Saturday, January 30, 2010

Nestabilies Storage Idea

Thanks to one of the ladies from Circle of Crafters, I now have a new way of storing my Spellbinder Nestabilities Dies! Her idea was to use the inside of Cupboad Doors, but I don't have any cupboards in my Craft Area. I do however, have a large shelf storage area that has one area that I leave open where I take all of my photos. I have now covered part of the area above the photo area with magnetic sheets and that is where I will be storing my Nesties. I have plenty more room there to expand...and I have more Nesties ordered

Friday, January 29, 2010

Mini Kleenex Package Holder

I found this adorable Mini Kleenex Package Holder by Maria Bell and just had to make one!

My version uses Textured cardstock, a really cool Variegated Metallic Paper Sample that I had and a very "Retro" looking piece of scrapbook paper that was gifted to me. I used a piece of the leftover scrap from the sample paper and the CB die to cut out the sentiment. The Tea Bag Medallion is made from 1" squares of scrapbook paper and Tia Van Zant's Kiting Around fold. I added a bit of extra bling to the flowers on the back of the "card" and some peel-offs to finish it off, then added the package of Kleenex to complete the project.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

More Chocolate from Fred She Said!

Here is another card I made using the Valentine's Day - Better Than Chocolate Digi & Coloured Set from Fred She Said today. I used Prismacolor color pencils to color it and Baby Oils to blend it in my version of the Gamsol Technique. Before I did that though, I masked off the Digi Stamp and flicked on Red, Pink and White Pearl Acrylic Paints for a really shimmery background. The Tea Bag Medallion is done with the Radiant Star fold and a new tile that I have designed that is available in a set called Valentine Paisley Tile & Backers Set 2 from Craftsuprint. The Pink Metallic paper is from a pack of paper from American Crafts Specialty Papers and both that and the Digi Stamp are cut with the Spellbinders Nestabilities Mega Curved Rectangle Die. The ribbon is from my stash.

I have attached a close up so hopefully you can see how shimmery the background is with the acrylic paints.

Here is the fold sheet of the fold used on this card. Just click on it to bring it up full.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Fred She Said Sneak Peek!

Ooooh, Tracey from Fred She Said has CHOCOLATE coming to the Store soon! Just in time for Valentine's Day!
I printed this out on Textured Heavy White cardstock and colored with two different techniques. The box and Chocolates are colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Baby Oil in my version of the Gamsol Technique. The Rose is colored with Prismacolor pencils and Dry Blended. I used a Martha Stewart Deep Edge punch and layered onto a Textured Red Metallic paper from American Crafts Specialty Paper line. The ribbon and heart bling are from my stash. I have made an style Easel Card.

Here is a Close-up of the Box of Chocolates so you can see the Texture of the paper it was printed on. The Red Metallic paper has a very similar texture.

A Combination of Techniques

For this card, I have used an image by Fred She Said called Emma with Her Frills On - Digi . Emma is colored with both Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils as well as Prismacolor Pencils and Dry Blended. I used the regular pencils on Emma's face, hands and feet as I don't have a "skin tone" pencil I like in my Watercolor set.
Papers used are a purple textured metallic paper that I picked up at Walmart as well as a Purple Mirri Board, both have been cut with the Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Labels die. The whole thing is mounted on Textured White Cardstock.
Martha Stewart Deep Edge Punch was used on the metallic purple cardstock and the Martha Stewart Lattice Punch was used on a bit of green cardstock for the "grass" under Emma's feet.

Here is a closer look at Emma. She has Bling flowers with Peel-off waste used to make a Bow and Ribbons for her bouquet. The lace on Emma's dress has also been "blinged" with Aleene's Tack-it Over and Over and Glamour Dust.

For those interested in Tea Bag Folding, the medallion on my card is done using the Variation of Carol's Crazy Zig-Zag Fold and a tile by my good friend Marie B. I have included the fold directions for those who would like to try their hand at folding....more of my Tea Bag directions to follow in future posts, so keep your eyes peeled. ;-) (just click on the directions to bring them up full screen.)

Monday, January 25, 2010

First Fred She Said Challenge!

Oh Wow! Tracey, from Fred She Said has a New Blog! It is a Challenge Blog and you can find it here! Be sure to check it out for Challenge Card Qualifications and be sure to enter for a chance to win some GREAT PRIZES!
Today is the start of the very first Challenge on the FSS Challenge Blog, so be sure to check out all the work from the DST Members and keep checking back to see all the lovely work posted by Challenge Entrants!
OK, here is my card. I have used 3 Different sets of Tracey's to come up with this card. :-O
The first two layers have been Digitally Layered in Photoshop. The only 3-D elements on the card are the Flowers, the ribbon and pearls. The Lime Green Strips is from the Pinstripe Paper Freebies, the Purple and Yellow Stripe with the Green Leaves is from Fred's Flowers v3 - Purple Blossoms Kit, and the rest is from the Brand New set Fred's Flowers v6-Daisies with Bracket Borders. I colored the pieces with Prismacolor Colored Pencils and used Baby Oil, in my version of the Gamsol Technique to blend the piece behind the flowers. The flowers I did Dry Blending on. The flowers are shaped and layered with regular glue and little yellow 1/2 pearls put in the center of each. I used Double Sided Sticky Tape behind my ribbon to hold it in place and stuck a sprig of pearls in the knot of the ribbon with Aleene's Jewel-It.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

New Tatting

I haven't been doing much in the way of card making lately due to a shoulder injury that is playing up, but I have been doing a LOT of tatting! lol
Here is a doily that I just finished. The pattern is a Variation on Rose Roger's Round Robin Doily and is done in size 20 DMC Cébélia in White.

To see more of the Tatted Earrings I've been working on, be sure to check out my Tatting Photobucket.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Hurry Up Spring! lol

In my desire to see the end of snow, I have been working on Spring cards! Here is my latest Spring card.

I have used an image from Fred She Said called FSS- Bunneh! - Easter Bunny Digital Stamp. I have done my coloring with Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils and added just a touch of Aleene's Tack-it Over and Over to the spots on the Eggs and some Glamour Dust. I cut out the Bunneh with the Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Labels. The paper behind Bunneh is some Lime Green Mirri Board. The punch along the edge is one of Martha Stewart's Deep Edge punches, the Buttons along the bottom are a Cuttlebug Embossing folder and inked with Color Box ink in Lime Green. I have edged the Bunneh and the edging strip as well as the sentiment tag with marker (see my Tutorial here). A bit of Bling and a Double Bow and the card is finished.

Here is a close-up of the Bunneh, so hopefully, you can see where I have put the Glamour Dust on the eggs.

If you haven't checked out the Blog Hop that is going on RIGHT NOW, be sure to check out this post for a chance to win some great prizes!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Fred She Said Blog Hop!

Welcome to the first "FRED SHE SAID" blog hop!!!

If you just happen to drop by my blog and you are not aware of this wonderful event taking place, please go back to the "FRED SHE SAID" blog here and start your hop! Please, we would LOVE it if you commented on our posts (We all love to hear what you think of our creations ;-)). We totally love "Fred She Said" images and would like to hear how you feel about them too! Also, along the way, you will see a special CODE WORD. Collect them all up! Once you reach the end of the blog (which will be the "Fred She Said" Challenge blog), email DEANNE with the special code sentence and your name will go in for a draw for the 4 newest releases -Flowers, Doodledallion, Empty Pockets, and Smelling the Cherry Blossoms.

Here is my "Fred She Said" creation. I have used the brand new Smelling the Cherry Blossom set to make this card. The card front has all been Digitally manipulated in Photoshop to give the "appearance" of multiple layers and matting, but there are actually no layers or 3-D on this card. The image itself has been colored with Prismacolor Color Pencils and blended with Baby Oil in my version of the Gamsol Techniuqe. The ribbon and pearls are from my stash. The whole thing has been layered on Gold Metallic paper from American Crafts Specialty Paper line.

My special code word is LOVE

Here is a list of the blog hoppers in case you lose your way:


Carol H.

Carol L.



Julie S.

Lisa F.






Judy A.


This blog hop will run from today, January 15th until January 22nd. On the 23rd, the winner will be announced on the "Fred She Said" blog. Thank-you for taking the time to play along.

Now, to continue the blog hop, please visit Darsie. If you have fallen in love with Fred She Said digital images, and I'm sure you have, check out the Fred She Said Store.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Emma, Pretty in Pink

Oooh, I just had so much fun creating this Emma with Her Frills On - Digi by Fred, She Said. She is colored with Prismacolor Colored Pencils and blended with Baby Oil in my version of the Gamsol Technique. The Posey (from the same set) is colored with the same pencils, but dry blended. The Pink metallic paper is some American Crafts Specialty paper that I found and the edge is punched out with the MS Deep Edge punch. Emma is cut out with the Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 5 Die with the Mega Curved Rectangles behind her. The sentiment is colored with Sharpie Markers.

Monday, January 4, 2010

NEW Challenge Blog from Fred, She Said!

Have you seen the NEW Challenge Blog from Fred, She Said yet? Well, you REALLY need to get over there and take a look at it and start Following it! On the 1st of February, there will be a Random Draw from the list of Followers for a FSS Freebie! The first Challenge will be held on January 25th (the LAST Monday of the month), so be sure to watch and participate!