Monday, January 23, 2017

My First Wreath!

My first wreath!
Good very early morning everyone! If you are up, like me, in the too early to be up morning, then I hope you are able to get some rest! While I love to scrapbook memories, make minis and banners, and create all sorts of cards, I am yearning to learn how to create my own art. The wreath above is my first attempt at doing just that. I've made several sketches, watercolor pieces, and near-art, but this is the first one that I can proudly publish on my blog.

I've graduated somewhat from You Tube to Skill Share where I found Peggy Dean aka The Pigeon Letters. She is a fantastic artist. She, along with other artist and how-to types upload detailed videos sharing all sorts of techniques. It is a subscription service, but to me it's so much cheaper, and easier, than waiting and hoping for an art course at the local Junior College. Message me or leave a comment below if you would like a three-month trial for $.99 per month.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Finding Joy

Little Tangles #76-Anything Goes
Hello and happy almost the end of January to you! Here is a quick card I made for Little Tangles #76-Anything Goes. I recently ordered the Neat & Tangled Pentagon Stencil and have been wanting to use it on a project. So I sponged some PTI Lemon Tart, Lavender Moon and Mint Julep onto the stencil for a rainbow effect. Then I used SSS Deep Purple to stamp the sentiment from Neat & Tangled's Scandinavian Prints. I thought a simple flower from the same set would finish it nicely.

Thanks for stopping by! There's plenty of time left to play along!!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Paityn's Mini-Part 2

Hadley's Choice
Good Sunday to you everyone! Last week was back-to-school take two for me, so crafting was minimal. I did get practice some line drawing and water color exercises, though. For this feature of Paityn's Mini-Album, my great-niece, Hadley, requested I include this stamp set, "Pick of the Litter" from WPlus9. I have shied away from stamp sets like this because I thought the coloring aspect would take forever. In reality, it didn't take very long at all. I'm so grateful to Kristina Werner and Sandy Allnock's videos. Watching them time and again gave me confidence to give this a try.

Today I'm playing along with Simon Says: Start Afresh. The Monday challenge asked us to use something 'new' in our stash. This stamp set was a gift to me from my son and daughter-in-law as I had requested a Simon Says Stamp gift card for Christmas. I'm so glad I took a risk and tried a little coloring to broaden my skills.

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What is something new you've tried this year? Please comment below...I'd love to visit your blog or photo to see your work!

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Recipe:
Mini-Album Page: Papertrey Ink's Mini-Album Die and Tag Die; Cocoa Daisy paper and washi tape, Shimelle cardboard sentiment, "So Happy."

Focal: WPlus9 Pick of the Litter stamp set; Tombow Brush Markers:
  • Grass #158
  • Dress #603, #452
  • Shoes #977
  • Socks #603...lightened with N00
  • Hair #055 + 977, lightened with N00
  • Cat #N81
  • Pink ears, lips, cheeks and skin tone #755, lightened with N00
  • Shading with N00 and N81

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Paityn's Mini Album-Part 1


Hello everyone and Happy Last Day of 2016! This is the first post of several for this mini-album. Earlier this week, I got to spend the day with this cutie, my great-niece Hadley. She and I spent the day making a baby shower gift for her mother. Hadley is expecting her brand new baby sister in February, so we....


brought out all of Auntie Cindy's crafting supplies and haphazardly organized them on the kitchen table! Hadley spent time choosing beautiful papers to use with the albums while Auntie Cindy cut the cardboard for the mini-album. 


After the choices were narrowed down and organized, the pages were finalized. We were able to get a few of them decorated....

Front Cover--the back is from the same paper
Hadley added the names of her family for the first page....

Momma will always love this page...the handwriting of her 5 year-old
And together we chose accents and embellishments for two of the other pages. We didn't finish, but I have all of Hadley's papers and embellishments she chose in a project pouch so I can finish the project [alone...did I say that?]. I have until January 14th to finish everything, so I will have a few more posts. Of all of the creations I made this year...this one is my very favorite!

Fabulous darling....
What was your favorite project for 2016?
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Mini-Album Recipe--and a quick word about my favorite companies:
Papertrey Ink's Mini Album and Tab Die set: I use scrap cardboard from cereal and pizza boxes to cut out the base for the pages. I use a corner punch to round two of the corners. Next, I cut out the papers, round the corners and adhere them to the cardboard base using my ATG tape gun. I used to paint regular glue or Mod Podge on the papers, but the wet glue would stretch the papers and I wound up cutting off the excess, then the edges were ragged, then I had to use Distress Inks to make them neat again...you get the idea! Now, I'm really careful to get the glue tape close to the edges, and so far, this has worked very well.

I love, love Papertrey Ink. I have used this mini-album die and tab set so many times now I've lost count. Click on the mini-album in the word cloud on the right, and you'll see what I mean. I haven't posted half of the albums I've made with this set.

Cocoa Daisy: I like to subscribe to Cocoa Daisy for about 6 months at a time. They send such wonderful goodies each month. I have separate bins for all of the papers and a tub for all of the embellishments. As I work on projects, I reach for those goodies first. As they begin to dwindle down, I sign up for 6 more months! It saves a lot of time, and I am never disappointed in their kits!

In the next posts, I'll highlight a few more companies I shop with regularly and list their supplies as well.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Papertrey December Blog Hop Challenge

Papertrey December Blog Hop Challenge
Hello everyone! Happy day after Christmas! I hope the weather is good for you today. It seems Texas is having a heat-wave, but a little relief is headed our way. Regardless of the summer-time weather, I did enjoy a slower pace after all of the hustle-bustle of Christmas.

Blog hop inspiration
PTI's Inspiration Photo
Today's post is for Papertrey's December Blog Hop Challenge. Above is the inspiration photo. I decided to make a Birthday card using the customer appreciation "Celebrate Big" stamp set. I focused on the colors and the 'celebration' aspect of the inspiration photo. To add that 'wrapping paper' feel, I added a scrap piece of yellow polka-dot paper behind the sentiment. Then I popped up the sentiment to add a little interest.

I'm also entering Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, "It's Party Time!"  This challenge is running for two weeks, so there is still plenty of time to play!

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What was your favorite thing to do today?? 
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Card Recipe--All Papertrey Ink [unless noted]:
Inks: Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sunrise, and Raspberry Fizz [used for stamping & water coloring the panel].
Paper: Hawaiian Shores and watercolor paper
Stamps & Dies: Celebrate Big and clear embossing powder for the sentiment.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Last Christmas Card for 2016

Last card for 2016 with my own hand lettering
Hello everyone! Today's post is going to be quick because I woke up today and realized Christmas is less than a week away! I'm playing along with Color Throwdown #423. I needed to make a few last-minute Christmas cards, and I loved the color combo of red, hot pink and lime green. Perfect for Christmas!!
Color Throwdown #423--Barbara Anders
I borrowed my design from Barbara. I just love her design, and the black frame makes her flowers really stand out. Because I'm in a hurry today, I didn't add the embellishments she did, but I did try out my own brush lettering for my card. Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas to you!!


Card Recipe:
Stamps:  PTI Painted Petals
Inks: Hibiscus Burst, Pure Poppy and Green Parakeet
Dies: Avery Elle Postage Stamp Die
Paper: PTI Hibiscus Burst
Pen: Tombow feud calligraphy pen

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Glitzy Birthday Card


Birthday card for a dear friend.

Hello everyone--happy one week before Christmas!! Today I'm making another winter birthday card. I think I've created more birthday cards this month than I have in a long while. I really didn't realize how many of my close friends and family members have December birthdays. For this card I'm playing along with Papertrey Ink's Create Along With Us and Little Tangles Challenge #75: Silver & Gold. My friend's birthday is close to the New Year so I thought the color combination of silver and gold was perfect!


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My inspiration--Nichole Heady
I love the soft colors and layout Nichole used for her card. She simply scored around the card to create a focal panel. I also scored my white panel and layered it onto glitzy silver card stock. My card recipe and process is below. What color combinations do you like to use for winter birthday cards?

Gold embossing powder & silver marker detail

Card Recipe:
Stamps & Dies: PTI's Garden Grace
Flower Details:
  1. I stamped the leaves with Green Parakeet and Ripe Avocado. 
  2. I stamped the flower outlines with Versa Mark and embossed with Zing Gold Embossing powder. I used Pilot's Silver Marker to fill in the flower petals. I also used the Gold Marker to fill in gaps where the embossing powder wasn't strong. 
  3. I embossed the sentiment from the set with gold.
  4. I assembled the card using adhesive and only a little bit of foam tape behind the flowers as I plan to mail the card.
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Create Along With Us challenge closes this evening, and there is still plenty of time to play along with Little Tangles. Thanks for stopping by!

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#75 Silver & Gold