Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Diabetes donation purse

This is a beautiful paper purse (all Stampin'UP!) that I made a couple of months ago. I found the tutorial from the VERY talented Lynn Pratt blog Her sweet baby girl, Ashley, is five and was diagnosed with type I diabetes last year. With a donation to the American Diabetes Association in Ashley's name you'll get the tutorial from Lynn for making this purse.
The directions were very easy to follow as she walks you through step-by-step with plenty of step-out photos of how your purse should look along the way. She also gives you tips to make the process easy.
Visit Lynn's blog. You won't be disappointed.
Don't ask me how I got the ribbon handles to stand up on my purse. It just worked out for my photo shoot and I was tickled it worked after a few tries.

Thanks again for stopping by my blog.

Happiness always blooms in the Strawberry Studio.


Card making blitz

I'm sure you thought I had disappeared but I'm here and I've been busy all along making cards like crazy. I just forget to make pictures of them and I'm a lazy blogger.

The above picture is a shot of my desk with the 17 cards I made in just a couple of days. The paper, ribbon and buttons are from Taylored Expressions key ingredients kit from June 2010. I love her kits and Taylor promotes that you can make about 16 cards from each kit. I've been wanting to put myself to that challenge and see if I could come up with 16 different ideas. geeze.. I'm lucky when I can come up with one idea most of the time.

I usually sit down to make one card for a particular person. I take forever to choose a stamp set, then paper and whatever else I may want to use. By the time I've got all this stuff gathered up it's time to cook supper. I tend to get on my own nerves because it takes me forever to make ONE card.

I tried something different this time. It's an idea I've been wondering if I could do it. It's really simple too. Geeze... why didn't I think of this sooner. (I'm sure all you stampers know this idea already but I've not read about anyone stamping this way.)

Okay... this is what I did for this card making blitz. I folded all the card bases to 5-1/4 x 4-1/2 or 4-1/2 x 5-1/4. I decided to not over-think my card design and I just started cutting layers, applying trim and worrying about the sentiment after I finished most of my cards. Then I stepped back and looked at the card to see what I wanted it to have for a sentiment and/or a stamped image. I just didn't over think it. I felt like I was doing something backwards from how I usually go about making my cards. It worked for me this time and I plan on trying it again. I did spend a good bit of time in my Strawberry Studio but that's what I love to do anyway. Now I was just more productive than usual.

I don't know if you can tell by the picture but I think the cards turned out okay. I used one item cut from my Cricut Expression and only had to add a little bit of Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstock from Stampin' UP!

I didn't make individual pictures because I thought you'd get tired of looking at them. If there's something here that interests you just let me know and I can make another picture.

Sorry about the long post...  hope I didn't put you to sleep. Then again, if it's late at night that may be a good thing.

Take care and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by my blog. I hope to improve on my blogging this year so hang in there with me.

Happiness always blooms in the Strawberry Studio!