Sunday, September 28, 2014

My Mini Butterfly Book

Today I put the finishing touches on my new Mini Butterfly Book.

This little book is about three and a half inches square. For the covers and the inside pages  I used  papers that I printed on  my Gelli Plate using the colors  purple, rust, gold and green. I punched the butterflies from small snippets of glitter paper from my scrap drawer.

This is one of the inside pages of my book, which were also made from small bits of left over card stock and covered with Gelli print papers.

I punched  large and small  butterflies to embellish the pages.

I'm playing in Pixie's Snippets Playground today  and I am also entering this little "Butterfly Book" in The Butterfly Challenge #15 in autumn colors.

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I would love to have you become a follower and let me know if you like my little mini book by leaving  a comment.

 Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Did I Say That I Love Butterflies?

This is the card that I made using  the scraps of paper left over from the mini album that I shared yesterday. I love using this  Memory Box "Pippi" Butterfly die. It's the perfect size for this card.

I used snippets of gold glitter paper for one of the layers, the butterfly and the sentiment. This card is being entered in the Pixie's Snippets Playground #143 Challenge.

This is a view of the inside of the card. I left it blank because I want to write a short note to the recipient of this card.

I've tried many different techniques for making flip cards and found them all to be rather difficult  but when my friend Janet showed our group this Sizzix die and how to use it, I ordered a die for myself and love it. Check out this You Tube Video Thinlits Card Die with Extended Flap by Dawn O.
  These cards are so much fun to make and they are great for using some of those small pieces of designer paper from other projects.

Thanks for visiting my blog today. Hope you have a wonderful day.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hobbies Past and Present

Years ago my hobbies were flower gardening, quilt making  and taking pictures. I had many, many  flower beds and when I wasn't weeding my gardens I was sewing quilts.  I took lots and lots of pictures of  what else, but my flower gardens, and my quilts .

Now  the time has  come for me to get some of my old photos, like the one above, into some albums.

I just finished this little mini album today and it's going to hold some of my photos of butterflies in the garden. I can't decide what I want to  use  to decorate  the cover so I'll  wait and think about it  for a little while longer .  What do you think, should I use a butterfly?

 This is one of the inside pages, which I made from envelopes and I used  designer  papers from  a DCWV  Mariposa  Matstack to decorate the envelope pages.

I just love these butterfly papers.

Now all I have to do is make some photo mats and fill the pages with pictures.

I am glad you stopped by my blog today and I hope you'll become a follower and come back to visit again soon. I'll be sharing some more  old photos of my flowers and quilts.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bags & Tags and a Surprise Birthday Celebration

A couple of weeks ago I challenged my friend Cindy, whose blog is "Cindy's Stitches In Time", to make a "Bag & A Tag."  We both  agreed to reveal our creations at our  next CQE gathering and then post pictures of them on our blogs.

We also  sent out emails inviting  our friends from our CQE (Crafts, Quilts and Eats) group to join us in this challenge. We asked each one of them to make a bag and a tag  and enclose in the bag a gift for our friend Jeanette's birthday. This challenge was to be kept a secret because we wanted it to be a birthday surprise. 

 Today our CQE  Group gathered at my house.

Here are the Bags & Tags! Isn't this a great looking assortment of gift bags?

Here is Cindy sharing  the darling Origami Bag and the Butterfly Tag that she made for Jeanette.

 The bag contained "Mr B's" Chocolates.

 Next is  the muslin wine tote that I made for Jeanette. I stamped the muslin with black Staz On ink and fabric paint.

 Sally,, who loves to sew and quilt,  made  a  fabric bag for Jeanette which contained quilt related gift items.

Bev brought  Jeanette a bag made of a very heavy, textured  hand made paper and filled with fabric quarters and a cute pumpkin which was made from a spool of crochet thread.
Jeanette was very surprised!

It was a great day!

Evy we missed you!

Monday, September 15, 2014

This Jump Rope Kiddo is "Seriously Cute"

This is a card that I made using my newest rubber stamp from Stampendous, "Jump Rope Kiddo".

This card will go into the box  of cards that I'm donating to  Send A Smile 4 Kids. If you would like information about this great charity click on the link.

I'm entering this card in the Pixie"s Snippets  Playground Week # 142 Challenge. The background layers used to make this card are from my scraps and are embossed with an older Sizzix embossing folder.  The white picture frame is actually a snippet left from some square die cuts  that were used on another card.  The twine is also a scrap from a book that I made. The sentiment was stamped on  some left over white card stock.

Thanks for taking the time to look at my card today. I hope you will come back and visit my blog  again soon.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Using New Schtuff and Leftover Snippets

I just finished making these Artist Trading Cards. The 2 1/2 inch by 3 1/2 inch ATC's are fun to make and a great way to use left over snippets of paper.

I made a total of four because I just can't let any of these bits of  gelli print papers go to waste. Look closely  and you can see that I used an old woven wicker, kitchen trivet as a texture plate to make the print for  these papers. 
 There are  lots of  trims, beads and ribbons in my craft closet because I spent years doing crazy quilting and   using these as accents on  my cards only seems right.

I'm entering these in the "Pixie's Snippets Playground #141 Challenge".

I'm also  entering these in the NBUS Challenge.

 Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.)
 NBUS stands for "Never Before Used Schtuff". My brand new, never been used Sctuff is the "Moonlit Fairy" stamp from Rubber Stampede. I used clear Versamark and Silver Zing embossing powder for these.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today and comments are always welcome.
Have a super day!

Monday, September 8, 2014

My Card For Septembers ODBD Challenge

Here is my card for the Operation Write Home  September ODBD Challenge.

I made my own background for this stamp by making a monoprint paper on my gelli plate. I'm having so much fun printing papers with the gelli plate. The "Thanks" die used on the front of the card is from Paper Smooches. In this picture you can see a portion of the Kraft envelope that I made for this card using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board.

 Our Daily Bread Designs donates the postage for one box of Operation Write Home cards to be sent to our military overseas  for each 25 cards that are entered in this challenge. They also, very  generously  give gift certificates to their stamp store  to two of  cards that are entered.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. Leave a comment.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sweet Little Girl From Hero Arts Stamps

This stamp is from Hero Arts and I think this little girl is just the sweetest little thing.

I used all  papers that were leftovers  from a mini album that I made for one of the grandkids. The snippets of doily are from another card made long long ago. The coloring technique is my favorite and the only one I know how to do. I used Derwent colored pencils and  blended the colors with gamsol.

The flower centers are Liquid Pearls and the color is Buttercup.
The bakers twine is from We R Memory Keepers and the color is Blue Lagoon.
I colored two of the little girl images and fussy cut one. I used pop dots behind that image to make this darling little girl stand out.

I'm entering this card in three challenges:

Send A Smile 4 Kids

Snippits Playground Week #140

Clear It Out Challenge Blog

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Gelli Prints Combined With Diecuts

The first time I saw Gelli Plate prints on Pinterest I knew I had to get a Gelli Plate. For about a year I thought about it and talked about it  and thought about it some more. The day that  my niece said that if her house was on fire the first thing she would  try to save was  her Gelli Plate, that was all the encouragement that I needed. I finally bought one.

Here are some of the card and envelope sets I made using  monoprint papers that I printed using my new  Gelli Plate and acrylic paints.

No two prints are ever the same and it is always a surprise when you lift the paper and see the finished print.

Now, I find myself looking for items that can be used as texture tools for print making. I used a circle stencil to make these prints. A tool that I bought at an office supply store years ago and used to make perfect circles for applique when I made quilts.

I'm really excited about using my die cuts in combination with the printed backgrounds. Love the look. The dies that I used for these cards are Memory Box, Penney Black and Elizabeth Crafts.

Notice that there is a matching envelope for each card. Thanks to the new envelope punch board I can make any size envelopes to go with my new cards.

Thanks for visiting my blog today. Please leave a comment and let me know if you like print making with a Gelli Plate.