Sunday, April 12, 2015

A New Card, Die Set Storage Idea, & Google's New "I'm Not A Robot"

IO QUILT VASE, CAC DOTTED ARGYLE, & GREETINGS DIE SET
I need to schedule time to do what I love best since Spring is here.  For this card I chose another Tara Caldwell image.  She has only been with IO a short time.  I have fallen in love with her designs.  Here is how I used her Quilt Vase design:

DETAILS:
  1. Stamped the image with Timber Brown ink 1 time, and then the flowers 3 times on white cardstock and painted with Twinkling H2Os.  Cut around the main image and embossed from the back with a stylus.
  2. Used largest Spellbinders Labels 40 die twice with white cardstock to get the front and back side of the card, mounted on red cardstock.  (Mounted using ATG tape in the middle of the die cut and then used needle nose bottle with Glossy Accents (GA) to tack down the lace area in places.
  3. Stamped Argyle background with Blazing Red.  Used the center of the die as a template to get the portion I wanted for a tablecloth look, traced with a pencil, and cut out.
  4. Mounted tablecloth with 1/4" ATG tape, mounted the vase with ATG along the bottom of the vase and 3D pop-dots from middle to top.
  5. Cut out flowers and leaves from second image, embossed from the back and used GA lines on matched flower/leaf, let dry just a little and mounted flower or leaf with a tad of glue dot at one end.  Highlighted areas with Vivas, Wink of Stellas, and Stickles.  Mounted gold sequins and heart stick pin with gold bow.
  6. Die cut the "Hello" using the red and gold mirror cardstock.
  7. Trimmed the other 2 flower images and mounted as shown with tape and GA.
  8. Below is the back of the card with one of the flower images at the bottom.
  9. The third image was mounted on the envelope as shown above.  (The cardstock has been peeled to make the image thinner in case I mail it.  If mailed I will also place a clear piece of packing tape over the corner area with at least .25" overlap to the back side.  That way it slides right through the mail postage reader.)
DIE SET STORAGE SUGGESTION
I store my die sets in plastic ziploc bags.  I hate all the dies collecting on the bottom as it's to sort them to find the one I want.  It's hard enough reading them 'backwards'.  ;-) Another bad habit I have is saving anything that looks like I can use it for my cards, etc.  I save the magnetic strips that have come on the telephone directories, etc.  Below is what I did:
  1. Taped two of the magnetic squares together using duct tape.
  2. It was too big for the back of the IO cover, so I added ATG to the back of the magnetic strip(s) and mounted from the top and center on the IO cover back.
  3. Trimmed the bottom of the magnetic strip to match up with the IO cover bottom.Mounted the dies.  Love it!!!
 GOOGLE UPDATED
"PROVE YOU'RE NOT A ROBOT"
Many of you probably already know about this, because that's how I found out.  Some of us chose to use the 'Prove You're Not A Robot" feature and many of us hated it as commenters because of the time taken to figure out what the image said, like the one below which is easy compared to most.

OUT WITH THE OLD
One of the first things I noticed when blog hopping again was the NEW "I'm not a robot", shown below. Most of the time I didn't have to read a caption anymore (unless the Show Word Verification is checked in your Settings-Posts and Comments area).  Even then it was just three or four letters that were easy to read.  ***Below is the best part.

IN WITH THE NEW
With the NEW as Blog Moderator:
  1. "I'm not a robot" is automatic.
  2. They have also given us a choice of continuing to use the Word Verification or notIt too has been improved with simple to read short letters.  I have mine turned off because I tested having it on or off and I still didn't get those pesky ads anymore, even on old posts. (If any of you have questions, just email me).
Well that's it for this post and I can guarantee you the next one will be shorter!!!  Thanks for stopping by to look and share.  Thanks for all of your welcome backs too!!!  Big hugs.


 Shirley
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24 comments:

jimlynn said...

Shirley, your card is so beautiful inside and out! I love the frame you used for that pretty image too.
Great idea on the storing of dies! Will have to try that because I don't have a good system
Lynn

Beth Norman said...

Lovely card. I like the bright red. Don't see red used too often. Your colouring is awesome.

Barbara R. said...

Wow Shirley. You see things to do with a stamp that no one else does and it always comes out beautifully. What a design eye you have!!! Great card with wonderful colors and so eye pleasing! Love all your posts!

Ellen Taylor said...

So nice to see a post from you Shirley! Love the dimension in your flowers! A spectacular card! Hope you are doing well! Hugs!
Ellen

Crafting Queen said...

Such a lovely card, love the die cut you used.

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Your card is just beautiful. I love the bright cheerful colors and the touch of gold.
Bear Hugs,
Carol

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Craftyfield said...

It's a bright and beautiful card, full of the joy of spring!
I save anything magnetic and yes it comes in handy for dies. I store all of them on magnetic sheets, stuck to any sturdy cardboard which I then place in a binder (letter size). And if I am still concerned with the dies falling out, or if I want to store some die-cuts with the dies I use a plastic pocket and put the cardboard/magnetic sheet inside the pocket.

Olga said...

Beautiful!!

MaryH said...

Wow, this is a stunner! So lovely to see you visiting & blogging again. You've come back with a big bang on this lovely card. Pretty image and love the way you've used the S/B shape. Really classy look and I love that rich red background behind the lacy white. Enjoyed reading about your storage system. Very clever. We really do need to plan on meeting somewhere one of these days, and just having a fun time..maybe hit a stamp shop up your way! Hope things are going well for you. TFS & Big hugs.

Marie-Louise said...

Gorgeous card Shirley. Love the die you have used.

Beebeebabs said...

Hello Shirley - good to see you - long time no see. Such a beautiful card as always thanks for sharing!!!

Cara Malmrose said...

What a gorgeous card Shirley! Bright and Cheerful!

Here's a tip for you and your dies ... Vent covers. You can find them at places like Lowes or The Home Depot for around $5.00 I think. They are 8"x 15" and cut easily. That is how I keep my dies together.

(Hugs) Cara

JD/ Jill said...

Pretty card! So bright and cheerful with those lovely colors. Like that die you used for the background too.

wannabcre8tive said...

A beautiful card, Shirley. I love the red and white colors. The die you used is so eye catching. Thanks, for sharing your card.

Donna Ellis said...

Great card, Shirley! So glad to see you back - and I know the "I'm not a robot" is new to you, too. Isn't it great that we don't have to use it? Shirley, I especially like that you have carried the flowers over into your envelop and card interior! It's gorgeous! hugs, de

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful, lovely coloring and great dimension of the flowers, the back is just as lovely and I like how you give that extra touch to your envelopes too!

*Vicki* said...

Such a beautiful design with the flowers!! I really love the touches of gold on this!! :) Have a great day!

Benzi said...

A beautiful card, Shirley. I love that quilt vase image. Your envelopes are always so pretty, also.

Beth said...

Beautiful card Shirley such a stunning image and detailed by you....thanks for your little tips and hints always a joy to read.
Hugs

Inkyfingers said...

What a bright, pretty card and I love how you made it.

Helena (Gvendalen) said...

I am glad again to see a post from you, Shirley! Very pretty card. I love all fine details and your councils too. Have a good day, my friend. hugs, Helena

Karen Amidon said...

You are so awesome, Shirley! I love all your information that you share with us. Love the way you colored the container in the reds and golds, beautiful as always!

Greta said...

This is really gorgeous, Shirley! Love the colors & that beautiful Spellbinder!

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