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Friday, July 30, 2010

Told ya, I'm here...

It's a little late in the afternoon ~ but I did make it.  Today is run around day with Mom and Danielle has to go to a meeting before work, then I've got to pick her up - then it's pick up hubby and take him to his cardiac care rehab.  Busy, busy, busy...  But I told you I'd be here ~ I need my internet fix Ü

There is a company that some of you may or may not of heard of on line called Cuddly Buddy Crafts.  They are in the UK.  I don't even know how I stumbled across them, just blog hopping I guess ~ but I'm glad that I did.  They have the cutest digi images.  But not only that, they have lots more.  Stamps, embellies, candle making, paints, modeling clay.  You name it, they have it.  And they have so many FREE digi images.  They want you to try them before you buy - cool, huh?!  So I did make a couple of cards with their images and I wanted to share them with you.
Now do you think that there would be a cuppy cake image that I'd pass up?  Um, NO!!  This image is called Fairy Cupcake that I colored with my pencils, gamsol and markers.  The base card is Garden Green that I layered with Old Olive and some Georgia Peach DP.  I used my Cricut to cut out the image and layer underneath with the Storybook cartridge.  The flourishes are also cut out with the same cartridge.  I used my Martha Stewart cornice punch to punch out the piece of DP in the center and then added a length of ribbon to it.  Danielle had given me some jewels that she bought to decorate her phone with so I added those for a little "bling".  The flowers in the upper left corner are from Prima.

Notice the "flower" in the lower right corner? 
Pretty huh?  I did make one of these once for Danielle's prom scrapbook.  I kinda forgot about them and when I went to our SCS gathering last weekend Joann made some with the yummiest ribbon!!  And when I was making this card it needed something in the corner and I remembered that Joann made these and I thought "ok"...  It worked out perfect I think.  Thanks Joann for the great tutorial too!!

I have another card to show you with another digi from Cuddly Buddy ~ I'll show you that one tomorrow.  But til then head on over and take a peek at their store, I'm sure there is something that you'll love.

Have a great day!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I'm here just with the blah's...

Hi everyone, I'm still here...  I've just had a case of the blah's these past few days.  For lot's of reasons I guess...  But today I'm in my craft room and I'm creating, so I'll be back tomorrow to post - PROMISE.

If you want to take a peek Betty has a special that she's running right now - go, go take a looksie...  You can either go to her BLOG or to her Stampin' Up site and check it out.

I promise I'll be back tomorrow.  I found a new digi site called Cuddly Buddy (or at least new to me) and I want to share with you some of the cards I've made with those images.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

T Slide Tutorial

T slide, T shape...  Which is it?  I really don't know but you get what I mean.  Are you ready for my tutorial?  I hope so because here it goes...  AND REMEMBER, you can click on any picture to make it larger to view ~ just hit your back button to come back Ü
Here's a sample of what you will need, I kinda added and subtracted as I went.  But here is a list:
  • 5 1/4" square of card stock (card base)
  • 5" square of 2 sided (prefered) designer paper (card front)
  • 3 1/2" x 1 1/4" piece of card stock (for inside sentiment)
  • 4" x 1" strip of card stock (for slide mechanism)
  • 4 1/2" x 1" strip of card stock (for slide mechanism)
  • 1" (or 1 1/4") circle punch
  • Stamps, ink, embellies, cutting mat, metal ruler and scrap DP and card stock
You will take your 5" square piece of DP and flip it over to the "wrong" side and make your pencil lines.  Make pencil lines 3/4" inch in on each side.
Now you will make a cut on 3 sides along the lines and a score along the last line.  You will also take the center piece and measure 1 1/2" in and score, then again and that should leave you with a 1/2" score at the end.
On the end with the 1/2" score mark approx. 1/2" in from there and make 2 parallel lines approx. 1 3/8" in length and cut to make a place for your hidden message to come out of.  I like to use my metal ruler to make the cuts ~ it insures that you make a straight line.
Now your paper should look like this.  You will have 3 cut sides and one scored side.  You will have your 2 score lines 1 1/2" from each other on the flap and one that is 1/2".  You will also have the notch cut out where your slider message will pop out.  And remember, this is all on the "wrong" side - the other side will be the card front.
Now turn the paper 180 degrees so the score line is on the left.  Take your 3 1/2" x 1 1/4" strip of paper and score 1/2" on one end.  You will add adheside to the 1/2" end and adhere it down to the edge of the scored side of your 5" square peice.  (Did I explain that right?  Sometimes I know what I want to say and it does not come out that way...)  Then tuck the other end in the slot that you made.
I love making these cards, they are fun.  It's kinda cool to watch when you give people a card you've made and they can "play" with it.  Some people are amazed that you've made something like this...  It puts a smile on my face to watch them.

So now you will take the 4 1/2" x 1" card stock strip and insert it thru the hole of your 1" circle punch and round off the edge.  If you want to add a piece of matching DP cut it at 4 1/2" x 3/4" and repeat the same process to get the matching rounded edge.
Then tape the two together.  This will make it so you don't have to add a tab to the end that you pull.  I find that when you add a tab or circle on the end it hangs up when you try to close the card.  With this there are no pieces to get caught when you close the card.  If you've made the card the way that the tutorial asks you will notice the difference.
Now add the piece we just rounded to the 4" x 1" piece as shown.
Still working on the "wrong side" you will attach tape to the 1/2" scored piece on the flap as shown.  Take your T Slide piece and adhere it down.
Ok, if your still with me, you are almost done ~ really.  This is how your card should be looking like now.  You have your message slider (the green piece) under the T slide mechanism.  Now take your tape and apply it to the outer edges of the card front.  Make sure that you dont apply tape to any area too close to where the T side will go.  Once that is done you will flip it over.
This is where you will adhere it to the 5 1/4" square piece of cardstock.  BUT, before you do so if you'd like another piece of DP to coordinate you would need to add it to the 5 1/4" square piece before you add your card front that we just worked on.  I did not in this tutorial, I just used stamps, but the other cards I did I cut a piece of DP 4" square.

This is also when I add the sentiment to the inside slider instead of at the beginning.  This way I can make sure that it is hidden in case I goofed on a score or measurement.
Now is when you can begin to decorate your card.  If you add a panel to the front make sure that you only adhere it to the far right side 1 1/2" scored area or the card will not open properly.  The panel can be bigger than that area, just make sure that the tape is not applied any place else.
This is my finished card.  The base card is Cherry Cobbler that I layered with Gable Green and DP from Creative Imaginations called Iron Orchid Designs.  The image is from Darcie's that I colored with my pencils and gamsol.  I stamped the swirls from The Angel Company called Butterfly Swirls. 
The sentiment inside is also from The Angel Company, it was their gift with purchase stamps.  I stamped that with Real Red ink and punched it out with my Marvy super jumbo scallop oval punch.
I wanted to add some ribbon to dress it up a bit so I added some ruffles with my red grosgrain ribbon the edge.  As an after thought I put the button on the pull tab and just added a piece of ribbon thru the holes. 

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial, and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ready for another T Slide card?

I hope so, because these are so much fun to make!!  Let's get right to it shall we...
How can you not love this image?  She is adorable!!  The image is Audrey with a cupcake from The Stamping Boutique.  It's a digi image that I had purchased a long time ago, but if you go there now it is on special and all this week all the digi's are $1.00 off.  I had to plug them, I really ♥love♥ their images...

Anyway, I colored the image with my pencils and gamsol and cut it out with my small scallop oval nesties.  I also cut out a piece of Cherry Cobbler in the same size to layer behind it, just a little off center.  The swirls that you see behind the image are from Butterfly Swirls from The Angel Company that I stamped with Close to Cocoa ink.  The sentiment is from SU! For a Friend that is also stamped with Close to Cocoa ink also and I hand cut around it and layered it on to a piece of Cherry Cobbler.  I love that new color!!  The DP is from SU! and I'm sorry but it is the discontinued Sweet Always paper.  I added some jewels and ribbon once the card was put together, as always it was an after thought ~ I always think that I need just one more thing to a card when I "think" that I'm done Ü
The sentiment inside is from TAC's Everyday Events that I stamped with Close to Cocoa ink on Close to Cocoa paper.  I used my Modern Label punch to punch the sentiment out and I layered it on to a piece of Cherry Cobbler that I punched out with my Marvy Super Jumbo Scallop Oval punch. 

I still don't like the slider part.  When you open these cards it's fine, however when you go to close them the tab on the right side get's hooked up.  I have something different in the works for that so look for the tutorial tomorrow...

So that's all I've got for today ~ hope that you can wait til tomorrow for the tutorial.  Have a super great day an thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

T Shape Card

Howdy everyone!  I thought that I'd show you my T Shape card that I made.  Last Wednesday SCS had their tutorial on the T Shape card.  At first I thought "no, I can't do that".  It reminds me of a waterfall card and for the life of me I can not make one of those.  My hands just don't create them.  But I took a look at their tutorial and went to Kim's website (the one who made the tutorial) and I figured it out. 

So you wanna see my version?  Of course, that's what your here for.
Now I love the colors on this card.  I used the new Cherry Cobbler from SU! and some DP that I think has been discontinued called Sweet Slumber.  The card base is 5 1/4" square.  The image is a digi from Pink Cat Studio, and of course it's cuppy cakes.

Now, let me pick this apart for you.  It was my first so I know that it is not right.  The panel that I put on the front is too large, so it hinders the mechanics of the card.  When you pull the slider the front flap does not open all the way.  It's ok I guess, but I know that it's not right so I had to make another card (that I'll show you later).
And I kept getting hung up on the slider.  Every time that I went to push the lever back in it would get caught on the base and front panel of the card.  So I had to make another card and do a little experiment.  Like I said, I'll show you that later.

You've really got to try one of these, they are easier than you think.

Have a great afternoon everyone!

Monday, Monday.

I would like to say that I am so sorry for not posting this past week ~ hubby was home on a plant shutdown (something that they do twice a year) and I generally don't get too much computer time when he's home.  My computer is upstairs and I don't like to be on it too much when family is home. 

Anyway I did get some crafting time in though.  I made a few boxes to hold completed cards in.  I purchased these a LONG time ago and I think that it was from Papertrey Ink, but I could be wrong.
I used some old DP from The Angel Company called Willoughby.  Of course it's got brown in it so it's one of my favorites!
I printed the tab labels up from the computer and then used my Modern Label punch to punch them out, then I cut them in half.  I don't care for my handwriting that's why I did it this way.

The word "Cards" in the from are punch outs that I've had forever and found a use for them.  After I altered the box with all the paper and such I Mod Podged it to protect it.  I love my mod podge.  I actually have 4 of these boxes completed that's how many cards that I have done that are laying around. 

You like?  It's a great way to keep cards in one place so they are not moved around or handled too much.  It's also nice to have so when someone wants a card they can go directly to the spot and pick one out.  Like my DD who always wants a card at the last minute.  Now she can just go to the box and pick one out.

That's all I've got for now ~ I will be back later with a card.  Have a great day!

Friday, July 09, 2010

OMGoodness ~ MEGA Candy!

I just found the blog Wild Orchid by a totally happy accident and I'm glad that I did.  Check out what she has up for blog candy!!
I don't even think that amazing is the word for it.  Go, go now and check it out!  But always remember to come back here Ü

Thursday, July 08, 2010

My Stationary Box

Howdy and almost Happy Friday!  I was going thru my memory card this afternoon and I thought that I shared this with you and have not yet, so here goes.  A few weeks back (maybe longer) SCS had a tutorial on how to make these ~ and I had seen them around the web and just never taken the plunge, so here I went. 
I used some DP from SU! called Sending Love.  It's no longer available.  I believe it was out of a mini a while back.  I also used Chocolate Chip and Pretty in Pink.  The stamp set that I used was Joyce's when she was here (thank you!) called Elements of Style.  I stamped it up with the colors Pretty in Pink, Pixie Pink and Close to Cocoa.  I used my scallop square, small oval, 1" and 1 1/4" circle punches and my Martha Stewart cornice punches. 
I also stamped the lower right corners of the cards with the sentiment.  I used Close to Cocoa on the Pretty in Pink cards and white ink on the Chocolate Chip cards.  For such a pretty set I had to stamp the envies to match. 
I just love this stamp set ~ look at how pretty the 3 x 3 note cards turned out.  And the tags, those are pretty too.  I think that I'd have to stamp some wrapping paper or bags to coordinate with the tags, don't you?
One thing that I did differently was the little book on the inside.  I took some paper to cut and fit inside.  But, I wanted something a little more sturdy so instead of using brads I punched holes thru the whole book with the paper included and used small eyelets.  I think that it holds the paper better.  And look at the little pocket for the stamps.  The little pearls in the corner, dainty isn't it?  But keep your postage close, I heard that the post office is going to raise the price of stamps yet again!!

And don't forget to add a beaded pen to your box.  You can't make out the cards and envies without one.  Did you notice the cute little crochet flower on the box lid front?  Mom was experimenting with her flowers a while back and she made that one.  I had to grab it up and keep it.  Of course, it was pink and brown.  But when I was putting the box together I thought that it would be perfect so I used it.

That's all I've got for now.  Thanks for stopping by.  And leave me a comment and let me know if you like it.

Happy Thursday!

Boy, when there is a 3 day weekend my time gets all fumbled.  Tuesday felt like it was Thursday, yesterday like Monday and today I'm just lost...  It's Thursday, right?

I've been doing a bit of scrappin' this past week.  Like I mentioned before, I'm going thru my pictures slow but sure and working them up on paper.  I get a little teary eyed looking at the past.  Even if your on this earth for 100 years it's still not enough time.  But I did sneak in a couple of cards yesterday afternoon.  Danielle's BFF's are twins and their birthday is today so I made a couple of cards for them.  Wanna see?  Of course you do, I've not posted in a few days.

Their favorite colors are Orange and Green.  The bright Orange's and Green's thus these cards came to mind.  They are not colors that I normally use, but I think that they turned out ok.  See both still have a touch of pink in them.

The base card is Only Orange that I layered with Old Olive and Pink Pirouette.  The DP is from Chatter Box called mini greenhouse argyle.  I stamped the image from Party Hearty with Only Orange and Garden Green.  I stamped the little present with Garden Green and attached it to the middle of the letter just to change it up a bit.  I punched out the 4 squares of DP with my 1" square punch and attached them to the Pink Pirouette and then Old Olive cs.  The bottom layer is the same DP just turned over and I used my scallop border punch on the Old Olive piece.  I added a length of ribbon then attached it to the card.  I attached the image panel to a piece of Only Orange that I punched out with my scallop circle punch that I paper pierced and attached it to the card with pop dots and I was complete.
The base card is Gable Green that I layered with Pink Passion and Pretty in Pink.  The DP is from Doodlebug Design.  I layered those on to the card and added a length of ribbon.  I cut out a large scallop rectangle nestie in Gable Green and stamped the sentiment (unknown) in Pretty in Pink on a piece of Pretty in Pink cs that I cut with my small rectangle nestie and attached to the card.  I had a piece of scrap Gable Green so I punched it with my Martha Stewart punch and attached it to the bottom of the panel.  I added the bow with a glue dot after attaching the sentiment panel.  I stamped the hats from Party Hearty with Pink Passion and Gable Green ink on white cs, cut them out and attached them to the card with pop dots and I was complete.

Oh, if you will take a peek at what else I've been doing.  I've been working on Betty's blog for her and I added a new page to it.  It is all the Stampin' Up current colors with links to SU! that shows all the coordinating products.  It is a great page for your reference.  So take a peek at it if you will ~ and don't forget to come back here.

I hope that you have a super great day ~ and stay inside where ever you are.  Today's supposed to be horrible with heat just about everywhere.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Happy July 4th

I would like to with everyone a very safe and happy 4th of July

Friday, July 02, 2010

Our Journey

I am slowly going thru all our pictures and scrapping them and these were taken back in 1997 (I think)... And I thought that I'd start a page with all scrapbooking on it just in case your not into that kind of thing. I'll keep the main page of my blog for 3D and card items.

These pictures were taken back in 1997 when we were still in CA and rented a convertible and drove the coast line on Highway 1 and then we drove up to Reno NV. We had a great time! The picture of Danielle asleep was taken in San Francisco. She was so pooped that night the poor thing fell asleep at the table in the resturant. She was looking at the page after I finished it and she said "I remember that trip. But I don't remember that" and she pointed to the picture of her sleeping. I told her "Duh, that's because you were sleeping"... Sometimes she's SO blonde...
The papers are from Bo Bunny and Kaiser craft. I used my friskars, Martha Stewart and Marvy punches on this page. The envie is from Stickapotamus and I used K&Co tags and Karen Foster & Heidi Grace rub ons. The ribbon was some that was given to me.

I hope to move all my scrapbooking to this page ~ it might take a while, but I'll get it done. It will be one of those projects on the "back burner".