Sunday, August 31, 2008

Scrapbook: Cherish Memories

After learning my passion for old photos, my friend emailed me a photo of his family taken in the 1950s (I think!). I printed the photo on a transparency and attached it to white cardstock to allow all the little details to stand out. I really think it is a perfect frame for his family photo.
Cardstock: Stampin Up Wild Wasabi textured, DCWV scallop white core,
Bazzill earthtones textured
Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations Golden Floral
Ribbon: Michaels
Flowers: Prima
Embellishments: Rhinestones, Button, Heidi Swapp journaling spot,
Making Memories square clip

Stampin Up: New Products

On Friday I received my first order from the new Stampin Up Fall-Winter catalog. I ordered the new In Color paper (Pacific Point is my favorite), square scallop punch, On Board scallop frames (bulk), Say it with scallops stamp set, Accents & Elements Felt Fusion Too, and the yummiest looking KIWI KISS satin ribbon. I will be posting some cards and scrapbook pages soon!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Altered project: Distressed tea canister

My favorite drink is 4C Green Tea and recently I began buying these tall canisters instead of the single packets. I liked the plastic canister so much I decided to take the labels off and try to customize it with alcohol inks and paper.

I added alcohol inks with the Tim Holtz distressing tool (red pepper, eggplant, moss) and once dry i streaked it with the felt pad itself. It felt a little like finger painting and it went on perfectly smooth.

A few scraps of patterned paper and sticker letters...

I added an epoxy sticker to the lid and VOILA!
Patterned Paper: Stampin Up DS Berry Bliss
Letters: American Crafts thickers, American Crafts LAX
Sticker: Marah Johnson epoxy

Friday, August 29, 2008

Challenge: Color Me Daisy Brown and Blue

This is my submission to a Color Me Daisy challenge. The guidelines were to use a BROWN and BLUE color combination. I used my photos (30 years apart).

Cardstock: Stampin Up Very Vanilla
Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations Floral, SU Designer Series Notebook
Flowers: Prima
Letters: American Crafts Thickers Rootbeer Float and American Crafts LAX Remarks
Rubons: K&Co Wild Saffron
Inks: Versamagic Jumbo Java

Cards: Merry Wishes

I have been in a creative frenzy lately. I am not one to question it though, LOL! Sometimes it's like popping the cork out of a wine bottle sometimes it's like a leaky faucet. Go figure!!
This set of cards is listed on Etsy.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Etsy: My success story

My friend Tammy has flattered me beyond words by placing the first order on my Etsy shop!

She has inspired to keep adding things to this store and achieve my dream!

To that end I have added two more items to my shop!

Hello kitty purse

Embellished flower vase

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Wonderful Wednesdays: Copper friends

In this installment of wonderful wednesdays I choose to try something I had not done before.... stamping directly on the cardstock. It was one of those instances where you just take a deep breath and say "whatever happens, here goes!" LOL
I chose a stamp that I could color (bringing to mind my childhood days of coloring books and crayons).
Cardstock: Stampin Up Kraft
Specialty paper: White glossy
Stamps: SU Time well spent
Inks:Tim Holtz Distress (broken china, vintage photo)
Pens: Sakura Souffle, Krylon Copper Leafing
Embellishments: Flowers and Pearl Beads from SU's Pretties Kit
Ribbon: Offray


My Etsy Shop is now up and running. I look forward to stocking with more items every day!

In the meantime this is my first product!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Challenge: Crossroads

I love doing interesting challenges and this is one I found on Stacy Julian's Blog. The basics were Nature photo + Highlight Color + Inspiration. This photo was taken on my trip to Fort Worth when my cousins (Jenna, Sabrina, Mic) took me to the STOCKYARDS. The sun was setting and it was bringing out the gleam in all the metal around the train tracks. I chose metallic tones as my highlight color. The inspiration was that aside from the physical crossroads I was at an emotional one that had brought me closer to long lost cousins. I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge. Thanks Stacy!
Cardstock: Stampin Up Apricot Appeal
Patterned Paper: SU Designer Series Berry Bliss, SU Designer Series Au Chocolat
Letters: American Crafts Rootbeer Float Thickers (White)
Inks:Tim Holtz Distress
Pens:Krylon Copper leafing, Zig Painty Gold
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Grungeboard Elements (Flourishes), Bo Bunny swirl, American Crafts thickers chipboard accents, Doodlebug jewel
Chipboard: SU On Board Accents

Monday, August 25, 2008

Cards: Homemade

After a three year ordeal my mother, sister, and brother-in-law are FINALLY in their new home. It is a gorgeous home in Manor, Texas. I made this card extra special since my sister collects rooster decorations and my mother's favorite saying is "Everything happens for a reason".

Cardstock: Stampin Up kraft

Patterned Paper: Marah Johnson Golden Floral, K and Co LJ Script/String/Buttons & Leaves

Chipboard: Stampin Up On Board Ginormous Pieces

Paint: Making Memories Avocado

Stamps: Stampin Up Provencal, Stampers Anonymous (Tim Holtz Collection) The Countdown

Stickers: Making Memories Family word fetti

Rubons: K & Co Wild Saffron

Olympics: Farewell to Beijing

Through a flurry of vivid colors and resounding fireworks Beijing said farewell to the Olympics. I evidenced Michael Phelps and so many other international athletes breaking records that astounded the WORLD. If only we could keep the Olympic spirit alive ALWAYS! -- Forgetting the things that make us different and Remembering the things that make us the same!!!

Xie Xie Beijing!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Altered project: Canvas Motivational Plaque

This little plaque was a request from my brother after he saw my last canvas project. He wanted something he could look at that would motivate him on some of his difficult days. I picked a few quotes and he chose his top 3 quotes. Of course being a mega sports fan one of those quotes had to be by Vince Lombardi. The medium used is a transparency attached with 1/8" tacky tape to a 5x7 canvas panel. I added some Crop-A-Dile eyelets and threaded some ribbon to make it easier to tack to his cubicle wall. The swirly embellishment is a American Crafts Thickers chipboard shape sticker. It was a quick project!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Altered project: Canvas Always

I bought this small canvas panels on one of my shopping trips a while back, so when inspiration hit for a sampler type project I brought it out. I didn't really have a template in mind but I knew that I wanted to include some of the new Stampin Up's ALWAYS stamp set (#111141). The gaffer tape is 7Gypsies Arithmetique, and a Heidi Swapp ghost clock. I placed a 7Gypsies Romantique label where I wanted the clock center and attached the clock with a Stampin Up jewel brad. The flowers on the side of the panel are from SU's new Seasonal Sayings rubons (#111418). Added a few Doodlebug jewels and distressed the edges with Versamagic Gingerbread and Jumbo Java dew drop chalk inks.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Cards: Crystal Fantasy

When I purchased the limited edition Prima Say It In Crystals flourishes (blue/purple) I knew I wanted to create something unique. In my stash I found this Karen Foster PP which I embellished with a blue Sakura Souffle pen. The flowers and brad used are from Stampin Up's Pretties kit both distressed with chalk inks. I recently received the new Stampin Up ALWAYS stamp set and I thought the phrase was perfect for this card. As you have seen in some of my previous posts I love to embellish chipboard, so I stayed true to form. I used a small heart from SU's On Board Elements pack and colored it with Purely Pomegranate classic stamping ink and a white Signo pen.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Stampin Up - Holiday Mini sneak peek

This is a picture of some of the many goodies in the new 2008 Holiday Mini Catalog (coming soon). The tag is one of the new exclusive Stampin Up dies for the Sizzix BIG SHOT. The felt ribbon on the package is a part of new ALPINE ribbon set. The red snowflake is included in SU's new FELT FLURRIES and the striped ribbon is the new 1 and 1/4" Riding Hood Red/Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon. Even the rope twine is amazing to me. I can see it for nautical pages, kids pages....endless possibilities. The stamps used are from the WINTER POST stamp set.

STAY TUNED for more goodies!!! It's an exciting time to be a Stampin Up Demonstrator

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Wonderful Wednesdays: August ATC

On this my first installment of "Wonderful Wednesdays" I wanted to show you how I used those butterflies. I wanted to keep as much of their vibrancy as possible so I printed them out on inkjet transparency sheets. These are my first ATC cards for APieceofcraft . Marion Smith is an inspiration with all the embossing idea videos on Youtube. My strong in divine guidance allowed me to find her online. In these I used Arithmetique gaffer tape by 7Gypsies, Stampin Up Vanilla cardstock and jewel brads from the pretties kit, as well as stamps from the Make it Count stamp set. I have also always wanted to play with some Dee Gruenig brush markers I bought a while back. I wanted to make the stamps echo the colors of the butterflies and I found myself wondering why I hadn't thought of the idea before. I will definitely make up for that oversight from now on.