Wednesday, March 19, 2014

FREEBIE

Here's a little Thanks freebie for you.

I hope you enjoy it!  :)

Also SCROLL DOWN for an AWESOME flower technique and an acetate butterfly technique.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

WONDERFUL FLOWER TECHNIQUE!!!

I found a new technique for making flowers and buttons and I absolutely ~L~O~V~E~ them!!! 
This is my FIRST flower and my FIRST button. 
I cut the flowers out of an old Precious Moments magazine that I had.   If you want to mail your flower on a card then I'd use heavier paper, but this worked pretty well and I will save the card for someone that I don't have to mail it to.  If I'm giving a gift to someone then I usually just stick my card in the bag and omit an envelope.  I figure they're going to throw the envelope away anyway, so why waste one.  
I just happened to have some background paper that matched the flower (I didn't plan it this way.) and I colored the button to match.  I also outlined the flowers on the background paper in black so as to match the flower a little better.  The background paper was in a 12 x 12 pack from Michaels.  I'm sorry, but I don't keep the names of all my papers...I'd have to have another file just for that!

HAND MADE BUTTON TECHNIQUE:
After making the flower, I thought I'd attempt to make a home-made button.  I was very pleasantly pleased with how it turned out and now I am VERY EXCITED because now I can always have a button that matches anything I want to put one on.  (P. S. These are made out of cardboard, so you cannot put them on your clothes.  LOL!)
I hand cut the leaves, inked the edges with black ink and then ran them through my crimper, and then added them to the flower.  (Once I hand cut a leaf I am pleased with I save it and use it as a template for the next time.  You can make many leaf templates and have them on hand for future use.)
This was sooooo much fun and I hope you all give it a try!
I found the idea on a web site called Jennibellie Studio and here is the address where you'll find how to make the flowers and the buttons:
http://jennibelliestudio.blogspot.com/2012/10/recycled-flower-tutorial.html

Monday, March 17, 2014

ACETATE BUTTERFLIES (Scroll down further to this same card for instructions.)

This card was pretty easy and I made an acrylic butterfly for it. 

You can find instructions as to how to make these butterflies if you scroll further down in my blog.


The little "Happy" embellishment came with the paper pack that I used for the background.  I added a little bling to give it some pizzazz.


All the acetate packaging that you get from your Spellbinder's dies, etc., can now be put to wonderful use!
I sent this card to my sister Ginny who is in a rest home in upstate New York.  I got the folded heart idea from a site called mondocherry.  You can find them at:
mondocherry.blogspot.com/  They have an awesome site with lots and lots of things to look at and think about.

The background is done with a Martha Stewart corner punch and I embossed the background with an embossing folder.

The way I got the heart shape was to lay a heart die onto my background and then I placed the hearts inside where I wanted them to go, glued them down, and then removed the die.  It was pretty easy to do and made a very pretty Valentines Day card.

















Sunday, January 26, 2014

SCROLL DOWN TO SEE ACETATE BUTTERFLIES

Here are a couple of freebies for you with four samples below of what I did with them.  

I hope you enjoy them!  :)

















In this sample I embossed over the sayings with the Happy Birthday Embossing Folder and added some cute sequins.
Here's the girl's sample...I pretty much did the same as I did on the card above except I added some little crystal bling.
This is another sample for a girl...I stamped a saying, some little flowers, and added a butterfly.
And, here's another boy sample.  Here I added a butterfly and a caterpillar.  A little glitter and some bug eyes dressed up this card quite nicely.  It is hard to see here, but there is glitter on the butterflies wings and on the caterpillar as well.














ACETATE BUTTERFLIES

ACETATE BUTTERFLIES:
The butterfly on this card is actually done on acetate.

DIRECTIONS:
You take a piece of regular printer paper and either print out or stamp an image.  I chose a butterfly.  Place a piece of acetate over the printed/stamped image and trace over it with a Sharpie pen.  You decide which size tip you want on the Sharpie.  I chose a wider tip for the outside of the butterfly and used a finer tip for the detail on the inside of the butterfly.  After you trace the image then turn the acetate over and color with alcohol based markers.  It is really important that you color on the opposite side from which you traced with your Sharpie.  On this particular butterfly I used a glue pen in the pink areas and added glitter instead of coloring.  You can use all pens, all glitter, and/or a combination of the two.  (The glittered areas look really cool...I think on my next acetate butterfly I will try only glitter in different colors).  After you are satisfied with the look of your image, then cut it out and mount it up on a card.  The Sharpie side will be face up when you are finished.  Depending on which brand of alcohol marker you use the image will be translucent.  It turned out really cute and was a fun and different technique to try.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

ACETATE BUTTERFLY

Here's another sample of an acetate butterfly.  I didn't use any glitter on this one.

If you enlarge this card you will be able to see the translucency better.

ACETATE BUTTERFLY

This card also has an acetate butterfly on it, but it's a little hard to see in this photo.  Perhaps if you enlarge the photo you'll see it better.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

I started out with a piece of paper 8 1/2" x 11" and scored it at 1 1/2" and 5 1/2" and then folded it.  I covered the front panels with background paper that I found online and then I added a couple of hearts which were cut out with the Spellbinder's dies...the largest heart is raised up with foam tape.  I added a Martha Stewart butterfly, a bow, and punched out some greenery and added that also.
This shows the same card as above, but with the front panels closed for mailing.  The right panel slips under the heart for closure.








Saturday, January 11, 2014

ICE MOON OF JUPITER: The Fairy Tale

HEY GUESS WHAT?
My brother, Ron, and his friend Artie wrote a book!!!  I am sooooo excited for them.  They've been working on this for quite some time now and it's finally come to fruition.  Ron has done all the art work in the book himself.  They are actually in the process of writing a trilogy and this little book is an excerpt from the first novel.  It is a science fiction fantasy fairy tale.
He just told me tonight that he is meeting next week with Barnes and Noble as they are considering putting it in their stores in the Bay Area (California) and maybe online as well.  They are also talking about doing a book signing in the Dublin, CA store soon.
This was only published right before Christmas and wow all this attention already!  
YOU GO RON AND ARTIE!!!
If you'd like more information you can go to their web site at
http://icemoonproductions.com/

This is an AWESOME little book and would make a GREAT gift for an adult and/or a child.

Merry Christmas 2013!

This is the Christmas card I made for this past Christmas.  

I started out with a snowflake embossing folder and embossed the background.  Then I added a sentiment and some punched snowflakes that I added glitter and a bling to.  

I only hand-make a few Christmas cards as they are sooooo time consuming...although this one was really pretty simple, but pretty.  The majority of my Christmas cards are done in my card program and only a very few 'special' people receive my hand-made Christmas cards.
Here's a little card I made some time ago and just recently sent out.  The image on this card actually came from a greeting card that I received from someone a long time ago and decided to recycle.  The background is called my "Scrap Layering Technique" which is made from small scraps of background paper.  I added a handmade paper bow and a little embellishment on the bow to finish it off.

Friday, December 13, 2013

FREEBIE #1: Black and White Version

Here's the first freebie for you - the black and white version.

If you scroll down you will see a few samples of what I did to dress up these little sayings.

I hope you enjoy making cards with these and will be willing to share with me what YOU do with them.

I would love to post your creations on my blog.  :)

FREEBIE #2: Colored Version

Here's the 2nd freebie for you...the colored version.  I did it for you in rainbow colors!
This is the colored version on which I hand drew some little doodle flowers.
This is the same colored version on which I hand drew the doodle flowers.  Then I colored in the flowers, layered the card, and added some sequins to dress it up.
Again, the black and white version on which I stamped some little flowers and then colored them in.
Again, the colored version on which I stamped some flowers and leaves.

The flower is by Judith # H-172