Wednesday, April 23, 2008

New Stamps

I ordered these way cool cloissone stamps from Micheal Strong Rubber Stamps. I love them and they only took a couple days to arrive!! They are rubber stamps made to attach to an acrylic block. You'll need a block at least 4x6 for the dragonfly.

Michael Strong does some really good webisodes for I used a webisode called Divide and Conquer to create the below cards.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Monday, April 7, 2008

Nice Surprise!

I had to fly to Columbus, OH on business for the week. When I finally got to my hotel room and went to fire up the laptop to catch up on some work, I found a home made card from my husband!! What a great surprise!!! He's just the bestest!!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Mom's Coming Home!!

Mom is leaving Ohio this week to move to Walsenburg, CO!! I made a Welcome Home card and a trinket box for her. The box is made from an old, wooden cigar box that I painted with a crackle finish. I did a block of Dominos that are stamped with an image in permanent ink (Staz-On). I wiped it off with nail polish remover (which leaves a faint image behind) and colored the tile with blotches of alcohol inks in the appropriate areas. Then restamped the image, colored the sides of the tiles with a gold leafing pen and glued them to the box. I got the idea from a Carol Duvall show. Under the Dominos, I glued down some tan mulberry paper with Mod-Podge. The saying is stamped onto a piece of homemade lavender paper on which I stamped the background with leaves in a bleaching ink (you stamp it, let it sit for 5 minutes and then iron it to bleach out the image). I used paper punches to punch out the leaves in colored paper and mulberry paper and Mod-Podged them to the lid.

I used felt to cover the bottom of the inside and filled it with extra craft items. I printed a picture of mom and I at Treasure Falls and glued it to the inside of the lid and used lavendar ribbon to hide the edges. I put matte Mod-Podge over the whole picture to protect it.

For the card, I painted the background with Lumiere watercolors. The tree was stamped in green ink on transparency film and embossed with clear embossing powder. I glued a mulberry paper leaf to the card and glued the transparency over it. I used oil pastels on watercolor paper to create the background and stamped Welcome Home on it. I torn the paper away from me so I wouldn't have big white areas and inked the edges with dark blue ink. The butterfly is punched out of some hand decorated paper (using watercolors under plastic wrap). The punch is a 3D image that I cut from the paper. The little house is a birdhouse stamp I have that is embossed in Distress embossing power in antique linen and colored in with colored pencils.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Hammered Wire Bookmarks

I got this idea from the book, "Metal Crafting Workshop". I've outlined how to make them in my Hammered Wire Bookmark tutorial. Here is a photo of the one I made for my friend, Cheryl.