Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Redid DH's Valentine's Day Card

I wasn't really happy with the card I did for DH because the black scalloped oval just didn't seem to work, so I redid it by making the black scallp oval a red one and edging the white one with Momento Tuxedo black. I will be submitting it for a Cricut Challenge. We are challenged to use embossing, two Cricut cuts and a heart (not stated if that heart has to be a Cricut cut). The cuts I used were the leaves fron Lyrical Letters (did two of the same cut and flipped one when gluing them on the card) and the roses that are made from scalloped circles from Lacy Labels. The embossing folder is used from the Love Language set. It looks like dots but it's really little bitty hearts. Just added the heart button with the twine to make sure the card qualified for the requirement of a heart. DH really liked the card but think he like what was included also--money for shooting range practice. Romantic card, non-romantic Valentine's gift. Perfect for him!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

DH Valentine Card

Well, I finally did a card for DH. Every year I just worry and worry about what to do for him and I finally settled on this design. It's my first attempt at the rolled roses made from scallop circles and they "unwound" a little too much, but I think I am going to like making flowers this way. I wasn't quite sure about the black nestabilities cut but I needed another color for the "rule of three" and I just really like the color combo of red, white and black.

I used SU Real Red cardstock for the base, embossed a piece of Georgia Pacific cardstock with the Cuttlebug embossing folder from the "Love Language" set, Nestabilities scallop oval die was used for the black and white oval layers, Cricut scallop circles were cut for the roses using Lacy Labels with a George circle cut out of the middle and the branches are from Lyrical Letters. The white nestabilitie cut is inked on the edges with SU Real Red Ink. The ribbon is from Hobby Lobby. The sentiment is my favorite stamp so far this year and is from Repeat Impressions.

Weekly Circle Challenge

Well, today is another dreary ice day. I'm kinda down in the dumps-no big reasons why, just a bunch of piddly little aggravations, but I think it's mostly sun deprivation. We don't get a lot of this kind of weather and the last two weeks have been a little difficult as far as getting around, cold, ice, snow.

So I decided to get busy and do a Circle challenge. The challenge was to use a shape 3 times and to use spray ink.

I used SU real red and cut the flowers from Walk In My Garden out of SU Real Red scraps, the stem/leaves cut is also from WIMG and I used scraps. The grass was a small piece of dotted paper in my scraps also and was cut using Plantin Schoolbook. The middle of the flowers were done using the Cuttlebug Snowflake #2 die. I thought they were a little big for this shape of flower but really like how it looked on the red. The sun was cut three times from Doodlecharms and I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Caramel Apple on the top layer of the sun and it made the yellow look sparkly/golden. The face on the sun is a free font I got off the internet called "Face-Off".

I glued everything other than the sun on white Georgia Pacific cardstock and ran it through the Cuttlebug using the SU Textured Impressions folder. I then pop dotted the sun and placed it in the corner. This card is kinda happy looking and brightened up my day.

Hope everybody out there is staying warm!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Last of the snow days cards

Well, this is the last card I was able to do during our recent snow/ice storm. It's back to work tomorrow.

I don't like ever making sympathy cards but I especially don't like having to make them at a time when I need them. So I am trying to build up my stash so that they're there when I need them. This was done with SU Crushed Curry cardstock, Crushed Curry DSP and SU embossing folder Textured Impressions used on white Georgia Pacific cardstock. The middle is a die by Nellie's Multi Frames. The sentiment is by Little Paper Shop and is done with versamark, SU Close to Cocoa inkspot and heat embossed with clear embossing powder on Georgia Pacific cardstock which was inked thinly on the edges with the Close to Cocoa inkspot. The flower was just circles cut in gradually smaller sizes, scrunched up and inked with the Close to Curry ink and a glitter brad in the middle.

Valentine's Day Project for DS

Our recent bad weather had one good outcome--I was able to finish a project that I am pretty proud of. DS and his GF work and live at a wildlife refuge/resort. They are having a Valentine's Day dinner for 50 people (25 couples) and he asked me to do something for the tables. I ended up doing an easle card that was similar to a Christmas card I made for him and a matchbox treat holder.

The card was done using SU real red cardstock (love that red!). The embossed mat on the background was done using the Cuttlebug folder from the Love Language set. The zebra and giraffe are done with Create A Critter (LOVE that cartridge!) For the camel, I tried using the image from Paper Dolls but I needed a one hump camel. I tried welding an oval onto that image in Design Studio but when I did, a lot of the detail lines on the camel's face and legs disappeared. And they have one camel there that is a favorite with everybody so I really wanted a camel on the card. So I did what I said I would never do--bought a cartridge for just one image--the camel. I did get a good bargain on Ebay, tho for the Animal Kingdom cart. The camel did not have layers like the animals on CAC which was disappointing but he turned out ok. The camel had only a profile image of the face so I used the face cutout on one of the layers and pop-dotted it so that the camel is looking at you. The head is a little out of proportion to the body but cuts any smaller had the details almost disappearing into the image. And I'm not just tickled with how the markers looked on the face outline but it was the only way to get any facial details since there were no layers. Then the ostrich. OMW the ostrich! Of all the thousands and thousands and thousands of images on the cartridges, there is one and only ONE ostrich. No layers. So I cut it in pink as the base. Then a white layer where I manually cut off the head/neck and legs as the Hide Contour feature in DS didn't hide what I wanted while keeping the cuts that were needed. Then a black layer where I manually cut off the legs, tail, head/neck and ruffle around the neck. I still wasn't happy with the look so I did a shadow in DS. I never was totally happy with the way the shadow looked but did some hand trimming and that worked. Then on the ostrich face--because of the size, the markers just didn't work. I tried using mini-gel pens to do the face but I didn't have the right adaptors for that and it just didn't work. I ended up using a Micron pen to do the facial details by hand. Not nearly as cute as it could have been if an ostrich had been on the CAC cartridge, but still workable. The scalloped ovals on the card are done using Nestabilities and the white layer was inked only on the edges with Real Red ink to give it more depth. The font on the white oval is computer generated. It's hard to see from the pictures but it says "I left my heart (using small heart shaped button with twine) at ......." (No personal details as I have been repeatedly told to not give personal or specific info on the internet.)

The stamp and cancellation mark on the envelope are from Repeat Impressions. I just loved the African theme and the tie in with the giraffe on the card and since these are more souvenirs than a card someone would mail, I just HAD to put these on the envelope.

The matchbox treat holder was done with a cut file by the marvelously talented Cindy McVey (her blog is ). It holds either two Ghiradelli mini-bars or two Andes Valentine's Mints. It was also done with SU Real Red cardstock, the strip of zebra paper is from Hobby Lobby and the hearts are a Martha Stewart punch. Getting ready to pack them up to mail to him and am pleased with how they turned out. I am asking that they take pictures of the tables when they are set up and the favors are on the table and will post those when I get them.

It's a good thing we had a four-day snow in because it helped me get the 30 cards and 30 treat boxes done in time! (always good to extras so I did a few more than needed)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Snow picture and thought from Brother-in-Law

Here's a pic of the snow in our backyard from today.  My dear sister lives about 2 hours away and they got just as much snow as we did.  She sent me a pic of her backyard which I wanted to post here but I don't know how to retrieve a picture in a text message from my phone and get it to my computer so you'll have to just see mine.  My BILs thought:  "A beautiful blanket of snow is so inspiring and lovely.  It reminds me of God's grace.  Just as the pristine white snow covers the ugly dead landscape of winter and makes it beautiful and lovely to look upon, so does God's grace cover the ugliness of my sin and makes me beautiful to Him."

Snow Days

I've got so much to post I don't know where to begin.  We've been iced and snowed in since Monday.  It should clear up tomorrow but flurries are expected on Sunday and then again on Wednesday and Thursday.  It's a bad time for this to happen because of the SuperBowl in the area and I really feel sorry for all the people who extended their business services hoping to make some money on this.  It has really been hard on a lot of people.

Anyway, this is a card I did for a sketch challenge on the Cricut messageboard

This was done for a sketch challenge. Used SU Real Red cardstock for the red base and mats, Georgia Pacific cardstock for the white mats. Used Cuttlebug folder with little hearts (can't remember the name of the set), Cuttlebug floral borders for the swirly, MS border punch for the heart border and the heart in the middle was a part of a RAK from fellow messageboard member BarbaraStewart1. The sentiment is by Repeat Impressions and stamped with SU real red ink. The ribbon on top was from Hobby Lobby. I wanted to make this card without using my cricut because I did it on the day we were having roving blackouts due to needing to conserve electricity during our winterstorm

My dear DH works retail and has been fighting every day to get to work.  He said 80% of the work crew didn't show up on Tuesday and Wednesday but business was slow.  Today he said driving was worse than before due to the ice from Tuesday and the 7 inches of snow we received tonight.  This is a story he has about this weather, in his own words:
This is a weather related "feel good " story.
Wednesday I needed to go to the local Home Depot about a mile away from work to get some ice melt for our parking lot. Home Depot is up on a hill with a pretty steep side street into it. Thought I could make it up the hill..........NOT.  
Got about half way up and started sliding backwards slowly. Slid into the curb, no damage but stuck. Tried for about an hour to get out, even walked up to the Home Depot to get a bag of sand for traction, but it didn't work. Called Roadside assistance and they said it was an 8 hour wait for a tow. Now the feel good part.  I was sitting there contemplating my next move and not coming up with any ideas (I'm the guy who has NEVER been stuck before). After about 20 minutes with numerous cars passing me, a hispanic laboror pulled up beside me in his 4X4 and said "Hey dude you want me to pull you out?" I said you betcha, knowing that it was going to cost me an arm and a leg.  But I asked him how much and he said NOTHING! He pulled me about 50 yards up into the Home Depot parking lot and I told him he had no idea how much I appreciated the help and handed him $20 and told him to have dinner or something. He finally agreed to take the money, but made it clear it was not for him. It was for the Church....

It really is good to know that there are still good people out there.