Friday, February 29, 2008

15 Minute Project: Recycle Your Magazines into Pretties ... Redux!

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I'm having one of those days; you know the kind ... where everything that can go wrong will go wrong? Yup, like that there! And it appears to be contagious as the DH just failed an important test, was involved in an automobile accident, and, due to the accident, stood-up his new, uber-important client. And of course his cell phone was left home by accident, too.

Anyway, I photographed this card at least 150 times today; 149 of them with the card standing upright, and 1, this one, laying down. Which, if I'm being honest, was the result of a little hissy fit. I flicked it with my fingers, you know to punish it for not cooperating, and actually liked the way it fell. So I took a photo thinking "aww, what the heck, it couldn't be any worse than all the others." And then, it turned out to be the best one ... go figger.

So, there's your explanation for this photograph and it's strange orientation. 'Course, I could've said this was the "new, improved, and uber-kewl" way to photograph cards, but that would be dishonest. Unless, of course, everyone else in Blogdom starts doin' it. In that case, I invented the concept and you saw it here first, okeedokee?!?

Today's card was created with a beautiful sentiment stamp from "Healing Expressions Art Stamps" and another recycled magazine image. Again, I cut it out from a nature magazine that was on it's way into the recycle bin; I rescued this photo of sweet peas 'cuz I like sweet peas ... and what flower is more fragrant that sweet peas?!? Alright, hyacinths ...

I cut the image using my Large Classic Rectangle Nesties. TIP: Use your die as a "view-finder" by placing it over your image, moving it around to until you find the most pleasing composition. Then lightly tape your die in place and cut out your image in your die-cutting machine.

I matted my image using dimensionals on three layers of card stock and covered the card base with a scrap of designer paper. I stamped my sentiment, available HERE with Royal Purple Staz-on ink, added a lavender binder clip with a bit of ribbon, and two matching metal file clips.

Finished in less than 15 Minutes and saved a tree ... maybe it's not such a bad day after all. And for any of the family members who might be reading this, he's fine.

Thanks for sharing part of your busy day with me; have a great weekend!

~Hugs, Deb

Ingredients: Textured Card Stock, (Bazzill Basics and DCWV); Designer Paper, "K-ology, Verbena" (K&Company); Stamp: (Healing Expressions Art Stamps); Ink, Staz-On (Tsukineko); Dimensionals, (Fiskars); Metal Embellishments, (Unknown; found in Mt. Metal Stuph); Ribbon (Darice); Die-Cut Machine (Provo Craft); Nestabilities Dies (Spellbinder's)

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

15 Minute Project: Recycle Your Magazines ... Into Pretties!

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Today's card was created with an image I found in an old nature magazine. Always go through your old magazines before you toss 'em ... not only will you find some terrific photographs to use in your art work, you'll be livin' green ... and saving a tree or two!

I matted my recycled focal image onto a scalloped edge mat, and adhered some bright red eyelets. I created the large scallop border using my slit punch and wove some raffia through the holes I punched.

I used self-adhesive cork to create the tag and the mat for my sentiment. The tag was cut with a die from the Cuttlebug "Tiny Tags" set and the mat was punched with a key chain tag punch.

I stamped my sentiments using Staz-On ink, adhered 'em, and I was done!

Tip: To speed up your card making process, cut several mats or tags when die-cutting ... you'll have a stockpile to go to when you're in a rush.

Thanks so much for spending part of your busy day with me! And I hope you'll find a couple of minutes to create a card for Lois (see post below).

~Hugs, Deb

Ingredients: Textured Card Stock, (Bazzill Basics, DCWV); Self-Adhesive Cork, (Karen Foster); Stamps, "Unlimited Labels" and "Mixed Messages" collections (Papertrey Ink); Ink, Staz-On (Tsukineko); Raffia, (Unknown; I've had this for-evuh); Eyelets, (Unknown; found in Mt. Eyelet); Die Cut Machine and Tag Die (Provo Craft); Nestabilities (Spellbinder's); Key Chain Tag Punch, (Stampin' Up!); Slit Punch (Stampin' Up!)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

An Oldie but a Goodie ... a Blog Challenge Entry, and a "Card for Lois"

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Today's project was initially created for Jacki's "Leap Year Challenge." Jacki's challenge required that you create a card using the oldest, unused stamp in your collection. And boy, does this baby qualify! I've had this stamp since it was new ... which was 1995 ... and at the time, I just had to have it. And then, somehow, as stamps are wont to do, it went missing in my studio ... for thirteen years! I dug it out, which sounds easier than it actually was, and finally inked it and used it to create this card.

Then, while return-comment-blurfing*, I discovered this compelling story on Corie's blog, and knew that this card had found it's home! Please read Corie's post about Lois ... a young wife and mother of four who is suffering with cancer.

I create at least one card almost every day ... and so do you ... why not send it to someone who can really use a lift? Please, please consider sending one (or more), of your handmade cards to Lois ... you may be only one person, but together, we can send loads of positive energy and love to someone who could really use it!

I won't bore you with my belief in the whole, 'positive-energy-creates-positive energy' theory ... but, when you do think about it that way, you realize that you literally have the power to help heal someone! And today, we're working on healing Lois, okay boys and girls?!?

After you complete your card, go to Wilna's blog and let her know to expect your card. There's a prize involved in this RAK but I don't think anyone really cares about winning ... at least I don't.

Those of you who aren't stampers or card makers, please contact Wilna about accepting a store-bought card ... or even one of those freebie greeting cards that come in the mail. I'm willing to bet she'll appreciate those as well.

Thanks so much for sharing part of your very busy day ... now contact Wilna and do something really easy for someone who's havin' it really hard.

~Hugs, Deb

*This is like a full-time job!! I don't know how the 'famous girls' do it!!

Card Ingredients: White Card Stock, (Xerox 110#); Green Card Stock, (DCWV); Scraps of Designer Paper "Two Scoops" (BasicGrey); Stamp, "Posh Seed Packet" (Posh Impressions for Rubber Stampede); Ink, Palette Hybrid; Color Medium, Copic Markers; Flowers, (Unknown, my BFF sends 'em to me ... my BFF is spankin'!); Brads, (Unknown, found in Mt. Brad); Craft Knife, (Fiskars); Dimensionals, (Fiskars)

Monday, February 25, 2008

15 Minute Project ... and a Blog Challenge Entry

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Today's card project was created for Allison's "Suggestive Sunday" blog challenge. Allison challenged us, (you too, Cowgirl!), to create a project that is all about us girls ... old girls, young girls, or baby girls.

This 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" side-folded card was created on Bazzill Basics card stock with designer papers from Cosmo Cricket's "Hey, Sugar" collection. And yes, the debossed main mat is yet another of my many mistakes ... obviously, I don't learn from 'em!

I stamped my Elzybells image on Xerox 110# card stock with Palette Hybrid ink and colored her in with Copic markers. I added the tiny sentiment, double matted the image on die-cut scallop mats, and mounted everything on dimensionals.

I punched out two photo corners and set three brads and washers in each, then secured them to my card. Normally, I would put the washers on the back of my project, but today I wanted to use them on the front.

For some sparkle, I added just a teeny-tiny bit of glittery Stickles to the birthday girl's hair, bow, and her shoes.

And then, my timer went off and I had to stop ... otherwise, I probably would've continued embellishing. Timing your projects really helps me you to know "when to say when."

Thanks for dropping by and sharing part of your busy day with me!

~Hugs, Deb

Ingredients: Textured Card Stock, (Bazzill Basics); White Card Stock, (Xerox); Designer Paper, (Cosmo Cricket); Stamps, "Birthday Girl" (Elzybells), "Mixed Messages" (Papertrey Ink); Ink, Palette Hybrid (Steward Superior); Color Medium, (Copic Markers); Brads and Washers, (Unknown, found in Mt. Brad); Stickles (Ranger Industries); Die-Cut Machine (Provo Craft), Dies "Nestabilities" (Spellbinder's), Embossing Folder "Swiss Dots" (Provo Craft); Photo Corner Punch (EK Success)

Sunday, February 24, 2008

15 Minute Project ... and a Blog Challenge Entry

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Today's '15 Minute Project' was created for Sharon's "Flourishes" blog challenge. Sharon hosts these fun challenges once a week and it's open to everyone ... yes, you too! Whether you're a beginner or a pro, if you haven't participated in a blog card challenge, well, you should! You'll meet lots of new blogging friends and learn new techniques. You'll also push your creative abilities to a higher level ... or so I hear, it hasn't happened to me yet!

This card was created on Bazzill Kraft card stock; I used designer papers from BasicGrey's "Two Scoops" collection. I stamped this uber-kewl image on the solid pink sheet with Palette Hybrid ink. Love, love, love this stamp set!! There's also a large corner flourish in this set of three stamps from Inque.

Using my die-cut machine and Nestabilities, I cut mats for both of the stamped images, mounted everything on dimensionals, attached frame hangers and ribbon, and called it 'finis!'

Thanks for sharing part of your busy day with me!

~Hugs, Deb

Ingredients: Kraft Card Stock, (Bazzill); Designer Paper, "Two Scoops" collection (BasicGrey); Stamps, "Majestic Flight" (Inque See D's); Ink, Palette Hybrid (Stewart Superior); Accessories: Frame Hangers (Unknown - Found in Mt. Metal Embellies), Brads, (Unknown - Found in Mt. Brad); Ribbon, "Go With the Grain" (Michaels); Die-Cut Machine (Provo Craft); Nestabilities Dies (Spellbinder's)

Saturday, February 23, 2008

15 Minute Project ... Pretties in Less Than 1/4 of an Hour

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Today's '15 Minute Project' was created super fast with a rubber stamped image, some Magic Mesh, ribbon, and some felt flowers.

This 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" side-folded card was created using Bazzill Basic "Raven" card stock. I stamped my image in black on Xerox 110#, distressed the edges, and matted on bright red card stock.

I adhered some 'Dottie Ann' Magic Mesh and attached a ribbon on top with double-sided adhesive. I set white eyelets in three red felt flowers and adhered them using dimensionals. With the exception of the Mesh, every element was attached using dimensionals ... for the shadows; I do it for the shadows!

Ingredients:
Textured Card Stock, (Bazzill); White Card Stock, (Xerox); Colored Card Stock, (DCVW); Stamp, "Lavender & Lace" (Stampington & Company); Ink, Palette Hybrid (Steward Superior); Dimensionals, (Fiskars); Double-Sided Adhesive, ATG (Scotch); Dottie Ann Mesh, (Magic Mesh); Felt Flowers (American Crafts); Ribbon (Unknown, found in Mt. Ribbon); Eyelets (Unknow, found in Mt. Eyelet)

Thanks so much for sharing part of your busy weekend with me!

~Hugs, Deb

Friday, February 22, 2008

I Can NOT Get this Song Outta My Head ....

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So, I'm puttin' it in yours. But no worries, you'll like it in there.

I'll have a project or three for you tomorrow.

Thanks for sharing part of your busy day with me!

~Hugs, Deb

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Don't Throw Away Your Mistakes!

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Today's project was created using mistakes, misstamps, and scraps of other projects gone wrong.

The white debossed mat you see is the reverse side of a mistake. I had stamped a sentiment directly onto my bright pink designer paper and then had the not-so-bright idea to emboss it using the new 'Swiss Dots' embossing folder. Big mistake! Rather than throw it away, I flipped it over and used the debossed side. If I hadn't told you that this card front was the result of a mistake, you prolly wouldn't have guessed.

The faux ribbon was the result of a major stamping mess ... I salvaged what I could here by trimming the mess into a scalloped-edge paper ribbon.

I can't even begin to coherently explain what I was trying to accomplish with the stamped sentiment ... but I was able to save the image by punching it out using a word window punch.

So, the moral of the story is don't give up on your desire to create ... you may not get exactly what you wanted, but you just might find, that you'll get what you need! Hey, Mick, thanks!

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog today!

~Hugs, Deb

~Textured Card Stock: Bazzill; ~Colored Card Stock: DCWV; ~Designer Paper: "Romani" Collection (BasicGrey); ~Stamps: Elzybells, Papertrey Ink, Verve Visual; ~Ink: Palette Hybrid "Noir" (Stewart Superior), Staz-On "Cotton White" (Tsukinek0); ~Color Medium: Copic Markers; ~Accessories: Eyelets (Unknown; found in Mt. Eyelet); Stickles "Yellow" and "Waterfall" (Ranger Industries); ~Tools: Die Cut Machine (Provo Craft), Dies "Nestabilities" (Spellbinder's), Crop-a-Dile (We R Memory Keepers), Embossing Folder "Swiss Dots" (Provo Craft), Word Window Punch (Stampin' Up!), Decorative Scissors (Fiskars); ~Shadows (Priceless!)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

15 Minute Project ... Pretties in Less Than 1/4 of an Hour

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Today's '15 Minute Project' features another great sentiment stamp from
Healing Expressions Art Stamps©. You can purchase this wonderful unmounted stamp HERE.

This 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" side-folded card was created super-fast using a die-cut 'branch,' some Prima flowers, some brads, and, of course, my stamp! Using Palette Hybrid ink (my favorite!), I stamped my sentiment on Xerox 110# card stock. I cut both the focal image and the scallop mat using the Large Classic and Large Scallop Nesties.

I mounted the branch to the card using dimensionals ... just look at those shadows!!!! I'm one happy stamper when I get shadows like that!

I attached the Prima's to the ends and mounted some of them using more dimensionals; I only used enough to actually keep the branch on the card ... the rest I left unattached.

Super-fast, super-easy, super-stamp, super-shadows, and almost, kinda sorta, super-elegant!

Ingredients:

  • Textured Card Stock: Bazzill Basics
  • White Card Stock: Xerox 110#
  • Die Cut: 'Infuse' Collection (BasicGrey)
  • Stamp: 'Favorite People' (Healing Expressions Art Stamps)
  • Ink: Palette Hybrid 'Burnt Umber' (Stewart Superior)
  • Accessories: Paper Flowers (Prima); Brads (American Crafts); Dimensionals (Fiskars)
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine (Provo Craft); 'Nestabilities' Dies (Spellbinder's)

Thanks so much for sharing part of your busy day with me!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Frank!!! I love you!

~Hugs, Deb

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

15 Minute Project ... and a Blog Challenge Entry. And Spring is On it's Way to a Northern Tier State Near You!

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Today's card was created for Allison's "Suggestive Sunday" blog challenge ... Allison's theme this week is 'trees.' And I ask you, what tree is more beautiful, peaceful, and graceful than a palm?!? Okay, a willow tree, but why not just humor me, okeedokee?!?

This 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" side-folded card was created on Bazzill card stock; I used some kewl palm tree patterned paper from an ancient Arctic Frog 6" x 6" paper pad.

I stamped my image (from Diva Impressions), on Xerox 110# card stock with Palette Hybrid ink, cut out with decorative edge scissors and matted with Kraft card stock and a slightly larger rectangle of Xerox 110#.

I finished by adding some antique copper photo turns, brads, and two antique copper brads. Tip: I always clip the prongs off of these ginormous brads as they tend to slip around like crazy ... instead, just glue 'em in place.

In the interest of time (mine), I'll spare ya all the "Ingredients." If you have a question about something I've used here, please just ask.

So today, as they are want to do, 18.3 million robins landed en masse on our land on their annual trek North. They must really love something about our place* as this happens semi-annually ... and let me tell you, it's QUITE a sight (and sound)!

Because we live on a migratory path, we see flocks of all kinds of amazing and beautiful birds year-round as they whiz up and down the eastern seaboard. But seeing the robins today signals that they are on their way back home to you! Maybe not YOU you, but someone kinda sorta like you who lives in a Northern Tier state.

Anyway, these harbingers of spring should be arriving in your (maybe not your backyard, but in someone kinda sorta like you's backyard), in about 18 days**. Hey, it's quite a hike from w-a-y down here to w-a-y up there ... whaddya think, they fly?!?

Finally, the answer to the question that everyone in blogger-dom is asking me and everyone else: Yes, my spell-checker doesn't work either ... (as in "Yes, We Have No Banana's ... ")

Thanks for spending part of your very busy day with me!

~Hugs, Deb

*we're on their Route I-95 ... it's just nature doing what comes naturally ... I'm sure I don't have better lawn grubs than the folks two miles down the road ...

**yes, I DO time this crap

Monday, February 18, 2008

Sale Mania!!

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Hi everyone! Just a quick post to let you know that no, I haven't died, been sold into slavery, or kidnapped by terrorists ... nope, not even institutionalized ... I'm just supah-busy!

Since eBay has ruined changed selling for store owners, I've been forced to make some decisions.

Just so you know, here's eBay's latest ridiculous genius decision: you can no longer sell anything on eBay for less than 1.00. So, in one fell swoop, the idiots suits in charge have just about ruined every craft and scrapbook store on eBay ... including mine. Since I've been selling DP's for .50 a sheet, I either had to pull all the auctions and relist, losing lots of $$ in the process ... not to mention hours and hours of time, or close my store.

But wait, the good news is that they've increased fees too! Awesome, huh?!? Thanks eBay!! See, you really CAN get "it" on eBay: including the shaft!!

And we're not even gonna BEGIN to discuss what they've done with "Feedback" ... a hint: it's beyond comprehension!!!

Soooo, I decided to try something else before pullin' the plug on my eBay store: I put all of the scrapbook paper in my store on sale. And, holy pajama's, I've been busy! People are grabbin' tons of these discontinued .40 sheets of designer paper!! It's been nutzzzzzzz!

So, if you're in the market for a great buy on Designer Paper, hurry by ... and go quick, seriously ... these babies are literally flyin' off the shelves!

Click HERE to visit my eBay store ... while I've still got one.

I'll post a card project or info on building your own "Infinity Background" tomorrow ... I hope.

Thanks for sharing part of your busy day with me!

~Hugs, Deb

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Thinkin' Spring ... and a Blog Sketch Challenge Entry

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Today's card was inspired by Sharon's Sketch Challenge and thoughts of spring!

This 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" side-folded card was created on Bazzill Basics card stock. I used a scrap bit of DCWV's "Posies" collection, a scrap from My Mind's Eye "Bohemia" collection, a bit of ribbon, some Dew Drops, and a beautiful rubber stamp.

This stamp always reminds me of May in New England; I so miss lilacs! Coloring this image, I can almost smell their heavenly scent. Obviously, this beautiful, unmounted stamp from "I Break for Stamps" is one of my favorites and has been in my collection for years. It's so much fun to color, too!

The image was stamped with Palette Hybrid ink, then cut and matted using dies from the Nestabilities Large Classic and Large Scallop rectangle collections.

I colored my image using Prismacolor pencils blended with Gamsol and a stump, and both mat layers been adhered using dimensionals ... y'all know by now that I gotta have shadows on my cards.

This card is slow to color but fast to put together ... a sketch to follow helps in that department, too. Why not try creating a similar one in two 15 Minute sittings!

Ingredients:

  • Textured Card Stock: Bazzill Basics
  • White Card Stock: Xerox #110
  • Designer Paper: "Posies" Collection (DCWV); "Bohemia" Collection (My Mind's Eye)
  • Stamp: "Carte Postale" (I Brake for Stamps)
  • Ink: Palette Hybrid 'Noir' (Stewart Superior)
  • Color Medium: Prismacolor "Premier" Pencils
  • Adhesives: Tape Runner (Tombow Mono); Dimensionals (Fiskars)
  • Ribbon: "Straight and Narrow" (Offray)
  • Accessories: Dew Drops "Grape & Leaves" Collection (The Robin's Nest)
  • Tools: Die Cut Machine (Provo Craft); Nestabilities Dies (Spellbinder's); Gamsol (Gamblin); Blending Stump (Dick Blick)

BTW, today's card was photographed in my brandy-new, home-made "Infinity Box." I soooooo wanted to buy one ... until I saw the price tag! Holy Pajama's, that was a huge wake-up call! Oh, so's ya know, these thangs are also called "Infinity Tents," "Infinity Backgrounds," "Infinity Back-Drops," and other kewl-soundin' infinity-box-bag-ground-thingies.

So, for $1.79 and some supplies that I already had (and I'll guarantee that you already have 'em, too), I made my own. If you've been craving one of these boxes, you're gonna love owning one that cost less than $2.00 to make!

And, cuz I'm always thinkin' of you guys, you can Paypal me your savings ... all $998.00 (+/-) worth. I jess know you'll feel so much better about this if you do.

Thanks so much for spending part of your weekend with me! And, if I haven't told you lately, I really appreciate your visits and your comments!

~Hugs, Deb

Friday, February 15, 2008

15 Minute Project ... Pretties in Less Than 1/4 of an Hour

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Today's 15 Minute Project was created for my niece's 8th birthday ... since she's already received her card, I'm posting it here for you to CASE!

This 4 1/4" x 4 1/2" side-folded card was created with Bazzill Basics card stock. I used some glitzy pink (gotta be pink!) designer paper for my base and ran a pink gingham ribbon around the middle and adhered it to the back.

I stamped my cute cupcake images on Xerox 110# card stock, then stamped the same images again on coordinating DP. Super-easy to do since all the stamps in this collection are 'build-your-own.' And, to save time, you can stamp your cupcake parts directly on your DP.

I cut out the cupcake paper portion of one image and paper pieced it onto the original image. Then, to make my super-sparkly cupcake top (click on the image for a better view), I ran it though my Xyron right-side down, then sprinkled lots of Diamond Dust all over it. Then I glued it down over the original image, stamped my candle, and used a Sakura clear glitter pen to highlight the flame.

The image and the scallop edged mat were both cut using Nestabilities Large Rectangle dies, then raised on dimensionals (to satisfy my deep need for lots o'shadows), and adhered to the card front.

Using my word window punch, I created two little tabs for the upper-right hand corner of my image mat and added some tiny faux rhinestones (pink, what else!) to the tabs.

Finally, I created a bow out of matching ribbon, adhered it to my mat with a glue dot and then made a 'stickpin' using a quilting pin and some seed beads. Yes, Mother, I did clip off the sharp point on the quilting pin!

Suddenly, I want a cupcake ....

Ingredients:

  • Textured Card Stock: Bazzill Basics
  • White Card Stock: Xerox #110
  • Designer Paper: 'Smitten' Collection (K&Company)
  • Stamps: 'Hey There Cupcake' Collection (Stampendous!)
  • Ink: Palette Hybrid 'Noir' (Stewart Superior)
  • Ribbon: Pink Gingham (American Crafts)
  • Adhesives: Tape Runner (Tombow Mono); Mini Glue Dots (Glue Dots); Dimensionals (Fiskars)
  • Accessories: Quilting Pin (Unknown); Seed Beads (Unknown); 'Bella Small Gems' (My Mind's Eye) Twinklets Diamond Dust (Floral Craft); Glitter Pen (Sakura)
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine (Provo Craft); Nestabilities Dies (Spellbinder's); Adhesive Machine (Xyron); Word Window Punch (Stampin' Up!)

Thanks for sharing part of your busy day with me; have a wonderful weekend!

~Hugs, Deb

Thursday, February 14, 2008

15 Minute Project, (If You Can Sew Fast) ... Pretties in Less Than 1/4 of an Hour

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Happy Valentine's Day! Today, be sure to tell everyone that you love just how much you love them ... then do it again tomorrow ... and the day after that ... and the day after that ...

Speaking of love, I really {heart} this very kewl sentiment stamp from Healing Expressions Art Stamps©. Most people don't know this, but one of my very first creative adventures was quilting ... so now my secret is out: I have a long-standing love affair goin' on with fabric! And you can totally tell how awesome of a quilter I was by the excellent*** stitchin' on this card! (Not really ... )

I laid out my designer papers in a 'quilt-ish' design, keeping the 'quilt' to approximately 4" x 5". After I taped it all together (0n the back!), I sewed all the interior edges using my trusty old Kenmore and some complimentary thread. Once I secured the 'quilt' to the card base using double-sided adhesive, I stitched the 'quilt' on to my card stock and adhered some grosgrain ribbon across the middle of the card.

I stamped my sentiment, available here, on matching DP using Palette Hybrid ink, then I cut and embossed the image mat and the scallop-edged mat using the Nestabilities. In the 'white' space below, I adhered a ribbon embellished with brads and a home-made 'stick-pin.' In real life, my 'stick pin' is an embellished quilting pin ... I clipped the sharp point off with my snippers, though. Don't want any bloodshed on the greeting card!

In the 'white' space above, I adhered a felt bird with a tiny ribbon 'wing' and a faux rhinestone eye. The felt bird was mounted to my DP using dimensionals ... I do it for the shadows, ya'll, the shadows! I did just a teeny-tiny bit of paper piercing in the upper right-hand corner.

Ingredients:

  • Textured Card Stock: Pomegranate (Bazzill Basics)
  • Designer Paper: 'Infuse' Collection (BasicGrey)
  • Stamp: 'Friendship Quilt' (Healing Expressions Art Stamps©)
  • Ink: Palette Hybrid 'Burnt Umber' (Stewart Superior)
  • Adhesive: Tape Runner (Tombow Mono); Dimensionals (Fiskars)
  • Ribbon: 'Go with the Grain' (Michaels)
  • Accessories: Quilting Pin (Unknown; had it 4-evah); Seed Beads (Ditto); Faux Rhinestones 'Bella Gems' (My Mind's Eye); Brads (Unknown; found in Mt. Brad); Felt Bird (Maya Road)
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine (Provo Craft); Nestabilities (Spellbinder's); Scor-It Board (Hammond); Sewing Machine (Vintage Kenmore)

***actually, not so excellent; and I really prefer sewing on card stock and heavy-weight paper.

Thanks for sharing part of your busy day with me ... have a sweet Valentine's Day with your honey!

~Hugs, Deb

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

15 Minute Project ... A Last Minute Valentine's Day Prettie in Less Than 1/4 of an Hour

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There's still time to give a cute Valentine's Day gift to someone you love!

Today's 15 Minute Project requires: 15 minutes, scraps of pretty double-sided card stock, and something to embellish! I'm using some decorative No. 2 pencils, but you can also use Hershey's candy Stix, a skinny tube of lipstick, an art marker, pens, or any other cylindrical object you have handy.

And good news for all you non-stampers out there: No Stamping! Yes, I know you're out there ... don't make me start naming names!

Here's how: fold your double-sided card stock in half and, using a pencil, draw half of a heart along side the fold, then cut out. Remember doing this as a second-grader?!? Same thing ...

You can also cut out your hearts using your heart-shaped Nestabilities or your heart-shaped Marvy Giga punches.

To make your hearts more interesting and to give them some dimension, run your cut-out heart through your paper crimper, or place in an embossing folder and run through your die-cut machine. If you look closely at my photo (click on it for a better view), you can see that I've run one heart through the 'Bug' using the "Heart Block" embossing folder, one using the new "Floral Fantasy" embossing folder, a couple through my paper crimper, and one I've left plain.

Tip: You can run your hearts through your machine or paper crimper either folder together or open; you'll achieve a different look either way. Try both!

And you needn't stop there: you can embellish your hearts with buttons, ribbons, Stickles, Liquid Pearls, or glitter. You can stamp, wet emboss, paper piece, and color 'em in ... paint 'em with acrylic's ... adhere some old lace (or new paper lace) behind the hearts ... really, the sky's the limit here!

To finish, simple use your craft knife to cut two parallel slits on the back side of your hearts ... about halfway down the center fold. Lightly push your paper 'strap' forward, and slid your gift-thingie under and through. Voila!

Could a last-minute project get any easier? I think not, Martha Stewart ...

Ingredients:

  • Double-Sided Card Stock: Various (K & Company "Smitten" Collection; Cosmo Cricket "Hey Sugar" Collection; and, Some Which Shall Forever Remain 'Unknown'
  • Stamps: None
  • Ink: None
  • Tools: Scissors (Fiskars); Cuttlebug Machine (Provo Craft); Embossing Folders (Provo Craft); Craft Knife (Fiskars)

Thanks so much for sharing part of your busy day with me!

~Hugs, Deb

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

15 Minute Project ... and a "Dollar Stamp" Blog Challenge

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Today's project is an entry for Allison's "Suggestive Sunday" blog challenge. This Sunday, Allison challenged me ... and you too, ya know, to create a card using a stamp that cost a dollar for the focal image. This cute little chickie-poo stamp was purchased for $1.00 at Michael's in West Palm Beach.

I created the card on corduroy textured card stock from Bazzill and stamped my central image on Xerox 110# card stock using Palette Hybrid ink. I used oval Nestabilities to cut out, emboss, and to create a scallop mat for this cute little chick. The entire mat was mounted on the card using dimensionals ... you know, for the shadows; you must do it for the shadows!!

Using Copic markers (Y02, Y38, YR04), I colored in my stamped image, and using my black Copic marker, (100), I colored two clear Dew Drops black.

I rounded all the corners using my corner rounder punch (you guessed that, didn't you?), and adhered a ribbon scrap using double-sided adhesive. I glued down my now black Dew Drops, used a rub-on for my sentiment, and was done in less than 15 Minutes! Now you go ...

Ingredients:

  • Textured Card Stock: Bazzill
  • White Card Stock: Xerox 110#
  • Orange Card Stock: Bazzill
  • Stamp: 'Chick' (Alison Wong for studio g)
  • Ink: Palette Hybrid 'Noir' (Stewart Superior)
  • Color Medium: Copic Markers (100, Y02, Y38, YR04)
  • Ribbon: Gypsy Collection (Basic Grey)
  • Adhesive: Double-Sided Adhesive (Therm O Web); The Ultimate (Api); Dimensionals (Fiskars)
  • Accessories: Dew Drops (The Robin's Nest); 'Memory Rub-On's' (Provo Craft)
  • Tools: Cuttlebug (Provo Craft); Nestabilities (Spellbinder's); Corner Rounder Punch (Carl's)

Thanks for sharing part of your busy day with me!

~Hugs, Deb

Monday, February 11, 2008

Introducing 'Healing Expressions' Art Stamps©

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I did the patented Deb-Dance-O'-Joy this weekend when I received stamps from Lani Kent of Healing Expressions Art Stamps©. I'm thrilled to introduce you to Lani and her beautiful unmounted stamps!

I love the sentiments Lani has created for her line: all of them are timeless, meaningful, and very heartfelt. I can't wait to show you some of the other stamps in this collection! And, all of Lani's stamps are made from deeply etched red rubber; they take ink and stamp so beautifully! You'll find them perfect for all of your altered art, scrapbook, and card making projects. The sentiment stamp used in this project is available
here. Check it out, you're gonna love the price!

Today's 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" side-folded card was created in 15 Minutes using Stampin' Up! Blue Bayou card stock. I adhered a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of designer paper, then quickly zig-zag stitched the paper to my card base with my trusty old Kenmore.

I stamped my sentiment on white Xerox 110# card stock using Palette Hybrid ink. I cut the sentiment and the scallop background mat using the Cuttlebug and dies from the Nestabilities Large Square sets.

One of the things I love about using these stamps with the Nesties is all the white space around the text, giving you lots of room for something shiny, or sponging, or for stamping curlique's. I decided to embellish the 'white' area with turquoise faux rhinestones. Lot's of possibilities ...

Using some circular alphabet tiles (sent to me by my BFF!), I spelled out the word 'true' and adhered them to the card front using dimensionals. You know, for the shadows ... you must do it for the shadows!

Finally, I tied a pretty organza ribbon on a frame hanger and tucked it under the stamped sentiment. Easy peasy and ready to enjoy in only 15 Minutes!

Ingredients:

  • Textured Card Stock: Blue Bayou (Stampin' Up!)
  • White Card Stock: Xerox 110#
  • Designer Paper: Periphery Collection (Basic Grey)
  • Stamp: "A Friend is a Keepsake" (Healing Expressions Art Stamps©)
  • Ink: Palette Hybrid 'Noir' (Stewart Superior)
  • Adhesive: Dimensionals (Fiskars); Tape Runner (Tombow Mono)
  • Ribbon: Blue Organza (May Arts)
  • Accessories: Frame Hanger (Unknown, Found in Mt. Brad); Circle Alphabet Tiles (Unknown; found in Mt. Letter Tiles); Faux Rhinestones (A-Muse)
  • Tools: Cuttlebug Die Cut Machine (Provo Craft); Nestabilities Dies (Spellbinders); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)

For a real visual treat, be sure to stop by Lani's eBay store, Healing Expressions, and see her amazing artwork ... and while you're there, take a peek at some of the other beautiful sentiment stamps Lani has available.

Thanks for sharing part of your day with me!

~Hugs, Deb

Saturday, February 9, 2008

15 Minute Project ... Pretties in Less Than 1/4 of an Hour

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Today's 15 Minute Project was created in a hurry! With about 20 minutes before my mailperson was due, I suddenly realized that I had forgotten to make a card for one of my dearest friends. And it absolutely, positively HAD to go out today. So, when I tell you this was made fast, faster, fastest, I'm not kiddin'!

This 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" side-folded card was created using Bazzill Basics textured card stock, Xerox 110# white card stock, DCWV card stock, a scrap of ribbon, and a rubber stamped image.

I stamped my image on Xerox card stock using Palette Hybrid ink, and colored over the lines using Copic (Y06, BG49) markers. I cut the image using a Large Nestabilities Classic Rectangle die and my 'Bug.'

Using the matching die from the Large Scallop Rectangle set, I cut a mat for my stamped image using DCWV card stock. I used double-sided adhesive to hold my ribbon in place and adhered the matted image using dimensionals.

For a little sparkle and glitz, I used two curved rows of faux rhinestones to decorate the cake.

Ingredients:

  • Textured Card Stock: Bazzill Basics; DCWV
  • White Card Stock: Xerox 110#
  • Stamp: Victorine Originals
  • Ink: Palette Hybrid 'Noir' (Stewart Superior)
  • Color Medium: Copic Markers
  • Ribbon: Dashes, Dots, and Checks (Michaels)
  • Adhesive: Double-sided (Therm O Web); Dimensionals (Fiskars); Tape Runner (Tombow Mono)
  • Accessories: Faux Rhinestones (A-Muse)
  • Tools: Cuttlebug Die Cut Machine (Provo Craft); Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Scor-It Board (Hammond)

Thanks so much for sharing part of your weekend with me!

~Hugs, Deb

Friday, February 8, 2008

One Cupcake Tree ='s One Contest and One Blog Challenge Entry

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This 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" side folded card was created for eclectic Paperie's 'Hey There Cupcake' contest, and for Sharon's "Bake Off" blog challenge. This kewl new stamp set is manufactured by Stampendous! and is an eP exclusive!

The card was created on Bassill Basic card stock; all of the designer paper used here is from Basic Grey's "Two Scoops" collection. Thanks again, Cindy!!

I sketched the tree trunk on the backside of my paper and cut it out -- no need to be particularly careful here, as all trees are shaped just a bit different. Next, I used two sizes of spiral punches to create the branches. Some spirals were trimmed a bit and others were left as is.

On the backside, I used slivers of regular transparent tape to piece my branches together and adhere them to the trunk. After my branches were adhered to the back of the tree and I was happy with the layout, I used Scrap Fusion adhesive over the entire backside, then glued the tree in place on my mat.

I stamped the cupcake images on my designer paper using Palette Hybrid ink and cut them out, trimming closely. I paper-pieced my trimmed images and mounted them on ordinary round key tags ... these came from Office Depot, and added some sparkly bling! The tags, the cupcake tops, and the birds were all mounted on the card using dimensionals ... 'cuz, I love seeing shadows on my projects!

Finally, I cut a 4" wide strip using my 'Big-Cuts, Jagged Edge' scissors and applied it over the bottom edge of the mat, including the base of the 'tree' and added two felt birds to the branches.

See, I KNEW sweets grew on trees!

Ingredients:

  • Cardstock: Bazzill Basic
  • Designer Paper: Two Scoops Collection (Basic Grey)
  • Ink: Palette Hybrid, 'Cote d'Azure' (Stewart Superior)
  • Stamps: eclectic Paperie, 'Hey There Cupcake' Collection (Stampendous!)
  • Adhesives: Scrap Fusion (Ivy Hollow); Foam Dots (Fiskars); Transparent Tape (3M); Tape Runner: (Tombow Mono)
  • Accessories: Round Metal Edge Key Tags (Office Depot); 'Bella' Small Gems (My Mind's Eye); Felt Birds (Maya Road)
  • Tools: Spiral Punches (McGill, EK Success); 'Big-Cuts, Jagged Edge' Decorative Scissors (Provo Craft); Score-It Board (Hammond)

Thanks for sharing part of your day with me; have a relaxing and creative weekend!

~Hugs, Deb

Thursday, February 7, 2008

15 Minute Project ... Valentine's Day Treat Tin in Less Than 1/4 of an Hour

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Here's a cute and fast project that can be easily adapted to any occasion ... and perfect for all you non-stampers out there!

It's doesn't get any easier that this ... all you need is a 6" Tea Tin, scraps of card stock or designer paper, ribbon, and whatever embellies you'd like to use.

I buy my tall Tea Tin's here ... they're inexpensive, food-service quality, and beautifully made. And this great company ships super-fast! And, did I mention they're cheap?!?

Begin by cutting your DP to fit the circumference and height of the tin; in this case, 5 3/8" tall by approximately 8 1/2" wide ... fitting the paper to just below the lid. I used a glue stick to adhere my paper to the tin, but you can use any adhesive you like. I also cut a matching 3/8" strip to go around the top of the lid.

For the top of the lid, I used my Cuttlebug and the Nestabilities to cut an embossed 3 3/8" circle from the reverse side of my DP, and the scallop circle was cut using a die from the Nestabilities 'Petitie Scallop' set. Here's a closer look at the top:

Once all my papers were secure, I cut a second set of circles, creating one from Xerox 110# white card stock. To stay within my self-imposed 15 Minutes, I simply used paper punches and scraps to embellish my white card stock. You might decide to stamp, draw, use rub-on's or a sticker, or adhere a three dimensional object for your central image.

Next, using a horizontal slot punch, I created slots to run my ribbon through ... I simply taped the ribbon to the bottom, ran it through and under my central image, then up and over the top and taped the end on the bottom. You might prefer to run your ribbon around the circumference of the tin, using glue dots to secure.

I used a few faux rhinestones to decorate my ribbon; you can do the same or pass ... the project looks great either way. Then, use a dimensional to lightly adhere the central image to the tin.

To create the super-simple bow, I looped matching ribbon by folding in half, then using clear glue dots, adhered it to the top. Repeat with a second loop of ribbon, offsetting it in the other direction. I used a small faux rhinestone flower for the center.

I filled my tin with a box of Hershey's chocolate sticks ... they fit into the tin perfectly! You might prefer to fill your tin with jelly beans, Conversation hearts, M & M's, hard candy, or trail mix ... these tins are food-safe.

If you're creating these for non-candy lovin' friends, adapt the contents to their interests: golf tees and golf balls for the golfer; glitter and glaze pens, ribbon, or small embellies for the crafter; sewing notions for the seamstress in your life; or, small toys, barrettes, and stickers for the kiddies!

Present your favorite peeps with these kewl tins for Valentine's Day ~ they'll love you for it!

Ingredients:

  • Tin: 6" Tall Tea Tin (Speciality Bottle)
  • Designer Paper: 'Smitten' Speciality Paper Collection (K&Company)
  • White Card Stock: Xerox 110#
  • Stamps: None
  • Ink: None
  • Ribbon: 'Dashes, Dots and Checks' (Michaels)
  • Adhesive: Glue Stick (Fiskars); Dimensionals (Fiskars); Clear Mini Glue Dots (Glue Dots)
  • Accessories: Faux Rhinestones (Darice)
  • Tools: Cuttlebug Die Cut Machine (Provo Craft); Nestabilities Dies (Spellbinder); Heart Punches, Small Hearts (Fiskars), Large Heart (All Nite Media); Horizontal Slot Punch (Stampin' Up!)

Thanks so much for sharing part of your day with me!

~Hugs, Deb

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Who Knew??

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This just in:

"The former Designing Women star, Delta Burke, has checked herself into a psychiatric hospital. Delta is suffering from symptoms of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and 'hoarding.'"

Holy pajamas; this is a treatable illness?!?!? Well then, I think we all need to start addressing our problem with paper 'hoarding.' You first ...

FYI, I'll have a super-cute '15 Minute' Valentine's Day tea tin project for you tomorrow.

~Hugs, Deb

RAK (and Blog Candy!) From Cindy Vernon ...

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Just wanted to quickly share with you the sweet Valentine's Day RAK I received today from Cindy Vernon! Isn't this cute with a capital Q!?! Click on the photo for a better view; this card would make Chel, the ZNE Glitter Queen soooooooooo proud!

Cindy had a blog candy give-away that I was lucky enough to win ... and the prize?? Only the hottest, most wanted designer paper: Basic Grey's "Two Scoops" collection.

I had been putting this paper collection in my shopping cart(s) all over the Internet and always ended up deciding that I r-e-a-l-l-y didn't need it ... I only r-e-a-l-l-y wanted it! So, I guess not buying it was a really good idea ... for a change!

Be sure to stop by Cindy's blog and check out her fabulous creations ... and add her to your favorites so that you can have a chance at winning her next blog candy offering!

Thanks so much Cindy; you rock!

~Hugs, Deb

Monday, February 4, 2008

Two, Two, Two Challenges in One!

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This side-folded 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card was created for Allison's "Suggestive Sunday" Challenge, and also for Verve Visual's Sketch Challenge. Hey, this is a multi-tasking-all-occasion-but-definitely-a-Valentine's-Day card!

The card base is Bazzill Basics textured card stock and all of the speciality card stock is from K & Company's "Smitten" collection.

I ran the solid color card stock through the Cuttlebug with the "Hearts" embossing folder and added an offset square and a faux ribbon with patterned paper from this collection. Can you see all the foil, glitter, and glitz on this card?

The paper 'ribbon' was created by die-cutting the speciality card stock using the large scallop edged Nestability die, cutting the long sides off and then taping them together. I used a brown satin ribbon to hide the seam.

I stamped this adorable stick figure girl on Xerox 110# card stock using Palette Hybrid ink, then stamped the image three additional times on scraps of the speciality card stock. I cut out the skirt, the blouse, the flowers, and the heart and pieced them over the original stamped image. I used Copic markers (BG49, E21, E57, G14, R17, Y06, Y28), to color in the hair, eyes, lips, hands, and feet.

I die-cut the central image using a Large Classic Nestability die, and mounted it on coordinated designer card stock die-cut with a Large Scallop Nestability die. Both the stamped image and the scalloped background were mounted to the card front using dimensionals ... 'cuz y'all know how I feel about shadows, right?

Finally, I added seven brown Dew Drops to the upper left-hand corner.

While not exactly a '15 Minute Project,' following a sketch pattern always makes your project work up fast!

Ingredients:

  • Textured Card Stock: Bazzill Basics
  • Speciality Double Sided Card Stock: 'Smitten' Collection from K & Company
  • Stamp: Magenta
  • Ink: Palette Hybrid 'Noir' (Stewart Superior)
  • Color Medium: Copic Markers
  • Ribbon: Offray
  • Adhesive: Tape Runner (Tombow Mono); Dimensionals (Fiskars); The Ultimate (Api)
  • Accessories: Dew Drops 'Men's' Collection (The Robin's Nest)
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine (Provo Craft); Embossing Folder 'Hearts' (Provo Craft); Dies 'Nestabilities (Spellbinder); Scor-It Board (Hammond) Guillotine Cutter (Tonic Studio's)
Thanks so much for sharing part of your day with me!

~Hugs, Deb

Sunday, February 3, 2008

15 Minute Project ... Valentine's Day Pretties in Less Than 1/4 of an Hour

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Aren't these cute? You can make one of these treat sleeves with a half sheet of double-sided 12 x 12 paper and some double-sided adhesive ... in less than 15 Minutes!

The 6" x 6" treat sleeve, shown laying down, was created with one 6" x 6" square of double-sided cardstock. The format, shown below, can be easily adapted to the larger treat sleeves:



I think this image ^ is fairly clear, (click on the image for a better look), but you'll score your square straight down the middle. Next, using a cutting tool, cut down along the fold to the 1 1/2" mark. Now, before you commit to adhesive, flip the square over, lightly fold down the paper from the top down to 1 1/2" mark and check how your patterned paper looks. You may decide to flip it around to achieve the most pleasing pattern.

Once you've decided which side of your paper you'll be using for the front flap, score the paper starting from the center fold, at the 1 1/2" mark, to the outside edge of your paper. You've now created your front flap.

Simply apply your double-sided adhesive along the bottom and up the side, stoping at the scored horizontal fold; but don't adhere the sleeve just yet. At this point, your treat sleeve should look like this:

Before pulling the protective strip of the double-sided adhesive, you can round the top corners and, if you'd like, apply brads, eyelets, ribbons, rub-on's, or whatever to the flap.

Once you've embellished your front flap, remove the protective sleeve from your adhesive and fold the sleeve together. If you'd like, you can round your bottom corners now too. And that's it; you're done! Fast, easy, and cute!

The larger sleeves I've made measure 7" x 7" and 8" x 8" but follow the same basic layout. Simply cut your initial squares to the desired size and follow the rest of the pattern; this 15 Minute Project is practically fool-proof! And super-easy to customize if you need to create a specific size for your treat.

Have fun embellishing: try using silk flowers, die-cuts, dimensional objects, stickers, ribbons, bows, dew drops, faux gemstones, rub-on's, a rubber stamped image, whatever!

My 6" x 6" treat sleeve contains a wrapped packie of Valentine's Day stickers, as does the 7" x 7" sleeve. The 8" x 8" sleeve holds four full-size No. 2 pencils. Experiment with different treats to tuck inside your sleeves. Try candy bars, little notebooks, crayons, lottery tickets, or gift cards.

And, since you've used a double-sided card stock or patterned paper to create your sleeve, you'll find the finished treat sleeve to be very sturdy ... and you can fit a surprising amount of goodies in 'em!

Are you wondering why I've put a silk flower on the sticker book in the 7" x 7" sleeve? That's to hide the price that's printed on the cover of the book.

Once you get the basic pattern down, you can create a bunch of these in no time!

I hope you have fun with this project and if you make one, please post here with a link back so that we can see your treat sleeves.

Thanks so much for sharing part of your day with me!

~Hugs, Deb

Do You Remember This:

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If this isn't the best. rendition. of the National Anthem. ever ... well, then I don't know what is!

I think today is the perfect day to revisit Whitney's amazing performance at Super Bowl XXV!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

15 Minute Project ... and a "Pretties" Blog Challenge ... AND a 'Verve Visual' Sketch Challenge!

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This 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" side-folded card was created for Sharon's "Pretties" blog challenge ... and for a "Verve Visual" Sketch Challenge ... and yes, it's a 15 Minute Project, too!

For this card challenge, I used some really different embellishments, specifically two paint sample cards, and my BFF's new business card! Wasn't it Isn't it cute?!? I don't know if these items helped me in my quest for a "pretty" card but I think it's kinda cute ...

I tried out a new card stock for the base of this card and I was pleasantly surprised. This is 'Prism' card stock and I can definitely see myself purchasing more!**

I used Versamark watermark ink to stamp the grasshopper image on my background and this card stock took the ink beautifully. I really hope you can see the grasshopper image; it was difficult to photograph this bright card and show the deeper-toned Versamark images I've stamped on the card.

My central image was created using two offset paint sample cards and two silk flowers. I used an ordinary brad for the flower center. I didn't have a matching piece of ribbon (what else is new), so I colored some white satin ribbon with a Copic (E93) marker; looks like a pretty good match, too.

The paint sample cards and the flowers are mounted using dimensionals ... I just love seeing lots of shadows on cards! (And, if you read my blog, you already know that shadows are one of my very favorite things ... and you just can't go buy a good shadow, ya know?!?!)

Next, I cut up my BFF's brand-spankin' new business card! In fact, as soon as I saw her kewl new business card, I knew I was gonna be using it in a project ... and soon! Good thing she sent me plenty, huh?!? Oh, dear BFF: I think I'll be cutting up needin' some more of your kewl business cards ... ya know, to hand out to people.

The tabs on the upper left hand corner were created with scraps of my BFF's business card and my word window punch. I attached a set of tiny faux rhinestones on the end of each and also used three of these cute little sparklies on the text portion of her business card.

Finally, I used two tiny rub-on brackets to accent the word.

Ingredients:

  • Textured Card Stock: Prism
  • Stamp: 'Grasshopper' Green Thumb Collection (Nichole Heady for Papertrey Ink)
  • Ink: Watermark (Versamark)
  • Color Medium: Copic Marker
  • Adhesive: Double-sided Adhesive (Therm O Web); Foam Dimensionals (Fiskars); Tape Runner (Tombow Mono)
  • Accessories: Ribbon: Offray (Michaels); Silk Flowers (Oriental Trading); Faux Rhinestones (A-Muse); Paint Sample Cards (The Home Depot); my BFF's Brandy-New Business Card; Rub-On's: Color RubZ (Scrap Works); Brad: Unknown (Found in Mt. Brad)
  • Tools: Word Window Punch (Stampin' Up!); Scor-It Board (Hammond)

**Footnote for the DH: (Well, honey, yes I know I have 897 sheets of textured card stock, but I don't have any of THIS textured card stock!!)**

Tomorrow, I'm going to show you a super-easy, super-quick Valentine's Day project (using just one piece of DSP), for the kiddies you love!

Thanks so much for sharing part of your day with me!

~Hugs, Deb

Friday, February 1, 2008

15 Minute Project ... Pretties in Less Than 1/4 of an Hour

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This colorful birthday card was created in less than 15 Minutes using ribbon scraps!

I created this 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" top-folded card for my cousin Ted's birthday and, since Ted's a he, I didn't want to use 'pretty' stuph, or flowers, or pastels. I always find masculine-style cards to be challenging but this one really went together easily. Ted, as much as I'd appreciate it, I really hope you haven't taken up reading my blog ... especially since this card is your gift, too!

If you click on the image, you'll be able to see how the use of two Bazzill chipboard squares covered with ribbon scraps really adds impact and dimension to this very simple design.

Here's how it was done: using regular transparent tape, I adhered the ribbon scraps to the chipboard. Next, I glued the square down on a piece of Kraft card stock. Once the glue had dried, all of a minute or two, I trimmed the Kraft square flush to the chipboard. I took the time to do this extra step to prevent the card base from warping and 'bubbling' from the wet glue. That always looks so yucky on the inside of a card ... take my word for it, lol!

I used a rich, brown texturized card stock for my base. Using the Kraft card stock, I cut a ribbon slide using the Cuttlebug and threaded through a piece of matching ribbon.

The sentiment was stamped on the slide with brown ink, and the whole ribbon/slide assembly was adhered to the front of the card using double-sided adhesive.

Finally, using a shader brush, I brushed the ribbons with a light coat of Modge Podge in a matte finish. Doing so will help keep the ribbon tightly adhered to the chipboard and also prevent the ribbon from curling, gathering dust, yellowing, fading, and generally lookin' crummy.

It's fun and economical to use your ribbon scraps in a project like this!

Ingredients:

  • Textured Card Stock: Bazzill Basic
  • Kraft Card Stock: Bazzill
  • Stamps: 'Faux Ribbon' Collection (Papertrey Ink)
  • Ink: Palette Hybrid, 'Burnt Umber' (Stewart Superior)
  • Adhesives: Modge Podge 'Matte' finish (Plaid); Double-Sided Adhesive (Thermo Web); Scotch Transparent Tape (3M); The Ultimate Craft Glue (Api)
  • Accessories: Ribbon Scraps (May Arts, Offray, Darice); Chipboard (Bazzill Chips, Bazzill Basics)
  • Tools: Cuttlebug Machine (Provo Craft); Slide Die Set (Provo Craft); Scor-It Board (Hammond); Shader Brush (Loew-Cornell)

Thanks so much for sharing part of your busy day with me ... have a 'Super' weekend!

~Hugs, Deb