Sunday, January 26, 2014

Card in a Box: Third project in three days!

Can't believe it!
Spent more time in the craft room these past few days
than I have in the past few months!
This is it for awhile tho--
this next week and week-end is packed full.
My friend Theresa posted a project she found
on Facebook
and since I needed to make a birthday card--
I thought I would give it a try.
You can find the tutorial at  Frenchie Stamps
It looks complicated-but it is super, super easy!
I had so much fun decorating it
It is called a card in a box
and the idea is that it folds flat to fit in an invitation sized enve (A2)
and then opens up into a box
with stuff in the middle.
Since I was going to hand-deliver mine
I went wild with the pop dots (no surprise there!),
the layers and the embellishments!

I used CTMH cardstock and both CTMH and SU stamps
colors are CTMH blush and lagoon and plain old white
oh and spring green I think for the leaves... 

It is really, really cute in person
and it was soooo easy to do---the base went together in no time
and I spent the majority of the time embellishing.
That's my kind of project!
I have an issue with one of my stamp blocks---
I've never had this happen before-
it appears the ink has "leached into" the block...
there is no ink on the  block itself-it has literally leaked inside it....?

 This is a view from the side of the block

I am not a happy camper.
Not sure what CTMH will say----going to find out.
None of my other blocks have done this---and not sure why this one has.
That's it, folks!

 Until next time,
happy stamping and scrapping.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Whoo's Your Valentine - Candy Bar Cover Tutorial

Two posts in two days---
seems as if it's either feast or famine around here!
The preschool at the church I work for
asked for some candy bar covers for their fundraiser.
We did some at Christmas time
and now, with Valentine's Day around the corner
they asked for more.
So I went to work.
I wanted to use things I had on hand--
(2 of my 3 part-time jobs having been eliminated,
my donations may be down a bit as well...)
So I pulled out some plain white cardstock,
my Cranberry and Black CTMH ink pads
and a retired Whoo's Your Valentine Stamp set.
I also got my Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge,
paper cutter, crimper and Lipstick Red Copic marker.
Got all that?
Oh-and adhesive (Scotch tape gun here!), one oval SU punch,
my SU score board and blocks for my stamps.
I think that's it!
First I played with a sample of what I wanted to do---

Once I got that laid out-I went to work.
I cut hearts using the AP Cricut Cartridge.

If using the Cricut vs. a punch and are going to stamp on them as I did,
leave them on the mat and stamp them before removing them!
Neat little trick!
Next I scored some down the middle

Then put adhesive on the back of three of them,
fold them in half, and line them up down the center---

Then attach this layered piece to one solid heart
(not necessary-but it gave it a little more oomph).
Set those aside.

Next cut your white cardstock to 7" by 7"
(this holds a full size Hershey bar).
Next I stuck my stamps onto my block
to do one panel of the candy bar cover.

Inked it up good with black ink

and stamped.
I did use a mouse pad underneath my cardstock-
the other block with stamps was much larger
and using the mouse pad makes sure you get a
good stamped image as it has some "give" to it
which makes up for any inconsistencies in the table top,
the block, or the stamps themselves.

First panel done---one to go...

And here's what my hand-stamped now designer paper
looked like once I got done...

Next you are going to score it...

I *think* I used 2 5/8" and 5 3/8"

Next take your SU punch and lining it up in the center
of that center panel
(the outside edges of the punch almost touch the score lines)
go half-way in and punch.
This gives you a little opening to get the candy bar out the top.

Next run a strip of adhesive on the back side--on the right hand panel edge
and along the bottom...
Fold the left hand panel in and secure at the bottom...
Fold the right-hand panel in and secure at bottom and side.
Here's the back view...

and the front view...
Add adhesive to the backside of your dimensional heart
and attach to the front of the candy bar holder...

Crimp the bottom of the candy bar holder to help keep it secure...
and add a little extra dimension...

Trick here-
I tuck the bottom end of the candy bar holder into the crimper
and use my boob to help balance the other end so it doesn't go cattywhampus on my...
the candy bar holder that is...geesh!
Wanting to carry the red pop from the front to the back,
I colored in that one little heart on the back...


I made a total of 20...
didn't take to long
and I gotta say I love love love---the black and white
with the little bit or red pop!
That's it for today!
Hope you enjoyed it--hope you'll try it.
Until next time,
happy stamping and scrapping!


Beth's Future...

It seems like it's been forever since I've added a new post---
beginning to wonder if I remember how!
The good news is--this guy seems to be improving slowly.
Update: Sat pm-scratch this---we seem to be having
a major set back--I'm not sure what's going on at this point...
abdominal distress for sure--unknown cause...
and Momma stress for sure...
While his appetite is still not where I'd like it to be
he was sitting on the boxes under my work table
in my craft room meowing at me for treats.
Baby steps.
We dodged a bullet -- for now.
Thanks for the good wishes, thoughts and prayers.
It's so hard on me
when my "fur babies" can't tell me what's wrong!

I am friends with a young lady in our church
who was going through a difficult time.
I wanted to share some encouragement, strength and hope with her
and I thought of this image from Mo Manning...

I printed it out several times--colored the different layers and then started building...
the background image first,  then the crystal ball
(I cut and pasted the crystal ball in Publisher-added the text and printed it...)
that I first used Crystal Effects on and it just didn't give it enough "oomph" to suit me
so I dug out a flat backed glass marble
and used it instead (I used the CE to adhere it and it seems to be staying just fine)!
Then I added the last layer I had trimmed out-the hair, arm and face
so it really looks like she is leaning forward over the crystal ball.
It really could use some glitter and sparkle but-
the way things were going today,
it was better to leave this well enough alone!
On the inside...I added another image
with my message layered into it (again using Publisher)

 which I choose to make a pop-up on the inside...

I can speak from experience when I say that, no matter what,
God has our back.
We may not know or understand why things are happening as they are---
we may not like it (I've thrown a lot of tantrums, for sure--
I am a red-head (as is Beth!) after all...)
in the end, when all is said and done,
I can stand and testify that His way---and His will
is far better than anything I would have hoped or dreamed.
As that moldy-oldie goes...
Put your hand in the hand of the Man who stilled the water...
Put your hand in the hand of the Man who calmed the sea...
Yeah, I'll keep holdin' His hand--no matter what.
I hope Beth will, too!

Until next time,
happy stamping and scrapping!

stay tuned-
today I am working on Valentine candy bar covers...
hope to finish and post tomorrow....tomorrow....
I love you, tomorrow...
lol-these random songs just seem to keep coming to mind this morning!


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Happy HECTIC New Year!

I have not run away
(but hope too-just for a long-week-end).

We started 2014 off with a bang
or I should say a CRASH--
well, actually we WITNESSED a CRASH
that had several bangs included.
Hubby and I decided to take a ride New Year's Day
just to a couple neighboring townsand we stopped to eat
at Golden Corral.
It was dark-and spritzing rain when we left
and we were sitting on the service road
waiting to get onto the main road
when the light changed for the other side-
a couple came across---
and a lady to our left either didn't see the red light or ran it---
they collided-she did a donut
and hit the other couple again-
swerved across the two lanes of traffic
and onto the entrance to the service road
and stopped a mere 2 feet from us.
I saw  her coming---hubby was driving
and there was no where to go.
There was a very small raised median
that I KNOW did not stop her-
when I saw her stop
it was almost as if she hit an invisible solid wall...
it was that abrupt.
I sense an ANGEL was looking over us.
No one was seriously injured.
Pretty sore, I am sure, but they walked away.
Thank you, Jesus.
The Monday of that same week...
I left this guy
(who is the awesomely good Russell cat at the vets...)
The Sound Cat veterinary hospital
for a radioactive iodine treatment
for hyperthyroidism.
We then got the good GREAT NEWS
that there is no cancer
(we learned from the pre-treatment exam we are dealing with
irritable bowel disease and suspected small cell lymphoma).
He breezed through the thyroid treatment and, for them, ate great.
Not so for Momma.
(he lives up to his name when you try to pill/treat him at home)
It was a very, very long, stressful week-end.
Not eating. Trying EVERYTHING (including baby food).
Trying to get appetite stimulant meds and Pepcid
in a cat that won't eat (and isn't easily pillable-what cat is?!)
with no success.
Then the nausea set in.
Sat. I was on the phone with two vets
and I had two meltdowns in the course of the day.
God and I had a serious talk.
Some fist shaking even went on.
Injectable meds
(piece of cake-I dealt with the diabetic cat and insulin injections)
got him settled down some
so we could get the other meds in--and staying down
and, eventually, food, too.
We're at day 2 of eating well---
so I pray we are on the upswing,
that the chewable meds will be here
in time for us to leave
and still have our pet sitter when we get back!
I am exhausted.
This is the senior citizen of our bunch---
and I know that someday
well, we'll leave it at that.
We are taking things one day at a time in 2014---
and counting our blessings.
I am so tired
that, even tho there will be lots of free time
for me to relax and stamp and scrap if I so choose,
I'm not taking much.
I just need some rest.
And a cuddle.
A back rub wouldn't hurt, either...
Stamping and scrapping stuff
coming soon.
I promise.
Until next time-do some for me!