Monday, November 22, 2010

Card of the Day-- gecko

One of my goals was to do a card a day. Simple things, maybe. This one is a paper casting-- started last night, let it dry all night. Then this morning I spent TWO HOURS on the background and the casting. I used Michael Strong's Cloisonne gecko stamp. There are tutorials out there, google "paper casting" and you will see. I used toilet paper, but you can use tissue paper too. The background is distress inks: peeled paint, wild honey, and broken china. I rubbed the gecko on peeled paint to highlight and distressed the edges.

So if I do a card a day it will have to be simpler than this one, LOL

I finally ordered a spellbinder's tag die. So when it comes I think I might have to do the tag over again.... ;)

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Finally!! It is now in my daughter's possession. happy birthday sweet daughter Olivia!!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Almost finished....

not quite, I'm still embroidering its label.... made for Olivia by her mother....
I am SO EXCITED that it is almost finished.... last night, my mom and I finished the hand sewing... doing a happy hop.... can't put a picture up until Liv gets it, as soon as possible...hopefully not too long after her birthday, which is Tuesday. I fixed my mom's sewing machine in exchange for being able to use it. I was hoping to take "it" to Liv today, but it was raining so hard, and it would have been an extra hour and a half of driving, and I didn't want to come home in the stormy dark. Good thing, because my windshield wiper broke on the way home and I shudder to think of me driving on the freeway in the rain without a wiper. And because I forgot to take the embroidery floss with me to my mom's, I am doing a marathon embroidery session tonight.
So now have I given enough hints so anyone knows what "it" is?

Monday, November 1, 2010

paper addiction

Paper, rubber stamps, clear stamps, embellishments, markers, pencils, ink... they all leave me weak in the knees, LOL. But this set of stamps by Melanie Muenchinger is absolutely breathtaking!! I can imagine all sorts of beautiful cards and layouts. This set is being introduced tonight on Gina K Design's site... Here is a link to Melanie's blog:

My favorite set out of the ones that Melanie has designed is "Gifts from the Sea". I can just see a set of cards made from her stamps. I often do sets of cards for Christmas presents and this would be perfect for my mother in law. I am also very partial to butterflies, and there's a border with them....

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just a crafty grandma experimenting with all sorts of things. My main interests are paper craft of any kind and quilting/sewing. But I've done leatherwork, polymer clay, on-the-wheel pottery, painted molded ceramics, papier mache, stained glass, plaster casting, linoleum printing, paper making... you name it, I've probably tried it. A few I actually stuck with. :)