Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
There are many projects on the go for me this week, and items that have to be saved for another post. With the snow storm on Monday we closed the shop early and I went home to sew aprons for a friend to give as gifts. The fabric was the only reminder of Spring and cheery days. The kiddos were enjoying the time outdoors in the snow.
Yesterday Bella and I made simple Easter decorations she choose from Pinterest.
Back to work today though, and sneaking in some ATC time for an upcoming swap. Hope Spring is in your heart if it isn't outside, wherever you are.
P.S. phone posting, please forgive the poor photo organization :)
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Ranger is having another Colour Inspiration Challenge. The present I made for my Mom's birthday fits the bill. Warren gave me the "Treasure Life" (D1306) stamp set by Close To My Heart for Christmas. I'd wanted them because they are so nice! I can use them for emboss resist (Mom's card), black outs, FlowerSoft, and the technique from today.
I used my Tim Holtz Distress markers by Ranger to colour in the stamps, then misted the stamp with water before stamping on the paper. Normally I would use watercolour paper, but I was out (temporarily). I added ink to the stamped papers with my Inksentials daubers and Ranger Distress inks. The base is a scrap board cut to 5" x 18" with a white paper glued to the front. I also used my daubers and Distress inks to colourize the base. How did I learn that? By watching Tim Holtz videos of course, if you do not have Tim Holtz's app, you are seriously missing out people!
My Mom enjoyed the wall hanging, it made me anticipate Spring and the flowers in my own garden.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
If you've been following my blog you've discovered that even though I have scrap supplies in nearly every room of my house, I scrap on front of the tv on tray tables. You would also by now know I'm a tad messy, and my hubby is irritated. So it's no surprise when the wooden tables get artifacts left behind after crafting. The bottom corner of the table was totally unintentional, but perfect.
I've been slowly adding on purpose with stamps and markers. My fave so far is the leopard part.
After doing the stencil portion of before mentioned project I happened to be careless and lay used stencil, wet paint side down, on the table. Warren glared and had to say "seriously?!" Before I heeded. Then it happened. My spark ignited. I pulled up the template and just kept adding to the design on the table.
Last step I added a Krylon clear spray paint overtop.
While he pretends to be mad, Warren actually didn't mind. With my newfound creativity I am working on some ATC's for an upcoming swap, ideas for cards are floating through my mind, as are apron patterns, and, and,.... I'd better get to work!
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
just a shortish post today.
I have the winners from the Crop Circles Blog Hop!
(Lisa has been contacted via Cathy's blog)
I haven't been super crafty this week so far, I had a couple of surprize visitors from away and have been spending precious time with them. I will get my post dates regulated again soon.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Tonight we will be celebrating my Granny's 85th birthday. I've always been close to her. A great, funny lady. She gets out more than I do. I'm excited for the party, there's going to be plenty of laughs!
While I have made a few cakes, I'm not a great piper. I decided to make a 6"x10" paper topper (covered in a plastic wrapper) that can easily be turned into covers for her birthday cards after. I cut a single sheet of Bazzil Bling (it's either Feather Boa or Lipgloss), cut my 8"x10" photo to 5"x9.5", and added a thin Authentigue "Lovely" mat. I printed the verse on scrap paper, matted with more Authentique.
For the '85' I printed off and cut out from the computer, but I switched font color to pink so it wouldn't matter if it showed through. I inked the edges slightly with my Inkssentials dauber, coated the numbers in Ranger Collage Glue stick, and poured glass glitter in a snazzy pink.
I also made these flavored tea favors, thanks to the Graphics Fairy for the wonderful corner frame with the bee! I added a text box in Paint and saved as a jpeg file, printed as 9 wallet size per sheet.
I love my Tim Holtz Distress Markers and waterbrush. I use them on nearly every project. I like to work right on the kitchen table, this drives Warren nuts!
If there's anything I've noticed about my blog photos, it's that I really need a manicure.
Don't forget to particpate in the Crop Circles Blog Hop happening now, comment on each blog between March 1st through 3rd to qualify for the grand prize. Plenty of blog candy abound too!
Friday, March 1, 2013
Here's the sketch:
To create the layout I inked the edges of the base paper with my Tim Holtz distress ink in Gathered Twigs, straight from the pad. I layered stickers on my Ranger non-stick mat or back them in card stock. I like to glue last, as many of you know, but I do glue page elements to each other just not to the base. The American crafts stickers I wanted to use were an 'e' short. I grabbed a color that nearly matched and smushed ink on top same as I did in Wednesday's post. Since my elements bring not attached to the base I could move them and add ink to the background. I used Tattered Angels mist to create droplets by simply unscrewing the sprayer and flicking the straw at the paper.
"Press F5: Refresh/Reload.
After having a falling out with my scrappy supplies, we decided that we both filed for separation. We have had a year of just being on quasi-talking terms and I am happy to say that we have reunited and are now relearning things about each other. We needed a reload! To start the process I first began redecorating the space that I share with the kids – they call it the play room, I call it the scrap room – either way - we both PLAY! We recycled some old furniture and wall art to make it more cohesive with the “PINK” theme and of course added some new items for good measure! While EVERYTHING isn’t ready for a reveal quite yet, I was super excited to get started on the sketch provided! I was further inspired by The Paperie’s Mojo Monday: Bash your Stash Challenge – and after picking out some old papers and embellishments (some from 2004), I started creating. I remembered how much I love PAPER and that I really did miss it more than I even thought.
Then, I saw it, the Glue Glider Pro, standing proudly in my tool carousel, just screaming to be used, still smelling of cellophane. Even though he was well over a year old, I only just removed him from his packaging when I was reorganizing my scrap space days earlier. To top it all off, he was PINK! If you know me at all, you KNOW… I LOVE PINK!
Ironically, God blessed me with a house full of testosterone, a husband, two wonderful boys, and incidentally, all of our pets, including the fish, have been male. Alas, I digress. I completed the layout in record time (for me anyway) and Boo (the youngest-testosterone filled-youngest child – who has an uncanny resemblance to hubby and myself) also had fun creating. He, however, is much more into different mediums – he loves paint, clay, playdough, and markers. It was a success for all, Bubba (eldest testosterone laden child who, even with a quick glance at him, you would see myself and Hubby oozing out of him – looks and personality), Boo, AND myself had a FABULOUS time just being together and creating. What about Hubby? He LOVED that I was FINALLY using all that “scrap stuff” that was taking up space, and he even pretends to like the PINK curtains! That is REAL love huh? What else did I learn? I’m a “stand-up” scrapper – who knew?
Shar Strahan & Brande Strahan - partner with Cheryl Ashworth
Rhea Skomorowski - http://
Natasha Connolly (partner with Rhea)
Catherine Stockley- http://
Michelle Marks - http://
Darlene Head Whalley http://
Corina Mayo Thorne - http://
Sara Case Strickland - http://wp.me/p280bG-FE
Lori Smith - http://
Elaine Lambe Beck (partner with Lori Smith)
Liz Davis - http://
Rexene Lockyer (Send to Cathy Caines)
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