Thursday, February 24, 2011

MOSAS 29 for February

The Oriental Stamp Art yahoo group I belong to has a 3-month swap I joined and here is my first swap.  I took bamboo tiles and covered them with washi paper and layers of decoupage, stamped on the back (not shown) and strung a beaded trim on the bottom and created a chain.  I then made an envelope to place the pendants, also from some beautiful handmade paper I just happened to pick up at Michael's years ago.  Here's the photo.

BTW, MOSAS stands for Multiple Oriental Stamp Art Swaps and this round is the 29th one.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

In celebration of this special holiday, I made a unique card gift.  It is the bonus technique from the latest Technique Junkies Newsletter.  It is called a goodie box and was created by the very creative Hetty Sanders!!  I just love the whole idea of it.  I used Tim Holtz designer cardstock and score tape to put it all together.  Unfortunately, the photos make it look a bit more distressed than it looks IRL.  I also used a trinket pin for the tag.  I think it's cute. Thanks Hetty and of course, thanks Pat for publishing such an incredible newsletter every other month!!!

Now, I am off to fill the box with candy... the candy box is opposite the tag and pocket.  In the above photo I opened the lid on top of the box.  The whole box is firmly attached to the card!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Latest Compendium of Curiosities Challenge!!!

So, I made it in time!!  I used Tim's bird and cage die to create this wall hanging. I also used one of his stamps and some rhinestones.  The background is handmade paper (it's really so beautiful)... The title is ...know why the caged bird sings... deliberately, because if you don't then you really need to read Maya Angelou's incredible autobiographical poem, "I know why the caged bird sings."  It will take your breath away, and in some very small measure I guess I hope my version will as well...

I do apologize for the poor quality of my image.  My cell phone just doesn't have a zoom, why not???

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


I want to thank those who vote on Gingersnap Creations for once again choosing a piece I created as a winner in the coffee filter challenge!!!  Thank you so much!!!  It is so gratifying to get comments from those who take the time to view my work and it is the cherry on the top to get recognized for it.  So, I am absolutely joyful to state that I am now a 3-time Ginger Gem!!!  I hope my daughter loves the card as much as you all did... LOL... and I know it will be a surprise because she never checks my blog... LOL...

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Carole's Beautiful Easel Card

My friend Carole sent me an email with a card she had made.  I thought it was gorgeous and perfect for the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog challenge to use embossing.  I told her that she should enter her beautiful card and she tried to.  One small problem, she doesn't have a blog (soon to be remedied).  So, a friend is someone who helps you out of a jam... I am her friend and here is her card:

There is a slight glare off that incredible paper, but I think you can still tell how really pretty it is.  Now, I am off to enter it into the challenge for her!!!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Nate's Birthday

My grandson is about to turn 13 and he is definitely a star to me... LOL... hence the card!!!!  I took white cardstock and used denim blue Glimmer Mist with just a little burnt red.  I then used Tim Holtz's gear masks on the same cardstock and sprayed over the masks with coffee shop Glimmer Mist.  For the star I used a Sizzix die and for the basketball star circle I used a punch on designer paper by Moxie.  The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Thanks for looking...

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Ella's Valentine's Card

Red Lead Paperworks provided the wonderful inspiration for my Great Niece's V-day card.  They are a local store with incredible goodies, including their own stamps, and they offer it all online.  Just click the link and check out the shabby chic nature of their art and art supplies!!!  You won't be disappointed.  Well they published an adorable idea for buttons.  They wired their buttons together but I decided to just glue them with Glossy Accents.  The fun part is that some of those buttons were my mom's, Ella's Great Grandmother.  I thought it would be fun to send the card and then Ella and Eden (her mom, my niece) could try to guess which buttons are which.  I have a key to which are which to share with them once they have tried to figure it out.  Anyway the card is simple but very sweet I think. The buttons are from various sources including my mom's button tin (a Louis Sherry candy tin).  The paper is from Daisy D's and the tags on the inside were made from my Sizzix die.  The floss is from The Angel Company.  enjoy...