Friday, November 30, 2012

Holiday Mail for Heroes - Cards I Made and Donated to The Red Cross

I stopped at just 20 cards to send to the Holiday Mail for Heroes program through the Red Cross because I was running out of time to meet the deadline and my scraps/old swaps I found stash was dwindling ! I had already used lots of scraps (and swaps I reworked) to make cards  for my extended family get together this weekend. Most of the cards have been posted on my blog the past few weeks. Thanks for looking =)















ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF MY MEMORIES SUITE V4 !!!!


To enter for a chance to win the software, I ask that you go to MyMemories.com to look around at all of the amazing kits they offer (many of which are FREE!). I know it will be difficult to choose, but pick out TWO favorites and share the names of them here under my comments. They can be entire kits, quick pages, paper packs, albums - just pick two items available in the MyMemories store and share the names of them here (include why you chose them as well if you'd like). One entry per person, please. Open to residents of the United States only. A winner will be chosen randomly December 7th and a coordinator at MyMemories will be notified to send you the code for redemption .


You can get a $10 discount AND a coupon for $10 worth of free items in the store everyday if you use my affiliate code in the store at MyMemories.com. Simply insert STMMMS23251 in the space provided at checkout to get the discount and coupon - the everyday price is already a great value at $39.97, but using my code makes it an awesome deal ! They also offer discounted multi packs if you have several people on your Christmas list that may like to receive it as a gift.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF MY MEMORIES SUITE V4





To enter for a chance to win the award winning My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking (and so much more!) program, I ask that you go to MyMemories.com to look around at all of the amazing, reasonably priced digital kits they offer (many of which are FREE!). I know it will be difficult to choose, but pick out TWO favorites and share the names of them here under my comments. They can be entire kits, quick pages, paper packs - just pick two items available in the MyMemories store and share the names of them on this post (include why you chose them as well if you'd like). One entry per person, please. Open to residents of the United States only. Email address will be required to notify the winner. The winner will be chosen randomly at 10PM CST December 7th.  Be sure to share this opportunity with your friends ! 

Entry example:
Oh my goodness, there are too many items to choose from in the store. I chose The Perfect Tree by Scraps N Pieces because it was a HUGE kit full of items perfect for Christmas creations. I also chose the Cats and Dogs kit by Connie Prince - exactly what I need to scrap photos of my pets. Thank you for the chance to win this awesome sounding software !


You can get a $10 discount AND a coupon for $10 worth of free items in the store if you use my affiliate code in the store at MyMemories.com. Simply insert STMMMS23251 in the space provided at checkout to get the discount and coupon - the everyday price is already a great value at $39.97, but using my code makes it an awesome deal ! They also offer discounted multi packs if you have several people on your Christmas list that may like to receive it as a gift.


Be sure to "like" the My Memories Fans page on facebook for more inspiration and a weekly Friday freebie. They also have twitter and pinterest accounts as well as a blog full of inspiring ideas !

Look at the My Memories Suite label here on my blog sidebar for ideas, too (there aren't a lot of them at the moment since I am just getting started with this fun and easy to use program). 




MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SOFTWARE, taken from mymemories.com:





MyMemories Suite v4 is a fun and easy way to create scrapbooks, photobooks and more. This award winning software will help you create beautiful albums, projects, and custom gifts in a matter of minutes.

Create

    • Photobooks
      MyMemories Suite will help you create your beautiful pages from scratch or you can build an entire album using one of the many professionally-designed templates provided within the software. A large collection of papers and embellishments are also included to help you make each page uniquely your own. Then use the share option within the software to turn your digital scrapbook into a professionally printed and bound book.
    • Custom Gifts
      MyMemories Suite will help you create your own project and then export them to create custom gifts. You can create iPhone skins, laptop skins, jewelry, magnets and more. Check out the entire selection here
    • Printables
      MyMemories Suite will help you create customized printable projects. You can create all kinds of printable boxes, decorations and more. Check out the entire selection of customizable project templates here

Print

Print directly from the software to your home printer or export and take your project to your favorite printer. MyMemories Suite lets you export your projects as JPG, PNG, PDF or SVG.

Share

Create an interactive project with music, narration, video and even the Internet with simple options. Then share your completed project on a DVD or as a slideshow.




Prior to installing MyMemories Suite 3, ensure that your computer meets the following technical specifications:
Windows:
          Windows XP, Vista, or Window 7
          Pentium 4, 1 GHz or better (1.6 GHz recommended) or comparable AMD processor
          1 GB RAM available (2 GB or more recommended, 2 GB required for Windows Vista and Windows 7 users)
          64 MB Video RAM
          Available Hard Disk Space: 1.2 GB
Macintosh:
          OS X 10.4.x or greater (with latest Java update)
          G4 500 MHz or Faster (G5 1 GHz or better recommended)
          1 GB RAM (2 GB or more recommended)
          32 MB Video RAM (64 MB recommended)
          Available Hard Disk Space: 1.2 GB
Other Requirements
          QuickTime™ Player version 7.5 or higher is required.
System Settings
          Monitor Resolution: 1024 x 768 or higher (1152 x 864 or higher recommended)
Recommended Additional Equipment
          CD or DVD Burner (Required for interactive album and DVD-Video output options)
          Printer
          Speakers
          Digital Camera
          Microphone
          Digital Camcorder
          Scanner


Anything But A Card Challenge 7: By The Sea






I've not submitted anything to a challenge for a while and I had the perfect photos that needed scrapped. Of course there are still boxes full of hard copy photos not to mention an external hard drive nearly full of digital photos to be done............. eventually........ maybe !

Anything But A Card #7: By The Sea  "you can use anything sea/ocean related- colors, marine life, mermaids, beaches, sand, etc. and/or let the picture inspire you!"



I used My Memories Suite Version 4 digital scrapbook (and so much more!) software to create this page. All elements used came with the new version 4 software. 

Potato is the color of the mats (there are 63 colors included in the software palette, but you can create more).

The embellishments are out of the new Tommy kit (created by Kathryn) that is included in the new software. There are 15 new designer kits that come with the software , each includes a premade album that you simply drop photos into and you are done. You also have the ability to alter them if you'd like ! Plus, all of the bits and pieces from those kits can be accessed to use on other projects such as cards, home decor and more . I'll be sharing a project I made for a facebook timeline cover using pieces from one of those kits in a couple of days. 

I inserted a regular text box for the journaling, Potato color, Arial font. Daytona was done as a Word Art so I could make it arch over the umbrella ! It was the default Sans Serif font done in Potato, but you can choose from all sorts of fonts and colors. There are lots of fun features under the Word Art option such as the shape and fill options like gradients or textures.

The photos are some I took on vacation. I originally thought about inserting the background photo as a background paper then reducing the opacity, but it didn't look right to me so I left it as a photo layered over the Potato background paper. I did flip it horizontally in the program; the umbrella was on the opposite side in the original photo. 

Now for the COOLEST thing about this digital scrapbook page, I can make a "hot spot" that when clicked on will play a video clip that I embedded in it ! As I move my mouse over the image and see the hot spot on the boogie board photo, I can click it and see a clip of him boarding. Neat, neat, neat ! Unfortunately I can not get that to work to share here on the blog . . . .

Although I am happy enough with this layout, I think I will go back in and change the border under the photos. The color of the wavy heart punched border worked, but it really is a little bit too "country" feeling for this beachy page. I liked the waviness to it and the hearts represented how he fell in love with the beach and boogie boarding.  I dunno...... that's what is great about digital, easy enough to change and no waste of paper , ribbon, etc. Also, I noticed that I didn't have it slid all the way into position before exporting it to share. That will be easy enough to fix.  


Now that I have the full version software to play around with and am set up as an affiliate for My Memories, I am offering a giveaway of the software ! First off, if you have a Facebook page, like the MyMemories page. Once you become a fan, you'll have access to weekly fan only freebies and lots of ideas !

To enter for a chance to win the software, I ask that you go to MyMemories.com to look around at all of the amazing kits they offer (many of which are FREE!). I know it will be difficult to choose, but pick out TWO favorites and share the names of them > here < under my comments. They can be entire kits, quick pages, paper packs - just pick two items available in the MyMemories store and share the names of them . One entry per person, please. Open to residents of the United States only.  A winner will be chosen randomly December 7th . 

You can get a $10 discount AND a coupon for $10 worth of free items in the store everyday if you use my affiliate code in the store at MyMemories.com. Simply insert STMMMS23251 in the space provided at checkout to get the discount and coupon - the everyday price is already a great value at $39.97, but using my code makes it an awesome deal ! They also offer discounted multi packs if you have several people on your Christmas list that may like to receive it as a gift.

Thanks for looking =) 


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My Memories Suite Version 4 - Half Off !


Want a great Christmas gift for YOURSELF or someone CRAFTY???
Be sure to grab the latest release of MyMemories Suite Version 4!

This new release features some great new options for creating
the perfect Holiday gift for everyone on your list!!

Grab it TODAY only at the best price of the season!
Be sure to use the PROMO CODE listed above
for either the FULL or UPGRADE version!


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If you miss out on the half off sale, don't despair:
I can save you $10 off of the every day price 
of $39.97 when you use my affiliate code
(found on the right side of my blog page
STMMMS23251 )
and you'll receive a coupon good for $10
worth of amazing digital content from their store.
There are literally thousands and thousands of items !
So, it is almost like getting it for half off still any day of the week =)

Good for a digital download (over 4.5GB file size so you need a stable internet connection)
or a hard copy disc to be mailed to you for a small fee.

I ordered my CD the evening of Friday the 23rd of November and
received it in the mail in a nice box with bubble wrap
(the disc is in a plastic case, too) today, Wednesday November 28th !
I sure didn't think I'd see it so soon - but thrilled it is here !!!!
I am looking forward to seeing all that the full version of the software has to offer
as well as all of the new 15 designer templates that are now included.

I'm off to do my install, woo hoo ! 

Eyelet Ruffles & Gingerbread Men Card




I've been using up old scraps, bits and pieces to make 
holiday cards and posting them the past couple of weeks.
Here is another card made with pieces from an old project
that I couldn't throw away, knowing someday I'd find a good use
for all of those eyelet edges. I made a Love card similar to this last year
and donated it to Operation Write Home.

This card uses the eyelet edges cut off of the note cards
that I altered to make 95 Thank You cards for Veterans on
and Honor Flight last fall.

I glued four edges along the bottom half of the card.
Double stick tape worked wonders to attach the grosgrain ribbon
along the top edge of the eyelet borders.
I stamped two gingerbread men with 
Whisper White craft ink onto Kraft card stock.
Once dry, I added details with a Chocolate Chip marker,
aquapainter and Crumb Cake ink, red glitter glue.
Merry Christmas is a Stampin' Up! brand stamp
image as are the gingerbread men.

Thanks for looking =) 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

My Memories Suite Tutorial - Adding Outside Content


greeting card front

greeting card inside




It's easy to use outside content in the My Memories Suite digital software. Outside content is anything you buy and download from other designers and websites on the internet. There must be hundreds of thousands out there to choose from with more being created all the time.

In  a nutshell, you will download the content and save it to your computer. Make special folders to help you organize it all, you will find that saving digital content becomes an addiction and you'll have so many kits to keep organized on your computer!

Open the MMS software, choose a project type.

Add background paper and other embellishments by clicking on the "Browse other" button then navigate to where you stored the content you wish to use. Click on the name or the thumbnail of the item and it is inserted into your project, easy !

Here is a free pdf file that tells you how to use outside content in the My Memories Suite software.
Here is a how to video.

More about my project:
I created a 4.25" x 5.5" portrait album to make a greeting card. I made an inside as well as the front.
I used a digital download kit I found at ShabbyPrincess a couple of years ago, Holiday Magic . I inserted papers and embellishments from that digital download into the My Memories Suite software following the instructions to use outside content in the pdf file I shared above.

Thanks for looking =)

My Memories Suite software V4 is $39.97 but you can get a $10 discount if you use my affiliate code (found on the right sidebar of my blog). You'll also receive a coupon code for $10 to use in the designers store as well as a code for a free 6x6 photo book (you pay shipping).THANK YOU !

3 Delightful Decorations Cards










Three simple cards made with the Delightful Decorations stamp set, punch and inks from Stampin' Up! The Merry Christmas stamp is also from Stampin' Up!
I used a cuttlebug folder, Stampin' Up! embossing folder and Perfect Details Texturz plate to add texture to the white card stock.
Striped ribbon was ordered online so long ago, I have no idea where it came from.
There is shimmer mist on the red ornament and a rhinestone on the light blue ornament.

Thanks for looking =)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Crystal Quick Page - MMS Scrapbooking



Here is another Quick Page from mymemories.com. It is called Crystal and was created by Laitha's Designs. They also sell the separate components to create your own custom digital projects. It is a beautiful, complete single layer page - all you do is add your photo.  You can also add journaling by inserting a text box over the image. See my post yesterday on how to use Quick Pages in the My Memories Suite software.


Here is a video tutorial on how to use Designer Quick Pages


Also, I did not mention in the last post that although these files (which are reasonably priced and many times on sale) are meant for use with the My Memories Suite scrapbooking software ($39.97 for the complete program, use my affiliate code STMMMS23251 to get $10 off !), they will work with most other photo editing applications ! Anything in their shop can be downloaded to work directly with the My Memories Suite software or downloaded as a general use file. You get both versions with your purchase.

Tomorrow I'll show you how easy it is to use digital content found elsewhere (there must be gazillions of digital kits and designers on the internet to choose from, wow !) in the My Memories Suite program.

Thanks for looking =)

2 Distressed Gold Cards




I have a few pieces left of this super shiny gold card stock with white core that came from Stampin ' Up!
over 10 years ago. It's what they sold before the thicker solid gold and silver metallic card stocks that were sold in recent years. It's fun to distress using embossing folders ! 
Simply run your card stock through the embossing folder then
lightly sand the raised areas to reveal the white core.

Everything used on these cards, except for NOEL, came from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for looking =) 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Fall Quick Page - MMS scrapbooking


check out the textures on the closeup



This is an adorable quick page that is currently available for FREE from mymemories.com. There are many more available right now. You download it and install it in the My Memories Suite software. The page is complete, there is nothing you need to do to it other than add photos ! There are no layers, no components to add or move around, it is just a completed flat page with windows for your photos to go behind.  So quick and easy to make an adorable scrapbook page !

To use a quick page, download and install it into the My Memories Suite software . There are oh so many to choose from, and lots of different styles to fit your taste, more being added all the time by the talented designers at mymemories.com. Open a new  "Create Your Own Project" and insert the Quick Page as an Embellishment. Layer your photos behind the windows on the page. So easy, so fast  !

See a video tutorial and download a detailed pdf tutorial on how to use Quick Pages here:
http://www.mymemoriesblog.com/2011/11/short-suite-tutorial-on-how-to-use.html


Remember, if you decide to buy the software suite, use my affiliate code STMMMS23251to get $10 off of your purchase price ! It is available as a digital download or on a disc, works on Windows and Macs.
  I THANK YOU !

4 Holiday Woodcuts Cards








Four quick cards using images stamped with the old
Holiday Woodcuts stamp set, inks and card stock
from Stampin' Up!

Cuttlebug embossing folders Stars and Christmas Countdown(?),
Fiskars embossing template,
Stampin' Up! Northern Flurry snowflakes embossing folder.
Scrap of red organdy ribbon
Forest Foliage marker 

I had several of these images stamped 
(I still have more that I didn't use yet)
a few years back. 
They've been stored in the stamp set box,
I forgot all about them until the other day !
I'm sending these simple, quick cards 
 to the Holiday Mail For Heroes program
since there is not glitter and the greeting is
simply Happy Holidays .

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software




I totally stumbled upon this awesome digital scrapbooking (and so much more!) software by accident the other day , never even heard of it. Wow, is it a wonderful program from what I have seen so far ! In fact, I liked it so much I have signed up as an affiiliate for them. If you click on the photo advertising it on my side bar then decide to purchase a copy for yourself, be sure to use my code  STMMMS23251 to get a $10 discount ! The software is $39.97 everyday, available on your choice of a disc (for a small shipping fee added) or as a digital download.

There is a free trial download so you can try it before you buy it, too (HUGE file though).

I've been playing with the trial version of V3 myself the past couple of days and would love to show you the things I've done with it so far, but am unable to save and share the files since it is only the trial version. I was so impressed with it, I decided to go ahead and buy Version 4 that was released yesterday and sign up as an affiliate. By becoming an affiliate for them, I can save you $10 if you use my code ( STMMMS23251 ) and I will be able to earn a little comission at the same time (THANK YOU!). I will also have access to extra downloads and tutorials to share with you. Right now there are three cute take out box downloads available here:      

http://www.mymemories.com/store/share_the_memories_kit_1


http://www.mymemories.com/store/share_the_memories_kit_2


http://www.mymemories.com/store/share_the_memories_kit_3


instructions here:   www.mymemories.com/craftables/takeout



It comes loaded with all sorts of goodies, but there are so many more fun digital items you can purchase from their web site - or get for free ! There are dozens and dozens of fabulous freebies right now: choose from papers, embellishments,  quick pages even facebook timeline covers! Also, you can use "outside" product in the software, there are tips and tutorials on their website that tell you how.

If you "like" their facebook page you will have access to a freebie once a week or so.
Go to www.mymemories.com for more details !

Version 4 was just released November 23rd !!!!! There are many fantasitc upgrades in this version, including the ability to cut files from the program with an electronic die cutter ! I have yet to see it in person since I just bought it for myself and am waiting for the disc to arrive.
Use my affiliate code to get an extra $10 off of the $39.97 price . It would make a great gift !
STMMMS23251


THANKS !










Snowflake Ornament Card


Still plugging along on using up scraps
to make holiday cards.
This particular card uses several scraps.

The small white piece that has dry embossed polka dots,
the Riding Hood Red half of a top note die
the white snowflake punch
and the red chipboard snowflake are all bits and 
pieces that were in the scrap box.

I added glitter around the edges of the white piece.

I stamped snowflakes onto the Riding Hood Red Top Note die cut
with Riding Hood Red ink.
I think I should have punched out a half circle at 
the top edge of it for the stamped center of the snowflake
to sit in. I thought about it, then thought I might end up
ruining it, that it would be just out of alignment enough
that I wouldn't like it. Of course now looking at it 
completed I wish I had tried it. I also wish I had adhered the
top note die cut a little further down on the card front. Oh well.....
There is a thin line of Tombow glue around the edges
of the die cut to hold it in place.

I adhered layers of decorative paper and punches to the chipboard snowflake
(but I painted the raw chipboard edges red first to finish it off).
The chipboard snowflake and decorative paper came from
the limited edition kit that was available through
Country Living Magazine a few years ago.
I attached a piece of ribbon to the back then
covered the tails with card stock cut to fit.

 I managed to use several scraps for this card
and make it into a gift as well, an ornament !


Thanks for looking =)

Friday, November 23, 2012

Footrest Redo



My 13 1/2 year old fat cat, Kitty, has been having difficulty jumping onto the couch and bed. I've been saying for months that I needed to make her a step stool - and I finally did it !




This old foot rest was made by my grandmother many, many years ago. She was a seamstress and did some basic upholstery work,  too. This is one of the items she made. It has wooden legs screwed into a base of plywood. She made a brown fabric cover to go over an old red velour couch cushion, stapling it to the bottom of the plywood. I remember this footstool (and another one that mom still has) from when I was little. Grandma passed away 22 years ago yesterday; this is one of the items of hers that I kept. 

It has been out in the garage for years, hubby sat on it while working on cars or as you can see, used it to hold items while he painted them sometimes. Sad to see that it was ruined.

I actually forgot all about it being out there and was going to cover an old storage crate to make the step for Kitty, but he remembered the footrest and asked if I wanted to try to save it. It was, after all, the perfect height and size for kitty not to mention a sturdy piece. 

We sanded down the legs and plywood. I stained them. 

I had a large piece of stretchy denim fabric mom gave me a long time ago to make something of, but hadn't used it yet. I'm not sure if it was something from grandmas fabric stash or something mom bought. I thought it would be a good sturdy fabric to withstand the cat claws as Kitty jumped off and on it, but I wanted to look for something else first. There are no fabric stores where I live, but a nearby Walmart still carries some fabrics so I looked there to see if they had something I liked. No luck. There was a pretty piece of brown fabric that would have been nice to use to coordinate with the furniture,  but it was too pretty and I didn't think it would hold up well to cat claws (and $10.97 a yard!). 

I decided to cut up the denim to make a cover for the old foot stool. I thought about stamping some designs onto it before sewing and decided against it (but wish I had tried it anyway, it looks pretty plain).  I am no seamstress (I did try to make clothing and other items for the kids when they were little) and like to take as many shortcuts as possible so this project was a pretty quick one - and it shows !



I measured the cushion, added and inch to each side, used a large yardstick and pencil to mark the measurements on the back of the fabric and cut it out. Unfortunately it wasn't quite long enough so I had to make two seams on the side pieces. Note to self: if I decide to recover it again, I need to trace around the wooden base to create the top piece. The corners really should have been rounded on it.

I cut out the pieces, made a seam on the two long side pieces then laid them down on top of the top fabric piece  right sides together and stitched them in place . No, I did not pin it in place either; I'm too lazy to waste my time and prick my fingers pinning, unpinning ! Remember, I'm no seamstress (sorry, Grandma!).

I was pleased (relieved!) that it fit well enough so I stapled it to the bottom of them footrest. 

I think it will work just fine for the time being. Kitty has used it twice that I know of.

Edited to Add: I totally meant to enter this in the challenge at 

Anything But a Card Challenge 6: A Stitch in Time: use any time or stitching element

I thought it would fit for two reasons: my sad attempt at upholstery (stitch) and the fact that it was made so long ago (time) by my grandmother, redone present day by myself. I forgot to link it up in time, oh well. 

Thanks for looking =)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving !






At the heart of Thanksgiving 
is the spirit of gratitude,
which makes this the perfect opportunity 
to let you know how grateful I am
to each and every one of you
that have been following my blog 
and leaving comments! 



Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday -
and thinking of those affected by
hurricane Sandy as well as 
our troops that our serving our country.
I am grateful to each and every one of our 
service members for the sacrifices they make. 







Simple hydrangea centerpiece. 
DO NOT LEAVE CANDLE BURNING UNATTENDED !
I only lit it for the photo,
I don't think I would light it otherwise.






Poke dried hydrangea blossoms into a wreath.
Use dabs of hot glue to hold into place.
Use an upside down heat proof bowl
as a base to stand a large candle on
in the center of the wreath.
You can add tufts of fabric, tulle, tissue paper,
bows, paper ribbon, etc to fill it in
and use less blooms if you'd like. 



Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Facebook Cover - MDS project


Made with My Digital Studio, original version, from Stampin' Up!

I used several digital punches to create the turkey:
scalloped circles, circles, pennant, two step bird, small photo corner

Background paper from Wonderfall kit.

Cajun Craze grosgrain ribbons

Antique brad

HAPPY from stamp set (I don't remember which one)

Thanksgiving is a text box and font in Pumpkin Pie color




May the bounty of the season fill 
your heart and home!




Snowflake Card 4



I LOVE this brass template/paper piercing template of a snowflake. I bought it online several years ago.
It takes a bit of time to make, but sure is pretty.

Kraft, Bliss Blue, Whisper White card stock - Stampin' Up!
shimmery pearl paper
White craft ink
silver brads
snowflake border punch, unknown manufacturer


Thanks for looking


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Snowflake Card 3


The scrap on this card from my scrap box is the piece of striped ribbon.
Bright blue and white card stocks.
I dry embossed two lines along the top of the white card stock piece.
Unknown manufacturer of the snowflake border punch and striped ribbon.
Sentiment is from Stampin' Up! and stamped with Brilliant Blue ink.
It might be fun to add a little bit of glitter on each snowflake at the bottom.....but messy !


Thanks for looking =)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Snowflake Card 2


Using up more scraps to make holiday cards............
Cuttlebug die and embossing folder to create the snowflake.
Shimmery lightweight paper mounted to red card stock on the outside of an acetate card.
The inside is lined with striped paper, unknown.
There are two small white pieces that are behind the front piece. One is mounted to the back side with a sentiment stamped on it (it was cut from an old card that I used the front of to make a different card seen here). The other is mounted to the striped paper to write a note on.
I'll add a brad or small banner with a sentiment on it to the center of the snowflake die cut.

Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Snowflakes Card 1




This was an experiment that did turn out very well. All supplies from Stampin' Up!

Night Of Navy card stock ran through the Northern Flurry embossing folder .
I inked the embossed areas and edges with silver metallic Encore ink.
Mounted to silver metallic card stock.
Added 5/8" silver organdy ribbon and metal edge tag.
This is a 4.25"  x  4.25" card.

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Snowman Card 3


This is one of my favorite made from scraps cards
I've completed so far.
I keep working my way through the scrap box, 
trying to reuse bits and pieces of "ugly" old projects
or several old swap cards I came across.
There was quite a collection of holiday themed 
scraps left still since I used almost all of the 
everyday type of scraps last year for the 
over 350 cards I made and sent to 
Operation Write Home. 
This year I am working on using up those 
holiday bits and pieces to send some cards to
Holiday Mail for Heroes through the Red Cross.

The card above started out as just the snowman image
on a plain white card base. It didn't get totally inked, looked
really washed out. It was also stamped crooked, so it
went to the "one day I'll do something with it" scrap box.
Today was the day ! 

I trimmed the image out then colored it in with an 
aquapainter and ink pads.

I ran Kraft card stock through the Square Lattice
embossing folder from Stampin Up!
then lightly sponged Soft Suede ink around the edges.

It was mounted to Naturals card base. 

I like how this one turned out despite being washed out looking.


Thanks for looking !

Friday, November 16, 2012

Snowman Card 2




Let me tell you a story about the images on this card, one that is truly unbelievable, even to me and I am the one it happened to.


I ordered this cute snowman stamp set from Stampin' Up! many years ago and never assembled it.
I finally decided to make the above image a few years back, it was on the front of a small white card I was going to use as a tag for a gift. I never used it because I couldn't find teeny tiny pom poms like I wanted to finish it off.

This year I made it into a card, but still no pom poms. Before taking this photo I totally forgot I was going to add bits of crinkled tissue to make snowballs or maybe punch out little letters to spell something, such as M E R R Y instead. One or the other of those ideas will get done before sending it off.

Sorry, I rambled.... let me get to the unbelievable story: the little bird rubber stamp image was lost right after I made this card. It was my fault, I hadn't mounted it to the wood block yet (none of them had been, I still needed to seal the wood). I left them out after making the card, not even thinking anything would happen to the pieces. I'd get back to cleaning up after I finished making dinner for the kids who had just gotten home from school.

Well, lo and behold when I went back to my craft dungeon, the teeny tiny unmounted rubber stamp bird was gone. I had no idea where it went. I searched all over the table, the floor, under the edges of the storage tubs that are under the table, everywhere in the immediate area in case I had knocked it off without realizing it. I even emptied the trash can, no bird. Sigh........ I asked for it by not picking up right away, as I normally do.

All I could think that may have possibly happened was one of the cats jumped onto my work table and did something to it, batted it onto the floor perhaps. Maybe it would turn up elsewhere in the basement one day.  I would just have to try to draw that little bird if I ever wanted that image again.

Life went on .........

Fast forward to the early spring. I was taking the garbage cans out to the curb when a little bit of red caught my eye on the sidewalk. It was laying near the edge of my flower bed on the sloped part of the walk where all the water runs when it rains. I thought it looked like a rubber scrap, kind of weird to see a piece of it there. I picked it up and could not believe my good fortune, it was the bird image !!!!!!!!!!!! I kid you not  !!!! Now I wouldn't go so far as to say it was a miracle because there are far more miraculous things that happen, but it sure was amazing that after a few months it turned up - outside, no where in the basement craft dungeon or elsewhere in the house. I can only speculate that it was stuck on a cat paw (or even my shoe?) , fell off in the yard and worked its way out of the grass after the spring rains, washing down that slight slope and getting caught at the edge of the flower bed the way dead leaves and such do. I have another theory, but it is gross ;)   Anyway, just unbelievable. I was pretty excited !

Needless to say I IMMEDIATELY mounted it to the bare wood block =)

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Snowman Card 1



The snowman image is one I stamped and colored long ago,
never using it for a project - until now. 
Unfortunately because it sat in the scrap box for so long,
I don't recall the name of the set the snowman came from.
It'll probably come to me at some point
(or if I dig out old catalogs in search of it!).

All supplies Stampin' Up! 

card stock:
Whisper White
Poppy Parade
Cool Caribbean


ink:
Basic Black
Poppy Parade


stamps:
Many Merry Messages
snowman from I have no idea what set


Snowflakes embossing folder
Stickles brand glitter glue

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

4 Lovely As A Tree Cards




The tree portions above were leftovers from an old class I taught.
When I was a demonstrator (ha, ha.... !) I had a few
classes. ALL of which were never successful, ever.
The Hostess would tell me X number of people were coming
"for sure" then it would always be half that number, or less.
I'd have so many supplies cut up for the make and takes
then be stuck with them.
Once I thought I'd NOT make as many as I was told were 
coming then bring extras with me to cut there.
Wouldn't you know it that is the one time more 
people came so I was unprepared.
The Hostess offered to cut up the card stock for me
while I did other prep.
but unfortunately somehow all of the pieces were 
cut the wrong sizes. I never did that again ! 

Anyway, the tree parts are from an old class I taught on crayon resist technique.
I made several extras for this particular class knowing that the ladies
would not be happy with the outcome and want to do it again.
These are the last two pieces of glossy card stock
to be used with that tree image and crayon resist technique !

The dark green scallops along the edge of the top sample are
from a scalloped edge die cut square I made and never used.

The bottom card has glitter glue details.
The sentiment on the front was punched out from the inside of
one of the tree cards I posted yesterday. 











Crayon resist and masking on white glossy paper;
shimmer mist.



Run an embossing folder through a Big Shot machine
with a chipboard oval frame on top to create
the selective embossed frame .







thanks for looking =) 


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

5 Bold Christmas Tree Cards

Three more old projects revamped.
All stamp images were from Stampin' Up!


This first one was a swap card I tweaked.
The original had the front right edge cut with
deckle edged scissors then green ink was sponged along 
just that edge. The tree was not colored in and there
was not gold star on the top.
I trimmed all of the edges, removed the back
then sponged all of the edges with hunter green ink.
Using an aquapainter and the ink from an ink pad,
I water colored in the tree image
and a very light blue background.
I used a small star punch and More Mustard cad stock
to make a topper for tree.
This newly colored piece was attached to a plain
Whisper White card.









This second one was actually an incomplete card I
started to make years ago. I wasn't happy with the 
stray pieces of embossing powder on the tree,
so it sat on the white piece of card stock unfinished for a long time.
This year I used a cuttlebug folder to do the embossed background
on the white piece. I ran a gold permanent ink marker along the edges.
It was mounted to hunter green card stock then a 
Whisper White card base. A gold permanent marker
worked well to color in the star on top of the tree.
I decided to go ahead and use the speckled looking
heat embossed tree piece after all, 
it will look like snowflakes falling on it maybe.









This last one is an old Christmas card I made,
similar to the one above that I never completed.
I wasn't real happy with the way the background was stamped
so I never sent it out (which is another reason why I never finished
 the one above). 
I ran dark green card stock through a Stampin' Up! embossing folder,
mounted the white piece to it. Gold permanent marker for details.
The tree is stamped and heat embossed
with white embossing powder on dark green card stock. 
Cut out with scissors. The tree is on dimensionals.
I believe this basic idea came from an old Catalog. 











Thanks for looking =)