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Saturday, August 30, 2008
Then I thought, I'll just sit at the computer and take a look around blog land for a few minutes.... Well, that turned out to be a trip to Jacksonbell's and a few dollars later (she's having a Labor Day sale!!) I'm still sitting here.....
So I figure I might as well be productive and show you what I did yesterday.
These cards need a little something else... But the idea was to show the actual birthday. I've got a little something else cooking along the same lines as this though. Hopefully I'll get that done today and show you tomorrow!
I took the Calendar set from TAC (it's discontinued) and stamped the calendar, date and month out. Then layered that on a piece of TAC paper from the Brighten my Day collection. I then took the happy bday from the Changito set that Nic sent me and stamped that out. I used a little glitter here and there and I was done.
I am in need of making some items for my stampers group. I've been busy making things for my family and the Peddler's Mall that I've "neglected" my other duties.
I always sent little things that I make along with my customer orders. I think that it is only right. Just because we are not sitting down to actual "parties" does not mean that they should not get something. Just my way of thinking....
So being stumped ~ I was off to look at my TAC catty. I think that it's kinda cool to have "recipes" for different projects right in the catty itself. And this is one of them.
It's called a treat holder. Now, I'm not sure what type of treat you can put in there because of the belly band, but I was thinking of using it as a coupon holder for my purse... And it was really super easy to make. The directions right there in the catty with the picture really helps!
I took a piece of Chocolate Chip cs for the base. You use a paper lunch sack to create the inside.
The belly band is made up with paper from TAC's Willoughby collection and a piece of Certainly Celery cs. I used my Mega and Giga scallop punches to adhere the image on to. The image is one of the previous stamps of the month from TAC. I added a loopy brad and some ribbon scraps ~ stamped the sentiment from Trendy Greetings and I was done! I am so using this as a coupon holder....
Well, enough of my babble ~ it's time to get going and try to make something out of this day.
I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday weekend.
As some of you asked about the directions for this teat bag/coupon holder you can go HERE
and it gives directions for this project***
Friday, August 29, 2008
Yesterday I got to sit down and create a couple of things. I wanted to stop and show them to you before the weekend. I'm not really sure what we may be doing this weekend so I want to post them now for you.
This week's tutorial on SCS was for this pop up card. For some reason I've always been intimidated by this card. But yesterday was one of those "stay in your jammies all day, I don't give a care, not brush your hair, cookie eating" kind of day. So I thought what the heck!
It was actually very, very easy to do.
The base of the card was made with paper from Creative Imaginations. For some reason I thought that the paper reminded me of a table cover for a picnic. My brain sometimes..... The images are from Rubbernecker. I thought that this guy was kinda funny with the saying. Oh yeah, baby!
I stamped the images and colored them with my pencils and gamsol ~ layered them on to a piece of Brilliant Blue and Real Red and I was done.
I have to admit this card was "stolen" from my dear friend Keersten. She made this a month or so ago for a SU! party that we had. I've kept it on my desk that long just looking at it, wanting to create it. So I did.
This card is basically a tri fold card. The base is Chocolate Chip layered with Pretty in Pink, Creamy Caramel and Certainly Celery. I stamped each layer with stamps from the TAC Simply Devine collection. The chick and sentiments are from the TAC set Hey Chick! I stamped the "hey chick" on white and punched it out with my word window punch. I then matted that on to a piece of Chocolate Chip paper. I stamped the "you sweet little thing" in Chocolate Chip directly on the inside cs. I made the belly band with Chocolate Chip paper and stamped the chick with Creamy Caramel and colored it with my pencils also. I then punched it out with my 1 3/8" circle punch and layered that on to a piece of Chocolate Chip paper that I punched out with my Scallop Circle punch.
I hope that you enjoyed these cards. And I hope that you all have a safe and happy holiday weekend. Be safe.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Then she wanted a can for her pens and such for her desk. She wanted purple and turquoise. Well, I did not have any turquoise paper so I had to improvise and use sky blue. So I made these items for her. The can say's "Tonya" and I used my cricut machine to make the letters for both the cans, the Base Camp cartridge.
Do you remember the other day when I said that I received a call from a lady who buy's from me at the Peddler's Mall? Well, she had a friend who wanted 11 of these post it note holders for Tuesday. She wanted them to say "Thank you" instead of "notes". So I finished those up and packaged them so they are ready to go.
Then I wanted to make a little gift for her to thank her for getting the post it note holders, so I made this.
I took one of the cases that the Angel Company stamps come in and used rub on's to decorate it a little. I took a note pad and "covered" it with paper and decorated it a little with some primas and a sentiment that I punched out with my word window punch.
I added a length of ribbon on the side to "attach" a beaded pen. I also altered a black clip and I was done.
I really got a lot done yesterday. I was pretty proud of myself. I stopped once to take my DD and her BFF to the Humane Society. Well, no not take THEM, but take them to go volunteer. Silly...... And I stopped once and ate. But I was pretty much sitting in the craft room all day. I guess it shows, huh?
I do have to apologize for not listing any of the papers that I've used. To be honest, I don't think I could tell you anyway. I have lots and lots of drawers packed with paper. I do have 2 drawers listed with TAC and SU paper. But most of them are just papers that I've picked up from here and there. I can tell you that the plain card stock is from SU! They are the only ones that I buy cs from.
Well ~ today I am off to visit with family. We are going to my sister in law's to visit my hubby's niece and her little baby. Ricky's great niece. Boy, I bet he never thought he'd have one of those. Time goes by so fast!! I can't believe that my daughter is already a junior in high school.
So I'm off ~ and take the time today to call or visit the ones who are close to your heart!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Well today is Friday, and another week is gone by. Yesterday my dear friend Betty stopped by and we played... She's so bad about surprises and I told her that I had one for her. Well, that's all it took to get her over here.
A while back Betty had shown me a little book that she had got thru SU! that she said was discontinued. Well, I thought that it was the Bitty Book and for the life of me I can not tell you where I just purchased them. There was a lady who's blog I stopped by and she was selling her SU! inventory. She had 4 of them for sale and I bought them all. Well, it was not the same book that Betty had, but she liked it anyway. At first I thought that I would put my ATC's in them ~ but they are 1/4" too small for that. Well, anyway we decorated them yesterday. Betty did 2, one for each of her grandchildren. She is going to put school pictures in them. Me, I don't know what I'm going to do with them ~ but I'm sure I'll find something :) And of course I did not take pictures... But I will.
My SIL also stopped by yesterday. She took my Mom on some errands then brought back Chinese food for us, yuuuuummmm! Then the rest of the afternoon we all sat at the table and crafted. I think after 3 years I've finally given the bug to my SIL. Kathy sat there making some Christmas cards and she was so cute. I love it when I "infect" people with the stamping bug ;-)
Then last night at dinner I receive a call from a lady that buys my items at the Peddler's Mall. She said that she had a friend that wanted 11 post it note holders for Tuesday! She asked me if I could do it and I said of course. So I started on those last night and did as much as I could. I need to go get some more post it notes. So I know what I'll be doing this weekend.
Well, the other day I was talking about dusting off some old sets.... Here's one from the past. It is Feathered Hope. I don't think that I've used that one in a while, so here goes.....
All of these cards are watercolored with my watercolor crayons and my aqua painter.
The base of this card is Rose Red. I layered it with some DP from my TAC™ collection, Angelee and Kamalaht. When I layered the pieces I added some "bling" with the crystal brads before laying those pieces down. I don't care for the brad "legs" to stick thru to the card so I add them before I place the top layers down. I added the image panel to a piece of Elegant Eggplant and adhered that to the card with pop dots and some stickles to the flowers and I was complete!
Another image from the Feathered Hope set was this one that says "to someone special". I guess I'm into birds right now with my bird feeder and bird bath right outside my craft room window. I could sit and watch them all day ~ they are so cute splashing around in the bird bath.
This card was even easier than the first. The base card is Chocolate Chip. I layered a piece of DP from Provo Craft and wiped my Baroque Burgundy ink pad on it. I then took the image panel and layered it on to a piece of Baroque Burgundy and Chocolate Chip paper. I took my word window punch and punched 2 pieces out of Chocolate Chip paper. One I added 3 eyelets to and stuck in the bottom right corner. The other I folded in 1/2, added and eyelet and piece of ribbon and stuck it to the upper left of the image panel. Another quick and easy card.
Speaking of quick and easy.... The last card that I made was this one. The image from the Feathered Hope set.
The base card is Handsome Hunter. I layered a piece of DP from the Kamalaht collection on the paper. The image was layered on to a piece of Garden Green then a piece of DP from the Lilly Anna collection. I added 4 green eyelets to the left side of the image panel and tied a piece of ribbon thru the 2 middle eyelets and that's it!
I still have a couple more images from this set to make into cards ~ but I might not get back here for a couple days. I've got some post it note holders to make.
Thanks for stopping by, and if I don't make it back this weekend hope yours is a great one!
*** Edited.... I remember where I purchased the SU! Bitty Books. Go to Shelly's blog Stamp with Shelly and take a peek at all the SU! goodies that she has for sale! Oh, I wish I had another of those tax rebate checks :) ***
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Remember when I told you I had pulled out an old set and dusted it off to use? Well, this is the same old set "And everything Nice" just with different images. I plan to use something else today.
This was a simple card. Not only do I like the effect of water coloring, but you can color images so fast with them.
I stamped the image and used my watercolor crayons to color her in. Before I mounted the image on to Handsome Hunter I just touched the brush to my green crayon and then touched the edges that I had torn around the paper. I then mounted that panel on to the card and took a scrap of Handsome Hunter and Garden Green that I added 2 brads to and then placed that below the image panel.
I stamped the flowers from the same image with some Creamy Caramel ink then stamped the sentiment in Handsome Hunter, layered that on to a piece of scrap and adhered that to the card.
This image was also from the same set, And Everything Nice. I stamped the girl and water colored the image. It took me a while to find my old raindrops stamp. It is old, it was one of the first stamps I had purchased from D.O.T.S. and I'm sure that some of you veteran stampers remember that they were Close to My Heart before they were Close to My Heart. That was a long time ago.....
I stamped the raindrops on the Pixie Pink base with Brilliant Blue ink. I then layered a piece of So Saffron to the card with a ribbon strip around that. I placed the image on a piece of Rose Red before applying it to the card with pop dots. I added some sparkle which is hard to see to the raindrops with my white gel pen and my sakura gel pen and I was done.
I hope you like what I did today. I'm now off to play with another "dusty" set.
Be back tomorrow!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
We took our dog to the Kentucky Horse Park for some exercise. Now, for those of you who know me ~ my dog does not exercise. She basically sleeps and eats. Sometimes more eats than sleeps. But it was such a beautiful weekend that we thought we would take her for a ride. She loves to go for rides. As a matter of fact she is the reason why I drove out here from California instead of fly. And 2500 miles under her and she still loves to ride.
Well ~ it was not the best thing for her. Really, she only walked about 500 feet and she was done for. That night she pretty much laid down and did not get up. I was really worried about her. Finally after laying next to her til 3:00 in the morning I got her to get up and go to bed. Sunday you could see she was a little sore, but she was getting around better. And as I sit here and type she just climbed the stairs to be with me. It's a killer moving muscles you have not used in a while. I know ;)
Yesterday I did sit down and create a few things. You probably want to look at those and not my mumbo jumbo talking ~ so here they are.....
I am in a little rut right now with stamps. Every time I look at what I am bored. Now, I have plenty of stamps ~ even plenty that have not even seen an ink pad ~ but I'm just bored with everything. I am trying to go thru and use what I have so I won't buy right now. I made a promise to myself that I will go thru all my stamp sets and make a card with them before I buy something else. Trust me, it's so hard.....
But that brings me to this card.
I don't think I ever remember using this set. I'm sure that I have but it must of been a while ago, a long while ago.... Remember it? It's called Farm Fresh.
I wanted to make some quick cards for the Peddler's Mall and this is one of them. And this is what I did.
The base card is Bordering Blue. I stamped the flowers with Versamark from my Victorian Frame set. I layered a piece of Garden Green cs that I tied a piece of string to then the image on top. I stamped the image with Bordering Blue ink and colored it in with my pencils and gamsol and layered it on to a piece of Ruby Red cs. Quick like I said.
Now this card I made with the same set, Farm Fresh but for the background images I used my Fresh Fillers set.
I stamped the Fresh Fillers set on to the card base Certainly Celery, then on to the piece of Not Quite Navy. I stamped the images from Farm Fresh with Mellow Moss ink and then Ruby Red ink. I cut out part of the image in Ruby Red and layered that over the Mellow Moss image. I added a couple eyelets and layered the image onto a piece of Ruby Red cs that I made a tag out of. I added a piece of ribbon and I was done.
I hope to get some more cards made today and I'll be back tomorrow to show you! Have a wonderful Monday!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
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Friday, August 15, 2008
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As I sat there looking at my stamp sets and old catty's I came to the conclusion that I am bored with what I have. Isn't that awful? Has that happened to you? I have a mass amount of stamps, some I can honestly say that have never touched ink ~ and I am bored with them. And then I thought that I might need to go shopping for some new stamps. No, no. I need to look thru what I have and make them useful. I will first do that before I pull out the wallet. But I do know that I "need" some new fall stamps! That's a a must!! And with my birthday coming up....
Enough of that! On to the card...
Like I said, I used SU! Under the weather set. This card is so basic that I really don't have to tell you what I did to it.
Just stamped the images, layered them on to Basic Black then on to the card front that was Basic Black and a piece of DP from the Summer Picnic collection and I was done.
I did color the images with my watercolor crayons, and there is some stickles in the soup. Hey, maybe that's what made them under the weather? he he he.....
My second card is a little more of the same I guess. I stamped the images, colored them with my watercolor crayons, matted them and adhered them to the card. Oh, I also stamped the "chicken feet" from Best of Cluck on this card.
Maybe I was not too creative yesterday. I was thinking of buying more stamps....... Even though the mail man (or who I like to call the grim reaper sometimes) brought me some not too nice mail.
Today I will try harder, promise.
And it's Friday, Taco Friday - so what could be better??
I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend. I'm not too sure about being back tomorrow ~ my DD has an appointment with the Dr. to have some follow up lab work done. But I will try.
Hugs ~ Joani
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I found some old SU! paper, Au Chocolat that I thought I'd use. Well 1/2 way thru the card I changed gears and this is what I came up with.
I used my boho backgrounds stamp set and this is what I ended with. I stamped the center image on kraft paper and then again on Creamy Caramel. I then embossed it with Judikins Chablis embossing powder and I liked the look. I then sponged some Close to Cocoa ink over it and this is what I got.
I made a few other things, but nothing that I can show you right now. It's for my Paper Wings Challenge. You might want to stop over at the gallery on Paper Wings and see all the fabby things that they all come up with! There is truly a lot of inspiration there.
Enough for now ~ I'm off to blog land to see what's up!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
So here's a peek at what I did accomplish yesterday.
I am in need of a few thank you cards, so that's what I worked on first yesterday. It's better to be a little late with a thank you card than not make one at all.
This first card I made using my theangelcompany™ set called Butterbees & More. I love this set, but when I use it I feel like I cant do it justice. I feel like I am not shading or coloring it right. I do feel that this turned out ok though.
The main card is Kraft paper that I layered with a piece of Chocolate Chip and some DP from my TAC™ Amberly Grace collection. I also used a length of ribbon before I laid down the main image panel. I colored the bird with my watercolor crayons and sponged Close to Cocoa ink around that panel and layered it with a piece of Chocolate Chip paper and a piece of DP from the Hemmingway collection. I also used my TAC™ set called Trendy Greetings for the sentiment panel. When I was done putting the card together I noticed it needed a little something ~ so I added a few prima flowers and I was done.
It is hard to see in the first picture, but here is a close up view of the bird. I used my sakura gel pen on it and it gave the bird a little sparkle.
Here is another card that I made to send as a thank you. I'm not sure that the little angel is right for a thank you card, but it's my new set and the rubber needed to see some ink!
This set is on special now for just a few more days. With a $30.00 purchase you can get this set for only $7.95. It is a mini version of the set that is in the catty.
Anyway, I had to ink it up. And of course with my watercolor crayons that were already out :)
The main card is Soft Sky. I layered that with a piece of Chocolate Chip and a piece of paper that my dear friend Betty was kind enough to run thru her cuttlebug (I so have to get one of those!!). I then layered the middle panel with a piece of DP from theangelcompany™ Rustic Chic collection, Chocolate Chip and some ribbon. The last piece of ribbon on that roll!!!
I colored the image, sponged the edges with Close to Cocoa ink and layered it on to a piece of Chocolate Chip paper then adhered it to the card with pop dots. I stamped the sentiment in Close to Cocoa & lightly sponged that panel, added Chocolate Chip to it and glued it down.
I also outlined the wings with my sakura gel pen. Here is a close up view of that so you can see.
The last card that I am going to show you today is for a swap that I am in. The swap was for the colors pink and brown so I pulled out some of my favorite SU! paper, Berry Bliss. I am so glad that it is in the new catty!!
For some reason the Bronc Buster set came to mind. I don't know why Bronc Buster and pink and brown popped up to me ~ but it did so I went with it.
The main card is Chocolate Chip (see a pattern with that today?). I layered it with some Pretty in Pink paper and a piece of DP from the Berry Bliss collection that I sponged with Chocolate Chip ink. I stamped the image and colored parts in with my watercolor crayons. I layered it on to a piece of Creamy Caramel - to stick with the brown theme - and on to a piece of Pixie Pink that I stamped with my Boho Backgrounds stamp. I added the pink ribbon and a little pearl in the center of the star and I was complete.
I hope that you like my creations today. Now I must be off to create some more.
OH! And don't forget to scroll down a couple of days and leave me a comment to be entered for my blog candy. I'm giving away the little tag book that I made ~ and who knows what else might be in the box with it....
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
And if you have not yet, scroll down and leave me a post for my blog candy that I am giving away. I will be drawing for the tag book that I made.
AND just one more thing....
If you have not yet ~ sign up for the yummy contest that The Angel Company is having. You never know, you could be the winner. I will leave that post at the top of my blog until it's over.
Have a wonderful day!
Hugs ~ Joani
Monday, August 11, 2008
She was so kind to send me this box of ribbon. It is so pretty ~ it's one of those things that you don't want to use because it is so nice. I think that is why I have so much 12 x 12 paper ~ I never want to cut into it.
Friday, August 08, 2008
Ok, enough of that. Let's get on with business shall we?
Here's another card for the collection of Halloween cards. There is a TAC set of stamps called Spooktacular that I just love!! This card was made using that set.
I stamped the image and colored it in with pencils. I layered it on to a piece of Basic Black and then layered that on to a piece of K&Company orange candy glitter paper. I stamped the sentiment on to Only Orange cs with black ink and then layered that on to a piece of Basic Black and I was done. Super fast & easy. Another thing I think I mentioned the other day, I am adding a piece of white cs inside my cards. Just something about it makes it look a little more finished.
This little project is something that I wanted to show you for a while but really couldn't. This is the first little project I made for my Monday challenge over at Paper Wings. It is a tag book.
The front and back are just coasters that I covered with some DP from TAC's Sands of Time collection. The flowers I stamped are TAC's Gerbena Daisy that I stamped twice and cut out to add to the front of the book.
I punched the holes in it, used eyelets and ribbon to secure it closed.
The way that I folded the paper inside left the openings staggered from top to side. Each "page" has an opening with a tag pull out in it. And each "page" is decorated either with an embellishment or a stamp.
This little book is a perfect way to use all those little tags that come with the paper sets. I never seem to use those up.
Now, if you are interested ~ leave me a comment on this post and I will pick a winner on Friday August 15th thru random number generator and I will send you this little book.
Well ~ I'm off or now to blog hop a bit. I'm waiting for my TAC shipment to come in. It's always fun to rummage thru the box of new goodies!!
Have a great day & weekend if I don't get back here!
And remember ~ time goes by fast.... Take time to tell your loved ones what they mean to you!
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
If you scroll down to the bottom you can see it....
I wanted to first say that The Angel Company has another contest going on. This is a good one too! I will leave it at the top of my blog for you all to see and join in on. Nothing to buy, just enter the contest. Hey, you just might win!!
Here is a card that I made the other day. Like I said, I've been a little too busy to show you.
I am in a swap and the theme is multi stamps. You've got to use more than one stamp on a card. Well, this one I used 3. They are all from the same set from the Angel Company called "Pick of the Patch". I don't know about you, but with the kids going back to school it brings autumn memories. Well, at least I am wishing for autumn ~ I'm tired of the heat of summer!
Anyway, the card base is Close to Cocoa layered with Chocolate Chip and a creamy shimmer paper that I don't know where it came from!
I basically stamped all the images on white paper and colored them with my pencils and gamsol. I then layered the image panel on to the creamy shimmer paper and Chocolate Chip. I used my paper peircer around the shimmer panel, added a photo corner with some orange ribbon, added the arrow with the saying and that was it. Even with all the coloring it was a quick card.
And like I said before, ahhhh. Thoughts of autumn. It is my favorite holiday for sure! And halloween, I just love halloween! I love to make cards for it, I love to decorate for it.... Everything about it is just a fun holiday!! So here is the start of my halloween card collection this year.
I stamped the image from TAC's "spooktacular" set and colored it with pencils. It's kinda hard to tell in this picture. I cut around the image and placed it on to a peice of Basic Black that I punched out with my Mega Scallop circle punch. I layered that on to a piece of Punpkin Pie that was punched with my Giga Scallop circle punch and layered that on to a piece of orange cs that I sponged with black ink. All of that was layered on to a piece of Heidi Grace Jeepers Creepers dots paper. I love Heidi Grace!!
I added a photo corner with ribbon and the sentiment panel, added some dots with my gel pens and I was done. 2 down, lots more to go!!
I hope that you all have a wonderful day! I've got some more school shopping to do with a very picky 16 year old girl (who starts school this friday - woo hoo!!) so I might not be around for a couple of days!!
Have a good one!
Hugs ~ Joani
Monday, August 04, 2008
Then this card came to mind. Just something simple and plain. I wanted the words to say how I felt, not the flash of the card.
The card itself is Basic Black layered with white and silver. I stamped the word image with a stamp from Archiver's that I purchased. The saying "your the best" is actually a free with purchase stamp from TAC. For the cuttlebug BG I rubbed a black crayon over it. I added a bow and I was finished.
Not too fancy or complicated ~ like I said I wanted to make a card where the words said it all. I hope that it brightens her day when she receives it!
Have a great Monday!