Friday, December 21, 2012

Mobile upload

For my niece who is engaged

My Copic Work

Sitting coloring with my Copics a saturated canary image I think the name is called Lulu or Lula
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Stamper’s Christmas Card

You know when you have to send cards to Master Crafters you have to come hard or stay at home (from my bid whist playing days). I had to come up with a card I hoped would make their jaws drop. I hope I did, here it is.



It is a shadow box card. I used a 4 step stamp from Kitchen Sink Stamps; a Memorybox Die Frosty Wreath and another border die from Memorybox to get all the flakes.



I cut the opening with a Spellbinders die and cut a border for the opening with another size from the same circle set out of silver mirror paper.  I added some glitter snow to ground the tree and a flat back gem as a tree topper. The greeting stamp is Hero Art I think. I signed the back side of the card.


I made this one to send to some other Master Stampers


This card tucked and folded and here it is open. The stamp is by Paper Trey Ink.

I think I talked about how I made this in one of my video on YouTube.



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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Grungy Christmas ATC Submission

I am playing in a Swap on YouTube at Queenbeescreations’ channel. That was a mouth full.

I had to make 4 ATC with a Christmas theme and grungy in nature. Here is what I came up with.


I used paper from My Mind’s Eye and I cut a focal image into a banner shape. I distressed the edges with my distrez-it-all from Zutter on both the banner and the ATC. My base is chipboard covered with more of the paper from MME and I stamped an snowflake from Tim Holtz and gold heat embossed it. I tucked an ornament (Stampin Up) punch out underneath the banner. This is copper colored mirror paper and I stamped Joy (Paper Trey Ink) and heat embossed with detail white embossing powder. I added some Stampendous tea stain fragments to the banner cut with glossy accents. The tiny snowflake die cut at the bottom is from a Memory Box border die. I added color to the border with some distress ink and every so often around the border I touched a Krylon gold pen to accent it.


I hope the swappers who get my ATCs are happy with it. I had fun making them.


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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Brothers In Law

There are more women in my family but more men in my husband’s family. So cool to be able to create cards for men and so challenging as well. Each year my husband and his brothers exchange Beer at Christmas so here are the cards I made to go with the beer.


The image is called Glad Tidings and Good Beer; but I cant remember who I bought it from. I colored it with my copics and added a little sparkle. I think this will be a fine addition to the beer.


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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Way Late

In November I celebrated the birthdays of my crafty friends Thelma and Octavia. Go figure I’d find 2 friends who birthdays are both in November. So I made them each a glue station and I created bags to present them in.


Let me give a bit more detail on the bags. I took some graphic 45 paper and changed the color in my computer to Black and white.

IMG_2280 I colored one of the Ladies with Prismacolor Colored pencils and gamsol. The topper is a Cheery Lynn die and a molding magic clay cameo. I got the mold on Esty.

IMG_2283The cameo color was made by adding some distress stain to a small bit of the white. This was easier to do than I thought. I layered the face part in the mold making sure that the clay all stayed in the right places and then layered the pink clay over that filling the rest of the mold. You have to be careful with the last part and not push the pink clay too hard. I popped them out and let them dry. I mounted them on paper clips to ease attaching them and so they could be used again by the recipients and I was done. So much fun.


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Monday, December 17, 2012

2012 Christmas Roundup

I think by now you can tell I love Christmas. Here are some more cards and videos showing the cards I made

HO3 Card


Same Image another way



Joy Card





other Poinsettia die





Cut on my Zing with a Silhouette File: 20121122_115226


Nativity die from Taylored Expressions20121122_115537


OOO I had Fun!


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Poinsettia Christmas Cards

I had a play night Saturday and I got stuck on one die  and made 3 different cards using it.IMG_2297

The die is Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia and what is so cool is that there is a matching embossing folder for it. I actually have another poinsettia die that embosses when it cuts but not with this much detail.


There are 3 sizes of flowers on the die and I joined them with a tree brad I had. I topped the brad with glitter as there had to be bling right!


I colored the die cuts with Stampin Up’s Cherry Cobbler and  Mellow Moss Inks.


The other embossing folder that came in the set was used to emboss the background and a Hero Arts stamp completes the outside of the card.




I used the same inks on this card but with a lighter hand.


And one with no color at all! The embossed border comes from a Spellbinders Card Creator die.





It was a fun night!


In the Hands of the Creator,



Sunday, November 18, 2012

Becoming a Great Stamper

Video with this Info

Tips to Become a Great Stamper

  • 1. Use quality products. There is something to be said for getting what you pay for. And in stamping great results come from great products plus practice.
  • 2. Inks from Tsukineko, Ranger; Colorbox are all great.
      • a. My go to ink pad for general stamping is a Versafine Onyx black; for Copics Memento Tuxedo Black both Tsukineko products. But I have all the Paper Trey Ink and Stamping Up for the color range. I have over 670 ink pads and these are the ones I use the most. Why so many for one there are specialty inks and they have a place. Pigment, Chalk; Dye; Permanent Dye etc.
      • b. In Chalk ink I use the fluid chalks more than the versamagic. My favorite permanent inks are Ancient Page because of the color range.
      • c. Make color sample of your inks so you can compare colors.
  • 3. Paper: SU; Paper Trey Ink, MFT all great papers. For my card bases I general y use Cougar Opaque (just cause I can get it by the ream for much less that any of those others that I have mentioned). A great card base makes a great card. Your base has to be sturdy. Please no 65# CS for your base. I consider 65# for layering only. You won’t find any 65# bases at Hallmark.
      • a. Use a paper trimmer that cuts straight and clean and keep spare blades. My go to is a Genesis from Bonnie’s best but at 16 inches that does not travel well. So I keep a Tonic guillotine in my to go bag. I can cut a sliver with either of these cutters. I also have a Fiskars slide type for those occasions where I want to stop or start cutting in the middle of my paper.
  • 4. Make sure your stamping is clean and crisp. If you miss stamp, fix it if you can, embellish over it or DISCARD IT.To get great results stamping you need some sort of foam pad underneath the paper you are stamping on. Mouse pads work even layers of fun foam. Cover the foam with some typing/copier paper scrap (this protects the foam from absorbing stray ink). The foam gives so if the stamp is uneven and often they are the foam compensates for this.
      • a. Ink your stamp thoroughly, look at the stamp surface and make sure it looks wet. Test a new stamp on scrap.
      • b. Press the stamp to the paper and don’t rock or twist. Walk you hand over the backs of large stamps to make sure that all parts of the stamp have kissed the paper. (You can take paper to stamp instead for large stamps and them cover the paper with scrap and use a brayer or walk your hand over the back of a scrap paper. Then let the stamp REST momentarily on the paper so that it can transfer the ink and so the paper has time to absorb the ink.
      • c. Use a stamp positioner. Stamp A Jig is one, this makes sure your stamps are where you want them and on the paper straight. Especially useful for sentiments.
  • 5. Adhesives. Keep a variety of them both wet and dry. My favorite wet is 3M Scotch Quick Dry and for heavy items Glossy Accents. Dry ATG. Dot N Go Glue Dots in several styles.
  • 6. You need a variety of great scissors. Detail ones with a very sharp tip. I use EK Success Honey Bee pair because they are non-stick and they cut well. I have a pair by Fiskars but I think the EK Success cut better. I have some titanium general scissors that I got in a multipack at Sam's that have been cutting for 10 years well and true.

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Monday, October 22, 2012


LnL does it mean Laughing and Loving. It could, because we did. But it means Late-Nite in Louisville. My friends from the Cincinnati Based Late-Night Stamper group came and spent the day with me on Saturday and I was so blessed by their presence.


They entered into my craft area with Christmas music playing as the majority of the crafts we were to make where Christmas themed.  I started the day by introducing them to my new Pet Dog Bling.



They thought I had gotten a dog. LOL! I created him during a resin/mold class but he was not made with either one. He is made out of sculpy clay and different kinds of glitter. I may have found a new talent….not.



I donned my Tiara, then we opened with prayer. Ms. Wanda is a praying woman, yes sir; bless God; and once covered by the blood of Jesus we got down to crafti-goodness.



First we made a bottle station and matching designer clothes pins.



It is made out of PVC pipe coupling and designer paper. It is held together with hot glue. The paper is adhered with gel medium. Above is the sample I have been using for a couple of months. It comes in handy keeping your glue bottles upside down so that the glue is ready when you are.

Ms. WandaIMG_2255

Ms. RubyIMG_2256(she is just so cute!)


Then we got started making Christmas Door Knob Hangers.


this is the sample:


Ms. BonnieIMG_2253


Ms. RenaIMG_2254


Ms. MaryIMG_2257(Free Range Chicken I’m still laughing that’s a story Mary told us)


This is my work in process. Its hard to teach and create at the same time.IMG_2265

I used the Tim Holtz holiday rosette to create the embellishment and there is a trick to getting 2 different sizes out of one size die. See my YouTube video for details.


Then we had to eat; crafting is hard work. My hubby, wonderful chef that he is made Chicken Salad and I made Brundage Soup ( I named the recipe after the friend who came up with it). The Ladies brought salad, brownies, two kinds of cookies and chocolate cake. I had some Klondike bars and oh the things they did for those bars. All that put Ms. Vickie to sleep!. Here are the other cards we made.

Ms. VickyIMG_2261


It was getting late so I sent them home with the supplies to make this card. That’s my way of keeping a party going.IMG_2270


Everyone made it back home to Cincy safe and sound and I am still LNL Laughing and Loving and already planning for next year!


In the hands of the creator,



Saturday, October 06, 2012

World Card Making Day 2012

Just a quick post to celebrate World Card Making Day.

I just made this card using copics. Got Copic Certified yesterday so now I must practice Practice Practice!

Picture 70




A closer look.

Picture 71

I made a video about and you can find it on my YouTube channel: Elon47 channel


I hope you get to make a card today!


In the Hands of the Creator,




Monday, September 24, 2012

Right Now

Enjoying: I just finishing working for the day and since it was a particularly rough one I’m enjoying the fact that it is over.

Planning: I’m planning to craft some more Christmas cards for Operation Christmas/ Operation Write Home. I’ll show you some at the end of this post.

Remembering:I spent Friday night crafting and I’m remembering how good it is to play with others.

Praising: I’m giving God praise for all the many blessings He alone has given me. A great Husband, 2 adult children who are doing well; a grand Girl who really is grand; a job, and for having ENOUGH. Hallelujah!

I’m on a CAS (clean and simple) kick



Procrastinating: I must finish a swap that is due on the 30th. I have most of the pieces complete; just not the whole. I don’t like how its turning out. I keep hoping that some bright idea will make it all fall into place.

In the Hands of the Creator,