Friday, September 22, 2017

Sneak Peek

 Just wanted to do a quick share of a project I'm working on using my Silhouette Cameo and Fun Stampers Journey printed paper. Stay tuned - I should have it finished by tomorrow!


Monday, September 18, 2017

Cutting Sentiment Stamps with the Scan n Cut

I have a new Scan n Cut 250 (an older model) that I'm just learning how to use. One of the things I want it for is to cut out stamped images that don't have matching dies. I think I finally figured it out today, after watching many YouTube videos on how to use a transparency! But I tend to prefer written tutorials, so thought I'd list the steps here in case I forget how the next time I need to do this. I store my acetate sheets with my stamp set to use again as needed.
 
  1. After stamping the sentiment, draw the cut line with a fine-line Sharpie on an acetate sheet.
  2. Affix the stamped sheet to the SnC mat. Use a bit of masking tape to align the acetate sheet over the sentiment to be cut.
  3. Feed the mat into the machine and touch Scan, then Direct Cut. 
  4. Scan the image, then remove the acetate sheet.
  5. Now refine the cut line. Use the arrows to define the cut area, and preview to be sure to get the correct part of the scan.
  6. Next, touch the offset button and set how far from the drawn line the cut should occur. (I like .04, but sometimes use .08)
  7. Cut, then put the acetate over the next image and repeat steps 3 through 6 for the next sentiment.
           

Friday, September 15, 2017

September Technique Blog Hop


SEPTEMBER - Inlaid & Lifted Die-cutting Cards

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.

Die Cuts are certainly popular in the crafting world and there are so many from which to choose. But they can be expensive, so we’re looking at additional ways in which we can use them; specifically, inlaid and lifted die cuts.   Hopefully, we’ll inspire you to try an idea or two that we’ve shared with you.
If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:



  • January-Shaving Cream Marbleizing
  • February-So Sketchy
  • March-no hop this month
  • April-Stamp Set Showdown
  • May-World of Watercolor
  • June-Basic Card Folds
  • July-Bleaching Your Card
  • August-Stamping on Patterned Paper


  • We have an amazing sponsor this month, Katydid Cards:
    Please take a moment to check out Kim's Katydid Cards blog or Facebook page. Her awesome prize this month is:We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. The winner will be announced on Sunday, September 24, 2017, on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check Sharon's blog on Sunday. The winner will have until October 14, 2017, to claim the prize.
    You should have arrived here from Kim's blog, Katydid Cards. If you're visiting here first, you might want to start at the beginning to increase your chances of winning by commenting on each blog.


    Stamp Keeper

    I just discovered a new site made for card makers and stampers! I can post a picture of a card I've created, along with step-by-step instructions and a list of the supplies I used. So if I ever get back into blogging regularly again, I'm going to definitely StampKeeper.com. It's also a great place if you want to just keep track of what supplies you have, and what you still want to get. So far I've posted a couple of test projects, but there are others who are posting their cards too, if you're looking for ideas. Here is one I've posted. The link will take you to the instruction page. Fun stuff!
    Thanks Much Card

    Friday, August 25, 2017

    Oregon Vacation

    No crafting now - just family time. :-) Smoke is thick, but no fires in our immediate area.
    This little cutie is Piper, daughter Julie's fur-baby.
    Smoke coming in from the coast - air quality isn't so great.
    Wedding reception for daughter Crystal and son-in-law Michael. (They were
    married in January, but waited till summer to have the party!
    My three favorite people!!
    We met Crystal's in-laws, Jeff and Paulette. Olive (the
    Great Dane) loved to sit on tiny Paulette's lap.
    Crystal and granddaughter Addison
    Dad has a job to do!
    Michael and Crystal have a wonderful little garden - lots of zucchini!

    Friday, August 18, 2017

    August Technique Blog Hop

    AUGUST - Stamping on Patterned Paper


    Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.

    We all love our stamp sets and we all love our patterned paper. Well, this month we’re combining the two by stamping ON patterned paper for some unique projects. It will be fun to see what stamps and papers our team members decide to pair together. And if you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:

    January-Shaving Cream Marbleizing

    February-So Sketchy

    March-no hop this month

    April-Stamp Set Showdown

    May-World of Watercolor

    June-Basic Card Folds

    July-Bleaching Your Card

    Our amazing sponsor this month is Card a Day Challenge Blog.

    Please take a moment to check out the CADC blog here.
    And... there are TWO awesome prizes this month:

    We  really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the  blogs in the hop today.   The winner will be announced on Sunday,  August 27, 2017 on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to go back and check her blog to see if you are the winner!  If you would prefer to be notified, please leave your email address in the comments and someone will contact you if you win. The winner will have until September 9, 2017 to claim their prize.  
    So...let's get to it! You should have arrived here from Kim's blog, Katydid Cards. If you're visiting  here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing and increase your chances of winning by commenting on  each blog.
    Here are my cards this month:
    This was my first try. Maybe the pattern on this paper from the Designers' Choice Prints pack was a bit too large for the size of the stamps, but I like the colors together. This is a new stamp set called "Hello Fall" that just came out in the Fun Stampers Journey Holidays catalog.
    I've hoarded this gorgeous piece of paper for a very long time, because I love the colors and the soft, kind of cloudy look of it. I decided my new "Dandelion Wishes" set was perfect for it. (Not so sure about the silver, though.)
    I over-stamped this piece of yellow patterned paper with the retired FSJ Star Burst background stamp in orange - then didn't know what to do with it! Die cuts and punches to the rescue, though. I also got to play with my brand new toy, a Brother Scan 'n' Cut 250, to cut out the sentiment.  It's an older model, but I'm absolutely in love with it. I still love my Silhouette Cameo too, :-), but this gives me a really quick way to cut out things that don't have dies.
    I love to paper-piece, so this card just seemed natural. Who can resist a llama in brown flowery pajamas! The little corner embellishment is also punched & die-cut from patterned paper scraps. This set of 12 stamps is called "No Prob-llama", has a matching set of 6 dies and some really cute sayings.

    Now you’re off to visit with Jearise at Lorby's World. Hope you had fun....see you next month with another technique!

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017

    Mystic Romance

    I did some stamping for a friend yesterday, using some of the new Fun Stampers Journey "Mystic Romance" sets that look like embroidery. After 11 cards, I decided I really should have just gone to the catalog and used it for inspiration - I was running out of ideas! It was a good way to push myself out of my usual style though!
     

    Sweet Petunias SS-0510, BD-0254
    Embroidered Greetings SS-0507
    Embroidered Rose SS-0509, BD-0257
    Sweet Poppy AT-0266
    Mystic Romance Prints PP-0047

    Tuesday, August 1, 2017

    Family Friday!

    I can hardly wait for these two lovely ladies to get here! We're picking them up on Friday for a visit. Aren't they beautiful?

    We NEED our Addi and Julie time!!!

    Thursday, July 27, 2017

    Remote Access

    We just upgraded our DISH TV to a Hopper & Joey so my mom can watch her programs in her room without our recordings knocking her off. (We love it, by the way!!) When we were getting the old receiver ready to ship back, we realized we had just a few remotes!!!!
     
    I don't think we even have this many ROOMS, much less this number of TV's....

    Friday, July 21, 2017

    Left-handed Post Today!

     I'm typing much more slowly than usual tonight and will be for a couple of weeks I suspect, I had surgery to correct a trigger finger that has a bad habit of locking up for several days at a time, and it was my right hand of course. So I'm huntin' and peckin' for awhile. It's pretty amazing when you think of all you do with your dominant hand, and how awkward it is when you can't! My mom is here to help out, and dear hubby is great about cooking so this shouldn't be too bad - I'll just lay around and let them wait on me!

    Mom and I went to the Pueblo High School Musical a couple nights ago. They put on "Beauty and the Beast," and it was really an amazing production. This year marked the 59th consecutive year the musicals have been going on. We just discovered it last year when friends invited us to go see "Damn Yankees," and we'll DEFINITELY be attending every year from now on.

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    Instant Pot Newbie

    I bought my husband an Instant Pot for Father's Day. Since he retired, he's decided he wanted to learn to cook, and loves to try new (and sometimes unusual!) dishes. I love it - means a lot less work on my part!! But with any new gadget, he wants me to figure it out first, then show him. :-) So I'm trying to figure out my 6-quart Duo IP. (Thanks to my FSJ buddy, Mary Director, for turning me on to this awesome appliance! If you get a chance, check out her blog. She makes lovely hand-stamped cards.)
    I'm finding out that there are many, MANY blogs, Facebook pages, and Pinterest posts about the Instant Pot. MANY! It's hard to sort everything out, so I'm trying one thing at a time, and taking notes when something works. One big thing we need to work out is the high altitude timing. I'm working with the basic adjustment guide of +5% for every 1000 feet after 3000 feet, which means I need to multiply all my times by about 1.18.

    So far, we've managed baked potatoes and tapioca pudding -- yes, I'm a slow learner! I was amazed at how easily I could make pudding from old-fashioned pearl tapioca. We're off to a good start, and I'm looking forward to trying other recipes.

    Tapioca Pudding (posting so I don't lose the recipe!!)

    2 c. cold water
    1/2 c. pearl tapioca
    --
    2 egg yolks
    1/2 c. milk
    1/4 c. cream
    1/2 c. sugar
    1/4 tsp. salt

    1 tsp. vanilla

    Rinse tapioca under running water for 30 seconds, then drain thoroughly. Add to IP with 2 c. water. Manual, high pressure, for 10 minutes. Natural release for 10-15 minutes, then quick release.

    Whisk egg yolks, milk, and cream together. Turn IP to Saute, and whisk in sugar and salt. Pour in egg/milk mixture, straining through sieve. Stir until mixture comes to a boil and turn IP off. 

    Pour pudding into a bowl and stir in vanilla. Refrigerate, stirring occasionally until pudding thickens. Pour into serving dishes, cover, and refrigerate.

    Makes 4 servings.

    Sunday, July 16, 2017

    Saturday Stamping Fun

    Christmas in July!

    A friend came over yesterday and we stamped all day. What fun! Denise and I had signed up for RG Presents Journey Holidays, a seven-hour, live-streamed YouTube event featuring the new Fun Stampers Journey mini-catalog that will go live on August 1st. This was the first time either of us had done this, and we really enjoyed stamping together, doing the make 'n' takes along with Richard Garay, and seeing all the awesome project demonstrations.

    I had muffins and fruit for breakfast, a salad and casserole all ready for lunch, and chocolate (of course!), but we didn't really eat much - we were too busy! They had some technical difficulties at one point in the morning, but after those were ironed out, the live feed went very smoothly. I had set up the large TV in the family room so we could watch in there, as well as the computer in my craft room, but we ended up in the craft room the whole time. After all, that's where all the "stuff" is!

    These are the four make 'n' take cards (all supplies we needed, cut and ready to go) that came in the kit we received prior to the broadcast. We each also received two full stamp sets, two die sets, and an accessory pack. We did some stamping and die-cutting before the broadcast, and were really glad we did - Richard makes cards FAST!

    During the technical difficulties, we played around with Denise's gel plate. These are some of the pieces we made, and we even had a chance to make a couple of cards, too. The gel plate is fun, and there sure are a lot of techniques you can use it for. I just might have to break down and get one!!
     

    The next RG Presents is December 2nd, and will feature the upcoming spring and summer mini-catalog. Maybe we'll have a few more folks who want to come play! I know I'm looking forward to it already. And...now I'm inspired to start on my Christmas cards early this year!