Sunday, September 25, 2011

ATC Swap for Altered page plus Watch parts my son ordered for me from England

Here are two ATC's I made for the Flight of Fantasy swap for Altered Pages. I use Collage Sheets #219 Vintage Butterflies, #496 Take me to your Leader, #296 Crop Circles. I hope you like them.

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This is a package of watch parts that my son ordered for me from England. I don't want to use them.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Cards for CDAC Challenge

Here is the second card for the "Back to School Challenge"


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Here is the card for the second round of the Digi Challenge for CDAC. The theme this time was "Back to School".

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Cards made at Stamping Up Class

Here is the Step Card Dresser that I made at a Stamping Up class yesterday. Here are the instructions.

Dresser Card Base: 5 1/2 " X 8 1/2 in

Cut from the bottom at 1ine up the centre (2 3/4") and stop at 5 1/4"
Score@1" and 2: from one edge to the center cut
Score @4 1/2" from the opposite edge to the centre cut
Fold the score line at 4 1/4"
Accordion fold the 2 score lines at 1" and 2" marks
Line up the card edges with the 41/4" fold at the top and gently fold the unscored side of the card above the accordian folds. Use your bone folder to make it crisp.

Drawers: Cut three 3/4 " by 2" pieces attache with brads.

Front Mat: Cut solid piece of card stock 3" X 2 1/2"

Inside Sentiment mat: 2 1/4" x 2 3/4"

Decorate as desired. It would look really nice done in pink or blue cardstock for a new baby.



My son Wolf bought these little piggies for me at a garage sale. They are made from cement. I plan on spray painting them with a pink stonelook spraypaint. They will then look like babe.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Newest trends in Cardmaking

Trends in Pattern
August 17th, 2011


* Doily – these are super huge right now and I think the trend is just starting, keep your eye out for a lot more doily prints, doily dresses, doily cakes, it goes on and on. I just need to have a daughter stat and paint a giant doily on her wall!

* Chevron/zigzag - chevrons have been trending for awhile now, and right now they are EVERYWHERE. I still see a lot of life in this trend though because they are so classic and clean. However I am trying to refrain from buying anything too expensive with chevrons because I’m sure in a year or two I’ll be sick of them. But if I could find a giant chevron fabric to reupholster my victorian sofa, I totally would, I’m sure it would be in style forever!

Bold Stripe – Cabana stripe, awning stripe whatever you want to call it, bold stripes are IN. Its like a chevron without the kitch. Loving it painted on furniture, floors, walls etc.

Hexagon – I have been obsessed with hexagons for quite some time now. When I attended Quilt Market a few months ago I saw lots of hexagon quilts and other hexagon inspired fabric projects. I especially love this appliqued pillow (shown below) This is fabulous and I’m going to have to make my own for the family room. It’s totally on my list.

Geometrics – Geometrics in general are trending. I love so many fabrics that are geometric, but it seams like they are all “designer” fabrics that cost $150/yard. Boo. But if you’re savvy you can find some affordable geometric fabrics from Dwell Studios and a few others. Just make sure they don’t look 70′s and you’re good to go.

Fois Bois / Wood Grain – It seems like wood grain is super popular but not in the same volume as chevrons. Probably because it’s harder to re-create. I still adore everything I see that has the wood grain pattern, and I hope it stays on trend for quite awhile longer.

Diamonds – I have seen a lot of diamond tile backsplashes latey, I think this is an upcoming trend, so keep your eye out for a lot of diamonds, and diamonds that kind of look like chevrons but aren’t chevrons.

Cane/Rattan/Weave/Bamboo – Although these types of patterns have always been big in professional interior design, they are now just starting to trend among normal folk (those of us who don’t pay $150/yard for fabric). I have seen ceilings and walls painted with the rattan pattern as well as lots of curtains. I think we will see a lot of pattern off-shoots inspired by this style

As far as trends that are waning, I’m sad to say that after a very long run, Paisley is declining in popularity. I have been a huge fan of paisley for the last 10 years and It just doesn’t interest me anymore. With the onset of a lot of these more clean, modern, and traditional prints, paisley will soon be retired until we decide we like it again.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

AFTCM Challenge "Rock n Roll"

Here is the Challenge ATC for Art for the Creative Mind. The theme was Rock n Roll. I covered my 2 1/2 X 3 1/2 piece of chipboard with a piece of scrapbook paper with a musical motif. The picture of Elvis is from Altered Pages. I cut out a crown from silver paper and the words The King are sticker letters.

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