Monday, April 30, 2007

Bling Flowers


I used the same layout as the bee card below that Nichole Heady inspired but used a straight line instead of rounding it. The stamp set is from Stampendous also and I added a little "bling" to the centers of the flowers. The white scalloped band slides off to open the card. I used SU! Pixie Pink, White and Pumpkin Pie cardstock and SU! DS paper Dots and dashes.
I got this darling clear paint can from Jenn . I stamped the little flower (from SU! Fun with Shapes stamp set) on the can with black staz-on ink. The bee stamp on the lid is from Stampendeous. I also stamped the little flower on SU! grosgrain ribbon. The card I cased from Nichole Heady . She has a wonderful tutorial on her site. The card is a little hard to see, should have used a white backdrop.












Tasty Tart

I am offering up some Tasty Tarts again.....I am almost at 1000 hits so as soon as I hit that mark I will be drawing a name to receive these goodies. Just leave a comment on where you love to shop for supplies.












My friend Shannon is having a birthday today. Shannon talked me into joining the gym with her and our other friend Vicki. This card seemed fitting and I have to thank Kelly for the inspiration for this card.
















This is Kelly original card . She has a template on her SCS gallery.







Sunday, April 29, 2007

Photo cube

I went to my friend Rachele's on Thursday to have a play day. Rachele, Jenn and I decided to alter cubes from http://www.just4funcrafts.com/ . Rachele surprised me with the cube & a package of Asparagus paper from Costco and provided the cube .

I took over a Basic Grey paper pack to use but when I saw the paper Rachele gave me I couldn't resist. I wanted to use the bright colors instead. My only problem was I didn't bring anything that coordinated with the color. I ended up not doing too much to the cube that day....without all the supplies I felt I was creatively challenged. Anyway, I finished it on Friday. If you noticed, yes I did put this pocket on upside down but fortunately it still works. I tried to capture all the sides for you to see.







Jenn came up with a great idea to use an exacto knife to cut a hole in the cube so goodies can be stuffed in it such as a bag of candy.











On one side I took and made a card that opens to another card inside that.



This picture shows the top of the cube. I had to lay it on it's side so I could get the picture. I made a small accordion card for small pictures. This was a lot of fun to do so now I am going to make one for DH office....just a little more masculine. Hope you have enjoyed this.





I noticed that I have almost hit 1000 visits so when that happens I will be offering up some "Tasty Tarts"........Stay tuned!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Flowered Tin



This little tin holds index size cards. Jenn at www.just4funcrafts has asked me to alter some goodies that she has at the store and this is one of them. It is a great size for recipes.









I made little dividers for the inside, the papers are from Hobby Lobby, I used ribbons & prismas that I was able to get from Jody .


Ok Dawn has tagged me for seven things about me you don't know.....of course you really don't know anything about me! lOl

1) I work part time for my SIL's at their drapery shop making drapes, pillows, bedspreads, valances, bed skirts and other accessories for model homes. I have a new appreciation for fabrics from this experience. My garage is loaded with left over bolts of fabric & trims.

2) I also work 1 day a week for my son in laws mom at Morgan Stanley.


3) We live in a little farming community west of Phoenix and I am surrounded by rose fields for half the year, the other half is by vegetable crops either new potatoes or watermelons.
4) We have 5 cows and 4 heifers, the cows should be calving in late September. I love when we have baby calves.
5) My DH brought home 4 queensland puppies on the same day because he couldn't choose just 2. I now live with cow manure patties on my back porch constantly! The dogs think they are chew toys!!! Yes it is gross!

6) I try to stamp or craft at least 4-5 hours daily if I can.....such an addict.
7) I am very blessed to have the family I have. I am extremely spoiled by my DH, he gave me 3 wonderful kids who have blessed me (so far) with 5 priceless grandchildren.

Ok, now to tag 7 people








4) Gwen


Sorry Guys...I can't think of anyone, I read alot of blogs but everyone has been tagged several times so I will leave it at 4.






Friday, April 27, 2007

Photo Book


First I want to apologize for the picture quality. For some reason I can not get my flash to stay shut....will have to work on that!

I made a card holder using my bind-it-all, chipboard(I should have used a little thicker chipboard & a bigger wire binder), 6x6 SU! page protectors, cardstock and some yummy glitter paper Hobby Lobby had on sale. You can even make these as an individual stationary holder ...I feel a tutorial coming up!








For the sake of saving you from looking at so many pictures I put the pages back to back, when actually each sentiment has it's own sleeve.







These two are Birthday & Thanks/Friend.








Next I made a Baby Card sleeve. I used a scallop circle punch for the bib & then a oval scallop to punch the neckline.


The other sleeve is Thinking of you...really hard to see in these pics.








These last two are Congratulation & Sympathy.

I will be posting more later....Jenn at www.Just4funcrafts.com needs to get some pics first then I will publish some of what I have been doing. On my way over there now!











Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Magnetic Tin


I ordered these little tins from somewhere....for the life of me I can't remember where. They have these little dividers in them. That is what happens when you start the downhill slide after 50! Yikes!!! If you know could you please comment and tell me where. I would like to get some more with the dividers. I used the Butterfly Kisses from PaperTreyInk . The yellow background is textured with a cuttlebug folder. I used Prismacolor pencils to color it. The paper is stuff I have had forever and not sure who makes it. Hope to post more later. I am off to Hobby Lobby. They have stamps & paper for 50% off this week. As if I need more...LOL.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Friendly ATC's

I thought I would share with you all some of the fantastic ATC's that I have received from the Wild & Crazy group of stampers I congregate with on Wednesday's. The first bunch is from Sam.....my TAC dealer. Sam has such a great sense of humor. Her work is wonderful!
Laura just started blogging & had a flood at her house which has slowed her down due to her stamp studio getting drenched. Hopefully she is up and running soon. Laura has a great style too. Very cute ideas. She also works at Recollections and has wonderful ideas & very sharing...lucky us...


Carolyn is the quiet one of the group. She ALWAYS comes up with the cutest ideas too. I cased her jelly fish atc for one of the SCS challenges. I wish you could see the detail on these cards, Lots of embossing and pop-ups. Love her work too!


Last but not least is my MIA SIL Debbie. She does great work too. Never gives herself enough credit though. Deb hasn't been stamping with us for awhile now...she is still addicted like the rest of us, just family matters are taking priority right now! We will get her back soon......We Hope!
I am truly blessed to have the friends I do. Can't imagine where I would be if they had not touched my life. We laugh our fannies off when we get together. That is why I have dubbed them the "Wild & Crazies".
I hope to have some more stamped goodies posted soon......getting close to TART TIME.


Saturday, April 21, 2007

Berry Much


Hi All, Yesterday I went with some friends to the scrapbooking convention in Mesa. There were some really cute exibits. I was able to come home with some really fun ideas so as soon as I get some time I will make some fun stuff. I did have time to stamp a quick card using my Green thumb from PaperTreyInk. I uses Old Olive & Pixie Pink SU! Inks and paper. Ribbon is from my Jody stash, it matched it perfectly..lucky,lucky,lucky!

I bought a bunch of blog candy to share so....be sure to check back soon. Have a super Saturday!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

More Cards



I used a kissing technique for this first card. I kissed my puzzle pieces(no not literally but I do lick them sometimes-LOL) to the SU! Paisley BG stamp. The background is using versamark and the font is TinkerToy on the computer. This set is from Gina K Designs .

Makes me think of that saying "Love those mices to pieces".













I still haven't broke out my Butterfly stamp from PaperTreyInk , I am still working on the Green thumb. I used the good ole cuttlebug for the background SU! Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive Cardstock and the computer to write the sentiment.

Once again, my lucious ribbon is from Jody at Confessions of a Ribbon Addict.

Time to some house work....I keep seeing a crossstitch hanging in my hall that says "Time to clean the house when a tumbleweed passes you in the hall" so, I guess it is time. Have a tantalizing Thursday.

More Happy Mail




This is a "Rak-Back" as Allison puts it. Cute card, the top piece flips sideways to reveal her note. Thanks Allison, I love it!















My next piece of happy mail is from Gina K . I received my stamp set to benefit Autism and so naturally I had to play with it. Stamp sets sold- 368 Dollars raised for Autism Speaks- $2944.00! Way to go Gina....I believe she needs to sell 7 more sets to hit the $3000.00 mark she has been striving for by Friday. The set is absolutely darling and wonderful quality!

I used some Bazzill paper which I ran thru the cuttlebug, I bought some Ranger EP along time ago and finally used it. You emboss with it on dark cardstock. I masked off the puzzle piece first. The font is Tinkerbell on the computer. It is a little hard to read in the picture but it says " You hold the piece to my heart"







This card looks blue but it is actually Violet. I used my new PaperTreyInk Green thumb set. I love this set too, I also got the Butterfly set & can't wait to use it. This card uses the Ranger EP also, the colors are Violet & Pastel. I used SU! Old Olive Craft ink and clear EP for the stems & leaves. The ribbon is from Jody . My fellow addicts were upset with me that I didn't bring the stuff to make this card.....SORRY guys. Next time I will!











This is Carolyn's creation. We do a "shoebox" which is like a make n take. I love what Carolyn did with the SU!French script and the cuttle bug. The moss green cardstock is Bazzill she bought from Sam---our TAC dealer. The Flower is made using a template she made from SU! Big Blossom and paper from Recollections. Not sure where she acquired the thinking of you stamp, it was a block with sayings on each side. We used the SU!Tag Punch.

Friday we are going to the scrapbook convention at the Mesa Convention Center. I haven't been able to go the the last several so I am really excited. Have a inky day!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Hi All, Not sure what is going on but my blog account is not letting me upload pictures. I will keep trying and hopefully be able to get them uploaded soon.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

SCS CC110


I took my first SCS color challenge today. The colors were Cool Caribbean, Black & White, I used Measure of Life which is a SU! hostess stamp. I embossed the dragonfly and used my aquapainter & reinkers to color him in. The background texture was made from the cuttlebug.
I will post more tomorrow after I get back from stamping with the Wild & Crazy Group of stampers I hang with on Wednesday's.

Happy Mail









WHOO HOO!!!! My order from Papertrey http://www.papertreyink.com/ came today!!! Yippee....can't wait to play. I have been on the verge for awhile now to get these sets but when I saw Taylor's card ...... http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_v5PSbVeSQHw/Rh5KQPEA44I/AAAAAAAAAE4/SJB8DU0eL54/s1600-h/PaperTrey+Happy+Hello+Bunny.JPG....well that was it. She pushed me over the edge.
Also I was so excited to get my share of Prima & Ribbon from Jody at http://confessionsofaribbonaddict.blogspot.com/index.html I almost pee'd my pants! Too good to be true.


Lana B asked me to show how I punched the holes in the tags from Wally's. I hope this makes sense. I took the tag and even though it has holes already (sorry for the blurry picture) I punched right over the existing holes.















I centered the tag in the Bind it all and pulled the lever down. That was it! Just so you know it doesn't quite fit and one side has a partial hole but it doesn't impact the tags stability at all.


















This is my card for our Wednesday Stampin' get together for tomorrow. I used SU! Sweet & Sassy stamp set, Inks are Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink and Old Olive. The butterfly is stippled in with pretty in Pink then I used a two way glue stick & dazzling diamonds. You really can't see the center of the flowers very well but I used a gel pen from http://stores.ebay.com/Sassy-and-Sweet-CRAFTS to give them a little sparkle.

Hope Tuesday finds you all Well! Off to play.............

Monday, April 16, 2007


I had to share the cards my oldest daughter gave DH and I. Brandy is a Heritage Maker Consultant and these 2 cards are of three of our grandsons. The first is a momento of Easter and the second is the youngest ones birthday. If you would like to see more go to her site at http://www.heritagemakers.com/index.cfm?id=219214&CFID=7281217&CFTOKEN=43088466



I love my Bind-It-All. I covered some chipboard with SU! DS paper- Rebecca, used the Su flower, circle & tag punches, Be happy, Polka dots & Paisley and Canvas BG stamps. Ink was Chocolate chip and I embossed with SU 's embossing powder.


On the inside I used name badges( Wally World). The cardstock was cut to ATC size and punched with my Bind-It-All. Did I say I love my Bind-It-All?



This journal I picked up at www.just4funcrafts.com, it is 7 gypsy and I made this for my youngest daughter Courtney. She loves to write poetry and random thoughts and does so very eloquently if I do say so myself. The paper is from Sam, my TAC dealer...LOL sounds like drugs almost. Well she helps feed my addiction for stamping & paper crafting so I guess it is fitting.



Inside there are pockets to hold whatever, drawings and momentos.






My last post for today is a little band-aid tin with a handle that I picked up from...yes www.just4funcrafts.com. Jenn just got a new shipment in so naturally I had to get some to play with. I used the SU! DS Loves Me paper, SU! Riviting stamp set, Basic brown & Pretty in Pink Inks and POLKA DOT RIBBON from Jody at http://confessionsofaribbonaddict.blogspot.com/index.html .
I love the ribbon I have received from the shares Jody has put on. Nice quality and wonderful selection of colors.







OK here is the best thing about the tins....6 mini TWIX bars fit inside....at least for a short time. No, I didn't leave them in there....of course I ate them!
Have a Wonderful Monday!!! Thanks for visiting!






Sam is one of the amazing stampers I get to have fun with every Wednesday. I showed them how I made paper flowers and Sam emailed me with her creation made from the paper flowers she made. She even got creative & used a dymo labeler to put "Ladybug Ladybug Fly Away Ladybug" around the bottom of her little tin. Sam this is darling. Thanks for sharing it! Ho by the way did I mention Sam is a TAC demo.

New Winner

I never heard from Robb_eeie so I redrew and the new winner is.........Ronee Malama. Congrats Ronee....please send me your snail mail address at lrmicha@wildblue.net so this tasty tart morsel will finally get a new home! Ronee is new to blogging just as I am so you might want to give her a visit
http://roneemalama.blogspot.com/2007/04/guess-who-stole.html .

Sunday, April 15, 2007





Here are 2 more project I made with paper flowers. Hopefull it was helpful. I would love to see any projects made with paper flowers. Please send me a link at lrmicha@wildblue.net if you have any questions or make some. Enjoy....Thanks!

Paper Flower Tutorial

This is a long tutorial but I wanted to make sure I gave you as much info as possible so you didn't have any questions. If you do feel free to email me and I will try to answer any questions you have.
The supplies you will need are:
Tray of some sort, I used a cookie sheet, 2 different colors of cardstock, 2 different size circle punches, water, coordinating ink pad, floral wire, floral tape, wire cutters and a spray bottle of water.








Punch 5 circles for each flower. You can mix & match the circles.











Ink the edges of each cirlce with coordinating ink, I recommend a deeper shade than the cardstock.











Spray the circles & flip to get both sides.













Wad the circles into balls to give a crinkled look.











Cut floral wire( any small gauge wire will do) about 12" long. One for each flower.













Unfold each circle as you go. Each circle will be an individual petal. Start by rolling the 1st petal tightly.










This is what the 1st petal should look like.












Pinch the 2nd thru 5th petals at the base, start forming the flower by offsetting the 2nd petal around the 1st petal.









This is what your flower should look like after adding the 2nd petal.













After 3rd petal.












When all 5 petals have been added you should have a flower that looks like this.











Take your wire & at the base of the flower start wrapping it around the flower several times leaving about 4-5 inches of wire.









This is how it should look.












If you have never worked with floral tape it helps if you stretch it as you pull. It becomes sticky when stretched and holds better. Start at the base of the flower & wrap around in a downward motion so your stem is covered as well as the base of the flower.

I have found if you fold the end of the stem back to the base of the flower so your wire is doubled it makes for a sturdier stem.










Here are my 5 flowers.












I have taken 2 pieces of ribbon & folded a piece of wire around them.









Here I twisted the wire & then covered it with floral tape as well.












I then used crystal effects to hit just the tips of the flowers & sprinkled with dazzling diamonds.











Complete project. I used Scotch glue to adhere my flowers to the top of a business card tin I got from www.just4funcrafts.com .