Saturday, May 31, 2014

Just Some Lines and Anything But a Card

Hey all!
So if you read my blog last week you know that's I've started a new planner/
art journal with Documented life. 
I figured this is a great place to try some new techniques.
For this page I used up some of my excess papers that mask off
my projects from errant spritzes of ink!
I cut them up into flowers, and glued them down to the page.
Then I added the fab girl from Just Some Lines floating in a sea of flowers.
The design team at Just Some Lines is going on hiatus for the summer.
But there are a bunch of new fun digis in the shop!
And at Anything But a Card the challenge this month is.....
What do you have planned for this summer?
Do you float in the pool, play on the beach, or camp in the mountains,
come over and share your summer with us!

Friday, May 30, 2014


 If you do a google search for summer
you get quite a few pictures of the beach and seashells and flip flops
If you're like me and your stuck in the desert in 100++ degree weather
then your summer looks more like air conditioning and any iced beverage!
And hopefully an afternoon or two in the pool!
No seashells, no beaches,
However, summer always brings to mind some fun bright colors,
and it always makes me miss my family on the east coast!
So for the Summer Challenge over at Fussy and Fancy Friday
I pulled out all my brigh scraps,
and I made this fun card.
Bright bright bright,
then I took the card outside to photograph it and it was Bright out there too!
I hope you will come along and check out the fabulous Summer creations from my fellow
Design Team members!
Linking up with
Sketch Saturday: Challenge 311  

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Card two ways

 Good afternoon,
I have had this post sitting in my drafts for a few weeks apparently!
I figure why not go ahead and share it today!
And the best part is that both of these cards are still available in my Etsy Shop!
I just love love love this sentiment!
"Be Strong, go with your heart, and believe in miracles.. because anything can happen"
I've decided that one of the paper companies needs to come out with
a whole paper pack that is only woodgrain!
And if any of you out there know of some such paper pack please let me know
who has it and where I could possibly get one!
I also of course love this May Arts ribbon, teal, chevron, what's not to like?
So, I went ahead and made another copy in red
With a bit of a Sewing theme.

I am sooo soo sooo in love with that wooden button,
I have had a lot of luck with antique buttons as of late, and this one is just amazingly fabulous!
I love the look of vellum, but I do have a hard time making it stay
attached to anything!
So I've resorted to brads.
They are perfect for vellum!
I also like small staples or sewing.
All are a good tip for using vellum.
I hope you are getting crafty this week, come back tomorrow for my Fussy and Fancy Friday
post, then on Saturday I'll have the last Just Some Lines post till the end of the summer,
and Sunday it'll be a post for Anything But a Card.
All are going to be wonderful, and I hope you'll spend some time on my blog this weekend.
Remember if you love this card as much as I do, it can be yours, hop over to the Etsy Shop to pick it up!  

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Documented life

I'm super excited to share a new project with you all today!
It was another killers work last week!
And lots of work leaves little time for creativity!
 However I did stumble upon this amazing project last week, and I wanted to join that second!
It's called Documented Life.
One part art journal, one part planner, and a challenge to boot!
There is a challenge every Sunday,
Something you can add to your planner,
And they really challenge you to document what's going on in your life.
This week the challenge is to draw a house.
Since that is pretty much out of my talent ability right now, I put one together with some
Scraps that have been hanging out! 
 The house was so big and looming,
So I did some doodling on one side! 
And then I had to add the heart, because home really is where the heart is! 
I'm so so soexcitedfor this new challenge, and so excited to be doings early journaling again! 

If you want to join this awesome project there is a Facebook page here,
 And you check out the blog here

Friday, May 23, 2014

More flowers with fussy and fancy

 I gotta tell you all that I've been working non-stop,
and there is something about working all the time that sucks up all my creativity!
I feel like on my days off I just wanna veg!
Am I the only one that feels tis way??
Maybe so!
Anyways, I hope you all have been playing along with the flowers challenge
at Just some Lines!
For my creation this week I pulled out some very flowery
papers that I have to be honest I would never use on a full size layout!
So I cut out a tag, and colored up my image, then I popped her onto a flower,
on top of the flower tag!
A quick stamp on the bottom from Unity Stamps, and bam, a perfect little addition to
a package, or just to add to my tag collection!
Just a to point out a little detail, the charm around her neck was just a circle,
I took out my black Smash Pen, and made it into a flower!
Hope you're playing along, I can't wait to see your creations!  

Announcing a Winner!!!!

It's time for the winner of the Fussy and Fancy Blog Hop!
 Thanks to all of you that hopped along, and I hope you
were both inspired, and entertained!
The winner of my Prize is Heather D
Congrats Lady!
Contact me for your gift code for my shop!

Monday, May 19, 2014

The places you'll go

I have a bit of a confession
I've been holding off on this post for a few weeks.
A special order was placed for a card very similar to this,
So I didn't want to post the card until the recipient had gotten hers.
I am loving this saying for graduation,
And after making a few for the etsy shop,
It's perfect for the graduate, and it was super fun to make, 
and it used up a bunch of my scraps! 
I hope you're getting your crafty on, 

Entering into:
The pink Elephant: graduation
Love to scrap: anything goes
Aloha Friday: scraps

Saturday, May 17, 2014

More flowers for just some lines

 Hello dear followers,
I am so sorry that I've been so inactive on the blog as of late!
I have been very busy at work, lots and lots of overtime!
However I have a tag to share with you today!
This week I created this fun little tag
I added some of my steampunk flowers to the bottom of the tag.
I am sooo in love with how they look, and there are some currently up in my shop here
These flowers are a bit smaller than the ones posted, and they fit perfectly on this tag. 
Here's a close up of the fabulous Just Some Lines Image,
Please hop over and join in the fun challenge!  

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Steampunk Flowers

Hey y'all!
I've been working on some fun stuff for my Etsy Shop, and I wanted to share
with all of you in blogland!
About two years ago when I first started paper crafting I did an altered composition
book swap with my Meet up group.
On that book I put one of these flowers. 
I have not revisited making those flowers in the last two years,
but I thought this could be something that the scrapbook world would LOVE!
So here they are:

Mmmmm I am in love with all that teal greatness!
The fabric was leftover from my wedding, and I just love how fun and simple these are.
I used mine on an altered notebook,
but I see scrapbook pages, and headbands, and napkin rings, and lots of other great craftiness! 
So if you're interested, or if you'd just like to see what else I have to offer, please hop on over
to my new shop! (I'm just SOOOOO proud of it!)
Etsy Shop: Creationsforastar

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Some flowers for Just Some Lines

 Happy Weekend!
My work schedule changes today, I will now be off on Sundays! 
I know you all may not be as happy as me, but I am really looking forward to having
Sundays off for football season!
Ok, so today I have a Just Some Lines creation to share with you all
The challenge is up for the whole rest of the month for FLOWERS!
If you dear readers know me then you know that I don't do girly very well!
Grungy and dirty and messy, well that's definitely my style,
but I like to challenge myself too, so this card is sorta a mix of the two.
The background is a little grungy, 
I  stamped those flowers on the green paper, and used
some flowers that I found laying around my desk.
Please hop on over to Just Some Lines and play along with our challenge.
There is even a free digi over there that you can use!
I know SCORE right??
Thanks for stopping in, and if you are interested in my cards,
check out my new Etsy shop here
I'll be adding some new graduation cards later today, so keep your eyes peeled!  

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Playing with Gelato's, and a bit of a tutorial!

And what a hurried morning it was for me!
I had to finish mom's mother's day card, and I also had to work on this FABULOUS creation!
I know I don't do tutorials too often,
but I got to playing with my new Faber Castel gelato's, and I think it's perfect timing.
I mentioned a few posts ago that I had gotten some gelatos,
I bought the blue pack,
and then at my retreat my secret sister (Mary) got me the starter pack!
It includes pink, yellow, gold, and some great little packets of glass bead glue, gesso, and other yummies!
So to start with I bought one of those cool We R Memory Keepers Envelope makers!
NO! This post is not about that.... but I did use the back piece of the packaging for my base!
Here it is after I painted it with white Gesso
The gesso pretty much covered all of the graphics that were printed on the board.
I then used an alphabet stamp and stamped all over the background!
Sorry no close up picture of this til later!
I then stamped on a piece of tissue paper
The very cool thing about this is when you adhere it to the chipboard, the tissue papers sort of disappears, it's very cool, and you are left with the image.
Next step was to add some of the gelato's
They go on and look like crayon (nope, not kidding!)
Then comes the fun part, getting your fingers dirty!
Soooo, you just spritz a little water, or you can dip your fingers (or a paint brush if you want) into some water, and then brush the gelato's around.
See how the yellow is covering the bottom of the chipboard?
From here ther are any number of directions you can go with a piece like this!
My next step was to add some purple and blue gelato's
and then I held the chipboard upright and I sprayed.. and sprayed... and sprayed with my
water bottle!
Just let it run down the page.
Like this:
I then sopped (yes sopped!) up the excess that pooled at the bottom and on my desk.
and I took a piecs of plastic (think ziplock bag type plastic)
 and I smooshed (thats a real technical term) the running gelato's about the page.
Again, no real great close up of this, but you'll see it later on in the project.
Next I took the gelato's to a butterfly cut out of Tim Holtz kraft paper.
Here's a tip.... keep the like colors together, otherwise everything will turn out dark!
See I tried to make the circles on the wings pink, but they got sorta muddled!
I then added some glass bead glue to the top of the butterfly and I set him outside to dry.
(And yes I said HIM, butterflies CAN be males!)
For my next step I did another bit of stamping on tissue paper.
I love this sentiment.
Again I used my modge podge to adhere the tissue paper to the chipboard
see how you can see the color and stamps through the paper, and it virtually disappears.
I then took my fine sharpie around the stamping,
I think it makes the wording stand out.
Ok, so then finally I wanted this whole thing to actually say something!
So I dug out the largest size stamps I have, and I stamped in black staz-on ink
You can see where I started outlining the stamped letters,
I didn't think they were BIG enough, and so by adding the boxes around them, it makes them stand out even more.
See, and then I added a little bit of white gel pen doodling to the letters as well!
Are you ready to see the finished product??
Yes! Me too!
So you know what I LOVE so much about using old product packaging??
see the hole that's already punched in the top, it's like a built in picture hanger!
Plus I'm keeping this bad boy out of the landfill!
Yep, it's gonna go up on the wall somewhere of my husband's

Monday, May 5, 2014

Steampunk on retreat

As some of you know I got to go on a crafting retreat with my crafty friends this last weekend!
I worked on a number of projects, but this is by far my favorite!

We stopped into the only scrapbook store in Payson, az
And when we were leaving a very nice lady outside snapped this picture of all of us.
So I sent the picture to, and went to pick the pictures up the next day.
Yep, I had it printed up 8 times,
Then I gave one copy to each of the girls, and I challenged them to use it in some sort of project.
We had a lot of fun getting our craft on!
Here is a fab close-up of the upper corner with som metal gear fabulousness! 
I also stamped in the film strip with staz-on ink.
I obtained thus fun birdcage from one of the other girls,
I colored it with my metallic ink pen, and then distressed it,
Added the dangling metal pieces, and added it to the page with some butterflies in the cage. 
I also borrowed a cogs and gears die cut, 
And used some of my stash of color coredinations black paper
Then I distressed those too. Now looking at them I think they would have been really awesome 
with a little perfect pearls on them! 
I got this great little ruler at an estate sale while we were up in Payson. 
I love what it added to the page. 
Finally, here is a little close up of the butterflies
That I punched out of some metallic looking paper.
Plus you can see a close up of the metal bits and bobs at the bottom of the birdcage.
I'll be entering this into the 
SanDee & Amelie's steampunk challenge: heavy metal
Day 3 challenge at citrus twist: use your embellishments

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Anything but a card color challenge

Happy Sunday!
I have been away all weekend at a crafting retreat.
Ahhh it's been a fun filled weekend of crafting and giggling.
We also got out for a few estate sales as well.

There is a brand new challenge at Anything but a Card.
It's a color challenge, here's my interpretation. 
And here's the inspiration photo.
Mine has a little more blue, but it was ohhhh so fun! 
I will add it to my other art journal loose pages, and eventually I'll bind them all up. 
Thanks for playing along with the challenge, it's open til the end of the month!
So get creating! 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Flowers at just some lines

Happy national scrapbook day!
What crafty/ scrappy things are you getting done today?
There is a FABULOUS new challenge at just somesoineslines
Yep, it may y'all! 
May is for flowers! 
Did you ever celebrate May Day?
Where you would put flowers on the porch of your neighbors houses? 
Maybe that was just me??
Well I hope you enjoy your May flowers! 
Come join the challenge! 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Fussy and fancy spring colors blog hop

Hello and welcome to my blog!
As you may have read on the
our Spring Colours Challenge
is being hosted by our lovely
and sponsored by the
That would include me!
If you are arriving here from the talented millizans blog
then you are hopping in the correct order.
If not, please go back to the
the correct order.

Here is the card that I created for
this fun Spring challenge

As a special bonus for my followers old and new
I am offering a 5.00 gift certificate to my new etsy shop, and a surprise prize
Think stamps my friends! 
To qualify, you must be a follower and leave
a comment.

Thank you for visiting! 

Now if you can please continue hopping over
to our very talented, beth's blog you will
continue to keep hopping in order. 

I have listed the correct blog hop order below
for your hopping convenience.
Happy hopping!

 Here is the blog hop order