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Thursday, November 15, 2007

What awesome card makers there are out in cyber space

I happen to stumble onto this blog, It has a awesome card where she used a flower punch to make a puff flower- There is a tutorial showing how she accomplished this technique.

This is an awesome blog - This is where I discovered the Black Magic technique . You will need a dark color piece of cardstock, you will stamp your image in white ink, dry it with your heat gun, then you will color in the image with colored pencils, then the last step is to use that wonderful white gel pen to highlight your image. Why don’t you stop by her blog and check out the examples that she has posted.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Surfing Cyberspace

For the last several weeks I have been surfing cyberspace checking out all the awesome card making sites. Card making is my newest hobby and just loving it. Love the stamped images that they use on their cards. Well I don’t have a large inventory of stamps. So I decided to search in cyberspace for some really cute clipart both colorful and black & white.

The card to the right with the reindeer is a colorful clipart that I printed on white cardstock and used my Merry Christmas stamp. The card with the snowman graphic was a black and white clipart that I printed onto white cardstock and colored in with my colored pencils and blender pen.

Here are a few other black & white cliparts that I printed from my computer and colored in with my pencil colors and the blender pen. I still need a lot of practice and I am sure I still need to learn a lot more tips on water coloring.

A neat little border that you can make with your corner round punch.
A video on how to use the crop-a-dile

Tip I picked up on Splitcoaststampers message board about tying a flat bow.
Wrap ribbon around card. Do the first cross over and under. NOW instead of making first loop, switch the ends from left to right. THEN continue. Makes a perfect, flat, horizontal bow every time for me!!

If you need a saying for your Christmas cards how about this one.

May the Christ of Christmas
be born in your hearts
held in your love & shared
with your world this special Season.
Enjoy! Good bye for now .... check back tomorrow for a new posting.

Stampin Up Punches & Stamp Sets

When I received my splitcoaststampers news letter I discovered a link to the list below, and thought that everyone that had Stampin up stamps and punches would found this useful.

There was also another tip where it stated that if you took each of your punches and punched out a sample in vellum. You would be able to lay the vellum sample over your stamps to see if you would be able to use a certain stamp with the punch. Below you will find a list of punches and the stamp sets that you should be able to use with that punch.

Scallop Circle Punch: In the Spotlight, Glorious Garlands, Punch Pals, Double-Line Doodles, Wanted, Priceless, Big Flowers, Big Deal Alphabet, Looks Like Spring, Fabulous Flowers, Ginormous Flowers, Sweet Shapes, Illuminations, It’s Your Birthday, Warm Words, Pictograms, Short and Sweet, Sincere Salutations, All Holidays, Jumbo Alphabet, All About Occasions, Brocade Basics, Baroque Motifs, Sparkling Sayings, So Much, Fun & Fast Notes, On Board Blossoms and Basics

Tag Punches: Perfect Presentation, All About Occasions, Flakey Friends, Punch Pals, Be Happy, Tagger’s Dozen, Bundled in Love, Business Boosters

Designer Label Punch: Party Punch, Labelicious

Round Tab Punch: Party Punch, Office Accoutrement, Totally Tabs

1" Circle Punch: Sending Happy Thoughts kit, Perfect Presentation, Glorious Garlands, The Snowflake Spot, Perennial Favorites, Holiday Blitz, Double-Line Doodles, Polka Dots & Petals, Create a Coupon, Genuine Articles, Business Boosters, Calendar Cues, On Board Blossoms and Basics

1 ¼" and/or 1 3/8" Circle Punch: Simple Delights Simply Sent kit, Perfect Presentation, Batty For You, Holiday Tag Team, Sparkling Sayings, Be Happy, Figures of Speech, Double-Line Doodles, Polka Dots & Petals, Big Flowers, Stamp of Authenticity, Carte Postale, Think Happy Thoughts, Big Pieces, Seeing Spots, So Happy, Dots Are Hot, Brocade Basics, Labelicious, Genuine Articles, Circle of Friendship, It’s All Good, Sporting

½" and/or ¾" Circle Punch: In the Spotlight, Holiday Tag Team, Glorious Garlands, Cold Play, Snow Flurries, Merry Merry, Punch Pals, Forever in My Heart, Holiday Blitz, Double-Line Doodles, Sweet Thing, Wanted, Star Struck, Little Flowers, Little Pieces, Please Come, Dot Spot background, Alphabits, Art by Design

1 ¼" and/or 1 3/8" Square Punch: Simple Delights Simply Sent kit, Perfect Presentation, Forever in My Heart, Sealed With a Kiss, Be Happy, Figures of Speech, Tagger’s Dozen, Sweet Thing, Office Accoutrement, Stamp of Authenticity, Carte Postale, Glad Tidings, It’s All Good, Art by Design, Sporting, Business Boosters, It’s a Date¾" Square Punch: Punch Pals, Calendar Cues

Large Oval Punch: I did it, many of the word setsStar Punch: Wanted, Starstruck, Sporting, Wild West Alphabet, On Board Blossoms and Basics5-Petal Flower Punch: In the Spotlight, Be Happy, Priceless, Simply Said, Looks Like Spring, Heartfelt Thanks, Ginormous Flowers, Office Accoutrement, Big Pieces, Cutie Pie Double Sided Paper, On Board Blossoms and Basics

Snow Blossom Punch: In the Spotlight, Simple Snowman, Wondrous Gift, Snowflake Spot, Merry Merry, Snow Flurries, Punch Pals, Snowfall, Be Happy

Spring Flower Bouquet Punch: Looks Like Spring

Three for You Punch: Three Thoughts Simply Sent kit, Punch Pals, Take Three, Three for You punch box

Word Window Punch: So Many Sayings, Block Party, Boatloads of Love, Fun & Fast Notes, Take Three, Everything Baby, Short & Sweet, Happy Everything, Wonderful Favorites, Warm Words, All Holidays, Everyday Flexible Phrases, Amazing to Zany, Fundamental Phrases.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Santa Claus is coming to town

Good Afternoon to all. If you look to the right of my blog you will see a list of blogs. Well I would like to introduce you to 2 new blogs - Both are from members of the Sweet & Sassy group. The 1st one is for Patty (Sweet & Sassy-Peppermint Patty), and the 2nd is from Kaci (Sweet & Sassy -Starburst). Please take a minute to check out both blogs.

this is a site that my sister Cathy has shared with me and I would like to share with all of you.

NEW FLASH! - Scrappersaurus will be renting Cricut Cartridges for your Cricut and Cricut Expression Machines! Three consecutive days for only $5.00 !! Imagine the amount of cutting you can do in just three days! Grab Bags for 99 cents are back! We tried this out a few months ago, made a dozen and they went in two days, so - they are back. Spend 99 cents, trust me, it's worth it.

Santa Claus what a fictional character that has come into the lives of many young children. Do you still believe in Santa? I do but in a whole different way then I did as a child.

The blog site 4x4 challenge had a challenge to make cards with a face of it, well while surfing through cyberspace I ran across this graphic, print it out on white paper and then I used my watercolor pencils along with my blender to color the graphic in. I totally love this graphics and very pleased with the 6 cards I made using the graphics. This challenge worked out well and gave me 6 additional Christmas cards. I have made it past the half mark on my 50 something Christmas cards.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Early Morning in the Country - Card making

This weekend I visited with my younger sister, Cathy again. It is just so beautiful in the country, which is Sumrall, Mississippi for me. Early Sunday morning I was going to go and work in her scrapbook room, but it was so beautiful outside. It was 7:30 in the morning so I just set up my card making supplies on a large table she had under the a big oak tree with the morning sun to my back and for 2 hours I set there and made some Christmas cards that I am giving away as a gift. I was able to practice using my texture plates, practicing faux stitching, and used some of my Miss Elizabeth stickers.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Went Shopping for Badge Clips and ended up with more

Tuesday night after work I went across the river to the Clearview Micheal's to buy some badge clips to make my storage rack. But they were out of stock. I did check out the dollar bins and they have not received there Christmas stamps, I was a bit disappointed.

I really wanted my badge clips so I went a little further down the road to the Veterans Michael's, and they had a ton of badge clips. I bought 2 packs for starters they were $2.99 for 21 clips. While there I had to check out the dollar bins and they had the Christmas stamps. I ended up buying 9 stamps and a few other dollar items. While at Michael's I decided to treat myself to the texture boards that I have been wanting for sometime. Took them home and started playing with them. They were okay but was not completely excited about the finish product. I just think this user just needs to work with the texture boards just a bit to master them.
I also wanted to work with my new stamps. But I searched and searched all over for my versa mark stamp so that I could do some embossing - well I could not find it, until the next evening. Well I have been working hard on completing my Christmas Cards. I have about 28 done so far and need to complete a total of 56. I plan on giving my email pen pal 6 homemade christmas cards.
Off to the country again this weekend to visit with my younger sister, Cathy and her family. Plan on finishing up my Christmas cards.
patty - momma 411 - memorycollector - Paper Piecing Patty

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Christmas Elves & Angels

I have been getting up every morning around 6:00 - 6:30 a.m. to work on my Christmas cards, before going to work. Here are a few that I have made using a Miss Elizabeth sticker sheet with the cutest little elves. There is one card that I did not use the stickers on and that is the Christmas light card. The stamp image was one that I bought out of the $1.00 bin at Michael’s.

Tuesday, November 6 was the monthly meeting for my group, Scrappin Packin Mommas I was only able to create 3 cards. Again the Miss Elizabeth sticker sheet came to my rescue. Sometime ago I bought these angels stickers hoping to add them to my Christmas layout, but decided to use them on my Christmas cards. Did not get to do to much card making, we had business to discuss. Where and what we would be doing for an annual Christmas party. We will be gathering at a local restaurant, and we will also play "White Christmas". Each lady will bring a gift bag and full it with $20.00 worth of Scrap booking supplies. Then the game begins, everyone will pick a number. The first person will pick a gift from the pile, open. Then the second person will have the choice of picking a gift from the pile or stealing the gift from the 1st person, and so on. After a gift has been stolen 3 times it will become frozen. This is such a fun game.

A Great find & 2 Challenges

This past weekend (11/4/2007) I was visiting with my sister, Cathy in Sumrall, Mississippi and went on a shopping trip into town at the Dollar General and found some Christmas ribbon in the Christmas section of the store. Each spool was $1.00 and had 9 ft of ribbon. We decided to each buy 4 spools and we went back to her house we divided the ribbon between the both of us. Both of us walked away with 4.5 feet of 8 different ribbons. I have already used some of these ribbons on a few of my cards.

A Challenge over at Sweet & Sassy . This is my first time ever participating in a challenge. She posted a picture of a beautiful salad plate that had a sunflower design on it. The challenge was to use the plate as inspiration. A few weeks ago I bought a Miss Elizabeth sticker sheet with sunflowers at Dollar Tree. So of course this challenge really sparked my creative juices. This is just the first card that I designed with the sunflower stickers, but I think there will be more in the near future.
Challenge over at Daring Cardmakers to use snowflakes and snowman - This challenge sounded like it would be fun to do. Several years ago my sister, Wanda gave me a tablet of winter papers, stickers, and die cuts. Well I was able to use this as my starting point and created 4 really cute winter cards. The first card I did was a Z fold. Then the other 3 I decided to do will be part of my Christmas Cards that I will be mailing out this year.

Seeing Red & Green

Hope I am not boring anyone with all my Christmas cards. I have really enjoyed creating and making these Christmas Cards. It is like a miniature canvas that you decorate, and then you can share with family and friends.

Poinsettia Card - use 2 different green pattern papers, 1 red with stripe pattern paper, the poinsettia flowers are stickers from Michael’s dollar bin, and was a gift to me from my sister, Lizzy. The smaller green pattern paper just free hand a wavey border and cut it out. Also you will need to smaller pieces of solid green to stamp the wording on. All the layers of paper will need the edges inked in the appropriate colors.

Tis the Season Card mint green solid card stock, a mistletoe pattern paper, a small strip of a green pattern paper, punch out a yellow star, and cut out a circle. I used a template, but I am sure you could use the cricut cutter. Two small piece of ribbon, and two brads, a small piece of the mint card stock to stamp the wording.

Hope-Peace-Love Card- 2 pieces of pattern paper (1 green & 1 red), two small pieces of cream cardstock, one to adhere the sticker (peace-hope-love-Miss Elizabeth sticker), and the other to stamp the wording. On both of the creams pieces you want to round off only two corners each (see picture). Then ink the edges of both pieces. The cream piece with the sticker you will want to matt it in red and then round only two of the corners. You will also need to ink the edges of the red & green pattern paper.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007


I always surf the net for awesome cards to make. Not that I copy them exactly, but it does give me a heads up on creating my cards. I would like to thank all those creative card markers out in cyber space for the inspiration that you have passed my way, and to make the challenge of creating cards easier.

The BELL CARD - a red pattern paper, will need to ink the edges with a dark red ink spot , stamped the bell image on a piece of cream card stock. The image is a foam stamp that I picked up at Michael’s or Walmart last year, and used my LePlume markers to color the stamp.. Stamp on a small oval shape cream cardstock the words Season Greetings. (Stamp set from Michael’s), and ink the edges using a red ink spot from Stampin Up. Glue the red pattern paper to the base card, and then cut out a window, then glue the bell image in the window of the card. Embellish the card with a small sticker (3-D) in the top corner of the window and to the bottom right of the card glue the wording.

The GIFT CARD - Used solid green for the background, ink edges with dark green. Then cut a piece of pattern paper to make a border on the lower portion of the card, ink the edges of the border strip. Then you will need 2 different pattern papers to make the gifts, and red ribbon for the bows (attach the red ribbons with glue dots), You will need to ink the edges of each of your gifts. Stamp the words Merry Christmas (Michael’s $1.00 stamp) on the green cardstock.

The SEASON GREETING card. Stamp the image on a piece of cream cardstock and matt with a piece of red card stock. Be sure to ink the edges of both the cream and red cardstock. A red pattern paper for the background, and a strip of a green pattern paper. Stamp on a rectangle piece of cream cardstock the words "Season Greeting" then round off only two of the corners and matt with a piece of cardstock and ink the edges of both the cream and red cardstock.

Monday, November 5, 2007


I plan on making 40 Christmas cards this year. Also, would like to make about 10 to send to an American Soldier so that he/she will have Christmas greeting to mail back home to his/her family and friends.

Here are some power packs and card sketches that I made. I used two of my card magazines that I purchased for inspiration for my sketches. Some of the cards that I used to make the sketches were not Christmas theme. I look beyond the theme to the actual elements of the cards. I was pretty pleased with the outcome of my sketches.

The BLUE NOEL CARD - Used 2 pieces of pattern (snowflakes) paper, the word NOEL - was stamped on circles that I punched out using the Circle Punch from Creative Memories, then I inked the edges of the circles with a blue ink spot from Stampin Up. The Snowflake stamped image is one of the $1.00 stamps from Michael’s. Also matted the darker blue snowflake pattern paper with navy blue cardstock. The envelope for this card was stamped with the snowflake image.

The RED GIFT CARD - Used solid red for the background, punched out the green border using the wrought iron punch from Stampin Up. 3 green brads, the gift were made with 2 different pattern papers, 2 ribbon bows, The stamp image of Merry Christmas was a part of a larger stamp (bought a set of Christmas stamps last year at Michael’s) inked the edges . Inked the edges of the gifts with the ink spots from Stampin Up.

The POINSETTIA CARD - Use a pattern paper for the background, inked the edges of the background with a dk green ink spot. Cut 3 pieces of ribbon, two pieces should be the same. The poinsettia flower came from the Dollar Tree. Bought a bunch and then separated the flowers from the stems so that I could use them in my card making. Use a yellow brad for the center of the flower. Stamped the image of "Happy Holidays" on a lighter green pattern paper and inked the edges with an a green ink spot from Stampin Up. Matted with red card stock. Glued the 3 strips of the ribbon to the background, and use a glue dot to attach the poinsettia flower on top of the ribbon.

Winner of the BLOG CANDY - Mandee

Sorry for posting the winner so late. I did promise November 1, but life and work got in the way.

I put all the names in a hat and Mandee was the lucky one. Please send me your snail mail address and I will mail the 3 cards to you. I posted a comment on your blog with my email address.

patty * Momma 411 * paper piecing patty * Memorycollector