Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Last two Christmas cards

Here are the other two cards I made for Christmas.

This one is made using digital papers by Crystal Wilkerson. I printed them on shimmery cardstock. The stamp is from SU and it's stamped with Brilliance Rocket Red Gold ink and punched with a punch from SU. The heart punch, ribbon, blue paper and vanilla card base are also from SU.


This one is from the Very Merry Tags cricut cartridge. I used a cuttlebug embossing folder, digital paper from Jerri Ingalls, cardstocks from SU, Bazzill and Lasting impressions, shimmery vellum, SU border punch (from an upcoming catalog) and ribbon from SU.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Fox & Friends baby card

This is made with a new set from the upcoming Occasions mini. I pretty much cased this card from Jennifer McGuire. I made it for a family member who recently had a baby girl. In real life the lion's mane matches the darker pink paper-not sure why it doesn't here. I use my old DRebel to take card pics and it's not the greatest camera anymore.



stamps: SU Fox & Friends
cardstock: SU and PTI
embossing folder: swiss dots
ink: SU
circle and scallop punch: SU
border punch: Martha Stewart

Monday, December 21, 2009

Card holders

First of all this card was NOT made by me. It was made by a lady in my upline named Gail Beezley. Isn't it cute?? It is all glittery and the embossed background is so neat. So anyway I was trying to think of a better way to display our cards. Usually I use poster tape and tape them all to my front door. Really wasteful-that poster tape is expensive. And they couldn't be rearranged if we got more cards. So the other day this idea popped into my head. I don't know if I saw it somewhere and was subliminally channeling that or what. If so and you know where I might have seen it, please let me know so I can give credit. For the card holders I took ordinary clothespins and covered them on one side with patterned paper and put a magnet on the other side. I used paper cut to about 3/8" x 2-7/8" and glued it on with Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue. Then I took these magnetic business card blanks I had leftover from another project and cut them into about 1/4" strips and stuck them to the other side of the clothespin (they are self adhesive). Clipped the card into the clothespin and stuck it to our front door. Our door is steel-this wouldn't work with a non-steel door.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Two Christmas cards-and a sketch challenge

I'm posting only two of my cards right now. The other two cards I did are going to people who read my blog-so I'll post them later.

This one is made with a digital stamp that I found here. I used the same background as the freebie but changed the color and then put the image on top and then printed it. I colored it with copic markers. I tried shading and all that but the colors looked so light (pink instead of red, for example) so I just colored it solid. The markers I used (forgot to take a picture) are C5, G07, G17, R17 and Y38. I printed the image on shimmery cardstock but you can't tell from the picture. It's shimmery though. I used some Stampin' Flock on the white parts of the hat. Cardstock and patterned paper are from Stampin' Up and the Christmas Greetings stamp is from..I think Hero Arts. Embossing folder from Cuttlebug. For this card I used Aly's sketch shown here, turned on its side. I didn't have room for the 3 dots so I left them out. I didn't want to make square cars since I don't have enough envelopes that size and shape.



the sketch:


This next one was made using a digital kit by Crystal Wilkerson. I printed the patterned papers onto some cardstock and then cut them up just as I would regular patterned paper. The tree and sentiment were printed on shimmery cardstock. I cut the tree out and glued it to the oval (which is SU vanilla cardstock). I also used nestabilities and my SU scallop border punch. Kraft cardstock is from Stampin' Up. I used stickles at the top of the tree.


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Shaped card and a sketch card

These are the last two cards I made on World Card Making Day. The first one was for a shaped card challenge. I found this file on this blog and I thought I did everything right but it didn't cut quite right. I used SCAL and it was the first time I'd actually made something with it so I was completely clueless. So I changed it so that it was welded at the shoulders to make a folded card and somehow the parts cut out smaller than they were supposed to but I used it anyway-I thought it still looked ok.


paper is Bazzill
stamp is hero arts
prisma colored pencils
stickles and liquid pearls (also my first time using liquid pearls-and it's pretty obvious)

The next one was for a sketch challenge. Other than the greeting there's no stamping on it at all.


papers: DCWAV
stamp, ink, ribbon, corner punch: SU
dew drops colored with copics (they get sticky when you use copics on them so I guess I'll have to buy a bunch of colors)
sewing

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Snowglobe Ornament

I don't remember where I got the idea for this-I think at split coast or maybe from a blog. But the other day when we were shopping at Hobby Lobby, I saw some soap molds and suddenly remembered that I wanted to try it. The idea didn't originally use soap molds but I thought they would work-so I bought them. They are just your standard bar shaped mold-there is a pic down below.

So here's what I did-I cut out the house, trees and snowman using my cricut. The house and trees were made with the Christmas Cheer cartridge and the snowman was done with the Snow Friends cartridge. That snowman was cut at 3/4" (real dial size) to give an idea of how little he is. The house was cut at 1-1/2" and the trees at 1" and 1-1/4". I cut around the soap mold leaving about 1/4" of the backing plastic. I then cut the background paper (SU soft sky designer series paper) the same size and shape. I used some shimmery white cardstock to make the background snow-I just cut it freehand, glued it on, and trimmed to the same shape as the background. I used pop dots to attach the house, the snowman (after adding detail with copic markers) and one tree and tombow mono multi adhesive for the other trees. The snow inside the globe was made using this "make your own flower soft" tutorial. I mixed in some glitter too but it's not really very glittery so next time I'll use more. I used an anti static bag on the inside of the mold but it looked dusty so I sort of wiped most of it out.

I put sticky strip all around the flat outer part of the soap mold. Then I added the fake snow. I removed the sticky strip backing and then attached the background w/ the house, trees and snowman.

I didn't have any green lace so I took some white lace and used water and reinkers and dyed it. I used SU gable green first but it was too light so I added some green galore reinker. I dried it with my heat gun. I used sticky strip to attach the lace to the edges of the globe. Then I used tacky glue to attach the pearl strand. (btw I've had this lace and pearls for about 15 yrs. Finally I remembered to use it on something!) I made a double loop bow using my bow easy and stuck it to the top with a glue dot. Then I just used diamond glaze to glue the ribbon hanger to the back. I used a lot of different adhesives on this.

So anyway I thought it came out pretty cool. Here's a picture of the soap molds (this is a stock picture from online-I didn't take a picture of the packaging)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Blog update

I've decided to go ahead and update my blog for the holidays-I hope no one is offended by seeing holiday images so early! I didn't want to wait until after Thanksgiving because it takes me a long time to make all this stuff and I want it up for a while. Also I decided to make an animated signature-if it bothers anyone PLEASE let me know. Flashing graphics bother me sometimes and although this one isn't flashing, I understand it might bother people so if it does let me know. I just wanted to see if I could actually make one by myself (and yes that's my actual sloppy signature).

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Doodlebug flowers and critter card

This was for a bingo challenge. We got a bingo card and had to pick any line across, down or diagonally. So I made this and below the pics are the requirements and materials I used.


use 2 or more pp: my mind's eye
use at least 3 flowers: doodlebug friends stamp set (I think)
use red: SU cardstock
use at least 3 buttons: oriental trading
use glitter: stickles
also used twinkling h2os
ek success edge punch


This next one was for a critter challenge While cleaning out my room I found these cutouts that I don't even remember ever buying. I have a lot of that kind of stuff (the kind I don't remember). I got the sketch from a Joy of Cardmaking book.


cardstock and pp: SU
brads: bazzill
embossing folder: cuttlebug
cutout image: we r memory keepers
punch: fiskars

Monday, October 26, 2009

More WCMD cards

I'm posting more than one today

This one was for a red and yellow color challenge. I don't usually use red and yellow together that much so it really was a challenge. I think this is a bit busy but I was happy to finally use this set.

Everything except the spica pens (for the red dots), the die, and the sun punch are from SU. The sun punch is from EK Success and the die (for the shape behind the flower) is nestabilities.

This one was for a sketch challenge. It's a belated birthday card for my nephew-it is not easy to make teen boy cards and I have NO teen boy stamps! So I used a digital image.

copics used:

digital stamp from birdscards, papers from SU (white cardstock is from PTI), copic markers, stickles (on the snow), snowflake punch from carl, spica pens (to color the snowflakes), wave punch from ek success, computer font.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Foal card

I was late doing Aly's Sunday Challenge but even though the deadline had passed, I wanted to get it done. I have been cleaning up my room and finding things I never knew I had, like this cute foal stamp from (I think) Impression Obsession. Or maybe it's from Biblical Impressions. Anyway one of them or maybe somewhere else. So anyway I decided to use it on this card. I didn't put anything in the lower right like the sketch shows because I didn't want to put another bow there and I want to stamp a sentiment whenever I decide who to give it to and why. I feel like this is a little unbalanced-I should have lowered that far left panel some. I still might.

ink: SU
cardstock: PTI
paper and flower/button cutouts: sassafras lass
ribbon: american crafts
nestabilities
copics (I only used them for the foal's muzzle and the grass so I didn't bother to take pics. I used YG03 and E00)

the sketch:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Build a Roo

Another card from WCMD. This one was a copic challenge-I just had to use copics. I used a sketch from an old Joy of Cardmaking magazine.


colors (I missed the yellow one that I used for the words-I think it was Y02):


stamps, cardstock, patterned paper, corner punch, and pink ribbon: Stampin' Up
Nestabilities
brown ribbon: unknown
copic markers
stickles (in the corners-it's hard to see)
I don't have a Bow-Easy so I used a hair pick to make the bow-it's hard to see it too but it's there. It came out ok-I think a real Bow-Easy would be easier.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Before and after

I'm very lucky to have my own craft room. It's a decent sized room, too, with a big window and everything. However I've always kind of had this mix of cheap ugly shelves and desks and stuff. Over the past couple of years I have been slowly changing some of my stuff over to better stuff. My hubby built me a nice work table which I love (click here to see some of it). I switched my ugly green yard sale sewing machine desk to a nicer one that we made together. Now I got rid of the ugly gray metal utility shelves I was using (hey-they were cheap-only about $10 each) and replaced it with jetmax cubes from Michaels. Here are the before and after pics. Warning-these before pics are downright scary. There was no easy to way to store things on these shelves and I was using my old highsmith cardboard storage which was falling apart.




and after:


The round boxes on top are from Hobby Lobby-I covered them with wrapping paper and put some of my fabric in them. The white boxes are large storage boxes from Walmart. The colorful drawers are Fira chests from Ikea (I don't have an Ikea-a friend got these and sent them to me). The pink and white baskets are from Michaels. The smaller cubes (far right of the 2nd picture) on top of the file cabinet (which holds most of my bazzill cardstock. Well some of it) are from Big Lots-only $10 each. The vertical storage cubes hold my 12 x 12 patterned paper, which is organized by company and put in craft keepers, and also they hold my quilting books and magazines (I keep my scrap/stamp books and magazines in a different shelf unit which I will post later). That junk on the left side of the cubes is just that-junk. I'm going to make a little narrow shelf for that spot which will hold more books and/or magazines.

closeup of the label holders (which I printed on the computer and stuck to chipboard)


my cricut storage (2 drawers but they aren't both full):


and my unmounted stamp storage (I have 12 drawers of these-but they aren't all full):


It's still a mess-it always will be because I have way too much stuff. But it's definitely better and I can find things more easily. I'll post more pics as I get it all cleaned up and presentable.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Smile!

This was for a WCMD sketch challenge. I LOVE this line from October Afternoon.


markers:


supplies: october afternoon stamp, sticker and patterned papers, SU and Gina K cardstock, memento ink, copic markers, ribbon, nestabilities

Monday, October 5, 2009

World Card Making Day

For WCMD I am doing the challenges at A Walk Down Memory Lane. There are a LOT of them-nine. I did eight so far but I'm going to space out the posts because I may not make more cards for a while. I'm exhausted. So anyway here's the first one I did-it was for a recipe challenge. I had to use the following: 1 ribbon, 1 flower, 1 button, 2 pattern papers, 2 word sentiment like Happy Birthday, 3 brads, 3 circles. I'm not overly thrilled with this card but it's better than the first one I came up with (which was all this stuff, just arranged differently). Maybe I don't work well with all those rules.



1 ribbon-unknown
1 flower-prima (I actually stacked two-don't tell on me)
1 button-oriental trading
2 pattern papers-imaginisce
2 word sentiment like Happy Birthday-stampin' up
3 brads-queen & co
3 circles-circle circus stamp set (SU)
I also used Stampin' Up ink and circle punches

Monday, September 14, 2009

Basket Full of Fun and a new sketch challenge blog!

First of all one of the girls on my SCS blog group has a young daughter who has decided to start her own sketch challenge blog! What a great endeavor. So her site is Aly's Sunday Challenge and here is my card for her first sketch. I used my cricut and some DCWAV, SU and Bazzill papers plus a Martha Steward border punch and a Making Memories flower. I think the button is from Bazzill.

Here is the sketch:


And here is another sketch challenge from Beate's blog (I can't seem to link just to the sketch challenge post). I used a stamp from SU plus SU papers, corner punch and felt flowers. I also used copic markers, pearls, nestabilities, a brad from Oriental Trading, and a border punch from EK Success.

and the colors I used:


the sketch:

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Just Celebrate

This was made from the Mojo Monday sketch. I pretty much followed it exactly. I'm not back in the groove yet so I have to copy. lol



I am going to *try* to put the marker colors on the cards where I use copics. No promises though. I just happened to remember this time.




Ink: Memento Black
Patterned Paper: 3 Bugs in a Rug Celebrate
Ribbon: Unknown (I tried to recolor the yellow stripe with markers because it was too bright. It bled a little but I still think it looks better this way. It was really light and bright before)
Circle Nestabilities
Sewing Machine
Copic Markers

Friday, August 21, 2009

Vacation

We just got back from our vacation a few days ago. We drove from Indiana to California and Oregon and back. Lots of driving and lots of beautiful country. I may not have time to make anything for a few days while we recuperate so here is a pic I took while on our trip. I took this while we were driving down the highway somewhere in California (Steve says he thinks it was around Baker). I love it.



I'll try to share more vacation pics soon. We went to Disneyland, the beach, the Monterey Bay aquarium, the Lava Beds in Northern California, and more-it was great!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Photo editing-exposure, brightness and contrast

I'm taking another class at Jessica Sprague's website. This time it's photo editing. It's high time I learned how to use Photoshop properly. So this is the first lesson-exposure, brightness and contrast. My very first try at one of my own pics so I'm sure it could be a lot better. I have a lot of pictures to practice on. So this is a picture of my son holding the flowers we bought for my daughter's dance recital last summer.

Before:


After:


I know it looks like I only have one kid but really I have more. It's just that this one is the easiest to take pictures of. I'll be trying to use more of my older photos (from when my girls would actually look at me to get their picture taken) later in the lessons.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

The whole nine yards

This class combined a bunch of things we'd done already plus overlays. So it had a clipping mask, textures, text, edge burn, plus the overlay. I am loving this class. It's so easy to follow and understand. Also someone asked about doing them in Photoshop Elements. There are videos for that but I've only been watching the Photoshop ones so I don't know the method in PSE.

The original:


the edited copy:

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Edge burn-how to do it

I got a request on how to do the edge burn. I learned in a free class I'm taking from Jessica Sprague so I can't really duplicate her lesson here, but I will quickly tell how I did it in photoshop.

1. open your picture (I always duplicate it and close the original) and crop as desired.
2. I would probably sharpen at this point but I didn't do that.
3. Add a levels adjustment layer and move the center triangle to the right to darken your picture.
4. Click on the mask in the adjustment layer in the layers palette to be sure it's active.
5. Make sure your foreground color is black and the background is white.
6. Click on the gradient tool. Make sure that at the top, the circular gradient is selected and in the blend mode select multiply.
7. Click and hold on a spot at about the center of the picture and drag to the corner and let go. If you need to you can adjust that levels thing to darken more or less.
8. Using a soft black brush, brush over any areas in the center part (the part that is lighter) to lighten them further if desired.
9. I always save with layers intact as a psd and then I flatten and save as a jpg. Resize for the web if necessary.

Hopefully it is ok to post this. If not someone can let me know and I'll remove it. :)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

photo editing class-burned edges

Here is the picture for today's class. This picture has no post processing other than the burned edges. Isn't it gorgeous?? I took it at the White River Gardens-they have a butterfly dome there.

Before:


After:

Monday, July 13, 2009

Photo lesson-adding text

Today's lesson is adding text to a photo. I've done this a lot (not with photos but with graphics-my blog is proof) but I still learned a few things. I also used a couple of previous lessons to tone down the color and add a texture to my pic. Believe it or not this cat in the picture never ran away from the kids despite all the lovin' from them. He is now almost 20 lbs and they still pick him up and he still loves it.


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Wow! Win a new lens!!

I found this via a friend on facebook so I went to the blog. I think I've been to this blog before-it looks very familiar. So anyway I'm posting about it here. :)

WIN AN SLR LENS: Brand New Tamron Lens – 18-270mm or 28-300mm

the details plus how to enter (copied from the mcpactions blog):
I am very excited to have my 1st BIG lens give away on the blog. Tamron USA, Inc. is sponsoring the MCP contest for a brand new lens. The WINNER chooses from the 18-270mm (for a crop sensor Nikon or Canon) or the 28-300mm (for a full frame Nikon or Canon).

This would be an amazing lens to have for travel when changing prime lenses is inconvenient. I can just picture this lens on a trip to Disney World.

To enter, you will need to do the following:

- Post to your blog, twitter and/or facebook about this contest (let people know how to enter and provide a link)

- Come back here and leave a comment writing where you posted (with link so that it can be verified if your post is picked from the random drawing)

- In your comment, please write why you want to win this lens, where you would want to most the lens, and for fun tell us how many lenses you currently own.

To qualify, you must:

- Have a US mailing address that the lens can ship to – this can be yours or a friend or relative but make sure you have one prior to entering (Tamron USA is only authorized to sell and distribute in the US)

- Have a Camera that works with Tamron Lenses. If you do not have a Nikon or Canon SLR, a similar range lens for Pentax or Sony will be substituted.

- Do all the above items explained in the “enter section.”

- Please do not add comments more than once. I approve all comments to limit spam (unless have commented and been approved on another post in recent days). I will approve posts at least once every 12 hours - if not sooner. So be patient and check back. If you see your comment is on many times, email me and let me know what name was used and what post numbers, so I can delete the duplicates in fairness to all.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

next photo lesson

The lesson for today is to use a special texture that makes a picture look like an old fashioned photo (dirt and all. lol) Here are my projects-no originals this time. Too lazy. The project also included adding a brush, word art, etc. I added the brushes but I honestly think I prefer them without.




Friday, July 10, 2009

Photo Editing class

I'm taking a free photo editing class from Jessica Sprague. Today's class is the coolest one yet-using textures. Here's my class project (#1-there are 2 more for this class but I haven't done them yet). I think it turned out so neat! The top pic is the original and the bottom is the one with 3 textures applied and tweaked. Oh I also used a Pioneer Woman action to convert to b&w and then I reduced the opacity on some layers so it was a tiny bit colored. That was before I applied the textures.





I highly recommend her classes. Many are not free but she does have some free tutorials. I think that this class is worth money so I'll be taking at least another one (not a free one) with her.
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