Friday, September 30, 2011

City Crafter 76


City Crafter has us lifting something from this card ...

Cute, huh...

Well of course the simple thing is to use the bird cage.  Yeh, I didn't complicate this up too much, lol.  Though you could never tell from looking at this, I had a major mojo breakdown right in the middle of it, and could not finish it.  Struggle struggle stuggle, after I just told Tracy I hardly ever have that happen to me any more, lol.

Why was this soooooooooo hard ??   Here is a little trick I learned though - I used white thread on it, but daubed some distress ink over it, now it is the right color purple !  The Coredinations paper has a purple core.

Cardstock - Coredinations
Design Paper - My Mind's Eye
Trick or Treat sticker - Reminisce
Bird cage - Jolee
Brad - stash


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Papercraft Star 64


The theme this week at Papercraft Star is Lace !

When I chose this picture I had visions of something beautiful and vintage, a little aged and very loved.

Sooooooo, how is it that I ended up with something Halloween ??  Is it because my birthday passed a couple of weeks ago, and now I am realizing I really don't have enough time left alive to use up all that Halloween stuff ?????


You can barely see the little raggedy tulle flower in the lace.  Just a bunch of circles punched out, and they scared themselves into a weird little spider web flower.  Spencer cranked out the cardstock through the Cuttlebug for me.  The lace is true vintage, still on an old piece of cardboard, found at a thrift shop.  The gray grunge paper from theHouseAcrosstheBay etsy shop is perfect for Halloween !

Poisoned paper - theHouseAcrosstheBay (047, Gray grunge)
Cardstock - DCWV, Recollections
Design Paper - (beware) My Mind's Eye
Poison tape - Tim Holtz
Stamp - studio g  ($1.44!!)
Lace - vintage stash
Net flower - handmade
Ink - Ranger distress

The Papercraft Star challenge runs until Monday, 6 am Eastern US time !!  Hope to see you there.



Friday, September 23, 2011

Fall Colors


This is that wonderful time of year - not much rain, not much heat, just that bitty morning chill, and the promise of pumpkin pie, apple cider and maybe even some turkey and some shopping !!

The leaves are just barely changing, but football is in the air, and I do mean that literally.  Living less than a mile (crow flies) from the loudest football stadium in the country means no Saturday napping for me !!  But, I am looking forward to a farm visit to pick up our fall decor items, and some grillin' vegetables.

This fall card is heading off to some challenges at :
4 Crafty Chicks  - fall
Cardstock - Bazzill
Design Paper - Bo Bunny
Clock - Bo Bunny
Flowers - Prima, Recollections
Gold leaf - Recollections
Poem (stanza) by Laura Rhinehart


Wednesday, September 21, 2011


City Crafter's Challenge this week is MUSIC !

One reason I became inclined to join in the fun of paper crafting was because I had seen some cards with music on them.  I thought that musical paper was just so romantic and beautiful, soft, and vintage.  As if no one writes music any more, how goofy is that !

When I was younger I took some music theory classes, and have loved all sorts of music all my life.  Def Leppard to Yo Yo Ma, Motown, Warren Zevon, Chris Brown, love em all.  

Spencer is quite a music lover himself.  He has been able to identify musical instruments he hears from at least 2 years old, clarinet, tuba, trombone.  Unfortunately, while he sings with great enthusiasm, it is not done particularly well.  Sort of like most of us !

Well, enuff said - here is my card ....

Cardstock - Bazzill
Design Paper - Creative Imaginations, K & Co, Bo Bunny, memoriesinthemaking
Alpha stickers - Making Memories
Brads - Karen Foster
Jewelry cording
Beads - recycled from old watch
Treble clef clip - Staples


Papercraft Star 63


Papercraft Star opens today with this sketch challenge !

And my idea of this sketch is ......

This sketch is very simple, and yet very versatile.  If you have never tried a sketch challenge before, now is the time to try one !  You needn't make it exactly, just use the same general layout and you are good to go ! 

Papercraft Star always posts challenges enough in advance for you to make every single deadline !  Stop in, participate, maybe you will win something great from THATB !!

Cat image - theHouseAcrosstheBay Etsy shop
Cardstock - Recollections
Design paper - Recollections, DCWV, Fancypants
Ink - Ranger Distress
Bat sticker - Recollections
Abracadabra sticker - Reminisce


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Papercraft Star 62


Who doesn't LOVE an "anything goes" challenge !  That is what is going on this week at Papercraft Star !!

The creepy bugs are from Rilly, our sponsor over at theHouseAcrosstheBay !  She has some really fun, scary, spooky Halloween stuff this year, I had a hard time choosing one this week, so I guess I will have to make some more !

You cannot make a mistake on an "anything goes" challenge - not possible.  If you haven't had the nerve yet to enter a challenge, or our challenge, this is the perfect time !  We have all been beginners at some point, and you have done new things too - that is why we welcome everyone at Papercraft Star !!  We absolutely love to see YOUR ideas, and I really mean that.

Play along - I promise it will be fun !!

Purple bug paper - theHouseAcrosstheBay Etsy Shop
Cardstock - American Crafts
Design Paper - My Mind's Eye, Little Yellow Bicycle
Skull, bones, hat - K & Co
Boo - Making Memories
Ink - Ranger Distress


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Card Patterns 131


Here is the sketch for Card Patterns this week !

I "mirrored" mine so that my little mummy wouldn't look as if he was walking off the card !  The most fun thing about Halloween is that it is kinda silly, and yet we pretend it is kinda spooky too.  Even 3 year old Spencer knows it is all pretend scary !  I also did a Halloween card because, well, let's face it, I buy everything I see, and I will never, in this life-time, use up all my Halloween "stuff."

The mummy is embossed, and filled with white Gelly Roll Pen. (Isn't that such a darling stamp !!)   The flowers are cheapo put-together things, covered in distress ink.

Cardstock - American Crafts, Recollections
Design Paper - My Mind's Eye, DCWV
Scalloped brads - Recollections
Punch - Martha Stewart
Flowers - Michael's $1 bin (inked)
Ink - Ranger distress, Gelly Roll
Bling - Michael's $1 bin
Stamp - studio g


Papercraft Star 61


Today Papercraft Star 61 opens - with a color challenge !

For those of us who are Americans, we cannot get past this time of year without thinking of our flag.  It is the 10th anniversary of a most terrible day for us all, coming up on 9/11.

When I was a small girl growing up in Vancouver British Columbia, there were still many many disabled veterans alive from WW 1.  In November they would be in the streets selling paper poppies for a couple of cents, and everyone wore one, to remind us of our servicemen and women who died protecting us. 

This time we had no war, our losses weren't sad, vague ones, we saw innocents dying, or about to die for absolutely nothing. 

When I made this card I had had it in my mind for a very long time - the poppies will always mean remembrance to me.  In France during WW 1, a terrible loss of life in Flanders Fields, where poppies grew up around the graves.

Cardstock & blue dotted paper - Close to My Heart
Poppy paper - K & Co
Brad - Eyelet Outlet
Stamp - unknown
Ink - Ranger Distress, Versamark
Pen - Identipen