Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fiber Art for Aunt Bessie

My Aunt Bessie recently passed away, so I created a fiber art memorial to her. 

She was a quilter and even had a huge quilting machine in her basement.  She liked roses and could grow anything.  I added just a touch of shiny sequined ribbon because I think she would get a kick out of that.  The wooden spoon represents the fact that she used every spoon in the kitchen when she cooked…not just some…all of them!  Smile


Monday, June 27, 2011

Garden Marker

I got a great deal on sheets of craft metal at the flea market.  My first project with it is this metal garden marker.

I cut a piece of metal 1”x4” and stamped “Lavender” with my Making Memories punch set.  I rolled the ends on a small stick and painted the letters…well, lavender.  The post is 18 gauge steel wire that I rolled at one end, added a purple bead and then bent into a hook shape…done.


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Thank You Card

Some friends of our had a BBQ this weekend.  I immediately noticed the BBQ-themed napkins and knew I had to make a thank you card for them using the napkin (Chris is a crafter, so I knew she would get it Smile)

This was a simple project as I wanted to make sure the napkin was featured…and obvious! I covered a plain card base (this would work to recycle old cards too) with the napkin and adhered it using Mod Podge.  I wanted it to be a more subtle background, so I covered the napkin with white Gesso and dabbed it off with a paper towel.  Once dry, I edged the card with Fired Brick Distress Ink and stamped ‘Thank You’ and ‘for the’ in black Archival ink.  The grill, ‘kiss the cook’ and ‘BBQ’ were cut from the napkin and adhered using Mod Podge.  I added a ribbon and beaded flower for embellishments and attached the ribbon using the Tiny Attacher…mostly because I love that thing!  That’s it…easy.


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Birthday Cards

I made this card from my sister’s birthday.  The card is a 6x6 card base with a black and white patterned paper for a background.  The image is by 100 Proof Press and is stamped in black Archival ink and watercolored.  I cut the image piece to size, rounded the corners and edged it with Black Soot Distress Ink.  It’s adhered to a piece of pink polka-dotted paper that is cut to size and torn at one end.  The torn end is edged with Black Soot Distress Ink.  I wrapped a piece of black and white polka- dotted ribbon around  the pink piece and attached a cameo using –6000.  The sentiment is from the Just Rite Just A Note set.  The round border is stamped onto a matching pink paper.  The sentiment is stamped onto white cardstock and highlighted using Spun Sugar Distress Ink.  You can’t see it in the photo, but I accented the butterflies and the lady with a Clear Star gel pen.

BTW, the lady stamp is one I kept looking at and really like, but just couldn’t think of what I would do with it…my DH went back and bought it for me…smart fella!


This card is for my brothers, who likes boats.  The image and sentiment are from the Stampin’ Up Summer By The Sea set.  I stamped them in black Archival ink and watercolored both.  They were cut to size, the corners on the image rounded and attached to matching blue cardstock.  I torn the edges on the blue and brown cardstock backgrounds and edged them the Black Soot Distress Ink.  A coordinating blue ribbon was attached to the image piece and attached to a yellow background cardstock which was then adhered to a tan card base.  The sentiment is mounted with foam squares…although it doesn’t look it in this photo.


Friday, June 10, 2011

New Dog Basket

Our neighbors just adopted a 4 yr old poodle named Whiskers.  He was in a puppy mill and lived in a cage his entire life until now!!  I made them a card, dog bed and neck scarf and bought some treats and toys for a Puppy Basket.

The card was made with a peach card base.  I cut out some light blue paper and spritzed it with Moonlight Glimmer Mist then stamped some dog paws in Tumbled Glass Distress ink.  The sentiment is from the Just Rite All Occasion Sentiments set.  I embossed a can tab with dark blue embossing powder and used it as a ‘buckle’ for the dark blue lace ribbon.  The dog is from the Penny Black Critter Party set and is stamped in black Archival ink and colored with Prismacolor colored pencils.  I cut off the corners of the image and dark blue background with a corner punch.  The dark blue background is stamped in Stampin Up Night of Navy ink with a See D’s Background ! (50218) stamp.  The W brad is colored with Denim Adirondack alcohol ink.


I made the pillow with some plush red fabric that I’ve had forever and secured the middle with a felt covered white button.  The blue rope bandana neck scarf is made with a velcro closure…since I couldn’t go measure Whiskers as it’s all a surprise.


Monday, June 6, 2011

Wax Seal Card

Talk about super simple…this card is it.  To make the wax seal, use red sealing wax or a bit of red glue stick and melt.  Have your seal or stamp ready by inking it with silver or gold or (in my case) bright yellow ink.  Once the wax is melted, stamp into it with the seal and let sit for a couple seconds.  Remove the seal/stamp and let the wax seal cool.  In the meantime, take a white card blank and cut a piece of red ribbon long enough to wrap completely around the card.  Glue the seal to the front over the ribbon and tie the card shut with a bow.  Voila!  You could stamp a sentiment or whatever…I’ll figure out what to do once I have an occasion to use it.


Saturday, June 4, 2011

A Mouse Card and Winston

I found the instructions for this card in the book, Ultimate Cardmaking by Sarah Beaman, and it is super easy to make.  Take a white card base and cut 1” off the front side.  I used Adirondack Ginger ink to make the mouse bodies with my finger.  I don’t have all my shelves up in the new studio yet and couldn’t find a light pink paint, so I mixed Folk Art Cherokee Rose with Anita’s white acrylic paints in a 1:2 ratio.  I used a small ink dauber to dab on the little ears.  Next, I took the needle tool and made a hole for each of the little tails.  The pink yarn is on a yarn needle, tied into a knot on one end, pulled thru the hole and cut to length for each. Done!  Once I have a reason to send it, I’ll stamp a sentiment on the upper half of the card.


I finally got my Nikon D300 back from cleaning…this is Winston not too happy about posing for me…


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Cards and a Bookmark

I was confined to my studio watching over my puppy, Winston, who had his neutering surgery today, so I made a couple simple cards and a bookmark.

This card is made using a cream card base with a green card cut to fit inside.  1/4” of the front of the cream card was cut off to allow the green to show on the edge.  I used a double hole punch to put the holes in the cream card and 2 sizes of flower punches for the little flowers that are adhered to the green card.  A dab of Glossy Accents was put in each flower and dusted with Pearl Perfect Pearls.  To finish it off, a ribbon is tied around the binding.


This card is made from a watercolor paper card base.  Simply wet the paper where you want the color and slather on some blue watercolor paint.  I used a heat gun to move the paint around a bit and dry it.  Then emboss the snowflakes with Winter Wonderland embossing powder.  The sentiment is from an Inkadinkadoo set and is stamped in Faded Jeans Distress ink.


The bookmark is made by covering a tag with silver metal tape and sanding it a bit.  The images are from Tim Holtz and Stampin’ Up and are stamped with Stazon ink in Timber and Saddle Brown with a bit of Archival ink in Cobalt around the edges and in bits of the images.  A silver and gold ribbon complete the bookmark.