Friday, April 20, 2018

Coffee Themed Inchies


It has been over a week since my last post. 

It's not that I haven't been creating....I have, but

not things that I can post on the blog just yet. Waiting

for my swap partner to receive her box before I can share. 

What I can post is this cute little set of coffee themed inchies that

I made for a recent swap. What are inchies? They are little pieces of

art that are a one inch square. For this swap we needed to make a set

of  nine using the theme, and to also display them nicely. 


Here is a closer view. 

Some of them were water colored, and some were edged with a gold marker. 

Added some glossy accents here and there. After they were finished I added

mini pop dots to the back, and stuck them to a clear window sheet. That

was then mounted on cream cardstock. I added the tab to the top with the

the coffee die cut. 


and speaking of water colors....just look at the cute tin I 

found at Marc's for 1.99! Set of 24 colors and they are wonderful to work with. 


Check out how colorful the pencils are. 

Of course I had to buy more than one set. These will be nice to tuck

away for birthday, and Christmas gifts to my artsy friends. 

I have no idea what happened to Spring, but it has turned up missing!!!!

My daughter called me today, and she was so sad that it has been to

cold, and snowy to work in the yard. With the snow, and my Christmas cactus in full bloom

I told hubby I was ready to put the tree back up. He said if the outside lights were still

up he would turn them on. Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas.....even though its Spring. 

Okay I know you are singing the carol now. 

Heading over to stamp with my pal Betty this afternoon. Need to get out of the house, 

and have some fun. 

I'm dreaming of a white Spring.....NOT
Karen

Monday, April 9, 2018

Mailable Monday #129, and ACK!!!!!


For today's mailable Monday I have a simple gate fold card. 

I used Tim Hotlz circle thinlits to make the layers on the front. 

The flower is colored with Prisma pencils, and the entire flower layer

was spritzed with Tattered Angels gold spray. 


and here is what the card looks like on the inside. I brought in the 

same patterned paper that was used on the front. 

Sorry I have been gone all last week. My stamping studio

has been overrun with ants. YUCK!!!

What a mess. Hubby put out ant baits and that did kill a lot of them.

We are hoping that the little buggers took the bait back to the queen and killed her

as well. I'm still seeing ants around. Hubby says they are the leftovers from the colony. 

After I pulled out all the bins I have on the floor of my room I discovered a 

ton of dead ant bodies. So I vacuumed them up. Heard that vinegar disrupts 

ants so I sprayed around the room with the vinegar, water mixture. 

Wish I could report that they are all gone, but I'm still seeing them. 

Moving on to the weather.....what the heck? We had snow yesterday morning. 

The temperature slid down into the 20's last night. Not looking good for the rest of the week.

I'm thinking at this point I'll never get my car out of the garage. With the chance of snow and

possible salt on the road, my new car has to stay in the garage and hide. 

So there you have it. Needless to say I have not been in the mood to create anything. 

Hoping that will change as I'm going over today, and craft with my friend Betty. 

I need some space away from these ants!!!!! 
 

Buggy trails
Karen 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter Cards from Friends and More


Happy Easter!

Just wanted to share a few cards I've received from friends, and

also share some old photo's of me as a child. 

This cute card was made by Kathleen. Just love it! So

fun and colorful. Makes me think Spring. Which we are 

not getting today! High is 39, and cold! Happy April Fool's Day

from Mother Nature. 


The next one was made by Kym. Love the stitched egg

on the coach. Reminds me of Cinderella's pumpkin coach. 


and this one was made by Lisa. So elegant. 

Thanks girls! 


Yes that is me with a large yellow stuffed bunny. Six or seven months old. 

In this Easter shot I was 4. Look at all those eggs on the end table. 

Remember when Paas had the egg rings so you could stand up the eggs?

Maybe they still do, but I have colored eggs in a long time! 

Me at 6 with a purple bunny. 


and a photo of my sister Charlotte I think she must have

stole my bunny. She was almost 13 when this was taken. 

I looked for one of Tony, but I couldn't find it. I'm still in the process

of organizing all the photos so I'm sure one will turn up. 

Hope everyone enjoys the day. We are going non traditional, and

I'm making chicken parm for the family. Sarah, Jason, John, and Emily

are looking forward to that! 

Bunny trails to all
Karen

Saturday, March 31, 2018

I'm Back


So sorry that I have not updated my blog since Monday. 

My neck and shoulder were still giving me grief, so

I haven't been crafting all week. I know! The horror!!!!!

Spent yesterday afternoon with Betty doing some much

needed stamping therapy. Was able to make three cards. 

Here is the first one. Stamp set by Debbi Moore Designs. 

Done on cream cardstock. The circles are thinlits from Tim Holtz. 

Patterned paper from SU. 


Here is the inside view. Stamps and numbers by SU. 

Sarah needed a card for her mom-in-law's sister who is turning

70. Just couldn't bring myself to put 70 on the card so I'm hoping

she will be happy with this one. 


This on is also by Debbi Moore Designs. The flowers were overstamped

on the profile image. I then stamped the flowers again on scrap cardstock, colored, 

cut and popped. 


And here is the last card. Coloring done with Prisma pencils.

Celebrate, and in style are two separate stamps. You can see that

I didn't quite line them up right, and the greeting is slanting down. Oops! 

Stamping trails
Karen

Monday, March 26, 2018

Mailable Monday # 228


Here is another card I made using a hampton arts clear coloring stamp.

The background was done on cream cardstock using two different stencils from 

Tim Holtz.

Since I'm trying very hard to give my neck and shoulder a rest (too much crafting

has caused some pain)

I didn't want to spend a lot of time coloring the full image of the stamp.


So I stamped it on chalkboard cardstock using white pigment ink. 

Before the inked dried I swiped my finger over it to give

it a smudged look like you would see on a chalkboard after erasing.

Had fun yesterday afternoon stamping with Betty. She is recovering well

from her knee replacement surgery. YAY! Keep up with the daily therapy you

are doing great! 

Suppose to get into the 50's today. Looking forward to a little warmth. 

Stamping trails
Karen

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Playing with Clear Coloring Stamps


I played around with some clear coloring stamps 

yesterday. The stamps I used were made by Hampton Arts. 

Simple to color using an aqua painter and dye based inks. The stamp was  inked

with Ranger Jet Black archival ink on watercolor paper. 

If you are going to get your paper wet you really need to use a good 

watercolor paper.

Wanted to give the card some texture so I layered the completed

panel on a piece of woven paper from DCWV.

That was popped over the base card. I chose the brick patterned
 
paper because it picked up on the bricks that are one the houses. 

Today I'll be heading over to Betty's to do some crafting. Suppose to 

be in the 50's today. I'll believe that when I feel it! At least

we have been having some nice sunny days, but not the warmth to

go with it. Brrr....sick of Winter!!!!!

Stamping trails
Karen

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Flower Jar Card


I got some new toys. 

Stamps are by Tim Holtz; set called Flower Jar. 

Of course I had to get the matching framelits too. 

Didn't use them for this card. This is all done with

stamps, ink, Prisma pencils, and simple masking. 

Here is what not to do.....


First I stamped the jar on the left. Covered it with 

a mask then stamped the center jar. Last I inked up 

the small jar and stamped it. Okay so far, but

then I wanted to mask the lid so I could stamp the

flowers, and they would look like they were in the jar. I should

have cut off the back part of the lid. I tried adding the stems with

marker, but it didn't look right.
 
 


You can see from this photo that after I trimmed the lid, and

stamped it looked right. 

The rest was done with coloring.

When I did the table I was remembering the art teacher I had in 4th grade. 

I did a still life fruit basket, and while the basket of fruit looked okay the

line I had made on the table was really crooked. She told me there was no

call for that. Just turn up the edge of the paper and draw the line. Well I didn't

do that on the card, but I did use a piece of scrape paper to add the table line. 

The things you remember, and take to heart that you learn in school. You just

never know when one of those memories will find it's way back in your mind.

Straight trails
Karen