Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Hey Everyone, I was going to post this tomorrow but decided to do it tonight. I'm going to be busy tomorrow and I may not have time to post this tutorial.
The pictures don't really reflect how the card looks in person. It's actually very shimmery and pretty. The colors are nicer in person but my camera can't seem to capture the true essence of the card.
Anyway, I created a tutorial for the Pearl Ex Magic technique. For those who have never used Pearl Ex. . .this is a basic tutorial for beginners. It's a great way to play with the product so be sure to check it out. You'll really love the results in person.
I really need to clean up my stamping studio. I can't deal with my clutter right now. I have so many stuff piled everywhere and it's driving me batty! Seriously!! I can't stand it. I tidy up daily but there's just not enough space to put everything I want in my room. My problem is I want everything to be accessible. If I don't see it, I don't use it. Unfortunately, my floor is becoming a maze and have on several occasion stepped on stamps and ribbons that I've set on the floor. One day I'm going to trip over something and really hurt myself.
Anyway, this is basically the same as my first card but the layout is a little different. As always, my brads are crooked again. Annoying. I don't know what's the deal with that. . .
If I have time tomorrow, I'll post a few cards I made for Angel's (Angelosity) Challenge/Blog Candy. Be sure to drop by her site. . .she has a huge prize to give away. . .
Until later, folks!!
Hey Everyone! This card design will probably be our Christmas card for this year. I'll be sending this card only to family and close friends. I'll be making a different type of card for acquaintances and such.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
I recently bought a CombBind and I love it. I already have a Bind-it-All that utilizes wire coils which I think is great for larger projects such as journals, scrapbooking, address books and other projects that requires stronger binding especially when using chipboards.
I wanted to create smaller or thinner lightweight projects such as To-Do-List, memo pads, shopping list and other cool projects that don't require strong wire binding and the CombBind fits my needs in this area.
The other option was to purchase a Rubicoil that utilizes wire coil but unlike the Bind-it-All or CombBind, Rubicoil uses a spiral coil. I don't like the look of the spiral binding. Furthermore, when using spiral binding, the project don't open up evenly which I don't like. The CombBind coil or binding spine is "plastic" so it works well with light weight projects and the projects open up nicely.
Here are other reasons why I bought the CombBind: First of all, not only "I" can use it for crafting, but my kids can use it for their book reports and my husband can bind professional looking reports and presentations.
There were other benefits. . . you can purchase the CombBind at your neighborhood office supply store and buy your binding coils at your local store rather than ordering them online. The cost of the CombBind is $70 versus the cost of the RubiCoil which I believe is about $150. Forget that!
Because the CombBind is a "professional" binding machine that have been around forever, unlike crafting tools and machines, the trend don't constantly change. Businesses use the machine to bind office reports and pamphlets so it'll pretty much continue to remain constant in its design. There's no real worry that the machine will be obsolete next season. Crafting tools and machines tend to come and go with the season. What's popular today no longer will be tomorrow.
Another benefit of the machine is that you can easily refill your pages without having to create a completely new cover. You can also add more pages. The machine allows you to open up the binder easily and add the pages.
Anyway. . .the project I created with the CombBind is a combined Shopping List and To-Do-List. The cover is a medium weight chipboard that I covered with a designer paper. I tied ribbons to the spine and decorated the cover by using Stampin Up "True Friend" stamp set.
I created a matching card using the same design. This set will be going out to my RAK recipient. I don't think she visits my blog site so I'm okay with posting it.
Here is the sketch for the card. I'll type in the card details tomorrow. It's late. . .I need to go to bed. Goodnight folks. . .
Hey Everybody! I've been busy with life. . .and will be busy this weekend. My kids are officers of the Key Club and I've been appointed their official chauffer. What does that mean. . .well, no crafting or blogging this weekend. Hopefully, I'll have time this evening to post something.
In the meantime. . .remember the Cranberries? What ever happened to the band. . .I haven't heard anything new from them for such a long time. I love this song by them. . .check it out:
Thursday, October 25, 2007
I made this card for Angel's (Angelosity) Challenge/Blog Candy. I really had fun making this card. I'm beginning to love making simple elegant cards. I tend to gravitate towards busy cards but lately, I've been switching back and forth from busy to simple
This card is for today's sketch #19: Click Here for the sketch. Angel will be giving a big prize on the day of her birthday which is day 31 (I think). Okay. . .I sort of messed up on the sketch because the square (primary image) suppose to be smaller. I realized that I had over matted the card and it just was too big to match the sketch exactly. I didn't want to start over so I decided to keep it. The card matches the sketch if you don't take into account the layering.
I heat embossed the images with SU gold embossing powder. In person, the images are very glittery. I love it. Simple but flashy at the same time. Yay!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Hey Everyone! Here is the sky this morning. The cloud is the smoke and that's the sun in the background. In person, the sun was red. It looks so ominous. The fire has now moved North of San Diego. We're keeping an eye on this fire.
Fortunately, the Santa Ana winds have died down. It'll help immensely.
This picture was taken through my front upstairs window. The fire is now across us but at the other side of the mountain. Hopefully, the fire will remain on the other side of the mountain and not cross over. If it crosses over. . .well, we're in trouble.
It's crazy. So many lives are effected. They closed I-5. . .the main artery from LA to San Diego. They closed I-15 (another main artery to San Diego) the other day but I believe it's open now. Can you imagine. . .there's no main road leading to San Diego. San Diego is a huge city. . .over 3 million people.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Here are two cards I made for Angel's (Angelosity) Challenge/Blog Candy. This card was created for sketch #4: Click here for the sketch.
I embossed the background paper with the CB embossing folder. The pumpkin image was colored using Prismacolor Markers. Nothing much else to the card other than following the sketch.
I just wanted to thank y'all for your well wishes. The San Diego fire is still going on but so far Temecula is safe. Fallbrook, about 10 to 15 minutes away, was evacuted. Unfortunately, I read that 500 homes were destroyed. The number sounds a bit high. . .I'm not positive about the number. Fallbrook is a hillside community about 15 miles from where I live. It's really sad. Fallbrook is such a nice town. It's a little scary because Fallbrook is so close to Temecula. I could see the smoke from my house. Currently, Temecula is not threatened.
Here's the other card I made for Angel's Challenge/Blog Candy. Whooo. . ."bright lights, bright lights". . .LOL. Do you remember when the gremlin in the movie "the Gremlins" said "bright lights, bright lights"? Yeah. . .the card is rather bright but hey, you have to admit it's a cool color for Thanksgiving. Well, I think so. . .
Monday, October 22, 2007
I colored the image directly with the markers then blended the colors using an aquapainter similar to watercoloring. It actually came out okay. It blended quite well.
Did y'all hear about the San Diego fires? Well, my husband left for the airport this morning at 5:30. His flight to Minneapolis was at 8:45 which he missed because they had closed one of the main highways in San Diego and he had to drive around on to another highway. Unfortunately traffic was so bad he decided to turn around rather than attempt to fly standby for a later flight. I heard on the news that 250,000 people were evacuated and over a hundred houses were burned down. Sad. I live at the outskirt of San Diego about 30 minutes away from the fires so we're safe right now but it appears the fire is spreading.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Hey Everyone! It was Race for the Cure (Breast Cancer Fund Raiser) this weekend and my kids volunteered on both Saturday and Sunday clocking in at 11 volunteer hours! Whoohoo! This is the third year that my kids volunteered for the Race For The Cure. I was going to participate this year but procrastinated and it was too late when I decided to sign up. The kids said they had fun helping out.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007