Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving...

I want to wish everyone a happy, healthy and hearty Thanksgiving Day. We will be hosting the big Thanksgiving meal with a few family members and thinking about those who are not able to join us.

I also want to share a quick look at a final Thanksgiving card that I made and sent out earlier this month.

I embossed the main panel with a Darice embossing folder. I then inked the edges of the panel with some distress ink and used other inks to add some color to the raised image.

The rectangle for the sentiment (computer-generated) was cut with a Spellbinder's Romantic Rectangles die. I added a few autumn-colored sequins for a little bling and tied a casual bow on the side with some seam tape.

On the inside, I stamped some leaves after inking the stamp up with some orange ink and then rolling the edges of the stamp on a red ink pad. I think that technique works especially well for fall-colored leaves.

That's it for me today. I'm off to get the turkey in the oven.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Napkin cards...

I see napkin cards everywhere in blogland these days, so I thought I'd give them a try for my Thanksgiving cards.

Here is the package of napkins that I found at Joann's to use for my cards. I've always liked still-life paintings and really liked this image for Thanksgiving.

I first separated the plain white tissue layer (these napkins were 2-ply) from the top printed layer and set that aside to use in other ways. I also grabbed my plastic wrap to use as a "glue" between my image layer and a piece of plain white cardstock. Now, I needed to assemble my "sandwich."

Plan A:  I laid down some parchment paper to work on, then my cardstock, plastic wrap, napkin image and another piece of parchment paper, in that order. I ironed this sandwich on my iron's highest setting (it's old, so maybe it doesn't get very hot anymore). I discovered that my industrial-sized container of plastic wrap--one that I bought at Costco--must also be industrial strength, because I simply could NOT get it to melt!

Plan B: I remembered that I also had a small box of Dollar Store plastic wrap that had been in our RV, but was now stored away in the house until next spring. I got that out and gave it a try, using the same sandwich configuration. Voila! It worked!  Lesson learned - use cheap, thin plastic wrap for this technique.

After the napkin was adhered, I simply cut the image to size and used it to make my cards, just like I'd use a stamped image.

Here's one of my cards with a custom-made envelope to match.

I tried adding a few autumn-colored sequins to some of the cards for a little bling.

I also used a Spellbinders "Fancy Labels" die for the sentiment on some...

...and added a die-cut button to others.

I found that occasionally the napkin would come loose along the edge of my cut-to-size image. I just used a glue pen to tack these areas down again.

For my some of my card interiors, I punched some leaves out of some inked cardstock and attached them inside.

For other cards, I stamped a simple pumpkin.

All in all, it was a fun experiment, but much more time-consuming than I expected.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember  to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving cards in a hurry (and have you ever heard of lefse?)...

Because we arrived home from our 7-week-long trip on October 31, I didn't have much time to get a few Thanksgiving cards made and sent--after I unpacked, that is. I was surprised at how long it took me to "get back into the groove" of card-making.

This card design was very quick to make, and I love the fall design of the Darice embossing folder that I used. I simply cut three strips of Core'dinations cardstock in different fall colors and put them side-by-side into the embossing folder.

After embossing, I sanded the surface of the embossed image a bit to highlight the design, and then adhered the strips to the black mat on my card.

An additional white piece of CS was stamped and adhered beneath the colored strips


I used a small leaf punch to cut a leaf from each of the three colors of cardstock and adhered those to the inside of the card around my computer-generated sentiment.

That's it--quick and easy, but pretty, too.

Today, I'll be heading to Ingebretsen's, our local Scandinavian shop, to purchase some lefse to serve with my Thanksgiving meal. I have some Norwegian heritage on both my mother's and father's sides, so I grew up eating this Scandinavian flat bread during the holidays. My sister has all the special tools (round lefse griddle, special rolling pin with cloth cover, etc.) to make it, so her family gets fresh, homemade lefse every year. My family has to be content with store-bought. If I lived closer to my sister, I'd be offering to "help" her make lefse, just so I could get a piece straight off the griddle. It's SO delicious when it's warm and freshly made.

Thanks so much for stopping by and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Paper tube snowmen...

My grandson Patrick stayed with us for the last couple of days, and he always likes to do some crafting with Grandma (bless his heart!). With Christmas coming soon, I decided this time we would make some snowmen out of some sturdy paper tubes that I had saved.

First, I cut the tubes into three different heights, and then Patrick helped me paint them white. Then we went to work on the hats. I cut some strips of fleece that were about 4 - 5" wide by 10" or so long. I created the "roll" on the hat by first folding over about 1/2" of the fleece and hot-gluing it down. Then I hot-glued this to the edge of the paper tube. No sewing needed! Just be sure the two ends meet snugly at the back and then trim off the excess fleece.

To create the tassel at the top, I made 3/4" snips into the fleece at very short intervals along its length. I then took some embroidery thread and tied it tightly around the fabric where the snips ended. Be sure to make a good knot to hold it securely.

Patrick stuck on some self-adhesive black gems for the eyes, drew on the smiles with a black Sharpie and used some Gem-Tac glue to adhere the tiny buttons. He also picked out a ribbon from my stash to serve as a scarf for each snowman.

The "carrot" noses were probably the hardest part of the entire project. I tightly rolled some orange cardstock, making sure it came to a point at one end. I added a bit of glue once I felt I had rolled an adequate amount. I then cut it off to an appropriate length and attached it to the snowman with a bit of hot glue.

Patrick was very proud of his snowmen, saying that the smallest one is him (he's the youngest in the family) and the other two are his older sisters. They'll probably be the first Christmas decorations to be put out on the fireplace mantel at his house.

So if you've got some extra paper tubes around, along with some ribbon and fleece (or other fabric), give this simple project a try. It's a fun one to do with kids.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Happy 8th birthday to a special granddaughter...

I have a beautiful granddaughter who lives 200 miles away, so I don't get to see her nearly as often as I'd like.  Luckily, however, I did see her this past weekend, so I was able to hand-deliver this birthday card to her:
I purchased the "Hanging Around" Wryn digital stamp from Tiddly Inks a while ago, but I still love it. It reminds me of my granddaughters (and even myself when I was their age). What little girl doesn't love to hang from her knees at every opportunity?

I colored Wryn with my ProMarkers and then did a bit of shading around her with some coral and yellow chalks.

I selected all of the colors I used from the colors in the DSP. I think I was able to match them up pretty well.

The blue doily that is just peeking out from behind the image was cut with a Lifestyle Crafts die.

I created my outside and inside sentiments on the computer. I love writing short little poems to use on cards. It does take extra time, but they really help make my cards more personal.

Here's the rest of the poem on the inside of the card.

A friend in Germany sent me a number of butterflies that she had punched out for me in different sizes. I've used two of them on this card. Thanks so much, Nadine!

The flowers were made with a couple of Recollection punches (star and flower) that I purchased at Michaels.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Happy birthday, sis!

I had a lot of fun making this card for my sister's 61st birthday. I cut the numbers with my Cricut. I don't recall anymore what cartridge I used, but it may have been Art Philosophy.

The flowers were punched out with a couple of Reflections punches (flower and tiny star)and shaped a bit with my biggest stylus.

This image is a stamp from Inky Antics that I colored with my ProMarkers and then fussy-cut before adding to my card. I love coloring up these images. They're simple enough to do quickly, but add so much to the look of the card.

The inside was kept pretty simple - just a couple more flowers to adorn the die-cut that held my birthday punch line.

I hope my sister had a fabulous birthday. I know the weather wasn't particularly cooperative, but hopefully she was somewhere warm with good food, good company and maybe even a piece of cake.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Happy 60th Anniversary...

This coming Sunday my aunt and uncle will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. That is a loooooong marriage! They are such a wonderful couple, and I am happy that I am able to go to the party. It is going to be a surprise for them, so I am curious to see how their three sons (my cousins) will pull it off. It's going to be held at their church in the afternoon, so their boys will have to have a reason for taking them there.

The 60th anniversary is the Diamond Anniversary, so I wanted to make them a card that included some silvery sparkle. Here's what I came up with:

I used a Darice embossing folder called "Photo Frame," and I inked around the edges with my silver ink pad. It has a nice sheen IRL, but it was impossible to catch it in a photo.

Please forgive the darkness of these photos. It's been cloudy a lot around here lately - and C.O.L.D. We've only gotten into the 20s for a high this past week. Ugh!

I used my "Precious Hearts" dies by Memory Box to cut the two beribboned hearts from some silver glitter paper. It is truly sparkly! I added three gems underneath the sentiment (computer-generated) to suggest the diamond theme.

The inside of the card is quite plain. I did add some score lines on the top and bottom for a more finished look.

My favorite touch to the inside was to add the gem to the 6 in 60th. I hadn't actually planned this, but when I started adding gems, it seemed like a natural place to put one. And it fit perfectly!

My aunt and uncle don't read my blog, but I want to wish them a happy anniversary here anyway. I love you, Jean and Lyle, and I wish you many more happy years together!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.