Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It's a New Year...

It's a new year....and hopefully, I'll be better about posting this year!

I've been doing a lot of knitting, crocheting, and a bit of scrapbooking lately, and I've finally made a few cards too.

Let me show you some of the cards I've made.  This first card is using some of the techniques from the Clean & Simple Card Class I'm currently taking.


I wanted to dress up my scallops a bit, so I used some of my new Spellbinder border dies to cut the scallops.  The butterfly is from Hero Arts, stamped in Memento black, and colored with Copics.  I added a touch of clear Wink of Stella to the butterfly for a little sparkle.  The sentiment is heat embossed with platinum embossing powder.  Sentiment is from PTI. I popped each layer with foam tape over a gold card base.

This next group of cards are some that I made using techniques from Jennifer McGuire's video for faux laser cut cards which you can find by clicking on the link.


For the lacy inset for this card, I used a Spellbinder die.  The aperture was cut using the stitched rectangle die from Simon Says....I just did a little partial die-cutting to make it a square.  I used a white card base, and did a little blending of distress inks for the background. The sentiment is from PTI and is heat embossed in white (although it looks a little yellow on here!)


For this card, I used a large hexagon die to cut the aperture, then used the next larger hexagon die to cut a purple border for the opening.  The floral section in the middle is a large die from Anna Griffin and Cuttlebug.  It's really a beautiful die!.  The sentiment is from PTI.

This card is made along the same lines as the two above, except this card's lacy insert is made by using 4 Spellbinder die cut trees to fill in the opening.  I used an oval die for the opening, then filled it with the trees.  The banner was cut from paper to match the backing of the lacy center, and heat embossed with a sentiment from PTI.  I had to add a few small blooms to the top of the oval to cover up an inky mistake!

These next two cards are also inspired by Jennifer McGuire's partial die cutting video.


The die is from Simon Says - Calliope Flourish.  I simply cut just a portion of the die and moved it across the paper and cut it several times.  The sentiment is from PTI.  Added a few white sequins to finish it off.  The panel is adhered to the card base with foam tape.

I'm also submitting this card for the CASology Challenge this week....with the keyword of Birthday. I guess I could have submitted most of these cards since I seem to be on a birthday card kick this week!


Same idea here, I just adhered it directly to the card base.  Sentiment is also from PTI.

This was indeed a LONG post...so thanks for hanging in there!  

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by for a visit!  Hope you'll come back soon!  Your comments are greatly appreciated! Until next time...
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Friday, October 31, 2014

More Christmas Gifts in the works!

As I mentioned in my last post, I'm also getting things ready for the December meeting of our widow's group.  We'll be having a Christmas lunch here at my house and I've been busy make a few small gifts for each of the ladies.  There could be 20 or more ladies here that day!

I found these frames at Michael's in the dollar bin...so I bought about 25 of them.  I printed out several different verses from the Bible, then stamped a floral image (The stamp is from a very old set I had from SU!) Here's a peek at the gifts:


After I got all the verses printed and stamped, with the help of a couple of ladies from our group, we got them all put into the frames.  I also made boxes for each of the frames and decorated each of the boxes.  Here's just a small sample of the 20+ boxes I decorated:







I did a little heat embossing, a little coloring with Copics, and just decorated a few of them with sparkly paper and die cuts.  I just can't make up my mind which one of these I like best!  SO....which one of these boxes is your favorite? 

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by for a visit!  Hope you'll come back soon!  Your comments are greatly appreciated! Until next time...

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy.....

I've been very busy the last few weeks. This post will be VERY photo heavy! Working hard to get some Christmas presents completed.  My DIL asked me to tat some bracelets for her to give to co-workers, my youngest granddaughter has a birthday coming up in November, and I'm getting ready for a luncheon I'll be having for the widow's group from my church.

I've had a difficult time getting involved in things during the past year and a half.  I finally started attending the widow's group that meets at my church once a month and have become friends with a couple of the ladies.

It's nice to have someone to call when you just need to get out of the house for a while!So...first I'll show you a few of the bracelets I've made for my DIL. (If you click on the photos you can see them a little bigger)


I also made the boxes for the bracelets and decorated each of them.  The boxes fold like a pizza box, but they're not as heavy duty.  It takes one sheet of  letter size card stock for each box. Here's a sample of some of the boxes:







I ended up making 10 bracelets and 10 boxes to put them in.  It was a lot of work, but the end result was kinda cool!

I've also had requests for tatted crosses....so I've made about 6 of these:

The crosses are about 3" x 4.5" and really turned out nice. The pattern is by Grace Tan and can be found here. I learned how to tat using shuttles, but these were done with needle tatting. I think for me, the needle tatting is much faster.

I have so many crafts I enjoy, sometimes I just get snowed under with it all! LOL!




I know this was a photo heavy post....but thanks for taking the time to visit!

Thanks so much for stopping by! As always, your visits and your comments are greatly appreciated!  Until next time....

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Where has the time GONE!!!

I can't believe I haven't posted since the end of July!! Life has been hectic and crazy around here it seems. I'm industriously working on getting some Christmas presents made and I guess time has just passed me by!


WARNING!!! THIS POST WILL BE VERY PHOTO HEAVY!

I mentioned back in July that I have picked my tatting up again.  Haven't tatted in years, but I discovered needle tatting...and it is SO much easier to do than shuttle tatting (at least it is for me!) I have also made a few cards, but put some of them in the mail before photographing them.  I did make a card today to share with you.  My youngest grandson will be turning 3 soon, so I made a card specially for him.


I cut this card out with my Cameo and flattened off the bottom of the card so that it would stand up.  I ran the front side of the card through with a Spellbinder embossing folder, then inked the edges with distress ink. The little robot is a stamp from My Mind's Eye.  I colored him with Copics, then added a touch of glossy accents to his shoes and "claws".  I cut him out and used foam tape to adhere him to the card.  The banner is one that I just cut out after I stamped the sentiment.  I added it to a little pole for the robot to hold and used some pop dots to hold it on the card.  I think it turned out really cute...not to sure he'll care at all, but I do like it! LOL!

Now...the following photos are just a few of the 24 ornaments that I have completed thus far.  Some of the designs are patterns I found online and quite a few of them are patterns that I just made up as I went along.  I love how they all turned out.

This first ornament is tatted with one of my own designs (since I didn't write it down, I probably can't duplicate it!) The ornaments are about 3 inches in diameter.  This is two shots of the same ornament so that you could see the top and bottom of the ornament.


This next one is also a pattern that I designed.  This ornament and the one above are rich purple even though it's difficult to tell from the photos.


The next ornament (top and bottom both pictured) were tatted using a pattern from Robin Perfetti for the top of the ornament.  It tats up very quickly and fits perfectly over the top of the ornament.  For the bottom of the ornament, I used a pattern found here which is a pattern by Orsi.


        

This next ornament is another of my own designs...I really should have written the directions down for these!

 This next ornament is also one of my designs...and I think perhaps it might be my favorite!




The last one I have to share with you was made using the same two designs I used in the blue ornaments above except that this time I used blue thread and put the designs on silver ornaments




As you can see, I've really been quite busy...so forgive me for not posting more often.  I'll REALLY try to post more often (and get my cards photographed before I mail them out!)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Your comments and your visits are always appreciated!! Until next time...
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

LIM 182 - Anything Goes

It's been quite a while since I've played along with the Less is More challenge. Oh, I've made some cards for the challenge quite a few times....just never got them posted!  The challenge this week is Anything Goes in honor of Chrissie's birthday.  Happy, Happy birthday, Chrissie!

There's a few cards I've finished recently that will work perfectly for this challenge.


This first card I was practicing with doing inset words in a card.  My choice of die for this first card was probably not that good...it was a little difficult to piece back together.  Once I finished it though, I was pleased with how it turned out.  I added the "birthday" with heat embossing in black.  The stars were from a set from Clearly Besotted and were stamped in blue, then coated with some glitter from a Wink of Stella pen.  The word "happy" is also in blue...even though it looks black on here! I adhered the pieced panel to a piece of dark blue card stock and popped it on a card base.


This second card was basically the same procedures, except the letters for this "happy" are individual letters and I ended up not getting the letters completely straight...but it works!  I cut the letters from the card base and then cut them again from a piece of shiny card stock from an old tissue box.  The "birthday" was stamped in black.  The stars were outline stars that I stamped in black, and then put some gold Wink of Stella inside the stars.  Rounded the corners with a corner chomper.  Since there wasn't a front panel for the die cut, I simple put a single piece of card stock inside the front cover to cover up the cut out word.


I think this card is my favorite of the three.  I love these poppy stamps from Penny Black (they also have a matching die).  I found it very difficult to stamp and then cut out...missed the lines completely! Then I tried cutting the image with the die first before stamping...then I couldn't get it on the die straight!  I finally got close enough to make me happy!  Is there a trick to this that I don't know about? A thinking of you cards works for a birthday too...don't you think?

That's it for me today...see you soon (I hope!)

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Tat...Tat...Tat....

After getting all the dust and cobwebs removed from my blog, I finally got around to taking a few photos of some of the tatting I've been doing recently.

I learned to tat many (many) years ago!  I learned how to tat using a shuttle (or 2 shuttles depending on the pattern).  My sister showed me some of the tatting she had been doing with needles, so I knew I had to give it a try.  After figuring out how to use the needles for tatting (can I say LOTS of YouTube videos!), here are a few of the things I've been working on.  None of them are perfect, but I'm getting a little better each time!

I've made a few bracelets...with beads and without beads.  Putting beads on is a real pain!  I think my favorite of these five bracelets is the red one (4th). Which is your favorite?







I also tried my hand at some snowflakes.  I've done these with 2 shuttles before, so it took a few tries before I grasped what I was trying to do.  I'm not sure how to stiffen them, but I'm thinking I'll use a glue/water solution.  Seems like that's what I used years ago.  We'll see how it works.  I've made about 5 of them now, but they are basically the same.  Need to find a new pattern and try something different.


That's it for today.  I'll be back a little later with a card or two...and maybe a scrapbook layout. I've also been working on a few Zentangle pieces but haven't taken any photos yet. Just trying to stay busy!

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