Saturday, July 30, 2011

a Gate-Fold card

here's a different spin on making a card, Gate-Fold. This card is scored and folded so that the two side flaps come together and meet in the center, then an added piece is taped onto one side flap to create a spot to embellish, stamp a sentiment or like I did, use a tag from a paper collection. Super easy card to make using the Scor-pal and I just love this new collection, Friends Furever at Paper Studio :)

The Front...

and the Inside,

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

and here's what I came up with...

This week is the CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) convention in Chicago. My lss, Paper Studio, is there scouting out the new products for fall, winter, holidays and especially Christmas :) Can hardly wait to see what Micaela finds! Check out Paper Studio's Facebook page, Micaela has posted some pics :)

Also the Lead Fiskateers are there having fun working with Fiskars products, showing off what wonderful projects that can be made with crafting companies products. While they are gone, over at the Fiskateers site we are having an online crop with challenges to make and share in the gallery. Love this! It motivates me to create and think of other ways to use my supplies...inspiring! I love seeing what everyone comes up with, totally amazing and awesome!

Here's one of the challenges I worked on making the card below. In this challenge we needed to come up with a crafty C-H-A! Create a project that includes an item, embellishment or technique that starts with a “C”, an “H” and an “A”.

My "C" was Chalk ink around the edges of my pattered paper, "H" was cutting my patterned paper in Half and "A" was for Accenting with gems :)

There are 24 challenges and I've gotten 18 completed so far!

Friday, July 15, 2011


what a night! All night long I kept dreaming about food! Pizza, hamburgers, ice cream... I have a friend who's on vacation out west with her family. She keeps posting on facebook their journey which is so very cool! She also shares where they eat :) and you know, people can eat alot on vacation for 8 days! and it's always the good stuff :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

taught a card class today

I am in love with the My Favorite Things stamp sets and their die sets! So I created this card with the "Something's Fishy" stamp set and the Die-namics "Fishtail Banner" set. Isn't she just the cutest! and in the stamp set there are three sentiments that are adorable! "Feeling a little green around the gills?" and "That's Just Crappie"...see, aren't they fun!

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...and here's the inside of one of the cards that I wanted to use for a birthday card, I used a sentiment stamp from Hero Arts. It's OK to mix and match stamp sets :)

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I'll be teaching this class again next week at Paper Studio which includes making two cards with envelopes and the stamp set!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Yay! I finished....

...the book with 760 pages! Whew! I'm so glad to be done, even though it was an interesting informative fictional tale of a true and horrifying event occurring in our own country. Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor written in 1955 told what might have or better said what probably had happened to Union prisoners of the Civil War being held captive in an inhumane fenced in area for almost 2 years. This act of utter dominance and irreverence of life is shameful.

Here is an interesting quote from this book; "But he felt also that he must not lie to Pepe. He had been taught that there was an infallible virtue in truth for its own sake. Solomon Dreyfoos said that even in business it was not necessary to lie. There were wiser and more diplomatic ways to avoid offending, or to convey an intended meaning; a man should cultivate these methods, and not burden his conscience with untruths." - page 536

Would these methods be...ignorance, denial or out and out evil to avoid the truth.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Hot & Humid...

...air conditioning or no air conditioning, that is the question. Our summers are so short I feel that I should savor the heat. How I can be thinking that when my fingertips are sticking to the keys on my keyboard, I just don't know, and it's only 9am :}

It'll be a good day to sit at the beach, take a pontoon boat ride or lounge in the sun finishing up a book that I've been reading for 2 months now! Not because I'm a slow reader or the book is not interesting...but it's over 700 pages, small print and the author is so very detailed that it sends me to the land of nod...zzzzzzzz :)

Soon it will be time for the local clubs to have their garden walks and I so love seeing all the flowers. Here are some pics of a beautiful lily and a vignette from last year, it was an amazing garden.