Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Up cycled chunky picture frame!!!

Made this awhile ago and realized I haven't shared it!!
I bought the frame a LOOOONG time ago, intending on doing something with it! It originally was pink with brown crowns all over it. I painted it a soft ivory with paint I used in my living room paint job. It's a nice chunky wood frame. Once it was painted, I covered the front in a piece of off white burlap, adhered with spray adhesive.
The flowers were made with the now retired Amore fabric from SU!. The three small flowers are rolled and topped with a gold metal button. The larger flower was made using the 3 inch circle die and then folded over and hot glued to a piece of felt. The leaves are made from the Mossy Meadow satin ribbon. The ruffled burlap ribbon came from Hobby Lobby.
I love how it came out and how it really makes the photo pop! That is a picture of my husband and I on our wedding day, riding off after we were officially married!!

Thanks for looking and Happy Stamping!!!


Friday, August 14, 2015

A Hoot of a Halloween!!!

Hello all!!

With fall, and Halloween, fast approaching I've been playing around with some ideas for it.  My stamp club gals are not always into investing in Halloween specific stamps, so I wanted to come up with some alternatives using other items.

This card uses everyday stamp images/punches, but in a Halloween way!  I was playing around with my Sprinkles of Life set and coordinating punch, and this idea just kind of popped into my head!

I haven't played with my owl punch in a looooong time, but I love how he fits in beautifully with Halloween.

Since I was just playing around for me right now, some of the items on here are retired now.  The base card, and top layer, are using Confetti Cream.  I ran the top layer through the Big Shot using the Woodgrain embossing folder.  Finished that off with some sponging in Early Espresso to give the look of a tree.  The circle was punched using the 2 1/2" circle punch.  I wanted the owl to appear as if he sitting inside the tree.  The branch he is sitting on is from Sprinkles of Life.  Stamped in Chocolate Chip onto Chocolate Chip card stock.  I used two.

My idea for the clouds was to give them a "dark night" look.  They were stamped in Smoky Slate ink and then I used Marina Mist and Basic Gray stampin' markers to give them  the dark night look.  I blended the colors with a blender pen.  For a little added punch I put crystal effects on the colored parts.

The sentiment comes from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

So, what do you think?

Happy Stamping,


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Sprinkles of Life - Stampin' Up!'s 2015-16 RMHC set

WOW! is all I can say for how long it's been that I posted on here.  A LOT has happened in my life over the past 2 years.

First, I got married in September 2013 to my best friend, lover and soul mate!!!  One of the best things to happen to me in a long time!!

Second, my son and his girlfriend, gifted me with another grandchild!!!  That make 4 from him alone!!!  My husband also has 3 children, 2 girls and a boy.  The girls each have children of their own, a total of 4 with a fifth one due October 14th 2015.  After that bundle of boy joy arrives, we will have 9 grandchildren between us!!!  Crazy!!

Third, we have moved from Jackson to Kalamazoo, MI.  The move was for my job and I love living in Kazoo!!

I am still an SU! demo, 10 years this year!  Still love what I do with this and hope to keep doing it for a while!

Now on to the stamping!!!  The new SU! catalog for 2015-16 boasts some awesome new products. From stamp sets, to card stock to embellishments, I"m not sure where to start on my verrrry long wish list!

One of the first sets I wanted was the new Ronald McDonald set.  In past years I've been on the fence with these sets, but this year I was pushed over it, in a good way!!  Not only does this set offer multiple possibilities for creating, but it has a coordinating punch!!!  Eeeck that is just so cool and makes using this set so much easier!!!

The two cards I have for you were created with the PROVERBial Stampers August 2015 Color and Sketch challenges.  The first is the color challenge using Tangelo Twist, Old Olive and Crushed Curry.  I also used the Sketch & Stamp sketch - SB#116.  Quick and simple sketch!

Using the coordinating punch makes it simple and easy to create a quick card.  I also used the bolder splatter stamp from Gorgeous Grunge on the Whisper White panel.  (I stamped off several times to tone down the Tangelo Twist.)  The designer is from the new DSP stack - Cherry on Top.  The tree trunk is done with one of the new 2015-17 In Colors - Tip Top Taupe.  I pulled apart some burlap for another project and the leftover strands make the fiber accent.

My second card uses the PROVERBial Stampers sketch and the same colors.

On the little flowers and bird, I put Crystal Effects on them to help give the card an extra little pop.  Also, the sentiment was colored with my markers, individually in sets, to get it to fit onto a circle piece.  More leftover burlap strands too!  The background panel doesn't show as well as I hoped, but it was done by using SU! markers directly onto my clear block "E"  spritzed about 10 times with water and then stamped onto watercolor paper.

Hope you like these samples and can't wait to inspire you with more creativity now!!!

Happy Stamping,


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Beautiful Dreamer - Scrapbook Page #1 for Artisan Award entry

Happy Sunday everyone!!!  Today I have to share with you the first of my scrapbook pages I entered for the Artisan Award Design Team contest by Stampin' Up!

The page is 12 x 12 and uses Basic Black as the main page color.  I pulled the colors for the page from the picture of my granddaughter, Alysha, and what she was wearing.

I just love this picture of her and how I seemed to capture her dreaming off into the future!  That's why I went with the butterflies and cloudy day embossing folder (now retired) to try to capture that.

The butterflies were cut with the Beautiful Wings embosslit and Beautiful Butterflies die.  The large butterfly was actually "double cut" with the two large half butterflies on the die to give you a double effect.  I hope that make sense!  I then topped it with the larger butterfly from the embosslit.

The scallops on the title are actually circles cut with the 1 1/4" circle punch and topped with rhinestones.  I finished off the page by shadowing the edges with the Whisper White craft pad.

I really like how this turned out!!!

Thanks for looking!!!

Stamped Blessings!!

Ann :)

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Mardi Gras Mask - 3D Project #2 for Artisan Award Entry

Hello all!!!  Here is my second 3D project that I submitted for the Artisan Award Design Team contest.  It's a mardi gras mask.  I've had this idea in my head for the longest time, then SU! made one in October 2011 (I think!) and I TRIED to make one last year, but it didn't work.  Soooo, this year I rethunk my plan and this is what I came up with!

First, I found a bigger mask to work with than I did the first time.  And then, instead of trying to cover it with designer series paper (dsp), I covered it with our now retired More Amore fabric.  I was so happy that I got the words on here straight the first time!!!  I adhered it with Mod Podge.

I colored rhinestones with a black sharpie and outlined the eyes with them.  The Vanilla Flower trim (now retired) was colored with Real Red ink.  The paper doilies above the eyes were colored with Basic Black ink and just cut in half and glued onto the back.

To give the mask a little more height,  I cut some dsp from the neutrals stack and the rosette die.  I then adhered a large rhinestone at each of the scallops.

The rest is pretty much embellishments to help make it "look pretty"!

Thanks for looking!!

Stamped Blessing!!

Ann :)

Friday, July 5, 2013

Burlap Topiary - Artisan Award 3D project

Hello all!!!  I really must get back in the hang of posting on my blog!  I have so many creations to share, but it seems like life just gets in the way!

What I have to share with you today is a burlap topiary.  I made this project as one of the 3d items for the Artisan Award Design Team contest through Stampin' UP!  Unfortunately, I was not chosen as a finalist, but now I do get to show off my projects that I submitted!!

This is a double ball topiary, pre-made, that I cut flowers from the Fun Flowers die out of burlap.  I used four different shades of burlap, 2 dark shades and 2 vanilla shades.  The center of the flowers have smaller burlap flowers in contrasting colors and then centers cut from our now retired fabric.  All of the flowers were attached with straight pins and then covered with the flower centers so you can't see the pins.  I have NO idea how many flowers I cut, but I DO know that I had burlap dust everywhere!!!  And was sneezing my head off!!

The jar was painted with plain white craft acrylic paint that was tinted with Pool Party re-inker.  There is two coats inside to give it a nice thick coat.  I kept the embellishments outside simple, since I wanted the focus to be on the topiary.

Of all the projects I did, this one was my favorite.  And took me the longest to complete too!!  Probably about 3 full days if I added it all up, but it was worth it in the end, even if I didn't win.  I just hope to see it on display at convention.

Thanks for looking!!!'

Stamped Blessings!!

Ann :)

Monday, April 8, 2013

Aloha My Friends!!!

OK, I'm trying this again today!!  Back in March I was scheduled to go on a weekend stamping retreat with some friends I've met through Splitcoast Stampers.  It's actually an organized event for those of here in Michigan, and some who have since moved away, but come back just for this weekend.  That's how much fun we have!!

One of the things we have is a Creative Mojo Door Prize, which is optional to enter, but I always do because you always have exceptional items to choose from.  Our theme this year was Tropical, so I decided to use my retired "Hawaiian" dsp and went from there.  Just an FYI, most of the items I used on this projects are now retied, sorry.

I started with a stand alone photo frame that I bought after Christmas on clearance!  Can't beat that huh?  The front of the frame was covered in a glossy finish so I opted to use Mod Podge to attach the dsp to it.  It took three coats to finally get it to stick!!!  But I love the final result.

To cover the seam between the two dsp's, I used a strip of the Natural Cotton ribbon stitched to a piece of white tulle I had laying on my desk.  Makes think of the grass skirts the hula dancers wear.  To get it to stick I hot glued it on.

The photo mat layers are made up of Purely Pomegranate, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White.  The Pomegranate and Pumpkin layers were distressed and white layer was sponged with Pumpkin ink.  A 4 x 6 picture will fit on here.  And since my fiance and I are planning a honeymoon in Hawaii, this frame will come in handy afterall!!

The flowers are the retired crocheted, felt and pretties ones.  The brads are non-SU!  The letters are "Thickers".  I wrapped a piece of linen thread around the bottom and the picture will slip right under it.

I hope you find some inspiration in my creation today!!!

Happy Stamping and Thanks for stopping by!!!

Ann  :)