Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Gracious – this milestone sneaked up on me. I know that my yearly date will come up soon because I have that little counter gadget in the side of my blog but the actual number eluded me until I saw it on my blogger dashboard somewhere in the 990’s. Wow. It has been quite the journey.
My blog has been a gift and joy in my life. I’ve come to know many of you as friends over the years. My family has joined in blogging too. My blog has been a journal and I often love to comb back to compare what has transpired in previous years. When I began my blog I prayed about it and asked the Lord for guidance on what the content should be. As I was faithful to blog afterward, amazing things have happened, one of the most amazing to me, and still is today, is that I have developed many talents and I’ve been able to share them with YOU!
One thing that was important from the beginning, and still is, is that this blog will always be a “safe” place. I like to keep it simple. Though I do sometimes promote some products and friends designs – and have at times sold my own designs through shops – I’ve still always made some ‘extras’ for YOU because being a stay at home wife (by choice) I know that there have been many times I’ve been blessed by the generous designs and items from others. I like to pay it forward – and all the glory to the Lord for anything I’ve given that might have helped you.
THANK YOU all so very much for visiting me and the encouraging comments you leave. You have no idea how much they mean to me. Thanks also to those of you who have chosen to “follow” me, it tickles me to know you would find my site a place you like to keep current with.
I am determined to learn my Silhouette SD inside and out and so today I wanted to “Print and Cut” a graphic. Oh MY. Good thing that I had lots of time sequestered away here for it took me several hours and lots of paper. I decided to combine today’s challenge at 365 Cards with this technique. Thanks to my dear friend Valinda who spent the morning with me online while I grumbled and crumpled paper after paper and kept saying “I know you can do it.”
Today’s Day 149’s Background Challenge rules were:
Divide the background into 4 parts - 2/4 must be solid color and 2/4 must have a pattern. The colors and patterns to not have to be the same on each part.
And here is my take on this challenge and also a tutorial on the lace I “made” for this card.
I got the image from Create with TLC (see, one of those generous places!) I asked my Silhouette SD to trace the image and then I made an oval around it and then I asked it to print the graphic and then cut it out in the oval shape. After something like 6 attempts I finally got it!
I then created the beautiful Damask Oval shape using Photoshop and then I saved it as a PNG and that will be my gift to YOU at the end of this post! Here’s more about this card.
I used watercolour pencils on the graphic. I inked the edges of almost everything. The stamp is a Studio G, purchased at Michaels.
Here’s the story of the lace -
I’m a girl who likes to “up cycle” things. Being a stay-at-home anything requires one to be inventive in accumulating supplies. I’d bought this frothy item a long time ago. Now, you might see this as a pretty bit of lingerie or a nice cami – me, I saw it as lace.
And, in fact, it is! 15 + yards in fact, after stripping it down with scissors. Ha!
And because I did not want to be bothered with sewing I simply used a bit of very thin wire to gather the lace nicely.
Once I had it gathered then I cut it to the width I desired.
I stuck it onto my card using double sided tape.
Though there were a few things I’d do differently next time, I learned a lot of new tools and helpful techniques today.
Do YOU have a good tip or technique you would like to share? Please leave me a comment and I’d be glad to post here!
And, as I promised, I am giving away a FREE template for YOU to use. I will provide it in a zipped folder – a PNG, 300 dpi and also a .studio file for anyone visiting who has a Silhouette SD. This is fine for you to use for your personal or commercial projects only I ask that you credit me and also link back to me, please. And if you use my items in a project I’d LOVE you to show me! Just leave a comment with your email or blog site.
Just click on the graphic to be taken to the download. Enjoy!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
And so I used a pair of jewelry pliers to snip it into some little sections and some single charms!
Here's the story on the "lace". It's actually just part of a doily. Thrift stores are full of doilies, they are available for pennies at yard sales. I take them and do all sorts of beautiful things with them.
What sort of items do YOU re-use to make your cards?
- Bill and Barry's Ice Fishin' Kit
- John 3:16 Cross
- Pink Lemonade Tapes
- Love Hearts and Charms
- Love Stamps
Monday, July 25, 2011
Well, I’ve been stay-cationing a bit between side trips (camping and such) and enjoying the quiet time playing a new machine. Yes, my Mr spoils me. We decided to make some smaller trips in vacation time this year and so he invested some of our intended holiday money into a dream of mine. He bought me a machine to help me make my cards.
I was paging through a PaperCrafts Magazine recently and saw an advertisement for the Silhouette SD – and on a whim visited their website and was WOWWED by the ability of this thing. So, we put an order together and now I’m on a huge learning curve with it.
My Silhouette SD can do so much more than just cut things out! Oh my, I just visited the site to link here and discovered that there is a newer upcoming version which has the ability to cut papers up to 12 inches wide, mine does the standard 8.5. I’m not complaining here.
So, after much practice I designed my own scalloped template for today’s card. Here is the Mojo Monday sketch for #201. I know its sure not an exact following but I fear had I added it all it would have been too much the way I did it.
And here is my take on the card. I freely admit that I also took a lot of inspiration from Debbie Carrier’s take on the card too.
Honestly, this thing took me ALL DAY to create. Haha, I muttered at myself quite a bit, I did. First I asked my Silhouette to cut out the card itself on this pretty cardstock. I wish I could tell you who made the cardstock but it was a gift. Its nice and heavy, perfect for a project like this. It was truly tricky designing the card so that the two sides were identical! I used a template which came with the software to make the ribbon (with the holes in it) across the card, and asked the machine to cut the edge of the ribbon to exactly fit with the edge of the card (the scallops) K, so that took me an hour in itself!
The sentiment and the shoe, I confess, are cut out from a book I picked up at a yard sale some time ago. I had to use a razor cutter that slides over my finger to do that trick. Another 1/2 hour.
This part was the most fun!
I created a butterfly template and cut it out twice – once with cardstock and then once with vellum. I used a dab of double sided tape to join the two in the centre. Next I struggled for an hour with jewellery wire and teensy tiny pearls trying to create a set of antennae – another wasted hour and I was not happy with the result. Yeh yeh, I’m a bit of a perfectionist.
I was at a loss and so when my Mr called me and asked me to help hold his guitar while he took out the old strings and put on new… yes, it was an epiphany! I took one of the strings he discarded cut off a length,. I then folded it in two and then I found some “crimping beads” which I had picked up one time at Wal-Mart because they were shiny and I’m attracted to shiny things and thought I might use them one day. After adding a bead to the string at the height that looked right I crimped and voila! I then added a light dusting of glitter to the edges of the vellum wings.
(that’s another hour gone!)
Lastly I created three blossoms from ribbon using a little ribbon maker I picked up at a thrift store recently. They were tricky little fellers – the “bud” was done freehand. That too took me an hour. What a MESS I had here!
So, in celebration of my new machine, I am offering up my FREE card topper template for you. It is suitable for a card 5.5 inches wide. You may use my template for personal or commercial use though I would ask you link to me when you use it, please. I will start another “Page” up-top of my blog and perhaps share more templates in the future. My files will be 300 dpi in PNG format so you may have to suss out how to import it into your particular software. And as always, I’d LOVE to see how you use my template – or any of my designs! Just leave me a comment and I’ll provide you my email. click on the picture to be taken to the download. Enjoy!
And you would be missing out if you did not visit my sister Nina's blog too - she's a wicked good carder herself, and often is the one who puts seeds of ideas into my head that wind up being designs I give away here! I've looked for my other family member's Mojo's today but nobody has posted yet - soon I bet!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
In an architecturally eye pleasing building downtown Vancouver we has the pleasure of attending the wedding of our family, Kyle and Denise.
A romantic collision of Italian marries Chinese it was a cultural mashup - throw in friends from all over the world and even the couple's dog and it made for an eclectic and happy celebration.
If we can define it further in a culinary sense might we say bruschetta meets dim sum?
The banquet was held the previous evening in a five star Chinese restaurant and consisted of an eight course meal and included such delicacies as sea cucumber (pictured above). My usually squeamish Mr outdid me in adventurousness by eating a good portion of this dish - I just couldn't quite make it there.
We met relatives we haven't had the opportunity to until now - it's amazing and wonderful, like adding new leaves on our family tree!
Though it rained softly off and on the venue location featured a 'waterfall' theme.
Fortunately the interior of the building was light and bright and inviting.
And, this lovely event, anticipated for long was over all too quickly.
Congratulations Kyle and Denise!
Monday, July 11, 2011
Saturday, July 09, 2011
Friday, July 08, 2011
- Heart Music (mini kit)
- Holly Wreath
- Howdy (rope words)
- Howdy Frames (rope )
- Howdy Knots (rope)
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
I had to build a birthday card for a friend and my Sister Nina invited me to a simple card challenge and I decided to take her up on it. Here's the sketch:
And here's my take on it:
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