Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Plans are being made for a crop getaway, which will be held in Port St. Lucie, Florida from 11:00am Friday, June 20, 2008 through 3:00pm Sunday, June 22, 2008. It's a package deal, and accomodations will be at the Hilton Garden Inn at PGA Village. For more information, please contact EscapeToCreate@comcast.net.
Talk to you soon.....
Monday, February 25, 2008
This card was made by my good friend, Shelly, and since it's so cold and snowy in parts of the United States, I felt it would be good to remind you that summer will surely come sooner or later, and this is what you have to look forward to. Of course, in Florida it's already very, very warm and we aren't looking forward to it being warmer for summer.
Notice that the bathing beauty is paper sculpted? This is a great technique for giving something texture and dimension. I got the following instructions from Shelly. She's a GREAT teacher.
- Stamp your image on watercolor paper with permanent ink.
- Water color the image and let dry.
- Cut out image.
- Moisten the back of the image with water on your fingers.
- Place image on a piece of fun foam.
- On the back of the image use a bone folder or spoon to gently curve the areas of the image that should pop out.
- Use a stylus to crease areas to emphasize details on the front of the image.
- Let dry.
- Blacken edges of image w/ a permanent black marker.
- When you attach the image to your artwork, use pieces of double stick foam tape under the rounded areas & adhesive around the edges of the image.
It's easy to do and gives such a nice effect. Give it a try. This technique would also look great with flowers.
Talk to you soon...
Friday, February 22, 2008
Very simple card, using an image from My Paper Moon (http://www.mypapermoon.com). The inside of the card also is a verse from My Paper Moon, which says "Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time." The background of the dove was done with a wet paintbrush and mocha brown markers. The color variations gives it a very textured look. A few dark brown brads and it was completed.
Have a great weekend...
I told you I joined a swap called Animals with Hats. Here is my ATC depicting my animal with a hat. I call it Missy's New Hat. I wanted to put price tags on the hats (like Minnie Pearl - oh, dear, am I telling my age), but my tag dies were way too large. Even the tiny Quickutz tags. (If you don't know who Minnie Pearl is, email me and I'll tell ya.)
The manatee is a Stampsations! stamp, which is available from http://mypapermoon.com/, the hat is handmade, the bubbles are from a set of Dream Impressions stamps, and the sea grass if from a TAC (The Angel Company) set. The background I made by squishing some light blue re-inker around on glossy cardstock. I let that dry. Then I blotted some darker blue re-inker over it, and the lighter part became the darker part. I don't know how that happened. Some of the bubbles have glitter, as does the grass, to give it texture.
Did you get to stamp today? What did you make? I hope you have a happy weekend, and get to stamp.
Talk to you soon...
Thursday, February 21, 2008
This one is done the same way. I used a coral brilliance ink to complement this card.
Did you see the lunar eclipse last night? I sat in my backyard from 10:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. and watched the moon getting more reddish brown. Good stuff. If you missed it, that's the last total lunal eclipse for 2008. There will be a total solar eclipse in August, but it will have a very narrow window of visibility, which will not include the U. S. Parts of the U. S. may be able to view a partial eclipse, though, so stay tuned...
Now that I've gotten that little bit of information out of my head, I will tell you that I joined a swap....Animals with Hats. I have mine already thought out and mostly made, and when they are complete, I will post one here before I mail them off. This will be a fun swap and I can't wait to see what I get back.
I'm also trying to come up with an idea so I can give stuff away here...if you have any suggestions, please, please, please let me know. You can email me or just leave a comment.
That's all for today....talk to you again soon....
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
I alter my pictures with Paint Shop Pro by Jasc Software. I've taken some online classes and there are so many things you can do with the software. I do recommend doing some tutorials to see just what you can do with it.
Here is a card made by Shelly, who designs wonderful cards:
Take some time for yourself today and do some stamping. I'll talk to you soon...
Monday, February 11, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
The blue and green card was embossed on glossy white cardstock, then I added starburst stains in blue and green (Lindy's Stamp Gang). I stamped the saying on white cardstock and rounded the corners. I tried stamping it on white cardstock and then using the starburst stains to color it and then attach it with green ribbon, but the colors blended in with the background and it was almost invisible. So I think the white was the best choice.
The card on the top right was embossed on regular cardstock and colored with Colorbox cats eye chalk pads. It's really much prettier in real life. The colors are more vibrant, I think.
The card on the bottom left was embossed on a pearl cardstock then touches of color were added with the cats eye chalk pads by Colorbox.
The card on the bottom right was embossed on pearl cardstock, then colored with Brilliance Lightning Black. While it was still wet, I wiped it off with a paper towel, leaving color in the creases. It, too, is much more striking in real life.
So, that was what I made while I was playing with the Cuttlebug. I think it's going to be my new favorite toy for awhile.
Just a word or two about the starburst stains. These are great! I only have 3 colors, but I love them and plan on getting more in the future.
Talk to you soon....
Friday, February 8, 2008
I like this layout....it's clean looking and simple enough that my pictures are the focal point. I like to look at other's elaborate layouts, but that's not my style. I like my photos to be the center of attention. After all, that's the reason I scrapped them in the first place.
Woohoo! My cuttlebug, which I have nicknamed "Bug" has finally arrived. I only got a few of the embossing folders, but I can already see that I'll be saving my money to buy more. I only got to play with it a little bit, but it's sooooo much fun. I'll be using my Quickutz dies much more frequently now.
And I like the fact that I can use the Sizzix dies, also.
I got my beeswax, too, but haven't had time to play with it yet. I am hoping to get to play some tomorrow, but my day is going to be pretty busy. We'll have to wait and see. I'll post pictures if I get to play.
Have a GREAT weekend!
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
This is my first attempt at digital scrapbooking. I don't have all the bells and whistles down yet, but I'm working on it. This is actually a challenge to use the word "special". I think it turned out pretty well for my first attempt at going digital. I liked the fact that I can do digital as a kind of test run, and if I like the layout, I can make an actual one by replicating it. Or just printing out my digital layout. I have digital "eyelets" and other embellishments, but I haven't used them yet. I figured I'd save them for another day.
I'll post other layouts as time permits.
Exciting news! Several of you wrote to tell me that I "needed" a cuttlebug, and I would like to thank you for enabling me. :-) I ordered one at a good price (with free shipping, too), and it should be here Friday. This was a treat to myself for not smoking for a month. Actually, I've gotten myself several "treats" this month, so I will have to skip next month's treat. I ordered a couple of the embossing plates, also. I mainly wanted it so I would be able to use all my dies in one machine. It's my understanding that Quickutz as well as sizzix will work, and I'm tired of the Quickutz handle. When I've had time to play, I'll post the "sandwiches" for the various dies. I'm hoping hubby will go fishing Saturday so I can play all day...lol.
Talk to you again soon.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
From time to time I like to use templates. The following have given me permission to post links to their templates here. Check them out!
- Victorine Originals: http://www.victorineoriginals.com/html/patterns.html
- Mirkwood Designs: http://www.ruthannzaroff.com/mirkwooddesigns/templates.htm
- Chia's House of Stir Fry: http://www.houseofstirfry.com/chia/templates/tempI.html
- Stamper's Mall: http://www.stampersmall.com/templates/
Great for making a "different" card.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
For this ATC, I had clipart of the hand with all the designs already drawn on it, so it was just a matter of coloring in the image. When I use clipart that's printed on regular printer paper, I like to laminate it. That way, it's almost like a photo, and you can stamp on the shiny surface with a waterproof permanent ink.
For this ATC, the image of the eyes are actually from the same stamp, I just stamped half on each side of the paper, and colored the eyes differently, and it looks like 2 different images. The key looks black, but it's really copper colored.
I purchased a couple of new stamp sets and I'll be working with those this weekend, so I'll post next week once I decide on a design.
Also, SUPER BOWL XLII is tomorrow! Woohoo! The anticipation is driving me crazy! Go Patriots! (I have to laugh here...until this year I never really liked football, but it has become my new sports interest...but only NFL football).
Talk to you soon...