Monday, January 31, 2011

The winner is...

Maggie said...

I love both of your cards Robyn. They are beautiful. I like the one with the flourishes best because it seems to pull it all together.

please pick any ATC from the past year on this blog as your prize and send me your contact info.

thanks for commenting

I have a dream

Embrace imperfection is more like this weeks theme.
No one can be afraid to post after my fearless posting of this messed up- and I still like it- ATC. when in doubt add glitter.
For more on my dreams check out my Still Waters Refuge blog.
In short- I want to have a place where all can come who seek refuge- a safe, sheltering place- with a large welcoming art and craft studio- to be both still and actively listening to the voice within and the Spirit.
Art, creativity is a universal language we all share and understand, with out words and judgment.
Safety , rest and silence are often keys to finding our creative selves and difficult to find in this hectic world.
I pray each step I take brings me closer to a physical reality of Still Waters Refuge. Leave me a comment if you are seeking short term refuge.
The card-Stamped the message and thermal embossed with Ranger pearl interference embossing powder- you can't see that in the scan. Stamped the flourished stars- love, love them with Ranger acrylic paint daubbers- to get more resist, and then smooshed distress inks around to get the background.
Mistake! on left- tried to fix it and kept making it worse, so covered it in this shredded glitter I got at the thrift store. it's holographic and again looks better in person. Hey- it was fun and it's colorful and it fits the theme!
What's your dream?
Please post and leave a comment.

Monday, January 24, 2011

It's my Party and...1st Rainbow Weaves Contest

Where does the time go?
It's been a year, give or take, since I began posting the Created Byhand Tuesday Challenge, so this weeks theme is First Anniversary-which you all know has paper as the gift-and use paper piecing as a secondary theme. I actually wanted it to be paper piercing, wanting to use my new toy the Sew Easy, and i can't make anything yet that I like with it, so stay tuned.
Two versions of this card. Which one do you like better and why?
leave a comment and I will randomly pick one and send you any card of your choosing- that i still have- some have been traded- featured on this blog in the past year.
Be sure to leave email contact info.
Next Monday Jan 31, I will pick and announce the winner and give you 48 hours to respond be fore I pick another name.
You have to play to win.

This card-thermal embossed the quote .
Smooshed about with distress inks for the background.
Stamped the butterfly and present with Brilliance black and then stamped again on the foil{Shout out to Diana BSI- and foil Queen} for the wings, and purple card for the box and cut out the pieces and pasted them on the card. I cut and tied the ribbon for the package and put it on with tape and glue dots.
then i decided to stamp on the flourish .
I like it both ways and it's my party( no crying)
thanks for coming along on the creative journey and hope to see more posting in 2011
and hope to meet and great many of you at Nice Threads.
please leave a comment- REMEMBER-it's your contest entry- and post your own entry over at Created Byhand. Thanks

Friday, January 21, 2011

Introducing....Nice Threads

I just opened the Facebook page and the Studio/Gallery website is live.
Please hop over to Facebook and like us.
Watch our FB page for opening and class announcements.
And please hold me and leslie and the weather in the Light these next few weeks.
Thanks in advance.

Monday, January 17, 2011


This weeks theme in the Created Byhand Challenge is Invention/stencils. It's Ben Franklin's birthday and I'm grateful and inspired by a man who"invented himself".
I'm very busy in my interim gainfully unemployed week and was going to just post my cut out card from a few posts back, and then I got to thinking about the brass stencils I have never used and these mini design element stamps that I love and have never used and invented this ATC.
I didn't have any stencil paste , so i mixed some heavy gel medium with a Brilliance Gold reinker and spread that into the stencil. When that dried, I stamped and thermal embossed the dream stamp and applied distress ink to color the background.
The head, wings and crown (the mini design images) and flourishes stamped with inventive abandon!

Go for it! Honor Ben, yourself and all these wonderful art supplies and invent something!
Please post your entry and leave a comment.
fyi-coming soon the Nice Threads weekly fiberart challenge. Stayed tuned for details and be sure to get on the mailing list.

Monday, January 10, 2011


I was not hoping to manifest this theme when i chose it for this weeks Created Byhand Challenge.
I did feature this card a few posts back, and I got a nice comment from T!m Holtz on it. He is very kind and supportive of all of us who use his products and benefit from his inspiration.
I love Tim"s new texture fades. They emboss so deeply it is easy to work on the raised area without messing up the background. and they print beautifully with all kinds of ink.
This background is the paper that came with the embossing folder. The snow quote was stamped in black and heat embossed clear.
I colored the trees with distress inks applied with cut and dry nibs- I love them too- so useful. the snow is versa magic cloud white applied really thick with a nib.
If it is snowing where you are I hope you are enjoying it and are safe, warm and dry. It can be beautiful if you have no where to go, nothing to do and no one to be.
I think I'll meditate on that for awhile
Please leave a comment and post your own entry.

I wasn't going to post this-and i just decided if i ever need to plead -not guilty by reason of insanity- this will help. and it has glitter-stickles- on it(snow/glitter theme). I felt like I had won a prize when T!m sent me the kind words, so i made them into a tag to hang on my studio wall
My credentials.
It also shows how well these folders print- the trees on the right were printed by inking the folder and placing the card inside and brayering. You don't even need a die cut machine.
The flakes on the top were embossed by careful placement of the folder and the tan mat( I use a wizard).
I hope this inspires you to create and share and not worry too much what others thing about you.
You are beautiful to me. thanks for looking.Please leave a comment.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

On the wings of eagles

To bad it looks more like a seagull!
My friend Kayla gifted me with a swivel, ergonomic craft knife- I love it and I spent 2 hours playing with it and avoiding all the other stuff I had to do. Thanks Kayla.
Friendship- a quote mark- stay tuned for a bookmark class coming up at Nice Threads and Heart -from the mini images collection- a must have!

My son ray asked for a ty card for being a house guest and it led to a ny's resolution to get a photo set up and learn to take better pictures.( note to self-update amazon wish list)
this is really a very elegant card. Thanks for asking Ray. Mom's like to be appreciated.

Monday, January 3, 2011

In with the New/Gold

This weeks Created Byhand Challenge.
Another year older and a new one just begun.
I enjoyed using some of the wrapping paper from the 12 days of christmas mingle.
The corner punch holds the spellbinders label 8 with the quote, so you can make other labels and switch them out if you wish. I heat embossed the corners in goddess gold powder, and used a sharpie metallic marker i found in the bottom of the drawer, on the label.The dots were an afterthought with stardust pens.
When in doubt, add gold.
More than 100 people looked at my last post and 3 have commented. I wish everyone would make a new years resolution to leave a comment, even if it is just 'nice'(big grin to Yogi) when you visit .
In this new year may everyone's hearts and homes be filled with life.