Friday, June 24, 2016

Masculine Sorry For Your Loss Card




"that bad things happen to good people."


This is a card I made to send to relatives that 
recently had a major fire. 
Why did I use the image of a car on the card ?
Because they lost a few vehicles in the fire. 






I'm entering this card in the current Anything Goes Challenge at Through The Craft Room Door. Also since every time I use this stamp set I can't help but think of the movie American Graffiti , I am entering it in the current Cardz4Guyz Challenge, inspired by movies.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Patriotic Planter Chair




Here is the second of four chairs I reclaimed from a flood
with plans of repurposing them into outdoor decorations / planters.
I listed them for sale, including the beautiful blooming geraniums,
for $25 each. Neither one sold, so I did not finish the other two chairs.
I think I am going to make one for myself though to replace

This chair uses masking for the lettering.
I used a removable, transparent contact type paper.
I wish I had remembered when doing this that it didn't 
work so well on the painted mailbox project I completed 
last year. Then again, had I remembered, I would have 
thought it didn't work too well due to the grooves on the box.
Anyway, although it was a great idea, the stuff wasn't quite sticky
enough to keep the paint from seeping underneath, making
more work for myself. Also, for some reason the outdoor type
paint I used stuck to the edges of the mask, trying to lift
off as I was removing it. It required hand cutting around each letter 
with an Xacto blade, ever so carefully to only cut the paint layer
and to follow the edges of the mask. Yep, much more work
than I had hoped for. However once it cleaned up,
I'm pretty happy with the effect I made with it ! 


 I carefully scraped away the dry paint with a toothpick.




Below is the mask after I removed it
(I didn't think to take step by step photos).
As you can see it is made up of many pieces.
I had to make it like this since I was using multiple
single Sizzix alphabet dies. I trimmed each piece and
lined them up as best I could to create one single masked word. 

I painted through the letters with a small paint brush,
 using indoor/outdoor craft paint. It required 
multiple layers to cover the dark finish of the chair. 





Thanks for looking =) 




Monday, June 20, 2016

Planter Chair



This is the first of four chairs I was repurposing
into outdoor decor, planter chairs.

I hand painted Welcome across the top rung
(it's been too long since I've done freehand
lettering and it shows!) then added hand made
burlap, lace and eyelet flowers. The large center
burlap flower was made from one of the straps
from the seat of the chair that had been removed
to make room for the flower pot.
They are hot glued on top of twigs
and raffia then tied to the chair.

I tried to sell it, complete with the gorgeous blooming geraniums,
for $25. I still have it................. 

See tomorrows post for a second chair I decorated;
it has a patriotic theme.


Three of the four chairs after cleaning them up
and before decorating. 



Thanks for looking =) 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Flowers In My Yard


This is going to be a different Father's Day this year since my Dad passed last fall.
No card to make or apple pie to bake this year..........................

I'll share a few photos of some of the flowers that are in full bloom in my yard
since I do not have a card this year.










The daylilies always do well.




The geraniums, above and below, are the two I bought
last year and tried to keep alive indoors all winter.
I really didn't think they were going to make it
and am super surprised at how well they are doing now outside ! 






The hydrangea is loaded with blooms this year,
the most I've ever seen on it ! 
In fact, last year there was only one single bloom
on it and it didn't arrive until late in the season.




Thursday, June 16, 2016

Love You Dad digi kit


facebook timeline cover





page created with the 1st template challenge for June
found at Scraps-N-Pieces.com














Love You Dad is a fun new kit by JMC Designs
that is now available at Scraps-N-Pieces.com
It's great for fishermen, but has enough other elements
and awesome papers to create other types of digital projects !








KIT CONTENTS:

2 Alphabets
8 Cardstock  - 12 X 12 300 dpi
25 Patterned Papers - 12 X 12 300 dpi
9 Word Art
21 Word Bits
79 Accents
and
54 Unique Elements:
3 Bows
Boy
Dad
Girl
Family
Boat
4 Buttons
4 Fish
Can of Worms
4 Flowers
3 Frames
2 Grunge
3 Leaves
Fishing Pole
Fishing Net
Waders
5 Ribbons
2 RicRac
Scatter
2 Signs
Staple
2 Stars
2 Stitches
4 Strings
Word Art









Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Digi Kit Sneak Peek - FB Timeline Cover



I created this facebook timeline cover as a sneak peek at an upcoming digital scrapbooking kit from JMC Designs and to enter into an all digital challenge at Digitally Sweet Challenges blog. This month the challenge is to create an all digital project that is green, white and one other color (I used navy).


This is the first time I've made a facebook timeline cover that has an opening that a photo can be added to. I'm happy to say that with a little bit of experimentation, I was able to figure out a way to do it. I really need to learn how to use Photoshop Elements........

I created the original piece in My Memories Suite 7 software, the program I use for creating digital scrap book projects most often. When I realized there was no way to make the frame opening  in MMS 7 (although there is a transparent background for creating on in MMS 7 now) , I deleted the flower in the right hand corner of my original and exported the rest of the piece as a JPG.

I opened the JPG up in Photoshop Elements. I used the magic wand tool to select the inside of the frame then I clicked Select and Inverse. I cut the entire background, minus the inside of the frame, then pasted it into a new file with a transparent background. I forgot to mention that it is sized 851 pixels by 315 pixels. Once the cut portion was applied to the new transparent background, I inserted the flower embellishment from the digital kit as a new layer on top, adding a drop shadow. I also added a shadow to the larger piece. There was an error message that popped up, I don't remember what it said, but was happy to see that the shadow did work on the frame as I had hoped. Once all of these steps were done, I saved and exported the file as a PNG . I was excited to see that it worked as I hoped it would when I opened it up in PSE again and inserted a photo under that timeline cover png file !

Thanks for looking :)

Friday, June 10, 2016

Sewing Projects



I've spent a little time at the sewing machine (I am no seamstress, unlike my grandmother who was the best!) the past couple of weeks. It was kind of bittersweet, enjoying sewing again yet memories came along with using some of my Grandma's things.....

I am redoing the office from green painted walls with an ivy/country theme to blue painted walls with an automobile themed decor. I knew I wanted a black and white checkered flag look for the valances, yet a bit on the country side, too. I searched for premade curtains and couldn't find anything "simple" enough to my liking or that would fit my existing rods. In the end, I ordered a large 100 % cotton buffalo check tablecloth that was already prehemmed to make my own simple valances from (there are no fabric stores here). I was happy enough with the quality of the item once it arrived. I really liked that the checks and hems were pretty even, making it easier on me.


They are super simple, I took a few measurements, made a sketch then cut the fabric using the existing hems as the bottom and side hems on each valance, saving myself some time and work. All I had to do was make the rod pocket at the top. They didn't turn out too badly.

A nearby Walmart store does carry some fabrics and notions so I was able to find plain black 100% cotton fabric there. I intended on making a sort of "faux" valance under the checkered fabric, hanging 2" below the hem. I goofed and did not get quite enough fabric, not allowing for shrinkage, so there is not quite enough to make that bottom piece, gah! Now I'm trying to decide if I want to make the trip back to get more to make them or just leave them as is now (and what to do with over 1 yard of plain black fabric......).

I also used a scrap of fabric to create a coordinating cover for my large flatbed negative scanner that must remain on my desk top since there is no place else to store it. It had a cover on it before, ivy themed to go with the previous decor in the room.















Above is a photo of the "curtains" I made for an old 
entertainment center that is currently being used to
store photo albums. I did this to help keep dust and 
light off of them as well to hide them. 
I may or may not keep this unit and
if I do keep it, I would like to paint it. 
I would prefer to find a couple of
bookcases with doors on them that will be more useful 
for photo albums. Although there is lots of great storage
on this unit, a lot of it is wasted space. 









I also made two large pillows to stuff into the huge shams
that came with the comforter I recently bought for a 
spare bed. Sure, I could have bought pillows,
but I had polyfil and fabric on hand, I may as well put it to use. 
The blue and white toss pillow is something my daughter made
in a junior high school home economics class years ago.








These are the simple curtains I made from sheets
to go under the valances I ordered. 
This project was completed last fall. 








Sunday, June 5, 2016

Digi Challenge Scrap Page





I whipped up this 100% digital scrapbook page to enter into the Digitally Sweet Challenge for June: green and white plus one other color. I came across this all digital challenge site last month.

I don't really work with digital stamps, I prefer rubber stamps. I do, however, like to create digital scrapbook pages and other digi projects, so I'll be playing along with this new to me site.

All items on this digital scrapbook page are from the Daisy Days digital kit by JMC Designs.

It was created with My Memories Suite 7 software.

I'm also entering this page in the PDE Linky Party #126, Anything Goes.


On a side note, for anyone that may follow my blog (THANK YOU!), the baby name frame I posted a few days ago was a bit hit with the Mommy-to-be. She also liked the swing card, yaay ! Always a great feeling when you know someone appreciates the hand made item you give them.


Thanks for looking :)


EDITED TO ADD:


Friday, June 3, 2016

Swing Card for Baby







The card I made for the baby shower I'm attending this weekend.

Although I know the theme of the shower is the same as the nursery,
forest animals, I couldn't resist making a pink card :)
See the forest animal themed name frame I made as part of 
the gift for baby posted here.

Paper is from an old Die Cuts With A View stack.

Stamp images are oldies from Stampin' Up!
as are the inks and card stock base.

Ribbon is from my scraps stash, unknown.

Home made faux brads.

Home made glittery clear embossing powder.

The swing card was easy to make using a die from Sizzix.


Thanks for looking ! 



I'm entering my card in the following challenges:

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Hybrid Name Frame


A "hybrid" name plaque I made as a baby shower gift
to coordinate with theme of the baby's nursery ! 
I am excited to give it to the mom-to-be this weekend :) 


















The photograph above shows the dimension.
The project was originally an all digital piece
(shown below)  
that I was going to print out to frame,
but my old printer doesn't do a very good job. 
I think it turned out better making it dimensional anyway :) 











I did not take step by step photos, sorry.
I will try to explain how I made it


HOW TO:

The letters cut from decorative paper were
adhered to white "chipboard" that I cut to fit.

Although I have an old Cricut Create cutter,
I do not have a cartridge that would work
for my project. I was using an old 4" x 10" frame
in my craft supply stash, bought at Target years ago.
I used my standby, time consuming process to create "die cut" letters:
a computer font sized to my project than hand cut out with scissors and an Xacto knife.

I reverse the text image before printing
because I like to print on the back of my papers, that way if a little bit of
ink is left behind from my trimming, it isn't showing on the front.

I add a black drop shadow, centered, around each bold letter
and make the font itself white. This uses less ink and
creates an outline to cut around with scissors to
make letters sized for a particular project. 

I used the Impact font at 550 in the My Memories Suite 7 program.
Sometimes I will sponge ink on the edges of the letters
or add texture with embossing folders, stamped images, etc. 

After cutting out the letters, I carefully trace around them
onto lightweight chipboard then cut them out.
I like to line up the papers with the chipboard, making sure there are
no little bits that need trimmed before I glue them together. 
I brush on a light coat of a clear drying glue to the chipboard
letters, line up the paper letters on top, give them a good press
then lay something with weight over the top while they dry. 
I like to layer lightweight decorative papers over card stock
to make them more sturdy, especially if I am adhering them over
a textured background. It keeps them smooth. 
It also gives them a bit more depth than just the paper layer alone.

The animals were created with elements from the new
To The Mountains digital kits by JMC Designs.
I resized them, decided to add digital drop shadows,
printed then hand trimmed with small scissors.
They are attached with pop dots / dimensionals.

The textured Espresso Coredinations card stock was run through
a Fiskars texture wood grain plate then lightly sanded.
I also took the time to "fly speck" it with black paint,
but it doesn't really show.
I would have preferred the wood grain design to run vertical
to the elements, but due to the length of the background paper
and the way the design is on the texture plate, 
it had to be run horizontally.
I also needed to go back in with a stylus to try to fix
the unavoidable lines it made in the center of the embossed panel.







This photo was taken to try to show the "spacers" I made
for the frame to keep the artwork away from the glass.
This creates more depth for the dimensional elements.
I used strips of chipboard with corrugated cardboard glued on top.
They were trimmed  to fit then stuck in place with heavy duty double stick adhesive.
Yes, this was a tricky procedure, but it sure makes a difference. 







Thanks for looking !

I'm entering my project in the following challenges:
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes
PDE Linky Party - Anything Goes
2 Creative Chicks - Anything Goes



EDITED TO ADD:


My project was featured in their online
community gallery  


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Blog Hop and Challenge




Welcome to the House of Cards Challenge Blog Hop ! 
You should have arrived here from Emily's blog.

The hop runs through Noon CST  June 15, 2016 .
Leave a comment at each of the design team members blogs
for a chance to win one of the many hidden prizes
donated by our generous sponsors!
Full details are on the House of Cards blog.

Create a card inspired from the photo above and share it
with us at House of Cards for another chance to win.






My hop projects feature images from the 
Eat Your Cake digital stamp set
and Party Hardy paper pack available from



The first is a paper crafted card,
complete with a spinning image panel.
Give the panel a few twists before inserting it
into an envelope for a fun surprise for the recipient.



glittery highlights from Office Depot brand sparkle markers





reverse side of spinning panel


 I wasn't even thinking when I made this card
to use the inspiration photo colors ! Gah ! 
Just imagine it made with bright colors instead ;) 


I'm entering this spinning birthday card in the current challenge at








Because I used digital stamps and papers, I decided to make a totally digital project, too.
It's a simple digital scrapbook page created with My Memories Suite 7.
I colored the cake image in using Photoshop Elements first
(my first time to color digitally !)
and added black layers to the paper layers. 


No inspiration photo colors or theme, either, 
since I was limited to what was in the digi kits ;)






Lastly, I wanted to share the first project I made for the challenge.
I like to work ahead of time, so it was completed a month in advance.
It fit the challenge perfectly - 
colors, tropical florals, white lattice die to resemble the chair backs - 
except that I found out near hop time that I was required
to use an image from a sponsor - oops ! 
So, I added the Happy Mother's Day tag and gave it to my Mom :)



Thanks for looking at my projects =)

If you are following the hop order, 
your next stop is  Jane's blog. 


Here are links to all of the designers blogs:
Cohenna | Donna | Dotty Jo | Em | Emily | Heather
Jane | Judy | Karen | Katarzyna Ewa  | Katy | Leslie | Linda
Merethe | Merlina | Michele | Paula | Rocky | Rosi | Ruza
Shawna | Shirley | Steph | Sue N. | Sue T. Susan | Tina | Toni






To The Mountains - digi kit



To The Mountains is the newest release by




Below are the projects I made as part of her design team.






facebook cover





This was to be printed out and framed as a baby shower gift,
but my simple old printer won't do a nice enough job.
Come back tomorrow to see the paper crafted hybrid
version I made instead! 








Printable card fronts created with My Memories Suite 7.
I made the sentiments in MMS, too.



















This is a Bits N' Pieces kit, 
meaning each pack is sold separately.
Each pack will be on sale for $1.00 USD 
until June 7th, 2016.