Monday, February 22, 2010

Deep in the Heart.....

I started a MMM group on InspireSwapChat. Every other Monday we send our partner a themed item and a short letter about ourselves. This week the theme is our hometown. Of course I happen to reside somewhere that is sooooo easy to find product that represents our area. Basically if you shape anything like Texas, slap a bluebonnet on it or the Texas flag it will sell.

On to my card... I started with kraft paper and a blue bonnet stamp. I started using the stamp but it was all one piece and a real pain to get the look I wanted so I pulled it off the block, cut it apart and then mounted the leaves with some tack it over and over so I could use it with an acrylic block. Presto! Perfect bluebonnets.

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I wasn't quite satisfied with the Kraft look. I wanted a more rustic feel so I dabbed on some Rock Candy distress crackle paint. That stuff is so awesome! It dries in about the same amount of time as stickles but gives a clear crackle look to your project. I finished up with the tea duo inks from Papertrey in the crackles and I had the look I was going for.

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I have started making "faux" knots on my projects. Rather than pulling the ribbon all the way around the back, I tape down each end of the ribbon to the back side, just over the edge, of the cardstock. Then I take a smaller piece of ribbon and tie a nice knot or bow anywhere I want to on the ribbon. I think it's easier to place it, uses less ribbon and if you knots and bows are not weight baring (meaning they hold the ribbon in place) you can get a nicer looking finished piece.

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (kraft) Stampin' Up! (True Thyme, Vintage Violet)
Ink: Papertrey Ink (chai, chammoile) Stampin' Up! (True Thyme, Vintage Violet)
Other: Quick Kuts (Texas Die) Sizzix (tiny heart) Ranger (Rock Candy crackle paint) SEI (brown ribbon)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The cards you never want to make....

For me (and probably everyone else!) that's sympathy. I hate having to make this kind of card because it means I need to send one too. I don't really keep these cards made up as luckily I don't have to use too many. My husband needed a card to give to a friend who lost a loved one. I recently purchased the Through the trees stamp set by Papertrey Ink. It came with a sympathy sentiment and the trees seemed appropriate and masculine enough for his friend. Normally I rely on Roses in Winter to fulfill my sympathy needs.

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I really like the new stamp set. This tree came in two pieces for ease of stamping and the leaves lined right up with the tree limbs.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Garage sale goodies

This past weekend was the bi-annual garage sale at Felicia's Scrapbooks. Customers bring their scrapbook items they are no longer using and sell them to other customers for store credit. As you can imagine, it is a very popular event. Not to mention after you sell some of your stuff you have store credit to buy some more stuff to replace what you sold! I sold a few things and in the next couple days I should find out how much credit I have.

Of course I can not pass up a good deal and I found a few deals on Saturday. By far the best deal was what I found on ink pads. I purchased 2 separate lots of ink pads. Over half the ink pads were still in the original wrapper. The others were all in great shape. All the inks pictured below cost me a grand total of $5!

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You may be wondering what the little white tags in front of my fabulous ink purchase are doing there. I stack my inks in a bin. So I can easily see what color the ink is and how it looks on paper, I always rub one of the little labels in the ink pad and then stick to the edge of the ink pad for easy reference.