Friday, May 30, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Yep, still using this original 12x12 AC dp that I first used on my April 19th and April 20th post. I am going to try to keep making cards with this one sheet of paper so I don't have to put it away in the scrap bags. I made two of this card.
I also used a sketch from Julee of Poetic Artistry blog. She creates some wonderful sketches! She posted this one a while ago, and I thought it might work well with these scraps :)
Sunday, May 25, 2008
I needed to make more father's day cards for Greenberry's Coffee & Tea (they sold the ones I posted earlier lickety-split). So I pulled out my large ziplocs of masculine dp scraps and large ziplocs of other12x12 masculine papers. (I sort my dps mostly by manufacturer, but also by theme...baby, floral, masculine, graduation, school, christmas, valentine's, etc.) I leaned the bags up against my accordian file of scrap papers (which is on the floor behind the door in my craft rooom) and went to bed. The next day when I tried to open the door to my craft room, the bags had fallen over and partially blocked my entry into my craft room. Guess what paper was facing up? Yep, the last ziploc bag had this paisley scrap (3 @ 3"x12") at the back. It was a sign!
This is ds cs by Signature Suite. The burgundy is the opposite side of the paisley. I ran the burgandy strip through the Cuttlebug paisley embossing folder. S.S. must have white core, because it came through a bit. I like the effect since the dp already has a distressed look. I eeked out 4 cards from those 3 strips of scrap! The punches are SU!, the metal embellies are from the SU! silvers kit, the base card is DCWV, and I alternately used brown or blue grossgrain ribbon from my jar of scrap ribbons.
I prepared all 4 cards to go to Greenberry's. The plan was for 2 to go to the store in McLean and 2 to go to the Leesburg store. DH offered to take the cards to McLean for me (he had a meeting in McLean). He saw this card and said,"I want one like this!" What a sweetie! So guess what? The Leesburg store is only getting one of these :)
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Yesterday afternoon I went to check the mail box and I saw this beautiful envelope (right). Completely hand drawn...can you believe it? DH asked me if I was ever going to open it because I sat and stared at the envelope for so long! You see, this is no ordinary card. This is a hand-made card from Lauren. Yes, THE Lauren. Lauren Bergold! Lauren, author of "...the GOOD blog names were taken..." Lauren on the Caardvarks design team. I carefully opened the envelope and admired the card. Cue DH, "Are you ever going to actually read what she wrote inside?" I don't know how long I sat and admired every detail she put into this card. I am fascinated by each of her creations, but they are even better IRL. Eventually I did read what she wrote, and her note was as lovely as this card. Thank you, Lauren! I LOVE my card :)
Now that you all know where I live, you are welcome to see this card IRL. I must insist that your hands are clean, than gloved before touching my Lauren card. Admission costs to see the card TBD at a later date.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Anyway, I soon figured out how to leave comments for people and go through their comments to create my own "Favorites" of blogs I wanted to check regularly. One of the very first blogs I found was Ila's blog (http://artfullyila.blogspot.com/). Please check her out! Each of her cards should be framed and hung on a wall. Ila colors her images beautifully and she often sews on her cards (wish I could do that!), and generally just has the nicest little details and embellies.
In an attempt to CASE Ila, I purchased the same Karen Foster dp right after I saw Ila's card ( http://artfullyila.blogspot.com/search/label/Father's%20Day) and she said I could CASE it. Thanks, Ila! I went in my drawer of card sets w/ envelopes and found 9 Magenta cards that are 7 1/4" x 5 1/4". I figured to get the max out of my dp, one dimension had to be 4" and the other 6" or less. That would make 6 cards total with only a skinny strip of scrap (yeah, you know I'm gonna try to make a card with that scrap later!) So then I planned the rest of my measurements. I stamped the truck 6 times on scraps. I thought about colored pencils, but knew it would take too long to make all six. So I chalked! Then I went old school and pulled out my corregated papers. It is nice to use old supplies...geez, how old is this stuff? Corregated paper was one of my first purchases, along with chalks (I think I even bought them the same day at Michael's in 1999 or 2000.) It makes the card really 3D. Ila probably used a paper crimper and regular cs? I never invested in a crimper. It's not that I don't like the tool...I just did not think I would use it much and couldn't justify the cost of the tool.
So yes, I made 6 of these cards. One is going to my dad and one to dh's dad. The rest to Greenberry's. Now I need to make something for dh...he's not really and "old truck" kinda guy, kwim?
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
My SU! friend, Sue (http://www.welovetostamp.com/) , designed the tin w/ cards, the 3x6 cards, and the "notes" spiral. I made the tin of cards for teacher extraordinaire, Mary. We love you, Mary!!! (Kathryn's pre-school teacher, but Julia's kindergarten teacher this year. I know, I know; how lucky are we to have Mary TWO years in a row?) The 3x6 cards and dark chocolate M&Ms (go ahead and grab a tissue to wipe the drool off of your keyboard) for Miss Joy, who I have mentioned before, IS a JOY! We love you, Joy!!!