Tulips in Sepia

This card started with that vintage button... found it in the jar last week and left it on the table to use. ( its metal) and losing some of its paint so the metal peeks out around some of the edges. PSX tulips Border stamped in versafine vintage sepia on Neenah Classic Cream added the SU sentiment ( teeny tiny wishes) the red cardstock on this is PTI poppy. ( it came to me from wishrak) the panel is up on pop dots, little bit of Sinamay ribbon wrapped around the MM stripe PP. Little bit of Karen foster scrappers thread through the button holes this is 5 1/2 inches square in real life. Some little notes tossed together from scraps on the table, have had two of those brown prima flowers out for at least 6 months or more now. the red brads from American Crafts, the pearls are from that co that makes them that i never remember its name (fraiser? kraiser?) some odd thing... the Be Mine sentiments stamped with Colorbox fluid chalk ink (lipstick red) on Neenah classic cream with some creamy brown on the edges, and punched with an Martha Stewart tag punch ( tried that teeny su tag punch but so far its too small for most my small sentiments, still have to mount the sentiment/tag set that matches it...) the heart stamp is one of those dollar bin ones from last year. the gold elastic cord is from SU. these are 3 inches square in real life.


Kraft Santa

This PeddlersPack Santa face background was stamped with Memento on Kraft (colored slightly) with Prisma Pencils and cut out with Friskars mini pinking deco scissors, the green (cheap thin cs scrap) was run through an Cuttlebug Mistletoe Kisses folder and the brown texture cs is from Bazzill. used an mcgill ribbon slot punch to add the ribbon. funny thing about that ribbon, its been sitting on my desk since i took it off a package that Jan mailed me, I suspect its from May Arts but, I have never come across it forsale. so there is still a piece large enough for another card still on the table... Funny what we save, eh? The cardbase is Kraft and measures 5X7 in real life. this makes hmmm maybe #3 for Feb's challenge i think.


from scraps

So, in an effort to use up the scraps on the table these cards were tossed together. this was the third and when i picked up the scrap of basic grey i had the solar white cardstock scrap in my hand and thought... hmmm, and i thought about this card that Julie posted earlier in the week for the clean and simple challenge at splitcoast and thought oh the challenge was to use paper... so this sentiment (SU Well Scripted) was stamped with Versafine Crimson Red on a scrap of thin colormates mauve that was die cut with an scalloped heart nestibility die and embossed on the edges. the Bazzill cardbase is 5" square in real life. One of the things i do, is when i stamp a sentiment on a scrap and die cut it i tend to do a second one, I have an altered tuna tin on the table that contains sentiments ( die cut or punched) and i riffle through it sometimes when i have a card and nothing to say... so this Enjoy is an SU sentiment stamped ( i don't remember when or with what) that was more or less laying on the other side of the table, the stripe pp (a scrap) the brown satin ribbon is dollar store ribbon ( soft ) the copper cord is from SU (old style that is not elastic kind. I think that label die is number 4 but don't quote me on that ;) this ones A-6 in real life. this was the first one, this started with the card base because the other day when i made the reindeer card and as i was doing the border punch for it (on this piece) it was not straight and by the time I had trimmed it to the straight parts the cardbase became too short for that card. so this card started with the green and then i started sorting through the scraps and thought will you could go red and green and what would you add, the pink was kind of a an odd thought and then the Spanish Moss stamped ornament was in the sentiments tuna tin. now the ribbon tag die ( is done in SU blush blossom has been laying on the table since i got those tag dies... so that was an fun thing to find the cardstock looked good with the pinks and reds going on in the printed papers. that grosgrain is unknown, but its soft so i suspect its from one of the ribbon shares. this ones A-2 in real life.


head starting Feb's Xmas...

Having finished 10 for January figured i may as well keep going with the Christmas here and there thing even though I dont need 10 more until the end of next month I find it easier to do them as the mood strikes. this is an Whiff of Joy stamp called Wee with Reindeer or Wee & Reindeer. (can't remember) I think what i liked best about it was the fact that the reindeers legs looked like Gumby legs to me. Remember gumby? they actually have a stamp of Gumby and Pooky (and it goes for big bucks on the 'bay) Its stamped with Memento tuxedo black on Neenah solar white and colored with prisma pencils. die cut with an Nestibilities long rectangles die. the scallop border mat is the flip side of that Basic Grey fruitcake line holly/berry pp. the edge scallops were done with the SU scallop border punch. That satin ribbons from the dollar tree store. Its not very good quality. You have to check the rolls the ones marked as 100% Polyester feel nicer and are much softer easier to work with Satin ribbons, the ones where they are less then 100% the ribbon is stiff and not as high of a quality. but, they are a good bargain at 5 & 6 yards for a dollar. quite a few of the colors look good with SU cardstocks. this is A-6 in real life. Oh, its not really crooked either, was watching the "level" meter on the camera, have to teach my brain to disregard that one, get some strange shots trying to use it. Done with scraps on the table. will have to look up what set that tiny sentiment is from but, most likely teeny tiny wishes. these are 3 inches square in real life, used that holly and berries cuttlebug folder on the cream label die then inked it with creamy brown on the one on the right.


Sure Anges ARE pink!

This is an PIF image from Sammysue1975 colored with prisma pencils, and die cut with petite oval dies, the sentiments from Gina K (make a wish) and its been color dusted with antique linen distress ink then the edges have some creamy brown fluid chalk ink. the scallop oval pp is from My Minds Eye, the floral pp is from Melissa Francis, the Stripe pp is from The paper Co. the mat cs is from Colormates Medium Mostly Mauve the tag was die cut with an Sizzix Super Traditional tag, then i whacked the top off to make it a flat top tag in the paper trimmer. (this made it fit the card) the textured cardbase is Bazzill. the button is in a jar with a lot of vintage ones so, not sure if its something from Joann's or vintage, there is some Tan Karen Foster scrappers floss tied through the holes. the Lace is vintage, this is 5X7 in real life.


Embossing Folders

Its one of those topic's that comes up every so often... show me how you store your's show me how you labeled them... for the most part these are mainly Cuttlebug folders, there is one su one in there. ( its a wee bit wider then the cuttlebugs) and a few Quickutz ones (blue) This is a metal tin box (no lid) that i found in a clearance endcap at Micheals last summer some time. it also used to hold my SU top note die and the plastic Iris Photo box that is holding all the A-2 sized borders but, as you can see these are just like everything else i have and breeding in the dark at night... the labels were done with Avery inkjet printer labels. printed them out and stuck them on the outsides. (this helps with the memory thing) most are labeled except the ones from Ohmycrafts. ( their bundles do not list the folders by name) as you can see this is not going to hold anymore and that is not good news after seeing all the sneak peeks... my wish list has grown to include a few Sizzix and Tim Holtz folders too. the best sneak peek i have seen is that Cuttlebug is coming out with 12" cut pads and plates... YAY, because these 5X7 folders do not have enough space before and after the folder to let off some of that pressure and i have felt like i was going to break the plates using those folders... and i really like that size. the A-2's are a little small when you make most your cards larger. a Side view of the tin.

Asian Floral Thinking of You

This plum Blossom folder is one from the cuttlebug Asian set, its done with Neenah classic cream. the SU oriental paintings image i received through wish rak from Lindsalitta, (Thanks Lindsey!) it's colored a bit with pencils then the outside of the frame is pencils also, die cut with an Mega Curvy Rectangle die. the Hero Arts thinking tag is stamped with Stampa Rosa Fresco Chalk Ink Florentine Rose. the yellow is pencil on the parts that were embossed. the Big huge brad is from Creative Imaginations, and no i could not get that one to flatten with my crop-o-dile... whacked it about a dozen times with a hammer (didn't make a dent) hauled all my tools to where Tim was and had him tap it a couple of times... its not completely flat even now so there are thick pop dots under it. The cardbase is Paper Trey Ink Sweet Blush. the ribbons unknown. this one measures about 5 X 6 3/4" in real life.


Irish Blessing

The Celtic Knot cuttlebug folder embossed cardstock came to me from Mindy Young, Thanks Mindy!! I did cut it out and added some colorbox olive pastel fluid chalk ink to the edges, the PSX sentiment is stamped with Versafine Olympia green on Neenah solar white, then die cut with an labels 8 die. this has some shabby shutters distress ink color dusted over it and its up on pop dots. the odd green labes 8 die has some Hero Arts fanciful heart filaments stamped on it with Versafine Spanish Moss, which ended up looking like a dark tone on tone effect. the green cs was one of those 6 for a dollar cheapie kinds from craft wearhouse. the ribbons are from May Arts ( i think?) the bazzill cardbase is 6 inches square in real life.

7,8,9 & 10

non traditional Christmas cards... was cleaning and came across these colored cuttlebug sheets in the spot in the drawer where i have some premade embossed sheets done on scraps. thought oh that would be a quick end to this months quota... haha still took over 30 minutes a card even though the folders were pre-colored. the sentiments are from SU done in cameo coral ink. the ribbons unknown, the copper thread is the old style su kind that shreds, the mint melody cs i think they don't make anymore the cream base is Neenah. these are between A-2 and A-6 in real life.


aawww Poor Muffin!

I got a poor muffin today... :) Thanks Mindy!! ( cbc humor... find my self missing Chrissy and her sense of humor too) anyways this was done with an Inkspirations cupcake, the top was stamped on a scrap of Bobunny heart pp, and the liner was stamped on a scrap of SU kraft cs. the labels 6 was die cut from a scrap of faux linen background made a very long time ago with cheapy printer photo paper, distress inks and sand paper. (my cut papers are sorted by color so its not that unusual to find bits and pieces from old projects in there actually) the sentiments from Inkadinkado and stamped with Satin Red versafine on SU Kraft, this was die cut with an labels trio (nestibility die) embossed the edges have some (what else creamy brown fluid chalk ink) (got a refill thanks to a heads up from my Mama ... so now i can use it even more freely... Thanks Mom!) the stripe pp is from Making Memories as is the white thingy i put on the top for sprinkles. the ruby red cardstock was run through the (current free border punch) from SU the brown ribbons from May Arts. this is A-6 in real life. these were done with scraps from the card above, the heart is from Inkadinkado ( i think ) stamped with ruby red on a scrap of neenah classic cream and up on pop dots, it does not show in this shot but there is a teeny amount of gold liquid pearls on the ends of the swirly leaves on it) the sentiments from SU, the border was punched with same punch as Cupcake card above. the other card i knew i wanted long and narrow so its a funny size, the cardbase is under 4 inches wide and 6 1/2" tall, the lace is vintage, the labels 6 was die cut out of a piece of cream cardstock done for some Christmas cards under construction. the framed for you sentiment is from Hampton Arts (dollar bin stamp) done with vintage sepia on neenah and cut out and layered to the die cut.... My usual is to stamp then die cut but, had this extra diecut in the scrap pile... the ric-rak is vintage (probably wrights) the mini brads from Bazzill as is the cardbase.

In the begining

If your coming to this blog as someone who "knows" me from twopeas or CKMB or the Sunroom You've probably already seen the following pages... (most of those albums do not exist online anymore and or people from my family have never seen them. these are the bad scans and original photos of these pages... the two pages above is what started it all. the took 2 weeks to complete. ( no joke ) it scared me to death to think of adding glue to pictures... didn't matter that i had the negatives and could have them reprinted if needed. sad thing is that these pages were made with glue sold to people who "scrapbook" tombo or snail in most cases, in most cases things are coming undone. (yes true dat) over the course of about 3 years i did altogether 24 different albums some were given away as gifts not everything was ever photographed but, these are some that were.
its going to cost a fortune in adhesive to fix them.
I almost miss the playing with the photos, but since we went digital i have not printed a single photo. Oh i have two very expensive home printers, pro papers, the print outs look like carp. and when i take the digital files to a place like wal-mart there machine crops the photos not the way i want them.... It makes me miss film. but, the thing is the older my eyes get the better the photos look to me on a computer screen rather then a small scrap of paper. so, anyways just some random thoughts.

not done yet...