Thursday, January 31, 2019

Mailer Problems?

Have you ever worked on a bunch of cards and gotten them all ready for mailing except the stamps?
This is how I solved that frequent occurence in my office. Fed up with losing cards on my desktop!    I made a box with a cutaway front that was slightly larger than an A2 card from black cardstock, overlaid matting cut from DP from the Butterfly Collection at SU.  Then I embellished with diecut fairies that had been spritzed with Shimmer Sparkle (Tusinko)
Dancing Faerie,Thoughtful Faerie and Posing Faerie all from Poppy Stamps.  I added silkflowers and ribbon flowers from my stash and a dandylion stems diecut from Tim Holtz wildflowers (#)661190) set.  Black medium sized wooden beads painted black support the platform for the box.  The flap is edged in pearls and butterflies from a cascading butterfly background die. (Hero Arts Butterfly confetti D1411)

And now the next group of cards is ready to go.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Some 2019 Valentines

I adore the Aurora Wings  FB follower's Gift --Valentine Sprite   Thank you Mitzi SatoWiuff ---I have colored her with Prismacolor pencils, accented with Nuvo crystal drops, Wink of Stella and other.  The matte is cut from SU Real Red paper and uses the Simon Says Heart Sprinkle Trail die to continue the heart fall.  The Sprite is cut from the next to largest heart from the Sizzix 657561 Heart dieset. And the Happy Valentine's Day Sentiment is found in Newton's Nook Love-Ow-ways stamp and die sets heat-embossed in white.

This Sprite has a Conversation Hearts embossed background by Taylored Expressions; is edged with Starform holographic red heart sticker lines from Pop Ups Etc  She's colored in Prismacolor Pencils, and Wink of Stella as well as some red stickles.  The inside of the card is a greeting for my BFF and uses the Thanks Corner from Poppy Stamps.

This is the last Aurora Wings Sprite for this year's valentines.  The Sprite is colored in Prismacolor Pencils, accented with wink of stella, glitter pens and stickles, and matted on a Real Red heart that is over Taylored Expressions Conversation Hearts. The sentiment is stamped using stamps from Lawn Fawn's Happy Everything collection.

So---WHAT do you do when the background you thought you'd love FLOPS and you hate the card?  Carefully take the artpiece off and make it again the center of focus for a new card.  
 I didn't like it because it was TOO busy, and distracted from the little Sprite when I accented watermarked design with Posca white Pen

The Embossing doesn't show well here, it is fine detail Pearl embossing powder, and a Heart Line sticker.finishing the cleaner look of the largest sprite I colored.

These adorable owls are from the stampset "Love Owl-ways" by Netwon's Nook.  They are colored with copics, Wink of Stella, glitter pens, etc.  The white lined front window portion uses My Favorite Things  Die-Namics Stitched Lines die.  The three windows at the top are cut from My Favorite things Stitched Collage Frames die, (using just the three "side" frames in that die).  Guess who loves you is stamped and punched with an SU punch and the inside   The inside stitched hearts strip is diecut from Poppystamps Gentle hearts.  The ink and paper are SU Real Red. Scattered hearts are diecuts out of several heart trails type dies.that cut assorted sizes of hearts.

Super simple Cute Owl Valentines made in Photoshop, (clipart shared from a friend, do not know that name of the graphic artist to credit).  These are printed on glossy photo paper, matted and then either enamel dots or stickles dots on the hearts.  ---QUICK and cute.  Font is Gil Sans Ultra Bold vertical orientation.  Colored matting is from stash.

This one is internet clipart, that a friend gave me, Sentiment is Lawn Fawn  Celebrate Scripty Sayings,  heat embossed in real red (and clear) ink. Cupcakes are  accented with stickles, sequins, and mylar hearts  The bottom strip is cut from SSS quilted hearts background stamp,  and the smaller hearts are Hearts Embosslits by SU. The window frame for the cupcakes are part of the MFT Stitched collage Frame Dies.

Love these Poppy Stamp Dies and the S&S cards using them.-Card on the left is the Seed Love Collage Die with LF Scripty Sayings embossed in Cherry  Cobbler.  Card on the right is the Seed Love College Die on the bottom and  Poppy Stamps Triple Heart Twirl above, over real red glitter paper.

Inside top left  is SU cherry cobbler watermarked with heart background stamp (Versmark), and a cut top note with SU tags 4 U Happy Heart Day  sentiment edged in holographic strip with holographic tiny hearts on parts of the watermark.Stickers come from Pop Ups Etc.

Postive space from SSS Heart Breeze filled with 3D Crystal Glaze or SU Heart Epoxy Droplets. The border line is a gold rimmed white line sticker from Pop Ups Etc.  The little heart is cut from glimmer paper and the L, V and E are from the Seed Love Dieset.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Heartfelt Thanks

I used Honey Bee's Large Thanks shadow dies for the Thanks sentiment, cut from glossy photopaper and SU Real Red.  The tiny hearts and dots  are from Simon Says Stamp Heart Breeze die (negative) and the background stamp is SSS Quilted Hearts Background #101947 touched with red glitter pen. The 1/4" red border edged in red glitter pen is SU Real Red paper strip. The stamp is also stamped in Real Red.

This Thank You card is created with Alcohol Ink Blending that has been waxed, stacked and triple matted. Accented with sequins that touch the intersections of the MFT Stitched Strips die

Friday, January 18, 2019

Post Its Cubes

A lot of fun was had by all.  Seven ladies participated in a workshop to make Post It Cube Holders that I taught at our new Stitch N Scrap  (fabric and crafating) store in Mesquite. These versatile little flip-lid boxes are perfect for small gifts, teabags, Ghiardelli chocolate squares, etc.  

Friday, January 11, 2019


 A Morning Class at Stich N Scrap in Mesquite, scheduled January 15th at 9:30 AM
I'll be teaching how to make a PostIt Cube holder (or Trinket box with a lid), 

There will be a couple of Surprise Projects for participants to learn how to make.  One will be a little  Keurig Cup gift holder, and the other will be a single pad Post It with Pen holder.

Loving This one:  SU Designer paper with butterfly collection, purple jute, organza ribbon, punched flowers, pearls and other.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Opinion and Empathy

Paper and elements from Artisan's Guild kit "Heart of Gold" (retired).  
Quotation reads: 
"Opinion is really the lowest form of Knowledge.
  It requires no accountability; no understanding. 
The highest form of knowledge is Empathy
 for it requires us to suspend our egos 
and live in another's world." (Author unk)

Time Flies

Very Vanilla deckled edge (5x7) card base, Woodgrain (SU) stamp on brown.  Papers and quote from Karen Schulz in her kits Chart the Course and Nature's Hike.  Sentiment reads "The bad news is time flies, the good ews is you're the pilot"

Friday, January 4, 2019

Ice Rink

These Wintery Cards were inspired by SCS Ice Rink Tutorial by France Martin
I used watercolor papers, Fantasia watercolor pencils (for sky wash) 3D Crystal Glaze, also Nuvo Crystal drops, also Glossy Accents (for the lake/river).  Wink of Stella Silver is brushed into blue sky wash, and the paste I chose was Aleen's Glitter Snow.  The Stamp is SU Lovely as a Tree, on all but the top card.

The yellow cast in the lower one is a shadow of my lamp, the card is not yellow at all although the Glossy Accents is an older (and yellower glaze than the 3d Crystal Glaze or Nuvo drops that I also used in creating variants of this card. 

This one is titled "Inbound"