Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Live, Laugh & Love......

......Love me do!  You know I {luv} u!.....I'll always be, pleeeeeeease......Love THIS too!!!

Oh my....with all of the Beetle talk yesterday on a show I was watching about their top 100 songs.....I just could not resist!

****warning!!!!  This is a very long post.......


Did you guess yet???

I have a tutorial for you today!!!  And a cute card to show you - if I may toot my own!

Let's start with the card, shall we? 

The starting point for this was a sketch challenge.  The area that has my sentiment in it is actually supposed to be a separate panel....but.....I went my own way.....surprised? 

I didn't think so!  lol!!! 

The card base is tempting turquoise.  The main panel is whisper white, that I embossed with the square lattice embossing folder....and then there is that area that I didn't emboss.......we'll get to that later in this post :)
The whisper white is matted with old olive.  The Island Oasis designer series paper really popped against the whisper white.  I layered it with a torn panel of daffodil delight - not afternoon head keeps going into song with every paragraph I type.....what in the H$!) is wrong with me?????  I have a splitting head ache that I can't take anything for because of another medicine I am on.......maybe the rheumatologist doesn't get it that I need a handful of ibuprofen every now and then!?!?!?!?!???!?!!!!!

Oh - I got off track there a bit, huh?  Sorry :)

Here is a closer look at some of the sweet goodness.....

The sentiment is from On Your Birthday.  I inked it up with Stampin' Write Markers and used my stamp a ma jig to line it up exactly where I wanted it.  I made a "frame" around the sentiment with a rose red stampin' write marker to break up the embossed/not embossed areas.  And that cone - Isn't it the sweetest thing you have seen since your morning cereal??  The stamp set Sweet Scoops and the designer series paper, Island Oasis, will be RETIRING at the end of this NOT let these babies slip right past you!  The cone was inked up with crumb cake and then I edged it up with soft suede.  This is what you get from the second stamping of it without reinking.  The ice cream is also the second stamping of peach parfait edged up with tangerine tango.  And the dazzling diamonds just adds the right amount of pizzazz to it, don't you think?  Boy - I sure am big headed today, uh????  And then an accent of a bright button tied with white crochet thread off sets the cone a bit.

And then there is the inside to deal with......

Simple, but enough to add a cohesive feel to the card.

ALL RIGHT ALREADY!!!!  I will get to the tutorial now.......
Here is what you will need to gather up: big shot, embossing folder, one cutting plate, the multipurpose platform, a piece of longboard chipboard, cutting mat, hobby blade, ruler, pen....and of course a piece of card stock.

First, cut a piece of longboard chipboard to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  (this will create a template that is the same size as a card front, making it easier to line up)

Second, draw out a window in the center of the chipboard piece.  (I made a rectangle one inch smaller than the template - being careful to center it)

Third, cut out the window with your hobby blade.  And do not throw this piece of chipboard away - you will be able to use it for something else :)

Now what is cool about this embossing template is you can lay your stamps in the window to see how they will fit :)

Now you are ready to be a big shot!!!  {hit me with your big shot......come on - hit me with you big shot......} - told you!!

The sandwich layer from bottom to top is:
multipurpose platform on tab 2 (nothing open)   -  chipboard template  -  embossing folder with card stock in it, centered onto the chipboard template   -  cutting plate.

Run that baby through the big shot and you get this!!!!

Well??????  How did I do?

If you liked this tutorial - let me know......leave some love in the comment section.....i won't bite ;)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Go Bold....or Go Home!

When I was presented with a color challenge of Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point and Old Olive.....I immediately thought of bold......not "pretty" or "soft".....I mean....bold.  So - here is how I interpreted that.....

How did I do?  I must say, the picture doesn't give this card justice.  I just have not had good luck at the pictures lately.  argh!! 

I did pretty it up a bit though.....after stamping stamps from Awash with Flowers onto the whisper white, I sprayed it with smooch spritz to glam it up!  In real life - it is soooo pretty...yet bold.  Does that make sense?  lol!!  The sentiment is from Perfect Punches.  I punched it with the modern label punch.  I then made a mat for it with my big shot and the movers and shakers die - I love that thing!!!!  I then punched a 1 1/4 inch circle to sandwich it between a basic black wide oval punch.  That's a whole lotta punchin'!  hehehe!!!  I then absolutely had to bling it up with the adhesive rhinestones that Stampin' Up! now offers - THANK YOU STAMPIN' UP!!!!  Also...I layered the ribbon.  I put two pieces of basic black satin ribbon overlapping to create a backing for the rich razzleberry satin ribbon.  See??

Can you see?  I'm telling pictures aren't up to par.....

And to finish up my "visual triangle" between the knot, the sentiment I decided to add some more bling-o flanked with basic black punches.

And....bling-o was his name-o!!  HAHAHA!!!!  I had to throw that in!

How about the inside, folks??? 

I hope you all have a great day - now go make time to STAMP!!!!
I would love to know what you think....go ahead.....make my day....leave me some lovin' in the comment section :)

Monday, August 23, 2010

I can see clearly now.......

..the rain is gone.....  Sorry - I had to do that!!  LOL!!!!

I was determined to get to stamp a card today.  d.e.t.e.r.m.i.n.e.d.!!  I have been doing a lot of scrappin' lately, but not making cards so much.  I really have missed making today was the day I was going to stamp one.  So I pulled out the mojo monday sketch for today and immediately I saw an owl.  SERIOUSLY - I wouldn't lie about that!  Do you want to see the sketch??

Don't you see it??? 

Really - you don't??

But - I saw it right away!  You guys just don't give it a chance.......hmmm........

Well, I will show you what I did anyway.  (even though you don't see it!)

Do you see it now?  lol!! 
I was going to use my very LOVED owl punch and put a cute little guy in the bottom right hand square and I was looking at my shelf....ALL RIGHT!......shelves.....for a sentiment that might inspire me and I saw my very neglected, bought on my very first order of many from the new catalog, not even mounted let alone seen ink yet, Aviary.  I totally adore the cages and those birds are absolutely marvelous!!  So, I thought....I will put a bird cage in that spot!  But I really wanted to texture that background piece......and see the texture through the cage.......

Do you see where my mind takes me??  WINDOW SHEETS BABY!!!  Oh yeah - that's what I am talking about! 
Let's take a closer look at my caged feathered friend's abode....

too fun, huh?

I stamped the cage onto a window sheet with black staz on ink.   (staz on VERY important - regular classic ink will not dry on window sheets....)  I set it aside and stamped the owl onto a piece of very vanilla card stock and cut it out and then adhered it to the very vanilla layer.  Then I cut out the cage and adhered it to the upper square with a very vanilla brad from the neutrals brads and then rolled up a mini glue dot and adhered the bottom of the cage to the card hiding the glue dot under the cage base.

Come I deserve kudos or what???  Probably - "or what??"  lol!!

Naturally I couldn't stop at the card front.......

Seriously, I couldn't stop!!

Here are the goodies I used to put this baby together:
stamps: Aviary
ink: black staz on, pumpkin pie, rose red
card stock: very vanilla, rose red, pumpkin pie, basic black
accessories: big shot, polka dot embossing folder, itty bitty punch pack, 1 1/4 square punch, 1 3/8 square punch, neutrals brads, paper piercer, mat pack, mini glue dots, black satin ribbon, brights designer buttons, crochet thread

give a girl some love....what do you think?

Thursday, August 19, 2010


feEd mE

Hi All!!!

Where does the time go?  HUH???  WHERE?!??!?!? 

I have a scrapbook page to share with you today.  I have been really working to get some scrapbooking caught up.....notice I said "some"  not "all."  lol!!!  I am so far behind, I don't think I will ever catch up! 

Every year, we take our daughter to feed fish at at town Linesville.  They have a spillway where carp collect to eat, eat and eat some more!  Anyway - our daughter gets a kick out of them flipping around for chunks of bread. 

Well, enough carp crap......LOL!!!!!

The colors I used here are chocolate chip, very vanilla, marina mist and baja breeze.   I love this color combo!!

My title is chipboard letters that Stampin' Up! retired last catalog and for the life of me, I can't remember what the set is called.  But you can get this look but using the new alphabet soup chipboard letter set in the current catalog.  Just mix and match your letters - this is a great way to use up letters when you don't have your whole title in one font.  I colored them with a sponge dauber and very vanilla craft ink.  After they were dry, I sanded the edges with a precision file in the new distressing kit.  The layered border above the title is a piece of baja breeze that was punched with the scallop edge punch with a piece of marina mist that was punched with the brand new dotted scallop ribbon border punch and then topped off with a tiny sliver of chocolate chip card stock.

To finish off my photo collage block - I wanted to add some texture and of course, ribbon......duh!  {lol}  I cut panels of chocolate chip, marina mist and baja breeze and then ran them through the big shot with various texture folders.  The chocolate chip is textured with the polka dot folder, the marina mist is accented with elegant lines and the baja breeze is all done up with the manhattan flower folder.  I then cut a tiny slit along the photo edge with my hobby blade to feed the 1/8th inch taffeta ribbon through to tie a bow around those panels to soften them up a little :)
Did you notice the brad accents in the lower right hand corner of the picture block????  They are the 5/16th inch brads with brad washers made with the itty bitty punch pack.

well.....that's all folks!  I am going to get some work done today...for sure....well, most likely........probably................I hope..............................well - probably not, but it sounded good, right??  LOL!!!

ALL RIGHT .....enough all ready!!  get off my back - I'm only one person.  I will try to get some work done!  hehehe!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

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Monday, August 9, 2010

It's just another manic monday.......

......ohhhhh....oohhhhh.....ooohhhhhh.....wish it was sunday......oohhhh......oohhhhh....oooohhhhh.....hubby's home that day.......ooohhhh....oohhh...ooohhhh......i could use a "mental health" day.....oohhh...ooohhh....oooohhh...........i didn't get one yesterday.......


it just came to me - I had to get it out!
It took me this long to get my Mojo Monday card ready for you.......well - at least it is still Monday, right???  lol!

I have really been neglectful of getting cards out that I need to.....So, I am starting a clean slate today starting with this mojo monday card.

I don't think there is a cuter set than Fox and Friends to make baby cards out of.  It is my "go to" set since Stampin' Up! retired my beloved Nursery Necessities :)  I also am totally in love with the baby tees wheel, but I used that one last time - so I went back to Fox and Friends :) 

I do have a tiny confession though....most of you have probably already caught me!  I hear you - you are huffing under your breath and asking " how could she do this to us???"  "does she think we don't pay attention to her detail??"  So, I will get this off my chest right now - The so saffron designer series paper is from a retired pack, Sweet Pea.  I have all of the new designer series patterns....but they were down stairs and I was up stairs......I wasn't leaving my room before I had too!  ( I can only send my daughter for so many know?  She can handle a drink for mommy or the phone...but a stack of designer series paper that is on top of the entertainment stand to keep it from her hands to begin with????  I don't think so!)

I get alot of comments from club members that they could never come up with the color combinations that I do themselves.  Well - listen here Stampers......I am not a color putting together genius - that is for sure!!  I always pull out my color coach or the Idea Book and Catalog.  Today's color combination came straight from the Nursery Suite Simply Scrappin' kit.  I just omitted regal rose and used early espresso instead of chocolate chip.  (another you see a pattern forming here???  lol! chocolate chip is packed in my bag for club week and I don't like to take things in and out of there.  I am afraid I don't put them back - so if I can substitute - I usually!)

How sweet is that sentiment???  It is from Curly Cute.  I used my photo corner punch to edge it out on the ends......if you leave me enough sweet nothin's in my comment section, maybe I can whip up a tutorial for you :)

Oh yeah......You knew I had to throw some brad washers in there, huh?  My tutorial for those is HERE.  These washers were made with the circle punch from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack instead of the 1/4 inch circle (which is retired, by the way - and wouldn't fit these brads anyway! ).

Well, whisper sweet nothin's in my comment section, I could really use them this week........

I have a scrapbook layout to share with you....I will try to get it up for tomorrow for you.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Whooooooo hooooooo has seen Regina??


Sorry it has been SO long!  My little one turned five - that means two parties to get ready for.  One big party with a hall and the nine and then a little party just for the three of us.  She has been in swimming lessons - which it is hard to believe that two hours of swimming could throw me off so much!  lol!!  Well - maybe it isn't that hard????  Anyway......I have come back today with two posts in one.  Does that make up for anything??  I sure hope so.  I will be posting more regularly, I pinkie swear!

I have this weeks Mojo Monday sketch card to share with you.  I have been itching to get together with the new owl punch since it arrived at my door step.  So, here is what I came up with:

Aren't those little owls adorable????  If you haven't ordered this punch yet - you really do need it!!  The owls are super sweet, not to mention the sizes of circles that are included with the punch!!

The card base is pear pizzazz.  The designer series paper is from Sunny Garden.  The ribbon is the new 1/2 inch stitched poly ribbon in pear pizzazz.  {luv} that new ribbon!!!  The scallop circle behind the cutie owls is also new, it is the extra large 2 3/8 scallop circle.  The sentiment is from the Summer mini, In a Word.  I think this will be my anniversary card for my hubby.  I punched the branches out with the extra large two step bird punch.
Did you see the brads in the upper left corner???  The white punches were punched out with a punch from the itty bitty shapes punch pack made into brad washers using my TUTORIAL HERE.  I then adhered them down with brand new neutrals brads after I aligned up the holes with the mat pack and paper piercer.

Those owls are cute, I don't care who you are....that's cute right there.  That was a quote from Larry the Cable Guy....well - he would have made that quote if he had seen these owls!!  lol!
the bodies are soft suede.  The bellies are from Sunny Garden.  I added white gel pen accents to the eyes to brighten them up a little :)

ALL RIGHT.......Now I have a Tipsy Tuesday for you!
Are your ribbon spools out of control?  Mine sure were!!  So I bought a bunch of Stampin' Up!'s ribbon keepers and then, my mom gave me hers because they weren't working for her.  (mom- you will be sorry you gave yours up when you see this tipsy tuesday :)  )  The problem I had was I didn't have a lot of table space for I had to stack them - high.  Well....high stacks of ribbon keepers really aren't conducive to my desk area - if you know what I mean ;)

One day, I was sitting at my desk working or sorting or something.....and I had a HUGE duh! moment. 
Let me back up a moment....My towers of ribbon keepers kept falling over on my desk, so I had tied them up to a nail in the wall, but still sitting on my desk. forward back to my duh! moment....  I looked over at my stamp shelf behind my door and the music began to play a light was shining on the wall behind my door......are you picturing it???  And I thought....if I have these ribbon keepers hanging on my desk....why couldn't I hang them there????  So I did this:

Don't look at the fact that the two strips of ribbon keepers do not line up - I was so excited, I just pounded nails and tied a couple of ribbons!!!  My retired ribbon is on the right and my current ribbon is on the left....I KNOW!!!  I have a slight ribbon hoarding problem......It isn't that I really "hoard" it per say.....because I do use it......I just buy soooo much of it.  lol!!! And don't even say a word about the tote of retired ribbon here:

Let me know what you think of the card and my storage solution......and maybe there is a number for a ribbon rehab in beverly hills you could refer me too ;)