Saturday, October 24, 2009

Mercy's Sketch 44

I got a few minutes..around midnight (!) to finish a card I started yesterday morning. This is for Mercy's challenge 44. Overall size is 4.25 square.

I triple looped the bow, ran a few stitches through the center to gather it, then tied a separate piece of ribbon over the stitches.

Made the stick pin from inexpensive pearl stick pins and beads from Michael's.

Paper - Making Memories Sabrina
Ink - Versafine black
Accessories - glue on facets, sheer ribbon, beads, pearl stick pin, Spellbinders oval dies

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Friday, October 23, 2009

It's Christmas All Around!

My first Christmas card of the season...makes my insides quake when I think of how much I know I have to do. Gotta start somewhere right?
I know of no better place to begin than the Cutting Cafe's Christmas All Around. This cute set has 6 3" circle images with sentiments PLUS 11 separate images to color and cut as you please.
I chose this "O Christmas Tree" circle and image. My card is 5" square. I used SCS Sketch Challenge 190 (SC190) The tree is watercolored with Pearlescent watercolors to give the tree a subtle shimmer. Those little stick on blingy things came on a big sheet of multi sizes from Michael's for about $2.
Head on over to the Cafe and see this great set for yourself...Regina has some beautiful eye candy there of her own. ;-)
Paper - Basic Grey Figgy Pudding, PTI Poppy Red, Aqua Mist
Ink - Pearlescent Watercolors, Old Olive, Ruby Red (sponging)
Accessories - Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle dies, ribbon, silver twine, button, bling stick-ons
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Think Pink Hope Kit

I decided to make a little gift to go with the Fight Like a Girl card I posted yesterday. I guess you would ordinarily call it one of those Survival Kits but I decided to call mine a "hope" kit!

I covered a qt. sized acrylic can with DP, added some string pearls, flowers, that same glittery pink ribbon dress I used on my card and lots of bling to the top, satin ribbon, flowers, beads....a totally girly happy gift can, I think.

Kudos to my DH...he figured out how to get the handle off the acrylic can so I could run pony beads around it. We glued it back on with E6000...had to let it dry for a day or so to make sure it was good and secure but I love the look, don't you?

I printed the contents of the can on Vellum, rolled it like a scroll, tied with ribbon and popped it inside with the rest of the goodies.

Freebie alert: Verve stamps has a free digi download on an adorable set called Warm Winter Wishes but only until 10/ you better hurry over!

Thanks for droppping by....I appreciate you!

Stamps : Flourishes- Think Pink-Fight Like a Girl
Paper: Heidi Swapp Sassy Sweet
Ink: SU Regal Rose
Accessories: acrylic paint can, satin ribbon, grosgrain ribbon, pony beads, E6000, stick-on gems, glitter pen, Making Memories flowers, Spellbinders circle dies

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Think Pink - Fight Like a Girl!

When I saw this set from Flourishes on Deena's blog
I just knew I needed it. We have two (!) friends who have been diagnosed with breast cancer this year. I know we probably all know a friend, relative or acquaintance who has this frightening disease.

I used a variety of "pinks" on this and the gift can that you'll see tomorrow, from pales to rosy. The dress is popped up on dimensionals. Wish you could see the sparkle. I used a Sakura glitter pen on the dress and the Hope sentiment.

After I made my card, I cruised SCS for a bit and found this awesome resource. Sketch Challenges Roxie had made a master file of all the challenges so you can view them from your computer, save them or print them out. Since I don't have a computer in my stamp room..another wish list item...I printed them out for easy reference.

Supply list: Stamps - Flourishes Think Pink - Fight like a Girl

Paper - Base and pinks - Bazzill Linen Texture

Ink - SU Regal Rose, Versamark

Accessories - Martha Stewart lace punch, pearl stick pin & beads, dimensionals, Sakura glitter pen, embossing powder, ribbon

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Monday, October 19, 2009

SC246 - Soccer Boy & Quick Bread

Edited to add: Thanks for the emails and comments about the quick breads...Please leave an email address if you would like the recipes as I have them on Word documents.

Yeah! I finally got to escape to my room for a bit.
But first, my DH left me a note this morning that says he needs "nut bread" for work tomorrow morning. I think he thinks I'm a bakery! Nut bread to him means a whole big tray of a variety of breads for his inventory crew. A well fed inventory crew is a happy inventory crew. :-) I made 4 kinds...butternut squash (in the center), yes, I baked the squash!, applesauce raisin pecan (bottom left and going clockwise) Hawaiian Banana bread, and date nut. Done...happy husband and now that I can stamp, happy wife.

If you'd like any of the recipes, just email me with your email address.

I wanted to make a "boy" card for our grandson. He's all of 4 and just finished soccer season. He actually looks alot like little Billy from Pink Cat Stamps. Our granddaughter went into great detail explaining his soccer uniform to me so I could get it just right. "Blueish, greenish shirt, no number on it, black shorts, black shoes and a black and yellow ball." I think I got it!

Have I said how much I LOVE Crate Paper? It's great for boxes but the colors are just awesome and so beautifully complimentary. These papers are all from the Samantha pack but I think they suit a boy just fine. The black is SU. I colored him with my Prismacolors markers. I got those silver dimensionals thingys at Big Lots for about $1. I covered the ball with Crystal Effects and popped it up on dimensionals. I stamped his name with JustRiteStampers.
Thanks for stopping to try and get another project finished. ;-)

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

And so it Ends...The Much Improved Laundry Room!

Hi Everyone...No, I'm not ending my's just been a very long busy week. So sorry for the long absence but I've had no time to even peek in my stamp room . Monday, I worked at the Zook Family Adoption auction all day...from about 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. I'm happy to report that they raised over $15,000 towards the adoption of two more children from Russia.

Tuesday, I had my Beth Moore Daniel study (love that!) in the morning, ran errands all afternoon, raced home to make dinner and then we had our couples Bible study that night.

Wednesday, I crashed...seriously crashed. I guess my age is catching up to me...oh, how I hate to admit that!

Thursday and Friday, I had the most awful stomach ache I've EVER experienced. I just couldn't image what would have caused it until I read the side of the box of protein bars we've been eating on our weight loss diet. My DH is wanting to lose 20 lbs. (they're having a challenge at his job), so I decided it wouldn't hurt me to lose 5 or 10 either. I found these really good protein bars called "Pure Protein"...20 grams of Protein, low carbs, low sugar...well, it was the low sugar part that caused my stomach problems. It seems these bars contain "sugar alchohols". It says right on the box that some people are sensitive to them. Um, I didn't read that before I bought them! I did some more research on the net and sure enough...that was it. I was eating just one a day with a full glass of water but it was still too many for me. I just don't metabolize the sugar alchohols well. My DH has had no problems with them at all and they really do taste good and satisfy not only the appetite but the craving for something sweet, but I guess, for me, I'll have to find something else because I was in sheer agony for two entire days.

We began our Marriage Bible study in our home on Friday nights as well and I do most of the prep so you can see why I've had no stamping time....I have a craft show coming up in Nov. so I'll have some things to show you soon.

In the meantime, I thought you might like to see "The End"...our laundry room (the ugly) is nearly finished!! My DH did everything everything from laying the tile, to putting in the cabinets, countertops, sink, faucet, etc. all by himself. My job was painting that awful mauvy purple color to a warm muslin. Sorry for the brightness...there is a skylight in there (thankful for it when we have hurricane shutters up! Everything came from Lowes except for the handles which we got at Ikea. We still have touch up painting and decorating to do plus he put the wrong handle size on the big drawer so have to re-order a new front but otherwise, we're nearly there.

What do you think? A big improvement?? ;-)

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Cutting Cafe Winners!

And the winners are.....Tiny Box with Sentiments
Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2009-10-09 03:31:10 UTC

JenniferCR said...

What amazing projects you have created here! I love both of them! Your work is stunning!

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Timestamp: 2009-10-09 03:27:17 UTC

Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin) said...

Hee! This is so doggone cute and so well designed and embellished! What a great stamp set idea for neighbors!

Congratulations!!  Your stamps will be on the way!! 

Thanks to everyone who played along...stay tuned for more Cutting Cafe creations!!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Apple Box Tutorial

Edited to add:  You can click any photo to make it larger.

Many of you have requested a tutorial for the apple box so here you go!

I'm apologizing in advance for the light in these's late here and my lighting is just awful but hope you can get the idea.

To get started, you will need:

The Apple Shaped Card from The Cutting Cafe - the card and the apple template
Solid paper and DP of your choice - I used PTI Pure Poppy, SU Creamy Carmel, Martha Stewart Christmas DP pack
Double sided tape or Mono-Multi
Edge punch of your choice (I used Martha's Drippy Goo)
glue dots or dimensionals
Embellishments of your choice

How to do it!

1. Print and cut out the apple card and apple template.

If you're not using a bordered DP, you can print your apple front templates directly onto your paper. I used the template as a pattern to cut my templates so I could place the gingerbread men correctly. Cut the apple card into 2 pieces as shown.

2. To form your box center, cut a piece of matching CS 8-1/2" x 1-1/2" (Lindt chocolate box)or 8-1/2"x 1" (Hershey nugget box)

Make a 1/4" score line vertically on BOTH sides. Turn your piece horizontally and score again at 3-1/2" and 5-1/2". Line the vertical sides with Scor-Tape. Make a cut just to the score line at your horizontal scores. Set this piece aside.

3. Trace and cut out your front and back pieces using the apple template as a pattern. Notice that the apple has a high and low side. You will need to flip the template to cut the back piece.

4. Trace the top part of the apple onto the Creamy Carmel CS. I cut 4 of these so I could line the inside. You could just cut 2 for the outsides. Cut out and punch the straight edge with a border punch. Sponge the edges if desired.

5. Trace the apple stems as well, remembering to flip for the back panel. Tape or glue (1) the stems, (2) the Gingerbread DP piece, (3) the punched piece. Stitch and embellish if desired. If using glitter or another embellishment that needs dry time, I would suggest waiting until after your box is assembled.

6. Pick up your Scor-taped piece and place it onto your apple noting where the top edges will meet your apple template. I find it easier to tape down my bottom first then one side at a time. Make sure both sides of your box will sit level before pressing the second side on. (ask me how I know that!)
7. Repeat for the other side. Embellish as desired and fill with chocolate!! :-)

For my tutorial box on the right, I just used the strip that was leftover after I cut the apple.

It measured about an inch so it made a narrower box... perfect for Hershey nuggets! I wrapped the nuggets in coordinating strips of the same paper. My tag is another sentiment from Tiny box with Sentiments.

I added that cute little jingle bell by punching a small hole and tying a piece of ribbon around the stem.

Hope this makes sense...if you need any help, just let me know. If you make an apple box, link back here...I'd love to see it!!

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

An Apple for Christmas

Don't've got until Thursday evening to win!

Some of you have posted comments on the wrong post...I love each one but want to make sure you get your chance in. You need to go to the links in the post below to comment. Good Luck!

I started to make an "apple for the teacher" card this weekend. as the final addition to my auction donation. As I looked at that awesome Apple Shaped Card from The Cutting Cafe,

I thought how easy it would be to keep cutting and turn this great shape into a I did! Super simple and so fun. (If you'd like a tutorial w/pictures, just let me know and I'll show you what I did. My sentiment tag is also from The Cutting Cafe's brand new set, Tiny Box w/Sentiments set. Check out the previous post for how you can WIN this set!!

This box holds 9 luscious Lindt chocolates. You can put those in my stocking anytime! Wouldn't this be perfect for a special teacher, the mailperson, a neighbor, a friend, or anyone you want to bless?

Here's my basket, ready to wrap and deliver.


Apple template - The Cutting Cafe
Digi Stamps - The Cutting Cafe
Paper - PTI Pure Poppy, SU Creamy Carmel, Martha Stewart Christmas pack 2008
Accessories- Scor-Tape, sewing machine, Martha Stewart Crystal Flakes, ribbon, eyelet, Spellbinders Rectangle dies

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

It's Blog Candy Giveaway Time!!

Happy World Cardmaking Day Everyone!

Regina, over at The Cutting Cafe, has said I can give away two complete sets!!! The first set is Tiny box and Sentiments (love, love, love this one!!) 22 awesome sentiments and the cutest tiny box!!

Here's what I did with it to refresh your memory..
The second set is For My Neighbor. 16 sentiments and 3 HUGE circles. My card is the previous post to this one.
Remember to leave your comments on posts where these first appeared...see links below.
All you have to do is:
Leave me a comment on EACH separate post. Be sure to include an email address so we can get your stamps to you if you win. I've had people whom I haven't been able to reach and had to give the sets to someone else....
Here are post links so you can get there easily:
I will use Random Number Generator to draw a winner on Thursday evening, October 9th.
Good luck!!

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Happy World Card Making Day!!

Edited to add: Yippee...this card was nominated as a fav of the week on SCS.. Thanks!

Happy WMD everybody...I have a Stamp Camp today so I'll be blessed to be spending some time cardmaking with some lovely ladies to celebrate.

This fun little guy is another MTSC41 sketch challenge entry. You know how nice it is to have a kind neighbor to watch your dog while you're away so why not make them a card and tell them so.

Regina at the Cutting Cafe has designed an entire For My Neighbor Set
so you can share your appreciation with those special neighbors who make your life easier or just more pleasant.

Stay tuned because I've got a surprise for you. IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME!!!!! Watch for the next post for how to play.

Supply List:
Stamps: The Cutting Cafe,
Stamps by Judith
Paper: SU, PTI, Making Memories
Accessories: Crystal Effects (lots! ;-) , dimensionals, sewing machine, jewelry findings, ribbon

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Friday, October 2, 2009

MTSC41 - I'm Back with Tiny Boxes

Oh my, what a week! It feels good to be back creating. They never did figure out what made my car "buck". All those computers and nada!! Give me an old fashioned, easy to repair car and forget about all those computers! They just said to wait until it happens again and bring it back in....Aaccccck!!!!

I wish you could have seen my brain ticking when I saw Regina's new Tiny Box and Sentiment Set over at The Cutting Cafe! I told you I was taking a beading class. Well, I made a bracelet for part of a donation to an auction for a sweet family who are adopting two MORE children from Russia.

You can read their story "Love Lives On". Their son, Ian was killed in Iraq. Their love for him lives on in the lives of the children they are adopting. They are a wonderful, caring, Christ-centered family. The auction is Oct. 12th if you want to help them out.

Here's my bracelet..the design is called a spiral. I made the loop and toggle as well.

When I saw Mercy's sketch challenge this week, MTSC41, my card and box were in the process. The ribbon challenge at Caardvarks is sheer inspiration as well.

I've had this elegant paper from Crate Paper for awhile...just 2 precious pieces from a clearance sale online...It's called Glam...and it is! I had printed my sentiments from the Tiny Box Set
on white, so I dabbed it with Papertrey's Chamomile to match the background on the Glam paper. Love it!! See that lush, crocheted ribbon? Can you say YUM? That was a gift from Sabrina over at sjbutterflydream. I admired it on one of her creations and the next thing I arrived in the mail...4 beautiful colors, no less! Thanks sweet sister in the Lord! You've got to spend some time with her....her creations are sheer elegance.

I had told you here, that I was making a hairdresser's survival kit to go with the card I created...well, the Tiny Box Sentiments got put to use again.

Even the bottom is special...Regina created this Custom stamp just for me! Perfect for when I want to put my name on a surface that can't be stamped. Guess what? She can make one for you, too!!

Head on over to The Cutting Cafe and check out all the fabulous new sets there and stay tuned here because I've got another creation coming.

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