Sunday, February 20, 2011

Happiness is a warm blanket...

That's a Snoopy quote, isn't it?  
Well, regardless, it's a nice phrase and just what came to mind when I made this Americana quilt themed card.

The paper quilt design came from Jenna Barber, over at the the wonderful resources found at Splitcoast Stampers (click the link to go straight to the directions).  Since I recently met a new friend who quilts, I just had to make one of these cards right away.  It makes me feel warm & cozy just looking at it!

Here's a look at the card from an angle so you can better view the texture that the SU! Lattice embossing folder gives the entire quilt front.  Key to getting the squares just right to me is using the grid paper to line each square precisely.  The possibilities for little extra scraps of designer paper are endless.

Just looks like it was really quilted, doesn't it?

(For those stampers wanting other details, phrase is from Warm Words stamp set, bordering blue, cherry cobbler & very vanilla cardstock and scraps of Basic Grey patterned paper & some very vanilla seam binding ribbon.)

Enjoy and have a wonderful Sunday!

Saturday, February 19, 2011


I love coffee... maybe it's not supposed to be healthy for you, maybe it is... every week a new report saying the opposite of last week's news comes out, but I'll just go with it's good for ME!

I'm playing along with Pals Paper Arts PPA81 Sketch Challenge this week.

I kept this pretty simple as I have to get busy finishing chores, so this is last card of the day/weekend.  It was fun to do, especially while I was being powered by a good cup o' joe!  I've meant to use this Ken Brown American Art Stamp for some time.  I love those style stamps.  The sentiment and little coffee bean stamps are from TPC Studio.  The base is textured chocolate chip cardstock.  I used  retired Stampin' Up! DSP and some very vanilla & always artichoke cardstock for the accents here. 
This is a great addition to my "masculine" type card collection.
Enjoy some java today!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Vintage Chair revisited

Last night I chose to re-do the Vintage Chair card from my last post. I was so inspired by others who have really gotten this vintage look down my card just seemed way too plain.  I'm often pressed for time, so a quick card like the one I made before can be fun to make, but spending a little more time to add extra details just does so much for a handmade card, this was worth the effort.

Above is a close up of the detailed background I created using the floral flourish stamp from the stamp set, Vintage Vogue.  I used Very Vanilla cardstock for the base.  First step was to stamp the image randomly in Versamark then I used clear embossing powder & my heat gun to emboss those images. That prepares the paper for the embossing resist technique used.  After heat embossing the images, I again stamped the image randomly, this time in Soft Suede ink, then sponged the paper with Crumb Cake ink.  I added a little more Soft Suede sponging on the edges.  The cardstock was then wiped off with a paper towel to clean up the ink that was not picked up on the previously heat embossed images. 
I love this look & this technique.  It's easy, yet gets impressive results.

Then for just a little bit more embellishment, I added the Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon with a few jewelry tag punch shapes & flower punch shapes.  The larger flower has some copper/gold Smooch Spritz so has the look of sparkly rust.  The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  Chair image is from Have a Seat stamp set. 

Well, that's all for now!  May not get to post for awhile as I've got to get busy on my next swap, but hope you enjoy this card!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Spread the Love & Appreciation Today!

Take a seat & read a blog awhile...  PPA80

Friends, I've started this year with new found strength to make healthier choices in my life.  I have new exercise routines and improved eating habits and I've found some new friends to help me along the way which is a wonderful feeling.  Included in those healthy choices is getting some good rest.  So no more 3am posts for me... Here's a relaxing card I made on a "rest day."

This is my addition to this week's "vintage theme" challenge at Pals Paper Arts.  The card was a quick creation for me, that's a first!  It's pretty simple & came quickly to me thinking about old fashioned wallpaper and antique furniture I would have found at my grandmother's house.  

I stamped the background randomly in Soft Suede ink with a decorative floral stamp on kraft and navy card stock.  Kraft paper was lightly sponged to enhance an aged appearance.  Chair image was stamped in Soft Suede ink on white card stock.  The image was then sponged with a lighter shade of brown to slightly darken the paper.  Additional Soft Suede ink sponged on the edges after the image was punched out with a x-large circle punch, then layered on larger circle of Early Espresso dark brown cs.  

Final touches include slight distressing on some edges, plus an added antique brad and scrap of lace ribbon.  Stamp images are from Stampin' Up! sets Have a Seat and Vintage Vogue.  

and of course Happy Valentines Day!

My Operation Inky Paws friend Marsha Fisher honored me with this blog award some time ago. Sorry I didn't post it until now. Today is a great day to share some info about me & forward on to others.  The "rules" about this award that I've read vary, so I'm using these rules:  Share 8 things about yourself & forward the award on to 8 other bloggers. 

8 things about me:

1) I'm bad at throwing things away. Many crafts I make end up in a pile of "things that need improvement" rather than going in the trash (the card I'll feature next post will likely be from that pile!).

2) Despite not throwing things out, I love things to be "clean," BUT I don't mind if I'm wearing my Sunday best and become covered in dog hair.

3) I wasn't allowed to have a pet when I was growing up, so I dote over the dogs I've had in my adult life.

 4) I'm struggling to re-learn how to crochet. I knew how to crochet in 5th grade or so, so why can't I pick it up easily now?

 5) I did well in school, was even promoted to skip 4th grade, but I know I have so much I still need to learn. Sometimes I wonder if all the things I  really needed to know were taught in 4th grade!

6) I'm a total geek.  I love science fiction, action movies & TV. 

7) I've never learned how to ski, but I did learn how to snowboard (not well, but the fact I learned at all is a big deal to me!).

8) I've been married to my husband, Michael, for 18 years this May. We'd love to let the Las Vegas officiator know we're still together (we think that would surprise him!).

As for the persons I selected to receive the award, I love each of their unique creations & styles.  All have so many beautiful, yet simple projects I emulate.  I've probably given each a comment at some time, but if they missed it, I hope they know now that their work does not go unnoticed!  It was hard to select 8... there are so many, but many of you may have already received the award. I am so pleased that our craft community is so strong & supportive.  That means a lot to me.  Stop by these blogs to see the amazing creations by these fine folks!

8 Stylish Blogger Awards forwarded to:

Lucy Ravenscar at Crochet Creatures (love those Star Wars themed crochet creatures!)

Debra Currier at ARTfelt Impressions

Jen Sannes  at Simple & Sincere

Tara Bilboa at Tara Bee Ink

Dr. Mary Noble at the Dogg & Pony Show

Carla Bezhenow at Carla's Scraps

Chanda Stehlik at One Crafty Mommy

Kris Sobolik at Maddiebug Designs

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Don't forget your Valentine next Monday!

Hey, I love any opportunity to craft and Valentines Day is a perfect occasion for that activity for me! 

My office is having Valentine themed bake sale, but instead of baking treats that I'd be too tempted to eat myself, I made some crafty bags that are filled with candies & have some handmade cards to contribute to the sale.  All proceeds go to charity so it's great to participate in the event.

The bag above was easy to make using some "Love Impressions" rub-ons from SU! latest Occasions catalog.  The images were pressed on white cardstock & layered with some DSP & die cut scallop square. I attached a tiny pink heart with dimensional adhesive.  The square was adhered onto a plain paper craft bag that I trimmed to fit.. 

Below are some of the cards for sale that use some current & retired products. 

I packaged each one with a little piece of candy to entice the sales! But a last minute card may be an easy seller anyway....  Enjoy & don't forget your sweetie on Monday!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Sweet thoughts...

This year for Valentines, I'll be sending sweet thoughts, if not "sweets"...  I've got a healthy start to the new year, so I'll try not to blow it for everyone else either, although don't worry young relatives, you'll get your share of candy!

This card combines some old & new... last year hostess set used for the mailbox with hearts... why didn't I use this before???  I just inked it up (used marker for the mailbox).  I was inspired by a demo group member to use it (thanks, Nikki).  My card is simple, but the added zing of the glitter red hearts that are popped up with dimensionals gives it a touch of pizzazz (to me).   Here's a close up...

I also thought I'd join the blog hop going on at other wonderful crafty sites I've visited.  Looks like my black/white/red card could have fit the Blogger's Challenge category...I tend to miss those but love it when I've actually created something that fits in!  Enjoy!

Love my craft buddy!

Love my craft buddy!
Dog's view of the Craft-a-torium!