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Sunday, July 15, 2012

May Captured Moments Card Class

Wow, I just realized I never posted the May cards for the Captured Moments class.  This class was all about another favorite company, Memory Box, either using the dies or a combination of dies and stamps.  Here they are:

This care uses a Blank Ticket Tag die which coordinates with the Blank Ticket stamp.  After stamping the image on Memory Box paper, I die cut it and mounted it on My Mind's Eye papers.  A little Stampin' Up seam binding, button, and phrase and you have a super simple, super beautiful card.

For the second card I used a Judikins embossing powder blend with the Blank Museum Tag.  This also coordinates with a Memory Box die which has a brown brad added.  The owl is stamped on Memory Box paper and more Memory Box papers are used in the background. A little phrase along the edge and you have another beautiful, easy card.

This most difficult thing on this card is removing the circle flower dies from the paper :)  I used green gate fold cards I picked up at Michael's for a dollar and added a strip of Memory Box yellow gingham paper along the left panel.  The vine is made using the Whimsy Circle Die cut twice on Anna Griffin patterned paper.  The circles are mounted on a small punched circle of Magenta brown pattern paper and I stamped an old favorite flower from Magenta in the center on a scrap of the gingham.  By overlapping the two circles it looks like a flower.  The phrase is simply stamped and punched to balance the piece.

I doesn't get more simple or striking than this.  I used two Memory Box dies: Selena butterfly (patterned paper) and Maribelle butterfly (black paper).  I used some of my hard to part with A Muse heavyweight black shimmer paper for the background and die and some copper lightweight shimmer paper behind the butterfly.  I stamped an old Inkadinkadoo stamp on the copper with Staz-On black ink and used a small circle punch to make the corners like a ticket.  I typed the word FLY on paper and printed in from my computer.  Love this one.

That's it in a nutshell.  I have several of these kits available for sale if you are interested.  Thanks for stopping by.

PS, all of these stamps and dies are available at plus dozens and dozens more.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

DeNami July Blog Hop - Summer

Welcome to the July DeNami Designs Blog Hop.   I actually started to type June because I can't believe it's July already. You should have arrived from the blog of

If at any time along the way a link doesn't work, just hop back to the

DeNami blog 

and you can hop back in wherever you want from the list of participants.  Things happen.

This month the theme is summer and there are so many wonderful images to choose from.
Here are the details of the hop from Paulina at DeNami Designs:

When: The blog hop starts on July 8th at 6 AM, PST. However, you have until July 9, 2012, 11:59 pm PST, to leave comments on all the blogs (to be eligible for a prize).
Why: To be inspired by fun DeNami Design creations and also the chance to win mini shopping sprees on the DeNami Design website!

Prizes: We are giving away THREE $20 gift certificates to our website! We'll be giving away one gift certificate to a random participant (DT members not eligible) and then we'll also be giving away TWO gift certificates to TWO people who comment along the hop!

This month I decided to make a scrapbook page instead of a card.  While cardmaking is my first love, I've been making a lot of scrapbook pages and I love the monthly paper collection release from We R Memory Keepers titled Down the Boardwalk.  

The papers are wonderfully warm and I thought the beach collection would be perfect for summer and would work great with Mimi surfing.  I don't expect to ever have a photo of someone surfing in my scrapbooks, but I do have lots of beach pictures and Mimi's just cool.

After creating my scrapbook canvas, I added a photo mount and hand cut the Mimi image.  She's stamped on white paper with black ink and colored with Copic markers.  Of course I waxed Mimi's board with some crystal lacquer to make it shine.  I was thinking water and sand.  So then I went just a little too far with that idea and thought it would be great to add some real sand.  I don't recommend it.  I used a combination of ATG tape and crystal lacquer and I think it just looks like a mess.  Plus I can't imagine I'll want loose falling sand in my book.  But I left it so show my inspiration, both the good and the bad.  I'm pretty sure I'll be rubbing that sand off the page soon.

Here's a close up of Mimi.  Don't you just love that Nami added Mimi's earrings even when she's surfing?  And not a hair out of place.  

The final stop in this hop in Glenda Wyatt.  Enjoy and don't forget that every comment you leave is an entry to win a gift certificate to the DeNami on line store.  With all the new released image, you'll have a hard time deciding what the pick.  Happy summer

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Amy Tangerine Book Challenge-Covers

Captured Moments is hosting a interactive inspirational challenge using  Amy Tangerine Day Books by Amy Tan.  They've selected the 'Hug' book and several customers are participating.

The details of the challenge are outlined on the Captured Moments blog. Each week they are publishing a section and posting photos of the results.  Tara has added a link on the right side of the blog to select all of the postings about the challenge.

What I love about this challenge is the interaction between people I like to craft with and admire for their creativity, Tiffany's creations, and Amy Tan's wonderful stuff.  Everyone's interpretations are different.  So far I find myself saying 'what a great idea' and 'I love that' when I see a new posting.  So much fun.  And we're having a real internet interaction by commenting on each others work.

Here is what everyone gets in the kit.  The Hugs book, some die cuts, some envelopes, and some paper tabs.

Then I also purchased the sticker set (hello/girl/etc.) and the raised stickers (typewriter) along with some Amy Tangerine letter stickers. is my cover.

I used some papers from an Echo Park packet called This and That.  I cut flower from the same patterned paper I used in the Stampin' Up! card in the previous post. I wanted the cover to have something that celebrated everyday life so I used the sticker "these are the day's" and the die cut "a slice of the good life".  The first sticker is the color scheme of the papers but when I added the bright maroonish red die cut and then I thought of the Stampin' Up! Melon Mambo.  I went looking for the paper to cut some flowers and sadly only had one of the darker pink flower left.  I grabbed it along with some blue and light pink to add contrast to the green and yellow/orange.  Since I turned to the previous cards, I cut some of the watercolored pearlized leaves left over.  I finalized it with the crystal Stickles on the flower centers for some bling. 

Every time I start a journal or altered book I struggle to choose a theme or decide what to write.  I follow Amy Tan's blog and But there's one thing I learned about Amy Tan from her blog, SHE LOVES LIFE!  So I had to make my book be one of celebration of the days I have.  It's so easy to get bogged down with the struggles of life but learning to emphasize the positive makes getting through the day so much easier.  Reading her blog cheers me.

Check out the other creations by my fellow participants on the Captured Moments blog.  New challenge to be posted tomorrow.  Thanks Tara and Tiffany for your persistence in getting these wonderful products.  

Stampin' Up! Club Cards

Here are two cards I prepared to Sue Black's monthly Stampin' Up! club that met last Monday.  

The first uses beautiful Designer Series paper and the lattice die.  By cutting the lattice with double sided paper you can easily adhere the quilt outline with one side and fill in the pieces with the other side of the paper.  They're set to be coordinated.  Oops, I see I lost one little piece.  Glad I have some extras to add in that spot.

The vanilla paper is run through the Big Shot with an embossing folder for texture.  The same folder was used with the Top Note die.  That piece is trimmed to add just one piece along the left side.  This is an easy card that looks elegant.

The second card has a unique fold. Below you can see that the card folds in the front with velcro.  The floral stamp piece opens to the right.  The left panel of patterned paper opens to the left.

The green leaf on the right side is stamped with Wild Wasabi embossing powder and the ribbon is Daffodil Delight. The real beauty of this card is the flowers.  They are stamped with white embossing powder on white shimmering paper from Stampin' Up!. The flowers are watercolored with Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight ink and when they are dry they have some shimmer paper tapped on for a pearlized look.

I think the cards were a hit.  They got to learn some new techniques and try some products they may not have seen before.  Everyone thought these were going to be complicated cards but I think they saw they were easy once they got to it and followed the steps.  

No meeting in July so we'll resume in August.  Happy Summer club members.