Sunday, November 29, 2009

I Love Boxes

I love boxes. I've been making boxes for gift cards for years. I started making the gift boxes when people wanted to purchase my cards for weddings. The cards were beautiful, but I felt an envelope just didn't make the card look like a gift. Years ago I purchased Aleene's Boxmaker. I've been using it ever since. It is anything but fancy, but it works for me.

Yesterday I saw many of the bloggers displaying boxes. I decided it was time to pull out the boxmaker and make one too. Before I show the card. Let me tell you about the Poinsettia. I embossed my cardstock using the Cuttlebug Holly Ribbons and Cuttlebug Mini Bubbles I then cut and embossed using Spellbinder's Nested Poinsettias Dew Drops were added to the center of the flower. I used a Gold Leafing Pen by Krylon. My buddy Carolyn turned me on to these pens.

I wish I could tell you about the patterned card stock. It didn't have anything written on the scrap pieces I used. If anyone knows anything about the cardstock...please share. The solid green I purchased from Paradise Scrapbook Boutique (see above link) The little snowman also was purchased there, along with the ribbon and red beads .

My friend Edy gave me all the package tags from their last year's Christmas gifts. The poinsettia on the front of the box is part of one of those tags. To keep the box flap closed I am using a flat magnet.
The gold snowflakes are from Class A Peels. I think I may have purchased them at Michaels. They are one of those items that you purchase and put them away for later use. I like how easy they are to fold on the edge of the box.
Finally, the inside of the box. I paper pieced scraps, and was lucky enough to find almost a full sheet and enough smaller scraps to keep things lined up. Inside the box I have 5 cards and 5 envelopes. The box would really hold twice as many.
So now you've seen about all there is to see. This box was fun to make. I'm really happy with the finished box.
Enjoy....Have a wonderful Sunday and a fantastic week.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Good Morning,

I wanted to take a minute, before the gang wakes up, to say....Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. I am most thankful to have each and every one of you in my life. You've made the happy times happier, and the sad times bearable.
If I were a quilt, you'd be the important part that makes me, me.
Love and Happy Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

December Card Class

Good Morning,

As my husband would say....."I've been as busy as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs." This time of the year is always busy and to add to it, we are trying to finish a bathroom remodel before next Friday. My daughter and her honey are coming for a visit and I'm hoping the guest bathroom is ready. The last time we did a face lift, my husband was off on a hunting trip with the boys and my daughter and I decided to wall paper, replace a light and paint. It was fun and a memory for sure. I hate to tell you how long ago that was....Lets just say more than 10 years. It will be a beautiful room when complete....and I CAN'T WAIT!

The November card class at PSB was sold out. We did two Christmas Easel cards. Everyone did a great job, I'm proud of them. It was fun to watch the facial expressions and then the smiles as the projects were completed. I've heard from several of the girls and they are creating the cards at home. That is, after all, the purpose of teaching. I'm very proud of those who are creating on their own. I can't wait to see what they've made. I took my camera....but guess what....I forgot to take any photos. Next time... I promise.

For December, I decided to create two birthday cards. It seems I'm always behind the 8 ball when it comes to birthdays. (I have 8 cards to make for December and January...goodness!) The first card is a shaker card. I always enjoyed making them and I thought maybe the girls would have a good time too. The second is an easel card. I patterned this one after a card I made for my daughter-in-law. Both cards were fun to make and I'm sure the gang will enjoy making them.

If I'm going to stay on my schedule for today....I'd best get moving. It's baking day today. Have a great weekend....

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Let It Snow - Silver - Double The Pleasure

Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning. Since Monday, I'd been thinking about the card I wanted to make for Mojo Monday.....

Here it is: The card went together very easily...however, when I went to the photo booth to take a was nightmare time. My new lights have a yellow tint...they aren't supposed to, but they sure do. So the photo looked awful. I then went to my outside photo booth and the photo was much better...I think shiny must be hard to photograph and this card is very shiny and shimmery....

Then I was reading Simply Southern Sandee's Blog and I saw the Our Daily Bread Challenge. I've never done this before, but I thought...hey, let's use this card for both...after all, there is a lot of shimmery on this card. Check out the Our Daily Bread Blog...
Here's what I used to make the card. I started with a light gray linen card stock. I then layered with a very shiny metallic silver cardstock. I then found a beautiful silver vellum from the Paper Company. I embossed it using a Cuttlebug emossing folder, and I also cut and embossed it using the Cuttlebug snowflake. The sentiment is a Stampin Up rubber stamp which I stamped and then used Silver Super Sparkle embossing powder by Imprintz. And finally....silver Dew Drop accents.
Now that my Mojo is up and running....I'd best put some of it behind cleaning up my mess. Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Standard Time and Post It Notes

My dogs are having a problem adjusting to Standard time. This morning at 4:45 everyone thought it was time to get up and go outside to go potty. Everyone but my husband. Long story short. I got up, put the puppies out and when they came inside, I gave them their cookies and hoped all would want to go back to bed. By the time they decided it would be a good idea, I'd made a small album to hold Post-It-Notes. Sorry the photo is so bad. I need another class on how to put three photos on one page....Amy....can you show me? I finished the album and went into the family room to find the dogs toasty warm and sleeping on the recliner.
Meet Baxter, Sydney and the old fella....Tucker.
I think tomorrow it should be Richard's turn to get up with the dogs. I'm off to bed. Have a great evening everyone.

Birthday Card For Linda

Margaret, a dear friend, asked if I would make her sister-in-law, Linda, a birthday card. Margaret said Linda's passion is music. I have several papers with musical notes, and after cutting up several... :-( and not being happy with any of them, I remembered a Graphic45 paper that I've been saving. This paper is from the 2008 Botanicabella Collection.
I love the colors, and there are musical notes for Linda. I chalked all the edges in browns, used a border punch, ribbon and bling to embellish the front of the card. I found a violin in my stash which was a perfect embellishment for this card. The sentiments were created on my computer.
I guess I'd best get busy....I want to start working on my Christmas House, and I need to do some organizing before I get started.
Have a wonderful day....see you soon.