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Solar Eclipse of the Heart

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Happy Solar Eclipse Day!! I’ve always been fascinated by astronomy: constellations, shooting stars, meteor showers, solar flares, sun dogs and anything unusual happening in the sky! We had 99.1% obscurity at our house and my husband and I viewed the show through our special eclipse-viewing glasses. I had to use washi tape to attach them to my prescription glasses because the paper glasses kept falling off my face. Ha!

In this post, I’ll share how I made two interactive eclipse cards; a photo from our eclipse-watching; and the eclipse-watching music playlist I made. No special eclipse glasses are required. 😉

Below is a video showing the interactive solar eclipse cards I’m featuring today.

Last week, I made a few special eclipse card for today’s incredible event. Someone very dear to me celebrates a birthday today, so I made her this card. I came up with the idea as I was going to sleep one night. I get my best ideas while driving or when I have quiet time as my head hits the pillow.

I made the card by cutting a piece of 12” x 12” white cardstock to 5” x 12” and scored it every 4” and then folded the outer sides in toward the middle. I had to trim them down so I could tuck the outer flap inside.

The next step was deciding where to punch a hole for the sun. I know I could have used my Cricut Explore to cut a circle where I wanted it, but I just used a small circle punch and then used my Tim Holtz Vagabond machine to cut out a circle shape from a metal die. I determined the size of the circle by putting the die over my card to ensure the circle would stick out the edge of the card and remain behind the circle I punched out for the sun.

Then, I colored most of the large circle yellow with a Copic marker and carefully determined where the black eclipse area would begin and end and colored that in with a black Copic marker. I set the large circle/wheel aside and masked off the card so I could airbrush the sky with 4 different Copic markers and my air compressor. I covered the cutout piece of the sun with some painter’s tape to make it a little wider. I put it in place so when I airbrushed the sky, it left a ring around the sun. I colored in the area with the same Acid Yellow marker I used for the sun. This was to represent the solar corona.

With a craft knife, I cut a slit in the outer edge of the card and attached the circle/wheel to my card with a brad so it would spin. After testing the eclipse and making adjustments to the eclipse, I glued the inner flap down to conceal the wheel.

Next, I cut out cute clouds and attached them around the brad to conceal it.

I finished adding embellishments, including cutting out the birthday sentiment three times and glueing them together to get a really thick phrase.

Here are the different phases of the sun that appear as the wheel is turned:

The card I made for my husband wasn’t as detailed. I just wanted to make him a simple total eclipse of the heart card to commemorate the day. Inside the card, I called today a “solar eclipse of the heart.” The tab is concealed by an orange panel I glued in place inside the card. I made the tab a certain shape so that it couldn’t get pulled all the way out of the side.

Here’s how it looks in stages as the tab is pulled:

For today’s eclipse, I set up two phones to take time-lapse video of the yard darkening and lightening up again… but didn’t know the app I was using only recorded video for 45 minutes! The recordings both ended 30 minutes before the eclipse. I KNEW I should have checked on the videos but didn’t until after the eclipse! Oh well. My husband and I worked from home today, and enjoyed listening to the eclipse playlist I made for eclipse-viewing. Here are the songs on my list, in alphabetical order:

My Eclipse Playlist
Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden
Brighter Than the Sun – ABC
Catch the Sun – Doves
Center of the Sun – Conjure One
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me – Elton John & George Michael
Earth, Sun, Moon – Love & Rockets
eCLiPSe – Ephemerid
Eclipse – Love & Rockets
Eclipse – Pink Floyd
Eclipse (All Yours) – Metric
Fake Bowie Song: Eclipse Me – Liam Lynch
Howling at the Moon (Sha-La-La) – The Ramones
The Killing Moon (regular version) – Echo & the Bunnymen
The Killing Moon (All Night Version) – Echo & the Bunnymen
King of Pain – The Police
Man in the Moon – Erasure
Man On the Moon – REM
Moon – Dada
My Sun – Dave Gahan & Soulsavers
New Moon on Monday – Duran Duran
No Sunlight – Death Cab for Cutie
Pink Moon – Nick Drake
Setting Sun – A Flock of Seagulls
Shame on the Moon – Red Flag
Shepherd Moons – Enya
Stare at the Sun – MuteMath
Summer Sun – 4 Strings
The Sun & the Rainfall – Depeche Mode
The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore) – Keane
The Sun Goes Down – Level 42
Sundown – Red Flag
The Sun – Shiny Toy Guns
Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
Why Does The Sun Shine? (The Sun Is A Mass Of Incandescent Gas) – They Might Be Giants

We LOVED listening to music during the eclipse! “The Sun” by Shiny Toy Guns came on for the full eclipse and then we listened to “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler, OF COURSE!!

How much of the eclipse could you see? Which songs would you have included? Did you play any music for the eclipse?

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Happy Birthday Stacy!

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Today is the One and Only Stacy L‘s birthday! Stacy and I became instant friends a little over nine (!) years ago when we met through the Depeche Mode message boards. We’ve had many fun adventures together, including meeting Depeche Mode backstage. Yeah, I had to bring that up again because I’m still thrilled that happened!

With each birthday card for Stacy, I feel compelled to outdo myself. Who’s to say if I really achieve that? What I do know is that each card has a completely different feel to it and it’s always a surprise to Stacy. This year, I wanted to do something with the really cool illustration of Stacy that her good friend Shaz Justice of Lollipop Labs Studios drew. Stacy has used it as her cover photo on Facebook, and I think she’s also used it as her avatar. I had a friendly conversation with Shaz about it, and she was all for the idea of me collaborating with her to make Stacy a special card. I should have asked her for the file so that it wouldn’t be so pixelated, but I just snagged it from Stacy’s album of cover photos on Facebook.

Here’s what I came up with. What do you think?

2014 purple birthday card for Depeche Mode fan StacyI used a (way too dull) craft knife to cut Stacy out of the printed .jpg and popped her off the page with double-sided foam adhesive.

Stacy - Depeche Mode Fan - illustrated by Shaz JusticeI found the perfect washi tape spools for the card! Stampin’ Up! had some Halloween washi tape on clearance, and my order just arrived, so I used the skull washi tape and some purple patterned washi tape from We R Memory Keepers and laid them onto the card, along with some ribbon I bought years ago. I always planned to use it on a card for Stacy.

Special 2014 birthday card for Depeche Mode fan StacyAren’t the pennants cute? I folded washi tape in half over the threaded silver beads and snipped them into little triangle shapes. They were kind of floppy, so I pinned one down with a glue dot.

Close-up of Stacy's purple birthday cardI added a cluster of embellishments to the lower left corner. I used a mixture of retired Close to My Heart products and embellishments from my local craft stores.

Embellishments on Stacy's birthday cardHere’s another view of the card. Isn’t Stacy adorable? I love how Shaz illustrated her!

Washi tape + skulls + illustration of StacyI almost never decorate the inside of a card, but this time I did! I added another cut-out of Stacy and layered her over some washi tape.

Stacy - illustrated by Shaz JusticeThere was still plenty of room to write my sentiment inside.Inside of the card: Stacy - illustrated by Shaz JusticeI used my tiny Tim Holtz stapler to attach the wire-threaded silver beads.

2014 birthday card for Depeche Mode fan Stacy      Here’s one last picture I took of the card: Custom birthday card for a special fan of Depeche ModeStacy enjoyed the card and the concert ticket we bought for her. We got to see New Order LIVE last week for our very first time! She shares the same birthday as Ian Curtis, the late singer of Joy Division who died the same day as Mt. St. Helens erupted. Photo below, by Stacy.

Stacy's Depeche Mode birthday card and New Order concert ticketThanks for reading my blog!

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Happy 30th Birthday

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DAY 22: This month I’m blogging daily because there are soooo many cards I’ve never taken the time to blog about. Today’s featured cards are from September 2010 when I had two dear friends who turned 30.

Sometimes it’s more efficient to make multiples of the same card, so when I had two girl friends with 30th birthdays, I made them each the same card and they never knew their card was a twin (of sorts). 🙂

30th birthday cards

For anyone wondering how I put the card together, I’ll try to recall what I did. I used some black cardstock and put it into an embossing folder and ran it through my Cuttlebug (which is much older than the new mode featured in the link) to get the raised grid pattern. Then, I took a sanding block from my Sanding Kit and sanded away the raised edges to reveal the contrasting white inner core. I stuck the black cardstock onto a white card base and them added a lacy trim to the left with some pink paper cut with a Stampin’ Up! paper punch and a strip of white embossed paper. I used my Cricut Expression machine to cut the “30” and stamped my sentiment and birthday hat and hand cut them. I added a pink eyelet to the handmade tag and threaded a pink grossgrain ribbon through it. Using some Copic glitter markers, I colored the birthday hat and added a little pink sparkle to make it more festive.

Thank you for reading my blog! I appreciate having readers – thank you. 🙂

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A Geeky Girl’s 50th Birthday!

A Geeky Girl’s 50th Birthday!
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DAY 21: Hello, and welcome to my blog! This is the 21st day of consecutive blog posts. I have so many cards I made long ago that I haven’t shared here yet.

Today’s card was one I made back in June 2012 for a super cool, geeky friend name Laurie. She is one half of the dynamic real estate duo known as the “Geeky Girls,” and you’d never know by looking at her, but Laurie hit the big 5-0 when I made this card!

blog - Geeky 50th Birthday The Geeky Girls logo is black and hot pink, so I grabbed the DCWV “Rockstar” Mat Stack and pulled out a few shades of pink, grey and black for the card. I used my Cricut Expression and some cartridges to cut “geeky” and “50.” I lined the letters with a hot pink colored Copic marker.

blog - Building the Geeky card Then, I cut strips of cardstock and taped them together once I assembled them in the order I liked. I wanted to make sure the words fit properly on the card before attaching them, so I placed them onto the card before adhering them in place.

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After attaching the layers and letters to the card, I hand wrote some words with a metallic silver pen and used double-sided foam tape to make the “50” pop off the page.

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I added some embellishments to make the card more special. After all, it’s not every day that a girl turns 50! This is something to celebrate!

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For some reason, this came out rather yellow but I wanted to use the picture because it shows the shiny foil paper and metallic ink!blog - Geeky 50th Birthday Card My husband made her some earrings and we mailed her surprise card and gift in late June 2012 to arrive in time for her themed birthday party. She and Lisa are known for looking pretty cool as they wear their Converse All-Stars, or “Chucks” at real estate conferences, so OF COURSE Dale had to make her a pair of “Chucks” earrings! How cute are these?!

Designs By Dale - Geeky Girls EarringsThanks for reading my blog, and have a geeky day!

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Happy Birthday, Lola

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DAY 16: Welcome to my blog, and to Day 16 of me blogging every day since October 1st!

Today’s featured card includes supplies from Close to My Heart. I had a lot of leftover paper after making cards with the Workshops on the Go® Laughing Lola Cardmaking Kit and used some of the scraps to make this card for a sweet friend.

Hapy Birthday, LolaI started with a folded card made from White Daisy cardstock, then added pieces of left over paper from the Lola paper packet. I cut some flower shapes in various sizes with my Cricut Expression and the cartridge from my Close to My Heart Cricut® Artbooking Collection. Then I used the birthday sentiment from the Joyful Birthday stamp set and stamped it onto a shape cut with the Cricut. I added the border and attached it to my card with double sided foam adhesive. I added a few gems and floral embellishments from Base & Bling Teal Jewels and Base & Bling Floral Accents.

Finally, I used some Stickles glitter glue to line the frame and add some sparkly touches to the card.

Well, Happy Birthday to you!Thank you for reading my blog! 🙂

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It’s Your Day!

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DAY EIGHT: This is the eighth day of blogging this month. I have so many cards I’ve made and never blogged about, so I’m hoping to make a dent in my collection of non-blogged cards by posting daily.

Today’s featured card is a birthday card I made for my friend Stacey last year. I used some pretty paper from Stampin’ Up! and inked the edges with a soft grey ink pad.Then, I stamped the “It’s your day” sentiment on some white cardstock, cut it down to size and inked the edges. I left space above the sentiment so I could attach some paper flowers, gems and a fancy Stampin’ Up! brad. Next, I mounted it onto some yellow-green cardstock and adhered it to the patterned paper. Before attaching it to a blank, white card base, I wrapped some stretchy grey and white ribbon around the face of the card and tied a bow.

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Here’s a semi close-up of the main feature of the card. For some reason, the lighting was awfully yellow.

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Thanks for reading my blog, and have a wonderful day!

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A Rainbow Birthday

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DAY SEVEN: Today marks one week of posting every day! I’m pulling up cards from the archives and sharing them here on my card blog.

Two years ago, I was on a card-making retreat and I made several cards over the weekend. This is one of the cards I made while at the retreat. I wanted to use my Masquepen Masking Fluid, so I tried this technique with my card. I drew a loose grid of masking fluid onto the base of my card and then set it aside and let it dry. Once it was dry, I used some Sponge Daubers and tapped them onto my inks and then rubbed them onto my paper. As the ink dried, the colors blended into one another, producing a pretty rainbow effect. Don’t you just love rainbows? They make me smile and remind me of God’s promise to never flood the earth again!

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Next came the really satisfying part: using my fingers, I gently rubbed away the dry blue masking fluid and the white lines were revealed. I stamped the sentiment with a Stampin’ Up stamp and embossed it. I used an extra butterfly I’d cut and embossed with a SU! Embosslit and added some iridescent Stickles glitter glue onto it and placed it above the birthday wish with a glue dot.

Then, I used the Close to My Heart bicycle stamp from the 2011 “My Acrylix® Pair-a-Phrase” stamp set, which was from the special $10 National Stamping Month promotion and stamped the bike onto paper cut down to the right size. I used Copic markers and a metallic gel pen to color the bike and swiped the edges of the square with ink before mounting it to the card with double-sided puffy tape.

blog-Rainbow Bike BirthdayThe finishing touch was adding rhinestones to the top left of the card. I hung onto this card for years until I found the right opportunity to use the card to send birthday greetings! I have a bicycling enthusiast friend who had a birthday in August and this turned out to be the perfect card to send.

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Happy Birthday, Mamacita

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DAY TWO: I’m planning to blog every day this month in an effort to share a fraction of the many cards I’ve made and not shared yet. Today’s blog post is about the card I made for my mom’s birthday in August. Sometimes I call her “Mamacita” because I tend to give the people I love nick-names and she’s one of my top three favorite people. I’ve been known to call her “Momster,” too. I don’t know how she feels about my silly nicknames, but she seems to be cool with it.

Last I checked, my mom loves green, so I used some 12″ X 12″ Topiary Cardstock and cut it down to size for the card.  I also used paper from the retired “Flirty” paper packet from Close to My Heart. I’ve had this paper for a long time and this was the first card I’ve made with it. I don’t know why I saved the paper for so long, waiting for the right moment to cut into it! I’m glad I used it for this pretty card, and I love that the paper is double-sided, making it easy to pull together a coordinated project. Looking through the Make It from Your Heart® Volume 2 collection of card and scrapbook layout “recipes,” I came across pattern 28, which inspired me to create this card.

To make the card, I distressed each piece of paper with the block from my Sanding Kit. Next, I used the zip strip and laid it horizontally across the three pieces of paper. The zip strip is located at the top of the B & T Duos patterned paper we carry. I used Buttercup Cardstock cut down to 2.5″ x 2.5″ and cut down some White Daisy Cardstock to 2.25″ x 2.25″ and then distressed the edges with my Sponge Dauber and my Topiary Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pad. The birthday sentiment I stamped is from the Joyful Birthday collection. After mounting the square shapes together, I attached them to the card with 3-D Foam Tape.

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To finish the card, it needed some embellishing, so I peeled a beautiful resin rose from its carrier sheet and attached it above the sentiment. I believe it was an embellishment from the retired Close to My Heart “Claire” embellishment collection. I have some gold ribbon in my stash, so I trimmed some of it down with my Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors and attached them to the card with some Memory Book Glue Dots®.

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The card needed a little something else, so I stuck some Pink Glitter Gems to the zip strip and added a few yellow sticky-back rhinestone gems below the sentiment. Finally, it was complete!

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Well, that’s it for Day Two! Come back tomorrow to see my next blog post. Thanks for stopping by!

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A Leopard Print Birthday

A Leopard Print Birthday
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Today’s card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest and just had to re-create for my darling friend Debra. The leopard print paper and black ribbon just reminded me of her classy style and it complimented the Eiffel Towel earrings my husband made for her birthday. It’s fun to send surprise packages in the mail.

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If I recall, it was a folded 4.25″ x 4.25″ card I made with some cardstock that was white on the inside and slightly shimmery black on the outside. I had some fun leopard print paper I cut down to 3.75″ square and adhered it to the card. Then I used my Cricut Expression and the Cricut cartridge from the Cricut® Artiste Collection to cut a crisp oval from 12″ X 12″ White Daisy Cardstock and a slightly larger oval out of my 12″ X 12″ Black Cardstock. Next, I used a stamped from the Casual Expressions stamp set to stamp the sentiment on the white oval with my Black Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pad. Then, I adhered some pretty, ribbed black ribbon and used my Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors to snip the edge decoratively.
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I attached the oval shapes together and used double-sided foam adhesive to pop the shape off the page. Then I attached some elements from the Base & Bling Floral Accents collection to the card to add some bling – Debra loves bling, but in a classy, not too over-the-top way.
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Happy 18th Birthday – with Selfies

Happy 18th Birthday – with Selfies
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This week, my step-son turns 18! He lives at home with us full-time and he’ll often pick up his dad’s cell phone and take selfies (self portraits) with his iPhone while his dad isn’t looking. With Apple iPhones and iPads, you don’t have to unlock the device to use the camera, so he just grabs the phone or iPad, opens the camera and snaps a few selfies, thinking his dad may be annoyed or may not notice them. Well, unlike some folks who delete those, we keep them all. We thought it would be funny to use his self portraits in something for his birthday, so my husband gave me 178 of his son’s photos and I made a collage of them. I printed them out to about 3″ x 4″ on glossy photo paper and made it the focal point of the Seahawks (of course) colored card.

18th birthday guy card
I used navy blue linen cardstock leftover from working at Kinko’s in the 1990s, as well as bright green cardstock, a silver pen, some washi tape and some foil number stickers. Although he seemed embarrassed and annoyed by it, I think he secretly enjoyed getting a card made up of pictures of himself. 😉
18 year old card
blog - 18Here’s how the card started – as a sketch I drew in PenUltimate on my iPad… then I turned it into a real card yesterday.
My Card Sketch
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