Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Hey, Canoe C'mere a Sec...?

Sometimes I crack myself up so much.  Easily amused is the problem I think.  But really, how could I pass on such a punny title??
Gah, it feels so good to stretch the scrapbooking muscles again!!  It's been too long!
I used a mix of product lines and techniques and you can find out more of the details at Love is in the Details where I blogged this post recently.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Fake plants and some facing of reality....

Whooo!  I still remember how to scrapbook!  And plus?  I dealt with some wounds from the past and didn't even have to spend money on a licensed therapist!  All for the (not insignificant) price of a few scrapbooking supplies!  And people wonder why we scrapbook??

I recently posted this layout over at Love is in the Details; you can read the details there.  

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

In Memory of...

Of all the myriad ways of honoring the memory of a loved one, now departed, this one might be my favorite!  Of course, I have Madame Pinterest to thank for it.  I'd never have come up with the idea on my own.  I don't think.  

So after my dad passed away last year, I asked my mom for his plaid shirts.  But anything that was still wearable had already been donated to the care home where he spent the last 7 months of his life, so that was that I thought.  

Recently though, she discovered a large bag of his summer shirts that were stored....waiting for....yes, summer!  And there were exactly the right number of them!  One for each of his grandchildren. 

Most of them I turned into pillows, complete with existing pocket for kleenex, remote, notes, whatever, but 2 I turned into aprons.  SO dang cute I can't stand it. 

What I particularly love, is that when I filled them (with pillows that aren't actually meant to fit them) they made the button pull a little, just like always happened when my dad wore them himself! 

Oh and bee tea dubs?  That recipe written on the chalk painted wall is for the Olive Garden salad dressing.  

You're welcome.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Coloring for Adults....

Speaking for myself at least, I'm glad the coloring trend has grown to where it's socially acceptable for an adult to open a new box of crayons and inhale deeply and nostalgically.  To mess with paints and brushes and not care who's watching, or how good we're coloring.  In short, to PLAY again like we did when we were 8.  
And I'm also glad for the variety of choices of coloring books, designs and paper available for grown up coloring.  Prima though.  Prima has created my favorite coloring books, water color pencils and paints to date.  The quality is just...well, I got no complaints!
Here's just a sampling of what I created after a few mindlessly happy hours of coloring with watercolor pencils and then going back and painting with a water brush.
More details can be found at Love is in the Details where I recently posted these projects.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Gold. Also, handlettering.

Hi friends!  Today I'm sharing, just SOME of the gold fever that has hit me this fall!  I've been designing card fronts for sale and home foiling and here are a few samples of that.  
As well, I've tried my hand at some hand lettering that I've digitized for printing on card fronts and full sized, suitable for framing prints.   

Some of the cards have been designed to be printed on watercolor paper in order to combine foiling AND watercolor painting!  Does it get any better than that??

Cards for any and all occasions.  And they're all available in the Love is in the Details store.

But it wasn't enough to foil on paper.  Oh no.  I had to give foiling on fabric a try too!
Heat foiling on little muslin bags....and liquid adhesive foiling with stencils on fabric pillow forms.  All the details can be found here, here and here at Love is in the Details where I've previously posted these.

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Men and Boys Class

Hi, I'm doing some catch up here on the blog and wanted to show you the cards and layouts we made in the class I taught in July and again in August in Winkler, MB.  We used paper and ephemera from the PhotoPlay - This Guy line, as well as some homemade embellishments.

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Summer has "fallen"....

Hello friends!  Time to catch up again, huh?  While I've been blog-absent, I've not been gone altogether, so I have lots to show you!  Lets start with the most recent....this set of autumn Thank You cards.  
I used WPlus9 Autumn Leaves stamps with my Caran D'ache water soluble wax pastels.  It had been too long and I just decided to pull them out and play with them!

 I started by coloring random fall shades onto the solid shape stamps, misting them with water and stamping.  Where necessary, I used a paint brush to help the colors blend.

Then I stamped the outline stamps with Versamark ink and gold heat embossed them.  I didn't have to try very hard to make the outlines skewed from the colored part...that loosey-goosey style of stamping lends itself to this "messy" look very well.

I added gold, heat embossed sentiments, with some gold thread trapped below and some wood-grain sequins for just-because.  

I'm posting this card set on the Simon Says Stamp Work-It Wednesday challenge link, as well as the Just For Fun and Hiding In My Craftroom fall colors challenges.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

MFT - Camp Create...

Hi friends!  I have some cards to share today, cards I made this past week while waiting for the rain to  go away and the sun to come out and play.  Turns out cold, wet weather is good for getting creative, and maybe a bit appropriate since we "went to camp".  

MFT hosted their 2nd Camp Create with fun challenges all week long.  Here are what they inspired!

The first challenge was Fantastic Foiling. I finally tried my multi-layered stamp set, Vintage Florals from Altenew, and gold embossed the final detail layer.  

On Day 2, we tried Coloring on Kraft.  I was so inspired by using a white Sharpie paint pen to color, that I couldn't stop at just one!  For these cards I used stamps from Penny Black and Simon Says Stamp.  

On Day 3 we did some paper intarsia - Inlaid Made Easy.  I die cut the letters for "happy" from various pieces of colored paper using the Bookprint Alphabet from Papertrey Ink, and nestled them into each other and into the kraft card front.

On Day 4 we did some Magnificent Masking and I got to try my new Bed of Roses die.  I cut a stencil with this Ellen Hutson die and then smoothed pink tinted molding paste onto the card front.  The rose and leaf die cut are stamped images colored with Prima watercolor pencils and painted with a water brush.  A Kristina Werner handwritten sentiment from Simon Says Stamp finishes it off.

And finally, day 5, we did some coloring for Background Bonanza!  I used the Persian Motif stamp set from Altenew to stamp and heat emboss with gold.  Then I colored the images with Copics.  I kept it simple with a Papertrey Ink Botanical Blocks II sentiment on a little flag strip.

These were some super fun challenges that got me pulling out some supplies that have lain neglected too long.  Thanks to My Favorite Things for a fun "camp experience"!!