I have a deep passion and drive
to create art that will make someone
smile, and my studio allows me
to do this. Having a dedicated studio space
allows me to tap into my artistic side
and provides a refuge from the world. My area of expertise is
making unique cards and tags with a
distressed vintage feel by intentionally fading and marring my work. My
proudest moments as an artist are when
I hear and see how
my creations have lifted other peoples spirits.
April 24th is Momma B's (Marcia Burkett) birthday and I asked her did she want a handmade card this year or hallmark. She said what do you think and to guess. I said a homemade one and she replied yes. She will be 65 years old this year and can finally collect on social security.
Here is a picture of her card that I made and I used my sewing machine to add a standard stitch in the background. The use of a sewing machine is becoming more prevalent in my pieces.
My sister Tami's birthday is April 16th (today) and she is two years older than me. So I remember as we were growing up how I would try to tattle on her. This year she is 44 yrs old but next year she will be 45 and I will be making a really good card then. For now though, I have made the following card and know she will like it.
I mean your sibling is the one to harass you most when you hit those milestone birthdays.
Happy Easter my fellow crafters, friends and artists. For my Easter card this year I wanted to make one that used bright colors. Each time I begin the process to create a card I have to come up with the theme and sometimes I get stumped.
For this year's card I struggled to figure out what I would make. Once I figured out my concept it was then to figure out the color pallet for the project. In this project I decided to use my signature item the sewing machine.
I love how the use of a stitch into your project adds that additional layer of detail. I also wanted the card to be dimensional and colorful. So here is a picture of my finished project and if you have questions let me know.
Glad you stopped by my blog and hope you enjoyed my project.
Good evening my fellow crafters/artists and friends. I wanted to share a project I recently made for a steampunk canvas swap I was in for March.
This style (steampunk) puts me out of my comfort zone but as my friend Michael told me "Swaps are suppose to push us outside of our safe space"; so true. For this swap I decided that I wanted to use a technique that I love to do called "Verda Technique".
In a previous post where I was in a container swap I provided in my post how to complete this technique. So I used this technique as my based to the canvas.
I know that a true steampunk project has a good cross blend of masculine/feminine together with victorian influences (Michael again helped educate me on this). So I decided for this project to use Tim Holtz dies for gears and pocket watch.
I then layered in metal embellishments and finished off with a stamped image.
I hope you like the steampunk canvas I created. This was hard to give away once I completed it.
Hello my fellow friends, artists and crafters alike.
I had a long day at work today and wanted to allow for sometime to unwind.
As I was watching TV I had this project pop-in my head and I decided to complete this tag project.
Project supplies used:
façade (surface): #10 manila tag, Authentique Paper "Harmony" Item #PGA0002, Kraft-Core Nostalgic collection brown paper, 7 gypsies book couver-conservatroy
distress ink: gathered twig (of course!)
embellishments: found relatives card, metal corners, mini corners, word band observations, hemp cord, philosophy tag, curio knob
adhesives: glossy accents, double sided tape, pop dots
tools: craft sheet, water mister, heat tool, scissors (tonic), ink blending tool, paper distresser, craft pick, texture hammer, xyron creative station 5", hole punch, vagabond and sewing machine
Step 1: Started out taking the #10 manila tag and running that through xyron machine.
Step 2: Then applied that onto the Harmony paper in the upper left hand corner. Then I cut it out of the paper with my tonic scissors.
Step 3: I took the paper distresser and ran that across the edges of the tag and used the hole punch to cut out the hole of the tag at the top. Now to use the sewing machine and ran a simple stitch around the border of the tag.
Step 4: Using gathered twig distress ink I then dirtied up the edges.
Step 5: With the Kraft-Core paper I cut it down to a size of 3.5 in by 6 in. Then using a sanding block I sanded the paper to get a worn effect.
Step 6: Then I selected a found relatives idea-ology card to be my focal point. Cut that down to my desired size, used the distresser to rough up edges, dirtied with gathered twig and attached to kraft-core paper with double sided tape.
Step 7: Back to the sewing machine to then add one of my favorite style stitches to anchor onto the kraft-core card stock.
Step 8: Then using the 7 gypsies conservatory book cover I cut that down to my desired size to then place as the background. To that I applied the found relatives card on top by attaching with double sided tape. I anchored that into my base tag using long fasteners in each corner.
Step 9: I continued to add more embellishments and elements to then complete my project.
I hope you like my impromptu tag and my desire to fit in some creativity time to unwind from my day.
Happy Tuesday! I wanted to share my Valentines Day Card I made and sent out this year. This year's Valentines card I kept my design simple but still incorporated the use of my sewing machine. I love how this adds just that additional touch of detail to your project. Below is some high-level steps to completing this project and supplies I used for this years card.
The supplies I used when making this card were:
paper used: red card stock, pink card stock, manila card stock and patterned paper
distress ink: gathered twig
dies: pearl drop ~ tim holtz sizzix alterations bigz die # 659437
embellishments (idea-ology): long fasteners, adornments arrows
supplies: paper distresser, pop-dots, double sided tape, black thread, vagabond, sewing machine and craft pick.
archival: black ink
stamp: valentines day stamp for inside of card
When completing this project I completed the following:
Step 1: cut the red card stock down to give me a card size 5in by 7in card
Step 2: cut the pink card stock down to 4.75 in by 6.75in
Step 3: cut the manila card stock down to 4.5 in by 6.5in
Step 4: I then used a paper distresser to rough up the edges of the pink and manila card stock. I then used double sided tape to attach those two pieces of card stock together.
Step 5: Then using my sewing machine I ran a simple stitch around the edges of the pink and manila card stock. I used gathered twig distress ink to dirty up the sides of the card stock.
Step 6: I used some pattern paper to cut out the pearl drop die
Step 7: I then used my sewing machine to stitch the pearl drops together with several different styles of stiches.
Step 8: I anchored the tag together with four idea-ology long fasteners by attaching the that through the manila card stock into the pink card stock.
Step 9: I attached the heart to the car with double sided tape.
Step 10: I finished off the card by attaching the idea-ology adornment arrow to the card with pop-dots.
Step 11: The final step was then to stamp a valentines saying in the interior of the card and then send it out to my family and friends.
Here is a picture of the finished card I made for 2015.
I hope you enjoyed my card and thanks for stopping by my blog. Let me know if you have questions.
I am in a crafting group and we had an altered container challenge in January. I wanted to make one that used a special technique I learned from a fellow crafter.
I first started with a plain box.
I then started with doing a technique called verday. This comes in a kit that you can buy either online or at a craft store.
Step1: When completing the technique you use one of the colors as a base coat of paint, or regular acrylic paint.
Step2: You then need a base coat of some kind to apply to the project.
Step 3: Once that is dry (if you use verday as a base, needs to dry for at least an hour), sponge on more VerDay paint randomly, and while that is wet, spray the hell out of it with the patina spray. Let dry!
Here is pictures as I worked through the process of doing this technique.
I like to have my piece to have a modeled texture and once I have completed all the steps I place glad cling wrap over the project as it dries. You don't want to leave it on there the whole time as it dries as you don't want it to stick to the project.
Here is what it looks like after I have done the project and placed the cling wrap on the box.
Here is what it looks like when fully dried.
I then wanted to finish it off with embellishments, accents and flowers. My good friend Michael assisted me with helpful suggestions to use flowers and really pleased how this turned out.
Here are some pictures of the finished project.
Top of box:
Front side of box:
Back of box:
I hope you like my project. It was fun to make and I hope my partner loves it.
Happy Saturday everyone and I am extremely excited to share that I will be on the design team for http://www.sincitystamps.com.
This is an amazing store with endless possibilities for buying stamps and stencils. I hope you checkout the blog to see the amazing projects done by my fellow design team members http://sincity-stamps.blogspot.com.
Be sure to checkout the store and see these new stamps and stencils. Don't stop there and add them to your cart so that they can be apart of your personal stash in your craft space.
Terri Sproul's number and symbol set
Fun Backgrounds by Pam Bray
Words and Labels by Pam Bray
Terri Sproul's alphabet set
Here are also some amazing new stencils and if you are like me you can't have enough.
I hope you go checkout the store and visit the blog. A stencil is a great way to start your pallet in your projects. Then begin with stamping and have fun with creating.
Be sure to checkout the design team be on the look out for our projects.