Thursday, February 28, 2013

Collage with a French Flair

I'm working on some other projects to show you next week, so
for those of you who don't stamp, please be patient! I seem to
move from one thing to another, depending on my mood, so I
have several projects going at one time. I have to walk away
from it, then come back later and see if I like what I've done,
perhaps rearrange, and then do a little more. Gripe, you'd think
I was a real artist or something! Far from it! But I love to doodle
with my crafts. It's my therapy.

So in between I've whipped out a few cards. This one is a collage
of sorts.

I used several stamps which seemed to have a French flair and stamped them
 on glossy white paper. French decor is really big these days.
I used Adirondack Eggplant and Cranberry. Then I did a little
stippling in between so there wasn't so much white.
The secret with stippling is to bounce on a piece of scratch
paper first, then go to your paper.
You will get a softer look, which is what you want. 
To add one more element of interest, I cut the piece into
fourths to create a tile effect.
A little bling and there you have it.
Thank you for visiting and
thanks to my new followers!
I'm glad to have each and every one of you here.
You are a quiet bunch, though. : (

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Creating Your Own Background--An Easy Technique

You're getting an extra large view of today's card because anything
smaller looks really washed out!
Now I really like to use designer paper for the background on
my cards, such as HERE, HERE, and HERE.
The professionals can do such a better job of it than I can.
Why cover it up?--is my philosophy. 
But occasionally I like to give it a go on my own. 
I created this background on watercolor paper by swiping a few
dye ink pads over an acrylic block. You know, the kind that you
use with clear stamps.
Then I spritzed it with water and pressed it onto the paper.
If I wanted to make the colors run together even more,
I gave the paper a few spritzes and tilted it.
You never know what you are going to end up with!
It's very fun.
I may have to try it more often.
It's an easy technique that requires no skill!
Let the paper dry completely before going on to the next step.
I used the Penny Black music stamp (F-62)
and stamped it in black archival ink.
I applied pressure and then let it set there for a few seconds 
 since the paper is somewhat textured.
I wanted to get a good,, clear image.
The black strip is glossy and embossed with the
Quick Kutz Polka and Dots embossing folder.
The sentiment is from Mini Mates, a very old Stampin' Up
set, with some Rubber Stampede musical notes behind it.
And of course just a little bling, my favorite embellishment.
And there you have it for today.
Thanks very much for visiting!.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

A Saturday Card

This Basic Grey paper just called for making
a square card.
As usual, it is too pretty to cover up with
layers of other paper.
I cut around the branch and tucked the striped
paper underneath it.
Since I had to make the card 5-3/4 x 5-3/4, I came
up 1/2 inch short when I folded it in half.
(5-3/4 x 2 = 11-1/2).
My paper was only 11 inches long.
So to add 1/2 inch to the inside bottom, I made a
colored border out of coordinating paper,
 using one of my favorite punches.
I added a SU sentiment with Adirondack Expresso,
and punched it out using a SU punch.
Love a sentiment that's good for any occasion, don't you?
A little Baker's twine finished it off.
Storing my twine in powdered sugar glass jars like you
 see on the right sidebar has worked out great for me.
You can fit 4-5 colors in one jar easily.
Here's my new tip!
Avery Glue Stick does not leave wrinkles in
your paper, and it adheres well, although you might have
 to swipe the paper twice.
You do have a little time to move the paper around to get
it into the right position.
I found this BIG tube at the 99 Cent Store!
Have a great week-end.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A Sympathy Card

I'm out of practice making cards and it shows! I tried to make this card
last night and it took me forever! Part of the problem is that I need
better light and a higher chair at my work space, which is very small. It
always seems to be something. So I was working at the kitchen table
which is not ideal. When will I ever get organized?

The technique for making this card is simple.
1. Cut each of the three colored papers you chose
4-1/4 x 5-1/2.
2. Stamp the background sramp on each one, using
Versamark. Don't forget to use the embossing
buddy first to avoid unwanted specks of powder.
3. Emboss with clear embossing powder.
4. Trim them down about 1/8 inch on on the right
and the left sides. The top and bottom can wait.
5. Now that you have the proper width for a 4-1/4
inch card base, cut each in three equal strips.
6. Mount on a piece of white cardstock, using
one strip of each color. Line up the images.
Leave about 1/8 inch space between the strips.
7. Now you can run the top and bottom through your
cutter to get a nice even edge.
8. Sponge the edges..
9.  Mount this piece on the card base.
10. Make the sentiment strip and add it to the bottom.
You actually end up with enough strips for three cards!
And there you have it.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Super Cute Valentine

I have a super busy day and hadn't planned to post today, but I thought
this Valentine was just too cute to not share with y'all. You know I
had to spend a few minutes checking my favorite blogs and emails
this morning even though it will put me behind schedule! Been there?

You can find this cutey at Nisee Made.
Looks like a very fun blog to explore!
Have a lovely day.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

How to Keep Your Fabric Scissors Sharp--and a Recipe

Now you know that I love to bring you creative and practical tips,

This method for keeping that special pair of scissors that you have
dedicated just for cutting fabric from being misused by other members
of your family is both creative and practical in my book!

I found the idea on Michelle Patterns
and the original photo was is by Chema Madoz..
I'm not sure that is what the photographer
had in mind when the picture was taken,
but what a great idea!
Just don't forget where you hid the key!
Here's a recipe for Warm Spinach Salad
that caught my eye, (and stomach)
this morning.
Leigh Anne even gives you a tutorial
on How To Make Heart Shaped Strawberries.
The only change I would make is to use pecans or walnuts
instead of hazelnuts. 
Check out I Heart Nap Time for this recipe and
many other creative ideas.
I subscribe to this blog as it is one of my favorites
and I don't want to miss any of the posts.
How are you preparing for Valentine's Day?
"A friend is what the heart
needs all the time."
--Henry van Dyke

Monday, February 11, 2013

Unspoken Love

Source: Piccsy
Source: Buzzfeed
Source: My Picture Files
If you need a romantic Valentine dessert this week,
don't forget about my
Quick, easy, and delicious!
Or if you need to serve quite a few people,
is the way to go!
Men love it and it goes together quickly also.
You cannot go wrong with either of these yummy recipes!

Friday, February 8, 2013

For All Your Valentine Needs

I have been looking for my camera to post some pictures of
cards that I have been making this week but I still have not
put my hands on it! So I had to forego the pictures in order
to get them in the mail on time! Excuses, excuses, I know!
Hope it shows up soon. I very much dislike misplacing things!

So I am just going to jump right into sharing several valentines
that you can print off and send to just about everyone you know
without spending a dime! All it takes is a little paper, a printer,
and some ink! Hope you will find something here that you can use!

     I (heart) U Valentine @ Oopsey Daisy
Different color options,
and can also frame
Owlie Valentines @ A Fanciful Twist
Woodland creatures Valentines @ Secret Agent Josephine
Love notes @ Printable Decor 
Children's Valentines @ One Charming Party
Vintage Valentines @ Altered Stuff
A collection of Victorian Valentines @ Hubpages
Valentine love certificates in 4 designs @

100 Clever sayings and how to use them @

 Love Bug Valentine @ Caramel Potatoes

Sweet Valentine's Day love sayings @
Wishes Quotes

Have a wonderful week-end.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Are you looking for a unique Valentine gift for someone?
Just a little something? You don't want to spend a lot of
money and you may even have a little time to put something
together if it is easy?

Here's a few suggestions that meet all those criteria:

Coffee Cozy @ Second Chance to Dream
All it takes is a trip to the Dollar Store
This cozy could also go around a candle.
14 Printable tags @ Six Sister's Stuff
Pun on words tags to attach to goodies--
You make my heart bubble over.
I'm nuts about you!
You are sodamazing!
I'd be so mixed up without you!
and more.
Printable @ Serendipity Refined
Poem by E.E.Cummings
"I carry your heart with me
I carry it in my heart...
52 Things I Love About You @ Craftster
Come on--we can all think of 52!
Wacky or sweet--here's some ideas!

Valentine's Day Egg in a Basket @ Reclaiming Provencial
Start the day out with a little love!

 I Was Soapin' You'd Be My Valentine @ My Digital Creations
with free printable tag!
for teacher, friend, neighbor

Next week I'll give you some printable Valentines
so you won't even have to go out and buy them!
Never fear!

I hope you enjoyed this post.
Thanks for visiting.
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