Wednesday, July 27, 2011

WOYWW 112!

Happy WOYWW :D. I've been playing with my Papertrey Ink stamps. This is the Honey Bees stamp which I used to make the card from the previous post and this one (which my daughter sent off to a friend). The wellies are from the Daily Designs stamp set. I'm so in love with versamark for stamping btw lol.

I'm happy to say the weather has cooled off significantly from last week! Nothing like 100 degree weather to make 89 seem balmy :D, actually it was 108 with the heat index last week, bah.

Now for you Tim Holtz fans (It's been ages since I put a Tim Holtz label on a post), one of my favorite CHA reporting blogs, Scrap Time has posted a series of Tim Holtz videos, so I'll enable anyone interested by providing a link for videos 1 and 2 and this link for 3, 4, 5, and 6. Watch at your own fiscal peril however lol.

If you are wondering about what's all this WOYWW, then head over to our fearless leader's site, The Stamping Ground and have a gander, better yet, take a picture and join in :D.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Stamp-a-faire Challenge #10

Papertrey Ink had a Stamp-a-faire event over the weekend, only with one thing and another I wasn't able to participate with the online challenges, but since challenge #10 didn't post when it was supposed to, now I can :D. The challenge was to create depth by only using one layer, stamping a background and then focal points on top of it.

I used Papertrey Ink's Honey Bees and Background Basics: Retro, with Marvy Heritage Old Gold, Antique Linen Distress Ink and Memento Black Tuxedo inks, Papertrey Ink's Stamper's Select White and Harvest Gold cardstocks.

Monday, July 25, 2011

July Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Everything is Papertrey Ink except for the curtains.
card base, couch, pillows: Stampers Select White Cardstock.
couch seat: Ripe Avocado Cardstock
mat: Fine Linen Cardstock edged with Distress Ink Tea Dye
stamps: On My Couch, (Botanical Silhouette used for decorating pillows.

Curtains were rippled between three skewers two below the paper and one on top between them.

There are lots of wonderful projects at the PTI Blog Hop.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Catching Up with Cards

The Cricut Lyrical Letters cartridge is one of my all time favorites, but it's a difficult cartride to use for smaller embellishments. However, CutMates paper is made to use in die-cutting machines. Megan Elizabeth from Above Rubies and Club Ruby Designers (which is why I was sent some to play with) has a line called Paper Layerz printed on CutMates that has one 12 x 12 color and on the other side, 9 4 x 4 co-ordinating colors which makes it easy peasy to cut layers without digging for scraps. So I can make embellishments for A2 cards without having to use my craft knife to clean it up.

Another A2 card embellished with the Lyrical Letters cartridge. Paper Layerz for the embellishment, mats from stash. Glittered. Twenty minutes to make the card, another twenty to clean up the glitter lol.

Pagoda cartridge. Card bases all made with Stampers Select white Papertrey Ink cardstock. Now I just have to write messages in them and get them out in the mail. Bonus for me today, I got an envelope addressed to "Current Resident", no return address. Turns out it was a letter from my daughter, she got me lol.

WOYWW 111 - Confession Time, if Blogger Allows a Post that is

It's Wednesday!!! I missed last week, and I've been feeling out of step. First things first, my desk today. The panda (from the Cricut Pagoda cart) is cut out of Paper Layerz Paper, wonderful stuff cuts like a dream and great for fast multi-color cuts. One side has a 12 x 12 pattern or color and the other side has 9 4 x 4" blocks of co-ordinating colors. And it's printed on Cutmates Paper which is just made for die-cutting machines. The next post will have more examples if you are interested in learning more. I was sent some because I'm on the Design Team at Club Ruby Designers.

Above the panda is the source of today's confession, the plain white cardstock with the unmounted rubberstamps on it. You would not know this to look at my desk, but I am a closet perfectionist. Things have to put away in their proper place or not at all lol.

After I cut apart unmounted rubber stamp sheets, I stamp them all on a sheet of cardstock, put it in a page protector and put it in a binder.  These are Club Scrap stamps, stored by kit along with the printouts of layouts and any information about that kit.

But wait, there's more. Since I have to store things by set, I need to have a way to find birthday sentiments, backgrounds, etc. So I stamp everything on cardstock by category and put them in page protectors in a binder dedicated to that purpose.  Although there are occasional what the hecks??? like the border on the left page lol.

So a late start, but I was out till 2am last night, but it was necessary. I had to go see him, no spoilers, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

So if you are wondering what's all this WOYWW business, head over to Julia's Stamping Ground and have a gander. Better yet, take a picture and join in the fun lol. Hope your Wednesday is fabulous!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

I think I hear a Hummingbird!

Today is one of those magnificent days of summer, not too hot, not a lot of humidity, a nice breeze, very sunny and I keep seeing a very large small shadow, or a very small large shadow darting by the window. Then I heard it, a hummingbird :D. It hasn't stop to feed at the feeder outside my window when I'm nearby, but it does my heart good to know it is there :D.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

How to Accessorize A Birthday Girl

Party Hat: Cut party hat from Elmo's Party cartridge at 6.65" and Tiara from Once Upon A Princess cartridge at 4.29". Assemble the party hat. Cut off base of Tiara leaving 1/4". Apply Tombow adhesive to the 1/4" base of the tiara and let dry till tacky, then attach to bottom of party hat.  Attach small eyelet at both ends of the tiara base and again about halfway to the center. The eyelets insure the tiara stays attached to the hat and a place to string elastic cord so the hat stays on.

Street Sign cartridge was used for the 16's (welded on the Gypsy)  and in slightly varying sizes between 1.25 and 1.50.  Use to embellish the party hat. Large fake jewels embellish the tiara. Attach ribbons to top of hat if desired.

Wand: Cut 3 Crown Tags on French Manor cartridge at 3" high. Cut the design out of one tag and make a cut for the stick in the middle bottom of that tag too. Wrap stick (or three skewers) with ribbon. Glue stick onto one Crown tag. Put thick dimensional dots all around the tag, then put the altered tag in place. When glue is dry, put dimensional dots on the middle tag. Apply glue where stick will go on 3rd tag and place on top of dimensional dots. When dry, add a 16 to each side. Tie a bow with lots of ribbon streamers.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

On Your Marker, Get Set, Scrap!

Hello everyone! It's my turn to be the guest designer at The Bugbytes. For this layout you need a gypsy, an E2, brown cricut marker, Cindy Loo cartridge and Stretch Your Imagination cartridge.

On layer one arrange the caption using the Cindy Loo font feature at 1.06". The 4.35" frame is made with the frame feature with the bird house layer placed on top of it.

The scallop is on layer 2 with the inner square hidden with the hide contour feature.

Insert the marker (with the pressure set at 1) and "cut" layer 1, then after it is finished hit "return to design", go to layer 2 and "cut" again. Then unload the paper.

Fill in the scallops and birdhouse doors by hand. Add dots to the inner frame and wash with a small amount of water and a brush to spread color. Draw flowers around the outside. Cut the birdhouse on the inside of the frame with a craft knife so a photograph can be slid under it.


Actually tidier than it looks because behind the cd rack, there is a large clear space lol. Those are most of my Papertrey Ink stamps in a great thrift store find, three cd racks for $2!  The cone to the right is a prototype for a birthday hat from the Cricut Elmo's Party. And lots and lots of painter's tape to hold things down as needed.

I really need to re-label the pink bin, it has fine line markers and gel pens in it, not cd cleaning supplies lol. I'm so late to the fair today, it's been a longgggggg day lol.

If you are wondering what's all this WOYWW, head over to the Stamping Ground and have a gander! Better yet, join in :D.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Botanicals Lite Blog Candy Winner

Congratulations Sheila aka SassyLady!  I'm sending you an email :D.