Friday, December 5, 2008

Card for Teacher

Before I get started. I'm elated because Laren Meader read my comment on her blog and checked my design using her fab templates. I was jumping up & down and my husband just didn't get how I could be so excited about some young girl visiting my blog. Ah, he just doesn't get it.

Well, it's back to finishing my clean and simple cards for my grandson's teacher. But I think this one is anything but simple. I've used Markie's Moms' technique here
She loves using dots around the borders and it is very effective on her cards. Don't know if dots do the same for mine, but I gamely tried. I used SU designer paper (current), my CB for the circle & frame, Papertrey for the base and non-descript ribbon, and the white Signo pens. I discovered a less expensive source for these than SU. I buy them in batches of 10. I like to gift them to stamper friends.
Tomorrow, it's the calendar pages. January and then the following on each night. I have to be finished with these by the 15th and I still have to make some tags and lots more of Lauren's Keepsake boxes (see previous post). Whew! Christmas can be exhausting.

Oh, I'm also the first Twilight book. I just had to see what all the fuss was about and especially since Shelli has read it. I just finished reading Edgar Sawtelle...prolly not the smartest thing to do after putting my beloved Westie down. It was good, but not as good as Oprah said it would be. I wanted it to end differently. If you've read it, let me know what you thought of it.

Well, have a great Friday. Can't believe it's here already.

Hugs, Erica

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Lauren Meader's Creation

I'm taking a bit of a break from my clean & simple cards here to show you a box template designed by Lauren Meader that can be directly printed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper, so cutting and scoring are easy peasy . This was super easy and I plan on using to give milled soap & lotion in to at least 20 people.

It was too late to get a photo outdoors which is where I seem to have the easiest time getting true colors. Let me know what you think.

MoJo's Still Workin'

Well, I went outside and photo'd that 3rd card. White cards absolutely cannot be scanned. I will do the others also outdoors if there is any light left.

Hmm, didn't get to the grocery yet. So what if there's a recession and I should be watching my pennies. Well, that's just it, it's only pennies. Who needs them?

And here's the last one for today, as the light of day is waning.

I've learned a lot today about if only I can retain some of it.

My MoJo is Workin'

The guests are gone and I'm in a bad way...gotta do some stampin and postin. Here I tried the Clean & Simple technique. There is a blog by that name and I will link it down the line. Here it is

The next 6 cards are white and they don't scan very well...there are always shadows, but you'll get the idea ( I hope). I'm still working on how to post from my camera. Sometimes I get it right and most times I just don't. I took this one outdoors with a cheapie mesh placement for the backdrop. I made these as a Christmas present for my grandson's teacher. I used Papertrey's Basic White for the base and ribbon for this one along with a retired SU set that I've always enjoyed. The bottom is dry-embossed with a Cuttlebug folder "strip" and the coloring was a mixed bag of SU markers, Bic markers and Sharpies. I think I own some of every coloring medium known to
man. Unfortunately, I'm a master of none. I'm looking forward to when Marianne from Copic visits the AZ Valley...she's scheduled in April '09.

On this card, I used a Michael's dollar stamp and a flower & sequin from JoAnns. Sometimes those $ stamps work and sometimes not. I find that the wood mounted ones are better made and therefore, work best for me. I own about 25 sets of the clear ones but find I don't often use them. I used my Nesties also. BTW, Julie HRR, is a super duper inspiration too. If you follow her blog, you'll recognize a card from she did this week that I've CASED. I think she's prolly on more blogs faves lists than anyone else!

So much to learn and soooo little time.
On the 3rd, I kept it real simple and believe me, I wanted to add more. Don't know if the scan is showing
score lines at the top (1 line) and bottom (2 scores), but they really set the card off. Again a $ dollar wood mounted stamp. I also put a little something inside each card...tiny flowers or leaves. I plan on decorating the envies too. Then I will make a box from one of the many templates on SU to hold them. I will post the rest later today. I've been at the PC for 6 hrs. and I gotta go shopping. It's senior grocery day here in Phoenix and we get a 10% discount. I know, it's not much but it offsets our high tax-rate of 8.25%.
OK, laptop must be're not gettin' the 3rd one right now. My poor baby is acting up and I really must get outta these PJs.
Have a blessed day everyone.