Thursday, March 9, 2017

Make a Medallion Card

What a night! My husband had successful minor surgery yesterday to have a skin cancer removed from his cheek. At the same time, our dog was not feeling well yesterday and wouldn't eat. His GI habits were also not up to par. Night came and the dog still wouldn't eat. I went to sleep while Henry had to sit up in his recliner for the night. About 2:30, our dog, Benjen woke me to go outside, unusual for him. This began several trips out through the morning. We made an appointment at the vet, but ended up taking him in early to leave until the vet could see him. Poor baby.

Our oldest cat decided we hadn't had enough excitement and apparently had too much sleep. He has ended up with medication today as well to settle his stomach. Needless to say, neither of us is operating on full cylinders today.

Despite all of this, I need to make better progress on getting ready for a Craft Fair April 1st, so I started trolling the internet for some inspiration. I am trying to improve my card-making skills, so today I looked up "clean and simple cards." I found a nice explanation at this website ( by Operation Write Home. I was also watching a You Tube video by Barb Stamps. I liked the clean simple lines of her card, but didn't have all the same products on hand.

I'm sure you've found yourself in this situation. Fortunately, Stampin' Up! products flow so well into each other that I did manage to make this card today, influenced by Barb. I used the following materials pictured here:

Delicate Details Photopolymer Stamps, Classic Stampin' Pads, Peekaboo Peach, Chocolate Chip, and Tip Top Taupe, a large acrylic stamp block,

I also used Make a Medallion Photopolymer Stamp Set, 2 medium acrylic blocks and one smaller block, brown & white Baker's Twine, a 5.5" x 8.5" piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, scored at 4.25" and a piece of Oh So Succulent Designer Paper cut at 4" x 5.25". The tab is about 3.5" x .75" of Very Vanilla. I also used Dimensionals for the medallion and friend tab. The medallion was stamped with Peekaboo Peach and Chocolate Chip and the words were stamped with Tip Top Taupe. The inside wass stamped with Peekabook Peach and a stamp that coordinated well with the medallion stamps.

Our baby is back home now, maybe a little better and full of new meds to be given for the next several days. He did eat a couple of bites of dinner. Here's hoping for a full night's sleep for all.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Zentangle Explosion Box March 13

Zentangle an Explosion Box: Monday, March 13, 10:00 am - 12 noon

$20.00 for instruction and explosion box. Students should bring their own pens. Students will begin adding tangles to a watercolor paper explosion box. Students may choose to leave their box white or use Tombow pens (provided for use during class) to add a watercolor background first. The boxes contain many surfaces, so the completion will probably be done after class.

Monday, February 27, 2017

New Tangle Challenge

I just downloaded Linda Farmer's Tangle Guide 2017. I decided to try to get ahead a little for some upcoming classes as well as to practice my Zentangle on a more consistent basis than I have lately. I've given myself a challenge and you're welcome to participate with me by sending in photos of your work. I'm going to try to learn a new tangle (new to me, at least) each day that I have free from substitute teaching or otherwise. I'm starting with A, then moving alphabetically through to Z, maybe coming back to pick up the numbers.
When I looked through the A section, the tangle that grabbed me was Abeko by Lynn Mead, CZT. I love the flowing aspects of this tangle the many ways to draw it. I'm including the finished and unfinished versions of my tile. I used Derwent watercolor Gunmetal and Irojiten Rainforest pencils for shading and color. What can you find to inspire you today?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Steppin' Up with Stampin' Up!

I recently discovered stepper box cards and have fallen in love with the designs. Thank you to Debbie Henderson who posted a great video on making these. I made my first one using the Recollections Habitat Cardstock Stack. I used a 12"x12" sheet cut into a 5"x11 1/4" piece for the background.

I make simple boxes for my explosion boxes, so decided to make these boxes in the same way. The origami folding seemed a little much and all those folds seemed a little too bulky and time-consuming. I used the Stampin' Up! stamps from the Avant-Garden set to include an inside message and the tag on the top. A Martha Stewart butterfly punch helped finish the lid.  

I received my Oh So Succulent Bundle last week and had even more fun with the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper in making my second Stepper Box Card. I wanted to use coordinating papers and would have used the same measurements as before, but to use the 8 1/2"x 11" Mint Macaron paper, I would have had to add on a piece on the end, and since I miss teaching math sometimes (really), I decided to play with the measurements/fractions to make the small cardstock size work. I have filmed the making of this box card, and hopefully, will be able to edit it and put it on You Tube tomorrow. I used the measurements 10 5/8"x 5" and scored every 2 1/8" to make each section even. The overlay panels are 1 7/8"x 4". The boxes are cut at 3 7/8" square and scored at 1" all around. The inside square is 1 7/8", but the liner for these seemed a little tight, so I trimmed them to 1 13/16" square. (Did I mention that I love fractions?) 

Before applying the overlays, I stamped the Mint Macaron cardstock. 
The lid was cut at 4 1/4" square and scored at 1" all around. I used the Succulent Framelits Dies to make the succulents for the top of the lid. Cardstock used was the Old Olive, Mint Macaron, Calypso Coral and Tip Top Taupe. Stamp Sets used were Mint Macaron, Calypso Coral and Tip Top Taupe. 
I would like to offer this box as a class before Mother's Day. You could also make it into a nice birthday or graduation box. For those of you who enjoy sending end-of-the-year gifts for your child's teacher,  these would look lovely sitting on a teacher's desk filled with paper clips, eraser tips, a mini sticky note pad and a few small pieces of chocolate. All supplies for the succulent box can be ordered on my Stampin' Up! page through the Occasions Catalog, pages 20-21. You still have time to choose a free item from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog for every $50.00 ordered. Three new items have just been added to the freebies, so don't let this great deal pass by (open until March 31).

Monday, February 13, 2017

Cards, Cards, Cards!

I have been playing with my Stampin' Up! stamps and Thinlits and now have two new Sizzix Stephanie Barnard card-making templates to add to the mix, one makes a step-up hearts card and the other makes a flip card. They are a lot of fun as the scoring and cutting out is done at once using my Big Kick. I do need to purchase a set of longer clear cutting plates for the stand-up framelit.

I used the sets Up & Away Thinlets and the Lift Me Up Stamps to make two cards. I also used the Carried Away Designer Series paper that coordinates. These were so fun and quick to make, I am thinking of doing a video of using the sets.

And don't forget, the Sale-A-Bration is still going on until March 31. The Lift Me Up Bundle plus the Rhinestone Basic Jewels will earn you a free set of 12"x12" Carried Away Designer Series Paper.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Updated Southwest Explosion Box

I love Southwest colors. The vibrancy of the warm hues always brightens my day. One of my favorite explosion boxes from Tangled Moons Etsy shop is the Southwest Box. Cricut sells a cardstock pack of paper in Southwest Colors which includes a bright royal blue and gray as well as orange, rust, bright yellow and brown. I haven't incorporated the gray into the box yet, but the other colors work together so well.
I learned how to cut and put together paper succulents on the Cricut machine, no small task at first since the project I used to do this the first time did not come with instructions for the flowery succulents. I did finally complete two and attached them to a Southwest box I used for myself to show memorabilia from a trip to New Mexico.
I found a simpler file on Cricut recently and made two more cacti for a new, updated and more complete box for my etsy shop. I love how the barrel cactus came together and how it fit perfectly in the center of the box. The simpler succulent looked really nice on the top with the Southwest sun. The Dreamcatcher stamps also makes the box come together nicely.
I'm just a sucker for cacti. I can't seem to manage live plants in a home with two cats and a dog, so the paper versions are great. I just ordered a new bundle from Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog called Oh So Succulent stamps and framelits. I can't wait to get these to start planning a Mother's Day Cards class. I think these will be loads of fun as well to make succulent wreaths. And the best thing is they never need attention!
You can purchase the stamps or framelits separately or you can purchase a set of pre-punched succulents in the Vertical Garden Project Kit. Here is a video for the project: