Saturday, April 16, 2016

Thanks, Dude Teacher

My pre-student teacher was wrapping up his semester with me this week.  The students wrote thank-you notes to him.  I decided on a card.  

Stamp: Simon Says Stamp Solid Sentiments 
Paper: Echo Park Backpack
Cardstock: Bazzill Kraft
Ink: Stampin' Up!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Hard Things

A card for a friend who is gone too soon. Used: Ali Edwards' Tough stamp set, SEI velvet paper, and SU! stamp inside. Base: Bazzill orange peel.  Stitched rectangle die.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Some cards, some scrapbooking

Spring Break.  Ah!  Some people schedule vacations.  I adore just staying home.  I get caught up on things, like my backlogged Ali Edwards class videos. I get to craft!  It makes me realize that summer will be awesome and is just around the corner.

Here are some of the things I got to do:

I went on a scrapbooking store trip to The Paper Forest.  I had a gift card  from Santa, and some rewards from previous spending.  One of the many things I picked up was the Taylored Expressions set, Grown Up Grumplings.  Everything about this set made me laugh and made me think of so many friends for whom I can make cards from this.  I started with this simple one for a buddy who has three girls ranging from ages 12 to 2.  She has an abundance of laundry to keep her busy.

Here's the inside

I also got caught up with some scrapbook entries from my One Little Word album.  February was supposed to be a "practice" focus.  

March was about using magazines/images/words to create a vision board.  Ali suggested using a canvas, but I stuck to keeping it in the scrapbook.  Actual size was 8 x 12.
This page held one of the cutouts I could not fit on the other layout.  It introduces what is bout to come.  The flair was in one of Ali's recent kits.  (It's supposed to say "March's prompt," but I wrote February...and life goes on...)
I really dig how this turned out.  Click on it for a larger view.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sending Our Love to a Fellow Crafter

Hello there!  Glad you hopped on over to my little ol' blog!  For those starting here, welcome to the Caring for the Cox Family Blog Hop.  Several of us ladies decided to show our love and support for our crafting buddy, Ann Cox, by participating in a blog hop that expresses cards of encouragement.

Recently, Ann's husband, Kevin, at the age of 41, endured a triple bypass.  Added to that surgery was the stress of his kidney.  He donated a kidney to his father, and the kidney Kevin has left is losing function.  So, his surgery was quite risky, but he endured on the wings of eagles and the prayers of warriors.  Kevin now faces recovery.  Ann is a fellow teacher who taught English to my own son for a few years in high school.  Kevin and she have a gorgeous toddler, Liam.  Kevin was Liam's caregiver.  Now, Kevin must focus on recovery.  They have started Liam in child care for the first time in his little life.  That, coupled with the bills that are now rolling in, called some of us to action.

The fabulous Karen Kelly started a GoFundMe page through which we have been accumulating an account that Ann can use as needed.  While our blog hop has FABULOUS prizes, we would also like to ask you for two things: 1. prayers for the Cox family, and 2. if possible, a donation to the GoFundMe fundraiser.

My card was definitely created with Ann in mind.  Clean and simple all the way!  White and black on kraft with some embossing.  I used Simon Says Stamp's Hand Lettered Encouragement set for the sentiment.  I stamped with VersaMark and embossed with Stampin' Up! white embossing powder.  The heart stickers are from Starfoam.  The heart embossing folder is from The Paper Studio.  I love this sentiment, and it suits Ann perfectly.  Click on the photo to see more detail.

It would not be a blog hop without fabulous prizes, right?  Please visit these vendors and/or give them a message of appreciation for their support.

CAS-ual Fridays $50 gift certificate 
Lawn Fawn - $50 gift certificate 
Sugar Pea Designs - $50 gift certificate 

For chances to win:
  • 1 chance: post a comment of encouragement to Ann on this blog
  • An additional chance: donate to the GoFundMe page for the Cox family
  • Even more chances: comment on each blog in the blog hop
From here, please hop on over to Rae Barthel's site!

The whole hoppin' list:

3. Tenia Nelson :


Saturday, January 2, 2016

Because one project is never enough...

I decided to do a One Little Word album this year.  My word is "real."

For January, Ali offers many journaling opportunities.  I have completed a few, and a few will take some time for me to think.  Here's what I have so far.
This is the cover of the grey binder Ali was offering (It has since sold out).

With the class comes some digital downloads.  The word "real" was written digitally by me!  I used my Wacom tablet, and finally got it to where I liked the script.  This is housed in a 3 x 8 page protector that came with the album kit.  Beneath it is a divider for January from Ali.

Ali provides the digital files and the inspiration for this page.  In the upper right-hand corner, she also used a transparency and some circle chipboard.  I did not want to put chip board over my transparency that I found at Michaels.  Here's a better look.

On the flipside of that are more digital files, under which I wrote my thoughts.  Ali offers several other card options, but I went with her lead.

She offers these next two pages, but  am still pondering my responses on them.  To me, they require quite a bit of thought about my word.  Here's what they look like sans journaling.

So, there you have it.  The unPlanner, the Fit program, and One Little Word.  Looks like it will be quite a creative 2016!

The unPlanner Begins!

I am taking a departure from my craft comfort zone as I participate in the unPlanner through Art to the 5th Academy. There is direction, yet freedom, thank goodness.  Tonight, I worked on some of the January first week prompt offered by the class.

Since the theme of January is "Going Out On A Limb," I decided to incorporate that into the binder cover.

I used Papertrey Ink's Mighty Oak stamp and die set.  I also incorporated all sorts of inks that I had in my stash.  I stamped the trunk directly on the cover, then stamped, die cut, and adhered each leaf.

The final touch included stamping the sentiment and adding some grass with my Prismacolor pencil.

I am not sure I am finished with the cover (I am thinking of a simple frame, but I am fearful to go one step too far), but I think this is an awesome start.

Also for this week, we were to work on a divider.  Those who got their kits earlier than I had a BoBunny divider kit to work with which is, alas, no longer made.  So, I used an idea I had learned during the December Daily, and I used my packaging from that to create a divider.  I cut a kraft tag in half and adhered that with Tacky Tape.

I then stamped the "Jan." from a PTI kit that had not seen ink: Clip Tips.  The stars are hand drawn with my Gelly Roll white pen.  I love these pens.

Next was to print the calendar provided. (click on photo for a larger look)

The washi tape on the side is actually from the page underneath, but I think it looks pretty cool peeking through.  I put a couple of things in that I knew were true so far.

I did not feel like dealing with hole reinforcers as art, although I think the idea is a fun one from the class.  Instead, I scribbled some circles around the holes.

 My month and my cloud were both heat embossed with Stampin' Up! white embossing powder.  The January stamp is from Stampin' Up's Day to Day set.  The cloud is from the Hero Arts/Studio Calico Hooray set (I think it may have been discontinued).

We were also to work on the first weekly printout.  Here's mine with some Stampin' Up! Bohemian washi to accent.

The doodle circles returned!

There you have it.  The start of my going a bit outside of my comfort box (other artists are majorly adding steps...).  I loved getting my stamps inked!