Saturday, April 30, 2011

29 Years Ago Today....

I said "I do" ,and thankfully my hubby did too! Doesn't seem like its been that long ago. Since next year will be our 30th I think we need to plan something special.

I'd like to thank Lisa and Kathy for the wonderful Anniversary cards. The cats are from Lisa. Just love how their tails are intertwined. How adorable!!!

And Kat the flower and layout on this card are just beautiful. Great coloring on the flower.

I'd also like to say Happy Anniversary to Lisa and Geoff. Their anniversary is on the same day as mine.

I got up in the wee hours of the morning yesterday to watch Prince William and Katherine get married. Wonderful wedding, and her dress was gorgeous! What a fairy tail wedding. Only one thing wrong with it....They should have waited another day then we all could have shared the same day for our anniversary.

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Paper Dolls 101

Remember when you were a little girl in school and you made a string of paper dolls? Well.....I think I've been out of school too long, and I'm far from being a little girl....As you can see from the picture of the flip flops they didn't come out as a string of them as planned. After folding up the brown wrapping paper and cutting them out I got pairs instead of a string.

After playing around (3 times) I figured out how to cut the flops to have them come out in a string. I felt so silly not knowing how to do this right away. LOL

I found these cute little paper mache flip flop boxes at my favorite local craft store. Thought they would make a cute little memory box. I toyed with the idea of painting the flop but then decided to keep it natural and only accent it with a flower on the top.

I made two different color flowers, but I thought the blue one would look better as it matched the strap on the flop. Although the tangerine tango flower looks more tropical to me.

I only used the 5 petal punch and Boho punch to make the flower. I used two of the Boho flowers with pink cardstock for the center of the flower. The next two layers of the flower where made with the 5 petal punch. After they were punched from Marina Mist I took each petal and inserted it into a 1/2 circle punch to round the edges.

Each layer of the flower was sponged and molded them a bit with my fingers to curve the petals up. The leaf of the flower was done with Wild Wasabi cardstock that was embossed with a embossing folder just to give it a little more texture. Brad through all the layers held the flower together.

Still raining in Ohio. Although Skip caught a bit of a break yesterday morning and we mowed the grass. I say we, but he did the mowing. I went along ahead of him and picked up all the twigs and branches that littered the ground from the wind storm we had the night before.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

I'm Back

Sorry no post yesterday. My laptop came down with a virus and my son John had to wipe it clean and reformat before I could use it again. It's fine now and I'm back reconnected to cyber space once again.

I have a tip....when you get done stamping a project make sure you move it away from any open ink pads on your desk.....if you don't you may end up with ink you don't want on your finished project. Which is exactly what happened to my poor little box. It was all stamped and when I went to turn my ink carousel the box got tipped onto the Rich Razzleberry ink pad.

After cutting out the box 2 die once again on kraft cardstock and re-stamping you can see how the box was suppose to look.

The box will hold three scallop envelopes. These were also cut from kraft cardstock and embossed with different embossing folders. Edges where sponged with Crumb Cake ink. Each envelope holds little things to use for stamping.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Nature Walk

Another rainy day in my neck of the woods. GOOD GRIEF!!! I think its going to rain forever. Suppose to be 72 today....but hold on....forecast is also predicting thunder storms. GOOD GRIEF yet again. Just can't seem to get a good break in the weather so I can enjoy being outside.

So to easy my pain I spent yesterday stamping. I made 12 cards! WOW pretty good stamping day.

I used an acrylic stamp block inked up with kraft ink to stamp the background. Then I just stamped a collage using Nature Walk stamp set. Cardstock used Baja Breeze, and Dark Brown and white from Hollo's paper store, The dark brown is so close to Early Espresso. Doing the happy dance for finding that.

Also used SU seam binding, and tag to complete the card. Glad I used the ribbon as I smudged a bit of brown ink on the bottom of the card so the ribbon just covered that right up. Shhhhhhh don't tell anyone.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Family Pics

Just wanted to share a few pics that were taken yesterday while the family was over for Easter. Food was good, being with family was good. Ate to much, so I'm going to have to work it off this week.

Kathy made me the Easter card. Thanks Kat!!!! She is leaving today. Heading to visit her mom in PA. She'll be stopping by on her way back to visit with me for a few days. Can't wait!!!

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter...And Matchbox Dresser

Looking forward to my family being here for Easter dinner. We are going to sit down to dinner around 2 o'clock. Making a ham. Will be the last time the kids are both here as John will be leaving soon to work at Cedar Point.

I'm so excited to share my new project with you. I made this dresser from Sizzix Matchbox, and Top Note die. So much fun to make. Basically you make 4 matchboxes from the die and adhere them together. I used wide red line tape as I wanted to make sure it held together. The top and bottom you need to cut additional cardboard from the Top Note die to make it stronger. I used the cardboard piece that came with the designer paper for that.

I didn't start out to create the easel top for the dresser but decided the top needed something. So I got to use my new button Sizzlet die.

Hubby helped me out with the brad knobs for the drawers. I used build a brad and designer paper, but I didn't want the brad to be flush with the drawer as I wanted the drawer to pull out easily. He fixed me up with little black rubber grommets that are used with wires, so I added one on each brad before attaching them to the drawer. Worked perfectly! OMG I love the little feet I came up with. Yes they are just made from cardstock.

Hope everyone has a wonderfully blessed Easter.

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Karen 202

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Cards

Just wanted to share some Easter cards I received from friends. Top card from Connie. Love all the brights colors and flocking used on the monkeys. What a fun card!

This one was made by Lisa. I'm kicking myself for not getting this Spring time set. I debated it, but then decided not to get it. Maybe my friends who have this set will let me borrow it to make some cards.

Thanks for the cards girls. I have another card to share tomorrow that one will be from Kat.

Hope everyone will have a wonderfully blessed Easter.

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Karen 202

Friday, April 22, 2011

Table Favors

I made these place settings for Easter dinner. They were made using SU Petal punch. Found the idea on Mary Fish's blog. Pretty simple to make. Each one holds a single Hershey kiss.

Skip was suppose to have the day off due to Good Friday, but they are having an event at the school today so he'll be going in at 2 and working 1/2 day. He is not complaining as he'll get double time for today.

We had a bit of sunshine yesterday but it was still not that warm. Going to rain the rest of the week. Really getting tired of rain, but I must say the grass has never looked greener!

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Karen 202

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Just a little painting project to share with you today. I found a paper mache egg hiding out in my craft stuff so I first painted it with gesso. After it was dry I painted it again with off white acrylic paint. When dry I wrapped around some cloth scraps and added some trio flower punches using Kraft and Baja Breeze cardstock.

Side view of the egg. I added a little half pearl to the center of each flower.

Good news my friend Lisa's brother Sean made it through his triple by-pass surgery yesterday. We are all praying for you Sean.

Bad was moved from her room and now has a roommate. Things are not going well for her. I spoke to the owner of the home yesterday and he assured me he would have her moved in with a resident that was more compatible with her. Going back to the home today to make sure he keeps his word.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Here a Duck There a Duck.......

Its been raining cats, and dogs, oh and ducks too for such a long time now. We covered up the garden with tarps with an attempt to keep it dry so it can be tilled soon. The ducks discovered the tarps today and stopped by to figure out just what type of new terrain it is.

I pulled out my Prisma color pencils to color the bunny on this little tag. Covered the mini clothes pin with designer paper. Filled the bag with pastel M&M's. The stamps used are ones that Kat got for me. They are the little clear stamps that Michael's sells for a 1.00. I think the company's name is G Studios. Also used my new Lacy Circle die from Spellbinders.

Easter is almost here. I received some Easter cards from friends, and will be sharing those with you later this week.

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Karen 202

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Another Sew Suite Card

Here is another card that I made to go with the Top Note die box that I showed you yesterday. I was looking at the negative image that was left after I cut out the pieced square pieces that I used for the cards. They were pretty and I didn't want to throw them away so here is the first card I made with the negative part of the pieced designer paper squares. I used the same Cuttlebug embossing folder on the white layer. Colors Tangerine Tango, Mellon Mombo, Bashful Blue, Espresso. Sewing machine was water colored with aqua painter and ink and popped over stamped image. Added some buttons on the side to give it some interest.

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Karen 202

Monday, April 18, 2011

Quilt Cards with Matching Card Holder

Just look at what I spent my afternoon making. Top Note quilt cards using Sew Suite designer paper and a matching box to keep them in. Box holds 8 cards with envelopes. Top Note opening on box lid has acetate window to see the cards inside.

Dare I say it?????? Yes I will.....So Suite to make this set!!!!

Uses two sheets of designer paper, plus cardstock for card layers and box. Other things used: oval and scallop oval punch, ribbon, acetate, Cuttle Bug and embossing folder, Top Note die, and my favorite glue of choice Tombo liquid glue.

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Karen 202

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Hatching Chick

I was playing around with stuff the other day and came up with this chick card. Used Large Oval punch, 1 3/8 circle punch, and trio flower punch. The wings, top knot and break was made using just part of the flower.

I see my friend Lisa was using her new Lacy Circle die by Spellbinders. Great job on the card Lisa thanks for sending it my way!

Its been raining here all weekend. YUCK. We went to the mall yesterday walked around and then play at there indoor putt-putt golf course. It's pretty cool. No lights except for black lights. Skip beat me, bummer...but it was fun.

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Karen 202

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Spot the Bunny

This is the base for spot the bunny. I found a glass salt shaker in my stash of craft supplies. I have no idea what I had in mind for the shaker and I don't even remember how long it has been in my stash.

I was inspired to make the bunny due to my mom. While I was visiting with her the other day we were coloring pages from an Easter coloring book I had brought her. She was making red spots on a bunny. Mom doesn't use colors that make sense on normal things. She just uses whatever color she likes at that moment. Several weeks ago she was stuck on orange. Well I wanted to make a spotted bunny but couldn't bring myself to make a red one...sorry mom. So I used brown to make my spots.

Side view of the bunny shows more spots.

I even took the one inch pom pom and inked it a little bit in my brown ink pad add a spot to his tail.

Punches used:

bird punch for brown eyes
scallop circle punch for base of face
1/2 inch circle punch for white part of eye, 1/4 for black pupil
1 inch circle for cheeks
smallest heart from triple heart punch
large and small oval punches for feet, and ears
1 3/8 circle punch for legs

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Karen 202

Friday, April 15, 2011

Blast from my Crafting Past

During my recent visit with my mom in law Kate we took some time and went through her Easter decorations. I just love mom Kate....bless her heart she has kept every single craft item I've made for her over the years...just like I was one of her kids. These crochet jackets are actually made around a blown out chicken egg. I painted the face on then sealed them with a sealer before putting on the jacket. Now I said she has kept everything I've ever made and gave to her...well these were made back when my daughter Sarah was a baby, and that was a mere 28 years ago. Just where all that time has gone I'll never know. Seems like after I had my children the years went racing by. If my friend Marianne is reading this post I'm sure she is smiling as I know she will remember these eggs well. And Marianne....Kate still has the egg shell napkin holder. You remember the one that was made from painted Popsicle sticks. Someday I might take a pic of that to post. LOL

These are crochet trivets that are made using pop bottle caps. My grandmother Alice (my mom's mother) made these years ago. I ran across them while madly going through drawers and closets trying desperately not to become one of those folks on the TV show Hoarders. At any rate look real close at the back view of the red grapes. When was the last time...(if ever) you saw cork in the back of a soda pop bottle cap? Well I'll tell you it has been years and years ago, but I remember them. I know there I go dating myself again. Stop that!!!!!!

Hope you enjoyed walking down memory crafting lane with me today.

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Karen 202

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Bring on the Chicks!

Seems like I have been making a ton of rabbits so I thought it was time to move on to another Spring critter...chicks. Easter wouldn't be Easter without a chick.

Special thanks to Lisa for being a dear and stamping acetate with her chicken wire stamp. I know how trying it can be to stamp on acetate. BIG THANKS!

I used Box 2 die by Sizzix made for SU for this project. I used Really Rust to make the box. Stamped weathered background stamp on the entire box. Then I cut out a portion in the front of the box, next I glued the acetate sheet to the inside of the box. The little chocolate Lindt chick was then nestled down on a bed of brown shredded paper. I haven't used Best of Cluck stamp set since forever but the chicken on the egg was perfect for the front of the chick cage. Linen thread at the top with "peep" finished if off.

Side view of the chicken cage. I was going to wrap the linen thread from top to bottom of the box but then the box wouldn't have sit level. I'm so happy with the end result!

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Karen 202

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Another Bunny

This time I used Sizzix Mini Milk Carton die made for SU. Isn't he just darling? Wanted him to have a whimsy look so tilted one ear and added some white highlights to the eyes. Chocolate Chip used for most of this project all was sponged with white craft ink. Inner ears made with Pretty in Pink cardstock.

Punches used:

large and small oval punch, for ears, and front paws
1/2 circle punch for eyes
1 3/8 circle punch cut in half to form the back legs
heart from triple heart punch for nose
1 inch circle punch for cheeks
Boho punch for the tail
square of white cardstock cut for teeth

Ribbon punch was used to make the handle, then glued to the inside of the basket.
After I cut out the milk die I cut out one side to form the opening for the basket. Red Line tape is perfect for holding the carton side and top together.

There is that cute little behind again....I'm getting lots of use out of the Boho punch so glad I decided to get that one. I passed on it when it first came out and only just purchased it this past Sept.

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Karen 202

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Scallop Envelope Box

I've been trying to use my Sizzix dies more. They are pretty pricey....I buy them then they sit in a drawer. Well that is not getting more bang for my buck if they sit in a drawer for months (gasp...dare I say a year at a time?)

For this project I used the Scallop Envelope die made for SU by Sizzix. I cut two from So Saffron cardstock trimmed off the bottom edge of each so it would be the same width as the sides. Next I used the Word Window punch on the top to form the handle. I got the large stitch wheel and used that across the bottom of each piece then glued the two together.

To create the flower I used the scallop circle die on Rose Red cardstock. After punching I rolled the stitch wheel over it and slit each scallop to form the petals for the flower. The brad in the center I made using fabric by SU, but I used my I-Top to create the brad. I'm so glad I got that tool from Pat Catan's at a very good price. Love that store....but I'm sure you all know that!

Leaves for the flower were punched from large oval punch on Wild Wasabi cardstock. They were each folded in half and run through the crimper. Couldn't be simpler!

To complete this little gift I used Sew Suite button stamp on white with Wild Wasabi ink and layered on Wild Wasabi and So Saffron cardstock. The other little card I used Pattern Pieces. After layering I used a small hole punch and half punched the edges so I could wrap the thread around.

Hope you enjoyed this little project....I sure did!

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Karen 202

Monday, April 11, 2011

Scallop Punch Flower

Several different ideas I used for this card. First is the use of the Lattice die. I cut one from black cardstock and one from white. I layered the black one first on a white cardstock layer. Then I layered the white lattice on top of the black one but just a tad bit off. If you do this you will end up with a nice shadow effect.

Okay moving onto the flower. Isn't this cool? Won't be able to mail this, will need to be hand delivered or mailed in a box. I cut two 1 inch strips from white cardstock. Cut the strips from the long side of a 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet. Next use the scallop punch and punch the entire length of the strips. Punch a circle the same color using 1 3/8 circle punch. I covered the circle with red line tape. Run the punch strips through a crimper. Starting from the outside edge of the circle start adhering the crimped strip to the tape, bending and scrunching it as you go. When you run out of the first strip add the second strip and continue to place it till you get to the center. Cut off the excess. Punch a hole in the center of the flower and add a decorative brad. For the leaves I punched 3 circles from 1 3/8 punch folded each in half and ran through crimper. While still folded I trimmed off the top to a point. Open them up and glue in place. Then glue flower over the leaves.

It was so nice yesterday. Got up to 78. I spent lots of time outside. Went for two bike rides. Once in the morning then again with hubby later in the evening. Also did some light yard work, and even laid in the sun for a bit. So nice!!!!!

So how do you know its Spring? Well at my house its not anything that I did outside....its the next door neighbor gunning up his motorcycle....sure sign Spring and warmer weather has arrived.

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Karen 202

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Bunny Box

How cute is this? I think its pretty darn cute! You'll laugh about this one....I wanted to use the ornament punch for the bunny head but I don't have it yet. So I traced the shape of the punch from the SU catalog then cut it from white cardstock.
Other punches used:

1/4 circle punch black for eyes
3/4 circle punch white for cheeks
oval punches for ears and feet
smallest heart from heart trio punch
scallop circle punch, and 1 1/4 circle punch

Box made using Sizzix Box die #2 made for SU.

I almost forgot to show you the back of the box. Silly of me. I glued two of the Box dies together as I wanted a bigger box, and I have a thing this year for making tails. LOL

Back punches used:

1 3/4 white for body
1 1/4 white for legs
oval punch for feet
boho for tail.
All edges sponged with going gray. Tail is popped.

I'm so far ahead of my blog posts. Which is a good thing. This blog will show up on Sunday. So I'll be out in the morning visiting with mom. At this writing I've heard that we are to have good weather. I'm hopeful, but not holding my breath as I might pass out....I am still living in Ohio and the weather is anything but predictable.

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Karen 202

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Baa Baa

I had an idea to make the white sheep, but I just couldn't resist making a little black sheep also. I think I like him the best. I needed a way for the head and ears to stand out as he is all black so I sponged the edges with white craft ink. The white sheep is sponged with Going Gray ink.

Punches used:

Scallop circle die by Sizzix
Large Oval for head
Small Oval for ears
scallop oval punch for top knot
Boho punch for tail
Modern label punch for feet

Cuttlebug swirl embossing folder
flat pearls for eyes
bakers twine used for the bows

To create the card I first folded a sheet of cardstock then trimmed it to fit the scallop circle die. When running it through the Big Shot I left a small bit off of the die at the top. This way it didn't cut through the cardstock and I was able to use it for a card. You can see what I mean by looking at the picture below.

You can see at the top the die wasn't cut. Isn't that little tail cute?!!!!

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Karen 202