Thursday, April 29, 2010

Waltzing Mouse Challenge

There’s a neat little spot on the web called Waltzing Mouse who will be putting out another new set of stamps I drool over. And iwth it comes a little challenge that inspired me right away.
The challenge is this sketch…
Challenge-sketchHere is my interpretation of the sketch.
birthdaycard 002_crppd Stamps used (since i don’t have any Waltzing Mouse stamps yet) JustRite, Penny black and Impression Obsession "’Cover-A-Card’ Thick n Thin Stripes
Watercolor pencils and blending solution in a water brush was used on Neenah paper for the daisy and mouse.
Glossy Cardstock was used on the background.
I used the Silhouette SD for cutting my circles and hand cut the daisies.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Mother’s Day

I love Crafty Secrets; She has all these neat little vintage, antique stamps and paper pieces to put together to make lovely little creations. She also, from time-to-time, has little freebies on her site. This time there was a page from a catalog or magazine and a poem for Mothers day. She also has contests like this one.

I made an easel card from these 3 graphics and thought i would share it here.


I covered the catalog page with tissue paper that is from a pattern leaving the wrinkles in but not adding any more. I made up a cutting file for the card including the stand or brace for the back and cut it out and placed the elements  together. The leaves were cut from a file in the Silhouette store and then drew vein lines with an embossing tool the applied some ColorBox fluid Chalk in Dark Moss to the edges.

There is one signature on the card already with 2 more to go…

Monday, April 26, 2010

Cutting File for the Rose

The cutting file for the Rose can be found here : flower_1rose1.GSD
For those having to do this the ancient way I have a pattern for you here...

You can size this any size to make any size rose you want.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Silhouette again

I have great enjoyment in sitting at my desk watching the Silhouette do my cutting for me. Every wavy line comes out just like it was drawn. It is superb. I took a photo of a flower and let the software trace it and though some of the lines did do some editing (removing of anchor points and lengthening the dip between petals) it wasn’t all that much effort.  I did a little cutting, colored my little rose in the making with distress ink (tattered Rose) and cotton ball. Glued the layers together and let dry (as long as I could stand it) then spritzed with water, scrunched and shaped till I got what i wanted. -
I was so tickled that i went ahead and plastered a whole screen of flower petals for my rose. And there was a background to make as i didn’t have any paper the right color, but i had this lovely shade of blue (VersaMagic Agean Blue) and Impression Obsession’s Thick and Thin Striped background stamp and so this happened….
This is not finished but I figure that with Mother’s Day coming. Then I thought this would look nice as a box. So now i need to get busy.
I used:

  • Tim Holtz’s Glossy Cardstock for background

  • Neenah Cardstock for label

  • AC Cardstock pastels for the leaf and stem
    the cutting file for the leaves is at the silhouuette store: 3_flower_sprig_with_butterfly_C00480_19210
    The other cutting files are my designs and you can email me for them.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Birthday Today!

My oldest Granddaughter is 21 today and so, of course, festivities are ensuing. Must have a birthday card !!! That goes without saying. I grabbed a little  stamped and painted image of mice having a blowing out the candle ritual that has been lying around for about a month. So glad that i have some things done ahead of time needed. Had cut out a little doily (a Samantha Walker design for Silhouette) just a little while ago and  thought it would be real cute behind the image so that was the  next piece. I used distress ink to do the background behind the ice and silhouetted the mice, used 3D-DOTS for them and everything was going good at this point. The background paper came next; that was easy! Bittersweet from basic gray had just the perfect paper for this. But then come the sentiment and I had’ to cut that on the Silhouette…I thought it would look just great so I cut that out and the top half of the ‘B” didn’t cut correctly. But i cut another one and that worked out.Now I had to figure out, without a lot of supplies I used to have, i feel a bit hampered. But i had a roll of ‘cheap’ low tack dollar store cellophane tape and thought that would work so i laid out the lettering on my crafty acrylic craft thingy that i lay on top of the Olfa rotary cutting mat that has lines on it for this kind of thing. Adjusted the letters so that they were as straight as i could get them and and carefully laid the cellophane tape over them and lightly pressed it down so i got all the letters on the tape. Whew! i did it. only the exclamation point went haywire but i can do that after i lay down the sentiment on the card.
Then i carefully turned the lettering over and applied mono-multi to the backside of the letters. Now, my eyes are not as good as they used to be i cannot see some details like white glue on white paper, i used too. So some spots got more glue than they should but at least the glue dries clear! The dot to the ‘i’ is somewhere on my table, ah! there it is. So I grabbed my handy-dandy Quick Kutz quicker-picker-upper and picked up the dot and laid a bit of glue on the exposed side and let that sit so that the glue would dry to tacky and placed it in it’s spot and now i have to get everybody to sign the card…Bye! :)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Flourishes Challenge

Flourishes is having a challenge! They are offering, as a prize, the whole set of new stamps set she is releasing this Friday. I can hardly stand it! I would love to have that. I entered this card even though I wasn’t sure that it was really good enough.

cARD 002-editedI think if i had spritzed the paper first a little, then layed the mask onto the paper and finished spritzing i would have liked it better. I love the flourish, just didn’t want it to be so startlingly white with the other pieces on the card. But two very kind people made a comment about what they liked about the card; so i cheered up. One was on the background.

The challenge was for a twinchy; a little 2-inch square work of art that like to take center stage. I just loved the way she worded that. And I even had a Flourish Stamp set to work with!

So now i am biting my nails…..till Friday. Just joking; I’m not really biting my nails. But i would sure love to win the drawing.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

JustRite Part 2

I had a scrap of Basic Grey paper from the Bittersweet collection that when I was playing around with the Tattered angel spray and a silhouette cut pattern i was using for a mask came out so pretty that kept it out on my desk.

And when I was putting this card together I tried it with the image and stamped image it worked so well I went ahead and put it together even though it is not my normal color scheme.

 justrite 009b_edited-1But trying to photo graph it was a problem. I did finally manage to get a good shot finally so here it is. A little on the grey side but both the stamp and my pretty paper shoe up nicely anyway and lightening it up did not do it any favors.

Butterfly_floral_lace_square_C00500_19210 was used as a stencil through which the Iridescent glimmer spray showed up really nice. The lace border is a take off on the one in the silhouette store; it was not quite what i wanted, though i do have it in my collection, so using the closed spline tool i did the lace. If anyone want the cutting file I can email it to them.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Daisy ala Just Rite

I was recently given a set of Just Rite stamps; a gift that is treasured (gifts usually are) and received it this last Saturday. When Monday came i got out my stamps and , wanting to do all of them at once, chose to do this one for the the ones who gave me the stamps.

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  • dragonfly – punch by McGill
  • shapes cut with Silhouette
  • paper – Basic Grey Porcelain 6x6 collection; Neenah for stamped design
  • Stamp – Just Rite My Garden Set colored with water color pencils and dove blending solution


dragonfly was a happy accident; i brushed some green onto the dragonfly lightly then made one squirt of Tattered angels burnt Red which was off center but i liked the affect.

the silhouette pattern for the scalloped edge is nested_lollipop_flower_C00090_21585. I had cut the circle a few days ago and opened the lollipop file, made my circle the same size as needed, deleted the other shapes, matched them up making the flower a little lager than the circle and cut. That’s not a tutorial but just to show how easy it was to do to get the shape (I just love my Silhouette).

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Joyous Easter Everyone!

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I am so glad that Jesus came and died for me. Then rose and took the keys of hell away from the devil! We have  a Life in Christ that is so good! No matter what I go through I know that I have a place in heaven with my Savior.

I didn’t have a Lily or a pattern for a lily so i used a blossom from the Nostalgia set by Inkadinkado. Silhouette had a couple of Lillies but I ran out of cash to get them…oh well. Next year.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


Easter is this Sunday and I was lagging behind thinking i had another week. So, being that we had nothing in the house going, i started with the baskets. Then, when someone went to the store to get the other items necessary, they forgot the grass. !!!! Now, who in this world, would forget the grass! Oh, well. “I will make my own”, i said and did with tissue paper from last Christmas and handy scissors!


First basket

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Second basket

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Third basket

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