Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Gift for Steven

I made this name frame for my nephew Steven. Now, this is no easy task. He's 15 and a sullen rocker type. If you know that type you know they're very hard to please. I'm happy to say he actually smiled, a lot. I hadn't seen that in years!
The paper is Bo Bunny and the stickers are Bo Bunny and Creative Imaginations by Marah Johnson. The letters were done with my buddy Trudy's Cricut. Thanks for looking, and don't forget to subscribe or follow. Both options are on the right now.
Have a great day!

Can You Stand Another Christmas Entry?

I can only now post this ornament because I had to wait for the recipient to receive it. Now that we've done that I can post it here! I bought these acrylic squares a few years back with big plans. They sat and sat until I was inspired, finally.
I pulled out an oldie, SU's Merry Minis. I stamped the ornament 3 times, colored them in with Prismacolor pencils, colored the centers and the tops of the ornaments with the silver pencil. The centers were covered with either the Stardust clear glitter pen or stickles. Sorry, I can't remember which. The colored parts of the ornaments were covered with Crystal Effects for some shine and dimension. I stamped the leaves around the edge and colored them in too. Since these ornaments reminded me of the ones my Grandma used to have I wanted a vintage lookk so I sponged some green around the edges so it didn't look too new. The hangers on the image were hand drawn. After everything was dry I layered another piece of acrylic over it and glued some more leaves around the edges for more dimension. After that was all dry I layered the last piece of acrylic on top. I applied some double sided tape all around to hold it together and to stick the ribbon to. These acrylic pieces had a pre-drilled hole in the corner so it was a piece of cake to add the silver cord for hanging. I added the bow with a glue dot.
Thanks for looking at one more Christmas item. Hope your Christmas was a great one!
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Cards 4 Kids

I heard about this drive by Pat Adam (The Rubber Maid) to get Valentines into the hands of the patients at Children's Hospital of Michigan and I thought it was a great cause. Maybe I can make some for the hospital here in Grand Rapids too. Here's the link for the information! Her e-mail address is in the post if you're interested in helping. I know I'm tired of Christmas cards and this is perfect for getting me stamping again! I believe some people are offering blog candy too. That's just an extra perk. The real gift is in giving. I know that sounds real sappy for anyone who knows me. I'm so NOT sappy, but it's true. So if you get the urge, make some extra valentines you might want to get involved!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Wassail Away!

I love this paper! It's so homey and warm! This holly and berry paper is my fav. Pretty! I like the layout on this card so much that I kind of used it again. I left off the snowflake because I love this paper so much. I used my Stardust Gel Pen to go around the edge of the Spellbinders Labels Two die cut and on every group of holly berries on the paper. You can see that in the second pic. I love that pen and the shimmer it makes! Sorry about the blurriness of the first photo. My Picasa 3 program is being wierd tonight and every time I fix it and save it, it reverts back to blurry. Argh!!!! It's too late and I'm too tired to worry about it tonight. I was at my friend, Trudy's, when I made this card and didn't have any ribbon, so I cut a piece of paper from another sheet from the Wassail pack and put that down instead of ribbon. The brads are Basic Grey Wassail too. Love it!
Thanks for looking! Make it a great day!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Name Frame for Kayla

I made this for my sister to give to her husband's granddaughter for Christmas. I was pretty darned happy with it.
I used the Cricut to cut the letters out of Basic Grey's Two Scoops paper. I love the colors in Two Scoops! The flowers and the trim are the die cuts that are included in the pack. Love it! Hope you do too!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

More Sparkly Snowflakes!

A while back Anna Wight made some patterned paper and shared it with us here! It didn't print the way she intended, but I liked it so I went with it! I used her Snowman for Peace set for my card. I just love her snowman! His hat and scarf were colored with Prismacolor Pencils and blended with baby oil. They were stamped separately and mounted them on the snowman. I used my Nestabilities too. I glittered up my SU felt snowflake with Diamond Dust and topped it off with a pretty blue rhinestone.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, December 5, 2008

A Proud Moment (and a peek at my crazy creative process)

I think I am most proud of this card than any other I have ever done. Sometimes I don't go far enough. Other times I go too far. This time I think I got it just right! Here is a look at how I design cards, scrapbook pages, etc. Some people know exactly what they're going to do before they start. I haven't a clue
I am not very good at mixing patterned paper. I was determined to do it this time! I grabbed my Basic Grey Figgy paper and started flipping through. I saw the snowflake paper first and flipped to the next page and Bam! I got it!
I already had the snowflake cut out and embossed with the Cuttlebug. It was already glittered up too. I didn't know what I was going to do with it, but I was inspired by Anna Wight's snowflakes lately. She's phenominal! I have these felt snowflakes from SU that I need to use, so I layered them and topped with a Swarovski Aurora Borealis rhinestone (I found a whole bag leftover from my daughter's competitive figure skating days!). Shazaam!
I knew I wanted to use my NEW Labels 2 Nesties for the sentiment. I remembered the Unity Christmas sentiment that I got a little while ago! It had brackets on either end that I love, but wouldn't work for a more square die cut, so I masked the brackets off and stamped just the sentiment. Loved it! I sponged the die cut lightly with SU Basic Brown before removing it from the die. (I was squealing just finally feeling good enough to finally play with them!) I thought it needed something so I edged it with my Stardust pen. YAY! I popped it up on two layers of dimensionals to clear the ruffled ribbon (retired SU).
Ok, it was almost there, but it was still missing something. It looked unbalanced, plus it only had two elements on it. It needed something in the lower left. I had these Swarovski crystals. Oh, here's a little scrap of the DP that I trimmed off. I'll see if the crystals will actually stick to paper with the Crystal Effects. Let it dry. It sticks! Yay! I was originally going to stick the crystals to the polka dot paper, but it looks cute on this little strip. Hey, I think I'll just put them on this strip and put the strip on the card. Yay me! I guess you can't see in the picture (I got crop happy), but the strip goes all the way to the right edge of the card.
I hope you enjoy the card as much as I enjoyed making it! Have a Great Day!!!