Saturday, November 21, 2015

2015 Christmas Card

I started by inking up a white panel with broken china and evergreen bough.  They are sublte color differences and I liked them.  I then sprayed some water in my hand and flicked it on the inked piece and let it soak up and then removed it with a paper towel.


I used my cricut and Close to my Heart Art Philosophy cartridge to create a snowflake in a square using the welding technique to put them together.  I then used the clear wink of stella to add sparkele to my snowflake.

I layered the panel onto dark green and then layered that on to a blue that matched the broken glass ink.   

Using the same cricut cartridge I cut out a solid square in white and in the blue.  I inked the edges of the white with the distress ink and used a sentiment from Stampin Up Cazy Christmas.  I used a snowflake stamps from an old stamp set and CTMH Ponderosa Pine ink - 2nd generation - to stamp them on the inside.  

The sentiment on the front was also done in Ponderosa Pine ink and a sentiment from the same old stamp set.  (I'm sorry I don't know who they are by)

Friday, May 8, 2015

Boxed Mini Album

My daughter took a class at our favorite scrapbook store Artsy in Loveland CO.  That was 8 months ago and I have finally figured out what to do with it.

I have decorated it in some awesome papers, foils and embellies from Paper Wishes for a Mini Album for my Mom for Mothers Day.

Here are the pictures - pre photos - of the finished box.

The box lid and box closed up  

Front and back covers

Page 1 and Pull out mini 


Page 2  with flip up

Page 3  

Page 4 With pull out mini


Page 5 with side Flip out


There are alot of pull out minis.  They each have 4 pages dedicated to picutres.  There are accordian pull outs in the pockets on the cover page and page 5.  Each of those holds 5 pictures.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

April Tags

I wound up doing 2 tags because I was having so much fun with this one.  I love working with watercolors.

These are definately my favorite tags so far, and I had so much fun making them.  I starded with a textured piece of watercolor paper and taped it down to my work surface to prevent warping.


I sprayed the paper liberally with water and then using my water color markers and the air brush bulb I sprayed the surface with 3 shades of blue.

After I dried the paper I stamped it with a flower from Card Word Puzzle by CTMH.  I used archival black ink so I would be able to do some more watercoloring with my new watercolor crayons. 

Using Score tape I adhered the watercolor panel to a #8 tag cut from Maroon cardstock.  Using the Sophisticated cartridge I cut the word "fever" on a pane from the same cardstock.  Using left over glitter paper from christmas I cut the word "spring" from another cricut cartridge (I can't remember which one).  I put it together and added sparkle paper circle to the top for the hole.  

I repeated the whole process with the second tag sizing it down for a #6 tag.  All in all I just love them!!!

March tag

This one is a little late.  I did it last month but it was so busy I never got to post it.  Which is okay since I didn't get any pictures of the process.  I took them after the fact...

I loved the butterfly on Tim's tag but I can't think of butterflies without thinking of catapillar's.

I started with a background I already made and then die cut tree limbs from Spellbinders Cherry blossoms.  
Then using a  pipe cleaner and some fuzy fibers to make a catapillar.

Then I cut a butter fly from foam to create a stamp using a cricut cartridge, and one from pattern paper.  Using the pattern paper as a template I did some perfect pearls butterflies around the edge.


I added a silver plate with bakers twine and added the fuzzy fibers and bakers twine to the top.
I really like the end product

Sunday, February 8, 2015

February 2015 tag

Here is my version of Tim Holtz tag for February.  I actually did two tags one to more closely match the one Tim did and one that I envisioned in my mind when I saw the patchwork of Tim's tag.  I gathered together some scraps I had of Valentines paper from BoBunny and a heart cut on my cricut with the CTMH Artiste cartridge.

I glued the papers on the tag and then trimmed it down to the tag size.

I trimmed up a few "crooked" lines.  and added some embellishments.

I cut apart a sticker boarder to frame the small floral square and then took one of the mini tags and stamped a cameo onto it.  I started out with a compass point on the heart and some candy hearts in the upper corner.  Then I decided to use an arrow and put it through the heart.  After that I just needed to add some shading with my trusty brown marker.

I added some ribbon and thought I need a sentiment!  Must have sentiments on a valentine.  So I stamped a small one and called it good. I may yet go back and do a little more shading.  It is a rather simple tag but I really like it.  

Here is the second tag.  More crazy quiltesh and very simple.  My camera battery died so I only have a picture of the final tag.

first art journal page of 2015

So I decided that this year I was going to overcome my fear of Acrylics.  I started watching this series on You tube ( and it decided to try and do a page of my own.

First I used an old key card and spread some gesso and then added yellow acrylic paint also using the key card to spread it.  I was not as careful with the yellow to cover every bit of the page.

I don't have any decorative napkins so I stamped with dark purple onto some thin blue tissue paper and then tore it apart and thought "hey I need some other Blue on this page" and did some more acrylics.  This time watering the blue down and dry brushing it. Now that's two new techniques!

I used Deco Arts Decopauge Matte paste to adhere all the paper down and then did a thin coat over the whole page.  I felt like it still needed something more so I pulled out an old book I have for scrapbooking and tore out a page and adhered it.  I used a stamp of a doily I got for Christmas and stamped randomly in the dark purple.  

I stamped my sentiment in the same dark purple and added the large sticker "FLY" to finish it out.  I added the key in the corner and trimmed the overhanging paper.  Then using a dark brown watercolor marker I added shadowing along the edge of the torn paper and the doiley stamp.  I noticed that the stamped sentiment was fading into the paint and so I restamped it onto a piece of scratch paper and using the purple ink and some blue ink I distressed the paper to match the other stamped images. I also stamped the bird onto a scratch piece and fussy cut it out to place on top of the original stamped image. 

 I was happier with this but I still felt like something was missing.  I let it set for a while and then had a thought.  I dug through my stamps and found one of a flying bird and decided that is what I needed.
I will have to say it is not my favorite page but for a first go at acrylics I am happy with it.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Never Ending Valentine Card

Cherith and I took a class at our local scrapbook store and learned to make this card called a never ending card.  We made a Birthday card in class but today I made a Valentines card for my little Grand daughter.

Card Front

First fold

Second Fold

Back of card

Sunday, January 18, 2015

January tag of 2015

So I've recently fallen in love with tags and have decided to play along with Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2015.  Here is my version of January's tag.  I am not quite as confident as some to wander too far from the pattern but I'm hoping this will help build my confidence.
I didn't have many of the items used and I am a little afraid of acrylic paint so this was good for me.

Tim's tissue paper reminded me of a map so I chose to use a page from an old atlas.

Next I added a light blue acrylic paint, sprayed it with water and swished it around with my fingers.  I love getting my fingers into it.  I dried it then sprayed with silver perfect pearls.  

I used my cricut and the Old West cartridge to cut out the word twenty and the numbers.  I didn't like the one so I used 15 and just the word twenty.  I colored the words with black and distressed with copper stain.  I covered the numbers in fine glitter.  

Next step was the words.  I didn't have any word sheets and I wanted them to be more personal to me.  I made up my own wordsheets.  I printed them off on my computer and then cut them out.  I also wanted them to be in different fonts and sizes.

I used distress inks to tone down the white of the copy paper and black CTMH ink to edge each word piece I chose.  I also used a blending pen and the black to outline the twenty.
Next came the ribbons and the embellies.  I had fun going through my jars of metal embellishments. 
I am happy with the final outcome and the little bit of me I've added to the project.