Monday, April 30, 2007

cuttle bug swap card Faux Embossing

This is a Cuttle Bug Swap card I have been working on, I think it turned out great, it is always so hard waiting to see what you get in return. Anyhow, this is how the card was made.
I ran the blue through my Xyron before I used the Asterisks Die Cut from Cuttle Bug. Then I took off the Dies and placed them on the blue paper. (My "blue paper" is a retired SU color.) Then I cut the floral Dec paper (from Mike's sale rack also now discontinued) and mounted both these pieces on white card stock. Next I attached Offray ribbon on the back and tied on a bow. This piece of card stock was next mounted on the Celery card. The sentiment was stamped and sponged in Celery then mounted on celery and blue card stock all of the sentiment pieces were punched with the ticket corner punch. I had some trouble with the sticker back card stock cutting all the way through, any ideas? If you do this embossing tech. make sure you use a strong adhesive and get all of the edges for the best effect. Thank you for looking today!

Scrap File

I made my own version of this accordion holder the instructions found here are very good! Now that my scraps are organized I decided to make this tote so I can take it along to Shoebox swaps and to my Sisters house and when I get home I can put everything in its place. I also plan on making one just for my Dec. paper scraps. I hated this paper pack I purchased from SU so I put it to good use and it doesn't look so bad now. On the inside I used Brochure envies and my folder is held closed by magnets. Make sure you try the link and make one of your own they are fun.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Shoebox swap last card of the week

This Shoebox swap card was prepared by Barb D. It used the DD daisy set that is retired. We Foux stitched on the pixie pink card stock then on the white we stamped the small daisy in pixie and purple (I do not know the correct color). Next the daisy was stamped again in both colors and a black border added. The stems were stamped on Celery with black ink, on my Celery piece I chose to put three black brads using my new piercing template. This was another fun card this week, thanks Barb!
Everyone have a great day, I will be back tomorrow with a new Card of the week!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Shoebox Swap DD Pines

This is another shoebox swap card from this week, this one is by Amy D. (Thank you Amy for a great card!) I have had this set for years, it was originally purchased to do a border in our master Bedroom but I have used it on many cards. I will try and find a photo of the border, it was really cool. This is how she had it set out for us: Moose stamped on Vanilla in CC and twine was taped to the back of the vanilla, then this was mounted on CC paper. Next the garden green was stamped in CC using the pine branch and that was mounted on CC paper. All pieces were mounted to vanilla card stock.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Shoebox Swap Temp Turqouise

This is one of the cards made last night at the shoebox swap. Barb's Sister is in town and this was her swap card, I love it. This is how we made it: first I used Lexicon of Love with Temp. Turquoise on white card stock. Then this was punched out so the main word was centered in the square. Next I used the tag corner punch on the turquoise card stock. The squares were mounted on the tag then using the word window punch on Cool Caribbean and mounted that to the tag with a white square brad. The three tags were mounted on Cool Caribbean with pop dots and Celebrate was stamped in Turquoise. Flowers were punched using the spring Bouquet flower punch and mounted with a pop dot the centers were made with SU gel pen. Next I mounted the cool Caribbean front to Turquoise and placed it on a card. Thanks for a great card! In the next few days I will post more.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

SCS CC111 This link will take you to today's gallery on Splitcoaststampers, the gallery is full of sympathy cards for VT. This was a color challenge of pumpkin pie, Burgundy and artichoke (as with all color challenges if you do not have the color you can sub with something similar. Thank goodness I sorted my scraps and had very little of these colors but I made it work this is how. I ran artichoke and burgundy throught the xyron then out of the burgundy I punched my flowers, and cut my artichoke. In the center of the flowers I put orange brads from Making Memories. The edges of the white are sponged in burgundy, I had no color of ribbon so I used gold cord. This could have been my limited supply challenge, HA HA HA. May God Bless all of the Families affected by this tragedy!

Sorting Scraps

As promised here is my system for sorting scraps. Up to now I have just been throwing them in the plastic sweater box and hoping the lid will shut. When my Sister brought me her scraps I knew I had to do something else and this is what it was. My girls and I sorted paper for two days, YIKES! First we went for color families like green, blue, red etc. Next we took those piles and sorted out the shades and colors for instance greens, we had Celery, Galore, Glorious and so on. We took those stacks and cut the scraps down so nothing was taller than 5" and slipped the color into a releasable bag from Uline (I did part with the scraps that were less than an inch). Next we wrote the name on the outside of the bag. This continued 'til all paper was sorted and bagged, now I can fit everything back into the same box and the lid will close! I believe it is very important to save your scraps, we even found some retired colors.

Monday, April 23, 2007

This one is for the boys

Being the Mother of three girls, I guess I sometimes forget to craft for the boys. This week I made a Magnet for my Nephew, I did his room in this set about five years ago now my younger Nephew is enjoying the space. This is how it was made: First I cut the card stock to fit the 4 by 6 photo magnet. Next I stamped the car and mounted it on real red, yo yo yellow and brilliant blue. I then mounted the ribbon on the back for the pencil and place the notebook on the outside of magnet. I die cut the zoom out in yo yo yellow using the Sizzix. The last step was to stamp on sticker paper to make the pencil.

Shoe box swap cards for Tuesday

I am getting ready for our Shoe Box swap on Tuesday. This is the card I came up with, I have been playing with the embossing templates all weekend, such fun! One simple tip i have is to save your scraps! My girls and I spent Sunday sorting scraps, I will post a photo later. Now it is fun hunting up a small piece for mounting and I realized that I did have almost every SU color even some retired ones, YES!
For our swap we make three cards per person, you bring everything you need to complete the card you designed. Well thanks to organizing my scraps I had enough to make 15 of this style for the swap, WOW! Here is how I did them: Embossed card stock with Cuttle Bug Happy Birthday folder, stamped image of candles from Tags and more in black Staz-on then I colored them with markers. Sponged the edges and mounted on Pink Passion paper. The happy Birthday saying is from an unknown SU set, (I am lazy don't want to hunt through my catalogs) this was stamped in Tempting Turquoise and edges sponged then mounted on Tempting Turquoise card stock. Simple card yet I love it.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Notebook Mulligan

Top photo is second try at notebook with offray ribbon, Su Dec paper, so saffron card stock (green card stock unknown supplier) and floral hardware clips from Hobby lobby.
This photo was the first notebook that I did not like I used the Cri-cut with More mustard and white card stock the book is covered with SU dec paper.

On Friday I made the first notebook with letters cut with the Cri-cut we tried the shadow alphabet and top. (Couldn't get it to work - go figure) they just did not fit right. Not to mention we couldn't get the Xyron card stock to stay still on the pad. So by the photo you can see how the letters are a little mutilated and they don't stick down good. There is one plus we did get the flowers to cut out correctly and they did stick well, I do like the flowers. Overall I did not like how this looked so on Saturday I took it apart and tried again with a Sizzix Die and this is what I came up with a monogram mounted on card stock, some ribbon and flower clips. I can live with this notebook but I wish I could make it pop more, any ideas?

Saturday, April 21, 2007

The Good Stuff

My Sister did leave me her Sizzix and plenty of Dies to keep me busy for a long time. Now you talk about a great machine that will do die cuts and embossing this is the one I wouldn't be without. In fact Mike's is selling them off at a great price and I am getting one of my own. (She will let me share the Dies so It won't cost me a fortune, that is the best part.) Also wanted to inform you that the Cuttlebug Dies and Embossing folders work wonderfully in the Sizzix. The Sizzix will also cut good when you have run your card stock through the Xyron were as the Cri-Cut slipped around and caused major WASTE, I don't like that at all. I used the Cuttlebug Embossing folder Traffic Jam and the Die funky square frames to create this Temp Turq and black Celebrate card. This was a color challenge and Card sketch on SCS here are your links to those Galleries. Make sure you take some time and visit you will find many, many wonderful things.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Play Date

Yes, my Sister is coming over today and bringing her new toy (the Cricut) I can't wait to see what it does. I have seen a short demo on public TV and check out the web site but never used it. She is also the proud owner of the Sizzix line of products so I thought I would go to Mikes since Sizzix is 60% off this week and get a one so I could borrow some of her dies. Guess what, they are not sure if they are getting more in it seems that the company is coming out with something new. I hate this when it happens it gives me a complex, I get used to the old and am not good with change. Anyway I am on a wait list they wouldn't even give a rain check! I have seen the online store, I may have to break down and pay shipping if I want one that badly. I will post at a later time the fun stuff we come up with today, right now I have a 17 Month old crawling around my legs who wants to play.

How about More Magnets!

I have had lots of fun the past couple of days making these! Next week I am goning to start some holiday examples. They are so cute and really do not take a long time to make and the end result is GRAND!
  1. For the top example I used the Girlfriends and Girlfriend Accessory stamps from SU. They were stamped in basic black and colored in with markers. Edges were sponged in Temp. Turq. and the sayings were stamped in the same color. The Dec. paper was from Hobby Lobby and the SU card stock colors are pink passion and Temp. Turq. I blinged up the prima flowers with sticky rhinestones, not sure the maker. Ribbon is from Offray, I usually stock up at Mikes and this week it is on sale 5 for $1.00, Yahoo! I find the colors are a good match to SU colors.
  2. For the bottom photo I used the Happy Harmony set from SU. Flowers were stamped in Celery and blue (a retired color) I am sure you can find a new color that will work great with the dec. papers. For the Dec papers they came from SU's Sarah line, (hey look at that they named a paper set for me)! I used my new Giga Scallop punch for the squares then mounted them on card stock. For an extra touch on this one I used a small strip of sticky tape to adhere micro beads.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Magnetic Personality

This is a fridge 4 by 6 magnetic frame photo holder, I altered it to hold a notebook and pencil. This is how you make it:

Supplies Needed

  • 4 by 6 magnetic photo holder

  • notebook (post-it notes)

  • Golf pencils

  • Red line sticky tape

  • Ribbon

  • Stamps, ink, cardstock, paper cutter, punch and dec. paper

Steps to make

  1. Cut 4 by 6 piece of cardstock

  2. Cut 3 3/4" by 5 3/4" piece of cardstock

  3. Mount the two pieces of card stock (I then stamped a saying above where I was going to place the notebook)

  4. Stamp image (for my image I did reverse masking with Happy Harmony SU set, colors used were Mellow Moss and Cranberry Crisp)

  5. Mount your image on colored cardstock, after your 4 by 6 background is finished slip it inside the holder

  6. Decorate your notebook (on my notebook I sponged edges in Cranberry Crisp, punched a square out of Dec paper then mounted it on cardstock and then the notebook)

  7. Cut Dec paper to 1" by 3 1/8" (size of golf pencil used), cover back of paper with redline tape 1" wide, peel off tape liner and attach paper to pencil, make sure you burnish it down with bone folder or scrapper

  8. Attach pencil to binding of notebook with ribbon

  9. Attach notebook to the outside of magnetic frame with redline tape

Monday, April 16, 2007

Envies for Tri Tri Cards

The challenge on SCS again for today is the Tri Tri card. I have been reading the thread and posted there how I was taught by Barb D. how to make an envelope for these cards:

  • Business size envelope

  • Fold in the ends to meet up at the center point

  • Unfold envelope

  • Fold sides back in

  • Fold top Down

Now I am not sure on the cost of mailing these because of the odd size, so for today I mounted my Challenge cards on a regular size card front. (See the post below.)

This is the card and Envie I made at the Swap.

Thanks again Barb for the wonderful Shoebox Swap card and Envelope.


The challenge on Splitcoaststampers today was a Tri fold card. I made mine and added an extra piece of cardstock to make it easier to mail. I really love the way the came out. Here is how you can play along: follow the link back to today's challenge thread then if you have never made a trifold card click on this tutorial it will also take you to SCS and show you how to get started. For this card I used SU dec paper, mellow moss and chocolate chip cardstock. First I took the steps to make the triangle card then I mounted it on Mellow moss cardstock the usual 4 1/4" by 5 1/2". Next I cut the side strips and mounted them. For the closure I got creative and use a strip of Chocolate Chip taped it to the inside triangle and made sure it was mounted where the photo flip would hold the card closed well. (Didn't think my hardworking Hubby would enjoy ribbon on his Father's Day Card.) The stamp set used was Lovely as a Tree.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Leonardo Da Vinci

Click the Leonardo da Vinci link above to find out more about one of the Masters.
The photo on the right shows how I found this project unfinished, all pieces were cut I needed to stamp some more pieces and just complete the card, not real hard, wonder what stopped me the first time from completing the project.

I was watching the History Channel a few months back and they were running stories on Da Vinci and his unfinished work. Hum, I thought I could be the next Leonardo with all of the unfinished projects I have. Well, guess not. So then I decided to start finishing some of my piles and wala, today I have six completed cards. I may even send them in to a swap I have not made up my mind on that yet. And what a grand masterpiece they turned out to be.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Happy Harmony

I have been working on recycling containers that have been piling up around the house. This canister is an empty drink mix container that you can purchase at Wal-Mart. Our family goes through tons of this drink, no sugar no calories!! I will be posting a tutorial on how it is made later. The card that goes with was made using SC119 layout from SCS you can find more cards here and get some great ideas. This card was actually made using two challenges this week the other was CC109 Real Red, Basic Black and Sage (I substituted Mellow Moss).

Monday, April 2, 2007

Easter Cards

I have my Easter Cards finished and ready to go in the mail what a wonderful feeling. I also took this card to a shoebox swap last week we had lots of fun. Here is how it was made, the background I used Homespun plaid with Regal Rose, then I stamped the circle using Celery blotted once, the Bunny is stamped in celery also. Then I set up my type stamps to say Happy Easter in a circle and stamped it in Regal Rose. Next you layer cardstock, ad some ribbon and you have one fun Easter card.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

WT106 an image with punch

WT106 an image with punch was the SCS challenge on Thursday. Took me a while to get my sample uploaded and watermarked for my blog but here it is, it seems to be a popular card for responses on SCS. I made the card using my fun faces stamp set and two punches, the maple leaf and spiral. For the pumpkin I cut three circles and layered them, then I took my black sharpie and outlined the top circle. The inside of the card reads ...or Treat. This was a fun challenge for me I love my punches. You can find the other cards in this challenge here: