POPUP WINDOW ALLOWS YOU TO LOOK AT CARD, ETC. WHILE COMMENTING**:

If you want this choice, you go to your Dashboard/Design Section:

1. Click on Settings in left hand column
2. Click on Posts and Comments
3. In the column on the right at the very top it will say Comment Location
4. To the right it gives Options - I clicked on Popup Window
Then I clicked on Save Settings at the top right.

** On the blog when you move down to the next post in the column and click on the comments for the new post, it renews in the window you already have open for the last post.

MY REGULAR POSTS ARE BELOW

Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Belle Flower Hello!



BIG BOLD BACKGROUND BELLE FLOWERS



Okay, so the minute I see a background stamp with distinct image, I often think how I can also use them for the inside and envelope.  I am sure because when I was growing up the insides of cards always matched the outside and sometimes even the envelope too.  So when I saw Chocolate Baroque's Belle Flowers that's exactly what I pictured.

IMAGE:
  1. Stamped Big Bold Background Belle Flowers with Golden Glitz on white cardstock twice.  Once for cardfront and once for inside and envy.  Painted with Twinkling H2O's.  Used AtYou Lipstick around the pink flower.  Embellished with Viva pens and Stickles glitter glues shown in supplies below.
  2. Trimmed BG to 5 1/8" square and Mounted on piece 5.25" piece of Phoenix cardstock.

DIE CUTS:
  1. Die Cut the 'hello' sentiment using white cardstock.
  2. Die cut sentiment tag from Polka Dots long narrow die using the red Phoenix cardstock.
  3. Mounted 'hello' on red die cut.  Ran gold cord through holes on red die cut and attached to back.  Tied bow.  I didn't want to cover any of that wonderful Belle Flower background!!
  4. Added Maya Road white pearl pen and Viva Bronze glitter pen dots too.

INSIDE AND ENVY:
  1. Fussy cut pieces of the second background for inside and envy as shown.
  2. Used X-acto knife to separate cardstock so I could peel the images for the envelope and inside.
  3. Attached trim form the largest Polka Dot die to top and bottom as shown.  Attached images to inside and envy with Glossy Accents from my needle-nosed bottle.
  4. Hints about bottle.  (I keep the bottle on its side so the needle part hardly ever gets clogged.  When it does I use long fine bead needle to unclog it.)  *Hint - When I flattened flowers sometimes the GA gets on the cardstock.  It comes right off any paper or cardstock with the non-abrasive Pentel eraser shown in my supplies.
That's it for today.  I am off to get my box for the winner of the blog candy ready to mail and to address the card and color page images ready to mail to Lauryn!  I want to thank all of you for your contributions of cards and/or donations.  Big hugs!  Thanks for stopping by to look and share!!


 Shirley

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Lots Of Love For Lauryn Blog Candy Winner

I want  to thank all of you who sent cards and/or donated money for Lauryn Newsome.  Thank you too for taking part and commenting on our cards, including mine.  If you would still like to do more, her address and donation button is to the right in my sidebar.

The winner of the Random.org drawing is Theresa at Theresa's Studio.   I will email her at the email address on her profile page.   If you know Theresa you might let her know!!  Congratulations, Theresa.  When you read this would you please EMAIL ME your name and address.

I should have another card up sometime today, after I hear from Theresa!!  Thanks for stopping by to look and share!.


 Shirley


Monday, April 14, 2014

Lots Of Love For Lauryn Blog Hop For Cards

LAURYN RESTING DURING TRANSFUSION

Isn't she just precious? Let me introduce you....

Lauryn is two and a half years old and undergoing chemo treatment for Leukemia.  Her family members are parents, Josh and Elizabeth; siblings, Lily (age 7), Logan (age 5); and grandmother (fellow stamper, Linda Payne).  Lauryn loves princesses and Superman, and her Facebook page too!

Did you know the first dose of chemo takes 35-40 days? So she will be in the hospital for over a month the first time.  She will continue treatment for at least three years with in/out admissions.  The leukemia has affected 35% of her body and her left leg has some muscle atrophy.  They are working to correct that too.

Many in our stamping community asked how we could help.  Jennie Harper and Patti Painter started to plan and then Jennifer Scull and Colleen Holmes joined them in putting the details and hop for Lauryn together.  A big hug and thank yous to these ladies for their selfless giving of time and heart too.   The address for sending cards to Lauryn and her family is:

Children's National
Hematology/Oncology RM 437
Lauryn Newsome
111 Michigan Ave NW
Washington DC 20010

MY CARD FOR LAURYN WITH IMAGES BY IMPRESSION OBSESSION
You may also donate, if you choose, by clicking on the donate button in my SIDEBAR TO THE RIGHT to help offset the out-of-pocket expenses through PayPal.  When you donate through PayPal, under "Purpose" enter "Lauryn Newsome Family".  When all family members visit Lauryn, meals in the cafeteria can cost $60 or more a day.   They also live 2.5 hours away.  They can stay at McDonald House for $15 a night when available.

You can get updates on Lauryn and her treatment by clicking on the Facebook link above.  Her family has shared how encouraging it is to receive a simple "like" on Facebook or to read the words of love and encouragement that are posted.

Below are the bloggers who have joined Jennie and her crew in promoting this Card Drive.  Hop with us to see our cards and/or blog candy (including me).
For my BLOG CANDY I am using Inlinkz so you can see each stamp.  They are ALL new.  Some are in their original cases and others are in zip lock bags (how I store all of my "stamping stuff".   To be eligible for the drawing (selected by Random.org) to win them ALL, please leave a comment letting me know if you plan to send a card to Lauryn, parents, or siblings and/or donate through PayPal.

Any help you can give will be much appreciated.   The drawing for my candy ends Friday, April 18, at 11:00 p.m.  The winner will be announced  Saturday on my blog post.  Thank you and big hugs for playing.

BLOG CANDY:

Thank you all again for stopping by to look and share.

 Shirley

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Just Because And How To Keep A Post On Top Of Home Page

Hero Arts Large Flower Background

I've had this stamp for a long time and decided to use it. I had a really difficult time getting a good photo because of the shine I wanted you to see. Oh well, and then I really didn't like how the inside turned out.....so you don't get to see it!! ;-)  I also didn't want to cover that gorgeous background.  I paint with Twinkling H2O's and for this card I used Ice, Luv-U-Pink, Buttercup, and Moss Green.  IRL it has a wispy look and shines!!

  1. I stamped the Large Flower BG image on white CS twice with Memento Cocoa Brown, painted with Ice, Luv-U-Pink, Buttercup, and Moss Green; added Gold glitter glue to the centers of the tiny Buttercup flowers.  Added white AB sequins with glue dots to the flowers here and there (like dew drops).
  2. I did cut out painted portions of the second image and mounted on the inside I'm not going to show you.  LOL  Anything you do with that will be better than mine I think.  We all have bad days.  The envy has a piece of that background too.
  3. Used the Perfect Layers 1/8" ruler for the shiny brown layer around the image.
  4. Used the Perfect Layers 1/4" for the white Laid CS layer on the bottom.  The card measures 4.75"X6.0".
  5. The tag is the smallest die cut from Spellbinders A2 Curved Matting Basics B.  With die in place watercolored edge with Moss Green.  Stamped with sentiment from Flourishes Garden Picks.  I would link, but have no idea what is happening for sure at Flourishes.  I do know Power Poppy is open.  The ribbon was a gift with a purchase on EBay.
And that is it.  I am off to make a card for the little girl in the post you see at the top of my posts, Lauryn Newsome.  She is 2 years old and fighting for her life with treatment for Leukemia.  She loves Princesses and Superman!!!  Please pray for her and her parents and send some love for Lauryn.  The information is there so you can visit her Facebook page or go to this blog to purchase stamps, where the proceeds will go to her fund and/or make a direct donation through PayPal.  Thank you all for any help you can give.  Thanks for stopping by to look and share!!


 Shirley

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Blazzing Poppies Mixed Media Attempt

Blazing Poppies
I fell in love with this image the minute I saw it. Believe it or not, the hexagons are part of what attracted me, because so many if you are using them in your designs.

Main Image:
  1. Stamped the image 3 times with Golden Glitz on white CS.  If I had to do it again I think two would have been with a dark brown ink.  Painted with all 3 with twinks for the areas I wanted.  Trimmed around the first one as shown, shabbied and sponged the edges.  The first one is the base.  Cut out the other images, mounted with 3D pop dots.  embossed from the back and mounted on image.
  2. After mounting on the Card Front the flower centers were embellished with Viva Decor Pen Bronze, Yellow Quartz, and Peridot glitter liners.
Card Front:
  1. Stamped French Script on natural CS with Memento Desert Sand.  Cut a 5.75"X4.0", ruffed and sponged the edges with Desert Sand, mounted on white CS, used Perfect layers for 1/8" around edge, paper pierced the edge, and mounted the image on it.
  2. Used Hexagon stencil for the edges with pencil, painted with gold acrylic ink and used Lime glitter pen for dots.  
  3. Used MFT Distressed Circles and Brilliance Pearlescent Beige ink as shown.  Used Flourishes So Distressed small splats with Creative Medium Shimmer on top of the Distressed Circles Areas. (Believe me when I say the splats look like mixed shimmer medium and to me the whole card looks a little distressed!!!  LOL
Inside and Envy:
  1. Used the same products for the inside except I didn't use pop dots, the left side is smaller image than the front, the right side is natural text paper instead of CS.  I noticed when I did the paper piercing on the front (after mounting to the card fold) it showed on the inside too.  I kind of like it!
  2. The corner on the envy uses natural text paper and the image is hand drawn.
Hope to have another card soon and love seeing all of your art work!!  Many of you have really inspired me to step out of my comfort zone!!......a little anyway.  :-)  If you have any questions, please email me.  It's in the sidebar upper left.  Thanks for stopping by to look and share!!

 Shirley
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Monday, March 31, 2014

I Stand Corrected

Yesterday I posted a lengthy explanation about how to follow a blog on your "Blogger reading list", after not being able to do it the old way.  Today I tried to delete a blog that is no more and it wouldn't let me giving the same old "We're sorry... We were unable to handle your request. Please try again or return a bit later."  So I thought, okay, I will just join Google+.  I did that and it still wouldn't let me delete a blog. 

Duh Me here, decided to see what would pop up if I googled "Google Friends Connect".  Check it out.  They are doing away with that too.  I am thinking of removing my Follow icon since it would just be there. It may very well be the beginning of the end of free blogs too.  Just a thought.  I hope I am wrong about this too.  I apologize for wasting everyone's time.  :-[!!!  Do you have any thoughts on this?  :-0

 Shirley
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Friday, March 28, 2014

Something Old, Something New, Nothing Borrowed Or Blue!

What can I say except I have been looking at a lot of stamps!!!  Everything on my card is old except the stamp image, Huge Cake & Candles (without the candles),  and I do mean huge. What really caught my eye was the way it looked like stacked Boston Creme Pie with fondant for the tops and around the bottom!!  I am not doing sentiments on my cards unless I really need to anymore.  That way I can use them for any occasion.

Images:
  1. Stamped Huge Cake twice and the top twice on CS with Golden Glitz, painted with twinks, embellished with Viva Decor Pens and Stickles glitter.  Added a bow with ribbon from Michaels $1 bin!  Added Glossy Accents to the daisies with Needle nosed bottle.
  2. Trimmed around one whole image.  Trimmed around the top and second cake on the second, and the plate on the bottom. Painted with twinks, embellished with Viva Decor Pins and Stickles glitter.  Added Glossy Accents to the daisies with Needle nosed bottle.
  3. Trimmed around daisies on the two cake top images.  Added Stickles glitter and then Glossy Accents to the daisies with Needle nosed bottle.

Background, Card Front, and Envy:
  1. Stamped CAC Dots on white CS with Golden Glitz.  This was all leftovers from a previous card BG.
  2. Used Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight largest die for top and bottom layer of card.  Cut 2 using white cardstock and 2 using white 80lb. text paper for the back of both CS die cuts.  Attached using GA.  Used my Score-It board to score just at the bottom of the trim, like I did it for this card HERE.  Joined both side together at top above score with GA.
  3. Used largest die for stencil on CAC Dots background for front and inside top. Cut a second die cut to mount the cake on front over CAC Dots.  Used left-over and die to get stenciled bottom piece.  Mounted second cake on top and created bottom dots trim with daisies on the bottom.  Took the two larger left-over daisies from the bottom-top layer for the middle daisy on each for envy and bottom trims.
  4. Used the left-over die cut edge from the inside bottom for the corner of my envy.  (I actually peeled the top layer of the cardstock off to create a thinner envy corner, and then I added the daisies and some small flourishes with twinks Solar Gold.
Thanks for stopping by to look and share!!

 Shirley

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Tulip Basket

Hero Arts Tulip Basket
One of my New Year resolutions is to use what I have not.....and probably save a tree!  I am starting with the Tulip Basket above.  I would think it is at least 5 years old.  Because it is discontinued, I have it linked to the stamp for sale on EBay and it searches by best price and shipping first.  ;-)

STAMPED IMAGE:
  1. Stamped on CS with Rich Cocoa ink, painted with Twinkling H2O's, embossed form the back, mounted on card front with 1/8" 3D pop dots.  Applied Stickles glitter glue for embellishment.
CARD FRONT and Envelope:
  1. Die cut made with Spellbinders Exquisite Labels Eleven. 
  2. Created gold and white background by using a Waxed Paper Resist technique years ago.  I used regular white card stock.  Here is a tutorial using glossy, but the technique is the same.  I used the die as a stencil to get the BG behind the tulip basket.  I used the corners of the die to get the heart inserts from the left over resist card stock.
  3. These were mounted on olive green card stock from my stash.
  4. I lost the envelope for the pink embellishments.  :-( If anyone knows who makes them, let me know and I will post. Bow is ribbon from Michael's.
I did the envelope and the inside using the second image and left over resist too.  Thanks for stopping by to look and share!!  Can't believe I almost have another card done. ;-)


 Shirley

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Mackintosh Beauty


MACKINTOSH BEAUTY

I fell in love with the Mackintosh stamps sold by Chocolate Baroque the minute I saw them at Paper Creations by Shirley and Miranda's 'Mir'acle Art In Inspiration. I found you can order them in the US HERE. She didn't have all I wanted, so I shopped at Chocolate Baroque in the UK. The shipping was quick and here I am with my first card!  I chose to start with Mackintosh Beauty.

IMAGES:
  1. Stamped lady on white cardstock and 2 of the roses on stems with Golden Glitz twice (once on white cardstock and once on a white leftover envelope for the new envelope!  ;-)  Embossed main image on back with stylus Painted with twinks and highlighted areas with Spica Atyou Pink pen, Brown Fine Sharpie pen and Golden Rod glitter glue.  The roses on stems were painted with twinks and cut out and highlighted too.
CARD FRONT BACKGROUND:
  1. Stamped CAC Dotted Argyle with Memento Bamboo Leaves on white cardstock.
  2. Used largest Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles for white cardstock die cut and stencil for Dotted Argyle as shown.  I used the Palette knife on the right, shown below, to release the die by placing it under the inside rim and gently moving it toward the outside of the die.  It works like a charm. Mounted to a piece of Green cardstock.
STENCILED AREAS:
  1. I trimmed the Fancy Frames template as shown with the black lines along the corner areas.  It made it easier for me to tape to the corners of my cardstock.  I chose to stencil the pink area on shown on the stencil.
  2. Taped it to one corner of the stenciled Dotted Argyle.
  3. Used my Palette Knife to put a bit of Viva Pearl Modeling Cream in an empty H2O jar. Matched Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid ink with my Twinkling H2O color Cherry Sorbet. Put 3 drops in the cream and stirred until mixed.
  4. Used removable tape for stencil on each corner.  Used the pointed palette knife on left below to detail stencil where shown above.
LEFT - MODELING CREAM/RIGHT - LOOSEN DIE CUT
INSIDE CARD

INSIDE CARD AND ENVY:
  1. LEFT SIDE:  Die cut on the left is same as front but Dotted Swiss cardstock, followed by next die cut of Dotted Argyle, followed by next die cut in white cardstock.  Used the left The roses on stems on cardstock was mounted as shown.  Stenciled flourish again on corner of die cut. Used Golden Rod glitter to embellish.
  2. RIGHT SIDE:  Stenciled 4 corners on right-hand side.  Added left overs from largest die cut for edges and trimmed as shown.  Embellished with glitter glue.
  3. ENVELOPE:  Added a piece of left-over Dotted Argyle to corner of envy, added roses on stems, and embellished with glitter glue.
That's all for today.  Back soon and thanks for stopping by to look and share!!


 Shirley
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Popup Window And Comment Moderation

POPUP WINDOW

Since I have time to blog hop again, I have noticed my list of blogs I follow increasing by leaps and........well, you know.  I had a new blogger ask me to explain comment windows, etc., and comment moderation.  I gave her my opinion only and told her she should experiment to see which choices worked best for her.

One thing I have noticed is on some blogs you have to click your back button to see the card again, losing some of your comment, or you have to go clear back to the top to see the card again.  I chose Popup because it allows the person reading the post to comment with the window next to the card, etc.  If they want to travel down to the next post, in the blog home page, and care to comment they click on the comment section for that post and it brings up the comment section for that post up in the same second window that is already open (I track to make sure it took by checking the number of comments already done.  It saves me time from having to pop back to the card or traveling up to the top of the post and back down again to remember what I liked about the card.

If you want this choice, you go to your Dashboard/Design Section:
  1. Click on Settings in left hand column
  2. Click on Posts and Comments
  3. In the column on the right at the very top it will say Comment Location
  4. To the right it gives Options - I clicked on Popup Window
  5. Then I clicked on Save Settings at the top right.
COMMENT MODERATION

The next thing she asked about was both Comment Moderation and Word Verification.  I've had some people tell me they won't bother to comment when this happens because it takes too much time and they hate word verification because they can't read the numbers half the time.

After trying both I noticed most Spam comments come from posts older than 2 weeks so all I needed was setting my Comment Moderation as follows:
  1. Sometimes
  2. For posts older than 14 days.
  3. Don't forget to click on Save Settings at the top right.

I only rarely get Spam email in my inbox.  When it is sent to my email as a regular comment, which is really rare,  I go to Dashboard/Design Section:
  1. Click on Comments in left hand column
  2. I used to click on Published on the right first, but it was never there.  It was already in the:
  3. Spam section already.  When that happens I just empty the bin while I am there by clicking on the box on at the top, which leaves checks on all of the spam, and then on the Delete tab.
BTW, this doesn't mean I won't visit your blog and comment.  You are stuck with me.  Winking Thumbs up  Hope I haven't confused.  I've been known to do that!!  If you have questions let me know.  I am off to finish my card I made with Chocolate Baroque stamps I recently and some Viva Modeling Cream too!!

Thanks for stopping by to look and share!



 Shirley


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