Saturday, September 29, 2007

Blog Candy

Wow! I have just gone over 1000 hits. That may not be much for other veteran bloggers but this is a big deal for me! I am going to offer some scrapbook/card making related blog candy. Just leave a comment and tell me what your favorite stamping company is. See you on the flip side!

I will choose a random winner on October 15th.


Here's a love card that I worked on today. I love Saturdays in the fall! I have all of the windows open and it's such a wonderful feeling.

Detail picture

Bazzill cardstock--shimmer and mono
Bazzill scalloped cardstock
Basic Grey Blush
Rick rack from my stash
"Love" rub-on by Making Memories
Brads by Heidi Swapp
Plastic hearts by American Crafts
Frosted Lace Stickles
Flowers by Prima and Heidi Swapp

I layered my cardstock and then put the Basic Grey patterned paper on top. I have several layers of the Heidi Swapp flowers with a red Prima on top of that. I added two plastic hearts and a Heidi Swapp chocolate brad to the top. Each corner of the patterned paper has a chocolate brad. I put a Making Memories rub-on that says "Love" in the corner and added a piece of rick rack as well as putting stickles on each scallop of the Bazzill brown.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

I've been on a birthday card kick!

Okay, here's yet another birthday card. A lot of people were born this time of year in my family.

Today's card mixes white, black, pink, and olive green. I wasn't sure at first of the color combinations but I really think it turned out well.

American Craft patterned paper
Bazzill Scalloped card stock
Bazzill pink and white cardstock
Walmart faux rhinestones
Rhonna Ferrar buttons
Black ribbon from ribbon stash
Heidi Swapp and Making Memories rub-ons
Technique Tuesday Williamsburg alphabet stamps
Heidi Swapp edge distresser

Card basics:
Cut black scalloped cardstock in half and then fold so that you have a 6" by 6" card. Cut a piece of pink cardstock then layer that with a piece of white cardstock that has been distressed with the Heidi Swapp distresser. Adhere patterned paper to that. Add rhinestones to tips of flowers. Add three buttons (I used one of each of pink, green, and white) to the corner. Tie ribbon into a pretty bow on top of the patterned paper and slip a piece of pink cardstock under the ribbon with either a rub-on or stamped "birthday". Use Making Memories "happy" on the right top part of the patterned paper. Doodle a few black dots on different parts of the card.

I ended up with two very similiar versions but it doesn't seem as if I can ever to the same thing twice. Let me know which one you like better.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Another Happy Birthday

Yea!!! I'm posting something else I've made. I feel as though they are few and far between but I'm making time for things. I actually had this birthday card done for over a week but couldn't post it because it was for my mom and she hadn't received it yet.

I'm trying to work on the presentation of my cards so I used some hints from some other blogs that I have seen. The base of this card is half of a sheet of the Bazzill black scalloped paper with a square of Sassafras black dotted paper on top. I used Heidi Swapp black chipboard letters for "happy" and stamped "birthday" with half of the Heidi Swapp "Happy Birthday" stamp. I distressed the edges of the Sassafras paper with Brick Red distressing ink. I put red rhinestones in each corner and added a cute ribbon and used a button that I bought from Hancock Fabrics. I just bought a shank remover and love it! It took the shank off of the back of the button perfectly so it laid down flat...either that or it was beginner's luck!

My favorite details...

Friday, September 14, 2007

Life Happens

It's been a couple of weeks since my last post and it's because life happens. I am so busy with working full time as a teacher, taking Spanish Master's classes full time, and sewing for my purse business. Sometimes, I wish I were two people and could just tell each one what to do. I know I just have to take one thing at a time but sometimes I just want to do what I want to do and pretend I don't have obligations lol. Oh well, I get it all done and really enjoy everything I do. Well, I even get some time to make cards and scrapbook. I have another project in process right now but can't show it yet. I'm glad it's the weekend...I can get caught up on some work. I know everyone's lives are busy and we all need to take time to slow down sometimes and do what we want to do.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Sewing notions

It was so nice to have today off from work and know that I don't have to be anywhere at any specific time. Today, Hancock Fabric's had an awesome sale on sewing notions so I knew that I would have to go. I stocked up on zippers, thread, and other things for my purse business but also bought one of those little tomatoes. The kind, that when I was a little girl and played with my grandma's tomato, I always wondered why she stabbed a tomato with needles. My mom has one too and I finally decided that I needed a tomato to stab with needles. I just wanted to share my tomato! It really is easier to get to the needles.

On a similar note, I am really enjoying the purse making business and I can't believe how it has taken off. I'm sure I sound like a broken record but it's true. I just love sewing now, especially now that I know what to do. I feel important because I have a business account, I can buy wholesale, I have business cards, and it's just such a wonderful feeling. If any of my customers are reading this, thank you so much! If you aren't a customer yet, what are you thinking? Hehehe, but really go check out my purse site.

It's a Boy

My cousin and her husband had their baby boy last week and I wanted to make them a card. I wasn't able to go to the baby shower where they made her a scrapbook so I had a nifty idea. I made a 6 X 12 card that she can unfold and use as a scrapbook page and maybe put the baby's picture in the top half....inventive, eh?

Anyway, for the card details. I think I couldn't have put anything else on the card!
DCWV cardstock
DCWV Glitter Stack
white rick rack
green fuzzy rick rack
Martha Stewart twill tape
Random hemp-like twine
Wal-Mart faux rhinestones
New Arrivals Cricut cartridge for train and "It's a Boy"
Hancock Fabric orange buttons
Diamond Stickles
Crystal Effects
Queen & Co. brads

So, after reading through an exhausting supply list, here's how I made the card. I knew I was going to make a train because I love the one on New Arrivals. I cut the base out in green, then used the neat DCWV glitter paper to add on top. I added Crystal Effects to the smoke coming out of the stack and added Queen & Co. brads to the top of the smokestack. I rickracked all three parts of the train. I connected the train pieces with some green beading string that I bought at Wal-Mart. I added big rhinestones to the wheels. The bottom is lined with Martha Stewart twill tape topped with fuzzy rick rack and three cute orange buttons from Hancock Fabric's. I stickled and popped the word "Boy" and cut out the phrase with New Arrivals.

It felt so good to use my Cricut again as I haven't used it in a while. It really is an amazing machine!