Friday, April 29, 2016

Grandson Birthday

Hi!  I managed to get back to my blog for a short bit to show off my oldest grandson's birthday card.

Believe it or not, he loves all my cards and has saved each one I've given him!  He's definitely a keeper!

Masculine cards are so hard for me...fortunately this grandson is easy to please!

Shaker cards are usually popular so I put one together using copper micro beads (Finnabair) and other blue beads (stash) that are a little larger (and get stuck at the top)!

The picture below is upright so the beads have all fallen to the bottom...well most of the beads.  Some of the blue beads are a little stubborn about moving around freely.  This picture is darker than it should be because it was difficult to photograph the clear window that holds the beads.


In the next picture, the card is lying down, so you can more clearly see the bead display....love the micro beads!


The emphasis is on GOLD...the background paper with gold, foil circles is from an old SSS kit and the message was die-cut from gold foil card stock.  All dies are from MFT Blueprints #26.  The card base is Neenah's Desert Storm.

Below is the inside with my grandson's new age...the numbers are puffy Heidi Swapp stickers colored with a Copic Marker to match the blue beads and a little Glossy Accents.  The balloon is cut from SU Glimmer paper.



I'll be entering the card into the latest Seize the Birthday Challenge (Anything Goes) and Word Art Wednesday #228-229.

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Remembrance

Hi to all!  This will be a fairly short post since I've been at Scrapbook Expo...Anaheim CA...much of the day!  First I took a class...Mixed Media with Art Anthology, then off to shop!  And I'm back tomorrow for another early class and more shopping...getting my needs mixed up with my wants again!

The card I made is rather simple and remarkably.. is another sympathy card!


You really don't need to do a whole lot when you have pretty paper (Lemoncraft...House of Roses) and a Prima flower!  Agreed?

The sentiment is from a Verve stamp set called New Mercies (one of my favorite verses and most often repeated to myself when I wake up is the one about God's mercies being new every morning from Lamentations).  It always erases any heaviness I felt the night before.


Sentiment frame--->Vintage Labels Seven (Justrite)
Leaf swirl---> Petite Vinery (Creative Expressions)
Ink...Antique Linen Distress Ink and Spray Stain (Ranger), Java Bean (Ranger)


I have to show you a picture from my class this morning that I thought was so funny!  We were told to bring aprons to class because Mixed media is messy.  The woman you see was wrapped in plastic protective covering that is sold in the hospital where she works because she didn't want to buy an apron!  We all got a big kick out of this!


This card will be entered in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge #224-225.

See you again soon!

Monday, April 4, 2016

An Altered Bird Cage

Happy Spring and Happy Monday!  As I look out my back door...I see flowers, shining sun, a neighbor's orange tree...blessings abound.  I do know, however, that there are cloudy days for each of us and no matter the circumstances, God is always good.  In His wisdom, He allows the sad times as well as the happy days.  He uses both to draw us closer to Him.

Today is very happy because I've finished a small project...the alteration of a little bird cage I bought a few weeks ago.  I happened to have several mini flower pots, so that was the beginning of my altered bird cage!

Here is the cage with the flower pot...


Here is the next step after I painted the bird cage with Gesso (Claudine Hellmuth) and sprayed with Brushed Pewter and Black Soot Distress Stains (Tim Holtz).  The little pot was also painted with Gesso and then spray painted with Summer Sky (Prima Color Bloom).  I spread some glue on the rim of the flower pot and rolled it in Silver Glass Glitter (Recollections).

The flowers (except for the dark violet ones) were white and I spray painted them with a variety of Color Bloom Mists.  The grass is green moss.


The next picture reveals the completed project...


Most of the flowers and the angel are from Wild Orchid Crafts in the UK...it does take a little longer in the mail, but the price is right!  I believe the blue-ish flowers are Prima (from an older kit I received).

The angel is dusted with one of the new Artisan Powders by Frank Garcia (Prima Memory Hardware)...the name of this one is Parthenay (dark umber).  Also, the wings are brushed with Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint.


I was intending to die-cut a butterfly, but instead I decided on a Lemoncraft button




Entering my altered art into Word Art Wednesday #224-#225

Hugs, Susan

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Remembrance of Easter

Hello to all of you.  I hope this is a special week for you...it is for me in remembering Jesus' supreme sacrifice for mankind on the cross.  Of course, we are to remember every day, but this particular week brings the celebration of the significance!

My contribution for this week is an altered styrofoam egg....I saw a couple of these on Facebook and I freely admit that is where I got the idea!  I'll mention one of those that influenced me...it belonged to Arlene Cuevas...a designer for Graphic 45.  When I started, I had no clue how long this project would take!  I'll show you a beginning photo and the finished ones.

Here is the beginning when I first started pinning little "flowers" into the egg.  They were made with some Impression Obsession and MFT dies I have of leaves and tiny flowers.  


The next picture shows the finished egg with tiny flowers covering over three-fourths of the surface.  Needless to say, I used a LOT of pearl-head stick pins.  

The rest of the decor (on the egg) is a selection of flowers and fussy-cut Graphic 45 papers (Children's Hour and Time to Flourish)...in addition, the small flowers and leaves were die-cut from the Graphic 45 6x6 pads with coordinating colors.

Butterflies--->Leavenworth Butterfly Trio (Memory Box)


I've never made anything quite this "full", but I noticed that many of the Graphic 45 projects are replete with papers and embellishments! 

Another emphasis on the egg and the flower pot is the lace I used on both.  I was reluctant to use what seemed like a lot of my treasured lace, but after all, isn't this why I have it in the first place? *wink*

I painted the flower pot with gesso inside and out, wrapped two types of lace around the lower portion and sprayed the lace and the "lip edge" with Antique Bronze Distress Spray Stain.  Before I added the Wild Orchid flowers and die-cut leaves (Dancing Leaves by Penny Black), I embellished with Finnabair Copper Micro Beads.  


The rest of the pictures are different views of the egg....




I'll be entering this project into the Word Art Wednesday Challenge #222-223 (Anything Goes),

Have a Blessed Easter!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Blue Flowers

Hi everyone!  I've missed being here!  My crafting style has shifted a bit from simpler to not so simple (for me) and it takes me a lot longer to make design decisions on my cards these days.  In addition,  I'm making an album for my son (birth through high school).  Plus... I watch so many crafting videos!  My head is spinning!   

The card for today is pretty simple...there were a few more items I really wanted to add, but it is a sympathy card, so I thought I'd better keep it toned down a bit.

The paper (Lavender Morning - Poland) is from the latest Flying Unicorn kit (March)....they have pared down the number of kits they offer monthly to one large kit.  They also usually have a few videos to show how their design team used the kit.  So helpful for me!


I love the center die (Hearts and Frames by JustRite) as a frame for just about anything.  I sprayed the background paper with Prima Color Bloom Pearl White, so it has a bit of pearl-ish sheen that you really can't see in the pictures.  Then I splashed Picket Fence Distress Paint on the background and the center die, using the Tim Holtz Splatter Brush.


The cheesecloth serves as a support structure for the flowers (Wild Orchid and Petaloo).  

Gesso is painted onto the flowers with some added Broken China Distress Paint on the darker blue flower.

Leaf die--->Dancing Leaves by Penny Black


I'll be entering this card into two challenges:
Word Art Wednesday #221 (Anything Goes or use the verse)
Crafting With Dragonflies #52 (make a girly card)


Adding a picture of Ruby and Sophie (the cat).  Sophie was having an "affectionate moment"  and I do mean moment.  In just a few seconds, she was hissing and slapped Ruby!  Poor Ruby...no wonder she's so wary when Sophie gets a bit too close!



Saturday, March 5, 2016
Hi there!  Hope your weekend is starting out nicely!  

In my mind,  my card was initially started for a Frilly and Funkie Challenge to "Layer it Up".  Love it! Then I also saw the latest Mojo Monday #437 sketch and decided to use that, as well.

I used one of the Gorjuss girls by Santoro for my image (called Top of the World).  I wish I was better at coloring with Copics (have to work on that!).  With the tiny images, it is more difficult to see my deficits, tho! ...I hope!


I shaded the scalloped areas around my Gorjuss girl with Tea Dye Distress Ink and a mini blender.  
The colors were kind of decided for me because I used the February kit from Scraps of Elegance.  Every product in the kits are chosen to coordinate.  I'm sure to use these products many times due to the amount that comes with each kit.

The aqua blue ribbon is slightly crinkled and I cut it in half to decrease the width.  I added that sweet aqua blue resin rose and the other flowers after giving them a gloss of Gesso.


The bird was originally silver...I painted it with Gesso and sprayed with some Bronze Distress Stain (to accent the crevices).  

The wispy threads you see under the flowers are called Sisal.  I saw it on another blog and fell in love.  It is a material that you can buy on Amazon and is used to decorate artificial plants.  It is tied with some off-white cording.

Dies--->Pierced Squares (MFT) and Pinpoint Scalloped Circles (Memory Box)

The gorgeous paper (from the kit) is part of the Blue Fern Serendipity collection.  The smaller square is the same paper as the background, however I stamped over it with Blue Fern's Serendipity Medley stamp.


Here are the very few Copics I used.....


I mentioned (in my last post) that I was starting a childhood through high school album for my son (who is almost 50....better late than never!).  Well, I have two pages done!  Yay!

Take care and have a restful weekend!  God Bless your hearts!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Time For a Walk!

Hi everyone!  I say those words (Time for a walk) several times a day to my dearling Ruby...she definitely knows and loves the word, Walk!  Today I have a card for a challenge called All Dressed Up and this one is #49.  This particular challenge requires their own Digi-images from their Etsy store (they also have some freebies) and they have some really adorable ones.  The one I selected from the store is called Time For a Walkie...

I gave the girl-image a little dog with black spots...just like my Ruby!  Then I surrounded her with flowers, even tho she's dressed for cool weather...well, some spring weather is still cool!

I love the emphasis on yellow which was inspired by this beautiful Blue Fern paper.  I've rarely used yellow on my cards and I like it!

The white splatters on the first layer were made with a Tim Holtz Splatter Brush and the raised stenciling was also from one of the TH stencils enhanced with embossing paste and a heat gun.

Flowers--->Wild Orchid Crafts
Yellow Pearls--->Kaiser
Sentiment stamp--->Simply Said: Coffee and Jesus by Jillian Vance...stamped with Java Bean by Ranger
Dies:
Elementals #11-Bracket Coved Labels (Frantic Stamper)
Dancing Leaves (Penny Black)
Plus white cording and cheesecloth


The Copics....


See you again pretty soon...I'll be working on a pocket (Project Life) album for my son this year and right now I'm drowning in old pictures!  Pray for me!  *wink*

Lady E

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