Thursday, October 19, 2017

Day 186 - Haunted Forest

This the board I made for work. It is all cut from my Silhouette. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Day 185 - Wolf Mask

My son's department has the theme of woodland animals so he asked me if I could make a wolf mask.  I did this with a cut file on Silhouette. It is 3 Dimensional. I had to enlarge it as I think it was designed for a child. I couldn't find a grey I liked for the base so I got this heavy grey metallic for the base and it turned out fabulous. I have to cut it twice to get through the material but it made a great strong base for the mask. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Day 184 Birthday Wishes

Here is the last large birthday card for 2017 for work.  It was suppose to be a masculine card but it is kind of gender neutral. The grey balloons are metallic silver.  I cut the words with my Silhouette and  the balloons were punched out with a Stampin Up punch . I drew the lines on the balloons and the highlight spot.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Day 183 - Christmas is coming

I combined a couple different Silhouette files to make this one. I will be doing several of these in different colors. . 

And here is the pop up part! 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Day 182 - Beautiful

This is a new Planner girl from Angie Blom at Unity Stamps. I did paper piecing for the shirt and scarf. The rest is colored with Copics. 

Just a simple card to show her off. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Day 181 - Simply beautiful

 I I needed some quick cards and did 8 of these. The butterfly is a Stampin Up die and the paper is copper metallic. I don't remember who made the paper. It was in a pack.

Rarely do I make multiples of cards

Friday, October 13, 2017

Day 180 Sunset photo

I took this picture last summer and with things getting cold and winter closing in, I thought it would be a beautiful happy reminder.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Day 179 Have a Jolly time

While I was playing with my Silhouette, I cut a could of these out too.  Mine did cut great so there was a fair about of fussing over it to get all the little piece out. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Day 178 Penguin Love

This is for the same class I have been posting for the last two days except this one is for the girls to keep. I thought teenage girls would like the non-traditional colors. The penguin is an adorable new stamp at Unity Stamps.  I colored the penguin with Copics. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Day 177 Christmas Trees Galore

Here is the second card the girls from church will be doing for the Veteran's Home.  The stamp set and punch are from Stampin Up.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Day 176 - Christmas Pick Up

I was asked to teach a class on card making to some teenage girls at church. They are going to make cards with me as part of the cards I am doing for the Veteran's Home.  This is one of the cards I designed for them to do. The background is a Stampin Up embossing folder. The truck was cut on the Silhouette. 

I cut out 14 of them in a variety of colors .

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Day 175 Santa Cycle

I just fell in love with this one. It is a cut file I did with my Silhouette. I am doing over 300 Christmas cards for the Veterans Home here and this is one.  It will be postcard style.  Nothing to open on it.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Day 174 Construction Theme

At work, the theme for Customer Service week is Building Trust and has a construction theme. We decorated with caution tape and a few balloons. I made these and hung them outside my cubicle.  I cut them with my Silhouette.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Day 173 - Autumn Birthdays

This is a large card I did. It is a Unity stamp.  Below is a closeup of the image.  

I did the background with a piece of photo paper. It was the summary sheet from a couple pictures I had printed at Walgreen's.  I just cut off the end of the sheet that was printed with tiny thumb names of my last prints. I used the colors below of alcohol inks to color it.  Since I knew I wanted to stamp it, I tried to have more of the yellow.  The leaves are punched out of the same paper. 

Below is a test I did after with a couple papers. The outside papers are glossy photo paper. The middle one with a "soft gloss" 

When using alcohol inks, I sometimes use alcohol to blend or get effects with the ink. 

You can see here the middle one which was the "soft gloss" did not move the way the other inks did. It also became soaked with the alcohol and inks rather than them floting on top. 

In all three cases, the final papers turned out pretty cool, although I like the glossy papers best. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Good in the World - a short rant

First. I apologize now to Laurel who I believe is really the only person who comes to my daily blog. I need to say some things and this is the place I have chosen to talk. Skip this one my friend, I will be back to art and crafting in a moment.

I am deeply saddened about the events at the concert in Las Vegas last weekend. It made me doubt the goodness in the world. It made me feel like evil is winning and I grieve for my grandchildren growing up in this world but wait... I WILL NOT LET THESE EVENT TAKE AWAY MY HOPE. There is good. And LOTS of it.

Even that moment when one man was spraying evil at the people attending the concert, many, many people were shielding each other, helping people get to safety, helping the wounded.  There is far more good than bad in the world. Just count at this event.

Everyday, people are helping each big ways and small ways. Volunteering, donating, and just caring for our neighbors. Sending a card to someone. Sharing a kind word. Even a smile by a by-passer can make a difference and be a kindness.

We can make laws and changes to try and protect people however, the real power is for us not to give up and continue to try to be the good in the world.  Spread it like a virus.

 Below is one of my favorite past pieces. I actually don't know what has happened to it in the move.  Each hand says "I can be the good in the world" and I named it, Me Too.  I hope - if anyone reads this - that they will hold up their hand and say," Me too - I can be the good in the world"

I am sending a big hug to the world and commit to do more to be the good in the world myself.  Let's help Good win!

Day 172 The birthday cards continue

More of those really big cards. This is a Unity stamp. It was done with paper piecing and copic markers. The pattern papers are from Stampin Up.  They are discontinued. 

Have a Creative Day! 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Day 171 Quilling at Art Prize.

 I  was thinking about what I would share from Art Prize. Art Prize is a massive art contest that takes place in Grand Rapids each year. It includes over 170 venues this year and more than 1300 pieces of art.  The big winner gets something like $150,000 and it is voted for by the public.

I went last week and had a nice time. Weather was hot but I was excited to see some of the work.  Since mostly my work here is paper, I am posting some pictures of "When Your Head is Swimming" by Kimberly Wolz.  It was quilled.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Day 170 Dale Chihuly art

This is a chandelier in Meijer Gardens I saw again this week. It is an incredible piece of art. It is all blown glass. I went to art prize this last week and I will share some pieces from that. I am working on some long term pieces and may bore my visitors a bit but hope to keep on posting daily.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Day 169 Life rocks!

Here are my rocks that I will be putting out this week. They have been sprayed with a sealant to help them last longer outside. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Day 168 World Beauties -the rest of world beauties

I just couldn't post them for 8 days straight. Here they are in some group pictures.  They are a little thick for US mailing without paying extra.  

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Day 163 World Beauties #2

I am going to post 8 of these daily. I have some long term projects I am working on. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Day 162 - All's Whale

Here is another rock. :)  It's pretty small so it might be hard for someone to find.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Day 161 More layered cards - Worldwide beauties #1

I got another package of printed sheets to do layered cards from my favorite store, the Craft Outlet.  The funnest part is you never know what the store will have. In this case, there was only one package. I could only see the top sheet and had to gamble on the other sheets. It was worth the $3 gamble.  I got pages and pages of different girls like this.  Here is the first.  What do you think it should say inside?