Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I'm still here.....

I just wanted to let you all know I am still here. I have been exceptionally busy lately and am loving it. I have had family events and a convention.....lots of fun there. I also have been doing some projects but I am sorry to say I can't post any of them yet. I have done a card for a card exchange, trading card for exchange group, worked on an altered book, did a layout for a design team, and I am currently cutting out some goodies for my grandaugters 6th grade graduation invitations with my cricut. Hopefully I will get something that I can share with you soon, until then I hope all is well with all of you, enjoy the spring it goes way to fast. So for now here's some pics of what's happening in my flower beds.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mission Impossible

I entered a challenge called "Mission Impossible", its on a yahoo group. Someone in the group sends you a package of supplies and the challenge is to see what you can make with it. I received a very generous package of papers, chipboard, buttons, flowers, ribbon, a bottle cap and a slide. The first project I did was for a Round Robin Altered Book Club I am participating in and I can't show you because the girl whose book I did views this blog. We are not suppose to see our books until the Round Robin is finished. Here is my second project. The card itself and the white layer is not from the package of goodies, all the rest is.  I did some embossing on the edges of the paper with white embossing powder. The flower was white and I inked it with Brilliance Pearlescent Olive, and then inked the edges with Color Box Maroon Chalk ink. I dipped the edges in the white embossing powder while the maroon was still wet and then heat set it.Then I stamped over the whole flower with a script stamp and maroon ink.  The button was a clear button, I pressed it into my maroon ink pad and then dipped it into white embossing powder and heat set it. I then threaded some of the ribbon through it that was sent to me. For the white tag, I used my Tim Holtz ink applicator and the olive ink pad and inked all around the edges, then I went over the edges slightly with the maroon ink. I stamped "ART" with the maroon ink and embossed it in white powder. The "Art is Love, Create and Inspire" I stamped with the maroon ink. For the chipboard photo turn I inked it with maroon ink and then embossed in clear powder, then attached it with a black brad. I wrapped another piece of the ribbon along the bottom of the card. I still have some supplies left, maybe I will get another card out of it. Lots of fun, hope you enjoy!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Paper Roses

I seen this project on Above Rubies Studio, and I thought I would try and see how they go.  I tried using some finer papers and I found the papers that works the best for me are scrapbook patterned papers. The finer papers seemed to smoosh to much and cardstock was just too heavy. The glitz you might notice on the flowers is my gold shimmering mists. Now to find just the right leaf pattern to go with these.  They are a little fussy but they do work up quick, it would be a good project for you to do while watching TV.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Paper Bag Album

This might just be my favorite page in my Paper Bag Album so far.This page I have labeled "Time" I used some vellum that has clocks on it, a stick pin with a clock on it, and the metal letters to spell out "Time".  I love to use Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel on chipboard and then stamp into it. Such a cool look, then I rub ink over it to make it look aged. The chipboard element, on the left,  has hinges so it opens like a door and its connected to an accordian pullout.  I cut my chipboard out with a nestabilities die. The pages that are incorporated into this pull out are also cut with the same die. The chipboard on the right is inked, embossed and stamped just like the other one. There is a tag that you can pull out to journal on behind this piece of chipboard. The butterflies were cut out of a piece of vellum. The ribbon slide I inked with versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. I continued my theme of adding stitching with my white signo jell pen, aged the paper and the bag with Colorbox Chestnut roan chalk ink, and also did some embossing on the paper with a script stamp. 
Cedric comes to spend the day with me tomorrow. We are going to play outside all day, I will probably be digging in the sand with backhoes and excavators, maybe even go on a dinosaur dig. Can't wait. 
Until next time. Have a great evening. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers

This is what can happen when a group of friends get together on a Tuesday. Robin, Cindy and I get together on Tuesdays to scrap or whatever it is that we might be working on at the time. This week I had all these flowers that I had cut out of white cardstock using my cricut and this is what we came up with. I had just received in the mail on Monday my new Tim Holtz Ink Pads, so all of these flowers were inked with the Distress Inks. We had so much fun and each of us had a bag of flowers to take home with us.  I can't wait to incorporate them into some of my projects.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Paper Bag Album

Here's another page in my Paper Bag Album, this album is so much fun I am already planning on doing another. The Circle is an Accordian pull out, that is held closed with photo corners. Lots of room for pictures there, again the tags are all double sided for what ever I should decide to do with them. A photo could also be put behind the tags. The little tag on the flap also comes out for some journaling or a small picture.
On this page I created a little flip tag, if you untie the ribbon there will be a nice spot for a photo. The "Remember" on the side is stamped and embossed with white powder then aged with Colorbox Chestnut Roan Ink. I used some of the punch outs  from the border to add a little interest on the cover of the flip tag. I found the beautiful lace at Joann Fabrics. I found some flower stamens in Michaels in the bridal section and I put a couple in my prima flower, leaving the tails of the stamens hanging out the back of the flower.
For this page I cut some paper to create an envelope look for a pocket for my tag. The label came with the Basic Grey set and I just added some brown rub ons to it. Pretty simple page.
This is the tag in the above page. I did some white embossing and punched a border with my new EK Success punch. The tab is made from a Stampin Up punch and stamp set. The acrylic frame is something I bought and I don't remember where I got it or who its from, I added a rub on rose to the bottom of it. I used dimensionals to lift it up so a photo could be slipped in behind it. Oh before all that I embossed the edges with white powder, this helped to hide the dimensionals. As you can see its also double sided and on the back I added a pocket and another tag that is double side. So again lots of room for photos and journaling on this page too.
Until tomorrow, have a great evening.

My Tim Holtz Ink Applicator

.......and I rescued this cat and gave him a good home.....we all know I can't live without my Tim Holtz ink applicator, I use it for everything. Well.....I couldn't find it, I knew what happened to it....THE CAT...I just got used to making sure everything was put up for Max cause he will chew everything, not just a little either he makes sure it is destroyed. Then along comes the CAT, what Max can't reach the CAT will get for him. I searched high and low on my hands and knees and you see where I found my beloved ink applicator on the floor in the laundry room.....with CAT written all over it as you can see. So the CAT has to go.............I can count my blessing though, Max hadn't spotted it yet!!

I found it......in the laundry room!!!

Poor Ink Applicator ......I just love my ink applicator, the CAT not so much!!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Paper Bag Album - Photo Wallet

This Photo Wallet will give lots of room for more pictures in my Paper Bag Album. I will place this wallet inside on of the bags. The frame you see is a piece of chipboard that I inked with versamark ink and embossed with white ultra thick enamel and then stamped my Hero Arts script stamp in it while the powder was still hot. You need to let this cool completely before trying to remove the stamp and also ink the stamp up extra well with your versamark ink. I cut a piece of acetate so it would fit behind the frame and then aged the edges with my brown paint dauber. In the left corner you will notice I added a rub-on for a little more interest. Tape this to the back of the frame. I then pop dotted this to a piece of patterned paper that was cut just 1/4" larger than the frame and then taped this to the front of my wallet. A photo can be slipped down behind the acetate. The butterfly is from K& Company. I colored the body of the butterfly (which was a bright green ) with my purple copic marker.
On these inside pages of my wallet I used the same Hero Arts script stamp, white embossing powder, my white signo gel pen, colorbox chalk chestnut roan ink for aging the paper. Oh I also really like the effect it gives me when after I have embossed with the white powder I run some of the chestnut roan ink over the embossing to give it an aged look. On the middle section you will see I added a rub on on the bottom and on the right I punched with one of my new border punches I just purchased. On the right hand side I aged a smaller paper bag and attached a piece of the patterned paper that I aged, punched, stitched and added a flower to from the Basic Grey collection I am using. There is another one of those butterflies too.
This is the back of the right hand section and the back of the wallet. For my closure I taped a piece of ribbon across the back and then when the wallet is closed you can tie a pretty bow.
This is the tag that goes in the small paper bag. For the tag top I punched a scalloped circle, folded it in half and added a flower with a brad. I also placed a rub on next to the scalloped circle.  Once again this tag is double sided so you could journal on both sides. As you can see there is lots of room for photos here and journaling. Now lets see you make one of your own....

Paper Bag Album

Here is the next page that I have finished for my album. I didn't mention earlier that I start each page by distressing the edges of the bag with Colorbox Chestnut Roan Chalk ink pad, and I finish each page by spritzing them with Gold Shimmering Mists. This page has a "Slider Card" incorporated into it.  I seen it on a web site and thought it makes a cool addition to the album. The punched half circle is created using my Fiskars circle punch. I have also added some bling and washers that I colored with my brown Copic marker to make them match my color theme. Below is a picture of the slider card opened up.
There is plenty of room for pictures on the slider card and beside the slider card. One can also add a picture behind the tags on the right. All of my tags are double sided through out the album, so one can add pictures and journaling.
Until next time......

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Cricut Card Exchange - April 2010

Here is the card I did for an Exchange Group I belong too, the theme was Mother's Day/Flowers.


Here are the directions:
  • Ink corner stamp with Color box chalk chestnut roan ink. Stamp on the lower left hand corner of card. I colored mine with Twinklin H2O's. Use Tim Holtz ink applicator tool to ink around the outside edges of card with chestnut roan ink.
  • For the Bee: Cartridge; Paisley pg 25- set height at 3" and cut out on yellow paper. Cut the shadow once on black paper and once on vellum. For the vellum I then cut away the body of the bee leaving just the wings. Using the shift key and layer 1, I cut from pink paper the cheeks and flower. For the body of the bee I colored in the black stripes with a black sharpie marker. I also used my marker to put in the eyes, nose and mouth. I used my white signo gel pen to add stitching and dots on my flower and cheeks. I aged the whole bee with my Tim Holtz ink applicator and chestnut roan ink. To put together I positioned my vellum wings on top of the shadow, then put in place the bee body that I had applied glue to the back of, down on top of the vellum. This way you don't see any adhesive behind the wings. Glue the bee to the front of the card. The adhesive I used for gluing the bee together was my zyron.
  • For the flowers: There are several on the paisley cartridge that can be used; the button on pg 39,41,42,43,51,59. Walk in my garden also has a couple nice flowers to use : pg 82,83. I just like a flower with petals and a solid center. Cut out 1 @ 2 1/2", 2 @ 1 1/4" and 3 @ 1". First you will want to run the flowers through your cuttlebug with an embossing folder of your choice. Then I inked them with Tim Holtz mustard seed distress ink, and then edged them with concord grape distress ink. I layered these flowers together using Perfect Paper Adhesive by US Art Quest. Place them into position around the base of the bee, and then add some gemstones to the center of your flowers and to the flower on the bee.
  • On the lower right hand corner I stamped "For you" by Stampa Rosa with chestnut roan ink. On the inside of the card I stamped a bee by Artistic stamp exchange with chestnut roan ink.
Hope you have fun creating one of your own.
smiles, Bev

Friday, April 9, 2010

Paper Bag Album

I finished two more pages in my Paper Bag Album I am working on.

I am still using the collection by Basic Grey, I will be using that collection through out the album. The butterfly you see is a piece of chipboard that I colored with Colorbox Pink Pastel Chalk Ink and then I inked with versamark a script stamp by Hero Arts and embossed with white powder. Over top of that I cut out a vellum layer and embossed the edges with the white powder. I attached the vellum layer with three brads. The pink die cut was cut using a Nestablilites die and the white scallop was cut with my cricut. The flowers are by Prima and the ribbon is May Arts. I used some of my paper to make a pleated border along the bottom edge and used my Fastenator to attach the ribbon. The scroll is from the die cuts that came with the Basic Grey kit. I added stitching with my Signo white gel pen, I just love that pen.

For this page I cut out a couple of tags and stamped on them with the Hero Arts Script Stamp and embossed with white powder, then added some pink ribbon. The corners I cut with my Crop a Dile Corner Chomper, its really does chomp those corners nice and easy. The circles I cut with my coluzzle and the scalloped circle was cut using my Cricut. I stamped on them again with the same stamp and white embossing powder. I attach the three of them together with a brad and some American Crafts Greenhouse flowers. It is made so that the circles swivel and you can add pictures underneath them.The Clip holding the tags in place is from Making Memories.
Now to get to work on my next two pages.....hopefully will post more tomorrow.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Paper Bag Album

Page 1

Page 2

I was feeling the need to work on something different and I remembered about this Paper Bag Album that I had seen awhile ago and thought there's my new project. So I walked up town to the grocery store and bought a bag of paper lunch sacks and came home and got started. I have been having so much fun and my creative juices have really been flowing. That's something I have been seriously lacking in the last few months, so this was the right project to get me jump started again. Here are the first two pages in my Album, the paper kit I am using is Euphoria by Basic Grey. I have been combining embossing with white powder, lots of flowers, stitching with my white signo pen, and shimmer mists. There are many tags and they can all be pulled out to put pictures or journaling on. Hopefully as the weekend goes along I will have more pages to share with you. Enjoy,

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

April 2010 Card Class

Class Day Saturday April 10th, 2010
Flowers are  beginning to show up in gardens everywhere, and also in our studio's. I love to add flowers as embellishments on cards and scrapbook pages, and even more fun are the flowers that I have created to match my paper perfectly. For class this month you will only be limited by your own imagination as to what you can do with the flowers I have pre-cut for you. I have them in sizes beginning at 4" and going all the way down to 1". Class will begin at 10:00 am and you will work until noon to make as many flowers as you can. Yours may be all the same or experiment and see how many different ones you can make. All this for $10.00. Then we will take a break for lunch and start right in after lunch with class number 2. In this class you will use some of your flowers to create two cards. Can you guess what I have used for the ribbon buckle on my cards? Class number two is $8.00, you won't be able to do class number two without participating in class number one. Be sure to call or email ahead and reserve your spot. Hope to see you saturday.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Lenten Devotion - Holy Saturday

Read: Lamentations 3: 37-58

Our lives are filled with effects of the world. Pain and suffering from not just sickness but also by the way other people treat us. We also suffer because of the way we treat others around us. We also live in constant sin because we choose to, yet by the grace of God we are forgiven.
We allow ourselves to become angry, anxious and cruel. We are human and we find it hard to change. We pity others, become jealous of what others have. Yet God shows us how to love even our enemies.
We try so hard to be the victim that we fail to see what God really wants from us. He sees how we treat others and how they treat us. He wants us to reach out to Him for guidance, strength and compassion. We need to listen and follow; to allow our lives to be in His hands.
We know because Scripture tells us, we only need to reach out and ask God for His help. We can simply ask for guidance and He will give it. We need to cry out to Jesus and He will listen.
Let God rule your life. Turn your entire life over to Him. He knows we are not perfect and He does not expect us to be free of sin, we only have to confess our sins and we are forgiven.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, We are the persecuted, we are also sinful people. We ask that you forgive us and lead us in the right direction. We place our lives in Your capable hands and give us guidance. Amen.

by Jean Olsen

Friday, April 2, 2010

Lenten Devotion - Good Friday

Read: John 13: 36-38

In this chapter, Jesus is with His disciples eating the evening meal and then He washes their feet. In these two verses, He predicts Peter's denial.
In verse 36. Peter is being curious and asks Jesus, "Lord where are you going?" Are we not all curious? When one of our loved ones is going somewhere we may ask "Where are you going?" Sometimes they may answer and sometimes they may not. Occasionally it might not be an answer we like or want to hear. The answers don't always satisfy our curiosity.
Jesus' answer to Peter was "Where I am going, you can not follow now, but you will follow later." I don't think Peter was satisfied with the Lords' answer, because then he asks "Why" and tells Him that he would die for Him.
In verse 38, Jesus answers "Will you really lay down your life for me? I tell you the truth, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times. " Peter found this hard to believe. Are we like Peter? During this Lent time, let us reflect on our relationship with Jesus. Are we all talk or do we walk our talk?

Prayer: Father, we ask You to help us to follow the example You set. Amen.

by Michele Carlson

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Lenten Devotion - Maundy Thursday

Read: Psalm 102 and 142

When I read these two Psalms it seemed that they were both saying the same thing to me. They do have a similar message. In both passages there is the crying out of man to his God. He tells the Lord of all the troubles he must endure and that his fate is to cease to exist. He then goes on about how God will endure forever, that He will always be there.
When I thought about that it's what our faith, as Christians, is all about. We humans will pass from this life, but God will be there for us and will be there for generations to come because He is the eternal God, the one and only Lord of creation.
He endured the cross for our sins and we have only to ask Him to come in to our life for Him to be there for us whenever and wherever we may travel. If we do that, we too will someday live forever, with the Lord, in His kingdom.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, come into my heart and dwell in me. Thank you for being a loving and gracious Lord and for being with me throught all the trials of my life. Amen.

by Kathleen Christianson


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