Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tagapalooza - Birthday and Valentine Style

Hey Divas!  I'm back with 3 tags I made - 2 for birthday and 1 for Valentine's Day.  Here they are!

Materials and Cartridges
  • Party Hat and 6 - Birthday Bash Cartridge
  • Latice Tag - French Manor Cartridge
  • 8- Letter Envy Cartridge
  • Butterfly - Paper Trimmings Cartridge
  • Ink - SU Pink Passion and Whisper White
  • Valentine's Paper - "Sweet Love" by Little Yellow Bicycle
  • Happiness Birthday Stamp - Jaded Blossom "Sweet Birthday Wishes" collection
  • Stash - everything else

Here's aValentine's Day Tag I made with a collection of papers I just love.  Isn't it cute?!

What's a tag without a little bling on it?!  I added some bling on the doily I used for the background.  I layered on a fabric tag that I added a gingham bow to.  I love all the pinks and reds.

The collection include a bunch of Journaling Tags.  So I included one of those on the tag.  I added a row of TH rose ribbon on top of that with more bling in it.  It finished off the tag nicely.

Here's a tag I made for an 8 year old.  I wanted to make a butterfly taking light because I think that's exactly what she is doing.  

I used the Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter on the 8 and the buttergly to make it sparkle.  I stamped the sentiment on a little flag.  So cute!

The butterfly is 3-dimensional with it's wings standing up.  It really turned out nice and makes a great statement on the tag.

This tag is for my gorgeous God-daughter, Layla.  She was turned 6 this month.  So I made this tag for her gift bag.  

I made these tags at a crop with my crafty friends.  She had some of the new January release stamps from Jaded Blossom, including the Sweet Birthday Wishes set.  I used it at the top where I also placed a bow made from seam binding and some bling.

My sweet God-daughter is very stylish.  She loves anima print so I included that on her tag.  I then took it over the top with the bling in the shape of the 6.  I added more bling on the hat to top the whole tag off.  I edged the cream base with the pink ink to bring that finish to the tag.

I am very happy with all 3 tags.  If you like my creations, leave me some blog love and let me know.  Thanks so much everyone!  Until next time...



Monday, January 14, 2013

Cards of Inspiration

Hello Divas!  How have you been?  I am feeling very blessed today because 100 years ago today, my sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, was founded by 22 courageous young women.  I am inspired by their vision and will do my best to carry it on.

Speaking of inspiration, that's what this project is all about.  One day, I went looking for a stamp of my favorite scripture, Hebrews 11:1.  I came across a company called Verve Stamps.  They have a line of inspriational stamps, as well as many others kinds of stamps.  I ordered a few since they are very reasonably priced, and I have to say that I love them!  They are really great quality and their customer service is awesome.  Check out their website by clicking here.

Here are the 4 different cards I made with just a few of my stamps.

Here are the materials I used for the Cast Your Cares On Him cards
  • Paper - Echo Park "Life Is Good"
  • Ink - SU Chocolate Chip and TH Vintage Photo
  • Pearls - Recollection
  • Bling, Lace, Buttons and Ribbon - my stash
  • Panels - Storybook Cartridge
  • Embossing Folder - Swiss Dots
I really love the colors of these cards.  They are all so soft but vibrant at the same time.  
It was a last miniute decision to add the bling to the card.  I don't see how it would have been complete without it now. 

The background panel of the panel was embossed and inked.  Although the embossing may have seemed to be lost, it's one of those discoveries that you find after you keep looking at the card.  The inking helps you find it.
This card is a little more simple and structured.  I think I will make the panel larger the next time.

The pearls and the lace add a dimension of nostalgia to the card.  It works with this paper collection.

Here are the materials I used for the Faith Is... and I Can Do All Things... cards
  • Paper, Fibers and Stickers - Basic Grey "Ambrosia"
  • Ink - SU (Basic Gray and Pumpkin Pie) and TH (Spiced Marmalade and Black Soot)
  • Panels - Base Camp and Storybook Cartridges
  • Punch - MS Punch Double Loops
This paper collection is a little harder in it's colors.  But the marterials soften them.

The orange cross in the back was a freebie stamp for placing my order.  I stamped the scripture on top in gray.  I love the way it all came together with the inking and fibers.

I love this paper!  I reminds me of the Orient and their love of intricate details.  
I took several fibers from the collection and intertwinded them together.  I like the way they criss-cross across the border I punched with one of my MS punches.
I love these cards and can't wait to write a sweet note to somone in them.  I hope they have inspired you as much as they have warmed my heart.  Until next time...

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Etched Glass For Christmas! Pic Heavy

Hey there peeps!  I finally got up the nerve to try something I have always been wanteing to do - etched glass.  I have always been intimidated by process.  It just seemed so daunting and hard to do.  I decided to give it a go this holiday season. Here's my first project.

Here's what I used!
  • Etching Cream
  • Q-tips
  • MS Elegant Cake Art Cartridge
  • Calligraphy Collection Cartridge
  • Vinyl
  • Various Glass objects -  glasses, wine glasses, dishes

For the Pyrex dish, I wanted to etch the back of the dish.  So I designed my wording on my Gypsy and flipped the image so it cut backwards.  This made the sticky side on the top of my vinyl.  I stuck it to the bottom of my dish and pressed down so all the edges sealed real well.

IMPORTANT!!!- When you select your design, make sure you put a box around the design so you can make a good template.  This box helps keep a safe border of vinyl between your etching cream and the rest of your glass object. 

Using the Q-tip, layer the etching cream inside the vinyle with your design cut out of it. 

Once 5-10 minutes have passed, wash the remaining cream off with warm water and soap.  Before you do, you can scrap the cream off and put it back in the container.  This will help your cream last longer.  Tada!!!! You are done!

When I went to the store to buy the materials, the clerk told me that once I started, I would be addicted.  Man was she right!  Soon I was thinking of all kinds of things to do.  I decided to make some glasses of all different kinds for Christmas gifts.  Here are some pics of what I made.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my projects and mostly, I hope this post inspires you to make something with glass etching.  Until next time...