Wednesday, February 29, 2012

...One of my favorite peeps!

The Challenge this week at CAS-ual Fridays is to create a CAS card with a pun.  I decided to make an Easter card:
I started by embossing white cardstock with the "Journaling Card"  folder from Provocraft.  I added a strip of brightly patterned paper from my stash inside the left side embossed area, rounding the outer corners with my scissors.
 
The sentiment is from Studio G and is stamped with Stazon Black.

Next I stenciled the grass, flower, sky and "peep" with these cute Martha Stewart Stencils and my Pearlescent I-Kandee chalks from Pebbles.
I added the flower brads at the last minute and dotted in an eye for the "peep".

I really like the Martha Stewart stencils and plan to play with them a little more this week.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Magic Moments Canvas - Quick Quotes

Here's a canvas I made recently using products from Quick Quotes:
I adhered the paper to the canvas using The Best Glue Ever from ScraPerfect.  I absolutely love this adhesive because it does not wrinkle the paper, a problem I ran into while trying to use Mod Podge.  A little bit of burlap adds a lot of texture, don't you agree?  The Best Glue Ever is a great adhesive for all kinds of materials.  When I decided to add the burlap and the ribbon on the tag, I reached for it with confidence!

My favorite detail, though, is how I "fussy cut" the picture in the lower right so that my son's arms reach out of the frame.  It is such an easy thing to do but it adds dimension and visual interest.
The circle frames were cut using my Nestabilities from Spellbinders, and the edges were inked with Amaretto Powder Puff chalk ink.  The large frame in the upper right is from an Accu-Cut die.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Spellbinders Update

Well, I did not make the Spellbinders Design Team this year.  I am very disappointed because the company has such a wonderful reputation and creates such fabulous and versatile products!  The new releases at Winter CHA are so exciting, and while I was hoping to be receiving them as a DT member, the good news is that I can still put together a wish list for my husband to work from for all future gift-giving occasions.

Mother's Day is not so very far away is it?
And I certainly think a belated St.Valentine's Day gift is in order, too!
And who could forget St. Patrick's Day?
And St. Joseph's Day - which I do actually celebrate because my middle name is, in fact, Joseph, after my amazing father.

I do believe things happen for a reason and I am toying with an idea that I hope to share with you in the not too distant future.

In the meantime, join me in congratulating the 2012 Spellbinders Design Team.  They are some very talented ladies and I know I am going to be checking the Spellbinders blog on a regular basis for some inspiration!

Have a creative day - I will be back soon!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Here’s a sweet Valentine’s Day Card!

I started by creating a heart-shaped mask.  I placed it on top of my kraft card and stamped in various colors all over to create a scattering of “candy hearts”. 

I drew a hashed line around the edge of each heart with a black pen.  I have a set of Martha Stewart stamps with those “sweet sentiments” which I put to good use.

I wanted to have one heart that really stood out so I used my Classic Scallop Heart die from Spellbinders to cut, emboss and stencil one out of light green cardstock.

 I have a punch that cuts tiny letters so I knew I needed tiny glue dots.

 I made them with The Best Glue Ever by ScraPerfect.

Embellie Gellie was used to place those tiny letters in exactly the right spot.
  
I hope your Valentine's Day is sweet!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Wrestling Update!

My son is the VHSL Liberty District 182 lb Champion!  
He has had many challenges along the way and I could not be prouder of him.
The Regional tournament starts today and I am very excited...and very nervous.  
I just hope everybody wrestles their very best and that there are no injuries.  
Life is good!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Flowers & Impressabilities

 Yesterday I showed you the valentine I made for my husband and promised to show you how I made the flowers.

The first step was to pull out my Paisley Impressabilities from Spellbinders.  It is a flexible metal template that can  be used to emboss, stencil, and letterpress your papers and cardstock.
Next I die cut a flower, spritzed it with water, scrunched it up a bit (that is a technical term) and left it to dry.  Here is a sample of some flowers that are pre- and post- "scrunch"!

I flattened it out and placed it with the right side facing the Impressability.  I spritzed it with some more water before I sent it through to be embossed.

Look at all the yummy detail! 

In addition to embossing, I mentioned you can also use the Impressabilities for stenciling.  I wanted to be able to see more of the design, so I laid the flower back down, carefully re-aligning the design, then generously pounced all over with gold ink:

I distressed the edges of the petals a bit with some brown ink...

..then placed it with the right side down on top of a mouse pad and proceeded to shape the petals by depressing them into the mouse pad.  I have seen people use special embossing tools for this. I used the back end of the tool that came with my I Kandee chalks.  It is a good size and nicely rounded so it doesn't tear the paper.

Almost done!  Just punch a hole in the center...

...insert a pearl brad and attach to your project!
  
 
Later I will show you how to use the modelling paste and the glitter!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 6, 2012

"Always" Easel Card

I created a valentine for my husband in some non-traditional colors using papers from Kaisercraft.  You can see I also used several of my Spellbinders dies!   
The focal image on the front of the card was created using the negative space left after I cut from the Holly Motifs set.
 I cut it out and embossed with Spellbinders Classic Squares before mounting it on Classic Scalloped Squares and stamping the sentiment.
 I also made full use of the Classic Postage Stamp Edgeabilities set.  The Edger cut and embossed the "perforated edge" strip I used across the front of the card.  One of the decorative inserts that came in the set created that beautiful line of circles on the strip.  The other decorative insert was used inside the card - see the floral design with the heart shaped petals?
It was perfect to tie in with the heart shaped padlock and key!  They were cut using an older die from Spellbinders called Timeless Heritage.  I used modelling paste and black glitter to highlight the embossed details:
 Spellbinders Fancy Tags Three and another of the Holly Motifs were used to create the filigree area where I will be signing the card with all my love!

Come back tomorrow and I will show you how I created the flowers on the front of the card using Spellbinders Impressibilities.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mixed Media Canvases

I had a chance to try some more mixed media with some girlfriends and I have a couple of canvases to share. My first attempt is on a small 6"x6" canvas. I had no idea where I was going when I started and it kind of evolved into a nature themed piece:
  
Many of you will recognize the second canvas. 
It is my take on  Christy Tomlinson's She Art: 
  
I have not decided on the sentiment for the canvas yet...I have too many choices.  I am actually planning on making some more canvases so I can use all of them...just waiting on that order from Dick Blick!  I must say that this was a very relaxing and fun process...and I love the results!