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I hope to share some of my favorite things here with you as well as to feed my creative outlet! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Rock N Roll Vintage Vogue

Hello!  Middle of the week already! I tried a new  (well new to me!) technique yesterday and wanted to share this card with you!  It uses the Rock N Roll technique that I have steered clear of for a really long time because I thought it was super complicated!  Boy, was I wrong!  It is actually quite easy and really fun!


Stamps: Vintage Vogue and Just Believe
Paper: Whisper White, Garden Green, Chocolate Chip and Vintage Springtime DSP (retired)
Ink: Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist and Choc Chip
Extras: Rhinestones

Close up of the flowers.



To get this effect (Rock N Roll) you ink up your image in one color and Roll it around in a second darker color.

I have a super long To Do list today so I am outta here!  Hope that you have a great day!


AnnMarie

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Simply Adorned fun!

Hello!  Happy Tuesday!  I am in a Simply Adorned jewelry swap at Convention so I have been playing around with the Simply Adorned charms!  If you haven't seen the SA jewelry, you don't know what you are missing!  I have gotten so excited about these!  SU! offers three different sizes of the necklace charm.  All of them open up at the top locket style and you can remove and replace the insert to match your clothing, your mood or the holiday etc!  I have signed up for all three sizes in the swap so I need to come up with some cute ideas!  Here are some of the ones I threw together this morning:



These are the 1" X 1 1/4" size.  They are so much fun to make and you can throw one together in no time! :)  

I also have something else cute to share with you!  I was at gymnastics one day waiting for my daughter to finish up and  there was a mom there making beaded lanyards for her daughter's girl scout troop!  I wound up buying one on the spot; in part because they were so pretty and in part because I am such a sucker for a good cause!  Anyhow, I thought it would be perfect for the SA charms!!  I thought it might be fun  to make a few to match my charms that match my clothes! LOL

Here is the one I bought from her:


Here is the one I made after studying hers:
 Aren't they pretty!  I have another one in the works that I will share soon!

I hope that you have a wonderful day! :)  I will be back soonest with more to share!

AnnMarie

Monday, May 16, 2011

Brick Wall Trial Run!

Hello!  Monday, Monday all day long!  Hope yours is a good one!  I have had a nice day!  I spent the morning playing with a technique that I have never tried called Brick Wall.  I needed to figure out how to do it because I have signed up for the neatest swap at Convention!!  What's that you say?!  You read it right!! C-O-N-V-E-N-T-I-O-N!!!! The little count down timer on my phone says it is only a mere 57 days away!!!  That means only 56 sleeps until I leave! Waaaaa-Hooooooo!!!! Anyhow!!  I signed up for an ATC (Artist Trading Card) Technique Swap!  You choose a technique and use that technique on your ATC.  When we get them all swapped out at Convention (!!!!) we will each leave with 28 different technique ATC's! They will all fit onto a keyring and will be an awesome tool to use for a series of technique classes!!   I chose the Brick Wall Technique because I happen to think it is a really cool idea!  Of course, as usual I put very little time into thinking ahead and it took me about 30 minutes to make one of these mini little masterpieces! LOL  My hubby pointed out to me that I would be devoting 14 hours to these! LOL  Ah...how we suffer for our craft! :)  After trying it out and despite the detailed work and time it will take I LOVE IT!!!  They are so pretty!  Here are my first attempts:



This is the first one I did.  You stamp your image and then cut the image into 1/2" strips and then each strip into tiny pieces.  They are supposed to stagger like real bricks, but that is much more difficult than it sounds when you are working with these tiny little guys!  After you cut it all apart you sponge all of the edges of each piece and then reassemble your image!  Easy Peasy! 

Here is my second attempt:

The colors are showing a little off in the photograph.  It actually turned out quite  pretty!  So what do you think?  Try it!  It is really cool! :)

Tons to do today, so I am off to do it! Have a wonderful day! I will be back soonest with more to share!

AnnMarie

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Paper Quilt

Happy Sunday!  How are you?!  It is pouring down rain here today...perfect day for some craft doing!  I have the neatest card to share with you!  I was blurfing one day and came across the amazingly talented Christena Bagne's quilted cards!  They are just gorgeous!  I thought I would try my hand at a simple one and had  so much fun putting this quilt square together!  After making one I thought it would be a really neat project to make several and piece them all together and frame them or make a scrapbook page from them!  Mine is in need of some minor tweaking, but I was pretty pleased with the way it came out!  Take a look:




You cut the pieces just like you would for a quilt and piece them together!  I used Tombow Adhesive from SU! to piece this one.  After it is all assembled and 'quilted' you run the whole thing through an EF using your Big Shot!  It is really very pretty in person!

I used the Extra Large Label punch and Word Window for the sentiment. I punched once and put it back into the punch to create the smaller sized matte. :)

Ok, I am off to take advantage of the icky weather and try to squeeze in some more craft-ing! Hope that you have a wonderful day!

AnnMarie

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Graduating class of 2011...

Hello!  I would like to introduce the Graduating Class of 2011 to you!  Isn't this a handsome, wise looking group of graduates too?!  We home school and every year our home school group has a graduation ceremony, dinner and dance.  Our group has graduated 10 kids so far and will be graduating 5 more this time!  Two of this years graduates are my children!  It has become part of the tradition to make some sort of little souvenirs for the guests that attend the ceremony to say thank you!  This year we made these little cuties:


Aren't they cute?!  My wonderful SIL and I spent an entire day making these!  Of course, there was lots of gabbing and chocolate consumption too!  Thank you for your help, Catherine! :)  Couldn't have done it without you!

Here is a close up of one of the thank you owls: 


Each owl has his own diploma and has one Hershey's Nugget to share!  Isn't he just too smart?!

Punches Used:
Cap: Curly Label, Word Window, Jewelry Tag
Head: Extra Large Label
Eyes: 3/4" Circle, 1/2" Circle and Hole Punch
Beak: 5 Petal Flower
Body and Wings: Scallop Circle
Feet: Itty Bitty Punch Pack
 Colors: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black and Whisper White

I hope that you have a wonderful day!  I will be back soonest with more to share! :)


AnnMarie

Friday, May 13, 2011

A little Mother's Day love!

Hello!  I think Blogger is acting a little wonky!  I posted two posts yesterday and now they are no where to be seen??!!  So, I will repost! :)  I am so sorry that way over a whole week has gone by since my last post, but I have been up to my eyeballs in busy lately!  I wanted to share a few of the cards I made for Mother's Day with you!  Before I do though I have to say how absolutely fortunate I am to have the world's BEST mother.  She is not only my mother, but also my friend.  We kind of grew up together and she has always been there for me.  She is smart and funny and fun!  She has taught me so much.  I love her a lot! :)  I am also super lucky to have a wonderful grandmother!  She is also quite amazing! :)  And as if that were not enough...I also have a fantastic Mom-in-law!  I could not have done any better if I had hand picked her!  I really am very, very blessed to have all of these strong, wonderful, amazing role model Moms  in my life!  :)  Ok, moving on past the mush!  Here are the cards I made to go along with Mom's Day this year:





The heart is from the Always stamp set and the flowers are made from the Itty Bitty Punch pack.  I am hooked on making these little guys!  The tag is the jewelry tag punch and the sentiment is from Tiny Tags.  I ran the base piece through an EF and faux stitched around the edges.  I layered a button on with some twine for that hand made feel and sponged around all the edges with the coordinating color of the card stock. These cards were fun to make and came together really easily!  Love it when that happens! :)

I had a wonderful Mother's Day!  All of my children spoiled me rotten.  I really love those guys! 

Ok, I have a ton of stuff to do today!  Hope that your day is a good one!  I will be back soonest with more to share!

AnnMarie

Sunday, May 1, 2011

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Have a great day! :)
AnnMarie

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