Friday, August 31, 2007

Cool Bookmark idea

I got this idea from here. Thank you Mary Jo for sharing this fun project. I love to read and can never have enough bookmarks. Ü I made mine different because I didn't have the scallop punch or the big eyelets. So I cut the flower on blackout option from the Cricut using the George cartridge. I cut 3 from white cardstock at 2.5" and 1 from the patterned paper. Instead of holding it together with an eyelet, I used a jumbo brad by Heidi Swapp. The patterned paper for the large flower is from the Cutie Pie paper kit by SU! Also from SU!, I used the canvas stamp, So Saffron and Chocolate Chip ink and for the little flower under the brown brad I used Big Flowers stamp set.

I am always needing fun quick *craft* ideas for our ladies group at church once a month. I think this will be fun to do at one of the meetings.

Here is a view of the bookmark on a page in a book to show you how it works.

Friday's Blogger Challenge

was to use the layout in the current SU! catalog on page 92, the train. This was sooo hard for me as I do not like that card! (understatement here Ü)Here is what I came up with...I used new papers from SU!. The "happy" is cut with Cricut cartridge Stamped. Be sure to ck out what the others gals did. You can find their blogs on the left.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Raggedy Doll

I was "talking" to Anna via blogging/e-mail. Her post here reminded me of all the craft shows I used to do. Unfortunately, I only have one doll to show for all those years of work! This gal is definitely time worn! Kinda like I feel sometimes. LOL! The fabrics were tea granules-dyed and then hung on the line to give it a more shabby look. I also tea dyed an old doily and used an old button. You can't see it in the picture, but she also has a patch on her dress and bloomers. The lighting isn't too good today, but here is a pic of her and here is where she sits in my antique cupboard. You can see that I also like old things...spools, books, blocks (still need a "b" and "e" to finish spelling out my name), glasses, doilies (the top doily gr'ma made), toys, etc as well as Boyd Bears © (thank you Gloria Ü)

Monday, August 27, 2007

Too Funny!

If you are a mom and you've EVER taken kids to the store, you just gotta read this...this is just too funny! Be sure to not be eating or drinking at the computer when you read this or you WILL spew on the screen. I laughed sooo hard!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Get Punchy Friday Blog Challenge

For this week we were to use punches. This week has been very busy with cross country and Benjamin's birthday, parent meetings, etc that I am pulling a card from the archives. WOOHOO! Benjamin made varsity. They took the best times from the top 10 and he was 3rd. His first meet is next Thursday.
This card was using scraps and the 3 flower punch from SU! Be sure to check what the other gals did. You can find there blogs from the list on the left side.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Blogger's Challenge #8

This week's challenge was "Inspiration". We were to find something that inspires us-clothing, magazine ad, color, anything-and design a card.

I came across this ad in a Family Circle magazine and the colors intrigued me. I would never have thought to put these colors together and I love the combo! I will definitely be using these together again! The colors I used were SU!'s Old Olive, Cool Caribbean (retired), So Saffron, and Really Rust. I added the black brads for the black shown in the photo. I used Paisley on the rust and Canvas on the olive to represent the textures in the photo. On the pillow on the chair there is a rick rack edging, so made that look in caribbean with photo corners. Here is a look at the back of my card to see how I lined them up. (you can also see what I first tried on the rust and decided I didn't like it so went with the paisley Ü)

Be sure to click on the gals on the left under blogger's challenge and see what inspired them this week.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Inky True Friend

The background for this card was made using 3 different Inky Antic clear stamp sets. The verse and photo corners are SU!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Blogger's Challenge for 8/3

I was on "vacation", so wasn't able to get this one done last Friday. Even though it's late, I really wanted to do it as it was my suggestion AND I love this layout. The challenge was to use the card on page 165 in the current SU! catalog as a sketch challenge. I knew I wanted to do flowers. I really wanted to make it just like the photo but with different colors, but didn't have any metal edged circle tag. So I went with a different direction. The green flower is on the ribbon instead of the brads. I like things in uneven numbers and the 2 flowers bothered me. (insert rolling eyes)

I used SU!'s Spring Flowers designer paper and Big Blooms stamp set which is also retired. Oh yeah the "wish" is retired too. The brads are from JoAnn Fabrics. Unfortunately, it comes in a set of brown, lavendar and green and I am using up all the browns! Ü Anyway I think on another post I mentioned how much I enjoy sewing on CS. The flower image has dots in a circular pattern on the inside of the flower, so I french-knotted them in embroidery floss (from my cross stitch days) to match the ink. Sponged all the edges with Chocolate Chip ink, added the ribbon that I rec'd from some blog candy I won awhile back.

You all probably know/do this, but in case there is someone who doesn't, here is an easy way to get a nice "knot" with ribbon...

1. attach ribbon to the back of your card with adhesive (note: do NOT add adhesive to the front. I also make card fronts and then add them to white cardstock from Wal-Mart to save money on the colored cs/patterned paper)
2. Cut a piece of ribbon 3.5" - 4" (depending on how long you want the "tails" and slip through the ribbon attached to the card

3. Tie into a knot and trim the ends.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

In Memory of Kim

This is a bag I made for the Fillmore County Relay For Life in memory of my friend Kim who lost her battle to cancer on Christmas last year. There is a second pic of the bag on the track. Bags are made by people who donate to the ACS in honor or memory of someone. You then get to decorate your bag and they line them up around the track at the high school. They put candles in them and light them at nite to walk by (7 pm to 7 am). I wasn't able to stay to see the bag lit (that's why there are holes punched in it).

SU! Party cards

As mentioned in the previous post I went to a SU! party with a friend of Vicki's. I think it's been about 4 years since I've been to an actual party!! (I've been to a workshop, but not a party) These are the 3 cards that we made. Of course I had to "grunge" everything to make it my own. Ü It was fun using new products from SU! and using stamp sets that I don't own.
This first card is 3" x 6". It is to fit the long envelopes that I don't have. I wish she would have given us an envelope to stamp to go with it, but I'm sure the idea was to buy them Ü I'm just going to put it in a regular envy that you mail your cks/bills in. This was my least favorite card of the 3. We stamped the white panel first with green using a leaf wheel and then rolled over it w/ rose red using a flower wheel. I rolled over the punched flower cuz I thought it was too plain and "grunged" all the edges. If I were doing this myself I would sponge the edges, but didn't have my sponges with me, so just used the edge of the ink pad.
For this next card we were only to put glitter on four spots on the butterfly, but I put it on all the white circles and the dots at the end of the antennae. The gal mounts all her stamps at the bottom of the wood block. That was kinda weird for me as I like mine center mounted so I don't "rock" the block. I don't like that the verse is crooked, but I do like the card. We used new SU! in colors Purely Pomegranate and Blue Bayou. For the white doodling, she just showed to add dots, but I added a few dashes as well. I think I am going to stamp a different saying a cover up the crooked one. Ü
This is my FAVORITE!! If you know me at all, you know why...favorite colors and favorite time of year...FALL!!! Ü For this card I again added the "grunging", ribbon and pop dots behind the leaf panel. I don't have any of these sets/stamps and loved making this card! I will DEFINITELY be getting some of those big eyelets! I can see using these in boys' scrapbooks.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

I'm Home

The boys & I took my nephew home (2.5 hr drive one way) Thursday morning and stayed til Saturday afternoon. The boys had a lot of fun. A friend of my SIL's came over Thursday nite to stamp/scrap, but we ended up sharing ideas and visiting til 11 pm, so met again the next day to actually do something. I still didn't get much done, but got lots of ideas.
My SIL was busy working on the walk for a cure (for the American Cancer Society). People decorate white bags for a loved one that is going thru cancer or has lost the battle to cancer. They line these up around the track at the high school and people are on teams and walk from 7 pm to 7 am (Sat/Sun). They put candles inside and light them so that they glow at nite. I wish I could have seen this, but we needed to get home. I made one for my friend Kim that I will post tomorrow.
On Saturday, I went to a SU! party. It was lots of fun. Been a LONG time since I've been to a SU! party!! We made 3 cards that I will post tomorrow. Trying to get caught up on my e-mails now.