Pandas

Pandas
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Monday, August 31, 2009

The Princess Bride



I won't tell you the story of the wedding. I know I promised, so I won't. This was just the wedding party playing around while the groom was out riding around since we took photos before the wedding. The wedding was around 7 pm and in order for everyone to be able to get home at a decent hour we did some of the photo shoot a few hours before the wedding.
I used the layout from the new WOTG - Grace, only with Silhouette papers since I don't have any of the new CTMH papers yet.
She really was a princess. I wanted to use the title Queen for a Day, but my husband nixed that idea. This one fits better when you know that "we - Ash, Dad and Mom" entered to the Princess Bride theme and the officiant performed the wedding scene from the Princess Bride.


Saturday, August 29, 2009

second post today




This will really look familiar to all my blogging friends out there, because it is just a slight variation of a card I made a few weeks ago. I used ponderosa pine card stock on this rather than the checkered B&T. So for the inside I had to cut inserts. I used the reindeer from the new Heartfelt Christmas to match the tree on the opposite panel. I love paper piecing the outfits and then using the liquid applique stuff on the trim. If you feel like making a comparison the first card was posted on Aug 18. A friend wants a card to use as an example so I made another one to keep for myself.
What is with Spellcheck? It doesn't recognize ponderosa - must be too young to remember Bonanza. Half of you reading this won't get that reference. Back when TV was wholesome.
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more fun projects




I know you have seen these before, but this one really is a little different. I picked up the Scrap & Stamp Art magazine at WalMart yesterday. There was this great article and project by Elizabeth Allan - Altered Candy Tin with Gift Enclosures. I usually make accordian albums in the tins, so when I saw she made small cards I had to get the magazine and try out the project. Of course, I don't have the right flowers to use so mine came from a stamp set called Springtime. I think hers is much nicer than what I came up with - oh well, I had fun trying and learned a new technique.
I can't tell - does it take Blogger longer to upload multiple images or one at a time? Don't mind me, just my impatience rearing its ugly head!
I stamped the center of the card stock with an image from Intrinsic Background then stamped my flowers and colored them in with CTMH markers and the blending pen and a few Copic markers. I really need more Copic markers. The blending pen chews up the card stock.

Now who can I give this to?
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Friday, August 28, 2009

Any excuse will do - right?




I love making these match boxes and dressing candy bars, don't you? This takes less than a sheet of card stock and a few small scraps of B&T. You can make them any size from 2 nuggets to 24 nuggets. I personally have never made a box to hold that many nuggets, but I have the recipe for it. This way I can buy a bag of nuggets and not feel guilty. Who am I kidding of course I feel guilty, but I do it anyway. This set uses Colonial white cs and Aspen B&T with a couple sparkles and some rogue ribbon - how'd that get there?
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Finding JOY


Finding Joy! I believe one of my joy's in life is creating art. Another is the comments that come from creating art. This may look vaguely familiar as I posted one like it using the evensong paper a few days ago. I couldn't help myself. When I like something I tend to make several. I notice I do that at the grocery store, I tend to buy two of everything, so when I use one up I have a spare.
This will probably be one of the goodies I use for my pay it forwards. I used ribbon to tie the coasters together this time because dealing with hinges and brads was too much for me at the time. This was much easier to make with punching holes using the Big Bite.
I hope you can see it clearly enough. I had to get farther away to fit it all in the camera. I took some closeups also, but will have to wait until later to post them. Got an appointment at 11:00.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Winter Fun



I guess I am in the fun card making mode right now. I have seen these envelopes used before and thought I would try it. An instance of making a card to fit an envelope. I used the stardust paper pack and the Winter Fun stamp set. You probably can't see the prisma glitter on the snowballs, but it is there. I used Copic markers and a white gel pen. I have no idea what I am going to do with this card, but it was fun to make. This took forever to upload the photos. I started trying last night. Sure hope you like my card after all the effort it took to get them here.
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monstrous birthday cards



You will probably get the idea that I really really like these monsters. You'd be right!!!
My friend's son is celebrating his birthday the same day as my kid sister and my nephew so I thought I'd make him a card while I was in the monstrous birthday card making mode. I know they are cutesy for men, but you know what - I can make anything I want. Do you think they would tell me if they don't like it? Nah! I think I will put away the monsters for a while. I need to make another one of those triangle cards with Ms. Holiday Cheer for a friend.
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Saturday, August 22, 2009

JOY frame made with coasters

There are two artwork posts today.









Liz Johnson designed this Joy frame and posted on the artwork BB last year. I thought this was so pretty I had to make one and I thought I would post it here so I can post on the BB. I used the Evensong paper pack and some chipboard letters. Today someone on the artwork Bulletin board was asking what you can do with coasters so I am going to show her this piece of art. I know I made this before I got my Big Bite because putting in the hinges took a long time and my fingers hurt when I was done.
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Christmas Monster


Would you believe it has taken me several hours to make this silly card? To get this monster behind the tree took an act of congress. I kept wanting to add more and more and then I'd back off and finally just said "ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!" This card uses paper from the Deck the Halls paper pack, Stamp from Merry Monsters, Ms. Holiday Cheer and Christmas Greetings. The ornaments on the tree are Dew Drops.

I have another photo to post of a coaster frame that I made last year. I want to post it on our CTMH bulletin board and have found that I can do that easily from here rather than going to photobucket with it.
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pet peeve, frustration or impatience

Computer technology is a wonderful thing, except that I have become so SPOILED that I want everything to be instantaneous.
I rely way to much on my computer.
If I click on a website and it doesn't download immediately I click to a different tab and check out some other site while it is downloading. Am I the only one that has learned this impatience? I can't even blog hop or blurf (blog surf) without being impatient. If a blog takes too long to upload, I move on. I miss some great artwork because of my frustrating type A personality. Have you noticed how some blogs take forever to load ( not sure if it is up or down)? I used to have a site using "The Cutest Blog on the Block" or something like that, but I was afraid it was taking too long to open, upload or download or whatever so I switched to a Google based blog background. I hope others aren't finding that my blog takes too long to open.
Oh well, Maybe it is ADD or just a short attention span.

I'm not going to beat up on myself any longer. I am going blurfing and try not to get too frustrated with the speed of things.
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Thursday, August 20, 2009

A monstrously awful birthday card

I love these little monsters.
They are just so cute.
I should have colored them using our markers instead of the few Copics that I have. I found them for $3.95 each which is similar to the price of our markers and Helen Onulak over at Hooked on Stamping has shared a list of Copics and comparison numbers with our 60 colors. I'm not sure if using our markers would have made this card any better. I probably would like it better, but then again . . .
I will give this one to my kid sister. She will love it.
I actually think these would make cute little Christmas monsters. I'll try it once I get some of our new papers in. Next month!
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Another card design from Stratford Hall



I am not going to tell you what I think of this card. There is a slit under the star that the "tree" slides into.
I used Everlasting paper pack, Shining Star and No Peeking. I colored the packages in with Copic Markers. Oh my goodness!!!!! If you have never used Copic Markers before . . . oh I just don't know what to say . . . I want one in every color.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Christmas card - yes I know it is early to be making Christmas cards. . .


There are so many things I want to say about this card, I hope I don't forget them all. I got the design idea for this card from Stratford Hall, a card company that sends out catalogues to companies that might want to order cards to send to all their customers. I love getting these catalogues, it is kind of like an Idea Book in itself.

There is supposed to be a ribbon on one edge that ties around the whole card. Maybe I'll go back and put it on later, just not yet. I am actually (what is a nicer way of saying "killing two birds with one stone"? I don't like that saying but you know what I mean when I say it.
I got this Ponderosa Pine B&T and have wanted to use it up for so very long. Any chance I can get, I take.
I got this darling Ms. Holiday Cheer stamp set (this is in our Autumn/Winter 2009 idea book) and couldn't wait to try it out.
Check out the fur trim on the striped jacket and and cap and the trim on the cap on the lady with the tree. I used our liquid applique on these areas. I have had the applique in a drawer for over a year now and when I squeezed it onto the card it looked quite yellow. Even when I went back to it today to heat emboss it, it was still quite yellow. I think it looks okay once heated. phew! I also got out several of my old favorite stamp sets. to play with. The "No Greater Love" set is one I used two years ago for Christmas. The other, Christmas Scripts, is one I have wanted to play with for a couple years now.
The jacket and pants are paper pieced from our Everlasting paper pack. The tree on the inside is also a new stamp set this year called Heartfelt Christmas.
This is definitely not a card I would make to mail to everyone on my list. Way too much going on, it would have to be for someone in particular. Fun to make though.
Oh, I hope I remembered everything I wanted to tell you about this card.
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Pay it Forward

Pay it forward Craft idea

This is my second post today..
I was over at Dawn's Craft Place and saw this a Pay it Forward that she is doing right now, I decided to play along. I would love to play it forward. So be among the first 5 people to leave a comment and get a craft! The catch is that you, in turn have to pay it forward and pass a handmade craft onto 5 people, and they agree to send a craft to 5 people etc. You have a year to get the crafts made and out. It’s like a big chain letter of crafty goodness! So are you game? If so be one of the first 5 to sign up on this post and you will get a little goody in the mail handmade by me.
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card for wedding


My computer geek is getting married. I really think this guy is precious so I wanted to wish him well. I haven't met his bride yet, but she has to be wonderful.

Anyway, I had made a card like this a few months ago for my daughter's friend who is getting married and thought -hey, why not. Here it is again. I really like this paper. I need to do some layouts for my daughter's album using this paper, since I don't have any Superman, Batman, Back to the Future, Star Wars, Princess Bride or any of the other themes that starred at her wedding. Did I tell you she had a FUN wedding? Okay, okay, I won't tell you about it again.
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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Ribbon Tying on a card Tutorial

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This is a tutorial about tying ribbon on a card. I did not think this up on my own, I actually saw a video on Youtube about it. I think it is a clever trick and have been teaching this trick at my gatherings and thought I could pass the info on to others by posting a tut on my blog.










































































































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