Monday, January 22, 2018

Quick Quotes Debut Spring Showers

Today I am being introduced on the Quick Quotes blog as a new Design Team Member.  Wahoo!

I am so excited to share my first Design Team project with you using the fabulous Quick Quotes products.  Spring Showers is newly released and is oh so pretty!  I was drawn to create a quick card using two sheets from the collection.

Spring Showers QQP-SG100 has lovely flowers on one side and a calming teal blue on the reverse.  After fussy cutting a set of flowers from one side I used the center area that looks like white-washed boards for the front of the card.  From the reverse of the same sheet I trimmed a backing sheet and the sentiment strip.  QQP-SG101 with multi-colored stripes creates the perfect accent to back the sentiment.     
Quick Quotes QQP-SG100 and QQP-SG101

Left overs after designing card layered over B side.

The sentiment by Inkadinkado from the Thank you words set is stamped in Powder Puff Tropical Punch and heat embossed with iridescent embossing powder..  The top layers are also edged in Tropical punch, and the backing layer is edged in Capri Blue.  The layers are adhered together and the focal flower image is adhered with foam adhesive.   Viola, a clean simple card made in just a few minutes!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Battle Ready

My scrapping mojo is back and is on a roll!  Good thing too, like many of you I have lots of photos hanging out on my computer and not enough in my scrapbooks!  This fabulous photo was taken on New Years Eve 2014, but just begged to be in each kiddos album, so I created this layout in triplicate!  I was inspired by  Rochelle Spears January Sketch. 

The papers are all from Fancy Pants Rough & Tough line, several years old along with coordinating cardstock from my stash.  The title is Quick Kutz Blossom outlined in Memento Dual Tip marker in Lady Bug to help it stand out a bit more.  To add the circle from the sketch I mixed a bit of StazOn Studio Glaze with Radiant Neon Amplify! in Electric Blue and dotted it through The Crafters Workshop Circles stencil with a cotton swab.  After heat setting the mixture it puffed up and matched the color scheme.  To make the targets I used Spellbinders Standard Circles in small along with red and cream cardstock, recycled packaging and red fun foam.  At first I wanted to include the actual airsoft ammo, but it turned out to be more than ¼” thick, a little too lumpy bumpy for my tastes!  I settled with using Liquid Pearls in White Opal and Silver Pearl.  The little bit of fun foam to create a shaker box will protect the dimensionality of the “ammo” once it is in an album.   

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

White Out! for Retro Rubber

White Out!  AKA white on white with one other color is our challenge at Retro Rubber to start out 2018. 

One of my new favorite colors is Rose Gold, not quite copper, but more of a pint tinge.  A childhood friend recently lost her mother to Alzheimer’s and I decided to make a sympathy card for this challenge.

I started with Spellbinders Mystical Embrace and die cut two layers of white card stock.  The card base is gently inked with Delicata Rose Gold to add just a hint of color.  The center of the large die cut is more thoroughly inked.  The sentiment by Unity Stamp Company “. . . a beautiful life, blessed memories” set from February 2015 is stamped with Delicata Rose Gold and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Heartfelt Creations Open Vintage Floret stamps and die created the flowers.  I used their new 3D Rose Mold Shaping kit to quickly shape all the layers.  One hint here, let the flowers dry completely before adhering them together, you will be frustrated if you don’t wait!  The card is adhered together and pearl accents are added to the centers of the flowers and to strategic points on the die cuts.  I think this makes an elegant sympathy card and it is on its way to my friend who was her mother’s care giver for 10 years. 

Please do join along with us at Retro Rubber and create your own project.  Remember to use a stamp that is older than a year and let us know how long it has been in your stash.  We also ask that you enter only 10 challenges including Retro Rubber. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Seasons Giving winners and a few more fun things!

Wow, I have to say I’ve a busy few weeks since Christmas!  Here in Central Oregon we did not go back to school until January 8th, so the first week was doing fun family things and taking my time putting away Christmas.  This entire week has been packed full, I taught Monday through Thursday finishing a maternity leave for a friend in science then the last two days have been spent watching High School wrestling.  For my loyal blog readers and new followers I thank you for your patience as real life has been too hectic to tend to my blog!

So the first of the announcements is the winners of my Seasons Giving blog hop prizes.  I thankful for all of my new blog followers and those who now follow by email.  Thank you!  If was fun to read through your crafting goals for 2018.  Most of us want to craft more, share more, learn new techniques, and get organized.  All excellent goals to work towards, but remember that crafting is our hobby and it should bring us joy along the way!  Now for the winners!

The winner of the US give away is
kReN K

and the winner of the international give away is
Dr Sonia

Besides announcing the winners of the blog hop I have a fun surprise to share with you as well! I was recently selected as a new Design Team Member for Quick Quotes.  A company I have long admired for their colorful papers and embellishments has asked me to create with their wonderful line of products!  Here is the announcement on the Quick Quotes blog.

Finally here is a little crafty inspiration! 

I like playing with my layering stamps and trying out different color combinations!  These sweet butterflies are from the Hero Arts CL867 Color Layering Butterflies & Frame Cuts.  The butterflies are stamped in Memento Lulu Lavendaer, Grape Jelly, Elderberry, Angel Pink, Lilac Posies, Pear Tart and Bamboo Leaves.  I added Versa Mark over the top and heat embossed with Iridescent embossing powder.  The background is Crafter’s Workshop Mini Flutterby TCS 206s the and Fireworks Lilac Posies and Lulu Lavender.  The sentiment and card edges use Elderberry Memento Luxe which is heat embossed with Iridescent embossing powder.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Snowmaggedon for SID Double Page

What a great sketch to use for our snowstorm of the Century here in Central Oregon!  Stick It Down's January sketch features a few less photos, but I wanted to tell a story about the beauty and work of the months of December, January and into February and our 60 inches of snowfall!

 The icicles were created with Amplify! by Imagine, the title is Spellbinders Donna's Alpha, and a few miscellaneous brads were the final embellishment.  I really wanted the beautiful photos to shine.  Thanks for stopping by, and do check out the other layouts created by the Double Page Design Team at Stick it Down!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Seasons Giving Blog Hop Year Six!

Wow, if you made it this far, know that you are at the bottom of the list!  I am joining along with a wonderful group of crafters in the sixth annual Seasons Giving blog hop.  This blog hop is a way for designers and companies to thank our readers and EVERY SINGLE ONE is giving something away!  Check it out!  Since I am the very last one on the list and I know that my life will be CRAZY through the first of the year, my give-away will be open until January 9th at 12 noon Pacific Standard Time.  I will contact the winners by January 13th for shipping information.  Please make sure I have a way to contact you!

Welcome to my blog if you have not been here before!  I am a paper crafter, stamper, card maker, scrapbooker, and Bible Journaler who also dabbles in home décor, sewing, and gardening.   

My goal for 2017 was to submit for publication, and I was fortunate to have several cards published in Take Ten  along with a single card and one card in Stampers Sampler.  Click the links to read all about it!

Here are a few of my blog posts that had high interest during 2017.   

A Guest Design gig for Great Impressions was the most popular post of the year.   

A Retro Rubber card created for a new baby was second. 

Followed by a Guest Design post for Joy Clair in third. 

Some of my favorite projects from 2017 include: 

 Two cards stand out, both created for Retro Rubber, a wedding card,

 and a very recent Christmas card. 

Click the links to read the original posts for design tips and supply lists.

Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my blog and giveaway!  Here’s the details:
1.   Become a follower using the link to your left.
2.   Subscribe by email if you want creative joy to land in your inbox!  (FYI I recently had to cancel my feedburner and re-start the subscribe via email as there were over 1000 bogus email addresses listed!  Yuk!)  So even if you have subscribed before, you may need to re-subscribe. 
3.   Share with me what your goal is for 2018 . . . mine is to get more scrapbooking done!  I have a senior graduating from High School in June and would like to have a more than a few High School layouts for his senior party! 

For my United States readers this is what will be in the package!

For my International readers I will mail the following to you!

Here is the lovely list for this great Blog Hop:

You are here!--> Neva Cole <--You are here!

Remember to become a follower and leave a way to contact you, subscribe via email, and share your crafting goal for 2018!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Easy Christmas Candles

This project originally started out as the Evergreen challenge for Imagine . . . and morphed into much more than that!  Very simple and quick to create, and a great hostess gift as well.  You can use regular candles, or the LED wax version.  The tall Christmas Tree pillar candle is the real deal wax candle.  The images are stamped on white tissue paper in StazOn Forest Green and Blazing Red and then gently fussy cut.  (Note, you might want extra paper under the tissue paper as the ink WILL bleed through.)  Place the image in desired position and gently heat with a heat gun.  Smooth the tissue paper down into the melted wax and smooth edges of wax with fingers.  The tissue paper becomes translucent in the melted wax.  The snowman and angel candles are both the LED versions.  The snowmen were stamped in StazOn Jet Black and colored with Fabrico markers.  The images were die cut with a layer of cardstock underneath to cut the tissue more cleanly.  The images may be reversed when applying to the candle as the color is equally vibrant on both sides.  The angels are stamped in StazOn Royal Purple and Azure.   All three candles are finished with decorative trim or ribbons with bows.  


Wax or LED candles
DeNami Designs—Small Tree, Small Tree Swirl
Hampton Arts—Let It Snow Snowmen
A Stamp In the Hand—Angel Parade

This will be my last post as an Artist in Residence for Imagine.  It has been a wonderful journey!  Thank you for all your support!