Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Peaceful Garden

This card features one of the new Memory Box stamps that I found  in the  Ellen Hutson online store. The sentiment is by Hero Arts and the Butterflies and background design are by Silhouette.

The blooms were embossed with white ink and embossing powder on Neenah white card stock. The color was applied with distress inks. I applied ink to a clear acrylic block and used a watercolor pen to pick up ink and color the image. To add some spots of darker color I applied some water to the ink on the block, picked up some with my finger and rubbed over the colored flowers. It's hard to see in the photo, but a little sheen was added by spraying the flowers with white Glimmer Mist chalk spray.
The butterflies were cut out on the Silhouette and were colored using the Glimmer Mist chalk spray.

The Hero sentiment was stamped on a rectangle piece of card stock and the corners were rounded. The Gorgeous Bloom stamp comes in 2 sizes and I stamped the smaller one around the edge of the tag.

Have to leave my peaceful garden to go get my teeth cleaned. Hope your day is filled with only pleasant things.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Necessity the Mother of Invention

I stamped this flower from MAGENTA with dark brown ink on white card stock and colored with copic markers.

It looked a little flat to me so I cleaned the stamp and inked it up again with Versamark frost ink, stamped over the first image and embossed with clear embossing powder. I hope you can see in the next picture that it gave it some sheen and dimension to the outline of the flower and leaves.

Now is where the necessity and invention part come in. I cut the flower out using the Silhouette SD...this time I messed up! There was a tear at the top of the paper and it ended up inside the scalloped oval shape. Had to get rid of the top of the scalloped oval so I cut off the top of the oval in a straight line. Cut out the two oval shapes again in white card stock. I stamped the scallop oval border with the envelope pattern stamp from HERO ARTS. Then I came up with the idea to make this a pocket card. I backed the lower part of the image with dimensional foam tape. Stamped a sentiment on the top portion of a smaller scalloped oval and cut the bottom portion so that it would fit in the larger scallop. Stamped a portion of the envelope pattern stamp on the bottom. Stamped a flower from the Magenta stamp, cut it out and added it to the tag. And this is how it looks when you pull the top out.

How about you? When you mess up, do you just toss it or do you try to find a way to fix it?

Off to spend the weekend with friends at the beach. Our weather has been delightful lately, highs in the 70s and 80s.....this weekend highs in the 50s and rain. Doesn't it figure? Hope your weather cooperates with your weekend plans.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Magenta Flowers

Good Afternoon. Hope it's a great day for you. I've been having some fun doing some paper piecing with another wonderful new flower from Magenta. Ellen Hutson is carrying some of the new images from Magenta's new catalog. 

I stamped the flower image 4 times, twice on white card stock, once on green and once on "Flamingo Double Dot" Bo Bunny pp. Copics were used to add some shading to the leaves and the center of the flower. The borders and the flourish were cut out on the Silhouette SD. The large butterfly is from Memory Box. If you haven't seen them yet they have some beautiful new releases for the spring. The small butterfly punches are from Martha Stewart.

I have the day off and it's beautiful here. The only slight issue is an excessive amount of pollen. I am not complaining. I think of all the people,in the world, who are facing major issues. So many just trying to survive and I realize how blessed I am. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing I hope you too are blessed with peace, happiness, good health and hopefully a little time for stamping.


Monday, March 21, 2011


I love this sentiment from Hero, it reminds me that whatever the day brings you can usually find some joy there if you take the time to look for it. My son and daughter-in-law have been visiting since Thursday and it has been wonderful, so good to see them :). I have introduced Anita to the joy of cardmaking and I think she is hooked on it. She has made some great cards.

I found a little time this morning to make this card using a new flower stamp from Magenta that I found over at Ellen Hutson online store. If you are not familiar with Magenta, they are a stamp store in Canada that has great stamps. I am so excited that Ellen Hutson is carrying some of their products now.

I stamped and colored the image. Ran it through the silhouette sd to cut a frame. After the frame was done I stamped it with the Envelope pattern stamp and then put the stamped center back in place. This made it be one layer and fit together like a puzzle piece. Usually I would have just layered the frame over the center image, but I like this look better.
Stamped the image on the side...the joy of clear can put them anywhere without a stamp positioner. All that was left to do was punch the little butterflies from BoBunny pp using a Martha Stewart Punch.

Going to spend the rest of the day enjoying spending time with family. Have a great start to your week and thanks for visiting!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Luscious Bold Flowers

These bold flowers are truly Luscious and you can find them in the Hero Arts 2011 Spring Catalog. The white card and yellow border were created on the Silhouette SD. The card is called "Decorative Frame Card" and it was a new release the week of March 8th.
I cut the card once in white antique linen card stock and again in the Bo Bunny Buttercup Dot pp. Stamped and cut out the flowers and used my bone folder to curl up the edges for dimension. Used some foam tape between the flower layers.
Stamped the "Happy Birthday" on white and layered on Bo Bunny blue pp. Added foam tape behind that for dimension. Another quick and easy card.

Hero Arts
CG303 Luscious Bold Flowers
CG286 Three Leaves
CL490 Sending Smiles Messages
Silhouette Sd
decorative frame card
Bo Bunny pp

I hope wherever you are this weekend you are safe and happy. What a week this has been. So many people all over the world whose lives have been changed forever and my heart goes out to them. 
I am thankful that you are able to and have chosen to spend a little time here.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Chalk Inks

I haven't played with my chalk inks in quite a while and I was happy to see that they are holding up quite well even though I got them years ago. 
This card was very easy to make. I embossed the floral background stamp on white card stock using white pigment ink and white embossing powder. I applied the color to the flowers by rubbing a small piece of felt on the chalk ink pads and then applying the ink to the embossed image. I did add a little color with a yellow marker to the yellow flowers and the center of the pink ones. Stamped the sentiment, punched it out in a tag shape, a little ribbon and a few pearls are the finishing touches.
If you haven't used chalk inks before they have a "chalky" dull image after they dry but you can rub a dry soft cloth over them and it brings some shine to the finish.

I am looking forward to seeing my stamp club friends today. This will be the first meeting I have been able to attend this year and I have missed seeing everyone.

Hope you have a great day and thanks for sharing a  little time with me.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Soft Lilac Birthday

Good Morning Everyone! Hope you are feeling rested and ready to go this morning. I got to stay home from work yesterday and I am feeling rested and ready to do some creating.

Made this card yesterday. Another new download from the Silhouette store....It's a good thing I have a subscription! Cut out the flower stem on the silhouette. I had a little trouble with this one. I think it would be fine if you were doing it for something larger but making it small enough for this card the flowers didn't turn out so well. So I used some 8 petal flowers that I had left over from a previous project and added some of the new Hero Hues Dots for the centers. The background is the envelope pattern from Hero, stamped in their Soft Lilac ink.
The border at the bottom is from Silhouette and I just backed it with some card stock colored with the soft lilac ink, then added some glossy accents to the center of the circles. Added the sentiment and all done!


Hero Arts:
S5507 envelope pattern
CL490 Sending Smiles Message
Hero Hues Dots
Soft Lilac ink

Silhouette SD:
circles & squares border
Flower (American Craft)

Glossy Accents

Thanks so much for visiting :)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

How to Change the size of your Silhouette design

I had a few questions about the Rounded Lattice card, changing a design size and making sure your desired area is cut, so I put together a quick tutorial on the way I do it. Keep in mind that I am pretty new to the Silhouette and there may be a much better way to do it. So If you know a better or easier way I would enjoy hearing your ideas. 

This is the design as it downloads from the Silhouette store. As you can see it gives you the dimensions and if they weren't there you could figure them out by counting the grid lines as they are about 1inch apart. The red lines of the design are the cut lines so as long as you have your design cut area inside the larger red rectangle (The cut area), all of your design should be cut.

To enlarge the size and keep the design intact you click on one of the corner squares and pull it to the desired size.

This shows the design after changing the width to 8.5 inches so when the card is folded it will be the desired 4.25 inches wide but it is only 5" inches high and I want it to be 5.5 inches.

Then I clicked on the squares in the middle of the design to make the card 5.5 inches tall.

Below is a picture of the new A2 size card. As you can see part of the design (The small rectangle) is going outside of the cut area (the large red rectangle) so it will no longer be cut. There is not enough space since the size of the card is enlarged.

Now it is ready to be cut. I hope this has answered any questions and hasn't made it seem more complicated than it really is. If I can figure it out, anybody can. Believe me....In 2007 I didn't know how to copy and paste on a computer!!!! I hate to admit I was that computer illiterate but there it is. I am happy to confirm that "Old Dogs" can learn new tricks. LOL!

Thanks for visiting! Have a great day!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Rounded Lattice Card

The rounded lattice card is a download from the Silhouette store. I manipulated the size to make an A2 size card. I masked everything off but the center oval and stamped the envelope pattern on the oval.
The bird collage was stamped, cut out and colored with copics.
Stamped the sentiment and chose a piece of card stock to place behind the lattice.

 All stamps are by Hero Arts
S5507 envelope pattern
K5503 bird collage
CL497 Find Joy
The Silhouette design is "rounded lattice card"

I have been in my craft room a lot this week....let me tell you why. My hubby decided he needed to sand and paint the outside of the windows. That part is alright. What wasn't so good is that he opened the windows while he was sanding. When I came home and there was 1/2 inch of dust all over everything in there, I was not a happy camper :(. Can you imagine all the little things covered in dust??? Is it all clean yet...No, but it is getting there and since I was cleaning I have taken the opportunity to rearrange and get rid of some things that have been occupying shelf space and aren't being used. Today I just had to take a little break in cleaning and do some creating.

Thanks for stopping by today! I love your visits.