Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Thank you Kelly!

A former co-worker and former Amy's CTMH Stamp Club member told me she was getting rid of a bunch of her crafting stuff and thought I might like to have some of it. She knows I still craft because who can miss all the crafting stuff I post on FB, right?  Well, and I brought up a box of encouragement cards to BOEC recently.  I don't know if she's seen those or not, but I'm sure Debbie Judd Hussey has said something about it, and they are both on day shift.  AND I'm sure I'm the topic of conversation frequently.  (Just kidding!)

Anyway, she said she would bring it to work and if I wanted it, I could come up.  So yesterday we had a date for me to swing by and get it.  HOLY COW....there were four cloth handled grocery size bags of goodies!  I should have brought a hand truck!

I wanted to share the haul with my friends, but didn't want to post ALL the pictures on FB, so here are some snaps of the goodies I brought home yesterday. are going to keep us old gals out of the taverns for many night.  (snicker)

Inks, embellishments, frames, stickers, a stamp placement do-hickey, a stencil and LOTS of stickers.

A girlie girl set, some outdoorsy stamps, flowers and a pretty frame with paw prints and mouses.

A coffee set (you know I'm going to keep that one myself) and this great Southwest design set.  (Yeah, I'm keeping that one too.  I have friends and family that live in NV and other SW states, after all.  Ooooh, the ideas I'm getting for cards.)

Birthday flamingos!  And a set of background stamps.

Who doesn't love House Mouse?

Of all the stamps in this haul, this lovely daisy themed friendship set is only one of two sets that I already had.  And those cute tool stamps...wish I'd had these when there was a call for so many masculine cards on OWH.  I'll still use them!

A bunch of fun sentiments and cute images.  I think that doggie and the fire hydrant are my favorites!

So many fun stamps.  Are you getting card ideas yet?

Moons, stars, frames.  Dreaming of days and nights of crafting...

And two sets of acrylic stamps!  The one on the right even comes with an acrylic block, still in it's original glassine envelope.  I don't think some of these were ever used.  I see a peace symbol!  Far out!

 And now the card stock haul!

There are packs of CTMH design paper in here as well that match some of the card stock.

I didn't get a snapshot of all the embossing powder, there were at least 8 jars of that, 2 were big jumbo size.  And the box of roller stamps with handle, a crimper, a brayer, a couple rolls of ribbon and lots of raffia in a bunch of colors.  

There will be craftiness for countless months of fun here.  

Kelly, you rock.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

July ODBD Challenge - Thank You

This month ODBD is asking for thank you cards.  I think this will be the last one where they send in funds to support OWH, since August 1st is the deadline for all the rest of our cards to be to Sandy.  Such bittersweet feelings about OWH declaring Mission Accomplished.  Let's pray more and more come home from overseas until no one is left in a combat zone!

Here's one I copied from an on line stamping friend, Cherie Caldwell. Hers used a stencil, but I had this hexagonal stamp set from SU! and figured I could make do with that.  I think it turned out pretty good.  Five more for my last box for OWH.

Monday, July 13, 2015

July, back from vacation and I sure missed my craft table. And the infamous Purple Bra story.

Trying to finish up big with OWH and stuffing in some more cards for my box to Sandy.  I think I'll probably finish up this week and send it off.  I'm going to miss this, but think I might try out Operation Gratitude.  My friend on Seongsook's Stampers, Adele, makes cards and crochets scarves for this group.  She also volunteers with a local group down in her area (she lives in southern CA).  I must check and see if there is a local group up here.   I know I'll find something else.  In any event, I can sent my stuff to her to donate there if nothing else.

And meanwhile, I'm filling up my stash of cards to have on hand so no one is missed on their birthdays or other events ever again!  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

I hadn't used this set yet, but thought it would be perfect for a birthday card.

One of the napkins used as the underlaying mat on this coffee themed card.

SU! images, sentiment, paper and inks.  
The flourishes under the flowers are Hero Arts.

Cora asked for a Salty Dog, so I found this image on the inter webs and couldn't resist making a card for her.

I CASE'd Tracy's card from the SU! card party last month and used some of my own Washi tape.  I need to make more, I have a bazillion rolls of the stuff.  :)

Some quick cards for my OWH box.  Great baseball paper, huh?  The line of baseballs on the kraft strip is a sticker.
LOVE the boys of summer, Go Mariners!

This is some great paper I found in my stash and the beach ball image is from an old CTMH set.  The sentiment is from an OWH fund raising set by Hero Arts "Dude".  Ribbon is SU!
Who says you can't mix lines?  I do it all the time.


And the piece de resistance:

The famous purple bra.  In our stamping group, one of the ladies mentioned how when she was at her computer, a spider swung down right in front of her screen and rather than panic, she smooshed it with her purple bra that was handy.  LMAO.  Of course, that has generated at least 2 bra cards in our group so far.  I made this one and sent it out to several friends. The sentiment is computer generated.

 I mean, what's a friend for if not to smoosh spiders for you, huh?  Or at least offer a bra.

I'd do it for you.  OXOX

Annual pilgrimage to VivaLasVegastamps. July 1st, it was payday, what can I say?

Finishing up cards before our vacation starting on the 28th.

I noticed now that I'm sending birthday cards to lots of folks, I need to make more to have on hand.  I love this, though, don't get me wrong.  It's fun sending mail...and getting mail.  God bless the USPS.

Here are some more for my stash and 5 for my OWH box.

June SU! Card making party.

Several of us got together for another fun filled afternoon June 18 at Leonardo's Pizza's back room making cards using Tracy's SU! products.  We always have a lot of fun getting inky...and sharing giggles.  I really like these designs and you will find I CASE'd a few for cards for my last box to OWH.

I have this set and this gives me more ideas on how to use it.  At first I thought that was Washi tape on the red striped and polka dotted strips coming down from the top, but those are stamps!  The stars are stamped and cut out separately, then stuck on the card.

This one DOES use Washi tape.  Cool, huh?

We embossed these pieces separately, but I made some later where I embossed the whole piece, then cut it into 3, then mixed and matched, and got 3 cards out of each embossed piece!

And, voila, some more for my birthday stash.  I also used some glittery paper Tracy gave me last year that I could never use on OWH cards.  (glitter is a no no when sending to the troops)  The balloons are dies with small and large balloons.  (I still have some glitter on my Cuttle Bug plate.)

This one will make a great card for any of those occasions one needs a Congrats sentiment.  I think I'll switch up colors and make a baby card for my friend Cher who just became a Grandma for the 2nd time.

Stay tuned for more June hi jinx.

June Cards

It's been a lazy summer so far....well as far as posting things.  But, it's been damn hot this summer.  We have had temperatures in the 90s and low 100s in June, and that's just not right!  Last night we had rain though, finally, and it's cooled off.  Today it's in the 70s.  That's more like it.

Here are some of the cards I made this month when I was staying in and staying cool.

Mickey Mouse Duct Tape.

Something old, something etc. for a challenge on SS.

Adding to my birthday card stash.  The balloon cut outs were gifted to me by Sandy.  There were a whole lot of cut outs and papers and great card making stuff she was giving away last summer at one of the card making parties.

I love this summer set by CTMH and had hardly used it before.

My new EK Success punch that I couldn't resist buying.  I computer generated the sentiment.

This flower is a CTMH set.  First you stamp the base, then over stamp with a darker color to make the flowers.  Works great with a Stamp-a-majig.  It's easy to see if you have clear stamps where you can see down through the block and the stamp, but I have many that are red rubber and without something like this, or a Misti, you have to guess where your stamp is, and mostly that doesn't work out so well.  :) 

Using up some wonderful nautical paper and stamp sets for my last box of cards to OWH.

The fabric on this is some wonderful ribbon I got at Peddler's Pack.  I cut it, then frayed the fabric.

I stamped the "thoughts" on a separate piece, cut it out and popped it up.  I love the sheer ribbon on this.

Stay tuned for more card making fun.  Well for me, anyway.
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