Saturday, May 30, 2009

Adhesives and wedding cards

I don't know why but I LOVE to make wedding cards! Something about the elegant and pretty mix involved just makes me want to do more and more. Here is an easy one that I did last weekend for the store. I love the Textile Cuttlebug Folder for that Shabby Chic inked look, and that's exactly what I did here. After I embossed the white cardstock, I inked over it very lightly with "angel pink" Tsukineko Momento ink. If you're careful, you can just use the whole ink pad and no need to use brushes or foam. The raised embossing makes it easy to ink.

I framed that piece of paper on to the medium purple cardstock. I punched the bottom with a Martha Stewart Doilie Lace border punch before adhering the white. Then I matted them both on the dark purple, and adhered it to the card base. I cut the scalloped oval with my Spellbinders Nestabilities and Cuttlebug and then stamped and embossed the sentiment. The sentiment is an old rubber stamp I've had for years from the Dollar Store :) The embossing powder is by Stampendous.

The thing that really makes this card is the trim. I got it at Walmart in their trim section for half off last month, KNOWING full well that I'd use it all up on wedding cards, LOL! Adhering fancy trim like this can be difficult, and you don't want it coming off. Let me share a pretty foolproof way of doing this. First of all, I take a very strong adhesive like 3L Craft & Photo Tape. It's a strip adhesive, it's clear and not very wide so you can't see it through the trim. After I put the adhesive where I want the trim, I take my liquid adhesive (I use 450 Quick Dry because it's really strong and clear and super quick drying!) and make dots on the ends and two dots in the middle of the strip of adhesive. Now why the 2 adhesives you ask? The photo & craft tape holds the fancy trim in place very well, but not quite as well as the liquid adhesive. Once the liquid adhesive is on there, it's on for good. The Craft & Photo tape allows the trim to stay in place securely while the liquid adhesive dries, making sure it doesn't slip or slide.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sympathy Card

This is a very simple card I put together in about 3 minutes. The flowers are rubons from Prima and the Sentiment is from Black River Designs. The butterflies I received from my Swap Pal in Spitsville! Thanks Sarah! The ribbon is from Alexx Kesh. TFL!

Monday, May 25, 2009


It seems like I've been so incredibly busy, but I really can't tell you what I've been doing. The kids are now out of school, The weather has been nice, we've started doing family bike rides again, and I'm all registered for classes at UNK in the fall. Well, maybe I can tell you what I've been doing after all ;)
I got registered on Friday May 22nd for 4 classes (12 credit hours) towards my Bachelors of Language Arts. My goal is to be a high school teacher if you didn't already know, and with a Language Arts degree, I'll have several classes I'm qualified to teach. I have an Associates Degree right now, so I'm transferring in as a Junior. I'm getting excited to go back!

As for scrapbooking and card making, I took about a week off after my deadline and started back up again on Friday making some cards to sell. I plan on going into the store this afternoon to see how many I've actually sold and which types I need to replenish. Hopefully it will be a lot!

In the mean time, here is a card I did yesterday. We've gotten a fair amount of rain in the last few days, so I think this is appropriate. I drew the umbrella and handle onto purple cardstock and cut them out separately. I adhered the handle directly to the white circle and propped the top of the umbrella up on foam dots. Then I took the rub-on sentiment and adhered one word at a time so I could fit it around the circle shape. As an afterthought, I added the blue gems because I thought the umbrella needed a little something. TFL!
Paper: Prima
Cardstock: American Crafts
Rub-on: Melissa Frances
Gems: Kaisercraft
Tools: Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Circle Nestabilities

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Almost there

Well, here I go again leaving a WEEK in between posts! I do have an excuse though, deadline for Scrap 'n Art is this Saturday. So that means we're trying to get all of our projects (20-25!!!) done and uploaded with supply lists on top of doing the final edits on our articles and other written features. After that though, I get about 2 weeks of just fun scrapping :) So hopefully I'll be here blogging a bit more. ahhhhhh...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Send those cards!

For any of you who have NOT sent out Mothers Day cards yet, get that done today!

Here's a Mothers Day card I made a while back. Lots of layers!

As you can see, I got use of my Cuttlebug again. If you look you can see the Swiss Dots and Birds and Swirls embossing. The circle was cut with Spellbinders and my Cuttlebug as well. My best friend Dayna just got herself a Cuttlebug, I'm so excited to share with her! Yea Dayna ♥

I used 3 different stamp sets on this card. The butterflies are from Clearly Inspired, the "you're amazing" is from Verve Stamps, and the "mom" is a mystery set I got 2nd hand from a friend. I used Tulip Pearl paint to make the pearls around the scallop. The white ruffle is just some old trim I got from my mom. TLF!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Window Cards

I am still having a great time with the Cuttlebug! One thing I've found that is a lot of fun and quite easy is to make window cards. All you do is use a die (I use Spellbinders nestabilities) and cut a window out of the front of your card. Then cut a piece of transparency (I use cheap office transparency) to fit the back of the front side of the card. In this case, my card was a 5x7, so I cut a 5x7 piece of transparency and adhered it with vellum adhesive to the inside. The sentiment is on the inside of the card, but shows through the window. I also used vellum adhesive to adhere the flowery die cut to the front of the card.

When you're done it looks like a pretty fancy job! Of course you don't have to use transparency for the window, but I think it really adds a professional touch. TFL!
Paper: Basic Grey
Stamps: Verve Stamps
Ink: Tsukineko Momento
Accessories: Misc trim, Stampendous! gold butterfly, Tulip pearl paint, Prima flower

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Finally a nice weekend

After cold and rainy weekends, this one looks like it's shaping up to be nice! It's still a bit chilly out, but the sun is shining and after all the rain we've gotten, everything is so green and flowery. Last night, Levi and I moved two big bunches of lilies to the front yard and planted them around the front of our porch. They were in a weird place in the back yard and there was nothing planted in front of the porch, so that solved two problems :) We went to Menards last evening as well and looked at all their garden stuff. It smelled so wonderful! I love greenhouses and garden centers.

Well, I hope that you've all read the latest eZine from Scrap 'n Art! Or I hope that you've at least had time to scope it out. We have had to grow and change so much over the past year, it's been exciting! Because of all the changes and heavily increased work load, we're moving to a subscriber method for the next issue. But don't fret! It's only $9.99 a YEAR, and that includes our un-revealed subscriber website and all new contests, giveaways, digi freebies, and much much more. We're also changing the format of the eZine, making it easier to read and eliminating text and adding more LOs, cards, and other projects.

Here's a springy card I've saved.

If you're in the Kearney area, this card is for sale at Annie Kay & Co right downtown. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, thanks for stopping by!

Spring Card: Stamp: Kodomo; Markers: Copic; Die cut/embossing machine: Cuttlebug; Misc ribbon and metal charm

Friday, May 1, 2009

New Issue of Scrap 'n Art!

Don't miss out on all the excellent freebies and offers either! Go to the website to see more information on these stamps and accessories we're GIVING AWAY!!!