Saturday, August 27, 2011

Charity Auction on ebay

Back in July I created this piece for the Summer Craft and Hobby Association show using Westcott scissors and trimmers, Duck Brand X-Factor Duck Tape and Velcro fasteners. One thing that made it so easy for me was the new Duck Tape sheets (These are available at Target) which make covering a larger area pretty simple. The frame contains a quote about animals, and there is an additional removable frame on the band, which wraps around the larger piece. You can replace either image very quickly, and the larger opening holds an 8" x 10" photo. The smaller is approximately 3" x 4", although I can't imagine why you would want to replace the small photo. That is my pup Pete, The Speckle-butted Monster, who is now 13, one year older than the life expectancy for a Dalmation. Pete had a stroke last week that affected his gait and balance, but he is much better now and bouncing around with his buddy Sam, the Wonder Lab.

You can own this one-of-a-kind frame and make a difference in someone else's life as well. This item, as well as others using the same material, is being auctioned on ebay. The proceeds will benefit Scrapbook Royalty's Charity Wings program, which supports a variety of charities, including the National Kidney Foundation, natural disaster relief, Fathers' Day cards for our troops and the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure. Their work has raised more than $360,000 for charities in just a few short years. , Charity Wings, ebay is the founder and she is a fund-raising dynamo. I have never seen this woman when she didn't have a beautiful ear-to-ear smile as well as a twinkling tiara!

Please check out the Charity Wings auctions on ebay. There is sure to be something there that will appeal to you, and remember, these are one-of-a-kind pieces made by professional designers, which means you get a unique bargain and help someone else in the process.

Now, go to ebay, bid high and bid often, and then go hug your pets!

I received product from Westcott, Duck Brand Duck Tape and Velcro. As always, I would have purchased the materials anyway. I never promote anything I don't believe in.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Elegant but Easy!

Here is my entry for the Designer Crafts Connection August Blog Hop featuring one of my favorite techniques,embossing.

The card base is a Sizzix die, Card A2 with Decorative Edge, designed by Brenda Pinnick. I just love this die. It is perfect for cards, of course, but wouldn't this make a pretty banner?

Be sure to hop over to Julie McGuffee's blog and leave a comment on which technique you liked the best,
which one one are going to try and, which one was the most unique for a chance to win a set of punches( see my earlier post on this). They will be given away on August 15, so don't fool around and forget.

Here's how I made this:
Sizzix die and Big Shot (Card A2 with Decorative Edge designed by Brenda Pinnick)
Sizzix Big Shot
Cuttlebug embossing template and machine (
Viva Décor Violet paper Soft Color (
Viva Décor Inka Gold, Old Silver
Cardstock, one sheet, Violet
Thick Mulberry paper, white 5" X 6"
Offray ribbon, 18"
Sponge Dauber
Stamp and white scrap for tag
ScorPal (

1. Cut die twice with violet paper. Cut once with mulberry paper.
2. Fold one violet die cut to make card shape. Trim mulberry paper so that it is 1/2" smaller than the card front width. Score the width of the second piece of violet cardstock to 1" smaller than the card front. This piece should be trimmed along the original fold line and wrap to the back of the card when finished.
3. Sponge the edges of all pieces with Violet Paper Soft Color. Add Inka Gold to the edge of the base card cover so that the edge shows up against the card inside back.
4. Run the top piece of cardstock through the Cuttlebug with texture plate, then swirl Paper Soft Color across the raised area.
5. Glue Mulberry and textured violet cover together, offsetting the curved edges 1/2". Tie ribbon around the two pieces and tie in a bow. Glue the resulting piece to the card front, wrapping to the card back for approximately 1".
6. Add a tag and you're done.

I hope you like this card. It has been sitting on my worktable for a while now. I'm waiting for inspiration as to who should receive this little piece of Heaven. Maybe it's you!

Designer Crafts Connection Hop

Well, it's the first Monday of the month and that means it's time for another blog hop with a great group of designers.

Click on the button on the left of the screen to hop from blog to blog to see the amazing designs.

I will be posting a new project today as soon as my camera battery gets a full charge. I left it charging last night (I thought), but didn't have the battery pushed completely into the unit. Oh, the joys of technology!

Be sure to leave a comment on Julie McGuffee's blog for a chance to win a selection of punches. Just let Julie know:
• which technique you liked the best,
• which one you are going to try and
• which one was the most unique.

The winner will be announced on August 15th.

I hope you have a wonderful week and get lots of time to make art.

Now, go hug someone you love. I've already hugged my hubby this morning, so I think I will pay a visit to the backyard to hug Pete, the Speckle-butted Monster, and Sam, the Wonder Lab.