People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

H2H Sketch Challenge

A sketch is the challenge this week for H2H. 

This week I chose to use the new Mayberry paper pack.  I really liked this paper once I seen it in person.

My card base is a 6" circle which I covered the front with the large quilt pattern paper from Mayberry.

I made the inside of the card similar to the front, just toned down some with the omission of the large pattern paper.


Paper:  White Daisy Cardstock, White Daisy Textured Cardstock and Cocoa Cardstock, Mayberry Paper Pack

Ink:  Cocoa

Stamps:  TLC (C1364)

Embellishments:  Flower is cut from Mayberry pattern paper, CTMH Pink button assortment, CTMH chocolate flower buttons, Chocolate baker's twine.

Tools:  Papertrey Ink Limitless Layers die (for scallop circle and plain circle), Cuttlebug Butterfly die and Cuttlebug tiny dots embossing folder, Cuttlebug.

Thanks for looking, and be sure to stop by the H2H challenge blog to see what the design team created using this sketch.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Messy Messy


Another delightful Wednesday to share with you what is on my workdesk and a chance to peek at what is on everyone else's workdesk.  Skip over to Julia's blog to see more!

I  feel like recently I have abandoned my organizing nature as my desk hasn't had a proper cleaning for weeks now.  Things are just piling on top of more things until I have time to sort through it all.  When I do find extra time I am using it to enjoy these beautiful spring days and tend to my plants that are showing hints of green and enjoy having my windows open and all the birds singing.

So anyway, my desk this week has a new Jillibean Soup 6"x6" paper pad which I can't wait to cut into, a little strategic placement of 2 baby cards I made for the H2H challenge and what appears to be a somewhat organized mess, until.......

you see the other side.  It is just heaped with stuff, yikes!

And I just have to share a recent purchase that I am tickled pink about.  A sugar and creamer that matches my Old British Castles dinnerware.  I have been on the prowl for additional pieces for my set, but the price always is an obstacle.  I snagged these for $8.99.  The creamer has a small chip along the lip, but that doesn't bother me at all.  Over all they are in excellent condition.

Thanks for stopping by and have a joyful WOYWW!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


The theme this week at H2H is Babies.  How sweet!  As sad as this sounds, this is the first time I have ever made a baby card.  It was tons of fun and as usual, I got in over my head with details.  I must be in a mood for patchwork lately as I have continued that scheme here as well.

This will also be my first entry to The Shabby Tea Room challenge blog.  The theme was to use 3 in a row, which I was able to accomplish with the tiny quilt blocks which were made using a punch.  There are the buttons too, but they are 4 in a row.

I made two cards, one for a boy and one for a girl.  They are both the same design, I just changed the colors slightly.

To make the patchwork, I cut 1/2" squares from 4 different patterns, all from the Sweet Pea paper pack.  I glued them onto cardstock making sure I made a section large enough to accomodate the stamp I would be using.  For the smaller squares I just glued the squares in groups of 4.

The elephant stamp I chose was not an outline stamp but a solid, so I stamped him onto the back of my cardstock in the area where my patchwork was.  He just ended up being backwards which for this project did not matter.  If I were using an outline stamp, I would have stamped the image directly onto the patchwork in a coordinating ink color.

After being sure that my project was entirely dried, I cut out the elephant and turned him over so the patchwork was facing up.  I estimated where his eye and mouth should be and drew them on using the Blush (one shade darker than Baby Pink) marker for the girl and Heavenly Blue for the boy.  I again stamped the elephant onto coordinating paper and cut out the ear portion to attach to the front of the elephant.

For the four-squares I just used a square paper punch and punched them out ensuring that all edges were even.

I used a Copic Multi-Liner pen and a ruler to hand draw stitches around each square and just hand drew the stitches around the elephant and his ear.

I finished each card off by adding buttons, ribbon and a tag with the sentiment.

Supplies (all CTMH unless noted)

Paper:  White Daisy Textured cardstock, Baby Pink and Heavenly Blue Cardstock, Pattern Paper from Sweet Pea paper pack.

Stamps:  It's A Zoo (C1360), Miracle (D1140)

Inks:  Heavenly Blue and Baby Pink ink pads, Heavenly Blue and Blush markers, Copic multi-liner

Embellishments:  Pink buttons (CTMH pink button assortment), Blue bottons (CTMH blue button assortment), Baby Pink and Heavenly Blue safety pins (CTMH, retired), Heavenly Blue Designer Ribbon (CTMH) and Sweet Blush ribbon (PTI), small tags are from my stash.

Tools:  Spellbinders square scalloped lace die, Papertrey Ink large scalloped border die, Cuttlebug.

Monday, March 21, 2011

From Your Heart to Ours

I am a big fan of the "From Your Heart to Ours" challenges at H2H.  It gives us more than just a project to think about.
This week for the "From Your Heart to Ours" challenge,  we are to feature a Home Decor item along with a little story or information about us and our artwork.

So, just a little info about myself.  Hmm, where to start?  Well, I am a fanatic about ancient history.  Yep, that's right.  When I am not in my scraproom you can almost always find me with my nose in a history book of some kind.  I am particularly fond of ancient Celtic folklore and traditions but I also love the Greek and Roman civilizations and culture.  Not only do I read about these subjects on a regular basis, but I am compelled to take notes as well, so I have notebooks full of information that is useful to me for later reference.  I know that it seems a bit odd, but I just can't help it, I'm a history nut!  I have a niece who rather enjoys my stories about faeries and the summerlands,  which of course I have read about since I was probably her age, so at least I have one family member who shares my passion.  I also enjoy playing the violin and piano and obviously I love paper crafting as well.  ;-)  I try to incorparate my interests into my artwork when it is possible, so that is why you often see faeries somewhere in my artwork.  (Even in todays project there is a wee bit of whimsy, can you find it?)

My project for this week is a wall hanging with a monogram.  I just completed it this afternoon, so it is something I made new, however,  I based it from a previous wall hanging I created this past fall.  Click here to see my original.

I used Silhouette paper which has the black and creamy bamboo colors.

The rosette is made from pleated Vineyard Berry and Black Ribbon with a black corduroy brad as the center.

The monogram "M" is cut from Black and Bamboo cardstock using my Cricut and then I dressed it up with Pink Paislee rub-ons, as I did on my original.  The vintage postcard pattern is from the Once Upon A Springtime collection by Graphic 45.  I mounted it onto black cardstock and then used a "stamp" edge cutter.

The entire center circle is attached using two layers of foam tape to give it some height.  All the edges were distressed using Vanilla Cream pigment ink except for the center circle where I used black ink.

Supplies (All CTMH except where noted):

Paper:  Silhouette pattern paper, Black and Bamboo cardstock, postcard paper is from Graphic 45 - Once Upon A Springtime

Inks:  Black and Vanilla Cream pigment ink

Embellishments:  Vineyard Berry and Black pleated ribbon, Black grosgrain ribbon, ivory crocheted trim (from stash), white lace trim (from stash), Black corduroy brad from the black Mini-Medley, rub-ons are from Pink Paislee.

Tools:  nail file used to sand edges even and smooth, Cricut to cut "M", Bonding Memories glue pen and rubber brayer to get an air-bubble free bond.

Thanks for stopping in!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Etsy shop update

New wrinkle ribbon to match the CTMH color palette.  I spent almost 3 months working out a "recipe" that made for the most true color match and finally my hard work is complete.  They are available in 3 yard bundles and are hand dyed.  Click my Etsy banner on the left sidebar or here

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Feelin' Springy

I am so ready for Spring to come.  I just don't like cold weather (hard to believe I grew up in Northern Wyoming).  I can begin to see our grass greening up and some potential leaf buds on my apple tree, so I know it will be here soon. 

I have a few spring-y projects to share today and note that I am playing around with some different ways to photograph my work.  Since my studio is in the basement, I have been using artificial "natural" light for photos and they just don't turn out how I would like, so I opened up the french doors this morning on the east and tried photographing there, so will see.

First, a scrapbook LO that I taught for class.  Inspired by Sheri Tossi.

Next is a spring banner using the same CTMH "Wings" paper.  I started teaching this last night for scrapbooking class (sometimes I have my class do something other than layouts).

And last is a card made using Pink Paislee "Sweetness" paper.  I have not stamped a sentiment yet as this may be one a customer would want personalized or I will use it for something and stamp it when I know what that something is.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011


WOYWW? (What's on your workdesk Wednesday?)

My desk is a disaster this week.  My previous post shows the project that is responsible for this mess, but well worth it. 

I found a new organizer for my Copics.  It will work great just so long as I don't buy anymore Copics or I find another cheese box.

I went antiquing on Sunday and I was looking for wood thread spools all day without much luck.  At the last shop I noticed a large oatmeal canister with wood spools written on it.  It was FULL of wooden spools, jackpot!  I only had to pay $5.  So happy to find them.  I have used several already for baker's twine and the rest are in these glass containers for the time being.

Do you like to snoop at others' workdesks?  Well pop on over to see Julia and so many wonderful workdesks.


Monday, March 7, 2011

Making A Scene

This week the H2H challenge is to use at least 3 different stamps to create a scene.  This was so much fun! 

But first, exciting news for me this week!  I have been asked to be a Guest Designer for H2H during the month of April.  I am so honored and excited.

More good news, my upline and team leader, Mary Gunn is the Guest Designer at H2H for March!  Check out her amazing creations and all of the talented DT's creations here.

And the best news, I am celebrating my 5 year anniversary with CTMH this month.  I can't believe it has been that long, but it has been such a wonderful time for me and I look forward to many more years to come.

Ok, on to my entry this week.  I made a 6" x 6" wall hanging and went a little crazy with the masking.  The photo does not show it so well, but the fairies wings are glittered with Prisma Glitter.


Paper:  White Daisy cardstock, Petal textured cardstock, patterned papers are from Paper Garden (All CTMH)

Stamps:  Flower Fairies (CTMH), Fairy Dust (CTMH), background stamp is from Magnolia and sentiment stamp is from Lili of the Valley

Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Copics:  Skin: YR0000, E000
         Sun, Butterflies: Y00
         Clouds: B000
         Pink Flowers: RV11, RV34
         Grass, Leaves: G20, G21
         Violet flowers,fairy dresses: V15,V95

Embellishments:  Sweet Leaf stitched ribbon for hanger (CTMH), mulberry paper roses (I Am Roses), Prisma Glitter for wings 

Other:  Spellbinders die (corner accent), Papertrey Ink Limitless Layers dies (circle, scalloped circle)

Friday, March 4, 2011

A Color Challenge

March is kicking off over at H2H with a color challenge.

These colors at first sight may remind some of Fall, specifically Halloween, but I used the colors to come up with a more spring-y project.


I used Creme Brulee cardstock as my base and then created the polka-dot pattern using Colonial White cardstock, Creme Brulee ink, a pencil eraser and a ruler.  Super easy and such a fun pattern.

I stamped the butterfly (B1210-Flutter) onto black cardstock and then again onto the Gypsy polka-dot pattern paper and cut out only the wing sections then pasted them onto the black butterfly.

I folded up his wings a bit for some dimension.  The buttons are from my stash and I used a copic marker to color the Colonial White ric-rac to match.
My card is inspired by Stephanie Day.


Paper:  Creme Brulee, Colonial White and Black cardstock.  Patterned paper (Gypsy dot) from Hooligans.  Manila parcel tag.

Inks:  Bamboo for distressing, Gypsy to stamp butterfly, Copic V17

Stamps:  TLC (C1364 sentiment), Flutter (B1210)

Embellishments:  Paper doily from Walmart, buttons and lace ribbon from my stash, Colonial White ric-rac, Natural hemp.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...