Sunday, April 24, 2011

Stop Hoarding - Just CUT It

I challenged myself to a five prong challenge:
  1. No stamping (I didn't feel like coloring tonight)
  2. Use an 'old' tool (actually used two favorites - the 'fern' punch and the dotted embossing folder)
  3. Use a new tool (the wreath die cut and my almost new - only used once before - blender tool)
  4. Use ribbon (just 'cuz I have LOTS of ribbon)
  5. Use a piece of hoarded-this-is-too-yummy-to-cut design paper (you'll notice I didn't cut very much of it...) (but in my defense...I cut from TWO (2) coveted pieces of design paper AND had to 'fussy-cut' for placement BOTH times!!)
Tada!!!! I did it!

In the Garden
~Base card PaperTrey Ink - Kraft
~Top layer of design paper My Minds Eye
~Bottom layer of design paper Webster's Pages Garden Gala/Nature's Story Books
~Center of the wreath image punched from another Webster's Pages Garden Gala/Nature's Story Books
~Dotted sheer ribbon
~Taylored Expressions die cut Season Wreath smudged with Distress Ink Peeled Paint and Hero Arts Shadow Ink Soft Leaf using my new Inkssentials Blender Tool (which might make it to my list of favorite tools), and run through my Cuttlebug and Swiss Dots embossing
~Wreath embellished with 'fern' punched using Martha Stewart punch, silk flower, and metal brad
Creations by Gill - birds in the garden
Frosted Designs - bird or butterfly
Cute Card Thursday - no text (sentiment)
Crafty Purple Frog - texture and ribbon
Fun with Shapes and More - animal and die cut
Shabby Tea Room - pastels and stripes (the top design paper and the 'lines' on the bottom design paper)
Amber's Crafts and Stuff - ribbon (Thanks for the heads-up Linda W.!)

Thanks for clicking by,
Nancy in Iowa

DNA, RNA, and ToC

My 94 year old mother has been spring cleaning. Since I do much of the cleaning her house what this really means is she is 'decluttering' by sending 'stuff' with me. My daughter calls it 'transfer of crap' (ToC) and it has been going on for years. I believe it is embedded in our maternal family DNA or perhaps in our RNA since it is more like a virus than anything else!

Why give something to the Goodwill or toss it in the trash when you can 'transfer' it? She has sent boxes and zip lock bags FULL of 'stuff' lately. Little do they know it but my sisters are going to be recipients of crap transfer....nothing like transfer-of-crap via the U.S. mail system!

Who knew we would get every child made card back? What does one do with all this accumulation? Especially me...who is NOT a 'saver' of things. Speaking of the human genome project - I missed the sentimental gene when they were being doled out. I am fully aware, however, of paybacks. Remind me to tell you about the 'oh-so-Holy-See' payback I received from sister Judy.

It is so much fun imagining my sister in Georgia getting a package...opening it with anticipation...only to find it is used objects from a nook or cranny from 'the homeland'. I'm laughing out loud just thinking about the look on her face when she gets this most recent goodie box. But the joke will be on me as sissy Judy is much more sentimental than I am. She and her girls may actually enjoy this particular transfer.

The best Transfer of Crap EVER was the transfer of the snow emergency can from my mother's car trunk when she finally (and fairly recently) decided to stop driving. (As she put it, "I only drive in daylight, and I wait for kids to be in school...") I blogged about the emergency can transfer here.

My sister in Omaha is NOT exempt either - she TOO will be in on the receiving end of 'transfer of crap"! I may not be sentimental but I do have a dark side! I prefer to call it a humorous side...not everyone agrees with this assessment.

Hello Fanny
~Base card - PaperTrey Ink Spring Rain, stamped with Versamark, embossed with Ranger Seafoam White using Stampin' Up Perfect Plaid
~Layer of pink cardstock stamped with Versamark embossed with Ranger Seafoam White using Stampin' Up Canvas
~Layer of red cardstock stamped with Versamark embossed with Ranger Rich Red using a patchwork stamp
~Five rhinestones attached using i-rock crystal and stud heat-setting tool
~Fan (cardstock/fabric/lace/hearts) is a transfer of crap item from my mother's house
Case Study - design elements
Play Date Cafe - color inspiration
The Rubber Cafe - polka dots
Tuesday Throwdown - polka dots
Craft Your Passion - dots
Crafty Ann's - fancy folds

Time for another "Where's Bobbins" picture... Here is my own "Traveling 'Gnome'" in the bathroom of the Red Hen Fabrics (quilt shop)  in Georgia. Ahhh...good memories.

Happy Easter and thanks for 'hopping' by.
Nancy in Iowa

Friday, April 22, 2011

It's the Little Things

Too tired to chit chat - just going to post a card. Can't seem to get my groove thing going as far as card making goes....Ever have one of those days? My muse must have taken the Easter holiday off and forgotten to let me know.

It's the Little Things in Life
~Base Card - Paper Temptress Ninah White
~My Minds Eye - design paper
~Die cut circle - edged with red ink - stickers: little things
~Taylored Expressions - Picket Fence Border
~Spellbinders oval die cut - edges smudged using Stampin' Up Bashful Blue and Inkssentials Blender Tool
~Digital image by Phindy, colored with Copics, shoes and petty coat topped with Stickles, tulips dotted with Stampin' up Crystal Effects
Paper Play - Easter or Spring
CRAFT - Flowers
Play Date Cafe - photo inspiration
My Partner in Crafting Crime - photo inspiration
Quirky Crafts - Easter - Glitter - Punch
Sunday Sketch & Stamp - sketch

Thank you for clicking by.
Happy Easter,

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Geraniums and Giraffes

Isn't it nice when someone takes the time to actually read what you've taken the time to write? While I enjoy when fellow card makers comment that they like a card or thank me for joining a challenge I get so happy on the inside when someone comments about a story I've shared. Some of you have asked that I share some of the crafties that my essentially blind, 94 year old "ninja" mother has recently made. Here are the flour sack towels that I "made" her embellish for me. The story is here.

As soon as the quilt she made comes back from the quilter lady - I will pic and post it as well. I should probably take photos of all the quilts she has at home. I've started labeling stories of "Charlotte" so I can refer to them easier. Her antics are frequently blog-worthy.

Now...on to the card from the Bubble.

Thoughts in a Pot
~Green base card
~Layer of DCWV Indian Summer Matstock
~Faux stitches using black fine point Sharpie
~White and red lace trim
~Red white check ribbon with red button center on ribbon 'burst'
~Red rhinestones in outer corners
~Three red metal brads
~Freebie digital geranium image from Marjies Malarkies colored with Copics, a few of the petals dotted with Stampin' Up Crystal Effects, printed on Gina K Designs Pure Luxury - white cardstock, layered on green, red, white cardstock, edges roughed up a bit using the edge of a metal ruler
Case Study
Crafty Calendar - April Showers Bring Forth May Flowers
Paper Pals - Use Flowers
The Paper Variety - Use Flowers
Tuesday Trigger - Porch Play (what porch is complete without geraniums)
Paper Sundaes - Add Texture

Thanks for clicking by,
Nancy in Iowa

Sunday, April 10, 2011

It'll Quilt Out

I spent yesterday putting a final border on a quilt for my 94 year old mother. She started a Christmas lap quilt and evidently couldn't make herself stop sewing blocks and ended up with queen size quilt. When I was there Monday evening she had the brute on the guest room bed and thought it "needed" a pieced border. So I cut many, many, many 2.5 by 3.5 rectangles (since she is nearly blind - I really don't like it when she grabs a rotary cutter to start chopping fabric so I'm her designated fabric slicer.) In just three days she managed to get the pieced border on. Friday at 8 pm she called me asking if I would come over to piece the back of the quilt. Since I didn't get home until 7 PM and I went into work at 6 AM I asked if morning would be soon enough. Luckily she said yes... and I said I would be there in the morning. I think this is what you could call a quilt emergency! I was tempted to go in my jammie pants but KNEW the day would also include an outing of some sort.

Again we surveyed the quilt top - she announced it needed a solid border too! So...3 hours later the beast had another border and a back pieced and ready to go to the machine quilters tomorrow. She needs to stick to making lap size quilts as she just can't man-handle a queen size quilt. Her sewing skills aren't what they used to be but the Christmas quilt will be a nice addition to her bedspread collection. MY sewing skills aren't what they used to be either. I actually had to call sister Gail to get a reminder on diagonal piecing of borders!

She mentioned that she won't be around to use the quilt. As always I say, "Why?" "Where are you going?" She has been saying "I won't be around to do...." for about 20 years. I just keep asking her the same questions. She usually responds with the same look at me that suggests I am just a bit too puckish for my own good.

By the way the day did include an outing. A trip to the grocery store, lunch, and a visit to Trinity Heights to see if the two trees planted in my father's memory were in bloom yet. While it was a lovely day to go for a short walk among the gardens - nothing is yet in bloom. We will make a return visit in a couple of weeks.

I Made it Myself
~Base card - PaperTrey Ink Vintage Cream
~Layer of Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety (reminds me of vintage fabric)
~Layer of shimmery ribbon
~Rusty red cardstock cut using Spellbinder scallop circle and Cuttlebug
~Image from Phindy's Place colored with Copics, printed on Paper Temptress Cryogen Iridescent
~Assorted die cut flowers with metal brads
Flourishes - photo inspiration of a quilt
Etsy Inspired - Think Fast Designs
Fairy Tale - Happy Birthday
Mami Doodles - die cut or punches
Paper Sundaes - childhood memories
Totally Gorjuss - anything fluffy (at least PART of her cake is fluffy)
Frosted Designs - use brads

Thanks for clicking by.
Nancy in Iowa

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Flight of Fancy

Why do weekends fly by so quickly?! I probably could have accomplished more today but I keep getting sidetracked watching a live-cam feed of baby bald eagle hatchings in Decorah, IA. Pip one and two have hatched and mama is feeding them. Eaglette number three is still in his shell. I named them even though I know that this is FORBIDDEN! They are: Alfred, Buster, and yet to be hatched Cheddar.

How is this for coincidence? The designer of the image is Bird from Bird's Cards.

Tulips By the Basketful

~Base card PaperTrey Ink Select White
~Layer of BasicGrey Sugared
~Layer of pink cardstock topped with layer of BasicGrey Lilykate
~Free digital image - Bird's Cards, colored with Copics
~Spellbinders scallop circles die cut
~Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
~'Vintage' seam binding
Mami Doodles - die cut or punch
Shabby Tea Room - photo inspiration
Case Study - sketch
Craft Us Crazy - Easter or spring
Delightful Challenges - flowers
Rubber Cafe - flowers
The Crafy Pad - flowers
Creative Cowgirls - Easter
Creative Inspirations - Spring

Thanks for popping by.
Nancy in Iowa

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Bobbins and Bubbles

All settled in! Here are a few pictures of my new 'Bubble'. I think I'm going to be happy with my new digs. I think husband dear is happy with new room...(I'm not really worried if he doesn't cuz I'm not giving up my space!) YAY me coming up with the 'Trading Spaces' idea. For the full story click here.

Taaa dah......

Buttons, Buttons, and More Buttons (and my traveling 'gnome' Bobbins).
Bobbins likes to hide out among ordinary objects.
More about Bobbins below...
The shadow box shelves is (are?) actually a swing-out door hiding the electical junction box.

Copics, design papers, scraps of cardstocks, and other 'necessary' stuff.

My actual work spot. Yes I have a laptop AND an iPad whirring away.
Such a contradiction - papers/glue/scissors and technology!

And now for the card of the day. Here is the sketch I used and the photo inspiration I used.

Seeds of Thanks
~Base card - white linen 4.75" x 3.5" (just a wee card today)
~Design papers - Cosmo Cricket Material Girl
~'Vintage' seam binding
~Horizontal layer of PaperTrey Ink Ocean Tides
~Digital image colored with Copics - center flower cut out and 3-D'd with foam adhesives
All Sorts - Blooming Blossoms
Daring Card Makers - Flower of the Month
Tuesday Trigger - Photo Inspiration
Catch the Bug - Anything Goes

By the way...Bobbins is my 'traveling companion'. He accompanies me and my sisters on our annual sisters' holiday. I will, occasionally, be sharing pictures of him as he partakes in the Three/Fifths Quilting and Shopping Extravaganzas! He is quite the stowaway - getting crammed into a pocket, purse, or camera bag! Sometimes he likes to be a bit of a "Where's Waldo" and hide but he is pretty obvious in this one taken at Little Stitches in Marietta, GA.

Hard to believe the day is nearly done and I only have one card to show for it! That's what happens when you stop to cook, vacuum, do some laundry, and a bit of cleaning! Maybe tomorrow I'll be more card productive.

All good wishes,
Nancy in Iowa