This is a card that I made for Freebie Friday at Jen's Digi Stamps. This is Abby Ladybug, which is a new stamp for Fall. I hope you like this card and will hop on over to see all of the wonderful stamps that Jen designs!!
On Saturday I learned that my dear friends, Kevin and Cindy Echtinaw, lost their beloved daughter. She was 27 years young.
So many of my online friends have been asking if there is anything that can be done to help them out. A fund has been set up to help the family with the extraordinary expenses that come from the passing of a family member.
You may go to any Wachovia/Wells Fargo branch and let them know you want to make a donation/deposit to the
Janine Blackwelder F/B/O Lindsay Echtinaw account in North Carolina.
You may also send via Paypal to this email address
Today is my day to post for the Simple Challenge at SSCC. I took this very seriously and made the simplest thing I could think of. With a list of 4 total ingredients, what could be more simple?
I took a cheap wooden frame that I had in my stash and painted it with glossy black paint. I then embellished it with some gorgeous gardenia flowers and Magnolia garland. Here is a list of the ingredients:
Today is my day, to post for the Magnolia Stamp Lovers Summer Flower Challenge! I have decided to make a gift bag with flowers! I have decided to go through my supplies and start using up some of the things that I have and create new and different things. I came across a sheet of vellum and decided to make it into a gift bag. I cut the piece out and then embellished it with rub ons, making them stand out by using a stylus from the McGill Tool Kit and the McGill Molding Mat. I used a flower to top it off!
Here is my contribution to the Paper This and That Slice of Summer Challenge. I have made an envelope gift bag that I have decorated with leaves stamped in lemon whip, filled with Crystal Lite Lemonade, and then decorated with House Mouse Stamped Images (colored with copics and stickles) and then attaching straws.
I love this House Mouse - When Life Hands you Lemons! Hope you enjoy my gift bag!
I have to admit, I am thinking more and more about Christmas these days. I think it is because I need to get started on making gifts and cards, or maybe because it is so dang hot in NC that I am dreaming of cooler weather. Whatever it is, I really do need to get started on making cards and gifts!
Below is a card that I made with flower soft and a shaker box. I love this little stamp, but I love snowmen almost as much as I love ladybugs! For those that know me, that is a lot! LOL!
Hope you are getting inspired to begin planning for Christmas! We have less than 6 months, can you believe it?
I have two cards that I have made that I am going to post for 4th of July. If you have read my post on conserving paper, then you will notice that I have done the same thing when I created these two cards, just in a different way!
The first card I made a few weeks ago when some of my friends were talking about encaustic art. I went to the store and bought a small craft iron, one that does not have the steam holes on it, rubbed old crayons on it, and then spread it on glossy paper. This became the background for the card below. I also used a Spellbinders nestability to cut out patriotric DSP. The tree that that you see on the card was cut in half and used to make the card look like Tilda was in the woods. I think this started because I had just watched the movie "Little Red Riding Hood" and it was on my mind. I cut the tree out with my Silhouette. I made Tilda's balloon look a little more patriotic by adding an embellishment that was 3D.
The next card uses the negative of the tree image to provide the background for the card. I then used a stamp that I adore of a little girl watching a butterfly on her shoe. I put the fireworks up in the right hand corner of the card and put an embellishment on the card that says "look up". I guess she is too busy watching the butterfly to see the fireworks above. I hope you like these cards I have posted today, and hope that everyone has a very Happy 4th of July!!!!
If you have ever thought that you didn't want to use up a sheet of DSP to make a card because it is the last one you have of that design, or you spent a lot of money on it and you hate to use the whole thing in one layer on a card, I am going to show you a trick/tip to make that beautiful piece of DSP, or any piece of cardstock, go a bit further.
I have some gorgeous Magnolia DSP that I have been saving and have finally decided to use it. First I am starting with some of the Cryogen White paper as the base of my card. I love this paper because it has a shimmer to it.
For my first layer on this card, I am going to use the Core'dinations Gemstones paper. I am all about the shimmer, so had to add some more.
Since I am going to add another layer on this paper, I am going to use my Big Shot to cut out the center with the Spellbinders Scalloped Circle Nestabilities.. You won't be able to see that I have cut out the center when I add the next layer, I will use this piece on another part of the card.
This piece will go over the scalloped circle cut out and you won't even be able to tell that I did not use a full sheet of paper underneath it. However, since I will be placing an image on top of this cut out DSP, I will cut the center out of this piece of paper as well. You will never be able to see that I did not use a full beaded circle cut out when I am done.
Here I have placed the image on top of the beaded circle die cut. So, can you see that I have not used a full sheet of paper?
The piece of DSP that I cut the center out of the beaded circle is used as a part of the inside of the card, along with the scalloped circle cut out that I cut previously out of the gemstone paper. With this part of the card, I didn't mind it you could tell that I cut out the center of the DSP since I am using it as a layered frame.
This is how I conserve paper and piece together a card with all of the items that I have cut out. So, you might now be asking yourself why I have not shown the complete card so that you can see all of the items that I used on it? Well, this card is my post for the buttons challenge at Magnolia Stamp Lovers, so you will have to hop over there to see the card in its entirety. I am such a tease!!
Today is my day to post a card for the Button Challenge over at Magnolia Stamp Lovers. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a ladybug fanatic! So, when I was looking through my buttons to see what I wanted to use to make my card, I found these adorable ladybug buttons. My card then became centered around these two ladybug buttons, so here is the result!
I used the Magnolia stamp Kneeling Tilda from the Sweet Rainbow '11 collection. I have to buy each and every stamp that I see that has a ladybug in it. On the inside left of the card, I used a Magnolia ladybug stamp as well.
Here is a picture of the inside right of the card.
I am 53 years young and have been crafting all of my life. I first starting doing crafts with my mom when I was 5. We did ceramics and entered them in state competitions. I won first place on several of my creations. I have done all different kinds of crafts but have become very addicted to cardmaking over the last 7 years. I love being able to design, create, and work with amazing people all over the world. I am now expanding my crafting to all sorts of things - most of which you will see on this blog over time.