Sunday, January 31, 2010

One World One Heart - blog hop

I love Artist Trading Cards and have hosted a Swap Club for the last 6 years, these are a couple samples of ones I have created for these swaps. I currently have another one going that began last month. What fun these little works of art are.
Here are 5 tags I have created for you. I love to rubber stamp and these all have different techniques incorporated into them. Some of my favorite stamps are Hero Arts. These Trading Cards and Tags are my giveaway for the One World One Heart Blog Event.
PhotoThis event was created 2007. The starting date is January 25th, 2010 and it will end February 15th, 2010. The idea behind this blog hop giveaway is to bring bloggers together to make new friendships. This event is for bloggers, so if you are a blogger I encourage you to leave a message (you need to do this to be eligible to win) with a way for me to contact you if I draw your name from a random drawing. 2007 had roughly 85-90 participants ,2008 had just about tripled that number, in 2009 there were 911 participants. 28 countries were represented in the 2009 event as well. This is an INTERNATIONAL event that has and had participants from the US, Canada, France, Sweden, Germany, Finland, Malaysia, Brazil, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Ireland, England,Wales, Slovenia and more. To read more about this event just click on the logo.
On February 15th, one random winner will be drawn from the comments left. I will notify the winner and announce it on my blog. Good luck!!
February 10th.
Ok so we have hit 100 and I am going to add another prize. It will be another selection similar to the first one. It will have trading cards and tags but they will be different that the first collection. Good luck everyone.
Wow now we are past 150 I will add another prize just different cards and tags. So that will be three lucky winners now.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Altered Clip Board

I am participating in a "Lottery" on a Yahoo Group and the theme for the Lottery is "Love". The way this works is any one in the group can make something for this "Lottery" using the theme and at the end of the month some lucky person will have their name drawn from the hat and they will receive all the projects that have been submitted. I thought this sounded like a lot of fun, this is my first time participating and the projects that have been entered so far are very nice. So wish me luck!!
For my "Altered Clip Board" I used Cricut Cartridges' Winter Woodland and Accent Essentials. This is a very easy project and you may want to try your hand at creating a very special on of your own or to give as a gift.
Have a great day,

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Altered Book 2010

A new Round Robin Altered Book Club will be beginning in February, and this is the actual book that I will be sending around. A week or so ago I posted a picture of the book I would be using to demonstrate the techniques to you. My title is "Vintage Art", these are the front and back covers before I have actually put the book together with the inside pages and binder rings. I started with a 8" X 10" canvas and painted it with Adirondack Hazelnut acrylic paint. The paper is from Basic Grey "Urban Couture", I tore strips and attached with Mod Podge. I inked all the edges with Brilliance "Coffeebean" ink pad and Tim Holtz Ink Applicator Tool. I cut the hinges on Tim Holtz grunge paper with Cricut Cartridge Fabulous Finds setting the width @ 4". My tag was cut with "Tags, Bags, Boxes and More, setting the height at 3 1/2" and also on Tim Holtz grunge paper. My "Vintage" word was cut with Plantin Schoolbook" and welded with the help of my Gypsy. My key, ruler, and drawer pull are all garage sale finds. I aged my drawer pull, hinges, tag, and edges of my paper with bronze embossing powder. The ribbon is from May Arts and the crochet flower and border I made. The beads were attached with Crystal Lacquer. The brads (on the hinges), the buttons, beads, "A. R.T. beads and the metal plate are all miscellaneous and I don't remember where they came from.
I am hoping to have the "Sign In Pages" finished to post for you early this week.
I am still taking sign ups for the "Trading Cards" if you are interested please email me.

Friday, January 15, 2010

"Hello Card"

I made this card for my "Hello" card I needed for the Cricut Card exchange I am participating in. Here are the directions for you:
  • Cut white card stock to 5 1/2" X 11", crease with fold at top of card. Ink front and inside edges with Versafine Vintage Sepia using Tim Holtz's ink applicator tool.
  • Stamp snowflake (Hero Arts_A3233 fancy snowflake) with Vintage Sepia randomly on front and inside of card.
  • Apply a dot of Ranger Diamond Stickles to the center of each snowflake.
  • Set aside to dry.
  • cut scalloped matting with Cricut using Mini Monograms setting the height at 4 33/4" on dark teal paper.
  • Shade edges of scallop with Versafine vintage Sepia with Tim Hotlz ink applicator tool.
  • Add stitching along the scallops using Signo Uni-ball white pen.
  • Cut tag on light teal cardstock from Mini Monograms setting the height at 4".
  • Ink edges using the same technique as on scalloped mat.
  • Add "X" stitching with Signo Uni-ball white pen.
  • Stamp snowflake (Hero Arts A3233) with Versafine Vintage Sepia.
  • Add Ranger diamond Stickles to the center of each snowflake. Set aside to dry.
  • Cut mitten on pink cardstock using "Joys of the Season" pg 51, setting the height at 2 1/4".
  • Cut the shadow on dark teal, setting the height at 2 1/4".
  • Cut layers to the mitten on white cardstock - setting the height at 2 1/4".
  • Shade the pink mittens and white cuffs with Versafine Vintage Sepia using previous technique.
  • Adhere white cuffs to pink mittens, then adhere pink mittens to shadow. (I used my zyron). Stamp snowflake with Vintage Sepia. Add stitching with Signo Uni-ball pen. Add stickles to center of snowflakes. Set aside to dry.
  • Cut "Hello" from Storybook, setting the height of letter sot 1 1/4".
  • Use the Gyspy or Design Studio to weld letters together.
  • Run welded letters through Zyron Sticker Maker.


  • Tape the dark teal scalloped mat to white cardstock.
  • Tie a piece of teal ribbon to light teal tag and then adhere this to the top of the dark teal scalloped mat.
  • Run some adhesive along the bottom edge of the teal tag and attach some Angelina white fibers over the adhesive.
  • Apply pop dots to the back of the mittens and position them on top of the fibers.
  • Attach the "Hello" above the mittens.
  • WaLa---you're done, enjoy.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Valentine Greeting

Ok this is what it looked like a few hours ago.....then with some love and lots of creativity I finished with a beautiful wall decoration for my entry way. I started with going to Wal Mart to look for something for Valentines Day and just like my trip to Joann Fabrics I came up with nothing. So I bought a 16" x 20" piece of canvas and came home and went to work. I am not going to give you all the steps but I will give you the supplies I used.

Canvas at WalMart 16" x 20" - comes three in a pack for about $9.00

Frame I found at a garage sale

Adirondack Acrylic Paint - Hazelnut

Color box Chalk Ink - chestnut

Versafine Vintage Sepia Ink

Cricut Cartridges: A Child's Year, Storybook, and Designer's Calendar

Crystal Lacquer, Yes Paste, Mod Podge

Prima flowers

Lace and flowers I crocheted

misc beads and ribbon

Paper from DCVW "Be Mine" stack

Tim Holtz key and key hole

Creative Imaginations Acetate Tag

Drywall tape
Here is the finished project....enjoy.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Valentine Heart

I was looking around in my local Joann Fabrics for some Valentine Decorations and was very disappointed in the selection they had. But I spotted this heart and thought it had a lot of possibilities, and it was 40% off so it cost me all of $5.00. What a find I thought. So tonight I was ready to tackle my project, I knew I was going to hang it in my office, so that was my inspiration. I started with picking out some lace out of my stash, then flowers and buttons. I like to lay everything on my project before gluing it all down because I tend to change my mind alot. Then I decided that my Cricut and Gypsy were the tools to use for my lettering, is there anything else. lol. My "Jesus" was cut at 3" using the Storybook Cartridge and welded together and layered with my Gypsy. The other letters were 1.25" and the heart was cut @ 4" using the Gypsy font. I attached everything with Yes paste. First I put on my lace, then some red ribbon and black rick rack on top of that. Along the left hand edge I applied some Angelina Fibers with Yes paste then I arranged my flowers and attached them, then added buttons and beads for accents around my flowers and ribbon. I embellished my flowers and buttons with Stickles glitter glue, using black, red, and diamond. My beads were attached with Crystal Lacquer. Next I added some drywall tape and put a strip of ribbon across that, and tied a bow on the end. I added some tatted flowers with Yes paste and then put black Stickles in the center of each. I attached "Jesus" with Yes paste and then covered the white part of the letters with Crystal Lacquer and sprinkled beads on that. I positioned my " holds the key to my.." on the drywall tape and covered them with crystal lacquer. I layered my heart on top of some layered flowers, embellished it with Stickles, Crystal Lacquer, ribbon and buttons. I attached a key to one of Tim Holtz's thingys (sorry can't remember what they are called) and also used Yes paste to attach a Tim Holtz key hole. Last I adhered some bling along the top right hand edge with Crystal Lacquer and then sprinkled some beads along them. Here's the finished project!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

It must be the lack of sunshine.............why else would a person not be able to come up with any creative energy! That isn't all true, but having the whole day at home I should have been able to just get lots of projects either done or at least started. I did get my cleaning done, and then for the whole afternoon I wasn't able to concentrate on anything. Finally after I went and fed the horses I was able to come home and get started on a project. I am sorry to say though I can't show it to you. Its a card I am in a card exchange with. I will show you though after all the girls in the exchange have their card. So patience......
Saturday is the big day.....we will be back to having classes. But alas the weather is not looking so good. Maybe it will miss us or dissipate all together. You can scroll down through the blog and see the samples if you haven't already seen them.
Its off to work in the morning and hopefully when I come home I will be able to get a project done to post for you, so until then have a great evening.

Monday, January 4, 2010

"Trading Card Club"

Here are a few past "Trading Cards" that I have made for our "Trading Card Club" in 2007. So here is your invitation to join me as we start another year of sharing with each other our artful creations in the form of "Trading Cards". Its simple just email me to sign up. This year will run as all previous years, I will give you the technique or theme and you will make a card to everyone on the list. If you are not close enough to deliver the cards to me then you can mail them and I will distribute them for you. I am hoping to get this going by February 13th, 2010, so the deadline to sign up will be January 31st, 2010. Waiting to hear from you........

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Altered Book Club 2010

As promised we will begin another "Altered Book Club", although this one has a twist to it. Instead of using books, we will be making our own board book to use for our projects. Here is a sample of one I have begun, to use each month to show you our techniques. The plan is to meet on Saturday, February 13th, 2010 at which time I will show you how to start your book. In the meantime you will need to email me ( to let me know if you would like to join us again for another art journey into the world of Altered Books. Also I will need to know if you want to do another Round Robin or if you would like to work each month on your own books. So let me know, I look forward to doing another round with you.
Here's a little information on how I made my book covers:
For the cover I used two 8" X 10" artist canvas panels, which I painted with green acrylic paint.
Then I choose to use Basic Grey's Porcelain Paper Collection (which I got for Christmas :) )
I cut pieces to size and glued them on with mod podge.
These are the Cricut Cartridges I used:
Lettering - Don Juan
Owl - Paisley
Hinges - Fabulous Finds
Tag - Doodlecharms
The flowers are from Darice which I found at Pat Catan's.
The clip and pin is from Making Memories and the punched border is a punch by Martha Stewart.
I am designating this book to all my favorite Cricut and Gypsy creations and the inner pages will be made from shirt board. The whole book will be held together with loose leaf book rings which I purchased at Office Max.
Have a great evening, always,

Saturday, January 2, 2010

January 9th, 2010 Classes

"Colorbox Backgrounds"
On Saturday, January 9th we will hold our first class of the year 2010, the first one of the day is "Colorbox Backgrounds" and it begins at 10:00 am. You will need to have a brayer with you to use for the day and also please bring your own adhesive. You will create a 8 1/2" X 11" sheet of designer paper and use a piece of that to make one card. This class can double as a Valentine Card, I created a Birthday card because truthfully I have probably 20 Valentine Cards already. "Brayered Bug"
For our second class of the day, which will begin approx. around 12:00 pm we will create this beautiful card using our beloved Cuttlebug and mica magic ink refills. Again you will need your brayer and your own adhesive. I just love this stamp, as I promised we would use her in class and here she is. This card also could work as a Valentine Card. You will make two cards with this class.
"Brayered Resist"
For our third and final class of the day we are going to create a 8 1/2" X 11" piece of background paper with colorbox chalk inks using a resist technique with our brayer. Then from this paper you will create one card. This class hopefully will begin around 1:30 PM.
Please feel free to join us for 1,2,or all three classes. You will need to e-mail me to sign up, class will fill up on a first come first served basis with a limit of 8 per class. Class cost continues to stay at $8.00 per class. You will note I have asked you to bring your own adhesive, this is to help keep class at the current charge. If you are planning on staying for all three classes you may bring a sack lunch, we will be taking a short break between 11:30 and 12:00.
Can't wait to see all of you again on Saturday.
always, Bev

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!!!

I wish everyone a blessed, healthy, successful, and Happy New Year. For me its time to settle down for the next four months and dedicate myself to getting a lot of scrapping done. Before I know it spring will be here and I will be back to working in the yard and then it will be fall and the holiday season all over again. My life, as I am sure yours too, is very busy from spring till the end of each year. So I relish this time of the year, a much simpler time of the year.

Tonight I am sharing with you a little peek into my craft room. I just love this I was shopping for a new house I made sure I would have room for a place all my own and this is what I came up with. Its the whole half of the basement. God has so blessed me and I am very thankful.
I am looking forward to sharing lots of crafting projects with you in 2010.

always, Bev


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