Monday, February 18, 2013

Use Your Words Workshop Lesson 2

 This page is based on Carolyn Dube's Use Your Words Workshop, the second lesson.  This is a free workshop, you have access for life, and you can sign up anytime.  The layout of the page is totally lesson, not my own .  When I started I was in the mood for some texture so I added crumpled tissue paper to my page first leaving an open area for writing my list.  The stenciled thanks isn't so crisp because of the texture, which was fine.  I didn't do so well keeping my spraying down in the right bottom corner and because of the overspray onto thanks I thought it faded just bit so I added the black outlines.  A while back I got a few colors of Viva Inka Gold and hadn't used any yet so took the color old gold and highlighted some of my texture which also gave me metallic highlights as the page moves in the light.

I don't have a very big selection of heavy bodied paints so had to mix for colors and after I was done stenciling I had this on my craft sheet and thought it looked pretty cool so took a pic....

and because why waste the paint I turned to another page in my journal, sprayed on some water, and then brushed the colors of paint over my page.  This will be fun to finish!!!!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

And the winner ..............

.... for the Quietfire Queen of Hearts Blog Hop on my blog is................

Ms Linda said...
Beautiful WAY TO DESPLAY A GIFT. earrings are darling.

Congratulations, Linda!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Head on over to HERE and send Suzanne an email with your name and address and she will get your stamps in the mail.

A HUGE thank you and big (((HUGS))) to everyone for visiting and leaving such wonderful comments.  YOU ARE APPRECIATED!!!!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Last Day

This is the last day to leave your comments on the Queen of Hearts Blog Hop post found HERE and have a chance to win!!  Also be sure to visit the other blogs (links in post) for more chances to win. 

Monday, February 11, 2013


I signed up for Carolyn Dube's Free online workshop titled Use Your Words and the first video was today. 

My page is similar to hers - I loved her orange and yellow color combo - I just added to it a bit.  The words were influence by an article I also read today found Here.  I had a lot of fun doing the "can't really read it and don't want to be able to" journaling - I hadn't done that before and it really was lots of Fun!!!!  I wish I hadn't put that drip of orange up in the corner but I'll live with it.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Quietfire Queen of Hearts Blog Hop

Welcome to the Quietfire Queen of Hearts Blog Hop!

We’re sharing our love/Valentine project ideas with you as we lead up to the big Queen of Hearts event on February 14th! 
Today is my turn!

Each day designers will be posting brand new artwork they have created using Quietfire rubber stamps.  Visit our blogs on the day of our featured project, post a comment on our Blog Hop post (see the schedule below) and you will be eligible to win a grab bag of Quietfire Design rubber stamps valued at $50! (yes, Suzanne doubled the value from the original announcement!)  Each Designer will randomly choose a winner from the comments on their own Blog Hop post, so make sure you’ve commented on all the blogs by midnight Thursday, February 14th.  Tell your friends!

All winners will be posted on the Quietfire Creations Blog on Sunday February 17th. If you are one of our lucky winners, please contact Suzanne privately with your snail mail address.  (Her email address is in the sidebar of the Quietfire Creations Blog)

Here is our schedule:
Saturday, Feb 9th: Terre, Holly
Sunday, Feb 10th: Wanda (you are here)
Monday, Feb 11th:  Sherry
Tuesday, Feb 12th: Yogi
Wednesday, Feb 13th: Robyn
Thursday, Feb 14th: Suzanne

Don’t forget to leave a comment! 

 My project is a pair of earring presented on a card.  These earrings would make the perfect gift for a mom, sister, or bff.  

Supply List - 
Quietfire Rubber Stamps - Valentine's Day/Love 2013 Set
Library pocket - short
Shrink plastic - white
Archival Ink - jet black
Kryon Leafing pen - silver
Distress Stain - aged mahogany, picket fence, brushed pewter
Distress Ink - spun sugar, worn lipstick, dusty concord, picked raspberry
Dylusions stencil 5 x 8 - Dotted Flowers
Sanding block
Jewelry findings and beads 
1/16" hole punch

Sand one side of shrink plastic with a foam sanding block.  Stamp flourished heart w/rose twice using jet black onto plastic.  Dry ink from a distance with a heat tool being careful not to get too close or too hot as you don't want the plastic to shrink yet. Color rose and leaves with colored pencil.  Color the rest of the heart with chalk.  Cut out hearts, punch a 1/8" circle in each heart, and shrink according to directions.  If the hearts aren't laying flat after shrinking, place an acrylic block gently on top while they are still warm to straighten them.  Go around the edge of each heart with the silver Krylon, let dry.  Seal hearts - I used a spray sealer.  Assemble earrings.  

The card used to hand the earring on is natural cardstock cut to 2 1/8" x 3 1/2".  Stamp the flourished heart border image at the top and the bottom with jet black and add colored pencil.  Stamp the Flourished heart w/rose image in the center of the card with spun sugar.  Add spun sugar ink to the edges using the blending tool.  Cut two slits in the card and at the end of each slit punch a 1/16" hole.  Hang earrings on card. 
The folded card is from natural cardstock and edged with spun sugar.  The background piece is natural cardstock colored first with aged mahogany stain going back and forth in one direction, dried, then went back and forth in the other direction and dried.  Added worn lipstick around the edges with a blending tool and then just a little dusty concord with a blending tool.  Layed the flower part of the stencil along the edge and sponged on picked raspberry - repeated to do all four sides.  Dabbed picket fence stain along the bottom wide enough to stamp the flourished heart border, dried it, stamped the border image in the center and then filled in by stamping again to the right and to the left, and added color with colored pencils.  Decided I really liked how the picket fence lightened the background and added just a bit along the other edges.  Added some dots using the stencil and brushed pewter.  Edged the whole piece with silver. 

The library pocket is edged with spun sugar.  Stamp the flourished heart w/rose in the center with spun sugar and then again to the left and to the right.  Stamp Happy Valentine's Day with jet black. Assemble card as shown. 

Saturday, February 2, 2013


Some winter themed ATCs... and it's felt a lot like winter here the past few days - first rain turning to snow and then plummeting temps for a couple of days.  The temps are headed back up this weekend to closer to freezing - yay!!  

I can't give credits for the images used on these as they were part of package of fun stuff I received back from the hostesses of our last local mail in swap, but I had fun using just some of what was in that package.

I love these images - the trees and then the vintage snowman.  I couldn't resist creating a frame with embossing paste and sprinkling on Distress rock candy dry glitter. The snowman is on foam tape so he stands out more.  

Friday, February 1, 2013

Love Dove x 4

A set of atcs I made last week to take to our quarterly in-person atc swap in Des Moines.  I started by cutting us a gelli plate print into atc sized pieces.  I stamped the dandelion (Dylusions, from the set bits of this) using Archival Ink jet black.  Tore the Dove candy wrappers to size and glued them on with Ranger's Glue 'n Seal matte.  Stamped one more dandelion overlapping the Dove paper.  Left things simple because I really like the gelli print and didn't want to cover up too much and it looked good just like this.