Dec 272012

My granddaughter, Kate, is very serious about science.  She is fascinated by outer space, loves volcanoes and thinks dinosaurs are all that.  Her Grandpa and I visited with Kate and her family earlier this month.  Her dad (our son) is our dentist and it was time for our 6-month checkup.  (Is that a great excuse for a mandatory visit to the Grands or what!  lol)

While in Tucson we visited one of the observatories at the University of Arizona.  We looked through one of their huge telescopes and saw the famous Ring Nebula.

It looks like this in the textbook:

It looked like this through the telescope:

But it was still really cool!

I found some stickers that fit the occasion and decided to make a quick card and send them to Kate.

Next time we are hoping to go and see Jupiter!!

Thanks for dropping by today.  Happy Crafting!


Papers: PTI Vintage Cream; Three Bugs In a Rug “Blast Off” Designer Paper

Accessories: Satin Trimmed Organdy Ribbon

This card was made for three different challenges:
*Cornish Heritage Farms Challenge #16 to make a Winter themed card or project,
*CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #83 to make a CAS Holiday card in less than 10 minutes and
*10-minute Craft Dash #9 which is also to make a CAS creation within 10 minutes.

After gathering my embossing folders, snowflake die, a pearl brad, some grosgrain ribbon and ink, I decided on a sentiment and set the clock.  With no coloring to do or bows to tie, this card took only 8 minutes and 57 seconds to make.  There was even time to emboss the snowflake!

Here is a second card with the same basic design, but it is rotated 90 degrees.

I didn’t have the clock going on this one, but I think it went even faster since the snowflake was not embossed.

Thanks for dropping by today.  The world is still here!!  lol  Happy Crafting!


Red Card:

Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms “Vintage Christmas Expressions”

Papers: PTI Select White and Pure Poppy

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Couture Creations “Pastorale” Embossing Folder; K & Company Pearl Brad; 1″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon; Provo Craft Ice Chrystal Die and Embossing Folder

Green Card:

Stamps: Memory Box “Joy to the World”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Always Artichoke

Inks: SU Always Artichoke

Accessories: Couture Creations “Annalee” Embossing Folder; K & Company Pearl Brad; Fringed Organdy Ribbon; Provo Craft Ice Chrystal Die

Dec 172012

For the past 2 or 3 weeks there has been a comment notification problem on my blog which I have been waiting for those techie-type smart folks to fix before publishing any more posts.  Well, not sure, but I think it has just been resolved!  So, as a hopeful test, I am sharing another Christmas card creation that I designed a couple of weeks ago.

It is a postage friendly card which is always a plus.  Because of the CAS design, it didn’t take long to create a set.

Red Stickles was added to some of the berries for a little sparkle.

A single scored line defines and accents the sponged area.

Hope that everyone is enjoying a joyous Christmas Season!  Happy Crafting!!


Stamps: Penny Black “Winter Berries”; Art Impressions Sentiment

Papers: PTI Select White; Bo Bunny “Serenade” Collection Designer Paper

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip, Real Red and Not Quite Navy

Accessories: Satin Ribbon; Ice Stickles “Christmas Red”; Martha Stewart Scoring Board

I wrote a tutorial for Splitcoaststamper’s on how to make a crinkled flower by heat embossing sheer ribbons and fabrics.

Who knew that tulle and lace would melt and crinkle, too!  Isn’t this flower just shab-a-licious!!

I had so much fun experimenting with different fabrics and ribbons.  I think the secret may be a high polyester content?

What have you got that can be melted and crinkled into a flower?

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: Waltzing Mouse “Spring Baskets”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Tempting Turquoise; My Mind’s Eye “Oliver”

Inks: SU Not Quite Navy

Accessories: Pearl Ribbon Strand; Sizzix Ornate Frame #2 Embossing Folder; Crinkled Flower (made with Organdy Ribbon, Lace, Tulle and a Decorative Brad); Heat Gun

First..the happy news: The winner of my November Sketch Challenge is… Marsha!  Congrats!  Hope you have fun with this gorgeous Basic Grey “Lucille” Designer Paper.  🙂

Now.. the sad news: One of my favorite challenge blogs, Stampin’ Sisters in Christ is taking a pause, hopefully for just a couple of months, but maybe permanently.  So I really wanted to play along in their last challenge to “Make a Christmas Card”.

Isn’t this a sweet sketch.  It is the Less Is More Week 91 Challenge.  I didn’t get a chance to play along while the challenge was open, but I loved the sketch so much that I still wanted to have some fun with it.  (And with all the layering on the sentiment, it may not have really qualified for a “less” sort of design anyway!  hehe)

Thanks for stopping by today.
Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU Mixed Medley

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream; SU Ruby Red and Old Olive; Lilybee Design “Jingle” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento “Rich Cocoa”

Accessories: Glitter Tape; 3/4″, 1″ and 1-3/8″ Circle Punches; Scalloped Circle Punch; Classic Square Nestabilities Die; Provo Craft Snowflake Die

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