Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

Life has been very busy lately. I somehow thought it would be a good idea to take a trip in Nov. and then another in Dec. What was I thinking??? I had so much fun on both and wouldn't trade the experiences for anything but it has left me no time for crafting. so I thought I would share some of the photos from my NYC trip. I went with a friend and her daughter and the initial purpose was to see my granddaughter, Ariana in her show Bring it On, the Musical that has been on Broadway since summer. Then we decided we might as well go in December to see the city all decorated since none of use had been during the holiday season.

Isn't this Santa great? We were standing outside DKNY talking about how fabulous he looked and he saw us and waved for us to come in and was very happy to pose with all of us. He was very nice!

The first night we got there we checked out  Times Square, met Ariana, who took us to a fabulous cookie shop, and then we saw the show. It was fabulous!

This is Ariana, Katie and Cheryl in Times Square. Those girls just about walked my legs off. We walked over 15 miles the 3 days we were in New York. We were as far north as Central Park and as far south as the Battery.

After the show on Thursday night we decided we might as well get tickets for another show and went to see Jersey Boys. Great music!

So many wonderful experiences and so much fun! I could go on and on but I will exercise some restraint.

Hope all of you are enjoying a wonderful, happy and healthy holiday season.

Merry Christmas to you all!!
Debbie

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thankful for Blogging Friends


Thanks for everyone who responded with advice! I finally got into my Picasa Album and was able to delete lots of duplicates that were in there, waited a day or two and I can post :).

This is a card I made for a card exchange. I used my silhouette and a Spellbinders die. Then just a touch of Glossy Accents on the berries. I cut the Spellbinders die cut out of heavy card stock and it was a bit of a challenge. I had to run it through the Big Shot 4 times and that was using one of the metal shims.

So because life isn't crazy enough I am currently enrolled in an online photography class. There is tons of information and some days I think my head just might explode. Also headed to NYC next week with a good friend and her daughter. Wanted to see the city all decorated for Christmas and see my granddaughter and the show she is in on Broadway. Our Christmas tree is up with only lights, no decorations and I ask Larry if he would mind if that was the extent of our decorating this year, LOL!!

Thanks again for your helpful advice and for visiting!
Debbie

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Frustrated and need help

Finally got back in my craft room and made some cards. So tonight when I am trying to post the photo it says I have reached my storage limit. Have any of you had this issue? Do you have to purchase storage space or did you go back and delete posts or photos. Thanks for any help.
Hopefully will get this figured out soon. Meanwhile hope you are all doing well!

Debbie

Monday, November 12, 2012

Vacation!


I'm back! We've been on vacation in the mountains of North Carolina and this was our home away from home. We had a few visitors each day, first we had deer


and then two days later we had wild turkeys in the yard.


On our drive up about 40 miles from where we were staying it started snowing! That's always exciting to me, we live near the coast so we don't get very much snow. It didn't stick on the grounds or the road but it was still fun to see.
Larry drove the whole time so that I was free to take pictures...thank goodness for digital because I took almost 700 photos. We found a beautiful spot on the Blue Ridge Parkway to take pictures of the sunset. And we sat for almost 2 hours watching the sky as the sun went behind the mountain.


It was good to get away and good to get back home. Hopefully I will have some crafting time soon and a chance to visit some blogs :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Debbie

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Birthday Flowers


This card features dies by Spellbinders, Memory Box, and Simon Says Stamp. I made the card base  and then used the Spellbinders deckled rectangles to create windows in the front of the card. I cut a piece of white card stock to go behind the windows and used an embossing folder to give it the dotted swiss look. Die cut the flowers and colored them with die inks. Colored a strip of the dotted swiss white background and added a few pearls for the final touch.

We have been lucky with this storm. It's pretty breezy but no longer getting rain. Hope it will all be gone so the kids will have some nice weather for Trick or Treat. We usually have over 100 kids stop by so we went out today and stocked up on candy.

Hope you are having an awesome start to your week and thanks for visiting!
Debbie


Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Gray Day

Hi! It's been a while and I hope you didn't think I was never coming back. I have been sick and busy at work. This weekend we are dealing with the effects of Hurricane Sandy so it is the perfect time to get a little crafting done. However, I think the dreary conditions have affected my color choices. Not sure if I ever made a card with this much gray, so I did add some brighter colors to the butterflies to brighten it up a little.

Looks like we aren't going to get much more from the storm than a few inches of rain and a few periods of gusty winds. I hope that you are safe and out of harms way. It sounds like the northeast is going to have much more difficult conditions than we are getting.

The butterfly and sentiment stamp are from Hero Arts. The center panel was die cut using the butterfly die from Hero. Then I ran it through the Cuttlebug once more with an embossing folder, and added some white pigment ink to the raised areas. I was going for kind of a brick wall effect. I am not sure you can see it in the photo but the butterflies are seated in the negative spaces with pop dots applied to one side of their wings.

Thanks so much for visiting, especially in  all the rain :)
Debbie


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Happy Thoughts


Had to give this idea another try. This time I used a Spellbinders Nestability set to cut the negative space out of the blue layer, and cut different colored flowers to place in those negative spaces. Then  I ran it through the Cuttlebug with a dotted swiss embossing folder. The sentiment is from a clear set by Hero Arts. Another idea would be to add layers to one of the flowers.

Hope you are having a great day! Thanks for spending a little time here :)
Debbie


Monday, October 15, 2012

Birthday Hexagons


I found the inspiration for this card on Pinterest. Someone had pinned a fabulous card by Carol that can be seen on her blog "Our Little Inspirations". Her card is awesome, colorful and has lots of texture.

I wanted to make a more masculine version for someone special who is having a birthday this week.
So I replaced the circles with hexagons and used shades of blue and left off the bow. I think the next time I may use patterned papers for the hexagons. I cut the hexagons with a hexagon Die-namics by mftstamps. Layered them over the white strip and then embossed it using my cuttlebug. I like the way the embossing makes it look more like one layer than different layers. I also embossed a few lines on the light blue strip in behind the hexagon layer. I guess I have now jumped on the hexagon bandwagon :).

Thanks so much for stopping by!!
Debbie

 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fresh Daisies


Good Evening!

This card features dies from Spellbinders and Simon Says Stamp. The Fresh Daisies die was cut and then colored using a sponge. I wanted a light touch of color for a delicate look with all the white, texture, and dimension. The embossing folder used on the front of the card is from Provo Craft.

I am finally trying to learn how to use my camera without it being on automatic. What a challenge! But I have a nice camera and several nice lenses and it's time to step it up a little bit. Found a couple of helpful websites and just trying to learn the basics. Learned a little about monitor calibration and now I wonder how accurate the colors are on my monitor. If you have any suggestions for software for monitor calibration I would love to hear about them. I have found several but the reviews are always mixed and of course the reviews get much better as the prices go higher. Not looking to become a professional photographer...just enjoy taking photos and want to improve my skills.

Today I was playing with white balance. It's a good thing it's a digital camera...can you imagine all the film I would be wasting? Instead I import to the computer and delete away, no money lost.

And I want to share a suggestion that Greta left on my last post. She suggested that if I had a pen the same color that I indicate that on the back of the tags. Great Idea! Thanks Greta.

Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!
Debbie

Monday, October 8, 2012

Handy Ink Tip


I got this wonderful idea from the last Online Card Class, Kick Start. Specifically from a wonderful post by Kelly Rasmussen. She showed us a great ink swatch ring. I was going to wait until I had all my inks done to share but it is taking quite a while, so I will just show what I have done so far.

I decided to make my own tags because I thought the colors would show truer on a white background and when I went shopping I only found tags that were colored like the one shown in the foreground. So it was cheaper and it didn't really add too much work to the project. I cut strips of cardstock 2.75" by 1.5". Then I used the bought tag as a pattern to snip off the top edges, traced the inside of the circle and punched it out with a punch. For now I didn't reinforce the punched hole but I can do that later if there is a need. Then I selected a stamp and stamped a tag with each of the colors. Never realized how many inks I had until I did this.


This is going to save me a lot of time when I am deciding which ink to use on a card.  I can use the swatches for color comparisons to the other card elements instead of dragging out all of the inks and trying them out to see which one works the best, and then having to put them all away. The company name and the ink color are on the back of the tags for easy identification. My inks are stored together by which company makes them, and that is what works for me as far as locating a color quickly.
It's amazing to me how many shades of one color you can have and how it can be to find a good match. If you are just getting started with card making I would encourage you to do this as you acquire your inks so that it doesn't take you as long as it is taking me to get them all done. I do think it is going to be well worth the effort.

It's much cooler here and rainy. Love the cooler fall temps and the absence of heat and humidity.
Thanks for visiting!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Shades of Blue


Headed to work for meetings but I wanted to share this card with you. Unfortunately no matter how many pictures I took, I could not capture the correct shades of blue on this card. They are all the same color, SU Ballet blue cardstock, dye ink pad and marker but they do show up a little differently on the card. 

The background was created with the Impression Obsession cover-a-card stamp, Gradation. I also used it to create the strips of paper running through the ribbon slots on the spellbinders die. It almost ended up looking like little pots of flowers instead of ribbon. The sentiment is from an older clear set by Hero Arts. 

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
Debbie

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Colorful Wishes


Good Morning!

I have been taking the Online Card Classes the past two weeks. The subject is Kick Starting your creativity and it has been filled with awesome ideas. I have started a couple of projects inspired by the classes. I now have a journal for creative ideas and I am also using Pinterest to catalog card ideas, craft tutorials, and color schemes so that the next creative slump comes along I will have a place to go for ideas. that will be in addition to all the wonderful ideas out here in Blogland.

When I posted my card on Monday, I said the original idea was to alternate bold colors with the white so this is the card with that idea. The die cut layers, the tag and the butterfly were all made earlier in the week. So this morning it was easy to finish it up. I also decided not to make the card base the same size as the largest die and I also wanted to card to stand up for display. So I cut a card base and folded it. I cut the front of the card so that it was the same dimension of the inner part of the die but cut the back a little longer in the back. I hope you can see in the picture below the difference in the sides.


Can you see that the top fold comes below the cut out area of the die? A change I would probably make next time is to go ahead and color the back of the die also (just because there are some smudges from coloring the front).

The ink color on this card is the new Raspberry Jam mid-tone ink from Hero Arts and I love it! It looks really pretty covered with glossy accents as shown on the birthday tag. 

Thanks so much for visiting! Hope you will come back soon :)
Debbie

Monday, September 24, 2012

Texture and a Touch of Color


Quick post this morning to share this little birthday card. I had a delightful weekend. Inspired by Online Card Classes I started a creative journal, started organizing my inks, and took a look at supplies on hand to think of other ways to use them.

This card was created with Spellbinders and Simon Says Stamp dies, an embossing folder by Stampin Up and stamps by Hero Arts. I started this card thinking I would do the different layers with pops of bright colors against the white but decided to use texture to set the layers apart, rather than color.
You know me..there is never too much white Lol!

Off to celebrate a friend's birthday. Hope your day is wonderful, thanks for visiting!
Debbie

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Marvelous Squares


supplies:
Spellbinders
Marvelous Squares
Fancy Lattice
Penny Black Wishes
My Minds Eye Miss Caroline 6x6 paper pad

Last Tuesday at stamp club we made a trifold card with a Halloween theme. It had a circle for the element that covered the center fold. I used the new Marvelous Squares dies as an alternative to the circle. I cut the white layer again with the pp and used the negative space design to add the floral touch to the white layer ( this kept all the negative space from being the green from the first layer.)

I stamped the two designs from Penny Black and punched the circle out and applied with foam dots for dimension. The Fancy Lattice die was the perfect length to cover the card. I cut it out and then trimmed some from each side to get the width I wanted, adhered it to one of the folded sides, cut it at the center fold and then adhered the rest of it to the other side.


 Here is a picture showing the card partially opened. On the inside center panel I added a layer of white card stock.

Have a Marvelous Day! Thanks for visiting :)
Debbie

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Resplendent Rectangles


supplies
Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles
Memory Box Prim Poppy
Hero Arts Antique Flowers and Butterflies
Hero Arts Small Greetings

Just got my new Spellbinders dies! This was a really great release and I couldn't wait to get them and start playing. Just a little play time this morning and then off to Myrtle Beach with my hubby. We like to wait till the official end of tourist season before we go. The weather is gorgeous and it won't be nearly as crowded as it was before Labor Day.

Have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by.
Debbie

Monday, September 10, 2012

Happy Everything


supplies:
Stamps by Hero Arts
LL165 Happy Everything Greetings
Antique Flowers and Butterflies
Prismacolor Pencils

Happy Monday! I worked all weekend so I am starting the week off in my craft room and that makes me happy. I wasn't happy that I was working all weekend because I didn't get to participate in the Penny Black challenge...maybe next time I will get to play along.

I apologize that I don't know the name of the embossing folder. It belongs to Tanya and she let me use it when we had craft day, weekend before last. 

Finally getting a taste of fall weather..another happy thing. Lots to be happy about and thankful for and I am thankful for your visit :).
Debbie

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Lace and Pearls


I was inspired to make this card by this wonderful card designed by Greta on her blog GG Creations. Isn't her card just drop dead gorgeous? I loved it. So I pulled out this doily stamp from Stampin Up, colored it with brush markers and loaded it up with pearls. The center didn't turn out quite right on the first stamping so I stamped it again and cut it out with a Spellbinders circle nestability and layered it over the first image. Not sure I've ever seen a doily in such bright colors before.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!
Debbie

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Hi There

 Another card from Saturday. The floral stamp is from Stampin Up and so is the embossing folder.

Thanks for visiting!
Debbie

Awesome Giveaway Opportunity

A quick post this morning to share an awesome giveaway on "The Bright Side of Life Blog" by Cathy. Features fabulous goodies from Penny Black, Memory Craft and Faber-Castell. Head on over and check it out!

Monday, September 3, 2012

With Love


supplies
Delicate Florals cling stamp by Penny Black
Gratitude transparent set by Penny Black
Antique Flowers and Butterflies by Hero Arts

This is another card from craft day on Saturday. Very quick and easy. Embossing using white pigment ink and white powder. A few shades added with a Versamarker pen and a Prismacolor white pencil.

Have a fantastic day!
Debbie

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Creative Fun


Supplies
Delicate Fern Die by Memory Box
Prim Poppy Die by Memory Box
Antique Flowers and Butterflies stamps and dies by Hero Arts
Square Lattice Embossing Folder by Stampin Up
Basket Weave Corner Punch by EK Success

This is just one of the cards I made when Tanya (Scattered Stamper) and I had a crafting/talking/stress relief/enabling/shopping day. Amid all that fun we got quite a few cards made. Wish you could have shared it with us.
Thanks for stopping by today, I appreciate your visits!
Debbie

Friday, August 31, 2012

Versamarker Blending

The Versamarker watermark pen is a great blending tool. Previously I have used an odorless solvent to blend colored pencils but the Versamarker is so easy to use. No dipping into anything and it works better for me than a blending pen.

These Penny Black flowers were inked using a Faber-Castell big brush pen and then stamped around the edge of watercolor paper. I stamped the flower again added a touch of color with a Prismacolor pencil and blended away the Versamarker. I cut 3 of the flowers out and layered on top of the stamped image with foam dots for a little dimension. The butterfly is from a Hero Arts cling and die set. It is quickly becoming a favorite! I used two colors of pencils on the butterfly.

I have also used a Versamarker to apply chalk to stamped images. If you don't have one in your craft supplies you should try one.

Thanks for stopping by!
Debbie

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Variations

Made a few variations of the card I made yesterday. The first one is my entry in The Play Date Cafe  Challenge . Below is their inspiration photo.


And here is my card.

This is a one layer card, not sure if you would call it clean and simple but I think it has dimension with only one layer.

My next card is a monochromatic card, done in kraft and white. A little variation in tone by using a Versamark pen to add touches to the flowers and butterflies.


I made lemon ice cream today. This is the second batch of ice cream I have made and I think this one is better than the strawberry I made the first time. Very simple recipe, but yummy.

Off to work for the next 3 days. Hope you are having a good week and aren't anywhere in the path of Issac.

Thanks for visiting!
Debbie

Monday, August 27, 2012

Inspired by a Paper Plate

I tried most of the day yesterday to come up with something creative but was unsuccessful. I had the time, the supplies, a nice space, and not a single creative idea. Well I did have a few but they ended up filed in the trash can. So this morning I am having a cup of coffee and see a paper plate and I am thinking about how pleasant the colors are.

Some pretty shades of blue with a touch of green and lots of white. And here is the card that I made using the color scheme.


The floral design is by Penny Black and the butterflies are stamps and dies by Hero Arts. I tried to really soften the flowers going for a "Monet" look and left the butterflies more crisp. And no matter how I tried I couldn't get the green to show up like it looks in real life. It is more of a grass green than a yellow green.

I had a few questions about how I did the embossing folder on the "With Love" card I made. Here are a few pictures. It is very easy.

I just positioned the embossing folder along the long edge of the card stock, the width that I desired for each edge and ran it through the Cuttlebug. Then repeated on the other long edge.

Next I did the same thing on the two short edges of the card. When I made the card I had some edges that didn't look very nice where the embossing on the short and long edges met so I added some pearls and ribbons to hide those. This embossing folder was easy to use because it had straight lines in the design and that made it easy to line up.

Hope you are having a Fabulous start to your week. Thanks for spending a little time here with me.
Debbie

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Storage of Cling and Clear Stamps


A quick post to share how I store my clear and cling stamps. I use expandable cloth cubes to hold the containers.
This is one of the containers with a collection of Hero Arts stamps. I stamped them on a  piece of 8.5 x 11
card stock. This helps me keep them together in their original container.

These are some of my Penny Black cling stamps...haven't gotten around to stamping them on card stock yet. I get these plastic cases at Archivers and I think they are by Stampendous. I like them for clear stamps also. If you have some that are not as sticky as they used to be, you don't have to worry about them getting lost from the original set.

As you can see there are still sticky notes all over the place. I'm still trying to figure out where I put everything. If you have any wonderful ideas for storing clear and cling stamps, please share. I'm off this weekend so hopefully I will have a visit from the creativity fairy and will have some cards to share soon.

Have a great day!
Thanks for stopping by!
Debbie

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Craft Room Storage


Creativity has been washed away by the rain,  or something. Have not been able to sit down and make a card in the last few days. So, I thought I would share some of my craft room updates. I had a hard time deciding what to use for storage and decided to go with these cabinets from the Martha Stewart collection at Home Decorators. I waited until there was a sale and free shipping before taking the plunge. I got one to begin with because I wanted to see the interior and get an idea of how much storage they would provide.

As you can see, I have set up the top as work stations. On the left I have my die-cutting area with my Cuttlebug and Big Shot. And on the other end I have my MS score board, paper trimmer, SU ink pads, Copics and other markers. I am 5'6" and it is the perfect height for a work table.

The following pictures are of the inside of the drawers so you can get an idea of how much they hold.

This is the top drawer below the die cut side and inside you see my Spellbinders nestabilities and some other dies.
The next drawer has embossing folders  and accessories for the die cutting machines.

This is the second drawer down on the other cabinet. The first drawer has all kinds of adhesives. As you can see this drawer can hold a lot of ink pads. The distress inks are stacked 3 high and so are the Memento pads.





These two pictures are of two of the bottom 4 drawers. They are half as wide but twice as deep. LOTS of storage. Now I am trying to decide how to use my wonderful new storage. How do you store your stamps, do you store them  by company or do you store them by category? Which way do you use that works best for you?

I love these cabinets! But if I didn't have a very handy hubby I would have needed to hire someone to assemble them for me. Each cabinet arrives in 3 large boxes...talking from 70-90 lbs each. Larry put the drawers together in the garage but the cabinet base he assembled in the room. Not sure we would have made it through the doors if it was assembled outside the room. This is a heavy, sturdy piece of furniture.

The room is a work in progress. It will be much neater than it was before and I am still trying to decide what I want to do on the walls. I am always on Pinterest and other sites looking for ideas.

Tomorrow I will have a post on how I am storing some of my clear and cling stamps.
Thanks for stopping by my craft room!
Debbie















Wednesday, August 15, 2012

With Love


This was made with a stamp set and embossing folder from Stampin Up. After the design was stamped I embossed around the edges using the lattice embossing folder. Added a few pearls and some ribbon and all done. The inks are also from SU. The lavender is a retired color and I think they should bring it back because it is so pretty. One of my favorites.

Thanks for visiting!!
Debbie

Monday, August 13, 2012

Penny Black Bouquet


A simple card using Penny Black stamps and a couple of Spellbinder nestabilities. Just ran the red layer through an embossing folder after cutting out. I used colored pencils on water color paper and blended the colors with a Versamark pen.

Have a great day!
Debbie

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Roses and Lace


This card features a couple of stamps from Impression Obsession. The Cover a Card Swirl Lace and this
Roses  stamp. I stamped the lace background and then cut out the oval using a Spellbinders nestability. The rose was stamped, cut out and then layered in the frame. The butterflies were punched using a Martha Stewart punch.

It's been a great day. I made my first home made strawberry ice cream using a Cuisinart ice cream maker I got when it was on sale. The ice cream was really easy to make and it turned out great. I may never buy ice cream again.

Thanks for stopping by!
Debbie

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

OLW 99 Take Two


Here is my second entry for the OLW 99 challenge. This card was inspired by the same card as my first entry.

I stamped the Memory Box butterfly on the card and then stamped it again to make a mask. I masked off the butterfly and stamped the SU doily background over the masked butterfly. The butterfly was colored with copic markers. The sentiment is from PTI.

Storms are approaching, the sky is dark and I can hear distant rumbles of thunder. Nice day to be inside making cards.

Thanks for stopping by. Your visits are always appreciated!
Debbie

Friday, August 3, 2012

You're So Special

Playing along with a couple of challenges today, the CASology challenge and the OLW 99 challenge.

The inspiration for the CASology challenge is the word, bird. At the OLW 99 challenge she asked us to find some inspiration on her Pinterest Pure Inspiration board. My inspiration there was the pin that came from this post on Debby Hughe's Blog. It is a beautiful clean and simple card featuring a butterfly.

My stamps are from a Hero Arts clear stamp set.

Have a wonderful day and thank you so much for stopping by!
Debbie

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Texture


I think I got carried away with textures on this one.  The embossing folder used in the center oval is by Lifestyle crafts and is called Whimsy. The folder used on the white frame is from Darice and it is called Brick Wall. The outer frame was embossed first with one of the Whimsy folders and then with the Brick Wall folder. That wasn't on purpose...I just changed my mind but you can still see a little of the first folder. The die cut frame is from Memory Box and it is called Tiffany frame. The butterfly stamp and die are also from Memory box. A Versamark pen was used to add some deeper color to the butterfly.

It's been a nice relaxing Sunday. Hope you are having one also.
Thanks for visiting!
Debbie