8/17/2014

Distress Markers are addictive!

Hi friends!!  I've missed you all.  Life remains crazy and full of chaos for us, but hopefully things will settle down a bit by late fall.  That is the projected finish date for the garage rebuild.   Praise the lord!

With so much going on, my crafty time has been limited.  It is sad, but true.  The past few days, I have been unbelievably on edge and decided I MUST CRAFT or I will blow a gasket!  ha ha ha...

A few weeks ago, my crafty friend...was talking about how she had the Tim Holtz distress markers, but really wasn't happy with them.  They didn't quite meet her needs, expectations etc...  So as we discussed, I mentioned that those are one type of marker that I really want, but have been hesitant to purchase.  My sweet and awesome and amazing crafty friend gave me hers.  SERIOUSLY?   When I received the box, I cried like a big baby.  My hubby kept saying..."I should have video taped this"...  I will never ever in a million years forget her kindness and generousity!  Thank you friend!

Since I had never played with them before I started really simple and with basic cardstock.  I googled some images and started using my distress markers.
This is the first image I colored.  I thought it would be easy.  Ha!  not hardly.  There is quite a learning curve.
This little guy is my 2nd attempt.  He turned out better.  I'm still learning to do the shading, but like it over all
 This is one of my favorites from my practice session.  I love the image to start out!  I think I did pretty good with the coloring and shading.  I'm still working on the shadow effect...
My last one is a Unity stamp company stamp set by Donna Downey.  I stamped on water paper for this round.

 I love it!!!....I love how it turned out.    I love how I could blend more easily and could use multiple layers of color.

That is it for today.  Does anyone have any tips or words of wisdom on using the Tim Holtz distress markers? 

#distressmarkers, #stamping

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8/03/2014

Inspirational cards

Hi Friends,
I hope that a few of you still stop by periodically.  For those that do not know, our life has been turned upside down for the past 3 months.  Slowly, things are starting to come together and hopefully calm down a bit.  I'm not sure that I can take too much more excitement.  ha ha ha.

Seriously....Stress can certainly do crazy things to you.  Your sleep patterns get all wonky.  My eating has become erratic with more binge eating than I care to admit.  When things are all aligned, then I get all of these crazy mood swings that just throw you for a loop...and my day is done!

I have been asked to create a variety of inspirational cards.  Unfortunately, I have had a bit of a creative lapse.  Today, I sat down determined to do something...and hopefully it would be worth the while.
Here are a few things that I came up with:

inside quote
The stamps used in these cards are a mish mash from different companies.  I love to do that...  
the flowers, limb and leaves are from rubber stamp tapestry :  Sunny Daisy.  I love this stamp set
The inspire yourself is from an unknown source.  The little bird and the inside quote are from Unity Stamp Company.  
I used Tim Holtz distress inks to create the colors.


inside quote


inside quote



Next I found this awesome die at our local scrapbook store.  It is a memory box die called delicate butterfly arch.  It is so intricate.  I learned a lot while playing with it.  1)  there are lots and lots of little pieces.  Be sure that you have a clean cut    2)  use a double sided adhesive sheet before you cut it out.  It will make it much much easier to adhere down.  




inside quote


The quote is again from Unity Stamp Company.  Have I ever mentioned that I love their stamps?  Seriously.  Go and check them out!
I have to admit this card did not turn out like I had planned.  I'm sure we all have lapses in our creative journey that causes us to steer off course.  Ha Ha Ha.   My original plan was a purple card.  I actually had the arch adhered and ready to stamp on the inside of the card.  So I inked it up and stamped the quote...upside down.  Yep!  I did...I can't remember the last time I did that....ha ha ha...so I ripped the card base apart and cut the arch out (I had tediously adhered it with liquid glue and didn't want my efforts to go to waste).  Overall, I'm ok with the way it turned out. I think it needed the little pop of color to enhance things a bit.





These next stamp is again....guess...go ahead...see if you can figure it out...
Ding ding ding.....you are right!  It is a unity stamps.  I love love love love love this stamps.  The quote that came with it says "I loved you before I met you!"  I love the quote as much as I love the stamp.
I'm just learning to color with my spectrum noir markers.  I have a long ways to go, but I like how they turned out.

That is all I have for today.  Come back in a few days.  I hope to have some more things to post...I'm hoping the creative Genie will come and sprinkle some creative dust while I sleep!
#inspirationalcards, #unitystampcompany, #rubberstamptapestry, #memoryboxdies

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7/04/2014

Surviving a Fire

Hi Friends,
Welcome back!
It has been 2 months since I wrote anything substantial here on the blog.  Suffice it to say that this has been a healing period for me, hubby and  my Mother in law.
So much has happened, it has been a bit overwhelming and blogging was one of the last things I had on my mind.  I do admit that I have missed my craft time and my blog immensely.
So let me catch you all up to speed.  The last week of April, my mother in law moved in with us...then 1 week later on 5/5/14, our camper caught on fire causing extensive damage to our garage, boat, atv, hubby's woodworking tools, my mother in law's van and our home.
I'm not allowed to share much as everything is up in the air, but I had shared this on facebook the day that it happened and can share it here, also.  The photo does not truly show the extent of damage.  It can't show the emotional pain, horror, fear, loss.....ohh the descriptive words could go on and on.

I suppose, some good things have come from this experience.  We have learned that 1)  no matter what you think, you do not have enough insurance  2)  if you have a detached structure like a garage, most insurance policies only cover it up to 10%.  You have to ask for additional coverage   3)  if you have a rider (some call it an umbrella) policy, it will only cover exactly what is on that list.  For instance, we had a rider policy for our fishing equipment.  We had provided a list of 51 items.  Throughout the years,we purchased additional fishing equipment, but never let our agent know.  Those new items, are not covered...  Our bad...we didn't understand the policy.  4)  depreciation (for lack of a better word) sucks!  Can you believe they even depreciate materials used to build a house or garage?  seriously?  so I have 15 years of depreciation on the brick that has to be replaced... which means we have to come up with the balance...  5)  take pictures or videos of all things that you own.  If you lose it in a fire, you can't prove ownership without pictures.  6)  if you can, scan receipts and match them up to the pictures.  7)  the most important lesson learned....WE HAVE AMAZING FAMILY, FRIENDS and NEIGHBORS!!!!  Our fire happened at 2:58 am.  We are alive today because our awesome neighbor had a dog that wouldn't shut up and he looked out his window and saw the fire.  Praise the Lord for this miracle.  Other friends provided meals during the initial days of shock...Thank you to all of them.  Some provided emotional support as I was a basket case...Most just listen, not in just the initial days, but still...as things are dragging on out... To all of my neighbors, friends and family near and far....Thank you for being there for us.

Many have asked what caused the fire.  Again, we are not allowed to discuss things at this point....you know how things go when there are investigations...  Just suffice it to say, if you have a big ticket item such as a camper, boat, car etc...be sure to stay current with any recalls.  Do not rely on the manufacturer to notify you.  Check the manufacturer website yourself.  Make phone calls etc.

I'm going to wrap it up today.  I hope you all have an awesome July 4th!!!  Please stay safe...practice fire safety and above all....love thy neighbors, friends and family.
I hope to be back to crafting soon....

Have a blessed day!

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5/22/2014

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5/04/2014

Graduation card

Hi Friends!
Welcome back.  I apologize for the delay.  Our life has been turned upside down the past 2 weeks.  All will eventually work out, but for now things are C-R-A-Z-Y.
Our oldest son will be graduating from college this week.  I needed a masculine card, but I wanted something unique.  I turned to Oriental Trading Company.  If you recall, I was blessed to receive product for review from them.  Today, I used the clear acrylic sheet and the black monochromatic pack.  I had this awesome stamp that I picked up a couple years ago from Michael's for $1.  The red satin ribbon was from my stash.
This was my first attempt at an easel card and I have to say that I love  how it came out.
Instructions:

  • cut 8 1/2 inch by 11 inch acrylic sheet in 1/2 lengthwise.  it should now be 4 1/4 inches by 11 inches
  • score the acrylic 4 1/4 inch x 11 inch sheet at the  2 3/4 and 5 1/2 inch mark
  • next, begin decorating.  I cut a white piece for the front at 4" x 5 1/4"
  • the black stripe is cut at 3 3/4" wide by 4" tall
  • the next black piece was cut at 3 3/4" wide by 1" tall
  • take the 1/2 inch satin ribbon and wrap it around the patterned papers and secure on the back
  • adhere the two pieces to the white base
  • choose your stamp image and place pop dots (I used the ones from Oriental Trading) on the back to give dimension.  Center your image on the base
  • tie a cute bow from the satin ribbon and adhere under the stamped image
  • adhere the entire piece to the front of the acrylic base.  Be sure to only adhere to the first score line at 2 3/4".
For the inside and to allow the easel to work:
  • cut a piece of white cardstock 2" x 4"
  • cut the same piece of patterned paper as you used on the front.  1 3/4" x 3 3/4".  adhere to the small piece of white cardstock.
  • adhere the finished piece to the inside at the very bottom of the acrylic base.
  • I also added a piece of plain white cardstock on the inside so that I could write a message.  




I love the way this turned out.  I hope that our son will like it also.  If you make an easel card,  I would love to see the end result.  Be sure to leave me a message so I can check it out.

My overall review of the Oriental Trading products:
Acrylic sheet:  awesome.  It cuts like butter with a paper trimmer or scissors.  It is very sturdy and a great value.  5 out of 5 stars
Black monochromatic papers:  for this project it was perfect.  It is a thinner paper.  Easily trimmed with the paper trimmer.  5 out of 5 stars
Foam adhesive squares (pop dots):  this give a great dimension.  Good adherence to the papers.  They have not loosened even with much manipulation of the card.  again 5 out of 5 stars
I would highly recommend all of these products for your paper crafting projects.  


“This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. I was provided the sample free of charge by the company or PR agency and I provided my honest opinion. No other type of compensation was received for this review.”

#orientaltradingcompany #graduationcard #easelcard #acryliccard
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4/26/2014

Mother's day presents

Hey friends!!!  Welcome back.
Mother's day is just around the corner.  Can you believe it?  This year, I will see my oldest daughter and my Mother in law for mother's day.  I feel very blessed about that.  I wanted to do something a little bit more than just cards.
Today, I am very blessed that  Oriental Trading has provided the photo blocks for my review.
They come in a box of 12 and are very lightweight.  The metal photo holder is protected with a piece of tissue paper.
I used the fall flowers papers from Oriental trading company on this block.  They are so beautiful.
1)  I painted the top with 2 layers of acrylic chocolate brown paint.
2)  Cut a 3 by 12 inch strip of pattern paper
3)  cut the strip into 3 inch by 3 inch pieces (You should end up with 4 pieces)
4)  Adhere the patterned paper with modge podge, smooth out any air bubbles and allow to dry.
5)  put a coat of modge podge over the top of the patterned paper after the initial coat underneath has had time to dry.  (About 30 minutes)
6)  sand the edges of the block to give a distressed look
7)  paint the edges in a contrasting color to add more interest.
8)  allow to dry 
9) add a picture and you are done!!

I followed the same steps for this one.  This time I added a contrasting butterfly using beacon 3 in 1 glue.  The butterfly is also from Oriental Trading.  

My review:  I found these blocks to be great to work with.  They are light weight yet sturdy.  The metal photo holder clip is of high quality metal which will not rust.  They are stable even with a 5 x 7 inch photo.
The papers I used on the first block were from oriental trading co, also.  They are of medium weight.  I like the patterns.  The little butterfly on the 2nd project is also from Oriental Trading Company.  It is about 1 inch in size.  It is of great quality.  
I would certainly give these products a 5 out of 5 and recommend them to my crafty friends.



Tell me...do you prefer to see my projects before the event or after?  It just dawned on me the other day, that perhaps you would like to see them sooner so that you can consider adding it to your event project.

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Grandma and Family

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