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What Can You Get for $1

I confess, I love the $1 bins at Michaels and I also love the $1 Scrapbooking supplies at JoAnn’s.  You have to watch, pick and choose, and monitor often, but if you are patient you can get some cute stuff.

$1 Stamps MichealsWe have several Michael stores close to either where I live or where my #1 Daughter and I work, so there is no lack of incentive to check them out.

So, just because one Michaels doesn’t have it doesn’t mean the other won’t.  I found these cute $1 stamps this week at Michaels.  Six $1 stamps and lucky me I had a coupon for 20% off the entire total purchase.  I like to use these type coupons on these type items rather than using a 40% off coupon on one item that only cost $1.  So that equaled out to me only paying $.80 for each stamp.  Wait it gets better…I still had over $5 dollars on a gift certificate from Mother’s Day.  By the end I got all of these stamps and still had $.35 left on my gift card.

JoAnn $1 Scrapbooking

So at JoAnn’s they have $1 Scrapbooking Supplies.  I like to purchase the rub-ons because they are usually the right size for the cards I make and have great sentiments.  Bonus, some of them were only $.50.

As you can see some of them are colored and some black and white.  They are just a good all around sentiments touching on different things like friendship, get well soon and inspirational words.

Clear Stamps

As I started to check out at JoAnn’s I looked down and they had these clear $1 stamps on a bottom shelf of the impluse buy line.

They are nicely detailed and well worth the $1/pkg they cost. 

So, I think if you just keep your eyes peeled you might be surprise what you can find for $1.  Oh by the way, I already had the Friend to Friend stamp from Michaels…no biggie, I’ll give that to my Mom, she loves stamps also!

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Jun 16, 2009 - Cards, Tips, Tutorials    1 Comment

Father’s Day Card

Recently on the Cricut MB, a contributor by the name of Nilda showed us how to use chipboard elements as embossing elements for the CuddleBug (CB).  Check out her sight and videos at  She is one talented lady!

Embossed Mat

Here is what the embossing looks like after it has been run through the CB.

I cut the owl and the flourishes out of chipboard using the Storybook cartridge (SB) and I cut the word “Dad” out of card stock using the Plantain cartridge (PLN).

I use recycle cereal boxes, frozen dinner boxes, and cracker boxes for chipboard.



I made sure I used my stickiest mat, and then I also taped down the top and side to ensure that the chipboard does not move around.  I also used a deep cut blade and placed it on #6.

Tip:  Some chipboard (i.e., boxes from file folders, some frozen dinner boxes) have a plastic coating on them so you may want to make an extra pass with the cutting.

The mutliple cuts, pressue and speeds will very according to your machine.  My machine used this combination:  Multiple Cuts = 5 times (4 +1); Speed = low; Pressure= High

Chipboard Element

When choosing your element to cut out of chipboard, be sure and choose an element that does not have fine detail.  The element will cut cleaner and emboss clearer if the detail is large.  It also makes it easy to clean up the chipboard after it is cut if the details are not fine.

This is the owl and the flourishes that was cut with the recycled staple box.


Tools Used

I used a small blade craft knife, the pick instrument from the Cricut accessory tools, and a small file to clean and remove the cut areas that didn’t easily come out when I removed the elements from the mat.




Cleaned Up

Here it is with all of it’s detailed elements punched out, sanded and trimmed.

The cleaner the chipboard element the cleaner it will emboss.  So take a little extra time to get it just the way you want it.




Sandwich Plates for CB

I’m making a 6″ x 4″ card so I cut a mat @ 5-1/2″ x 3-1/2″.

The sandwich for the embossing is as follows:

A plate; B-plate; Embossing Pad (tan pad); card stock mat; chipboard element using for embossing; 2 shims (made from cereal boxes); second B plate.


Tip:  The Embossing pad is from Spellbinders; however, you can go to your local home center and get a similar item in the plumbing department.  I believe they come in a red color and have to be cut down but the price is a lot cheaper.

Be sure and pay attention to how and where you are placing your chipboard elements that you are using to emboss. When you emboss, the results will produce an embossed side and a debossed side.  If you are wanting to use the emboss side, be sure and place the chipboard element as though you are looking at the card or mat from the reverse side.  If you want the embossed element on the left side you would place it on the right side at this point.

Finished Card

I couldn’t leave well enough alone.  If you haven’t figured it out yet I’m in to all the details and insist that my cards are full of detail.

I chalked the Owl and flourishes and added some eyes.  I inked and doodled on “Dad” and the photo corners.  Added a little ribbon and a tag that says “Happy Father’s day” and of course buttons.




Carried the theme on the inside of the card.  The Owl is the $1 stamp I found at JoAnn’s and I used the MCPT to get it a little umph!

I did discover that I could use the photo punch and punch the corners on the folded card to get the photo corners at the top.  So I folded the card, stuck the corner into the punch and it cut through both layers…..that rocks!


Nilda is going to put a “How To Video” on how to do this technique so be sure and check her blog out over the next week or so. 

Tip:  If you don’t have a Cricut, you can still use this technique by just using purchase chipboard and using that as an embossing element.  I’m also sure this will work with other dye cutting machines other than the CB.  Just play around with the different plates until you find the sandwich mix that works.  My CB is still new so it would not take the “C” plate like Nilda’s, but I just kept switching things out and around until I got the mix that worked.

Thanks for looking and don’t forget to get a closer look just click on the picture.  Thanks for stopping by and be sure and leave me a comment, I love hearing from you.

Jun 11, 2009 - Organization, Tips    1 Comment

Best Stamp Caddy Ever…

Stamp Pad Revolving Case

Hi Everyone!  I know it has been several days since I posted.  I have been busy and took a few days off from posting.

When I was at the American Scrapbook Convention I stumbled upon the booth of Best Craft Organizer.  They had this organizer for stamp pads for $39.99.

A couple of years ago my #1 Daughter and I went in together and bought 50+ Stampin Up stamp pads off the internet at a good price.  Since that time we have had them stored in clear shoe boxes.  Then when I created the craft studio they ended up in three drawers of JetMax cubes.

The stamp caddy has a place on top for the re-inkers and it also came with a strap and side pieces that you can attached to keep the stamp pads from coming out if you decide to carry to a crop night or need to move it.

Tip:  Just in case you are not aware of this tip I thought I would add it here since we were talking about stamp pads.  You should store you stamp pads upside down and flat.  Stampin Up pads are designed to automatically store the pad upside down when you close the pad.  I turn my other pads over so they will be stored upside down.  This keeps the ink at the top surface of the ink pad.  So you know what that means…..I have to get out my label maker and label it.

I have found the stamp caddy on the internet but they are always so expensive and then you have to pay the shipping cost.  So, when I saw this price, I knew it was the prize of “my” day.  Little did I know that the lady at Best Craft Organizer was going to add to my delight.

I left the stamp caddy at the booth so I could finish the convention without having to carry it around.  When I went back to booth to pick up the caddy the lady said, “Here you go and I’m giving you the piece that holds the pens.”  Wow! I felt so blessed and was so grateful.  I think that additional piece was somewhere around $10.00.  I feel I certainly got my monies worth and what a great organizational tool for the stamps.

By the way the Butterfly was a give-a-way from the PKGlitz booth.  It was too pretty to throw it away so I used it to bedazzle the stamp caddy………….sweet!

Jun 5, 2009 - Organization, Tips, Tutorials    2 Comments

Acrylic Stamps – Storage Solution

I realize there is a lot of ways to store your acrylic stamps and you have probably gone through several of them.  There is the clip-it-up method, there is keeping them in binders using protective sheets, Jim Holtz has a system and I’ve seen several others.

My problem is I forget what I have if I don’t see them and the clip-it-up method was a little more expensive than what I wanted to get into.  So I saw this storage used with some Bo-Bunny acrylic stamps and I’ve also seen DVD cases used.  This is fairly inexpensive, depending on how much recycled items you have.

Items Used: 

Standard Jewel Cases (pk of 10 for $3.99 – Office Depot)

Cardstock – Your choice of color

Acetate – You can get this at your craft store or Office Center – I used recycled acetate from packaging and sheets that covered the acrylic stamps.

Staz-On Ink – Black

Large acrylic stamp block


 Let’s begin….

This system uses a “standard” jewel case.  This is important because the slim jewel cases do not have a removable center that holds the disk and it does not have enough depth to allow the case to close when you put the stamps inside.  It usually takes two standard jewel cases to hold a sleeve of stamps. 

Tip:  If you buy Music CD’s they can be recycled to use in this system.

Standard Jewel CaseCenter removed from Jewel Case

Pop the center out and you are left with the front and back of the standard jewel case.

Since my craft studio is in black/white/yellow, I chose a light yellow card stock to use as my cover for the cases.  The cover does a couple of things.  The top of the cover is where I write the information about the mfg and the stamps and there is a 1/4″ lip on the cover that labels what is in the case.  I used categories  (i.e. flourishes, floral, words, medallions, etc) so I put like things together.  This helps narrow down the packages and it puts the various styles and types together.  To me this is a time saver.  I don’t have to dig through everything trying to find that one stamp I know I purchased but can’t seem to remember what set of stamps it came with.

I used a Cricut E. and the George cart. to cut the top cover sheet and the bottom acetate.  The top measurements are 4.625″ H x 5.6888″W and the bottom is set at 4.935″H and 4.75″W.  I cut the top cover out of cardstock and the bottom sheet out of acetate.

Bottom TemplateCut several bottoms (see measurements above) out of acetate.  Mark one to use as a template and place it in the bottom of the jewel case and arrange the stamps to fill the template.  Be sure and keep the stamps off the small lips in the jewel case that holds the template in place.  This enables you to slide the bottom acetate out and in easily.

Tip:  I marked the template so I knew which one I was using for a template so I would not get it mixed up with the acetate bottoms I was stamping. That way only one acetate bottom was getting ink smudges on it.

Stamps arranged on TemplateOnce the stamps are arranged (cut side up), ink the stamps with Staz-on Ink then place another acetate bottom on top of the inked stamps.  Make sure you have the bottom turned correctly to match the widths and the heights correctly. 

Ink/acetate bottom/acrylic block

Using the acrylic block press down to transfer the image to the acetate bottom. 


Remove the stamped acetate and let it dry.  Once it is dry turn the stamp side over and slide it into the bottom of the standard jewel case.  This will mean the stamped image is against the jewel case.  This will turn the images correctly and you can place your stamps in the designated places.

Jewel Case/stamped acetate bottom/acrylic stamps

The acetate bottom being stamped with the predetermined places will help you keep your stamps in the right jewel cases and give you a road map as to how they go back in the case.

From here cut the top cover to go in the lid of the standard jewel case.

Labeled Top Cover

I ran the covers through my printer giving them  the general categories (i.e., floral, floruishes, words medallions). 

You can get as detailed as you want but I just hand wrote the information on the top just in case I needed it later.



1/4" from the bottomUsing the Scor-Pal I ran a fold at the 4-1/4″ mark, placing the edge of my cardstock on 4″ and the next line over is the 1/4″. 

1/4" fold to create label

Using a ruler to make the crease sharp creates the label for the standard jewel case.  Yes, you are correct the label is upside down at this point; however, when you slide it into the top of the jewel case and turn it over it is right side up.





Stamps in Jewel Case on top of stamp acetate bottom

Here the acrylic stamps are lined up on the stamped acetate bottom inside the jewel case in their designated area.

Cover slide into the top of the Jewel Case

Slide the top cover in the top of the standard jewel case, making sure the folded label is in the middle of the jewel case.  This enables the label to show when the standard jewel case is closed.

Finished Acrylic Stamp Storage

Here it is!  Now I got a little carried away and inked the edges of the labels so they would have a little dimension to them.



What I love about this system:

1. They are neatly stored, like items are together (words, Christmas, florals, etc).

2. I can pull out a category and just turn it over and look at what is stored in that jewel case.  If that is not what I’m looking for slide it right back in it’s slot. 

3. If it is what I’m looking for; open it, use it, easily put it back in the jewel case exactly replacing it where the stamped image is marked.

4.  It sits on top of my jetmax cubes at arms reach and a reminder that they are available.

5.  It’s compact and all the same size.

6.  It can be added to, changed or reduced easily.

7.  The various mfg’s information is written on the cover and easily accessed.

Thanks for taking the time to read through and be sure and let me know if you discover a step you would like to know more about or information on.  The clear CD case is from the Container Store and cost about $6.99.  I like using the clear items because it keeps the room feeling light and airy.

I apologize for the placement of some of the pictures and text.  I tried repeatedly to get them straightened out but at last the system was being rebellious.

Be sure and leave me a note, let me know what you think,  I love hearing from you. 

Jun 2, 2009 - Quilling, Tips    2 Comments


Reminds me of LemonadeAnother beautiful day lily that has just started blooming.  These blooms are huge and I run out every day to catch a glimpse of their fading glory.

I hope you don’t mind me sharing some of my flowers with you.  I love gardening and usually when I’m pulling the weeds or trimming back the over growth, I’m in deep conversation with God.  Somehow that seems fitting; to be tending to the beautiful things He created and talking with Him.  The only thing that would make it better would be having a cup of coffee at the same time.  Oh yea! I do that too!

Not to0 long ago Paper Wishes (PW) did a webisode on Quilling and ever since that time I have wanted to try my hand at it.

I finally gave into the desire and purchased a few items to help me get started.  Now I used my 40% off coupon at HL on the highest price item and the other items were just $2-$3 a piece.

Quilling Starter Kit

The cork board with the circles was the most expensive.  It allows you to make loose circles multiple sizes or all the same size.  It also keeps them in place while the glue drys.

I purchased a little kit (it came with the quilling paper and instructions on how to make “Little Critters”).  You need a slotted tool and a pair of needle nose tweezers.  I already had the straight pins and  some glue.

Tip:  You can use a large embroidery needle for the slotted tool and some people just use a needle.  If you use the needle it keeps the center roll tighter than the slotted tool.  Also, you can “lick” your finger to help keep the paper on the needle while you start to roll it. Be sure and use the blunt end of the needle and not the sharp end…I’m just saying some people need more instructions than others.  LOL!


I have been in search of a stamp of a bee for several weeks.  Although I can find them, most of them are too cutesy.  When I couldn’t find what I was looking for I decided to look and see if the “Quilling Bee” more closely resembled what I wanted. Sure enough it did, and  of course, you know that was just enough to justify getting the quilling stuff.

I put yellow Stickles across the back to embellish the bee (I know I can’t leave well enough alone), although it looks right in the picture, when it dries the horizontal line of stickles fades away, so I’ll have to come up with a different way to get the look I’m wanting.  Oh my, I just had an “aha” moment but I want to try it first and see if it works. 


Hmm, the bee was easy enough, so why not try my hand at the butterfly.  It too was very easy and I think it came out pretty good for my first try.

The center is called a marquis shape and the wings are just loose rolls in different lengths of quilling paper squeezed into tear shapes.  Looks like I might need to cut the antennas down a little bit, but that is really easy to do.


Multicolored - Butterfly

This is the large butterfly that is multi-colored.  Ok, not my best work, but I certainly got the idea of what I was suppose to be trying to do.  You actually glue strips of various colors and various lengths together to make one long strip, then roll the loose circle and pinch into the shape you want.  This is where the cork board with the circle template comes in handy to make sure both wings are the same size.

I put all my Quilling stuff in a 12 x 12 “Stow- N- Go” type container.  This way everything is together and I can just grab it to work on some flowers or “little critters” while I sit and watch TV with my DH.  By the way, I did these late at night but love the idea of being able to be in the same room with DH and make something so cute.

What’s next on the agenda?  I’m going to have to have the Quilling Fringer Tool from PW ($49.99).  Then there is a book called Quilling Idea Book and I love their Quilling Circle Template Board better than the one I bought.  Hmm, I may have to upgrade.  Then their is the Flower Sampler Quilling Kit and oh yea, that Husking Hoops & Loops looks like a must have. 

I wonder if I’ll have time for cards anymore? 

May 26, 2009 - Cards, My Garden, Tips    No Comments

When Words are Not Enough…

Orange Sherbert

Another one of the Day-lilies blooming in my flowerbed.  I’m calling this one Dreamsicle.  I don’t think that is the name that came on the tag but it sure reminds me of that wonderful combination of flavors that remain one of my favorite.

The beauty that God gave us in His unique design of the flowers of the fields never cease to amaze me.  When I look on the flowers in my flowerbeds I’m instantly reminded of His grace.  Exceptional beauty given with all the glory for His beloved creation to enjoy.  I discoverd a long time ago, I didn’t have the vocabulary to express to Him how I truly feel .  That’s “When Words are not Enough”….

Unfortunately, I had a friend that lost her sister to cancer a couple of weeks ago.  The good news (if there can be any) she was ready to go and that in its self gives some comfort.  This is my sympathy card and expression of comfort to her for her loss.

Sandra Martin's Card

I love the Cuddle Bug (CB) for embossing.  The white CS has been embossed using two folders; Perfectly Pasiley and Swiss Dots.  The Perfectly Pasiley was embossed a little more than 1/2 way down the white CS, then leave about a 2″ gap and emboss the lower part with Swiss Dots.

Tip:  You need to use two embossing folders that have random patterns.  This makes it easier to combine the different designs.

I used my Scor-Pal to score a couple of lines in the 2″ gap to give it a finished look.  The scalloped rectangles were done using Spellbinders scalloped rectangle nestibilites.  Added a dressed up pin and some flowers with a brad.  I used a Prang Brush Pen in gold to go around the scallops on the brown mat.

Thinking of You

The handwriting is my own and I dressed it up with three pearls.

Tip: I lightly write what I want to say in pencil, erasing and re-writing until I get it the way I want it.  Then I take a micro – .05 pen and write over the final words.  Let them dry and use a white erase to get rid of the pencil lines.

Inside of Sandra Martin's Card

I kept the inside simple.  The brown mat was embossed using the Swiss Dot Folder, the Pink was embossed using the Perfectly Paisely folder. 

The white mat was inked with Colorbox chalk ink in creamy brown.



Used the Enveloper to make the envelope and cut a small piece of bubble wrap to place over the flower and stick pin.

Tip:  I use pattern paper with white backs to make my envelopes.  I turn the pattern paper to the inside so when the envelope is opened they see the pattern.  Since it has a white back, it makes it perfect to write the address on.

To get a closer look just click on the picture.  Thank you for stopping by and please be sure and leave me a comment.  I enjoy hearing from you.

May 22, 2009 - Cards, Tips, Tutorials, Uncategorized    No Comments

3-D Sunflower Part 3 of 3

So here we are with the outside completed.  If your petals are sticking out and up more than you want,  justSide view add a few glue dots to hold the petals down and in place.

The second olive green mat with the oval is for the inside of the card.  You’ll need to cut it down to 4.75″.  Using the Cuttlebug and the Happy Birthday folder emboss the mat and set it aside after the edges have been inked.

Tip:  This mat will be bigger than the A2 folder.  I matched the A2 folder to the side that didn’t get embossed and held it in place with repositionable tape, ran just that side through the CB.  I should have taken a picture of that step but didn’t think about it at the time.  Just be very observant on where the A2 folder ends on the mat and line it up when you go to emboss the rest of the mat.

Inside Mat - Embossed

Here is the inside mat after it has been embossed. 

There is a website called  This website is free and it lets you create “Beautiful Word Clouds”.  If you want a word to show up larger than the rest of the words (i.e. Amber), you enter that word in your list more than one time.

So I put in a list of words that I felt described her.  Once the “cloud” is made, you can use their format  options to change colors and fonts and how the words appear in the cloud.

Once I got it to where it complimented the colors of the card I printed it off on colored cs. I moved the oval around the “word cloud” until I found the best postion that captured the words I wanted diplayed and cut it down to fit the mat.  I stitched the finished mat to the inside of the card. 

Tip:  It would have been better to stitch the mat to another mat and then apply to the inside of the card, that way your stitching would not show on the back.  Since, I didn’t think of that before hand, I glued a mustard mat (5″ x 5″) to the back of the card and covered up the stitching.  This may seem like it would make the card heavy but it actually helped support the bulkiness of the flower.

Decorated Pins

Added a small bow so I could tuck  a couple of bead encrusted pens to finish off the inside.

Tip:  Because I couldn’t get all the words I used in the “word cloud”  inside the oval, I printed them off on vellum and glued them to the left side of the card.  That way when she opened it up she could see all the words that was used to describe her.


I created an envelope using Paper Wishes Pastel Vellum Papers.  I used the pastel orange and then wrote her name and embellished it with a cute bubble bee and some rain dots.

The vellum envelope allows you to see the Sunflower and mutes the colors. 

Wow, this is a long tutorial for one card.  I have learned that the more detail you do to a card the more instructions it requires.  I’m sure I missed something or accidently left something out.  So if you try to make this card and have a question, please be sure and let me know if I’ve left something out or it is not clear.  I’ll be more than happy to update anything I left out or need to make clearer.

Thanks again for stopping by and let me know what you think.  I hope I showed you something new or provided you a tip that makes it a little easier.

May 21, 2009 - Cards, Tips, Tutorials    No Comments

3-D Sunflower Part 2 of 3

Leaves turned to petalsHi everyone!  I apologize for the delay in the continuation of this card, I had several things come up that I had to take care of and by the end of the day I was too tired to add to this tutorial.

I also updated the first post, you will need to cut 24 to 25 petals not 12.   I also updated the information to reflect that all edges, on all pieces have been inked using Creamy Brown and added ribbon, pin, and brown CS information.

Let’s pick up where we left off.  This picture shows one row of leaves with the stems cut off to form the petals and one row of leaves with the stems still on.  Take a close look at the petals; the top of the petals are turned slightly to the right and on the bottom row the top of the leaves are turned slightly to the left.  This is important as you start to layer the petals that some go to the left and some go to the right.


The petals are colored using the MCPT technique, there are two groups of leaves #1 group and #2 group, and using the colors of Prisma Pencils indicated in post 1 of 3.  I followed the basic yellow in the center, darker color to the left of the petal and lighter color to the right.


Additional enhancements

I also used some perfect medium on several of the petals.

Tip:  You could take 12 of the petals and use as the base, then take 6 and dry emboss them and 4 heat embossed and 2 using perfect medium.  This would give you a different look entirely.

Petals Heat Embossed

Here is what the Jeweled Gold heat Embossed petals look like.  There are actually 4 petals that I did this way.  I colored them along with the other petals and then heat embossed over the petal.  This adds depth and color variations to the petals.


Rolling the Petals

Using a smooth pencil (the Prisma Color Pencils work well), roll the ends of the petals to make a curve.  Some petals will need a little roll and others will need a deeper roll.  I initially rolled them all the same and then as I started assemblying them rolled the petals more as I needed them.

Assembly of Petals

Start layering the petals from the front wrapping the curved ends into the inside of the front of the card.  I used repositional glue until I got the first three or four started.  As I like how they looked I went back and attached them with permanent glue.  Don’t be surprised if you get something the way you like it and then need to add a petal to the layer beneath.  Just keep arranging and layering until you go completely around the oval cut out.

Once they were all attached I cut an oval 3.09″W x 3.693″ H,  heat embossed in with Marcasite and then glued it to the back of the front of the card to cover the petals and create the center of the Sunflower.

Amber's B-Card

With the center in place I took the 3-D Scribble Paint and started filling the outer part of the center of the Sunflower with dots. 

Tip:  Start with the dark color first and then work your way up to the lighter color.  It takes less of the lighter colors to make an impact so don’t over saturate the light colors.

I added the mustard mat (5″x5″) to cover up the center on the inside of the card.  If I had planned a little better I could have probably eliminated a layer by incorporating the center with the mat, but at this point it was too late.

I’m going to stop here and we’ll finish up the tutorial with what I did to the inside of the card.  Thanks for looking and don’t forget you can click on the pictures to get a closer look.  Thanks for stopping by and be sure and leave me a comment, I enjoy hearing from you.

May 18, 2009 - Cards, Tips, Tutorials    1 Comment

3-D Sunflower Card…1 of 3

Amber's B-Card

Now that Amber’s birthday is over, I’ll show the information and tutorial on her card.  This will be broken up into a couple of postings since it gets pretty lengthy.

So, let’s begin…..

Cricut E & Cartridges: Beyond Birthdays (BYB), Plantin (PL), George (G)

CuddleBug – Happy Birthday Folder

Card stock:  Stampin Up Royal Regals (Olive Green and Mustard Yellow, Brown)

Gold Metallic Thread:  Ribbon – Michael’s $1 bin:  Pins – JoAnn’s Decorative Pins

Stampendous Embossing Powder – Jeweled Gold Transparent & Marcasite Opaque

Scribbles 3-D Paint – Shiny Hot Chocolate, Iridescent Cooper, Shiny Lemon Yellow, Shiny Black, Iridescent White Mist, Iridescent Gold.

MPCT Technique: Odorless Mineral Spirits; Prisma Pencils – #1 Group of leaves – Dark Umber PC947, Spanish Orange PC1008, Pale Vermilion PC921, White PC938; #2 Group of leaves – Tuscan Red PC937, Orange PC918, Canary Yellow PC916, Creme PC914.

Colorbox Chalk Ink – Creamy Brown – Note:  All parts of the card edges have been inked.

Tip:  At this point, let me say you don’t have to use the exact same things I used, for example if you don’t have the Prisma Pencil and you have Chalks use them.  The difference will be a softer color on the petals.  If you don’t have 3-D Scribble paints, you can use acrylic paint to make the dots in the center of the sunflower.  Take a pencil that has been sharpened or the end of a paint brush and dip it in the paint and then dot it on the center.  If you load the end of the pencil or paint brush in the paint and then on the center each time (ex. pencil, paint, dot on the center) the dots will all be the same size.  If you load the pencil/paint brush with paint then dot it on the center three times consecutively, each dot will be smaller than the last.

Card Mats  Cut 3 cards 1) mustard, 2) olive green using the Beyond Birthday cart @ 10″ x 5″.

Cut 2 mats in mustard that are 5″ x 5″.  Tip:  You can  cut 2 mustard cards with ovals and 2 olive green cards with ovals; however, you will have 5″x5″ mustard card with an oval cut left over and you will still need to cut a mustard mat 5″x5″ to cover the back of the card (more about this later). 




img_2121.jpgScore the Mustard cs at 5″ and fold, cut the Olive cs in half and take the side with the oval and cut it down as a mat for the front of the card and align it with the oval on the Mustard card. 

Tip: When I have this where I want it I use a repositional tape runner to hold the mat in place while I sew around it. 

The black you are seeing through the oval is a black foam board the card is sitting on.


Leaves Used as Petals

Using the shift key in PL cut 24 -25 leaves @ 1.237″ x 2.475. 






Tip:  I cut these using the mustard colored card stock.  The MCPT works best on a very heavy smooth paper; however, this particular card stock holds up well to the coloring and layering of colors.  Since the petals are varying shades of yellow, browns, oranges and reds this mustard base color helps with obtaining a vibrant color underneath.

You will need to cut the stems off of the leaves to make them into petals.

Ok, I’m going to stop here for this tutorial and I’ll add to it tomorrow.  I also reserve the right edit this after it posts in case I figure out I forgot something (you know how that goes).  There is some exciting information coming so stay tuned or as they say on  TV “to be continued”……

May 12, 2009 - Cards, Tips    1 Comment

It’s a Masculine Thing….

Bradford Pear & Little HouseThis is a Bradford Pear in full bloom in our backyard this year.  Right next to it is what we call “the little house”.  It’s an aluminum storage shed, but when the girls were young we just called it “the little house”.  Now my #1 daughter wants one for their back yard and when she asked for “a little house”, her husband reminded her, “that is not a little house, that’s a shed”.  One of our best friends laughs everytime we call it “the little house”.  Must be a man thing to be hung up on what it is called.

The paint is peeling on the door (which I keep telling myself it adds character) and it needs to be completely redone.   It doesn’t matter that it’s a shed, or a building or “the little house”.    What matters is  “The little house”, is 23 years old and has been well worth the money and can we talk about how beautiful that tree is standing next to it, really that is where the focus should be.

One thing I have found in card making is it is difficult to find ideas for masculine cards.  This is the B-card I made for my dear SIL.  Although, the card looks complicated, it’s not, it is made out of an 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper.  A little shadowing on the edges, a few brads down the front and a little note in the pocket. 

Fold Men's Shirt

Tip:  Be sure and use a small uniform pattern paper, they seem to work the best.




Inside Folded Shirt

A simple little note with some stickers on the inside and the card is complete.






This is a sideview of how the shirt folds together.






Here you can see the sleeves.





I wouldn’t leave you hanging.  One of my favorite websites is Paperwishes.  Paperwishes offers a variety of things but they offer “webisodes” and here is where they show you creative ideas, new products and new techniques. This  webisode “Folded Shirt” provides you full instructions and you can even pull a template off their website.  You can watch this particular webisode as many times as you need to in order to get all the little details on how to fold the card.  Plus, they have taken this shirt and made it look like a Santa Claus suit as well (I’m thinking this may be my Christmas cards this year).  So, here is the link and let me see your shirts after you’ve made them.

Don’t forget you can click on the pictures to make them larger and be sure and leave me a comment, I love hearing from you.