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Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

Well, 2011 is coming in very quiet in my world.  I used this photo as it was one of the only that had a clock on it and it is pretty.  It made me think of my dear friend Linda Gilliam.  This the the clock she and I made together and I wonder if she is looking at it all for the countdown to 2011.  I was hoping we would be hanging with her and her fab hub Jim this evening but the flu bug has bitten so, as I said, we are bringing in the new year very quietly.

I love this clock.  It makes me smile to look at it as it reminds me of all the fun times with my friend Linda, how time flies, how time changes things, how I rarely have enough time to do all I want to do. 

So, may 2001 provide you with some very important things.  Some special time with God each and every day.  Wonderful time with your family near and far.  May you have time to accomplish what must be done and time to enjoy some down time!

I am not making any resolution this year.  I am hoping to do the best with the time I do have and enjoy the people that mean the most to me.  I am hoping that time will be on my side and be my friend.

I look forward to sharing many thoughts and many cards and projects with you this coming year.

On this note...Time to sign off and wish my family a Happy New Year as we are only moments away from the new year here in the CST zone!  (that is just for you my brother Cary!)

Happy Creating in 2011!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Thursday Dream Schemes - Love in the new year!

Our challenge for this week was Love in the New Year!  We have some GREAT Heart/Valentine stencils.  This is the card of my choice for this week.  This first card is designed to look like a gift but is a card.  I used the great crackle paste, heart background stencil and some mica powders...all brought to you by...Dreamweaver Stencils.  The Metalic FX powders were sprinkles on the wet/dampish paste.  As the paste dried it cracked!  I then added ribbon.  The finishing touch was the straight pin through the center of the bow.  It was originally bright pink but I added a little alcohol ink over the color and there ya go.  Once again, I placed a small dot of Weldbond glue over the sharp tip and added a hint of glitter!

This is a simple fun card for a special someone just to tell them you love them no matter what time of year it happens to be.  Could come in really handy for Valentine's Day which is the next big card giving holiday! 

Happy Creating

Friday, December 24, 2010

Background For the Heart

OK!  A fun technique for more fun! This is a very sophisticated technique called the "smack, smoosh & smear!"  I know...

So here is a step by step:
  1. Use a drawing paper weight.  (I used notebook paper on the heart sample as I was using the paper as a paint palette of sorts.)
  2. Squeeze out several colors of acrylic metallic paints.
  3. 3. Place plastic wrap over paint.
 4.  Smack, squish and smoosh the paint around.

    5.  Lift off plastic.
    6.  If there is excess, place another paper on top and press firmly.
    Let dry

I try to make several at once!  Have fun and GET MESSY!!!


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Thursday Dream Scheme...Dreamweaver Stencils

OK...so first I post on Tuesday then I am late today!  Fa la la la la......

So here is my card for this week!  Hope you enjoy. 

Have questions?  Post to my blog and I will answer!!!  woo hoo

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Thursday Dream Scheme with Dreamweaver Stencils

May I now say..bah humbug! LOL  It is not that bad but I am about done with the Christmas Stuff!!!  I want to see family and hang out.  Not all the commercial stuff that society and people put on us!  Any way...I am posting a very different Valentine card.  This is a VERY SIMPLE CARD!!  Some lovely girls from Macedonia Baptist Church gave me some beautiful flowers last year after a crop I had organized.  I took several photos and finally printed one out...I used one simple stencil and white glossy paste!  TA DA...

It is a fun  and easy card.  Next week I will be posting another valentine idea!

Merry Christmas to all!  And to all...a good night!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Off Topic..but great fun

We were blessed to visit friends this past weekend for a Sweet 16 birthday party.  Hailey was just lovely and everyone had a really great time.  I am just posting a couple of photos from the fun party!
Wonderful Cake!

Hailey with her mom and little sis.  We so missed having Teddy there.  We know he was watching from heaven and was glad all were having a GREAT time!
Hailey and my youngest, John!  Good as cousins!

We were blessed to visit friends this past weekend for a Sweet 16 birthday party.  Hailey was just lovely and everyone had a really great time.  I am just posting a couple of photos from the fun party!  This last picture was her dancing to YMCA with everyone dancing around! 

A great night for a wonderful young lady!  I was so impressed with Hailey and her friends.  All were very polite and sweet.  They didn't seem to mind having the old folks there either!!!

Happy Birthday Miss Hailey!  We Love You!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Dream Scheme Thrusday...Blue and Purple

Welcome to Dream Scheme Thursday! We were posed with a challenge this week of using blue embossing paste and purples. The only place I used the blue paste was on the words "Happy Birthday" I added a little teal glitter and some super light blue glitter but the BLUE PASTE foundation really made the words pop!
So here is the process!
  1. I work a little backwards...so I started with the light purlple paper. I love the texture on it. I used Treasures by Worldwin. I used my PanPastels by ColorFin for the stenciling of the individual peacock feathers.
  2. I added a light layer of color to the edge of the paper.
  3. Next I stencild more PanPastels on the peacock background then used the transluscent paste over the image and let it dry.
  4. Now I started on the tag. I stenciled with the PanPastels then edged the tag with chalk ink. I also colored the tag string with the ink.
  5. Once all the layers are ready to assemble I cut the peacock background and placed the tag on top.
  6. Next, cut the light lavender layer larger so you can angle your peacock tag layer.
  7. Cut your teal layer 1/2 inch larger than the light lavender and then place on the base card.
  8. I left the space at the bottom of the card and layed the birthday greeting over the three layers and paste with the blue paste.
  9. Add glitter and let dry. Add Prima flower for the finishing touch.

I hope that you all have enjoyed the Blue/Purple challenge. Check out the stencils used shown that were used. I love all of these sooooo much! Happy Creating!


Sneak Peak Wednesday!!!

sneak peak for Dream Scheme Thursday!!!

Blue and Purple is the theme this week!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thursday Dream Schemes...With Dreamweaver Stencils

So here is the full card! Below is the play by play for this card of a different color!

  • Card base is 5 X7
  • Decorative paper is cut 4 1/2 X 6 1/2
  • Vellum layer is cut to the same size as the paper layer and then a border punch was used on the bottom. This vellum is embossed with snowflakes!
  • The Stencil is done using the blue paste and then a very light dusting of winter white glitter on the trees only.
  • When the paste is dry I cut as close as possible and edge with Majestic Blue VersaFine ink.
  • The finishing touch is the pin through the vellum layer/ribbon/decorative paper. (I bend the pin a little so the paper will lay flat.)
  • Add a dot of glue to the end of the pin and glitter.

Hope you like this card of a different color! See you next Thursday for more from Dreamweaver and on other days for more fun designs!

Happy Creating...


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sneak Peak at Thursday Dream Scheme

This is a very small sneak peak at my card for tomorrow! Hope you will all com back to see the full card and check out all the other Dream Team blogs for the great creations this week!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

December 5, 2010

20 years ago today I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. I can hardly believe he is 20 and that he has a great girlfriend and is a good kid. Does he tick us off? Of course he does! But we love him regardless. Happy Birthday Paul...we love you!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Blast from the past

I was very lucky growing up. I had full sets of grandparents and great grandparents. I lost both of my grandfathers too early in life. This is a photo of my Grandma & Grandpa Long. I think of this set of grandparents a lot this time of year. My oldest son is named Paul for my grandpa and my youngest, John, shared a birthday with his grandma. I really miss my Grandparents and I am so thankful to have some really good photos of them. The values they gave us and the love they shared can never be replaced. We miss you both and thank you for the GREAT times we did share.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thursday Dream Schemes With Dreamweaver

Hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving Parade of Dreamweaver Designs! It was so fun. This week was a sketch challenge. Anyone who knows me KNOWS I can't just stick to the sketch given. I do have a focal image and I do have a ribbon down one side...but...LOL

I started with my FAV Christmas tree stencil. I then used the AWESOME blue paste on the image. I lifted the stencil off and then sprinkled on silver glitter and set it aside to dry. I then tied 3 little bows and used one of the cool decorative pins from Dreamweaver to hold them in place. I did glue the pin to the card front. I also don't like having the sharp pin exposed so added a dot of glue to the end and glittered the dot.

I did round the corners and edge the layers with Majestic Blue VersaFine ink by Tsukineko!

Hope you enjoyed this installment of Dream Schemes!

Happy Creating!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Bonus Idea

I have been trying to do more scrapbook stuff. Well, I made a two page layout to match the card. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thursday Dreamweaver Dream Schemes

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! I want to welcome you to my first post for Dreamweaver Dream Schemes! Every Thursday the entire Dream Team from Dreamweaver will be posting a special card, challenge or some other great card or project featuring Dreamweaver Stencils! You will want to visit all the blogs every Thursday for some fun and creative ideas for Dreamweaver Stencils.

Our first Challenge given by our fearless leader Lynell:
Thanksgiving Day Parade of Christmas Cards in non traditional colors. I gave you a sneak peek yesterday so here is the entire project! So...Ta Da...a very non traditional colors Christmas Card!!!

So I started with a mustard yellow base card and then layered a cool piece of paper by Basic Grey on top for my backdrop. This is where I pulled all the different colors from to make the card. I loved the peachy color and happy to have a cool snip it of peach ribbon stuff. I added it to the side of the card.
I then went to work building my pear. I started with glossy blue embossing paste on the sister paper of the one already on the card
While the pear was drying I used black glossy embossing paste on the flip side of the paper for my "Merry Christmas". (I ended up just pasting right on the card so now I have a spare!)
The next bit gets repetitive so will not show you each step but I had to go over the again with crackle paste this time and let it dry. I then added a little creamy brown chalk in by Clearsnap so the crackle paste was not so white.

I then put the pear stencil back in place and layered the partridge stencil where I wanted it on the pear. The entire image does not fit which is why I left the pear stencil over the image. This prevents my next step on using the black glossy paste on the partridge from getting any on the background paper! I layered everything together for the finished project. A VERY non traditional colors Christmas Card!

Hope you all enjoy the THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE OF CARDS...brought to you by the
Dreamweaver Dream Team!

Come back every Thursday for another installment of Thursday Dream Schemes!

Don't forget to visit each of the blogs I have to the right to see their GREAT creations as well!

Happy Thanksgiving from one who is thankful for so much!