Sunday, August 31, 2008

Halloween cards - part 1

Hallo,
Showing you a few of the Halloween cards I am finishing up this weekend. They are all done with stamps from Inkadinkado and use a technique from Technique Junkies http://www.patstamps.com/ called the 'Bandanna technique' . I have had fun with this technigue lately as this is my second batch using it. The first batch was from a couple days ago and is for a swap for my cruise in October (ONLY 48 DAYS TO GO).
I used staz on and distress inks, black embossing powder, a white gel pen, a brown sharpie, and some ribbon and rick rack scraps.
I have a couple more to show you tomorrow and will be pre-posting them as Gustav should be passing us by tomorrow but we may still get some pretty good winds and alot of rain so I may not be on the computer alot ...

All for now - I have 28 of these cards and only about 6 put together, so I need to finish off the rest.
Take Care
Tera
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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Parade of Angels

Hallo,
I am on a roll here - this is a tall vase that I found at a thrift shop and decided it needed some angels. I decided to put the last 2 vases I etched the last couple days up on the Etsy shop here http://www.stampqueen.etsy.com/ but this one I am going to keep for me :).
With this vase I used the "Trumpeting Angel" stamp from CHF http://www.cornishheritagefarms.com/ . I started at the bottom and offset the angels up and to the right with each one all around the vase until I reached the top, then put glass etching compound over the whole vase. I really like how this one looks with a pillar candle in it - I just couldn't get a good picture of it...
It is a bit harder to stamp these on a rounded surface - I averaged at least 2 trys for each angel to get a good, nonsmeared impression....
All for today - I have a few more vases to do but am going to switch to flowers I think for the next couple and I need to get some more glass etching compound - the big vase really took alot!!! Now where is my A.C. Moore coupon.....
Take Care
Tera


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Friday, August 29, 2008

More Glass etching

Hallo,
I finished off a couple more glass etched vases today - this one is almost the same as yesterdays but I used a different stamp on the back. All the stamps are from CHF http://www.cornishheritagefarms.com/ - Including the "Trumpeting Angel" , "Modern Star" and "Three Wise Men".
The glass etching technique was covered in one of the forums over on CHF - lots of good techniques to be found there!!
I took a couple photos with the vase sitting on the maroon material and a couple where I put the material inside the vase.
All for today - trying to get some more stuff done in the craft room.
Take Care
Tera
P.S. Both yesterday and todays vases are up on my etsy shop - http://www.stampqueen.etsy.com

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Etched Angel Vase

Hallo,
I played with some glass etching compound today - I followed directions given in the Forums over at CHF http://www.cornishheritagefarms.com/ . I used all CHF stamps also - the 'Trumpeting Angel' on this side and on the back (next pic) is 'Modern Star' and 'We three Kings' . On the sides I tried using the scrapblock -' aged sheet music' but it didn't turn out as well as I would like - too detailed I think.
I like how it turned out, not too bad for a first try...look for more of these in the days to come as I have had some luck finding vases cheep at the thrift stores lately...:)
The last pic I put some tealights in to see what it would look like...
All for now - gotta make a grocery run....
Thanks
Tera

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Paula's Art

Hallo,
Short note today - I am putzing slowly around the house today, my pooch took me for a short walk to wake me up so will try to finish off some stuff in the craft room today.
Meanwhile I am going to show you what my DD has been working on lately. These are done with rulers, the circle drawer thingy we all used when we were kids (my brain ain't quite back to speed yet) and sharpie markers.
This first one she calls "History Notes" and has written tidbits from her history book in alot of the white spaces.
I love the geometric look she has with these and the black and white with just a pop of color. And the last one is just full of color!!!
All for now - She would love to hear from ya'll about her artwork!!!
Take Care
Tera


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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Papertray Bandana

Hallo,
Got some time in the craft room today. These two cards are done with all Papertray Ink stamps and using the 'bandana' technique from Technique Junkies http://www.patstamps.com/ . This is a really fun technique using stamps and a white gel pen.
Short on the talk for tonight - the couch is callin' :)
See ya tomorrow
Take Care
Tera


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Monday, August 25, 2008

Bye Bye gallbladder

Hallo,
Just a short post today - can't believe it has been a week, but I should be able to get some craft table time tomorrow. The begining of the week was busy with school starting and trying to get a bunch of errands done, I worked 4 - 12 hour shifts in a row - thursday to sunday and this am I had my gallbladder removed.....so I kinda had a good excuse. I am doing well but fixin to take another nap so this will be short.
Planning to see ya tomorrow
Take Care
Tera

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Workbasket Clipboards

Hallo,
While I had the mod podge out last week making boxes I also pulled out a couple clipboards....while boxes were drying I would do some layers on the clipboards.
My Mom collects old Workbasket craft magazines and I found a stash of them awhile back at a thrift store. I sorted through them for ones she was missing and kept the rest for myself. The base of the front and back of both these clipboards are pages from workbasket magazines. I then took images from SU 'Pattern of Friendship' and a new set from Gina K called - 'Many Happy Returns' . The old sewing machine from the Gina K set is my favorite - reminds me of my Mom.
I stamped the images on light beige paper and colored them with prismacolors. Then I took the 'Weave backrounder' from CHF and stamped over the top with aged linnen distress ink and used the same ink to distress the edges with. I then took a brown thin sharpie to make the faux stitching, layered them on brown paper and did more faux stitching in white and glued/sealed them onto the clipboards with mod podge. Added some yarn and ribbon to use as a bookmark/decoration.
The last 2 pics are of the one I am giving to my Mom ( along with her box). It has a picture of a crochet tablecloth and the directions - my Mom does alot - ALOT - of crochet.
The issues of Workbasket I used for these were from 1967.
All for today....Gotta get the kiddos off to bed early tonight - :)
Take Care
Tera



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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Pink Masterboard box

Hallo,
I finished another cigar box makeover today. I did this box pretty much like the last one...only different colors. The sides and inside bottom are done with 'Victorian Leaves backrounder' from Cornish Heritage Farms, as is most of the stamps used on the top (and inside top - not pictured). The top comes from one of the Masterboards I was playing with a couple weeks ago - this one without the ladies colored in....I cuttlebugged the focal image (Hero Arts) and colored her with reinker in the same color as the sides (which is SU 'Purely Pomegranate' by the way). Other stamps on the masterboard include 'Houndstooth' and 'Sophisticated Swirls' backrounders and the 'Beautiful' set from the Rummage Bin line all from CHF http://www.cornishheritagefarms.com/
The ribbon trim, necklace and old broach are all from my garage sale/thrift store stash. I had to search a bit for a necklace to match - the pearl one similar to the last box that I had put aside for this one just didn't look right. The 'gold' brads were copper colored and altered with my gold krylon pen.
All for today - Take Care
Tera

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Another box in the works

Hallo,
I survived the trip to the water park today I am glad to say (6 - 16 yr olds, 6-12/13 yr olds, and 1- 9 yr old) 9 rode with me in my car and 4 were dropped off. I brought some cards I was working on and the kids came and went all day. My knees don't like all the stairs for the slides so I don't get in the water too much.
I have 2 extra in the house for the night so I got lazy and pulled out a pan of stouffers lasagna and pre packaged garlic bread for dinner :).
I started another of the cigar boxes the other day - the backrounder was done in 'purely pomegranate' ink - as you can see in the third picture the ink blurred a little when I used the mod podge to glue/seal it but I kinda like it - makes it look a little more vintage. I did change which masterboard I used to the one without the ladies colored in as I thought it matched better when I got that far. I plan to color the focal image and use PP ink to color part of it. Hopefully I will get some time to play with it this weekend.

I was tagged by Keri aka 'Pink Lemonade' http://www.pinklemonade.typepad.com so I will play a little anyway - I really don't know that many people blogwise that I can tag back.
So I am to tell you 6 random things about me....1 - Did you know that ICU Nurses can have rather warped sense of humor? Some of my older patients get embarrassed not so much for themselves at times but for me - they seem to think I am such a 'sweet and innocent' young thing.....so I have to give them a math problem. Ya gotta figure I have seen 2 behinds (at least) every day I have worked ....SOOO 2 a day, 3 days a week, 52 weeks a year for 24 years, How many is that?
Its sure to get a smile.
2 - On the other side - to show I really am a Professional - Did you know that if a Doctor orders a medicine that is somehow wrong for a particular patient (wrong dose, timing, or not right for any number of other reasons) and I give the medicine then I am just as much at fault as the Doctor. What that means is I have to know my 'stuff' pretty durn well.
3 - In addition to my RN and my BSN in Nursing, I hold 2 certifications - one is a Critical Care certification and the other is a specialty certification for Cardiac Surgery, and I teach Advanced Cardiac Life Support to Nurses and Respiratory Therapists (and occasionally Doctors). So if I sign my name with full flair it would be T.(last name) RN, BSN, CCRN-CSC, ACLS-I.
Ok enough Nurse stuff - 4 When I was in kindergarten one of my older neighbors asked me what my favorite color was - after thinking for a minute as I had never to my remembering been asked that before I said Black - because I was a total horse nut and of course Black Beauty was the ideal horse.
5 - I spent 3 and 1/2 years moving every 3 months (Travel Nursing) (I know I said no more Nurse stuff - but I am having a hard time thinking of things) During that time I lived for 3 months in Longbranch N.J., Modesto CA, New Orleans LA, Abilene TX, 3 - separate times in Phoenix AZ and my last assignment was in Anchorage Ak .
6 - I HATE housework!!!! Hate it, Hate it, Hate it - might have something to do with putting myself through collage as a cleaning person at the hospital near my Nursing school........
Well thats about all for today - the lasagna is done and the Natives are hungry!!! :)
Take Care
Tera
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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Fall Streams

Hallo,
Another plaque I made with one of my Tkomas Kinkade stamps from CHF http://www.cornishheritagefarms.com/ This one is called Streams of Living Water . I colored this on cardstock using prismacolor and koh i noor pencils. I then used mod podge to glue and seal it to the plaque. Once dry I used weathered wood distress crackle paint to cover the plaque around the picture. Once that layered dried I rubbed the cracks with weathered wood distress ink and added the brads. The brads were dark copper colored origionally - I used embossing ink and weathered wood embossing powder to alter them to match the plaque, pulled the backs off and glued them down.
I was trying for fall colors this time as I am wishing for fall!!!
All for today - won't see you again until saturday as the kids are draging me and 7 of thier friends to the waterpark tomorrow - I have more colored pencils and some projects ready to go (and a good book as they are determined to stay "all day" :)
Take Care
Tera

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

More Kinkade

Hallo,
Today's project if another one of my Thomas Kinkade stamps from CHF http://www.cornishheritagefarms.com/ called Light Of Peace. I colored the image with a combination of prismacolor and koh i noor pencils. I used a little stickles glitter on the wave splashes and sun rays. I edged the colored image and the dark blue layer with silver krylon pen. The dark layer I paper pieced using a template from Ellen Hutsons store http://www.ellenhutson.com/ . The I layered to a lighter blue cardstock andded rhinstones and a bow made from white ribbon dyed using staz on teal ink.
The third picture is a little blurry (sorry about that ) butI was trying to get a close up of the piercing.
All for tonight - one more Kinkade creation for you tomorrow .
Take Care
Tera

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