Friday, March 29, 2013

Pockets and Gates....

I still have a lot of cards to show you that I made at the retreat 2 weeks ago.  I was going through my Technique Junkies Fancy Folds & Motion Paper Crafts CD and 3D & Fun Folds Paper Crafts CD which I keep going back to for cool ideas.  Are you ready?

This is a pocket card.  Obvious, of course.  I used paper from The Angel Company as I still have LOTS! Hard to buy more when I need to use what I have.   I used my Crop-a-Dile to punch the holes and set all the eyelets.  I've been thinking about stamping the green strip but so far nothing has come to me.

The stamp is from the Hero Art's Say It All stamp set and the card it's on does open.  I used a Scallop Border die from A|Muse Studios for the purple piece.  I think one almost needs sunglasses to view this card. LOL!

This is a double gate card.  I should have taken a picture from the top but I did use a 12" long piece of card stock.  Paper was purchased from Memory Works and is Basic Grey's Indie Bloom collection.  I really like this paper!

The purple label is a sticker from the paper collection and the text is from Hero Arts's Say It All stamp set.

I hope to remove the Word Verification on the comment area next week.  It's been great NOT getting all those pornographic comments and other garbage this week.  Those comments were just SO disgusting! I have noticed that my hits or visits have also dropped off.... Hope this isn't a trend!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Tomb and more

I know,  it's Wednesday....  You want to see my desk???  Sorry, I didn't get a picture but I have 1 more Easter card to show you!

The pattern paper is from The Angel Company but the Tomb is from Eureka.  The link is in the left sidebar. I colored with Copic markers but I need to work on coloring the sky more. The empty tomb is very special to me as I truly believe Jesus rose from the dead and is now seated with God in Heaven.  He is my Lord and Savior.

After I finished my Easter cards at the retreat I started playing with some ideas for possible classes.  This card was on one of my Technique Junkie CDs.  The stamp set is from The Angel Co.  I do need to replace my 2 1/2" circle punch as the spring is acting up inside it and it's beginning to stick.  Not good...

This is how the card opens.  I will probably use this card for our great grandson's birthday the end of May.  I'll come up with a sentiment later.  I colored the images using my Copic markers and added some brown twine from The Twinery.  I purchased a sample pack a year or so ago and it's lasting a LONG time!!  Either that or I'm not using it fast enough....   I still have a few cards to post from that scrapping retreat.  Are you enjoying my projects?

Monday, March 25, 2013

More Easter Blessings

I hope you're enjoying my Easter cards.  I had a blast making them at the retreat last weekend.

This card came about from some scraps from a class I taught.  I love the bright colors!  I cut out many flowers and pieces of flowers from the left-over piece which I also used inside the card with the sentiment.  I used a Spellbinders die for the white and green label and colored the flower centers on the label with the Stardust Clear Gel pen.

All my cards have Christian sentiments but this card has the Cross of Nails on the cover.  I purchased this stamp from Eureka stamps (link in the left sidebar and go to Rubber Stamps once there then Easter) and I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder to make the sun rays.  I did swipe a yellow ink pad over the raised image to make it look more like rays.  I lightly colored the Cross with Copic markers. I maybe should have used some Crystal Lacquer (Diamond Glaze) on the cross but didn't have that with me at the retreat and haven't gotten around to it once I got home.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Easter Flourish...

I recently purchased the Fancy Flourish die made by Cheery Designs and came up with another Easter card...

I really got the compliments on this at the retreat!  Stamp is from The Angel Company.

I ran the white panel through the Cuttlebug Dotted Swiss embossing folder.  I had some purple scraps and when I found purple little flowers in the Assorted Gem & Pearl collection I really took off!  Now that top leaf had a bit of glue come through it when I adhered it so a little rhinestone hid the boo-boo! But now I have the die cut negative to play with!!!

I had some sticky stuff on the negative and couldn't get it off until I sanded which ended up giving a distressed look in that spot. So.... I added some more sanding, layered on darker green and added the big rhinestones!  Voila!! How fun! I can still stamp something in the "blank" areas on this to fit the occasion when I'm ready to use it.  Have you used the negative of a die cut?? 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Word Verification added to comment section

I'm sorry to say that I've had to add word verification in order for you to comment. I've been getting some really nasty pornographic crap and spam and need to halt those. I hope to remove this added way to comment soon. Please bear with me. Thanks.

Easter Bunnies and Dahlias

I love spring. It's absolutely beautiful here in southern Arizona (except for the pollen), warm, sunny, light breeze, hummingbirds visiting... what more could you ask for.  I have so many cards ready to show you and will do it in stages.  These two are for our youngest granddaughters.

I wished I had a better coordinating ink for the "blue" bunny, really need a teal, but I like how this card came out.  The bunnies are from a The Angel Co. set and the text from Lawn Fawn.  I was surprised how well the Paper Posies matched my teal layers!  The cute pattern paper is from Jillibean Soup, the Southern Chicken  Dumpling 6 x 6 paper pack.

I used my Stardust Clear Gel pen to fill in the bow ties and noses of these little guys.

I like dahlias and this one I got from Layers of Color (no longer in business) and designed by Nina Brackett.  She is an amazing designer and if you want to see more of her stamps and projects just click HERE.  The  tag and pink card stock are from a pack I got from The Angel Company (I have SO much paper from the company before it closed in 2011).  The text stamp is also from TAC.

I did multiple layers of the small dahlia and added some pink bling.  The solid pink cardstock was run through the Dotted Swiss Cuttlebug embossing folder and I added some hot pink twine from The Twinery. This card is definitely girly to me and I hope our 13 year old granddaughter likes it.  I hope to get all my cards in the mail first of the week. Then Dean and I plan to take a mini vacation as he will be changing jobs April 1. He'll be the mechanic for the San Xavier Indian Reservation in Tucson, AZ so will not be going on the road any more.  Better hours, better pay... 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WOYWW 198 - My Retreat Desk

Another great Wednesday!  Another day you get to see my desk... well, not really.  My desk is so piled with stuff I have to put away from having gone to a scrapping/stamping retreat this past weekend. I can't even see the actual desk under all the stuff!!  So, I decided to show you my desk at the retreat! 

Let's see... you can see the corner of my laptop on the far left.  Upper left is Loretta's photo printer for her camera.  I have yet to figure out why she had to use my table, I had to unplug my traveling OTT light for her to use her printer! She did move it late Friday afternoon when it ran out of ink.  Scor-Pal with mat that has scrap paper is where I do my actual work. Top center is my paper cutter, stamp rag, ribbon.  Top right has my inks, Copics, Wizard and dies. Far right is the top half of a large tool box and my stamps are still in it.  And there is my ATG gun and blue plaid trash bag.  Not bad.  As I started stamping my stamps ended up under the trimmer.  I finished 7 Easter cards, some assorted cards, and 4 different styles of gate-fold cards.

Now, this blog hop is courtesy of Julia Dunnit of the Stamping Ground.  After leaving a comment with me please click on her blog name and check out MANY other blogs and desks.  Oh, Julia.... that box of bagettes are actually bag-ettes... clear bags that I used to package my card kits!  I had to laugh at your comment last week! And, unfortunately, I've had to add Word Verification for a time to stop all the pornographic comments and spam I've been getting recently.  So if you don't leave a comment I'll understand.  I hope that a week of the verification that garbage will stop.

Now, I have a card to show you....

Our great grandson is quite the little cowboy so he is going to get a special Easter card from us!  The focal cowboy is a stamp from a set by The Angel Company.  The text is by Lawn Fawn and the background images are by Art Impressions.

I wanted to show you a close up of the "bumps".  I have a little tool by E K Success that I used on my Scor-Pal to make them.  Isn't it cool??

Now, click HERE and head on over to the Stamping Ground and enjoy!!
BTW... all comments are moderated as the last few weeks I've been getting some real garbage/spam comments and I do NOT want those to be made public. So, if it takes some time before your comment shows up it's for all our comfort of reading. And I appreciate all the visits... I've hit record highs this past month and I'm just in awe! I hope all you "visitors/followers/friends" are enjoying my projects and hopefully being inspired!  I'm honored to be a part of your day!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Easter Cards and Retreats

I just spent 3 days in Rio Rico, AZ at a scrapbooking retreat but I made cards.  I finished ALL my "required" Easter cards, prototypes for a class, and some fun ones.  I got home yesterday at 2 pm - pretty early but then, I only live 20 miles from the resort!  I didn't really take many pictures but here's a couple....

This is the convention room we used at the Esplendor Resort.  We were getting set up as the gals would be arriving in a couple hours.  There were 40 gals, Debi, the store owner (AZ Scrapbooking sponsored the retreat), and Susan & I who teach classes at the store.  I was absolutely amazed at the amount of stuff those gals brought!  Barbara had a WAGON to haul her stuff!! Oh my gosh!  I thought I had lots with my 2 collapsable (I know, I spelled it wrong) totes and a double-decker tool box.  The tables were just LOADED!

This is the view to the north as we ate on the outside dining area.  We had gorgeous weather with a light breeze.

This is one of my Easter cards but not one of those I made at the retreat.  All images are by The Angel Co.

I did a bit of sponging in areas of the stamped image for a bit of pop.  I think that made it look a bit more vintage.   Wednesday for the work desk post I'll show you my table BEFORE I started working.  I can say it was clean when I started.  I should have taken another pic in the middle of all my work but each evening I cleaned my desk up and kinda packed a few things so the guys could vacuum if they desired.  The hotel kept us in coffee, iced tea and water.  And the breakfasts and dinners were fabulous! I'm afraid to step on my scale.  I'll be good with my eating this week as hubby may be out of town working again.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Flip that tag!

This is the 2nd card I taught at my final (for this year) G.V.R. class (Green Valley Recreation).  Evelyn and I had a lot of fun as we made these and I get such a kick when my "students" have an ah ha moment!!  This card got changed after I got home as I didn't like it when I made it.  Do you do that???

The paper is left over from a class at the store where I teach.  The stamp is by Outliners who recently closed.

I colored with my Copics.  I got a big goofy with my blender pen around the gecko and boot....

The text stamps are The Angel Company and Copper Leaf Creations.

This is a fun card to make and maybe later this year I'll teach this style at the store.  I taught it about 3 years ago so maybe it's about time.....

Friday, March 15, 2013

Flap Fold Card....

Last week was my last class with Green Valley Recreation for this year. Needless to say, I only had 1 "student" so we met at her home. I taught 2 different cards, the Flap Fold card and the Flip Tag card. I have made these before but it's been a long time. Today I'm posting the Flap Fold card. All but the twine was purchased from Memory Works.  Unfortunately, I put away the paper pack and can't find it as I prepare this post so I can't tell you the paper line!  Bad me!

Today I'm in Rio Rico, AZ with the spring retreat sponsored by the AZ Scrapbooking store of Green Valley, AZ.  I'm prescheduling this and the next post so hopefully they'll work properly.  I will have my laptop to check in.  Next week I will begin posting some pics that I'll take (and I have extra camera batteries!  I remembered!).  I plan on getting 6 or more Easter cards made (I have 2 done already) and figure out my April classes at the store.  One class will be for the gals - cards that can be used for Mother's Day or whatever.  I have 3 crates of supplies plus 1 suitcase so I should have more than enough to play with!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday 197

It's that "wonderful" day when you get the opportunity to see my desk.  It's been a busy one this week as I've worked on getting card kits made and begin to prepare for a 3 day stamp/scrap retreat in Rio Rico, AZ.

Hmmm..... Giant punches, baguettes (for packaging the kits), inks, sanding block, ATG gun, stamps, lots of goodies!  Mojo has mostly returned and hopefully it'll be in full gear this weekend as I work on ideas for my two April classes.  After you leave a comment for me please go to Julia's blog, the Stamping Ground, to look all around the world at other desks.

This past week I went to an open house put on by our pastor's wife, her daughter, and Barb T of Babaloo Designs.  I seen a fused glass necklace that jumped into my hand and I could not put it down...

This set has such depth of color!!

I kinda got a pic of the depth but it's really something that looks so much better in real life.  My hubby loves it! I wore it to church last Sunday and got great comments on it.  I don't usually buy jewelry but when I do it really has to speak to me.

So, now you've reached the end of my post.  Don't forget to go to Julia's blog!

Monday, March 11, 2013

My Next Multifold Card

I worked like the dickens to get my 2nd multifold card complete so that I could send in pics to the store where I teach.  I love this Graphic 45 paper as it's so cheery!! It's called Secret Garden and it is drop-dead gorgeous!!!

If you've noticed I've done NO stamping! Oh my gosh, don't faint!!  I figured my "students" could decide what stamps they want to use whether birthday, Easter, get well.... whatever!  And do you like the vine?  It's another Cheery Lynn die called Fanciful Flourish.  My last post's card used the mini die, and this is the full sized.  I cut it twice and used the leaves off the second piece to embellish.

Plus I added some bling!  The bottom left and top right of the inside piece has 3 itty bitty crystals and the cover piece has the same sized crystal on each of the 4 points.  I have to admit it was a bit "fun" gluing the flourish to the right cover as I only could glue certain areas.  My hubby said WOW when I showed him this card.  What do you think??  Have you played with the multifold template?

Now, onward with some Easter cards!!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

A Spring Multifold Card

I have noticed that my Multifold Card template has really been getting the hits for the past 2 months and decided it would be a good class at the LSS in Green Valley, AZ for my 2nd March class.  I finally finished the first of 2 cards and here it is!

Here it is closed.  I had to use 4 paper clips to hold it closed securely so that I could take the picture.  All pattern papers are from Graphic 45.  The vines are made from a Cheery Lynn die and I added some large gems from the Clear & Pearl Gem collection. My Scor-Pal and paper trimmer got a good workout making this card....

Here is the card open.  I love the bright spring colors!

And here is a close up of the vine die cut.  Isn't it just gorgeous??  This is the small one, I have the large one, too.  I may use it on the other card.  If you make one I'd love to see it!