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I am a 37 year old nurse who is currently not working due to medical issues. I have chosen to pass my time crafting, but because I am not working, I have little money to spend on supplies. I have a small stash from while  I was still working but am now using what I have access to around the house. I also use things I can find cheaply at the dollar store, in the dollar bins, on clearance, or buy with coupons at Michaels and Hobby Lobby. I also like to shop thrift stores and garage sales for things to use in my crafting. You would be surprised with what you can find if you aren't afraid to prowl a little.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Tis the Season

A quick CAS Christmas card for the Addicted to CAS challenge, Glitter.

This is a 5x5 card. All papers are scrap. The fiber the star is hanging from is a fiber of burlap. The star was cut from the cricut and then scored at each point and manipulated into a 3D shape. I glued it into place with small dabs of hot glue. The sentiment is computer generated. I don't think that card took more than 20 minutes to make.

I think it turned out fabulously. Hope you like it too!


Friday, July 26, 2013

Have a tweet birthday

Just a quick card for the I Heart Sketches weekly challenge.

All papers are scrap. The image is a From the Heart image called Tweet Birthday gift. It has been colored with a combination of Sharpie markers and oil pencils. The twine is from my stash. I forgot to print off the sentiment, so it is handwritten. I also need to work a little on my grass. I'll get it someday!

sorry this post isn't longer, but I really do not feel well today. It literally took me all day to finish this one card.
Hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

May all Your Dreams Come True

I got the free Hambo image today and decided to go ahead and make my card. I will be out of town next week. Due to my medical issues, I have been referred to the Cleveland Clinic for further follow up. I am unsure how long I will be there. I won't be able to craft while I am there, but I will be able to pop in and at least say hi! Anyway, here is what I came up with:
This card is entirely one layer. I opened up Microsoft Publisher and used a free clip art as the backing paper. The image is called Wee Henry Moon. I imported the image and sized it to what I thought looked good. I then added a frame around the image. The frame is also a Microsoft clip art called torn paper. The sentiment came with Wee Henry. I added it in a plain white box. I colored the image with a combination of sharpie markers and oil pencils. It's hard to see the shading that I did, but I promise it's there. I added a dab of blue glitter glue on the tassel of the hat. Hope you like it. I find it amazing what you can do with one layer. Go figure!


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Fintastic Birthday

My Nephew's birthday is next week. Currently he is into fly fishing, so I made this card for him.

The patterned paper is from the DCWV Haberdash stack. All the rest of the papers were scrap. The sentiment is computer generated. The fish is actually made out of textured pain chips I got at either Home Depot or Lowe's. The embossed panel is just some light brown scrap paper embossed with a wood grain folder. I then inked the de-bossed side with crumb cake ink from Stampin' Up. The fishing rod is just a down wrapped in plain cotton twine from my stash. The button reel is also from my stash. The fish was cut from the Camp Out Cricut Cartridge.
This picture shows the texture of the fish better. You can see that I touch the fish in places with Always Artichoke in from Stampin' Up to help bring out the texture.
  1. Outlawz Monday Greeting Card Challenge: Embossing
  2. Paper Players: Pattern Paper
  3. Craftin Desert Diva: Happy Birthday
  4. Craft Your Passion: Happy Birthday

I really hope he likes it. I hope you do to. Have a great day!


Sunday, July 21, 2013

CAS Christmas

These are the cards that I did for as guest designer for the Outlawz CAS Sunday. I guess you could say that the cards are two different perspectives: from the outside in and from the inside out.

The papers are all scrap. The ribbon is from my stash. The outdoor scene is colored with sharpie markers. The indoor scene is colored with oil pencils. The bricks on the outside wall were done with acrylic paint and a mask.

I hope you like them!


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Last Bugaboo Christmas in July Entry

Today is the last day of the Bugaboo Christmas in July week long challenge.  This challenge is a recipe challenge:

Here is my interpretation:
  • Plain colored cardstock is from Recollections.
  • Designer papers are from My Mind's Eye.
  • Ribbons are from my stash. I'm not sure is you can tell, but the red ribbon has gold glittered leaves on it. I couldn't get the glitter to show up well.
  • Image is Bugaboo's Old World Santa 4 and is colored with a combination of sharpie markers and oil pencils. 
I'm going to miss the Christmas challenges. I have had a ton of fun making them. Probably because Christmas is my favorite holiday.
Have a good night/day.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Swirl Tree

Happy Friday Everyone! I have a very simple yet beautiful card (I think, anyway) for Christmas.

Outlawz: Twisted Thursday Christmas in July
3 Girl Jam: Anything Goes with Ribbon
Docerela Stamps: 2 Color Combo

Paper: Black cardstock from Michaels. White Cardstock from Wal-Mart.
Ribbon: From my stash
Embossing folder: D'Vine Swirls
Rhinestones: Recollections
Cricut Cartridge: Ultimate Creative Sampler

The card only took at 15 minutes to make. It's a great card if you need something quickly.

Have a great day!


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Christmas Tag

The week long Christmas in July Challenge at Catch the Bug is almost over. Tomorrow is the last day. Today's challenge is a tag. So, here's my creation:
All Papers are scrap. The sentiment was printed off the computer. The ribbons were scrap from my stash. The image is from Bugaboo: Poppi Christmas Cocoa and was colored with Sharpie Markers.

Here's a closer look at the actual tag part:
Here you can tell that there is glitter on the red stripes as well as on the white part of Poppi's hat.

This tag was very quick and simple. I think I turned out pretty cute, but then I have a thing for penguins.

Have a great day!


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Time's fun when your having flies!

I received my free digi for the Hambo freebie challenge today. This Hambo Hoedown challenge is a sketch challenge:

Here's what I came up with. I actually think it turned out pretty cute, considering the image is a venous fly trap!
Image & Sentiment: Hambo Venous Flytrap. Sentiment printed from computer and flytrap colored with sharpie markers.
Twine: from my stash
Papers: Green card stock is from Michaels. The yellow carstock is from DCWV. The pink in the folded up corner is scrap. The pink and blue corners of the flytrap are from Michaels. The "Flies" paper is a printable digital paper I got at www.digiscrapkits.com. There are several papers in the pack and I think I only paid $1 for it. The horse fly coming out from the corner was fussy cut from one of the paper from the digi pack.

I tried putting washi tape on the card, but I was too much. It might have been different if I didn't have the horsefly in the corner, but I removed the tape and it looks much better.

Here's a picture of the sentiment and fly trap. I tried to make the sentiment sort of imitate the blades or "trap" part of the plant:
Here's a close up of the horsefly. Isn't he cute?
I may end up giving this one to my nephew for his birthday, though I'm not really sure. I'm torn between this one and a computer/gaming type card. We'll see.

I am also entering this into the I Heart Sketches Challenge:


Oh, No No No!

I'm back for another quick card. This one is also a Christmas card. It will be entered into the following challenges:
1. Bugaboo: Christmas in July
2. Outlawz: Wednesday Sketch

Papers: DP from DCWV. Plain cardstock from Michaels. Kraft paper from Color Bloc.

Corner pieces: fussy cut from same paper that is on the right hand border of the card.

Image: from www.oncoloring.com. Colored with oil pencils. Edges sponged with Crumb Cake ink from Stampin' UP.

Sentiment: printed from computer. Edged inked in red and green ink from Studio G.

I hope you think this is as cute as I do.


Warm Winter Wishes

Good morning everyone! I trust everyone is feeling well. I am not having the best of days, but I will make the best of it. I am going to try to do another post later, but no promises.

This card is for the Bugaboo Week long Christmas in July challenge. It was actually  yesterday's challenge, which was a bingo challenge.

I think I have a little bit of everything on this card except ribbon and plaid. Here it is:

All papers are from recollections except for the white cardstock which is just plain generic card stock from Wal-Mart. I'm not sure if you can tell in the picture, but the red lines and the snowflakes in the background are glittery.

The image is from Bugaboo stamps and is called Lil Snowman. He is colored with a combination of Sharpie markers and oil pencils.

The sentiment is a free digi from Kimberly Landmesser. I printed it out on plain white cardstock and then inked it with red and green ink from Studio G.

After I got it all together, it needed something. So, I randomly added the flat back pearls to simulate falling snow.

I hope you like it!

Have a great day! Hope to see you around later!


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

One Layer Spotlight Triptic Card Tutorial

I had a few requests for a tutorial on the one layer card I did. So, here goes. I sure how this makes sense.

1. Turn on your computer and bring up the program you use to manipulate your digital stamps. I use Microsoft Publisher.
2. The next thing I do is to create a square on my page to size of my card. In this case, I chose 5x7.
3.  Import your image into your program and position it where you would like it to be on your card. I enlarged the image to 3.75" x 3.75" and positioned it so that there was about 1/4" white space between 3 sides and the edge of the card.
4. Next add your sentiment and position it where you would like it.
5. Print
This is what it looks like after being printed.
6.  Next is add the lines that will represent your bottom layer. I chose pink to match the color I wanted to  color my flower. Feel free to use any color you want. The lines are 1/8" in from the edge of the card on both ends of the card.
7.  Next, measure 1/8" from the line you just made and add another line. This will be the start of your black dividing lines.

Here I noticed that my sentiment was going to run into my black divider line, so I masked it off with a piece of scrap paper and adhered it with low residue tape. I think I acutally got this tape in the floral department at Michael's. It's like masking tape that doesn't stick well. At this point I decided to trace around the mask with my black marker effectively adding an ink border to my sentiment.

8. Now, starting at the left hand side of your card, measure 1" from the black line you just drew and draw another line. Once that  line is drawn, measure 1/8" and make another black line.

9.  Now, meausure in 1.75" and draw another line. Measure 1/8" in from that line and draw another line.
10. Now mask off your lines with removable tape, and start coloring

11. Now it's time to color your center panel. I always start with my lightest color then go back in and add my shading colors.

12. Cut out your card. In this demo, I only did the card front. If I were going to use this as a card, I would have mad the entire card measure 7" x 10" and folded in half. By doing it this way, I only have a card front. I can either use it as a post card type card, or I can add it to a regular card in the future.
13. Embellish as desired. I added rhinestones to the flower centers on an almost identical card. This step technically makes it a two layer card.

This is how I chose to make this card. To save some steps, you could have added the pink and black layers using your graphics program. I chose to do it this way for 2 reasons: 1) I wanted my flower and the edge colors to match. 2) I find printer ink rather expensive and would rather use my markers to add the color than to use up all my ink on something I can color without an issue.

Hope this is helpful to you! Have fun and feel free to ask questions.


Monday, July 15, 2013

Have a Yummy Yule!

This card is for the Bugaboo week long Christmas in July Challenge.

Papers: Early espresso from Stampin Up, Cream card stock from Michaels, Raspberry DP from DCWV.

Sentiment: Printed from computer in CK Flair

Stamp: 1)  Bugaboo Cupcakes ornaments. Cupcake and icing colored with sharpie markers. Ornaments colored with oil pencils then coated with Rock Candy Distress Paint.  2) Holly: Free digi by Kate Pullen called Holly Sprig. Colored with a combination of Stampin' Up and Sharpie Markers.

Polka dot background: Free digital paper from Rhona Farrer.

A closer look at the ornaments:

Hope you like it as much as I enjoyed making it!

Have a great night!