Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Got Stencils?

Hey, Blog Hoppers! 
Pat Huntoon from Technique Junkies has done it again!   

Pat and our talented design team have many inspirational projects to show you today on our fabulous blog hop from the BRAND NEW CD - Sensational Stencils.  It is chuck full with over 40 stencil techniques for your card and craft making projects.   

ORDER IT NOW for only $14.95 by clicking HERE.  Please note that you may have to use Chrome or Firefox to view.    Click here to see the CD table of contents.  
So....break out your stencils!!  Now for the blog hop fun........

You should have arrived here from Tricia's blog.  Her expertly colored images are always a pleasure to behold!  If you jumped into the middle of the hop, go back to the beginning, listed below, so you don't miss any of the projects!

Today I have two samples from the CD.  The first is called Gelato Wipe.  The images are from Stampin Up and are used to keep with my year's mantra of trying to use some stamps that have never seen ink!  There is just something about a black border that really makes your image pop!  It is hard to see in the photo but the words Thank you are popped up with foam tape.

The second technique is called Saturated Stencil.  This Dylusions stencil makes me think of Lotus seed pods.  That led me to think of Butterflies....not sure why but it did!  These are from a Tim Holtz set that also had never seen ink.

Both techniques were easy for any level of stamper!   So, now it is time for you to hop on to Beth's blog.

Below is the order of our blog hop.

Tricia O’Bin - http://thepassionatestamper.blogspot.com
Ann Clack - YOU ARE HERE
Beth Norman -
Hetty Sanders - http://craftchaos.blogspot.com
Holly Brown – http://www.glitterstampsandink.blogspot.com
Jane Bosi - http://janembosi.blogspot.com 
Jackie Kalchert   http://
Shelly Schmidt - http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/
Pat Huntoon - http://www.patstamps.blogspot.com

Monday, September 29, 2014

Colored Silk

Hi, Bloggers!  Well.....I'm finally getting some time to blog and stamp.  It feels soooo good.  For the last three weeks we were working on our long driveway.  (story following, card info below if you want to skip) 
It was time to pressure wash it and reseal it.  Quite expensive to have it done so we decided to do it ourselves.  The drive is almost 10 years old and we had never sealed it before.  Once the power washing was done there were lots of pits where we had washed out the dirt and moss.....lots and lots of moss.  We are completely treed with oaks so not much sun gets to the drive.  We decided that we could only do 2/3 of it this year.  There is a total of over 10,000 sq feet of driveway!  Wow!  The day we finished my daughter, Leah, came over with her two children.  While we were working on her project, her son comes in the back door.  As he walked on the vinyl you could hear his shoes sticking!  STOP!  I yelled.  Did you walk over to the shop?  I asked.    NO!  he said.  You have tar on your shoes!  I replied.  I've got it on my hands too, he replied!   AUGH!!!!!!    While we were cleaning up the hands, shoes and floor, my husband went into the garage.  He came back into the house and said.  Well......he was right.....he didn't walk over to the shop......he rode his Big Wheel over there.  You have go to be kidding me.  We JUST finished over there.  I said to my grandson.....Didn't those containers blocking the way to the shop mean anything to you?  No....was his reply.  Well, I guess when you are 6 years old, life experience of items blocking the way for a large vehicle may not mean anything for a little ol' Hot Wheel.  Thought you'd like to see the picture of his escapade.  It took a whole bucket of sealer to redo the area.  BTW.....we ended up using 53 five gallon buckets of sealer to get the job done.  We staged the bike for the picture.
Here is a card that I designed for the August Technique Junkie Newsletter.  It uses a technique called Colored Silk.  This technique gives such a beautiful background!!  The image is from I Brake For Stamps in their Embossing Arts section.  I've had this stamp for years and it is just a classic.  Colored with copic markers.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saturday's Class

I took a class at Main Street Stamp and Stationery today.  Helen from Paper Parachute taught the class.  It was SOOOOOO much fun.  I'm very pleased with my project.  I learned to not think and plan too much....very hard for me.  I also learned that I need a LOT more Distress Stain paints, rub-ons, and more washi tape if I want to do more of these.    I hope that you enjoy.

Faux Dorothy

Hi, Bloggers!  This week the technique of the week from Technique Junkies is Faux Embroidered Quilt.  It makes the background look soooo good!  I've used one of my newer favorite stamps from Technique Junkie Stamps (formerly Stamp Camp).  I thought this card could be good for those college students who are leaving home for the first time!  There indeed is no place like home!  The words were made using an alphabet stamp set from Hero Arts that I've had for at least 20 years!  Funny how just recently I've seen some stamp companies use this font for some of these stamps!  What goes around, comes around!  ;-)  Enjoy!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Waxy Window

This coming week the Technique of the week for Technique Junkies is Waxy Window.  So, I thought I'd start the week off with a fresh simple sample of Waxy Window.  I've been on a mission to try and use some of my stamps that have NSI.....Never Seen Ink!  I'm sure that some of you have this problem too!  The stamps are from Stampin' Up!  I know that they aren't new but they hadn't been used until today!  I wanted some colors that remind me of the later days of summer so picked a red flower with some orange in the design too.  A little hand drawing around the inner white border made the image pop out a little more.  Enjoy!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Gelli Fun

Today I dug out the 3 x 5 Gelli plate and decided that if I didn't have some fun with this new toy that I would put it off forever.  It was a lot of fun.  The Single small prints are mostly done using the Styrofoam plate cut out.  I'm just learning how to layer and it is obvious that I have a lot to learn.  Getting the right amount of paint on the plate seems to be one of my challenges.  I'm not sure it you should add a little to the paint to keep it wet longer or not.  I did find out that I could use lots more paints.  More Transparent ones.   On the journal page, I followed along with the video from the Gelli blog.  I didn't have the same colors or stencils but it did teach me some tricks so hopefully the next one will be a little more interesting.  Think I'll have to do some drawing on the journal page and maybe paint black around the images. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Resisting a Dress

I'm here today with the technique of the week from Technique Junkies called Resist Strips.  I couldn't resist the little play on words for the title!  My goal today was to get some ink on stamps that never saw ink before.  The lady in the dress is from Rubbernecker stamps and the sentiment is from Just Rite Stamps.  The lady in the dress has been on my 'want' list for a long time and I finally got her.  The background stamp is from Love to Stamp.  I don't think the background stamp company is around anymore.   Hope you enjoy!  If I had this card to do over again, I would increase the width of the strips and darken up the shading around the lady so she would pop a little more from the background.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Paw Patrol Ombre

Saturday is my youngest grandson's birthday.  Zander is in love with Paw Patrol and I thought this week's technique called Ombre Frames would be perfect for the German Shepherd, Chase! I thought that it would be fun to have Chase popping out of the frame.  I cut the inside a little off center to accommodate the shield. Found a '6' already cut out for the front and some clipart for the dog and shield.  I hope that Z loves it!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tea Box class

Another class I'll be teaching at Main Street Stamp and Stationery in Tigard, Oregon will make this darling Tea Box.  It is designed to hold the individually wrapped tea bags and is perfect for gift giving.  Fill it with your favorite teas and the recipient will be thrilled!  The photos below do not show the DARLING charms that will hang off to the side of the top.  They are a little tea pot and a tea bag.  Don't miss this class.  Next Tuesday, July 29, from 11am - 1pm.  Cost is $15.  Call Main Street today and reserve your spot.  503) 639-3180.    The papers on each box will differ from the photos.

Bird Cage Beauty

Here are pictures for my upcoming class at Main Street Stamp and Stationery in Tigard, Oregon.  The class will include all the materials needed to make this unique votive holder pictured below.  It features Tim Holtz's Metal Box corners.  Their weight and design really class up this project!

Just bring your quick dry glue, glue dots, and latex gloves if you don't want to get painty.    Class is $25 and will take about three hours.  You can call Main Street Stamp at (503) 639-3180.  Class size limited so register now!  Class date is August 5th from 1pm to 4pm.



Monday, July 21, 2014


In April my car club celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang by holding an event to break two Guinness World Records.  One for the most Fords in a parade and the other for the Most Ford Mustangs in a parade.

Well.........Guinness has responded to our documentation and it is official........WE HAVE ESTABLISHED TWO NEW WORLD RECORDS!!!!!!   This is really BIG news!! 

We had a total of 829 Fords in our parade and a total of 766 Mustangs.

Yippee!!!!   Yippee for all the participants and Yippee for Mt Hood Mustangs and Fords Club for undertaking this HUGE project!!

Cross Stitch

Do any of you cross stitch.  I have a LOT of aida cloth and lovely patterns for flowers, Christmas and more.   My eyes just can't do this small work anymore.  If you think you might be interested, let me know and I'll send you a list of everything and make you a good deal!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Crinkled Retirement

Here is a card I made using the technique of the week from Technique Junkies.  This is such a fun and easy technique.  As a designer, I get to do the techniques about 6 weeks before you do but I hadn't tried this one yet.  If you haven't given it a try, you really must!  The image is from Art Impressions and the words are Stampin Up.  I made this for a dear friend who just retired.  The image is colored with copics.  As you can see I also used Out of the box technique too!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wanna Come?

Next Tuesday, July 8th, at Main Street Stamp and Stationery store in Tigard, Oregon, I'll be instructing to do the birthday set below.  The class will be from 6pm to 8pm.  You'll make the card, the tag and the darling little votive birthday cake.  Isn't that birthday cake darling?!    You'd need to bring your favorite adhesive, plus some glue dots, and your favorite watercolor medium.  I used Tim Holtz's Distress markers and a water brush to color the roses in the sample.   All the rest of the supplies will be provided.  Class cost is $15.  Hope to see you there!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Technique of the Week

This week the Technique Junkie technique of the week is Splattered Ombre Watercolors.  I thought the orange background would be perfect for the Elizabeth Craft daisy outline.  It is color with copics.  enjoy!     This technique is from the Technique Junkie July newsletter.  You can find out more about the TJ Newsletter by clicking HERE.   If you look real close you can see all the beautiful glitter on the daisy area.  ;-)