Monday, September 27, 2010

My Other Art, Photography

I thought I would share with you my other art, photography. I love taking pictures. I have my point and shoot camera, Canon PowerShot SX200 IS, with me all the time but when I really want to shoot something wonderful I have my Canon Digital Rebel XTi. 

This time I decided to take my SX200 IS and see how it handles macro shots. Friday I arrived to work 30 minutes early so I took my camera and starting shooting.  These two shots are dew on grass. Not bad for a point and shoot camera.

Well thats it for this week. Thanks for stopping by! Grab your favorite beverage and stop by next week because October 2nd is World Card Making Day. I will have lots to show you.

Go Create and Be Extraordinary!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is my favorite holiday but I think because its the day my daughter was born. She decided to come nine weeks early and she weighed 3 lbs 1 oz but at 3:25 am. If she wasn't in such a rush maybe the time would have been 3:31 am!!!  Spooky?!?!

With a large cup of tea, I have been in my craft room making lots of Halloween items. I was on a roll today so this post will be a little long. First up, puzzle pieces. I painted them white a long time ago and for some reason they screamed Halloween.

The backgrounds were made by distress inks and Halloween stamps with archival ink. The two hanging bats  I found in my scraps. The ghost on the third puzzle is a button. I just cut off the loop on the back so it will glue flat.

I found this round clear cut frame from Yellow Bicycle and I knew I wanted to make a card from it. I love round cards.


As you can tell in my cards this tree gets used a lot. I love this tree for some reason. It can be used for all seasons.

Supplies: Round white cardstock card, clear cut frame from Yellow Bicycle, Distressed Inks in Dusty Concord, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Tea Dye and Fired Brick, Stamps: Stampin Up Branchin Out; EK Success Paper Punch for bats.


This was a lot of fun to make. I wanted to work on a canvas piece and use grungeboard. I love Tim Holtz products as you see I use his distress inks all the time. I had quite a few pieces of grungeboard already painted, crackled, and embossed.  I was going to use it for another project until I found this canvas.

Supplies: Canvas is 3 3/4" x 4 3/4"; Grungeboard for Cat, "31", Scull, bats; Distress Stickles in Orange Marmalade ("31"), Black Soot (Scull); Distress Crackle Paint in Black Soot (Bats); Distress Embossing Powder in Black Soot (Cat); Paper is Martha Stewart Holidays "Vampire"; Alcohol Ink in Pearl (Ghost); Distress Inks in Spiced Marmalade, Frayed Burlap (Sun); Acrylic Paints in blue, black and gray.

Last but not least ...

This is my favorite card of the weekend. It was simple and didn't take very long.


Isn't this a cool card? If I do say so myself! The background is paper from Memory Box Blackbird and all I did was stamp "Spooky Collage" on the paper and applied Distress Embossing Ink all over the top and embossed it in clear embossing powder.  See the close up below. It gives it a real nice look.

The other thing I added to the images before I embossed was adding Distress Ink in Fired Brick to add more color.

Supplies: Spooky Collage stamp; Paper - Memory Box Blackbird and black cardstock; Distress Ink Fired Brick and Embossing Ink.

Well I hope you had enough of your favorite beverage to sit, relax and look at all my creations. I'm out of tea! Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed it.

Go Create and Be Extraordinary!

Swap on Paper Wishes Message Board

I am a member on Paper Wishes Message Board. It's a wonderful board with very friendly members. We all feel like one big happy family.  On the board we have lots of swaps that we can join every month. We can choose just one or do all of them. Each project must be made with mainly Paper Wishes supplies. September I joined the paper crafting swap where we had to make one ATC. It was called Shades of One Colour. I can never make just one so I made two.

I had lots of fun make these ATC. All the supplies I used are from Paper Wishes. The silver stickers are Dazzles. They are so much fun to use. Paper Wishes carries all sorts of Dazzles which are sized for cards, scrapbook pages and any other object you want to put them on.

It's a short post for now. Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and check back later. It's time for Halloween and I've made quite a few things that I can't wait to share.

Go Create and Be Extraordinary! 

Sunday, September 12, 2010

There Are No Mistakes in Art!

That is so true. Have you ever started to make something and in your head you know what its going to look like but then you start and it turns out completely different? Well thats what happened when I made this card. It was going to be a scary Halloween card but it ended up being a very peaceful card.

All the papers used to make this card are all scraps so I can't tell you where they came from. I can tell you that the stamp set is from Stampin Up and it's called Branching Out. I love the tree in this set and I use it all the time. The background was made using Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Fired Brick, Tea Dye, and a little Peeled Paint.

I always try to design the inside of every card I make using the same stamps and colors. The inside I leave blank until I need to use it.

Remember there are no mistakes in art! I hope all your mistakes turn out to be remarkable.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Go create and be extraordinary!


When it's time to create, it's time for tea. I walk into my craft room, sit at my table, take a sip and start creating.

My daughter started her senior year in college. Boy, where did the time go?  To remind her that she can do anything I made her an ATC sized canvas. This canvas was made with Alice in Wonderland stamps and words from the movie.

The background was made by using watered down acrylic paints. I added the beaded flourish, Alice stamps, ribbon, and a button brad.  The ATC sized canvas is 2.5 x 3.5.

Once I finished, I was on a roll and created another Alice in Wonderland inspired piece of art.  This one was lots of fun to make.

I sanded down the frame then used acrylic and crackle paint on it plus added some distressed rock candy crackle on it.  The flowers are made from grunge paper.  Here are close ups of the flowers.

I cut this flower out of grunge paper and used distress inks for color and a flower brad.

This flower was also cut from grunge paper, stamped the flowers with an Alice quote, colored with distress inks and put together with a flower brad.

Nope, I'm not done. I stamped an extra Mad Hatter and had an ATC started that I stamped with circles and colored with gel pens. With all the bright colors it worked perfect for the Mad Hatter. 

Next time grab your favorite beverage, sit, relax and enjoy!  Thanks for stopping by!

Go Create and Be Extraordinary!