Friday, July 26, 2013

Deer Leaping Through High Water - digiscrap pages

Practicing my digital scrapbook skills before my first 
real Creative Team commitment for a soon to be released kit at

I used the Ready Grow Kit:
a background paper,
a frame with drop shadow,
the chevron border. 

I inserted a text box
and used the Honey Script font
for my journaling,
color matching it to a green
pixel from the light green chevron.

I inserted another text box on the bottom of the frame,
used a light tan color then reduced the opacity
for June 2013. 

Quick and easy ! 

This is a second page I made using a before and after
shot of the leaping deer photo from the page above.
All items used are from the Ready Grow kit,
except for the text in the text box on the tag. 
The scalloped border is a punch shape in my 
digital design software I used that I paper filled
with a paper from the kit. 

And here is a bonus digital card front,
all items used except for the text,
are from the Ready Grow kit !
The scallop edge circle is 
a punch shape in my 
digital design software I used that I paper filled
with a paper from the kit.
( I should have used a small paper 
filled punch to cover the tail of the ribbon,
making it look like it ended on the card
not running off the edge........)

By the way, the photographs are some I took of a deer as it was walking down our flooded road this past June. It was a record setting flood in our area, the fourth highest on record. I had been outside looking at how close the water was getting to our house (others around us were already flooded) when I heard the water swishing noise, not quite sure what it was at first. Then I caught a glimpse of it through the trees, the deer moving through water that was midway up its back in search of high ground, dry ground.

I ran back inside the house to get my camera but without thinking, the door slammed behind me which frightened the deer. So much commotion, noise, as it was trying to leap out of the water, get away. I lifted my camera and pushed the shutter release button, hoping to catch a photo but no idea I got what I did. I was pretty excited with what I got ! I sent it to our local newspaper as a "Photo Of The Week" submission. It did not win (a little girl leaping between two beds in a hotel room did which drew some negative remarks in the sound off section), but it was printed in black and white as a sort of runner up at least !

Thanks for looking =)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

50th Anniversary Scrapbook In A Box

An American dime as size reference for the 
tiny roses on the cake top. 

I have spent so much time trying to figure out what type of card I wanted to make, something special, for the 50th Anniversary couple. I went so far as to design a trifold photo album card with the cake popping up out of it (similar to my Pop Up Christmas Tree Portrait Frame Card), but in the end decided against that because I don't like the way to cake looks after it has been flattened to fold up inside a card.

As I was working on the card that I settled on (which is now the top of the box), I decided to go ahead and make an explosion box/scrapbook despite the invite asking for no gifts. It's just an extra fancy card that can be used as a decor piece/ memory box ! I just could not help myself in the end, I enjoy making these boxes and have not used my pop up cake die nearly enough as it is. Let's see, the die cost me $40 and I have used it a total of 6 times now....... hmmmmm............... I try not to think about my crafting supplies that way, otherwise all of my cards would cost well over $20 each, not counting time to make them, since I don't use most of my stamps, etc nearly enough ! I imagine there are a few others out there that can relate ;)

Anyway, on to my project.

Because I already had the card front made and it was slightly larger than 4" square, I needed to alter my explosion box dimensions. The new top size had to be 4 7/8" to accommodate the scalloped square mat to the card front I already made, which made for a fun time crunching numbers to make it work proportionately out of one piece of 12 x 12 card stock. This will change the dimensions of the box slightly.
See this post here for a the normal size scrapbook in a box / explosion box dimensions (I shared a pattern). You can also see two other boxes I made that have three layers on the sides with tags in pockets for more photos and memories here.

I scored the 12" x 12" piece of vanilla card stock 3 7/8" in from each edge. This creates a 4 1/4" base. A scoring board works great for this, especially if you have one that has grooves every 1/8" and has markers to place at the point you want to score. The Simply Scored from Stampin' Up! is a wonderful tool for scoring projects such as this. 

Four of the side pieces (the corners) will be slightly smaller with the new measurements, but it will still work fine.

The lid top for this project must be 4 3/8" square . Add at least 1" to each side then score in along each side at 1" to make the sides. This particular box has a scalloped edge at the bottom of the lid sides. To do this, add 1 1/4" to each side (the starting square will be 6 7/8"), score along each edge at 1 1/4" then use a border punch to make the scallops. I used the scallop edge border punch from Stampin' Up!

The thin strip of gold card stock around the lid sides is 1/2" wide. I cut two pieces and glued them around the edges of the box top after the lid was assembled. 

I cut a scallop square with a Clear Scallop Edge Square Sizzix die from Stampin' Up! A piece of  Very Vanilla card stock was cut to fit on top of the  gold piece then run through the Big Shot in an embossing folder from Stampin' Up!. I lightly inked the edges of the textured card stock with gold metallic craft paint. This same paint was used to stamp with and to paint the edges of the roses. 

To stamp with the gold metallic craft paint, I poured a small puddle of the paint on a scrap piece of plastic.  I lightly dabbed a piece of Stampin' Sponge into the paint then dabbed that onto my rubber stamps. I stamped quickly before the paint dried, then immediately cleaned the paint from the stamp with a damp rag. I've used craft paints on stamps for my projects over the years (I've stamped walls, furniture and so many craft projects with craft paints and rubber stamps) with no problems - just be sure to clean them off right away.
I almost forgot, I used the 5th Avenue Flower stamp set for the outline rose images on the sides of the box. 

The  5 0 is also die cut from an alphabet die set available (currently) through Stampin' Up! 

I hand cut the little banner with scissors and stamped it with a stamp from the Hugs and Wishes stamp set. 

The gold leaves are die cut with the Sizzlits Little Leaves die from Stampin' Up!

The roses are made from several scallop circles cut with the Triple Layer Flower punch that Stampin' Up! used to sell. I attached them with hot glue. I'll share a couple photos below, but you can find step by step instructions all over the internet for many types of flowers made from paper punches. Most of them I have made and posted I didn't bother to make tutorials for since there are so many already on the internet, but I do have a couple ideas on my blog here
Paper punch floral bouquet wedding card , kind of lily looking flowers 

The 7/8" wide gold organdy ribbon bow is made from ribbon Stampin' Up! sold some time ago. Although nearly everything used on this project is no longer available from Stampin' Up!, there are many other current items that will work or similar items can be found elsewhere. 

The Sizzix XL 3D Pop Up 3 Tier Cake Die was bought from Stampin' Up! several years ago. A quick search showed a couple of online retailers that still sell this fun die. 

I used Texturz Plates from Stampin' Up! to dry emboss designs on the side pieces and top pieces before assembling. A Big Shot machine make this fast and easy !

I used the Triple Layer Flower Punch from Stampin' Up! to punch scallop circles that were then trimmed down to create the cake topper. It was stamped with gold ink and the Bold Alphabet stamp set, Stampin' Up!  I used a gold metallic Signo ink pen to add small dots at each scallop.

The tiny roses for the top of the cake were created with very small punch flowers, Flower Trio Punch, as well as the 7/8" scallop edge circle punch, both from Stampin' Up! The edges of the roses were dabbed with gold metallic acrylic craft paint. I think I may add some rhinestones to the centers and to the dots I drew on the scallops. 

The gold metallic leaves were cut with the two step bird punch from Stampin' Up! and trimmed slightly.  The gold card stock is some really old paper still in my stash, bought from Stampin' Up! ten years or so ago !!
I added a little strand of metallic gold thread, Stampin' Up!, too.

The 1/4" wide metallic gold ribbon along the sides of the cake are from my crafts stash, Offray brand. It was attached with Sticky Strip.

The gold "doily" base to the cake was cut with a Nestabilities scallop edge circle die. I added little dots of pearlescent dimensional paint to each scallop after the photos were taken.

I inked up a border stamp (Frames with a Flourish, Stampin' Up!) with gold metallic craft paint and stamped the bottoms of the four smaller , corner squares. These corner pieces could be used for journaling. 

The gold squares are meant to have photos mounted to them. I'll add a sticky note to each to let the recipients know. 

Below are a couple of composite photos that show the punched pieces I used to create the flowers.
These are the larger roses on the box top.
I used three punched pieces for the fuller rose
and one single rose that was cut into a spiral
for a sort of rose bud.
I dabbed metallic gold craft paint onto the edges 
and carefully bent the edges of the petals 
before assembling it.
I used tacky glue to hold it together
then hot glued them to the box top.

These are the teeny, tiny roses on the cake top. 
A tiny single flower trio punched flower is the base,
the trimmed portion of half of the scallop edge circle
is wound around on itself to create the center. 
I dabbed metallic gold craft paint onto the edges 
and carefully bent the edges of the petals 
before assembling it.
I used tacky glue to hold it together.

Thanks  for looking at my latest labor of love =)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Quick Birthday Card - Feminine

Old silk flowers, small stamped center, a touch of glitter glue, hand punched doily and repurposing stationery (the rose background paper) to create this quick card.

This is the first time I have ever used a Fiskars circle / doily punch. It is going to take some practice to punch the perfect circle ! I do like that all of those little punched out pieces fall away from it, no extra time is needed to clean it up like I must do when I use the doily die from Stampin' Up!.  Downside, I can't get it to work with my heavy weight card stock, the punched areas are just too fine.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Baby Girl First Birthday Card

I really don't have any stamps good for a first birthday, 
so I came up with this. 
It reminded me of a little summer dress.
It is pretty flat, mail friendly, too. 

Supplies used:

Blossoms and Swirls background stamp,
stamped with pink ink and lightly colored with Stampin' Pastels

5/8" grosgrain ribbon

Rows of eyelet border are cut off of note cards and reused

Daydream Medallions stamp set stamped and 
heat embossed with white embossing powder
then cut out with the coordinating die

Circle punch , Whisper White card stock,
Pink Pirouette ink , Think Happy Thoughts and
Outline Alphabet stamp sets

The teddy bear on the inside was cut from a thin Sizzix die.
I made the dress and hair bow for her.

Sentiment is computer generated.

Thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Butterflies and Dots Birthday Card

I finally spent some time reorganizing my ink pads and 
card stock - again. I do this every year when the new
In Colors from Stampin' Up! come out.
I'm not sure why I bought all of them again this year 
when I have a couple of old retired colors
that are sooooo close to these new in colors..... 
Yes, I still have all of my old retired inks and some 
matching card stock still from a dozen years ago !

My card stock is stored in file cabinet drawers
and my ink pads are in a DVD storage tower
that is turned on its side, laying across the top of my desk.
I have them organized in "rainbow" fashion with little colored labels 
punched from card stock attached to the front of the drawers
and sides of the ink pad storage unit. 

Anyway, as I was redoing my storage system,
I was thinking of a couple of cards that I needed 
to make for birthdays (belated!) this week.
This is one of them. 
The camera colors, or maybe it is my monitor,
are not quite true to life though.

All supplies used were from Stampin' Up!
Card Stock: 
Whisper White and Barely Banana 
Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana, 
Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush
Stamp sets:
Whimsy Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel
Think Happy Thoughts
Big Pieces
Little Pieces
Butterflies Enmbosslits die
Diamonds glitter glue

Thanks for looking =) 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Me, happy dancing !

It's official, I will be helping create projects for Loni at GraceBlossoms4U !

I'm sooooooooo excited ! This is the first time I have ever been part of a creative team !!  

I am looking forward to working on digital scrapbook pages and coming up with other ideas for using her digital kits. I've been a traditional crafter for years and years, the last several years I've concentrated on paper crafts/rubberstamping. This new adventure I hope will improve my digital crafting skills - and scrapbooking skills as I don't scrapbook , gasp ! I've been meaning to learn more digital things (and scrapbook), so this is the perfect opportunity.

I'm also looking forward to seeing her new kits monthly !

Speaking of, she has a new one, Sunset Romance, that is on sale until the end of July at .  Here is the designer kit image:

There are more images at her web site.
This is her new store at the site. The digital files you buy through this site are available for use with nearly any digital design software. What's nice about buying there, the site keeps a record of everything you've bought from their store so you can always get them again if something should happen, such as a computer crash. It will also tell you if you have already bought an item from that store when you put something in your cart so no duplicate digital purchases from them, I love that feature !

Here is a link to her facebook page. She offers a freebie for her fans ! The current freebie is an add on to the Sunset Romance kit.

and to her website / newsletter signup. You will be able to see samples with her kits here and in her newsletters.

THANK YOU for this opportunity, Loni !

Information about my project:

The SUMMER image I shared above is made as a facebook timeline cover. I used the Felt Creative papers, my custom made flower shapes, a scalloped edge and regular circle shape. The flower centers are a monogram (alphabet) set that comes in the My Memories Suite V4 software, I'm not sure which digital kit it is found in though. I did a search for Monograms and chose this style out of the many that popped up in the search results.  I did the same thing for stitching, did a search and chose this particular stitch.

It's easy to make timeline covers: simply create a custom size "canvas" of  851 x 315 PIXELS. There is an option to make custom canvas sizes in the easy to use My Memories Suite V4 and My Digital Studio programs , the two that I use.

NOTE: Embellishments will need to be greatly reduced in size to work on this "canvas" size, at least those that I have worked with in both programs so far.

See my post yesterday for a quick scrapbook page I made using her FREE Felt Creative kit !


Thursday, July 11, 2013

One Dozen Worms

That is how many Tomato Horn Worms I picked off of the hanging tomato plants today! They are the larval stage of a very large brown moth known as a hummingbird moth.

If you see these large green caterpillars on your tomato plants (they also like potatoes, peppers and eggplants), pick them off otherwise they will strip your plants and quite quickly, too. They can be tricky to spot since they blend in so well with the leaves. Once you get those clingy critters off of your plants, you can squish them (eeeeeeeeeeeew!), drown them in soapy water or feed them to the birds. Or as in my case, I carried them far off across the field and hot asphalt drive so they should not be able to make their way back to the tomato plants (I couldn't quite bring myself to actually dispatch them outright .....) . You don't want to drop them on the ground nearby because they'll find their way back up to the plant.

If you find one with little white protrusions that look like rice, leave it be. They are the egg sacs of a parasitic wasp that will help control garden pests.

It was interesting that there were so many and only on this batch of tomato plants. Luckily they struck when I was home and I noticed it before too much damage was done. Over the course of the day I found 12 of them on the hanging tomato plant basket ! I think I ought to check them again tonight just in case...........

Leaves stripped from the stems 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Free Digital Files - Patriotic Stars

Check out these great freebies! Available free until July 14th.
They make great Party Favors or Decorations! Easy and fun to make!
For complete assembly instructions Click Here

These digital files can also be downloaded for use in
other digital design programs such as Photoshop Elements
and My Digital Studio. 

to see a hybrid home decor project I made with the same 
digital star pattern but using a different paper design:
I adorned a grapevine wreath for the holidays !

You could easily print out and assemble several
of these in various sizes and paper designs
then assemble them to create an entire
wreath made from stars !

Need  a discount code for the software ? 
STMMMS23251 saves you $10 plus you will receive your choice of $10 worth of digital items from their expansive store. 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

You're A Classic - 50th Birthday Card Masculine

A pretty quick card I threw together for a 50th birthday. All supplies used were from Stampin' Up!

Stamp sets, all are retired:
Classic Pickups
Classic Convertibles
Antique Auto
Basic Gray Ink
Basic Black marker - to doodle along the edge of the tag
Whisper White card stock
Metallic Silver card stock
Basic Black card stock
Alphabet die set
circle punches

hand cut the tag with a paper trimmer

thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth Of July !

This is a facebook cover I created with My Memories Suite V4 software
I used the Red White and Boom digital kit. 

Use coupon code  STMMMS23251 to get
$10 off your purchase plus two extra freebies !

"On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country."

If you'd like to read some current interesting facts/statistics 
posted for Independence Day 2013,

Please remember to keep your pets safe.

Have a safe and happy holiday ! 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Silver Anniversary

This is a framed piece I made to take for display at a large car show we traveled to recently. I am not thrilled with the way it turned out, but for working on it the day before we left town as a last minute idea, it didn't turn out too bad. 

The photos on the finished piece are not very good since they were screen captures of grainy old video. There are no photos of us at the car show 25 years ago. We returned to the same event in the same truck this year after the event had a 14 year hiatus. Does NOT seem possible....25 years !

1988 STREET MACHINE NATIONALS 2013  was cut out of yellow card stock with the Chunkadelic die set from Ellison/Sizzix. I sponged on red and orange acrylic craft paints to simulate flames on the lower half of the letters and numbers.

SILVER was cut out by hand with scissors. I had already messed up too many pieces of red card stock trying to cut out ANNIVERSARY with a Cricut machine, I wasn't going to waste a lot of silver card stock, too. I typed SIL on one piece and VER on another, as large as I could, using an outline alphabet font. I printed in reverse on the card stock then cut out.

ANNIVERSARY was a sad attempt at using the Cricut Create machine connected to my computer with Make The Cut! Software. I bought it years ago literally just before all the brouhaha from the maker of the machines vs. the creators of the software. Had I known there would be so many issues, I would not have bought it. As a result, I have never updated and rarely used the software. Anyhow, I tried to create a custom welded cut word with a font on my computer (I think it is called American Dreams....) . I tried three times and each time it cut crooked. I ended up using one of them, piecing in teeny tiny pieces here and there to fill in some of the gaps, others I left alone, it was too much trouble trying to fix them.

Thanks for looking !