Saturday, July 22, 2017

Sand Dollar Card 2017

Hand delivery only 
I'm a bubble thinker, meaning I solve problems by putting together different ideas. Most people in the creative process are like this. I had a box full of sand dollars I collected years ago on a crafting retreat at the beach. I walked along the beach for hours picking up sand dollars. I thought I would make a wreath at some point. Well fast forward to today and I turned them into a card for my card making group the "Cornflakes" after seeing this definition of thalassophile on Pinterest. All the bubbles came together and made a card that is truly in my style - clean and simple. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Monoprinting Sample Card 2017

Getting ready for my Faux mono-printing workshop at FabMo on July 16, 2017.
YouTube is a wonderful thing! I've been working with twinkling H2O water colors for years and never knew there were other ways to work with them. I mainly make backgrounds, but I gave this mono-printing technique a try and surprisingly it turned out pretty well. The demo person said she could get 30 prints out of one round of painting on the stamp but I was only able to get 10, which still isn't bad.  

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Faux Mono Printing Workshop July 26, 2017

FabMo Faux Mono Printing Card Workshop
Finally getting around to posting my next workshop at FabMo. Made the samples and poster but forgot to take a picture. Took a few weeks to get back down to FabMo to take a photo of the poster. 
Everyone is welcome to attend the workshop, just let me know your coming. We will be using Twinkling H2O watercolors the way they were intended to be use.  You just paint your stamp once and you can get several image by just misting with a little more water. If there's time we'll also make some backgrounds, my personal favorite with these watercolors. All supplies are provide and a $10.00 donation to FabMo is requested. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Compass Card

To help with the creative process when I'm in a slump, I make backgrounds. I'm not sure what it is about just slapping color down on paper but it works for me. The back ground will sit around for months until my creative light bulb goes on. I had made some of the cards last month when I came across these mini compasses in a junk pile. The compass is really too thick to mail but it's just fit the theme of the card so I just went with it. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

HB card 2017

What happens when you take photo after midnight, just a little off.
It's great when you have other crafty friends who have all the lastest good stuff! I borrowed the HB die (Poppy Stamps) to make this card for a buddy's birthday. I'm on a inlay kick right now and using my water colors. This die really has too many tiny pieces for the inlay technique but it was made for a special friend. I won't be making to many of these in future but I think it turned out well!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

My Happy Place

Carmel City Beach
Sometimes just knowing where your happy place is makes all the difference. As all crafters do, I took down a ton of projects to work on. Really didn't get to any of them but it doesn't stop me from packing as if I will. :) 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Share Handmade Kindness

I've joined the movement Jennifer Mcguire's "share handmade kindness" project. Making cards to pass out randomly to people to spread more happiness and positive thoughts. For the last few weeks I've made master watercolor sheets to use on my cards, making each card unique. 
This one (can't tell from the photo) uses the inlay technique and mini brads that I've had for years. Finally breaking into my old scrapbooking stash of embellishments. Amazing how much stuff I still have from years ago!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Those who inspire others - Susan Eckert - Adventure Women Travels

Susan Eckert - Adventure Women
There are a few people who have had a great impact on my life. Susan Eckert was one of those people. She helped me (and thousands of other women) to go outside my comfort zone and travel to see the world. She was one of the first adventure travel companies just for women. At the time of my first trip with Adventure Women, I was married to someone who didn't like international travel. I either had to live with the regret of never getting to see the world or do it on my own. Since that very first trip many years ago, I've now flown half way around the world by myself, been in a tropical storm that stranded us on a remote island, capsized in a boat in Nepal, come face to face with a wild orangutan, been only a few feet way from a wild lioness eating a fresh kill, had a baby seal born on my foot while hiking the Galapagos Island and taken a picture with a llama while hiking Machu Picchu. There are many more special memories that Susan made possible for me and many other women. It was sad to get the news Susan past away this week. Her legacy to encourage women to travel alone will continue but she will still be sorely missed. 
In Honor of Susan Eckert
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Inlay Card Technique

A little closer look at one of the cards I made with all the watercolor backgrounds I made this past weekend. You can't really tell that the many thanks is inlayed into the card but it is a cool effect and make the card very flat - great for mailing. 
Thinking I may turn this into a class. It's so fun just to spend time splashing color onto paper with no really goal in mind. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Water Color Backgrounds 2017


I had this weekend off so after getting all the weeding done in my garden and around the property, I spent time making watercolor backgrounds. I tried Color Burst Crystals (like Brusho) but I still like Twinkling H2O as my go to watercolors. It took me awhile to figure out how to get a consistent but random background look without everything turning into a muddy mess.  
I finally figure out if I painted the watercolor onto my block, mist lightly (key here) and let the block sit on the watercolor paper for awhile (another key step), I avoided the running muddy mess.  Now with a stack of backgrounds made I decided to try the inlay technique for the cards I'm making for the "share handmade kindness" project. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Water Color Backgrounds

When ever I lose my creative mojo, I turn to my twinkling H2O watercolors. Splashing color on to paper with no goal in mind is helpful. On some of my favorite card making blogs, they all talk about how "easy" it is to  make interesting backgrounds - NOT true at all. My best guess they had to make a ton before getting the one that's shown on camera. Of course they may be more loose about what's good and what's not. :)  Still I love the blogs and videos which inspire me to keep trying. I plan to turn these backgrounds into "share the kindness" cards to hand out.  I also hope to do a workshop, so others like me spend the day splatter paint and see what we get. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Time in the garden 2017

Since I have the whole weekend off from work (happy dance) Annie and I spent all morning working out in the garden and outlining property. Having to deal with deer and gophers, I'm very limited into what type of landscaping plants I can use. I find it relaxing to pull weeds even if I'm having to climb up and down the hill. Annie of course only cares about chasing her ball. :) 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Washi Paper Weaving with Crane

I've been trying to clean up my crafting area, a battle every crafter goes through. I'm finally getting around to using up my washi paper scraps. I made the base card weave part months ago and just unearth them this morning. I picked up a huge bag of Mizuhiki cord at Cranberry Hill's used rubber stamp sale last week for $1 so decided to finish up my cards. I think this will be my May card I send out to friends for a "just becasue" moment. :)
I may end up teaching a class, since I have more scraps that I can possible use up in my life time. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Trying something new with food.

Finding out later in life that I have gluten issues, it's been a challenge to bake. Now that's it more main stream and cost effective to use almond or coconut flour, I'm able to experiment more. I also have a good friend who is a baker and has a spouse and child who is also gluten free. So when I need a good recipe, she my go to person. This past week I perfected my gf pizza, which make for a quick dinner. Adding homemade pesto and spinach from my garden to the pizza is a plus too!
I also BBQ pork chops for the first time on the grill and they turned out perfect. I never knew you could!
Now the challenge for this week is to make a gf carrot cake for an up coming birthday at work. I'm not a fan of carrot cake (not sweet enough) but it's the birthday boy's favorite. 
My daughter gave me some coffee beans from Hawaii in December and I decided it was time to start using them. I've been making ice coffee for Annie's morning work outs. . With the weather finally warming up, I can enjoy time out in the garden while Annie chases her ball. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Eye Chart Card

This was a card I designed years ago when embossing folders first came out. Amazingly the parts survived my big craft room purge. Now that I work for an optometrist and his birthday is coming up this week I made another one. Pretty  simple but he's a guy so over embellishing it would be a waste. :)  

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Morning in the garden 2017

I'm not a morning person by nature. I'm most creative late at night when everything is quiet. Things changed after I got Annie, who requires daily exercise (especially when she was a puppy) so my day starts at sunrise.  Annie gets her breakfast at dawn and then after a few hours goes out for a run. During that time, I get things done around the house before I have to leave for work. With the hot weather now here, I really have to make sure Annie's workout gets done before it heats up. 
California strawberries are now in season (happy dance) so I enjoyed some time out in my garden snacking on them while throwing the ball for Annie. My daughter brought back some Hawaiian coffee beans for me so I made some ice coffee, which is something new for me. 
Have to love living in CA!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Midori Travel Journals in Leather


Basic Book Binding
It's always fun to learn a new skill or try a technique using different materials. I've been paper crafting for years and ended up having all the tools to work with leather. The paper crafting industry back in the day took tools from other areas to use until they developed their own. The Any Where hole punch is a leather tool but I used it to set eyelets.  The Midori style travel journal was a ton of fun to make. I don't think I will ever write in it (not my thing) but I love making them. FabMo had received a huge donation of leather samples so it made the workshop affordable while we practiced making the holes. This was Scottie's first workshop as a teacher and she did a super job. We hope to repeat this workshop later on in the year. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Easter 2017

I spent the Easter weekend with my daughter and all the grand puppies. Have 4 dogs in my very tiny place was challenge. My daughter started Easter off with the breaking of the chocolate bunny ears. I don't think I know anyone who starts with the feet? Then we went out to dinner at Hot Pot, which was interesting. Can't say it was great but it was a new experience. Bailey is spending the week with us while her family is on vacation. It's been a little stressful for Annie (who likes things in order) since Bailey can be a little naughty. :)

Perfect Ligthing - Yellow Roses 2017

For the past week, I've been picking up the mail for a friend who's on vacation. Her whole driveway is lined with roses, something I can't grow with all the deer around my place. It was an overcast day and it had just stopped raining. Yellow roses are a favorite of mine, so I noticed that the yellow rose bush was in full bloom. Then I saw that the lighting was perfect for a good shot with my cell photo. No editing required! :)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Bunny Ears Gone Wild

I finally had a chance to play with my new stamp sets from Hero Arts (March kit) and Lawn Fawn (scallop pop up box). I had to practice making several boxes to get the pop up box pop. Once I got that down, I started the fun part of embellishing my diorama. Everything was going good until  I closed up the box and saw the ears popping up. It was a "Houston We Have A Problem" moment. The pop up box fits exactly into an A-2 size envelope without bunny ears. Of course I used super strong tape to hold everything together so I can't rip it apart. It does look cute with the ears sticking out thou. :) 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Scottie's Leather Memory Journal Workshop

FabMo's  Paper Crafters will be hosting another super class - Memory Journals by Scottie on Sunday April 23, 2017. 
Scottie will teach a basic book binding technique using leather, faux leather and wallpaper.  
I did a test class with Scottie this past weekend and my journal turned out awesome! 
I had to dig through my stash of tools to find my "anywhere" hole punches I used back in my scrapbooking days. Amazing that I still had them with all with all the hole punch machines that have hit the crafting market. 
Anywhere Hole Punches
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Birthday 2017

It's a big birthday year for me and my daughter made it super special. First was a surprise dinner at Le Papillion with my sisters and nieces this past weekend. I was totally surprised when I walked in and saw everyone. Dinner was great!
Then on my birthday we went to dinner at Gochi, which is a fusion Japanese place that makes Japanese pizzas. As always dinner what super. My daughter's boyfriend gave me a Fire HD8, which was something I've wanted to try. I haven't jumped on the a whole laptop bandwagon so they thought this was a good intro. 
My daughter didn't want my supply to run too low. 


Thanks card 2017

I made this card a few months back, trying a some old stamping techniques. I have to send out some thank you notes, so decided to add the "thanks" to the card. Die cuts have come a long way from when I first started scrapbooking and stamping.  Back in the old days, you would have to hand cut everything out. :) 
I'm using some very "vintage" Quickuts dies (flower) and old fashion punches(leaves). 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Gluten Free Scones

Have had this recipe for gluten free scones for years but always made it with almond meal, which was easier to find and cheaper than almond flour. Now that almond flour is more common, I broke down and picked up a bag at Costco. There is a fine line between done and burnt so you really have to know your oven and keep check these puppies. I make a double batch since they freeze well. I also use honey instead of agave which I think adds a nice touch. 
Very happy that they turned out so well!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Lawn Fawn Stamp - Home for the Holidays Valentine

I've had this Lawn Fawn stamp and die set for a few month now. I was going to do something for Christmas but as any crafter knows, time just slipped by. 
It's been a very dry month for me in the creative department so that didn't help either. 
I love to watch Jennifer McGuire's YouTube videos (which are great) to get ideas and help fall asleep. It's like listening to a bed time story, yes I know it sounds weird but it works for me! She posted a video doing a semi gate fold card.  It did inspire me to make this card with a yellow VW bug, which was my very first car back in 1975. 
While I was out walking Annie last night I thought it would be fun if I could stamp a dog looking out the back window. Annie is always riding around with me so those who know me and receive this card will understand. I had my fingers crossed that I had a stamp small enough to fit.  I got lucky and had saved some very vintage mini stamps. 
Lawn Fawn - Home for the Holidays
Nesties - Hearts 
Amuse Oval
Amuse Happy Valentine's Day
Memento Inks
Copic Markers

Friday, February 10, 2017

Cookies during the storm 2017

It's been rain non stop and I have a really wound up German Shepherd in the house. She doesn't care what the weather is like but I hate getting soaked. To keep busy while we wait for a break in the storm, I made some gluten free peanut butter cookies. Not the healthiest thing in the world but really hits the spot for my sweet tooth!  It only has 4 ingredients too.
Peanut Butter
Sugar
Egg
Vanilla 

Monday, February 6, 2017

3D paper folding workshop.

I volunteer at FabMo every month and one of the new projects we're working on is hosting (providing the space) mini workshops in a variety of the crafts. It was decided we should put our building to better use since it's only open to the public a few days a month. It was a shame to have all this space and not use it. 
One of the big issues I have is not having any place to meet up with other crafters without having to pay an arm and a leg. The workshops are open to the public and the workshop fees are up to the individual teachers. I believe we only post the dates in the FabMo newsletter or you can check the website.  
The next papercrafting workshop is a 3D paper folding class with Tim Ames.  $5.00 to FabMo is requested. 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Filling in the hillside with daffodils.

Annie enjoying some sunshine
Living next to a county open space, one has to deal with all the wild life that wanders on to the property. The deer and gophers are the worse and they make it almost impossible to have any type of landscaping. Took me a few years to figure out what I could plant that would survive all the critters. Daffodils happens to be one of the few plants deer and gophers won't touch. So a few years ago I planted 1,000 bulbs to fill in the backyard hillside with something other than dirt. I will be long gone before the whole hill is filled with daffodils but nice to know someone in the future will get to enjoy the beauty.  
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Monday, January 23, 2017

Fabric Kimono Cards - FabMo Paper Crafting Group 2017

This past Saturday I hosted the first FabMo Crafting & Chatting paper crafting workshop. The project was a iris folding card with the fan design. I had my AccuCut machine there along with some other custom dies. Everyone was encouraged to bring in their own paper, so they could make extra die cuts. 
At FabMo we get tons of small square fabric samples from the design center. We have a hard time giving those away. One of the students held up one of the kimono dies to the sample fabric card and BOOM the idea to use them in card making was born. One of the great things about hanging out with other crafty people is brain storming new ideas!

Monday, January 2, 2017

FabMo Paper Crafters Workshop 2017

One of the many things we talk about at FabMo committee meetings, is how to involve more of our volunteers in social events.  It was decided to start informal get togethers with people who share a common interest. Paper crafting of course was one that I signed up for. I will be doing the first workshop on 1/21/17 at 10:00 am at FabMo. What makes this class a little different is that I will bring my  fan die cut and Accucut machine to class for the volunteers to cut out more cards to take home. Normally I don't lug that heavy machine around to class. ;) 

CCB Card Class - Wall Paper & Ginkgo

Cottage Crafts Monday, January 21, 2017  11:30

Finally home for while, so getting back into designing for my up coming workshops and classes.  I volunteer for FabMo every week so I'm always exposed to some amazing things. The wallpaper that comes in from the design center is pretty impressive! I snag this sample a while back. Looks like silver birch barks with copper flecks. At the time I wasn't sure what I would be doing with it (true for all crafters!) but it was too cool to pass up. 
Took me awhile to round up all the parts but I think it turned out well. I finally used my new MISTI tool which I purchased before Christmas. Yes, I finally broke down and got one. ;) It will make it much easier for people in my classes at Cottage Crafts and Google to stamp correctly the first time.