Monday, December 5, 2011

Pines and Poinsettias


I like using the designer frames embossing folder and the oval punch.  I've been punching images to put in the frame other times but today I opted to make a frame.  Fun card to make, although cutting the main image took some time.

Stamps:  Pines & Poinsettias, Occasional Quotes
CS:  Real Red, Wild Wasabi, WW, Holly Berry Bouquet
Ink:  Real Red, Wild Wasabi
Misc.:  Dimensionals, designer frames embossing folder, lg. oval punch
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

More details on the Poinsettia Box

I really appreciated all of the comments I got from the blog hop and through e-mail.  I wish I had the time to for a tutorial but time is something I lack.  Someone could get rich if they could bottle time and sell it because so many are looking for more of it.  

I've had quite a few e-mails with questions on various aspects of the box and I've been responding to them as they come in.  I thought I would post some of the answers here in case anyone else is trying to make it.  

Question:  How did you cut the DP for the box?
Answer:  I'm sure there is an easier way than what I did but this is what I did.  I cut a petal cone on scrap paper and cut at the score line and then proceeded to cut the other edges so I was left with one panel.  I then cut off from each side 1/8".  I used that as a template.

Question:  When I stamp the leaf you said you used on the poinsettia, it doesn't cover the petal.  What did you do?
Answer:  I stamped the outer edge of the petals first and then I made a couple of masks and used them to stamp the center and prevent the image from overlapping on a previously stamped leaf.  However, I think it really isn't necessary to stamp the center.  I only have one petal that shows two different stamped leaves and that could easily be covered with another "petal" from the light bulb.

Question:  I think I have the size right on the box, but doesn't close completely on the bottom.  Did yours?
Answer:  I punched two 2-1/2" circles to conceal the opening from the bottom of the box and inside the box.

Question:  What measurements did you use for the box?
Answer:  I scored at 2-3/4" and cut off the bottom 1-1/2"
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Saturday, November 19, 2011

SUStars Gift-Giving Ideas Blog Hop

I hope you are seeing a lot of great ideas to help spark your creativity on gift-giving.  You probably just came here from Shelly's blog.   Welcome!

I'm happy to share this cute box with you today.  I saw a Halloween themed one that I thought was darling.  I wanted to make something similar and this provided the perfect opportunity.
I didn't secure the poinsettia on top because I don't have anything in the box but you get the idea.  I used the Petal Cone die and cut three of the cones for this box.  Every other flap has the red scallop border.
To make the poinsettia, I used the Island Floral die, the Stocking Accents die, and the 5 Petal Flower punch.  The light bulb from the Stocking Accents die is a perfect shape and is a little smaller, complimenting the 3-petal cluster from the Island Floral die.  The second layer from the top has a mix of the single petal from the Island Floral die and the light bulb, because it is true of poinsettias to have larger and smaller sizes.  I used the medium leaf stamp from the French Foliage stamp set to help give it the right look.
Stamps:  French Foliage
CS:  textured & Wild Wasabi, Real Red, WW, Holly Berry Bouquet DP
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Dies:  Stocking Accents, Island Floral, Scallop Circle #2, Petal Cone
Misc.:  Dimensionals, metallic brads, Real Red satin ribbon

It is time to send you on your way to Jane.  Enjoy the rest of the hop.  If you need to go to the main listing of participants, go here.
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Friday, October 28, 2011

Another Owl

Not a whole lot to say on this.

CS:  Paper Pack (retired?), Early Espresso
Punches:  1-1/4", 1", 1/2"
Dies:  Pillow Box, Oval Scallop Frame (for the wings)
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Saturday, October 22, 2011

SUStars Holiday Hoopla Blog Hop

Yay, you made it here from Barb's blog.

We were asked to prepare something from the mini catalog for one of the upcoming holidays.  I thought I'd use the Holiday Stocking Die.  Above is what you might think of when you see this die, the traditional stocking.  Cute and fun and endless possibilities with papers and embossing folders.

Stamps:  Beautiful Season
CS:  Real Red, VV, Holly Berry Bouquet DP
Ink:  Real Red
Misc.:  Holiday Stocking Die, Stocking Accents Die, Glimmer Brights brads.

What I thought of was this baby booty.  Nice to be able to use this die for something other than Christmas.  I made the stocking and the booty as a card.  So, it doesn't have anything to do with a holiday but I wanted to share it anyway and tossed in another option for the die after this.

CS:  Blushing Bride
Misc.:  Holiday Stocking die, Snowburst EF, Victoria ribbon, VV taffeta

I decided to give the witch's boot a go after seeing so many around.  I googled it and found Sandi MacIver had instructions on her blog.  It turned out pretty cute.  I tossed in a gift card for a movie at the theater, not a bad treat.
CS:  Concord Crush, Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz
Misc.:  Holiday Stocking die, 3-1/2" circle, 1-3/4" circle punch, word window punch, rhinestones, eyelet border punch, spider web EF, vintage wallpaper, EF, pumpkin pie 1/8" ribbon

Hope you are enjoying the hop.  Your next stop is Carol's blog if you want to start at the beginning, you can go here.
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Friday, October 21, 2011

Owl Nugget Holder

I caved!  I have avoided owls for the past couple of years as they became popular.  They make me think of the 70's when they were over-done in home decorating.  My mother even had a macrame owl that she made that hung on a door.  I happened across this blog entry and thought it was pretty darn cute and had to make it.  I really like theirs with the glitter but I didn't want the glitter all over the kids when they get them so I stuck with the gold paper.

I didn't use their template, or even look at it for that matter.  I like to try to make things on my own from a picture.  It may be easier to use what they have.  What I did was cut a strip of black cardstock 1-1/2" x 7-1/4", scored at 2-1/2, 3-1/2, and 6 inches.  I used the scallop punch for the feathers and cut it to 3/4" and rolled it on a marker to make them stick out a little.  The eyes I used a 1", 3/4" and 1/2" punch.  The center piece is 2 x 1-1/2.  I marked it in the center and didn't do  a straight cut.  I curved it slightly for the eyes.  

This holds 2 nuggets.

CS:  black & gold
Punches:  scallop border, circle: 1", 3/4" & 1/2"
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Stitched Stockings

How cut is this?  I love this card.  I had 3 different ribbons on it and none of them were working for me and then I remembered that I had some Wild Wasabi that was retired a while ago and it is perfect with the stitching to coordinate with the stockings.  Yay!!

Stamps:  Stitched Stockings
CS:  Crumb Cake, textured Wild Wasabi, WW, Holly Berry Bouquet DP
Ink:  Real Red, Wild Wasabi
Misc.:  Wild Wasabi double stitched ribbon, Real Red 1/8" taffeta, jingle bells mini, cherry cobbler bakers twine, basic pearl jewels, jewels basic rhinestone, dimensionals, stocking punch
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Sunday, October 9, 2011

French Foliage

I went out to the ranch yesterday to teach the Communications merit badge to two different groups of scouts.  We had a lot of rain this weekend and it was raining hard when I went.  One of the leaders joked with the boys when I got there asking what troop slept in the lake.  Apparently their tent leaked and they had several inches of water in it.  That must have been miserable but they seemed to be in good spirits.  They decided to cancel the activity and reschedule due to the rain and three of the merit badges having to be canceled.  This meant I had 4 extra hours to my day and I used it to make a couple of cards.

Today I'm sharing one that I copied from the current issue of Paper Crafts (p. 49).  The original creator of the card used a color or two from another company, so I picked what I thought went together.  On the splotches of color, I used Soft Suede but stamped off on paper before stamping the card.

Sets:  French Foliage, Thank You Kindly
CS:  VV, Soft Suede
Ink:  More Mustard, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze
Misc.:  Linen thread, mustard button

A nice, quick card if you are short on time.
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Friday, October 7, 2011

Field Flowers

In the past two weeks, I've had two aunts pass away.  The first one lost her battle to breast cancer and the most recent one had a gun accident and didn't survive.  I keep a stash of cards ready to use and usually don't use them unless I'm short on time.  I depleted my stash of sympathy cards and needed to make more for the recent death.  This started off as a sympathy and I decided to toss it into my general section. It was the first time I used the fancy fan letterpress and I love the look.  Very subtle because I used VersaMark and did it on the bottom layer of the vanilla cardstock.

Stamps:  Field Flowers
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive
CS:  Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
Misc.:  Dimensionals, brad, old olive satin ribbon, lace ribbon border punch
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Saturday, October 1, 2011

OWH Cardmaking Day Blog Hop



I am so happy to have the opportunity to join this hop.  Being military and having experienced deployments and  knowing first hand how happy everyone is on both ends when mail is received, this makes my heart happy.  I haven't been stamping lately but I'm jumping back in and taking time to enjoy the little things, which includes stamping.

I'm thinking by now you know what OWH is about, but just in case, people send them cards for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, etc.  They (OWH) package them up and send them overseas so the military can use them to send greetings to their family.  Another way to stay connected.
I chose to use the Pines and Poinsettias stamp set for my card.  I must confess, I was on the fence about this set.  I didn't plan to even get it because I tend to go for sharper, crisper images and this blends together a lot for me.  Why did I get it?  Because I didn't pay a penny for it.  I'm still deciding on this set but it will be nice to have something different to make cards from.

Sets:  Pines and Poinsettias, Occasional Quotes
CS:  VV, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Berry Bouquet DP
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Real Red
Markers:  Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron
Misc.:  Festive Finishes Letterpress, Real Red satin ribbon, dimensionals

Enjoy hopping.
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Monday, August 15, 2011

The Military Wife

I came across this on another blog and liked it.
What is a military wife?


Each one may look different and each is wonderfully unique, but this they have in common:
Lots of moving…
Moving…
Moving…
Moving far from home…
Moving two cars, three kids and one dog…
all riding with HER of course.Moving sofas to basements because they won’t go in THIS house;Moving curtains that won’t fit;
Moving jobs and certifications and professional development hours.
Moving away from friends;
Moving toward new friends;
Moving her most important luggage: her trunk full of memories.

Often waiting…
Waiting…
Waiting…
Waiting for housing.
Waiting for orders.
Waiting for deployments.
Waiting for phone calls.
Waiting for reunions.
Waiting for the new curtains to arrive.
Waiting for him to come home,
For dinner . . . .AGAIN!


They call her ‘Military Dependent’, but she knows better:

She is fiercely In-Dependent.
She can balance a check book;
Handle the yard work;
Fix a noisy toilet;
Bury the family pet . . .

She is intimately familiar with drywall anchors and toggle bolts.
She can file the taxes;
Sell a house;
Buy a car;
Or set up a move…

…all with ONE Power of Attorney.
She welcomes neighbors that don’t welcome her.
She reinvents her career with every PCS;
Locates a house in the desert,
The Arctic,
Or the deep south.
And learns to call them all ‘home’.
She MAKES them all home.

Military Wives are somewhat hasty…
They leap into:
Decorating,
Leadership,
Volunteering,
Career alternatives,
Churches,
And friendships.
They don’t have 15 years to get to know people.
Their roots are short but flexible.

They plant annuals for themselves
and perennials for those who come after them.
Military Wives quickly learn to value each other:
They connect over coffee,
Rely on the spouse network,
Accept offers of friendship and favors.

Record addresses in pencil…
Military Wives have a common bond:
The Military Wife has a husband unlike other husbands;
his commitment is unique.
He doesn’t have a ‘JOB’
He has a ‘MISSION’ that he can’t just decide to quit…
He’s on-call for his country 24/7.
But for her, he’s the most unreliable guy in town!
His language is foreign
TDY , PCS , OPR, SOS, ACC, BDU, TAD
And so, a Military Wife is a translator for her family and his.

She is the long- distance link to keep them informed;
the glue that holds them together.
A Military Wife has her moments:
She wants to wring his neck;
Dye his uniform pink;
Refuse to move to Siberia;
But she pulls herself together.
Give her a few days,
A travel brochure,
A long hot bath,
A pledge to the flag,
A wedding picture,
And she goes.
She packs.
She moves.

She follows.
Why?
What for?
How come?
You may think it is because she has lost her mind.
But actually it is because she has lost her heart .
It was stolen from her by a man,
Who puts duty first,
Who longs to deploy,
Who salutes the flag,

And whose boots in the doorway remind her that as long as he is her Military Husband,
…She will remain his military wife.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Let's Hear it For the Boys


I hosted a male swap on VC Rocks. These are the cards that I received.

Ria Blackwell
Roseanne Urbanc - it is hard to see in the picture, but Roseanne stamped the bonsai in Tangerine Tango on the Tangerine Tango CS.
Sharon Field
Pam Staples
Mary Grauel
Julie Wick
Janice Heighway
Mary Campbell
Jane Hignite
Elizabeth Kratzer
Catie Palmer
Beth Ratliff
Barb Furlong

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

OWH Memorial Day Blog Hop


You probably arrived here from We Grow By Our Dreams, your next stop is Paper Therapy Ponderings.

The card I envisioned doing since I signed up for the blog hop, it turns out I don't own the set. How did that happen? I went with a ship thinking of those that we are an ocean apart from. The sentiment reads "You're never more than a thought away."

Stamps: The Open Sea, Whimsical Words

CS: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, VV

Ink: Not Quite Navy, Choc. Chip, Crumb Cake

Misc.: Espresso Baker's Twine, Dimensionals

I hope you have a great weekend with whatever you have planned. I was excited to hear the next town over from us is having a parade. We will be giving thanks and honor those that gave their lives and health to keep our nation safe. On behalf of my family, I want to thank all veterans this Memorial Day.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fabulous Florets

I've been so bad about posting for a long time now. I take pictures upload them to the computer and never get around to posting. By the time I do, I don't remember what I used and I skip posting. It has been crazy busy and will be for the next couple of months. I wouldn't have it any other way.

I love the way this card turned out. It is beautimous, if I do say so myself.

Stamps: Fabulous Florets, Afterthoughts

CS: WW, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso

Ink: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive

Misc.: Elegant Lines EF, Daffodil Delight taffeta, scallop punch

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

VC Rocks Blog Hop - Color My World

The first stop of the hop is the VC Rocks blog that has a complete list of all the participants.

You just came from Lori's blog Paper Castles.

Your next stop is Kris's blog Maddiebug Designs.

The theme for the blog hop is "Color My World". I have to admit, when I signed up for this, I wanted to brayer a sunset and use the Extreme Surfboard stamp. It didn't quite work out that way. Our son is having his Eagle Court of Honor next month and I have ~75 invitations to make. I wanted to make several samples for him to pick from and this is what he likes best.

I made a criss cross card, roughed up the edges a little on the diagonal cuts and the chocolate chip oval border of the eagle. I used 12x12 textured crumb cake for the band around the card.

Stamps: In Wilderness

CS: VV, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Watercolor

Ink: StazOn Jet Black

Misc.: Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen

Enjoy hopping!

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Nothing Original

Stamping has been so limited lately. Crazy things have been happening (not to me personally) that have eaten a lot of my time lately with communications to a lot of people working through details. Our son has been working hard wrapping up some merit badges and working on his Eagle project. He has his Eagle Board of Review in a couple of weeks. I'm so excited for him.

I'm thinking it was last fall that I saw this card in a Stampin' Success magazine. I thought it was such a creative way to use the words from these two sets. I got around to making several of these cards a few months ago.

These next two cards I CASEd but I don't know from where. Please, if you know whose ideas these were, let me know. I want to give credit to them.
My husband put on a camporee for our district in March and he needed some thank you cards. I knew the set I wanted to use but nothing was coming to me for it. I changed the sentiment and the paper to use up some old DP but took everything from DJLuvs2stamp.

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