Thursday, June 30, 2011

Wishing in a Big Way

 I guess you could say that this is another of my "go to" layouts. The strips from left to right measure 1-1/16"-1"-1"-2". I added the borders with a Fiskars punch to give it a finished look. The stamp is from Paper Trey's Big and Bold Greetings.  It is one of my favorite sets because it has coordinating greetings for the inside. I chose "It's Gonna Be Your Best Birthday Yet." I paper pierced around the edges and the flower is a Stampin Up's die. A button and Baker's Twine is an easy way to add a center, and I'm all into easy, aren't you?

Here's what I'm reading these days---

 "Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brother born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother's death and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution." 

Thought for the Day:  The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. --Elizabeth Foley

Thanks for stopping in today.
Hope you'll be back tomorrow to see what great freebies I found for you.
Have a wonderful day!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Have You Discovered Digi Stamps?

I have admired many cards using digi stamps but have never taken the time to find out much about them until recently. What an awesome concept as you acquire them solely online, which means they take up no space in your craft room! You can resize them and now there are no more ruined cards because you didn't align something correctly. Some sites seems to be more user-friendly than others, but the very best one I have discovered thus far is TLC Creations. 

TLC Creations offers a vast number of freebie digi stamps as well as ones you can purchase very reasonably. Paulette has great images, awesome word art, and wonderful paper that goes along with just about any theme you can think of. She celebrates  every holiday you could possibly imagine with a cute stamp or two--or three! My favorites are the very clever and sassy sentiments! You really should thoroughly check out this site!

I made this card using one of the fun sentiments. Not knowing how much room I was going to have left once I had the punch art ice cream cone in place,  I printed the sentiment off in different sizes first. It was so easy to do!

Card size:  5-1/2 square, top-fold
Paper:  PTI Bitty Dots and white, brown paper bag for cone
Accessories: SU scalloped circle, Baker's twine, Prima flower, glitter brad, Spellbinders circle and Labels Two, Scor-pal to emboss card base and cone  

I am entering this into Flourishes Timeless Tuesday #123 Challenge  posted last week. The challenge was to use a brown paper grocery bag on your card.   

Hope your week is starting out just great.

Hez--Still waiting to hear from you via email so I can send your prize for guessing the stamp set correctly last week. Please email me your mailing information at

Friday, June 24, 2011

We Have A Winner!

Hez correctly identified the stamp set I used in Wednesday's card. It was Fresh Cuts! Congratulations! So, Hez, if you will send me your mailing information to my email address at 2 I get the Spellbinders Cupcakes in the mail to you pronto.Thanks to Vicki and Julia for giving it a try.

Today's card is one I made with stickers. Along with rub-ons, I noticed that stickers were used quite often on the cards in the latest PaperCraft Magazine. It sort of seems like cheating to me, but I guess the editors don't look at it that way.

I picked up this little pack in one of those bins at JoAnn's along the check-out line--a very dangerous place to spend a lot of money.! They're no fools!

  I used one of my go-to layouts that I trimmed a little smaller and mounted on a card base. The saying is computer-generated and cut out using Spellbinders Labels Two, then sponged blue with the die still in place.

I've been wanting to make a card with this saying for a long time!

Coincidentally, Martha Stewart's Tip today was for a Beach Chair Strap to free up your arms.

Compliments of Sweet Craft Cakes

Compliments of Blushprintables

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Stay cool and have a wonderful week-end.

Thoughts and prayers go out to LeeAnn Greff of Minot, North Dakota 
as she and her family evacuate their home.
Read about her story and the flood on Flowerbug Inkspot.
She is the queen of punch art! 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Hint

Haven't heard from anyone who was able to identify the stamp set in yesterday's card, so I am waiting another day! Vicki took a guess, but it is not Wonderful You.

So get out your SU catalogs from a few years ago and you should find it in there. Hint--The script and foliage is all one stamp, not two.

I'm having camera issues today so I will have to sign off now without further adieu.

I hope you have a wonderful day, my friends.

Greeting for a Birthday Card--
May you live as long as you want
and never want as long as you live!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Be The First to Answer This Question

Today's Thinking of You card is one I made the other day while I was surrounded by Basic Grey paper. Some of the coordinating papers lend themselves very well to being stamping on as I did with this pink piece. It adds an interesting background to the script and foliage don't you think?

 With one of my favorite Martha Stewart border punches and 
some very neglected Prima flowers, it's any card for my stash.

The retired stamp set is by Stamp Up. 
Be the first one to leave a comment 
telling me which one it is and I'll
send you these Spellbinders Shapeabilities Cupcakes!

  Taken in my garden among my (slightly waning)
Red Hot Pokers!


Monday, June 20, 2011

Playing with Paper

I used to stop by fabric stores and go around touching all the beautiful pieces when I got stressed. I have now moved on to playing with paper instead. I don't even have to leave the comforts of my home.

I have spent the past several days playing with Basic Grey paper--love that stuff.
It is amazing how many cards you can make out of a 6 x 6 pad. I'm having a hard
time getting through these older ones, but I still love the patterns.

 In spite of my busy work, though, I have no finished cards to show you. You see, I have been preparing card fronts for future cards, using Sharon Johnson's go-to layout. She originally posted her tutorial back in 2009 and you can find it HERE. She uses it quite often on her lovely cards adorned with beautiful lace, ribbon, rhinestones, and flowers that she sells on her blog No Time To Stamp. She explains the top-fold version of the layout HERE.

So here's some of my card fronts you will be seeing in the future.
All I'm waiting for is the inspiration needed to finish them!

The only change I made in Sharon's tutorial is that I used white paper
 for the "piping" rather than the back side of the narrower designer piece,
 or an accent color on a few.

I urge you to try this layout technique. It is easy and fun,
 and you can whip out a lot of
card fronts that will be ready to use when you need them.

Have a great day!

"Friendship is the only
cement that will ever hold
the world together."


Friday, June 17, 2011

Flowers Speak The Beauty

I combined a piece of printed vellum with watercolor paper for this card. The leaf border punch is by Fiskars. I tried putting a piece of dark paper behind the leaves so you could see them better but I did not like that look any better. I attached the vellum with Vellum Adhesive Runner Invisible Bond by Thermo O Web. It definitely was invisble, but the adhesivie was not strong enough. As you can see, it is just starting to pull up in the upper right hand corner.  

The stamp is the Cling Ranuculus Field by Stampendous. I did not have an acrylic block large enough, so I took a wood stamp that I don't use and removed the rubber by putting it in the microwave for 30 seconds. The cling was very sticky, so it adhered to the wood block without any extra adhesive. I stamped it with Jet Black Stazon and colored it with watercolors. So fun and easy.


Father's Day is this Sunday and if you still need some last minute card and party ideas,
perhaps there is something here you can use! The last three have many coordinating printables. 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Shameless CAS

I admit it. Today's card is a shameless CAS. I saw a card by Arin Burdo in a past issue of PaperCraft Magazine and  thought it was a clever idea for a quick and easy card. I even used the same stamp set.

Stamp set: Garden Whimsy by Stampin Up
Ink: Jet Black Stazon, Red Riding Hood (SU)
Accessories: Ribbon (Michaels $ bin), half pearls
Tools: Exacto knife

"What is a friend? I will tell you..
it is someone with whom
you dare to be yourself."
--Frank Crane

Monday, June 13, 2011

Using Rub-Ons

Good Monday Morning--I hope that your week is starting off well.

I have never been one to use rub-ons very much, but I am seeing them used quite often on the cards featured in the newest card I thought I'd give them a try. This is a sheet that I had on hand by Heidi Grace.

Once you have the image positioned where you want it, all it takes is a little hard rubbing with the popsicle stick that comes with the package to get it to transfer onto the cardstock. Lift the sheet carefully to check if it has all transferred before you remove it completely. This actually is part of  two rub-ons that meet in the middle under the flower.

The flower was made with the Stampin Up scalloped circle punch and patterned vellum. I punched out 6 circles, crumpled them up, opened and layed them, staggering the scallops, and punched a hole in the middle with a paper piercer. I put a small brad in the hole and fluffed up all the layers.  

Love the flower--only problem I see is that I can't send this through the mail.  : (

I finished it off with a banner-type sentiment and rhinestones.

Since this was a left-fold card, I had to make a small slit in the fold to accomodate the ribbon. 

"One's friends are that part of the human
race with which one can be human."
--George Santayana

Friday, June 10, 2011

Smell the Coffee and Freebie Friday

One of my favorite stamp companies is Impression Obsession. They have been around forever and their images are timeless. When they came out with clear stamps, that was the icing on the cake. Not only do their stamps make a perfect impression each time, but now you could see exactly where to place them. I combined my favorite image in the stamp set Smell the Coffee with the quilting technique on this card.

The embossed card base is pre-made by DCWV. 
I used Fiskars combination corner/border
scallop punch for background around the1-1/4" squares.
Spellbinders Petite Ovals, Baker's twine, and a button finish it off.
Ink: Slate Adirondack and Tombow markers

Are you are quilter?
I just spotted a good article -- 10 Steps to a Better Quilt
This looks like one great place for wonderful information!


Printable Dad's Day card
compliments of  Kind Over Matter

Have a great week-end. I'll be back on Monday.

The very latest on the Wallow Fire here in Northeastern Arizona 
is that it is 5% contained. 
Please keep all those who have been affected by it, 
as well as the fire fighters in your thoughts and prayers. 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Mah Jongg Chatter

I haven't talked Mahjongg in a while and I know some of you play. If you don't, please bear with me. I won't do this all that often! A girl can't craft all the time!

I played with the Wednesday summer ladies yesterday for the first time. It was a large group--four tables. It wasn't my day as my only "winnings" was the wall money. I was one away a few times, but of course that means nothing.

In one hand, I was doing the 5-9 consecutives in Craks. I had the 6's, 8's, and the pair of 9's. I needed 2-7's, and 1-5. But--I had 2 jokers! So I picked up a discarded 7 Crak and used the 2 jokers to complete the kong. Normally I don't like to use 2 jokers at a time, especially when the other 2-7's were not dead. But now I was set, needing only the 5 Crak for Mahj (one had already been discarded.)

Well, sure enough--N on my left got both of my jokers by drawing the remaining two 7 Craks in succession and declared Mahjongg! Unfortunately for her, it was a bad Mahj, so the game went on. I still had a chance!

However--P across from me beat me to it on her very next draw. Dang! 

Congrats to R for ending the afternoon on her Quints hand 12232222222222--self-picked!
Note: Read the parenthentical closely--Quints can be ANY no. in Run that is paired--does not have to be middle no.

It was a good time in spite of it all. The company couldn't have been any better. After all, isn't that a huge part of why we play?

 Two great mahjongg blogs you should check out:
 Mah Jongg Drs.
 Mahjongg Blog -- Thanks to Linda Fisher for her printable Mahjongg rules!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Two Easy Cards for You Today

If you are fortunate enough to have a nice scrapbook store near you, you may find a sheet of paper with many individual images that can be used separately on cards. I found one such piece recently that I should be able to make into 8 or 9 cards. This sheet was designed by Iron Orchid Designs and is part of the Prima Just Us Collection. With a few embellishments, complimentary paper, and a bit of stamping, they can be turned into cards for many occasions. Here is what I did with two of the images.

Gina K. stamp
Stampin Up oval punches
Prima flower
Gold butterfly is a pierced earring
from the $ store--just snip off the post
Scalloped corner punch--Marvy

Michael's $ stamp--Studio G
Spellbinders Fancy Tags
Misc. lace
Gold bling
Scalloped corner punch--Marvy
Background piece was something I had downloaded last year that
I thought went perfectly with the image!

Monday, June 6, 2011

It's In the Bag

Bag? Do you see a bag?

I made this card by using a bag from a purchase that I made at a local jewelry store.  I thought it was just too pretty to throw away. I colored the rose, trimmed off the advertising, and turned it into a simple card with some lace and half pearls. I think it will be perfect for an anniversary.

You just never know when and where you will find something that can be recycled
into a papercrafting project.
Keep your eyes and mind open for ideas and show creativity.

It might turn out to be your best work of art!

Have a wonderful day.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Kraft Label Birthday Celebrations

Sort of a strange title for a post, don't you think?  But there is a reason for it so let me explain.

I recently received the new issue of Card Creations, Volume 9 and used Latisha Yoast's Green Label Thinking of You card on page 153 as my inspiration for our son's birthday card. Here's her card:

This picture does not do it justice.    

 Here is the evolution of my card:

Can you believe that with 11 colors of Baker's twine I could not find one that looked good with this paper? Even jute was the wrong color as the tan in this paper has green undertones. So copper was the best I could do but I am not thrilled. The back side of the button actually went better with the paper than the right side! I wanted to use white ink for the faux stitching but all my gel pens were dried out. 

Had I planned my papers, inks, and embellishments before I began to put the card together it would have turned out quite differently--and better. LESSON LEARNED!

Tip: Plan all of the elements of your card before you begin to put it together.

Freebie Friday:

Bottle Neck Ties for Father's Day--
This one says " Thanks for cooking meals whenever Mom's not around. 
I know how good you are with the microwave. I love you Dad!

Put over Dad's favorite drink--beer, Pepsi, root beer.
(I found this bottle at Big Lots).

You can print this tie and 2 more HERE. 

Make up your own saying if you don't care for these!   

Thursday, June 2, 2011

How Do You Like Baker's Twine?

Yep, that camera cord was right where I left it--right next to the computer. LOL.

So here's the card I was going to share with you the other day. It's a simple layout that can be made up in no time. Just change the sentiment to meet the occasion.

This is the first time I have used my coveted baker's twine and I really love it. I ordered  it from The Twinery.

I got the Colorful Bunch Sampler Pack with 11 luscious colors for $20. It adds color, goes through button holes, and is not bulky.

What are other reasons why you like using it? I would love to hear.
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