Saturday, November 15, 2014

Big Vanilla Fall Shoe Box Swap

What a fun day!  The Meade girls gathered at the "Big Vanilla" (I just love the name) in Pasadena, Maryland, for our Fall Shoe Box Swap (thank you Paula for setting it all up for us!).  So glad Mary could stop by then join us for a late lunch at Two Rivers.  Below are the terrific cards we all made:



 Rose (Front)

 Rose (Inside - Hilarious!)





Paula (Front)

Paula (Inside)



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Birthday Feather

Our Birthdays are Feathers In The Broad Wing Of Time.

This image and sentiment are from the stamp set "Falling Feathers" by StampWorkz.

I made this card while playing around with the new (to me) stamp set.  I simply stamped the feather in one color and the sentiment in another to test out the stamps.  The top right corner was torn, so I decided to trim it, add another color card stock, and cover the seam with a piece of ribbon.  It still needed something, so I corner punched 2 of the corners and added an adhesive stud to the top corner.

It's not fancy, but it's definitely usable :)

Friday, October 3, 2014


Scrap & Stamp Arts
Nov/Dec 2014
Page 35
(directions on page 63)

"Just living is not enough,"
said the butterfly.
"One must have sunshine,
freedom and a little flower."
--Hans Christian Anderson

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Published - Just Cards, Fall 2014

Just Cards!
Volume 35, Fall 2014
Pages 34 & 66

"Looking Chic" is one of my favorite stamp - especially since I'm a Westie fan. (Stampavie/Penny Johnson)

"You are in my Thoughts"  - Doily image: SU! Hello Doily; Thistle image: Woodware Craft Collection JGS273; Sentiment: Hero Arts Elegant Weeds.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Cards from Scraps

Wow!  I haven't made a card in months!

I moved, and all of my crafting stuff is still mostly boxed up because my new craft room is still a work in progress.  So my friends Jane and Kathy came over and brought with them some boxes and bags full of scraps and leftovers from other cards and card kits, and they put them in front of me and say, OK, make something!  This taxed my brain a bit, but I was able to make these 2 cards.

That was fun!  Let's do it again!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Published: Peace Out

Scrap & Stamp Arts
May/June 2014
Page 46

My "Peace Out" card made it into the "Blast From the Past!" section. 

Published: Crazy Quilt of Life

Just Cards!
Volume 33, Spring 2014
Page 35

In this crazy quilt of life I'm glad you're in my block of friends -- Great Impressions, E725.

For some reason, the card did not photograph well in the magazine, so I've included a photo of the card that better shows the details of the card.

The embossing folder used is the Boofle Tri-Boss "Patchwork."

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Remember Me Starburst

I love making sunburst/starburst cards.  These three are made with scraps from another project.  These types of cards are great for using up scraps.

Here's my quick instructions if you want to try one:

1.        Cut 4 strips of patterned paper to 4 x 1½ OR – make them longer and or wider (to give more coverage)…the choices are yours!

2.       Cut the above strips diagonally…for example, from the upper left corner to the lower right corner.  OK, so now you have 8 long triangular pieces of patterned paper.

3.       Sponge the edges of your triangles.  (Some folks don’t, but I like them sponged.)

4.       Cut a 5 ¼ x 3 piece of cardstock.  Lay out your triangles over it to a pattern you like – they can hang over the edges of the card stock as they will get trimmed later, then set the triangles aside in the order you laid them out.  Now you can completely cover that piece of card stock with adhesive (Tape runner works better than a glue stick.  Guess you could use a tacky glue…I haven’t tried that.).

5.       Start placing your triangles back on the card stock – starting with the 2 pieces in the center then working to the sides.  Once covered, trim off edges (I use scissors). Then sponge all the way around the outer edge.

6.       Adhere the above piece to another piece of card stock 5 ¼ x 4.

7.       Adhere a coordinating ribbon, then adhere all to your card base.

8.       Add whatever you want to the front where it looks like the points of the starburst are coming together.  I used a stamped, die cut pieces of card stock. 

Follow this link to my Pinterest Board of Starburst/Sunburst cards, some I made, some I pinned.
I first learned how to do the starburst card from the Operation Write Home Starburst Tutorial. 
Supplies used on these cards:
K & Company 8.5 x 8.5 Designer Paper Black & Ivory stack.
Spellbinders Fancy Tags Three
Small snowflake die (not sure of the company)
Verse – Stampin’ Up!
Black Ink
Black Ribbon
Red Spica Marker
Black Card Stock
Cream Card Stock
Black Self-Adhesive Rhinestones

Monday, March 3, 2014

Cigar Box 34 - By the Sea

This pretty line of designer paper used for this "By the Sea" altered cigar box is by Christine Adolph.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Cigar Box 33 - Moths & Flowers

I finished this altered cigar box at the end of 2013 and am finally getting around to posting it.

The designer paper used on the top and inside top is from Jodie Lee's Fairy Belle Collection "En Pointe."  (Yeah, there's a ballerina on the paper, but she wasn't used on the box.)