Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I think we're all in the holiday mode - not enough time to do everything we need to do, but still fun. It's also great seeing all the new stamps and peek previews for the Hero Arts new 2010 edition.
Off for the evening. Take care everyone.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Girl with a present
I can't get my "add image" to work today, so I put in the links above.
Debbie's site should be visited for pure wonderful reading. She's an artist and her interviews with other artists who work with stamps and papers are so much fun!!! Debbie's card chain for December is here.
Maybe my partner will give me a hint on which card she would likes.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I have done some coloring and stamping, so I'll include a couple pieces that I've finished, but I haven't been on in so long, I hardly know what to say... well, not really, but almost the whole month has slipped by without a peep from me. I colored Slide Uvend, which was a sketch off a web site I will have to locate again and then an ATC that I wanted to have the colors of Autumn come alive.
Friday, November 6, 2009
I received the cutest card yesterday. I just love it. It is sitting right on top of my computer hutch. Love the colors and coloring... this is such a wonderful challenge that Deborah is running over at Society of Stamp & Scrapaholics! YAY
Thank you Judith.
I'm addicted. Love receiving a card - so wonderful to open something snailmail :))
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Hugs from Arlene!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I cut most of my backings from a thinner cardboard (an old Root Beer 12 pack package) and had them ready to put the finished ATC front on them in an assembly line. The very last thing I did last night was put the gold Stickles on the trees and the Liquid Pearls on the trees and background stamping. My fingers were going numb from holding the Stickles because it's getting down to the dregs, but lasted long enough to make 13 ATCs.... YAY!
I printed out the information for the ATC, cut and glued to the cardboard backs and voila... done.. This was great fun... now I'll see if I can get a card or two done for this week's contest.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I picked up a couple of skin tones, some reds, which I use most, 3 in the blue tones, an orange, a yellow, 2 brown tones so that I could color most anything. I can make a green from mixing yellow on the bottom and blue on the top, but wish I had purchased a couple greens. The green I used in this ATC was a marker which I then took some yellow and blue to highlight the leaves. Where there's a will, there's a way. I haven't used thiscute House Mouse stamp in 10 years and it just seemed the perfect stamp to test my new Copic Markers with.
I distressed the cardstock with Distressed inks: Worn Lipstick, Concord Grape, Shabby Shutters, & Broken China for the background. I stamped the cardstock, stamped again on white cardstock & cut out the image, then colored the image. I cut two different sets of grapes and a large grape & glued them back onto the grapes after coloring. I thought he looked like he was dreaming. I took a Hero Arts stamp and stamped the hearts so it looks like he's dreaming hearts, Hero Arts hearts.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
RavenThe winning commenters can do their own "Pay it forward" on their blog if they have one. This is supposed to be fun and when it ceases to be fun, then stop, take a breath, step back and begin in your own time. If you can't pay it forward, not to worry, because I know your hearts are paying it forward. Congratulations to the winners. I had my granddaughter pick the winners before leaving for school.
I will send the goodies sometime within two weeks if not sooner. I'll need names and addresses. Hope you enjoy what I made and pass on the hugs and random acts of kindness.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Hope you like this card... it was fun to make.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Go see how you can have extra chance of winning!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Now, there are 8, yes 8 Hero Arts Hostesses... Our new hosti for the next three months. A big welcome to our eight new Hero Hosteses…
Lucy Abrams (Lucy, England)
Cathy Andronicou (newkidfish)
Lin Brandyberry (quilterlin)
Tiffany Ervin (Paper Girl)
Tracey Kuzniak (TRace44)
Virginia Lu (Virginia L.)
Sarah Moerman (sarahjane4kids)
Kathy Racoosin (crzy4stamps-kathy)
For the next three months as they will wear their aprons (only allowed on the internet... no apron anywhere else - that would mean no time playing... They'll all be helping the HA community be the best it can be! The Hostesses will receive lots of fun Hero products to play with and they are encouraged to enter the weekly challenges to provide inspiration; however, they cannot be selected as winners. After their hostess term is up, they can once again enter contests.
Hugs to our new apron-wearing hosti!
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
The challenge this week is based on a sketch. It was late and I followed the sketch pretty much the way it printed out without deviating because it was late... yes, late... ahhh, that felt good to tell everyone that I brainlessley followed a sketch... but it's a GOOD sketch. So here is my card.
I could have added circles popdotted instead of bows, I could have punched a border instead of running ribbon down the side, but... I didn't and I think it turned out good, not extraordinary, but I LIKE it... it'll be the perfect Birthday card for my granddaughter's mom in August and that's really all that matters. This photo is a couple years old, but her mom will be delighted.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
The Hero Arts stamps are high quality and style. I've stamped with them for years and I think I started in 1995 or so, give or take a year. Take care for a mid-week salutation.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I just LOVE the heart winged butterfly. It is fast becoming my favorite. I love the effect of stamping on patterned papers.
I'm going to be busy today doing paperwork and not stamping... oh well.... Have a great day!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I've never blogged from another person's blog... we'll see how this works... pardon me if it doesn't work, here goes. AND it works! Wow... the things you learn. Straight across to the right of the title of Lin's giveaway, I was able to blog her thread directly into mine... will wonders never cease...
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
My nine year old granddaughter was as excited as I was when I read the newsletter which is on the Hero Arts site under Hero Arts Club; use the pull down Navigator to select newsletters.
We opened our Spring and 2009 catalogs and put post-it notes on the stamps we liked, the initial A for her and M for me... we had tons of post-it notes and most had both our initials. Here's what we ordered:
CL337 Birds and Branches
CL349 World Dolls
CL229 Asian Borders
CL228 Asian Elements
CL275 Asian Frames
F5158 Heart Winged Butterfly
S5154 Three Ferns
MW012 Aqua Flo Brush - my granddaughter gave up her pick of the mushrooms stamp for these. We, yep, we are so excited and Angelina can hardly wait to receive our wonderful treasure!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
A life-long friend of my beautiful and talented daughter-in-law, Rosalie, graduated from college with a Bachelor's degree in Interior Design. We had a wonderful time at the party on Saturday. The kids got to decorate and take home flip-flops. Wonderful food and conversation. A beautiful day out - temperature was perfect. So happy to see Hope complete her education and achieve her dream.
On Sunday, I had some time to craft and made three cards with colors I don't think I've ever used together. I'm not a fan of yellow, certainly not a mustard to almost goldenrod color. Not sure I'll ever buy this color again, not even sure where it came from, but I do like the dramatic cards the yellow combined with other colors produced. I was only going to create a card based on Avital Gerner's layout at Creativity Prompt and was working with tans and creams, but wanted a good vivid color too - grabbed this yellow card that I had been trying to work through my printer for a backing for one of my ATC cards that didn't work out. Stamped the cards with different sets of Hero Arts stamps and added a Tim Holtz stamp on the card featuring the man with the umbrella and saying. Made this card:
, then went on to make a card with a stamped yellow stripe on black. Used two border punches by Martha Stewart here:
and then spied one left-over piece of yellow and wanted to use the man with the umbrella stamp. I glued the rest of the papers I worked with on the first "rayed" card and glued them all to the front of the notecard. I used the Cuttlebug and Nestibilities to cut a black border to frame the stamped image:
I'm so pleased with these and amazed that I used that yellow paper at all.
And last, but not least, we celebrated a late Mother's Day - went out to eat at "The Cheesecake Factory" and thoroughly enjoyed the experience... I was amazed at the menu - a book of delights and we did NOT have desert - for a lunch, I still have left-overs... I think I might go back just for desert.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Here are my two entries on Sunday - yes a last minute entry.
and side view
I'll be using these stamps for quite some time... the borders and flowers are wonderful... and I loved twisting the stem in this set to follow the curve of the background stamped image. Have a great week.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Some I'm having trouble deciding what I want to do.... How do you create an ATC on the movie Schindler's list.... well, I haven't done this one yet.
I definitly like the book ATC and the Hopes for 2009 ATC I did for this challenge. I don't like handwriting on these so I type them out - all except one... Here are two of my favorites that I've done... Enjoy the weekend.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Hello! Today I'd like to share an award that was generously given to me by my friend Anne Gaal called the Renee Award. It is such an honor to receive blog awards and I am so very grateful!
The Renee Award
The Renee Award was created by Bella and Ces in honor of their friend Renee.
In Bella's own words: "this is a brand new award and I have the pleasure and honor of spreading the seed, watching it grow. I hope it finds it's way to those who are like Renee: the acorn, a small package becoming a tall and sturdy oak, giving more acorns, becoming tall and sturdy oaks, giving acorns..."
There are no "rules" for claiming this award, but I would suggest the following:
Thank the person who nominated you for the Renee Award.
Click on the picture above to see it larger, then download it and post it on your blog.
Mention the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
Nominate others to receive the award.
Comment on their blogs to let them know you nominated them.
Visit Bella, Ces, and Renee and let them know you received the award and passed it on. Consider linking your blog post to them, too.
Now I am supposed to share in the fun by nominating others. This is hard for me, because I know, like many of us, we are always trying to obtain that extra minute to accomplish something, from repairing that vacuum with the army man stuck just beyond your fingertips to building a coat rack. I have met so many wonderful artists, bloggers, and friends and I love being part of this blogging community. But, I also understand the value of awards in exposing us to a few blogs that might be new to us.
Out of oh so many wonderful blogs and friends, I think I will nominate a few of the newest ones I know about... doesn't mean it's brand new... just new to me. I'd like to nominate the following bloggers, (in no particular order):
Hannah Nicole F
I hope you'll take a moment or two to stop by these blogs (including Anne!) and leave a nice comment or two. It takes just a moment, but it is sooooo nice to receive those comments! :-)
Monday, April 27, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I never thought of "erasing" the printed colors on those little rascals... no... I cut them off... which was ok... here's the card I finished... not too shabby, but do I have a great site to direct you to .... after this demonstration of a simple paint chip card... ta da!
I was checking for different swaps on swap-bot, then checking some of the profiles, then some of the swaps they were in and found one that is too late to enter (waaaa!!), but which had a great link to Go Make Something on... what?... paint chips. Cutting on the diagonal, creating unusual cards, tags, ATCs are just some of the amazing ideas for paint chips - so you have got to check it out if you're a paper crafter. Go Make Something also has some great information on the most efficient way to get the most ATCs out of a regular 8 1/2" X 11" piece of paper too.
The back of your cards should contain your name, any contact information you wish to provide, e.g. Title of the ATC, Date the ATC was made, your name/email address or whatever method you might wish for the person to have to contact you later , and the number or series of the card. Some artists start numbering their cards with number 1, and just keep going. Others will do series numbering, such as 1 of 7 or 1/7. How you number is totally up to you. I haven't been numbering mine except when I made a series of tree sets of a particular style/method of crafting, then 1of 3, etc. I'm kind of wishing I had started off numbering them right away.
Oh well... do I start now by counting my flickr group... mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... we'll see.
Friday, April 17, 2009
This is a glossy paper and I didn't know what I wanted to do with the area behind the cat at all... I'm happy it just kind of flowed.... upwards from the shadows. I always thought this image was so sweet, but I only ever colored this image twice and I was not real happy with it either time.
I have no idea what stamp company made this, all I know is I've had the stamped images for years! If anyone knows, please knock, but not too hard, because you might wake the sleeping kitty.
- Email your partner your flickr photo address and for a heart, a few additional favorite flickr person's photos address.
- Send a naked postcard to 3 partners (naked - as not in an envelope... yes written on)
- Sender's Choice (ATC)to 2 partners
- Tree ATC
- Send 2 notecards with envelopes to 2 partners
You have to get your feet wet, so to speak. People don't want other people flaking on their trades, so that's why they have a rating system... Yes, all this to get to Stamping Mathilda...
I have joined 3 groups and on ATC Addicts Club I found a wonderful post on a folded container for ATCs. And guess where it took me? No guessing required when it concerns Stamping Mathilda and her most delightful, interesting and instructional blog.
If you'd like to try ATCs, there are many flickr groups that are fun and you might do some one-on-one trading at first. You send a message or write a note on the comment for the particular ATC you're interested in and ask to trade. I usually send an email. I'm picky about what I like and don't want something with just stickers on it... sorry to those I might offend, but that's just my likes and dislikes... I'm also not a fan of putting wings on a little girl and such...
Have fun visiting Stamping Mathilda and maybe make an ATC or few...
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I've never tried linking before, so let's hope this does what I think it does :)))
Check out Joshua Jiraffe Designs to see what she's giving away and leave a message if you want. Talented stamper seen on Hero Arts and Caardvarks. Who knows... she may be coming to your part of the country...
Remember to visit Joshua Jiraffe Designs. I'm hoping we'll get updates on the big move, aren't you?
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Why don't you go visit and leave a little note for Sanne Andersen yourself. She's already updated her blog today with the cutest little frog and elephant cards for a new baby girl.
I also made my every Wednesday trip to The Society of Stamp and Scrap-aholics to see the spot-lighted guest of the week, Paula Laird, a wonderful person and talented stamper. Off to clean house... well, upload a couple photos and then go clean house... at some point in time today, I am going to clean house.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Stamping Mathilda's Instructions: (my liberal spray of words in blue)
Fold in half on the 8 1/2" side so you have two long cards, not the way I would normally cut to make a notecard. I hope that makes sense. Cut in half, you have two folded cards now, which fit in a regular envelope and indeed they do. Score at 10,5 cm... that's 4.1 inches... You can decorate the narrow part (stamp, emboss, punch,...). You have to see how many ways she has used this card - like a shaker card, embossing and glueing shut... go check it out at Stamping Mathilda.
How I created the scene:
I cut a piece of white cardstock about 1/4' less all around than the Artist Trading Card (ATC) I was making. I just held the paper up to the card and cut it out on my paper cutter. I usually don't measure, unless I'm following instructions on a project - then I usually follow them strickly so I can see how it's done before I think of changing it. I knew what I wanted in a wide sense - a scene of trees on a landscape of green and a sky of blues and pinks.
I sponged green distressed ink on the bottom using a piece of torn copy paper to make the landscape look like gently rolling hills - took the same torn paper and sponged the sky, only I used several shades of blue, levander, pink, red, and yellow.
I stamped the line of trees (perfect for this size) on the sponged surface, darkened some of the trunks with brown marker as I thought the tree was too light with the color of distressed ink I used - Vintage Photo.
I'm going to swap this... even though I love it... and I hope the person who receives it likes it too.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
I will try to translate the German into English here. Of course, I'm mostly using babblefish to do so. When I insert my comments I'll use a different color for the comment.
One needs paper in the masses 27.5 cms (10.8 in) x 21 cms (8.3 in) (you can take of course also greater or smaller) one folds all 5.5 cms (2.2 in) on a fold line.
Then one folds the paper like a harmonika (accordion). On the not so nice side (back), one draws 4 triangles in .... There are pictures that you can follow, step by step. You really don't need the translation.
Then one cuts out the triangles. Now paper is ready to stamp or paste something on. Glue the entire length of one side, no matter whether on the left or on the right and stick it together, thus you have a tube.
Then you notice the side parts snap automatically together. Loop tape around and it's ready. Of course you could use two-sided tape on the inside of the ends to give it a nicer finish. You can tie ribbon, yarn, string, whatever you fancy around the ends to finish it off.
Great little tutorial, easily followed from the photos. How nice it would be to give someone a homemade treat in this box. Have a great day!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Here's a fairy (dearly love this stamp) that I stamped, colored and mailed to a wonderful person I've met through Flickr in Japan along with the second card here:
I love the fairy stamps from Stamps Happen. I just checked and I don't see very many now. The one I have must have been retired... she must have become a bit overwhelmed with taking care of all the flowers. The woman collage is by Inkadinkado - no name on the stamp.
Now on to the HA card. I am pleased with the results, but I just didn't want to cut out the masks so I could do the background for the little dolls. Oh, well, it didn't hurt... much... and now I have the masks for future use. I used a torn piece of copy paper to hold against my card so that when I sponged the colors, there wasn't a straight line definition, but a more natural flow. I used the piece of copy paper with the torn edge facing down from the top of the card, moving the paper around the card, dabbing in greens for the bottom and blues, pinks, yellow for the top. I turned the torn part so it was on the bottom for some of the sky. The two dolls stand out so vividly against the background. I stamped the Slanted Tree onto the sponged background and masked images twice; the second stamping looks like little bushes. I lifted the masks and colored the dolls, fan, and tree. Voila!
Thank you for checking here.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I wanted to do a card for the Hero Arts challenge this week - a card with a window. I choose a circle - simple and fairly quick. I got out the little ol' Cuttlebug and easily cut a circle in the front of the card. I stamped the Hero Arts Slanted Tree on the front with scrap paper where the cut circle was, stamped the same stamp on the patterned paper I had also cut and just a little bit more patterned paper, stamped some flying birds (Tim Holz - Stampers Anonymous), some simple sentiments and I was done.
Then the stamped images that I had set aside kept calling my name, so I worked on three more cards - non-Hero Arts images.
I was pleased with the colors and variety of the cards. I hope you like them too.
Friday, March 27, 2009
I have discovered a great place through one of the card makers , Avital Gertner, in the Hero Arts group who made referrence to Creativity Prompt which has tons of ideas on what to do with that naked ugly chipboard to turn it into a lovely creation for your scrapbook or card.
I don't have time to check it all out, but since I know next to nothing about working with chipboard, I think this is a good start.
I did make a geisha bookmark last week that I think I may try in washi papers. It's very delicate though, but lovely.
Have a great weekend.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Go now... read, create and challenge yourself, post and do it again...
Monday, March 2, 2009
Hero Arts bloggers won a day on Hero Arts to amaze and tantalize us all. Loved every day - such unique and wonderful displays. I loved them all and wanted to do a card for each one. Sadly, it was not to be.
I liked Deborah Nolan's parading elephants and just couldn't help think of that song with these lyrics, "these boots were made for walkin' and that's just what they'll do..." So, I created shoes walking across the card. I chose bright red and hot pink to make sure no one missed a walkin' shoe. All I was hoping too, was that I not color OUTSIDE the lines on the last shoe. Whew! It turned out much better than I thought too.
When I saw this set of stamps in my local stamp store, The Stamp Art Shoppe, it drew me. Never in a million years did I think I would use this little shoe so often. It is so utterly versatile... I think I have more cards with shoes than I have shoes.... ooooh. And I'm not into shoes or fashion... except for this set... Neither am I, nor have I ever been a girly girl... much to the chagrin of my grandmother...
There is a contest for best scrapbooking in Sacramento area and the Stamp Art Shoppe is listed. If you've been there, you may wish to cast a vote at KCRA A-List.
One more thing. I just posted a blinkie for the Hero Arts site here too.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Angelina (9 years old) stamped almost two full sets of Inkadinkadoo stamps I received from a give-away at Gaal Creative, Anne Gaal's blog. Angelina and I spend quite some time stamping together. She takes her art seriously. She loves to color. I'm sure most of us stampers never left coloring behind. I wanted to showpiece her two newest stamping sessions here.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Stamping Cafe always has such wonderful cards, but you must hop over to see this card. I'm not sure that it's any one thing that draws me to her card. I loved the cardstock colors right off the bat, the design was great, the sentiment spoke volumes and the embellishments were perfect.
Let's toast to Kiara Lee for creating a work of art!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
One more thing, I should never do something when I'm half asleep - forgot I had to tie Mr. Linky to my blog. I know I'll get this straight soon -Third time's the charm, they say.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
The lady, flowers, lace and letters are adhered to clear acetate that has also been stamped with a script stamp - looks like that to me. Then there is a lovely softly colored pattern paper under the acetate.
All in all, a real gem and lots of detail and time in the making. Thank you so much for this card. See Stampersuzz on Flickr and her blog for her marvelous cards.
I used the Nestabilities Circles in my Cuttlebug (nice little bug) and cut cardstock 3 times - the other two are white and I used some wonderful papers from DCWV "The Far East Mat Stack" for the top of the stack. It's so easy if you watch the video just once.
DIe-cut all three circles at the same time
Punch out small circles (I used 10)
Decorate the top circle as you wish
Adhere all small circles with removable tape (OK NOW you NEED to go watch the video - look on the right side-bar for "Watch it Wednesdays").
The middle will be cut and all but the slider part will be adhered to the bottom circle Take two of the small circles and adhere to the middle slider permanentlly. Adhear the top circle to the other circle so you can slide your slider in and out. Just watch the video... I put an eyelet in and put some yarn through so the receiver of this card will know she should pull it. This fits so snugly that you would never know there was a hidden pocket.
I'm also entering this card in the Hero Arts challenge for this week - our favorite stamps. And the Four Dolls set and Slanted Tree are my favorites for the past month or so. Brand new and wonderful to work with.
I stamped the lantern, doll and tree in brown ink as part of the Cuttlebug challenge was to use an Asian theme but NO BLACK OR RED allowed. I used a complementary color for my small circles and stamped the lantern, fan and doll out of the same cardstock. There's some variation in color so I could stamp the face in a suitable face color. Some pearls and gems dot the images. The doll is holding the fan.
I am pleased with the results and hope you like them too.