Thursday, April 19, 2007

Learn to relax....hmmm

Learn to relax.
Your body is precious, as it houses your mind and spirit.
Inner peace begins with a relaxed body.
The key that unlocks energy is desire.
It's also the key to a long and interesting life.
If we expect to create any drive, any real force within ourselves, we have to get excited.
Be grateful for all that you are, for all that you have.
And remember, what you give today to friends around you is yours only to give.
Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them.
Today, weigh your behavior carefully.
Responsible behavior builds gladness of heart.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

CD holder photo album

I am sooo in love with this project!!
My upline teased and tempted us with one of these as an incentive at our last group meeting.
The one she made had either two or three CD holders; this has only one.
But, it's sooo cute and I was sooo happy to be able to make this the other night.

We didn't have much extra time to I didn't....but, I still think it's adorable!

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Background paper dilemma

What do you do when you have to make cards for a swap (anything goes) and you have no idea what to do?
I had decided to use background paper because I buy it and hoarde it...never sharing...bad, bad girl!
So, when I sat down, it was one of 'those' days when nothing would come to mind.
Not even when I pulled out my tried and true favorite stamp set Label Classics.
Not even when I pulled out my punches.
And, not even when I pulled out my much coveted colored brads.
...still nothing.

So, I (calmly....yeah right!) sat there at the table all night and watched TV. Periodically looking at the background paper (I think that one's called Sarah), and also at the stamp sets I pulled out (by this time I had pulled about 5 more sets for possible luck there!), and then back to the brads. And then I pulled out a couple years of Ideas books for...ideas! Saw some really cute samples and sticky posted the pages, but, still no insightful and amazing idea sprang forth....

So, as I sat there rolling my eyes at myself and basically tossing stuff around because I was so irritated, I decided to pack it in for the night & try again tomorrow.

Well, tomorrow came and when I sat down at the table lightening struck! (I still think I have the burn marks to prove it! I pulled out the background paper & set it in front of me.
Label Classics was already there along with Certainly Celery cardstock, colored brads & the flower punch (why oh why do I always forget the name of that adorable punch!?).

And, voila'...I had the card done in about 2 minutes!
I was so pleased with the simpleness of it.

And.....and.....I won the card contest!! Woohoo!!

So, I am one to advocate 'putting down the scissors, backing away and letting no one get hurt' mentality and picking them up again when you are in a much more rational mood.

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Polkadot & Paisley 3x3 card holder

Ok, here's the deal.....I really don't like the new set Polkadot & Paisley. (Is that it's name?)
So, everyone stop using it! Because, I'm seeing so many cute samples made with it that I'm beginning to like it alot. And, then that will make me want to buy the coordinating jumbo wheel and the 1970's, background paper.

This was a make-n-take at my last group meeting (upline) and it's for 3x3 cards.
We didn't make any cards at the time, but, that just means that I'm going to have to actually break down and cut the rubber on my set. sheesh!

We used Bashful Blue cardstock, stamped the Paisley's in Brocade Blue classic ink, used the technique 'direct to paper' with the Brocade Blue pad on the bottom part of the flap. We dotted in and around the paisley's with the white gel pen, added a Bashful Blue button with White narrow organdy ribbon. Blue gingham for the strap with a White narrow organdy bow. The bottom pix shows the inside which is our small flatt cello bag cut down to size.

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Faux Diamonds

I really liked the 'simplicity' of this card.
Sometimes, I'm really into the 'simple look'.
You know, fresh, clean, straight lines....not alot of frou frou.

Stamps: Both Way Blossoms (Hostess 2006-2007), Fine Vine jumbo wheel (might not be the name of it), AYC
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Certainly Celery
Ink: Versamark (ink cartridge), Basic Black classic pad, Certainly Celery marker, Real Red marker
Accessories: Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder

This technique is pretty easy. Simply stamp & color your image. Let it dry if it needs to and then take your Versamark pad and 'ink' the whole image. Emboss Iridescent Ice embossing powder over the whole image. Voila'....your image is now pretty & sparkly!

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Monkeying Around!

Every month a group of us get together and swap cards (or projects).
Since we've been meeting at a house, we've decided to do make-n-takes.
This was one of the cards we did last night.
And it was designed by the husband of one of our group members.
She was prepping her card (see Ribbit! below) and apparently he was bored & started fooling around with the punches.
And, this is 'sorta' what he came up with.
His 'card' was actually mega-jumbo sized. So, it was scaled it down to this.

His wife was going to tell him that his card won our card contest (even thought we don't have & his 'prize' was a collection of all the cards we swapped last night.
...too funny!

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Thanks Gwenniepoo!
(she's the one who designed this card!)

Let me see if I can name all of the punches that we used: 1 1/4" circle, 1 3/8" circle, large & small oval, word window, tri-flower punch (coordinates with Looks Like Spring Set) for the fingers & toes, slot, 3/4" circle, 1/2" circle, 1/4" circle & lastly the 'dog tag' punch (can't remember the name of that one either & I don't have my caty)

Cardstock: Brocade Blue, Apricaot Appeal, background paper (unknown), Old Olive, Basic Black, Whisper White, Ruby Red, Always Artichoke

Accessories: Paper Piercing tool

The 'tag' was left blank so I can stamp whatever sentiment I want when I'm going to use it.

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All About U

This card was for a 'white gel pen' swap I was in a while back.
The white gel pen (one of my favorite things) is dotted around the 'u' and also the middle of the flowers on the base of the card.

Stamps: All About U
Cardstock: Marigold Morning, Confetti White, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue
Ink: Versamark, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Celery grosgrain ribbon, Hodgepodge Hardware, White Gel Pen, dimensionals

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