Monday, December 27, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!  Ours was great. 

I thought I would share more of my Christmas cards today and some of the other things I have been working on.  I have been playing with making tiles for tea bag folding and also trying them in a medallion.

Here are 2 of the tiles I created.  Feel free to try them and let me know what you think!

If I don't see you here before then, I wish you all a very Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year.

Be safe!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Another Christmas card

Now that my Mom & Dad have received their card from me, I can show it on my blog.  I wanted it to be a surprise. 

Christmas cards are done

Well, I am done with all my cards and most have made it to the post office and are on their way!  I ended up making 65 cards this year.  I hope to put away all my Christmas card making supplies and start on some all occasion ones soon.  I have a few birthday cards to make and get in the mail as well.

The first week in January my step-son will be marrying his soul mate and I am so excited and happy for them.  I can't wait for the wedding.  It is going to be spectacular!

We are in the middle of a blizzard here with a total accumulation of 18+ inches expected.  Since we got 8 inches on Thursday, this will give us plenty of snow for the snowmobilers and skiers.  It will also keep me in the house to play with paper!  LOL

Here are a few of the cards that went out in the mail earlier this week:

I put acetate on the window of this one and glitter snow in it to make it a shaker card.

I wonder how many others end up with a dining room table that looks like mine when they are working on cards?  It is a good thing we have a table in the kitchen for us to eat our meals on...
This photo was taken AFTER I started cleaning up...

I hope you are all having a great day!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Punch and Spellbinder Storage

I thought I would share today the way I store my punches.  These are the Martha Stewart punches as well as some of the smaller shape punches.  I do not have a lot of these (yet) but here is what I have done.  Go to the dollar stores and find the cafe rods.  These can be purchased for under $3.00 generally.  Put them on your wall and rest you punches on them.  I have mine in order with the corner punch on one and the matching border punch below it.  This works great for me.

I also took my punches and made a guide for what they look like.  I cut strips of card stock at 1", 1.25", and 1.5" and punched both sides.  Then I attached them to another sheet of card stock.  I make my own "lace" for my cards this way.  I have the sheets hung next to my punches and store my ribbon underneath them.  If I want to see what a piece of ribbon would look like run down the middle, it is easy to hold it up to it and see.

I also took all my fancy cutting edge scissors out of the shoebox I kept them in and put cup hooks in the bottom of the shelf above the punches.  I hang the scissors from them.  I can easily grab the pair I want and find that I use them more now that they are out in the open.  Some day when I have nothing better to do(LOL - in an different lifetime), I will punch the different edges they cut the same way I did with the punches, but for now I have a guide that the Fiskars paper edgers had with them.

Also, here is how I store my Spellbinders.  The magnet sheet is what they use to make the magnetic signs for cars.  If you can find a sign shop in your area, you can probably buy a piece from them.  I stapled it to the back of my craft room door and put my Spellbinder dies on it.  I took a metallic marker and wrote what the die is next to it.  I am going to go back and put how many are in each set as well so I make sure I have them all rounded up when I put things away.  The smaller ones are so easy to get lost in stacks of paper when working on projects.
Don't tell my husband, but my dream is to cover the entire door - BOTH sides!  I have told Santa that I have been as good as can be expected, so maybe that will help...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Saving Thanksgiving

Over at Paper Issues, they are attempting to "save Thanksgiving".  I totally agree that Christmas is rushed right past Thanksgiving.  I have so many things to be thankful for - God, family, friends, my health, and the creativity I have been blessed with to make cards.

Speaking of cards, here is one I made for fall.  I used the pumpkin cut and emboss from Cuttlebug, and a Martha Stewart punch for the top edge.  I painted paper with H2O's before cutting the pumpkin.  The leaves are from Spellbinders Sunflowers 2, and the rubber stamp is Inkadinkadoo.

I also used some pressed leaves and A Tim Holtz stamp to make this card.

And here is a Thanksgiving card made using the Spellbinders scalloped circles.  I had an abundance of "googly" eyes left over from a past project, so was able to use them on this cute little turkey.

I hope everyone is enjoying your day - Happy Fall y'all!

Monday, November 15, 2010

What a week...or 2!

It has been a busy couple of weeks.  I am a bow hunter and was successful in taking a buck last week.  Oh goody!  Meat in the freezer. 

I have also been busy making my Thanksgiving cards.  I was not going to make them, but decided to do so anyway.  Now to get busy on my Christmas card list.

Deer gun season is coming up this next weekend and we have company coming for the weekend portions of the season, so I suppose I will have to clear my dining room table so that we can feed them.  I don't want gravy on the cards I am working on.  Then again - this could be a whole new concept.  Instead of "scratch and sniff" we could have "lick and taste".  YUCK!

Here are some of the cards I made last year in the meantime...

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Weeknight cards

With the storms I was able to get some card making done.  Here are a few that I finished this past week.
Made with Martha Stewart Punches

Using the Brocade window embossing folder and Poinsettia from

Here is a close up of the poinsetia.  It has a shimmer to it that the camera never shows!

A fall card made with Spellbinders Label 7.  This one I used a lot of foam dots on and it is quite thick.  The post office said $1.22 to mail it, so I guess I will be keeping it and using it to hand deliver to someone!

Because it is the season, I thought I would share this one with you as well.

I hope you are having a great safe day.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A few more cards

I am going to show a few more cards today that I have made in the past.  We had a terrible wind storm last night and it took down trees here and much of the area was without power until lunch time today.  Some areas are still without power.  We were fortunate that we did not lose any power but did have numerous trees down in the yard and over the driveway.
Birthday card for future DIL
Cuttlebugged background

Coffee Shaker card with instant coffee in the shaker!

Z fold card with pop up butterfly

That's all for today.  I hope everyone is having a good day.  Thank you for looking and I appreciate your kind comments.

Monday, October 25, 2010

I am here!

Thanks to Bonnie at I have started my first blog.

I have been making cards for about 4 years now and am completely addicted to this art form. I started wih Tea Bag Folding and Iris Folding and now have advanced to punches, cuttlebug use, and some rubber stamping. Did I tell you how addicted I am to my Cuttlebug??? I love it. I don't know how I ever made any cards with out it.

I am currently working on my Christmas cards and will show some of them on here as I make them. But I don't want to spoil the surprise for the recipients so will not show all of them.

I hope to see some of my friends here and can't wait to make new ones as well.

Here is a quick sample of my work:

Card commissioned for a wedding
Card for a card swap

Anniversary card for my sister and brother-in-law
Thanks for looking!