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Thursday, June 26, 2008

A couple of Blog Quizes

You Are 30% Yankee, 70% Dixie

You're completely Dixie all the way. You've possibly never even met a Yankee!


What Your Workspace Says About You

You are generally fairly organized, but you have occasional slip ups. You find keeping organized challenging.

You tend to work at your own pace. If this means things don't

You enjoy your job and don't feel guilty about how much time you spend working. You have a good balance between work and your personal life.

You are still trying to figure out your ideal career. You could quit your current job on any given day.

At work, you are an introvert. You don't like people coming around your work space.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

USA Cards

These cards were trying a new fold (don't know who's blog I saw it on - sorry). I know it doesn't show up well when I scan them so I have one card slightly inside so show where the edges are. The blue is embossed with clear glittery embossing powder (you can almost see it in the scan). I used Creative Memories paper for the blue and the stamp is from TAC. The USA paper is from my friend's scraps and the sequins are just something I had in a baggie from a RAK.

I didn't like how the embossed star turned out (one of those things where I thought I'd try something new because I thought the card was too plain and it didn't turn out). The star in the middle is suppose to be embossed because I saw a handmade card (from a swap) that used clear embossing over some flowers but the embossing ink left a light blue tint that hasn't gone away (it's been over 24 hours of dry time). I had to make the powder stick somehow because the powder just blows away with the heat gun (I even tried heating from underneath) but I just got rough uneven embossing. So I covered them with the sequin stars you see above to disguise it.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Watermelon card

Not happy with the "friend" tag, but I think I can try again. The card is on light blue glittery cardstock, and the green is some heavy mulberry paper that's difficult to cut without scissors. I made the seeds by taking some embossing refill fluid (boy is that stuff thick!) and sprinkling black embossing powder on it. I took scallop scissors to make the "bite".

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Pink and Green Set - Done

and out the door already!

Without a moment to spare, too.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Two cards made today.

I'm creating pink/green card set using just scraps. I may have to break down and cut one paper but I'll try to use the smaller papers and not a 12x12.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Cardmaker's Bill of Rights

May be an oldie to you but still a goodie.

A Cardmaker delivers the most welcome kind of unannounced visitor: A handmade card. A card touches us - somehow, a small folded piece of paper can comfort, celebrate, reach out or just say hello. Creating a handmade card is an honorable and important task. As a Cardmaker, you are entitled (but not limited) to the following rights:

You have the right to take as long as you want to complete one handmade card. This may be five minutes or two weeks.

You have the right to send a card for no other reason than to show off your new stamp, embellishment or technique.

You have the right to create a fabulous card for your husband, partner or roommate - just because you know it will stay in your house.

You have the right to spread your cardmaking things out all over, just to admire them.

You have the right to purchase a certain cardmaking item for no other reason than because a) you like it; b) you think it's cute; c) you'll never find it again, or; d) you know you'll use it someday.

You have the right to reserve using your most precious supplies on cards only for recipients who will truly appreciate them.

You have the right to a workspace of your own. This may be the basement, your college student's old bedroom or the kitchen table.

You have the right to make cards when inspiration strikes - whether the dishes are done or not.

You have the right to request peaceful, kid-free, stress-less cardmaking time - guilt-free.

You have the right to let the handmade card be the gift, too.

You have the right to value your personal style. You are creating a treasure - and part of that treasure is you.

Somewhere, I think I have the Scrapbooker's Bill of Rights that I'll have to find for you.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

What's Your Perfect Car?

Cheri, you're a Station Wagon!

You swore you'd never get one, but deep down you knew it was inevitable. Now it's finally happened. The car for you is a sensible, reliable, and oh-so-traditional Station Wagon. But don't panic: you haven't totally become your parents! We're not thinking a Chrysler Town & Country or even a Ford Taurus. The car for you is a hip, updated version of the classic. You've inherited everything that was cool about your folks, and taken it to the next level. Gone are the wood panels and cheesy colors, and way in are the leather interior, CD player, and gear racks for your weekend adventures. How about a Subaru Outback, Volvo V40, or a Saab Aero Wagon—in a classic navy or a firebrick red? You're so happening; no one would ever know that you've got those sensible airbags tucked away for a rainy day.

When I retook the test (there were some quesions that had two possible answers - like "what's in your glove compartment?") I got this answer instead.....

Cheri, you're a Minivan!

All aboard! Whether it's heading to the mall for new soccer sneakers or running off to Grandma's for the weekend, the car for you is the much-maligned Minivan. We're thinking a nice roomy Dodge Caravan or the spacious Chrysler Voyager—how about a powder blue or metallic beige? Maybe you once wore designer threads, but now you're seen more often sporting sweats and lugging groceries. And as you've matured, you swallowed your automotive pride and went with pure functionality. But don't worry, all the appreciation from your comfortable passengers is what really matters. As long as there's a supermarket parking lot out there, there's a space with your name on it. Your heart is as open, reliable and accommodating as your ride. Best of all, people feel safe with you in that spacious ride. You're in it for the long haul, and not obsessed with your looks on the way. You're car is a true family friend.

So I guess that's good since that's the two kinds of vehicles I'm looking at for my next car.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

How's this for using up scraps!!!

I made these cards using the edges of die cuts. They were a zig zag and a wavy rickrack die cut. I bought them several years ago off eBay and they were cut with Creative Memories paper. Everything except the ribbons and the flowers were scraps. The only paper that was not a scrap is the hot pink squares with the "I love you" phrases. The last card on the top row is what I think is called a Gate Fold card (it opens in the middle instead of side or bottom). Most of the cards open at the bottom except the two cards in bottom row and the first card of the top row.