Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Gift of Fall - part 2

I'm on my own for a few days while Sonny has gone to Pinehurst to play golf with a group from Newcomers.  That man is a golfing fool!!!  He plays golf usually four times a week and just can't get enough.  I've been trying to put some organization into my card collection.  I am trying to sort them into categories so when I need a card, I can find it and not have to dig through tons of cards.  I also need to donate a bunch of cards to some organization - I just have too many!!!  Got any ideas?   

Can you believe it's already the end of August?  Wow, this summer has flown by.  Ashley is coming to visit this afternoon.  She has some vacation that she needs to use so I am happy that she has chosen to spend some time with her mom and dad!  Plus, she is hoping to take a couple of pieces of furniture back with her.  Not sure if both will fit in her card but we are going to try.  My mom is giving her a buffet table that was my grandmothers and Marianne is giving us a china hutch that belonged to mom's cousin.  She found the receipt in the drawer when she was cleaning it out this weekend.  They paid $125 for it in 1948 and paid it on an installment plan!  I'm guessing $125 was a lot of money back then!  We'll see how well Sammie and Bogart get along this time!  Hopefully good!

Thought I'd share a few more of the August Paper Pumpkin kit, The Gift of Fall.

The blossoms for this card are vellum and just beautiful.  I fussy cut the Crushed Curry circle in the center and used the Stitched Shapes die for the sentiment piece.  I used a dauber for the "happy birthday" with Crushed Curry and Mango Melody inks.

For this card, I first used my Aqua Pen and inks (Curry, Razzleberry and Mango) to watercolor the background (onto watercolor paper.)  Then I stamped the girl from Beautiful You and colored her dress with Lovely Lipstick ink.  The sentiment just barely fit onto the Crumb Cake label that was included in the kit.

I stamped the birds from Free As A Bird onto white cardstock and fussy cut it.  The leaves and circles are included in the kit.  Stamp a simple sentiment on a banner and voila! a finished card to mail.

For this card, I cut one of the colorful leaf tags in half and adhered them to the Thick Whisper White cardstock.  I tucked a vellu leaf and one of the vellum blossoms under the sentiment banner (which is the Crumb Cake label just turned over.)  Add a bow and a few sequins and you are done!  The sentiment is from a retired stamp set, Trust God.

I hope you have enjoyed these cards and will try and duplicate a few of them using your own products.

Monday, August 26, 2019

The Gift of Fall

Time is running out to redeem those Bonus Days Coupons that you earned last month!  You can apply your coupons to any order that you place during the month of August.  Yay!!
Here are the redemption details:
  • Redemption Period Deadline: August 31, 2019, by 11:50 pm (mt)
  • There is no limit to the number of coupon codes you can use on an order during redemption.
  • Bonus Days coupon codes may be redeemed for any product (excluding Starter Kits, demonstrator supply items, and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions).
    • New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes may be discounted with Bonus Days coupon codes.
  • Bonus Days coupon codes may be redeemed one time only.
I don't know about where you live, but here in NC it has been almost cold this weekend!  I am so ready for fall!!  I have been making cards  with the August Paper Pumpkin - The Best of Fall.  It is a great one showcasing all those wonderful warm fall colors - Blackberry Bliss, Pretty Peacock, Crushed Curry and others.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Fancy Fold

We made a fancy fold card on Tuesday that I had seen demonstrated on Facebook last week by Rhonda Wade.

The butterfly was fussy cut from Botanical Butterfly which is retired.

Use a half sheet of card stock – folded in half for your card.  I used Basic Black for the butterfly card and Early Espresso for the magnolia card.
Open the card and run the top part through the Big Shot with the square framelit die – cutting a window in the front & top of your card.
Cut a 5” x 6” piece of Designer Paper and score it at 2” & 4” – making a tri fold.
Glue down the DSP on the inside of the card on the right side.
Use the square that was cut out of your card and adhere it back in place - only using glue on the right side adhering it to the DSP.
Decorate as you want.
When you pull the banner under the magnolia, the card will open so you can see the DSP inside.

Hope you give this fold a try!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Cards from Stamp Club

I have a few more cards to share with you that we did on Tuesday's Stamp Club.

This card is so simple to make but is so elegant.  I used the Magnolia Embossing Folder to emboss the piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock.  I find that if you spritz your cardstock before embossing, you will get a much better impression.  The card above was spritzed and the card below was not.

We fussy cut out one of the flowers from the Magnolia Lane Designer Paper and adhered it to the card with a dimensional.  The sentiment is from Well Said (in the annual catalog.)  The ribbons that I used on both cards has been retired but use what you have!

This was another easy-peasy card to make.  The thick white cardstock makes the base of the card.  The next layer is Lovely Lipstick and next is Rococo Rose.  I embossed the Rococo Rose piece with the Country Floral embossing folder (a definite favorite!)  Next I sponged white craft ink over the floral image and adhered it to the Lovely Lipstick piece.  The sentiment is from Flourishing Phrases, another great stamp set to have for it's sentiments.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Stitched Label Box

I actually have some cards to share with you today!  I had Stamp Club Tuesday and even though it was a small group, we had fun and make some cute projects.

First off - although we did this one last - was the Stitched Label Box.  I found this on Brenda Quintana's blog and love it so much.  I was hoping not to overwhelm my gals and had all the pieces die cut for them which helped a lot except when I gave them the wrong measurements for scoring!  Luckily, we discovered it early enough that we didn't waste too much paper.  You can die cut all the pieces for the box out of one piece of cardstock if you are mindful about placing the dies on the paper.  You will also need 2 pieces 10 3/8" long.  I used Whisper White Thick Card Stock for my box and the Bird Ballard Designer Paper.  You only need a 1/2" strip of DSP (10 3/8" long) so look through your stash  and pick something that you have just a strip of.  Some of the boxes we made today used the Magnolia Lane Designer Paper.  The stamping on the top of the box is from Good Morning Magnolia.

I hope you will try and make this cute box - it really is not hard!!


2 ea. 2nd largest Stitched Label Die (LABEL #1)
2 ea. 3rd largest Stitched Label Die (LABEL #2)
1 of the 2nd smallest Die  (LABEL #3)

Thick Card Stock
(1) 10 1/8” x 2” (BOX BOTTOM)
(1) 10 3/8” x 2” (BOX TOP)

Designer Paper – 10 3/8” x 1/2”

BOX TOP LID (w/Designer Paper)
Cut 10 3/8” x 2” piece of Thick Whisper White Card Stock
Adhere a 10 3/8” x ½” Designer Series Paper strip.
With Designer Paper on left, score down the 10 3/8” strip at 1 5/8” (on short side)
Turn ¼ turn to right (the scored line you just did should be at the bottom & the DSP at the top)
On long side, score at:  2 ¾” 3 7/8”, 5”, 7 ¾”, 8 7/8” and 10” 
Notch at each fold.
Adhere the piece end to end.
Adhere Tombow glue to notches
Attach the 3rd largest Label Die (Label #2) to box lining up both long sides w/label die piece & press down to adhere.
Attach the largest Label Die (#1) to bottom, centering it.

Cut 10 1/8” x 2” piece of Thick Whisper White card stock.
On short side, side @ 1 5/8” mark.
On long side, score at 2 5/8”, 3 ¾”, 4 7/8”, 7 ½”, 8 5/8”, 9 ¾”
Fold your score lines & notch (V) at each score line.
Adhere the piece end to end like you did for the lid.
Put the box top over top of the box bottom to hold the shape.
Adhere Tombow Glue to tabs & adhere the largest Label die (#1)

Now stamp on Lable #2 & Label #3, color & adhere to Box Lid

You can find this video at Qbee’s Quest website

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Traveling again!

I was traveling again.  Last week we loaded up Sonny's truck and drove to Maryland.  We looked like the Beverly Hillbillies with the truck loaded with things we were taking to Ashley's house - bed, mattress, bicycle, armoire, our suitcases and my cat and her stuff!!  It's not too bad a drive to Silver Spring until you get to the DC area where the traffic is awful.  I would not want to fight that traffic every day!!  Sammie (my cat) had never gone on a long trip before and she did really well.  But she was very happy at Ashley's for the first 3-4 days.  She didn't want Bogart (Ashley's cat) anywhere near her and she let him know it by hissing.  She found a little cupboard at the floor level in one of the bedrooms and that is where she stayed for several days.  When the movers delivered the stuff, we didn't have to lock either cats up.  Bogart stayed under one of the beds and Sammie stayed in her little hidey hole cupboard and wouldn't come out!  

Sammie liked looking out the window.

This was taken after we were there for a week and they were tolerating each other!
Her Hawaii things arrived bright and early Monday morning and were there until about 4:00.  Most everything arrived in good shape ... except they could not get her queen box springs upstairs!  The house was built in 1930 and the upstairs were added in the 60s I think.  The stairs going upstairs and to the basement are really narrow going up (or down) and also narrow from side to side.  There are 3 levels to the house with three bedrooms upstairs and two bedrooms on the main level which she is using as an office and a small den.  Downstairs is the basement with half of it finished (kitchen, den, bathroom.)  She has ordered a split queen mattress and should be able to get it upstairs.  On Thursday, her things she had in storage in Texas arrived.  It wasn't much at all except - her couch was not in the shipment!!  Who knows where it is?!  Ashley has had problems with the company who handled that part of the move since Day 1.  Now they are doing a search for her couch!  By the time we left on Sunday, we had emptied all of the boxes and Sonny had made several trips to the dump to get rid of the boxes.  But there still is much to be done.  Now it is up to Ashley to figure out where everything goes!

Sonny was in charge of checking off the boxes as they were unloaded from the truck.

The front living room - all the boxes were moved from this room - hurray!!

Empty boxes waiting to be loaded in Sonny's truck for a trip to the dump!

Stained Glass Pizza restaurant - relaxing before the crazy begins!