Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Donkey Pyramids

This donkey stamp is so stinking cute.  He's a lot of fun.  Today I've used the masking technique to stamp the pyramid of donkeys. (Incidentally, spell check does not like the word donkies and has suggested I use the word honkies or dinkies instead.)  Since, neither of these fit, I will leave this group of asses to their outstanding pyramid building skills.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Parisian Style

This is a design you've seen before.  It's easy, it's fun and I think it's very classy.  Also, this is the only stencil that I have this size.  I'm going to start keeping my eye out for others.  I did add a little loop of the black and white striped ribbon.  That seems Parisian in the right combination.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Water Spritzer and Markers

This card was inspired by a tutorial I saw on I often go to the Tutorial Gallery to find instructions on a certain technique or find something new to try. Each Wednesday they add a new tutorial on some other fantastic idea someone came up with. The give you step-by-step instructions and pictures. It's worth a look. Check it out.

This one turned out fun and was very easy. I did 2 versions of this one. You can't see, but I added spots of glitter on the centers of the flowers. It gives it a nice pop in person. (Clarence also mentioned I had glitter on my face...not something I intended, but a hazard of my hobby.) All you do for this one is color on the stamp with your markers, then take a water spritzer and give it a spritzer or 3 of water and stamp it on the paper. I left these blank, but you could easily add a sentiment to the front or leave it as it is.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Candy Corn is Yummy and Pretty!

This idea is a total copy from Woman's Day magazine front cover of the October 2010 issue (  These are really easy too!  Wreath, black duct tape, big bag of candy corn, and a glue gun. I ran a bead about 5 inches long, set the candy corn, then added another and kept on going.  I made this while sitting in the living floor.  Annie was a beggar and really liked the candy corn.  I gave her about 4 of the broken ones.  Boxer came in to see what was going on and Annie hopped up and stood over the bowl of candy corn and guarded it.  Silly!

I made 2 of these. One is for our house, the first one below.  Tomorrow, I'll get some thick black ribbon and a nice hook to hang it on.  Perhaps, that'll be my next project.  Making a hook.  The second one with the orange ribbon is for Trey, my nephew.   He loves candy corn too.  Hopefully, I'll get it in the mail to him tomorrow.

I love this time of year! The colors are so beautiful.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Halloween Wreath

The intent was to make a wreath out of candy corn, like the one on the front of Woman's Day magazine this month.  I got a little distracted as you can tell, but I will be making one of those soon.  I'm going to get a better glue gun than the one I paid $1 for at least 8 years ago before I start that one.

Here's the Halloween wreath that I did end up making for the front door this evening. It was pretty quick and painless. I really like the way it turned out and the total cost was around $15.  The "BOO" sign is made out of scrapbook paper scrap, the letters are chipboard covered with glitter paper and to stabilize the sign, I ran a piece of homemade chipboard (piece of cereal box) through the Big Shot.  I didn't end up using all the supplies that were in the first picture.  So, I guess that I'll have to make something with them next. :)

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Distress Ink Leaves

So, Anna and I have been collecting Distress Inks for quite some time.  We have had a desire to use it, but not completely sure what to do with it other than stamp.  Distress Ink creates a nice worn color, not a solid sharp color like 'regular' ink.  We've seen some neat projects and I've finally decided to see what I could do with this too.  I started with a white sheet of paper and put little patches of color around, blending the edges.  Then, I stamped over it with this awesome leaves stamp set and cut them out.  Below is the result.  Aren't these cool?!  I have a few ideas with what I'll do with these leaves, so this is just step one.  You'll see these another time used on a project or card.  :)

This picture shows the table that I took the picture on.  It gives you a reference as to how these are laying.  The picture above looks like they are all stamped on one sheet of paper, but these are actually all cut out and laying on a white sheet of paper.
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Monday, September 13, 2010

A Card with Scraps

I made this card with scraps of paper that were left over from my framed scrapbook paper pictures for wall art.  The scraps have been sitting on my desk starring at me, so I finally put them to work.  There's a white metal grommet at the bottom right.  It didn't come through very well in the picture, but adds nice texture in person.  I think it makes a great card that you can send to anyone for any reason and the colors are so cheerful.  I would call this an "any purpose" card; good to have on hand for any type of note.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Waterfall Card - It's so easy a caveman could make one!

This technique is called the waterfall card. My sister once bought a template to make these and it had instructions that weren't so easy to follow. We saw the people that sold them at a stamp expo and requested a demonstration, hoping it would clear up our confusion. Well, we received an "it's so easy a caveman could do it" look, along with some attitude and an explanation at the quickest pace possible without having to take a breath. It was quite the burden on this lady, obviously. Needless to say, we left with a bad taste in our mouth from that vendor. (And still perplexed at how we wind up running into such *pleasant* people all the time. It NEVER fails!)

Not to worry! The internet has come through for me again! I found measurements, instructions, and several different videos on how to make this type of card. And guess what! I could pause, rewind, slow down and get my questions answered without getting any funny looks. :)

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Rag Quilt Purse

Here's my first real project with the sewing machine. It's a pocketbook made of quilted squares. The squares were cut out with the Big Shot and the scallop square die. I made this based on the instructions on this blog: She even has a Youtube video that shows you how to make it.

The next one I make will be 1 row taller and 1 row wider...maybe. I have already cut the squares and the interfacing, so it is waiting for me.  This project takes more time than a card (between 4 and 6 hours - and that includes me trying to figure out how to use the sewing machine).  I think the next one will go quicker, but for sure I enjoy the 'almost' instant gratification that I get from making my cards.  (Oh and I already know how to use my card making gear/equipment.  The sewing machine is electric and a little more intimidating.)

The scallop squares before I start sewing.
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Old 'Hood

I made this card for my neighbor and very good friend, Jen. It's our neighborhood! Well, I guess that it's her neighborhood now and my OLD neighborhood. Our townhouses were next door to each other. I miss being able to go knock on her door and pester her in the evenings. Usually, I was trying to talk her in to going to get some sushi. I didn't have to try hard; she loves sushi too!

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Another Stack of Presents

This is another one of the cards I made in my fury of 4 the other night. I would say this is a girl's birthday card, but I'm not sure which girl. The ribbon detail was something I wanted to try. It takes patience and is a little aggravating, so I'm sure there's a better way that someone else has figured out. I'll search the web for a video or instructions. That's the awesome thing about this thing they call the internet, I can find all sorts of free info and tutorials about how to make neat embellishments for my cards (and where to spend money). :)

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Stack of Birthday Presents

This birthday card doesn't have a home yet, but it's generic enough that it would work for a boy or girl, young or old. Always a good type of card to have on hand. If I had to guess, it will probably go to one of Clarence's coworkers.
I used the Happy Birthday embossing folder on the background. I love embossing folders! They give you a lot of texture, visual impact, depth, and they are inexpensive. All good combos, I'd say!

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Happy Accident

So, my sister and I have started to get into the Nestabilities craze. These are pretty awesome! You get between 5 and 6 sizes of the same shape (that nest - hence the name) in the same box for one price. This is the first that I've tried with this new shape. I'm not sure what you would call this shape...the box says "Labels 4". That doesn't sound like an appropriately fun name, but I can't think of another one either. :) My other shape collection is the squares. I used that on my Halloween cards.

A funny little story about this card is that I had 3 cards going at once. All of them with this shape and a similar image in the middle with a background. I didn't notice until I was making the blue and yellow card that my background was missing. I didn't think much of it, because I always lose things in my mess on the desk. I finally found my background intended for the blud and yellow card when I was taking pictures. Umm, I attached it to this card. Oddly, it works even though there isn't yellow anywhere else on the card. I suppose this is a happy accident. :)

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Get Well Soon for a Dollar!

I found out my big brother had his wisdom teeth taken out this week. I thought this card would cheer him up. If his experience was anything like mine, then it was awful and the card won't do much to help. :) I had fun making it though!

I used a blender pen and markers on this one. It's 'water coloring' I would say. I love the little screw brads at the bottom. I found those at the Scrapbook Expo in Charlotte and they are awesome for guy cards.

I think I'll put a dollar in it and that will definitely make him feel better! :)

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