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Christmas Deer October 15, 2016

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Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!  For today’s project,  I’m sharing an easy Christmas card.


For this card, I started out with some Neenah Solar White cardstock as the base.  I cut out the red mat using Neenah Classic Linen Red Pepper cardstock.  The deer has some copper Perfect Pearls layered on some Neenah Desert Storm with a strip of the Hambly Overlay Antique White Falling Snow.  The “Ho Ho” sentiment was cut using a scrap of green textured cardstock from my stash, and inking it with Memento Northern Pine ink.


Shiny Background Card August 9, 2014

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Hello, everyone!  Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

For today’s project, I am playing around with background stamps.

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For this card, I used a technique I learned in the Online Card Class Stretch Your Stamps 2.  I used some gorgeous PaperTemptress.com papers to create this card.  The card front uses 80# Heavenly White cardstock, Eclipse Black cardstock, and Jupiter Red Mica/Metallic.  Materials used for this card include Perfect Pearls in Perfect Gold and Perfect Pearl, Ranger Super Fine Clear Detail embossing powder, VersaMark ink, a Die-Namics die from the Happy Hellos set, a small Spellbinders scalloped circle die, and a Hampton Arts background stamp.

A Card for Emily March 23, 2012

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Dustin Pike is doing another card drive, this time for a young girl named Emily. You can read his post here.  If you would like to participate in it, there is still time to make Emily a card.

For the base of this card, I used a pre-embossed white card.  On that, I used colored cardstock from Archivers for the scalloped frame; the image and the frame were cut using Spellbinders dies.  The pony is, of course, one of Dustin’s images that he so graciously provided for Emily’s cards.  To color the card, I used a “watercolor” technique from Tim Holtz’s online class, Creative Chemistry 101.   In class, Tim used Distress Ink re-inkers for this process.  Since I have a limited number of re-inkers, I also combined them with Distress Ink pads.  I used the following re-inkers:  Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Milled Lavender.  I also used the following Distress Inks:  Black Soot, Mustard Seed, Gathered Twigs, Spiced Marmalade, Seedless Preserves.  Then, I spritzed the colored image with water mixed with Perfect Gold Perfect pearls.

2012 Calendar December 22, 2011

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Here is my attempt at a 2012 calendar, 12″x12″, and done completely from scratch!  Quite the attempt for me, as I am not really a scrapbooker… and I have, until this project, only completed 8″x8″ calendars from pre-made calendar kits!  It was quite the experience.  There are some things I would change, but all in all, I am pleased with the result.  I used White Grandee paper from Patricia, the Paper Temptress.  She sure has some gorgeous papers!  This one was perfect for my calendar though.  It was somewhat similar to a watercolor type paper.  It took extremely well to different inks and Glimmer Mists.  In fact, it sucked in the glue so fast I had to be careful to lay things down where I wanted them or they were not coming back up!  The base calendar dies are from the QuicKutz Calendar Kit.  That basically included two week templates, the abbreviations for the days of the week, the numbers for the days, and the abbreviations for the months.  As you will see, I chose not to use the month dies; instead, I cut the names out with the Designer’s Calendar Cricut cartridge.  I also made use of my Bind It All and the 1 1/4″ wires.  They were easy to do!  I was surprised at how quickly it came together for binding.  In fact, all the month names and the accompanying graphics on either side come from Designer’s Calendar.  Most of them are layered, embossed, and spritzed with Glimmer Mist.  Also, where there are fancy photo corners, the Paper Shapers punches sure came in handy!


For the cover, I used 12″x12″ paper from the ATD Serendipity paper pad.  The orange and kraft cardstock is from Archivers, and I cut the year out using the Art Philosophy cartridge that my wonderful husband got me for my birthday this year.


The first month!  Aren’t my nieces adorable??  They are playing in the snow outside.  Julia is actually in a “snow fort” that Daddy built for the kids to play in.  They were doing some renovations on their house at that time, so it worked out to make a perfect little play place.  The background for this is “finger painted” with Distress inks and Perfect Pearls mixed with water, so it has just a hint of a shine.  I used Weathered Wood, Broken China, Stormy Sky, and Faded Jeans.  “Snow Angels” was cut using the Jasmine cartridge.  The mittens are from Designer’s Calendar.  I used Stardust Stickles on the edges of the snowflakes to give them a little more glittery look.


For this month, I cut out circles in different patterns of paper and cardstock.  The plain white cardstock is embossed using the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder, too.  Then, I laid them out in a pattern.  The red satin ribbon is from Michaels.  These pictures are from Julia’s first birthday party.  Bill had just gotten his Ipod Touch, and he, Jack, and Emma played Angry Birds for quite a while in the afternoon.  (At least until the battery got drained!)  Emma was hilarious.  She hated the pigs with helmets!  Every time they got to a screen with the pigs with helmets, she would run away screaming that they were scary.  The bottom picture is Papa with the birthday girl.  I wanted something clean and easy to read for the font, so I used the Printing 101 cartridge.


I really like how this month turned out.  The background is the same finger paint technique using Distress inks and Perfect Pearls mixed with water.  This time, I used Mustard Seed, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, and Weathered Wood.  I then covered most of it up, but even the little hints that you see really made a difference in my opinion.  The stark white was just too much of a contrast.  The pictures are from when Bill and I visited my parents while they were staying at a condo down in Florida last March.  They had a beautiful view of the ocean, and Bill and I walked down there one evening.  The picture of my parents is when we went out to eat at a local restaurant… I can’t remember the name — was it Gulf View Restaurant or something??  The food was fantastic!  Anyhow, I covered the background with some pre-cut die cut squares that I purchased from Michaels years ago.  The White Grandee paper sucked up the glue so much, it made the squares look textured, an effect that I like.  The cardstock I matted the pictures on is from Archivers, and I punched the corners using the Layered Arches corner punch by Martha Stewart.  The text is from the Jasmine Cricut cartridge.


For this month, I used some of DCWV’s glitter paper from the La Creme cardstock stack.  I thought it set off the pictures well.  For this month, I used the Storybook cartridge for the font and for the birds.  They have iRock gems for eyes, and some gold Stickles as wing accents.  The flowers in between the letters I cut using a Stampin’ Up punch.  Then, I added the little iRock gem as a center.


May’s background is sprayed heavily with Glimmer Mist — Chocolate Covered Cherries and Iridescent Gold.  The flowers are Prima flowers and the centers are iRock gems.  I really like the photos on this month, too.  Eric and Andrea came over with the kids, and we went to Metro Beach Metro Park (where the photo of Jack was taken) out on the nature trails. We also went to the Detroit Zoo, which is where the picture of Julia and Papa was taken.  The third picture is of Drake when we met the ornithologists at Metro Beach.  They were tagging and releasing the birds, and they were quite knowledgeable.  Drake was afraid to touch the birds, so he only touched this particular bird… I got to see a female who was about to lay an egg.  It looked huge compared to the tiny bird; the ornithologist said he guessed that she would lay it that afternoon some time.  The decorations surrounding the month’s name are different this time around, too.  Instead of a Cricut cut, I used K&Company’s Daisies Layered Accents.  They were super easy to use… Peel off the backing on the adhesive, and attach!


The background for this month is similar to the one I did for February.  The ribbon is also from Michaels.  I cut the text using the Printing 101 cartridge.  The sailboat is from Designer’s Calendar.  I love the picture of Julia stomping on the bubbles!  This summer, Drake was absolutely obsessed with blowing bubbles.  And yes, I do mean obsessed.  He would be outside blowing bubbles for HOURS.  Oh, the other thing slightly different with June is that I did not emboss the butterflies.  Instead, I used Purple, Black Diamond, and Diamond Stickles as well as Flamingo Pink Liquid Pearls to decorate the wings.


I really like July’s result.  The picture of Drake and my parents is one taken at Stony Creek Metropark.  They were looking at the fish in the pond there.  Drake’s still got that goofy fake smile, which Bill and I were hoping he would grow out of this summer…. maybe next year!  The other picture was taken at the Walter and Mary Burke Park in New Baltimore, right on Anchor Bay.  He’s actually looking at a little girl as he climbed out of the slide.  Bill and I had gone to that park for Emily’s graduation (my best friend’s niece) and thought it was really nice.  When John and Marilyn came up to visit with Drake this summer, we took them there.  The firecracker is colored in with Copic markers; it and the sentiment are from TLC Creations.  The sentiment is colored using Distress inks in Worn Lipstick, Barn Door, and Vintage Photo.  The 4th of July die cut is from the Ultimate Creative Series Sampler cartridge.  I really like the Spellbinders Fleur de Lis sets, and the border is from the Fleur de Lis Accents set.  This background is also one of my favorites.  I used clear embossing powder and Distress inks to create a resist technique using the Many Petals stamp by Hero Arts.  Then, after embossing the image, I went over the flower portion with Worn Lipstick and Barn Door.  I used Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint for the green, and a little hint of Vintage Paper for the browns.


These pictures are from when we all went to Petoskey, MI for vacation.  Jessica even flew in from California!  I drove up separately with Drake, and my parents drove their vehicle.  We met Eric, Andrea, and the kids.  The condo was right near a small beach, and that’s where the kayaking photo was taken.  Jessica is in the front, Drake in the middle, and I’m in the rear.  We were also literally right across the street from Petoskey State Park.  I got some mini hikes in there, which was really nice.  The park was quite full, and they had a gorgeous beach that we made use of also.  The second photo is in Boyne, where Eric was dying to do the Zip Line.  This photo is one he took of Jessica and me getting rigged up.  Next time, if there is a next time, Jessica and I are going to do the longer “tour” instead of just the last line down to the resort.  This background is Graphite Glimmer Mist, and the text was cut using George and Basic Shapes.


These pictures are some that Eric sent to me.  Jack’s kindergarten class used real sunflowers as a guide to paint their own rendition of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.  Jack is really enjoying kindergarten, and he is definitely becoming more confident with his gross and fine motor skills this year!  These shapes both came from the Ultimate Creative Series Sampler cartridge.  The sunflowers have Rock Candy Distress Stickles in the center to brighten them up, and I used Glossy Accents on the raccoon’s nose.  The right paw actually has a pop dot under it, but that is really difficult to see.


I really like how October’s background came out, big droplets and all.  I used a combination of four Glimmer Mists to get this effect — Lavender Fields, Juniper, Scarlet, and Iridescent Gold.  At first, I was disappointed with how splotchy the big droplets were, but then I changed my mind and decided I liked them.  The tree is a picture that I took this Fall when I was out with my dad.  He and I were distributing meals for the Meals on Wheels program, and this tree was near one of the houses we stopped at.  It’s one of my favorite shades of reds, so I snapped a picture of it with my phone’s camera.  The witch die cut is from the Ultimate Creative Series Sampler cartridge, and the tree is technically a leaf from the Art Philosophy cartridge… but I cut it out larger and used brown for the trunk.  I think it worked out okay.  I used Storybook for the text, if you didn’t already figure that one out since I’d used it on other months.


Well, with the number of pictures I had to include with this month, I kept the background simple and more “manly” than some of the other months.  Jack has a birthday November 8; Bill and Eric both share November 10.  I thought this paper suited them, and I cut out the “Birthday Boy” sentiment from the Storybook cartridge and then added an “S” to it since there are three of them sharing the month.


Finally, on to the last month!  I know Bill hates these pictures, but he is (almost) always game for being in them.  I need to do them fairly early in the month so I have time to finish the calendars that I’m generally working on for Debb and my mom… and this year for myself, too!  The background for this one is back to the finger painting technique with Distress inks.  This time I used Festive Berries, Pumice Stone, Worn Lipstick, and Iced Spruce.  I also changed up the Perfect Pearls and used Perfect Gold instead of Perfect Pearl.  I thought it would go better with the poinsettia that I spritzed with Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist… although I did do the bells in silver!  The poinsettia was created with the Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia die set.  Then, I used three iRock gems for the center.  The bells are a Memory Box die called Jingle Bell Border, the latest variety of dies that I’ve gotten into.  They are much more delicate cuts than you get with most Spellbinders dies, and the designs are quite different as well.  The remainder of the die cuts are all from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I am really loving how you can combine the die cuts with stamps to jazz them up a little bit.  The ticket has the December and 25 stamps from the Cherish the Day set.  The holly stamps are from the A Holiday stamp set (a generous freebie when I purchased the Art Philosophy cartridge!).    The remaining stamps for the tree and the gift are included in the bundle that comes with the cartridge itself.  I must say, I am very impressed with the CTMH acrylic stamps.  They are high quality and take to inks very well!

Oh, I did not list all the designer papers/cardstocks I used in the project.  They included the following:  Cloud 9 Design, The Paper Studio, DCWV, Recollections, Heidi Grace Designs, ATD, Best Occasions, and most of the solid cardstock was from a variety pack I purchased at Archivers.

And so now what?  Well, after completing my first “from scratch” calendar, I must say that I like the size, but it is a tad on the heavy side!  I do not think I will use the number dies from the calendar set again.  They were just way too labor-intensive!  I had to run all the numbers through my Cuttlebug, then separate them, lay them out on the calendar to make sure I didn’t miss any, and then glue them all down by hand!  Now they are the perfect size for this particular calendar set…….. but I will be searching high and low for a nice set of numbers to use instead next year!  I will also cut the weeks out of smooth cardstock instead of the textured stuff I used this year so that I can use stamps for the numbers and not have them come out looking like they are missing pieces.  I think I will also use the entire bottom section for the weeks, and fill it up with five weeks.  The month’s name will have to go on the top portion of the calendar along with the photos.  Some months, my numbers overlapped funny because I only had four weeks to play with.  So, for example, in June I doubled up the first week with days 1-9.  Two days overlapped in that week… whereas if I had overlapped at the end of the month, I would have had the last two weeks of the month sharing one row.  I wanted the calendar to be big enough that I can write on it with little trouble.  Live and learn, right??


Christmas Ornament Card November 13, 2011

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Here is my card using Sandi’s gorgeous poinsettia Christmas ornament digital image.

Sandi has generously donated this ornament image for the Outlawz freebie challenge.  If you want to check out more of her work, you can check out her blog.  The designer paper is from my stash.  I used a Spellbinders scalloped oval to cut out the embossed holly (Sizzix Snow Globe embossing folder).  The ornament is colored with my Bic Mark Its, and then I used a white Sharpie poster paint to make the highlights on the side.  I also used an American Crafts metallic marker in copper to color the top of the ornament.  The bow is accented with Diamond Stickles, and the holly berries are Rouge Perfect Pearls.  I used a stamp from a Christmas set of clear stamps by MSE for the sentiment.  It’s a little hard to read in the photo, but it says, “May your holidays be shiny and bright.”

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Work from the Inspiration Showcase Class September 20, 2011

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Just a quick post to say that I am really enjoying the Inspiration Showcase class with Jennifer McGuire.  I haven’t gotten to even half of the techniques that we’ve learned about in class, although I’ve already written about one in a previous post.  You can find it here.  Here are some of the other things I’ve done using techniques from the class though:

Butterflies colored with Distress Ink

Here are the butterflies we did… It’s really the first time I’ve used the blending tool with the Distress Inks.  I chose to use Wild Honey and Worn Lipstick.  I had to do some searching about the blender because the velcro kept coming off every time I tried to switch out the blending pad — highly annoying!  I wound up using a staple gun and stapling down the velcro to the block of the blending tool, and now  it works like a dream.  I absolutely love how these butterflies turned out, and  I can see myself using this technique quite often.

Acrylic paint resist using a very basic stamp

This was actually the first technique I tried out from the class… and it has (so far) been my least favorite technique.  When I tried it the first time, I used a much more detailed stamp like the one Jennifer uses in class.  It was an awful mess, and I still have bits of white paint in the crevices of my stamp!  So I switched to the simplest stamp I could find in my collection, and I finally got the resist technique to work.  I used white acrylic paint and Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.  This is a technique that goes into the Glad I Tried category… but I don’t see myself using it again.

Fingerpainting with Distress Inks

This is a cool technique that I can see using for backgrounds.  For this, I used Distress Inks (Faded Jeans, Broken China, Weathered Wood, and Stormy Sky), spritzed with mist made of Perfect Pearls and water, and then used my fingers to “paint” onto cardstock.  The colors are a bit softer looking than the photo shows.

Poppy "painted" with Distress Inks

I had fun doing this as well… I used a poppy image from Beccy’s Place — love her digitals!  Again, this is “painting” with Distress Inks… I used the inks spritzed with pearlized water, and then a paintbrush to actually add the color to the image.  I will eventually try this again and use just plain water.  The shimmer is pretty, but I want to see what it would look like without it, too.  For this image, I used Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed, Faded Jeans, Broken China, Stormy Sky, and Weathered Wood Distress Inks.

Using Distressed Inks and watercoloring paper

This is another neat technique using Distress Inks directly on a stamp, and putting it onto watercolor paper instead of regular cardstock.  You get a slightly different result… this is another technique that I will probably try again with regular water instead of the shimmery stuff… just to see which effect I like better… and I still have bits of the pearlized water on the stamp, which again, I’m not totally crazy about.

Reindeer Fun November 7, 2010

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Here is my entry for this week’s Creative Chicks Challenge #23.

I had a lot of fun with this reindeer, and it allowed me to get a little bit of a start on my Christmas cards for this year.  The image is the weekly freebie from SNB.  The sentiment is from TLC Creations.  I used paper from my stash for the green and red background.  I got the googly eyes and gems from Michaels, and the nose and hooves are done with Black Diamond Stickles.  I colored the reindeer’s body with Perfect Medium and then brushed Perfect Pearls in Perfect Bronze over it.