Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Desks and Pinwheels

I thought since today is "Hump" day I'd bring back this funny little guy.  He reminds me of the goofy commercial using the camel walking through the office saying something like, "Do you know what day it is?"  Well, to many of us today is "WOYWW" day!  The fun day you get the opportunity to view desks from all over compliments of head desker Julia!  Just click on the WOYWW button in the left sidebar to find out more.  And click on Stamping Ground to go to her blog and see the links to desks all over the place!  And here's mine today.

I have been quite busy.  I'm preparing 10 Christmas cards for a Christmas party on Friday at the AZ Scrapbooking store where I teach.  This week is our annual Christmas in July week and I had my Trio of Shaped Christmas Gift Card Holders yesterday.  (I had 5 students and 3 kits plus anything more kits I can put together even though I am out of the particular paper I was using.)  So, my desk has LOTS of stuff on it and I want to get this project "put to bed" so I can go on with something else.  Let's see, left to right: Blue case with card components that are ready (sitting on the Cricut mat), little blue flashlight for searching out small stuff on my desk (yep, a couple items flipped out of my hands and I had to go searching),  little toothbrush holder that contains styluses, kraft knife, pokey tool), empty artist sponge envy, blue pieces with Cricut words to take apart, Cricut "Winter Wonderland" cartridge box,  Cricut book, and 2 new sets of CTMH stamps (just got them in the mail yesterday).  This is a total mess!  But by Friday afternoon or Saturday morning all will be put away and a new project will be on the kraft mat.

And now for the pinwheel.  Last Saturday I took part in a Christmas card class put on by Deb of Copper Leaf Creations (see my last post for links and more cards).  This card was the most difficult as trying to make sure it closed properly and edges aligned was a challenge.

Here it is closed. It's been a LONG time since I made one of these.  It's not something I would want to do daily.

Here is the back or bottom of the card.  The base is a good place to write your sentiment or whatever.  This card does fit a standard A2 envelope.

And the inside.  I did a bad job lining up the circular "Merry Christmas" as 2 of them overlapped a bit. There are Stickles in the centers of the 6 small snowflakes around the center and the large one in the center.  All the background snowflakes were stamped off once so that they wouldn't be to visible and detract from those with the glitter.

So now, please click on the Stamping Ground and head over to Julia's.  I'll be traveling the world today enjoying all the great inspiration and desks so please join me!  Seems the desk count is down today.  Hopefully everyone is enjoying families! God bless you all!

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Copper Leaf Creations Christmas

Saturday I was on standby for a class sponsored by AZ Scrapbooking in Green Valley, AZ.  By 8:30 a.m. I had my ticket and I was in the class!  Deb, owner of Copper Leaf Creations in Phoenix, taught the class, and, of course, I ordered a couple stamps.  Mind you, only 2.  I was being good.

Here's Deb. She is quite the sweety and very fun!

We white embossed the cactus image then used chalks to color.  I've not done this before and like the effect!

We made this scenery card and chalked the colors.  Did a bit of masking.

This was just black stamped then we used PrismaColor pencils to add red and white.  We also used a fine point sharpie pen to add the stitching around the card.

I still have more to show so stay tuned!  Oh, what did I order?  I ordered the barb wire border and reindeer (which I could not find online)!

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Modern Grid

Each month I take part in a swap called Technique Junkies 1 on 1.  The requirement is that we must use a technique from the newsletters or CDs.  This month I used a technique from the April 2007 newsletter called Modern Grid.  I've not tried it before and it was fun.  Background stamps are retired from The Angel Company and banner and text stamps are from Close To My Heart.

Isn't this wild?  I added some dots and stitches and a few touches of color for fun using a journaling pen, a fine tipped Sharpie, and an ancient ColorBox coloring stylus tool.

For a touch of bling I added dots of Stickles glitter glue to some flower centers and on each end of the text.  This card is heading to Canada.   It was fun going way back in the newsletters to revisit the older techniques.  Today I need to get it in gear and prepare for my Trio of Shaped Christmas Gift Card Holders class next Tuesday morning.  I'll be making 8 kits so hope I've purchased enough paper....

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wednesday Workdesk and I Love You

Today is that day, you know, the day you get the opportunity to see desks from all over the place for inspiration, organizational ideas, and who knows what!  And we all have Julia at the Stamping Ground to thank for this fun blog tour!  You need to pop over to her blog when you finish here and check it out!  I've been doing this for over a year and thoroughly enjoy the visiting I do.  But now on to my desk....

Not lots happening.  I have some stamps and scrap pieces on the left, my Scor-Pal (with 2 Hershey Kisses that barely made it through the photo before they were scarfed down) in the middle, and scissors, ink, acrylic blocks, and eraser, and small scraps of paper on the right.   I had just finished a card and was starting to put some stuff away when I took the photo.  The stamps on the left are what I used.  It's a set by Close To My Heart that I recently purchased.

I used a sketch by Operation Write Home.  The stamps are from the set "Country Born".  I colored with some Copic markers then sponged some ink around the images.  I used OWH sketch Challenge 233.  I love simple cards and there are both simple and some that are a bit more complex taking part in the challenge. So, if you are so interested, you can pop over there, too, when you're done here.  But please, click over to the Stamping Ground and check out the desks!  Have fun and it might be wise to have your cuppa coffee, tea, water, or whatever as your trip might take you longer than you plan!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Elegant Ovals Sympathy

Here's the last of the 4 Seaside cards I recently made for class samples.

I purchased the Elegant Ovals die set from Spellbinders a while back and haven't done much playing with it.  I thought it worked great with the Inkdinkado stamps I was using.

The dies are very intricate and, with the Tool in One by Spellbinders, they came out of the dies so nice and the tool took out all the little cut pieces that didn't release right away.  You can see the added bling on the ends of this oval to beef up the elegance.  Today is our meeting and I'm not ready.  Bummer.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Boxing It Up

You all know I teach classes at AZ Scrapbooking in Green Valley, AZ.  Well, in a couple weeks the store is having it's annual "Christmas in July" week and all us instructors will be teaching a class with a Christmas them PLUS helping put on a Christmas party for the customers on the 25th.  Yep, coincidence but a fun one.  The customers will be taking part in a contest making a box card.  I was given the "box" just for fun and, since it was orange, I thought of a southwest theme with snowflakes.

I got out my Southwest Cricut cartridge and made 3 different cacti.  All the snowflakes are from dies by Spellbinders.

The scalloped square that is stamped is also by Spellbinders.  The Spanish text is from stamps that I purchased from The Angel Company years ago.

I know the snowflakes seem quite busy but I sure had fun putting them on.  I even cut up a clear plastic box into narrow strips to make 3 flakes look like they're in the sky.  Now, isn't this a hoot?!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Some More Turquoise Flourish Beach Cards

I have been working like crazy trying to finish the 4 cards I need for my August class as next Monday we have a store meeting concerning the classes.  By golly, I did it!  I showed you 1 in my last post so here's a couple more.  I'll save the last for another post.

I like to start my class with the easiest card and this is it.  The sunburst is made using my Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  I also used the Fiskars "Bubbles" border punch, the Inkadinkado "Down by the Seashore" stamp set, and Fiskars "All Seasons Greetings" set.  Very easy and fast.  I added some white liquid pearl dots to the sun's rays for some bling.

This design I seen on Pinterest but other than the offset lighthouse there is no resemblance.  I reinked my black ink pad and it is not being real nice at this point, that's the reason the words are heavy inked at the bottom.   I added some silver sequins for bling.  Both of these cards are easy to replicate which is what I like.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Turquoise Flourishes on my Desk

Yep,  I'm working on a project and my desk is a mess!  I actually used my Cricut but I won't be showing you that card today along with my desk.  I'm working on getting my class card samples for my August class ready for a store meeting on Monday.  I do have 2 of 4 cards (plus 1/2 of one that is on my desk) done.  I'm using a set by Inkadinkado called "Down by the Seaside".  I'll be doing 2 get well cards and 2 sympathy cards.

But my desk....  And you can thank head desker Julia over at the Stamping Ground for uniting crafters from all over the planet into this weekly get together.

As you can see my red Cricut Expression is open and the mat is kinda stuck in the roller to keep it in place.  I have the CTMH "Art Philosophy" book open as I study what I might want to do for the card that is on the mat in the center of the picture.  I do have the card mostly assembled now and it's looking doubtful I'll be using any die cuts on the card.  I'm getting my mojo back to some degree but have been blurfing (blog surfing) to get some ideas that work with the paper and stamps I'm using.

This is one of my cards for the class but I may have to change out the yellow cloud embossed panel for something else.  I need to call or stop by the store and see if this is an embossing folder they carry. If not, I'll find a flourish folder and re-do the panel.  (I think I had my camera on the wrong setting when I took this pic and a lens scratch is throwing a shadow.)

This folder is by Darice and I know the store carries their wood grain embossing folder.  I couldn't find this one at the online vendor so.... darn.  I like this!

Ok, now that you've see my messy desk and my card please pop over to the Stamping Ground and check out all the desks.  I'm late getting linked as we had an amazing electrical storm last night and just got the power back on.  And I'm installing a new TV in my computer/craft room to keep me company.  Hope you have a GREAT day!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Paper Pieced Coffee Cups

Our son's girlfriend's birthday is this coming weekend and he told me what he is buying for her.  I told him I'd help with the gift and would make a coffee-themed card to go with his idea.  No, he's not getting her a coffee pot, but you're close.  Hopefully he'll let me know soon what I need to get as I still have to get onto Amazon and get it ordered and shipped.  At this point her gift from us will be late but I'll say so in the card.  But the card is almost ready and I'll be mailing it tomorrow.

Most of the stamps used are from a Stampendous set called Coffee Talk.  The "java nice day!" is from a retired TAC set.  I stamped the coffee cut on 3 coordinating papers and cut them out.  The middle one is pop dotted. 

You can kinda see the glitter from the Stardust Clear gel pen on the bubble.  Yep, needed a hint of bling.  Not sure if I like the coffee beans in the bubble but it was just too big for just the text.  What's your thoughts?

Saturday, July 5, 2014

A Very Merry Snowman

Since hubby is working today on a hay baler and his pickup I started blog surfing to see what kind of inspiration I could get.  And I found a challenge!  I follow Red Rubber Inspirationals and love their stamps but this card doesn't use any of theirs.  Oops.  But I do have oodles!  This challenge  #127  is called Christmas in July and required something stamped.  Ok.  The snowman, snowflakes and the sentiment are stamped.

After thinking about it for a moment I realized that the white embossed snowflakes ARE from a set from RRD called "Ornamental Snowflakes".  The snowman is a digi from Pickled Potpourri Designs and text is from a retired set by TAC called Jingle Jolly. I also used a Cuttlebug embossing folder of snowflakes. I cut the opening using a Spellbinder die.  The blue ribbon and paper are from a cool DCWV  paper pack that I've had, like, forever!

I used my Wink of Stella clear glitter brush on the snowman's hat rim and ball but it just doesn't show up well in photos.  And I colored this little guy with Copic markers but didn't try to do any blending or fancy stuff.  Not bad.  The overall design was inspired by a card on Pinterest that I pinned in my Cards - Christmas board.  So don't forgot to hop over to the Red Rubber Inspirationals blog and check out some fun Christmas cards.  I'm going to have plenty this year!