Monday, December 31, 2012

Its been a while...

 Hi Guys,
I know its been a loooong time since Ive posted. Truth is I havent made a card in a couple of months. Just having a bit of a break for the winter. So thank all of you who decided to hang with me even while Ive been away from Blogland.
THis week's challenge at Mo's is to post your favorite Mo card of 2012. I couldn't miss that opportunity even though Im cutting it very close in getting this in.
THis was probably my fave card, the coloring came out just how I wanted and it was one of those rare cards youre pretty much 100%  happy with when its done. A rare occurance!!

OK, so its not crafty but in case youve been wondering what Ive been doing lately, Ive been doing some "house projects", nothing exciting per se but just things that have been a bit neglected lately.
Let me show you what I mean:
Here's my sideboard which has been scratched up for quite some time. Ive been meaning to refinish it but just havent got around to it:

 Well, I still havent refinished it but I decided to try out some "Old English" scratch remover to see if it would temporarily 'improve' it. Here's the result:

You gotta admit thats pretty awesome! Here's a close up:
 So I decided the refinishing could wait, thats pretty close to perfect!
So theeeen I got to thinking, hey my kitchen floor is pretty awful why not try it on that? So I bought some Old English Scratch Remover in LIGHT and I'll show you how that went.
First, here is the before:
You can see that the original finish is almost completely worn away. The floor really needs to be stripped but I cant do it in the winter so this is to "hold it over" til warm weather comes and I can do without my kitchen for a week or so. (not sure when that will be!).

 And below is the after picture:
Yes, still a little rough but the color is more uniform so at first glance it looks not too bad.

 OK, are you ready for a "Pinstrocity??" Me too!
Have any of you read about the super duper way to boil eggs in the oven? The claim is that the eggs come out tastier, are easier to peel etc etc etc. Well! What they neglected to mention was this: that the eggs also scorch in the muffin tin and end up with brown spots all over them!
Here's the Pinterest picture that inspired me:

Who knew?

And here's my reality:
Anyone for some ugly eggs?
And by the way, they do NOT peel easier and they do NOT taste tastier either.
So there.
Well thats what's been happening here, thanks for visiting!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

A "Pin"teresting Time

OK, so its been almost a month with no card to show you.
It feels .....GREAT!! lol
As you know, I'm having a little break from cardmaking to work on some other projects/hobbies that have been neglected while my nose was deep in paper.
So what's been happening?
Well, I discovered Pinterest for one. :) I mean, I'd visited Pinterest before but in the last month or so I have had opportunity to really see what it was all about and let me tell you~ Where has it been all my life!
How on earth did we ever even perform a simple chore like take out the garbage before Pinterest? There is a household hint for everything!!
And before you pooh pooh it can I just say they are awesome ideas!!
As some of you may know, I love antiques. I even married one! lol Seriously, I have antiques laying all over the place but on Pinterest I have found some really cool ideas on re-purposing. For instance!
Below you see my antique sled table runner. Yup, you heard that right.
This sled was made in the 1800s but was missing a seat. My Dad added the seat and refinished it. Alternately you could find this sled hanging on the wall or above the kitchen cabinets. But theeeeen I found this great page on Pinterest on re-purposed table runners and my brain started turning....
C'mon is this cool is or is this cool!!
A close up...

Second project:
Hemming jeans while leaving original hem intact.
What the whaaaa??
Yup. On Pinterest. You can find this and other amazing stuff on my board "Sewing Tips".
Basically, if you need to hem four inches off your jeans you divide that measurement in half and fold your pants up 2 inches (instead of four).
Then sew around the cuff as close to the hem as you can. Then, fold the "cuff" to the inside of the jeans and tack in place.
Press. (I used my hair iron)
So here's the finished outside...

And here's the inside below...

And the best part is, you can let the hem down at any time when you need more length. All the original fabric is still there.
Of course, you could cut away that cuff and serge it if you didnt want any extra bulk.

Third Project:
Always keep your kitchen sponge dry, just add a bulldog clip and stand it up.
Tacky, yes. But hey, it works. All kinds of "Good Things To Know"  and " Household Hints" are found on Pinterest.
By the way, I know you're admiring my vintage burnt orange countertops and flange. Try not to be too jealous, I mean I know its glamorous and all but don't feel bad,  granite is nice too. lol

And speaking of the 70's....I have also been getting more use out of my crockpot.
Up til recently I used my crockpot more for keeping soup warm or cooking beans than making any real meals in it. But that has changed. I have made lasagna twice  as well as macaroni and cheese.
And they came out awesome!! I couldn't believe it!
Check out some recipes here.
I made them both for pot luck gatherings and they went so quick that by the time I got to the buffet counter there was like one spoonful left of each and everyone was raving about it.
I have no pics to show you but will try to take one next time.
OK, Ive bored you for long enough!
Hope you all enjoy the weekend.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

#154 Mo's Challenge "Dies and Punches"

Hi GUys!
I hope your week is going well. I'm still trying to get my "mojo" back but its not coming too readily.I just need to give it time. This has happened before and I know it will return eventually but there's no telling when...I'm not holding my breath, you know what I mean?
 Anyway! This week's challenge at Mo's is:
Dies and/or Punches 
and I decided to use Mo's image "Kite". Its been out for a few months now but this is my first time coloring it.
the papers are mostly MME and the dies are spellbinders. The sentiment is by Precious Rememberance.

I hope you can play along with us.
 Thanks so much for visiting. One of these days I'll wow you with something worth visiting for but in the meantime, I hope you'll bear with me. :)
Hugs all
ps) for my stamp clearout sale click here

Thursday, September 13, 2012

#153 Mo's Challenge "Buttons"

 Hi Guys!
I hope everyone is doing well! This week our challenge at Mo's Digital Pencil is:
I am using a newer stamp by Mo called "Tiny Dancer Elements" and various papers, mainly from MME.
The coloring is of course lyras and prismas on kraft cardstock.

And a close up, its a bit blurry, sorry.

Thats it form me, I hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

#151 Anything Goes ~ Mo's Challenge

Hi Guys!
So its Thursday again! And you all know what that means, right? A new challenge at Mo's! Its the start of a new month and that means its "Anything Goes with a Mo's".
I just love this towering cake image called (appropriately) "Tall Cake", available here.
Ive colored my image with prismacolor and Lyra pencils on kraft. 

Paper: MME
Ticket Stamp: Whimsy
Image: Mo's "Tall Cake"
Card Candy
Twine and Ribbon: Lilly Belles
Buttons: from stash

And moving onto a new challenge at The Catered Crop...... this week's theme is...

Catered Crop Recipe Swap Button

Think Pink!

Our sponsor this fortnight is:

And here's what our fabulous DT creator and leader Linda has to say about Lilly Belles:

Shopping at Lilly Belle's Paperie and Textiles is like shopping in a up-town boutique, but with low-down prices. Laura Evangeline has curated some fabulous hard-to-find papers, textiles and embellishments in her Etsy shop and she's organized them all beautifully by color.  So, yes, you can pick up all the pink you need for our challenge right here. "Like" her on Facebook for updates and specials too.
One randomly chosen player will win a $25.00 gift certificate. And, EVERYONE (Yes, I'm Shouting) is a winner for this challenge.
Laura is offering you all a 15% discount in her shop, valid only until our challenge ends, September 15. Oh, be still my heart!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

So Happy For You

So here I am practicing my ethnic skin on kraft again. I needed a celebration card for a black GF of mine and Ive always loved this image. I wasn't sure how she would work with dark skin but it actually turned out just fine so I am pleased.
OK! Down to business!
This week's challenge at Mo's DP2 is "Layers". Now at first glance you're gonna think this is a pretty CAS card but if you actually count the layers there are 8 of them. So see, I did get the memo afterall. :)

And a close up:
I'm using my usual Prismacolors and Lyra Rembrants on kraft cardstock.

Thanks so much for coming by!
Have an awesome weekend:)

Thursday, August 23, 2012


I hope everyone's week has been going well!
Today's card is an anniversary card for someone (Stacey, don't look!) who likes purple and such. :)
This week's challenge at MO's is "Distressing" and as this is for an anniversary I didn't want to make the card look like it had been through the wringer, ya know? So I just distressed using distress inks instead.
You can find the image "Date"  here.

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Keeping In Touch

Hi Guys!
So I'm back. :)
It was a bit of a struggle making myself sit down to make a few cards but once I got the paper together they came together surprisingly easy and I enjoyed it. So here we have "Danielle With Laptop" by Mo Manning. Love this image, especially the cat on the top of the chair. :)
This week's challenge at Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge  is and easy one 'Friends".

My papers are varied. I used several packs of several brands (and Ive put them away now so I can't tell you what they were.)
The sentiment is by Precious Remembrance and the die is a nestie.

I hope you enjoy today's project. :) 
Be sure to go to the challenge site and check out the other girl's cards, they're amazing!
See you next week!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Things Can Only Go Up

Hi Everyone!
Thanks for stopping by :)
This is my last post for The Kraft Journal. It has been an awesome 5 months working with them. I would have been with them another month there if it weren't for a bad case of "Blogging Burnout". Ever catch it? Its scary. You wonder if you'll ever be in the groove again. *sigh*
In the past month or so I have come off some really wonderful teams and I  hope that someday they'll have me back.  For now I need a break to get my swing again. I have no intention of stopping blogging I just need to lighten the load a bit.
So back to this week's challenge:
Use Any Sketch
Here's mine:

Paper: Cosmo Cricket and Kraft
Image: Mo Manning "Going Up"

Thats it from me!
 I'm taking a blogging break for a week or two so bear with me and I'll be back soon.
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Boy's Best Friend

Hi Everyone!
This week our challenge at Mo's is:
In The Dog House
(interpret that how you will. In this country we have the expression someone is "in the doghouse" if they're in trouble and being punished. You could use an image like that. Or you can go the doggie route. Either way!)

*remember, you stil have some time to make up a card and join in our GD call. Just put GD after your name.

 IMage: Mo Manning, prismas and Lyras on kraft
Papers: MME
Ribbon: Crafty Ribbon
Button: Home Sew

Can't wait to see your projects!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Some Things Just Stink

Hi Guys!
This week at The Kraft Journal we want to see cards that make us smile.
I'll admit that this isn't your typical "happy" card but rather a commiseration card. The sentiment fits and hopefully that will grab a smile from the recipient. 
 If not, my efforts have gone down the toilet. ;)

IMage: Mo Manning
Papers: MME, buff cardstock
Colors: Prismacolors on Kraft

Hope to see you all around Blogland! My blogger dashboard is finally working normally so its easier for me to blog hop. Thanks for bearing with me. :)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Bedtime Story

Hi Everyone!
Well we are on week two of our GD call at Mo's Digital Pencil! For all you hopefuls out there you have til the end of the month to enter in our challenges and put GD after your name to be considered.
Exciting times!
So this week's challenge is:
Hugs and Kisses
I decided to use Mo's "Bedtime Story" for my card. Its an older image and is not listed in the new shop yet but if you put a flea in Mo's ear she will definitely add it, no problem.

I've used prismacolors and Lyras on kraft cardstock and various scraps of designer paper. The burlap, twine, vintage ticket stub and cardboard button are from The Kraft Outlet and ticket sentiments are Whimsy. I used distress inks and white craft paint to add age and interest.

Thats it from me! I can't wait to see all your projects and have a wonderful weekend!

For my latest sewing project , click here.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Coloring Steel on Kraft Cardstock

Hi Everyone!  
 I thought you might enjoy playing around with achieving a "metal effect" on kraft cardstcock,so to get started find an image with a chunk of metal you can work on and get some kraft paper to print it out .
I am here using prismacolor pencils in this demonstration but you could use other brands just keep in mind that the names on the pencils will be different. And just a FYI : for metal we would generally use cool grays as opposed to warm (or brownish) grays.
OK! So I've written the steps on the photos below. Have fun!

When you go onto step 2, blend the 70% onto the 90% .You will go over the first layer somewhat and outwards. Just try not to "drown out" the first, darkest layer.

Really we're just taking one full color range of grays and working our way from darkest to lightest. 

I just love how the colors start merging now. Its really starting to look like shiny stainless steel.

Ah! I love this! Can you see it coming together? I can almost hear the clang!

OK, so now we're going to grab some of our previously used pencils to blend it out a bit. We don't want any "color transition" streaking.

And reinforcing the darker colors (below)...

Add a few punches of detail....

And the hardest part: knowing when to stop!

I hope you had fun! 

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