Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Christmas 2016 Card Series #2 - Tis the Season

And away we go. Here is card #2 of the Christmas 2016 card series. I've used another image from the Silhouette library. Now this is a simple card so mass producing this would be great as well as card #1.

I used card stock that I had bought at Staples. It's a 65 lb weight. Anything thicker would have been too hard to fold over because of the way the image cut at the score line. You could use gold, green, red paper for the insert.

If you'd like to watch how I made it click on the link below:

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas 2016 Card Series #1 - All Is Bright

Welcome to card #1 of the Christmas 2016 card series. I'll be using both Silhouette and Cricut Design Space images for the 10 cards I'm making.

For this card I've used the Silhouette library for the All is calm All is bright image. I dusted off the 'ol heat embossing gun and added some pretty snowflakes as well. I like the black on white. It's very unusual for a Christmas card.

If you'd like to watch how I made it just click on the link below.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Cardz TV Sketch Designers Challenge - Thanksgiving Card

Hey everyone!
Here's my Thanksgiving card for the sketch designers team challenge. Mary at Cardz TV has created so many amazing sketches! You must go check them out!

For this challenge we were given the choice to use #5 or #6. I chose number six because I'd already done a card for #5.

Combining the sketch and the stamp sets really makes a great card. I used "Many Thanks" and "Going In Circles" 

Here's my card. If you'd like to watch how I made it click on the youtube link below:

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016 Card Series and other Thanksgiving cards

Well, the series has come to an end so I thought I'd share the whole "kitten caboodle" (isn't that a funny saying?). You might be asking yourself, "What the heck is she going to do with all those cards?" On November 19, 2016 I'll be participating in a Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. I sell my cards 3 for $10 or $4 each. If you're interested in any of them you can purchase them by leaving a comment. The proceeds will go to ACS. Shipping not included.

I've done youtube videos on the cards that are in the series. If you want to see you I've made them just click on this link. They'd be under "Thanksgiving 2016 Card Series"

Here are some other cards I've made both recently and in the past:

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Big Hug and Happy Thanksgiving.


Saturday, November 5, 2016

Die Cut Machines

I'm always been one to hesitate jumping in and making a major purchase for a crafting tool ($300 is major to me) and every so often I test the thing and end up returning it.

The very first crafting tool I bought was the Sizzix die cut machine. You know the little blue one? It's still in my closet but in the days I used the heck out of it.
I then progressed to the Big Shot. I loved it and still use it for a quick die cut. It's especially handy when you want to cut out a frame for a photo. I have over 100 dies and embossing folders. Did I just say that out loud?
Then I bought the Cricut Personal. I literally used it so much that it stopped working. Along with that I bought over 100 Cricut cartridges. I still have the cartridges but never use them.
It was time to move on to something bigger. Yep I bought the Cricut Expression. I loved that you could use the cartridges AND the Cricut Craft Room software. I found a yellow one!
Drum roll.....I bought the Cricut Explore. This has been my Go To machine for over a year. I
n between the Expression and Explore my husband bought me the Silhouette Cameo. I loved it so much and almost felt guilty because I was always so devoted to the Explore. Then, the Silhouette broke.
I went a couple of years using just the Explore...I'm sounding spoiled here....and decided to take the plunge and try the Silhouette Cameo 2. I fell back in love. It cuts faster then the Explore and the Library is amazing.
The Cricut Design Space software is easier to use than the Silhouette yet there are features the Silhouette has that are very useful that CDS does not have....yet.
Then came my Brother. No, silly. Not my human Brother Scan and Cut 2. I've just
unboxed it and am trying out a few features. The one thing that has always held me back from using my stamps, the one's that I don't have dies for, is that you have to fussy cut them. It's a pain in the "you know whatta" especially if you're doing multiple cuts of something. My brother is now taking care of that for me. I've given you a sample of a Lawn Fawn stamp set with tiny little birds and a sentiment. I cut it without an outline and with an outline. I'm telling you it was the easiest stamp and cut I've ever done. There's much more this machine can do and does come with images itself. I'll play around with it more after I get back from my 35 year class reunion in Santa Barbara. Man, I'm going to miss my

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Cardz TV Sketch Design team - Thank You

Here I am thoroughly enjoying making cards using Cardz TV sketches. For this challenge we were to make a Thank You card using either sketch 9 or 10. I chose #10. I gave it a twist and made it a shaker card. Click on the link below and you'll go directly to Cardz TV blog.

The beautiful butterfly paper came from a 6 x 12 pack from DCWV. I'd bought it at the Michael's up at my grandma's house in Lompoc. The blue layer is some shimmer paper from Recollections. I used a butterfly punch that Lindsey gave me when she moved and added a few pieces of sequence.
I used the "Many Thanks" Cardz TV stamp set. I love the calligraphy style of this stamp I chose.

Card Cover

Card inside

Sketch #10

"Many Thanks"

If you'd like to see how I made it just click on the link below and go directly to the youtube video.



Sunday, October 30, 2016

Scrapbooking at Home

8 years ago my friend, Catherine, introduced me to scrapbooking. I instantly caught on, buying up the craft stores finding ribbon, paper, adhesives, paper (did I already say that?) and some really great die cuts and electronic machines. Sound familiar?
I traveled from Northern to Southern California attending expos and scrapbooking retreats. I've met so many amazing men and women along the way. I was sad that our local scrapbooking place had closed and that the small craft stores are slowly fading away. When Craft Envy closed I thought, "Where are we going to go now?" Yes, we'll (all the ladies I crop with) will be doing home rotations later next year but I'm finding it to be a lot of fun just sitting here in my craft room doing page after page.
See, when I go "out" to crop I don't take ALL my stuff. When I'm here, at home, I have access to everything I've bought. So, now I can actually start using the things that are here collecting dust.
Do you go "out" to crop more often than stay home? Which do you like better?
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