Sunday, August 7, 2016

Happy Birthday Marti!!!

My best friend, Marti's birthday is in less than two weeks and prior to her birthday she is going out of town.....so I made her birthday card early and hand delivered it to her last Friday.  I used mostly dies on it and most of them I had never used before.  Here are some photos.


I love my "Wildflower Corner Die" by Memory Box [MBC-DIE-98895], but it is way too big for the corners of my card.....so I made a scan, took it into my Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software and modified it just using the larger flowers to make it fit my card.  This is what the actual die looks like and it is lovely,

but 3.8 inches which will not work for four corners on a six inch card.  If I had just resized it, it would not have cut well with my Cameo, but the modified design cut beautifully on it.  I love the finished look that you get with dies and I now buy them often.... the beauty of them is that when you have to you can scan them and resize the design to fit your card design!  Here is a close-up of my modification of the die design.


The gorgeous circle die I used is one by JustRite that I just recently purchased...there are actually five different dies in the set, called "Elegant Garden Label Dies".  The "blue pearls" I used in the flower centers and on the Spellbinders "Ironworks Accents" die cut were made using my 'nuvo Crystal Drops"....love that stuff!!!

The message on the inside of my card is computer generated.  "Happy Birthday" is a Spellbinders die that I have had for a while but never used and the beautiful flourish is my brand new Gina Marie die and I think it is one of the prettiest that I own!  Here is a photo.


I used my JustRite die set again for my signature label and the text is once again computer generated.  You can see a list of all the fonts I used on this card in the "Supply List" below.


For my envelope I looked through my designer paper "stash" and found one from the Rhonna Farrer "Autumn Leaves" paper pack that really matched the colors in my card.  Please excuse the quality of my photo of the front of the envelope....you can tell the color better in my photo of the back of the envelope.



I just want to add thank you for stopping by and Marti loved her card!!!

Finished Card Size:  6" Square

Supplies List

Papers:  Recollections 65# Pale Blue from the "Dreamy" Collection ", 110# Recollections "Ivory", Designer Paper from the Paperbilities Rhonna Farrer "Autumn Leaves" paper pack (for envelope)

Stamps:  "Happy Birthday"  from "Persian Motifs Stamp Set" by Altenew, "Sophisticated Script Stamp Set" from Concord & 9th (marti) on envelope
Inks:  Tsukineko "VersaMark Watermark"
Cut Files:  "Wildflower Corners", made from a scan of my "Wildflower Corner Die" [Memory Box MBC-DIE-98895] cut that I modified in my Silhouette software to utilize just the lovely flowers that I could fit in the corners of my card panel.

Dies:  Spellbinders "6x6 Matting Basics A & B", "Happy Birthday" from the "Sentiments One" die set [S2-082] and "Ironwork Accents" [S5-058], Gina Marie stitched oval from  the "Fancy Floral Frame" and "Flourish",  JustRite "Elegant Garden Label Dies".    

     Fonts:  "Corinthia" (inside message), "Allure Script" (signature label), "Ambarella",  "Arabella" (~2016~)
    
Tools: Silhouette "Cameo", Brother "ScanNCut", Martha Stewart "Score Board", Milwaukee "Heat Gun", WeR Memory Keepers "Envelope Punch Board", Tim Holtz "Vagabond 2"

Accessories:  Tonic Studios "Wedgewood Blue NUVO Crystal Drops"
 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Jennifer & Andy's Wedding Card


Our youngest granddaughter just recently got married and I wanted the wedding card I made for them to be a "keepsake", so it is totally my design (one of a kind)....in fact a lot of the cut designs were designed by me.  These are photos of the card front.



The inside is a little different because I wanted an element to "hide" the check that I gave them for a wedding gift and I got my inspiration from Jennifer McGuire.  Just recently she did a video called "Money Holder Cards - Three Ways"....you can see it here.  Thus my making the scalloped circles and using the "Congratulations" to hold the check!  Thanks, Jennifer (also my granddaughter's name)!!!  The "double pink hearts" are inlaid.  Here are a few photos:



Here is a close-up of the scalloped circles "money holder".  I made the "x's" for the cross-stitched look by using my EraserMate pen in my Silhouette Pen Tool to draw them and since the ink stays wet for a bit, I was able emboss them in silver....I did the same thing with their names and the date.  I have to mention that my "Congratulations" die was way too big for my card, so I scanned it and made a much smaller one to cut using my Cameo. 


Here is a photo of the "signature tag" I made for the back of the card.


This card was very time consuming due to all of the design work I put into it, but it was well worth it to give them a "keepsake"!!!
Supplies List

Papers:  Recollections 65# Pink from the "Dreamy" Collection ", Silver and White Shimmer Cardstock (from my stash), DCWV "Glitter" paper

Cut Files:  "Mr & Mrs Sentiment" Set by Kolette Hall  [Design ID #57724], "Heart Frame", "Scalloped Circles Heart Frame", "Cross Stitched Circle & Mat" by Me, "Double Hearts" and "Wedding Rings" made from images found on line

Dies:  "Congratulations" from Simon Says Stamp, "Stitched Rectangles" from Gina Marie

     Fonts:  "Italianno" (message inside card), "LDT Kids" (the "x" on my scalloped circle), "LDT Flirt" (for everything else)

    
Tools: Silhouette "Cameo",  Brother "ScanNCutt",  Martha Stewart "Score Board", Ranger "Heat It", WeR Memory Keepers "Envelope Punch Board", Tim Holtz "Vagabond 2"

Accessories:  Ranger "Silver Stickles", PaperMate "EraserMate" Pen, Stampendous "StampNStuff Detail Silver" embossing powder

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Happy Birthday "Dr. Kim"!!!

The Physician's Assistant in my doctor's office is Kim Bravo and I absolutely adore her.  She is the one that "got the ball rolling" when she realized that I may have a malignant tumor.  At any rate she had a birthday on July 1st and this is the card that I created for her!  The inspiration for it came from a Christina Griffiths card that I saw on Pinterest....she is SO talented!!!

Card Front


Supplies List

Papers:  Recollections 65# White & Navy, 110# Recollections "White" (card base)
Stamps:  "Happy Birthday"  from "Birthday Stamp & Stencil Stamp Set" by Hero Arts
Inks:   Hero Arts "Unicorn" embossed with WOW Embossing Powder
Cut Files:  "Butterfly" from Brother ScanNCut, Daisies by Hero Arts [Design ID #28925], "Vase", from online image traced by me
Dies:  Spellbinders "A2 Bracket Borders 1", Lil'Inker Designs "Bow Die - Mini", MFT "straight line stitch die from "Die-namics Blueprints 13 " used for stitching on navy stripe, top & bottom 
Tools: Silhouette "Cameo",  Milwaukee "Heat Gun", WeR Memory Keepers "Envelope Punch Board", Tim Holtz "Vagabond 2"
Accessories:  Darice "Stripe" and Anna Griffin "Poppy" and Cuttlebug "Swiss Dots" embossing folders, Recollections "Half Pearts",  "Clear" Wink of Stella Brush Tip Marker,
Inside Views



Supplies List

Cut Files:  "Birthday Wishes" is a cut file made by me, but I'm sorry that I can't remember what I made it from!
     Fonts:  (see list below)
  
Tools: Silhouette "Cameo"

Signature Label Back of Card


Supplies List

Dies:  Spellbinders "Labels 42"
     Fonts:  "Corinthia"

Envelope


Supplies List
Stamps:  "Peony Bouquet" by Altenew, JustRite "Times New Roman Font Set" (KIM)


I guess y'all noticed that I have kind of changed the format of my blog posts....from now on I will be posting the supplies used under each photo.  Kim loved her card and I hope you liked it.  Thanks for stopping by and hurry back as in the next day of two I will be posting my granddaughter's wedding card!!!

Finished Card Size:  A7 (5"x7")




Thursday, April 28, 2016

Better late than never!!!

Hey y'all.........I think maybe my mojo is finally back!!!  Back in February, right after I got out of rehab from my last surgery, my dear friend Peggy had a birthday and I told she would be getting a card made by me, but it would be quite late and here it is!  First off, I want to say that I cased this card....it is what gave me the mojo.  I used one of the "Regal Borders & Pockets Die Set [HCD1-799] by Heartfelt Creations....I scanned the die to make the gorgeous frame for my card that I cut with my Silhouette Cameo.  The actual die is a little larger than I needed for my card size.


I used a lot of dies for this card, in addition to the Heartfelt die.  For the "Happy Birthday" label, I used a couple of dies from my newest set called Fran's "Make It Pop Cutting Dies" by Stampendous [DCP1004].  You can see what the set looks like here!  For the white leaves I used Elizabeth Craft Design "Curvy Leaves".  For the leafy swirled flourishes I used "Vintage Swirls Anja's Creatables" by Marianne Design [LR0271] and I just want to add  that that set was a gift to me from Peggy and is one of my favorites!!!  The lattice panel is the "Moroccan Template" by Momenta [25131]. The lovely butterfly is the Leanna Butterfly Die [S171] by Simon Says Stamp.   I also used a number of 
Spellbinders dies from the 6x6 Card Creeator die sets.  I used the "Happy Birthday" stamp from the "Persian Motifs" stamp set by Altenew.  The flowers were cut using my Cameo......I am sure it was one from a free set but I cannot remember the file name.  I used Hero Arts "Tide Pool" ink to ink the flower centers and tips using a finger dauber.  I used a Copic marker (BC15), as well as my Wink of Stella Marker to enhance the color of the butterfly and to custom color the three pearls on the frame and I used "Mint Green" liquid pearls on the body of the butterfly.  Here is a close-up photo.


For the inside design of the card, I wanted to incorporate a "striped layer" because Peggy and I had just discussed how much we had been seeing the done, so I cut stripes of the sea foam cardstock and glued then in a diagonal order to a square of the white cardstock and then used one of my Spellbindes dies to cut the panel for my card.  So there is a layer of the sea foam, a layer of the striped, another layer of the sea foam, and a layer of the white in which I "inlaid" a die cut from the Spellbinders "Labels 42 Decorative Accents" die set.  The text is computer generated using "Frosting for Breakfast", "A&S Black Swan" and "AR Bonnie" fonts and once again I used some liquid pearls.


For the back of the card, I used another layer of the lattice panel as well as a couple more of dies from my newest set called Fran's "Make It Pop Cutting Dies" by Stampendous [DCP1004] to make my computer generated "signature label" using the "Arabella" font.


I wanted to make an envelope that "tied in" with my card design so I used some of the stamps from my newest Altenew stamp set purchase, "Peony Bouquet" using some more of the "Tide Pool" ink.  I made the address label using some of my sticker paper.......I got the idea from Peggy!  For the "PLEASE HAND CANCEL..." I used the "Andalus" font and for the name and address, which I blanked out, I used the "2Peas Blessing" font.



Peggy just received her card yesterday and she really liked it!!!  Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit!

Finished Card Size:  5 1/2" x6" Rectangle

Supplies List

Papers:  Recollections 65# White & "Sea Foam Green" from the "Soda Pop" Collection ", 110# Recollections "White" (card base)

Stamps:  "Happy Birthday"  from "Persian Motifs Stamp Set" by Altenew

Inks:  Tsukineko "Versafine Onyx Black", Hero Arts "Tide Pool"

Cut Files:  Flowers cut on my Cameo.

Dies:  Spellbinders "6x6 Matting Basics A & B",     "Regal Borders & Pockets" die set by Heartfelt Creations,  label for for "Happy Birthday", Fran's "Made it Pop Cutting Dies" by Stampendous, Elizabeth Craft Desigm\n "Curvy Leaves", "Vintage Swirls Anja's Creatables" by Marianne Designs,   "Moroccan Template" by Momenta,  "Leanna Butterfly" die set by Smon Says Stamp,  Spellbinders "6x5 Card Creator" die set, Spellbinders  "Latels 42 Decorative Accents"    

     Fonts:  "Frosting for Breakfast", "A&S Black Swan", "AR Bonnie",  "Arabella" & "Andalus"
    
Tools: Silhouette "Cameo",  Martha Stewart "Score Board", Milwaukee "Heat Gun", WeR Memory Keepers "Envelope Punch Board", Tim Holtz "Vagabond 2"
Accessories:  Ranger "Mint Green" Liquid Pearls, Recollections "Half Pearts",  "Clear" Wink of Stella Brush Tip Marker,

Monday, March 28, 2016

and she's back...........again!!! Plus Craft Room pics

Hey y'all!!!  Sorry that I have been "MIA" for so long, but back on February 5th I had to have some more surgery for repairs to the aortic aneurysm surgery I had last February.  The surgeon thought that he was going to have to do one stent and that the surgery would take two to three hours.........but it wound up being eight stents and a seven hour surgery.  After getting released from the hospital on the 11th, I went to Brooks Rehab and was not released until the 20th.  It has been a lot more recovery than I had figured, but I am now doing a lot better.  My biggest problem at this point is back pain....it is really hindering most things that I try to do..........it's work five minutes and then sit in my recliner for 15, but I am hanging in there.

Back in February of 2013, after purchasing our new home Thanksgiving of 2012, I posted some photos of my new craft room and promised that there would be more coming.  I spent the past few days cleaning my room and decided while it looks half way decent, to take some current photos.....you know, before I wreck it again LOL!!!  So here they are!

My husband and I agreed that I would use the large master bedroom for a combo den/craft room. This first photo is part of the den portion.  We have a 60" inch wall mounted TV in the "gathering room" ...that one is my husbands, so I got his old entertainment center and 42" TV which is perfect for my den area.  I display a number of cards on the shelves of the entertainment center.


This photo shows another view of the den area and that is my wonderful power  recliner that we purchased after I had my open heart surgery........I love it!!!


This is the third view of my den are and very conveniently, the master bath is right there which is SO convenient for clean up!


Corner side, front view of my desk that hubby and I built from 12 Recollection cubes.  It measures 6 feet and I had a 5 foot piece of custom glass cut for the top.


Here is a front view of my craft desk.



This is my "stand up work table" and I use it a lot.  I keep my Tim Holtz Vagabond 2 on the left side of it and it is a perfect fit!


I call this my "cutter station" as it holds by Silhouette Cameo as well as my Pazzles Vue machines.  That is my computer desk to the right.


Here is a front view of my computer desk.


This photo shows the right corner of my computer desk with my "printer stand" right beside it.  It holds my Canon and my Brother laser printer.  There is a third "storage" shelf that hold some Xyron machines as well as some miscellaneous items.  There is a front facing storage shelf next to it that holds my stamp and die storage, my Recollection 65# cardstock, as well as my Cuttlebug and some miscellaneous items.


I pretty much call this my "wall of storage" with my "laptop station" in the  center.


This is a close-up of my "laptop station".  I mainly use my laptop when doing file conversions, as I have an older version of Silhouette Studio and allows me to save in the SVG format.


I want to draw attention to all of the stunning black and white covers throughout my room.  They were all made and gifted to me by my dearest friend Tammy....she is SO talented!!!

Now, here is a photo of something I constructed out of foam board to store some of my ink pads and I am VERY proud of it.  I may need to make another one down the road!!!


I do want to say that my craft room/den is VERY lived in ......and I really like it that way!

Thank you to all of you that have stood by me during my "MIA" periods due to my health issues....I am so glad you stopped by for a visit!!!


Friday, January 8, 2016

R.I.P. Albert!!!

Hello everyone!  Unfortunately my first card of this New Year is a sympathy card.  My daughter-in-law's Dad passed away before Christmas and this is the sympathy card that I've made for her Mom. Since it is a sympathy card, I kept it pretty simple and I hope it brings her some comfort!  Here are some photos.


Here is a close-up.


And a photo of the inside.


You can see a list of the supplies that I used below.  Thanks for stopping by and I should be posting a birthday card really soon.  Hurry back!!!


Finished Card Size:  A7 (5"x7")

Supplies List

Papers:   Recollections 65# "Black", 110# Recollections "Ivory" (card base), Recollections 65# "Champagne" & "Shimmer Silver"

Stamps:  "Birds on Branch Silhouette" by Crafty Individuals [Magenta Stamps], "WITH"
Spiral Bouquet Stamp Set by Papertrey Ink, "Sympathy" Lovely Letterpress Stamps by Anna Griffin

Inks:  Tsukineko "Versafine Onyx Black "

Cut Files:  "Robin on Bench" on card front made by me from images found online & "Birds on Branch Silhouette" by Crafty Individuals [Magenta Stamps] scanned & enlarged to fit my card, both cut on my Cameo.

Dies:  Spellbinders "5x7 Matting Basics A", "Park Bench Dies" Couture Creations-Intrticutz-Secret Garden (had  to scan and cut on Cameo to size it to 4" to fit my card design)

Fonts: "Edwardian Scripe ITC", "Matilde", "Corinthia"

Tools: Silhouette "Cameo", Spellbinders "Grand Calibur"

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy Birthday Tammy!!!

Oh my, where do I start with this card....it was SO much fun to make!  OK, let's start with the scored panel behind the white die cut panel.  I used a technique that I learned from Laura Sterckx, a very talented young card designer from Belgium, while taking an online Watercolor Class (K. Werner/Jennifer McGuire), wherein you make a scored design on watercolor paper, swipe your craft mat with different colors of Distress Inks (I used different shades of green), spray with a fine mist of water and then lay your piece of watercolor paper face down on the mat.  I love the watercolor effect that you get from this technique!  If you would like to check out Laura's YouTube channel, you can find it here.  You can let the inked panel dry on it's own or use your heat gun.  Now, for the magic....once it was dried I sprayed it with some of Heidi Swapp's "Gold Color Shine" and the panel really became quite stunning....love that "Color Shine"!  Unfortunately, my photo skills did not allow me to capture the true beauty of the panel.  On the top panel I used a Tim Holtz die and then decided to make me a stencil using the circular die from the same set using contact paper that I cut using my Cameo.  I swiped some of the "Forest Moss" Distressed Ink on a ceramic tile and then added some modeling paste, mixed it up using a pallet knife, adhered the "stencil" to my panel and added the paste.  Because I used contact paper to make the stencil, it just makes a thin layer of texture.  Here is an image of that die set which includes four dies and I really like it!

And here is how my card front looked when completed.


To finish off the card front, I made some white daisies using a Sizzix "Mini Daisy" die set and then added one of my "ladybugs" that I made using red liquid pearls, black stickles and a black fine tip Sharpie.  I sprayed some of the gold color shine unto some green card stock to make the green panel and cut the "happy" die.  I also sprayed some black cardstock and then cut the butterflies and dragonfly using my cameo.  Here are some close-up photos:



For the inside of the card, I used a layer of white cardstock on top of a layer of green, both sprayed with the gold color shine.  I used my same stencil  and some of the "Forest Moss" Distress Ink and a stencil brush to embellish this panel.  Prior to gluing them together I printed my message using my Canon printer.  OK y'all, now I have to make a confession.........my printer caused some black spots on the white panel. so I cut some little circles of the green sprayed cardstock, used my stylus to shape them and glued them to my panel to hide my boo-boo.  It worked like a charm and I topped it off with a butterfly with some more of the green sprayed cardstock! 


My friend Tammy loved her birthday card!!!
Finished Card Size:  5 1/2" Square
Supplies List

Papers:  Neenah 65# "White" & "Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 80# Cover 8.5"x11", Recollections 65# & "Black  & "Green" from the "Spice Market" Collection ", 110# Recollections "White" (card base), DCWV "Silver Glitter Paper", Canson 140# "Cold Press Watercolor" paper

Stamps:  "Birthday" is a portion of a "Happy Birthday" stamp by Studio G

Inks:  Tsukineko "Versafine Onyx Black", Tim Holtz "Distress Inks"

Cut Files:  "Butterflies & Dragonfly" on card front made by me from images found online & cut on my Cameo.

Dies:  Spellbinders "6x6 Matting Basics A & B", Tim Holz Sizzix "Mixed Media", Susan's Garden Sizzix "Mini Daisy", Avery Elle "Simply Said Happy"

Fonts: 'DK Carte Blanche", "Dani's Handwriting"

Tools: Silhouette "Cameo",  Sizzix "Big Shot", Martha Stewart "Score Board", Susan's Garden "Tool Kit", Milwaukee "Heat Gun"

Accessories:  Susan's Garden "PanPastel Flower Coloring Kit 1", Woodland Scenic's "Yellow Paper Flower Pollen", Hiedi Swapp "Gold Color Shine", Teresa Collins "Modeling Paste", Ranger "Black Stickles", Martha Stewart "Classic Butterfly" punch.