Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Big Butterfly Birthday Card

Hey y'all!!! I'm back with another card, this time a birthday one. I have a few birthdays in my family coming up, so I thought I better get on the ball making cards. Since I already had the Crate Papers out on my table and i just purchased the Big Butterfly stamp from Technique Junkies, the main elements for this card came together pretty easy.

The card base is Stampin' Up! Old Olive cardstock and then a layer of Crate Paper that I stitched around the edge of. The floral piece of Crate Paper was cut out with a Papertray Ink die cut, then  cut in half. I stamped the Big Butterfly with Versamark on pink print Crate Paper and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.

The larger flower was cut out of pink Crate Paper with a Spellbinders die cut and the smaller flowers are just some little pre-made flowers that I had in my stash. Under the flowers is a piece of lace and a little beaded spray.

The Happy Birthday stamp is from Stampin' Up! and is stamped in Timber Brown Stazon on pink Crate Paper and punched the bottom with a decorative punch. I applied Stickles around the edges of the Happy Birthday tag, on the Big Butterfly and on the flowers.

The final little detail is the three little flat back crystals that I added to the bottom right hand corner. I have a couple of more cards to make for birthdays and will be working on those in the next few days. This weekend I am attending an all day crop on Saturday and can't wait to spend time with some awesome ladies and meeting new friends.
I received some awesome news the other day, but I can't share it quite yet, but it's BIG!!! I'll fill you in as soon as I can :)
That's all from me tonight. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

I Love Coffee.....

When I was at the Stamping/Scrapbook Show in Columbia last week, I found my way in the Technique Junkies booth and boy I knew I was in trouble. Well, I was in trouble when I stepped foot in the building, but we already knew that, lol. So, I'm looking through all the stamps they have and I spot one of the cutest stamps ever! I bought several other stamps from that booth, too. Today I was cleaning off my craft table and ran across a teacup that I had stamped and embossed a while back and thought it would be perfect for this stamp.

My card base and teacup papers are Stampin' Up! Creamy Caramel and all other papers are Crate Papers. The teacup from Stampin' Up! Tea Shoppe stamp set was stamped with Versamark and pink embossing powder, then cut out. Under the teacup is a strip of burlap.

I stamped the sentiment on a blue lacy print Crate Paper and cut out with the largest Delightful Doilies die cut from Papertrey Ink. The flowers were created cutting coordinating Crate Papers using a Spellbinders die cut. Under the flowers is a piece of lace that I folded in a fan shape and the swirl is a Sizzix die cut called Scribbles Swirls. There is also a piece of Stampin' Up! green ruffle ribbon and a flat back pearl behind the flowers. Along the bottom of the card, I added a piece of lace trim.

I did some stitching around the flower print layer with my sewing machine. I've missed making cards and really had fun making this one today. :) Here's one last look at it...

Today, I also continued working on the canvas piece that I started a couple of weeks ago. I applied Gesso and when it was almost dry I started adding colored sprays so I could get kind of a mottled effect. I want the canvas to look like a beach with the sand and the ocean and I think that I got the look I was after. Here it is after spraying the colors on. It's still wet, so I will work on it again tomorrow.

I spent part of the day cleaning and organizing because 1. the building is an absolute disaster area and 2. I am going to an all day crop next Saturday and wanted to be a little better organized for packing. While cleaning, I started a pile of things that I'm going to sell, too. I still need to take pictures of it all, but hope to have it posted on my Facebook page in the next few days. I need to get off this computer and get stuff ready for the work week. Until next time....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, February 17, 2014

New bracelets made with awesome beads!!

I went to a stamp/scrapbook show this past Saturday and in one of the booths were the most amazing looking beads! I love beads as much as I love paper and fabric and buttons :) These beads are from the Design Elements collection by Jesse James Beads and they are beautiful! They come in color coordinated packs. I bought several packs because I could not resist them and knew they would make some awesome bracelets. I made several!! Check them out....

I used beads from the Aquarius and Bellini packs for this bracelet
These are from the Baroque collection
These beads are from the Baroque and Mystere collections
These are from the Bellini, Cosmic and Baroque collections
These are from the Opulence, Aquarius, Cosmic and Bellini collections
These are from the Cosmic, Coastal, Opulence and French Riviera collections
These are from the Ultraviolet collection and other beads/charms that I already had
Aren't they all gorgeous?!! I don't think I can choose a favorite. I will definitely be ordering more of these bead collections. I will be putting these in my Etsy store very soon!! I will share a link for them as soon as I get them loads, in case you are interested in purchasing one!!
I used the latest canvas I have been working on as a neutral backdrop to photograph the bracelets on. It won't be neutral for long though. I still have a few layers of lace, tulle and other items to add to it, then I will be using color sprays on it. Here is a closer look of the canvas the way it looks now.

All of the lace and tulle adds such awesome texture to it. The tulle is from a wedding dress from the 1920's and the lace is from a roll I had on hand and also some from my own wedding dress from the 1980's. This canvas will be a gift for someone very special to me, but it's a surprise :)
That's all from me tonight. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

We Had Snow Again!!!

Yes, it snowed in South Carolina for the second time in two weeks. Then last night we felt the after shocks of a 4.1 magnitude earthquake! Crazy stuff going on around here! Wednesday, my daughter Amber and her husband Jon created a fun and pretty safe way for my sweet grand daughter Elizabeth to experience snow sledding. Check it out below :)

Red Neck Sledding! lol I created this page in My Digital Studio and used the same layout/design as the ones I posted a couple of weeks ago. Amber video taped Jon pulling Elizabeth in the basket and she laughed and laughed! I love that baby girl so much! She is just the sweetest little thing :) I am trying to create a bunch of pages of both grand babies so I can make a book on Hopefully I can order it soon :)
So, how has the weather been in your neck of the woods? Hopefully not as crazy as here! Spring is just around the corner and I am so ready!
I am still working on a second canvas to play around with the spray technique. I am using tulle from an 80 year old wedding dress and also plan on using part of my own wedding dress on the canvas. I hope it turns out as well as what is in my head. Stay tuned for that!! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Stole My Heart Canvas

My uber awesome and talented friend Kristie Taylor of The Scrapinater blog did a canvas class at a crop a few weeks ago and of course I had to take it! But, I had to leave that crop early, but she saved a kit for me and walked me through the steps when we were at the weekend scrapbook retreat :) I changed mine up a bit, but it's still her design. You must go check out all of her projects, she is such an amazing artist!!
Here is my canvas :)

I made it so I could change out the picture if I want, so this is the canvas with out the picture. The canvas was prepped with gesso and then I attached crumpled tissue paper, let that dry and glued lace in random places. Then I added all sorts of items like puzzle pieces, chipboard shapes, buttons, flowers, etc. to the canvas. In the upper right hand corner, I drew wavy line with hot glue. After all the items (except the hearts) were glued down, everything was painted over with gesso, then sprayed with a blue/aqua and also a bronze/gold spray.

 The hearts were cut out of cardboard and the top layer of paper was removed to reveal the corrugated part of the cardboard, then attached the cardboard pieces using foam tape and hot glue. The sentiment was written on a piece of paper that had been sprayed with the same blue/aqua and bronze/gold sprays as the canvas and then each word cut out and glued to the heart. The little birds are wooden and sprayed with the aqua color, too. Love those birds!!

And here it is with my picture added using a little clothes pin that I sprayed with the blue/aqua spray :)

The picture is my two sweet grand babies!! Love them sooooo much and yes, those two have stolen my heart!! :)
I absolutely love how this turned out!! A big THANKS to Kristie for sharing her creative process!! I have been creating canvases for a while but have never used the sprays on them. I have already started another canvas so I can play around with the sprays again :) I have made some of my own sprays, too. I will share how to do that in a tutorial soon. It's really easy and very inexpensive, too :)
That's all from me today. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Enjoy the Little Moments Canvas

I gave my Mom an IOU for a canvas for Christmas and finally finished it :) This is another canvas that she can change out pictures if she wants.

I painted the canvas an aqua blue and glued crumpled tissue paper to the whole canvas. Next I rubbed a Tim Holtz Tea Stain ink pad over the canvas and also white washed in some places. On each side a adhered a half of a doily that I distressed with the tea stain ink. In the middle of the canvas, I added coordinating strips of designer papers in blue and yellow color scheme.

The flowers were die cut and distressed with the same tea stain ink and assembled using hot glue. The leaves are also die cut and distressed and then glued down. The pearl strand was adhered with hot glue and the little clothes pins are just clipped to the pearls. These will be what holds the picture on the canvas.

I added a tag to the left side under the flowers that has the number 3 on it and a little row of banner flags. When I create a piece that are about my kids, I use a 3 in it somewhere to represent the three of them. I tied a double bow to the tag with yellow scrunched seam binding. Here is the canvas with a picture attached.

That's my sweet three!! This picture is a few years old, but I still love it :)
I created another canvas while on a scrapbook retreat a couple of weekends ago. It's a pretty special canvas for a couple of reasons. The first reason is that my awesome friend Kristie designed it and did a class on it and the second reason is that my two sweet grand babies are on it :) I will share it tomorrow. Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Full Grapevine Wreath With Initial

I was asked to make two wreaths based on a Pinterest photo found here: (click on the photo to go to the pin)

Here is my version

I created the wreaths by attaching a 14 inch grapevine wreath to a larger grapevine wreath using floral wire. This helps give the wreath sort of a layered look. I purchased everything a Hobby Lobby and all the greenery and flowers were 50% off :)  I added all the greenery and flowers, but left a gap so I could add burlap. The greenery and flowers are just tucked between the grapevines and the burlap is attached with floral wire. The letter is was painted an aqua blue and attached with wire and then I wrapped some twine around it to hide the wire. Here is the second one. She will be hanging them on either side of her front door.

Here are some close-ups of the flowers and the letter

Before I added the burlap or the letters, I showed her the wreaths, but she wanted some extra contrast for the letter, so I suggested the burlap. Here is a picture of it before the burlap and letter :)

I will be delivering them today and really hope she likes them!! Tomorrow I will share one of the canvases I created last weekend at the Scrapbook Retreat :)
Until then....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Playing Around with My Digital Studio

I told y'all yesterday that we had snow here last week and that I don't like snow very much. But, I did love seeing my grand babies' faces when they saw it :) I created a page in My Digital Studio of them each to commemorate their first snow day!!

This is sweet Elizabeth. She is 2 years old and was super excited about the snow :)

This is happy Grayson. He is 9 months old and wasn't sure what to think about the snow other than to eat it, lol

That little tractor trike was my son Dakota's when he was little. It's hard to believe that he is 14 years old now! Mariah got a picture of him playing in the snow, too :)

Yes, he came in and out of the house half a dozen times and tracked snow all through the house, but I know one day I will miss that, lol.

I am taking pictures today of several projects that I've been working on and will share those this week. Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Alexis Banner and a Snow Day!!

One of my co-workers is expecting her 4th grand baby in March and today was the baby shower for her daughter. Months ago they asked me to make a name banner for the baby's room to based on the colors of the crib blanket.
Here is the blanket...

And here is the banner...

Let's take a closer look at each letter :)

I used a banner kit for the base pieces and covered each one with papers in my color scheme. The letters are chipboard and I painted them with Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint then brushed on some sparkly hologram Stickles. The flowers at the bottom point of each piece are from my stash of older Stampin' Up! products. I doodled a different little design around the edge of each banner piece with a brown marker. There is lace and a rose ribbon glued to the top of each banner piece as well. I strung it together using a green tulle and tied the ends with pink scrunched seam binding to form the loops to hang it. We took pictures of her holding it up but they came out blurry :( but she said she would take pics of it hanging in the nursery :)

The weather here has been strange lately and this week we had snow! I don't really like snow. Let me explain why. People here panic and there is not a carton of milk, eggs or loaf of bread to be found anywhere. Why? Is everyone going to get up the next morning and make french toast? haha Then, we just don't know how to drive in it here in the south, so there are accidents. Third, my kid goes in and out, in and out to play in it and drags the snow in from the back door to the living room, leaving big globs of snow that melts into big cold puddles that I have to clean up. Not only that, he changes his cold wet clothes and dirties up a towel EVERY TIME he comes in, which means more laundry for me. But, I do like the fact that he has fun in it and this year my grand babies got to see snow for the first time! So, I guess I don't hate snow, just don't like it all that much :) Here are some pics from our snow adventure!!

One of the big cedars in my yard covered in the soft white stuff!

Our dog, Milo, doesn't like show. He could not figure out where he was supposed to go to the bathroom, lol

I created a couple of pages of my grand babies on their snow day adventures and will share those tomorrow. Until then....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!