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".

Card base- DCWV Mango Frost matstack
Card panel- White vellum bristol
Embossing sleeve- Spellbinders, vines and birds
Sentiment stamp- Oriental Traders, slice of life
Handmade watermelon seed packet shaker
pop tape and double sided tape

I was getting desperate to find a nice photographing spot today. Then I notice the window sill was nicely lit and also remembered how beautiful Andrea Ewen's photos are. So I tried it. WOW! I'll be photographing at that spot more often!

I'm playing at:
CAS-ology Cue Card "Wet" ck 4/15
Red Rubber Inspirationals #114 - Spring  ck 4/10


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.

This is my second go at this card. The first one was too large to support an opening and wobbled about. I love how this one came out!

 Sharing at:

Less is More "Round and Round"
CAS on Sunday "Real or faux stitches
CAS(E) this Sketch!
Sweet Stamps "Dies"
Simply Create Too "Easter Bunny"
Addicted to Stamps "CAS"
City Crafter "Easter"

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.