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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Rock Star

Rowlf  -- the Muppet pianist (Inkadinkadoo) was perfect for a musician and song writer friend of mine.  Rowlf is a three layer dimensional and lifted with foam mounts on top of the piano keys.  Accents are a red gem for a cufflink my handSizzix die cut stars from sparkly fun foam (a new discovery from visiting my blogging stamping friend Sue Drees), a Sizzlet guitar and DP from stash.  The background for Rowlf was direct to paper - die cut panels from Nestabilities, "Rock Star" by Hampton Arts (Michael's Dollar stamp). 

Saturday, December 1, 2012


Joy to the World!  When I began this card for Stampin' Sisters in Christ's last challenge to make a Christmas Card the word "Joy" kept resounding in my mind and all week long, fussed in the laundry room with how to put Joy in my card. I wanted to make a very special card in honor of the Stampin' Sisters in Christ closing so I went with "sparkly" because this challenge blog has been full of joy and sparkly and an inspiration to all of us.  Thanks Stampin' Sisters for a great run.  And, thanks to Spellbinders, Sizzix, Bernina, and Martha Stewart for giving me the tools to make some Joy.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Coco Chanel

"Ink it Up Finally..." Challenge 44:  Use It Tuesday challenges us to find and use an uninked stamp -- Ho Ho -- that's an easy one for me!!  I have shelves and drawers full and could create endless projects if I didn't have to do the laundry once in awhile.
I adore this Paula Best Coco Chanel image/quote that was obtained at a stamp convention about four years ago.  "Nature gives you the face you have a twenty it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty."  The backdrop is stitched with my DGD's Bernette sewing machine from scraps on my workbench, the medallion issues from the same scraps.  More "Use it" Stuff -- surely five years ago, I made a flock or swarm (?) of these dragonflies with a PSX stamp, embossing powder, and aluminum from a soda can.  They were just "refound" and provided a perfect accent for this card. Wishing for you a face that you merit at 50 (ala Coco Chanel).

Friday, November 23, 2012

It's Your Day....

Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge this week is to create a card for a child.  I've had this little fisherman for quite a few years just sitting in the drawer waiting for an opportunity to ink up -- and he was just right for the job.  This diorama has three layers of different lengths -- the longest layer is the back with a mountain range, the middle layer (second longest) is water and a trout jumping up and the first layer (shortest) is the focal point and message.  When fastened together, it creates arcs so that the card is free standing.  I purposely used large paper fasteners instead of small brads for assembly as it will be mailed flat and little hands will be putting it together.

Inspiration from Sandy Genovese's book "Pop-Up Cards and other greetings that Slide, Dangle &  Move".- page 76
.Stuff I used:  Azadi Earles All Night Media, and Darcie's, Martha Stewart border punch, Sizzix, Cuttlebug embossing folder, prismacolors, and glitter.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

A Purrrfect Thank You

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, thank you cards are a favorite challenge theme this month. I am meeting the challenge with this card by posting at Pause, Dream, Enjoy -- Simon Says Stamp Challenge -- Papercraft Star Challenge 121

A Sizzix die cut embellishment attaches the Delafield cat image (one of my very first stamps!!) and still a favorite.  The image was stamped and  colored on the reverse side of vellum and mounted on cardstock, before matting with another layer and then silk leaves and a ribbon from stash for the finish.  The Hero Arts "Thank You" was punched out with an Emagination tag punch.  And speaking of Thank yous -- I wish to thank you for stopping by - please let me know what you think. 

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Turkey Feathers

Use It Tuesday Challenge #43:  "Be Thankful."  Yes indeed I am thankful for so many things.  Top on the list, of course, is family so I created "Turkey Feathers" for my DGD.  This card sprang from a Splitcoaststampers Holiday Blitz Tutorial wherein I learned how to make a telescope card and a center step card rolled into one --a clever invention of Cindy for Splitcoaststampers.  You can see my original card here and Cindy's tutorial here.  

Stuff I used: a few "pristine" dies and punches I have coveted and collected:  turkey Sissix die for the main feature, two circle die cuts, Sissix pumpkins, Sizzlet pilgrim hat -- with only the wings, beak and waddle hand cut.  Ribbon from stash. Extras:  cuttlebug texture, All Night Media grass punch, Marvy punch oak leaves, Family treasure larger oak leaf.

I am also very thankful to have so many great tools and supplies in my laundry room (aka, "studio) to play and create with.

Turkey Feathers is in the mail to my DGD for Happy Thanksgiving wishes. And here I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thanks Be

Splitcoaststampers inspires me with another lovely tutorial included in the Holiday Blitz.  This one is from Theresa and you can find it here for a little basket made from a circle.  This is a second submission for Use It Tuesday "to be thankful".  I didn't have the fabulous Spellbinder Grand Nestabilities die (on my Santa list) that Theresa used in the tutorial so I had a bit of fussing to make one with a circle cutter that has been stowed in the cupboard for several years -- new in package.  LOL -- I used it "Tuesday."  I made my project in a Thanksgiving theme and embellished it with silk flowers and leaves.  The sentiment stamped on Spellbinder nestabilities die cuts is from Stampin' up.   The basket is lined with green tissue to nestle a plastic bag filled with chocolate covered almonds.  I've delivered it to my favorite brother-in-law.  Thanks be for "he".
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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Snow Much Fun

Splitcoaststampers is having a Holiday Blitz featuring a tutorial a day -- and I am delighted to have discovered Cindy's tutorial at Splitcoaststampers for this snowman telescope card.  It was so concise, I was able to easily duplicate her project  -- it was so great I couldn't see how to improve upon it.

I had never made a telescope card or a center step card and this included both! I am still smiling at the result.  I hope you do too. Check out Cindy's tutorial here.  There's snow doubt you'll have fun making your own.
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Different from the tutorial are holly leaves from a Marvy Holly leaf corner punch, stick arms hand cut, "buttons" made by tapping standard paper fasteners on a black ink pad and double dipping embossing powder -- heat set, bottom border - Martha Stewart snowflake border punch and the "Home for the Holidays" is ribbon from stash

Friday, November 9, 2012

Turkey for Dinner

Challenge #164 - Colossians 1:3-5.
Reading the Stampin' Sisters in Christ new inspirational Sunday challenge to create a card of thanks, and admiring the design team's amazing cards, I was brought to Lois Bak's tutorial to learn how to make a tri-shutter card.  Marilynn DeGroot, aka Marilynn McGyver,  a Stampin' Sisters in Christ design team member used this card style for her contribution and I admit to being a copy-cat by going to Lois' tutorial and commencing to create this card.  Thanks Marilynn and Lois!

I also have to admit that cutting the "T" layers for the tri-shutter card just about did me in -- but I am glad to have completed the card in just one day -- LOL.
Design paper - DCWV The Old World  -- Stamps: Turkey - PSX, "Thank You Lord" - Precious Moments - Stampendous, "Thanks be for thee!" Stampin up, Happy Thanksgiving, unknown, GIve Thanks (Costco self inking)

 Silk leaves, Cornucopia, fruit, leaves, Black scroll corners created from Cuttlebug, Sissix, and Marvy punches.  I have so very much to give thanks for.
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Off to see the Wizard

... the wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Since my blogspot and creative alter-ego is a spin-off from the movie "The Wizard of Oz" and beautiful and enduring theme song "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" it seemed only appropriate and just for me to visit the Oz Museum in Wamego, Kansas.

It was a wonderful journey down the yellow brick road to enter into a world of Oz memorabilia.  This museum was a great surprise nestled as a modest and deceivingly small  "store front" on the main street of Wamego exhibiting very professional, tasteful, and delightful displays of objects from ruby slippers to Munchins' handprints in cement floor tiles.  It was a wonderful stroll down that yellow brick memorabilia "road."

Also seemingly appropriate, the day we visited, it was stormy and cold with a tornado watch in place.  We made like the Cowardly Lion and needless to say, we are not in Kansas anymore!

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now newly inspired, I will pull out my "virgin" Wizard of Oz" stamps and ink them up.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Ben Loves Shayna

My darling granddaughter loves her horse Ben and, of course, Ben loves Shayna!

This little zip bag was fashioned for Shayna to contain "Birthday Dollars" after taking a class from my sewing instructor and friend, Judy Dantz, at Sew From the Heart.  

The design is machine embroidered with my Bernina on white felt and quilted with free motion quilting (also taught by Judy).  (I designed the horse to look like Ben who is an appaloosa.) I realized, of course, that white would not endure much handling by a 9 year old girl so I assembled it encased in vinyl.

Shayna loves Ben and she loved her "Ben Loves Shayna" purse -- and, I don't think she minded what was inside the zipper.

Another fun project with a very happy ending.

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Kick up Your Heels

A favorite thing I endeavor to do in my studio is recycling.  In fact, I have built quite a reputation in that regard.  While I was still working, my co-worker was so much aware of my desire to recycle that she would always ask before discarding something that might have recycling potentional.  

Today a box has become a very stylish cowboy boot in honor of my son-in law's ___th birthday.  The box was somewhat stylish to begin with having contained a Hawaiian styled mug from Hilo Hatties.  

Sissix die, brads, cord for a lariat and the phrase created with a label maker were the basis for this design.  My artist son and his fiancee embellished the envelope (with the assistance of a Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers stamp) and the inside to make our greetings and well wishes known.  The barbed wire is from an unknown unmounted stamp.

Kick up your heels!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Flat Shayna

Flat Shayna has kept me pretty occupied as of late. For those of you not familiar with the concept, this is a derivitive of the Jeff Brown book "Flat Stanley" where a little boy named Stanley becomes flattened. He soon learns there are advantages to being flat such as being able to fit into an envelope and mailed to California for an exciting vacation.

Thus, in kind, Flat Shayna, aka, my granddaughter, arrived in my mailbox with instructions to have fun with her and report back to her school classroom what she did. Flat Shayna has traveled the "world" and while documenting her visits, many folks on the street knew right away about Flat Stanley and didn't find our antics to photograph Flat Shayna at all an oddity.
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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Heart to Heart

I have been "chained" to the laundry room but my mojo went missing so all I've been doing is laundry!

Valentine's Day upcoming has given me the incentive to break free! The Clean and Simple model (FTL176) offered me an "easy" jump start to get back on the drawing board. The sketch requires four images -- which is a challenge in itself. I loved adding the background paper to the inside too.

The heart stamps are all PSX, word stamp
is edited from a Hampton G stamp from Michaels (shown in full on the inside) other products used fiskars border punch, DCWV papers, cuttlebug embossing folder,
McGill oval punches.

Thanks for stopping by -- Happy Valentine's Day "friend to friend - Heart to Heart."

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Ready for a bedtime story

I guess I still remember how to sew -- pajamas, at least. Here Lucky Lucy and her new sister (who arrived under the tree on Christmas day -- I believe she was American Girl of the Year for 2011) are set for a bedtime story in their stylish new pjs. The "crocs" were a great find on Amazon.com!

These may look simple -- but the doing was not so much -- requiring a lot of fussy finishing -- but makes me all the more pleased. Now, I am ready for my bedtime story --

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Lucky Lucy

I've shown a paucity of paper crafting since my DH gifted me with "Bernie" my beautiful Bernina sewing machine, as now along with my paper stash, resides an equally daunting stash of fabrics, leather, bindings, laces, elastics, needles, threads, buttons, and more....and my darling granddaughter with two American Girl Dolls.

Meet Lucy
(short for Luciana) wearing a period costume fashioned in pink -- my granddaughter's favorite color.

The "jacket" can be removed to offer a more modern looking dress. This was a bit more challenging than sewing for a real person because of the small size -- (though not as small as those Barbie outfits I used to make for 2 darling daughters) -- but a delight in every way to present it to Lucy to wear on Christmas day and to see how much she loves her new dress. Her "mother" aka, my granddaughter was all smiles too! So, I am a Lucky Lucy too!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

More than two Peas in a Pod

New Year's Resolution Number One: blog up to the plate! Here's my first fast and quick with Sizzix dies. Such fun and so easy peasy. I'll be visiting all my blogging friends in the next few weeks as I rev up my mojo and start working on my "laundry list."

Happy New Year to all!

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