Saturday, July 31, 2010

August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.

Wow- we have another awesome Stamp of the Month for August-  I had fun creating this card!

First off - to see the set- check out the top right column of my blog- isn't it pretty!  If you've come from Jill's blog- you're heading in the right direction- and if you're just starting out- no worries- the blog makes a loop so just follow the link towards the bottom of this post.

Here's my card for this month's hop:

I used the Splendor paper pack, desert sand , Topiary and Creme Brulee inks and well as our Glitz Glitter Glue.

I used my D. Sand reinker/ water mix from the last project I posted and sprayed it on the card before attaching the flower with 3-d foam tape.


Here's a close up of the flower- i was trying to get a photo that showed the sparkle better.
Hope you enjoy this little peek...  to continue on the hop- move right on to Brae's blog.

Stay tuned for a little more art this coming week... 

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

July club layout... Gardens in Bloom

This was the layout my club members could choose to make in July:
Base pages= Colonial White Cardstock
also used:  Sunflower, Garden Green, Bamboo and Sunflower Cardstock.  "b", "l", and "M' were cut on my cricut.  the "o"'s were made with retired hollyhock blooms and Colonial White buttons.
Hollyhock stitched ribbon added some finishing touches.
Once all the papers were attached (before the photos) I spritzed the pages with a mixture of water and Desert Sand reinker.
My flower petals, leaves and stem were all freehand cut and wet in water, curled the edges and let dry before attaching.
The open rectangle on the second page is for journaling- I'll get to that soon but wanted to show the layout with pictures.


You've probobly seen most of these photos on my blog in recent weeks... they were all taken in my yard this summer. 




On another note... I am trying a few new things as of late-  I am planning a Holiday Boutique style sale this fall selling all handmade items.  I've had a lot of comments on some of my photos and wanted some gift ideas using them.  Here is my first endeavor:
How about a set of notecards using my dragonfly photo?  This picture really doesn't do it justice...  actually- my layout photos weren't that great either- I might have forgotten to use my flash.  At any rate-  It's a standard size notecard that I had printed (ok- I had 20 printed through an on-line company) and they turned out pretty darn good... I'll be having some butterfly photos printed next.  I'm planning to sell them at $1.75 each (with envelope included) or 4cards/ 5 envelopes for $5.50.  We are in desperate need of building an addition on our house before the kids get too much older and so any handmade items or notecards I sell will go towards that. 
If you are interested in my notecards- you can e-mail me here.  Shipping will be a bit extra.  $1 for a single card (they'll come in a clear plastic sleeve) and $2.50 for a set (they'll come in a very nice clear plastic card box)  In a few days/ weeks I'll be adding some items to an ETSY account I opened and will be selling some handmade items from there.

that's it for today- Off to work I go.  Have a nice one!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Christmas in July!

This is one of the projects my stamp club will be making this weekend...  I thought it'd be fun to do a Christmas in July theme and make a card and treat box.  The treat box has a circle cut out of it and some acetate adhered inside... so you can see the yummy treats.  Alas, no treats in this one.  My friends will have to wait to add treats till the holidays draw near.  The pattern is a purchased template so I really can't share it with you.  I'll be printing a copy for each of my attendees and they will be assembling the box in class so I believe I'm following the rules of use for purchased patterns!


I used the Jingle papers, Ms. Holiday Cheer stamp set and blending pen with Juniper, Tulip, Twilight, Sunny Yellow and Desert Sand inks  Sunflower Brads from the Autumn collection and a Christmas set that has the circle stamps (sorry- the stamp set is downstairs... if you want to know the name leave me a comment and I'll look it up)
Also used some ricrac and the new CTMH circle punch to punch around my images.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Foto Friday... and a card!

First things first- A card using Passages paper, Passages Marks (the little circle clip under the image) and the Live Inspired stamp set.













A few photos for the Foto Friday post:



Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Happy Forever... revisited

I am having a ball playing with this little hedgehog set!  This is a card I created for my friend who won a free card class for her and 3-4 friends.  They'll be making 4 cards total.  I'll show the other 3 over the next few days.

Cardstock:  Indian Corn Blue, Black, Grey Wool and White Daisy
Ink Pads:  Indian Corn Blue, Honey, Cranberry, Grey Flannel, Grey Wool and Staz-on Black
Marker: Black
Other:  Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon; blending pen
Stamps:  Happy Forever:  July Stamp of the Month.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Foto Friday...

For those just here to look for artwork.... I'll post it first :)  If you have any inclination to look at my nature photos- I would love for you to keep scrolling down :)
I pulled out a photo cube from CTMH that I'd purchased when they first came out (with good intentions of decorating it right away!).  I finally had inspiration to decorate it when I saw the Cherry-O paper pack.  I decorated it and will add photos when I print some off... I'm using it as a candy/ treat dish for my desk.  The top "ticket" says "Tasty Treats" 


The clasp is basically a Tulip button with natural hemp tied through.  The button is liquid glass"ed" to the top for a tight hold.  A bigger brad is used on the front of the photo cube and placed such that the hemp will loop over the brad to keep it closed.
Each corner of each side of the photo cube has 2 holes to use to put the cube together.  However, I am impatient and opted to cover all of the holes with paper... then I went back and used my piercing tool to poke a select few of the holes for decorating(see the two sets of brads on the second photo.).  My cube is actually held together with liquid glass.  It dried super fast and while I made the box 3 weeks ago I only took the photo today.  It is holding quite nicely.
P.S.. If it sounds confusing... keep this in mind... The photo cube comes flat- you decorate each side and then put it all together.  If you need a visual let me know- I have a photo of it before decorating but didn't take any "in between" photos!  silly me!
As to my Foto Friday photos- here they are:

Here are the next batch of lilies to open up:


The largest Green Pepper I've ever had- it's not done growing but I have bad luck with these silly things so I'm taking a photo to prove it was growing good at one point :)
The last few photos are some backyard critter photos from just today:


You can't tell- but this little guy was holding on for dear life. It was windy out and the weeds (yep... weeds) were blowing around like mad... I'm surprised I was even able to get the photo!








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