Thursday, January 29, 2009

TGIF No. 69 - Book Challenge

I found the TGIF Challenge blog and decided to join this one as I have made several books before.  These are journals that I made for my mother and brother.  The first is handbound and the scene is 'sculpted' in polymer clay.  The second has a dream catcher that I made of leather strips, stained floss and chips of green Aventurine.  The 'quote' is my mother's name in Cherokee text that is an image transfer with gel medium onto material and stained.  The third is just a simple graphic I created in Photoshop and put on the faux leather cardstock.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Cuttlebug Spot Challenge #15

This is a card I created for my DH...hope he doesn't look here before Valentine's Day.  :-)  It fits perfectly with the Cuttlebug Spot Challenge #15.  As you can see, I used the Cuttlebug quite a bit on this one.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Metal Embossed Frame and Collage

I found a challenge on Lots To Do that was to include a frame in your art...alter a frame, frame something, etc.  I chose to both alter a frame and frame a small collage I made of my mom and I.  I also incorporated a torn paper technique from a challenge on 2cre8art.  This also ended up meeting the Be Inspired #16 challenge on Cuttlebug Challenges for distress your creations.

I used a wooden double frame and covered it with metal that I embossed in my Cuttlebug with the Texture folder.  I then colored it with Meadow and Lettuce Adirondack AI and distressed the edges with sand paper (not very noticable in the picture).  For the collage, I did the torn paper technique with various text pages and colored them with Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint and Dusty Concord Distress Inks.  I also colored the pieces of silver foil doily and the Mother/Daugher embossed metal with Eggplant AI.  The pictures are of my mother and I at a younger age and the remaining emblishments are various flowers that I've dried.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Photo 52, Week of 19 Jan 09

My photo for this week is of a falcon who caught a small bird for dinner and decided to dine in the tree in our front yard.  My DH was pulling into the driveway when he noticed a bunch of feathers floating down.  He saw the falcon high in the tree and called from the car so I could get pictures before it took off.  It ended up he didn't care who came out and watched him.  I guess he felt secure that high up in the tree.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Blog Candy

Retro Cafe is having a blog candy giveaway.  The bounty is an eyelet setter, 3 leather punches, and 1200 unique eyelets.  Click here to hop on over and enter. 

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Woven Card

I found a tutorial on Cuttlebug Challenges for a card using a woven element...and of course added texture using the Cuttlebug.  For my card, I chose some spring looking scrap cardstock and followed the tutorial to do the woven element.  Then I used the Cricut to cut out the framed section and ran it thru the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots folder.  I ran the weave thru the Cuttlebug using the Birds & Swirls folder (which led to the bird theme).  I used  a flying bird stamp from the Inkadinkadoo's Flourishes set.  The perched bird is from the Inkadinkadoo's Butterflies & Birds set. I embossed all with black embossing power and cut them out leaving a small border.  The phrase is from a set that I purchased and no longer remember the vendor.  All are adhered with foam squares to give it some dimension.

I also LOVE Michael Strong stamps.  Below is my submission for Saturday Sketch #3 on the Enjoy Michael Strong Stamps Yahoo group.  I stamped the heart and circle on white cardstock in Fired Brick Distress Ink and embossed with clear powder.  Then I inked them with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.  The papers are from the Autumn Leaves Spice of Life Collection mega pack by Creativity, Inc.  The sentiment is from the same set above...that I can't remember the vendor.  I dry embossed the plain green center strip on the Cuttlebug with the 
D'vine Swirls folder and glued all the parts with my Xyron.

Friday, January 23, 2009

V-Day Card

This is a Valentine's card I created using the Michael Stong heart stamp.  I embossed the heart onto pink mulberry paper and used a piece of solid, textured card stock and patterned paper for the background.  The ribbon covers the seam between the two papers.  The text was printed on plain printer paper and inked with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.  

Monday, January 19, 2009

New Cards

I've decided to enter this month's challenge on the Enjoy Michael Strong Stamps Yahoo group. The challenge is called Metamorphosis and is to create a card using MS stamps to be something that it doesn't appear to otherwords morph the images into something else.  I created a chicken...considering the standing joke with mom and I over chickens (roosters to be exact), this just seemed appropriate.

I also created a card for my Aunt Bessie.  She's currently recovering from a broken hip and dad though a letter from me would cheer her up.  I thought a card would be nice.  The inside (not pictured) has a light purple square with Get Well Soon dry embossed on it and the corners are punched with a heart punch.

Project 52

I just read about this on Chia's House of Stirfry blog.  It's a personal project to cronical you life with one photo of the highlight of that week.  I thought this was a neat idea...except I'm starting late, so mine will be Project 50.  BTW, Chia has a great template page on her website that can be used as print and cut or to create .svg files for Sure Cuts Alot to cut on the Cricut. photo for last week is one of the new shelves in my studio.  My studio still needs the heating and flooring completed before I can start adding in furniture, but my office is so full of craft stuff that it just makes me feel better to have some of it sorted day...

Friday, January 16, 2009

New Metal Clay Piece

I haven't done much with silver metal clay lately, but the other day I was inspired to create a, I created a bracelet that says...Create.  It's a simple design.  I attached it to a silver charm chain and plan to make some charms to attach to it.

Photo by Bo Mullis (C) 2009
My husband took this picture and wants photo credits?!?!

I also used SCAL to create a little gift box for a friend.  I used a font that I downloaded from the Craft Edge forum.  If you use SCAL, I highly recommend you visit this forum.  There are tons of cuts that people are sharing and plenty of info on SCAL and Inkscape.  Anyway, I made this little box and then cut the flowers from the Plantin School Book cart.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

First ATC Swap of the Year

The theme of my first ATC swap of 2009 is Bizzare January Holidays.  I chose Bird Day, Hat Day and Escape Day.  The Bird Day and Escape Day cards use the tissue paper technique and the Hat Day card used the emboss resist technique for the backgrounds.  All from the Artist Trading Card Workshop Book.  I used the Cricut to cut the letters on the first Bird Day card, the 'tags' on the Hat Day card and the bars on the Escape card.  I recently bought the pens for the Cricut and used that to 'write' the words on the second Bird Day card and the words on the Escape card.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Fun With My Cricut

OK...since getting my Cricut Expressions on December 30th, I have been obsessed with playing with it.  I've downloaded Sure Cuts a Lot...awesome program for the Cricut!!  So far, I've played around cutting things, but have only made a couple.

This is a simple sign I created for my DH's office...apparently, he's so wellknown for his eating habits that people bring him food!!!  We both are committed to getting back into shape this year, so the feedings must end!  I used the Plantin Schoolbook and Animal Kingdom carts.

This is a birthday card and envelope I made for a friend using the Camp Out and Plantin Schoolbook carts.  

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award!

I recieved the Kreativ Blogger Award from Jacque on Jacque of all Trades.  She is a wonderful artist who has some amazing creations on her site.

The terms of the Kreativ Blogger Award are to list six things that make me happy, and give this award to six other bloggers.

6 Things that make me happy:

1.  My awesome DH who supports me in every crazy hobby I want to try.
2. My 5 wonderful pets, Misha, Ozcar, Molly, Wiley & Delilah.  Although they are all older, they still add something to each day.
3.  The outdoors.  I'm lucky to live in one of the most beautiful states with miles of open space.
4.  The fact that my 14 year old dog, Wiley, can still do a decent mountain hike with me.
5.  My group of artist friends who encourage me in my art even though I have nowhere near their talent.
6.  Our good health.  We are blessed to be in good health and able to do the things we love.

6 Other Bloggers who deserve the award (IMHO):