Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Some Wonderful News!

I have been selected to be a part of the Heartfelt Creations Design Team.  This will mark my third term with this company and I feel like "I have come home"!  It seems like their stamps and my style just fit together.  If it is possible, I think I'm more excited this time round than either of the other times.  Thank you so much all of you who voted for me!  I will try to do you proud!

As I'm sitting here typing this, I realize there are some who didn't make the team and I know you are disappointed, but don't give up.  When I visited each of your blogs, I was so impressed; there was so much beauty on display. 

For those that made the team....Congratulations!  I don't mind telling you I have been sweating bullets waiting to hear if I made it.  I look forward to serving on this team with you and getting to know you all!  Heartfelt Creations is such a wonderful company to work with and  their willingness to give help and support in order for us to be successful is just amazing!  My first official project posting for Heartfelt Creations will be November 10 so be sure and join me then.

Everyday I try to find a little joy; and today my joy is coming home to Heartfelt Creations!

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Sympathy Card.....

 
I usually try and keep a few sympathy cards on hand...we all need them now and then.  I love lots of white when I do one of these cards with just a tiny bit of color.  To me it is just a quiet elegance that you need for such an occasion.  I used an embossing folder for the card base and then Spellbinders dies for all the layers.  I found these flowers at a scrapbook store I visited in Pigeon Forge and I just don't remember who the maker is.  I think they are just the pop of color this card needed.  The sentiment is from Heartfelt Creations.
 
Well people, it's Monday again and winter is visiting us here in the Tennessee Valley!  We are not scheduled for any of the snow, we scooted by again.  I understand the mountains here were scheduled to receive a foot of snow overnight!  I would love to see that!
 
Well that's all for me this morning!  Have a wonderful day and try and find time to be creative!
 
supplies:
White Card Stock
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Spellbinders Dies
Heartfelt Creations stamps (HCPC 3377) Sympathy Sentiment PreCut Set

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

WOYWW #177

Oh my goodness, it is already Wednesday and time for another dead run through as many work spaces as I can before nightfall!  No, I have not totally gone over the edge...if that had been the case, trust me, I would have taken a few of you with me.  If you don't know what I'm talking about head on over to Julia's blog: http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com  and have a little look around.  Crafters come from all over the world to link their blog posts to this little lady's blog and then we can peek into craft areas and see what we all have going on.  I have to say, I have been doing this for over a year and I'm quite taken with the concept.  I have made new friends along the way and have watched this grow and grow.  I would be lost if Julia decided to stop this madness!  So now on to my desk this week.

 
 
The window is going to be a focal point on a card that I have in mind.  This is what happened with the egg shells from last week.  I made two windows using this technique and I love how they both turned out.  You can scroll down a couple of  entries and see the card I did using the smaller window.  This technique would be beautiful if you have any kind of scroll work die or use any dies to make some kind of frame.  I have also been working on a little Magnolia image.  I stamped this one and then scanned it into my computer and printed onto my water color paper.  I wanted to change the size to fit this oval to work with a card I have in mind.  She doesn't show up very well in my picture, but I have only just begun to color her in.  I'm hoping she turns out well. 
 
Well I've gotten a little long winded but  I'm going to hush now and go check out some of the blogs this morning and see what you guys have been into this week.  Have a wonderful WOYWW Wednesday!

Monday, October 22, 2012

I'm on a Roll....


Good morning everyone.  I'm here to share another holiday card I have made using a Mo Manning digital image.  I colored her with distress inks and brushes and I really love how she turned out.  Some pretty elements and some holiday paper and she is all set to go. 

Have you started your holiday cards yet?  I'm getting several made and of course some of mine will be sent to the nursing home.  I really like to hand deliver the ones I give away and that way I get a little visit too. 

I hope you have a great day planned today.  We are experiencing some gorgeous Fall weather here in East Tennessee.  The trees are beginning to turn and there are pops of color everywhere.  Have a great day and remember to "Breathe"!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Stained Glass Technique ....



Good morning everyone.  If you visited me on Wednesday and saw the egg shells lying on my desk, this is what happened to them.  You start by cracking the eggs, then soak in a solution of dish washing liquid and bleach.  This also loosens the membrane so you can peel it out.  Once you do that you lay the egg shells out to dry over night.  Next you take a piece of card stock and put down a layer of Mod Podge and place egg shell pieces on that and gently press down into the Mod Podge.  this cracks the piece of egg shell and you have little spaces in and around the egg shell.  This is OK...just keep working around until you have covered  your piece of card stock.  Set it aside to dry.  Take your time this needs to dry out.  Next I added another layer of Mod Podge over the egg shells and let that dry.  Once the piece is dry, I sprayed with shimmer spray and dropped Alcohol Ink into the mix.  When you have it where you want  it you spray again with shimmer spray.  I was afraid my piece looked muddied and was not happy with it.  I thought the colors were too bold so I added a layer of
Windsor and Newton Iridescent Medium.  When this was dry, I still was not happy so I added a thin coat of Metallic Pearl White paint and then wiped some of it back off the piece.  I still wasn't happy with it but let it dry and cut out my window and placed it over the piece and suddenly it came alive.  I really love it now.  So then I punched out some green ferns and tied a bow and then cut out a Spellbinders label and stamped my sentiment, glued it all together you you have a pretty Holiday card. 

I have two of these window dies, this one is the small one.  I also did a piece using the larger window and I will have a card coming soon.  I have to say the piece that was laid over the egg shells is what made it work for me.  So give this a try, it's not hard at all and the finished product can be quite beautiful. 

If you would like to see this tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers here is the link:
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/eggshellmosaicbackground/

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

WOYWW #176

I can hardly believe it is time once again for sharing my workspace with you.  If you don't know what the heck I'm talking about, just head over to Julia Dunnit's blog and have a look around.  We take a picture of our space and blog about it then link our blog at Julia's blog.  Then we can all go have a look around and visit each other's desks!  I'm totally addicted!  So now here we go!

 
Now I know it looks like I'm having my breakfast here but the egg shells are for a technique I'm going to be working on.  I got the idea from http://selmasstampingcorner.blogspot.com/2012/10/eggshell-mosaic.html
When you are finshed you wind up with a stained glass look.  I can't wait to try this technique and hope to be showing you some pretty projects soon.
 
I had a morning of shopping with my sister "The Enabler" and the things I purchased are still lying on my desk.  Also a cute  Mo Manning image I'm painting for a Christmas project.  Then of course I have the usual stuff lying about waiting to be used or put away.
 
Well that does it for me this morning.  I'm off to visit as many of you as I can before my time gets away from me. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Load the Sleigh.....



As we begin another week, I want to share with you  my latest Christmas Card.  The image is from a couple of years ago and it is a Just Rite stamp, but I can't for the life of me remember the name of the set.  I colored the sleigh and packages with distress inks and then cut out using Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight.  I layered some pretty vintage looking papers and tied a green ribbon into a bow using my Bow Easy and it's all ready to go.  It was actually a pretty quick and easy card.  I just love these dies from Spellbinders.  I think they are so elegant and just make a gorgeous card.

Well that's it for me.  Short and sweet this morning.  I hope you find some joy in your day and take a moment and "Breathe"! 

Friday, October 12, 2012

White on White Holiday Card....



Good morning everyone.  Here we are with again ready to jump into the weekend and I for one am ready!  We have had a few days of rain and cooler temps and now we are warming back into the 70's...very nice!  I love this time of year! 

This morning I'm sharing another holiday card I made using the embossing paste and glitter and a brass stencil.  The glitter isn't showing that well, but it is there.  I stamped the sentiment onto white card stock and cut out the frame using a Spellbinders die.  A little white ribbon and it is finished.  This is much better in person.  Sometimes my camera just doesn't pick up everything the way I want it to.  It's not the camera...it's the camera operator I'm afraid.  My photography skills are greatly lacking.

Well I hope you have a wonderful weekend planned.  As for me, I plan to play as much as I can!  Most of my chores are done and I will have some quiet time just for me.  I think I'll "Breathe"!

supplies:
Dreamweaver Translucent Embossing paste, brass stencil, watercolor paper, white seam binding,
glitter, Spellbinders dies (Antique Frame and Accents) Ranger Distress Inks, glue

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

WOYWW #175


Good morning everyone and welcome to WOYWW #175.  Fellow WOYWW participants all over the world gather on Wednesday and show you our work desks!  If you would like to become one of us just head over to Julia's blog and you can get all the details there.  Basically we all take a picture of our mess and post it to our blogs then we link that on Julia's blog, then we can visit each other.  I am totally addicted to this madness and when I have to miss a Wednesday, I feel a little lost. 

So just look at the mess on my desk this week.  Lots of left over supplies that are waiting to be put away, but looking pretty good.  I actually like to keep my space neat because I function better that way. 

So that's it for me this week.  Short and sweet and on to visit as many people as I can.  Have a great day and no  matter where you are or what you happen to be doing, take a moment for yourself and "Breathe"!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Winter Houses.....


Good morning everyone.  I'm here to share another card I made for my Holiday stash.  I have been trying to use some products that I have had for ages and this card uses some of those and an older technique.  I used Dreamweaver Translucent Embossing Paste and a stencil to create these cute little houses on black card stock.  While the paste was still wet I sprinkled glitter over it.  The image was then matted onto gold card stock after everything was dry.  I really like the look of this and think it worked into a pretty holiday card. 

I have also been doing some of this on white card stock using the glitter.  It gives it an  icy feel and I think it is quite lovely.  Have you started  your holiday cards yet? 

Well that's it for me this morning.  I hope you have a good Monday and that you take a moment for yourself and "Breathe"!

Friday, October 5, 2012

A CAS Holiday Card to Share....



Good morning everyone...we almost have another week under our belts and we are quickly moving into the Fall season and suddenly it will be Christmas!  In keeping with that, I wanted to do a clean and simple card that could go easily into the mail.  You know me, I love 6 x 6 cards holding all I can get on them and then some.  But when it comes to mailing them, we have to be realistic and scale it back a little.  So a little color, a few dies, some pretty paper and a little bling and it is off to a special friend. 

I hope you have a great weekend planned.  As for me I plan to relax a little after the hectic week I have had.  Lots of chores that had to be done getting the outside ready for winter.  I'm going to put up my feet and play a little!  I hope you can do the same and have a little time just for you and remember to Breathe!



Wednesday, October 3, 2012

WOYWW #174



Happy WOYWW everyone!  It's time for another picture of my little corner of the world and a tiny mess today.  Every Wednesday we post a picture of our work desk and then link it to Julia's Blog.
Then we can visit each other's desks and see what is going on.  I can visit desks all over the world and see what kind of crafts everyone is into!  It's a wonderful addiction and I'm hooked!

I was thinking I needed to do some cleaning and pick up off my desk as I have been working on a couple of projects and so I took my messy picture for WOYWW.  Well when I uploaded it and had a good look at it, it actually looks pretty neat.  I just need to put a few things away before I start on my next project.  My usual cup of coffee, my phone, some Ranger Distress Inks, glue, shimmer spray and a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder...and everything is stacked together so it won't take long!  I really need to start taking a picture of it when it is really bad and save it to post on Wednesday.  Is that cheating?
It just seems like this time of the week, I'm in between projects and it's hard to have a mess because I always put things away from one project before I start another.

Well that's it for me this morning...short and sweet.  Now I'm off to visit as many desks as I can while I have my morning coffee!  Have a great day and no matter where you are or what you are into, take a moment and "Breathe"!

Monday, October 1, 2012

October 1........

Where in the world has this year gone?  Suddenly I look up and it's the beginning of October and everything will be in a flurry before you know it! 

This morning I'm sharing a little image that has been made into a Christmas card.  We all need them and even though I no longer mail so many, I still need several.  This will go into my reserves and when the time grows nigh it will be sent to a family member or a friend.


So are you beginning to make your holiday cards?  What are your favorite colors to use?

That's it for me this morning.  Kinda short and sweet, but I have lots to do today and must get started.  I hope your Monday is a good one and that you take a moment to "Breathe"!

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