Saturday, September 9, 2017

Bella's Step Card and Measurements for Making Your Own

It's not much fun when you've been on strong antibiotics for a while and your doctor checks your infected incision and says: "Oh geeze!"  I'm now on 2 super strong meds and get to go back again next week.  My world is full of doctor checks, lots of bloodwork, PT, meds and ice bags.  My sweet husband is all that's holding down the fort.  Toby Joe continues to stay constantly by my side.  Keep the prayers coming.  I've enjoyed all the cards sent, too.  If you'd like to send one, it would truly make my day ... hint, hint, hint:)
Now, let's think about something a lot more fun than infections.  Today's project --- a card using a darling puppy stamp, along with my favorite color story --- Dapper Denim and Lemon Lime Twist. 
After watercoloring the sky and the grassy background, I added some stamped grass over the watercoloring using the High Tide stamp set.
A peek inside my card.
Here's a close-up of my watercolored puppy.  I think he's so cute!  Love this stamp set!!!
It was fun to add the little strip with the sentiment on the lower section of my card.
I wanted this card to stand up on display for a while, so I added the 2 little strips inside to keep it from opening all the way and falling flat.  If you leave off the little 'support' strips, you can open your card and add text and/or a message inside.  Otherwise, you'll need to add this on the back of your card. 
Click here  ...
... to see the measurements I used for my card.  I searched the web for the size I wanted and what did I find ... my own daughter's blog! 
How fun is that?!!  After figuring out the measurements and all, I simply added CS and/or DSP to each section in 1/4" increments.  It's really pretty easy.
Schedule Change: No September Classes!
September classes are no longer on my schedule, due to fighting the infection of my incision.  I'll keep you updated on my progress and class schedules, so check this blog frequently. 

Tentative October Classes:
October 9 -- Scraps and Prayers
     5:30-7:30 / $15.00 / Fall Decor Project
October 21 -- Saturday Stampers
     1:00-4:00 / $20.00 / 5-6 Beautiful Christmas Cards

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- Thanks for stopping by my corner of the blogging world.
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- Check back soon to check for class updates.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

3 Painted Harvest Cards + Important Info

I am having a difficult time with my recovery, due to an infection in my incision as well as unbelievable pain in my shoulder.  We've been talking about moving up my shoulder replacement surgery, but cannot make a decision on that until my current infection heals up.  Prayers would be welcome.  I'll keep you posted here on my blog as to class changes.  Now, let's move on to something a lot more fun ...  3 beautiful cards from Stampin' Up!  I just love this new stamp set.
Schedule Change: No September Classes!
September classes are no longer on my schedule, due to fighting the infection of my incision.  I'll keep you updated on my progress and class schedules, so check this blog frequently. 

Tentative October Classes:
October 9 -- Scraps and Prayers
     5:30-7:30 / $15.00 / Fall Decor Project
October 21 -- Saturday Stampers
     1:00-4:00 / $20.00 / 5-6 Beautiful Christmas Cards

Click to see September/October Hostess Special:
- Thanks for stopping by my corner of the blogging world.
- Come  back often for more creative inspiration.
- Check back soon to check for class updates.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Favorite Daisy Bouquet and a Big Thank You

Before we get into my post today, I'd like to say a big thank you for all the prayers, emails, FB notes and actual snail mail cards.   Right now, I'm progressing well with relearning to walk, but I'm fighting quite an infection in my incision.  Scary!  I'm still hoping I can hold my September classes, but time will tell.  You'll be able to keep up with my plans and progress here on my blog.

As I've been recovering from my hip revision surgery, I've spent some of my rest time cruising through our new Holiday Catalog. Wow!  I love it!  I've also gone searching through our Annual Catalog for stamp sets that I could use for Fall cards, as well.  I found a lot!

I don't have any Christmas or Fall to share with you yet (soon, I hope), but I do have a lot of other ideas and inspirations to show you.  For today's post, here's another fun bouquet.  This one was created with our wonderful Daisy Punch.  I used Daffodil Delight and each of our newest In Colors.
I'm not actually keeping these outside, but I thought they'd look cute there for a photo shoot:)
My favorite part of all is the dragonfly.  I cut him from vellum, sponged (Lemon Lime Twist) and embossed it.  Love this added touch!
Come on and sit a while.
Can you tell how I created the centers for my daisies?  I embossed a piece of Crushed Curry CS, using our Oh My Stars embossing folder and then punched out a 'star shape' for each daisy center, using a small circle punch.
This is one of my favorite projects.  It just makes me happy.
Tentative September Classes:
September 11 -- Scraps and Prayers
     5:30-7:30 / $15.00 / We'll be creating beautiful Fall Cards.
September 16 -- Saturday Stampers
     1:00-4:00 / $20.00 / 5-6 Beautiful Fall Cards (all new cards)

IMPORTANT REMINDER:
September classes are tentatively on my schedule, based on the progress of my recovery from surgery and fighting the infection of my incision.  I'll keep you posted, so check this blog frequently. 

October Classes:
October 9 -- Scraps and Prayers
     5:30-7:30 / $15.00 / Fall Decor Project
October 21 -- Saturday Stampers
     1:00-4:00 / $20.00 / 5-6 Beautiful Christmas Cards

Click to see September/October Hostess Special:
- Thanks for stopping by my corner of the blogging world.
- Come  back often for more creative inspiration.
- Check back soon to check for class updates.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Jar of Love

Here's a little gift for you today ... a bouquet of flowers in a jar.  Enjoy!





This is another of those sets that I had for a long time before I got around to using it.  I love it!  I'm sorry that I waited so long to enjoy it but will be putting it to good use a lot now.
Tentative September Classes:
September 11 -- Scraps and Prayers
     5:30-7:30 / $15.00 / We'll be creating beautiful Fall Cards.
September 16 -- Saturday Stampers
     1:00-4:00 / $20.00 / 5-6 Beautiful Fall Cards (all new cards)

IMPORTANT REMINDER:
September classes are tentatively on my schedule, based on the progress of my recovery from surgery.  I'll keep you posted, so check this blog frequently. 

October Classes:
October 9 -- Scraps and Prayers
     5:30-7:30 / $15.00 / Fall Decor Project
October 21 -- Saturday Stampers
     1:00-4:00 / $20.00 / 5-6 Beautiful Christmas Cards

- Thanks for stopping by my corner of the blogging world.
- Come  back often for more creative inspiration.
- Check back soon to check for class updates.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Eastern Palace Tri Shutter Card + Tutorial

Here's another Tri-Shutter card to enjoy today, along with a little tutorial.  

Above ... the card opened.  Below ... the card closed.  I kept this one very simple and let the DSP and the floral branch be the stars.
Below ... This shows you the measurements and where to place your 2 cuts.  Then, you just start folding your pieces, using my card photo as your guide.

CS dimensions:
5 1/2 X 12" 

Scoring placements:
Score on the long side @ 2, 4, 8 and 10"
Below:  Here are just a couple of quick diagrams to give you ideas of how to lay out your DSP or stamped pieces.

Each DSP piece is 1/4" smaller than the CS section of the card that it's placed in.  You can do 1/8" if you want less CS border showing.
 
Best advice:  Play around with them, moving the pieces until you get them the way you like.

Here's a link to a good tutorial for creating a Tri-Shutter card.
http://www.janbcards.com/2017/06/daisy-tri-shutter-card.html
Yes, life is a beautiful thing:)
August Classes:

August 14 -- Scraps and Prayers
     5:30-7:30 / $15.00 -- book box with cards project
Class registration is closed.  Class is full.
We'll be making this book box, along with the 3 cards below.
- Thanks for stopping by my corner of the blogging world.
- Come  back often for more creative inspiration.
- Check back soon to check for class updates.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Beautiful You Dancer Card

I am loving this Beautiful You stamp set.  I used the same design for my card as I did on my journal I'd posted previously.  I added Wink of Stella to the water, to make it look like she was dancing in the water.  Click here to see my journal.
I didn't order this stamp set for a long while after it came out.  I just wasn't sure if I'd use it, but it just kept calling to me.  As an artist, I could see all the fun I could have creating with it.  I'm so glad I got it.
You can see all of the beautiful border made with our new Decorative Ribbon border punch.  Love it!
So here you have it ... another card that makes my heart happy.
August Classes:
August 14 -- Scraps and Prayers
     5:30-7:30 / $15.00 -- book box with cards project
Class registration is closed.  Class is full.
We'll be making this book box, along with the 3 cards below.
- Thanks for stopping by my corner of the blogging world.
- Come  back often for more creative inspiration.
- Check back soon to check for class updates.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Overwhelming Thoughts / 'Beautiful You' Umbrella Walker

I am calling today's card my 'Beautiful You Umbrella Walker' and it has just the sentiment that I need for myself right now.  I've had so many medical issues come up lately, as arthritis continues to eat my body alive.  Usually, I can put it all to the back of my mind and play with puppies and grandkids or create in my studio, but this week my life was consumed with it all.  I had a medical type 'adventure' each and every day this entire last week.
Monday, we spent over $200. (of vacation money:( -on medical equipment that I'd need soon.  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, I had doctors' appointments - 2 in Springfield and one in Decatur.  Friday, we had to go back to Springfield for a 2 hour class (which lasted 2 1/2 hours:( -on joint replacement.  I'm having surgery this month and again in December.  Both are pretty major and pretty much not fun.  In the meantime, no cortisone shots (to avoid risk of infections) so more pain.  I'm basically facing a very rough rest of 2017 and just cannot put into words how overwhelmed I feel.  I have no words!!! 
I do love my card and so let's focus on that today.  It has all my favorite elements --- Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist (with paper piecing) and watercoloring.
Look closely in the photo below and you can see the punched piece peeking out.  Love it!
I love these colors together and, with the crisp white layer, they all just sing.
I found this photo on a new blog I discovered that I think I'm really going to like.  She likes to stamp and play with watercolors --- a kindred spirit!  Her blog is:
http://ramblingrosestudio.com/
August Classes:
August 14 -- Scraps and Prayers
     5:30-7:30 / $15.00 -- book box with cards project
Class registration is closed.  Class is full.
We'll be making this book box, along with the 3 cards below.
- Thanks for stopping by my corner of the blogging world.
- Come  back often for more creative inspiration.
- Check back soon to check for class updates.
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