Thursday, May 30, 2013

Heavy Weight Card - 365 Card Challenge 147

The 365 Card Challenge Blog issued a challenge to make a "bulky" card.  It was supposed to have some serious weight!  Here is my attempt.  It has chipboard, a big button and brass charm, along with fabric embellishment borders.  It has some serious heft!   I love how Graphic 45, Pink Paislee and October Afternoon can all work together.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Grandma's Quilt Square Canvas (and Beyond)!

Todays post is a canvas that started out as a 4 inch x 4 inch square and morphed into something a bit larger!

I love the idea of art on small canvases.  The only thing I had in mind with this piece when I started was a quilt square.  I painted the canvas with Ocean Reef Blue Acrylic Paint and let it dry.  I added Gesso over the blue paint to give a "white washed" or soft fabric look.  I created the "fabric" hexagons using a Fiskar Hexagon punch and a single piece of Crate Paper Little Bo Peep Adelaide paper.  I inked the edges of the hexagons with Prima Dark Bark Chalk Ink.  They were then adhered to the canvas in the "quilt block" pattern.  The stitching was added with a Sakura Gel Pen.  Then the fun began!

What to add to the "quilt block collage"?  I found some lace, tulle, vintage buttons on a card (41 cents - can you believe it), a Raggedy Anne doll, and a super cute digital stamp from Queen Kat called "four eyed flower", which I colored with the Sakura Gel Pens.  I also tossed in a vintage stamp and a Craft Bingo card.  Add some adhesive and you get a bigger than 4 x 4 inch canvas with a little vintage personality.  The sentiment is from Twirly Twine packaging from Vintage Street Market.  You can click on the links in this paragraph and the previous paragraph and be instantly transported to the sites where I found most of the items for this canvas!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Another great sketch by Wendi!  Here is my baby card interpretation.  The card has come and gone at a baby shower we held at work today!

So sweet and simple!  Have a wonderful week.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

365 Cards Pattern, Word and Sketch Challenges

Finally, I am back at the craft table.  It  has been a couple of light months.  Baseball season always gets me off my stride craft wise!  So many games to watch and things to do!  I have three new cards to show you.

First from day 139 - Super Sketchy Sunday.  Wendy has a great sketch and I have a card to make for DS principal.  Great timing!

Day 142 Challenge was Word Wednesday.  The word for this week was "together".  I was thinking of best friends and found this vintage angel image in my stash of Dover Clip Art (digital).  I love the soft pastels on this one!

And finally, Day 143 was Pick a Pattern.  I chose Gingham to work with and used it in three ways in this little card.

Thanks for visiting.  A hope you are having a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.  Thank you to all who have served the United States and still serve, protecting our freedoms.

~ Victoria

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Alaska Artwork Beautiful Tradition

Last week I had the unique opportunity to visit Alaska for my work.  Here are a few of the photos I took at the ANTHC buildings and hospital in Anchorage.  I plan to use them to inspire some art work in the not to distant future.

Thanks for stopping by to enjoy these beautiful works of art.  Blessings to all of you!

Monday, May 13, 2013

More Queen Kat and Vintage Street Market

Sharing a little thank you is always appreciated!  This card was made using the Angel Wings digital stamp from Queen Kat.  The artist for this image is Regan Kubecek.  I love the look of this angel.  She was colored with Kimberly Watercolor Pencils by General's.  I also used touches of Sakura Glaze pens on her lips and wings.  I added the writing in Dakota Hand Font before I printed the image and then wrote over it with a blue glaze pen.  She has three different colors of Stickles glitter glue; crystal, star dust and waterfall.  The blingy trim was added last and is from Webster's Pages.  The patterned paper background is from the Christy Tomlinson collection by Pink Paislee.

From a modern angel, to a more vintage looking baby card.  The women in my office are finally having boys.  We had a run of 7 girls.  Now we have one boy with another on the way!  Details about the products on this card will be on the Vintage Street Market Blog the morning of May 16.  Check it out!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

~ Victoria

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Queen Kat Designs Royal Court Call

Queen Kat Designs Stamp Co. ( has announced its latest search for loyal, dedicated and excited Royal Court members! You must be a STAMPER and card maker to apply. I am planning on giving this call a whirl and I think everyone else should too!

I am really loving working with digital and conventional stamps lately.  All of the images on these cards are from Queen Kat!  

This first card stamp is designed by Sandra Caldwell and is called Bearly Woodstock Digital Stamp.  I love this whimsical bear.  I colored her with Sakura Glaze Pens and Crayola (yes, Crayola) Colored Pencils.  I always inherit my son's colored pencils and they work just great!  Isn't this just the cutest image?  I took a library pocket and mounted it on the white embossed card, after pinking the upper edge with pinking sheers.  I mounted the little bear on Pink Paislee paper and then mounted it with dimensional tape on the pocket.  Finally, I added the paper border and the ribbon embellishment.  The pocket holds a gift card, which you can "bearly" see peeking out of the pocket.  The sentiment would make this a great card for the end of school year for a teacher or a graduate!

The second card is made from a recent "freebie" that Vikki gave away through an announcement on Facebook.  My grandma made me Raggedy Anne and Andy when I was very little and they are still around my house.  I love this adorable image.  I printed this on a pink marbled card stock and went to town with the Crayola Colored Pencils.  I added bits of glitter glue in a fruit punch color to the moon.  The image is layered dimensionally on an embossed white card that has a line of daisy lace.  The background paper is from My Mind's Eye.  I inked all the edges with Prima Chalk Ink in Dark Bark, which is my absolute go to ink. I added a button embellishment tied with a Vintage Street Market Twirly Twine Bow.  I plan to use this for a little girl birthday in the not to distant future.

This stamp is designed by Miss Megs Digis and called Day of the Dead Girl.  I printed this on textured watercolor paper and used the Sakura Glaze pens to color it.  It is such an outstanding image, I decided to keep the rest of the card simple.  The recipient could easily frame this for a decorative element in their home.

Okay, well it's back to the craft table for me!  Thanks for stopping by and looking at the latest!  Have a wonderful day!


Monday, May 6, 2013

Going Digital with Crafty Secrets and Traditional with Tulips!

 Just dropping off two new springy layouts to share.   The first layout is created with Crafty Secrets sewing themed digital images in Photoshop.  When my computer drive failed, I got a free replacement, but lost my programs.  I just have gotten back on track with Photoshop and made this quick layout.  All of the elements are from Crafty Secrets.  I just love the stitched heart and the tag.  This is my as a small girl at the beginning (and end) of my ballet career. 

Last month, I went to a meeting near Anacortes, WA.  It was the perfect time for tulips to be in bloom.  I took a couple of hours in the early evening and went out to the tulip fields (in this case:  Tulip Town) and took photos.  I have had a long fascination with tulips.  I think that they are just beautiful, so I had a phenomenal time.  I did this layout for a challenge to use "instagram-like" square photos.  I really like how it translated!

Have a wonderful week~


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Mission Impossible - 365 Cards: Day 120

Yesterday's challenge at 365 cards was touted as a possible "mission impossible", but I thought it was worth a try.  Create a card in 10 minutes or less.  This card took me 10 minutes to make.
I used a DCWV pre-embossed card blank, K and company embellishments (from a variety of lines), red ribbon, a green ultra thin sharpie and adhesive.

Let me know what you think!

Happy May 1st!  Consider these flowers for you!

~ Victoria