Sunday, May 22, 2011

Just Dance Album

In November of 2007 my younger son married a beautiful young girl and along with getting a terrific daughter-in-law, we got her adorable six year old sister…my new granddaughter!
I began caring for her after school, taking her to dance class and making art projects. She has been growing up, becoming a very bright and charming little lady. This wonderful granddaughter has given my husband and me new things to look forward to do with her. As an elementary student she changed schools to become a student in the gifted program and at the same time became a member of the competition dance school team winning “gold” several times. We could not be prouder even if she were our biological grandchild.
For her 11th birthday in November, we are working on a dance scrapbook for her gift. This will be an on going process adding more pages as we watch our granddaughter, a wonderful little dancer perform.
As I finish each page in her book, I will put them on my blog, but please if you are a friend or relative do not tell this little one about the surprise.
 I made this page for her, while I was teaching a scrapbooking class at Michaels. The outfit she is wearing on the left, I bought for her Xmas gift last year and she loved it! I used some great sticker and did her name using my Cricut Gypsy. She has seen the page, but it was in another book at the time, so don't tell her about this!
These two pages were a set on clearance at Michaels......I had to get them! The blue outfit works perfectly with the pink lovely pages!

I found these two wonderful cardstock pages reduced at Michaels. The gold words and trophy were cut with the help of my Cricut Gypsy. With pretty star stickers, they are a winning double page spread!
My granddaughter won the gold for both of her dances in March in Daytona Beach and I used the same gold trophy on each and for her big performance number on this dotted page. I cut a record and music notes from my latest Cricut cartridge "Nifty Fifties". I love the cartridge! Come back often, I will be adding more pages to this album as time goes by. Her recital is the middle of June and I think she will have plenty of dance for my husband to take pictures of!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Pooh and Friends cartridge Giveaway!

You have to go to for the Disney Pooh and Friends Cricut Cartridge Giveaway! I would love to own grandson's bedroom is Pooh heaven and he loves that guy!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Simply New Markers and Stamps Card

 I have been learning to use new techniques and acquiring new skills and as I do, I enjoy offering this knowledge to my students and of course my blog readers.
Recently I began delving into stamp and marker techniques and purchased a few new Tombow markers. These markers are water-based and have two brush tips.
Here is my first card designed using two Great Impressions rubber stamps and five Tombow markers. For this card all I did was experience the ease of working with the flexible fiber brush. The color flowed onto the cardstock easily and I enjoyed working with the markers on the stamped images.
Basic card for base 5” x 7”
White card stock
Textured pink cardstock
Great Impression Stamps:
      7G359 Art Nouveau Border
      7G362 Chinese Lanterns

Tombow Markers:
    062 Pale yellow
    133 Chartreuse
    772 Blush
    977 Saddle Brown

I hope you like this simple card and try exporing this art form along with me!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Scenic Beauty Card

Rubber Stamp:
      (Suggestions: N234 Beachfront Boat or N235 Sailboat Bay each by Stampendous)

Stazon Acid-free, Archival Ink Pad (Fast drying and will not bleed when water is used)
 Watercolor pencils (Suggestion: Faber-Castell)
Water brush (Suggestion: Kuretake Co., Ltd.)
Drawing paper (Good quality)
Cardstock for card 8 ¼” x 5 ½” folded in half
Martha Stewart Edge Punch
Plaid cardstock 5” square
Plaid Cardstock 1” x 5 ½”
One color scrap cardstock to match the stamped painting
Paper trimmer
Foam pop dots
Stamp cleaner
Stamp your scene on to drawing paper. Do not rock…press evenly. Wait a few minutes.
Color with watercolor pencils including reflections in the water. Color softly and go over darker areas more than once, rather than pressing hard once.

 Use the water brush on the colors.

Trim painted picture and mat to colored scrap. Apply pop dots to back.

Use edge punch on card.
Center and adhere plaid to card front. Adhere narrow plaid strip across the back under the punched edge. Place matted picture centered over the plaid card front and adhere.

This card can be used for any number of occasions, such as Father’s Day or a masculine birthday card.

 Be sure to clean your rubber stamps, with cleaner made for permanent ink.