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Friday, June 28, 2013

Last Post of the Month of June

You know I did not realize until I looked at my calendar today that the next time I post a blog will be in July!!!!  I cannot help be feel a little like "where did June go".  It just seemed to pass so quickly.  I remember this feeling when I was still teaching and knew that July meant prepping to go back to work in August.  This year I guess I am just reliving my teacher days by feeling this way.  Kind of funny, huh?

Today I am going to share another patriotic card with you that would be perfect for the 4th of July.  I am planning on using it for a birthday card myself but the nice thing about it is you can choose to use it however you want.  Ready to start?  Let's go.

Isn't he cute?  I started with a base card of Night of Navy cut at 5 1/2" by 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4".  I added a 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" piece of Whisper White to this using runner adhesive.  For the top layer, I cut a piece of Real Red to be 4" x 5 1/4".  I then took a 2" x 2 1/2" piece of navy and ran it through the big shot using my stars impression folder.  I used my white gel pen to color a few of the stars and set this aside to dry.  I then took a scrap of white and cut off 1/2" strips.  I attached these to the red using my 2 way glue pen.  Once attached I trimmed off the ends that hung over and then attached the navy stars piece to the corner with runner adhesive.  This was attached to the base with runner adhesive.  I cut a piece of shimmer champagne card stock at 3" x 3 1/2" (this might not be exact but I think it's close) and attached it to the center of the card front with the runner adhesive.

To make Uncle Sam's hat, I started with a piece of white that was around 2" x 2 1/2".  I added a couple of shimmer red card stock strips that were 1/2" in width to this with runner adhesive.  I added dazzling diamond glitter to the white strips of the hat with my 2 way glue pen.  The hat brim is a piece of navy that I had left over (it's about 1/2" wide also).  Using the 2 way glue pen, I added blue glitter to it and attached it to the card with the 2 way glue pen.  I also added 3 stars punched out with the star punch from the holiday set.  They are champagne also.  Before attaching them, I added a star brad to the center of each - one red, one white, and one blue.  They were then attached to the hat using glue dots.

The beard, hair and mustache are all from the 2 3/8" scallop circle punch.  The hair on the forehead is just a piece of the circle attached to the brim of the hat.  The mustache is 2 of the scallops still attached and cut to just be half circles.  Whisper White was used for these as well as the white of the eyes.  I also used Night of Navy for the eyes and Basic Black too.  I used Blushing Bride for the face and the nose.  The face is a 1 3/4" circle.  The eyes and nose are from the owl builder punch.  I drew the mouth on with a black marker.  All pieces are adhered using my 2 way glue pen.  The finished Sam is attached to the card with his hat using dimensionals.

Well that's it for this week.  I wish you all a wonderful weekend.  Have fun and be safe.  I will see you all next month!!!  Thanks for stopping by today to visit.

Thursday, June 27, 2013


It's Thursday.  Now I would bet from the title of this post that a lot of you know what the theme of my card today is.  At least if you are part of my generation you will.  Today's share is one of the most fun card I have made in a long time.  Therefore, I am just going to jump in and get started!!

Is this not one of the cutest cards you have ever seen?!!  Ok so I am bragging a bit but I really like it.  Let's focus on the base and we will get to the characters in a minute.

The base card is Real Red cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4".  I added a 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" piece of Basic Black card stock to this using runner adhesive.  For the final layer, I took a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock and ran it through my big shot using the brocade impression folder.  I then added it using runner adhesive.

I cut 2 hearts out of Real Red card stock using my big shot and my heart framelits.  Once they were cut, I ran them through the big shot using the fancy fan impression folder.  They were then attached to the base using runner adhesive.  I added the frosted red and white pearls after the characters were placed on the card.

The characters themselves are made exactly the same way.  The only difference is Minnie had eyelashes and a red ribbon.  So here is Mickey Mouse himself for you to see.  I will list the punches used down below.

And here is Minnie.  all pieces of the duo were put together with runner adhesive and a 2 way glue pen.  I drew he eyelashes and mouths on the with a black marker.  I also drew the eyeballs on and outlined the white of the eyes.  The tongue also has a line drawn on it using the Rose Red marker and a white gel pen finished the nose.  The colors of card stock I used for these two are Basic Black, Whisper White, Blushing Bride and Rose Red.

Punches used for these two are the following:

1 3/8" circle for the ears and face.  Cut a notch out of the top of the head.
1 3/4" circle for the black of the head
small heart for the eyes and nose; cut one for the nose down to the size you want
retired small oval for the cheeks, mouth, chin, and top of mouth

Really if you look at the picture I think you can see how to piece these together.  If you have any questions please contact me and I will help you. 

Only one more day this week.  We will go back to the patriotic theme tomorrow so please stop by to see what I have.  Thanks so much for dropping by today.  See you later.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Time For A Big Bang!

Here we are at Wednesday!!!  I feel like I have not had a lot of time with my hubby this week.  He worked and then went camping.  He was home for a day and is now at work once again.  I miss him and hope we get some much needed together time soon.

Today's card is a very simple card.  I thought it was time to share just a basic card again and remind all of us that we do not always have to go so big on a card for it to look good.  This is a 4th of July card.  I guess you could say my hubby inspired it.  He use to shoot off fireworks for a firework company.  Now I love to watch fireworks but we usually do not go anywhere to see them.  We just watch from our home.  Neither one of us is big on crowds and snuggling at home is a lot more fun anyway.  So let's get going on today's share.

Ta Da!!!!!  This was an easy card to make and put together.  I started with a base card of Real Red cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4".  I added a layer to this of Whisper White measuring 4 1/8" x 5 3/8".  The final layer is Night of Navy which was cut at 4" x 5 1/4".  Prior to attaching it with runner adhesive to the other layers, I pulled out a retired stamp set called July Fourth and using VersaMark ink, I stamped the fireworks images onto the navy and then heat embossed them using red and white embossing powder.  

The greeting is from the same stamp set.  This time I stamped it using VersaMark ink onto white.  I heat embossed it with an embossing powder actually named Fireworks.  I punched it out using my 1 3/4" scallop circle punch.  I then layered it using runner adhesive on top of a Read Red scallop circle that was punched using my 2 3/8" scallop circle punch.  It  was attached to the card using dimensionals.  I then added the small pearls to the red scallops to give a little more decoration to the card.

That's all I have for today.  I will return with another cute card for you to see tomorrow.  Thanks for stopping by today!!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

How About A Day At The Beach?!!

Hi everybody!!!  It's another hot and sunny day here in Arizona.  I cannot tell you how grateful I am that we bought our small inflatable pool to lounge in.  It really does help you deal with the heat better.  I don't know why but the older I get the less I enjoy the extreme heat.  I guess it is just another thing about getting older.

Just the other day I was thinking about how much fun it is to go to the beach.  Now personally, I am not a huge person on swimming in the ocean but I enjoy the waves, the breeze and the smell of salt water.  I guess thinking of all that is the inspiration I used for today's card.  So let us just get started.

Do those owls rock those bikinis or what?!!!  I started with a base card of Tangerine Tango cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4".  I added only one layer to this card.  It is a piece of Whisper White measuring 4" x 5 1/4". 

 To design my background, I turned to one of my favorite mediums - chalk.  I don't know why it appeals to me so much but it does.  I have several sets of chalks to use as well as stencils that were designed to work with the chalk also.  That is where all the textures come from on my background.  I made a blue sky full of puffy clouds using one stencil.  I then pulled out another one and made the ocean waves (you cannot really see them - sorry).  I used a simple circle for the sun and a sandcastle stencil for the castle.  The sand I just did by hand.   

The greeting I used for this card is from a retired set called Sunny Fun (I think that's the name).  I stamped it using Pacific Point ink onto Whisper White.  I cut it out using the bitty banners framelits and my big shot.  I edged the banner with a sponge and Pacific Point ink.  It is attached to the card using dimensionals.

This is bathing beauty owl number one.  She has lovely Wild Wasabi eyes.  Her body is from Soft Suede.  I am sure you can see the Basic Black and white used in the eyes.  Her swim suit is from some designer series paper I had left over.  

Here is bathing beauty owl number two.  She has Soft Sky eyes.  Her body is from Chocolate Chip card stock.  Again, I also used black and white and her bikini is from left over dsp.

All pieces of the owls are from the owl builder punch.  That's all you need.  The pieces are put together using a 2 way glue pen and the finished owls are attached to the card with dimensionals.

Tomorrow marks the middle of the week already.  I can't believe it.  I am so glad you chose to stop by today.  I will be back tomorrow with another share for you so please visit again.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Should A Birthday Card Ever Be Despicable?

Hi everyone and happy Monday.  I hope you all had a nice weekend.  I tried to get a bit of rest myself.  I woke up Saturday feeling a little bit odd.  I felt feverish and like I was coming down with something.  I decided to rest as much as possible so that I hopefully would not get sick.  Thankfully I feel better now.

As for my question about the birthday cards, my answer is yes.  In fact I made my sister's birthday card a bit despicable.  Want to see it?  Here we go.

How's this for despicable?  Yes it's the minions from Despicable Me.  I am so excited to go see the second one coming out next month.  I really think the minions are hysterical.  But let's talk about the card shall we?

I started with a piece of Daffodil Delight cut at 5" x 10", scored at 5",  I ran this through the big shot using the largest framelit from the floral framelits set.  As you can see, the top two petals are flat.  This is where I kept the fold of the card off the framelit so that it would not be cut all the way through.  I then added a second layer using the 2nd largest framelit from that set.  I made this one out of Night of Navy.  I actually cut 2 of these.  The other one is used inside the card. (You will see that in a minute.)  To add sparkle and decoration to the front  I added some blue and yellow rhinestones to the flower points.  The minions themselves are on another flower cut using the 2nd smallest framelit from the floral set.  I cut these 2 out of Whisper White card stock.  I ran these through the big shot using the cloudy day impression folder.  I then edged both of these using Daffodil Delight and Night of Navy ink with my sponges.  Both the navy and white layers are attached using runner adhesive. 

Here is my first minion.  Since both were made using the same punches, I will just describe the process once.  The only difference is that this one has only one eye while the other has two.

Here the second minion.  To make these guys, you will need the following:

card stock:  Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Basic Black, Whisper White and Shimmery Silver
punches:  owl builder, 1/4" and 1/2" circle punches
accessories:  2 way glue pen, fine tip black marker and white gel pen

Now I used the retired horizontal slot punch for the straps of the overall but you can just use a scrap of card stock to make these.  I used a scrap of daffodil to make the arms.  The finished minions are attached to the card using dimensionals.  I am not spending a lot of time going through every step because they are kind of self explanatory.  However, if you have questions please contact me.

For the inside of the card, I put the 2nd navy flower in here using runner adhesive.  I then used a birthday stamp I have and stamped the greeting onto Whisper White.  Using the 3rd largest flower from the framelits set to cut this out.  I sponged the edges with the daffodil and navy ink.  I used my colored pencils and colored in the greeting.  Once colored, I attached it using the runner adhesive also.  I added pearls to the navy and the same blue and yellow rhinestones to the white that were used on the front.  

Well that's all I have for today.  I hope you enjoyed this card.  I had a lot of fun making it and my sister loved it.  I will do my best to come up with something cute to share for tomorrow.  I do hope you drop in to see me then.  Thanks for stopping by today!!! 

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Friday, June 21, 2013

It's Friday Already?

Hi everyone.  Well I have been one absent blogger this week.  I really thought I would have time to craft and it just did not happen.  I spent most of Tuesday running errands.  With the temperatures around 110 degrees, I was exhausted by the time I reached home.  I unfortunately also suffer from migraines and the intense heat seems to bring them on.  Wednesday, my hubby and I spent the day with our youngest and her boyfriend.  They had other plans on Father's Day and Wednesday was the day they wanted to celebrate with my hubby.  We went to lunch and shopped and really had a great day.  My hubby bought a new grill so of course we had to break it in by bar-b-quing that night.  by the time the kids went home, it was after 10 pm..  The day just flew by.

Thursday was my sister's birthday so I wanted to take a moment to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to her on my blog.  I did get her birthday card made for her and plan on sharing it with you on Monday.  I just want to be sure she sees it first.  I spent part of the day cleaning because today (Friday) I get to spend having lots of fun with my sister.  So once again, I am going to share a few cards I came across when I finally took time to catch up on my computer time last night.

Very elegant don't you think?

I LOVE this flamingo!!!!!!

Well that's all I am sharing today.  Like the flamingo, go have some fun in the sun.  I will share my sister's birthday card with you on Monday so be sure to return to see what I made.  Have a wonderful weekend.  See you later and thanks for stopping by today.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Hi everyone.  Sorry I missed posting a blog on Monday.  I had a fairly busy weekend and the time just seemed to fly by.  I was lucky enough to spend Friday with my 2 girls.  We got to go to lunch and spend some time just catching up.  I am afraid there just was no crafting time that day.

Saturday brought a whole new challenge to me.  My youngest daughter who just turned 21 was planning to spend the day with her grandmother and the evening with friends.  She really did not want to leave her 9 month old puppy kenneled all day and night so she asked me to doggy sit for her.  Now my dog is 5 years old and quite enjoys being an only dog so spending 10 hours with the puppy was not exactly her idea of fun.  The puppy happens to also be bigger than my dog and is a herding dog.  She tried all day to herd my dog and was so energetic there was no time for rest.  According to my daughter, her puppy sleeps all day.  Well not here.   I think she slept for maybe 45 minutes.  By the time she went home, I was exhausted and so was my dog.  Bed was calling and we answered quickly.

Sunday being Father's Day meant I spent it with my hubby.  We had a very relaxing day and sat in our little inflatable pool a lot.  It was nice to just not have anywhere to run.  He really needed the break and after Saturday, so did I. 

Needless to say, I am very behind on my crafts.  While playing with the puppy Saturday, I accidentally got my arm in her way and she stepped on it.  My fault, not hers.  Anyway it is my right forearm and it is quite sore.  Punching and stamping are a bit uncomfortable so I am really slow.  I do plan to try to craft for you this week but for yesterday and today, I am afraid there was nothing to share.  I do want to show you a few cards I have come across recently.  I will do my best to have something for you tomorrow. 

I like the simplicity of this one.  I intend to give this a try soon.

Toy Story is one of our favorite Disney movies.  I just love the little green guys!!!


Here is another pop up card.  I do like the color scheme used on this one.

Well that's it for today.  Hopefully I will get a card finished for you today and be able to post it tomorrow.  I hope you stop by to see if I do.  Thanks for dropping by today.

Friday, June 14, 2013

It's Birthday Card Day - Finally!!!!

We have once again made it to Friday.  I can not believe the week is already gone.  I am looking forward to craft time this weekend and playing with a few ideas that are running around in my head.  Some days all the ideas overwhelm me but I am hoping I will sort through them this weekend and be able to focus on just a few a them. 

Today as promised I am going to share the card I made for my daughter with you.  Now you may think this is a strange card to make for a girl because it is based on a super hero.  However, my daughter and her boyfriend are both into toy collecting and comics and they go see all the super hero movies that come out about characters they like.  For me, this was a natural one to make.  A couple of weeks ago I made a super hero card using owls.  I focused on the Hulk, Batman, Superman, and Spiderman.  When I showed it to my daughter, she said "Mom, you should have made Ironman too".  Now I know she was referring to an owl Ironman but I thought I would take it a step further and make an Ironman.  I had no idea how hard this was going to be, and I will be the first to tell you that it probably needs more work and could look better.  So without further ado, I will share this card with you.

Well what do you think?  Be honest.  It took a lot of trial and error for me to even get him to look like this.  This card is a fancy fold card called a Tri-fold Shutter card.  I will explain how to make it a little bit later.  For now we will focus on the man himself.

The color scheme for Ironman himself is Real Red and Brushed Gold.  Basically the entire body of this hero uses oval punches.  I used the wide oval for the body and the chest plate.  The plate is trimmed and repunched on one side with the large oval.  I used the large oval on the arms and the center of the body.  The arms are trimmed down a bit.  The current small oval was used for the neck and head area.  The retired small oval was used as part of the center of the body.  The hands come from the boho blossom punch.  There are scrap pieces of gold that I used to make the gold patches on the arms and at the neck area.  The center triangle is a piece of Shimmer Silver card stock that I cut and it is sponged with Tempting Turquoise ink.  The lines were drawn on using the Real Red marker.  For eyes, I used small scraps of the silver and outlined them with black marker. 

Again for the legs, I used the large ovals.  The gold thighs are large ovals that I have trimmed down and scrap pieces of gold.  This is one area I would like to work on to improve.  The feet are the wide heart from the heart to heart punch.  Again I trimmed pieces to achieve the look I wanted and added lines with the red marker.  The finished Ironman was attached to the card using dimensionals.  I do apologize for the hair in the photo.  I did not realize it was there until I sat down to do the blog.   Of course I do not have the card anymore so I could not take another photo for you.  Oh well.  

I also realize the instructions for him are fairly cryptic.  I think I made him too difficult and need to figure out how to simplify him.  I will work on that and if I am successful, I will certainly share it with you.  Now on to the card.

Here you can see the card lying "flat" on the counter.  This was a card that once it was all put together, I actually weighted it down so it would collapse and fit in the envelope.  To start this card, you will need a 5 1/2" x 12" piece of card stock.  You will need to score it from top to bottom at 2", 4", 8" and 10".  Then you will turn it lengthwise.  You will measure 1 1/2" from each side and mark it on the 2" score line and the 10" score line.  Using a ruler to help you, take your craft knife an cut from the 2" to the 10" line.  This is what creates the panels for you to fold.  I did add Basic Black and Brushed Gold layers to each panel.  I measure the panels one by one and then cut my card stock.  Panels are added with runner adhesive.  

I added a label to the center panel using the labels framelits.  I cut one in black and the next size down out of white.  I ran the white one through the big shot using the fancy fan impression folder.  I layered these together and attached them to the panel using runner adhesive.   I cut out the numbers with the retired billboard decorative strip and the big shot.  I cut them out of black and champagne shimmer.  The ones on the center panel are layered together with the two way glue pen and attached to the panel using dimensionals.  All other numbers are attached using the two way glue pen.  

The greeting on the back panel is a DeNami stamp.  The top center comes from the Create A Cupcake stamp set and the bottom center is from the retired Word Play stamp set.  The side panel greeting is from Express Yourself.  All of these were stamped originally in VersaMark ink and then heat embossed using black embossing powder.  I added rhinestones all over the card for glitz.

This is the card when it is standing up.  As you can see it gets a lot of dimension.  I like the way you can decorate it and it will just look cool instead of too busy.  

This is the top view of the card.  You can really see all the open panels and how the tri-fold works.  I love this card.  It is really fairly easy to make and the finished look is amazing!!!!!

So now you have seen the infamous card.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as my daughter.  I will be back on Monday to share another card with all of you.  Until then I wish you all a wonderful weekend.  Stay cool and be safe.  See you next week and thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Here's Goofy !!!!!

Hi everyone.  I can't believe it is Thursday already.  Yesterday I shared with you my punch art Goofy.  Today I have the finished card.  I am not going to go through how to make Goofy again so this post will be fairly short.  Let's get started.

Ta Da!!!!!!  I started with a base card of 7" x 10", scored at 5".  I then but a piece of Basic Black card stock measuring 4 7/8" x 6 7/8".  I cut a piece of Whisper White at 4 3/4" x 6 3/4" and a piece of Pumpkin Pie at 3 3/8" x 4 3/4".  I took out my 1", 3/4" and 1/2" circle punches and punched circles from scraps of Basic Black, Whisper White, Gumball Green and Pumpkin Pie.  Now I was ready to start the background.

For the top half of the Whisper White, I attached circles using runner adhesive.  Knowing that I was going to cover the bottom half of the white with the pumpkin, I only attached circles to the top half.  I then ran that through the big shot using the perfect polka dots folder.  Again, the bottom half will be covered so it does not need to be impressed.  I attached the white to the black with runner adhesive.

For the bottom half, I again decorated it with circles and then ran it through the big shot with the same impression folder.  I attached it to the white with the runner adhesive.  For the final touch, I added a piece of 1/4" black grosgrain ribbon across the middle of the card with runner adhesive.  I then attached the black to the base card with the same adhesive, added the Goofy using dimensionals and was finished.  I have not decided what I am using this card for yet so I chose not to add the greeting. 

I hope you liked the card.  Tomorrow I will share the birthday card I made for my daughter.  I hope you come by to see it.  Thanks for stopping by today.  

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Playing With Punches

Hi everyone.  Today I thought I would share with you a new character for me.  I made this guy using punches.  This is my first attempt so please be kind.  My inspiration for this one came from 2 places: the first is a card I saw on Pinterest by Kay Sha and the second was from a visit to the comic book store.  Now I know that the comic book store might seem like an odd place to some but for me, I love comic books and the characters in them.  I have to admit I shop more in the kids section because those are the comics that interest me.  So it should come as no surprise that I can be inspired to make a punch art character based on one of the cute characters.  This one is also a Disney character which I love.  Let's get started.

It's Goofy!!!!  At this point, I have goofy made but have not put him onto a card.   I did not have a recipe for him and only had photos to look at of Kay's card and the comic book.  So I thought I would spend today on the tutorial of how to make him and then share the finished card with you tomorrow. 

The photo shows the punches that I used to make Goofy.  The only other item I used was my set of oval framelits and my big shot.  Otherwise what you see is what you get.

Here is one more photo of Goofy for you to see. He turned out really cute but big.  He will not fit on the normal size card I usually make.  I will have to go big for this one.  

Let me start at the top and work my way down.  The colors I used for Goofy are Gumball Green for the hat, Basic Black and Whisper White.  I also used Blushing Bride but that will come into play in the bottom half.  The hat is made using 3 green wide ovals and 2 green large ovals.  For the band, I used a black large oval.  They are layered together and attached to one another with runner adhesive.  For his hair, I punched a wide oval out of black and set it aside to use as an eye.  I then used the wide oval punch, offset it from the wide oval hole, and punched again 3 times.  His eyes consist of 2 wide ovals in black, 2 wide ovals in white and 2 small ovals trimmed down for the eyeballs.

Off to the sides of the eyes, I also placed a 1" circle on each side.  The snout area consists of 2 wide ovals, 1 large ovals and 2 3/4" circles in Blushing Bride.  The large oval goes behind the wide ones and the circles are for the cheeks.  His nose is a black large oval.  The teeth were fun to make.  I used a 1" circle for each one.  They are trimmed down into the shape I wanted.  The inside of the mouth is a black wide oval while the tongue was made using the retired heart to heart punch (not in the photo).  I used the wide heart and punched it from Primrose Petal card stock.  The blush part of the mouth and the ears were made using the framelits set of ovals.  

All pieces of Goofy were attached to one another using runner adhesive and liquid glue.  I had a lot of fun making this cute face.  It just turned out larger than I expected.  I do plan to try it once more and downsize it some.  If I manage to make it work, I will let you know.  For now, I am pretty sure I will have to use a 5" x 7" card.

That's it for today.  Please stop by tomorrow to see the finished Goofy card.  I will share my daughter's birthday card on Friday.  Thanks for visiting!!!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

It's Dress Up Time Once More

Woo Hoo!!!!  It's Tuesday!!!  It is always so surprising how quickly the days go by sometimes.  Now I am not sure how excited I should be about the rest of the week but I would rather look forward to it than not.

Well I did manage to finish a card for you all to see.  My hubby was gone for part of the day which allowed me the time I needed to craft.  Let's just jump right in and get started.

Hard to believe I used a flash to take this photo.   It looks a little dark.  I apologize for that.  I started with a base card of Pumpkin Pie cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" , scored at 4 1/4".    I then cut a piece of Whisper White at 4" x 5".  I ran this through the big shot using the fancy fan impression folder.  I then took the top note frame that was left from the quilt I made for my baby card yesterday and attached it to this piece of white using runner adhesive.  I attached the entire piece to the card using the same runner adhesive. 

Next I pulled out my retired designer series paper and chose a piece to use for the dress.  I used the dress up framelits and cut the stand out of Basic Black and the dress out of the dsp.  I attached the dress to the stand using liquid glue.  I took a piece of white ribbon and attached it to the dress as a belt using glue dots.  I wanted to dress up my outfit a bit so I added a pearl "necklace" and larger pearls to the dress.  I also made a belt using light green rhinestones.  I added a few other rhinestones in various colors that complimented the frame to the white background for added decoration.  The dress stand with the dress is attached to the card using dimensionals.

My greeting comes from a new hostess stamp set called Express Yourself.  I stamped it using Pumpkin Pie ink onto Whisper White and punched it out using the word window punch.  I layered this onto a Tempting Turquoise modern label with runner adhesive.  I added a rhinestone to each end and attached the finished greeting to the card with dimensionals.  

Now it is time for me to work on another card for all of you to see.  Thanks for stopping by to visit today!!!!!  See you all tomorrow.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Playing Dress Up Once Again


Hi everyone and happy Monday.  Well today is the day.  It's my daughter's 21st birthday.  It's hard to believe 21 years have gone by so fast.  I am tremendously proud of the young woman she has become.  She is absolutely wonderful.

Now even though today is her actual birthday, I will not be spending it with her.  Instead, we are going to spend the entire day Wednesday celebrating with her and her boyfriend.  Of course, that means that I cannot share her card with you just yet.  So I decided to go with another Disney star and share her dress, well kind of a dress.  Since she is actually a fairy, I am not sure if her outfit is a dress or not.  Oh well. Here we go.

I started with a base card of Daffodil Delight cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4".  To this base I added a piece of Whisper White.  It is cut at 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  I then used my eyelet lace punch to punch each side of the white.  It is attached to the center of the card front using runner adhesive.  I then added dots to the front of this using the Daffodil Delight marker.  I also added small yellow rhinestones to the center hole of each eyelet scallop.  

To begin the dress, I first used my dress up framelits and cut out the dress form from Basic Black.  Next, I took a piece of Garden Green card stock and cut out the sundress using the same framelits.  I cut the dress short using my scissors.  I then added green glitter to the entire dress using my 2 way glue pen.  I then took a piece of vellum paper and punched out 5 large ovals.  I cut a strip off of a piece of Champagne shimmer card stock for the belt and glued the ovals to it.  This was then attached to the dress as the belt.  Finally I cut out the butterfly wings from vellum paper using my big shot and the beautiful butterflies die.  I ran these through the big shot using a swirl impression folder and then edged them with silver glitter.  The glitter is attached using TomBow glue.  I set these aside to dry and worked on the background.

I started by taking out a set of scallop oval framelits I have and cut one out of Daffodil Delight and one size smaller out of Whisper White.  I ran each of these through the big shot using a couple of impression folders - the daffodil went through using an oval shaped folder while the white used the honeycomb folder.  I attached both the ovals to the card using runner adhesive.

By now the wings were dry so I attached them to the back of the dress form using glue dots.  I added dimensionals to the back of the dress form and attached it to the card.    

Finally it was time to add the greeting.  I used my Create a Cupcake stamp set and stamped the greeting using Daffodil Delight ink onto Whisper White card stock.  I punched this out using the word window.  I then punched a modern label out of Daffodil Delight card stock.  I attached the white greeting to it using runner adhesive and attached the entire greeting to the card using dimensionals.

Now I am off to finish a few things for my daughter's birthday.  I am not sure if I will share her card with you on Wednesday or Thursday but it will be one of those.  I just want her to see it first.  

I hope your week if off to a wonderful start.  I am so glad you stopped by to see me today.  I will be back tomorrow with another share for you.  Thanks for visiting.  

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Where Did The Time Go?!!!!

Hi everyone and happy Thursday!!  I had a busy day yesterday.  My hubby decided it was time to trim the trees so I helped by supervising.  Okay I did hold the ladder for him but beyond that I really could not help much.  I happen to be allergic to the tree he was trimming and did not want red patches of skin and itchiness for the day so I chose to not pick up branches.  He would not have let me if I tried.

Once the tree was all pretty, a friend happened to stop by for a short visit.  While this was unexpected, it was very welcomed.  Of course, I got a wee bit behind schedule on everything else I had to do.  We had a lovely visit and then it was time to go to the store.  Needing mostly produce, I chose to go to Sprouts.  I love this store.  I could spend hours in there just smelling all the fresh fruit.  It is just heavenly.  By the time we reached home again it was already lunch time.  Now I am truly spoiled by my hubby.  He makes the most delicious salsa I have ever had.  When we go to Sprouts, we usually buy all the ingredients for his fresh salsa and yesterday's trip was no exception.  When the salsa was made, we had a nice lunch.

There were other chores for me to get finished before the day was done and I just could not seem to get through them as fast as I had anticipated.  I finally made it into my craft room and got started on a card but had to stop before finishing.  We had dinner plans with family and were gone the rest of the evening.

Therefore, for today I am going to share with you a few cards I recently came across on the internet so that I can finish the card I am making and share it with you tomorrow.  I hope you enjoy these:

These graduation owl are too cute.  They sit on top of a "piece of cake".  Any graduate would love this.

The top note die is one of my favorites so when I saw this pirate made using it I knew I would want to give him a try.  My oldest daughter is a huge fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies so I know she will love this.  Once I make mine I will share it with you but until then you can enjoy this one.


I don't know why but these lamb cards always catch my eye.  They make great baby cards or Easter cards.

Well, that's it for today.  I will be back with my card tomorrow.  I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did.  Thanks for stopping by today!!!!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Let's Take A Craft Side Trip

Hi everyone and welcome to Wednesday.  I hope your week is going well.  No one likes a bad week.

Today I am going to veer off the card course and share another hobby of mine with you.  When I was young I use to watch my sister knit.  Now I tried to learn myself but could never quite get the hang of it.  For years, I wanted to give it another go but just did not want to fail.  Well I was reading a mystery book set around a crochet club.  I started thinking that maybe I could do that.  It sounded like fun and I really wanted to give it a try.  So off to the craft store I went.  I bought a set of crochet hooks and a skein of yarn.  I found videos on YouTube ( what did we ever do before this ) and started watching and learning.  Lo and behold, I found that I was somewhat successful with it.  I could not believe I was able to do it.  I guess some of us are meant to knit and some to crochet.  I thought I would share some of my first tries with you today.  Either you will see just what a beginner I am or you will be impressed like me that the projects actually resemble something.  Ready or not here come the projects.

Here are 2 items I made.  The one on the left is a Granny Square.  According to many articles I read, this is one of the most sought after patterns to learn.  I enjoyed giving it a try and found it fairly easy once I got started.  On the right, is a circle.  Now I must admit, I love circles.  I had so much fun making this one.  Both of these could be used as hot pads.  You could also make them a little smaller and use them as coasters.  

Once I learned the Granny Square, I decided to make a hot pad for my kitchen using the color scheme I have - red, white and black.  I also made another one like this using the colors green, white and black.  That one was given to my daughter for her kitchen. 

This was my first big project.  It is a baby blanket.  I used a super soft yarn and learned to make this one from a video.  I was very proud of myself for completing this one.  Now the instructor said this one would take about 4 hours to complete.  It took me a bit longer than that ( like days ) but I did finish it.  Up until here, I was only doing things learned on the internet.  I decided I had better learn how to do a few things using instructions from an actual project.  Boy did I have a lot to learn.

I started with flowers.  Now I know the one on the right looks more like a starfish than a flower but that's just how it turned out.  As I was making these, I decided I would sew a button onto the center of each flower to complete the look.  Then it hit me!  These could possibly go on a card.  Why not?  They might be cute on a card.  So my next task will be to make a card and incorporate one of these flowers onto it.  Hopefully it will work and will look nice.  You will have to let me know.  So I guess I will start planning for that card now.  

Thanks for allowing me to veer off the card course for today.  I hope you were not too bored with my crochet projects.   Once I get a card made using one or both flowers, I do hope you will let me know what you think about using these on cards.  I would love to hear your comments.  

Thanks for dropping by today.  I will see you all tomorrow.  Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Back To Babies

Hi everyone.  It's Tuesday and it is hot hot hot here in Phoenix.  We have definitely reach summer temperatures meaning we are over 100 degrees every day.  It will only get hotter as the summer days go by.  While I do enjoy swimming and the lazy days, I will be ready for the autumn season with the holidays, busy days and cooler temperatures. 

Today I decided to make a baby card.  No idea why I chose this.  I do not know anyone who is pregnant right now but since I seemed inspired to do this I thought why not!!!  Let's just jump in and get started.

I started with a base card of Tempting Turquoise cut at 4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2".  I then added a layer of 4 1/8 x 5 3/8" Whisper White.  I ran this through my big shot using the perfect polka dots impression folder.  Once impressed, I used sponges and Pumpkin Pie and Tempting Turquoise ink and brushed over the dots to add color to it.  I attached it using runner adhesive.  

The top layer is a quilt I made using left over designer series paper.   I started with a 4" x 5" piece of Whisper White.  Using my 1" square punch, I punched out squares from the dsp and attached them to the white using runner adhesive.  Once covered, I ran this through the big shot using the top note die. 
I attached a piece of retired 1/4" grosgrain Tempting Turquoise ribbon to it and attached it to the card using the runner adhesive.

The stamped image on this one is from a stamp set called Best of Brides and Babies.  This is a special set offered by Stampin' Up! in celebration of their 25 years in business.  I stamped the image using Chocolate Chip ink onto Whisper White.  I colored the image using colored pencils and cut it out free hand.  It is attached to the card with runner adhesive.  I tucked it behind the ribbon just a bit.  I added some colored rhinestones to the ribbon for dazzle.

The word was made using my big shot and an alphabet set of sizzlits called Girls are Weird.  I cut the skinny part of the letters out of Pumpkin Pie card stock and the shadow letter from Basic Black. I layered the letters using a 2 way glue pen and attached them to the card with the same glue pen.  I added some dazzling details glitter glue to the letters for added pizzazz.

Well that's it for today.  I am going to go finish my laundry and take a nap.  The worst part of the summer heat for me is that it increases my migraines greatly and I spend a lot of days hurting.  Oh well, I have survived for many years so I am sure I will be fine this summer too.  

Please stop by tomorrow to see what I will have to share with you then.  I am so happy you chose to spend some time with me today.  Thanks for dropping in and I will see you tomorrow.