Tuesday, January 20

CLASS FAVOR


Hey stampers! Tonight I have a class where we will be using a lot of new items from the Sale A Bration Catalog and the Spring Occasions Catalog. I can't wait to show you the cards we are making over the next few weeks while I am in FL! Yes, it is that time of year again and I am looking forward to the warm temperatures....but let's forget about that for now and see what's up. Today, I decided to create some favors for my class....I used up some of my Red Glimmer Paper and love the heart embellishment on the Fries Box....Enjoy your day and I'll see you soon!

Friday, January 16

Waxed Paper Enbossing


Hey everyone, the weekend is here and there was no snow to shovel so I decided to play along with the Paper Plunge and do this card using a technique I am calling Embossed Waxed Paper! Mainly because that is what it is. I took a piece of Waxed Paper and roll it up into a tight ball, then I opened it up flat and using a salt shaker I sprinkled it with gold embossing powder into the crevices. Then, I  used the heat gun to emboss it. After it was embossed in gold I sponged it with Tangerine Tango and Old Olive inks.I used that for my center focus and added a scene around it. Enjoy!

Monday, January 12

CREATIVE BLOG HOP



Hey stampers I have a surprise today and I am very excited to tell you that I have been nominated to do a one~time Blog Hop for the Creative Blog Hop. I have never participated in Blog Hops before, because I am always nervous to do them. I do not like schedules or commitments, because those two things seem to dull my creativity and I feel pressured. This time however, I felt stress free and the timing was right, and because it was  "JUST ONE TIME"  I decided I would try it. I hope you are not disappointed. 

Right off the bat I want to thank CHRIS SLOAGAR  for nominating me to play along with the Creative Blog Hop, I am sad to say I do not Chris personally, but I have grown to enjoy HER creativity from stalking her blog . I know you will love her fresh fun style too, so go take a peek!

Today, I was a little SCARED AND DIDN'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO DO to inspire you. I couldn't decide if it would be a new kind of box? Or would it be the Bokeh Technique or something new and different!

One of the things I love to do is to use an image in an unexpected way. For this card you just don't expect to see a bicycle all dressed up on the shore of a snowy ocean! This scene makes a fun gift card for a winter birthday, or it can be used as a hope filled card for those of us just waiting for spring to come!
Adding just a bit of color on an otherwise clean canvass tells the story! I used Soft Sky card stock and Whisper White craft ink to sponge the waves of this winter sea with just a little Marina Mist for accents. Then I stamped the bicycle from Life's Adventure in Staz On and painted it with Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Markers and then added some bakers twine tassels. I hope it inspires you to do something fun with a stamp set meant for something else.

OK, now that I have presented my card for you I have been asked to answer four questions that might give you an idea of how my mind works when I get down to creating.

                1. What are you working on now?
                                Recently, I have been working on a mechanical card that creates a POP UP BOX!  It has not been easy to design, but the prototype is complete and now it is time for me to tweak it. I am very excited to show it off and I think all of you in the stamping/crafting world will be also!
               

                2. How does your work differ from others in your genre?
                                My style is soft and clean and my signature is Neutrals. I love Very Vanilla and use it almost exclusively in most of the cards I create. I love to combine lots of neutral layers with textures, ~and ribbon is my favorite embellishment because I love it when a bow looks like something tied in a little girl's locks of curls.
                3. Why do you create what you do?
                                Wow! I create for the simple reason of selfishness. I know we are supposed to share but for me it is all about the high I get when I step back and look at a card sitting on a stage and ready for photographing. I love the moment of surprise after I add "this or that" to card stock and it SINGS! Finally, after the mere process of creating is complete, I design to help others think outside the box!

                4. How does your creativity work?
                                For me creating is all about thinking outside the box! So, I get super excited when I can design something that has not been done before! I look for inspiration in places other than card making. It may be jewelry, as in my Quartz Technique; or antique lace linens for the layered look, or even something in my kitchen cupboard, like what I use for Grandma's Swirl. Most recently I was thinking about how I could created bright light in the Bokeh Technique. It is all the rage right now (we see it even in our church
decorations). The difference for me was I wanted my design to POP and SPARKLE and be filled with light, just like in photographs that I have seen of Christmas Lights. Playing around with that goal in mind I was able to sponge colors to acheive that look.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and be sure to visit the two blogs I have nominated for next week!  Here they are......Marie Green at My Tanglewood Cottage I saw her fall tri fold card and fell in love with it, and Angela Carter at Angela's Ink Link . She has been a demo buddy of mine for a few years, and has an awesome creative eye .

Tuesday, January 6

CITY CRAFTERS CHALLENGE with BURLAP


Today's card is for a theme over at City Crafter for Burlap Love. I love the burlap ribbon we have right now and used it on this Pouch Pocket Card with built in fold stand. I hope you like it too!
 Take a peek at the other pictures below!


Monday, January 5

Mojo Monday

Today's card is for the sketch challenge over at Mojo Monday. It has turned bitterly cold here in New England but we cannot complain because so far it has been a very mild winter! Today felt like a crisp winter's day that should have crunchy snow under foot, but we are snow bare for the moment. This card looks like it feels outside, with bright white and crisp embossing. The center layer is card stock covered in Washi Tape then embossed! Enjoy!

Friday, January 2

Get Well


Hey everyone.....are you rested? Not so much huh! Well I had to make a card for a friend of ours who suffered a heart attack on New Year's Eve. He is fine and doing well so I wanted to cheer him up a bit. I do not own too many male images so I used the map background image and the sketch from Paper Plunge to create this card. I singed the edges of the card stock using a heat tool, but first I stripped the card layers so the paper was thin and curled from the heat. Next I added a bunch of sentiments to let him know just how much we want him to recover quickly. This card is bigger than normal so I grabbed my Envelope Bunch Board and made a coordinating envie too.~Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, December 30

2015 PURSE WALLET/DESK CONVERSION

Hey stampers over the past few years I have done a Purse Wallet Calendar that converts into a Desk Calendar and this year is no different. My styles change but the tutorial on the mechanics remain the same. So if you have already bought my tutorial you can make a NEW one this year and add your own NEW 2015 calendar cards. If you don't want to do that you can order mine! Both the Wallet Tutorial and PRINTABLE CALENDAR CARDS are available on my side bar. ~Enjoy!

Monday, December 29

NOSTALGIC VIDEO and Layered Card

Today's card is neutral pallet with a splash of Pink Piroette, but it has a lot of layers and textures. I used DSP! WOW! I never use that, and then I built off of that by adding embossed stamped layers in Very Vanilla which I matted in Basic Black. I made a bow MY FAVORITE THING TO DO,  next to sponging of course, and then I added some ruffled Washi Tape for a peek a boo of interest. If you check out my video HIGHLIGHTED above you will see me when I was young, and it is my very first video ever so be kind! LOL! ENJOY!

Wednesday, December 17

BOKEH SNOWFLAKES


Hey Stampers, if you were quick and saw this post in the first 24 hours you got a little Christmas Bonus! But now the post has changed and I am on a roll creating and today is day #3 in a row! I tried the Bokeh Technique (I have never seen a tutorial or video) so I am not sure if it is the right way to do it...but my version has a lot of light which I like a lot. It uses the stamp sets Seasonally Scattered and Endless Wishes along with an older set Snow Swirled. To make this card it is just sponged and then stamped....SOOOOO EASY. In less than 10 minutes you have a pretty effect and finished card. Love it! You can order the video in my store on my side bar.~Enjoy

Tuesday, December 16

SPECIAL FOLDS CLASS

 Hi everyone, WOW 2 days in a row I am posting....go figure LOL! Today I am showing you what we did in class last week. The three cards are special folds. The one on the left is done using the Wonderous Wreath Framelit but only cutting part of it out of the paper to make a window. The one in the back is a pretty straight forward tri fold card, and the one out front is a fun side step card. I got the instructions for the last two on YouTube and the framelit one i did just like my selective emboss technique. Enjoy!

Monday, December 15

O Come O Come


Hey stampers HAPPY MONDAY! Today's card is for a challenge over at Make My Monday for Nativity! I have no nativity sets so I improvised with a little sponging and using a marker to create a little scene. The manger is made by masking the house in the set "Life's Adventure". This is a classic card and perfect for the Black Tie theme at Paper Players I took the liberty of offsetting a circle instead of a rectangle for the sketch at Freshly Made too. Finally My Time To Craft wanted a scene and I think this card is perfect for that as well.  I hope you like the improvise! Enjoy!~Donna

Tuesday, December 9

Two challenges One Card


Hey Stampers! How is everyone doing? It is rainy here in the northeast and I feel blessed that we have not had any snow this year!YET! I love snow except for the fact that it needs to be shoveled BY ME! My drive way is over 120 feet long and fours car widths wide....so not a project I relish anymore at 61 years of age. So, what does that mean to you? A new card from me. LOL! I get to play this morning. I have seen a few cards with a technique that has the look of filmy lights overlapping an image of late. I do not know what the technique is called and could not find any examples this morning of the idea I a m trying to tell you about. But I did kind of remember what it looked like so I tried it using the new mask template from SU called Dots and Stripes. It was perfect for the Snowflakes challenge at City Crafter (because my snowflakes are just drops of water on a window), and the color challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiment. Next time I will go a little less heavy on the craft white ink. This card was easy enough to make by repeatedly stamping the image from Lovely As A Tree over and over onto a 12" x 12" piece of cardstock, inking the technique and then cutting the images into 2" x 3" rectangles to make a stack of cards. You will notice I did not put a sentiment on it, this way I can use it for any occassion and have a ton at my fingertips. Sympathy, Birthday, Thinking of You and lots of other occassions! PERFECT. I hope you enjoy and will try it for yourself. OH! Before I sign off if any of you know the technique name I am referring to could you drop me a line. Hugs~Donna

Wednesday, December 3

Mojo Monday Glimmer




Today's card is for the sketch at MoJo Monday. I really liked Mary Fish's take on the card and need to do a fold for an upcoming class so, I made a rendition of that fold for my card as well. SPARKLE was a must of course...and using the bow from the Wonderous Wreath Bundle in glimmer paper adds just the right touch for a festive look. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 29

FROZEN IN TIME WITH MDS

Hey stampers, well I did not get out the inks today but that didn't mean I didn't play. I opened up MDS an some of my grandchildren's recent photos and had some fun. Now this little face will be FROZEN in time for me to enjoy whenever I please!