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. 








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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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Watercoloring: swatches and practice.....

Good Morning! 
  Now that the clocks have been adjusted and Spring is here my Husband, myself and our little furry clan will start to head to the Beach on the weekends. Chincoteague Island has been my "Happy Place" since I was a kid. We have a small cottage that is perfect for weekends.  The only thing it lacks for me is a Studio. So like when we fly around the Country I pack up some stamped images and some sort of coloring medium and use the time to practice. 

Which brings me to Watercoloring. If you follow me you will notice that it is not something I do very often. I admit I am intimidated by it! I do however own a lovely set of Kuretake ZIG Clean Color Real Watercolor Brush Pens a Altenew Watercolor 36 Pan Set and a Prima Tropicals Pan Set. So this Spring I am going to tackle some watercoloring.  

Since for me at least, I have a hard time figuring out what the colors are going to look like. I took some time this week to use my Waffle Flower Color Swatch stamp set.  I stamped them on some nice heavy watercolor paper from Stampin' Up! with Versafine and heat set it.  Then I swatched all my brush pens and pan colors. 

The Zigs. 

Zigs with two colors blended.

Altenew Pans.
Swatching can be really fun to do. I recently started to keep a swatch sheet of all the Copic color combos we use in class. (This helps me in two ways. 1. I have a starter list of colors for someone just starting out and ask what colors would be good to start with and  2. helps me keep track of colors I use often.)

This is a very versatile set. If you are going to do color swatches I would recommend it!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Pals April Blog Hop......Families First

Welcome to the Pals April Blog Hop! 

Welcome to the Pals’ April  Blog Hop. We’re so glad you’re here because we love to put our ”Families First”! Our Design Team created beautiful projects to inspire you. You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Our theme this month is families first. We were asked to showcase items inspired by a Family member or to a Family member. This one was not tough for me at all. I knew exactly which set I would grab. 

I used two sets, Magical Mermaid and Playful Backgrounds.

My family, close and extended all love the beach and all things ocean themed.  So a Mermaid card was a no-brainer for me. I especially love the sentiment in this set that say's "I'll Never Stop Believing In You". What a great saying to send to a family member. Whether they are having a hard time, going to school, having a new adventure.....

I started with a thick white card base and added a layer of Shimmery White. Using my Rectangle Stitched Framelit Dies I made two more layers. One in Night of Navy and one that I ink blended to look like the ocean. On the ink blended layer I then stamped the open circles from the Playful Background set with Versamark. I heat embossed it with a mixture of silver and clear embossing powder to get that soft shimmery effect. On another piece of Thick White Card Stock I stamped my mermaid. She is colored with a variety of alcohol markers, adding some white highlights with a Gelly Roll pen and some Wink of Stella on her scales. I used one of the smaller dies to cut another piece of Night of Navy and did my sentiment with Versamark and White Emboss Powder.  I layered it all together and added three Basic Rhinestone Jewels for a bit of bling.  

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 8, 2019 when our Hoppin’ Pals share their “More Than One Score” projects. Don’t miss the fun!

  1. Jill Killeen at Killeen House Studio. šŸ‘€ YOU ARE HERE

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