Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Little Thank You

So I decided I would put my card containers to good use and actually make card sets to put inside them.

I began by stamping my flower image from Upsy Daisy in Crushed Curry ink, stamping off once and then stamping onto my Whisper White cardstock. Next I used some retired Sale-A-Bration designer paper and added a strip to the top of my white layer. I wrapped some Sale-A-Bration Celery ribbon around my card and tied in a knot.

I used my Close to Cocoa marker and coloured the word Thank You from my Upsy Daisy set and stamped onto Whisper White cardstock. I punched my sentiment out with the Modern Label punch. Now as you may know, I LOVE punches, so I didn't stop there. I punched out a scallop oval from Close to Cocoa cardstock and then I punched out a Crushed Curry cardstock label using the Curly Label punch. I layered all of these together, added dimensionals to the back and popped up on my card front. I then added all these layers to my Crushed Curry card base and my card was complete. I whipped up 10 of these cards in hardly any time at all.

Due to the bulkiness of the card from the ribbon, I was able to put 5 cards and 5 envelopes into a clear card box. After I took these pictures, I added some ribbon around the outside with a glittered monogram on a scallop circle tag. Very cute.

I did most of this while my dear sweet Madden kept walking by my stamping table and bumping me. I tell you, he is so funny. He only bumps me when he wants to play and his bumps are not subtle, so there really is no mistaking what he is trying to tell me. Clever boy!

Have a great day all and thanks for popping by.

Margaret :)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Lots on the Go

The past week has been quite busy for me and I still have lots more to do. Last week I was busy working on gifts for my Stampers 10 ladies, as Friday night was our last evening. I hope that I will be able to begin another group to start next month right away. I had a great time with them and not only did I have the opportunity to teach them, but I learned some fabulous things from them in the process as well.

I now have two parties booked for in the next week and need to prepare for them so if you don't see a lot from me this week you will know why. If you do, it will likely be items I am preparing for my upcoming parties. As you can see I have no clue what I will get done in the next week. LOL My mind always has so many great ideas running through it but when I seem to have time to actually do something, whoosh, it's gone, I draw a blank.

So I just wanted to give you a quick update and I thought I would share a photo of Madden. He is eating really well and beginning to put on some weight. I do believe he has even grown a bit taller since we got him and me, I've lost about an inch from my waist. Woo hoo. He's gaining, I'm losing. It's perfect LOL As you may be able to see in the pics he has a lot of skin to grow into yet. He is super strong too. I think I'm going to get me some muscle back just by handling him. Since I quit weightlifting 5 years ago I've gone soft and weak all over but I think those days may be coming to an end ladies. This boy is going to give me a run for all my strength.
Well that's all for now. I hope you have a great day.
Margaret :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Beary Special !!!

As you may have noticed, I didn't post anything yesterday. That's because I took the day off work to go get my hair done. Three hours in the chair but it's so worth it. I have a head full of fresh curly locks. This morning I crawled out of bed and Chris asked me how I slept. I said awesome and asked how he slept. As usual he did not sleep well, with his pain he just can't get comfortable. So then he says to me, "That's because you were all curled up" Me being groggy still and so blonde says to him, "Oh, you couldn't sleep because I was really curled up......" Ohhhh, I get it. You know his brain just works too well in the morning. I'm not that fast at the best of times and here he is cracking jokes at 5:30am.

Well, I think I've finally done it ladies. I think I have made a completely original card. Okay, all my cards are original but I mean shape wise. I have not seen anyone make a card using the Sizzix Flower Fold die. Woohoo!! Don't anyone burst my bubble and tell me they saw a card created using this die already. LOL I haven't, so to me it's 100% Margaret de Witt original.

Obviously you know now what I used to create my base. I folded my Rich Razzleberry card stock and left it shy of cutting out the full petals. This provided me with my 'hinge' to hold the card together. I then used my Texture Plate to add texture and dimension to the card base.

I stamped the bear image from the new Beary Best Friends set, onto SU Watercolour paper using Staz On ink. I let it dry for quite some time and then I watercoloured her using my new In Colours Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry and Close to Cocoa for her fur. I cut her out using my Circle Scissor Plus and layered her on a circle of Melon Mambo. I used my Mat Pack and piercing tool to pierce around the Melon Mambo layer and added stitching with my White Gel pen. Before I layered this onto my card front I wrapped some white taffeta ribbon around my card front, then once my image was adhered, I tied the bow. The reason I had to tie the bow after adhering is that the bow would have ended up behind the image and pushed my image up off the card.

I stamped the pary hat image with Basic Black onto Whisper White, coloured using a blender pen and punched out using my 3/4" circle punch. I attached this to the back of my clear button with Crystal Affects and attached it to the card with glue dots.

Since the flower fold base has score lines to fold the petals up, I folded the bottom two petals just slightly and this allows the card to stand up freely.

Thanks for looking and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Margaret :)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Circle of Friendship Award

So I was doing my travels around blogger land and lo and behold I have received another blog award from my dear friend down under, Kellie Winnell. Now I've probably told you many times to check out her blog. If you haven't, I recommend you pop on over to her blog. Kellie always has fabulous designs on her blog.
I understand that I need to pass this along to 5 bloggers that I have made new friendships with, so here are the 5 bloggers that I am passing this award to.

Thank you ladies for your blogging friendship.

Margaret :)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Beautiful Smile.....

This is such a great page. Simple, quiet, classy.

Years ago Stampin' Up! sold a Vintage Keepsakes Scrappin' Kit and it was great. I wish now that I had purchased another one while they were still available. I used Very Vanilla cardstock for the base of my page and Bordering Blue cardstock for my picture matte. I did have a picture of my fiance on the page at one time but our oldest daughter needed a good pic of Dad for a school project and my album was raided. Needless to say I have yet to replace it. LOL I used stickers from the scrappin kit on my page and tore the edges off the top players for a vintage look. I added a touch of ribbon to one of the journalling tags.

I did this page so long ago I'm not positive on the alphabet set I used but if I had to guess, I would say the Collage Alphabet. I stamped my word in bordering blue ink and then I used my pewter hodgepodge hardware to hold the last word of my title, smile, which I handwrote in my not so neat writing. I used vanilla grosgrain ribbon and placed under the ends of the hardware. I attached the ribbon to the hardware frame with the pewter brads and just like that the page is done.

Thanks for looking and I hope you come back again tomorrow.

Margaret :)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

You Make Me Happy

Wow, this is like the third time in the past two weeks that I have made an all Stampin' Up! card. It used to be that I only did SU cards but the pull of so many fabulous products available on the market over time was too much to resist and I began using products from everywhere. I just have so much stuff that I decided to challenge myself to use up some of my retired papers and embellishments.

Everything but the linen thread and the Modern label punch used for my sentiment on this card has retired - wow. I began with a 5.5" square Riding Hood Red base and added some Bella Rose designer paper over it. I had a spare piece of chipboard already cut out using the Top Note die and covered with some Bella Rose DP and figured it was perfect for this card. I stamped flowers and leaves from my A Rose is A Rose stamp set using Riding Hood Red and Kiwi Kiss ink onto Whisper White cardstock and cut out my image. I popped it up on my Top Note chipboard piece and wrapped a bit of Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon around the end.

I punched out a piece of WW cardstock using the Modern Label punch and selected thechocolate coloured, You make me happy sentiment from my Love & Happiness rub-on package. I then used some linen thread on my Button Bouquet buttons and placed them around the sentiment.

Eh voila!!!! I really, really like this card.

Hope to see you again tomorrow for more great creations.

Margaret :)