Tuesday, April 16, 2013

God must have loved calories...

Hello out there!
I hope you're having a wonderful day!
Here in Ohio, we are finally seeing signs of spring,
and have had a couple of wonderfully warm days.
I have a fun little project for you today.
Sometimes, we can use our stamps to create elements
for other things...
The stamps don't always have to be a finished project in and of themselves.
Today I made a fun little element for my
weight loss Smash Book.
Here's the little piece before I added it to my book.
Wanna make it?
Alllllllllll righty then!
What you need:
Kraft card stock
Die and die cutter or electronic die cutter
White gel pen
Black pigment ink
Viva Las Vegas Super Gloss Embossing Powder
Washi tapes
Vintage Photo Distress Ink & blending tool
Scrap of white card stock
Miracle Tape sheet
Heat tool
Stuff to color with (I used markers Faber Castell )
STICKLES!! (Fruit Punch and Goldenrod)
Heart stickers (or punchies, or die cuts)
Shimmer spritz (I used Smooch Spritz)
What to do:
Ink the edges of your die cut shape with Vintage Photo
Distress ink using the blending tool.
Vintage Photo.
Slap on some washi tape,
add some little X's using the white gel pen.
 Stamp words with black pigment ink and emboss.
Spray with Smooch Spritz. Dry.
Add a heart.
Stamp bird onto piece, right on top of the washi tapes.
Stamp him again on white card stock, and emboss.


 Color the bird (isn't he fun!).
Trim closely, and put onto a sheet of Miracle Tape.
Cut out completely.
 Add the bird to the piece right over the stamped image.
I like to do this because I AM NOT cutting out all of
his little extra hairs and feathers and stuff.
Add a little Goldenrod Stickles to his beak,
and a little Fruit Punch Stickles under where he's sitting.

Here he is added into my home made
Smash Book. I used Miracle Tape to stick it into my book,
and added a flower.

I hope you enjoyed this one!
And, here's your wiener!
Actually, two wieners and a cattle dog, enjoying a little
spring time play time.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

New Camera Love- Olympus Pen E-PM1

I purchased a refurbished Olympus E-PM1 camera...I've missed the Olympus brand!! I had a FANTASTIC mid-range point and shoot Oly 3 or so years ago, but my kid broke it, and I couldn't afford to replace it...I got a little Panasonic point and shoot and have never been happy with it.

I've been drooling over the Pen3 and the OMD, but they are way out of my price range.

Here's the first shots taken from the camera. The ONLY editing I've done was to hit the "auto correct" button. What do you think?

Just Believe...

Hello, my darlings!
I don't know about you, but I am DONE with winter!
We didn;t have much snow to speak of,
but it was bitterly cold most of the winter.
At least if you're gonna make me freeze,
give me some snow to play in!!!
And, guess what we got on the first day of spring?
6" of snow, and a SNOW DAY!!!!
So, I am ready and waiting for warm weather, sunshine, and flowers.
I sure hope you like this!
Wanna make it?
Allllllllllrighty, then!
(Don't let the long supply list fool you, this doesn't really take all that long,
and substitutions are certainly do-able!!!)
You will need:
An unfinished wooden or chipboard frame
White gesso
Black gesso or acrylic paint
Water & paint brush
Crackle paints- Brown and Silver
Corrugated cardboard
Smooch Spritz- a couple of blues, a green
Smooch ink- lots of colors
White card stock
Craft card stock
Miracle Tape
Heat gun
Word stickers
Itty bitty butterlfies- mine are brads
Black pigment ink
Viva Las Vegastamps super gloss embossing powder
Wire and a bead
Light bulb embellishment from Prima
Craft glue

 Ok, here we go....
 Paint the frame with white gesso.
Dry with heat gun.
Scribble with Gelatos.
After you scribble the gelatos,
use a wet paint brush and smoosh them around until there
isn't any white left. Dry with heat gun.
Get a large paint brish wet and dip it into some
black gesso or black acrylic paint.
Fling it at the frame. Dry with heat gun. Set aside.
 Slap some gesso on your corrugated card board.
Dry with heat gun.
Spray with two blue Smooch Spritz colors.
Set aside.
 Cut a piece of kraft paper to fit the frame opening.
Spritz top half with blue Smooch color,
bottom half with green.
Dry well with heat gun.
Stamp daisies with pigment ink and emboss.
Stamp and emboss them again on a scrap peice of card stock.
 Stamp and emboss the fairy on card stock.
Color with Smooch inks.
I also used a little bit of metallic marker.
Trim around her and put her on a piece of Miracle Tape,
then finish cutting her out.
 Place fairy onto the back ground.
Color and cut out one daisy from the card stock.
Adhere in front of the fairy with Miracle Tape.
Add butterflies.
Scribble some Smooch ink in the upper part of the
pretty little scene you've just created. Let dry.
Once dry, add your word stickers.
Once card board piece is dry, wrap wire around it.
Add a bead with wire, too.
Glue this to the side of the opening.
Glue light bulb embellishment to bottom corner of opening.
Add flowers.


And, here's your wiener...
Daisy dog trying to convince me to give up the homework and
go play outside.

Monday, April 1, 2013

A little of what I''ve been up to...

Hello again!

I thought I'd share a quick little bit of what I've been up to lately,
because I know the posting has been spradic at best...
Had wrist surgery.
Luckily, it ws on the left since I am right handed!
I had a very large cyst in there that's been giving me all kinds of issues.
I go get the stitches out Tuesday, April 2, and will have a
splint/brace thing for 6 weeks.
This was the day after surgery, taking friends to the airport for their vacation.
yes, I was slightly stoned.
Helloooooo, Vicodin!! LOL
 Just finished this one, and will get photos up in a few days.
It's pretty cool.
One of my favorite scrapbook pages so far this year.
I <3 this little girl!
Another page that turned out well.

 Scrapbooking injury!