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Sunday, September 3, 2017

IAS #16 Lace and/or Pearl

Hi my friends. Happy Sunday! What can I say? The City is finally starting to clean up although there are still areas that have flooding and people cannot get back into their homes yet. For many life is starting to get back to a normal routine. I went back to work on Thursday although not everyone was back. On Friday they brought pizza and salad in for us for lunch. That was really very nice. I don't indulge in pizza very often, but I did on Friday. It was yummy. It's nice that we can have our crafting to bring some light and smiles into our lives. It's especially important at times like these. I'm so happy to participate in International Art & Soul.

The day before Hurricane Harvey hit I was taking classes at a CKC Convention in The Woodlands which is about 45 minutes North of H Town. I was disappointed that some of the vendors pulled out and left, but so thankful that some of them stayed through Friday and showed us some exciting creative projects. These cards were presented by Susan from Clear Scraps. She and her husband are the owners and they manufacture all of the products that are sold in their store. This was the first of 3 classes that I signed up for. They are acrylic cards.

Here is a photo where you can see the acrylic layer on top which has been distressed with white stazon ink.
 

Here is our Dandilion card. I didn't put a sentiment on it yet. I'll decide that when I decide who I want to send it to.
 And the inside.

Here is card No. 3.
And the inside.

Materials Used:
  • Kraft cardstock
  • Ink - White Staz-On; Black Staz-On
  • Stamp - Stampendous Floral
  • Zig Painty Pens - White, Yellow, Green, Black
  • Clear Scraps Acrylic
  • Lace, ribbon, doily, chipboard words, flower, pattern paper all provided
International Art & Soul is always a Just For Fun challenge.  Our theme this fortnight is to use Lace and/or Pearls.  I hope you will come join in the fun. You could be the winner or one of the Top 3 and receive a lovely icon for your blog.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Prairie Flower - CYS

Hi my friends. Well, Harvey has finally moved on away from H Town. Sadly, it has moved over to Port Arthur which is substantially underwater and Beaumont which is getting hammered. They had to evacuate 250 residents of a nursing home this morning and finally tonight got the last 12 patients onto a huge helicopter and they brought them back over this way to Conroe. H Town is not out of the woods yet, there is still a lot of high water in places including in our downtown area. And the cleanup starts.

With all the time off from work (back to work tomorrow), I had time to play with my stamping toys.  This card was for the August Challenge Your Stash challenge on Splitcoaststampers. Our hostess was Darlene and she wanted us to create our own background and not use any designer paper. Yikes!

Bringing some light and sunshine I made this pretty card with a lovely bunch of Prairie Flowers.
Materials Used:
  • Image - Power Poppy - Prairie Flowers
  • Sentiment - Power Poppy - Prairie Flowers
  • Cardstock - Stampin Up - Pink Pirouette; Papertrey Ink -
  • Ink - Memento - Tuxedo Black
  • Accessories - Nestabilities; SU scalloped punch; Cuttlebug flourish embossing folder.
  • Copic Markers - (coming)
That's it for this time. Hope you all are safe and dry.
 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Stamplistic Book Box CKC 2017

Hi friends.  We are still dealing with the remnants of Hurricane Harvey. Thankfully it has stayed dry in my house although we have had a ton of rain and it continues to come down, but not the torrential rains we saw yesterday. My office is closed today and at least tomorrow. Right now it's not possible to get to my office because of the high water around it.

This past weekend was a mix of fun and sorrow. Creative Keepsakes Convention came to my town and for the first time ever I decided to attend. It was being held up in The Woodlands which is pretty far North of where I live. There were a couple of workshops Thursday night and then workshops were scheduled for all day Friday and Saturday. Hurricane Harvey was predicted to make landfall Friday night down around the Corpus Christi area which is 4 hours South of the City of Houston. Shouldn't have been that bad for us.

I went to the workshop Thursday night that I was signed up for. It was put on by Stamplistic. So thankful for them for coming and staying. There were a few vendors who actually got to the venue and then turned around Thursday night and left.  Thought they would stay at least through Saturday. One of the vendors who left Thursday night after getting to the venue was Heartfelt Creations. I was really sad and disappointed since they were one of the main reasons that I decided to go to the CKC this year. I had purchased a lot of their products and wanted to take some classes to learn how to use their products.  Such is life.

So, getting to Stamplistic. Jennifer was FABULOUS. I can't say enough good things about her. She was patient, generous, and just a fun person to be with and learn from. I took this class to make this Book Box (by Kaisercraft) and I mean "make" it. It was a kit and it came in pieces. There were 4 of us in the class and we had to build the box piece by piece, painting, gluing, applying pieces of Kaisercraft scrapbooking paper. The class started at 3 PM and we were there until 9 PM. Some were there after that. I finished up the boxes yesterday and today while I've been home because of Harvey.
This is the front of the box. Decided I liked it the way it was and didn't want to add any more embellishments to it.

Materials:
  •  Designer Paper - Ubed collection -  https://www.kaisercraft.com.au/newsite/collections.php?col=217
This is the inside. Each of those little boxes had to be constructed and then covered. I used a 7/8" inch punch to punch out the half circles.
Materials used:
  • Stamplistic - Ochre Neopague Paint. http://www.stamplistic.com/product.php?id_product=3445

 You can see here the top, spine, and back, all of which are covered with designer paper.  What a fun time. Again, Jennifer from Stamplistic was so great. I got a photo with her but promised I wouldn't put it on FB, and I guess that also means not on my blog. I enjoyed spending some of my refunded $$ at the Stamplistic shop. I'll have another post soon of the Make 'n Take I did there.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Creative Card Chicks - Fairy Nice

Hi my friends. If you're in and around the Texas area, I hope that you are NOT in the flooded areas like I am. Hurricane Harvey came ashore to the West of us and is dumping billions (yes, BILLIONS) of gallons of rain on us. Luckily, my house doesn't flood, but my street does, so there is no way to get out of the neighborhood. The water is about 5 feet up into the driveway. Schools closed for days. No telling when this will end. More rain probably later today and overnight.

That being said. I did have time to make a card this weekend for Creative Card Chicks SCS challenge.  This month, Suzy was our hostess and sent the card kit to make our card. This was supposed to be posted Aug. 21-23, but I was still busy with my last report for my Genealogy course I was taking and then I went to the CKC Convention that was being held in The Woodlands here in Houston. Unfortunately, some vendors pulled out on Friday and they closed the Convention for Saturday. I did get to go Thursday night and most of the day Saturday.

Here is my card for CCC August.
  • Image - Stampin Up - Fairy Nice
  • Sentiment - SU - Fairy Nice
  • Cardstock - SU - Mauve Mist - Retired
  • Designer Paper - Paper Studios
  • Accessories - bling and brads from my stash; Stickles; Multiliner -Warm Gray 0.3, Flower puncheds; Stampin Dimensionals
  • Copic Markers - B0000; E23; E50, E51, E53; G21, G24; R85; T3, T5; Y15, Y17, Y18; Y38
 That's it for today. I've been busy so expect to see some more cards in the next few days.

I am submitting this card for the following challenges:
Come and Get It - 2 or more different embellishments
Glitter 'N' Sparkle - Anything Goes
heARTful stamping - Anything Goes + a stamp
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything Goes
Imagine That - Anything Goes
Scrappers Delights - Anything Goes
Colour Crazy - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Making Media Crafting - Anything Goes
Morgan's Art World - Anything goes
Pattie's Creations - Anything Goes
Simply Create too - Use Flowers
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Boxes and Bags - IAS #14

Good morning my friends.  I hope that you are having a great weekend. It's been busy here for me and I wasn't sure I was going to get to play in this project, but I really wanted to make this box. First, I got my DNA project finished and submitted on Friday. Wow! That was tough even with an open book. Now to wait for my grade. We are on to identifying people in photographs; very interesting. We are winding down the course - only 3 weeks left to go.

On to my project. Our theme at International Art & Soul this fortnight is Boxes and Bags.Here is the finished box.



Another view from the front.
And a view from the top.
 



 
The straight part of the ribbon got a bit cattiwampsus when I was photographing it. Here is a link to the template for creating this. It's from Graphic45. I love their papers and they have so many great ideas for inspiration.

https://snapguide.com/guides/make-a-simple-lovely-gift-box/

The finished size is 4 x 4 x 5. I added a piece of cardstock to the top of the 4 x 4 box to make it taller and to accommodate the lid. You'll see as you look at the directions. Also, they say to cut the lid 5 x 5, but it has to be 6 x 6 to give you the 1" overlap and to fit the box. My cardstock for the base was from my stash. I have no idea where I got it. The designer paper is from the Autumn Spice collection from LilyBeeDesign. I believe that they no long are in business. I couldn't find them anywhere on the internet.

The sparkley trim is by Recollections and the brad on top is from my stash. No coloring.

I hope you'll come take the time to play along with us. I'd love to see the different types of boxes and bags. I"m always looking for new things. You could be our overall winner or one of the Top 3! See the link at the top. Good luck.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Celebrate Good Times - Creatalicous #120

Hello again my friend. The start of a new week. I hope it turns out well for you. I'm excited to start a new Unit in my genealogy class about DNA Analysis.

Today I have a card for the Creatalicious challenge. The theme is Anything Goes - Optional Stars. As you can see, I did not go with the optional this time.
 


Materials Used: 
  • Image - Kenny K - Texting Friends
  • Sentiment - Power Poppy - Mixtape 1
  • Cardstock - Xpress It Blending Card; Stampin Up Crumb Cake
  • Designer Paper - Pion Design, Scent of Lavender, Small Leaves
  • Accessories -  Recollections - Flower
  • Copic Markers - B0000, B000, B93, B95, B97; BG01; E23, E25, E25; E50, E51, E53; G40, G43, G46; R81, R83, R85; R43; Y04, Y08; Y17, Y18.
 
         Our generous sponsor for this challenge is Kenny K.
 
Rock Your Crafts with KennyK Stamps! 
Prize  -  3 digi stamps
 KennyK-Stamps-BADGE-IRockWITH-yellow

It's probably the last challenge they're sponsoring as we are starting on the last day of their sponsorship... So if you would still like a few more KennyK digis, get ready to join our challenge!
I hope that you'll come on by and play along. Being the winner will be the only way you'll be able to get Kenny K digi stamps since they have closed their doors. Sad. One lucky winner will get this great prize. If not the winner, you could be chosen as one of the Top 3!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Christmas Fairy - Challenge Your Stash

Hello again. This is my second post for today. I'm catching up on the cards I was to have posted early this month. I'm only 2 days late for this one which we post on the 28th of the month for the Challenge Your Stash challenge on Splitcoaststampers. This month the hostess was Carol (momcgw) and her theme was Christmas card or item (decoration). With limited time I went for a card to add to my Christmas card stash.

 Materials Used:
  • Image - Bugaboo - Fairy Christmas
  • Sentiment - Charm from my stash
  • Card stock - Xpress it Blending Card; Stampin Up Real Red
  • Designer Paper - Pion collection
  • Accessories - Arrow paper clip, ribbon; Nestabilities die
Copic Markers - B12, B14; E23, E27, E29; E50, E51, E53; G03, G07, G16; R24, R29, R37; Y18

That's it for today. Hope you have a good one.