Archive for August, 2009

variation on a theme — Asian Dreams

August 12, 2009

With a desire to continue to  work with the Dream Garden stamp set…..I have been inspired about the use of circles in cards. 

The stuff:

  • stash designer paper (yes I am trying to use up my large and stunning stash — perhaps by 2025– for several years I had a fear of the scrapbook industry would stop producing and I would be left with wrapping paper– now I have enough for a natural or national disaster — a scrapbook emergency staff).  (I also have 9 gallons of water from 2001 in my upstairs closet–need to rework that stash)
  • back to the paper:  dp from kodomo inc plum blossom, su basic black, whisper white
  • su dream garden and eastern blooms
  • su melon mango and versamark, then basic black, embossed
  • su melon mango marker
  • from personal stash: grosgrain ribbon, embroidery floss
  • layered flowers and stamin
  • fussy cutting, tag punch and circle nestabilities

The card:asian dreams

My favorite part – the inside: a place for a little note

asian dreams 2


mojo monday continues

August 11, 2009

When I saw the sketch at mojo monday’s blog,  it pushed my creativity and desire to stamp further.  I grabbed the stamps after finding the perfect piece of paper in my stash….I always pick up asian theme paper, just love the motifs, colors and balance,  so of course I ordered the new SU Dream Gardens and chose the hostess Asian Artistry with my July party.

The info:

  • card made from su basic black cardstock
  • layered with Kaiser craft’s Sakura Park red dp, an old piece of textured and stitched black paper, used su real red to mat image
  • on su whisper white I stamped on versamark, then su basic black, then embossed images
  • the japanese woman is from su dream garden, i colored the lettering in with a red marker
  • the bird image is from su asian artistry
  • the circle accents are from the new su circle circus — trim, punched, folded as needed
  • other accents:  1″ red ribbon and bw stripe ribbon, red flowers (the little ones are found at the craft store in the bridal area, brads and hatpins  from my large stash collection



too cute – a little bundle of joy

August 10, 2009

My stamping mojo is back.  I spent all of July learning adobe photo shop (along story for another day).  I missed the ink, rubber, glue, yet I could not get back in the swing.  Even a new shipment from SU and great new colors, that I love, could not kick me back in place.  So what did I need?  A good old fashion humid Chicago day, to allow me to bury myself in a cool basement craft room, put a new baby in the mix and the crafting began…….

first two cards:  Paper Bag’s Studio’s darling baby

Fell in love with this stamp on splitcoast over a year ago and bought it..

  • goal was to use old paper — in fact it was 8 1/2″ x 11″  and 12 x 12″ that I purchased years ago when I first started scrapping
  • distressed the paper by inking it and stamping a scroll over it – to imitate the paper that I am addicted to purchasing:}
  • layered patterns; added scalloped cut pieces (used nestabilities)
  • SU pastels on hat and checks of baby
  • SU marker on hat band, and baby dress,  and on the SU Punches Three
  • MS rayon ribbon
  • button brads
  • prima flowers and buttons
  • “too cute”  Clear Expressions – Oh Baby Settoo cutelittle bundle of joy

a gift for a new baby’s grandmother

August 10, 2009

hi everyone

Trying to get back on schedule after a full summer, new computer and lots of planning …. like a daughter applying to Georgetown for grad school in June, getting accepted in July and having to move her this month!  And that is just part of the picture.

My first post is a gift for a friend who is a grandmother for the first time!  I created a mini album in a box.  The album was an extra kit from a Melissa Francis class at the summer 2008 Craft and Hobby Show.  


It started with a craft box and album from Melissa Francis –

  •  but could be recreated by using a box from your stash and layering cardstock in an album
  • paint edges of box and albums with a mix of white and cream acrylic, let the craft paper show through a bit – paint a thin layer – dries quick!
  • tear  designer paper in rough shapes based on the layer you want to cover – distress edges and ink edges for vintage look
  • Melissa Francis rubons, stickers, chip hearts were used – don’t be afraid to distress edges of embellishments — and to cut apart stickers; add ribbons to chip board, layer pieces to add depth
  • Prima flower – fabric fancies collection and others…
  • Prima buttons in rose and green to match dp
  • painted the back side of album and inside of box with a sponge in cream and white and sponged pink to complete the look
  • Deckle edged spellbinder nestability for small picture mats



cover of album
cover of album

321front and top of box