Thursday, December 31, 2009

Recent Needle Tatting

I have been doing a LOT of Needle Tatting lately and thought you might like to see some of the pretties I have been making. ;-)

This pattern is by Birgit Phelps and is adorbly tiny! I used DMC Light Effects to do all of the tatting in all 3 pairs of these earrings. The beads in this pair are all iridescent, though you can't tell it too well. :-( The Tatting on these only measure 1/2" wide! :-O

For this pair, I took a closer picture so, hopefully you can see more of the detail of the earrings and how sparkley the beads are. ;-)

This pattern is by Teri Dusenbury and I just LOVE the way I can add extra beads to the Tatting!

If you want to see more of my recent tatting, be sure to check out my Tatting Photobucket.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

My First Penny Slider Design

Well, I have been totally intrigued by these Penny Slider cards, so I decided to design one and make it. ;-) Here is my Birthday Cake Penny Slider. This was SO much fun making, watch for more of them! I added glitter to the flames on the candles with Aleene's Tack-it Over and Over (do you notice, I use an aweful lot of that stuff? :-O lol) It looks realllly cool when it is spinning with the glitter! The brown cardstock in back is some Pearl cardstock I picked up at Walmart that I punched with a Martha Stewart edging punch. All mounted on Textured Cream cardstock purchased at Paper and More.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Edging Markers

Here is a really neat technique that I learned from one of the ladies from Circle of Crafters. Have you ever tried making straight, smooth lines around the very edge of a card or apperature? Well, if you have hands anywhere near as steady as MINE, that is NOT going to happen! :-O Enter this realllllly cool technique!
First, you will need a set (or one or two) metallic markers. It is best to start out with Brand New ones as the tips won't already be pressed on from writing.

Next, take a pair of Scissor (yes, really!) and using the Edge of one of the blades, press DOWN into the tip of the marker until you get a nice V.

Now, to use them, you just place your card in the V and slide the marker along the edge of the card....Voilá have the perfect edge on your card!

Here is a complete set of the markers...colors for all occassions! Have fun! (this is the technique I referred to in my last card...I added Aleene's Tack-it Over and Over on top of the marker and then glitter...the possibilites are ENDLESS!)

More Flip Flop Cards

I am having SO much fun making these Flip Flop cards! I decided to see if I could make the work with the size card I normally like making (5.5 x 8.5" ) and found they work great! The first one is another Emma the Snow Angel - Digi, by Fred, She Said. This time Emma is colored with Prismacolor Watercolor pencils. the rest of the card is made pretty much the same way I made yesterday's card, with the exception of the border on Emma. That is done with a technique I will be writing a tutorial for later today (I hope! ;-) )

This second card is for an order that I had for a Birthday card for a Totally Blind lady! :-O You can see the texture on the blue and pink panels from the Cuddlebug folders used to emboss them. What you may not be able to tell though is that the "flip flop" part of the card is textured too with glitter! On the Argyle, it is the white dashes. On the Circle paper, it is all the Dashed circles. This was a very fun card to make! The Tea Bag fold is by Penny Wessenauer and is the Floating Diamonds & Popping Squares fold. The tile is by a friend of mine. Thanks Marie! I used a dot of Aleene's Tack-it Over and Over to keep the Flip Flop part of the card closed. Another neat thing for the lady to

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas

With this card I made today, I wish you ALL a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year. May you have more Joy and less Troubles in the coming year than the one leaving.
I used Emma the Snow Angel - Digi from Fred, She Said. Emma is cut out with the Classic Scallop Oval Large Nestabilities and is colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Baby Oil in my version of the Gamsol Technique as I'm allergic to the Mineral Spirits. ;-) For the glitter around Emma, I used Aleene's Tack-it Over and Over and Martha Stewart Crystal Coarse Glitter and Glamour Dust. The style of card is called a Flip Flop Card and the blue papers are bits left from last weeks cards. ;-) The pearl card behind Emma is some metallic pearl cardstock from Paper and More. I used a small dot of Aleene's Tack-it Over and Over to keep the card closed. It will open and close without tearing the paper! Cool, huh!?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

FSS Nolan and Emma cards

I had an order this morning for Winter Birthday Cards. What more perfect images to use than Nolan and Emma from Fred, She Said. The backing papers on Emma are from the
Candle Glow Christmas Flower Set. The backing paper on Nolan is from his set Here. A bit of cutting with Spellbinder Nestabilities dies, a bit of CB embossing, Corner punching, peel-offs and some Tea Bag medallions that I have had finished in a box for some time and voila...perfect Winter Birthday cards! ;-)

Friday, December 11, 2009

New FSS for my Mother's Birthday

I was struggling with coming up with an idea for the card to make for my Mother's Birthday next Monday. Well when I saw Tracey's (Fred, She Said), I knew right away this was what I was going to use for my Mother's card! The image is just SO perfect!

The red paper is actually the Green paper from FSS - Christmas Papers 1 - 2009, just recolored. ;-) The punch along the edge is a Martha Stewart Punch. The black paper is a strip of Core'dinations Black Magic paper that has been run through the CB Snowflake embossing folder, then sanded with an emery board. The green paper behind the roses is a Pearl Cardstock that has been cut with the Spellbinders Mega Curved Rectangle Nestabilities, then run through the CB Textile embossing folder. I dabbed a bit of Chianti Color Box ink onto the raised portions of the embossing. The glitter on the Christmas Rose Coloured & Digi Sets is done with Aleene's Tack-it Over and Over and Martha Stewart glitter in Green. The ribbon is from my stash.
I just had to show you this Celtic Snowflake that I tatted for my Mother as well. The pattern is by Mark Myers and I did it in size 10 thread because the beads I wanted to use were 4mm. The beads are actually Arora Borealis Pearls, but they are difficult to photograph. :-( The finished snowflake is about 5.5" accross