Saturday, February 26, 2011

Gift Bags

This last Solstice celebration, Anali my daughter made a few reusable gift bags.  I liked the idea so much that I made a few.  These are the latest group.  The last one is for the daughter of one of my fellow employees who is almost 3.

B is for Butterfly

This one is mine.  I used my Sizzix embossing folder over the butterfly images.

By Jerri Brown

By Sunny Hasler

Unsigned...I have to find out which of the other two swappers this belongs to!!
Here is the latest in the rolodex swap.  B is for butterfly.  Jerri also did her C is for country as well...but no sneak peek!  That would be cheating!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

ATCs International February Theme Rainbows and Blue

The small picture in the top left corner is of ruby slippers, hard to tell with the glitter

This is my blue themed ATC.  I used a small HERO ARTS stamp that I have had for years and never had the right project for it until now (that is my story and I'm sticking to it!!)
I have been thinking about these themes all month and today it was time to finish them up to send to my trading partner.  This group is a great group with lots of posting and interesting topics.  It makes it easy to keep up and participate as you only have to make one ATC per month.  There usually is an optional additional ATC as well.  These really don't do the finished product justice....but I need to send them time to wait for natural sunlight!

Fun Stampin Up Night at Sunny's House

I love the embossing folder as a frame around this card.  The pot is made from a tag punch.  GREAT IDEA!

I always look at the beautiful selection of wide ribbons however I never know how to use them.  This is a great way to add ribbon and very easy too.

My husband liked this one the best which is no surprise being a bird watcher and naturalist.  I of course had to buy the paper and stamp.  The tag punch at the top is the one we cut apart to make the flower pot in the first card.
Monday was SU night and we made some really nice cards.  Everyone of them were a style I like with a new idea in each one. 

Sunday, February 20, 2011


I am really not much of a photographer anyway however Jewelry really puts my skill (or lack there of) to the test.  These are a few pieces I made recently.  The cat bracelet I made quite awhile ago and caught it on something and it broke apart.  It has been patiently waiting for me to fix it. 

ATC Jams

Jan Wills:  Background, Brenda Berchey:  Bon Voyage, Joan Northwood:  Postage, stars and arrow.

Jan Wills: Background and Eiffel Tower Stamp, Nicole Keller: Paris stamp, Rose, Lady stamp, LindaLee Smith: French Flag

Elaine Birg, Gail Field, Jan Wills: measurine tape
I belong to this group on yahoo and I love all the surprises that land in my mailbox! It is a round-robin  and three different people work on one piece then send it on.  The first person sends a background, the other two work on it and send it back.  It is great to have all these miniature pieces of art floating all around the world and returning home completed.  The three that are pictured are my current favorites.  Under the pic. are the names of the artists who worked on them.

Needs some work "RE-DO"

So.... I like this card better.  The pink ribbon on the first version was way over the top.  I am at the point on this that I need to put it away and stop looking at it.  It is weird, some projects you start off with a certain "look" in mind and when it doesn't turn out the way you invisioned...well I guess it is time to move on! LOL

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Needs some work

I think this will end up being a before picture...I sense a revision of the ribbon...too much

Fun little project.  You put the grungeboard shapes underneath the vintage paper and then I used modpodge and a pallet knife to define the shapes along with paint and glitter accents.

Little miss Cleo checking out the new couch

A beautiful sunny day and sunset
This is the only card I came up with from the "paper quilting " I did the other day.  I think I took it apart about five times and changes the design many more times.   I haven't done the big ribbon thing yet and I could have gotten carried away a bit.  The other pic is my interpretation of a project on Tim Holtz's blog with grunge board, a vintage dictionary page and a small canvas.  Had to throw in a new couch and kitty picture and a beautiful winter sunset. 

Saturday, February 12, 2011

NEW KITTY and furniture.

This is Cloe helping move furniture this morning in preparation for the delivery of our new stuff.  It has been a long time coming...getting new furniture.  Very exciting.  Cloe is a typical kitten and zooms from room to room then takes a short nap and starts all over.  So much fun to watch her!

Strip quilting with Paper or something like that....

Tim Holtz floral and Ornamental, SU butterfly, scallop, tags, small flower punches.
New crafting...I worked on a...well I don't know what you would call the technique.  Basically I cut out all these coordinating strips and glued them to a sheet then cut them into strips again.  I saw something similar on splitcoast however her design was much more organized into a quilt motif (I guess you could call mine a crazy quilt).  I had a few scraps left over after I ran them through my vagabond and then through again in an embossing folder.  I used the basket weave looking one from SU and the script one from sizzix. Of course I couldn't waste the scraps so I punched out flowers etc.  BTW...EK success punches, SU punches worked great on the heavier paper but the fiskars squeeze punches wouldn't work at all.  I was afraid I would break one! design something to use these with....

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Recycled Calendar

The folio holds about 12 envys, now I need to make some cards to go in them
I just hate to throw away all the great pictures, art work and etc. from calenders.  In my office we have a ton of calenders that would just be thrown away at the beginning of the new year.  In the past I have used them for different projects.  This year I made envelopes.  I also wanted something to keep a few in so they were handy so I found an old folio template I had and it worked great.  It is really fun to make the envys trying to get the best part of the photo etc. "just right". 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Rolodex Swap A is for Asian

By Jan Wills

By Jerri Brown

By Sunny Hasler
A few friends and myself are participating in a rolodex swap. A mini work of art that fits into a small rolodex.  My friend Sunny came up with idea of a theme for each letter of the alphabet.  Four of us committed to doing the whole alphabet!  This is January.  The green ones with the ginko are mine, Jerri Brown did the bamboo background with the stamp and fiber and Sunny did the woman with the red background.  February is B is for butterfly.  Can't wait to see what is next.  I did see something on line that was called the "scrap-o-dex".  I guess the idea is a scrapbook in the rolodex format.  7 Gypsies has a mini library drawer that looks very intriguing....I would like to see it in person.  I don't have the stamp credits as these are all unmounted stamps. I have almost no mounted stamps any longer as I ran out of space to store them all!

Monday, February 7, 2011

SU new set Valentine Defined.  SEI printed heart paper.  The paper is dark purple,  difficult to see with this photo.

Valentines Day Cards

SU glitter paper (red), Xyron created glitter paper (brown & pink), SU Wonderful Word "LOVE", Tim Holtz "ornamental" BIGZ die.  I love the brown glitter.  The picture doesn't show how yummy it looks. anyone sick of Hearts yet??  Usually hearts are not my "GO TO" pick for a card or etc. but during February hearts are everywhere and I can't but help get caught up in the enthusiasm for the heart motif.  Here are a couple of cards I made this evening.
I think I am the just about the only person in the universe who hadn't tried a Xyron machine.  I punched out the hearts, ran them through, sprinkled with glitter......TA  TA. Glitter hearts.  I know, simple pleasures. Still very fun.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Charm Swap for Ink Stains

Charm Swap 2/2011
Bottle cap, punched bird from wrapping paper, Swarovski crystals

Here is a of picture I took of my charm for the charm swap I entered over at INK STAINS.  If you haven't stopped by there I highly recommend it.  Lots of different cool projects.  I decided that I wanted to join some challenges/swaps so I thought I would create a blog so I would have an address to post to Mr. Linky ( I still need to figure that one out).  I love all sorts of crafting.....quilting, sewing, stamping, jewelry making, book making.....on and on.  I am constantly on the prowl for new ideas and new products.  Hope you enjoy!