Been busy making cards

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I hosted some card challenge swaps on swap-bot in my Use Your Stash series of swaps. One on dog/cat, one on purse cards, one on fashion.
dog and tree cards June 2011

dog and tree cards June 2011

Cat cards

Cat cards

Purse cards with Top Note

Purse cards with Top Note

One of the physicians’ I work for received this black embossed card and of course, they didn’t care how “pretty” it was, and me being the “shiney sh*t saver” I am, I had to have this base card –they could keep the invite part that was inside!  I’ve had it laying around for a few months, and after my summer cleaning this week, I came across it again and thought it would be perfect for this swap.

Color Challenge Card -Black, yellow, pink, white

Color Challenge Card -Black, yellow, pink, white

Card challenge inside

Card challenge inside

And for this last card, I had an example using coffee filters on cards laying around my craft desk for months,  so today was the day the inspiration finally hit me for it. LOVE how it turned out! Just used the Big heart punch from Stampin Up! for the bustier and a tiny flower punch to kind of bring out the flowers in the ribbon.  Of course I made a few of these with a tiny bit of variety for each.

Coffee Filter dress 1

Coffee Filter dress 1

Coffee filter dress 2

Coffee filter dress 2

Coffee filter dress 3

Coffee filter dress 3

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Copper Etching class at my Craft Club

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OH MY GOSH — this has GOT to be THE coolest project — not to mention EASIEST — that I have ever learned at my craft club!!

Copper Etching using rubber (or acrylic) stamps with Stazon ink. Some kind of stinky poisionous chemical, water and baking soda. That’s all. No rubbing, no sanding no scrubbing… and my project (1st ever) came out PERFECT!!! YAY ME!!!   Now that I’m addicted to this NEW technique, I have to find that chemical and buy some copper blanks already to use!!!  Watch out etsy copper sellers, here I come!!!

copper etching june 2011

copper etching june 2011

May Jewelry Color Challenge: Blue & Brown Necklace

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I held a monthly color challenge on swap-bot for the public & a private group swap. The colors were Blue & Brown, part of my influence of being in the Texas Hill Country in April. These are the creations I came up with for my swaps. My swaps are always ‘use your stash” to help people use what they have & not spend money on products AND postage.
I was on a roll & made a matching pair of earrings for each necklace.
Blue & Brown Cross Necklace set May 2011

Blue & Brown Cross Necklace set May 2011

Blue and Brown Swirly Necklace May 2011

Blue and Brown Swirly Necklace May 2011

These two necklaces are 20″ or more, so the chain adds the length for the person. I designed the chains to be on the side, not just around the back of the neck.  The heart necklace below has the closure in the front as well.Blue and Brown Heart Necklace May 2011
Blue and Brown Heart Necklace May 2011

Blue and Brown Heart Necklace May 2011

Hope my swap partners like what I created for them! 🙂

Coffee Gift Card holder

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I was inspired by this gift pocket wallet by Erica over at her blog   that I wanted to make a smaller version. Once I got the folds down correctly for my card size, my creativity flowed like a river!
coffe gift card holder front

coffe gift card holder front

pocket fits a Starbucks (or your favorite coffee shop’s) gift card -VERTICALLY!
coffe gift card holder inside

coffe gift card holder inside

 and I just couldn’t leave the back plain…
coffe gift card holder back

coffe gift card holder back

Last bit of “inside” crafting I’ve done lately

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Well, I lasted about 21 days on my “March Craft a day” challenge I gave to myself. Anyone who crafts, understands the ‘organized chaos’ of a crafter’s work area. Right? Yeah, well try to explain that to my dh & my neighbor (both NON-crafters). Some how he talked her into helping me clean up & organize my craft room. So, since she hasn’t found a job yet, she has been doing it a little at a time.

She has  organized ALL my rubber stamps, and of course what was the most annoying question the dh asked me? “Do you KNOW how many rubber stamps you have?”  Apparently he doesn’t understand someone who has been involved with Stampin Up! I KNOW I surely don’t have as many stamps as a few of my Stampin Up! friends/upline has!  I really only like the word stamps nowadays.

She did get me moving on putting all my ribbon on the little chipboard to put in the drawers. That major project is done. So many things have been rearranged instead of 45 different places, and I’m appreciateive of  that. I’m sure it will take time for me to find some things. Good thing I gave her the label maker to use!

Oh, I did have her stay away from the beading section of my craft room since that stuff has valuable beads or wire that she doesn’t know.

So I’m sorry I didn’t keep my promise of a craft a day for March. I will keep up my April Stash bush (especially because my friend said she will help me keep to that promise for April &  for the future.)  Her 13-year-old daughter has been having a hay-day in my craft room. She made a bunch of cards for her friends, grandma and brother. This past Friday she wanted to make a necklace for her friend, so I gave her one of the baby food containers & told her to pick her beads she wanted to use & let me know when she was ready for me to help her get the necklace started. She did great for a beginner!  That’s about the only crafts that have actually been going on inside my house lately.

I did this necklace for the Clasp in the Front necklace with pendant swap on swap-bot. I really fell in love with the colors that my partner had listed and this piece just came flowing to me. She really liked it too.

clasp in front necklace Mar2011

clasp in front necklace Mar2011

Breast Cancer Awareness ATC

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Breast Cancer Awareness is very close to my heart. I lost a dear sweet friend to this horrible disease in 2008, and her sister in 2010. I have a good friend at work who thankfully is a 10yr survivor! We participate in the Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure each year here in Houston to help raise money to find a cure. Our team fundraises at work through bake sales, raffle baskets and candy sales.  This disease is something that has touched everyone in this world – just think of the “six degrees of separation’.    Please, always help this cause, because you just never know if you or someone you love will be affected by it.

 

ATC breast cancer 2011

 

 

Been making cards lately

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I have totally replenished my stock in cards, which has now caused, card burn-out. My A.D.D. has set in & I need to move on to another craft for these next few weeks. Looks like I’m heading back over to the jewelry side of my craft room. But here is just a few of the MANY cards I’ve made this week (I can’t spoil it by showing yall ALL of my cards because some of yall might be recipients of them!) 🙂

 

CARDS old toys March 2011

CARDS old toys March 2011

 

CARDS manly car March 2011

CARDS manly car March 2011

 

CARDS baby ducks March 2011

CARDS baby ducks March 2011

 

 

 

 

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