Time is flying by

Boy, is time flying by.  I’ve really not been feeling well for a couple of months now, which makes it more difficult to get things done.  I do, however, see a specialist on Tuesday, so maybe he’ll have some ideas on what is wrong.

My daughter’s wedding is getting closer and closer, which means there are lots of little things to get done.  Her bridal shower is next Saturday, and I am making the “cake”, so today I made frosting.  A LOT of frosting.  It’s been a couple, if not several, years since I’ve made and decorated a cake, so it’s a learning/remembering process.  I realized after I made the first batch of frosting, but before I started the second, that I used to measure 1 ingredient a certain way and why.  It would have been nice to remember that before the first batch, but the 2nd was a bit easier in that regard.  Now, hopefully, this will be enough frosting, if not, I’ll be making more white next week while I do the baking and first part of the decorating.

9-6-14 Frosting Bridal Shower Cake

The pink and white are in gallon size bags, while the green is in a quart size bag.  I really hope this is enough!

Anyway, the baking and decorating is Thursday evening after work and before Bible study, and all day Friday.  Oh, we’re going out with my in-laws on Friday evening, so I have to be done by then.  Putting all the pieces together will have to happen at the home where the shower is taking place.  That means I’ll have to get there really early, which I’m hoping isn’t a problem for the lady hosting the party.  I can’t tell you how amazing this woman is to host the Bridal Shower, as she is the mother of one of the two maid of honor’s boyfriends.  Also a former high school teacher of my daughter.

Well, even not feeling well, I have made some cards in the past few weeks.  Here is a quick look at some of them:

8-19-14 SZ STV Fall 8-24-14 SZ STV DT2 8-29-14 SZ STV Fall Bday 8-30-14 STV DT 2 8-30-14 STV Shabby Technique GKD2014GUESTSEP1 9-5-14 STV SZ Color Emboss Resist 9-5-14 SZ Summer

Every one of these is for someone specific and hopefully the recipient will enjoy them.

This one is my absolute favorite and is for my nephew’s 14th birthday.  His birthday was last Monday, but our family celebration is tomorrow.  I can’t wait to see what his reaction is.  He rides motocross, so it’s appropriate.

8-29-14 STV Extreme Texture

If all goes well, I’ll try to get a picture of the “cake” and show you after the shower next weekend.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Liebster Blog Award

How fun, Teresa at Tickell Expressions selected me to receive the Liebster Blog Award.  It is such an honor.  Thank you so very much, Teresa!  (Check out her blog as it is always full of fun ideas and really cute pets.)

 “The origins of the Liebster Blog award are somewhat unclear but the general consensus is that it originated in Germany, Liebster meaning favorite or dearest, to showcase bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. Upon accepting the award the recipient must then pass it on to five more blogs of note.

Without further adieu, here’s what you do as a presenter of this award!
1) Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
2) Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.
3) Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.
4) Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve.
5) Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.

So, now it’s my turn to pay it forward.  My picks for fellow bloggers with less than 200 followers, in no particular order, are as follows:
1)  Tabitha has a fun photography blog.
2)  Angelina does some amazing creations with different types of mediums.
3)  Susan always does amazing work on cards and the add ons for cards.
4)  Judy has the most amazing vintage look to just about everything she does.
5)  Ivanka has a fresh look on what she does.
Check out what they have to offer, I bet you’ll find something you like!
Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Grand Calibur Prize

I was so excited when I entered a contest for a Spellbinders Grand Calibur and 3 Edgeabilities dies.  It amazed me when I actually received it a week later!

I had to try all of the dies out, so here is the first actual project I made using one of the sets.  I used all three of the dies in the Classic Triple Scallop set (the one in the center).

I have to say it was absolutely thrilling to win!  Now, I just have to get used to using it.  I was able to go to SpellbindersPaperArts.com and print out the stack info for other dies, which will help.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t do the thicker (Sizzix) dies.  I love the fact that it can do a sheet of paper 8-1/2 ” wide!  And, as it is 12″ long, I can do a lot of dies at once.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Chinese New Year

Apparently the Chinese New Year is this week, so on Stamp TV we were challenged to make a pocket card with red on it.  I loved the story about the red envelopes so much that I decided to make mine all red with touches of gold.  I tried to add images that had a slightly oriental flair.  As that isn’t my thing, I went with a dragonfly and a crane.

Take the time to check out the challenge and read about the red envelopes.

Another new thing I tried this week was stamping on a candle.  This came from the challenge on CardSwap.

This was a cheap paraffin candle I purchased, but when I did this on a palm wax candle, you can feel the image, but can’t see it.

Heating the candle made the finish lose its glossiness, but I like how it turned out.  Unfortunately, the rubber stamp got blue colorant on it which just will NOT come off.  (The butterfly stamp came from a Gina K. stamp set called Hope Grows designed by Theresa Momber.)

So, go check out that challenge, too.  Who knows, you might enter and win something.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

New Opportunities

I apologize for my late post this week.  Last week was incredibly busy and I felt overwhelmed with work and everything else that was going on.  The fact I had to work all day on Tuesday, which meant I missed my BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) group didn’t help.  However, my mother asked me to make some candles for her for Christmas, so I made time on Friday and Saturday to go out and make some candles.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures.  She wanted red candles for Christmas, so I used palm wax (I love the look of that), red coloring and they were scented with Amaretto Nog.  This is one of my favorite scents, whether for Christmas, or anytime.  She asked for a 4″ diameter candle, which I had never made before, but fortunately had a mold.  It took some research to try and figure out how to wick it, but she told me this evening that it was burning well.  Whew!  Usually I spend weeks, if not months, making candles and trying out different wicks until I find the best one for a particular wax at a particular diameter.  I also made a few blue, soy votives in Mistletoe scent, which I LOVE for Christmas!  It was a sample to try for next years candles, so I only got 10 votives out of it and I am still trying to figure out the wicking with this type of wax.  I will definitely be ordering more.

Anyway, I’ll show you two tags I made late last week as it is about time to be needing them.  The color one is for my mother-in-law and the black and white for my father-in-law.  The back of the black and white says, “in a few minutes.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new opportunities I wanted to tell you about are on CardMaker Magazine’s CardSwap message board there is a new section called “Cardmaker Challenge Corner” and each Tuesday, Lora Brinkman will be posting a challenge from the Challenge Corner section in the CardMaker magazine for that week.  This section debuts in the January 2012 issue.  The challenges start this Tuesday, December 6.  Please take the time to check it out as I know it will be fun, encouraging and worth your time!

Starting tomorrow, the weekly challenges on CardSwap will be run differently, too.  This week, the challenge is hosted by Lora Brinkman and is a color challenge.  Can’t wait to see what colors she is challenging us with tomorrow!  The fun thing about these challenges is that you have a week to take the challenge, come up with your own take on it and post a picture to the board.  This is the best group about encouraging one another and giving advice and help when needed, too.  Please come check us out!

After church today, my husband and I stayed for a meeting and didn’t get home until around 2:30pm.  The kids had gotten the Christmas decorations out while we were at the meeting, so we had to rearrange furniture to make room for the tree and they did the decorating.  I love that they enjoy doing it!  In the meantime, my son had wanted to learn to make candles, so we went out and I worked with him on making a 3″ diameter soy pillar that he choose to make light green and scent with Dragon’s Blood.  I think it smells like incense, but my husband says it reminds him of urinal cakes.  ???  Oh well, my son likes it and this is for him.  It was a late start, but we got it done and it is cooling.  We’ll finish up tomorrow after work and school and he will have his own candle.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  This wasn’t very helpful, but you found out a bit more about me.  Have a wonderful week!  I am praying for you, even if I don’t know you.

Don’t Stress, Try to Distress!

Ever wonder how to “distress” things on a card?  Here are a few different ways:

To start, I embossed some different leaves and cut them out.

 

 

 

 

The first way you can distress is just by crinkling up your paper, then straightening it out again.  I did this with all of my leaves.

 

 

 

 

Another way to distress is to use some sand paper, or a sanding/buffing block and scuff the paper.  I did this with a few of my leaves.  The reason I crinkled them first was so that only parts would scuff off and leave color on other parts.

A different way of distressing is to use some ink rubbed across the paper.  I crinkled the paper first so the ink would only show up in certain areas and only rubbed lightly, so there wouldn’t be too much ink.

On the rest of the leaves, I used the cracked glass technique.  I thought this might give the leaves the look of frost on them, as well as the distressed look.  I didn’t need to crinkle the leaves first for this technique.

To start, you need some embossing ink, embossing powder, and a heat tool.  It helps to have a piece of paper that has been folded in half and unfolded to pour your embossing powder over so you can get it back into your jar easily.  It also helps to have Ultra Thick Embossing Powder (UTEE) or Deep Impression embossing powder.  Regular clear embossing powder works, but you have to do more layers to make it thick enough to crack.

To start, I rubbed the entire top of my leaves with embossing ink (clear) and poured embossing powder over the tops.

Then you want to use your heat tool (you can try using a hair dryer on high heat and low air OR an iron underneath but not touching the paper) to melt the embossing powder.  Because my leaves were so small, I decided I needed to use some tweezers to hold the piece.  That way my fingers didn’t get burned and weren’t in the way while I worked.

While that layer is still hot, quickly add some more embossing powder right on top of the first melted layer.  Then heat again.

 

 

 

 

Add a few more layers until it is quite thick, then set it aside to cool.

These were my four leaves after I had gotten about 3 layers on using the thick embossing powder.  They already look a bit distressed because I had crinkled them first, but it gets better.  After your piece is cooled completely, you want to pick it up and crack the layer of embossing powder.  To do that, you will have to bend the paper up towards the embossed layer.

 

 

 

 

I did this with all of my pieces bending in more than one place to get more of a cracked look.

Here is my collection of leaves with the different types of distressing:

Then I added a greeting and a piece of ribbon to my base card and attached my leaves all over.  Because of the bends in the leaves, I did not adhere the entire surface, but only parts.  That way they would be attached to the card, but still have lots of depth to them.  The idea was a pile of fall leaves in the morning with the frost melting.

You can distress by running scissors along a cut edge, tearing edges rather than cutting, and sponging ink, too.  There are so many ways to distress, which gives a card a very unique look to it.  Try one of these, or something new.

Thanks for sharing some of your time with me today!

Black Magic Coloring Technique

The Black Magic Technique is stamping on black or dark-colored card stock, then using colored pencils to color the image (on top of the white ink).  I chose to use brown card stock and a vintage image to make a masculine card.  The line image was probably not the best choice as using a chunky image would have given more area to color, but it worked.

Here are the supplies I started with:

I used Memento ink to stamp my background paper in Fall colors, then stamped the image onto brown card stock with white pigment ink.  After stamping using the white ink, you must wait for the ink to dry completely.

I tried stamping my sentiment onto the brown card stock using a light yellow ink, but it just didn’t show, so I used another piece of the light tan card stock and a reddish-brown ink for the sentiment.  After that, I used my Koh-i-Noor Woodless Colour Pencils to color the image.

And wound up with the following card:

This picture isn’t the clearest, but you get the idea.  Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me today.

No Coloring for Dummies

Have you ever seen a “Coloring for Dummies” book, or an “Idiot’s Guide to Coloring”?  I know I haven’t.  That’s probably because you have to be brilliant or under 10 to color well.  Either that, or just not me.  Touch Twin is having a coloring challenge, so I gave it a shot.

I tried coloring using flock and a marker:

Then I tried coloring using Bic markers, which are supposedly the poor man’s alcohol markers:

Last, I used colored pencils and blended with odorless mineral spirits:

I think the pencils turned out the best, though the flock had the coolest look to it.  I’ve seen other people have amazing results with markers, so it is probably just my ineptitude.  Oh well, I have tried.

The image is a Gina K. Designs image.  Here were my tools:

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Color Challenge

Touch Twin Markers & More is having a challenge to use an image of a person and coloring.  Here was what I came up with:

I only have a couple of people images, this was the best I figured would work for coloring.  Here were the basic supplies I used:

And my coloring supplies:

I used red flock for her shoes, skirt, sleeves and hat.  The Bic markers were used to color the stripe on her dress and the flowers on her hat as well as the leash.  I also used a Sakura glaze pen for the tie on her shoe and the dog’s collar.

This was an interesting challenge.  I hope you enjoy.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Digital Scrapbooking

I’ve never tried digital scrapbooking.  My attempt at actually scrapbooking didn’t go so well.  It turned out okay, but just wasn’t my thing.  My daughter keeps waiting for the scrapbooking bug to bite, so I’ll do a scrapbook of her youth.  She has been waiting for a good 10 years and has a lot longer to wait.  I enjoy my cards and candles.

However, this digital scrapbooking looks interesting.  I saw this pack that is an add-on that actually intrigues me:  Affinity.  Hmm, I’ll have to think about this one.

Have a great day!