Thursday, March 29, 2012

Easter Basket w Eggs Card

This is an Easter card I made for a friend. Pink card stock is from Stampin Up and the egg print is from Hobby Lobby. Used the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder for egg paper piece. Used the Spellbinders Lacey Circles die for the white piece. The eggs and basket is a Hello Kitty Easter Basket Sizzlets die. Used kraft paper for the basket and sponged the edges with brown ink. The "grass" in the basket was made using the Martha Stewart grass border punch. The eggs were all sponged as well. Pink bow is made from pink glitter paper and the bow punch from Martha Stewart.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Easter Bucket with Lollipop Flowers

This is for Easter for a friend. Used a green metal 'bucket' for the base and put the floral foam inside. Then covered that with paper grass to cover the foam. Made all my flowers with scraps! Used the Sizzix die for Stampin Up " Bigz Island Floral" for the petals to the flowers. Then used a crimper for some of them and used the D'Vine Swirls and the Swiss Dots embossing folders for the others. Scored the center of each petal. Used a flower punch from SU for the flowers and for the coloured centers of the flowers I used a flower punch by Marvy. The lollipops are the small ones from the dollar store (could not find them anywhere else) and I used a Tootsie pop for the large lollipop in the center. The greeting is "may your day bloom with happiness" from SU and I used Certainly Celery ink by them for that. (Do not know what set of stamps this is from---got it at a thrift store and it was covered in paint---used Simple Green and a soft toothbrush to remove the paint). Used a circle and a scallop punch. Then put this on a mini craft stick and stuck it into the floral foam at the top. To dress up the bucket I used EK Success glitter stickers that I got @ Michaels for 99 cents on sale. I put those on it randomly. The ribbon and bow are from my stash and I used sticky tape to hold those on the bucket.  TFL

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Hello Spring Cards

DH decides when I am working on ideas for Spring cards that this is the week we are doing all the landscaping and etc in the front yard... being the LA (lovely assistant) means I get to help unload the landscape blocks for the new sidewalk by the house and the new flower beds that I asked for off the truck.... so had to hurry and get the cards made and in the mail before fall.... I used all card stock, vellum, and inks from Stampin Up for all the cards. Used the Cuttlebug and their folder "Everyday Greetings" for the vellum floral piece. The ribbons and crystals are from the stash. Used a stamp set by Stampin Up from 1997 "Hello Spring" for the greeting on the vellum. This is a very simple card to make and I could not decide on just one colour so I made it in four colours.... now I will be busy planting all my flowers and trees we bought tomorrow in between thunderstorms. TFL!  :0)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Non Traditional Christmas Card

A non traditional Christmas card--no reds or greens.... Decided to use two favorite colours---light blue and browns. Used blue card stock from Stampin Up and the Lovely as a Tree stamp set from them. Used SU Basic Brown ink for that and stamped the tree stamp onto the blue card front. Used SU vellum and used two sheets and then put that in the Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder and embossed those. Used brown ribbon from my stash. For the greeting I used "very merry" from the SU stamp set Short and Sweet. I used the Basic Brown ink again for that and then used the SU Word Window punch for that. Pop dots are behind the greeting for dimension. Wanted to keep this very simple so you notice the snow falling.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Get Well Card

Woke up to email from good friend that she broke her foot yesterday so I ordered flowers and now needed a quick card to get into the mail... Used pink card stocks from Stampin Up and the white is from Walmart. Used a flower stamp from Inkadinkado and I used clear VersaMark and chalked that with pink, yellow, and orange chalks. Then needed a stem and leaves so used a stamp by Anitas/Sugarloaf and used a green marker and coloured the stamp on the stem and leaves only. Used the Spellbinders Scalloped Circles die and cut out the flower piece using the Cuttlebug. Then put that on the card front with pop dots. The "Wishing you Well!" stamps is from Hero Arts, 2001. Used SU Regal Rose for that and the edges of the tag. The tag is from Staples and it is by Avery--Marking Tags. Used pop dots behind the flower for dimension.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Three Thank You Cards

Made up three cards this aft for thank yous for my birthday gifts--this time I used the Classic Circle dies from Spellbinders for the circle for the bird to be in. Then I used the Stampin Up Slit punch (now retired) to make the scallops around the circle. Have made this card before and it is a lot easier than it may seem -- esp using the Spellbinders dies.  I used coloured card stock from Stampin Up and also Close to My Heart. The bird and branch are from the Stampin Up 2 Step Cheep Talk stamp set. Used a glue pen by Martha Stewart for the wing and eye on the bird and then used white glitter from DeNami Designs on those. Used a white Signo pen for the dots/lines on the scallops around the birds. Ribbon is from my stash.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

St Patty's Day Card

This is my St Patty's Day card for this year. Used greens and cream card stock from Stampin Up. The printed shamrock paper is from Karen Foster Design. Used the shamrock punch from Martha Stewart for the shamrock in the lower right hand corner. I used a greeting stamp from Eureka Stamps and used Old Olive ink from Stampin Up for that. I then used two of the circle dies from the Spellbinders Classic Circles die set to cut out the circles.  Used a green marker to colour in the shamrocks. Then using a glue pen I put glue on some of the 'dots' on the greeting and then used gold glitter by Martha Stewart. This is a sparkly card but the camera does not capture it. Sponged the edges of the cream circle with the Old Olive ink as well.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Cheep Talk Card

Yet another idea from the blog. I do not have a plain scallop punch like she used so the bottom of my card is plain. I do not have a circle cutter so I had to make my own. Luckily I made all my Easter cards yesterday and used the rest of my glue dots which left the card board circle they are on.... it is the same size she used for her circle. I traced around the card board circle on SU Temp Turquoise card stock and cut out that circle. Then I used the slit punch as she suggested--like a clock---12  3  6  and 9. Then punch slits in between those slits. I used the dots folder from Sizzix Dots and Flowers embossing folders set. I embossed this piece using the Cuttlebug. Then using a white Signo pen I put dots on the scallops around the circle opening. I set that aside to dry and then used the SU 2 Step Cheep Talk stamp set and stamped my white piece. I used Temp Turquoise and Old Olive inks from SU for that. I placed the turquoise circle piece on top of the bird and branch and trimmed it to size and adhered it to the turquoise circle piece. Then I carefully raised the scallops around the circle. I used olive green ribbon from AC Moore and used white glitter ribbon from my stash for the ribbon piece. Then I used DeNami white glitter for the bird wing and eye using a glue pen for those. The card is on Cool Carribean card stock from SU.

Another Blouse and Skirt Card

Made up another skirt card for a friend. This idea is on the blog  Used the Sizzix Dots and Flowers embossing folder. Floral paper is by DoodleBug Design. Used a circle punch and a scalloped circle punch from Stampin Up for the greeting. "hi there" is a stamp by Wordsworth and I used SU Choc Chip ink for that. The pink card stock for the card is by SU also. Used brown gross grain ribbon from AC Moore for the belt and the brad is from the stash. Used the large scallop circle die from Spellbinders for the skirt and the blouse is made using a 3/4 circle punch for the neckline and then using the SU Round Tab punch over that.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Just a Little Hello Card

This card was inspired by a card by Lee Ann Greff on her Used Certainly Celery card stock from SU for the card and the floral print is by Mara-Mi. Used a stamp from Great Impressions for the greeting with SU Old Olive ink. Used an SU oval punch for that and an EK Success punch for the scalloped piece behind the greeting. Pop dots are behind the greeting piece for dimension. Used a circle border punch by Martha Stewart for the white piece behind the skirt. Used the Sizzix "Dots and Flowers" embossing folder for the embossed piece that the skirt is on. I used dotted paper from Hobby Lobby for the skirt. Used Spellbinders scalloped circle dies for the skirt. The "blouse" is made with a 3/4 circle punch for the neckline and then used the SU Round Tab punch. Brad is used on the ribbon. Both brad and ribbon are from my stash. Thanks to blogette Mary H for suggesting I would like Lee Ann's blog--and I do! Thanks Mary!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Craft Room Overview

My step daughter Clare did all the video work for my craft room and I thank her for that. This is an overview of the whole craft room so you can see everything in one video. As I have said before I like to Recycle, Reuse, and Repurpose. My cabinets are from Craigs List and those were $200. The sink is also from Craigs List and that was $15. The gooseneck faucet I had to have and it was a close out at a big box store. The hutch is also used as are the small white shelf unit and the taller white unit next to the sink area for my Stampin Up papers. I have two wire white paper racks for my papers and those are used from a LSS. 8 of the JetMax cubes I got off Craigs List--already assembled--for $8 each. Some of my ink holders are old cassette racks that I picked up at a thrift store and cleaned up and spray painted white. My shelf that holds my Slice machine and programs is a corner floor shelf that I turned on its side and use it on the counter top. It was $4 from a garage sale. My two large glass jars that I have my flowers in are from a thrift store. The majority of my SU ink pads and re-inkers are from different stamp lots from Craigs List as well. Also most of my SU stamp sets have come from there. The old baker's rack that I store my single wood mounted stamps on is from a barn sale and it was dirty and in the back corner of the barn---dirt floor and all. So go to thrift stores and shop---think out of the box--I have a media file box to hold my "bling" crystalswhich was used for the small disks for computers. I use a smaller file box to hold my Rubber Stamp Tapestry stamps. I have jam/jelly jars from the kitchen to hold buttons. I have a lazy susan on my island from the kitchen. I keep my brown craft mat in a $1 glass from the dollar store. I like to use their glasses for holding things on my table, island, and ink counter because these glasses are heavier glass and will not tip over. It is perfect for the craft mat--just wipe off, roll it up and back in the glass it goes until the next use. I use a spice jar holder to hold glitter jars, snack plastic jars for ribbon, an old plastic floor CD rack to hold my Spellbinders and other dies.... So the list is endless. Your craft room need not cost you a fortune---just find a system that works for you and have fun. Your space/room should inspire you to share your crafting with others. And a BIG thank you! to Clare for my videos!  :0)