Flowers for Mothers Day

Monday, May 11, 2015

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day yesterday. I had a great afternoon with my mom, making her lunch and doing a little catching up. 

I don't know about you guys but I've been noticing that as our parents get older they get a little pickier about gifts. Lets be honest after you reach a certain point in our lives you get to a place where you don't really want or maybe even really need things. Therefore it gets harder for us kids to give our parents gifts.  So whats a daughter to do when you know going to a store and purchasing something is not going to fit the bill? You do a craft project... This is a project that I have been wanting to do for pretty close to a year. Not necessarily as a gift but for myself. Um, I've been procrastinating. 

Last year I started seeing the awesome Donna Downey doing little tutorials for the Faber-Castell Gelatos over here at Design Memory Craft. Now of course as it sometimes happens, one video leads to another, then another, and a buying spree ensues. I'm not saying that's how this happened but it could have. Anyhow, somewhere along the way I saw a tutorial for a very abstract floral work with the gelatos. Blobs of color were put down, a little water was added then details with a fabric pen. It was pretty awesome and it looked like something I could do and actually achieve a piece of work that looked like I might be a little artsy.

Needless to say this project was inspired by that. I have literally spent a few hours trying to find that tutorial so I could rewatch it and then give credit where credit is due but I can't find it. That said, if someone runs across this and knows where I saw that I'd love to know.




I managed to only get a quick photo before it was dragged up to my mom's so I apologize for the poor lighting. 

As I said before it was a really quick project, taking about two hours total. I started with a small 100% poly v-neck tee from Michael's, the set of gelatos from the Designing with Gelato's Kit. I literally put my colors down abstractly, kind of in blobs and then took a paint brush and water and pulled my color from the center out, adding a swipe from the tube of what ever color I was using  if I thought it needed more color. Then, because I'm impatient. I dried the tee with my blow drier and went to work drawing in all the details with a Pentel Gel Roller for Fabric. I'd give you a link for this but I just found out they have been discontinued by the manufacturer. 

I really don't think the picture does the tee justice. It turned out very water color like because I used quite a bit of water to activate the creamy gelato color on the material. Plus the material wicked and the moisture spread. I was pretty happy with the way it turned out.  Now both the gelatos and the pen are supposed to be colorfast and permanent after they dry so my fingers are crossed that this is truly the case. But to be sure. I think I need to do one for myself so I can verify it.  I'll let you know how that goes.

Taste Of Summer CTMH BlogHop

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hey everyone! Hope your spring is picking up. We've had some fabulous weather here in Far Northern California the last couple of weeks. We really need the rain but man it's been beautiful. 

In case you were not aware May is National Scrapbooking Month! That said, our wonderful CTMH Damask Diva's couldn't let this luscious paper packet go without notice and we've been making things with it for your enjoyment. So if you are here by way of Cydney Fowler's Blog, Welcome!!! If you just stumbled on this I'll have the entire blog list at the end of the post so you can continue back around.  Now I have a project I've been working on but due to a broken water pipe I haven't been able to access my craft room to finish. Heavy sigh. So I'm just going to have to share the papers at the moment.


Now I'm going to just put this out there. I think I've said this before but I'm not a traditional scrapbooker. I don't generally make 12 by 12  or 12 by 24 page layouts because, well I don't have kids, and I although I love my pets I know the only person that loves them like I do is me. And. I feel like stealing photos from your family kinda amounts to stalking. LOL. But I digress.  

This paper packet is just lovely, bursting with lots of color and character. I think its perfect for all sorts of summertime scrapbook pages along with cards and other crafty things. 

















  Truly, I don't think this graphic does it justice, and I'll tell you know my favorite paper in this set is the lemons on the green background. The vibrant colors make it a natural choice for your favorite summer memories. And to sweeten the deal, the Taste of Summer paper packet is delightfully simple to get your hands on: you can purchase it outright for just $8.95








































Above is the example of a beautiful scrapbook layout the CTMH Design Team put together for this packet.  I should have my layout and cards up and posted before the weekend is over so stay tuned. Now if you'd like to order your own packet of Taste of Summer simply click HERE and you can order directly from my CTMH Store.

Now if you'd like to check out what everyone else has done here's the list in order;


Jessica at CraftinandStampin
Melissa at FrommtheHeart
Jennifer at JDDesigns75
Jennifer Benner at Jensmessystudio
Traci Williams at Papercrafting101
Cydney Fowler At Cydney Fowler Creations 


Thanks for hopping with us and I'll see you over the weekend.





Mixed Media Phone Case

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Well I finally  did it. I got sick and tired of misplacing my phone every time I sat it down. The case was grey, the counters in my downstairs kitchen are grey and I'm slightly ashamed to say I have a little bit of clutter. But in my defense my downstairs basement apartment is 700 Sq ft. Needless to say I was "loosing" my phone a lot. 
After one such episode this last week I decided to do something about it and I decorated my case. 
First  I had to decide what to use. Although I have a large Samsung Note 3, I still put the phone in my pants pockets so I didn't want the additional bulk of too much bling and stuff like sat too high off the case.  So, I thought I go with some simple mixed media.
First thing I did was clean the case then give it a gesso primer. After that dried I took some Tim Holts musical note tissue tape and covered the entire back of the case to the inside edge of the cover. I figured the tissue tape was thin enough that it would not interfere with the fit of the phone itself and I was right. 
Then I gave it another light coat of gesso to provide some protection from the next layer of color.

Next up Faber-Castell Gelatos. I used 6 or 7 colors I think. I was wanting to have a background that looked like a whimsical landscape.  You know sky, sun, and ground. I started laying down my color with my blues first, then some yellows and oranges and then my greens. After that with clean hands I used the oils from my hands to spread the creamy color. Starting from the top and working down. Take note that I did have to clean my fingers so that I wasn't inadvertently blending colors into each other.  In other words I didn't want a thin line of green in my sky.
That completed. I took a small amount of black gesso and a liner brush and attempted a dandelion with bits of fluff blowing around. No trial run, I just jumped in with both feet. After everything was mostly dry (I was impatient) I gave the case a good layer of Ranger's Multi Medium Matte to seal everything.


That completed. I took a small amount of black gesso and a liner brush and attempted a dandelion with bits of fluff blowing around. No trial run, I just jumped in with both feet. After everything was mostly dry (I was impatient) I gave the case a good layer of Ranger's Multi Medium Matte to seal everything.

Time to finish another project...


Catch Up

Monday, March 23, 2015

Well I've been doing tons of crafting and zero posting and blogging. So. I thought I'd play a little catch up with a few little short posts.
I've had a hard time because I keep making gifts and I'm always afraid that I'll blow the surprise posting pictures. You know how that is.
I got a Cricut Explore several months ago and have been learning how to play with vinyl. This is a coffee mug that I did for my sister in law for Christmas. She'd graduated from her LVN nursing program  just before Christmas. We were all so proud of her I really wanted to do something special. The hardest part...weeding.

Damask Diva's Valentine Day Blog Hop

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Happy weekend everyone! Welcome to the Damask Diva's Valentine Blog Hop!  Well the holidays are over and now we're gearing up Valentines Day. To give everyone a little head start we decided to throw together a blog hop featuring  the very pretty Close to My Heart Heartstrings paper pack from the current Seasonal Expressions Catalog. I decided to also throw in the Awesome Forever In My Heart Stamp Set, also in the seasonal expressions catalog.

Now if you've come here from Melissa Fromm's blog you are on the right track, thanks for stopping by!

A lot of you know I love making cards. I think it's because I feel like I can get creative on a smaller canvas where sometimes the larger scrapbook pages can be intimidating. So of course, today I have a card for you. 


I thought I was going to make a 5x7 inch card  but I believe the finished size ended up being 5x6 inches. It will still fit in a standard envelope but I got a little carried away with my paper cutter. With a little help from the Cricut CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge I cut several 21/2 in and 1 and 1/2 inch hearts from all the design paper in the Heartstrings paper pack as well as several from a piece of White Daisy card stock. Using the small text heart stamp from the Forever in My Heart stamp set I and some Cranberry ink I stamped one of the small hearts on the front of the card. For the background of the card I used a piece of Whisper card stock and a new Anna Griffin Love embossing folder from my stash to add some texture and added a small stamped "You're Sweet" banner, also from the stamp set.



I decided that a plain blank inside wouldn't do so I added some additional hearts using the "Always on My Mind Forever In My Heart",  sentiment stamp from this stamp set. I again used Cranberry ink to ink the edges of my heart and stamp my sentiment. Easy Peasy!


I am officially the last blog in the hop to se the entire list and if you'd like to see a list of the entire hop you can check out the list here. Thanks for hopping with us.

If you like what you see leave me a comment and let me know. I hope this jump started your Valentine creativity, now get out there and get crafty!

November Blog Hop, Yuletide!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween everyone!  Welcome to the Damask Diva's November Blog Hop! I know it might feel a little early since the big boo fest isn't even finished but this month for the Damask Diva Blog Hop we are show casing the beautiful Yuletide Carol paper pack. So grab a handful of Halloween Candy and get ready to browse through some beautiful work.

If you came from Jennifer Dykstra's blog, you are in the right place.  If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check the list at Damask Diva's blog to find the complete list of blog hop participants.

This months paper pack is the beautiful Yuletide Carol paper pack. I love it it's subtle, slightly vintage, and just plain pretty. 




I know I've been a bit quiet lately but I'm working on recovering from a horrible case a Mono and have just not felt like sitting at my desk and creating. But because we're getting closer and closer to the biggest holiday of the year my crafting juices are starting to flow and I'm getting a bit craft crazy. 
I thought I'd start with something easy... a Christmas Card.



I love how this turned out. 

Close to my Heart Products used --- a 4.25 x 5.5 Colonial White card from the Card and Envelope Value Pack X1410,  Cricuit Artiste Cartridge to cut the shape the sentiment is on. Z1790. The perfectly small Merry and Bright Stamp from the Cricut Artfully Sent Stamps Z3017, Ruby Ink to ink my shape and stamp my little image, Z2170.  and of course, the Yuletide Carol paper packet X7187B. 

See that ribbon and the gold embossed banner? They have literally been sitting on my desk for weeks. However,  I did use my Cuttlebug and an Anna Griffin Border folder to emboss the foil. I just needed a little bit of sparkle.

Next up in our blog hop list is Melissa Fromm. I hope you have a great time on our hop and checking out the creations using Yuletide Carol If you get lost, just hop on over to  the Damask Diva's Blog for the full list.



Chantilly Mini Album

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I really have to get a handle using my camera for making videos. That said, look what I made!!! It's my very first paper bag mini and I think I'm in love. Love Love Loovve! 




I'd been wanting to make a paper bag mini album for a couple of months now and just hadn't had the time. But. Well, since I was participating in a swap I decided to give it a shot. I had stumbled across Ginger over at My Sister's Scrapper back in the spring I think. She is so stinking talented and lucky for me she has a YouTube channel

I am so happy with how this turned out. I used a couple of Close to My Heart papers that had been retired, Chantilly and Lucy. I had a bulk pack of the Chantilly paper that I used on the cover and through out the album to cover the pages. I had also been holding on to a Lucy paper pack because, well, the paper was soooo pretty  and I couldn't figure out what to use it on. One of the coolest things about putting this together is that I used CTMH Picture My Life cards from the Chantilly pack for matting, tags and my cute little waterfall feature on the back cover.

Here is a sample of what comes in the this pack. 


I love the colors and patterns from this pack, it's very feminine and girly and I was really wanting that for this album. Now if you are wondering what the heck all the cards are about I'll explain more near the end of the post.
All the card stock used for this mini was CTMH. Colors used were Pear, Crystal Blue, retired Buttercup and lots of black and I think the pink is Blush. 


This is a tag that fits on the inside of the bags, both sides are matted for photos. 

This is why I wish I had a better handle on the video thing. If I had taken a video I could have walked everyone through all my pretty pages and my tags and talked more about what I used etc. Instead, you have to be satisfied with the few pictures I took. 


This mini has LOTS of space for photos. This little waterfall feature on the inside back cover has spots on both sides of the little flaps. Perfect for smaller photos and journaling.

So the cards I used for matting etc.,  come from the Close to My Heart, Chantilly, Picture My Life set. Some of you might be familiar with the pocket scrapping rage that was started by Becky Higgins with her Project Life scrapping. In short, it was a way to use photo pockets to document daily life without the time it takes to do traditional scrapbook layouts. Now, this is definitely not for some people but it has totally taken off. As for me, I believe what  Alton Brown says "never buy a kitchen tool that can only do one thing." So, I want to make sure that there "other" creative options for using the Picture My Life Card set. That way I'm getting more bang for my buck.  This is one of those. I have a couple other things I'll be posting as well along with some more "traditional" PML pages. They are great fun to work with.

Thats it for today, if you have any questions give me a shout!