Magical Easter Card

This is an unusual year with the Coronavirus that is sweeping our world. I am so grateful that my children are teenagers and young adults. I enjoy their company and they don’t need constant supervision or entertainment. With all of that being said, we are aware that Easter may be different this year. It may just be the five of us around the table. However, we do still love our family and want to show them even if we can’t be with them right now. We all helped make cards to send out to our extended family over the course of the next few weeks. To keep teenagers interested I opted to create interactive cards using dies from Lawn Fawn.

Family Craft Night Prepping

To have a successful Family Craft night a little bit of prep work is beneficial. I die cut and stamped images for 20 cards (5 of us only needed to make 4 cards – 2 of each style). The stamp and die storage sleeves were perfect to organize each card kit. You could also use sandwich bags. The first card we create together and they do the next on their own. We repeat the process with each new interactive card.

Each card was signed by who created it and a note stating this was a family effort. It really makes receiving the cards extra special.

Magic Iris

To create the Magic Iris Card check out the video.

.Here are a few of the completed cards in the different phase of the card:

Picture Changer

The Magic Picture Changer card was a fun one to create! You just need to run a powder pouch over it to help it slide smooth. Also, It is easier to stamp and color the image after you have die cut it. The video on how to create these cards is here:

Which Interactive card is your favorite? Please share!

Until next time — Happy Crafting!

Create a Landscape with Stamps

While attending Creativation I did a walk through of the Stamper’s Village. I am a little hard to impress these days. I have been in the industry for over 30 years, seen it all (usually several times in different packaging) and have it if I love it. Therefore, when a stamp set knocks my socks off I have to get it. Hero Arts did just that with their new Heroscapes.

Lavender Fields

This was the stamp that I originally knew I had to have! The samples I saw in the Hero Arts booth were gorgeous. Naturally I played with it first and created these cards:

The first card I created was the traditional way using the stamps as they were intended. Then I wanted to do something a little different…

I went fall! What do you think? For the last card I created on a Facebook Live video and was inspired by the flowers in Texas and sunsets in Arizona.

Tulip Fields

I was not intending on buying two stamp sets, but the tulips reminded me so much of my time in Holland when I lived in Germany. It has ended up being my favorite!

The next card I created on YouTube showcasing how to use these types of stamps with a few tips!

Here is the video I created making this card:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Back to My Roots!

I got into paper crafting over 30 years ago before I even knew there was a name for my hobby — scrap booking! I even got my start in the craft industry with scrap booking. I spent about a decade creating scrapbook pages for a few different kit clubs and had to walk away to care for my Mom who had emergency open heart surgery. Back in the day there was no such thing as scheduling a post ahead of time.

When I returned to the industry in 2017 I was told my scrap booking pages was not where it was at. I really took that to heart and it kind of scared me because that was what I was about. I spent the first two years focusing on trends and mixed media and I really missed making layouts. Finally in the spring of 2019 I returned to my roots. I still am dabbling in cards, Bible Art, Art Journal and ATC, but my heart is scrap booking and I will not ever walk away from it again.

Easter Blessings

This first layout I documented my place setting at my 2019 Easter table. The paper was created by my local craft store. It is super soft and gorgeous.

One thing I like to do to make a title stand out without taking away from the layout is to add a piece of vellum behind it.

Seeing Stars

I adore this picture of my son. He was having so much fun! I used a piece of Creative Embellishment chipboard painted yellow with glitter to help create a focal point.

Friday Night Lights

I love white space on a layout. It creates eye popping focal points and an area for the eye to rest. Some find it plain and that’s okay. Art is a personal thing and what one prefers another may not. I really wanted this gorgeous sunset picture to shine.

Golf

My son had the honor of participating in the golf tournament that his great grandparents founded about 50 years ago. The first layout is of him during the day with his golf cart crew.

The second and final layout is of the dinner that night! He is sitting with his grandma (daughter of the founder), great grandma (founder) and uncle (current chairman).

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Big Toppers!

I had the urge to make huge toppers perfect for a flower arrangement. I really have no rhyme or reason on why I wanted to make these, but I did and they turned out darling.

To create a topper just use what is in your stash! I created two fans, glued them together and layered more paper on top. I used Lisa Kettell’s sweet little hand painted pieces as the center and attached the entire thing to a paper straw in my stash.

What is something you have created from your scraps? I would love to know! Tell me in the comments.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

A Day with my Girls in Scottsdale

My friends from The Paper Collage and I had a fabulous day in Scottsdale Arizona. We started off the day with vintage inspiration at a local market. We then made our way to Central Phoenix for a lovely lunch at Bianco — one of the nation’s best Italian food restaurants.

After lunch we window shopped in Old Town Scottsdale. It was fun, but not nearly as fun as checking out the beautiful cactus and flowers in the heart of it all.

We had a lot of laughs too! Everything from the nasty coffee we so desperately searched for to trying to get just the right picture of the same thing.

We all had a wonderful time and look forward to our next day together. What is your favorite thing to do with your friends? Tell me in the comment section.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

How to Stretch a Bible Art Stamp Set

If I can’t use a product more than one way chances are I am just not going to keep it. That is one thing I like about stamps — they can be used a ton of different ways. Joy Clair has an extensive collection of Bible Art stamps that I adore. However, I like to use them in different ways as to get the most bang for my buck.

Rainbows

I always start first with the stamps in my Bible and then I create something else with the same set. For this set it was cards!

Something Patriotic

When I first saw this stamp set I did not think of the Armor of God like I should have. I thought of the Army, so I created a couple Patriotic Cards.

Not Really For the Bible

Than there are those sets that are not intended for Bible art. This particular set is probably the farthest thing most people would want to include in their Bible because it is tattoo art, but I like to create the unexpected. I decided on ATC cards for this set.

At the end of the day ALL things are used for His glory, so just pull out your Bible and start creating 🙂

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

A Trip Back to Where I Grew Up

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay area right by the water. I saw the bay almost everyday growing up. Back then I did not think anything of it. I did not know how much I loved the water until I moved to Arizona. I felt homesick for years and could not figure out why. I knew that my future was not in California and I really never wanted to move back, so why was I longing for it? I remember the first time I visited from college and it hit me. It was the water. I was sitting in my Mom’s tiny apartment watching the news and I glanced out the window. There it was — the bay! I immediately let out a sigh and realized it was what I was missing.

Now every time I go back home I make sure I take some time to visit the water.

I recently took a last minute quick trip back home. I saw the bay in a different light this time because I ran downtown and along the public shoreline. I started running 4 months ago, so this was a new experience for me. I had so much fun running that I did not want it to end, so I looped around again and ended up running 3 miles instead of the 2 I had planned. Here are a few pictures from my run that morning:

I was pleasantly surprised when I saw a community garden right in the heart of downtown. It was open to the public to wander, but they asked that no one picked anything from it because each lot belonged to someone or an organization. Regardless, I was tickled to walk around and see the gorgeous plants, vegetables, flowers and how the sun hit it all.

I decided to end the trip taking my Mom out to dinner on the waterfront. I just was not ready to leave the water and wanted to soak up as much of it as I could.

My Mom lives less than two miles from downtown and the shoreline. She told me she does not venture into downtown much and I was taken back by that. It dawned on me that when I lived in the area I never went there either. I guess my point is, regardless of where you are living take some time to explore your area. Appreciate where you are at and find the beauty in it. Look at it from your artist eye and find the creativity in your area.

What is something you love about your hometown? Please share in the comments.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!