Monday, April 25, 2011

Another Small Book

This little book's cover is made of tooled leather. It's recycled from a purse or wallet. The front and back both has a big colorful Butterfly. That is the theme of the pages. This book was from Anita. I'll be going down on these as that's how I layed them out to scan. The nex is a butterfly on a flower stem. It's been colored with colored pencils. This was done by Robin. The next is kind of hard to see. There are blue/green butterflys stamped then a raised butterfly in glass stuck on it, this was done by Karla. These are only about 3 inches X 3 inches.
Now to the images on the left. The first is stamped in black then covered with ink and clear embossing. It looks blue but is more green with gold in it, this was done by Rebecca. The next one is on a light yellow paper. It has scrolls stamped in a rust color and brown. Then a orange butterfly is stamped over two of the brown scrolls. This was done by Sandy. The next is done on pink rose paper. It's stamped and embossed in black. The inside of the wings are colored with marker, the artist is Susan. The last is a Oriental butterfly. It looks like it could be a dancer with arms and legs spread as if jumping. It's stamped in black and colored with colored pencils. It was done by Barbara.
This was a fun book to receive. I love the was each person did their own thing, making for a beautiful finished piece.
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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Little Book - Geometrics

I said I'd share some of my little books that have been coming in. This book was started by Robin. In real life these are about 2" X 4". The title of the book is Geometrics. This meaning everything in the book must have some geometrics in them. The first one is done on a multi colored green. It was done in Black embossing and says "Woman in Stripes". This was done by Susan. You can't really see it but the lines in the dress go in different directions. Next is a large catci with a lizard on top of it. The background covers the geometics. This was by Sandy. The 3rd is a material with the cats on it. The back is stamped with cats and cat faces with diamonds. This was done by Karla. The little robot guys is done in paper pieces with google eyes. The bottom is stamped with small flowers and grass. This was done by Jackie. The next is circles with flowers in the center. The top circle says "dream", this was done by Avis. The last is done on glossy paper with multi color ink. It's really cool and has letters, flowers, eyes and a cat at the bottom. The artist is Mary.

The way this works is a person makes the book and selects the theme. Then each person stamps something to do with that theme. Sometimes we don't have stamps to go with certain themes so you have to get a little creative as Jackie did. You will see more of how creative these artist can get when I share some more little books.

I have finished my D swap yet, but will share when I get them finished. Until next time.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Correct Spelling of Millefiori

Boy! Do I feel stupid, should have looked up the correct spelling. If I have doubts next time I will. On to the next share. Here are 2 more cards using this technique. I got the technique for the Technique Junkies newsletter, you can find the info online.

This card was made by Judi. The base is a Sunflower Yellow cardstock. My background was then attached. The flower was gold embossed on red twice and cut out. The bottom part is on flat and the next part of the flower is on a raised dot. The brad is put on with a glue dot. The Happy Birthday is stamped on white and edged with the Sunflower. I think this card is super cute, just seems to match everything. Wish I had a flower stamp like this one. May have to get out of my box and try it with the flower in the background.

The next card was on the home page of Midwest Stampers. I love the saying. The card was made by H. Hulse. It's really very simple, but looks very elegant. The base of the card is Red as you can see. The background was cut apart and layed sideways on the card, then layered with black. The background was then put on the back and the saying stamped on white. I really hope you can read the saying. It was written by Dontay Hall, age 8. It really makes alot of sense. The inside of the card has a layered white piece, she punched flowers out of the background paper and added them to the bottom, and a larger one at the top. Very neat card, sometimes you just have to visualize how you want something to look.

I love how all 4 of these ladies took the same piece of paper and did something totally different with it. My challenge to you is to try this and let me know what you come up with. You'll be surprised.



Monday, April 18, 2011

Millifoil Background Swap

These cards are from a swap I was in recently. It was a background swap, where someone else used your back ground and made a card for you. My background was called "Millifoil with a twist". The original "Millifoil" is done with circles. I don't own a circle stamp so I used my little square. The colors I used were Cranberry, Goldrush, Sunflower and Black, all CTMH. I made a full sheet of random stamped 8 1/2 X 11 white by Walmart. Cut in quarters, this makes the front of a card (4 1/4 X 5 1/2).

This cards base is done on a sparkly red, then my background. On top of it is a sparkly yellow, then the stamped image. I don't know who this stamp is by, sorry. It's colored with colored pencils with the yellow glitter flower with red jewel. I forgot the edges of the stamped image is cut with decorator scissors. This card was made by Paula P.

The next card is the other direction. It's base paper is red with glitter imbedded in it. The corners of the "Millifoil" arem rounded. There a 4 layer to the stamp image. Red angled, white, then red done with the stamp edges, just like the stamp. I'm not sure if this is a stamp or stamped. It has the postoffice cancelation on it, the word on it says, "Shqiperia", also the 20 has a q behind it. The inside says "The Road to a Friend's House is Never Long!". The card was made by Grandma Linda.

I love these cards. I have 2 more to share later. These show the different types of cards you can make with the same backgrounds. Love the variety you get.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Letter C

I tried this the other day and it wouldn't let me put a picture in. So today I'm trying again. This card was done fast. I was late getting my swap out. My sister picked the colors and the flower stamps. Everything is CTMH. The back ground is from TJ Junkies and called Millfoil. It is suppose to be done with circles and small black flowers ( I'll one kinda like it's suppose to be later). For the letter C, I could have used cat, cookie, cook but I took the easy way and used cupcakes.

I must say the colors are way out of the box for me. The squares are stamped in Juniper and Twilight. The large flower is stamped in Honey and the small flower in Sunset. The stamp sets are all retired. The cupcakes are colored with Petal (the light) and Gypsy (dark). The red you see is Tulip. The scalloped paper is Sunset and the ribbon Honey. The next time you make a card use different colors than you normally would. Try working outside your box, you never know you may end up loving the color combo's you pick.

My next share will be a background swap I was in. This will really give you something to think about. One of the cards I'll show is on the Midwest Stamps page on Yahoo this week. Take a peek and come back and see what I have to say about it.

Till then happy stamping or whatever crafty thing your doing. Thanks for stopping. Till next time.



Monday, April 4, 2011

Letter B

Hi again,
Today is the B day. The background for this card is called "distressed ink". You take the ink pads and drag them across the paper. The little bear is stamped on cork, cut out and layed on New England Ivy cardstock. The stamps and inks used are CTMH, the white background is from Walmart. The ribbon is from my stash. This was a fun, easy card to make. Sometimes it helps if you don't think to much.

I haven't quite got my C card put together. The swap was mailed but I always make an extra card for me. I have boxes of cards I'm finding. Spent most of the day trying to organize my space. Now if you saw it you'd laugh. Someday I'll post a picture, but I must warn you there is no paint on the walls only plaster board. I had to move everything out to do that and said I'd paint around it when the time came. Guess what the time hasn't come yet. It will one of these days.

I was down at my sister-in-laws when my brother was sick. She's addicted like I am to stamping and scrapping. I really thought I had a lot of stuff, but she beats me all to heck. She has the big Cricut, which I don't have, not even the small one. Then she has all these folders for the Big Shot and Cuttlebug. I have a drawer full but she has a big box, and I mean big. Guess I don't need to buy when I can borrow. My other sister-in-law and daughter-in-law were with me. They couldn't believe how much fun we could have at her house. So it's been decided when they all come back for a visit we're doing an all nighter at her house. No little kids, just us big kids. Hopefully that'll happen on Mother's Day weekend, but we'll have to wait and see.

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

The start of the Alphabet Swap

I have joined an Alphabet swap. Each card must have something stamped on the front starting with the letter. Today's is A. Now think of the things that start with A. Of course if you live in North Central Washington the first thing that comes to mind is Apples. There used to be one right behind it, until they pulled it for houses. Now it's just a field. Off tract again. The card for today is an apple. The base is white, layered with Olive, then Chocolate cardstock. The words "Garden of Delight" are embossed with Olive embossing powder. The image was colored with markers. The mulberry paper is from my stash. All the other products are from Close to My Heart.

I've tried to upload the newest Idea Book on my page but for some reason it won't upload. If you like one let me know. They are now coming out with on 2 a year. The next one will come out in July with Summer, Fall and Winter stamps. All the items will stay on sale until the end of the year.

Since I'm on vacation this week and home, I'll try and get the B and C uploaded. I'm starting my work on D now. I also have some small books to upload, these are real cool.

Until then take care and thanks for stopping by.