Sunday, March 24, 2013

Spring Break

So spring has sprung - or so they say, at least I'd like to hope that's true, but I live in Reno, and am sure to see a bit more cool weather before spring is here to stay. But, I'll enjoy having the windows open while I can. Tonight I'm going to cook out for the first time this season - I have a tri-tip marinating as we speak. Yum!

While I've been busy the past few months, I've been suffering a bit of a creative block. I'm hoping that it is beginning to pass. Here's what I've come up with

First of all, my recipe cards for the Crock Pot Recipe swap over at Crop Chocolate

I used Sookwang tape, Microfine glitter (warm) from Elizabeth Crafts, a digital stamp and my Copic markers to create the crockpot. 

Now, here is a sympathy/thinking of you card I created for a friend of mine who lost her dad recently

The green is a shimmer sheet that I ran through my texture boutique machine with a Stampin Up embossing folder.

Here are my March birthday cards for my Sister, Nephew and a close friend

The cupcake is an outline by Elizabeth Crafts, colored with copics and embellished with stickles.

Another outline by Elizabeth Crafts, done with stickles, the stamp set is from Close to my Heart.

Sorry on the last one, blogger has a mind of it's own as usual. The cake outline is another from Elizabeth Crafts, this time colored with my Copics.

Today I also made Easter baskets for 2 of my favorite young ladies

I cut these using my silhouette cameo with some papers from my stash. I will get them filled with the goodies I picked up this week, so I can deliver them on Wednesday.

I'm heading to San Francisco next weekend to celebrate the Easter holiday. I'm looking forward to spending some time exploring, during a city tour and Muir Woods tour. Hopefully, I will also get the chance to explore Golden Gate Park. 

Here's wishing you all a Happy Easter - Keep Dreaming

Sunday, January 27, 2013

January is almost Gone!

Wow, January has just flown by, I've already blown one of my resolutions which was to keep my blog up-to-date and here I'm just making my first post of the year. Not Good.

It's been colder than usual here in Reno, I guess the cold started around the holidays and just decided to stick around. I missed most of the snow, since I was in Las Vegas and Anaheim from Christmas Day until the 29th. 

Here's what I was doing in Anaheim - California Adventure and Disneyland for a friend's birthday. We had to stop by Cars Land and Radiator Springs.

I have gotten some crafting in since the holidays, but not much, I made a few cards at the Scrapbook Paradise customer appreciation crop. Check them out.

Two birthday cards and 2 Thank You cards.

 I also experimented with creating some shaving cream canvas' that I will be turning into a gift for a friend. I used the technique for creating shaving cream paper, but let the canvas boards sit in the mixture for a bit longer.  Here are the step-by-step instructions

Step 1 - Gather your supplies

I used the following
Shaving Cream - Foam, not Gel
Alcohol Ink - Stonewashed, Meadow and Purple Twilight
4 Canvas Boards
Something to mix the ink - I used a Kabob stick
Paper plate
Knife or squeege
Paper Towels


Put Shaving Cream on the paper plate spread to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick
Place drops of Alcohol Ink on the Shaving Cream and use your stick to mix to desired results

Place the canvas board face down in the shaving cream/ink mixture - press down to ensure maximum coverage
Let the board sit in the ink mixture for approx 4-5 minutes
Remove board from ink mixture and clean off the excess shaving cream with a squeege or in my case the flat edge of a butter knife.
Use a paper tower to clean the edges and blot the ink if you desire
Let dry for a couple of hours.

This is my dyed canvas ready for decoration - the one in the upper right corner I blotted a bit too much, so the colors are very muddled. I'll post a picture when I actually have them decorated.

Yesterday, I took a Coloring with Copic's class at my LSS, the project we were working on was this little girl with a heart. My first attempt at shading, and I don't think it turned out too bad. I made it into a card for one of my best friends, who is in the hospital right now and not doing too well.

I added some stickle to the heart to give it some bling. 

Right now, I'm really worried about my friend, Cindy who is in the hospital and not doing so well. Unfortunately, she's in Vegas and I can't get there right now. Please, if you get a minute remember her in your thoughts and prayers. 

Everyone have a good week, and remember to Dream Big!