April 22, 2014

Anytime Anywhere

I got to use my new cork panels today. They come in Tan, Teal, Red, Green and they are from one of my favorite companies- DCWV. They are called Cork Solids Mat Stack. It's even my first time with sequins (I think). I've been glittering over my sentiments lately, I'm sure it's "just a phase".

My journey into CAS is still evolving. But I really like "impact" more than simply "stuff" all over my card. These colors were suggested by the new card challenge blog "Poppy Sketches". They are darn CUTE over there! My new card challenge , AAA Cards CAS Challenge, starts May 5th. We both start our games on Monday's. Cool, huh? More fun on Monday!

ok, here's my recipe:
Card body- Lt Grey Granite from Fox River
Card panel- DCWV Cork Solids Mat Stack, Teal
3 assorted papers from the scrap pile. Probably DCWV (most of my paper is)
Antique sequins
Stickles- Star dust
Martha Stewart clear fine glitter
Card panel and glitter glued with Krylon low odor spray glue
Curve punch- EK Success
Sentiment- Vicki Stamp

It's bold, could easily be used for a guy or even a teen. Thanks for this visit! Drop by anytime (from) anywhere.

sharing with:
Poppy Sketches game 2 (26th)

CAS on Sunday #31 (25)

Tuesday Morning Sketches #246 (28)

CASology #92

April 15, 2014

Tucson's Blue Moon Scrapbooking Company

 Wow! I was in the candy store! Not the strip joint in midtown Tucson...but a fabulous warehouse store called Blue Moon Scrapbooking! And it's been here in Tucson for a while and I didn't know it. I'm just giddy knowing there is a GREAT (I mean GREAT!) scrapbook/cards making products store here in town!

Tucson has lost it's little mall shops that carried scrapbook supplies. For the last year if I wanted something to pick up (physically buy) my only options were JoAnns and Micheals. I'm not knocking them, but I don't always find the coolest stuff in those stores. Amazon has been getting my bucks lately...but no more!

Inside this unmarked warehouse (they are a online mailing business that allows locals to shop there too) were tables and tables of the neatest supplies. I wanted a die with the word Hello. I got a smile when I asked for that, because "hello" dies are extremely hot right now and they knew they were low in stock. But never the less- I found a few wonderful dies in other words that fit the bill! So I intended to buy one die and left with three!

The ladies inside were very nice and quite helpful. I teased one by asking "isn't it dangerous to work in the candy store?" She replied "I barely bring home a check I buy so much!". She also told me it was a pleasure working for the owner.

Check out Blue Moon Scrapbooking's web page, and their blog and their facebook page and video's on YouTube. You may find shopping here is a great place for you too- and it will be delivered to your door!

Victoria Lavender

April 8, 2014

Watermelon Seed Packet Shaker Card

I think I'm almost back to feeling comfortable making cards. Silly...but I had stopped for two years and have only been back in for a while. I stopped because my cards were not making me happy. All the lace and embellishments, pearls and ribbons weren't me. But two years ago it was all the rage. I came back in February to look at the old places I used to play and noticed that the simpler cards were coming into vogue. 

I love CAS cards. I feel good after making one now. And I'm not embarrassed to tell people "I make cards".

For this card I went back to an old idea I'd made in the past- a seed packet shaker. I'm playing at CAS-ology, and their cue card is "Wet".

April 2, 2014

Bunny Hug

Bunny Hugs! I saw this lovely vintage illustration and thought  it would look great over a fancy circle opening. I'm working with circles and sewing this time. I printed the image and added "Hugs" then I "overcolored" the image with colored pencils. The pencils helped bring out the shadows and brightened it up. It's cut out and applied with puff stickers.

The little circles are sewn on and folded for movement and shadow. My scalloped circle is from Spellbinders (lacey circles). The background is embossed with Cuttlebug polka dots. Edge rounder punch on four corners. My paper is White Granite from Fox River (commercial stock). And a little pink bow from S.A.S. Fabrics and is ten years old.

March 23, 2014

Ren and Stimpy Happy Joy Card

STILL MAKING CARDS...... I've been cranking them out these last couple days. This one was inspired by Iwona Palamountain (Chupa). She owns CASE Study and runs a little Sketchbook Saturday Challenge too.

Cherish your Childhood

Greetings Happy People! While traveling through "The Graphics Fairy", I saw an image which reminded me not only of childhood, but a card challenge at "Less is More". It's a tricycle, which has three wheels and the challenge is based on "Three".

I've got...3 wheels, 3 paper ribbons, 3 pearls and the string is wrapped 3 times. I loved working with the kraft cardstock...gotta do this again!

March 21, 2014

Teeny Tiny Card

I was digging through my stamps today and found this little one from a couple years ago. I think it's one of those 99 cent stamps offered in bins at Micheals. I've been practicing making "clean" cards lately. I can't go completely CAS as I still enjoy sewing panels on my cards, but this one is definitely clean and simple.

March 19, 2014

A Happy Card

I saw a cool CAS case card today at MUSE and their card challenge # 59. The card artist I am casing is  Marion Vagg. I've seen her cards on other blogs as well. Take a moment to check out her work, it's very nice.

 I am starting a CAS & nearly clean card challenge on May 5th called AAA Cards (triple A). I've registered with Paper Playful and I'm looking for some CAS card makers for a design team. Please visit the new site and see what and how the challenge will work.

March 11, 2014


Just last night I saw antique Bingo cards while internet surfing, and this morning (doing the same thing) I found a couple of vintage tickets too. I thought I would make another card. You may not know this, but I'm out of card making practice. And the thrill is starting to come back to me!

March 9, 2014

CASE Study Challenge #181, 2nd Card

 CASE Study Card Challenge #181
It's nice getting back into making cards again. I thought I'd try a more simple card this time. I loved the card by  CASE Study designer,  Silke Ledlow.  I'm still outta practice, but each card creation is starting to feel easier to make.

March 8, 2014

CASE Study Challenge #181

CASE Study Card Challenge #181

Trying CASE Study again. This week they unveiled a new MUSE, Joni Nina Andaya. CASE Study does a great job locating talented card artists. They also add guest designers to their weekly challenge as well as having a stunningly talented staff of regular card crafters. I like to check out their individual blogs occasionally to see more of the wonderful creations, and of course to learn new technique and style ideas.

February 17, 2014

Case Study Card Challege 178

Ahhh, a card challenge. I've always loved "Case Study" and the designers are fabulous. I'm also kinda late to this weeks game. I really enjoyed the CASE card by Danielle Flanders  Ombre hot pinks and orange and yellow.

February 15, 2014

Thank You cards in Pink, Blue & Yellow

I am so very THANKFUL! So thankful I needed to make "Thank You" cards!

 My husband went through chemo and radiation treatments. He had an esophagectomy and has been told that the cancer is gone. He's home convalescing with me and is doing GREAT! What an incredible man! Praise the Lord! Thank you to everyone who gave prayer and sent love.

I had been too shaken up to even think about crafting, but he's doing well and I decided I would have some fun. Simple and clean, these cards are designed to go for the ride that is the US Mail.

September 27, 2013

White Christmas Mice

My first Christmas decorations of 2013. I'm enjoying needle felting and it's been an easy craft to carry around and work on. Everything fits into a cute box. This week I'm showing some of my White Christmas Mice in Crystal Pink.

September 22, 2013

Halloween Black Cats are finished and etsy start up

     I've thought about it for years, and now I've got an open etsy shop called... (what else?) Victoria Lavender. I finished my Halloween Black Cats and they each have their own candy box now.

     These are some of the photos of the kitties at etsy.  Also check out my link to learn how to needle felt with videos.