Saturday, May 29, 2010

Computer troubles...Unable to Post Cards

Oops! Today I have big trouble! The laptop that I use ALL the time would not reboot! I hope to be back soon, but it seems to be " When it rains, it pours..." :(
I can access the internet on this computer, but it is way old, and I cannot load ANYTHING on here. I really shouldn't even be on the internet on this one. I use it to work in Printmaster. That's it!
Until we meet again...
...with the big sad face,

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Cards for Garyn

Cards for Garyn;

Quote for Today: (This one's for Garyn...)

Look backward with gratitude, and forward with confidence. Unknown

I made these cards for Garyn who recently graduated from Norfolk State University, Summa Cum Laude. We are all very proud of her. I made two of each design. I made a decision to leave them all blank inside. Can you tell what she told me her favorite color is?
Her actual graduation card will be in a later post.
(I hope tomorrow) : )

(1) All supplies shown together at the bottom of post:


Supplies: Cardstock: (all) Nicole, The Paper Co.; Patterned Paper: DCWV (All)(Latte/stripes & Diamond, rectangles and floral), (3) Tissue wrapping paper used for butterfly; Sentiments/Stamps: Stampin Up (sincere salutations/all); Accents: (1) pearls (Want2Scrap), (3)mini rhinestone brad/Making memories, (2) lavendar flower rhinestone brad/unknown, (2) 3X irridescent rhinestones (2)Silk flower; Ribbon/Fiber: local fabric store scrap; Ink: Stampin Up (elegant eggplant, lavendar lace and lovely lilac); (Other) Color Medium: glitter PK Glitz (winter glitz), Stardust clear glitter pen; Tools: all scallop punches (1 & 3) Fiskars (2) EK Success (3), Sizzix machine and butterfly die, (3)mini flower punch; Templates: Cuttlebug diamond; (1) Stencil by American Traditional

“ life, engage in it, give it all you've got. love it with a passion, because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it” Maya Angelo

Thanks for your visit. I appreciate your comments!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Lynns Creative Color Challenge!


I was having a particularly depressing day today (such is life)...However I was thanking God for my blessings, which are many. I needed to think about my many blessings to keep me from getting further depressed about certain events that occurred today. sister
called to inform me I needed to check Lynn's Challenge blog because my name was listed as the winner of the challenge! ;D
It was her very first challenge, and it was judged by a talented designer by the name of Anabela
When you get the chance visit her blog.
She also has another blog here
This is the challenge blog:

Lynn, Anabela... I can not thank you enough!
PS. I'll have cards to share tomorrow! : )

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Another craft convention Somerset NJ

I decided to go with a quote in the category of "humorous but true", today. ( made me chuckle out loud when I read it...)

Quote for today:
The chief cause of stress is reality. Lily Tomlin

Well, I went to N.J. for another craft convention with two of my favorite crafty peeps in the Philadelphia area (!) Karen and Rose. We had a grande time seeing what is new, and scoping out all the great bargains to be had...
It was a good day. From the looks of the parking lot, it was a good day for a whole lot of other ladies, too (as well as the venders)!

I am going to share a few tidbits from my crafting purchases with you, and then I need to get back to another project I am working on right now...

I used the candy background because I was thinking that these ribbons are rather sweet! I haven't seen these in the local crafts stores and hence they had to join my collection. I have many ideas for cards, and one of them is to work on multicolored sets that are actually inspired by the ribbons...I think I just created two more sets. Of course when these ideas come to fruition, they will be shared with you...
I didn't really get a great picture of them (they were so heavy) but those rings on the right side are being sold to help organize your ribbon. Well, they sold me. Once I have completed it, I will also share with you. (so many projects...) : )

I really thought these chips in the tubes would be a fun touch on male cards (one area I am sorely lacking in creativity). We'll see how it works out. Father's day is coming up, and although my dad is deceased, there are a few other males my son and I need to remember .

The mulberry papers in the photos below were hand made by two males who seemed a bit out of place at the convention. However, they had wonderful paper products. I thought they were unique, and can not wait to try them in a project. My sister in law and I were going to split the papers, even though they were priced very reasonably. But we couldn't agree on the green. How funny was it when I got home and opened my green paper and discovered it contained the same one that was showing on the outside of the pack she wanted! : D

Soooo very happy to purchase these quickcutz embossing folders above. They were only $3.49 each! What a bargain!!! : D The border ones were only $3 each.

The flowers in the jars are Prima. I know they have lost current popularity, but I'm going to
make some "flower pot" note cards. (another one of the many ideas I told you about, my head is swimming with um...) These are the softer colors. The next photo has the bold colors. They were also reasonably priced for the 3 jars @ $6. The newest prima flowers are fabulous! I saw some on "A New Design" (Ashley Newell) blog a few weeks ago after her shopping trip. I also saw them at this convention. I think I want to make my own though. They are made out of fabric and gathered ribbon. I have too much ribbon already NOT to make my own!
Those fabulous buttons are all wood. I just love them! (more embellishments for the male gender, right?)

Finally, do you see a trend in the stamps I purchased? They are mostly "Hero Arts", they are all in keeping with my passion for trees and leaves (do you sense another card set?), and I love them, too! Aren't they so cute? The little "crab" is of course the exception. My friend Karen found it for me. I thought I might use him to personalize my cards that I send to friends and family. I am, after all, all Cancer-the crab.

Finally, a closer look...Cheers!

“ life, engage in it, give it all you've got. love it with a passion, because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it” Maya Angelo

Thanks for visiting and for the comment(s) you may have left. A do appreciate you AND your visit!


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Baby Announcement Cards for Nina

Quote for today:
If you haven't got all the things you want, be grateful for the things
you don't have that you don't want. Unknown

Baby Announcement Cards for NINA!

The card at the top is a sample only. It is NOT a photo of Nina. I just wanted to show how the photo would fit on the inside pocket. I also show the various stamped colors on the envelopes. I know there is only one colored envelope. It is the only color I had that was close. I stopped buying colored envelopes when I started getting my general paper supplies at XPEDX.
The photo is one of my many nephews, but it was just the size I was looking for. Also this isn't the image I originally tried to load. I got errors with the other image, and finally gave up after three attempts. The overall image quality of most of these cards is poor. I apologize for that. I tried to shoot them in a hurry to get them to her mother so she can get them out before the baby gets any older! (lol) ; D I normally take 2 or three shots of each one. I shot one only of each, and most of them stink! But you can still get the general idea...

These baby card announcements were made for a friend of mine. I was pretty happy with the way they turned out, and she said she was happy with them, too. Thank goodness! ; )
I was so glad she didn't mind that each of them was different. I don't usually enjoy making too many multiples of a card, hence I do not take orders for weddings, parties, etc... But these were kinda fun. I blocked out the names just in case she didn't want all the information on my blog. I actually made 40 different cards. This is a sampling of them (just slightly more than half).

I found a few "onesie" cards on SCS, and scoped the various shapes and techniques that were used. This is a combination of what I liked or thought would work best for me combined from all of them. These are not exactly perfect because I had to draw the template freehand for the overall shape and the "pants" pocket on the inside. I only found the 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 size on the internet, but that was not large enough for the photo she wanted to send, so this card is approximately 8 1/4 X 5 1/2.
Here goes...
Supplies will be listed at the very end...

I had to delete the inside of the card above from my post. I guess "sleepy eyes"
did not "edit" it properly. Sorry!

Another time the hasty photo-taking shows (above)!

I used a LOT of paper for this project. I needed mostly soft colors, and didn't have much 8 1/2 X 11 paper to accommodate that. I used all 12X12 sheets. Hence it was the first time I cracked open my Bazzill paper that I ordered from QVC. YES, I have been hoarding it!
: ) But it worked out well because I needed some of the extra paper for the matting on the front.

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill, The Paper Company, DCWV; Patterned Paper: PSX Paper Designs, Frances Meyer, Inc, Karen Foster Design, Flavia/ Colorbok, Rainbowworld by Masterpiece
Studio; Specialty Paper: DCWV (Nana's Nursery), Colorbok (glitter), DCWV (glitter); Sentiments: Computer generated; Accents: Stickers : Miss Elizabeth's (gold flowers), some unknown (butterfly, crown, flower bouquets, hearst ( maybe DCWV or JoAnn's Crafts), Sandylion (butterflies, purple flower), Sticko (mini flowers, mini hearts), Nicole (larger hearts), Papercraft Inspirations (misc.), Alphabet stickers/ unknown; Tools: circle punch by McGill, Templates: multiple embossing folders by Cuttlebug and Sizzix.

“ life, engage in it, give it all you've got. love it with a passion, because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it” Maya Angelo

Thank you for your visit. I appreciate your comments. I hope you will return, soon!


Sweet 16

Quote for today:
There is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity.
Tom Peters

This is a birthday card I made this morning for a Sweet 16 party my son and I were invited to. He has known the young lady since they were in the 2nd grade. She was his grade school crush for several years. They have remained friends through the years although they have both attended several different schools since. I always say there is nothing like the friends "who knew you when..." : )

Supplies: Cardstock: Precut card base/Walmart, A Paper Co (black); Patterned Paper: DCWV/Stack 7; striped tissue paper (flowers)/unknown; Specialty Paper: glitter/walmart; Sentiments/Stamps: Inkadinkado, Anitas, Stampendous (large background); Accents: crystal brad/Making Memories, flowers (tissue paper); sticker on envelope (DCWV for Mom); Ink/Chalk: Rubber Stampede, Stampin Up; Tools: border punch/ EK Success, mini flower punch/ EK Success, Med. tissue flower/ McGill punch; Sizzix diecuts #16; Templates: Cuttlebug

“ life, engage in it, give it all you've got. love it with a passion, because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it” Maya Angelo

Thanks for stopping by for another visit. I appreciate it!

Lynns Creative Color Challenge First one

Quote for Today: Failure is an event, never a person. William D. Brown

Hello, Good morning!
Today I am participating in a new challenge blog that was started by a sweet blogger friend of mine named Lynn. It is a color challenge blog. I really wanted to participate with this one because the colors really sounded good to me. This is the link to her new challenge blog " Lynn's Creative Color Challenge". Go check it out! Also check out her other blog "Lynn's Designer Creations".

I still have a couple big projects I am working on (not the least of those projects is still in High School), so I had to come up with a quick design (stop laughing, Bethann!). But I did, and here it is!
Quick, easy and STILL elegant!! ; )

Supplies: Cardstock: Precut card stock/Halcraft USA, Specialty Paper: American Crafts (Pearl);
Sentiments: Cloud 9 Design/ Love; Accents: silver glitter leaves/ Walmart-holiday pick, flower rhinestone/ unknown, Jolee's boutique embossed photo corners; Templates: Sizzix embossing folder

“ life, engage in it, give it all you've got. love it with a passion, because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it” Maya Angelo

Thanks for visiting, and leaving a comment. I hope you will return soon!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

More Mother's Day Cards...Finally! (and assorted)

Well, it was tough getting these cards done, but I finally finished. Probably a day or two later than I should have. : / But perhaps the recipients will see them on my blog! (silly) I did put them in the mail (I actually drove to the post office on thursday after work, unfortunately it wasn't early enough for everyone to get their card on time...SORRY!)

Thanks for ALWAYS having my back!


Quote for today:
Nothing is worth more than this day! Goethe

I also have needed to deliver an assortment of cards lately, so here are a few to share...

Ray and Jordan moved! Congratulations on your beautiful big new home!

Supplies: Cardstock: The paper Co.; Patterned Paper: (beautiful new paper by) DCWV (they're killing me with all the new designs!) called "Cafe Mediterranean"; Specialty Paper: DCWV glitter cardstock stack; Sentiments: K & Co.; Accents: homes (unknown stickers); Tools: heart punch & tree punch by EK Success; Templates: embossing folder by Cuttlebug


Ron and Danelle had twins! Now I know I should have made a "twins" card, but I just had too many cards to make to find a design...

Supplies: Cardstock: DCWV square embossed 6X6 cards, The Paper Co..; Patterned Paper: Unknown ; Accents: corners from Oriental Trading crafts, turtle and bunny/ K & Company; Other: Chalk by Pebbles, Inc


Letrell & Aaliyah celebrated their birthdays!

Supplies: Cardstock: DCWV patterned envelopes, The Paper Co.; Specialty Paper:transparency by 3M; Sentiments/Stamps: Stampin Up; Accents: party hat/unknown; Ribbon/Fiber: JoAnn's; Ink/Chalk: Stampin Up; Templates:Cuttlebug

Supplies: Cardstock: The Paper Co., Xpedx; Accents: Sequined Mini flowers (dollar store), brads/ JoAnns crafts; Templates: Cuttlebug
Photo: Other:

A very late birthday for Jade...

Supplies: Cardstock: A paper Co.; Patterned Paper: Basic Grey; Accents: silk flowers,/AC Moore, brads/ JoAnns crafts, gold leaf/AC Moore; Ribbon/Fiber: AC Moore Ink/Chalk: Stampin Up
Templates: Cuttlebug

These were Mother's day cards to a few friends and family members.

Supplies: Cardstock: The Paper Co.; Sentiments: Computer generated;
Accents:silk flower/ AC Moore, Jeweled brad/ K & Co. Ribbon/Fiber: AC Moore; Templates: Cuttlebug


Supplies: Cardstock: The Paper Co., Specialty Paper: Vellum/ The Paper Co.;
Sentiments: printed on vellum/computer generated; Accents: silk flower/ AC Moore, 3 D butterfly/K & Co.; Photo: Postcard

Supplies: Cardstock: The Paper Co.; Patterned Paper: DCWV; Sentiments: computer generated,
Accents: rhinestone/ unknown; Ribbon/Fiber: satin/ AC Moore; Ink/Chalk:(Other) watercolor pencils; Tools: patterned scissors/ Fiskars; corner punch/Stampin Up


Based the cardstock colors below on the silk flowers in my collection that I thought would look good on this black and white image. I was very happy with the end result! I know it probably looks like I have two pinks, but they were actually very different colors.

Thanks for visiting. I appreciate your comments. I hope to get back into the challenges after one more large order of cards is completed.

“ life, engage in it, give it all you've got. love it with a passion, because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it” Maya Angelo

Hugs! Rae