Monday, February 28, 2011

Free Butterfly Bonett Tutorial

Hello my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy.

My Mom is doing great and is amazingly up and around considering that she is 86 years old and just had surgery on Friday to have a shoulder replacement put in. I am in awe and amazed over modern science and to her attitude toward going through this procedure. Go Mom!
Well I do not have much time today to create something new I am fairly busy with getting things taken care of, so I thought I would pull up an old favorite and give you a free tutorial for the Bonnet Only. I may come up with a tutorial for the cards later this week.

I hope you enjoy it 

Supplies: Big Shot,Polka Dot Impression Folder, Scallop Circle Punch,
Tombo Adhesive, On Board Book Scallop Circle, Sanding Block, Personal Cutter and Scissors.

Card Stock: Designer Series Paper Stack (Occasions Mini), White Card Stock, Old Olive (CS).

Ink: Rose Red Classic Ink.

Embellishments: Embosslets Beautiful Wings, Organza Ribbon 5/8”, Pretties Kit, Bigz Die SU
Beautiful Butterflies, Silver Elastic Cord.

1) Cut 2- 3” White circles.
2) Cut 2- 3 ¾” circles 1-in DSP, 1-in white.
3) Center one of the 3” circles in the center of the DSP circle and the other in center
of the white 3”circle.
4) Trace the 3” circles on both circles and draw lines to the 3” circle line.
5) Then cut little incisions to the circle line.
6) Fold the little incisions up to form a cup.

7) Glue the 3” circles to the inside of the cups. (This makes the hat top/bottom more secure)

8) Cut two 2 ½” x 11” strips, one in DSP and the other strip in White card stock.
9) Attach the white strip to the white folded circle cup using Tombo Adhesive set aside to dry.

10) Once dry attach the DSP 3 3/4” cup to the top of white strip to form a barrel.

11) Attach DSP to the barrel with Tombo adhesive & secure with a rubber band or hair tie.
Once the barrel is completed set it aside to dry.
12) Trace the Chip Board Scallop Circle on DSP. Cut the scallop circle out and attach it
 to the chip board with Tombo Adhesive. Set aside to dry.

13) Once the scallop circle is dry sand the edges until smooth and flush with chip board.
14) Use the piece of sponge to highlight the edges of the DSP Scallop and to cover up the edge of the chipboard with Rose Red ink.

15) Attach the DSP barrel to the scallop circle with Tombo Adhesive. Offset the barrel slightly to leave room for the embellishments. Place the seam to
face the larger area, as the embellishments will cover the seam.

Embellish: Wrap Organza Ribbon around the barrel of the hat, secure it and tie a fluffy bow. Cut one
medium butterfly from the Bigz Die run it through the Big Shot with the
Polka Dot Textured Folder and highlight the edges with Rose Red ink. Cut out one
set of butterflies from the Embosslet Beautiful Wings Die set in DSP.
Attach two of the butterflies to the larger white butterfly and wrap the silver
Elastic Cord length wise around the butterfly to make a body and antenna. Make two
scallop circle flowers set aside. Make a hat pen with the pretties kit and a set
aside. Once all the embellishments have been assembled attach them to the Hat as desired.

This is such an amazing looking project. I hope you have enjoy your visit and thanks for stopping by. Comeback anytime just to see what's new at My Little Patch Of Dirt.
Now it is your turn go create something fun.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

SFF022511 Sketch Frenzy Friday

Hello my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

It's Sketch Frenzy Friday on Saturday! This is the Sketch
and this is what I came up with!
This will have to be a short post. My 86 year old Mother went into surgery yesterday. She had her left shoulder replaced. She came through wonderfully and is doing great. I just got the call that she will be released today so I will not post tomorrow. Gotta go and take care of my Mom!

Supplies used
Textured Embossing Folder Square Lattace
Basic Black, Natural White and Cherry Cobbler Card Stock.

Embellishments-Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding,Rhinestones Clear and Black, Glimmer Brad. Corner Scallop Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch.

A Special request was made asking how I made the center embellishment. I cut a 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 piece of card stock. I then put that piece in side the Corner Scallop Punch following the dotted lines on the punch it's self. Then I punched out the two opposite sides only
That's it!~ Easy Peasy :)
Have a great day, now it's your turn go create something fun.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

PPA 82-CAS Elements of Style Scallops Challenge

Hello my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I saw this interesting challenge over at Paper Pals Art and thought I would give it a try.
Scallops, and Clean and Simple??? As you probably know from visiting my blog, I do not create too many Clean and Simple cards, but here goes everything lolol. This card is about as Clean and Simple as I could make it by adding in scallops and more scallops.
(DSP) Designer Series Paper- News Print
Card Stock- Basic Black
Accessories- 1 Medium Vanilla Rosetts, 3 Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware Medium Brads, Tag Punch, Linen Thread, 1/16 Hand Held Punch, Scallop Corner Punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, Dimensionals, Scallop Edge Border Punch and a Corner Rounder Punch.

The center black piece was punched out of a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 square. Just center the Scallop Ribbon Border Punch equally on all 4 sides to make this pretty frame. Then I used the Corner Rounder Punch to soften the corners. I am not the creator of this idea, I saw it on line a few month ago. If you know who the creator is please let me know and I will give them credit. It sure is cute thought, but it took several tries to get a piece that worked the way I wanted it to.
I do not use my good card stock to practice on projects or ideas I have never worked on before. I use inexpensive paper for practicing until I get the desired result lollollol.
The smaller cream DSP square was punched from a 2 1/8 x 2 1/8 square. Note:  I had to trim the center piece a bit as it came out too sharp.
Hope you all have a great day and now it is your turn to go create something fun.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Fancy Gate Fold #2

Hello to all my blogging friends. I hope this post find you all well and happy!

I just can not get enough of the Gate Fold Card layout. There are so many different card ideas and options that you can make out of it!
Here is a little something I made today, I think it came out nicely. It was one of those cards that just took forever to make lolol.
I changed the color of the background paper and the bow I even added DSP squares at the end. I colored about 8 butterflies until I decided on which four I was going to use. Then I added a very light coat of the Shimmer Paint to the wings of the butterflies. It almost took all day to bring you what I have here. Thank goodness this was a housework free day for me or dinner was going to be late hahahah.

I even did a little something to the inside. I have to put that Bliss stamp set away for awhile. Can we say OK enough of the Bliss stamp already.
Supplies Used:
Stamp Set- Bliss

Classic Ink -Basic Black & Soft Suede.
Card Stock - Cherry Cobbler & Early Espresso.
Designer Series Paper (DSP) - Botanical Gazette.

Embellishments- Glimmer Brads, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Water Color Pencils, Glue Dots, Ultra thin Paint Brush & one 1/6th wedge of a sponge.

My daughter does Teen  Youth Ministry at her church and their slogan for this year is "LOVE IS THE AGENDA"

There group has these really cute Tee Shirts with a Grunge style heart and design on them along with the slogan.
They are having a contest to see who can take the most outrageous and or fun photo with the Generate Logo/Slogan
She asked me to make her a poster of the slogan and then she was going to have lobsters holding up the sign. Here is the Poster I made for her. I could not find the picture on facebook that she took with the lobsters holding up the sign? It was really cute! That's all I have for today.
Have a great day everyone. Now it is your turn, go create something fun.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Mojo Monday 179

Hello my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Here is my submission for the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge This is such a great sketch I had fun with this one.

and here is the link to the Mojo Monday blog
Here are all the supplies I used to make this card:
I used both of the flower's from the Scallop Circle #2 Die to make my center flower. 4 of each size
Card Stock- Not Quite Navy, Always Artichoke and Old Olive.
Designer Series Paper (DSP)-  Botanical Gazette
Stamp Set- Hostess Level One- Afterthoughts.
Classic Ink- Brovo Burgandy
Embellishments-  1/4" Gross Grain Ribbon in Very Vanilla, 3 Glimmer Brads, (Hemp Twine to secure center of flower)
Scallop Edge Border Punch, Spray Bottle with Water (to make flowers crinkled) 1/6 wedge of sponge for distressing with ink and Log Cabin Smooch Spritz.
Have a great day, Now it is your turn to go create something fun!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Paper Players Challenge #35

Hello to all my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I saw this cool sketch over at The Paper Players
I took this sketch and ran with it. It kind of feels like a Bliss Kite being flown by butterflies. I hope you like it. Please feel free to leave me a comment if you like.

I hope you all had a great weekend and you were dry and safe. This is a short post my honey is off work and I'm going to spend some time with him. This is a good day! Now go create something fun!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Soaking Saturday Stamping 411 Challenge 191

 Hello my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy and safe and warm!

We had so many plans for things to do today but we only accomplished one of them. Sometimes it just happens that way. But I did have a moment to re-do the card I made yesterday. I felt some of the lines on it were too straight. So I re-worked it a bit and rounded all the corners and played with the ribbon and made it appear more curvy or wavy!
Here it is, What do you all think? Same card only a little softer.
I was checking my e-mails and saw the Saturday Stamping 411 Challenge and low and behold this card fits the bill. So here is their sketch and the link to their blog

and here is my card See what I mean!
Boy it has been a very long day and I am pooped out! It rained all darn day and really hard too. If it keeps up like this our poor little dirt road is going to be totally washed out. Can I say 4 Wheel Dr. Not! we have a Honda lolol.
Ok, I'm hitting the hay now it's your turn you go create something fun.

Hey look what I found (Smile)This card was selected as one of the Top 5 Picks on the Stampers Showcase . Now how cool is that! Thanks Ladies!

Friday, February 18, 2011

It's a Rainey Friday

Hello my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Wow, it has rained most of the week this week. We always get so surprised and unprepared when it rains for a few days at a time around here. (I know, Silly Californians) For me it's a great excuse to create, read a book, watch a movie or just cuddle up. My little patch of dirt is all soggy and  there is no way I can get out there and do any yard work (oh bummer, sob).

I was messing around in my craft room today trying to finish my swap and noticed that some of the DSP  I had cut last night was missing?? Have you ever had that happen? You know (think) you cut enough pieces and come back the next day and the pieces are not where you left them?? Now I can not find any extra DSP to replace those pieces??? So I looked through my stash and found something that will work nicely but it just isn't exact. I think there are little paper snatcher that come in just to mess with me lololol.

Here is a little something I made up using an extra oval I cut out. I hope you like it!

Have a great weekend. Please stay dry and safe! Now it's your turn to go create something fun!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sisterhood of the Traveling Stampers Card Club

Hello to all my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Wouldn't you know it. I worked in the garden Wednesday and spent over an hour watering. Then I wake up yesterday morning and it had rained at night??? Gurr!!! It's too muddy to work out there so I guess I will just have to play in my studio (A great name for my craft room lolol).

I am a member of a monthly card swap group called the Sisterhood of the Traveling Stampers Card Club or STSCC for short.
We have monthly themes and this month we have to do a technique. I tried to do the Faux Marble Technique for a background with rubbing alcohol and re-inkiers on glossy card stock. It just didn't turn out how I wanted it to so I did a twist on it and smeared the colors together. I do not know if this is an official background technique or not?  I wrote up directions of what I did and will send it off to the ladies. (Candace don't look ok or at least don't tell lololol) Here is what I came up with.

I also sent this link for a video tutorial using the Framed Tulip Embossing Folder

This is all I have for now. Have a great day and go create something fun!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Something Fun

Hello my blogging friends. I hope this post find you all well and happy!

I was thinking all day yesterday what was I going to make for Valentines dinner???? So after a few hours tearing apart my little patch of dirt. I thought why not make Heart Shaped Tortillas for Tostadas.  I went into the kitchen after I got cleaned up and started cutting a heart shape out of the Tortilla. It was easy and they turned out so cute. Here is a picture of the Tortilla Heart.
 I used a regular sized whole grain tortilla, fried it in a little canola oil and drained it . We put ground turkey, beans, cheese,  homemade Spanish Rice, lettuce and tomatoes and some homemade green salsa on top of them. They were yummy and so fun to eat.

I was in the garden again today for several hours. Splitting plants, digging up frost bitten damaged and burnt out plants. It is going to take me about 40-50 hours to get it all cleaned up but it will be worth it when April comes around. I have so many beautiful Irises and Agapantha (Lily of the Nile) that I can split up to fill in the holes so it will look nice by the time we have our annual Easter party.

I made a quick little card toady, mostly using the new Designer Series Paper- Spring Time Vintage. I cut out several of the large roses and double mounted some of them for depth and interest with dimensional and used glue dots to adhere it to the front of the card. I added a few pearls hear and there and a 4 1/4" length of Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding to the lower portion of the card. For the base of the card ( I cut the card stock at 4 1/4 x 11 so it flips up and stands like and isle) I used Kraft card stock and ran the front piece through the Big Shot using the Polka Dot Impression Folder. I punched out 2 pieces from the extra Large Punch, one in Marina Mist one in Cherry Cobbler. Then, I cut the Cherry Cobbler piece in half length wise and attached it to the top and bottom of the Marina Mist piece. I put a little cut out flower on a small piece of a dimensional in the top left corner and stamped the sentiment using the "because I CARE" piece from the Hostess Level One - Because I Care stamp set.

The inside of the card I cut out a few more flowers and glued them to the lower left and top right of the card. I used one of the pieces from the Occasional Quotes stamp set for the sentiment.
This is a side view picture so you can see that I used dimensionals.

That's all from me for today. Now it is your turn, go create something fun.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge


Hello my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I dropped in today to say hello and do a quick challenge. I have to go outside a work on the garden. I promised myself I would get her whipped back into shape and do a little everyday. My little patch of dirt really has suffered, from the blazing heat of Sept-Oct , all the rains of Nov.- Dec. and then the Freezing nights Jan.- Feb. She has really taken a hit, HARD!And besides, I need some exercise, I have turned into a Computer Potato lolol.

Here is Mary Jo's Sketch and the addy:
and here is my card.

This is kind of a fun card, as the flower opens for you to see another little flower surprise inside.

I was soooo cold when I woke up this morning, I took my coffee and went outside to get warm and took a walk around the garden. It was kind of hazy still but looked like it wanted to be spring, so that is what inspired this card.
A Flower in a Pot! Hope you like it.
PS This is what my Honey gave us my DD & I for Valentines. One Doz. Red Roses each, one Box See's Chocolates each and for He and I a Box of Chocolate Dipped Strawberries (Smile) He is so good to us.

He loved his little candy jar and took it to work. I filled it with 3 bags of Dove Chocolates.  He is such a big guy no one will mess with his fru-fru jar of chocolates lololol.
I put another Romantic Valentine in his lunch box this morning too. Just sending him off with some extra lovin.
It's your turn, go create something fun!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sketch Frenzy Friday Challenge

Hello to all my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I made a Valentine card for my daughter today. When I finished I was checking on my e-mails from this weekend and to my surprise I found a sketch challenge over at Sketch Frenzy Friday's Blog
Here is their sketch.
And here is my daughters Valentine that I made prior to seeing this sketch. Funny how that worked out??? Close isn't it (smile).
Hope you all have a great day. Now go create something fun.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Gate Fold with a Twist

Hello my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Looks like I caught what ever my DH and DD had! I had to rest for a few days YUCK! I still feel like I could take a nap right now.
But, I finally sold the Cadillac today Yippee!!! They are going to pick it up tonight. Now I can move forward and fix the Toyota and get around town again. I also was able to resolve the picture sizing issue I was having on a few internet sites that I upload my cards on. (Thanks Carol B for your suggestion it helped and you Rock!).

 I was sitting here sipping a cup of coffee happy with my new mad computer skill and my handy negotiating efforts lolol hahah and this card came to mind.
It is a gate fold card with a twist. I put a belly band around the card to hold it shut and a peek a boo card on top of that. I do not know if this has been done before but it was really fun putting it together.

Here are the supplies I used:
Stamp Sets: Bliss, Nature Walk and Whimsical Words.
Card Stock: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla,  Riding Hood Red, Not Quite Navy      DSP- Botanical Gazette.
Ink:  Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Pacific Point, and Old Olive.
Accessories: Crochet Ribbon, Build a Brad, Oval Extra Large Punch and Scallop Trim Border Punch.

Hope you like this card. Have a great day and go create something fun.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Valentines Jar & Gift Card

Hello my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

This is going to be a short post ! I am makeing a tutorial for a Tri Fold Booklet and I am almost done!
But I also made this cute Valentines Jar for my Honey to take to work. I will fill it full of Chocolate so that he can nibble at his desk. I didn't want it to be too Mushy because he would get too much ribbing from the guys. It looks like something he can keep all year long (Maybe Not  lolol) lolol Always have to have a gift card too!

I also made close up pictures just in case you all wanted to see what all is involved. The above photo is the top. The remaining two are close ups.

He says I often get distracted (Oh look a balloon) so I am holding on to a Butterfly Balloon hahahah. Hope you like it!
Have a great evening and go create something fun.

Here is a sneek peek at what I am working on (Oooooh Aaaaaah)

Monday, February 7, 2011

My 8 -Stylish Blogger Award Nominees

Hello my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I made a special card just for the ladies who inspire me. Their creativity and eye for design make me want to create.
This card is just for you!

and for you Carey This is what I used (Smile)
Card Stock and Classic Ink- Old olive, Kraft.  Riding Hood Red, Not Quite Navy
Stamp Set- Nature Walk 
Embellishments- Smooch Spritz, Pearls, Crochet Ribbon-Victorian 5/8, Large Oval Punch, Antique Brad/Safety Pin, Sponges and a Scallop Circle  Punch out piece for the clouds, Gold Elastic String, and some misc. beads.

Here is my list of some of the most talented ladies I know! Congratulations ladies you deserve this. Please take your award and post it on your blogs.

1 Monika Davis- Stamping Together at Monika's Place
2. Wendy Hawkinson at Got Rubber...Will Stamp
3. Susan (Rainy) Roberts - Rainy Day Creations
4. Sage Kimbel - Stamping Madly                      
5. Karen Trefa- Stampers Clubhouse                 
6. Angela Waters - Life with a Wiener Dog         
7. Tina Tavez- Life's Randomness                     
8. Sherry Hostetter- Sherry's Ink' n Stamps        

There are so many wonderful crafters it is unfair to only be able to choose 8. I wish I could have chosen all of you. In my mind we are all Stylish Bloggers. Ladies remember the rules, once you put this award on your blog you must tell us 8 things about yourself and then select 8 more crafters to pass this award on to.

Have a great day everyone. Now go create something fun

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Stampin 411 Sketch Challenge

Hello to all my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

IT'S SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!!!!! Hope everyone has a good time today if you are going to a SB Party. We are going to a friends house in Corona (Yvette's- Carey :) I'll tell her you said hello) I have no idea who is playing who but I love to go to SB parties for all the action (Ooooohhhh Aaaahhhhh, Oh No!  Yeah!!! OMG & WTHeck. Kill the Ump Sak the Quarterback...) and all the football jargon the guys speak is Greek to me. But the commercials crack me up! I'll take pictures if I can,. You all  Drive Safe and Play Safe too.

Here is this weeks sketch challenge over at Stampin 411

Here are a couple cards I made for this challenge

Everyone have a great day. I hope your Team Wins. If you are not going out go create something fun.