Friday, July 30, 2010

Sheltering Tree/Green Challenge

I made this card for this week's challenge Sheltering Tree/Green Challenge by Created by Hand I started out with one of my favorite stamps from Stampin' Up (Pretty Petals). I inked it up in one of the newer Distressed Ink Colors (Forest Moss). I then sponged in Distress Ink Antique Linen. I then took another paper and my blending tool and colored the paper in Distress Ink Crushed Olive. I then went around the edges with my blending tool in Forest Moss. I inked up my stamp from Stampin' Ups (Friends 24-7) in Crushed Olive. I stamped over with the Birthday greeting in Forest Moss. Finally to finish off I colored in the leaves in Patina Stickles.
Thank you for looking.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tim Holtz - Mask

I had heard about Tim Holtz - Masks was very curious about them so in my last order to Ranger Ink I ordered Masks to sell and try out for myself. Before I got an opportunity to play with it myself, I got an order. I asked my customer, BrendaLea, if she could send me a picture and tell me a little about what she did. She colored the white tie with tulip fabric paint and used tulip fabric spray glitter for the mask design. BrendaLea has a very informative blog where she does product reviews Thank you so much BrendaLea for sharing this picture.

Monday, July 26, 2010

An old picture, some ink and butterflies

My husband's aunt flew in for my mother-in-law's birthday. I had asked her if she could bring copies of pictures of my mother-in-law when she was a child because I wanted to make a book for her. I miscalculated how much time I would actually have to work on the book and will have to make that as a gift and give to her another time. In the mean time, I took a picture of my mother-in-law (when she was a baby) and her grandmother. I painted around the pictures with alcohol ink. I also just gave a touch of a tint on the baby dress. I wanted to add some layers so I framed the picture by cutting a slightly larger square and punching the square with a scalloped corner punch from Stampin' Up. I colored it in Tattered Rose and also went over in Tattered Rose Distressed Stickles. I also added color with alcohol ink, and blending tool. The butterflies were also made by using alcohol ink on glossy paper, and metallic inc and then running the butterflies through the Cuttlebug machine. Finally, I finished the card off with two different size scallop circles and alcohol inc with the wording Look Who's Turning ( ). I am also answering the challenge from Created by Hand Challenge.
Tomorrow a customer used a Tim Holtz Mask to make a Beautiful Tie.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Happy Birthday Roberta

This is my most unique card yet! In celebration of my mother-in-law's ____th birthday, I took her drawings and asked a local rubber stamp company if they could make the drawings into a stamp. Actually we decided to make two stamps. One is just the head and the other is the dress so I can add the head to other designs down the road. This stamp set I am affectionately calling "Roberta".

I wanted this little beauty to dazzle just as my mother-in-law does so I blinged her up with Stickles and Perfect Pearls. With liquid pearls I made even her cuffs and waist shimmer in gold.

Monday, July 19, 2010


I made this card for the challenge presented by Created By Hand Challenge Freedom...Stars.
I used various alcohol inks and silver or gold metallic ink. The stars were made with glossy paper and the base of the card is regular card stock paper. The message stamped in Blue Stazon ink says, "Sometimes on the way to a dream, you get lost and found a better one."

Saturday, July 17, 2010

A Little Grunge

I didn't plan it this way. I was playing with blue colors and an alcohol ink called Lake Mist and with Gold Metallic Ink and just dabbing with the Tim Holtz Ink Blender and this really cool color came on the paper.

I wanted to try out the new tissue paper tape that I purchased and see what I could do with that. So I put that down and stamped color on that as well. After I put the color down, I was trying to think which of my stamps would be a good addition. It definitely wasn't on the feminine side like most of my cards are so I didn't want a flower or a heart.

I then thought of my Circle Circus (SU) set and stamped in Brilliant Blue (SU). I remembered the bird that I had punched out a few weeks ago and knew that would be an excellent addition to this card. I quickly dabbed some more Ranger Ink Alcohol Ink Lake Mist on another sheet of paper and punched out the stem with the leaves. The frame for the Birthday Greetings was punched using Scallop oval puncher (SU) and covered in Cracked Vintage Photo paint.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Coloring Flowers using Tim Holtz Fillable Pens

I have been wanting to try this for a while. Someone (either child number 2 or child number 3) got into my ink that is best used on Glossy Paper (Stazon Black) so I had to wait to do this with my glossy paper. I stamped the image of the flower and then chose different colors to fill up my Tim Holtz pens to fill in the flower. I then took the pens and also colored around the outside of the image. I used a touch of Gold metallic refill ink and various Ranger Alcohol Inks with my inking tool to get the metallic and marbleized effects that I wanted. I used Stazon Blue ink and stamped a different flower stamp all around and then colored over using once again the gold metallic ink and various Ranger alcohol inks.

Tomorrow - a grunge birthday card.

Friday, July 9, 2010


A friend of mine is celebrating her son's 1st birthday and she asked me to make Thank You Cards. I chose this cute train stamp. I took my lap desk, stamp and some inks with me and I stamped away on the way to California. I "painted" by taking a paint brush and running it through Chipped Sapphire, Fired Brick, and Mustard Seed. I then went over with Perfect Pearls powder. It is hard to see the shimmer. When I got back home, I sponged with Chipped Sapphire and then went over with Distressed Picket Fences along the edges. It is a simple but very shiny card which is great for a young boy.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


This past Fourth of July weekend we went to visit friends, Sandy and Pete and their daughters. While visiting we went to Disney Land one day and Huntington Beach.

My family with Buzz Lightyear.

Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog and my daughter, Alicia.

Goofy gives my husband a great big puppy hug.

Minnie and Emily. My four year old was so excited to see her favorite Disney Character.

Daniel first started to like the beaches two years ago when we went to visit family and friends in NJ. It was so nice to be able to go to the beach during this visit to California. Finally, I got to see the Pacific Ocean and get my feet wet. Brrr. It was cold!

This has sure been a busy month. I have been trying to entertain the children in the hot Phoenix heat. It can be somewhat challenging. However, the trip to Pinetop last month and our recent trip to California sure did help. California was so lovely. The weather was in the 70s and 80s. A friend of mine told me yesterday that we only have two full weeks off before school starts. I can't believe it. We didn't get to do half the things I wanted. Well, I still have two more weeks.

In between trips, entertaining children I have worked here and there on card projects. I was asked to make Thank You cards for a friend's birthday party. I will post those tomorrow, plus another card or two.
Thank you for visiting.