Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Thank You Very Much Plumrose Lane!

Hello, hello! Glad you're here! Welcome! You've come in time to observe my HUGE THANK YOU to  Plumrose Lane

Plumrose Lane. 
I've been searching the internet, looking for help with adding and updating my blog. Putting it mildly, I'm challenged when it comes to implementing directions. I stumbled upon the Plumrose Lane website and found the tutorial (FREE) that explained how to accomplish what I needed! The explanations were simple and straightforward.  I was so happy when the directions proved to work exactly as they said! Not only that, the site owner said she was in an ongoing process to update the instructions as needed. I can't ask for more than that. Please visit as soon as you can! It's a site for "graphic designs, tutorials and treasures for creative indie souls".
I am still learning, so bear with me, okay?
Take care and thanks to all those creative souls out there who have shaped, inspired and challenged me to try my best to be the best that I can be. :)

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Love You Grungely

Happy Birthday to my husband! I made him a card inspired by sistersandie at . I'm not sure if he'll like it 'cause he's a "what is that?" kinda guy. He likes high realism when he looks at pictures. I'm sure the verse inside and the "Love You" will win him over. Besides, it's the thought that counts, right? LOL! Here it is.

Stamps: Close to my Heart "Happy Forever", Stampers Anonymous/TH "Bitty Grunge", SU "Happy Birthday" (don't know which set), miscellaneous larger heart stamp
Ink: SU really red. 
Paper: SU whisper white, generic dark gray CS
Other: black and white acrylic paint, palette knife, pop dots, brad, black Sharpie.

Of all the shades of ink that I have, I do not have grey, so I tried something new and used acrylic artists paint to stamp. The thickness of the paint changed the look of how the stamp created the image. Notice the textured look. I randomly mixed the paint so that a marbled mixture was created. The shade variations don't show as well as I would have liked in the photo. The red blotches are created with SU ink. I edged the white panel and words with the black Sharpie to add a little more definition to the edges. I think the tiny hearts are nestled amongst the splatters nicely. I didn't want the card to appear too feminine. With leftover paint, I "grunged" another panel to use for an additional card sometime. 
Hints: I mixed the paint on a margerine lid and you only need a black dab less than the size of a dime. Use more white than black to create the grey shade. Don't mix thoroughly to create a marbled effect. Cover with a wet paper towel or plastic wrap to keep moist in between uses within an hour's time frame. 

Thanks for visiting! Comments are welcome and appreciated. 

Challenges entered:

Loves Rubber Stamps #86 Use Metal

Member Gallery Splitcoast Stampers Keyword LRSBC8

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Anything Goes

Inky Impressions IIC #141 Try Something New 

Creative Moments Challenge #33 Anything Goes

Crafting By Design Birthday Challenge - theme Birthdays

Crafting By Design Anything Goes 

Sunday, 12 January 2014

A Very Special Birthday for a 5 Year Old

Happy New Year and welcome to my page. The card I'm posting today was a labour of love for a very special five year old girl in our family. I worked on it for I hate to say how long! I have lots of trouble sometimes making decisions on colours and embellishments. Mostly I'm happy with how this turned out.
I'd like to mention that the birthday candles on the cake are from a never used yet digi stamp from JellyPark. There is also a piece of cake to the set. I used the cake on the inside of the card. Check out JellyPark. If you join as a member, they periodically give you free digi stamps.(which is how I got the birthday cake and candles.) Check the link below.
 Please leave a comment. It's always great to hear from you. Thanks for visiting.

PS: There's a brand new challenge blog out there for patterned paper by Craftyhazelnut. See the link below and enter the challenge. 

Polkadot Birthday

Paper: Die Cuts with a View Polka Dots, generic card stock.
MS punch
Spellbinders Nestabilities
Jelly Park Happy Birthday digi stamp (candles)
Cricut banner
Cuttlebug embossing folder: Seeing Spots
Paint brush and paint with SU ink, SU markers to print Happy Birthday on the banner and colour candles.


January Patterned Paper Challenge

Happy New Year New Beginnings  

Anything Goes Celebrate Something New

Anything Goes Party/Celebrate

Anything Goes