Monthly Archives: January 2013

Depeche Mode – Heaven


Depeche Mode has just released the video for Heaven – the first single from their upcoming album Delta Machine.

I’m surprised I didn’t short out my laptop with drool when this image appeared onscreen –

Martin looks lovely as well.

Also, love this other shot of Dave –

Paper Crafts Connection Stamping 3 Ways #1


Paper Crafts Connection has a challenge up right now – a stamping 3 ways challenge. This is in honor of Stamp It! 3 Ways. Take a stamp set and use it 3 different ways.

Because I’m doing a card a day on the blog, my entry will be written over 3 days.

This is the Stamp set that I used – the Hero Arts OWH Birthday Set.

This is the first card that I made –

This technique has the balloon paper pieced.

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, bow is TPC Blue Color Connect Texture, basket is TPC Tan Parchment, Balloon is Pink Paislee Pop Fashion Collection. Shapeabilities Circle die. Wausau Fleck cardstock, light blue cardstock from stash.

I’ve also submitted this to the Operation Write Home  Happy Birthday Midweek Throwdown as well.

Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger Happy Birthday


The Tuesday Trigger this week at Moxie Fab World is Birthday themed – Cath Edvalson’s Mom is having a big birthday on February 1st.

The trigger features artwork by Carolyn Gavin.

Here’s my card – I chose to work with the general color theme and pulled the bird image as well.

Papers are My Mind’s Eye Best of Damask, cut with the Dresden Petal Sizzix Die. Flower embellishment is Jolees, brads and bird stamp are Recollections. Vintage Lace trim. Black paper from stash. Sentiment is Hero Arts OWH Birthday set in Memento Tuxedo Ink. Distress Inks in Tea Dye.

Operation Write Home was kind enough to have a Happy Birthday Midweek Throwdown this week as well – I love when a plan comes together!

I am digging this card – it’s sorta vintagey and jewel tones are my favorite kinds of colors.

SOS Challenge 87 Love or Valentines


Shopping Our Stash has their newest challenge up – make a card using Love, Red, Hearts or Valentines.

As I made all my valentines last month for Operation Write Home, this stumped me. I was mojo-less. I immediately thought circles but the ones I punched were the wrong color for the ink I wanted to use. Then I punched white circles and stamped and heat embossed I – Love – You on three different ones but then I couldn’t figure out the layout or correct background.

In the end, I came up with this. Not perfect but it will work.

Wausau Fleck Cardstock, black and patterned from stash. American Crafts pigment ink in Rouge, Hampton Art Clear Embossing Powder. Distress Ink Soot. ek Tools Long Oval Chain punch. Shapeabilities Large Circle Dies. Sentiment was created from the American Crafts Ginger alphabet set.

Mike Nesmith Talks Solo Tour


Mike just posted this on his Facebook page –

Here is the The Spring Tour

Me, Joe Chemay on Bass, Paul Leim on Drums, Boh Cooper on Keys

I’ll post the venues and ticket outlets later today or tomorrow.

This is the tour to break in the show, see if you like it, earn the promoters confidence, and see if anybody comes.

If it goes well we will keep going later in the summer/fall and hit the states we missed on this half-lap of the US.

If it goes poorly we will stare blankly into the future and post pictures of cute animals and food.

Thu-Mar-21 Nashville, TN
Sun-Mar-24 Los Angeles CA
Tue-Mar-26 Santa Cruz CA
Wed-Mar-27 San Francisco CA
Fri-Mar-29 Portland OR
Sat-Mar-30 Seattle WA
Wed-Apr-03 Boulder CO
Fri-Apr-05 Minneapolis MN
Sat-Apr-06 Chicago IL
Sun-Apr-07 Detroit MI
Tue-Apr-09 Munhall, PA
Thu-Apr-11 Northampton, MA
Fri-Apr-12 Rahway, NJ
Sat-Apr-13 Boston, MA
Mon-Apr-15 Philadelphia, PA
Tue-Apr-16 New York, NY
Wed-Apr-17 Alexandria VA

As I’m sure this tour will be a sell out, I’m OK if he goes ahead and posts pics of animals and food anyway…

Moxiefab Creative Card Challenges Week – Card with a Window


Moxiefabworld was celebrating Paper Crafts 75 Creative Card Challenges Magazine a couple of weeks ago.

Tuesday’s Challenge was #60 – Card with a Window.

My first card for this challenge was kind of a tongue in cheek example – I made a card with a house where a window was visible. I crack myself up.

Anyway, today started off weird – yet another delayed school opening due to weather and my mojo was nowhere to be found. I started clicking through Moxie Fab World and saw that the deadline for the challenges was next week. Decided to try another version of the window challenge.

Wausau Fleck Cardstock. All stamped images are from the Hero Arts OWH Happy Birthday set. Balloon stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, TPC Dark bow is Blue Color Connect Texture, basket is TPC Tan Parchment, Balloon is Pink Paislee Pop Fashion Collection. Clouds stamped in American Crafts Powder Blue, Sentiment is Versamark Black. Hampton Art Clear Embossing Powder. Shapeabilities Circle die.

*I liked my Balloon so much from the #156 Sketch Challenge that I stamped multiples for future use. 🙂

OWH Sketch Challenge #157


Operation Write Home has a new sketch Challenge up – #157.

Wausau Fleck cardstock base, black from stash, TPC Dark Blue Color Connect Texture, Tim Holtz Sizzix Folder, rick rack from Joann, Balloon from Hero Arts in Memento Tuxedo Black, Paper piecing from DCWV. Sentiment from TPC Whimsy Greetings. Fiskars corner punch.


Happy Birthday with a tag


Because I’m so enamored with heat embossing, I’ve been playing around with stamps and inks and embossing powders. This card is the result of some of that play.

The circles on the bottom are a stamped image from Ditto. I heat embossed the design and colored in some of the circles with Stampin Up Pencils once I’d decided to use the DCWV pattern paper on the top. I couldn’t figure out how to bridge the gap so went with my handy dandy Sizzix tags, a sentiment from the Hero Arts OWH Birthday set (heat embossed, of course) and some faded jeans Distress Inks. Two colors of embroidery floss complete the look.

The Color of Money


Really – the paper I used with these cards is the green of money. 🙂

As I’m making an effort to use all the paper that I pull out for a card, rather than putting remnants of it back in its pad or pack, I decided to match these green and white prints with black.

I made several of these, alternating the prints vertically and horizontally. Sizes of the pieces were all different.

These two were one offs.

Wausau Fleck Cardstock, Patterned is from Me & My Big Ideas Family Pack. Black is No ID. Sentiment is Studio G Kolette Hall in Memento Tuxedo Black.

*Update. I actually made these cards a few days ago. I was just putting cardfronts onto card bases and decided to heat emboss all the “thanks” that were stamped on single layer paper. It adds a little something to each card.

**I say single layer paper because the first one I tried to do post cardfront construction caused much waviness of paper due to adhesive underneath.

Heat embossing…


…where have you been my whole life?

So, as I’ve said before, I’m totally new to this card making thing – started September 2012. Over the course of these past few months, I’ve watched loads of videos about various aspects of card making. I’ve learned a thing or 47 along the way. I’d seen videos that featured heat embossing but was never pushed to try it.

Along came the May Arts blog hop. I jumped right to Sandy Allnock’s post. Her card was beautiful – brown with turquoise plus a vintage phone. She had a video to go with it, to explain the card construction as well as her nifty “attach a ribbon to a card with a brad” technique.

At 1:19, I was mesmerized. That’s the point where she just started to heat emboss the telephone. Something about seeing that flat image blossom into textural loveliness made me go “OK, now I get it.”

Went out and bought a heat gun, embossing powders, black pigment ink and a clear embossing ink. Came home and tried out a simple sentiment with curly border. Having never done it, I was distressed when, after pouring on the clear embossing powder, the image became pale but then BOOM, a little bit of heat and my “thanks” just popped.

Wausau Fleck cardstock base, pattern papers from DCWV Summer Stack, Sentiment from Doodlebug Design, Embossing Powder from Hampton, Ribbon is American Crafts.

*This card is my submission to this week’s Shopping Our Stash Challenge – Use your oldest ribbon. This ribbon is, I think,  4 or so years old. Bought it originally for making hair clips that I stock in my Etsy store. It looks like an accessory item to this paper.