Thursday, August 22, 2013

Torn Paper Pockets Card

Here is my torn paper pocket card for the new neighbors next door.
My friend, Lynette, introduced me to this torn layers technique. She saw Beth Cote demo it on the Carol Duvall Show some years ago. Lynette has made cards with this technique and we've used this in our altered books.

Here you can see the 2 inserts that tuck into the pockets. I included my info to share with the new neighbors and asked them to return the blank insert with their info.
Stamps: Hero Arts & Michael Strong
Distress Inks: broken china, scattered straw, shabby shutters, peeled paint

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Birthday Cards

In addition to August being a big Anniversary month, it's also a BIG BIRTHDAY month! Three of the four cards shown here are quick and easy!

This is the second card I've made that was inspired by Connie Babbert's Venetian Elegance Butterflies. I just love her yellow and blue color combo and her layout. My card is the LH quick and easy version. Don't you just love being inspired by something someone else has created? I find it a great way to get started!  Thanks, Connie for the inspiration!
Distress Inks: scattered straw, broken china
Versafine Onxy Black ink; Stampin' Up HB stamp
Cuttlebug Textile emb. folder & EK Success Medallion punch.

Another rendition of  my quick and easy, inspired by Connie's card!!!
Tried to make the inside festive and fun with some favorite word stamps...
Hero Arts:  Celebrate and Family
Stampin' Up: delight
DeNami Design: Belated Birthday-I use this stamp A LOT!

Love my new Sizzix Woodgrain embossing folder. Here is a belated birthday card for a guy. Pretty simple, I know! But I think he'll enjoy it because he's a gardener. 
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Lovely as a tree set.
Stampendous: Happy Birthday

This card is for Don's good friend, Joe, who loves Hawaii as much as we do. Lynette gave me the palm die cuts and let me use her circles embossing folder. Used a stamp that I bought in Kahului, Maui in 2005.  It says @RSP Honolulu, HI on the wood.
Distress inks: salty ocean, mowed lawn, scattered straw, dried marigold, frayed burlap, vintage photo
 and Versafine Onxy Black ink.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Anniversary Cards

August is ANNIVERSARY MONTH!!! Here are some cards I made...
Our friends love Hawaii. The sea side and palm tree reminded me of the beaches there. 
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Hawaii too!
Stamps: Inkadinkado-Tin Can Mail Palm tree
Stampscapes- cling rubber water pattern sm 231C of Nature Sheet 8 (Lakeside Cove Lg.)
Distress inks: scattered straw, broken china, antique linen

Here is a combination anniversary and "challenge contest card" for the Enjoy Michael Strong Stamps Yahoo Group.  This was sent to Mike and his wife to celebrate their 37th Wedding Anniversary!
Stamps: Michael Strong's Mini Cloisonne Shell,
Inkadinkado-Tin Can Mail Palm tree
Distress inks: scattered straw, dried marigold, broken china, antique linen, tattered rose
Distress markers for the palm tree: peeled paint, vintage photo

My dear stamping friend, Lynette, and her husband Doc are celebrating their 40th Wedding Anniversary today, August 19. Happy Anniversary!!!
Distress inks: scattered straw, broken china
Cuttlebug Textile embossing folder
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
This card was inspired by Connie Babbert's Venetian Elegance Butterflies

Friday, August 16, 2013

Altered Books Stampfest

Lynette and I worked on our altered books at our most recent Stampfest on August 12th. Lynette started with photos of her granddaughter, Anella. Initially she worked on a tag with the Lonely Girl Stamp by Dina Wakley. Before she was done, however, she switched to a Julie Nutting doll design stamp and made a new tag.

I fell in love with the Lonely Girl tag. Graciously, Lynette not only let me copy her tag, but she shared all her supplies with me...the tulle for the dress, the mica sheet to place over the stamped image, the green fabric trim as well as the black cord for the "balloon", the fibers, ribbon and the pink crepe paper for the fringe. It was super easy for me because all the planning was already done by Lynette! Thanks, my friend!!

Lynette's made cutouts of her granddaughter, Anella on her journal layout.
Some of the stamps Lynette used are from Hero Arts and other stamps.

Above you can see the artist, Lynette, at work!

Here is my art journal layout. Some of the stamps I used:
Stampers Anonymous: Winged Things, Spring Sprung, Blueprint Light Bulb
Paper Artsy:  Kids-Plate 2 (Boy with fish)
 and other stamps.

A close up of Lynette's original Lonely Girl tag.

And here we are at the end of our fun stampfest!
Click on any images for a more detailed view.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

T-Shirt Dresses

I made these T-Shirt dresses and 18 inch doll dresses for two sweet birthday girls, 7 year old Maegan and 6 year old Maddie.
Was inspired by Patricia Dunn's Blog, My Patchwork Quilt, which had a very nice tutorial. The measurement charts at Adrianna and Susan's blog, Crafterhours were very helpful.

I made two little 18 inch doll dresses from a free pattern found at Oliver + s

Made fabric flowers with scraps and attached them  to the upper left on the T-shirt dress.

The birthday party tomorrow has a beach theme. So I quickly made up these cards which kind of match the dress colors.
Stamps:  Michael Strong's Seaweed and fish stamps and Stampendousfor the Happy Birthday
Inks: Stampin' Up! and Distress ink (black)

Monday, August 5, 2013

July 31 Stampfest

Lynette and I had a great day stamping last Wednesday.
We pulled out the alcohol inks and the glossy paper and had a blast! 
Lynette's creations are shown on the top row and mine are below.

We had fun playing with Michael Strong's new Sea Turtle and Seaweed set.  
We made an embossed "frame" and placed a piece of our alcohol ink background paper underneath it. Our inspiration came from Heather Holbrook's Craft Gossip, Shelly Schmidt's My Creative Rumblings and Lori Rife's Creative Touches. The sea turtles and sea weed were heat embossed gold then trimmed. Our turtles were then placed as if they were swimming through the seaweed.

Lynette used a  palm tree die and embossing set and we made a beach scene with Mike's Sea Turtle.

I like to take photos of our stampfest because it's so much fun to look back at the great times spent stamping!