Thursday, May 31, 2012

Lovely Card I Received



What a wonderful surprise to find this beautiful card along with the new Stampin' Up! Idea Book
in my pile of mail to sort through after vacation =) I'm taking the Idea Book with me to an appointment tomorrow; there will be lots of time while waiting there to drool over all of the fabulous new items and samples in it.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, MARGARET ! 

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Armed Forces Day



 In Honor of  Armed Forces Day


From the May 17, 1952, New York Times article:
"It is our most earnest hope that those who are in positions of peril, that those who have made exceptional sacrifices, yes, and those who are afflicted with plain drudgery and boredom, may somehow know that we hold them in exceptional esteem. Perhaps if we are a little more conscious of our debt of honored affection they may be a little more aware of how much we think of them."



Details about the above image:

I created this 5" x 7" card size image with My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up!
and a camo background image that I added.
Whisper White square punch made into a rectangle base.
Summer Sun mat with a drop shadow, centered with 75% opacity and medium blur.
Lots of square punches altered into thin rectangles, filled with Real Red for the red stripes.
Brilliant Blue square punch made into a rectangle.
Star punch reduced in size, copied and pasted over and over.
All punches, other than the base rectangle, have a black centered drop shadow of 25% with a 5% blur; the original image with no drop shadows on the small punches is below.




this just doesn't look right, 
but it was supposed to resemble the
"backwards" flag patch on military uniforms.
"Insert Duplicate Page Mirrored"  feature makes it 
easy to copy the page in reverse. No need to make another flag from scratch !



Thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Around The Yard - Mid May

The sizes of the plants - and the number of blooms - this year are unreal !






 I've been lucky to have a bloom or two on the hydrangea bush,
but this year there it seems as if there are going to be hundreds !!!!

















Tuesday, May 15, 2012

"Snakes" Alive ! EEEK !!!


I'm Not Going Down There........ No I'm Not Going Down There .... I'm Not Going To The Basement, Anymore !!!!!!!!

Actually, I have no choice, I must go to the basement to do laundry, access the deep freeze, tend to the cats food, water and litter box, even to work on craft projects. After today's discovery while vacuuming the old unfinished basement (in my "craft dungeon" area no less!) I don't really want to:















a live snake - in the basement !!!!!!! It's caught in the container here, ready to be released back out into the field.




I know, after seeing it, you are thinking "quitcherbeeching, it's just a little one!". To those of us that dislike snakes, any size of snake, shoot huge night crawler worms even are too big, especially when found in a house !

It is one thing to find spiders down there, that's to be expected (eeew, don't like those either! my skin is crawling).

It is another to find lizards in the house - really!???!!! EEK ! They are too fast and snake like. I shudder... ugh.....

But seriously, a snake ?!??

I was vacuuming along, saw what I thought was a bug scurry under my tower of paints so I moved the vacuum wand over there, then peeked over to it to make sure I got the bug up. Needless to say when I saw what it really was , I jumped and flew up the stairs yelling "snake in the basement!" to my daughter who was on the computer and again out into the garage where hubby was. I assume what I thought was a bug was the snakes head as it backed itself up into the nook between by paint towers !

I should maybe have tried to just vacuum it up (yeah, I had visions of it not getting sucked up completely by the weak old shop vacuum, instead staying stuck in the hose!)

I should have taken a photo of it in the little nook, likely hiding from me and the noisy vacuum (right, and have it slither away?).

In the end hubby came to the rescue (see, men are good for something on occasion ! ha , ha !) , scooping it into the coffee container. Of course he was jumping and cussing, too. Where was I ? Standing balanced on a chair with one foot and the craft table with the other.

What would I have done if he had not been home ? Not sure, maybe whacked at it with the vacuum hose to stun it and try to vacuum it ? I know I would not have been brave enough to try to pin it, pick it up with my hands !

Better question: what would have happened had I not found it yesterday? Perhaps it would have been in a far more frightening to me place when I found it, such as one of my drawers ? Maybe it would have made it upstairs somehow ? Would it have gotten bigger eating all the bugs it would surely find down in that old basement ? Then again, maybe it would have never been found, making its way back outdoors somehow ? All I know is, we need to figure out how all of these critters are getting in the house. We've been here a dozen years and have never had as many critters in the house as we have had the past year. Possibly because I have lost two cats and a dog this last year, down to one indoor only cat now ?

Ah well, another one of those things to remember, a joy of living in this 100+ year old farmhouse in the bottom lands along a creek.

Yep, I really need to win that Better Homes and Gardens Pin and Win contest so I can move my crafty area up to the attic =)  






Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day



 A funny from our local newspaper in March of this year. 
As soon as I saw it I knew I was going to share it on Mother's Day =) 







I've had this funny saved for years - 
it was sooooo true for me !
I'm constantly being asked 
"What do you do all day?"







Cut this out of a local paper so long ago.
I finally had a diagnosis ! Ha ,ha !







This funny is really an oldie!
I cut it out when I was in high school and had it my locker.
I imagine my sister and I made mom think she was "losing it" at times back then. 







  Have a wonderful day ! 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mother's Day Cards




More details about the above card can be found here






Super simple card, I've made many this way over the years.
The stamp image was colored with markers.
The blue square was made by sponging ink through a square mask I made.







Such an old card I came across recently,
 I'm sure it was copied from another idea seen elsewhere.
I used bleach as my ink on the green card stock.
It bleached out to the pale yellow color.
I just added the rhinestones to it.
This is the inside, created with My Digital Studio.
I was reminded WHY I don't print projects made
with MDS at home:
they never print properly , ever, for me.
I used the HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY stamp from the All Holidays set.
Create a small rectangle punch, filled with white, to cover HAPPY.
Insert a Text Box and type DELIGHTFUL.
Insert another Text Box for WISHING YOU A 










Die cuts , paper punches. Sponged ink sky. 




Thanks for looking =)

Friday, May 11, 2012

It's A Winner - truck card




This is the birthday card I made for my father. It is 5" x 7" and uses supplies from Stampin' Up!. I had several ideas floating around and decided to make this one in the end. I think he may get the idea of them being award ribbons. Doesn't make much sense to make the ribbons though since they receive trophies (or plaques) at car shows for placing, oh well. My parents show truck (this is a photo of it) has won numerous awards over the years. Be sure to peek at the basic scrapbook of the truck I made them last year - it is one of two scrapbooks I've ever made ! The other I forgot to photograph before sending it off to a friend.

I also made a 3D box shaped like the truck a couple of years ago.

I've made lots of masculine cards using the few automotive stamp images from Stampin' Up! I own. I'm kind of getting tired of using the same ones, c'mon Stampin' Up!, make some more automotive stamps like the old Classic Convertibles or Pickups sets that I love ! Maybe the new catalog will have some finally ?!???! Fingers crossed !



SUPPLIES USED

Card stock:
Sahara Sand
Basic Black
Brilliant Blue
Real Red
Whisper White

Highways and Byways background stamp
Bold Alpha Numbers stamps

Versamark ink
Black embossing powder
Silver embossing powder
heat gun
3/4" circle punch
square punch (or scissors)
scoring board
low melt hot glue
double stick tape adhesive





Stamp and heat emboss the Highways and Byways background stamp onto Sahara Sand card stock. I used a super wide chisel edge black Sharpie marker to make a faux Basic Black card stock layer around the edge of the Sahara Sand card stock. 




this card would require extra postage,
but I'll be delivering it - along with an apple pie made from scratch =)



The little folded paper medallions are called many different things such as lollies or rosettes. Here is a tutorial that shows you how to make what this web site calls  "fan fold flowers"

Make three medallions from scored card stock strips. Mine were 1/2" x 9" to start, scored every 1/4". I prefer to use low temp hot glue for adhering the crimped paper to the punched circle back piece. Be sure to keep a cup of water nearby in case any hot glue gets on your fingers: dip the finger/glue into the water right away to cool it off, help stop the burning. Although I learned that trick many years ago at a job I had,  I rarely keep water nearby. I'm such a klutz, I'm afraid I'd knock the cup over and spill the water on the project.

I used a 3/4" circle punch and silver embossing powder with number stamps for the center of the medallions.






The ribbons tails are a 1" x 4 1/4" strip of card stock trimmed with a square punch (or scissors) to make the points.



The photo is mounted on Basic Black card stock then adhered to the card over the ribbon tails with dimensionals.



I also wanted to add that I had to do a bit of editing of the photo using my Photoshop Elements 10 software and limited skills. I really, really need to learn how to fully use this awesome program. I can't believe that I was able to pull it off, not done the correct way I'm sure, but it worked for me and this project.
I had to remove outhouses behind the truck bed and utility poles "coming out of the roof". Since the photo was printed so small, I think the edits turned out okay. Here are the before and after photos:


before
outhouses to the left of the photo
utility poles at the top center


after
the clean up job looks pretty good on such a small photo




Thanks for looking =)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Sympathy Card 3




Another simple, mail friendly card using up some scraps.

Background image was stamped with Not Quite Navy ink onto text weight vanilla paper. Mounted onto a scrap of card stock, not sure of the manufacturer or name of the color.

Stamped a greeting from the Loving Thoughts stamp set from Stampin' Up! with Colorbox hybrid ink onto Vanilla satin ribbon. The background paper could be seen through the ribbon so I cut a small strip of card stock to adhere between the ribbon and decorative paper.

Wrapped the ends of the ribbon around the stamped piece and adhered with sticky strip, mounted to Very Vanilla card base.

Thanks for looking =)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sympathy Card 2




Close As A Memory stamp set from Stampin' Up!
textured card stock unknown

I colored the image with markers from Stampin' Up!:
Concord Crush
Pear Pizzazz
So Saffron

A little bit of Bashful Blue Stampin' Pastels rubbed around the stamped flowers on the Whisper White card stock.

The image is adhered to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Sympathy Card 1






I had to make three more Sympathy Cards this past week.

I raided my scraps to come up with these fairly flat, simple enough cards to mail. I didn't want anything that had to be taken to the Post Office to be checked for extra postage since I wasn't going into town anytime soon. I make as few trips as possible, always have, but with gas so high it is even more important to not drive in for one little errand. My gas hog SUV only gets 13 miles to the gallon - so it is nearly a gallon of gas each way just to get to town then back ! That's currently about $8 each time I drive to in....... I know, quit my complaining, it could be so much worse !

This particular card (the finished size is 5" x 7" ) uses the first attempt at stamping and coloring on fabric with regular markers that I tried a few years ago. That finished card can be seen here.

 items used from Stampin ' Up!
Elements of Style stamp set
Loving Memories stamp set
Very Vanilla card stock
So Saffron card stock
So Saffron ink
Basic Brown ink
various markers
scoring board
Stampin' pastels

 other items:
fabric
sewing machine
Nestabilites dies

 Thanks for looking =)

Monday, May 7, 2012

BHG Pin and Win Contest




I caved, I made a Pinterest board ! I spent HOURS searching for and posting photos to a board for the Better Homes and Gardens Pin and Win contest. I created a board to show some ideas I'd like to use in my dream attic redo = crafty space.


I see how Pinterest can easily become an addiction and one would lose track of time on that site, whew. For me, I think it will end with that contest entry due to our internet connection. Pinterest is not dial up connectivity friendly, at least with ours: nothing wants to load. It works great using the mobile broadband plan - except that it eats up the limited usage far too quickly. So for now, unless I am out somewhere with free WIFI, I won't be pinning :(

While there I discovered that several of my creations shared here on the blog have been "pinned" by others, how flattering ! I'm glad that some of my projects have inspired others =)

Sunday, May 6, 2012

6x6 Scrapbook Pages


A few old 6" x 6" scrapbook pages I made for demonstrations.
I don't think I have shared these oldies yet.
All supplies used were from Stampin' Up!


















Saturday, May 5, 2012

Bigfoot Digital Scrapbook


The pages above and below, other than the journaling and title, 
are exactly as they are in the Downtown Grunge Designer Kit
from My Digital Studio, Stampin' Up!





I removed an embellishment then added two stamps of the splatter from Extreme Elements on this page.



As it comes in the kit, just insert your own photos.
You can always change things up , moving, dleting or adding items 
to the designer pages (although I am unable remove or resize the frames in this kit)



Sharing a couple more scrapbook pages since it is National Scrapbooking Day.

LOVE the simplicity the Designer Albums in My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up! offers.
Simply add your favorite photos to a predesigned digital album and you are done, no excuses to not scrapbook anymore (ha, ha, ha  I still have several excuses as to why I don't have a single album completed though).  I really, really need to spend some time playing with the software - and scrapbook !


I used the Downtown Grunge designer kit to whip up a few pages digitally for this project. The photograph I took of the monster truck Bigfoot flying through the air was printed in our local newspaper last weekend. The paper has been running a "Photo Of The Week" contest the last couple of months. I've submitted a few photos, this is my second to be printed in the paper. They aren't "winners" which are printed in color, but it's still pretty exciting to have a photo that I took in print =)




Friday, May 4, 2012

Zebra Butterfly Digital Scrapbook Page

With National Scrapbook Day coming up, I thought I ought to share a page or two





I am so ashamed to admit that despite having bought dozens and dozens of extra downloads (and I still want so many more!), I rarely use the My Digital Studio software from Stampin" Up!. I will also admit that I rarely (ummm, never) scrapbook despite having oodles of supplies not to mention boxes upon boxes of photos to scrapbook. I need to at least get them out of the boxes and into photo albums. Gasp ! I suppose I am intimidated at the sheer number of them. Although I think there are not nearly enough photographs (or videos) of the kids when they were younger. The cost of film and developing limited the number of photos I took. Not that I take that many more with my digital camera now. I would have taken many, many more as the kids were growing up and doing cute things if there were digital cameras back then.

Ah well, anyway  above is a page I threw together to show off a favorite photo I took that was published in our local newspaper, in black and white, last month.  This digital scrapbook page was made from scratch using several add on items to the My Digital Studio core software. Below are the boxes and old albums of photos. I also have a small binder full of CDs (25 and counting, each has dozens upon dozens of photos!) with digital photos not yet printed. There are a lot of photos but I sure do wish I had many, many more. Sigh.

I really must make time to start scrapping, especially now that I have completed the scanning of my old negatives. Along with so many other things, just not enough hours in the day it seems......................


I have a dozen nice black suede pocket albums to put these photos in - one day.



Thanks for looking =)