4.15.2014

Artisan Wednesday WOW


Welcome back to another Artisan Wednesday WOW Blog Hop, be sure to stop by all 10 blogs to see what the team has to share with you this week. . .

April has always been a very solemn month for me for so many reasons. This is the time of year when we are reminded, and tend to reflect on our Savior, the grave sacrifice made. . . the sadness of death, yet the hope of resurrection and reunion of life. With recent tragedies that hit close to home for me, I am left both shocked and heartbroken. . . This April is also the 6-year anniversary of the death of my closest friend who passed away shortly after giving birth to her precious baby boy. . . I have made it a yearly tradition since to create a few sympathy cards during the month of April, just to have on hand for such sober occasions. Though words cannot heal such a loss, it can help bring solace and let them know you care, that you are thinking and praying for them, and that you will be there for them during life's difficult times.


Be sure to continue on the hop and head In The Cat Cave to see what Cathy has to share.

http://www.inthecatcave.com/2014/04/aww-apr-3.html

Supplies used: Blessed Easter and Simply Sketched stamp sets; Daffodil Delight and Whisper White Cardstock; Watercolor Paper; Stazon Jet Black ink pad; Crisp Cantaloupe, Daffodil Delight, Pistachio Pudding, and Always Artichoke ink refills; Aqua Painter; Tea Lace Paper Doilies; Naturals Buttons; Linen Thread; Occasions Paper-Piercing Pack; Stampin' Pierce Mat; Paper-Piercing Tool; Framed Tulips Embossing Folder.

4.08.2014

Artisan Wednesday WOW


Welcome back to another Artisan Wednesday WOW blog hop! Be sure to stop by ALL of the Artisan's blogs to see what they have to share, you will be inspired for sure!

Lately I have felt SOOOOOOO far behind on EVERYTHING! I just can't seem to get caught up. . . anyone else feel that way at times? A few weeks ago I got to spend some time with THE Jane Lee! (Yes, she is VERY fancy) I had so much fun going around doing some shopping with her and I wanted to send her a little thank you, but haven't felt very creative lately. . . Today I decided it just needed to get done! I grabbed this sketch from Retro Sketches to use as an inspiration point:


Now I just need to get to the post office so I can cross it off my never ending to-do list!

Let's head In The Cat Cave and see what Cathy has to share!

http://www.inthecatcave.com/2014/04/aww-apr-2.html

Supplies Used: So Very Grateful stamp set; Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Pool Party, and Very Vanilla cardstock; Jet Black Stazon ink pad; White Chalk Marker; Blushing Bride, Pool Party, SO Saffron, and Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Markers; Very Vintage Designer Buttons; Basic Pearls; 1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon; Linen Thread; Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder; Other: needle and thread.

4.01.2014

Hello, Sailor - AWW

Welcome back to another Artisan Wednesday WOW blog hop! This month's badges were made by the ever so cute (and apparently my doppelganger) Cindy Schuster!

I am doing great with my resolution of making at least one scrapbook page each month. Maybe next month I may step it up and start doing 2 a month!? . . . maybe. . .

This page was super fun for me! I have been loving Jane Lee's hand drawn doodles on her cards lately, and wanted to try it out. . . mine aren't so cute, but it was still fun to try! For this page I started by painting some white craft paint on my High Tide DSP. I then used my Pool Party ink refill and Aqua Painter to paint some bubbles on it, though I probably should have waited until the paint was dried completely! I had a bit of a smear. . . luckily it was easily covered up by the photos! Then I totally ruined about 4 markers trying to do my doodles! Again, I should have waited until the paint was COMPLETELY dry, but I was having so much fun that I didn't want to wait! I was in some sort of mad creative zone, or. . .  something. Anyway, my suggestion is that if you decide to try this, save the sacrifice of your markers and wait until your paint dries. It turned out super cute none-the-less, but then most of my goofy bubbles got covered up with my junk. Having fun is what it is all about, though, isn't it?! Check out the page:


I LOVE these photos of my boys! Ever since Gage was little, he was always copying just about everything Nate did, notice they are sitting in the same exact position?! LOVE IT! He was about 2-1/2 years old in this pic. . . so cute! We had spent the day at Hyrum Dam just chillin', and Nate would take Gage out in his "little yellow boat" ie floaty. Watching the two of them together makes my heart melt!


And for you card makers, I did make a matching card too! Now, I probably should have bought the digital download and used my silhouette to cut out the anchors on the page and card. . . but, I like to do things the more difficult way, and sometimes I actually just like making my own patterns and fussy cutting things out. . . but you can always do things a bit more simple!


Don't forget to keep hopping and see what the other Artisans have to share! You'll be inspired for sure! Next stop? Cathy. . . I think she is up to something. . . In The Cat Cave. . . Let's go spy on her!

http://www.inthecatcave.com/2014/04/aww-1.html

Supplies used: Hello Sailor stamp set; High Tide DSP; Whisper White, Smoky Slate, and Pacific Point cardstock; Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Pacific Point, and Summer Starfruit Stampin' Write Markers; Pool Party Ink Refill; Pacific Point 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain, Summer Starfruit 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain, and 1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon; Silver Baker's Twine; Linen Thread; Brights Designer Buttons; Essentials Wood Elements; Aqua Painter; On Film Framelits dies; Arrows Embossing Folder; Labels Collection Framelits dies; other: white craft paint and black sharpie.

3.25.2014

Artisan Wednesday WOW: Celebration Basics Kit


Welcome back to another Wednesday Artisan Blog Hop! Be sure to check back each week to hop through creations from all 10 Artisans.

I'm sure you've seen many fun things created with the Celebration Basics Kit and the Celebration Basics Add-On Kit, from banners to cards, scrapbook pages and much more. . .


The possibilities are endless. . . 

Let's head In The Cat Cave and see what Cathy has to share, shall we?!

http://www.inthecatcave.com/2014/03/aww-mar-4.html


Supplies used: Simply Celebrate and Happy Watercolor stamp sets; Whisper White cardstock; Basic Black, Calypso Coral, and Crisp Cantaloupe ink pads; Crisp Cantaloupe ink refill; Celebration Basics and Calypso Coral Celebration Basics Add-On Kits; Tea Lace Paper Doilies; Gold Sequin Trim; Gold Baker's Twine; Natural Chevron Ribbon; Mini Metallic Clothespins; Petite Petals and Pansy Punches; Flower Spiral Die; other: white gift bags; needle and thread.

3.18.2014

Artisan Wednesday WOW: A Look Back. . .

Welcome back to another Artisan Wednesday WOW blog hop! Today we are going to share in more detail our facebook projects.

Lately I have been looking back through some old photos and scrapbooks. It is always neat to see how things transform and change. People, places, styles, and even how we perceive the world around us. . . it all changes given time. Yet, there are always things that find their way back. . . like VELLUM! HAHAHA! I know this started out serious, but I SERIOUSLY was laughing at some of the scrapbook pages that I created back in the 90's when neon and vellum were so IN! (Don't worry, I won't torture you by subjecting your eyes to them!) Funny, BOTH vellum and neon are making a HUGE comeback! Though I have not yet been able to embrace the return of neon, I love that I am starting to use up my stash of vellum that I have been hoarding for the last 20 years! WOW, am I that old?! Forget I said that!

I also came across this beautiful photo of my mother taken on her honeymoon in Vancouver B.C. and decided to create a page to compliment the photo.


I wanted to mimic the soft blossoms in the picture, and what better way to do that than with vellum? I used the Pansy Punch to punch out several vellum flowers, then stitched them to the page using a curved pattern from the oval in the Occasions Paper-Peircing Pack. Yes, it is a lot of hand stitching! My hands were sure to let me know just how awful that was! But, I would do it again if I had to because I LOVE the result!


Oh, and of course I HAD to try the faux dip-dye technique that Donna Griffith showed us a few weeks back. . . check out her how-to video:


I used Donna's idea to dip-dye my tag and Tea Lace Paper Doily.


I saved myself the time of actually watercoloring the flowers by simply stamping them on the Watercolor Wonder DSP. Yes, again, cutting out the flower images after stamping them took some time. . . but well worth it!

Don't have a stash of vellum you've been hoarding for the last 20 years? Don't worry! It is still available to purchase!

Now, let's head In The Cat Cave!

http://www.inthecatcave.com/2014/03/aww-mar-3.html

Supplies used: Happy Watercolor stamp set; Whisper White and Vellum cardstock; Gold Foil Sheet; Canvas Creations; Watercolor Wonder DSP; Stazon Jet Black ink pad; Crisp Cantaloupe and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Markers; Crisp Cantaloupe ink refill; Tea Lace Paper Doilies; Natural Chevron Ribbon; Gold Sequin Trim; Gold Baker's Twine; Vintage Faceted Buttons; Scallops Embossing Folder; Pansy Punch; Hearts Collection Framelits; Occasions Paper-Piercing Pack; Paper-Piercing Tool; Stampin' Pierce Mat; Aqua Painter; Stampin' Spritzer; needle and thread.