Thursday, March 31, 2011

Plum & Blue Card Box

While browsing for new ideas, I came across this card box.  I thought, "Why not."  I had never done anything like it but the instructions for making it were so easy to follow.  I want to thank Celia Cawthon for her wonderful tutorial for this card box.  It will hold twelve cards so you know what I'll be doing for my next project.

Blessings from Marsha

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Study in Green & White

Today I decided to use a color that is not one I would ordinarily use, green.  It's late and I have to be up early and on the road by seven, so here is the new card using shades of green and white.

Blessings from Marsha

A New Technique Learned

Sunday afternoon was spent at my upline's home so she could show me how to do a few easy techniques to share in my stamp club.  The one below is one I had seen on other cards but just hadn't figured out how to do it.  Surprise!  Surprise!  It was the first technique she showed me.  So, I will do my best to explain it to you.

You will need to use a 3x3 inch piece of card stock.  It only works and comes out neatly using the 3x3 square.  As shown below, you will want to center it in the punch. The edge of the square will line up with the first set of dots on each side of the bar you push to punch the design.  You will want to line it up the same way on all sides of the square.

I love the way this looks are the cards.  The card I posted yesterday was made using this technique.

Blessings from Marsha

Monday, March 28, 2011

All In a Day's Work

Today was spent away from home so I didn't get to do all that I wanted but I sure had fun spending time with my grandchildren.  I had this idea floating around in my head all day long using aluminum foil.  Well, I was working away and came up with a totally different look that has nothing to do with shiny.  So, to keep it short for tonight, here's today's work of art.

Blessings from Marsha

Sunday, March 27, 2011

A New Day - A New Card

I woke up early this morning although my plan was to sleep late.  So, what was there to do but make a new card.  It was inspired by one I saw that used the Flower Burst Embosslit.  I really like the Perfect Plum color.

Now it's time to get ready to go play.  I'm headed to my upline's house shortly where I'll learn some new techniques.  It's going to be a fun afternoon.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Another Grand Day!

Another card designed and another marketing tool.  I use My Wish List in my catalogs I use at Workshops.  It is a gift for the guests and a convenient way for them to keep track of the products that really speak to them.  It's not an original idea but one that I came across during my time surfing websites and blogs.  I don't know who thought of it but I sure do thank them.

It's time for me to tuck down with teddy but before I did so, I wanted to share the pictures below.

Blessings from Marsha

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Day Is Done

It's been such a good day.  The pictures posted below are ones taken using my new Photo Box.  It worked!  I'm so pleased.  Once again the cards are made from materials I had on hand.  All inks and stamps used are, of course, Stampin' Up!  In using up what I have, it has deepened my appreciation for the quality of product that Stampin' Up! offers.  Okay, I'm ready to end the day and can't until I post the pictures.  Oh, the last one is actually a journal.  I found a composition notebook and simply covered it with card stock.  So, here are the latest from the Coffee Pot Cafe.

Blessings from Marsha

It's A New Day!

It's a cloudy day here, although the sun is trying to make an appearance.  The weather report does not sound good for traveling but it sure sounds great for staying home and being creative.  That is exactly my plan.  There is so much I want to play with that I don't know where to begin.  I have photo transfer canvases to complete, more card designs swimming around in my head needing rescued from drowning and writing to be done.  I love being busy.

One of the things I determined to do is use up all of my "other" supplies.  Those who know me well, will know what I'm referring to.  Too much has been invested in them to simply throw them out.  Two of my "other" creations are posted below.  I'm pleased with them and will incorporate what I have done with the good "stuff."  Stamps and inks used are from Stampin' Up!  There are eight cards three green and five light blue.  Each card has a different sentiment stamped on it.  I have more designed but no pictures to post as of yet.  I just made a Photo Box and pray it works for what my mind envisioned.  That's next on my agenda.

Blessings from Marsha

Monday, March 21, 2011

New Cards

While waiting for supper to cook and a friend to arrive to share it with, I made a couple of new cards.  They were fun and easy and took no time at all.  I am loving the new Four Frames Stamp Set and the Decorative Label Punch.  And, of course, the little owl is just too cute!

I'm waiting for my little man to arrive for the day.  Aiden is my 16 month old grandson who has a smile that just lights up my whole day.  He spends a few days a week at Gran's while Mom works and Dad works and goes to school.  Busy times for all.

I love getting ideas from others and then adding a touch of my own as I did with the owl.  It's known as 'CASEing' and I appreciate their creativeness.  So, without further ado, here are the new card designs.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Week Away

This week has seen little productivity.  I have some new designs to post but being away from home prevents me doing so.  With grandchildren on spring break and their parents still working, I have been away from the Cafe all the week long. Tomorrow, Friday, will find me there.  I have a Stampin' Up! order scheduled for delivery tomorrow and I'm anxious to get it.  I'm having my three grandchildren come to Grandma's house for the day.  Now I just have to come up with enough things to keep them busy.

So, to make a short story long, tomorrow will find me dancing around three little ones, taking pictures of my new creations, cleaning up my sadly neglected home, doing laundry, playing on my new laptop and planning for an upcoming workshop and club.

I am so blessed!

Blessings from Marsha

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Time Does Fly...

It actually sprouts wings and takes off at a fast glide!  It really has been a busy time.  I've been watching grandchildren, making cards, designing name tags and trying to get my office rearranged and organized.  Life is good but I think I'll treat myself to a mini-vacation at the end of the month to celebrate my birthday.  I just have to decide where it is I want to go.

Last Saturday was the monthly meeting of our church group.  We are know as the "Seasoned Sisters" since we are the 50 and older crowd.  I had volunteered to make name tags for us and was reminded of that on the Thursday before.  Oops!  I had forgotten and needed to come up with something fast!  What I designed is shown below.  I decided to make 'real' name badges so we can use them over and over.  It also allows me to change out the name card when I get the urge.  Besides, I'm one of those people who does not like to have a sticky name tag slapped on my good blouses.  Sometimes it can do more harm than good.  Okay, my little pet peeve of the day.  Now on to the name badge preview.