Friday, May 26, 2017

FINALLY - We have Internet Service again!

Just have to vent a bit about the monopoly of internet service providers in small rural towns...

First off, I have to say it stinks not having internet service. I didn't realize how much I have come to rely and use it. We've had a really rocky Spring weather wise...LOTS of storms which is kind of unusual this early in the year but that's another story.  Well, unbeknownst to us during one of the storms at the beginning of May lightening struck the pole behind our house and took out part of the phone lines - I learned yesterday it takes 2 lines to make the phone work and the internet will "sort of" work on one line.  Well, obviously not because we've been having terrible trouble with ours all month long.  It was so slow that it barely even registered on their speed test (.16 download and .05 upload - that's worse than dial up!). 

After fighting with Frontier trying to get someone to take a look at it because it was soooooooo slow...  Nobody believed me!  I called 4-5x and spent hours on hold - every time I called they talked me through this test and that with no luck (mind you I preformed the same tests every stinkin time). They said oh I'd have to talk to tech and they'd transfer me into oblivion then I'd get disconnected so I'd have to start all over again.  

I finally told the guy on Monday if they didn't fix it I was going to drop them.  Funny - after about 20 minutes of going through the entire story he FINALLY put in a service request. The guy came out yesterday and said some little module on the pole was fried - replaced it and we're up and running.

WHY couldn't they do this in the first place?!?!?  It took a threat of dropping their crappy service to get action.  The service guy told me that he's been hearing that from a lot of the places he visits. Frontier is the largest internet provider in our area which has too many customers on really old equipment and not enough techs (originally 275+ now 62 per the repair guy).  Obviously they don't care because they have you by the tail. Wish there was good coverage everywhere and not just in the big cities.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Club Scrap Mash Up!

This month the Club Scrap Artist Team was given a fun challenge...Mash Up 2 or more Club Scrap kits on a single project!  I love these types of things, it's always so much fun to see what you can come up with.  These are a couple LO's from the wedding album I made for the kids. I gave it to Morgan last week and she loved it!  Now I can finally start sharing the rest of the lo's I made - LOL!!  



For my first lay-out I actually used goodies from 4 kits...the pink/flamingoes and cut-a-part pieces are all from the Paradise Kit (11-15); the Blue cardstock (on the main photo) is from Cantina (07-15); the pastel Blue, Pink and Yellow cardstock is from Picnic (07-14) and finally the gemstones are from the Sunflowers kit (08-16).


These photos were from the rehearsal.



My second lay-out combines papers from 3 different kits - the background papers, cut-aparts are from The Blues (05-15), the pink is from Dahlia (04-16) and the cardstock used for the letter die cuts is from Fossils - not sure of the date on that one as I bought a partial kit from a friend.


Photos in front of the church after the wedding.  
Morgan's parents wore pink and we wore blue.


I hope you enjoyed these fun mash-ups.


Your next stop on the hop is...


A complete list of mashers can be found here...



Supplies:
ClubScrap.com - Cardstock, Embellishments, Cut-A-Parts, Rubber Stamps - The Blues, Dahlia, Fossils, Paradise, Cantina, Picnic, Sunflowers
My Favorite Thing - Letter Dies
Imagine - Memento Dye Ink

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

M is for...

M is for Moravian Star Lantern! Not long ago I saw a post on Facebook featuring all sorts of exotic Moravian Star Lanterns and I instantly knew I wanted to attempt to make one. As luck would have it this month one of our themes/challenges at Imagine was “M is for….”. 


I knew I wanted a flat sided one because I wanted to be able to fit one of those battery operated tea lights inside and I needed to be able to build a little shelf inside to hold the light.  I couldn't find a pattern that suited my needs so I ended up making one of my own. The entire piece is made out of paper and Vertigo film so it is very light weight.  The points of the star are 3 sided and contain a magenta, blue and green Vertigo panel.  The gold is Delicata Golden Glitz ink and the green point on the right side is hinged with velcro for access to the light inside!  I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.  At the moment I have it hanging in my bedroom, I think I'm going to make 2 more for a nice little grouping.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Joy Clair & Imagine Blog Hop & Give Away

Welcome to Day 2 
of the incredible joint blog hop/giveaway with 



Today I want to share a pocket letter that I created using Hello Sentiments (JC-02110), Doodle Flowers (JC-20107) and Be Joyful Bird.  Here's how I made them....


1. Spritz on Fireworks! and a bit of irRESISTible Pico Embellishers.


2. Stencil on text and various designs using Radiant Neon inks and a sponge dauber.


3. While the background is drying time to work on the stamped images... Stamp and tint the mason jars on vellum using Blue Hawaii StazOn ink.



4. Stamp mason jar on each card as a guide where to add flowers/stems as well as placement for the vellum mason jar.


5. Ink up cardstock for a bit of die-cut grass.


6. Stamp and color a variety of flowers and a couple birds. To get a reverse image of the bird I stamped the bird on my craft mat using VersaFine ink then placed a piece of cardstock over the image. Burnish a bit with my hand, lift and ta-da! Revere image ready to go.


The sentiments were all stamped on white cardstock then trimmed and added to each card. I love the lavender sprigs. 



Here you can see how nice the reverse image bird turned out.  Most of the flowers were stamped on white cardstock, colored, fussy cut then mounted on the ATC's in layers.


It's so much fun coloring with the Memento Dual Tip Markers. You can lay down a darker color on the craft mat, pick it up with a lighter shade then color to create a nice blended effect. It is demonstrated best on the Heart Flower. Tangelo was picked up with Dandelion and Rhubarb Stalk was picked up with Love Letter.

Give Away Time!!

Thanks so much for stopping and be sure to leave comments (one per blog) during these two days of hopping so you can be entered to win a one of two $25 Joy Clair Stamps Gift Cards or one of two $25 Gift Cards from Imagine!!! Winners will be announced on the Joy Clair and Imagine Blogs at the end of the month.

DAY TWO - MAY 18

Roni Johnson (You are Here)


Supplies:

Joy Clair: 
Hello Sentiments (JC-02110)
Doodle Flowers (JC-20107) 
Be Joyful Bird

Imagine: 
Fireworks Spray! - Danube Blue, Dandelion, Lilac Posies, Pear Tart, Paris Dusk
irRESISTible Pico Embellisher - Wedding Dress, Electric Blue
Memento Dye Inks
Sponge Dauber
Memento Dual Tip Markers
VersaFine - Onyx Black
StazOn Ink - Blue Hawaii

Other:
White Cardstock
Vellum
My Favorite Things - Grass Dies
Baseball Card Holder





Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Summery Cards

Just been playin with some summery looking stamps lately. Thought I'd share a few with you...


Both made using the same stamp only the top card was colored with Memento Dual Tip Markers and the bottom was colored with Prima Confections Watercolors.  I find it fascinating how different an image looks just by using a different coloring medium.



Supplies:
Just For Fun Rubber Stamps - All images
Club Scrap.com - cardstock, pattern papers, embellishments
Imagine - Memento Dual Tip Markers; Memento Ink
MFT - Dies

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Russian Flower Frosting Tips

Have you been seeing the Russian Flower tips all over the place recently?   Let me tell you my cake decorating skills will never win awards. Yes, I can bake a great tasting cake but I've never been much on decorating them.  Slather the frosting on with a butter knife and I call it good. So I debated long and hard about these tips and finally ordered a set.  I was originally just going to purchase a small set of 7 but then I found another set that suited me more...in addition to the flower tips it also had a couple leaf tips and the bags to go with it. Since I have 0 experience with decorating a cake/cupcake I wasn't sure if it was a good idea or not but I figured what the heck...I'd give it a try.  I figured I'd treat it like art and pretend I was using gesso or Creative Medium - LOL!!

Russian Tips Set 44pcs Cake Frosting Icing Decorating Tip Kit with Storage Box by YIHONG,20 Russian Piping Tips + 2 Leaf Tip + 20 Disposable Icing Bags + 2 Couplers (Tri-Color and Single-Color)

So, next was finding a recipe to make some nice buttercream frosting. I used this one....Wedding Cupcake Buttercream from Recipe Girl. It seemed pretty fail safe and since I'm not a great baker I wanted to go with easy ;)  LOL!!  


I made a double batch because I wasn't sure how much it would make and I've read/heard that these tips use lots of frosting.  It turned out WONDERFUL - so yummy best frosting I've ever made...well, except for the Pistachio Whip Cream frosting but that's a whole nother beast - not suitable for piping.


I decided to go for the gold on my first shot and mixed up several colors.


In all of the videos and stuff they tell you how to layer the frostings on cling wrap then roll it up. I forgot to take a pic of this laid out but let me tell you, OBVIOUSLY those people in the videos were experienced with this. It is NOT easy to spread the frosting out and hold onto the (@*%( cling wrap to keep it from sliding all over the counter. I think the next time I'm going to use my ATG and tape the stuff down.   Anyway, they tell you to apply the outside layer first, next either add a secondary color spread almost to the edges of the first then add the center color right down the center (like a log) then roll it up.  I almost got it right - you can see a bit of pink peeking out but that's o.k....

Next you snip off one of the twirled ends and slide it in the bag down to the tip. 


I frosted the cupcakes with a tiny amount of plain frosting to give the piped frosting something to hold on to. Some of the videos I watched didn't do this and they had trouble pulling the bag away without the flower coming along with it so I figured this step didn't take long and was worth the effort - like adding a layer of gesso prior to a mixed media or collage project.


And here is my first attempt!  Seriously, this is fun - you can see though that they are all different heights. I'm not gonna lie, it takes some practice to know how much you need to squeeze the bag of frosting. I've never piped anything in my life so this was an adventure - LOL!!


I got through 5 cupcakes really well before my frosting got too warm...


Then came this one. Maybe I wasn't holding the bag right or maybe I'm just one hot mamma - the last of the frosting that was in the bag was melting. It made the petals just fold in on themselves.


THEN I added the leaves!!!  I am so stinkin' impressed with myself. For someone who has never piped anything in their life I think they turned out pretty darn good!




This is the second batch I made...it was supposed to be dark blue, light blue then a mix in the center but the blues were too close in color that it really doesn't show up well.  This does give you an idea on how I layered the colors though.


And here's how these ones turned out.  I used a different tip and it didn't take as much frosting as the first tip did. I ended up with 9 of those.


I had a bit of leftover frosting so I just messed around making the orange ones and then I did a couple full of leaves with the green.  I have to say that I am really amazed at how easy it was and they actually turned out looking like flowers! So, for all of you out there wondering these tips really do work.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Scor-Pal More Than One Score

Today I have a fun set of scrapbook pages which I made using my Scor Pal! Their challenge was more than one score with your fav. color combo.  Well recently I've been working on wedding layouts so my favorite colors lately seem to be black, white and silver which you can see below....


I didn't add any title, comments or text to interfere with the clean simple elegant look of the finished layout.  After all, it's pretty explanatory what it is and what it's all about. The kids had some WONDERFUL cake for their wedding...very moist and tasty. The raspberry cupcakes were THE best. 


My Score Pal came in handy for the white portion of the pages. I wanted to mimic the upper tier of the cake which had a fun embossed square pattern in the frosting with a little pearl at the intersection of the lines.


I did the same on the shimmery white cardstock adding a dot of Wedding Dress (white) irRESISTible Pico Embellisher where the lines intersected. The embossed white cardstock was then paired with the elegant black and silver pattern cardstock topped off by the strip of silver glitter cardstock. I love how it turned out....



Supplies:

Club Scrap.com - Celebrate Black/Silver Cardstock, Silver Glitter Paper
Bazzill - White Shimmer Paper
Imagine Crafts - irRESISTible Pico Embellisher - Wedding Dress

Thursday, May 11, 2017

IPad Recipe Holder

Craft a Beautiful Ipad Holder from an Old Cutting Board Posted on May 10, 2017 by Imagine by Roni Johnson. Imagine Blog | We provide high-quality ink in a variety of colors to nurture your creativity. Find crafting inspiration from Artists in Residence. Distributor of Tsukineko inkpad.:

I made this fun project! Oh so easy with stunning results!
I'm so tickled with how it came out...hope you check it out and give it a try :)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Stamping on the Edge Technique

This month I have the honor of hosting the technique challenge on the Club Scrap blog - May Technique Challenge Stamping on the Edge.  I tried to post yesterday but our internet was on the fritz...apparently most of the day then it went out completely at 5:00 last night :(  After 45 minutes on the phone with Frontier this a.m. it is back up and running (knock on wood).

You can head on over to the post for complete instructions but I thought I'd share the finished cards with you here....


Stamping on the Edge Technique Challenge
Stamps - Cherry Blossoms

Stamping on the Edge Technique Challenge
Stamps - Delft


Stamping on the Edge Technique Challenge
Stamps - Cherry Blossoms

Stamping on the Edge Technique Challenge
Stamps - Cherry Blossoms


Stamping on the Edge Technique Challenge
Stamps: Color Me Happy

Supplies:
Club Scrap.com - Papers, Stamps, Embellishments
Chameleon Markers - (dragonfly card)
Kuretake Watercolors
Niji Watercolor Brush
Imagine - Memento Dye Inks, VersaFine Ink
Glitter



Friday, May 5, 2017

2017 Mixed Media Technique Calendar - November

Man this week has just flown by! I just realized that I have missed Wednesday and Thursday postings.  Well I'm back today with November's Technique Calendar.  Today I wanted to share one of my favorite "looks".  I say looks because there are so many ways to go about this particular process...just use what you have.  What look is that?  The crackled paint look!  I absolutely love it and thought it would be a fun look for November since it's that time between sunny summer days and bleak winter blues.  


This is what my finished page looks like.  I don't know if you can see it or not but there are areas chipped away where I have used a spray ink to "discolor" the background even further. It really has an amazing look IRL. 

To achieve this look I used Crackle Paste by DecoArts to which I mixed in some barn red acrylic paint. Now of course you can use any type of crackle medium you have on hand.  Just follow mfg. instructions.   I applied a REALLY thick coat - it took almost 24 hrs. to completely dry but it was so worth it. I wanted really chunky thick crackles which would be easily picked off.


Why you might ask?  To further that weathered vintage feel. Now I know lots of people who just crackle and leave it as is but to me that's the "perfect version".  If you've never looked at paint on an old house or barn, there are areas that have bits missing or flaking off.  You really need to do this to get an accurate look at weathered paint.  So I take a my pick and pluck off areas of the crackled paint.  I usually go with one really big area and several smaller ones to give you the weathered feel.  

After you have plucked off enough paint, it's time to add a bit more color and sparkle if you like.  I used Desert Sand Fireworks! spray ink. I gave the entire page a good spritz...I wanted it to fill in the crackled areas with color but I also really wanted to darken up the spots where I removed the paint crackles.  It makes such a difference once it's dry.  Gives such a nice authentic look.

I didn't want to do anything else to detract from the look so I just added the calendar page to finish it off.  If I were using this technique on a canvas I would probably go back in and add a few "paint drips" of a different color of paint as well as some dry brush painting to add another color/layer.