I LOVE to create greeting cards. This is a place
for me to share some of my favorite cards with family,
fellow card-makers,and friends.
Update: Since I began this card-making blog in 2009, we have moved to a warm, sunny place, retired, and gotten very busy. Even though my love of making cards has not lessened, my time "for" card-making has diminished. I had actually considered taking down my blog because of my lack of time to make and post cards. Instead I will try to post more regularly with a variety of things. Please bear with me while I attempt to expand my topics.
Again, being brutally honest, this is NOT my design either. My SU! demo and dear friend, Deb, designed this card for one of her FANTASTIC events in November. I merely replicated it using the supplies I had. Deb used the Top Note die for sale through SU! I used a Nestabilities die. She used the lovely floral embossing folder by SU! and I used the lattice embossing folder by SU! as well. (Actually I believe that Sizzix makes them for SU!) Deb used Cherry Cobbler and Pear Pizzazz cardstock while I had to use Real Red and Wild Wasabi. Either combination works well, though. The stamp set we BOTH used is called Welcome Christmas by SU!
I am loving their new unmounted stamps ... especially when you NEED to be very accurate with placement and don't want to go through the Stamp-a-ma-jig process. I am not sure what ribbon Deb used (she had sweetly tied the bows for our use ahead of time). I am sure it was SU!, though. Much to MY excitement, I tied my own bow for this card! FINALLY, I have mastered the Bow-Easy template! I bought a Bow-Easy a number of years ago. I tried and tried to figure out how to tie the bows using it. After a long time with no success, I am pretty sure I gave it away. However, I happened to be watching one of Gina K's videos one day and she was using the Bow-Easy. She demonstrated how to use it. So I ordered another one from her online store. They are very inexpensive. Anyway, it came. I sat down in front of my computer and became watching Gina K's video, again and again. I would learn that I was not getting just one of the steps. However, this time I made up my mind that I WAS going to figure out how to use it. I "googled" Bow-Easy. After looking at a few more videos, I came across one that not only showed, but explained carefully that one step I was not "getting". BINGO! Success! One hint I got from either that video or another one was that you need to use lightweight ribbon for the best results. I started out with Real Red grosgrain ribbon (it was 1/4 inch) but too heavy and not pliable enough. For this card I used some ribbon that I purchased at Anchor Express. It is just 1/4 inch nylon ribbon. On the brochure with the Bow-Easy, it says you can use any width ribbon, braid, threads, cords, and even fabrics.
Well, it is time to get back to work on more cards and baking a Heath Bar chocolate cake for tomorrow night's "Wine & Dine".
Have a great weekend! Not sure how our weekend will play out. Minnesota has made the national weather today as the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning as well as extremely cold temperatures!
Finally ... a card to share. It isn't my personalize design, but it is a variation of someone else's creativity. SU! Real Red and Night of Navy card stock was used for this card as well as Very Vanilla. I love the SU! corner and border scallop punches which I used here. The sentiment was stamped on the Very Vanilla and then punched out with another SU! punch. Online I learned how to punch two more pieces in the Night of Navy and cut one lengthwise and the other in half vertically. By putting these four pieces together, you get a "mat" for the sentiment piece. Credit for the card design goes to LeeAnn. Thanks so much, LeeAnn!
As I look out my kitchen window, I see more snow falling this morning ... nice, big flakes adding to the 6.5 inches we got over the weekend. It really gets you into the spirit of the season. I've been on a quest since Thursday to get as much of my shopping down by Tuesday as possible. I'm getting close to accomplishing my goal! Hurray! Then I can just settle in and do some creating in my card room. My hands are itching to play with rubber, ink, paper, ribbon, dies, embossing folders and all those other fun things in there.
Have a GREAT week ... and please check back in mid-week. I am SO HOPEFUL of posting some cards! :D