Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Wine Sisters Card

Card #3
Count down has begun for sister’s week and I have my final card idea.  My sisters share a passion for cooking, crafting, coffee, laughing (a lot!) and we love a good glass of wine.  That is why this card is appropriate for sister’s week.

Wine Sisters Card #3

This card was made on my computer using size 28 font Before the Rain, (download here) and Avery’s Quarter-fold Greeting Card–Wide,  landscape template (download here).  Avery also has a portrait template, Quarter-fold Greeting Card – Tall, (download here). I use these templates to print personalized greetings inside cards etc.
Embossing the first wine glass made it easy to fill in the wine glass with a Noir pen.  The middle glass, the Lemon Drop, is another sister favorite.  I experimented with making lemon scented embossing powder, and I have to say, it smells like a lemon drop!  I think next time I will add a  mirmosa drink with orange scented embossing powder?

My plan is to leave the cards simple (bottom card) and let the sisters come up with their own design for the Wine Sister' card.  I am officially ready for sister’s week. 

Have a great week.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Blueberries and Sweet Yogurt Parfait

  You deserve a creamy, low calorie delicious treat!!!

Combine 1 cup Greek yogurt
Stir in 2 Tbsp Maple syrup and
Add 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract) and your favorite fruit 

To make the parfait, layer yogurt and blueberries.  Add a few sliced almonds on top for a bit of crunch and protein.    If you are counting weight watcher points it comes to about 2.25 points.


Wish You Were Here Card

Only a few days until sister’s week…yeah! 
Each of us will bring three card ideas.  For my cards I have decided on:
Card # 1  - Post-it Pretty Although not a card, I think it will be fun.  See my post at Post-it Note Cover .

Card # 2 – Wish You Were Here (Missing You) 

Since we don’t live close to each other, we often talk on the phone over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.  I was not able to find a coffee cup or wine glass small enough to fit on this table to make this card true to our chats.  So the faux photo will work for now.  I’m sure one of the sisters will come up with a solution.

I purchased Walmart paper for $3 to use for the chairs and the wall paper. The stamp set is Hero Arts CL480 Wish You Were Here.   For the table, baseboard and floor, I used scrap papers. I did use the wood grain embossing folder from Hobby Lobby for the flooring. 

Since getting my Silhouette Cameo I am now able to create cut files for any of my stamps!  For members of my site, send me an email and I will send you the svg file for this stamp set.   
On to card #3.
Happy crafting!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Springtime Flower Card with Noir Pens

My first attempt with Noir markers.  So much fun combining colors and creating different textures to your designs.  Oh the possibilities!
Sister Sheryl creates such beautiful cards with scrap papers.  Here is my attempt.

To create decorative edges I used a Fiskars boarder punch and glued each piece to the top and bottom of a  1 1/2” strip of scrap paper.  Attach this piece to the card base.  Next I stamped both flowers on white card stock, colored with Noir pens and backed with coordinating red and green  scrap cardstock.  Attach the flower pieces to the card base.  Looks like Spring to me.
The Noir markers I used were reds, greens and yellows.  I used 40 and 50% Jo-Ann coupons over time to purchase all 12 sets of pens.  The storage bins I purchased at Michaels (with coupon of course) for $5.00.   

Noir Pen Set with Storage

 Noir Packaging

Note:  If you trim around the Noir plastic cover packages they come, it keeps the pens organized by each color set in the storage bin.  Works great!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Easy to Make Embossing Buddy

The perfect trio for embossing is  the VersaMark pad, an eye shadow brush (Dollar Store) to brush away any carry over embossing powder on your project, and most importantly, the embossing buddy to counteract static, saving you all that unnecessary cleanup.
DSC_0220  Our Sister’s week is a few days away and neither sister has an embossing buddy.  My embossing buddy is my best friend in humid weather and I think they will like these.
I used the following to make one embossing buddy:
  • 3 x 6 flannel fabric piece folded in half and sewed the sides together.
  • In a small bowl mixed 1 Tblsp baby powder and 1 Tblsp corn starch.
  • After filling the pocket 3/4 full, stitched the top closed and added a decorative finish.
If you don’t want to use baby powder you can also use body powder, talc or cornstarch.  Leaves a nice scent to the card.  
Another helpful hint, save your used fabric softener sheets to clean away any white powder residue on dark card stock after embossing.  Works great.
Would love to see your creations, send me an email!
Happy embossing!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Post-it Note Cover/Purse

Why pay for fancy Post-it Note holders when you can make them?  Post-its get used in the office, kitchen, by the phone, as a thank you note and in a gift basket. 
We are having a sister's week at the end of this month.  Each sister brings three crafting ideas, this will be one of mine.  Be creative and have fun.  

  • 3 X 3 Post-it Note Pad
  • 3 ¼” X 7” cardstock
  • 7” piece of ribbon (if making a purse)
  • 3 ¼” piece of double-sided tape for the purse cover (see photo below)
  • 3” piece of double-sided tape for pad cover (see photo below)
  • 3” piece of double-sided tape for back cover to hold the Post-it note in place
  • Cut paper 3 ¼” wide X 7” length
  • Lay 7” paper horizontal on score board and score at 3 ¼” and 3 ¾”
  • Fold at the score marks. This will create the binder for the Post-it Note cover.
  • You may opt at this point to embellish the front side of the cover, round corners, stamp sentiment on flap etc.
  • Place one piece of double-sided tape between score lines (binder).
    • Notes: If you are making a purse cover use 3 ¼” tape to running the full width of the binder to attach the ribbon (purse handle).
    • If you are making the pad cover, the 3” tape should be centered on the binder.
  • Place 3” piece of double-sided tape ¼” below bottom score line to secure the post-it note in place.
  • Center post-it note on back cover over double-sided tape.
  • As well, secure the scored binder with double-sided tape to the post-it note top. By attaching the binder, the cover will open nicely.Happy Crafting!