My Life Scripture

Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV English Standard Version) Holy Bible
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let the reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Everything is better with a bouquet of blue bonnets on it!

Cascading Card using silk flowers from Michael's Craft Store.  The paper blue bonnet flowers are created using a Sizzix metal die.  The butterflies are made with a Martha Stewart paper punch.  The topper is a Martha Stewart border punch.  The small yellow butterfly is a ready-made embellishment with 'pearls' added.  The blue paper is embossed with Cuttlebug embossing folder "Kassie's Brocade".
After researching the blue bonnet flower, I determined that this silk flower was very similar to the actual flower.  However, the color was not the blue that I needed.  I found this dye ink pad that matched the color perfectly!  I rubbed it over the silk flowers and like magic...it became a blue bonnet!
The Cascading Card is a very lovely and easy card to create.  A link for directions to create the card can be found at the end of the post.  To attach the flowers was the most challenging part of the card.  My husband taught high school floral design for many years.  He suggest that I use dry foam to attach the flowers.  You can see the foam being used on the card.  I will show you how I hid the foam in a moment.

The dry foam was purchased at Michael's Craft Store.  I used a knife to cut small rectangle pieces to hold the flowers.  

I pushed the stem into the small piece of foam and used a liquid glue to hold the flowers in place on the card.  There is a spot of glue on top to hold the stem in place.  Then glue is added to the side that will adhere to the card.  The stem is placed on the card, pressed in place for a few seconds, and then allowed to dry.
Tip...I am showing Scotch liquid glue, but I prefer to use Glossy Accents.  Glossy Accents holds stronger and catches the paper faster.  The card was actually put together with Glossy Accents (after I went to Michael's and bought another bottle)!
The paper blue bonnet flowers are created with a metal die by Sizzix.  I cut one green and one blue image.  Trimmed the 'blossom' pieces off the green.  Ran the clipped green image through the Xyron.  Then adhered the green image on top of the blue image.
Here is the finished flower.  I am using the backing from the Xyron to show the flower.  The finished flower HAS NOT been run through the Xyron.
The butterflies from the Martha Stewart paper punch are decorated with 'pearls' and then adhered to a very stiff piece of plastic.  The plastic is glued in place on the card.
To cover the foam, I pulled several flowers off the stem and glued them onto the foam.  
Another view of the card.
Back of the card.
Inside card.  Ready for sentiment or personal note.
SpellBinders Nestabilities 'Labels' were used to create the inside.
Card is laying flat, ready to be mailed.
The card will fit into a small United States Post Office Priority Box.
It should not damage the card to squeeze it a little flatter.  If enough glue has been used and the card has been allowed to dry, you should not have any pieces falling off/out.
Tip...before mailing or giving the card, turn the card upside down and gently shake it.  If glued correctly, nothing will fall off or out!

Here is the link for complete instruction for making a

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This is a test! I passed the test!!!

My husband and I are having a difficult time uninstalling a malware program on my Gateway PC!

The Gateway PC is the computer that I manage my blog.  I am using this post to find out if I can manage my post on the MacBook Pro.

Thank you for your patience as I try to post pictures from my Iphone by way of the MacBook Pro to my blog!

If this works, you should see a picture!

Nope!


Well, that didn't work!  Off to find why!

2nd try...

That didn't work either!

3rd time...Success!!

Father and Son!
Son and Grandson!

IT WORKED!
Lots of steps involved, but I finally have discovered how to post to my blog using
MacBook Pro!  Now, to remember what I did!!  LOL!!!!


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Cascading "Birthday Roosters" Card

I have been commissioned to create a birthday card featuring "kitchen roosters".  I used the rooster on page 77 from the Cricut Cartridge "From My Kitchen".  I cut the roosters in 2 sizes in three colors.

I used the Cricut Gypsy and Cricut Expression to cut the images.
I used the Cricut Gypsy design tool to flip the images.  All the images are layered on the 'shadow' cut.  The wing and top tail feathers are attached with foam double sided tape to give dimension to the image.  All the images were inked with Tim Holtz "Vintage Photo" distress ink.
The Cascading Card was created then the topper was added.
Instructions (link) for creating a Cascading Card can be found at the end of this post.
The topper was made using a Martha Stewart 'fence' border punch.
The sentiment was created by placing the letters on a piece of clear plastic, trimmed, and then positioned on the card front.  Two little chick stickers were added.

The large rooster was placed on the card using foam double-sided tape.
The remaining roosters and embellishments were added to balance the card.
Side view of card.
The other side.
The Cuttlebug "Birthday" cutting dies were used for the cake and gift.
The candle is another Cuttlebug cutting die.
Inside card.
Sentiment is computer generated.
Back of card!

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To create a Cascading Card, click the link for a tutorial....




Thursday, May 29, 2014

Card-in-a-Box "Celebrate USA"

"Celebrate USA"
A link to a tutorial for creating the Card-in-a-Box are at the end of this post.
View from the top.
Balloons are a stamp from DJ Inkers "Balloon Bunch"
Balloons were stamped and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
Sentiment is from Close to My Heart "Card Chatter-Birthday"
Patriotic embellishment are from my stash.
Items are glued to strips of clear heavy weight plastic.
Front flap is created using patriotic embellishments.
Both side flaps are decorated with bows, a flag, and a red topper.
Image is computer generated.
Place for signage.
Border is from a patriotic strip.
Folded front of card.
Folded back of card.
Click the link for a Card-in-a-Box tutorial



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Cascading Wedding Cards!

Two Cascading Wedding cards that I made yesterday.  The base card is easy to put together, it is choosing the topper and embellishments that take most of my time!  I wanted something different for the topper!  Then used my stash of wedding embellishments!
Card one-white on white
The topper is created using Spellbinders Nestabilities "Heart Circles" (cut in half)
Outline stickers for the sentiment
Double heart embellishment is from Cuttlebug cutting die "Love Language"

The border and sentiment are adhered to a piece of heavy clear plastic.
I used the bottom of a plastic fruit box to form the topper.
View from the top!
The rosettes are made with Tim Holtz rosette cutting dies.
The large flowers are made with flower paper punches.
The words are layered on shiny silver cardstock.
Embellishments are from my stash!
Scripture was typed on computer.
Flower is from Cricut Cartridge "Flower Shoppe"
Green leaves are made using Sizzix cutting die "Branch with Leaves"
Side view of Card one
Inside card
Sentiment is computer generated.
Spellbinders Nestabilities "Labels Eight" was used.
Card two--using pastel colors
The topper was created like the one above.
Full of rosettes and embellishments from my stash!
The 'gifts' are created using a Sizzix cutting die "Gift"
Equipment used!
Supplies and my stash!
When creating rosettes and flowers for a project, I usually make several.  These will be used on future projects!
Third card!

The links below will take you to more Cascading Cards and a tutorial for creating your own!


Photo Studio--Quick, Easy, and Inexpensive!

Taking photographs of cards can be a little frustrating at times!  The light isn't right, the cards will not stand up, can't get close enough to capture the intricate embellishments.  I created a solution to my photo difficulties with a simple and inexpensive photo studio.  Everything can be folded and carried anywhere!

Equipment needed....
Two 15 inch x 20 inch white project boards (top board is slightly folded, bottom board is laying flat)
Solid colored paper (I use 12 inch x 12 inch cardstock)

Position the colored paper to capture the best light in the room.  Slide the bottom paper under the top board.
Position the project on the surface.  Move around to find the best light.  Take the photo!

After the photo/s are taken, I fold the boards together and store them until needed again!
Quick, Easy, and Cheap!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Cascading Cards "Happy Father's Day"

Two Cascading Cards featuring "Happy Father's Day"
For a detailed tutorial to create Cascading Cards, please scroll to the bottom of this post.
Top view
Card one
Base is created using a gray cardstock.
Patterned cardstock is Graphic 45 "A Proper Gentleman Collection"
Flat images from Graphic 45 "A Proper Gentleman Collection"
Rosettes created using Tim Holtz rosette paper dies
3-D Watch embellishment---unknown
Sentiment stamp--Paper Inspirations
Card one--side view
The card has 3 layers on the front.  The layers create the 'cascading' effect.
Card base is created using a 'spine'.  The 'spine' allows the card to stand without falling over.
Card two
Base for card is created using gray cardstock.
Patterned cardstock and car image are from Graphic 45 "A Proper Gentleman Collection"
Rosettes are created using Tim Holtz rosette cutting dies
Globe image is created using Tim Holtz Alterations "Movers and Shakers"
Various embellishments are from my stash, unknown companies
Card two--side view
Inside cards
Spellbinders Nestibilities cutting dies "Labels Eight"
Notice the strip of cardstock that has been adhered to the center of the card.  This adds strength to the card and supports the cascading front.

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For a Cascading Card Tutorial, please visit the following link