Monday, September 6, 2010

Back home from India...

This is a tri-fold card to Cheryl & Kumar. They made lunch for Ava, Jim and me. We had Lasagna made with lamb, a salad and desert. We had a great visit. Cheryl is a nurse and noticed I had a hard time breathing and a nasty cough, so she suggested I go to the clinic she works, to see the doctor. As soon as we left, they took me to the clinic to see the doctor. He told me I had an upper respiratory infection and prescribed several medications, which I picked up right there at the clinic. That was the last week of my vacation, but the medications kept me going.

6x6 Thank You card for the Kotez'. Ava, Jim, Caleb and I visited Cathleen & Morne' Kotez' and their 2 children. They are from South Africa. Cathleen and Morne' made dinner for us, of Lasagna, salad and desert. We had a nice visit with them, but Ava and I had shopped all day and I was pooped, so didn't join the conversation much.

Ava's friend, Christine, has 5 children of her own and runs a foster home for girls. I got to meet her, 3 of her children, the doggie, and all the girls in her care. Her children and the girls in her care were mannerly, beautiful children and very happy. This is her Thank You card for letting me visit with the children and giving me a tour of how they lived. Her husband was away at the time I visited so, I didn't get to meet him.

Ava's housekeeper, Premila, is one of the sweetest persons I know, and also the best Chai maker in all of India. I would like to have hid her in my suitcase and brought her back with me. I will never forget her. I picked pink for her Thank You card because my favorite Salwar she wore was pink, she looked so pretty in it.

My Thank you card for my sister is a Z-fold card. She took me everywhere, shopping, visiting, to Mysore to the Palace and to the Taj Mahal. Taught me to bargain with India-n's and was the best tour guide ever. Since being there 9 years she has learned a lot about the culture and living in India.

I have returned from India. My "Vacation of a Life Time" was very interesting and super fun. My sister, Ava, was the best "tour guide" ever. My brother-in-law, Jim, was the sweetest and let Ava and me have some quality time together. He also made me square eggs for breakfast most every morning. The other mornings he made pancakes or French toast, (what a good brother-in-law). But, I enjoyed having him with us when he could come on a visiting or shopping trip. My day out with my nephew, Caleb, was one of the high-lights of my trip. He is an awesome nephew and a really good guy. I have designed thank you cards for Jim and Caleb, that I hope will let them know how much I appreciated them in making my vacation memories good ones. The gray and black 3x3 card is Jim's card and the brown & vanilla cream 3x3 card is for Caleb.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Happy Valentines Day-For Hobby Lobby Class

For the front if this card, I distressed the 8 1/2" x 3 1/2" card with Ranger Distress Ink, Forest Moss, Stormy Sky and Victorian Velvet. I cut the hearts with Nestabilities scalloped hearts and rounded the corners with 1/2" Fiskars corner rounder. I cut a vanilla cream cardstock 8 1/2" x 7 and folded it to 8 1/2" by 3 1/2 and ran it through the Xyron, so the front would have adhesive on it and attached the distressed card stock on top, leaving the cutout hearts open with Xyron adhesive exposed and ran different colored Martha Stewart seed beads over each scalloped heart. I added small flowers connecting the hearts across the card and put rhinestones or beads in the center of each flower. The "Happy Valentine's Day" stamp is a Close to my heart Acrylix stamp. The inside of the card: I used 2 of the cut scalloped hearts and stamped "be mine forever" from Close to My Heart. The corners are also rounded with Fiskars 1/2" corner rounder.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Male - Happy Birthday Card

The card is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. The car is a Tim Holtz stamp and the Happy Birthday is an acrylic stamp from Close to my Heart. The belt, I ran through a Fiskars crimper, the buckle is from Sizzix. I distressed the card with Ranger Distress Ink -tea dye-. Inside: I used a Fiskars boarder punch to punch the black edge and the sentiment is a Close to my Heart acrylic stamp. This card will be taught at the Hobby Lobby 6/23/2010 class.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Z-Fold card

All the stamps are from a Hero Arts stamp set. The front flower is stamped on a Nestabilities Labels Three. I embellished the center of the flower with small blue rhinestones, the flower in the inside is embellished with a large blue rhinestone. The front edge and the left side of the inside of the card was cut with Tim Holtz Alterations, On the Edge. The dotted paper is BoBunny. The paper, stamp set and Tim Holtz Alterations are all from Croppinsville.

Z-Fold card for Hobby Lobby class

This is a 6x6 card. The edge of the front is punched with a Fiskars boarder punch, as well as on the inside. The flowers are a Penny Black stamp from Hobby Lobby stamped on a Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Three. I embellished the flowers with Flower Soft, Fuchsia, embellished the corner with beads. The inside flower is a Hero Arts stamp from Croppinsville, I embellished it with small rhinestones. The sentiment stamps are Close to my Heart. The butterflies on both the front and back are a Martha Stewart punch. The polka dot background paper is BoBunny from Croppinsville. The edges of the card is distressed with a Close to my Heart ink pad, Spring Iris.

Card for the 2nd Class at Hobby Lobby

The front: Background was embossed with Argyle Cuttlebug folder. The lace across the middle of the card was cut with a Fiscars' boarder punch on both long edges. The Thank you was embossed with purple on a Spellbinders Nestabilities Label Four with a Close to my Heart stamp. The corners were cut with a Crop-a-Dial corner punch as Deco and embellished with beads. Inside: The border punch was also used on this, only in purple, just on 1 side. The Labels Four was used again and embellished with rhinestones. The sentiment is a Close to my Heart stamp and embossed again with Purple.

Friday, May 28, 2010

1st Card for Card Class

The card is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4. The striped paper is cut 1/8th inch smaller than the card from side to side. The length is 4 1/2 inches. The lace look was punched with a Martha Stewart border punch and embellished with beads. the large butterfly was cut with a Spellbinders Shapeabilities and I put a rhinestone on the head. The 3 small butterflies are punched with a Martha Stewart punch and have rhinestones for heads. The Happy Birthday is a Close to My Heart stamp and the square was cut with a Spellbinders Nestabilities and backed with a scalloped square.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Mother's Day Card to others

This a Mother's Day Card I designed for my 2 sisters, my 2 daughters-in-law and my aunt. This card was so much fun to make, because it was the unexpected card w/so much bling. If you would like to know any of the tools I used on it, just comment. This Spellbinders Nestability has become my favorite, it's the Mega oval and the Scalloped Mega oval.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Greeting Card Class

I will be teaching a Greeting Card Class during the months of June & July at the 71st & Mingo Hobby Lobby. The classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00. The cost is $15 plus supplies. Please call BJ, at 291-7871 and reserve your place.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Happy Birthday Card

On this card I cut garden green card stock 1/4" smaller than the card. Then to layer on top of that I embossed white card stock, 1/4" smaller than the garden green, w/a Swiss Dots Fiskars textured plate and cut the corners w/a Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper-Stub and placed pearls in each of the corners. The Happy Birthday was stamped on white card stock w/a Close To My Heart Acrylix stamp (For Every Occasion) and backed w/garden green card stock and cut w/a 1/4" corner rounder. The "i" in birthday was embellished w/a purple rhinestone. The flowers as well as the boarder around the flowers are stamped w/JustRite Breath of Spring Set and backed w/garden green card stock cut w/Spellbinders Nestabilities Big Scalloped Ovals-LG, then embellished w/purple rhinestones. The butterflies are a Martha Stewart 3 Butterfly punch and also embellished w/smaller purple rhinestones.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Spring Birthday Card

I cut the flowered paper about 1/4" smaller than the 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card. I then cut the corners with the Crop-a-dile Corner Chomper-Stub and placed rhinestones on the corners. The green swirly behind the flowers, was cut from a Sizzix Flowers w/Swirls die cut (just the swirls). The flowers were cut with a Marvy small flower punch and the butterflies were punched with a Martha Stewart 3-butterfly punch. The Happy Birthday was stamped with a Close To My Heart stamp. There are beads and rhinestones on the flowers and butterflies. Inside: I punched the card stock for the sentiment with Nestabilities Large Labels and backed it with a strip of flowered paper.

Friday, April 30, 2010

4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Thank You Card

I used a gray card stock for the card, then I cut a black card stock for the front and used the crop-a-dile Corner Chomper-stub for the corners and put rhinestones in each corner. I cut silver card stock with the Spellbinders Nestabilities Mega Classic scalloped Ovals and cut black card stock with the Spellbinders Nestabilities Mega Ovals and embossed the Thank You-Close To My Heart Stamp and embellished with a rhinestones at the ends. Inside: I used black card stock cut 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" and layered a silver 1" x 5 1/2" card stock on top. For the sentiments. Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Label was used and embossed the sentiment with silver embossing powder as on the front. The sentiment stamp is a Close To My Heart stamp.

Another Happy Birthday Card

The large butterfly is a Spellbinders Nestabilities, and the 3 small butterflies is a punch from Martha Stewart. Squares with the Happy Birthday -(Close To My Heart) are square nestabilities and behind the square is the scalloped square. The lacy ribbon-like card stock was punched with a border punch (punched on both sides) from Martha Stewart. Inside: is stamped with a Close To My Heart stamp and the stripped paper is punched with the same Martha Stewart punch from the front, only punched on one side.
The corners of the card are punched with a crop-a-dile corner chomper-deco.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Hayden's Happy Birthday Card

I'm going to my great-grandson's birthday party today and I made him this card. I sure hope he's into Thomas the Train because I designed my card to my present. I used Sizzlets die cuts for the train, Sizzix Alpha Dots for his name, Sizzix doodledots for the 2, and a Close to my Heart stamp for Happy Birthday. Hopefully a card for a scrapbook.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Madeline's Birthday Card

It will be my Granddaughter's 9th birthday on May 12th and I just had to make her this card. She is growing up so fast and is such a little lady. The last time I asked, her favorite color was pink. I hope it still is, or maybe blue-green. And of course I had to put my "bling" on it, and I know she will like that.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Happy Birthday Card

5 1/2 x 4 1/4 Happy Birthday card. The front card stock was cut and a Martha Stewart edge punch was used to make the lace-look across the card. A pink card stock was embossed by an Argyle cuttlebug embossing folder. The small green swirls were die cut with a Sizzix die cut, titled Flowers w/swirls. The Flowers across the top of the card are Close to My Heart Summer Posies. Happy Birthday was stamped with a Close to my Heart stamp onto cardstock die cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities-Mega Classic Scalloped Ovals LG.
Inside: The edge punch was used on the pink card stock with the Close to My Heart posies. The sentiment was stamped with a Woodie Stampability.

Monday, April 19, 2010

5 1/2 x 4 1/4 Happy Birthday card: The blue background is embossed with a Swiss Dot embossing pad by Fiskers. The flourishes are Sizzix, the leaves are Spellbinders Shapeabilities Daisy Heads, and the die cut is Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Four. The "Happy Birthday" is a Close to My Heart stamp. The bottom of the card was edged by EK Success edge punch and adorned with rhinestones. Inside: The die cuts are Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Four, the stamp is a Stampabilities.

Get Well Soon

6x6 Get Well Soon card: The front I used a retired "2000" stamp from Stampin' Up and colored it with Close To my Heart inks. The die cuts are Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Three. The butterflies are cut with a Martha Stewart punch which I added glitter to the middle for "Bling". The center "flowers", I used a Martha Stuart edge punch and punched both sides for the "flower" effect, and added rhinestones for the center of the flowers. I distressed the edges. Inside: I typed the message on the computer, printed it on cardstock, cut it with Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Ten and embellished it with rhinestones. The same "flower" pattern is in the center as well. Enjoy.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

My Mother's Day Card

It's almost Mother's Day and I have created a 6 x 6 card for my mom with a flower stamp from the "Breath of Spring Set" from Just Rite. The layers are Spellbinders Nestabilities, Lg oval, big scalloped ovals LG, Classic Squares Large (I cut the corners w/Crop-A-Dile-Stub), and Big Scalloped Squares LG. I used a Martha Stewart Lg punch for the bottom edge and the butterflies are also a Martha Stuart punch. The beads and rhinestones are from Recollections from Michaels.