Thursday, May 17, 2012

Where's My Stuff?

Would you believe I still haven't found all of my craft stuff after our move. SIGH...I am so disjointed these days, not to mention I think age has caught up with me...I can't remember anything. I will put something down, walk away, come back and forget where I put it. The worst thing about it is, it is usually sitting right in front of me and I STILL don't see it!

Enough of might help explain why I haven't been active for awhile. With so many things going on around me, I've been a bit lax in updating my blog. (Sorry about that.)

However, I have been making cards, but just haven't had time to load some of them here.  BUT...yesterday...I was quite proud of myself. I made a nice Father's Day card and had to share it.

I used a couple of Free Vintage Digital Stamps graphics. They were downloaded a while back, but I'm sure Pamela still has them on her site somewhere. She has quite a few awesome vintage graphics to choose from. I've always wanted to do a Vintage card, but could not wrap my brain around on what to do. Yesterday, like I said, I had an eureka moment.

Here's the card.

It's not an elaborately made card, but will be easy to mail. (usually I make most of my cards to be mailed without having to use a lot of postage.)

The font I used for the sentiment was Freehand591BT. Nestabilities: Fleur De Lis Rectangle to enhance our dapper, young gentleman.

Here's the inside of the card.

The quote I made was inspired by Clarence Budington Kelland's lovely words. I decided to change it so it would read more generic than personal. The card sender could add his or her personal comments below the quote.

Following is a PNG of the sentiment I made. The fonts used were Engraves MT and Budmo Jiggler.

To make the inside frame, I printed the sentiment onto cream paper then went to my Cricut and cut a 4x5 inch scalloped frame (Accent Essentials) around the sentiment.

Note: Using Cricut Design Studio, I typeset several different styles of inside frames and saved them all in a "Frames" file. That way I don't have to reinvent the wheel every time I need a certain color and shape to go inside one of my cards. If you have a Cricut and Cricut Design Studio and would like to have a copy of my frames, let me know.)

Here's the sentiment in case you would like to use it some day.
That's it for now. I have other cards and material I would like to share with you and promise to get them up soon.  Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time...Happy Crafting.
Lady Editor

Friday, March 16, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Oh dear, has it really been a month since I've last visited my site?

Lots of things have happened during that time. One major thing, my family moved again...which is unusual since I dislike pulling up stakes.

I'm what you call a "Nester". I love to nest. Put me anywhere and I'll settle in with glee...only don't ask me to do it A LOT and in a short period of time!!! When I set up a new nest I want to stay awhile. I want to play with my things, not spend time opening boxes and looking for some thing or another.

Actually the most used and most hated sentence in our family is..."It's some box."

Enough said of me. I want to wish everyone on a Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here is a card front I designed for the holiday. Feel free to download it if you so wish. It has been sized for a 4.25 x 5.5 card.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Missed My Friday Freebie Last Week

Sorry about that...

Last weekend was the Annual Chocolate Affaire held in Glendale, Arizona. My writing partner, Dani, and I co-chaired our writing group's booth. Which meant I was away from home from Wednesday through Sunday. I had hopes to upload my free gift before I left, but was unable to do it.

So to make up for missing last Friday, I'm offering three free Valentine pinch bags for your enjoyment. (Directions on how to construct a pinch bag is listed at the end of post.)

My first gift is a kitty pinch bag. I've titled it, "Purrfect Sweetheart".

All graphics and background paper for Purrfect Sweetheart came from Trina Clark, Digi Scrap Kits. Font used: Holly Script.

For my second gift, I've titled it "Joyful Hearts."

Again all graphics from Trina Clark, Digi Scrap Kits

The third gift is "Be Mine." I really like this bag. It's bright and festive.

Graphics and background paper used for the bag came from Designs by Shelle at Unfortunately the kit is no longer available. However the website has many other wonderful kits to choose from. Font used: Classic

Pinch Box
Cut box from card stock following the dark solid lines.
Where lines are dotted fold inward to the white side box.
Glue smaller tabs on outside and press to the bottom of a larger tab.
Fold other tab and glue to bottom, press against inside larger tab.
Glue vertical tab that runs alongside the box against the inside of the other side.
Once glue has dried, press the top of the box together gently,
making sure side folds bend inward slightly.
Bring top lid over to seal the box.

Attach Velcro underneath top flap to secure box closed.
To hang box, punch two holes (centered) along fold of of flap.
Insert a matching ribbon through holes and tie.

Printing: For a small box print in full page fax mode.
For larger box use the full page photo mode.

Valentine's Day is next week...meaning I'll be through with posting free Valentine gifts. Starting on Friday, February 17, I'll be offering St. Patrick's Day goodies.

Until next time...Happy Crafting.
Lady E.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Outside My Comfort Zone

For this week I decided to create a much different pinch bag. I recently joined a blog group who adheres to Edgar Allen Poe's work. The blog is titled Quoth The Raven Nevermore. Because I joined, I felt I had to try and do something that recognized the author Poe.

Here's what I came up with.

I apologize for my photographing technique. It's late but I wanted to show how the bag looks like after being constructed.

Below is the actual bag itself. It has been saved as a JPG.

The graphics used are from Ikesart. Ike is a friend whose talent goes way beyond the pale. I have seen her do macabre art, along with cute stuff that is filled with sweetness and light. GRIN.

Go check out her blog site. Ike's World.

Until next time...Happy Crafting.
Lady E.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Cold Nose, Warm Heart

It's Friday!

This week's pinch bag is a doggie pinch bag. I thought you might like it.

I want to acknowledge the following people for the graphics and Word Art.

Doggie Valentine 1 - Cheryl Seslar, Digi Web Studio
Background Paper and doggie bone - Ginger T's "I Love my Pets. (no longer available)
Cold Nose, Warm Heart, Dog Word Art #4 - Jen's Cropping Creations,
Digital Scrapbook Pages
Have a Doggone Happy Valentine Day - Font: Clowningway

Until next time...Happy Crafting.
Lady E.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Lil Stinker

Yes, I's not Friday.

Would you believe yesterday (being Friday), I kept forgetting to slow down long enough to get my second free gift uploaded? Yep...and I have my cards to blame. I was so intent on finishing up some cards I'd started a while back but had to walk away from (there were many), that I let time get away from me.

Of course, when I remembered last night, I had already turned off the computer...not to mention I was totally pooped, and my eyes were shooting sparks. Then this morning, I attended an early writers' get-together...our goal... enter tags on our books on Amazon, in hopes of pulling in more readers. Authors always love new readers...hint, hint.

With that said, here is my second pinch bag for you to download. I've titled it Lil Stinker. Don't you just love the red color? I do.

Click on the graphic above and save the download when the files opens.

The graphics for this pinch box came from Scrappin Doodles. If you're looking for some great graphics, check them out.

Until next time...Happy Crafting.

Friday, January 6, 2012

A Valentine Free Gift

A Hundred Hearts

Since Christmas I have been double-darn busy. Mostly with family requirements. All during this time I felt there was a missing element my life. It caught up with me this afternoon.

I haven't offered a free gift on my blog for quite some time.

Well...I've taken care of that. Here is a gift.

It's a pinch bag. I love these things. They're great for holding all kinds of small gifts. Candy, little toys, gift cards, special surprises, etc. What's also awesome about these bags is you can store them in your computer for future valentine holidays. They won't take up space...or get lost under a pile of other paper gifts...and they're quick and easy to make.

Sooo...with that said...every Friday until February 14th, I'll offer a different Valentine's pinch Bag to save into your Valentine's Day Gift Folder.

Here is Valentine Gift 1: A Hundred Hearts

Click on the image to download.

A Hundred Hearts was created with artwork by Trina Clark, Home to Artwork by Trina Clark

Until next time...Happy Crafting