Friday, March 21, 2014

CTS#69 and Online Card Class

I've been making a few cards this week...so be prepared for a loooooong post!

This first one is for the CAS(E) This Sketch #69 challenge.  Here's the sketch...


And here's my card (I really was true to the sketch!)  :)




I also used some of the partial embossing techniques from Online Card Class - Clean and Simple 3.  I embossed the dots leaving a small 1 inch space in the middle for the sentiment.  The sentiment is from PTI and is stamped in black.  I layered the flourishes (I cut three of each) and adhered them with glossy accents. I added a small pink border, then adhered two small pink pearls.  Done....

Now for a few more cards I've created this week...some using techniques from the card class and some just for fun.



 This is a one layer birthday card created using techniques from the CAS card class...I LOVE how it turned out!


This is another one layer card created just for fun....




I think I made this card for one of the LIM challenges, but never got it posted.  I seem to have trouble getting my photographs done lately...nothing wrong with my camera...I'm just lazy!


This last card is one I made for one of my grandsons.  I used the robot silhouette cut file that I designed and popped him over a background that I sponged ink over a gear template. Turned out kinda cool...hope he likes it!  If you'd like to have this file, just click on the link and download.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

CASology 85 & Addicted to CAS 33

I needed a couple of cards this week and after I finished them, I realized that they fit the challenges at CASology and Addicted to CAS.  The challenge this week at CASology is to make a card using the cue word carnival.

Here's my take on this cue word:



The carousel horse is a stamp from Flourishes.  I cut the shape out with my Cameo, then stamped the image and colored it with Copics.  I made the "base" on the Cameo, then die cut some stars to add to it. The banner was also cut with the Cameo and the sentiment is in the same stamp set as the horse.  I added a pearl at the top of the pole...and then added lots of glitter with the wink of stella pen.  I layered the horse on a white piece that was embossed with a PTI embossing mat.  The horse is slightly pop dotted on the panel and the panel is popped up off the card base.  

The cue word for Addicted to CAS is:

Here's my card for the challenge:


I have no idea why the crib looks yellowed (grrrrr... it's actually a nice bright white!) The crib die is a new one and I'm not too sure I like it.  The die itself is pink and it seems to rub off on the paper when you cut with it.  I had to run it through the Cuttlebug several times before it would cut too...plus add some shims. So, I'm not too sure I would recommend it.  It's pretty, but difficult to work with. The crib "bonnet" cut just fine.  I added a few pearls and a flowers, popped it on an embossed background and popped it up on a card base.  The most difficult part was cutting the crib and photographing the card.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Little Zen....tangle

Having surgery on my left hand has left me with few options for things that keep me busy.  I can ,however, do a little drawing (zentangle) because I am right handed, so I thought I'd share a little drawing that I recently finished.  The finished piece is about 5 inches tall and 11 inches long.

One of my nieces recently had a little girl and I made this for my great-niece.



I figured out my design in my Silhouette program and figured out where I needed to print her name and date of birth, then printed the information on a piece of 9x12 Bristol board.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the letters, then I traced them onto some Bristol board and added my tangles. I shaded my tangles with a pencil.  For a little pop of color, I die cut a heart about 4 times, then glued the layers together.  I colored the top heart with a red Copic, added a little clear wink of stella and then topped it off with some glossy accents.

I will be having this framed before I send it to her.

I still need to make a card...and I'm working on it, it's just a little slow without full use of both of my hands!

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Where Have I Been...You Ask? (And a FREE Silhouette Cut File!)

Once again I've been missing for a while....here's the reason why....



Early in January, I had a procedure on my left thumb called Zancolli Arthroplasty.  The procedure basically removes some disintegrated bone from between my thumb bones and my wrist bone and replaces the joint by moving one of the tendons in my wrist/hand between my thumb bones and my wrist bone so that I no longer have the pain of bone on bone when using my thumb.  OUCH!


It's been almost 6 weeks now and this is how my incision is looking....not bad.  I still have to complete some occupational therapy to regain the motion and strength in my thumb, hand, and wrist, but at least the worse part is over with! I had this same procedure on my right thumb four years ago and the time frame for complete mobility and healing is about 9 months!

Since my crafting has been restricted to what I can do with my right hand, I've been doing a little designing in my Silhouette program and I wanted to share it with everyone.  These cute little guys can be cut and pieced together or you can do what I did and make them into a print and cut by turning off the cut lines from areas that you just want to print.



These guys are about 4 inches tall, but it you group the pieces together for each robot, you will be able to re-size them to whatever size you want!

Get your free cut file here.  I've uploaded the file to my google docs, so I hope this works right! I haven't added any of my cut files before, but it this works and you want to see more, just let me know! I'm always happy to share.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

WOW! It's Been a While! - MERRY CHRISTMAS!

WOW! I didn't realize how long it's been since I've posted!  For the past two or three months I have been totally occupied with my granddaughter's wedding preparations.  I made the invitations, the RSVP cards, the wedding programs, made her veil, attended several showers, rehearsal dinner, tied garland for decorations, decorated the reception hall, altered her dress slightly...WHEW!  The wedding was on the 14th, so now I can relax a bit.

During the mist of all of the wedding preparations, I was also making Christmas presents for all my children and grandchildren. I dusted off my sewing machine and made some aprons for my daughters and daughter-in-laws, and made big blankets for each of the grandchildren.  I've also made a few scrapbook albums for several of the children.  Time has flown by...each day gets a little easier...but the holidays are bringing back lots of memories of Christmas' past.  I've shed a lot of tears, but also had some smiles as I remember the good times.

I've made a few cards in the mist of all this activity too that I thought I'd share with you.  I think I might have actually made them for a challenge but didn't have time to get them posted.


I figured I can always use a thank you card at Christmas.  I cut the letters out with the Cameo.  The leaves are cut with a die from Quikutz (very old die).  I colored the area behind the letters with some green and red Copics, then topped it with a bit of glitter using a glitter pen.  I pop dotted the letter panel over the colored area and added some red berries with red stickles.


This card was fun to make.  We rarely get snow in Florida, so I enjoy making snow cards.  I used a Memory Box window die and backed it with a piece of acetate.  I used the Memory Box country landscape die for the scene behind the window.  The top layer of the scene is pop dotted.  I sponged the sky (masking out the moon) with DI - tumbled glass - then added some small white dots for stars.  As a finishing touch, I added some stickles to the window panes on the outside of the window to give it a frosty look.  The sentiment was heat embossed with silver EP.  I believe the sentiment is from PTI.

This last card was made for one of the Less is More challenges, but didn't get posted.  I stamped the image and sentiment with Versamark, then heat embossed it with gold EP. For the topper on the ornament, I stamped the image in Versamark on gold foil paper.  I trimmed all the images and pop dotted them on a solid blue background (I also stamped the bauble on a piece of the blue).  I pop dotted the ornament on a piece of the blue card stock cut to 4 x 5.25 and added a string and bow.  I used a gold leafing pen to added just a tiny gold edge to the 4 x 5.25 layer, then pop dotted that layer onto a blue base.  I love how this one turned out.  Them images are from a free set that came in a magazine (I believe they might be Spellbinder stamps?)

Now, I must get busy and get all these Christmas gifts wrapped...got lots to do and now much time to do it.  We have lots of birthday celebrations this week.  My grandson, Jacob has a birthday tomorrow, my daughter in law on Wednesday, another grandson on Saturday, and then my birthday on Monday.  Busy, busy!

I do appreciate your faithfulness in visiting my blog.  I'm trying hard to get myself together and move on...your continued prayers are appreciated!

Hugs to each and every one of you...and may you have a blessed Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

(Hopefully, I will get it together enough to get my post done for my blogiversary.  I have a little prize that I would love to give to someone!  Stay tuned....)

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

It's Been a While....

I know it's been a while since I last posted.  Thank you for all your visits and the sweet comments you have left for me.  I'm crafting a little more now, but I still struggle with my crafting.  I haven't participated in the Less is More challenge in quite a while, but the theme of this week's challenge caught my eye, so I thought I'd give it a try.  

This is the first card I made for the challenge:  


I designed the "peace" frame in my Silhouette program and then cut it out with my Cameo.  I used a Memory Box die for the house and trees on the hill and then cut a reverse hill with an xacto knife.  I coated both "hills" with glamour dust for a lot of sparkle.  The background was embossed with the "snow" embossing folder.  I don't think it's available anymore.  The star is a Memory Box die that I cut out 4 times and glued together for added dimension.  The frame and the "hills" are on pop dots to give it a little dimension.  After I finished it, I thought perhaps it might not be CAS enough, so I made one more.


For this second card I used my Cameo to cut out two of the ornaments in white card stock, then glued the two layers together over a piece of fishing line to suspend it in the frame.  The background is again the snow embossing folder.  I cut the frame with the Cameo and put it on pop dots so that the ornament is suspended over the snow background.  The sentiment is from PTI and was stamped in silver.  I just cut a notch in each end of the sentiment strip and added it to the card with pop dots.  I coated the ornament with stickles and glamour dust.  It's really "sparkly" in real life!

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Life Moves on....

It seems that life moves on whether I want it to or not.  Each day the sun rises (and then it rains)...and each evening the sun sets and the moon rises.  One foot in front of the other....that's how I get through each day.  I have been working on a couple of "crafty" items that I thought I'd share with you today since it's been over a month since I last posted.  

One of my granddaughters got engaged a week or two ago, and her excitement is bubbling over.  I've agreed to help make the wedding invitations, but I also wanted to make something special for her. Here's what I've made for her:

This is a quote by Sam Keen.  After my husband passed away a few months ago, I was looking through his Bible one day and found a slip of paper that had been torn from a magazine...and this was the quote on the slip of paper. The quote really speaks volumes to me about love. I thought perhaps our granddaughter would appreciate the story behind this quote.

I made this using my Cameo.  I cut out each of the letters 4 times, then layered them on top of each other to get the dimension I wanted.  To place them on the background piece, I printed the layout I wanted for the letters and then printed them with my wide format printer in a very light grey color. Then all I had to do was adhere the stacked letters over the printed card stock.  The hearts (about 30) were cut from an old dictionary, then I stitched down the middle with the sewing machine.  The top layer of the heart has the definition of "love" on it.  I added the red bling heart, and then decided that I wanted to add a small red border around the white piece, so I cut 1/4 inch off each side so that the verse would stay centered and adhered the white to the red card stock.  I placed it in a black shadow box scrapbook frame that is a 12 x 12 inch shadowbox.

I also have a close friend whose daughter is getting married in October, so I wanted to do something special for her too.  I did another like this only using a verse from the Bible. I printed the "1 Corinthians 13: 7-8 on the card stock (in a darker grey color) at the same time I was printing the placement of the letters.


I used a black shadowbox frame for both of these and I think the black really makes the artwork pop.

I hope the recipients don't think these gifts are tacky...I thought they turned out great, but you never know.  I know that each one of these took me hours to complete.  Adhering all those letter together is a very time consuming task!

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