Saturday, June 28, 2008

On Vacation

Just a quick not to let everyone know that I am not at home, and will not be till July 15th. I am spending time with family and friends and did not bring most of my stuff. Hope you all have a Fab. vacation.

Monday, June 23, 2008

DT card, first attempt

This is my first attempt at a Pop-up card. So be gentle. This most certainly is not perfect. I have still not perfected the whole method. So I will be practicing till I get it right! This is from the new Summer and Sea collection.
Images were all stamped on Fabriano Artistico 140lbs Bright white, hot press watercolor paper. They are colored with Caran D'ache Supracolor pencils, Distress ink's and Twinkling H2O's. Card stock and DP is all from Magnolia's shop. Acetate was used to hold pieces in place. Background panel was hand drawn and a corner of Magnolia Cattails was added. Clouds and sun(High Hopes sun) were popped up with 3-D dots. I am back to the drawing board to improve my design.

Ok, I added a cattail here in order to hide the acetate better. The problem was that I inserted it to high in the Background.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

So Sorry.

People will honestly start thinking I am hopeless. I am afraid that my erratic posting will last until probably September. Let me explain. I have a BIG project that I am working on and that is my craft priority for the time being. Still can't say what, but hopefully by September or so I can say. Second my husband's vacation is through the month of July so we will be away a huge portion of the time. August he goes back to work and then beginning of September he leaves for 7 months to Afghanistan. So needless to say, my family is my top priority for this summer. This tour thankfully will be his last as a front line soldier. As soon as he gets back, he has a month off and then leaves for 4 months to do a course for a new trade in the Military. This is very exciting for us since he will have done his duty in the front line and can go into a less stressful position. That means that while he is away, I will be preparing our house to go on the market. We will be moving as soon as he finishes his course and gets his posting. So there is a lot of stuff happening in the next year. I will be erratic in posting, but will be doing my best.
OK so now no one can say that I am being lazy in regards to my Blog. On to my Card. This is a DT card from the new Summer and Sea collection from Magnolia. It is amazing. There is so much that you can do with it. I am so in love with every piece of it. In this case I wanted to capture a little boy just loafing by the edge of a pond.
Stamps: Magnolia, High Hopes Sun
Paper: Bazzill, Fabriano Artistico Cold Press 140 lbs, SU Olive, Caramel, Cool Caribbean, Memory box DP, Magnolia DP
Ink: Versamark, Distress: Tea dye, Vintage, Shabby Shutter, Pine, Broken China, Jean
Other: Tombow markers, Twinkling H2O's, Stickles, Gold embossing pwd, Cuttlebug embossing folders.
The images were all stamped on my watercolor paper with Versamark then embossed in Gold. They were colored in with Tombow markers and Twinkling H2O's. Everything was then cut out. Layers of paper were run through the Cuttlebug and then cut in varying wavy shapes. The layers were taped down, and images were glued and popped.
Thanks so much for dropping by,

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Blog Candy Winner and Decorated Colour book

So I have had this decorated now for a couple of days, but have also been in the midst of preparing for a scrapbook class that I gave last night. My original intention had been to post the winner last night after the class, but since we did not wrap up till close to 1:00 AM in the morning, well ...I was too tired! So without further ado ( not sure how you spell that one), using the most sophisticated method ( names written on paper in a basket, then picked by my daughter), the winner is:
Annelies said...
I'm planning on redecorating my room, and would like inspiration to create something to put on the wall (f.e. canvas). Maybe you can help? Greetings from Belgium, Annelies
So Annelies, please e-mail me your snail-mail address so that I can send this off to you.
I want to thank everyone who participated, and gave me lovely suggestions. I will do a Twinkling H2O tutorial next, and will work on some of the suggestions for following tutorials and projects.
So for the above book, recipe:
stamps: House of Mouse, SU Alphabet
Ink: SU craft Chocolate Chip, Stewart Superior in Burnt Umber
Paper: SU Afternoon Tea DP, Fabriano Artistico Hot Press water color paper, Poison Ivory Shimmer CS
Other: Watercolor pencils, Re-inkers, Twinkling H2O's, acrylic white paint, Spica glitter pens, Dew Drops, SU satin ribbon, Prima flowers, rhinestone brad.
Image was colored in layers with different mediums ( will show in next Tutorial), Letters were stamped with craft ink and embossed in clear. I then cut out letters and adhered. Everything else is easy peasy. Hopefully be back soon,

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sorta Back, and Blog Candy

No I have not fallen off the face of the earth lol. But I have been a busy beaver trying to create order out of chaos. I did not want to take longer than necessary by dividing my attention between that and stamping. There was one thing that I have also worked on though in that time. And that was to create a book with all my colors, mediums and names shown. I find this is a great way to see exactly what a color looks like. I won't tell you how many hours this took me, but thankfully in the end it should save me plenty of time. This was my first attempt using my Bind It All. I was not totally successful. I find the instructions they give are not half as helpful as what is on the website. That being said, I did not think to look at the website until half way through. So there are some mistakes, but I am still happy with my results. Now i can have the fun part of decorating my book :) . The really scary thing here is that these lists do not include my reinkers . I will be doing a separate book for that!
Book cover is Cardboard covered with Afternoon Tea DP and Groovy Guava CS. Wire is decorated with SU In color ribbon and May Art ribbon.

This lists my water based markers on Fabriano Studio watercolor paper. Chart had to be done by hand because printer toner ( or whatever it is called ) does not adhere to watercolor paper. It is a mix of SU and Tombow. ( this list has 2 pages ).

Color pencil on Stampers Select White.
Twinkling H2O's on PaperTrey Stampers Select White.
Copic on Stampers Select White.
Watercolor pencil on Fabriano Studio watercolor paper. The entire book consists of 11 pages of color charts on those mediums mentioned above.
Ok now for the Blog Candy. Up for grabs are High Hopes Scotsman and his Scottish dog. And a Magnolia little girl from most recent Club kit. That is a total of 3 un-mounted stamps for one person. All you have to do is leave a comment here about what sort of projects ( other than cards) and tutorials you would like me to cover. Anyone can participate from anywhere. I will draw on Friday.( actually my daughter will draw on Friday). Must answer question in order to be placed in draw! Good Luck!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Still Alive

I am still here slugging away at my stuff. I am also in the midst of organizing my craft space. I am trying to do up charts of all my colors of different mediums and also to go through all my stamps and decides what is for keep and what must go. It is a long tedious process, but one which I am trying to put all my energy into so that it gets done. I will be back tomorrow with some blog candy for your patience. Hopefully by the end of the weekend I will be finished and have something to post!