Friday, February 26, 2021

TGIF; Thankful Friday #167


Happy TGIF; Thankful Friday! This week I'm thankful for small gifts. My DIL gifted me these gorgeous press on nails and I love the way they look! They are gorgeous, but even though they are not that long...they are long for me. I don't know how some people are able to function with long nails!

Aren't they so pretty! 

So what are you thankful for this week? Leave a comment below.

*Hey what do you think of my TGIF badge? I decided to play around with some images and came up with it. I love it!

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

WOYWW #612

Happy Wednesday and Happy WOYWW!

I was able to show off my work desk last week, but I'm back this week! I'm creating a lot of cards and trying to catch up with my scrapbooking and my desk sure does show how busy I've been.

Why am I showing off my desk? Click on over to the Stamping Ground blog by Miss Julia and read all about it. While you're there, check out other deskers and link a photo of your work area too!

It's a lot of fun peeking into other craft rooms from all over the world!

I'm having a lot of fun creating badges (jpg images) for my regular posts like the TGIF; Thankful Friday posts I do every Friday and also my upcoming monthly card kit posts (I'll share more about this later). 

Have a great week!

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Yellow Roses; Junk Journal Spread & Video

I love working in my Junk Journal and was recently asked to make an instructional video on the finger-painted roses that are on a few of my journal spreads.

I’ve said it before and I will repeat, I am not a professional artist instructor, but I love playing with new techniques & products and sometimes (sometimes), I come up with something pretty! Watch the video:

Photos & Close Ups:

Notes: These flowers are formed by using my finger to “draw” a variety of c’s, parenthesis, or commas...whatever you want to call them to create a flower-like shape and to mimic the variation of colors & sizes of petals. My advice, keep playing around with them until they become something you like. In the video, you will see that it took me a few times to get to that place and even after I thought I was there, I ended up adding some marks using a black ink-ball pen. Watch the video, you’ll see. LOL

Most of all have fun & enjoy the process! After all, we’re just playing!

Products Used:
Acrylic Paints: Christmas Green, Daffodil, Marigold, and White
Drop Dead Gorgeous Green ink spray by Lindy’s
Almost Black Glitter Mist
Silver Metallic Ink by Art (c)
POSCA pens in yellow (PC-7M) and white (PC-1M)
Uni-ball Vision Elite in Black
Script Stamp & Black Licorice Archival Ink from my stash
Stamp from Unity Stamps

Monday, February 22, 2021

Lots of Beads!

I had a crazy idea on Saturday to sort the beads by color from the container on the left into these smaller containers...

Yeah...I did this for about an hour & a half and then realized that it wasn't that important to me. There are still so many mixed colored beads in this container and the small ones are mostly all filled up now. Why did I do this...who knows? LOL

I thought it would make it easier if I wanted to create specific color projects, but honestly, after an hour & a half, it just wasn't worth it. But it sure is pretty!

We like pretty, right? I've been on a shaker card roll lately, so stay turned for projects using these beads!

Friday, February 19, 2021

TGIF: Thankful Friday #166

TGIF and Happy Thankful Friday! This has been a busy crafty week for me. I'm thankful that I have time to do all the things and still have time to create things in the Command Center.

Ain't that the truth! I hope you all have time to be crafty in your regular life too. Leave a comment below and let me know what you are thankful for this week.

Guest Designer; Stick It Down

I'm super excited to announce that I'm a Guest Designer at the Stick It Down challenge site for this month. My single page layout was selected as a top winner a few months back so they invited me to be a guest designer. So cool! Of course I said yes!

I'm still finishing up my 2019 photos and I've finally reached November and more importantly, the birth of our first grandbaby! As you can imagine, I have tons of photos of the event and thought they would be perfect for this cute sketch.

The sketch:

My layout:

The video:

What I did/use:
I used my Cricut to cut all the diamond shapes out of a variety of pink patterned papers - all from my scraps - YES!

As you know when working with a sketch, your project does not have to look exactly like it but can be inspired by it. I loved the look of the diamond shapes but I did not use as many as the sketch nor did I do any wet medium/mixed media to the base. I did add some splashes of Color Silk because that's about as much "mixed media" I do to my layouts.

I had a lot of fun gathering all my pink embellishments to see what I could use. I am pretty proud of myself for using stuff that have been in my stash since the beginning of time. Do you see the flower eyelets, baby feet brads??? Those were so much fun to add. 

I also used my Cricut to cut the large title and the small pink label took the place of the subtitle.

Be sure to check out Stick It Down. Each month, they offer a 2-page sketch, single page sketch and a card sketch. If nothing else, go check me out! LOL

Products Used:
Pink cardstock and paper scraps from my stash
Pink sequins, rubber embellishments from Close To My Heart (CTMH)
Pink "x" are actually crosses from Illustrated Faith
Pink flower eyelets and brads from my stash
Pink enamel hearts from Eyelet Outlet
Black hearts and "cute" are also from the rubber embellishment pack from CTMH
White POSCA paint pen
Outrageous Pink & Whipped Cream Color Silk splash from Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ)

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Using Chalk Pencils

The best thing about (trying to) organizing the Command Center is finding products I forgot I had or in this case, haven't used in a long, long time. Chalk pencils! 

I stamped the floral images on Oatmeal color cardstock. I love this color because it's not quite kraft but kraft-lite. lol

Check out my process video here:

And here are some close ups:

The added rectangle border, sequins & pearls really give this card an extra uummph.

This card encouraged me to move those chalk pencils from the back of the stock closet to the tools container on my desk. I hope to use these more and more!

I'm entering this card on the Heart 2 Heart challenge blog. There current challenge is a technique challenge - border. This is a CTMH products challenge blog and this stamp set is from the Stamp of the Month collection for December, 2020. 

I’m also entering it in the Always Fun Challenges blog for challenge #201. The challenge theme is Anything Goes.
And the Country View Challenges Blog for their Spring challenge.

Products Used:
Oatmeal & white cardstock from FSJ
General's Chalk Pencils
Happiness Never Grows Old, December Stamp of the Month from CTMH
Black Archival ink pad
Gold glitter gel pen
Yellow sequins and flat back pearls from my stash
Finger sponge dauber