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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Christmas In July

Christmas In July

Well, it's not quite July yet and it is 112 outside today! I thought I'd work on a Christmas card and it might help cool me off. It actually did have me humming Christmas tunes. Really, if you make a lot of cards for Christmas it's never too early to start.

This card entered in:
challenge #68

Supplies Used:
Ornament:     Hand Cut
Martha Stewart: Scalloped Lace Border Punch
Spellbinders : Scalloped Rectangle
Sentiment:  Heartfelt Creations Joyous Noel Pre-Cut Set
Paper:  Bo Bunny Noel Holly, Basic Grey Jovial naughty, 
            Bazzill cardstock

Have a wonderful and cool day,

Monday, June 27, 2011

Celebrate Your Day

Today's card: Celebrate Your Day
This is just a quick little card using up things I had on hand. My wonderful hubby made me a peg bow maker and it works like a charm, kind of like a third hand.  For those of you that do not have one of those, the BowEasy will work just as well, it's just a bit more difficult.  This was the first time I tried to make a circle with a string of sticky back pearls.  Using the edges of the scallops it was not too difficult.  I used my favorite Dizzy Doily by MFT Die-namics again! I promise to use something else for my next card. The sentiment scalloped circle is from Spellbinders.  The netted flowers are available locally at School Adventures as are the Dizzy Doily. BowEasy and Spellbinders. Stamp sentiment by Papertrey Ink.

This card was entered in:

Photo set up available Here    


Friday, June 24, 2011

Just For You

This is the my challenge card for MFT Getting Sketchy #24.

I have been trying to use up some of mountains of paper that I seem to have acquired. You know how it is, see it, gotta have it, put it away, forget it..... well this card evolved out of some black and cream paper that I have no idea when or where I got it. Actually I most likely got it from School Adventures (my LSBS).  Anyway it really makes me feel good to use up some of what I have.

The doily is my favorite MFT (My Favorite Things) Dizzy Doily. Spellbinders Labels 20 is the center tag. An EK Success border punch was used for the scallops and circles border. The flower is another of the Satin Roses that I made using several sizes of circles and burning the edge.  

Have a super day!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Satin Roses Card

This is my card for the Shabby Tea Room Week #67 Challenge.  It had to have checks and dots! Also had to have a pink, green color scheme.  The color just would not photograph correctly. The green in the photo has too much yellow in it. It is really more of a pale sage green. Anyway,  I just used what I had laying around my scrap room. Would like to have shopped around for a different dotted paper but oh well sometimes you just have to "go with it".

I made the roses using satin fabric. I just cut different sized circles and then burned the edges using a butane candle lighter. I really like the way they turn out.  Some satin works better than others and you have to be careful not to set them on fire!  The background paper is from Websters Pages. The checked doily is MFT Dizzy Doily which I seem to use a lot. The sentiment is from Heartfelt Creations.  The little embellishment on the ribbon is from Websters Pages Min Petals Whimsies.

This card also entered in:

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Photographing Your Cards

I have been asked how I take my pictures for posting on my blog. Well, I started out just taking them around the house where the light was best and there were no reflections from the windows or from the overhead lights.  That took a bit of time since I have so many windows in my house. I had to take too many pictures to get what I wanted and then they still didn't suit me.  I decided to check around for a good light tent set up. I wanted one that was portable and could be dismantled easily if necessary. Something that you could even set up in a spare bedroom right on the bed.

This is what I came up with.

The collapsible tent comes with red black and white cloth inserts. I added a piece of white poster board to eliminate the view of the fold in the back. I have a light on each side and added my old  Ott light in the back for additional light.  The daylight bulbs are necessary for the correct color rendition.  I always use a tripod for sharper photos. Most any camera will do although I use a Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2  . I use Photoshop Elements to further adjust the photo. This allows me to crop the photo and lighten it further if necessary. The light tent set up is pretty reasonable at about $80.00 including the lights and can be found here.  Just look below the add and you will find the lights+tent combo that I have.

If you plan to photograph your cards for submissions or contests a light tent is the way to go. I am very happy with mine and use it for eBay sales as well.

I hope this was helpful to you all and thanks for stopping by. I will have a new card with handmade satin roses for you tomorrow.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Spellbinders Dies Storage Book

This is my take on one of the best ways to store your Spellbinder Dies, My Favorite Things Die-Namics, Cherry Lynn Design Dies or any of the thin metal dies that are on the market today. I will be teaching a class on this at our local scrapbook store, School Adventures.

I covered the front quite simply as it will most likely be handled quite a bit and bulky embellishments would just not work.  The side border is done with the Martha Stewart Deep Edger Punch Floral Vine. The label is a combination of Spellbinders Labels 20 and Fancy Tags 2. The corner pieces are from Spelllbinders Fleur De Lis Accents. Binding was done with a wonderful new product from We R Memory Keepers, the Cinch. The pages are all black chipboard. You could take this farther and label each die under it's location or put tabs on the side for circles, squares, ovals, ect.

I wanted the inside to be simple and just do what it is supposed to do, keep the dies neat and easily plucked from their magnetic holders. It is always difficult to remove them from their sticky tape on the packaging every time you need them and they are easily bent. This way they just come right off and go right back on. No opening that plastic thing that always cuts my finger and fighting with the sticky tape.

Just another view of the inside of the book.  I hope you've enjoyed your visit today and have a wonderful week-end.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

MS Double Arches Happy Birthday Card

I seem to be into red lately.  Today's card is another using that wonderful Martha Stewart Double Arches Punch set. It makes the nicest frame and is so easy to do.   The center white block is embossed with the Sizzix Dots and Ribbons embossing envelope and I added some red rhinestones from Spellbinders Want 2 Scrap Nestablings.  The sentiment was stamped onto Spellbinders Label 20 and backed with a larger version. Red ribbon bow, white corsage pins and white roses complete the card. I added a row of double arches to the bottom of the inside and a white Spellbinders Label 1 in order to add more sentiments to the inside.

Locally School Adventures has the MS Double Arches Set. They are currently out of the Sizzix embossing folder but it should be in anytime.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

I Love America Card MFT Getting Sketchy #23

This was my entry for the MFT Weekly Getting Sketchy #23 challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.  I used the MFT Pure Innocence, Love You With All My Heart stamp and colored her with Copic Sketch markers. I cut her out and placed her on the MFT Dizzy Doily. I free-handed the flowers on her dress and the flag within her heart using my Copic Sketch markers. She wears a tiny blue ribbon bow in her hair.  Don't you just love these little Pure Innocence stamps. They are quite adaptable to many different themes. The Red white and blue sticker is from K&Company's Americana. Bazzill cardstock and Jillibean Minestrone Paper make up the card base. White cardstock was embossed using a Cuttlebug musical folder.

For those of you in my area you can purchase all of these at School Adventures.

You can order a nice set of 72 Copic Sketch markers from Amazon.

Thursday, June 9, 2011


Today's card is inspired by the stamp Poppy, by Crafty Secrets. I love flowers and since I live in the desert and it's difficult to grow flowers the next best thing is to paint them. I have done many oil and water color paintings mostly of roses so when I saw this stamp I just had to buy it!

This was painted with Copic Sketch markers. The colors used were,

Having trouble seeing the Copic numbers? You can click on the photos for a larger picture.  Thank you for stopping by. If there is anything you would like to see please leave me a comment.  Have a super day!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Best Wishes Wedding Card

This card would be perfect for a wedding, engagement or any special occasion.

This card is made using Bazzill cardstock in black and two shades of pink. The Lattice frame is made using the Martha Stewart lattice punch. I found that cutting the mitered corners with the usual paper trimmer proved to be a bit of a hassle so I switched to a guillotine cutter and it was a piece of cake. I had never used that type of cutter before and it seems to be much more accurate when cutting tiny slivers or doing that miter cut. The center label is from Spellbinders labels 20. Sentiment is from Inkadinkado Expressions.  The triple bow is tied using the Bow Easy. All available locally at School Adventures.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Garden Gate Fabulous Day

I thought I would showcase some of the Cheery Lynn Design dies that are available at School Adventures.

I made this card using a page from the Butterfly Garden 6x6 paper pack.  Martha Stewart's Lattice punch forms the right side. The Garden gate, butterfly and the leaf swirl are from Cheery Lynn Designs. The vines flower buds are Dew Drops. The tag is Spellbinders Fancy Tag Two. Flowers are Prima. All these items are available from School Adventures.

If you are enjoying the card ideas, please add yourself to "Follow Me" on the right side of this blog.   And with that I wish you all a Fabulous Day!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Craft It Forward Blog Hop

Hello again everybody.  Today I came across this interesting Blog Hop.  This will be my first entry into any type of contest. Check out the information at  Craft It Forward. It is being sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens, Scrapbook Ect.. This is my card that I entered to support our men and women serving in the military.

This card was made from a paper pieced shape of the United States a few buttons, ribbon and silk flower petals. The woven blue ribbon is Sinarnay Naturally Pulsar. The sentiment tag is from Spellbinders Labels 4.   Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Honey Bee "Buzzin By"

This is another fun to make card. I am so in love with MFT Pure Innocence Stamps. I have a friend who has honey bees and the honey they produce is just fabulous! This is the perfect card to send her.

The inside of the card just completes the front saying, with lots of room to add a personal comment.

Cardstock by Bazzill, Stamp from My Favorite Things, Pure Innocence Line, Honey Bee. There are quite a few of these adorable little girls and I will be posting more of them soon.  The stamp was colored with Copic Markers and with my next Copic colored card, I will give the color numbers for you. I am getting more organized at blogging with each post. All these things are available at School Adventures except for the Buzzin' By sentiment, that is from Stampin' UP.

I hope you are enjoying viewing these cards as much as I am enjoying posting them for you. I hope you have a spectacular day.