October 29, 2012

Just a Note

Hi all! I’m so excited that my music stamps finally came in and my "grand" cards are now ready for class!  Yay!  For those in the Green Valley/Tucson area, check out AZ's calendar for details!

Card 1 Front

Card 1 Inside

Card 2 Front Flat

Card 2 Front Open

Card 3 Front

Card 3 Inside

October 28, 2012

Bo Bunny's Apple Cider Autumn

Today I have Thanksgiving Card creations using Bo Bunny's Apple Cider Autumn Collection (and some other coordinating scraps).  I love to create fall cards...even though we have no fall in Arizona!  I think this Bo Bunny paper line is awesome!

October 25, 2012

Festive Friday Blog Hop

Feliz Festive Friday, y'all!  I thought I'd share with you a simple Christmas card - another with a cowboy theme.  For the most part, as you can see, green slips of paper were ripped and placed around the card edge to form a "holly" frame...but look carefully, as some of those green pieces are holly leaves stamped with Heartfelt Creations Petite Poinsettia stamp set - embellished with red Stickles for berries.  All a great frame for horse and cowboy.

Be sure to visit all the Festive Friday bloggers for Christmas card ideas.

every 2nd & 4th Friday
1. Terri Sproul~hostess  
2. Susan Brown {sbartist}  
3. Angela Bodas  
4. The Robin's Nest  
5. Cheryl Lindsay  
6. Peg Rounds  
7. Camille Short  
8. Maria  

(Collection closed)
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October 19, 2012

Scraps to Treasures - Christmas Tag

Today's blog hop  will take your creativity to new heights. We are featuring Christmas tags.  Sponsored by Scraps to Treasure, be sure to visit the lineup at the end of this posting to view all the samples. These will inspire that creative genius within you.

For my Christmas tag, I cut the tag using a free svg bracket file (I think from the Adore Caption from SVG Cuts - if I'm wrong, please correct me).  The Poinsettia is from the Petite Poinsettia Stamp Set (Heartfelt Creations) - embossed in rust.

Of course, scraps are used to in this blog hop...so after I ran out of the paper seen above, I moved on to other scraps.  Below is a picture of the variety of tags I made using the same tag pattern - different scraps.

Be sure to visit everyone else to see all the cool tags!  Thanks for visiting!

2.  Lissa Marie - www.somanycrafts.com
9. Lucy Kelleher - http://love2createitall.com
11.Camille Short - http://shortonideasaz.blogspot.com/ (You are here)

October 14, 2012

Valentine Cowboy

Hi all! Hope your weekend has been fabulous. Mine certainly has been.  Hung out with my hubby yesterday, and now I’m just chillin’ at home working on some various projects while my hubby is off to a motorcycle swap meet..
Anyhow, you know everywhere you turn - blog hops, Facebook, everywhere! - the themes are Halloween and Christmas.  Finished up some Christmas tags myself for the Scraps to Treasures blog hop next week - be sure to stop back on the 20th!  But for my Cowboy - Western - Southwest cards, I'm moving on in another direction.....today it's Valentine's Day! Thought I would share my first Valentine Card this year. :)  Enjoy!

October 13, 2012

BOO - Pause Dream Enjoy!

Hi all!  Today I'm joining the Pause Dream Enjoy Challenge.  The challenge is to use BOO on a project.  Take a good look...the BOO is on the side steps (right behind the ghost).

For today’s card, I was inspired by a side-step card I saw quite a while ago - I was intrigued by its simplicity...yet great dimension.  I thought it was so fun!
I used the Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge for the ghost and Happy Halloween.  I don't remember where I got the BOO svg file from...and I created the side-step card using Sure Cuts a Lot.

October 11, 2012

Festive Friday - Southwest Christmas

For this week’s Festive Friday card, I thought I would make a Southwest-themed Christmas to include in my "ongoing" cowboy - western - Southwest request.. And the stamps to use for the job are two of my favorites - Animal Spirits Cactus and Petite Poinsettia Stamp Set from Heartfelt Creations.
These cards are actually super simple with mainly layered poinsettia leaves and a cactus.. Super easy and you can actually mass produce - yet vary the card - by different paper and placing the pieces in different locations.  Embellishments are embossed in copper or gold for that extra Southwest festive flair.

Solid Card Stock: Red, Green, White
Patterned Paper: Christmas "scraps", Aumnt scraps (give a Southwest touch)
Patterned Paper: Christmas "scraps", Aumnt scraps (give a Southwest touch)
Stamps: Cactus - Animal Spirits; Petite Poinsettia - Heartfelt Creations
Be sure to visit all the bloggers for some great Christmas card ideas!

Festive Friday Blog Hop

every 2nd & 4th Friday
1. Terri Sproul~hostess  
2. Susan Brown {sbartist}  
3. Angela Bodas  
4. The Robin's Nest  
5. Cheryl Lindsay  
6. Peg Rounds  
7. Camille Short  
8. Maria  

October 10, 2012

Globecraft Memories - Halloween Graveyard Haunting

I hope everyone is having a fabulous fall!  For this month's project, I wanted to celebrate Halloween - in particular Halloween Graveyard Haunting!  There's certainly a trend toward decorating for Halloween as we generally do for Christmas.  Globecraft Memories ornaments are perfect for the celebration!  
When I first approached this project, I had ideas...but really wasn't sure how to execute them.  And here's my confession...I was having so much fun creating - I FORGOT to take pictures along the way!  However, steps are outlined below...and what's more important - I summon you to give this a haunted try!

Supplies Used
  • Cover the middle layer of the Little Fancy Oval Bubble Frame with Green Cardstock.  Distress edges with black ink.  (Use the rest of the bubble frame for another project!)
  • Emboss the Orange Cardstock with Sizzix Embossing Plate (Flower Rings).  Distress flowers with black ink.
  • Emboss the center layer (design) of the Halloween Graveyard Haunting Ornament with Black Embossing Powder.  For a matte look, Copic markers work well!  Actually, just about any media works great - try your favorite!
  • The ornament frame comes with two bubbles.  Paint the back bubble with Black Acrylic Paint.  You will need to paint several layers - allowing to dry between layers.  Acrylic paint dries quickly, though, so this project can be finished rather quickly.
  • Once the back bubble is solidly coated with Black Acrylic Paint, add one more layer.  While this layer is still wet, sparingly cover with Silver Glitter for that full-moonlight effect.  Allow to dry - shake off any excess glitter before assembling bubble frame.
  • Assemble Bubble Frame - Orange Layer on top of Black Embossed Design Layer on top of Green Layer.
  • Add Ribbon Bow to the Ornament Hole.
BTW, here's your chance to get 25% off your entire next order from Globecraft Memories/Piccolo Decor!  Enter Coupon Code TS25 on your next order for your discount - This discount is only good through Halloween, so be sure to stock up now!

October 7, 2012

Mass Producing Cards

Hi all! This week you've noticed my cards have had a Southwestern theme that I've been making for a possible new client.  I've been making about ten cards a day, and I've wanted to create cards that are different - but fast and easy.   Here are some tips for producing mass-producible cards shared by Kristina Werner in her blog well over a year ago:  
  • Use small amounts of patterned paper. Combine them to create a larger patterned paper area.
  • Consider using stamps and ink for texture and the card sentiment. It is an economical way to stretch supplies because the only consumable supply is the cardstock, and you can use the stamp over and over.
  • Instead of stickers or items that do not come in multiples, try using punches to create interest.
For my cards, I've been using scraps and most have been a couple rectangles layered - sometimes centered, often not centered.  Then add a Southwestern stamp.  And if it needs punch, add embossing.
Here are a couple cards from today's efforts.


October 6, 2012

Golden Gecko

It was an exciting day of blog hopping and The Robin's Nest held a very cool video session...thanks for all the inspiration, Everyone!  In between, I worked on Animal Spirits cards...here's just a sample of what I did today.  But I was pretty much mass producing, so simple and sweet were they!

This little guy is embossed in gold.

October 5, 2012

World Cardmaking Day!

Hello Peeps!  How are you?  Ready for World Cardmaking Day?  I do believe I'll be working on my cowboy - ranching - western - Southwest cards - but I see the light at the end of the tunnel!  Here's a sample of what I made today.  Got the great horse stamp from Mark's Finest Papers - I'm not a western card fan...but loving this horse!  It's awesome embossed with Piccolo Vintage Copper or Gilded Rose Gold Enamel Powders - as shown in the second horse.  Remember, you can get this great Enamel Powders - and other great colors - from Globecraft Memories.  Enter Code TS25 for 25% off your entire order!

The roadrunner and coyote from  ards below are using other favorite stamps - Animal Spirits (still waiting for my quail!)

Have a great cardmaking day!

October 4, 2012


Adding some Southwest-themed cards to the cowboy - ranching - western collection.

Love my Vintage Copper Embossing Enamel from Piccolo - Enter TS25 for 25% Discount on your next order at Globecraft Memories.

October 3, 2012

Ride-Em Cowboy!

Received a request for western - cowboy - ranching cards....not exactly my strong suit!  But here are some first designs...