Sunday, May 19, 2013
I am knee deep in remodeling my laundry room and that has kept me a wee bit busy. I had a full room sized pantry which was nice but became a "oh well just shove this in the pantry" area. My laundry room was a small room with washer and dryer crammed together. So, they tore out some walls, and when finished I will have a wonderful laundry room and a smaller pantry. Meantime I haven't done much in the way of creating paper stuff. I did have a few sheets of the 3D punch outs that come in from the UK so I tossed together some really cutsey little cards. Here are 3. TFL...have a great week.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
I wanted something light .... and for now, this is it. In a few days I will get braver and take a look at some of the other choices...Hope it's easier reading for everyone. Big hugs and thanks to Donna for plodding through this with me.
Sunday, May 05, 2013
Still not sewing. Despite my plans to do so. I found a cache of little 3.5x colorful note pads that come in a pack of 5 from Dollar Tree. I love these little pads. And they are such fun, and so easy to cover with coordinating papers.
Here you see the 12x12 flowered lavendar paper, and a piece that was cut 4x12 which I fold in half,. My Scor-it helps me with the second step which is to score just 1/8th of an inch down from that fold mark. These pads are not thick and that small siding works great when the whole piece of paper is folded over. (Once the notepad is glued in, you might want to trim away some of the cover. That is optional.)
Monday, April 22, 2013
I still had trays of prefolded cardstock, trays of embellishments and trays of stamped and printed sentiments. That alone always seems to fling me into a stressful state because I feel like I should be using everything. So, with that said, here is my latest "slam dunk adventure"... The cards are put together as usual by grabbing up and assembling. I like to share my slam dunks and I know there will be some takers one day. Meantime the aforementioned trays are just about empty and that makes Carole a happy crafter-girl.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I cannot seem to wander off from my paper crafts to get back to sewing. My mind floods with ideas, and gifties I need to make for friends. AND I had a little idea to surprise the local fish restaurant. We have a wonderful Fish n' Chips restaurant called Pete's that has been around for years and years. It is awesome food, and without a doubt the best red sauce I've ever had I made these little tags to hand to the gal in the drive-in window next time I pick up an order of Shrimp n' chips. Not sure what they will do with these, but hopefully they will say "oh how cute".... I figure everyone ought to have a hanging tag that says they eat at Pete's.
Friday, April 05, 2013
A friend I hadn't heard from in a while popped up, and I was so delighted to hear from her. And she's ordered about 36 cards for herself and 2 other friends. I was able to pull up the 14 birthday cards out of my stash but I had to create the Get Well and Thinking of You cards. They went together fairly quick and now I am free to start my sewing tomorrow.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Recently I had a great adventure attending a group representing the First Families of Arizona. My grandparents, my mother and her 5 brothers came to Arizona in 1909. To join this respected group of pioneer families one must have come to AZ by Statehood which was 1912. Although I am not quite ready, time wise, to join the group, I offered to do some cards for their Social Committee to send out to members when needed.
This first batch is just 4 cards to give to the lady who actually invited me and my friend Brad. Brad runs an absolutely fantastic web site to honor old Phoenix in it's glory.
The cards needed were "Thinking of You", "Get Well", and finally "Sympathy". I moreorless constructed the cards using some left over papers and embellishments so these came together quickly. Hope they like them, because I was honored to do them for this wonderful group.
Thanks for your visit.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Today I will deliver the tub of sewing projects (shown earlier) to Lucy Anne's place, and I've added some bright and colorful crochet coasters. Initially I had each color in a stack of 6, but the blast of delightful colors were muted. So I separated them into 3 of each color. As the little red head gal on the Wendy's commercials says "now that's better"....
Monday, March 25, 2013
When my son went to college, I took a second job at a fabric store near my house. I worked all day at a mortgage company, rushed home, fed the dog, changed into slacks and a tee shirts and headed for a delightful store full of fabrics. It was a moment to moment inspiration as I cut each fabric for the customers. I was home by 9:30, sewing by 10:00 and forced myself to quit so I could get the rest for the work the next day. I was paid $1.10 an hour which was scale back then, and in retrospect, I paid them to work there. I worked 3 days a week from 6PM to 9:00, all day Saturday and noon til 5PM on Sunday and I think everytime I left the store, I was carrying a bag of delightful fabrics. This was 2-1/2 years of buying in 1987-1989. I think I still have some of that fabric in tubs... I am the proverbial ole' lady who has the bumper sticker that says "she who dies with the most fabric, WINS". (I need a bumper sticker for paper addiction as well).
I sew willy nilly things... my favorite description for picking up a cut of fabrics and on the spot deciding what I wanted to sew with it. Now, at long last, I have another "cause" which is a delightful place called Lucy Anne's Place. This is an Adult Day Care Center in the conclave of Benevilla in Sun City West. I sew, they take it. How much better could that be?... They have little games, Bingo, and daily activities that allow a drawing for a winner. And now they have a big tub of "things" to chose from that I have donated.
Below are some bibs I just made for my high school friend who had a stoke. Her towel bibs are now replaced with bright and colorful bibs from me.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Happy Wednesday. I am driven to create be it paper, beads, fabrics, .. And recently I decided I wanted to give back a little more than I had in the past. I love to share the things I make, and I've donated to some pretty wonderful agencies in the past. Last month I went with my friend Pat to a place called Benevilla. In this conclave of several agencies resides an Adult Day Care Center. Pat told me they loved to get handmade fabric napkins so I made a batch and she and I delivered them. I decided if they wanted an array of sewing things, I was the gal to give them. Monday I drove out to Sun City West and I delivered about 22 napkins, 4 placemats, 8 bibs, a small lap quilt in colors of Christmas and a few "giftie" items like an eyeglass case, a little purse of corduroy. The napkins, of course, were gratefully accepted but I was also told that the other are indeed "gifties". The Center has a Bingo game, and a drawing for prizes. The quilt could become someone's special lap cover, the little eyeglass case could be a tagalong in someone's purse. That particular day the Center was full of gentlemen, and the nurse told me that when a prize was won, basically the men pick out something they think their wives might like. BINGO..... Carole has a new place to share some willy nilly sewing items ...
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Happy Saturday.... I love weekends. I worked for so many years (50+) and weekends were so precious. Now, even after over 5 years of retirement, I still cherish a Saturday or two. Recently one of my wonderful clients from my work years asked if I had a pre-made baby scrapbook. I said I didn't have one pre-made, but I would be so happy to do pages all designed so that the recipients could just add photos. I did 40 pages, 20 for each scrapbook. I pulled out every cartridge that had baby die cuts available.
A Child's Year, All Mixed Up, Creative Memorie's Stork Delivery, Cricut Sampler, Cuttin' Up, Doodlecharms, Gypsy Wanderings (Gypsy) Heritage, Life Is a Party, B is for Boy, Lyrical Letters, New Arrival, Paper Doll Dress Up, Simply Charmes, Stamping, Stretch Your Imagination, and Wild Card.
I kept two trays, one for a new baby boy and a second tray for baby boy twins just born. So basically I was cutting 3 die cuts almost in each case. . Once all of the die cuts and sentiments were cut or stamped, I pulled out a new designer's paper pack with baby theme papers. The pack had 48 pages, and once they were trimmed to the 12x12 size, I started designing assembly line style (my fave way to go...) I was so pleased with the finished pages, and I made one final little baby themed door hanger.
My friend just has to decide which new parent or grandparent to give it to.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
*CORRECTION MADE ON MEASUREMENTS: You all know my penchant for "slam dunk" cards. Another one of my favorite things is to whip up a batch of Post It Note covers. I buy the packs of Post It Notes with great abandon, and then they end up in a drawer until they have gathered so abundantly, I cringe when I open the drawer. After I finished the my personal card marathon (a secondary card camp after the gals left from the real Card Camp), I grabbed up about 20 post it notes of all colors, grabbed up some left over pattern papers and voila', I have a big batch of gifties to share. These are the simple covers, using pattern cardstock cut 3-1/4x7, with a half inch score area in the center for the fold over section. It is a great way to use up piles of little scraps. I punched out flowers and butterflies, added some blingy jewels. My typical Post It Note cover is generally done using chipboard squares that are covered with papers. The style below goes together in a snap. I will say, however, that on the cover, inside cover and bottom part are strengthened with additional cuts, perhaps 3x3. This is especially important for the top cover because that little bit of extra weight allows the cover to lay nicely over the post it notes inside. Before I add the embellishment for the top cover, I add yet another mount for weight. These are so much fun and the use of different patterns brings them to life.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
At Card Camp, there is a 'gifties' exchange. Pat gave each of us 3 sheets of 3D punch out floral designs that make awesome cards that have such a delicate and glorious presence to each one made. The sheet has multiple prints of the same flowers, they are numbered so that the design can be applied correctly. Once each 3D flower has been added with a small popdot, maybe some pearls put here and there....the final effect is fabulous. The embossing folders you see are the Anna Griffin Cuttlebug folders. Truly beautiful stuff.
Saturday, March 09, 2013
Our 6th annual Card Camp at my house was February 22-23 and part of the 24th and I realized I hadn't posted a photo or two. We had such fun.... Here you see Pat, Kris and Sandy. We missed Deb this year as she was on a trip. I posted this on Facebook and Kris said "that spot where we stand previously was filled with tables and tools and there was hardly room for anything else". I made Sweatshirt Jackets for everyone and you can see Pat wearing hers.
Monday, March 04, 2013
Happy Monday.... here I am, and for the first time since about 2007 I am not posting my weekly challenge for BBTB2. I've stepped away for now and I will concentrate on "giving back" in a more dedicated way. I have donated a lot of cards and paper artwork to my friend Lanette who organized graymattersfoundation.com after she had endured brain tumors...and to date she has had 5. This sweet lady sends greeting cards, decorates hospital rooms, and is there to support anyone encountering this dreadful disease. I have had a lot of fun making turtles for Lanette to slip inside a card or letter, and some larger turtles that can be hung up in a room, on a door. Her logo is a turtle with a gray shell, sticking his tongue out and the sentiment is "brain tumors stink, that's what we think"... I told her I had made about 100 cards lately and asked if she needed anything. She told me she had plenty of girly girl kind of cards but needs "guy cards". Those are always a challenge for me. But I dug out my Heritage cart and was able to cut out some pretty cool cars and some bikes. I added a bunch of stamped sentiments so she can make the decision if she wants to add one to a card she is sending. Here are just a few of the cards Lanette received. Here is Lanette's web site.
This stack of napkins I made will go to an agency that serves cloth napkins with the meals. I have a lot of fun making these. And I am so happy they will be used.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Happy Monday. Our hostess this week at BBTB2 is our lovely Susan who asked us to use a 3D flower design. I borrowed Flower Shoppe from my dear friend Pat, and this is the flower cut I selected. I embossed my flower cuts, I added some leaves from one of my Sizzix cuts, and the butterfly is a die cut from Cheery Lynn Designs. All are mounted on a Cuttlebug Plus embossing folder. The center of the flower has pearls and card candy.
Now for a little news. I am stepping away from BBTB2 for now so I can devote my time to sewing for some shelters and worthwhile agencies. For those of you who have followed along my bloggy journal you have seen posts where I donated artwork or sewing projects to worthwhile causes like Breast Cancer Awareness, Gray Matters (which is a brain tumor support group), the Banner Oncology support groups, some fund raisers for Pet Rescues, and a few others. I now have the opportunity to donate my sewing projects to several care centers, nursing homes and Homes for Abused Children and Adults. I have about 14 quilts I have finished with many more to work on. I love sewing and this new adventure will take a lot of my time. So for now.... a fond fond goodbye to the wonderful design team sisters and to my friends and followers. I will post cards now and then, and maybe some sewing projects.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Happy Monday.... our hostess this week is Stephanie who asked us to design with the color Amethyst or purple. I am really not a purple kinda gal...it will always be the last color
i would select.
i will say that I did enjoy making this purple cupcake.
Among others, some really important rules ask that you mention on your blog that you have joined with the BBTB2. Another is please NO WORD VERIFICATION. And finally, this is a Cricut based challenge and you have to use a Cricut cut for the selected theme..and be sure to tell us what Cricut cartridge you used. No back dating. Make a new project.... This past week I saw several entries that were not eligible. What a shame to have a really cute card fall short of what we ask for.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Love Is In The Air
Welcome, Happy Monday... Our hostess for BBTB2 this week is our sweet Brenda who asked us to design with a heart or cupid so we could honor Valentine's Day. I went to one of my most fav cartridges for this challenge. STAMPING. It has wonderful die cuts, and fabby sentiments. I cut a variation of hearts,used two of the sentiments embossed almost everything, and added a few red jewels, and a ribbon so this could be a wall hanging.
Monday, February 04, 2013
Welcome to BBTB2 and our Monday challenge. I am the hostess this week. We've had an unusual cold snap in Phoenix and surrounding areas, and after the temps dipped to the low 20s and the frost burned all of the tree and plants, the cold wandered away and Mother Nature gave us temps in the high 70s and a few 80 degree days. Only in Arizona!... I know that so many areas have battled frigid brutal temps with snow in abundance so I decided I would pick a theme of Spring. It's gonna come sooner or later so let's honor it with some pretty spring cards.
I used April Showers for my card. The birdhouse, the cute little bird, and that darling little caterpillar are from April Showers as is the title "Tweet". The edge has been punched with a MS punch, and I added some MS butterfly and flower punches as well. Everything sits upon the usual embossing. I added a few little ribbons for some bling.
We love it when you join in our BBTB2 challenges. Create a new spring themed card or project, upload it to Mr. Linky, be sure to name the cartridge (must be a Cricut cut for the theme) and give us a shout out.
Thanks for visiting.... Happy Monday.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Mr. Snowman AND some Blog Candy
The winner I named did not check back to see the results and since the commenter had no blog or email, I am going to name a new winner of the Gypsy Tote. Brenda. Yay Brenda. I will mail the Gypsy Tote out tomorrow (THURSDAY 2-13-2013)
It's our BBTB2 month end challenge ... and we were asked to design with Frosty the Snowman. While I love designing with such a cute fella, I am oh so glad that I live in Arizona sans the cold snow. I was born here 75 years ago, and my blood is so thin that even the slightest cooling temps will send me shivering, seeking warmth.
Here is my Snowman, happy to see the snow. He is cut from Christmas Cheer, embossed properly and with little buttons on his snow-suit. The snowflakes are a MS punch, double layers and sprinkled with crystal glitters. Sweet little snowman!!!
Here is some blog candy. It's a brightly sewn Gypsy Tote. It will fit your Gypsy like a glove, and with that bright fabric, you could probably find it in the dark. I've embroideried "Hangin' with My Gypsy" on the front and there is a pretty little orange ribbon should you wish to hang the tote nearby. If you leave a comment on my Snowman card and you own a Gypsy and want to be in the drawing, please ask. I am not sure if all of my visitors own a Gypsy so mentioning this will help me put the right names in Random.org.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Welcome to BBTB2 Monday challenge. Our lovely Suzanne is hosting this week and she asked us to design with our favorite font. No doubt about it....I headed right for Cindy Loo. I like Blackletter font and a few of the others but CL is my fave. I am a bit early for the Valentine spirit but I think this card sort of fell into that category. The heart background is also from Cindy Loo. I needed to highlight the word LOVE so I put a strip of MS decorative strip between the word and the heart. Added a few white dots with my gel pen, a few Dazzles and I considered this a done deal.
Friday, January 18, 2013
I feel confined. About 30 years ago my mom and dad gave me a sweatshirt and try as I might, I simply could not keep that on me for more than 5 minutes. I decided to reconstruct the sweatshirt, so I made it into a jacket by cutting down the center and adding a placket. For that creation, I added appliques in a southwest fabric and I put a lot of beading all over the areas where designs were sewn on. I pulled that jacket out a few days ago (because of the recent 5 day cold snap we had) and I couldn't believe the attention that jacket drew. So...... I decided to make a new one. I bought a black sweatshirt and started my creation using the most gorgeous fabric evahhhhhhh. I had purchased this fabric at a small fabric and yarn shop in Sun City West. Had no idea what I was going to use it for but I knew I had to have it. Out it came for this new jacket....and I am really happy with the end results. I added some prairie points to give the creation some pizazz, and the pocket is a nice touch. This tossed me into the blender for a wild sewing spree on making sweatshirt jackets. So far, I've done 5, and I have 5 to go. Having fun!..... I like the different sweatshirt colors mixed with pretty fabrics and each creation has a different flair to it. TFL....