Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Card redo

This was a card from the days I used to put white paper inserts in the cards. This card really should have been layered from the beginning; the outside margin looked too wide. I also only had brads in the top part of the card (my supplies then were so limited, I couldn't stand to use four brads!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Happy discovery!

In the frenzied pace of finishing up all card & journal making for the rest of the year by the time we leave for our first ever family reunion the first weekend in August, I was delighted to find an envelope with parts to make several of these cards. It was from a workshop done several years ago, and I had two dogs completely colored in, O happy day!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


This seemed the appropriate card to post today - the Balloon Rally did not benefit me after all. The craft store is on a side street, and all though in plain site of Main st., where the sidewalk sale takes place, no one turns their heads in that direction! It didn't help that Crafty Crafters was the only business set up outside...

I love this balloon stamp - I can't believe it's taken me so long to get around to using it!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Another Wellsville Balloon Rally Card

Another card from my Balloon Rally stash. I remember not being able to find most of the photos we'd taken from previous balloon rallies, and this was the only decent picture to use. I played around with settings on my photo editing program so that I could at least have a little variety in appearance.

At this point in my cardmaking I owned no punches, made every outer panel the same quarter inch difference, and just had very little supplies of any kind. I still make relatively basic cards, but I have learned a few things, and certainly am blessed with a lot more supplies!

I've only got a few more days to finish projects ... not sure I'll manage to create any new cards or do much of anything to these...

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Balloon Rally

I have been posting so little because I've been working frantically to get ready for our town's annual balloon rally, held the third weekend of August each year. I have not sold cards locally since the year I made this card ... which never sold. Happily, I kept it, so with a little tweaking it will go into the craft store this week. :-)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thursday already!

Wow, how did a week go by so quickly???

That's what happens when one is hyper-focused on something! Our town has it's annual "week-before-the-balloon-rally parade Saturday, and then the Balloon Rally itself next Saturday, and I'm busily putting together as many journals as possible. I am almost exclusively just making very basic wallpaper journals ... wallpaper is lovely because you can clean it, the mitered corners stay nicer much longer than cardstock, and best of all, the wallpaper is free!

I went through my previously made journals for some inspiration for the few decorated journals I want to have. This one is one of my favorites. It's a little too time consuming to recreate, but perhaps I can simplify it a little....hmmm....

Thursday, July 1, 2010

smARTword challenge!

Every month over at smARTworks there is a challenge word. There are free stamps awarded for a randomly chosen winner, and no limits to number of entries! This month's theme is "bright." You can click on the title of this post to get there!

I had a lot of fun with the stamps I used. For the dotted block, I masked the block then stamped the other. I kept the scrap left over after trimming, as it was big enough to have items punched out of it. :-) I scored the wings of the butterfly, bent them up, then applied tombo multi to the body. I was concerned that the glue, when I placed the b'fly onto the panel, might spread out to the wings, but I wanted to burnish the body well so that it would be secure. So, I placed it on the panel, with the wings still up, and waited just long enough for the glue to be set up enough not to spread, and then weighted the card down for a firm hold.