Friday, February 17, 2017

Happy Presidents Day

I'm still not sure why we have huge mattress and sheet sales for Presidents Day but I am very thankful for the day off.  :-)

I have no plans for this weekend!  I just want to much so that I am taking Tuesday off too lol

I have been relaxing a bit too much though. So much so that I totally forgot to make cards for my nephew (birthday in January) and niece (birthday just last week). Yep, I am terrible!

So I spent the last couple days making cards for them (and I guess I do have plans for the weekend because I am going out to buy gift cards) 

I love stamping and these stamps are so adorable.but I don't get to use them very often.

This little cutie is one of the members of Tim Holtz' Crazy Dogs. I colored him with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.
His deflated balloon is from the Crazy Things set that was designed for the Bird Crazy birds but they work great with the Crazy Dogs and Cats too.

For my niece I made a gate fold card. I then took a separate sheet white of card stock and embossed it with Close To My Heart's Diamonds folder but used an Anna Griffin Impression Mask and Scoring die to create an un-embossed center. I cut this sheet in half and glued it to the front card flaps. I then cut the cupcake from Cricut's Summer Celebrations cartridge. I ran the icing layer through my Cuttlebug to give it some swirls. (the folder is part of Sizzix' Flourish stamp and emboss set).

Last time (or maybe the time before....old age affects the memory some times lol)  I talked about the round robin we are doing in the BadBaby group.

We are not supposed to share our works from everyone's books (and I am debating on whether I am going to break that rule since we were talking about the facebook group and not a blog) but I thought I would share the spread I did for my own book.

My book is 4Wx6H with the binding at the top. 

I drew and colored this rose in a Ball jar on watercolor paper using Inktense pencils. I then splattered dark brown paint all around.

I am really please with how it turned out so I am very happy that it was for my own book so that it will eventually come back home to me.  (not that I don't like what I have done in the other books so far because I do but you can't get attached .... you have to give them away)

So Happy Presidents Day... I hope you have a fun time mattress shopping lol

and Happy Crafting!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Let's hope she's a great cook

because it is going to take some serious skills to make this meal edible! lol

I finished my second page in the Grimm Fairy Tales - Different Seasons book.

I am assuming this is supposed to be Red Riding Hood getting her revenge on the wolf but I could be wrong. lol

No matter who she is she was fun to color.

I used Spectrum Noir markers for "Red" and her dinner.
When my sister gave me this book she also gave me a very large tub of gel pens..100 pens to be exact! I used the silver for the oven rack, cupboard handles and some trim on the top of the stove.
The sheet pan was done with Crayola metallic silver pencil...I wanted metallic but not super shiny like the gel pens. (my sheet pans are far from shiny lol)
The cupboards, floor, walls and ceiling are Prismacolor pencil and lastly the window view was done with Rembrandt soft pastels (crazy weird sky going on out there lol)

I love using alcohol markers! Yeah Yeah I know!

As any of you who have been reading my blog over the years know, I avoided alcohol markers like the plague. I mean seriously ... over $6 for ONE pen???  I pride myself on being thrifty with my money (well most of the time lol)

So, when I finally decided to take the plunge I bought a few Copic Ciao markers....same colors, thinner barreled pen... just a little more than half the price. They are still refillable so why pay more?  But still way more than I wanted to pay.

I then found Spectrum Noir last summer. A wide range of colors, they come in coordinated packs of 6 pens for less than the price of 2 regular Copics (or 3 Ciaos)

C'mon.....this is a no brainer.

They blend beautifully....even for someone like me that does not have much experience with alcohol markers.
I love the effect I got on her dress! I used a couple shades of blue to give some depth to the folds of her dress and then quickly swiped over all the stripes with the clear blender pen.....instant light stripes. It would have been a lot more work to get this color effect with pencils.

I rarely show off my all wouldn't believe what a person can cram into an 8x10 room! But I want to show you my markers just because they are so pretty!  I just sit and stare at them. Hey, I do the same thing with my paints... don't judge me lol

How can you not get inspired seeing all those gorgeous colors every time you sit down.
See my tiny Copic stash at the top left? lol
The blue pens are the new Spectrum Noir Colorista pens. The rows above them are for the rest of the ones coming on my HSN autoship later this year. (shh hubby may not know about those yet lol)

All I am missing now is the Dark color set and I will have them all! (I just won an Amazon gift card at work so they will be ordered VERY soon)

Kind of like when I had to have all the Inktense pencils last year....the more you have the more you want because they are so wonderful to use.

Ok, as I reread this I thought you all needed to see my paint stash is gorgeous too! lol

Isn't is awesome? I found the wall rack at an estate sale a few years ago. It obviously holds a lot of paint! I love being literally surrounded by color.

Since this is Friday I will wish you a very happy weekend! and Happy Crafting!

Craft Warehouse is allowing us to use JoAnn's coupons for the next few days (they never do that!) and I have a couple 50% off so guess where I will be?!   ;-)

Thursday, February 09, 2017

The Blah Season

That is what it feels like....the major holidays are over. Summer vacation is a loooonnnnnggggg way off!

I have to really work at being motivated at this time of year.
Thankfully I have a very full craft room (too full if you ask hubby - so we don't ask lol)

It also helps that I got new toys (read supplies) for Christmas.

My sister Laurel gave me a new coloring book for Christmas. I have lots of books but NOTHING like this one. I never would have purchased it for myself. It is so different from any of my others. Grimm Fairy Tales - Different Seasons. It is MUCH darker than any of my others but I have to say that I am loving it!

 As you can see I am not done with this one. Each page is a scene featuring a real BadAss heroine from a fairy tale. Definitely nothing like the stories from my childhood. :-)

So far I have only used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers on this one but will probably use some chalks and pencils on the background to keep it much lighter. 

Here is the first page of the book. 

She is a mix of Spectrum Noir and Copic alcohol markers, Inktense pencils and Prismacolor pencils. I colored her in the couple days I had off after Christmas.

And speaking of Christmas presents...
Hubby gave me a couple new cutting dies.

One of them was this window from Spellbinders called Window Two. Does that mean there is a Window One out there too? 

And Craft Warehouse had ALL their cutting dies on sale last Saturday - 40% off so I HAD to go look. 
The lighter colored leaves and all the flowers are from Impression Obsession. Small Leaf Cluster and Spiral Flowers. Aren't they adorable?

And lastly, on the way home from Craft Warehouse, I popped into Tuesday Morning (that place can be dangerous!!!) They had some Spellbinders dies. The dark green leaves are part of a die set called Basil. The set is 5 dies - 2 different sets of leaves, a flower pot, a decorative layer for on top of the pot and a little herb marker sign. Too cute to pass up! I knew when I saw it that it would go great with my window.

I embossed the blue with Close To My Heart Stripes folder. It makes pretty good siding don't you think?

So far the card is blank inside. It could be just about anything....birthday, get well, just because... I will toss it into the stash until something comes up.

And since I am talking about shopping... What? You forgot? Scroll up a couple lines :-)
Have you all seen the We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter?
Isn't it cute? I like the turquoise.

Well, it has me kicking myself for leaving my mom's typewriter behind when I moved west. It was her high school graduation present. A Smith Corona Super pink. Google it. You will find out just how rare and expensive they are. And her was in mint condition with the case and original instruction booklet and typing tutorial booklet (and I had just put in a new ribbon! ugh!). I used to use it all the time. But I was going to have a computer and printer out here and just left it with my ex thinking "I won't need it if I have a computer". Stupid Stupid!  (and not the only thing I left behind that I regret leaving. UGH!)

But back to shopping...I just couldn't pay out that much money for the WRM retro version of a typewriter so I went on a weekend quest and searched every single thrift and antique store and mall in the took 2 days, 5 stores/malls and over 15 hours but....

Persistence, stubbornness...or again maybe stupidity (lol) paid off.

Isn't she a beauty?  A Smith Corona Super Sterling from the mid 60s. She works beautifully and has only very minor wear and tear (and was only $40!)

And an even bigger plus....the pretty colored typewriter ribbons (teal, pink, silver...) that WRM makes for their typewriter FIT mine! 

Do I have a use yet....nope. But I am ready with black, pink and teal ribbons for when the idea strikes. :-)

And lastly.....yeah, I am winding down lol

I pulled out my 3x5 Gelli Plate and had some fun. 
I was in the mood to get my hands I the only one that ever gets that urge?

I was experimenting with masks (I freehanded a couple cats) and am thinking I will grab a pen and do some doodling on some of these.

I am also in a Round Robin mini book swap with the BadBabys and have already used a couple of these as backgrounds on some of my pages.  I can't show them yet though because we swore we wouldn't share our works until after the swap ends so everyone will be surprised. But then again I am a BadBaby (part of our motto is to break the rules lol) so I may sneak some in here once in a while (the swap will be going on most of the year so I have time to think it over)

I hope this encourages you to find something to clear out the blahs.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Happy New Year

Yeah, so better late than never. HaHa

I have no idea where the time goes. Just yesterday it was Halloween and here we are through the holidays and more than half way through January 2017!

But we did have a wonderful, relaxing Christmas.

I cannot honestly say what I made over the past couple months. I know I made more Christmas cards. I am pretty sure I did not remember to photograph them lol

Here is a project I made just a few days before Christmas. 

I found this 14 x 14 shiplap sign at a local craft store. It had a thin white wash on it.

I base coated it with cream colored acrylic paint and then applied vinyl lettering.
I then painted the entire thing black.
Next came a vinyl manger followed by a coat of dark red.

I then peeled up all the vinyl to reveal the prior colors.
The red had bled a bit under the manger vinyl so I dry brushed a bit more over the black to make it look like that is what I intended all along :-)

I wanted to stencil a star but the vinyl wouldn't stick to the red paint so I cut a star from glitter card stock and glued it on.

I love how it turned out!  I picked up another sign at the same time which is about 12 x 24. I need to get working on it so I can hang it in the same spot. 

That finished up 2016.

So let's start 2017!

My best friend (and collage roommate) Cathy...I call her Helen (long story lol) has a birthday this month. Of course I made her a card!

This is the Pansies box card from the Springtime box cards set at SVG Cuts. I love how it looks just like a basket full of pansies sitting on my desk. I think she is going to love it.

And of course I made her a little something to go with it.

I have a big box full of mint tins. I stared into that empty tin for over a week trying to decide what to put inside. 
I finally decided on 'mermaid'. But what exactly should be going on?

I searched through the Cricut image library for mermaids. I found several. Once I had chosen a few that fit beautifully into my tin I needed to decide what kind of scene she would be living in (which would help me pick which mermaid to use)

I thought of sunken ship and this mermaid seemed to be looking at something so she was chosen. 
I googled images of sunken ships until I found one I liked that would look good cropped into the lid. I then searched for an under water scene to fill the bottom of my box.

I used the Cricut Explore Print Then Cut feature to get my backgrounds cut to the correct size.

The mermaid is from the Cricut image set "Mermaid Party". Her tail is cut from Cricut glitter card stock, Her top is cut from Cricut Pearl paper. Both of these papers cut beautifully even at such a tiny size. (the mermaid is only about 3" tall)

All the plant life was also cut with my Explore. I really pushed the intricate cuts to the limit on this project and the Explore still performed beyond belief.

My only problem was her eyes and mouth. They are sooooo small. The Cricut cut them but being so teeny I couldn't handle them and found it easier to paint them on instead of making a gluey mess.

The final touch was to glue the plants into a gravel/sand base so that it created a 3D scene.

I fell in love with it and kept asking hubby if it would be horrible of me to keep it lol

So, because it is just wrong to keep the gift you made for someone else (or so hubby kept insisting), I made another one.

Same backgrounds and plants but instead of a fushia and lavender brunette mermaid I maid a copper and dark red blonde mermaid.  She also has a couple sea shells on her ocean floor.

Now I had a bigger dilemma.....I loved BOTH of them. How on earth do I decide which one to send?

I won't tell you which one I kept (because I just mailed it today and in case she reads this blog I want her to at least have a little surprise lol)  But the decision came down to box opens easily, the other kept sealing itself shut! Ha!

Thanks for stopping by!
I wish you all a year full of peace, love, health, happiness and lots of crafting time!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

I can't believe Thanksgiving is next week!

Wow! Time sure flies by the older you get! Why is that???

I swear, I really have been busy.I have been making my Christmas cards. No 2 people get the same card so I am constantly dreaming up new designs.

I thought I had been photographing each one as I completed it but when I downloaded my pictures I realized I have only captured a small handful. I guess that means I need to get busy taking more pictures!

Just a word of warning.....this is a picture heavy post (yeah, aren't they all? lol)

These cards were all made with my Cuttlebug and dies from Anna Griffins Seasonal die set for Winter and Christmas

For this card I cut the deer twice and cut off the antlers off one of them. The embossing folder is called Holiday Knit from Sizzix/Tim Holtz. I embossed red card stock that had a white core. I then rubbed it with sandpaper to let some of the white show.

Aren't these dies just gorgeous? I cut the holly 6 times from a couple different green papers. I used Cricut's pearl paper for Peace. It has a lovely sheen.

It seems to be a poinsettia Christmas this year. I have several other cards and some package toppers that also feature poinsettias. Each flower was made by cutting the image twice and then layering them. I used gold Stickles in the centers of each. I think the Merry Christmas might be from Anna's Festive Words cutting die set but I know it also exists on one of her Christmas Cricut cartridges.

This bell shape is from Anna's Christmas Cards and Embellishments 2 cartridge. I turned the embellishment image into a card. I used Cricut's new glitter card stock for the first time. It cuts beautifully!

If you own this cartridge you can cut this card yourself.

But I haven't just been making cards.

I had seen some projects online using cutting dies to create a jack o'lantern jar. I have a Cricut and tons of cartridges so I designed my own.

The mason jar is from the CTMH Flower Market cartridge. The face is from CTMH Artbooking.
I added a small box to the back to hold the candle and also work as a counter balance.

If you own the above mentioned cartridges you can make this project.

I have been wanting to make this house since it came out a year or 2 ago. It is SVG Cuts Haunted Forest. I was intimidated by all the curves but it actually was very easy to assemble.

This is the project I completed this morning....a gingerbread house.
I used SVG Cuts Peony Cottage as my house and then searched through Cricut Design Space for embellishments. I think it turned out really cute. Hubby thinks it needs more candy (but he says that about the real gingerbread houses too lol)

I used tan card stock for the entire house and rubbed Tea Dye Distress Ink over all the edges. The roof and bottom step were covered with card stocks from the Classic & Retro Christmas pack from Authentique (#CRE500) I don't usually say what papers I used because I either have no clue or they are so old they aren't available any more but I just bought this pack last week and it has some really great stuff in it.

I told you I have been busy!
My sister's birthday is next week and she is a huge Buckeye fan - all the best people are! :-)

I wanted to make her something different so I came up with this shadow box. 

The O-H-I-O fans and the Ohio State logo are cut from vinyl and applied to the back of the glass.
The Columbus skyline is cardstock. I lined the back wall with glitter felt so it twinkles in the light. And ran a string of firefly lights throughout. I like it, I hope she does too.

So that covers everything that I remembered to photograph but I have one more thing to share.

I say all the time that I love yard sales and estate sales. It's so much fun to rummage around and come home with treasures. 

At an estate sale this summer I found this adorable little house. The beautiful flowers on the upstairs porch, the adorable children sitting on the steps! It is about 3x3 and it's a bank. It is cast iron and still has it's original paint. I fell in love with it from across the room and thought I might have to knock some people down to get to it lol

No one wanted it because the bottom insert is missing (which serious collectors say is a no no). But you can't even tell that when it is sitting on the shelf (you wouldn't have known if I hadn't told you now would you?!)

I found several online that have sold for anywhere from $50 to $100 some in far worse shape than mine. So I am ecstatic that I was able to grab this beauty for only $12! It sits on my mantle where I can see it every day.

That covers everything for now. Thanks for sticking around to the end lol

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and a joyous holiday season!

Friday, September 09, 2016

Happy Fall!

Well it is almost fall so I am it or not! lol

It has been a busy few weeks. I have no clue what I was doing I just know that I never seemed to have enough time to get much done and felt like I was spinning around.

But I managed to find a few minutes here and there to get my creative on.  :-)

If you have been here before then you know that I know how to color....I have been coloring with colored pencils for decades. But I signed up for the 8 week coloring class from Crafter's Companion. Why? Because it is FREE! lol  And I thought, hey, you never know, I might learn something.

You can sign up is free after all.  :-)   You can find the info here.

I have actually learned a couple things I never heard before like when you sharpen your pencils turn the sharpener not the pencil. Never heard that before.  And one of the videos gives tips on how to try to mend a pencil that the lead is all broken inside. I definitely need to try that out as a couple of my Prismacolors have nothing but bits and pieces inside....they have since I bought them so I am thinking the stores don't really take a lot of care with them.

They also give us free downloads to play with. How on earth do you pass up free? lol

We received a page full of bookmarks to practice coloring. I was not thrilled with how this turned out. I didn't really like my color choices once I was finished. So I discovered something else (my own tip lol). Since I printed my stuff on my laser printer I can run it through my Minc and foil it......Foil hides a multitude of yukkiness! The shine distracts from the ugly colors! HaHa  Maybe I should credit Minnie with this tip since she seems to think everything shiny is much better than non-shiny lol

There she is, my adorable, little Minnie.  :-)

My Explore has not been sitting idle. (in case you were worried)

SVG Cuts has a new kit that just came out last week. It is called Harvest Sunset.

These sunflowers are 7 inches across (not including the leaves!)
It is not very often that I find something that dwarfs my pottery jug. I bought it in Colonial Williamsburg at least 25 years ago and rarely get to use it because everything looks tiny when I try to display it. lol

I used really cheap card stock (because I can't stand the color yellow and rarely buy it) The card stock came in a bulk pack of something like 200 sheets on Black Friday many years ago. Such bright and odd colors and yet, the perfect sunflower yellow. And just so you know, sunflowers are the only yellow flowers that I like. They say "Fall" to me. :-)

And of course I made a card. It seems like I am constantly needing birthday cards! lol

My brother in law just began running marathons this year. We are all so proud of him. I have days where I can barely hobble across the street and he is running!

I created this box card. All the medals were run through the Minc so they are nice and shiny and gold!  When I completed it I just kept thinking it needed something so I let it sit on my desk for about a week.

I then added a cheering crowd.  If I was running (which will never happen lol) I would certainly want people cheering for me!  :-)

And like I said earlier, I am in full on Autumn mode!!!

I saw a window at a yard sale last Saturday. 

It was already painted black. A shiny black lacquer. We don't do shiny paint in my house so I had to fix that but what is up with all the 1 inch double sided foam tape squares? They (or remnants of them) were around the entire frame, on the cross bars and on the glass! What on earth were they trying to stick to this window??? lol

I peeled them all up, scraped off what I could and then spritzed all the sticky spots with WD-40 and let them sit a few minutes then scraped again.  What I couldn't remove that way disappeared with the sander.

You can sort of see how shiny this was down at the botton of the frame. I sanded the entire thing several times to distress the edges and remove the shine (yet still keep most of the black paint)

BTW the yellow bars are my saw horses I had the window propped on while I worked.

My original plan was to do the entire thing in vinyl. My vinyl had other ideas.

The text in the top panes is done in dark brown vinyl.
After destroying every sheet of orange vinyl I owned I switched to paint for the pumpkins. They are reverse painted on the back of the glass which means you start with the highlights and shadows first and build your colors.

I am really pleased with how it turned out. The window it about 34 inches wide so it is taking up a good size piece of the wall and yet fits beautifully. So much so that hubby suggested we leave it up all year round.  :-)

That about catches me up. I hope you have all been able to get some crafting done as well.

Happy Crafting and Thank You for stopping by.  :-)

Friday, August 19, 2016

33 Days Until Fall

Summer is probably my least favorite season just because of the heat. And with the high temperatures we have been having it makes me crave Fall even more! They are saying we will hit 110 degrees tomorrow. That is just crazy!!!

Not venturing outside gives a person more time to play in the art room.  :-)

I am not sharing much today because most of what I did was trying out new dies and such that came this week....almost like Christmas lol

I did actually toss together a few cards.

Like I said above, I am ready for fall!

I am still playing around with my Tim Holtz 'crazy' stamps while I wait for the dogs to arrive. My order is supposed to be here sometime in September. :-D

The embossing folder is from Cuttlebug. It is part of a set of folders (but I only have this one I bought in a clearance bin at the local craft store). I think the set might have been Happy Haunting.

The images were colored with Copic markers.

 This adorable little kitty is from Close To My Heart. It is from the August stamp of the month set S1608 Purr-fect Halloween. The cat body has no eyes or adornments but lots of stamps to create a costume with 4 sets of eyes, a couple hats, the bat (which I used as a bowtie), a pennant banner and some phrases. I also added the jack o'lantern from Tim Holtz's mini Bird Crazy stamp set.  All images were colored with Copic markers.

I have a friend whose birthday is on Halloween so she gets 2 cards from me every year. :-)
I used the Acorn Scatter embossing folder from Anna Griffin's summer/fall folder set. The leaves and feather are from her summer/fall die set. The sentiment was written by my Cricut Explore and I am 99% sure it is from an Anna Griffin cartridge.

Close To My Heart released a brand new Cricut cartridge on August 1st. (and retired several of their older cartridges)
The new cart is called Flower Market and has tons of flowers - both 3D and 2D. I thought these 2D ranunculus were very pretty. Lots of cool containers to display your flowers like the jar with lace band I used. They also have fun icons and 2 fonts. It is a gorgeous set of images.
You can get one from my friend Debbie on her CTMH site

I used Darice's Fall Leaf Background folder and ran it through my Cuttlebug.

I told you I was trying out new toys this week. Not only did I get a cartridge and stamps, I also got some new cutting dies. This lacy oval is one of Crafters Companion's Downton Abbey dies. You can cut the lace to be a free standing oval or cut it like I did so that it is in the paper (no outside edge). It then comes with several smaller oval dies that fit in the center. I also got the circle, square and rectangle sets.....What? I had a coupon and they were grouping 2 sets together in each package. Trust me it was a good deal lol

And now I have officially made my first Christmas card of 2016.

But I am not quite done.

Sometimes I just get in the mood to play with supplies I haven't pulled out in a while. 
That would be my embossing diffusers from Tim Holtz. This is the circle one.
I used Anna Griffin's Fluted Damask folder. I then stamped the cupcake (CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut bundle D1497) in 2 colors (CTMH Hollyhock and Cocoa)
I felt it still needed something so I cut some 3D flowers on the Explore and glued them around the lower left edge of the circle.
I think it turned out cute and now I have another card on hand for....whatever.  :-)

So that covers most of what I did this past week.
I hope you are all staying cool wherever you may be.

Happy Crafting!