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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Thanks for coming back....

I know that I've been out of whack the past week or so ~ I'm sorry. But everyone understands that life get's in the way, right?

I think that I'm back to normal, whatever normal is. So I've got a post for you today, promise. And no this that or the other thing ~ no yak, yak, yak either.

Ready? Let's get down to business....

One of the orders I had placed for a friend when TAC was having their sales on the hostess sets. Joyce had bought the set, and one thing that I do for my customer's is if they want their sets cut apart I do it for them. I have a hot knife and it only takes me a minute to do. Well I told Joyce that I was cutting them apart for her that I was going to stamp a few... good deal, huh? So I did. Then of course like everything else, and I'm sure you all can relate ~ they sat on the corner of my desk for a couple of weeks. I grabbed them the other day and decided to do something about it...This is a Hostess Level 3 set from The Angel Company called Be of Good. I stamped some of the images on Certainly Celery with Certainly Celery ink. I stamped the sentiment in Certainly Celery on white cs and the image over that in Blush Blossom ink. I layered that on to a piece of Summer Sun cs before attaching to the card. For the inside I stamped the image on Barely Banana cs with Barely Banana ink. I stamped another sentiment in Barely Banana on white cs and centered it on inside.I had stamped the butterflies in Barely Banana ink on white cs and cut them out closely. I added some wire to the butterflies for the "antenna", pop dotted them on the the card and added stickles for some bling and I was complete.

OH! I wanted to mention, if anyone is interested in the hot knife do wait to buy it. A couple years ago I finally decided to unmount all of my SU! stamps. Mind you I have a LOT of sets. It took me just over a week to do. I was at it literally the whole day, morning to evening. I unmounted my stamps, removed the old grey foam and replaced it with the black thin foam and cut it out with my Kai scissors. I did not have the hot knife then, but so wish I did. It is an investment that pays for itself each time I use it. It takes seconds to cut out the stamps, and you don't have that gunky mess on your scissors too! But if you are considering the purchase of one, I'm here to tell you that you don't have to buy a glass mat. I want to say they are about $25.00 for one ~ and I saved my $25.00 and I use an old pie plate. Same thing, it's glass. And it has a rim on it to turn the plate and the glass mat doesn't. Anyway, just my 2-cents....

This was part of a sneek peek that I showed you the other day. I'm in a swap that the theme is Patriotic so I reached into my stash of House Mouse stamps. I had a whole lot of them and sold most of them years ago to Gabby, but this one I kept. It is called Patriotic Wrap. Those little guy's are so cute!

I colored the image with my watercolor crayons and pencils and gamsol. I sponged some Ballet Blue ink around the edges. The base card is Ballet Blue and I layered it with Riding Hood Red and Reminisce Glitter Bursts DP. I also added some stickles to the stars for more of a pop. The sentiment is from Peddler's pack, and I stamped that in Ballet Blue also. Even with all the coloring it was a quick card.

Another one of my sneek peeks the other day was this little box I made.

This little box is something that I gave away with my last TAC order. I try to make something to give away when people order from me. It's just my little way of saying thank you again.

This little box is made with the largest Scallop Rectangle Small Nestie. Say that 5 times fast *Ü* Anyway ~ I used my CB Devine Swirl and Love Language folders to emboss the paper. The paper is from the Mimi TAC collection. I used my scor-pal to score the box and I used my 1 3/8" circle and scallop circle punches. The button is from Fancy pants, and I used a length of ribbon to make the handle. Velcro is used to keep the box closed.

I will try to get to the tutorial in the next day or two for you.

Next thing I want to show you is some more of the digital scrap booking. I have fallen in love with this. It is so much fun!! And there is so many places out there that have the free digital packs to download. I showed hubby last night and I kinda, quickly went thru the process and told him it is so much fun without having to buy the tape. Of course being the smarty pants that he is he said "well then, why don't we put up all that stuff in the craft room on EBay and you can just do this instead". Uh, my answer was a quick and simple "no".These pages are made with elements and papers from The Digital Arts Cafe. I even went out and bought a new SD card that's 8MB to hold all my "papers and elements".

Well, that's all I have for today. I think that it's time to get off the computer and start creating something....

Have a great day!



Helen Dooley said...

Oh my Gosh! They are so cute! Im glad im in the swap.

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Thanks for sharing ALL your goodies!:) You sure have been busy! I especially love that Memorial Day card! Hugs, Mona

Barb said...

All of these projects are great, Joani! LOVE the little scallop box... and that butterfly card is sooo pretty!