Sunday, March 16, 2014

A shaped tag

Hello everyone,
Spring is beginning to arrive here...ever so slowly (2 degrees below zero tonight they tell us) but it's getting sunny now and we get up to mid 30s...and have even hit 40 this last week.  It feels so wonderful to feel the sun and  the warmth. I know, it's not that warm to some of you who live in the warmer climates, but for us here in these colder states...40 is AWESOME!!!

I love tags, and I had seen a set on one of the sites that I visit...I thought it was awesome. It was cut in a shape instead of just being a rectangle. And also it was EMBOSSED IN POLKA DOTS. I loved it!!!
So, I had to make some too. I don't like my shape as well as the one I saw, I'll have to try a different one from the Cameo designs. But it looks good and they came out nice anyway.

Here's the tag:





I colored this one in lime green, with darker edges.
Then I stamped it with a Hero Arts postcard stamp in StazOn dark brown ink.
I added some darker green stamping along the left edge. I knew it would be covered anyway, but it gives some interest if there is any of it sticking out underneath the embellishments.
I used my CuttleBug and a Swiss Dot folder to dry emboss the tag. It didn't cover the whole tag, so instead of trying to match up the embossing, I left it bare and used that spot to show off the antique car.

All those little dots are covered with white acrylic paint because I wanted them to really show up from the green. It really wasn't much of a job, I just dipped the wood end of a small brush into a glob of paint and touched the top of each dot. A few of them got a little more paint than they should have, but when it's all together it really doesn't show very much.

The embellishments started out with a some leaves, flourishes, eyelash yarn and other stuff I had around.
The leaves and flourishes are die cuts with my Cameo.
The butterfly and that beautiful circle are Memory Box dies.

I love that little car. I bought the stamp from a friend who wasn't using it and I was just waiting for a chance to use it somewhere. This seemed like the perfect place for it. And that red polka dotted paper is from a cheap $1.00 jewelry card that a necklace was attached to. I buy cheap jewelry to use in my scrapbooking whenever I see something that I like. I am sure we all do that.

Challenges I entered:
http://gloriadesignschallenge.blogspot.co.il/ Vintage or Retro
http://cutitupchallenges.blogspot.com/ Green or St. Pat's Day with a die cut
http://www.flonzcraft.com/vsc/ Just for you...The red car for my journey
http://berry71bleu.blogspot.com/ Luck of the Irish green
http://countryviewchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ Paper chase (lots of paper)
http://cateredcrop.com/ Spring colors

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Cutting with my Cameo...

Hello everyone in blogland,
It's been a while again, but I have missed sharing my little scrapping space with you all.
I've been down with migraines again and that makes it very difficult to get the blogging going.
I still spend as much time as I can working on projects, but I don't get them on my blog.
My God provides me with comfort and healing and gives me peace to get done what I can and let go of the things I can't.

Enough of that...I want to share this little card I made for my hubby.
I really like the way it turned out.
I wanted to use my cameo to cut out this great looking tree from their cut files. This is almost like a tree I have as a stamp from Hero Arts, that I bought a long time ago. I've always loved that tree but, being a stamp, I couldn't change the size AND it couldn't be used as a die.
I LOVE DIES!!!!


I had seen this technique on several blogs, where they cut two dies and inserted half of it into the negative space and then left the other half overlapping a different paper. I just loved the look of it and knew that the tree would be a perfect die to use.

The other thing I wanted to do was to hang a heart from the tree. I used thin twine. I just love how it hangs there and can be moved around freely. The heart I used was a heart leftover from a batch of clay embellishments I made one day. I'm running out of those and need to spend another day making up some items to use on my pages & cards. They're so nice to have because they add a different look. They are thicker and look different then the items I cut out of paper and I love to have them around. AND they cost just pennies as opposed to dollars that I would have to spend in the store.

Ok, so I chose an antique white Neenah paper to cut the tree out of.
I removed the tree from the paper and colored it with alcohol markers.
I cut the antique white paper down the middle of the tree and measured the placement on my card. I didn't want it right down the center of the card, so I kept it to the left. Then I found this gorgeous plaid paper and I adhered it to the card base to just match up to the cut on my base off-white cardstock.
Next, I took the off-white out and lined up the tree into the negative space. It was easier to put the tree back in with the paper out of the card...there was a little more wiggle room.

I adhered the off-white cardstock (with the tree in it), butting it right up next to the plaid. and the rest of the tree just laid right over that plaid paper.
Next, I tied the heart, and adhered the red nail heads. I love those. I don't see them around anymore, but they are really nice for a man's card.

Here's the challenges I have entered with this card
http://www.scrapitgirl.net/ Special  Birthday
http://www.dreamweaverstencils.blogspot.com/ something that flutters

We are still having very cold weather here in Michigan...but at least it's sunny now and feels better, even if it is in the single digits.
Hope your coming week is wonderful!
Be blessed,

e


Monday, January 27, 2014

Participating in the STENCILED class...


Hi there everybody,
I have been so blessed the last few days by participating in the online class: STENCILED. It is so good. Great teachers and such fun new ways to use stencils. I love stencils...but I have not used them nearly as much as I want to.

I tend to start my projects with a beautiful paper and I just didn't know how to incorporate stencils into my design. I see the addition of stencils on designer paper on other blogs that I read, but I was very unsure how to do it. Also, I would love to make some paper backgrounds, just to have some variety in my work.
I also had bought some Dreamweaver's stencil paste a couple of years ago and really wanted to start using it.

Well, this was the right class for me. Every project was done beautifully and opened up my mind to all kinds of possibilities. I AM SO EXCITED!!!! There are times in our journey when it's good to take a class just to get fresh ideas and wipe the dust off our thinking. I have a wall hanging that I made a while ago and it says:
                              ART wipes the dust
                               off everyday life

And I believe that wholeheartedly!!! We all need places in our journey where we
feel the glow of creativity that God has gifted us with. Our God is a creator and we are made in His image...we all need to create...in our own way, using our very own gifts.

So, here's a few of my creations that I am sharing in the class. This heart card has a stenciled heart behind the cut out hearts:

These next images are some of the tags I have been working on for my  Bible Study Group. I am very pleased with how they are turning out and I am finally using some of my Dreamweaver's paste on some of them.


First try ever for this technique!!! ...I used pearl paste on the stencil. Let it dry and then colored over with alcohol markers. Turned out very pearl shimmery. I love it! (This one is on my blog already)



I really like this one too!!! This is a stencil I bought years ago...and NEVER USED IT!!! and now I love it so much!!! Anyway, I colored in the stencil with my alcohol markers and then applied Glossy Accents over the top. What a great look...

I have much more work to do...I want to be sure to try out every one of their lessons to get the full impact of every technique. Stencils...YES I LOVE THEM!!!

Thanks for coming by,
Hugs,
Elena



Friday, January 24, 2014

My 2014 focus for my life: the Bible Love Chapter

Hello everyone out there in crafty land.

I am still up to my ears in bookmarks/tags and loving every moment. I'll bet by the time I'm done though, I'll be making anything BUT tags.
Right now though, it's really fun and I'm enjoying the different techniques and ideas that are rolling around in my head. There's still quite a few ideas that I want to do...so let's keep on going!!!

I like this particular bookmark because it turned out to be sort of vintage looking. The little light taupe rose and the bling flourish came from Prima and I found it in a scrapbook store. It was the only flourish with a flower, so I grabbed it as soon as I saw it. Hope I can find some more of these. They look so special with that little flower on them.

Most of the backgrounds for these bookmarks are cut from 8" designer paper packs. I love these packs. They seem to have better designs for cards, tags or small albums. I am one of those paper freaks that just can't walk away from a store without buying some paper.  Beautiful paper just gets my artsy juices flowing and wanting to go home and DO something!!!!!






So here's my tag...hope you like it as well as I do. It just makes me think of setting this bookmark in-between pages of a wonderful book being read to enjoy a quiet time and a beautiful story. Actually, mine would sit in a Beth Moore Bible Study book and I would be loving every moment I spent being with and talking to Jesus! What a great thought!!!

This tag background is Authentique paper pack.
The birdcage is stamped with VersaMark and embossed in gold.
The little bird is a punch from Stampin' Up that I bought ages ago and wouldn't      give it up for anything. I use it often. I understand they still sell it.
The little light taupe flower, crochet leaves and bling is from Prima and a new purchase.
The back of the tag is a printable from Pintarest and it is a copy of the 2Corinthians love chapter.

I am entering this into the http://flourishes.org/category/timeless-tuesday/Challenge. They want a celebration of something new: The love chapter is my focus for 2014.
It also fits into the http://divasbydesignchallenge.blogspot.ca/...which is anything goes. This is my first time in this challenge. I just found it. Glad I did!
Another challenge: http://greatimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/search/label/Challenge
Something new here also...the Prima flower flourish is new.
http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/ Is my last challenge. They are always "Anything goes"...as long as it is uplifting.

Thank you so much for stopping by.
Hope you leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you.

Blessings to you and all those you love,

Elena

Friday, January 17, 2014

Lavender and Lace

Hello...
Hope you had a great week and are headed for even a better weekend.
I LOVE weekends. There's a lot to do, I know, but it feels like the choice of what you want to do is up to you, and I am always looking for some craft time. I have three day weekends and that is awesome...but it never feels like enough!!! There is so much I want to, I couldn't fit it all in no matter how much time I had. I'm sure most of you think that too.

Well anyway, I am still working on my 15 bookmarks. And still having fun. I'm the kind of a crafter that cannot make anything the same twice. Even though the backs have the same Bible passage, the fronts are all different. This time I used a flower stencil that I bought years ago and had never used, even though I really liked it. So, I traced it onto the front of my tag and colored it in with my Prismacolor alcohol ink markers. Then I covered it with Glossy Accents. That made the image just beautiful. Glossy, deep and rich in color. I loved it!!



The background was a paper with some pink, white and gray on it. It was a download, a long time ago, from Heidi Swapp. I added a pretty lavender color to the edges, lavender lace on the bottom and very light lavender gems to the flower.

I am pleased with the outcome. Hope all the gems stay in place if the bookmark is used a lot.

I am entering this tag into the
http://dreamweaverstencils.blogspot.com/ Lose the weight (CAS style)
http://www.greatimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/ a new package of lace & matching bling
http://shellysimagesblog.blogspot.ca/ Out with the old, In with the new. The lace & matching bling is brand new.

That will do it for me.
Lots of  love and hugs...

Elena

Monday, January 13, 2014

It's 2014...

Hello everyone!!!

I am so glad to be back here on my blog, sharing a bookmark I made for my Bible Study Group for the new year. I am in the middle of creating a different bookmark for everyone. And the best part is, that it's a gift FOR ME!!! I get to try every kind of technique I have seen and never got around to do before. What fun!!! It's been just a wonderful way to get back in the groove. I am really enjoying doing tags because it's so much easier to try different techniques. I don't have to build a card around it. One image...one technique...and it's done. The back is the same for everyone. It's the love chapter in 2nd Corinthians.

WOW!!! I can't believe it has been 6 months since my last post. At first I couldn't write because we had a family emergency and all my extra time and energy went into helping my daughter and her family. They lost their home and moved in with us for a while and, on the one side, it was a LOT of FUN enjoying the grandkids...but on the other hand, there was a lot of emotional stuff going on with working out their situation. So it was a time I had to step back and put all my energy into every day "stuff".

Dealing with all that seemed to set me back and I took a lot of time to get back to crafting and enjoying my art. I am now in full swing and have been working like crazy all December and now, making cards and tags for all the people I had ignored for the past 6 months.



This bookmark I'm showing you today is my first try for this technique and so far, it is one of my favorites. I used a DDREAMWEAVER stencil http://www.dreamweaverstencils.blogspot.com/ that I have had for a long time and used before. It makes a beautiful image...even though I used only half of it because of the width of the tag.

I cut my bookmark (tag) from a tan and gold paper I had. I use a regular manila tag as my template for the size. The gold in the paper really sets off the flower design.

I used the Dreamweaver White Pearl Paste to apply the design to my tag. Dreamweaver has directions on how to paste your stencil design on to your paper and the design always comes out perfect.

After the paste was dry I "painted" on top of it with my Prismacolor alcohol markers. It turned out just beautiful. So shimmery because of the pearl paste. I had never used this technique before and am so pleased with it.

What a great way to give a different, pearly, shimmery look to your images.

So I am definitely entering this bookmark in the Dreamweaver challenge:
http://www.dreamweaverstencils.blogspot.com/ (my first time ever!)
Also to the Flourishes challenge http://flourishes.org/category/timeless-tuesday/
I LOVE their stamps. (first time ever for this challenge also!)
Also to the Word Art Wednesday because they are a Christian site and so very friendly. http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/
http://greatimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/search/label/Challenge asks for something you had not used yet from your stash. I have had the pearl paste for a long time and had never used it before.
Another one: http://digitallysweetchallenges.blogspot.com/ anything goes
Last but not least: http://digisketchchallenge.blogspot.ca/2014/01/say-it-with-flowers.html say it with flowers

So this is enough for today. Back to making more bookmarks (I need 15 in two weeks...I can do it, I can do it, I can do it....)

Warm hugs
elena





Thursday, July 18, 2013

Family Celebrations

Hi there,
It is a beautiful summer here in Michigan. Very hot at the moment, but I wait for these days all winter, so in no way am I complaining. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and I am sitting in front of an open window, just drinking in the beauty around me...JOY!!!

Today I have another page from my daughter's album. This one is about the baptism of their first child. Oh, what a beautiful memory that is. We are so blessed that their home is a God filled haven for the kids to grow up in. The ceremony at the church was beautiful and it was such a happy event. Their son is now 22 years old and getting his PhD at MIT. Woo hoo... we are so happy for him. He is a wonderful, God filled young man. May the Holy Spirit lead him to fulfill the dream God has for him.

So, here's the layout:




The paper is an old world tapestry print that I just love. It has the muted colors of blue, olive green and tea stain. Great for traditional moments like this.
As you can see, I matted in blue and olive green. The branch flourish on the side is from Blue Fern and I added some some small flower dies from Memory Box dies. That's the little blue bells that you see. The dies that are on the market right now are so amazing. They are just beautiful. The problem is, I keep waiting to buy because everyone is coming out with new stuff. Especially with CHA coming up...I guess we had better all wait what all is new after that!!!

I love the sentiment at the bottom.
I used a CHERISH rub-on and then stamped over it to say "remember this moment". I had put the cherish on first and then got this new stamp for "remember this moment" and just really needed to use that in this layout. I like the way it looks.

Here's the challenges I entered with this:
http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/ "Therefore with joy shall you draw waters out of the well of salvation" from Isaiah...how fitting is that?
http://citycrafter.blogspot.com/ "Dress it Up" I feel this is dressed up with the large branch flourish and the flowers added on...plus the sentiment on the bottom. I hope this fits with City Crafter's idea of "dressed up".
http://berry71bleu.blogspot.com/ Anything goes...this is my second submission for this month.
http://www.rheddandrosies.blogspot.co.uk/ This one is anything goes also.

That is it for today!!
Thank you so much for visiting. Please leave a comment...I love, love, love to hear from you...

elena