Friday, November 21, 2014

All that shimmers...!

Hi all!

Long time no see!  We've been having nothing but fun over here!  After a rough start in school Pezza seems to have settled in and we have a grandbaby due in a month!  Trevor, his girlfriend Jess and the baby will all be staying with us.  EGADS!!!

Since last minute is my favorite way to do things I thought HEY I think I'll make all my Christmas cards this year...RIGHT before Thanksgiving.....Gotta keep things exciting!

The following challenges inspired me:

SCS - Sketch challenge
4 Crafty Chicks - Make It Sparkle
Time Out Challenge - Embossing with sparkle

Since I have to make more cards than I have even figured out yet I wanted to keep it simple and repeatable but I still want some pizzazz so I reached for my jars of gorgeous shimmering Silks Acrylic Glaze.

I started with a white piece of cardstock and just swiped over it with Moss Green for the green cards and Carribean Mist for the blue ones.

The sparkle really comes through at the slightest tilt!

I stamped the background images in black Archival Ink.  I stamped the focal image in VersMark and used white embossing powder.  I wish the camera could adequately capture the amazing sparkle of the Silks!

Here is the whole collection for this batch - just 6 or 7 more batches to go!

Have you tried the Silks Acrylic Glazes??? A wonderfully sparkling, versatile, easy to use paint - check them out!

Saturday, September 6, 2014


Hi all!

We have all survived the first week of school!  MAN was it busy!  For a SAHM I sure don't spend much time actually at home.  I checked my calendar and I don't have a free day until Sept. 17th!  We also started gymnastics and soccer this week and now she wants to add a musical instrument plus Girl Scouts starts in a couple weeks!  She may have to make some hard choices here soon.  I have also started my first run on the PTO board so that has been keeping me busy with commitments for that, helping at school, beginning of the year IEP meeting -mercy!  I am iffy about her teacher so far - for one she has still not even read the IEP much less put into place the things Hollyn needs in order to make it through her day successfully and it has been a bit rough on her.  Hoping that gets resolved quickly.

This evening Hollyn is attending a SUPER idea of a birthday party - it is an UNsleeping sleepover party.  We will drop her off at 5 in her pjs and then all the girls are picked back up at 9.  I am very nervous about leaving her on her own without me to help her navigate being in a group but I am hoping for the best.  She is very excited.  Of course I had to make a tag for the gift and I was inspired by the following challenges:

I so need some new wrapping paper :P  I actually got 2 things so I wrapped them separately and then attempted to tie them together using 37 miles of curling ribbon.  This technically requires 3 if not 4 hands but I didn't have that advantage so it was lots of fun.....and NOT very effective so I ended up duck taping those suckers together but the unwrapping could get tricky....

I got some new-to-me birthday patterned paper - ADORABLE!!!  It is called Sugar Shoppe by Doodlebug Designs (I think I have loved every collection they have ever made.)  I got a 6 x 6 pad for making tags for Hollyn's friends.  While she was helping me design the card she got all whistful and said she feels jealous of her friends because they always get such cool handmade tags and she just gets store-bought ones.  I was surprised and happy that she still thinks my handmade ones are so much better!  I also need to make some for her apparently - I never do that :(  In reality the odds are quite high that 1. the tag may never even be seen, 2. whoever sees it may not even know it was handmade and 3. it will get ripped off the gift and thrown in the trash.  Guess what?  I don't care!  Because for just over an hour I sat in blissful semi-seclusion in my studio playing with paper and colored pencils! 

I colored the images with Polychromos colored pencils, doodled a border around the edge and put it all together!  I have her write a little to/from message on a sticker and stick it to the back of the tag.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Birthday Knight

Hi all!

Well what a crazy last couple weeks!  We have had my mom in town, driven up to New Hampshire to see Drake, Found out we are having a second grandchild in Spring and Pezza started SECOND GRADE!  Now I can have a bit of time to myself and see if I can't get my house back in order from the summer and spend some time crafting, sewing and doing some artwork!

Pezza's friend Jake, across the street, had a Knights themed birthday party and I needed a Bday tag as I am all out so I immediately thought of the Paper Dolls cartridge.  I can still remember the thrill of purchasing that particular cartridge.  I had not had my Cricut very long and I only had 2 cartridges.  The Paper Doll cartridge was an AC Moore exclusive and came as 1 of 4 in a bundle.  And those were the days when you had to pay full price for carts so that 4 pack cost a bundle!  Those were also the days when my entire paper crafting shenanigans fit on a card table and small plastic bin underneath it.  MY how things have exploded, but I digress.  I scrimped, I saved, I dreamed and then I splurged!  O. M. G. my husband is going to KILL me is all I thought so I had it stashed away!  Those were also the days of the Cricut Message board being insanely active and the best place ever to be on the web.  I love the friends I made there and still talk to some of them today!

It's a pretty simple tag as I was in a rush - I am the queen of never-plan-ahead but isn't he just so cute?!?!

I used some silver shimmery paper for his armor and gave his sword a blue pearl handle with some Liquid Pearls.  Of COURSE the sentiment is a $1 Studio G Stamp - also a throw back to those early days when I first started paper crafting and the product that started it all when I had the online store.  I still have sets I need to sell :P  Maybe this will be the year I can get some of my old inventory posted on the FB garage sale sites.

I am thinking I may have to challenge myself to do a slew of tags the way I did those cards for my mom (which she loved BTW.)  I did have fun with them....

And here is Pezza on her first day of second grade yesterday - MY she is getting big!  She was a baby when I got my Cricut!

Monday, August 11, 2014

A Watercolor Note

Hi all!

Hi everyone - happy Monday!  Yea right!  We had a great weekend off in our camper with Pez.  We went to Bethpage Resort which is fabulous - if you are anywhere near VA I recommend it.  And you don't HAVE to have an RV, you can rent a cabin there.  I think it would make the perfect group camping spot if I could get some other folks together to do it.

I have another card done for my mom today - this one is inspired by the following challenges:

I love incorporating a little mixed media into my card making and that is what I did here.  I stamped and embossed my image with white and then put a light wash of watercolors on using my shimmery Twinkling H2Os.  It helps to mist the paper before adding the Twinks.  Once dry I sponged on some Silks Acrylic Glaze through sequin waste to get the tiny dots.  you can get Twinks AND Silks at ColourArte!

When the light hits the card there is gorgeous shimmer and glow across the card front - I just love that!  I added a die cut done using the Cricut Damask Decor cartridge and then stamped my sentiment.

And now we're off to the mall to buy teeny baby shoes!  Our first grandbaby is on the way and we just found out it's a boy!  So Pez and I are off to get some teeny shoes to stage a pic for the scrapbook page of ultrasound pics - you'll have to wait and see what we have planned!  Maybe I will get back to scrapping after I finish all of my mom's cards!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Keeping it Clean & Simple

Hi all!

A new card for today - and a new genre for me - Clean & Simple style.  I did it for the CAS challenge on Splitcoast Stampers - we were to case a card from the featured stampers gallery.  I am also submitting this to the following challenges:

I began by masking off a diagonal strip on the white card front using post it notes.  Then I laid a stencil over it and sponged on Moss Green ColourArte Silks Acrylic Glaze - love that shimmer!  I accented the diagonal stenciling with 2 lines of embossing on either side using my Scor-Pal.

 I finished it up with a layered embellishment - I cut felt with a Spellbinders die and then added a flower I made using clay and a silicone mold from Etsy.  Before baking it I lightly brushed it with ColourArte Primary Elements shimmering powder.  I stamped a Studio G $1 sentiment and added purple sparkly Pez-A-Bling on each side.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Summer card

Hi all!

I am on a roll trying to get 25 cards done for my mom's stash!  I have used this same dragonfly on several cards.  This one is inspired by the following challenges:

I inked him up with Tsukineko Brilliance And VersaMagic Chalk inks and masked off a portion so the image was smaller and easier to work with.

I used a pretty crocheted flower I made myself a long time ago - I have had someone request that I make some to sell but I am not sure it would be worth it so I may make a few this weekend and see how much time it takes and what I would want to sell them for.

Once again I used that beautiful Cryogen White sparkly paper from Paper Temptress - love!

Let me know what you think - will my mom like her cards????

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Mixin' It Up

Hi all!

Combining my card making with my love of all things mixed media today with this card.  I was inspired by several challenges:

This card was so much fun!  When I first saw the color challenge on Splitcoast and pulled out the 4 papers I was not too sure I could pull it off but as I was working I liked it so much I made TWO!  This is the first one.

Rather than use patterned paper I took a paper with a faint script running across it and gave it some mixed media flair. I began by making a yellow paint with Primary Elements powder and Glazing Medium and sponged it on through sequin waste. Next I mixed the same paint in a red color and applied it using the side of small gift card. I finished off by mixing a pale blue color into molding paste and applied it through a stencil.

On the stamped image I mixed the same blue Primary Elements with gum arabic and water and spattered it on the image. Then I mixed the same yellow color into the molding paste and applied it through the same stencil. I added more of the red lines to tie it all together.   It's done on Cryogen White paper from the Paper Temptress - I love how it sparkles!  I finished it off with 3 little pale blue Pez-A-Bling squares in the upper left corner.

So what do you think?