Monthly Archives: August 2008

Faux Frame Tutorial Coming Soon!!!!

I have yet to see a tutorial for this technique!
To be honest, I saw a card using this sort of dry embossing/sanding technique in a CTMH idea book and made it up as I went along.
I will have the tutorial posted by the end of the day!!!
Many people have asked how to do it!

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Off in gnome-gnome land…



As a girl, my mom would always tell me that I was off
in la-la land…lol! She never quite related to a child’s imaginative and wandering mind, having been forced to grow up fast. To this day, she can not relate to my younger brother 8 years younger than me.
I would love to have this hang on the door of my future craft room!
OKAY, back to my faux framed goodness…
The second I ordered these odd-bird planet stamps I knew what I wanted to do with them!
I wanted to create a scene and faux frame it (my fave trick) and wanted it to have a homey shabby chic yet fun feel to it!
My inspiration for the frame is an actual white frame hanging in the family room.
A TON of work went into this, but I had so much fun doing it!

Materials List:
Stamps– odd bird planet, justjohanna, kelly’s gnome home, kelly’s gnome girl with apron, mushroom tree row, CTMH doodle alpha
Paper– The mushroom and large red flower is paper pieced with Basic Grey Infuse, The grass, rolling hills, and gnome girl’s apron is paper pieced with Basic Grey Pheobe, The clear buttons are backed with Basic Grey Pheobe as well. CTMH chocolate cs dry embossed using the faux frame technique and a scor-pal.
Ink– SU basic black, Copic markers, BIC markers
Accesories– The flower is a Basic Grey Rub-on on basic grey dsp, liquid glass (more apparent in the second pic), machine stitching, CTMH clear buttons and hinges, SU linen thread and jumbo eyelets, Gina K. Screw brads, Anna Griffin satin ribbon.
Techniques– Dry embossing, faux frame, paper piecing, alcohol markers, machine stitching, rub-ons

Off in gnome-gnome land…



As a girl, my mom would always tell me that I was off
in la-la land…lol! She never quite related to a child’s imaginative and wandering mind, having been forced to grow up fast. To this day, she can not relate to my younger brother 8 years younger than me.
I would love to have this hang on the door of my future craft room!
OKAY, back to my faux framed goodness…
The second I ordered these odd-bird planet stamps I knew what I wanted to do with them!
I wanted to create a scene and faux frame it (my fave trick) and wanted it to have a homey shabby chic yet fun feel to it!
My inspiration for the frame is an actual white frame hanging in the family room.
A TON of work went into this, but I had so much fun doing it!

Materials List:
Stamps– odd bird planet, justjohanna, kelly’s gnome home, kelly’s gnome girl with apron, mushroom tree row, CTMH doodle alpha
Paper– The mushroom and large red flower is paper pieced with Basic Grey Infuse, The grass, rolling hills, and gnome girl’s apron is paper pieced with Basic Grey Pheobe, The clear buttons are backed with Basic Grey Pheobe as well. CTMH chocolate cs dry embossed using the faux frame technique and a scor-pal.
Ink– SU basic black, Copic markers, BIC markers
Accesories– The flower is a Basic Grey Rub-on on basic grey dsp, liquid glass (more apparent in the second pic), machine stitching, CTMH clear buttons and hinges, SU linen thread and jumbo eyelets, Gina K. Screw brads, Anna Griffin satin ribbon.
Techniques– Dry embossing, faux frame, paper piecing, alcohol markers, machine stitching, rub-ons

The Fort Irwin Home Business Wives…


These are the ladies from
The Fort Irwin Home Business Wives!!!
I think we just came together today to buy from each other 😉
ugh…I hate my arms…lol..they bend this way and that way!

The Fort Irwin Home Business Wives…


These are the ladies from
The Fort Irwin Home Business Wives!!!
I think we just came together today to buy from each other 😉
ugh…I hate my arms…lol..they bend this way and that way!

Fort Irwin Business Wives Vendor Fair!!!!!!!!!!!

Hey All My Fort Irwin Peeps!
There’s a Vendor Fair Saturday, August 30, 2008
from 1000-1300
at the Sandy Basin Community Center!
There will be food and drinks 🙂
Come see me and my goods!
There will also be consultants from the following businesses:
Gold Canyon Candles
Princess House
Tupperware
Lia Sophia
Passion Parties (oh! la la…)
Cummings Signs (She made my iheartart sign)
Stampin Up! (I’m no hater!)
Pampered Chef
Usborn Books
and
of course CTMH, with the new Idea Book (thanks Jen Rubio)!!!!!

Tall Silhouettes Criss-Cross Card


While I was making this criss-cross card, I couldn’t help but think about how long it had been since I used a CTMH stamp set that wasn’t an alphabet set!
This is September’s Stamp of the Month set and it is so beautiful.
I’m diggin the silhouette look!
Some of my fellow CTMH consultants have beautiful artwork using this stampset!
Check out Mare, Laurel, and Kathi!!!!
I made this card for a local card swap with consultants from Barstow!

Materials List:
Stamps- CTMH Treasure Life
Paper- CTMH Perfect Day and colonial white
Ink- CTMH tulip, sorbet and cocoa
Accessories- CTMH tokens (customer reward for spending a certain amount throughout the year), corner rounder and sewing machine stitching
Techniques- Stamp Rolling (rolling the stamp in multiple colors), machine stitching

Tall Silhouettes Criss-Cross Card


While I was making this criss-cross card, I couldn’t help but think about how long it had been since I used a CTMH stamp set that wasn’t an alphabet set!
This is September’s Stamp of the Month set and it is so beautiful.
I’m diggin the silhouette look!
Some of my fellow CTMH consultants have beautiful artwork using this stampset!
Check out Mare, Laurel, and Kathi!!!!
I made this card for a local card swap with consultants from Barstow!

Materials List:
Stamps- CTMH Treasure Life
Paper- CTMH Perfect Day and colonial white
Ink- CTMH tulip, sorbet and cocoa
Accessories- CTMH tokens (customer reward for spending a certain amount throughout the year), corner rounder and sewing machine stitching
Techniques- Stamp Rolling (rolling the stamp in multiple colors), machine stitching

Ashley’s Style- Defined….

A GREAT stamping friend of mine, Ashley, and I decided to write a paragraph describing each other’s individual style! You can see Ashley’s creations here!
I’ve thought about her work all day…
But, having only been familiar with her latest pieces, I had to dig deeper into her older blog posts to see what Ashley’s style was from the beginning- Raw and untainted…
Lo and behold her style has not changed in the least!!! She has developed her skill set and technique repertoire, but the Ashley flavor has remained intact!
Ashley’s style is very indicative of who she is as a person!
She was actually the first person to reach out to me in this blogging world
and her style is very much the same-
bright, cheerful, welcoming and never snooty, yet elegant!
Her earliest creations were dahlia fold cards
and I want Ashley to know that she came into this scene making cards that symbolize dignity and elegance and that she should be proud of what she has become as a papercrafter and be proud of how she inspires and touches people near and far on this blogosphere.
Most of all, she should remember that feeling of pride while making those very first dahlia cards and go confidently into this crazy stamping world we both love…

Defining Your Style

I’m completely unoriginal…
in the sense that I want to be on a Design Team!
What stamper/crafter doesn’t? Right?
It’s just like everyone in college going “pre-med”!
Everyone wants it-little achieve it…
So, I was the one who changed their major after just Chem101…lol!
SO…here’s my point!
I’ve been reading dozens of applications (old and new) and they all ask the papercrafter to define “their style”. I’ve always been one to avoid definitions and generalizations, but can see the merit in recognizing one’s style and completely owning it!
It must be a self-affirming moment to one day wake up knowing what you are all about!
And, here’s where I get lost….
I looked at all my cards-all my layouts-all my ATCs-everything!
And I cannot figure out my style!!!
I’m clueless…
I’ve promised myself that I won’t apply for a DT position until I can answer that
ultimate quesiton…
“What is your style?”
That darned unholy question…
I could sit here all day and define everyone’s style excect for my own!
On that note…I’m going back to bed 🙂