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First Tri-Shutter Card & More

Well, since my last post, here’s what I’ve been up to:

Left to Right:

A) Sympathy Card

B) Sympathy Card detail

C) Grunge Valentine

D) Welcome Baby Boy Card

E) My first tri-shutter card! (Birthday)

F) “A note of Thanks”

(Click on hyperlinks to view in my Scrapbook.com gallery and for specifics)

Thanks so much for looking and for your comments!

New Year Crafting Resolutions!

Ok, so it is no secret that I have all but disappeared off the crafting radar screen.  I hate that.  I love my job, but I don’t love that it does not afford me time to craft or cook. SO, for the New Year, I am going to try the following: for ever two hours (minimum) of work I do on the weekend, I can craft for an hour.  This doesn’t mean that if I do four hours of work I’ll automatically spend two hours crafting, but I have to do at least two hours of work to earn my hour of crafting time. I think 1-2 hours per weekend is all I can afford, but we’ll see.

For Christmas I received a Cuttlebug from a dear friend!  I was so excited.  And as you can see below, I’ve already put it to good use.  I wanted it mostly for dry embossing, but now I think I’m going to be very into die cuts too! I love it.  I only have the die cuts and embossing folders it came with and the Winter Bundle embossing pack, so I’m clearly going to have to expand my collection. 🙂

Anyway, here are four thank you cards–the fruit of Saturday’s labors.

light blue cardstock; “Winter Woods” embossing folder (Provo); Pearls by Mark Richards (Crystal Stickers); letterpress tag (Paper Source)

lavender cardstock; white cardstock; Wisteria Paper Collection (BasicGrey); “Celebration Stamps” Embossing/Die set (Provo Crafts); “Salutation Phrases” MiniMarks Rub-ons (American Crafts); Quickie Glue Pen; Baby Pink ultrafine glitter (Barbara Trombley)

TECHNIQUE:  here I filled in the indented part of the embossed heart stamp image with my glue pen and sprinkled it with ultra-fine glitter for a little extra bling

white cardstock; “Phoenix Dotted Swiss” cardstock (Bazzill); “Christmas Wreath” embossing folder (Provo Crafts); white gel pen (Sakura); Accessories Book 2 MiniMarks Rub-ons (American Crafts)

TECHNIQUE: I liked the embossed image on the textured paper.  I decided to bring it out by outlining particular parts of the wreath with a white gel pen.  If I had all the colors I want, I would have outlined the image using various colors…but I think the white and red keeps it simple.

“Chicken Pox” June Bug Collection PP (BasicGrey); stash items; Sticker (Target)

I’m not a “bright color” person, typically, but every once in awhile a project calls for it and then I’m left with scraps! So, in an effort to use up these scraps I made this card.  I’m actually quite pleased with it. I apologize for my finger in the shot, but I couldn’t get the colors/light right otherwise.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Yep…still here. Barely.

Well, tonight, out of necessity, I made the time to make some cards!!  One is a belated birthday card for my father, and the other is for my godson/nephew.  I also made one for my MIL, but on the chance she checks out this blog, I won’t post it until AFTER her birthday. 🙂

I’m busier than I’ve ever been before in my life.  I wish that was an overstatement. I miss my crafting friends and my crafting time, but at least I am happy professionally (something new).

I’ll be here when I can!

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This card (for my dad) reuses some “junk” mail.  I say this as I don’t mean ANY disrespect to the organization that keeps sending me these paper Tibetan prayer flags.  I just don’t have use for a lot of them, so I’ve decided to incorporate them into some craft projects.  Here I’ve used two “flags” against BasicGrey Marrakech line paper with a letterpress tag from Paper Source.  I also inked/distressed the edges of one of the flags with “Dark Moss” Chalk Ink (ColorBox).

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This card uses double sided cardstock (#NT104-Far Out) from The Paper Loft, a letterpress tag (Paper Source), Hero Arts “Printers Type Alphabet” lettering stamps,  “Penguin with Presents” stamp from Savvy Stamps and I embossed with “Rainbow Sparkle Lite” ep and Color box brown pigment ink.

Sunday Scrappin’ July 26, 2009

Please join us over at Sunday Scrappin’! All you have to do is post your papercrafting “ta-da”s and “to-do”s for the week and participate in the optional challenges!

I just got back from vacation so I don’t have much to show. I did make a card for my grandmother’s 80th birthday before I left and I don’t think I posted it, so here ya go:

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She likes country decor, so I kept that in mind when making this card.   I used this “Country Hearts” stamp kit (RubberStampede) that I don’t use very often due to the fact they are foam stamps and I don’t like foam stamps. 🙂 But the little squares make up a nice quilt look. I stamped on Martha Stewart PP instead of directly on the cardstock. One of the stamps had an extraneous ink mark, so that is how the photo corners came to be on the card, LOL. I actually like how it looks. I colored in the squares with colored pencils, and then added eyelets and ribbon (“pool” from Paper Source), and used some Martha Stewart jewel embellishments but stuck them to the ribbon so they’d look like charms (they don’t show that well in the photo, for some reason).

In addition, I am now a contributor at Going Green Greetings! Check it out for ideas on how to be a little more environmentally sound when it comes to papercrafting!

TO-DOs:

I’m getting caught up on work.  But I need to make a birthday card for my stepfather, so I’ll try to get that done this week.

Sunday Scrappin’ July 12, 2009

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TA-DAs

  • I’ll include THIS because it is a paper craft, kinda.
  • I also managed this little card for some friends who are getting married on Saturday. I quilled the flowers and the pp is BasicGrey’s Wisteria line:

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  • I also managed an anniversary card for my husband (we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary with a lovely day and a half in the Berkshires…Tanglewood, Hancock Shaker Village (my new favorite place) and the Norman Rockwell Museum) but I wasn’t absolutely thrilled with the results. The pp is BasicGrey’s Wisteria line, the swirl stamps are Rhonna Farrer, and the letterpress tag is from Paper Source.

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Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do Christine’s red, white and blue challenge.

TO-DOs:

I’ll be surprised if I get any crafting done in the next 10 days because I am going on VACATION!  To the other side of the country, in fact. 🙂 I’m very thrilled about this, but will miss crafting while I’m gone..especially since Amy’s challenge for this week is so enticing:

…pull something out of your “someday” file and give it a try. Always wanted to try a certain technique? Been thinking about experimenting with a new layout or embellishment? Let’s get one of those things crossed off our list this week!

But I hope everyone else has a stellar crafting week!

Sunday Scrappin: June 21, 2009

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Well, it is Christine’s first Sunday at host over at Sunday Scrappin’! I hope you’ll come join us.  This week wasn’t QUITE as fulfilling craftwise as last, but I managed to get some stuff done!

TA-DAs:

Last week’s challenge was to use complementary colors (opposites on the color wheel) with your favorite color.  Well, my favorite color is green, and its complement is red.  I took a more liberal view and stayed within the color families, LOL (not in the mood to do Christmas layouts!!)  Here are the two LOs  of my rehearsal dinner:

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As you can see, they fulfill the challenge!  The second one was created using the Non-Conformist collection from ScrapInStyleTV with some Marrakech papers (BasicGrey) thrown in for good measure!

I also tried a brand new technique–iris paper folding! I’m quite excited about this and used it for the frame of the picture on this LO:

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I wove the ribbon through the paper and interspersed it with some cute owl epoxy stickers (Paperchase).  The sentiment is from Anna Griffin Friendship rub-on kit.  The wooden tulips I picked up at Cost Plus World Market (I think!) and I placed them around a journaling tag from Maya Road.  I think the photograph is too dark for the paper I chose, but c’est la vie.

And finally I finished this mixed media card up this morning (which just coincidentally happens to meet last week’s challenge):

CIMG8519I was curious to see if some old fabric dye I had would work on paper. Well, it was so old it was gooey, so I smeared it with a tissue. It also was very sticky, so I coated the entire card with mod-podge to get rid of the tackiness (it worked!). The Mod-Podge allowed the orange ink from the fish to bleed a little and I liked the sort of batikish effect.

STAMPS: “Happy Birthday” (All Night Media) and “Gus” (Mostly Animals)
EMBOSSING POWDERS: clear (Ranger) and gold tinsel (Personal Stamp Exchange)
INKS: Versamark and Gold Pigment (Colorbox); fabric dye (Tulip Tye Dye); Marvy Orange Le Plume II (on fish)
OTHER: braided sequined thread, eyelets, Mod-Podge

I also made another birthday card that I can’t show you yet. 🙂

TO-DOs:

Next week’s challenge: Show off a card you made or a scrapbook page you completed featuring dear ole Dad or someone who is like a dad to you.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!

Catching up!!

Well, I’ve been super duper busy with professional obligations and doing the calligraphy for my friend’s wedding invitations, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t done some crafting!
In the middle of a crazy week I took time out to do my annual layout for a friend’s daughter’s birthday—she’s two!!
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MATERIALS: “Baguette” double sided pp (American Crafts); “Dapper” alphas (All My Memories Couture Monogram alphabet); “Far Out” pp (Now & Then Collection–The Paper Loft); Marrakech pp (Basic Grey); pp from Target; 3-D butterfly stickers (“Spring Fling” line from Making Memories); laser cut bee stickers (Mrs. Grossman’s); #574 “Pretty Pink” Cardstock stickers (Doodlebug Designs–Double Takes); rub-ons (Anna Griffin)

And I got started on some thank you cards for the people who sponsored me for a music charity walk!

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MATERIALS: PPs include “Musical Notes” (Design Originals), “Music Notes” (Boxer Scrapbook Productions), Hambly, #034 “Floral Garden” (g.c.d studios), “#051 “Floral Pinwheels”–Cosette Collection (g.c.d. studios); Maya Rd rub ons (“Scroll”, “Cubicle” and “Noah” alphabet); Anna Griffin rub ons; Martha Stewart decorative tape, “Scallop Sentiment” border punch (Fiskars); Coluzzle nested circle template; rub on alphas (EK Success); and a lot of stash materials.


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