Saturday, August 31, 2013

OWH VCMP1 - Sketch







challenge at Operation Write Home today, 
I KNEW what I was going to make with it !
It was funny to me because as I was reading the post with ideas
suggested (snowflakes, punched shapes) by the Hostess,
I already planned on using both =) 







This is a great challenge for me as I am currently making holiday cards to 
send to the troops through OWH. See some of my creations posted
here on my blog over the last week with more to come.
I have 57 cards made to donate as of today,
granted 10 of them are the same adorable Santa face card
(I'll post about them tomorrow !).
My goal is to once again fill a small box
and send it in by October 1st. 



Items used:
white and light blue card stock
shimmery paper
white craft ink
swirly stamping around wheel (Stampin' Up!)
warm wishes stamp (Stampin' Up!)
snowflake punches (Martha Stewart)
snowflake die (Cuttlebug)
rhinestones
white embossing powder


Thanks for looking, 
now it's your turn to go play along !

Delightful Decorations card



I dug out my Delightful Decorations stamp set to make something for OWH  and saw this blue ornament already stamped and unused in the box. I whipped up this fairly quick card with it using a scrap of decorative paper, little piece of ribbon leftover from another project, silver Signo gel pen and ruler, rhinestone.

I still need to make some new cards with this stamp set !


My crafting always comes to an end sooner than I would like because someone is just too curious -
and also likes to try to "help" me !




"What now ?!?? You won't let me play in "your" box,
you won't let me play in the dryer....
can't a cat climb on shelves and across support beams
 to be curious?"








Thanks for looking =)



Friday, August 30, 2013

Teal Snowflakes Holiday Card



MORE cards for Operation Write Home !

I started this project when we were having nice, cool
 fall like weather (I should have been outside instead....).
A week into the project, the heat and humidity
that is normal for Midwest summers was back with a vengeance 
and has not left ! Blech !!!!
So I continue to make cards as time allows,
hiding out in my cool craft dungeon.
We are also experiencing a drought,
unlike the torrential rains and flooding
the area saw in early spring. 
Luckily many of my tomatoes were ripening, finally,
just before the extreme heat and drought set in
so I was able to have some yummy home grown tomatoes 
this year (last years drought took its toll on my plants/tomatoes)!
The squirrels and bugs had more than their fair share, too. 


On to the project.
I chose this color combination for the "snowflakes"
because I had quite a few of these little
brad eyelet doo jobbers in this teal color.


The die cut shapes are in a die set from Stampin' Up!
The inks are also from Stampin' Up! as are
 the no longer available stamp images. 












"What ? You took my box away .....
Why can't I play in the dryer ?"







For the record, Hyla kitten was accidentally locked in the dryer when she was much smaller. 
She jumped in it without my knowledge as I was emptying it one day.
About five minutes or so after I had gone upstairs with the load of laundry, I heard the most pathetic little muffled mew. Not unusual since she had separation anxiety and would cry when I was out of sight (she isn't as bad now, only if we are outdoors will she cry when she loses me). 
I must have wandered around that basement for fifteen minutes looking for her, it was difficult to figure out where the cries were coming from. Since I didn't know she had jumped into the dryer, much less followed me down to the basement, I didn't have a clue. In the end I woke hubby up to help. All I could think was she somehow found a little gap between the upstairs floor and cement foundation wall and was stuck. No way would he tear apart walls, etc to rescue her
if that were the case, I was getting sick at the awful thoughts I had.........
When he walked to the opposite end of the wall I insisted that she was in/on, he heard her cries loud and clear - he thought she was in the dryer vent tube that exited through the window there! Then it hit me - sure enough, I opened the dryer and there the baby cat stood meowing into the vent opening in the back of the dryer. That cat is the most curious, rambunctious and mean of all the cats I've ever had. She is starting to learn to be cuddled for a minute or so, but would mostly rather attack me,
play or be by herself. I'm hopeful she will eventually calm down,
be a sweet girl at least half of the time !
Despite it all, I am keeping her -
she has caught 4 mice so far :)
Old girl Kitty tried to keep up her mousing duties,
but at 14 years of age, has slowed down so
I decided to bring home the new kitten to help.
She turned six months old last week. 





Thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Pennant Punch Banner Holiday Card


More cards for Operation Write Home. 


Alphadots stamp set and Pennant Punch from Stampin' Up!
Holidays is made with a Snap Stamp set (I wish I had bought more of those!)
Hand cut banner, faux brad with red card stock and Crystal Effects.
Embossing folder, green and white card stock, red ink all from Stampin' Up!
More of that unknown decorative paper I had in my stash and
 have used on several other OWH holiday cards already posted. 








"I dare ya' to take me out of MY box today....."

It's not like Hyla kitten doesn't have boxes of her own to play in,
she has five different boxes, all different sizes and shapes.
She really likes this particular box though.
It's the perfect fit to curl up in AND
it is on my work desk in the craft dungeon.

When she was tiny she played in empty 12 pack soda boxes
(sad she can't fit in them any longer - and believe me she tries!)

Any empty box is fair game for her.








thanks for looking =) 













Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Sidekick Sayings Holiday Cards


A set of four cards I'm sending to Operation Write Home.

 The stamp image, Sidekick Sayings from Stampin' Up!,
was colored with markers to create the multi color image.

I colored one of the trees in with markers, but didn't like the way it looks.
I may try colored pencils on one to see if I like that. 

Decorative paper from my stash, unknown manufacturer.

Scraps of green card stock embossed with an embossing folder in the Big Shot machine
(they were scraps trimmed from the green and gold card I posted previously). 

The large tags are hand cut.

Round tab punch and small oval punch used on the tops of a couple of them.

Scraps of red grosgrain ribbon stapled on with red staples.








"See, this is the perfect box for me to play in-----
you don't need this box to ship cards in!"



Thanks for looking =) 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Cabin In The Snowy Woods Card


Another card I made a couple of to send to Operation Write Home.

I  would need to go look at the stamp to see who the manufacturer is,
it was a gift sent to me from a pen pal friend. 
I just love this detailed image ! 

The words on the tag are from a Stampin' Up! set,
I think it was Teeny Tiny Wishes.

The greenery punch is from Martha Stewart,
the red berries are a 1/4" circle punch.

I stamped the image with Versamark ink then heat embossed
green embossing powder over it.

Glorious Green card stock from Stampin' Up! backs the image. 

It is layered over white card stock that was run through the 
Big Shot machine with the Square Lattice embossing folder from Stampin' Up!





Somebody thinks the box I want to fill with cards to 
donate to Operation Write Home is the perfect fit for her !

It's quite a goal to reach to fill that box before the
first of October to get holiday cards to the troops in time. 
Two rows of cards standing on end next to each other
will fit perfectly in this particular box -
not sure how many cards it will take to fill it.





Thanks for looking =)

Monday, August 26, 2013

Solemn Stillness Crayon Resist Christmas Card


Two more cards I am sending in to 

I die cut white glossy card stock with a die from Stampin' Up!
I stamped the tree image from Solemn Stillness, Stampin' Up!
with Handsome Hunter ink.
Once it was dry, I scribbled with a white crayon over the 
areas of the tree I wanted to remain white, resembling snow.
I sponged two shades of blue inks onto the glossy card stock.
Once dry, I buffed the crayon area with a piece of facial tissue
to remove the extra ink and crayon wax. 
Once this is done, the brilliant white snow is revealed.
I stamped the swirls and stars stamp image from the same set
with gold acrylic craft paint (gold metallic ink doesn't show up well enough).

The stamped piece is layered onto card stock that I ran through the 
big shot machine with embossing folders from Stampin' Up!
I lightly sponged silver ink onto the raised snowflakes of the
navy blue piece. 

I created tags, hand cut with scissors and stamped
with greeting stamps from Stampin' Up!

The die cut snowflake is from the retired die strip
from Stampin' Up!

The punched stars are from a really old paper punch I bought
as part of a set nearly 20 years ago for my kids to play with.
Remember the old Betty Crocker points catalogs ?
That is where I bought the set of paper punches. 
 They never did use them and now I have them in my craft room !
I have only used one of them myself......... so far. 

This reminds me, I need to find their old stamp sets
and maybe put some of them to use for kids cards
to send in to Operation Write Home.
I bought many sets of childrens rubber stamps
years and years ago for my kids to play with before I ever heard of 
crafty rubber stamping for cardmaking, scrapbooking, etc.
I even bought a make your own stamp kit from what was at 
the time a pretty popular in our area home show business,
 Discovery Toys. 
Funny to think I provided them with stamps and inks and paper
(among oh so many other crafty things) so long ago
and now I am the one constantly "playing" with rubber and ink !




Hyla kitten catnapping on my desk........
no more card making today !




Thanks for looking =) 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Jingle All The Way Holiday Card



I made four of these cards to send to Operation Write Home.
I really should be making an extra to keep out for my own personal holiday card stash !
Then again, I may skip making cards this year and go with store bought (gasp!),
using my time and supplies to make enough cards to fill a box for 
Operation Write Home instead.


The stamp image is from Stampin' Up!, Alphabet Soup.
The decorative paper is unknown from my stash.
I made the jingle bells with paper punches, scissors and a stylus.

Punch out a circle the size you would like your bell to be
(mine was 1" I think).
Use a tiny hole punch to make two small holes about a third of
 the way in from opposite sides. I used a 1/8" punch.
Use very small scissors to trim out a slice from the edge up to the 
tiny hole punch, curving it slightly.
Use a stylus to create the raised "seam" on the bell.

There are surely paper dies or cartridges for electronic cutting machines, but since I do not have any I came up with this fairly quick way to make my own paper jingle bell embellishments.




The kitten - now a big cat! - was being a menace, as usual.
She hopped up on my table as I was trying to take photos of my cards and would not leave the poster board alone. Needless to say, that put an end to my session.






Thanks for looking =)



Holiday Peace Card


Two more cards I am sending to 

Also , two more non traditional holiday colors cards !


The stamp set is from Stampin' Up!, 


The purple papers are from Lasting Impressions.
They have a white core perfect for sanding to
show the core for added interest, 
especially fun on dry embossed images.

Wisteria Wonder ink coordinated well with the papers.

The satin ribbon came from Hobby Lobby several years ago. 

I think I ought to add dots or little circle punches
along that scalloped edge........










Thanks for looking =) 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Green and Gold Dry Embossed Holiday Card


Green card stock is dry embossed with an embossing folder and Big Shot machine.
I rubbed gold acrylic craft paint over raised areas.
Ribbon is old holiday decorative ribbon I bought on clearance years ago.

Another card for Operation Write Home.




kitten having too much fun with a piece of sponge.
I've discovered that I need to hide my sponge
pieces since she found out how much fun they are
and where I have them stored. Silly kitten!

"MY sponge....... keep your hands away!"






Thanks for looking =)

Friday, August 23, 2013

Holiday Cards for Operation Write Home








In mid August I started making holiday cards to send to Operation Write Home.
If you've not heard of this wonderful group, please take a moment to follow the link to the
web site for more information. If you wish to help but don't have the time to make cards for the troops to write home to their loved ones on, you can donate towards shipping costs.



Some of the cards I am making use bits and pieces of scraps, old stamped images and such that I never seem to totally get rid of. Most are totally new creations. I also want to make more masculine cards as well as some cards for kids to send along if I have enough time. I normally try to send less flowery, girly cards anyway (although they are the easiest to make!) since it seems like the organization is often in need of guy/kid cards. You can click on the Operation Write Home label on my side bar to see some of the many cards I have sent in to this wonderful organization. 

I'll be sharing some of this newest batch of cards I'm donating over the next few weeks. I would like to make about a dozen a week, creating enough to fill a small box to be sent off in early October. 

The above card is the first I made. I really like how it turned out and would have made a half dozen or so to send in , then decided against it since the ribbon is bulky. That extra bulk might cause problems in the mail system and damage the envelope, not allowing it to reach its intended recipient. 

I used white card stock, a piece of cream shimmery paper I bought at an office supply store, gold Encore metallic ink, a jumbo stampin' around wheel and greeting. The stamp images are no longer available, they were bought from Stampin' Up!   NOTE: I discovered that the ink is not permanent on the shimmery paper. 

The pretty organdy ribbon had the gold stars on it when I bought it. It was actually a ruffled ribbon that I trimmed the pleated seam edge off of. I gave it a good rub to make sure that none of the shininess came off. No loose glitter is to be used on cards that are donated to Operation Write Home. 

Thanks for looking =) 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Roman Shade Card

No internet for over a week again..............
here is a card I made while being offline.




I came across a really, really old card sample while rummaging through some things in my craft dungeon recently. When I found it, I knew it was past time (like a dozen years past !) that I try to make one myself, the whole reason I had kept that particular card all this time.

I didn't bother to try to find instructions online somewhere since it looked easy enough to make. I don't really know what this type of card was called anyway, so I'll call it a Roman Shade Card since it operates similar to the window coverings in a room of my house. It wasn't difficult overall; the trickiest part for me was running the second piece of ribbon through the already threaded holes !

Start with a 1/2 sheet of card stock, 11" tall x 4 1/4" wide. Fold in half making a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card. You can put your math skills to use to make a finished card size of 5 1/4" x 4" so when you attach the back layer the completed card would be the regular 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" size to fit an A2 envelope. I did not do that with my project; I chose to make the back piece slightly larger and put it in a bigger envelope.


Stamp front and inside of card.

Supplies used, from Stampin' Up!:
Whisper White card stock
Raspberry Ripple, Pistachio Pudding and Bashful Blue inks
home made cloud stencil
sponge
Pretty Peony, Hugs and Wishes, Sweet Sentiments stamp sets, all retired








Score front of card every 1/2".
Fold along each score line, alternating folds to create "mountains" and "valleys".












Smoosh all of the folds together and punch through on each edge of the card with a Cropodile. You can punch through each layer individually if you do not have a heavy duty hole punch that can go through multiple layers at once.

Flatten it back out then line up the punch with the bottom hole on each end and punch through the back of the card. This will make a hole for you to glue the ends of the ribbons in.










Run the ribbon through, starting at opposite ends. I use a heavy duty double stick tape to adhere the ends of the ribbon to the back side of the card, one on each side. One you get to the other end of the ribbon after threading it through the holes, tie it in a knot or attach beads to the ends. TIP: You may want to wrap a piece of tape around the end of the ribbon that you are threading through the holes, I did and it made it a bit easier. 





If you want to add a little extra embellishment,
be sure to attach it to one folding section ,
not glued across any score lines.
It must be able to fold up when the card folds. 





Thanks for looking =) 


Monday, August 12, 2013

Digital Scrapbook - Wedding Album Pt 2

Continuing to share pages from the wedding album I created 
using My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up!
See the first half of the album in the previous post.






I added a light blue floral overlay to the above two pages,
they really made a difference !











Color change feature on the banner and pleated ribbon above.
Neither is a perfect match, but it will work well enough.
The pleated ribbon was in the Twitterpated kit. 










I changed the number order (and several other details)
on this page so it was like a countdown to the ceremony.























The page above I created all by myself :)











This is the final page, it would be a single at the end of the album.
The design came from another premade template 
that I changed all of the colors and papers on.

I just noticed that I forgot to add a couple of drop shadows
(or the program didn't save them when it created the jpg
of the page, that happens to me quite often when things are saved.
Sometimes papers are changed or elements are even missing !)



My Digital Studio is now $19.95 US everyday, what a fantastic value ! 





Thanks for looking =) 






Sunday, August 11, 2013

Digital Scrapbook - Wedding Album Pt 1


Below are the pages I made for a digital scrapbook
wedding album, minus the photographs being shared
here for privacy purposes.
I burned the completed pages to a DVD,
along with the original photos,
to present to the newlyweds.

The DVD Holder can be seen on the previous post. 

I used My Digital Studio by Stampin' Up!
Yaaaaaaaaay! I finally got it to work on
the new laptop I bought. 
I have had issues from day one
with the MDS2+ working on my desktop.
Tech support was great, but despite
doing everything they could think of, 
even when we thought we had it fixed,
it still would not work..... sniffle...
I guess I have too many things on the desktop,
something installed was causing it to glitch.
Then again, I have too many
(naw, never enough!) 
MDS downloads, maybe the amount of 
them trying to run through the program was 
giving the computer problems ? 


Anyway,
I used a premade album, Fan Fair photobook ,
 as a starting point.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE 
being able to use a designer project
then changing the colors, embellishments, 
papers, etc to make it work for my project. 
A few of the pages are almost identical,
except for the colors, to those in the predesigned book.
A couple are my own creations. 

I used Blushing Bride and
Bordering Blue papers
and embellishments or 
the color change / match options.

I made twenty pages.




The photo would be under the embellishments;
this is a single page layout at the 
front of the book.



The rest are two page spreads
















The original designer page above only had two 
photo circles. I added the extras so there were 
enough places for a photo of each of the 
attendant couples. 




























 The dimensional soft blooms were not used in the 
designer album anywhere, but they are so pretty and 
the perfect touch to a couple of pages - I had to add them.







The rest of the album will be shared tomorrow.
Thanks for looking =)