Oooh, I Love This Card!!

I was a busy bee on Sunday! I got several of the Dirty Girl challenges done, cleaned both bathrooms, stewed over an upcoming job interview, AND did the Featured Stamper challenge! This week’s featured stamper was lauraly (view her gallery here) – and wowza does she have great stuff to choose from! I picked this card because it just jumped right off the screen at me. She used one of my favorite color combos, too! It was really tough trying to decide what to change about the card.

I started by changing the colors – my base is Close to Cocoa (CtC), stamped with the Floral background in CtC Classic Ink. My next layer is Sage Shadow. For my focal panel I went with Barely Banana, stamped with the French Script background and sponged with CtC ink. I distressed the edges with my fingernail, and sponged then again after I did that.  I cut a triangle to fit in the corner, over both layers, stamped it with the Floral background image again, and gave it a wavy edge. So now I had the basics done.

Next I used Dark Brown embossing powder and Versmark ink to make the image from Carte Postale really stand out against the Barely Banana. On top of it, I layered three Prima flowers, held together by a pewter brad. In the three corners of the Sage Shadow cardstock that could still be seen, I used my Crop-a-dile to put Sage Shadow eyelets. I accented the whole thing with some beautiful Prima ribbon paired with a sating ribbon from AC Moore; the bottom corner has a decorative brad and frayed satin ribbon just to be different.

I have to say it — I adore this card. I didn’t take long to make at all, and I have been staring at it ever since I finished it! I might just have to keep it all to myself ;)!! I love the original too – thanks for the inspiration!!

Sympathy for a Family Friend

On Friday, a friend of the family passed away after a long and difficult battle with cancer. I made this sympathy card send, but it just doesn’t seem right. Then again – I never feel like sympathy cards are “right” – are they too much? Not enough? Wrong colors? Right sentiment? Uuugggghh.

So I went pretty simple on this one, and colors that I thought were nice – not necessarily dark. I watercolored the flower after I stamped it with Black Stazon on Naturals White cardstock. The leaves and stem are done with a Garden Green Watercolor Wonder Crayon, the background with a Bravo Burgundy one, the flower with a bit of Blush Blossom, and the inner stem is Summer Sun. I used an Aquapainter to blend it all. I clear embossed over it like 10 times – I was hoping to do the cracked-glass effect but it just wouldn’t ever crack. So oh well! It’s just super glossy!

The base for the card is Garden Green cardstock with the French Script background stamped in Garden Green Classic Ink. I layered Bravo Burgundy (edges sponged with Chocolate Chip ink) and Kraft  (edges sponged with Creamy Caramel ink) cardstock on and added some Burgundy grosgrain ribbon (from Ribbons and Bows Oh My! – link at right) around it. I stamped my sentiment on Kraft cardstock, punched it out with my Giga scalloped oval punch, and sponged on more green.

Now if I could only figure out what to write inside….

A Little Vanilla

I have got to say, I just love these little tent topper cards. They could not be more fun to make! This is my card for today’s Limited Supplies Challenge. I bent the rules a bit (with Jen’s permission!) and used Basic Black and Very Vanilla cardstock rather than Black and White. I am thinking of using this for a swap I am in – if I can bring myself to part with all of my Crate dp!!! This piece is called Trendy, and I *heart* it very much!

I used the stamp set Happy Harmony, which I just think is so sweet. I stamped the flowers, then inked up the stems and stamped them off once on a scratch piece of paper before putting them under the flowers – to make them a tad lighter. Punched it out using my Giga scallop oval , put it on dimensionals, tied the ribbon and tag on, and done! The whole thing took maybe 15 minutes. My kind of card!

Supply list (other than what I’ve already mentioned): Basic Black ink, random brad, large oval punch (SU), black and cream offray ribbon, corner rounder

A Home For My Goodies

This is my project for today’s Ways to Use It challenge. I went in a different direction than intended, I think, but I’m thrilled with the end result.

This little jar (which used to hold Clausen pickles – something I cannot live without) has been coralling my little tools that I use on almost every project – hobby blade, Cutter Bee scissors, aquapainter, blender pens, mechanical pencil – things that have an actual home but are never in there because I’m always using them. So I picked some paper and extra that I cannot live without and decided to make their new home pretty!

I started with some Cosmo Cricket dp (Doc Holiday from the Wanted line) – if Cosmo Cricket makes it I have to have it. They are soooo fab! I stamped Baroque Motifs (new fav set – so versatile) in 2 of my most used colors – Really Rust and Close to Cocoa on the dp. I paired it with Primas (how did I ever live without those???) from the Deep Woods Hydrangea collection. They all have SU brads in the center – which I just think are the perfect color to accent things (not too light, not too dark, not too shiny). I adhered the brads using red sticky strip, folded over the top of the jar so that i could put chocolate grosgrain ribbon around the inside.

The ribbon around the center is not attached at all – just knotted in two places to keep the chipboard buckle (also Cosmo Cricket) from goig anywhere. That way, if I want to change it or use it on a project, I can!

And my little friends are so thrilled they have a new home just at my fingertips!

Christmas Tent Toppers

I am on a roll today, ya’ll!! Thank goodness! Today’s sketch challenge happens to be a card I’ve been meaning to try for awhile – a tent topper. I’ve also been meaning to work on my Christmas cards. I have been kind of slack in my participation in the monthly Christmas Card Challenge. I’ve made up for this morning, though!

With my first card (at left) I had in mind a vintage-feel, peaceful card. I used a base of True Thyme cut to be 4.25″ square. Next I stamped my trees, from the Lovely As A Tree set, in True Thyme ink on Confetti Cream paper. I trimmed it to the desired size, and cut a mat panel fo rit using Cranberry Crisp.  Before I adhered the panel dimensionals, I stamped a sentiment (in Cranberry Crisp ink) and pinecone image (in True Thyme ink) from A Beautiful Season on the base. I added two brads at the bottom, and that’s it – simple and peaceful!

My second card is more fun, I think. I don’t know that I like it more – it is just different! I used a base of Sahara Sand, and the layers are Night of Navy and Bordering Blue. I stamped French Flair lightly in Bordering Blue ink on that panel, and highlighted it with a Signo white gel pen and a Sakura glitter pen. For the topper, I stamped the snowmen from The World Over set twice in Black Stazon ink, so they formed a circle. I colored them using blender pens and stampin’ spots. It is hard to see in this picture, but there are little stacks of snowballs that I put Liquid Applique on and dried with a heat gun, so they are puffy. For a little more oomph, I colored every other word using a blender oen and Bordering Blue ink.  I attached the circle – which I cut out using my circle scissors – with a brad from Q&Co.

So that is more holiday stuff crossed of my list! One of the cool things about these cards is that they fit in regular envelopes, just like other cards – what a bonus!

Don’t Be Alarmed…

I changed the theme again! I just can’t help myself – I get bored after awhile! The picture in the header is a view from Rialto Beach, Washington. We were out there on the Olympic Penninsula for our honeymoon, almost 5 years ago. We must’ve taken 50 pictures at this beach alone!

Olive My Girlfriends!

Today’s Color Combination challenge featured Old Olive, Pretty In Pink, and Regal Rose. And woohoo do I ever love this combo!!!! My card yesterday had similar colors (but the Technique Challenge was a toughie – whew!) to these. But I only made on card yesterday – it took forever and I wasn’t at all happy with the results. Oh well – I am today!

It took way longer than I wanted it to for this first card of the morning to be finished! I’ve noticed that if I try to multitask, cards take forever to complete, and I make a total mess of my area. If I can just sit down and make a card from start to finish, the cleanup isn’t too bad. Guess I’ll have to make some more cards to help clean up the mess!

I used a precut tag that came on the sheet with Basic Grey’s Perhaps collection in the middle of this card. I noticed after I put it into the pocket I made out of Old Olive and Regal Rose cardstock) that I didn’t put it back in the center – but it does fit smack in the middle, I swear! I used a heat gun to curl the white and pink organdy ribbon (SU, retired), and attached the “wild side” of it with a spiral clip. I used a sponge dauber to apply dense color to the edges of the olive panel. I used my mat pack and paper piercer to punch the holes that I whipstitched the linen thread (SU) through. The doodle flowers (from the Doodle This set) stamped in Black Stazon on Naturals White cadstock, colored in Pretty in Pink and Regal Rose, edged with a Sakura Glitter pen, clear embossed, and curled with my bone folder. I attached them together with a random green decorative brad, and adhered them to the pocket with a dimensional. The entire pocket is adhered on the Pretty in Pink base with dimensionals.

The sentiment, from Edgy Eloquence, reads “Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry with your girlfriends.” I stamped in in Old Olive, punche dit out with the round tab punch, and used a sponge dauber to add some Old Olive and Regal Rose color to it.  I love this card, these colors, the Basic Grey paper…..off to play some more!

No Way!!! I Rock!!!

Guess what? Just when I was sitting around having a good old fasioned miserable day, Mercy stepped in and brightened it right on up!! She nominated me as a “Rockin’ Girl Blogger” – cool, huh?? So now I get to have the fancy pink badge and everything!! Woooooohoooo! Thanks Mercy!! If you haven’t already been, you should skip on over to Mercy’s blog and check it out. She does great stuff!

 Now for my five new nominees (in no particular order – all these chickies rock!):

See me doing the happy dance over my pretty new pink bling??

Seed Packets!

 OH MY GOSH! Have you seen this fabulous tutorial Kathryn did on her blog???? She makes the cutest little seed packets ever, and has made available for download the template for the packet, front cover (12 different styles!), and inserts for the packet. Wowza! I highly recommend you check out her blog, and the tutorial – she’s doing some wonderful things over there!

For this little packet I used Fancy pants dp (Passion from the Free Spirit collection), and cheapy acetate paper from Mike’s. I printed the “label” on the acetate, flipped it over, and stamped my images from the Delight in Life set on the back in Black Stazon. I colored them in with markers (Cameo Coral and Tempting Turquoise). I attached it with a silver eyelet in each corner. So simple!

Beate has the bestest sketches!

I recently discovered Beate’s weekend sketch challenges on her super-fantastic blog, Fresh and Fun – definitely worth a trip over there if you’ve never been. This weekend’s sketch didn’t let me down — it was perfect for my new Marvy Giga Scalloped Oval punch! Just the excuse I needed to break it in.

I had leftover Fancy Pants dp from another project I was working on, and it happened to be just the right size for the card. I used a base of Buckaroo Blue (I am in denial that the ’07 In Colors are really gone!). I added the pieces of dp (same paper, different sides). On the smaller square, I stamped an image from Baroque Motifs using Buckaroo Blue Classic Ink; I stamped the flourish from the set on the base to add interest. I punched my scalloped oval out of Naturals White cardstock and used the large SU oval punch to open a window for the sentiment. It is stamped on the dp in Buckaroo Blue, with stamped off flowers around it.  To complete the card, I layered ribbon onto a strip of Chocolate Chip with distressed edges. Ticket punched the exposed corners, and done!

Alltogether, this was a pretty quick card – always a bonus!

Some new decorations for my stamp room…

My friend Sara sent me this adorable frame, bow already on it. I LOVED IT!! I got another one too – it is black with a black and white polka dot. The ribbon on this one is a perfect match for SU colors, and I’ve been itching to decorate this chipboard letter for awhile now……so this here’s what I came up with!

I cut a piece of Tempting Turquoise cardstock down to 4″ x 6″, and rounded the corners so it would fit as my base. I stamped all over it with an image from Big Pieces in Chocolate Chip ink, and the small flower from Baroque Motifs in Certainly Celery. I did the same thing on my layer of Whisper White. Those two images look great together!!!!! I see some one-sheet-wonders in the near future with them!

I cut a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock a smidge smaller than my WW piece, and left it plain. I modge-podged the dp from the Simply Scrappin’ kit Friends & Flowers onto the Cosmo Cricket chipboard “u”. I edged it with a Chocolate Chip marker. I attached a Prima (from the St. Martin, Caribbean collection) with a turquoise rhinestone brad at the top.

And that’s it! So quick and easy! I love those kind of projects!

A Mother-Daughter Project!

I spent some quality time with my daughter yesterday making this book for her daddy. She has gotten to the stage where she is dying to do whatever mommy is doing, so I figured, “why not?”! She is a really good little crafter – which totally surprises me since she is not quite 2. I’m excited about it though!

A while back I bought these Buck Naked chipboard lacing cards by Cosmo Cricket from Lindsey (jacksonbelle). Actually, all of the Cosmo Cricket goodies I used on this project, as well as all of the Primas, Prima chipboard, and Crate paper I bought from her. Can you tell I am addicted to her store? She’s having a sale right now – you should check it out!

I (well, we) used Modge Podge to adhere all of the Crate paper (from the Avenue collection) to the chipboard. After I cut each piece to size, I rounded the corners. Sweet little one painted the MP onto the chipboard, and she only licked the foam brush once! I chose two coordinating patterns that didn’t have flowers onthem, so the book would stay masculine for my husband. I used my Crop-a-dile to punch the holes out of the paper (and my helper picked up the trash on the floor!). Love that tool!

Each of the photos was printed on cheapie cream cardstock in a sepia tone. She picked out the pictures she wanted to use. After I cut them and rounded the corners, I went over each one with my Versamark pad, poured on some clear ep, and blasted them with my heat gun. Do you remember when photgraphs had the super thick matte finish and rounded corners? That is the look I was going for. Since my creative genius picked out all of the embellishments, they don’t necessarily flow as well as they could. But I think they look terrific! And she loves her some Primas, too. Had I let her be in total control, they’d be covering every page!

The supplies we used for this project are: Stamps: Carte Postale, Unfrogettable, Baroque Motifs, Smorgasborders; Ink: Basic Black, Basic Brown; Paper: Crate dp – Avenue Collection, Very Vanilla, Naturals Ivory, cheapie cream; Accessories: Black and Cream Offray ribbon, Prima flowers (assorted colors), Prima chipboard letters, Q & Co. brads, Karen Foster brads, SU black brads, SU round tab punch, Cosmo Cricket chipboard (Storybook line for “grace”, plain for the hearts on the front cover), Marvy Giga Scalloped Oval punch, sanding blocks, corner rounder, and a Classic Winnie the Pooh bottlecap to finish it off. Her nursery is done in that theme, and she looooves those guys.

To make lacing the ribbon through the holes a bit easier, I threaded them through needles with ginormous eyes. That was a serious time saver! We had a really good time making this book. And when we finished, I gave her a plain white gift bag and she colored all over it. I wish you could have ssen how proud she was to give her present to her dad when he got home – I don’t know who loves it more!

I will definitely be buying more of these lacing cards. I used all four of them to make a book, but they would be too cute if you just used two and made a stand alone picture frame. And of course I want to make a “girlie” one – masculine stuff is so hard for me!

Yummy! Cosmo Cricket!

I have loved this line, Wanted, of Cosmo Cricket’s ever since I first laid eyes on it. Jacksonbelle had (and still has!) it in her store, along with all sorts of fun stuff to coordinate with it – check it out!

The new SU western themed stamps will look great with this paper, but I don’t have any yet (note the extreme sadness here…). So I dug out an old favorite of mine – the Travel Post set.  Julia’s Ways to Use It Challenge today was to accentuate the corners somehow. So I knew the chipboard photo corners were the way to go.

I started with a base of Kraft cardstock. I added some Really Rust and a piece of the “Doc Holiday” paper from the Wanted line. I used Basic Brown Classic ink to stamp the word “Postcard” on the Really Rust, and to stamp the suitcases on Kraft paper. I also used it to randomly stamp some of the smaller images in the set all over my piece of dp. I colored the suitcases lightly with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and a blender pen, and mounted it on dimensionals. I added ribbon with a chipboard buckle to separate the two papers, and four chipboard photo corners. I sponged the all the edges with the brown ink, and adhered it to the base.

That’s it! Super simple and quick. Hope you like it as much as I do!

Same Sketch – Totally Different Cards!

I checked the sketch challenge today and WOW!!! What a cool sketch! I’ve never attempted a card with a layout like this, so it was lots of fun to come up with ideas. The first card I did, at the left, was inspired by the fabric tag in the middle. From that tag I chose my color scheme – a Brilliant Blue base, a layer of Old Olive, and a pinch of Bashful Blue to accent things a bit. The dp is from a slab of coordinating paper I received as a gift. I stamped the flowers from the Polka Dots & Paisley set on Old Olive squares in Old Olive ink, and the outline stamp in Brilliant Blue. I used the large polka dotted stamp from the set, inked up in Bashful Blue, to give each square a little oomph. On the large Old Olive panel I stamped the Harlequin background in Brilliant Blue. Added some Primas attached with large brads, some matching grosgrain ribbon, and poof! All done!

My second card is radically different. I started with a base of Whisper White that I ran through the Cuttlebug in my newest folder. I layered on some Basic grey dp and some polka dotted dp from the same slab as the previous card (ran that through the Cuttlebug as well). On more Whisper White I stamped the heart from Doodle That and the adorable monkey from Zoofari – both in Pixie Pink. I colored them with a Watercolor Wonder Crayon (Pretty in Pink) and a blender pen. The sentiment, from the Wild About You set, was a RAK from laurakj, so I had to trim it down to the size it is. I stamped the doodle from Doodle That on it, and then sponged all 3 with Certainly Celery and edged tehm with Real Red ink. I mounted each one on dimensionals, added some fabric tags, and was all done. I named this card “Pink Monkey Love” which for some reason makes me laugh hysterically.

A Card for My Love

This week is exceptionally busy for my husband – he is the assistant manager of a bookstore, and they are in the process of moving from an old location to a brand new one. And this week all of the new merchandise is being shipped in to fill the store. So that means chaos, longer hours, and less family time.

When I saw the colors that the guest host, Julie (reneejul1, who has an awesome blog – check it out!), posted for today’s color combination challenge I knew it would be perfect for a card for him. It did take me all darn day to get to stamp, though. I made myself clean, reorganize, do laundry — boooooooring chores – first.

When he called to say he was leaving, I knew I’d better get going. The drive takes him about 45 minutes. I dug into my scrap drawer to see what pieces I had, and there I unearthed the Always Artichoke panel and the two Bordering Blue ones. I didn’t even have to cut them – they were the perfect size! I used Not Quite Navy for my card base, and cut a piece of Mellow Moss for the largest panel. On it, I used the Leaves a la Carte jumbo wheel, with Always Artichoke ink. The two Bordering Blue panels I ran through my Cuttlebug and sponged with NQN ink. Next, I used the jumbo wheel again on the Artichoke panel. For my image panel, I stamped hearts from Love Matters in Mellow Moss ink on Confetti Cream paper cardstock. I used NQN to stamp the word “Love”, and colored it in with an Artichoke marker. I sponged the edges with Artichoke ink. I added “the best is yet to come”, stamped in Bordering Blue, on a large punched oval mounted on dimensionals.

To finish the card, I tied a piece of grosgrain ribbon at the top. My husband was noticeably touched when he got home, and it was great to bring a smile to his face at the end of a long day.