A few months ago, I received an email from my travel agent advising me to not pack plastic bags of any kind on our upcoming trip to Tanzania. This country, along with others in Africa, has implemented a full on ban on plastic carrier (shopping) bags and we could be fined if we bring any… Continue reading Cutting Back on Plastic
I recently sent this card out to a long-time friend of mine who is soon marrying the love of her life. The floral background is made from a deco|foil ‘Clear Designer Toner Sheet’, foiled with silver foil using a Minc machine. It is mounted on an off-white pearlized card stock, which is used throughout the… Continue reading For a Special Couple
Happy Birthday to my brother Matthew! This card begins with a background made using Lawn Fawn ‘Stitched Cloud Backdrop’ (the landscape version). I cut this in blue card stock and brushed some white pigment ink onto the clouds to make them stand out. I added die cuts from Lawn Fawn ‘Puffy Cloud Border’ dies to… Continue reading Plane & Simple
This card is the second card I have created for the Altenew Educator Certificate Program Level 1 (AECP) and applies techniques from the class ‘All About Layering 2’. This class expanded my knowledge of layering stamps by practicing the principles from the previous class using various different stamp sets from Altenew. For this particular card,… Continue reading Beautiful Day
Believe it or not, no stamps were used in the making of this card. The mountain, trees and moose are actually from a file I purchased on Etsy. I modified it to fit my needs and printed it out on silver glimmer paper using my laser printer. I ran it through the minc machine with… Continue reading Happy 60th Birthday Dad!
This card is my first project in the Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP). I used techniques learned in the class ‘All About Layering 1’ to make this card featuring Altenew ‘Painted Butterflies’. The ‘Painted Butterflies’ stamp set is perfect for practicing layering stamps because it is designed to look imperfect. The stamps in this set… Continue reading Painted Butterflies
When I first learned to make galaxy backgrounds I was taught to start with white card stock and use many layers of Distress Oxides in various colors. Then once the colors were laid down, I was told to go over it in black. The result was beautiful but it was time consuming and used a… Continue reading Galaxy Backgrounds 4 Ways
This card is for my son’s friend who is having his 6th birthday! I mixed Lawn Fawn and Queen & Co. products to make this shaker card and Ranger Distress Oxides to make the background. I made the galaxy background a long time ago so I am not sure the colors of Distress Oxides I… Continue reading Out of this World
If you keep up with paper crafting trends, there is no way you will have missed the introduction of brushes like these to the craft supply market. Supposedly they blend ink smoothly, are easy to clean and you don’t need a brush for every color ink you own. I first saw these at Stamp and… Continue reading Blending Brushes: do you get what you pay for?
If there is one profession out there that I am forever in awe of, it is teaching. There are people out there who love spending time with other people’s kids and who help grow their minds in amazing ways. They are always doing work in their off hours and I’m sure they spend countless hours… Continue reading Thank You Teachers