Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Woven Heart Card

This is a 4 1/4"  by 4 1/4" card.






Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder from Stampin' Up!
used on Whisper White card stock from Stampin' Up!
Run it through the Big Shot to make vertical lines on your card. Remove and rotate the card a quarter turn to run through again making horizontal lines to create the checkerboard pattern. 






Thin strips of Pretty In Pink, Pink Pirouette and Regal Rose card stock woven together.
Some of the strips were stamped with Whisper White craft ink and background stamps.
The strips are adhered to the back of the heart cut out with super sticky double stick tape.
The heart was made with the Movers and Shapers shape set die  from Stampin' Up!




Closeup of the checkerboard / plaid look. 
Scrap of light pink organdy ribbon for the bow.

Thanks for looking =) 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Welcome Home, Heroes







Wish I wasn't such a scaredy cat about driving to the big city  -
I would like to have attended the Welcome Home Heroes Parade in St Louis today.
It will  be a bit chilly, but sunny and dry.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Storage Idea - multi piece embossing folder set



I love the Stampin' Up! embossing folders and own several of them. I keep them stored alphabetically in a little plastic drawer; they stand on end.

My most recent purchase of Textured Impressions Embossing Folders was the new the Adorning Accents 3 piece set. I didn't want to leave the three small folders loose in the drawer because I thought they may slide under the larger folders when I shuffle through them and I would forget about them if I don't see them . I came up with this storage idea: Rather than just keep them loose in the drawer, I decided to keep them in the cellophane package they came in. Then I thought they would probably get jumbled up in the package, so my idea was to add a piece of card stock inside then fold them over it. Hopefully this will keep them in place in their package. Next step is to make a new envelope to keep them in since I know the lightweight cellophane packaging they came in won't last. Maybe I should suggest to Stampin' Up' that they sell extra plastic envelopes like the new Framelits come in, the 3 piece set of Embossing Folders would fit perfectly in one of those.




Thanks for looking =) 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

House Card - Punch Art

A friend recently bought a new home so I made this card for her. The roof flips up, the middle of the card opens.









Here is the quick sketch I made first to figure out dimensions:



I wanted it to be a 5 1/2"  by 4 1/4" card when folded
She bought a ranch style house, I thought about making a longer card to fit in a business size envelope. If I had done that, I was going to try to make it resemble the new house more, then decided against it because I didn't think the scale would look right with the supplies/tools I had.





I used all sorts of items to make this card, some of which were from Stampin' Up!

Here are a couple of closer photos:





Martha Stewart Fern (?) punch, Always Artichoke card stock
Soft Suede card stock and Woodgrain stamp scrap for window box and planter
unknown tiny flower punch, So Saffron card stock
Stickles glitter glue for centers of flowers
acetate for window
black construction paper for the shutter; stylus to make lines
lace scrap for curtains
scrap of unknown card stock inside for "painted walls"






burgundy card stock for door
edges were inked with Basic Gray ink
silver metallic card stock for door knob, 1/4" punch





Congratulations stamp from All Year Cheer stamp set, Stampin' Up!
The roof was made with black construction paper and a Basic Black marker.
The card base is a speckled piece of card stock, possibly Confetti from Stampin' Up!


Thanks for looking =)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Missing My Ringo Cat, sniffle......................

I'm sick with heartache................................ it doesn't seem possible to lose yet another cherished pet, but I am trying to come to terms with the fact that something terrible must have happened to my Ringo cat. He has not been seen since last Wednesday night.

He had been fine, no signs of any illness whatsoever, his normal, lovable self. That night hubby said he saw him eating what he thought to be a mouse. When Ringo came in, he was sitting near me on the couch and I made the comment the he almost looked ill the way he was sitting, I wondered aloud if eating whatever it was upset his tummy. I asked hubby if he had D-con put out anywhere, he said no. When I went to bed an hour later Ringo was still on the couch near me; I gave him a little scratch on his head and and wished him goodnight, hoping he was okay. I really didn't want to get up in the middle of the night to clean up cat vomit if he was sick.

That was the last I saw of him. I did not let him out the following day. Of course no one recalls letting him out. Our best guess is daughter (or hubby) did late, late that night while they were up watching TV and don't remember. It's such a habit letting him in and out. He'd stand up on his back legs, pawing at the knob with his front paws, all the while meowing "out!" loudly. Very cute - and annoying if I didn't want to let him out and he kept it up !

The following day there was an ice storm, below freezing temperatures and cold winds blowing all say; he would not have stayed outdoors in that frigid weather.

We've looked all throughout the house, the property, the barn with no signs of him.

I made a sign for the end of the driveway offering a reward.

It breaks my heart, he was such a good cat, a real lover and still so young, active, healthy at only 5 years old. He was a mouser, outside prowling for critters or just cat napping in the rafters of the barn every chance he had. He loved to hang out with me at times in the craft dungeon, getting in the middle of whatever I was working on. The past several months he started to sit on my lap at the computer (Mulligan cat always did that!).





He was so tiny and had cuts on his face when my son found him all alone in our yard in 2006. He always called him his cat since is the one that found him. I didn't mind, even if I was the one that did all the pet related chores for Ringo (just as I do for all the pets). We looked all over for a momma cat or more kittens, never found any. To this day we do not know where he came from. 











Helping look for four leaf clovers





Even several inches of snow couldn't keep him from heading to the barn.





This photo I forgot I had and it is a tear jerker for me:
Ringo was scratching at the newly installed storm door to be let out. 
Cassie dog (RIP March 2011) was already out there, you can see her reflection.
On the other side of Ringo is a bag of Kit N' Kaboodle cat food reflected.
That was my cat Mulligans (RIP August 2010) favorite cat food. 
If I tried to pass off any other brand, he would not eat and loudly meow in protest to let me know 
 that it was not his preferred food. 








Ringo loved to lend a paw to help.
Here he was checking out my freshly painted walls, "nope, not dry yet."



Typical of most cats, he'd find crazy places to cat nap.
This was a new spot last fall: husband had just brought the fenders to the car inside the house 
(do not ask!!!!) and a box of car parts, perfect spot to snuggle in for a nap.




Yes, I had quite a messy work table in the craft dungeon, so many things on it but he insisted on finding a spot to hang out last fall. This was during my marathon card making for Operation Write Home.




I'll miss the little pink nose peering at me from outside my craft window. 






What hurts the most is not knowing where he is
 what has happened to him
(and losing sleep thinking of so many terrible possibilities.........)
quite possibly never seeing him again.
I am trying to be hopeful that he will jump on the door,
sliding down it while meowing as loud as possible to let me know he wanted inside. 
He'd then walk between my legs and rub on them,
wrapping his tail around me as he does so,
tripping me with his happy hello greeting.
Sigh.........


2012 is not a good year so far for me


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Storage Idea - Framelits dies

While I was on a roll of reorganizing a couple things in the craft dungeon recently, I decided to add a large piece of magnet to my new Framelits and Edgelits dies folders from Stampin' Up! It does the trick for keeping them in place and I feel much better about popping them off of the magnet rather than the super sticky tape that they come adhered to. I felt like I was going to bend them when trying to get them unstuck from that tape ! No worries with the lightweight advertising magnet that I glued onto a piece of lightweight cardboard cut to fit the envelope. I adhered the magnet to the lightweight cardboard with super sticky double sided tape.  Great way to reuse "trash" (advertising magnet, chipboard), too !


completed



lightweight cardboard from designer paper packaging and 
 an old advertising magnet -
I always save both types of items to be reused for something else one day


I can't wait for Stampin' Up! to release more Framelits and Edgelits dies !!!!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Organizing Craft Dungeon Stuff - again

When I decided to buy all of the new In Colors of ink and card stock from Stampin' Up! (both of the current sets) last month, I needed to redo my storage. I know, I waste entirely too much time pondering what colors go in what order, then remaking the tags and reordering the hanging file systems. I've nothing better to do anyway, ha !

I finally settled on an "order" for the colors to go in then inserted the ink pads and card stock into their new spots in their respective storage units. I made new tags for the front of the DVD tower that I store the ink pads in as well as the file cabinet drawers that I store the card stock in. All the new colors they look lovely next to all of the old colors I still have ! 




The tags above are on the file drawers.
I punch a piece from each color with the Word Window punch then hand write the name of the color on it.


I punch a 1/4" square from each color of card stock then adhere it to the edge of the DVD tower next to the color of ink pad. They are arranged in the same color order as the card stock.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Hybrid 30th Birthday Card




  • My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up! for the check boxes (white filled square punches with a black mat then shrunk in size)
  • Text boxes
  • Text "X" check mark
  • Night and Day digital designer paper to fill the digital numeric punches that I cut out and mounted on Dimensionals
  • Night and Day paper filled square punch that was elongated to make the paper strip inside
  • Melon Mambo filled square punch that was elongated and shortened to make the narrow paper strip inside
  • Dotted dash line from stamp set on the Mambo strip, Black ink
  • Whisper White, Basic Black, Melon Mambo card stocks
  • Houndstooth embossing folder
  • Polka dot ribbon from my stash of scraps, unknown
  • Rhinestone brad
Thanks for looking =) 

Monday, January 9, 2012

Framelits Card









The leftover frame from the label I cut out for card I posted yesterday.
I ran a glue pen around the edge then sprinkled on glitter (unfortunately I didn't grab my all time favorite Dazzling Diamonds glitter so this off brand took on a pink cast).
The white water color paper frame is mounted on dimensionals to the striped paper.
The grosgrain ribbon scrap doesn't match very well; I will replace it.
The inside is lined with Whisper White card stock that I stamped the leaf image from the retired Best Blossoms stamp set onto. I added flowers from the Flower Trio punch rather than stamped flowers.
Almost Amethyst, Certainly Celery and Daffodil Delight card stocks, inks.

These new dies from Stampin' Up! are going to be so much fun !

Thanks for looking =) 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

"Quarantine"






Not exactly a quarantine, but I've banished myself
 to the craft dungeon as much as possible to avoid catching the bug my family has.
I figure the less of the same air I breathe as they do, the less chance I have of catching it !
I have also been diligent about washing hands, using hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray.
I stocked the fridge with home made vegetable beef soup, home made chicken noodle soup, 
fresh oranges and orange juice. Knocking on wood I don't catch what they brought home !



With that said, and the arrival of my new Stampin' Up! goodies,
I decided to make a couple of cards as well as work on reorganizing my supplies.

After much deliberation, I decided to buy the Stampin' Up! In Color families from the past two years. 
I could have lived without them since several of them are so similar to retired colors I already have. 
Then again, it will be nice to have the slightly different shades. 

Pictured above is the first card I made with the new Framelits Labels die and Apothecary Art stamp set.
I really, really did not need more stamps and dies, but these were soooo pretty. 

The base is Almost Amethyst (retired); Wisteria Wonder would work just as well.
I used the Tulip Frame Textured Impressions Embossing Folder then lightly sponged 
on Whisper White Craft ink to the raised portions with a sponge dauber.

The image from Apothecary Art was stamped with Basic Black ink on watercolor paper then watercolored with Almost Amethyst, Wisteria Wonder, Certainly Celery and Barely Banana classic inks.
I added rhinestones to the centers of a few flowers.

I cut out the image with the new Labels Framelits die from Stampin' Up!
The Certainly Celery piece was cut with the next size up Framelis diet.
NOTE: there was a neat edge around the cutout frame on the leftover piece, 
I used it on another card I will post later. 
I'm not sure if that will happen with regular card stock though,
the water color paper is thicker so that is probably why the impression was left.




The watercolored piece is mounted to the Certainly Celery piece with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I ran a piece of Barely Banana organdy ribbon (retired) around the card,
between the stamped image and Certainly Celery mat.

The insisde was lined with a piece of Whisper White card stock that I stamped an image 
from the retired stamp set Soft Summer onto.


Check back tomorrow to see the card I made with 
the leftover frame. 
So many possibilities with these new dies !!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for looking =) 

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Recipe - No Knead Dinner Rolls



I made these yeast rolls to go with the pot roast recipe I tried the other day (yesterdays post). They were a little bit of work, but really good. The family loved them - in fact all they wanted to eat were warm buttered rolls !


I was originally given this recipe called "Oprah's Favorite Rolls" in a swap, but found the link to it here:
http://www.oprah.com/food/No-Knead-Dinner-Rolls



Servings: Makes 2 dozen rolls
Ingredients
  • 2 cups warm (105 degree to 115 degree F) water
  • 2 packages 1/4-ounce active dry yeast   (I substituted bread machine yeast) 
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs , lightly beaten
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted
Directions
Pour water into a large bowl and sprinkle in yeast. Let stand until yeast softens, about 5 minutes. Add sugar, eggs, 3 tablespoons oil and salt and stir to dissolve yeast. Gradually stir in enough flour to make dough soft (you may have to use your hands to work in last additions). Work dough in bowl to make a smooth ball.

Lightly brush top of dough with additional 1-tablespoon oil. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Let stand in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

Brush two 9 or 10-inch round cake pans lightly with melted butter. Punch down dough and cut into 24 pieces. With floured hands, form each piece of dough into a ball. Arrange 12 balls of dough, smooth side up, in each pan. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm place until almost doubled in volume, about 35 minutes.

Meanwhile, position a rack in the center of oven and preheat to 400 degrees F. Brush tops of rolls with remaining melted butter. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Let rolls stand in pan for 5 minutes. Remove rolls from pan and break apart. Serve rolls hot or warm.

Adapted from Back to the Table by Art Smith

Friday, January 6, 2012

Recipe - Easy Crock Pot Beef Roast

I never wanted a crock pot, but earned one as a "reward" last year. I've since used it quite a bit. Here is one of the most recent recipes I tried in it:

Ingredients:

  • 1 beef roast (rump, lean chuck, or other pot roast)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can cream of onion
  • 1 can or jar (4 ounces) sliced mushrooms
  • 3/4 cup beer

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 8 to 10 hours, until beef is tender. Serves 4 to 6, depending on size of roast.

Monday, January 2, 2012

First Night Button Collection



I've been face painting little kids - and some adults - nearly every year at our local First Night Celebration. When I was adding my latest button to the collection today I thought I would take a photo of them all to share.

I was originally recruited by a friend at the time in 2001. They needed someone to do quick little images painted on kids for the children's venue. I had done some work for our elementary school so I gave it a shot.

At that time there was another face painter in another venue that did entire faces. That artist took quite a while doing detailed paintings like tigers and such. The idea was for me to whip out something quick so the little kids could have at least a little something on their hand or face and try to keep the lines short, moving quickly.

Good thing I try to keep things as simple as I think I can and with very limited choices, I always have lines (and it never fails, requests for other things) !

Sometimes I have wee little ones getting their first painting done, almost always frightened of course because they have no idea who I am and what I am about to do to them. Some actually sit quite still, are entranced at what I am doing others are just too squirmy despite mom/dad/grandparents really wanting them to have something painted, the child has other ideas. I never want to force a child to do it.

I also have a few adults ask if they can have something done, I always accommodate them. Also some teenagers come through wanting their boyfriends name or team name/jersey number.

And every year I am photographed or videotaped by dozens of parents (I sure hope they zoom in on their kid and keep me out of it !). There were far more shutterbugs this year than ever before since so many people have cell phones now that are capable of taking photos or video. 

The last few years a new face painting group came in to replace the other hand painted faces. They do really neat airbrushed designs on faces, half faces to full faces. I ALWAYS get requests for those once people have seen them, they think I do that. Sorry, not here. I think it would be really neat to do though !

Anyway, here is my collection. I painted faces every year except for 2008 (which would be the 2009 button) because for some reason I didn't receive my paperwork and assumed that they didn't need me. We were going through a flood at the time, mail/newspapers/etc were being held for two weeks because they couldn't get through. I think it may have been lost in that craziness because I found out afterwards that they did want me back.

Last years button looks a little different, no ribbon on it, because I was a guest that year. The college was undergoing renovations so some of the venues weren't going to be available. They decided to bring in a circus and cut back on the other acts/experiences. I was able to attend First Night as a guest, so glad too because the circus was amazing !!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year 2012 !!!

(created with My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up!)




Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year ! 



No, I am not taking the time to post any resolutions or goals for the year, much less make any. I never keep them anyway !

I probably won't post nearly as much this year. I don't make as many things as I used to, plus it is time consuming (and downright aggravating at times) to share posts using the internet connection I have. I don't know that many people really "follow" anyway, but those that have I thank you for all of the comments the past year. They sure make my day, hugs !!!!

Best Wishes for a Wonderful New Year !