Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Good Evening....

Everyone and Happy Tuesday Evening....One more work day and I have 4 days off!!! Wahooooooooooo....Doin' the happy dance!! :)

Well I finished a card I was working on last night for a yahoo group "therubberinker"......the theme was "Snowman Swap"......you have to use at least one rubber stamp in your creation....I used snowflake stamps with a versamark pad with pearlex rubbed over them...this is the top layer background.....gives it a nice shimmer......All the treasures on the card I created and cut with my Cricut Expression.....Have I mentioned how much I LOVE this toy!!!...anyway..take a look at my creation....






I try to show several photos so you can see the depth of layers and 3D effect of the card......I cut all the items out and then did my own touch of embellishments on them.....I love to embellish things can you tell....everything started as white cardstock and I went from there...with the exception of the card base....that was the periwinkle blue........

This is a fun card and I am very happy with it...makes winter kinda fun doesn't it.....I want to, as always, thank you for stopping by to visit with me and looking at my latest creation....I so enjoy sharing my creations....and I just am having so much fun with my ART!!!! Please come by and visit with me again....until then....

Monday, December 29, 2008

I had MORE Fun....

Making this card......I wanted to incorporate some of my polymer clay creations in SOME way......I'm very proud of my first attempt at a rose!! I really think it looks realistic!!!

This card is for a "Thank You" Swap with craftycardcreators@yahoogroups.com !! A Wonderful group BTW......I also used several techniques on this card.....I used my Cricut to cut out the Thank You in my SCAL program with one of my fonts...I was thrilled that I successfully welded the letters together so they all cut as one piece!! I drug across it my Mahogony Distress Ink pad, I then put it in one of my Cuttlebug embossing sleeves and embossed it....after embossing I drug across the high spots a Worn Corderoy Distress Ink pad...then my embossing Distress ink pad and covered with Vintage Photo Distress Embossing powder and embossed.......the other colors don't show up well but I like the rusty look of the letters.....




The rose was so much fun to make as it was my first attempt...I was thrilled with the way it turned out......once I had baked it I then touched the edges with a pompom dipped in my Stazon Brown inkpad to give it a look of the image....the leaves I used a mold I have to create but believe next time I will try and create them myself........I also brushed them with Stazon Brown.......


The Roses image I covered with my Ranger embossing pen and then covered with clear embossing powder and embossed....gives the flowers a bit of a gloss....a nice simple touch....the vase I covered with my Ranger embossing pen and then used some of my Pebble pearlized chalks in 2 shades of gree and white....

I also cut a small slit on each side of the flower arrangement and strung a ribbon through it and wrapped around the back of the page and then tied in a knot and notched the ends......The background paper I printed off from my background images I have on my computer...I also printed this same in the size to fit my envelope template...printed it with my large format printer and then took that piece and placed in on my Cricut matt and cut out my envelope template sized to fit the card.....however I did made it a bit wider to compensate for the height of the embellishment on the card......

I also used chip board to layer the decorative paper over so that it would give the card more substance to hold the polymer clay rose and leaves........layered that on a pale green cardstock base.....That's it....that's how I created my card and I really had fun doing it~~~Thank you for stopping by to visit with me.....please stop by again.....Until then...

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Happy Sunday...

Everyone...I hope you've all had a great day today....Last day of a long weekend for me.....It's been fun but fast!!! I did get to play today and plan to play more but just wanted to share this card...I had initially done it for a group that I'm in for a contest....HOWEVER....after completing it I realized I had forgotten to use the 1 key element that MUST be in the creation, rubber stamp of some kind....Duhhhhhhhhhhhh...so now I get to share it with you....





I used several techniques in this card and I am totally happy with it.....I was impressed with the silihoutte I created of the man and woman...I took the jpeg of the file and converted it to an svg file to open up into my SCAL program to have my Circut cut out the silihoutte to layer behing the image.....I also embossed the image of the couple with my embossing sleeve...I sanded the raised surface after embossing.....prior to the embossing I stippled some inks on the image to age it a bit...

The burgandy layer I embossedwith an embossing sleeve then rubbed distress ink "black soot" across the sheet to hit the raised surface spritzed with some Pearl Ex Spritzers I made....then covered with my Versamark pad and covered with clear embossing powder and heated, gives the layer a nice sheen....I rounded the corners also....I cut a piece of black cardstock to layer behind it and punched the corners took a sheer piece of ribbon and ran it through a jewelry closure and wrapped around the black/burgandy layer and closed......I layered that layer over a piece of metallic Silver cardstock that I also punched with a decorative punch layered all this onto a black cardstock base....

The "Forever My Love" phrase I created in my SCAL program and cut with my Cricut....I then embossed the paper with an embossing sleeve then covered with versamark ink and then covered with Distress Embossing Ink Black Soot and embossed....I then took a layer of sticky paper (which I created from running a scrap piece of paper through my sticker machine) and layered behind this paper with the cut out and sprinkled silver glitter over it to stick to the sticky area....I also punched the edges with a decorative punch as well.....

I decided to use my Cricut to cut the phrase "Forever My Love" onto the envelope I made and layered sticky paper behind it and also sprinkled Black glitter over the letters......That's it...that's how I created this card/envie and I'm quite happy with the results!!! I just wanted to share this card because I am really really thrilled how it came out....I want to thank YOU for stopping by to visit with me and sharing with me...Please come by again....Until then....

Saturday, December 27, 2008

It's been awhile....

Since I've shared a creation.......felt like it was time to play and create again..I must say I've enjoyed Christmas but I am now ready to get my creative juices flowing again.... :) I was blessed with many cool things for Christmas but some of my favorites are $$$ so I can add to my ART supplies....LOL...who wouldn't right!! :) You know when you get $$$ you MUST go shopping...right???

Friday my youngest, Dylan....and I went shopping....I made it to Michael's, Joann's and Hobby Lobby.....Wahooooo!!! I had been thinking for awhile that I wanted to get back into Polymer Clay again....I had created with it years before but had gotten away from it and all my supplies.....so I HAD to get all new supplies.....that was alot of my fun shopping adventure on Friday.....I've been watching many videos and joined a couple new Yahoo groups...but I decided to try and create something.....I know this isn't much but here's what I came up with for my 1st creation...




I made this into a magnet and it really is cute up close......I surely had fun doing this and look forward to doing more and more....

I also decided to play with covering one of my Bic pens......I like how my first one come out...definately have some fine tuning to do..but hey..for the first one....not so bad!!!





I am so spoiled....I have been blessed with so much when I come into my ART Studio I sit and look around and think.....what am I going to do...LOL......I have SEVERAL card I need to get working on..guess I better get busy!!!

Thanks for stopping by to visit with me and checking out my lastest creation...Please come again....until then....

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Lookie Lookie Lookie...

I'm SO thrilled....my oldest son...Billy....came over tonight to spend a couple days and celebrate Christmas with us...well he told me he was giving me gift of something he's had for a while that he thinks would go well in my ART.......He couldn't stand it and gave it to me as soon as we got home....I am TOTALLY touched at this beautiful gift he gave me...check this out!!!!






You can bet I will INDEED treasure this gift forever!!! Isn't it beautiful!!!! I pray you all have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS with your family and friends...Thank you SO much for stopping by...Until next time!!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

I am SO Lucky....


My DEAR sweet friend Rita Loyd blessed me with this WONDERFUL award!!! What a BIG smile it brought to my face to be honored with this beautiful award!!! Thank you SO much Rita!!! Love you girl!!!

The rules for this award are:

The rules are:
1. Add the logo to your blog.
2. Link to the person from whom you received this award.
3. Nominate 7 or more blogs.
4. Leave a message on their blog, letting them know they are “One Lovely Blog”!


There are SO many gorgeous blogs out there.......but below are 8 I just have to nominate......Each of these ladies have amazing blogs and ART.....I think you will all agree as you check them out your self!!!! Thank you all for being such a wonderful inspiration to me!!!

Chrystal Schilling

Phree
Joan Fricker
June
Shirley Fyfe
Shelly Wood
Diann Scholl
Angie Hall Haviland

I pray you all have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I am among the Living...

FINALLY.....I started feeling yucky on Sunday and have been under the weather for the past 3 days!!! I am SO glad to be going back to work tomorrow and feeling MUCH better!!! I've so missed playing with paper and had to get my fix as soon as I was feeling better...

I was able to complete an order I had for 4 tags...2 snowmen 2 santa tags.....got them completed and needed to do a Christmas Card I had a request for.....It was for a young man and they kinda wanted it to be funny....Know how hard that is when that's the only info you have to go with.....hummmmmm, so I knew the fella loved cars and there is an older Porsche in the family so that's what I went with...I found an image of an older Porsche on the internet and decided to convert it into an .svg file so I could cut the shape out with my cricut expression and layer it somehow.....WOW did it take some thinking of what to do once I had that done.....

I finally came out with something I think is masculine but not stupid...and made a good utilization of the image I cut with my cricut expression!!! I have to say I'm quite happy with it...I used metallic cardstock alot on this card...in black and silver.....did alot with my cricut expression too....







You can see on the envelope I did a box cut on with the cricut and layered the back with sticky paper and glittered as well.....I LOVE glitter and there are so many uses for it!!!! I also stamped, colored, cut out and added glossy accents to some holly leaves to give the card just a bit more punch......Just wanted to share with you what I created since I had been down and out for a couple of days!!!!

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by and visit with me.......I hope you all have a very blessed Thursday!!! Until next time....

Sunday, December 14, 2008

THANK YOU...

To my sweet and special friend Rita who has just nominated me for this amazing award!!

I am blessed and very surprised to receive this!!!! Has definately brought a HUGE smile to my face as I am not feel very well this evening..... :(

The details of the award is as following:

"These blogs invest and believe in PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers, who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

I am giving this award to my following friends -

Shirley Boyer - http://abitofthisabitofthat.spaces.live.com/
Angie Hall Haviland - http://angiehallhaviland.typepad.com/angiesartfulllife/
Carol Heppner - http://heppnerstudio.blogspot.com/
Denise - http://dscrapbookingroom.blogspot.com/
Mel McCarthy - http://melstampz.blogspot.com/
Shelly (Paper Mischief) - http://papermischief.blogspot.com/
The Artful Mama - http://theartfulmama.blogspot.com/
The Graphics Fairy - http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/

Shirley and Angie I have known for approx. 15 years......They have been a huge inspiration in my ART and are wonderful ARTists....The other wonderful ladies I have found through their blogs and their ART has inspired me even further and I feel truly blessed to have found their blogs and some I have chatted with.......They are each very deserving of this award.....

As Rita said in her blog about the lady that nominated her...Rita is DEFINATELY worthy of receiving the award back from me as she is a special inspiration in my life and I too am blessed to have found her through an AOL board a couple of years ago!!! Thank you Rita for this wonderful award!!!

Just Playing....

This morning...decided I needed to work on some swaps I'm signed up for with the CraftyCardCreators group I belong to....Have I shared what an AMAZING group this is!!!

One of the swaps I decided to start with is an Image Swap I'm hosting....the idea of the swap is to use an image that is selected for that month's swap.....You can do ANYTHING you desire to this image and create ANYTHING you want to create.....so this month I decided the image said..."make me a magnet"....LOL...so that's what I did.....I decided to make a friendship magnet....here's what I did...





The size is approx. 4 x 5......I of course had to give it some 3D embellishment to this magnet...I just can't seem to leave anything alone LOL.....so the two main roses on the image I gave some texture to.....and a touch of glitter... :) added some ribbon to the bottom and cut out some more of the small roses and gave them a raised look on top of the ribbon....trimmed the edge with lace and then a frame of fancy trim......took a couple of flower petals from an old wreath I have and used a rhinestone brad in the center...I decided the flower needed some "bling" so I added some glue to the edge of the petals and sprinkled some brownstone Martha Stewart glitter on the glue.....Just allows the flower to pop a bit...stippled around the white border with a bit of peel green and vintage photo Distress ink.....I also added the phrase to the image as well...I felt it had a nice warm message....There you go..that's my creation from the Image Swap..I do hope whoever ends up with this will enjoy it!!!!

Now on to my next task...hummmmmm, what to do what to do.....until next time.........

Friday, December 12, 2008

THANKS!!!

For ALL the wonderful comments both private and public that I have received on my Tags!!! The recipient of them was thrilled with the results.....I received an inquiry from my Friend Elena as to what a CE was and how I did my tag...

First I'll start off with explaining the CE is a Cricut Expression...this is a machine that cuts things!!! It is SO AMAZING!!! I received this as an early Christmas present from hubby and I am SO happy with it.......I have software that allows me to use any font or any image to cut out shapes to help in my ART creations....Check out the item at www.cricutexpression.com

Now, the 2nd part of the question was how I created the tags.....first I realized I did not have the size tags I needed so I decided to just make my own...So I cut cardstock to the size tag I wanted and cut round circles to create the protection around the area I would punch my hold to run fibers through.....

Then I did DTP of Distress Inks in "Vintage Photo" and "Peeled Paint" once card was covered then I took a baby wipe and rubbed all over the face of the card to blend the two colors together over the card. Then I took one of the Tim Holt's overlays and stippled on some Distress Ink "Aged Mahogany" to give it a bit of pattern...then I took two different colors of my Pearl Ex Misters "Spring Green" and "Super Russet" once dried it gave the tags and awesome glimer...

Once the tags were dried I then wiped the edges with some Tim Holt's Distress Embossing Ink then covered the edges with Distress Embossing Powder "Vintage Photo" ...kinda makes the tag look rusty......Ok, then I attached to two pieces of ribbon/lace....at this point I attached the tag to a cardboard base to give the card more substance...punched the hole for the fibers......and also stamped the "Merry Christmas" message with Distress Ink "Black Soot".

Now onto the images I had previoulsy taken graphics of Santa and Snowman and coverted them into a format I need for my cricut expression.......then decided on the size I wanted the image be....and decided on all the different colors I wanted the layers....then proceeded to cut out the images as many times as there are colors I wanted to use......once cut I pulled off the cutting mat and then began to embellish them...some I versamarked and used Pearlex powders with and then ran through my cuttlebug embossing sleeves.....some I covered with an embossing pen and then coated with colored embossing powder and embossed with my heat gun.....some I coated through my xyron then covered in glitter.....first I had to assemble the pieces then began the embellishment process......

I hope that helps explain how I made these......If not PLEASE feel free to ask, I would be more than happy to share with you my techniques!!!! Thank you for stopping by to inquire!!! I'm excited I get to play with paper this weekend!!! Until next time....

Here we are again...

Another Friday!! Yippie Skippie!!! Another weekend to play with paper!!! BOY oh BOY have I had fun doing just that the last 2 days!!! You know the tag I made and showed you in the previous post....I was so proud of it I decided to take it to work to show it off......Can you believe I SOLD 10 of these tags!!!! Yahooooooooooooooo!!! I was so excited!!!

The person that ordered them said they could be a little different if I wanted......so I decided on three designs.......thought I would share all that I came up with......They are all 3D but it might be hard to see by looking at these pictures...but I think you can get the idea.....

The first set of 3 are Snowmen....isn't He CUTE!!!! I also took this image from a graphic on my computer and converted it to an .svg file then cut with my CE ......I LOVE this machine!!!



These next 3 are a set of different Snowflakes.....we all know no two snowflakes are ever the same!!! I LOVE the look of glitter on these!!! I deliberately tried to go outside the box on color of the snowflakes!!!!








Here's 4 of the Santa design......I still love santa!!! ;)



Ok....Here's all 10 together....I am VERY pleased with the way all of these turned out if I must say so myself!!! On the back of each of them I have stamped "To: and From:" The person is planning on using them on Christmas gifts!!!! Made my day for sure!!!! BTW...Have I mentioned lately how much I LOVE MY CE !!!! Best gift EVER!!!


I believe I used about a zillion different techniques on these tags and it was SO much fun getting the creative wheels turning in my head!!! I hope you all enjoy viewing these even a quarter as much as I had creating them!!! Thanks SO much for stopping by to visit with me....PLEASE come by again!!! I hope and pray you ALL have a very blessed day and a Wonderful weekend...please visit me again..until then.......

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Most Beautiful Christmas Wallpapers

















~MERRY CHRISTMAS~

Enjoy the Holidays!
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