Friday, October 17, 2014

Thinking of you today - decorative clip

The MPC design team decided to make cards to fight cancer. I really didn't know what I was going to make. I knew I wanted to do roses and paper doily but that was all I had in my mind for over a week. Then today I saw this post on making DECORATIVE CLIPS
I then decided to make a clip with a banner and a paper ribbon with my sentiments. I added a butterfly and pearls. I sewed the pink floral dp to my base, added a paper doily, die cut leaves, pearls and quilled roses. 

There is a contrast of beauty and pain in the elements on my card. The rose bush has beautiful flowers, but it also has thorns. Pearls shine and catch the light with their beautiful finish, but are created when sand gets into the oyster's shell. The butterfly, with its graceful flight and beautiful colors, starts as a caterpillar who has to be held captive in a tight cocoon and totally change it's shape and form.  To me they all show hope that even cancer is ugly and painful, there can still be beauty, and that God can use it for his glory. 
 
What I like about this card is that you can take the clip off and you can use it as a book mark.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Casing a friend

There is a challenge on Splitcoast Stampers where they feature a stamper's gallery and players are encouraged to go to the gallery and pick a card and CASE that card. I seldom play because it is on a Sunday, and Sunday's are pretty busy with church. I was talking with my good friend Pam and although we have been members of Splitcoast Stampers for many years neither one of us had ever been chosen to be a featured stamper. So we decided to Feature Eachother's galleries. I went into her gallery and it was like a time machine because the two of us have chatted about many of the cards that she created. I picked two cards and combined elements of the two on my card.  I picked

This Card by my friend Pam LOVE IS LIKE A BUTTERFLY 
and
This card by my friend Pam. ...TOUCH THE SKY  


My friend is so much better at a style called CAS. Clean and Simple.  It is a style I really struggle with... I almost had to sit on my hands to not add anymore layers or embellishments to this card.

I had started the day kinda feeling sad that I hadn't been "picked"...I think it goes back to childhood. Remember when teams were picked to play games...? Well, I was frequently picked last or not at all. But as I sat here thinking today, I decided that I am much more blessed to have good friends who support my art, then getting recognition. So thank you dear friends for your support. Your kind comments mean so very much to me.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Pin up mixed media profile- thankfulness

The other day I watched this video by my crafting friend Eniat  Kessler.
She made a mixed media canvas using her profile. Today when I saw the mixed media challenge was to use a magazine silhouette to make a mask, I decide to use my own profile to make my project. I had my husband take my photo because it was difficult to get a profile selfie.



I printed my photo and cut it out to make my mask. I held the mask in place with painters tape. I used my SU itty bitty backgrounds stamp and white paint to go over the purple. I sprayed gold shimmer over the paper. When it dried I pulled up the mask. I added quilled roses made of encyclopedia pages. I also added pearls and baby's breath. I used one of my all time favorite butterflies. It was by my stamping friend Laura, LAYERS OF COLOR. I stamped it on white cardstock and cut it out and shaped it. The white was too stark so I sprayed it with some of the gold shimmer spray.I added some musical stickers. They are from FAB SCRAPS -Victoria Clear Stickers. I used an alphabet set to stamp the things that are important to me... God, Family, Friends, Music, Art... I thought afterwards that I should have added food and my computer but it was too late. I added gold webbing lace and pearl stick pins in the right corners. I added pewter brads in the corners. I also added a strip of lace.

Hello Friend

How do you send a smile and a hug through the mail? The answer is with a card of course. I made this card for a sweet friend. I used the cute little hedgehogs from DAYDREAM DESIGNS. 
The digi set is called HEDGEHOG HAPPINESS.
They sure make me happy.
 I printed the hedgehogs several times and did paper tole with them. Shaping and giving dimension to their bodies. I added little red embroidery floss bows. The envelope has shine and dimension with glue over the little heart.
 I used some floral paper, gold webbing ribbon and little flower brads to make my card into an easel card

 The really fun thing to do with digi images is to make envelopes to match the card. I moved the two little hedgehogs a little further away from eachother so that only one is holding the envelope. I took a red colored pencil to draw the bows on their heads.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Charity for World Cardmaking Day.

World Card Making Day.

 The Mountain Plains Crafters are sharing vintage cards today for World Card Making Day. We are having a tag a friend event on facebook. Graphic 45 is sponsoring this event and has provided a fabulous prize.

I hope that everyone has been having a great time creating today.

When I started my card I had a totally different idea in mind. This was one of those kinds of cards that took on a mind of its own. I pulled some scraps from my scrap drawer. I went with peach and pink colors. I sewed them onto a square piece of cardstock kinda making a quilt. I then stitched a doily, and lace. The little girl image just made me think vintage. It is an old SU image. It was one of those stamps that I just HAD TO HAVE, and then I have only used a handful of times. I paper pieced her hat and dress. I water colored the flowers, grass and her arms and legs. I stitched that circle onto the square cardstock. I had some vellum that said "Charity" on it. I knew a girl named Charity in college. At the time I thought that it was a neat "old time" name. So when I found it in my scraps, I just felt like it would fit on my vintage card. I added some hand quilled roses and pearls to finish it off.

This bible verse came to mind when I was thinking about Charity. 1 Corinthians 13:13


And now stays faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity




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Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee

I had this card in my mind all day. Sometimes things work and sometimes they don't. I was going for this week's Mojo sketch. but when I got to working, I realized that I needed to make my 3 little banners longer. Oh well... I also was trying to do the TLC for Splitcoast Stampers. I tried, but I don't think I did it right. I should have read the directions better. The other thing I tried on this card was hand writing the sentiment. I tried doing it with pencil first then going over it with ink. I should have done that first because the copper marker that I used to outline  didn't let me erase the pencil as much as I wanted to.  So ok things didn't work out how I pictured in my mind, But I like this card because I tried to do things outside of my comfort zone. 
I am also going to link this up to the  coffee lover's blog hop.


coffee lovers bloghop

Here is my card for the coffee lover's blog hop. I was going for a vintage look. I used Mark's Finest Papers set called OH BEANS,

I sewed four different pages of designer paper. I also sewed a strip of burlap and a lacy paper doily.
I used a digital sentiment from Daydream Designs. I added ribbon and pearls.


The coffee cups were all paper pieced. After fussy cutting the little cups, I glued them to paper springs. I outlined the rims of the cup with a gold sharpie marker. 


My coffee cup card is an easel style card. I was going to use some dp with roses. for the bottom of
my easel but it looked to busy so I settled for layered paper doilies and more pearls.

I hope everyone has fun on this blog hop. I love would love it if you left me a comment on my card.
Have a blessed Monday,

Friday, September 26, 2014

Mark's Finest Papers Blog Hop day 4



Welcome to the Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Company

Sept.  Blog Hop! 



This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

 Featured  Sept. 23
Hot Air Balloons

Featured Sept. 24
Witchie

 Featured Sept. 25
Chrysanthemum

Featured Sept. 26
Nutcrackers


Please hop along with us! You have a chance to win one of the above stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs (don't forget this one), each day for more chances to win! (You do NOT have to comment on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly!) All six winners will be announced on 
Sept. 27, 2014 on the Mark's Finest Papers blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. (HINT: The more you comment, the more chances you have to win and comments on the MFP blog count twice!) 
The deadline for 
commenting is 10 PM EST on Friday Sept. 26, 2014




When I think of nutcrackers, a cute little guy like the one on my card isn't what comes to my mind. My mom's dad, Papa, had a pecan tree and he would gather, crack and shell the nuts from his tree. He didn't have time for cute. He had an industrial type that when he pulled a lever back it would send the weighted end crashing into the nut with a lot of force. Pecans have never tasted as good as those he cracked for us from his tree. Hard to think I have been without my Papa for 25 years. 
I found a little nutcraker charm to add to my card. I also thought that nutcracker needed some texture. I added the end of a q-tip for his beard and moustache. 

Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has done with this set.


Here's the Design Team:


Come on back tomorrow for more creativity.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mark's Finest Papers Blog Hop Day 3



Welcome to the Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Company

Sept.  Blog Hop! 



This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

 Featured  Sept. 23
Hot Air Balloons

Featured Sept. 24
Witchie

 Featured Sept. 25
Chrysanthemum

Featured Sept. 26
Nutcrackers


Please hop along with us! You have a chance to win one of the above stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs (don't forget this one), each day for more chances to win! (You do NOT have to comment on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly!) All six winners will be announced on 
Sept. 27, 2014 on the Mark's Finest Papers blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. (HINT: The more you comment, the more chances you have to win and comments on the MFP blog count twice!) 
The deadline for 
commenting is 10 PM EST on Friday Sept. 26, 2014


For my card I used a technique called paper quilted die cut. (A technique that my friend Maxine introduced me to. Thanks Maxine!)

I took some scraps and cut them into little 1 inch squares. I then cut the squares in half making a bunch of triangles. I think I had 20 or more of each paper.


  I didn't really have a pattern, I just started gluing the triangles down onto a piece of white typing paper. 
When the paper was all glued down, I sprayed it with gold shimmer spray.
After the gold shimmer spray was dry I took a redish brown ink and stamped the mum all over the quilted paper.
Here you can see the stamped mums on the quilted paper.
I put a little bit of copper Inka gold on the lid of the jar and added some water and painted the mums with the copper. (I made sure that it was dry before closing it up so that it won't grow mold.)
When the inka gold dried, I used a leaf die to cut out several leaves. I took a copper metallic pen and went around the edges of the leaves.

Here is a photo of my finished card. I used fall looking dp, a page from and encyclopedia, twine, a button and pearls to finish it off.
Here is a close up of the leaves,

Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has done with this set.


Here's the Design Team:


Come on back tomorrow for more creativity.