Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Got into card / envelop making yesterday and today.
Be sure to scroll down to see the 'box' envelope
I made to put the 'too' embellished card in,
with just a short toot~
And, check the last of this post to see my
Tipsy yard decoration I made this year...

First the card...

I was inspired by DD's (Kim who is Living in Paradise) card. She used some DP from SU! that I just couldn't get the hang of. It's dark paper and I didn't find it very inspiring, but her card is so elegant that I decided to give it a try. I almost threw this away and start over with softer colors. I persevered though and finally finished it late last night. Then I made a envelope with the new SU! diagonal score board this morning. What fun to be able to make matching envelopes and not put a beautiful card into a plain white one! But the embellishments were too 'thick' and would be mushed so I decided to make a box envelope. I followed SU! directions and cut a 7 3/4" square on the first one, but for the box envelope I cut an 8" square. Then I scored (on the diagonal) at 4 1/8, added a 1/4" and scored it again. Repeat on the opposite side. Flip again and score at 3 1/8", add 1/4" and score again. Repeat on the opposite side. It was difficult to tape together because it would flatten out when I tried to super sticky tape it. So...I cut a 1/4" thick core board the size of the card and folded the envelope around it and then had a firm surface to retain the shape of the 'box'. Clear as mud? Maybe the pictures below will help.

I believe the post office would charge extra
for this due to the bulk of the card/envelope.
I should mail one to myself and see!

I am entering this card/envelop in the following inspiring challenges
Everybody Art Challenge - monochromatic brown
All Sorts Challenge - any die will do

CCEE Stampers - for a guy
Chocolate Coffee Cards -Shades of brown and Cream colors, YUM!
Cooking It Up with Katie - for a special guy, texture and finish with a little metal
Crafty Calendar Challenge - flowers in bloom
Craft Your Passion - things with wings
Creative Craft Challenge - tweet, tweet
Cupcake Craft Challenge - birds of a feather
Desert Island Crafts Challenge - Choice of 10 (ribbons, wings, metal hardware)
Incy Wincy Designs - Anything goes
Lollipop Crafts - Flowers in bloom
Love to Create - Anything Goes
Paper Play Challenge - use a die cut
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
Pile It On - Make your own embellishment (flower)
Stampin' for the Week-end - Show Us Your Style (Vintage)
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - ribbons and bows
Pals Paper Arts - Sketch

Now for the Tipsy Surprise!

My time is consumed with Pinterest
the past several months.
Lots and lots of pins.
Haven't tried many of them except for recipes.
 My DH is lovin' that!

I saw the Tipsy flower pots and actually
made it in our newly enlarged flower bed.

The directions said to use rebarb to 'chain' 
the pots through the drainage holes.

DH suggested a Shepard's hook.
I said "Naw, can't get the pots over the hook!"
Mark your calendars! 
He was right!

Ignore the marigolds around the bottom.
Didn't think they would grow since
I started them from seeds.
Mark your calendars! I
 was wrong again!

OK, put your calendars away.
I'm only allowed 2 wrongs each year.
I'm done!

ps On the Shepard's hook I hung our hummingbird feeder.
We have had Orioles, woodpeckers,
and hummingbirds using it.


Monday, June 18, 2012


Life got in my way and did not leave any time or mojo for card making the last couple months.
End of the school year was way too busy as usual.
Less than 24 hours after my last day of work I'm sick, with a fever.
It lasted 2 weeks and took another 2 weeks to get my energy back.
In the middle of all that, my DD Kim came home for a 2 week vacation.
She ended up taking care of me.
I'm not a very good patient!

Then my DD and good friend Patti J encouraged me to dig deep for the mojo.
I did.
Here it is!

The sad part about all of this is that I placed a couple orders with SU! from the new 2012-13 catalog and I didn't even 'play' with it till today. Love the new catalog and for this card I used the new Bright Blossoms stamp set and Summer Smooches DP. Oh, please notice that I made a matching envelope. I also ordered the new diagonal scoring plate, never used it till today and in less that 5 minutes (that includes reading the simple directions), I had made an envelope. Think of the money I can save! Also new to me, is the edgelits-Adorning Accents (and embossing folder to match). Check out the bottom portion of the front of the card. Everything went together very quickly and just following a few challenges made it even easier to dig up that lost mojo!

Lexi's Creations - Happy Birthday
Just Us Girls - color challenge-red, white and blue
The Saturday Challenge - color challenge-red, white and blue
Stamping 411 Color challenge - high school colors, graduated from McCluer in 19--!
Let's Ink it Up - favorite embellishments (ribbon and pearls)
Creatalicious Challenge - Anything Goes
Robyn's Fetish Challenge - Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge - recipe-ribbon, pearls, dies/punches

Thanks for stopping by!