Tuesday, November 6, 2018

I "Felt" Creative



Can you tell that I'm loving it? A soapy, fun mess!
That's me on the right.

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

I did something really different last night and I want to share it with you. I attended a felting class. If you are unsure, felting is the agitation of wool with warm water and friction (we used nylon netting) to coax the tiny scales in the wool to separate and become lovely wool felt.

One can make all kinds of things like hats, purses, scarves, etc. As beginners, we felted bars of Dove soap! There were tons of different and brilliant colors of carded wool from which to choose.

Crazy fun! The felted bars apparently exfoliate skin beautifully when used in the tub/shower.

I always love to learn new crafts and it was great to be with some remarkable new women friends. 


Felted Soap Bars


The results are interesting and colorful. Years ago I used a different felting technique (shrinking a wool sweater from the Goodwill in the clothes dryer!) to make a beautiful and unique purse.
I made cards to thank our patient and helpful teachers - they were fun (yes, there was wine!), kind, and so experienced. 

Distress Oxide Inks were sponged through two different stencils (Hero Arts for the pink green and Kite for the blue/green) onto Bristol cardstock for easy blending. The silly sentiment (stamped in pigment ink and heat embossed with Hero Arts clear embossing powder) is by Laugh Out Loud and I stamped another one in black ink on the envelopes. I added some crystal sequins for some texture and interest.

This is headed for the current challenge "Make Your Own Background" at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge's blog.

Thanks for the visit and have a wonderful and creative week,

Friday, November 2, 2018

Invasion

of the crabs!

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

I've been so busy with Halloween and Thanksgiving that I almost forgot to make some special treats for our annual crabfeed! It is such a fun night, with us all dressing up in costumes, parading around the lodge and eating way too much Dungeness Crab. Yum! I'm usually in charge of the table decorations (there is a contest!) so I do something fun for a centerpiece and make some type of individual treats for each place setting. I've been known to sneak a couple to the judges, too - just sayin'.......

These charmers are made fro the Lil' Inker Triangle Treat Holder Die, which is super-versatile and easy to put together once you get the hang of it) and The Sack-It Crab die from Taylored Expressions. They weren't made to go together, but it sure worked. Of course, goggly eyes add to the crabby cuteness!

I think there might be a prize in our crusty crabby future!

Thanks for the visit and have a great weekend,

Monday, October 22, 2018

They Say....

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!
It has been some time since I blogged. I've been making cards but just haven't been up to getting here and sharing any. Life happens!

This is a card that I made with a Yupo Paper panel and alcohol inks. I do love that stuff, I just hate what it does to my manicure!

The fun corner die is from Papertray Ink (Cornered Die). The stars were in my die-cut stash.

I wish this had more contrast - the background is pretty overwhelming. Next time.

Take good care and have a wonderful week,



Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Beautiful in its Time

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

I had more fun making this card! I wanted a super-soft background so that this stunning sentiment would be the star. I stamped the Impression Obsession "Shell Frame Collage" stamp (F13025) with Antique Distress Oxide Ink onto a watercolor paper panel. After it dried, I watercolored it with Distress Markers and water, adding soft layers of color. I then over-stamped it with Tea Dye Distress Ink to bring out the details. I love it!

This stunning sentiment, "He Made Everything" (D19107), was heat-embossed with Mermaid pigment ink and clear embossing powder. I added some pearls and sequins and mounted the image on some coordinating colors.

I can't wait to keep playing with these two terrific stamps! Just as before, I will enter this in the current Impression Obsession blog challenge, "Pop Up Your Words!".

Thanks for the visit,

Monday, September 3, 2018

Jumping the Rope

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

Gate-Fold Card
My card making marathon continues. Today I elected to make a gate-fold card, something I haven't done in a very long time. I went for a brilliant color pop, using bright fascia cardstock and some Distress Inks with a stencil. The silly sentiment seems a perfect and fun match. It is "Genius is Crazy" by Impression Obsession.

Inside of card
I added some color droplets and a fun stripe on the inside panel to complete the look.


Because this is another card that features the sentiment, I will submit it to the current Impression Obsession Challenge, "Pop Up Your Words!"

Thanks for the visit and have a terrific week,

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Near To My Heart

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

Happy weekend! I have been behind on my card making lately, so I'm having somewhat of a marathon. Today's card is for my dear 98-year Aunt who lives in Upstate New York. She has a special place in my heart.

I created a background by "smooching" Distress Oxide Inks onto a watercolor paper panel. Love those rich tones! I heat-embossed this wonderful Impression Obsession sentiment (Near to My Heart, C13453) with coffee pigment ink and added a two-piece dimensional butterfly (IO DIE-255Y) and some sequins to complete the card.

I love the autumn feel of the card and that this sentiment is in the spotlight. Since it is, I will submit it to the current challenge at the IO blog, "Pop Up Your Words".

Then I need to get this in Tuesday's mail, as I am going to be visiting my Aunt soon and I want it to arrive before I do!

Thanks for the sweet visit and have a great Sunday,

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Advice from a Mountain

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies:
Easel Card - Closed

We are members of a Hiking Club and go on lots of adventures with them. When someone leads a special excursion, I like to make them a special card to thank them for doing it. This stamp from Impression Obsession is just perfect.
Easel Card - Open

For this easel card I made a background panel using metallic Mica Gloss inks (JudiKins) on a black panel. I cut a portion of the stamped image as a "stopper" for the easel portion of the card. This was a bit of a struggle, and it is difficult to effectively photograph, but I do like the result. I used the IO Hollyhocks die (DIE 169-R) as an embellishment.

I plan to submit this to the current Impression Obsession Challenge - "Pop Up Your Words!". You have until September 4th to submit your masterpieces.

For my American friends, I hope you are having a great Labor Day weekend. We are finally enjoying some cooler temperatures and skies free of some from California fires. Take care and thanks for the visit,

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

What is Hot Fudge?

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

I hardly remember what hot fudge is. I have been living the healthy life with huge changes in thinking, diet and exercise for about ten years now. I've never felt better and I'm more healthy than ever!

But, I still think this great image on a 2004 Stampin' Up stamp is hilarious. I got the stamp at a used stamp sale years ago and haven't been able to part with it. Because the image is the star, I've kept the card simple with (an equally old) embossing folder by Cuttlebug and some Copic coloring. Makes me smile.....

Sure hope you are having a good week. I'm off to treat on some healthy popcorn. Thanks for the visit!


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

With Sympathy

Hello, Bloggin' Buddies!

Aren't sympathy cards the most difficult of all to make? Each time I need to make one I tell myself that I need to make several ahead of time so that I can avoid the creative process when my heart is so heavy. But it never seems to happen and I do like to make a card specifically for the intended recipient.

Today's card uses a creative "smooched" background using my all-time favorite product, Distress Oxide Inks. I love the depth and colors. I added a diecut in grey ("Earl Grey", Tailored Expressions) made with a cover plate die from Spellbinders (S4-254) and some peal embellishments. The sweet sentiments are from a Neat and Tangled stamp set called "No Words". The inside says "Because there are no words for this". I love it.

Thanks for the visit. I sure hope you are having a good week.






Sunday, July 29, 2018

Paper Bird

Hello, Bloggin' Buddies!


As I have mentioned, I have been working with pigment powders to prepare for a demonstration that I will be doing. So much fun! I decided to try this terrific die by Tim Holtz called "Paper Bird" together with one of the backgrounds I crated.

I added some flowers from Tim's "Funky Flowers" dies and a cool diecut greeting by Tim for Sizzix. I love how it all came together.

I was inspired to use this cover plate die by one of my most talented mentors, Cheiron Brandon. Be sure to check out her blog at http://www.cheironbrandon.typepad.com. I absolutely love her style and I have learned so much from her over the years. I'd sure love to take a class from her someday, but she is in the New York area - darn!

Isn't it cool that we can have a community of carmakers without borders? I have card making pals all over the country and the world! Thanks for the visit and have a great week,

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