Friday, April 30, 2010

Balloon Ride

As I am trying to figure out why my blog won't post to Facebook anymore, I have come across a bunch of cards I never posted to the blog. This card below is very similar to ANOTHER from last September. I sometimes make a couple of similar cards but play them differently. I loved adding the glitter on the edges of this image. I just like glitter, I guess.

I used the exact same papers and image from the card from last September, but I did change the coloring of the kitty to resemble my other cat at the time. I lost two cats very close together last year to old age and illnesses and am down to only one from a max of 5 so shortly ago. I think I will get another kitty later this year but want to get some painting and new flooring first.

This is an odd angle for a photo but I wanted to see how the glitter would show up. It was getting to be late in the day and the sun went behind my pine trees. Soon I will take my cards outside again to get some better shots. In the meantime, the bathroom lighting will have to do.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Testing My Blog Feed

I took this photo during the Crim of 2008. I have no idea who this is. I think that is one of the joys of running/walking/hanging out in downtown Flint the last weekend in August.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Inchies are the hot thing in paper crafting. If you have no idea what they are, take a look at this blog and see what you can create in a one inch square. Another blog takes it a different way, using the inchies to embellish a larger platform. That is what I chose to do. The stamps I used on this card are made specifically for inchie art but I needed to add them to my card behind a die cut area. You can buy these die cut cards already made up from various online vendors or use the Sizzix die that I used. There is also a three window version. I will get that later with a coupon.

I backed all my inchies with black card stock. These inchies were placed inside the windows on a pink sheet of card stock. Or you could place them behind on the inside of the card so when you open the card, the cats are inside. Whatever works for you. I used a punch on the bottom that I layered a piece of ribbon over and tied in a knot. The rub on-maybe I should rethink it. Because of the texture of the grey card stock, the rub on did not go nicely from the wax paper to the grey area. It broke apart and I had to piece it to get it to stay. I used some pearl bling to finish the top edges. This is a card any gramma would love, especially if she loves kitties. I know mine did.

ETA I forgot to add that the stamps in this set are from Inkadinkado. Joann's had them in the store but I have not seen them recently. I also did not know they were now part of EK Success.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Crazy Blog Hoppers

Scroll down to the far lower right side and see the new fangled blog hop I added. You can add your blog, too and put it in a single post or anywhere else you want to play with the HTML. I may move it higher up later but this is all I have time for now. I will be visiting all the bloggers over the next few days. I may discover a special artist along the way. Or this list may be the best to begin with. 100 plus and counting.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Doggie BD

I just found a bunch of old cards I made a bazillion years ago in my draft file. I might as well put them up here since it's been too windy to photograph my newest creations outside. I have a black backdrop I use (see below) that some cards just don't show up well with. Plus the lighting in the bathroom is crappy.

I think this is a Great Impressions stamp. Let me look. Yupperdo! It was from May of 2008-I can't believe I did this that long ago. Ribbon scraps, a brad, Stickles glitter glue and any kid would love this card. Keep those Prismacolor pencils handy and sharp-you never know when you will get a couple of minutes free to color.

Sunday, April 11, 2010


I guess it would be an achievement if I made a card that didn't have a cat hair or something off kilter, right? We will save that for another day. I thought this would be a cute graduation card but thinking about the stamped image, could it not pass for a birthing card? So I dedicate this to Amy Barrons who had a beautiful baby boy on Thursday. His name is Ethan and he joins big sis Evelyn and daddy Jessie.

Here is a close up of the stamped and glittered image.

I think the paper scraps are from Lasting Impressions and they are not two sided like I love to use best but they are thicker than normal paper. Ribbons are from my scrap bin> I had bought into a ribbon share a while back and I keep giving some away but still have so much. This ribbon is all from May Arts-the Cadillac of ribbon as far as I care. Stickle glue for glitter and Prisma pencils for coloring.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Ribbon Storage

There are a lot of people who have emailed me recently about ribbon storage as my way was mentioned on several other blogs a couple years ago. For some reason, the link isn't working, so I am listing it again HERE and I will make a link off the side for others to see easily. I don't want to even go to the idea of how much more ribbon I have since my original post.

The biggest problem is when you buy a spool of ribbon, you get at least three yards but usually upwards of 10 yards for so little, that it's stupid to buy it by the yard or foot, because it costs more the latter way. I even have some spools of 25 and 50 yards. Maybe later this summer I will do a ribbon give-a-way. I did twice before.

And if you want other ideas, here is a LINK to hundreds and hundreds of photos of other crafters who also tamed the ribbon monsters.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Dragonfly By

We got a ton of rain today-very much needed. But along with the rain, we got high winds, hail and the dogs were all spazzed. Not much sleep for any of us. The grass in the front yard is greening up but not so the back yard. The dogs have torn up everything over the past two years, and killed most of the grass, flowers, and bulbs. I should have just burned the dollars.

I really like the shades of lime in this. What is especially nice is using inks and stamps to make a subtle design along the edges. If you click the photo, you can see it better. These photos are kinda dark as I was using the bathroom lighting.

Here is a closer look at the image. I colored using Prisma pencils, then added my glitter using Stickles, but a glitter pen or light application of clear glue with some loose glitter will work if you have it. I always try to use what is in the Iris cart. I'm just too lazy to go upstairs at times. If I had to do it all over again, I would make my living room my crafting studio. I am using my son's old bedroom, as daughter's is filled with my comic book collections and all my other junk.

I really need to de-junk my life. Where do I start?

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Hoppin' Down The Bunny Trail.

I will be alone on Easter-hubby is flying the friendly skies. Guess I should be used to it, but it still bites. No wonder I hate holidays, birthdays and anniversaries. I am always alone or sick on them. So during the evening I will do the thing we all hate-finish my taxes.

I used scraps from the Iris cart for this, including what looks to be a remnant of under skirting from a tutu. Everything is colored with Prisma pencils and Gamsol. Then I got out the glitter pens. The weirdest thing is, I could not get the paper to stayed glued where the ribbon popped out. That is why the sides are a bit mangled. I will be in search of glue that is totally unmovable later.

Happy spring everyone. I hope it sticks around this year.