Monday, August 29, 2011

Organizational Idea

We were very fortunate and got through the Hurricane without any major damage. We had a short period of time with no electricity, but it was productive time. Didn't really have enough light to do much crafting but I was able to see to clean up my craft room and that was time well spent. It was a mess! LOL! While I was trying to organize a few things I came up with an idea for the foam applicators for distress inks.
I had been storing them in an acrylic box and they were all jumbled together. It would be wonderful to have each applicator with its own labeled wooden handle but requires more storage room and a substantial investment.
So this is what I came up with.


It started with a plastic palette for acrylic paints and a box of Scotch multipurpose fasteners. This comes in two large rolls and I cut a square to mount on the palette and placed the foam applicator over each square. There is adhesive on the back of the square, that made it super easy. This is a close up picture:
I typed the names of the Distress Inks printed and cut them out and laminated them. Adhered those to the palette using Glossy Accents. Now each foam applicator has its own special place. It was a happy coincidence that the palette size was just right for the number of inks I had. If and when I add to my collection I can just turn it over and add to the backside. The dimensions of the palette are 14.5" by 10", and it is lightweight so it will be easy to take wherever I need it. Now I'm trying to think of a way to add a nib for each color. Any ideas?

Now that things are back to normal I hope to get some crafting time in :) Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, August 26, 2011

LaBlanche Stamp and a Hurricane Update

My second card using a new LaBlanche stamp. I am more pleased with my backgound and coloring on this card. Still have a ways to go but I think a little progress was made. This card is emobssed also but I used a darker ink in combination with the versarmark and it shows up better. The coloring around the edge of the background was done with Old Paper Distress ink but the center blue area was done using a regular dye ink pad. Their card stock makes a big difference and it is so easy to apply the inks.

Last minute hurricane preps going on. Went over to check on my dad this morning and he won't leave  home and come stay with me but he will be spending the night with his friends at the fire department. So relieved that he will not be alone. He grew up on the sound and has experienced his share of hurricanes over the years. He was telling me today when Hurricane Hazel made a direct here in 1954 the storm surge came up under their house and it was moving the floor boards. I can also remember as a child hearing how one year the hurricane and the storm surge took the porch off their house but it washed up enough lumber from the barrier islands that they were able to build it back. His house is all boarded up and he has even done a little hurricane prep for the birds.

He has bungee cords on the top of their feeder to keep it from blowing off.

If you are also in the path of this storm, get prepared and stay safe!

Thanks for visiting!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Walking in Daisies

Just a quick post to share a card I made with my new LaBlanche stamps. I like the way they stamp, they make a wonderful impression. I haven't had time to try any card stock other than their paper, but when I get a little time I want to do that. My first time I stamped it using a black dye ink and even though I dried it with a heat tool, it still ran in one spot when I misted it with water. This time I inked the stamp first withVersamark frost ink, then Tea Dye Distress Ink, applied clear detail embossing powder and embossed.

The images and the background were colored with a combination of distress inks and copic markers. I sanded the embossed area to decrease some of the shine and that worked until I heated it again after a layer of ink, and then the shine came back. Going to do a little playing around with that next time.

We are in the midst of hurricane preparations, so my play time is limited this week. We have been fortunate and haven't had a direct hit in a few years. I really think Irene is going to go east and just skirt the North Carolina coast but those sneaky old hurricanes have a way of changing their path when you least expect it.
So trying to get prepared for the possibility of no electricity. Sometimes it can take a week or more to get it restored. Also wondering whether I get to spend some extended time at work. If you are scheduled to work you have to come in ahead of time and stay until all is clear. The bad thing is you are away from your family but the good thing is there is electricity, hot showers, and hot food at the hospital.

We have experienced some crazy weather lately. We had 3 tornados in the last week or so and we hardly ever have them, we felt the earthquake from Va. yesterday and now the hurricane.

Better run, things to do! Thanks for coming to visit, hope you are having a great week!


Friday, August 19, 2011

Silhouette Birthday Banner

It's a Friday and I have the weekend off! Trying to tie up some necessary errands today so I can fully enjoy Saturday and Sunday. Summer is winding down and I find myself looking forward to those delightfully crisp autumn days.

I made this card a few days ago using two designs from Silhouette. I like to make birthday cards to have on you think I would be better about getting them in the mail. I have been terrible this year about getting cards out. I did post one card on facebook and said it was for all my facebook friends who had birthdays in August. Isn't that the laziest thing you ever heard? I am going to do better next year!
Am I the only one who has this issue? Will anyone else confess to something similar?

Back to the card. Here are the designs I used to make the card:
 I printed the card in white.
On the Silhouette, I cut the teardrop edge away from the rest of the card and copied it 4 times and filled it with the different colors. Cut those out and layered them in a staggered fashion to the bottom of the card.
I changed the colors on the birthday banner, printed them and cut them out on the Silhouette.
They were adhered to the card using foam tape.

The next project I have to share is not a completed card. I was given a card with a beautiful quilt pattern on the front and I wanted to try and create that look on the Silhouette. I wasn't able to find the pattern I wanted in the online store but I did find this design:

And here is what I created by duplicating the design

I made the background by offsetting the quilt pattern and only cutting out the border. I cut that out in white and cut the design out in pp. Then ran it through my cuttlebug using an impression plate.
That is as far as I have gotten. Not sure exactly how I will use it. Have any ideas for me?

Did a little shopping today at "I Love Mementos". Have you seen the new LaBlanche stamps they are carrying? They are fantastic, can't wait for them to get here.

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for visiting!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Card Inspired by 3 Sites

This card was inspired by 3 different blogs. The first thing that caught my attention was a post on Jackie's Blog Just Stamp It. Go over and take a look at her great cards that used the negative space from die cuts as her central image. I really liked that look along with all the white space and beautiful colors.

Then I made my daily early morning visit to I Love Mementos and saw Jill's 2nd video featuring LaBlanche stamps. She used distress inks and nibs to color the detailed images and they are amazing! I look forward to those videos with my cup of coffee in the morning.

Time to check in at the Silhouette online store to see what new die cuts they are featuring this week. Lots of wonderful new designs this week and this one caught my eye.

This set the wheels turning.
 Cut the Silhouette design out on antique linen white card stock.
Cut it again, using a thinner card stock.
Opened the 1st card.Placed the 2nd card over the inner card so that the negative space  of the 2nd card would be where the negative space on the 1st card would be when the card was closed.
Now I could use the second card as a stencil. I used distress inks to color the flowers and leaves, also to stamp the script over the image. I used nibs to apply the ink.
For an added touch of color I dabbed a little gelatos over the colored area and dried them with a heat tool.
Then I inked the Hero Arts script stamp and stamped the colored areas while the stencil was still in place.
So the color shows through when the card is closed and this is how it looks when the card is open.

Used my favorite Martha Stewart Butterfly punch and colored them with distress ink.
The sentiment was created on the Silhouette.
The bottom of the card seemed a little flimsy to me so I cut a strip of paper on colored it with distress ink to stabilize it some.

Hope you like the finished product. Thanks to the wonderful sites that inspired me.

Thanks for visiting and hope to see you again soon.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Sparkly Poppies

This is my very first card using digital stamps from Tiffany Doodles Stamps. I first saw these digital stamps on Tiffany Irvin's blog, It's the stuff I love.  After seeing her wonderful creations I had to check them out. My first purchase included this poppy digital stamp and the common yellow throat birds. I printed and cut the two designs on the Silhouette SD and colored them with copic markers. The card base is a Silhouette design.

Don't you just love that little bird? Digital stamps are so versatile, you can make them any size and flip them so they are going in different directions.

There were two cards I saw this week that inspired this card and they were This beautiful card  by  Tanya and This lovely poppy card by Lin. I loved the dark with the bold colors by Tanya and Lin's poppies were so bright and beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration, Ladies.

Hope you are having a relaxing and inspired day! Thanks for visiting :)


Tiffany Doodles
Poppy w/oval
Common Yellow throat
Silhouette SD
label card C01049

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Gelatos are fun!

I went shopping at I Love Mementos and purchased my first Gelatos by Faber Castell. This card was created using white antique linen cardstock that I get from Marcos Paper and all the color was added using gelatos. I did finish it up by using a little dye ink to distress around the edges.

This is the teardrop circle doily image as purchased from the Silhouette online store;

I changed it to an oval shape. Drew an oval around this image, replicated it to the right, moved it so that the edge was slightly overlapping, welded it together and cut out the card base. I also drew an oval around the inner edge of the teardrops so that it would be a frame, with a cut out center.

I used the center that was cut out for my floral image.  I chose the color of gelatos and then just scribbled them on the center and spread with my fingers to make the colored background. The linen card stock gives it a nice textured look. I did dry the colored background with a heat tool because I was doing a little embossing next and was not sure if the powder would stick to the gelatos or not.  The stamp is a Penny Black stamp that I have from 2006. It was stamped with white pigment ink and embossed with white detail powder. I used a little of the dye ink to add distressing to the edges and also used a Tim Holtz distressing tool.

The edges of the card base were colored with a gelato and were also distressed. The sentiment is from PTI and I added a few punched butterflies.

Some of the tiny cuts on my Silhouette image didn't cut as well as I would have liked but I have a new blade on the way. That could have something to do with it, and I wondered if changing the shape might intefere with the cuts some...This card is also a size A2 card so some of those cuts were very tiny. I am pleased with the blade life. I got my Silhouette on black Friday and I have been cutting away since then, and that's a lot of cuts.

We are finally going to get a little relief from the heat, we will be out of the upper 90s back into the 80s. Looking forward to a break and just in time because our local high school football season is getting ready to start...Go Bulldogs!

Have a great day everyone and thanks so much for visiting :)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Light and Airy

Bo Bunny makes some Fabulous papers and I love this pp with the green, brown and light airy white design. Paired it with this Happy Birthday card from Silhoutte.

I changed the size and shape to make an A2 sized card, and deleted the 7. Then I made a background to go behind the Happy Birthday and a frame for the front of the card and they look like this;

I cut all the layers out on the silhouette and layered them on the card base. I cut out the flower shape from the pp and mounted in the cut out center. I placed acetate behind the flower so that I could use pop dots and make it more dimensional. The butterflies were created using my favorite Martha Stewart butterfly punch.

That's all there was to this very quick and easy card. It's going to be fun changing the look of this by using different pps, colors of card stock and highlighting other designs or sentiments in the center.

Thanks for visiting with me this beautiful Sunday :)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Everything is just "Peachy"

This card was inspired by Jenyfur's Post on the Penny Black blog. I love the way she brought her flower to life! The flower is a combination of Penny Black's Sundail stamp and a 3d flower image from the Silhouette store.

The background was created from this design:

The color scheme was inspired by a dozen roses I bought last week. They were just beautiful displayed in a cobalt blue vase. The flower image was embossed in white and the touch of color was added with a copic marker. The center flower was created and then the edges were touched with a white pigment ink pad and embossed with white powder.
The corners were made using a corner rounder punch and then placing the corners in then center of a border punch.

Hope everything is "just peachy" with you :)


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Just Married

I made this card for a friend who is attending a wedding this week. The two designs from the Silhouette store were the "Bride and Groom" and the "Floral Arch".

We are watching for our first Tropical Storm of the season. Emily is out in the Atlantic and it looks like she might just brush by us. We could use some rain so it may be a blessing and a little break from the heat might be nice also. Just as long as she  plays nice and doesn't turn into a nasty ole hurricane.

Thanks so much for visiting :)


Monday, August 1, 2011

Butterfly Doily

Good morning, Everyone! It's Monday, the start of a new and hopefully more creative week. I downloaded a couple of new designs from the Silhouette online store and used them together to make this card. Here are the designs I used:

The card base was created by offsetting the design, copied and pasted the offset, placed the two of them side by side and welded the edges together.
The design was printed and cut on 3 different colors of card stock.
The woodgrain flower was also printed and cut on three different colors of cardstock.
All that was left to do was to decide which colors to use for which layer.
The only thing that wasn't done on the silhouette was adding white to the center of the flower with a white uniball Signo pen.

I wanted to say "Thank You" to those of you who left encouraging words on my last post. I really appreciated them.

Thanks to all of you for coming to visit today!