Monday, March 31, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
I think I have told you that in a week - April 1 -we are going to start a contest here on my blog. It will be quite fun and you will have to put on your thinking hat for this. I have brought in judges for the event and I have already started buying the prizes. I covet all of them.
Stay tuned to find out what the fun is going to be.
I did take a fun class tonight - acetate cards. Interesting and I think I will be brave enough to do this on my own now. I did buy some the premade acetate cards - now I wonder - where did I put them.
Everyone have a great evening.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Today I am sharing a spring card. I was picking up and found the envelope that matches the hand made paper - the lavendar and bright pink are hand made papers - I found these in the Dollar Spot at JoAnn's. It include the paper and envelopes. I had that small scap of patterned paper so the size of the envelope and the scap of patterned paper were the jumping off inspiration points for this card. I put a piece of the lavendar hand made paper through the Cuddlebug Swiss Dot folder to give the paper some dimension. The sentiment was computer generated. The ribbon is from Hobby Lobby - it had wire in it - so I just pulled that out (Hint - save that wire - it is great for doing bead embellishments, etc - found object). Some flowers from the flower drawer - I believe I put some sparkle on the brads. Little bling flowers added to the patterned paper and tag ($1 spot at Target). The card has already gone to my Mom - she loves flowers - and spring can't come soon enough for her so she can get outside and watch her flower gardens grow.
Everyone have a wonderful Easter week end. I will be on the road.
Did I tell you - in April we are going to have a little fun on this blog. Are you excited? On Monday, I will start dropping some hints.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Tonight the Badgers play their first game. Go Bucky. UW-Whitewater women's basketball team is in the final 4 for Division 3 - hope they come home with the trophy - hopefully I can find a radio station to listen to it on.
Another Easter card tonight. More paper from Moxxie. Highlighted the bellies and ears of the bunny with a glitter pen. Computer generated sentiment. Added some flowers from the flower drawers with a brad which was accented with some stickles. I am sure it brightened the day of one of little nieces.
Everyone have a wonderful evening.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
This card was done for a swap on Cococat's Card Site. The same image is sent to whoever wants to participate - it is always fun to see how everyone used the design.
Image - stamp unknown
Sentiment - Gina K Designs - embossed in white
Colored with Prismacolors
Paper Two Scoops from Basic Grey
Acrylic Snowflake - Heidi Swapp - painted on the backside with pink acrylic paint
Tomorrow flowers or Easter - something springy.
Monday, March 17, 2008
St. Patricks Day is almost over - we had a party at work so there was way too much food to eat and of course there will be leftovers tomorrow. Not good for the diet - if you were on one. Went out to dinner with my Ya Ya's - we had not been together since October and we usually get together once a month. It was good to see each other and to catch up on what is going on in our lives - friends like that are very special. We shared a toast to friendship.
My friend Ivanka challenges herself on Monday to use supplies from her stash - some of the paper that is aging so well in a drawer somewhere. I decided to join her and opened up a drawer next to my computer desk - it was quite interesting - there was decent paper in there. This paper was bright and cheerful. I can remember making cards out of this before so I must have had several sheets. Very simple design. Added some pen stitching and got some big flowers out of the flower drawer to add to the card front. I had this big brad from Imganiece - I fussy cut one of the flowers from the patterned paper and Mod Podged it onto the brad - I added a layer of the Sparkle Mod Podge over the top of the brad. I added some Stickles to the center of the flowers. The rub on is from October Afternoon.
It is a fun card that some one will enjoy.
So next Monday, dig into your old supplies and make a card.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
I just hate Sunday evenings – it means I have to go back to work the next day. Up early – I am still adjusting to that time change. Spring Ahead is almost killing me yet – but in a couple weeks I will be OK.
I got to do some creating today so that was fun. I made some Easter cards that I can get into the mail this week. I am just one birthday card behind yet. It is for an 8 year old – gee I wonder how old my great niece is.
Busy week – a life this week – tomorrow having dinner with my Ya Ya’s. Of course I will not be hungry because we are having a party at work tomorrow for St. Patrick’s Day. I took the easy route – guacamole – and chips. Chiropractor appointment on Tuesday – that winter snow shoveling has been hard on my back and on Thursday – I get my taxes done. Sure hope it is good news.
Today’s card is for two different challenge – Beate’s and Caardvark’s transportation themed card. My niece’s husband is starting a new job in a couple weeks so I wanted to send him a card. I don’t believe Dan has ever gotten a card from me.
This is a very loose interpretation of Beate’s design and has a transportation theme for the Caardvark's challenge.
Stamp: Stampin! Up
Dimensional Sticker: K&Company
I found these sets at JoAnn’s – small pads of paper and you can get all the accessories at decent prices – of course – they were 40% when I got them. I will get another grouping when they go on sale again.
Stay tuned – there will be a set given away for a contest coming in April. We are going to have some fun on this blog in April. Come back to find out what it is.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Before Paper Therapy there was Dirt Therapy and it is still good therapy - feeling the sunshine on your shoulders as you pull the weeds and find the flowers - hopefully find the flowers. Of course, I always get lots of company as I gardent - the little ones from the neighborhood always stop by and talk or sometimes they want to help - I give them a little scoop and a place where they can dig and not harm anything.
Soon - well maybe looking at that pile - June. What is your bet on when this pile melts out of my flower garden.
Oh did I tell you - in April - we are going to have some fun on this blog so stay tuned.
No post tomorrow - I am going to see a musical. I did make an Easter card tonight - someone at works wants to buy some so I want to give her a few to choose from and then I will also have some to mail out also.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
How do people come up catchy titles for each time they blog. I need to reread that chapter in "Blogging for Dummies". Another busy day at work and tomorrow will be extra long.
Tonight I am coloring an image with some Twinkling H2O's. I haven't had those out for a long time. I have a few copics but not enough to color something well - I do have the Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol and have done some coloring with those. My daughter had a nice set - she did lots of art in high school and 4 H and was not using her collection so I just borrowed them from her. This is one area of my cardmaking I want to expand on - I did not go to kindergarten so maybe that is my problem.
I actually went to a one room country school - for the first several years all eight grades were in the school, then we combined with another school so we only had 4 grades in the one room. Finally in 5th or 6th grade - they combined 5 schools - and we went down to 2 grades together. It was a wonderful education and I had wonderful teachers. I actually was named after my first grade teacher - no I was not the nameless child - she just happened to be my Mom's best friend in high school and I was lucky enough to have her as a teacher. More on education in the back woods of Wisconsin in another post.
Tonights card was another one I gave my assistant. I was playing with some stamps so the bird image was just laying around on my table so I decided to finally make it into a card.
Patterned Paper - Making Memories
Bird Stamp - Autumn Leaves
HI stamp - Studio G - I think I will get my dollar's worth out of this little stamp
Ink - what else - my favorite - Chestnut Roan - Chalk Ink from ColorBox
Brads - Paper Studio
Everyone have a good evening - probably no post tomorrow night.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Good Tuesday evening.
Today Wisconsin went into mourning with the retirement of Brett Favre. He has given Packer fans some wonderful memories. A new era in Packer history will start from this day forward - but can't you understand when he says he was "mentally tired" - don't all of our jobs do that to us sometimes. I know mine does and today was one of those. Good luck Brett - have a wonderful retirement.
On to cardmaking - how exciting - I found out I was one of the winners over on the micro challenge on Caardvarks. It was the card I posted on Sunday with the Cuddlebug embossing folder. How fun - I won some new stamps - always nice to win new supplies.
I gave my assistant a pack of assorted cards for her birthday. This is one of the cards I gave to her -
the flower is fabric
Bazzill cardstock base
Patterned paper - Cloud 9 Design™
Rub Ons - K & Co
Buttons: American Crafts™
Trim: American Crafts™
In between the squares was the words I love to quilt - she is a quilter so I cut one of these phrases out and glued it inside the knot. The button has a skinny scrap of fabric pulled through the holes and tied in a knot. I also used my machine to stitch around the square. Don't remember for sure - but I imagine I adhered the fabric to paper with Heat N Bond Lite - you can sew through this without damaging your machine.
Well off to stare at paper (I do lots of that in the evening).
Monday, March 3, 2008
wow it is amazing how wonderful colors turn out on a picture with a little sunshine. Actually I took this card to work with me and I took the picture there - put a couple boxes on top of each other with a piece of white paper on top of the boxes. Wonderful big windows with a southern exposure. I should take all my pictures at work. It would be a nice break for the madness.
I knew I wanted to use the patterned paper so I went digging through my bags of scraps and came up with the lavendar matting. This was lavendar cardstock which I had sprayed with the white webbing spray paint from Kylon - if you haven't tried it - it gives a very interesting affect to your paper. Purple felt flower from the dollar bin at JoAnn's. Forever Friends stamp is Hampton Art Stamps. The little flower is from see D's lil' stamps. Chalk ink from Colorbox. Patterned paper is American Crafts - The Goods.
I went to a class tonight at my LSS - we played with some of the Tim Holtz products. It was fun to goop around with stuff without having to go out and buy them. When the sun shines again - I will take pictures and post them - 2 cards and a tag. In a couple weeks I have signed up to take an acetate class - can't get brave enough to try this on my own. Char and Maureen do a nice job with their classes and you know you will come home with some fun stuff.
Everyone have a good evening - I actually have some more cards to post - I gave some to my assistant for her birthday - so now I can post them.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Today's card is for the micro challenge over on Caardvarks.
The challenge is to just use cardstock on your card. Leaves are a favorite subject of mine and while looking for something I found this foam stamp I had gotten at JoAnn's in their dollar bin. Inked it up with some ColorBox chalk ink from Clearsnap and stamped it on some cream cardstock. Added a rub on from Crate Paper. Matted the image with dark brown cardstock. The brads are from American Crafts. The card base is 5.25 square. I brushed a mixture of brown and green acrylic paint along the edge of the card to add a little depth to the card base. A very fun, simple card to use - acrylic paints would have been fun to use on the foam stamp also.
Hint: to make sure your brads are in the same spot in each corner - make a template with the hole for the brad in it - line it up in each corner - magic - all your brads are in the same spot on each corner.
Rain tomorrow - yeah - guess I will be doing battle water in the basement - yuck. All this snow has got to go someplace - hopefully not too much in my basement - going to be in the 40's tomorrow - Wisconsin folks will probably be out in their shorts and flip flops.