Monday, April 29, 2019

First Birthday using Penny Black

Good Morning from lovely San Diego California!  Yes, we are on the go again. The is the second time this year we are in San Diego and are hoping for better weather this go around. California seems to be a popular place for Hubby's meetings as we will be in San Francisco in June. I am really lucky to be able to visit places all over the US. What is your favorite place to visit? 

With six grandchildren and lots of Nieces and Nephews  I make special Birthday cards quite often.  This past week was no different. Our youngest Granddaughter turns ONE on May 19. I cannot believe it has been almost a year already. 
I may be biased, but she is a cutie!
Having just taken a class with Nancy of Rowhouse Greetings, using this Penny Black set I thought this little image would be perfect. I was excited to do this class since I already own the stamp set. 

Josie is a little peanut and this stamp captured that girly vibe I wanted. 


I made the layers with this super old Labels die set from Stampin' Up! I tend to hold onto layering dies since layering is my "style". 


Having all the layers done in So Saffron Yellow I decided to make the  flower pink. It balanced out nicely. Check out the cute present hanging from the flower. 

I grounded the flower by adding a bit of grass. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from a great Flora & Fauna set. I stamped it in Versafine and clear embossed it. I do this quite a bit as you may have noticed. I like that it makes the sentiment a dark black with a bit of shine to stand out. Finally I placed five (always an odd number) Rainbow Rhinestones in different sizes. These are from Honey Bee Stamps and are now retired šŸ˜¢. Honey Bee has a great assortment of embellishments and I have to admit I am addicted to them. Dew Drops are my all time favorite. Do you have a "go to" ?

My cards from Nancy's Class 


Mouse Ear & Present: RV10, RV11
Mouse Body: E57, E55, E53, E50
Envelope: B0000, B000, BG10
Leaf and Stem: YG25, YG23
Grass: YG25, YG23, YG21
Flower: RV34, RV32, RV11
Shading: BV20

White highlighting was done with  a gelly roll #8 pen

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Friday, April 26, 2019

51's not bad....

Yesterday was my Birthday and I am 51 years young! 

Having some awesome crafty friends makes for some pretty special cards. I belong to a super group of crafting ladies. They make my holidays beautiful with their work and make my daily life an adventure. A group of us have had a running group text for almost two years. We share projects and finds. We share snippets of our lives. We share each others achievements and milestones. I don't know what I ever did without them, but I am really glad each one of them is in my life. 

Today I am going to show you the fantastic cards they made for my Birthday. 







Susan's along with this awesome mug she snuck into my mailbox! And we live 2.5 hours apart! 

I hope you enjoyed looking at these cards as much as I did! 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Thank You Flowers using Gina K. and My Favorite Things

Good Morning from my little corner of the world.  I hope everyone had an awesome Holiday weekend. Since I only had one item to make for the family Easter meal I had some Studio time in the morning. It gave me the chance to create some cards I need for our upcoming trip. 

If you are new to this blog let me explain. When we travel I always give the Flight Attendants a Starbucks gift card in a handmade card, I also tip hotel housekeeping in a card. For me it's a nice way to make someone smile.  I whipped up 8 cards with a  Spring type flower theme, two of each design. 

Instead of giving them a traditional Thank You sentiment, I used "You are wicked awesome". Now tell me, wouldn't that make you smile? I think it would give me a giggle and a smile. My friend Jeanie over at Just Stampin' enjoyed it since she's from New England! My Niece Ame will too, being a Rhode Island girl. 

A closer look at each card:

The rectangle dies I used are from C.C. Designs and called Rectangles No. 1. I looked for them when I made the clickable shopping list, but they seem to be retired.  I like them because they are a little off size and have a bit of different stitch pattern to them.  If you really love them you might try checking Ebay. The center of this flower also has a spot of Nuvo Crystal drops in Dandelion.

The white highlite and white stippling were done with a no.5 sakura gelly roll pen. I use this pen in three tip sizes small to large 5, 8 and 10. 

Sometimes a simple embellishment is the best. Rhinestone basic jewels in medium and small size were all these cards needed for that extra something. 

Even though the patterned paper also featured flowers, I think it blended well with the single stamped flowers. Love Nicole is a nice heavy weight paper, I believe I grabbed this at my local Joanne's. 

Copics color combos
Leaves: YG25, YG23, YG21
Purple: V04, V01, V000
Blue: B24, B23, B21
Orange:  Y38, Y19, Y15
Brown: E29, E25, E23, E21
Coral: YR18, YR02, E21

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Metal Mosaic Fun

Good Morning!

  If you read my A little About Me.. page you will see that I love to spend time with my crafty friends and take classes.  Last week Ramsey, Susan and I had the chance to take this super fun Metal Mosaic Class.  Weird name because there really is NO METAL INVOLVED.  Lol, it should really be Faux Metal Mosaic. But hey, I'm the student so I am gonna roll with it.

Me and My Continuing Ed Crew.

These mirrors, (from Ikea!) were super easy to create. Queen's Ink does this class and a Paper Mosaic one quite often.  If you live anywhere near Savage Maryland, check them out!  Don't worry we will be doing that Paper one too! 

Teachers Sample

Ramsey and her masterpiece, with my funny selfie in her mirror! 

Susan with hers, and I must say she really nailed
the color combos! 
I really love how this turned out, and will be making good use of what I learned to make some great gifts in the future. 

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into other things we do besides card crafting!  Don't forget to check out the other pages on this blog.  

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Neat & Tangled Stencil Class

Danielle from Neat & Tangled and designer Cheiron Brandon totally knocked it out of the park with this stencil class!  I am always so amazed when we take classes like this. Who knew there were so many ways to use a stencil? Hey, not me!  We learned four new ways to utilized them.

So much fun!  I didn't realize til I started to shoot these photos that I had a green and pink theme going on! I must have spring colors on my mind. 

 For this one we took a smooth piece of card stock and taped the stencil down over it. Then we took four small blobs of texture paste and added a small bit of liquid watercolor to three of them.  Finally we took a palate knife and placed the texture paste down it small blobs and spread it.  Below it a silly video showing Danielle demonstrating for us. 

This was my first try, we all used the same colors for a practice then did a second one in colors we each picked.

These hearts were super simple but give a cool effect. It was done with a set of two coordinating stencils and two colors of Tim Holtz Distress Oxides. The overlay just looks so amazing and lucky us we received this set as a class gift!  

This was my practice piece and I liked the colors SO much I used them in my final one too.
 Ok!  this one was a bit challenging, but gave a super cool look.  We made a background paper using Tim Holtz Alcohol ink. When the piece is dry you tape the stencil down and take a sponge dauber and Alcohol Lift and basically just rub. It essentially removes most of the color from around the stencil.
My practice pieces were really bad!  I will give this a try at home to get a better feel for the technique.

Last, but certainly not least. This was the one that really blew our minds! This is watercolor paper that we watercolored on. We did one gradient and one sort of tie die. These were also done with the liquid watercolors, that were highly pigmented. We wet the paper and added the color....then ran it under water a bit to wash off some of the color!  Trust me my tie die one was done with red, green and black. And just look how cool it was after I washed it!  Honestly before I did the rinse I was afraid I made something really ugly.  So after all of that was done and the paper dried, you take the stencil and tape it over the paper and run it thru your die cutting machine. Using your stencil like an embossing folder!  MIND BLOWN šŸ˜².

This is my practice sheet that I did with the gradient colors. 
This class was such a blast. Deb, Ramsey, Susan, Jeanie and I all had a great time. Danielle never fails to amaze us.  If you have a chance pop over to Neat & Tangled and check out her new release. Not only does she have great stamp sets and dies, she also has lots of fabulous stencils! 

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Fun & Practical gifts!

It has been a crazy couple of weeks here in Annapolis, and the Spring weather has been fabulous! 

Some of my Crafty Friends and I were lucky to be able to attend another class with Danielle of Neat & Tangled. This one focused on stenciling.  I admit it is a technique I don't do often, but really should!  I will blog more about the class later this week. Today I wanted to show you a fun gift I made and packaged for my Friends who took the class with me also for Danielle and guest instructor Cheiron Brandon.  They were super easy to make and even more fun to package up! 

Glycerin soap infused loofah, great for messy crafty hands! 
These little soaps are really easy to make.  You need glycerin soap, soap dye, some essential oil if you want it scented, a sliced up loofah, large pyrex measuring cup, muffin tin and some hemp twine. 

Slice the loofah, I did mine abut 2 inches and got 4 pieces from one loofah.  Tie some hemp around it so you have a hanger. Place in the muffin tin.

 Next cut the glycerin into squares and in the pyrex melt in the microwave.  While still hot add the dye and the essential oil, I used Sweet Orange.

Once that is mixed pour over the loofahs. You may need to press the loofahs back down in the pan as they will float a bit. 


Then all you do is let them cool and harden!  Fun and easy.

To make my packaging I used My Favorite Things new Treat Bag Topper Die. Fantastic item. I paired it with Mermazing stamp set and Making Waves Die set from Neat & Tangled.

I placed the soaps in the treat bags that coordinate with the topper and sealed them and attached the tag topper with tear tape.

Green: YG17, YG13, YG11
Teal: BG49, BG13, BG11
Brown: E37, E35, YR24
Orange: YR04, YR02, YR01
Skin: E0000, E000, E21

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