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Some Of My Favorite Creations To Date

Saturday, February 28, 2009

"Pretty Lily" Card

Hello,
This "Pretty" card was made with "Bazzill" and “DCWV Whimsy" papers. I did it to try out for a DT position with the stamp manufacturer. I seem to do a lot of cards in peach and turquoise. I just love the color combination! It works nicly with stamp...don't you think?

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Want to see more pictures of this card? Click HERE to see my eBay auction. :)

Friday, February 27, 2009

My Unicorn Card

Hello,
I just found this really cool stamp company called "The Greeting Farm" and bought this digi stamp. I used "DCWV Pocket full of Posies" paper. I painted the tail and mane of the unicorn to match the colors in the paper. It is on eBay right now so click HERE to see more pictures.

I think it turned out pretty!

Please leave a comment below if you think so too! :)

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Notice the cool watermark. A very sweet friend of mine made it for me. Thanks Lorelie!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Hi Cupcake! :)

Hello,
My latest card was so fun to make! It was done with Inkadinkado stamps and Bazzill and DCWV "Nana's Kitchen" cardstocks.
If you would like to see more pictures, click HERE to go to my eBay auction.
Tell me what you think about this SWEET card? LOL!
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Cloud Tutorial

There are many ways you can create clouds for your cards or scrapbook pages. They are much easier than you think. Here is how I do mine.
First of all, don't waste your money on a cloud stencil. Draw and cut your own making sure to do multiple sizes of lobes. I use the chalking method. I love the pearlescent dry chalks with mini poms and rubbing tool. Mine is "I kan' dee" from Pebbles Inc.
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Always start at the top of your project and work your way down. Load your pom with a little light blue chalk and rub it just above the edge of your cloud template. You will be hitting your template too if you are doing it correctly. Just hit a few lobes in each step. You will want to rub it in very good to make it permanent.
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Move your template down and repeat using a few different lobes placed at a little different angle. Keep repeating these steps until you have filled your "cloud" area.
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The final step softens your clouds. Just using the chalk that is left on your pom and the loose chalk on the picture, pull the tops of the clouds in upward strokes to fill in some of the light areas. Make sure to not get into the tops of the white area so you don't lose your cloud definition. You might also pull some color down to you horizon line depending on your picture. See my puppy dog card in my last blog for an example.

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If you enjoyed this tutorial and found it helpful, please leave a comment and let me know.
Thanks,
True :)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

New card with a brand new stamp!

Hello,
This is my latest card. Isn't he cute? :)
I created this card to try out for a DT position with Whimsy Stamps. (Check out the call on Splitcoaststampers). I do not have any of their stamps yet because I just discovered them. Where have I been? LOL! Anyhow, they said I could use another company's stamp if needed. I will be ordering some from them though. They have some DARLING stuff!

The puppy dog image is from Polly Craft and the sentiment inside is good ol' Stampin' Up. I found these wonderful patterned card stocks form DCWV. They are in their "Pets" stack. The base of the card is Bazzill Swiss Dots, and the orange is core'dinations.
If you would like to see more pictures you can click HERE to see my eBay auction.
Please let me know if you like it!
True :)

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Another St. Patty's Day Card

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HI!
No....you are right...not my normal style! I had some fun with it though!
The image was a print I downloaded from the internet of an old nostalgic post card. It was cut out and popped many times! The hat alone was popped 5 times and looks as though he is tipping it forward. And look at all of that bling! Shamrocks and, flowers and bows...oh my! LOL!
The inside has both hand-sewn and machine stitching
Thanks again for checking it out. If you would like to see more pictures, you can check it out on eBay by clicking HERE.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My St. Patrick's Day Card

Hello All!
I just finished my first St. Patty's Day card. I used a couple of Spellbinders" heart sets to make the four leaf clover. I used Bazzil Dots for the main card body, Core'dinations and K&Company papers and cardstocks.

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It goes on eBay tonight and ends Feb. 24th. Click HERE to go to the eBay listing.
What do you think?
True :)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Here is another frustration prevention tip. :)

Have you ever reached for that favorite ink pad or marker, only to find that the lid was not on tight and it dried out? Maybe you have been in the middle of a card and that "perfect" color of ink ran out. This product is great to have around for little emergency's such as these. It is Ranger's Perfect Ink Refresher. Other companies make a similar product. You just spray a few shots on your pad or marker, wait a few minutes, and you can start using your ink again! Magic! :) It only costs around $4.00 and will last forever. Click HERE for more info.

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

More blog candy!

Hi Every one! Milissa @ "Creating From The Heart" is giving away some AWESOME blog candy! DCWV paper stack and more! She has a really cool blog you need to check out too! Hurry, you only have until Feb. 19th!
Go check it out...HERE!
True :)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Don't forget to sign up for blog candy @ SSS!

Hey... Don't forget... CLICK HERE to go sign up for a chance to win some blog candy from Simon Says Stamp!

My "Grunge" Card

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Hi! This is my first “Grunge” Card. Click HERE to check it out on eBay Item number: 280313439512 until 2/24/09 a. I love Tim Holtz but have never tried his look before. I thinks I likes! LOL! The black flourishes on the front are velvet flocking cardstock from “me & my BiG ideas”. It is waaay Cool! The teal with the raised shimmer and shine flourishes are from “My Mind’s Eye”. The basic cardstocks are “Bazzill” of course!  The flowers are made from the new “Spellbinders Daisy Delight” die.
What do you all think?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Here is a tip that may save you paper and frustration!

Here is a very simple but priceless tip:
How many times have you had that one perfectly coordinated piece of paper only to miss cut it and render it useless because of all of the tiny little lines on your straight cutter? It used to happen to me pretty often. Those darned rule lines can be hard to see sometimes. I find myself using a pretty standard set of measurements for most of my cards, so I came up with a simple solution. I marked the cut sizes I use most often along the forward edge of my alignment ruler. Now instead of trying to find 5 3/4” I just look for the red B, 5 3/8” red C, 2 13/16” black B and so on. Don’t want to mark on your cutter? Lay a piece of tape down first!

A simple solution for a very frustrating problem.
If this tip helps you…please post a comment!
Thanks!
True 

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Check out my card on Simon Says Stamp!!!!!

Hi! I was so excited this morning to get an email from Heidi from SSS saying they put one of my cards on their website! They are one of my favorite stamp companies! :)They are giving away some BLOG CANDY. You could win it if you comment on my card! Go check it out! :)
www.SimonSaysStampBlog.blogspot.com
True :)

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Twilight!

Oh....I am so hooked on the "Twilight" books! I am on book number 3 "Eclipse" and I can hardly put it down. The bad thing is....it is really cutting into my card making time! LOL!
I am rooting for Jacob! He is such a sweetie! Anybody else got "Twilight" fever? :)
True :)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Blog Candy!!!

Anyone who comments under any post will be entered into a drawing for some "blog candy." It will be a surprise goodie bag. I will put the names in a hat and draw Feb. 28th at 8PM eBay time. LOL!
I know there is not much to see here yet but I want to get some followers and get the ball rolling.
Bonus...everyone who becomes a follower gets a double entry!
Check back and watch it grow!
Thanks!
True :)

A Place For My Awesome Buyers To Say Hi

Hello All!
Thanks for taking the time to drop by my new blog. It is not much yet but I am just getting started.
I appreciate your patronage and your friendship!
I would love it if you would leave a comment so I know who has dropped by!
Thanks,
True :)

A Place For My Artist Friends to Say Hi

Hello All!
I am so thankful to have met so many wonderful people through my crafting. Some of you have become real friends!
Please post a comment and let me know you found me!
Happy crafting!
True :)

Friday, February 6, 2009

Dad's Birthday Card

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Well, as usual, I waited until the last minute! Today was my dad's birthday and I hurried home from work and made this for him. I don't usually like to do silhouettes but dad is an outdoorsy guy and most of my stamps are cutesy. These stamps are from a "Stampin' UP" camping set. The main body of the card is made out of "Bazzill Dots"cardstock. I just LOVE that stuff!
I think it turned out pretty nice and dad loved it! I should have made two and put one on eBay! LOL :)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

My First Attempt @ a Real Blog. LOL!

Hello All,
If you have stumbled onto my blog, I am sure you can tell that it is under construction. Please become a follower and check back often. I plan to use this space to show some of my favorite cards and crafting supplies and hopefully give some useful tips on creating beautiful cards. I would love to hear from fellow crafters and card buyers!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
True :)