Sunday, January 29, 2017

Vintage Birthday Card

I really like how this card turned out ! 
All supplies used (other than the border punch)
were bought from Stampin' Up! some time ago.

The textured Crumb Cake Coredinations card stock was run through
 an embossing folder then lightly sanded to create the background.
It is layered on Blushing Bride card stock and the Vanilla card base.

The rubber stamp image was colored with water based markers
(Regal Rose, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede).

The stamped image was cut out with a die.
Another die in the set was used to create the pink layer underneath.

Two mini flat back pearls attached to the stamped panel.

Dimensionals underneath the stamped panel at the top and bottom
to help hold it in place over the pleated Blushing Bride ribbon
and scalloped punch border

Thanks for looking =) 

It's been some time since I've taken the time to enter challenges.  I'm entering this card in the following two challenges I have participated in many times in the past:
Crafting By Designs - Pink, Pretty and Girly   (probably not quite as pink as the challenge coordinators expected , but it is pretty girly!)
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Sunny Day Crafting - Scrapbook or Anything Goes (this would be wonderful as part of a scrapbook layout. adhere it with a photo of the birthday lady or use it as part of a pocket page layout)

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Homemade Photo Boxes

Yesterday I referred to a set of boxes I made to store photographs in that I made from scratch.
Here is how I made them, custom fit for shelves in an existing storage unit we have.

 heavy chipboard
utility knife
cutting mat
heavy duty adhesive
package of photos for size reference 

I measured the shelves and the envelope.
Scratch paper, math skills and a little bit of
"engineering" were needed to come up
with a plan on how to make them.

The above photo shows the two short ends
and the base of the box skecthed onto a 
12" x 12" piece of chipboard.

The photo below shows the two long sides
sketched onto 12" x 12" chipboard.

I used a utility knife and a straight edge to cut
through the chipboard.  A pair of scissors
were used to trim out the corners.
Make sure they are heavy duty enough to not 
break while cutting the chipboard.

Using a straight edge helps when folding the "tabs"

All sides and base cut, folded

I used Gorlla glue wood glue to adhere my pieces
just because it is what I had on hand and 
it seemed like a good, thick glue to ho hold 
the chipboard pieces together well.

I glued all of the tabs on each side piece together first
and used clothes pins to help hold them in place while drying.

The bottom was glued in after the sides were all set. 
You'll want to find something that will fit inside to
help hold it in place while it dries, too.
Just so happens old videocassettes fit in mine.
Yes, we still have VHS tapes !

 The finished storage boxes in the end of the cabinet.
There is a door that closes over them,
they are not seen.
I thought about painting the boxes
or covering them with decorative paper.
For now they are staying like this since 
no one will ever see them anyway. 

The old entertainment center now turned to photo storage unit !
I made simple curtains(pulled back in photo) 
 to block light and dust from the photo album storage area.
The home made photo boxes are in the ends, covered by doors.

So you are probably wondering just how long 
it took me to make them and
why didn't I buy something already made ?

Well, it did take a while to make them,
but it wasn't too time consuming since
they were all exactly the same.
I did it in a sort of assembly line fashion.

I didn't buy something already made 
because they had to be a specific size.
I did look at a couple of local stores
for something that might work, but no luck.
Custom making them myself to fit perfectly in the shelves
gave me as much room as possible to store photos,too ! 

Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Relatable Comics

Every so often there is a comic strip in our local Sunday paper that really speaks to me.
There was one such strip in the Family Circus this past weekend.

Yes, I do this as I'm sure many of you do as well. Much of my reminiscing now is done while going through digital photos on a computer, trying to choose which to have printed (as I've been working on the past week!).

Here is another set of strips I saved from the Crankshaft comic.
Sad, but true, many kids today don't know what a photo album is ,
among oh so many other things. The circus will soon be among such things :(

And here is a little peek at some of the photos I have yet to put into albums:

Lastly, I custom made boxes from chipboard to fit the shelves of our old entertainment center that were designed to store videotapes in. A little math and "paper engineering" skills plus basic supplies are all you need to make them.  If you are interested in seeing them and how I made them, stop back by my blog tomorrow!

Thanks for looking :)

Monday, January 23, 2017

Music Challenge

An 8x10 printed page I created in Photoshop Elements 14 for a birthday.
It was printed and put on display on a table in front of the birthday brownies :)
The song referred to on the print out is  "I Can't Drive 55" by Sammy Hagar.
I changed the word "drive" to "be".
Also, I've been told that a very popular song at the time this pickup truck was being driven by the owner in high school, flame paint job and all, was  "Runnin' With The Devil" by Van Halen.
Supposedly it was played quite often on an 8 track player in the truck !

It is somewhat music related in a fun, different way, so I'm entering it in the current challenge at Digitally Sweet.

EDITED TO ADD: I was Top 3 !

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Every Day Is A Gift Card

Some old prestamped and colored images I never made into a card -
until now ! Images are from Stampin' Up!, paper is from an old Die Cuts With A View paper stack.
The image was watercolored. I also added a touch of glitter on the wings.

Thanks for looking =)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Upsy Daisy Card Set

A fairly simple set of cards made with some old
prestamped images that I never made into cards.

I'll stamp sentiments on them later.

The stamp image is from the old 
Upsy Daisy set by Stampin' Up!
Assorted card stocks, papers, ribbons.

Thanks for looking =) 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Golden Anniversary Framed Card

Today I'm sharing a project I made a few months 
ago to give to some long time friends.
I've been waiting to share it with you until now
as part of my design team duties for the

This is an anything goes craft challenge.
Please keep you entries family friendly
and read our rules here. 

This is a card with frame gift.

The front has a space for them to 
insert a photo. I included a pattern
to trace and cut out an oval
to fit on the mats.

Closeup of the hand cut spiral flowers,
die cut leaves, mini flowers and swirls.

Computer generated saying printed
out onto vellum then hand cut.

Debossing and embossing details

Computer generated sentiment inside.

The finished size is 5"x 7".



Thanks for looking =)

Be sure to see what the other
Love To Craft Challenge Blog
design team members have
created to share with you.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Birthday Card 5

Going through my scraps and adding some new bits n' pieces, I made several birthday cards.
All supplies were from Stampin' Up! and are now retired.

Thanks for looking =)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Birthday Card 4

Going through some old scraps, I whipped up this quick birthday card. Stamp image, flower eyelet and card stocks are from Stampin'Up!, embossing folder by Cuttlebug.

Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Birthday Card 3

Going through my scraps and adding some new bits n' pieces, I made several birthday cards.
Stamp image was from Stampin' Up! and now retired. I colored it with three shades of pink markers.

Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Birthday Card 2

Going through my scraps and adding some new bits n' pieces, I made several birthday cards.
This is the second of them. The rubber stamp images were from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Birthday Card 1

Going through my scraps and adding some new bits n' pieces, I made several birthday cards.
This is the first of them. All supplies were from Stampin' Up! and are now retired. This is a nice
flat mail friendly card.

Thanks for looking =)

Friday, January 6, 2017

Making Memories Challenge #1

Today is the very first challenge at the new 
Making Memories Crafting Challenge blog !

This is an anything goes / digital crafting blog
(please keep your projects family friendly).
The challenge runs for an entire month.
Be sure to read our simple rules first.

 This month the design team worked with images from Bugaboo Stamps
and Digistamps 4 Joy.

I chose the January word from Bugaboo 
to make a desktop computer background. 

Using Photoshop Elements 10, I filled it in with digital papers from the 
new digital scrapbook kit Winter Adventures by JMC Designs.

I don't have much know how when it comes to these sort of things,
but my daughter and I figured out something similar on another
project. Using what I learned on that project, I was able to
muddle my way through filling this image in with digi papers!

I originally colored it in to match the colors in the 
darker decorative snowflake paper. 

By filling it with papers instead,
I was able to fill the snow covered portions with glitter paper!
 The letters themselves are filled with textured card stock
and a snowflake overlay.

I saved it as a PNG so it could be imported into 

My Memories Suite 8 software as an embellishment. 

I used My Memories V8 software to complete the project.

I checked my computer screen details then set my canvas size

in My Memories 8 software to the correct pixels, width by height.

The background was created with layers of 
 papers from the Winter Adventures digi kit.

There is a neat calendar making feature in the software
that made it really easy to insert the calendar element !

I added a text box for the year.

I also added a large white drop shadow around the finished
January word art piece on top of the background papers.

Add more elements from the digital kit and a photo
to really jazz up your computer desktop background! 
Be sure to keep in mind the number of icons on your screen
and their placement in regards to the elements you want 
to add to your digitally designed, custom background. 

This is what is so much fun about digital creations:
you can change things up over and over 
without wasting actual paper crafting supplies !

Thanks for looking -
now take a few minutes to see what the
rest of the design team has come up with !

Wishing you a Happy, Crafty New Year ! 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Winter Adventures digi kit

What a terrific new kit,
perfect for scrapping all of your snow much fun memories !
It is called Winter Adventures
 by JMC Designs and available at today ! 

This is a special kit in that it coordinates
with the free daily downloads at the
A different matching piece to the kit
is available for 24 hours all month long.

The kit is on sale all month for 50% off.

Should you miss the free daily downloads,
you can purchase the add ons,
also on sale for half off this month.

24 Patterned Papers
60 Unique Elements - 
2 Bows, Boy on Skis, Boy on Sled, 5 Buttons, 5 Flowers, 3 Frames, Girl on Skis, Girl on Sled, 2 Leaves, Mitten, 6 Ribbons, 3 RicRac, Robin, Scatter, 3 Snow, Snowball Pile. 9 Snowflakes, Snowman, Snow Tracks, 2 Staples, 2 stitching, 4 Strings, 3 Tags, 2 Trees