Monday, February 22, 2010

February's FSS Blog Challenge

Are you all ready for the February Fred She Said Challenge Blog Challenge? Well, if you are, here is this month's theme. Since this is the month of LOVE, create something with at least 3 hearts on it. Be sure to use a Fred She Said image somewhere on your card! If you don't have one, there are LOADS of freebies available HERE!
This Challenge runs from Today, February 22, unitl March 28th, so be sure to play with us for a chance to win! What can you win? A $20 Gift Certificate to the Fred She Said Store! How cool is that!

To enter your card, just be sure to follow the directions on the Challenge Blog. You don't even have to have your own Blog to enter! :->

Now, here is MY card!

For this card I used the Christmas Rose Coloured & Digi Sets which has been layered with foam tape and count them ladies, 15 hearts, yes 15! 9 of them are cut with the Spellbinder Nestabilities Heart Die that my Good Friend Marie B gifted me...I still have a few left to play with. ;-) I colored the edges of each color set of hearts with the same color of Color Box inks, then ran them through the same Cuddlebug Embossing Folder for a bit of "punch", then layered them on the card with foam tape.
Now that you've seen MY Heart creation with a Fred She Said image, I want to see what YOU can do! Go have FUN! I can't wait to see all the pretties that are made this month!

Friday, February 19, 2010

A Special Request Design

I had a special request yesterday to make a card for a little girl that is being adopted into a family. I thought that was so wonderful that the family wanted to give the little girl a special card to welcome her to the family that I made a special sheet from the design as well.
The sheet is called Welcome to Our Family Adoption Card & 3-D. All Graphics are from
I made this card by printing it out on Heavy White Textured Cardstock and layered it on Textured Foil Cardstock from AC Specialty Paper which has been punched with a Martha Stewart Doily Punch. I layered the 3-D with foam tape. The hearts have been glittered with Aleene's Tack-it Over and Over and Glamour Dust.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Finally Designing Again!

It feels SO good to be back to designing again! I have been away from it for so long! I fell in October and we thought I had ripped my Rotator Cuff, but it turns out I have done some damage to nerves in my arm instead. I don't know what is going to be able to be done, so I am just going to get on with getting on! I will just go at it a bit slower than I used to is
You saw one of my new designs on the Blog Hop for Fred She Said (don't forget, that runs until the 22nd, so don't forget to play with us!) with the 5x7 Plaid and Gingham papers. Well, this is one I just finished today. This is the Cherry Blossom Easel Birthday Card. I printed this out on Heavy Textured cardstock and just followed the directions given to put the card together. The kit comes with the envelope and a little gift card as well. All graphics are thanks to Trina Clark.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Playing with New Toys Today

I just got this new carriage die (from QuicKutz) and the Welcome Baby Embossing Folder & Die Set from Cuddlebug today and really had to play! I don't really "need" any baby cards, but you can't buy new toys and NOT play! lol Pink was the first color to come to hand, so I made a Baby Girl card. I edged the cardstock with some Oil Pastels (by Faber-Castell) and blended them in before embossing an adding the ribbon and bow. I layered that piece on top of a piece of pink holographic "mirri" board that I cut from a folder I bought at WalMart (you really have to look in all sorts of places for you "mirri" board! lol). I popped the carriage up with foam tape and added some pink gems for a bit of bling. The sentiment is cut from the same folder as the backing board.
So easy! Now I am ready if I ever get called on to do a bunch of Baby Shower cards! Yay! Now to find an easy card for Bridal Showers!....hmmmmm......

Monday, February 15, 2010


Welcome to the SECOND Fred She Said blog hop!!! If you just happened 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. Here, at "Fred" we have been getting all FLOWERy to hasten the arrival of SPRING! Come see what PRETTIES we have in store for you :)
Also, along the way, you will see a special CODE WORD. Collect them all up! Once you reach the end of the blog hop (which will be the Fred She Said Challenge blog), follow the instructions to make your entry and your name will go in for a draw for a $20 Gift Certificate for the Fred She Said Store!
Here is my Fred She Said creation...actually, I couldn't stop are 3 of them! lol I did 2 of the Teacup Pansies in a brand new 5x7 Plaid & Gingham Background paper that I had just finished designing (availabel on CUP). I colored both Teacup Panises with Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils and blended them with water. The first card uses a bit of Shimmer Mist, and boy was I impressed!
The second card uses Perfect Pearls Interferenc Purple, mixed with a bit of water and spritzed on lightly and added a bit of Perfect Pearls Gold mixed with water to the band on the cup I also Distressed the edge of the Plaid & Gingham Backing Paper for a bit of a different look.

The Carnation was my Special Request Flower. It is my All Time Favorite flower and I did it in my favorite color on another of my 5x7 Plaid & Gingham Backing Papers. The coloring on the Carnation is done with Prismacolor Color Pencils and Dry Blended. I also used the Perfect Pearls Interferenc Green on this one, mixed with water and spritzed on a bit heavier this time.
My special code word is: SHE
Here is a list of the blog hoppers in case you lose your way:
Lisa F.
Julie S.
Judy A.
Carol L.
Carol H.
This blog hop will run from today, February 15th until February 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
When you are finished hopping, why not check out the pretty and new flowery things at the Fred She Said Store!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

February 13th Craft Show

Well I am home from my Craft Show that I had today. It wasn't a Total flop, but it was pretty slow for everyone today. It is held at Lost Lake Woods Country Club and is a big Winter Fest event for them. None of their events were very well attended because there was a very big snow storm in the South part of the state, keeping a lot of the people who usually come to the event away, so there were actually very few people (read that as customers) there for anyone...sigh. Oh well, the exposure is always good, no matter how few actual sales are made.
Here are the promised pictures of my display.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Valentine Napkin Card

Oh wow! I was digging through my craft goodies and I found this absolutely gorgeous Valentine Napkin! I just had to make a card with it! Well, actually, I only used 1/4 of the napkin. I have enough napkin left to make 3 more cards! :-> I started out by peeling the napkin so that I just had one layer (the colored part), then I used Freezer Paper and ironed the napkin to the shiny part of the freezer paper (colored side up)....make sure you don't touch your iron to the shiny part of the is plastic and will make a mess out of your iron! After I had my whole napkin done (I did the whole thing because it is ALL pretty and the freezer paper is big enough to cover the whole napkin) I trimmed it to 1/4 so I could make 1 card. Then I cut out each of the hearts with the Spellbinders Nestabilities Label 1 and mounted it onto card stock cut out with the same die. Before I mounted them on the card stock backers though, I spritzed them with Glimmer Mist though for a bit of pizazz! I layered them on the card with foam tape and added dome sticker hearts that I just happened to have in exactly the same colors to finish off the card.

Here is a close up of the Glimmer Mist...isn't it Gorgeous?!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Last of my Tatting before Saturday's Show

Well, I am done witht the tatting that I am going to do for the upcoming show for Saturday. Now to get evertything packed and ready to go.
The tatting is all done with a singel strand of DMC Light Effects Embroidery Thread.
The Flower Earrings pattern is by Pineywoodstatting.

The Pearl Earrings are a pattern by Nina Libin.

The Butterfly set is a pattern by Teri Dusenbury and the beading pattern in the necklace is the Lacy Spiral Rope by Rosemary Richards.

Friday, February 5, 2010

A New Stationery Set Design

Well, my shoulder may still be hurting, but I managed to get some designing done! Took me 2 days to do the actual construction though, but I got there in the end. I am REALLY happy with the way this one came out!

The set contains everything you see here...the box bottom, top, 3 designs of card fronts, 3 designs of paper and matching envelopes. The box, after is is made up will hold 24 sheets of paper, 12 cards and 12 matching envelopes. The kit name is Country Gingham Stationery Set and is available on Craftsuprint.

I printed the card fronts and the box bottom and top on Textured Heavy White Cardstock. The envelopes and stationery, I printed out on 24# Ink Jet Paper. I used standard cardstock for my card blanks.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Emma in Her Frills with a TB medallion

As a Challenge card on Circle of Crafters in the Tea Bag Room, I decided to use one of the tiles I printed out recently from the new set I made for Valentine's Day (available on CUP), but I didn't need another Valentine's card, so I made this a Thinking of You card. The fold is the Funky Star by one of the ladies from the Circle of Crafters. I used one of Fred She Said's Emma images. This one is Emma with Her Frills On - Digi. I cut her out with the Mega Curved Rectangle Nestabilities and used my Color Box ink pads to color the edges. I colored Emma with Prismacolor color pencils and blended her with Baby Oil with my version of the Gamsol Technique. Emma's frills are glittered with Aleene's Tack-it Over and Over and Glamour Dust. The sentiment is done with a CB die. The ferns are some that were given to me in a RAK. The little white flowers I made with 2 little punches I have and a pearl in the center.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Fred She Said and Mosaic Punching

One of the ladies from Cicle of Crafters posted directions for using the Mosaic Punches and I finally managed to get one figured out! A bit more math involved than I normally like when making a card, but I really DO like the finished effect! lol I did my punching on plain white cardstock, then taped off the punched area and sponged the rest of the cardstock with 2 different colors of blue pearl and a white pearl acrylic paint, added a bit of bling to the punched areas and layered it on top of some textured blue metallic cardstock. I also layered a piece of vellum that had been embossed with the Snowflake CB folder in the center of the punched area. I used some metallic chalks on the vellum piece.

For the main image on the card, I used Fred She Said's
Emma the Snow Angel - Digi which I printed out on Water Color paper. Emma is colored with markers. Some of the coloring is done with a brush and watered down marker though. I colored the marker on a Ceramic Tile, and used a paint brush to add water and then paint where I wanted the diluted colors.
I used a different kind of glue this time for the glitter and I have to say I'm not very happy with it. I will be going back to the Aleene's as I really like the results I get with that much more than this one!