Monday, September 1, 2014

Unique Blog Hop


Today I have a special post; it is a Unique Blog Hop that I was invited to take part in by my friendShirley Hotop. Shirley is not only an amazing artist but a dear friend for over 32 years when we first met working together as RN’s.  You can be inspired by her creations on her blog, Glittered Paws, perfectly named as her pets enjoy lounging in her craft room and wear glitter well.  I will be sharing things about myself that many of you may not know about me.

1.       What am I working on

I am currently working on favors for my nieces wedding reception in October.   It is a small, intimate wedding with the reception at their favorite winery (which explains the theme of the favors) My niece and her fiancĂ© were over two weekends ago to ski, have lunch, and see the options. Her parents and my oldest son joined us.  We had a lovely day.  The final choice was between the cork with the flowers and the magnet.  The final choice was the magnet as they felt it was most practical and people would keep and use it.  Did you have a favorite?

1.       My Style? What inspires me?
I am told my style is a “simple, elegant”.  I do not feel I have a specific style. I enjoy trying different techniques and especially different folds. I gave instructions for the last few techniques I have tried as most are much easier than they look and hoped to encourage others to try them. I got such positive comments from that that I will continue to do that.  

            Inspiration, I like to browse Pinterest and blogs for special folds and techniques.

 1.       Where did it all start and why do I create?  
I went to a Stampin Up party 16 years ago and I was totally hooked.  I booked a party, and Shirley came insisting she was not going to buy anything and she was hooked.  She had an Angel Company party and became a demonstrator.  I went to a TAC convention with her and immediately signed up to be a demonstrator, such an amazing spirit in the group. Those were wonderful years sharing my passion with others, and forming many friendships that still exist beyond the closing of the Angel Company in 2011. A group of us have an annual stamping weekend at Shirley’s house when her husband goes fishing and all bring a shoe box projects.  Is a wonderful w/e we all look forward to.  My mom and talented stamping buddy, who is 84, is one of the group.

I create for several reasons, joy and relaxation.  Making cards bring me relaxation and happiness but I do not create just for me.  My creating started out as a passion and outlet for myself and then over the years it changed.  A few years ago I wanted to do something positive with my cards. I know birthday cards bring joy to most recipients but I wanted to do more. A few years ago I became a Chemo Angel. I send a card a week to a person while they are undergoing Chemo.   I also send  cards to chemo patients who need an "extra" boost . Thanks Shirley for encouraging me to do this.

1.       How does your creative process work? 
As I mentioned above my creative process usually starts by my picking out a stamp that fits for the recipient.  I might have a sketch or special fold.  If I’m using Copics I pick out a patterned paper or two and I just see where I go.

 Next week you will be introduced to  Laura N. aka The Crafty Sister.  Laura was also an Angel for The Angel Company and is known for her amazing coloring skills and is on several design teams.  You will be introduced to her beautiful creations next Monday, September 8 and I know you will be amazed.

Monika at Creative with Monika was going to be introduced also but family issues will prevent her from doing a write up but you will not want to miss looking at her amazing work.  She is also on several design teams and you will be amazed at her creations also.

Be sure to visit Shirley's amazing blog also: Glittered Paws.

These are just three of the many online friends that inspire and challenge me in my creativity everyday, thanks to all of you that create and give me inspiration!



Sunday, August 31, 2014

Thinking of You


I made a pile of new stamps I have not used yet and put them on my workspace to use before I pick up any other stamps.  This is the first one, Our Daily Bread: Lighthouse. I know, I have a lot of lighthouses but could not resist this one.  I stamped it with Kaleidacolor Denim, used Graphic 45 paper and labels 4 die cut. It is for our neighbor who had heart valve  surgery almost 2 weeks ago and is still in the hospital. Hope to have him home in the next few days.
 Happy Labor day to all!  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Tim Holtz Stencil

 I played with my Tim Holtz Stencil recently and these are the different looks I got.  I thought it made a nice simple masculine card.  My favorite is the red one but I am not sure yet how I want to finish it, any ideas?  I put my stencil down pressed my versa mark pad on the open areas and embossed with a sparkly red embossing powder. I hate to cover it up but I need to at least add some words. 

 I solved my technical difficulties by removing my e-mail from my phone and reloading it!  Nice to be back.

Technical Difficulties, Any Suggestions

Since I changed my e-mail password I can not e-mail pictures I take on my phone to my e-mail.  I've changed it on my phone and computer?  Any ideas?

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Stand Up Splatter Card


I saw this card base on Pintrest and it was so easy to duplicate. You just
cut your base die cut twice and score one in the middle and glue it (I  used
extra adhesive to be sure it was well secured) on the bottom of your
card base. I used Xcut Rectangle parenthesis Nesting Dies.
The sweet image is a digi from Meljen Designs "Little
Pocket Puppy" and I used a sponge I've had in my stash forever to
splatter ink on the white cardstock.  Added a button and twine for
a little dimension (and to cover a smudge- opportunity to embellish).
Also used my Wink of Stella to add some sparkle to the pocket stitching
and the swirls around the puppy.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Swing (Flap fold) Card Tutorial


I made my first swing (flap card) for my dear friend Shirley's birthday and it was not near as hard as I expected, it was quite fun.  I used a stamp Friends designed by Maybelle RO and paper pieced the outfits to match my background papers and die cut butterflies to coordinate.  The inside saying is hard to read, it says "Wishing you every stamp you could ever want and then one or two more.  Happy Birthday.

Let me try to give you directions.  Cut your cardstock  to 7 1/2 " x 5 1/5 " (4 1/4" if you prefer, depends on the size of your die  and design)  Scor the  71/2 " length at 2 3/4 " and  3 1/2". 



 Position die of choice (Spellbinders Labels 3)as above and attach with removable tape or Washi tape.  Position cutting board 7 1/2" length ONLY to the 2 34' fold line and roll through your Big Shot or Cuddlebug.  Repeat going from the opposite side to the other score line.  Note you will have a 3/4 " strip not cut as  as in the finished example above.  Fold as below.  For the front flap, cut a colored or pattern piece and a smaller solid piece for your design and a solid piece for the back for your greeting. Embellish with stamping or patterned paper, and other die cuts (Butterfly) or other embellishments of choice.  Enjoy and let me know if you try this so I can see your creations!

Die Cuttin' Diva's 178: Favorite Color Combination
DRS 135: They Say its your Birthday
Scrapbook PhD #14: Three Die Cut & add a little sparkle
Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes
The Three Muses Challenge: Friends
Word Art Wednsday 145: Anything Goes

Friday, August 8, 2014

Quirky Elephant

I whipped up four of these cheery little cards in no time
using Doodle Pantry's pre-colored Quirky Elephant digi
set. I used a few punches, fussy cut the peanuts and die
embossed my card base and they are ready to go. Karen
Siefert (also formerly with The Angel Company) sends