Monday, December 19, 2011

Have a Merry Christmas!


Ah... another late night, sneaking in a bit of crafting.  My Christmas crafts are done.  In fact most were completed at least a week ago.  Believe it or not, I've already started Valentine plans!  But I really wanted to post one of my Christmas projects to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

The card above I made for my last swap back in November.  I used the Polar Party stamp set and Snowburst embossing folder as the main focal points. The colors were Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler & Whisper White (a somewhat patriotic Christmas color scheme, eh?!).  Some pretty quilted, satin Cherry Cobbler ribbon and a couple rhinestones add a little bling. 

This is a square card made to fit a surprise handmade paper ornament inside.


The ornament is very simply two lattice die shapes, cut from Shimmer White cardstock, glued together to look like a snowflake. I added a little center decoration with a scrap from the die "remains," an itty bitty blue punch flower, and a rhinestone.  Add some silver string, and it's ready to hang on the tree!


I hope you enjoy a beautiful holiday!
See you next year!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

PPA 123 Puttin' on the Ritz


"Why don't you go where fashion sits... Puttin' on the Ritz..."

This week it is an inspiration challenge at Pals Paper Arts with the theme, "Puttin' on the Ritz."

Ppa123

I am a fan of old Fred Astaire movies, so I just had to play along (okay, so I'll admit it, the chance for the MEGA blog candy giveaway is hard to pass up as well!).  It was easy to be inspired to use some of my coveted Graphic 45 Fashionista paper for a card for this challenge as I crafted & hummed along to this favorite tune...  Easy to just cut & layer away!  Added a bit of satin, a bit of lace and a little bling and Voila! My fashionistas are ready to put on the ritz!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Makeover Monday Challenge #2


I'm a real admirer of Andrea Walford's work so I really enjoyed playing with this week's Makeover Monday Challenge.

I love the goal of these challenges to USE WHAT YOU HAVE ON HAND to create a card inspired by the challenge.  I pulled out my embossing folders as I didn't have a punch, die or diecut snowflake (you can bet that's now on this year's Christmas wish list though!). 

 For my centerpiece snowflake, I used Stampin' Up!'s Northern Flurries embossing folder and sponged Pool Party ink on the raised impression of the largest snowflake.  Then I fussy cut around the edges and adhered it with some dimensionals on the card.  I used the new Snowburst embossing folder for the bottom layer of the card.  My seam binding ribbon is threaded thru holes I punched in my Modern Label Punch for my label layer for the sentiment.  A line of itty bitty rhinestones under the sentiment adds just a touch of bling that the inspiration cards share.

Hope everyone gets a chance to play with this challenge, if not this week, then in the weeks ahead. 
Enjoy the weekend everyone!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

I was so thrilled to see my project on the latest Inkspirations 4U site.  
 I created the small gift basket for the candle (or any other small item), and of course, I stamped on the candle, too!

For me, it was an exciting time to do something fun and original for my fellow demo, Madeline, and her wonderful set of crafters enrolled in her on-line classes.  I am now SO addicted to stamping on candles.  Gosh that is fun!  It makes for such an easy, simple small gift.


I just had to show you a close up of the candle itself...
Now that November is here, it's full speed ahead to get our Christmas crafts completed.  Here's hoping you'll be inspired and will enjoy making your own holiday gifts this year!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

TRICK AND TREAT!

Okay, among the Christmas frenzy going on over at INKspirations 4U,
I'm finding plenty of time to finish up some Halloween treats & cards. 
The basket shown above was one of the amazing tutorials Martha Gomez contributed to the latest classes going on over at INKspirations 4U.  I love how she created this cute basket simply by folding & cutting a square piece of cardstock in JUST the right way.  What a fantastic and fast project to complete!

Then of course I HAD to try my hand at Cindy Elam's Slider Treat Cup card from her tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers.  I really enjoyed making these cards.  Releasing the candy with the slider is pure genius & lots of fun to customize.  See the card fronts with the candy inserted below, then take a look at what the cards look like without the candy in the photos that follow.  A REAL trick and treat!



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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

(I didn't get a photo of the Dracula slider with candy included, but I think you can tell what a cool surprise it will be to see his cute, fanged face hiding behind the candy!)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

It's a Merry, Merry Concord Christmas...


It's a merry, merry Christmas already over at INKspirations 4U!
Here's a card from the first of several sketch challenges we can enjoy.  Lots of ideas, challenges, projects and fun prizes, so you KNOW I just have to play along!

On this card I used a shaker frame and mica flakes to decorate my little snowman stamped in Concord Crush.  The snowman image is from Stampin' Up! Tags til Christmas set.  I don't use Concord Crush much, but I'm pleased with the frosty theme results for this card.

It's a frost warning here tonight, so this little snowman is not going to melt very fast...

Friday, October 14, 2011

PINK for October...


Stampin' Queens Sketch Challenge this week SQSC 8 seemed like a fairly simple design, so I was immediately interested in trying this sketch!  I updated my card right after first posting it...it felt too plain & unfinished.  What a difference some texture can make!

 For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I've gone ALL pink, and pulled out my Strength and Hope stamp set from Stampin' Up! (some of the proceeds from sales of that set went to breast cancer research).
I added some texture using the new Stripes embossing folder and also used the Thank You embosslits die to layer behind the sentiment.

I'd love to see anyone else's PINK designs, so leave me a link in your comment to your blog if you've got a pink card to share, too!  I also have some awesome BLOG CANDY to give away, so I'd love to hear from you!

Have a great weekend!

(FYI, here was my original, more plain card...)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Give Thanks


Ah, fall.  I love this time of year. 
With trees all around our home, we see plenty of falling leaves, so it's easy to be inspired to make a leaf theme card.  I hope you all are enjoying this time of year, too!

The stamp sets I used for the card I made above are both from Stampin' Up!, French Foliage and Handpenned Holidays.  I used soft suede, more mustard and cajun craze inks for the leaves & ink spots, and chocolate chip ink for the sentiment.  The images & sentiment were stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock and layered on soft suede, with little strip of cajun craze dsp and some more mustard cardstock punched with the Scallop Trim border punch.  A little hemp twine was added for just a little embellishment. The card base is my favorite base to use, crumb cake.
Here are some views from my yard:





Have a great day!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Life is a Daring Adventure


Let's agree now that LIFE IS a Daring Adventure, right?
I just had to make myself a card this week.  My on-line fitness challenge group had this pact to write ourselves letters and of course I chose to make a card for mine!  Using MDS is getting to be a great evening hobby for me too...  Well, the other part of tonight's fitness challenge awaits me- exercising!  So I must go.  Have a great evening everyone!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Craft therapy...


Above is a quick MDS card I made.   I used French Foliage and Friends 24-7 SU! stamp sets on the digital card.   Since I didn't have my craft space in order, I pulled out the laptop and created some things for the fun sketch & color challenges over at INKspirations 4U with My Digital Studio before trying my hand at the "real" thing.

Well, been awhile since I posted... it's been a difficult month, but I've really been uplifted by all the wonderful cards and messages that friends and family have shared with me in the past couple of weeks.  My father passed away suddenly a couple weeks ago.  If it wasn't for the love of family and friends to get me through these times, I don't know what I'd do.  One thing I did learn though, is to not take sending someone a card for granted- they really do mean a lot during difficult times.  So papercrafters, make something today to send to someone and know you are doing your part to make our world a better place.


Below is just a fun card I made early in September as a "custom card" requested by a friend of mine.  The birthday girl is a big Detroit Tigers fan, so I used the power of the internet to get just the right images to print then paste onto the card. 


Now I'm ready for post-season baseball, how about you? Enjoy a nice weekend everyone!



Monday, September 5, 2011

Downsized...

The good news - the title of my post has NOTHING to do with the economy.  Enough of that can be  found everywhere else in the news, etc...  Instead, it just seemed the best word to describe how I approached the Stampin' Queen's Sketch Challenge for this week...


Here is the SQSC 2 Sketch:
SQSC2

One thing is for sure, I'm not in short supply of small scraps, and I'm short on time this weekend (enjoying beautiful weather outside for this holiday weekend!).  I love the little jewelry tag punch so it just seemed to be calling my name when I saw the tag in the sketch anyway, so why not make a very small card that fits that little punch?

I used Vintage Vogue stamp set for the floral flourish in the circle and on part of the little butterfly that I made using the Beautiful Wings embosslit die.  The DSP is from Paisley Petals. 



The photo above just gives you a sense of scale for this card, which is about 2 1/2 to 3 inches square.
Enjoy your holiday everyone!  See you next week.



Sunday, August 28, 2011

Weekend Challenges


Whew!  This was a busy weekend of both the normal routine chores & yard work & LOTS of card making... Inspired by several challenges I was able to get quite a number of cards completed for Operation Write Home.   The first card above was by far the hardest... SQSC#1, Stampin' Queen's first sketch challenge!  This stumped me for long awhile, especially with the square/circle combo... 

Here's the sketch:
Sqsc1

I had several attempts getting a card I liked completed for the sketch. To help me out, I chose to modify a card I made earlier (see it here) and transformed it to match the sketch.  Maybe the hardest part is lining up 3 evenly spaces pieces of paper (you can see where some card surgery was required on the top & bottom parts of my paper!).  For the card I used Stampin Up!'s Delicate Doilies and Flores perforables stamp sets.  The colors I used are Calypso Coral, Pool Party & Crumb Cake.  Well, it's still a cute sketch, so to share,  here is one of my practice cards I used to create a Miss You card for a box of cards I'll be sending to Operation Write Home...

The cute fox stamp is from Fox & Friends and the sentiment is from Three Little Words (the first word was cut off to fit nicely in the circle).

And lastly, I was up at 4am (yes, another minor touch of insomnia maybe, but when you're inspired to make something, does it matter what time it is!?), so I had plenty of time to get an Any Hero Thanksgiving card made for Operation Write Home...


I love the Loads of Love stamp set used here... I actually had the truck & pumpkins already stamped, so it was ready to go as soon as I found some matching papers to color everything just so... 

AND WHY NOT post ANOTHER card?

My OWH box is brimming with Miss You, Love You and general cards, but I also have a nice collection of Christmas cards I'll be sending to be sure they are ready in plenty of time to send to the troops... here's one I made using the new Stocking Builder punch that will be available in September...


I added some flocking powder to the white parts of the stocking including the little heart.  The sentiment is from Contempo Christmas stamp set, and my background paper I printed using MDS.  I told you I was busy this weekend!  :)


Check out all the fun challenges from the links above & GET STAMPING NOW!  :)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Operation Write Home Sketch #83


I've been working on getting some cards ready to send off to the fine folks at Operation Write Home.  
It was easy to get inspired with this week's Sketch challenge!  

  

As usual, I may not have measured precisely, but I got the gist of the sketch... I read about my area's "card needs" and found out they could use more "Miss you" cards so I just HAD to make one with that sentiment!  I got the little cord straightened out right AFTER I took the photo by the way (wink).

If you haven't had a chance yet, check out the challenges and inspiration and get ready to throw a card party next month to add to the stash of cards that our armed service members around the world can share with their friends and family.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

A Simple Goal in Life...


Just a quick dog card today... Our dog had his annual vet visit this week and we learned he needs to lose weight.  Well, we all need to lose a few so this week we started our family fitness plan that includes the dog, too.  It's finally cooler, so we can all enjoy more outdoor time...

I added some twill tape and twine on this card as it reminded me of one our dog's favorite rope toys! 
The dog die cut is a Revolution die and the sentiment is from Fiskars (I think).  I used a Nestabilitie die and sponged around the outer rim to add a little more dimension to the sentiment.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Strength & Hope with My Digital Studio


This week the PPA104 challenge at Pals Paper Arts is for Paper Piercing. 
It is so easy to be inspired by images of butterflies with Stampin' Up!'s the Strength & Hope set...Note, my card above uses the elements from the Strength & Hope digital kit that is available through August 31 in the Summer Mini catalog.

I first penciled in the spots where I wanted to pierce the holes on my cardstock then used my piercer on a deep foam mat to be sure the piercing went through the cardstock as best as possible. The blazing sun outside made photographing the card interesting.  At least you can see the dimension on the butterfly that I handcut and added on top of the butterfly I had also printed on my cardstock.  I also handcut the sentiment element that was printed from My Digital Studio then attached with dimensionals on top of the real grosgrain Olive ribbon I added to the layers of Lucky Limeade and Whisper White cardstock.

My Digital Studio is so easy to use and the digi kits include so much more than just a stamp set, I'm proud to say I own both- the regular stamp set & the digi version.  And don't forget, $2 from the sale of either the stamp set or digital kit are donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Have a great weekend & best wishes for a wonderful new week ahead...

Hola!


Quick post this weekend just to say "Hola" to all my Stampin' Up! amigas!

I love the new Delicate Doilies stamp set.  It's fun to play with a variety of colors using this set.  Plus, there is a sense of childhood familiarity as the images look so much like Spirographs we used to make as kids!  Remember those?

The card above shows off new colors Calypso Coral and Pool Party which I used along with my favorite neutral, Crumb Cake (Kraft- I still like calling it Kraft... how about you?).

A little hemp twine added to the simple sentiment from the Hostess set, Flores perforables.
Have a great weekend, and Happy Stamping everyone!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Wishing you peace...


One last post for the weekend...
Open Sea stamp set from the Summer Mini catalog combined with a Christmas set, Merry & Type, from the new SU! catalog used here.  This was my quintessential "masculine" style holiday card concept. 

You may have to expand the photo to see the  stamp textured Cherry Cobbler card base.  I used the Texture jumbo wheel on the top & bottom of the front of the card.  The globe from the set Open Sea was stamped in Always Artichoke on Very Vanilla cardstock, then "aged" a bit by sponging some Crumb Cake all over, and then sponging edges with more Artichoke ink. It was then punched out with a super large circle punch, layered on slightly larger circle. I dyed some kitchen twine with Always Artichoke for an additional accent.  This is one of those simple cards I'll enjoy making again & again for the holidays.  Enjoy!

Having a Ruff Day? PPA 103


Sketch challenge time over at Pals Paper Arts.

Here is the sketch: 
Sketch


It is SO miserably HOT outside that everyone lately is probably having a rough day somewhere...
My dog has been giving me such the pouty face lately, I suppose you could say he inspired me for the card.  He's comfortably living inside the house, but that too can be a real bummer for a dog...

I used a retired Stampin' Up! set called "Ruff Day" here.  Poppy Parade was the cardstock used for the base of the card, along with some coordinating DSP, then some yellow (not sure which colors there, they were outta my scrap bin).  No dog card is complete with a little Houndstooth embossing, eh?

  The little dog bone is an easy set one from the Eyelet Outlet. I pulled out my new Sew Easy device to try my hand at stitching!  I think I'll get the hang of this, but will probably stick to the straight stitches for a little while... Wish me luck!

Stay cool, everyone!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Get Well, Get Well Soon....

"Get Well, Get Well Soon, We want you to get well..." 
Anyone else remember that little song from an old Seinfeld episode?  If so, feel free to sing & clap along with me!  Or maybe I'm showing my age, or tv geekdom, if you do not remember that show, but I cannot help but have Elaine's office tune in my head when showing off this Get Well card I made for my co-worker's very young daughter who had to spend some time in the hospital recently...


The most exciting part of making this card was using my fun new Sizzix die that allows you to make a very easy pop-up for the inside of the card!


The little monkey jumps right out of the card to deliver the little girl her get well flowers!
Isn't the monkey so sweet?  The stamp set I used on this was Fox & Friends.  The animals in that set are adorable.  And I thought she'd have fun opening & closing the card over & over again.


Enjoy the day everyone & Happy Stamping!

Super Simple Christmas cards...


Are you ready for Christmas in July?
Apparently, I am!  I've put together a few easy to make cards to assemble with some friends next weekend. 
I love making cards all year long, so why not start Christmas cards now?
The card above is SO easy to make just embossing some Shimmery White cardstock with some Northern Flurries snowflakes and adding a greeting & ribbon.


The traditional red/white/green card above was easy to assemble, too.  I've made it EVEN easier on myself by printing background paper with My Digital Studio (the digital Parlor Prints background stamp was used above, printed in Real Red).  The ornaments and greeting are from the new Merry & Type stamp set which is soon to be my new favorite Christmas stamps.

I burned the bottom of my bare feet walking outside to take these photos today...It's well over 90 degrees outside, so I'm happy to stay inside and think of snowflakes & Christmas time!  :)

Enjoy!

Friday, July 15, 2011

MDS Madness!


Okay, I cannot stop playing with My Digital Studio!  And I thought stamping was addictive?
Anyway, I'm working on an album showing off my husband's fun new toy, a subcompact tractor.  He is the STUMPINATOR when it comes to digging stumps out of our yard, so this photo is showing off the biggest stump removed to date... there are plenty more where that came from!


I'm only just beginning to figure this software out, but so far, enjoying every minute of it.



Of course, this is also probably the best way for me to stitch on a card- digitally, of course!
If you're interested to see what else is included in the software, check out My Digital Studio & help me fund my craft habit by ordering from my on-line store!  hint, hint, nudge, nudge!

Pennants, anyone?


Okay, I have to admit, I wouldn't be much of a stamper right now if I didn't make at least ONE pennant decorated card, right?  Honestly, while I admit I think they look very cute, I wasn't as motivated to make one until I saw Andrea Walford's example on her site, so I just had to try it!  She does a terrific job with projects and tutorials, so check out her site when you can.

For my simple card, I don't have a pennant punch, so I just cut my pennants best I could with my cutter, making sure I made them all of equal size/shape and threaded them using some linen thread. 

The thread holding the pennants together is actually tied on to my card.  I punched a small hole in the crease of the top of the card that allowed me to thread it through and then I took the other side & tied it together.  There is just small knot on the inside of the card which I think looks cute exposed, so I let it show.  It is an easy way to place the pennants when you have a single layer for the front of the card.

Well, enjoy the evening!  Signing off for now... TGIF!

Lazy, hazy days of summer...



This week at Pals Paper Arts, the challenge PPA102 is all about summer time...
"Livin' is easy" isn't necessarily how I always feel now that I'm in the deep throws of adulthood with full time, year round, indoor office job, but I can remember & dream about those wonderful summers of feelin' like there wasn't much to do but relax!  I think this bear on the Stampabilities stamp, Hammock Hibernation, shows exactly what I'd want to do in the summer time, if I had a choice!  If only it wasn't 100+ degrees outside, of course!
This was a more difficult stamp for me to color than I orignally thought it would be.  I anticipate I'll be able to improve my skills with colored pencils and watercolors with time.  For now, I did decide to spritz the front of my image with some shimmer spray to distract my recipient from some of the "not so perfect" details in my coloring attempt.  I think it's cute enough that they'll forgive my novice coloring, too... At least I can hope so!

Here's a shot that I think shows off the sparkle in the card a little better...

Have a great weekend everyone!  Stay cool!

Love my craft buddy!

Love my craft buddy!
Dog's view of the Craft-a-torium!