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
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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!

Friday, July 14, 2017

July Technique Blog Hop

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.

From laundry, to disinfectant, to fashion, bleach is a staple in many households; but did you know you can use bleach in your card making and paper crafting? Yup, from stamping, to painting, and several techniques in between, we’re going to share our experiments with you. And if you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:




Our  amazing sponsor this month is Debbie Bonczek of Close to My Heart.
Please take a moment to check out the great products Close to My Heart has to offer. To visit Debbie's blog, click here.

And the awesome prizes this month are:










We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. While you are encouraged to comment at any time, only comments received by Friday, July 21, 2017 at 8:00pm (EST) will be eligible to win. The winner will be announced on Sunday, July 23, 2017 on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday the 23rd to see if you are the lucky winner.


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 out on increasing your chance of winning by commenting on  each blog.

Friday, June 23, 2017

June Card Class

I just realized tomorrow is our June class, and I haven't even posted pictures! Time sure can get away from me in the summer. I end up outside more than in my craft room or at the computer.

Anyway, here are the cards we'll be making. And, I've changed the location to the big library - Rawlings - in the Brett Kelly B room at the far end of the hall on the main floor. Our regular room at the Barkman library was getting too small. (Now watch - the size of the group will drop down again!! Hope not, though. I love getting together with everyone.)

AND...I have the new catalogs!!!!  They're $10 each, but that will be refunded with your first order of $50 or more. Let me know if you'd like me to send you one!
  




Monday, June 19, 2017

Adventure Begins

I got an awesome AT (Artist's Trading Size) stamp set a few weeks ago, and have really been enjoying it. Here are some of the cards I've made - and a beautiful one by Marcie Besecker I found online that I want to try. We'll be making the first one in this Saturday's class.

      

Interesting...I just noticed the airplanes are all tilted the same direction!

New Catalogs


The brand-new, 2017-2018 Fun Stampers Journey Catalogs have arrived!

It looks like they had a rough trip, maybe because they're even BIGGER than last year's catalogs.



But they came through in good shape, and I'll be able to bring them to Saturday's class so everyone will have time to drool over all the beautiful new "stuff" inside.

If you'd like one, please comment below with your contact information. The price is $10, or complimentary with a $50 or more order. You're going to love it!!

Friday, June 16, 2017

June Technique Blog Hop



Basic Card Folds Using Double-Sided 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.

June‘s hop is devoted to basic card folds; featuring drapery/curtain fold, peek-a-boo fold or double-z gate-fold. And we’re adding a twist by using double-sided paper. We hope this gives you lots of ideas and will inspire you to try these card folds yourself...and pull out that double-sided paper as well! 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 Watercolors

We have an amazing sponsor this month, Candy Spiegel. Please take a moment to check out all the crafty goodness on her blog, Candy Scraps. And the awesome prize this month is:



We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. While you are encouraged to comment at any time, only comments received by Friday, June 23, 2017 at 8:00pm (EST) will be eligible to win. The winner will be announced on Sunday, June 25, 2017 on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday.

And speaking of winners, the lucky hopper from last month is SUSAN ELIOT; picked by Random Name Picker. Congratulations, Susan! Please get in touch with last month’s sponsor, Jodie Park, to claim your prize.

You should have arrived here from KatyDid Cards by Kim. 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.

I first attempted a folded paper card a year ago. I was a new coach, excitedly getting ready to go to my first Fun Stampers Journey Convention, and wanted to take card fronts to swap with other coaches. I had a fairly limited stash of stuff, but I did have some FSJ printed paper. This is one of the "drafts" of the card I finally put together...I didn't make the window big enough the first time, so had to cut in deeper and re-fold.
While looking through my stash for the above card, I found a sample that a friend of mine, Denise Wieger, had made for the Convention that incorporated folded 1" x 2" strips of paper put together in a zigzag pattern. This idea seemed perfect for this challenge, so I decided to try one. I soon realized that the folds couldn't all go the same direction - some of them needed to be folded the opposite way or the zigs and zags weren't going to happen! Here are the pieces that worked and the final card.
 
I also decided to try a pleated card this month. This was lots of fun and may find its way to my granddaughter one of these days! There are lots of good videos explaining how to make this type of card, but I discovered there was a variety of different widths of folds. I found the best dimensions for me was an 11" x 3" strip of printed paper scored along the long side at 1", 1-½", 2-½", 3", 4", 4-½", 5-½", 6", 7", 7-½", 8-½", 9", 10", and 10-½". Then I folded back on the first score one, forward on the next, back on the next, then forward, etc. 

That does it for me this month - please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, and we'll see you back here next month!!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

New Watercolors!

 Look what I just received yesterday! I ordered a set of Close to my Heart watercolors from my blogging friend, Claudia Henderson. She has some great tips on how to start with watercolors, as well as some lovely cards - check out her blog here if you get a chance.
 I just love the bright colors - this reminds me of shopping for pretty, shiny beads when I used to be able to see well enough to bead!! I can hardly wait to play with them.

Friday, May 19, 2017

May Technique Blog Hop


World of Watercolors




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. 

For May, we are venturing into the world of watercolor. There are so many watercoloring techniques available to us today; far too many to list here. But actions speak louder than words so our team has worked with their favorite mediums to bring you lots of examples and loads of inspiration. 

If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here: 

We have an amazing sponsor this month, Jodie Park of Close to My Heart:
Please take a moment to check out the great products Close to My Heart has to offer. To visit Jodie on Facebook page, just click here.
And the awesome prize this month is:

We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. One winner will be chosen from all comments on the hop as of May 26, 2017. The winner will be announced in our June hop; so be sure to come back next month.
And speaking of winners, the lucky hopper from last month is Golden Goddess Designs; picked by Random Name Picker. Congratulations! Please get in touch with me at wpayne@email.com by May 26th to claim your 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 so you don't miss a thing and increase your chances of winning by commenting on each blog.