Sunday, July 22, 2012

Additional Cards For The Week

I hope you all have had a good weekend.  It has been pleasant here.  I've had some crafty time today, then I have some bread to pop into loaf pans and a cake to bake. 

Here are the cards I mentioned that I would post.  The "accordion" card and "the pull out" card.  I also have my second card for this half of the month for The Outlawz.

On the pull out card, the image is a digi from MazyArt.  I love her images. (I do believe I have mentioned her art before ... maybe a few times?) The paper is from Colorbok "Sweet Summer".  I haven't put anything on the pull out portions of the card. I still haven't decided what I want to put.  The accordion card is a Thank You card.  The image is from CTMH called "Bee Happy" and the paper is also CTMH called "Lucy." 

My last card for this week is for The Outlawz Challenge.

This was my attempt at a little shabby chic.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Loving July

I know there are a lot of people suffering in the extreme heat this summer and I can't imagine having to deal with that, but here in the Northwest it hasn't been bad. I'm loving July!  It may have hit 90 degrees this summer but the hot days have been in the high 70's to mid 80's.  Perfect weather I think.  Last night I slept through a big thunderstorm and didn't hear a thing.  There really is something to "white noise." 

July is also my husband's birthday, my youngest daughter's birthday and my little sister's birthday.  Of course I can't forget my yearly physical comes due in July.  My "Squishy" aka "mammogram" is this month too.  Not normally something that a person would blog about really is important to get your squishy!  In 2004 I had a mammogram that showed something suspicious.  It did turn out to be breast cancer but was caught in the very early stages of it's development.  I had a lumpectomy and some radiation and this year will be my 7th year cancer free...if all goes well with this mammogram.   So...go get your squishy even though you hate it. It's one of the best things you can do for yourself.  Okay, NOW I will get off my soapbox and I'll show you some cards. At least the last one I made for The Outlawz Challenges.  We always receive the cutest and or prettiest images from Sandi Huggett and Anne Fenton.  You really should go to The Outlawz and check them out! They are awesome ladies too!

This little girl is Anne Fenton's image.  She is such a sweet little darling.

I'm not sure that I like the background paper that used for this step card but I like elements of this card so I left it.   The paper is by "My Mind's Eye" Mary Mary collection and the cake stamp is by JustRight stamps.
The first time I put this together I made yellow roses to go with her little yellow dress.  It just didn't look right so I pulled off the yellow roses and replaced them with the pink ones.  My husband liked the  yellow ones. I'm adding the card with the yellow roses too just so you can see that the color of the roses really does make a difference.

I don't know. What do you think? Pink or Yellow?

My Crafting Tip:  I have discovered a really awesome glue. It is called "Best Glue Ever" by Scraperfect.  It is FABULOUS! You can make your own glue dots with this stuff! It is super strong, super sticky and glues your paper without warping and glues buttons, ribbons, die cuts, brads....and is quick drying.  Scraperfect also makes a cleaner called, "Best Cleaner Ever." I recommend this too.  It is earth-friendly and is safe for your hands, tools fabrics, clear and rubber stamps.  When my scissors get sticky I spray a little on a rag and wipe the blades and presto! The sticky is gone.  I have used it on stamps and on a wooden block that I had taken the stamp off of and left some sticky residue.  I suggest you spray the cleaner directly on sticky sticker glue and let it set for about 30 seconds then wipe off. Another thing about this cleaner is that it doesn't stink!  I have a delicate sniffer...I hate stinky stuff.

Another card I had been working on earlier in the week is a pull out card.  You pull the tab and a bottom panel comes out too. It's way cute.  I haven't taken a picture of it yet but will post it this weekend.  I also made a couple of accordion cards.  I made one for a coworker of my husbands that gave me a Dungeness crab and some Sea Bass.  Oh Wow! Heavenly is the only way I can describe it.  I gave him a loaf of sourdough bread that I had made and the accordion card was a thank you card. (I didn't take a picture of it. Ugh! I am still trying to remember to take a picture of all the cards I make. My friend Ginny told me to always take a picture and then I forgot.)  I do have a perky little yellow one that I will post this weekend too.

I think that is all I have to share for today.  I'll be back a little later.  Happy Friday! Have a great weekend.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Rockin Party

Happy Friday! Can it really be the end of the week already?

I spent a large majority of the morning trying to get my little image small enough to make this pop up party invitation.  I colored her 3 times.  This was really my first pop up card and although it wasn't exactly how I had it pictured in my mind, it came out okay.  This was my second CFC challenge card for The Outlawz.  It is a good thing I don't do other challenges because I would never get anything done. So after posting this, I have to unbury my work table and then change some bed linens.

The outside of the invitation is fairly plain.  But all in all, I'm happy with the card.  What do you think?

The image is by Anne Fenton.  The paper is CTMH, "You Rock." The outside card stamp is from Inkadinkado, "Amy Smyth Made It". (That is the name of the stamp)  I don't know who made the invitation stamp on the inside. I seem to have lost the packaging for it.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Hope You Had a Safe and Fun 4th of July

I love the 4th of July. Certainly not for all the fireworks but for the time with family and because it's my husband's birthday.  This year I made Teriyaki Chicken with potato salad, beans and chips.  Micheal wanted an ice cream cake for his birthday so that is what we had. It was a perfect ending for a great meal. 

Today is "officially" Oregon's first day of summer and it looks and feels like it too. There isn't a cloud in the sky. Gorgeous!  So, after a load of laundry I am going to go enjoy it.

Today I made my first card for July's Outlawz CFC challenge.  Sandy Huggett is a fabulous artist who did this card's image.  Later I will be doing a darling image by Anne Fenton....another fabulous artist.

The paper used for this card is from DCWV Adhesive fabric paper.  The littlel frame by My Mind's Eye Mary Mary "Beautiful" accessory sheet and the little heart stick pins is from Dritz that I picked up in JoAnn's sewing section.

Monday, July 2, 2012

It's Been A Beautiful Day

The second day of July and the weather couldn't be more perfect.  It's a little overcast but the temperature is perfect for this transplanted Alaskan girl.  The last few days have been so humid you would have thought we were living in the south.  I found that my single sheets of scrapbook paper curled because it was so humid. I will have to stick a book on them to flatten them out. Today, it has been just perfect.  After July 4 the weather will be close to 90 and that is just a little too warm for me. 

I had lunch with a friend and then we went to a few artsy shops where I live.  She is local and knows the shops much better than I.  We went to a shop called The Framers Touch that I had never been to before eventhough it has been here 9 years and right in the heart of town.  What a neat little store. It has jewelery, ceramics, picture framing, glass and tea! The tea and accessories was a total surprise.  My friend bought a really cool ice tea pot and I bought some Black Currant tea.  I'm going to try some out tonight.  Anyway, that shop is definately a place I will be going to again.  Their website is  Check it out!

Yesterday I was working on a card like this but when I stamped the greeting inside I had switched the Happy and the Birthday clings.  It read Birthday! Happy.   I was not so happy to see what I had done.  So, because of the honeycomb balloon, there wasn't a way I could just remove the front of the card and I couldn't restamp it on another piece of paper.  The only solution was to start over.  My granddaughter loved it though and wanted to have it since I was going to toss it so I guess it wasn't a total waste of time.  

Here is the new revised birthday card.