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Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Flower

I think this Poinsettia stamp has to be my favorite stamp this Christmas season. I stamped it twice and cut both out after coloring with a pink marker and coloring with gold glitter.
 I left one intact but the second one I cut only a couple of extra petals and placed them over the top of the bottom ones..popping them up with pop dots to give them a 3-D effect. Using my scissors,
 I curled the ends of the petals down. I also cut out the center and popped that up with pop dots.
 I used gold stickle in the middle for the flower center
The Merry Christmas Stamp came from the Christmas Tree Mouse Set.

  Have a wonderful day!
  Netta

Friday, December 11, 2009

Sympathy Count Down Begins

I make all the sympathy cards for a local nursing home. When they lose one of their residents, they send one out to a family member with a personal note. The family member really appreciates getting a hand-made card with a special note. This is the time of year where they lose many residents so amongst all the Christmas cards I make, I also have to make many sympathy cards. Today I made a few to get ahead. I used the Stamping Up Ornament Punch and punched out vases out of patterned paper to make the vase for these flowers. I also stamp a lil something on the envelope to make it special as well. Thank you for stopping by! Netta

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Happy Hanukkah 2009

I needed to make 7 Hanukkah cards todays and didn't have a lot of time but with a little bit of planning...I was able to get all my stamps on one acrylic block all at the same. This allowed me to ink and stamp them all at the same time...which saved me time later as I didn't have to do them individually. A little bit of brown and yellow coloring with a Stamping Up marker and a little bit of yellow stickel glitter...I was almost done! The bow was tied with both yellow and brown ribbon at the same time and held down by a glue dot. Bling in the corner topped it off. The whole scene was matted with black, yellow and brown cardstock. Very quick card to make...longest time is the glitter drying time. Stamps I used: Close to my Heart: Jewish Remembrance Autumn Leaves: Stampology Studio G: #VS4195

Monday, November 30, 2009

November MCE

Our Nov MCE (monthly card exchange) theme was winter. I love Michelle Zindorf's "Night Time Christmas Cardinal" so I decided to make that card for my winter theme. If you would like to read the tutorial...head on over to http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2009/10/14/night-time-christmas-cardinal-tutorial-270/ to find out how to to create it. The card I received back is absolutely gorgeous!! Another great work of art to display on my desk at work throughout the holiday season and into the winter! Thank you so much Joyce. I absolutely love the time and effort you put into my card. I will treasure it.
There will not be a December theme for MCE...taking the month off. But look for one in January 2010! Thank you for stopping by! Netta

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving Windshield Wiper Card

The monthly challenge at StampingPalace.com is the windshield wiper card. I have always wanted to try this technique. Last night I decided to give it a try. This was such a fun card to create! I chose the stamps Pilgrims and Gobble Gobble. Colored them with markers and used stickers to give a bit of sparkle. In my button drawer, I found some leaf buttons that went perfectly in the corner.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Boss's Day 2009

I made these two cards for my Boss and an Office Manager for boss's day on October 16th. The cards were very easy to make. I needed some leaves & branches and did not have any so I used my Cuttle Bug A2 folder to imprint the leaves. I made two and cut them out. The fence is a die cut from Sizzix die. The poems came from the internet which I printed out on paper. The tree is a stamp from Stampin Up. You cannot see in the scan but the trees have a hint of sparkle on many of the leaves. They must have like them as they still have them displayed on their desk!


Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!! 
Manetta

Thursday, November 19, 2009

MCE-October

I know....Halloween is over.....but I wanted to show my October MCE (Monthly Card Exchange) and the card that I received back. We were to make a card that had at least one animal on it. Since it was October..I made the theme into a Halloween card.
The Halloween paper I wanted to use was very thin so I glued it on top of black cardstock. It took a bit to figure out how to get the paper to fall just perfectly but it was worth the effort. I took a photo of the card semi open so you could see circle area on the inside was orange and had stars. When you opened the card.....you had eyes staring at you!!! Hmmmmm I just noticed..the circle area cut out...looks a bit like a monster took a bite LOL.
Products Used: Debbie Mumm Harvest & Holdiay Paper Pack Spa Day Stamp Circle Punch Glue Glider Pro (my new adhesive toy!!!) Kim...sent me the following card. I am in love with her black flowers!!! I need/want to find myself some. They look like Prima flowers. Thank you Kim....I know Halloween is over but I still have your card displayed in the front foyer. Think it is time to take it down since I have Christmas on my mind.... Here is the link to Kim's blog if you would like to check out her other pieces of art! Kim's Kreations..http://kdskreations.blogspot.com/
November's theme is Winter....so stay tuned Thank you for stopping by! Manetta

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

3D Cabin

I am not sure where this stamp came from but it is one of my favorites. I can use this stamp and very easily start daydreaming. I would love to live in a cabin in the woods and away from any city....from September to January. After that I want to be in Florida!!! I guess that would make me opposite of your typical "Snowbird". I stamped and colored the scene 4 times and then cut out the parts I needed. I put it together like a puzzle..popping up the parts as I went along. I used "Snow" to try to give it a more realistic feel. The frame is another stamp I have had kicking in my box forrrrever! So I decided to blow the dust off and use it. I stamped and heat embossed with gold. When I cut out the center...I found my cabin scene fit perfectly! Time consuming card to do but well worth the efforts!
Thank you once again for stopping by!! Manetta

Monday, October 19, 2009

Halloween Tri-Fold Cards

I enjoy making the Tri-Shutter cards and with a Score-Pal it really is very easy. If you are looking for a special WOW card...this one is it! You can find the directions here at SplitCoastStampers
My Spa Day card was made for a swap....you send one off and you got one back in return. Here is the list of what I used on my card... Foam Word Happy Halloween & spiders came from my stash from years ago Tree is a Sizzix die cut I drew the spider webs with a white pen Paper is from a Debbie Mumm paper pack called Harvest & Holiday Witch's Broom and Black Cat words cut from paper from that pack as well Witch is a stamp called "Spa Day" and can be found here at Stamping Palace The Tri-Shutter card below is the card I got in return came from Jo'Ell.
I absolutely love it!!! From what I understand...her kids did not want to her to send it off to me and I can understand why. (I did offer to give it back...was so glad when she said NO...lol) I took 3 photos so you can see all the work from all angles. There is so much going on. This card put my card to shame LOL I took it to work...I am displaying it on my desk...it is my Halloween Decoration this year!! Thanks Jo'Ell!!
thank you for visiting me today! Netta

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

I am aging gracefully...

Happy Birthday to me Happy Birthday to me Happy Birthday dear Manetta Happy Birthday to meeeeee! I had a 52nd birthday and I received sooooo many cards! I wanted to share the ones I received that were made specially for me!!! This birthday card came from Lisa, right here in my hometown. Lisa was very very sick and said this was not her best work....I dunno...I tend to disagree...I think the card is fabulous!! Thanks Lisa!!
This card is from Trisha. I love you for thinking of me when you are facing so many issues at home. Thank you so much
Check out this card...it opens with an awesome fold inside!!...I must try that someday.
Thank you Ginny!!!
This card is from Darlene. Darlene-you always think outside the box and I love that about your cards. Thank you so much!
Have a wonderful day!! Manetta

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sympathy For a Friend

I made a card tonight for a friend. She lost her Aunt. I wanted her to know I am thinking of her and I wish her peace in knowing her Aunt is finally resting. Ginny, my prayers are with you and your family hugs and love Netta

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Nature Walk Weekend-September MCE

I held off posting my card until I received my MCE (Monthly card exchange) card back. This time our card had to include a pumpkin. Out of all the stamps I have...can you believe only one stamp with a pumpkin! So sad....I must buy something again..~Grin~ I dug through my stash of supplies for an idea and I came across two Wooden Scarecrow pins I had bought last year. I thought it was perfect but what to do with it??? I saw a tutorial at Splitcoaststampers for the Free Standing Pop-up Card. I had tried this tutuorial before and really like how it came out...but this was a bit tricky. I did not want the pin to be permanent...I wanted the pin removable. So I looked at the pin packaging on how they held the pin on. It had two holes...one a little larger than the other. So using the back of the package as a guide...I punched two holes in the back of cardstock tag with my Crop-0-Dile. I also had to make the slit for the card to pop up through a little wider to make room for the bulky pin to pop through. Because the pin was thicker and heavier...I was afraid it would not stand up very well but it worked ok!! I wish that I had taken a photo of it when it was closed but thought of it after I had sent it off. Here is my card I received back. Sandy...thank you so much!!! I absolutely love it! The coloring is fantastic and I love the colors. It reminds me of home.......good ole New Hampshire in the Fall. I miss the Fall the most and it has always been my favorite season...something we do not get in Florida. This card reminds me of what it was like...air brisk but the sun warm. ~sigh~ I have your card displayed right by the front door so everyone can see your card as they walk in. If you want to check out more of Sandy's work...swing on over to her blog...she has some fantastic cards to view!!!! http://memoriesandink.blogspot.com/

Monday, September 14, 2009

Outhouse Wedding

I agree....a strange title for a strange card!!
When I bought this stamp "His n Hers" ...the first thing I thought of was an Anniversary or Wedding card. It could be the backwoods living I did for most of my life lol.
Our neighbors announced they suddenly got married on a Tues (decision made that day!!) so I knew they were the perfect couple to get my humorous card. I stamped this image on white cardstock and colored it in with Twinkling H2O's. I had a hard time to get a good photo but the "Hers" Outhouse is colored in white and "His" is colored in light blue. I outlined the entire image with a very light blue marker. The bow is made from wire ribbon and easy manipulated to a puff ball and then glued down on a black/white dotted chipboard. Sometimes you just have to make easy cards! Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Nature Walk Weekend-August MCE

Time for MCE!!! The August theme was leaves and unfortunely Jo'Ell never received my card I mailed her. I wanted to make her another one so this weekend I combined the two challenges into one. Monday I will send this card off to Jo'Ell...crossing my fingers that it will arrive to her safe and sound!
A little stamping and a little embossing and VOILA....my MCE Leaves card and my Nature Walk Weekend card all in one!
This card is my August MCE card that I received from Joyce. I have been holding the scan of this card for a few weeks now....until Jo'Ell received my card I mailed her ( maybe the first MCE card will show up someday??? ). Very cute card and perfect fall colors!! I need to hunt down that paper...it is adorable!! Thank you for visiting!!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Stamp Camp

I have a friend in town who is a Stamping Up Instructor ....you can see Lisa's blog at Gulf Coast Stamper.....she offers Stamp Camp once a month at her house. It has been 3 or 4 months since I have been able to go-until last night. It was so much fun....as usual.....Lisa is a GREAT instructor and we always have so much FUN at her camps and her Popcorn was to die for (someday I will talk her into giving me the recipe!!!!). I wanted to show you what I did last night for Fall, Halloween and Christmas!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

ATC

Have you heard of the wildly popular little art form called ATC (Artist Trading Cards)? They were created for the purpose of trading art with other artists. I joined in with three other people to do an ATC swap and went with the attitude I would give it a try and could always use them on a card or scrapbook page. It was fun to create my miniature Sunset Tiger ATC Art! After I received my set of ATC's (see the other 3 great pieces of Art below)....I am not so sure I want to give them away! I think that I will just be a collector. If you're looking for a fresh perspective, you might enjoy exploring these addicting little works of art! ATC DONE BY GINNY ATC DONE BY SUSAN ATC DONE BY KIM
Thank you for stopping by....have a wonderful day!!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Tea light Flower Tutorial

A couple of people sent in a request for me to explain how I made the metal flower in my post on August 30th. The flower is actually a great way to use up some trash!! If you burn disposable tea light candles....then start saving them....because they have another use!
You will need the following
Alcohol Inks (1 or more colors of your choice)
Alcohol Ink Applicator
Cuttlebug or Wizard
Cuttlebug folder of your choice
Empty Tealight Disposable Candle Holder
For my card I used the images from "Smell the Coffee Set"
Start with a disposable candle that was burned down.
Empty out the wax that was left on the inside after the candle burned down. From experience...do not use your scissors as the metal is so thin it is easy to poke a hole through the bottom. On my second attempt, I used hot water to melt the wax and carefully wiped it dry. (Added note: Fellow crafter informed me....you can also place the tealight holder in the freezer and the wax will pop right out!! Thanks Shelly for that tidbit!!)
Start clipping the "petals" with a pair of scissors...making sure each cut is done opposite of each other. You will have a better chance of all the petals even in size.
Press down gently in the center. Do not worry about getting it completely flat.
Place your flattened tea light holder into your cuttlebug folder and run it through your Wizard or Cuttlebug
Sponge on the alcohol inks that you chose to use until satisfied. Your flower will dry in just a couple of minutes and will be ready to put on your card.
Add a flower center and it becomes an easy and interesting embellishment for any card!
Thank you for stopping by!!