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.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

June Tag "Garden Party"

   June is such a lovely time of year. I love watching my flowers bloom and I often think about how lovely the old gardens must have been. After all once upon a time people actually had garden parties where they dressed in their finest attire to attend. My garden will never be close to anything like those gardens, but I thought it might be nice to pretend. So I choose Garden Party for the June Tag theme. I thought maybe others might like to dream, too.


   For the front of this tag I made the background paper with my gelli plate using acrylic paints. I wanted to give the impression of filtered sunlight. Then using my Silhouette cutting machine I cut out first the two little girls from black card stock then I spritzed them with gold Perfect Pearls and set them aside. Then using a leafy frame and after re-sizing it and using the cut tool I cut sections out and re-joined them repeatedly until I got the leaves where I wanted them to fall. I cut four of these before I got it right. Then I painted it using a couple shades of green. I then mounted it on the tag using foam strips that I made with my sticker maker. Then it was time to make the tree frame. Once again I re-sized, stretched, and re-sized. This was even harder because it had to be made so that the back layer would not be completely covered by it. I cut it apart and re-joined again and again. This layer took seven tries before it was right. Then I painted it and using foam strips I applied it to the tag. Then using a tiny leaf punch I punched the leaves out of double sided vellum. I glued them onto the tree branches framing the top of the tag. Now it was time to stick the little girls in place. Then I went back and used my cutting machine to cut out the grassy knolls. I used a tiny flower punch to cut out the yellow flowers. I used glitter glue in the center of each flower. When they were dry I glued the into place.
   Now it was time to make the back of my tag. The background is made from paste paper that I made a while ago. This was the perfect place to use some of it. I then cut out the little tea set with double sided yellow card stock. I glued a paper doily in place as a tablecloth. Then I glued the tea set in place. I used a marker to give it some dimension. Then I carefully cut little flowers from another paper doily and glued them onto the tea set as decorations. Lastly I added the ribbon ties.    
I worked so hard on the front of the tag and wasted so much paper but in the end I was so happy with the way it turned out. After working so hard on the front I was happy that the back went together so easy.


 Lori Otto

 Sandie Hamel

 Kathy Keller

 Marna Bennett

 Kathy Scholl

Barbara Hahn

 Judy Lawson

 Carol Kirkland

Gabriele Haider

   I love the way that there are so many interpretations of this theme. I really expected a lot of flowers. These were a pleasant surprise. Thanks to all the talented artists that joined the tag swap. It was a real pleasure to see these arrive in the mail. They were the best part of a really bad month.

Take Care 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Star Burst

   I was browsing the web a few weeks ago and I found this really great technique for making cards. I haven't made many cards lately but I have made a lot of ATC's. So I decided to alter it for making ATC's. My first ATC's using this technique was a sunrise for another swap. I found these quick and easy to make, not to mention fun. So when a member suggested that we do a Starburst Swap I was over the moon happy.


   I once made this envelope album using some of what I thought was some very beautiful black and white card stock. When I finished that album I had a lot of scraps left. This was the perfect way to use some of them. I cut them into assorted size wedges, kind of like slices of pie. Using a ruler I found the center of a piece of white card stock and marked it with a pencil line. I then applied glue onto the white card stock using a glue stick. Then starting at the center I quickly laid my black and white card stock in place starting in the center and working outward on both sides. I then trimmed off the excess paper.Then I used scor tape to adhere the black and gold ribbon in place. Using my die cutting machine I cut out a gold button from a gift bag. I glued an epoxy sticker in the center and then centered it onto my ribbon trim.


 Anne Jensen

 Jeri Hundertmark

Mary Redford

   I really love this technique. I'm sure that I will be using this again sometime in the future. It's a great way to use up paper scraps and add some pop to any card. Thanks for looking.

Take Care

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fabric ATC Swap

   It's been quite awhile since I've updated my blog. I've had some major internet and computer problems. While dealing with these my little dog Cindy had a serious health issue. Anyone that has ever loved a dog will know how something like that can tear your life apart. Thankfully she has made a full recovery. Even while all this was going on we were working on our home. Summer in Michigan is the only time that you have to do home repairs. Living on a lake makes more chores. We didn't even get our dock in until the first day of summer. Enough of that.
   I thought of just forgetting all the updates that I missed and starting fresh. I just couldn't do that. I still joined ATC swaps and received some pretty special ATC's from other artists. I feel that I need to share the art and all the work that they put into their ATC's. The first up will be "Fabric". These cards had to have fabric included in their construction. These were some really original ATC's.


   I brought this fabric a few years ago to make my little boy dog a summer shirt. I never got around to it. So when this swap was announced the first thing I thought was "Wow! I have the perfect fabric to use for that." So I pulled it out and went for it. This was another ATC that was fun and easy. I started by cutting white card stock into size. Then I thinned white glue with a little water and used a brush to apply it to generously to the card stock. I pressed the fabric onto it being careful not to leave any wrinkles in the fabric. I pressed it down and then I brushed the thinned glue over the top of the fabric. While I was waiting for the background to dry I cut out some fish from the fabric. I left some fabric around them and did the same with them as I did the background. When they were dry I cut them out. I then applied a thick coat of Ultra Thick Gloss on them. I was really pleased with the way that the fish turned out. The weave of the fabric showed through the gloss. They looked like had scales. While they were drying I used alcohol ink to stain some white fiber green to use as seaweed. I then put the card together. I finished this card off by gluing a starfish and sand dollar that I removed the shanks from in the corner.


Kathy Spitz

 Kathy Keller

Sandie Hamel

   These were such gorgeous ATC's that I'm sure that you can see now why I felt that I needed to celebrate the artists and share them with you. I really love these. I hope that maybe one day we might have another "Fabric" swap.

Take Care