Monday, December 14, 2009

Showcasing Hearts in Touch Stamps

Gingersnap Creations is featuring Hearts in Touch stamps all month long. Each week there is a different challenge. I made the following cards for the Color Challenge. The colors were purple, green and gold, which just happens to be one of my favorite color combos!
The First cards uses an image from HIT #137 Antique Swirls sheet.
The second card uses an image from HIT # 125 HIT Flowers sheet.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Herringbone Horses

So here is another Herringbone Technique card, The image and sentiment are both from Impression Obsession. I used faux flower soft for the horses hats. You make faux flower soft by rubbing two styrofoam balls together. That's all folks!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Two Great Techniques

The most recent newsletter from Technique Junkies is so awesome! These are just 2 of the fabulous techniques from it. I used the Bleached Swipes technique on the image and the Herringbone technique on the background paper. The tag image is from Hero Arts.If you don't subscribe to Technique Junkies newsletter, you don't know what you are missing!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Let There Be Peace

This is a sneak preview of a Christmas card I will be posting on the Paper Temptress blog in a day or so. I love these micro beads from Stamp La Jolla, but I forget to use them. They really add elegance to a card. I also used Spellbinders Fleur De Les pendant die to add a bit more pizazz. All paper is from the Paper Temptress of course!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Geisha Shaker Card


Hearts in Touch has several new stamp sheets out and one of them is GeishaPhotos.It is unbelievably gorgeous as you can see

I was inspired to do something a bit different, so I made a shaker card. I used the new Shaker pouches from Impression-Obsession, and boy did it make the process easier!

All paper except for the patterned paper is from The Paper Temptress. Look how fabulous the embossing is on the top portion of the card. I used a Sizzix embossing folder, but the paper is what makes the difference! All of Patricia's paper embosses so perfectly!

Thanks for stopping by!

Does Anyone Want to Barter???

I have the original Cricut machine and I am willing to barter for some other art supplies in exchange for it. Of course you would have to pay the postage.

Make me an offer!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Home for the Holidays

I am so happy to be getting my blog up to date.It is wonderful to be sharing my art once again with all of you!
This card was interesting to make. I knew all the elements I wanted to use, it just took a bit of time and thought to put them all together. All the gorgeous paper paper is from the Paper Temptress and the stamp is from Hearts in Touch new Christmas sheet. I also used Spellbinder's Fleur De Lis Pendant, Scallopped Circles die cuts and two Cuttlebug embossing folders. Of course I had to add a bit of bling too, LOL! The die cuts are mounted with pop dots to add dimension to the project.
I think this card would fall into the "simply elegant" category...not too much fuss, but effective.
I hope you like it!
See you soon.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

"Clearly" It's Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! Not because of all the good food (although I admit that's a HUGE bonus) but because of family. Everyone lives very busy lives. It is so very wonderful to have the entire family together for Thanksgiving. With my four children and their spouses, along with my 12 fabulous grandchildren, it is joyous chaos, LOL! All I have to do is glance around the room to count my many blessings.
This card uses paper from the Paper Temptress and stamps from Hearts in Touch. I am blessed to be a small part of each of these fabulous companies. Designing for such wonderful, generous women is indeed something to be thankful for!

So to all of my friends, family and those who follow my blog...have a safe holiday. Don't forget to count your blessings!

Christmas Sparkle

This was a really fun card to do. It is showcased on both Hearts in Touch blog and the Paper Temptress Community blog.

I fused some Angelina fibers together between two pieces of copy paper and then adhered them to a piece of card stock. I then covered it with a piece of acetate adhered to the card stock piece with the fibers with spray adhesive, and stamped on the acetate. All paper is from The Paper Temptress and all stamps are from Hearts in Touch.

Thanks for looking

Thursday, November 12, 2009

I've Been Published

In the September issue of Vamp Stamp News.It is the card in the upper left hand corner. I actually started this card well over a year ago when I was visiting my dear friend Chris in Australia. I had the basic background and image done on the canvas and then packed it in my suitcase. It wasn't until many months after my return that I actually finished it. The rest is history as they say.
I have submitted a Christmas card to VSN and will see next month if it gets published or not. Wish me luck!

Cruise Photos

Cruising with Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi

October 11- October 18
We left San Pedro port the morning of the 11th on the Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas. WOW! What a luxurious ship that one is...and HUGE.
You can can the idea of the size by the photo. I think there were 3500 passengers. Not all of them were in the art part, or Tim wouldn't be alive today, LOL! The food was magnificent, the service top rate and the entire experience was almost too good to be true.
We traveled to Mexico, with port stops at Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vaharta. Let me tell you it was so hot and humid. Next time I cruise to Mexico, it will be in the winter.
We had great fun in Tim and Wendy's classes and made some really fun projects. The first photo you see is of my journal. We made these in class and I actually did manage to document all the happenings.
The photo past the ship is the classroom with Tim teaching as only he can do!
The next photo is actually 2 projects. The necklace made from the fragments, we made in Wendy's class. The necklace with the hardware and key, we made in Tim's class. Both classes were interesting and fun.
Next you will see a cork board we made in a class with Wendy. Mine is already plastered to my studio door for inspiration
Next is a pendant we made with Tim. It was really wonderful to learn how to use his Ideology line and how to put it all together.
Lastly is a shadow box made with Tim. I really liked this project, as it is more my "style". Don't get me wrong...I will be wearing the jewelery and using that cork board.
So there you have a very brief description of what we all made on this wonderful artful adventure at sea. I have much more to cover on the cruise subject but that's all for now.
BTW, Tim is cruising next fall along the east coast of the states. Should be a beautiful time with all the fall foliage to admire. If you can cruise with Tim, I would have to say "GO FOR IT!"

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I am Blessed

I am often amazed at what a small world this is. The internet has had a lot to do with that. I "met" Shirley Ross on one of my online groups. I have "met" many people online. BUT...every once in a while a friendship blossoms. This has been the case with Shirley. She is a lovely person with a huge heart, a generous spirit and a wonderful sense of humor. I am blessed to call her my friend.
Shirley sent me both of the above cards. I LOVE getting cards from her as she has such an eye for detail, and I can admire them for hours.
So thank you Shirley. Not only for the cards but for your friendship!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Embossed Elegance

I made this card for the Paper Temptress blog to show how perfectly her paper embosses in embossing folders or with texture plates. It is a simple card, that is fast and easy. The embossing of these fabulous papers makes it look elegant I think. I wish I were a better photographer.

Friday, August 21, 2009

My Second Project for the Guest Designer party!

So here is my second project for this event. I decided to make a note card box. It contains note cards with matching lined envelopes, and would make a lovely gift. For this project I used stamps from Hearts In Touch In The Garden sheet. It is a beautiful sheet of stamps and very versatile.I used Paper Temptress' Teal Felt Grandee paper, White Felt Grandee, Starburst Lichen, and Cryogen White. I cannot tell you how beautiful a combination Hearts in Touch stamps and The Paper Temptress' paper is. You will just have to try it for yourself. So don't forget to leave a comment on both of these blogs: The Paper Temptress. and Hearts in Touch .
Enjoy and Good Luck!

Paper Temptress is August Guest Designer for Hearts in Touch

I used Hearts in Touch Flourishes sheet for this card. I adore this dragon. It is accented with red crystals as well as the medallion on the top of the card. I used Paper Temptress Columns Epic Black and Retro Gold Glossy Lustre. It is a striking combination IRL! I have more to post from these two marvelous companies, and will do so later today.So here is the really good the end of the month a wonderful prize will be given away. A Fabulous paper package from The Paper Temptress AND a full sheet of stamps from Hearts In Touch!! All you have to do is go to the Paper Temptress blog and the Hearts in Touch blog and leave a comment. A winner will be randomly chosen. What could be better than free stuff? Especially when it's such good quality stuff. Oh I forgot to mention; you get to choose the stamp sheet you would like! Now what company does that? You usually have to take whatever they send you. That alone makes leaving a comment even more worthwhile. So stop by the blogs and leave a comment.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

It's a Pear Thing again

So once again I will say, "I have no earthly idea why I love pears so much." Perhaps it's a body image thing, LOL! No real stamping talent shown on these cards, as I used my Cricut Joys of the Season cartridge to cut out the card. I am so happy it has a pear in the cartridge! So I hope you enjoy them anyway. I had a great time coloring the pears.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Paper Temptress is Guest Designer for Hearts in Touch

This is like a dream come true, LOL! I get to use my favorite stamps :Hearts in Touch, along with my favorite papers from The Paper Temptress.
This card is a gate fold card and I used stamps from In my Garden sheet, along with Starburst Lichen and Canyon Brown Columns paper from PT. Can you believe how beautifully the Starburst Lichen embosses? It is picture perfect and so textural.
I know I have not posted in a very long time and I have much catching up to do. I have so many cards to post using PT paper and HIT stamps. I am hoping to find time very soon.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

And the Winner Is.........

Sue Thiel! Congratulations Sue!
The winner was chosen by which scrambles the entries and picks one. There were 62 comments and chose comment #25 which turned out to be Sue.
Thanks for playing everyone. I hope to see you all at my next give away!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Blog Candy Give Away!

This is a dynamic duo giveaway. You have a chance t0 win Hearts in Touch Structures sheet # 123, along with a paper assortment from Paper Temptress.

Both of the above cards use Cryogen White paper from PT. It is a yummy sparkly paper and the sparkle shows through whatever coloring medium you choose. The second card also uses Flower Soft Vintage Christmas on the trees on both sides of the house.

Leave a comment and a winner will be chosen by by next Saturday May 9th.

Visit The Paper Temptress blog to see all the new sales!
Visit the Hearts in Touch blog to see all the new stamps sheets!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

News Print Reveal Technique

This is a new technique from Technique Junkies. If you don't subscribe and you love techniques, what are you waiting for?
I love how this card came out and I especially love the rivets on the bottom. They look like Levi rivets, don't you think? Next time I make this card, I will try it in denim.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Checkbook and Beaded Pen Gift Set

I made this project for the Paper Temptress Blog. I used Velvet Touch cream paper which is just wonderful. It has such a lovely feel to it and takes ink like it was made for it. After I let the ink dry a bit, I blended the images together with my finger. The ink seemed to just "melt" into the paper. All stamps are from Hearts in Touch.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Clocks for Gifts

I made these clocks for the Paper Temptress blog, using all of the wonderful papers she has to offer.
Here are the instructions:
Cut one piece of c/s to 4 1/2 x 11 inches. This will be the outer part of the clock.
Cut another piece of c/s to 4 1/4 x 11 inches. This will be the center part or mat.
Attach both pieces together with d/s tape so that you have an even border between the two pieces of c/s ( as you would when layering a card front.)
Score at 3 3/8 inches from one side
Score at 3 1/8 inches from the other side.
Now when you fold it, you should have a 4 1/2 square center.
When you purchase your clock works (easily found at most craft stores and inexpensive) make sure you buy one with a short shaft, or else it will protrude too far out from the base of the clock.
Find the center of the piece by measuring from corner t corner on opposite sides and mark where the lines intersect.
Make a hole large enough to fit the clock works into. You may have to pad the back of the card to the clock works to make it sturdy. I use mounting tape for this.
Now you can improvise on these instructions and add embellishments to your clock. I did mine a bit different for the Father;s Day clock. I only used the 4 1/2 sheet of paper ( a sturdy weight) and then cut the center piece 4/1/4 square.
I hope you will give it a try. Email me if you have any questions.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Something New is always Good!

And this new Flowers stamp sheet from Hearts in Touch is no exception. All cards use the Cryogen White paper from the Paper Temptress to stamp the focal image on. This paper is sparkly and no matter what coloring medium you use, the sparkle shows through. It's totally yummy!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Another dynamic duo!

You can't go wrong when you pair stamps from Hearts in Touch with paper from the Paper Temptress. The focal image is from Hearts in Touch and it is stamped on Laser Gold Glossy Lustre from the Paper Temptress. The Happy Birthday stamp is from Club Scrap.

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Very Tempting Paper!!!

Patricia from The Paper Temptress generously sent me some samples of her paper. All I can say is WOW! I used a piece of Silver Laser Lustre to stamp my image onto. The ink takes to this paper like magic. It seems to float on the top on the lines and fall into the unlined parts so beautifully. I made this card and I used an image from Hearts in Touch. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The many faces of "my" mountain

The Superstition Mountain range is right in my backyard. It is a wonderful sight and I never tire of looking at it. I wait all year for the one or two days that there "might" be some snow on "my" mountain. Today was the day! A glorious sight awaiting me as I was waking up. I live in the desert, so this is the only time I see snow and that's just the way I like it. I had to drive about 1 mile away to get these photos, as I live too close to take the photos from my home (lucky me!) I LOVE living in the desert and these mountains make it all the more spectacular! I hope you enjoy the photos.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Stringing you along

A new techinque from the lastest Technique Junkie newsletter. It is really fun and the possibilities are endless with this technique.I hope you enjoy my examples.