A Simple Get Well Card

This one is for my husband’s grandmother, who is having a tough recovery from her hip surgery. I used today’s Limited Supplies Challenge to help get me going! I love the “follow the list” kind of challenges – and Jen really made quite a specific list this week!

The base of my card is Naturals White. On top of that I used some pretty dp that came in a slab of vintage paper from Hobby Lobby. Next came a smaller panel of Bashful Blue that I ran through the Cuttlebug and edged with Bashful Blue ink. I wrapped a piece of white grosgrain ribbon around it in the center. For may image, I stamped on of the covered bridges from Changing Seasons in Black Stazon ink. I used my Aquapainter and Watercolor Wonder Crayons to color it. I tore the edges and dtp’d some more Bashful Blue ink. In the bottom corner I stamped the word “Happiness” from the Warm Words set in blue ink.

I didn’t want it to be a traditional get-well card. So I used colors I know she likes, and tried to make it soothing and cheerful at the same time. Hope she likes it! I had forgotten how much I love this covered bridge set – they are all so pretty!!!!

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I’m A Runner-Up!!!!!!

So, I got a little brave and entered Lindsey’s (jacksonbelle) Lizzie Anne Designs contest on her blog. Yikes – I’ve never entered a contest before!! I used this card:

It is my very first Lizzie Anne stamp – well, two stamps actually. From their Simply Singles Line. I LOVE THEM! I have a thing for fairies, and when I saw this cutie I knew I had to have it! Anyway, Lindsey announced the winners on her blog today, and I was so surprised to be on the list of winners! Some awesome cards were submitted – be sure to go to read the post and see all of the amazing creations!

And thanks for the fun challenge Lindsey!

Finally…a card!

Seriously – this is the first time I have taken a deep breath in a week. I love my new jobbut boy does consume some time!!! And I’ve been so wound up about getting settled in that I can’t concentrate long enough to make a card once I get home. Which leaves me feeling even more frazzled!

So here is my attempt to get stamping again. I don’t love it, don’t hate it. It just is. I used today’s Color Combo Challenge as a starting-out point. Since I don’t have the new In Colors yet, I substituted Taken with Teal to go along with the Sahara Sand and Chocolate Chip (used for both cardstock and ink). I really like the color combo. Since I was in a hurry to get this done so I could get to work on the million other projects I have going on right now, I used pre-cut base, which pretty much dictated how my color scheme was going to work. I have a whole stash of precut bases – leftover “halves” form cardstock I’ve cut in half already. Quite handy, actually.

Further trusting my scrap stash, I had a large piece of Sahara Sand that needed no trimming to fit on the base. I don’t usually use this color as a focal layer like this, but it really does a good job showing off the stamps from Baroque Motifs. Towards the bottom of my card, on dimensionals, I added a panel of Chocolate Chip and Sahara Sand, stamped with sentiments from Heartfelt Thanks. Wonder when the last time I broke that set out was???? Before adding them, I ran both pieces through my Cuttlebug using the Texture folder. To finish it off, I added primas in alternate corners (with small pewter flower-shaped brads); in the opposite corners I left the tag-corner-punched edges exposed. At the top, a piece of white organdy ribbon gives just a bit of contrast.

A Hostess Gift!

I noticed after I took my pictures that my favorite little person (DD) had inadvertently touched my camera lens – so there are a couple blurry spots on this pic. But seriously, it is too darn hot and humid to go retake it!

This is a gift set that I made a friend, who is hostessing a swap for a gorup of us. The theme of the swap is “Black, White, and ONE other color.” Well, I did Black, Vanilla, and Ruby Red. Gotta push those rules whenever I can!

The cards for the others in the swap are a bit different than this – they have black paper (dp by Crate) with cream flowers, whereas for the hostess I changed it up a bit and did the cream paper with black flowers. The card is a tent topper card – one of my favorite “folds” to use on a card. The only thing about it that is “fancy” is the edge of the Ruby Red oval, which is distressed.

To make the box that holds the cards (the design is called a Quick Box for 10 Cards & Envelopes) I used this template, which I found when I came across this beauty by sleepyinseattle. This box I made holds 8 cards, and no envelopes. I included 5 of the cards shown above, and 3 others that I made that were fairly heavy on the embellies — so they filled it up. The hostess is also a Stampin’ Up! demo so I have no doubt she has some envelopes around. The quote I used reads: “I get by with a little help from my friends.” – John Lennon

I really really hope she likes it!!!!

Supplies for this project: Stamps – Happy Harmony (card) and Sage Advice (box); Ink – Black Stazon, Bashful Blue (box) and Basic Black (card); Paper – Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Ruby Red, Crate dp (card) and Confetti Cream, Bazzill textured Black, Very Vanilla, Crate dp (box); Accessories – card: SU Markers in Basic Black, Ruby Red, Black & Cream offray ribbon, giga scalloped oval punch, coluzzle cutter kit/oval template, large SU oval punch; box: Doodlebug gingham ribbon, primas, cream brad; both: SU silver eyelets, corner rounder punch

A Girl’s Favorite Things….

I finally got a card done for today’s Inspiration Challenge! Karen (kthaman) really comes up with the most fun little things to spark some creativity! I checked on the challenge earlier this morning, but got sidetracked with errands and other duties (*ahem* VSN prep work!!). I finally came to a good stopping point and decided to throw this together really quickly.

I started with a base of Cameo Coral. I layerd on So Saffron and Bashful Blue, and used the corner rounder on just the top corners of each piece. On the Bashful Blue layer, I stamped the circle from Shape-Ups in Bashful Blue Classic ink to echo the circles in the background of the inspiration piece. Next I stamped the from It’s A Girl Thing in Versamark ink and used Winter White ep to emboss it. I stamped the purses and shoes from the same set on Naturals White in Black Stazon, and colored them with SU markers. I cut them out and used small Zots to adhere them to the Bashful Blue layer. I attached my Primas with small, flower shaped brads, and put a shoe and a purse in each one.

And that’s it!! Easy peasy! And as an added bonus for me, the card meets the criteria for yesterday’s Limited Supply Challenge (see post below)!

Beloved Kitty

I used today’s Limited Supply Challenge to help me make a sympathy card for a friend, who just lost her sweet kitty. I used this color scheme (Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, and Mellow Moss ardstock and ink) because I know my friend likes pink and brown. The card is not a “normal” size – instead it is 3.75″ x 5.5″ so that it will fit into a padded envelope for safe travel overseas.

So sorry about the picture – I don’t know why it looks so strange. There aren’t really all of those lines on the pink panel irl.  Here is a link to the card in my SCS gallery – it looks better there!

I rounded all of the edges with my corner rounder punch. Then I stamped the Linen background kind of haphazardly in Creamy Caramel Classic ink – I love it when it looks disheveled! I used the So Very stamp set to create my word background (which was the challenge today). Then I punched out a scalloped oval using my Giga punch. I inked up the kitty from the Cool Cat set in Chocolate Chip and off centered it towards the right. That way I could then fold the oval over the edge of the pink panel. I colored her collar with a gold gel pen, and dotted some “jewels” on it with a Sakura glitter pen.

To finish the card off, I sprinled some primas on, added a big brad from Q&Co, and tied some gingham ribbon on the side. Not a traditional sympathy card, I know, but that wasn’t my goal. So I’m pleased! And as a bonus, since this card is pet-related, it fits in the category for SweetMissDaisy’s Dare To Get Dirty Challenge, so I can check that one off my list too. A sad reason to have completed the challenge, but nevertheless I did complete it.

What a Fun Fairy!

I treated myself to this sweet little fairy image, and the saying to go with it, from Lizzie Anne Designs. They had super fast shipping – I’ll definitely order from them again. And oh these stamps are so fun!!!!! I’ve had a great time using them for several different designs this week.

This card combines the Sketch Challenge and the Color Combo Challenge. I started with a base of Close to Cocoa, stamped with the Harlequin background in Close to Cocoa Classic ink. My next layer is Bashful Blue, stamped with the same background in Bashful Blue Classic ink. I added a panel of Certainly Celery which has teh Dots & Daisies background stamped in Certainly Celery Classic Ink. I used my Coluzzle Oval template to cut out a large oval using more Close to Cocoa (stamped the same way as the base layer). My new Giga Scalloped Oval punch made the Basic Grey Blush oval so quickly – I love that punch! Each layer, the large oval, and the dp are all distressed using a file from Basic grey’s Precision File Set. If you don’t have it – get it!! What a fab tool!!!

I stamped the fairy on Naturals White in Black Stazon ink; she is colored using Watercolor Wonder Crayons and an Aquapainter. After I cut her out and mounted her on dimensionals, I coated her dress, part of her wings, her wand, and her “trail” with Stickles.

For the sentiment, I stamped it on a piece of Naturals White punched out with the key tag punch. To “frame” it I punched out small slivers from Bashful Blue scraps and ahered them to the top and bottom. I sponged some Close to Cocoa on, colored teh word “fly” with a Bashful Blue marker, and mounted it on dimensionals. I sprinked mini Primas all over the card, and put a bit of grosgrain ribbon in the corner, and my little fairy was ready to fly!!