Saturday, March 18, 2017

Spring!

Yesterday my first daffodil bloomed.  My first EVER daffodil! I'm thrilled - they've been coming up every year, but this is the first time they've actually bloomed. Or if they've bloomed before, I wasn't here to see it....I think I lucked out this year, as we don't leave on our spring trip until tomorrow. 😀
  
The wire makes it a bit hard to see, but those are the cages I have to put around the tulips so the rabbits can't eat off the leaves.  Who knows, maybe I'll even have blooming tulips this year too! (Of course I won't be here to enjoy them.

I'm working on a little sewing project also. It's The Ultimate Wallet by So Sew Easy - and it's a FREE pattern. Can't get much better than that.  Of course after I started I realized I didn't have enough of the fabrics I had chosen, but found some that is a close enough match at JoAnn's yesterday. I wish I could have found more of the adorable alligators, but I don't remember where I got that piece. 😕

I love my Brandt's Boulevard Wallet (Chris W Designs), but want more card slots. And my current Necessary Clutch Wallet  (Emmaline Bags) is amazing and it's been WELL used, but I've been wanting a different fabric just for a change. I've discovered I love making wallets, and have made several NCW's for various folks in my life. I'm going to try graduating to larger purses when we get back from Arizona. I have to blame Rachel Anaya for getting me addicted to making wallets!!! She is an incredible sewist and makes beautiful wallets and purses, as well as other gorgeous items. If you get a chance, check out her blog at TigerInATornado.
Top: NCW - Bottom: Brandt's Boulevard


Friday, March 17, 2017

March Technique Blog Hop

A Year of Card Techniques - March

Hello! This would have been my post for our monthly blog hop of card techniques, but due to some personal and technical issues we had to postpone this month’s hop to April.

We apologize for the inconvenience but we promise, our next hop on April 21st will make up for it. Please join us in April for a brand new hop: “Stamp Set Showdown”. Hop along and leave a comment at all of our posts because we love to hear from you.

Every month one winner will receive a prize for commenting on the blog posts throughout the hops. We will draw a winner on each Saturday before the next hop goes live and the name will be announced in the upcoming hop.

This been said, our February Blog Hop Winner is

Jennifer Earley …Congratulations!

Jennifer, please contact Claudia Henderson to claim your prize!

We also will add another little incentive for all of you who leave a comment on our blog hop posts…Some of our blog hop members draw an extra winner and give away one of their creations each month.

In the meantime, mark your calendars for April 21st and if you haven’t done so already, check out our past hops:


Thank you for your understanding and support. Please spread the word about our monthly blog hop - “A Year of Card Techniques." We hope to see you back here often.

Sincerely, 
Wilma

Sunday, March 5, 2017

My First Bloom Box!

I joined a Fun Stampers Journey Bloom Box group last month. Our 6-month hostess club was finished, and the February Bloom Box was SO beautiful...seemed like a great time to start! Five of us got together for a couple of hours and were able to finish 3 of the 4 card kits and today I finished the last one.  I really really love this butterfly, and the colors are gorgeous.  I jotted down the measurements of all the pieces in the kits so I can make more!  Here are the results - aren't they awesome?!?

The two on the left are very dimensional and they're all SHINY! (There's no such thing as too much glitter!)

I honestly don't want to ever give these away.  They just made me happy as I was creating them!

This month's box is called Punny, Punny and is a very different style from last month's.  That's one nice thing about the Bloom Box, is you get a variety of styles and colors.  I'll post those four cards one of these days.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

March Class - Masculine Cards

Thanks to a suggestion from the lovely ladies in my February class, we'll be focusing on some cards for the menfolk in our lives on March 4th. I'll be sure to take a selection of sentiment stamps also, so they can be personalized a bit. I'm glad they mentioned this idea - I tend to focus a bit much on flowers. If you happen to stop by, let me know what you think!
  

Friday, February 17, 2017

February Technique Blog Hop

FEBRUARY - So Sketchy

Welcome to a Year of Card Techniques 2017, a year-long series of monthly blog hops focusing on techniques for card makers.  Each month we feature a different technique, card fold or product.  We’ve assembled a team of ten card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll get a great variety of cards and ideas.

If you arrived here from Claudia's blog, then you're on the right path.  Don't worry if you missed a stop - I've listed the links for the entire hop later in the post. Remember, we love to hear from you, so please follow along and leave a comment. There will be a special prize waiting for one of you each month this year, selected from all comments on the hop. See prize details below, and please join us the third Saturday of each month for a new technique.





Our challenge this month was to create cards inspired by this sketch. It really WAS a challenge for me!  I'm pretty good at copying other people's cards :-) but hadn't worked from a sketch before. I think it was a good creative stretching exercise - and I think I'll try doing it again one of these days. Here's what I came up with (apparently I tend more toward horizontal layouts if this selection is any indication!!!).



I decided to rotate the design for this all-occasion card.
This one was inspired by a fellow coach, Jeanne Bobish.
My photography leaves a little to be desired!
I suppose the shark should be lower to match the sketch...
Glass Blooms - my favorite stamp set
I used masking and glittery gel pens on this CAS one-layer card.
A couple scraps of marbled paper from last month and a leftover piece
of a watercolor technique I was trying.
I tried to stay fairly true to the sketch on this one.
The cupcakes are paper-pieced - another piece of marbled
paper left from last month!


This super-cute stamp set called "Easter Bunny" is the February Prize, sponsored by Claudia Henderson. Its retail value is $17.95 but you can get it free! Be sure to comment on all the posts for a chance to win. It will be given away to some lucky someone chosen from all the comments on the hop as of March 4th. The winner will be announced on March's hop. 


And here's today's lineup in case you get lost along the way. Thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Magic FSJ Paper Molding

The other day, Fun Stampers Journey president and co-founder Richard Garay demonstrated a really cool technique in this video. I thought about trying to do this in class, but after trying it myself decided it would probably take too long and be on the messy side. So I'll just show you how I did it instead.  (Watch Richard's video to get a much better explanation!) The finished piece is hard to the touch, and can be added to a card or made into a pin or hair ornament. I'll post my finished card later - I still have a few layers of glaze to go!
  1. Smear color onto Whisper White card stock. It's called direct-to-paper inking...just rub your ink pads around on the card stock.
  2. Now stamp your image over the colored area. I'm using the flower from Peach Blossom (SS-0342).
  3. Smear Journey Craft Glue over back of image. (I know, I know....lot of smearing going on!) Cover the entire surface with a thin layer - use the spreader on the "bottom" of the glue bottle.  Glue to another sheet of card stock.
  4. Repeat step 3 until you have four layers of card stock glued together with the image on top.  If you'd like, you can use Black Licorice as the last piece of card stock.
  5. Cut out the image, through all four layers of card stock.  Don't let it dry first! Gotta cut while it's wet.
  6. Mold and shape the image with your fingers, giving it a 3D look. Let dry, occasionally re-shaping so it doesn't flatten out.,
  7. If you used Black Licorice card stock as your back layer, blacken the cut edges with a black sharpie.
  8. Thin Journey Glaze with a spritz of water and brush on surface of image.  Give the piece about 8 or 9 layers of glaze, allowing to dry between each layer.
  9. If desired, you can add a bit of Sparkle Dust to the last layer of glaze while it's still wet.
Image stamped over ink smeared on card stock.
Glue image to four layers of card stock. Spread glue thinly over whole surface.
Cut out image while glue between layers is still wet.

Shape with fingers. Continue to shape as image dries to create 3D look.
Brush with thinned Journey Glaze and let dry.  Repeat for 8 or 9 layers of glaze.
I'm working on this butterfly, too, but I think I like the Peach Blossom better so far!

   



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Stamp of the Month Challenge

From the Heart Stamps hosts a Stamp of the Month Challenge on their blog - if you participate one month, you receive the free digital stamp for the next month.  There's also a weekly sketch challenge.  They have lots of adorable digital stamp sets, and are based here in Colorado.

This month's challenge was to create a card using Hogs and Kisses Pigwit, so here's my card.  This time I created it the front panel digitally, then did a touch of Copic coloring on Pigwit and mounted it to a card base. I think he came out kind of cute!


If you're interested in the challenges, take a peek at the FTHS blog.  Here's a link to this month's challenge and all the entries: http://fromtheheartstamps.com/community/2017/02/01/free-stamp-of-the-month-february-2017-hogs-kisses-pigwit/.