Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Cards for Card Group - New StampinUp!



Happy Wednesday All,

I have card group tomorrow and I am bringing the samples for the ladies to make tomorrow.
These are the two cards we are making.

I am kind of a clean & simple kinda girl. So my cards are not usually overly embellished. Not that I don't like it, it's just not how my brain works.

It's Sale-A-Bration Time & the new Occasions Catalog is out with StampinUP! Super Cute stuff. I am using two of the new stamp sets tomorrow. I think the ladies will be excited.

First up, is a card using a Bokeh technique that I learned from Christi Beck in 2015. HERE is a link to her blog post about how to do it. I used Hearts instead of circles, because - VALENTINE'S DAY! And I used the new stamp set Sealed With Love. If you want to see what else you can do with this set, go to Pinterest. WOW!



Next up is this cute card using Beautiful You. I colored the image with Prismacolor Watercolor pencils, and used my aqua painter to blend it. I cut the image and sentiment out with Nestibilities Lebals #3. I had some light yellow shimmer paper from Hobby Lobby and the perfect green twine. I love it when it all works out. The DP is from Stampin Up!


Anyway - Thanks for stopping by.  Do you think the ladies will have fun making these?

Have a great rest of your day! 

Hugs & Blessings,

Em

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Another Thank You - Cards...

Happy Sunday All.
It's fitting that on a day where we gather to praise and Thank the Lord, we would have Thank you Cards on the blog.

These were made using Another Thank You (Retired). Here's the set:

I just used one of the stamps (as you can see). Luckily for me, I have a bin of designer paper (scraps) and so I thought this would be such a great use for some paper I already have.










Here are a couple close-ups. I know the first is SU! Paper, I believe Botanicals. The rest, I have no idea. Anyway... 

Card Recipe:


Images ~  Another Thank You, StampinUp! 
Paper ~ PTI White & Black. DP from scraps.
Embellishments ~ Organza Black Ribbon
Ink ~ Black Archival Ink


Directions ~ I stamped the card front, added DP and ribbon, then placed that onto Black Paper. Easy Peasy.

Thank you all so much for stopping by!
Blessings,
Em

Friday, November 11, 2016

What I Love - THANK YOU Cards!

Hi there,

Happy Friday. Happy Veteran's Day to all who have served!

Today I'm continuing my Thank You Card posts. This is one of my favorite sets. It's called "What I Love" and it's from this past Sale-A-Bration season.  This is a picture of the set:


Here are the cards I made. You can see they are all slightly different, and the 2nd from the right is plain (aka no sparkle). I like it that way. AND there are two different Thank You's I used. More about that in the recipe.





Card Recipe:

Images ~  What I Love (Sale-A-Bration 2016)  StampinUp! The small THANKS sentiment came from a Paper Pumpkin Set. The Larger Thank You is from Watercolor Thank you (Retired)
Paper ~ PTI White & Kraft, SU! Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Real Red, Dapper Denim
Embellishments ~ PTI Rustic Jute Button Twine
Ink ~ Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Real Red, Dapper Denim and Black Archival.  Plus some Spectrum Noir and Wink of Stella Sparkle pens.

Directions ~ I stamped the card front, then placed it on a mat, then placed that onto Kraft paper. Easy Peasy.

I pray you like these cards!

Blessings,
Em

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Bip Bip Birthday Cards...

Happy Thursday!

Recently my middle grandson had a birthday and I just knew he'd LOVE this image, so I went to one of my favorite digital stamp companies and bought him.

Meet Bip Bip, from Mo's Digital Pencil.

Cute, Right?


I love the papers too. The Paper Studio sold a 12x12 paper pack years ago, called A Boy's Universe.  I love this pack.

Card Recipe:

Images ~  Bip Bip Birthday, Mo's Digital Pencil.
Paper ~ PTI White, Kraft and Black. AND DP from The Paper Studio.
Embellishments ~ PTI Rustic Jute Button Twine
Ink ~ Copic Markers, White Gel Pen, Sakura Pen (Sparkle)

Directions ~ I printed the digi stamp onto white card stock. Then, I colored him, decorated, and fanned out paper behind him that coordinated with the robot paper. Placed that on either Kraft or Black paper (as you can see).

I hope you enjoyed this little card. I sent one to my grandson. The other is in my birthday card stash. I always try to make more than one of each card. It's just a good habit (thank you Cheryl K).

Hugs & Blessings,

Em

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Timeless Textures Thank You Cards...

Hi all,

I know - I never post. I know - my blog is neglected... But I'm here, now... And before I get started, I wanted to say - I stink as a salesperson. While I am homeschooling my child, it's just not the right time for me to be a Stampin Up Demonstrator. And so - I've gone back to just PLAYING with and CREATING cards... and people -I'm happy.

So,  I thought I'd share a few Thank You Cards.

What I did this time was cut the card front and stamp/decorate it. I actually was making 12, but I messed one up, so there were only 11. LOL

These are the card fronts:


I will post three blog posts about these... Because three cards in one posts is a lot.

Here are the cards I will be speaking about tonight. I needed some thank you cards. And so, I searched Pinterest, and came across this card


at Stylin Stampin' InkSpiration Blog - HERE!  She used pastels and I decided to go with Neutrals.

Card Recipe:

Images ~  Timeless Textures StampinUp! The THANK YOU sentiment came from a Paper Pumpkin Set.
Paper ~ PTI White & Kraft, SU! Night of Navy
Embellishments ~ PTI Rustic Jute Button Twine
Ink ~ Night of Navy, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand
Directions ~ I stamped the card front, and added the twine, then placed it on a Night of Navy mat, then placed that onto Kraft paper.

I hope you liked this card. I placed the picture with three cards here because on a few I used a light gray. I really had fun with it. No two are just alike.

Blessings all,

Em

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Marian Peg Swap - My Peg Dolls

Happy Wednesday All!

A few months ago, I found a FaceBook page called Catholic Peg Swaps. If you don't know what a Peg Doll is, you really should Google it, or check out Etsy or Pinterest. So much information on how to paint them out there (yes, I will post a couple links).  Here are a few that are sitting on the shelf in our classroom/office/craft room:

Pegs from a swap in 2014. So much fun!
I first came across wooden peg Saints when I was looking for unique First holy Communion gifts for my son. I found them on Etsy at Saint Anne's Studio. They were $26 back then, and now they are $48. For most of us, it's way less expensive to paint them ourselves and because of that - swaps were born.

How do people use them? For me, they sit on my shelf at home. But if I had littles, I'd imagine they would play with them.  One of the ladies in the Catholic Peg Swap group posted this picture. She puts the Saint of the Day in this, and I love this idea - What a great way to learn about and celebrate our beautiful Saints.



Lacy @ Catholic Icing, has created printable skins for creating Saint Peg Dolls - HERE. She has also written a great post titled Playing with Saint Peg Dolls - What to Do, How to Store, and More.
Monica @ Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families has several blog posts about Painting and Playing With Saint Peg Dolls - HERE

Anyway - I am especially devoted to Our Blessed Mother. As many of you know, I did not have a mother in the home for most of my life, and I adore Her because She is My Mother. Thank you Lord! Well, I found a Marian Peg Swap. In this swap, I painted two pegs. Our Lady of Loreto and Our Lady of Rosa Mystica (click on the names to find links about them). Here are my pegs:

Our Lady of Loreto:

Progression
In the above picture, I painted all the pegs a buttermilk yellow color, and the heads a chocolate brown. Then, I created a template from acetate, and cut it out with a cutter blade. I traced this onto each doll. I then drew a line around her and painted on her veil, and the gold accents are a paint pen. This got tricky a couple times and the paint went everywhere, but luckily mostly came off with water and was re-touchable.

My sweet husband painted the crowns gold with spray paint. AND we had to spray seal this doll, then modpodge her because when we used Minwax Poly Sealant, the gold ran EVERYWHERE! I was so thankful we only tried it with a baby Jesus and it that we had extra pegs. Sigh. What a mess.

The below picture is how she turned out (except that I ran out of time and the dolls for the swap have a solid blue veil).



Our Lady Rosa Mystica:

The below collage is the progression of Our Lady Rosa Mystica.  First I painted one doll, and then I used her to paint the others from. You can see the small colorful tools in the lower left picture, those have different size balls on the ends and they are great for detailing these pegs. Essential for the Roses and The Rosary!

Since I mentioned it, I bought mine on eBay, but you can buy a nail painting kit many places. Here is the kit I have: Nail Painting Kit


This is Our lady in her final form:


I had so much fun painting them! I mean, sure I was sick and ended up doing them all in less than a week. But in the end, they are done and I can not wait to receive all 40 (plus baby Jesus) back so that I can add to my Peg Shelf!

I hope you have enjoyed this post.
Please search on YouTube and Google for peg painting and join us at the Catholic Peg Doll Swap page!

Hugs & Blessings,
Emily
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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Mother's Day Treats...


Hello ladies!
Homeschooling has blessed me with many friends. One of which has her own bakery. Since November, I've been taking decorating classes. Well, I missed the first one, and took my first one before Christmas.

If you live in the DFW-Area, please "like" the Tiny Kitchen Cakery on FaceBook. She is taking the summer off for classes, etc. but has promised to start up in the Fall. Also, her husband is a wounded Vet. Please keep them in your prayers. The Gary Sinise Foundation is righting a wrong for them and they are getting a new home, back out in McKinney (bummer for Ft. Worth).  Lovely people. Sigh.

On behalf of Mother's Day, though mine has passed, I took a couple decorating classes - FOR ME! Yep! Last week, I took two classes. One was my third cookie decorating class, where we did these sweet Mother's Day cookies.  Never mind the imperfections, it's two hours with women, decorating cookies. And whilst my husband travels, I need time with people other than my child.  The cool thing was that when I got home, our neighbors were out with their new baby girl and I got to share cookies with others.... oh, and my son as well.


Two days later, I went back to her home for a cupcake decorating class. I was literally hyperventilating at the thought of doing these flowers. And it was so much fun. Ok - not as easy as cookies, for real.... but - fun, none-the-less.

The white ones are mums (don't judge, it was my first try). The light pink are peonies. The darker pink are roses.


Fashioning them into a bouquet was a hoot and a half. Oh my goodness.  First the cake part was soft. Second, the toothpicks were hard to get into the foam. Third, we had to poke holes in the bottom of the wrappers... and the wrappers came loose (note the peony on the left). Sigh.  Mental note, if I had to do it again, I'd have used a paper piercer. Great tool for poking. 


Lastly, we added "greenery" onto the bouquet. Um, as you can see from the errant wrapper peony, it also served to disguise mistakes. YAY!


Listen, you really should take a few classes. If not from Megan @ Tiny Kitchen Cakery, from someone near you. With the right teacher, it can be so fulfilling/rewarding.

That evening, I took these to my friend Kelly's house. Her family loved them... flaws and all.

I want to take this time to wish all of my friends who are mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers, etc... Happy Mother's Day!  I look to Mary for guidance as I know many of you do. May we all strive to be more like her in our mothering and daily lives.

Blessings,
Em