Saturday, December 30, 2017

Catching Up Post

Hello Eveybody!

It's so crazy to think that this is the end of the month, isn't it?  December just flew by!  I just posted a card with a cute bus and reindeer--but before that I haven't posted since like November.  And before that there was a post in October. 

I promise that I have been crafting-but things have been so busy (I'm sure you understand) that I am doing good to take a picture and then I am onto the next thing.

So I wanted to show you guys what I have been making.  My pictures aren't fancy-I couldn't get many of my crafty projects into the photo box before they needed to be given out.  So you will see my Ranger mat-LOL  (Side note-Dear Ranger have you thought of making mats in different colors? Love ya!)

So let's start with Halloween.  This year I was in charge of my church's Trunk Or Treat.  This is one of my favorite events of the year.  People sign up and decorate their trunks and give out candy.  I wanted to make sure each trunk was recognized by the organizer of the event.  I wanted to be sure I thanked each person.  So I made these Halloween ribbons:

I made 30 of these ribbons-using my silhouette I made the circles and using my score pad I made rosettes.  That is a time consuming project-LOL  I love the ribbon part-glittery goodness that I bought at Hobby Lobby.  Those little halloween images are sequins.  And the thank you is cut out of paper from my Silhouette also.

I also made some cards that I barely was able to take pictures of before it was time to send them off-

This card was for my sweet friend who gave me these cool shape stamps and owl stamps from Close to My Heart.

This card was for a friend of our that had been involved in a horrible car accident.  It's a blessing she is still with us today.  I love this card because of the transparent paste and the TH paper doll.  The sentiment is also a Tim Holtz stamp-and I love that set of sentiments.

This was for my friend Danielle-her families dog passed away due to age.  No matter how old-it's never easy.  I am happy to say that they now have a new puppy.  :)

This card was for someone my husband works with who was retiring.  He asked if I could put an RV on the card.  Super cute die cuts from Silhouette!  I love how this turned out.  I love it when I can make a little scene on a card.  :) 

My friend Danielle also needed some Christmas teacher gifts.  I don't do a ton of vinyl projects but I made these for her per her request.  It was Pinterest inspired. 

Another friend of mine and I came up with a fun thing to do with our friends at church.  We had a tag making party.  We each made 6 tag designs-set up tables and had a great spread of food.  We couldn't have thrown such an awesome event without my friend Danielle and another friend of ours.  :)  My hubby helped put out food too-so it was a great group effort.  Here are my tags:

This tag was cut from the silhouette, has washi tape and the snowflake is silhouette.  I spritzed it with liquid Silver Pearls by Ranger to make it sparkly.

This was Pinterest inspired and Silhouette created.  People at the event glued the pieces on and punched a hole to put the twine through.  I had different colored "cups" to add variety.

Good ol' Silhouette.  To make the hats more original-I brought my Cuttlebug and taught people how to emboss.  There is a white hat base that everything glued onto.

Silhouette!  and then I used Red Stickles on the noses so our guests wouldn't have to worry about glitter glue drying.  They also assembled the parts using glue sticks.

The base of these tags and the singing kids are from Silhouette.  The background was this awesome tissue paper from Hobby Lobby.  You adhere the tissue paper on top of the tag and cut of the extra.  Then I had different sequins and gems so people could personalize their tags.

The tag cut out was Silhouette, the stamp is from Stampin Up and then I put gold ink around the sides with a Cat's Eye ink.  

Anytime I prepare something like this (which is not often) I always have a greater appreciation for people who develop classes and have to prep kits.  LOL-sometimes when you take a class you don't think about someone having to make or distribute pieces to so many kits.  

And we didn't get paid for this.  We donated the materials, food, and time.  It was a great time of fellowship.  And thanks be to God for giving us the idea and having it turn out great.  (I'm not gonna lie, we both were like what were we thinking?  But nothing to worry about when you give it to God.)  :)

Whew!  That's a lot--and I probably left a few things out.  Right now I'm working on a December Daily-just starting it actually.  LOL  Yeah I know what today's date is.  

Thank you for stopping by!  If you made it to the end of this crazy long post-please know you are much appreciated.  :)  Happy Crafting!  Happy New Year!  Happy Day! :)

Until next time my friends...stay crafty! 

Reindeer Card

Hello Everybody!

I feel like I have not been here in FOREVER!  Oh wait-seeing the date of my last post-I haven't.  Oh my goodness!  I promise I haven't fallen off of the earth.  And I have been doing crafty things-it's just been tough to get them all posted.  So finally some time!  It's good to be back! :)

I am super excited to share with you this card I made.  My friend who loves her kids' bus driver needed another Christmas card.  I was looking around the 'Net for some ideas and when I went to Creative with Stamps the inspiration hit.  Their challenge was reindeer.  And that moment-I saw a school bus being pulled by reindeer.  The next step was to make it happen.  :)

So here is my card:

The background are Tim's new Distress Oxides.  And the bus, reindeer, and buildings are all thanks to my Silhouette.  The sentiment is an Inkadinkado Stamp.  The stars are Queen and Company.  Googly eyes, and the black noses are like flat round dots they used to sell-LOL They were popular a while ago.  And the red nose for Rudolph is a red gem that was in my stash.

The bus-which is totally adorable to me is cut from cardstock and then the yellow is from Doodlebug glittery yellow cardstock.  I put a layer of acetate for the windows-but I don't know if it really mattered.  It seemed like more of a challenge with that layer so I don't know for next time.  

And I love the sentiment-it was the perfect size and it had stars too.  :)

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope everyone has a Happy New Year! :)

Don't forget to check out Creative with Stamps:

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Few of My Favorite Things

Hello Everybody!

I hope everybody is having a great autumn!  Our's has been nice with less humidity and a breeze.

A friend of mine, Amber at The Colorful Teacup, said to me "I want to do a Favorite Things post.  If Oprah can do it-so can we!"  And I was sold on just her enthusiasm alone! :)

So here are my 5 of my favorite paper crafting things.  Be sure to check out my friends page to see what her favorite things are! :)  And if you create a post with your favorite things-put a link in the comments and I will visit.  I might find I need a new thing ;)

Without further are my Top 5 Favorite Things as of right now.

1.  Copic Markers--I know they are a bit expensive but they glide so nice when you color with them.  And I am by far not the best color-er.  (lol).  But I love these markers.

2. Tim Holtz Paper Dolls--I love this vintage people!  And I just want to say that I love all things Tim Holtz.  But for this post I wanted to be very specific.  There are Halloween and Christmas paper dolls too--totally on my must have list.  For now I just have the original set.

3.  Art Anthology Dimensional Mediums- or paint as I would call it.  ;)  I first learned about these at the Scrapbook Expo-and I have taken 2 classes.  The paints are so pretty!

Look at the shimmer in the gold and the glitter in the yellow and blue.  I love glitter! :)  That's number 6 LOL 

4.  For number 4 I love all things Queen and Company.  I love their flowers and blings and their rainbow booth at the Scrapbook Expo.  However, for this post I love their shaker card/tags kits. 

This is last year's set but you can still get the foam inserts.  The tag on the right is a complete tag I made last year.  The thanks at the top is one of my favorite sentiment die cuts which is from a different set.  

5.  Last but not least it is time for my fifth and final favorite thing.  (I was kidding about glitter being number 6.  There's not a 6.)  

Drum roll please......My Silhouette Machine!  I love love love this machine.  I can make tags, die cuts for cards and scrapbook pages, a vinyl decal of a cup and the list goes on and one.  This machine along with the software is versatile and can do so many things.  I just absolutely love it! :)  And the silhouette store--they have fantastic designs! :)

It was a lot of fun sharing my favorite things with you.  I hope to see what your favorite things are too!  And be sure to stop by The Colorful Teacup to see more favorite things!  Until next time my friends-keep crafting! :)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Spooky Coaster Vignette

Hello Everybody!

I know that we are four days in to October-and I already feel behind!  I love the month of October so much!  Fall and Halloween!  Pumpkin this and the overall feel of October.  Ahhh such a wonderful month!

Over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge the challenge this week is to walk on the Dark Side.  And they are using primarily Tim Holtz 😍 supplies.  So I got out my spooky Tim Holtz stuff and this coaster holder that I bought at the thrift store.  There were not coasters so I think it was like 99 cents.  Score!

So I turned it into a vignette box.  Check it out!

Here is the original coaster holder.

I painted it black.  And then measured out Tim's tissue paper for the background.  I stamped some circles in the background and embossed them with glow in the dark embossing powder (sparkle n sprinkle).  I also distressed it with black soot distress ink.

Here is the finished vignette box.

This is the cool yet scary mad scientist (stampers anonymous) colored with Copics.  I got the cool Tim skull in the right corner.

These spooky potions are on the left.  The brown bottle (7 gypsies) contains shaker things from Queen & Company.  And the potion coin in filled in with distress paint.  The other bottle is Tim's and contains loose glow in the dark embossing powder.

This cool bird is from Tim's mover and shaker die cuts.  And the cool resin flowers are Tim's.

This is an awesome Tim pumpkin-which is oranger when you buy them.  I used distress walnut ink to make it fit with the rest of the vingette.

And that's it everybody.  Thank you for stopping by today!  

Until next time....Make Halloween! :)

Friday, September 29, 2017

French Inspired Birthday Card

Hello Everybody!

There have been a lot of birthdays lately!  Here is a card I just finished for a young friend of ours who loves the Eiffel Tower.

The background is a script background stamp from Stampin Up.  I used clear embossing powder and then used distress oxides over the embossing.  The hot air balloon and Eiffel Tower are Tim Holtz's stamps.  For the balloon I stamped it using distress oxide wilted violet.  I love this color.  Then I heat set it.  After that I put some ink on my mat and a squirt of water and water colored the inside of the balloon.  The background and stamps were stamped on a light beige (vanilla) cardstock instead of white to give it a more vintage look.

The rest of the pretty things are Tim Holtz.  The Enjoy card is from his Flashcards set.  And the postcard and the rest of those fun things are from his little ephemera pack snippets.

Here is the card at a different angle.

I would like to submit this card into the following challenges:

Seize the Birthday: anything goes Topping: script or type--the background

Retro Rubber Challenge: Travel On-use mode of transportation.  The hot air balloon is my mode of tranportaion.  The background script stamp from Stampin Up is from 2000.  Tim Holtz's Eiffel Tower and hot air balloon have been around for a few years.  I maybe got it in 2013 or 2014.

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...Enjoy!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Birthday Bird

Hello Everybody!

I have another late birthday card today.  I hope to get it sent out today-but no promises!

City Crafter Challenge #381 is about using Colorful Birds on your project.  So I got out my Crazy Birds from Tim Holtz.

The background is Tim Holtz Distress Paint.  I used a distressed diamond stencil on the right side and used picked raspberry paint with the stencil.  I love how it just pops.  I used two Tim stamps in the background using wilted violet oxide distress ink and iced spruce oxide.  

I put a square of vellum to help the bird not get lost in the busy background.  I colored the bird, hat, and balloon with distress markers.  Lastly, I added a piece of twine to the popped up balloon for a string.

The sentiment is Tim's, also,  And then I added a little gold bling.

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...keep flying! :)

Mermaid Birthday Card

Hello Everybody!

Sometimes I look back through my blog for a technique or a card I made.  And every now and then I come across something funny.

I made this card for a friend of mine.  It's late (ugh!).  Her birthday was August and she won't get it until October because all of a sudden September is almost over.  LOL. 

So I was going through my blog and found a blog entry around this time last year--for the same thing.  A birthday card for the same friend---and the same tardiness.  Wow.  How does that happen?  LOL.  Here's the link in case you wanted to see.  It's Throwback Thursday so I'm on time for something, right?  LOL.

Moving along---Here is my card using a mermaid stamp from Sparkle N Sprinkle and the sentiment is from Rubbernecker stamps.  I used Copics to color her and the "water" is distress oxides. 

I masked the mermaid which is white there is this glow around her.  It was hard to get a lot of ink into the spaces of her hair.  The shell is a button that I cut the back part off.  And then a little bling. 

I am entering these into the following challenges:

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...keep swimming! :)

Birdhouse Makeover

Hello Everybody!

I am so excited to share this project with y'all.  It's been awhile since I've made a project like this.  There's a lot of pictures so get ready!

I bought this birdhouse at the thrift store.

Here's the back.  I paid $2 for it.  Woot! Woot!  It's time for a makeover!

I'm not sure what direction I'm going to go in.  So I gesso it in case I decide to paint it.  And I took off those sad little butterflies that look like moths.  LOL ;)

So I decide not to paint it.  I am going to try to steampunk this birdhouse out!  I have foil tap paper.  But I'm curious to see if Aluminum Dryer Vent Tape will work because I don't have enough to cover my birdhouse and this is more readily available.

I use Ranger/Tim Holtz alcohol inks-grey and black on the aluminum tape.

Then I take the piece and run it through my embossing machine using a T.H. brick embossing folder.  So far so good.

I use this red pepper alcohol ink to make the bricks red.

That looks cool. :)  I peel off the adhesive back and mold it to the birdhouse.  It's already in strips because of how the tape comes-so the width is handy in this project.  I don't have to do a lot of trimming.

Here is the finished birdhouse.  Keep scrolling for side pictures and closeups. 

I used the same technique for the roof-but I used the "metal" embossing folder.  Still a Tim Holtz embossing folder.  I added these cool metal gears my husband got me one Christmas.  I think he bought them from Amazon.

Here is the back.  I couldn't figure out if I should do something on more on the back.  But it's the back-and except for y'all-who's going to see it? :)

This is the left side.  More cool gears.

This cool metal bow came from a Steampunk Show I went to.  I love it!  The house number is a Tim Holtz ideology thing.  Love! :)

The bird and metal flowers are Tim's.  There is a gear in the center of the left flower-it's from where my other gears came from.  And I used a Tim Holtz wire with a circle thing for the stem of the flower.  I had to use a white Faber-Castell marker to kind of highlight the metal pieces.  I used alcohol ink on them and everything was so dark.  The white sort of out lines the pieces and makes them pop.

Here's a closeup of the bricks.  I love how they came out, and they have a nice shine.

Thank you for stopping by.  :)

I am submitting this Steampunk Birdhouse into the following challenges:

Until next time my friends...keep that steam going! :)