Thursday, February 23, 2012

Techniques for beautiful papers

I love the Paper Source Blog. This morning, they had a posting on techniques used to make beautiful papers. Thought I would share it with you: Enjoy!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Why is my blog always the last thing I do?

I can't believe I haven't been here since November, but the holidays were busy and things are just settling down. Twink, the Monster Kitten has been sick and required care, and our printer died just before New Year's. Then there was the month-long cold that both I and my DH acquired from some mysterious source that drained all remaining energy. I also took on some contract work that is a lot of fun, and competes with my card-making time. On the Stampin' Up! front, I've had my monthly workshops on the second Saturday of each month, and I did a couple of swaps with other Stampin' Up! demonstrators to celebrate the new Occasions mini and the arrival of Sale-a-Bration. If you're curious about either, just post a comment with your email and I'll save the details for that. And now on for the fun part -- pictures of some of the cards I've been making. I put some of them in my Etsy shop.
This card is based on the design of another SU demo whose name I've lost. Should be more careful.
This card is based on a design by Ilina Crouse.
This card is a CASE of another made by Sandy Mathis.
This card is a CASE of one made by the fabulous Mary Fish.
This card is based on a design by Diana Carr.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

Simple opulence birthday card

I've used Stampin' Up's Mocha Morning designer series paper to fashion the paper frame on this card. It's one of my favorites and I had a hard time giving it up to my Etsy shop. So I just made another one to keep. The frame is a sort of origami, and is one of my favorite techniques.



Here's what it looks like with a completely different color scheme


Just click on the photos to go to my Etsy shop.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Two days in a row???

Well, I finished up the last of my 12x12 designer sheet and decided to make individual cards rather than another set. With the new Etsy stats available for my shop, I've learned that people are eager to find retirement cards. I finally made one.



With my own first wedding anniversary coming up, I guess anniversary cards were just on my mind, so something simple that can go to a couple or to a man or a woman ...



Then I realized I hadn't made any baby cards all year long. I thought this one was very sweet, and could be used for a girl or a boy.



And last but not least, a card for a new Mr. & Mrs.



As always, if you want to know more about the cards, just click on the photo! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

One Sheet Wonders and Writer's Block

Let's face it -- I'm a sporadic blogger.

But for those of you who do make it by, I thought I'd post a little bit about what I've been working on. It's a part of Stampin' Up! culture and it's called a One Sheet Wonder. The idea is that you take one sheet of 12x12 patterned paper -- or Designer Series Paper (DSP) in Stampin' Up! lingo -- and cut it into something like 16 assorted rectangles and squares (I used a template by Jennifer Taylor which you can find here) and then make it into cards. This approach is powerful, since many card artists will tell you that one of the hardest things they have to do in their work is make the first cut into a gorgeous 12x12 sheet of designer paper. It can be like writer's block in a way -- that blank (or in this case, printed) page staring back at you waiting to be turned into something -- with the potential, in the right hands, to become wonderful.

Some people try to make all 16 cards in one hour, but I try to design each card one by one as a unique art piece rather than make as many cards as I can in as short a time as I can, which is a challenge of another sort.

So far, I've made three sets of three cards each using a retired DSP called Botanical Gazette. The paper I chose has olive green butterflies and moths on a dotted green background.



Here's what I've done so far -- hope you enjoy the cards, and maybe decide to try your own One Sheet Wonder challenge. To visit my Etsy shops and find out more about the cards, just click on any of the photos. Thanks!

Birthday Card Set









Thinking of You Card Set










Friendship Card Set









Friday, July 22, 2011

Please turn to page 47...

I got a note that I was included in this fabulous treasury -- I like it so much I wanted to share it with you

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Time flies...

Talk about a neglected blog!

I became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in January, and have been really busy creating lots of new cards, both to show my customers new techniques and to sell in my Etsy shop. I love the quality of the products I've found there, and especially am enjoying the brilliantly colored card stock.

Here's a few for your viewing pleasure --












In the intervening period, I have also opened a new Etsy shop, TeenyTinyEnvelopes. Here are some of my favorites






Saturday, December 11, 2010

Etsy Bloggers shop of the month: Pruitt Handcrafts

I was browsing through Pruitt Handcrafts and came across this magnificent quilt. The colors are so refreshing.



Linda also runs Pruitt Design and Pruitt Supply. In the first you'll find lovely jewelry, like this pair of exotic teal flower earrings. And she offers free shipping -- all the time!



So go by and browse! You might find your holiday shopping finished faster than you expected!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Hurray, I have a new camera





My darling Mr. Quirky gave me a new Canon PowerShot SD4500is for my birthday this year. I've been spending the day re-shooting pictures from my Etsy shop. I can't tell you how much improvement I see already in color and detail. My old Olympus was ten years old, and those new megapixels make all the difference in the world. Here are a few examples for your perusal:

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Blog carnival: What inspires you?

I'm a lucky crafter -- I get inspired by the materials and tools that I use. I get to pick out bright, colorful, pretty things to turn into other pretty things. Here are some examples of the materials I've been working with this week, and which I'll be listing during the coming week: