Tuesday, October 17, 2017

R2Go Christmas Stack - Bethlehem

I tweaked this card and put together a stack card kit.

I chose a graphic I downloaded from the internet when I did some research.  I was not able to find it again to find the credits. I will update when I do.

I printed the Bethlehem graphic onto vellum in black and clear embossed it.  It is trimmed to 3.75x5 inches.

I designed the color shaded layer to have the most color behind the central building fading out to white toward the outside edges.  This layer is cut to leave a small border of card base. 

I selected two colors for the card bases in this this kit. Lavender and a medium blue.

The color layer is adhered to the card front.  When the vellum is aligned, use a push pin to create holes in the four corners for the black brads.  I put star brads in the top holes and round ones in the bottom.  

It has been added to the Stack Class Kit page.

Bethlehem Vellum - needs tweaking

This is a card I was going to turn into a kit but it was not quite right. It needed to be tweaked so I put this one together and will work on a kit version.

I love the Bethlehem graphic I downloaded from the internet. I could not find credit today when I went back looking.

I printed it black on vellum and clear embossed it.  On the card stock layer I designed the shadow for the town in a light blue green.  The words are on the card stock layer. I adhered the card stock layer to a turquoise card then I placed some vellum adhesive on the words to the vellum would stick.  I added a tiny black star brad over one of the stars in the sky.

Tweaks:
The words need to be on the vellum layer.
I need a star higher up on the vellum so that the star brad is higher.  The bottom needs a brad as well but I don't know how that will work out yet. The shading needs to be more general so alignment of the vellum does not need to be so specific.

Photo Cards to the Gallery

I made a few photo cards for the gallery as well.  This is a wonderful Alberta Rose which makes a great card to send to far away places.

The card is white heavy card stock in the A2 5.5x4.25 inches. 

The photo has been trimmed to 3.5 x 4.75 inches and adhered to the card front leaving a generous border.

Getting started on Christmas cards for the gallery.

Loved this sitting deer decoration all decked out with a Christmas wreath around it's neck featuring red berries and pine cones. 

The card is white heavy card stock in the A2 5.5x4.25 inches. 

The photo has been trimmed to 3.5 x 4.75 inches and adhered to the card front leaving a generous border.

I am not really sure what type of fruit is featured in this photo. It was taken at the conservatory last year.

I cropped the image to have the red nicely framed with leaves.

The card is white heavy card stock in the A2 5.5x4.25 inches. 

The photo has been trimmed to 3.5 x 4.75 inches and adhered to the card front leaving a generous border.




Decorative Paper Cards to the Gallery

I love the colors on this decorative paper too.  It's so much fun to make and each piece is unique so not easily replicated when it turns out so well.

I trimmed the decorative paper to leave a large border on the royal blue card base.

I die cut a yellow butterfly with the Sizzix Winged Beauties framelit set.  I used a navy marker to color in his body.  It was adhered to the card front with 3D foam tape.  I turned up it's wings a big to add more dimension.

I chose a french greeting for this one the same yellow.  It was printed and punched with the Stampin Up Modern Label punch.  I punched another from the same card stock as the butterfly. I cut it in half crosswise and glued each half offset to the right and left sides.  It was adhered with 3D foam tape as well.

Another card which would do nicely for a male recipient.  I chose a pea green card.

I cut the decorative paper to leave a small border on the card.

I adhered with quick dry adhesive the 3 gears. The are layered with the largest first and the others over the first.  It nice to have them related to each other.  These were cut with the Tim Holtz Gadget Gears die in 3 colors - rust, pea green and true blue.

I added 3 gold square brads in the bottom right hand corner to add some dimension.




My wedding cards sell well at the gallery so I chose to make another.

I selected a white card and adhered to the front a piece of bubble paper featuring teal, purple and green.

I punched a white heart with the Stampin Up Sweetheart punch and embossed it with a Cuttlebug Juli's Garden.  It was adhered to the card front with a white brad to which I added an iridescent flower sequin.

I punched birds with the Stampin Up Bird Builder punch. One teal one purple. I added white wings embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder. The birds were adhered with 3D foam tape. I added white branches to ground the birds.

The card has 2 "Congratulations" greetings included one in each French and English. They were punched with the Modern Label punch and will fit nicely between the ends of the branches below the birds.

Photo 4x4 Cards to Gallery


Another set of card for the gallery.

These are 4x4 photos from my photo calendar from several years ago. You can check out this years set here.

I chose the tiger to create a card which would work for a man. 

I chose a rust card base and coordinated the frame on the layer in the same color. I added a green flourish below the frame and printed it onto white card stock.  I trimmed it to leave a small border on the A2 card.

I trimmed the 4x4 inch photo down to 3.75 inches square and adhered it into the center of the printed frame.


I love the shades of purple and blue in this flower.   

I printed the white layer with the purple frame and navy flourish and trimmed it to leave a small border. 

It was adhered to the front of a purple card.

I cut the photo down to 3.75 square.  It was then adhered into the center of the frame.










Decorative Paper Cards to Gallery

I am bringing cards into the gallery today to replenish my supply in preparation for my show on Friday.

I loved making this decorative paper and the colors are great. 

I diecut Memory Box Perky Poppies from black card stock to coordinate with the black card.  I glued the decorative paper then the poppies. 

The die does not cut the bottom so you can have as much space at the bottom as you need. I chose to trim it to leave a small border of the blue green paper.

I added a small strip of the decorative paper over the black base.




I love sunflowers. 

This one was cut with the Spellbinder Shapeabilites Dies - Sunflower 2.  I chose 2 shades of yellow and placed the darker one behind the light one.  I added the leaf in the bottom right hand corner which was cut from dark green card stock. The die embosses the texture onto the die cuts. I added a green then yellow center.

I chose a bright green and yellow decorative paper which was cut to leave a small border. 

This was adhered to a warm green card base.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Monochromatic Nativity

I spent a few hours this afternoon photographing this small nativity to achieve a nice bokeh background.

The photo was printed on white card stock and fussy cut to the edge of the printing.  I rubbed the edges with a black ink pad to get rid of the white cut edge and soften the corners. 

I cut the Tim Holtz Cameo Frame from taupe grey card stock.  I adhered it to the front of a black card. I adhered the nativity element to the center of the die cut with 3D foam tape. Skipped the brads on this one.

Monochromatic Madonna

I have been working on more Christmas Card Stack kits. These cards are samples that I decided not to pursue as kits.

This card features Mary and Jesus in lovely soft tones.  The original photo I downloaded from Pixabay.  It did not have the right ratio for the space I wanted it to cover so I widened the image.  I am happy with the way it turned out.  I printed it onto white card stock then fussy cut it to the printed edge.

I cut the Tim Holtz Cameo Frame in a taupe grey card stock.  It was mounted to a black card.  I rubbed the edges of the central image with a black ink pad to get rid of the white edges and soften the edges of the image. The Madonna image was adhered to the center of the frame with 3D foam tape. 

I added 2 tiny black brads in the center of the top and bottom curves. 

R2Go Christmas Card Kit - White Felt Ornaments

Another Christmas Stack kit ready to go.

This is the same layout as yesterday's but in cool blue colors.


I started with the felt ornaments.  I selected the snowflake and the reindeer.

I then selected cool designer paper with white in the pattern.  Then a coordinating card base cardstock which is duplex paper with excellent colors was selected. I adhered the designer paper to the card front leaving a small border.

I added some 1/8" silver metallic ribbon in the ornament hanger. A silver star brad holds the ornament to the card front. I cut some silver foil paper with the 2.75 inch Spellbinder Nestabilities in smooth circles. Then I aligned that silver layer between the white ornament and the designer paper then glued it down.

I designed a greeting for the Stampin Up Artisan Label punch.  The greetings are coordinated with the card base color.  Adhered with 3D foam tape.

The card above details are as follows:

  • Snowflake White Felt Ornament
  • Echo Park Paper Co. - Winter Park by Lori Whitlock - Gondola  (Four 6x6 patterns)
  • Warm dark blue card base
  • Greeting in Not Quite Navy and Baja Breeze

The card to the right details are as follows:
  • Reindeer White Felt Ornament
  • Echo Park Paper Co. - Winter Park by Lori Whitlock - Gondola  (Four 6x6 patterns)
  • Warm light blue card base
  • Greeting in Not Quite Navy and Real Red

Friday, October 13, 2017

R2Go Christmas Card Kit - Red Felt Ornaments

I created a Ready2Go Christmas Stack kit today.  I started with the felt ornaments.  I selected the snowflake, the reindeer and the tree. 

I then selected warm designer paper with red in the pattern.  Then coordinating card base was selected. I adhered the designer paper to the card front leaving a small border.

I added some 1/8" gold metallic ribbon in the ornament hanger. A glitter star brad holds the ornament to the card front. I cut some gold moire paper with the 2.75 inch Spellbinder Nestabilities in smooth circles. Then I aligned that gold layer between the red ornament and the designer paper then glued it down.

I designed a greeting for the Stampin Up Artisan Label punch.  The greetings are coordinated with the card base color.  Adhered with 3D foam tape.


The card above details are as follows:
  • Snowflake Red Felt Ornament
  • Blue Fern Studios - Paisley & Vine - Bohemian Designer Paper
  • Warm blue card base
  • Greeting in Marina Mist

The card on the right as follows:
  • Reindeer Red Felt Ornament
  • Authentique - Tradition - Customary Designer Paper
  • Bright warm green card base
  • Greeting in Kiwi Kiss 
The card on the right as follows:
  • Tree Red Felt Ornament
  • Designer Paper by Anna Griffin
  • Pinecone cardstock by Bazzill
  • Greeting in Early Espresso

The kit has been added to the R2Go Stack Kit page.

I have several stack card classes coming up so that will provide the participants with a choice of kits.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Art Gallery Invite - Oct 20th

I will be launching my 2018 photo calendars at this art show.  I would be delighted to see you there.
Friday, October 20th CAVA Gallery - 7pm - 9103 - 95 Avenue.
Click the photo to see the bigger version.


Check out my Calendar page and my Ready2Give Card page for photo cards.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Exchange Cards - October

I took this card kit from Card Club and adjusted it.

My sister made a similar card here which is my inspiration.

I embossed white rectangles with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots and the Devine Swirl embossing folders. I glued them in opposite corners onto the bright green card.

I glued the postage to a piece of vellum then this accent was adhered to the card front with 3D foam tape.


Another card kit from Card Club.

I ripped the vellum to separate the vellum greetings.

I attached the vellum to the black card front.  I then adhered the gold foil stickers to a teal card stock then punched them out. 

These were adhered over the edges of the vellum strips.

These cards are headed to my card exchange partners.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Birthday - Belated

I made this card for my niece who celebrated her birthday in September. I am way behind but I had a nice low key weekend and have found renewed energy. 

I chose a deep warm green card.  I added a layer of this versatile designer paper leaving a small border.

I cut the greeting from heavy white card stock with the Memory Box Jumbled Happy Birthday thinlit.  I colored it with gold paint.  When it was dry I adhered it to the card front toward the bottom edge. 

I made holes above the greeting and inserted red seaming binding in a innie outie bow.  I added 2 gold star brads in the holes beside the ribbon. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Card Exchange

I created these cards with supplies from a Card Club kits.

I created the background layer with the 4 quadrant graphic, the circle and star element and the greeting with black and Blushing Bride.  I printed it on a white card which leaves a small border.  It was adhered to the front of a black card.

I adhered the lily circle elements in the three open spaces on the grid.  I added black fiber in the center of the card below the grid filling the space between the graphic and the greeting.








I glued the 4 inch square offset from the center onto the landscape blue card. I punched holes on either side into which I threaded a salmon colored satin ribbon and made a bow on the right hand side.

I added the greeting onto blue scallop oval cut with Spellbinder Nestabilities.  The oval element was then adhered to the card front with 3D foam tape.

These are off to my exchange card partners.


Happy Thanksgiving


Thursday, October 5, 2017

One Thousand Gifts - Session 5 - Empty to Fill

I am leading this bible study tonight - One Thousand Gifts Bible Study - A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp.
Seven of us met tonight to share and learn.
I look forward to a time of slowing down, being intentional, checking my attitude and increasing my gratitude.

Session 5 - Empty to Fill

Ann relates an experience where she is asked to return to a place where her panic attacks occurred years ago.  Has she grown enough to go to this place open handed to give what she has learned through Eucharisteo?  She agrees to accompany the youth group to the downtown mission for a night of servicing others in need.  There she meets a man who is at the mission.  He has had a tough life but he recites Paul's lament of doing what he does not want to and cannot do what he wants.  A short while later, he asks "Did I get it right?"  He wants to be a blessing.


We are given gifts not to hoard them and keep them to ourselves but to share them, pass them on, and keep the flow of grace moving.

Let us use the opportunities available to us to share with others, to encourage others, and to stretch ourselves to give freely of the gifts we have received.




I gave each participant one of these photos to place on the fridge, bathroom mirror or some place else they will see regularly.

A little thank you and reminder of the bible study




Cards as Gifts Class

I decided to make my all occasion card stack class this fall a "Make Cards as Gifts" class. This allows people to give the handmade cards as gifts for Christmas, Teacher Appreciation, or Birthdays.

I thought it would be helpful to have a "wrapper" for the cards as part of the class so the participants would walk away with gifts ready to give. That is always nice for busy people.  The package would hold 4 or 6 cards depending on how they split their card kit.

I designed this clear pouch which would hold the cards.  It is made with half of a page protector.  I cut the top edge with a Tim Holtz die to create the wavy edge.  Punch two holes for the ribbon.  That worked great! 






Some people would be inclined now to put that in a gift bag so to make it Ready 2 Give I added a Christmas wrap liner to cover the cards until the recipient opened the package.  I chose premium foil gift wrap in red and gold. 

The package needed a gift tag so I made some of those as well to coordinate with the liner.






Wednesday, October 4, 2017

One Thousand Gift - Between Session

There is Between Session work in the One Thousand Gift bible study.

It prompted us to continue our Gift List with a few more gifts. 
  • A phone call from my aunt for an outing to see inspirational art.
  • A day spent in the country with my camera.
  • A flexible exercise program now that it too dark and cold to walk outside in the morning.
  • Visits with friends this week and next.
  • Completion of the kitchen project for 2017.
  • A new fridge full of food.
  • A phone call offering me an opportunity to teach a class.
Trust Moment
Grace to cool my hurt and anger when I was layed off 2.5 years ago.

God showed me opportunities which I could not pursue while I was working.

Several friends with deep faith to support and encouragement.

Romans 8:32 - He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Photo Cards - Thank Yous

I made and will deliver some thank you cards to the those who provided excellent customer service during the process of buying, delivering and installing my new appliances.  I appreciated the sales person working with my criteria and providing choices within those parameters. When it came time for delivery I was always told who would be coming to my home and the work the person would be performing. The coordinator on delivery day was great as the door swing was facing the wrong way, a small scratch was made on the fridge and my front door was damaged during the process.  The delivery guys had to remove my door to get the new fridge in which was extra work. The plumber who came to install the dishwasher was top notch! The young man who came to fix the front door did an excellent job.  They were both professional, organized, and considerate of my home.  I am so grateful and hopeful that the young people entering the trades are so well trained.

I selected a few of the photos I took this summer.  I printed them 3.5x5 and trimmed to 4.75 inches and adhered to heavy white card.






















Monday, October 2, 2017

Kitchen Reno - Reveal

I have been working on an update to my kitchen since I purchased these 2 cabinets in April 2017.  I love IKEA and these are IVAR cabinets.  This was a challenge and provided many learning curves.

There have been several challenges:
  • I added IKEA EKET under frame which includes a frame and legs in clear lacquered birch.
  • The freezer needs space above for ventilation so I have decided not to install a counter.  The cabinets also have tops so it is not necessary.
  • Since the cabinets are not standard kitchen cabinets I needed a spacer behind to bring them forward to the edge of the wall on the right.  Two by fours with brackets then topped with pretty knotty pine boards did the trick. I had to cut some of the 2x4 with a hand saw but I did my carpenter Dad proud.  Thank goodness for an electric drill he gave me years ago. 
  • I added identical wooden shelves on either side for open shelving for dishes.  
  • I installed the large metal sunflower my niece gave me for Christmas as the art in the center above the freezer.  I love it!
  • Finding trays for the inside to store what used to be in there led to a journey with several options.  






















New appliances rose to the top of the priority list when I was headed to Mom and Dad`s in August when I discovered that a bracket that supported the bottom of the freezer was broken.  I supported the base as best I could had headed out.  When I returned I headed out shopping for new ones.  A refrigerator, a dishwasher, a stove and a microwave were on the list.  The ones I was replacing were over 30 years old.  This is the first time I bought kitchen appliances in my life. I did my research and visited a couple of showrooms.
The new appliances were delivered September 11th. This photo shows the new appliances. I bought very basic appliances in white as the kitchen is not a place where I spend a lot of time.  The next day the dishwasher was hooked up. I have not had a working dishwasher for about 5 years so it is taking a bit to get used to how I do things. The counters are staying tidy. It took till September 28th to get all the issues addressed but I finally have the fridge door opening the right way, the fridge is no longer freezer my food and the damage on the front door repaired.

The photo above also shows the painting of the cupboards. I posted in summer that I had put paper in the centers of the doors to see how much of an effect it would make to the room.  It was dramatic and brighten up the room a lot considering there is no windows.  I lived with paper until this week.  I will post later the process.  I am very happy with the change.

I bought a new rug at the sink in white and navy.  I don`t think it is the final solution but it will do for now.  Easily washed and good colors.

The tea cupboard is still in it`s place.  I moved the pot holders to the range hood since that is where I need them.  Navy sunflowers are there pattern.  One of the reasons I bought these appliances because of the handles. I like to hang towels on the stove and fridge.

I found a small glass lemon to compliment the other two in my blue cut glass bowl.  A day with my aunts on Tuesday found us visiting a high end second hand store.  I have been looking for a while. There it was and the price was great.

The bowl lives on top of the microwave sitting on a yellow crocheted doily.  I added a microwave splatter cover.  The microwave has a rotating glass plate.  The old one did not which tells you how old it was.  It has been sent to the eco station.

Super happy with this presentation. 




I recently found a silver tin which is exactly the same as the blue ones I have been using in the tea cupboard.  The price was $2 so it came home with me.  I have been looking for 2 years for a matching tin.

I printed some labels for each of them. Earl Grey, Herbal, Chamomile and Green tea.

I recently found a blue spray bottle for the mixture water and bleach that I use all the time in the kitchen.  Works great on stained teapots and tea cups.

I have chosen to store my dishes on wooden open shelves.

On the right, I have my yellow and true blue set of dishes. A few white plates are also on this side.  The yellow and the stainless steel teapots live on the top shelf.  I have managed to find a sugar and creamer and a covered condiment dish to match my stainless steel teapot.

On the left, I store my blue nd white dishes. The Blue Nordic dishware received a boost the other day.  I now have four White Regency teacups and saucers and 6 Blue Nordic.  I have the clear glass plates, red plates, and the Cobalt blue glass plates.  The top shelf holds the IKEA Cobalt Blue teapot and the Blue Nordic coffee set as well as the large white porcelain teapot.

You will see that sunflowers are the flower of choice in my kitchen.  On the left is a painting from Italy, a very large metal sunflower art in the center, on the right a framed tile from Mexico, and a watercolor print.

I love the plate stand, another recent purchase, as it will hold any of my plates which allows me to customize it to the dishware I am using on my table. My brother in law is working on supports for a black wire rack which will hold my plates vertically instead of horizontally on shelves. 

Further updates:
The original plan was to place some open shelving higher up on the wall.  After some discussion with a friend I am holding off for a while.  I have stored my Tupperware elsewhere for now.

The wood shelves, the spacer boards need to be oiled but I will wait till the plate rack is ready and do it all at once. 

I want to make fabric runners to be placed under the shelves on both sides. 

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