Sizzix Texture Boutique from Michaels near Dayton, Ohio

We are in Dayton, Ohio getting trucks going to Georgia. It was hot and very humid today.

After finishing most of our work Joe suggested a trip to Michaels for a larger, and more protected, craft tote. One of his trucks was being worked on and we had an hour to wait.

I found a rolling tote by Scrap Exchange.


I’ve been considering getting a Cuttlebug Die Cutting machine but there was not one to be found in Michaels. I did, however, find a Sizzix Texture Boutique.


Joe, ever inquisitive, said “What’s that?”. After I took it out of the box and hunted around through my new purchases for one of the two Cuttlebug Embossing Folders I purchased…I heard a loud exclamation of “Ouch!”. Looking to see how he had hurt himself (and I’m still guffawing) Joe was quickly extracting his pinky finger from the innards of the Sizzix machine. He won’t be doing that again anytime soon 😀

I gave the “What’s That?” man the task of cranking an embossing folder through the machine.




Embossed side.


Debossed side.


I am too tired to do any crafting tonight. Plus today was so hot and humid I think I sweated over ten gallons of water. Dinner is from a local grocery store. A meat and cheese plate for Joe. Fruit and yogurt for me. There is enough for both of us to share the feast of the season.



Tomorrow will be another long driving day. I am prepared to get crafty when the time allows.

Have a great evening. I’m going to bed.


I have an enabler of the First Order!

Just a quick post.

We are in Dayton, Ohio today. Getting ready to finish hooking up for our first of three loads to Douglas, Georgia.

Michaels has a coupon that ends today (6/16/12) for 50% off any one item. I mentioned to Joe last week sometime that I really need to get one of those expensive rolling craft tote/cropper hopper things.

I told him of the coupon ending today and he says “We need to find a Michaels”.

Gotta love my man 😀


An experimental card

I wanted to see what a particular photo would look like on a card front with the center popped out.


The photo I’m using today is of a fountain in Green River, Utah at the Tamarask Inn.


I wanted the fountain part stepped out from the flat photo surface. Using the rectangular shape template from Fiskars I set it up then cut the area out using my craft knife.


Behind the hole I cut out I placed a piece of orange textured cardstock from Colorbök.


I cut another piece of the orange card stock and used my Martha Stewart punch on the edge then adhered it behind the photo. A piece of black Offray gross grain ribbon was placed at the bottom of the photo and above the scalloped punched edge.

Using the small scallop edge on one of the Fiskar templates and a white gel pen I made faux stitching lines along the templates edge on both sides of the card front.


A happy find was a scrap of the Martha Stewart punched paper fit perfectly in the Fiskars scallops. I traced the punched holes onto the card front to match the punched edges.


After I had stamped three flowers from one of the Studio G stamps onto white card stock I realized I already had a piece in there from my oopsey yesterday in making the Triptych card. The 5″ x 7″ I originally intended to use was too small.


That is why this card is an experiment. Besides, I’m not all that happy with it. Sometimes that is what happens in paper crafting. You win some and you lose some 🙂

Have a great Sunday.


A Triptych card

We stopped early tonight so I brought my craft tote to the hotel room.

Using one of my landscape photos I made a Trip Tic for the card front. I think this would make a nice masculine card.


The photo is 4″ x 6″. I cut 1-1/2 inches off each side leaving a 3″ center piece.

The photo pieces are backed on black textured card stock from Colorbök. The card itself measures 12″ x 9″. Folded in half it measures 6″ x 9″. The card stock I used is a medium gray textured card stock from DCWV.

Inside I used a Hero Arts wood mounted stamp from the discount bin at Michaels in Greeley, Colorado.


The image is stamped using Momento Tuxedo Black ink I purchased in Salt Lake City, Utah. The card stock is white textured from Colorbök.

We have the weekend to go a little over 600 miles so I may get to play again.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone.


House in Gennesee Park, Colorado

High atop a hill near Golden, Colorado sits a futuristic house. This house was built in the 1970’s and was featured in a Science Fiction movie. I never remember the name of it but it was about robots that ran amok and tossed people over the edge of the mountain.


Here is the card I made last night using the window seat in the hotel room.





I used the edge of the Fiskar template to make the wavy type edge on the card front mat.


I also used some of the Tim Holtz word stickers on the sentiment pieces. A lot of the words were not represented so I had to write them myself.

The concept of this card is the unusual house represents the individual personality of someone that I love 🙂 Genuine and one of a kind 😀

This will, most likely, be the last card I make for the next several days. Back to work today. Passenger time is over.

Have a great “Hump Day” heading to the weekend.


Fiskars has answered my die cutting problem.

I had an idea fomenting in my brain. This idea called for a couple of die cuts.

Crapazoid, I’m going to have an entire craft room in our pickup, squeezing Joe out.

We are on our way to Santa Rosa, California and going right through Salt Lake City, Utah. Surely there is no other place than here in the heart of scrapbook and card making Mecca to find what I need.

I did. Fiskars Circles, Ovals, and Rectangles Shape Templates.


With that problem solved, next was to find a work surface in the hotel room. Joe will be using the desk.


There is an ironing board in the “closet” of this room. I’ll use that.


Now for the photo I’m using on this card.


Okay, after you are finished giggling :-). This is a picture of a Stove Pipe rock formation. I took this while traveling through Grand Junction, Colorado.

I used one of the medium sized Ovals from the Fiskars template to draw around the part of the photo I wanted then cut it out with my craft knife.




I used the next larger size of Oval for a photo mat.




After a bit of messing about and constructing, this is my finished card.



Hope you all had a wonderful Monday and are now ready for Tuesday.

Keep in mind. Crafting can be done anywhere as long as you start with an idea.


Photo card challenge

Have you ever had a great idea then find your tools and supplies work against you? Of course you have.

This is the photo I chose for this challenge.


I cut the photo into one inch squares.






Once I chose the pieces I wanted I mounted them on black card stock.





I couldn’t find a stamp set that was suitable for what I wanted. I did find a set of words by Tim Holts that I thought I could use.


This is my finished card. I had a lot of help with the balance on this piece from my husband. The glitter was a last resort because I just couldn’t figure out what to do with the open side areas on the front.

Hopefully the next one will be easier :-). Have fun with this challenge. Do whatever you want with your photos and color selections. Just give this a try.





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