Thursday, February 26, 2009
A few more cards I made this session...1. Six little chicks colored (Copic) and cut out and stacked followed by Glossy Accents. 2. The black cardstock scored stripes with scor-pal. 3. A stamp I picked up Sunday in Lakeland at Art Glass and Stamp Studio colored with Prisma colored pencils, Copic markers and at you-Spica markers...back to work tomorrow, so good, so sad. I must make some money to support this habit. Have a good day Tampa Bay!
Another day off, well spent cardmaking. Did I mention that I love to make cards? This all started by making a Twenty Fifth Anniversary Scrapbook about three years ago. I am sorry it took so long to discover this craft. I spent many years sewing, cross stitching, cake decorating, crocheting, etc.
Oh my poor hands! (They don't work so good sometimes.) I finally gave away my cross stitch library to a co-worker. I donated all the fabric to friend who runs a church bizarre every year. I did keep the sewing machine and serger. Back to cardmaking, I traced the fairy from a book I purchased recently from Joann's using my embossing utensil with white graphite paper. I colored the picture with Copic marker's. Next, the pink cardstock I scored the shape of the picture with the Scor-Pal. Thirdly, I used the faux stamp outline I bought at Stamp Fest for the beach scene. The beach scene is a $1 stamp from Joann's. I love those little acrylic stamps. Next, the lady bug I embellished the black with glossy accents.
The Easter Egg Wreath is the tiny Tapestry stamps found again at Stamp Fest with a Martha Stewart flower embellishment in the center. And last for this post is another $1 stamp set from the Joann $1 bin.
I went to Zumba at the YMCA today...What fun! I am all about having fun when I exercise. I have trouble with boring treadmills, etc. I did do some sweating...but oh so fun.
We picked up Don and Cindy from the cruise port this morning as they celebrated their 25th with a Cruise on Royal Carribean. They are nicely tanned.
We stopped on the way home from the cruise port at Pearl Fine Art Store since we where in Tampa. I purchased some more Copic Markers, their selection was limited though, so I picked up a couple of additional brands. I chose a Blender pen from Prisma (which I have used in the past and I am happy with.) I picked a brand named Touch the manufacturer is ShirHan Art International Inc. Any users out there? I will let you know what I think. All comments are welcome. I look forward to hearing from you.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Off to Wire Grass Mall for something to do today (husband entertainment).
Bought some 75% off valentine merchandise at American Greetings.
On to Chico's just to look, well they had a ring matching a necklace and bracelet I already have.
Plus I had a $10 off coupon for the birthday and a 5% passport discount so how could one pass it up? The $24 ring magically became $12-I was sold.
Talked the driver (the husband) into a side trip to Lakeland to check out Art Glass and Stamp Studio after a little research, a phone call and one stop for directions we found it.
Oh, nice store. I had seen their product at Stampfest.
I bought a few stamps, a set of pearls AND most importantly the cuttlebug border embossing strips...I have been unable to locate them at the usual haunts. This is one of the stamps I purchased today, stamped but not finished into a card yet.
Thanks Donna for an inspiring evening...I always enjoy creating with you.
You have a warm and beautiful home. Did I mention the good food?
Thanks for everything you're the best!
Discovered this card at:
she is awesome.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Our good friends are celebrating 25 years this Saturday, so tonite we are going out to dinner.
It is a double celebration their anniversary and my birthday. We are going to Cheddar's. They have the best onion rings ever.
1. Cut out a circle card with Sizzix place the paper a little short on my side to prevent that side from being cut (to make the card).
2. Cut an additional circle for top layer. I taped white lace around the card front. Then put pop-dots around the center of the circle. Placed the matching circle on top.
3. Punched out the 25th from bought anniversary paper with the scallop circle punch.
4. Cut out a piece of metal (roof flashing from Home Depot) using Big Kicks (Sizzix).
Stamped an acrylic inchie of love birds with black Staz-on.
5. Placed a Happy Anniversary sticker inside.
Another cardmaking day today as I was cancelled again today. I pulled out a stack of books last night for inspiration. I went to Cardio-combo exercise class last night so I am up to the mission. Okay what should I make today...I found this fabulous paper a few days ago at Joann's from DCWV...
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I found this card a long time ago on you tube. I am sorry I can't identify it any further.
I found it on You Tube:
Explosion card with Dawn
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Tuesday evening and thinking about how to spend my day off tomorrow. Yes, a day off but not by choice. I am cancelled for tomorrow. It is feast or famine in the recovery room. I am a prn nurse (as needed). No need for me tomorrow. Business is slow so the regular FT/PT employees get the hours. I could work as I am employed by an agency (in addition to the surgery center), but I was so tired when I got off this evening I didn't want to think about it. So now I get an extra day off. It is great except when the pay check rolls in. Let's see, hmm...how about some exercise at the Y and maybe some cardmaking. That is sounding good.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Friday night at The Ruban Rouge Crop a couple of girls showed me a new technique (new to me). It is just a sealed envelope. Cover the front of the envelope with a piece of paper, cut about an inch and a half off the top (I would adjust this measurement according to the size envelope I used). Put on an embellishment. Cut a piece of cardstock for the inside greeting.
Slide the embellished greeting inside. Place the top back on. Sign the back as usual. Place in a little bigger envelope and you are set. Easy enough.
I am sharing this technique at a gathering on Saturday. Looking forward to learning something new. We all bring something to share.
A couple of cuties...of course, I am a proud aunt. This was taken at JC Penney's around 8-10 years ago. Don't worry Jen, I will publish some earlier ones. It is so hard to believe you are twenty and a world traveler. You two are the best!!!
I bought this template yesterday at Stamp Fest for a waterfall card. Easy to use with a craft knife and glass cutting mat. I have Easter on my mind.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Up at 5 am this morning to wash my blue jeans. I made my list for the Stamping Station in Mt. Dora. We packed our back packs, picked up the neighbors and started off for the hundred mile drive. The day was beautiful, clear, sunny and about seventy five degrees. We stopped at a german bakery in Yalaha for some goodies. Yum, yum we split a ham and cheese croissant and a piece of mile high apple pie (all apples, not apple pie filling). We bought a loaf of german rye to eat this week and I purchased a loaf of raisin bread to take to the co-workers tomorrow. Arrived at about 11:30, to walk around the art festival with great anticipation of the Stamping Station to open at noon. The art show was awesome, I bought a unique ring made of glass with a picture of Mona Lisa transferred onto it. The artist said she used transfer photo paper from a website called Delphi (need to check it out). One artist was selling her leather bound journals, oh my, beautiful and quite pricey. I couldn't do it today as much as I wanted to. I had a scrapping store to explore. Finally, made it to the store. First purchase was three Inkadinkado Valentine stamps (buy two, get one free). Picked out the heart #99036, the word Love #99035 and Love birds #99039. I found a stamp with multiple hats (been looking as I would like to make red hat cards for Mom). I found a characture of a knight for Blue Knight cards and a mesh bee-hive looking background stamp. I picked up two copic markers (ciao), my first as I use the sketch markers. I found some punches that coordinate with punches I currently use and have been unable to find in my neck of the woods...a one inch square (to make some inchies), an oval scallop and a small square that matches a scalloped square. The wheels are spinning with ideas. I purchased some (small) ink pads of versa fine. The clerk said they are coming out with refills for the versa fine. I was in the market for versa mark dazzle and frost but they where sold out. The husband made an appearance in the store to hurry me. I promised to check out in a half hour. The three of them continued on with the art festival as I hurriedly shopped. Bummer! Checked out and called the gang on the cell phone to make arrangements to meet. We back tracked and Louise bought some jewelry at the booth that I had found the ring. She purchased a couple of pendants for gifts...she informed me she only needs one more gift to buy for next Christmas...jeepers! We left the festivities for the Cracker Barrel in Leesburg. We both bought some clothes from the mark down rack. We ventured on to the Russell Stover Outlet Store in Wildwood. I said on the way that I would wait in the car while they went in...I lied being the weak individual that I am. I went in, ate the samples twice. Bought several bags of sugar free candy. Then continued to eat Louise's chocolate on the way home. I guess it doesn't count if I didn't buy it. What a great day. Can't wait to hit the scrap room to play, but not tonite. Snapshots to come in the future. Work in the AM, can't remember the time, either 8 or 8:30...it is different practically everyday. One must be flexible in the recovery room, it is an awesome job.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Okay, the Yorkshire is walked and tired. He is fast asleep on the end of my recliner. The Super Bowl is on...Steelers 17 and Cardinals 7. I have been listening to the game from the scrap room. I have now joined the viewing from the recliner, only because I am too tired to make more cards. I got out of bed at 5:30 this morning to scrap. I worked until 10:00 when we left for the flea market. I found what I was looking for...some plastic bags for my cards. I was on the look out for scrapbooking supplies, none to be found. Although I did buy some stickers...LOL, Mickey Mouse stickers! We stopped at Cracker Barrel to eat lunch at noon, but there was a thirty minute wait so we walked next door to the Long John Silvers.
Back home and started on the cards. I love the new paper pad I bought the other day at Michael's.
I find Michael's has the best paper pads vs. Joann's. Joann's seems to have the best single paper selection. Well, here is a couple of the cards made with Pretty Poppies.
Wednesday is my fifty second birthday...so we are going to celebrate at Disney since it is free on one's birthday this year. A gang of us celebrated the big 5-0 at Fort Wilderness two years ago, that is the last time we where there. We rented at the campground as The Wilderness Lodge was full. A waitress at the HopDeeDo commented "that I was a half a century old" after observing that I was celebrating fifty. Well, before that comment I didn't think much about turning fifty. Matter of fact, life is good. I kinda liked fifty...until her comment! I fretted about it the rest of the evening. Upon rising in the morning my Mom said to me "Quit worrying, I am three quarters of a century old." Okay. So that explains my interest in Mickey cards today. I made tons of cards again today. Will post soon...the Yorkshire is telling me with a kick of the hind leg he needs to be walked. Let's go York...I am listening.