Big news in my family -- my sister, Julie just bought a store that specializes in cherry products in Traverse City, Michigan! Dried cherries, jellies, jams, sauces, etc. It's called Benjamin Twiggs (click on the link to go to the online store). As of today she owns it! This is a big venture and I'm so proud of her for taking it on. I have no doubt that she will be a huge success. I mentioned a few days ago that I am loading up on anything cherry -- I will be making some cards to sell in her store.
Every once in a while I like to look back at older projects that I've made. Sometimes I look at them and say oh boy, what was I thinking! Or yep, I remember when that product was "in". I stumbled on this one from several years ago and I still kind of like it. I don't make many cards of this shape so it was fun to do. It doesn't open -- you write your sentiment right on the card. OK, so I could have been a little more fancy in the way I ornamented the envelope but hey, at least it matches huh? :-)
Sometimes the simplest cards are my favorites ---- and it's the little details that draw my eye. For this card I cut a thin strip of red cardstock and folded it lengthwise. I put it over the folded edge of an acetate card and sewed it with my sewing machine. It makes a pretty, colorful edge and balances out the card design I think.
I thought this stamp by Whipper Snapper Designs was darling when I saw it. Just made me smile! Nothing super fancy about the design of this card since I didn't have much time to make it. But I love the brilliant colors of the Copic markers. I used Copic glitter pens on the presents and wrote over the sentiment but you can't see it in the photo (darn!). It's really subtle.
Supplies: Bazzill cardstock, Bo Bunny dotted paper, Whipper Snapper Designs stamp, Copic markers and glitter pens, May Arts ribbon
Thank you Jennifer for mentioning my blog on yours. You made my day. You said that you don't do alot of blog hopping for fear of spending hours jumping from one to the next. Well, um.. I am your fear personified! That's exactly what I do. How I can spend that much time I don't know but it is SO much fun and so inspiring.
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blog. (2) Link the person you received your award from. (3) Nominate at
least 7 other blogs. (4) Put links of those on yours. (5) Leave a
message on the blogs of the girls or boys you’ve nominated.
Here are the blogs I visit absolutely every day:
1. Jennifer: Now there's a surprise! Do I need to tell any of you why she's number one? She's only the most fun, inspiring, creative, generous blogger around. And I love her like family.
2. Julie: OK, this blogger IS family! My sister! I love her blog because she is creative in ways that I am not and she is an awesome knitter. She's getting ready to start a new venture that I'll tell you all about soon! Let's just say that I'm now loading up on cherry stamps!
3. Melissa: Her stuff is jaw droppingly (is that a word?) gorgeous! Her style is so different from mine and I love it. And I feel like I know her just a bit from her blog and what is important to her and I so admire her family values.
4. Nichol: Her style catches my eye every time -- and makes me smile. I haven't met Nichol yet (but will in September! Yay!) but she's one of those people you just know you want to know better.
4. Debbie: I met Debbie in the Copic Certification class I took at CHA and she is awesome with those Copics. And so willing to share what she knows. LOVE her work. And she is nice, nice, nice.
5. Taylor: Taylor is master of the cupcake --- hands down! She does the most adorable cupcake cards (and sketches) and her cards simply make me smile. I met her in the class also and she's nice to boot. And does a mean Copic! :-)
6. Shari: I agree with Jennifer -- she is the best stamper I know. I stamp -- SHE'S a stamp artist! The techniques she comes up with... man. In awe... simply in awe.
7. Nichole: One of the partners of PaperTrey Ink. I saw her first in PaperCrafts and immediately loved her work. She has a classic, clean look that I just love. I met her in the Copic class too - what a treat! Sweet person.
8. Michelle: I met her in the class too (did I tell you what fun that class was?). I hadn't been to her blog before that and I'm so glad I found it. She has a fun style that I really like.
9. I Like Markers: Marianne from Copic does this blog of all tips on using the markers. What an artist! Man.... I will never be as good at it as she is but every day she teaches me something new and I love that! Thanks Marianne!
10. Lisa: My favorite photographer -- no contest! Every single shot she takes makes me FEEL something. And that to me makes her the most talented one I know. Not to mention one of those truly nice people too!
11. Pioneer Woman Cooks: OK, I don't cook but man she makes me want to! I don't know how she does this blog every day. She is just darn hilarious! Whether you cook or not this is a really fun blog.
That's my list! I know, it's long. (sorry) I really do go to all of these every day. And if you too aspire to spend hours blog hopping just spend some time clicking on the links on these ladies' blogs too. You will be in blog heaven!
This is a fun technique that I learned from Shari and Jennifer. I used a Hero swirl tree stamp. I stamped it with black Stazon ink on glossy paper. Be sure to heat set it so this next step doesn't smear it. Once it is set, take a regular old white Crayola crayon and draw on the places that you don't want the ink to "take" (this is a resist technique). This stamp is perfect for this technique since it is so easily traced. But in this case you want to go outside the lines! Do it quickly so that it's not super neat and let yourself trace off the stamped image. Then, take an alcohol ink applicator and apply Ranger Distressed Ink (Shabby shutters color) all over the image. Spread it on really well -- you don't need to worry about it being perfect. Heat set it again. And voila! Isn't that fun? And easy!
Supplies: Bazzill Cardstock, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Ranger distressed ink, Hero Arts swirl tree (link above) and Frames & Messages set, Black Memories ink, RIbbon (NA)
I am so glad that cupcakes are "in" right now -- I think they are so cute. This card is kinda fun, and easy. I created a little pocket and stamped Happy Birthday on it with this Hero Bold Messages stamp set). Then I used a cute cupcake set. I pop dotted the cupcake off of the orange paper but only on the top of it. Then when it slides down into the pocket part of the cupcake hangs over the edge. Make sense? :-)