Friday, May 18, 2012

I'm Dylusional!

 A bunch of us got together at Prairie Art Stamps and played with Dyan Reaveley's stamps and ink sprays.  Our group was led by Gail who gave us guidelines and ideas.  I've been wanting to learn how to do this type of background for journaling pages.

This piece includes some neon pencil under the spray inks, stenciling, stamping.  We used Dyan's kitchen roll (paper towels) technique as seen in her video.  We used water color paper. As you can tell from the photo, I need to flatten the piece before framing it.  New product purchased:  Sharpie water based paint in white with extra fine point.  I used it to outline the hearts.  

My dylusional life of late has kept me from entering my favorite challenges.  I do believe this piece was created the day after the original F&F challenge post requesting stencils and masks. So I'm now officially entering this on the funkie side of Frilly and Funkie Stencils and Masks.

Farewell to the Queen of Disco, Donna Summer.  Back in the early 80's, I totally wore out my cassette tape of your hit songs.  Today's post features one of her songs on my Mixpod.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Bird Cage Card for Gecko Galz

This month for my design team project, I chose one of the beautiful black and white digital "stamps" in the Paris Flea Market set to create this card for Gecko Galz.  

If you are a frequent reader of my blog, you may recall that recently my two daughters "gifted" me their scrapbooking supplies as they decided it really was mom's hobby, not theirs.  DD1 gave me a slew of Heidi Grace papers and embellishments.  I thought the patterns perfectly matched the Gecko Galz bird cage in the center of this card.

To create some interest, I used my new set of Spellbinders Nestabilites Curved Rectangles for layering.  I thought the fun shape added to the whimsy feel of the birdcages.  

The link to Gecko Galz is HERE.  Right now there is a sale going on.....
Buy one digital collage sheet get one FREE!   NO LIMITS
Just purchase your collage sheets as normal then for your freebies email us the title at

If you like challenges, we have many Ephemera Emporium Crafting Challenges with various due dates.  You'll find them listed on the Gecko Galz homepage with a link to our Gecko Galz Papercrafting Yahoo Group.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Gown Card

It all started with my blog visit to 1CardCreator where I saw the beautiful gown template from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff.  The fact that it also was on sale that day made it a "no brainer" purchase for me.  I couldn't wait to play and found some challenges to go with my shaped gown card.  Patterned paper from the Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage 6"x12" classic paper pack was a perfect match for the color challenges.

Here are the four challenges I entered:
anything goes

use colors in this photo:

shaped card  (this photo shows the dress shape opened using two sided patterned paper) and use colors in this photo:

add fabric---I layered several store bought laces, trims, and fabric lace combos

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

To all those celebrating this special day, I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Here is a pic of my Mother's Day gift which was perched on the bench in our yard this morning:

And here's a card we made at Stampin' Up Club last week which I saved to give today to someone very special...

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

My Impression of Wedding Lace

I'm very excited today because my first article as an unruly columnist is published in the Unruly Paper Arts blogozine.  This month's theme is Wedding Wonders.  And my column, Musings of a 2amscrapper, focuses on wedding lace.  With a little help of my friends, Lynn Stevens, Nancy Maxwell James, and Lynne Moncrieff, my column showcases their amazing work with lace.  Please check it out HERE and then visit the links to their personal blogs. 

Here is the tag I made for my first article:

Rumors Are Flying was number one on the hit parade the month my mother ventured onto an airplane in November of 1946 to meet her wartime pen pal in England.  After a brief "in person" courtship, she married my dad in Nottingham, England which was followed by a brief honeymoon before her return to the States.  Due to U.S. immigration quotas after the war, it took two years to be reunited.

(The first 2 songs on my blog playlist during this original posting are from the month my parents married.  The songs seem so appropriate for the occasion!! )

Details about this Nottingham lace and how I used it in my tag can be found in my UPA column HERE.  

In addition to our unruly columns, we have two Reader Art Quests this month.  If you haven't yet become unruly, I hope you'll visit Unruly Paper Arts soon!

A list of some of the materials I used while making my tag:
Spellbinder Nestabilities Fleur De Lis Rectangle cut/emboss die
Stampin' Up Crumb Cake card stock
Ruby Rock It  Fantasy  from the Avalon paper collection
Color Box fluid chalk ink to edge papers
Studio G pigment ink to stamp lace 
Magic Stamp Moldable Foam Block 3"x 4"x 1"  one source (first one I found on the internet)
Maya Road mini alphas 
Stampabilities Composer's Dream rubber stamp
Recollections butterfly sticker (metal)
Prima flower

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

It's That Time of Year

graduations, retirements, weddings, vacations, family reunions, moving....lots to keep us busy

Stampin' Up Club was Sunday afternoon.  Here's one of the cards we made.  I'm going to give this to our neighbor who is retiring from teaching next week.  She is an amazing person and awesome teacher.

stamping, heat embossing, fussy cutting, layering, inking

Saturday, May 5, 2012

A Bird Challenge for You

In conjunction with her first kit release in her Etsy shop, the Vintage Page Designs Bird Kit, Ali Manning is hosting a bird challenge on her blog. Vintage Page Designs.  

As guest designer for her limited edition kit, here is the sample I made for her challenge:

About my card:  
I used one of the beautiful quality blank cards that Ali sent me.  I set out to paint a background to match the birds that I fussy cut from one of the kit pages--each page a vintage original in pristine condition. I ended up using a mixture of Adirondack acrylic paints mixed with ArtQuest USA MicaColor watercolors in vintage tones.  I added the lace trim from the kit.  Ali packages her products so beautifully that I hate to open them.  Obviously I did open them, but saved every bit of wrap.  Some of that wrap is the twine behind the Jenni Bowlin banner I created to make the word chirp.  I photographed my card resting on top of one of the vintage dictionary pages from the kit.

I hope you have time to play along with the bird challenge. You'll find the details on Ali's blog HERE along with inspirational samples from the other guest designers.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Vintage Page Designs Bird Kit Is In the Shoppe

Today marks Ali Manning's first kit release in her Etsy shop, the Vintage Page Designs Bird Kit. All month she is featuring work made from products in the kit on her blog, Vintage Page Designs

As guest designer for her limited edition kit, here is one of the samples I made for her--a double sided tag which can also be used as a journal book cover. It's featured on Ali's blog as today's sample.  I loved working with these real vintage papers.  You know I would because I'm a vintage kinda gal.

vintage paper, fussy cut bird, vintage tag and twine, orange stamp, and cloth bow all from the Vintage Paper Designs limited edition bird kit.

recycled box lid; Ranger Distress Ink in Pumice Stone, Making Memories manila acrylic paint, The Paper Studio cloth measuring tape, Tim Holtz Ideaology Adage Ticket (soar), punchinella as stencil, Inkadinkadoo Circles and Dots clear stamps, Dusty Attic Holly Flourish, Ranger Distress Stain in Walnut, Kaiser copper pearls, misc. flowers from my stash



I entered it in the Gecko Galz Yahoo Group April Color Challenge and won the random draw!  I get 3 Gecko Galz digital collage sheets of my choice!  Whoop, whoop!  

Currently there are SEVEN challenges up in the Gecko Galz Yahoo Group.  Look for them in them in the Yahoo Group HERE 
or on the Gecko Galz main website HERE

The main site also features links to tutorials for two projects from my design teammate, Heather Hudson.  Look for her projects HERE

You'll also see on the main site, in the sample spotlight, a beautiful stop watch creation from my design teammate Gerri Herbst as well as the beautiful card by design teammate Joan Liddle that was published in a Stampington magazine.

Come play with us!  Or maybe you'd like to be considered for our design on....


Gecko Galz is adding to their team...please read the following and find out if you are the design star for them!

Gecko Galz is an online Paper crafting company which has new products that come out every month including a new paper line, 6 new Collage sets, digital stamps, and other products that inspire scrapbookers, card makers and ATC
artists. We are holding a Design Team search. Our Design team is a little different than most, every member is sent digital products each month. We will be taking submissions from now through June 1, 2012.

We are seeking talented designers, who are passionate about Paper crafting and inspiring our customers through their works, to add to our team. As a Design Team member, you will serve a critical role in promoting our products and website on message boards, the blogs, magazines and representing the company where ever you can. You are welcome to be on other design teams and we ask that you supply us with one or more samples using our products each month. We welcome International & all paper crafting levels of applicants.

For more details, look HERE

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