Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Just a note of thanks...

 More of those felt flowers from Etsy, plus some old MME paper, which I still love. I'm a sucker for anything that comes complete with glitter!
 And, another one of those butterflies; I pretty much stick them on everything.

This angel was part of a shaped, chipboard album. I have made several of these, for various occasions. They make sweet little gifts.
 I made this for Breast Cancer Awareness month.
This pretty image is a vintage perfume label. I added some satin ribbon, a vintage button, and some old Daisey D's. I hope your February went well, and that this March is your best one yet! My oldest son turns 22 in March. I can't believe I am old enough for that!! It's a shock, I tell ya!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Welcome Baby!!

 I used the negative of a chipboard letter stencil for the "b" here. The "Welcome Baby" is from A Chemistry With Paper. I used to design for them, and now I don't think they are still in business. They had cute stamps!
 The die cut butterfly is from A Muse Studio's Butterfly Trio die. I have other butterfly dies, but this is the prettiest one. The A|S 2013 catalog will be out on March 1st! You can see the whole thing by visiting my webstore.
 There's that butterfly again!
 I cut that curve with 13yo SU! patterned scissors! Remember those things?
I bought a ton of die cut felt flowers on Etsy, and I love sewing them together in various combinations. Of course I can cut my own, and I do, but it's fun to let someone else do that sometimes, too!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Feel Better Card

 I think this would cheer someone who's feeling under the weather, don't you? This card is all A Muse Studio. I love the selection of pinks we offer.
 These little coin envelopes are the perfect size to hold a gift card, and you can still write a greeting on the inside.
 I used SU!'s Aida Cloth background here. I really liked that stamp, but I sold it because I can't spare the room for all my gigantic wood mounted stamps anymore. Actually, I have the room in this house, I just begrudge them the space, plus I enjoy using unmounted stamps much more. This stamp looks awesome embossed in white over large, vibrant patterned papers. Try it, if you have this stamp or one like it.
 Making Memories, Basic Grey and Melissa Frances all together here.
Another all A Muse Studio card. I've finally started to "get" washi tape. I like it, it's fun. A|S sells the original brand of washi. I don't know how it compares to other brands because I only have the real "mt" stuff. 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Just A Note To Say Hello!

 I like to keep some simple and flat cards on hand to use as Thank You cards for my Etsy customers. The one in the back doesn't have a sentiment yet. I'll add that to fit in with some future customer's order. If I can't think of something specific, I always just make it a thank you card. We always need more of them, right?
 I used an old SU! tag set here. I think that spider is adorable. I keep Halloween cards up in my shop all year. Surprisingly, people order them at the oddest times.
 Theset three cards are all A Muse Studio. Did you know that there will be a new catalog out soon?
 Have I already posted these cards here? Oh, well. No harm done if I have. It's just a card blog, right?;)
I do have a few Project Life pages to show you. They just aren't photographed yet. It's on my list of things to do today. It's snowing lightly and beautiful here. Did you get any of this storm where you are? Pueblo is not a big snow area, so I've been thrilled when we've gotten some snow.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Boxes, Butterflies and Bonnets

I used a template from A Muse Studio to make these little boxes. They go together very quickly, and you can make them to suit any occasion.
 This box does a good job of showing of the A|S Butterfly Trio dies, which I love and use constantly. I sell these by the dozen here.
 This hat card is from Die Cut Diva. I sold it in my Etsy shop.
 Cute row of SU! snowmen.
I like to make perfectly flat cards as thank yous to my Etsy customers. I want them to have a card on hand that can be mailed quickly, and with one stamp. Most of my cards must go in a bubble mailer and that's now $1.69 to mail.

I still haven't finished my first two page spread of Project Life because of my Epson printer problems. Tomorrow I'm taking back my Rapid Refill cartridges and buying Epson cartridges. I hope they work. I'll get it posted as soon as it is finished!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sunday Morning Hodgepodge

 I used SU!'s Carved and Candlelit for this embossing heavy card.
 This card is all A Muse Studio, except for the window card, which you can have cut at Die Cut Diva.
 This is my favorite box from Die Cut Diva. I just love the size and the squareness of it. Zero to cute in minutes flat!
 Another Die Cut Diva item. These are perfect favors, especially with one of those little chocolate squares tucked inside.
Well, I put the Rapid Refill cartridge into my Epson Artisan last night, and it printed one picture beautifully. Then it gave me an error message saying it could not recognize the cartridge. What's so infuriating is that it printed a picture using the cartridge just fine. So it CAN print with a Rapid Refill cartridge, it just WON'T! Boo to you, Epson. I'll never buy another Epson product again, and I'll make certain to badmouth your printers at every opportunity. Tomorrow, it's back to Rapid Refill to return all my cartridges and then over to Staples to buy official Epson cartridges. The funny thing about genuine Epson cartridges is that if you search the web, you'll discover that Epson printers frequently reject genuine Epson cartridges as well. What a pain.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Project Life Front Page

 My very first Project Life page. I actually made this a year ago. I had to peel off the two in 2012 and replace it with a three. I also went back and added a few things. This is the Amber Edition. I don't know if it's still available, since I bought it more than a year ago. A Lot of Project Lifers are not sticking entirely with an original set these days. I'll use what I have, but I probably won't buy a whole set like this again. It does feel a little constraining.
 All I did here was add the felt and bead flower.
 Here I just got super crazy with an old SU! stamp set, a vintage vocabulary card, and an A Muse Studio swallow die cut. I plan to use vintage dictionary paper throughout the book as a theme. Words are my game, baby.
 This picture is out of focus, but it's not like we'll ever walk down the aisle for the first time again. This is what I've got, so in it goes.
 For each week, I'll have current happenings on the right, and an old page on the left. Like a THEN & NOW sort of thing. With just Wilson home, I think I can fit us in one page per week. If not, that's cool, too. I'll do what I like.
 So there you have it. I hope I get better at this. So far it's nothing to write home about, but it's a nice beginning. I'll be back next week with my first two page spread.
Yesterday I got a new black replacement cartridge for the Epson. I plan to try it out today. I'm kind of dreading it, though. What if it doesn't work? I really hate to be thwarted. I hate it in general, but when it's an inanimate object, it's even more infuriating!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Yes, it's Halloween in February!

 I got the cute black tinsel on this card from an Etsy shop. Have you ever checked Etsy for supplies? There are tons of unique supplies you can buy and support small businesses while getting your craft on. Also, you can find destash galore. I sell primarily handmade, like this card, but I have also sold a lot of Stampin' Up!, and shipped it all over the world.
 I sold this SU! set in my Etsy shop. On Etsy, you may buy and sell handmade, vintage or supplies.
 I used K & Co. die cuts here. I am crazy about those things. You get a gazillion of them, and about half the pack is pre-glittered!
 Crafty Secrets on this one. I can never get enough CS!!
This fun guy is another K & Co. diecut paired with Cosmo and some OLD Daisey D's, I think.

Today I have a few Etsy orders to get out, and lots of picture taking to do. Plus, I'm finally going to get over to Rapid Refill to exchange my Epson cartridge. I hope my printer recognizes the new one. There may be tantrums involved if it doesn't. I'll post Project Life pages once I get some done!!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Have a Whale of a Day!

 I used A Muse Studio's Keep Swimmin' for this card. Also, the fishbowl card is from Die Cut Diva. She has lots of dies and paper choices for very reasonable prices. You can see this card in my Etsy shop here.
 This LOVE banner has been a nice seller for me this Valentine season. I use vintage dictionary pages as my base. You just can't go wrong when you begin so well.
 Years ago, when I was designing for Artistic Outpost, we got a sheet of vintage circus poster art with the release of a circus stamp set. I made this pocket card using one of the images. Clowns creep me out, so this card does a little, too.
 This is another Die Cut Diva card base. When you start with a special card base, you don't have to do a lot. I got the vintage Christmas card printout from Lisa Pace years ago when I took a class with her. Phenomenal class, BTW!
DARLING Cosmo Cricket Halloween stuff. Isn't that cat the cutest? I have way too much Halloween stuff, and just can't seem to make a dent in it, even with my Etsy shop. I just love Halloween stuff!

Did you have pancakes yesterday for National Pancake Day? We had them for dinner. I used my homemade baking mix from the Dining on a Dime cookbook. Troy made sausage. He and I only got one piece each, and Wilson ate three. Now that's true love, my friends! I hope you have people in your life you'd let hog the sausage.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Little More Love

 You can see from the next three cards that I just left the supplies on my desk and continued to make stuff. On the card above, I used my beloved A Muse Studio heart die. I love their curvy perfection. These are the large and medium hearts on the Heart Trio die. You can see more views of this card in my Etsy shop here.
 I used a My Favorite Things alphabet set on this card, too. That's just the letter "V" used to make a graphic pattern.
 On this one, I used the "O" and the period to make a pattern.
 This card doesn't look like much in the picture, but the green part is glimmer misted and shimmery, plus, that's a line of turquoise glitter!
This little bag box is a pattern from A Muse Studio. It's quick and easy to make and very versatile. Plus, I think it's super cute.

It's a balmy 17 degrees out this morning. I'll stay all snug inside and get caught up on some Etsy shipping this morning, then it's the post office, grocery store and Rapid Refill. As long as I'm standing at the end of the driveway when Wilson's bus pulls up, I'm happy! What do you have planned?