Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mermaid Briefcase

  I finished off this cool briefcase yesterday using 2 mermaid images from Sweet Pea Stamps - they have them both in digital and rubber stamp form.
  Check them out here - www.sweetpeastamps.com
  The first one is by Norma J Burnell called 'Rayne' and the second is called 'Kiara' by Elaine Cox.
  I took a used, but still in good shape briefcase and covered the front and back with some pretty ocean looking paper.
  Both the images were colored with prismacolor pencils and cut out with Spellbinders dies. I glued the layered images down along with some seashells, charms and some seed beads. To do all the gluing I used a artis....t matte gel that works similar to modge podge only better. I used it because I ran out of modge podge and discovered that I  like it a lot better. The gel is a bit more expensive but it is easier to work with and dries a bit quicker and smoother than the modge podge....
   All for this am - worked last night so its time for some sleep now :)
      Take Care

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lots of Love for Lauryn bloghop

Isn't this little girl just precious? Let me introduce you....
was diagnosed with Leukemia on March 27, 2014. She is currently
hospitalized in the DC area undergoing chemotherapy to fight this
terrible disease.  Lauryn is -   Linda Payne's granddaughter...many of you in the stamping community probably already know sweet  Linda from her blog - www.paynehollercards.blogspot.com

news of Lauryn's illness spread via social media, many of you have
asked if there is anything you can do to help, so we have come up with a
plan. We decided to have a Card Drive and would like to invite YOU to help by sending "happy mail" to Lauryn and her family.

create cards to share your love and encouragement for Lauryn and her
family. Lauryn's parents are Josh and Elizabeth and she has two older
siblings: Lily and Logan. We thank the Lord for this dear family and
need to pray for them as they are seeking to glorify the Lord throughout
this trial.

Cards can be mailed to:

Children's National
Hematology/Oncology RM 437
Lauryn Newsome
111 Michigan Ave NW
Washington DC 20010

You can find updates on Lauryn via a Facebook page that has been set up by some family. It is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fight-on-Little-Lauryn/540517492733109

Fight on Little Lauryn
They have shared how encouraging it is receive a simple "like" on a
Facebook status or words of love and encouragement that is posted.

is the fabulous group of bloggers who have joined us in promoting this
Card Drive. We would love for you to hop with us as numerous bloggers
have blog candy and all you need to do is leave a comment... 

Olga Jewell  - Craftieodamae -  www.craftieodamae.blogspot.com

Mary Anne Kelemen   - Lakeside Stamping - http://lakesidestamping.blogspot.com/

Lisa Haines  - The Purple Place - http://the-purple-place.blogspot.com/

Patti Painter -  Patti’s Paper Creations - http://papercreationsbypatti.blogspot.com/

Jennie Harper  http://stampawaytheday.blogspot.com/ -  Stampin Away the Day 

Colleen Holmes  http://cardsdelight.blogspot.com/ -  A Card’s Delight

Jennifer Scull  http://justcoffeepleasestampsribbonspaper.blogspot.com/
Just Coffee Please…& Stamps & Ribbons & Paper

Anita Autore  http://cardsandcoffee.blogspot.com/
Cards & Coffee 

Sandra Van Blaricum  http://cardsandcreativity.blogspot.com/
Cards and Creativity 

Jerusha Borden http://ilovepapercrafting.blogspot.com/
I Love Paper Crafting 

Jenn Borjeson  http://stampinangeljenn.blogspot.com/
Stampin' Angel Jenn 

Nina Brackett http://ninabdesigns.blogspot.com/
Crafting in Croatia

Linda Coughlin http://thefunkiejunkie.blogspot.com/
 The Funkie Junkie

Kathleen Curry http://willstampforwine.blogspot.com/
Will Stamp for Wine

Melissa Czapor  http://melissacreates10.blogspot.com/
My Many Journeys

Vicki Dutcher  http://allidoisstamp.blogspot.com/
 All I Do is Stamp

Debbie Ebat  http://debbiesstampingadventures.blogspot.com/
 Debbie’s Stamping Adventures

Tera Fujan  http://stampqueen.blogspot.com/
Stamp Queen 

Patti Gilliam http://cherisheachpreciousday.blogspot.com/
Cherish Each Precious Gift

Joy Hadden  http://piecesofjoyhadden.blogspot.com/
Pieces of Joy

Danielle Haddon http://musingsofachocoholic.blogspot.ca/
The Musings of a Chocoholic

Karen Knegten  http://studioatthelake.blogspot.com/
 Studio at the Lake 

Lori McAree  http://smilingwhilestamping.blogspot.com/
 Smiling While Stamping

CG Merrill  http://cg-says.blogspot.com/
 CG Says (something loudly)

Rhonda Miller  http://bluepoohbear753.blogspot.com/
 Rhonda’s Place to Shine

Lee Murphy  http://luvleestamper.blogspot.com/
 My Reality


Jackie Randolph http://papermoments.blogspot.com/
 Paper Moments 

Shirley Ross http://cardartetc.blogspot.com/
Card Art, Etc.

Melissa Shultz

Carla Suto http://carlasstampingspot.blogspot.com/
Carla’s Stamping Spot 

Cat Tidwell http://catdidit.blogspot.com/
 Cat’s Creations 

Brenda Turner  http://stamp-it-up.blogspot.com/
 Stamp It Up

Geri Utterback  http://geriscards.blogspot.com/
 Geri’s Cards 

Cheri Weston  http://stampnboomer.blogspot.com/
Stamp’n Boomer 

Betty Neville - http://stamptv.ning.com/profiles/blogs/lot-of-love-for-lauryn/

Here is the card I made for Lauryn .
I used an image from Sweet Pea Stamps by Elisabeth Bell called 'Little Friends'
I colored it with prismacolor pencils.
All for me today - I hope you will join us and send a card along to Lauryn and her family as well as good thoughts and prayers for them too!!!
  Have a great week!!!



Sunday, April 13, 2014

Springs glads

   Sunday morning, pre-posting as I fully plan to sleep in :)
   My card today features a stamp from Papertrey Ink. I stamped it onto watercolor paper with white embossing powder (clear powder works too, the white will show up a bit 'whiter' sometimes :)
  I then used watercolor paints to color it in - I like the effect of the white lines.
  I cut the image out with a Spellbinders die and edged it with Danube blue ink from memento and then layered it to 2 ribbons onto blue cardstock.
  I used purple fabric paint from tulip for the dots - one of the top ones was a bit too goopy and got smudged a bit ( the Viva décor pens do a better job and dry faster  than the fabric paint too,  but I was trying to save $$ and the fabric paint is less expensive - honestly once it is used up, I wont be using it anymore.....)
   All for today - Hope you are having a great weekend!!!!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

For every tear....

   Just a quick post this am - headed for a nap after work and then maybe lunch with my boys (DH and DS).
   I lost one of my Uncles last week and this is the card I sent to my Aunt and the family. Really wanted to be home for them but I guess that is one of the big disadvantages to living so far from the rest of the family......
   The flowers are from Flourishes - stamped onto watercolor paper with ink and then I used Koh-I-Noor watercolors to paint them.
  The phrase is from Prickley Pear - embossed in black.
  I cut the main panel with a Spellbinders die and edged it with a silver metallic pen and added some silver drops with a tulip fabric paint pen.
  All for me this am - nap, lunch, then yard work and craft room - maybe some house work but as it is sposed to rain on Monday - I will probably wait till then and get the yard work done :)
   Have a great weekend!!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Kiara by Elaine Cox

  Its challenge day again at Sweet Pea Stampers challenge blog and our theme this time is Mermaids - and how easy is that, it is after all one of the main reasons I LOVE my Sweet Pea stamps!!!!
  Check out our challenge here - http://thesweetpeastampers.blogspot.co.uk/

Check out all the mermaids, fairies and other wonderful stamps here - http://sweetpeastamps.com/
  Todays project is an altered journal. The main image is a stamp from Sweet Pea Stamps called Kiara by Elaine Cox (she is also available as a digi image) and I colored her with koh-I-noor pencils.
  I covered the journal with some beautiful oceany looking handmade paper and then added the main image - cut out with a Spellbinders die and edged in gold metallic pen.
  Then I got out one of my favorites - a pearl viva décor pen and added some pearls to her hair and the 'water' around her along with some real seashells from my stash.
   All for me today - Hope to see you - if you join in the challenge and play with us you could win free Sweet Pea images - and if you use a Sweet Pea image for your entry you will have double the chance to win!!!
   Have a great day!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sweet Boy

 Photo: Digi coupon. Must enter 4 digis in shopping cart and then the coupon to get the fourth free. If ordering more and want to get 2 free (example: ordering 6 for 2 free, must make multiple orders)
(©Karen Middleton's 'Sunny Chick', colored in by design team member Jane)

   Well my baby boy and my youngest turns 18 today - he graduates from High School in just over a month and next fall my house is going to be a very quiet place!!!
  I am very proud of my young man - not only is he smart and good looking (which he had no control over) but he is honest, hard working (for the most part - after all he is a teenager :) and he is strong both physically and mentally and has a good heart which he does have control of!!
  Happy Birthday Jack!!!!

   Well todays project is one of 2 baby gift boxes I finished off this morning - showing you the boy one today - naturally!!!
  I take a box - usually an old cigar box and cover it with scrapbook papers and also cover a 6 by 6 inch chipboard album with matching papers and then decorate it with stamps, ribbons and whatever I feel like and matches the 'theme'
  The main image on this box is from Sweet Pea Stamps - 'Mother and baby boy' by Conie Fong and is colored with prismacolor pencils. I colored her up 3 times - one for the box, one for the book and one for a matching card.
  I cut the main image and the next layer out with Spellbinders dies and the brown layer was cut from a craft core cardstock, embossed and sanded off. I edged the main layer with a gold metallic pen.
  I added a couple matching ribbons and some dots made with tulip fabric paint - and added a ribbon to the lid to make it easier to lift the lid.
  The papers are all denim looking and some browns and I edged them all with walnut stain ink.

  Be sure to stop by Sweet Pea Stamps as they have a great sale on digi's right now!!! Check it out here - www.sweetpeastamps.com
  And check out the Sweet Pea stamps challenge blog to win stamps - One Sweet Challenge - www.onesweetchallenge.blogspot.com
  And for even more chances to win free Sweet Peas - Sweet Pea Stampers - www.thesweetpeastampers.blogspot.co.uk

  All for me today - have some catching up to do in the craft room and on the computer and then a nap and then off to work for the night!!!
  Have a great day!!!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Book Birdhouses

   Finished off a few book birdhouses this morning - I really hate to see a book thrown away and so I rescued these kids books and made them into birdhouses.
  I used the covers for the roof and used the pages that were not drawn on or torn to decorate the sides and the bottoms - the sides and bottoms are made of foam core.
  Next I used some sticks from my back yard for the perch and some twine to look like the entrance and added some small stuffed birds to the perches - except for Cinderella's as I had 3 little mice left and those fit perfectly :).
  These are so fun to do and easier in batches - for this batch I have Cinderella, Snow White, The Cat in the Hat comes back, Pooh's Grand Adventure, Bambi, Lady and the Tramp, The Brave little Caboose and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
   All for today - Taker Care