Thursday, September 30, 2010

Autumn/Fall Colors ATC

This is my ATC and entry into the Autumn/Fall Colors Art Challenge, hosted by June, at Dezinaworld.

This ATC is a combination of card stock, patterned paper, stamping, perfect pearls, metallic pens, gems, glitter spray and 3D embellishments by Jolee's.

Don't forget to view my next post. It's the beginning of my many holiday posts containing Halloween cards and tags.

Also, If you have a moment, will you please take my poll? It's anonymous and I would appreciate it. You can find the poll at the top of my sidebar. Thanks!!

Until Next Time... Take Care! 

Halloween Cards and Tags

If you were to walk into my craft room right now you would know without a doubt that there has been a mad woman creating in there.

I mean a woman creating like mad...

This first card is one of my favorites. Of course I got to use one of my Tim Holtz Dies, but besides that I love the overall spooky look of the skeleton going for the keys. 

I used distress embossing powder around the edges of the card to match the color of the cage. The cage has been painted with crackle paint and then various inks have been added to grunge it out even more. 

This close up gives you a better view of the cage. I added a spider web and little spider brad to the front and the brads at the bottom have been inked and hammered to coordinate with the overall look.

This tag has been dyed with various distress inks to create the background, along with some printed dictionary paper.

I added a frame to the picture of this man...

Whom with a little turn of the tag turns into a spooky image. I love these stickers by Recollections. I also added crackle to the frame which you can see real well here.

The library card holder at the bottom of the tag says, "BOO!". It took quite a bit of alcohol inking to get this gold tag to look like this.

I couldn't let the legs to my skeleton from the caged card go to waste so I used them here on this fun Halloween Card.

I added a Halloween themed journal tag to the front and wrapped the remainder to the back of the card. A black border with orange gems was also added.

Here you have a close up of the legs along with a witch's hat, spell book and whatever the skeleton may be drinking... By the way the hat is tipped I am guessing it is not alcohol free.

A close up of the sentiment.

Now here is what I consider a pretty card as far as Halloween is concerned. The Halloween Banner is a 3 dimensional sticker by Anna Griffen. A matter a fact, all of the elements on this card come from her collection.

The background paper reminds me of a wallpaper you might find in a haunted house, with some shimmer added. The bats are both completely coated with black glitter and are 3 dimensional to.

This next tag is my Haunted House Tag. There is actually a card that goes with this but you will see it tomorrow.

The background was created by using distress inks. The haunted house and the tree were both part of a grunge board kit that I bought quite some time ago. I painted both with dabber paints and then painted the house with crackle paint. After the house dried I added more paint until I finally got the look I wanted.

You can see the house a lot better in this close up. Lots of other little figures and stickers were added here and there for fun.

This square card was made by first adding the spider web paper and then the black paper over it. I used a distress tool to roughen up the circles edge and then rolled it back a little.

Then I simply placed a 3 dimensional spider that I coated with glaze on top. In this close up you can see that the spider web paper has a glittery shimmer to it. All of the elements except for the round sentiment sticker are from the Anna Griffen Collection.

I told you I have been busy.

Until Next Time... Take Care!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Two Awards?

I received two awards today from The Answer is Chocolate. She is a fairly new blogger like myself and also lives here in the great northwest. If you have a few minutes. go check her blog out. She is not only talented but her writing will have you smiling in no time. 

Since there are two awards there are also two sets of requirements.
The combined rules are:

1. List the top ten things that make me happy.

2. Share with my favorite bloggers and ask them to do the same.

3. Link the blogs I choose and link the blogs of the people who gave it to me.

4. Accept the award. Post it on your blog with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.

5. Pay it forward to 15 other lovely bloggers.

Everything has been taken care of except 1,2 and 5. I awarded the lovely award to 15 bloggers just days ago so I am hoping that it will count... If it doesn't I am sure someone will let me know. So, all that is left is to list 10 things that make me happy and share the list with you. Here we go...

1. My Fiance, Glenn
2. My Grandchildren, Destiny and Jazmine
3. Paper Crafts of Any Kind
4. Blogging
5. Tim Holtz (Yes, I have a crush... shh!!)
6. Starbucks (Cafe Vanilla Frappe!)
7. My Craft Room
8. Small Trips
9. Apple Pie Carmel Apples
10. Designer Perfume and Purses

Was that 11?  Oops! A big Thank You goes out to The Answer is Chocolate for my awards and adding a little fun to my day!

Until Next Time... Take Care!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

"Save the Date" Halloween Tag

Another week has gone by and once again it's time for Tag Tuesday, hosted by Louise at Kard Krazy. This week Louise has challenged us to include a calendar or date on our tags.

I chose to go with the season and create a Halloween Tag featuring the date of this fun holiday. I included a calendar for the month of October and the 31st is highlighted in orange. I also used a bingo embossing folder to emboss numbers on the tag so that I could highlight the 31 for an added play on the date.

Above is a close up view of the calendar and the clock that I cropped from patterned paper, added crackle accents for some added age and attached to the tag with metal vintage items and pop dots for dimension.

Of course what's a Halloween tag without a spider web? Along with the black cat in the previous photo,  I added a spider web and a little spider accented with orange gems. Too Cute!

Thanks for coming by. I look forward to posting several more Halloween projects throughout the week and you are welcome to stop back by and share some holiday spirit with me. I want to thank you in advance for leaving a comment and please don't forget to let me know how to contact you as well.

I have linked this post to Kard Krazy, for Tag Tuesday. Thanks Louise!

Until Next Time... Take Care!

Love Rocks Card

Yesterday I was going about my day when I received a phone call from a friend that had forgotten an Anniversary. She needed a card and this is what I came up with...

It is a card that I call "Love Rocks". My inspiration for this card was simply that I wanted to play with my new die cuts and supplies from Tim Holtz.

I started this card off by using pattern paper from the DCVW Paperstack called, Rockstar. There is alot of fun paper in this stack. If you have teens or young adults to create for, this collection is perfect.

Along the edge I used Tissue Tape in Symphony by Tim Holtz to cover the spine of the card. Tissue tape is so easy to use. If you mess up it comes off easily yet still sticks when reapplied. Very forgiving stuff... Love it!

You can see the Tissue Tape better from this photo above.

Next, I put together the Die Cut from Tim's Collection called "Heart Wings", after I cut it out using grunge board. The wings were painted with Crackle Paint by Ranger in White. After it started to dry I sped the process up a bit by taking the heat tool to it. Then I wanted just a touch of silver so I used a acrylic paint in Metallic Pearl White. Very pretty. The heart itself gets its look from Distress Embossing Powder in the color Fired Brick, and then Distress Ink by Ranger in Black Soot was applied to the sides. To finish the die off I painted the crown with a Paint Dabber by Ranger in Gold and added clear gems by Recollections. I wish I could tell you the name of the  paper that I used to back the heart but I found it in my scraps. I now wish I would have used the tissue tape that I used for the spine.

I used the letters from a alphabet set that I have from Pressed Petals called Scrap Metal. This is really fun stuff and adds a lot of dimension. It even has a little bling of its own.

You can see the thickness of the alphabet letters in the photo above pretty well. To finish off this card I added a few leftover musical themed stickers here and there to bring out the theme of the background paper a little better. Then I tied some coordinating fibers where the pattern paper and the tissue paper meet along the side by the fold of the card.

This card was a lot of fun and satisfied my need to play with some of my new stuff. Well, until today that it. I am off to create for a few challenges I have signed up for.

Until Next Time... Take Care! 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

A New Toy and a Sneak Peak

Every once in a while I get a new toy that stands out above the rest. My old Fiskars paper cutter retired itself this weekend, which forced me to have to go out and buy a new one. Can we all say "awe" at the same time?
Thanks to the 40% off sale and Glenn, here's my new toy...

It is the Fiskars LED Surecut Paper Trimmer. It not only cuts beautifully, but with the LED light, it shows you exactly where your cut will be.

I made the picture a little darker so that you could see the LED light better, but in person it is not necessary. Some of the features the Surecut possesses that you won't see on all paper trimmers is two separate Cutting Rails. While they both pivot, one of them holds that blade hub and the other is extended so that you can hold down your paper or photos without getting smudges and fingerprints all over them. The Surecut also features rubberized feet to hold your trimmer in place and protect your workspace. The paper trimmers surface is not only beautiful but it has anti-wear grid printed from the underneath.
My new paper trimmer is definitely a step up from my old one.
Out with the old and In with the new...
I highly recommend this paper trimmer to anyone in looking for one or just want to upgrade. It's new on the market, but I am sure it will be around for a long time.
What is this picture? It is one of a few that I am going to be showing you as part of my sneak peak into what I have been doing for the past few days.
Some of you may have noticed that I have not been on the computer lately. I have been a busy girl getting ready for Halloween in my Etsy Shop, Scrapping With Sherry.
Ready for a sneak peak into what's to come?
That's all for today.  
If I haven't returned your email, I apologize. I have every intention of catching up with them tonight and tomorrow. It's actually one of my favorite parts about blogging but since I have a tendency to get stuck there occasionally, I have to stay away if I want to get things done. lol!
Not being on the computer also means I don't have any fabulous finds to share with you today... Sorry!
Thanks for stopping by. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the new LED Surecut and my sneak peaks. I love hearing from you and it's a way for me to get to know you better. 
Until Next Time... Take Care!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Tag Tuesday, Banners

When I read the theme Louise gave us for the Tag Tuesday Challenge at Kard Krazy, I had no idea what I was going to do. I knew that banners where a design, but I for one have never so much as thought about adding one to a project. In the end I went with the only banner that I relate to... a Sale Banner.

I would be going with a vintage look so the first thing that I did was find me was a pretty border to go across the bottom embellished with the metallic brown pearls..

The more I got into creating this tag, the more fun I had. I used scrapbook paper, from the Tim Holtz Lost & Found Collection, for the background. There are a few images that I wanted to make stand out, so I added Crackle Accents by Ranger. Then after adding a few ephemera inspired designs, like the stamps and product advertisements, I added some more Crackle Accents! Went a little crazy with the stuff. Somebody stop me!! 

Here's a closeup of the banner and me going crazy at the top with the crackle. I made the banner with some Jolees birthday party hats. I turned the hats upside down and covered them with Nostalgic Tissue Tape, and then outlined them with Distressed Stickles in the color Fired Brick. Both of these products are put out by Ranger. I added the letters by hand stamping them directly on the banner to spell the word sale. Did you notice that I added a little crackle to the letters? I can't stop using the stuff!

Above is a closeup of the mulberry flower that I added and with the vellum clock with game spinner by Tim Holtz. I layered 4 different flowers from Boutique Fleur, and attached them using a vintage inspired brad from Making Memories. I did add some stickles to my flower and then changed my mind. You can see how well that went... lol!

Like I said, there is a lot going on, but it was a lot of fun. Thanks Louise for hosting Tag Tuesday at Kard Krazy. I think I will be making a few more banners now.

A big thanks goes out to all of you. Everyone's comments and friendship has been such an inspiration for me.

Until Next Time... Take Care!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Lost and Found?

I have been a busy lady the past few days cleaning my craft room after my recent illness. I found this card sent to me by one of my Friends and PBS Swappers group members, Michell S. I was touched that Michell would send me a get well card when she herself was recovering from a Back Surgery.

I love how Michell took a journaling block, matted it and attached it so that it spread from the front cover to the back. The card is lovely Michell, Thank You! 

 Until Next Time... Take Care!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Whats On Your WorkDesk? Wednesday 68!

Whats on your workdesk? Wednesday 68! or better known as WOYWW is a weekly link party hosted by Julia over at Stamping Ground. Participants take photos of... Oh, just read the post and you'll see.

When I got the camera out to take pictures of my workdesk I stood there and thought which one?

I have always had the two that I actually sit in the middle of and work back and forth, usually with no rhyme or reason, just trying to find the cleanest spot. A few weeks ago I added, what used to be a kitchen hutch on the other side of one of the desks because I like to stand up when I am crafting, especially scrapbooking. So the first photo is my new stand up area. I love it! You can see I have been playing around with my Tim Holtz/Ranger stuff.

The second photo is the desk on the other side of my stand up. See the basket on the far right of the desk? That is my catch all. When I am crafting I like to throw things in there so that I don't have to put stuff up right away. Then every few days or so, I sort it out and find homes for it all. That's what I was doing here, sorting everything out.

Here's the third desk. Chances are you will probably never see this desk this clean ever again. I had just cleaned the two sit down desks yesterday. Look how pretty the table top is. I knew that it was white!

Well, that's it for today.

Until Next Time... Take Care!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

One Lovely Blog Award

My ATC Holder Entry for the Blissfull ATC Swap and my new weekly post, Scrapping With Sherry's Fabulous Finds are following this post.

This evening I was caught off guard when I read an email from Ramona. The Paper Princess asked me to go to her blog, Create With Joy, because there was a surprise waiting for me there. To my surprise Ramona had awarded me the One Lovely Blog Award.

This is my first blog award! I could not be more flattered to not only be awarded a blog award, but to be included in a list of bloggers that I have admired and respected since I started this journey.

One of the requirements to accepting the One Lovely Blog Award, is that I am to present the award to 15 deserving blog owners. The woman that I have chosen to give this award to have been an inspiration to me in one way or the other. Some have helped me when I had no idea what I was doing and some when I needed it the most, while others encouraged me to try new things or simply not to quit. There are those that have become dear and treasured friends and then there are the ones that have been astronomical as I have renewed my faith. Lastly there are a few who have touched me and they probably don't even know it. They all have one thing in common though,  they all deserve awards.

Thank You Ladies and Congratulations! 

Kim B. at Gypsy Angel
Debbie C. at Deb's One Life
Louise at Kard Krazy
Margaret at Ewenique
Rhonda E. at Scrap Happens
Christy at My Slice O Life

This last award winner is a young lady I had the opportunity to meet while blog hopping. She enjoys crafting and is new to the blog world. After reading some of her posts and her introduction I feel you will be as impressed as I am. If you have time please give her a visit.

Until Next Time... Take Care!

*Dont forget to view my new weekly post, Scrapping With Sherry's Fabulous Finds and My ATC Holder Entry for Blissfull ATC Swap Contest. Both are posted NEXT. 

Monday, September 20, 2010

Scrapping With Sherry's Fabulous Finds...

There are days that I literally get stuck for hours, going from one blog to the next. I am truly amazed at the talent that is out there. With every click I am inspired yet again by a beautiful artwork, new techniques, posts that touch me and original ideas that I have never seen before.

About a week ago, with a friends encouragement, I decided that I wanted to start sharing some of these inspirational finds, once a week, with my friends here on Scrapping With Sherry. There are so many fabulous things out there it's hard to just pick a few. Thank goodness there will be another Sunday!

Altered Wish Box
The above piece is called a "Altered Wish Box". Hels Sheridan is the creator. Hels and the detailed instructions on how to make this altered picture frame can be found at The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog. Hels can also be found at her personal blog, Ink on My Fingers. Both sites have a long line up of great artwork. I was lost there for hours! 

The colors of the "Altered Wish Box" are just gorgeous. It is actually a photo frame that has a large shadow box opening. This is one of those pieces that you can look at over and over and see something new every time. If you happened to read my latest garage sale finds post, you probably saw the black box by Ikea that I found. Well, this piece is one of the things that inspired me to pick it up and make something of my own.

Art inspired by Wendy Vecchi
 This lovely Wendy Vecchi, Art Inspired Card is made by Stephen Jew. You can find this card and a large amount of Tim Holtz inspired artwork at his blog, My Thoughts, My Life.

I don't know who Wendy Vecchi is, but after seeing this card I want to. Could her work possibly be any prettier than this? Most of Stephen's Art is entries to the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge and swaps he participates in at his Yahoo! Group, All Things Tim. If you are a fan of Tim Holtz inspired art you won't want to miss his blog.

Printers Tray meets Halloween in Wonderland
 This great piece is made by Louise. You can find Louise at her blog, Kard Krazy. This holiday creation is called "Printers Tray meets Halloween in Wonderland"

I mean where does a person even start? From the cute Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum to Alice dressed up as a witch... I just love that old key with the Halloween print in the background. This is just a great holiday piece all around! 

Louise is most definitely is the Halloween spirit and has a lot of holiday projects posted on her blog. This project is just the beginning.

Favorite Time Of Day
Every once in a while I read a post that takes me to another time or place. Through the magic of the  words and photos I can literally feel like I am there. This is exactly what Karen from Some Days are Diamonds has done with her creative writing talents on her post she has titled, "Favorite Time of Day" 

To write the way Karen has written this article is a talent that few possess. If you to want to be transcended, I suggest you follow the link above.  
Mirror Mirror

This next Halloween treasure that I discovered is an old vintage mirror that the artist, Lynn, found at an Estate Sale. She managed to do exactly what her blog is called... she turned someone else's Trash to Treasure Art.  

Stamping is the main technique that Lynn used to transform this mirror into a spooky and scary Halloween scene. To see what brand of stamps and embellishments that she used on "Mirror Mirror", just follow her blog link above. You are also going to find a wide variety of creative innovations to drool over while you are there. A matter of fact, not unlike most of the artists featured here today, I had a hard time choosing which project I wanted to use.
School Days Tag Set

This last week I entered a tag in a swap with the theme being "school". There were a lot of great tags entered, but one in particular caught my eye. It was a tag set titled, "School Days" by Sarah. It didn't catch my eye because this was a tag swap and Sarah chose to create a set of six, or that the digital images on the tags reminded me of school photos when I was in school, or that she has a way of paying attention to the little things, the details and it wasn't because it was vintage inspired... It was all of that and more!

You can find the "School Days" Tag set at Sarah's blog, Vintage Figments. You will want to be sure and check this out because there is more to this project. Yes, you heard me right more!

Pocket Book

This little 3 inch pocket book was made by a dear friend of mine, Cindy Adkins. Cindy has provided us with a tutorial so that we can all learn how to make this miniature treasure. The pocket book tutorial can be found on Cindy's blog, Cindy Adkins Whimsical Musings.

There is just something special about miniature anything. Match it with a pocket book, created by Cindy Adkins, and you now have Fabulous! Whether Cindy is making a gift or a blog prize for that lucky someone, creating an item for a challenge she has entered or a swap she participates in, she is an amazing mixed media artist who leans towards the vintage era. This pocket book is just a sample of what you will find at Cindy Adkins Whimsical Musings.

 This beautiful butterfly and it's creator, Sharon, can be found at her blog, Wildflower House by Sharon Chapman. When I viewed the butterfly for the first time I thought how beautiful it was. Of course knowing that I am always on the lookout for crafts and such for my new weekly post, Sherry's Fabulous Finds, I also know that I have found something to feature. However, I had no idea just what I had found until I started reading Sharon's post.

So, I started to read, and as I read a few tears fell, my eyes began to sting and I was touched that Sharon made this beautiful butterfly to donate to a project that is hosted by the Holocaust Museum in Houston Texas, called the Butterfly Project.

What you are about to read is an introduction to the Butterfly Project.

The Butterfly Project mandate is to remember the 1,500,000 innocent children who perished as a result of the Holocaust by collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies.

In Spring 2013, these butterflies will then become a break-taking exhibition to serve as a memory of this event.

Can you imagine? 1.5 million children translated into 1.5 million butterflies....? If you wondering why a butterfly, the project is based on this poem -

I Never Saw Another Butterfly

The last, the very last,
So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow

Perhaps if the sun’s tears would sing
against a white stone....

Such, such a yellow

Is carried lightly ’way up high.

It went away I’m sure

because it wished

to kiss the world good-bye.

For seven weeks I’ve lived in here

Penned up inside this ghetto.

But I have found what I love here.

The dandelions call to me

And the white chestnut branches in the court.

Only I never saw another butterfly.

That butterfly was the last one.

Butterflies don’t live in here, in the ghetto.

Written by Pavel Friedman, June 4, 1942

Born in Prague on Jan. 7, 1921.
Deported to the Terezin Concentration Camp on April 26, 1942.
Died in Aushchwitz on Sept. 29, 1944.

This boy that wrote this poem was 23 years old, just a year younger then my daughter... Thanks to Sharon's beautiful butterfly along with the post, I to am signed up.

If you are interested in the Butterfly Project please follow the button that is located to your right on the sidebar, titled, The Butterfly Effect.

That's it for this week. I have to put a limit on myself or this post would never end! I will be posting Scrapping With Sherry's Fabulous Finds every Sunday. If you have been featured in this post feel free to grab the button that begins with I was featured... 

Whether you found inspiration for your next project, a new blog to follow or just relaxed and enjoyed the fabulous artwork, I hope that you enjoyed the time you spent here and plan to be back next Sunday for some more fabulous finds here at Scrapping With Sherry.

Until Next Time... Take Care!   
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