Saturday, January 11, 2014

Artwork at CHA!!!

I am sooooo sorry I haven't posted in ages. Family illness has gotten in the way (including me currently having a bad cold/sinus problem). Also, blogger has not been cooperating with me when I try attaching photos to my postings! Not sure what's going on there....grrrh. Outside of all that, spring can't come soon enough and even our dog is getting restless! Today however, a little ray of sunshine entered my corner of the world when I noticed that the box that I created (and posted in my last blog post) and sent to Eileen Hull is with her at CHA!!! I've always been super interested in CHA. Imagine, all the great artists and designers in one place, showcasing great new products and samples. It's been something on my bucket-list for years now that I attend CHA and it probably won't happen, but to have one of my pieces THERE, is beyond exciting for me. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Eileen! I will always be grateful for you showing off my little creation. Happy New Year to everyone! Hope you are doing something crafty this weekend:)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Cover Girl!

Can't believe my artwork was recently chosen for the cover of the Autumn 2013 issue of 'The Stampers' Sampler'! What a thrill, I tell you. It was kind of funny how it all happened....I had submitted this card MONTHS ago and then one day got an e-mail from Stampington to vote for cover art. When I first saw the two selected, I said to myself....'Hmmm...this kind of LOOKS like something I did, but then again someone else could have made something very similar.' That's when I decided to dig thru my scans of photos I always take before I send anything out. There it was. MY artwork. I was so excited and for WEEKS patiently awaited the verdict. Needless to say when it finally was posted, I was just thrilled. Last time I had artwork on the cover of their magazine was years ago and I shared it with two other artists. This time it's all mine:) I LOVE the PRIMA - Julie Nutting's doll stamps and was so happy to hear she came out with a second set of stamps. Now...if she only starts to make some male dolls to go with them;) Have a great week everyone and thanks for stopping by. BIG HUGS, Debbie Here's the link if you'd like to take a peek... http://stampington.com/publications/whats-new-coming-soon/The-Stampers-Sampler-Autumn-2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Today Eileen Hull posted the little baby shower centerpiece I sent her on the Sizzix blog. I thought I’d go into greater detail as to how I created it in case anyone wanted to try making their own. It’s such a neat box, and could be used for so many things! You can read more about it here: http://blog.sizzix.com/scoreboards-roundup-september/
First I purchased a package of pre-cut mat board in colors from Hobby Lobby. They carry them in 12 x 12 sheets and that way I didn’t have to wait for paint to dry! (I love painting but time is such an issue for me these days.) For this particular one, I chose to use a seafoam green sheet, cutting out the two necessary pieces to assemble my box. (Note: The Sizzix box die is soooooo easy to cut and assemble and holds together nicely with redline tape.) From there I painted four small wooden balls with white acrylic paint, allowing them to dry. Next I applied crystal lacquer and set them aside to dry again. After that, I glued them to the bottom of each corner with a wonderful nontoxic glue called 'Liquid Fusion' (purchased, at JoAnn Fabrics.) To decorate the corners of the box, I used a corner die from ‘My Favorite Things’. It was only necessary to cut four corner pieces from the glitter paper as I trimmed each piec in half – width wise. Each glittered corner was adhered with the liquid fusion to each side of the box. For the bottom portion of the box, I cut a strip of crepe paper (I was too lazy to measure it, so just wrapped it around the box, allowing a bit of excess to be cut off later on.) I wanted the edge to be dainty looking so I trimmed it in half, then, folded it width wise and sewed along the edge. From there I adhered the trim to the bottom portion of the box with redline tape. Thin glittered ribbon purchased from Michaels (dollar bin) was attached with redline tape. I made the rosettes from Tim Holtz's die using BoBunny pink dotted paper and added the sweet stamped angel to the centers. The angel was colored with Copic markers before I attached small punched scalloped circles behind her. In case you are wondering, the little angel is from Stamp Camp and is called, 'Heavenly Scribe'. I think she's just adorable and can be used for several different occasions I mounted one of the rosettes to the back of a paper straw (Hobby Lobby carries a ton of colors!) then attached it to a base made of the same. A sweet bow was created with ribbon from Michaels and some mini roses and stamens, also from Michaels, adhered with the glue. Several glue dots securely held the rosettes to the sides and top of the box. (For this particular piece, four rosettes were attached to each side so it could be enjoyed from every angle at a table setting.) This little creation would be perfect for a small gift or a gift card. This project was so much fun to make. I think I’ll be making several more as we have lots of baby showers happening in the family soon. Thank you again, Eileen for sending me this great die. I’ve got my eye on a few others you just came out with, especially your little cradle. Have a good rest of the week everyone and thank you so much for stopping by! DebbieK

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Sweet box....

Back in February of this year I won a Sizzix Bigz box die from Eileen Hull! (Can't believe how LUCKY I was!!!) My free time is very limited these days due to family obligations but finally I got some time to let my creative muse loose (and boy was she HAPPY...lol)! My first instinct was to make a cute baby shower center piece with it. That meant a trip to Hobby Lobby where they sell pre-cut packages of matt board in colors. The box is soooooo easy to assemble and holds together nicely with redline tape. I started the project by painting four small wooden balls with white acrylic paint. Then I coated them with crystal lacquer and allowed them to dry. I glued them to the bottom of the box with a GREAT nontoxic glue called 'Liquid Fusion' (purchased, I believe at JoAnn Fabrics). To decorate the corners of the box, I used a corner die from My Favorite Things and cut them out from glitter paper, trimming each in half, width wise. I also used some crepe paper that I sewed and adhered to the bottom edge of the box with redline tape and adhered a thin glittered ribbon over the top edge of the crepe paper. I made the rosettes from Tim Holtz's die and added the sweet stamped angel to the centers. The angel was colored with Copic markers before I attached small punched scalloped circles behind her. In case you are wondering, the little angel is from Stamp Camp and is called, 'Heavenly Scribe'. I think she's just adorable and can be used for several different occasions! I mounted one of the rosettes to a paper straw (Hobby Lobby carries a ton of colors!) and attached it to a base made of the same. A bow I created with ribbon from Michaels and some mini roses were added to the base. Each rosette was attached to the box with glue dots. (For this piece, four rosettes were attached to each side so it could be enjoyed from every angle at a table setting.) This little creation would be perfect for a small gift or a gift card. I appologize for my TERRIBLE photography skills (I probably deserve a booby prize for my AWFUL picture taking). Just thought it was too cute not to share for those of you who are nice enough to stop by and see my doings;) Have a good weekend everyone!

Friday, August 9, 2013

What a day....

What a day I had today. We've been having problems with our refrigerator and after having the repair man tell us that a special part needs to be ordered (a week wait, by the way...) and replaced, we transferred all our perishable items into our refrigerator in the garage. (Thank goodness for a back up refrigerator!) This afternoon I decided I was going to make tacos for dinner and proceeded to carry in some items from the garage. One of the items I grabbed out there was our salsa. I carried several items inside and proceeded to place them onto our dryer in our laundry room which connects to our kitchen. After I got inside, I proceeded to move the items from the laundry room to the kitchen counter to start cooking. The last item was the salsa. Unfortunately, my hubby had NOT CLOSED the cover properly and the glass jar slipped out of my hand and onto the floor. I tell you, it looked like someone got MURDERED! There was salsa alllll over my slacks, shoes, socks, the floor, walls, washer and dryer AND the folding ladder that we keep behind the door. As I proceeded to wipe it all up, I noticed that it had even splattered UNDER the folding ladder. Needless to say it was not a happy day:( Things got a bit better however when I checked my e-mails in the afternoon and found one from Stampington and Company. I enjoy getting their newsletter and seeing what's new and on the horizon. I glanced at the upcoming issue of 'The Stampers Sampler' and did a double take. I knew I sent in a holiday inspiration card for their challenge awhile ago, but vaguely remembered what I did. So to refresh my AGING brain, I looked thru some photos I keep on file and low and behold, YES, IT's MY CARD that is on cover A!!!!! It's a Prima doll stamp image by Julie Nutting. I love, love, love her new doll collection. Please vote for me (COVER A) if you will, I would be ever sooo grateful. (Here's the newsletter site for you to cast your vote. All entries must be in by Aug. 14th.) Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend everyone! http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=0ff07a26abed7ed58fe7075fd&id=1e152a0b68&e=d33331d82f BIG Hugs, Debbie

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Recently I entered a give away on Shelly Hickox's blog - 'StampTramp' and won a couple of Sizzix dies!  I was so excited as I love, love, love Karen Burniston's Pop n' Cuts.  (I'm a big kid at heart and Karen's pop-ups are stealing, I mean STEALING my heart!  Most people think 'travel' when they think of suitcases, but my mind was wandering and I was thinking - maybe create a child's birthday card with clowns and have balloons appearing to be floating out of  the suitcase!  After receiving the dies, my first stop was at Hobby Lobby where I found this cute balloon patterned paper to work with.  Then I pulled out my chosen stamp set  from the 'Big Top' collection -(head portions only) from Oxford Impressions (http://www.austingallerycom). After coloring the images with copic markers, I fussy cut them out.  The Sizzix Thinlits #658954 helped create two loop trims that I attached to the edge of a sticker strip (Hobby Lobby - The Paper Studo - Birthday Boy #358838).  From there I die cut a label from Sizzix Framelits #657913 to use for the message.  I had some rub-on's in my stash that I used for the 'happy birthday' sentiment.  Then I dug thru my stickers and found some little gold stars to make it look more festive.  The suitcase die is a breeze to work with, and I added tiny brads to the corners to make it look old (don't clowns usually carry around old looking suitcases??....lol!.  (I even found some paper at Hobby Lobby that had a leather look to it so that made my project go together even quicker!)  I stamped the balloons, cut them out and tied some scrappers floss

to the ends.  The strings were tucked  between the pop up itself and the suitcase.  Such fun!!  Sorry my photography skills aren't the best, but hopefully you will enjoy seeing yet another option for these dies.  Thank you Shelly, Karen and Sizzix.  You make paper crafting a REAL treat.  Have a good week everyone and thanks for stopping by:)!

Monday, June 17, 2013

New stamp collection!

I recently received the new 'Jane's Garden' stamp collection by Oxford Impressions and couldn't wait to sit down and play with this set.  The set contains a variety of images centered around a spring and garden theme.  Just looking at this plate makes one want to wander outside and enjoy the quiet and peacefulness of nature!  It's a reminder that we shouldn't take this gift for granted.

When I went to show my hubby what I made and ask which was his favorite, he immediately pointed to the one with the daisies:)  I cut out the flowers from some scrapbooking papers and thought they'd look nice with the cute teacup.  I used a portion of a square lace doily that I purchased years ago at a stamp convention.  A few gems glued around the sentiment towards the bottom added a bit of color. 

My favorite card I made however, has to be the one with the little garden gate.  I recently purchased a few of the new die-delites from Spellbinders.  When I first saw this particular die, I knew I wanted it to use with the 'Jane's Garden' set.  The only thing you have to remember is to use a piece of wax paper between the die and your paper or it will get stuck in the die after you cut it out (believe me, I forgot the first time...dahhh!) Lol.

Maybe you'd like to play with this great set (or perhaps another similar one), so go check out Suzanne's new website -
http://www.austingallery.com

Have a great week everyone and thanks for stopping by!