Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Fallen Limb - RIP, Dad





Things have been quiet here on my blog the past couple of weeks:
my Dad, who had been suffering from COPD for several years,
was admitted to the hospital mid month, passing away on the 21st. 

Although we've known he was having more bad days
these past few months, I did not expect it to be now, this month,
that we would be losing him. Sniffle.......
I had hoped that we would be able to take our annual fall drive to see
all of the beautiful colors along the limestone bluffs and river,
stopping for lunch at a favorite restaurant.
It also would have been wonderful to have one more holiday season with him
or for him to see my sons recently purchased car running and
to hear about my daughters possible new job.
Never enough time........
I know that I am fortunate to have had him as a Dad
these past 47 and 2/3 years :)





I made these two digital scrapbook pages
as part of my design team commitments at
and 
This is the final challenge
at Anything But A Card,
CELEBRATE!
My projects this month have come full circle,
starting with DVD folders for Newlyweds 
and New Babies, 
now Celebrating A Life scrapbook pages.............


The digital kit used is Laura Leigh.

I made my own word art to use
after seeing one online for sale - for $20!






True Story behind one of the pages and the quote I chose:

Half of one of my pear trees unexpectedly
broke off during severe storms the last night we had with Dad,
awake and talking. My first thought that morning when I saw the tree 
was along the line of 
"Half of my family tree is nearly gone, how fitting it should fall now."

I came across that word art quote while working on
editing a photo of him two days later. At the time it hadn't crossed my mind,
consciously at least, that it was perfectly fitting with half of the tree
having fallen at that time. 

I looked up the entire poem and will use it on another project, it is perfect:



The Fallen Limb
A limb has fallen from the family tree.
I keep hearing a voice that says, "Grieve not for me.
Remember the best times, the laughter, the song. 
The good life I lived while I was strong.
Continue my heritage, I'm counting on you. 
Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through. 
My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.
Remembering all, how I truly was blessed.
Continue traditions, no matter how small.
Go on with your life, don't worry about falls
I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin.
Until the day comes we're together again.
Author Unknown









Saturday, August 15, 2015

Simple Days Digi Kit











This is a free frame,
right click to save.









I just love this new kit
Simple Days by JMC Designs 
and now available at 
Scraps-N-Pieces.com .
I look forward to doing more with it !

All papers and embellishments used were in the kit,
some were resized smaller.

The top layout is inspired by one I saw online, somewhere.
Sorry, I did not save the link or designers name, only
recall seeing the basic design and thinking to myself
"I need to remember that idea of the three strips of paper
behind a single focal point photo."

Pages and frame freebie were created using My Memories Suite V6 software.

Thanks for looking =)

Bookworm Digi Kit



Bookworm is a re-released kit in the 

Above are a scrap page,
created using a template found at the SNP forum,
and a set of printable bookmarks.
Digital scrapbooking kits can be used for
many creative projects, not just scrapbook pages !



Kit Contents:







Thursday, August 13, 2015

Faux Washi Tape Card




Washi tape rubber stamps, Stampin' Up!
"hugs and kisses", Stampin' Up!
"XO" heart stamp, Hero Arts
Faux mini brad
Red and white card stocks
Black ink
Mini tag punch, unknown

Donated to Operation Write Home

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Rose Love CAS Card



I stamped the roses on "vellum" then cut them out and adhered them on top of the layered card front.
Ribbon was run along the bottom.
Love and rose images were from Stampin' Up!, no longer available.
This card was donated to Operation Write Home.
Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, August 9, 2015

HI Pink Geometric Cards




Set of cards I made and donated to Operation Write Home.

The pink geometric paper is sticker paper. It was in a grab bag of goodies I bought at a yard sale so I have no idea where it came from.

H I is die cut from chipboard and metallic card stock that I glued together.

Super simple design !

Friday, August 7, 2015

Bookmark Birthday Card

This is a birthday card that has a removable bookmark.
 After stamping the greeting,
 I cut a slit in the front above and below.

The slit is through the top white layer only.

The flowers and leaves have been dry embossed
around the outer bold edges with a coordinating brass template. 

It looks kind of plain,
I should have embossed something on the front white piece first.



This is the reverse side of the bookmark.
It was it's own separate piece. 
Once I stamped and did the dry embossing around the flowers and leaves
(I used a brass stencil and stylus), on the front piece and the back piece
I glued them together.

Punched a hole then inserted ribbon.



Inside the card.

The envelope also matched.

The rubber stamp images with coordinating stencil
are a really old set from Stampin Up!, Fanciful Flowers. 
Each of the three different sentiment stamps were also from Stampin' Up!



Thanks for looking =) 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Vellum Die Cut Flower CAS Card



Simple, clean card donated to Operation Write Home. I still have many more cards to share of those that I photographed before sending them out - 321 cards in my final box then an additional 25 in an envelope!  FYI, sending 321 cards in a flat rare priority mail large box is much more economical than mailing 25 cards in a bubble wrap envelope: $16 for the heavy box vs $6.65 for the less than a pound envelope !!!

It has been odd these past couple weeks since sending them off to not go to the craft dungeon to work on a card almost daily to send in . It has freed up more time to work on my oodles of digital photos from the past few months though (I needed to get them organized and burned to disc, cataloged in my notebook)! I've also been working on digital scrapbook pages with my new design team duties for JMC Designs as well as the design team duties for House Of Cards Challenge blog.

Anyway, the simple card details:

Colored vellum die cut flowers attached to shimmery light weight paper and card stock with a brad.

Rubber stamp image is from Stampin' Up! It was stamped with a purple ink then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

Thanks for looking =)

Monday, August 3, 2015

Summertime Fling Digi Kit




 A digital scrapbook page and card front that I made with the new digi kit
by JMC Designs at Bits-N-Pieces.com
I used a template in Photoshop Elements for the page.

Everything on the card is in the kit
other than the word "Birthday" that is text I added.
The card was created with My Memories Suite.

Below are the colorful kit contents:








Space Invaders digi kit





I  used the re-released kit Space Invaders by
to create the above digital card front
and scrapbook page. 
I used one of the templates from the challenge forum
at Scraps-N-Pieces for the page.
Below are the kit components: 



















Baby Shower Custom DVD Case



                                                     The color was off in the top photo



The custom made two pocket DVD holder I made for a cousins baby shower.
It coordinates perfectly with the baby card I made and gift package with baby booties made from $10 bills.

2 pocket lightweight chipboard DVD envelope, office supplies
Small Formal Snap Stamps alphabet
Banner Punch - Stampin' Up!
3/8" circle punch
Mosaic (?) embossing folder - Stampin' Up!
Textured Coredinations Crumb Cake card stock
Sandpaper - to lightly sand the embossed Crumb Cake piece
Baja Breeze, Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla card stock - Stampin' Up!
5/8" organdy ribbon
1/4" satin ribbon
Program on computer to create the text box cover


Thanks for looking =)





Sunday, August 2, 2015

Custom DVD Case





The beginning of August brings a new challenge at 
CELEBRATE !

Create a project, so long as it is not a card,
in celebration of something and share it with us
by months end. 


I've some bittersweet news to share:
this will be the final challenge for our group.
It has been decided that after a long,
successful run of inspiring challenges and hundreds 
of wonderfully creative and varied projects shared, 
the blog will be closing down.
There is a facebook group in the works, though.

I've enjoyed my time as a design team member
as well as being a entrant several times before.
What I liked most was seeing all of your 
different interpretations of the challenges ! 
Thank you for sharing !








My project is a 2 pocket DVD folder I created
for my cousins wedding.
It holds a DVD of video we took and
a CD of photos I took plus digital scrapbook images
(I'll be sharing the sb pages at some point).

It was custom made to match the colors of the 
wedding party and decor.
It also matches the Photo Frame Gift
I made them, a fun way to give a gift of money -
and it can be reused !





SUPPLIES:
2 pocket media folder, office supplies
Sycamore Street Designer paper, retired Stampin' Up!
White, teal, pumpkin and olive card stocks, Stampin' Up!
Coordinating inks and sponges = sponged on edges of flowers
Two Step bird punch, Stampin' Up! = leaves
Scalloped circle punch = rose
Trio flower punch, Stampin' Up! = small flower
Rhinestones = centers of small flowers
5/8" Organdy ribbon = glue ends between the cover papers and folder to hide    them
Computer program to create text box on front



Come back tomorrow to see the adorable DVD case I made for a baby shower :)


Thanks for looking !   

Stop by the blog every Sunday for a new set of ideas shared by our designers as well as the ever increasing number of challenge entrants throughout the month.
Perhaps you will join us, too ? 




Saturday, August 1, 2015

Zoo Digi Kit

The first of the month is quite an active time for my blog now !
I design for House of Cards, JMC Designs and Anything But A Card and it just so happens that I need to have posts go live the first of the month for each. This is the second of three posts you'll see over 24 hours ;) There will be a little something for everyone that is into paper crafting: the card posted earlier, these scrapbook pages (okay, so they are digital but you can use them for paper crafted page inspiration) and a 3-D item later. It's been fun "working" so much this past month on design team duties and finishing off my final box of cards for Operation Write Home.

On to the scrap pages and kit!










There is a new adorable kit, sold in Bits N' Pieces, in the Scraps-N-Pieces store this month:
I See You by JMC Designs. It's a cute set perfect for scrapping trips to the zoo , but useful for many other fun digi projects as well ! Custom made party invites or one of the cute animals printed onto iron transfer paper to make a tshirt for a toddler are a couple of different ideas.
















I used My Memories Suite V6 software to create these pages.

There is a neat feature in the software that allows you
to change the colors of items !
Sure, for it can be done in Photoshop, but that program can be
intimidating for many people that want to learn digital scrapbooking.
My Memories Suite is easy and fun to use -
plus it comes with premade albums and content
as well as an ever expanding store with more content
added daily (some of which is  FREE!).
Lots of great promos by the designers, too.  

Enough of the "sales pitch", 
on to the tutorial to show you how easy it is to change colors.

I loved the tiger image in the I See You digi kit,
but could totally picture it as a grey kitty to use
on a scrapbook page of my cat, Hyla.
(I did not use it on the above sample to avoid 
any confusion since it was created to promote the kit).

Below are a couple of screen shots
that show you the steps I took to change the color.
What's really neat, you are not limited to just the
MMS color palette, you have several options to
choose your own color.
NOTE: the color will not be exact, 
but you can make it close to what you would like. 




I used one of the grays from the programs color palette
to make the orange tiger embellishment into a gray striped house cat
for use on another page  ! 









THANKS for looking =) 

House Of Cards - Metallics Challenge




Hello!  
The start of a new month (already ?!?) means that
it's time for a new monthly challenge at House of Cards :
 create a card using the word cue "metallics".









I immediately knew that I was going to make a card 
featuring an automobile and chrome :)

The stamp image is from one of my all time favorite 
and most used stamp sets,
Classic Convertibles by Stampin' Up!
(no longer available)

It was stamped with permanent black ink on
watercolor paper then colored with ink from my
dye ink pads and an aquapainter. 




Silver Metallic Signo gel pen for chrome accents
and Crystal Effects for the glass.







Home made screw head faux brads 
(tutorial at end of post)
adhered to the Real Red textured card stock.







Mirror like silver card stock (manufacturer unknown)
that was dry embossed
with a Diamond Plate embossing folder
(by Darice, bought through JoAnn.com).









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Craft bottle cap that I smashed by running it through my Big Shot.
The "sandwich" to smash a bottle cap:
cutting pad - top
bottle cap
cutting pad
platform with no tabs - bottom

The sentiment was heat embossed
with silver embossing powder on black card stock.
Bottle cap and stamp image were from Stampin' Up!



Be sure to visit the other Design Team members blogs
for more fabulous metallic inspiration!


We hope you join in the fun, too--please check out the
House Rules HERE before linking up before August 31st.
We can't wait to see all of the fun interpretations of metallics on your cards !



I'm entering my card in the current Cardz4Guyz challenge:
the classic car (Transportation) is Top down and there are Three screw heads on the Textured card stock base (hopefully it fits the challenge to a "T" !)
It is also a perfect card to enter in the Boys/Men challenge at Fairy Tale Challenge Blog and the Inky Chicks Challenge #54 to use a metal embellishment, both of which I came across while looking at other card entries for another challenge !

EDITED 8/16/2015
My card was one of the Manly Monday featured cards at Cr8iveCindy !

Thanks for looking =)




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FAUX SCREW HEAD BRADS TUTORIAL:

I don't have any screw head brads in my stash
and with no craft stores in our area,
 I made my own !
It did take a bit of time and patience,
but in the end I was quite pleased with them.




Adhere a circle punched from lightweight chipboard to the end of a skewer/dowel. 

Tap on an embossing ink pad.
Make sure it is coated well with ink.

Dip into silver embossing powder and heat.
While it is still melty, dip into the powder again.
If it has cooled, coat it with embossing ink OR reheat.
I did this three times, but you may want more or less coats.

As soon as the final coat is melted, 
push a screwdriver into it then carefully remove.
You want to hold it steady and push in, pull out
straight up. It can be a bit tricky.
TIP: if you don't get a good impression,
you can reheat it and it will melt so you can
try it again. 



Peel off the end of the skewer once it is cool
and apply to your project.
TIP: if the bottom of the faux brad is too gunked up with stuff
and uneven, depending on the chipboard you used, you could
carefully peel off the bottom layer of chipboard.
Coated chipboard such as from food packaging
(cereal, crackers, etc) works great for this !
Use the uncoated/nonprinted side for the embossing
and attach the printed side to the end of the skewer.
Generally printed sides peel away easily.



Thanks for looking =)