Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Glittery Lace Tutorial

This is a technique I learned a few years back. To do this you need:

  1. A xyron machine, or sticker sheet(I personally have never used a sticker sheet so I'm not sure how it will turn out--The xyron is great!)
  2. Two colors of glitter
  3. White cardstock
  4. Your choice of fabric lace, or lace that will fit the sheet you are decorating. The nice thing about the lace is that it can be reused!
  5. Whatever else you need to decorate your card.

This is very easy to do:

  1. Make sure you are ready to get glitter all over you!
  2. I used 1/4 sheet of cardstock and ran it through the sticker maker cartridge in my xyron machine.
  3. Pull the plastic film off and pull the paper from the adhesive sheet.
  4. Lay the cardstock sticker side up.
  5. Place the lace over the top of the adhesive. Turn it over and press it down. And just to make sure, check the front and make sure your lace is sitting flat.
  6. Here is the important part: You have to use your darkest color first. So sprinkle your dark color over the top of the lace. You may have to sprinkle a few times to get good coverage.
  7. When you are done, flick the back and get most of the extra glitter off, and then press the paper face down to help the glitter stick.
  8. Peel the lace off of the cardstock.
  9. Then sprinkle your lighter color over the top. Dust off the extra glitter and press face down again.
  10. Give it a try!!!

Here is the card I came up with using this technique! It is so much prettier in person! Click on the card to see it up close...

Here's what I used:

  • SU Whisper White CS, Bazill CS
  • SU Basic Black, Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue inks
  • SU Periwinkle Blue and Dazzling Diamonds glitter
  • SU White Organdy ribbon, irridescent cording, pearls
  • LI pearl brads
  • Prismacolor pencils & gamsol
  • Corner Rounder
  • Bella stamps, SU Mini Mates

Gift Box

I had a pre-cut coluzzle box sitting around and thought I'd decorated it. I had a little trouble with the stickles on this one. It was a little challenging, and I really didn't have the patience today... The stickles look really great against the light, but look speckly (is that a word?) when its not.

I used:
*SU Lovely Lilac, Orchid Opulence, Whisper white CS
*SU Lovely Lilac, Orchid Opulence, Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore, Pixie Pink inks
*Cuttlebug die cuts
*Coluzzle template
*SU and may arts ribbons, cord unknown
* SU Little Pieces, Polka Dots & Petals, Tiny Talk sets, Paper Trey's paper tray set

Groovy Bella and Fella

I sat down for a bit last night. I really wanted to play with these Scenic Route papers. I love them!! These aren't colors I would normally choose.. I had alot of fun with them.

Here are the supplies:
Groovy boy:
*Stamping up Cool Caribbean, Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White Cardstock
*SU Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie inks
*Bazzill olive CS, Scenic Route paper
*Bella, and My Sentiments Exactly, and KI Memories stamps
*Prismacolor pencils
*Cuttlebug dies and embossing folders
*corner rounder
*LI brads

Groovy Girl:
*Bazzill Bahama coordinating CS
*SU Pumpkin Pie, Scenic Route papers
*Bella, Wordsworth stamps
*unknown ribbon
*prismacolor pencils
*SU Basic Black Ink

Splitcoast Stampers RAKs

I received a couple of RAKs from Splitcoast stampers RAK group. Here are the cards I received. Thanks ladies!!

The first one is by Gretchen Belknap. I love the colors she used. She also used a Cuttlebug mini embossing folder. I also love the paper!!

The second one is by Wanda Gebhardt. I can never come up with black and white cards. I love the Cuttlebug (who'da thunk! LOL), and The ribbon is great with this card!

Thanks Ladies!!

Saturday, May 26, 2007


I'm still here! I just got done with a really hectic week. I've been spending most of my days down at the oncology unit helping with infusions. I finally got the paper done and out of the way. Now I have a little bit of time over the weekend to just relax! Hopefully I'll get to stamp! Sometimes being in such a demanding program is hard on everyone--especially the kids. They don't get to spend much time with mom. So this weekend is devoted to spending some much needed time with my kids and trying to have fun! I just received a new order of Bellas and can't wait to play with them. Hopefully I can get crafty real soon!!

Friday, May 18, 2007


27 years ago to day this beauty blew her top! Here is a picture of Mt St Helens now... (taken off the WA Parks and Recreation website)
She still lets out a cloud of steam every once in a while. A couple years back we witnessed her blow off a big plume of ash... I have pictures somewhere of the plume that we saw from our house. Mt St Helens is directly east of us approximately 24 miles... Kinda scary when you think about it! We didn't live here 27 years ago. This town was nothing but a huge ball of ash. Even to this day we have ash over the ground. It makes really great soil for some of my plants--they grow like crazy! If you drive up Spirit Lake Highway to the mountain, you can still see the downed trees from the unbelievable mud flow that plowed through the rivers coming off the mountain. When she blew a couple of years ago it was quite amazing--all of the rivers turned up with ash floating in them--they were all very gray and ominous-looking. We didn't even attempt to fish in those rivers! There are tons of websites around about the mountain. Here are a few: Mt St Helens site 1, and Mt St Helens Site 2 ...

Today she is at an alert level of 2 (orange)--meaning she is still fairly active. Level 3 (red) means that she's gonna blow!
Here are more websites: This one has alot of the history... Here are some great pics! This one is about one of the local tourist attractions--the Ape Caves. Sounds funny LOL. But these are lava tubes. They are very cool---literally! We have gone to the ape caves several times. It is a cave under ground made by lava flows 1900 years ago! We went one time when it was over 100 degrees outside. You literally had to take your heavy coat with you. The caves are ice cold and are so interesting inside. What an experience!
I was 9 years old when the mountain blew. I lived 100 miles south of it and could still see the plume. I think you could even see it further than that. As a kid I was just fascinated by the volcano and scooped up as much ash as I could.. It was a hot item to have back then!


Thank you to all who played! I picked a winner through www.randomizer.org I put all emailed participants just after number 15. The winner chosen was STEPH at: www.sbarber77.blogspot.com ...... Please email me with your address and I'll get your candy in the mail!! I will redraw if I do not hear from you by May 25.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Sympathy card

I had to make a quick sympathy card today. I won't go into details.. but here is the card I made.. Hope everyone is having a great week!

*SU Cameo Coral, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White CS
*SU Heartfelt thanks set, Paper Trey's Paper tray
*SU Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery inks
*LI brads
*Giga and mega scallop punches
*White gel pen
*SU and unknown ribbons

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Hey, Want some candy??

EDIT TO POST: I forgot to mention that all of the items in pictures shown will go to ONE winner! I will be drawing by number.. Have fun!

I didn't forget!! Things have just been so hectic. Anyway, here it is!!! I really like what Beate did with her giveaway... Sooooo here's what I want you to do:
Tell me your favorite paper crafting accessory. I would like you to make a card with your favorite accessory. And with your entry on this post, please jot down a link to your site so I can see your artwork!! If you do not have a way to post to a blog site, you may email it to me at slbevard89@msn.com. Please post by Thursday May 17 at midnight. I will post the winner by Saturday. Please include your favorite supply, and your link in the reply. Otherwise it will not be included in the giveaway. One entry per person please!! Also include your email ID, last name, or something that will identify you as YOU!! I can't wait to see your cards!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Check out my Guestbook!

Hey! While you are stopping by, check out my guestbook! I would love to see who you are!! It's down at the very bottom of the page!!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Beate's Challenge

Here is my entry to Beate's blog challenge.. I had alot of fun with this one!! I really don't have much extra time on my hands these days, so I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of playing tonight. You can find Beate's challenge HERE.
Here's what I used:

*Stampin Up Taken With Teal, Gable Green, Brilliant Blue, Ballet Blue, Whisper White CS
*Doodle Bug background paper
*SU Sweet spot set
*Bella's Imeldabella (I *think* that's her name!)
*Paper Trey's Paper Tray
*Ellison Texture Plate
*Word window punch, and corner rounder
*Michael's ribbon
*Cuttlebug dies
*Prismacolor pencils and gamsol
*LI brads

New Pet

We have a new pet!! I call him Froggy-boy. Every night around 9 pm I hear him just outside my back door croaking his heart out. When you stand outside my house at night, you can hear hundreds of frogs croaking. Its the most soothing sound...at least to me!! Anyway, we found this little guys hiding spot and played around with him for a while... Mean huh?!? They are so much fun! I didn't get a good picture of it, but when we were holding him he puffed all up-- His whole body and his croaker thing.. (dunno what those are called--you know, the thing under their chin?!?) If you know what it's called, I would like to know!!

May Flowers

I took a few pictures today of my clematis out in the back yard. It has taken me three years to get this plant this far! They are not quick growing vines! Anyway, today was a pretty day in the great NW--a great day for pictures!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Cuttlebug Tips

I found this on the Cuttlebug website. They have a discussion about using the small 2 x 2 embossing folders. If you have used them, you know that you get the shape of a square around the image after embossing with the Cuttlebug. On the blog site, they show how to use chipboard to help get rid of the square impression.. Click HERE to see!

I also found this on their blog: Cuttlebug stacks ... One was posted April 25, 2007, and the other April 13, 2007. It lists all the different dies and how to use them with the Cuttlebug...
They also have an awesome project gallery. Check it out!

Its that time again!!! Need your help

Wakka Wakka I'm almost to 20000 hits.. Help me get there and I will post some blog candy!!! I think you will like this one too!! Don't forget to check back!!

Have a great week!!

Nurses Day Oh and if you are a nurse, Happy Nurses Day!! I believe it was this past weekend!!!

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Bella Fun

Wow! I'm surprised that I even had a chance to sit down and make this one. I'm sooo tight on time these days. I just got my Bella order and have been totally drooling over these stamps. I had to make a card!
Here's what I used:
*SU Positively Pink, Gable Green, Whisper White CS
*SU eyelets
*May Arts ribbon, unknown cording
*Grey Glaze pen
*SU markers
*SU Pixie Pink and Basic Black inks
*Corner rounder
*Prima flowers
*Cuttlebug embossing folders and die cuts
*SU Loads of Love set and Cruisabella from www.stampingbella.com
Using stickles on this one was really a challenge!