Monday, April 29, 2013

New Kitten !

She'd never been outside and was scared, crying.

Kitty is NOT happy !

She likes to find odd hiding places.

Oops, when I batch processed the photos I didn't realize the watermark 
was going to be placed in the center of the photos !

No name yet and not even sure I am going to be keeping her,
my old cat Kitty is not adjusting well. 
It's been almost one week..........

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Skateboard Card - My Digital Studio

Longboard skateboard card with teeny, tiny stickers !

Second set of wheels/trucks printed, trimmed and popped up
with dimensionals

Teeny, tiny stickers placed on the board

Designed with My Digital Studio 2 from Stampin' Up!

The card folds along the top of the two upper wheels.

My Digital Studio 2 skateboard images I created.
This is a long card, it doesn't quite fit in a 
business size envelope so I had to make a 
custom size envelope. 
I printed out a second set of wheels/trucks
then cut them out and attached them to 
the top of the card with dimensionals.
To do this, insert a duplicate page on your MDS project
then delete all of the elements that make up the board,
only leaving the wheels and trucks.

My Digital Studio 2 supplies used:

Lots of punch shapes (this is basically a digital punch art project)
   Oval shape elongated and squished to make the board - Midnight Muse color fill
   Rounded corner square punch altered in size for the wheels (there are two layers for them, the bottom layer is Wild Wasabi, the top layer is filled with a Vintage Overlay)
   Word Window and Half Circle for the trucks - Going Gray
   Circles made really small for the bolts - Basic Gray
Numbers punch filled with my home made digital glitter paper
Extreme Elements stamp - Basic Black
Scratch (?) background stamp - Going Gray

I took logos from manufacturer webpages then reduced them in size to put on the board, replicating stickers.The real card has the mini logos printed and cut out separately with pieces of double stick tape on the back. I thought it might be fun to do this so the recipient can attach the stickers to the skateboard card where he would like (great idea for little kiddos, not so sure my son will like this idea since he is older)!

This is how I printed the card (I have never been able to print successfully directly from MDS to my printer).
It took me three tries to get this to print correctly, this is how I finally got it to work:
I exported the skateboard image as a high quality jpg.
I opened the image file up in Photoshop Elements 10.
Click PRINT from the top menu.
Double check the layout and all settings for your image and printer. I placed mine in the center of an 8.5" x 11" piece of white card stock then printed.
Once it was printed out, I carefully folded the entire length of the card stock along the top edges of the wheels. I then used scissors to trim out the skateboard while being careful to keep the front and back of the folded card in place. I cut through both layers at the same time. It might be easier for you to cut out the top layer, all around the image of the skateboard except for the tops of the wheels where you want it to fold. Trace this onto the layer beneath then cut out that layer. Whichever way you choose, cut around the entire skateboard except for the top of the wheels on the top of the board ! You want to keep those two small folds there to create the card.

I hand stamped Happy Birthday on the inside of  the card and wrote a note on the upper portion.

This was created for my sons 18th birthday since  he enjoys longboarding. Here are some of the other cards I have made for him in the past:
 Ford F150 shaped truck card
 video game controller card
 slider gift card holder
 wiper card gift card holder

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Flooding April 2013 - A Record Setter

View from the upstairs window.
The front and back fields as well as 
both sides of the road are under several feet of water.

Original predictions would have put the water
in the basement. Needless to say I was panicking
the first couple of days, trying to decide if I should 
move my crafty things out of the basement.
In the end I decided to wait, 
keeping an eye on the river levels. 
A few levees were breached so that
helped us downriver somewhat 
(at the same time many people where they broke lost
their homes, belongings and farm land was inundated).

Back field

Road just barely above several feet of water.
The bus route was changed since one of the roads it
normally travels was under water.

Water creeping over the edges of the road

Moonrise above the lake

Deer looking for a way back across the flooded creek

Towboat along the river.
This is a weird feeling, 
driving by these huge tows towering above the road.

Home made depth gauge for the field.
There's enough water to boat in!
The final crest was a top ten historical crest
record setter for our area,  9 - 12 feet above flood stage.
We live between two monitoring stations,
one was 9 feet over, the other was almost 12 feet over.

rain, rain go away

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Free Digital Files - Spring Flowers

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Use these to decorate your lawn or string them together and hang them.
Perfect for spring birthday parties or anything else you can think of!
Available free until May 5th.
(These files are also available in a format that can be used with other digital design programs)

Use coupon code STMMMS23251 to get $10 off of your purchase 
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Friday, April 19, 2013

May Day Basket Card

As I am writing this post, I am thinking about what is to come with 
flooding in our area, predicted to be major flooding next week
(as well as those with much more serious problems
resulting from the recent bombing and explosion or those that 
have already lost everything due to flash flooding today).

I'm not sure if I should panic or 
just take it in stride, hopeful that
 things will not get any worse than
they did during the major flooding here five years ago.
It was a huge inconvenience that caused many sleepless nights,
but the house did remain dry that year - 
and I'm hoping so again this time around !
I rather enjoyed having a lake for a front yard
(literally! our field filled with enough water to boat in it!)
and the peace that came with the roads being
under water, no cars racing by on the country road.
On the other hand, when I think of the predictions
this time being a bit higher than last, it makes me
think perhaps I should start moving items from 
my craft dungeon because should it flood,
insurance will not cover any of it. 
And I have a lot of stuff to move ! 
Ahhh, to have my "studio" in the high and dry attic
has been a dream of mine since moving here... sigh. 

Enough of my ramblings , on to the project.

This card was inspired by May Day flower baskets.

All supplies used were from Stampin' Up!:

Petal Cone die

Secret Garden stamp set and die set

watercolor paper

decorative edges plate for Stampin' Score 
to make the decorative dry embossed design

Wisteria Wonder, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizazz,
Going Gray and Pool Party card stocks and inks

Going Gray ink used to 
"distress" the watercolor paper

aquapainter - to add highlights to the flowers

white embossing powder

I hadn't added the ribbon handle to it yet when this photo was taken

The creek rose several feet during a flash flood today,
this is looking at the road in front of my house.
Portions of the road are under about 3 feet of water.
Normally I would not see much water from this angle,
what water is visible under normal circumstances is
well down within the creek banks. 
If you look closely you can see water
is now covering all of the bottom lands.
 The end of my driveway is at the bottom of the photo.
It is predicted to rise 10 more feet above this 
stage when it hits crest early next Tuesday !

So with that, I will likely be silent on the blog for a bit,
fighting the leaking basement and planning for the flood.
I really should start packing up some things in my craft dungeon 
and at least put them up on tables or something......... 
and make sure all of my important papers, digitized photos
and movies, etc are on the uppermost level just in case.
Better yet, maybe take all the important things to mom and dads
for the time being !

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Scalloped Square Die Card

Super easy to create a note card that has three sides with scalloped edges using the Scallop Square die from Stampin' Up! . If you'd like all four edges scalloped, die cut out a single scallop edge piece for the front then glue it to the front of a folded card base.

Simply line up a folded card just under the one edge of the die so that it is not cut when you run it through the Big Shot machine.

You can do a similar thing with the large circle die (or other shapes, too!).

I'm sorry that I do not remember the name of the stamp set (from Stampin' Up!) that I used. I think it was a hostess set, maybe a Saleabration set, from a few years ago and I also believe this card idea I saw elsewhere.

The image was stamped with pink ink on white card stock twice. I cut out the little flower from the second stamped image, added glitter, smooshed it in my hand with the end of and Empressor stylus to give it so dimension then attached it with a black brad. This was mounted on a piece of black card stock punched out with a scallop square punch.

I am not sure where the polka dot ribbon came from, I think it was one of the rolls I ordered from an online vendor.

Thanks for looking =)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Watercolor Spritz Card

Using up lots of old bits and pieces 
(yes, despite  the many cards I have made and donated to
Operation Write Home and other organizations,
I still have some scraps waiting to be used!)
for this Belated Birthday card. 

All stamp images or from Stampin' Up!
I believe the flower is from Paint Prints,
Birthday Wishes is from Sincere Salutations 
and Belated was an inked portion of a stamp
from a birthday greetings set. 
The dashed yellow lines on the background 
were made with a  Stampin' Around wheel. 
I'm sorry I don't recall the exact names right now
as the stamped piece was made some time ago.

To get the water color effect, 
lightly spritz water onto your card stock
then stamp with a water based ink.
I also lightly spritzed the inked stamp before
putting it to paper.
Stamp and cut out a single flower image then
glue to the card front.
Be sure the card stock is totally dry before stamping
on the sentiment otherwise it will smear !

Monday, April 15, 2013

Facebook Event Cover Photo Created With My Digital Studio

*NOTE: Some of the words are purposely left off for this post*

Using the same PIXEL dimensions (851W  x 315H ) as I do to create a custom project size in My Digital Studio by Stampin' Up!, I created a cover photo for an event page.

So easy to do ! I used the custom color chooser for the blue background, inserted a photo that I added a Basic Black mat and drop shadow to.

Insert text boxes for the words that are typed in Whisper White. All have drop shadows except those at the bottom with the date and time.

I'm not going to go overboard on decorations and food, but what I do make I will share as the event gets closer. I already have so many ideas, it is going to be difficult to choose only a few to do !

MY DIGITAL STUDIO IS NOW ONLY $19.95 USD !!!! WOW, what a bargain !

Saturday, April 13, 2013

April Showers, Make That Storms

We, like so many areas of the country, saw severe weather roll through the area this past week. It was one of the worst storms I have ever been in, quite scary for a few minutes as the worst of the winds roared , making rain hit sideways on the house with such force it leaked around windows. Walking about the next day I discovered a few missing shingles, many large limbs down, logs left in the field from the flooding creek and my flag pole of all things blown over ! We were quite fortunate as there was significant damage all around (the way our old home was built between two hills helps a little bit I believe).  The worst damage and the closest to the house, not even a mile away: a large 16 slip boat dock flipped up and over onto cars parked nearby, pieces blown across the creek. No one was injured.

The photo above is the last one I have of my flagpole standing. I took it shortly after the first storm that came through. So much rain fell so quickly that the creek rose 4+ feet in a very short amount of time. It happened again when the second storm came through late that evening, this time the creek went into the field since it was already a bit high from the previous storm. The second storm also broke my flag pole :(

 There were six vehicles under the debris according to news reports

 Luckily not many shingles were blown off

Wind blown debris under shingles that were lifted from the intense winds

 One of many large limbs blown down. Notice the tree snapped off in the distance
Entire trees came down elsewhere.
it surely would have come down in this storm !

Rain swollen creek - this was taken after it had already started to fall.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Spring Flower Arrangement

They make a great inspiration for a card or scrapbook page, don't they ?

I received this lovely mason jar of flowers
as a door prize for attending a recent bridal shower.
Actually, it was two different arrangements that
my sister, who also won, and I split up
then made into one.

Mine was all purple flowers with wispy greenery
while hers were the pink tulips and tiny white flowers.
We divided each arrangement in half then
recombined the two halves into two new
lovely arrangements ! 

I snapped this quick photo the day 
I brought it home, not the best lighting.
I intended on wrapping the base with
fabric and taking a better photo
 to share the next day, but
too many things distracted me
so I didn't get to around it then the flowers
started looking sad..... 
they were so pretty for those two days though !

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Bridal Shower Card

I made this card three years ago for a bridal shower. 
Unfortunatly the wedding was cancelled
so there was no shower.

Then a second one I intended on giving it out tothe following year
 did not have a shower at all.
Finally, although it was not her wedding colors, I got to give it away this year ! 

All supplies used are from Stampin' Up!

Whisper White card stock
Texturz plate Perfect Details
Weather Or Not stamp set
Rich Razzleberry polka dot grosgrain ribbon
Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black markers

Run the upper portion of the card through the Big Shot die cut machine with the Texturz plate.

Color the image with markers then stamp on the lower smooth portion of the card.

Do the same once more only this time stamp on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.
 Cut out each umbrella top.

Attach the umbrellas to the card base with dimensionals.

I stamped For Your Shower from Teeny Tiny Wishes on it, but I photographed it before I stamped the sentiment.

Thanks for looking =) 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Dollar Bill Rose TUTORIAL

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A rose made out five one dollar bills.
This particular rose will be given
to the Bride during the dollar dance
at a wedding reception.

Close up of the tag, all supplies from Stampin' Up! unless noted otherwise:
Whisper White and Almost Amethyst card stock
Wisteria Wonder ink
Congrats (welcome to the wedded bliss club)
and Well Scripted (Congratulations) stamp sets
scallop border punch
silver eyelet
ribbon from my stash, I'll probably change it though

Here is a link to a video for a similar rose,
but the crafter is using paper rather than money.

 Here are some step by step photos I took
to try to show how I made the rose. 

This is going to be the center set of petals.
I don't curl it until after I
assemble the rose.
I work with all of the face side of the bills as the top.
You can make whichever side you wish to be the top.
You may even like the look of mixing them up, 
some facing up other s facing down.

I used really thin wire that Stampin' Up! sold many
years ago to wrap each set of petals.

The photo above and below show how to make
the layers of petals.
I made four of these for the finished rose.
I use my fingers to curl the edges,
starting at one corner and rolling down diagonally.
You may find it easier to roll it around a dowel rod
or something similar.

 This will be the underside of the petals when assembled

Be sure to arrange the layers of petals with all of the 
curled edges underneath. 
This is the topside of the petals.

This shows the arrangement of the petals as you assemble them.
They should make a  +  shape as you alternate the way they lay.
This photo shows the underside of the rose during assembly.

The above and below photo show the rose
after I have added four layers of petals under
the middle single bill that becomes the two
center most petals.
It needs tweaking still.

This is how I make the center most portion of
my roses. You'll find other versions online
as well as other ways to make the petals
or even how to assemble the rose itself.

Once the center is the way you like, gently
push the other petals up around it a bit more,
making them more compact if you like.
you'll need to keep working the curled edges
of each layer as they get smooshed out of shape.

I used a floral stem that held a Dove© chocolate rose.
Yep, I keep lots of "trash" to be reused for other things one day!

I had to use a sharp piercing tool to poke a small
hole through the plastic to run the wire ends through.

                                                And now you have a dollar bill rose !
A fun, unique way to give money to someone that has everything. Perfect to make a bouquet of for the wedding couple rather than a boring check or gift card. You may want to include a note letting them know that it is indeed real money and they can easily disassemble it to spend :)

You can search online for many other tutorials and different ways to make dollar bill roses as well as many other fun folds with bills. I made a sort of bouquet of hearts made from five dollar bills as a Christmas gift for my nephews, you can see the fruit basket/money gift here.

Thanks for looking =)