Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Road Closed


Our road is officially closed due to flooding. Good to see that it doesn't stop the Sheriff!

I am still able to get out if need be by taking a long way around, but should the water get much deeper we will need to use a boat as we did in 2013. Sure am hoping the forecast of more scattered rain showers daily and nearly 3" in some areas tomorrow (massive storm system moves across the area) doesn't cause a spike in the crest !!!!! I better get back to packing up more of my crafty stuff to make it easier to move out of the basement if need be (water pressure is already causing leaks and the sump pump to run despite there being no rain yesterday, the ground is just so saturated not to mention I literally have a lake for front yard right now!) ,

I have had no telephone for three days now (phone box is under water),  there is no cell phone service here (too rural) and internet has been intermittent for some reason (storms ?). Time to prepare the boat - and learn how to send smoke signals ;)

On the bright side, I have gone through my box of cards for Operation Write Home, making sure they are all stamped on the backs. I still need to do a final count and sort them in preparation for mailing out soon. I think I must have at least 300 cards ready to go !

I also spent an entire day cleaning my daughters room (it needs a bit more work yet), she recently moved out and left a mess, lots of things behind. After packing up the stuff she left and cleaning, I did some measuring and sketching of the room. I then measured some things in the craft dungeon. I had always said once the kids move out, I'm moving my craft dungeon up to their rooms on the second floor and now more so than ever with the threat of flooding, second time in two years, I want to ! I've been thinking about paint colors, flooring, etc on top of how was I going to fit my stuff in there - only to have my plans squashed by hubby. He insists it stay her room, what if she wants to come back home............   sigh.....................  maybe I could get a really nice houseboat and keep it on a trailer, move my craft room to the boat then if the water ever gets too deep, my crafty stuff will float, ha ha ! No more worries of the basement craft dungeon flooding and the kids' rooms will remain intact should they ever need to come back home ;)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Flooding 2015

Very high river levels really make towboats and 
barges tower above drivers on the road.

Yes, those are raindrops on my windshield.
It rains at some point every !

This road will likely be closed tomorrow.
Once this road closes (the one I use to get "to town"),
ours closes as well. 
I can get out a back way, the long way around,
after driving through a little bit of water.
If it gets too deep, we use a boat to get to 
the truck parked at the higher, dry end of the road.
Ah, the joys of living in the river bottoms!




I was standing on my front porch when I took this photo.

My front yard is now a lake !
There is 5 feet of water out there today.
Eighteen additional inches and it will enter that building
to the far right of the photo.
 Two more feet it will be a foot or so from the driveway.
From then on the ground is flat so it won't take much
rise in water levels before water would get in the house.
It did happen during the flood of 1993,
what was called a 500 year flood.
We did not live here then, but I've seen photos. 
It was too close for comfort in 2013,
I wanted to sandbag that year.
Crazy changes in the weather patterns
(and I truly think new, larger levees being built!)
are causing floods, and more major flooding, than ever.
We don't live behind a levee and one would NEVER
be built here, although I think we should
build our very own ;)



We've been flooding in our area since June 19th.
More and more rain keeps coming,
changing the crest date and height almost daily.
In fact, the local weather people had been
forecasting a dry, mild weekend for a change 
(first in over a month!) - they were wrong. 
A quick downpour was followed
by a couple more rain showers overnight. 
Our area is .10 of an inch short of reaching a record
for the wettest month of June 
as well as one of the wettest months of all time. 
With severe weather forecast for tomorrow afternoon,
we'll surely beat that record.






Between the stress of 
"Should I consider moving some of my stuff
out of the craft dungeon"
and my dad being in the hospital just 
as long as we've been flooding,
I've not done much creating.

I did have several posts half written,
but never completed.
I'll go back in and finish them soon.

There will be TWO posts shared on July 1st:
One of them is my first card project as a member of the
House Of Cards Design Team !!!!
So excited (and nervous!) about
being a part of their fabulous team.
The other project will be digital scrapbook pages
and a printable home decor piece I created as a 
member of the design team for 

I still have yet to create a non card project
for my design team duties at Anything But A Card ,
that will go live July 5th !


Thanks for visiting :) 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Friends Card I Received

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I love this card !!!!!!
Sure was a nice surprise in the mail
after the week (month!) I've been having.
It was made by my long time "pen pal".
Isn't the detail on the embossing folder amazing ?
And what a fun use of the designer papers.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

You Light Up My Life Cards




Cards I made and donated to 
Operation Write Home. 
I really like the "simplicity" of them.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Begin Again Digi Kit - JMCDesigns








Above are three projects I made with the newly released kit
Begin Again
by
Her store is 40% off through June 30th




Two 12x12 digital scrapbook pages 
and a greeting card front.



I used a PSD template from a challenge at
scraps-n-pieces.com
for the first scrapbook page.
This was the first time ever that I 
used a PSD file in Photoshop Elements 10
to create a scrapbook page.
I had to look up a couple of tutorials on
how to do it first ;)
Normally I look at a template
and use it as an inspiration like a sketch,
then build my pages from scratch
using My Memories Suite software.

The second page was built by myself 
in My Memories Suite V6 software.
The border piece was inspired by one
 sent to me in an email by MyMemories.com.

The card was created in My Memories Suite V6.
It is sized as a 4.25" x 5.5" ready to be 
printed card front. 
I used pieces from the kit then added text.





Begin Again kit Components:






WOW!!!

Go LIKE her facebook page
for a chance to win a free kit !



Monday, June 15, 2015

Happy Birthday, Human card





Created for sketch challenge #256 at
Operation Write Home.
This card will be donated to OWH.






Robot stamp image , Love You Bots
and screw head stamp, Aged To Perfection  from
Stampin' Up!

Image colored with ink from dye ink pads and 
an aquapainter

Clockworks embossing folder, Cuttlebug

Gears dies, Joy Crafts

Silver metallic, white and assorted color scraps
card stock

Thanks for looking =) 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Paper Punch Hydrangea Card




While leaving a comment on another card makers blog,
I saw a link to a challenge site I've not visited before.
It was an inspiration photo challenge and I immediately had an idea !
 So, I decided I had just enough time to make this card
(it was a bit time consuming) 
and enter it before the deadline.
Now to make time to visit all of the stops
on the blog hop portion of the challenge !




Supplies and instructions:
Wild Wasabi, Pink Passion, Basic Black and Whisper White card stocks
Scrap of dark green hand made gift wrap for the leaves
Vellum scrap for tag
Basic Black marker to ink a portion of a Hero Arts stamp
Flower Trio paper punch, Stampin' Up!
Bleach for centers of flower petals
Leaf die, Spellbinders



I cut strips of Wild Wasabi card stock then ran them through
a paper crimper numerous times to break down the fibers,
causing the paper to separate. 
Once I could see the edges separating, I pulled the
strips apart creating two strips from one with one side
having a sort of hand made paper look to it.
I then crinkle them up to get rid of the ridges made by the crimper.
Occasionally I may need to flatten them out more with a bone folder.
I kept the "sueded/ faux mulberry" side facing out while weaving 
the strips together to replicate the look of the baskets
in the inspiration photo.
It is layered onto black card stock to make it pop a bit more
and to mimic the frame around the art work in the inspiration photo.

The hydrangea flower (pink hydrangeas in vases in the photo)
was made by gluing down
numerous paper punched mini flowers
onto a piece of scrap paper.
 Some of them
I lightly dabbed a bit of bleach in the centers 
and then slightly bent them upwards
for a bit of dimension.
TIP : If you want to use bleach on colored paper,
be sure to try it on a scrap piece first because many times
the color changes to an unexpected shade, not white.

I carefully inked only the Hello portion
of a sentiment stamp by Hero Arts, then stamped it on
a scrap of vellum I hand cut into a banner.
I chose Hello as my sentiment since there is
an H in the inspiration photo 
and
I am donating this card to Operation Write Home.
It would be a nice , cheery card to write home on. 

I used a scoring board and stylus to score a single line border
around the outer edge of the card front. 

Although this card looks thick and bulky,
 it is actually fairly flat, approximately 5 layers of card stock thick
at the thickest portion of the flower.
There are no dimensionals used, just the paper layers
and bending of some of the card stock pieces 
that are glued directly to each other.



I'm entering this card in the 
and

Thanks for looking =) 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

I'm A CT Member and Store Opening - JMC Designs


Woo Hoo!!!!! 
Jodi from JMC Designs 
is back to creating wonderful
digital scrapbooking kits,
 selling them through Scraps-N-Pieces.com
AND
I am once again a member of her
 Creative Team !!!!

Her store opens June 17th
at Scraps-N-Pieces.com
.
She has a facebook contest
for a chance to win a free kit.

The ad below was created with some
components from her soon to be released kit,
Begin Again. 

Look for some projects made by myself 
with this lovely new kit ,
posted to my blog in a few days !



Friday, June 12, 2015

OWH Finishing Strong


I received a neat postcard in the mail yesterday - 
letting me know that Operation Write Home
will be ceasing operations August 1st.
I was already aware of this bitterSWEET news and 
have been working on finishing off filling 
a box of card donations I started last year
(and never got sent off !!!).
I probably have 300 cards by now and the box is 
nearly overflowing, but I will continue to make
more cards as times allows through the early part of July.
Knowing this is the last time I will be donating
to such a wonderful organization,
I want to get in as many as I am able.
I, like so many others, will miss making cards
(and shopping for new supplies!)
 for our heroes to write home on, but am happy
to hear that so many are home now, there isn't 
as great a need for our cards. 
A big thank you to everyone that has been 
involved with this organization in one way or another
over the years !


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Vintage Girl w/ Doll Card



Here is a girly card (a set of four actually) I made to donate to 
and enter in the Girls, Girls, Girls challenge at


They are blank on the inside so they can be used for any reason
a hero would want to write home,
possibly to his/her little girl. 



Stampin Up! supplies used unless otherwise noted:
Vanilla card base

Blush Blossom card layer stamped with Teahouse background stamp and Blushing Bride ink. I also lightly inked the edges with Crumb Cake ink then ran the edge of a pair of scissors carefully along all four sides to give it a teeny bit of distressing. 

Fancy die cut piece from vanilla card stock with a Spellbinders die.
I added a touch of pearl paint in the small holes at each end.

Premade vintage looking tag (unknown) with a small organdy ribbon bow attached to the top to finish it off. I use hot glue to adhere them and really give the centers a good squishing into the hot glue so they get as flat as possible as well as stay tied in a knot.

Thanks for looking =) 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Barnwood Howdy Card









Created for the TEXTURE challenge at 


This was a fun experiment:
I tried to use liquid crackle medium
from my craft paint supplies on my card stock ! 
It didn't work very well
(absorbed into the paper too much),
not like it does on wood.
Overall I'm still pleased.

Before doing anything else,
I scored a couple of lines into the
card stock then ran a Sharpie over them
to replicate the cracks between barn wood planks.
Crackle medium was brushed on it and allowed to dry.
It absorbed into the card stock, though.
I then coated it with white acrylic craft paint.
Because there wasn't enough crackle medium on the
surface of the card stock, it didn't crackle like it should have.
I just kept brushing, more or less dry brushing,
paint over it to make it look weathered.
The card stock did warp from the moisture.

The "rusty barn star" was created by painting sand paper
 with acrylic craft paints to
resemble rusty metal then over stamping
with a rubber stamp that was "inked" 
with black acrylic craft paint. 
Trimmed with scissors and lightly bent
each point to create a bit of dimension.
I added a mini brad to the center and attached
on top of some hardware store twine loops with hot glue.

The Howdy "weathered metal" tag was made by lightly
tapping Versamark ink onto black card stock
then sprinkling on copper embossing powder
and heating it. Always fun to watch that melt !

I stamped Howdy with black paint on top 
of the cooled copper piece.

The "corrugated galvanized metal" backing piece
started as a scrap of corrugated cardboard
from a light bulb box. 
I base coat painted it light gray
then went back over it with metallic silver paint.




Here is another "weathered wood" card you might like,
the first one I ever made using sandpaper
for a rusty metal star embellishment.
It is a patriotic type card
that uses stamps and ink rather than paint.


Thanks for looking =) 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Bleached Rose Card






The new Our Daily Bread Designs challenge at
Operation Write Home is


Although the sentiment isn't 
Missing You,
Thinking Of You is along the same line :)
This card will be sent to 
Operation Write Home.



I stamped the outline flower image onto a shade of blue card stock.
Using an old paintbrush, I carefully colored areas in with liquid bleach,
It's fun to experiment with on different colors of paper,
many times it changes to an unexpected color!
The die cut green leaves were also "painted" with bleach.

I trimmed along some of the rose petals with scissors
then bent them slightly for a bit of dimension.
Using pop dots / dimensionals under them helps hold 
them in place. 

I stamped then die cut the sentiment.
The Nestabilites die was then used as a stencil
to sponge ink over the die cut.
Paper pierce around the edge.

Top layer was run through an embossing folder,
edges inked then distressed by running the edges of
scissors along them. 


Thanks for looking =) 






Monday, June 8, 2015

Bird Watcher Card


Card I made to donate to Operation Write Home (my final box is getting fuller!) and using the Birds challenge at Cards4Guyz.

Both stamp sets are retired oldies from Stampin' Up!
Birds of a Feather and Bird Watcher

Bird images stamped on watercolor paper and colored with ink from my ink pads and an aquapainter.

Feathers stamped with brown ink onto kraft card stock the layered on top of red. Distressed edges of the kraft layer.

Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Paper Photo Frame Wedding Gift - tutorial




Surprise !
Not only is this a photo frame,
it is a gift card/cash holder "card"!















The challenge this month at 
Anything But A Card is
Out and About - celebrate nature, your favorite place, 
World Environment Day June 5th, the seasonal colors at your place,
 having fun outdoors.
Use these ideas to create a project to share with us
at Anything But A Card.
To be eligible for a Top Pick,
please do not enter your project in more
than three other challenges. 



June weddings abound here,
many of them are held outdoors.
Flowers are also in full bloom.
I made a photo frame, with a twist,
 for a wedding gift.



I made this from scratch, no pattern
or instructions to follow.
I'll try to give you the basics here if 
you'd like to make your own.
The finished size is a 5 x 7 frame
that holds a 3 x 5 photo . 






Start with a 12" x 12" piece of card stock.
Cut one piece 5 x 10
and another 5 x 7.


You will want to score on the 5 x 10 piece at
1/2",   7 1/2 ",   8 1/2",   9 1/2".




This shows the folds.

Each end folds toward you, the front.
Fold the 8 1/2" score the same.
Flip it over then fold the 7 1/2 and 9 1/2 up.
This should make a sort of "zig zag"'fold , mountains and valleys.
This creates the base of the frame.
The two 1/2" scored ends will be glued to the back
of the 5 x 7 piece to create the back of the frame.
Look at the side view photo above for reference. 






Supplies I used to make the flowers,
nearly all were from Stampin' Up!:
Spiral flower die , small flower punch (I don't remember the exact name),
Taken With Teal and Pumpkin Pie card stocks,
Midnight Muse and Tangerine Tango inks,
sponge, bone folder to curl petals,
stylus to smoosh the center of the small flower to indent it,
quilling tool (not from Stampin' Up!) to tightly roll
strips of Daffodil delight card stock for the centers of the orange flowers





Pieces to decorate the front.
I think the designer paper name from Stampin' Up!
is Sycamore Street ? Not sure though.......
The colors are very near what they chose
to use for the wedding. 


Completed "bouquet".
Old Olive card stock and Always Artichoke ink
were used to create the leaves.
They were cut with the two step bird punch from Stampin' Up!
and a die from Sizzix.
I sponged Midnight Muse ink onto the larger rose.
 The smaller rose (just used a portion of the die cut flower)
was left as is.


 Back of "photo corner" bouquet.
It was created from a scrap leftover when I die cut
the Top Note die thinking I was going to use
it as a mat for the photo, then decided against it . 
I cut a portion of the scrap piece out (why there is that
fancy cut edge on it), made it into a triangle,
scored and folded in 1/4" along the edges,
attached double stick tape to the two edges.
You want to only put adhesive on the two straight edges
so that you can slip a mat and photo into
the corner , under the flower bouquet. 
Think of it as a large photo corner mount. 






Making the back pocket with
two sizes of oval dies.
Be sure to use the larger die on the top piece,
smaller die on the bottom mat (if you are using two)
so that the oval mat opening is smaller,
creating a colored mat for the larger oval opening
on the top printed piece. 
I just eyeballed them up (after making a center mark)
 then held them in place with some tape while die cutting. 
Luckily it worked well !




 Attach three sides of the pocket with double stick tape
to the back of the frame. Be sure to leave the top open,
unglued if you wish to make it a pocket to insert a
removable tag.
That's the "twist" to my project :
I inserted the gift of heart shaped origami folded money 
for the bride and groom
in this pocket along with a handwritten note of well wishes,
 so it is a gift - and card - in one !








Experimenting with a tag topper punch (Stampin' Up!).
I shoved an entire piece of card stock, wider than the 2" opening
that it is designed for, in to see if it would cut . It worked well
enough. I then trimmed away the side pieces and used a
corner rounder punch on the corners.
I glued on a piece of organdy ribbon at the top.

Lastly I origami folded two bills into hearts
and attached them to the extra large tag/card
that I slid into the pocket.





























Thanks for looking =)
Be sure to check the Anything But A Card
challenge blog each week this month for additional
various projects from the creative team as well as
projects submitted by other crafters.
Go create and enter one, too -
you have until June 28th.