31 July 2011


Here I am gearing up for CKC in Nashville.  This will be my second trip, but I am signed up for twice as many classes.

I am signed up for Out of the Box, IN Bloom, Life is a Journey  all by Technique Tuesday (looking forward to these); Think Ink and Happiness is in the Details, Bling it on ;  Totally Awesome Layouts by the Paper Loft; and 30 minute layouts by Prima. There is still one more TT class that I am considering adding.

Anyway, I am making ATC in hopes that I will be able to trade with other craft folks.  You can look back on some of my previous postings and see some of them...and right here I will show you the last ones.  Next stop CKC!!!!

A star is born!

Grow or die


Working on Wonders!!!!

Family secrets

Thank you for viewing my cards, if you would like to trade I am game!

Lavendar Blue, Dilly Dilly

One of my favorite movies as a child was the fabulous, Summer Magic starring Hailey Mills.  The rich cousin comes to live with Hailey and her family and causes all types of problems mainly by being a snob.  It was a fantastic story (at least to a 9 year old) and featured this little song. No wait, the song wasn't little, it went on forever and ever.  Even as a child who loved musicals I thought this song was too much.  Sung brilliantly by Burl Ives, is just went on for much too long.

Fast forward to 2011, I was just listening to the song on a Disney cd just the other day.  And the then I popped open the CR84FN challenge and there were colors that instantly made me think of that song. So there I was back to the front porch with Burl Ives...

Lavender's blue, dilly dilly,
Lavender's green
When you are King, dilly dilly,
I shall be Queen

Who told you so, dilly dilly,
Who told you so?
'Twas my own heart, dilly dilly,
That told me so

Call up your friends, dilly, dilly
Set them to work
Some to the plough, dilly dilly,
Some to the fork

Some to the hay, dilly dilly,
Some to thresh corn
Whilst you and I, dilly dilly,
Keep ourselves warm

Lavender's blue, dilly dilly,
Lavender's green
When you are King, dilly dilly,
I shall be Queen

Who told you so, dilly dilly,
Who told you so?
'Twas my own heart, dilly dilly,
That told me so.

 Simple lyrics for an old classic little song.  

I think that my creations are a little more exciting.  I made many different things today because I wanted NO scraps.  I am trying hard not to put any more scraps in that bin until I thin it out a bit.

Shine because you can (tim holtz distress emboss ink and Walnut Stain embossing poweders, prima flower, ribbons from my bin, heart stamp from inkadinkadoo, baroque motifs florish stamp from stampin up.  Papers are open stock from HObby Lobby)

Enjoy life (all cardstock from open stock at Hobby Lobby, buttons from Making Memories, patterened paper by Creative Memories, ribbon from scrap ribbon box, florish stamp baroque motifs by Stampin Up!  Enjoy chipboard from a kit from a long time ago)

Sailed the Titanic (scallops made from a corner rounder, card stock is open stock from Hobby Lobby, florish stamp by Stamin Up, doiley from the cabinet, girl stamp from vintage ladies stamp set, flower by me, iceburg sticker by the Titanic people, inks by Tim Holta, embossing powers by Jo-Ann's fabric, crackle paint by Tim Holtz)

Thanks everyday (thanks stamp by inkadinkadoo and everyday stamp by Technque Tuesday, flowers by prima, word stamp by Technique Tuesday, ribbon from scrapbin, star chipboard was found on the ground, card stock open stock from HObby Lobby, patterned purple pape by creative memories, thread by DMC, rhinestone by Making Memoires.

22 July 2011

Some things done on July 22

3 Artist Trading Cards----Bloom, BAM, and Forever Your Girl

Dream and Kind Artist Trading Cards...I love the embossing techniques on the Dream card.
close up of stamped/distressed flower and emboss technique

The Queen bee Artist Trading Card
You are the wind beneath my wings
Today I was a crafting machine...It was a day dedicated to making Artist Trading Cards and cards for me to sell.  I hope that you enjoy....6 hours of paper making today. 
Artist Trading Card---Freedom 1776
Collection of Artist Trading Cards

1912 was Grand --Artist Trading Card

Dream Big---Artist Trading Card
Merry Christmas circle card

Simple Christmas card

Yule be Wiggling too

Fly High card

Fa La La La La alcohol ink card

Hand painted Christmas card

17 July 2011

Shabby is Chic

I do believe that this is one of the prettiest cards that I have ever made.  I am so happy with EVERY single thing about it.

The look (outside flap):
Owl stamp--Birds Galore by Inkadinkadoo
Yellow ribbon ---Making Memories
Blue paint--Distress Crackle paint Broken China
Yellow paint---Apple Barrel Canary Yellow
paper ribbon---Oriental Trading
Patterned paper---Tim Holtz
Flower--by me

second flap:
Rabbit sticker--Tim Holtz
Emboss ink---Top Boss
Emboss powder---Stampendouse deep impression
Border stamp---????? was given to me with no packaging
Stickles---Distress Worn Lipstick

Book page--Song of the Siren by Philippa Carr
Buttons, flower, butterfly---Making Memories
Doiley--from the art closet
Be yourself stamp---Inkadinkadoo Dawn Houser
Swirl Stamp---Vintage Ladies by Hot off the Press

all cardstock is from my scrapbin and the spray inks are my own.  

Outside flap

second flap


I thought it would be nice to put some type of photo inside before it was given away.  Maybe a photo of the recipient.

Happy as an Owl

I made a card to go along with the CR84FN challenge this week.  I also used it for the CRC96.  They had this wonderful fold to a card called the Joy Fold.  Well, with this great color scheme, this wonderful card and some fabulous Tim Holtz's inks I think I have a pretty wonderful card.

Owl stamp:  Inkadinkadoo Birds Galore
Flower: Prima
All Pattern card stock: Tim Holtz
Inks:  Distress Inks in Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap and Peeled Paint
Happy stamp by Heidi Grace in the Daisy collection
Button from my stash
I also used my homemade shimmer inks (Champion inks) and Glossy accents
And Tim Holtz distress Stickles in PINK!!!

paper ribbon strip from Oriental Trading


This weeks colors were simply PERFECT!!!  I love them soooo much.  I am going to do a layout and a card (the card will follow).  First is the layout.  This layout features a lot of painting.

Paints used:

Apple Barrel:    Canary Yellow         Bright Yellow         Fuchsia
Folk Art:          Napthol Crimson      Metallic Pearl White
Americana:      Poodleskirt Pink
Palmer:           Raven Black

Stamps used:
border stamp unknown
flowers:  Patrica's Garden by scrappy cat

Cardstock by paper company and my scrapbin
butterfly and Flying title by me

Only two people that I know will get the title and the inspiration for the way the title is presented, wonder who it will be?????

16 July 2011

My Mind's Eye Blog Challenge 25

I LOVE Bohemia and always up for anything using the Bohemia line of products by MME.  This was a great sketch too, so a double bonus.  The flowers are prima and the ribbon is from a set of sheets that I bought.  Everything else is BOHEMIA!!!!!

I did an addtional one for my mom's birthday!

This one was made from mostly creative memories scraps.  The pink cardstock is the only thing new...by recollections everything else is from the scrapbin.  Oh wait the flower is again Prima.

Spray Inks on a budget---I shall call them Champion Sprays

I have to have some spray inks, but I just had a new air conditioner installed so I have NO extra money.  I googled and googled and watched youtube videos to see how to make them.  I found some good ones, but I am changing it a bit to suit MY style.

First I went to Wal-Mart and bought those mini squirt bottles in the travel section.  I bought different colored ones because I indeed to make the glimmer inside match the bottle color.

I filled each bottle 2/3 of the way full with regular lukewarm water H2O.  I then took this paint by Folk Art (Metallic Pearl White).  I squirted a bit in the bottle and it covered the bottom.

Then I took a different acrylic color and squirted it in the bottle. (Yellow got Canary Yellow by Apple Barrel---Red got Folk Art Naphthol Crimson----Blue was pool blue by Folk Art---Green used Hunter Green by Apple Barrel and Purple consisted of plain purple by craft smart).  I squirted some of this on top of the metallic pearl, closed up the bottle and shook it up.

Then I read online that someone added ModPodge to theirs for the archival quality. I did not see how that could hurt even using the things that I used so I added a bit to each bottle and shook it once again.

Time for the test!!!!!!

My very own blending device

I love Tim Holtz...love love, but have to decide do I want the inks or the tools?  Duh, it's the inks.  However, I need the tools too.  I had to try and make the tools so that I can have more inks.

Today I have watched many youtube videos on making your own and thought about how I could do this.  I went to  Michael's to peruse the aisles to see how I could achieve this.

I found blocks for .99.   I was going to try and make mine multi-sided.  Why?  Because my space is limited and I need space savers. I felt like I could get 4 different ink colors on each cube.  We shall see.

I took foam taped and attached to all the areas that I will use for my stamping surface.

I cut felt to fit each side and BAM!!!  I have my very own version of the Tim Hotlz blending tool.
Because I don't intend on removing the felt for a long time, I labeled the cube with the stamp colors.  I like this idea...I do like Tim's better.  The handle feels so nice in your hand, but when you have to choose supplies over tools...well to me supplies always wins.  

Update:  I am still using these little blocks in 2020.   I still love them.  They have held up beautifully and still very functional.  Tim no longer makes the rectangle tool, he likes the circle tool.  With the release of the new ink, Speckled Egg, I have had to buy my first circle tool, as I am out of rectangle sponges.  I love the size of the circle tool, I have yet to test it, but as I stated before, I love the feel of the handle in your hands so I am sure I will love it.  I am very glad I made my own tools back in 2011 because it enabled me to get all the inks.

15 July 2011

The Story of love and the $5 cupcake\

The Story of Love:
A layout dedicated to my cousin and his lovely bride.  A wedding that was inspiring, a wedding that united a young couple strong in their faith and enamored with each other.  A ceremony that showed how to love each other while giving the glory to God.  I was blessed to attend this wedding.

Banner stamp from Autumn Leaves--doodle tabbed
Thread from DMC
paper flowers by prima
pink flowers Brides by Michael's
Card stock is all scrap bin finds
The story of Love stamps  and dotted line stamp by Technique Tuesday Everyday life by Ali Edwards
Heart stamp by Close to my heart--coffee stain
inks:  red stampabilities black by memento
Pen by Martha Stewart crafts

The second layout is the $5 cupcake...very simple because I want those cupcakes to be the stars because they cost so much!!!!!!

Mojo Monday 199

I missed last week because we were in St Louis, but I had this great little scheme all picked out.  I decided to use my inspiration colors and stamp sets on this weeks sketch. Actually it worked because I wanted it to be a baseball layout for pictures that I took at the game the other night.

The stamps are Close to my heart baseball
I used red pigment ink by stampabilities and black by memento
Card stock is Red Devil by Bazzil
The blue card stock, white cardstock and tan stock are from my bin.
Grey felt found in the closet and I cut it into scallops and added buttons from some old Disney shirts
Large white flower was made by me