Thursday, March 31, 2011

Mah Jongg Chatter

Mah jongg players all over the country are excited this week because they have received the new 2011 card published by the National Mah Jongg League.

For those of you who have never heard of mah jongg, you are missing out on a wonderful game played with 152 tiles in which you use 14 of them to try to make one of the "hands". It is against copyright rules to show you the inside of the card, but there are a possible 59 hands that you can chose from.
 Some are easier to make than others. There are only certain places you can use jokers.  

A new card is published every year and so now we can stop complaining about the 2010 card because the new one is in our hot little hands! 

As I look it over for the first time, I see:

Some old stand-by hands are back:
FFFF 1111 2222 DD 
and
FFFF 111 33 5555 or FFFF 5555 77 9999    

and one Like Numbers hand returns using the Dragons, this time with the proper spacing!

Speaking of Dragons, they are back in full force--if you expose four of them,
there are nine possible hands you could be going for. Watch out! 

As for concealed hands, there are two in the 2468 section this time,
none in the CONSECUTIVE RUN,
and back to only one in the 13579 section. Happy to see that! It makes that section more playable.

Seven Hands are here and I think we are all happy about that.
We missed those kinds of hands last year when you didn't know what to do with a combination of low and high numbers. With the return of this category, flowers will be even more in demand!

Still no NEWS hand.
So sad.  : (

So that's the wrap-up for today.
Back to papercrafting tomorrow, my friends.
Or, maybe a recipe. It's a toss-up!

"Friends are the little prize
in the cereal box of life."
--Anonymous

  

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

My First Tutorial--Ruffled Ribbon

I did some cards  a few weeks ago where I used this technique and I was asked to do a tutorial on it. So here goes! It is generally called ruffled ribbon in the stamping world.


I decided to add a white strip that I ran through the Cuttlebug down the left side of the card to use as my guideline. You can also use a pencil line as I have previously done.

The double-sided tape I am using is from The Rubber Cafe --
Scor-Pal and Stampin Up both sell other brands, as well as stamp and scrapbook stores.

Choose ribbon that is only slightly wider than the tape. The tape I am using is 1/4". 

Run a strip of the tape along your guideline, then remove the protective top layer. I have not yet remove it here so that it is easier to see in the photo. 


Starting at the top, firmly press the ribbon onto the tape, leaving a decorative tail. If you are working on a piece that you are going to layer onto a card base, you could tape the ends to the back.


 Make a loop in the ribbon, then press it again onto the tape. If you make the loops big, you will have big ruffles--small loops will makes small ruffles.  

 It is easiest to use both hands--loop and press, loop and press. Angle some to the left, some to the right, some straight up.

 MAKE SURE YOU ARE PRESSING THE RIBBON ONTO THE TAPE, NOT  ONTO THE BOTTOM OF THE LOOP YOU JUST MADE ABOVE. .PRESS FIRMLY.
It will look something like this when you are done.
It's very easy and is a different way to add ribbon to your card.

I hope that I have made myself clear in my directions! If there are any questions, please let me know.

EDITED--If you find that the ribbon is popping off, run a thin line of glue down the tape. I am going to do this from now on, considering the wear and tear on the card as it goes through the mail. It will just require that you hold each ruffle a little longer as you make it. You could use the point of the scissors to hold it in place.

"Authentic female friendship
is when we allow another woman
to see our core, go to our core,
and risk sharing our souls."
--Sue Monk Kidd

Monday, March 28, 2011

Easter Easel Box

Last night I made a new recipe for dinner--Healthy Pasta Primavera. I was hoping that it was going to be a keeper so that I could share it with you today. I had my camera ready and everything! My kitchen was a mess because there were quite a few steps, so I was going to warn you of a few drawbacks that I experienced along the way. Well, forget that, because it's was nothing special, and I only want to pass on really great recipes! I should have made only a half recipe, because there is a lot left, and I rarely throw out food. My husband said it was good, but I think he was just being kind.

Has it ever happened to you that when making a new recipe, it just doesn't go exactly as the directions say it should? And if there are comments about it, which I always read, many say they made it just as the recipe said and it turned out perfect. You see, I also made an Angel Pie with a meringue crust and had problems with that recipe too. The verdict is still out on that one because it needed to chill more. We'll see how it tastes today.

Easter is just four weeks away and I will be having lots of goodies to share with you. This is "my" holiday, meaning that there will be friends and relatives here for dinner that day. I have decided to put the buffet out on the dining room table rather than along the long kitchen counter top. I may even try to get more creative and incorporate a few Martha Stewart-like ideas! I won't get crazy, but perhaps a few extra touches would be nice. I'll keep you posted if anything turns out well!

Here's a little treat box that I found on the Cat's Pajamas website. There is a template that you just enlarge to 12" x 6." It goes together very easily. I altered the lid slightly and decided to attach ribbon to keep it closed. There is double-sided tape under the ribbon on the sides and bottom to keep it in place.



I used a piece of transparency paper from Office Max instead of acetate for the oval window.

The Cat''s Pajamas has a project of the month going back several years.
Check it out! 

Have a great Monday!

"Only your real friends will tell
you when your face is dirty."
--Sicilian proverb
  

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Spotlight's On.....

Teresa Kline

Teresa began scrapbooking in 2004 which opened up the world of papercrafting for her. She began making cards and started blogging in 2008. Her blog is entitled Enjoy the VA Sunshine and she also has an extensive gallery on Splitcoast Stampers that can be found HERE.

I have been a subscriber of Teresa's blog for quite some time now because her style of card-making has always appealed me. Here are 5 reasons why I like Teresa's blog:
  1. I like the photographs of her cards with the soft gray background. I think it compliments every card, no matter what style or color.
  2. I like the layout of her postings. They are clear and concise. She always lists the products she uses in making the card. Most of the time, she is using the card as an entry for multiple challenges, and she always lists what the challenges are. I am inspired that she can combine challenges to create such a beautiful card every time. You have to have the abilityy to pull it all together! 
  3. I feel she does an excellent job in interpreting the challenges, such as in this card--Hello Friend--where she took the card sketch and tweeked it slightly. I love what she did by changing the size of the card. The new proportions are very pleasing to my eye. 
  4. I am in love with many of the elements that I see running consistently through Teresa's cards, such as: baker's twine, stitching, PTI and MFT dies, buttons, the notebook paper look, soft bows made from crinkled ribbon, and flourish gemstones. She uses layers and Spellbinder die cuts but not excessively. And just when you think she may be going into a pastel color rut, she shakes things up with a lovely red, white, and black card as she did HERE.   
  5. Some other bonus features of Teresa's blog are links to tutorials--both her own and from other stampers--and the long list of challenges that are available throughout the stamping world for your enjoyment. I often am led to another great site by clicking on one of these tutorials that takes me to a different site that I might otherwise not have found. 
So if you take the time to visit Enjoy the VA Sunshine I hope that you will appreciate Teresa's talent as much as I do. Apparently a lot of other people do--she received 243 comments on this card! Can you imagine?

         

Saturday, March 26, 2011

SATurday Show And Tell

Cutting Myself Some Slack
Life has been especially crazy the last two weeks and I have not blogged as consistently as I would have liked to. I don't know if you have noticed, but I have even missed some of the "regular" features that I thought I would never miss!  I am having to learn that "things" gets in the way and life will go on whether I blog or not. If I am going to make this a long-term commitment, which I intend to do, I need to ease up, go with the flow, and not panic if I miss blogging a few days in a row. I hope you will stick by me.   

Appreciation
I am very appreciative of all  of your comments and interest in my projects. One of the most rewarding aspects of crafting is the positive feedback from those you share it with. As a new blogger, it is encouraging to know that there is someone out there reading and enjoying what I am creating. I did not realize just how difficult it was going to be to acquire followers! If I ever reach 100,  I am going to offer some really good blog candy, but I will probably be so excited if I get 50, I will have to celebrate then!   

Tutorials
I have had some inquiries about the technique I used to ruffle the ribbon on
 these cards. So I will be doing a tutorial on that.
I have also been asked to explain paper piecing, so I will be putting together a tutorial on that technique as well.  Look for those soon!

Tempe Art Fair
This week-end is the big art fair in Tempe, AZ. The weather is absolutely perfect. It began yesterday and runs through Sunday. There are 400 artists from all over the world displaying their handmade crafts on the streets of downtown Tempe, the home of Arizona State University. I am helping out my nephew who makes awesome clocks out of recycled hard drives. It is fascinating just to watch the faces of people as they come up to the booth, process what it is all about, smile, and make comments. This is especially true of the people who are really into computers, recognize all the components, appreciate what Ben is doing with otherwise wasted parts, or have just found the perfect gift for a hard-to-buy for son, brother, or geek in their life! 




These pictures do not do his clocks justice but I wanted you to see them. The booth was north facing so the light was not good for picture-taking. Sales were great yesterday and should be even better today and tomorrow. The clocks range from $35-$45. Great price!

Well, I'm off to the fair. Have a great day!

Oh and by the way, here's the latest book that just arrived  yesterday from Amazon.com. Super quick! The new one was the same price as the used one! We're reading this next month for book club so I'd better get busy--409 pages by April 12th. I'll let you know how it goes! Hmm.







Thursday, March 24, 2011

Happiness is a Hot Bath!

I don't know about you, but I'd be very sad to give up my bathtub! Showers are just not the same as soaking in the tub. It's just such a wonderful source of relaxation--for me anyway.

Today I have all sorts of bath-related goodies to share with you. I sure did have problems getting a good picture of my card this morning. I had to take three series of photos before I got one I was satisfied with. Cards really do look differently when you see them in a photo.

This is a set by My Favorite Things called Time for the Bubbly.
I paper pieced the bathtub, rug, and wine bottle.




This is a bath set that I put together for a gift.  I purchased the silver tray at the Dollar Store in the section by the gift bags, but sometimes they are in the wedding or houseware aisle. You have to look around. I wrapped it all up with cello wrap also from the Dollar Store and added a big bow. The stamp is by Hampton Arts.


Interested in making Homemade Bubble Bath?
Here is an easy recipe plus vintage labels for your bottle.

How about Homemade Bath Salts and a pretty jar?
Here is the place you can go to follow step-by-step instructions
 from beginning to end.

                  What great gifts for Mother's Day, birthdays, or any reason at all!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Scalloped Top Purse and Card Set

It's such a good feeling to complete an unfinished project! I can't tell you how long this one has been lurking around my craft room, but I don't think I had to highlight my hair quite as heavily when I started it! The purse is a Cricut project, and although I don't have one, my good friend cut out the pieces for me.

The purse measures approximately 4-1/2" x 6" and four cards with envelopes fits in it nicely. I used a magnetic snap by Basic Grey to hold the top closed rather than velcro. I purchased them online at eclectic Paperie. They can be found on this page. (small magnetic snaps) 

Although the designer paper by StampinUp is not a current one, it has always been one of my favoirtes. I believe it is called Ginger Blossom. The stamp set is retired from StampinUp also but the name escapes me right now! It is the four Chinese characters for Love, Tranquility, Wisdom, and Harmony. I embossed them in gold.

A scalloped top purse tutorial and video can be found here. 


And for those of you who do own a Cricut, there are plenty of sites that offer free SVG  files. 
Here's one that has a tennis racket and ball this week that I would have a darling card to show you how to create if anyone wants to make me one or two!  If you go to the right sidebar under category you can find more files that she has created for your use. Have fun!    

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Here's some Cards for You--Yes, You!

I literally mean it. Whether you have one ounce of craftiness in you or not, here's some really cute cards that you can have in a snap! All it takes is a little ink, some paper, or better yet, cardstock.. You can even pick up a package of it at Walmart.

I am never ceased to be amazed at the talents of these graphic designers.



This pdf. file can be found at The Green Gal  for your printing.

These next two cards can be found HERE in lovely colored hexagons. If you click on any of three sentiments, it will take you to the pdf. file for printing. The brown toned also comes with the choice of "you are lovely."






Well, I was feeling a little guilty since I am the one who is supposed to be making the cards on my blog, so fortunately my mojo kicked into gear. Inspired by the beautiful colors and the stripes on the stars, I was reminded of an idea I saw in a card magazine last year. This was what I came up with.


It's a great way to use ribbon scraps! What looks like two blank spots is really dark purple ribbon. It just doesn't show up well in the photo but is fine in real life.  

Hope you will enjoy using these pre-made cards. Even we papercrafters get caught in a bind at times when we need something fast! I can think of many occasions when I would use these, and they are perfect for men, women, or children.                        
















Monday, March 14, 2011

Our First Poppy Showed It's Face!

Our first poppy bloomed yesterday! I'm not trying to make you depressed if you're still in a deep freeze. I'm really trying to brighten your day.

I'll show you the whole array in a few weeks when it is at it's peak. It is my husband's garden, not mine. I just enjoy it and water it when he is away. But I love poppies!

Here's what else is growing in our yard:


Lavendar

AZ daisies




My botanist daughter says this is some type of snapdragon.
 It came up volunteer after
I planted it two years ago as an annual.




This is a terra cotta pot that I covered with broken
 pieces of tile.
I made ten pots for our daughter's wedding in May 2009.
 Each was covered in a
different material--tile, rocks, broken colored glass from bottles, 
colored glass pebbles--
I can't remember them all now.
This was the only one I came
 home with. The others went home
with Kristin's friends

The tile was applied with adhesive that tile layers use. 
When filmly set, black grout was applied. The process was messy but funny! 
Rubber gloves are a must.


AZ  liquid sunshine



My husband has been shipping these boxes all over the country
to friends and relatives since December.
It is just about to come to an end. Soon the new blossoms
will appear and the fragrance will be heavenly.



Here is an excellent article that was brought to my attention by my sister:

50 Natural Antidepressants to Beat the Winter Blues



We are going to a spring training baseball game today.
 First time since we've lived here for 27 years.
 Obviously someone's visiting, right?

Have a great day!

                                                                                                                                                                 





 














                                                                                                                                                           

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Spotlight's On.....

Sherrie Siemens

Sherrie started blogging at Card Creme in May 2007. She loves latte and says that she cannot create without one at her side. The inspiration for her blog name came from the "caramel colored heavenly goodness at the top of an expresso shot."

Sherrie also has a card gallery on Splitcoast Stampers which can be found here.

Here are 5 reasons why Card Creme has inspired me:   
  1. Sherrie has a wide range of tutorials listed along the right sidebar. The picture tutorials are easy to follow and the instructions are clear. The video tutorials are an added bonus and very clear also. 
  2. She is a master of the Copic marker techniques. I would definitely come to this site for guidance on skin coloring, shading and blending, and other specific techniques. She knows her stuff!
  3. I particularly enjoy her posts on mass production as seen here. This is a useful category and one I would like to add to my blog in the future. 
  4. I also find her cards with sewing on them to be very interesting. She has done a tutorial on this technique which can be found here. Sewing is an excellent way to add detail to a card.  
  5. Sherrie mixes things up by throwing in a different kind of project every now and then. She displayed her creativity by using die-namic dies to make this cute stuffed owl.
You can be sure that if I lived near Sherrie, I would take advantage of her classes. She is one talented lady.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

SATurday Show And Tell

Today's Show and Tell takes a new turn. I'm showing you something that I'm doing in my kitchen today.

Our backyard is loaded with citrus trees and I have more lemons than I know what to do with! I wish I could share them with those of you who have to buy them in the store for almost a dollar a piece. Lemon season is coming to an end here in AZ, so they are very ripe and falling off of the trees. I must find ways to use them, and as you know, you don't need very many lemons to make any one thing.


I have limoncello brewing in the closet and will share that with you when it is finished! But even for that, you only use the zest and not the juice. I have frozen a lot of juice in ice cube trays and other containers, then popped it out, and put it in plastic bags for future use.

There have been times when I have had plenty of  frozen juice, but a recipe also called for the zest. So I decided to grated zest and freeze it in ice cube trays--1 tsp. zest with 2 tsp. juice--to have for future use.  


I popped them out and put them in a freezer bag. Now I just have to label it before I put in it in the freezer so I will remember what's inside. I'm bad about that sometimes. 

Don't you love desserts that are easy but it's all in the presentation? I am hoping this will be one though it hasn't been fully executed yet! I'm planning ahead.

I juiced 12 of the best looking half lemons and then reamed out all of the pulp. I sliced off the bottom so that they were flat and would stand up straight. 

I fitted a few of them inside each other, wrapped them tightly with clear wrap and foil, and sealed them in freezer bags.  

I don't know yet what I will fill them with when the time comes to use them, but I imagine it will be some type of sherbet or ice cream made with my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. I will be sure to let you in on it when the time comes this summer!

Friends of the Earth wrote a great article on  40 Handy Lemon Tips  for natural cleaning solutions and beauty remedies. According to my dermatologist, lemon juice is the best thing for aging spots. Forget those expensive creams! (You heard it here.)

One more thing, a few weeks ago I urged you to enter the give-away for Colby Kettle Corn. Well, I did, and out of 383 entries, I was 1 of 2 winners. This box arrived in the mail yesterday!



12 bags of popcorn--gluten free (Tom, it's here when you return), white cheddar, and cinnamon sugar.
So don't think you can't be a winner, because you can!

My husband wants me to buy lottery tickets today.  
  

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Top 25 Most Popular Reading Group Book Picks for 2010

Do you love books as much as I do? If so, here is a list that might interest you. The list was compiled by ReadingGroupGuides, an online community for reading groups, who heard from thousands of book worms.

The Top 25 Most Popular Reading Group Book Picks for 2010 :
  1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  2. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  4. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
  5. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  6. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  7. Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  8. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
  9. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  10. Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
  11. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  12. Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls
  13. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  14. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
  15. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
  16. Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time by Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin
  17. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
  18. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
  19. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  20. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
  21. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  22. South of Broad by Pat Conroy
  23. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
  24. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  25. The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
How many have you read? I've read 14 of them and loved them all. Looks like I have some good reading material right here!

Our book club just reviewed Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls. It is a true-life novel written about her grandmother, Lily Casey Smith, who was born in a one room dugout in West Texas in 1901. Told in first-person voice, Walls is a natural-born storyteller, weaving an entertaining tale of Lily's hard life. Lily was free-spirited, resourceful, and tenacious, which served her well from the time she was a little girl. The book is full of life's lessons that can be applied to everyday life today. It is an quick read with short chapters. The story proceeds her 2005 memoir and best-seller The Glass Castle.  If you  have not read that, I would recommend reading Half Broke Horses first even though it's reviews have not been quite as good. It will give you a better understanding and background for The Glass Castle which is a must-read.

Jeannette Walls would be an author whose books I would definitely pick up in the future.

And with today being Freebie Friday, what better time is there to give you book lovers some printable bookplates? If you have ever lent out your favorite book and not gotten it back, this might be useful for you. Personally, I don't like to write my name in the front so these will be great for me. And how fun to tuck a few of them in your friend's birthday card as a little something extra.

                                 Damask, Patterned, and Striped Bookplates


                             Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting me
                             at the end of a  long day makes that day happier.
                                                         --Kathleen Norris--





Thursday, March 10, 2011

Using Designer Paper

I love to use designer paper to make cards. Some of it is just too pretty to cover up with stamped images and layers of other paper. While I had the packet of Stampin' Up's Nouveau Chic still out on my desk, I noticed a lovely sheet of flowers. So without any real plan in mind, I started cutting to see what would develop. 










I used the second sheet of the same paper to cut out the inside part of the tulip and pop it up with dimensionals.  



The flowers were gone but I wanted to make one more card so I would have four for a gift set. Four just seems like the right number!  

The ruffled ribbon on three of the cards is a technique that I have enjoyed. It is easy and quick and a nice variation from flat ribbon, yet it still does not add a lot of bulk to the card for mailing.    




I used a clear box to package the cards and matching envies. A belly band and tag were added to 
finish it off.































  

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Empowered

Good Morning.

Today is a super busy day with my monthly book club meeting this morning and teaching mah jongg this afternoon. After that we are meeting dear friends to say good-bye to them. They have been in AZ for six weeks from our home town in Illinois every year. I won't be home until about eight PM.

Since I was not satisfied with the article I wrote last night to post today, there was not going to be time to re-write it this morning. So you really were not going to hear from me today. But now I have to share this with you!

I quickly checked my emails first thing this morning as I always do and I find it absolutely amazing that I was led to this website that I have never heard of before today. This article jumped out at me. Based on my recent doubts as to whether I had anything significant to contribute to the blogging world as expressed yesterday, I believe that I was just given the encouragement I needed to continue. Please take a moment to read this article. I think you will not only find it entertaining, but you will enjoy the entire website. Even the readers comments are interesting.
                                                              Marta Writes


God loves and cares for us, even to the least event and smallest need of life.
Henry Edward Manning

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Thinking and Re-Thinking

Good Morning.

Recently I have spent quite a bit of time just cruising the internet--discovering one amazing blog after another. Several of them have been cooking blogs with fantastic pictures and recipes for awesome-looking cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and candy. I even printed off a few, just in case I ever have a need for 30 chocolate- dipped cupcakes or coffee can bon bons. What are the chances of that happening??

Then there are the sewing and quilting blogs. I am always amazed at the generosity of these women who share their patterns and ideas, most of the time for free. Last week I got so excited I printed off an adorable pattern for reversible fabric baby shoes before I even knew it. Me--who is never going to have  grandchildren! (sniff, sniff.)  Don't get me started! The sweet onesie dress you can make in ten minutes was another temptation, and then there was the quilted cover for a water bottle which was so cute and colorful.

I am in awe of these creative women. I continue to wonder how it is that one person can 1) come up with all these ideas, 2) make these works of art--literally, 3 ) take gorgeous pictures of them and 4) write a interesting post for their blog for hundreds of subscribers and followers to enjoy. Each task in itself is time- consuming, and they do this every day or at least several times a week. Then--they still must find time  for their families and some of them have jobs to boot! Do they have more hours in their day than I do?

Now I admit, I did some of these things when I was a young mom. I remember making eggrolls from scratch, tons of handmade Christmas ornaments, needlepoint Christmas stockings for our two children, and canning oddles and gobs of green beans and tomatoes. I sewed a lot for myself and our daughter, pickled beets and made zucchini relish, cross-stitched, and loved doing crafts with the children. I still get nostalgic when I see moms in Michael's with their kiddos. I guess any of those activities would have made good blogging material too!

But, my life is different now and how can I ever compete with these women? I am in a different field--papercrafting--but there are just as many fantastic rubberstamping blogs. Outstanding tutorials and projects, elaborate cards, sketch challenges, you name it. Does anyone have time to read one more little blog that has just entered the field--so late in the game?

Then, I realized that much of what I see on the internet is very entertaining, but is not practical. There are tons of creative, clever ideas and projects out there, but which ones are " do-able" to the everyday busy woman who loves a creative outlet but has a lot of other things going on in her life? This is the question I ask myself when I am looking for ideas that I think are "worthy" of being passed on to you. You see, if it is not my original idea, I am certainly not going to take credit for it. So I have decided to keep plugging along and fill my blog with practical content, hoping that eventually a whole lot of other people will realize that practical can still be fun, clever, and creative.

I have decided to tweak my tagline just a bit so that it reads:  A World of Practical Ideas for Creative Women.   

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Spotlight's On.....

Just a sneak preview today--who's the Spotlight's on next Sunday?

She's a master with copic markers. Her blog has wonderful tutorials for them but for other projects as well. Her cards are always lovely and contain nice elements that compliment the colored piece.

I haven't gotten into copics too much yet but after hearing the ladies at the Mesa Rubber Stamp Show yesterday going gaga over them I'm getting closer! And looking at all these dreamy colors makes them difficult to resist! I've been eying them for a long time actually. If you've been in the stamp world for any amount of time, you know about them. You would have to live in a vacuum not to.



So come on back next Sunday and see who it is that I'm talking about. I hope to see you before then too!
One more thing--there's a week-end give-away over at May Arts but you have to go there today. They are  looking for suggestions for their new line of ribbon and have some luscious ribbon to give away tomorrow. 

Have a wonderful day!   

Saturday, March 5, 2011

SATurday Show And Tell

SATurday Show and Tell finishes off the week with a change of pace. This post features an item or a place of interest, but not something that I have made with my crafting hands.   

First Saturday of the Month--Product Endorsement

I adore this find from Michael's! It is the Iris Photo Case and has 12-4"x 6" individual cases. I use them for my Spellbinders dies and all of them fit perfectly except for one of the longest rectangles. They would also be GREAT for copic markers, spica, gel, or micro pens, Just Rite stamps, or embellishments. The possibilities are endless!

The case is often on sale for 40% off, making it about $24, but if not, you can always use your 40% coupon.   

Resign yourself to the fact that you're going to need two--that's how useful they are!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Someone's Turning 50

Yoo hoo, someone's turning the big 5-0 next week and I need to get her card in the mail. I stumbled across a Stampabilities (are they still in business?) stamp last week in my birthday stash and wondered if I could make it work. The problem was that it said..."over 50 and FABULOUS,  so I had to mask off  "over!"

The cake plate idea was cased from a card I saw on someone's blog last summer but I really can't remember where to give her credit (She however, had put a cupcake on hers). It is made with punches--a border punch for the plate, 3/8" circle, and the Paper Shaper bracket punch for the legs. The paper and ink are a deep purple even though they look black in the picture. The Happy Birthday embossing folder was used for the background. Rhinestones and flowers finished it off. 

  
I was curious to see what the card would look like using a patterned background, so I decded to make another one or two for my stash. I think I like it better.  



The designer paper is Stampin' Up's Nouveau Chic.



This is Freebie Friday and I have a GREAT site for you! I search to find really good stuff to pass on and this site is a winner. If I were you I'd put it in My Favorites if you ever need a link to: 
  • Quotes for Birthdays, Cats, Dogs, Chocolate, Wedding Toasts and Speeches, Sports, Dance, Cowboy, Inspirational Seasonal, Garden
  • Gifts in a Jar Recipes--some with Printable Tags
  • Christmas and Craft ideas and sayings
  • Fun Food Gifts with Short Fun Sayings
  • Over 2000 Food Quotes
  • Gag or Fun Gifts with poems or sayings to put on tags
  • Survivals Kits of all kinds--some with downloadable bag toppers
  • Free downloadables of all kinds
  • And so much more
You could spend days on this site and its links. I did go to a few links and they were disabled, but a lot were not. I know I will be spending more time here and will let you know when I find something specific that you should not miss. But really, you need to go here yourself and look for your specific needs. Ok, ok, here it is:

                  http://www.teas2dine4.com/4sayingsnquotes.html#gaggifts



  

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Of All The Things I've Lost...

One of the items I made for the craft fair last November were stress survival kits. Rather than make them  from scratch, which would have been labor-intensive (no Cricut here) and therefore not cost-effective, I used party favor bags from Dollar Tree--12 for $1. I had fun decorating them with with paper, ribbon, and flowers that I had on hand. The stamp that I used and cut out with the SU scalloped punch is by 
Paula Best--Of All Ihe Things I've Lost... I Miss My Mind The Most...  

(Ever had days when you felt like that? I sure have!) 

Back to the project...When it came time to decide what to put inside the bags, I found a lot of suggestions on the internet when I googled "Stress Survival Kits." Keeping in mind the size of the bag, these were my final choices: 

Stress Survival Kit  
Contents intended to induce laughter, a tranquilizer with no side effects.
  • Rubber band--to remind you to stay flexible.
  • Candle (votive or birthday)--to remind you that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
  • Candy kiss--to remind you that someone loves you.
  • Penny--To remind you to value your thoughts and share them with others.
  • Shelf liner (cut in the shape of a heart)--to help you get a grip.
  • Eraser--to help you start with a clean slate.
  • Tootsie roll--to help you roll with the punches.
  • Cotton ball --to help soften the rough times.
Hope this makes your day
a little brighter!

Each kit contained a print-out of what you see above. I layered it on a sheet of cardstock that coordinated with the outside of the bag.


While on the internet, I bumped into these great Bridal Survival Kits 
that I think would be a blast to make. It's another free downloadable printable
 for you do-it-your-selfers!






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