Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Happy Blog Anniversary

Well, it is a couple of days late, but that is just about right for me. It seems I'm always rushing and always running late. I have learned so much in the past year about blogging. It is hard to believe that I have been doing this for a year. I look forward to what this next year is going to bring.

Monday, June 28, 2010

TLC Pounded flowers

The technique lovers challenge at SCS was to use our cuttlebug to smoosh flowers and make this cool looking paper. I used little wildflowers, ok weeds from the yard of our trucking business to smoosh. I added the striped dp for ths Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge.

Alice In Wonderland

My youngest son has spent the past 2 months preparing for his first musical/play. He played the dodo bird in a production of Alice in Wonderland. Here he is with some of the cast. Here he is with Reva the music director.

Here he is with Chantel, the drama director.

Here he is with one of the Cheshire cats.

The whole cast.

Volunteering with the production, with costumes, props, and back stage help, took up most of my spare time, but to see the smile on my son's face was so worth it.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Ink Spray Smash Stencil tutorial

I felt in the mood to do a tutorial today since I hadn't done one in awhile. I am going to share one of my favorite techniques combined with the use of my new Layers of Color stencil.
Accetate Report Folder (cut on bottom and one side)
Ink pads
Water Spray Bottle
Makeup sponge
Layers of Color Natural Flourish Stencil

First I open the report folder and add the ink by pushing the ink pad onto the accetate folder.

Here is what it looks like with several times of adding green.

I added some blue to the other side, then I took cheap markers and scribbled in the blank spaces. I added several colors of green and blue and a little yellow.

Then I sprayed a light mist of water from the spray bottle.

Then I closed the report folder and I let the colors mix. (Try not to touch the folder too much because the colors will mix and you just get one solid color.)

I carefully opened the folder again and lay it down.

I placed a piece of white cardstock onto the folder. I used medium pressure. Then I carefully lifted it up.

This is what my paper looked like when I pulled it up from the folder. I let it dry before the next step.

I placed my Layers of Color stencil over the paper and used a makeup sponge to add the ink to the paper.

I added a little bit of blue to add some shading.

Finished designer paper.

CAS birthday card with my new stencil

I was so blessed to win the Layers of Color stencil that Grace gave away on her blog. I love it and now I want the rest of them. So hard to choose between great crafting materials and feeding my kids. I did the background on this card using acetate ink spray and smash technique. When it dried, I used the Layers of Color- Natural Flourish Stencil, to add the greenery at the bottom. I used my computer to add the sentiment. I needed a quick masquline card for a coworker. I loved how this turned out. This also qualifies for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ to not stamp but use a Sentiment as the focal point.

Johanna's book

My daughter Johanna, had to make a book of poems as a final project in her senior english class. This is the book that she made for me.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Lilly's Card

I made this card for our Pastor's little girl, Lilly. I found out yesterday that she is having an episode of Bell's Palsy. That must be tough for a little 10 year old. When I gave her this card, she tried to smile, but her face wasn't cooperating. I could see it in her eyes though. She gently touched the roses and butterfly, and I could see she was enjoying it. This is also for the Stampin' Sisters In Christ Challenge to have a critter on our card. Of course I had to use my Layers of Color butterfly.

Candy's card

My friend Candy has a birthday tomorrow. I made this card for her. I used my Layers of Color Joyful Noise set. I also made little paper roses.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Roses of Summer

I was listening to the LAST ROSE OF SUMMER while making this card. I made the handmade roses. I added gold heat embossing and little pearls. I added the heart to the card for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge. I used my Layers of Color butterfly.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Part of the reason my blog's been neglected

My oldest daughter Johanna, graduated from High School. I can brag a little about her. She graduated with a 4.0 and was tied for top student with 3 of her friends. She worked very hard and I'm proud of her. It has been crazy with graduation, end of school year, and getting ready for her graduation party.

Kaleb, Johanna, Joshua
It was awesome to have family come to visit for this special day. My folks came from Phoenix and, my in laws came from Georgia. We had a great time even though it was hot and muggy.