Friday, July 21, 2017

TGIF; Thankful Friday

I've been thinking about doing a weekly series of posts, but nothing really spoke to me. I decided to start with this series: TGIF; Thankful Friday. I love the quote, "There's Always, Always Something To Be Thankful For". So even if it's not obvious, I want everyone to share what they are thankful for each week.


I am truly blessed. By God's grace, He continues to bless my family. I'm not always obedient in my faith, I am not the most generous with my time/money for others, and I surely cuss...a lot, but God continues to bless me and my family and for that I am truly grateful.


This week I am thankful for my scrapbooking/creative friends. I was low on some materials I needed to complete a project so I posted on our FB group page if anyone had some that I could buy/trade or just have. I received so many responses - I love that crafters are always willing to share our goods. Is that why we hoard so much of it? I think the answer is sure, whatever you have to say to justify the mountains of goods we have in our craft rooms/areas.


Weekly Recap:
This week... I'm working on week two of the ICAD challenge. Which means I spend at least 15 minutes each day creating on an index card. I'm also finishing up my sets for a Disney Character Swap on splitcoaststampers. I haven't participated in swaps in a long time and since I used most of my Disney embellishments, I knew it was time to start again.


Hubby and I also had a funeral on a dear friend's mother this week. The service was beautiful and represented the love for this beautiful woman. RIP Mary.


I started Sewing School for my granddaughter this week. Be on the look out for posts on this!


We had three birthdays this week. My mother-in-law, nephew and a dear friend (who I always remind that she's six months older than me). 
Please leave a comment on one thing you're thankful for this week in the comments. I can't wait to read them!





Wednesday, July 19, 2017

WOYWW #424

Happy Wednesday!  Click on over to Stamping Ground to visit more desks and read all about the WOYWW link.


Last night my granddaughter came over for Sewing School. I promised her that I'd teach her after the wedding.


What do I know about teaching someone to sew?...not a whole lot. I showed her where the needle is and where NOT to put your fingers. Explained about the foot pedal and that she couldn't use the machine without me - blah blah blah - safety safety safety. She was already bored at that point and ready to make something! 


I don't really sew much anymore and I gave away all of my fabric collection a long time ago to my sister. Luckily, I had some fabric & batting scraps. We sewed some random scraps together so she could get the hang of the machine. She picked up pretty quickly and we eventually made two pillows; one for her Barbie and another one for her cat.  LOL


Tonight we'll go to the local fabric store to buy some material. She wants to make a blanket for her cat, a skirt, and a big pillow. As a matter of fact, the first thing she said to me last night was, "I want to make a skirt". I just responded, "OK".


I was so busy sitting with her that I didn't take a photo. I'll have to ask my DIL to take one tonight. This photo is from the weekend. She's showing off her lost teeth.


Lost her first tooth & got two for one!
Another story:
When my daughter was young, she would spend two weeks in the summer with my parents. My mother is a seamstress and sewing is her life. While Carly was there, my mom would invite some of her cousins and have Sewing School. Carly absolutely hated it! Apparently my mom was super strict and a perfectionist with the girls. Carly made some really cute things for me and her aunties for Christmas but she did not enjoy sewing at all. It's an inside joke now but hey, she did learn to sew!


About five years ago, my niece wanted to learn to sew and my mom found my old Singer Junior Miss machine. I love that machine! After my niece was done with it, my sis gave it back to me. I pulled it out so LeAnna could use it, but unfortunately the batteries were already dead and the plug wasn't in the box. (I got this photo from the internet) We'll get it going so LeAnna can sew next to me. It may be awhile, she needs to get the hang of actually sewing, but I'm sure she'll catch on quickly. She loves this kind of stuff! She's my mini-me.


Don't forget to click on over to Stamping Ground and take a peek into other craft spaces.

Monday, July 17, 2017

ICADs 2017 Week One

I'm back at it!  Year #Two of ICADs.  If you're not sure what I'm talking about, click on over to the Daisy Yellow Art site to get details and the prompts.  Technically, the ICAD challenge starts on June 1st - July 31st, but you can start anytime.  The challenge is to create art for 61 consecutive days.  Obviously, there are no strict rules.  You don't even have to stick to the prompts. 
Here are my cards in order:

#1 Sunset
#2 Lost and/or Found; I found this image on a flyer.
#3 Vintage; I didn't like this originally, but kept at it until I did.

#4 Lavender; I know these are violets - oops! But hey still purple!
#5 I didn't follow the prompt.

#6 Didn't follow the prompt again.
#7 I'm a rebel!  LOL


#3 Stamp gifted from Rubber Paws; hand drawn border on old dictionary page & cut out
#4 Violets are a digi stamp from Bloom Art Stamps; background is a gelli monoprint & some added marks.
#5 Gellatos and a black paint pen
#6 This is a stamp that I won during a Unity Stamp Co. Facebook Live event.  Words from Tim Holtz pad.
#7 I love using gesso to cover up a layer when you're not happy with it.  That was the case here. Black swirl stamp is from Bloom Art Stamps Doodle stamps.




*ICAD = Index Card A Day

Saturday, July 15, 2017

CWS Mid Month Inspiration #16

It's not too late to link a card on Creative With Stamps challenge site for July.

The challenge this month is CELEBRATE. There are so many reasons to celebrate all year long so this one was pretty easy for me. My son's wedding was last week (so much fun!) but believe it or not, we have another family wedding today. My friends and family will be insulted if I gave a store bought card so I had to make one for the wedding.

I started this card by swiping two shades of pink ink (CTMH) onto my craft sheet. Spritzed with water and then placed the white cardstock over to absorb some color. Move it around to mix it up. Once dried, I stamped the twig heart/birds image (Rubber Paws) and then the sentiment (Stampin' Up!) in the middle.

I used a variety of markers to color the images. I added black dots here and there to add a little something to it. I layered in onto gold cardstock before adhering to the card base.

Now it's your turn!  If you haven't already, click on over to CWS to join the challenge and your chance to win four images from Bugaboo Stamps of your choice. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

WOYWW #423 (My number is off again!)

Hello Wednesday Peeps!  I hope you had the chance to check out some work areas on the WOYWW linkage.  Click on over to Stamping Ground to take a peek.


I'm still recovering from my son's wedding and the road trip to Las Vegas.  My desk looks the same as when I left it, so I decided to post a few of my favorite photos of the wedding.
Ladies getting ready!







Have a great week and don't forget to click on over HERE to read more about WOYWW and take a peek in other craft rooms/areas/desks.  Until next week...

Monday, July 10, 2017

FCCB Challenge #305; Birthday

 Happy Monday and welcome to another FCCB Monday challenge!  Be sure to add your project to the link up!



Challenge #305-Birthdays
Make a project about anything to do with birthdays.


This Weeks Sponsor

And the prize is-



To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

If it isn't a card, you will get two entries into the drawing!


Here is my project-
I made a couple of birthday cards since I had the products out.  On the soccer card, I added a punched star and on the baseball card, I added a 3D birthday hat sticker.  I thought it was hilarious to add to the ball.





For both cards, I used the Sports Mania Cricut Cartridge for the balls and the grass border strips.  The background was stamped with a crossword puzzle stamp I purchased from Stampin' Up years ago. 


Be sure to click on over to the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog (FCCB) to be inspired by our DT Members and linked projects.  Join the challenge for a chance to win prizes. 

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Friday, July 7, 2017

All You Need Is Love

This is a scheduled post since I'm in Vegas and today is my son's wedding day!  In honor of the wedding and all the love in the air, I created this canvas.
This canvas is a Design Team project for Bloom Art Stamps. 
I haven't worked on a canvas in a long time, so I thought I'd do one this week. I bought a couple of these 5x5 canvases a long time ago and I finally decided to use one.

All You Need Is Love
The details:


I actually remembered to take photos of each step.  I'm so proud of myself LOL.  So here you go:
1.  First I chose three colors to work with - teal, lt. green and pink.  Then I gathered different mediums of these colors to work with.  (many times I don't use all the mediums selected)
2.  I painted a light coat of water on top of the canvas before dripping teal re-inker all over the canvas.  Once it started moving around a bit (because of the water), I blotted it with a paper towel.

3.  I mixed the lt. green acrylic paint with some clear texture paste and applied with a spatula over a stencil.


4.  I tore a piece of paper out of an old poem book and adhered it to the bottom left of the canvas and smeared some left over paint over it to blend it in some.
5.  I used the starburst image from the Bloom Art Element Set #2 stamps and gold paint to stamp all over the canvas.
6.  I spritzed some pink distress ink spray on the canvas.  In some areas, I let it drip a little.
7.  BTW, I'm applying all the left over ink, paint, etc., on a page in my art journal for a future project.  Here's what that looks like so far:
8.  Next I stamped more marks around the canvas using the same Bloom Art Stamps Elements #2 Set.  Do I need to remind you that this set is designed by me?  I use these stamps all the time and just love them!

I used the starburst, both bubble wraps, the group of random marks and the smaller double circle images for this project using black & white ink pads, white and gold acrylic paints.
9.  I cut a heart out of scrap paper and adhered to the center of the canvas. Looking good!!
10.  Created a shadow by drawing around the heart with a black Stabilo pencil and smearing with both my finger and a waterbrush.  Then stamped the random marks on the heart with white ink.
11.  I thought I was done but decided to stamp "All You Need Is Love" on the lower right corner.  Originally I wanted a clear impression but when I placed it on the canvas it smeared so I kept on stamping in that area to make it look like I did it on purpose.  LOL  Did it work?

12.  To finish the piece, I ran my black archival ink pad along the upper right corner and off stamped the sentiment in the upper center as well.  Then I shook up my Heidi Swapp gold ink spray a lot before splattering all over the canvas.


I didn't take a photo of the back, but I did stamp a full impression of the sentiment since that is what I named the piece.


I hope you enjoyed the step by step process of the canvas.  To purchase the Elements #2 Set, click on over to Bloom Art Stamps.  I also designed two other sets which I love as well.  I tried to focus on using just one of the sets for this project.









Wednesday, July 5, 2017

WOYWW #423

Happy Wednesday and WOYWW! We are finally on our way today to Las Vegas to celebrate our son's wedding on Friday! I can't believe it's finally here! I'll post some photos when we return. Since the newlyweds are heading to Orlando for their honeymoon, I made some newlywed shirts for them. Their main goal is to go to Universal Studios for the Wizardly World of Harry Potter. I'm so excited for my son because he's a huge fan and it's gonna knock his socks off!

My work area is not too bad...
There is leftover iron-on material on the top left corner otherwise a pretty clean desk!

The shirts...
This is the first time using the iron on material on my Cricut. It was so easy!  The main thing is to remember to reverse the image before cutting.

I made freezer paper stencils for the Disney shirts and sprayed bleach for the effect. Black may be too hot over there, but I told them they can cut the sleeves off if needed.

All of these images were free images from the internet that I converted into cut files on the Cricut Design Space.  It's so easy to do!

Now that you've seen my work area, click on over to the Stamping Ground to peek into work areas from around the world.  Feel free to post your own desk in the linkage.  Have fun, be inspired, learn something or just be nosey!

Countdown to Wedding:  TWO days!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Creative With Stamps #16; Celebrate!

Hello July!  This month's challenge at the Creative With Stamps site is celebrate.


July's Sponsor:


Winner will receive 4 images from Bugaboo Stamps

The possibilities are wide open for this challenge. We have so many reasons to celebrate but for this challenge I chose BIRTHDAY.

The image on my card is from Fun Stampers Journey. This mariachi stamp was a HAD to buy item. Being a Mexican-American, it is standard to have a mariachi at major celebrations. Most times, it's the music being played instead of the actual musicians, but that's ok too.

I colored him in using Lyra Aqua Brush markers and highlighted the white areas with a white Wink of Stella glitter pen and the trumpet was colored with a gold glitter pen (this one is from Stampin Up!). I matted the patterned papers in black cardstock and layered them on the bright yellow card base.

I also added the "stars" using a gold metallic inkpad and stamps from Close To My Heart.

Be sure to link your card to this month's challenge post.  Get to Creative With Stamps HERE.


Wedding Count Down:  SIX days

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

WOYWW #422

Happy Wednesday and happy WOYWW!  Click on over to Julia's blog, Stamping Ground, to read more about this eight year linkage.  I loved reading her post today as she shared a great story and picture of another desker who doesn't join the linkage.  I love that all our areas are unique; some are lucky and have full rooms, some are literally a corner of a table and so many in between.

Here's my desk this morning:

I just completed a couple of card for the Design Teams that I'm on so I can't show the fronts, but what I really wanted to show you guys is the new stamp that I just received.


Isn't it awesome!  This is my logo!  My nephew who is a graphic artist created it for me and I made a stamp out of it. This stamp is only 1x1 and it is so detailed.  I bought a deal on Groupon and it only cost $5 + $2.99 shipping/handling from Rubberstamps.com.  Their customer service was so great since I had some trouble loading my image.
Click on over to Stamping Ground and have fun visiting desks/rooms/areas from all over the world!


Friday, June 23, 2017

The Secret to a Happy Life?

In the mist of everything going on in my life right now, I got to play in my Art Journal.  This is a piece for Bloom Art Stamps.

I started as usual picking my three main colors.  Purple, orange and yellow.  I gesso'd the page, applied acrylic paints in the three colors above.  Then I started the fun stuff!  First I used white acrylic paint to a doily stencil.  I decided I didn't like the intensity of the three color combo, so I added drops of Daffodil Delight reinker and spritzed water to cover the page.  I then added some drips of purple distress ink spray.

Stamped some marks using Eggplant Envy (purple) and black archival ink pads and Bloom Art Stamps Elements stamp sets.  I also added some marks using white acrylic paint but the yellow background kept turning the white a yellow tinge.

I printed the Daisy digi images from Bloom Arts and adhered them into the lower right corner.  Then colored them using a combination of acrylic paint and markers.

I set it overnight to dry.  Woke up the next morning and decided I did not like it!  So instead of starting a new canvas, I covered it up with white gesso.  (I'm mad at myself for not taking a photo). Then added some texture paste with a stencil and that brought up more yellow.  LOVE. Then I spritzed with the same purple distress ink...LOVE.

Then went a completely different direction by stamping the pedestal and cupcake from another Bloom Arts stamp set.  Paper pieces them and adhered.  I added stamped script in black, washi tape to ground the pedestal and stamped and embossed a sentiment and adhered.



YUP...LOVE!

So the answer, continuous small treats!