Thursday, February 28, 2013

expunge: verb

to strike out, obliterate, or mark for deletion
 to efface completely : destroy
 to eliminate (as a memory) from one's consciousness
Card #9 for the 30 Mother's Day cards in 30 days challenge issued by the Art MoB.
entering this in:
Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog- Anything Goes
( Stamped my Studio G flower twice on a scrap of the pink paper, cut it out and glued it to the banner, inserting a tiny brad into the center of the flower )
and in
Fab n' Funky Challenge #160 Pastel Colors
Ranger - Distress Marker ( around outside edge of card ) and stickles
American Crafts - Marvy Marker ( small dots on top of Distress Marker )

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

True or False ?

Take the test your score if you want :)

I scored a 2330...missing 2 out of 10
Hi WOYWW peepers...err...peeps!
How was your week? Was it crafty? Was it fun?
I hope so!
And what is on my desk, you ask?
A lamp!
lol, yep I am repainting a lamp! Maybe by next week, I'll have it all finished ;)
And my 8th Mother's Day card...only 22 more to go!
Entering this card in:
Cute Card Thrusday - Challenge 257 Simplify!
My Mind's Eye -  owl
Faber Castell - PITT pens
Ranger - Distress marker, stickles
Stampin' Up! - marker
American Crafts - Marvy marker
Hope you have a wonderful day, thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

pugilism: noun

Day 7 of 30 Mother's Day cards in 30 days
I was inspired by all the Be Bold entries over at Frosted Design challenge blog
( so I choose bright bold colors )....
and entering into the  Die Cuttin Divas #104 Tic Tac Toe challenge,
(where I choose Buttons, 3 pattern papers and embossing )
and a close up of the butterfly and embossing
Stamp n Bond - white embossing powder
Ink it Up! - white ink
American Crafts - white Marvy marker
( no matter how hard I try, I am never happy with white embossing, so I lightly drew white over it )
Helmar - Liquid Scrapdots
Sass A Frass Lass - I cut out the rainbow cloud
the other 2 pattern papers, button - misc.
Reminisce - white pen
Cricut - Paisley cartridge, p. 40

intemperate: adjective

not moderate or mild : severe
lacking or showing lack of restraint
 given to excessive use of alcoholic beverages

It's time for our new challenge over at Try it on Tuesday
Time flies
with our AWESOME sponser
where you have a chance to win a $15.00 Gift Certificate to their store!! 
I made this little altered art doll back in September and have been trying to work her into a project ever since.  So, when TIOT announced the Time Flies challenge, I took her back out and lovingly thought I would like to incorporate her somehow into a project.
Now advance to the other day when I did a big desk clean up and rearranged some things around which meant I ended up with this unadorned box in my view. Now normally I can live with cheap plain boxes that I use for storage, I mean, their free, right?
But when it's on my desk, and I have to look at it ....well, that's another story!
So the 2 combined to be this:
I wrapped the Flashing Tape around the box, used a quilting wheel to add the debossed dots, laid a strip of Joint compound tape to the front, used a glue dot to fix the flower to the front. I stamped wings and heat embossed them on the same pattern paper that I used to line the inside, and my hot glue gun to adhere the ribbon and her. Printed out the sentiment, matted and outline it and then glued it on.

I think it looks so much better now on my desk, it makes me smile whenever I look at it.
And that makes me happy.
Really Reasonable Ribbon
metal flashing tape, joint compound tape
Ranger - Holographic embossing powder
Inque Boutique - angel wing stamp
Sassafras Lass - pattern paper
Rod - font
( making myself use a different font, although technically, it's still a typewriter font )

I hope you join us for the Time Flies Challenge!

Monday, February 25, 2013

idiopathic: adjective

 arising spontaneously or from an obscure or unknown cause
 peculiar to the individual
Little Scrap Pieces - challenge 25 Luck of the Irish
The sentiment is a little hard to read, as I printed it onto a material.
Reminisce - pattern paper, sentiment sticker and shamrock
Bazzill - solid green
Honey Script - font
And I seem to be on an idiopathic heart theme today;
 I present to you, day 6 of 30 Mother's Day cards in 30 days

I was trying to imitate a tattoo, so I did a little online research. I outlined the 'tats' and used a little red shading to emulate the skin after you get a tattoo. I also rounded the flesh colored base at the top of the 'arm'.

Fantabulous Cricut - #150 Fun with Puns
Cute Card Thursday - #257 Simplify
Cricut - Rock Princess cartride, p. 57 ( banner )
Paisley cartridge, p. 60 ( heart )
NRN - vellum stickers ( Mom )
Brother Tattoo - font
 ( almost all tattoo's with words are flourishy scripts )
Faber Castell - PITT pen
Ranger - Distress Marker
Recollections - gems

Sunday, February 24, 2013

roseate: adjective

 resembling a rose especially in having a pink color
 overly optimistic : viewed favorably
Jamie and I went on a hike today called Rock Hop, which Jamie and I had no problems navagating, but others....not so well...we had 2 such crossings, so there were some wet feet and pants for a few whose balance wasn't the best, or some who just strode through the water and didn't attenpt the rock hopping at all. Frankly I love rock hopping :)
Taking a break, waiting for everyone to catch up
Jamie taking pictures
the waterfall
card #5 of 30 Mother's Day Cards in 30 days
Cricut Craft Room - Creative cards ( free cut for the week )
Echo Park - cloud paper
Really Reasonable Ribbon - lace
Ranger - Liquid Pearls, Baby Blue
Viva Decor - Brown Pearl Pen
Gabriola - font

Saturday, February 23, 2013

manifesto: noun

a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer
Jamie cooked me a Pinterest dinner ( recipes from my Pinterest board )
 Carol and Michele joined us for my birthday celebration.
Jamie also made me a Chai Vanilla ( with marbled chocolate ) dress form cake!
Then after the festivities were over Jamie and I set out printing out the names of all the peeps who entered my progressive birthday give away.

Sorry the video is sideways, I didn't realize I couldn't rotate it in my editing program :( And the quality isn't so good, it was late after we had cleaned up and collapsed on the couch, lol
and the winner is..... 
and card #4 in the 30 Mother's Day cards in 30 days

entering this in:
Cute Card Thursday - Challenge 257 Simplify!

Friday, February 22, 2013


to disqualify (oneself) as a judge in a particular case; broadly: to remove (oneself) from participation to avoid a conflict of interest
It's my birthday today, so no true  posting to share with you. I made my third card for the 30 Mother's Day cards in 30 days challenge. Jamie is over here puttering around in my kitchen preparing a feast for tonight. I have a couple of friends coming over to celebrate my day with me....other than that, it's kinda drab and rainy outside, perfect to cuddle up under a warm throw and watch TV, and relax with my friend.
Prima - butterfly paper
Really Reasonable Ribbon - lace
pearl - from Unique Crafters
Cricut - Paper Trimings cartridge, p. 39
Ranger - stickles
Gabriola - font
Today is the last day to enter the drawing for my birthday give away, you have until 5pm to enter and then it will close. :)
Click here

Thursday, February 21, 2013

trousseau: noun

the personal possessions of a bride usually including clothes, accessories, and household linens and wares
OK, every once in awhile I get an idea for a card in my head that I just can't shake loose, and worse, have limited products that would work for that idea. Ever since Cath, over at Moxie Fab issued the Camera Craze challenge, this idea has been bobbing around in the tiny area known as my creative brain. So I figured I'd use what I had and work around it.
 I had this camera stamp by Sandy Lion and stamped it on My Mind's Eye blue paper, then cut it out. I also had a desire to use metal because of the challenge over at Simon Says Stamp and Show, is Metal-ology so I took a piece of wire and bent it into a round shape and filled in the area with Ranger's Glossy Accents. It slipped a little when I poured in the Glossy Accents, but I still think it looks great :)
Next I drew the mouse around the camera stamp and cut him out. Took a sheet of Scrappin Sports yellow paper, drew holes and cut them out with my Fiskars Fingertip knife and then laid it over a scrap of darker yellow paper. Shaded the holes for depth with my Faber Castell PITT pens. I also used my metallic gellato inside the ears and on his cute little nose.
 I love, love, LOVE my Helmar's Liquid Scrapdots!!! I was able to put some under the spiked flash and the camera button so they won't get bent when mailing. How cool is this stuff?
Printed out the sentiment using Traveling Typewriter font and matted it on the same blue paper as the camera.
#2 of 30 Mother's Day cards in 30 days
and a close up of Helmar's Liquid Scrapdots lifting the flags up
and the Gemstone Adhesive for the pearls:
Cricut Craft Room - Creative Cards ( free cut for the week )
Spellbinders - Beaded Square ( pearls )
Traveling Typewriter font ( honestly, I try to use a different font, lol )
pattern paper - from scrap pile
American Crafts - white marker
ONE more day to enter the drawing!
winner will be announced on the 23rd!
Click here

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

portend: verb

to give an omen or anticipatory sign of
indicate, signify

It's WOYWW time...woo hoo!!
I figure my desk is getting kinda boring since I am cleaning up after each project, don't know how long this will last, but in the mean time here is a shot of my craft room...I'd try and call it a studio but can't do it without giggling! And I really should have removed the evidence of chocolate sitting on the corner...can we say choco-holic!?! .....guilty as charged!

Welcome to the edition of the 1950's hoarding storage! A corner of my room I've not shared before. This is the view from where I sit at my desk. This original gossip/phone table is one of my favorites, that has been placed on top of my mom's hope chest. I use it for storage, like I place my laptop on the padded seat when I am crafting. Great place to watch videos while working away! The wall clock is also an authentic 1950's clock, I have been utilizing the cord by hanging my decorated clothes pins from it...both make me happy. In the corner is a round tiered commercial bakery stand.
All these pieces do double duty in my small apartment. During the winter when I have Christmas decorations up, they hold my plants; when the decorations get put away, the plants go back to their normal place and then their use is for storage for crafts....and miscellaneous this and that stuff. lol
 Now be expecting a mega dose of Mother's Day cards for 2 reasons:
1. I have no back inventory for the store because ever since my Mom died, they were too hard to make. And then, even when my grief had subsided I had no reason to make them as I had no one to send them to.  Now, I get to make some body's mom happy I love that.
2. And the Art MoB has issued a 30 projects in 30 days challenge, with a show at the end of the period. So I am going to make 30 Mother's Day cards.

"The 30 Day Challenge show will have an opening reception on April 6th from 3-5pm at the Art MoB.  Refreshments and the artists will be there to share their experiences from this challenge with the community. Posters will be created from the work and sold to help host more 30 Day Challenge shows and create a scholarship for emerging artist." Art MoB

Interesting, huh?
 I will be the most unassuming artist as I am doing cards, but what the heck, every thing new I do is a growth experience!
Entering this in:
PanPastel UK Challenge Blog - #7 Use just 2 colors
( used pink and brown )
Me & My Big Ideas - rhinestones
Maya Road - flowers
paper - all from scrap bin
Helmar -  Gemstone Adhesive
Close To My Heart - marker
Drawing is in 2 days!
Winner will be announced on the 23rd!!
Click here

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

white elephant: noun

a property requiring much care and expense and yielding little profit
 an object no longer of value to its owner but of value to others
something of little or no value


entering this in:

Crafty Cardmakers - Challenge 85 Blooming Images
( I fussy cut my flowers )
Card Makin' Mamas - Birthdays
All papers came from my scrap box ( really trying to work from my scraps! )
Close to my Heart - marker ( faux stitching and outlining card and flowers )
Helmar - Liquid Scrap Dots ( small dot used to lift up a tiny blue flower head )
click here to enter to win this ↓
( 5 4 more and we finish Level 3 )

Sunday, February 17, 2013

espouse: verb

 to take up and support as a cause : become attached to

Ranger - February Color Palette Inspiration and Contest
Ranger Products
 Liquid pearls, Baby Blue
( spread with a credit card; trying to emulate the look of old painted wood )
Distress Stain, Barn Door
( Used straight from the bottle for the flower box and diluted with water for the curtain )
Distress Marker, Antique Linen
(to add shadow around the window frame )
Liquid Pearls, Buttercup
( small dot in the center of each flower )
Distress Marker, Bundled Sage
( to outline leaf cut and color in background leaf cut )

I tweaked the Cricut cut just a tad by cutting the greenery twice, turning one cut upside down and shading it before layering the window box with pop dots. The tag on the garden fork is also pop dotted up, and the fork is layered between the background greenery and the front of the box.

also entering this in:
Chocolate, Coffee, and Cards Challenge #32 Hobbies
( Because I love gardening, even though my gardening has been reduced to window boxes and balcony flower pots these days )

other products: 
Maya Road - Fabric Tape,Country Rose, brown and tan flowers 
Cricut Craft Room - Creative Cards ( free digital cuts offered this week )
Reminisce - white pen
Faber Castell - PITT pen
K&Co. - puffy butterfly sticker
acetate, blue flowers, garden fork, tag, twine - misc.
click here to enter to win this ↓
( 5 more and we finish Level 3 )

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Name that thing - visual vocabulary quiz

 Take the Quiz
Post your score if you want!
Mine was 3720...I do better with pictures, lol
Inkspirational - Challenge #7
( I was inspired by the bright colors in the photo!  )

also entering in:
Cute card Thrusday: Challenge 256 An Eye for Detail
( Since it was left open for interpretation, I went for a sentiment that uses the word "eyes" in it.)
and in
Artful Times Challenge 23 Colour Technique
( I used paper piecing as my technique )

This is the last St. Patrick's Day card, I have now completed 20 and barely finished it by my deadline which was today as I am heading out to the Art MoB to take down the Valentine cards and put up these along with Easter....Easter you ask?  I know, right? Easter is right around the corner folks!
....which means more chocolate...oh...dear!
Cricut Craft Room - St. Patricks Day ( digital cartridge )
Ranger - stickles
Reminisce - shamrock sticker, pen
Faber Castell - PITT pen
American Craft - Marvy Marker
Freefrm 721 BT - font

♥We are close to the first prize level in my birthday give away, hope you join in ♥
* and please make note that we have reached the first prize level...on to level 2 now! *
We are close to finishing Level 2!!
 We zoomed by level 2 and are now on Level 3!!!

click here to enter to win this

Friday, February 15, 2013

heartstring: noun

 the deepest emotions or affections — usually used in plural


As trends go, I don't usually adhere to them as a general rule. I like to do my own thing, sometimes I'm lucky and what I like happens to be a trend. Well, I love cameras, actually retro looking cameras tug at my heartstrings.  I even still have my Brownie camera from the 1960's!! Isn't it cute?

But I prefer to use a high tech digital camera....hmmm...
I am a woman in conflict...
or just fickle.
  Actually I am a retro spirit stuck in a modern world.....or an old person living in the past?

The sentiment was printed on a piece of card stock and laid under the lens opening, then a piece of acetate laid over it and 2 layers of rims with a thin layer of Scrapdots spread between them for a slight lift to finish it off. The wrist strap is a random recycle piece that I tied a knot in it and then glued it between the base card and the cover layer. Camera outlined with a metallic marker. I love this hounds tooth print for a masculine card.

I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for this challenge, I know I'll be checking out every singe submission!

Cricut - Everyday Paperdolls, p. 41
 ( used Cricut Craft Room to create the card base )
French Manor cartridge, p. 31
( taken to the Cricut Craft Room where I removed the extra parts
to the clock face cut to create a silhouette image )
Helmars - 450, Liquid Scrapdots
Ranger - stickles, Diamond
Traveling Typewriter - font
EK Success - Metallic Writer
Pink Paislee - Front porch, Bayberry Cottage Collection
cording, acetate - misc.

 I'm having a birthday give away to celebrate getting older...ugh!
But it's always more fun if there are presents involved! right?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

companionable: adjective

marked by, conducive to, or suggestive of companionship : sociable

Create a piece using your Life List/Bucket List/List of Dreams
If you are a somewhat regular follower of my blog you will know that one of my dreams has always been to have my art for sale in a gallery. This past September I achieved that goal and I am so happy that I made the leap of faith and did it.
I dedicate this piece to that dream.
During Tracy's Monday Night Video session she played around with a gelli plate making prints. Since I didn't have one; ( but love to paint along with Tracy ) I used a sheet of wax paper taped down and tried to emulate the gelli plate process as best I could. 
This is what I came up with.
Apple Barrel - white
Deco Art, Patio Paint - Petunia
American Traditional - stencil ( old, from a home improvement store )

Next I took my Distress Stain and painted in between the stencil, using water to blend it out. I also used a marker to go over the white stencil to bring it out.
Ranger - Distress Stain, Barn Door
Faber Castell - PITT artist pen, white

Then I added my quote with stickers and rub-ons.
Recollections - Glitter Alphabet Stickers
My Mind's Eye - Sundress "Bloom" Rub-Ons
Reminisce - white pen

At this point ( when I am finished with most of my wet products ) I add a backing to my board, which is a piece of chipboard. I added detailing in the form of a white outline around the perimeter and then used the technique of dipping my Distress Marker into the spray ink and outlining the stencil and adhering a gem.
Rangers - Distress Marker, Spun Sugar
and Dylusions bubblegum pink
My Mind'e Eye - gem
Helmar - Gemstone Adhesive

The last touches are adhering the butterflies, and the cord to hang it with.
DCWV - Shimmer Stack
NRN - lace vellum
Cricut - Paisley cartridge, p. 40
Really Reasonable Ribbon - hemp cord

Lovely dimension!
Helmar - Liquid Scrapdots, tape runner

finished wall hanging
Also entering this in:

Die Cuttin Divas - Challenge #102 - color
Red, Pink, Purple, and/or White

I swear it's more purple-ly than it photographed.
I'm having a birthday give away to celebrate getting older...ugh!
But it's always more fun if there are presents involved! right?

We are also up to level 3 in prizes