Saturday, June 27, 2015

Beautiful British Columbia

Hubby and I are more than half-way through our trip from Oklahoma to Alaska.  We're traveling through British Columbia, Canada right now and...WOW!  The scenery is stunning.  Here are a few pictures just from today.

 Twin Falls near Smithers, BC
 Hubby checking out the view "just around the corner."
 Above and below.
Fraser Lake, British Columbia.  This is a public park with a fabulous covered area and grill.

 Above and all the rest below.
Eddy Park in Telkwa, British Columbia.  We sat on the bench (below) and ate our lunch.

Tomorrow we head up a section of road that has only been paved for a couple years.  Looking forward to seeing sights many have missed because it was too rough to travel.

Until next time,

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Popping In entire craft room is packed away and (hopefully) speeding it's way from Lawton, Oklahoma to Seattle, Washington where it will board a ship for Alaska.  I did pack one suitcase full of supplies, but I'm not sure if I'll get a chance to get them out and play.  It makes my fingers itchy.


But I'm still blog hopping and picking up ideas...which really makes my fingers itchy.

I wanted to pop in to at least let you know I'm still alive and will back to crafting as soon as I get a chance.

Until next time,

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Mask-erade Day Five

Today I did three smart things.  It's rare for me to do one, so three deserves special recognition.  Don't worry, I'll point them out to you as we go along.  Wouldn't want you to miss my moments!

The technique for Mask-erade today is using clear embossing powder as a mask.  I generally call this "emboss resist" but six of one, half dozen of the other.

I followed Lauren's video this time and created a background on a tag.  The background squiggle stamp is actually a candle from a retired CTMH set called "Candlelight."  I used a manila tag and stamped with Honey, Sunset, Smoothie, and Cranberry.  Once I had the background done, I did smart thing number one: I stamped the balloon strings before the balloons.  Those stamps are from CTMH Artiste's Cricut collection.  The balloon actually has polka dots on it.  Since I wanted a smooth image, I turned the stamp over and used the back side.  (And I'm not even counting that as smart thing number two!)

Once my balloons were embossed, I started sponging over top with several layers of ink.  I started with Tim Holtz's Wild Honey Distress ink.  It's the only distress ink I own.  If I lay it down first, I can still get some of the water reaction even with regular dye inks layered over top.  I used all of the background ink colors, starting with the lightest. I could have gone straight to the Smoothie and Cranberry, but I didn't know how much coverage I'd need before my balloons stood out well.  After spritzing and letting it dry, I added Barn Red ink around the edges.

While the tag dried, I did smart thing number two: I washed my hands before cutting the card base.  You have no idea how many times I've not done this and smeared my cardstock.  Smart thing number three happened when I brought my crisp, white card base over to where I'd done my sponging on the tag.  I turned my scratch paper over so none of the ink would transfer to the back of the card.  Again, this doesn't happen often.  Most of the time I end up cutting down my card front into a panel and mounting it over a new card base.

The sentiment comes from another CTMH set called "It's Your Day."  I laid my tag on the card, stamped "BIRTHDAY!" over both layers lining up the space between the "R" and the "T"  so I wouldn't have a gap. The tag was then popped up on a single layer of foam mounting tape.  "happy" was black embossed on scratch paper, cut, and attached with a double layer of foam mounting tape after the waxy flax was strung and knotted.

BTW, did you know that wax-coated thread is sold in the jewelry-making isle at Hobby Lobby?  I didn't.  I found it while wandering the isles to say good-bye to HL.  (There isn't one in Alaska. **Sigh**)

Well, folks, it's just about time to pack up the craft room.  I spent today taking pictures and doing inventory.  I've not done it for any other move.  There's just something about an "overseas" move that makes me more nervous than normal.  

I'm not sure when I'll be back to post something here.  I hope you'll join me over at my author page, though, as I'll be posting pictures from our big road trip.

Until next time,

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Mask-erade Day Three

Today's schedule has gone something like this...
  1. Work out at gym
  2. Come home and make breakfast
  3. Watch "Mask-erade Day Three" video's while eating and cooling down
  4. Squiggle rubber-cement glue randomly over a square of watercolor paper
  5. Shower and get dressed
  6. Paint watercolor square
  7. Read hubby's tribute for memorial service tomorrow
  8. Do first half of final edits on "Cowboy Competition"
  9. Rub glue from watercolor square and create card
  10. Make custard
  11. Photograph card
  12. Throw enough make-up on to not scare small children and go on post for quartet rehearsal and grocery shopping
  13. Put grocery's away while eating custard
  14. Do last half of final edits on "Cowboy Competition" and submit along with a new bio to publisher
  15. Edit photo of card
  16. Write blog post
And if you've made it this far, I hope the card is worth it!

The video's in today's lessons talked about managing the stray strings of rubber cement when you use it as a liquid mask.  I thought I'd embrace the strings. 

Sentiment is from CTMH stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black.  The finished card is 4.25x4.25.

Can't wait to see tomorrow's videos!

Until next time,

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Maskerade - Day 2

If you're looking for my weekly "Writer's World Wednesday" post, please head over to my author page at  For those here for Mask-erade Day 2, I pretty much copied Shari Carroll's card with this one.

The music background stamp is from Stampin' Up! The pattern on the small balloon and "birthday" are CTMH as is the "happy" die cut (Artbooking Cricut cartridge, p. 86).  I created the mask and matching balloon using CTMH's Artiste Cricut cartridge (p.70).  I cut the mask from typing paper, and you can see along the left side and bottom of the red balloon that I didn't quite get it to the edge.  To rescue it, I sponged with Cranberry ink over top.  My intent was to do use the red on the smaller balloon, but I actually think this works better.  However, to give the small balloon a little extra "oomph", I embossed clear ink over top.

To give my card base vs. top panel a little more definition, I sponge brayered Whisper ink over top of the notes.

This card is for a 90th birthday. The recipient taught Jr. Church--which is what we called the program for wiggly kids held during regular service so parents got a break.  He and his wife, who passed away several years ago, were also my legal guardians while I was a minor.  I wanted a special card for him and knew today's lesson fit the bill.

Gotta run.  Packer is coming to estimate how many boxes they'll need to move us in a couple weeks, and I'm still in my workout clothes. Eeep!

Until next time,

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Mask-erade Day One

To celebrate finishing my novella before deadline, I signed up for the "Mask-erade" Online Card Class which started today.  I decided to create a reverse "Bokeh" effect background for this birthday card.

The stamps are from Verve "Small Packages" colored with Prismacolor pencils (cupcakes) and CTMH "Happy to be Friends" (sentiment); the inks are CTMH in Canary (current) and Cherub Pink (retired).  I created a mask by cutting various sizes of circles using my Cricut in thick vellum--thick so it wouldn't tear, vellum so I could see to overlap.  The ribbon was white; I used Copic E57 to color it.  I used the same marker around the edges of the cupcakes to give a solid edge.

With our move to Alaska in a couple weeks, I'm attempting to stock enough birthday and anniversary cards to get me through September. It comes on the TO DO list under "things only a card making addict will understand."  I colored and cut lots of these cupcakes in anticipation as you can see from yesterday's post.

So...with everything else going on, taking this class is actually helping me pack.  That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!

Until next time,

Monday, May 25, 2015

Sweet First Birthday

Today is a strange day.  It's Memorial Day, and my husband is planning a service for one of his soldiers.  It's a holiday, and I'm attending a first birthday party for the precious daughter of my "Grace Based Parenting" class administrator.

Such is the life of a chaplain/pastor's family. We weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice.

I wanted to  make a special card for the birthday celebration.  Using this week's Mojo Monday Sketch, I came up with this:

The paper is retired CTMH "Cherub Pink," and the stamps are from Verve "Small Packages" colored with Prismacolor pencils.  I stamped the images in Momento Rich Cocoa.

My original idea was to let the doily hang over the edge because I'll get to hand-deliver this card.  In the end, I liked the folded over version better because it relegates the doily to the background instead of taking too much attention from the cupcakes.  I kept the accents to stitching and a dab of glitter glue on the candle for the same reason.

Sweet birthday wishes for a sweet little one.

Until next time,