Monday, February 29, 2016

Miscellaneous Monday-Scrapbook Your Life for February

    I recently attended a quilting retreat and after 4 days of sewing was inspired to make a scrapbook layout that had a quilting look to it.

1. I found several different blue designer papers and cut them into 2 inch squares.

2. I layered them on white which then went on two different colors of solid cardstock.

3. To give the layout an even more wintery look I added the words Snowy Day cut out in silver glimmer paper.

Now, maybe I will have to find something similar to make with fabric.

My computer is all better now, so come back tomorrow to see a technique card.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Template Thursday-Paper Players Color Challenge

   I thought it might be fun to try a color challenge this week and found this great combination on the Paper Players blog.  What to use, I wondered? 

1. I checked out the Occasion and Sale a Bration (SAB) catalogs for stamps I had not used yet and decided to give the stamp set What I Love from the SAB catalog a try.

2. I knew I wanted to use Pool Party as the background and decided to overlay it with the Botanical Garden Vellum stack also from the SAB catalog.

3. So that left using Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango for the flowers.

      The stamps were easy and fun to use.  Each stamp has a tab that helped me place them in the correct position for a perfect line up.  This was a great challenge!  Can't wait to see what challenge I choose to try next Thursday.
    Come back tomorrow to see how I fix a project.

Look what I never posted.  

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

More Computer Problems Oh My

     My laptop has become very sick and is now at the doctor.  Most everything I do, I use that laptop for so I have not been able to post this week.  I hope for sure I will be back next week.  Until then have fun stamping.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wednesday Wow-Party Pop-Ups

   Everyone loves a birthday right?  Today's Wow is sponsored by the Party Pop Up Thinlit die.  One of the thinlits shows the image above and can be used on the front of a card, or....

    added to the middle of the card as a pop-up.

   The second image would be great for a birthday or any other kind of congratulations.  It too can be used on the front of a card or .......

  also in the middle of the card as a pop-up.  Great looking cards.  Well, I hate to through left over items away and found a way to use the negative images from what was leftover.
The space around the hip hip hooray was perfect for another card.

I used the space around the birthday cake to make another card.

If you like birthdays and pop-up cards this thinlit will meet both of your likes at the same time.  I know I had fun making all these cards and felt like I could keep on going.

Come back tomorrow to see what challenge I will be taking on this week.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Technique Tuesday-Starburst Collages

   Do you like making a collage using different  stamps?  I do and the stamp set Timeless Textures seemed perfect for my technique today.

    First you have to cut out a white starburst using the new Starburst thinlet.

  Next  you lay the cut out starburst on top of a white card folded in half. 
  Finally, just stamp away using as many of the stamps from the stamp set as you like and whatever colors of ink you think will work well together.  I used Mossy Meadow, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake, and Bermuda Bay ink pads.
This card used the main card as its stamped piece.

This card used the starburst as its stamped piece.

The card piece that is on the bottom will not have  a lot of ink on it. That is why I added a piece of Mossy Meadow cardsock cut into a starburst over the top.
Does this look like something you might like to try?  Then come back March 7th for my next video describing how to make a Starburst collage.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Miscellaneous Monday-Spool of Thread card

     Happy Valentine's Day, a day late.  I found this card on Pinterest and thought it was so cute.  I am a member of the American Sewing Guild and the Quilter's Anonymous group.  I think this card would be perfect to send to my fellow members for their birthdays.

1. Your cardstock needs to be cut 3 1/2 by 10 inches and then folded in half.

2. Place the folded cardstock at the 2 1/2 mark on the envelope punch board, then punch.

3. Flip the card over and punch again at the 2 1/2 inch mark.  You now have one side of your spool of thread.

4. Repeat on the other side of the card.  You need to use Whisper White card stock because it is light weight enough to punch both layers at the same time.

   I used the hostess stamp set Love You Sew from the Occasion catalog for the sentiment and the hearts. Can't wait to see the reaction to the birthday cards I plan to make with this set.

Come back tomorrow for Technique Tuesday.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Fix it Friday-Stamping at Knollwood

   This was Darcy's swap card from last week.  I thought I could adapt it for the senior ladies at Knollwood to make this week.

 Can you see what I changed?

1. I thought it would be too hard for them to use glue stick on the glimmer paper, so I traded the silver bird for a grey one.

2. I eliminated the bow because it adds bulk to the card and might end up costing them more money to mail and instead added some hearts.

The second card they made was a featured card at my Occasions catalog Open House and seemed simple enough for the seniors to create with a couple of changes.

1. I thought the ladies might have trouble with coloring in the flowers, some of them are very shaky.  So instead they stamped images from Work of Art to give the flower stamp some extra color. 

2. I added the Happy Birthday saying instead of stamping right on the card stock.  The ladies tend to rock the stamps and a punch can eliminate unwanted lines.

They loved the cards, and I had fun using a card I already had
created and changing it to meet the needs of my senior friends.

Come back Monday to see what Miscellaneous item I will be featuring.  Have a great weekend and happy stamping.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Template Thursday-January Paper Pumpkin

   I chose the Freshly Made Sketch for this week to be my template. 

 Can  you see how I interpreted the sketch.

1. Instead of the circle I used a heart from the January Paper Pumpkin kit.

2. The two background strips were papers from the Love Blossoms designer paper stack from the Occasions catalog.

3. I used one of the sayings from the January Paper Pumpkin kit punched it out and used the scalloped oval punch for a background.  I tied it all together using some linen thread.

I had forgotten how much fun it is to participate in a challenge.

Come back tomorrow to see how I fixed cards for the seniors at the Knollwood Retirement Village.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wednesday WOW- Making my own Starburst

   I had fun making a card using the Stampin'Up! Starburst thinlit, but wanted to try my hand at making my own.  This turned out to be a WOW for me.
1. Make a dot in the middle of your page.
2. Make lines with a ruler from one side of the paper to the other that go through the center dot. An even number of lines works best.
3. Punch or trace a circle and trace it over the center of the lines.  It does not have to be exact.
4. Cut out every other ray.  Now you have your own starburst.  What did I do with mine.

    I used designer paper and cut each ray out of a different color. I had to number them so I would be able to keep the placement in the correct order.

I love my finished card.  It took a bit of time to place the rays but the end result was just the WOW I was looking for.  What do you think?  Maybe this would be a good choice for video number 2?

 Check back tomorrow for Template Thursday.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Technique Tuesday-Starburst Technique

    The cold weather today makes me think of how much I love the warmth of the sun.  The technique for today uses the new Sunburst Thinlit die to make a card.  I used the thinlit 2 times to create the dual colored effect.  
    Come back tomorrow to see the WOW I created with the next thing I did with this awesome die.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Miscellaneous Monday-Paper Pumpkin ideas

 Isn't this treat holder cute?  Well, I wanted to see if I could make cards from the January Paper Pumpkin kit supplies.  Here is what I came up with.....
Occasion designer paper, heart punch and a Sale a Bration stamp set make up this cute card.
The heart punch made cutouts for the Mint Macaron big heart to shine through.

Darcy brought the supplies and I made this cute card.

One of the hearts is behind the balloon cut out.

I used all the little scraps and created this cute card for any special occasion

It is great fun to make up the Paper Pumpkin kits the way they are designed, but also fun to find alternate ways to use the supplies.
Check back tomorrow for Technique Tuesday.

A new video, a new plan

   I did it! I tackled something I have wanted to do for a long time and actually did it.  I created a youtube video.  Believe me when I tell you it took a long time and was totally out of my comfort zone.
   Since I did the video and now have a youtube channel, I decided to rethink my week.  Here is what I have come up with.

   I will be posting a blog entry on Monday through Friday.
        Monday will be Miscellaneous Monday  where I will post what ever sounds like fun that day.
         Tuesday will be Technique Tuesday.  I love to try new techniques and refresh my old techniques.
          Wednesday will be a WOW.  Either something I never knew before or a really great project.
         Thursday will be Template Thursday where I will create a card from one of the challenge sites that are out there.
         Friday will be Fix it Friday where I will either make a card look different, or step a card up to make it go from simple to more difficult.
      I will be taking Saturday and Sunday off.

   Finally until I get more efficient with creating a video, the first Monday of every month I will post a new video, here and on my youtube channel.


    See you tomorrow for Miscellaneous Monday.