Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring-y Thinking of You Card

Card donated to Operation Write Home.

Stampin' Up! embossing folder and floral rubber stamp image colored with markers.
Thinking of You stamp image from  ?
Martha Stewart Button paper punch
Thin strips of card stock rather than thread for the button holes.
Paper piercer
Hand cut banner

Not the best photos at all..................
Daffodils are blooming and iris are sprouting,
but we had a COLD snap so they were tucked in for the night.
Some areas very near us saw accumulating snow!
We only had flurries.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Winnie The Pooh Happy Birthday To You Card

My husband wanted to go to a flea market
this past weekend despite it being COLD outside.
I didn't really want to go, I don't need anything.
This small house has no more room for stuff,
no matter how much I like it, 
I rarely find things at them I'd want anyway
(the few I've been to are mostly overpriced junk
or antiques, vendors selling things I don't use).
Lo and behold, there was a basket of "grab bags"
at one of the booths. They contained stamps, sticker, misc.
I rooted through them all and picked out 5 bags
plus a large package of I wasn't sure what.
I could tell there was a stamp set and what I thought
might be paper. Hoping it was $20 well spent......

I got home and opened them all up to inspect them better.
Nearly every stamp has never been used
(random images, many were obviously part
of sets at one time ), some I may not use myself,
and every package of stickers was unopened. 

One contained two ink pads, 
another had three tiny paper punches.

The large package did have paper and
 a thin, non expandable 12x12 scrapbook.
Probably why it was never used. 
It would be good for digital scrapbook pages. 

One package in particular I grabbed right away:
it had two Winnie The Pooh rubber stamps
in it, never used ! 

I went right to work making a card with
the larger of the two.

I'll make a few more to donate to 
Operation Write Home.

I stamped the image with permanent black ink
onto white card stock then colored it in
with colored pencils.

I used and aquapainter and ink to watercolor the sky.

The decorative background paper is from the
Die Cuts With  A View paper stack I've not used
until the other day. 

The Happy Birthday banners are made with a stamp set from
Stampin' Up! and attached with a staple.
The next cards I make I'll stagger the blue banner just above
the gray one so it is read as happy, happy birthday.
It didn't even dawn on me to do that when I put this
one together until after it was completed.

I'm entering this as my third and final entry into the 

I still have dozens of cards I've made to donate to
Operation Write Home 
to share here on the blog ! I've been busy.

Thanks for looking =) 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Christmas Scrapbook Album - NBUS

This post contains numerous photos,
I made the files sizes quite small to help with load time.

A new , never used since I bought it a few years ago
scrapbook album.
I found it at our local Big Lots store, when they used to carry crafty items,
for $5. It is an 8x8 album with premade pages.
Turns out after I got it home, two pages were missing !!!!
Ack ! Of course there were no more at the store the next time I went
back to see if I could exchange it. Then again, maybe that
is why they had those few albums there, they were missing pages ?

 I bought it with the intention of taking a family photo
of each of the families at our extended family
holiday get together the year I bought it (I think it was 2009
because that is the year I bought myself a new camera).

Each year passed without photos of everyone being taken
(many people were unable to attend while others just did not
want their photos taken).

Well, this past year was the year I managed to twist some arms
to get those that balked up there - with promises that the photos would not
end up online as I know some of them were concerned about.
I don't blame them, I don't like photos of myself online, either.
Unfortunately, once again, there were several family members that could
not make it. Two of the younger cousins are currently serving in the military
and stationed elsewhere (one was on a ship!) so they could not be there.
Others were sick or had other commitments.
Regardless, those that were there I was able to photograph most of
with Santa, had the photos printed out and filled the album.
Had the entire clan been there, I would have needed to make extra pages !

Oh, as for the missing pages I mentioned earlier,
I made two to coordinate with the existing pages  ;)

I did add extra embellishments to the pages,
they were pretty plain otherwise.
One page of each two page spread had a
printed quote on it, the way it came from the manufacturer.

First page, inside the front cover.
This is the way it came in the book.
 That is real stitching on the page!
Many of the pages have stitching.

Page I made from scratch, inside the back cover.
Gold metallic card stock base, torn burgundy card stock
and cream/gold bakers twine accents.

I added the three tiny tags to this page,
glued just underneath the string that was already on it.
The photo on this page had three people in it,
so I wrote one name on each tag with a gold Signo pen.
This is the last page in the book,
it is opposite the page above.

These two pages face each other.
I added die cut snowflakes from metallic gold card stock.
There are also faux brads in the centers that I made by
punching gold card stock with a 1/4" inch hole punch
then covering the tops in Crystal Effects.
The quote is printed on vellum,
that is the way it came in the album.

These two pages face each other.
I added silver metallic card stock die cut snowflakes,
rhinestones and journaling tags.
The quote is printed on vellum (came that way on the premade page).
The ribbon is crooked in the page below and it bothers me,
but that is the way it was when I bought it. It is
glues down really well. There is no way I can remove it
without damaging the page.

These two pages face each other. One of them was a missing page
that I made from scratch to resemble to existing page.
I had burgundy card stock that matched pretty well.
 I tore off the white paper with gray lines that was in the
upper corner of the existing page so I could make two
new pieces that would match. I scored white card stock
with vertical lines. I also added the journaling tags,
silver paper punched (Martha Stewart) snowflakes and rhinestones.
The tags have silver Encore ink along the edges.
Names were written with a silver Signo pen.

This is the other page (above) that I had to create from scratch
to try to resemble the existing page (below).
I had greens and burgundy that went well enough with the
premade page. I forgot to add the stitching down the middle
of the page, but most of it is covered anyway.
I found a quote online that I liked and fit the theme of the album.
Existing fonts on my computer with colors closest to what was already
 in the album to print it out on naturals cream cardstock.
I then added torn strips of green card stock that I stitched over
(there is some stitching to coordinate with the opposite page!).
Banner journaling tags hand cut from flecked cream paper
and paper punched (Martha Stewart) snowflakes with rhinestones
were also added by me.

I didn't do much to these two pages
(I could add something extra still.......).
The silver eyelets were already on them.
I did add the die cut circles for journaling and ribbon.

Other than adding the journaling tags to these two pages
(and the photos of course) I didn't do much to them, either.

Die cut journaling tags sponged with gold Encore ink,
 snowflakes and faux brads are the extra bits
I added to these two premade pages.

Journaling tags, gold card stock layer, gold faux brads
and burgundy organdy ribbon were added to these two pages.

Final set !
Silver paper punched snowflakes
(large snowflake is an old punch from Stampin' Up!;
two smaller snowflakes are by Martha Stewart) ,
rhinestones and die cut tags
(one has paper piercing)
were added to dress up these two pages.

Lastly, I am entering this project in the
Never Before Used Schtuff
a challenge/blog I recently discovered !

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Angel Bunny Card - NBUS

NEW, unused Angel Bunny stamp set - from 1995 !!!!!!
Yes, that is correct, 
this stamp set was bought new in 1995 and never assembled, used. 
I am not the original purchaser of this stamp set.
 I came across it at a yard sale
two years ago and I STILL had not used it myself ! 
Until now.

I stumbled upon this blog challenge

while visiting another blog recently
and saw a link posted there.
 I just had to take part in it,
I have lots of new (old!), unused items myself.

So I whipped up this card for the challenge while
waiting for Crystal effects to dry on another, 
much larger project I am finishing for the challenge. 
Stop by tomorrow to see it.

The card will be donated to Operation Write Home

Image was water colored with ink from my ink pads
and an aquapainter.

Decorative papers are from an old paper stack by
Die Cuts With A View.
(I've never used paper from that stack, 
so this project is a two fer of new, unused items!)

The embossed, die cut eyelet borders are
actually pieces trimmed off of premade greeting cards.
I trimmed the eyelet edges off so the cards would be masculine,
turning the cards into Thank You cards for 95 Veterans
(I guess this card could be considered a three fer ,
using three old, unused items!)

Thanks for looking =) 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Beep! Beep! Cards and Scrapbook Page

While making these fun cards to donate to 
I decided to make a quick scrapbook page, too ! 

The cards are blank inside so they can be used for any occasion.

The stamp set used is a really old one from Stampin' Up!, By Land.
It also includes a tractor and dump truck image. 

The car image was colored with water based markers since the
wheels and car body are on one stamp.
The first one I made I stamped twice,
once in blue and once in black,
then trimmed them out and glued them to the card front.
                                                             That was too much work !
A good scrubbing of the rubber and the marker ink
stuck well enough to come off onto the card stock
and leave a decent image. Most times I
have issues with blotchy stamped images when I try
coloring directly on the rubber with markers.

The chrome accents are colored with a silver Signo gel pen.

I sponged on a sky and asphalt
using a piece of scrap paper as a mask.

The stoplights were made with a new eraser end of a pencil
since there is no tiny circle stamp in the set. 

The black borders around the stamped pieces are
actually done with a wide chisel point permanent black marker,
not layers of card stock. 

I have a tiny dog stamp I may add to the front seat of the car
as I did with this dump truck card

I'm going to submit these projects to the 
Cardz4Guys challenge blog that I recently discovered.
Yes, I have already submitted two projects,
but entrants are allowed three submissions ;) 
I couldn't resist doing another since I've been on a roll
making cards for Operation Write Home and 
I do like making vehicle themed cards .
This time I went with car images suitable for 
 younger males. 

Any vehicle or form of transport is accepted,
 as long as it is suitable for a MALE person, 
regardless of age.  

If you struggle with masculine cards,
check out the cardz4Guyz blog full of inspiring ideas !

Click on Masculine on my sidebar, too,
to see dozens of projects I've made.
I enjoy making car themed cards and projects
since my family and friends are into classic cars.

Thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Four Wheeler Cards

This is one of a set of four cards I made and donated to Operation Write Home.

The stamp image is from the Need For Speed set by Stampin' Up!, stamped with black Stazon ink.

It was colored with ink from my ink pads and an aquapainter.

Textured black card stock, white card stock and caramel colored card stock that I distressed by wrinkling and rubbing on ink in an attempt to create the feel of dirt.

Red eyelet, scrap of twine.

The card is blank so it can be used for any occasion.

I'm going to submit these cards to the 
Cardz4Guys challenge blog that I recently discovered.
They fit this months challenge perfectly !

Any vehicle or form of transport is accepted,
 as long as it is suitable for a MALE person, 
regardless of age.  

If you struggle with masculine cards,
check out this blog full of inspiring ideas !

Tomorrow I will share my third and final post that will be 
entered in the above challenge.
It's a cute card for younger boys -
and a scrapbook page, too !

Thanks for looking =) 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

1940 Ford Birthday Card

A family friend is celebrating his 75th birthday this month,
so I made him this custom card today.

I've used all of my Classic Convertibles and Classic Pickups 
rubber stamp images (retired from Stampin' Up!) at one time or another
over the years for his cards. This year I wanted to find a car image
from the year he was born, so hubby found this coloring page image
 online. I cleaned it up a bit then reduced it in size to 
make it fit on the card. I water colored it in with ink from ink pads
and an aquapainter. Chrome accents were created with a silver Signo gel pen.
Crystal Effects was used on the headlights and windows.
I masked off the edges of the paper with removable sticky notes
then sponged on ink to create the sky and asphalt. 
The blue was also sponged over a home made cloud stencil.
If you'd like to see a quick tutorial for a similar technique
that replicates black and white photos, check out my

The highway sign was created in Photoshop Elements.
I did a LOT of altering of a digital scrapbook journaling
embellishment to make this sign. Only the shape resembles
the original digital piece I started with. It's come in handy,
having used it twice so far since creating it in January. 
I used dimensionals to attach it to the card front. 

The Diamond Plate embossing folder is from Darice.

Image is attached with old photo mounts.

NOTE: the ink color changed on my card stock.
It started as a burgundy color and is now orange-y.
For some reason the white card stock my sister 
gave me as a gift at Christmas alters red ink colors drastically
(it is made by Georgia Pacific and she bought it at Sam's Club).
I normally would have stamped the image onto water color paper
so that the colors would have stayed true, but since this was an
image that had to be printed off of the computer, 
water color paper was too thick to run through the style of printer I own.

I came across this blog the other day,
so I'm going to enter my card into the challenge:

Challenge # 63 Transport
Any vehicle or form of transport is accepted, as long as it is suitable for a MALE person, 
regardless of age.

If you need inspiration for masculine cards, take a look around this blog !

I'll be sharing more automotive themed cards the next couple of days
that were all made to be donated to Operation Write Home
I have dozens of cards already made that need to be shared yet.......

Thanks for looking =) 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Thank You Die Cut Cards

Another set of cards made and donated to 
Operation Write Home
using precut die cut pieces (pink Thank You panel) 
from Me and My Big Ideas.

I added hand cut banners.

Rubber stamp images on one banner and the medallion
are from Stampin' Up!
They were colored with water based markers. 

I really like how this set turned out, too !

I have two more sets made with pieces from the
set of die cut card fronts to share still...........

Thanks for looking =) 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Red, White and Blue Challenge at OWH

is to make cards using the colors
red, white and blue!
Both of these cards will be donated to OWH.

Normally I would make a patriotic type card
with stars or flags, 
or use my favorite classic cars stamp sets,
but I wanted to try to make something different.

The first card I made, 
the Bugs and Kisses card,
certainly is different for me !
Red, white and blue, stars and stripes bugs !
Fun little saying I made with Snap Stamps
that I hope some little one will get a giggle out of. 

I've made blue jeans cards before,
so that isn't too different. 
I originally had red flowers I was going to attach
to the jeans as if they were appliques 
and have a tag that pulled out of the pocket.
 I decided against it, going with a more
"neutral" type of card that could be suitable for 
a boy or a girl, even a man or woman for that matter. 
It is blank inside so it could be used for any occasion.
I also decided to not use the removable tag in case there 
is a chance it may get lost. 

SUPPLIES from Stampin' Up! unless noted otherwise
Just Jeans background stamp
Paisley background stamp
Pocket Pals stamp set
White card stock
Real Red card stock
Buckaroo Blue ink
Real Red ink
Versamark ink pad and marker
gold embossing powder
copy paper, from my computer printer tray

Stamp the background stamp onto your card front then
reink and stamp the background stamp onto scrap card stock.
Stamp the pocket with Versamark ink, gold heat emboss, cut out.
Draw two rows of dashed lines (stitching) with a Versamarker and ruler
onto a thin strip of card stock.
Gold heat emboss.
Trim to make two belt loops.
Glue just the ends to the "jeans" so you can slide a "belt" underneath. 

Cut a triangle shaped piece of copy paper.
Stamp with the paisley stamp.
Crinkle and glue to the pocket.
TIP: fold the top edge over and slide into the pocket.

Cut a thin strip of card stock to fit under the belt loops.
Slide through and glue ends down.

SUPPLIES from Stampin' Up! unless noted otherwise
Bug Builders stamp set
Brilliant Blue, Real Red and Basic Black inks
Brilliant Blue eyelet
Bakers Twine, dollar spot a Target
Snap Stamps alphabet
White card stock
Red scrap of card stock, unknown
Textured blue card stock, unknown

Thanks for looking =)

Take a moment to peruse the
created by others using red, white and blue.
Make and share one of your own, too ! 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bright HI Card Set

Another set of cards I made and donated to Operation Write Home.

The die cut HI is from Me and My Big Ideas.
It was part of a set of precut die cut card making pieces. 

I created my own photo corners with a Martha Stewart punch.

Chevron and polka dot embossed backgrounds with folders/plates
by Stampin' Up!

Decorative paper scrap, Die Cuts With A View.

Assorted card stock scraps.

Thanks for looking =) 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Hello, Love Card Set

Another set (my favorite set!) of cards I made with
precut, die cut card making pieces by
Me and My Big Ideas. 

I'm donating them to Operation Write Home.

I ran the white background pieces through embossing folders by
Stampin' Up!

Drafting Vellum is layered between the die cut and the card base.

love banner stamp and punch are by Stampin' Up!
and stapled onto the hello piece. 

So simple, so fun ! 

Where's Hyla cat?!??
She is "hidden" among the mess on my work table.
I have been busy working on cards for Operation Write Home
and not doing a very good job of picking up .
She managed to find a large enough spot to lay on the work table. 
She does have an irritated look on her face,
as if she isn't too happy about having to squeeze in among the mess.

Thanks for looking =)