "C" plate and see how that will work. I than used my glue pad to stamp glue all over and poured Prismas embossing powder in Soft Pink over it. They turned out really pretty, even though it was a bit of a pain to get them cut out.
Here's a closer view of how intricate it really is....oh, and I used pink cardstock.


Sentiment: Stampabilities "Let It Snow" 02. I used 3D Crystal Lacquer over words and added silver glitter glue to center of snowflake. 

Ribbon: Make It Christmas (Hobby Lobby)


Mr. Snowman

I made another Christmas card....slowly but surely I'll be ahead of the game come the Holidays!!! 


This one I am entering in Arline's Christmas Crafting! challenge. This challenge is to make something cute that would have you go "awwww..". 


So, I think my stamp snowman is cute...he's a bit folksy to me, which I like. :-)



Stamp: Art Gone Wild. Used regular markers (will wait for Copic markers to arrive before coloring any others) to color in image. 3D Crystal Lacquer over lights and holly berries on hat. Recollections "snow" extra fine glitter over snowman. 

Used a snowflake embossing folder for Cricut for blue background. Used KI Memories Paisley Parade stickers on side of snowman paper. The bottom edge of brown background was made with a Martha Stewart edge punch.

Felt snowflakes by Hero Art. Added some bling to center of snowflake. Added Crystal Stickers glitter dome embellishment to the bottom of card. 

Scrapbook album -- Thailand

I've been working on this album for about a year or so. Maybe a bit longer. And it is finally DONE!!! Yay!!! Two full albums!!!!



Here's some of the pages....



The Buddha in the LO above is from Scrap Your Trip. Before I had gotten my Cricut, I had ordered special made "words" from this website for my title pages. But, the laser dies to go along with specific places are cool. Even paper!


The Wat above was such a neat place to visit. It wasn't part of the itinerary but we missed out on the main palace in Bangkok due to a practice ceremony for the King's sister's funeral. So, we went to this place instead...all white and silver!!!! 


I use my Cricut now to make all the title pages -- don't remember the specific font for them....I bought a bunch of paper ahead of time and even more during my scrapbooking. When I see something that would go well with a trip, I'll buy it, even though I have no clue when I'll get around to it. LOL. 



So this is just a few of the pages out of probably almost 60 actual pages (if you count each side, than almost 120!). Yikes...I love taking pictures though so it's hard to choose.

If you'd like to see more pictures, I have mine uploaded to Flickr. I love sharing my pictures and seeing what others have.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday....#114

Another week, another chance to snoop around everyone's desk and see what is going on...Julia at Stamping Ground sponsors this little opportunity. Head on over and see what others are doing...


The last time I worked at my desk was on Saturday. I'm finishing up my scrapbook from my Thailand trip I took back in November 2008. I have a couple more sites to scrap and I'll be done. Woohoo!! Than I need to start my trip to Munich, Germany from December 2009. I've gotten behind, yes...

Than, I was playing with a new Christmas stamp. Coloring it in, adding glitter and 3D effects. I ordered some Copic pens and am still waiting for them to get here. I emailed the company/website and received some excuse. That was last week. So, we'll see. 

That's it....now I'm off to see what everyone else is up to....

Friday, August 5, 2011

Pumpkins, Pumpkins

It's been a long week at work, wasn't sure how much crafting mojo I would have today but I got a couple cards completed. 

The first card is for the Cricut Cardz Challenge. This week's challenge requires the use of fruit. I googled it to make sure, and pumpkin is definitely a fruit. And since I want to get ahead of the game for the holidays, I went ahead and made a card with...a pumpkin. 


The paper is all scrap cardstock. I used my cuttlebug to emboss the background sheets and than added distress inks (tea dye and forest moss). I added Distress Stickles (Vintage Photo) over the polka dots. 

The pumpkin is cut at 2.5" using the Simply Charmed cricut cartridge. I added some brown embossing powder over the stem and than used my glue pad to add orange glitter all over the pumpkin. It's attached to the card with an action wobble. I've been wanting to use it for quite a while and love it. 

The second card isn't for a challenge but it's a pumpkin too ...


The background paper is DCWV Autumn Splendor stack. Really cute paper that has a glittery sheen to it already. The stamp is Hero Arts - Traditional Pumpkin. After stamping, I colored it in and than used the glue pad all over the entire sheet and than used Stampin' Up hologram highlights embossing powder. I love it, the entire sheet is all glittery and shiny. Also added some buttons and brown jute twine at the bottom. 

I still need to buy some Autumn Greeting stamps for the inside on each of the cards. 


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday....#113

Well, this week there isn't much going on ON my desk. I finished some cards last weekend, and will get to work again this weekend on making a card or two and trying to finish my scrapbook on my Thailand trip I took a few years ago. 


If you'd like to participate and share what's on your desk, head over to Julia's blog Stamping Ground to see what others are up to...



So, instead of showing you what's actually on my desk, I decided to show you what's to the left (and on the corner) of my desk. I have a bunch of paper that I need to organize. I have a 12X12 file container that has a bunch more of my paper but still need to find all of this a home. There's also some Cricut cartridges on the corner of my desk. I'm looking for some images to work on a challenge blog or two this weekend. I'm really trying to get ahead of the game and get Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas cards done early!! 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Pink Sunset

I made this card last weekend. It's just a general card, blank inside. Thought it came out so pretty. 



The background paper is from Paper Studio's "A Day at the Beach" paper pack.
The stencil is by Dreamweaver, LL527. I used green, cocoa, and some distress tea dye ink for the palm trees and sand on white cardstock.

Than I used Spiced Marmalade & Spun Sugar distress ink to create the sunset. 

Flowers by Got Flowers? Impressions collection and added some rhinestones. Also added brown jute twine. The sentiment "Aloha" is by Peddler's Pack Stampworks. 

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Halloween Cupcakes

A scrumptious Halloween card I baked up....



Background paper -- Paper Studio with some black distress ink along edges.

Cupcake stickers are by eksuccess

Sentiment by Studio G/Hampton Art

Black glitter dots by Dress It Up and some orange twine. 

Looks yummy enough to eat. :-)



Red Present

I think this is the quickest card I've produced. Usually it takes me awhile to figure out the paper, embellishments, etc....but this one came together fast! And, I have an extra cutout of the present so will probably make a second card.


I'm entering this card in the Cricut Cardz Challenge #85 Holiday - Anything Goes!



The background paper is by The Paper studio and used the "fired brick" Distress Ink on the edges. The paper for the present is by My Mind's Eye.

I used my Nestabilities for the first time!! (I just got them in the mail mid week.) Love them!! The lacey circle is SO cute!!! I used some gold metallic paper I had from Creative Memories and red cardstock, again using the distress ink on the cardstock.

The present is from the Joys of the Season cricut cartridge cut at 2". I used Stampendous "red dragon" embossing powder over the xmas present ribbon and than placed it on the card with pop dots. 

Also used some red jute twine and gold garland ribbon for the embellishments. 

Christmas Fairy

I'm entering my first blog challenge today at Christmas Crafting! This is Arline's first challenge at her blog, and mine too. Perfect fit! The challenge is to create a Christmas card with at least one flower.



My digi-stamp is called "Winter Fairy" by Wee Stamps. I used my watercolor pencils to color her in and than added some glitter on her fur coat and wings. Also added some "snow" glitter along the ground. On the berries I added some 3D lacquer. 

The snowflake pattern paper is by Heidi Grace Designs, the striped paper is some scrap, not sure who it's made by. I used my Creative Memories scallop corner punch on the cardstock.

Sentiment is by Hero Arts.

Flower is by Making Memories.

Also added some blue lacey ribbon and red ribbon. The red glitter dots are by Dress It Up. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

It's WOYWW...#112

What's on Your Workdesk is hosted by Stamping Ground. If you'd like to participate pop on over to her site. 


Well, this Wednesday my desk is covered with some cards I've been working on this past week. I managed to get two cards completed and am finishing up a 3rd.  (1 Halloween and almost 2 Christmas). I also went on a shopping spree and bought all kinds of goodies. :-)






Today's mail also brought me my new Nestabilities. I bought the lacey and standard circles. More to play with this weekend...

The one Halloween card I finished is still sitting to the left and my unfinished Christmas card is on the left which I managed to finish after taking this picture. 

Has anyone played with Nestabilities? Do you like them? Any favorites?

Sunday, July 24, 2011

White Christmas

My first Christmas card for this year....


I used the Tattered Angel Shimmer Mist in denim blue and deep plum to create the background. I have a teflon sheet that I sprayed the shimmer mist onto and than let the sheet of paper soak it up. It was a special paper -- some kind of photo paper -- that I bought at the rubber stamp store. 

I used white pigment ink to stamp the trees and sentiment (Savvy Stamps and Hero Arts). Than I used the embossing sticky stuff and Stardust glitter over the trees. 

Added some silver brads and a ribbon and that's it...

Friday, July 22, 2011

Haunted Mansion

After coming home this afternoon from my shopping spree I made a Halloween card that I saw at the rubber stamp store. 


Cute, cute, cute! 



I'm not sure what the correct term is but it's a fold out card of sorts. 


The clouds are by Memory Box called "puffy clouds". The images are dies that can be used with any die cutting machine I believe. I have a Cuttlebug and had to use some extra cushioning to cut the image. The stamped phrase and the mansion are also by Memory Box. The mansion was stamped twice. First on the background paper, than on a separate sheet of yellow paper and than cut. (The porch and spirals were cut off and only the stamped image from the background appears.)

I added some Spiced Marmalade distress ink around the lettering and the background paper for the mansion. Also used some black ink around the clouds. 

And one leftover spider sticker from last year....

Shopping Spree

Today I drove all the way up to the north side of Atlanta to stop at a couple stamping stores. 


Boy, did I find all kinds of goodies. I spent way, way, WAY too much $$.....oh well, it'll be fun to try all my new "toys". 

Pretty much all my purchases revolved around Halloween and Christmas. I was looking for a snowman stamp and found a cute one holding Christmas lights and wearing a hat. Should come out really cute. Bought a tree stamp too and saw some great techniques that I can't wait to try!! One of my favorites is a Victorian home that you can buy overlays for. They have different themes like 4th of July, Halloween, and Christmas. I love Victorian homes so it'll be fun to color in the house. 

Otherwise, bought embellishments like snowflake brads, glitter, embossing powder, etc..

Another thing that caught my eye were Shimmer Sheetz. The sheets were run through a Cuttlebug and had neat designs and looked like metal. Can't wait to try it...and some die cuts by Memory Box. I bought the puffy clouds, bianca snowflake, and have the amira flourish on order. 

Of course, when I came home I attempted to make one of the cards I saw at the store...my Haunted Mansion came out pretty darn cute...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday....

Hello Everyone! 

Well, this past week (after feeling better from a summer cold) I tried to organize my craft room a little bit better.

I'm renting a house right now and above the garage is a bonus room so I turned this into a craft room....


It's still not completely organized. I need more shelves for storage. My dogs must follow me everywhere so they're usually upstairs with me. :-)

I bought a new 3 shelf bookcase at Target and a clear plastic rolling container with several drawers. 

Also, from reading/seeing different blogs on here, I wanted to try using my sewing machine to add the stitching to my cards. I did so on one of my Halloween cards I made this past week (and posted). 


So that's what I've been up to this past week...how about you?

Here's a link to take you to everyone's WOYWW blogs. 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Halloween Witch -- Part 2

I printed 2 digital images of this cute little witch by Pink Cat Studio Digi Stamps


Here's what I did with the second image....



I added some glitter to the boiling concoction inside the cauldron and to the "steam" and also to the fire. I used some 3D lacquer on the frogs eyes. I than sprayed some Smooch Spritz Vanilla Shimmer to the whole image.  


I attempted my first "stitching" along the circle border. I practiced on my poor sewing machine that hasn't been used in ages. Well, it wasn't perfect....but it's a start. But still cute. :-) I tore the edges of the black background paper with my handy tearing ruler with ragged edges. 


Added black glitter tape along the top and bottom of the card, a couple orange buttons, and a bow....Ta-Da!! 


I even decorated the inside of a card for the first time...(sorry for the dust..LOL!)




Happy Card-Making y'all!



Halloween Witch

I know July can be referred to as "Christmas in July" and I see alot of bloggers making Christmas cards but I still am figuring out what I will be doing for my cards....

So, instead, I had found a Halloween digi stamp I liked and attempted to use some new watercolor paper to color in my image. I was trying a method I saw on You Tube. But kinda changed it up and did a bit of my own...


The digi stamp is "Itty Bitty Betty - Yummy Frogs" by Pink Cat Studio Digi Stamps. I used my watercolor pencils and a Stampin' Up blender to blend the colors. Added extra fine purple glitter to her dress & brim. Also added some gold glitter that's simmering out of her kettle. On the frog's eyeballs I added 3D lacquer. 

I can't find a bat paper punch for anything...I think last year I had the same problem. Even my Cricut cartridge for Halloween doesn't have a bat. So, I kinda cut my own out and than added extra fine glitter onto the bats. Than used pop dots to place them onto the card...

Oh, and the paper is by Paper Studio and Doodlebug Design (glitter paper). 

Happy Card-Making ya'll!! 


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

WOYWW

I've been home sick all week so during the times I feel up to it I peruse blogs to see what people are creating...I came across Stamping Ground: What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday and thought it was interesting to take a peek at others work areas and decided to join in....

I haven't done anything in over a week. I've been out of town and now staying home from work sick. No energy to do much...

The last thing I was working on was my scrapbook album. I took a trip to Thailand a few years ago and am trying to finish it up. I'm over halfway done..


The page you see me working on is from an elephant camp I went to in Northern Thailand. We got to feed them bananas, see them take a bath, put on a show, and than take a ride. What a fun experience. I even have a elephant painting! 


So this is what's on my desk right now....



Sunday, June 26, 2011

Velvety Pink Flower

I was at a rubber stamp store the other day and found some new glitter to play with...(well, new for me, apparently it's been around after searching the 'net)...Jewel Glitter Ritz!!! Love it!!


I wanted to quickly play with some of it the other day and made this simple card.  The majority of the card was complete from a crop event last year in San Diego. I had never finished it because I didn't care for the stamped images. 


Anyway...I think it worked perfectly with my glitter project.
If you haven't ever tried using the micro fine glitter, and like glitter, than you must try it! After rubbing it into the tape sheet (burnishing) it feels like velvet. Very very smooth texture. Love it!!!
I used the Elizabeth craft designs peel off stickers, Starform transfer sheets, Be Creative Tape sheets and 4 glitters by Jewel Glitter Ritz (Rose, Burgundy, Stardust, and Sweet Basil). 


It was actually quite easy. I had gotten a tutorial from the owner of the rubber stamp store so had an idea of what I was doing. Now I want to figure out different methods so I have more options than just the peel off stickers....

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Vase full of Flowers

A couple weeks ago I found a new "toy" to play with....Flower Soft. I love You Tube and blogs...get so many new ideas!!! 

Yesterday I played with a couple of the Flower Soft jars I bought and made this sweet card...


The background paper is by Penny Lane (Chic Stripes & Green Polka Dots) and added purple ribbon. 

I used my round circle cutter from Creative Memories for the stamped image backgrounds. The image is from Lockhart Stamp Co. and I purchased it at a local store the other day. The two jars of Flower Soft that I bought and used here are Fuchsia and Meadow. Just add their glue to where you want the "flowers" to go and sprinkle it on the image and let it dry. Very easy! I added some stitching around the circle with my purple Stickle glitter. 


We'll see how it does going through the mail...the machines at the USPS might be a bit too rough for it. :-(

Tropical Pineapple Drink

I really like my Life Is A Beach cricut cartridge...there are so many cute images!!

Yesterday I made this yummy card (can you say a card is yummy?...well, I am. LOL). 


The background paper is by The Paper Studio from their 4.5 X 6.5 set called "A Day at the Beach". 

I cut the pineapple image from my Life is a Beach cricut cartridge at 4.04" using my new Gypsy (which I really like..). I used a sponge dauber to add some green and brown ink all over the pineapple itself. Than I added some pink glitter on the umbrella and 3D lacquer on the cherry and orange rind. 

The cute flowers are from Impressions Collection "Got Flowers" and I added some bling in the center. 

The "Aloha" sentiment is from Scrappy Moms called "Sun Kissed". I used my scallop punch from Stampin' Up for the sentiment background. 

The sentiment and the pineapple drink are both raised using the pop up dots. 

Cheers! 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sparkly Blue Stars

Besides the "I Pledge of Allegiance" cards I made today, I also made this card...


I had some embossed red paper with small dots that I used as the background. Than I added a 1" strip of metallic paper. 

I cut the stars from the "George and Basic Shapes" Cricut cartridge. I used the Star2 shape (p. 94) at 1 1/2". I than ran the stars through my Xyron sticker maker and added the sparkly blue glitter. 



I used pop up dots to add the stickers onto the card. 

That's it....really simple and easy. 


I Pledge of Allegiance

I found a new kind of "stamp" to play with...digi stamps. New for me at least. :-)

I made 3 different versions using the "I Pledge of Allegiance" digi-stamp by Squigglefly. I printed them on thin, white card stock at about 4" high or so. 

Had alot of fun playing with the different ribbon, stickers, and paper I bought. 

I used watercolor pencils to color in all the stamps and than used my Versamark watermark pen to blend the colors in a bit. Less of a crayon look and more of a marker look. 

The star stickers on the first 2 cards are from K & Company called "Americana Glitter Star Pillow" stickers. 

The ribbon I bought at Michael's craft store.


The paper on the first card is by Creative Imaginations and the second card the red paper is also by Creative Imaginations (Red Star). The blue glitter paper underneath the red star paper is by Recollections Signature (Marine). 


On the last card I used my new Gypsy to print out the "4th of July" letters from the Alphalicious cartridge at .95". I than used a red ink pad and my sponge to add a "vintage" look. 

Also, on all 3 cards I used some Stickle glitter on the dress and shoes. 



I'll definitely be buying some more digi-stamps. Had fun "coloring" in the image.