Friday, April 30, 2010

Petal Power

I missed a day or two of stamping this week finishing up a book that I've been reading way too long, but I'll get to that in a minute.

The first card is made with the stamp set A Rose is a Rose. Every time I use this set, I'm reminded of how similar it is to Cottage Rose that was retired several years ago. Cottage Rose was one of the first stamp sets I bought when I discovered Stampin' Up!

I took a close-up of the rose card so you could actually see the "thank you". I like the circle piercing. I used a Coke glass that my husband came home from a trip with. It was the perfect size.

Rose Thank You Card:

Stamps: A Rose is a Rose

CS: WW, Kraft, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Apricot Appeal, Parisian Breeze DP

Ink: Certainly Celery, Old Olive, River Rock, Regal Rose, Apricot Appeal, Bashful Blue

Misc.: Brads, Dimensionals

Flower Birthday Card:

Stamps: Pick a Petal, Stem Sayings

CS: Crushed Curry, Old Olive, WW]

Ink: Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry

Misc.: Brad, Bling, Scallop punch, 1/2" circle punch, flower button, glue dots.

I've been reading to a chap in a nursing home for a while now. He reminds me of the character from the movie Up except that he is tall and lean. At first you will find him to be grumpy, irritable and he gives that impression that he has no desire to be around people. Once you break through and get him chatting, he warms up and you discover the most fascinating individual with some interesting stories of his life. He wanted to read this book and I was surprised because the person telling the story is a hermaphrodite. I wouldn't expect an 80+ year old man to want to read a book on this. His tastes seem to lean toward wars, usually non-fiction but he will tolerate a fictional story as long as it has historical facts. Initially I enjoyed the book, so much so, that I borrowed a copy from the library.

It started off well and then it became torture to read. I was continually told that I could stop reading it and asked why I continued. I can't explain it, other than to say I only recall ever setting one book aside and not picking it up again. I either love what I'm reading or think it will get better and keep reading.

This book covers three generations of a family with a genetic mutation in its bloodline. It starts off with them leaving their tiny Greek village and coming to Detroit America. It goes through challenges they face, work, family, fears, secrets, etc. Eventually, you are led to the sexual transformation of Middlesex. The beginning of the book has more of a historical approach, while the ending it more from a psychological view.

I'm surprising myself with this next sentence. I would recommend the book. Charlie said he wasn't better or worse for reading it. :)

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Parisian Breeze

Jami showed me a picture of a bracelet made with mini spools and paper. It looked really cute. My first thought was the girls at church could make it for their mom for Mother's Day. I knew I would need to paint the spools ahead of time for them. I spent over an hour and a half painting the spools (2 coats) and knew I would have to spray paint them since I would need around 300 of them.

I cut the strips of Parisian Breeze paper 3/8" x 1-3/4" and used Mod Podge to adhere them to the spool. My fingers got really gunked up, but I like that. It took me back to elementary school when you would put Elmer's glue on your fingers just to peel it off. I used black elastic cord to put it together. I had intended to seal it but I wanted to finish it before I went to bed. I got a lot of comments on it today.

The picture Jami showed me used 21 spools. I used 20. I really think you could do with 19, perhaps even 18 spools for the bracelet.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Hershey Track

One of girls decided to participate in track this spring, following in her daddy's footsteps. She did pretty good, coming in 3rd for her heat. The last track event I went to was for my brother-in-law when he went to North Carolina. It was kind of nice to be among parents that were excited for what their kids were doing and cheering them on as well as others. A positive experience early on a Saturday morning.

I was happy to have some usable pictures. Everyone was standing and I was hold the camera above my head snapping away and hoping for the best.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Another Fifth Avenue

I've had this dot and the Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions since they became available and have never used them. I have used the the plates several times and liked the look but I have to say I'm impressed by how deep of an impression these make. I love the sentiment stamp even though it has been around for a while. I always think whoever gets a card with this on it has to be special. I hope they know that.

Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, All Holiday
CS: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, VV
Ink: Pretty in Pink
Misc.: Dimensions, Pretty in Pink ribbon, dot textured impressions, clear ep, markers, watercolor crayons, aqua painter.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Fifth Avenue Floral

I'm working on making a variety of cards for my Mother-in-Law for Mother's Day. She has commented several times about the last time I made some for her and how much she liked them and it was nice having them on hand. Life has busy since that time (5+ years ago). While things are still busy, they aren't as crazy as past years. I'm using this opportunity to make cards from sketches or cards that I have saved on the computer or from magazines. It is crazy how many cards I've saved and haven't done anything with. Kind of like the expandable file I have for recipes. I tear out more than I make each month.

Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Great Friend

CS: VV, Pretty in Pink

Ink: VersaMark, Pretty in Pink

Misc.: Clear EP, Watercolor Crayons, Oval punches and scallop oval punch, dimensionals, pretty in pink ribbon, textured impressions - Manhattan Flower

What I thought was nifty on this card was the larger oval behind the sentiment was punched from a flower that was embossed and colored.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Lily Card

I haven't gotten back to making a lily card with the stamps but with all of my time looking for flower tutorials this week, I did come across a lily tutorial. You can find it here. It is like the roses, except one less punch of a flower and just as easy to make. Thanks to Nelia Hardy, I was able to make this card for my mom for Mother's Day. The card base is vanilla and not mounted on soft suede. I just used some soft suede DP when I was taking the picture.

Stamps: Well Scripted

CS: VV, Soft Suede

Ink: Soft Suede

Misc.: Sponge, scallop edge punch, linen thread, 1/8" hole punch, texturz plate, dimensionals, oval punch and scallop oval punch, brads, lg. bird punch and butterfly punch

That is all the stamping I'll get to do this week, which is more than I've done in a month. I will be back to it Monday.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Medallion Birthday

My father-in-law has a birthday coming up and I needed to get the card in the mail today. For whatever reason, I had no inspiration whatsoever on what to do. I went with the medallion stamp. It would have been better to stamp it in black vs. the chocolate chip, warm wishes would have shown up much better, but it also looks better in person. The lighting wasn't right when I took the picture so it isn't showing up as well as is does in hand.

Stamps: Medallion, Hugs & Wishes
CS: Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede DP, Bermuda Bay
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Misc.: bling, dimensionals, choc. chip marker, piercing tool, choc. chip grosgrain

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010


I bought this set a year or so ago. My mom has a ton of daylilies in her yard. I'm thinking she has over a hundred different types. I got this set with her in mind. While I have a lot of ideas for the set, I haven't picked it up to use because the images, while looking very real with all of their layers, are sometimes hard to nail down on the stamping. These lilies are a 5-step stamp. There is an image with a cluster of 3 that I can't nail down the placement of the 4th & 5th stamp so it isn't turning out too well.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Trendy Trees

I'm always delighted when Mary Brown shares her creations. She has an eye and is very good at what she does. I recently got this set and after seeing her card, I was motivated to get it mounted and make one of my own.

Stamps: Trendy Trees

CS: Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, WW

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, Sahara Sand

Misc.: Vintage Brads, Texturz BG #1, Scallop punch, 1-1/4 & 1-3/8 circle punch, word window punch, Chocolate Chip 5/8" grosgrain, stampamajig, dimensionals

You seriously have to use the stampamajig for the trees. I couldn't do it eye-balling it no matter how many times I tried.

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Owl Patrol

I did this page for a challenge. I was happy to use a kit that I purchased recently and think that the colors really go well with a scouting picture. My husband has begun his pursuit with Woodbadge and has completed the camping/training part. Now he has to work on his ticket, which I think is 5 items. It will be nice when he completes this because he has wanted to do this for a long time.

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Paper Roses

I have been seeing a lot flowers lately and wanting to try them out but some I fear would look like a crinkled up mess after I did it. I was looking for tutorials yesterday and came across a lovely card with paper roses. I asked how to make them and she pointed me to this tutorial. Super easy. A lot of what I had seen in my search used various sizes of hearts so I was delighted to use something I have that wouldn't take a lot of cutting by hand.

I went ahead and tried it out after school using some CS I had still out from the last card. When I made one and saw how easy it was, I had to make another. It seemed wrong to have 2 made and not use them so I made a third and put together this card. I was looking for a verse, something witty, perhaps encouraging to use but I didn't have anything appropriate, so I went with a mother's day card.

Stamps: Well Scripted, Friends 24-7

CS: Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence, Old Olive, WW

Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence

Misc: Scallop punches, Xtra Lg. Flower Punch, Lg. Bird punch, stampamajig, dimensionals, Tombow multi glue, CE

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Vintage Vogue

Recently I had to pull out all of my DP for a project I was doing with the girls at church. I saw a card using this DP and I liked how well it went with the Rich Razzleberry. I was delighted to find I had this DP and never had opened it. Thanks to Nancy Riley, I was able to make several of these cards.

Stamps: Vintage Vogue
CS: Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence, WW, Cottage Wall DP
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence, Old Olive
Misc: ribbon, rhinestone brad, eyelet border punch, dimensionals

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