Sunday, August 28, 2011

One Of My Projects Was "Picked"

I received notice via a comment left on my Wedding Bouquet Card Framed post
 that my project was chosen to be one of the featured picks for the week, #31  8/28/2011  !!!

I'm not sure as of this writing how to "add a badge",
 so for now here is the image and a link:

Thanks for looking, now to figure out how to "add a badge" properly  =) 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Two Quick Scrapbook Pages - Wedding Album

I used a couple of pieces of decorative paper from a cheap pad I bought some time ago (I think these are the first pieces I've used!) to make a couple of quick pages to put in the photo album I am giving to the newlyweds. I didn't want to put too much work into it since I am not sure that they will even use it. Like most teenagers today, they will probably have all digital photos, no hard copies to put in an album. My hope is that they will have photos printed to put in the album. Maybe I should have given them a photo developing gift certificate along with the album rather than the baking dish set that was on the registry....

The first page I used a couple of punches and card stock from Stampin' Up! to recreate the flower design of the paper.
Fancy Flower punch
Two Step Bird punch- for the leaves
Circle punch
Scallop edge punch
Mauve Mist and Whisper White card stock
home made shimmer spray

The second page I simply painted Crystal Effects onto the diamonds of the ring then sprinkled on Dazzling Diamonds glitter. It's pretty plain; I need to fiddle with it a bit more. I think I will add a tag for journaling

It's been good to get back into the craft dungeon this past week, despite missing my buddies fiercely.

Thanks for looking =) 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Birthday Blossom card

Pretty simple card using items from Stampin' Up! , 
several of which are now retired.

Blossoms Abound stamp set
Fabulous Florals stamp set
Birthday Greetings stamp set

Whisper White card stock

Pink Pirouette striped ribbon

Texturz Embossing plate

Top Note Die

Pink Pirouette marker to outline inside sentiment

classic ink pads and aquapainter to watercolor images:
Pink Pirouette 
Certainly Celery
Daffodil Delight
Basic Gray

Thanks for looking =)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Wedding Bouquet card - framed

Fiddling around in the craft dungeon while working on the photo album, I remembered I had a small shadow box frame. Turns out is was nearly the exact size to frame the wedding bouquet card in ! Below is what it looked like before sanding and painting. I thought about adding dots or pearl paint, lace, something to dress it up then decided against it so it wouldn't take away from the details on the card.

I plan on giving it to the Newlyweds in case they would like to frame and display the card I made them. I would hate for the card to be thrown away and it would be difficult to store otherwise since it is dimensional. Besides, they may need a few decorative pieces for the apartment, maybe she can make a little display of wedding mementos.

Thanks for looking =) 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Scrapbook Cover "Title" made with My Digital Studio - hybrid

I used My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up! to create this "title" piece for the front of a photo album. 
It is easy to do using My Digital Studio - the most difficult part is deciding exactly which layout I wanted to print, so many ideas, stamp designs, etc to choose from !

I used the font Scriptina in Basic Black ink with a slight drop shadow for the names.

The decorative edge was made with a Torn Edges stamp brush printed in Cherry Cobbler color. The colors aren't as vibrant on the cream pearlescent paper that I printed it on unfortunately. 

I cut and punched the edges of a Red piece of card stock for the base, Basic Black for the middle. The printed piece is covered with a piece of transparency to protect the printing. All layers are attached together by pearl brads (that I do not remember where they came from or the manufacturer).

I hot glued the completed piece to the front of a hand made paper covered photo album.

I kept the protective plastic cover on the album to give to them, they can take it off if they want since I added the transparency to the printed piece. I thought about removing the protective cover and add a paper rose with leaves to the center of the large organdy ribbon, but in the end decided against it. It will be easier to store if it is flat and the white hand made paper cover would be better protected leaving the plastic cover on.

As much as I like the wedding bouquet card that I already made, I may make another one using the wedding colors of red and black so it coordinates with this album.

=) Thanks for looking ! 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Trimmed Out - peel and stick floor project complete

I used a miter box for a home improvement project for the first time yesterday. All by myself ! It was a bit tricky trying to figure out how to cut the innies vs. the outies angles at first. Thankfully I have quarter round down in the kitchen, so I referred to how those pieces looked to figure out how to make the new pieces fit properly. I knew they had to be 45 degree cuts (I do remember something from schooling way back when ! ).

My mom and dad had some nice oak quarter round they saved from their kitchen remodel that they gave me to use. A little cleaning up, measured and cut and it works nearly perfectly at the top of the basement stair case. I say nearly perfectly because this old house is so un-square, nothing is right. It needed a little creative attaching and a bit of fiddling to work well enough. I kept saying, who is really going to look closely and notice it not being perfect, it is only the top of the stairs. Whoever buys the house next can fix it right themselves ! It never had quarter round , or any sort of baseboard trim for that matter, since the house was bought 12 years ago. Which in part is why the  old vinyl floor was peeling up around all of the edges, why I decided I had had enough and took on this project.

I think it turned out pretty good for not having done anything like this before ! Now I suppose I ought to go back in with a marker and wood filler to really make it look finished........

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Wedding Bouquet Card

A card I spent far too much time on for my daughters young friend that is getting married this coming weekend. I enjoyed it though ! 

Punch out flowers, shape by smooshing it into the palm of your hand with the clean rubber end of a pencil. Curl the petals with a bone folder and your thumb. I used copy weight paper, but you could use card stock. Also, I made my own shimmery paper for the flowers - after I was done building the bouquet I remembered the shimmer paper I had in my hoard ! *Easier and far less time consuming than making your own paper flowers, use premade florals.

Lightly spray paper flowers with shimmer spray, set aside to dry.
My homemade shimmer spray uses a glob Jacquard Pearlex paint and rubbing alcohol, no exact measurements but definitely more alcohol than paint. It must be very "liquidy" so it will spray.  Gently swish around in a tiny spray bottle until the paint glob dissolves and makes a shimmery liquid, spritz on your project but make sure you have scrap paper all around it. Better yet, cut a card board box into a little "spray booth" to help catch stray sprays of the shimmer mist. I'm sure you can find all sorts of recipes online for making your own shimmer spray/glimmer mist/etc.

Emboss shimmer paper with Texturz plate and Big Shot die cutting machine. Adhere to card base (my card is 5" x 5" )

Trace and cut out heart pop up for the inside. Design digitally before tracing and cutting out or stamp sentiments once it is cut out. Dab in a little bit of glue on the diamond, sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds glitter. Once dry, fold along score lines and attach to the inside of the card. *After assembling it, I thought I should have embossed around the edges of the hearts, or stamped something, it looks pretty plain. And I'm really not happy with the way the ink lightened up on the metallic paper, the especially looks awful now.

Cut several thin strips of certainly celery card stock to make stems. Adhere to a curved scrap of card stock to give it the illusion of a bunch of stems. Wrap with organdy ribbon.

Apply dimensional glitter "glue" to flower centers, set aside to dry. You could also use brads, rhinestones, flat back pearls, etc instead.

Brayer Certainly Celery ink onto vellum (or you could use Certainly Celery card stock). Punch out stems with Bird punch.

Cut a circle from a scrap of card stock to build the bouquet on. Glue the leaves on first. Layer on the flowers. I used hot glue to attach the flowers, Tombow liquid glue for the leaves.

Attach tiny rhinestone brad to tag then hot glue end to top of organdy ribbon. Lightly bend the tag before attaching if you wish.

I am going to insert it into a clear envelope then attach it to the outside of their gifts. I will wrap the gifts in large sheets of drafting vellum. I had planned on stamping random roses from the 5th Avenue Florals stamp set on the vellum and wrap black ribbons around the stacked gifts, but decided it looked too gawdy even if it is the wedding colors. I'll stick with all white gift wrap, white ribbons and this card on top. 

All supplies from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set
Basic Black ink
Rhinestone brad
scrap of shimmer paper cut with scissors to make tag
Whisper White card stock
Certainly Celery card stock
Cool Metallic Shimmer paper - The Paper Company
copy paper - Simply Paper 20 lb I use in my printer
vellum - old scrap of drafting vellum
5 Petal flower punch
Two Step bird punch (for the leaves)
home made shimmer spray
dimensional glitter "glue"
Texturz embossing plate from Stampin' Up!
White organdy ribbon - retired from Stampin' Up! years ago
My Digital Studio - Word Play stamp set for the inside of the card
Dazzling Diamonds glitter and Tombow liquid glue for the ring
Heart pop up template - unknown

Thanks for looking =)

This project made it to #12 on the Project Leaderboards at the
Stampin' Up! Demonstrator only web site August 23, 2011.

Inspiration sample from a book (that I did not note the name of, sorry) at our local library

Friday, August 19, 2011

Peel and Stick Floor project

I had enough of the old vinyl flooring peeling up at the top of the basement stairs and decided I would replace it with peel and stick vinyl flooring squares. I had no idea that although all of the edges of the old vinyl floor were peeling up, the middle of the vinyl was still stuck down - really stuck down well - to a thick plywood floor. What a nightmare, lots of hard work getting it up as best I could. After hours of scraping without much progress, I decided to cover it over with a piece of thin subfloor. That turned out to be tricky, too since I chose to use liquid nails rather than screwing the subfloor down. So much for thinking a small 33" x 40" area would stick quickly and without much problem !

I finally finished the project off today. The cats will be happy that they can eat there again, they were out of sorts from their bowls being moved into the hall:

I've never done a project like this before and although applying the tiles wasn't too difficult, the removal of the old flooring was tedious so I do not see myself replacing the vinyl floors in the bathroom ! Thankfully they are still in good shape.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Tough Week

Sigh.................  It's been one year exactly since my buddy Mulligan cat passed away unexpectedly. Almost 5  months to the day since making the tough decision to have Cassie dog euthanized. I still miss them both terribly.

Sending my son to the first day of school was especially difficult for me yesterday since Cassie always walked to the end of the drive and waited with him (both kids, but my daughter is no longer in school) for the bus. Cassie would watch them get on the bus then run back to the house.

I have been going back and forth , toying with the idea of adopting a rescue dog. One minute I just know I am ready to have another dog and super excited at the idea of having a dog that enjoys car rides and walking on a leash (neither of which Cassie did) , the next I am bawling, just sick at the idea. In the end, for now, I chose not to get a new dog despite having found nearly the perfect one in a rescue - 5 hours away !  I was  planning on going to meet her this weekend, but she has found a new home. Just as well I know, as much as I want another dog buddy, I do not want the hassles that can come with it. Sigh..........

Thursday, August 11, 2011

U2 360 concert

WOW, AMAZING show, despite the extreme heat, it was fantastic !!! Definitely an experience - and a record setting event for Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 17th, 2011 ! I believe it was over 54,000 people in the stadium that night. It was a record setting concert tour as well by having over 7 MILLION people attend the show over the course of the long tour.

I made it a real "Sunday Bloody Sunday" while walking down a "Street With No Name" (ha ha ha !!) amid the throngs of people - an unseen pothole tripped me up and I fell, hard, on all fours. A hand and knee were bloodied, both knees and hands hurt for quite some time. I was pretty much a couch potato for a week afterwards !

Here are a few of my favorite shots. It was really difficult to get any photos from where I was sitting, all of the changing lights and smoke as well as the distance from the stage not to mention people standing up in my way for much of the show (grrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!) made it difficult for my old, simple point and shoot digital camera to focus. If you are a U2 fan, you can search the web for many "Magnificent" photos and video clips.

This is a panorama shot I created by using Photoshop Elements 9 to weld together three separate photos. I was surprised how well it turned out. You can look closely to see where it is joined (look at the distorted Arch). This was taken as the stadium was still filling up, waiting for U2 to take the stage.

This is the band during their opening number, Even Better Than The Real Thing.

Opening video sequence to "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight"

Bono with a very young fan up on stage 

 Below are a few of the many different amazing light effects of the stage, it is now for sale:

Good Night, St. Louis !!! 

Thank you, U2 !!!!!!!!! Enjoy your well deserved time off from touring. I, like so many others, am anxious to see your next project and hope to see all of you again in St. Louis !

Monday, August 8, 2011

Pantry Door

I did a little "home improvement" project last month, nothing fancy...... in fact it is almost downright sad looking.

We have a 105 year old house, it sags and nothing is square, thus there are no doors to speak of. In order to make one fit, it needs to be cut down on all sides, especially the top and bottom. Too much work and aggravation so, there are no doors (except on the bathrooms).

The door to my pantry has been in the garage for YEARS, buried behind the old car waiting restoration.

On a whim a little over a month ago my husband decided to move the cars out, clean out the garage - which also meant removing the old solid wood door. It was not going back in the garage he said, so I had to start cleaning and sanding to try to make it presentable before attempting to hang it on the pantry. I spent HOURS working on that thing, then it was just too hot even in the shade so I quit. I am not happy with it, but I had no chance to work on it more because he insisted it get hung up right away, it was not going back in the garage.

I sanded and cleaned the thick old cream paint. The original plan was to use crackle medium and paint to make it look crackled, then it kept getting hotter and more humid so I knew I would not have enough time to work the crackle properly.

I squirted brown spray paint on it , randomly, then sanded it back off. I wanted it too look distressed, not like something that had been through a fire !!!! Oh well.

This is the result . I plan on trying to convince him once it gets cool this fall to take it back down so I can work on it some more. I don't think he will though because he spent hours trying to get it up the first time.

I still want to repaint the walls. I liked the raspberry color, it looked nice with the old floors and counters. 
I think it ought to be a different color with the new tile floor and counter.

And this is how much the door needed trimmed in order to open properly.
There are two pieces of wood trim that need to be put back up still. 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

RAK received - candy bar holder card

What a wonderful surprise in the mail yesterday ! 

 I received this adorable candy holder card from a "pen pal" friend, so sweet of her !

It looks to be a large square envelope, folded in half.

Clip the flap of the folded envelope only on the fold line.

Seal one half of the flap down then cover with decorative papers.

The other flap is left loose so a candy bar can be inserted.

Additional decorative papers and an adorable rubber stamped cat image that she colored with markers then mounted on dimensionals with fun fibers in the top is adhered to the front.

She ran a ribbon through a couple of holes punched near the seams to help hold it closed.

Too cute and thoughtful ! I needed a "pick me up" after this past month......thanks, Margy =) 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Cat Sympathy Card

I received a "just checking in to say HI" note from one of my followers out of the blue the other day. I was surprised that anyone noticed I hadn't posted for some time !

Too much "stuff" going on the past month. Plus, I haven't been making anything new lately to share. I did make this pet sympathy card recently. That really put me in a funk, missing Cassie dog (4 months now) and Mulligan cat (almost 1 year exactly):

All supplies from Stampin' Up!

Meow Meow stamp set
Sympathy set, I can't recall the name at the moment

card stocks:
Whisper White
Taken With Teal
Basic Black

Various Stampin' Up! classic ink pads and an aquapainter to color the images

Basic Black marker

Basic Black grosgrain ribbon

Thanks for looking =) 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Extreme heat and humidity

Ugh, we are melting here as is most of the country it seems. It has been so hot and humid and dry this summer, setting records left and right. Just miserable.

This is how several of our windows look, moisture builds up on them:

Lifted from our local news station blog:

Heat Wave Stats

by Steve Templeton
Posted on August 2, 2011 at 8:12 PM
Updated Tuesday, Aug 2 at 8:17 PM

The heat wave numbers from this Summer are impressive and altering the record books.
-4th Hottest July on record.
-10 days at 100 or hotter.  Last time we did that was 1988 (a brutally hot and dry Summer)
-As of August 3rd we have reports of 18 deaths from the heat in the St. Louis area.  Many of these were elderly in homes with air conditioning but it was not turned on (all the more reason to check on your friends, family and neighbors)  Cool Down St. Louis is a great resource to help you do that!
-Two stretches with an excessive heat warning
-This most recent Excessive Heat Warning has lasted 19 days!