Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Busy Desk and a Butterfly and Flowers Card

Seems like Wednesdays come every couple of days lately.  Or is it that I sometimes get so busy between them that the days just fly?  Well, whatever the reason it's here again.  And if you need more info on this fun What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday blog tour just click on over to Julia's Stamping Ground blog for the low down on this.

So now my desk:

It's actually in use!  I'm working on some card samples for the scrapbook store to help sell some paper.  Debi gives us a few sheets of paper - I've gotten Fancy Pants Designs "Everyday Circus" papers - and my first card is in progress on the white scrap paper.  The 3 sheets that I'm working with are under my paper trimmer.  I'm not at all wild about the circus panels but am trying to use them.  Can you see that little orange ball?  It's leftover circles from my "Down at the Pumpkin Patch" card samples that have been adhered together.  I did cut a bit off so that it will stand but right now it's rolled over a bit.  But I did get a really cool card made a couple days ago.

I seen a card similar to this on Pinterest but I changed it a bit.  The Spellbinder label die cu has been embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder of leaves.  The green vine is a die cut using a Cheery Lynn Designs die.  The little yellow flowers are from a punch and the butterfly is from Spellbinders "Flutters" die cut using vellum.

I added dots of Icicle Stickles to the butterfly for a LOT of bling.

And I added dots of Opal Liquid Pearls to the flowers.  The bottommost flower was added to cover a smudge.  Since I used no ink I haven't figured out how it got there.  Oh well.

Now that you've reached the end of my post please pop over to the Stamping Ground and check out links to desks all around the world.  I will visit a bunch of bloggers/deskers as we're under flood warnings due to Hurricane Odile having reached us.  We have to go through a gully to get in or out and flash floods are quite dangerous.  We are getting rain and had a lot during the night.  And it's raining pretty good right now.  Hubby is staying home as the forecast is to get worse as the morning goes on.

Monday, September 15, 2014

A New Bible Cover

This past Saturday I took part in watching the simulcast of Beth Moore's "Living Proof Live" from Fort Wayne, Indiana.  It was FANTASTIC!  We started at 9 am and finished at 4:30 pm with a lunch break.  There was great praise and worship time with Beth's music team and her 3 teaching sessions were wonderful!  I took over 3 pages of notes and we did a LOT of praying!  One of her statements really spoke to me... "The most beautiful act in Christ Jesus is repentance."  WOW!  And the altar call to accept His salvation was phenomenal!  She also gave us an identity declaration which I printed out and stamped to fit my Bible.

In case you're wondering where I got my Bible cover just click on the Daily Window badge in the sidebar.  My Bible is a large study Bible, the NKJ New Spirit Filled Life Bible with lots of study aids.

Here's a close up of the top flower.  I colored with Copics and added some Clear Wink of Stella to the centers.  I've had this cover for a few years and the vinyl is starting to show some wear and there are some smudges inside where the insert goes so it detracts from my insert.  I did manage to clean it some with the Mr. Clean eraser.  Anyway, I hope to memorize this declaration as I believe it will help me when I get "beat up" by family who hate God or others who are "intolerant" of those with views different than theirs.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Last Pumpkin Card.... For Now

I'm so glad I got these 4 pumpkin cards done last weekend as I haven't gotten to my desk since Saturday! Nope, not at all and didn't even feel like it. Actually I've gotten some house cleaning done, made brownies, and sorted some piles of paper and junk mail (and that was just Wednesday!).   But I still have 1 last card of the 4 samples that you haven't seen.

I have seen many cards like this and it does fit in with the theme of my class, Down At The Pumpkin Patch". I cut the large shape of the pumpkin, rounded the corners, embossed with the Dotted Swiss folder, then cut into 1" pieces.  I also sponged the edges to make them stick out like the natural grooves of a pumpkin.

I added some lines to my stem using the Copper Wink of Luna brush for a hint of metallic shimmer and just had to add some bling to the leaves.  I like how this turned out and now I can turn my attention to some ideas for November.  Any ideas??

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cut-Out Pumpkin With My Desk

Wonderful Wednesday!  I'm taking the day off to get some work done such as fix Dad's dress slacks (clean with Dryel in the dryer then iron), maybe make some cupcakes, clean the dining room table, and think of something for supper.  But first... It's WEDNESDAY!  If you've been following me you know that today I'm taking part in a international blog hop about desks.  You know, the messy tables where we crafters create...  And thanks to Julia at the Stamping Ground who brought this community together.

At the moment my desk is rather inactive.  Just the residual stuff from this past week and weekend when I managed to get my 4 card samples completed along with the supply list (sizes of cut papers, inks, etc) and the directions for a class proposal in October. You see my paper trimmer, Cricut, some stamps, my Corner Chomper and a package of rhinestones, my Scor-Pal on the blue mat, then scissors, some scraps, ATG tape gun, and who knows what.  And you can see behind the Cricut where I have stuff galore with my Copics, and "stuff". And if you're interested I've shown 2 cards already so here is the 3rd.

I seen a really cool card on Pinterest doing this and was most excited!  The blogger who made the original card used punches.  I used Spellbinder dies instead.  And I just purchased a Copper Wink of Luna brush which has a subtle metallic look which I used on the pumpkin stem.  My Corner Chomper got a bit of use to round the corners.  I love the option of using either the 1/4" or 1/2" roundings.

Now, isn't this cool??? I never would have thought to "cut away" the inside, just like a jack-o-lantern, but without the face. The blog name is Hands On and you can see the original card by clicking on the blog name.  But now that my post is done, please head over to the Stamping Ground and check out all the other desks.  (And, if you have time, go back a couple posts on Julia's blog and check out the cool ships!!  They are fabulous!)  Also, before you leave I'd love to hear from you about my post if you're so inclined.

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Colorful Pumpkin

I have finished my 4 card samples needed for my October class.  I got a lot of ideas from Pinterest and you got to see one Satuday.  Here's another.  The only thing similar to the card on Pinterest is the ovals to make the pumpkin.  My inspiration card used the Silhouette machine with an SVG cut.  Lots of difference.

I used a Spellbinder die, Labels 28, along with a stamp by Hero Arts.

I hand cut the stem to fit the top of the pumpkin.  I added lines in the stem using the new Copper Wink of Luna metallic brush pen. Pretty cool pen. I sponged the edges of the leaves paper, the Label, and the banner with brown ink. Oh, the ovals are made with the Art Philosophy cartridge and my Cricut machine.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Pumpkins and a Fresh Sketch

I've been busting my buns yesterday and today getting my 4 card samples done along with the supply list and directions for my October class when I seen the Freshly Made Sketches blog for sketch #152.  Lo and behold, one of my cards just happens to be similar to the sketch!  I didn't even look at the sketch before making my card. 

I also seen something similar to this sketch on Pinterest as I was pinning "pumpkin" cards to get some ideas. My Oct. class will be called "Down In The Pumpkin Patch" since I don't do Halloween.... well, I made Halloween cards for the granddaughters and great grand son.  The stamps used in this card are from Hero Arts and Inkadinkado.

I pop dotted a lot on this card. Figured that would help whenever this card gets mailed and protect the gems from possible tearing the envy.  But then again,  I will turn the card inside out and add a piece of tissue or paper towel for extra protection.  I did use my Cricut to cut the circles as I don't have the punches for the sizes of circles I needed.  That baby is sure getting a lot of use this past couple weeks.

So pop over to Freshly Made Sketches.  There's a LOT of cards taking up this challenge and the inspiration projects are fabulous!  (And it's about time I quit making Christmas gift tags for a while.)

Still Making Gift Tags

This will be the last for a while of my gift tags.  I've really enjoyed doing something other than cards for a week and will be back to card making as I need to get some card samples made for my October class.  But what do you think of these?

I only made 4 of these and they are packaged together to sell.  My Cricut did all the work, I just glued things down.  My hubby was most impressed with the centers of the little ornaments on the front.

I had a small sheet (about 4" x 6") of holographic paper and boy, did it make these pop!  I think all colors of the rainbow are reflected in this paper so even this photo doesn't do it justice!

You know Christmas is barely 3 1/2 months away.  I will be starting my shopping real soon as I want to deliver all our gift to Wyoming family at Thanksgiving since we'll be heading north to celebrate our Giving Thanks day with our daughter and son.  Are you getting ready??

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Desks and Gift Tags

It's a wonderful Wednesday!  Today is "What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday"!  Yep, it's here again!  Sometimes it seems to come more often than weekly but then, the days and weeks are just flying by! (And Christmas will be here sooner than you think!)   If you have any questions about what I'm talking about please click on the WOYWW badge in the left sidebar.  This is all pulled together by head desker Julia at the Stamping Ground.

Now don't faint!  It's relatively empty!  But 2 days ago, oh my gosh!  I was working on TOP of my scrap Christmas paper as my whole desk was covered and my Cricut was working hard.  You may ask what was my Cricut doing... well....

...all of these Christmas tags (and more)!  I was using the Art Philosophy cartridge mostly. Used a bit of scrap paper but still have oodles left over.  I don't want to purchase more until I use up most of my left overs.

You can just make out the glitter from the clear Wink of Stella brush that I used on this.  It's on the berries and leaves.

A bunch of dots of my red Stickles decorates this tree and a gold metallic star at the top.

There is clear Wink of Stella on the red parts of the stocking.

I added some White Opal Liquid Pearl drops on the ornament and some silver metallic paper in the ornament.

I'm hoping to sell these when I have a "hobbyist" both at our local Curves, a women's work out place that I've been attending for almost 7 years.  I will also have a box of cards, other tags, and a couple mitten shaped gift card holders.  I'll also have the Sept. calendars for the AZ Scrapbooking store where I teach on a monthly basis.  I'm debating having a make 'n take.  One question for you, my reader.... What would be a decent price to sell these little gift tags?  Should I group them?  Any comments appreciated!

Please pop over to the Stamping Ground and enjoy this international blog tour!  You'll see great projects and desks (not every day you get to see what other's desks look like).  Thanks for coming by!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Oodles of Tags

This week I've been making Christmas gift tags.  Quite a change from making cards.  I will be posting more as this week goes by.  I'm using my Cricut to make the tags and most elements on them.

Here's 6 of the 10 I made yesterday.  Definitely a non-traditional color but I think it works.

I tried to get the shimmer to show on the silver "ribbon" but it is just subtle enough it wouldn't show.  I used my clear Wink of Stella brush on the whole silver ribbon and the effect is gorgeous!  I added 3 itty bitty red stickers from Stampendous on the ribbon base and just love how that looks.  I'm thinking of adding these to the box of cards I'll be taking to Curves for my "hobbyist" booth Sept. 19.  What would be a good price per each of these?

Monday, September 1, 2014

A Unique Blog Hop Update!

Just to let you know my two tagged bloggers have posted their Unique Blog Hop posts!

Check them out!



They did a fabulous job answering the questions posed and have wonderful projects!