Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Mod Podge Trinket Box

During my excursion to the Great American Scrapbook Convention, over the weekend, there was inspiration to try an old technique I used when my daughter, Ronay, was around 3 years old. I remember making all kinds of things using the decoupage technique on wood. Do you remember doing the "fire trick?" You simply burned the edges of paper before applying the paste; it was fun living dangerously in my younger years...haha! So back to the inspiration: one of the demonstrators used napkins to decorate a piece of material that eventually looked as if it was painted oil cloth. Since I didn't think it would get used here at home, I decided to buy pretty napkins and see what would happen with some Mod Podge sitting on the shelf. There was a little box, purchased for almost nothing, asking to get decorated, that was used as my first project. I used to napkins and two coats of Mod Podge for the trinket box. Some velvet ribbon was wrapped around the lid and a few half pearls were added for some bling...have to have that bling bling. I {heart} bling!

The flowers on top of the lid were cut with a new die purchased at the convention at the Spellbinders booth using napkin and cs. Pop dots were added for dimension, here and there between the flowers.

Hope you're inspired to try an old technique that you haven't done in a long time using new a new idea.

Thanks so much for taking a look today!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Dance in the Rain with Tilda!

The inside sentiment was found at the Great American Scrapbook Convention at the Rubbercafe booth sponsored by Pugnacious Stamps and Designs. I made the card last week and was looking for the perfect sentiment to use inside of it. Tilda's boots are covered with Glossy Accents for a shiny effect. The vintage Cuttlebug corner punch die and the butterfly charm are both from Altheas Mix. The main image was purchased from Magnolia-Licious online store. Thanks for stopping by today and hope you return again for another visit.

Happy 4th of July! Great American Scrapbook Convention

This is another 4th of July card that was made for a very close friend; she always appreciates any type of card she receives from family and friends. The little piece of chipboard found inside of the card was purchased at the Great American scrapbook convention I attended, with a friend, this past weekend. It was my first SC, so you can imagine the excitement, inspiration, and numerous purchases I encountered...haha!
The chipboard, found inside of the card, was stamped with a couple of Papertrey Ink images from the Let Freedom Live set. The Fiskars star punch finally arrived, although a little too late to make more cards, so this card has several punched stars used for embellishments. The main image was colored with Copic markers.
Here are a few of my favorite memories that I brought home from the SC:
- Sitting for two hours watching a demonstration at the USA ArtQuest booth. I learned how to use various products Susan Pickering Rothamel sells, such as Great Tape and mica chips.
- Attending a 7 minute card class sponsored by Boxer Scrapbook Productions; great way to use up the multiple of paper scraps lying in a stash folder.
- Winning a fabulous prize from Fiskars (of course I had to go and buy a tool needed for this prize, but used a 50% discount coupon for it!
- Sitting down with several vendors, including Kim from My Favorite Things and Melissa Forsyth-Sampaga, for some one-on-one demos. Melissa spent quite a bit of time going over the Scor-Pal and I came home with one...Kim gave some great tips for using Copic markers and I purchased a few stamps sets from her booth. I enjoyed the Spellbinders booth where Mary was very helpful finding a die set I wanted to buy and did!
- Enjoying the many make and takes items I brought home, several made at no cost to me. Okay, okay, so I did break down and buy some of the products used for the make and takes :-D
- Finding a place to rest my feet and meeting some very friendly ladies who shared their love for scrapbooking (my love is cards). I also sat next to a woman who was so happy to have made the trip to the convention and was thankful she was able to afford a few little items to take home (she's single and on a fixed income.)
- Shopping at a Dollar Store...haha! We don't live near one, so it was a treat shopping for a couple of inexpensive items we need at home. I also found some of those old time clothes pins to wind loose ribbon around. I think Michelle Wooderson showed on her blog several months ago; the ribbon really does look neat and the pins don't take up much room.
- Thankful my friend, Lois, invited me to attend with her because it was definitely one of the most fun times I've enjoyed with crafts.

Verve Sketch VSJUN04 U R "Tweet"

Hey there, "Tweeties", it's been a few days since there was a blog update, so prepare to get hit with a make up session...just kidding! Although I didn't enter the Verve sketch challenge contest, which was found on the MojoMonday sketch challenge blog, I liked the VSJUN04 sketch. I also like Lime Rickey paper, from Basic Grey, as well as the chipboard you can find in the Stamping Bella's online store, so here's my take on the sketch.

Monday, June 22, 2009

SFYTT 06/20/09 God Bless America

This card was made for the weekly SFYTT challenge hosted by Jen del Muro; check out the details here. I purchased some festive patriotic stamps from Papertrey Ink and forgot to purchase the star punch that works well with all the stars in the two sets that arrived...so am trying hard to figure out a way to use the images on a patriotic card without the proper punch. I do have a small SU! star punch, which were layered and adhered. The image is a Tilda colored with red, white and blue markers. The 4th of July is next week, so am trying to get some cards in the mail to family and friends; I love making any type of celebration card!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look today!

Wacky Wednesday #16 Rock 'n Roll Birthday

Another Wacky Wednesday challenge has been issued by Rubbernecker Stamp Co. Use ovals somewhere on your project. Check out the details here; you have a chance to win a nice discount on an entire order! This card uses several images from Rubbernecker, excluding the Happy Birthday. The checkered paper is probably more appropriate for a NASCAR enthusiast, but I can remember seeing this tiled floor at several soda shops in my younger days...haha! Can any of you remember the waitresses at a drive up wearing skates to take and deliver orders in a dress? Again, memories from the good 'ol days!
Rock 'n Roll lives on!!!!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

CPS120 Let Freedom Ring

This card was made for one of my grandsons; he's in the Army and is stationed in Iraq. I want him to know that he's appreciated for serving our country and helping to keep it free. Thank you, Dustin! The weekly challenge is CPS120; I enjoy participating when there is enough time. The images are from a Papertrey Ink newly released set, Let Freedom Ring. The background paper was crimped and sanded down to give it some texture. The dark blue paper was also distressed for a more masculine look. Square Nesties, circle, and word punches were used. SU! dye ink is used for the sentiment and all other words. Ribbon is from the stash, and is grosgrain.

Thanks for looking; I really appreciate it.

Ronay's Tilda

Ronay, my daughter, commented on another post that the previous card didn't work well. She thinks the flower has more of a "country" look to it and that the previous image was too "mod" (my words :-) So, here's Tilda! Mija, thank you for your comments; they really do help. Love you!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

SSNOTIME91 Hello, Friend!

Yesterday allowed me to have some free time, in between house chores, to play in the craft room. Sharon Johnson has a challenge on her blog, No Time to Stamp, this week; you use half circles somewhere on your project. The image is a Magnolia stamp, Tilda with a straw hat. The wings are glittered and she is colored with Copic markers. The flowers are Primas with some rhinestones adhered to the center. It may be hard to see, but on the left hand side of the card, you'll see some hand stitching. I don't own a sewing machine, but really like seeing stitching on cards, so I made a feeble attempt to stitch a card. You'll have to look close, again, to see some semi circles around the large half circle; these were punched out and adhered to the back of the large circle. Everything else is self explanatory, but if you should have a question, please let me know.

Altheasmix Maja Design Paper

I love this Maja Design dp that you can purchase from Altheasmix; the colors are beautiful and very spring like, not to mention summer is coming up next week...stop by the store and see what's on sale there and tell her that Gigi sent you! The stamps are from the Stamping Bella collection and were colored with Copic markers. The flowers are a combination of punched, using the Maja Design dp, and white blossoms from the Papertrey Ink store.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Happy Birthday, Sweet Sister!

I have a special needs sister, Roberta, who is turning 58. Looking back through the years, I can't remember a time when I didn't absolutely love my sister. When the family got the news that Roberta would never be "normal", we all grieved together, but as family, we always tried to make life as normal as possible for her. She is now living in a special needs home, where she receives wonderful care. My parents are deceased. I'm now responsible for decision making and seeing that she continues to receive adequate and compassionate care. She's never spoken a word her entire life, but when I see her smile, it's communication to my heart! God never gives us more than we can handle and it's definitely the truth when it comes to Roberta; she is a beautiful blessing!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Mojo Monday 90 Basic Grey Lime Rickey Fashion

Each week I look forward to the Mojo Monday sketch challenge; some weeks seem to be more fun than others and this was definitely one of them. The shoe and sentiment are one of the many images that you can find in Rubbernecker's Fashion Icons Set #455. You can find some glitter on the shoe flower as well as half bead. More Basic Grey Lime Rickey dp is used on this card; love those bright colors! The flowers are Primas. A clear half adhesive brad was used on a circle punched from some Lime Rickey dp.

The weather lately has been very humid, mainly because of all the rainfall we've had here in Northern Virginia, and it makes me think of summer colors you can find with Lime Rickey! You can buy this paper from Stamping Bella.

Basic Grey Ambrosia Butterfly

Here's more Basic Grey Ambrosia dp; I found a nice selection at Michael's recently. When I tried using the butterfly image before, it didn't stamp well. Tip: When using non-mounted stamps, try using a mouse pad to get a well inked image; it worked this time around. The butterfly was colored with Copic markers. Ambrosia border stickers were adhered. The corner border die cuts are available at Altheas Mix; they're Cuttlebug dies called Vintage. There are very small red rhinestones adhered to each of the corner punches; they seem to give the framed look dimension.

Kick Up Your Heels with Hero Arts!

Recently I purchased some Basic Grey dp, Lime Rickey, and have fallen in love with it. The paper pad is filled with bright colors, which is what I like using most often. You can buy this paper from Stamping Bella. Flowers are Prima. The high heel image is from Hero Arts, High Heels. I used a MS border punch that seems to fit well with the circles in the dp. Swirls are Spellbinder dies. You can purchase the ribbon beads from Altheas Mix. Since the image is large, it's card base measures 5"x5".
Thanks for taking a peek today and hope you will return soon!

Monday, June 8, 2009

CPS119 "Wish"

Between the real world (cooking, laundry), and the fun world of carding, there is time to participate in this week's CPS challenge. The dp is Basic Grey's Lime Rickey. I wanted to copy Becca Feeken's frame design on this beauty of a card; "wish" mine had turned out as well as hers, but I tried and that's what counts, right? The gorgeous yellow flower is a Prima Fiesta; it was purchased from Stamping Bella. Time to finish another real world task before heading back into the craft room. Enjoy your day!

CPS117 Tilda Holding Sunflower

It's a sunny day outside the D.C. city limits. Are you having a happy day too? This little card was made using the CPS117 sketch; it was made too late to enter, but the sketch is a good one, and I didn't want to waste it :-D Flowers were punched out using a Sizzix die (used a Mike's coupon to purchase it.) Tilda was colored with Copic markers. DP is from the paper outdated stash (7Gypsies), which I hoarded and now it's gone...boo hoo. Buttons were purchased from an antique store hubby and I found during one of our day trip adventures, Warrenton, VA. Border punch is a Fiskars. Well, it's off to do the "fun" stuff, including laundry and preparing tonight's dinner in advance; we're having fajitas, homemade Mexican rice, and beans...yum yum!

Blessings, my friend!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Friday Sketchers Challenge #55 Tilda Sitting on Bench

This card is using another cute Tilda stamp. The bench was stamped, colored with Copic markers, and cut out using very sharp scissors. Tilda's shoes were glazed over to give them some shine while looking at the butterfly, punch from MS, and her bow and shirt were dotted with a white pen. Twitterpat paper was used and rub ons from the Twitterpat collection were added to the top and bottom of the card. Twinkling H20 was used for the wings. A Fiskars punch was used for the border. Stickles were added to the body of the butterfly.

Tip: I was blog surfing this morning and saw that the Twitterpat rub on mushrooms were applied to paper, cut out, and added for dimension; it added a lot to the card.

Thanks for stopping and taking a peek!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Friday Sketchers Challenge #55

Finished participating in another challenge, Friday Sketchers. One of the reasons I wanted to make this card is because there is a new "die" in the house and it was screaming, "Use me, use me!" What could I do? Well, there was a trip to Mike's for some adhesive backed foam and some brown felt for the flower. Already had the button, ribbon, and paper...whew! Sure hope that you get some inspiration from this cutie patootie Tilda, such as using buttons you wouldn't wear in public, or finding out that the Cuttlebug machine is compatible with Sizzix dies (more information on machine compatibility is found on the Splitcoaststampers website.) Hope you're having a fun day because I am!

SFYTT and Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #8

Combined two challenges into one card this morning, the SFYTT hosted by Jen del Muro and the Raspberry Suite Color Challenge hosted by Dawn McVey. Enjoy your day as much as I'm enjoying mine!
Stamps: Heart Print Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: All card stock and design paper (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU!), Tea Dye (Rubbernecker)
Accessories: Half pearls, ribbon (Martha Stewart), Spellbinder dies, prima flowers, border punch (Fiskars),

Wacky Wednesday #14 Get Wella Bella

Hello, everyone! Found a little time yesterday afternoon to play Rubbernecker's Wacky Wednesday challenge. Hope you find time to play along, too! Have a wonderful weekend!
Stamp: Get Wella Bella (Stamping Bella)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Rubbnecker)
Paper: Basic Grey Lime Rickey (Stamping Bella), Select White, Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Basic Grey Lime Rickey chipboard, flower punches, Spellbinder dies, Copic markers, pop dots

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Bildmalarna and Lavendar with Altheasmix

Mita@altheasmix.se has a mix of so many adorable stamps, one being Bildmalarna. As a design team member for Altheasmix, I was asked to use lavendar as a base color with pale yellow and green to round it out. Majadesign dp was used for all the cards; these papers are so soft and perfect for springtime! The Vintage Cuttlebug dies work well on card corners.
All supplies listed are available at Altheasmix, so please contact Mita to purchase.
Stamps: Bildmalarna
Paper: Bazzill, Majadesign dp
Accessories: Vintage dies (Cuttlebug), Rhinestones (Kaiser Craft), paper doilies, floral ribbon, heart ribbon, sheer flowers, pearl ribbon