Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Takes a deep breath...have been super busy. Finally time to update and post my challenge for this week.

Raced around from doctor appointment to doctor appointment...now must have physical therapy.

Then Saturday my daughter, grand daughter and me went tot he Scrapbook/Stamp Show in Somerset, NJ...and it was a blast. Tons of great vendors and classes....and needless to say, did a ton of damage to the charge card. Got some really great new stamps and can't wait to use them.

The challenge for Sweet Dreamers at SplitCoastStampers was to use eyelets...which I didn't have any of but was able to pick up a package at the show. So this is my first attempt as using them...was easy.



I made the card using Neenah White CS, then Black CS and finally a piece of Black and White Striped Cardstock...these were all fastened together with the eyelet. It doesn't show well in the photo but I then stamped four Halloween Inches with Memento Tuxcedo Black and under them stamped using the same Memento Ink the word Halloween. The stamps are from Dimensions Crafts and are really cute. At first I was going to leave it as it is but after taking the photo decided it was too plan so I added a simple black and vanilla bow. I think this will make a perfect Halloween card for a man/boy...not too fussy.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Ok...my first attempt as coloring using Copic Markers...no perfect but not that bad. Found out one thing doing this...I need new glasses, I went out of the lines a few times. Was going for a watercolor/antique feel to the image and pretty pleased with how it turned out. Practice, Practice and practice some more. Need to fix where it didn't stamp the entire R...

Spent the being lazy...sitting around trying to stay cool despite the AC being dead again. Did spend some time cleaning out both computer's which was a huge job as I love to save images that I find online, drinking way too much coffee and have a Pearl Jam Marathon (drools at the site of Eddie Vedder)...so was not a bad day. The AC is fixed, three pots of Starbooks coffee and PJ...what more can you ask for.

As soon as the challenge was posted I knew exactly what stamp I was using and it fit the "no coloring" requirement.

Short story about the stamp. My youngest daughter, much to everyone's dismay, rarely saves cards. Her soon to be husband on the other hand thinks you save every card you receive and he does. He constantly nags her about this with every event that you would send a card for. When my oldest daughter and I saw this stamp in one of the $1 bins at Micheals we both knew I had to have it....and have been waiting for just the perfect occasion...her birthday on Saturday.

The card was basically made from scraps except for the Solar White Neenah Cardstock, a piece of scrap lavendar and scarp polka dot (not sure of what the company was). I stamped is using Blood Red Ink from Rubber Stampede, Tea Leaves Dew Drop and a tiny butterfly stamp (she loves butterflies). Layered and glued. (and yes it was hard to resist not coloring in the butterfly...lol). I'll post her "real" birthday card before Saturday.

This looks larger than it is...as it's more of insert to put into her "real" card and I can't wait to see her face...maybe she'll be forced into saving her cards from now on or we could just stop giving her cards. lol.

Oh a side note...I've never had trouble cutting card stock with my cutter. New blade was put in just a few days ago and I could not get a smooth cut. I used Neenah Cardstock for the first time and a wondering if it's the thickness of the paper or the quality of my cutter. Any suggestions would be appreciated.



Now that the place is cooling off I'm going to sew a Market Bag for my grand daughter for school. She loves them much better than a backpack and picked out this great fabric with her Aunt, it's pink, white and black skulls. She loves punk and goth style clothes and looks adorable in them, so this will be perfect. Hope to start selling them soon.

Oh...and a huge thank you to all you steered me in the right directions with my limited photography abilities. I found the perfect spot is either on my dining table or on the ironing board, in front of the sliding glass door....mid afternoon seems to be the perfect time for the lighting issue.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Whew! What a weekend. It just seemed to get away from me. Five days with a 11 year old and a 3 year old...and I am exhausted. By the time Mom came and picked them up last night, it was far to dark to even attempt to photograph my card for Sweet Dreams Challenge. Now we all know by now...my and the camera do not bond, so here is my futile attempt at photographing my card...of course, it looks much better in real life but I must say that after I followed a few tips (thanks to the ladies of Sweet Dreamers) this card did photograph much better than my first card. Think if life allows some free time I am going to play around with the camera and photographing stuff, this week.

Sweet Dreamers Challenge was to create something using a grid, so here's my take on the grid. Not sure why but when I read the challenge it reminded me of the woven Easter baskets we use to make in school, so the card started with that.

Challenge "The Grid".

I started by cutting 1/2 each strips in off white and light tan and woven those to the desired size. I flipped the woven page over and ran strips of carpet tape over the entire back to hold the woven portion together. This was then glued to a light cocoa cardstock, then a large swirl was heat embossed with white/gold embossing powder. The "thank you" was stamped using Memento Tuxcedo Black and a stamp from Micheals. in the corner. The lady was created using my Gocco Printing Machine in black and white and I colored her with Copic Markers (my first attempt using the markers). I love her necklace, it was made using one of the $1 punches from Micheals bin. I put a dot of black in the center of each flower then dabbed clear glitter glue in the flower center. I use the two papers from the woven section for these.

Hmm..not sure why it photographed the way it did but it makes it appear that the bottom of the card is narrower than that top...must be something that I did and never noticed until I posted it.

Now onto the next challenge....



Saturday, August 15, 2009

Saturday, August 15, 2009

No update today. Busy spending time with my grand daugther, Jacklyn (age 11) and her brother Brody (age 3). Brody is napping so we are playing "make up" but later she'll be working on altering her composition books.

Will post challenge card late today or before deadline tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Not much new today....getting ready to work on the card for the next challenge and maybe later play with the new Copic markers.

Thinking about making another Exploding Box in a more fun pattern...maybe summer colors. They are easy and fun to create and everybody loves them.

Update: played with the Copic Markers and they are fabulous to work with. Added some coloring to a print I made using my Gocco Machine a few months ago. Turned out super.

Here's the last exploding box I made at a craft day that me and Alicia had when I came home from the hospital.
Love the way they turned out...now just have to add pictures. That's the hard part...deciding what to add.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Well my card is finished for the second challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers, we were to create a card using something recycled and though it didn't turn out exactly how I envisioned, its delicate and simple.

Just wasn't my day. I went to cut out Love with my Craft Robo and it decided that it was just too hot outside to work. Then I tried bonding with the camera....and that just is never going to happen. I've just never been a photo person...but am going to do some playing around with it this week. So the image does not do the card justice. Then when no else could go wrong....it did. The batteries in the camera were dead. Ok...toss batteries into the charger and wait. No big deal...just real life. lol!

I'd be open to any suggestion about how to photo the cards we create better. After 10 shots...this was the best I came up with...which really doesn't show any detail of the card.


As for the card....it's a gorgeous piece of dusty rose floral with a golden scrolling stamping over the background. It's a 6X6 inch card. On the right hand side is a poem I stamped using Memento Tuxcedo Black and heat set. On the right, is my recycled part of the challenge. I cut the top and bottom from a soda can and cut it out into floral. I then stamps the petals with Memento Black using a tiny leaf stamp (don't know the company...I got them for $1.00 at Micheals) and heat set the leaves. To the right of the metal flowers is a piece of sheer vanilla ribbon (I had gotten it on a bottle of perfume) that I found in my ribbon bin.

It's a gloomy, drizzling and very humid day on the East Coast today. Where is fall? I hope it makes its appearance early this year.

My card for Challenge Two is completed. Just need to photograph it and upload it.

Was busy making a birthday card for my daughter's Mother In Law....who is very much a part of my family. She is kind person who really does think about others and it shows.

We are off to take her out for dinner for her birthday. Then back to my house for cake. You can never have enough cake. lol!

On a side note...if anybody needs a banner/avatar or such for their blog. I can work on creating you something that you don't find on other blogs. If you need to see samples of my work go to: deweesedesigns.blogspot.com on their you'll find a small sample of my work.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Busy day. Grandson came for a few days and he is just so funny. If he could figure out a way to turn himself into a Lego...I think he would.

Yeah! I finished all 13 layouts from the Thursday night crop at Creating Keepsakes Convention. Just need to decide what pics I'm going to use on what. Me and camera are not best of friends..so it's always a issue. That and deciding what to journal on the pages.

Still have 4 huge layouts left to complete from the convention.

Unpacked my good bag that I won at the crop...it is massive in size. I have idea how many layouts are in the bag...but I'd say a couple dozen. Need to shout out a thank you to Creating Keepsakes for donating it.

Finished my card for the challenge...just have to take a pic, upload and post it. I think I was brain dead as the creative juices just weren't flowing. But it turned out nice.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Friday, August 7, 2009

Deep breath....now to get life back in order. Busy day and still no AC...makes for a not happy camper.

Me and daugther have decided to challenge each other on our unfinished projects from the Convention classes...no small job. Thursday's class/crop was 13 pages...and not one was completed in the time frame, so they are first on our list. Then the other six classes.

After we catch up....we're going to post weekly/bi-weekly challenges. Hope to have a nice following of people.

Keep checking back...if you scrapbook, stamp or make cards, we'll be doing some of each.

As of now....I have 8 of the 13 pages done and hope to have them finished tomorrow.


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Finally think I am rested up after a very hectic three days spent at the Creating Keepsakes Convention. Me and Alicia took one class on Thursday night, three of Friday and had registared for three classes on Saturday but added one more for a total of four.

The classes were super...though one we were not thrilled with. It was more of a beginner class..very simple and basic and not worth the price of the class.

Of course, many hours were spent walk back and forth between classes and the vendor faire....looking at all that was for sale. Got about a dozen or so stamps....a great stamp company was there selling their stamps for 50% off, so who could pass up a deal like that. We also made our first purchase of Copic Markers and got a really great selection and price.

I went to the convention much to my doctors dismay..and family was a big concerned. After months of progress learning how to walk again...I went for a short walk a week before the convention and fell. I hit the sidewalk hard and wacked my knee, hit my elbow and ripped and fractured my right shoulder. So me and cane went to the show....as I told the doctor, what more harm could be done in a few days time. Have an appointment with the Orthopedic Surgeon on the 21st...hoping that I won't have to have surgery.

Have been busy completing my layouts and projects...just never enough time in the class to finish them.

Fun day at the house...the dishwasher filled with moldy water and the AC decided to die. Of course...with my injury I can't reach to wash the dishes and it's hotter than hell here today. Fun times.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Just a heads up....new banner & name. Raven is my nickname...and it better suits me than does DreamsEmbellished.

We are back from the Creating Keepsakes Convention and had a blast...great classes, tons of merchandise and new techniques. We did a great deal of damaged at the Vendor Faire....especially with Copic Makers. Started out with thinking about buying 30 and ended up with 55. Yikes! But the price was good and no shipping charges like when ordering online.

I am exhausted and will need days to catch up. Am much more tired than I had expected...but add in the damaged to my shoulder and I guess it's about right. Doctor didn't want me to go because of the shoulder but I was not missing something that we had planned all year.

Dealing with shoulder tomorrow.

Finally finished unpacking and have a dozen or so projects to complete that just didn't get done in class.

Then all the new things to play with....yeah!

*Some people are like slinkies...not really good for anything
but they bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs.*