Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!!

For my last post of the year, I want to share my last piece of art for the year.  Tonight I made an ATC using the tissue paper technique in "Artist Trading Card Workshop" by Bernie Berlin.  Michele Johnson at Crafted By Us has been doing a challenge with the techniques from this book.  This card is for a swap on atcsforall with the theme of Bizzare January Holidays...this one is for Bird Day on 5 January and is my last ATC of the year!


Tuesday, December 30, 2008


My Cricut came in today, so as soon as I was done at work, I had to run over and get it.  I love it! I had to make a quick card for my DH to thank him for a most excellent gift...I threw in a little embellishment from the Cuttlebug too.  :-)

Of course, I can't just be happy with cutting paper (mom and I already cut fabric with her Cricut), so I had to try cutting craft metal.  It worked!  I then ran the little oval I cut on the Cricut thru my Cuttlebug (hey, why not) and colored it with Caramel AI.  This is what I got:

BTW, there are some great videos on metal embossing (including using the Cuttlebug) at Ten Seconds Studio.  They do a new video every Tuesday (Taco Tuesday).  In addition to the great information, they are hilarious to watch.

Cuttlebug Card

This is a card I created using just the Cuttlebug, paper, some ribbon and a brad.  I used the Perfectly Paisley embossing folder for the background and the Feel Better embossing folders for the Thinking of You and coffee cup.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas.  I did quite well on the crafting front.  'Santa' brought me a Cuttlebug, Xyron and a Cricut Expressions...along with a box of assorted craft supplies.  The Expressions did not arrive in time (hopefully, it will come in tomorrow), but I've had some fun just playing with the Cuttlebug.  I started working on a card for 'Santa', but need the Expressions to finish it. :-)
Santa's Little Brother, Grinchy Claus.

Friday, December 19, 2008

A Simple Gift Bag

I needed a package to take a Christmas gift to my hairdresser...all I had were plain white bags, so I used a little Tim Holtz inspiration and used the same techniques I used on tags to decorate both sides of a bag. The tags worked better, but I managed to get a decent looking gift bag out of it.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

More Christmas Tags

I spent this morning finishing up the tags I'll need for the gifts for my co-workers. This first one is modeled after Tim Holtz's Christmas Tag #5. The others are techniques that I took for various other Christmas tags.

This is my Christmas Tag #5.

This tag used the water spot technique with Distress Ink.

I used at background technique from 12 Tags of Christmas 07.

For this one, I used the techniques from Tim's Tag #9 (but I don't have all the cool stamps he does).

Saturday, December 13, 2008

More Tags and Glass Ornaments

I've made another Memory Glass ornament using the deer stamp from Inkadinkadoo's Christmas Silhouettes collection.
I also made another Christmas tag. I used techniques from Tim Holtz, but did not exactly copy any one tag for this one. I'm going to attach my tags to give bags I'm making for co-workers...hope they like them. :-)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Glass Ornament

I got the idea for this ornament from Ink Stains. Every day she is posting a crafted gift idea. This was gift idea #10 - Memory Glass Ornament. I used Red Pepper, Cranberry and Gold AIs to ink the back of the memory glass, then stamped the front with white Stazon and a poinsetta stamp from 908 Christmas Cube #1 stamp by ??? (their is no vendor on the stamp and I picked it up at the flea market, so...). I then stippled Versamark embossing ink around the edges and used Peeled Paint Distress embossing powder. I cleaned the powder around the image before heating. The beads are from unknown vendors and are wired on with gold toned wire. The only thing I kinda don't like is that you can see the wire on the back thru the glass...I just couldn't think of any other way to wire it that would be secure or not have blobs of glue...oh well...the the right light (or should I say no light), it looks pretty nice. :-) The scanner did not do a good job of capturing the 'sparkle' of the glass and beads for this one.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

12 Days of Christmas Tags

Tim Holtz is doing 12 Days of Christmas Tags on his blog. Each day he shows different techniques while making a new tag. Today was Day 6, and I made this tag using the techniques he showed. The Merry Kris Mouse stamp from Comotion stamped on acetate and painted using AIs. I then painted some white acrylic paint on the ink side of the acetate so the mouse wouldn't be lost in the background. The tag was stained using Distress inks and stamps with a florish and a text stamp. Just as Tim suggested, I wiped the black ink on the text stamp instead of blotting it on. It gave the ink a muted color. I didn't have any of Tim's neat metal snowflakes, so I punched them out of the aluminum of a Dr. Pepper can and coated them with glitter glue. For the main text, I used a the Noel stamp from the Christmas Silhouettes collection by Inkadinkado stamped on green paper and covered in glitter glue. I used Glossy Accents around the boarder of the Noel and coated it with little glass balls. This was a fun tag to make...

I also got my Cloisonne Christmas Tree stamp in from Michael Strong Stamps. So, naturally, I had to make a card right away with it. I stamped the tree with Versamark and embossed with silver pearl embossing powder. I colored the tree with Distree ink in Pine Needles and Pealed Paint. The 'balls' are bling that I colored with Red Pepper AI. The gifts are made on white shink plastic and the bear is stamped on cardstock and adhered with a foam square. The background is a printed paper that I edged with Pine Needles Distress Ink to add a vignette. Finally, I embossed the Merry Christmas with emerald embossing powder.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Latest Christmas Card

Here is the latest Christmas card design I've created for the festive season:

I also created a Christmas gift tag.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Latest Christmas Cards

My latest creation uses a snowman stamp from Stamp Affair. I made 5 in this pattern. One had a smudge of ink and I had the brilliant idea of whiting it out...which worked...until I sponged blue ink over it...apparently, whiteout will not absorb, I created snow peaked mountains to hide my mistake. :-)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Starting the Christmas Season

Well, Thanksgiving is over and I'm turning my attention toward Christmas. I know, most people start planning Christmas in July, but I wait until after Thanksgiving. Every year, I plan on sending out homemade Christmas cards and ever year I don', I got out all my Christmas themed materials and stared at them for 1/2 a day...this is the first card I've, at least one person will get a homemade card this year! :-)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Silver Necklace for Mom

A couple posts ago, I showed a picture of some silver oak leaves I created with metal clay. This is the final necklace I made with them for my mom. I used a small branch from the cottonwood tree in our front yard to make a mold for the silver branch. I connected the leaves with silver wire and attached the 'branch' to a silver chain with silver jump rings.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Another Friend...Another Birthday Card

I realized this morning that if I plan to send a card to my friend, Linda, for her birthday on 1 Dec...I better get creating. This gave me an opportunity to use the Cloisonne Cat stamp from Michael Strong. I'm still on the 'stamp on mulberry paper' kick, but I got a little more whimsical with this on by adding embossed cat prints on the blue cardstock.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

A Card for a Friend

My friend, Cheryl's, birthday is on 2 Dec. We work together and will be in Dublin, OH then. I really wanted to do something with my Michael Strong stamps, so I made this birthday card for her. The inspiration was from a photo uploaded by tlgirl353 on the Michael Strong Yahoo group.

I used Distress embossing power on mulberry paper for the hummingbird and gold embossing powder for the half circles on the green cardstock. The background is white cardstock that I inked with Distress Tea Dye ink. The text is a foil sticker that is a huge pain to get on...I gave up on getting it straight.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Coffee Tag

In keeping with the coffee theme from the latest MIM, I created this tag bookmark for my Mom. I added a charm that I created by gluing a plastic star over a stamped coffee cup image...kept the same basic format as my ATC with the exception of the phone book paper background.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Blog Candy Offer

While checking out Ink Stain Survivor blog, I found a link to Passion for Crafts which is hosting a great blog candy giveaway. Check it out and her great crafts as well.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Taking Time to Craft

I had two motivators to take a break from a hectic workday and do a little crafting. One was my mother's birthday on Friday and the other was a challenge from Crafted by Us and Go Make Something Make It Monday...I killed both challenges with one ATC.

Michelle at Crafted by Us has been following the projects in the book, "Artist Trading Card Workshop" by Bernie Berlin (who also happens to run an excellent animal shelter). The challenge for this month is Phone Book Paper...hence the background on my ATC. The MIM challenge theme was coffee or tea...hence the theme of the card. :-) I was apparently is a dark, distressed mood while making this...lots of distress ink on this one. :-)

For my mother's birthday, I started working on a silver oak leaf necklace. I've finished the silver oak leaves (which is the only real artist part of the whole thing). I just need to get a nice chain on which to attach them. I also made her a birthday card using stamps from Michael Strong and inspiration for the inside from a TVWeekly episode he just did.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Time for A Few Things

I've been on the road a lot lately between work and a Air Force retirement ceremony. I did take some time to try out my new Prismacolor colored pencils. You can really tell the difference between a good set and cheap pencils. In the past, I've only used them to color in stamped images, etc. This is the first time I've actually done a picture with them. I don't draw very well, but I liked the way this turned out. I started the picture while curled up in my, it ended up a little tilted. :-)

I also tried a painted leaf technique with metal clay paste. Basically, you take a leaf with good vein texture. Paint a layer of metal clay paste on and let it dry. Do this 10 times!! Make a small bail using metal clay. I used the metal clay in a syringe to make a small loop with a little tail on it to be used to attached to the leaf. After the bail dried, I attached it to the leaf with metal clay paste and let the whole thing dry to bone dry. I sanded the edges of the leaf down and fired it. I used a couple rose leaves. They are a little 'waxy', so the leaf pealed off the clay before firing. If your leaf won't peal loose before firing, make sure you have plenty of ventalation, because the leaf will burn away during the firing process. Small items like these can be fired with a kitchen butane torch. Once I had polished up the leaves, I attached them together using silver jump rings and a tiny piece of silver chain (hidden behind the top leaf). I bought the silver chain on which they are hanging from Hobbie Lobbie.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Well, I didn't do any art or crafts to post for Halloween, because we were busy setting up our Haunted Garage for the little Halloweeners...some of which weren't so there a maximum age for trick-or-treating?!? I did use my potion bottles for the party afterward. Here are a few pictures of the event:

Monday, October 20, 2008

Stamped Card

I created this card following a tutorial by Michelle Zindorf. She makes some awesome cards, so I had to try one. I finally found the stamp set she used and went to work. I followed her tutorial fairly closely, however, I used Stampin' Up Tempting Turquoise ink instead of Baha Breeze and I used the Winter Woods stamp by Rubber Stampede in place of the Lovely as a Tree set. I also changed up the embellishments by just using a plain strip of polka-dotted ribbon with sequins. I placed sequins at the corners of the stamped area and in place of the owls eyes...the picture doesn't show the sequins very well. Also, I added the owl because I accidently put a smudge on the moon and needed to find some way to hide it. :-)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Shaman Necklace

I completed the necklace and earring set using my shaman pendants I made out of metal clay. All the findings are sterling silver and the black stones are soapstone.

I've also attached some photos taken on a hike through Roxborough State Park near Denver with some friends, Jill and Kay. We spent the morning hiking and shooting photos and then toured the Celestial Seasonings factory in Boulder in the afternoon.