Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Plain Janes Dressed Up

I kept hearing everyone talking about UTEE and finally ran across it in the store. Well I stuffed it in with my embossing things and still hadn't tried it so this afternoon I thought I'd see what I could make with these plain paper flowers, you know the cheap kind that come in a tube that have no personality!
The flowers have been sitting in my drawer for 2 years, I've used a couple but they just looked Plain-Jane and didn't do a thing for me. Today I took each one and rubbed them with Tea Dye Distress Ink, then a heavy coat of UTEE and heat embossed, wow they looked better already.
Next I layered the three individual petals for each flower with some Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive. In the middle I used one bud from the Recollections flowers at Michaels which I had ran across the tea dye ink pad a couple of times.
After they'd dried I sprayed them with a mist I made of water, Perfect Petals bronze and a couple of drops of Old Paper Distress Reinker. I then hit them with the heat gun again. Let them sit a while and hit them one more time to blend and melt everything together.
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I rather like how my Plain Janes turned out.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Thinking of You

I got this great paper pack from K & Co by Brenda Walton called Oliva Rose.  I just love the papers and when I started making cards they just grew and grew.  Here's a few I've completed.
Part of the paper collection is a sheet of transpariences.  I love the look of this one.  The stamp is from Inkadinkado, Kathy Davis Flowers.

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I added a couple of K & Co Handmade Gem Flowers to the centers of the ones I cut out from the paper.  I glued the tight to the edge and pop-dotted them on the inside edges to give them lift.

 Like the look the jagged swirls I added. 

Stamp is Heard from the Heart from Stampin Up
Butterfly is cut from the paper, Glossy Accented and edges sprinkled with fine black glitter.

Flowers cut from paper and pop-dotted up so that the mini tags can slide under them.

Stamps from Stampendous - Everything Happy.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Golden Boys

Here's a card for my Brother - in - Law's birthday on Christmas Day.
Very simple but I think it says it all, lol.
The photo is a free download from Dover Publications.  I used Distress Old Paper and Vintage Paper on it.
Background Mat from DCWV LaCreme Mat Stack outer edged distressed with the Tim Holtz Distressing tool. Front sentiment is a rub on from October Afternoon Thrift Shop.
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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Organza Petal Flowers

These flowers are made with the Organza Rose Petals by Wilton, I got mine at JoAnn Fabrics but I'm sure they're available in many fabric/craft stores and come in a variety of colors.  The middles are from a garland of summer flowers that I got at a local craft store on close out for 80% off!  In other words almost nothing.  I cut all the flowers from the garland and stuffed them in a zip lock bag and threw away the rest.  Since then I've looked at the bag a lot and wondered what on Earth I was going to do with all these flowers.  Well, tonight I figured it out!  See if you wait long enough everything has a usefulness. 
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Friday, December 17, 2010

Ruffled Petal Flowers

My first video where I've tried to show how I created something so hang in there with me, comments are much appreciated!  I decided to join the Flower Swap at Your Paper Pantry for January.  The theme is tea-dyed and I sat and played tonight and came up with these ruffled petal flowers.This will be the first time I've swapped flowers and I must say I hesitated joining because of the gorgeous creations I've seen the others create.  But then I decided I can't learn unless I try and receiving flowers from others is the best way. Up close and personal you can see hands on what and how they created theirs.   If you've not checked out Your Paper Pantry do so today it's a great place to swap, chat, learn and grow your craft (or addiction as the case may be).

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Mini Album for my Grandson

This is a mini board book from Maya Road made into a mini album for my Grandson about his trip to San Diego to watch his brother graduate from the Marine Corp boot camp

TP Mini Albums for my Granddaughters

Here are two mini albums I made for my Granddaughters using Toilet paper rolls as the pages  How fun is this?

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas RAK from Barb

At Your Paper Pantry we could join a Secret Santa Swap to buy for in secret for another YPP member.  I got Barb.  She sent me a note this week and told me she had a little something coming for me.  It arrived today!  WOW what can Isay but thank you thank you my friend.  She sent so many wonderful crafting things, I'm in Heaven with all my new playthings.  YPP is a wonderful group of crafters that share through Swaps, Videos, Classes and Chat.  Check them out I'm so glad I found them!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

DCWV and Roberts Crafts - HUGE GIVEAWAY

For those of you that don't live in Utah or Idaho you probably aren't familiar with Roberts Crafts.  For me it's less than a mile away and too often feeds my paper addiction.  DCWV and Robert's have teamed together and Roberts is debuting a huge aisle full of their product.  Because of this they are having a Fantastic giveaway worth over $450!  Check out their BLOG to see how to enter and since they are mailing the prize you have as much of a chance as I do.  Good luck. (Hurry entries end 12:00am (MST) on Monday, December 6, 2010)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


I made this for a friend's birthday.  I thought it had a real masculine feel about it and that's what I wanted.  I saw one similar in the June 2010 CARDS magazine.  I loved the idea of using the eyelets as embellishments.  I so seldom use eyelets and yet I really like the look of them
The 'special' is a JoAnn Essentials which came in six pack of metal embellishments.  I used Versamark and black embossing powder.  This is the first time I've tried embossing powder on something like this and it worked so cool (except it got pretty hot and I really warmed up my fingertip).

I Distress Inked  the inside papers with Frayed Burlap and ran them (plain white printer paper with sentiment printed) through my crinkle crimper.  Another thing I rarely use but I sure do like the effect.  I also used it on the front mat paper of the world map.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Secret Santa Gift Box

I belong to Your Paper Pantry and if you so chose you could join and participate in a Secret Santa Swap.  You filled out a questionnaire about what you liked and what you'd put on a wish list for Santa, in return you got someone elves to fill.  I received my Secret Santa box in today's mail.  What super fun was this.  Many many thanks to my Secret Pal - Jane Bain - for filling my box full of goodies!

Monday, November 15, 2010


We have a young friend who recently competed in the Bands of America which had their regional finals here in St George. Well low and behold they took first place (Clovis West High School in Clovis CA). We are so proud of him and his accomplishments and I wanted to make a card just personally for him.

The colors are his school colors gold and maroon. Papers are a mat stack I bought from Target (yeah can you believe Target?) they also came with matching color envelopes. The card base is AC Damask that I picked up at Tuesday morning, just love this cardstock, if you see it grab it!
The gold mat has been embossed with my Cuttlebug and the Musical embossing folder. Grungeboard # and Number 1 are Tim Holtz run through my XYRON upside down and then glittered (Yah Wooo I finally remembered to do this, works so slick). Bravo is a rub on from My Sentiments Exactly.  All edges inked with Distress Ink.
Congrats Jer, we are super proud of you!!!
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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Graphic 45 Tin Box


I picked up a K&Company paper pak called Tim Coffey Fall and fell in love with the double side papers in it. These are all included in that pack. I used the Leave it to Weaver Fiskars border punch to thread the ribbon and punched the opposite side with the Apron Lace border punch. The butterfly was punched twice an EK Success punch. I put the bottom one flush then heavily Glossy Accented the top one and popped it up. The sentiment is a rub on from My Sentiments Exactly. Edges inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I Want My Mummy

I made these three easel cards for my adult kids, they still 'want their Mummy' I'm sure
Cricut Cartridge Mini Monsters

(the card wasn't my idea, I saw one similar one another blog and just had to make them myself so sorry can't remember or find the blog, if it was you please let me know so I can give credit for your inspiration!!!)
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