Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Oh Baby!

Well, much to my shock, I am going to be a grandma.
Our daughter announced the first of August that
she was expecting.  This is a much desired and
planned for baby.  She is 37 and our unwed son
is 41, so we never expected to be grandparents.

Above is the quilt that I have been working of for the last month.
Had to take my trusty 39 year old Bernina 830 Record
to be cleaned as I had moved my sewing room to the basement
and then discovered that I absolutely hated working in the basement.
My son and husband helped me move the
oak sewing cabinet up to a spare bedroom.  I have been 
sewing like a maniac for the past month
with several other projects rattling
around in my mind.
(not all of them baby either)

I found these panels at Pat's Creative.  This is an amazing
quilt store that is way way out in the boonies.
There was no sample sheet, just the large panel
and the six little ones.  I spent nights pondering
just exactly how to make the perfect
little girl baby quilt.  
Forgot to mention this baby is
a girl, due the end of February.

My Life?



So in the middle of October we had this little doggie show
up at our place in the middle of the night.  
Now you have to realize that we are 20 miles from the
closest town and 6 miles from an oil road.
Our house half a mile off the gravel county road and
we do NOT have a yard light on at night.  
If you are out on this lonesome road in the middle
of the night we don't want you to know
that there is even a place here.
Pixie came through the cattle panel dog yard fence (she is
very slender) at 11:30 pm when my husband let the
Scottish Terrier, MacDuff out for his final potty break
of the day.

Pixie immediately began to "fatten" up and 
four weeks after her arrival had four puppies. 
One of them died shortly after birth, but
the rest as of today are double the size shown in last 
weeks picture.  They are keeping my husband
up at night and we have had to find somewhere 
to keep them with higher sides than the original box.
We don't want to have to crawl under the bed
to dig the little rascals out.  In about four to six weeks
the two males and one female will be up for adoption.
And shortly after that Pixie will be spayed.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Christmas Cards Part 5

A black card base.
Now add an image cut using Cricut's Inspired Hearts.
Place the image on brushed silver gift wrap.
Very simple, very elegant.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Christmas Cards Part 4

Green sponging around the edge of the card base.
The snowflake embossing folder layer was cut to
4 x 5.25 inches and the edges were sponged with green.
I used a Spellbinders ornament die in three different sizes.
They are raised over the card using the flat portions of
paper egg cartons to create the 3-d look.
The oval has been cut out of the center of the largest
ornament.  I used the ovals to cut the very narrow
dark green oval the frames the word.
The word has been embossed with fine line gold.

I love the design, but will not be making very many of them.
The design is very intricate and time consuming.
As I have orders for seven dozen Christmas cards
they are going to have to be a little easier to produce.

Christmas Cards Part 3

 The phrase is from Cricut's Beyond Birthdays cartridge.
Snowflakes are Spellbinders.
The bottom care is not black, but burgundy.
The snowflake layer and the colored layer under it are
raised using the flat portions of paper egg cartons.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Christmas Cards Part 2

The phrase stamp is by My Sentiments Exactly.
The pine bough stamp is from Hero Arts.

The phrase is stamped in Ranger Archival Jet Black,
trimmed and the pine bough stamped over the
words with Ranger Distressed Ink Sage.
The edges were then sponged with
Ranger Archival Coffee and layered over
a shiny gold gift wrap that had been spray
glued to light weight card stock.
I trimmed it to a narrow border,
using my trusty layering rulers.
I attached pieces from flat parts
of a paper egg carton to give the 3-d look.

The plaid strip is washie tape over the same gold
gift wrap as was used under the phrase.

The card base also had the edges sponged with
the coffee ink.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Christmas Cards Part 1

The beginning of several designs.
This one is not going to be in the final designs.
There is just something about it that does not
do it for me.  
I am not saying that I don't like it, I just have
other designs that I like a lot more.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Elk Silhouette

A little faux snake skin, couple strands of
Cheery Lynn Designs barbwire 
and an elk die from Cricut Wildlife.

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Bronc Rider

 Images are by Rubber Stamp Avenue, stamped in
Versa Mark and heat embossed with fine line copper powder.
Barbwire is a die from Cheery Lynn designs.
There is a faux snake skin strip towards the 
bottom which adds a real western/man flair.
The phrase is computer generated and is
the cowboy point of view.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Boots

A simple western card.
The boots stamp is from Kitchen Sink.
The labels are from Spellbinders.
The mesh grid and the barbwire
are from Cheery Lynn Designs.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

More Chalked Embossing Folders

 I will tell you that I much much much
They go on so smooth and even.
Much easier to work with than the regular chalks.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Chalk An Embossing Folder

I embossed the white card stock.
Cut the paper to 4 x 5.25 or slightly smaller.
Now come the stamping part.  I strongly recommend
that a stamp positioner be used.  Of course
you have to realize that if I stamp it crooked, I will 
toss it.  That's my OCD kicking in.

Next is the chalking.
Then layer on a colored card stock
that accents whatever colors you have used
in the chalking.
I added some glitter glue dots
to the upper left corner.

I tend to mass produce these
type of cards.  So there are three different
versions.  You will be seeing the other two in the
days to come.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Here Fishy, Fishy, Fishy

Well I finally did it.  I bought a Cricut.
Is there a learning curve?  Oh yeah!
Is is fun?  Oh yeah!

The background is various fish stamps scattered
at random.  The edges have been sponged heavily
with light ink applied in the center.

I stamped the fish in various shades of brown, using
the stamp off method make the
stamped images faint.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Just A Little Glitz

Here is another Rubber Stamp Tapestry design.
I have a huge stash of glitter glue and have
found that that is just the perfect finishing touch
for these wonderful tiny stamp pictures.

The phrase is an old old old one from Stampendous.
A healthy stash of small phrase stamps is
a  must for any stamper.

The Lacy Oval  framing the stamped oval
is from Spellbinders.

The layering of papers adds a lot.
I think leaving a narrow border of white
from the white card base pulls the whole
design together.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Whitewash Dogwood

Stamped with Versa Mark, heat embossed with 
fine line white embossing powder on craft colored 
card stock.
I used water colors that were very watered down
for the soft delicate whitewash appearance. 
Note the layering.
The craft paper was sponged with dark brown, 
layered onto white, trimmed to a narrow bordere,
the white was sponged with dark brown.
There is another layer of craft paper,
trimmed to narrow border, sponged and yet
another narrow border of white.
This is place on a pale pink card stock
that has been cut to 5.25 x 4 inches.
The lovely lace border at the bottom is
another Cheery Lynn Designs die.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cheery Lynn Designs Bow Part 3

 Two slightly different takes on the same basic design.
Sponging the edges of all layers adds subtle definition
and a more vintage look.
The paper is from Graphic 45.
The scalloped ribbon was cut using my 
Create A Cut guillotine cutter. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cheery Lynn Designs Bow Part 2

Pink and ivory DP with a scalloped paper 
ribbon and a Cheery Lynn Designs Bow die.
The corners are rounded.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Using the Cheery Lynn Design Bows, Part 1

I have to say that I really really like the 
It even comes in two sizes!

Manly Cards

 There is a lot to be said for the dies that allow one to
emboss and ink.  These old cars are just fantastic.
The background paper is from Paper Studio.
The card base has the edges sponged with dark brown ink,
as does the map paper and the ivory paper that the cars 
are mounted on.  
Note that the map paper is on a dark brown card stock
that has been trimmed to a narrow border.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Simple

 Using an Anna Griffin die that covers the whole 
front of the card.
It was embossed and the open areas
of the die were sponged with inks.
I glued tiny pieces of the flat part
of a paper egg carton in various 
places on the back to create the 3-D.
A frame was cut with Spellbinders
Basic Matting dies.
The frame was attached to the die before 
being placed on the card front.