Monday, February 19, 2018

I love long weekends!

I got off work early on Friday and being Presidents Day weekend I don't have to go back to work until Tuesday!  I've had a lot of fun!

Did you know that February 16th was Chinese New Year? I did but I forgot that when I made my blog post on Friday. 

They had a local parade and celebration here on Saturday. The hubby and I debated about going and opted to stay home....mostly because I had been up since 6 working on a spread in my journal and didn't want to leave lol

This is in Dina Wakely's Media journal. 

I first put down some gel medium through a stencil. I then used acrylic paints in reds, yellows and oranges. I also added  Dina's paints in Turquoise and Cheddar. I wiped the wet paint off the stenciled areas.

There are some bits of newspaper (in Chinese) from a Sunday paper I picked in San Francisco over 10 years ago. It comes in handy when I need Chinese text (although I have no idea what it says....these bits are from the ad section)

The rubber stamp is from, I believe, StoneHouseStamps. I colored her with alcohol markers. The shadow on her right side was done with black Scribble Stick.

I drew and painted the lanterns. I tried to make them look like they are glowing.

I then borrowed a technique I saw in a video from Kristin Van Valkenburgh. Spread some gel medium on the page, let it start to set up and get tacky then lay down some foil. (The foil you use in the Minc.) When the gel medium is dry, pull up the foil and bits of it are stuck to the gel. I used it on the lanterns quite a bit and then little bits all over. I love how it turned out!

Today I was able to get back to my journal again.

I have been wanting to draw one of these Slender Horned Gazelles ever since I saw them on an episode of The Zoo a couple weeks ago.  

This is on a kraft paper page in my journal. I drew and colored the gazelle with Prismacolor pencils.

I painted yellow and brown acrylics on the right side and stenciled over top with DW media paints Turquoise and Cheddar.

I rubbed Distress Inks on the left and stenciled again with Turquoise and Cheddar.

I used Scribble Sticks for the sky in Night, Blackberry and Magenta. I brushed it with water to blend then stenciled dark blue acrylic over top.

In case you are wondering, there are less than 2500 Slender Horned Gazelles left in the wild. :-(

And I also finally had time to work in my Bullet Journal. Continuing with the March theme of ... In like a Lion, Out like a Lamb ... I drew Mufasa from Disney's The Lion King. I printed the images of Simba because I just couldn't draw him that small.

My daily 'blocks' are based on African shields. As I look at it now I may need to add some color along the edge of my left page. Hmm.

That covers my long weekend. I wish I had more art time and less work time but I guess I should be thankful since the work time pays for all the supplies I use during the art time. :-)

So, until I get more art time....Happy Crafting!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Happy Presidents Day

What does Presidents Day mean to me? A 3 day weekend!

Isn't that sad? It was originally created to honor and remember George Washington and now it is more well known as a day to get sheets and towels at half off.

Our forefathers would be so disappointed in us. Maybe I should make something George Washington related during my long weekend.

So why exactly am I posting today? Yeah, I know you are all wondering lol

Well it isn't to share the birthday card I made for my brother because I forgot to take a picture of it but it was a cute pop-up card.
And it isn't to show you the cute Valentine I gave to hubby....because I forgot to photograph that too (although I could probably go hunting around the house and find it if I was so inclined lol)

Nope, I have been playing in my Dina Wakely Media journal again. Although this is not what I normally do (art/craft-wise) I am having a lot of fun.

I watched Dina's faces tutorial again. And then changed it a bit. I wanted a rounder, younger looking face and I wanted an open mouth. I also tilted the head. Why not?

So I started this page (on the watercolor paper) by scribbling Lime Scribble Stick up the left side. I then doodled on some Magenta flowers. I added some Lemon and Turquoise scribbles on the bottom right. I brushed water over all the scribbles to soften them.

I then drew my head/face and painted her with acrylic paints.

And then I sat....and stared....and sat some more. What direction should I take?

She actually sat on my desk for a couple days as I thought of things and then dismissed them.

I then grabbed my Dyan Reaveley "Around the Edge" stamp set (which I had actually bought to use in my Bullet Journal) and stamped the leaves on the bottom right and top left using Distress Ink, Pine Needles.
I then colored the leaves with Lime and Night Scribble Sticks.

Next came the bird stamp which is part of Dina Wakely's Scribble Birds set. I colored him with alcohol markers.

And then they sat for a couple days. Every time I looked at them the word 'secrets' would pop into my head. What secrets are they sharing?

I stenciled on the leaves, down the left, using the stencil that came with the Scribble Birds stamps using Distress Oxide, Peeled Paint. I stenciled the flowers in the upper right using Tim Holtz' mini stencil that looks almost like cherry blossom branches and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink.

The text came to me at work one day (so I had to grab a post-it before I forgot it!) I typed it up, printed it, then dragged the paper through some Distress and Oxide inks It blended in beautifully with the Scribble Sticks already on the page. 

I really like how it turned out. 

And then today.....

Let me start with....I never paint realistic animals. I don't think I have EVER tried to paint a realistic animal. I will draw them. I will draw and color them. I don't paint them. So what ever possessed me to do this today I will never know.

It is supposed to be a Barred Owl. Yes I know this is a really bad looking owl! Yeah, it is BAD!!! lol

So why am I sharing? Because I did it. I have always felt like I couldn't paint a realistic living thing...and proved it lol.  But the fact that I actually, finally tried is the important thing.

There a few successes and a lot of failures in this. I should have listened to the advise I give others...when you are frustrated or feeling like it is not going well, get up and walk away, come back later. Didn't do that. Should have done that! lol

I think the paint on and around the eyes is at least 1/16" thicker than the rest of the page lol
Oh and the page is the cotton canvas which I prepped with clear gesso.

But he did look a whole lot worse! I got up to take a break. Walked out of the room, came back 2 minutes later and immediately saw some of the problems that I could fix. I made myself wait another 10 minutes and then went back in. Trust me when I tell you, the eyes were REALLY hideous before I went back in....we will just leave it at that! LOL

Will I go back and try to fix it some more? Maybe, probably not.

I love the background! That is the last thing I completed. It was a very washed out, pale green. I deepened the color with several shades of greens and a bit of brown. It looked better but really came together when I added the stencil which I did while the under paint was still wet so that it bled and softened a bit.

I have to say I like them together. The colors go well together. And they seem to have the same hair style! lol

I have 3 more days to play. I am looking forward to getting my hands dirty and working on something new....and hopefully not so scary! :-)

Until I pop in again....Happy Crafting!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

I like Valentine's Day or maybe I should say I like any day that makes someone buy me chocolate lol

I used to decorate for Valentine's Day and put up lots of hearts and doilies. But not any more. I am getting old and lazy lol.  But I still make cards....or try too. I am way off track this year and just finished my parent's card today. And since it is Sunday, I can't mail it until tomorrow which means they probably will not get it until the 15th. Oh well, can we really only tell people we love them on the 14th?

I made a shaker card! I used Anna Griffin's shaker card dies. And Cuttlebug's confetti dies for the 'filling'.
The patterned card stock came from a new Recollections paper pad called Girlsquad. It has lots of cute Valentine papers. 

I struggled with this one. Not in the making but in the 'do I really like this?' stage. The die set is really nice as it gives you dies to cut the window in your card base, the window in your card front and lots of embellishments. But I just wasn't feeling it until I got all the embellishment in place. I think the rose finally did it for me. That came from some freebie I got with an Anna Griffin order lol  And it had all kinds of swirls and stuff with it that I had to cut off. But I think it was worth it. I hope my parents like it.

In my last post I said I had just received my Dina Wakely Media journal. The 8x10 version came out last year (at least I think it was just last year and not earlier than that). What is cool and different about it is that it has 4 different substraights in it.....watercolor paper, canvas, kraft paper and burlap....all in one journal! 

She brought out a larger version this year at Creativation but there is no way I would have space for it or comfortably be able to fill such a large work space. (I tend to work small so the 8x10 is already going to push me outside my comfort zone)

I jumped right in with burlap! I have never worked on burlap before. I tend to avoid it at all costs due to the smell and that fact that something in it (maybe all those fibers) makes me sneeze.  So, with tissues at the ready, I dove right in. I used acrylic paints in reds, oranges and yellows to create a sunset background with white and pale yellow for the sun.

I then used Dina's Scribble Sticks in black to draw a giraffe. It is tough to get a straight line on burlap! So I have a stylized giraffe lol
I then used Scribble Sticks for the patterns around the sides but it still needed something.
I googled African postage stamps and found some I liked. I printed them on regular printer paper so they would feel more like the real thing. I cut them out and glued them down with Aleene's Tacky Glue. 

So now I need to decide my next step. I am thinking of washing a medium to dark color over the stamps, or at least part of them, to help settle them into the background a bit. But it is a work in progress so I will mull it over for a bit.

Here is a page on the watercolor paper. I watched one of Dina Wakely's YouTube videos on drawing faces. Faces are not my forte. If I spend long enough on them (like hours and hours drawing) they turn out fairly well. This was a fun way to create a face in a short amount of time. 

I tend to be very rigid in my drawing and painting. I see people all the time that freely slap paint on canvas without any obvious direction and they just let the colors and forms guide them. I have never been one of those people. I have to see it all in my mind before I can even start. I want to see if I can be more loose and free in this journal. I don't think there is anything wrong with my creative's worked for me for over 50 years....but there are days lately where I desperately want to create something but don't have the time to think it all out in advance. I want to be able to open to a page and just brush on some color and then be able to walk away and come back later and apply something pre-planned ideas. 

Wish me luck! lol

So that is all I have for this week. I still need to make a Valentine for hubby (not much time left for that one!). And my brother has a birthday next week so I need to get that done as well. My bullet journal did not keep me on track this week! lol

If your weather is even remotely like mine....stay warm! And Happy Crafting!

Sunday, February 04, 2018

The Ground Hog Saw His Shadow

I feel bad for the rest of the country. Six more weeks of winter! Ugh!  But here in the Pacific Northwest, at least where I live, we haven't really had winter this year. It got cold (into the 20's at night) a couple times. But no snow, no freezing rain. Heck, I've only worn a coat 3 times this winter!  Maybe by having six more weeks Mother Nature might actually get around to sending us some of the white fluffy stuff....just so we can say we had some. :-)

But for the friends and family back east, I'm sorry. Bundle up, burrow in and stay safe and warm.

I always have a hard time getting back into the crafting groove after the holidays but this year, since I started Bullet Journaling, I seem to be more on track. I guess that is kind of the point of the Bullet Journal lol.

I have a couple more spreads to share with you today.

Here is my Valentine week spread. I wrote "Love Notes" in a Mickey style font and then created day spaces to mimic notes and cards tacked onto a bulletin board.

The mailbox holds my To Do list.

I drew Mickey, Minnie and Pluto with a Sharpie pen and colored them with Inktense pencils.

I've started setting up my March pages. Here is my title page and the first (partial) week of March.

I drew and colored the lion with Prismacolor pencils. I stamped "March" with my Kelly Creates month stamps and added the geometric boarders with Prismacolor pencils.

I continued the geometric theme on the daily page.

Here is a close up of the lion. I just noticed that I never went in and added the white highlight dots to his eyes (I use white acrylic paint to do that). 

And now to projects that my journal helped me get done on time...

My niece has a birthday coming up. Due to my post holiday funk I am always late mailing it out (just like my nephew's cards in January)

Not this year, card done and mailed! WooHoo!

I used a base card from a set of cards I picked up at Michaels. I got the idea from Ken at Ken's Kreations.  Michaels sells sets of cards, 80 cards with envelopes. 4.25 x 5.5. They come in patterns or plain and a multitude of colors. They go on sale all the time for something like $3 for a box. $3 for 80 cards and 80 envelopes! I can't make them for that! They make a great base. All I need to do is add the goodies on top. 

The trellis background is a die from Anna Griffin's heart die set from a couple years ago. 

The stamp is Winnie from Polkadoodles called Teacup full of wishes. 
I colored her with alcohol markers then used dip dotted white acrylic paint to highlight the ruffle on her collar and hem of her dress. The cupcake wrapper is colored with copper and gold gel pens.

My college roommate just had a birthday (ok, so I didn't get this made in time but I did get it made lol)

I convinced her to start virtual racing with me. She has already completed two 5k races and has started a 77 mile race!  Go Helen!  

I made her this sign to display her medals. After the photo, hubby added hooks across the bottom and hangers on the back. :-)

I used vinyl as my stencil to paint the lettering and mermaids. I painted the edges then wiped off the paint while still wet to give the edge a beachy, faded paint feel.

I really like how this turned out. I think it is my favorite sign so far. I was tempted to keep it and make another one for her.....but I didn't. I mailed it. I hope she likes it as much as I do.

And lastly...

I wanted a new sleep shirt but I also wanted to play with HTV (heat transfer vinyl)
I purchased a blank t-shirt at Walmart for around $4.

I thought the saying was so appropriate for me lol

That wraps up this blog post. I received my Dina Wakely Media journal the other day and have been playing around with one of the burlap pages. I will share that with you next time.

Until then stay warm and Happy Crafting!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Happy New Year!

I think I am finally all caught up! All the Christmas cards and boxes were mailed (and received) before Christmas which is always a good thing.

I have completed all the January birthday cards which is really a shocker because I usually forget my nephew's birthday (which is tomorrow) and end up sending his card at least a week late. He should have received it earlier this week.

My best friend Helen's card is done but now I am making her a gift (a last minute decision) so she may not get hers on time but I think she will forgive me.

Here is a picture of my nephew's card.

What do you put on a card for a 25 year old? I put minions lol

The minion was an SVG that I downloaded years ago. I can't even figure out from where which is sad because it is a set of 3 and very well done. I will keep looking and will add a link if I can find the source.

The background was embossed with the Cuttlebug Happy Birthday folder.

So, are you asking yourself, how on earth is she keeping herself on track when she is normally very scatter brained this time of year?  

Bullet Journaling!

I'm not sure how I missed the start of this trend (I think it started a few years ago) but it is blowing up big now. Planners and Bullet Journals are becoming a huge thing which is rather amazing considering how almost everything else in the world has moved to paperless online tech.

I think the average person is figuring out what all of us crafters have know all cannot beat the feel of paper in your hands, or gripping a pen or brush in your fingers. The thrill of that first stroke on the plain page.

Most craft stores have created entire planner/journal sections in their stores with large varieties of books, pens, stamps and stickers....and who could forget washi tape!

I started a practice journal in December just to see if 1. did I like the process? 2. would I keep at it or give up after a couple days?

Turns out I like it. And I keep at it. And it keeps me on track (go figure lol)

You can find thousands of videos on YouTube to give you ideas but the bottom line is it has to work for you. A regular planner didn't do that for me. It was too rigid with no creativity.

I love the fully decorated, super fancy bullet journals but I don't have time for that (I have a full time job and craft projects to make other than just creating a journal)

Here is the article that really explained bullet journaling for me and made me think I could do this and enjoy it. 

My style is a happy medium. Functional, simple with a bit of creativity. It doesn't take me days to create a spread, usually around an hour or 2 and I can see what I need at a glance.

Want to see my journal?

This is my journal cover. Isn't it gorgeous? Do you need one this fancy? No! But for me, I did. This is important to me. I am trying to be more organized in how I do a lot of different things this year. Yes, I can use any notebook but I thought if it looks important and 'impressive' then I will feel like it is important to use it. Yeah, it is all a mental game inside my head but it works for me! lol

I purchased my journal at Oberon Designs. You might recall that I purchased a journal from them last spring that I use for sketching. I love their stuff!!!

You can find your own gorgeous leather journal here

This is my 2018 cover page. I drew the twig wreath and then wrote in the center (and realized my handwriting is so atrocious that I needed to cover it up! lol)

Thank goodness for my Cricut Explore!  I had it write up the sentiment, cut it out on a circle and cut another blue layer circle to go under it. 

Very simple, very clean, actually legible lol

Here is my January cover. I am practicing my handwriting but seriously, it is really bad! So my Cricut rescued me again. It is off center because it is covering my horrible handwriting lol
I drew the snowman and snowflakes :-)  My overall theme for January is basically winter (snow, cold).

This is one of my January weekly spreads. I free-handed all the boxes and 'attached' them with tape and push pins :-)
The baby polar bear is a stamp from Stampendous! I drew the his snowman companion.

As you can see, clean, simple with a tiny bit of "art".

I've started setting up my February pages. Here is my cover and that short, half-week at the beginning of the month.

I used stencils to create the boxes and little extras (arrows, diamonds, triangles) 
I purchased my stencil set on ebay but you can find them all over the internet. Just search for journal stencils.

The tiny calendar you will see on all my spreads is a stamp set. I purchased it on Amazon

I wanted to convey love without all the hearts and flowers.

They aren't perfect but I like them. They are colored with Inktense Pencils. The background has a blue tint. I used Pan Pastels rubbed onto the corners.

Did you know this year is the Year of the Dog? I don't think these guys did either from the looks on their faces lol

I drew all the large lanterns to use for my daily entries, To Do list and weekly quote. The tiny banners (created using stencils) at the top right are for tracking my food log and daily steps.

I printed the year of the dog image from the internet.

The confused dogs are from the Mini Cats and Dogs/Crazy Dogs set from Tim Holtz. They were colored with Prismacolor Pencils as were all the lanterns.

Here is my vacation tracker spread. 
The left page is a packing list.
The right is a savings tracker. I need to save up some big bucks so I can buy my plane ticket!

Both of these pages were drawn free hand.

And lastly...

I needed something to hold all my goodies....stencils, stamps and pens.
This was a cosmetic bag I purchased from MyVinylDirect. I was going to make some as Christmas presents. I bought 2 to practice on. Finished one. Here is the other that was still sitting blank on the shelf. 
Now it is the perfect journal supplies pouch! Cricut to the rescue again!!!

So now you are all caught up with what I've been up to!

I wish you all a fabulous 2018!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!!

Sunday, December 03, 2017

22 Days Until Christmas!

Have you started your shopping yet? Or maybe the more important question is.....Have you started making your gifts yet???

My answer to both is yes. Although I haven't gotten much completed yet. I just don't know what to make or buy this year. I think lots of people will be getting gift cards in fancy holders lol

The last couple months have been sort of a blur. My mom got sick in late September and worrying and praying for her has taken up most of my mental space. She is doing really well and the doctors give us hope that there will be a full recovery. Praise God!

During these past months my muse kind of went into hiding which is fine because I wasn't up to listening to her anyway.

I did manage to make a few things (actually a lot more than I realized when I downloaded all the pics from my camera). I will only share the few I liked the best. (Just because you made stuff doesn't mean it was any good lol)

Here is the card I made for my sister in law. I used one of Anna Griffin's parchment layers for the background. I find working with the parchment to be very relaxing (which is what I have needed lately)
I used Print Then Cut on my Cricut Explore to make the bird on the branches. 

Here is the Thanksgiving card I sent to my parents. Again, a parchment background. I just love the delicate, lacy look.  The flower vines were cut with my Explore. The turkey was Print Then Cut. I find myself using PTC much more since I bought the Kodak Verite 6 Anna Griffin printer. It works great with my Explore and prints beautifully.

One more parchment based card. I told you I was enjoying it lol
The white lace snowflake border/edge is from Anna Griffins holiday edge dies. The Poinsettia, cut from Cricut glitter card stock, is from a seasonal set of Anna Griffin dies from 2016 and the pine boughs are from her Christmas Botanicals set. Also from 2016. All cut using the Cuttlebug.

I think this was the best Christmas card I made this year.  (I forgot to photograph 90% of them so you will just have to take my word for it lol)  It's elegant and yet very simple. I was tempted to keep it just so I could hang it on my own wall.

So, changing gears, this is glitter HTV on a black t-shirt.  Isn't it adorable???

I joined a membership group called Makers Gonna Learn. This is one of the files we received in the first month. (I think there were 30 in all)  You should really check it out. It is run by Tanner Bell. If you haven't seen him before check him out on YouTube. His enthusiasm is infectious. 

You can check out the Makers Gonna Learn site here

And lastly, the new Cricut Maker machine was launched this past summer. Did I need a new machine? No.....defintely No. I have the original Cricut, the Expression, the original Explore, and the Air 2. Why on earth would I need a 5th Cricut machine? 

Well, it cuts fabric! And etches metal (I need to take pictures of the dog tags I've made) and they are making additional tools to use in it. It comes with a rotary cutting blade! How cool is that.

The giraffe above is about 14" tall, made of flannel with felt mane and tail and cut entirely by the Cricut Maker. Wow!

I really did say over and over that I did NOT need this machine. And then hubby and I watched the launch on HSN in October. HSN really is a dangerous place!!!  But seeing it made me question my decision and surprisingly enough made hubby question it as well. He decided I DID need it and offered to split the cost with me. I was online ordering immediately lol

I have not used it a lot yet....but I have been pretty preoccupied lately. I am hoping after the holidays to really dive in and make some more projects. I have all the materials set aside to make a little fox doll wearing a vest. I think it will be super cute.

But until then I am happily praising God as he continues to heal and strengthen my mom and rejoice in the upcoming birthday of our Saviour.

Until next time, keep warm and Happy Crafting!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Happy Fall!!!!!

Fall is my favorite time of year. The cooler temperatures, blue skies, colored leaves, apples and PUMPKINS!

Yesterday we headed out to the farm and bought our first pumpkins of the season! :-)

I'm sorry I haven't been here for a few weeks. My mom got sick. My parents live on the opposite side of the country so all I can do is worry, pray and spend a lot of time on the phone checking up on her. It puts a damper on my crafting spirit and decreases my crafting time....but that's ok. My primary goal right now it to get my mommy well.

But, I do have some things I made before she got sick AND a few things I have been working on the past few days. (the better she feels the more my creativity comes back) :-)

This first item I actually made a couple months ago. I just finally got around to downloading it off my camera lol

In July I started participating in virtual races because my sister wanted me to do the RockNRoll 5k in Las Vegas in November and I am totally out of shape. She convinced me to start doing virtual races to get into walking. Well, I am now not going to go to Las Vegas....saving up for a much bigger trip. But I am still doing the virtual races. It turns out that if you dangle pretty things in front of me I will actually get off my butt and exercise! lol

I have completed 7 races and am almost done with the 8th ranging in distances from 5k to 40 miles. And I have a collection of really cool medals to show for my efforts! (I will get some pictures of those for a later post)

Needing a place to display my hardware, I created this board. I used my Cricut Explore to cut vinyl to use as stencils. I added cup hooks across the bottom to hand my medals.

I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before but my mom loves tote bags. I mean she really LOVES them. She has tons of them! lol  I have made or bought her several over the years.

When I got my Easy Press I knew I needed to make her another one.

The bag itself came from Walmart. It is one of their shopping bags. They are usually on a rack near the door and cost $4.00. They are fairly large, have a magnet closure at the top and are made of a medium weight canvas. I don't know that I could make it for less then $4.00.

I used both glitter and lite Cricut heat transfer vinyl.

The pelican/beach, turtle and crab are from the Life is a Beach cartridge.
The sun is from Disney Princesses - Believing in Dreams. I sliced it to get just a few sun rays.
The banner is from CTMH Artiste. I sliced the letters into it.
The text is various fonts from my computer fonts files.

I mailed it to my mom the day after she got sick. She loves it and is looking forward to taking it to the beach.

I had been working on Halloween cards. Those kind of got put on hold (because of my mom but also because new Christmas craft supplies arrived lol)  But here are a couple I have done.

I carved this skeleton stamp at least 30 years ago! I love him! lol
I think he plays well with this dog from Tim Holtz' mini Crazy Dogs. (although the dog seems to be playing a bit too rough lol)

I initially was inspired by this Ken's Kreations video which is why I was stamping on craft paper.
If you have never seen Ken's videos before you need to check them out. He has great tutorials and the banter between him and Sean always makes me smile (and sometimes double over laughing)

See, this doggy does not play well with others. Or maybe he takes 'playing with others' too seriously. lol
I cut a small slit in his mouth to insert the end of the bone. (when I carved the skeleton many years ago I also carved extra bones just in case... )

This next card was also inspired by another Ken's Kreations video.
Like I said, they have great tutorials and they cheer me up (which I have needed a lot lately).

I used Distress Inks for the background: Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw and Peacock Feathers.
And of course, one of Tim Holtz' Crazy Dogs wearing a bowler hat and sunglasses from the Crazy Things set.
The dog was colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.
The Happy Halloween was stamped and then embossed with white embossing powder. I had so many different stamps out for this text....some from CTMH, some Tim Holtz and some from Diamond Press. I honestly cannot remember which one I finally used (and not in the mood to dig them all out again lol ...sorry)

So, let me preface these next cards with....I have to always be learning something new otherwise I get bored. It can be just the smallest technique or a totally new craft.

Today it is a totally new craft lol

Parchment crafting.
I have seen it before. I think we might have sold the supplies at the craft store I worked at in the 80s. It was always called Pergamano whenever I saw it. Turns out that is just a brand name that has become synonymous with the craft. (like Jello or Kleenex lol)

Anna Griffin sells parchment craft supplies on HSN (of course she does!) And on her last appearance she introduced Christmas parchment supplies. Oh My Goodness! Talk about gorgeous!

What can I say, I purchased the every day and Christmas sets. It is something I can do while watching tv unlike most of my crafting where I have to be at my art desk.

The above is from the every day set. It looks so elegant yet it is so easy to do.

Here are the links for the every day set, the Christmas set and the tool set.

I attached my vellum to card stock using brads.

Here is one of the Christmas layers. It is vines with holly. So simple yet so pretty.
Oh and look! Anna has Christmas Go Press and Foil stamps!!!

I used the new wreath and Season's Greetings stamps to make this card.
I love the Go Press and Foil machine! It had a slight learning curve but once I got that all figured out I have had perfect results every time.

The wreath is foiled in gold on dark green card stock. I then foiled just the bow in red on white card stock and used foam tape to give it some dimension.
The Season's Greetings was foiled in gold directly onto the parchment.
The parchment layer was then glued down onto dark red card stock.

Do you have a Go Press and Foil machine? Having problems getting even coverage? Check out my post where I share my tips.

Here is another Christmas card using the Go Press and Foil machine and one of the new Christmas stamps. Isn't that tree gorgeous?!

The tree was foiled in gold on dark green card stock. I then hand cut the edges with decorative scissors.
The background is cream colored Cricut Pearl paper embossed with Anna Griffin's Sleigh Bells embossing folder.

Helpful tip: to ensure that thinner papers/card stocks like the pearl paper or vellum don't tear when embossing add a second layer of card stock to the folder. I used just plain Staples 110lb white card stock. Now I have a perfect pearl layer and a spare white layer to be used in another project.

I hand tied tiny red satin bows and glued them on the tree with Aleene's Tacky glue.

Last but not least...

My brother in law had a birthday last week. Of course I made him a card.

I was in the mood to try something new. 

Last May our town had their community yard sale. The automotive repair shop participated. They had sample books of leather and vinyl upholstery for free. I grabbed a clue what I might do with them but couldn't just leave them there!

So, I finally came up with an idea. Could my Cuttlebug cut through thin leather and vinyl? 
Why Yes! It could!

I used an Anna Griffin oak leaf cutting die. I ran it through twice just to be sure it cut completely. They turned out great!
The background is craft paper. I inked up Anna's Acorn Scatter embossing folder with Tea Dye Distress Ink and ran it through the Cuttlebug so that the deboss was a darker brown.

The Happy Birthday is a Diamond Press die.

See what happens when I don't pop in on a regular basis? Tons of photos! lol

Here in the Pacific Northwest autumn has definitely arrived! I hope you all will get to enjoy the season very soon too.

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!