Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
A Beautiful Day!
I thought I'd share a little piece of our "beautiful day" with you. As I told you in a previous post, Savannah LOVES to get outside, so today I took them for a walk in their wagon. It was tough to take the picture and walk backwards at the same time, but when I would actually stop to take a picture, the girls would both sit there and stare at me blankly. In order to get smiles and laughs, we had to be moving! :) Arwen was so funny. She was thrilled with her voice and how the bumps in the road would make it sound. So, she would just sing "aaahhhh" and listen to her voice rumble, and then she and Savannah would laugh hysterically. It was pretty cute. Hopefully these beautiful days will just keep coming! No more snow and rain! :)
Small Square Pocket Card
More Basic Grey
It's supposed to be another beautiful day, here, so hopefully we'll get outside to play a bit. Savannah has been dying to get outside since the weather's been nicer. Everyday she wakes up, and if the sun is shining, she looks out the window and says "Mommy, it's a BEAUTIFUL day!" That's her way of saying "let's go outside and play!" :) Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!
Thursday, March 29, 2007
An Image With Punch
Today's Ways To Use It Challenge on SCS was called An Image With Punch. We were supposed to use punches in a creative way. This was a challenge for me because since I've seen lots of flowers made with the oval punches, that's all I could think of. . .and looking at the other submissions made it worse because other people made these adorable bunnies and penguins, etc. I had no idea what to do. Then it hit me. . .what about the things I absolutely LOVE? Yes, you guessed it. . .Ladybugs! I used different sized circle punches for each ladybug. The spots on the little ladybugs are hand drawn since trying to attach punched circles that small would have been nearly impossible! :) I added some piercings for ladybug trails, and also as an accent in the upper right hand corner to frame the focal point. The sentiment I thought perfect since it looked like the ladybugs were "convening". The red circles that I cut in half for the wings have little dimensionals underneath so the wings look like they're ready for flight. Now that I've made this, I might have to make a few more of them! It was pretty easy and perfect for friends you haven't seen in a while! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Fiskars Clear stamps, Girlfriends; Ink- Charcoal Fluid Chalk ink; Paper- DCWV olive, red, black; Accessories- various circle punches, black marker, scissors, dimensionals, paper piercer, Offray ribbon.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Notepad Holder Tutorial
Peel off backing of sticky strip and fold over the front cover so that the two ends (that fold in toward the inside of the folder) adhere to the back cover of the holder. (the third picture in this group shows what the front of the holder will look like when closed) Decorate the front of holder how you choose.
Take your 4.25"x1.25" piece of paper and stamp if you choose. (or just use patterned paper)
Turn stamped piece of paper over and apply sticky strip.
Remove backing and attach to pen.
Attach sticky strip to the back of the 3"x5" notepad , peel off backing and adhere notepad inside holder.
Insert pen in holder and there you have it. . .your very own notepad holder complete with pen!
I made this notepad holder a little while back, but I wanted to post a tutorial to go with it, so I held off on posting it until now. The tutorial is almost finished, so if you're interested, check back later today!
This holds a 3"x5" notepad, and even has a slot to hold a pen on the side! When I saw these, I thought they were so cute, but looked a little complicated. It really wasn't once I actually did it. Hopefully, you will find the tutorial helpful. I don't think the picture shows it very well, but there is a shadow of glitter around the kitty. It's really pretty when the light hits it!
The girls and I are taking my grandma shopping today (our weekly ritual), so I'll finish up the tutorial when we get back. Remember to check back later! Have a great day! SUPPLIES: Stamps- Pink Cat Studio, Cat Plate #1, alphabet; Ink- Black Fluid Chalk Ink; Paper- DCWV black, pink, olive, lime, watercolor paper; Accessories- Making Memories brads, word window punch, horizontal slot punch, Aquapainter and classic ink pads, Bic pen, ribbon from Michael's, Dazzling Diamonds glitter.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Great Mail Day!
Super Sketch Sunday #8
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Virtual Stamp Night (Part Two)
Virtual Stamp Night (Part One)
Friday, March 23, 2007
Limited Supplies Challenge
This card was for today's Limited Supplies Challenge, Bundle of Joy, on SCS. It was to make a neutral baby card that could be for either a boy or a girl. This card is pretty simple. The only different thing I did was pulled out my Fiskars Texture plates and used the Critters plate. I ran it through my Cuttlebug. You couldn't see the "critters" very well, so I sanded the paper to make them pop out of little more. The heart is a Sizzix die that I doodled on. I cut around the bear's hand with a craft knife so that I could tuck the heart under his hand to give the appearance that he is holding it. The bear was colored with Prismacolor pencils, gamsol and a stump. The sentiment is actually from a Studio G $1 clear stamp set that I got at Michael's. I used the ticket corner punch on the celery piece of cardstock, attached it to a piece of dark brown with dimensionals, then added the aged copper brads at the corners. So, do you think this card is neutral? I thought the pink heart and the "ruffled" ribbon gave it a little feminine flair. :) Well, I'm going to try to do some of the challenges on VSN. Hopefully I'll be able to post them here. . .but maybe not until tomorrow. Have a good night! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- SU Bundle of Joy, Studio G $1 stamp; Ink- Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel; Paper- DCWV cream, dark brown, SU Certainly Celery; Accessories- aged copper brads, ticket corner punch, horizontal slot punch, Fiskars Critters Texture plate, Cuttlebug, Sizzix die, craft knife, Prismacolor pencils, gamsol, stump, sanding block, May Arts ribbon.
More Gorgeous Ribbon
I made this card a while ago, but it was very plain, so I decided to add this beautiful ribbon to it to dress it up. This is more of the May Arts ribbon that came in my wonderful package! I love it! I just can't get enough of this ribbon. At least I'm actually USING it instead of hoarding it, right?! This is a set I haven't used for a while, Natural Beauty. The word background is stamped in Versamark on three different colors of cardstock. The butterfly is cut out, wire antennae added and mounted on dimensionals. SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- SU Natural Beauty, Everyday Flexible Phrases; Ink- Versamark, Basic Black, Old Olive, Baroque Burgundy; Paper- Basic Black, DCWV Olive, Burgundy, Cream, Brown; Accessories- wire, dimensionals, May Arts Ribbon, Aquapainter.
For anyone that's interested, tonight starts Virtual Stamp Night over at Splitcoast! It begins tonight at 7pm, and continues again tomorrow from 12pm until 11pm. If you're interested, check it out and come join the fun! I'm hoping my girls will let me participate! :) I participated in my first VSN last month and had a BLAST! You will too! Have a great day!
Thursday, March 22, 2007
My Heart Always
Start Everyday With a Smile
I got my GORGEOUS blog candy package from Beate yesterday! I was so excited! I couldn't believe how much wonderful stuff was in there! It was VERY hard to part with any of it, let alone actually cut the ribbon. . .oh my! The beautiful dance card that was in the package inspired me to dig out my long-neglected Edgy Eloquence set. I really love that set, but once it got put away I kinda forgot I had it. In order to get the sentiment in one line (rather than 3 lines on the actual stamp), I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect positioning. Even though I cleaned the stamp in between each stamping, I still got a little bit of left over ink where the previously inked portion of the stamp touched the cardstock, so that's why the skinny piece of pink scrapbooking tape by Heidi Swapp appeared on the card! :) I thought it matched perfectly with the big Prima Jamaican flower and pink polka dot May Arts ribbon, which were both part of my package. I added the black piece of cardstock with the ribbon, and a punched circle of it behind the flower to balance the sentiment. I also thought the black brads added a nice touch. Hope you started today with a smile! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- SU Edgy Eloquence; Paper- Whisper White, Basic Black; Accessories- May Arts ribbon, Prima Jamaican flower from the Caribbean Collection, Making Memories brads and small flower, Heidi Swapp scrapbooking tape, circle punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
I have wanted to try this trifold card since Beate's tutorial. I just LOVE the look of it, and it's just so darn cute! Once I got the one in the mail from Beate, I just knew I was going to be addicted to making these! They are pretty quick and relatively simple. . .and did I mention they're just so darn cute? I used my new Butterfly Kisses stamp set from Paper Trey Ink. I loved this set before I got it, but the more I play with it, I love it even more! I got this color combo from a card that Julie Ebersole did a little while ago that was just so crisp and cool. The colors just make me think of Spring! Hope you have a wonderful first day of Spring! Thanks for visiting! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Butterfly Kisses, Paper Trey Ink; Ink- Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Black Fluid Chalk Ink; Paper- Night of Navy, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, DCWV Patterned Paper; Accessories- blue organdy ribbon, navy grosgrain, paper piercer, blender pen
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Another for the Color Challenge
Ever Not Like Your Card?
Monday, March 19, 2007
Nugget Box Tutorial for 8 pieces (2x4)
SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED:
-5"x6.25" piece of cardstock for the box
-4 1/16"x7 3/8" piece of cardstock for the sliding cover
-paper cutter with scoring blade
-8 pieces of cardstock measuring 1"x3.25" for the candy wrappers
Step 1 (the box)
Take your 5"x6.25" piece of cardstock and score both 5" sides at 5 1/8" and 5.75". Turn the cardstock and score both 6.25" sides at 3 7/8" and 4.5". (I've traced the score lines with a white gel pen so you can see what your score lines should look like when you're finished).
Put the tabs along the longer side of the "box" and then fold that side over the tabs. Repeat on other long side.
Fold over the two short sides to form the box.
Step 7 (the sliding cover)
Take your 4 1/16"x7 3/8" piece of cardstock and score the 4 1/16" side at 3.25", 3 15/16", and 6.75". (I've traced the score lines with a white gel pen so you can see what they should look like when finished). You would also want to stamp this piece now if you choose.
Turn this piece over and apply sticky strip to the 3/8" section of the paper as shown in photo.