Sunday, February 28, 2010

St. Patrick's Day

So I went shopping at Joann's again and found another one of these glittery decorations like I did for Valentine's Day. I love it when they are 50% off, it cost all of five dollars. Well kinda, then I had to get some accessories to go with it. Total for this project is under $15.00. To start I layed out a border, I used some lace I received in one of my prizes from One World One Heart Blog Hop and layered on top of that the ribbon that says "Feeling Green". I decided to save my wider ribbon for another project. Then I took my string of beads and adhered it with "Yes" paste. I decided to use the gold "gold" because the green gold was just to much green and didn't stand out enough. I put them on with "Yes" paste also. Well a project isn't complete without the help of our Cricut, so I cut out a hat with the clover from Designer's Calendar. I set the height of the hat at 5 1/2". Then I selected "St. Patrick's Day" and layered it on top of the hat, the size for that was 2 1/2". These were both cut from white cardstock. When they are cut you will see that the "St. Patrick's Day" comes right out of the hat leaving a hole. I then layered some gold paper behind the hole. I took a black sharpie marker and colored my "St. Patrick's Day" and then glued it back in place over the gold paper. Doing it this way saved a little on some paper. I colored my clover with Tsukineko's Brillance gamma green, by rubbing the pad directly on the paper. Then I edged the clover with my gold leafing pen and stitched some white lines with my signo gel pen. For the hat I colored the band with my black sharpie marker and stitched on some lines with a metallic gold pigment pen. I also added some white solid lines with my signo pen. I then used Tim Holtz ink applicator tool and the gamma green ink and shaded all the edges of the hat. Then very lightly I used my ink applicator tool and brillance graphic black ink to highlight the edges. I added gold stitching lines all around the outside edge of the hat. I applied some "Yes" paste to the back of the hat and clover and slipped it down inside my ribbon border. For the "Pot of Gold" I used the Paper Doll dress up cartridge and cut it setting the height at 3 1/2" on real dial size. I colored the gold with my Krylon gold leafing pen, added some white and gold stitching lines and adhered it with "Yes" paste. I then slid the clover pick I got at Joann's down inside the "Pot of God" and the "Yes" paste I used will hold it in place. Finally I took some crystal lacquer and beads and dressed it up a little more. I put gold beads on the "Pot of Gold", black beads on the hat and clover. So here you have it.....

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sunshine Award

I am sharing the Sunshine Award. I was recently bestowed the Sunshine Award from Susan of . Thank you Susan I consider it an honor.
Now to pay it forward........

This award goes to people I believe post interesting comments, and do art that I like. UNFORTUNATELY, I can only pick 6 people/blogs and there are a couple of Hundred blogs that I love. Basically it is for sharing some sunshine, some little thing that made my day brighter!

Here are my choices:

So here are the rules:

Please share some sunshine with your fellow friends by:

Placing the Sunshine image on your blog or within your post.

Pass the award onto six bloggers

Link the nominees within your post.

Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Journal Swap

This is a journal I made for a "Journal Swap" I entered in. The cover is made with wallpaper and chipboard. The frame I found in Michael's in one of their dollar bins. The "Memories" is a wooden piece, a friend gave me a package of these wooden words for christmas. The chair and table are stickers I found at a scrapbook store. The beads inside the frame are from Wal Mart and the vintage photo I found somewhere on the internet. A year or so ago I printed off a bunch of them that I liked and put them in a folder for future use. I bound this journal together with my "Bind It All". Its off in the mail this week and I hope the recipient likes her journal. The adhesives I used for this project are Krylon Spray Adhesive, Yes Paste, Crystal Lacquer, and Mod Podge.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Meet Shorty

This cat was found at our barn and the poor thing was just skin and bones. I brought him home because he was so loving and thought I would see if he survived. Well he was pretty sickly and rather gross but within a month I could see he was going to make it. The next test for this cat was to see how well he would handle my three Australian shepherds. So now and then I would let the dogs in the garage to see what "Shorty" would do. The cat totally accepted the dogs and the dogs were fine with him. So now it was off to the vet to get some shots, de-wormed, neutered, ears cleaned and some antibiotics. Now as you can see he is a very hansom boy and lives in the house with us. He got his name because he is a little short on brains, hence "Shorty".
This is Oliver and Max, two of the dogs that Shorty just loves to terrorize. He will try to take toys away from these two and when they get mad at him, Shorty just stands there and looks at them. It sometimes sounds like the poor cat is going to be ripped apart, but its all noise and Shorty isn't intimidated at all. I think it just reinforces the fact that we have named the cat correctly.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cricut Card Exchange

I know Valentine's Day is over but I thought I would share the card I made for my February Card Exchange, you can use the technique for another card very easily. Here are the directions:
  • Cut kraft cardstock to 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", fold in half.
  • Use Colorbox chestnut roan chalk ink and Tim Holtz ink applicator tool to age edges of front and inside of card.
  • Cut red cardstock layer to 4" x 5 1/4", tape to front of card.
  • Cut vintage Bingo Card in half, tear bottom edge (or top) edge and ink all around card with chestnut roan ink and applicator tool. Tape to upper right hand corner.
  • Stamp Magenta 08084-E heart border on bottom edge of red cardstock with Versamark and emboss with gold powder.
  • Cut a piece of drywall tape to go across front of card and press firmly in place. Letting it carry over to inside of card.
  • Put a piece of 1/4" wide terrifically tacky tape across center of drywall tape, press firmly down and pull off red liner.
  • Cut a piece of red and black picot edge ribbon the length of card and lay each piece of ribbon down on either side of tape, press down firmly.
  • On upper right hand side of the ribbon squirt a generous amount of Tim Holtz Rock Candy Stickles on card and brush over area. Let dry.
  • Cut heart from Cricut Cartridge "A Child's Year" pg 30 by hitting shift and icon, setting the height at 3". Use ink applicator tool and chestnut roan ink to age the heart. Cover entire heart with Tim Hotlz Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint-let dry thoroughly. Then ink again to bring out the crackles. Put a little red stickles on heart and spread around. Crinkle heart all up. Put Yes Paste on back of heart in three places forming a little dimension and place on left hand side of card.
  • Cut with your Circut the children from "A Child's Year" pg30 by hitting shift, shadow and setting the height at 2 1/4", put Yes Paste on back of children and adhere to card beside the heart.
  • Inside of Card:
  • Stamp "Happy Valentine's Day" with chestnut roan ink in center of card. I used an Art Impressions stamp but I can't read the number, sorry.
  • Now the little center piece of the heart from the front, you will ink the edges with the chestnut roan ing and glue down to the left of your greeting.
  • Envelope:
  • Ink edges of your envelope with chestnut roan ink and then stamp along the bottom edge, the heart border with versamark and emboss with gold.


One World One Heart Winners

Congratulations to the following bloggers who won my gift of Trading Cards and Tags on the One World One Heart Blog Hop:
Feel free to stop by their blog for a visit, you are sure to find some beautiful artwork and inspiration.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

More Valentine Gifts

Two more Valentine Presents finished for two very special girls. Sydni likes bunnies so I put a bunny on hers and Kara likes the "Peace" sign so the little charm hanging from the ribbon has a Peace sign on it. Kara's also has an image that I stamped with my new Peachy Keen Stamps. I just love those flowers, so cute. These will look cute in the girls rooms.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Valentine Gift - Altered Canvas

My beloved Valentines are my 7 grandkids. They make my world go round. This altered canvas is for my 3 yr old grandson. This past summer his Mom and I took him for a day out with Thomas the Engine. He stills talks about it, we had a great time. Anytime spent with this three year old is a great time. So I thought for his room I would do this canvas with a picture of Thomas on that day. The canvas is from Wal Mart, the clothespin I found in A.C. Moore's and the scrapbook Thomas paper I found at a scrapbook store. The little sprocket is from Tim Holtz's and I don't have a clue where I got that twist tie. lol. The metal letters are Making Memories. The ink I used was Versafine Satin Red and Colorbox chalk Chestnut Roan. The fibers are Funky fibers. I used Mod Podge to put it all together. Now I only have 6 more to go....all before Sunday. Wish me luck.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

February Card Classes-Core'dinations Cardstock

Core'dination's Cardstock Classes 1, 2, and 3
The card with the heart will be the first class of the day on Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. All of our classes for this day will be some of the different ways to use Core'dinations Cardstock and I am sure you will have a good time experimenting with this wonderful paper. For this first class you will also get to experiment with Tim Holtz Grunge Paper, which is what I made the heart out of. There will be plenty of stamping in all of the classes this month. For the second class which will start approx. at 12:00 p.m. we will be doing the sunflower card using brass stencils with the Core'dinations Cardstock. For the final class of the day, which will begin around 1:30 p.m. we will be doing the rose card with the help of Score Pal. I have ordered the other collections of this cardstock and with any luck we will have that available for you to choose from. The collection that I have used for my cards is Black Magic with a black core. I have ordered some with white and brown core. You will create two very unique cards of your own for each class. Items for your class kit to bring along might include if you have them: an edge distressor, white gel pen, Ink applicator tool, water brush, and of course your own adhesive. A reminder that I can only do 8 per class so if you want to participate please let me know as soon as possible before class fills up. Remember to bring a sack lunch if you are staying for all three classes.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Altered Book Club 2010

To begin our Altered Books we have to do the front and back covers, the sign in page and the first layout. This is my first layout, from here the book will leave my hands and I won't see it until the Round Robin has completed the circle. Its always very exciting to get these books back and see what the other artists have done with the theme. I look forward to working in the other girls books, its a great challenge.
Today I spent the day scrapping at a friends house, we always have a great time. I had a church project I wanted to get finished up so I worked on that today. And I am happy to say the project is done and I can take it to work tomorrow and turn it over to the Pastor.
My next project that I will begin tomorrow after work is the cards for the card class scheduled for Saturday, February 13th, 2010. To tell you the truth I am not even sure at the moment what is it going to be, although I do know I want to create it around the core stock paper. Most of the girls haven't' worked with this wonderful card stock yet and I think they will enjoy it.
If you are a blogger and haven't signed up for my prizes for the One World One Heart blog hop you need to scroll down, view the prizes and then leave a comment to be entered in the random drawing. Good luck.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Altered Book Club 2010

This is the "Sign In " Page for my Round Robin Altered Book. The paper, fibers and the tags are by Basic Grey. The photos are some clip art I found in my stash ( I can't remember where I orginally got them from).The "dream " tag is from Tim Holtz, the lace I crocheted and the sign in tag is from the Cricut Cartridge "Fabulous Finds" page 122 . I thought it would make a cool place for everyone to flip the tag and sign underneath. The stamps I used on this was a Stamping Up Set. The words "sign in" was also from a Cricut Cartridge, I just forgot to write down the one. Sorry! I aged everything with Colorbox Chalk chestnut roan.
The winner for my Altered Clip Board is Celeste, congratulations. It will go out in the mail this week.


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