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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Last minute super easy Christmas cards

I needed a few last minute Christmas cards and put together this quick and easy card that might be one of my favorites. A couple of layers, some stamping, pen doodles and a little twine.

The stamps are from Recollections - I got them at Michael's a couple of days ago, they had the cutest sets of Christmas stamps for $3.99 each. The Christmas tree was in one set and the sentiment and snow border were in the other set. I added some white dash lines and some sparkle to the tree top with sakura pens, and tied on some MS twine. The white and red papers are PTI and the top layer is Stampin' Up! crumb cake, which is their kraft cardstock - I love it, it is a little paler than most kraft cardstocks. OH - I punched the layers with my new favorite corner chomper - the cloud/scallop one - LOVE it!

Thanks for stopping by - have a wonderful Holiday whatever you celebrate!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cricut Cardz Challenge - Tag You're It!

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas.... I am singing that in my head because I have been wrapping presents and placing them under the tree! And I have been making gift tags for the Cricut Cardz Challenge - #98 - Tag, You're It! Perfect timing!

#98: "Christmas: Tag, You're It!" Make 2 Christmas gift tags using any cartridge(s) and any colors you'd like. Link your project here by January 3rd.

I decided to do something a little different so instead of adding cricut cuts to my tags, I used the cuts as masks to ink my tags. Check it out!

DO IT YOURSELF:  Choose a shape with an interesting border and place a focal image inside the border shape using Cricut Craft Room, Design Studio or Gypsy. (I used CCR and I also cut the tags at the same time.) Lay the tag flat, now keeping the border and focal cuts pieced together, center them on the front panel and attach using repositionable adhesive. Also mask the back section of the tag to keep it free of ink. Next, using a sponge or dauber, ink around the mask to the edge of the tag to make the border. The picture below is after inking.
After inking the border, remove the focal image cut from the center of the border shape and add ink to that space. The image below shows my inked focal image, including the detail I added with a pen later.
To finish remove the border mask, you should have a tag that looks like you stamped an image and a border. Add extra details with pens or markers, I used sakura pens.
This technique is perfect for adding inked images that you may not have a stamp for - but it does work best with mostly solid, silhouette type cuts.

These are the materials I used:
The tags are cut from Christmas Card cartridge, card #8, 2 1/2" height
The border shapes were cut from MS Seasonal Cake Art, postage feature, Leaf borders 1 & 2, 2" height
Silhouette cuts: MS Seasonal Cake Art, Tree & Bird Wreath, and Just Because cards Cookie, 1 1/2" height
(I have the Cricut Craft Room cut file if anybody wants it, just contact me using the form on my blog)
Inks used were VersaMark and Distress Inks
Details added with sakura pens
Tags cut on Stampin'Up! Crumb Cake cardstock, be sure to cut your masks using a good sturdy cardstock, I used cardstock from Papertrey Ink.
Twine is from Martha Stewart

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to enter your tags in the challenge!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Cricut Cardz Challenge # 97

Hi everybody, I hope you are all enjoying the wonderful Holiday season. If you need a little help getting into the Christmas spirit I have just the thing for you. Cricut Cardz Challenge #97 is here and joining in on this challenge is sure to put you in the mood for hot cocoa and Christmas carols. Here are the details:


#97: "A Caroling We'll Go!" Make a card for Christmas based on your favorite Christmas song, using any cartridge(s) and any colors you'd like. 
Due: December 13th. (that's only 1 week so hurry and get your entry in!)

Here is my DT card. I could not pick a favorite song because I have way too many, so I just picked one of my many favorites. I cut the JOY letters from the Cindy Loo cart at 2". The materials are listed below the picture.


HURRY!!! Unlike the other CCC challenges, there is only 1 week to get your entry in for this one!

Materials:
JOY cut from Cindy Loo at 2", I embossed the top layer with gold embossing powder
Solid papers are from PTI and Coordinations Pearl
DP is from the 6x6 Authentique Christmas stack called Wonder
Prima flower, ribbon from my stash
DP mat was cut using nesties labels 8
Sentiment is from my computer and then cut with the PTI die - Christmas Label

Please enjoy this version of JOY TO THE WORLD by Third Day, it is one of my favorites!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Christmas embellishment tip

Well we are winding down our vacation, just a few more days til we head home but this is the good part - visiting my daughter & family in Arizona. My daughter is a transplant to Yuma from the midwest and she says it still feels weird to her to put up Christmas lights & decorations while wearing t-shirts & flip flops! haha But it sure is looking like Christmas around here.

I have one last card that I wanted to post, I made this before we left for vacation. I love this adorable snow family, I watercolored them using distress inks and my aqua painter, then added stickles for the glitzy look.


Here is a tip; for my embellishment, I wanted a button with a candy look but I didn't have one so I took a plain red button and drew the white stripes on with my white gel pen. I wasn't sure if it would dry on the button and not smear but it worked perfectly!

I will add the stamp name and other mats after I get home because I forgot to bring the list with me and I sure can't remember.... ohwell. Thanks for taking a peek at my card!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Blessings

Hello my friends! I hope everybody had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am still on vacation and had the opportunity to visit the Joshua Tree National Park a few days ago and was so inspired by the beauty there I just wanted to take a moment to be grateful for the Blessings of this earth. Have a safe start to the holiday season everybody!


Joshua Trees

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Cricut Cardz Challenge #96 - Christmas Say it with S

Hello all and greetings from Palm Springs, CA! I am on vacation but I can't miss one of the Cricut Cardz Challenges so here is my DT creation for challenge #96. Please join in on the fun, the details for the challenge are below:
#96: "Christmas: Say it with S!" Make a card for Christmas using an image that starts with the letter S, using any cartridge(s) and any colors you'd like.
Link up here by December 5th.

S is for song! That's what my card is all about and one of my favorite things about Christmas is the beautiful  music and Christmas carols. I used the Winter Wonderland cartridge to cut that cute shaped layer that my image is stamped on using the tag feature. How have I not used that feature before??



The stamp is called Falala Mice from I brake for Stamps, the sentiment stamp is from PTI Stylish Sentiments: Holiday (my go to sent stamp for Christmas this year it seems) and I colored the meeces with Memento markers, twine is Martha Stewart. Card base cardstock is Stampin' Up Crumb Cake and I am not sure who makes that musical background stamp that I used for the Versamark watermark background.

Have fun with te challenge!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Christmas sparkles!

Just wanted to share a quick sparkly Christmas card with you all. The stamp is from Hero Arts but I made this just before leaving on vacation and forgot to bring my materials list so I am not sure what the stamp is called. N-E-Way... this is a very simple card, just one layer with the stamped image, a little coloring, dash-doodles in white, sparkle gel pen added, and some metallic thread. I do love this stamp and I hope you can see all the sparkle I added with my Sakura pens because I went nuts! I love the added sparkle though, hope you do too!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Penguins 4 Christmas & coupon alert

I don't know if you are familiar with Stephanie Barnard's The Stamps of Life but if not you should check it out for sure! She has the cutest stamps and a very affordable stamp of the month club, which is a great way to build your stamp collection. I just received her Penguins4Christmas set and it is so stinkin' cute I had to jump right in! I know I am a bit behind everyone else but this is my first Christmas card of the season.



Here is a list of materials:
Solid papers: Papertrey Ink
Patterned paper: DCWV The Christmas Stack
Penguins, gifts, & inside sentiment stamps: The stamps of Life: Penguins4Christmas (colored with Memento Dual Tip markers & stamped with Memento inks)
Front of card sentiment: Papertrey Ink: Stylish Sentiments: Holidays (stamped with Colorbox Frost White ink)

Embellished with Sakura Gelly Roll glitter pens, Sakura white gel pen, corner chomper, ek border punch

COUPON ALERT: I picked up Martha Stewart's Living Magazine December 2011 Make it Magical and there was a coupon inside for 50% off one MS craft item at Michael's. Now maybe they put that in every magazine - I don't know because I don't usually buy it - but I got excited because it is my experience that MS craft items don't go on sale as often as other items and I would love to start getting some of her punches.

So thanks for stopping by, comments are appreciated!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Thanksgiving Cricut Cardz Challenge

It's time for another Cricut Cardz Challenge with Mary at Cardz TV.
Here are the details for CCC challenge #95:

"We're So Thankful" Make a card for Thanksgiving using the card feature from any cartridge(s) you'd like, using any colors you'd like.

For my design team card, I decided to make place cards for Thanksgiving Day dinner using a cut from Just Because Cards. Instructions are below the picture - I hope you like them! And please hop on over to Cardz TV to play along, but be sure to link up your card by November 22nd!


1) CARD BASE:  Cut the card on pg 63 of the Just Because Cards cartridge, this one has a slightly scalloped edge. I set the height to 4.25". Emboss your cards, I used my Cuttlebug and the Forest Branches embossing folder. Using the direct to paper method, apply ink over the card to highlight the raised embossing. I used Versa Magic Cloud White.
2) Make another of the same cricut cut using patterned paper (you need 1 patterned paper cut for every 2 cards you are making), then cut this piece in half lengthwise. Trim 3/8" from the straight edge.
3) Cut a strip of coordinating paper 1/2" by 4 1/2".  Adhere this strip to the scallop edge patterned paper piece, about 1/4" from the top edge, and add some faux stitching - I used a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen. The strip will be slightly wider than you need so just trim it after you adhere it. Attach this layered piece to the card base matching the top edges.
4) Cut a label for writing the guest's name. I used Memento Rich Cocoa ink to stamp the label from Papertrey Ink's Fillable Frames stamp and cut it out using the coordinating die. I then used Versamark Ink to add a watermark using Papertrey Ink's stamp set All About You. Since it is a watermark, the guest's name can easily be written over the stamped image. Attach the label to the base so that it hangs over the top edge a bit.
5) Add an embellishment. I used a silk flower with a punched flower in the center and attached it with this gem brad, which I am pretty sure came from We R Memory Keepers.

These will make a pretty addition to your Thanksgiving table and are fun and easy to make!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Turkey Invites

My sister asked me to make invitations for Thanksgiving dinner at her house this year. I thought a fun little turkey would be perfect and here is what I came up with. The cricut cut I used for the body of the turkey is a little unusual but it was exactly the shape I wanted. I used one of the Russian dolls on the Paisley cartridge and hid all the inside cuts with my Gypsy. Any my first instinct was to use a black marker for his eyes but I wanted him to have bright eyes so I used white - a bit unusual maybe but I think it works. I love the way the turkeys came out and the swirly dashes and blowey leaves say FALL to me. All materials are listed below.



Details:
Cricut cut: Turkey body is cut from the Russian doll on pg 66 of the Paisley cartridge. H-1.50" W-1.25" (you have to unlink the height-width to get these dimensions) The tail feathers are from strips of paper 1 3/4" x 1/2" with one corner rounded. (I got this idea from KWerner, her blog is here) I just free hand cut a wedge for the beak and a tear drop shape for the turkey hangy down thing - I have no idea what this is called.

Patterned paper: DCWV Amber Autumn stack
Kraft paper for base
Inks - Memento Dew Drops in Rich Cocoa and Potter's Clay
Marker - Memento Dual tip in Potter's Clay
Stamps - Papertrey Ink Fillable Frames #10 for the You're Invited sentiment and Lizzie Anne Celebration Sayings for the happy turkey day sentiment, and the leaf stamps are from Stampin' Up Give Thanks set
Extras - EK Success label punch & border punch, baker's twine (from the hardware store), Sakura white Gelly Roll pen and yellow and orange colored pencils to give the leaves some color.

Monday, October 31, 2011

One Last Halloween Project - Luminaries

Okay - one last halloween project - I decided last minute to make some luminaries for my front walk in preparation for trick-or-treat tonight. I used the celebration bags from Michael's, black for the outside and yellow for the inside - I tried purple on the inside of one but it was too dark to see so I went with all yellow insides. I cut through both sides of the black bags with the largest die in my Nesties Labels Eight set and then fit the yellow bags inside the black ones. With some spooky cricut cuts attached to the part of the yellow bag that showed through the black - front and back - and some dollar store break-n-shake glow sticks inside - I think they turned out pretty cute! I am showing the haunted house, black cat & spider in my pictures below, and I also did some with a flying witch and a carved pumpkin.  HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!









I am submitting this project for some challenges.

Crafting When We Can: Halloween and/or anything but a card

One Stop Craft Challenge: No Sentiment

Crafty Catz: Halloween

If the Shoe Fits: Spooky Fall

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy Halloween with Cricut Cardz Challenge!

It's time again for Cricut Cardz Challenge with Mary at Cardz TV. This challenge is fun and easy, make any Halloween card with any cartridge and any colors. Super easy so be sure to get your card linked up to be eligible for the monthly drawing!

And oh my goodness, wait until you see what fun things the other design team gals have come up with, go check it out! For my DT card I did a 5x7 swing card using the Mini Monsters and Martha Stewart All Occasion cartridges. Details for my card are below, thanks for looking and I can't wait to see your cards!

What you need to know for the challenge:
  • Use any cartridge
  • Make a Halloween card
  • Use any colors
  • Post here by November 8th to be in the monthly drawing.
Here is my card:



I made a 5x7 swing card. The monster (cut from Mini Monsters) is on the front and the swing part of the card opens to show the Trick or Treat (cut from MS All Occasions) on the inside. My solid papers are from Papertrey Ink (Plum Pudding & Ripe Avocado) and my patterned paper is from the DCWV Amber Autumn Fall Stack. I used my Tim Holtz distress tool to distress the edges of the cardstock - hope you can see that - it made a really cool effect perfect for this card - and distressed inks (Dusty Concord & Peeled Paint) on everything. I didn't have enough purple gems but with some clear dew drops and my V09 Copic marker I colored my own and added them for a finished look. The phrases were part of a collage paper in that DCWV paper stack and I added some dots and sparkle with Sakura glitter pens.

Eat, Drink and be Scary!!! Happy Halloween!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Super Easy Sewing - Cross Body Trick-or-Treat bags

I am taking a break from paper this week and making trick-or-treat bags for my grandkids. I though it would be cool to make them cross body bags to give them hands free trick-or-treating. These are the ones I made for the little kids, the bags are approx. 11x11 and the straps are 30 inches. I am making slightly bigger bags with longer straps for the 2 bigger kids. These bags are so simple to make, and they are reversible, machine washable, and the straps are adjustable! They can even be adjusted to carrying length if they don't want to wear them cross body. I hope you enjoy looking at this project, I had fun making them!



Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Think Pink with Cardz TV & the Link Up for Pink party

It's time for another challenge with Mary at Cardz TV ~  There is a very special challenge this week for Cardz TV challenge #93. Our DT mission was to create a card in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month and use the color pink and any cartridge. So now is the time to make a cute little reminder card or get well card for some special gal, and of course, link it up at Cardz TV!

This is also an opportunity to join in with Yolie and her friends for the first annual Link Up for Pink party!
This is a wonderful opportunity to spread the word and remind all your girlies to practice good breast health, not just during Breast Cancer Awareness month but all through the year.

What you need to know:
  • Make Breast Cancer Awareness the theme of your card
  • Use the color pink
  • Use any cartridge
  • Post here by October 25th to be in the drawing for CCC.
  • Also post here by October 14th for the Link Up for Pink party.
Here is my card using the Tie the Knot cartridge and scraps from my stash. And ladies... don't forget to check your boobies!!!


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Happy World Card Making Day!!! (& a Fluffles Birthday card)

HAPPY WORLD CARD MAKING DAY!! I am using this as an excuse to spend the day in my studio making all those cards I have been meaning to make! So please, check back later to see how I did....

In the meantime, I wanted to post this cute little card I made a couple of days ago. I love Fluffles the cat stamps from Stampendous! I used this one for a birthday card - the sentiment says "Life's uncertain...eat dessert first!" What a great idea!



Stamp - Stampendous Fluffles birthday
All papers and ribbon are from Gina K Designs.
I colored Fluffles with Copic markers - I also used a Copic to highlight around the image.
I finished with a Sakura glitter pen to give the candles some sparkle.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Cardz TV Challenge #92 - what a hoot!

It's time for another challenge with Mary at Cardz TV ~ YAY! Here is my design team card for this weeks Cardz TV challenge #92. Use any owl cut to make a halloween card using any colors you like - how easy is that?! I hope you will join in on the fun!

What you need to know:
  • Use any Owl cut
  • Make a Halloween card
  • Use any colors
  • Post here by October 11th to be in the drawing.

I used the owl cut from Create-a-Critter (of course I added GOOGLY eyes) and made a gate fold card. The fence and cat are cut using Martha Stewarts Seasonal Cakes. The Happy Haunting phrase is also from Create-a-Critter, and I used a 'Have a Hoot' sentiment from Scrappy Mom's Stamps. For the inside I just Love this Halloween paper from DCWV!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Cardmaking with Mom

Because I am off work right now, I had the chance to spend some time with family. These past couple of weeks I have been hanging out with mom. I first went to visit her in Indiana, then she came home with me for a visit, and then I took her back to Indiana. It was really good to spend some time with her, we never out grow our moms... do we!
While mom was here, we did some card making. Mom is 76 and had never done any card making, but look at these designs she did! (I just helped out with the tools and technical stuff.) Great job mom!

Mom loved this butterfly tree stamp from Unity Stamps.


Mom really wanted a black & white birthday card for a friend so
she came up with this using stamps from Gina K Designs.

This is another b-day card we made using the scraps from the scallop oval we cut for the first card.
Stamps are from PaperTrey Ink. (There was a pretty black & white bow in the top left corner but it must have fallen off when I took this picture ~ oops!)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Mix It Up Monday Challenge at Gina K Designs

There is a very special challenge going on at Gina K Designs for Mix It up Monday. A birthday card for a DT members who is 'fighting like a girl' against an illness. The challenge was to use the colors Pink, White, and one other color of your choice - I chose green. Here is wishing AJ a happy birthday and a speedy recovery!


My card is made using GKD stamps from Celebrate in Style and Springtime Silhouette. All papers are also GKD from the Springtime Silhouette kit. I pieced the skirt on the dress form using patterned paper and added Smooch in Taffy color and a green copic marker on the bodice. I also painted the scalloped edges  of the die cuts with smooch for a shiny accent. LOVE that Smooch! The dies I used are from Spellbinders and PaperTrey Ink, and I also used Memento Dew Drops ink.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

YAY! - I was Featured at Lasting Memories Layout Challenge!

I am so excited to have been featured at Lasting Memories Layout Challenge with my entry! This is my first time being featured and the recognition feels really good - so thank you, thank you!!!!

I can't wait to get started on their next challenge!  This week, it's all about "Simply You" ... can be your style, you personally, something you love .. just "Simply You". And there is candy with this challenge so go check it out! Thanks again ladies of LMLC!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Flower Power Easel Card

Wow there is alot going on in this card! I hope it doesn't look too jumbled but when I saw the challenge at 365 cards - 5 buttons & 5 bows - I knew exactly what I wanted to do, and it works for a few other challenges too.


Challenge Entries:

365 Cards - 5 buttons & 5 bows, I added paper faces to flower shaped buttons and made the stems from ribbon and bows.
House of Gilli - easel card with flowers - I think this qualifies! ;)
My Craft Spot - sewing, stitching or faux stitching - I used a white pen to add faux stitches to the label and flowers. My patterned paper already had faux stitching.
Paper Creations Ink - flowers - again, I think this qualifies :)

CARD DETAILS:
I used some flower shaped buttons and removed the shanks. I then gave them paper faces using Peachy Keen face stamps. I used ribbon & bows for the stems and leaves but I only had white ribbon so I colored the stems with Copics G14 Apple Green and the bows with G12 Sea Green - btw, this plain thin white ribbon colored beautifully with copics. I cut out the ladybugs and colored them with Copics R46 Strong Red and made the dots with a sharpie. My paper was DCWV & Papertrey Ink and I used stamps from Papertrey Ink and Peachy Keen. The faux stitching was done with a white Gelly Roll from Sakura.

If you have never done an Easel card and would like to learn, here is a great video tutorial from SCS.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Beach Page for my Summer Mini - and challenge entries

I have fallen in love with making mini albums and I am working on a summer mini for my DIL. I wanted to make this one with pages that were really a set of pages, and make each one an element of summer time, i.e. beach, water sport, 4th of july, road trip, festival, etc. My idea is to make each 'page' of the album consist of several pages, with mutliple places for journaling and photos. I just finished the beach pages and I really like the way it came together.

I am posting this layout in the challenges:
I Did It Creations - nature
Just Some Lines - anything but a card
Lasting Memories layout challenges - what inspires you
As summer starts to fade, I am inspired by the beautiful white sandy beaches of Lake Michigan where I grew up. I have yet to see such beautiful beaches any place else and this project has made me homesick for sure!

(Below) Here is the front of the page-set with a subtle stamped beach scene on the front of the left panel. The tab on the left will be used for binding the finished album with my Cinch.

(Below) The left panel opens to reveal a nice big journaling spot and some photo mats on the right panel. I love these K & Co. embellishments!

(Below) When you open the right panel, there is another journaling spot. Covering this page are some CTMH clear photo flaps, there is room for 6-4x6 photos here. Fully opening both panels also reveals a beautiful beach scene I made by tearing and piecing K & Co. white core paper. I made the fence by stringing altered popsicle sticks with twine.


I grew up on the white sandy beaches of Lake Michigan and this looks so much like that beach it has made me homesick!

Materials Used:
Paper & Embellies were from the K&Co. Sea Glass collection.
Stamps: Summer Daydream set from CTMH.
Fence: twine, popsicle sticks with ends cut like pickets, painted with white gesso, then distressed with Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Journaling lines were made with Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card Notebook stamp. (Huge lined stamp - love it!)
Inks: Tim Holtz Distressed Inks in Old Paper and Vintage Photo

Birthday - Accordian Card Challenge Entry

This is my second post today, I have been on a roll this weekend! I have been seeing some accordian cards lately and I wanted to try my hand at making one of my own. They are so cute, like little books! I also put this into several challenges, how fun!
I used a nestie die to make it a shaped card but that is certainly not a requirement. Once I worked out the dimensions and fold lines it was actually pretty easy to make and I expect I will be making more of these in the future. If you have never tried one, you should! Make up your own or follow the instructions at the end of this post. My instructions will make a card sized 4 X 5-1/4 and fits perfectly into an A2 envelope.



Challenges:
Creations by Gill M - Anything that flies - I have a butterfly and birds.
One Stop Craft Challenge - anything but square
Totally Gorjus - As you like it
Jellypark Friends - die cuts and/or punches
Mami Doodles - shaped card

Recipe & Materials Used:

Nestabilities Labels Eight - largest die for the covers and 3rd size down for the panel layers
Paper: K & Co. Classic K collection
Stamps: TPC Studios Vintage Birdcages, Gina K Designs Stenciled Spring set and Springtime Silhouette set.
Perfect Pearls: Platinum Pearl
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Vintage Photo and Old Paper

UPDATE: I removed my instructions because I found this wonderful link to an accordian card tutorial and video by SCS that was much clearer than mine. Click here to see the tutorial.

Funny Birthday Cards and a Challenge Entry

I have had the rare opportunity to spend almost the entire weekend in my crafting studio - Yay! This has resulted in 3 birthday cards, 1 graduate card and a page set for a mini-album I am working on. Normally I would not post so much stuff in one day but I want to put some of these in challenges soooo here are my first two cards.

This is a belated birthday card that I have been wanting to make ever since I saw this sentiment in one of my new CTMH acrylic stamp sets called Card Chatter-Birthday. The sentiment says "I didn't forget your birthday..." "I'm just extending the Celebration!" How cute is that, and imperative to have for a procrastinator like me - haha.



Card Materials:
Stamp: CTMH Card Chatter-Birthday
Paper: DCWV The Whimsy matstack
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa

CHALLENGE: Catch the Bug - warm colors and paper piecing.

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My next card for this post is also one I have been wanting to make since I saw the sentiment. It is very simply stamped & colored and a little cuttlebug embossing, not alot of bells and whistles to take away from the sentiment. (Beware: my coloring is very amateur - sorry!)



Paper: scraps from my stash - Papertrey Ink and DCWV
Stamps: Gina K designs stamp set "Tickle Your Funny Bone"
Colored with Prisma color pencils and gamsol
Cuttlebug embossing was one of the border folders but I am not sure what the name is.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Graduation surprise wiper card

I love the colors on this card and when you pull the arrow tabs on either side, shiny stars pop up from the top. This is called a Wiper card because of the action of the pop-up. This is a fun and easy card, click here for a you tube tutorial from splitcoast stampers.

I made this card for my niece and I think she'll like it alot! I don't know if you can see it but on the left panel of the opened card it says 'reach for the stars'.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Cricut Cardz Challenge #89 - Jungle Animal Kids B-day Card

It's time again for a challenge at Cricut Cardz Challenge! Join in the fun by making a kids birthday card using any animal you would find in the jungle. Here is my design team card, I used Create-a-Critter, an oldie but goodie, and one of my favs. Enjoy and be sure to get your entry in before next Wednesday!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Amazing Blog ~ Must See!

Because I have been trying to do more challenges, I compiled a list of some of my favorite challenge blogs on my sidebar. However, today I came across an amazing blog that tracks 500 challenge blogs, can you believe it!? Feline Playful tracks and lists challenge blogs weekly with a description of the challenge and links to the blog. They also post images for any sketches needed. This makes it so much easier to see what challenges are being offered and I am happily replacing my sidebar list with their badge. What they do there takes alot of work and I for one am very appreciative and would like to send a big THANKS to the Feline Playful team!

Shadow Stamping with Gina K designs

I saw this great technique by Gina of Gina K Designs on Stamp TV for double stamping an image to give it a shadow effect. I loved the look of the shadow stamping, and the simplicity of the technique.

Now normally when I see an idea that I like for a card or project, I try to totally spin it to create a project completely my own. But when I saw this card by Gina K Designs, I loved every element and decided to made it almost exactly the same way. The design and all materials are from Gina K Designs. LOVE IT! Check out Gina's video on how to do this easy and fun technique here.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Hello Note Card Challenge Entry

I have been trying to push myself to think outside of the box by entering challenges so I am starting off with this note card I made to enter into two challenges:

Crazy for Challenges - make a monochromatic project

Paper Variety - use threads - floss, ribbon, yarn, lace, twine, etc.

Follow the links above to join the challenges - there is still time!

So I have done a monochromatic card in green (Crazy for Challenges), and tied up my buttons with floss and edged the card with ribbon (Paper Variety Challenge). I also used paper from DCWV, fiskars flower punch and corner rounder punch, a gel pen, and a 'hello' sentiment stamp from Gina K designs. I made this card with plenty of room inside for a nice long note to a far-away friend. Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

Boy's Football Birthday Card

Hi all! My grandson is turning 6 on the 19th.... where has the time gone??? Seems like the grandkids are growing up so fast, and I don't get to see them often enough!

My grandson has been throwing a football - and doing it very well - since he was about two years old. He is playing in a league this year for the first time and his favorite team is the Lions so what else was I going to put on his birthday card?? He is all about the game face so I had to make sure this little guy had his game face on too - haha - I hope he likes this!

This little football player was cut from the Everyday Paperdolls cart and I used a silver, black & white pen to make it look more like a Lion's jersey. The banner letters were cut from Martha Stewart All Occasions Cake cartridge.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Stair Step Birthday Card

This is a stair step birthday card and matching envelope I made for my mom-in-law.

Paper is from K & Co. Cricut cut birthday greeting is from Martha Stewart All Occasions Cake cart and MOM letters are from Cindy Loo. I made the flowers using a fiskars punch, floss, buttons and Tattered Angels glimmer mist.

Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Mini Scrapbooks for Teens

I have just recently fallen in LOVE with making mini scrapbooks! It is so much fun and quite addicting. I am going to a scrapping weekend tomorrow and plan to spend the entire weekend working on minis.

I just made these two 8x8 minis out of old manilla file folders for my two oldest granddaughters. I used a K&Co. paper collection for each one. It was not so easy making minis for young teen girls but they both love taking pictures so I wanted to give these to them for their birthdays. I was a bit late but I think they really liked them.

I am hoping to post some videos soon with some of the inside features and some tutorials. I took video before I gave them away but the vids are very low quality because I had forgotten my video camera. I may show them later anyway because the inside pages are very interactive and fun!

Have a good weekend everybody and thanks for stopping by!!