Friday, December 10, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Celebrate Good Times was the Just Rite 045 Challenge. Perfect! During this Thanksgiving season our family celebrated the birth of our daughter's first baby. Isnt' she adorable? lol! So tiny, so precious, so easy to love. Now to make a card to announce her arrival...and voila...there is the perfect stamp from Just Rite's Celebrations Demi Phrases Set "Announcing the arrival of". Paper from K and Company, seed pearls, Spellbinders Dies, May Arts ribbon, DewDrops, and a length of ribbon yarn all combined to create a card of celebration for our bundle of joy.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
http://www.vintageholidaycrafts.com/ and you can find the picture that I used to create the paper for my card. The oval phrase Be Thankful for Little Things from Just Rite's Autumn Blessings worked well to create a frame for a focal image on the paper. Stamped, embossed with gold on Navy paper, then cut out with a Spellbinders die. Perfect yes? Add an elegant May Arts Silk Ribbon bow and a card that gobbles Thanksgiving is done.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
The Just Rite Challenge for week 043 was to show support either through a sympathy card or one with a friendship theme. From the time I purchased Just Rite's Thinking of You set, I was drawn to the image I chose for this card. Through Him we are sustained in our times of trouble. So, a card to share my belief to a friend going through a difficult time was thus created. In addition to the Just Rite stamp, I used a McGill punch to create the intricate design on the background cardstock. Spellbinders neste squares were used create the frame around each punch and a black pearl was placed in the center. A special friemd shared a piece of webbing that I used behind the black silk ribbon. It is my hope this card will provide some small measure of comfort.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Today is a day to to Give Thanks for a beautiful fall day. So, I decided to use Just Rite Stamps from the Auturm Blessings Borders and Centers for this challenge. First I took the sketch, turned it on its side, and flipped it to get a "mirror image sketch". (why I don't know, I just did!) Starting with a blank cardstock base and using stamps from Just Rite's Autumn Blessings Borders and Centers, Ribbon, Lace, Pearls, Fabric flowers, Stickles, Spellbinder dies, and bits of paper this card evolved. I first covered the card with wide ribbon (pumpkin background). May Arts Silk Ribbon and Lace provided the vertical lines and also the background upon which "Give Thanks" was stamped. Individual pearls were glued to the lace and the Give Thanks square was double mounted on coordinating paper. 5 Prima flowers with Stickles centers were arched on/above the square. Pumpkins were gold embossed, colored with Copic markers, cut out and mounted on paper circle and then on a Prima flower from the Crown Jewels collection. Finally I worked to place both the square and circle in an appropriately pleasing position (slightly modified from the sketch)
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The wonderful thing about this recipe, is that it keeps providing joy for several years!
Candle Wax (I use blocks of paraffin)
Candle Wicking – about 3 inches longer than carton height
1 quart empty, cleaned waxed milk/cream carton (or similar) top cut off
2 lb. empty, cleaned coffee can (or similar)
Pencil (or similar)
“Old” electric mixer
PerparationPoke tiny hole in bottom of carton. Thread wicking through hole to a 1 inch length. Tape it down. Roll other end of wick around pencil and lay it across open end of carton.
Place wax in coffee can set in a pan with a few inches of water. Melt wax at low heat, making sure there continues to be water in the pan. Pour a tiny amount of melted wax into the carton – enough to seal the hold around the wick. When that wax has cooled, pour melted wax into carton until carton is about 2/3 full. Let set until hard (overnight). Remove waxed carton and place candle on a prepared work surface. (newspaper, oilcloth, etc). The next step is messy!
Add more wax to coffee can and melt. Let cool slightly. Take electric mixer and beat wax. (when wax has cooled sufficiently it will form a frothy foam). With spoon “slop” the frothed wax on the candle. While it is still warm, sprinkle the candle with chosen color(s) of glitter. Other embellishments can be added later with pins or glue.
Light the candle and enjoy the flickering glow. Use normal safety precautions.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
The colorsof Fall are beginning to show as the warmer temperatures of summer are becomming a distant memory. Swirling together the different colors of leaves provide a moving kaleidoscope of colors. And so, I began to think of creating a Colors of Fall card. A stamp from Just Rite's Kaleidoscope Set was stamped (Stazon Ink) on a piece of heavyweight acetate. It was cut using a Spellbinders circle. A larger background was cut using a larger Spellbinders Scallop Circle. I used all the Copic marker "fall" colors I have and covered the background piece with a myriad of pinpoints of color. I punched a small hole in the center of the acetate and background and put them together with a brown brad to create a movable "kaleidoscope of color". Next, I found a paper from Webster Pages that reminded me of a waning summer. Flower Soft enhanced a printed tree to remind of fall colors. Next was adding the Beauty of Fall (perfect stamp for this card!) from Just Rite's Nature Nested Sentiments and Verse. I used a Spellbinder tag to punch out an oblong in the card front. The same tag was used to create the frame around the space. The sentiment was stamped on a coordinating piece of the Webster paper and mounted (pop dots) behind the opening. Layered on brown then cream cardstock, the font of the card was done and it was time to use my Dad's sentiment on the inside. I found a maple leaf pattern on website http://www.kids.creativity-portal.com/ and used it as the background piece. The title Colors of Fall was stamped using Just Rite's Special Occasions 15 and 50 pt sets. To "tired" stamp the entire sentiment, I turned to my computer to finish: "Notice the leaf colors.........................Now you know Fall is here." Colored leaf punch outs (EK Success punch) were used instead of words (red, orange, yellow, gold, brown, and burgundy). I next created a mask to block out the big leaf and spritzed the rest of the page with Tattered Angel's Burnt Red Glimmer Mist. My card is done; time to turn the kaleidoscope and watch the swirling colors of fall. May fall's vibrant colors inspire you!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
This week Just Rite chllenged us in part, to create a Thank You card; Joan's Garden's challenge was to make a card using a die cut flower, a vertical paper strip, a swirl, and alteing the cardstock. For this card, I decided to combine the two challenge together. (Whew! that is actually harder than I thought it wold be!)This card "grew" from a recent statement from a minister's sermon. He said "the words Thank You are an expression of Love". And I thought about it....we say Thank You to show appreciation, appreciation is a facet of love; thus I thought Thank You Says Love Says Thank You in an unending circle. Hearts cut from Spellbinders formed petals upon which I stamped: Thank You (Just Rite's Just a Note set), Says an Love (Just Rite's Special Occasions 50 and 15 pt font set). After distressing the edges, I used them to form the inner petals of the Spellbinder Die Cut Blossom (which I had run through the Swiss Dots cuttlebug (look closely!). Instead of a brad or a button, I used a hand made dimensional flower for the blossom's center. Rhinestone swirls and a touch of glitter pen on the background paper and strip added a touch of bling to the card. The last thing I did was prick the border of the card with a stylus. I love that you viewed this card....Thank You!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
JustRite's challenge this week was to make a card using the colors of Black, Dark Red, and Ivory with the added twist of a handmade embellishment. My personal challenge was to find the right balance of the three colors. It seems a little black Scottie has been a member of my family "always". So, with my Mom's comment that our Scotties have been black I was off to create a black,red, ivory colored card. I first found an image of a Scottie on the internet and adapted it to form my scottie pattern. Once drawn and carefully cut out, I covered "her" with black Flower Soft. I then crocheted an ivory colored collar with bedspread thread and tied it around her neck. Three Swarovski crystals (red and black) added a bit of bling. I then stamped and embossed (Zing Black Glitter) a border from JustRite's Christmas Ornament set. I then cut the border out (both inside and outside) using Spellbinders circle dies. I used a dark red marker to add the color. A larger Spellbinder circle was used to cut out a circle of black, and a smaller one was used to cut out a circle of ivory that I'd sponged with red and black ink. Pop dots allowed me to add dimension to the layers and little Scottie was mounted inside using a larger pop dot. MoJo Monday's sketch this week was borrowed to provide the layout for the card. Red and black cardstock pieces were cut. I machine sewed the zigzag to a red strip and cut a scallop border on a black strip before placing the pieces on the card that had been covered with a piece of black/ivory paper from Paper Studio. What next? Well a bit of lace, a couple of red buttons, a black bone brad, a black silk ribbon bow (May Arts), and a liberal sprinkling of dark red Swarovski crystals and I believe this card is ready to be given.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The JustRite Challenge this week, to create a Christmas/Holiday tag challenged me to think a little "outside the box". Hmmm, a tag for a Christmas package...a box.... I really love the snowman from the JustRite Vintage Christmas set and so it began. I first cut 3 circles using Spelbinders Circle dies, On the smallest I stamped the Snowman's face. On the second I stamped Happy Holidays from the JustRite Merry Little Christmas collection. The largest "snowball" received a stamp from the JustRite Kaleidoscope Set. Every Snowman needs a tophat so a piece of glittered grey paper was stamped "To and From" using the 15pt Special Occasions Front. The Snowman's cheeks are pink Pebbles Chalk (love the glisten that chalk gives), Everything else was colored using red and green Copic Markers. A bit of red/green ribbon I cut and frayed to form a scarf. The "snowballs" were then covered with a good helping (big snowstorm in my craft room) of Martha Stewart's Carrara Marble coarse glitter (I wish the picture show how it twinkles.). The final touch was a scrap piece of MayArts glittery string which was looped to make an attachment point. All that is left is to complete the To/From section and this tag is ready for the waiting package.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
This morning I was attempting to clear up (note I didn't say clean up!) my workspace from completing my entry into this weeks JustRite Challenge and saw the Cricut tree cut out that I had made to use (but never did) in a previous challenge. Rather than continue with my cleaning...oops, I mean clearing activity I allowed myself to be distracted. First the tree, then the sketch that was propped up against the lamp and another card was in the making. I just love the JustRite's Witch Way to the Treats set so once theWitch was flying across the moon...the Witchin' You a Happy Halloween from the Celebrations Demi Prases Set was a perfect to add around the moon. (I really does show up better on the real card...a photographer I am not!) A wisp of fog, some texture on the tree (flower soft) and then I was ready to tackle the squares. Trick or Treat (Witch Way to the Treats) was stamped on silver paper then mounted on gold. Then I looked for something different to make the other two squares. So...how about twisting black wire into a spiral square seemed to work and voila, the card is done!
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
A Dodecahedron is a three-dimensional geometric figure formed of 12 equal pentagonal faces meeting in threes at 20 vertices. A square is a square is a square! Okay, I'm going to follow the JustRite Challenge 033 sketch using squares! Now to begin! I started with a piece of white watercolor paper and misted it with a touch of bronze (Tattered Angels). The floral image from JustRite Plant a Little Love stamp was repeatedly stamped about the paper. To fill in the empty spaces, I first blocked off the initial images and overstamped using the flower stamp from JustRite's Wood Stamper Oval Special Occasions Font set. Navy blue, orange, and silver papers were cut to form the squares. Th green flowers were made by stamping the flower from the JustRite Plant A little Love set6 times on the white water color paper, cut out, colored with markers (Copic and Tombow), moistened and shaped into flowers, JustRite "Just Because" stamp form the Just a Note line was reverse embossed and mounted on the middle square - copics and a swarvoski crystal highlight the tiny flower. The vertical "rectangle" was made with two silk ribbons and a piece of orange eyelash yarn. A bold blue flower (you guessed it...colored using a Copic marker) with it sparkling green gemstone made the destination point for making the two outside squares into optical boxes. Lastly, the made floral paper was mounted on a frame of orange which was then mounted on the navy blue card. And you wonder why I started out this paragraph with a Dodecahedron? Yep, there is a reason....but that is a whole other story ...I welcome your comments .....
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
With the warm autumn colors of olive, chocolate, and pumpkin the JustRite color challenge are truly the colors of Nature and evoked images of Thanksgiving, pumpkins, etc. Let the card making begin! I selected kraft paper to start this card using the cornucopia image cut from the Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut cartridge. Once cut, I used the Herringbone folder (Cuttlebug) and embossed it. I then placed it against a plain brown cornucopia image. Next i used Spellbinder's Pumpkin die cut to create the background pumpkin using pumpkin colored paper. Once I had cut the large image out, I traced the outside of the die to get the shadow layer (thanks MJ for the hint!). I sponged Stampin Up's Appricot Appeal over the pumpkin to create a lighter image, then used copic markers (E57 & E97) to color the stem and pumpkin spines. The cornucopia/pumpkin was then mounted on a piece of Graphic 45 (Birds in Paradise). Pumpkins from the JustRite Autumn Blessing and Borders set were stamped on the pumpkin colored paper, colored with Copic markers (YG03, G23, E57 and E97), cut out, glazed with Crystal Effects, then arranged in and around the cornucopia. Pop dots were used to give them dimension. Elegant silk ribbon (MayArts) was used to tie the bow. I then stamped the sentiment (JustRite Autumn Blessings and Borders) on a piece of the Graphic 45 paper and used Spellbinders oval and scallop oval dies to create the medallion which was then placed on the ribbon. Three Swarovski crystals (sun/topaz)were added to the upper left corner. All was then mounted on a layer of pumpkin before being attached to the chocolate brown card base. AFter making this card, I feel fall in the air!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
What a challenge! I thought and thought, what to stamp/create. A lunch box? A wall hanging, but, wait a minute...I like making cards. So a card to take to teacher is what I made. School Days ireminds me of Reading Writing and Arithmetic, books, paper, etc so that became my focal point. I created the book cover using my computer (for words) and red mulberry paper. The book's spine is black mulberry paper. The pages of the book were created by gluing down parallel lines of glitzy gold thread. I cut a slit to insert the bookmark. "For My Teacher" was stamped using the font from JustRite's Special Occasion font on a gold Spellbinders tag. School Days". The "School Days" on the front of the book was stamped with same JustRite font on a gold small oval (Spellbinders of course!) and backed in black by a scalloped oval. I mounted the book on school paper (I think by Imaginisce). Next I stamped the paper with letters using the same Just Rite font in black. A contrast to the small black alphabet was created by embossing letters from JustRite Deluxe Monogram wet with Zing embossing powrFor the bookmark, I stamped (Stazon Black) the apples from JustRite's Autumn Blessings on acetate. I colored the image with Art Institute glitter. Then, I cut out the image and afixed it to a length of cardstock that was covered with satin green and red ribbon. The final piece was adding a purchased tassel. Now teacher can be greeted with a special card (personal message inside) and use the bookmark to mark the lesson's place. Whew a lot of steps to make but fun to have made.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
As I sat at my crafting table, drinking my morning cup of coffee, I was thinking about the layout for Mojo 151 sketch. My eyes fell upon the Martha Stewart spider web punch and that was the jumping off point for this card. A few colors of cardstock, a clear stamp witch (company unknown) and Happy Halloween from Uptown Rubber Stamps, and a bit of gold ribbon were used to layer and create this card. Don't know why Halloween...maybe I'm wishing for cooler fall weather!
Monday, August 9, 2010
The vintage look of the Pottery Barn fabrics in the inspiration photo challenged me to create an old fashioned card which made use of all the colors in the photo. Pictured is my end result. I started with the Thinking of you stamp from JustRite's Thinking of You Centers and Borders set. Then I found the cameo picture and cabbage rose flowers (just like in the pillow) in a book of Victorian decoupage prints. With many tiny snips, I cut the pictures out; famed the lady using spellbinders mega rectangles, covered the cabbage roses with hundreds of clear beads. After stamping Thinking of You with Memento ink and coloring with Copics, I covered the flowers with crystal lacquer and used a decorative punch to complete the tag. Silk ribbon and lace, a few pearls; a ribbon flower and colorful layers completed my work on this card. The hardest part was waiting for the glues and lacquer to dry before arranging them on the card lol!
Saturday, August 7, 2010
The JustRite stamp from the Merry Little Christmas set seemed a perfect one to use for this Mojo sketch challenge. I stamped the candles with the corresponding scallop border on an ivory paper that had a sheen (okay, it was the liner on a wedding invitation envelope...I find it hard to throw papers away lol!). Then it was time to find papers, ribbons, and embellishments. The solid red is a sueded ribbon that adds a lot of texture to the card. I used my favorite Swarovsi crystals, a small piece of chain, and a couple of brads and it was finished. As we are experiencing a heat wave, it was refreshing to work with a Christmas/winter image!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
This card would work well for many different color "splashes", but the PDCC40 challenge I love this splashy green flower. The focus of the card was a triptych flower tags stamp from Rubber Stampede. It was stamped in black on white paper, then cut and mounted on black paper. A variety of black and white papers, ribbon, and crystals, and stamped alphabet letters (Serene) were used to create the card.
Monday, August 2, 2010
When I saw the border Stitched With Love from Applique, I knew it would pair well with the Lion center from Let's Celebrate. His mane seemed perfect for adding some threaded dimension to the card. I took strands of black, copper, and gold and following the lines on th stamp, I stitched him "with love" (after first giving him color with Copic markers). This stamp lends itself well to additional "stitching: around the border.A bit of glitz was added by using Stickles to dot the loops in the border. I wanted to highlight the Stitched With Love theme, so I added some random stitches to the gold strip of paper which was then layered on the striped background. After adding a coordinating ribbon/buckle and three pointers, the card is finished! ROARRRRR!