Sunday, February 22, 2009

Clear cards using Clear Cardstock!

Edit: Several people have asked me where I got my clear cardstock. I bought it at Flourishes online store. Click here to go directly to clear cardstock. I just love it! It's thick and very clear - no residue like some acetates have. The ladies at Flourishes are so nice and they also have a blog. I love a lot of the stamps at their store too... if only I could buy one of each! hehe! Enjoy!

Oh yeah... if you make something using clear cardstock, please let me know. I'd love to see it!

I took a card making class last week on how to use acetate or clear cardstock in card making. I had so much fun! It's just what I needed to have a break from my daily life and do something FUN!!! I have a bunch of clear cardstock and now I'm so psyched because I know how to use it!

This first card was made for a challenge on Splitcoast Stamper's "Virtual Stamp Night". This particular challenge was called: "Window Into My Soul".

Here's the front view: The ribbon is adhered with a clear glue dot.

The trees are stamped with StazOn Timber Brown. When stamping on slick items such as acetate, you need an ink that will stick and that's what StazOn products do. They also stick to glass, metal and all kinds of things... only you need a special StazOn cleaner or it will stain your stamps. I added self-adhesive bling randomly on the trees.

Here's a 3-D picture. If you'll notice, the designer paper is adhered to the INSIDE of the clear card. I believe it's a 4.5 x 5.5 double sided piece folded in half..

On the inside of the designer paper I stamped the sentiment: "In everything give Thanks" (~1 Thess. 5:18)

On the back of the card I adhered another strip of paper to cover up the adhesive I used on the inside of the card.

Card deets:
Stamps: Stampendeous
Paper: My Stash, clear cardstock
Ink: StazOn Timber Brown
Accessories: Bling,

This second card I also made for a challenge on Splitcoast Stamper's "Virtual Stamp Night". This particular challenge was called: "Long Lost Love". We were to find a stamp (or stamp set) that we had fallen in love with and then had set aside and not used in a long time. Well, I found this set: Stampin' Up's "Simply Said" and knew I just had to use it for this challenge! I totally fell in love with this set, used it a couple of times and then it got set aside. I'm so happy to use it on this particular card.

I stamped the daisies on the front of the card with StazOn opaque "cotton white" ink. This ink is VERY sticky and fun to use with the clear cardstock! I love how the daisies and dots bounce around on the card! I used stamped the daisy heart onto redish-maroon cardstock and embossed with white embossing powder. I cut it out and then adhered it to the front with a pop-dot. The worded heart behind it was stamped in SU's Purely Pomegranate onto light pink cardstock and then adhered BEHIND the acetate centered behind the daisy heart. I added self-adhesive bling randomly around the daisies. They are too big to put in the center of the daisies.

Here's a different view of the card. I placed a red piece of paper below the card so you can better see the fun daisies. I adhered a purple designer print paper in the center of the card. If you look to the left of the photo I used some tweezers to hold the folded designer paper closed.

Here's a 3-D photo of the card. The sentiment reads: "A friend is someone who makes it easy"

More designer paper is adhered onto the back to cover up the adhesive.

Card deets:
Stamps: SU "Simply Said"
Paper: Basic Grey, clear cardstock
Ink: StazOn Opaque Cotton white
Accessories: Bling, white embossing powder

Monday, February 9, 2009

Two Awards!!!

Ann from Whitch Craft has given me TWO awards! One was quite awhile back but that was shortly after Jessica (my daughter who is terminally ill) had done a CT scan and the results were not good... and then my dear nephew, Marcus, was diagnosed with his 2nd brain tumor and deteriorated so fast that he only survived two months. You can read more about him and Jessica (and the rest of my sweet family) on my blog - appropriately named: "Are We Having Fun Yet". Actually, if you read my blog you will find that we DO have fun - even when life is tough!)

Back to the Awards! Ann is just so awesome, she has written some really sweet things about me when giving me these awards. The first award is:

1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.
2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to their blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees.

Thank you so much, Ann! I know you LOVE my decorative painting I've done one the furniture that my dear husband built for me. I hope to get back to painting soon but for now I'm having fun scrapbooking and making my cards.

I'd like to give these awards to:

1. Ann from Whitch Craft. I know she already has the award (because she's the one who gave it to me!) but I really enjoy her crafts and ideas so I think she deserves it AGAIN! hehe! She also really deserves the other award she gave me - the "spreader of Love" award. She always leaves me such wonderful comments. Thanks Ann!

2. Gretchen from Happiness Is... I have visited her blog several times recently and have found her blog to be quite refreshing. I've been inspired by quite a few of her cards and projects.

3. Dougnat from Dougnat Diaries. She designs for a couple of my favorite companies and she is awesome. I have some of the stamps that she uses and I'm really excited now to use them in new ways!

4. Melanie from Hands, Head and Heart. Melanie is an illustrator, stamp designer and of course on several decorative teams. She comes up with fresh ideas and writes extensive tutorials - with pictures - so anyone can make the lovelies that she does.

5. Jessica at iEmbelish. Jessica so creative! She teaches classes at Gina K's store in WI... so far from AZ! I'd LOVE to take some of her classes. She makes such amazing cards, etc. I particularly love the card she is teaching this weekend. Go check it out by clicking on the link Nestabilities Overload!

6. Mel at Mel Stampz. Mel is so creative and finds ways to make things without the expensive tools. She has been experimenting with making your own dry embossing "folders". They aren't really folders but the embossing is incredible! If you already have a cuttlebug or Big Shot then you can make some pretty great embossing "folders" for your paper crafts. Mel also has tons of tutorials on how to make really cute boxes, envelopes, bags, etc. The list goes on. I love her site and so will you!

7. Diane at Diane's Designs. Diane is a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and makes some really awesome cards and other paper crafts. Most of her designs are not only gorgeous but easy to replicate. I hadn't checked her blog in a little while and boy was I missing out! She has some really gorgeous stuff up now. Go check it out! NOW! LOL

(OK, so I didn't stop at 5. I could go on and on and list more fantastic, creative ladies but I must contain myself. LOL) Now on to the next award:

Ann also recently gave me this award and said:

"This one just HAS to be for Nancy. This lady is amazing. Nancy doesn't post very often on her blog as she has a very ill daughter called Jessie who needs a lot of looking after and regular trips to the doctors, but bless her she still lives life to the max(way to go Jessie). But when Nancy does post her work is FAB and I've said it before and I'll say it again, her painted furniture is to die for. So this award is very apt for Nancy because when she does have the time she very generously spreads her love to those she visits."

Thank you so much for these awards! I am truly honored. I appreciate your kind words, Ann. You ROCK!

I would like to give this "The Spreader of Love" award to:

1. Chelemom from Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker. Chelemom has a daughter with special needs (like me!). Chelemom's daughter is a cheerleader with other special needs girls and has the most beautiful smile evah! I can just tell that Chelemom spreads love not only on her blog by sharing her amazing crafts but every where she goes.

2. Melanie from Hands, Head and Heart. Melanie not only is an amazing artist but does RAKs quite often on her blog. Last fall Melanie did an RAK for my nephew, Marcus, before he died. She really cared about him, our family and me. It means so much to me that she opened her heart - and her blog - to me and my family. She also sent a pkg with some goodies for Jessica and me. (I got stamps! woot!) hehe... What a sweetheart!

3. Heather from Pine is Here. Heather is an amazing stamp designer who also has a daughter with special needs. Heather and her family raise money for the Cerebal Palsey foundation every year. Heather's daughter is such an amazing little girl. Click here for more info about their fundraiser this year. I'm sure that Heather spreads hope and love through the fundraising events as well as every day that she posts on her blog.

4. Monique at Self Expressions. I just met Monique on Paper Craft Planet and I just love her designs. I commented on some of them and she was so nice with her replies. You'll love her cards too.

5. Angela at Unity Stamp Co. Angela owns Unity Stamp Co. and is so generous! Every Thursday she does a "Hip Hop" and has amazing specials! She frequently has give-aways and is so generous with her compliments to everyone. You should really go and check it out! You'll be glad you did!

Go and give these ladies some love. They all deserve it!

And thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate it!

Quick post

I've not fallen off the face of the earth.... I'm still around, just very busy. Austin is sick and Brandon was sick last week. Poor Miss Jess is coughing some and is in pain, poor kid. She was up ALL NIGHT last night and has finally gone to sleep. I'm just finishing up a couple of things and then will try to sleep today.

I started a "Blog Candy" list at the bottom of the left-hand side of this blog. I may change it later but for right now, if you want to check out any blog candy, go and click on whatever links happen to be there. (there's only one right now). Maybe this way I can advertise the blog candy for my fellow paper crafters and keep this area for posting updates and photos, etc.

I do have a few items I want to share, it's just a matter of taking the photos and uploadinng them. I am still trying to find the best place to take the photos. Thanks for being patient!

Thanks for stopping by!