Sunday, May 29, 2016

7 pocket file with base

 I had a pocket file I turned into a dimension pocket approx., 1/2", then created a base for them, added some of my background design paper and a little decorative piece for the base.  I cut two of the pockets front and back in a cream, the same for the base and then the other 5 pockets in black.  The decorative background is on the front and back of each pocket
 full frontal view, you are able to see the little blue glass feet on the bottom of the base.
side view

overhead view of the boxes, great for messages, coupons, etc.   Design created with my Silhouette Cameo, gotta love the Cameo.  
Hugs and Happy Memorial Weekend to everyone, we went to the National Cemetery outside of Dixon this morning, what a beautiful job they have done.  Be safe and celebrate, hugs

Monday, May 23, 2016

wine cork key ring

Oh Boy, these are fun.  I am putting together a birthday pressie for friend and throughout the year we have several wine tasting get togethers.  Open a bottle and settle in to fix the woes of the world, lol. This is one of my favorites and we share this wine a lot in the hotter weather.  So took one our corks and created this key ring for her pressie box.  We are in delightful mid 70s and it definitely is a gorgeous spring day here.  Hope yours is lovely also.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Bunny Birthday Tag

I used some new product and technique for this tag, will have to play more with it, cause I really liked it.  I used one of my Mint Stamps for the tag first on buff card cover first, I then applied a layer of Golden Gel Medium "Matt" and let it dry completely.  Then I wrote in the mo., day., and because with a black gel pen.  When that was all done I began rubbing in color with the Tim Holtz "Distress Crayons".  I love the way the gel medium took the color.  I added the bunny with cotton tail, photo corners and black background and added some black and white baker's twine - done.

This is just for fun, spring has arrived in our back yard with color and vibrancy.  The blooms are huge as a result of our El Nino rain and now that it is warming up, the cat is in heaven.  He literally throws himself to the pavement belly up and purrs with delight.  He is always an entertainer but the last couple of weeks, he is a Clown.  We have a screen on the patio and the wind was blowing it back and forth causing the light to move and wiggle, it caught his attention and he couldn't quit bear to get up and pursue it but batted at it from his position on his back, LOL.  Have a great week.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Summer Fodder and Fun

Have you ever woke in the middle of the night with a dream so real you could remember the details?
This happened to me this week and it was all about these photo huggers, so much fun, so much dimension and an added plus for the inside of the card.  Then I did a new word block and as I was doing a new brown paper bag painting for a background a very serindipitous thing occurred, I was adding gesso to a brown paper bag for color a technique but I loved all these random brown underlying show throughs. so I scanned it in and printed it out, I love this background and kept it. The corner huggers - hug the inside and outside of the card, I did the front and back.

 The huggers give the inside a great opportunity for sharing thoughts as well as giving the inside a co-ordination that is also tickling down the sides.
The back of the card also co-ordinates with the rest of the card.  The asparagus is an original element from last year.  Hope all is well out there, hugs

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

You're Great

 This was a fun and unexpected card.  My roommate has been doing spring cleaning in the backyard the last couple of weeks,  A sprinkler head had to be changed and I was sitting on the patio talking with him as he was working away.  He pulls out a bag with these rods that have threads and spacers and I ask what they are, "they are risers for the sprinkler head" he says, he is working away seeing a working sprinkler and I am seeing a new stamp, rofl.  So I beg the remaining rod when he cuts off the amount he needs.

I took the rod, commandeered one of his carpentry pencils (it fit perfectly) and put through the middle of the rod, then took some ink and liberally applied to the spacer.

I then rolled over a piece of 8 1/2"X11" paper, scanned it in and made a block for my A2 card.  I love the grid it created.  I then created a new stamp with my "Mint" stamp maker for the word block on the right.  Added some elements and a fun unexpected card.  You just never know what will inspire.  Happy Hump Day, hugs

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Three Tier Pagoda Box

I have always been fascinated with Pagodas, maybe in another life I lived in one.  I also adore the season of the Cherry Blossom and decided I wanted to match them up.  I created the 3 tier pagoda box with my Silhouette Design Software, then went to work drawing a coloring (NeoII Crayons) a cherry blossom, then the Silhouette to turn it into an element.  I used one of my favorite dragon flies and bees, a branch and put a knob on the top and some bakers string.  Used one of my gellie pull backgrounds and it is done.  So much fun to collect words or stuff with Hershey kisses.  

Side view

These are the boxes separated.  Oh boy, so much fun.  Over all dimensions are approx. 5"tall, 3 1/2" wide and 2 1/2" deep.  Happy Tuesday, hugs

Saturday, March 26, 2016

low profile velcro-wow

A little pocket envelope (approx. size 4.25"x3.00).  I used one of my background designs, my funny little squirrel and my bow cork stamp to accent the front of the envelope.

I used a low profile velcro my roommate found, oh goodness I love this stuff.  Happy Easter, stay safe, hugs, Sandi

Friday, March 25, 2016

ATG tip that really works

I love this tip I found on pinterest today, it works great, I did not have a cereal box so used 110# coverstock cut twice and my 1/4" tape is no longer slipping.  I am posting the link.

hope the link works, hugs

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Happy Easter

A simple Easter card, a fun background created from a cut I did with the Silhouette Cameo, I am always watching out for interesting shapes when I do a cut, this one was irresistible.  I used one of my nez creatures and added cotton to the bunny bottom, lol.   Happy Thursday, hugs

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Two File Set with Base

This is the two file set with base.  Filled with A2 card blanks and envelopes.  This is a set design by Lori Whitlock from the Silhouette Library.  The files were cut with the Silhouette Cameo.  I used 110# heavy cardstock in chocolate brown and cream.  I then used one of my background designs for the decorative panels the background has a shimmer applied after I printed the background out.  It lends a rather old, elegant feel to the set.

 Side view
 back view
This shot was taken outside so that you could see the shimmer on the background paper, hope everyone sails smoothly into the rest of the week. hugs

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A2 Card File or Not

I found this file from Lori Whitlock on the Silhouette Library and was intrigued immediately.  These are perfect for A2 cards and envelopes,  The base holds the four files neatly together.   I could not help but think these would also work for other things, like the counter top of the kitchen, coupons, pens, the magnifying glass and note pads.  So I went to work and did one for my roommate.  He is a fisherman, so it had to be a fishing theme.  I found these great elements also in the Silhouette Library.
The bases were cut from heavy card stock (Recollections) from Michaels, 110#.  When adhering them together I used "The Ultimate" by Crafter's Pick, it does not buckle the card stock, because it has less water content, other than that I would suggest a dry adhesive.  The decorative backgrounds are from my design stash.

This is a view from the side, I love love love the old man fishing silhouette.  Happy Tuesday, hugs

Monday, March 14, 2016

tweet tweet

Some fun printer washi tape, both bow base and photo corners, I did use a punch to cut photo corners out, a little tip, put your washi tape on a piece of plain printer paper when you take them to your corner punch and then pull them off the paper and apply to card.  I have been doing these cute little bird clips, the bird is mounted to a clear plastic circle and then I adhere the clip to the back with a pop dot.
The new bow is a blow up of a wine cork stamp I created a couple of weeks ago, then took it to the silhouette and created a new element,  We are rain free, bunches of sunshine pouring in all week, we are ready for that right now.  Grass and plants are green green green and blooms are brilliant, yeah! Have a great week.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

lets talk about recyclable containers with no lids

Geeze, I so hope you have not totally become bored with my Fuse and ways to use it, cause I keep tinking of so many things to do with it.  I had a bizzilion pens in a box and although I use them, every time I needed one I had to wade through all of them.  I have been saving these containers that house our Kamataos they work for so many things, the only thing is they do not have a lid or top, so if they turn over - you have a sort job ahead of you.  So I took a bread food bag and created slips for them, then just curled in the ends and secured with paper clips.  Whahoo they are workings, no spilled pens in days.  I have sorted out gels, calligraphy, writing, etc.  It is rainy, cold and I am organizing, happy weekend ALL. hugs

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Seriously cute pocket

 I am still on my pocket craze, this pocket is a little bigger over all dimension with the flap closed is approximately 2 1/2 x 3" with the flap open it is 2 1/2 x 4".  I used a non-glare sheet protector for this one.  A new background paper and washi tape.  I laid two layers of tape down on the bottom top opening of the pocket, then with the cutting element cut a tab shape so that the flap would tuck behind it to close.  Two holes on the top flap for the twine to tie for decoration.
The tabbed flap is move visible in this shot and the insert card has been removed.  The stake is explained below.

I fused a bracket to the back of the pocket so that I could insert a large paperclip or the appetizer fork (I painted black), this makes the pocket much more versatile.  It can be clipped to a card, journal page or a mini gift bag or use the fork to add to a container of flowers, or anything else that comes to mind.

Here is the pocket clipped to a mini bag.

here it is using the fork attached to a little jelly jar.  The bee is my emoji for this year, to remind me to stay on track and keep focused, rofl, a 24/7 job.  Have a great Thursday, hugs

Monday, February 29, 2016

clear library pockets using heavy sheet protectors

okay I am seriously lovin these.  I have been playing with the fuse and wondered the other day if my silhouette would cut out a library pocket from one of my heavy duty sheet protectors, so set a mini one up on my Cameo and separated the sheet protector to yield two sheets instead of one 8 1/2 X 11" pocket, popped it on my mat and sent it to cut and it cut like butter.  The trick to this is when you get ready to fuse it together you are going to fuse from the bottom up and over the little tabs you would normally fold to create the pocket because the Fuse closes it for you, when you are done just cut the tabs off close to the side but being careful not to cut any of the fused area.  Then add a regular or decorative clip to the back and you are ready to go.  I chose to use one as a directive word for my day in my planner, my brain is still thinking up ideas to use this with, they are endless.  The over all size of this mini clear pocket when completed is 1 1/2 X 2".

Here is the pocket without the word directive inside.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

water proof your book markes

I continue to play with the We Are Memory Keepers "Fuse".  This is a book mark I fused using a full sheet protector cut to size for the bookmark and then fused.  The cat is a softer version of my previous demon cat post and the writing on the side is: "meow is a language of love from a cat to a human", the other side is meow, meow, meow meow.  Happy Thursday

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

We Didn't Do It

Well, we can blame this on the full moon or my dark side, don't know which, lol.  I saw this little demon cat in an abstract I was working on so I got to work pulled him out of the abstract and went to work enhancing the demon side of it.  However, I really want this cat, it is just too too too and then I decided to give it a twin by mirror imaging it in my Silhouette software, then cut them out and put them on this rather abstract scan of some confetti paper I did in black and white.  Then of course they would say they didn't do it. ROFL  Hope you get a giggle and have a great day, hugs

Saturday, February 20, 2016

A Fairy Tale and altered Trading Card Pockets

I am part of the design crew for Tangie Baxter & Co. and do posts for the Art Journal Pockets every month.  Tangie gives us two free 8 1/2 X 11" Journal Sheets and a challenge.  This months challenge was "Fairy Tales".  So, I did what any design team member would do, I printed out the two sheets and looked at them, and looked at them and after a few days with no clue what so ever what I would do with an octopus and seahorses, I started making some notes and that is when it came to me, I would write a fairy tale.  It was a fun challenge that took a different turn for me because I also do a blog post once a month for Tangies' Blog and February has been crazy for me and I did not have a clue what I was going to do for the Blog.

When I finish my challenges each month I cut the pockets in the Trading Card Pocket Sheets on the horizontal on the perforation marks which gives me three sections of 3 cards each and I bind them, I do this because I have no where to store an 8 1/2 X 11" binder, my studio space is a little corner of my closet and some wall space for storage.  They get bound and placed in a box on my shelf.  
A few months back before Christmas I found a great deal on "The We Are Memory Keepers" Fuse and decided it would be useful with the pockets and some other projects I had in mind and got it. Instead of doing my usual binding I decided to experiment and see if I could create a continuous horizontal sheet, so the pockets went from the example above to below.

Perfect for an accordion fold and when folded a neat little packet of 2 1/2 X 3 1/2" cards.  Below is how I made them into one continuous line.

I took a freezer sandwich bag and cut 2 strips 3/4" by 3", I laid the top 3 panel section in the middle of the brace and fused it with the "Fuse", then laid the middle strip on the other half and fused, it worked and then did the bottom section.  I love it, prior to this I have been using old file folders to bind my projects but this is ever better and smaller.  

For the book cover I used a piece of corrugated cardboard, sprayed it front and back with Design Master's "Tint It" Jade and on the front turned the cover upside down and sprayed it with "Tint It" Gold Shimmer so it would drip, creating the sea grass for the Seahorses to swim and hide in.  I then emphasized the sea grass with a micron "Black" pen. I used some Tim Holtz photo corners and his fasteners to keep the book closed and going with the theme attached an existing octopus charm to the fastener.  The accordion sections are secured to the inside back with red line tape, I put the tape on the back cover and the back of the trading card pocket.  I created the "Once Upon a Time"  and Sea Horse elements from Tangies' sheets using the Cameo Silhouette.  As far as I am concerned cannot work with these pockets without the Fuse.
And they lived happily ever after, The End.  Happy Saturday!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

brown bag painting for elements

I have been playing with a new technique and like it so much thought maybe some of you would like to try it also.  I have been drawing and painting on brown paper bags, that part really came about because I use the brown paper bags for spray sheets and sometimes turn them into backgrounds.  The reason I am drawing on them to create an element is that I was just playing and did the leaf above using acrylic and NeoColorsII, I wanted to see how the NeoColors blended using them on top of an acrylic base, they work great by the way and blend smoothly.  For whatever reason, used the white NeoColorII around the edges of the leaf, I was just playing, I liked the way the leaf looked and decided to turn it into an element, one cannot have too many leaves in their stash and I was amazed that when I did my extraction it took the white and I loved the leaf even more.  So then I had to do another drawing to see if it would do the same thing and did the tag.  So I will be experimenting more as time permits.  The 3 day blessing is one of my new mint stamps, I stamp it in my planner to remind myself of just some of the blessings I have in a day and I will probably use this as a bookmark in my planner also, it is a 30x30mm stamp.  The background I used is one of my spray sheets sprayed with my Design Master's "Tint It" Gold Shimmer, there is something wrong with the way it is spraying, it's globbing so I thought maybe the nozzle was clogged and way trying to clean it.  It did not help but it sure did give a great background, lol.  Have a great day, hugs

Friday, February 12, 2016

Wine Cork Stamp and tag

 I did a new wine cork stamp this week, a leaf.  Started playing with it a little and did a cluster, scanned it in and turned it into an element with the Silhouette Cameo.
Here is the tag,  We are definitely showing spring signs and this reminds me of the soft new fresh leaves.  They still say we are not finished with the El Nino but I don't know, sure am enjoying the break though, hope everyone have a great holiday weekend and Happy Valentine's Day. Hugs

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Soft Landings

A couple of new backgrounds this week, one I used for the tag and the other for the background, existing elements from my stash.  I am pretty sure I have spring fever, lol, they say El Nino is not over just resting so I am going to enjoy it,  Have a great rest of your week.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Celebrate the day with heart

An old favorite background, a new quirky element for my Valentines this year.  IntenseInk pencils, and micro pens and beloved Silhouette.  I wish all of you love, friendship and peace, lol, definitely a balancing act.  Hugs

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Boots and Guns

I did this card for a friend that is going through a South West phase.  Could not help myself, inside the card says, "I don't think we are in Kansas anymore, Toto".  These are all pretty much new elements for my stash, colors are Intense Inks and Micro Pens, background done with gesso and corrugated cardboard, font is traveling typewriter, Silhouette Cameo.  So much fun so little time.  Hope you are slip sliding safely into your week, we are getting ready for a rainy weekend beginning tomorrow, Hugs

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Lovin Paris - Still

oh boy, new background and photo corners, love, love this Eiffel shot.  "love" one of my words turned element via Silhouette Cameo.  Happy Saturday, hugs

Friday, January 15, 2016

Take a Paris Day

 Oh here we are at the end of the full second week in January, I have a lot to show for the two weeks but I am exhausted, lol.  So last night as I was musing through what I have done and what still needs to be done, I thought, okay, enough is enough, I need some breaks here.  This morning having partially forgotten my promises to incorporate some fun break times and going through the pictures from my friend that went to Europe last year, I came across a gorgeous Eiffel Tower shot, I wanted that tower, it took me well over three hours to finally master it into an element and then I paired it up with my new "love" word and my new hole re-inforcer, a stamp I created from a wine cork and inktense pencils.  The heart from another years labor.  I have vowed I will take a Paris Day twice a month, I will and beside that I am going to encourage some very hard working friends to do the same with this fun card.
this is the inside of the card with a little bit larger Eiffel Tower.  Have a great week end, hugs