Sunday, February 24, 2013

From the heart

Here is another example how your designer paper can really be a focal part of your image. I stamped the foliage and bird cages (which is all one stamp) directly onto the designer paper so it actually looks like they were a design on the designer paper. Then I stamped the birds. The stamps are from KaiserCraft called Clear Hummingbird. I stamped them in SU Midnight Muse one of my new favorite colors. The sentiment is from Hero Arts. It was one of four in a box called From the Heart Greetings. I have two other sets that are the same four per box and the sentiments are small enough to fit almost anywhere. I like them because they work so well with punches. The punches used on this card are from SU- Decorative Label and Designer Label.

I used remnants from some silver trim stickers to look like chains on the cages. I also used the same over the top of the lace below.
My computer is giving me fits today. I have tried to post three times already so I am going to keep it short in hopes that I can it posted this time around. I have a special treat coming up in my next post. I have been working on another altered book. It is nothing like I have created before and I am sure you will all really enjoy this one. With that I am not going to say any more and you will just have to check back next week. I promise, you won't be disappointed.
~Have fun and enjoy!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Altered Keys

I have a thing for keys. I love to use them in my altered art whether they are old or new. My favorites are the skeleton keys but I have not been lucky enough to find many of them. I had seen some altered keys on Pinterest last year and I decided to make some of my own. My favorites are the three that have faces and wings on them. The one on the top right I used a mustache to look like wings. I used gems, rhinestones and very small bottle caps to glitz them up. If you click on the image you can get a closer look.
I thought I was excited about my trip to Hawaii but after 5 inches of new snow, I am beyond ecstatic. It still doesn't seem real because it was such a spur of the moment trip. I always imagined a trip like this taking a lot of planning. Several people have told me that the best trips are the ones that aren't planned- I hope they are right. I didn't think I would go to Florida this year because of the cost of the Hawaii trip but my friend was disappointed I wasn't coming and my DH said the Florida trip doesn't cost that much so I should do both. It didn't take me long to start planning the Florida trip and I even found a flight that is cheaper than last year.  I have to admit I was really torn about the Hawaii trip after thinking I was going to miss spending time with my pal in Florida. As I said before, being in Florida is such a relaxing trip and I come back ready for anything. It is going to be a very wild spring.

~Have fun and enjoy!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Some old fashioned Valentine's

 I wanted these Valentine"s Day cards to look old fashioned like the die cuts. I started with pre-made cards from Studio G. that I got in the $1 bin at JoAnn's. They had several different designs and shapes in pink and white. These are all the same color pink but I photo shopped each of them individually and I didn't have the same setting for the saturation and contrast- something I need to remember when doing multiple images. They are actually a lighter shade of SU's Melon Mambo like the last card of the little boy. I stamped the Stampendous Carte Postale stamp in brown as a background. Then I rubbed distress ink around the outside edge. The cards already had a 1/8th embossed frame and down in the lower left corner there are some swirls which can be seen better in the pictures below. To highlight the frame even more, I dry brushed some acrylic cream paint over it.

The Valentine die cuts are from K & Company and I distress these a bit also with Vintage Photo distressed ink. The hearts were cut from Prima's 6x6  Botanical collection with the Scallop Hearts Spellbinders die. The sentiment is a Studio G.

My sister called me at work this week, which she very rarely does, and the first thing I thought was something was wrong with my dad. She asked me if I wanted to go to Hawaii with her. It took me a minute to realize what she had said since I was expecting the worst about my dad. Once I got it together, my head was spinning with excitement. Someone on her husband's side of the family has a place on Oahu that offered it to her for her son's spring break. Her hubby can't go because he has too much work and then her crazy son didn't want to go, so she said let's not pass up this opportunity and make it a "Sister Trip". We fly out on March 10 until the 21st. Now I just have to get past the guilt of not taking the rest of my family. As much as we would have loved to stay the entire 2 weeks, we thought we would need some time to rest up from the jet lag before we went back to work. We have never been on a sister trip before so this will be exciting. We both love to do the same things and we both like the sun and water. I can hardly wait, but it looks like I will have to pass up my Florida trip this year which makes me a little sad. I have such a great time with my friend Carol and it is so relaxing and peaceful at her place in Cape Coral. But since I didn't win the lotto I can't do both. Decisions decisions!
~Have fun and enjoy!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Not what I had envisioned

This card is a bit different than what I had in mind. I knew I wanted to use this image but after I stamped it on regular card stock I pushed it aside. I think it would have turned out better had I used glossy paper. None the less I picked it back up and decided to use it. Sometimes things have a way of evolving into something totaly different than what we envisioned. I stamped the Hampton Arts image of the girl in SU Midnight Muse. I layered the stamped panel onto gold brushed card stock. The DS paper is from Prima's Botanical Garden. It is very faint but on the left side of the DS paper I stamped a vine by Impression Obsession. There wasn't a name on the package of this cling stamp but it is an individual stamp that is about 1"x5". I stamped the vine onto a piece of scrap paper first and then I re-stamped it without inking it up again. This gave me the faint image I was looking for. I layered this on SU Not Quit Navy card stock. The gold flourishes are from Jolee's Boutique called Leaf Flourishes. The seam binding is Claret Brown which looks more like a gold. The sentiment is from SU Loving Thoughts which was layered onto a brushed gold scallop oval from the SU punch.  

 I know a lot of you will be involved with crafting in some sort of way; either creating or surfing the web today as it is such a big day for the men in our lives. Superbowl Sunday- I can hardly wait. Darn those Packers. Had they won, I would have had the house all to myself this weekend. The DH isn't as into the game as he would have been had his beloved cheese heads been there. It really doesn't matter because I can still enjoy a day in my studio whether I am home alone or not. I plan to spend the whole day there warm and cozy in my PJs - A crafter's heaven. Just have to find some chocolate.

~Have fun and enjoy!