Friday, March 15, 2013

More Cards...

I signed up for a couple of swaps with Stamping Queens for March and here are my cards... (I still have one more item to make; it's anything but a card...hmmmm) Anyway, the first card is for the card of the month (COTM).  I used distress stain on printed tissue paper (both Tim Holtz) and covered cardstock with it.  I happened to have a variety of flowers made from various products in different stages of being finished, all on my work desk (just how I usually work LOL) So, I used distress stains for my grunge paper flower (ripe persimmon and tarnished brass) and colorwash jewels spray in Citron from stampzia on my kraft paper flower and for my crinoline flower (tucked underneath) I colored it with neocolor II crayon and washed it with water, then added a champagne mist over it.  I like how it turned out and hope Vanessa, who is receiving it, likes it too!

My next card was for a vintage card swap and I guess I interpreted vintage as old and tore up (kind of like me LOL) Anyway, here it is:
I embossed coordination cardstock then sanded it and lightly added in some distress ink.  I distressed the edges greatly, made the tulle flower (can you tell I am still on my flower-making kick, ah maybe y'all didn't ever know I was cuz mostly I just have them lying around not being used on anything LOL... anyway, I used a dark gold/tarnished something colored tulle and then added vintage photo on the edges somewhat.  The stamp is a clear stamp from Glitzit.  I put it all together and Voila, "Memoirs".  

Have a wonderful weekend and stay tuned for my "anything but a card" thingie I am making and also, I am right now altering keys for a swap in another group I belong to.  I am loving how they are turning out and can't wait to share them with you.  Thanks for stopping by!!!

Monday, March 4, 2013

SHOCK!!! I made a piece of Jewelry

My usual pattern is to either play with papercrafts OR play with beads and wire; not both at the same time though... until now.  It was my daughter's 42nd birthday (and she's my baby, egad time flies) anyway, I always make my own cards, not a problem but I wanted to surprise her with a piece of jewelry because she knows I haven't been making any for quite some time. 

There are 2 blogs I follow because the gals are so darn creative in soooo many areas.  Now I love altered art but  Bev at Flamingo Toes  takes it to a whole new level.  Check out her altered dresser, it's awesome!!! Well, she and her blogosphere friend, Michele, at the Scrap Shoppe decided to do a "Jewelry Week" where for each of 5 days each one had a jewelry tutorial to share and honestly it was so much fun to follow them, especially when on the first day Michele had an incredible necklace that I really wanted to make (if only I was in my playing with beads phase, LOL).  Well, not too long after that I realized Drea's birthday was fast approaching... I had to give that necklace a try... here is the result.  Drea loved it and Michele, I hope I did you proud...

But, hey I loved how her birthday card turned out as well.  It started with my playing with Fantasy Film (y'all remember that right?) I loved how the butterfly turned out (even though I burned it just a bit... LOL)  I ended up building the card around that butterfly using a background technique video I found on Gina K's blog  (this link will take you directly to the video).  In my photos, I was trying to capture the sparkle of the butterfly (not an easy thing), so here are a couple of pics:

Whew long post today... thanks for taking the time to stop by!