Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Mother's Love

Hello and thank you for stopping by (or taking time to look at the email if that's how you get this)!!!  I truly appreciate each and every one of you and hope that your today is good!!!!

This card along with information can be found on the Quietfire Creations Blog HERE.  

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Way With Words eBook

This project has been in the works for some time and it's thrilling to see it finished!!!  

Elizabeth Craft Designs and Suzanne Cannon have a new, totally free, ebook featuring projects created with A Way With Words die!!

To go see it for yourself (and download it if you'd like) click  HERE

Monday, April 25, 2016

3D Flower Cards


Hi There!!!  I'm sorry for the lack of posts this month.  I guess that's a good indication that things have been busy!!!  
We've still got this big remodel project going on.  One part, a new addition, is getting close to finished.  Part of that addition is a new kitchen that has been done (except for a small amount of trim that will be done a little later) for a week and I've been slowly working on moving in there.  I love it!!!  I'll have to take a couple of pics and share them but not today.  
Our son hurt his arm and couldn't weld for a bit which put me back out in the shop as there were still things that needed to get done.  He's doing much better, Praise God!!!  I'm still out part time helping with some things but that is better than full time. 
I have done some creating.  There are a couple of design team projects coming up this week to share plus a couple of other things I'll try to get posted this week.

One very exciting happening going on is I've been designing some classes to teach up at Memory Bound in Ankeny, Iowa.  When I lead those make n' takes a couple of months ago some of the extra samples I took with included 3D flowers made using dies and tools from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  They were very interested in having these flowers taught, we talked and I worked up a first class for May.  The three cards in this post are what we are making.  The focus is the flowers (and they do take time to manipulate all the parts and put them together) so the backgrounds are simple.  
The first class is May 2nd just in time to make a beautiful Mother's Day card although there will be other options for a sentiment.  I'm teaching the class twice that day, once in the afternoon and then in the evening.  There are openings in the classes so if you're in the area and you'd like to learn to make the flowers here's your chance!!!  I'd love for you to come!!

Thanks for following along today!!  I'll be back soon!!  Have a good today!!!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Shimmer Sheetz and Happy Birthday

Happy Saturday!!!!!!!  I have a card on the Elizabeth Craft Designs' Blog today using the A Way With Words Happy Birthday die and Shimmer Sheetz!!  I hope you have time to pop on over and check it out!!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Hi There!!!!!!!  I'm sharing this card over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today. I've combined a wonderful Quietfire Design friendship quote stamp with a
background done on watercolor paper, some 7 gypsies printed papers, and Elizabeth Craft Designs' die cuts.  I hope you have time to go take a look!!!!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Lilacs and You

HiYa!!!  I have a project on the Quietfire Design Blog today.  I hope you'll check it out!!!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

You Are My Sunshine

Hello!!!  Life has been busy as you tell by my space between blog posts.  I did manage to make this card (along with working on some things that can't be shared yet) this week.  I mentioned going to a stamp convention a few weeks ago and while there I had picked up some faux string art stamps from Anthony's Paper Crafts.  Those stamps have been calling my name and I used one here.  I stamped it with Archival Ink jet black and then shaded it with a Tombow marker just like he was doing in the demo at the stamp convention.  I then decided to add color to the image, also using Tombow markers.  I've stamped a wonderful Quietfire Design sentiment in the center, You Are My Sunshine.  Next I used the Tim Holtz Rays embossing folder and the Oval Diffuser plate to emboss the sunshine coming down and then inked over it with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink.  The panel is matter to white, the orange and finally onto the white folded card.  Finally I used a silver gel pen to add dots where the string art lines crossed.  Lots of fun!!!!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

I'm over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs' Blog today sharing how I made this background and the card I used it for.  I hope you'll pop on over to check it out!!!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Dream With Your Eyes Wide Open

Hello!!!  You can find this card over on the Quietfire Creations Blog.  I hope you have time to go take a look and I hope you have a wonderful week!!!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Joy is not in Things

Good Day to You!!!  This past weekend was the stamp convention in Rockford, IL.  We decided to drive over to Bolingbrook, to our daughters, on Friday... stay in Bolingbrook, and then we all went to the convention on Saturday.  We were there when it opened and spent almost the entire day there.  We had a lot of fun and, of course, I did some shopping.  Stamper's Anonymous had a booth there and I was able to get many of Wendy's CHA releases and that is what I used to make this card.

I started with a Ranger Kraft Tag, #8, stamped the flower image (Blooming Art SCS137) with Distress Picket Fence Ink, dried the ink and then added color to the image using a waterbrush filled with rubbing alcohol and Archival Ink.  I used the new Cactus Flower (LOVE this color) and Leaf Green.  I painted/inked it all and left it.  Then later decided to go back in and darken some areas more to create shading.  It worked really well!!!!  I stamped around the flower with the new background image, Ticking, using Archival Ink Tree Branch.  I stamped some vertical and some horizontal.  Along the bottom I stamped the solid foliage image from Blooming Art (bottom left of the stamp set) with Leaf Green.  There is stenciling in the background using the new Lots Of Dots stencil and Cactus Flower Ink.  The bird is from the Stamp-It Stencil-It set Put A Bird On It and I used the coordinating Mat Mini.. stamped it with Archival Ink Jet Black and added color with Distress Inks, Salty Ocean and Vintage Photo.  I thought I better add some blue into the tag so splattered Salty Ocean using a water brush on the tag.  I colored the center of the flowers with Wink of Stella Gl. Clear and then thought some all over shimmer would be good and used the new Mica Spray Pearl.  I sprayed from a distance, just once, to keep it light.  The hearts are Mat Minis colored and stamped (The Gift Of Art SCS141) with Cactus Flower.  The line around the tag and lines down to the hearts are with a white gel pen.  I also added some dots around the flower image.  I also inked the edge of the tag with Cactus Flower.  The tag is layered to white cardstock, edges distressed, wrapped with twine and then it's attached to a folded card.  

I tried to show the shimmer with this picture. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Laugh Quite A Lot!!!!

Hi There!!!!  I hope this post finds you well!!  I have a project on the Quietfire Creations Blog today HERE for you to check out!!!  

Have a great day and Be Creative!!  


Monday, March 7, 2016

Beauty In Simplicity


Hello!!!  This is a large card, about 5 1/2" x 8 1/2".  It all started with a piece of watercolor paper that had scribbles and tests of product and color on it.  I thought I shouldn't let it go to waste and chose to actually do a project with it.  I put on some Golden Glass Bead Gel through a stencil (TCW Balzer Designs Mini Chevron) and let it dry.  Next I put black gesso over the whole piece and let that dry.  I had just gotten the new Tim Holtz Picket Fence (white) ink and crayons so I thought it'd be good to use them.  The circles (PaperArtsy Sara Naumann ESN10) are stamped with the white ink and immediately sprayed with a bit of water which wicked out the ink a bit.  *note... hours later or maybe the next day - can't remember for sure - I sprayed water over this white ink again and it didn't move any more not even part of a circle that didn't get water the first time.  I scribbled some yellow crayon over a few circles and in the bottom right corner and pink crayon over some of the texture, sprayed it with water and moved it with my finger.. any pink down in the texture didn't move as my finger couldn't rub it.  The quote (Tim Holtz) is stamped with the white ink.  In the background is some text (ESN10) stamping and that is stamped with Fresco Finish Paint.  The leaves along the bottom (foam stamp created from Sara Naumann ESN17) are stamped with Fresco Finish Paint.  There is Treasure Gold Silver rubbed over the texture and around the edges.  The flower (PaperArtsy Lin Brown ELB23) I already had stamped and cut out - several of them - either left from another project or for another idea that got set aside.  I gathered some, painted them with Fresco Finish Paint, put them together and onto the card.    

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Express Yourself

Happy Wednesday!!!  This tag was fun to make!!!!  I pulled out some PaperArtsy Clare Lloyd stamps that I hadn't yet inked up (I want to get to inking stamps that haven't been yet), grabbed a tag (#8 size) and chose 2 colors to start with.  No plan, just play.  I used Fresco Finish Paint for most all of this tag.  I started with Banana and Caribbean Sea.  I put both colors on my craft sheet, sprayed them with water, moved each color a bit with my finger mixing in the water and then dragged the tag through the colors.  Once this was dry I stamped the design element image with Bougainvillea paint and dried it.  I chose the girl I wanted to use, stamped her on smoothy cardstock with Archival Ink jet black and then painted her in.  This was my first time painting in a face and it's ok but I didn't really have patience and take my time with it.  I'm not sure I'm a spend-lots-of-time and get that shading down just so kind of person but she's ok.  I used a white gel pen for the dots on her clothing and to add white to the background stamping on the tag.  She was cut out and across the bottom of the image I used a pair of deckle scissors.  To add more to the tag, I stenciled the dots (Emma Godfrey Stencil PS015) with Archival Ink Aquamarine.  Express Yourself was stamped with Archival Ink jet black but before I did that, I added some extra Banana paint where I would be stamping the words just rubbing it on with my finger.  After the words were stamped I again used a white gel pen.  The flower was left over from THIS project and it was about time I used it on something.  I used my finger to add Old Gold paint around the edge, dried it, and then put a little White Fire Treasure Gold on the very edge.  Some pink twine at the top and it's finished.  

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Bible Journaling

Hi There!!!!  Today I'm sharing several bible journaling pages that I done over the past few months but hadn't shared yet.  I'm really enjoying digging into scripture and then doing something creative to go with it even if it's just color and lettering!!!  I hope you enjoy these pages and have a blessed day!!!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Image Transfer

The current topic over on the PaperArtsy Blog is Image Transfers.  The Challenge Post, filled with great information, is HERE.  I decided to try a small gel medium transfer and chose to use a picture of myself.  It was a color picture but I printed it on a black only laser printer.  I grabbed a large tag that already had layers of paint and maybe other things on it.  I added some Fresco Finish Snowflake in the area I was going to do the transfer - it pulled up some yellow color from below it.  I opted to leave that bleeding color and go ahead.  I put down some soft gel medium, smoothed it with my finger, laid the picture face down and burnished it well.  I tried to leave it to dry but did use a heat tool also and I think I didn't let it dry long enough as I did get a little rub off of the picture when I wet and rubbed off the paper.  Overall it didn't do bad, which surprised me.  I did wish once the transfer was done that I had done another layer of white paint so it wasn't so yellow looking but, oh well.  The color already on the tag was quite bright which didn't seem to go with the pic to me so I rubbed on Fresco Finish Toffee with a baby wipe to tone it down.  Then to get rid of the edges of the pic transfer and to kind of frame it, I put Snowflake paint around the pic using a Catalyst straight edge brush giving the look of lots of texture.  Next I stenciled leaves (PaperArtsty Jofy PS012) using Grunge Paste mixed with a little Guacamole paint.  Once the paste was dry I put the stencil back on and painted Fresco Finish Limelight and Hey Pesto on top, let that dry, put the stencil back on, stamped text (PaperArtsy Sara Naumann ESN11) with Archival Ink Leaf Green, dried it and added shading along the paste with a Faber-Castell Big Brush Pen blending it out with a small stencil brush.  Next I stamped some more leaves (PaperArtsy Sara Naumann ESN17) between the paste leaves with Leaf Green and colored them in with a Big Brush Marker.  More detail was added to all the leaves with a white pen.  On top I've added lace, die cut leaves (cut from green paper, painted a bit with Limelight, and stamped with text), flowers made from die cutting either book paper or music paper - color added with Distress Ink and Perfect Pearls Mists.  After everthing was glued on I used a silver pen to add more detail to the die cut leaves.  "Joy" is a Christine Adolf sticky rub-on... I put it on and then added silver foil on top.  To give it some dimension I went along one edge of each letter with a black pen.  Because of the silver joy I thought I needed more silver and added a silver button to the center of the large flower and then mixed some silver glass glitter, both chunky and regular, with transparent embossing paste and put it on the edges.  I added some Idea-ology rub-ons and an Idea-ology small talk sticker, yellow on the sticker done with a Big Brush Pen.  Some ribbon at the top and it's done.  This was just pure play for me and I had a fabulous time!!!!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Make n' Take - Best Wishes

So this past Wednesday was my last Make n' Take (for now) at Memory Bound.  I had so much fun!!!  From designing the cards (way back in December) right through each weeks make, it was a total blast!!  I loved meeting everyone that came each week and I even learned a couple of names (names are hard for me).  

Each week we did a different technique for our backgrounds and then topped off the cards using A Way With Words Die Cuts (Elizabeth Craft Designs) and other things.  

This weeks card finishes at 6" x 6".  The background panel uses Ranger's Watermark Resist Ink.  We stamped (Tim Holtz image) with the resist ink onto glossy cardstock, inked over it with Distress Inks, buffed it off, and then stamped again using Distress Ink.  The edges of the background panel and white panel are distressed.  The edges of the folded kraft card are inked.  The flower is made from copy paper.  Here we've used the largest flower from the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die (many other flowers and sizes could be used).  We stacked up 6 flowers, put a brad in the center.  Crumpled the flowers to the center starting with the top flower and working down through all 6 flowers.  You then pull the petals back out as much or as little as you like.  To add just a bit of color we brushed the tips with Distress Ink.  The leaves (Tim Holtz die) were cut from green cardstock.  Best Wishes is cut from white cardstock. 

This is a board I made to show the process for the flower.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Live - Just Living Is Not Enough

Hello!!!  I'm sharing how to make this card on the Quietfire Creations Blog today.  You can pop over HERE to see it. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Greatest Strength

Hi!!!  Here is a another card using a new Quietfire Design Stamp, The Greatest Strength.  I've used a couple of the shaving cream technique backgrounds that I showed last week.  I stamped the quote on one background with Archival Ink Jet Black, cut it out with a Stitched Oval die (Elizabeth Craft Designs), and dabbed around the edge with Distress Ink Black Soot.  The next layer is another oval cut with the Stitched Oval Die Set from white cardstock.  The background is a shaving cream technique paper.  I've stenciled (ECD Stencil - Flower) along the right side with Distress Ink Abandoned Coral and the edges of the panel are distressed.  The flowers are die cut (ECD die set - Bunch of Flowers 4) from music paper.  I cut the set of 3 flowers three times from the paper, stacked up each size of flower together (that is, kept the same sizes together), put a brad through the center, crumpled up the petals, laid them back down, sprayed each flower with Perfect Pearls Mist Perfect Pearl, dried them and attached them to the card as shown.