Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Where Flowers Bloom

Hello Everyone,
Gee it seems like it's been forever since I posted. I have been so busy. I traveled to Boston and was gone for 1 1/2 weeks visiting and taking classes. Then home for one day then gone for another 3 days, traveling to Tenn. to teach 3 classes. Whew, what a whirlwind of 2 weeks. Now that I am back I have planned more classes over at Simply Said Rubber Stamps.

I am getting ready to start putting together class kits for the 3 classes that I will be teaching at Stampaway in August. Below are my classes:

 Wed, Aug 5 @ 11:00 - 1:00 Chalkboard Cards
Wed. Aug 5 @ 4:30 - 7:30  Multi Pocket Mini Album
 Friday Aug 7 @ 8:00 am  - 11:00 Two Folds Tag Book

Click here to go to the class section at Stampaway for more info and pics of class samples

OK Enough of what I have been doing class wise. Let me share with you a card that I just finished.

 I tried out a relatively new product and I love this. It's called Color Burst and its from Ken Oliver. Talk about a great product.  I used the product on a watercolor panel then I cut the panel into 1/2" strips and put together this card alternating the color strips with plain white strips.

I added flowers to the center and attached a sentiment to the bottom. The largest flower is a store bought product however the other flowers are my handmade creations.

Hope you get a chance to try and buy Color Burst. Its a highly pigmented powder and it really gives you absolutely gorgeous and colorful results.

Stamps:  My Sentiments Exactly  TT240 Floral Fun
Paper/Card Stock
:Teal Blue CS, Watercolor Paper, White CS
Ink: Memento - Teal Zeal
Dies Used: Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Tattered Florals (used to make my handmade flowers)
Accessories: Large Teal Gauze Flower(Store Bought), Ken Oliver - Color Burst, Pearls and Rhinestone

Stop back on May 1 for a new card spotlighting my card with the bow made using the Craft-Dee BowZ tool.

I am submitting this creation in the following challenges:

  • Addicted to Stamps - #103 Flowers (#28)
  • Amusing -  Anything Goes (#14)
  • Lil Patch of Crafty Friends -  #8 Anything Goes(#115)
  • Pile It On #66 Same Pattern Different Ways (#8)
  • Crafts Galore Encore Make a Card (#156)
  • Die Cut Divas - In the Garden (#109)
  • One Crazy Stamper (M,P1,E5) Anything goes(#93)
  • Thursday, April 16, 2015

    The Craft-Dee BowZ April Blog Hop

    Hi Everyone!

    Welcome to Craft-Dee BowZ's April Blog Hop. If you arrived here from Vicki's blog then you are in the right place. If not, you may want to start at the Craft-Dee BowZ blog and leave a comment on each of the designers blogs to be eligible for the prize to be awarded at the end of the hop. The hop will end on Sunday April 19.

    In the event you are lost
    here is the list of the designers in the Craft-Dee BowZ  blog hop

    Barbara (You are here)

    Well I am the last designer for this month's blog hop. Have you had fun and seen some really beautiful cards and cool ideas?? I hope so. 

    For this blog hop, our theme is Living on the Edge -  use border dies

    Let me share my card with you.

    Three different border dies and an oval die make the back drop for the front of this card.

    Next I stamped this cute Sherri Baldy My Besties Stamp image and used an oval die to cut it out.I used the Cutting Outside the Die technique. If you are not familiar with the how-to's of this cool technique, click here to watch a You Tube for directions.

    I also added dimension to the wings. I stamped another set of wings onto vellum colored the new set of wings and cut them out then attached them over the original stamped image.

    Here are two close ups of the wings.

    My Bow - First I added a ribbon to the card and tied a knot and left tails about 2 " in length. For this card I used a ivory ribbon and attached it to the card front, Next using my Craft-Dee BowZ tool I made a larger single loop bow and then I made a smaller single loop bow using my magenta ribbon. I stacked the smaller loop bow on top of the larger loop bow and placed these two bows on top of the cream ribbon knot. Now using the tails of the cream ribbon, tie the magenta bows together and pull the cream tails really tight to ensure the bow is secure.Trim the tails of the magenta bows and the cream ribbon and you now have a fluffy double loop bow with a cream knot.

    Here is the tool that makes it so easy to make yummy fluffy bows.

    Click here and order yours today. 

    Stamps:Sherri Baldy My-Besties Stamps Wee Winged One, My Sentiments Exactly (MSE) Banner Sentiments
    Paper/Card Stock:White CS, Pinks CS, Darker Pink CS, Vellum

    Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
    Dies Used: Spellbinders -Ovals sm , Scalloped Oval sm; Impression Obsession - DIE-152N (Card Bottom), Joy Crafts Border 6002/0256 (Used in the center area of card, Top Die Top Dog Die - Alaina Lace Border Die (Card Top)
    Accessories: Ribbon, Craft-Dee BowZ  tool, dimensional foam, Spectrum Noir Markers

     Please remember to leave comments on each designers blog
    This will make you eligible to be in the running for a 25' reel of yummy ribbon. 

    The winner will be announced on April 20.  So stop back to see if you are the winner.

    Thanks for joining us for the April Craft-Dee BowZ Blog Hop.

    I am submitting my card to the following challenges:

  • Inspiration Destination - #29 Always Anything Goes (#61)
  • Deep Ocean Challenge #101 - Things with Wings - (#152)
  • Digi Choosday Challenge - #15 - Pearls & Gems (#10)
  • Doodle Pantry  must use digital image -  Anything Digital Goes (#44)
  • Everybody-Art-Challenge  #320 Pearls (#52)
  • Party Time Tuesdays - #197 - Anything Goes (#159)
  • Through The Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes (#111)
  • Crafting from the Heart - Always Anything Goes (#158)
  • Craft Your Passion - Always Anything Goes (#173)

  • Tuesday, April 7, 2015

    Thinking of You

    Thank you for stopping in today. Today is the 1st Tuesday of the month and it's my turn to post for Craft-Dee BowZ. The theme for all of us designers for this month is "Thinking of You"

    Recently I received a few new dies and thought I'd use them in this card.

    Here are a few other shots of this card showcasing different parts of the card.

     Here is the bird cage - Gilded Birds by Memory Box

     Also I used Florina Corner also by Memory Box - however after cutting the image I decided to use different piece parts in different areas of the card. So I cut it up to give me the various flowers for the different areas of the card.
    I made the dimensional flowers using a Martha Stewart punch - 3 in 1 Hydrangea

    Last but certainly not least is the bow. 
    I started out using a single loop bow, but it looked naked. LOL so I added smaller single loop over the top of the original bow and this bow turned out to be really fluffy. 

    Thanks for stopping in and have a great week.

    Stamps: Unknown
    Paper/Card Stock
    : White CS, Purple CS
    Ink: Grape Jelly Momento
    Dies/Punches Used:Memory Box - Gilded Bird, Florina Corner; Martha Stewart 3 N 1 Hydrangea
    Ribbon, Craft-Dee BowZ  tool, dimensional foam

    Monday, April 6, 2015

    My Projects for Mema's Crafts for April

    April Theme - Anything Goes

    Hi Everyone
    Welcome to April!!!

    This month Mema's Crafts has two sponsors, Stitchy Bear's Digital Outlet and Rick St. Dennis

    Easter is over but I thought I'd share with you an Easter card I made for a friend, even though it's late in the game, so to speak.

    My Easter card is using the cutest bunny image and it's a Stitchy Bear Digital Stamp called Bunny Blu. As soon as I spied this cute bunny I knew I just had to use it on my card.

    My second card is using a darling little girl from Rick St. Dennis
    This digital image is called Pollyanna

    Please click here for more pictures and additional informational information for both cards.

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    Thank You

    Hi  Everyone

    It's April 1 and its a new month and time for another new challenge over at Craft-Dee BowZ.

    Below is the card that I created for the Craft-Dee BowZ inspiration and it's also on the CDB blog site as well.

    If you're like me, I have rubber stamps (mounted and unmounted), clear stamps and digital images. So it seems I have a lot of images to choose from. I decided to go thru some of my digtal images and came across this one.(The flower and the butterfly are all one image) I am sorry but I do not know where this came from. I colored it with colored pencils and used Gamsol to blend the colors.

    I guess I chose this image because it reminds me of spring, but spring seems to be slow in coming this year.

    I used designer papers and added a punched border strip and layered the panel onto the card.

    I attached my bow to the panels before layering them on the card front.

    Before I forget - Craft-Dee BowZ is hosting a blog hop starting at 10:00 p.m. edt Thursday April 16. We hope you will join us and find inspiration in all of the projects that the designers will be showing off. The designers theme is Living On The Edge - Use a Border Die. Now that sounds like a great theme and lots of fun inspiration.

    Stamps: Digital - Unknown 
    Paper/Card Stock
    : Black CS, DP
    Punch Used/Dies: Sizzix Tag CDie, MS Punch around the Page - Traditional Eyelet
    Accessories: Hug Snug Ribbon, Prisma Colored Pencils, Gamsol, 
    Craft-Dee BowZ  tool, dimensional foam

    I am submitting my card to the following challenges:

  • Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes with a Twist of Flowers (#49)
  • Bunny Zoe's Crafts - (March) Spring Colours (#354)
  • Crafting from the Heart -  Always Anything Goes (#66)
  • Craft Your Passion - Always Anything Goes (#80)
  • Crafty Cardmakers -- (Week 2) Spring (#107)
  • Ooh La La Creations -  Easter/Spring (#22)
  • The Crazy Challenge - Floral (#18)
  • The Pink Elephant Monday Card Challenge -  Anything Goes (#52)
  • Fairytale Stampers - #53 Anything Goes/Things with Wings (#41)

  • Thanks for stopping in today, Hope to see you at the Blog Hop