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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY May 10, 2009

Happy Mother’s day to all of you mommy’s out there that are celebrating Mother’s day today. Last week was mother’s day here in Portugal and it was a lovely day. So then, I am celebrating two weeks in a row, hehehe!!

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

Today I made this card for all of you that are reading this blog. I love how it turned out and thanks to my friend K, who gave me the idea to coordinate the base CS (card stock) and and the DP (designer paper). I stamped the flower on white CS and then stamped again on another piece of white CS. I cut out the sides of the flower and popped up on dimensionals. One of the leaf was done in the same way. Next, I used my 2-way glue pen on the edges of the flower and a leaf, and then sprinkled the glitter. I made sure to cut the DP in and area to capture the flowers. Each strip of paper is cut to 2 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. The ribbon was tied to the lower portion of the stamped flower strip. I used Scrapbook adhesives Ez-runner to apply the DP strips to the green base CS. The entire stamped flower strip is popped up on dimensionals. And Whalaaa! A beautiful card made for you.

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

Ok, the card is a 6×6. I used DCWV DP (Spring ’09 Glitter stack) and CS (Metallic Stack).
Stamps set is Bodacious Bouqet from SU (Stampin’ Up!)
Inks: SU Summer Sun (flower), Certainly Celery (stem), Bashful blue (for inking the edges)
Chalk: Pebbles Inc Pearlescent Chalks for chalking the flower background (love this stuff!)
Ribbon: American Crafts
Glitter: Stampendous ultrafine glitter

Thanks for looking. Bless!

 

Delight in Life! March 7, 2009

 

 

Delight in Life

Delight in Life

This is a card I sent to a friend when she had her baby boy.  Giving birth is truly a miracle, from the moment of conception, to all else that follows.  We should Delight in Life!

Here is the list of products I used, however, you can always improvise with other embellishments, papers and stamp sets that you have, inorder to create your own unique cards.  Inspiration from www.splitcoaststampers.com, however I cannot find the link.  I will edit should I find it.  SCS rocks!

 Stampin’ Up! Products used:

 Delight in Life (sentiment) and Looks Like Spring (flower) stamp sets.

Certainly celery green gross grain ribbon

Certainly celery green button

Apricot Appeal cardstock (CS)

¼” circle punch to get the ticket corner look.

Chocolate Chip Ink pad for sentiment

Apricot Appeal Ink Pad for the flower

 

Cuttlebug  (CB) Folders:  D’vine Swirls and Bloom Dots

Offray: Green ribbon on button

Bazill Basics Green Cardstock

Measurements:

v  A2  Card which measure 4 4/16”W x 5 8/16”H; same as 4 ¼” x 5 ½ “ or 4.25” x 5.5”, so if using and 8 ½” x 11” CS score down the middle at 4 1/4” and cut at 5 ½ “  You will now have two A2 cards.  Hope this makes sense.

v  Bloom Dots layer is 4”W x 5 4/16”H

v  Green CS layer for sentiment  3  4/16 ”W x 1 8/16”H

v  D’vine Swirl  layer is 3”W x 1 4/16”H

Procedures:

v  Stamp Flower on Apricot appeal CS with Apricot Appeal ink. Cut out with scissors.

v  Stamp sentiment with chocolate chip ink. Color in small flower with red marker, and leaves with green marker.  You can also use colored pencils.  Emboss sentiment layer with D’vine Swirl CB folder.  Layer on green CS.

v  Emboss  Apricot Appeal  CS  with Bloom Dots CB folder.  Attach ribbon, and flower with button. Attach  sentiment on the lower portion.

v  Use enough adhesive and secure to the green CS base.

v  Smile and give yourself a pat on the shoulder.  Job well done!

Delight in Life Ver. 2

Delight in Life Ver. 2

 

Organizing Digital Photos February 27, 2009

Hi Guys,
I have been on the road since February 20th, 2009 travelling around Spain. I decided to use my time on the long roads wisely, and do a task that I have been putting off for a long time-organizing my photos. So that you do not have to face the same dilemma that I have been facing for a while, let me share what I am trying to complete.

Okay, as it stands today, I have about 27,174 digital pictures. On my hard drive, that is equivalent to 30 GB (gigabytes) of space. In one word, that is ALOT!  At this rate of snapping, I need to start cataloging and tagging my pictures better. Also, I need to delete some pictures that are not going to be rated with a 4 or 5 stars.

Over the years, I did not have a naming scheme, hence where my problem began. My advice would be to settle on a naming scheme for your picture files. This week, I have settled on one and I hope it is the best. From now on, when I upload pictures from my camera’s SD card I will use this format of naming: year month date short description, e.g. 2009 February 26 Cordoba Spain Mesquita; or 2009 February 20-22 Sevilla Spain Plaza de España. I try to keep each event under a separate file, and then tag each photo with more detail information like quality, location, person, and event. There are several programs on the market bidding for your business. The investment is worth it since tagging each picture accordingly will enable you to find them more readily tomorrow, or in the next 5, 10, or 20 years down the road.

I currently use Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition 3.2, which came loaded on my computer, but there are other photo organizers, some that are free downloads (e.g. Picasa), and others ranging in price depending on the features you need. For digital scrapbooking, I like Photoshop Elements which ranges in price from $41 to $140 depending on the version purchased. For professionals, or if you want to brave the learning curve there are programs like Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Bridge (bundled with CS4), $299;$699, respectively). There are also photosharing sites online that will save your pictures for you, for instance Flickr, Photobucket and Picasa Web Albums. However, I would recommend using these as an additional backup of your precious photos.

I have been taking digital pictures since 2001, so I have 8 years of pictures that are not tagged properly, now you can imagine why I have been procrastinating on this overwhelming task. If you are just getting into digital photography, please do not be like me and start organizing your photos from the start. You will be able to locate them and enjoy them so much better.

In the event you want to be able to retrieve your pictures and get to the fun part- scrapbooking, of course  then, tagging and rating them is a must.

If you are reading this far, I hope you have found this information at least a bit useful. Got to go now, DS2 just fell off the bed.

 

Elegant Valentine’s Day Card February 13, 2009

Hi Crafters,

Just wanted to share this beautiful V-day card with you.  I custom made it for a dear friend, who also happens to be my best customer.  He is going to give his lovely wife.  This card was CASEd (here to mean: Copy and Selectively Edit) from a SCS member, at the following link: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1075352

I really admired the uniqueness of this card when I saw it.  Hope you like my rendition of it.

Valentine's Day Card Front View

Valentine's Day Card Front View

Here are the measurements and materials I used.

All paper used are from DCWV. Forever tag is from The Happy Hammer; silver brads from Making Memories; embossing, hearts, key, corners done with  the Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine; sentiment is from Stampin’ Up! (SU)Elegant Greetings set; Cranberry Crisp Ink pad from SU; Corners punched with my SU  1/4″  circle punch (I don’t have a ticket corner punch, so I use the V mark that is seen right  when the paper is inserted.)Rhinestones (Joann’s); glue dots and dimensionals also used. Silver string was salvaged from a gift set.

Measurements in inches:

Light Pink Cardstock (CS): 6×12 scored at 6 and 9; 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 (you will need to vary this depending on the size of sentiment you are using)

Burgundy CS: 5 14/16 x 5 14/16; 2 14/16 x 5 14/16

Designer Paper (DP): 5 12/16 x 5 12/16; 2 12/16 x 5 12/16

White CS: 2 x 3

If you need further clarifications please post a comment.  Great,  now you have a go at it!

Valentine's Day Card Angled View

Valentine's Day Card Angled View

 

How to add Twitter, counter, etc. to WordPress Blog February 7, 2009

Filed under: My Tutorials — homegrownart @ 12:45 AM
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Alright! I figured out how to add external links like Twitter, counters…You must copy the html link from the source you want to add, then go to Widgets under Dashboard in wordpress blog page; add text widget; save; go back to edit text widget; paste the html code into the text boxed that opened up; save again; reload blog page to check if you see the link.  Hope the explanations are clear.

 

Hello world! February 6, 2009

3D Valentine's Day Card

3D Valentine's Day Card

Wow!  I am venturing into new territory here.  After years of reading other peoples informative and breathtaking blogs, I have decided to delve in.  So far so good.  For now, I will be playing around with the different buttons and see what happens.  My ultimate goal is to showcase my lovely greeting cards that I so enjoy creating.  I also scrapbook, and so I will be posting what I have done in that field too.  I have lots of ideas as to what I want to blog about, so check back and hopefully you are inspired in some way or form, just as I have been by reading other people’s blogs.  Cheers!

After learning my way around on WordPress, I have edited this post by inserting  the You Tube video of  Dawn demonstrating how to make a gatefold card.  As you can see the possibilities are limitless and left only to your imagination.

 

 
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