Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Cards, Shrinky Dinks and Buttons

A graduation card commissioned by my daughter. This time I went with silver and white just cause I thought it was pretty. Instead of using vellum for the bottle I used white card stock and spritzed it to a shiny silver finish. I still love making those feathers.

I have used this silver printed paper with script on it for quite a few project, it's one of my favorites.
My best friend has played the piano since I've known her. Recently she decided to take piano lessons to sharpen her skills. Every so often she'll send me a video of her latest triumph. Her first one was "Over The Rainbow" and I may have sobbed all the way through it.
I wanted to send her a simple thank you for letting her know how much I appreciate her music. I embossed the packaging of the embossing folder I used here because I liked the pretty blue color. The musical border is from a new die Valerie bought me, I love it! I even spritzed it with some Night Magic (by Avon, it's what I wear), because she likes that sort of thing.
I played around with some shrink art and a darling stamp Dawn surprised me with. I made a Mother's Day card using this stamp for my best friend and I thought it would make a nifty magnet.
I colored it with markers before shrinking and I like how bold the colors are, but the Shrinky Dink itself came out kind of wonky. I should have baked it in the oven instead of using my embossing heat gun. Next time...
I'll leave you with some of my buttons.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Playing With Laser-Cuts

The other day a crafty friend of mine sent me some laser-cut chipboard forms. I spent most of the day yesterday at my craft table and had so much fun playing with these.

Painted with, believe it or not, metallic water colors. Dawn spoiled me with a couple of sets of this remarkable Twinkling H2O paint, and the other day I bought another one (yay for 1/2-off coupons!), so I think I now have them all. Everything I've painted with this stuff turns magical.

Hot air balloon
I stamped this with a variegated ink pad then embossed it with 4 layers of clear embossing powder. With the exception of the multiple layers of embossing, this was the easiest piece out of the bunch to make and my second favorite. Valerie said it needs to be framed somehow, so I'm kicking around some ideas for that. 

Dress form, Irises and Star
Stamped with various colors of Dew Drop inks then embossed with 2 layers of clear embossing powder. The star has sparkly embossing powder on it. I'm not sure if I'm done with the dress form yet, I might add a tiny bow, bobble or pearls at the waist.

I love, love, love the texture of this one! I stamped various colors of ink on it, then embossed it with 1 layer of super thick clear embossing powder & 1 layer of the regular type. Then I dabbed on all sorts of pretty colors Inka Gold metallic paste, which is a fun process for me. Lately, I've been digging collaged backgrounds in subtle pastel colors, and I think I achieved that on a few of these pieces. I like the use of real lace in the windows, it's sweet and now I want a window like that.

I'm not sure what craft project I'll be using these with, but in the meantime, I need to get a binder or something to store these in so they won't get all bendy. I love spending time at my craft table and this day was extra fun!

Happy Father's Day, Hubby!

Geez, where does the time go?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Happy Father's Day!

I no longer have my father with me, but there are some awesome men in my life I want to honor. This year I made six cards, which is a lot of awesomeness in my life, eh?
For my father-in-law. This is a 3-D Thomas Kindade, painter of light sticker I discovered in my craft stash. The fern is real pressed leaves.

This one is for my brother Burt, retired Army, Command Sargent Major.
For my brother John, who constantly makes me laugh.
For my brother Jack, who has been painting his house and still has a lot of work ahead of him.
For my brother-in-law Larry, a hard-working diesel mechanic and auto instructor who loves and has always taken care of my sister Martha (and she, him). They are a match made in heaven.
I'm not posting close-ups of my hubby's yet because he sometimes pops in here to see what I'm up to. (Hi, honey!) I made these in one evening, go me!

Monday, June 10, 2013


Even though I don't get too many comments from readers of my blog, I do get an inordinate amount of anonymous spam. So to keep the spam-bots at bay, I had to turn on the verify option. *sigh*

It's an extra step in leaving a comment, but I hope it doesn't keep you from doing so. I read and respond to all of your comments and enjoy hearing from my readers immensely.

Photo by Dawn Walker

Friday, June 7, 2013

Things On My Craft Table

I browsed Valerie's selection of wood and paper mache and came away with all of this. We'll see what happens.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

White Lights

I find such comfort from these silly lights.

Sometimes, like tonight, the curtain is open a bit so the fan in the window can move the air around. I like the steady hum of that fan. It helps drown out the noise of the city that's almost right outside my window.