Monday, March 31, 2008

15 Minute Project ... and a Micro Blog Challenge Entry

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Today's "15 Minute Project" was created for the Caardvarks "Purple Snurple" micro-challenge.

Purple is not one of my favorite colors to work with; in fact, I rarely use it ... except as an accent ... but I just love softer shades of purple, such as this lavender.

I stamped my butterfly image with lavender pigment ink, then clear embossed. I covered a vintage slide mount with my DP to create a little frame for my flutterby, then mounted the whole shebang on a scalloped edge square with dimensionals.

TIP: To quickly cover a slide mount, glue your patterned paper on top, let dry for a minute or two, then, using a craft knife, cut an "X" from corner to corner. Fold back the paper, trim, and adhere; easy-peasy!

I added some ribbon and some eyelets and, finis!

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

~Hugs,


PS: Hey, I just realized that this card qualifies for the "Bringing it Back" slide mount challenge! Be sure to check out the "Bringing it Back" blog ... you'll discover so many neat ideas for using some of that stuph we're all hoarding.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

15 Minute Project ... and a "Bringing it Back" Challenge Entry

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Today's "15 Minute Project" was created in a flash for the "Bringing it Back" blog challenge.

This weeks challenge is to use metal embellishments, particularly early metals from Making Memories' "Details" line. I know I have lots more of these metal thingies, but this frame was the first thing I came across in my mountain of embellies.

Rather than a stamped focal point, I used a handmade paper flower. I've been having lots o'fun lately creating these flowers and leaves using punches and some very basic tools. This particular flower was created using a heart punch!

I silver embossed my Stampabilities sentiment stamp on Xerox 110# card stock, tied some ribbon around the fold, and was done. Of course, the flower was made the other day but ...

And I apologize for the crummy photograph ... Vivitar's on strike. My Vivitar .. not the whole company ... as far as I know, LOL!

Thanks for sharing part of your busy day with me!

~Hugs,

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Two 15 Minute Projects + One Blog Challenge ='s Six Cards

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Today's card projects were created for Sharon's "Paper Piecing" blog challenge.

Paper piecing is one of my favorite techniques ... and so much easier than it looks. Because this rubber stamped image is a series of blocks, it was particularly easy to cut out ... a quality that always appeals to me; especially when I knew I'd be cutting out 72 blocks!

I decided to use this vintage-inspired collage stamp from Stampers Anonymous, stamping it on my card bases and stamping six times on different scraps of patterned paper. I cut out all the individual blocks and then pieced them back together using a mix of blocks from each of the six different stamped images.

In the card below, I decided I would "pop-up" the blocks in each of the corners. So, on the corner piecings, I applied two layers of blocks, one of top of each other, adhering the top four blocks on dimensionals. I intentionally left a gap between the layers in two of the blocks so that you would be able to see what I mean:

If you click on this ^ card, and look at the "Ethyl" block and the "Einstein" blocks ... you'll see where the bottom layer is showing. Using two layers on popped-up pieced images eliminates the 'dead' space beneath your popped layer. KWIM?

The downside to creating some two-layer blocks is that I really won't get six cards out of this project, but I will get a nice seamless look on the four or five I do make. Of course, this is simply a matter of personal preference; there's no rules here!

In the card below, I popped up the woman block in the center of the top row, and the "Find Joy" and "Dream Time" blocks in the third row:


For the time being, these cards will go into my stash and I'll stamp an appropriate sentiment on them as needed.

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend ... thanks so much for sharing part of it with me!

Hugs,

Friday, March 28, 2008

Sketch Challenge Entry ... with a Twist

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TGiF; this week feels like it would never end!

This card was created for Lizzie Anne Designs weekly sketch challenge. Um, yes, I know it's a little late but better late than never, right?

I deviated from the sketch just a bit, using the pocket shape rather than a circle. But I did manage to stay within the guidelines otherwise: use a stamp that had never been inked up before. Really! No, not even an index stamping. And don't tell the DH, but there's lots more where this came from!

Okay, so the finally-used Limited Edition stamp is old (2000), the DP is Daisy D's "Nursery" collection, the faux gemstones are Darice, the tag punch is McGill, the tab folder punch is Stampin' Up!, inks are Ranger Distress and Staz-On, and the flowers and leaves were handmade by moi. {breathe}

Thanks so much for spending part of your busy day with. Hope you have a creative and relaxin' weekend!

~Hugs,

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

15 Minute Project ... Using an Embossed Background Created with Watermark Ink and the Cuttlebug

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Today's "15 Minute Project" was created using an inspirational stamp from Healing Expressions Art Stamps. This unique Biblical sentiment stamp is perfect for sending support and friendship to someone special. I think it would make a really neat anniversary card too, but that's just me ...

I stamped the text using watermark ink and embossed with copper embossing powder. I mounted my stamped and embossed image on two oval scallop mats using dimensionals.

The kewl background was created using Versamark inside a Cuttlebug embossing folder; I embossed using copper powder. For this project, I used the "Textile" folder but any of them would work ... including the 2 x 2 embossing folders.

Using watermark ink, I coated the inside of the top flap (it's the flat side where the word "Cuttlebug" is printed in black ... it's the same side you'd use for normal folder embossing in the 'Bug), with a liberal coating of Versamark.

Insert your card stock, or other background paper, face up in the folder and run through your machine. Remove and coat the card stock with a generous coating of embossing powder. Then, heat emboss as you normally would.

You should clean your embossing folder as soon as possible to avoid staining ... watermark ink won't stain but other inks may. I used baby wipes to clean mine but soapy water works too.

My bloggin' friend, Julie, created a lovely distressed background with the same technique ... however, she used bronze Pearl-Ex for her color medium. Click HERE to take a look at Julie's amazing piece of art! Talk about WoW, huh?!?

Imagine all the creative possibilities using this kewl technique ... you'll have a hard time deciding where to begin!

I believe this technique began it's life on SCS, and I'd be delighted to credit the inventor. If anyone knows exactly who dreamed up this fun technique, please let me know.

Happy creating!

Hugs,


EDITED TO ADD: Jennifer (jennifer-g on SCS) was kind enough to write and tell me that Kurtis, the Stampin' Kub, was the creator of this kewl technique. Click HERE for the complete tutorial. Thanks, Jennifer; you rock!

And Kurtis, if you've somehow got lost in Blogdom and are reading this, thank you for creating and sharing such a fun and easy technique to use with the 'Bug!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

15 Minute Project ... Goin' Buggy!

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Today's card project was created for Allison's "Suggestive Sunday" blog challenge. This week's theme is "Going Buggy," and using a butterfly stamp would have been a good choice for a variety of reasons. But Allison, bucking convention, specifically stated, "NO butterflies." So, I went with a beetle ... specifically, a ladybug.

This darling member of the Coccinellidae family was stamped with both Staz-On and Palette Hybrid inks on Xerox 110# card stock.

The red dotted background was created using a Fiskars Texture plate in the Cuttlebug. For more info, including the stacking recipe, click HERE.

I added some ribbon, a couple of ladybug mini-clothespins, and did a bit of paper piercing on the corners, and called it done!

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

~Hugs,

Monday, March 24, 2008

15 Minute Project ... and a Homegrown "Fruit & Vegetable," et al, Challenge Entry

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Today's "15 Minute Project" was created in a flash for the Caardvarks Homegrown "Fruit and Vegetables" blog challenge. As always, you can click on the image for a closer look.

As you know, I always try to participate in various blog challenges because it really helps you to hone your style and skills ... besides, they're tons o'fun. But this entry was determined by fate ... and gravity.

I was rummaging around my studio last night, when out of nowhere, I got clunked on the head by this ^ stamp. Since it's rare that a stamp literally smacks me in the head, I figured it was time to ink this baby up and participate in the Homegrown challenge!

The "jumping" pear stamp is a "Collections" stamp I've had forever ... I don't think the company is in business anymore though. I stamped the pear with Versamark on textured card stock and embossed with Comotion's "Java Jolt" embossing powder. Looks like a chocolate-covered pear, doesn't it? Yum!

The flourishes were created with a kewl little Sizzix die and were cut in the 'Bug. Finally, I added some double-mounted ribbon and was done; easy peasy and ready to serve in just 15 Minutes!

Hmmm, now I want some chocolate-covered pears ...

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

~Hugs,


PS: I just realized that this card also qualifies for Sharon's "Rounded Corners" blog challenge! So, off this baby goes to live at Splitcoast Stampers!

And for a real treat, click HERE for a look at all the uber-kewl challenge entries!

PPS: This week's Arty Girlz theme challenge has posted and I think this card qualifies for that challenge, too! Wowza, I'm certainly gettin' some mileage outta this baby, huh?!?

For some serious chocolate deliciousness, check out the Girlz "Chocolate"challenge!

PPSS: Wowza, this card is turning out to be just perfect for soooo many challenges I may never need to make another! Today, (March 26th), I've submitted it to Marlene's Birthday celebration in honor of her son's 12th birthday. Marlene requires "some green, and some ribbon" ... and we've got both. I told you blog challenges are the best!!!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

April Showers Bring Punched Tulips ... and Two Blog Challenge Entries

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Today's 5" x 7" card project was created for Sharon's "Round Corners" blog challenge ... and also for the "Bringing It Back" speciality punch challenge. If you'd like, you can click on the image for a better look.

I used my old EK Success tulip punch ... punching out dozens of little multicolored tulips to embellish this card. And yes, some of the tulips have been pieced.

The umbrella stamp is an old two-piece stamp set from Stampourri. I stamped the image on Prism card stock then paper pieced the stamped umbrella using DCWV "Pocket Full of Posies" DP.

Something a little different and it was neat to ink up this old stamp and have some fun with it!

I wanted to thank all of you for your get-well wishes and sweet notes; I'm starting to feel like my old self again. And it's a good thing too, 'cuz now allergy season has started!

I'm horribly allergic to melaleucas and of course they're blooming like mad now ... something they do about five times a year down here.





Isn't this ^ a pretty tree? Such delicate foliage and lovely yellow flowers; and they have the kewlest bark, too! Too bad that nearly everyone is allergic to 'em ...

Enjoy your weekend and thanks so much for sharing part of your busy day with me!

~Hugs,

Friday, March 21, 2008

I've Been Tagged, Bagged, and Flagged ...

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I haven't been doing much creatively speaking ... unless you consider napping, sneezing, and coughing 'creative' ... but I did want to acknowledge a couple of my dear bloggin' buddies.

First, the amazingly talented, uber-creative, (and funny!)
Linsey, tagged me. We've done this once already and lots of you kindly pointed out how incredibly boring I am. So, I thought I'd try to make these seven facts about me a bit more interesting. How's this:

  1. For years I wrote and hosted a weekly humor web site, "Life with Deb" ... I still get emails from folks all over the world asking me to reprise it;
  2. I'm seriously thinkin' about doing it ^;
  3. I have absolutely no patience with mechanical objects ... and that can get ugly;
  4. I have two novels and four children's books lookin' for publishers;
  5. I can fly ... err, pilot an aircraft;
  6. I play cutthroat Scrabble ... and I'm r-e-a-l-l-y good at it; and,
  7. I'm terrified of alligators ... and if you've ever seen one attack, you know why.

I've previously tagged seven of my favorite bloggers, so you and I are gonna let this "tag-you're-it" thingie die of old age right now. Unless you want to be tagged; in which case, "tag, you're it!"

In other bloggin' news, the super-sweet and wonderful Nettie passed this kewl award on to me:

Awww, isn't that the sweetest thang?!? According to the terms of this award, I have to pass this on to five bloggers I find inspiring. So, in no particular order, I award:

  1. Lani;
  2. Linsey;
  3. Steph;
  4. Chel; and,
  5. Kathi.

If you've already received this award, then ... never mind.

I'll be back with a project or three soon. In the meantime, I hope you're enjoying your holiday weekend.

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

~Hugs,

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

15 Minute Project ... and a "Booze" Blog Challenge Entry

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Hello, friends! Sorry I haven't posted in a couple of days ... the DH and I are battling a cold/flu, and it has us snugglin' on the couch sipping soup and not much of anything else.

Today's "15 Minute Project" was created for Allison's "Booze" blog challenge ... and I have to admit, this really was challenging! I don't have any "drinking" stamps ... not so much as a martini glass or a champagne flute image in my collection.

After spending three sore-throat-and-coughing-days thinking about this, in the end I dipped into my collection of vintage ephemera for this kewl old bar coaster.

I mounted the coaster to the card base using dimensionals, tied a ribbon around and through the card and tied a knot. My sentiment was stamped on SU Blue Bayou and punched out with the SU label punch. TIP: Create dimension and a shadow effect by punching out two labels and offset them slightly on your project.

Not exactly what I hoped to do with the challenge but hey! any 'port' in a storm, right?!?

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

~Hugs,

Sunday, March 16, 2008

15 Minute Project ... and a "Pierce It!" Blog Challenge Entry

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Today's "15 Minute Project" was created for Sharon's "Pierce It!" blog challenge ... and for my birthday card stash; I've got tons of birthday's coming up in the next few weeks!

The cupcake image was die-cut using scraps of card stock, triple matted on larger scraps. The white textured background was created using a Fiskars Texture plate in the Cuttlebug.*

I pierced holes around the perimeter of the card and cross-stitched with pink floss in each corner.

Finally, I stamped my sentiment on a scrap and cut it out with a Word Window punch. I added some bling to the cupcake and mounted it on my card using dimensionals.

Easy-peasy and ready to serve in just 15 Minutes!

Ingredients: Textured Card Stock, (DCWV and Cut Card Stock); Kraft Card Stock, (Bazzill); Stamp, (Verve Visual); Ink, Palette Hybrid (Stewart Superior); Faux Gemstones, (Unknown); Embroidery Floss, (DMC); Tools: Paper Piercing Tool, (Making Memories); Die, (Sizzix); Die-Cut Machine (Provo Craft); Word Window Punch, Punch Mat, and Ticket Corner Punch, (Stampin' Up!); "Fabric" Texture Plate, (Fiskars)

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

~Hugs,


*See post below for info on using the Fiskars Textures Plates in your Cuttlebug.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

I Can't 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.

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Hugs,

5 Minute Project ... How Many Colors Can You Name?

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Tonight my BFF sent me this simple test to take and I thought, "how easy is this gonna be?" Well, it turned out it's a lot harder than you'd think ... I think it has something to do with that giant timer.

So, while I assumed I could name hundreds, well ... I couldn't.

Now you go:

76
It's harder than it looks, isn't it?!?

I'll be back with some project or another tomorrow.

Thanks for spending part of your busy day with me!

~Hugs,

PS: Thanks, Rockin' Chickita! But you never did mention how many you were able to name ...

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Two 15 Minute Projects ... Using Fiskars Texture Plates in the Cuttlebug

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Today's 15 Minute Projects were created with backgrounds texturized using Fiskars Texture plates and the Cuttlebug. This ^ background was created with Fiskars Plate, "Dots."

The embossed dots on the "flower" were created in the "Swiss Dots" Cuttlebug embossing folder using Bazzill card stock.

In the foreground, you can see two additional backgrounds created with Fiskars Plate, "Feathers," and Fiskars Plate, "Raindrops." As always, you can click on the photos for a closer look at the backgrounds.

After a few fits and starts, I came up with this recipe to create these kewl texturized backgrounds:

  1. Spacer Plate A;
  2. Fiskars Texture Plate, face up;
  3. Card Stock, face down;
  4. Two 1/16" thick rubber gaskets (6" x 7 3/4" overall);
  5. One Spellbinder's Tan Embossing Plate; and,
  6. Cutting Plate B.

As I mentioned in my previous post, always use great care when attempting to move large stacks through the Cuttlebug. Please scroll down and refer to my previous post for where to purchase these gaskets, additional tips, and some precautions.


This ^ background was created with Fiskars Plate, "Whimsy," which is shown here in the foreground.

Please note that what works in my old 'Bug, may not work in yours. The rollers in the Cuttlebug are not set exactly the same in each and every machine. You should have no problem passing this stack through your machine, but if your 'Bug is new, you may not have success right off the bat. Try again later when your machine has broken in a bit.

These cards will go in my emergency stash; I'll add more embellishments or stamped sentiments when I'm ready to use them.

Overall, I'm pretty pleased with these backgrounds ... and especially happy to know that I'll get lots of use out of all the Fiskars plates I purchased. Even better, no boring, time-consuming rubbing with the texturing tool. The Cuttlebug makes texturing card stock a snap!!

Have fun creating these neat backgrounds with Fiskars Plates and the Cuttlebug. I'd love to see what you make with your Texture Plates and the Cuttlebug!

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

~Hugs,

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

15 Minute Project ... and a Blog Sketch Challenge Entry

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Today's 15 Minute Project was created for this week's Lizzie Anne Designs Sketch Challenge ... and was finished in a flash using die-cuts from Cosmo Cricket's "Gretel" collection!

I stamped my focal image on Kraft card stock, and my sentiment on matching DP. TIP: for a tiny tag like this one, I used the index sheet in the paper collection ... no sense cutting into a huge sheet of paper when you only need a scrap!

I chose the die-cuts I wanted to use on my card, inked all of the edges, and adhered them to my card base. I slipped a beaded ball chain through the opening on the die-cut tag and added my little sentiment tag and two metal "Friends" mini-dog tags.

I heavily distressed my stamped image and it's mat, then using dimensionals, I mounted my focal image on the card.

I adhered some metal photo corner brads using glue ... these larger brads tend to slip around, so I always clip off the prongs and glue them down where I want them.

And that's it! Easy-peasy, and ready to serve in just 15 Minutes!

Ingredients: Textured Card Stock, (Cut Card Stock); Kraft Card Stock, (Bazzill); Designer Paper, "Gretel" Collection, (Cosmo Cricket); Die-Cuts, "Gretel" Collection (Cosmo Cricket); Focal Stamp, (Inkadinkado); Sentiment and Bracket Stamps, (Papertrey Ink); Ink, Palette Hybrid (Steward Superior); Distress Inks, (Ranger); Fluid Chalk Ink, (Clearsnap); Ball Chain and Connector, (Kewl Stuph and Funky Junque); Mini-Dog Tags (Unknown); Metal Photo Corner Brads, (Unknown, Found in Mt. Brad); Dimensionals, (Fiskars)

I know I lied said yesterday that today I would post the recipe and project(s) I made using Fiskars Texture Plates in the Cuttlebug ... but, unfortunately it's been a gloomy day and I just couldn't get a photo that made me happy. Since a textured surface is a bit harder to see that an embossed surface, I thought it best to wait until I had a better shot of the whole shebang. This ^ project was created and photographed on Monday, so I went with that, okeedokee?!? I'll try again tomorrow; hope you'll be back to check it out.

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

~Hugs,

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

15 Minute Project ... Using Brass Embossing Stencils in the Cuttlebug

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If you're like me, you're always trying new techniques, or tips, or tools, or all of the above.

After several false starts, and a couple of scary moments, I was able to finally get a great impression using my old brass embossing stencils and the Cuttlebug:

Not a bad impression, if I do say so myself! Be sure to click on the photo for a super-sized view.

Here's the stacking recipe:

  1. Spacer plate A;
  2. Cutting plate B;
  3. Brass stencil;
  4. Card Stock
  5. One Spellbinder's tan embossing mat;
  6. Two 1/16" thick rubber gaskets (6" x 7 3/4"); and,
  7. Cutting plate B.

Now, and this is the hard part: actually finding the 1/16" thick rubber gaskets! I found mine after several unsuccessful searches in a Home Depot. Then one day, I unexpectedly stumbled over them on an end cap.

Later, when I went back to buy more, they had gone missing. The helpful hardware man said that his computer showed them being 'somewhere' in their massive inventory, but they couldn't be found. I believe they originally came from the plumbing department. But persevere, they're in there somewhere! You might even search online for 1/16" thick rubber gasket, buying it cut to at least 6" x 6," or purchasing a larger sheet and sharing with your friends and blog pals. You might even try using other flexible 1/16" thick material such as Fun Foam, a dollar store mouse pad, rubber jar openers that political candidates stick in your front door, rubber shelf liners, or pink hair-roller or packaging foam.

The second hardest part is getting the stack through the 'Bug ... on my first attempt, the 'Bug wasn't having any of it ... and I just couldn't bring myself to force the stack through the machine. Fear'll do that to ya!

But, being the ridiculously stubborn fearless gal that I am, not to mention my distaste for 'losing' to inanimate objects, I tried again. I'll be honest: the 'Bug was squealing and hopping around, the sound of plates crunching and crackling hurt my heart, and my nerves were shot ... but I did it anyway. Surprisingly, and much to my relief, it worked like a charm! And in spite of all the noise, no damage to either the machine or my plates.

It's been my experience with my 'Bug that it will get 'used to' accommodating increasingly thicker stacks and, once you get a stack through it, each successive use goes through easier and faster. Meaning that if your 'Bug is newish, you might want to "break it in" for a couple of months or so before attempting the dangerous but impressive triple axle.

From my experience and those of others, it seems that no two 'Bug rollers are set exactly the same, so proceed cautiously. We don't want to kill your 'Bug here! Begin by leaving one of the 1/16" rubber gaskets out of the stack and see how easily it goes through and adjust accordingly. Also try experimenting with card stock, paint sample cards, or chipboard shims in place of one of the rubber gaskets.

While this stacking recipe worked for me, there's no guarantee, either implicit or implied, that it will work for your machine. And I hereby absolve myself of all responsibility if your 'Bug goes belly-up on this chancy maneuver. The last thing I want anyone to do is ruin their Cuttlebug ... so please, PLEASE proceed with care and caution, and DO NOT force anything through the 'Bug that really doesn't want to go. However, if your jonesin' for the new 'Bug that I hear is about to debut, have at it!

If this stacking recipe works for you, I'd love to see what you've embossed! Either post a link in my Comments to your online gallery or blog, or email me and I'll upload your image to my image host.

Ingredients: Textured Card Stock, (Bazzill); DP, (BasicGrey); Scraps of Digital Paper; Brass Stencil, (Plaid); Dimensionals, (Fiskars); Ribbon, (Offray); Velvet Flowers, (Maya Road); Eyelets, (Unknown, Found in Mt. Eyelet)

Tomorrow, I'll show you the beautiful results I got using my Fiskars Texture Plates in the 'Bug.

Thanks for sharing part of your busy day with me!

~Hugs,

Monday, March 10, 2008

A "Kitties" Blog Challenge Entry (Kitties Not Included) ... and a "Bringing it Back" Challenge Entry

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Today's card project was created for Allison's "Kitties" blog challenge ... and for the "Bringing it Back" blog challenge.

Allison's challenge requires using a kitty image, kitty paper, kitty stamp, or kitty sentiment ... astoundingly, I do not own one kitty stamp, sticker, rub-on, or sentiment. Even more astounding, I didn't have so much as a scrap of kitty-like patterned paper ... big cats included! And if you ever saw my mountain of DP, even you (who also owns a mountain of paper), would find it hard to believe ... but I kid you not.

And, even though I AM owned sharing my home with two beautiful Persians, neither one would cooperate long enough for one lousy photograph! Beautifully useless, sweet, lazy, old critters ... that I love sooooo much. Anyway, I improvised using some vintage ephemera and some chipboard.

The girls at Bringing it Back challenged players to create using fibers ... eyelash, confetti, bulky, whatever. Do you remember when no project was complete without a ton of fibers hangin' from it?!?

I removed a title page from the 1931 edition of "Good Companions Comrades," which sounds suspiciously Communist, but apparently wasn't ... or if it was, where the heck was Joe McCarthy when we actually needed him, huh? I digress.

After I adhered my vintage background paper, I painted some chipboard letters, added a bit of pink tiger tail to the letter "A," stamped some flourishes, and tied on some fibers. Then, for good measure, I added more of the same fibers to the scallop-edged binder clip.

I stamped my images using distress ink; I did so to allow the printed text to show though the ink, and sparingly inked the edges with a touch of fluid chalk ink. This page is almost 80 years old, so it already had a wonderful patina ... I just evened it out a bit.

I love using vintage ephemera ... there's always so much more going on than meets the eye. For example, this book was the property of "Rex Reed" ... on February 21, 1944, when he was in Grade 2, and age 8. However, don't tell the principal at Horatio G. Bent School in Bloomington, Illinois, that Rex thinks this book, obtained by the School in 1937, is HIS.

And is this the famous movie critic Rex Reed's second grade primer?!? I did a Google search and am saddened (and no richer), to report that although the time frame is correct, the Rex Reed is not. The actor and movie critic Rex Reed was born in Ft. Worth, Texas, and was raised in Louisiana ... never attending school in Illinois.

I also did some research on the author of "Millions of Cats," Wanda Gag, and I found that the original book was published in 1928, and shortly thereafter Ms. Gag received the prestigious "Newbery Honor Award" for this story ... which I have now desecrated. She was also a noted illustrator and artist.

Learning these ^ kinds of things is just a small part of what I love about using vintage ephemera!

Now, I know I told you yesterday that I would have some really kewl projects to show you using the Cuttlebug, brass stencils, and Fiskars texture plates, but I lied overestimated my ability to produce 7 cards overnight. The backgrounds, which is really the whole show anyway, are all done, I just need to put them together nicely and photograph them.

Thanks so much for sharing part of your busy Monday; and thanks for plowing through this novella!

~Hugs, Deb

Ingredients: Card Stock, (Cut Card Stock); Vintage Ephemera, (Personal Collection); Stamps, (Inque Boutique); Ink, Distress (Ranger); Ink, Fluid Chalk (Clearsnap); Chipboard, (Unknown, for storage purposes I always remove the packaging); Fluid Acrylic Paint, (Golden); Tiger Tail, (Westrim); Fibers, (Bits 'n Pieces); Binder Clip, (Unknown, found in Mt. Binder Clip)

Sunday, March 9, 2008

The Joy of Bloggin' ... or, I've Been Tagged

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I've been tagged by Catherine at Inksomnia ... if you really don't care to read seven little-known facts about me, (and seriously, who could blame you?), why not hustle on over to her blog and check out Catherine's amazing projects!

  1. I pitched for a Connecticut State Champion softball team for years;
  2. I am a dessert junkie! I'll skip right past filet mignon to get to the pastry cart;
  3. I am fanatical about college basketball. Go UCONN!;
  4. I am a Notary Public;
  5. I am licensed to drive a motorcycle;
  6. I'm an avid sport-fisherman; and,
  7. I went to Catholic schools w-a-y longer than necessary!

Pretty tame stuff, huh? Anyway, according to official Blogdom tag-rules, I'm supposed to share the chore love with seven other bloggers, so I tag:

  1. Lani;
  2. Kathi;
  3. Risa;
  4. Ana;
  5. Anna;
  6. Flossie; and,
  7. Allison.
Sorry ladies, but inquiring minds wanna know. However, I believe that if I don't specifically tell you that you've been tagged, you're not. And if anyone else wants to play, then consider yourself tagged!

So, today, I've been experimenting with the Cuttlebug, Fiskars texture plates, and some miscellaneous brass stencils and I've got some really neat stuph to show you!! That will have to be tomorrow though, so check back then. Better dust off all those old embossing stencils you've had for-evuh!

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

~Hugs, Deb

Saturday, March 8, 2008

15 Minute Project ... and a "Fun Flap" Blog Challenge Entry

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Today's 15 Minute Project was created for Sharon's "Fun Flap" blog challenge ... and, of course, to add to my Easter stash!

This card is so simple to create that it's almost embarrassing. Simply cut your card stock to 11" x 5" or so ... no need to be exact ... then fold one end down around the 2" mark and fold the bottom up to the flap. I like to create my second fold so that it lays neatly under the top flap.

I adhered coordinating patterned paper to both the top and the bottom sections, then tied the card closed with ribbon.

I stamped my bunny butts and sentiment on paint sample cards, cut them out, slipped them into tag frames, then mounted them to the top flap using dimensionals. I added a jump ring and a beaded dangle charm to the knot in the bow and called it done!

You can add a lot more embellishments and/or stamping to this project as there's a lot of real estate on the bottom section. I had planned on setting some olive green eyelets on the pink stripe, but my timer went off before I could do so. Next time ... for a 20 minute project!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

~Hugs, Deb

Ingredients: Textured Card Stock, (Cut Card Stock); Patterned Paper, (Rusty Pickle); Stamps, Sentiment: Double D, Bunny Butts: All Night Media; Ink, Staz-On (Tsukineko); Paint Sample Cards (Loew's); Tag Frames (Making Memories); Grosgrain Ribbon (Unknown, obtained in a ribbon share); Dangly Charm (Unknown; found in Mt. Dangly Charms); Dimensionals, (Fiskars)

Friday, March 7, 2008

15 Minute Project ... Easter Pretties in Less Than 1/4 of an Hour ... and a "Spring" Blog Challenge Entry

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Today's "15 Minute" project was created super-fast using the Cuttlebug and Nestabilties dies! This spring-themed card will be submitted to the Arty Girlz for their current blog challenge; head on over to their blog and check out all the entries!

Using brightly colored card stock, I die cut 3 ovals to create "eggs." TIP: To minimize the embossing lines, cut your card stock on the "wrong" side. With scraps of the same card stock and dies from "Olivia" alphabet set, I created the words and the little star-flowers.

I stamped my chicks on Xerox 110# card stock and quickly colored them with Copic markers ... they're baby chicks, so there's not much ground to cover here! I cut them out, trimming closely, and set them aside.

Next, I used my decorative-edge scissors to turn the ovals into cracked eggs and stuck my baby chicks inside at varying heights.

After adding a grosgrain ribbon and a matching bow, this card was "done," "done," "done!"

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

~Hugs, Deb

Ingredients: Textured Card Stock, (Bazzill); White Card Stock, (Xerox 110#); Stamp, (studio g, Michaels); Ink, Palette Hybrid (Stewart Superior); Color Medium, (Copic Markers); Grosgrain Ribbon (Unknown, obtained in a Ribbon Share); Die-Cut Machine (Provo Craft); Oval Die, (Spellbinder's); Word and Star/Flower Die, (Provo Craft); Decorative-Edge Scissors, (Fiskars)

Thursday, March 6, 2008

A Vintage-Inspired, No-Stamping, Blog-Challenge-Entry!

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Today's 5" x 7" dimensional card project was created for the "Bringing It Back" blog challenge. As always, click (then click again if you're browsing using IE), on the image for a much larger photo.

The "Bringing It Back Challenge" blog is brand-spankin' new and I just love their angle: let's create using some of that great stuff we just 'had' to have ... 4 years ago! Anything goes here, as long as it's handmade by you and falls into the challenge theme: this week's challenge is to use slide mounts in your project. Remember when they were the "must-have" item?!?

I used a vintage (1940's), slide mount here, covered in a portion of an original vintage (1919), handwritten letter. I mounted an original vintage image behind the mount and wrapped the whole thang in copper wire.

I adhered my embellished slide mount to a distressed library card pocket (another old "must-have"), and filled the pocket with a vintage calling card and a distressed shipping tag tied with walnut-ink stained lace and a scrap of grosgrain ribbon.

I created the little stick-pin by beading a corsage pin and added a cute little flower charm. I added three loops of matching ribbon to the library card pocket and layered the whole shebang on to another handwritten letter (same writer), using dimensionals.

I matted my card stock with vintage-inspired DP** from Daisy D's, then adhered my library card pocket/slide mount assemblage, and called it done!

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

~Hugs, Deb

**PS: If you're interested, I have dozens of sheets of patterned paper from this uber-kewl, vintage-inspired collection available in my eBay store, Kewl Stuph and Funky Junque. This collection has been discontinued and my supplies are extremely limited. And just for my blog visitors, if there's something you'd like from any discontinued Daisy D's collection, please email me. While not all Daisy D's discontinued DP's are listed, I prolly may have some available in my personal mountain stash of paper.

Ingredients: Textured Card Stock, (Cut Card Stock); Designer Paper, "Forget-Me-Not Collection" (Daisy D's); Ink, Vintage Photo, Antique Paper Distress Inks (Ranger); Walnut Ink, (Bits 'n Pieces); Corsage Pin, (Modern Romance); Flower Charm, (Nunn Designs); Grosgrain Ribbon, (Michaels); Vintage Lace, (Personal Collection); Vintage Ephemera, (Personal Collection); Copper Wire, (Unknown, found in Mt. Wire); #6 Stipple Brush, (Unknown; have had For-evuh!)

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

A "Mojo Monday" Blog Contest Card ... and My Personal Challenge to Use 'Old' Stamps

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Today's card was created for Poetic Artistry's "Mojo Monday" contest ... and also for my personal challenge to use old stamps in my collection!

This card was created on Bazzill Basic's card stock; I used designer papers from BasicGrey's "LilyKate" collection.

My image was stamped on Xerox 110# card stock then stamped again on scraps of patterned paper. I cut out the image stamped on the DP and paper pieced it over the original stamped impression.

I added some ribbon, rickrack, four brads, and an olive corsage pin ... which, for some reason will NOT photograph correctly. INRL, it's definitely olive green. No, I didn't actually have an olive corsage pin; I simply colored one with a Copic marker (YG95).

The photo corners were created from scraps using a photo corner punch ... however, I used just the top portion of the punch for a different look.

And that's it ... and, I'm happy to say, I used a stamp from my vast collection of "Oldie's but Goodie's!"

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

~Hugs, Deb

Ingredients: Textured Card Stock, (Bazzill); White Card Stock, (Xerox); Designer Paper, LilyKate Collection (BasicGrey); Stamp, (Inkadinkado); Ink, Palette Hybrid (Stewart Superior); Copic Marker); Ribbon, Rickrack, and Brads, (Unknown); Corsage Pin, (Modern Romance)

Monday, March 3, 2008

15 Minute Project ... and a "Geometrics" & "Spring" Blog Challenge Entry

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Today's "15 Minute Project" was created for Allison's "Geometrics" blog challenge. If you've been wanting to participate in a challenge but wanted to start with something easy, this would be a good one for you to start with! I've also submitted this card to the kewl Arty Girlz "Spring" challenge.

This 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" top-folded card was created using DCWV card stock throughout; all of the card stock was embossed and cut into rectangles, then pieced together.

Using some rick-rack, ribbon, and some die cut flower parts, I built a 'flower' ... then die-cut some letters, and stamped a small tag. The tag and the flower were mounted to the card using dimensionals. Easy-peasy and ready to serve in just 15 minutes!

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

~Hugs, Deb

Ingredients: Card Stock, (DCWV); Stamp, My Punny Valentine Add-On Collection (Papertrey Ink); Ink, Palette Hybrid (Stewart Superior); Adhesives, Dimensionals (Fiskars); Rick-rack and Grosgrain Ribbon (Unknown); Die-Cut Machine (Provo Craft); Alphabet, Tag, and Flower Dies (Provo Craft)

Sunday, March 2, 2008

15 Minute Project ... and a "Purses!" Blog Challenge Entry

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Today's "15 Minute" card project was created for Sharon's "Purses!" blog challenge. And I know you're thinking, "no way she created that in 15 Minutes," but it's true! This 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" all occasion card only looks time-consuming!

Here's the easy deets: The card was created on Xerox 110# white card stock and the purses were punched from scraps of DP. The stitched frames were created using a Cuttlebug embossing folder, and the embossed lines were created on a Scor-It board.

I used 1/8" wide ribbon to create the straps, looping them through the punched tabs, up and around a brad. Then the purses were adhered to the card front with dimensionals. Look at all those neat shadows!

The grosgrain ribbon was adhered between my embossed lines. The cute little bow was created from the same ribbon and adhered using a glue dot.

Finally, I stamped my "you're fabulous" sentiment using lavender pigment ink. See, quick and easy!

Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to visit!

~Hugs, Deb

Ingredients: White Card Stock, (Xerox #110); Designer Paper, (DCWV); Stamp, (Verve Visual); Ink, (Ink it Up!); Adhesive, Dimensionals (Fiskars), Mini Glue Dot, (Glue Dot); Ribbon, 1/8" wide (Gallery); Grosgrain Ribbon, (Unknown, from a ribbon share'); Brads, (Unknown; found in Mt. Brad); Punch, (Stampin' Up!); Die Cut Machine (Provo Craft); Embossing Folder, (Provo Craft); Scor-It Board (Hammond)

Saturday, March 1, 2008

15 Minute Project ... Pretties Created Digitally!

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All of the cards you see here were created in 15 minutes using digital scrapbook paper, ribbon, and embellishments! As always, click on the image for a better view.

Digital and hybrid card making is really coming into it's own recently and with good reason! Besides giving you the ability to create beautiful projects, you'll never 'run out' of your materials: downloaded files stay on your hard drive where you can access them time and time again.

Also, the flexibility of digital images allows you to mix things up ... even using the same kit, you need never create the same card twice. Even better, you can find digital 'freebies' all over the Internet, or at extremely reasonable prices.

All of the papers and embellishments I used for these three cards are available absolutely free of charge HERE. If you've been curious about creating digitally, here's the perfect opportunity to try! Not only will you obtain a free kit created by one of the hottest designers in the industry, you'll be able to use Nichole's own instructions to get started. It doesn't get any better than that!

After downloading the kit, visit Nichole Heady's blog, HERE, for the complete tutorial.

After I printed out my papers and embellishments and cut them out, assembly was fast and simple. I've done very little to enhance these three projects save for the addition of some Sharpie gold paint, some die-cut mats, and a scrap of ribbon. Otherwise, it's digital all the way, baby!

I'd love to see what you create using this kit! Please link to this post and add a comment letting me know where to go see your creation. If you don't have a blog, you can email me your photo, and I'll upload them here for you.

So go on, take the plunge into digital card making! Once you do, you'll find a fun, new world of crafting potential!

Thanks so much for visiting today; enjoy your weekend!

~Hugs, Deb

Ingredients: Textured Card Stock, (Bazzill); Digital Scrapbook Kit (PaperCrafts Magazine, Designer: Nichole Heady); Gold Paint Pen (Sharpie); Dimensionals, (Fiskars); Ribbon, (Offray) Ticket Corner Punch, (Stampin' Up!); Corner Rounder Punch, (Carl's); Die Cut Machine (Provo Craft); Nestabilities Dies (Spellbinder's)