Friday, September 30, 2011

Cased Ornament Card

I so shamelessly CASEd this card from Hero Arts site.  It is one of Jennifer McGuire's.  I changed the papers and colors a little but it is pretty close.  The die cut shape is from a Cricut cartridge.  I wanted a frame but the next size up was too large so I manually cut a frame from blue cardstock.

I'm batch processing 10 of these for my holiday stash while watching TV.  I feel so productive!  Thanks for visiting!

Ingredients:  Stamps:  Magic of Christmas (Hero Arts)
DSP:  Peppermint Collection from Crate Paper; Material Girl from Cosmo Cricket
Cardstock:  Real Red
Markers by Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Die Cuts Card

Artfuldelight has been celebrating an anniversary and running a great blog hop.  Be sure to check it out.  There are still just a couple of days left to enter a project for a great prize.  The grand prize is a 6 month subscription to their monthly kits!  What a wonderful chance to try for.

Since the prize was kits, I decided to use a kit for my card.  The challenge was to fill in three items from her 'tic tac toe' board of options on day 2 of the blog hop - see the details here  Artfuldelight blog hop.  I did a card, used a border punch and used a button. The other items are all from a Crate Paper kit.  I always have a hard time figuring out how to use the die cuts that come with some of the paper packs.  It is particularly challenging for me on cards since you only get one of each thing and I almost always make multiples of a card.  Anyway I fit in three of the die cuts here, stamping the square with my sentiment.

I did this as a 9"x4" card so it fits into a letter size envelope which is a nice change of pace.

Hope you are having a great week!  Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A kiss of nature

There are traditions and then there are traditions!   One of ours is to share at least one kiss on our walks. We were just posing for the perfect picture when it turned into of those kisses.  My husband immediately said, "I bet this is going in the scrapbook."  Of course!

It took me forever to do this page.  Partially I was just very busy last week and and also those little hearts turned out to be very time consuming.  I lost track of the number of papers I actually used but you can get some idea from this sampler which is my tip for the day.

When you want to mix a lot of papers together, punch a small image from the papers to see what matches and what stands out as a misfit.  I think there were only two (a light one and the stripe) from this selection I dropped.  I was surprised to see so many work out.  This technique expanded my design and also saved time as I was cutting most of the larger hearts on the Cricut.  (I only have a very small and a very large heart punch.)

After cutting, I inked the edges and then sewed the little X's on them with embroidery thread which is where most of the time went.

After it was all done, I realized I'd gotten the photos in the wrong order!  oh well...

How I did the tree (if you have a Cricut and SCAL):

  • In Powerpoint, I found a clipart image of a tree.  There were some other elements in the image.
  • I ungrouped the image - you have to do Ungroup twice to get an image into enough pieces.
  • Then I deleted everything but the tree.
  • Next I took the image to Photoshop Elements and removed the white background.
  • Saved as a JPG.
  • In SCAL, I did a Trace Image and imported the JPG.

Anyway, it was a fun layout to do.  Thanks for visiting today!  And have you kissed our special someone today?

Ingredients:  Way too many pattern papers to name! The background is Little Yellow Bicycle and the solid rust is Basic Grey Marrakesh.  Some die cuts from Making Memories J'Adore collection.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Eschew the Chew

Hi! I'm on my soap box again today.  I promise to be brief and not do this often.

Today, ABC premieres The Chew in place of All My Children.  If you aren't interested in this show, I hope you will join me in being sure your television is off during this time slot (for me that is 1:00 pm Eastern).  The only daytime we watch is General Hospital anyway, but I especially want ABC to know that I have no interest in this new show.

Why?  Sometime before the 2012 fall season begins, ABC Daytime will decide whether to keep the new show The Chew and another show coming out called The Revolution (weight loss) or to keep General Hospital.  They have three hours of programming and will only have 2 hours of time available.  Katie Couric is already taking one of the current hours.  Obviously, I want them to keep General Hospital.

The Chew is supposed to be a food based talk show.  From the previews, it looks like the content is part recycled from things anyone who cooks already knows to completely inapplicable advise.  For example, Daphne Oz (the doctor's daughter) suggests getting fish tacos from your neighborhood Korean BBQ truck. As I told my husband, the day a Korean BBQ truck rolls through our neighborhood is the day I'll watch the forced smiles of the hosts of The Chew.

If you do watch The Chew and don't care for it, please send ABC an e-mail telling them so.  All of us long time daytime drama fans thank you!

Thanks for listening!

Tomorrow I'll be back with a scrapbook page and a tip!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Quilt Festival

Yesterday, my thoughtful husband suggested an outing to a local quilt festival.  The Wilkes County (North Carolina) Quilter's Guild featured these among the many beautiful quilts on display.  This 
one was my favorite.

This bed size quilt uses Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

I loved how the quilters worked the printed designs of their fabrics into their blocks and shapes:

There were so many talented quilters sharing their work!  I'm glad we got to see them.

Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Ah, the sweet things in life!  Personally, I'm a regular cake kind of person - I like a larger serving :-) Cupcakes are cute though particularly for cards.

Busy week around here this week.  Hope you have a 'sweet' day.  Thanks for visiting today!

Ingredients:  Cupcakes stamps by Hampton Arts
Cardstock:  Pretty in Pink, Creamy Caramel, orchid Opulence by SU!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

TIPsy Tuesday - Covering a Notebook

It is time again for another notebook.  I've filled up my last one with lists and scribbles.  So here is my latest cover.  The video is about doing the base cover.  You can apply this to virtually any spiral bound notebook without having to have a special punch or binding too.  You just need a regular hole punch, a good liquid glue and a good tape adhesive.  I'm using Creative Memories tape adhesive and Mono Tombow glue.

Watch at  YouTube

The rest of the cover can be any pretties you like. I do try to keep mine flat so I'll be able to write in the notebook without any lumps in the way.  I wish I could doll it up with buttons and other embellishments but this is more functional.

Thanks for watching!

Ingredients:  DSP:  Farmhouse Collection from Crate Paper
Stamps:  God's Beauty, Define Your Life and Sanded by Stampin' Up!; Stella Rose by My Mind's Eye (doilies)
Sticker:  October Afternoon
Twine:  Lime Twist by MME; lace by Making Memories

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Coloring in front of the TV

Here I am again using the Loads of Love stamp.  I do love this little truck.  Lately, I've been looking for things I can color when watching the news in the evening.  The world must be a boring place if the lead story is a debate between Dr. Oz and another reporter about apple juice - seriously, the lead story one day this week!  Anyway with mesmerizing content like that having a little something to do while watching helps.

I'm going to have to look for more stamps that I can color.  I tried the digi route however when I print them, the ink smears when coloring.  I don't plan to invest in Copics so I'm using my Stampin' Up! markers.  Anyone know of paper you can print digital images on and then color with water based markers?

I did get this wonderful set used on the top card second hand and I love it for Thanksgiving or other fall cards.

Speaking of television, the fall TV season starts this week and I'm pleased as the days are getting shorter and the nights a bit boring.  I usually watch only one show a night or maybe two half hour comedies but they do break up the evening.  Here are the returning shows I'm looking forward to:

Sunday - The Good Wife which is no doubt the best drama on television.  I hope it does great in the new time slot.  There is a catch up episode on-line though it doesn't cover nearly all that happened and doesn't really talk much about the one character that everyone does talk about - Kalinda.  All the characters are interesting and have tons of depth to keep this one going a long time.

Desperate Housewives are doing their final season and I'll probably catch it via the Internet on Tuesdays when there is nothing on in Primetime yet again.

Monday - Mike and Molly.  I was very surprised to like this show. It is more about their relationship than their weight though of course that does spark lots of jokes.  It is the supporting cast that often makes or breaks a sitcom and this is no exception.  The sister is hilarious!

Tuesday - as I said, nothing here except perhaps the new show Unforgettable but it doesn't come on until 10.

Wednesday - Modern Family!  What else?  TV's best sitcom.  My favorite of all time is Frasier and this one just might top it.

Thursday - Big Bang Theory - my husband's favorite sitcom.  I thought the addition of the girlfriends was a mistake but I was so wrong.  Bernadette, Amy and Pria added much needed friction and material to keep the character's growing.

Friday - dead as usual.  We typically watch PBS.

Saturday - ditto.

What are your TV picks for this fall?

Thanks for visiting!

Ingredients:  Stamps:  All Stampin' Up!  Loads of Love, Thankful Thoughts, All Holidays for greeting
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake and Daffodil Delight 
DSP:  Everyday Flair 6x6 Paper Pad by My Mind's Eye

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New Tradition

Today's layout started from Shimelle's new Starting Point's series that runs each weekend.  On Saturday, there is a partial layout.  In this case it was the background paper, 4 - 5 1/2" squares and one strip through the center.  Then on Sunday she posts a complete page built from the starting point.  You can use the starting layout however you wish.

I used 4 squares from a coordinating 6x6 pad from My Mind's Eye.  They have a bunch of these out now.  As far as I can tell, these papers are only available in the small pads.  Pity, as there are some great prints.  My center strip is also from a striped paper in that pad. It is seamed but covered by the photos.

I know the one photo of my husband defies all the photography rules about shooting a subject with is back to the sun, but moving him would have defeated the point.  Plus I love how the light fell.  Shimelle also has a new series on camera lessons. I need to take it to see what other rules I can break!  :-)  I wish I took better photos but I just don't have the patience for those perfect shots.

Anyway, it reminds me of a relaxing evening in early summer.  Even though I'm ready for cooler weather, I'm nostalgic for this night too.  It is part of the beauty of living where we get to experience all the seasons.

Thanks for visiting today.  Off to my regular workroom to finish some draperies.

Ingredients:  DSP:  Paris by My Mind's Eye
Chipboard:  Stampin' Up!  Stickers:  Crate Paper
Thickers:  American Crafts

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Come to Bethlehem

Is it just me or is it really hard to find religious stamps and stamp sets for Christmas?  That doesn't make sense to me.  While I enjoy the secular parts of the holiday, I prefer religious or at least less cutesy sets for making cards for my Mother and my aunt to give.

One of the cards we did for card class last week is this one using a new-to-me stamp set from Stampin' Up!  This is the Come to Bethlehem stamp set and is one of their cling stamps - they call 'clear.'  I cut the star to be separate from the rest of the stamp as I knew I would want to do it in different colors and placements.

One tiny tip for the day:  To save ribbon, fold one end over the other and tie together with some twine.  Then cover the tied area if you like.  I left one end hanging out from under the oval area.  It saves just a bit of ribbon over tying the ends together but it was just enough to make this ribbon go the distance.

Thanks for your visit today!

Ingredients:  Stamps:   Come to Bethlehem from Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: gold, Elegant Eggplant, Concord Crush from SU!; Enchanted evening from Papertrey Ink
Ribbon and gem:  Hobby Lobby

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A little something to do

A comment I've heard many times when comparing September 11, 2001 to December 7, 1941 is that our citizens haven't had to make the sacrifices today that were made when we went all-in for WWII.  That is true for the most part.  The largest burden has gone to the small percentage of our population who have chosen to serve in the military and their families.  Most of us go on about our daily lives and don't think about attacks and freedom.  How could we and really go on?

But I think we have as a country changed.  We are more vigilant.  I missed the Virginia earthquake as in I was in the mountains and for some reason didn't feel a thing.  But for those who did, some thought of an attack, particularly those in Washington.

One of the saddest things to come out of 9/11 beyond the loss of life is the way we view other people.  9/11 created a new prejudice.  I don't want to look at people of a different race or ethnicity negatively or in fear.  In November 2000, I was flying to the Northeast for a business trip.  Beside me was a man from Pakistan, nicely but casually dressed.  He struck up a conversation by asking about our election.  I had to admit that our democracy had yet to decide who our next president would be.  (I was a bit embarrassed and that is probably why I remembered the conversation months later.) We talked about his trip to visit a friend and the places he had already traveled.  It was a pleasant exchange.  Would I have this same kind of relaxed conversation today?  I'd like to think that I could look beyond the nationality of a person but we have been conditioned to be wary.  He might be afraid to talk to me, too.

We are also paying the price of war literally in our country's debt.  It is impacting our economy and thus all of us.  I don't know if we are fighting the right fight in the right places but I'm not in a position to know.  I know we have to protect our country, our freedom.

So today, I'm doing my small thing.  I'm making some Operation Write Home cards.   These happen to be holiday cards.  They will go to those deployed overseas to be sent back to family at home.  I love making these cards but I wish I didn't have to.  I wish the soldiers, airman and marines could all come home and we could all live in peace.

Card Ingredients:  Stamps: Magic of Christmas by Hero Arts; Four the Holidays by Stampin' Up! for greeting
Ink:  Glorious Green, various SU markers
Cardstock:  Blushing Bride, Real Red

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Last CA Page

This is really it. The last of our California pages.  I know I've said that before. This time I have them all in the album and this one just fills in a space.  I'd planned to use these photos in my album sometime but I'm glad they are fitting in here.  This was one of my favorite hikes.  We were looking for a particular trail, got to the end of the road without finding it.  When we turned around, we took the first trail that looked good and found this one.  It was really stunning walking between the redwoods and over the footbridge in Redwood National Park last September.

The page is pretty simple.  The opposite page in the album has the woodgrain paper around the edge so I put some in the middle for this page.  Then I punched a bunch of circle elements.  I stamped a few trees and that is about it.  The journaling is printed on kraft and I used some $1 store chipboard for the title.

I'm really trying to get this travel album wrapped up.  It's been awhile since I shared a complete album with my husband. There are some more Hilton Head pages - maybe just one.  We go there every year but I still love to capture the memories.

Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Leaf Lover

I love leaves!  Can you tell?  It seems to be all I've posted the last few days!!!  It is after Labor Day so for me, it is time to think about Fall.  We had gorgeous blue skies Tuesday after the last of T.S. Lee blew through giving us about 2 inches of rain.  Leaves swirling on a blue sky was the idea behind the card above.

I actually stamped and embossed these leaves in white for the first card and decided I didn't like the white swirls so much.  So I had these left over and put them on this basket weave card.

The first card's leaves were done with copper embossing.  The backgrounds of both are lots of distress inks and some Stampin' Up! Classic Ink.

Thanks for visiting today!  Hope you are having a great week.

Ingredients:  Stamps:  Flourishes 2 by Autumn Leaves; Mailbox Greetings by PTI; Baroque Motifs for large flourish by Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

TIPsy Tuesday - Selecting Holiday Paper

I love Christmas and as such it is hard to resist pretty holiday paper collections.  However, my selection from last year proved hard to use up as it was definitely holiday/winter themed.  When picking holiday paper this year, I looked for papers where at least one side was very general.  You have to look closely at the small prints to be sure they aren't secretly harboring snowflakes or stockings or some other small wintery print.

Here is the Peppermint collection from Crate Paper.  Almost all of these papers have some distressing on them.  Everything except the die cuts can be used for non-holiday projects.  I've used the die cuts to create a holiday scene card above.  I added some punched garland using one of the papers in the kit, brads and glossy accents.  The pink paper on the bottom half of the card is from another Crate Paper collection.

(Watch at Youtube)

Thanks for visiting and happy holiday paper shopping!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

friends always

My husband and his long time friend thought I was stopping to tie my shoe when we were hiking together last year.  I was really falling behind to snap a photo of them.  They have been friends for a very long time.  Even so during this long walk, Lenny told her some stories of his time in college and a cute trick his Mother played on him that she had never heard.  I enjoyed hearing them again, too.  I just realized, I haven't added the date to this page.  I'll do that.

Today's layout is for two challenges - Scrapbooker's Anonymous for using chipboard and a sketch of the week.  Layout is based on the weekly sketch from  I turned the sketch on its side and used a larger photo (5x7).  The journaling is hidden behind the photo.

There is lots of sparkly here as I used quite a bit of homemade mist made from Ranger's Vintage Photo ink, water and gold Perfect Pearls powder.  The leaves were first painted and then stamped with Staz-on so the ink wouldn't run when I misted them.  The leaves at the top are green, then they go to fall colors with the brown at the bottom to represent a lifetime friendship.

Thanks for visiting today!

Ingredients:  DSP:  Campy Trails collection by American Crafts
Chipboard: Stampin' Up!
Paint:  Anita's
Ink:  Vintage Photo
Chipboard letters:  Audrey by Maya Road

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Thankful for dirt

dirt?  Yes, that's right, dirt.  I'm thankful that our local park has an unpaved trail for walking.  We've had a ton of rain this year and often it has come down in buckets washing the trail, but it doesn't get muddy.  A certain amount happens every year and every year, they work on the trail. Each time, I'm a little antsy.  I'm worried they are going to pave it.  A couple of years ago I was having a conversation with the town manager on something entirely different and I asked about paving the trail.  He said, "Oh we don't have the money for that."  My immediate response was "Oh, good!"  Well, I didn't mean I'm glad they don't have money.  I wish the economy were wonderful and they were rolling in funds to do great projects (or lowering our taxes) - just not paving the walking trail.

It is amazing the difference walking on an unpaved trail makes to one's feet, knees and hips.  I met another walker with the same opinion only this week.  She was switching to the town trail from her community one which is asphalt for that very reason.  This is the only unpaved public trail in the county. I've had another opportunity this year to put in my two cents that unpaved is better - even if it is more maintenance.  This year, they widened the trail, smoothed it up nicely and planted some grass along the side.  It is perfect and I'm very grateful to have such a pretty place to walk!

My card today is for Splitcoaststamper's Ways to Use it challenge.  We were to use paint.  When I think of paint, I automatically get into my chipboard.  In this case I used some leaves and the portion of the chipboard they were punched from.  I tried a couple of things before just painting over all of it and using a little distress ink to spritz a background.  I stamped the flourishes from an Autumn Leaves set.

And since I used chipboard, this is also going over to Scrapbooks Anonymous site as the theme this month is chipboard!

You'll think I've gone totally nuts over leaves in the coming days as I have some cards designed for my next card class also with leaves.  I love leaves and that is what I think of when fall gets close.

Thanks for your visit!

Ingredients:  Chipboard - Stampin' Up!
DSP:  Basic Grey
Stamp:  Kind and Caring Thoughts by Stampin' Up!
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