Friday, July 6, 2018

Home Sweet Home - Richele Christensen Collage Kit

👉 “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.”– Dr. Seuss

My dear friend and incredible designer, Richele Christensen, has just opened  an Etsy Store and I was privileged to be one of the first to purchase one of her fabulous collage kits. (My finished project is the one on the left, her sample is top right.)  She is a very popular designer and all her items sold out almost immediately.  Richele has been a Tim Holtz designer for many years and is now designing for Sizzix.  She travels the globe teaching classes and making "artists" out of her adoring fans. Years ago, she was my favorite instructor at the Stamp Art Shoppe with  her talented eye for design, always making projects simple and fun.  We  felt like proper artists when we left with our new skills and beautiful handmade card creations. 

I am far from being a collage artist and my creation is a lot "stiffer" than Richele's sample but I'm proud of myself for attempting something out of my comfort zone.  My brain likes balance, order and preciseness, even when I'm trying to be free and flowing.  So a kit with detailed instructions and materials is the perfect way for me to safely wander out of my box. The design was cute and simple, ala Richele, and a pefect addition to my sewing room wall.  All I had to do was follow the instructions, cut out the pieces from a pattern, do a little fun sewing and painting,  and glue the pieces in place on the wooden vignette tray included in the kit.  I used my own fabric scraps to  match the quilts on my wall perfectly.

If you love collage art or just want to try something new and you want to create your own little masterpiece designed by an artist extraordinaire, hop on over to Richele's Etsy Store and purchase one of her wonderful kits.  

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something fabulous.

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Masculine Card for My Guy - Lori Whitlock Work Bench Pop Up Card

👉  A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in the machine shop.  Robert Hughes 

Hello everyone, 

I did it!  I actually made a masculine card with no bling, bows or lacy frames and my head didn't explode! And just in the nick of time for our late Father's Day celebration this weekend.  For years I took a class at The Stamp Art Shoppe near where I live and created all the guy cards I needed for a year's worth of occasions in one "Masculine Cards" class.  My friend, Susan, was an excellent teacher and knew how to use just the right mix of Tim Holtz paraphernalia to create classy male cards.  Since the shop closed a few years ago, I've been on my own to do the CAS, neutral color, limited embellishment thing...kinda boring for a "bling it up" girl like me. But lately I've been actually having some fun with it.

I found this adorable Lori Whitlock Work Bench Pop Up card in her SVG shop and I love it so much! It's absolutely perfect for my handyman hubby.  I resized it to 5 x 7 in Cricut Design Space and cut it out on my Cricut Explore Air.  The "My Guy" label image I used on the front was in the Cricut Design Space image library.  I cut out a couple of extra tools and enlarged them to make my card front a little spiffier. I originally put some red enamel dots in the corners on the front panel but I removed them because I thought they were too much.  I know, such restraint!  The Father's Day sentiment was easy to find in the image library and I cut it out in the same glossy silver card stock I used on my tools. I think the red octagon looks sort of like a keep the grease off the garage floor, of course.

These Lori Whitloc SVG pop ups are so easy to assemble and they are such a fun surprise for any type of card  Oh, and I managed to use all neutral DP's...nothing fancy at all.  I think I'm going to get the hang of this guy card thing.  Sometimes simple can be very zen.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something fabulous.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Cactus Garden Inspiration - Stamped Succulent Cards

👉   Once a year go someplace you’ve never been before.

Hi everyone,

Ever wonder why artists are so obsessed with succulents? I didn't appreciate their unique charm until I hiked through the desert hills (uphill both ways) on a fascinating adventure exploring the amazing landscapes of Southern Utah. These gorgeous creations pop up everywhere amid the colorful desert mesas adding texture and beauty to the magnificent scenery.  How their gorgeous blossoms survive in the hot arid climate is truly a mystery!

When I returned home I knew I had to use some of my cactus stamps to create some bright summer cards for friends.  Three small neglected potted cactus stamps (two from Hero Arts) called to me from my stamp shelf so I took them down  and colored them with copic markers.  I found directions for this Double Z Joy Fold Card here and created a pattern in Cricut Design Space.   

My plan was to use a bright  yellow, aqua and purple palette for all my cards but when I saw this patterned paper resembling a desert sunset, I had to experiment with it. Sometimes you gotta just go with your mojo.

My original  yellow and orange sunset, coupled with a more intense aqua sky,  created a bright card with  more contrast. I saw all shades, bright and subtle, in the desert sunsets I witnessed on my trip, so I couldn't go wrong here.

I still haven't decided which pallete I like best.    Got a fave?

Sitting in a lovely cactus garden in the warm sun is heaven.   Definitely a halcyon day.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something fabulous.

Playing along with:
        Dream Valley Challenge #182 - All Things Bright and Beautiful
        Stamps + Fun = Creativity - #327 - Summer
        Heartful Stamping Challenge
        Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Challenge #84
        The Corrosive Challenge - Anything Goes
        Dare 2B Artzy Challenge - Bright Colors

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Prima Princess Sydney - Copics and Prismacolors

👉    “I’ve done my best, and I begin to understand what is meant by ‘the joy of strife’. Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.” Anne of Green Gables

Hi Everyone,

Celebrating  my birthday with my darling family last week was such a pleasure and I feel truly privileged and blessed.  Now I'm  eager for another year of creative fun.  Coloring has been my obsession since I was a very little girl so "adult coloring" is absolutely blissful for me. These gorgeous lady images call to me from my craft room, begging to be beautified with colorific brilliance and adorned with dazzling, glittery accents.  

I colored lovely Sydney with copics in bright primary shades and then added some detail touches with my Prismacolor pencils.  I've been watching some YouTube videos while on my treadmill lately and have learned some really good coloring tips from some of my favorite paper crafters.  I would highly recommend the YouTube/treadmill thing!  It's a very delightful twofer.

As a birthday gift from my husband, I ordered several Spellbinder frames in sizes that would fit these larger images.  If you don't already buy your own birthday gifts, why not???  I'd much rather have die cuts than jewelry or new shoes.  

So... Copics, Prismacolor pencils, silver Spellbinder frame, glittery bow and rhinestone...that's it!  This Prima Princess steals the show. 

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something fabulous.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Sending Hugs and Love - Lori Whitlock Papercut Floral Card

👉    “In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley

Hi everyone,

One of the most incredible people every born, and a dear cherished friend of mine, recently lost her battle with ALS at just 50 years old and I am heartbroken.  Her best friend and three rambunctious young  boys (who had moved in with her after a difficult divorce) are left to grieve the loss of the woman who rescued them when they had no place else to turn.  Together these two amazing young women rose above their circumstances and created the most lovely home for everyone who lived there.  

In this situation, I didn't want to send the usual sympathy card to my devastated friend.  I just want her to know I am thinking about her with love.  I created the floral cut base for this card with a Lori Whitlock SVG in Cricut Design Studio and then added  layers of die cut and punched flowers.  I embellished with a vellum and gold butterfly and clear rhinestones for the flower centers.  The sentiment is embossed in white on black cardstock and the word "Love" is die cut from a Karen Burniston die.

This card was quite simple to put together but it says exactly what I want to say.  I made a couple of extra cards for my stash because I find it's hard to gear up my mojo when I'm sad!

There is a rainbow in all this, however. I'm excited and thankful to be celebrating my birthday this weekend with my adorable, fun loving, goofy family.  Getting older is a good thing!!!!   

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something beautiful.

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        Aud Sentiments Challenge #204 - Summer + A Sentiment
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Conie Fong Butterfly Wishes - Digi Stamp with Copics

👉 Treasure the things about you that make you different and unique.

Hi everyone,

Etsy is a fabulous place to find digi art and I was excited to discover another amazingly talented artist. Conie Fong's images are absolutely stunning and their beautiful detail is a dream to color with my copics.  I chose this darling image for my dear creative friend's birthday card.

One of the many things I love about digi's is their flexibility. I can size them perfectly to fit any card or frame.  This lacy frame is die cut with glossy gold card stock.  My printed image is colored on Xpressit Copic blending card and then die cut with a square pierced frame.  Instead of embellishing the corner of my card with the usual cluster of paper flowers I used some almost forgotten Sue Wilson ribbon dies.  I'm happy I did, because I really like the simpler look.  It was a little sketchy gluing the bow ends to the center because they kept popping up, no matter how long I held them or what glue I used. 

My husband wandered into my craft room and when he witnessed my struggle he suggested that I use a stapler to hold the ends down.  What an ingenious idea! My Tim Holz Tiny Attacher  worked perfectly.  Doug (who worked his way though college as a florist) told me he had tons of experience stapling bows many years ago. Who knew??? Sometimes seemingly worthless bits of antiquated knowledge come in handy when you least expect it!

So I discovered two treasures I will be using enthusiastically in the future...Conie Fung digi's and bow dies.  Isn't discovering (and rediscovering) new crafty gems the best?  

And another fun revelation I happened upon...Conie Fong and I live in neighboring cities.  I like it when brilliant people live next door!

Here's what I used:

       This Conie Fong digi stamp
        Strathmore Bristol cardstock for 6 x 6 card base
        Gold glossy cardstock, black card stock, blue glitter paper
        Spellbinders Square pierced frame die
        Square lacy frame die (brand unknown, sorry)
        Sue Wilson bow die cut
        Copic markers
        Xpressit Copic blending card
        Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher (Yay!!!!)
        Ribbon flower
        Wink of Stella clear glitter pen on butterflies

Thanks for visiting,
Go forth and create something fabulous.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Stamping Bella "Charlotte Loves to Shop" - Anna Griffin Fantastic Flips Cricut Cartridge

👉 When you can't find the sunshine, be the sunshine.

Hey there,

I just can't resist choosing sweet, stylish Stamping Bella images for my birthday cards.  I was excited when I realized the size of this darling shopping Uptown Girl fit perfectly on the front panel of my flip card.  I used my Cricut Explore Air to cut out the Anna Griffin Fantastic Flips card base in Design Space.

The pretty bright colors on this patterned paper guided my choice of Copics for coloring Bella.  It's always a challenge for me to limit the number of colors I use because I'm often tempted to use "every crayon in the box."  For this image, I kept it to red, blue and green to keep my image from looking too busy.  

There are so many ways to use Anna Griffin Fantastic Flip cards.  Several different elements come with the Cricut cut so it's fun to mix and match. I cut an extra card base with the designer paper so I could layer some of my panels.  I kept the front panel of my card solid for my stamped image.  I  cut this tag shape in Xpressit Copic Coloring paper on my Cricut and then stamped and colored it before attaching it to my card.   Voila, perfect fit!

 I like these flips so much because there is plenty of room for creativity!  I embellished my die cut flowers and the flowers on the dp with Elizabeth Crafts Peel and Stick gems.  And, as is my habit lately, I used gold shiny metallic card stock for a couple of my frames and my sentiment.  No card is fully decked out without some sparkly accessories! 

Here's what I used:
        Stamping Bella "Charlotte Loves to Shop" stamp
        Anna Griffin Fantastic Flips cartridge in Cricut Design Space
        Copic Markers
        Gold Metallic, white and designer cardstock
        Happy Birthday to you die
        Elizabeth Crafts Peel off Gems
        Die cut flower embellishment 

Thanks for dropping by.
Go forth and create something fabulous.

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        Simply Create Too - 137 Die Cuts
        Creative Craft Cottage - 106 Anything Goes
        The Rubber Buggy Challenge - April/Flowers
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        Artistic Inspiration Challenge - #198 Anything Goes
        HeARTful Stamping - Anything Goes
        Stamping Sensations Challenge - April/One for the Girls