Friday, March 30, 2012

Zippers for Mom-USWDAF

 Lookie what I made! Zipper Cards! I have seen just a few of these and decided to figure out how to make them using tools I already have. It was actually pretty simple, and the result is so fun! I wrote a tutorial for them and you can find it by clicking on the link at the end of this post and purchasing a pass to the Cards with Cool Moves 2012 event. My tutorial was posted on March 29th and is available NOW :)

Here is the suite of cards I made, 2 of them have zippers.

Here is a zipper "unzipped". Don't you love it?! Click on the link below to buy your pass to this awesome event. There will be over 30 Cool Moves with full tutorials, and at least 3 cards per tutorial! All for 24.99

Friday, March 23, 2012

Watercolored Romance Birthday

Need something a little spring, a little country, a little pretty? Have I got the card for you! I was stamping just for fun the other day while dreaming about a garden and this is what popped out. I didn't have much time to pull this one together as my Geoffrey had an orchestra concert that evening, and I have to say, that usually just results in nothing getting done, lol.

The watercolor paper is so yummy to work with, and layering color on it is to easy! After I watercolored, I brushed some Smooch Top Coat over the flowers and buds. That really added some life to them! They looked almost dew-kissed.  And I recently broke down and bought the big DSP packs by color family. They are awesome!! Why did I wait so long?!

Inside I stamped the companion stamp to the sentiment on the front. The Petite Pairs set is great for this! I like to leave plenty of space to put a handwritten note to the recipient, so I like to tuck the stamped sentiment towards a corner.

  • Stamps: Bordering on Romance, Petite Pairs
  • Ink: Jet Black Staz-On, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Crumb Cake
  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Brights DSP pack, Watercolor paper
  • Other: Signo white gel pen, White Baker's Twine, Lace Ribbon border punch, Aquapainter, Smooch Pearlized Top Coat, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Go Guitar!

Ok, I have to confess that is has been really hard for me to tear myself away for the amazingly warm weather we are having here in Northern MN. We are usually still having  highs in the 30's and still have lots of snow on the ground. Check out this post from last April! The last 2 weeks, the lows have barely made it to 40 let alone 30! I am actually thinking about planting my garden in a couple weeks instead on the last week of May, which is when it is normally safe to plant started plants. They actually had to turn off the heat and start the air conditioning at work this week...which is a 2 day process apparently. Bring in the fans! I can't believe it was getting into the 80's in the hospital when it was only in the 50-60's outside. Not fun when you are running your butt off, lol!
I was inspired by someone's card out in the blogosphere to make this style card. I have just spent more time searching for the inspiration card than I did writing this post, so I am sorry, I can't reference the one to blame ;)

As you problably have noticed already, there are a lot of boys/men in my house and in my family. I have been the only female in the house for a long time now. SO I am always in the need for more masculine cards. I could not resist doing this fun guitar card!

This card base was made with a 3¼"x11 card base scored at 4½" and then added a 1" strip that I die cut with an Adorning Accents die to create the curve. I still have my little Star punch and it sure comes in handy ;)

Inside I stamped just above some of the fabulous Everyday Enchantment DSP that is a Sale-A-Bration goodie! I love how this turned out! Now, who will be appropriately appreciative of such a gem? Hmmm... Geoffrey, my youngest turns 16 on May 1st and he is teaching himself to play guitar. He already plays viola, alto sax, and bari sax. Dakota (just turned 20, OMGosh!) and Geoffrey begged for an Xbox game that you plug an electric guitar into and it teaches you to play guitar, and I caved.
  •  Stamps: Grunge Rock, Bring on the Cake
  • Ink: Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso
  • Paper: Naturals Ivory, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Poppy Parade, Early Espresso, Everyday Enchantment DSP
  • Other: Big Shot with Adorning Accents die and Circle #2 die,  small Star punch, non-SU guitar die, Stampin' Dimensionals
Well, this is Tanya, signing off from my deck! The birds are calling!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

SASCRAP75 Sketch Challenge and Tent Love

It's the first Saturday of March! Wow, where did February go?! As usual, last month was packed with activity and seemed to just fly right on by. Then a few days ago, Holly reminded me that it was time to do another sketch. It is embarrassing to admit that I put this all together at 10:00pm last night! So here goes. You can find the official challenge thread here.

I know there is a way to fill a punch with a picture, but for the life of me, I couldn't remember it last night. I am sure that plenty of people remember how though :) This one is fairly simple and I actually tried to force some embellishments on it, but it felt unbalanced somehow. You sure could add them, and I would love to see what you all add!

Here is my sample picture. I did not start with the photos and build from there this time. I just grabbed the first photos I found on a CD filled with old pictures. Sometimes we need to challenge ourselves that way, especially if you tend to dawdle over a page for hours, like me :)
These pictures are from Easter 2003 when we had found kid tents with kid sized sleeping bags for an amazingly affordable price. We got them for the kids, and they were so excited! I think they had to wait a month to use them, since we frequently have snow until into May here in northern MN, and if there isn't snow, then the ground is wet and muddy! But they had that tent set up as fast as they could! My kids are almost all adults now, and they still have a tent pitched out in the yard a good chunk of the summer. They sleep in them, hang out with their friends, play poker, or just read in peace :) The Tent Love never faded, lol!
I used the Piece of Cake DSP with My Digital Studio, which I had forgotten I had! It is a Sale-A-Bration goodie, and is full of goodness. The blue is not quite the same on the tent, but I love the star-burst effect on the paper and the fun patterns on the other papers. Definitely full of energy.

Ok, now show us what you've got!


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