Monday, December 30, 2013

365 Cards - Day 364 Combining Challenges (7 and 77)

Today marks my last day with 365 Cards Challenge Blog.  What a fun group to design for!  Thanks to Pam for the opportunity.  Today is a special shout out to all of the DT members.  Thanks!

The challenge for today was to combine two previous challenges and make your own challenge.  I chose #7 and #77.  One was rounding the corner (1 to 3 rounded corners) and the other was inchies.

I dug deep into my stash for this card:

1.  Patterned papers are from Oo, la, la by My Minds Eye 6 x 6 inch pad (used four different pages)
2.  White card stock cut to form a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch card blank
3.  Bakers twin in pale yellow
4.  A Tim Holtz "Seasonal Sentiment"
5.  Two vintage buttons - stacked and tied
6.  Dimensional adhesive
7.  Dry adhesive
8.  Liquid Adhesive

1.  Round the corner of the card by punching both layers with a corner rounder.
2.  Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch background paper, Round the lower left corner, Adhere to the White Card with dry adhesive.
3.  Punch two inchies from each of three double sided patterned papers, to give a total of six different designs.
4.  Adhere the inchies to the card, using dimensional tape adhesive.
5.  Wrap the front of the card twice with twine and tie.
6.  Stack two white vintage buttons and thread with twine.  Adhere over the wrapped twine with liquid adhesive.
7.  Add sentiment at an angle to the right of the button.

Again thank you to Pam and the 365 DT for the inspiration this last year!

~ Victoria

Friday, December 27, 2013

Getting Ready for the New Year!

Christmas Bird by Mary Vogel Lozinak is the cutest bird around.  I think that the bird looks fabulous welcoming in 2014!

Items that were used for this tag were:
A number 8 manilla tag
Kraft card stock
Christmas Bird Stamp
Maya Road brown lace
Webster's Pages red pom pom lace
Lawn Fawn twine
blue ink
2014 numbers from Basic Grey
Arrow from Pink Paislee.

Check out Christmas Bird and the rest of the stamps at the Queen Kat store!

Have the happiest of new years!


Monday, December 23, 2013

365 Cards Blog Challenge - Card with a Star or in the Shape of a Star

Here is my example for the 365 Cards Blog Challenge.  The card for today should be in the shape of a star or have stars on it.  As you can see, my card has three stars.  The large star was hand drawn and cut from an index card while I was working at the Snack Shack for my son's basketball tournament.  I covered the star with patterned paper from My Mind's Eye.  The card blank was cut from Navy Blue Bazzill card stock to form a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch card blank.  The next layer is a red cut to 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches.  The final patterned layer was cut to 5 1/4 x 4 inches and layered on the other two.  The star wraps around the card and was adhered both front and back.  Once adhered I added red stickler from Ranger, the Christmas Joy sentiment from Tim Holtz, and the stars and rosette from Fawn Lawn.

Wishing you a bright Christmas, with time with those you love!

~ Victoria

Monday, December 16, 2013

365 Cards Monday Challenge - Reflection

Today's challenge at 365 Cards blog is to design a card that includes a reflection.  In the spirit of Christmas, my reflection card is a Christmas tree reflecting in a pond.

To make the reflection, I used Tim Holtz distress ink in peeled paint for the reflection and pine needle for the primary tree.  I stamped the reflection first and lined up the primary tree second.  They were heat embossed using fine clear embossing powder.  Then for the pond, I used weathered wood and salty ocean.  I used lime green, red and gold stickler for the ornaments on both images.  For the reflection, I smeared the dots with my finger tips.  Finally, I added the ribbon to the primary tree and the sentiment.  This card measures 3 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, so I also made a matching envelope.  The paper the images were stamped on is the mistables by Pink Paislee.

Have a blessed week!
~ Victoria

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Christmas Bird Tag

Could this Christmas Bird be any sweeter? I just love this tag featuring this outstanding stamp by Mary Vogel Lozinak.  Check out all of her stamps at the Queen Kat Design Store.  Just follow the Christmas Bird link!

This is a fabulous tag that I am planning to give to a teen age young lady our family is helping for Christmas.  Guess what she wanted?  Art supplies……. She is going to be in for a special treat that we all hope she enjoys.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas Greeting Cards

Just sending a little holiday cheer and inspiration for the last 13 days before Christmas.  All of the images on these cards were from Gecko Galz.  I love the vintage Santa Claus.

Have a wonderful day!

~ Victoria

Monday, December 9, 2013

365 Monday Card Challenge - Game Pieces

Today's challenge at 365 Cards is to make a card that includes a game piece or two.  Here is my example:

This card features two vintage replica Alice in Wonderland game cards.

Here are the instructions step by step to make a card similar to this with mini playing cards.

1.  Gather three buttons, vintage lace, a colorful journaling card, two mini cards, a piece of patterned paper that measures 4 x 5 1/4 inches, dry and liquid adhesive and a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 white card blank.

2.  Adhere the lace to the 4 x 5 1/4 inch patterned paper using liquid adhesive.
3.  When dried, adhere to the white card blank (I made my own using Bazzill Card Stock).
4.  On the journaling card (Webster's Pages), stamp the sentiment in the lower left corner using brown     ink (stamp:  Crafty Secrets)
5.  Adhere the playing cards, placing one at an angle and the other straight.  Adhere the journaling block to the patterned paper.
6.  Using liquid adhesive adhere the three buttons to the card in the lower right hand corner (or substitute embellishment of your choice here).

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!

~ Victoria

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Kraft Christmas Bird Cards two ways!

Could this Christmas Bird be any sweeter?  This three inch tall rubber stamp is so cute and bound to bring a smile to anyones face!  For these two cards, I printed the Christmas Bird onto Kraft card stock and went from there.  I love the craft with the red, cream and brown color scheme for a traditional holiday color look.  He is showing his heart, too.  Wouldn't he be just perfect for that someone special?

For the second card, I used the same Kraft card stock print.  Mounted on greens, blues, creams and browns.  He looks equally cute for a winter sentiment card.  I can also think of lots of fall ideas for this bird, too!

Hope you enjoy seeing him.  I will be back next week with some other items featuring this outstanding stamp by Mary Vogel Lozinak.  Check out all of her stamps at the store.  Just follow the Christmas Bird link or the store link to the left!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Golden Season's Greetings - 365 Card Blog Monday Challenge

Today's challenge at 365 Cards is to create a card with almost all gold.  This great image came from Gecko Galz and was just perfect with it's golden yellow tint.  I used Pink Paislee paper for the background and added layers to that.  The fabric is from Webster's pages.  It was pinked with pinking sheers.  I adhered it with dots of Aleen's Tacky Glue, which I let dry.  I then added the Santa image and the sentiment (which was printed on my printer using the Papyrus font).  The cameo is also from Webster's Pages.  The sentiment was adhered and finally the bow from Freckled Fawn.  I added this with dimensional tape.  Last down was the ribbon border on the bottom and golden glitter.

I know just the treasured friend who will receive this card.
Happy Monday and happy first week of waiting and preparing for the Birth of Jesus!

~ Victoria

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Snowman Christmas Part II

Aren't these snow friends the best?  This awesomely cute stamp is available at QKD and is by one of my favorite stamp artists Sandra Caldwell.  For this card I began with white card stock and added layer after layer.  For a total of about 7 layers!  I free cut the brackets in various sizes and they are also layered on the back of the card.  For the punched border, I trimmed it with pinking shears and added faux stitching.  Each of the brackets has a tiny bit of dimensional foam tape under it to keep the depth there. I really love this look for a card.  The rubber stamp is about three inches tall, so this unique card will fit in a standard size card envelope!

Hope your holiday season is off to a wonderful start!

~ Victoria

Thursday, November 28, 2013

365 Cards Thursday Challenge - Love, Peace and Happiness!

Today's challenge at 365 Cards is to design a card that represents Peace Love and Happiness.  I chose the Christmas theme for my card.  I used a photo of the Holy Family, which really for me represents all of those words.  I also used blue, which is peaceful, red for love and happiness.  Can you find the three tiny hearts - another great love symbol!

I wish each of you a joyous Thanksgiving!  Enjoy your family!

~ Victoria

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Red, White, and Brown Christmas!

The theme for challenge #194 "Christmas is Coming" at the Shabby Tea Room is Red, White and Brown.  Here is my interpretation. 
Products used:
  1. White card stock
  2. Bazzill red card stock
  3. Kraft card stock
  4.  Jillibean Soup gingham red paper
  5. Unknown washi tape
  6. Unknown brown and white ribbon
  7. Bird image is from Queen Kat Designs
  8. Sentiment printed on an HP printer using a script font.
Thanks for stopping by!

~ Victoria

Monday, November 25, 2013

365 Cards - Monday Challenge Bloom and Grow

Today's challenge at 365 Cards Blog is to create a card with die cuts - either your own, purchased or a mix.  With a minimum of 4 die cuts!  This card has eight........  Can you find them all?

Have a beautiful day!

~ Victoria

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Shabby Tea Room Challenge

The challenge at the Shabby Tea Room was to create a card with red, cream, gingham and blue for Christmas.  I used an image from Gecko Gals and added embellishments from Lawn Fawn, Wild Orchid Crafts, and unknown lace.  The pattern papers are from Melissa Frances, Jillibean Soup, and My Minds Eye.  The sentiment is from Tim Holtz.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

It's Beginning to Look at Lot Like Christmas

It's another cute stamp from Sandra Caldwell!  I simply adore the expression on her stamps!
I colored this uber cute trio with Copic Markers and covered all with the spica glitter.  I think they are adorable!

I created faux chalkboard paper with black Bazzill card stock and a white chalk pencil.  I love the chalk board look without having to invest in a line of chalk board paper.  Call me thrifty!
The card also has Pink Paislee doily rub ons, which I think look remarkably like snowflakes!
The background paper is from Webster's Pages and the sentiment is Tim Holtz holiday words (chat!).

Thanks for stopping by, next Saturday, I will have another card with Sandra's fabulous images and more Christmas cheer!

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

~ Victoria

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Thanksgiving Greetings

Don't you just love this cute crow from Sandra Caldwell?  He is available as a digital stamp from Queen Kat Designs.  I colored him with a combination of colored pencils, Copic Markers, and Spica pens.  He was fussy cut and mounted on golden Bazzill card stock which was pinked with pinking shears. I also added the purple striped paper which was pinked.  The paper is from Gina K designs.  I mounted the golden card stock on black card stock and faux stitched with a white Signo pen.  The entire front was mounted on a 4 1/4 inch by 5 1/2 inch plain white card stock.  I think he is fun and festive as can be!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Victoria

Monday, November 11, 2013

Blog Hop Winner AND You Lift Me Up Challenge!

Happy Veteran's Day to all who have served, have family who have served or are currently serving in the military at home or abroad.

Today's challenge at 365 cards is entitled You Lift Me Up.  Your card needs to have at least four elements that are lifted significantly above the page.  Here is a side view of mine, to see what we mean.

See how the title is mounted on dimensional tape?  I also added the pearl for additional "lift".  The other elements are from an old Pink Paislee line house of three, Parisian Anthology.  I thought that they just happened to look like snowflakes and would be perfect for this card.  All three "snowflake" elements were adhered with liquid adhesive.

Here is what the card looks like standing up!

I used a white card stock for the base and added a very pale blue paper with snowflakes from MME.  I inked the edges with salty ocean (Ranger) and wisteria (Color Box) inks.  The scalloped edge shape is from Coredination David Tutera card collection.  Hope you enjoy this!

And now for my winner from the blog hop!

Tracey Fehr said...

Pure awesomeness! Love the vintage feel!

Tracey, please e-mail me at drmommyrd at yahoo dot com to claim your RAK.  Be sure to send along your full mailing address!

Have a wonderful Monday!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Looking a Tiny Bit Like Christmas

It's starting to look a little festive at Queen Kat Designs  This is one of my all-time favorite stamps.  There are so many great holiday stamps to choose from right now!  This was stamped on white card stock and colored with Copic markers.  I decided to fussy cut her and add glitter glue for the emphasis on the clouds.  The sentiment,  "Christmas Greetings" is from the Tim Holtz seasonal sentiments booklet.  She was quick and fun to make.
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Victoria

Monday, November 4, 2013

365 Cards Monday Challenge!

Today's 365 Card challenge is to create a masculine card with blue as the dominant color.  Here is the sample I came up with.  Hope to see your cards on the blog!

Be sure to stop back on Saturday, when I will have chosen my RAK winner from the 365 Card Blog hop!

~ Victoria

Saturday, November 2, 2013

365 Cards Blog Hop - Rocking Our Style!

Welcome to the 365 Cards Blog Hop!  If you arrived here first, you may want to start at the top of our list, so you don't miss a thing!  Our theme is Free For All: Rock Your Style. Review all the designer's cards AND scraplift your favorite designer's card and post it on the 365 Cards Blog. Of course since it's your style you should use anything of your own that will rock your style.  

Also, you  must visit and leave a comment on all the blogs in order to be eligible to win the prize package. The winner will be drawn at random from all blog hoppers and cards. 

I used the following ingredients:
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Patterned Paper - Glitz and My Mind's Eye
Floss - American Crafts
Die Cuts and Vellum Bag - Fancy Pants
Wood Veneer Circles - Studio Calico
Ink - Prima

My card measures 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches and has eight layers.  I love the vintage look, so it was inked.  I think the layering also adds to this look!  

Thanks for stopping in on the blog hop!  Be sure to leave a comment  here.  I am also going to give away a small RAK to one commenter on my blog!  You might be my next winner.  AND if you like what you see here and you don't currently follow me, please do sign up to be a follower!

Have a wonderful weekend!  My winner will be announced next Saturday!  

~ Victoria

Monday, October 28, 2013

365 Cards Blog - Monday Card plus an Extra

Happiest of Mondays to each of you!  I have two cards to show you today.  First is the "extra".  One of my favorite co-workers lost his sister last week.  This is a card that I made in golds and creams for everyone in our office to sign.  I made extra insert pages of folded dimension 4 x 5 1/2 inches, so everyone will have a nice place to sign!

On to the 365 Card Challenge Example for Monday.  This is an exciting week, that will finish next Saturday November 2, 2013 with a designer blog hop.  We all love making cards!  This week my challenge (and yours) is to create with things that begin with the letter C.

I used:  Card Stock, Chipboard (letters and heart), Cardboard (swirl), Crochet (the button cover), Crayon (replacing misting on the heart chipboard), Crinkle ribbon and the color Cream!  I think I covered the letter C, although I can still think of more c named products.  Can you?  If you can show us over at 365 Cards Blog!

Have a Joyful Week!

~ Victoria

Saturday, October 26, 2013

QKD Halloween Tag Featuring Lorelei by Charles Bristow

Happy Halloween in red, purple, yellow, kraft and black.  Lorelei is the inspiration for this layered tag. She was colored with colored pencils and stickles.  The moon was colored with colored pencils and dimensional texturing added with Rock Candy Stickles.  I love how it turned out looking a bit frosty.
The background paper for this tag had a flocked haunted house, which I was able to use as the background base.  The tag card has six or seven layers to it.  I also used some gold and black velvet dangles on the ribbon to add a little more fun movement!

Happy Saturday!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Catching Up on the Blog - Moving Forward on Christmas

 I am beginning to move forward to Christmas, but just had to create a Poe-esque ATC. 
I used a public image and a raven graphic from Graphic Fairy blog.  The ribbon is from Graphic 45 I love that it has the words peculiar and unusual on it.  I added some lipstick red splats to the image for a little drama! 

Moving on to Christmas, I created this 7 Gypsies printer tray with a variety of ATCs.  The majority of the images are from a Gecko Galz image page.  I also used a vintage reproduction Paris postcard.  I added some new and vintage objects to add additional dimension.  The ribbon rosettes are from Webster's Pages and the bow was created from May Arts ribbon.

 I used two DRS stamps this week for the 365 Cards Monday challenge This or That Color combination.  I love the Snowmomma Stamp and the Wise men.  Perfect for Christmas Cards.  I love that it is time to move toward celebrating the birth of Jesus! 

Back to my work travel obligations!  I will see you this weekend!
Thank you for stopping by.  I love reading your comments.
~ Victoria

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Sandra Caldwell is Magically Amazing!

I don't personally know Sandra Caldwell, one of the fabulous designers at Queen Kat Designs, but I adore her stamps.  They simply exude personality.  This magical stamp was colored completely using Spica pens, the top hat has an amazing golden sheen.

I mounted all of these elements on a white stair step card, cut from white card stock.
The elements are from the Gecko Galz one page Altered Halloween elements.  I hand cut all of them and mounted them on some polka dotted paper that I used to cover the steps.  The wrought iron fence is a Martha Stewart Halloween Punch from several years ago.  Don't you just love the bats???
The sentiment is from Tim Holtz Seasonal words. The edges of the elements and the card were inked with chalk ink in old road from Prima.

Thanks for stopping by!  Leave me a note and say hello!

~ Victoria

Monday, October 14, 2013

365 Cards Vintage Challenge Week! Monday Lace

It's Vintage week at the 365 Card Blog.  Today's challenge is to use lace, along with a vintage image.  My images are from Gecko Galz, both a game board and the pumpkin.  I colored the yellow parts of the image with spica pens to give it a subtle shimmer.  Then piles on lace in yellow, cream, black and green.  I used a stick pin from Wild Orchid Crafts in England.  The sentiment is from Tim Holtz seasonal words.  I always use Aleen's Tacky Glue to adhere lace elements.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see your entries at 365 Cards!  I hear there is a prize to be won!

Have a fabulous week!


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Magical Stamp from Sandra Caldwell

Time to take a peek into my art journal.  This page has the works on it!  Everything from acrylics to rub ons and gelato and melted crayons.  I had a super fun time with this page.  I especially love Sandra Caldwell's Magic stamp.  You can check out her digital stamps in the Queen Kat store.  I love all of Sandra's images, whether animal or people.  They all have soulful eyes and many of them are glasses wearers!  I guess I can relate to that!  LOL!  I have the most fun using these stamps in many ways.
This magical stamp was colored with colored pencils and then I added glitter glue to several spots to give some additional sparkle!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the fall magical season!

~ Victoria

Monday, October 7, 2013

365 Cards - Helper Week!

This week is focused on having a friend or family member pick out something for your card.  Here are the details for today's challenge

Have a friend or family member select a stamp for you to use -- and you must incorporate that stamp in your card design. Any other decor and theme goes.

My son helped by picking out this sand dollar image, after I gave him a basket and drawer of stamps to choose from.  I inked the stamp with Salty Ocean Distress Ink Ranger Tim Holtz. It was stamped on white card stock and embossed with Ranger's fine embossing powder in clear.  I cut the image and inked the edges with a Hint of Pesto chalk ink.  The papers are from K and Company's vacation stack.  The ribbon is May Arts.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Another Halloween Card with Kathy Cyr

This cute little witch sits upon the moon with her adorable kitty.  How perfect to wish someone a happy Halloween.  She is a gentle and good witch (I think).  I love her shoes.  Dash on over to the Queen Kat Designs store to find so many fabulous Halloween images from the sweet to the not so sweet!

Also, October 15, 2013 is the reveal for new stamps.  Check out the Queen Kat Facebook page for all the details.  Reveal night is always a fun time with Vikki!

The ribbon is from doodle bug designs, the skeleton leaf was purchased through wild orchid crafts in the United Kingdom, Trick or Treat is from the Tim Holtz seasonal sentiments book and the skull and cross bones is from 7 Gypsies.  The flower was made for me by a on-line friend and is just perfect for this card.

Monday, September 30, 2013

365 Cards Monday Challenge - Favorite Must Haves!

The challenge at 365 Cards for Monday, September 30th is to pick your favorite something that you had to have, paper, tool, etc.  Use it and tell us about it!

My "must have" is these super cute October Afternoon "Witch Hazel Miscellany" which was from last year (2012).  If you regularly read my blog you know I am in love with vintage images, either real ephemera finds or new versions with a vintage look!  This card has five products used and is super quick!

Cut a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch piece of black card stock.
I used two of the die cuts; the replica magazine cover and the little witch girl.
Scotch ATG gun and also scotch dimensional tape
Tim Holtz seasonal sentiments in white "Trick or Treat"

1.  Fold your card to measure 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches - score the back with a bone folder for a sharp crease.
2.  Adhere the magazine cover to the front of the card with adhesive.
3.  Adhere the little witch girl to the front of the card using dimensional tape.
4.  Add the words trick, or, and treat to the cauldron.

She is super cute and super easy!  I know just the person who will love this card!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Victoria

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Halloween Tag with Kathy Cyr

It is almost time for happy haunting.  I created this tag using a large Tim Holtz tag.  I decided to use kraft and black as my main theme colors and really add a pop with the stamp.  Overall, this tag has about five layers.

1.  Cover the tag with the Halloween paper of your choice.
2.  Add chip board or card stock die cut to the left side of the tag and the lower right side of the tag.
3.  Layer a journaling block to the upper right side of the tag, covering a bit of the die cut.
4  Add word embellishment stickers.
5.  Color digital stamp with colored pencils and add spica pen for glimmer over chosen sections.
6.  Adhere stamp with dimensional tape.
7.  Add paper clip, blingy button and halloween flair, along with ribbon at the top of the tag.

I love the little witch and her kitty.  I really love her shoes.  She looks like she could be stylin' in some John Fluevog shoes!

Thanks for stopping by and have an enjoyable fall week!

~ Victoria

Sunday, September 22, 2013

365 Cards Monday Challenge Painted Look

Today's challenge at 365 Cards is to create a painted card.  I chose to paint/stencil a peacock feather onto a vintage look ledger paper.  My stencil came from Hobby Lobby and I used ocean blue acrylic paint and passion acrylic paint.  When the paint had dried I accented the feather with crystal stickles.  The vintage gypsy woman image was found as free on line image.  She is painted with rock candy crackle paint.  The sentiment remembrance is from Tim Holtz.  The ribbon is from Offray and the button accent is from Pink Paislee.

Items for this card:

1.  4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch white card stock card.
2.  4 x 5 1/4 inch ledger paper
3.  Peacock feather stencil
4.  Ocean and passion acrylic paint
5.  Crystal Stickles
6.  Offray ribbon purple
7.  Sentiment Tim Holtz Seasonal sentiments
8.  Button Pink Paislee

Thanks for stopping by!

_ Victoria

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Halloween Magic - Sandra Caldwell for QKD

Isn't this an awesome new stamp from Sandra Caldwell for QKD?  I just love the hat with the rose and the magic wand, with magic literally coming out of the end!  This image was colored with Copic markers.  What you can't see too well because of the lighting here is the Spica coloring on the banner, which is clear and glittery.  This simple 4 1/4 inch by 5 1/2 inch card was made with flocked paper (diamonds on craft).  I added cloth tape banners which were outlined with a regular sharpie.  The stamp was colored and added onto the card with dimensional tape.  Presto!  A cute Halloween card for a friend.

Thanks for stopping by
~ Victoria

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Genuinely Me......

Okay, I have to admit it.  I like flat layouts.  You know those that don't bulk up your books so much that you can't close them.  For a long time, I followed the latest scrapbooking trend, adding more dimension, more product and more expensive stuff.  I have a lot of fat scrapbooks.  Now I have discovered the genuine me.  I like flatter pages.  AND I am bold and will proclaim it!

These three are my most recent layouts all of which are guided by various challenges.  The first two are for my Big Picture Class, "The Art and Science of Scrapbooking".  So far it is awesome and brain bending!

The last layout is for a "blind" challenge at A to Z Scraplets.  I can't wait until the end of the month to find out how people interpreted the directions, without examples!

Have an awesome day AND be YOU!

~ Victoria

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Art Journaling in Mixed Media

I have a fascination with art journals and mixed media.  Art journals are a place for me to explore techniques and then have a place to write about life's ups and downs.  

For this page, I used the following supplies:

The stamp by Kathy Cyr is called Dead Inside Fairy
Golden Gesso
Acrylic Paints in white and aqua blue
Colored Pencils
Vintage ephemera "things to do today" and fragile sticker
Vintage image papers from Crafty Secrets
A acrylic clock face 
A credit card for a brush
Matte Mod Podge

The Kathy Cyr image is perfect for a journaling page.  I intend to write about when I feel fragile and need special care.  On this page, there is a lot of space for writing.  I can journal in the blue and white painted areas or on the vintage paper.  Undoubtedly the journaling will be rich on this page (and private, too).  If you enjoy this image pop over to the Queen Kat store and check it out.  The store has lots of really amazing images, to spur your creative thinking.

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Victoria

Monday, September 9, 2013

365 Cards Monday Challenge - Duos

I created this card for the Monday challenge at 365 Cards.  Today's challenge is to create a card with natural pairings.  Like flowers and buttons, chipboard and paint; you name it!  Enter your favorite duo!

This card is for someone special!  It uses My Mind's Eye patterned papers, Prima paper flowers and old road Chalk Ink, Tim Holtz Seasonal Sentiments, and Vintage buttons from my stash.  Hope to see your duo at 365 Cards!

~ Victoria

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Happy Hauntings!

Getting ready for happy hauntings?  This image from the Queen Kat Designs Store is sheer terror-ific perfection!  The stamp by Kathy Cyr is called Dead Inside Fairy.

It was fun to work with this image.  On one side it is a lovely fairy and the other half is a tattered skeleton fairy.  It would be a great image for Halloween, a friend who has been ill and is now feeling better, and anyone going through dramatic changes in their life.  I colored the image with colored pencils, cut it close to it's true boarders and inked the edges with wisteria ink.  I think the ink helps bring the sides together and pop it from the back ground paper.  I added two skeleton leaves and jute twine for a bow.  The sentiment, in this example reads, beware frightful skeleton.

Have a hauntingly fabulous Saturday, everyone.

~ Victoria

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Fun with Mixed Media ATCs

I have been having loads of fun creating with mixed media recently.  For the top example, I used a sand called Mudd Puddles and adhered a fresh-water pearl to the ATC.  Great for dimension!  The second set of ATCs has a Golden Modeling Paste background.  I just recently visited our Blick Art Supplies, here in Portland and boy did I have fun looking!  So many great textural mediums and fun things to look at! I posted a link to their web site on the right.  You will have so much fun window shopping!

Monday, September 2, 2013

365 Cards' Monday Challenge - A Ribbon Runs Through It

Today's challenge is to have a ribbon run through the middle of your card.  I used this great fall ribbon, a Pink Paislee embellishment, Bella Boulevard patterned paper, and a magenta card blank.  The sentiment is from Seasonal Words by Tim Holtz.  Happy Back to School everyone!

Have a wonderful first day of school!  I have a 7th grader AND he is almost a teenager.
When did that happen?

~ Victoria