Friday, October 12, 2012

Time Flies

My how the summer flew by!  I knew I hadn't posted in awhile, but I had no idea it had been this long!

In honor of the season (even though it is 19 degrees here this morning) I am going to post a couple of fall cards I have made recently.  Hope you like them!
This one features teabag folding.  And the tile was made by a friend of mine.  Love that spooky spider!

The fold on this one is Dahlia Fold.  I used an EK Success Border Punch to create the trellis.

Distress inks blended here and rubber stamping the flowers.
And it wouldn't be fall without some pumpkins!  I did this one with colored pencils and created the wording using WordArt in my Word program.
Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Honey Bee

I made this Honey Bee card to send to a special person and thought that it would also work for the challenge at Paper Issues!
The photo is one I took of a bee that was "Bzzzy" collecting pollen from a sunflower in the garden so he didn't notice that I was able to take his picture.  The tea bag medallion is one from Sue Bothum of Circle of Crafters.  I just love the fold as it produces so many layers.  The tile I used has little bees in the corners so it worked perfectly for the fold.  The sentiment is from Create with TLC. and cut out with my Spellbinders die using my Cuttlebug.  Peel offs were used for the white border around the photo.

I hope you have a good day!  "Bee well!"

Friday, May 11, 2012

Feeling a little vintage and Pro Markers

I downloaded the graphic for this card from The Graphics Fairy.  The background is made by cutting 3 pages of card stock and then reassembling them to form a new paper.  I distressed the edges of them with Distress inks to add depth.  I also tore around the edges of the graphic and distressed it as well.  The clock is from Spellbinders Timeless Heritage set.  A rubber stamped sentiment, a bit of fiber ribbon and this is the completed card!

I got the greatest bargain on a set of Pro Markers!  I have never used alcohol based markers before, but I managed to complete a card with them.  I printed the digital stamp with my printer and discovered that if I let it set overnight to cure completely, the ink does not bleed when I start coloring it.  I discovered this when I was using my colored pencils too.  (Just a little tip if you didn't know)  I learned how to use the markers by watching some YouTube videos.  The background is shaded with chalks.
I hope you like my latest creations.  Stop back again...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Blog Candy at Kristin Wilson Handmade

LilsweetPeas Place is giving you the chance to win $100!  Check out what she has posted on her blog.  Kristin is a wonderful artist and I am sure you will learn a lot from her and enjoy her work.

Below is what she has on her blog:

I am giving away one $100.00 Gift Certificate to Superstore to one lucky winner!!

Have something on your wish list that you are dieing to purchase? Want any of the new CHA items? Look no further!! You could be the winner of my HUGE $100.00 Give~A~Way!!
Why am I giving away $100.00? Well... I have a new blog that I would like you to become a follower of. I am closing Lilsweetpea's Place and opening up a new blog called Kristin Wilson Handmade. Nothing is changing except the name. I will still be posting pictures of my projects and doing videos. It's just time to get my name out there. In fact I have transferred every blog post from this blog over to Kristin Wilson Handmade.
In the process of moving I would like to take all of you with me! So in order to be entered into the $100.00 Superstore Gift Certificate here is what you need to do!
1.) Become a follower of my new blog Kristin Wilson Handmade!
2.) Post about my $100.00 Give~A~Way on your blog.
3.) Leave a comment on this post with a link to your blog post about my $100.00 Give~A~Way.

That's It!
Good Luck Everyone!
Hope you like my new blog!!
I will be announcing the winner on May 1, 2012.
So what are you waiting for?  Become a Follower of her blog and you never know.  Someone has to win...right?

Monday, April 9, 2012

A touch of Spring

We had a warmer March than April so far.  While the days have been nice, the nights have brought really cold temperatures.

In honor of spring's arrival, I made this easel card.  I have also entered it in a challenge!
The challenge is over at Lily Pad Cards.

Greetings, y’all! Are you ready to play? Kathy’s given us bright and happy colors – just perfect for Easter!!!

I love the spring colors and decided to try this one.  I used a digital image of lilies that I had and after coloring them with colored pencils, I cut the images with my Cuttlebug and my Spellbinders Labels 4.  The sentiment is computer generated.  After printing it, I used a smaller Labels 4 die and then colored it while still in the die using Distress ink.

The background paper is from a card stock pad I purchased years ago and is sparkly and glittered.  I added Stickles to the lilies to give them some shine too.

This photo shows the layers and the stickles a little better.

I have also entered this card in the easel card challenge at The Cuttlebug Spot.
You have to check out all the fun things going on over there too!

I hope you like my card.  Feel free to comment and/or become a follower!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Colored Pencils and Mineral Spirits

I have been playing with colored pencils and mineral spirits.  The image I started with was one from Digi Darla.  I printed it on my printer and then went to work coloring and shading.  It is not the best, but I am proud of it for my first time!  The blending is done using paper stumps and mineral spirits.

The left edge of the card was done by using a Martha Stewart Punch along the Edge punch.  I then added a peel off sticker in silver to the edge of that.
This one took me a long time to do, but it was my first time so I expected that. 

I have now done another one like this and also this one:
I hope you like my newest projects.  Now I am off to color more.  I got a larger set of Crayola Colored Pencils at WalMart yesterday so I have even more colors to play with.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I'm a Blog candy winner!

You cannot imagine how surprised I was to learn that I had won blog candy on Hetty's blog! All I had to do was leave a comment and WOW!  I am so pleased.

I received my blog candy and promptly sat down to play.  Here is my creation:

I made this easel card with it.  Sorry, not showing the inside just yet as it is going to someone very special and I do not want her to see the sentiment yet.

Hetty sent me some lovely flowers along with ribbons, and gems.  I also won the card that she had made here.  Hetty has some beautiful art.  You really need to check out her blog! This one has a great tutorial on how to attach these flowers to your cards.

I hope everyone is having a great day!  I am off to play with more goodies...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Getting ready for Mother's Day

I have started making some cards for Mother's day.  Some of my friends have requested some so I am making them.

Here is one of them:

I used my Martha Stewart punches to make the background layers.  My Cuttle bug with Curls and Swirls Alphabet dies made the letters.  And of course a tea bag medallion to top it off.  A little bling in the corners to set it off.

I made a few in the same style.  I have various colors made like this too, and if you are interested in purchasing one, contact me and let me know.

I have also been making other cards too.  Just have not time taken to show them.
I made this one for my granddaughter's baptism.  I used a digi stamp from Create with TLC.  She has the most beautiful sayings and quotations for cards.  You really need to sign up to be a Follower.  Paulette is very generous with her creations.  The fold is from a dear friend of mine - The Leo Fold. 

And this one also made with a digi from Create with TLC.  This saying is so appropriate.  I love it.  I used a Spellbinders die to cut it out and shaded it in with Distress Ink in Broken China.

I hope you are all having a great day.  We hit 76 here today - totally unheard of here in northern Wisconsin in March.  I am not complaining about it.  I have seen my first robins of the year and the sand hill cranes are back with their noisy calls.  Someone told me today that they saw a flock of bluebirds yesterday.  Could it be?  Is spring really here?

We have had issues with a bear for the past 3 weeks.  It likes our deck.  This photo was taken on March 5 - see we did have some snow:
This bear has burdock's stuck to the fur on her back and face.  It has no fear of us.  I took this photo through a closed back door as she was less than 8 feet from the door.  I say "her" but do not know for sure.  When it stood up on it's hind legs and looked at me, I didn't think to look at the down side to determine gender!  I did notice that there were no "nursing" marks on it, so it does not have cubs.  Whatever - but it came out of the den early and decided to stay up.  It has been paying us regular visits so we are very aware of our surroundings when we leave for work in the dark and any other time as well.  In this photo, it was 4:30 in the afternoon!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Happy February!

We have had such a nice weather pattern going lately.  Whoever heard of 50 degrees in January in northern Wisconsin?!  Last week we were in the 40's all week too.  I know it won't last, but it sure is a nice change.

I have made a few more cards since I was last here.  This one is iris folding.  I have not done this technique in quite a while, but I like how it turned out.  I used tissue paper for the vase and tore apart some silk flowers I had to put in the vase.
This is one I made for a valentine.  The clip art came from TLC Creations.  You really need to check out what she has available.  Lots of goodies for your card making and scrap booking pleasure.  And be sure to become a follower so you can get even more goodies!  I used my Martha Stewart heart border punch for the edges and an embossing folder from Darcie (hearts) for the background.  I made a medallion for the front, inked the edges with Distress Ink in Fired Brick, and tied on some eyelash ribbon.
This one is made with with Spellbinders Elegant Posts for accents.  Of course a medallion made from a tile I made.  The background is made using the bubble wrap technique - paint bubble wrap with acrylic paint, press your card stock onto it and let it dry.  When dry, I lightly inked it with Fired Brick Distress ink.  The original color of the card stock is what I call paper bag brown.

I hope you are having a great day!  Feel free to leave a comment if you have time.  I like feedback!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A New Year! Happy 2012

I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season.  Ours was great - quiet, but great.

I have had some time to make a few cards again.  YAY!  Gotta' love that.

Here is a card I made after making the mushroom paper.  It turned out pretty good, but was stiff.  I used it as a backing for my medallion.  I may have to try die cutting some of this paper in my Cuttlebug to see if it will cut.

This card is done with a flourish clear stamp onto paper that I inked up with my brayer.  I cut them out, and adhered them to rectangles cut from white card stock that I ran through my Cuttlebug first.  I inked the edges of the embossed pieces before adhering them to patterned paper.  Little yellow gems finished it off.

 This card was really fun to make!  It is folded accordian style and attached to a backing card.  Before folding it, the butterflies were stamped on the ends of a long strip of cream paper along with the flourishes and flowers.  I cut out the edges of the butterflies in certain areas so they can overlap on the front of the card.  This is what it looks like open!
It wouldn't be complete without a tea bag medallion, so that went on the inside.  The first card I made like this took FOREVER, but the second, third, and fourth went much quicker.  LOL!

This one I made for a friend that recently moved.  In the process of moving, they found a sketch of what the house was going to look like when built.  I used a Spellbinders die to cut out the opening so that the house would show through the front of the card.  I did this after attaching paint sample strips to the front of the card.  When opened, it looks like this:


I hope you all have a good day and are having good January weather.  Thanks for peeking in!