Monday, March 29, 2010


Was really anxious to take this challenge to use only black and white on a tag. I have always loved black and white, think it is so striking. Took the time to check out all of the cards that have been submitted for the Tuesday Tag Challenge #44 and the tags are all amazing, think my tag maybe a little lame, oh, well, I really had fun trying to put this one together.

Found some great little stamps at Michaels and you can see that stamp it at the top of the tag. Used the stamp and put them together to make my own designer paper. The base if the card was a black and white print. Then a solid white with solid black on top of the print. Added my own designer paper that was stamped using colorbox ink. Grossgrain ribbon was attached to one side, paper lace design on the opposite side. Little hearts were made with a heart punch in both black and white. The sentiment was a sticker, as was the couple in black and white.

Wanted to make this into an actual luggage tag, as we are going to Reno next week. Will be spending a few days with my daughter, Jamie, grandsons, Mason and Kyle, and possibly a few quality minutes with Tim, my son-in-law, he works so hard and has extremely long days and nights.Decided to use Modpodge and put a couple of coats on the tag.

If you would like to see some of the other creative tags you can click
here. The next challenge to for myself is to do another tag and add a vintage picture of my father and add the reasons that we loved him so.

Hope everyone has a great week and take a few minutes a day to do something that your enjoy.

Sunday, March 28, 2010


It has been crazy around my place, started this posta few days ago, but never got back to it. Got ready for a yard sale, that was for Saturday and Sundy, but I couldn't do Sunday, was in too much pain from Saturday and slo the lack of sleep. Work nights and got up early Saturday for the sale. It worked out okay, but am in a lot of pain, also weeded the yard imbetween customers. When will I learn, that I'm not spring chicken.

I have had this tree stamp for years. It is one of favoriates, but for some reason I haven't used it in a long. time. Ran across it and thought that the sketch challenge at The Pink Elephant Challenge would work nicely. I stamped the tree with Stampin Up ink and then suing a glue pen added glitter to the leaves. Cut an oval mat and then added samller ovals. Trim on the side is ribbon. Then stamped "What A Day", had to go shopping to purchase a new stamp. Thought that it would be neat to add some siz zag stitching aound the edge, like it, but don't know if it really tied in with the rest of the card. The base of the card is 5x7, the tree stamp was to large.

This would be the card for me yesterday, got to work and "What a Day!" Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend, mine starts tomorrow. I have half finished projects on my desk and ready want to get them completed tomorrow, but also need to deal with all the stuff I didn't sale. Oh well, just another day in the neighborhood.

Talked with my daughter yesterday and she and my sister were at a Scrapbooking Show in Salt Lae, so wished I had been there. They found some great new products, can't wait to get there to see what kind of projects we will be doing next.

Thanks for stopping by today, have a crafty one.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Personalized Frame

We often forget that our stamps can be used on different textures than paper. I had 5 x 7 acrylic frames in my stash and thought this would be a fun time to try and stamp on the frames. The first picture shows the flower stamp and my grandson's names, StazOn ink was used to stamp the designs.

Slid a piece of solid colored paper into the frame, to show what the stamps looked like. This shows that you can change the pictures of the kids anytime you would like. The next picture is the finished project with a picture of my grandsons, I added stars behind each of their names. Also distressed the edge of the paper, and did watercolor with my aquapainters on glossy paper and placed this so it was behind the flowers.

The picture is matted with white paper, and I used my cutting system from Creative Memories, to cut the oval picture and mat. The stars are a punch that was also purchased from Creative Memories. The metal shoes are brads and I punched a hole in the center of the yellow stars to place them. Used tacky glue to attach these stars to the frame, these are on the outside of the frame. Will be going to Reno to see the boys in April and will have to take a new picture.

This was so easy to do and want to do some for our family reunions, have the perfect picture that was taken in the 20's. There are unlimited stamps that you can use do this type of picture frame, your imagination can run wild. Oh, by the way the frames are available at Wal-Mart for $1. Scrappy Frogs challenge was stamp on something other than paper, think this qualifies.

Thanks for stopping by today, if you have time please leave a comment, love hearing from my fellow bloggers.

Monday, March 22, 2010

So glad spring is here, obviously the only thing to do is to make some great spring cards. Crazy 4 Challenge #29 has encouraged everyone to jump into spring with wonderful colors and blooming flowers. The colors are out of my comfort zone, by using purple and green together. The green card stock was plain and felt that it needed some kind of design, so the stems with tiny leaves were stamped with green Stampin' Up ink. No rhyme for reason to the placement, a no brainier.

The base of the card is purple polka dots (can't really see it, but it is there), next added plaid purple print and then the tag to the front of the card. One little strip of gold behind the tag. Warmest Wishes is a sticker, am I bad, kind of cheated on that one, but wanted this spring card to be generic.

Time to go outside and take in some sunlight, and maybe work on the yard, just a little. Yesteday I thought it was my day off and almost didn't make it to work. It is Monday isn't it?

Hope everyone has a wonderful week and can also do something crafty this week. Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments, it means alot to me that everyone takes the time to share your thoughts.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Yummy Cupcakes

Am on a diet, so this is as close as I can get to cupcakes. Gingersnap Creations gave the members a challenge to do something with cupcakes, this is the result.

I don't have any stamps that are cupcakes, so it was a matter of trying to use a different technique other than stamping. One of my favorite things to do is check out all the $1 items at Michaels and they had these wonderful napkins, had just tried the felting technique and like the result, so it was a must buy.

Used cardstock from Lasting Impressions for the base of the card and then felted the napkin to white cardstock and used other patterned papers to give a little more texture to the card. Stamped the Happy Birthday using Stampin Up ink and my Hero Art stamp that is almost as old as I am, and that is old, LOL. The card just didn't seem complete, so I cut out the cupcakes and adhered them to the card. This can be seen a little on this picture. Didn't use dimensionals, but punched a circle from cardstock and then cut in a spiral, and attached it to the card, this is the technique for making you items "pop."

If you are interested in learning the felted technique, Splitcoast Stampers as a tutorial that is excellent, it can be found the Resource section of their blog. Hope this gives everyone a little inspiration to try felted cards.

Time for me to get ready for work. Thanks for stopping by today, if you feel like leaving a comment would love to hear from you. Have a crafty weekend.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

March Birthdays

Gingersnap Creations is celebrating their birthday this month and so is Billy (my significant other). He does give me encouragement when doing the cards so obviously I need to make a card for him. It is so hard to do a masculine card, as all my stamps are definitely on the girly side. That is why I turned to "Clearly Vintage" and found pictures of some classic cars.

Billy has been in the transportation industry (limousine driver) for over 20 years, and has a great love of vehicles, especially old classics, this car was perfect for the theme. Kept the card very simple with just a picture, a couple of mats, the sentiment is the definition of Birthday. Kept looking at the card and had to add blue rhinestones to the corners of the picture and also on the sentiment. Hope that he won't think there is too much bling on the card.

Challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges, happens to masculine. Love getting inspiration from all the challenges that are out there, they do give inspirations.

Happy Birthday Billy and Gingersnap Creations, also Shar you deserve the best.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Ahh!! It's Spring

Spring is the air here in Las Vegas, the tree are in bloom and the weeds they are a growin'. It seems good to see all the beautiful colors and think about spring cleaning. It is suppose to be in the 80's next week, that might be a good time to address the weeds in my desert landscaping.

Don't want to do that so, here is a card that met a few challenges for this week. Spring is at Rosie Dees Challenge, and that brings to mind bright colored Easter eggs, that is the basis of this card. Added wavy strips with solid and plaid papers and then using versa ink added a little texture to the solid colors. Crazy 4 Challenges wanted to see some paper piercing, and that is what was done as a border of the wavy strips.

The flower was made with a Sizzix die cut flower. double layered in two shades of pink. The leaves are also a Sizzix die cut that is available at Stampin Up. Finished the card off with a little tag and blue 1/8" satin ribbon on the stem of the flower. To make your own flowers was the challenge at Crafty Creations, only made one flower, but am sure this still meets the criteria of the challenge. Added the butterfly just for fun. Hope this brightens up your day.

Thanks for coming by, please leave a comment, love hearing what everyone has to say.

Friday, March 5, 2010


Gingersnap Creations have given me the honor of being a Gingersnap Gem, this is such an honor. This group is so wonderful and they offer so many tutorials on a wide variety of techniques. That is how this particular tag came to be. Ink on Your Fingers by Hels has a wonderful tutorial on "faux flowers" and this really intrigued me. Didn't have any of the supplies but went out immediately and found UTEE and a melting pot.

Hels suggested stamping the flowers, but I didn't have a flower stamp that would work so I used my flower die cuts by Spellbinder and used patterned papers. It was really amazing how the paper kept its shape, was a little afraid that it would tear, but that wasn't the case, did learn that you do have to shape your flowers before dipping the paper in the UTEE. Once a couple of flowers were completed it was now necessary to decide how they would be used. Think they would be wonderful on gift boxes, photo boxes, or as a pin just to mention a few.

I found these chipboard tags at Michaels in their $1 bins and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to challenge myself (Scrappy Frog Challenge) by doing a collage on the tag. It's a celebration (Gingersnap Creations) and used one color and shades of that color (Crafty Creations) and these wonderful papers from Lasting Impressions was yelling to be used. The color gold is really different from the bright colors that I usually use. Added different textures 3 dimensional flower, button, pearls, chipboard sentiments, ribbon and even some gold glitter on the leaves. Crazy 4 Challenges was requesting 3 textures, think that I may have gone a little overboard on this one, but love the results.

Hope you can see some of the detail, the mix of papers and all the different textures. Will be making doing some more of these wonderful flower very soon, want to try and use leaves and different shapes not just flowers. A special thanks to Hels for this wonderful tutorial, you have opened up a new technique for me and my mind going a mile a minute to try and come up with ways to use the technique.

Time to head off to work, hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.


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