Sunday, November 30, 2008
Here are two proverbial 'Look Ma! No hands!' cards. Except, insert 'No stamps' for the 'No hands'! These ornaments are from a piece of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper I bought last year. A little bit of glitter gel pen, some gold edging or layering, ribbon and a few Dew Drops. Voila! Done!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
While I have a stamp of the baby on the moon, this one is from a 12 x 12 scrapbook paper- easy! The purple background is a piece of paper as well. The little tag is made with an image from Boxes, Bags and Tags, with a sentiment from Bitty Baby Blessings inside.The lavender layers are Plum Pudding, and the base is PTI's cream. The ribbon is their new Vintage Cream satin. You may not be able to see it, but all of the stars have glitter in them, and there are Liquid Pears drops in the corners and down the left edge. Ok, I did drop it before it dried, and those drops are a little mushed, but the babies won't know it!!
Friday, November 28, 2008
I tried to make a card using Twinkling Waters, but only had bright colors. Really bright! Luckily, I had a piece of an alcohol ink run that was equally bright, lol! Ribbon is Joanns cheap organdy, I lined the edges with a gold Pilot pen. Stasmps used were Little Lady and Flower Garden, both from Papertrey.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Oh my goodness, it's Blog Hop time again! I like getting ready for the Blog Hop, but man oh man, it's bad when you think the Hop was 2 weeks ago, and you have two more to prepare, but when you look at the calendar it's really in 3 days! Am I the only one living in a time warp?
I live in southern Maine, and we are being hammered by a wind/rain/snow storm. At the moment we have electricity, but many do not. If I'm not around this evening, you'll know I am sitting in front of the wood stove reading with candle light!
I learned how to make ribbon roses in a Scrapbook class last year. These flowers are made using Pure Poppy grosgrain. cut a piece about 6-7 inches long. Sew the ends together to make a 'circle. Take biggish running stitches along one edge, then pull the thread 'rouching' the edge; tie the thread in a knot. Voila! A flower! The centers are just circles punched from Summer Sunrise, with orange glitter glue applied. Leaves were punched from Ripe Avocado, and given some veins with a stylus. The sentiment comes from Holiday Wishes, and the little holly sprig is from Borders and Corners Oval. Thanks to Donelda for reminding me it is there! I put red seed beads on the holly sprigs, and attached the tag with brads from SU's Earth Elements set. Card base is Pure Poppy, first layer is from Vintage Holiday Patterned Paper and the layer under that is Ripe Avocado.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Punch out 2 of the large circles, and 1 small. The small circle is just a pattern, if it's out of a firmer paper that is good! You can trace the small circle in the large circle here,or wait until the next step. Doesn't matter! Cut 1/4 out of the large circles, this will form the shape of the carriage. I laid mine on my Making Memories mat and cut with an exacto knife.
Pick up one of the circles, and lay it along the ege of the circle, the sticky part will be attachng to the folded over cut edge. Carefully lay it down, trying to stay straight along the edge.
Do the other circle, after you visualize the finished carriage to help keep the right side out, lol! when you are done, there will be some of the center section left, either trim if off as I did, or fold it over~ You can see where when I did my folded 'tabs', I didn't take time; some spots of the round circle are a little pointy- oops!
Use whatever ribbon you like- I used rick rack and Papertrey's twill ribbon to decorate the hood and make a handle. The rickrack I attached with white glue, the twill with Tombow. The handle is 4.5 inches long, with tombow on about 1 inch of each end. Attach it to the inside front, facing you. Make the handle as long as you'd like.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
They are all beautiful cards, and we all had fun, so the day is good!
I'll go see if I can find the little white piece of ribbon, lol, and get it tied to my big bow pronto.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Cindi used SEI paper Jolie Chocolate, the same I used on the baby card earlier this week. She cleverly cut the paper to highlight the flowers, then sliced the edges and curled them up to make them 3-D. It's layered on pink, then on white card. She wrapped SU's Chocolate Chip Satin ribbon with white narrow satin ribbon, then tied the butterfly to them- stunning!
Alex used all SU things, the flowers up the edge, in brown, are rub-ons. Better hurry if you want them, they may retire out of the catalog soon. She also used the new SU border punch. Her colors are Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, and a teensy bit of Tempting Turquoise. The color choice was ingenious, the turquoise really pops, but in just the right way! Alex is a SU Demo, so email me if you want her Demo address.
I used purchased silver metallic embossed paper. Leaf ribbon (Papertrey on the side bar has it, Fran probably does, too) with bought pearl flowers growing up the center, then a little silver Love charm on the bottom corner. A huge organdy bow finishes it off!
Inside, on the left, I put a little holder for the moolah, since I was seeing this as a wedding card. A SU heart forms the inside sentiment; I will probably color this if I ever use the card. I say that since it would have to be boxed to be mailed, lol, it's about 3 inches think and weighs 2 pounds!
Here are your random numbers:1
Timestamp: 2008-11-20 01:00:58 UTC
Well, I couldn't believe that Number 1 was a real thing, so I asked it to do it again... and a different number came up, so I think even though it seems odd for Number 1 to be it, statistically of course it is ok. Enough blabbering!
Congrats Beth!!That is some cute blog candy stamps your handing away! Take Care,Monica
November 15, 2008 8:16 PM
Monica, you are number 1! I need a mailing address from you! I'll try an find an addy in the comments stuff! Congratulations!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
So! did you know I love Inkadinkado stamps? I do!
And, did you know I love www.franticstamper.com ? I shop there way too much! No, I shop there way too little, lol! Fran sent me this Inkadinkado Holiday set named Christmas Characters, to give away to you!. If you can't see the picture I took of the set, go see it here at Fran's.
Just leave me a comment here letting me know you want in, and on Wednesday November 19 I will pick a name. Be sure and check back, so I can get this to you in time for Holiday card making! I will have lots of fun seeing all of the comments!
Friday, November 14, 2008
For some reason I had no energy this week to pull off an intricate GSS entry, so made do with some 'just playing around' cards. I like the card with Ocean Tides on Stampers Select with lots of glitter and bling best~ since all snowflakes are different, all of mine are too, lol!
You might not be able to see it in the photo, but I sponged glue from a glue pad onto the tag just like you would ink. Then I sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds from SU all around, and it looks so nice!! The snowflakes are from Snowfall and Snowfall Additions, and the tag is from the 2008 Tag Collection.
In case you hadn't realized by now, I am a big Papertrey fan. There is an event tonight I have been waiting a long time for~ a soft baby blue PTI card stock!! This might not be earth shaking for you, but for a person who makes about 20 baby boy cards per month, it's a huge event!! To celebrate, I made a couple of baby boy cards! You can see the new paper and sets here at midnight tonight!!
The first is a CASE from eggette on the PTI forum, you can see hers here. (I'll add that link when I figure out where her card really is...) I used Spring Moss as my base, Everyday Blessings patterned paper, and a layer of Aqua Mist under the duckies. The stamps came from Bitty Baby Blessings, of course. I drew in the teensy waves. The ribbon is Spring Moss Dotted Swiss, and the little charm came from Michaels in the baby shower section. there were about 20 of them in the package for $1.99! eggette said she was glad she bought the set- well, I'm glad she did, too!!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I got a box from Frantic Stamper, one of my favorite stores to shop at. In the box were some free pieces of paper, that's where the orange paper and white ribbon came from. I unpacked the box on the table last night. In a recent card crafts magazine were 3 kits to make cards, that's where the pink and polka dotted layers came from. Those pieces were beside the bed until last night. I was so tired of making baby cards, my muse went out the window so I started to organize things instead of create. Sitting in the 'what to do with?' pile was a card base that I had scored for Papertrey's Score Lines Blog Hop months ago; it never went anywhere-literally. The pieces of paper fluttered together, they looked like one of the Casual Midweek Challenges on Papertrey's forum, and Voila! An orange and pink baby card was born.
Stamps are SU's Everything Baby and Inkadinkado Brenda Walton Baby Girl. Card base and piece of twill along the edge (to hide a cutting boo-boo-) are Papertrey's Lavender Moon. Fruit Punch Stickles on the Marvy Punched sentiment oval. The little white brad-less brad tops are from Joann's dollar stuff, I've got to get some more of those!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Got a call out of the blue today, about 2:30 in the afternoon. It was Frank, from the ISP, telling us our Internet connection was defunct. Now, I hadn't called them, they called me~ he gave us a new number, and all was well with the world. Oh my, the poor folks at this tiny service provider! Turns out Verizon did away with the 1-500 free number. Verizon left the state a year ago, my bill goes to Fairpoint, and I have no idea how these things work! But yeah to the guy in Northern Maine who called and got me back on line!
About a year ago I saw a card on line that used the stripe from SU's Background Sampler and Zoofari. I bought both, and have used them some, but the card I saw has been floating m=in my brain~ but do you think I can remember where I saw it, or what it looked like? No, of course not! I know it had lots of layers, and I have to keep the cards for the hospital simple, so this will do!
CS is SU's Baha Breeze, stamped in Chocolate Chip using the stripe and also Papertrey's Polka Dot Basics. I colored the zebra using a blender pen and Baha Breeze ink. The dark brown frame is an unknown paper, but a deeper brown than either SU's or PTI's. The Baby Boy chipboard piece is from my 'toss it in there and maybe you will use it someday' bin.
Monday, November 10, 2008
The stamp set is bitty Baby Blessings, stamped on Stampers Select with Summer sunrise. I colored in the ducks with watercolor crayons, I have one from NeoColor that matches quite well. They were layered with Summer Sunrise and Lemon Tart with Marvy punches. The square card also uses last years SU In Color blue which is now unavailable, but listen to this!
Papertrey will be releasing a baby blue color named Spring Rain on Friday night! You can see the sneak peek on Nicholes blog here~ If you know about my baby card making, then you know how excited I am!
Back to the cards- the card with the oval medallion uses Summer Sunrise Dotted
Swiss ribbon, and some small Jesse James heart buttons. The square duck card uses teensy buttons.
Sweet! Special thanks to Tashers for this inspiration!!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
This is the PTI Casual Midweek Challenge #20~ I think I am up to the middle of August, lol... it was a sketch challenge; you can see the challenge here
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Today I am up early, to get to the QuickPick paper warehouse~ have you ever been to a warehouse of envelopes?? Swoon Swoon After that it will be to a Joanns Superstore we found, then up to Cranberry New Jersey to the Utrecht Art outlet store. Utrecht is the online site where I buy Prisma markers and pencils. I think I own almost every single pencil made, but hope to get some individual markers and maybe see some different kinds of watercolor crayons that can be bought individually.
Stay warm and dry, and I'll talk to you Sunday!
Friday, November 7, 2008
This card needs an explanation~ my SIL works for a company that does a lot of shipping in decorated boxes. She is in charge of those filled, decorated boxes. At the moment they are getting rid of all of last years decorated boxes and bows and what have you to make way for the bajillion boxes of this years. Last years were a combo of Ripe Avocado and Pure Poppy, believe it or not! The piece you see laying flat is a cut out box wrapper. The box it wrapped was about 3 inches square, and so the wrapper has score lines at the 3 inch points- make sense? I got about 6 or so of these wrappers, and wondered what to do with them!
Here's the result! I cut the squares apart, to get rid of the score line (that's why the ribbon runs across the middle). Layered it on Pure Poppy, tied it with Pure Poppy Dotted Swiss, then layered it on the PTI Blue metallic. 1, 2, 3, easy as pie! Makes me want to buy the other Marvy punches and make my own snowflake paper, lol!
Claire, I think I will make my SIL a square candle wrap, lol, I know you would!!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Every year my VBF and I go away to Stitches East, a yarn festival. For the past 10 years or so we have knit matching sweaters to wear. In a couple of hours we will get in the car to get our chubby little bodies down to Baltimore Maryland, and tomorrow we will wander the aisles patting all of the skeins of yarn and dreaming of which sweater we will knit in the coming year.
This year we knit a slip stitch pattern, but had no size pattern to go by; we sort of created it as we went. I had to use my sewing machine and cut off hunks of knitting, lol, to have mine fit the way I wanted. I used 5 different brands and colors of thinner worsted weight yarn, plus black. the majority of the yarn is Blue Faced Leister.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I cased this card from whoistracy over on Papertrey's forum. She cut out the bird but I couldn't figure out how my hands were going to preserve the beak... and I needed to do the CMWC # 19, so this card was born!!
The card and layer are PTI's Stampers Select cs, the blue cs and ribbon are SU's new Pacific Point. The bird from PTI's Birds of a Feather set is stamped in Palette's Beaux Arts Blue ink, the nest is Versafine Sepia, and the eggs are PTI's Ocean Tides.
He just called me to dinner, so I'll just say the rest should be obvious, lol!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Other than the water coloring (done with SU's soft Subtles WC crayons), this is a 5 minute card. The papers are Basic Grey Sugared 6 x 6 pad. the pink scalloped oval paper is from an unknown maker. The image is sponged with a combination of Papertrey's Ripe Avocado and SU's Old Olive. If I did it again I would used Papertrey's Spring Moss to start- my final green is a little more vibrant than the BG green paper. The ribbon is Papertrey's Sweet blush satin. I cut the ribbon hole by hand with a knife. There are little half pearls on the bottom right edge- and that's it!!
I work nights, and it exhausts me- I try and string them together so that I get a string of nights off in a row. this means that once a week there will be 3 days where I probably won't post anything. it just means I am spending some time making money so I can buy some new things!
While some people go to their space daily and do one thing, I do not. I go to my space daily, and usually create nothing. Really. Then, about once a week, in one span of a few hours, things will come cranking out a million miles an hour. Well, maybe not that fast, it depends on if I, drinking caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee. Today I made 7 cards in 4 hours-all different. One went in the trash (see the post below!), so that makes 6. is it better to post one or two at a time? I have no idea- if you have read this far and have an opinion, let me know!
Well, I tried- and it wasn't going too badly, until I went to cut out my image, and poof! the upper right corner diappeared! I have no idea how I did that, but I found the intsy 'ittle corner on the table top, so thought I could glue it down after I glued down the main image. It worked swell until I pounfed it down and rubbed with my finger...amd you guessed it... smudged the entire right corner. Sheesh. Had to start over, this time using Pallette Noir-
This is probably the longest it's ever taken me to do a PTI CMWC- 3 months and 3 hours!