Friday, October 21, 2016
For a while I have been blessed to donate some die cuts and cards and supplies to my cherished friend Lanette Veres who heads up http://www.graymattersfoundation.com/about-graymatters-foundation/lanettes-story/. Lynette has battled many brain tumor surgeries and she has made it her path to help those who will endure such events in their lives. This woman has a glow around her, and she is loved. Recently I did a myriad of larger die cuts that she will use to place in hospital rooms or recovery rooms, or homebound patients recovering from brain surgery. I had a lot of fun making these. It is a heavy post, so sit down if you have the patience to wander through it all.
Monday, September 12, 2016
HO HO HO, MERRY SEPTEMBER.
Those of my friends who visit know that each holiday season I make cards for myself and my sweet daughter in law and son. I love making these cards, and I bounce around from one design to another so I am not flooding the Christmas-Card-Cache with same ole' same ole' stuff. Here are samples of the cards for my precious ones this 2016 Christmas.
Lots of Cricut Cartridge Creations goin' on below....Merry Christmas cut out which is a Memory Box die cut. I love this die cut. In fact, I love Memory Box dies.
That's it, friends. Christmas stuff in September. Thanks for your visit.
Monday, August 22, 2016
My dear friend Cathy closed down her scrapbooking room to make room for her real estate career and of all things she gave ME EVERYTHING. I have spent a few months creating cards and projects using her paper, her sheets and sheets of punch out designs and stickers, words and phrases and all things fun fun fun. She had a whole drawer full of Christmas dies and designs so I made her a lot of Christmas cards. Below are a few more "slam dunks" using this n' that stuff from my friend Cathy. And she will get these, if she wants them. After all she gave me some fun, I can share what I made.
She had sheets of stickers with a sports theme. I think these cards came out nice, and will be fun to send to someone who has a child or grandchild in the sports arena.
Some Christmas poinsettia punch outs, a little girl's confirmation dress, a colorful BOY piece of paper, a cute sticker sheet featuring a baby girl, a strip containing metal shapes for a baby boy and some flower punches. Cute cards, I think and sooooooo easy to make.
More punches, stickers, strips.
Same.... punches, stickers, strips.
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
I am once again in "clean up" mode. I have stacks of unfinished projects. Things I started on and then for some reason or another, put aside until "later",. I love that word. "Later" ..but eventually that will pop up and slap one in the forehead and say "HEY". I organized my 2 trays of ribbons. In doing so, I came across some really cute ribbons with images, words, themes so I put them aside and decided I would make quick and simply cards to offer on eBay. This is one stack done. Yay for me. I cut the Santa Face from my Doodlecharms Cricut cart, the sentiment is rubber stamped and embossed and the inside is a computer generated sentiment. I love the little ribbon that says "Santa and Me" and a cute little Santa image.
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Oh so oh so simple note pads from Dollar Tree. For a buck you get a pad of about 5 or 6 little lined, colorful note pads. Some of these have a folded down cover and some are as simple as folding card stock for an A2 size greeting card. Add a little die cut and mount, maybe some buttons, flowers, fold over or down and you have a quick gift.
That's all folks.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
For now, I have exhausted the little drawings that I found stuffed in a folder. I have a few that I didn't use, but let us just say I created with the drawings that I was pleased with.
My friends have seen my frog collection. I have a giant array of stuffed frogs of all sorts and kinds, not only stuffed but wooden frogs, metal frogs, ceramic frogs, frogs covered with crystals and beads... all a gift from a treasured client not only from my working days but gifted long after I retired. I love froggies ..and I even embroidered a quilt with frogs...and I am proud to say I won a First Place Blue Ribbon at the County Fair a few years back.... so it is natural I would love to draw a few frogs.
Here are a few silly froggies.
A gal loaded up with shopping bags and maybe a plea to a friend to join her. An ice cream cone and a little fella with his friend Teddy Bear who says "We love you, we do"....
A little flop-eared bunny. The top says "Happy Bunny Day" and the inside has an Easter sentiment. A frantic hair-standing-on-end friend who says "I forgot, I forgot". Inside it says "I am late, I am late, for a very important date. Happy Birthday". And a colorful rooster who says "Rise n' Shine, it is a very special day". I placed a sample of the inside sentiment.
A little red bird who reports someone tattled on someone's birthday.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
I bought several of the newer Cricut cartridges that cut out the sentiments and designs. Some are clear in their design, some are not. Here are a few. It is fun to back the front of the card with additional cardstock and colors, but it is also nice to leave the front of the card free of backing which leaves a delicate sentiment and design. The "thank you" card as well as the "merry & Bright" cards have backing on the front, the other two cards are free-cut.
More of the gift bags, such fun to make. I have so so so much 12x12 paper and it is almost a pressure to use it use it use it up. That will never happen unless I live until I am 100 and still functional. (that said with a grin). Nonetheless, these little gift bags are fun and easy to make. I did a tutorial back a few months on how to do these but basically the side sections and bottom sections are scored, then folded over a plastic Cricut cartridge case. Before I glue the back seams together, I add some of the heavier grey card board for the front back and side seams. This gives the bag girth. Then I punch holes on each of the sides, add a ribbon which is anchored inside the seam with a decorative scallop round punch. Then I add the die cuts. Cute bags, love making them...
More hand drawn cards. I draw a master image and then I can make copies, color the images in to make multiple cards. Here is a little ballet girl. Inside says "Dance your birthday".
A few days ago, whether I could justify it or not, I bought two thick packs of 8x8 card stock in pretty colors. Two of these pages make some pretty awesome boxes. There is a tutorial on box making on this blog, and it could not be easier. I scored 2 inches on all 4 sides, (that is the lid) and then the bottom of the box is scored at 2 inches PLUS the next little line. Must be exact or the bottom of the box will tend to fall out of the lid.... cut the scores on both opposing sides. I put a little sticky dot on the outside corner flap, and then a thin line of glue on the larger flap. These fold up to make a very nice box. Add some die cuts. In the boxes below, those are the delightful Dollar Tree die cuts.
More hand drawn.... little gals, little guys, all dressed up to celebrate July 4th. A little red glitter added. I had tons of hand drawn images... frogs, dogs, cats, flowers, bunnies.... just need to get busy and make some cards.
Monday, July 18, 2016
I am on a rip... I AM I AM I AM going to clean out stacks of stuff, closets, shelves, tubs. I am..I promise to me that I will get this done at long last.
In cleaning out one of the boxes that had been stacked under a craft table, I found a folder full of hand drawn images. At one time I did a lot of hand drawn cards, and I had a lot of fun bringing out my past artsy days. These were put away, and so the other day I created a few cards from some of the drawn images. Some are on eBay, some are not. But here are a few.
Two little dancing ballerinas. Embossed mount with ribbons, and the sentiment "Dance" tagged on with a little punch heart. Inside it says "Celebrate your birthday" tagged on with a little heart. These will be on eBay.
I love drawing cats n' dogs... here is my Fluffy Fido drawing. Just a Hello card, blank inside. These will be on eBay.
July 4th, Independence Day cards with hand drawn boys and girls. Here n' there are tiny trails of red glitter to brighten the drawing. Some will be on eBay.
Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Lots and lots and lots of cut out cards from my recently purchased Cricut cartridges. They are fun to create, ....a simple task of loading the cartridge, loading the paper and mat, select and cut...and then sit while it creates right in front of your eyes. The little side nick allows the perfect score mark to fold the card. Then one has the choice of leaving the front of the card an open weave-work or placing a same-sized white (or color) backing. And most of the time I add a folded piece of white stationery paper for messaging. I usually emboss the front of each card which gives it a little texture. Usually I add a little die cut to give the card a little bump up. These cards are fun and most of all allow me to use up the stacks and stashes, piles and shelves full of paper paper paper. I am on a quest to whittle that down. I may be 100 but I have a quest. Please wish me well on the endeavor.