Saturday, June 30, 2007
Hey Canada!!! Happy Canada Day!
As you celebrate, spend a loonie or two on something cold for me!
This card is pretty simple once you have your circle scalloped. I used scraps of card stock for the layers. This would also make a great Christmas card by substituting winter colors and maybe making a poinsettia flower with a jewel for the center instead of the brad.
I distressed all the edges of every layer. For the middle of the flower, I used a large brad in darkish brown topped with a punched out circle to get it to pop off the page a bit. I used Acrylic Accents on top of it and if you look really close, you will see my finger print. I thought it was dry-but it wasn't. I debated on ribbon to finish it but there were two small golden brads just staring at me, so had to use them or lose them.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
I am not stamping much right now as I have everything trashed and am reorganizing my craft stash-stash is probably not the right word tho. Obsession-yeah, that sounds better.
It has been too muggy the last few days to really accomplish anything but I am making progress. Then I need to paint and fix a hole in the dry wall while I am at it. I did organize all my scraps into a 3 drawer Iris cart so I can easily find items by type-so plain card stock pieces with chipboard in one drawer, stickers, fibers, plastics, metals etc in another. and all patterned pieces in the third. I then have a small bin with small ink pads for when I need them. And have added some embossing samples, glitters, and tons of brads etc as a quick card/ kid-friendly kit.
These are the leftovers that usually I would give to my niece to play with but she seems to have a problem taking responsibility for her art supplies and it always ends up being thrown away by dad/mom, so with such an expensive hobby and supplies too good to toss, I am keeping them in a bin here in case she visits and she can craft at the kitchen table if she wishes.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Lucky me-hubby is coming home for about 24 hours before he leaves again. I get to drive on the frigging freeway with the shattered windshield that he told me not to fix until he came home as its the company car-he let me borrow it while he was gone instead of parking it at Metro. I only went one place and three weeks later, I still have gas to burn up. I hate to drive!
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
This card was done with an embossing plate in a Sizzix machine. After embossing it, I took a sanding block to rub some of the color off the paper as it has a white core and it emphasised the leaf frond. It's really fun and simple to do and you can use all sorts of papers, textures and get different looks. Some textured card stocks even have a white core. I punched the corners and wound Sulky Metallic thread around it and taped in the back and then layered the completed embellished leaf on a card with another layer of paper.
Hopefully, I will have another card and maybe over the holiday, I will put up some Non-Pariels again. I have been going thru my stash and finding all sorts of goodies worth gifting out to my fellow bloggers. I have a good question this time, too.
Monday, June 25, 2007
I was wondering if MS received monetary compensation or stock for her co-named products with Ek Success. I found this statement at a financial site posted in January 2006. ""Terms of the deal include a licensing agreement, as well as an equity stake in the venture, the value of which is contingent on certain performance thresholds."" I wonder if she got anything up front or will the company wait and see if the line is at all successful.
EK Success is owned by a private equity firm named GTCR Golder Rauner LLC. so Martha may be paid with stake issues of this company. Micheal's recently was purchased by another private equity firmed named Blackstone, which last week had 12 % of its stake go public in an IPO. Unfortunately, I cannot find if MS owns any of these stakes or shares without purchasing and becoming a "member". But based on MS filing before her jail term, she isn't a wise investor as many of her stocks were money losers or bankrupt companies. Martha's investments
I will leave it at this-I used to own stock in Micheal's as part of my retirement fund. When it was purchased by Blackstone in October 2006, I was saddened as this stock was one of the few that weathered the whole crash after September 11 and I thought it would be good to have down the road into my old age. I had no choice in the sale to Blackstones (I voted no but I am only one person) and paid a hefty tax when they gave me my cash for my shares. I have since put what was left into a socially responsible fund. But knowing what I know about Micheal's now-I am glad I no longer am an investor in the company and find myself shopping rarely at the stores anymore.
I will post another card later tonight-I may even find time to stamp a few for later. Maybe stamping will make it rain-its so dry here!
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Provocraft has also left the original owners of the Cricut pretty much on the limb when they introduced the new machine recently and did not address problems with upgrading the ones who put Cricut on the map for them. I would love to sell mine along with all its cartridges (all of which I bought before the whole fiasco started) but when Wal-Mart etc can sell them new at almost half of what I paid-I am kinda stuck, ya think?
I just got home from the BEST sale I have ever been to at a scrapbook/stamp store. All the Quickutz were 50% off! A lot were picked over but there was still plenty to choose from. Also many of the newer alphabet sets were there and those babies are normally 200.00 a set. Since I don't use the cutsie ones normally, I made sure the ones I got had multiple uses. But I did get a penguin. Simply 'cause penguins are cute.
This card used one of the other die cuts I have from many companies. I have Sizzix, Sizzlets, Ellison and a few from Cuttlebug (before I started the boycott) and some from ZipeMate in addition to the Quickutz. I use all of them in the same machine-the Sizzix machine. I just recently got a Revolution machine free but haven't used it and probably will sell it. I also emboss with the Sizzix using rubber sheets. It was demonstrated at a stamp show and there are multiple sites on the Internet telling how to use all dies in various machines. You don't need one of each so practice with what you have.
I started with a white basic card and layered dark brown on it. Then the floral layer was inked on the edges with distress ink (I think I may have used a bit too much now). I stamped on a piece of vellum and place it behind the frame and pop dotted it off center and added some Prima flowers using gem brads from Making Memories for the centers. I had a scrap of red ribbon that was too small for a bow but it seemed to bring out the red more in the floral paper, so I tucked it behind the flowers.This is a fast, quick card using lots of remnants from my stash.
I think this reminds me of a gramma card-those wonderful ones from the 50's or 60's that were maybe a nickle or dime or so. I have a bag full of them that I gave to my gramma that I found years later after she died and it was wonderful to see them so loved.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
I have not been stamping either. Here it is 3 AM and I need to go to bed but wanted to post a card I made on my trip to my son's wedding in April. If I had not been able to color images in the car, I would have gone nuts. It was my way of tuning out the Beach Boys for 750 miles and the same XM 50's radio over and over and over. I forgot my Ipod, so had to distract myself somehow.
So this card is from an idea at a class at Jane's -I am sure it was a Laurie design. The stamped images are from Great Impressions . The red layer is stamped in VersaMark and embossed in clear detail. I just pop dotted the white image layer on the dark blue after distress inking the edges and adding the off centered brads. The striped paper was layered on top of the diamonds and I actually didn't cuss doing this bow on the ribbon. Coloring was done with Prismacolors and Gamsol and of course, the obligatory Stickles on the tassels of the hat and a hint on the packages.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
All the solid color cardstock is from the spring pack of DCWV but I have no idea who makes the patterned piece as it was in my stash. I liked this card pretty well. Sadly I am no longer a part of the group I swapped with. Apparently I am not good enough for them anymore but that is a story for another post which I am working on when my anger abates.
Hey-one more day until it's officially SUMMER!!!!!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
I found this paper there in a pack of 10 sheets for a buck. I got the blue, brown, green, red, and yellow packs. It was from Ek Success Architecture line from a few years back and its textured and really cool. I found some dark blue scraps and a few white pieces and basically that is all I did. I made layers and edged them all in denim from the Tim Holtz line. I stamped in Making Memories acrylic the words. and before I finished layering, I added the three itty bitty brads to the corner.
About 10 minutes and I was on my way. I also made a girl one but forgot to photograph it as the sun was almost behind the pines. I liked the boy one better anyways. This card recipe is pretty versatile for just about any card or occasion and another fun way to use up scraps!
Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
I tried this card on plain white and it was too stark with the white that was in the patterned paper. So I went with an ivory-plain-no texture. It still was too "white" so adding a bit of distress ink helped a lot. Everything was scraps except for the cream card and the layers were all smooth card stock inked on the edges and then some were razor distressed too. When I was finished, I still wanted something for the corner and went looking for plain brown eyelets or brads in my stash and came across these flowers. I don't know if they work as much as the eyelets would have but the game was coming on , so I let it be. I think I am gonna make a bunch like this and set them aside so I don't have to cry in the aisles of the card shop anymore. And my real feelings can go inside.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
I am going to a Penny Black class (actually two of them) tomorrow in Fowlerville. I hate driving especially knowing all the construction on the way-but it's worth it for Penny Black! I have no idea if its stamping, stickers or what-I just heard Penny Black and said I am in! Have a good weekend. I will post what we made if it doesn't rain and hinder my photographing them.
Friday, June 15, 2007
The sun was going down when I took this photo so I think the colors look a bit flat. Even with all these layers, this card is not as heavy as I thought it might be and would probably get by with regular postage.
Here I am using the punch I spoke about a few postings ago. I did two punches and layered them to form a daisy type flower and then punched a circle for the middle. I did edge the circle in one of the brown distress inks-I think it was Scattered Straw. There are 9 layers of card stock and papers not including the flower which I pop dotted. Instead of making a bow, I ran a flat piece of ribbon under the top layers and taped on the back before adding the top concoction to the main layers. All but the thank you layer and the flower petals are distressed in ink-some with the straw and some with Weathered Wood.
I also did a blade distress to some of the card stock layers as they are more durable and up to the challenge. I used this and its only 1.00 so pick up a few and use them-safe and fun and so a bargain! I can't believe how much doing a blade distress on layers changes a card and give it so much texture!
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Then we placed two full size sheets of white glossy paper inside with the glossy sides facing out. Then you closed the folder and laid it flat and rubbed your hands again to color the glossy paper. You would always end up with cool designs on the paper but no two alike. Then you removed the paper and dried with your embossing gun. Then just cut to size for whatever your background project is. You rinse the inks off the folder to re-use again and again. I think you could let the folder dry and cut that for an interesting embellishment too if you have lots to spare but acetate over lays are expensive by the box unless you find a sale, like I did (B2G1).
I used a bunch of scraps again and layered and inked the edges in Distress Denim. I also blade distressed the blue layer under the flower with my handy dandy Heidi Swapp distresser- a great bargain at only 99 cents! The finishing touch was a rub on from the going out of business sale recently. I got a whole package for 1.50. What a bargain!
I want to make another like this using some of the shimmer paper I purchased from KI or perhaps even make some Independence Day cards using the same recipe. But first, I have to balance the checkbook!
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
The final layer is not stamped but was a chip I got at a going out of business sale recently. All these wonderful chips of printed card stock were 5 cents a piece. I got at least two of each! I cannot resist much of anything under a dime if it's not smelly. I will have a couple more cards later that use some others I found. Makes for a quick card if you are in a hurry. I distressed the edge of this chip in the same purple and then used a paper distresser to tear it up a bit.
This card is fairly heavy and thick with all the card stock layers and ribbon but I was pretty happy with the outcome and can't wait to make some similar but in other holiday themes. KI just came out with some summer shimmer papers called Beach Party and they have flamingos, palm trees and tiki themes.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
This was a quickie while I was waiting for the dryer to buzz. I got a bunch of punches in the mail yesterday including the newest scalloped Marvy shapes. I thought the rectangle would be larger tho. I used a flower punch for this card and then curled the edges around a pencil to give them some dimension. Bazzill cardstock has so many textures now that it was easy to pick out different ones for each flower from my scrap bin. This was maybe a 5 minute card as no stamping was involved. I am not in a stamping mood lately. This card would be an easy one to reproduce in any sort of color combo with your scraps.
Saturday, June 09, 2007
I made this card several years ago and found it in a box this week. I think I made it at Karen's for a make and take. I haven't been there in a while for reasons I just don't want to go into here and I am not sure she is going to stay in business much longer based on what I hear. I miss some people who used to work there, especially Joann and Pat. I end up having to drive an hour or more to get stamps or take classes that are stimulating and productive. It just makes the whole situation at Karen's sad and pathetic.
Friday, June 08, 2007
I liked this door handle I found at a flea market type of display at a store in Commerce Township. I don't get there often because its so out of the way. There are not regular roads to get there and if anyone knows the area-every road I swear is named Commerce Road east, west or something like that. Their tag line is that they had a bunch of roads left over so named them all Commerce. Whatever.
I used Bazzill Bling on this card for the top matte. It had just enough shimmer to set this off along with the Stickles. I wanted to do a card where it would open from the handle and have flowers inside or some other images, but never could pull it off right. I just left it like this and that means if I ever mail it, it will need to go special postage rates as its thick. One product I think you all would love is the Trio tape runner . It is the BEST I have ever used for applying ribbons of any width. I will never use anything else for ribbon again.
This as another card I made at Jane's Craft Studio. It used the same stamp set as the last one I posted here. This card is pretty self explanatory. Would be easy to make a ton of these from scraps-and I know we all have way too many of them. The obligatory Stickles topped off an easy as pie card. Maybe 10 minutes and a few more to color the pots with markers or Prismacolors.
I have a bunch more to photograph assuming it doesn't rain tomorrow-but the Weather Channel is already hyping up this front that dumped on Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin so guess who just had a tornado watch issued? Where is the Valium for my dog?
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Square cards are not my favorites. I hate to make them and hate to mail them too. I do love textured card stock tho, so at least this was fun to put together. Basically it's three layers of squares just graduated down in size a bit. I then took a small scrap of the same type as the base card and turned the striped texture the other way to tie the ribbon scraps around. I have 10 thumbs but did manage to tie these. But you could pre-tie some and just stick them on the solid piece evenly spaced.
I also made a matching envelope from the same solid yellow. This was a quick card once I settled on the fonts. This might especially be cute as a thank you for a baby gift or a teenager to send to a Grammy. Just switch around colors depending on what you have in your stash. Play around and have fun. Thank you and merci.
This was a reject. It was also my 2nd favorite of the six I made. I used a rub-on instead of a stamped word. I could have stamped it but the rub-on was in my stash and it matched.
The background stamp is from Great Impressions and it was the stamp of the month in May. I stamped the orange base using Versamark ink and embossed in clear detail. I can see in my photo I am now a bit off on aligning it tho. I cut a swatch of strip to cross the middle of the card and rubbed up the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Burlap. I hand scalloped with a corner punch the green textured card stock and also distressed it before affixing the two small pieces to the striped swatch. I die cut a smaller piece of green and another piece with flowers similar in size and inked them for the middle. Now the place where I tied the ribbons-that is from a die cut too. It was originally a handle on a purse-the green in the middle is also from the purse. I don't like purses, so hacked it up for pieces.
I then stamped some of the daisies from the SOTM and cut them out with detail scissors and Stickled them in two colors. I pop dotted them on the green piece and off-set them a bit. I tied a bow of two pieces of ribbon-one dotted, one grosgrain. It needed a bit more color so I had this piece of baby ric rac and slid that in for color and texture.
I wasn't sure on a word, so I went ahead with the rub on. When I look at it now, I realize most people are gonna want to turn it so the fold is on top, but the true intention is the way it is photographed-fold on the left.
The contest entry had brite orange, neon green and hot pink papers, and I was very frustrated because I never found those colors in the stores-until after the contest entry was submitted. I will post my entry later but honestly-I hate it and my hubby had to grab my arm and make me post it. I still hate looking at the photo. I always seem to like the one I CAN'T enter.
BTW-the night after I took this photo outside, we had a frost and my rosemary plant took a beating. I am trying to nurse it back, but it's cold and rainy again tonight. Basil plants did not make it tho.
Monday, June 04, 2007
I see many bloggers are having a hard time getting winners to claim, so I hope this isn't because the offerings are bad or cheesy. Unless you want cheese-I can send a piece of that too.
I made this card in a class at Jane's. Jane (who recently retired), sold the store to SanDee and their whole crew have the most affordable classes I have ever taken. Laurie in particular is so talented. SO if you find yourself in the Waterford/Clarkston area near the Dixie/Telegraph area, stop and give them some business. My daughter used to live right down the road from Jane's (I am so mad she moved-I mean it was only a job and a raise and aren't stamps more important?)and it was a reward to me to go there if I battled the stupid traffic, road construction and anxiety attacks I get while driving (but I rarely get there in the winter unless its 100 percent clean/de-iced roads). I really enjoy myself at Jane's and wish she was closer-but then I would have NO money.
So this card is pretty neat. It uses a Sizzix die cut for the window. The stamps I think were See-D's. We actually made 6 cards using all the different flower stamps in the set. And of course, we had to Stickle up all the blossoms. Isn't it cute how the corners are a fern punch? The green layered paper is metallic and I wish I had flowers outside my window like this. But I haven't planted them yet as its raining all the time, so hopefully I will tomorrow. Just two weeks ago we had a hard frost, so I am glad I waited.
I put two images here because looking at the card flat and then from a bit off the side does make a different perspective.
Now I am going to bed to shed more rain-my Pistons were too busy squabbling and forgot what we as fans paid them to do. I will be in a funk for months-I threw my jersey on the floor and stomped on it last night. ) Oooh-maybe the NBA will fine ME for that. I won't be watching the Finals for the first time in years-I am burnt out on the horrible officiating, whining and politics of the NBA (and CWebb-go away-please!) and will now turn my attention to Tiger Woods coming to town! What a cutie-and really no baggage either-so isn't that nice for a change. Just hope his wife waits off on the baby a few days.
Friday, June 01, 2007
This is probably a lush tropical island so there will be plenty of greens, just don't know if they are edible until you try them and wake up the next day not sick or incapacitated by poisons. So any vegetables you brought to live on , hopefully, you either brought the fully laden plants with roots or saved the seeds as you ate. Potatoes, rice, quinoa, nuts and peas are good because all are nutritious, and you can make flour and make stews with other native plants. So you could make maybe bread-altho you would have to figure out a leavening agent in the wild or have flat bread.
I personally would die of starvation if I had to live on Twinkies-I think they would survive along with roaches any sort of nuclear war . But they are not replenishable which is probably wise anyways. The next incoming strandee would probably kill you if you left him/her Twinkies.I think most of you would not make it 90 days if you tried to live on some of the items you were to bring-but you would die eating what you love. Something that is renewable and it would probably have to be-is the best bet. You leave nothing for the next guy and you die because he will die too, so it wont matter to him if he gets life in prison. My choice would have been rice. I would make the best cereals (you do have a way to cook-one packet of matches) mash it into flour, or make some stir fry's with the native plants. My second choice would have been soybeans. Yum!! I could eat this like candy.
Now two answers confused me. Jerky-unless its veggie jerky-its contraband!! You get another 30 days. And burritos from the gas station-you better hope you are the only one on the island ever as there will be plenty of gas and not the octane kind! But if you can figure out a way to contain that gas-might be a way to cook better or barter with the natives before they decide to cook you as stew!
So I used a random number selector and the number is #30! And this translates to post 30 which is Patty H. Patty, I tried to go to your website/link but it takes me to SCS and it's not a Patty gallery that shows up under your name link, but a Joelyn. So please get back to me so I can figure this out and get a street addy.
This was fun and I plan on doing something similar again soon-not an essay tho. It will involve taking a photo of something you own or finding a photo online of an object like it. So sign up for the feed and you will be the first to know. Thanks everyone for entering.
The whole idea is to have one word answers to each item. Here we go.
Your Partner: workaholic
Your Mother: sad
Your Father: dead
Your Favorite Item: newspapers
Your Dream Last Night: none
Your Favorite Drink: tea
Your Dream Car: electric
Your Dream Home: clean
The Room You Are In: dinette
Your Fear: sleeping
Where You Want To Be In Ten Years: alive
Who You Hung Out With Last Night: Courtney
You're Not: trusting
One of Your Wish List Items: marathon
The Last Thing You Did: Stickling
You Are Wearing: shoes
Your Favorite Weather: Hot
Your Favorite Book: Roots
Last Thing You Ate: crackers
Your Life: ordinary
Your Mood: stressed
Your Best Friend: none
What Are You Thinking About Right Now: gardening
Your Car: Aveo
What Are You Doing At The Moment: procrastinating
Relationship Status: questionable
What Is On Your TV: off
What Is The Weather Like: sunny
When Is The Last Time You Laughed: yesterday
Here is another scrap card-just don't light the candle!