Monday, December 30, 2013

Nativity Frame

After a huge break from blogging (not really by choice), I am back with my entry for the Magnolia-licious Holiday Blog Hop. It has been extremely difficult to get to the library to do my blogging. I pick up my granddaughter almost every night from preschool, so I don't have time to blog and Christmas break has just been too busy. This frame was intended as a gift for my mother, who collects and loves nativities, but I did not get it finished in time for Christmas.

I chose the Holy Tilda and Edwin line because there is no better way to show the true meaning of Christmas than the story of the birth of Jesus. I didn't have any of the stamps, so I had to order them. I am thankful that Diane at is quick to ship.  Here is what I designed:

The frame came from Archivers. I don't think I put it together correctly because I have two "L" shaped pieces that I did not know what to do with. There were no instructions so after putting the inside DP on the back piece, I just used wood glue to glue them together. Here is the list of what I used:

Wooden Frame-Archivers
DP-Archivers Christmas paper, glitter paper from Archivers and Michaels
Silver glittery ribbon
Silver Bells and cording
Star ornament from Crafts 2000
Winter Wonderland Cricut Cartridge ("Believe")
Frantage Shabby Blue
Die: DH Slender Firs
Snow Tek
Microfine Glitter: Opal Essence
Studio J Matte paste (I think that's the brand)
Maggie Stamps:Tilda Captures Stars, Holy Tilda w/ Violin
                                                             Show the Way sign, Holy Tilda w/ Lamb,
                                                             Tilda and Edwin as Wisemen, Holy Edwin
                                                              Loving Holy Tilda, and Little Holy Baby
I used my very first Frantage! I love it! I have seen so many of you creative bloggers use it so nicely that I had to try. I bought it a while back and thankfully the color I chose happened to match this DP. I had a little trouble with it sticking. It wanted to blow away even using versamark. I need to find out how people apply the versamark (or whatever you use). Maybe I just didn't get enough on. 
The palm tree is hand drawn and pieced using a tan cardstock and glitter paper. I love glitter paper! It has a smooth feel and is very sparkly. "Believe" is cut at 2 3/4" and layered.
Close up pics:

Here is the link to the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog's Holiday Challenge: White Christmas Use Snow  Newest or favorite Tilda

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Besties Birthday Card

My son celebrated his 21st birthday on a naval base in Pensacola Florida. It is the first birthday we have not celebrated with him:(

I found a contest on the Besties website that ends today. I hope I got this in time. Sherri came out with some really cute images with a Wizard of Oz theme. Since Eric is away from home, I chose the image that resembles Dorothy. There was a spot at the end of the movie (if I remember correctly) where Glenda tells her click her heels and say "There's no place like home." I wanted to incorporate that idea. I also wanted to do a patriotic theme since he is in the Navy. This is what I came up with. A CAS card with no bells or whistles since he probably won't keep the card anyway.

The only glitz on this card is Stardust and Waterfall Stickles. The flag stamp is from Sparkle and Sprinkle. The image is from My Besties Oz collection. The birthday sentiment is from The Scrapbooking Queen. The dies were all from Spellbinders and Lifestyles Crafts. The images were colored with copics and inked with Memento.

Here is a link to the My Besties contest and the other challeges I am entering:  Besties of Oz Challenge Anything goes coloring Anything goes Birthdays Anything goes Anything goes

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Tilda birthday card

I made this card for a lady in our church who celebrated her 90th birthday on the 12th. Unfortunately, she celebrated in the hospital. She lives alone and she had fallen. No one is sure how long she laid on the floor before she was found, but God was watching over her. She was not severely dehydrated or injured. After spending several days in the hospital she has been moved to a nursing home. She probably won't be going back home. Anyway, here is the card:

I forgot to check the paper manufacturer. I think it is Kurio. The die is from Memory Box. I cut it in half. The circle came from the inside of the die. I colored Tim Holtz metallic ribbon with a copic marker and attached it to the die. The outside part of the die is covered with stickles (sorry you can't see it). The image is Tilda with Ugg Shoes. This is one of my favorites. She was cut using a die from Lifestyles Crafts. I covered the whole thing with Antique Linen distress ink. I then only colored the dress, shoes, and butterflies. Sickles was applied to glitz it up. I had a lot of glitter tulle from my daughter's wedding in silver and turquoise. I cut a 6 inch piece of each, fanfolded them (seperately), folded in half and adhered. I then fanned them out in a half circle behind the die cut.

Here is another simpler version. I mass produced these for a card swap. The ladies in the swap prefer CAS cards, so I toned down the original:

This version shows one piece of tulle, but for the swap, I left out the tulle. I did the image the same way, but I took a black glaze pen and traced over the antennae and legs of the butterfly. This DP is from My Minds Eye. On the inside, instead of using ribbon (I didn't have enough) I used a double-sided tape similar to score tape. I covered it with embossing glitter. I also left out the pin.
Here is a link to the challenges that I found to enter: Anything goes Blue Dotty Birthdays Inspirational photo: I used the colors of the  Anything goes Patterned Paper Anything goes

Saturday, July 6, 2013

4th of July Card

This card was made using this week's sketch from Mojo Monday. I discovered that they are having a fantastic giveaway this week. The theme for July's Magnolialicious Mingle is 4th of July or Red-White-and Blue. Hence another reason to make this card. I hope I don't spoil someone's surprise by posting before mailing.

The puppy is an adorable image by Priscilla Heaton aka Priscilla Styles. I paired it with Tilda Holding Egg Basket by Magnolia. I had to shrink her down though to scale it to the puppy. The Flag is a stamp from Sparkle and Sprinkle. I placed a cut out using Tilda Lace Die (also Magnolia) I colored everything with copics and put stickles on the stars, balloons, lace die and other places. Flower soft is in the basket and on the ground. I handmade a tiny flag and attached it to a toothpick that I had cut down. The circle is vellum which I sprayed with PK Glitz Ritzy Ditz. USA is from another stamp set from Sparkle and Sprinkle. The heart is done using a Creative Memories punch. I put holes in it using my big bite and covered it with 3D Crystal Lacquer and China Red Glitter from PK Glitz. The owners of this store decided to go out of business. I am going to have to find new glitter when I run out:( I made faux stitching with a distress pen and inked the edges with Barn Door Distress Ink.

This card is going into the following challenges: I love the USA! 4th of July

Monday, July 1, 2013

CDAC Progressive Challenge Entry #4

This is my 4th and final entry for the CDAC Progressive Challenge. The girl image and sentiment  are provided by Back To Paper. The sandcastle and starfish are stamps by ?. The DP is from Imaginisce. Everything is colored with copics. I changed the girl's outfit from a dress with a bow to a hula skirt and "bikini" top. I added stickles to the clothes, flower, and sentiment.

Here's the link to the challenge:

Sunday, June 30, 2013

CDAC Progressive Challenge Entry 3

The deadline is almost here and I still have one more image to go. I don't know if I will be able to complete it, but I am giving it the old college try. This is the 3rd out of 4 images that I have completed a card with. This is my favorite image and the one I wanted most of all. The artist is again Nana Vic. I think it is an adorable image. I really appreciate Nana Vic giving it to us free to use.

That being said, I wanted to do something different with it. It is a larger image with alot of detail. I really did not want to color the whole thing, especially with cutting it so close on time. I decide to use a technique that we use alot in card class. We cover an image with Antique Linen Distress Ink and then add color to part of the image. It gives a more vintage look (and I do love vintage, I'm just not very good at it). This technique looks better when the image is not black. With the digital aspect, I was limited (so I thought) with the black lines that it came in. I decided to print it out and then copy it, making the image lighter. I had to copy it twice before it was light enough. I just did it on regular paper. I then used distress markers to go over the outlines. There are so many lines to trace that it did take a while to do. It made me appreciate the hard work that goes in to making these kinds of detailed images. Hats off and Kudos to you Nana Vic for your great work.

After I finished tracing everything, I did a color copy onto my white premium cardstock. I find that this paper works best for me because the ink doesn't smear when I use my copics. I cut it out to the size I wanted and started inking and coloring. Using my blending tool, I covered the entire piece with Antique Linen and added Vintage Photo around the edges. I then went in with my copics and added the coloring that you see. Copics used: G21 & 24 on leaves, G20 on grass, B93 & 95 and R11 & 20 on flowers. I added a spot of R11 to baby's cheek and then dabbed a little Antique Linen over it to mute it. E21 on the mushrooms and E11 on the hair. I used stickles on the flowers, leaves, and mushrooms spots for bling and added rhinestones to the flower centers. I colored white organza ribbon with R25 and added a pin. The charm says "made with love" which I thought was appropriate in most cases.

The sentiment is also by Nana Vic. When I copied it onto Word, I tried playing around with the format tools. I discovered that I could change the coloring. I wished I would have discovered that trick earlier. I changed the ink to brown and printed it. I layered it with a thin layer of Chipped Sapphire distress ink and added Vintage Photo around the edges. I popped it off with foam tape and added rhinestones.

On the inside I used two flowers that I had left over from the images from Lila Grey and a mushroom that I cut out from a mini Magnolia scene. The inside saying is from Stampin' Up.Here are the pics:

Here is the link to the challenge:

Saturday, June 29, 2013

CDAC Seasonal Challenge

Oops, my bad! I didn't realize that I could not combine challenges on CDAC. Here is my correct entry for the Seasonal Challenge. The girl is Tilda in Lace Jeans from Magnolia. The digi elements are from Lila Grey. I can't remember who the sun is from, but it is a stamp from a summer set that I have. I added flower soft for 2 reasons: flowers bloom in spring and it allowed me to make the fence look taller than it actually is. The cloud I traced from the rainbow in my last post (Back To Paper is the artist for that).

Here is the link to the challenge:

Although I made this specifically for CDAC, I did find another challenge to enter:  An encouragement card

Although this is a CAS Card, I think it could be an encouragement card with the right saying inside.

Friday, June 28, 2013

CDAC Progressive Challenge 2nd Entry

I am trying to make up for lost time. This rainbos is the 2nd image provided by CDAC for this challenge. The artist is Back To Paper. The other images were also provided as freebies on CDAC for playing in last quarter's challenges. The artist is Lila Grey. This card also fits into the CDAC Seasonal Challenge.

The images were colored with copics. The rainbows were covered with 3D Crystal Lacquer for shine and dimension. I cut out extra clouds and popped the 2 up with foam tape. The third one was cut into 2 pieces and placed into the sky. I added stickles to the butterflies and flowers. I tied the birdhouse onto the branch with yellow jute. The bird and butterflies  are also popped. I made antennae for the butterflies out of wire. For the inside rainbow I flipped the original version and traced it.

Here is the link to the challenges:

Thursday, June 27, 2013

CDAC Entries

Wow time sure does fly! It's been a month since my last post. I have been sooo busy this quarter that I nearly forgot to do my CDAC entries. This is a great site for those of you who like to use digi images. They have challenges and offer free images when you compete them. This quarter's images were really great. The problem with forgetting to complete the challenges-no free images next quarter. I worked really hard yesterday after getting back from Yellowstone National Park (was gone nearly 2 weeks) and got three cards finished.

This first one is for the Inspirational Challenge:

You have to use a digi image for this challenge. The boat on the front is a stamp from Stampendous, but the lighthouse is a digi image. I can't remember who the artist is-I will edit this later and add it. The boat is stamped with ink from Close to My Heart. I added embossing powder to the waves and Tim Holtz Stickles Clear Rock Candy dry glitter that I colored black with alcohol ink to the smoke. The lighthouse is colored using copics. The inside saying is from My Daily Bread and the outside sentiment I believe is from KC Andrews. The boat on the inside is from a stamp set that I just got yesterday at card class. I cut out the boat and popped it up. I added Stickles to the light from the lighthouse to make it shine.

Here is the link to the challenge:

The next image is for the Progressive Challenge. It has 4 images that you can get, but since I forgot to do it I will be lucky to get 2 of them.

The image is from Nana Vic and can be bought from her store at the CDAC website. I colored it with copics and sprayed it with PK Glitz Garnet Ritzy Ditz. I colored the the dots and scalloped edge with copics and covered them with crystal stickles. I used silver stickles to the handle and pointed top. I colored white jute to match to make the bow. The sentiment is printed on the computer and cut with a Tim Holtz die. The stones on the sentiment are from Annabelle Stamps. I think they are called Sprinkles and are the 6mm ones (they have different sizes). The DP is from My Minds Eye. I can't remember the brand of copper cardstock, but it has a glimmery sheen to it and really shines.

Heres the link to this challenge:

My final card is for the 1-2-3 Challenge. You have to use 1 sentiment, 2 DPs, and at least 3 embellies.

The owl images were again provide by Nana Vic. The tombstone is just one I found online and printed off. The sentiments were done using MS Word. I clicked on add shape and found a conversation balloon that looked like a cloud. I filled them in with color and typed what I wanted. This card is for my sister's 40th birthday. The second image is the inside of the card. The images were colored with copics. The embellies used were jute, rhinestones, and crystal lacquer. It was like 3 am when I finished this and didn't wait for the insides to settle. As you can see, the jute didn't stay in place. Oh, well-live and learn right? The DPs are both from My Minds Eye and they were mounted to black cardstock.

I also found The Scrapbooking Queen's challenge "Anything Goes" and Die Cuttin' Divas "Birthday w/ 3 Embellishments" . I am entering this card in them as well.
Here are my final links:

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Another Apple Retirement Card

I forgot/didn't have time to post this earlier. I made a 2nd retirement card for another teacher at our school. I used a different image and coloring this time. The last retirement card was for a monochromatic challenge at My Besties. This one I did with the Love To Scrap challenge of primary or pastel colors.

I only have the mini Tilda with Pencils, so I stamped her and then enlarged the image on my printer. The lace is self adhesive from Love My Tape. The alphabet tape is from Tim Holtz. The apple is done with my cricut using the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.

For the Use It Tuesday challenge "Anything Goes" I have used my stash of cardstock and papers as well as rhinestones. I have had the cricut cartridge for a long time as well and hardly ever use it.

Here is the link to the Love to Scrap challenge and any others I found: Use primary or pastel colors. Shaped card Ribbon or Lace  Anything Goes

Graduation cards

My cousin had 2 children graduate this year-one from high school and one from jr. high. She had a party over the weekend. These are the cards I made:

Daryk is a fisherman. He competes in tournaments in state and out of state. He has a sponsor, boat, truck, all the bells and whistles. This is his card:

The stamp is Magnolia's Edwin Wants a Hug. I printed a graduation gown and hat from a clip art search. I then altered the gown so that the arms were spread. I traced it onto blue cardstock and cut it out. I also paper pieced the hat. The fishing pole and diploma were also clipart cutouts. The fishing line and tassel are gray jute. The background stamp is Hero Arts and the "Congrats" is Close to My Heart.

Devan graduated from 8th grade. Here is the card I made for her:

The image is Happy Spring Tilda. The banner is a diecut from Tim Holtz. "Hooray" is from Close to My Heart. It actually has more words on the stamp, but I just used the one.

Here is the inside of both:

I just handwrote my sentiments. I do not have any stamps to fit with graduation themes. Daryk's said: Now that you've hooked your diploma, you're on to bigger and better fish to catch.

I found a challenge at the Ribbon Girl to enter. Here is the link to it and other challenges: Magnolia Only Paper Piecing Boys Edwin only

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Apple Retirement Card

Two teachers that I work with are retiring at the end of the school year (which for us is May 30). I came upon a blog called Besties Challenge Blog about a week ago and decided that I wanted to participate in their blog hop challenge. They offered a free image to work with and a monochromatic scheme. Since my friends are teachers, I cut 2 apples out using Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cartridge. This became the base of my card. The image I believe is called Two Small Girls. I thought it could represent students or, since one girl is bigger than the other, a teacher and student. Apples are red in most teacher based things, so red became my challenge color. Here is the picture:
For some reason, it looks a little hazy. Maybe my lens needs cleaned. The award was also cut out using Plantin Schoolbook. I used Tim Holtz alphabet tape (how fitting is that?) and self-adhesive lace from I Love Tape. I used versamark and stamped on the red cardstock base (top of the apple). The sentiment side is vellum that has red splatters. It is hard to see. I used copics to color the image and a red gellyroll stardust pen to add sparkle to the award. I also used stickles and 3-D lacquer on the image.

Here is a link to the challenge:  Monochromatic 
Anything goes  Anything goes

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Ribbon Girl Giveaway

I found this great giveaway from The Ribbon Girl. Check it out here:

The winner will be announced this Saturday, May 18th.

My May Mingles Card

I am posting this now, because I am not sure when I will get it posted if I don't do it now. I am getting further and further (or is it farther and farther?) behind on posts. This is the card that I am sending to my May Mingle partner on the Magnolia-licious Yahoo Group.

Dies used: Sizzix/Hero Arts butterfly stamp and die set, spellbinders flourish, Tilda Lace Die, Tim Holtz Magnetic Tag
Punch: EK Success small flower (punched two and layered them for each flower)
DP: No idea I have had them forever
Tilda is Tilda with Daisy. She is an image that I received in a card kit swap. I think she is adorable. She is colored with copics.

I used stickles and gellyroll stardust pens to add glitter to the sentiment, dress, butterflies, and flower. The centers of the inside flowers are big globs of stickles.

For Use it Tuesday's challenge "You can't touch this" I feel that the papers and spellbinders die fit. I have had the papers for a long time, but just never knew what to do with them. I have been challenging myself to use the old papers that I never really liked. I bought the dies a year ago and this is the first time I've used them I think.

For the Bearly Mine challenge "Lucky Dip" I used diecuts, flowers, and gems. It also looks like I have lace, but it is really a die cut.

I am entering the following challenges: Use Buttons Flowers and Lace Lots of Layers Anything goes  Flowers Flowers  You can't touch this Anything goes Anything goes Use 4 items that overlap Let's Sparkle Anything goes "Lucky Dip" Anything goes Anything goes using 2 or more patterned papers.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Do Not Disturb

I am suffering from serious blogging withdrawal! I have been to busy to even touch the computer except for printing some digital images. I made this during the week of Easter, but just hadn't been able to get it uploaded until now. This is a project that I tried using grungeboard. I gave it to one of the teachers that I work with. The bottom piece detaches. I figured that way she could use it at home to catch up on her sleep. With a "Do Not Disturb" sign on your door, you can dream away in peace.

This is actually double-sided. The flip side of the "testing" section says "Conference".

The original pieces were Art Parts. Since they are a bit expensive to use a lot of, I tried tracing them onto grungeboard and cutting them out. The directions for this project are found in one of the Studio 490 project books. There are at least five different project books which can be found at the Stampers Anonymous website.The stamps (except words) are from different Studio 490 sets. Wendy is either really smart or has a great marketer. She uses stamps from different sets to do her projects. If you want to copy them you have to buy 3 or 4 different sets-very expensive at $25 US dollars each. The grungeboard is inked using Adirondack stamp pads and color washes and some Tim Holtz distress ink. The hand is a chipboard piece that I found at Michael's. I didn't have enough Tim Holtz gears so I used my gear die cuts and covered them with silver ink. I also improvised by using Color Me Crazy leaves by Petaloo and regular cheaper brads than the long fasteners by Tim.
I found a challenge from Pan Pastels that I thought this would fit under. I would love to win a starter set.
Here's the challenges that I entered:    Dream  Anything goes.    Anything goes        Anything goes using 2 or more buttons      Buttons, badges, or Flair     Anything but a card

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Two projects to share today

I have two projects that I want to share, so instead of making 2 posts, I am making one longer one. The first one is an Easter canvas. It is an 8 x 10 canvas. I have 2 versions of it and want to make a third because it still is not quite right. My husband and daughter think the 2nd one is too busy. Here are the pics. You be the judge.

I am not sure what happened in the second picture. It is very hazy for some reason. On the first background I use Martha Stewart paint. I didn't like how it turned out. I decided to try another one using Tim Holtz music note tissue paper and distress inks. I liked it better, but are the notes too much? My husband doesn't like the ornate plate (also a Tim Holtz product) on the second one. He says its too much. Please let me know what you think. Here are some close ups.

The image is Tilda as a Shepherd. She is actually enlarged a bit (probably about an inch) because the original image was too small. The plate has the verse stamped onto a piece of Tim Holtz DP and then covered with Glossy Accents. The butterfly is a stamp and die set by Sizzix/Hero Arts.  The poem is die cut with one from Lifestyle Crafts. I am entering the following challenges: Bingo (metal, flowers, pearls) Magnolia image and add flowers Easter/Spring  Anything but a card Tic Tac Toe (Spring, Yellow/Green, and Pearls) Anything Goes Use at least 1 die cut Spring with Animals Spring Blossoms

Here is the next project. It is a monochromatic birthday card made with some challenges in mind. The color, flowers and hearts are for the  Deep Ocean challenge this week (a photo inspiration). It is also Magnolia Mania's birthday. They are having a celebratory blog hop and birthday challenge.

The image is Happy Easter Tilda. The flowers were cut with the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge. The sentiment is a chipboard cut out that comes with the cartridge. The swirl stamp on it also comes with the cartridge. The sentiment is from the Scrapbooking Queen. The dp is some that I've had for a really long time. I have been trying to use up some of my old stuff. I covered the dots with stickles to look like confetti.

Here are the challenges for this card: Birthday Photo Inspiration  Anything goes with flowers Anything goes