Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September 16, 2014 Butterfly Sympathy

AMuse script stamp, SU Grunge stamp,  Sizzix combo stamp/die butterflies, Spellbinders die edge, coloring with Gelatos

I have seen this on a blog Darlene Designs  and simply loved it.  She has some great tutorials on her blog and some cute ideas. I had gotten gelatos a while back, a gift from my son, so thought I would play and I felt like i was a first grader fingerpainting - so much fun and love the look.  Love the butterflies - they were a stamp/die combo set (which also comes with some beautiful flowers) from a bestie for my birthday.  I used a Faber Castell Big Brush pen and darkened the center of the butterflies a bit - again you can mix, shade with your finger tip.  love the Grunge stamp set from SU - just added that little extra.  Although you can't see it in my picture the gelato has a shimmer/shine which IRL really sparkles.  This card is for the family of my chemo buddy that recently passed away, always sad when you loose a buddy that you have been a part of their life but the family said she was always happy when she got Angel Mail.  Challenges:

     Sketch Saturday - follow sketch
     Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
     613 Avenue Create - anything goes

Friday, September 12, 2014

September 12, 2014 Poodles of Fun

Digi Image from Doodle Pantry Poodles of Fun, DP Doodle Pantry, bakers twine AMuse studio, Spellbinders dies

Had a special request from a little girl that needed some cheering up and she loves dogs - I immediately thought of the Doodles Pantry image Poodles of Fun - it comes colored/black and white but I choose the colored so I could get it in the mail the next morning and was pressed for time,.  I made a scallop circle easel card so Mom could set it up on her dresser or desk for her.  I'm thinking this will bring a smile.     Challenges:
     Doodle Pantry - Use a Doodle Pantry image
     613 Avenue - anything goes

Monday, September 8, 2014

September 8, 2014 Paper Pieced Owl

Stamp Patch Owl by Woodware Craft, DP from Hampton Art KI argyle Paper Pad
Ribbon from my Stash, Sentiment from TAC

I have a friend who has a birthday coming up soon and she "loves" owls.  I found an owl garden flag for her yard with fall owls so I thought an owl card was in order.  At first I was thinking about coloring this cute little guy - but the more I looked the more I thought Paper Piece and it worked out just the way I wanted.  I love double sided DP - you know colors are going to match.  I had just a bit of the owl ribbon left in my stash and it worked out to be just what it needed.  Hope she enjoys as much as I enjoyed making it.     Challenges:
     Sketch Saturday - follow sketch
     Creative Corner - cutsie animals (an owl is an animal right?)
     Catch the Bug - anything goes

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September 2, 2014 You are the Best

Your next stamp Digi image, Copic inks, Recollections punch, flower from my stash

I have had this little image colored up for over 2 months and just ran across it today when I was cleaning my desk,  I think she is just cuteness and I am all about cute.  This is for my little chemo buddy this week - and as she loves bacon I have her some bacon lip gloss and some bacon tissues!!!
          Sketch Saturday - sketch of your choice (sketch #297)
          Paper Makeup Stamps - anything goes
          Aud Sentiments Challenge - anything but Happy Birthday

Friday, August 29, 2014

August 29, 2014 G Studio Stamp

Am I the only one who picks up those cute little $1.00 or $1.99 stamps at Michaels, Walmart, or stampstore checkouts?  Well I have had this one for a while and i was looking for something else and ran across this one and I love how both cards turned out.  Colored with copics, matted a bit of twine and I think this will make 2 chemo buddies happy this week.  Often I think I need more but sometimes less is more and delivers the same message.    Challenges:
     AudSentiments - any sentiment but a birthday
     Simon Says - anything goes
     Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Monday, August 25, 2014

August 25, 2014 UNIQUE BLOG HOP

Today's blog post is a UNIQUE BLOG HOP that I was invited to take part in by a fellow AMuse demonstrator, Angel Company demonstrator, friend and a very creative stamper - Chris Franco - you will find her here at Stamped Blessings .  She is an inspiration for me to try new techniques and often has great tutorials.  I will be sharing some things that a lot of you might not know about me.

                               1.  WHAT AM I WORKING ON.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new AMuse catalog - especially these Pretty Peonies, and the new Fiesta Papers that come in a 6 x 6 pad.  New yummy inks to go with the new paper as well as new color card stock.  and...no fussy cutting these pretty flowers and leaves - there is matching dies.  How easy can this be to create a beautiful card when it all matches.  Now a tool that I could not live without is my stamp positioner - why you ask???  Well I use my dies and run them through  my cuttlebug machine just using white cardstock.  Then using the clear plastic that comes with the stamp positioner I stamp my image then with some re-positional adhesive I put my plain white cut image on some scrap paper, line my clear plastic image that I have stamped on the white cardstock remove the plastic and PERFECTION.


I am not really sure if I have a style - and if I do it changes often!!  I like cute, pretty, shimmer, glitter, and CAS (although this one is a challenge for me as I always think it needs more).  I love to blurf (surf stamping blogs) and get a lot of ideas and inspiration from blurfing as well as Pintrest - isn't Pintrest wonderful?

                         3.  WHY DO I CREATE AND HOW DID I
                                             GET STARTED

I will answer the 2nd question first - I have one of my besties, Donna T. to thank. (and you will see her creative process next week)  We had just moved 60 miles from the city - I was feeling lonely and had not made many new friends and she invited me to a SU party to which I said "I will come but I am not buying anything".  How many of us have said that???  And buy I did - not only SU, but I would hit every stamping store I passed - then I heard about The Angel Company and had a party and decided to become an ANGEL demonstrator.  I loved every minute being an angel demonstrator and began teaching classes at our local craft store.  Through the classes there I met another bestie, Pat, and we still get together as often as we can to create.    In 2011 The Angel Company went out of business and I choose to continue my stamping journey with AMuse and am still selling their product.  I was the last "Angel of the Year" what a honor and have my downline to thank for bestowing that honor on me.

The other part of this question is why do I create - I create for my chemo buddies, I have been a Chemo Angel, SubAngel, Special Angel and Senior Angel for about 10 years and there is always a request for a note/card to someone in need.  This is the way I can give just a little part of myself and hopefully make someones day just a bit brighter.  I especially love the children, but I have made some lasting friendships with some of my chemo buddies/families.  You give with your heart expecting nothing in return but when you do get a note from the buddy or their family you know your card meant a lot.


My favorite way to stamp is to get together with a bunch of friends and do shoe box projects, plus it motivates me to clean up my stamping studio.LOL  Once a year, while my husband is on his annual fishing trip to AR., there are 6 friends ranging from 57 to 84 and we all bring at least a couple of projects, and new techniques to share.  We stamp, snack, drink some wine, share life stories, and have an absolute amazing adventure.  
When I stamp alone I am usually responding to a special request assignment for Chemo angels and I try and tailor my card to fit their age, gender, special favorite colors and/or interests.
I am a retired home health RN and loved my career choice of taking care of people, so I feel I have continued this passion in just a different way with my cards.
I am an avid dog lover, we have 2 amazing big girls, and we are part of the Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue for which we transport and foster dogs in need, again continuing my passion of caring.  Our pets love to share my craft space with me hence the name of my blog Glittered Paws!!!   
God has blessed me with a lot of friends, good health, good eyesight, and hands that still create - for this I am so very thankful

Next week you will be introduced to Donna T. at Lakefront Stamping Creations who was an Angel for The Angel Company  as well as a Chemo Angel and also a RN and I think you will enjoy seeing her blog and creations.
You will also be introduced to Patti G. at Cherish Each Precious Day  who is multi-talented and takes her creativity to a different level.  She too is a Chemo Angel and a retired school secretary.
So On September 1, please make a visit to both Donna T. and Patti G and leave them some hugs on their blogs.  Thanks Chris for the privilege of sharing some of my works.    

Thursday, August 14, 2014

August 14, 2014 First day of School

Digi Image from Doodle Pantry, Cloud dies AMuse Studio, Washi Tape

I made this card to send to my sweet little chemo buddy that will be starting her first day of  school today, she had to delay her start a year because of her cancer but she is so excited  to be able to go this year.  I am going to get her some school goodies together to send in a little package along with the card.  The card was easy peasy - my favorite as the digi was precolored and I computer generated the saying and punched out some tiny stars to put under the words.  She is going to be just like a little sponge and soak up so much knowledge - can't wait to see how she likes school.  Challenges:
     Doodle Pantry - anything goes using a digi image