Friday, March 30, 2012

Cupcake Birthday Wishes

It's cupcakes in three different forms that highlight this card. Yes, I think cupcakes
are very cute! I would make more of the edible kind, but my husband is not that
fond of cake. He is a pie man, and unfortunately I have never mastered the art of
making pie crusts. Though, I have to admit, I haven't tried very hard. Some of
those store-bought pies are really good and he seems to be happy with those.


First up is a 2-inch wide piece of designer paper lined with a
Fiskars border strip. 

The cupcake border is by EK Success--yellow paper is the reverse
side of the designer paper. Love that because you know it matches!
I ran it through the Xyron 150 create-a-sticker to attach it.

The red scalloped circle is a punch by Stampin' Up, sponged in brown.
    
The foam embellishment is from my stash
and the sentiment by A-Muse.

I have always had trouble creating that banner V-shaped end, but with
it was a cinch! 

So, all in all, I used four punches to create this little card.
What would I do without them?

What crafting tool is right up there at the top of your list?

Freebie Friday

Easter Bingo Game @ All Kids Network





Silhouette bunny on faux burlap print @ Craftily Ever After


Recycle bin logos @ Man Made

Have a wonderful week-end!





Wednesday, March 28, 2012

How to Grow Wheat Grass...inside

I just put my wheat grass outside to soak up some of our Arizona sunshine! I planted it Saturday night and was a little worried that I would not have a crop for my Easter centerpieces, but based on four days of growth, I think they will be just fine!


I read how to do it from articles I found on Pinterest:

Watch Me as I Grow the Wheat Grass @ Today's Fabulous Finds 
Sprouting some spring grass..inside @ 320 Sycamore

A few other things I have learned on Pinterest
( that I have tried and  really work!) 


Never Pay for Onions Again @ Tipnut
AWESOME!



Laying a wooden spoon over a pot of boiling water
will keep it from boiling over @
(Some people say this doesn't work, but it did for me.)



Clogged glue tips? Rinse in water, then pour
vegetable oil through them.  
You want the oil to coat the inside @

Do you have a new tip to share with the rest of us? 

Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Life is Beautiful

I haven't worked with Basic Grey paper in a while, so when I unburied this paisley piece on my desk, I decided to put it to good use. I paired it with some mini polka dots from Papertrey Ink and soft green from a big pack. The sentiment was one I had previously made, so I used that and added some rhinestones! The $ bins at Michael's have really come in handy for keeping me in colored rhinestones!


The butterflies are from a Stampin' Up Sizzlit--love those little things! I smudged the largest one with some brown ink to bring out the embossing but it may just look like a mistake! What do you think?

I'm going to send the card to a book club friend who just got out of rehab after having her second knee replacement. Her husband fell while she was gone so now she will be taking care of him instead of the other way around.  But I know she's glad to be home and I am pretty sure she still thinks that ....
Life is Beautiful.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Happy Easter Candy Soda--A Tutorial


Here's the materials you will need:
Glass or plastic container
Candy--jelly beans for inside, wrapped candy for top
Styrofoam ball that fits about half way down inside
Crinkly basket filler
Straight pins with round heads (to fasten candy)
Adornment for top
Straw 
Metal skewer 
Hot glue gun
Scallop punch
Toothpick

1. Fill container about 3/4's full with jelly beans.
2. Wrap some basket filler under and around the styrofoam ball
and push it down into the container until it is tightly in place.
About half of it should be above the top edge.
3.  Start with long pieces of candy and make a row all the way
around the lower edge, fastening each piece with straight pins.
4. Coninue layering up the ball with more rows of candy, staggering
the pieces to fill in the gaps. 
5. Use the metal skewer to punch a hole in the styrofoam ball for the
placement of the straw.
6. When you get near the top, anchor the center embellishment.
I used a paper clip that I cut with wire cutters. 



7. Drizzle some hot glue to attach the basket filler.
8. Print  the"Happy Easter" topper--front and back 
HERE @ Skip to My Lou.
9. Punch them out with scallop punch.
10.  Attach to toothpick and insert into styrofoam ball.
11. Put a few jelly beans on the bunny's lap with hot glue.

Use as a fun gift or Easter decor!

Linking up to some  parties here.
Specifically included are :
My entry into Strut Your Stuff sponsored by
 Appliances Online and the Bosch Washing Machines

Friday, March 23, 2012

Let's Do the Polka

I've added several Stampin' Up stamp sets to my
For Sale Page. Come take a look!

Dots, dots, and more dots..make up today's card. The papers are from a big pack that I got at Costco a few years ago. The idea is from a card I remember seeing on Andrea Walford's blog many moons ago.


I sponged the edges of the designer papers,
as well as the sentiment piece.

Tip:
To sponge..
Lay the paper you are sponging on a flat surface with a piece of scrap paper underneath it.
Starting on the scrap paper, begin with a circular motion, and work in
towards the edge of the paper you are sponging.
Continue this motion all the way around and you will achieve
and even pattern of color. 

Stamp set--Three Little Words--Stampin' Up 
Ink--Adirondack Espresso

Even the sheer ribbon, from my stash, has polka dots!

Sneak Peak at my next SWEET project! 



Freebie Friday


Printable Easter Baskets @ Party Planning Center



Easter Egg Pops (a healthier recipe for rice krispy treats)
and labels @



Candy Bar Wrappers @ Anything But Perfect



8 x 10 print @ Anything But Perfect

What are you working on these days?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Just a LIttle Tweaking

With a little tweaking, I managed to use my card idea for two challenges that I found this week. That is a first for me!

For the Runway Inspired Challenge, our inspiration piece was this lovely creation from the McQ Collection by Alexander McQueen--


Here's my card--


a pretty lady; pink and orange flowers; black background; and a touch of green 

 


Portrait stamp by Stampland

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Using Digi Paper

I'm back after spending a fun week-end in Boulder getting to know our niece's two little boys, ages nine and five.  My goodness, to have all that energy! Sure wish I could have bottled some of it up and brought it home.

My card today is a simple one that can be used for many purposes. The hearts are a digi paper.


Mel Stampz has a great selection of digi papers.
Here's two of my favorite groupings: 
Text, quatrefoils, tiny dots, and damasks
Ephemera-themed papers

There is a wonderful selection of colors and sizes.

If you have not visited this blog, you should.
Templates, tutorials, and links galore. Mel is amazing!

I rounded off two corners for a little interest, and used a
Spellbinder scalloped rectangle for the Rubber Stampede sentiment.
A button and a bit of baker's twine finished it off
and were attached with a large glue dot.

If you are wanting a refresher on
How to Tie a Bow,
HERE is a good step-by-step tutorial and video.


"A friend is someone who
knows the song of your heart,
and can sing it back to you when
you have forgotten the words."
--Anonymous

Friday, March 16, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day Week-End


I'm taking a few days off to spend time with family.
I'll be back on Tuesday.

Have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day week-end.
Don't forget to wear green.

I leave you with this lovely picture of a scenic street
in Cork, Ireland


If you're planning a visit to this
fine country, here's the
that you shouldn't miss.
This list was compiled by a poll on Facebook.
What do you think is Number One on the list?
Have any of you been to Ireland?
What was your #1 experience?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bring the Cling Back to Clear Stamps

Have your clear stamps lost their ability to cling to the acrylic block?

Here is a solution for you:
Coat them with Aleene's TACK-IT Over & Over 
Let it dry and voila--Now they will bond again.

This product can be found in the craft section at Walmart.
It is a pressure-sensitive liquid glue for a temporary bond,
so I suggest that you do not get this surface wet
when cleaning your stamp.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Hot Reuben Dip

Are you making the traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner for St. Patrick's Day? If you are going to a party this week-end and need to take an appetizer, or are having a gathering of your own, this one with corned beef that you can buy in the deli department would be quite appropriate:

Hot Reuben Dip 

8 oz. cream cheese
16 oz. can sauerkraut--drained
2 cups chredded Swiss cheese
2 cups shredded corned beef
1/4 cup thousand island dressing

Combine all ingredients in an oven-proof dish and bake in 350 oven until bubbly--20 to 30 minutes.
Serve with party rye, bread sticks, pretzels, or rye crackers. 

Suggestion :If you opt for party rye, you might want to use a warming tray.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

One-Layer Challenge

Two new items have been added to my For Sale page.
Please go take a look!

Susan posted her One- Layer Challenge this past Wednesday which was to
 make a card using a flourish--
no layers of course, everything stamped on the card base.
I decided I wanted to play along after I saw Vicki Dutcher's lovely card HERE.
I loved everything about it, especially the colors and the way she connected
 the flourish to the sentiment with a touch of bling.

So here's my interpretation of the challenge:


This lovely music stamp has been very neglected--
poor thing has never been touched by ink!
So sad because I think it is really pretty!
I see flourishes in it too.
It's made by a company named The Rubber Riot--
I dare say they are not even in business any more.
If you knows anything differently, please let me know.

The flourish is by Rhonna Farrer--
the Elegant Flourishes set.

The sentiment is by Papertrey Ink and the inks are Stampin' Up's--
Purely Pomegranate and Groovy Guava.


Real Simple's Daily Thought--
 " I've never had a humble opinion.
If you have an opinion, why be
humble about it."
--Joan Baez

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Thrifting

Yesterday afternoon I took several bags of clothing and miscellaneous items to
Goodwill. I saw that it was 50% off everything Saturday so I decided to drop
in and quickly look over the dish department. I think I came home with a
lovely little bowl.


I paid 49 cents for it!
Anyone who knows me very well knows that
I gravitate to just this sort of thing, especially if it's pears.
Remember this jar I found over a year ago?

Have you come across something really good
at a thrift store?
Tell us about it.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Pinteresting Updates

Remember the concrete bench project that had been repinned 302 times? I've been asked how many times it's been repinned now. Last count was 491 times.



The recipe for Sangria (aka Midweek Martini) continues to be repinned. I think it must be the fantastic photograph in part! Keep it on file for Cinco de Mayo
 (May 5.)



Also Popular on Pinterest




Alice in Wonderland Doorknob






2-ingredient cake (4 with the frosting)





Yesterday I forgot to give credit where credit was due.
My card was inspired by this card created by Dana Grothaus
of Dana's Dabbling Studio. Dana has a fantastic blog!

Hope you find something of interest here so you'll 
want to see what's in store for next time!

Friday, March 9, 2012

It's A Color Throwdown Challenge

Every week over at The Color Throwdown, an inspiration full of lovely colors is presented. The challenge is to use these colors on a card and link it to the party. This week's inspiration are the vibrant colors in this sweet pinchusion:


This is the first time I have entered a color throwdown, and it is
not as easy as one might think!
The Color Throwdown Designers each create a wonderful card to
get us started in the right direction, then the rest is up to us!

Here's my card:


First, I stamped one of my favorite go-to sentiments by Hero Arts
on the card stock in Adirondack Espresso.
I found matching ribbon in three of the colors and ran that around to the back. 
I cut a tag from a Sizzix die cut and using the opposite side of the same ribbon,
adhered them to the back side of the tag.
The Prima flower repeated the fourth color. 
I used dimensional tape to pop up the tag and added some bling.

What do you think--too much white space?
I'm not really in love with it but it will have to do for a Friday afternoon.

Freebie Friday
Are you ready for St. Patrick's Day?


Cupcake toppers @ Party Planning Center


Frame this subway art @ A Little About A Lot



Irish Prints @ Sweet Rose Studio







50 + printable projects @ How Does She

If you have not discovered this site yet,
you need to!
It is fabulous if you are a crafter! 

Have a wonderful week-end, my friends.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

My Second Best Kitchen Tip for You

Now I know this is nothing earth-shattering, but I have found that this little idea has worked very well for me over the years. It may be something that you haven't given much thought to but would save you a little bit of aggravation.

Are you tired of having to wipe up the crumbs that your toaster makes
on your kitchen counter? 
Just one more thing to have to do, right?


Keep it in old baking pan that you don't mind
 sacrificing for a good cause.
No more messy crumbs, and it makes
it easy to transport the toaster in and out of
the cabinet too.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

What Do I Want to Be When My Blog Grows Up?


That is the question I am being challenged to confront today. Many of us are sharing our thoughts through a link party. Oh, I think about that question a great deal, but I have never been good at actually writing down my goals. But you know the old saying, "If you never do anything different, you will never get any different results." So I am stepping out of my comfort zone and attemping to verbalize what it is that I wish to accomplish as a blogger.

My blog started out in January 2011 as a card making blog, which is the reason I choose that title AS THE CARD RACK TURNS. But because I have always loved all kinds of crafts and discovered so many other interesting projects, I have become more of a general craft blog with an emphasis on card making and papercrafting.  I worry that I am trying to choose too large of an audience. But I love it all!

First I had to be clear why I decided to blog. I gave it a lot of thought prior to actually making the commitment. 

1. I always need a project. It keeps me focused, especially now that I am retired. Having a blog would be an ongoing project.
2. I  love crafts and this would give me a reason to make some of the crafts that I would not make otherwise. I just enjoy working with my hands.
3. Being a part of the blogging world just seemed like a great way to meet new people who had the same interests as me. I loved the sharing and caring feeling I think is there throughout the community.
4. I hoped that others would like what I had to share. I hoped to find acceptance, validation, and an enthusiastic following.

The first three goals have without a doubt been accomplished from the very beginning. The fourth one is the hardest, as I never thought it would be this difficult to attract an audience. I see hundreds of followers on other blogs and dozens of comments and wonder what I am doing wrong. But then I think--I am only one little fish out there in a big sea. Maybe if I knew how to Twitter and understood the importance of Facebook and figuring out ways to get Likes, that would help. But I'm really not interested in doing all that.  

Everyone says it just takes time, so I just hope to continue making my blog better and better by:
1. Choosing informative, interesting, and relevant topics and projects--Ideas that I think other women would be interested in.
2. Making my blog more attractive--I have no HTML skills, so I have to rely on outside sources for any design upgrades and changes, which I have been hesitant to do. But I can improve my photography and writing skills.
3. Being realistic--A lot of the projects that I see are things that I made when I was a lot younger and had little ones at home like so many of these energetic bloggers who have such a huge following. I've been there, done that. and now I am at a different stage in my life. So what I have to offer is not going to appeal to a lot of ladies who follow blogs and I must understand that.
4. Share myself with you and hope that I will be deseving of your friendship.

I thank each and every one of you who spends  a few moments of your day with me. I cannot tell you how it make my heart purr!

Linking up to these party hosts:
The Cottage Market
Primitive and Proper
Adventures of Our Family
Thistlewood Farms
The Space Between
Eclectically Yours
Stay at Home-ista
Bliss Ranch
Top This Top That
It All Started with Paint

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Rolling Felt Wreath

I finally completed my wreath that I have been working on since I brought these lovely felt scraps home from our Christmas visit in New Mexico. Our daughter and SIL have a friend who makes wonderful custom felt hats and after we ordered ours, I started to wonder what Oliver did with those luscious scraps. That's a crafter's mind for you, right? Clearly they were too precious to throw away!

So DH went down to inquire and came back with a garbage bag full of them! I couldn't wait to see what I could come up with!


I'm taking my wreath to these fun link parties:

Sunday, March 4, 2012

A New Concept--Blog "Yard Sale"

Karen over at Sew Many Way is trying something unique on her blog. Yesterday she sold some of her quilting items on a virtual yard sale and it was a success! After all, aren't fellow crafters out there in blogland more apt to appreciate the value of these goods than the average yard sale junkie?

She's hoping to make it a weekly event. So today she started a Linky Party inviting the rest of us to link up our goods that need to find new homes also.

If you notice, I now have a For Sale tab added across the top which will direct you to a page where I will continue to add items. Check back often and let me know if you have any interest or questions!
My first item is a real steal!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

A Day Late

Hello Friends--This was a card I had planned for yesterday but a killer headache
rolled in before I could get it posted! So here it is today, along with my
Freebie Friday Printable--in fact, a whole website of printables!


The flower is from Stampin' Up's Uppsy Daisy's
stamp set, then glittered in parts.

I mounted it on black and white pin dot paper,
added a few embellishments and a die cut sentiment.  

The website I discovered has over 900 free printable papers!
Graph papers--quilting, isometric, hexagon, knitting, cartesian
Grids of all sizes
Dots galore
Lined--calligraphy, penmanship, legal, ledger, register, budgets
Score sheets--bowling, bunco, basketball, softball, tennis, volleyball
Notecards, postcards, specialty papers
Calenders
Music sheets, score sheets
Teacher resources
Game sheets--Hangman, Tic Tac Toe, Battleship
and so much more!

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