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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Baskets

Happy Easter, Everyone! 🌷 Easter card this year, just baskets. Super easy & fun to make. Exactly my kind of crafts! One side was embellished with a "Happy Easter" bunny stamp layered on punched scalloped circle & on the other side, a SU Blossom punch flower. Fill your basket(s) with Easter grass and goodies!

Baskets can be made for different occasions. You can alter and decorate them to your liking. So hop on over to Frenchies blog for a full video. Enjoy and most of all have FUN!


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Paper Trimmer Update ~


Some of you asked for an update on my Rotatrim paper trimmer and if I am still in love  ;o)  After using it extensively for 3 months, I STILL love it!!  However, this paper trimmer is not for everyone!!
  • There is a 2-inch-wide plastic finger guard to the left of the blade, you can't cut skinny strips of paper. 
  • You cannot cut multiple pieces of card stock; perhaps 2-3 sheets will fit under the finger guard.
  • It is NOT a mobile trimmer!
For me, the selling points were durability and precision.  Heck, I can cut chipboard with this!!  I recently used the office's paper trimmer.  It cut straight a couple of months ago.  Last week, however, it no longer cuts straight.  Don't know what happened, it wasn't dropped and it wasn't abused (I should know because I kept it close to me!).  I looked up the price and it was just as expensive as the Rotatrim.  However, the office paper trimmer has a plastic base and is of the Guillotine type. 

I still love my paper trimmer.  Yes, it has the limitations indicated above but I can cut skinny strips of paper other ways and I wasn't looking for a mobile trimmer.  Yes, I can only cut a couple of paper at a time but I will NOT trade multiple cutting for precision cutting!  The Rotatrim is built solid, it's heavy.  I expect to have this baby for a L-O-N-G time!!

I know for most people (even me at one time), cost is a big factor.  I would love to hear what values you look for in a paper trimmer and if you have found the trimmer that is right for your needs.  


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ningyogami Class - Sneak Peek #4

The last sneak peak for this month's class is a young man in a hapi type coat.  APT Stencil called Bamboo Background is used on this card and it would be perfect for someone's hakudoshi or a birthday.

For more information on the class, visit HERE

Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Ningyogami Class - Sneak peak #3

The moment I saw the Sakura Wheel stencil by A Place in Time, I immediately thought it looked like a Japanese Parasol, also known as the wagasa.   I found this old picture on the internet:

Hence, my take on the picture is today's Sneak Peak.
Have a good one!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Paddy's

To Everyone...Happy St. Paddy's!

Just a quick card...a different version of a diagonal pocket card.  There are so many versions out there; thought I would try one.

The front decorated with clover dp, stamp is $1 Studio G, Marvy scallop punches & embellished with brads & grosgrain ribbon. The inside pocket decorated with Clover dp.

Pocket card perfect for your next tea swap.  Just tuck a couple bags of teas in the pocket.


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Ningyogami Class - sneak peak #2

This card using APT stencil called Bamboo 1. Beautiful stencil created by Bill! You don't see it in the picture but we topped the bamboo stencil with Glossy Accents. You could add Stickles instead.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Ningyogami class - sneak peak #1

This is another Ningyogami Card class using Graphic 45 Bird Song line and A Place in Time Stencils.
The class is scheduled for Saturday, March 30 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

To reserve your spot, please call Bill at A Place in Time. I believe there are a couple spots still available but hurry because it fills quickly.

Please bring the following items to class: Scissors, paper trimmer, tacky glue (you can use runner-type adhesive tape for some but not all), mini glue dots (if you have), corner rounder, TH Distress Ink Walnut Stain (if you have), Scor-pal or other scoring tool, Japanese hole punch (if you have), Glossy Accents (optional or you could add Stickles) and ink pads in colors that look like bamboo green, lighter shade of brown and plum purple (if you have). Also bring 5 daubers or sponge to apply your ink. We will be using A Place in Time stencils called: Bamboo Background, Sakura Wheel, Bamboo 1 and Asian Fan.

Cost is $23.00. Hope to see you there and enjoy the sneak peaks!!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tea card from Josie and Open call for March Tea Swap

Josie from Ontario, Canada made this beautiful card and tea bag holders:

 I think she used a tea bag folding technique on her card.  
The theme for this month's swap was "going green" and the optional color was Green.
 Here is what the inside of the tea bag holders looks like:
She was able to include 2 tea bags in each holder and she sent me some tea stamped images!  
Thank you, Josie, for being my partner this month!  Love it!!


If you wish to join in on the fun, it's open call for March's Tea Swap!!!

Requirements: 2 tea bags in a handmade card mailed to your partner by March 31.

The OPTIONAL Theme for March's Tea Swap will be:  "Wild Thing"
The OPTIONAL Color theme will be RED

Card can be blank OR you can write a note in it. Your choice!

If you are interested, email me no later than March 1 with the following information:

1) your name
2) mailing address
3) email address
4) likes/dislikes/allergies (re tea type)
5) Loose tea okay? Y/N
6) blog (if any)
7) If you are willing to swap international or US ONLY

I will send a group email with the partner list by March 18.; Teas must be mailed out by March 31.
Drop me a line today if you are interested!

Responsible swappers only, PLEASE!

Monday, March 4, 2013

February Tea Swap: Going Green

Josie from Canada is my tea partner this month.

The theme for this month's swap is Going Green and I decided to use Veggiebella (by Stampingbella).  The paper line is BG Picadilly, and I again used my Sizzix Scallop die in Kraft paper with Baker's twine.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

"Happy Hinamatsuri"

Happy Hinamatsuri!! It's Girl's day today and I'm going to tea with a bunch of friends.

The above little purse is made from my new favorite die: Sizzix Scallop Envelope. You can purchase it from Stamping Up. You can create a little box (or purse) and fit 3 x 3 cards inside.

I just love it when I have on hand all the supplies to make 20 little purses!!  The "paper" I used are Pre-Folded, Textured, and double-sided cards that come in a box from My Mind's Eye.  One card will create one purse.  The cards are heavy weight so you have to die cut one at a time or else the score lines get cutoff.  After cutting 2 pieces, I cut a little strip for the handle.

All 20 ready to go, filled with two tea bags and a Ghiradelli chocolate square.

A close up show of one of them

Other supplies used:  dewdrops, Futuru computer font, McGill Multitags punch

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Fabulous Bella - - -

Pretty little Bella card made for a dear friend, celebrating the return to singlehood.

Stamp:  Lattebella by Stampingbella

Friday, March 1, 2013

Kraft Quick Cards

When I saw a card that Maile Bells made here, I immediately thought --- Mmmm, don't have the stamp, but what would it look like if I cut the tree frame out?

Thoughts to paper and
this is what it looked like on a card

And again with a different color.
Not bad, I like it!

Stamps used:  CTMH Tree Tops and SU