Thursday, December 20, 2012

Reflections of North


This is a scene made from Stampscapes.
 Scene was completed in 3 weeks.

   The scene was stamped in Black Staz On. The number of stamps was between 18-20 stamps. Water colored with Distress Ink re-inkers and fine brushes. Love black and white with sections painted out~ plan to experiment more. The goal was to achieve contrast of colors for depth.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

OLW Snowflakes

I want to welcome my new followers and thank everyone for inviting me into their blog world.

Here is Simple One layer Card made from Studio G stamps that I bought for a $1. It took 3 trials to tame my stickles addition.
1. stamped the Sentiment
2. embossed the snowflakes.
3. stamped the little snowman
4 added stickles to the whole snowman (wish the picture captured the sparkle better)
5.tied a red ribbon to emphasis his red scarf.
 I'm having surgery tomorrow so hopefully I can start some Christmas cards(fingers crossed). I know a little procrastination going on here. Been playing with my new camera. Then hubby surprised me with a professional flash. I think I need a course on how to use it all.
 I pray you all have a great weekend and many blessing to you all~ENJOY!

Cheryl  is the host for  One Layer Wednesday:118 Snowflakes
Materials: White Card Stock, Holographic Embossing Power from Ranger, Ribbon, Studio G Stamps, Ice Black Diamond, Paprika and Xmas Red stickles.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Skating in the Woods

                                      Craft a Scene  challenge for December: Winter Scene.
                                      Dream Valley non- tradition Christmas 

I made this scene from a blurry photo. Normally I delete them but it had great colors and texture. Trimmed photo and turned it sideways and began to play. I sketched this little figure skater and added star dust to the skate blade. Distress scene to create a old worn feel ~ENJOY!

  Stampscape Stamps: Lg Cove, Pines and Rocks, Reeds and Bare Branch. 
Distress Markers, White Gel, Star Dust pen, card, pic holders and sticker from stash.
Tonic Distressing Tools  and Vintage Paper Distress Ink 

Friday, November 30, 2012

True Love

Anniversary of our first date..... One year he came home from work all happy with 12 long stem red roses and all I did was cry. Here is a glimpse of that moment. The kids were arguing over whose turn to watch their program on the TV. Our  puppy "Buddy" loved to chase the cat around the kitchen and I dropped the pot roast all over the floor as I tripped over the dog. Then my wonderful husband came through the door with roses and all I could say was "why did you spend money on flowers? He said " Happy Anniversary to the woman I  love and  met for the first time this very day 15 years ago".  Me being covered in pot roast juice and the animals eating dinner he gave me a kiss and I cried. Of course the kids came in the kitchen and thanked the animals for eating the "yucky" dinner.

 I remembered the date this year and will not look like a stressed women with day old life all over her~ENJOY!

I cut out a heart stencil with spellbinders and used it as a masked for my scene. I used distress ink and Stampscape Stamps. The sentiment stamps~true love: Studio 112 and the inside sentiment is:Penny Black. I wanted to add some ribbon or twine but decide to leave it simple.
The Challenge at One Layer Wednesday  is called Scene with Karen this week.    

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Distress Gift Tags

There is a Challenge at One Layer Wednesday called One Layer Gift Tag. It is hosted this week by Heather.  I made some quick Stampscape Gift Tags to be used for homemade goodies. The sentiment on the back: "From Our House To Yours".

Stampscapes A: Duo Pines&Sm cabin. 
Distress Markers: Chipped Sapphire, Pine Needles & Red Brick. 
Distress Ink Walnut
Star Dust Stickles
Scraps of ribbon/ twine
Tags Scraps: Plantin Schoolbook Cricut Cartridge

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving~Test Tube Cards

 I wanted to share a quick project, I made for today's celebration ~ Test Tube Card. I am sure there is a more technical name. These make wonderful little gifts for those special people in your life.
Materials need: Card-stock, Scissors, Scored board or Score tool, Tube, embellishments and adhesive.

Cut card stock cut  to 3.5" x 8.25"
Starting with the long side you will make 3 scorelines   at  3.5", 4.25" and 5"
Then measure 1" down and 1" up from the first scoreline and the 3rd scoreline and make 2 horizontal cuts. Should look like the picture.

 Then fold center scoreline and push the middle piece in the opposite direction. Like the picture. Add the tube filled with anything your desire
 Then decorate front and embellish as much as desired. I printed off  the image and added scrap paper to make a collage. I added ribbon and a lonely feather in honor of Mr. Turkey. I filled the tube with Chia Latte Coffee to go with all those wonderful pies we will have after dinner.~GOD BLESS AND ENJOY!

Here is the link to the Turkey Vintage Clip Art from  Vintage Holiday Crafts

Card Entry:Casology week 20~Gobble

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Ruffle Scarf and OLC

 Just love making these quick projects. It is a long strip of nylon material with holes.(knitting/hobby stores)   Material and knitting needles is all you need. Cast on 5- 7 of those holes and start knitting. Bringing the ribbon  from back to front while you knit and repeat. It took a little less than 3 hours to make. They make nice gifts and look great with your jacket.

CONFESSION:  I have to admit I didn't know what CAS was for the longest time. I just thought people were spelling the word CASE wrong. Months later I finally got it ~Clean and Simple...duh Deanna! I put the definition on my blog to remind me.
 I'm horrible with CAS cards because I never leave enough white space or over obsess when there is too much white space. I'm now realizing white space is a good thing and to stop over thinking it. I made the card in 10 minutes and I am pretty happy too how it turned out.
This card is made from Inkadinkado/Cloud 9 stamps, score board, Stickles, Distress Ink Markers and a Breath~ENJOY!
Card Entry: One Layer Wednesday 114: Christmas Thank You

Friday, November 16, 2012

First Snow Storm

 The scene depicts a sunny sky before a snow storm. There is a beautiful bright light that radiates through the dark snow clouds just before millions of snow flakes fall gently to the ground.
This is a cloud photo that I turned into this scene using Stampscape Stamps and lots and lots of  dye ink/Q tips.  I tried to to make it look as realistic as possible.~ENJOY!

Craft a Scene~November Troubled Skies

extra supplies:
card stock and corners from scrap stash
sentiment~studio 112 and pigment ink

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Made in Michigan OLC

One layer card: I sponged yellows, reds and green into a Michigan stencil I made. I stamped the scene with Stampscape Stamps and sponged light blue for the water that surrounds us. The sentiment was made by a local rubber stamp maker in town. The card is to represent the beautiful sunrises/sunsets by the water~ENJOY!

Card Challenges:

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Road Trip Inspired

The sites here where I live are just astounding with the changing of the colors. They are  mahoganies, rust, peach, orange and browns right now.  It is most beautiful with the dark green pines mixed inside all the those delicious colors. 

                                               ROAD TRIP

This trip became the inspiration of my next project. I love to hang not only family pictures and photos of our vacations, but I am starting to decorate little nooks in my house with my scenic pictures~ENJOY!

   Twilight Peace
Stars faint as morning peers behind the majestic formation. Water cascades from the pinnacle to the brook below to quench the thirst of the mighty buck. Feathered fowls migrate as the limbs stretch to greet one another Good morning ~Deanna E. Olack~                                                   

This scene is entered into the challenge at:
 Craft a Scene :Majestic Mountains - October Theme

This picture is Stampscapes, Gel/Illustration pens and Die Ink on gloss paper. Matted in teal/black and framed.

Friday, October 19, 2012


   A void was filled by the spoken Breath of Heaven 

Death was conquered by a Breath from Heaven


Afternoon of October 19, 2012 

Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it.
Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the lord.
psalms 96:12

Thank you Father for giving us life ~amen

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

100th Post and OLC

Monumental occasion today all around I finished organizing and made 1 card for 3 challenges.
I did my final  purging last week and spent this week putting it  together- Finished! I  kept only "crafts" that brought pleasure and relaxation to my life. Which is hard  because I like to dabble in all areas but then I was reminded of a post I wrote in  December (Just a thought) and it applied here.

                                               OUTSIDE THE BOX
This card is a one layer card that was masked and sponged with Distress Ink Stormy Sky. Stamped with Art Impression geese, Star Dust gel pen for details and sentiment unknown.

                                                    This card is for 3 challenges:

                                               One Layer Wednesday 110 Squares
                                               CASology Night
                                              Less is More Week 89 One layer wings

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Male card Silver Embossed

So glad I was able to get my card done in time for the challenge at Less Is More Week 88: Color SilverI bought this Stamp Pad Co. stamp last year on vacation and thought it perfect for a male. This card  is embossed with silver embossing powder from Ranger. I wanted a silver mat but had none. I used tin foil for my mat and pop dot the picture to it~ENJOY!


                  Mom ma's Brag Time                                       
My Elizabeth had band competition and they won 1st in their competition Tuesday night.

Our Children our such a precious gift from God! 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Count Your Blessings

This card can be either direction
Sympathy card

Susan hosted a challenge at  One Layer Wednesday 108: One stamp~Two ways to use it This was such a fun idea. I actually had a hard time thinking of second way. Then I dropped my stamp by mistake and whoa la  I had my second idea.  This is a wheat stamp from Inkadinkado Meadow set. I used Adirondack ginger, butterscotch, mountain rose and Stazon Timber Brown.


Friday, October 5, 2012

A Little Birdie told me

I think this stamp maybe a hippo have no idea just that it is so darn cute. I received it a year ago in a crop gift along with some coordinating paper. This was a perfect challenge to use it for the first time ~ENJOY!.

                                                             CASology Challenge ZOO             
Prisma W/C Pencils
gel pens
Staz On

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Love Birds

I am falling behind in the challenges. So this is a quick post for the challenge over at Less is More. The Challenge this week is Lucky Dip week 87: Love and Marriage.
 I never have enough Wedding Cards, Anniversary Cards or Engagement Cards so this worked out great.~ENJOY!

Tools used:
Cuttlebug hearts
Hampton Art stamps
Staz On

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


 God reveals himself everyday in the sunrise. What a humble experience and yet it is there for all to experience. 

The handiwork of his creation gives solitude to reflect  wisdom from above. Gain a greater peace within to a fountain of happiness and fulfillment. 

Awaken souls of God's creation, marvel at it's wonders and repetition of the seasons of life. Yet He continues to wait  for the souls of man to awaken~ENJOY!

Sunrise on the morning of  September 20th 

Ecclesiastes 11:7 Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.

Ecclesiastes 7:11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun                          

 Thank you Father for the beauty of your creation. Thank for giving us the bright light that pierces the darkness every morning. Thank you for giving us your son Jesus who is the light in a world of darkness~amen

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wedding Dress

This dress is for CASology: White Challenge. I love to make dress cards. I have had tons of email how do I do it. Well it is very simple...There is no right or wrong way to make it. I use to make paper dresses for my paper dolls when I was little. I take a sheet a paper fold it in half and cut out a design and open it up. I then take the opened dress design and place on the front of the card. The top of the dress is placed on the fold. I trace it out and cut so I have a 2 dresses adhered at the top by the fold. . You can use anything from a stencil to die cut machine. It is all on what you have and keep it fun~ cut paper. Then the fun is all in the embellishment.

 This dress is kept very simple in design. I glued tulle and wrapped a ribbon around the waist. For the special sparkle to represent the beautiful bead work on wedding dresses, I added stickles under the dress and on the bodice. 
Just have fun and be creative. Have great weekend~ENJOY!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Autumn Pumpkins

Autumn is the subject for the One layer Wednesday challenge this week and Less is More is to incorporate an oval into the design. I know I can combine the two.  Oh my brain is still in sleep mode.....I'll have to dig deeper in there and definitely add caffeine to the process.

 Okay!  Coffee is in hand and I am already.............still ready...........nothing! 

Well I have to gather some more info to ignite this brain today. Let's try the dictionary : 

 1. The season of the year between summer and winter, lasting from the autumnal equinox to the winter solstice and from September to December in the Northern Hemisphere; fall. 
2. A period of maturity verging on decline. 

Wow!!! way to deep for me this morning except.... I am relating to #2 the more I sit here at my desk and stare out the window....1/2 hour later....Oh....I am getting something pumpkins maybe?...or maybe I am just hungry and pumpkin bread sounds good with my coffee...oh I can't think anymore. Must rest brain too much strain. 

Two days have passed and I still have pumpkins on the mind. I just can't combined them into one card though not enough time and brain power  for that...Thank you logic!

So I made my favorite 3d oval pumpkin card and a One Layer Card.
        I just love to make this pumpkin card ~LOVE IT! 

Here is the recipe:
 The trick is oval spellbinders #4 and #5 if the largest Oval in the set is counted as #1 and so on.
 It is 3 (#4) ovals and 3 (#5) oval overlapped. I add some distress walnut brown around the edges of each. I add  reddish-orange Prisma watercolor pencils to small pumpkin for depth from the lg pumpkin. Then I ground it with green and stamped Hero Arts wavy season sentiment in Timber Brown Staz On. Cut stem from scraps.

I borrowed the Pumpkin and Autumn stamps from 1-800-mom-stash. She had tons of autumn stamps. I used prismacolor pencils and h20 for it to blend. I have no idea what this whole set is from thinking maybe Inkadinkado?

Thank you for stopping by and visiting~ENJOY!

These are for card entries:
One Layer Wednesday 105: Autumn
LIM theme week 85: Ovals

Friday, September 14, 2012

... you drive me batty...

Here is the simple card I made quickly. I am sorry I didn't realize all the bat cards already but the full moon with the bats is what came to mind. So I made this for hubby.

 This card is sponged with Distress Scattered Straw with spellbinder as a stencil. I didn't have a bat so I sketched one and cut it out. I then pop dot them on the moon. The scene was adhered to a black card. I wrote out the sentiment inside and out. This will go into his lunch pal on Monday. Are you wondering why the card is opening on the wrong side. It is not because I adhered it wrong.....He is left handed~ENJOY!

This card is for CASology for there clue card SKY

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Falling Leaves

                                                                                                       Good Morning

These cards are much cleaner and simpler than the ones I posted yesterday. These are one layer cards with an old stamp I have had for years. Forgive me for not knowing the company. I colored the leaves with distress markers after I stamped in Staz On Timber Brown first.  I added some score lines. I made these for both genders.

I add  score lines the width of the ribbon. This holds the ribbon in place. I discovered this trick some time ago because my ribbon would be crooked and move a lot of times. This keeps the ribbon straight and in place~ENJOY!
 Card Entries:
OLW 104: Gratitude Campaign

Monday, September 10, 2012


It is with much gratitude that I am excited to share my post today.  I love the veins in the leaves when the color changes in the fall. So that was my inspiration. I used the spellbinders as stencils and distress ink inside and then I embossed the card with just the veins of the leaves with an embossing tool and stamped Gratitude(?).  Susan is hosting the OLW and has started a Gratitude Campaign for 2012.  What is it you may ask? It is to save Thanksgiving from being downsized and overshadowed by the commercialism of other seasons and activities  So we are spreading some gratitude around early.  I will be posting some family traditions we have that  may be a bit different then some. Start thinking of those around you that you are grateful for and send some gratitude today with a peaceful and grateful heart. Let this be a season of blessings and thanksgiving~ENJOY!

Card Entries:
OLW 104: Gratitude Campaign 2012
 LIM One Layer Foliage

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

First Day of School


I was so sentimental this morning I made this card in honor of  my kids first day of school.  I still can see them with their backpacks holding hands as we walked  to the bus stop.
I have a boy stamp too but couldn't find it this morning. Have a feeling Buddy is laying on it under the table. But I am not going to search for it right now. He looks too tired from getting everyone out the door this morning.
I just love G Studio's scalloped card sets. I stamped this in Timber Brown Staz on
The portrait stamp with girl is from SU (forever young)
The sentiment is from Inkadinkado.
The color inside portrait is Distress Ink Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick.
The bow was colored with the worn lipstick ink.
The pink Gems were added for some sparkle and so was diamond stickles around frame~ENJOY!
Card Entries:

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Birch Trees

I had some of these done but haven't had a chance to post them lately. When we were on vacation we went to a museum and they had a sculpture that was the inspiration for the tree shapes. I love Autumn because of the beautiful colors and the harvest that it brings so it was a delight to use the sketches from our trip to create these cards.

 The card on the left is a one layer card of birch trees with the color behind representing the fall colors. This was Scored, Sketched, Stenciled, Sponged and Stampscape's Sentiment.
The Card on the right is a sketched and water colored birch scene. When dried it was stamped with pines and geese from Stampscapes. The trees were inspired by a sculpture at the museum. That is why they are so childlike in manner. The color behind can be interrupted as the fall colors in the forest or the sky~ENJOY!
Card Challenges:
Craft A Scene Trees Challenge
One Layer Wednesday :Scoring

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Autumn Watercolor Card

 First thing before I get started I would like to welcome my new followers. I have been missing my friend list because some days blogger lets me see it and other days it is just whited out~go figure. I would like to Welcome and Thank You for following my blog

Fall makes me sentimental. Oh..the smell of school supplies, cold mornings and a schedule. 


I am like a kid in a candy store with Distress Markers; I can't decide what color or technique to do first. I have been playing around with: Coloring Directly on Stamp

2 and 3
4 and 5

I colored the Northwoods Stamp with Distress Markers just once. I spritzed it with water between each impression for a total of 5 images. The top image is the first impression. Impression 2 and 3 are still pretty good even though the 3rd image is getting more muted. Impressions of 4 and 5 image and color was too muted and not as defined. So I added some color using markers directly to image on card. Then muted it with an aqua pen. What a fun technique~ENJOY!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Token Cards:

Have you ever wanted to give a small token to someone special but couldn't find the right size card? I wanted to give some flowers to a friend from my garden and made one of these cards to go with it. Well that started a flood of ideas. I call them Token Cards.These are fun and have Limitless Ideas~ENJOY! 

                                    FYI Challenge #36: Inspired by the various tones of colors 

1 gem, 2 colors of green and 3 layers of flowers

The following is a project that uses up left over scraps. With my Spellbinders and Cuttlebug I sat outside and made a few of these over the weekend. I used labels four and flower head dies. Cut 2 label four die and glue one of ends together and embellished. Examples of some tokens inside:) 
date night token
Card,box and gift all in one
 just add envelope and bow