Monday, April 30, 2012

How to Get Perfect Corners When Covering Chipboard--A Tutorial

I was making a little photo album over the week-end to send to my niece
who we visited in March. To make pretty front and back chipboard covers,
I remembered a trick that I learned many years ago that I wanted to share
with you. It is a foolproof way of Getting Perfect Corners When Covering
Chipboard--no bits of gray chipboard peeking out where the paper doesn't meet.

1. The square was 5" x 5" so I cut the paper 7" x 7." I ran is through
my Xyron machine, but you could also use spray adhesive on it.
You want it sticky so it will adhere to the chipboard.

2. Lay the chipboard in the middle of the sticky side of the paper so that
there is a 1" margin on all four sides.

3. Hold TWO thicknesses of the chipboard and position them at a diagonal 
in the corner. They are butted right up against the point.
Draw a line along the outside of this chipboard.
Repeat this step in the other three corners. 

4. Cut along this diagonal line. When you finish, your piece
will look like this.
You can see the space between the cardboard point and the
edge of the paper.

5. Fold in the first two sides. Then, take a bone folder and flatten that little
corner of paper. Do this in all four corners. Make sure you are flattening it
 straight down, not out. That will give you the sharp corner.

6. You want it to look like this when you fold in the third and fourth sides.

7.  Now the inside cover is ready to be lined!

Use this technique to make covers for post-it-note folders
or any type of binder.
Chipboard comes pre-cut in several sizes.
It works every time and is so easy!  

Friday, April 27, 2012

Spotlighting Technique

I started this clean and simple card by embossing
with Stampin' Up's Framed Tulips.
Then I stamped Penny Black's Flying Stars
in the center and again on another piece of
white cardstock.
Taking the image stamped on cardstock and using the 1-1/4" punch,
I punched the circle
to be spotlighted and colored it with markers.
I layered it on coral using the 1-3/8" punch, and adhered it
right on top of where it should be with dimensional tape.

A little bling, and there you have it--
a card ready for any occasion! 

Freebie Friday

Vintage ladies free digi stamps @

Printable graduation invitation @ Heartmade

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Are You a Mary Engelbreit Junkie?

Some people are just drawn to Mary Engelbreit items like a magnet.
Are you one of them? I know a few--one dear friend in particular,
 so I always think of her when I see Mary Engelbreit items.
 Michael's dollar bins, now $1.50 bins, sorry to say, often have ME stuff.
 One day I picked up a pack of dimensional stickers and used one on this card.

I combined some funky colors and added a scalloped border
to the polka dots.
The sentiment is by A Muse, cut out on a Spellbinders
Petite Oval. I did not get it centered properly on the die,
so I  added the rhinestone to offset it,
 but it needed that bling anyway!
So that is what we call a happy accident!
And what's a card without a little ribbon?

And there you have it--Have Your Cake and It It Too!

Please tell us about the Mary Engelbreit items you own
or have given as gifts?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I Thought of You Today

I'm back to using scraps again. At this rate, I'll never use up all the paper in my craft room. It takes so little to make one of these cards.

After I got the label and the ribbon attached,
it was just screaming for some dimension!

Now normally, I don't like to add a flower like this--
only because how in the heck do you send it through the mail--
but this just seemed the perfect spot to add a rolled flower.
It was made with the rolled rose die-namics by mftstamps.
There is a lavendar bling in the center that really sets it off.

The stamp is one I have had for a long time--by Stampabilities.

Tip: See that little "blip" in the second strip on the top left?
I will take one of my craft files  and smooth it out.
THIS is the set I have and I love it, but even a
fingernail file will do.

"I count myself
in nothing else so happy
As in a soul rememb'ring
my good friends.
--William Shakespeare

Friday, April 20, 2012

Window Cling Dinnerware

Cruising through the dollar store the other day, I came up with an idea of
combining two items.Why not use window clings and clear glass plates to
create my own custom dinnerware? 

Stay with me...put them on the underneath side! In order to use the "clingy"
side of the window cling, I had to turn it over, but remember, they are meant
to be seen from both sides of a window, so there is plenty of color on the back

I found a sheet of window clings that had pretty spring flowers in sizes that
would work--either one large, or two smaller ones. After positioning them,
I started in the middle and worked my way to the outsides, pushing out all
the air bubbles. I found that doing this with a FOAM brayer really helped.

After using the dishes, just take off the clings before loading the plates
in the dishwasher. So easy!

The best part is, with the wide variety of window clings that are available all
year round, my versatile dinnerware will be perfect for any occasion.
Just think, it's like having a new set of dishes every time I change the clings!
By using different napkins and accessories, I can have a completely new look
every time. The possibilities are endless.

Not only that, but Window Cling Dinnerware is easy on the pocketbook too!

Shared with the Link Parties HERE.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Tutorial--Evenly Punched Shapes in a Row

Yesterday I showed you a card where I punched four hearts in a horizontal row across the bottom of my card. If you missed it, you can find it HERE.

Today I have a similar one and I'm going to show you an easy way to get
evenly punched shapes in a row every time! 

I punched out four white hearts and
positioned them on a piece of card stock. 
Once I had them just where I wanted them to be, I adhered them
with repositioning tape 

and punched them out, turning the punch over, as in the next picture.
That's so that I can see what I am doing, of course.
Now I have my pink template. It also measures 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches,
just like my card base.

I laid the template over the card base and paper clipped it in
place so it would not move around.
Turning the punch over again,
I punched through the cardstock.

Now I have perfectly aligned hearts, and I can use the template
over and over again!

On this card, I ran a piece of the pin dot paper on the inside 

so that it peeks through the hearts.

And there you have it--
Evenly Aligned Punched Shapes Every Time!

Have you noticed my new feature below--Link Within?
Click on them and it will take you back to some of my past posts you
might have missed!
Feel free to leave comments there also--I love hearing from you! 

Monday, April 16, 2012

You Color My World

Today's card is a simple one, but getting the hearts placed evenly in a row can be a little tricky. You see, rather than just punching out hearts and adhering them on top of the card, I wanted to punch out the heart shape and place the papers behind the hearts. Why create the extra work, you ask? Well, it just creates a different look which is nice to achieve once in a while.

Tomorrow's post will be the step-by-step tutorial on
How to Evenly Punch Repeated Shapes on a Card. 

So come on back tomorrow and find out a fool-proof method
that works every time!

Have a wonderful day....

Friday, April 13, 2012

A Book Review, Card and More

Hello Everyone--I just wanted to say that it is delightful to be receiving
comments from some you! It means so much to know that I have friends
out there who will take just a moment to type a few words--thank you ever
so much.

I have heard from a few people saying that they do not know how to leave
a comment--or have tried and the process is not user-friendly. Believe me,
it is not me, it is Goggle if there is a problem--it should be easy. It was suggested
that I put together a tutorial, so that is on my schedule.

The theme of today's post is based on my review of the book we just
read in my book club--
The Sea Captain's Wife, by Beth Powning. 

Set in the 1860's, the book is about a young woman, Azuba,
living in New Brunswick who marries a sea captain.
The sea calls to her as well, and she desires to take their daughter and
 live as a family at sea.
Although Nathaniel agrees at first, he changes his mind and leaves 
them at home, where Azuba struggles with intense loneliness in spite of her
 independent spirit.
Upon returning from a lengthy
voyage, Nathaniel hears of an unfortunate incident which leaves
him no other choice but to take Azuba and Carrie with him on his next trip.

Rough waters, terrible storms, illness, mutiny, starvation, strained relationships
and much more are all featured in this harrowing tale of life on the high seas. 

I highly recommend The Sea Captain's Wife--I found it to be a page-turner!  
The author's style of writing is clear and concise, and she has well-researched
her subject. Everyone gave it a Thumbs Up, which is unusual!

Here's my card to go along with my sea-faring theme...

I made this card to show you that you don't even need rubber stamps
to make a card. Both of these images were FREE DOWNLOADS
Paulette has freebies every day--then she retires them and adds
them to her shop.
So go to her site and scroll back through her posts to see
what you like and download them while they are free.

Freebie Friday
My freebies were chosen with Azuba in mind.

40 Ways to Entertain Your Child When You're Sick @

40 Ways to Show Your Child Love @

You Are in Charge of Your Own Happiness @

Printable wall art @

World map template @

Have a wonderful week-end!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Friendship Isn't a Big Thing...

When it comes to a real friendship, I don't think there is a more fitting saying than
the one on this card. In doing some research, it seems that the author is unknown.

That is unfortunate, because although it is a simple sentiment, it is very profound,
and he or she desires to get credit for it, in my humble opinion!

I love this script by Penny Black--her stamps are so user-friendly.

The ginko is from a set of four leaf stamps by Hero Arts.
First I stamped it on a textured Bazzill card base for a background
in brown ink.
The card measures 5 x 6.
Tan layer is 4-1/4 x 5 with a black piece behind it cut 1/8 inch larger
on both sides.
Main piece is 3-3/4 x 4-1/2 with a black piece behind it cut 1/8 inch
larger on both sides.

The ginko leaf was inked directly with markers and stamped along
the left side--stamped 2nd and 3rd generation. (without re-inking.) 
Tip: Don't forget to huff on the stamp each time to create some moisture.  

Sheer ribbon from my stash used for accent and adhered to the back.

And there you have it!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

When Life Gives You Lemons

I am fortunate that I have an abundant supply of lemons  at my disposal. My husband has 14 citrus trees in our backyard that he lovingly cares for. There is nothing like lemonade made with fresh lemons--it is one of the few times when I don't think about how much sugar I'm using! It's sooo tangy and refreshing.

Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade
1-1/2 cups sugar 
8-9 cups water
1-1/2 cups fresh lemon juice

Mix sugar and 1-1/2 cups water together in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves and it comes to a rolling boil. The simple syrup should be clear. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Transfer to container and refrigerate for awhile.  Add remaining water and lemon juice and stir. Make ice cubes from some of it so as not to dilute when serving.

Kitchen Tip:  With extra lemon juice, pour in ice cube trays and freeze.

Store in ziploc baggies and use in salad dressings, marinades, or any recipe
calling for a small amount.

  Then....with the lemon "shells".......

here's an idea from My Roman Apartment --
Get your seedlings started--then plant the whole thing.

Or use them as lemon cups for your sorbet...

Awesome Articles

"I believe when life gives you lemons, you should
make lemonade and try to find someone
whose life has given them vodka...
and have a party."
--Ron White

Friday, April 6, 2012

Easter Blessings

Sending this greeting to all of you...

Have a lovely week-end with family and friends.

Freebie Friday

Last minute Easter ideas....

Sweet tweets printable @ It Is What It Is

Egg Matching Game @ Paint in My Hair

Candy pouch tutorial and printable @ Simply Modern Mom

Bunny Pretzels

Duck Pretzels @ The Sugar Buzz Pantry

Easter Candy Pops @ Free-N-Fun Crafts


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Gatefold Card--Favorite stamp and paper revisited

Basic Grey paper and Stampendous stamps are two of my favorites to work with. So many of their designs just speak to me. I found some snippets of this paper left--enough for a gatefold card, measuring 4-1/4 x 6-1/4. The paper is cut 8-1/2 x 6-1/4, then scored at 2-1/8" from the end on both long sides so that they fold in and meet in the middle. 

I used brown and white puff paints for the frosting,
and red glitter glue for the cherries.

Stamps: Sweet Wishes by Stampendous
Delicious Wishes for your Birthday (inside)
by Penny Black
Spellbinders Classic Ovals

Do you have a particular product line,
whatever your craft may be,
that you particularly enjoy?
Tell us about it. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Easter Candy Bouquet

One last decoration to add to my Easter tablescape--a candy bouquet--
hands off everyone!  

I bought this plastic container at Big Lots a few years ago
knowing I was going to use it some day, in some way.

I was inspired by two ideas I have seen on Pinterest
and combined them to come up with my finished creation.

Here's the thought process:

Candy bouquets from Eighteen 25 
(one of many, many examples)
 Cookie Bouquet from Then She Made
(one-of-a kind) 

By creating something from Pinspiration,
I'm entering my
Easter Candy Bouquet

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Guest Post ..Let Me Introduce

I would like to introduce you to a stamper that I have admired for quite some time. Perhaps you already know her--she is well-known in the cardmaking circle.

She is Vicki Dutcher, and her blog is All I Do Is Stamp.

Vicki kindly agreed to send me one of her classy cards that highlights
a technique featured today on her blog.

So click HERE and find out just how she created
this look. Isn't it lovely?
I can't wait to try it.

Vicki's tutorials are always clear and concise--
she never seems to run out of great ideas
that I haven't seen before.

I guess that's why her creativity has landed her on
several design teams for stamp companies
and card challenges.

What I like about her cards is that they are always
interesting, yet not overdone.
I enjoy following stampers where I can say,
"Now, I can do something like that."
I want to be able to take some of the ideas and re-work them
into something of my own. 
Or should I just say,
 I appreciate being "strongly inspired." (wink)

And while you're over on Vicki's blog,   
you might want to look at some of her other cards.
If you become a subscriber or a follower,
you won't miss a thing!

Monday, April 2, 2012

An Update On My Wheat Grass

Last Wednesday I showed you what my wheat grass looked like that
I had sowed the previous Saturday.

Here's what it looks like today!

One thing that I have learned.

You have to keep it VERY moist--just short of a rice paddy.
I have given it some artifical light too for an extra boost.

No time for crafts today--I'm hosting mah jongg.
Should be the last time we play with the 2011 card!

Have a wonderful Monday.....

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Happy Birthday Miss Piggy

Yes, you read that right--today, April 1st, is Miss Piggy's birthday, and she doesn't want you to crack any jokes about it!  Now, I never paid much attention to Miss Piggy--that is until I got my March issue of Real Simple, my favorite magazine. Every month, towards the very front, there is a page entitled "Thoughts." 
This is what tickled my funny bone!

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it may be necessary from
time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye."

I was curious to see what else this witty diva had to say...

Only time can heal a broken heart, just as only time can heal
his broken arms and legs.

Many people think money is something to be set aside for a
rainy day. But honestly, how much money do you really need for a dozen
or so hours of inclement weather?

You have to be going to a pretty awful place if getting there is half the fun.

On the subject of exercise and diet:

The object of exercise is to achieve your beauty
asperations without perspiration.

I find a vigorous round of shopping
(at least one store an hour) is both
stimulating and refreshing.

Just because you are down in the mouth,
that is no reason not to eat. 

It is often said that cooking is an art, but I have had very
 few meals that I would hang on my wall. 

And we all know that the expression "moi" came from Miss Piggy...

There is no one on the planet to compare with moi.

Moi has always possessed a charm that is lethal to men.

As far as blind dates are concerned, moi does not discriminate.


Now of course Miss Piggy is not revealing her age, but we do know that she
 made her first public appearance singing with Herb Alpert in 1974 on
his TV special. 

When The Muppet Show originated in 1976, she began as a chorus girl 
and quickly rose to stardom, becoming one of the lead characters.

She had two obsessions--her stardom and her love for Kermit the Frog.
Eventually Kermit returned her affections and they were married in
the film The Muppets Take Manhattan. 

  Miss Piggy's charisma has put her book The Guide to Life
on the New York Times Best Seller Lists and landed her on the cover
of numerous magazines. She is a movie star and made
many guest appearances on television programs.
She has her own Fan Club and is loved across the world!

All this because her father died and her mother had too many
piglets to care for, 
 so she decided to leave the farm and make it on her own.

The survival story of a strong female!  
(and that's probably more than you ever wanted to know!)
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