Saturday, December 25, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
This week's StampInsanity challenge was to make a "happy holiday" themed project. I started off with a card, but quickly found myself making an ornament.
I used my SU Top Note Die to cut the shape/window into my red cardstock. The back of the frame is Chocolate Chip CS (SU). The sentiment is from the beautiful "Holiday Princesses" set (StampInsanity). The flower is punches and a little crystal bling. I drew the squiggles with my white gel pen. The hanger is a string of plastic pearls.
Here's a couple more pictures of my project in action:Easy. Now jingle all the way over to the challenge blog and submit your stuff! :)
In case I get swept up in all the hoopla of the season I just want to take a sec and wish everyone a wonderful Christmas season. I hope you all get to spend time with the ones you love and you are blessed by the one who loves you most! God bless and Merry Christmas!!!
Friday, December 3, 2010
The image is from the Holiday Princesses set which is just too cute!The challenge this week was to use ribbon or fabric. I don't typically use either in my projects so this was a fun challenge for me. All I had on hand was some stark white lace that just didn't go with anything. So I used some black craft ink and "dyed" my lace. I distressed the edges of the blue cardstock w/ black ink as well. The patterened paper is from DCWV. The embellishments I've had for years
Check out the StampInsanity blog. They are giving away the Holiday Princesses set if you submit a card. Easy work for an awesome prize!! :)
Friday, November 26, 2010
It would take all of the world-wide interwebs and then some to list all that I am thankful for. :) But here is a short list of the things I'm "super" thankful for:
My wonderful husband, my beautiful son, my amazing family and most of all the peace of salvation that comes from Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord from whom ALL blessings flow!!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Black Friday-Cyber Monday starts today, ends 11/29.
StampInsanity Stamps will have a 30% off coupon code of: CyberBlack2010
Now is a GREAT time to stock up on those StampInsanity images you've been eye-ballin'. ;)
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I was so excited when I saw these super cute new images from StampInsanity. I love the Renaissance look and to tie it in with Christmas was almost too much! Almost...:)
The challenge this week was a sketch. I like sketch challenges. For me, they are just enough freedom and just enough structure. Here is my project:
The image of course is from StampInsanity. Holiday Princess Maddie 2010. It's a set of two images and some really pretty sentiments. It's beautiful!!
I colored Maddie with my PrismaColor pencils and used Stickles on the flowers in her hair. I used floss to "sew" the holly and more stickles for the berries. I made the border on the left with my Fiskars scallop punch. The border around the image is also floss. I think that covers most of it.
Swing on over to StampInsanity and see what all the fuss is about! ;)
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I didn't intend for this project to work out so well for Veterans day, it was a happy accident. I wanted to use more masculine colors this time around and I LOVE the star image from StampInsanity and the outcome seems to fit perfectly for the holiday today.I used black floss and "stitched" it across the bottom of the card over my scraps. I also made little floss X's to hold my corner scraps in place. I colored the image with Bic markers and then cut and scored along the lines of the star to make it pop a little. I am so grateful to all the men and women who have fought and died for our country and our freedom. Words just don't seem enough. Thank you all and God bless you! This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. ~Elmer Davis
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Check out the challenge details here: http://stampinsanity.com/2010/10/sisc33its-a-spookilicious-halloween/
The base of the broom/bag is just a brown paper lunch bag. I took a ruler and cut long slits into it with my exacto knife. Then I put a small piece of cardboard in bottom to give it some support. I tied it off with a ribbon and large twig I found in my yard. :)
The image is from StampInsanity (of course). I colored it with my PrismaColor pencils and adhered it to a piece of black cardstock and patterened paper I got a few years ago at Walmart.
Easy enough, but I don't think I'll be using this as a template for my Halloween favors. The slits were pretty time consuming. I think I will use this to put the best halloween costume prize in. It's almost a prize in itself with that image!! ;)
Saturday, October 16, 2010
So, this year I decided to research and find out if I could make some of my own to give out at our Halloween party as favors. Luckily there was no shortage of sites with instructions and background stories. Here is the blog I found most helpful:
It was surprisingly easy to make. After making one I think that it would be just as easy to personalize or embellish them even. So, for the next few weeks that is what I will be doing. Wrapping floss around toothpicks. :)
What I also discovered was a great way to link these dolls back to an awesome lesson in the bible.
1 Peter 5:7 says:
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
What a wonderful hope to have! No matter what we are facing, God cares for us and He wants to carry our burdens!
I know these dolls aren't intended to teach biblical principles but I think that this verse fits them perfectly. So hopefully this Halloween I can share with my friends and family a little hope and a lot of love! :)
Thursday, October 14, 2010
This week's challenge is "Life Free/Die-Cut". :)
I've been crazy busy this week so I didn't get the opportunity to really experiment with my embossing as the challenge suggests, but I did do a little something unusual to this card. I put a "bite" on it. :) My husband said a buck-toothed vampire must have bit it because the teeth are too close together. I told him that I did not care what he thought and the next time he meets a vampire he can measure his fangs and get back to me.
Image: Halloween Henry - StampInsanity
Coloring: PrismaColor Pencils
Embossing Folder: SU
Paper: Cherry Cobbler & Basic Black - SU
You can find the challenge information here:
Or you can purchase this great little vampire here:
Thanks for looking and don't forget to give this week's challenge a try for yourself!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
I follow the blog of a wonderful artist named Dustin Pike. Tonight on his blog he posted a link that literally broke my heart. Here is a link to his post:
This is the link Dustin mentions in his blog about the Payne family:
Here is a link to a newspaper report about the accident. I am only posting it to reassure everyone that this is a genuine story.
The Payne family could use any help you could give. If you can't make a donation you could keep them in your prayers. I absolutely cannot imagine what they are going through right now. To be honest I don't even think I could try. PLEASE say a prayer for this precious family and consider helping them if you can. Dustin is taking donations from a digi stamp set he is offering.
I wouldn't normally post things like this but I couldn't read their story and not do something. Even if it's just spreading the word of their struggle and asking you to join me in lifting them up in prayer.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
For this card I drew/cut the flames by hand and then glittered the edges. The bat is a digital image from StampInsanity and I just wrote out "Wicked" with a white gel pen. I colored the image with my PrismaColor pencils. The border on top is a rub-on and the white lines I drew with my gel pen. The Devil Doll image is from StampInsanity.
I really loved working with this image! You could really use her all year round. But, in my case I used her for this week's StampInsanity challenge. You can get all the details, and join in the fun here.
Speaking of "too cool" here are my fellow asylum girls. They have some amazing blogs you are going to want to see!
Margie (DTC)- http://ohbumbleismemargie.blogspot.com/
Jacquie - http://javablustamper.blogspot.com/
Juanita - http://stampintwilghtmom.blogspot.com/
Alison - http://alisonsrandomthoughts.blogspot.com/
Erica - http://www.inkedupandreadytoplay.com/
Jules - http://goodkardma.blogspot.com/
Sugar - http://sugscardsnmore.blogspot.com/
Jane - http://jcocraft.blogspot.com/
Lynx (Blackdragon) - http://lynsblogger.blogspot.com/
Kapree - http://kc-consultant.blogspot.com/
Dawn - http://dawnsrubberroom.blogspot.com/
Susan - http://susanscraftychaos.blogspot.com/
Rosalien - http://rosalien-cardfun.blogspot.com/
Chelsea - http://www.scraptasticvoyage.blogspot.com/
You can also support a great cause and get some super cute images by purchasing "Katie for a Cure" from StampInsanity. You can get all the info here:
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Stamps: Morning Cup, Birthday Banter & Just My Style (for the border along the bottom) - SU
Paper: Chocolate Chip & Bashful Blue - SU
Coloring: SU ink and Aqua Painter
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Change a light day
Phileas Fogg's wager day
World farm animals day
Mad Hatter day
Lee's national denim day
National Pierogy day
National Pro-Life cupcake day
World post day
National cake decorating day
Clergy appreciation day
National kick butt day
International moment of frustration scream day
Free thought day
National face your fears day
International top spinning day
National bring your teddy bear to work/school day
Be bald and free day
Mammography day ** Let's all honor this one!
National grouch day
National chocolate cupcake day
Evaluate your life day
Pro-Life day of silent solidarity
Get to know your customers day
Caps Locks day - I think some people celebrate this every day!!
Make a difference day
Howl at the moon night
Cranky co-workers day
National chocolates day
Create a great funeral day
Haunted refrigerator night
National forgiveness day
International bandanna day
National candy corn day
Books for treats day
National caramel apple day
National knock-knock jokes day
National magic day
...and of course....
Now, how many of these are actually celebrated or real, I don't know. I found them on this website: http://www.brownielocks.com/october.html. I just thought it was funny. I guess someone, somewhere is always celebrating something! :)
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Ink: Chocolate Chip - SU & VersaMark
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Ink: StazOn Black and Distressing ink - Tea Stain
Coloring: PrismaColor Pencils
Embossing: Textile Texture - Cuttlebug
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip & Pear Pizzaz - SU
I made the rose by punching a strip of Cherry Cordial CS with the scallop border punch. I then used my distressing ink to age it a bit. Then I crinkled the paper strip, wrapped it around itself and roughed it up a bit. ;) Then I adhered it with aqua glue.
Not too hard. I might have to tweak a few thing for mass production, but other than that I think it might work well as this year's Christmas card!
Monday, September 20, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Stamps: SU - Loads of Love
Paper: SU - solid cardstock, Unknown patterned
Embossing: Cuttlebug - Distressed Stripes
Coloring: PrismaColor Pencils on water color paper
I've got some great new stuff coming from SU so I can't wait! I am really looking forward to making Halloween crafts. I'll be posting things as I finish them.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
We have pretty well settled in the new house and every once in a while I get the chance to actually look at my crafting stuff! Then a miracle of miracles. I got the chance to work on Halloween party invites:
I got the inspiration for this card from this blog: Fantastical World of Holidays
The poem reads:She weaved a web of silver thread,
a doily for her date.
A little fly with big brown eyes,
quickly approaching fate.
Paper: Stampin' Up
Spider webs: Hand drawn with silver glitter pen
Embossing: Clear embossing powder for spider and webs
I was so happy to get to craft. My next project will be favors and things for the party. So, here's hoping I will have another post very soon with more to come!!