Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas 2013!

Good evening friends:

I am so late with this post! I am so sorry but I had surgery 10 days ago and tonight was the first night I was allowed to sit in front of my PC. To those that have asked,  I am doing good each and every day and I thank you for all your get well wishes.

Even though I started my Christmas cards in advance, I did not have time to finish them for every person/family like I have been accustomed in the past. For this I apologize....but in true Christmas spirit, I am posting the card that I made here on my blog.

I used Miss Kate's Cuttables file A Magical Christmas and cut in on the Silhouette Cameo. I was amazed how well the machine handled cutting the phrase since it's so delicate! I layered all the pieces and then embellished using rhinestones and vellum. On some cards, I glittered the fur and also used red Sparkly Fluff on the Santa Hat. Thank you to Miss Kates Cuttables for such a cute file! She does the most amazing work and are so reasonably priced!  I hope you enjoy my card as much as I enjoyed making it.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgivikah!

 I write this post on the first night of Hanukkah, which this year is also the night before Thanksgiving.  I am thankful for my beautiful family and great friends. I have met so many of you the latter part of this year! Thank you for being there through thick and thin and I appreciate you all so much!

I didn't have time to make cards for both holidays as I didn't prepare as well as I should have. I had to make some Hanukkah cards for family and friends which I finished last night and most got mailed this morning! My card is simple made with Worldwin paper, Sizzix embossing folder, Memento Brilliance ink pad, wafer thin die, ribbon, Stickles and some rubbber stamps.The picture doesn't do it justice. The Star of David was made with a silver glitter paper and it is beautiful.  I ended up making about 15 cards in a few hours. I hope you enjoy them as much  as I did making them!

Hanukkah and Thanksgiving will be together again in 79,000 years, so let's enjoy this special time!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Square1 Masterpiece - The Safe Alternative to Vinyl

Good afternoon friends,

I have seen so many beautiful creations lately done with Square1 Masterpiece. This is the alternative to vinyl and can do everything vinyl can do without being toxic. I did not know that PVC is just as toxic as lead paint. Square1 Masterpiece has been developed to be the safe alternative to vinyl by being PVC free. It is made up of tightly woven fabric and easier to use. The repositionable Square1 has a matte sheen to it; the permanent is a thinner and has a glossy finish.

There are now 80 colors to choose from in both permanent and repositionable sheets. The best part about this is that it comes in WHITE PRINTABLE! This means you can design whatever you want in your Silhouette Cameo or your electronic die cut machine of choice and do a print and cut! Amazing! You can use the repositionable Square1 on walls and comes off with ease. Fabulous for renters who are not allowed to put nails on walls........you can decorate with Square1 Masterpiece.

Additionally, there are specialty Square1 sheets.....glitter, glow-in-the-dark, dry erase, and inkjet printable iron-on 100% cotton for t-shirts, baby clothes, purses and more!  Amazing!

Beautiful glass blocks and Christmas/holiday  ornaments can be made. The ideas are endless. If you, however, are not artistically inclined, I can always do the work for you! Just let me know what you would like me to make for you!

Go to the Square1 website and check it out. You will not be disappointed. Look and see what you can create...your own beautiful artwork for  your walls, holiday decor, glass, parties, laptops, floating frames and more! Remember you can use Square1 with most electronic die-cutting machines........all you need is Square1 and your imagination!

If you are a crafter and would like to have your own home-based business, we have two Creative Consultant Plans that are available. Your only goal is to buy $100 in merchandise per year (your kit does not count towards your goal). That's it! No monthly or quarterly goals. Plus, you have a wonderful community of Square1 crafters that will help you succeed.  Check us out and join us..........let's all go PVC free!!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Good morning everyone,
Today is the release of new stamp sets from "A Creative Journey with Melissa". Aren't they nice? The pumpkins are great to stamp. The stamp set also comes with eyes, noses and lips so that you can decorate your pumpkin any way you want! I am not a Halloween person, so I wasn't sure what to do. I sketched out my cards and then added the rest.

My "31" card's background is a stencil shaded with Pan Pastels. The pumpkin was set on a 21/2" round punch, filled in with Glossy Accents after coloring it with Copics. The other miscellaneous decorations were things I already had. The background cardstock is beige and  textured.

My second card is "blingy". I detailed the pumpkins with glitter glue and Glossy Accents. The cat and letters were also filled in with Glossy Accents. The cardstock was embossed then distressed to reveal the bottom color.The bling, ribbon cat and "Boo" were also things I had in my scrap room and they were begging to be used.

I hope you enjoy these cards as much as I enjoyed making them.

Go check out the rest of the Design Team!

Karen Bahit -         http://justdoingwhatilikebest.blogspot.com/
Sandy Bauman -     creationsbysandyb.blogspot.com
Monica Edwards -  http://scraps2treasure.blogspot.com/
Brandie Partello -   http://justapieceofmebrans.blogspot.com/
Rhoda Sorensen -  http://rockpaperscissorsandscrap.blogspot.com/ 



Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sorry I havent posted in such a long time. I went on a two week cruise to Alaska with my son. It was a wonderful opportunity to bond with my 24 year old. Once your kids grow up it's hard to get the one-on-one talks; it was amazing being with him and our cruise was absolutely beautiful. If you ever get the chance to go to Alaska, take it! The unspoiled beauty of the land and immense glaciers are out of this world! Thank you, Steven, for taking your mom on such a beautiful cruise! I'll post some pictures soon!

On October 2nd, I will have two new cards ready for the release of new stamp sets from "A Creative Journey With Melissa". Melissa is a very talented person and her stamps are really nice. They are detailed and stamp perfectly. Go check out her blog and website. While you are there, check out her design team. We are a great team and we will be doing cards, scrapbook layouts and whatever else comes to mind with Melissa's new stamps. The fun has just begun!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Fourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge August 27

Good Morning Friends,

This is my fourth and last week as the August Guest Designer for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday, Challenge FTTC235. My challenge this week is to add a distressed look my card or project.

I used the Garden Gate Stamp set and Sillhouette cut file, embossing folder and patterned paper. I also added metal corner edges to enhance the distressed look. I sponged the edges with ink and stamped the large fence stamp on paper first sponged with ink. Copic colors used were: R 24, 27 29, V 12, 15, 17, W3,5,7, and Y13.

Grab a cup of coffee and please visit the rest of the Flourishes design team to acquire more creative inspiration !

Thank you for stopping by today.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge August 20

Good Morning Friends,

This is my third week as the August Guest Designer for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday, Challenge FTTC234. My challenge this week is to use doilies in my creation.

I've cut a 4 inch white doily in half and "tinted" it using Brilliance ink. I also used the  Garden Gate stamp set from  Flourishes.org along with their Silhouette cut file. I colored the flowers and leaves with pastels, added assorted white pearls and colored them with Copic E01, added glitter glue and patterned paper.

Grab a cup of coffee and please visit the rest of the Flourishes design team to acquire more creative inspiration !

Thank you for stopping by today.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge August 13


Good Morning Friends,

This is my second week as the August Guest Designer for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday, Challenge FTTC233. My challenge this week is to make a card using autumn colors.

Today I used Flourishes 'A Season of Thanks' stamp set.  Also used on this patterned paper, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Copic colors Yg61, 63 and 67; W1, 3, 5 and 7; YR00, 2 and 4; R24, 27 and 29 miscellaneous ribbons and rhinestones, various Stickles colors and mounting tape.


Grab a cup of coffee and please visit the rest of the Flourishes design team to acquire more creative inspiration !
Thank you for stopping by today.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge August 6

Good Morning Friends,

I am so excited to have been chosen as Guest Designer for the month of August at Flourishes Timeless Tuesday, Challenge FTTC232.  I want to thank Amanda and everyone at Flourishes for giving me this incredible opportunity!

The challenge for this week is to use stamps to create your background paper.  I used Flourishes stamp set, 'Sweet Violet' to make this card. There are a three smaller stamps in this set that I used to make the background of my card. I stamped them with a pearlescent ink pad on the white cardstock prior to embossing.

Also used on this card were white cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black pad, Copic colors YG61, 63 and 67; V12, 15 and 17,  1 3/4" round punch, misc. ribbon, embossing folder and Lilac pearl pen. Hope you like it!

Grab a cup of coffee and please visit the rest of the Flourishes design team to acquire more creative inspiration !

Thank you for stopping by today.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Silhouette CHA News

Good morning friends,

WOW...this has been quite a show stopper for Silhouette America at CHA Las Vegas! Let me say not much impresses me nowadays in the scrapbook world. So many things are available and it becomes so overwhelming! However, this week has been fantastical with the release of Silhouette America's new add-ons for the Silhouette Cameo and Portrait!

See the videos below and see for yourself....you will now be able to stamp AND etch with your Cameos and Portraits! Can I hear a WOO- HOO! I just about screamed out loud this morning when I saw the etching. It will be fabulous to etch our own designs on things to sell and give as gifts. I just could not wait to share the news! Just to be clear, these are NOT my videos....these videos are available on You Tube on the Silhouette America channel. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Pretty in Pink Spring Card

Good morning Friends

Summer is almost here and I didn't post a Spring card! Holy smokes time flies! I have been busy! Plenty has been happening in my life at this time, but I'm working through it and it's all smiles!

This card was started at my LSS, Scrapbooking Made Simple. On most Saturdays, Stacey features new products and all her customers are thrilled to do a make-n-take that day. Last Saturday was no exception. I thought it would be a perfect card for my friend, Lisa, whose birthday we were celebrating the next day

Front of Card

Inside of Card
I took my card home and embellished on what I had started. I added Bo Bunny paper (double-sided) to the back of the fence and the inside of the card. The fence, ivy and butterflies are brand newdie cuts from Sizzix and embellished with Stickles and Viva Decor Pearl Pen. The fence was stippled with Old Paper Distress ink, darker on top and bottom and lighter in the middle. The pink organza ribbon was from my stash. The little flowers and sentiment were from Elizabeth Craft Designs peel off collection. It was a fairly easy card to put together.  If you desire to buy the same beautiful papers and embellishments I used, please call Stacey and the SMS girls at 661-298-1112.

My next card will be from across the sea..........that is, my card design. Enjoy your day and scrap it!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Lady Anne's Friday Sentiment Challenge and Bugaboo Digital Stamps

Good Morning Friends,

Today is Friday...which means Lady Anne's Friday Sentiment Challenge!

This month we are working with Bugaboo digital stamps. Please visit our other digi designers at the top right corner of my blog to see what works of art they have come up with!

I decided to do something with Washi tape. I had never used it before today's challenge (even though I have tons of washi tape here at home. I tore the pieces and laid them on the card. That's it! I think it turned out nice. The water can was colored with Copic markers.....C00, C1, C3 and C5. The flowers were colored with BV00, BV2, BV4, RV00, RV2, RV4. I placed Stickles above the colored flowers for the glitter effect.
I hope you like it! Play with what you have....you never know what will be your new creation!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Embossing Folder Storage...

Good morning Friends,

I have found the best embossing folder storage! I recently bought the Close to My Heart organizers. for you that have actual CTMH catalogs, they are pictured on the top of page 134, item #'s Z4138 (Small $12.95), Z4139 (Medium $16.95) and Z1834 (Large). I use them all for different purposes, however, when I put my first embossing folder inside the large unit, I knew I had a great embossing folder storage. It is large enough to fit 6x6 folders. You can make your own divider tabs ( it comes with dividers to make 4 equal parts) or you can buy additional tabs (Z1839).

These organizers are fantastic to take to crops and they stack neatly on top of each other. I use the small organizer for my stencils and envelope maker; I also have one for my brushes and watercolors.

The medium organizer I use for my ink pads, larger brushes, ribbons, and lots more. The larger one will fit embossing folders up to 6x6 or 40 CTMH stamp sets. If you would like to order these organizers, you may order them online at  http://MarieRoss.ctmh.com.

Medium Organizer

Large Organizer and embossing folders

Large organizer box with large punches

Large organizer box with embossing folders direct view

Small organizer....love this for flat items such as brushes and Dreamweaver stencils   

These CTMH organizers have truly made crafting easier by having everything I need closer and visible to me instead of having stuff where it's not seen. Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Candyland Heaven

Good morning friends,
Welcome to Lady Anne's Sentimental Friday! Today we are featuring beautiful digital images by Meljen's Designs. This is one of my favorite digital image sites as her designs are absolutely beautiful. I took her digi called Candy Land Dreams and had a fantastic time coloring and glittering. I printed out two identical 3" images on my Epson Artisan 710. I find that Epson printers are the best for printing images to color with Copics as the ink does not bleed. I print out what I'm going to color the night before I color and let the ink dry overnight. One image was cut apart and I used 3-D foam tape to layer the candy. I colored both the lower and top images with Copic markers then embellished the top image with micro beads and glitter to give it texture and feel. I used peel-off's for the Happy Birthday sentiment.

Greens (G02, G03, G05, G07, YG09, Y15)
Browns (E33, E35, E37)

Reds (RV11, RV13, RV14, R81,R83,R85, R22, R24
Blues (B12, B14, B16, B21, B23, B24

Martha Steward Micro Beads, Sparkle Fluff and PKGlitz.com glitter

Hop on over to my DT's blogs which are located on the top right hand corner to see what they have created. I hope you enjoyed this technique and I'll see you all next time.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Not A Good Start to the New Year

Good afternoon friends,

It has been a while since I last posted. So much has been going on with my family I did not have time to post anything. On January 4th, I had to put my beloved Shih-Tzu to sleep. It was the hardest thing I have ever done. He and I were so close to each other that losing him was devastating. We were able to bring him home in a beautiful, carved wooden box with his paw print in cement. That meant the world to me and now his is resting in one of his favorite spots: on the table in the den. He loved to crawl under the table and take naps. Time heals all wounds. I think about him everyday as he was the first dog my family ever had. He will truly be missed.

Right after my dog's death, I and my kids got whatever virus is going around. That took all my strenght away and I slowly recovered. When one has Fibromyalgia, recovery from any illness is such a slow process. After this happened, my 93 year-old mom developed pneumonia. It was scary to say the least. The nursing home where she is at took extremely good care of her and in about two weeks her lungs cleared.

We are all doing well now...what a way to start the new year! I figure God throws things at us and we need to cope..He won't give us more than what we can handle. That's what my mom always said to me and I believe it.

Let's make this a year to remember........not the bad things in life but the good things.