Thursday, January 31, 2013

Happiness

Today's card has a focus on sentiment.  The quote reads, "We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have - Frederick Koenig".  I just love that.  


The quote is part of the Friendship Sentiments stamp set.  I could make cards all day with this one stamp set, I swear.  So many different quotes. The die cuts were made with Spellbinders dies, while the patterned paper is from American Crafts.  The flowers, black rhinestones, and solid black ribbon were bits and pieces from my stash collection.

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp challenge - Anything Goes
Sweet Stop Sketches card sketch
Die Cuttin' Divas - Anything goes
Come and get it challenges - Tic Tac Toe (Blue, free space, gems)
Crafty Bloggers Network - Flowers
The Pretty Little Ribbon shop - Flowers and Ribbon
Tuesday Alchemy - Anything goes
Creative Creations challenges - Keep it Simple
Twisted Tuesday challenges - Anything Goes
Love to Create challenge - Sentiment

If you haven't entered my giveaway, you can find it here.  Just follow my blog and comment for a chance to win all these:)




Have a great day!

Denise

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sweet

Today I made TWO projects.  My creative mojo has apparently gone wild.  My first one was a layout of Nicholas kissing a dolphin in Hawaii.  I actually kissed one too on this trip, but at $25 a picture, I just bought Nick's!  (I did buy one other with both of us in it I am hoping to scrap next.)   It's amazing how much bigger and heavier dolphins actually are, up close and personal.


To create the palm tree, I used a misting stencil from Prima Flowers.  Instead of misting though, I used Distress Inks around the image.  Once I felt like I had gone around the entire image I pulled off the plastic stencil you can see a bit here.


I also used Distress Inks to color Pink Paislee mist-able paper under the photos and on the banner.  (Cut with Cricut cartridge Birthday bash.)  For the flower, I pulled off the gem of a Prima flower, added a small bloomer flower from a ribbon, and then inserted a couple of fancy pins.  After taking a couple of Mixed Media classes, I'm finding it easier and easier to destroy alter products.


Then I layered some green mesh (Webster's) twine, bling, metal accents, ribbon, and flowers.  I love how it came out and happily surprised that Nick didn't groan when he saw the flowers on the page.  He's getting to that age.  I used a sketch from Stuck on U Sketches for the the layout inspiration.


I also watched a few more videos today for the 2nd day of the Clean and Simple Two class and made this card using Close to My Heart watercolor pencils and stamps, watercolor paper, and Distress Ink.  I really love the rainbow effect of it and how easy it was do!  I'm trying to create birthday cards for all the projects because I am forever running out of them.   


Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you had a great day!

Denise

Monday, January 28, 2013

Making Clean and Simple Cards

My awesome bff Stacy, gave me the gift of the Clean and Simple 2 online card class (Isn't that so sweet?! ) and today was the kick off day.  There were three different videos and one written tutorial full of ideas to try out.  Using what I had on hand, I made this card for it this morning.


The quote says, "Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of Art".  Love it!  It is from the Stamp-It Friendship Sentiments stamp set.  The Happy Birthday stamp is from Birthday Hugs stamp set, which I stamp with Versamark ink and then embossed with Stamp-n Stuff Copper Embossing Tinsel.  background was created using a Studio Calico mask and Mister Huey Cameo mist.  I used Double Sided Adhesive Foam tape to give it it's raised dimensional look.

We'll see if I can keep up with making a card every day of the class.  (Guess that's why they don't have class on Sunday, so you can catch up).  Having a laptop is a big help, since you can watch the videos as you fold laundry, cook, etc. :)

Hope you are having a crafty Monday!

Denise

Sunday, January 27, 2013

One little word

When I came across the website, A Year in the Life of an Art Journal, I thought what a GREAT idea!  Twice a month, they give you a journaling, photo, and art prompt which you use to create a page in a journal.  At the end of the year you have a wonderful keepsake for yourself.  I love this idea because no matter how busy you are, two pages a month are totally doable.   That said it took me forever to figure out what my word for 2013 would be.   I was even starting to wonder if I'd decide on one at all.  But I kept reflecting and finally figured it.


At the end of last year I took a family vacation that was so relaxing and fun, I had a feeling of joy and serenity weeks after we came home.   Gradually though, I started getting back into my regular routine and stressing over the silly stuff like so many of us moms or wives do.  This year I want to make a concerted effort to prioritize what's really important and what I value in my life, and try to eliminate needless stress and worry.  Focus on the everyday joy my friends and family bring.  We'll see how this idea develops over the year.

To start my page, I borrowed some water paints and a paint brush from my five year old.  She had already mixed the colors up a bit for me :)  I did a few quick swipes across the page with a couple of blues and a hint of purple.  


At the bottom of my page I stamped this image from Crafter's Companion new Lucious Landscapes stamp set with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  It just looks so peaceful and tranquil to me.


Next I typed up a definition of Serenity I found online and printed it out onto this preprinted sheet of vellum I've had in my stash for quite a long time.  I also inked up where I tore it with Iced Spruce Distress Ink.


This I stamped this beautiful bunch of butterflies from the Time To Dream stamp set with Iced Spruce Distress ink as well.  I made sure to ink "off" the page so it would seem like they were flying off the page.


Next I added quite a bit of sparkle to my page by spraying it with Perfect Pearl Mist.  It not only brought some sparkle to my page, but it also created wrinkles and bubbles in my vellum, which I quite liked.  Then I layered a flower, the word serenity, a butterfly, and a bit of ribbon to the page.  


I had so much fun creating my first page, I can't wait to start on A Year in the Life of an Art Journal's next prompt.

I am entering my journal page at

Perfect Sentiments challenge - blue, silver, white
Dutch Dare Card challenges - Winged things
All that Scraps Challenge blog - Anything goes
The Paper Shelter - Anything goes
7 kids challenge blog - Something old, something new (new - stamps, old - printed vellum)

Thanks for stopping by!

Denise

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Dreams Come True

My niece is turning four on St. Patrick's Day and my sister is already planning her princess party.  The timing couldn't have been more perfect since I had just received the new Stamp-It Australia Birds and Butterflies stamp set which has a gorgeous horse-drawn coach stamp, among many others.


For this card, I thought this would be a great time to pull out a bright, fluorescent card stock I have had forever b/c I didn't know what to do with it.  With just a hint of it in the background of the card, it wasn't so overwhelming.  I used Spectrum Noir Alcohol Marker FL1 for the fluorescent pink in the carriage.  It's tough to tell in this picture unless you click on it for a close-up, but the white background is embossed with Embossalicious Floral Frenzy Embossing Folder.  The pretty black flower in the corner is from Petaloo.

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

Divas by Design - Fairytales
NutCrafters - Cute and girly
Creative Card Crew - girly
The Paper Shelter - Anything goes
Creative Creations Challenges - Keep it Simple
ABC challenges - birthday card

Have a great day!

Denise

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Prima's Art Venture projects

I went to Prima's Art Venture in Palm Desert over the weekend and I learned so much!  My classes were incredible and featured teachers like Heidi Swapp, Anna Dabrowska, Janine Koczwara, and Marion Smith.

This is the mixed media art journal I created in Anna's class. So many layers involved in making this.  I LOVE how it turned out.  I definitely want to work with Luminarte's SILK paints again.


And the back of the journal.


Couple of inside pages.




Another fun project we did as a make and take was this wall art using Prima flowers and fishing line.  It is so easy to make and, of course, Lara wanted one as soon as she saw it.   All you need to make it is some flowers, a butterfly stamp or punch, fishing line, a decorative piece for the bottom (something like a metal charm which helps to keep the line straight), and a hook of some sort to hang it with.  Though you could just tie a circle with the fishing line too.  After you knot the fishing line around the metal hooks, you will want to glue it as well to make sure it doesn't unravel.  Then just sandwich the fishing line between your flowers and butterflies, so that there is one on either side of the line.








Here's how Lara's came out.  I used Sheena Douglass' Flying Colors for my butterflies and random Prima blooms which I got at Art Venture.  (They gave us hundreds of blooms.  I have a bag with like 4 inches of flowers in it.)  It would be neat to make a couple of really longs ones too.  
I also had some of my 15 minutes of fame over the weekend with a fun pic of me and Heidi Swapp with Leeza Gibbons.  (My friend Stacy saw it on Leeza's Facebook page.)   We all received Leeza's new book and got a chance to chat with her over the weekend.





The hotel JW Marriott was gorgeous.  Here is our balcony view of their putting course.


No lobby is complete unless you have a boat in it.


Another project I made there.


These tags were make and takes!  We got a 6x6 pad of paper with them as well.


I have a few more projects from the weekend, but I have a few more things to add to them.  If you are thinking about attending a Prima Event like this next year, I definitely encourage you to.  Not only did I learn so much about different products and techniques, they gave us a TON of gifts.  We received flowers, bling, spice racks and tins with flowers, paper, etc. throughout the entire weekend.  Well worth the expense.

Enjoy the rest of your evening :)

Denise

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Vellum dragonfly card

Good morning!  Today I have another card to share, using the new Stamp It Australia Imagine collection.  This stamp set is all about dragonflies.  



Every single stamp on my card comes from the same stamp set.  (And I didn't even use them all!)  I stamped the stamps onto vellum and adhered them to the card stock using Helmar's V12 spray.  It doesn't show under the vellum at all.  I also distressed and chalked up the paper Vintage Photo Distress Ink. For the large dragonfly, I stamped the image twice with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink pad, colored the back of the vellum with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers EB2, LV1, cut out the images, and then layered them together.

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

One Stitch at a Time - Anything goes
Cards Galore - Anything goes
Stampin' for the weekend - Anything goes

Thanks for stopping by :)

Denise

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Sneak Peak of Stamp-It Australia's Imagine collection

Today I a have sneak peak of a brand new Stamp-It Australia Imagine collection which will be available in the next week or so at the Crafter's Companion online store.  There will be 15 different stamp set included in the collection, one of which is full of gorgeous Asian images.



I colored my stamp with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers LV1, LV2, LV3, IG4, IG6, IG8, CG1, CG2, EB1, and EB2.  The beautiful patterned paper is from K&Company that I received from my grandmother-in-law.  She has fabulous taste in scrapbook paper :)  The little charm in the corner is from Bobunny and means "double happiness".  

You can see more fabulous sneak peaks over at the Crafter's Companion USA blog all week long.

Thanks for stopping by!

Denise

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Paper Lanterns (tutorial)

Crafter's Companion monthly challenge this month is create anything but a card using a Crafter's Companion product.  One lucky random winner will a $30 gift certificate to their online store!

With Chinese New Year coming up, I decided to make some paper lanterns for this month's project using The Ultimate Crafters Companion and The Boxer board.



To make the base of the lantern, you will need a 9 x 12 inch piece of card stock.  For the tutorial, I used a solid color to make it easier for you to see the score lines, etc.  


First you will fold the 9 x 12 inch paper in half, lengthwise.


Next you score 1 inch from both edges of the paper lengthwise, as shown below.


Fold the paper in half lengthwise again.  From the center fold of your paper to the 1" scored line you made in the previous step, score at 1/2 inch.  (See example below.) You will then score your paper the same way every 1/2" across the length of your paper.  For example, you'll score again at 1", 1 1/2", 2" 2 1/2", etc.  I drew a couple of the lines in the next photo to make it easier to visualize.  You won't want to draw on your paper though.


Once you have finished scoring those lines, you will then cut the newly scored lines using your The Ultimate Crafters Companion or scissors.  


Unfolded, your paper should now look like this. (Without the writing.)


Next, using a strong adhesive, fold one of the shorter edges over the other, creating a circle.  Line up the first 1/2 inch score lines on the edges when doing this for a seamless lantern.


Once your adhesive has dried, your lantern will easily stand on it's own.


Next, add a 1 1/2 inch paper strip to the top and bottom of the lantern for a more finished look.  Here you can see that I created my paper lantern using patterned piece of card stock.  You can also punch out a border on your paper strips, as I have in this lantern.


Finally, glue a 1 x 12" strip of paper to the inside for a handle.  It's ready to be hung in your house now.


Here is the completed lantern.  After making the first, you will see how easily and quickly you can create these.  They are great for any holiday too.


Here's a birthday one I made using a sentiment from one of Crafter's Companion's new Stamp-it Australia stamp collection.  There are fifteen new stamp sets being released in time for CHA and they are GORGEOUS!  I will be sharing more of them with you over the next couple of weeks.


I hope I've inspired you to join our Anything but a Card challenge.  If you decide to create a paper lantern, be sure to pop by and let me know.  I'd love to see it!

I am entering my project over at Created with love challenges where the challenge this week is anything but a card.

Have a wonderful day!

Denise

Monday, January 7, 2013

A New Tradition

Today is the kids' first day back to school and we were all so sad that the Christmas break was over.  We decided to try something new and went to Hawaii for a week.  It was so incredible to be in such fabulous weather in the dead of Winter, with none of the holiday hustle and bustle.  We had been looking forward to going for quite some time.  Though we stayed in HI at the Hilton Waikaloa for a few days, the highlight of the trip was the five days we spent at Disney's Aulani in Oahu.  Absolutely incredible resort with so much to do for the entire family.  I could go on about the fabulousness of Aulani for days, but I won't bore you with the details.  It was so wonderful, we decided that we would make the trip a new Christmas tradition.


I was inspired to create my layout by the Start of Something New Challenge at Once Upon A Sketch, Wish Upon a Star challenge over at ScrapFIT, and Simon Says Stamp where the challenge is New Something.   My layout was created using Pink Paislee's She Art patterned paper and the oh-so-cool santa in shorts and flip flops is part of the Stamp-It Australia Worldly Santas stamp set.  I colored him using Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers CR7, CR9, CR11, CT1, CT3, CT4, TN5, TN8, IG1, CG1, CG2,FS2, and FS3.

As we start the new year, so many of us have made New Year's resolutions or changes in our lives.  One of my resolutions this year is to create at least two layouts a month.  Looks like I am on my way :)

Have a wonderful day and be sure to stop by tomorrow.  I have a cool three-dimensional tutorial to share with you.

Denise


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Thanks!

Happy New Year!  It is with great happiness that I can announce that I will be continuing on with Crafter's Companion in 2013! They have some gorgeous new products coming out for CHA that I cannot wait to share with you. With so much to be thankful for, I thought I'd start off the new year with a thank you card.
I choose a pre-printed card of my Fairyopolis 6-x-6 Cards with Envelopes set.  Aren't the colors beautiful?   For the stunning Sunflowers, I used Sheena Douglass' Paint Fusion Sunflower stamp set.  





To create my bouquet, I stamped out several of the Sunflowers with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock.  I colored the blooms with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers using the colors CR1, CR8, CR6, CR11, BG4, TN4, TN5, TN7, OR1, GB5, EB5, EB8.  After cutting them out, I outlined the Sunflowers with Stickles Golden Rod, Fruit Punch, Candy Cane, Yellow, Orange Peel.  Once the Stickles had dried, I added some darling rub-on fairies and butterflies from my Fairyopolis card making kit.



To complete it, I used a matching rub-ons for the sentiment, "Thanks!"



Thanks for stopping by!

Denise