Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Stampfest with a friend

Last week on January 20th I had a wonderful day stamping with my friend, Lynette. Here are the results of our "Stampfest". As you can see, Easel Cards are still on our minds. We explored some Valentine ideas. Also, we experimented  "resist" images on kraft paper with Distress Embossing Ink and clear embossing powder.

Some of the materials we used:
Stamps: Hero Arts, Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous, Stampin' Up!
Inks: Ranger Distress inks, Stampin' Up!
and my new fav. punch, EK success Medallion chain large edger punch.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Double Pocket Card

I think double pocket cards are fun and very easy to make. There are many tutorials on the web. I used this one 
Sentiment stamps: Penny Black, Stampin' Up!
Distress Inks: brushed corduroy, crushed olive, dried marigold, festive berries.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Yet Another Easel Card

I probably should not have posted another Easel Card...but they are so much fun to make!
Materials used:
Cuttlebug Victoria for the bottom.
Distress inks-walnut, barn door, scattered straw, shabby shutters.
EK success Medallion chain large edger punch.
Sentiment-Hero Arts Clear Design Thinking of You CL140

Another Easel Card

Another Easel Card
Materials used:
Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing folder, Birds & Branches for the top and Cuttlebug Victoria for the bottom
Distress inks-scattered straw, shabby shutters and  broken china
EK success Medallion chain large edger punch 54-50030
DeNami Design stamp

Monday, January 16, 2012

Easel and winter cards

Two views of my Easel Card designed for a guy. HERE is an Easel Card tutorial.
An assortment of  "Let It Snow"cards.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Valentine Tag

Working on Valentine Tags in the Tim Holtz style. Stamps by Hero Arts, JudiKins, PrintWorks, PSX, Savvy Stamps, Stampers Anonymous. Here is the  LINK for crochet flower instructions. I made my crochet flower with cotton Knit-Cro-Sheen. I may have to try crocheting a heart with these INSTRUCTIONS for crocheted hearts.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

2012 Number Calendar

Here is my 2012 "number" calendar. Hetty, my friend from Craft Chaos,  introduced me to her cool number calendars a few years ago.  You can find Hetty's 2012 number calendar and the mini template for 2012 on her blog post Calendar 2012. I just realized I'm visually challenged and needed a mini calendar that begins with Sunday, so found THIS mini calendar on Mary's Blog, Very Merry Vintage Style.
Cat and dog stamp are Mini Cloisonne Pets from Michael Strong. Flowers, twigs and grass are Stamps by Judith.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Strawberry Bread & Criss Cross Card

 Tweaked a Strawberry Bread recipe found online to make this.

 Here is my No Waste Criss Cross card, a "quick and easy" and "interactive" card. The dog stamp is from Michael Strong's Mini Cloissone Pets set.

Click HERE for the No Waste Criss Cross tutorial. Scroll down to the section called: A no waste criss cross fold!!!

Have fun checking the variations of the Criss Cross Card:
Standard Criss Cross Card
Half Sheet Criss Cross Card
Vertical Criss Cross Card
Revamped Criss Cross Card 1
Revamped Criss Cross Card 2

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Winter Tags & Grinch Quilt

Sharing some Winter fun.

PEACE ON EARTH - the theme from the 2011 Winter tag swap from Creative Stamping Friends a yahoo group.

A Grinch Quilt that I sewed for a friend.
A sewing store, Material Girl in Crystal Lake, IL had instructions and prepared all the fabric needed in a custom kit. I made 2 of these for my friend's 2 daughters. It was fun to see this come together. I learned some techniques along the way, thanks to two dear friends who became my mentors!!! I also borrowed a quilting book, special bent quilt pins, and other supplies! Thanks my dear friends!!!

Close up of the binding. The instructions were to use various fabrics for the binding. I was pleased to learn how to do a quick and easy binding!
Close up view of the printed panel fabric for the Grinch Quilt. The design/instructions were included in the kit prepared by the store, Material Girl in Crystal Lake, IL.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year

Some things I've been making...Birthday  Cards, a Name Frame and an Ornament for a challenge.
This card for my daughter's birthday.  She loves Audrey.

Made this card for younger daughter to give to the birthday girl.

This Name Frame (for an 8 x 10 inch picture frame) is for the newest member of our family, a grand nephew, Lincoln, who was baptized today, Jan. 1, 2012!

An ornament made for the Michael Strong Yahoo Group for Mike's December Challenge. You can find the template HERE