Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Webster Pages Boxed Set

I have to say how much I love Webster Pages designed paper by Terri Conrad. {Not that I'm biased since I just won blog candy from her site.} I have had this project in the works for a while. I made a similar project as a birthday gift for my sister and was pleased with the results. I decided to add the crackle paint from Ranger this time and grunge it up a little. I think the delicate nature of the lid together with the shabby painting and grungy "note" sign on the front really goes together nicely. This class will include the box and matching note cards for a great for your friend or yourself.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Blog Candy for the True Artist

For all you mixed media artist out there. Check out this blog for your chance to win this fabulous new book Art from the Heart. I can't wait to take a peek and try some new techniques out.

Good luck.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Easter Pail

I have a nasty habit of making projects to teach in classes and then forgetting to photograph them for my blog. Well, not this time. I am teaching this adorable Easter pail in March and was dying to put it together. I love the bright colors and all the accessories hanging off the handle. I used handmade paper for the bunny and paper pieced it rather than doing a tear-bear approach. I cut the Eggs out of a pre-printed paper and then added some glitter for a little sparkle. Used my Crop-a-dile to punch through the bucket then threaded the ribbon around the edges. Bought a new stamp set from Love Elsie and stamped my name on a tag to personalize it. I think it just screams....HURRY UP SPRING!!!

Taylor Challenge

Taylor @ Taylored Expressions posted a cupcake Friday challenge and had this great sketch to use for inspiration. I don't have a cupcake stamp but does it count if you eat one while working on the design? I used Basic Grey and Moda paper plus my SU Garden Collage stamp set. I love the look of the ribbon coming out through the center of the card, it adds a little dimension. Hope you like it too.

Friday, January 18, 2008

New Cards

Decided to work on SCS challenges tonight. Color Challenge was apricot, rose and green, so I used the owl image from Anna Griffin papers and embossed the edges. I think it needs a sentiment but I'm not sure what it should say or where I might put it. The other card is this week's sketch challenge. I love the layout of this card. I used distress paints from Ranger on pink cardstock then rolled my flower roller stamp through it. I heated the paint to make the crackle pop. I used distress ink to blend over the floral image to really show the cracks in the paint.

Then, I used a scallop ribbon on the curved image to make it a little frilly. The stamp is from Red Lead Paperworks, I love the vintage feel to her. These were both really fun cards to play with.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Blog Candy

Check in with Terri Conrad Designs, for a bit of inspiration and blog candy. Her paper line is so elegant you can't help but feel the romance. She's got lots of links for additional give aways as well.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Taken with Tim

Tim Holtz that is. His recent challenge on his blog is to teach some new techniques to all his viewers. Once you read through his tutorial, you can't help but stop what you're doing to go and give it a try. I love the way this tag and ATC turned out and I'm anxious to see what else I can do with this new technique.

Pocket Hearts

Monday's challenge on SCS was to make a pocket heart card. I opted not to do the card part, but I was anxious to make the pocket heart. I used a paper doily and stuffed it full of embossed hearts. I inserted a scrap of foam core and pushed the wired through to stuff the pocket. I had some dyed cheescloth that I wanted to use in some way and I think it tops it off for a real vintage feel. I mounted it on a sheet of Creative Images paper from Red Lead. All I have to do now is prepare it to hang for the Valentine season.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Chipboard Mini Book

Tonight I taught a class on Chipboard Mini Books. Students got to make all three books and had a nice early gift for their Valentine. Hope you enjoy them too.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Challenges for the Week

Okay, so much for being a better blogger. I had good intentions of posting on a regular basis, but I just can't seem to make it a habit. I don't know how people do it everyday. Though, I am stalking other blogs on a daily'd think I could post something each day, but other blogs are much more interesting than working on my own.

The two cards posted tonight are from this weeks' color challenge and a kickstand charge for a sketch challenge on SCS. I'm not altogether pleased with the color challenge of yellow, blue and green but it will have to do. At least I was productive. The kickstand has a nice look to it. I can see lots of possibilities with this design. This was also my first attempt of stamping an image on patterned paper and using it as the stamps colored image. Definetely will be doing this again.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Flowers Challenge

Today's challenge on SCS asks to use Flowers in a fun way. I loved playing with my SU floral rollagraph stamp and paper punches. The collage stamp from Hero Arts is one of my new ones I was just itching to use. I love the bright color and the contrast with the purple pink background. Even though the tempertures are chilly outside, these flowers sure perk things up around here.

Have a great day.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008


Today's SCS Sketch Challenge (SC157) involved using four layers. I wanted to use the Scotty paper my sister bought for me. We are expecting our second Scotty dog in February and this was a great opportunity to use my stamps and paper to celebrate our new puppy. I used a variety of papers and accessories and I hope to get better at writing down all the companies that I use when I design a new project. Bare with me.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year

Happy New Year..I can't beleive it is time to begin a new year. Where does time go? In keeping and making New Year Resolutions, I have vowed to become a better blogger. I want to try and create new things more often and keep in touch with the world by posting and commenting on the work that surrounds us all. I hope I am up to the challenge. Today I am posting the latest color challenge from SCS (CC147) using celery, teal and red. I wanted to play with my Denami stamp image of the ice cream cone and keep it festive with a Valentine theme. I like the look and see how this stamps is going to be used in a lot of different ways. The second image is a Christmas present I made for a friend who got me interested in papercrafting a year ago. I truly appreciate her valuable input and lessons she has provided and I am thrilled to be able to succeed in so many new techiques this year.