Thursday, May 19, 2011

Blog Candy, PPA #94A and Lily Pad Cards: Daisies And Dots

I've won blog candy!  First I sat in shock, then I started saying "Oh my gosh!" repeatedly to my laptop.  The blog candy was a Cuttlebug and two punches (one a snowflake and one that could be a daisy or the spokes of a wheel, or whatever I imagine it to be as I have it fit into part of a card).  I'm loving the Cuttlebug and have been curious about it for easily as long as I can remember in my crafting history. 

I love that when I have to get off of my feet I can sit with my feet up, resting my back on a heating pad and still have the pleasure of occasionally being able to emboss and die cut with the Cuttlebug.  How did I live all of these years without one?!!  This generous set of gifts came from a lady by the name of Carol (a/k/a:  "Craftin' Granny")  of Craftin' Granny's Card Shack, in celebration of her "Bloggerversary."  The cards she makes are unparallelled in both their array of layers and embellishments but their color combinations.  Every time I look at one of her cards I know I have to go back and take another look, because I take notice of something that I did not see during a previous blog visit.  It's like a "Where's Waldo?" type of scenario where you keep looking because you don't want to miss a Waldo, and you won't want to miss any facet of her lovely cards.  Please be sure to visit her blog and leave a comment for her.  You'll leave her blog feeling like you've visited a special place on the web.  You may even want to become one of her followers, like I have done. 

Now...onto the card!  Tonight I used my new Cuttlebug for the first time to do all of the embossing on this card "Daisies and Dots," created two challenges this week's Paper Pal Arts Sketch Challenge #94A and then this month's Lily Pad Cards Embossing Challenge (which I found via complimenting someone else's card submission to PPA# 94A. 

The components for this embossed card have been cut and prepared for making at least 10 more units for Operation Write Home, which just met its 1,000,000 card goal--YAY! 

Card Ingredients
Papers:  Ivory CS (Staples, 110#), More Mustard CS, More Mustard DSP.
Punches:  Eyelet Border.
Big Shot/Cuttlebug:  Daisy Die (Ellison), Dot Emboss Folder, Petals-A-Plenty Emboss Folder.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

OWH: Father's Day 2011 Neck Tie Tutorial Challenge

Yesterday I visited the Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps Challenge.  It turns out that they are in dire need of Father's Day cards for our troops to send home to their dads.  A quick and easy tutorial was provided on how to make a neck tie and dress shirt card for dad and the call to action was for everyone to please make five units and to send the cards to a local shipper right away...the overseas shipping deadline is/was rapidly approaching.  So, early last night my two youngest children wanted to know what I was working on and I got to show them how to make origami neck ties.  It was time well spent with my children.  This post contains the first finished card with a textured cardstock "shirt." 

May 15, 2011 Update:  A total of 20 cards have been completed...a little behind my desired schedule...but done nonetheless.  Adhesive pearls were placed on each of the lapels, and the idea for that came from the first person to submit her cards to this OWH challenge.  Her name is Jen and her blog is called, "The Sparkle Within."  I've included a link to her neck-tie cards, too.  Please be sure to visit the links below: 

Card Ingredients
Papers:  Ivory CS (Staples 110#), Elegant Soiree DSP, Soft Suede (Textured) CS.
Embellishments:  Flat Head Gold Eyelets (Brand Unknown), #2 Brass Plated Fasteners (Acco, 1/2"), Adhesive Pearls (Recollections).
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