Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Patriotic Three Challenge Card and I'm A Top Pick !

It's no April Fool's Day Joke:
I'm happy to say that I was a Top Three Winner at Cardz 4 Guyz blog !
The Challenge was TRANSPORT,
that is an easy one for me since I make cards
with car images on them often.
Click Here to see all of the 
great design team projects as well
as the many fabulous submissions.

I just found out about this blog a week ago
while visiting another that had a link to it.
I had to jump right in with that Transport challenge.
The new challenge at the Cardz 4 Guyz blog is

Here is a card I came up with .
I ended up creating this particular card
to also work with two challenges currently at
Follow the links above to see many great card designs.

Trying to show the dimension the embossing folders made.
The stripes are a bit difficult to see.

Here is how my card fits the S challenge:
STARS embossing folder
STRIPES embossing folder
STITCHING done with my sewing machine
SKETCH challenge
I'll be donating this card to Operation Write Home.

Supplies used:
A patriotic stamp set from Stampin' Up!
(the name escapes me at the moment)
Colored image directly to the rubber with water based markers
Stripes emb. folder , Stampin' Up!
Stars emb. folder, Cuttlebug
Red, White, Blue, Black and silver metallic card stocks
Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring-y Thinking of You Card

Card donated to Operation Write Home.

Stampin' Up! embossing folder and floral rubber stamp image colored with markers.
Thinking of You stamp image from  ?
Martha Stewart Button paper punch
Thin strips of card stock rather than thread for the button holes.
Paper piercer
Hand cut banner

Not the best photos at all..................
Daffodils are blooming and iris are sprouting,
but we had a COLD snap so they were tucked in for the night.
Some areas very near us saw accumulating snow!
We only had flurries.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Winnie The Pooh Happy Birthday To You Card

My husband wanted to go to a flea market
this past weekend despite it being COLD outside.
I didn't really want to go, I don't need anything.
This small house has no more room for stuff,
no matter how much I like it, 
I rarely find things at them I'd want anyway
(the few I've been to are mostly overpriced junk
or antiques, vendors selling things I don't use).
Lo and behold, there was a basket of "grab bags"
at one of the booths. They contained stamps, sticker, misc.
I rooted through them all and picked out 5 bags
plus a large package of I wasn't sure what.
I could tell there was a stamp set and what I thought
might be paper. Hoping it was $20 well spent......

I got home and opened them all up to inspect them better.
Nearly every stamp has never been used
(random images, many were obviously part
of sets at one time ), some I may not use myself,
and every package of stickers was unopened. 

One contained two ink pads, 
another had three tiny paper punches.

The large package did have paper and
 a thin, non expandable 12x12 scrapbook.
Probably why it was never used. 
It would be good for digital scrapbook pages. 

One package in particular I grabbed right away:
it had two Winnie The Pooh rubber stamps
in it, never used ! 

I went right to work making a card with
the larger of the two.

I'll make a few more to donate to 
Operation Write Home.

I stamped the image with permanent black ink
onto white card stock then colored it in
with colored pencils.

I used and aquapainter and ink to watercolor the sky.

The decorative background paper is from the
Die Cuts With  A View paper stack I've not used
until the other day. 

The Happy Birthday banners are made with a stamp set from
Stampin' Up! and attached with a staple.
The next cards I make I'll stagger the blue banner just above
the gray one so it is read as happy, happy birthday.
It didn't even dawn on me to do that when I put this
one together until after it was completed.

I'm entering this as my third and final entry into the 

I still have dozens of cards I've made to donate to
Operation Write Home 
to share here on the blog ! I've been busy.

Thanks for looking =) 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Christmas Scrapbook Album - NBUS

This post contains numerous photos,
I made the files sizes quite small to help with load time.

A new , never used since I bought it a few years ago
scrapbook album.
I found it at our local Big Lots store, when they used to carry crafty items,
for $5. It is an 8x8 album with premade pages.
Turns out after I got it home, two pages were missing !!!!
Ack ! Of course there were no more at the store the next time I went
back to see if I could exchange it. Then again, maybe that
is why they had those few albums there, they were missing pages ?
 I bought it with the intention of taking a family photo
of each of the families at our extended family
holiday get together the year I bought it (I think it was 2009
because that is the year I bought myself a new camera).
Each year passed without photos of everyone being taken
(many people were unable to attend while others just did not
want their photos taken).
Well, this past year was the year I managed to twist some arms
to get those that balked up there - with promises that the photos would not
end up online as I know some of them were concerned about.
I don't blame them, I don't like photos of myself online, either.
Unfortunately, once again, there were several family members that could
not make it. Two of the younger cousins are currently serving in the military
and stationed elsewhere (one was on a ship!) so they could not be there.
Others were sick or had other commitments.
Regardless, those that were there I was able to photograph most of
with Santa, had the photos printed out and filled the album.
Had the entire clan been there, I would have needed to make extra pages !
Oh, as for the missing pages I mentioned earlier,
I made two to coordinate with the existing pages  ;)
I did add extra embellishments to the pages,
they were pretty plain otherwise.
One page of each two page spread had a
printed quote on it, the way it came from the manufacturer.

First page, inside the front cover.
This is the way it came in the book.
 That is real stitching on the page!
Many of the pages have stitching.

Page I made from scratch, inside the back cover.
Gold metallic card stock base, torn burgundy card stock
and cream/gold bakers twine accents.

I added the three tiny tags to this page,
glued just underneath the string that was already on it.
The photo on this page had three people in it,
so I wrote one name on each tag with a gold Signo pen.
This is the last page in the book,
it is opposite the page above.

These two pages face each other.
I added die cut snowflakes from metallic gold card stock.
There are also faux brads in the centers that I made by
punching gold card stock with a 1/4" inch hole punch
then covering the tops in Crystal Effects.
The quote is printed on vellum,
that is the way it came in the album.

These two pages face each other.
I added silver metallic card stock die cut snowflakes,
rhinestones and journaling tags.
The quote is printed on vellum (came that way on the premade page).
The ribbon is crooked in the page below and it bothers me,
but that is the way it was when I bought it. It is
glues down really well. There is no way I can remove it
without damaging the page.

These two pages face each other. One of them was a missing page
that I made from scratch to resemble to existing page.
I had burgundy card stock that matched pretty well.
 I tore off the white paper with gray lines that was in the
upper corner of the existing page so I could make two
new pieces that would match. I scored white card stock
with vertical lines. I also added the journaling tags,
silver paper punched (Martha Stewart) snowflakes and rhinestones.
The tags have silver Encore ink along the edges.
Names were written with a silver Signo pen.

This is the other page (above) that I had to create from scratch
to try to resemble the existing page (below).
I had greens and burgundy that went well enough with the
premade page. I forgot to add the stitching down the middle
of the page, but most of it is covered anyway.
I found a quote online that I liked and fit the theme of the album.
Existing fonts on my computer with colors closest to what was already
 in the album to print it out on naturals cream cardstock.
I then added torn strips of green card stock that I stitched over
(there is some stitching to coordinate with the opposite page!).
Banner journaling tags hand cut from flecked cream paper
and paper punched (Martha Stewart) snowflakes with rhinestones
were also added by me.


I didn't do much to these two pages
(I could add something extra still.......).
The silver eyelets were already on them.
I did add the die cut circles for journaling and ribbon.


Other than adding the journaling tags to these two pages
(and the photos of course) I didn't do much to them, either.


Die cut journaling tags sponged with gold Encore ink,
 snowflakes and faux brads are the extra bits
I added to these two premade pages.


Journaling tags, gold card stock layer, gold faux brads
and burgundy organdy ribbon were added to these two pages.


Final set !
Silver paper punched snowflakes
(large snowflake is an old punch from Stampin' Up!;
two smaller snowflakes are by Martha Stewart) ,
rhinestones and die cut tags
(one has paper piercing)
were added to dress up these two pages.

Lastly, I am entering this project in the
Never Before Used Schtuff
a challenge/blog I recently discovered !

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Angel Bunny Card - NBUS

NEW, unused Angel Bunny stamp set - from 1995 !!!!!!
Yes, that is correct, 
this stamp set was bought new in 1995 and never assembled, used. 
I am not the original purchaser of this stamp set.
 I came across it at a yard sale
two years ago and I STILL had not used it myself ! 
Until now.

I stumbled upon this blog challenge

while visiting another blog recently
and saw a link posted there.
 I just had to take part in it,
I have lots of new (old!), unused items myself.

So I whipped up this card for the challenge while
waiting for Crystal effects to dry on another, 
much larger project I am finishing for the challenge. 
Stop by tomorrow to see it.

The card will be donated to Operation Write Home

Image was water colored with ink from my ink pads
and an aquapainter.

Decorative papers are from an old paper stack by
Die Cuts With A View.
(I've never used paper from that stack, 
so this project is a two fer of new, unused items!)

The embossed, die cut eyelet borders are
actually pieces trimmed off of premade greeting cards.
I trimmed the eyelet edges off so the cards would be masculine,
turning the cards into Thank You cards for 95 Veterans
(I guess this card could be considered a three fer ,
using three old, unused items!)

Thanks for looking =)