Sunday, January 27, 2013

Valentine Card & TSTR #150

This weekend, we got another inch and a half of snow.  Not much but I'll take what I can get!  The cold and snow made me crave some homemade chicken noodle soup, so I made a big pot as well as a loaf of bread. Nothing like homemade soup and warm, fresh bread from the oven.  I also got a start on Valentine's Day and made this card.

The boy and girl are diecuts from K&Co.  The stripe paper is from MME which I inked with Distress Inks in Tea Dye and Victorian Velvet.  The white lace at the top is from Webster's Pages.  The heart doily is from Royal Lace and was inked with Tea Dye and Victorian Velvet and and sprayed with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Mist.  I put a journaling card on top of the doily and then the diecuts which are raised with Therm-o-Web foam squares.  A piece of seam binding was tied around the card in a bow.  A bit of Martha Stewart twine a tiny flower, and a K&Co tag were attached to the center of the bow.  A piece of white flower trim was distressed with the Victorian Velvet and accented with Liquid Pearls in Rouge.

I plan on entering this card in The Shabby Tea Room's 'Just Pretty' challenge this week.  If you get a chance, check it out.

Hope you have had a great weekend.  Hard to believe February is almost here.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

**I am also entering this card in the challenge at Word Art Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Playing with Copics

OK--I am attempting this post using Google Chrome.  I think I've figured out what to do and will be able to upload my photos to this post smoothly.  We will see.  Keeping my fingers crossed!

We woke up to about a half inch of snow today.  I guess it's better than nothing.  One of my sisters-in-law has a birthday this week, so I made this card for her.  I have slowly been building a collection of Copic Markers.  I usually buy them when I have a coupon which means it takes a bit of time to get a variety.  However, ReNae Allen, my sweet blogging friend, recently sent me some pretty fairy stamps and duplicate Copics she had which then gave me enough of a variety to work with.  I stamped the image on a piece of off-white cardstock and just colored it in.  I did not bother to watch a tutorial on how to use the markers, so the colors aren't blended properly.  Next time, I'll try it the correct way!

It doesn't look too bad.  The pattern paper, fern and tiny butterfly are from K&Co.  The large butterfly is from Recollections.  The flowers are Petaloo.  I sprayed them with Sand, Frost and SWAK Glimmer Mists. I used a bit of Stickles to add some sparkle to the fairy's eyes and wings, candle and tiny butterflies.  The sentiment is from PTI.

The ferns were cut from a larger diecut that a cut apart and put under the flowers.  I really enjoyed coloring the image.  Brought back memories of my school days.  I used to love to write stories and illustrate them.  I definitely want to do more stamping.  It was so relaxing and fun!

Thanks so much everyone for stopping by and leaving your sweet comments.  Hope all is going well for you. We may be getting a plowable snowfall on Friday, so it will be a good excuse for me to spend a lot of time crafting.  But then, do we really need an excuse to spend a lot of time crafting?  Of course, work either in or out of the home and the fact we need to eat does tend to get in the way.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Winter Tag

With the unusually mild weather we had this past week, I again had to resort to creating my own winter scene and made this tag.  I first inked the tag with a combination of Tim Holtz Distress Inks in antique linen and tea dye.  The tree stamp was part of a Tim Holtz set I got on sale at Emma's Paperie.  I used forest moss Distress Ink for the tree and just stamped it several times on the tag to create the various shades of the trees.  I applied gesso around the edges of the tag and put dots of it all over the tag which I quickly coated with glitter from Martha Stewart.  The snowflakes are from two Martha Stewart punches.  I just inked them with tea dye and applied touches of gesso and glitter.  I then put Jolee snowflake stickers to the center.  The ribbon is also from Tim Holtz.  I took a piece of off white cardstock, covered it in forest moss ink and punched out the pine branches.  A little gesso was applied to them as well as some Stickles.  SEI stamps were used on the tiny tag and accented with Liquid Pearls in Platinum.

I am still having trouble with blogger.  Anyone else out there experiencing this?  I had to switch to HTML to upload the photos.  I thought the problem was fixed when I switched to Google Chrome but apparently not.  Any other suggestions?

Hope to be back soon.  Thanks for stopping by and any help you can give me.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Let It Snow (Please)

It's no secret that I love snow.  Our winters, though, have been getting milder these last few years--much to my disappointment.  So far, the white stuff has been playing with me.  We had a coating of snow on Christmas Eve that got washed away with rain as well as another coating of snow the day after Christmas that got washed away with rain also.  This past weekend, we actually had about an inch and a half of snow.  My hopes are high for a major snowfall before the season is over.  In the meantime, I made a tag and a card featuring snowflakes.

I used blue ink to stamp the background dots, sentiment and edges of the tag.  The snowflakes are from K&Co, Me and My Big Ideas and Queen and Co.  The charm is from Making Memories.  I used a bit of gesso and Martha Stewart glitter around the edges of the tag.

I needed a quick thank you card and came up with this.  A Martha Stewart punch was used for the large flakes.  I didn't measure properly and didn't have time to do another, so that is why some of the snowflakes are off the edge.  The small snowflakes were made with a Marvy punch and a bit of Stickles in the center.  A silver Recollections snowflake is in the center.

Thank you to those who have offered suggestions on my problem uploading photos to this blog.  My picture link does not show my browse option when the box comes up.  It does give me a choice of a Picasa Web Album.  I uploaded these photos to that and was able to get them onto this post.  It really seems to be a round about way to do this.  I did switch to Google Chrome and disabled some pop-ups, but that didn't correct the problem.  I'm really frustrated by this and wish I could get back to the way it was.  I am not tech savvy, so I really don't know what to do.  Anymore suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  I hope I'll be back with more posts if I can get this problem fixed.  Maybe I'll need to create another blog.  Thanks for stopping by and hopefully you'll see me here again soon.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Can anyone help me?  I'm having a problem uploading photos to my blog post.  I click the picture link; but when the box comes up, it doesn't show the browse option in it.  I'm not tech savvy but would appreciate any suggestions.  Thanks.