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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

25th anniversary box

My hubby, Dave, and I just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary!
I can't believe it's been 25 yrs.
I wanted to make a little something for him that I could put his gift into,
so I made this little box.
I used black card stock to make the box.
The silver on the sides was done with some tape
I got at a local hardware store. 
(Perfect for a Silver Anniversary!)
 I don't know what it's called, but I believe it is used on ducts.
I just asked the guy for foil tape and explained that it was very thin and used on ducts (or possible pipes) and he lead me right to it.
 
When the backing is peeled off the tape, it is quite thin,
 so I put it onto some card stock. 
 

I then ran it through the Cuttlebug in an embossing folder.
I have, in the past, tried to emboss the tape
before removing the backing, but that just didn't work. 
Removing the backing isn't difficult after it is embossed,
but not wrinkling the tape is near impossible.
Then when I tried to adhere it to my project,
much of the embossing got 'flattened' in the process,
the tape is just not sturdy enough to hold the embossing,
so I came up with the idea of putting it onto card stock.
 
Once it was embossed, I could cut it to size
and used ATG tape to adhere it to the little box.
The box was the perfect size for hubby's gift.
 
Thanks for stopping by today.
I hope you have enjoyed my little tutorial and will try it out.
Alcohol inks work great on this foil tape too.
Just apply with a ink blending tool and a felt pad.
Have fun and let me know if you try it out!
 
Until next time, Happy Crafting!
 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Flower Power

It's February 25th and that means its a new challenge on
This week's theme is
"Flower Power"
I chose to use
"Daisy Bouquet" (#9201) from
I have 2 cards made with the same image.
This first image I stamped onto white card stock
and colored with FlexMarkers. 
I then inked around the image with Distress Ink
and a blending tool with a foam pad.

This second image was stamped onto white card stock
and colored with water color crayons.
Isn't it amazing how different they look with different colors?
I think the first one is nice, but I like the second one much better.
It often depends on the colors etc.
I guess my point is, if you don't like it the first time,
 color an image again with different colors,
a different technique or different medium.
You may just find that you do like that image,
you just have to find the way you like it colored.
Thanks for stopping by today, pop over to the
and get all the particulars about the challenge and join in the fun!
 
Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Monday, February 18, 2013

The Unicorn Song

"You'll see green alligators and long-necked geese,
some humpty backed camels and come chimpanzees.
Cats and rats and elephants, as sure as you're born.
But you're never gonna see no unicorn."
 
When I saw that the challenge for today on the
was "Inspired by a song" 
I had no idea what I'd do.
Then I started looking through my Eureka! Stamps
 and saw the animals and right away
came to mind.
I don't have those particular animals for my card, so I used
"Girl Balloon Holder" (#13803)
"Elephant Balloon" (#5205)
"Giraffe Balloon" (#5209)
"Zebra Balloon" (#8001)
"Parrot Balloon" (#23906)
 
There are LOTS of different balloons and holders
and one is just as cute as the next! 
So hop on over to see them at the
For this card, I did a lot of fussy cutting.
I stamped each image, colored it with FlexMarkers then fussy cut them.
The background was created using Distress Inks and a blending tool.
I used a bit of embroidery cotton for the balloon strings.
I hope my card has inspired you in some way, or maybe brought back a memory of The Unicorn Song, your childhood or maybe another song that you may use for our challenge.
Stop in at the Eureka! Stamps Blog for all
the particulars of the challenge.
Then create something and let us see it.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Leave a comment and let me know if you remember
The Unicorn Song
Some again soon!
 
Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Andrea's Card

I needed a card for a 1 yr. olds birthday.
And who doesn't like baby animals?
They are just so darn cute.
Today I have a card made with 
"Baby Animals" (#40204) from
I stamped the image onto white card stock
and colored it with FlexMarkers.
The background is some embossed Core'dinations card stock.
I love that stuff!  I sanded it a bit to bring out the lighter pink on the flowers
then added both pieces to the white card base.

Inside, I used the same Core'dinations.
I used a Martha Stewart punch to punch the Happy Birthday twice.
I punched it once as you see here,
then I flipped the card stock to the other side,
which is the lighter pink, and punched it again.
I used ATG tape to adhere them together
and I off set the lighter pink just a bit. 
If you look close you can see that
the lighter pink "outlines" the words to the left.
 
Thanks for stopping by today and seeing what I have to show you.
I hope you'll leave a comment and stop by again soon.
 
Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Day at Sculpture Park

Here are a few more layouts that I did recently at
My Happy Place
You can see how far behind I am with my scrapping,
these are pictures from 1998.
They are from a day we spent with the kids at Sculpture Park.
Dave and I took a lot of pictures and that year for Christmas Dave surprised me with several of them framed in some really cool frames for our mantle.
This layout is very typically my style with the leaves added here and there.
 
I love this layout, I love the different shapes and cuts
for the picture matts that I did. 

This one is not typical for me.  I feel like I need to add more to it,
but the ladies at MHP liked it just the way it is.
So, I'm going to leave it just as is, very clean and simple.
 
Thanks for stopping by today.
Leave me a comment and let me know which
of the 3 layouts you like the best.
 
Until next time, Happy Crafting!
 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Eureka! Stamps Challenge February 11th

Hello blog friends!
It's time for another
Eureka! Stamps Challenge.
For particulars check out the
Today our theme is
"Swirls and Pearls"
For my card I chose to use
"Lg Filagree Heart" (#24601) from
Eureka! Stamps
I love this image and used it for a last weeks challenge of
"Sweethearts"
This week I stamped the image with VersaMark ink onto
gold vellum. 
Then I heat embossed it with white embossing powder.
I added some stick on pearls from my stash of bling, layered it onto
a white card stock base and I have a beautiful, elegant card.
I hope you will join the challenge this week.
Thanks for stopping today.
I hope you'll leave a comment and come again soon.
 
Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

MHP layouts

Hello there blog friends!
How about a couple more layouts?
These are a couple that I made about crops at
My Happy Place.
The first one is a few pictures from our first weekend long crop.
There were a fun group of us and we went out to dinner on Saturday evening at TGI Friday's
We have made our weekend long crop an annual event.
This 2nd layout was from one of our all day crops that we had in 2009.
Yeah, I'm a bit behind!
We had so much fun!
If you click on the pictures you can see them bigger.
Now see that layout picture in the upper right hand corner?
Kelsie won the layout contest with it.  It's a layout about a day that she and I went down to the river together for some "us" time.
And that picture just below it of someone with a camera in front of their face?
That's my friend Lisa, whenever we are together and are taking pictures we have to take pictures of each other taking pictures of each other.  We both have a whole bunch of these pictures.
Yeah, we're strange, but that's okay we love each other anyway, or maybe that's why.
Thanks for stopping by for a visit, I hope you have enjoyed seeing a couple more layouts.  There will be more to come soon.
 
Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Butterfly note card

Earlier this week, I posted my card for the
which I used this butterfly image on.
It is "Sm Lacy Butterfly"  (#58902) from
When I was working on the card for the challenge, I colored this butterfly with water color crayons and I liked how it turned out.
But when I went to put it onto the card, I didn't like the colors in combination with the papers I had used.
So I put it aside and colored a new butterfly for that card.
You know my motto
"There are no mistakes, only chances to be more creative"
So I decided to make this little note card.
I embossed some lines onto the yellow piece and the card base using my Score Buddy.
Then simply glued the body of the butterfly to the card.
The wings were left unattached and curled out from the card.
I drew the 'trail' with a Zig pen.
I guess that "mistake" turned out just fine after all, didn't it?
 
I'm glad you stopped by today!
Leave a comment and let me know you were here.
 
Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

A couple layouts

Hello all!
It's been a while since I showed you some layouts.
Well, it's been a while since I worked on any to be honest.
I was on 3 design teams and as much as I loved it, I found I needed to cut it down to only 1 team.  I wasn't getting any scrapbooking done and that was my first love.  So I made the decision and now I have more time to do some of the scrapbooking that I want to get done.
I am notorious for scrapping out of order.
I've been working on a lot of different times in my life.
My kids are now almost 23 and 20 and I've been working on things from when they were little ones right on up to more recent times.
Today I'm showing you a double page layout of the day we had
Jaryd's senior portraits done.
I love how they turned out and need to do another LO so I can use more of them.
Sorry about that glare, I used some Flip Flaps
(I think that's what they are called) from Close To My Heart
and getting a good picture without reflection was near impossible.

Here you can see how they flip up to see the other pictures.
I love these Flip Flaps. They just stack one on top of another.
It's a great way to fit a lot of pictures on a layout.
 
This next layout is of a day spent at Niagara Falls with some of my husbands "art show friends" from out of town.
We went on the Sky Wheel to see the Falls.
I'm afraid of heights, but this was just beautiful.
I'll be doing a few more LOs of that day.
We had such a great time!

Thanks for stopping by today.
Leave me a comment if you will and come again soon.
 
Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mashed Potatoes and Crafts

It's the first Wednesday of the month so head over to
and check out my tutorial.
Here's a little peak at what you'll be seeing today.
Once you check it out, I hope you'll leave a comment on the blog and let us know what you think.
I hope your be inspired to try the technique and make something wonderful!
Thanks for stopping by, come again soon.
 
Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Eureka! Stamps Challenge

It's Monday and that means it's time for another
Eureka! Stamps Challenge.
For the particulars, pop over to the
Today's theme is
"Sweethearts"
This is perfect for me, because my nephew just got engaged.
Pat and Vicki have been together for about 9 yrs and we already consider her part of the family.  I always refer to her as my niece.
We are just so happy for them.
I made this card for them using
"Lg. Filagree Heart" (#24601) from
I stamped with VersaMark ink onto some shimmery white paper and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.
I added a bit of ribbon that I got at Michael's the other day.
Below you can see how beautifully the embossing turned out.
Here is a second card that I made with the same stamp and ribbon.
I embossed this one onto white card stock, layered it onto gold vellum and then onto a white card base.
Thanks for stopping by today.
I hope you have been inspired and will join the
Eureka! Stamps challenge.
 
Until next time, Happy Crafting!