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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Another birthday in 8,760 hours...

Today's card is one I made for my brother-in-law, whose big day was the 29th of August.

I cut out a pocket watch using an unbranded die set. It's actually cut out of shimmery gold cardstock, but it looks like kraft CS in the photos. In retrospect, I wish I had used some black or dark gray CS, because it would have stood out more.

I embossed my rounded rectangle with a Darice EF and then lightly inked the raised areas to give it some definition.

Finally, I used a couple of stitched banner dies for my sentiment, which was printed with my computer.

The two little square faux-brads are really self-adhesive embellishments, which I'm quickly running out of. Guess I'll need to keep my eyes open for some more of these. They're great for masculine cards.

The inside of my computer is pretty plain, with just a computer-generated sentiment. Men like "plain," right?

This post was written and scheduled a couple weeks ago, because right now I am gallivanting in Europe. Wherever I am, I will raise my glass to all of you, because I am so grateful that you continue to read my blog and encourage my crafty efforts!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

My grandson's birthday card...

I have a couple of grandsons who are veteran Minecraft players (both with birthdays in August), so I decided to use that theme for their birthday cards.

I searched online for a Minecraft paper pattern that I could print out. There are lots of different free printables available. I wish I could point you toward the exact one that I used, but I'm afraid I can't find it anymore.

I also looked at Pinterest posts for ideas to create the front of my card. I found the look I wanted, but had to guess a bit at the size of the black facial features. I used 1" squares for the eyes, which I've scored both ways in 1/4" increments (doesn't show up in the photo). For the nose and mouth, I cut a piece of black cardstock that was 2" X 2", scored it both ways at 1/4" increments, and then used my score lines as guides to cut away parts until I had the shape you see here.

On the inside, I used a pop-out idea that I found on Splitcoast Stampers, modifying it to fit the size of card I like to make (4 1/2" X 6").  It takes some patience, but I did eventually get it all to work properly. I happened to have a die that cut out little squares to form a lattice shape, so I used those little squares to decorate my Creeper pop-out.

As you can see, I first lined the inside of my card with a black layer, then the pop-out was on a green layer, and finally, I carefully measured and cut two printed layers to cover any of the green that was NOT part of the actual Creeper.

My sentiments were computer-generated and cut out with some pierced rectangle dies.

While these cards took a little longer than usual to make, I think my grandsons liked them. At least it was a theme they totally "got."

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Let's Craft and Create challenge #129: Child's Play...

Today we start a new challenge at Let's Craft and Create, and it's one we can all have fun with, I think. After all, who doesn't like to make a card for a child?

I decided to use some fun word play with my card.

My cute little fish, plants and water lines are all unbranded dies.

I inked up my little fish and even added some lines and dots on a couple of them. I wasn't the least bit worried about making them look realistic--I just wanted to have fun.

My sentiment was computer-generated.

I also added some clear half-rounds that I had in my stash, thinking they looked a lot like bubbles.

Because this card is for a child, I decided to have a little more fun on the inside.

 I die-cut a whale using another unbranded die, and then inked it up and added some spots to his belly.

Isn't he cute?

My inside sentiment was also computer-generated.

Now it's your turn to have some fun making a card for a child. I know some of you regularly make them for non-profit organizations, so here's your chance to join in our challenge fun with your creations.

Check out the Design Team's fabulous projects here, today AND midmonth. Then be sure to post yours on the Let's Craft and Create blogsite. I'm so excited to see what you make. I know you will inspire me, and I'll use that inspiration to make lots of cards for my 10 (yup, ten!) grandkids.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Quick gift embellishment idea...

Today's post will be quick, quick, quick! I am traveling, so I've scheduled some posts while I'm away, and this is one of them. :)

I always like to make gifts for kids fun (if I have the time). And I know that boys don't give two hoots if they have ribbons and bows on their gifts. So, when my grandson had a birthday recently, this is how I decorated his package:

I draped some baker's twine across the top of my package and secured the ends with enamel dots. Then I added some die-cut flags and popped some die-cut stars up on them with foam squares.

I die-cut my grandson's name and added a few more of those stars to his card's envelope. I'll show you the card in a later post.

This is such a fun way to use up some of those paper scraps we're all inundated with.

One little aside...someone who had never seen my handmade cards before, saw one of them recently and said, "You made this? And you don't sell them? This card would cost $10 in a store!"  I thanked him for his kind words, but thought to myself, "If I sold these, I'd actually be making $2-3 per hour, because I'm such a s-l-o-w crafter."

I think I'd rather just give them away and enjoy the process of making them!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

First Halloween card of the year...

I send Halloween cards to a few adults in my family, so I need some that aren't quite as juvenile as the ones I make for the grandkids. Here's what I came up with for my first one:

The dies for my cup and spoon are from an unbranded set. The spider web border was made with a Martha Stewart punch, and the bigger web in the lower left corner is a section of a spider web doily from a package of orange, gold and black web doilies from Michael's.

I created my sentiment on the computer and printed it out before cutting it out with a stitched oval die.

I have several Halloween stamp sets, so I used the hanging spider from one of them. It's one of my older sets and has lost its packaging, so I'm not sure of the brand.

To create the steam coming from my coffee cup, I used a stamp from a Fiskars coffee-themed stamp set and some gray ink. Then I filled in the stamp with a glitter pen. I think it gave just the right affect.

This is the inside of my card. My "happy Halloween" die is also unbranded. The nice thing about this die is that I can carefully snip the words away from the frame and use them--or the frame--by themselves. In looking at the photo, I just realized that there is space for a little something beneath the words. Hmmmmm....what could I put there? Another spider? I'll have to give that some thought!

We are currently packing our suitcases and getting ready for the big trip across the pond. I'm always concerned that I'm going to forget to do something important - like put our mail on hold - before we leave. I do make lists and check things off, but that doesn't keep me from worrying!

Thank you so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Let's Craft and Create Challenge #128: Hey, Dude!

I always appreciate a masculine card challenge, because, like most of you, I struggle making them. This month at Let's Craft and Create, our challenge is "Hey, Dude!" The Design Team has come up with so many great ideas, I hope you'll click on over and take a look. But be ready to be inspired!

Here's my contribution to the DT line-up:

This card was made for my brother who wears cowboy boots every day. He loves the western look, and having grown up in Montana and North Dakota, he comes by his fashion sense honestly.

This card was made with mostly unbranded dies.  I've used pens, alcohol markers and Viva Décor pens to add some color and dimension..

My fence posts were made with some craft cardstock that has been stamped with a wood grain background stamp.

Here's a side view that better shows my little twine rope. I have to say, I really loved how that looked once I had adhered it to my card.

Here's a close-up of my cute cowboy boots. I love all the detail on them, and it's so easy to highlight it all with a little bit of coloring.

Finally, here's the inside of my card--a computer-generated sentiment and another horseshoe.

Now it's your turn to create a masculine card and post it here. There is a prize to be won, so make sure you're in the running for it. You've got until the end of the month to enter.

Once again, be sure to check out all the wonderful DT creations on the Let's Craft and Create blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Have a magical day...

This card is perfect for a young girl, don't you think? I love fairies and have three different fairy dies (all unbranded). This one is my favorite of the three.

My starry sky background was also cut with an unbranded die, but my moon was cut with a Lifestyle Crafts die. The sentiment was computer generated.

My background was made by first cutting the starry panel out of blue cardstock and then inking the edges with some navy blue ink. I love how that looks!

The inside of my card was simple with just a stamped "Happy Birthday" and a few heat embossed stars, made with some sparkly white embossing powder.

Well, my computer is STILL at the shop...and it looks like it will be there for several more weeks. In fact, they said the local techs can't find the problem, so they need to send it in to the manufacturer. There is the chance that when the manufacturer has their people work on it, they will wipe all the data off of it!!! They asked if I wanted a back up done before it was sent in. Um...yesssss!
I'm a little worried about the programs that are on it, like Photoshop, Silhouette Designer Edition, Microsoft Office Suite, etc. I've told them these programs are all important to me and I want them back on my computer when they return it to me. Guess we'll see how that goes.
I think until I get my machine back (in good working order), I will be posting only once a week. We will be traveling for the month of September, so it will be really hard for me to do more than that. I hope you'll continue to hang in there with me until I have returned from my travels and have my computer back in good working order.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Hope your day is just ducky...

This is the card I made for my granddaughter's 12th birthday, which is in a couple of days (she's already seen it, so it's ok to post). It was not done with my Silhouette, but just some simple measurements, cuts and dies.

I just love these little duck dies. I cut the mama duck out of some white cardstock and inked the edges with a little gray ink. I also colored her beak and feet with a gold alcohol marker.

The baby ducks were cut out of yellow cardstock and I added some darker gold ink to the wings and edges of the cuts.

In this somewhat blurry photo, you can see how the wings are lifted up and given some dimension with some pop-dots.

The dies (unbranded) cut holes for the eyes, so I simply added some black cardstock behind the holes.

The flowers were made with a punch and some enamel dots for the centers and the vines were made with a Cheery Lynn die.

The clouds, fence, hot air balloon and label shapes are all unbranded dies.

My computer is back in the shop - it has been experiencing some screen issues where the darkest parts of the screen show up as a pixelated red color when it is "awakened" from sleep mode. This is the second time I've had it in for this issue. aaaaarghhh. I am now working from my husband's computer, which means I don't have access to all the photos on mine, nor do I have access to my Silhouette Cameo software. double aaaaarghhh.

Oh well, this too shall pass. Hopefully.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Ever heard of Taco Cat?

This is just a silly card I made for fun. I received this cat die (unbranded) in the mail and wanted to give it a try. I think I saw the sentiment on Pinterest, and it made me chuckle, so I used it. The die is not a layered die, so I used some of my metallic markers to highlight specific areas. I also used my black Viva Décor pen to add shiny black eyes.

The inside of my card shows you its purpose. But it could just as easily be changed to use as a birthday card or just a fun "hello" card.

I have a few photos to share with you of our RV trip to destinations in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Our first destination was the Winnebago Grand National Rally in Forest City, Iowa. There we met with other Rialta RV owners, some of whom were old friends and others who became new friends.

We had a few days of "pre-rally" fun, when we had lots of time to sit and chat, go out for dinner with the group and attend some of the Puckerbrush Festival activities in Forest City. If you're wondering what a puckerbrush is, it's a bush with a very sour berry that makes you pucker (I had to look that one up!).

The first official night of the rally, the headline entertainment was an Elvis impersonator. He was actually pretty good, and it was fun to sing along to all the old Elvis hits.

Next we visited Clayton and Quincy, Illinois. This mansion is on a street of such homes in Quincy. We toured it and learned its history.

My stepson and step-grandson joined us in Clayton, Illinois, where my husband grew up. We stayed in a campground, but they stayed at the Redbird Inn. When visiting them there, I looked out the window of their room, and lo and behold--there was a red bird - a beautiful Cardinal! This picture is a bit blurry because I took it so quickly, but it's easy enough to see the lovely color of the bird.

Next, we drove to Springfield, Illinois, and visited all the sites related to Abraham Lincoln. This is the home where Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln lived and raised their sons.

This is the tomb where Abraham and Mary Lincoln are buried, along with three of their four sons.

Our last stop on our trip was Door County, Wisconsin. We stayed at a campground in Fish Creek, but also visited the other harbor towns and villages on the peninsula. It's just SO beautiful there!

Even the poppies seemed to be more luxuriant and more brightly colored.

There were lots of artsy shops with handmade items for sale. This was a glass shop with all kinds of garden ornaments out front.

I loved these bold, bright flowers.

In the village of Sister Bay, Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant boasts of goats on the roof! Sure enough, there were quite a few goats on the roof, keeping the grass nice and short and, no doubt, enjoying a perfect view of Lake Michigan!

Our last night in Fish Creek, we attended a fish boil, which is a local tradition. A large pot of water is brought to a boil over a wood fire. Small, new potatoes are added first and allowed to cook. Then a metal basket is placed into the boiling water on top of the potatoes, and pieces of white fish and some salt is then added to this basket.

Our chef explained that during the last couple minutes of cooking, he would need to add some kerosene to the fire to get it to flare up and boil the pot over, which resulted in any scum or particles in the water flowing out of the pot. This keeps the fish clean and particle-free.

This is what it looks like when the kerosene is added!

I immediately understood why there was a low brick wall around the cooking area to prevent customers from getting too close!

The fish was good, but I still prefer mine sautéed in a little butter!

Just before we headed for home, we purchased some Montmorency cherries. They are grown locally (as shown in this pic) and sent all over the country from this area. In fact, at the height of the cherry growing in Door County, this small area provided 95% of the country's cherries.

I made a pie with the ones we purchased shortly after I got home. In fact, it became a "birthday pie" for my granddaughter. Everyone loved it.

If you stuck with me to the end of this blog post, thank you! I know it was a bit long, but I do like to share our adventures with all of you.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Have a beautiful day...

My beautiful daughter-in-law celebrated her birthday at the end of July, and this is the card I made for her.

I used design #142226  from the Silhouette Design store for this card. My daughter-in-law is very committed to physical fitness, so I thought a card with a bicycle would be just the ticket--even though this bike doesn't look like one that would be used by a hardcore cyclist.

I love adding the little extras to the design like the glittery enamel dots for the wheel centers and the gems for the flower centers.

I also added some texture to the basket with an embossing folder.

In this photo you can see how the card opens up. These Silhouette designs are so great because they cut out all the individual pieces. You simply have to put it all together!

For me, choosing the papers to use is definitely the hardest part. I can spend hours doing that.

Here's one last look at my card. The small, brown panel connected to my pop-out on the right is where I signed our names.

I will have some photos of our trip to share with you later this week (hopefully). We are still trying to get caught up with everything after being gone for 2 1/2 weeks. I washed clothes last night, mowed the lawn today, need to visit the Department of Motor Vehicles tomorrow to renew some registration tabs. I still have a lot of cleaning to do in the RV before we can tuck it away for the winter. There just aren't enough hours in the day!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Crazy birds birthday card...

I made this card with the idea that I would give it to someone under the age of 13. I thought they might still actually like the "joke" if they were 7, 8, 9, 10, or maybe even 11.

I pulled out my Tim Holtz Crazy Birds stamp and die set and used two of them that were facing opposite directions.

I stamped them with black Versafine ink and then colored them with my colored pencils. I used some mineral spirits and a blending stump to blend my colors together. This was the first time I tried that technique, and I thought it worked out pretty well. I just have some cheapo colored pencils that are older than dirt, so I was surprised that it worked at all!

I used some stitched dies (My Creative Time oval and unbranded rectangle) for my speech bubbles. I was going to use my Cameo to cut out actual speech bubbles with the little pointy thing, but I was in a hurry to finish the card, so I just used these simple dies.

I used my computer to print the punch line on the inside, and I also stamped one of the birds for extra measure.

"Why do you have those festive Washi tape borders at the top and bottom of your sentiment panel?" you ask.

"Must you kick me when I'm down?" I query in return. "I cut my panel too short," I admit. "Any other smart-alecky questions?"

Map of Door County, Wisconsin

We are now in Fish Creek, Door County, Wisconsin, finishing out the last few days of our trip. Door County is a narrow peninsula that juts out into Lake Michigan (one of the Great Lakes, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the area).  I drove the last 150 miles to our campsite while my DH snoozed beside me. It is beautiful countryside here--rugged and heavily treed with artsy little towns that dot the shoreline. I was delighted to see a cherry orchard along the way that was advertising "Pick Your Own." I could see that the trees were laden with bright, red cherries. We'll be heading into a few of those artsy towns tomorrow and also picking some cherries to eat. I'd like to take some home with us. I'm not sure, though, if they'll last that long. We're big cherry lovers!!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Leafy layout...

This is another quick card made with unbranded dies - both the card front and the leafy sprig. Super simple, super quick!

Here you can see that I have glued down just the stem of my leafy sprig to give it a little added dimension.

I also added a couple of tiny pearls to dress up my stamped sentiment, which was a freebie from a magazine subscription.

I love when a card comes together this quickly. This one was particularly fast because I have left the inside blank so that I can write a personal note.

We are now in Springfield, Illinois, and enjoying all of the tributes to Abraham Lincoln here. So far we have toured the Lincoln Museum, the Lincoln Library, Union Depot (where he gave a final address before heading to the presidency in Washington, D.C., and where his body was returned after he was assassinated), the current State Capitol building, Lincoln's tomb and the Lincoln Memorial Gardens. Tomorrow we will tour the old State Capitol, Lincoln's home and a couple of other sites.

We are also staying in a wonderful campground that has all the amenities we like to have (like a laundry and clean showers!).

I hope you are having a great week wherever you are. Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.