Saturday, July 24, 2010

Cornish Heritage Farms Is Still Open

Just got an email ad thing from them They put everything they have left on clearance!! Good luck all!! Hugs, Barb F

Friday, July 23, 2010

Last BD card for July - whew!

I know its been awhile for me, lots of things going on here. It will be at least a couple more weeks, I think, before I post another. This one is for my soon to be 20 yr. old granddaughter! For some reason, the pirate Tilda and Edwin just seemed perfect for her. Maybe it was the "aargh!" The parrot and aargh came from Cornish Heritage Farms which is closing their doors! I ordered all the stuff I knew I just had to have! And now they are closed and I have a bunch of stuff to "enter" into my system and no time! Hope you enjoy this one half as much as I did making it! I don't think I ever told you before but I only have ciao markers and maybe 5 sketchers, so sometimes my colors are limited. I sure would suggest you try them on a scratch paper of the same cardstock you will be coloring them on before you use them. I do have a master card but it fades over a period of time just enough for you not to be sure.

Here are the copics I used:
YR02, YR07, YR23, Y21, Y28, YG63, YG67, YG03, YG06, E00, E11, E51, E31, E33, E35, E37, E29
R20, W03, W05, W07, 100
Yes, I used black for a change! I didn't think the ink was quite black enough when I stamped it and then later on decided to stickle it with black stickles. I put orange stickles on the roses which are mostly from Wild Orchid although the 3 two toned ones are Prima. I made the background paper for the parrot with a stamp and stickles! I thought it was so cute, so here is a closer look:

I had to make the stand for the parrot and I just love his/her "jewelry! The orange ribbon matched exactly, how lucky was that one! Notice the larger background on the top of the card - I just thought this was perfect. I wish I could tell you about the papers I use, but when I first started buying them, I took them out of their "books" and arranged them by color so I honestly don't know. The stump I put behind Edwin and Tilda is sitting on is also from the Farms. And of course there are little gems! Hugs to you all, I would love if you comment or join my little group! Barb F

Saturday, July 17, 2010

BD card number 2 for July

I am half way home for this month! Entered a recipe card exchange and a kit exchange. Used the following copics to color this card: RV 34, YR 23, Y 28, 21, BG 01, 05, V 12, 15, YG 23, E00, 11. Notice that R 20 is missing. I shaded a lot and there just didn't seem to be room for cheeks when I got done so I left it out. I used an oval hand cutter to cut the glitter card stock and white cardstock for the centers. She is on dimensionals. I also put the gift on dimensionals. I thought this card needed a big bow and I had this sheer ribbon which is my favorite kind to use. There are a few gems I colored pink. I used a border to hold the standup part of the card in place. The flowers are from Wild Orchid as they will be for a long time. I placed a whopping big order (first one) awhile back figuring that since they were overseas, it would take some time and also probably cost quite a bit. Well I was wrong on both accounts and now I happily can choose from lots of flowers when I make a card or page or anything for that matter!! Got into a discussion about organizing stamps and if you are interested in what I do with mine, look at the previous post! Hope you enjoy this cutie! Next on is going to be Magnolia for sure as I have the images all picked out! Hugs to you all, Barb F

Friday, July 16, 2010

My Stamp Storage System - only not mine

Everyone sooner or later discusses stamp storage and I finally found one that works for all my stamps. The gal who made all our Magnalicious pdf files has really saved me tons of work by making those files. Wish I could give credit to whoever's idea this was, I can only tell you it wasn't mine. I organized my wooden stamps by stamping them on sheets of notebook paper according to what was on the stamp - if there are flowers and a note and maybe a sun on this particular stamp, I might have stamped this stamp on the page for flowers, also on the one for words, and on the misc. sheeet (for the sun). I must have about 12 dividers in this notebook! I number this stamp with the next number available (keep a post-it with next number to be used in front of the book) and mark it on the wood block as well as every page I stamped it on to identify it. I have about 50 stamps in each plastic container that I am using for wooden stamps and on the outside I show the sequential numbers that are in the box. I also have other types of stamps with a similar system only using the page protectors for 5 x 7 photos . I haven't catalogued many of them as its quite a bit of work to stamp each stamp and clean them and return them, but except for the Magnolia stamps. The Magnolia stamps have their own book with printout of all those files in it. I star it with red pencil if I own that stamp, and in red is the number of the little plastic box it is in. I can find it easily and when I look thru the book. I know if a own a stamp. If it isn't listed, I stamp it either on the back of the sheet before where I think it belongs (star and number) or on the back of the sheet. I have my background stamps that I have bought also in this book. They are stamped near the images I usually use with them. I also made up a wish list for the whole thing and keep it right up in front in the notebook's pocket and check it out before I purchase to be sure that list gets movement!! I am going to try the baseball card sheet protectors as well as sewing on the ones I already have. I have a label maker that I plan on using to number my "pouches" for the clear stamps, etc. I will skip a couple of thousand in my numbering system so I can keep the wooden stamps separate but also use a letter in front of the number to indicate type of stamp (c =clear ci=cling r=rubber). Thanks for all the ideas from all of you who see your ideas posted here. Finding the stamps by number and picture(image stamped) has been wonderful for me!!
I will add some photos of my notebook pages later today so you might understand what I am trying to explain!! Hugs to you all, Barb F
here's a couple photos of my stamp number books. The second one is for Magnolia stamps.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

First July birthday

We have 3 July birthdays - used to be 5. Guess this was a pretty popular month? DH oldest is a nurse and I just had to have this stamp - I am not very good knowing where I get things but I know you all have seen this one around. Sorry for that. The copics I used are E00, E11, E31, E37, C1, C3, B0000, B93, B95, B97, R17, R20.  I used Stickles on her wings, earrings and for some edges. There are a couple of clear gems. I used tim Holtz' old paper distress ink for the background of the nurse and greeting both of which used dimensionals when I mounted them. I used the following Martha Stewart punches: lace edging, pansy edging and cards edging. I also used 2 white ribbons to make the bow. I found that I now really like coloring on Staples cardstock! It is super cheap! I tried it because I was told it doesn't run when you print digital stamps and color with copics. Maybe I should clarify that some. Whether a digital image runs or not depends on 3 things, the printer ink, the paper and the markers. Two of those are constants to me. I have an hp deskjet and that isn't going to change as long as it works! The copics are the markers and that is also constant! So I have been trying different cardstocks. I just can't get over that I can print it and color it and no running either from the printer ink or the copics! I can also stamp it with Memento and same - no running!! So that is my gift to you all!! Hope you like this card!! I do appreciate all the comments you write - sometimes they really make my day!! Hugs to you all, Barb F
Sorry I can't figure out how to move these photos around so it takes less room!!

Monday, July 5, 2010

My first Sympathy card

A friend's Mom passed away this weekend. It is a big loss to everyone who knew her. So I toned myself down a bit and made a card to send. I haven't written inside as yet and used the only stamp that I own that seemed appropriate. I know I have some I could have "put together" to make them say the right thing, but I kind of liked this better. I used Tim Holtz's distress inks for my backgrounds. I also used an embossing folder to get the music notes. There is glitter on Tilda's wings, lace, dress edge and shoes. I used purple gems in the corners and a green one on the bow. I used a metallic pen around my hand cut oval! Got to spend some time on one of those machines! I hope my friend enjoys the card which I can't mail until tomorrow!
Copics I used are:
YG 63, 67, BG 01, 05, BV00, 02, 04, R20, Y21, 28, YR23, E00, 11, 31, 37, C1, C3
 Thanks for looking! Hugs, to you all!

rest of the recipe cards

I just can't figure this layout stuff out - guess if I spent more time on it. Well, here are the rest of the recipe cards that I sent for the exchange. They are all alike as far as the sketch goes and its amazing how different they all look. Hugs to you all on this holiday weekend! Barb F

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Recipe Swap - 2nd one

Last Recipe Swap I didn't even think to take photos and this time I did! Since there are 6 of them, I will do it in two posts - There are a lot of people in this swap and I make everyone a bit different. At least this time I used the same general sketch. Last time they were as different as night to day! I didn't really have time right now but I made it as the ones I got back last time (first time) were just too cute! I think I have learned the most from the cards I have received since joining the Yahoo groups! If you don't have a lot on your plate, you don't even have to use Maggie to make yourself some recipe cards!! They are so much fun to have and refer to when you are cooking! Puts a great big old smile on your face! The outside dimension is 6" X 6". The next layer is set in 1/4" all around. The rest is totally up to you. I am going to make a box for them soon. Hopefully SCS will have something I can use. That is such a great site ( to find how to make things and the dimensions to use to get you started. Lots of Youtube videos. Hope you enjoy looking at these - a comment is always appreciated!!! Hint hint!!I did not keep track of copics, sorry. Hugs, Barb F