Cheryl’s #140confNW Card

Recently Cheryl Bledsoe fulfilled her dream to bring Jeff Pulver and his traveling #140conf to the Northwest!! She presented the idea; acquired the funds to make it happen; coordinated about 65 different speakers; gathered a team of volunteers; presented a session herself; attended and hosted a few tweet-ups; and all in all, did a fantastic job pulling off a WILDLY successful and fun event!  In fact, Mr. Pulver was so proud of what Cheryl put together that he invited her to be one of 30 VIPs for today and tomorrow’s HUGE #140conf in New York City!  She flew there and spent the day at the conference – I am sure she’ll have a lot of fun stories to share with us when she returns.

Never heard of a #140conf? It’s a Twitter thing – we only have 140 characters to type a message in a “tweet” (similar to a text message), and this conference is publicized through and put on by avid Twitter users.

Jeff Pulver at the Vancouver #140confNW

Jeff Pulver at the Vancouver #140confNW

Cheryl Bledsoe at the Vancouver #140confNW

Cheryl Bledsoe at the Vancouver #140confNW

This is the card I made for Cheryl with my Cricut Wild Card cartridge:

Cheryl's 140 Card

Cheryl

I am happy that she liked the card so much, she tweeted about it!

@CherylBle's tweet

@CherylBle

Thanks for reading my blog! 🙂

A Simple and Elegant Card

As I flipped through my new edition of PaperCrafts magazine, I was inspired by the “Stunning Celebration Card” on page 55.  It was a striking red and white paisley card with a bright red flower.  I just love paisley patterned stamps and paper, so I thought it was high time I use some pretty blue paisley paper from Stampin’ Up!  The closest blue I had to the paper was “Ballet Blue” from Stampin’ Up!, so I used it for the card base and accent.  I also used a fun argyle punch from EK Success.  I bought it months ago and never quite had the right card to use it with.

As I made the card, I thought it would be a nice card for a friend of mine who is a Stampin Up! Demonstrator in Guam.  She flew out to Washington State, where she’s from, and we went to a Mariners game together.  We met on Twitter with a common love of card-making, and it was fun to see her in person!  So this is her “thanks – it was so nice to meet you” card.  I really hope it arrived before I shared this post!

Blue Paisley "Hello" Card

Blue Paisley "Hello" Card

Thank you for reading my blog.  🙂

Cards I Made at the August Stampin’ Up Stamp Camp

Over the weekend, I made 16 cards in four hours!  It really helps when the class instructor / card designer cuts all or most of the paper for the cards.  I do the stamping, embellishing, embossing, assembling, folding, etc.  Last Friday I attended Stamp Camp at Terry Bolender‘s house.  She is a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in Kent, WA with so many incredible ideas for cute cards and paper crafts.  If you are visiting this blog post for some Stampin’ Up! card ideas, please view the CATEGORIES button on the left side of my blog.  Select the Stampin’ Up! category to see every blog post using SU! products.

Here are all of the cards I made for $10 that night with Stampin’ Up! supplies.  Click any photo to see it larger:

Stampin' Up! Cards from the August Stamp Camp

Stampin' Up! Cards from the August Stamp Camp

I love what this card says – it’s so funny when you read it carefully and look at the owl’s surprised expression.  This was a fun card made with the new owl punch:

Stampin' Up! Owl Card

Stampin' Up! Owl Card

The chocolate sprinkles on this card are shiny like the real thing!  We used brown ink and clear embossing powder to make the sprinkles look more realistic.

Stampin' Up! "Sweet Celebration" Ice Cream Card

Stampin' Up! "Sweet Celebration" Ice Cream Card

I thought SU!’s chalk was like the Pebbles brand chalk or Stencil Collection pastels I use.  I quickly learned that SU!’s stuff is different, so my tree got a little smudgy looking.  Ooh, wouldn’t “Smudge” be a cute kitty name? 🙂

Stampin' Up! Oak Tree Card

Stampin' Up! Oak Tree Card

I don’t know what to use this card for, but I love the way it looks.  It was so simple to make and I think I will make more cards with this simple, classic layout:

Stampin' Up! Yellow and White Floral Card

Stampin' Up! Yellow and White Floral Card

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”  This was a fun card for when someone is feeling icky.

Stampin' Up! S{ick} Card with Apple

Stampin' Up! S{ick} Card with Apple

I took the liberty of adding an owl to the outside of the cage, taunting the birds.  I should have masked him so he could be standing in front of the rope, rather than behind it.

Stampin' Up! Bird "I Like You" Card

Stampin' Up! Bird "I Like You" Card

Thanks for reading my blog, and enjoy your day!

How to Make a Quick and Easy Diaper Fold Card

My blog readers continue to give me such great ideas for blog posts by the questions they ask; so, thank you!  Danielle liked the “diaper fold” card I made at the Scrapbook Expo Card Tricks Class and asked how I made it.  She could see it looked easy enough to make, but asked if I would make a video demo for my blog.  No problem!

Here is the first diaper fold card I made:

Diaper Fold Card

Diaper Fold Card

Then I goofed and made a giant card out of 12″ x 12″ paper.  Always use 9″ x 9″ paper or smaller – the one I made (below) was too large to fit in a 5″ x 7″ envelope.  I love how the CTMH stamp set I used went so well with the paper I bought from Oriental Trading Co!  I used my Cricut for the cut out flowers and added some super tiny gold beads from my Stencil Collection kit.

Pink Floral Diaper Fold Card

Pink Floral Diaper Fold Card

So, here is the video demonstration I put together for Danielle and you.  This shows just how easy it is to make this card:

This is the card I made with the paper I folded in the video.  I’m happy I finally used my new Stampin’ Up! large roller stamp (pretty swirls on the pink card).

Bright Colored Diaper Fold Card

Bright Colored Diaper Fold Card

Thanks for reading my blog post and enjoy your weekend!!

Cards I Made at the July Stampin’ Up Stamp Camp

We have experienced record-breaking hot temperatures in the Pacific Northwest this week, and last night I enjoyed making cards at Terry Bolender’s house while my brain melted in the heat.  Terry is my Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and she fed us delicious cupcakes she made from scratch that morning as we created six beautiful cards and a cute treat bag made of paper.

My treat bag failed, so I won’t be sharing a picture.  Instead I’d like to share these five cards with you!  These were not designed by me, but I made them myself based on the sample.  Everyone’s cards turn out “different but the same.”

Eiffel Tower Card

Eiffel Tower Card

Nature card

Nature Card

Palm Tree Birthday

Palm Tree Birthday

Embossed & Distressed Sewing Puns Card

Embossed & Distressed Sewing Puns Card

Blue Thinking of You Card

Blue Thinking of You Card

Thanks for reading my blog, and if you’d like to see any card’s detail, just click on it.  Have a great day!

Punk Rock Girl

This blog post title comes from a Dead Milkmen song I grew up with: “Punk Rock Girl.”  🙂  I have a friend who dresses kind of punk but also really likes Lady Gaga’s music, so when I made her a card I wanted it to be something she’d appreciate.  She loves watermelon flavored Sour Patch candy so I sent her three boxes and a new tooth-brush in case she got excited and ate all of them in one day.  I’m hoping she’ll ration them!

So, here’s the fun, punk- and Gaga-inspired card I made for her.  I used every different kind of black, silver or pink ribbon I could find at home.  I also used some cute cassette tape printed ribbon made by Cosmo Cricket!  The paper is all from DCWV’s Rock Star mat stack.  I used a silver paint pen to highlight the paper edges and added staples, silver brads, sticky silver crystals and a pretty flower my friend Christine made (I’m re-purposing it!):

My Punk Card for Sarona

My Punk Card for Sarona

I glued the top edge and scored it, then colored it with my silver paint pen and punched holes in it with a regular hand hole punch.  I wanted it to look kind of like a school notebook.  Here is the inside, before I added my message – I used stamps from CTMH “Star Power”:

Inside the punk card

Inside the punk card

Here is a card I made for my friend Rebecca.  Early last month we took a trip to Portland, OR and as she made a purchase at every store, she’d ask me for a penny or two.  It was laughable – she cleared out my pennies from my wallet!  So, I thought she’d appreciate this penny card and if she gets desperate, she can peel off the money and use it.  I used some cute Stampin’ Up! paper for the background and used my copper leafing pen to highlight the edges:

Need a penny? Take a penny!

Need a penny? Take a penny!

This is another card I made this week.  Last week, a friend and her husband took me on a cruise ship for a lovely lunch in Seattle’s waterfront.  We had an incredible multi-course meal and toured the cruise ship.  I was happy to use my new Fiskars Boundary Waters punch and I layered the different rows of waved with double-sided foam tape.  The cruise ship was made using the Life is a Beach Cricut cartridge with my Cricut Expression and I used my favorite Modern Label punch from Stampin’ Up! along with a SU! “thank you” stamp.  Making the sky was easy: I cut a cloud shape out of masking paper (it’s a roll paper that’s lightly tacky on the back like a sticky note) and stuck it to my card and pounced a sponge around it after inking it with CTMH’s Heavenly Blue stamp pad.  I simply moved the cloud around and dabbed color over it to make the white stand out:

Cruise Ship Card

Cruise Ship Card

Thanks for reading my post and have a wonderful, fun and safe Independence Day weekend!!  If you’re in Western Washington, check out my list of public fireworks shows in the Puget Sound area.

This Post Was Sponsored by the Letter A, Number 1 and a Bird!

On Saturday I attended two birthday parties for two sweet little girls who turned one!  They don’t know each other, but they are just 5 days apart in age, and both girls’ names begin with the letter A: Amelia and Avery.  Amelia is my niece and she’ll be one on Saturday, and Avery is a very good friend’s second child, who turned one yesterday.

Amelia’s nursery theme is birds, so when I saw this Hero Arts stamp, I bought it with Amelia’s birthday in mind.  I used it for both girls’ cards and used some new fun flock to make the birds fuzzy.  I also used Glossy Accents to make their wings and hats shiny.  Their eyes were dotted with black Liquid Embossing fluid.  I used ribbon, ink, tabs, paper and markers from Close to My Heart and used the cupcake wheel stamp from Stampin’ Up to decorate the front and backs of the envelopes.

First Birthday Bird Cards

First Birthday Bird Cards

When I was in Las Vegas, Rebecca and Anita wanted to visit a quilt shop called The Christmas Goose.  I’m not a quilter, so they teased me about staying in the car while they shopped, but it was really hot outside so I went in with them.  I was captivated by a really cute felted bird and tree picture displayed right inside.  I had never seen this hobby before: you wash wool felt in hot water to shrink it; trim it to the shapes you want; then hand stitch it together with embroidery floss.  Cool!  I bought the kit and figured this would be perfect for little Amelia’s room.  I don’t have kids yet, and I get confused and boggled in the children’s section of stores – so making something seemed much easier!

I should have taken a picture of the tiny scraps of felt I had to work with.  The kit came with an illustration which was to be a pattern for the felt pieces.  The bird was funny looking, the flowers looked like cracked eggs (ugly) and 24 almond-shaped leaves was too many to cut… so I did  not use the pattern completely.  I “winged it” on the bird (pun intended) and used my Cuttlebug to cut the flowers and leaves.  I was SO HAPPY I learned how to cut felt with the Cuttlebug and I was delighted to find I had a leaf and a pretty flower template in my stash.  Cutting the felt this way saved me so much time!

Here are a few pictures I took of the process:

Felt Bird Project - the cut pieces

Felt Bird Project - the cut pieces

Building the Bird and Tree Scene

Building the Bird and Tree Scene

Here is the finished piece!  I bought a beautiful wooden frame for it and since I decided to add bear stuffing to the bird, it’s too puffy to be framed in glass.  I’m going to have to figure out a way to get it to stay in the frame.

Amelia's Wool Felted Bird Mural

Amelia's Wool Felted Bird Mural

If you haven’t tried this kind of craft before, it’s really easy to do and the kit came with directions that were pretty easy to figure out.  Thanks for reading my post!

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