Sunday, January 26, 2014

Happy Birthday

Hi and welcome back,

Today I am sharing the 3rd  masculine themed card that I taught in my January Card Shop class. (Next months theme in the Card Shop Class will be Sympathy Cards. Stay tuned for posts of those cards in February.) 

On most cards for men we don't envision ribbon because we think of bows. Well lets step out of the box and use ribbon as a background and weave it onto a panel.. This is a great way to use smaller pieces of ribbon that really are too small for a bow. 

Colored my truck with colored pencils and gamsol. Used a hand punch to punch the mirror CS for the rear view mirrors and on the red CS for the brake lights, and I used a glue pen to adhere them.I fussy cut the truck and used dimensional foam to pop it up off the woven panel.

Stamps:  PrintWorks - Truck;Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous  Simple Sayings   (sentiment & sentiment frame)
Paper/Card Stock
: Rust, Gray, Dark Brown,
Med. Brown, White, Red (Tail Lites), Mirror (truck mirrors) 
Ink: India Ink Black; Memento Espresso
 Various Ribbons, Hand Punch (1/4"), Scor-Tape 1/4", Glue Pen, colored pencils, gamsol, blender stumps, dimensional foam

I am submitting this card in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping in today, see you soon & stay warm.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Best Wishes

Hello and welcome back,

Today I am sharing the second card from my masculine card class held last Saturday.

I used a stamp set that really covers a few different means of travel, and this set is so versatile and perfect for the guy cards that seem to be so hard to design. Below are two close-ups of those gray triangular pieces. Using VersaMark, I stamped the images that are a compliment to the ship theme.

Supplies used on this card:
Stamps - Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection - Travel Ways, Simple Sayings (Sentiment)
Ink - India Ink, VersaMark
Card stock - Black, White, Dark Gray, Brown
Dies - Spellbinders -Circles S4-114, S4-116
Bakers Twine

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Just Celebrate

Hi Everyone,
Saturday I gave a class at Simply Said Rubber Stamps in Loveland, Ohio .The theme for the cards was masculine. We all have problems with those types of cards, it seems. So throughout the week I will be sharing the 3 cards from this class.

Here is the first card 

Supplies I used:
Stamps - Unity Stamp Co - What the Buck, sentiment - Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous - Simple Sayings
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Gathered Twigs
Dies Used - Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations On the Edge - File Tabs, Steampunk
Corrugated Box Strip
Bakers Twine
Card stock - White, Yellow, Brown

I am submitting this card in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping in today and stay tuned for for my next post with another masculine card design.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

hello friend

Hi Everyone
Glad you stopped in today. I had my monthly club meeting this past week and I want to share the card that I made for the challenge for our  January meeting. Just a little background - We usually have a challenge each month and we are given some type of product, usually an embellishment,or a stamp, and we are supposed to use it in a project of some kind.We are to use it, some how, in our creation.We generally get the challenge items one month and then bring in the finished project with the challenge items incorporated in it, the following month.

Well Denise gave each of us a magnet that looked like a badge. The magnet I chose had feathers on it. As luck would have it, I picked up a new die last weekend, and it was a feather. So, I was all set to make this card. I had a few other things hanging around so I added those items to the card too.

I used some corrugated paper from a box, and some black and yellow card stock. I also had a piece left over from playing around with my Gelli Plate, used that as the bottom panel you see on the card. Then there are the feathers and that round badge looking magnet. I used white card stock in making the feathers. I sponged ink onto the feathers shapes and then snipped them to look more realistic. I used stamps from Tim Holtz to make the "hello friend" sentiment.

The challenge next month is going to involve glitter shapes. I chose some swirly ones, so it will be interesting to see where my imagination leads me. There were other types of glitter shapes given out so we all have different things to work with.

In our club, usually someone volunteers to lead a tutorial for the project for that month. Denise suggested in place of her tutorial,  that we do a round robin of sorts for next month. Everyone will start their own card, with one thing on it, then we pass the cards around and as that happens each of us will add something to each of the cards. Hope that made sense. LOL We've never done that before so I will have to let you know how it turns out. Sounds interesting. Hmmmmm......

I am submitting this card in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping in today

                                             See you soon

                                                                   Have a great weekend.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Yappy Birthday

Welcome back everyone,

Are you staying warm?? Well it's really cold here in the northern part of the south, otherwise known as Northern, Kentucky. I was invited to a birthday party for a darling 3 year old and who would want to miss that, even if it is 16 degrees out.  The party was held at a local pizzeria and we all had a wonderful time. Logan, the birthday boy himself, got so many gifts I think he got more that he did at Christmas. LOL

Let me share with you the card that I put together for his 3rd birthday.

I had the stamp of the dogs in my stash but I wanted to add something else to this card. It needed some more personality. LOL  What would be more appropriate than a dog house. I hand drew the dog house and then decided to make the house look like it was made of wooden siding. I added the siding boards (yellow card stock) to the cutout of the doghouse. I layered the siding starting from the bottom, working up, overlapping just like you see on a house. I trimmed the edges and then I then added the house trim in dark brown and used a black piece to give the opening some depth. I attached the dog house to the card front with dimensional foam. The paw prints are stamped in VersaMark and embossed with clear EP.

The sentiment is computer generated as is the inside sentiment. Coloring of the dogs and the front sentiment was done with my Spectrum Noir's

Logan's mom, Morgan, thought this card was so cute and I am so glad she liked it. She is saving this card so Logan can look back on the card and pics that Morgan took, when her gets older.

Supplies used:
Stamps - Great Impressions
Ink/Markers - India Ink, Spectrum Noir, VersaMark
Clear Detail EP
Cardstock - Mint Green, Yellow (siding), Black, Dark Brown, Medium Brown
Dimensional Foam

I am submitting this card in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping in and I will see you soon

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Welcome Back Everyone

My last post showed a class sample from my Techniques class that I taught last Saturday. The technique was Coloring using Colored Pencils and Gamsol.. I just have to share another sample from that class.

Here is a close up of the image.

This stamp is from Stacy Stamps and as a lover of poppies I absolutely love this image.In coloring this, I chose to use more of the oranges instead of the vibrant reds that you typically see for poppies. I used 4 or 5 different colors in the blossom.  I also added some of the orange/red color to the bud to try to make it more lifelike. Hope you have enjoyed this card.

I have another class this Saturday and we will be making masculine cards. Seems that we all have a hard time with that theme. I will share those cards with you next week. I think you will like them.

Thanks for stopping in today. 

                                    Hope you have a wonderful day

                                                                                I will be back soon. 

I am submitting this in the following challenges:

Monday, January 13, 2014


Hi Everyone
Saturday I taught a class at Simply Said Rubber Stamps in Loveland Ohio. My class was a techniques class that focused on using colored pencils to color . I love coloring with colored pencils. Using gamsol and stumps to blend the colors is such an easy way to color and I wanted to teach the students how easy it really is. You can even layer colors which can add additional interest and depth to your image. Have you ever tried coloring that way? If not, give it a try. Let me share with you one of the cards that I used as a class sample.

Here is a closer view of the roses and the coloring.

There are so many coloring agents available today and this is just one of them, one that is such an easy way to color. Try it, you may like it.

Supplies I used:
Stamps - Just Rite Stamps With Sympathy
Pencils - PrismaColor
Pearls - Fab Scraps
Spellbinders Die - Octagon 
Punch - Fiskars
Bow Maker - Craft-Dee BowZ

I am submitting my card in the following challenges-

I will be back soon, have a great week.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Warmest Wishes

Hi Everyone,

 Thanks for stopping in today. Let me share a nostalgic trip back in time.Back in the late 50's and in the 60's winters were generally colder for longer periods of time and we had much more snow.When I was a kid, I loved going ice skating on a lake about a mile from my house. On weekends we'd all get together and go skating and build a fire and have a blast. So when I spied the skates die from Tim Holtz/Sizzix, that really brought those memories back home.And of course I had to have those.

Here is the card I made with those memories in mind.

Those skates behind the card are a decorative wooden pair I bought years ago at a craft fair. Couldn't pass them up, they are so nostalgic. BTW, I still have my skates from my teen years and they still fit. Now I am not so sure I could skate today, though. LOL

 The  bow I made for this card has 3 loops on each side of the knot and after I fuss with it a minute or two, the bow becomes really fluffy. I thought a fluffy bow would be the perfect addition to this card.Using the Craft-Dee BowZ tool makes bow making a snap!!! Whether you make a tiny bow or a large bow, for a card or to use on a gift, the Craft-Dee BowZ tool is your best friend in bow making terms.

Components I used on this card:
Dies  -Ice Skates  Sizzix/Tim Holtz, Circle Spellbinders, Striped Mittens - Memory Box Precious Mittens
Embroidery Floss - for laces on skates
Stamped Sentiment - Heartfelt Creations - Christmas Sentiment Circles
Paper/Card Stock - Cream Card Stock, White Card Stock, Vellum, DCWV (used under vellum), Silver CS for skate blades
Ink - Distress Ink Chipped Sapphire
Bow Maker - Craft-Dee BowZ tool

I am entering my card in the following challenges:
·         Craft It Up & Link It Up Linky Party by Craftin Desert Divas – Party #22  Winter
·         Crafty Boots -  (Week 1) Anything Goes
·         Creative Creations Challenge Blog –Challenge 7-  Anything Goes
·         Imagination Crafts - (January) Anything Goes
·         Kaboodle Doodles –Challenge 205- Let It Snow
·         Lexi's Creations – Challenge 107- Anything Goes
·         Love to Create #97 - Blue + Bling (Winter)
·         Love to Scrap - #21 - (Week 1) Anything Goes
·         Make it Monday - #173 Always Anything Goes
·     Make My Monday - Embossing
·     My Craft Creations - Always Anything Goes

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the new year!.2014, I can't believe it. Another year gone and another new year starting.

Here is a quick post showing a card I made tonite. I used my Craft-Dee BowZ bow making tool to get the bow to look just right. The blue ribbon has wired edges and that really is my favorite type of ribbon. This bow is a double loop bow.

The January challenge has started at Craft-Dee BowZ. So if you are a challenge lover, click here  to enter the challenge for the month.The theme is the same every month - Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow. This months prize is 25 yards of yummy ribbon.

Here is a little inspiration for you.

Here is a closer view of the bow.

Items Used on this card:
Craft-Dee BowZ - Bow making tool
Heartfelt Creations - Decorative Leafy Frame Die, Vintage Floret Frame
Spellbinders - Embossibilities 
Paper/Card stock - Vellum, White Card Stock, Green Card Stock
Inks/Coloring - Stamped in Fresco Giovanni's Garden, Colored using Derwent Inktense pencils
Gamsol  & Stumps - used for blending colored pencils
Sentiment is computer generated

Have a Happy New Year and I'll be back soon.