Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas Ornaments

 Graphic45 paper is so inspiring. Had some leftover paper and Maya Road frames. Add a little gold paint and glitter and you have a simple ornament. Waiting for the glitter to dry took the most time.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving Table

 Wanted to make place cards for this years table and a little goodie cups for the kids. Plan on filling them with nuts or whatever else I can find while shopping. Thought about putting a cupcake in the cup but then I added the handle and bows - now that seems impractical.
 When I was taking pictures I thought I would show you my crafting companions. This is Muffie (above). She is always at my feet or asleep close by. Below is Maggie. She is a lover but a little more independent. Often I need to go look for her because I haven't seen her for awhile.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 13, 2010


My local craft store (GeeGee's) has many talented ladies who make samples for Gayle. The other day I was in the store and saw the cutest paper pumpkin made by Jackie. So I came right home and tried my  hand at making them.

                                                   They were fun to make and very easy.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Keeping It Organized

On this project I used large (12x18) card stock and folded it into four  sections with pockets. The card stock was colored with Distress Ink and the one on the left was decorated with Studio 490 stamps. The Christmas organizer was decorated with Graphic 45 paper.

The inside of the organizer is full of places to make lists, keep coupons, an envelope for stamps, and the ability to customise the organizer to each persons needs. This was a fun class to teach and even more fun to find ways to use each pocket.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Folded Paper Book

I started with very large paper (12"x18") and folded it to 4 1/2"x6".  On the cover I used Hero Arts Stamps and Studio 490.

Where there is colored paper I plan to put photos.

The flourish and lines are a Stampabilities stamp.
The paper is glossy and hard to stamp on because it will smear if not given enough time to dry. I hardly ever have the patience to wait. These two pages especially had to be adjusted to cover the smears.

Fold into 8 section and cut as shown.

Pinch the center folds and pull away from the center.

The pages start to form and a book emerges.

Two pages are floppy because they are folded at the top and the sides are edges. I like to glue these pages together or in this case I used tabs to keep the pages looking neat. Hopefully this makes sense.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Simple Mini Books

The two books in the picture are just two of the many I made. They measure 3"x3", so you can get three books from two 12"x12" papers. The binding is a simple stitch using a sturdy thread  (linen thread in this case). Fun to make and the project goes quickly.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Embellished Image

I'm new to paper crafting and love to learn new things. Some days I'm all over the map doing a little of this and that and not much of any one thing. The image is stamped on card stock and colored. The clear transparency was lightly dabbed with alcohol ink. The project emerged because I wanted to play with alcohol ink and making flowers out of crinoline. Learned a lot and of course would do it differently is I did a second one.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Bird Cage

Using Tim Holtz Bird Cage die I cut two cages and glued them together. Using Perfect Pearls and Ink Refresher it gave the paper cage a metal look. The bird is cut from Graphic 45 paper and the flowers are again cut with Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Picture Frame

This is Clara, my youngest granddaughter. When I saw this picture I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Michael's sells unfinished wood frames for $1.00.
The frame was painted black. Black Bazzill Dotted Swiss paper was cut out and glued to the front. 

Then the frame was decorated with the paper flowers I showed using Tim Holtz's flower die and Distress Inks.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Tattered Floral Dies

Love Tim Holtz's Tattered Floral Die! I started experimenting with different papers plain and patterned. After a series of tries I resorted to using white card stock (have lots on hand) and Distress Inks to create the flowers above. Using each die separately and in combinations of two I was able to make very different flowers. Leaves were stamped using Studio 490 stamps.

Romantic Cards

In June I did a card class using Graphic 45 paper. Love the Le' Romantique Collection. These cards are on the large size 5"x6" and 6"x6". 

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Adore Mini Album

Wanting to showcase 2 of my 3 beautiful granddaughters I chose a Maya Road mini chipboard album. Using paint, Melissa Frances and 7 gypsies (6x6) paper each page was covered.

This page has a piece of lace over the M.F. paper with the picture mounted on the lace. A Maya Road crystal dangles from this page.

The swirls, wings, birds, and crowns were covered with Distress Stickes (Rock Candy) after being painted white. The effect was soft and very pretty but unfortunately does not show up in the picture.

Look closely at the picture. You will see my grandson Sean laying across my sons lap patiently waiting for the girls to finish trying on pretty dresses. The challenge on this page was pleating the ribbon. I ended up using Fabric-tac.

This was a fun book to put together. My goal was to make it look as femine as Megan and Alayna.