January, 2013

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Challenge # 46 On My Scrap Room

Hello All,

Well this week’s challenge was brought to you by “My Scrap Room” you should check them out. The group of ladies is really awesome http://myscraproom.ning.com/

The challenge was Valentine themed and as you know I’m not one for Valentine stuff since it just a sore reminder of bad birthday, bad gifts, and people forgetting.  However since the whole time I was doing this challenge I kept my husband in mine, meaning I did this as if I was making this for him. I think it turn out pretty cool.



Baby Shower – Rocking Horse

Hello All,

The Pastor wife had a baby shower last week and as much as I would have loved to be there my son and I were really sick. As you know sickness and pregnant women don’t mix, actually sickness and people just don’t mix. So we quarantine ourselves in our house for as long as the virus was in us. Even thought it was a week and half it felt like a month we didn’t see the sun.

So to get me out of the funk I made this cute card for her, I would have embellished it more but I couldn’t find my gel pens before I had to hand this to her. I think it turn out pretty good considering I was knee deep in flu/cold.

Anniversary Card Not A Valentine’s Day Card

Hello All,

Well Valentine’s Day is coming around again and I guess some one could consider the card below a Valentine’s Day Card. However since my birthday lands on February 14th I really don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day for a few reasons.

Here is Monica’s Top 5 Reason why I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day:

  1. It’s my birthday not Valentine’s Day. Card Makers had a slow sales month in February thus the day was born to pick up sales.
  2. Each time I go out on my birthday the price doubled on every restaurant, venue, and Movie Theaters.
  3. Locations are packed, good luck trying to find parking.
  4. I keep getting hearts and valentines candy rather than a Happy Birthday Card. I not one for pink shape hearts.
  5. Gifts prices go up on my Valentine’s Day, which is why I get stuck with hearts and valentine candy. It’s the only thing that’s cheap.

However I do celebrate my husband and I anniversary on February 1st which is why I have created this card below. It is also being put in Cardz Crazy RED, BLACK, & WHITE challenge. So that killed two birds with one stone. http://www.cardztv.blogspot.com/


Photoshop Good Tool to Learn

When I was attending The Art Institute of San Francisco, I was in a Photoshop class that was teaching CS. Now in 2003 that was cutting edge stuff, at that time not a lot of schools were even up-to-date with the newest software. Now it’s 2013 and Photoshop CS doesn’t cut it anymore. So what is an older woman to do? Well if you’re lucky like me you marry a man that knows how to supply you with the latest software.


Yup, you evolve to CS6…  Well no… My husband may have CS6 but it’s not installed on my computer. Currently I am only at CS4 which is not bad. So what do I do?  How do you use it when you don’t have an Institute or a husband that is too busy to teach you?  You turn to YouTube or any other media site that can show you when you can’t dish out mountains of cash to go back to school.


For example below you will see two pictures; the one on the left is the original. As you can see it’s too dark to make out what I’m looking at. But after looking at 1stoptutorials and TayvinKnightPhoto I was able to improve my photo.



I can honestly say I am no wizard when it comes to technology. I really don’t care what the difference between an Ipad and Ipod. But if you want to make your stuff look better it doesn’t hurt to check out what’s new and learn about it.

Creeper Steve MineCraft Key Chain with Creeper Head Charm

I love MINECRAFT and to make it even more awesome I made this Creeper Steve. I like seeing a bit of depth in my key chains. That’s why I made this bottle cap key chain pop, by using dimensional. This Creeper Steve MineCraft Key Chain delivers more like an eight bit game with a 3D feel. Very much like the game itself, the image inside the silver bottle cap has an Xbox 360 Controller grunge in black and green background. It also contains the ever present MineCraft logo with a woo hooing Creeper Steve jumping out of the background.

The Creeper charm is 1 ½ inches x 1 ½ inches made of out polymer clay and glazed in triple thick glossy. The charm has two creeper faces so when you’re looking at it you still see him looking at you. (Yes very creepy)

Dimensions with polymer clay charm: 5 ½ x 1 x 0.5
Silver Bottle Cap, image contained in acetate and the out rim is glitter in green
Polymer Clay Charm with two Creeper Faces: 1 ½ x 1 ½ inches
Attached with Steel Chain

Want it? You can check it out at https://www.etsy.com/listing/120907240/creeper-steve-minecraft-key-chain-with. well while its still lasts.

Ciel Phantomhive Mascaraed Necklace

This necklace is homage to Ciel Phantomhive on Black Butler episode 4. Ciel was working on the Jack the Ripper case. Here in this necklace you can see he is  supposing to be Madame Red’s niece

This necklace is a 1mm thick Steel Chain that is 12 inches long and the necklace ends are in a barrel claps. The bottle cap is black; the image is protected in acetate and is coated in a pink and white glitter rim. The feather is made out of black polymer clay and coated in a triple thick gloss. The image itself is in a layering technique giving Ciel a more 3D dimensional look


If you must have this necklace take a look at my shop at: https://www.etsy.com/listing/120337794/ciel-phantomhive-mascaraed-necklace

Re-Vamping the Old

Hello All,


Well this year is out with the old and in with the new. Well sort of, I should say re-vamping the old and making it better. When I first did these charms I found them a bit incomplete.  They didn’t seem to pop the way I wanted them too.

For example, take the following two pictures below:


The picture on the (left) leaves the rim exposed which does give it a nice quality however, makes the picture inside more sunken not allowing it to look as 3 dimensional.

If you look at the picture on the (right) it seems to have more life in it. I don’t know about you but I will be re-vamping all my key chains like this from this point forward. What are your guys thought on this? Let me know.

Being Content and Thankful In All Things

That is super strange; I thought I had a pre-posted entry set up to go off the first week of January. Since I was off with family for the Holiday and it seems that the posting I had in place has just vanished. I had a very lengthy posting on what my resolution was going to be this year and now I have to start from scratch. I guess it’s fitting New Year, new goals, and I guess new posts.

We’ll let me start again, this year my resolution is to be content and thankful in all things. The Lord has been good to me, he has given me a new lease on life, spiritualty and physically. And honesty I can’t say I have been all that good to him and everything he has given me. So this year I am getting off my bottom and being thankful and content.


It’s not easy being thankful when things go horrible wrong or be content when things go from bad to worse. And it’s even harder to thank others when you’re in the mists of hardship. So I have made a few cards to thanks others while we wonder this wilderness. Now hopefully I send them out rather them collecting dust on my craft area. Lol!