Sunday, December 28, 2008

Here is a card that I made for my mom for Christmas. I purchased a phone card for her, the kind that you just get a cash register type receipt for the amount of the purchase.

I used green card stock for the base of the card and layered it with a piece of holly/harlequin type of paper. I measured the size of the receipt and cut a piece of shiny Christmas paper to make a pouch. making sure that the receipt could be removed easily. I folded the sides in and then turned up the end making sure everything was even.
The pouch was then glued on a piece of contrasting card stock. I attached fiber to the back of the card stock before I attached both pieces to the front of the card. This gives tha appearance of a tag.

You get both a card and the gift. This idea may be used for other occasions, such as birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

August 9, 2008

Hi, I guess I have't been to consistant with keeping up my blog. Well that is going to change. Starting today I will update my blog at least once a week.

The format will sort of change. I want it to show organizing techniques that work for me as well as my artwork. So far I have just shown pictures of cards that I have made and received and pictures of my son. I guess you can guess I am very proud of his accomplishments. I will be showing more of my work as well as updates on the progress I am making in organizing my craft studio.

My studio is approx 24' X 20'. It it also used as my clothes closet and general storage area. My studio uses half of the space, but not efficently. This will change. I will show pictures of of each sections of the Before Studio. As my organization progress I will explain how I did it and then show pictures of the Organzied Section.

Well that is all for now, I have to get organizing.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

April 22 - 2008 (Earth Day)

Here are a couple of cards I just finished. The first
one uses inchies that I made. First I cut 1" squares
from coloured wall paper, stamped on them with a small
rose stamp and then embossed. I used rub ons for the
word Rose. The inchies were layered on a
co-ordinating piece of card stock. The background
paper was made using cheap acyclic paint from the
dollar store. I spread first pink paint then blue
until I got it the way I liked it. Then the paper was
splashed with a little metallic gold paint. I am very
proud of the knot I made. I had asked for help on how
to tie a bow on "Just Stamps" a great group of
stampers that I belong to. I used their techniques
and voila. A great knot.

This card uses a technique called "Faux Silk". I took
a piece of coloured cards stock and covered it with
all purpose white glue. Then taking a piece of white
tissue paper I scrunched it and then opened it up
carefully so as not to tear it. The tissue was
applied to the card stock and was gently pressed down
leaving a few wrinkles. When the piece was dry, I cut
out an oval shape using my coluzzle. I stamped the
image using a graphite brilliance pad. This was then
glued on a co-ordinating piece of card stock. Again,
notice the bow.

Here is just a piece of "Faux Silk" waiting to be used
on a card. For this piece I used patterned piece of
wallpaper behind the tissue. It was then applied it
to a piece of cardstock.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Sunday, March 23 - 2008

Happy Easter to those who celebrate.

My son has started a photo album for me today, and
here are pictures of cards that I just finished

It was my DIL's fathers birthday on March 17 and her
step mom's birthday March 10th. They are making a supper
tonight and here are the cards that I made for them.

Tori's Dad likes hunting. I found a picture in a
hunting magazine, attached it to olive green cards
stock and then found a great piece of wallpaper to
attach it to. The poplar bark is something that I
picked up on one of my hiking adventures.

Henrietta (Tori's step mom) likes tulips. I brayered
regular acyclic paint on card stock, the brayer was
not smooth and so I got a wavy effect. I then
sprayed it with gold glitter. The background again is
a piece of wallpaper.

I hope they like them.

Christine T

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Wednesday, March 05 - 2008

I finally have the time to update my blog. I know it
has been quite awhile. My son takes the photos for me
so I have to schedule picture taking for when he is
home and available. He is an avid outdoors man, so is
his wife Tori. Every Sunday, no matter how cold,
except when it is raining they go hiking. Up to and
including New Years Day they went diving. As soon as
I figure out how to get some of his underwater and
outdoors scenery on my blog as college sheets I will
add them for your enjoyment.

Below are two recent cards that I made for a couple of
girls at work. The shaker card with the porthole of
fish was for a one year old that is into fish. He is
still playing with it and his birthday was last week.
Still hasn't chewed it. The computer cards was for a
boy who is into computer.

I really liked how the nautical one turned out.

These are some of the cards that I have received from
different swaps. The Chinese Envelope Book is made
from authentic Chinese papers that were purchased in
China by her aunt. The note is posted as well.

These cards were from a Valentines Day Swap.

These are cards from other swaps. The daffodil card
is do bright and cheery, makes me think of Spring.
The one with four windows was done (I think with a
smushed acetate background, I could be wrong) and then
the metal flowers were attached. The Thinking of
You card is hand coloured .

I hope you like seeing these little works of art as I
have enjoyed them.

The weather here in Niagara on the Lake is snowy and
blowy. Not nice at time. Great time to stay indoors
and clean oops, sorry, I meant stamp.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Sunday, February 03 - 2008

These are two cards that I received from a previous
swap. The Christmasy one is from a collage swap, and
the grey, black and white one is from a tri-colour
swap. The cat stamp is very unusual.

The fire engine card is a collage made from wallpaper.
My friends little one turns 1 on Feb 6, 2008 and
likes fire engines.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wednesday, January 30th - 2008

Well I am over the awful bug that I caught. I had to
take off more time from my job in the past three weeks
then I did all last year.

I am back to blogging again.

Below are three Swap Cards that I received. The one
with the zebra from an African theme swap is a motion
one. When you pull the ribbon, the zebra moves across
the veld.

The other two are from a gate fold swap and a
tri-colour, red, orange and celery. Love the little
contented bunny. Both are wonderful.

The card with the catface and sunflowers is one that I
did for a Rak.

The background papers are made using PVA glue and then
I rubbed cheap acrylic paints on the, then rubbed on a
gold metalic paint.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sunday, January 20 - 2008

I am still fighting this virus that I caught. I have
taken off more time since January 1, 2008 than I did
all last year. My DIL thinks I may have walking
phenumonia. I was supposed to meet friends for coffee
this evening, but has to call it off.

The weather is bitting cold here. No snow, just windy
and very, very cold.

I am posting a picture of a card that I will be
entering in a contest tentatively called 1000 hand
made greeting cards. Please tell me what you think
and be honest. The gold background is wallpaper, the
collage is stamped on handmade background then
coloured in a little then it is layered on handmade
paper. I added gold filigree corners.

I will be entering another one as well. It is a
beautiful profile of my son's Huskey Cross with snow
and trees behind him. I just have to think of the
background I have to make yet. I will post when I
have it completed.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Wednesday, January 16 - 2008

I have been home ill in bed since last Thursday. A
week tomorrow. I hate being ill. I went to work on
Monday, stayed just until 4:00 pm and then went home.
Tuesday, I just called in sick.

My New years resolutios was to learn 1 new
rubberstamping technique or background each week. So far I am
behind 2, gee this is just the second week of January.
I have alot of catching up to do.
I joined Hearts in Touch stamping group as well as two
different PIF group.
Here is a picture of a tri-colored swap I was in, with inky-fun stampers. It was a black, grey, and white swap.


Wednesday, January 9, 2008

January 9, 2008

My son was cleaning out an upstairs cupboard today and found a Christmas gift that he and his wife had bought for me and forget where they put it. I was so excited when he have it to me. It is the original broadcast that panicked the nation.
Orson Wells
War of the Worlds
The actual broadcast by the Mercury Theatre on the Air as heard over the Columbia Brodacastins System, Oct 30, 1938. It is an authentic first edition, with nat a word cut. The only down size is, it is on a 78 record.

Now I will have to haunt garage sales and flea markets to find an old record player.

This record will now be put with my Gork statue from The Day the Earth Stood Still, also given to me by my son and the newspaper article about the movie. For my birthday last year Brian, a friend of my son's gave me the dvd War of the Worlds, with Gene Barry. As you can tell I am a old type ScFi lover.

There is a store in Niagara on the Lake, that deals only with old movies. If there is an old movie, be it Video or remade into DVD you will find it there. All the old classics, westerns, etc. If you are down in this area, you have to visit the store. It is off Queen St. in Niagara on the Lake.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Jan 6, 2008

This is my first attempt a having a blog. My son Wolf set it up, and now I will try and keep it going.

A friend of mine, Don, said I should have a facebook acct. I belong to a number of rubberstamping groups on the internet and most of the ladies seem to have blogs. So here I am.

I want to start my own business designing greeting cards and ladies accessories. I will post a picture of some of my scarves that I have knit and a pr . of slippers that I did for my mom. I thought this blog would be a great place to get feedback on my work and a few orders wouldn't hurt either.(He, He)

My daughter-in-law creates very impressive calendars and memory books for pets. People send her the pictures of their pets and she incorporates them into calendars. Tori also makes memory books using metal CD cases. I will get Wolf to post a few of the pieces that she has designed. She hope to expand her business into creating gift baskets for pets.

My son is the computer tech in the family. He is also an avid scuba diver (we live in Southern Ontario, Canada) and he went diving New Years Day. Tori (his wife) and I went to watch him and about 30 or more hearty souls go for a dive in the Welland Canal. It wasn't too cold. We only required a portable space heater to keep us warm.

Wolf is also an experienced rought terrain hiker. Sometime I will go with him and Tori. It is fun and
I usually do enjoy myself.

Well enough about me and my family for now. I am off to read for awhile before Desperate Housewives comes on.

Diving in the drysuit and Agamask