Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cards That Never End...

Do you make a card that never ends?  You have an idea for a simple card in your head and you go to work on it.  But it doesn't just translate to paper the way you see it in your head....know what I mean?  So you stamp your image on white paper, wait for it to dry and then watercolor it...and cut it into a mat shape smaller than your card base.  Then you decide that doesn't look right so you corner round it.  Nope...that isn't going to do so then you decide to cut around the image leaving a little bit of white.  Doesn't quite work so you cut it again on the image line.  Then you remember you bought some new dies from Simon Says Stamp that are way cool postage stamp dies.  You get the correct sizes and proceed to cut them out.  You adhere your image to the smaller one and it just looks so plain so you think...ok, how about some embossing?  So you spend some time looking through your dozens of embossing folders and pick the one you always use anyway...the Swiss Dots.  So you emboss....and then you realize you debossed.  Not a huge problem, right?  You can just turn it over.  Not this don't like the way the die looks backwards because the edges of the die don't look uniform with the other die cut you've made.  You know how metal dies give that curved edge...well, it has to be curving the right way!  So you go get more paper and do another mat which you have to cut out with the dies and then emboss.  Then you assemble you card.  And you realize you need some Wink of Stella glitter on your flowers.  And the bunny nose.  And ears....and the stems of the flowers.....and after you have meticulously applied all of that....well then you decide the whole dang image needs it.  Oh....and I forgot about the part where I had stamped my greeting directly on the pink piece before embossing and then didn't like the way that looked either.  And of course stamping on the white banner took a couple of tries because it wasn't straight and if there is something that bugs the OCD in me it's when something isn't straight! LOL!!!!

And then you hate the card.  LOL!!!!

Not really....I don't hate it.  But what should have been fast and easy was NOT fast...maybe easy....but not fast.  

If you are bored to tears by my narrative.  I get it.

So instead of 4 Easter cards I only made 2.  And this is the bugger that took so long!

I used Distress Markers to water color.  The stamped ink is Simon Says Stamp as are the two colored cardstocks.  The stamps I used were from Mark's Finest Papers and were a gift from a friend.

I've entered this in the A Blog Named Hero: Challenge #42: Layer Cake.

And that's it for today!

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Two Weeks From Today!

We are moving right along towards our impending huge event!  2 weeks and counting until our wedding.  I don't mean "my wedding" of course....but I do own the boy getting married so I think it is appropriate to say "our wedding". :) Ok, I'm stretching it, I know.

2 weeks from now at this exact moment (7:20pm) the vows will have been said and we will be dining and imbibing at the reception.  My dress is at the tailor's and I will pick it up in a few days...thankfully, it only needed to have about an inch taken off the hem.  Lucky for me.  I have my table decorations mostly done except for adding fresh flowers which, of course, can't happen today.  I put labels that I created from a template found on the internet (thank you, Al Gore, for creating the internet!....I know, I know...he never said he invented it but he did and I quote say "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the internet".  I know he didn't mean he invented it but it has been great fun using that over the years!)   Anyway, I digress....I did find a template online...why reinvent the wheel and made these labels:
The nutrition label is just so fun!

We are giving those to out of town guests along with a little welcoming bag and will be using them as we prepare and beautify before the ceremony.  They were fun and fast to make.

I am only sharing these as I had already shown them to my future daughter in law.  Some of the other things are still a surprise for her and my son.

Here is a card I made to thank one of my friends who hosted the couples shower for them a few weeks back.

I used Amy Tangerine papers and a die from Simon Says Stamp called Circle on a Line.  It is a really great die!

The thank you sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp and was stamped on a scalloped punch piece.

Well, that's it for today.

Hope to see you again soon!

Happy Crafting!
During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.
During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.
During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.
During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.
During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

2 Weeks and 1 Day and Counting!

Oh my's been a while since I posted but I've been one busy lady! We are 15 days from my son's wedding and I don't think I could busier than I am right now. So much to do and crunch time is here. I have decided I am really grateful that I only have 1 daughter. I can see the stress the mother of the bride is under trying to get everything done. But I am sure that it will all be simply wonderful. I only have to do the rehearsal dinner, basically, and although there are still many details it is all coming together. I have made the table decorations as well as a few other details...but still lots on my list needing checking off. I can't show photos yet because I want it all to be a surprise. 

I miss my regular paper crafting but these little crafts have been fun, too. I can't wait to share with you what I did and will...but not until after the wedding.

 I did go to Washington, DC last week for a retirement ceremony for a friend and enjoyed my time there. I love it there.  I took this photo of the Capitol with the sun reflecting off the windows.

I loved seeing the Lincoln Memorial lighted at night.
And the Washington Monument's reflection in the Reflecting Pool was just lovely.
 I went to Arlington National Cemetery a couple of times because both of my parents are buried there.  It's an awe inspiring place, in my opinion.  I'm so grateful to all of those who have served our country.

It was rainy the second time I visited but still just as beautiful under gray skies.

I also went to the Pentagon at night to see the 9/11 Memorial.  It was so beautiful and the picture does not do it justice:

I bought a new camera recently as my Canon SX 230 broke.  I got the Canon SX 280 and was really please with the night time low light photos!

Anyway, I made a bunch of thank you notes for my daughter in law to use.  I think she appreciated them. 

Here are some samples:
The one above was made with the Stampin Up Bitty Banners die and stamp set.  I used some printed papers I had on hand.  So simple and a card I will duplicate again and again!

Green is D'Ann's favorite color so I made her some "thanks" cards with some Paper Trey Ink cardstock and ribbon and a Simon Says Stamp die.
Here is a closeup of the how that looks:
And that's it for today.  I might be AWOL again for a few days/weeks...but certainly not a month!

Happy Crafting!

Monday, March 24, 2014

So Happy For You

I had a little crafting mojo going last week.  A mysterious thing is that crafting ebbs and flows...waxes and wanes! ;)  If I just had someone I could hire to come in and clean up the mess I make when I create I'd probably have more waxing and's the prospect of cleaning up the huge mess I've made that prompts the waning and ebbing!

Anyway, I made this card for my son and future daughter in law for their shower yesterday with elements from a Simon Says Stamp kit.  It was inspired by a card by Stephanie Klauck HERE.

 I actually heat embossed the background with a Hero Arts background stamp but the image was so subtle that I decided to run it through my Big Shot with the Swiss Dots embossing folder.
I used LifeStyle Craft dies to cut out the circles to frame that oh so cute house and heart metal clip.
 The little heart was punched with a Martha Stewart punch and "Glossy Accented".
The inside was stamped with some Versafine black onyx ink and heat embossed with some clear embossing powder.  I love doing looks silver here in spots but I think that is just the way the light was hitting it because in real life it was perfectly black and shiny! 
Such a fun card to make!

OK, Mojo...where are you???

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

And Even More Vinyl Fun!

Two of my very dearest friends hosted a couples shower for my son and his bride to be today.  They did such a nice job...the food was great...the company was wonderful...and my son and his fiance' received some very nice gifts for their home.  The wedding date is April 26 so we are getting close!

I decorated a couple of tumblers.  Everyone thought they were cute and great...well, except for my son.  I think he had the "uh, yeah, right" look on his face.  At least he had the good sense to NOT roll his eyes when I was looking his way.  :)  Just kidding...he knew it was all in good fun.

I used Aharoni and Blackjack fonts and some images from the Silhouette online store (the lips and mustache) and cut them in Oracal vinyl 651 which means they can go through the dishwasher if need be.  

Here is the couple with their cups:
D'Ann is quite happy with the cup and Jeremy has that look on his face I know so well.  I can "read his bubble"....and it says "Yeah, right!"  We shall see....

I also decorated a package with some lettering which says "to the Mr. and Mrs. To Be".  It's difficult to see in this photo but it's there, I promise you.  I thought I had taken a photograph of it on my table here at home before the shower  but nope...I forgot!  Anyway, it's fun to use your diecut machine to spiff up an otherwise routine package, isn't it?
Well, that's it for now, my friends.....maybe I will actually post a bit more this week!

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Rain, Rain, It's OK!

Today here in the metro Atlanta area we have rain.  Not just a little drizzle here or there....but massive amounts of the wet stuff.
It would be a great day for cleaning out a closet (ain't gonna happen).
It would be a great day for cleaning a bathroom (ain't gonna happen).
It would be a great day for some laundry (uh...maybe...).
It would be a great day to read a book (yeah...).
It would be a great day for some paper crafting (OH YEAH!)!

I think that's what I will do.  I want to try my hand at some glass etching.  Sounds fun to me....

But before I get going I do have a few little chores to take care of.  Well, one big's doggie bathing time.  Shhh....don't tell her.  Otherwise she might hide and I won't be able to find her.  LOL!

Here are a few cards I made with some leftover papers from the Simon Says Stamp Card kit for September, 2013.
I enjoyed this kit but using the chalked printed papers was a bit of a challenge for me.  A challenge is always good for the brain, though.
Here are my very simple cards:
 The card above had the bicycle printed on the paper already.  I just hand drew and cut some clouds from complimenting papers....and added the little banner on some foam tape.  The kit came with the little banner stencil so it was oh-so-easy to create.  I used my distress tool to scuff up the edges a bit.
This card was just cut and slap on with some adhesive.  I just couldn't throw this paper into a card it was made!
I added the little wood veneer that came with the kit and adhered it with some Glossy Accents.  

And's another bicycle card.  The kit came with a cute metal bicycle kit that just had to get used!
Again, I just hand cut some clouds and added a "path".

Again, I used the distress tool for the edges.  Fun!

I hope you can join me in a crafty sort of day!

Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Giving Thanks

I am basically "creation-less" since I've been back from the beach almost a week ago.  My big accomplishment was getting all the STUFF I took with me put back in its place in my studio.  (I like calling it a sounds so artsy.  I don't usually call it a studio.  I usually just call it my scrapbook room.  BUT...since I do oh-so-much more than just plain old scrapbooking, I think STUDIO is just so way more appropriate! LOL!)  Anyway, I got all my toys put away and am now ready to get going on making some things. 

But while I was in Florida I also made this little card with scraps left from a Simon Says Stamp card kit.  Yeah, it's more a card for the Thanksgiving season...but I really think if I put the sentiment inside that said "For You" that it could be a great card to send anyone special to you.  You know?

It's done with mostly Lawn Fawn papers...don't you love the perfectly matched sequins?
This is another great way to use up some fun scraps....

Well, off to take care of some rehearsal dinner stuff.  Have a fun crafty day!