Friday, January 21, 2011


Dear Friends, for those of you who have followed my blogs over the years you've come to know my Momma through things I've written, Pages I've done, cards I've made.  Momma passed away on Tuesday, very peacefully and with many friends and family near her.  I will be with my family until February so my posts will be very far and few between for the next month.  Thank you all for all the love and kind words you've offered about this remarkable lady.   And for you new to my blog, Momma would have been 100 on July 10th.  The night before she went to Hospice she still sat at her computer and played Scrabble for 45 minutes.  She never complained, never said a harsh word about anyone and always had time for you.  A truly genuine lovely lady!

Update 1/30/2011 - The Daily News, the local paper in my hometown, ran a wonderful aritcle about my Momma in today's paper it's here if you care to look.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Paint Stick Mini Album

At Your Paper Pantry I joined a new swap for January called Stirring up Crafty Goodness.  The idea being to go to Home Depot and get some one gallon wood paint sticks which measure 1"x12" and embellish them with red and purple (this month's swap colors).  Kind of like the colors the Red Hatters use. 

So that prompted me to use a digi kit Beth Rimmer just created called Call of the Wild, it's at Deviant Scrap if you want to take a look.  Beth had created these cool embellies, like the mannequin lady left (although I chopped off her digi feathers and gave her real red Marabou feathers I found at Michaels.  I also took the liberty, per Beth's ok, to change her dress to purple stripe from the original black.)
If you're handy with your computer and a graphics program (I used Photo Shop here) then don't overlook the vast opportunities that await you in digital kits.  The possibilities just grow and grow with what you can make. I covered the lady pretty heavily with Glossy Accents (works great but you must allow overnight drying time)

I added a rose (I think they are from I Am Roses, it was a RAK so not positive) to the top of the stick with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive.  I really love this stuff and so far have only found it locally at JoAnns.With the addition of the tulle and some bling that set the top.
The birds are also digi's from Beth's kit, I loved the bird and roller skates, and the red hat one!  So perfect for this theme.  Again covered extra heavy in Glossy Accents.  The paper was sprayed with Tattered Angels Cranberry and Lindy Stamp Gang Desert Moon Antique Rose.
The tag at the top says Birds of a Feather, I printed it on the computer then misted it.  It really blurred the wording but after looking at it for a bit decided I kinda liked that look and left it alone.  You really can't add too much at the top considering this will be punched and you'll bind all six sticks from the swap together when you're done, (check back next month I'll have pics of the completed mini to show you)

I made the journaling/photo tags from DCWV Once Upon a Time collection and folded them and made a clasp with a brad Stampin Up I believe. added a little bling and a paper clip from JoAnns for the top one.
These are mine, six will be sent to the moderator of the Swap Group at YPP who in turn will pair them with five others and return them to me so I'll a whole mini album of six pages when I'm done.  I'll post an updated picture of them all at that time.
The original Home Depot paint stick and one showing how I inked the edges with purple before beginning.
My You Tube video showing these hasn't finished processing yet, I'll add it as soon as it does.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Sending You....

This is the fourth of this set for my friend.  Now can you see why I scooped up these new K & Co Paper packs?  I guess after the snow, cool temps and cloud cover here in Southern Utah I was drawn to something bright and Springy!  This again is the Spring Blossom Paper Pad. 
This petal soft yellow flower is one cut from the White Rose Trim put out by Bo Bunny.  I again used my Gold Glow Smooch spray and rubbed the tops lightly with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The great yellow ribbon I picked up at my LSS for 85% off after season last year.  I love it because it's wire edged. 
Sentiments also from My Sentiments Exactly as the previous 3 cards.  I bungled up the inside and rubbed the sentiment on crooked so I had to improvise by adding another ink edge mat and a new sentiment.  That's the glory of paper crafting you can almost always hide the goobers!  The top mat, Daisy Garden, is from the Spring Blossom Seed Pocket Die-Cut Cardstock package.  I've never used these little packages of goodies until someone gave me one as a gift at Christmas time.  As you can see I'm really loving how they can finish off my cards.
So sorry I can't remember who made this stick pin, it's from the November Stick It To You swap at Your Paper Pantry.  If you recognize your handiwork please let me know so I can give you credit!

Trust Him Today

Another for my gift set of cards.  This is the back side of the paper from the previous post.  I used a new EK Success border punch I got for 80% off at JoAnns, what a deal!!!  The punch is called Graceful Heart which will be perfect for Valentines!
The die cuts are precut from K & Co in their Spring Blossom Icons Die-Cut Cardstock and Acetate Collection.
I really like this ribbon punch from Fiskars and must admit I often forget I have it and don't use it as often as I could.  It's called Leaver It to Weaver.
Sentiments are the Inspirations/Encouragement set from My Sentiments Exactly.  I sprayed the inside of the card with Gold Glow Smooch Spray, it's a little hard to see here but it gives the inside a great shimmer.

When the going gets tough....

This is a set of inspirational cards I'm making for a friend.  Paper collection Spring Blossom by Susan Winget - K & Co.
Bumblebee covered with Glossy Accents
Sentiments - rub ons from My Sentiments Exactly
Inside little Journal pocket from K & Company  - Cottage Garden Seed Pocket

God Cares...

K & Co Paper Pack by Tim Coffey called Cottage Garden.
Sentiments are rub ons by My Sentiments Exactly.
Inside of card  - Border Punch by EK Success called Morocco Lace
(another I got at JoAnns on clearance for 85% off - love those bargains, love this punch!)