Thursday, January 31, 2008
So I wanna see what they think is chewing. This car has been acting up for a while in other ways and has been looked at a half dozen times...earliest I can get a ride to pick it up is Saturday as hubby doesn't get home until after dealership closes and they won't work with me on this to maybe leave it at my gym down the road after I pay and exonerate them of anything.
Here is my card-my unfinished Asters. I love the concept but don't know what to put as a title or how to. Do I print on the white area of the back frame or do I layer something in? I actually thought of putting clouds and a sun up there and having no phrase at all until you open it up. So anybody got an ideas? I love how badly I layered too. Always shows a lot worse AFTER you glue and photograph!
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
So let's get it started now!
I took this photo last June. It's summery and I can smell the lilacs-Korean lilacs. Nothing special about this card other than I printed on acetate. Used some scraps and made a matching envelope. Maybe with no car and the wind tomorrow, I can get some new stuff photographed assuming the sun peeks out. I like natural light if I can have it. Winds are 50 MPH and it was 48F an hour ago. The front is coming thru and my whole house shakes (kinda like my car was doing). Stay warm.It will be single digits on the other side of this clipper.
Monday, January 28, 2008
I added links for my Sisterhood of Blogging Stampers Group 4. I may change this later to do a page that opens out with links but one thing at a time. Then I took off all advertising other than the links to local mid and eastern Michigan area stamp and scrap stores. A couple will be deleted from it as I get more info. A big rumor has been flying about a Brighton store possibly moving. Only time will tell.
Here is a card I have had in my queu. I honestly don't remember how I made this almost 18 months ago. I think it was with Versa Mark and some powders. I know it was done with a Stacey Stamp but the rest of the card--who knows? Its just pretty and different.
I made a envelope to match with another Stacey Stamp image. She offers a lot of these wedge or flap type stamps. Check out her site for more ideas. She even has mini ones.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
I just got home from Winter Stamp Camp. Can you hear my Visa having an asthma attack?? Hubby will not see that receipt for sure! I was up at 6AM, got myself all glittery and inky and now am home to throw away the biscuits I forgot I put out to rise LAST NIGHT!!! to have for lunch. They smell yucky and are all fermented and gluish. I just was too excited to have a creative day and forgot about them. Good thing flour is cheap!
Saturday, January 26, 2008
There were some technical difficulties and that is why you are having problems finding the blog. The blog was moved to a new URL-we think that there may have been some problem with a word or who could access.
I AM NOT the blog owner so I am not in charge of who can or can't post!
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Friday, January 25, 2008
I came home and cleaned out some boxess of junk and somehow lost the envy with my Clancy dog's paw print and fur clippings-I made these after he died. I wanted to put it away with the sympathy cards I got, and set it aside but now can't find it. I feel so addle-brained lately. Hubby has worked late every day this week-late as in gets home at 11Pm and goes to bed to get up at 4AM. You see why I consider myself a widow with a living husband? As much as he drives me bonkers when he is here, I do need to talk to a human sometimes. I just don't want it to be Herb the Geezer Lothario at the gym.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
A 4 year old child could not be kept healthy even with all the knowledge and advances medicine has brought upon the world in recent years. A soldier doing his routine was taken by greed and hate. A mother pushes her child from the fire but is overcome and succumbs as she forces her baby to the safer air. An artist, whose face graces the silver screen, does not awaken from what should have been a healing sleep while ill.
Mothers moan with the loss. Babies moan with the absence of familiar faces. Fans are left befuddled as to what could have happened. The same occurs all over the world each day. Some losses will get big press releases and others pass unnoticed but for a John Doe notice in the back pages of car ads. Still a mother will sob in grief. No mother should have to bury her child and no child should have to lose a parent before they know them.
The full moon crests the skylines of many cities the world over tonight...and it moans in sadness at the losses that will come again.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
This book does not use chipboard for the covers. It is paper laid back to back. I used library pockets for the inside pages which were covered and when dried had the consistency of chipboard. All the glued items were constructed using Scrappy Glue (available at Joann's). I had a bottle of this glue for several years and didn't use it until this project. It's a fast drying glue so make sure you put your pieces where you want them and don't need to reposition. I later tried it on another project with covered chipboard and didn't like it on that item. But experiment and you can use it as dimensional too. My punched circles for the rings are real washers! So raid the tool box. I used them on the both sides of the covers .But you can do outsides only if your rings are not large enough. It's more to reinforce anyways.
I used covered chipboard for my leaves on several pages. Make sure you ink the edges or rough them up a bit. I need to add more ribbon and fibers but want to wait until I add photos so I know what colors to use.The copper wire is rolled around a pencil and glued behind the tags.
This is a stamp the local stamp store made up and was a stamp of the month. I edged the ovals in metallic pen (keep some air moving for these pens-I get dizzy from them).Below is another stamp but rub ons or even your own handwriting will work as will printing something on a laser printer.
Sizzix die cuts covered with paper and distress inked form a cluster on one page.And always distress with ink and sand some items too.This is the inside back cover.
On the back of one of the covers , I made a slide pocket almost like a CD case. You can put tags or photos in this. Or even a CD of photos or music to go with the theme. I guess I would choose When October Goes by Barry Manilow for my CD.
An interesting thing before I glued the first two library pockets together with a punched piece of folded paper (my binder for the rings) is that I put a paper clip right at the top of the pocket opening. Then adhere the two pockets. When dry, these are your page turners if you space them right. Don't put them in the same place for each page. You can click any photo to see how I then added different ribbons and fibers to each clip.
The back cover is not decorated on the outside.. I could see adding beads and other 3D items to this. It's open for a lot of alterations and was so cheap to make. Scraps would work and if you don't have ready made library pockets like I used, there are templates to be had all over the Internet free for the taking to make your own from scraps. I recommend not using heavy card stock-use quality papers instead. Otherwise when you fold over the edges on the covers, your paper might not lay flat. Remember to click the photos if you want a close up lookie.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Layer a piece of printed paper over a plain card. Add a plain chunk of card stock to the middle.Ink all the edges of all your layers too.Make a word or words with your Quikutz, Sizzix or other die cut letters (maybe stickers would look good too). Die cut the shamrock and ink before putting on card (I do a lot backasswards in general.) This was an easy way to use up scraps.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I just don't get it. Why would anyone buy a tool without testing it first. Why would anyone pay full price plus shipping for a tool they have no clue about. Why can't someone wait a few weeks, and get it locally and support the soon-to-be extinct scrap store or use a coupon at a local big box store? At least helping the local economy. I never pay full price-always waiting for a sale (10% is better than nothing) and when you are plunking down $40 bucks, I would certainly want to test it out (I tested an original Cropidile before purchasing and used my full point cards at the LSS for it). I was still one of the first people to get one and I have probably talked a lot more into one since. But just to get something first and have bragging rights? I just don't get it.
Far too many people are wasting money they don't have; just for a quick high-and that is what a lot of shopping is. We are a consumer driven society with few consequences (bankruptcy hurts more than just the person who files). We are seeing the results of buying without thought in the housing sectors. Too many buy houses they can't afford. The banks are just as guilty for giving the loans-after all, doesn't a sane person know if they make $50 grand a year, they cannot afford a $300 grand house?
Infomercials are the same way-and QVC and HSN are that. Just a little more subtle about it-with their rolling sales numbers of an item-get one now or they are gone forever! Think about your purchases-and maybe walk away from it entirely. I know $40 isn't much in the grand scale-but $40 could be the break point before your lights are off or your kids don't eat tonight. I see it all the time. Buying just for showing off (a house full of electronic crap) or fitting in (new clothes every week instead of washing the ones you have) but living almost on the dole.And I just don't get it.
ETA-now if someone can come up with a way to put an LED light in my Cropidile, so the spot I am punching is lit up better ( I have fluorescent energy savers so the lighting isn't great at times) that might be something I would trade up to.
Monday, January 14, 2008
For anyone wondering-I still have not found the cheese.And the dog isn't farting.Curiouser and curiouser.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Fold a golden card. Punch your hole. Take a lighter piece and punch out a hole a tad bigger. Stamp with a background stamp in a golden or beige ink. Attach to the front. Add a greeting. Place the stamped image behind making sure to line it up nicely.
Use the same background stamp on a matching envie with the same ink.Stamp another jar stamp on the lower corner and if you want, highlight with some glitter here and there. Sometimes simple is better than too much. So no ribbons or metallic add ons.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
A green textured card was used as a base on this one. I added a piece of pink print on the top left and some striped paper on the right. Covering the the seam and part of the card to dissect across after distressing the edges, I placed a printed greeting. It is this kind of greeting that I wish more stamp companies made-as I like longer messages for the insides of cards. Because this was laser printed, I would not be able to emboss unless I tried it on glossy paper. Maybe when I have more time. A Prima flower was added to the left of the greeting with a button threaded with floss. I then added some small strips of leftover ribbon for a flair behind the flower. It was too plain without it but I didn't want a bow.
Another shower and the sofa is calling soon-and the 60F are going, going soon gone and back to reality. I feel so cheated. This odd thaw and all I can do is watch the squirrels dive bomb the dogs. They love it!
Monday, January 07, 2008
The winner will receive a brand new Hamilton Beach 4.5-qt. Eclectrics Stand Mixer, Pineapple Yellow!!
This is a blue dotted textured piece that is distressed in blue denim from Ranger. I die cut a circle (ink the edge) and added the Thank You sticker and pop dotted it near the center top. I then cut a white piece (inking the edge) and topped it with an orange strip on the bottom-saving a couple of pieces for my faux ribbon on the large circle. Using some metal edged tags from Office Max, I place a circle flower sticker inside each and pop dotted those on top of the strip of orange. You could add a little glitter to the centers of the daisies if you wanted to. I just can't lift the Stickles right now. Slinking off to die.
ETA-this is a baby iron used for ribbon, flattening papers and heat setting inks etc. Like I said, totally stupid.
Sunday, January 06, 2008
I cut a scrap of acetate overlay and stamped thank you, then layered it on white that I also distressed with the green. I then tucked the T under it and layered on a red scrap. Punching out some photo corners, I placed them on the front corners and glued the whole thing to the card front. This is not standard size but more a thank you note size. This is another I photographed before the bad weather hit. It may be 50F by Monday but it's just a tease-so I am slugging NyQuil and off to bed and maybe some sleep.
Friday, January 04, 2008
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Basically it's cut textured paper squares laid over a larger print scrap ( I inked the edges on all cut pieces) on a textured card. Punch out some flowers and pop dot them with small circles in the middle. Add a phrase at the bottom-stamped or rub on. This is an old Amuse stamp phrase-I think. Back to bed-and my NyQuil and hot water bottle. See you when it hits 50F.
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
I cut a piece of card stock to match that insert it came with-added some strips I found in the scrap bin and then found a chipboard message to place on the right side. After inking the edges, place this inside the frame. Then using strong tape, add a small pad of post it notes to the left side. Instant gift!Here is another I made using different paper and another chip piece message. If you buy a huge pack of post its from Costco, and use the chips you find in a clearance bin like I did, you can make these for about $1.50. I have also made a few using the panoramic frame and a larger post it pad. Or add a photo instead of chip message. And the whole thing stays clean because its protected. When the paper is gone, just tape another.
I was so excited to make these and then got a wake up call that nothing is really our own idea. I got a flyer from Adorn It! the day before Christmas and their designers had made the same thing. Like minds? Or aliens?