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Saturday, July 15, 2017

JUNKIE Fest 2017...

 
Shamefully, I've  been back from Junkie Fest for three weeks and haven't finished this blog post... my bad! This was an event sponsored by the Facebook page, "Stamp Junkies" and hosted by Gina K Designs in Greendale, WI at Gina K's brick and mortar, Village Paper and Ink on June 23rd and 24th. I drove from New Jersey, picked up Sherry in Ohio and continued on to Wisconsin. Can you say "ROAD TRIP?!!"...
 
 This was the FIRST surprise we received Thursday night at the hotel that the majority of us were staying. I was BLOWN... AWAY!!! The bag, the mug and button were to us, from the ADMINS of the "Stamp Junkies" group. The bag itself was STUFFED with not yet released stamps from Gina K Designs (ALL have since been released). All four classes we took, Friday and Saturday, used these stamps.
 
We received other goodies from various retailers too. Glue from Brutus Monroe, sequins from Pretty Pink Posh (our table divided them all between us and put into ONE little bag. Don't think for ONE MINUTE that OCD me won't be separating all that), Foils and another canvas bag from Therm-o-web and a paper pad from RINA K Designs (Gina's daughter). Now, understand, there is really NO Rina K Designs. It was a WELL PLAYED comedy routine between Gina and her daughter...
 

Each night, there were door prizes back at the hotel. I was again BLOWN OUT OF THE WATER when I won this "Not Yet Released" bag for my MISTI. And are you ready for this???? Presented to me by the creator of the MISTI, Iliana Myska. She was a surprise guest at our event. Before the weekend was out, I had her sign my MISTI...
 
Of course, along with all the freebies, I dropped a few bucks in Gina's store! I still haven't cracked most of this open yet but, I'm still overjoyed at all the friendships I made, the techniques I learned and rubbing elbows with Gina K herself. I was TRULY star struck!
 
 
Isn't she the cutest thing?!! I LOVED hanging with her for three days...

Sunday, June 11, 2017

FABRIC Christmas Cards...

 While at Cozy Crop in April, I picked up some more fabric to play with at Farmhouse Memories in Paradise, PA. I've asked my friend Deb to remind me of what I want to accomplish with fabric before we return to Farmhouse Memories in September. She's been a great conscience... :)
 
These are two different fabrics, die-cut with stitched dies. Mounted on black cardstock, I added the sentiment from a Concord & 9th set called "Christmas Cottage". Sequins were added from Pretty Pink Posh for added interest. And so completes my five Christmas cards for June... YAY! I seemed to have missed May altogether. Who took it?


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

My Cozy Crop cards...

 Not all the cards I made were photographed in the two pictures above BUT, I ended up with 43 completed by the time the week was over. I was delighted! Usually, I'm horrible at taking all the supplies needed to complete a card but somehow, it all worked. Of course, it didn't hurt that another crafter had brought EVERYTHING but the kitchen sink. I leaned on her alot... (thanks Deb)
 
 This was the first card I made from a brand new (to me) stamp set from Concord and 9th. I used my MISTI on the four I made but when I went to put the sentiment, I planned poorly. I put HELLO below "lovely" instead of above. This kept Susan awake until 3am contemplating how to fix it. Finally, she felt that putting "A" above the whole "lovely hello" would make more sense. She's absolutely right but I'm afraid if I remove the two Nuvo drops that the paper will rip. Maybe I just need to send these four to people who wouldn't notice? It's a dilemma...
 


The next cards I worked on were these lighthouses. I purchased the two fabrics the first time we visited Farmhouse Memories during my FIRST Cozy Crop visit in 2013. I never quite understood what to do once I got home. Deb, however, is an expert with this, so she pretty much held my hand thru the whole process. To say I was blown out of my chair with the result, would be an understatement...

 
Then I moved on to what I purchased last year... NICE! If you're able to look closely at this, you can see the fibers of the fabric.  AND, I guess I'm sending some "4th of July" cards... LOL
 
I had started these at Stamp Camp in March, so finished them up at Cozy...
 
 These were deli paper monoprints that I backed with white then mounted on black. Deli paper is see through so, where you see white, is the paper underneath...
 
Susan and I split a package of Dylusions "creative dyary" die-cuts. She challenged me to turn some into cards. The backgrounds on these are tissue paper, book pages and patterns, Mod Podged onto cardstock. The girls are colored with Susan's Derwent Inktense blocks. I kinda surprised myself. I did good with this challenge! All sentiments are from Deb's Tim Holtz "Hipsters" collection. They fit perfectly...

One extra background became home to this... a one of a kind.

Along with the 43 cards I completed, I also completed four Project Life pages and four Mixed Media pages. Going for a whole week was awesome! We had two days where we visited places throughout Lancaster County. We also had a pajama day. By the time we got to the "hosted" part, the time flew like lightening. As usual, I had a great time and can't WAIT to go back next year. The friendships you forge while there, run deep... I LOVE those ladies!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Faded Batik effect...

 Ok, I really have NO business making cards right now.  I'm SUPPOSED to be packing for Cozy Crop which starts on Sunday. Sure, it SOUNDS like there's time... but there really isn't. My SIL arrives Thursday, the Ernman and the boys arrive Friday and I've got housecleaning and bed making to do. On Sunday, we all go to a party in Delaware. From there, my SIL, friend Susan, and I head off to Cozy Crop. Busy, busy, busy. But first...
 
I decided to do another lesson In the Catherine Pooler class I'm taking thru Craftsy. This is called the "Faded Batik Effect". WICKED cool result! Using a stencil, I put Salty Ocean, Evergreen Bough and Spiced Marmalade distress ink on it. I spritzed with water then put onto watercolor paper as if it were a stamp...
 
THEN, without moving it, I wiped up excess water that was around it. Using the same inks and a distress tool, I inked thru the stencil. I was supposed to spritz with water and dry, but I didn't. I can only imagine how it would have looked if I'd done as instructed. I finished off the card by die-cutting "smile" out of the center and mounting on blue cardstock. I added twine (lower price in my Etsy shoppe HERE ) and sequins from Pretty Pink Posh
 
Anyway, I got my itch to make cards out of the way until Cozy. NOW, back to packing... :)


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Crafting with Sherry...

 On my most recent trip to Ohio, I was invited to come craft a couple days with long time friend Sherry Varga in Canal Fulton. We had a blast teaching each other new things...
 
 This was our first endeavor. Using our MISTI, we stamped with Versamark and then heat embossed with white. That left the flower area untouched. Sherry taught me how to paint the flowers with distress ink we had on our mats. I really enjoyed the process AND the outcome so I stamped another eight to do when I got back home... :)
 
I brought all the supplies from Joisey to do this card. I had done a "make and take" last December at a local Scrapbooking store and accumulated the supplies to make it and hadn't done so yet. The buck was cut on my Silhouette. We inked and spritzed an Impression Obsession background stamp with gray and blue ink. We added silver twine from Michaels and the greeting is from Impression Obsession as well...

Sherry wanted to learn how to make a shaker card so I taught her what I know. This "window" is over a mod podged napkin. WICKED cool!! Both of us LOVE to mod podge napkins so I see many more like this in my future...

I really loved all the wicked cool sentiments that Sherry has. This was a wooden stamp that I stamped on the ivory paper before we closed up the well. I really, really like it!

I made a card similar to this several months ago and we CASEd it with Sherry's new daisy die cuts AND sentiment set. Sherry has a large selection of pre-cut patterned papers that are so fun to look thru. We found this green to use as our background...

Again with her box of pattern papers, we found this polka-dot paper with raised dots. The flowers are a Stampin' Up set and punch that she owns. We had to get her husband involved to help us line up the stamp and punch so we could crank out several for the cards we were making. He helped us figure it out... don't you just LOVE husbands?!!

This was our final creation. I was COMPLETELY blown away by this effect. We stamped her wood stamp of dogwoods into each corner and colored in with colored pencils. I'm STILL in awe of this card! It's stunning...
So, to say I had a good time would be a grave understatement! Sherry insisted I bring very little and I obliged. For each card, once we figured out what we were doing, we became an assembly line. I was so pleased to come home with such an eclectic group of cards. Thank you again Sherry, for a wonderful, wonderful time and I look forward to doing it again sometime...


Monday, March 27, 2017

Stamp Camp with friends...

I was invited to spend a couple days with friends at what they call STAMP CAMP. It was really, really quite fun! With all the crafting, cutting and coloring that went on, it surely counts as days 19th thru the 22nd in the Coloring Challenge...

These cards were made by the woman to whose home we were invited, Carole. She is amazingly talented and a perfect hostess. We wanted for nothing... :)
 
These creations were made by Elly, sister-in-law to our hostess. The little bunnies made with Reese's peanut butter cups and M&M's were very creative. She also had celebrated a birthday a few days before, so included on her shelve (in the second picture) are cards she received. They are the first three on the left. The rest were what she created. LOTS of stamping on these gems..

 These are Susan Moll's creations, sister to the hostess and the one who invited me to join her and her family. She has some incredible stamps and dies and a good eye for composition. The card on the far right was her first attempt at Scrappy Backgrounds. I think she nailed it...

And these were mine...

 I had made a kit of this card and spent time working on it first. Over the past seven years, I've probably made over a hundred of these... mostly for Operation Write Home. When done, I had eleven completed. Since 90% of my cards are sent to friends and family, I'm stumbling over who the heck I would send this to now. What was I thinking?!! Ou vey...

This was a kit I purchased at last years Scrapbook Expo from Krazy Kreations. When finished, I had three. I LOVE this card and I know at least one will go to the Ernman...
 
This was from a class I took at Scrapbook Expo that I hadn't completed. When done, I had two...
 
After all "kits" were done, I started working on things from my stash. I had received a # of these dresses from someone (can't remember who anymore but probably a swap). I didn't know what to do with them so they've floated around my Studio for a LONG time. Navigating Pinterest, I saw someone had cut them into pieces to make little sweaters and slips. I had a blast with this. It brought me back to my childhood when I CONSTANTLY played with and made paper dolls... WICKED fun! When finished, I had four...
 
Still working with my stash, I took completed backgrounds from previous projects and borrowed Carole's heart die. This is a technique I learned in the Catherine Pooler class but wasn't able to do because I didn't have ANY die that would work like this borrowed one. I centered the die on the white paper and cut. It was then placed over the background and the lacey heart piece was inlaid. THESE came out fabulous! Backgrounds used were water colored, Color Burst and Saran Wrap, Mod Podged napkins, and just plain red paper. What a fantastic way to use up those backgrounds that you just don't know with what to do. I made six of these...
 
This card used up an unused tag, Gelli plate monoprint on deli-paper AND a sentiment I ran thru the Ernman's XL Xyron machine which turned it into a sticker. So, you can ask me WHY the Ernman owns an XL Xyron machine but I would never be able to tell you, so don't ask... ;)
 
I knew I was very low on birthday cards so made four of these for my stash. I had made this a number of times, in the past, for Operation Write Home and it was fun to do again. I borrowed Susan's stitched STAR die and really, really like the look. And while I was borrowing it, I cut several more for future cards...
 
 For this, I CASEed a card I saw in the current Stampin' Up Catalog (page 47). The stamp set and die is owned by Susan. I borrowed the paper too, which is called Melon Mambo. I made four of these. I added some bling and in person, it DEFINITELY looks like a Valentine. I didn't think so when I saw it in the catalog. Now, it'll have to sit in my stash until next February. I did however, send one to Susan to thank her for inviting me to her family's STAMP CAMP.

I came home with thirty-five completed cards... YAY!
 

Friday, March 17, 2017

A Sleepless Night...

There's one good thing about not sleeping well. It's coming to the Studio in the middle of the night and actually being productive. All of these came together from partial backgrounds, already colored images and a box of pre-stamped sentiments... SCORE! Then I went back to bed and slept like a baby. Even though it was only for a couple hours before my annual physical.