Moving day – my blog that is!!!!

It’s a new year and I wanted a new look – so I’ve revamped and moved my blog.

Please visit me here:


I’d love for you to visit and let me know what you think!



January 15, 2010 at 11:26 am 3 comments

Clean and simple…….collage?

Is there such a thing?  I’ve seen cards that have a collage-y feel, yet also retain a clean and simple design and this was my first attempt.

Ok –  I have to admit there are probably too many layers or textures for this to be a true clean and simple design, but not bad for a first try!

The only stamping is the design in the background from PTI’s guidelines set.  The dp and brads are  from Basic Grey Urban Praire line and I used a combination of nestabilities labels 8, a sizzix oval die and slice machine for the word and flower.   

I plan on working more  on  clean and simple collage designs and will post my efforts on the blog!

Thanks for stopping by!!

January 11, 2010 at 2:13 pm 6 comments

Inspiration comes from many things

One of the great things about doing challenges is that you are exposed to so many different things – most of which would never cross your path during the normal day to day activities.  The colors of this card were inspired by a piece by Mindy Wilson shown {here}.  I love the blue and chocolate color palette, its one of my favorite color combos.  I did not want to simply recreate something similiar to her piece, yet instead be inspired to use the colors to make something of my own.

I remembered this patterned paper from SEI’s Winter Song pack, which contains many holiday patterns along with several other patterns that can be used year round.  I love  this pretty blue and chocolate pattern.

I double matted the frame and double mounted the sentiment.  The flourishy things were cut using my Slice machine from the Basics 3 design card.  Chocolate pearls were also added.  The frame was created using nestabilities rectangle dies.

The sentiment was computer generated (I guess the term now  is “digi stamp!!) and was written by David Viscott.  It was printed out on solid blue paper which was also found in the SEI Winter song pack.   The chocolate paper is SU. 

If you want this sentiment, it is a Word document and I have posted it {here}.

Thanks for stopping by  – look for inspiration everywhere!!

January 9, 2010 at 11:53 am 5 comments

Limited supplies – and a free digi “stamp”

Todays limited supplies challenge at SCS said to make a card for someone you love, limit it to reds or pinks, black and white and to incorporate polka dots somewhere in your creation.

Here is my card – this clean and simple card came together quickly – although I am embarrased to say there is no stamping.  The LOVE sentiment is something I created digitally!!!!  It was so easy to do – not much more than typing the text and moving the letters together.

If you want this digital image I’ve uploaded the file on SCS on this post {here}.  The image show here is a 1″ square and in red, but you can easily resize  and change the color if you have photoshop elements.

I printed out LOVE  on white carstock,  and mounted it on red, then white. A nestability square die was used to cut out a frame from white cardstock which was then embossed using a  cuttlebug swiss dots folder The mounted LOVE image was then popped up in the center of the frame.  Red polka dot and black polka dot ribbon were used for embellishments and two corners of the white panel were rounded.

I resisted the tempation to add more bling as this is supposed to be a limited supplies challenge!!

I hope you like what I’ve created!!  Thanks for stopping by!

January 8, 2010 at 11:37 am 8 comments

Can your craft support a family?

That was a title of an article in The Crafts Report, written by Patrice Lewis  awhile back. In her article she provided insight into how one may make a living doing crafts.  One of the statistics she provided was that there are about 115,000 crafts people in the United States with 22% of them are entirely supported by their crafts.  I was surprised at the numbers – I thought there were  more crafts people in business and only 22% making a small living at it seems rather low.

 She describes being successful as having $2,000 a month after business expenses, but admits not many would be able to live on that and suggest that you “don’t give up your day job” – especially if it provides a regular income and health benefits.

 The author talks about finding a niche – especially if you are making something that everyone else is doing, as well as  how long it takes to make a piece and  pricing strategies  – for example if it costs you in labor and materials $80 to make an item, can you sell it for that?  And what about costs for marketing, sales, legal, accounting, etc?  What if you want to wholesale – that means your $80 product would have to retail for at least $160.

 I found the article (actually two articles) thought provoking and wonder how those of you who are in the business of crafting are in it to make a living or content with a modest financial benefit but find greater satisfaction with the crafting itself?

 Ms. Lewis’ articles can be found on The Crafts Report here.  The magazine is a monthly magazine for craft professionals and I’ve found some interesting articles in it. 

Let me know what you think!

January 7, 2010 at 9:07 am 1 comment

Its a tag – now what?

This was created for a color challenge  and usually the items I create  can be given away (cards, packages, etc).  This is a very large tag – so now what do I do with it?  I suppose it can be used as a bookmark for a very large book…  The overall sketch was from a Rubber Stamper cover I saw many, many years ago and I’ve used stamps that I’ve had for ages……

The main and secondary panels are glossy paper made with die inks  and water smooshed together.  Here are some photos of the technique:

Take a plastic report cover and drop a few inks from reinkers randomly – for this project I used mostly celery with one or two drops of teal. 

Lightly spray some water onto the drops – the more water you use the lighter the effect, so if you want real deep colors use just a little water.

Fold the top of the cover over and gently smoosh the inks together – you only want a little smooshing because you want to retain the colors.

Open up the cover and place your glossy cardstock inside  – glossy side down and press your paper into the ink – you can move it around a little to make sure you get coverage where you want.

Remove the glossy paper and let dry – or dry with a heat tool.   You are now ready to stamp!

The background panel was stamped with script (Above The Mark), Tea Sentiment and small tea cups (Stampington) and TEA davinci alphabet (art stamps).  This panel was mounted on teal cardstock.

The main panel was rubbed with celery ink and sponged with teal ink around the edges.  The center was punched and threaded with copper metallic thread – the bottom flips up to reveal the sentiment.

To add a little more color to this, rose ink was sponged in several places.

I hope this new year has you stamping and creating!!  Thanks for stopping by!

January 5, 2010 at 2:25 pm 3 comments

Locket of Love

Now that the Christmas holidays are over, everyone seems to be doing Valentines/Love cards – me included!  My DH’s birthday is in February, so I need 2 “love” type cards for that month.

This card was created for SCS clean and simple challenge.  I wanted it to look like a vintage  love letter with a locket enclosed.

I stamped the script (from A Stamp In The Hand) in cocoa on vanilla cardstock and sponged the edges with cognac ink.

The heart/locket is actually two separate stamp images – the top heart was stamped in chocolate, sponged in cocoa, then cut out and popped on top of the other scalloped heart.  Both heart images are from Fiskars. To make it look more like a locket I added a jump ring, heart charm and ribbon made of sheer chocolate ribbon.

The main panel was matted on chocolate textured card stock from DCWV, and a mustard-y paper from Michaels.

The “true love” sentiment was stamped in chocolate – it is one of those dollar stamps from Michaels.

Thanks for stopping by!

January 4, 2010 at 12:53 pm 11 comments

Whimsical inspiration

I don’t have many cute and whimsical images, but when I saw this cute birdhouse stamp from Art Impressions,  it had my name all over it!  There are several people in my family who have birds, so I know I will get alot of use out of this stamp!

My first step was to chose the designer paper for the background – Basic Grey Urban Prarie.  The colors for the birdhouses were pulled from there.  The image was stamped in Palette Burnt Umber on watercolor paper.

I used copic markers to color the birdhouses and I must apologize for not knowing which colors I used.  I just went to my copic box and started pulling blues, pinks and yellows and trying them all out.   At least two and in the case of the pink birdhouse, 3 different shades were used for each color.

While copics were used on the birdhouses, water based markers were used for the greenery, flowers and sky. 

Note the button on the uppper left corner…..I don’t own any buttons (have not jumped on that craze yet!!!), but I do have a few sizzix dies of buttons and that was used here.  I actually like the paper button better than an actual button – it seems to go with the whimsical look of the image.

Sizzix oval dies were also used for the sentiment, which is from Flourishes.

Thanks for stopping by!

January 3, 2010 at 11:49 am 6 comments

A clean and simple inspiration, and cutting your stamps?

How do you like this – two days into the new year and two posts!!!   I’m an a roll!

This card was inspired by a piece of jewelry at the etsy shop Design Spriti Studio, which uses recycled glass to create jewelry.

This square card  started with Papertrey’s soft stone cardstock.  I stamped  the images with versamark and embossed in black.  The flowers and sentiment are from Flourishes, the dragonfly is from Meer Images.    I really like how the black works against the soft stone.

The ovals were cut with sizzix dies with a black satin ribbon placed behind it.

Here is a look at the inspiration piece  – I liked the soft, clean and simple look of the pendant and tried to keep that look in this card.

Now……about cutting your stamps apart.  The floral image shown on the card is from Flourishes Birds and Vine set, which contains a large background stamp.  But…..there are times when I want just pieces of the image and just inking those parts never seemed to work for me, so I cut the image apart!  I did it in such a way that it can be put back together again for a large background, so nothing was lost.  I’ve cut apart several of my stamps and have never regretted it.  Of course, if you are worried about doing this you can always buy two of the stamps and keep one intact!

I hope things are going well for you today – thanks so much for stopping by!

January 2, 2010 at 1:55 pm 8 comments

Happy New Year!!!

I mentioned in my last post about my crafting goals – one of which was to expand my horizons, to push myself more with my stamping and try something different.

This first post of the year gets me off to a good start!  First, its a bookmark, not a card, second it has a collage-y and vintage-y look – which I tend to shy away from since I don’t feel comfortable with that style, and lastly I used a cutting stencil in the corners – a tool that I’ve had for ages and just never seemed to use!

I’m happy with the way it turned out!  I also realized that I have alot of “time/clock” related image.  I used 9 different ones on this tag, and probably have that many more that I did not use!!! The stamps are from either  Above the Mark or Limited Edition, but they are all unmounted and I failed to write the stamp company name on them, so if you recognize any of the stamps and they are not from either of these two stamp companies, please let me know so that I can give proper credit.

The main panel was stamped and masked with a variety of Ancient Page inks – browns, blacks, greys, rusts, etc. and sponged around the edges.  The main clock face is popped up.  You can’t tell from the photo but the charm at the top of the tag is a clock face – and it is a new year miracle that I was actually able to find a clock charm in my stash of stuff!!

The main panel was mounted on a piece of scrapbook paper that looked like sand – I was able to use it without any sponging! 

Take a closer look at the corners.  I used an Incire cutting stencil to cut the paper, then folded the cut part down to reveal the black cardstock underneath.  Have you used these types of stencils?  I’ve had them for years, hardly ever use them, but thought the look would be right for this bookmark.

Incire stencils are made of metal (like the brass stencils), and they have sections cut on the stencil where you use a kraft knife to cut, then fold the cut part over.  I’m not sure if that makes sense!!  Here is a look at a sample stencil – its not the one I used for the bookmark, but you get the idea.

I hope the year is starting off well for you – thanks for stopping by!

January 1, 2010 at 12:05 am 3 comments

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