Thursday, June 30, 2016

Impression Obsession Patriotic Card

Politics this election year has really seemed like "drinks and a show".  So this card seemed the perfect one to make.  Copics were used to color in the image and some iridescent glitter glue added some sparkle. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Alcohol inks

We did a page in Art Journaling using alcohol inks a month or so ago.  The inks were dripped onto an acetate sheet.  On the opposite side of the sheet, a white marker was scribbled onto the sheet.  I decided to chop up the sheet so it could be used on a card.  Here is one result.  It came out very vibrant and is ready for any occasion.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Star Confetti

Hi folks!  Just back from a mini vacation with a friend.  We did a long weekend in Lancaster, PA.  One of my favorite spots.  We love the history there, the farm land, and the antique finds!  Here is one I found.  It's a hurricane lamp with an eagle etched into it.  Once home, it was put on a silver tray and a candle was placed inside.  The tray needed something else, so I got out my little star punch and went to town making stars to use as confetti.  Red, white, blue, and tan to match the table cloth.  All ready for celebrating in July!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

SEI Paper


While in the scrap pile, this orange print paper came to the surface.  It worked well with the Memory Box card.  Cut out some of the oranges and added a Rosie Roadshow stamp in the corner.  Inside is a stamp that says, "orange you sweet".  I seem to be in a clean and simple phase with stamping.  Been rather enjoying it.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Patriotic card

Back to my scrap box!  Here is a scrap of patriotic paper I had left.  It was matched with this dotted paper.  Found this Printworks word stamp that fit the card, and some wood buttons that are self adhesive, and  it all came together.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wplus9 birthday card

How do you start a card?  There are many ways for me.  Tonight, my extra paper stash was calling to me.  I picked out this cupcake paper and let that be the beginning point for making a card.  Think this will be one I use for my husband's birthday.  Inside was stamped "You deserve a day sprinkled with fun"by Hero Arts.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Patriotic card #2

This striped paper was on top of a pile on my desk when I made that patriotic card posted yesterday.  Too tempting to pass up since I was in the red, white and blue mode.  I took the blue piece and die cut a star.  The back of the striped paper had the dots on it.  That went under the negative of the die cut paper and went over the striped paper.   The words are by Impression Obsession and were stamped in blue Momento.  Then the blue star from the die cut went beside the words.  A white pen added the white dots to the stars to finish off the card.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Patriotic card

My Favorite Things has a die that lets you cut these lines.  I've used it before in a variety of ways, but when I saw it in my drawer the other day, I could see it as lines of an American flag.  Had to try it out and sure enough, it worked!  All it needed was the star at the top to complete it.  MFT also has a set of words to go with the die and these words are from that set.  Since it is a clear set, you can move and adjust the saying so it will fit where you need it.  Since it's a celebration, wanted to add some sparkle with the sequins.  Hope it wasn't too much.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Stencil flower card

Ever find a card you have done but wanted to add to it?  That's how I felt when I saw this card.  The flower was stenciled on with a sponge tool and a Distress yellow ink.  Then the words were added.  But I could see a bee that wasn't there on the card.  So, I went down and look through my bee stash till I found the right one and stamped it in black right on the flower.  Then colored pencils were used to color in the bee.  Now it feels complete and ready to send.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Art Inspirations Cat card

Was filing some cards I made yesterday and came across this one.  Instantly I knew who to send it to- one of my hard working teacher friends who is on summer break.  The end of the year is grueling for teachers as they wind down the year, but it was particularly hard for my friend because she got sick.  Teachers hate to miss school, and more often than not, will trudge through a day even when ill.  So I knew she would happily relate to this card now that she is done and can just chill.  Coloring was done with Copic markers.  The rug was drawn in and colored with copics as well.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Wedding Card

It's starting to be "Wedding" season. Our first one is coming up this weekend.  The card is pretty traditional since I don't know the couple that well.  The bird is by Memory Box and was die cut on silver paper twice.  They easily flip so I could make a pair that faced each other.  Took a My Favorite Things heart and die cut it and then stamped the words in silver.  The lines were made with silver washi tape.  The card is a lavender gray.  Not sure who the stamp is by, but thought it would look good on the envelope.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Thank you card

Got this thank you card from a recent grad.  Simple and sufficient.  Really liked the die cut of the word.  Glad to get a thank you from this person.  Not all young people remember to do that.  But to have a handmade card is extra special!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Paint fun

Had a friend who wanted to try painting a picture for her daughter.  Give me a reason to paint!  She came over and we had a fun time with happy results.  Didn't take too much experimenting to get the results she wanted.  It's so nice to allow yourself time to experiment!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Travel Muses

Was down in South Carolina over the weekend.  Here are some of the pictures I took while there.  One I didn't take was of a beautiful sunset scene from my airplane window that made me want to paint it.  Which is why I'm posting these pictures today.  Travel is a great way to be inspired.  You see new things and get new perspective, or see something that makes you want to create.  Hope you get some traveling muses this summer.

Patriotic Thank You

We have friends who have invited us over for a 4th of July celebration.  I wanted to have a Thank you card ready to send once the big day was over.  This MFT set worked out well.  The rocket was actually part of a image of a woman standing but I didn't want that image.  I just stamped the rocket and cut it out on the printed papers.  The words from the set say, "Thank you.  I had a blast!"

Monday, June 13, 2016

Patriotic Card

It's been several years since my schedule has allowed me to make some 4th of July cards.  They are fun for me and I enjoyed getting a chance to make one today.  The words say "Have a star spangled day" and show up better in person.  The red out line star is a paper clip.  May look for some ribbon to add.  What do you think?

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Personalized birthday Card

One of my little friends is turning eleven soon.  She is looking forward to it because in her family, at eleven, you can have a cola for the first time.  One of the great aspects of making cards is how I can personalize a card for a particular person.  I was very happy to add this image to the card for my friend.  The words are by Memory Box and were die cut twice.  Once with dark brown paper, and once with the lighter brown.  The dark helps the letters to show up against the printed background.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Lemonade card

Got together today with friends for a card crafting.  Haven't been able to do that for a while, so it was really a fun day for me to just sit and focus on cards.  This one is all from one set.  I made it to give to my husband. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Canvas Bag

When Cheryl was at the shop, she was selling these canvas bags with her signature life saying.  I loved it and felt it was obviously begging to be colored.  (It was a plain white bag.)  I took some left over paint from doing the apron and added some stencil effects, and came up with this.  Hope Cheryl approves. 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Art Apron

Cheryl Biglioli was in town a few weeks back.  I was able to take a class with her where we created this art apron.  We stamped tissue paper with images and applied them to the apron.  At the time I wasn't able to paint the apron.  Finally had some time today to finish it up.  You can't see it, but above the heart it says "Live a colorful life".  This became my inspiration for painting.  Once it was all painted, I tried to create drips of blue from the top.  It wasn't going well, so just added the coating of blue around the top.  Was happy with how it turned out, and glad to have another art apron.  I am a mess magnet, as they call me at the shop!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Art Journaling

Here is the second weaving page.  On this page, printed paper by Bo Bunny was used.  The bird here is from the same Stampington set that the bird was part of for the page shown yesterday.  Hope you can join us.  There is a day and night class.  Call the store to see about availability.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Art Journal

Art Journal is coming up on Wednesday.  I've been wanting to work with some weaving, and I was pleased to find a way that makes it easy and relatively quick.  On this page Gelli prints were used and then a stamped bird was placed over top.  Another sample will be shown tomorrow.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Summer card

Here is another card I made with the summer paper.  One of the papers has summer words and images on it.  With these as the main focus of the card, the  papers were easy to mix and match.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Summer Card

While at work today I made some summer cards with some new 12X12 paper we have.  As you can see, it has a patriotic theme to it.  The double sided paper came in handy for the paper ribbons.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Dreamweaver Thank You

This is a simple and easy card.  This image is all one stencil.  All that was added was the glitter paste and then left to dry.  Glitter paste shows up really well on dark paper.  Once dry, it was mounted on some printed paper, and then added to the card.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Birthday Card

Thanks for Facebook, I was reminded that my sister-in-law had a birthday coming up.  I took this nice card that I made a few weeks ago at the free Make It Take It at Angela's Happy Stamper store, and added a matching ribbon.  Off it went in the mail!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Mix Media Card

Here is one of my favorite samples from the glitter paste demo.  Watercolor paper was sprayed with Dylusion sprays and dried.  The the triangle stencil was placed over the paper and glitter paste was applied in sections of the stencil.  Once the paste was dried, the tage was applied.  The word was also done with paste.  The circles were stamped with dye base inks. 
One of the things I was trying to show with the demo was how you can use the paste in parts on a card.  It doesn't have to cover the whole card.  It is an easy way to use glitter and not actually end up wearing it, and the paste creates a nice dimension but not so much that you have to have extra postage when mailing a card.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Anniversary Card

Got to babysit the kids of friends while they went out to celebrate their anniversary this past weekend.  Twenty years together is definitely worth celebrating!  This is the card I made for them.  The hearts are all in one row.  Using a Kalidacolor multi colored pad, I repeat stamped the hearts down the white paper.  Then on a piece of vellum the words (by Verses) were stamped in black.  A light swipe of a Range stick glue at the top and bottom was enough to hold the vellum in place.