Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Glittered Pumpkin

I have seen so many decorated pumpkins on Pinterest. I decided to try one for myself.

I figured this was Fallish enough to keep around for a while as a decoration.

This is how I did it.

I used a foam pumpkin, a mask (from Tattered Angels), paint, paint brush, and glitter.

First I taped the mask to the pumpkin and traced around it. Pencil lines did not show up so I used a pen.
FYI- The pumpkin in the first picture was white with orange glitter but I have an orange pumpkin in this  photo. I had plans to cover the orange pumpkin in white glitter but I just ran out of the white glitter so no pictures of it. LOL

Next, I used a paint brush to apply the paint on the pumpkin and sprinkled glitter over the paint. I used paint instead of glue to cover up the pen lines and fill in the gaps of areas that did not get much glitter. 
I worked in small areas at a time so the paint did not dry before I added the glitter.

When the paint was dry, I covered the whole pumpkin in a clear acrylic spray to keep the glitter from coming off.

I love all the shimmery goodness. Would love to hear your comments on whether or not you think it is still cute to have around after Halloween.
Take care!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Bird in a Blinged Cage

I shared a card last week with a birdcage cut file on it. I played around with it some more and made this A2 shaped card from it. (I needed to make it bigger so the roses were not so little)

This one is for my sister-in-law's birthday. I decided it needed a little bling. (LOL)

I used the Twinkling H2O on the cage then went over that with Gilder's Paste. It does not show up in the picture but it has sooo much shimmer.

The little birdie was inked with Broken China and given a tiny little rhinestone for an eye.

Check out the yellow background...I STAMPED that. Yes ME! LOL I am finally getting to where I like the results when I stamp.

I blended Scattered Straw on the paper then stamped over it with a Tim Holtz stamp in the same color. I really like that color. The edges are lightly inked in Black Soot and I went back and inked the top of the back cage cover after I took this photo so it blended in better.

The roses are inked in Worn Lipstick and the leaves inked in Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, and Forest Moss.

I have an old video on the leaves on YouTube. The Regal Roses and birdcage files will be available in my Etsy Shop.

We are having great weather here, Hope it does not get too bad for our friends on the East Coast. :)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Twinkling Butterfly

Hello my crafty friends. I have so many different projects going that I have neglected my blog and commenting this week. Here is a little thank you card I made with my new Twinkling H2O's.

It does not show up in the picture, but that butterfly is filled with shimmery goodness. These Twinkling H2O's are shimmery watercolor paints. They have been around for a few years now, but I am just getting around to trying them. I really like them. :)

You can do a YouTube search for the Twinkling H2O's and see more for yourself. 

The darker areas of the butterfly are the spots where I got more pigment and the lighter areas are the spots where I let the color wash out a little. I could have added more paint to make the color more uniform, but I liked this effect. I inked my background with Dusty Concord and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks, They were the perfect match. :)

More to come.
Hope you have a great week end.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Craft Room with a View

Hello crafting buddies! I have a LO to share with you today. I have to admit that I have been making just cards for so long that I am rusty at layouts.

I have been watching Kathryn Krieger from Life on the Scrap Beach on Ustream (Kathryn Scraps) and YouTube (Kathryn Krieger). She is very talented and I have been learning some cool techniques. I really enjoy the Ustream broadcasts because it is live and you can chat with other crafters. It lets me feel like I can still participate in an activity even though I am homebound. Be sure and check out her blog and channels. You won't be disappointed.

Kathryn recently did a great video on YouTube on how to make a sunburst layout. You can check it out here. She challenged us to make a project based on her design. Well, it took me all week since I am rusty and things just kept interrupting me, but here is my shot at it.

I know, I added sooo much stuff that it is hard to see the sunburst design. LOL It is there though, I promise. :)

The pattern paper came from a 6 by 6 pack of Pink Paislee paper called She Art.

In her video, Kathryn uses circle embellishments to break up all the liner patterns going on. I used flowers instead because, well, handmade flowers are what I do. :) I also rounded the corners of the photos and added a doily with one round photo.

You can see the I-Top brad covered with paper and some paper strips I cut into banners.

I have mentioned before that my new craft room has great windows along the back wall. My sweet hubby bought me some feeders and plants to attract birds and squirrels. It is so fun to watch them. I get to see several different animals but this fox squirrel and this male cardinal are the most frequent visitors. The female cardinal is never far away but she is harder to photograph because she blends in so well.

I wanted to use some glittered Thickers for the title but I did not have all the letters I needed. I opted to cut the words out using my cutter and glittering them with Stickels.

I had so much going on in this page that my journaling was distracting. I decided to tuck it under one of the photos on a little tag.

Well, my squirrel buddy is back so I will end this post and watch him. :)
THANKS for sticking with me for this long post and please go check out Kathryn's blog and channels.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Yellow Roses on Birdcage

Well, I was going to wait until my sister got this card before I posted it, but changed my mind. 
I made a new birdcage file that I am excited about and since the other yellow roses turned out so well a few weeks ago, I went with yellow again.
(Scattered Straw with Wild Honey on the edges. The leaves are Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint with a tiny bit of Evergreen Bough)

The last few roses are the smallest I had made in a long time. I did not want to have the roses so big that they looked too big for the cage.

I am so happy with the effect I got with the birdcage. 
It does not show up as well in the photo, but it looks a little like metal in person.
I used white cardstock to cut out with one of my cut files. (I have a lot planned with this file so you will definitely be seeing it again soon.)
I stained it with Black Soot distress stain because it gives a mottled look when it dries. Then I applied some German Silver gilder's paste in a few areas.

Of course I added some bling because everybody like a little bling. :)
Check out the tiny stone in the glittered bird's eye. Too cute!


Friday, October 12, 2012

White and Gold Wedding Card

I needed to make some wedding cards for family members. Since I STILL have gold glitter embossing paper surrounding my work space, I decided to use it on this card. (That is one way to see your supplies so you remember to use them. LOL)

I used all white cardstock that I dry embossed and heat embossed. (I am getting better with my stamping :)

I used one of my oval frames files and a bride and groom file that I made months ago and never used, These files will be available in my Etsy store.

As always, the cut files, instructions, and video tutorial for the Center Step Card are located on the "Step Cards" tab under my blog header.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Foil embossed snowflakes

One last Christmas card.

I used my pain patch packaging to emboss snowflakes on this Christmas card. I cut a few of the snowflakes out and added some bling. (gotta' have the bling :)

Monday, October 8, 2012

O Christmas Tree

 I have a Christmas tree card to share today. I used green cardstock and gold glitter embossing powder. I have embossing glitter on EVERYTHING in the room including me. LOL It was worth it though.:)

I used a Christmas tree silhouette cut file that I made.  The shadow layer is embossed and the top layer is popped up with dots. You can download the tree here.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Blue Christmas

I love the traditional Christmas colors but since blue is my favorite color, I prefer a blue Christmas. I played around with several blue shades of Distress ink and came up with this snowflake card.

As you can see I added a LOT of Ice Stickles! LOL. I just could not help myself. :)
The background is embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder and then I rubbed over the raised area with some cool new Gilder's Paste that I have been playing with. The silver outline, snowflakes, and sentiment are all covered with it too.  (I forgot to mention that the holly leaves from my previous post were covered with this Gilder's Paste.) It is like Rub'n Buff but it is creamier and is not toxic. You will be seeing more of the Gilder's Paste because it is so fun to play with. :) I got this German Silver paste and some Antique Gold. 

I ordered the paste online from Scrapadabadoo and just have to say that Carol and Barrie are so wonderful! They get your order out very quickly and send a handmade thank you card in your package. I have already ordered more goodies from them. They have so many cool things.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Christmas card- Red Ornament

Hello all. I have been working on some Christmas cards. Here is a car that I did in red and gold.

I have had the patterned paper forever so I doubt it is still available. The ribbon is from an old Christmas project too. 

I made the cut file for the ornament. You can download the cut files and PDF templates here.

I was a little stumped on what to do to decorate the ornaments at first. I started looking at the blog's I follow and came across a beautiful card made by Margaret at Heavenly Mam. My card does not look anything like hers but I thought I would give a shout out since she did inspire me. :)

I used gold glitter embossing powder, a sentiment stamp, and a beautiful flourish stamp from Tim Holtz's Stampers Anonymous Christmas set: Reindeer in Flight. I also used some gold chalk ink to leave a faint decoration behind the "Merry Christmas".

You can download the holly cut files and templates here. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Orange Roses

Yes , I know. This is another center step card. And yes, it is for another neighbor, but I wanted to share it anyway because I just love the color on these roses. I usually do not do a lot of orange roses. This K& Co Mariposa paper matstack was just calling out to be used and I thought orange flowers would be best. I used Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, and just a little Rusty Hinge. I was surprised at how much I liked them.

Hope you like them too. I promise to show something different soon. LOL