Thursday, March 27, 2014

New Creations 2014

I've finally figured out how to get pics from my phone to my laptop via the iCloud.  What a learning curve!  I'm posting 2 sets of photos. 

The first, titled Stationary Box, is from a Pinterest post. 

Two instructional videos that can be found at Dannie's Designs :

This project seemed pretty intimidating at first, but if you take good notes and follow the measurement exactly, it will turn out fine.

The stationary box opens to reveal 3 compartments.  One for standard (A-2) cards and envelopes.A place for 3" x 3" gift cards, and one for gift tags  I added an envelop for address labels and one for stamps.

For my A-2 cards I selected a butterfly pattern from the Mariposa stack (DCWV).  I love that stack - and the full sheet of butterflies fit right in with my blue and yellow theme.

I used a 'One Page Wonder'  (OSW) pattern for a 6" x 6" sheet of patterened paper also found of Pinterest. FYI - a web search yielded lots of OSW patterns for 6" x 6", 8 1/2" x  11:, and 12" x 12" sizes of paper.


A New Year 2014

What difference does a year make?  Well for one thing, a year ago I posted about zentangles and watching the Superbowl  This year I watched the Seattle Seahawks WIN the Superbowl!

I've been busy with my art projects.  Working on a spiritual journal with my favorite quotations.  After much reading and exploration I've determined that I am NOT an art journalist - yet.  My journal pages tend to be neat, clean and interactive.  I hope I get the courage to go back to some of them and make them more...arty...creative...layered.  Hmmm.  Sounds like a plan.

Monday, February 4, 2013


Spent part of the Super Bowl doing zentangles on envelopes.  Found some terrific ones nonline to try.  Love the cat ones. Here's a few of my favorites:

Thursday, January 17, 2013

2013 Valentine Card design

Wow - This year I'm way ahead of the game, for once.  Here's my 2013 Valentine card design.

I used pink patterned paper for the background and over stamped it with a sheet music stamp from Oriental Trading Company (yes, they sell a few stamps and at a terrific price).  I then stamped the bird on a branch and script images from a stanp set by Tim Holtz.  I used another TH stamp for the heart stamped over the music notes.  The Love script is form a JoAnn's dollar stamp set, as are the tiny hearts. 

I'm really in to tickets at the moment so I used my Tim Holtz tickets die on my Cuttlebug (using red cardstock of course).  I stamped a border and "You're Special" on each ticket.

I finished the card with a lace border using my Martha Stewart punch, and a ribbon with little hearts on it.  Adding the 3 tiny hearts in the lower right corner, with stickles in the middle of each really helped balance the design and added some sparkle.  Hope the recipeints like theirs!  Lucky for me I only had to make 12 of these babies.

For the inside I used patterned paper, stamped the Greeting, and added a strip of "birds on a wire," from a Martha Stewart punch.

New Year and New Techniques

2013 - I want to do a better job of keeping up on this blog this year.  I'm working on a new art journal and some new techniques.  Here is a new one for you.  I made these steampunk bookmarks for my brother-in-law.  I made one for him last fall and he loved it and asked for more.

I ran plain cardstock through my Xyron machine then layed in onto a sheet of aluminum foil.  This gave me a metallic piece that can be used for all kinds of embellishments.  I trimmed the paper to tag size then ran them through my Cuttlebug using the Gear Box strip embossing folder,  This gives great texture for embellishing with more "guy" stuff, like clock gears and washers.  I layered small pieces of the aliminum paper and used metal embossing tools to replicate metal joins.  Alcohol inks added color. 


Friday, October 19, 2012

Halloween 2012

Just finished my Halloween cards.  The theme this year is sugar skulls (dios de la muerte) and tickets.  Here's a sample. Check my Halloween page for more.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Just uploaded more images of greeting cards.  I keep mailing them before I remember to take a pic!  lol