Friday, March 14, 2014

Silhouette Cameo Stencil Cuts

Hi :)
Well I was messing around with my Silhouette Cameo and wanted to make my own stencils. I bought Grafix Film from Michael's .005 thickness. I have heard that the .007 is a bit sturdier but that was all they had so i decided to try it anyway. First I used a Silhouette Image from the online store. I set it up on my Cameo to cut and Voila!!!

I got right into it and made a few :) .30 cents a stencil!
Now that I can deal with


Monday, March 10, 2014

Having some ISSUES with blogger Grrr!

Hi everyone

For some reason my posts are disappearing or not loading. I keep getting the error code and I'm not sure what is going on. As you can see I've changed my blog around but I can only go through Google Chrome to do anything.
I'm annoyed just writing about it. Some of the changes are showing up better on IE rather that Google and vise versa .

I'll probably load up another rant if I can figure this out.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Time to get back into the groove

Its been too long since I've blogged.I was caring for my dad who had a stroke November 2012 In that whole time I have very little time to myself. I lost him. He passed away this past November. 

I joined a swap a Split Coast Stampers. I thought it might help me engage in things I used to enjoy. It was a  a Christmas Elf SS Swap. My father had passed away during the swap and it was difficult. However, when I got mine I was smiling from ear to ear.  She was understanding and patient as I was taking on a lot with the passing of my father.

I became behind in another swap that I was happy doing and she too was very understanding. I decided to join a couple more to get me back into the groove again. It was definitely a challenge for me with the two projects you see below.

I've never created an Asian card before stalked the net for ideas. You'll never guess what turned out to be my inspiration! KARATE KID LOL "wax on wax off" :)

Now I think it turned out okay but like I said it was a challenge.
The photo below is the shutter doors, I used vellum to make it look like the Japanese doors made with frosted glass. I think it was glass, or maybe some sort of rice paper.
This is the inside with a silhouette of a bamboo branch on the Red Sun.
I also made envelopes with some Asian paper from my stash that I found.
Here is another project I did for a swap. I have always wanted to try and make a mini tin. I love vintage, shabby chic etc.. I forgot to take photos of all of the tin. I used small coned bead caps as feet on them so it can stand like a little mini box..The inside of the tins were pillowed with fabric.
I used Ink Gold and Gesso to give it a vintage feel. If you click on the photo you' be able to see the other details.

Thanks for looking and let me know what you think. :)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Swap That Cheered Me Up

I know I've been MIA.
While I was taking care of my dad things did better. I had a little more time, and even tried to get back into the swing of things and making my cards. Work had also been keeping me busy so I was always distracted but tired at the same time. But good tired not a stressed tired :)
My dad was a diabetic and had a stroke November last year. It was really tough on me being the only child...it still is. You probably have noticed so far that I'm talking about him in past tense.
A small infection increased to full blown Pneumonia. The doctors gave me the worst news and then terrifying news about what I would have to face and the decision I myself had to make. He lasted a week and I held his hand to the very end...He passed November 22.
I am still grieving pretty hard however, I did manage to finish a swap. I was really behind in just about everything, even paying my bills. The swap, which was the 12 days of Xmas Secret Sister Elf swap, made me smile and even feel something other than sadness.
My Elf sent me a package with goodies that put a big smile on my face. Here are some pictures that I took of her gifts. I only opened this this morning. We all were to open them yesterday but my SS didn't get hers yet and I refused to open mine until she gets hers.

This is card she sent with my SS package. Blue is my favorite color and this picture does not do it justice!!! It's so pretty with touches of glitter.. Sweet


This is the inside of the box before I started ripping into it :)


They are all numbered for each day of Xmas. I'm a charm hog and I love them all..but look at the tiny little bucket !!! it's stinkin cute! And Teas with the most adorable names.. Night Owl and Unicorn Tears :) Love it


My SS fulfilled my next photo Big Grin!!


Comfy cozies sockies...*sigh* I just had to put them on :)


In this pic are handmade tea cups with teas inside them So creative and love this idea. Vellum paper that I wanted and Sparkle stamps that I adore and can't wait to use. This snowman tag is adorable. Snow men and penguins are the cutest for cards.


What more can I ask for.
I smiled, genuinely for the first time in weeks.

Michelle

Monday, October 21, 2013

Hi everyone. I have a swap share :)

I finally decided to do a swap that interested me. It was a 3D swap and I did struggle with it because I had so many ideas going on in my head I couldn't make up my mind. I forgot to take pictures of the box but I did get my swap partner to send me one... I'm really glad she liked because I myself was a little unsure about it. But seeing it in an actual photo made it seem prettier than I gave myself credit for
This project consisted of two wooded trays the I attached together to incorporate a box. I gessoed to prime the box and then used (believe it or not)athletic tape a would use gymnast. It was flexible enough to hold the two tray together. I then chose some vintage paper to seal the box. All the embellishments were mostly made by me, except for some of the funky metal charms. I laced the edges with black lace and attached to metal corners to hold a draped chain in the front. I aged it with some distressed ink. the Inside I felted with some patterned felt in a deep red. She also got a little surprise inside. She loved it and I'm happy :)Hope you all like it.