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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

TAC Faux Hardware

I am fairly sure this is an "inspired" card. Made it long ago. I got tired of paying extra for hardware in the mail and found this wonderful $7.95 TAC set that comes with all kinds of hardware. Emboss with metallic EP.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Little Lady

Another version from my Paper Trey set.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Another Hit the Beach MFT card

The "umbrellas" are scallops trimmed to fit the edge of the card. The border around the circle came from a dollar bin at a craft store.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Paper Trey Berry stamp

I did the edge of the white circle and the edge of the white card using the technique described below. All stamps by Paper Trey.

More MFT releases coming soon!

Don't miss the new MFT sets being released on August 1st! I love the teacher set. If you go to their site at http://mftstamps.com and click on "the Team" you can go to the designers' blogs to see samples of the new sets being released. The sets can be purchased at the MFT site or at www.allthatscraps.com where you can get free shipping!

Paper Trey Inspired

Using the technique from the 2 posts below, I made this card. It is inspired by the card on Nicole's blog and I used Paper Trey stamps to make it. The grassy background is a Fiskars Texture plate run through the cuttlebug.

This is FUN!

Endless possibilities. See post below for more info! Hmm--I wonder if it is safe to punch chipboard with scalloped punches.
Several have asked how I got the circle chipboard punch. I used my Coluzzle. Just like some of you who inquired, my circle punches won't do it. The Coluzzle tool cuts them very easily and smoothly for me. I do not use heavy chipboard though.

Embossing Edges

I have been reading the blogs that show how to emboss with Spellbinders Dies such as Nicole's Blog (linked at www.papertreyink.com). I do not need the dies, but am fascinated with the edges being raised. After thinking about it for awhile, I suddenly realized that my ball roller (purchased at Walmart) over a piece of chipboard from an old cereal box might do the trick. Voila!! Watch for cards I will post in the future.

More details for those asking. Cut the chipboard smaller than the shape you want to emboss. Lay the chipboard under the cardstock and then on the light box or against a window where the sun is shining in. Take your stylus and press and pull it down along the hidden chipboard. This will give you a raised edge on one side and a recessed edge on the other so that you can use which ever side you prefer!

Doodle Daisy

This is the Hero Arts Doodle Daisy embossed in white on Rose Romance cardstock. I added Stickles to the petals. The stemp is from A clear set of Flourishes I purchased at Walmart. I also used my little SU air gun bulb to add some green here and there on the background.

Several have asked about the stamp. I got in on ebay for $8 and yes, I got it instead of Pick a Petal from SU. I may even cut the petals apart and use indivdually at some point. There is another card using this stamp on my old blog at http://blog.360.yahoo.com/rubyslippers74

Friday, July 27, 2007

Found these gorgeous papers at my LSS the other day. I still don't know what I will do with them, but it is not often that I see something that just appeals to me so much.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Delivering Love

Truck is from the SU Loads of Love set. The tree is from A Muse. The road is the new ABC SU Wheel.
I sponged the clouds.

Paper Piercer: Used the single row Cuttle Bee, one of two in the set shown below. I am very happy with it. I ran it along a ruler and then went back and placed the stitches in by hand. I did not use a ruler for the stitches so they would look more natural. They are drawn in with a Signo White Gel pen from www.jetpens.com (much cheaper than SU for the identical thing). If you click on the picture and enlarge it, you get a much better idea of what the piercer does.

Piercing Rollers

These are Cutter Bee Piercers. One makes a single row and the other a double. They retail for $8.95, but I found these for $7.95 and FREE shipping at www.jennycraft.com. I will let you know what I think when I have a chance to work with them.

Double Background

At some point I may add an image or sentiment to this card, or just use as is. The card is stamped on white Paper Trey cardstock in Rose Romance (yes, I hoarded a bunch of that a couple of years ago). The background is SU Aida and then stamped over with a Tim Holtz stamp I purchased at Impress in the Seattle area.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Bear With Me

We need a new router for our computer and the server tech will bring it tomorrow. Until then I cannot post a picture----but--I sure can stamp. Watch for some new goodies soon!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Grateful Flowers

I made this a long time ago. I am pretty sure it was inspired from a gallery or a blog somewhere. Kind of overdid the ribbons but had fun doing it. White stitching done with a signo white gel pen. I buy them from www.jetpens.com The background is SU canvas, both on the white and on the green. The plum background is SU script. Ribbons are simply slid through slots and the pink ones are pre-tied and attached with glue dots. Sentiment is also SU. I thought I had made the label holder with the Coluzzle label template, but upon second thought, I think I just free-handed it.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Marker Storage

Markers are supposed to be stored horizontally to keep both ends inked. This drawer system is the best system I have had to date and I have kept them this way over a year now. They really do seem to stay inkier! I have a drawer for each color or 2 colors. The unopened drawers to the left also have markers in them. This little table is to the right of my work table within very convenient reach. I usually keep them partially opened while I work so that I don't have markers all over my work area. I can just pop them right back into the drawer when I finish a colored section.

When I had fewer markers, I used a plastic silverware drawer divider in a couple of drawers, but soon outgrew that.

Ruby Slippers

I have been asked to post this card on this blog by a person who cannot access my old blog! Sooo, here it is!

Voila Birthday

All stamps are by SU, except the diamonds which are an unmounted from unknown source. I sponged the red frame using post-its for masking the inner edge.

Sunday, July 22, 2007


Thanks to Amy for this!

Shirt #2

See post below for more info. I decided to add a little pocket to this one.

Fun Shirt!

I got the template for this from Angela. Go to her site and check out all the colorful combinations of this shirt and you can contact her through her site. They are adorable. http://sgro.smugmug.com/Portfolio/334660

All the directions will come with the template and her directions are very clear and her photos make it very easy to do this right. Brads can be used as buttons, but for mailing purposes I prefer a small hole punch and then glue on the paper punched out "buttons".

Be sure to click on Retro Shirts, Hawaiian Shirts, and Hawaiian Shirts 2 to see all of Angela's wonderful little shirts.

NOTE: Angela has just started a blog and you can contact her there and see her tutorial at this site:


All stamps from the Fancy Pants set called Simply Stated. Colored with markers. I used a color duster to add the yellow. I used bits of Stickles to add some glitter down the stem and on the flowers but the picture doesn't show it. The scalloped edge was done with Fiskars Cloud scissors and a small hole punch to make the dots.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Soak up the Sun

Another card done with scallop punches and the Hit the Beach set by My Favorite Things! http://www.mftstamps.com/ Colored with watercolor crayons.


Prima flowers are so much fun. These new dotted ones are available at http://allthatscraps.com and shipping is free on orders over $10.

Baby Card

This is from the SU retired Oh My Word set. I stamped the pink buggy on two layers, and cut out the top. I placed dimensionals between the layers. Brads make cute wheel centers. The metal parts of the buggy are embossed in silver. Since I unmount my stamps it is easy to stamp elements because I actually cut the stamps themselves apart. I also make these in blue to have on hand. Circle embellisment on the corner is from the SU Riveting set.

Please post some comments so I know you have found me. Also please comment on my decision to move. Should I use just this blog?


As my other blog neared 100,000 views I needed to reaccess. I have many daily readers and some have told me that the yahoo blog no longer worked with Google Reader and would I please consider moving my blog. So, here I am. I am going to keep both blogs going until further notice. I want to find out if this one works as easily as the other one for me. I am not good with technical computer stuff, so I don't want to make the move final for now. Hang in there with me and we will see where this goes.

NOTE: For more Ruby Slippers and over 300 card/stamping photos, go to http://blog.360.yahoo.com/rubyslippers74