Happy Dancing

Happy Dancing

Friday, July 30, 2010

I Scream for Ice Cream

Oh...how I love this stamp set! It's in the Stampin' Up Summer Mini Catalog and it's called Sweet Scoops. At first, I just wanted to have it to decorate the envelopes of birthday cards, but since I got this Martha Stewart border punch, I can hardly stop using this set and the punch! The "SWEET" on the front is a $1 stamp from Michael's, and the inside sentiment says "Have a sweet celebration!" which is part of the Sweet Scoops set. (It also includes a texture stamp to kiss the ice cream stamp once it's loaded with ink to give the ice cream scoop a horizontal texture.) To add some dots and bling to the card front, I used Silver Stickles Glitter Glue. Using Stickles is a GREAT way to add an extra finishing touch to your paper craft projects. I use the Silver Stickles to replace mini gems in many of my paper craft projects. Visit Scrapbook Island today to purchase Stickles in a variety of colors and textures...and while you're there...sign up for my September 19th Paper Crafters' Tea Party! See details in the right column.

Monday, July 26, 2010

My Next Paper Crafters' Tea Party

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for my Sunday, September 19th class at Scrapbook Island. Come and enjoy the fun of learning something new * All levels of paper crafters are welcome to attend! (The class info. and topics are listed in the right column of this blog.) 

NOTE: Everyone who attends will receive a FREE pdf sheet of Halloween graphics! 

Call Scrapbook Island today to register at (408) 978-8900. Learn how to make this versatile gift card below (shown with two different scrapbook papers and embellishments):

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Ribbon Weaving & Video Tutorial

For my loyal blog readers, I now how have a video tutorial for this ribbon weaving technique. It looks a lot harder than it is to make, but it does take practice! Be sure to leave the left side of the ribbon about 3 inches longer than the right once you get to the breast cancer ribbon portion of the video....so grab a 2-yard piece of 1/4" wide grosgrain ribbon and view the video HERE. Written instructions by another talented crafter Sue Wilson can be found HERE.

Monday, July 19, 2010

I Love Palm Trees!

I got to go to a wonderful card class myself last week given by my very talented friend, Brenda Keenan, and here is one of the cards from the class. FYI details: Stampin' Up Tropical Party stamp set (from the Summer Mini catalog) and Teeny Tiny Wishes, Log Cabin Smooch spray and the SU exclusive Sizzix Square Lattice Embossing Folder for the backgroundWhen I showed this card to my friend Alice, she said..."Wouldn't it look cute to put 3 brads in the palm tree to look like coconuts?!"....so I tried it and the answer is "YES!" Here it is with the brads added:
Thank you Brenda and Alice!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Swimsuit Cards

The challenge over at Let's Capture Our Memories was to design a card for kids.....and as a guest designer for them this week, I came up with a swimsuit card. Here is the design with two variations:

Depending on your paper selection and embellishments, the swimsuit designs you can create are endless!


If you attend my Christmas in July class this coming Sunday, July 18th, at Scrapbook Island from 2 to 3:30 pm, you will receive the template to make this card with the instructions PLUS other freebies and prizes! To register, simply call Scrapbook Island today at (408)978-8900. The class content is described in the right column of this blog. I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Another Bargain Found!

As I was passing through Michael's, I came across a set of ten A2 note cards with envelopes/pkg. in the $1 bins. I wanted to make some more of the cards Alice had shown us how to make (see yesterday's post HERE) so I could finally give some away and keep the original. I was elated when these note cards called out my name (FIVE times in fact)! The envelopes are not that sturdy (I can replace those), but the note cards are of a nice quality. Oh, how I love a GREAT bargain like that! BTW - If you took my baby card class at MLO, you'll recognize the flower punch I used in this card. That punch was cut in half and used as the tuft of hair for the baby in our Sweet Pea card. (It was a punch I also found in the dollar bins!) Note: The center of the flowers was made with craft paint that comes with a fine tip. Alice's Hint: Try practicing on a scrap piece of paper first and let the paint dry completely before placing the card in an envelope...also...the "FRIEND TO FRIEND" sentiment was done on my computer and is not included in SU's Thoughts and Prayers set (which was used for the leaves and branches).

Monday, July 5, 2010

The Best of Times!

I got together with some friends and family for a card making party last week. Each person brought a project for us and here is the card my talented card making friend Alice brought for us to make. (That would be the same Alice that comes and helps me when I teach my classes!) This card was made using the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set from Stampin' Up and we were all in love with this card! It truly makes me happy just looking at it, and I don't know if I can part with this one! My friend Suzanne and I like to display our recently made cards in a prominent spot so we can smile every time we pass by them and this one definitely has a prominent spot in my house!

I'm a Happy Little Crafter!

I had a wonderful end to my 4th of July when I received an email from Let's Capture Our Memories (a Canadian online paper craft supply company). I entered my first contest with the star wreath cards seen HERE...and lo and behold...I won! I've been invited to be their guest designer and will create a card project for their upcoming blog challenge on July 12th. On that date, I'll post to my blog the card that I created for this challenge and provide a link to their blog challenge so you can enter your creations, too! Thank you, LCOM, for making my day with such a nice surprise! 

Sunday, July 4, 2010

A WINNER and a FREE Download 4U!

Happy 4th of July...and
here are two special holiday cards from two of my
AWESOME card maker friends!

It's time to announce the winner of the card
(shown below posted on June 19th)
along with enough supplies to make this card.
Using an online random number generator for all 96 people who subscribe and follow my blog, the result was...
True Random Number Generator

Result = 78

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A DRUM ROLL PLEASE: rum pa pa pum....and person number 78 is GeeMaSuzie of San Jose, CA. Congrats to her and I'll be sending out your prize this week!

...AND as a thank you to all of my followers and subscribers, I have the YOU'RE BLOOMIN' FABULOUS saying used for this thank you card in a pdf for you to download....but first...here are the card dimensions if you'd like to use up your paper scraps to make a similar quick card with some flowers, ribbon and scrapbook papers of your own:
  • This A2 card folds at the top * To create your own card base with the fold at the top: 
    • Cut an 11 x 4  1/4" piece of cardstock, score and fold at 5  1/2"
  • The top DSP square is 3  1/4" and the bottom rectangle measures 3  1/4 by 1  1/4" 
  • The ribbon length is approximately 10" long 
If you're not following my blog yet or if you want to become a subscriber to be notified as soon as I post new ideas, just use the boxes provided in the upper right column of this page. Now for your FREE FILE...

Just click HERE or HERE and get your freebie today!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Star Card Variation

I modified the 4th of July star punch card posted HERE for a card challenge today which required making a 4th of July card without using red or blue --- now that was a true challenge! Be sure to get your FREE CELEBRATE FREEDOM pdf by clicking HERE for the links to the file...and here's a birthday version:

Punches: SU Open Scallop Corner Punch & Fiskars Medium Star Squeeze Punch; White Square = 2 5/8"