Friday, August 31, 2007

Merry and Bright.. Hardware Issues.. and just another crazy week

I have been very busy this week, creating cards and boxes, scrapbook pages, an origami bag.. and MY HARD DRIVE CRASHED!!! So.. now I need to re-load so much software that I won't see daylight until some time next week! I'm not quite sure why it all happens at once, but it certainly does!

This week began with quite an event.. Our daughter purchased her first brand new car.. a pretty blue Honda Civic. And the purchasing/negotiating occupied our time for the past weekend as well as the prior week!

Then.. ta da... Monday, my hard drive crashed!!!!!! I had to go find a new pc and begin the slow and tedious task of recovery. With the help of a friendly and polite technician.. we now have a new pc however I still must reload much of the software. I can't seem to find my photo editing software, and suspect it may have 'gone off to college' with many other things which mysteriously disappear from our household (not necessarily on purpose). So... I am going to make do with another canned software today, although it doesn't have many of the features to which I am accustomed.. Hope this works!

Both of these projects were inspired by a book loaned to me by a friend who is a teacher here in Jacksonville. The book had many great ideas.. but very few patterns, suggesting you purchase ready made items to embellish.

The original card used a different shape punch and was for an entirely different holiday occasion.. It was my inspiration for this simple ornament card.

Cardstock: Whisper White, Purely Pomegranate, Mulberry
Punch: 1 3/8" Circle
Stamps: Short and Sweet, Merry and Bright
Ink: Purely Pomegranate, versamark
Accessories: 1 3/8" circle punch, stitched pomegranate ribbon, detail white embossing powder

The mulberry is neatly sandwiched between the purely pomegranate card front and the interior white cardstock. Cute.. don't you think?

This second item was an album or gift holder or moneyholder in the book (don't quite recall)..
The tree images in the book were quite similar to the Stampin' Up tree in Merry and Bright.. smaller, more branches, etc. I decided it was time for a new 'hershey bar holder' for the holidays. Using the new Stampin' Up! large eyelets to hold the top together, the new 5/8" Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon slid neatly thru the eyes. I had to make a 'sleeve' or belly band to hold the candy bar inside too.. but the very neatly scored and clean lines make a surprising candy bar holder.. it would make a very nice accordian bound album too!

You can see where the eyelets are in this particular photo.. the project is very "square" along the edges so that the candy bar easily slides into the holder.

Cardstock: Real Red, Very Vanilla, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Large Eyelets, 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, watercolor wonder crayons and aquabrush.
Stamp: Merry and Bright

Here I am providing a side view of the holder.. and gently pulling back the top layer to provide an interior view of the holder. You can see that once it is tied, that candy bar isn't going anywhere! A message could always be stamped on the inside (or a personal note could be written).. and of course, you could add a cute little gift tag or 3x3 card to the ribbon as you present someone special with this fun item!

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend.. and that your hard drive never crashes!
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