Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Bind It All Class and Great News

I know....I'm either too early for Christmas, or too late....Not so....I'm taking a Bind-It-All Class at My Creative Classroom. And our first assignment is an accordion album. To make a long story short. Tomorrow we will get a new assignment and I was beginning to stress about whether I'd get my "homework" for this week done. THEN.... my son, who lives in Australia called to say they were coming for Christmas! WOW! What a boost to my creative energy!
This class is the 4th class I've taken through My Creative Classroom. I love them. If you want to know more about the classes...email me, I'd love to answer your questions.
This album has 4 - double sided pull-outs and I plan on using them over the holidays to put photos of what my grand-kids and I do as we get ready for Santa. I also will be making an album of our Disney visit, when, hopefully, the entire family will be able to join us.
Well, it's bed time and tomorrow is a busy day. I'll sleep much better tonight, knowing I have my homework done!
Blog more later....have a great week!

Friday, April 16, 2010

May Class

Good Morning....I'm posting this a bit early....I have a wonderful friend coming for a visit and we'll be playing for a week....soooooo to make sure I'm ready for my May class....I'm posting early.

This is a short post.....I'm walking with friends today and I REALLY do need to get some housework done before I go.
Have a wonderful Friday....blog later!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Ahhhh....no pink!

Before I get stoned because of the "No Pink" title....I love pink....I've just been using pink on everything lately. When I went to our SOS meeting today, I was determined to use anything but pink, and I was hoping that I could be inspired by yellow dp. Between the Mojo Monday Challenge and Karen's designer paper....I was inspired!
I used stock papers in white, brown and green. The dp is Jillibean Soup - Yellow Sugar. It's double sided and both sides worked well on this card. I used a Martha Stewart border and a branch punch. The flower was made using Spellbinder Dahlia Nestibilities, the center of the flower is a brown pearl. Thanks again Sherry for the video! I used the rectangle and the square Spellbinder Nestibilities to frame the sentiments. While wandering through Paradise Scrapbook Boutique, I found something new... Flower Stick Pins by Little Yellow Bicycle. Pretty cool, I think!
When I started designing this card, I wasn't sure if I would like the finished project....but I do, I really do. I think the matching flower really turned out nice and it added the touch I was hoping for. It's yellow for today.....pink tomorrow....maybe!
I am entering this card into the Mojo Monday Challenge 134. and PPA37 - A Theme Challenge and Pile It On Challenge , and yet another Die Cut Dreams Challenge , The Pink Elephant Challenge (and me without any pink this week...)
Wishing everyone a creative week.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Check One Off My Bucket List

Two posts in one day....some kind of record for me. I have a "Bucket List" my list has tons of paper projects I intend to try.....Sherry Cheever has a blog page: Walkin on the Bad Side. I've been following her for quite some time. Recently she started making video tutorials of techniques. I added her paper flower to my bucket list. Today I was able to check one item off my very long and always growing list....The photo above is a paper flower I made using the technique taught by Sherry. Click here to see the video. or you can go to YouTube to view the video.
Sherry used Spellbinder Blossom 2. I didn't have that die, but I did have Spellbinder Blossom. I used pink card stock that I purchased from Karen at Paradise Scrapbook Boutique. I think the next flower will be made from card stock that is less thick. Although it wasn't hard to emboss the petals, and I added dimension by running them over the embossing tool. I used 4 layers of the largest of the 3 dies, 3 of the middle die and 2 of the smallest die. I then added a pearl to the center of the flower. The finished flower is approximately 1 1/2 inches in width. I'm very happy with my finished flower and it's a great project to make while watching TV....
Before I sign out....Sherry, I want to thank you for being the inspiration you are. Your work is beautiful. Thank you for sharing with all of us.
Have a wonderful week. Tomorrow is SOS day and Tuesday afternoon is my class. Hope to see many of you at Paradise Scrapbook Boutique. For everyone else....see you at the next posting.

Butterflies and Borders

I think spring must really be here....the blogs I follow are showing definite signs of spring. Yesterday Brenda and I played all day. We took a lunch break and walked to the restaurant. I must admit, the brightness of the sun did not reflect the temperature. The wind was quite nippy and at times quite blustery. But none the less....it's SPRING!

The card I made is pictured above. I was working on another card, using the same dp, but I decided to give that card a break and use the remaining scraps to create this card. I had a friend in mind as I punched my way through. The dp is from Jillibean - the Egg Drop Soup Collection. The border and the butterflies are from Martha Stewart...I LOVE her punches. The bling is Heidi Swapp. The butterflies were punched twice, once on pink card stock and once using a pink tinted vellum. I saw this technique last week at Paradise Scrapbook Boutique. Very pretty way to give dimension to the butterflies. Thanks Karen!

I was talking to Karen at Paradise Scrapbook Boutique and I told her that pink seems to be my color of choice lately.... I don't know if it's because I've been making so many cards for women, or if I think pink when I think spring....but I sure have been stuck on pink.... For my next card, I'm going to use something else....hmmmmmm.....maybe yellow, which is my favorite color!

Today I'm traveling to the South Pacific....well, not really, Carolyn and I are going to the production of South Pacific performed by the members of Chico Theater Company.

Off I go.....Enjoy today!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

PPA-37 Theme Challenge Flowers and Blog Candy

Yesterday I spent a good part of the morning cleaning my craft room. Last night.....I spent messing it up again. I think I must be the messiest of crafters. I haven't had much time to make cards lately, and I have a favorite card that I'll be sharing with a friend this week.....so, I thought I'd best make another. I found enough bits and pieces to finish the outside....however, I'll be at Paradise Scrapbook Boutique looking for ribbon for the inside of my card.

As luck would have it....when I opened my email this morning, one of my favorite blog challenges, Pals Paper Arts, posted a challenge that fits this card perfectly. The challenge is a theme of flowers. This challenge also comes with blog candy.....and it's the kind of candy we Weight Watcher members can have! Check out the other entries for the PPA-37 Theme Challenge Flowers and Blog Candy.

I found another challenge for this card. All Sorts Challenge 47 is Petal and Pearls. I think this card has loads of both....

I'm headed back to my craft room to tidy up a bit....and then it's off to Weight Watchers to meet with friends.

Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Birthday Girl

A friend, Weight Watcher buddy and SOS member is having a birthday....and, she doesn't have a computer, so there is no worry that she will see this card before Thursday! Mary Jane has the best sense of humor....at least I hope so! I've been wanting to make a card with movement for quite some time. I don't know where the pattern came from, maybe one of those half sleeping revelations....I've seen the movement done with pennies, but I find them heavy and I had an awful time keeping them in the groove. The pennies do allow the graphic to spin...that's the advantage. This graphic doesn't spin, but she smoothly moves across the card in her little VW.

The stamp set is from Gina K Designs, and I really like this set. Who could not love this ole couple. Hmmmmm kind of reminds me of some one(s) I know..... I water colored the image using Tombow markers. I sponged the background using Tim Holtz Distress Ink and of course she was framed using my newest Spellbinder Label die.
This card was lots of fun to make. It's a bit plain and as I type this blog...I'm thinking maybe a few Dew Drops or something sparkly.....but for now....I'm happy. I can hardly wait to give it to Mary Jane.
Have a wonderful week!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Flower Soft 3D and Recipes and Bev's Blog

Every time I go to Paradise Scrapbook Boutique, I tell myself...."I'm just going to look!" Karen has the ability to know what her customers are going to "Need", and with her last purchase, she proved herself once again.....I left with the new Flower Soft 3D Scenic Windows - Summer 2, Flower Soft Toppers - Recipes and several of the Flower Soft Ultra Fine jars. For the cards shown I used my latest purchases I also used the Peel Off Stickers in gold, which I had purchased some time back and Paper Glaze for the windows....they look like glass, although this didn't show up well in the photos. If you left click on the photo, you can see it much larger. Have a look at the Flower Soft Blog and check out what the design team has created.

I love this card. It was such fun creating the 3D image. It's one of those projects that you could add to and keep adding. I decided it was time to stop.....

I hope this close up gives you a better look.....

If making one is good.....two is better. Right?

Our weather today is going between rain and snow....This card made me think spring and summer. I think I'm becoming addicted!
The card topper is from the Recipes for Friendship collection. Gotta love these bears.

The sentiment is a rubber stamp from 1994 - Annette Allen Watkins. I stamped it using Color Box Chalk - Blue Iris. The glitter is Art Institute - transparent crystal. Karen introduced us to a great use for Sakura Glaze....it's a great glue for glitter. It holds very well and also allows you to glitter in very small areas.
There is a blog I LOVE. It's written by Bev Rochester and it's called: "All The Things I love". Check it out here. Bev creates beautiful cards and she also has treasures she shares. Check out her site and link it to yours....who knows you just might win....In truth, you're a winner just by seeing what Bev has created.
I hope everyone has a chance to visit Karen's Blog at: Paradise Scrapbook Boutique, and for the local girls....check out her new Flower Soft Product....It's WONDERFUL! I guess I should get back to either playing or cleaning....hmmmmmmm, now that's a very hard choice...NOT!