Saturday, September 20, 2014

Alaska cruise with Pazzles craft group


I have been away from my blog for too long. I have another mother daughter vacation under my belt, and so I am slow to getting back to my crafty self. 

Mom and I went on an Alaskan cruise, with a group of 16 other ladies, we were a Pazzles craft group on a huge cruise ship. It was amazing. We carried our Pazzles onto the cruise ship, set up in a dedicated conference room and left it up for a week. Crafting and cruising, the perfect combination.



Adorable Creek St. shopping district in my favorite stop of the cruise, Ketchikan.  


Coming into Juneau port. 


Glacier ice.


Quaint Skagway.


Epic Empress Hotel in Victoria British Columbia. 


A pig roast on deck of the Norwegian Jewel. Just one of many wonderful events on board the beautiful ship. 



And now onto some of the awesome craft projects created and taught by the amazing Klo Oxford from Pazzles. I learned so much this trip and created some wonderful projects.

The very first photo in this post is our Alaska word mini album. Each letter is on a different page and each page can hold at least one photo on the front and another on the back. The cruise ship silhouette is an actual outline of the Norwegian Jewel, just one of the fantastic things you can do on the Pazzles software and machine. Mine is not completely embellished yet, but I wanted to share with you still.

Here you see a mini album built on the base of a rolodex. We learned how to scan in the rolodex pages and tabs and then create our own replacements, adding decorative detail to each tab. Now I can trim down pictures to adhere to each page and have a lovely flip book to showcase some of the highlights of my last trip with mom, to the British Isles.



Here's one photo of the interior pages flipped open. This project as is right now, will hold 26 trimmed photo's. I can even add more pages if I like. I figure the shorter tab pages I will add descriptions, quotes or stories.



Here are partially finished scrapbook pages. One for each port. Isn't the totem pole cute? We cut that on our Pazzles, the entire page actually but the detail and delicateness of the totem and the Ketchikan font just amaze me. The Pazzles has thoroughly impressed me, and I'm so thankful for all I learned about it this trip.


Juneau page is waiting for a cut out of a scotty dog. Because my favorite stop on our Juneau port day was at the Red Dog Saloon. A crazy eclectic collection of stuff crammed into a sawdust covered floored saloon. Fun and silly and delicious. We enjoyed shots of "duck farts" their specialty drink, and pizza made with reindeer sausage.  


Skagway is a photogenic town at the base of beautiful mountains. Old fashioned steam engines right on the main shopping street. 


I need to figure out what I want to add to the Victoria page. We enjoyed the Empress Hotel inside and the outside gardens. The parliament building and the beautiful park like grounds around it and walking around the inner harbor with all the hand craft stalls and food sellers around it.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these Pazzles crafts, different from my usual cards and 3D paper crafts and occasional yarn projects. 


Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Peek-a-boo circles cards



I was inspired to create these cards by this pin on Pinterest. I have tons of paper flowers and loved this unique use of them. 





Plus using lots of coordinating sparkles. Super cute.




I made a mask out of a large sticky note. Then I stuck it to the white piece of paper, punched my holes, then used it as a mask for stamping the vine pattern onto the kraft card base. Run the white piece through the Cuttlebug with an embossing folder. Adhere is to the kraft card base and stamp your sentiment on a scrap and snip it into a banner shape. Place your flowers and your gems and voila. Cute card finished.



Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Label love birthday card




I was inspired by this card I found on Pinterest to create this birthday card for a friend at work. She loves purple and butterflies. I know, this is SU! Rich Razzleberry but I was shocked to discover I do not have much in the way of selection of purple card stock. She still loved it. There is a lot going on with this card, embossing, stamping, punching, twine and rhinestones. Lots of little details. I really enjoyed making it. 


Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Yippee-Skippee! cards





I'm slowly getting back into my creative routine. Slowly. These cards are for a gift set for a friend who loves butterflies. So I pulled out my SU! supplies and got some Pin-spiration, and I was off and running.

Above is made with SU! Rich Razzleberry as the primary color.



Changed this one up with Melon Mambo.


This one is my favorite SU! color, Daffodil Delight.



More Rich Razzleberry.



And Melon Mambo.



Last but not least, Daffodil Delight again.

I used the SU! embossing folder on the smaller card stock butterflies as well as the white card stock background. I hope she likes these cards, more importantly I hope she send them out to friends and family because that's what its all about.



This is my Pepper inspecting my photo box and OttLite. She's my lil helper. Not so little anymore.


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Thursday, July 31, 2014

My excuses and Sunburst technique cards



So, I have been away from my blog for a LONG while. I have good excuses. A trip of a lifetime I was able to take with my mom. It was amazing. We loved it. England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and back to England in 15 days. I have been home for nearly three weeks now. It took a while to settle back in, to family and home, not to mention work. Ugh! So my crafting mojo was even slower to return. But here I am.

Above is Edinburgh Castle. Mom and I both agree, Edinburgh, Scotland was our favorite location we visited. Such an amazing city and country. And the people, so kind and devoted to their city and country. But they love sharing her with us.



Here is Stonehenge. I believe we took roughly 300 photos that day. The way they have the area set up is amazing. You walk 360 degrees around it and in some places you get very near the stones. Just awe inspiring. The hard work, determination and ingenuity of ancient people. Simply amazing.



The Roman Baths in Bath, England. Another jaw dropping moment. The craftsmanship and details in such and ancient creation. Stunning.


My first castle of many. It stole my heart. Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, Wales. 


And Wow! Just Wow!!! York Minster. Words can not describe. Inside and out just a stunning display of beauty. I just can not hardly believe how old things are there and how well preserved and all the detail work done by hand in a pre-technological age. Everyday I was BLOWN away. 



Not that I am done with extolling the crafts of ancient places, but on to something more modern for the moment.

I have seen several of these sunburst type cards lately. I love the look, using a whole paper packet is great for variety and makes it easy on coordination. I followed this Youtube video and several pictures for additional decorating ideas. I embossed the piece after gluing all of the triangles to the scrap of paper.



All of these were made with CTMH paper sample sheets, of discontinued paper packs.



I added stamped sentiments.



Layered on some crocheted ribbon and different shades of bakers twine.



These cards are simple yet striking.



Such an easy technique and the look is so different because of the patterns selected.



A masculine card.



A neutral card. The possibilities are endless. Enjoy.



Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Neon tie dye cards gift set




I made this set of cards as a gift for a high school graduate, in hopes she will enjoy using them to keep in touch with friends as they go off to different colleges.



In this picture I hope you can see a little better the Tattered Angles Glimmer Mist in Pearl, that I spritzed all over the front of each card.



These were all sponged with my new favorite ink, Hero Arts Neons.



The CTMH sentiments were all stamped using the VersaFine Black ink pad.



I used my birthday present from my sweet mom, the EK Success flower punch to punch from black cardstock.



Adding a Queen & Co. Twinkle Goosebumps bling to the center of each flower.



Layer all the card tops onto black cardstock.



Attach all those to a card base, and BaZiNgA! Bright and cheery note cards to write in and keep in touch with friends.


This is the package of Glimmer Screens. I had purchased these last year at our local Scrapbook Expo, and just now got around to trying them all. It's love! Although they market them for use with their glimmer mists, I like the bolder look of sponged ink, personally. I just used a small amount of Dawn dish soap on my palm and my fingertips to clean the ink off each screen when I was done.



Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!
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