Monday, August 30, 2010

Manly Mondays Week#19


I recently made a label for a bottle of rum for a friend who did us a big favor. I rather tricked him to find out what his drink of choice is as he would not accept payment for the work he did. The conversation went something like this:

Me:  If a person was to buy you a drink what kind of drink would that be?
Him: Dark Rum
Me: Any particular brand?
Him: Lemon Heart

With a grin on my face I walked away thinking "Lemon what.....did I get that right??"  Oh boy, would I figure it out when I went to the liquor store. Surely "the guy" at the store would know what I was talking about. Fortunately when I walked in the store, went right to the rum section, there was only one kind with a Lemon in it and turns out its Lemon Hart, not Lemon Heart. Phew!

I took the measurements by putting a piece of cardstock in front of the bottle and went from there.  I made the circle for the neck of the bottle with a nestability and added a rub on. I made a score line for it to lay on the bottle properly. On the back I added a piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock and wrote a personal note. I've never made one of these. Quite happy with how easily it came together and the end result. 

A La Prochaine! 

Friday, August 27, 2010

Feminine Fridays Week #5

Did any of you notice that Regina and I used the same stamp set, Just Believe, in the last two Friday posts?? It wasn't planned, it just happened.  Sooooo, My Stampin' Sista, your mission, if you choose to accept it is to use a stencil next week :)  Good Luck! 

Received a box of new items from the new mini going live on September 1st so I thought I would try something with the new Decor Stencil - Vintage Frames.  You'll have to wait to see the full stencil until then but if you already have your mini catalog check it out on page 22.

This stencil is quite large, 8 1/4 x 8 1/4, with 3 different designs.  To ensure that the stencil did not move when I sponged Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink I taped it down with painters tape. It held it perfectly in place. I also made sure my Crumb Cake base was straight by using a ruler. I ran the Sizzlit Little Leaves through the Big Shot twice with Pear Pizzazz. Then ran the Embosslit Flower Burst with Cherry Cobbler. Adhered those three pieces in the middle of the frame. Carefully added little dots of White Shimmer Paint using the smallest tip of the Stylus to give it a little sparkle. The last thing I did to the front was stamp the Hello from Pendant Park. My hand moved slightly when I had the stamp down on the paper and it came out a little blotchy...URGHH. Why is it that this seems to happen only on the last step??

On the inside I added the butterfly from Dreams Du Jour in Cherry Cobbler and Pear Pizzazz. There you have it, this week's card. And, I used all current stamp sets! That has to be one for the books!!

See ya next week!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Manly Mondays Week#18

I came across this shiny green paper when I was going through my supplies a few weeks ago. Wasn't sure I wanted to do anything with it and considered getting rid of it. I'm glad I decided to keep it. Turns out, it went rather well with this week's card. This is a case from a magazine page of a few years back.

The fish is from a retired set, Nature Prints. The base of the card is Pumpkin Pie and the scaly looking paper is actually quite green and very fragile.  I made the hooks with 25 gauge silver wire using jewelry pliers. To apply "the hooks" to the paper I put a bit of Crystal Effects on a piece of scrap paper and just rolled the wire in it. It's holding up amazingly well.

For Frankii fans here he is playing with his girlfriend Dolly. 


They have such a good time together.  Just the mention of her name sends his heart all a flutter. 

A La Prochaine! 

Friday, August 20, 2010

Feminine Fridays Week #4

Well here are at week #4 already.  Regina has a beauty of card for you this week. Hop on over to her BLOG and get a full version and all the details. Here's are a bit of a teaser.

Frankii sure has been busy these last couple of weeks.  He has a new girlfriend.  Her name is Dolly, a 4 month old Shepherd X Husky.  Thanks  to Debbie, groomer/daytime guardian Extra-ordinaire, who's been capturing quite a few fabulous Kodak moments,  here he is sharing his beloved tennis ball.


Frankii's had a rough 6 months so it's so good to see him so happy. I like to think by the look on his face he's saying "there you go my love, you play with it for awhile".  Is that wedding bells I hear......   

See Ya Next Week.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Manly Mondays Week #17

First, Thank You All that came out to my first ever garage sale on Saturday.  It was a huge success.  A very hearfelt thank you goes out to my two most wonderful assistants, Betty and Heather.  You gals rocked the garage! Could not have done it without you! And I also want to send a thank you to our local weather man, Mike Sobel. You kept your promise Mike, the day was beautiful.

Betty gave me these beautiful silver napkins. When I first saw them I immediately thought how it would match the antlers on the deer in Nature Silhouettes.  That's what you get for living with a hunter I guess :) In no time at all I put this card together. 

I'm sure loving the use of Mount Spray. It dries quickly, no smell, and with a firm press of the hand it adheres to paper with a very smooth finish. The white oval is done with the Extra Large Oval punch and the black one with the Sizzix Ovals Die.

On the inside, stamped part of the reeds from Inspired by Nature on Whisper White cut to 5 1/4 x 4.  Hope you enjoyed viewing this card today and give the napkin technique a try soon.

A La Prochaine!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Feminine Fridays Week #3

This week we, Regina and I, bring to you a rather rare technique.  If it's out there, it's hiding. While I was going through my craft room deciding what to put up for sale in the Garage Sale tomorrow, I came across a technique in a magazine that I had put aside to try. The next time you come across a pretty napkin/serviette keep it as you may want to try this. 

I pulled the pattern off the napkin, this was a three ply and it came apart quite easily.  I then cut a layer of Elegant Eggplant at about 3x4, sprayed it with EZ Spray Mount, then layed the napkin over top and smoothed it down with my hand for an even finish. I trimmed the edges with my Tabletop Paper Cutter.  Put that aside to let it dry a bit. Meanwhile on a base of Very Vanilla stamped the image from Just Believe in Elegant Eggplant. Having this set in Clear Mount sure made it easier to decide which part of the image would go where. I layed the napkin layer over top and added a sentiment from the Hostess Level 3 Set, Occasional Quotes, stamped in Elegant Eggplant on a tag from the Sizzlit Die - Lots of Tags. The flower was made from pages of an old book using the 1 3/4 Scallop Circle Punch. Before I put a brad in the middle to hold it together I used a sponge dauber to add some Elegant Eggplant and also sprayed some White Shimmer Paint mixed with water to give it some highlights.

On the inside I simply stamped the same image used in the front at an angle.
Make sure you drop by Regina's blog to have a look at the fabulous Drawer Boxes she created last weekend. Gorgeous!

See Ya Next Week!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Manly Mondays Week#16

I made a card for my beloved husband this week.  He took me to Capital Ex over the long weekend. He doesn't like going to this type of event so it was a very special day.  The only reason I wanted to go was to get a Corn Dog and a warm Root Beer. Ever get a cold drink at an outside event that's 28+.... It was over 8 years since I had one.  So off we went with Betty in tow.  I can happily say that hubby had a great time. So did Betty and I.  The corn dog was most delicious and the root beer did not disappoint. Man, did we look at purses! And that subway ride...this city girl turned country girl is gonna stay in the country a little while longer.

While I was going through my stampin' supplies deciding what to keep and what to sell at my garage sale this coming Saturday, click here for the details, I came across this awesome paper that I bought years ago.  This card came to mind immediately.

The base is Early Espresso. I believe the paper is from K&C. I used the retired set, Amazing to Zany and stamped words here and there in Early Espresso Classic Ink. The letters, I used the Sizzix die cut Wingo Zingo, my favorite, in case you haven't figured that out already :). I strung a tag using the Small Tag Punch with Twine and the crown image is from Artistic Etchings.

For the inside I simply added a few die cuts layered on some more fabulous paper.  I'm sure that he is going to love this card.

A La Prochaine! 

Friday, August 6, 2010

Feminine Fridays Week #2

It's Regina's turn at the designing table this week. Here's a sneek peak. 


Be sure to CLICK HERE for all the details. While you're there have a look at "My Craft Room" on the right hand side. Mine looks just like that HAHA with the exception of drywall. Maybe one day, it's a work in progress.  

Frankii, oh Frankii! He decided to take a tour in the field across the road, again! with the cows, llamas, and a horse or two.  Came back smelling somethin' awful, again! He's can be a handful :) It's his favorite thing to do next to chasing and digging after gophers.

Here he is in his house on a time out.  Looking a little sheepish isn't he. He's all cleaned up and ready for action, in another 15 minutes that is.  We're going shopping for a new collar today.  The one he has now says "Bad to the Bone". Maybe that's just a little too suggestive for him LOL.

See Ya Next Week!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Silly Bird

I've been working on a note pad for a craft sale in November.  Samples have been sent to a few of my friends asking them to test it out and let me know how it holds up.  For the one I sent to Helen I included this card.  The instructions can be found on Kim Scores blog. Thank you Kim for a very easy tutorial to follow and a very fun one at that! I had a big ole grin on my face the whole I was putting this together.

Helen is a  bird lover and I immediately thought of her when I first saw Kim's tutorial. And I also thought that this would be a fun card for Helen to receive.

A La Prochaine!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Manly Mondays Week #15

There was quite a bit of talk about Black Magic cards recently. It occurred to me that you don't necessarily have to use Black to achieve the look.  This was made using Early Espresso from the newly renovated Neutrals Collection.

The inspiration came from Regina. Stamped images from Asian Artistry in White Craft Ink, heat set it with the Heat Tool.  Very lightly went over some areas, not all, with Metallic Pencils in Green and Gold. When the actual card is in front of the you, the metallic colors stand out more. Unfortunately I could not "snap" that effect. Embossed the sentiment from Elements of Style in Gold.

Think this would be appropriate for a man recently burned by love or recovering from a terrible disease....

Little Frankii has a girlfriend. When he comes home from spending the day with her he passes out for about 2 hours.  It's exhausting being in Love! Keeping my fingers crossed that I can get a picture of the two them together soon to share with you.

A La Prochaine!