Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter & Updates!

Hello friends!
I am still around and I sure do appreciate your kind "get well" wishes!!
I have some updates on my condition for you...
I AM getting better! Yay!  I've been going through some "therapy" on my back and slowly but surely I am getting better and stronger with some special exercises to keep my muscles strong and healthy!  I actually hope to be done with my therapy within the next few weeks!

Also, some more news for you and this is also great news...I am moving into another house soon!
So of course this means that I have packed up my stamp studio in boxes and I'm not able to get to them to create something fun right now!  However, I know that when I get settled into my NEW stamp studio, I will be really "itching" to get my hands on my crafty goodies and play! :)
We are really excited about this move and happy that my back is getting in better shape so that I CAN help move!   We have LOTS of work ahead of us, but we are looking forward to our new life and home!
It may be another month or so before we can get totally settled in...so please hang in there with me! :)

Tomorrow is also Easter...

Thank you for all of your support right here on my blog!  You are the best!
Stay crafty and healthy my friends!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Hello friends!
Still working with my back issues, but hope everything will get better soon.

Just wanted to make sure that I told who the winner is of my
Blog Candy Giveaway!


So, without further delay...I've chosen a winner from random.org....

And here is the lucky number that was randomly chosen...

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:
13 
Timestamp: 2014-04-01 21:55:01 UTC

That would be....

Congratulations to you!!  Please send me your snail mail address so that I can get your goodies sent out to you right away!

Thanks so much to everyone for your kindness and support!  It has really meant LOTS to me!!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Double Embossing Homework

Hello friends!
I can't spend long on my post as if you've already seen on my Facebook page, I have some bad back problems which leaves me little time to sit at computer.  I have another Dr. appointment tomorrow morning, so hopefully I can get "back to normal" again very shortly! :)

Still trying to get my homework done for my class!  I have until later tonight to finish submitting my homework.  I don't know if I'll be able to get to the very last section of class with my homework because of my back, but I did finish this card the other day and have just now felt well enough to sit long enough to post it here:
For this class, we learned a "double embossing" technique where I took a die cut not to cut out my one layer card, but to emboss it along with the texture you see in the background.  This was more of a trial and error situation, but I got something to work for me finally!  And I couldn't resist using the really fun Simon Says Stamp April Stamp Kit for this!  The sentiment inside the embossed die cut as well as the cut out light bulb are from the stamp set in the kit.  I loved it because my hubby is an electrician, so I know I could put this one to great use for me! :)

Here's a better close-up of the details in the light bulb:
I have stamped and cut out the bulb and colored it with the same glitter gel pens that I used to color in portions of the dry embossed background.  I then covered the colored heart in the light bulb with some crystal effects for some added texture and shine.  It looks so fun IRL!!

Challenges:
Creative Knockouts - Texturize it
Charisma Cardz - CAS (clean & simple)
Paper Crafting Journey - anything goes

Sorry to make this short and I really hope I can manage to get a few more cards done to finish up the class, but it depends on how my back is doing.  Sorry I can't make any visits, but hopefully you understand why!
Be well my friends!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Monday, March 24, 2014

The Colors Come Shining Through...

Hello friends and a happy Monday to ya!
Oh wow I wish it wasn't so COLD out...I would love for the sun to come shining through and warm this place up a bit right now!! LOL!!  In the meantime, I do have some fun stamping to do so I am really happy doing that right now! :)

I'm still working on my card techniques for my class.  I'm trying to just make sure I have at least one card for each section in the class gallery so I have at least covered each theme we've been working on.  If I have time, I'll go back later and complete more cards until the time is up, but for now, I'm working on the "Creative Coloring" one layer card theme.  So here's what I've done:
I have to say that I LOVE my Copic markers and have used them quite often to color in images, but I have NEVER used them in this way.  I really LOVE how this one turned out!  I can see me doing this again for sure!  I was also really happy because I got to pull out a couple of brand new stamps and die cut to play with for this one! :)  I hope to continue to share more class creations this week until we've wrapped up the class.  There are many more I'd like to give a try with!

PRODUCTS USED:
Stamped Sentiment and Sentiment die cut from Whimsy Stamps
bottom heart punch, vellum and Tombow Multi-purpose Adhesive is from Stampin' Up!
We R Memory Keepers Enamel Shapes - Warm from Ellen Hutson
Sunny Skies clear stamp set by Mama Elephant from Ellen Hutson (I just used the small heart from this set, but watch for more from me later with this stamp set!)
Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust Meteor Gel Pen (SSS) (Covered the hearts)
Various Copic Markers - I buy mine locally at Dick Blick Art Materials
Cryogen White cardstock from Paper Temptress
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Challenges to enter:
Little Red Wagon - a rainbow of colors
Simon Says - Glitter It! (Used the glitter gel pen..no wink of stella! boo!)
Less is More - "3" of something & comment on three entries (I used three enamel dots & have three glittered up hearts)

So this is all I have to share with you today!  I wish you a bright and sunny day with lots of colors in your rainbow!! :)  *Don't forget to enter my blog candy - CLICK HERE!*

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Graffiti Style Stamping

Hello friends!
Welcome to the weekend!  Wish it was more like Spring, but it's gotten cold again! Boo!
I do look forward to spending some time this weekend with hubby.  I've missed him this week while he's been working and I know he'll have some long hours coming up shortly, so I'm trying to make the most of the time we do have together now.

Anyway, today continues with another one of my class cards.  We obviously have been focusing on one layer card designs as you've probably been able to tell from my postings lately. For this section, we are focusing on the "backgrounds in the foreground"...(take what you want out of that!)  Although this was really quite simple, I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out!
Although this looks like many different stamp sets, I've actually only used TWO sets to make this design!  I've used some very pretty shimmery heavy weight card stock to make this one since it's a one layer design and of course the photo doesn't do this justice because it has such a pretty shimmer to it.
Of course all this pretty much is, is several layers of stamping.  But I think it's the "way" you put all of the stamping together deliberately to make this turn into this really cool design!  I will most definitely do this again!

PRODUCTS USED:
colored inks are from Stampin' Up!
Black ink is by Brilliance - Graphite Black archival pigment ink
Cryogen White Cardstock by Paper Temptress
"Color Wash" stamp set by Pink Paislee  from Scrapbook.com- (I won this set from a blog hop!)
"Simply You" stamp set by Ali Edwards from Technique Tuesday
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I would also like to enter this one for the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks - No Pattern Paper
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Crafts 4 Eternity - anything goes
The Friday Mash Up (FM152) - they give choices of:
1. "nautical theme" (I have no nautical themed stamps! Yikes!)
2.  one layer card (check!)
3.  one layer card with nautical theme


So thanks for stopping in today!  I hope you like my "graffiti" design!  I will be back again soon with another one of my class projects!  Don't forget to enter for a chance to win my blog candy before time runs out at the end of March!  CLICK HERE to enter!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Friday, March 21, 2014

Catching Up On Class - Die Cut Inlaying

Hello friends!
Wow it's really warm out today..well, compared to what we've been having anyway!  I think our first day of Spring really started today instead of yesterday.  It won't last long as it's going to start getting cold again...darn it!  I know that it will be here soon, but it's hard to wait for it! :)

Anyway, I wanted to share another creation I made as I've been trying to work on my projects for the class that I'm taking.  Some are harder than others and some of it I just don't have the same materials so that I can get a similar look as to what's being shown for the class, but I sure am enjoying new things! :)

Here's a design I used for the "Faux Effects" theme:
OK, I WISH I had more of a variety of die cut words, but this is the ONLY one I own at the moment!  I hope to expand on this product soon!! LOL!
Of course the reason for this project fitting into the "faux theme" is because the front panel is meant to be a one layer card design.  I have taken three different die cuts and inlayed them into the kraft card base so that this makes for a flat surface.  And since my word die cut was small in size...those tiny little inserts between the "e"s were a bit of pain, but I got them back into place!

I splashed on some shimmer paint and a few drops of grey ink.  I then added some brads, an enamel dot and a sequins to jazz it up a bit.  I even made a matching envelope with this one!

PRODUCTS USED: 
(click on links to be taken to each product to purchase)
The paper and ink along with the stamped sentiment at the bottom, Shimmerz paint, envelope and brads are from Stampin Up!
The word bubble die cuts are from Simon Says Stamp
The "believe" word die cut is from Dies to Die For
enamel dot is from Ellen Hutson
sequins is from Lawn Fawn
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Here are a couple of challenges I'd like to enter this for:
Tuesday Throwdown - Tic Tac Toe (Bling, paper piecing, CAS)
Aud Sentiments - anything goes
Craftitude - anything goes or add a brad/eyelet

So this is all I have for you today as I couldn't get to my craft room until my chores were done today! Darn them chores!! LOL!  I will certainly be back shortly with another card for class as I need to get caught up with everything!  Thanks for popping by! :)

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It's a Masquerade!

Hello friends!
Hope you are all doing well!  I've got much to do today, so I will keep this short and simple!
Here are more creations I made for my class using some masking techniques:
I've actually created two different variations using the masking technique.  These are in line with the purpose of my class which is make it clean & simple along with keeping it a flat one layer design.  I have to say that after trying my hand at different ways to make a one layer card, I REALLY need to invest in some good masking paper!!  I don't have any, so I've made these designs making my own with some removable adhesive and sometimes the adhesive doesn't want to come completely off!  LOL!
Below are the details of each card....

For this one, I've used two different die cuts to make my own "stencil" design.  I embossed the fun peacock looking feather from The Alley Ways Stamps called Birds of a Feather. Then I used some non-alcohol markers to color in the feather.  I sponged some ink while the stencil was still on.  All of the ink resists the embossed images.  The sentiment also comes from The Alley Way Stamps.

Here are a few challenges I'd like to add this card to:
Just for Fun - anything goes
Addicted to Stamps & More - "Make Your Mark"
Crafting for All Seasons - No Designer Paper

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And here is my other masking style card I made for class:
When doing these cards, there's something else I realized as well...I don't have hardly ANY stencils!!  Stenciling seems to be the big trend right now and I just don't have but one or two! (This one is a cheap Walmart one!)  So masking paper and stencils are on my wish list!!  I have used some Stampin' Up! ink colors to sponge around my masked areas and for the sentiment I've used a fun Simon Says Stamp set called For the Record.
For the masking I've cut out my own frame by hand and made a mask for it and then I used my heart die cut to make a mask for my sentiment.  Although I wasn't a fan of the stencil, I think it looks pretty nice in this particular result anyway.

Here are a couple of challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
Less is More 163 - theme:  masking/stenciling
Love to Create - CAS and/or Classy & Elegant

OK, so off I go now to run some errands, get some more class instruction and see what my fellow blog friends have been up to!  Hope you enjoy the rest of your day!  Thanks for popping in! :)
Don't forget about my BLOG CANDY!!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*