Thursday, February 26, 2015

Perfect Day for Chicken Noodle Soup

I still use the bowl cozies nearly every day ! 
I love them and they are easy enough to make.

So cold and snowing again,
homemade chicken noodle soup is perfect for lunch.
I cheated and didn't use home made from scratch stock or noodles though !

I used this recipe today (minus fresh thyme and parsley)

We've had more winter weather since Groundhog Day
(when he saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter)
than we have had all winter long, crazy! 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

17th Birthday Balloons Card

I was asked to make a birthday card for a girl that used blues with a touch of green. This is what I came up with.  I realized after taking the photo that I didn't add a third string for the third balloon, gah! 

Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

First Birthday Card

I was asked to make a birthday card for a boys first birthday.
Although I do like the card, I'm not sure that I really like it for a
First Birthday, but I don't really have any toddler type stamps.
The cute dragon is holding a cake with a single candle on it.

The #1 is hand drawn/hand cut.
The fold of the card is at the top.
The orange background was run through a Texture Plate.
The Darling Dragon image was stamped into White card stock
then water colored and cut out.
I slightly bent it in places to give it more dimension
before adhering it to the #1 card base.
Stamped and punched letters to personalize it, a touch of ribbon
to finish it off.

Thanks for looking =)

Friday, February 20, 2015

50th Anniversary Card

This is a pretty simple to make card and yet elegant enough.
Bonus, it's pretty flat for mailing! 

I combined several dies and an embossing folder then added cream colored 
baker's twine that had gold thread in it to finish it off.

Card stocks are cream and gold.

Thanks for looking =) 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Prima Flower Birthday Card #2

Another simple card made with "prima" flowers.
This time I created a tag and attached two flowers layered at the top.

The tag was stamped (no idea of the stamp name, it was from Stampin' Up!)
with black ink and the bottom punched with a scallop border punch.

I added a strip of pink card stock and torn polka dot paper. 

The edge had a black marker run along it.

White and pink card stocks.

Cuttlebug embossing folder.

Thanks for looking =) 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Prima Flowers Birthday Card

I love how this card turned out, and it was simple, too !

Embossing folder background (Cuttlebug).

Polka dot paper strip, torn (DCWV).

Assorted paper flowers (unknown, they were a gift).

White and pink card stocks.

Dimensional Pearl paints (Tulip) for the centers of some flowers.

Thanks for looking =)

Friday, February 13, 2015

Hearts A Flutter Valentine Banner Card

Although the ink pad, marker and card stock
are all Real Red from Stampin' Up!,
they don't match very well in real life.
(though it looks worse in these photos!)

Hearts A Flutter and A Happy Heart stamp sets.
Coordinating die stamp set.
Heart Trio paper punch.
Stickles glitter glue
Bakers twine.

Thanks for looking !

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Washi Tape Valentine's Card

I am so pleased with how this simple card turned out !

I've only used Washi tape a couple of times and I rarely use extra embellishments, such as the rhinestones on this card, just randomly placed on a card. I normally incorporate them into the main image as a highlight or use them to anchor something.

The stamp set is from Hero Arts. I stamped it in red then went back over the "friends"portion with a black marker, stamping it onto scrap paper then tearing it out before adhering to the red heart.

The washi tape was found in the hardware section of our local Big Lots store a couple of years ago and I don't remember the manufacturer . The packaging is long gone since I took the tape rolls out and store them in an empty cylindrical container (originally held Crystal Light).

Thanks for looking =)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Eraser Stamped Valentine Card

Simple card idea using the eraser of a pencil.

Cut a heart shaped mask from paper and attach with removable adhesive.

Stamp polka dots with the new eraser end of a pencil and ink pad
(other small rubber stamp images such as hearts would work, too)
all around the edge of the mask. Be sure to stamp some onto the 
edge of the mask to create the crisp outline of the heart once it is removed.

Decorate as you wish or hand write notes inside as the original idea below has.

The idea for the above card came from this article in the Community Table
insert in our local newspaper.
 Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Heart "Tunnel" Card

 I'm really not sure what to call this type of card.
It was fun figuring out how to make.
I really like the simplicity yet wow-ness of it ! 
Inspired by an accordion card at (see bottom of post)

Here's how I did it:

Start with a piece of card stock that is 12" long by 5 1/4" tall.
Score at 2", 4", 8" and 10" on the long side.
Alternate mountain and valley folds to create
two sides that fold in onto the center panel, meeting in the center.
The finished card is 4" wide by 5 1/4" tall, perfect size to add
an additional back mat of a different color if you'd like. 

I traced the OUTSIDE edge of a Framelits die
then carefully cut around the pencil lines.
The die was then used to cut out the heart shape
from red card stock to go in the center of the cut out portion.
I did it this way since I don't have two heart shape dies
close in size plus I think it would be easier
to get the centers of the two halves to match
up better this way rather than trying to die cut 
the two halves of the front separately. 

I used white embossing powder on the red heart.
The edges of the heart were sponged with ink, too. 

Side view when folded.

Thanks for looking =) 
Stop back by tomorrow to see the fun card I made
using one of the hearts that was cut out from the side.

This is the card that inspired mine and the included instructions.
"Make the Heart Accordian Valentine's Day card: Print the template onto plain paper and cut out. On a piece of cardstock, draw and cut out a 5-1/2x12-inch rectangle. Fold accordion-style along the short side (as indicated by the dotted lines). You should have six sections. Place the template on the folded paper with the open side of the heart over the top fold. Trace heart and cut out. On contrasting paper, trace a heart that's slightly larger all around. Glue to the back of the center heart on your accordion."

Monday, February 9, 2015

Paper Punch Cat and Dog Cards

 at Operation Write Home is
to make cards with animals on them.

This challenge runs the entire month.
Make a card following the guidelines
and share through the Inlinkz.
If 25 cards are shared, ODBD will sponsor
one box of cards to be shipped to our heroes.
50 cards and ODBD will sponsor two boxes of cards !

After having made my first ever paper punch chickens
a couple of weeks ago, I decided to make a paper punch
cat and dog for this challenge ! 
I thought they might be cute to send home to a kiddo.

Paper Punch cat supplies:
 card stock
ink and a sponge to rub on card stock edges
ink pens for details
wide oval punch - head
small heart (heart trio punch) - ears
5 Petal flower punch, trimmed - inside of ears
3/4"circle, trimmed - "cheeks" mouth area
tiny heart, trimmed - nose
1/4"circle - eyes
thin strips of hand cut paper - whiskers
hand drawn, hand cut body and tail

Word Bubbles die
Snap Stamps to make the word Meow
Hand made cloud stencil, ink and sponge for sky
Computer generated sentiment inside -
Cat talk for "I Love You!"

 Paper Punch dog supplies:
 card stock
ink and a sponge to rub on card stock edges
ink pens for details
wide oval punch - head
small oval punch, folded over - ears
1"circle, trimmed - nose/mouth area
tiny heart, trimmed - nose
1/4"circle - eyes
hand drawn, hand cut body and tail

Word Bubbles die
Snap Stamps to make the word Woof 
Hand made cloud stencil, ink and sponge for sky

Computer generated sentiment inside -
Dog talk for "I Love You!"

Thanks for looking =) 

A Happy Heart Card - Kraft

This is the last of my kraft colored Valentine's Cards.

The design is based on a sketch that I saw posted not too long ago 
on a blog I was leaving a comment on as part of my design team duties.
Or maybe it was an Operation Write Home card makers blog 
when I was leaving a comment there ? 
Unfortunately I did not note the challenge or the blog, 
 I just remembered the basic sketch idea. 

Rubber stamp image was colored with water based markers 
before stamping onto vanilla card stock. 

Edges were sponged with ink.

Thanks for looking =) 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Stitched Hearts Valentine's Card

Debating on whether or not I like the other two hearts floating above
the bottom one with the banner............. I think not. 

Kraft card stock base, top layer run through a Cuttlebug embossing folder.

Edges distressed using the blade of a pair of scissors.

Real stitching done with my sewing machine. 

Stamped, die cut and ink distressed hearts with real stitching.

Scraps of old fabric to make the bows.

Thanks for looking =) 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Burlap Flower Love Card

Funny how once I photograph and start blogging about a project, I find things wrong with it. 

I made a burlap rose and thought I'd try to use it on a card, but I don't like it. 
It looks too top heavy. 
I'm thinking if I flip the tag sideways then cut off the card front 
and use it as a long card rather than a tall one, it might look better. 
Nah, I think that flower is just too chunky for a card no matter that placement.....

Kraft card base, top layer was embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder then I lightly swiped ink across the raised areas.

The edges were distressed with the blade of a pair of scissors.

"Love" is a die from Stampin' Up! as is the tag underneath it. 

Thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Nintendo 3DS Birthday Card

This is a birthday card I created using
My Memories Suite V6 software.
It is sized 8x8 and will be folded in half.
It is supposed to resemble a new Nintendo 3DSXL
handheld gaming system.
My nephew is hoping to buy one with money he has
been gifted for Christmas and his birthday.
It took some time making the digital paper punches to size
and put in position, but in the end I think it
turned out better than had I tried to make one from
real paper punches and such.
Plus, the sentiment is much straighter
(and a better font/size than any of my stamps)
than if I would have tried to stamp it.

My kids gave me a thumbs up,
so I think my nephew will like it.

I didn't take screen shots of the process for a tutorial,
but it is pretty straightforward:

Open the MMS6 software.

Choose "Design"

Choose "Quick Sizes 8x8"

TIP: Remember to hit "SAVE" on your project
 throughout the process in case something happens
(power surge, cat jumps on your keyboard, etc).
You don't want to lose all of your had work !

Background - Color - White

Then start adding Shapes, resizing them
to resemble the different buttons and windows.
Color fill as needed.
TIP: when you know you have a few buttons that are supposed
to be the same size, just copy and paste the first one you make
so that they will all be the same size.

I added drop shadows, changing the offset to 0  and 0.

Create text boxes to label the buttons and put sentiments
on the screens. You can change the font, size and colors.

Once you are happy with the design,
export it as a jpg then print it out.

Here are some other video game related cards I've made:
hand cut and paper punches card

digitally designed card

hand stamped card

Thanks for looking =)

Want to learn more about this fun digital scrapbooking software ?
Need to see it in action ?
Go to youtube and search My Memories Suite for
numerous video tutorials
and for more information.
If you decide to buy it, please use discount code
 and you'll receive a $10 discount off of the purchase price,
a $10 store credit to shop for more digital kits (there are lots of freebies, too!),
a month free to the design club and a discount on printing !

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

I Whaley Love You Card

This card was created for the "Team Colors Challenge"
at Operation Write Home.
I don't follow sports, so I don't have a favorite team.
As soon as I saw a Valentine's Day card shared
at the Better Homes and Gardens site (see below),
I knew I would recreate it with a die I've never used
and say that my team colors will be for the Rams !

The clouds embossing folder, whale, fish, star burst dies
  mini heart punch, card stocks and inks
were from Stampin' Up!
The whale die does not include a flipper or the white belly,
so I hand cut those accent pieces.
The water paper is from an old Die Cuts With A View stack.
Sentiment is computer generated, hand cut.
Sponged ink and ink pen for details.

My card was totally inspired by one shared at
Better Homes and Gardens.

Thanks for looking =) 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Paper Punch Groundhog

A little paper punch groundhog (details below)
I made to sit out in the yard
this morning for a photo op :)
The shadow was seen, so six more weeks of winter here !
Notice the dusting of snow on the ground ?
That is all we ended up where we live
after predictions of up to 4" earlier in the week.
We were barely hit with edge of
winter storm Linus.

Yet walking over to the flower garden,
I see daffodils emerging already !
It has been mild here the past two weeks or so,
the plants must think it is spring.

We are experiencing much colder temperatures -
a high of 26 F today, but at least it is sunny !

Paper Punch groundhog supplies:
empty toilet tissue tube, trimmed to size and painted
green card stock to wrap around tube, fringed
large heart paper punch, cut two for head and body
(You could use an oval for the body)
tiny heart punch for teeth and nose (humps trimmed off for nose)
circle punches for eyes and ears
ink pen to add details
ink and a sponge to add ink around edges of face
dimensional glue dot to adhere head to body

Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Friendship Challenge at AnythingButACard

Join us this month at
in creating projects that celebrate
Friendship !

Here is how I made my Friendship Map using My Memories Suite V6 software.

TIP: make a folder on your computer Desktop to file all of the components you wish to use on this project in. It will make it easier to find them when you want to use them in the program.

The first step is to find a map to use for your background. I used this colorful patchwork map found at . Save it as a jpg file in the folder you created on your desktop. Note: I changed the "watermark" on the map since the one that I downloaded from their site had a typographical error; I fixed it and added my info as well.  

Open the My Memories Suite V6 software.

Choose Design.

Choose 11x8.5 Landscape Album under the Professional Print Sizes column (or whichever size you want your project to be).

If you haven't already, choose whether or not you want the Album Bleed Area to show on your project (I remove it from mine).

Click Backgrounds - Add - Browse. Navigate to where you have your map image saved then click on it then OK to add it as a background into your project .

Click ShapesAndLines -Add. Choose the shape you want for your photo mat, click on it then click Add.

TIP: If you are inserting several photos and want them to all be the same size, you will want to Copy and Paste the Shape once you have it sized the way you want. This will make each additional shape the same size.

I chose a circle shape, color filled it white then added a colored mat edge (black) and a drop shadow.
Now for a fun feature in the My Memories Suite V6 software: making Text wrap around the circle! There are a couple of ways to do this. In this tutorial I will show you how to do it by making the text wrap to the outside edge of a circle then resize it so it fits just inside the circle. You could make it wrap around the inside edge of the circle with one click, but the text faces a different way. Play with it to see which you prefer (I'll share samples below).

TIP: there is another way to make custom text paths , by choosing Lines (ShapesAnd Lines) to attach your text to. This feature is really neat, you can make all sorts of text lines/shapes with it!

Once you have your mat shape and size set, click Text -Add - Curve . This opens your text box editor to type what you want to say. Double click in it to type (change font, size and color if you wish) and then spell check. Once done, make sure the text box is highlighted, having the little gray resizing squares around it. You will use these squares while keeping the left mouse button clicked to drag the text box size to fit into the size of the shape you made. You can also rotate the text this way, too, if you need it to be a bit more precise than what the Left and Right functions (a single click rotates your text) in the Text editor give you. TIP: If you are using multiple shapes on your project that are all the same size, you will want to copy and paste this text box once you get it sized correctly. It will be the same size as the first you made, but you will need to change (easy to do) the text .

You can also fill the shape up with text by holding the Shift key down then left Click on the shape so it is also "active". Once both are highlighted/active, right click on them. Several options will pop up, choose "Attach To Shape". Your text box will now go inside your shape, filling it up (depending on how much text you have) from side to side left to right.

 Examples of the Text Curve Inside and Outside
of Circles and Squares feature

You are nearly done ! Now it is time to insert your photo. Click on Photos - Box - Shape. I chose a circle (there are nearly 30 shapes to choose from!), then click Matte - Change - Picker.

I used the color picker feature to change the color of the "matte" edge to match a color in the map. I then clicked Shadow and just used the default setting, but you have options to change the opacity, blur, offset and even the color of the shadow.
Once you have everything the way you want on your Photo Box,  double left click on the box then navigate to where the photo is you want to use. Left click once on the photo, click OK then the Photo Editor window will pop up so you can make some basic adjustments to the photo to fit the shape. Now if you really want to have some fun with your photo, click on one of the simple to apply options in the Photos section: recolor, rip, photo effects such as Impressionist Painting, Fisheye and Sketch among other fun to play with options.

After creating all of my photo boxes and mats,
I opened a final Text Box to type in the quote.
I used a white drop shadow under black text
to try to make it stand out a bit more on the busy patchwork map background.

That's all there is to it !

Want to learn more about this fun digital scrapbooking software ?
Need to see it in action ?
numerous video tutorials
and for more information.
If you decide to buy it, please use discount code
 and you'll receive a $10 discount off of the purchase price,
a $10 store credit to shop for more digital kits (there are lots of freebies, too!),
a month free to the design club and a discount on printing !