Welcome! I started this blog because I love to craft. I dabble with scrap booking, and card making. I love bending, folding and tweaking paper. I try other crafts, too. I hope to share some projects with you.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas

  
   From our house to yours "Merry Christmas". We hope all your Christmas dreams come true. We will be back next year. Until then be merry and safe.

Take Care
Kathy

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Santa N Elves ATC Swap

   These were fun! At first I didn't think that I would be able to join this swap. I could only find one image of Santa with elves. I asked the hostess and she said that it could be Santa and elves, or either one or the other. Once I learned this, I was off and running.




   This image was taken from Christmas gift wrapping paper. I scanned, re-sized, and then printed it. I used a product called Snow Writer Dimensional Paint by DecoArt. I edged the roof tops, the chimney, Santa's suit, and then the snow on the roof with it. When it dried I went back in and used Glitter Frosting from Flower Soft to add the sparkle to the snow. I cut an oval frame from white card stock and then I coated it with glue and then put a thick layer of Glitter Frosting on it. I then centered it over the image of Santa and glued it down. I punched out two holly leaves from a green foil gift bag and glued them into the corner. I then punched out three tiny circles from a piece of red glitter paper to use as the berries and glued them in place. 




   This image was also taken from gift wrapping paper, scanned, re-sized, and then printed. I used a silver gel pen to highlight some of the details. I then used Snow Writer on the snow, following it up with a light touch of Glitter Frosting. I glued white pompom with silver foil trim across the top and bottom of the card. For the finishing touch I punched out some musical notes from black glitter paper and glued them into place.




   For this ATC I used scrapbook paper that I scanned, re-sized and then printed. Then I mounted it over green card stock. I found the foam Santa and tree shapes at Michael's. I touched them up a little with the Snow Writer and put them in place. They came with an adhesive on the back. Then I used a paper punch and punched out the HO HO HO from red and green glitter paper and glued the letters in place.


                                                                 THESE ARE THE ATC'S I RECEIVED


                                                                          CJ Armstrong

                                                                           Judi Stoker


                                                                             Resi Shetler

   These are just adorable! Not to mention that they are also beautiful. Since the cost of postage keeps going up all of the time most of the people that once exchanged Christmas cards with me stopped years ago. These are the only Christmas cards that I received. I love them!

Take Care
Kathy









Monday, December 17, 2012

Angel ATC Swap

   It's Christmas and what says Christmas more than angels? I really love angels, almost as much as fairies. I envy them their wings. All my life from the time I was a child I have wanted to fly. Not in an airplane, helicopter, or a hot air balloon, but all alone in the sky with wings of my own. It was fun to once again live in dreams like a child as I worked on these.




   For this angel I scanned a piece of Christmas wrapping paper, then re-sized it and printed it three times. Using an embossing pen I drew in the lines of the wings and then using ivory embossing powder I heat embossed them. I used kaleidoscope embossing powder to highlight the background swirls. I mounted it on gold glimmer scrapbook paper. Then I cut around the second angel and using foam squares I layered it on top of the first angel. I then cut out the bouquet of flowers from the third copy and using foam dots I placed them in her hands.



   I scanned a piece of scrapbook paper for the blue star background. I re-sized it and printed it. I created the angel using a circle punch and gold glimmer scrapbook paper. I used the same circle punch for the wings. I punched them out of gold metallic paper. Then I folded them in half and then cut around the outside edge with scalloped scissors. I cut the circle in half and glued the wings onto the blue background. After placing the wings I folded the angel's body and glued it in place over the wings. For the head I used a rhinestone. The hair was made from gold thread that I glued to the head. Then I glued a halo cut from gold glitter paper  behind the head. Then I glued that in place. I punched out tiny stars from gold glitter paper and placed them randomly around the angel. I cut white card stock for the background mount and glued gold glitter on the edge. I centered the blue background over the glittered card stock and glued it in place. For the finishing touch I placed an acrylic gold trimmed star in the top corner.
  



   For this card I used glitter paint on white card stock. While it dried I printed the child angel. I cut and shaped white feather trim into the wings and glued it in place. Then I mounted the angel on the white glitter background. I punched the small star from silver glitter paper and then used a drop of blue Liquid Pearls for the center. When it was dry I put it in the top corner.


                                             THESE ARE THE CARDS THAT I RECEIVED           

                                                                                 Patty Curtis


                                                                                        Hollie Fox


                                                                                 Ashlee

     Aren't these great? Each artist interpreted their angels so differently. I love seeing the differences. Not everyone thinks of angels as glorious beings with radiant beauty, and feathered wings. I sometimes forget that.

Take Care
Kathy 









Friday, December 14, 2012

Holiday Centerpiece

   Mom is in the hospital, again. I thought that I would make a festive centerpiece to help cheer her up. She has been so sick. We made so many holiday plans but now they will have to be re-scheduled. So I made this to help her over a very disappointing time.



   This was made from floral bushes and stems that I brought at The Dollar Store. I glued a plastic tray over an upside down plastic bowl to make the elevated base. The rest were poinsettia bushes that I clipped apart to make it easier to place them. Once upon a time, I used to use yards of floral tape on centerpieces. Now I use a low temp glue gun, it saves so much time! Mom loves cardinals so I found a place to perch two among the branches. The electric candle is one that I brought home from the farm for her. I knew that she would love to see it used in a centerpiece to brighten her room. I love The Dollar Store. This entire centerpiece cost only $11.00. I bet you couldn't buy one like this anywhere for that.

Take Care
Kathy

Friday, December 7, 2012

Book Page ATC Swap

   This ATC swap was called Book Page. I knew that this would be a challenge for me. I can't really see anything made from a printed page from a book as being pretty. I like pretty. I have never been one for "Grunge". Surprisingly after I learned that I didn't have to focus on the print on the page I found it a lot easier than I thought it would be. Yet I tried real hard to make it invisible. 



   Looking though a magazine I found a picture of an owl perched on a sign. I made a transfer from it by putting clear shipping tape over the image. I soaked it in water and then rubbed the paper off the back. While it was drying I used thinned acrylic paint in a shade of pearlized blue and lightly painted the background page. I ran my dry tape transfer through a sticker maker and then put it in place. I finished it off with two white feathers. I used a wooden stick to press one of the feathers into a black StazOn ink pad giving it the same stripes as the owl. I glued them in place and then glued a blue plastic leaf charm on one end of the feathers.



   I found this image of a young woman reading beneath a tree. I re-sized it, printed it and then trimmed it away from it's background. I once again thinned acrylic paint in a shade of pearlized champagne and painted lightly over the book page background. It really does show more than in this picture. I used some gold acrylic letters to write the word "Read" and placed them down the side. I glued some artificial flowers on it and then finished it off with a tiny hand tied bow.



   By the time that I got to this ATC I was feeling a little more comfortable with using book pages as a background. Once again I started by thinning down pearlized acrylic paints in two shades of pink. I painted two pages with each color. Then I cut one into strips and gently eased them into a ruffle, gluing them in place along the outside edge of the card as I went. Then I went to my old stand-by a glittered gift bag, and cut very narrow strips from it and glued them in place on the inside edge of the ruffle. Next I punched out two flowers from the second color book page background and layered one over the other. I punched the center from the same gift bag and glued it in place. Before gluing the flower down I hand cut two leaves from some scraps of Angelina fibers. I glued them in place and then glued the flower over them.


                                                              THESE ARE THE ATC'S THAT I RECEIVED


                                                                         Candy Smith

                                                                           Elaine Larkin


                                                                               Gabriele Haider


   These artists done a wonderful job on these ATC's. I like these so much more than I ever expected to. In fact I love them! I really never thought I would find them attractive let alone beautiful!  Thank you ladies.

Take Care
Kathy


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Glitter ATC Swap

  The theme of this ATC swap was glitter. I was so confident joining this swap because so many of the cards and scrapbook pages that I make have glitter on them. So much that I was given the title "The Glitter Queen". I was sure that these would be quick and easy for me. Was I ever wrong. I got a mind block. Me of all people not knowing what to do with glitter!


   For this card I started with a sheet of scrapbook paper. I scanned it and re-sized it so that I could use the little fairy. I then used colored glitter in the same colors that she was colored. I made a small tag writing the word "Bloom" with a gel pen. I then edged the card and tag with silver ink.




   This card started with black card stock. I applied two heavy coats of glitter paint and let them dry. Using a paper punch I punched the swirls and stars out of glitter paper gift bags and glued them in place. I then mounted it on black cards stock. In some sewing scraps I found a black fabric swirl that I glued in place. I thought that it was the perfect finishing touch.



   This card was made from a scrap of scrapbook paper. I applied glue to a rubber stamp and stamped it on the paper. Then I sprinkled black glitter over it. I then ran a line of glitter along the edge and sprinkled it with black glitter. I placed metal entwined hearts in the lower corner and then topped them with a tiny white paper rose.

                                                               THESE ARE THE ATC'S THAT I RECEIVED

                                                                         Elaine Larkin


                                                                         Cherry Otting-Heath


                                                                          Belinda Shields

   I am so happy with the ATC's that I received in this swap. Each is so beautiful in their own way. I love seeing how others interpreted the Glitter theme. Thanks for my beautiful cards.

Take Care
Kathy
 








Friday, November 30, 2012

Gone Hunting

   Well, not really...but we have have been up north a lot lately. This weekend we are going up to our cabin to close it down for the winter. It is really to bad that we ever turned on the water this year because we have been too busy to even spend any time up there. Now we have to make time to get the water turned off before the pipes freeze.

                                                         Cindy in her custom girly camo hunting outfit.

                                               Skeeter dressed in his camo hunting outfit.

   Yup. I made these little outfits.

Take Care
Kathy

Friday, November 23, 2012

Sunflower Scrapbook Page

   Fall has come and gone and so has the sunflowers. I love the big beautiful bright sunflower blooms. Probably not nearly as mush as the birds love the seeds that are sure to follow. I couldn't help myself I needed to save that bright happy color for always. These are the two pages that I came up with.


   First I started with a scrapbook paper that was a field of sunflowers. I used a paper punch to make the sunflowers out of vellum. I used two punched flowers for each flower. I then used an embossing tool outside the edges and down the center of each petal. Then I used Tacky Glue to layer two flowers together. For the center I traced around a dime and cut out each circle. I then glued coffee ground on the circle making a textured center for each flower. I used the flowers to frame around one of my favorite pictures of my little Princess Cinny. By the way I made Cindy's little dress and her hat.


   On this page I used two smaller pictures of Cinny and Skeeter. The frames around each picture were once again layered vellum punched flowers of a much smaller size. I used Walnut Stickles for the flower centers. I then edged transparent vellum with a gold ink pad. I then used my Silhouette to cut and layer the words. I used an even smaller punch to make and layer the tiny flowers. I glued them randomly in place. I'm sure this page will make me smile for years to come. I sure smiled a lot while making it.

Take Care
Kathy

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Harvest Centerpiece

   Today while doing housework I took a few minutes between folding clothes and loading the dishwasher to create a cute centerpiece for my mom.



   Everything that was used on this centerpiece was purchased at the dollar store with the exception of the electric candles. They were my mom's. I brought them home from her farm a short time ago. I started by gluing together two plastic trays. I placed the candles where I wanted them. I made one taller by sitting it on an empty tuna can. Then I glued together the pumpkin and the gourd. Then I glued the crow scarecrow on another gourd and put it where I wanted it. Then I started hot gluing silk leaves around the base. For the finishing touch I wrapped it with ribbon and tied the ribbon with a double bow. It took about 30 minutes to create and cost about $7.00. I think that she will like it, especially when she realizes that I didn't glue anything to her candles.

Take Care
Kathy

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Fall Fest ATC Swap


   Fall is in the air and I couldn't help myself. I decided to host a swap on a fall theme. It was so exciting to see all the gorgeous ATC's come drifting in like the falling leaves.




   For this ATC I started with an ad from a newspaper. I scanned and re-sized to fit an ATC. Then I used Scor-Tape on the back and then attached raffia to the backside of the photo. I attached it to orange card stock. I finished it off with two stickers put together.


   This card started by stamping a leaf pattern with brown ink on a brown paper bag. I then cut canvas to size and pulled threads making the fringe. I stamped a leaf on the canvas. Then I wrapped it twice with white cotton thread that I stained brown by pulling it over the brown stamp pad. I tied a knot and then tied a wooden tag with the word "Fall" written on with a gel pen. I attached the canvas to the paper background using a brad. Then it was mounted to cardboard.




   This card was covered with foam leaves and then I rubbed copper acrylic paint over them. I then used a die and cut out the leaf  with my Wizard. Instead of using the leaf I used the piece of copper paper that the leaf was cut from. I finished it off with an acorn sticker.


Take Care
Kathy

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween


   I usually don't make a lot out of Halloween. This year was different. Mom has been either in a nursing home or hospital since June and it hasn't been easy for her. First I dressed my kids and took pictures of them up to her.

                                                                    Skeeter              Cindy

   Then last Friday they invited the staff and friends to bring in their children to Trick or Treat in the halls. Mom loved it and decided that she would dress-up for the Halloween party that they were having for the residents on Halloween. I was happy to put together a costume for her. Meet my mom.


                                                                                  Mom 2012

         She won a prize for her costume!

 Mom and Me

    I had a wonderful time with my mom today. I hope your Halloween is as great as mine was.

Take Care
Kathy
 



Friday, October 26, 2012

My Finished Envelope Mini Album

   After weeks of working on my envelope mini album it is finally finished! With Christmas coming I know that it will make a perfect gift for someone. We all know someone that envies our beautiful scrapbooks and yet feels that they have neither the time or talent to do one. This is for that special someone. The album itself is gorgeous. Having all the surfaces covered with beautiful paper, all they have to do is add pictures. I could hardly wait to share these pictures with all of you.



My cover, inside and outside.


   I picked the black background with solid white flowers for the outside and the black background with white outlined flowers for the inside of the cover. I was lucky enough to find Halloween costumes for my two little cairns that were attached to the perfect thickness of cardboard for my cover board. I picked gold duck tape for the spine.

The outside cover and spine.

   I then covered the cardboard with my paper selection. The spine was made using gold duck tape that I distressed with black StazOn. I reinforced it using black glitter ribbon and a narrow black with gold and silver narrow ribbon. I then used the same two ribbons down the front and back cover to conceal where the duck tape attached to the cover. 

Inside of the cover.
   Then I attached the inside of the cover. Now it looks finished. But not quite yet.


I added tabs and leaf accents.
   I used black glitter ribbon to make pull tabs on the pull-out pages to make them easier to pull out. I then first used Quick Grab glue only to find that it did not stick the leaf accents to the glitter tabs and it also took the silver backing off them. Then I tried Gem Tack and it did the same. Then I tried E-6000 and it did the same. I finally ended up using hot glue.

My finished Album.
   Using my hot glue gun I first laid down some silver glittered sprays going up the one side of the album and across the bottom. Then I glued the rhinestone sprays in place. Then I used glitter glue to the center of the black flower and glued it in place. Next I found some white blossoms from an arrangement that I once made and used black glitter glue in the center to match them to the blossoms on the paper cover. I trimmed the bottom of the white dove and glued it in place using hot glue. I choose to use the white bird because there are black or white birds on the paper used through out this album.
   I hope that you have enjoyed following me as I made my first Envelope Mini Album. It was quite a journey. I am not taking credit for the how to. I only followed instructions. Kathy Orta of Paper Phenomenon has a video series on YouTube called Envelope Mini Album Series. She is amazing. She puts this whole album together in four short videos that together only lasts about two hours. It took me forever! But then I had many interruptions and often did not get back to working on it for days. I just love this album and may one day make another.

Thanks for joining me.
Take Care
Kathy     

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Envelope Mini Album Part 2

   I have been working on my mini album in my spare time. It is coming together quite nicely, I think. This is a great little project as you can work on it and walk away from it without ruining it. Quite nice for me as lately I have spent a lot of time walking away from it. With mom bouncing from hospital to rehab again and again, I really don't have a lot of time for crafts. So now I want to share some pictures of my progress.

Hinge there are four. One for the front of each section and one for the back of last section also.


Hinge with Tyvek added for strength.


Hinge attached to front section.



All three sections connected.


Center section and pocket pull outs.

Pull outs in center section pockets.


Card slide out showing pocket pull outs.


Card slide out showing pocket pull outs in their pockets.


   I made the hinge gussets wider because I realized that the album was already gaping open without any pictures in it. I added the black photo mats in the slide out card section so that all that needs to be done is to add photos. The next step is making and attaching the cover. I have selected both the outside of the cover and the inside of the cover. Then all that will remain to be done is decorating the cover. At this point I have no ideas on it. The last entry will be the album with the cover finished. Something will come to me...I hope.
 
Take Care
Kathy