Saturday, June 30, 2007
Let me start off by saying....I HATE mice, but I am loving these House Mouse stamps. I don't have any and was thinking about geting some. They look so fun to color. What I want to know is....anybody out there willing to send me a few images? I want to give them a try before I spend the money to see if I even like them. If anybody would be so kind to send me some I would be greatful, and you WILL get something in return. Email me for my address: email@example.com. You all are so sweet out there. I know you'll come through for me.
Friday, June 29, 2007
Here's another card for Julee's bingo game. This little guy's name is Kevin. He is one of the images that s-i-l gave me. If he doesn't melt your heart with those puppy dog eyes, nothing will. I used Bashful Blue for the card base. The d.p. is from Stampin' Up's 4 Seasons. I used the word window punch for the sentiment "wonderful" at the bottom, and attached it with brads. I tied a ribbon around the seam of the d.p. and added a frog charm. Kevin was colored with watercolor crayons and an aqua painter and layered on Summer Sun and Always Artichoke. This sweetie reminds me of my brother when he was little. Especially the hair!
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Today's SCS ways to use it challenge is to use scallops, and I LOVE scallops! I made this simple, yet elegant baby girl card. I used the new Holidays & Wishes set for the sentiment. I used white for the card base that I ran through the Cuttlebug. I cut 1/2 an inch off the bottom. Then I cut a strip of Groovy Guava and used the slit punch for the scallops. I also used the 1/16" punch for the holes in the scallops. I tied white organdy ribbon through a chipboard nameplate holder that I covered with Groovy Guava cardstock. And for the final touch I tied a little charm to the ribbon that says "pocket full of posies".
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
This card is more up my alley. I love making kids cards, especially boy cards. I'm not partial or anything! This is a baby boy crd using the Unfrogettable set and patterned paper by Cloud 9 Design. My card base is Night Of Navy. I layered that with the patterned paper. I used the word window punch and Always Artichoke cardstock for the tabs at the top of the card. I used silver diamond shaped brads to attach them.The band across the bottom is Always Artichoke, followed by Night of Navy- that was scalloped. The main image is tamped on white and colored in with Always Artichoke marker. I glued on googly eyes so he stands out a little. He is layerd on Night of Navy and an Always Artichoke scalloped circle. I doodled dots on the A.A. circle with the white gel pen and added a white primas and brad! Now that's cute!
So today's color challenge was to use Cool Caribbean, Marigold Morning, and Pretty in Pink. I bought this pajama jam patterned paper that I thought would be cute with Jammybella, and it had thses colors in so I used it on this card. I'm not lovin' this color combo though. Too "girly" or something. Anyway, I used Cool Caribbean for the card base. The next layer is Marigold Morning. I used the ticket punch on the corners and added pink brads. I used the paper peircer across the top and bottom to peirce holes. Then I added a layer of the pajama paper. I also used the ticket punck for the corners of that. The I cut a 2x2 square of M. Morning and C.Caribbean. I faux stitched on side of each and mounted it behind my main image.I stamped Bella on white and colored her with ink from the pad lids and aqua painter. I flocked my bear for a fuzzy feel, and I used liquid applique on her slippers! This card is growing on me, but it's got a ways to go!
Here is another card for Julee's sketch challenge for her bingo game. I'm hoping to cranck out a few of her sketches today so we get more bingo numbers. She's giving away some cool stuff! I love this little 4x4 card. I used Little Lady from Papertrey. Happy Tuesday!
...Erin. Thanks for playing the Dr. Pepper Challenge. Look for more challenges in the future. And Sandie Larsen is the winner of the "pics from the weekend" game. Yes the guy next to me in the picture is Tim Anderson. He is one of our best friends, so it's pretty cool that we can say we are friends with a pro football player. Congrats to Erin and Sandie.
Monday, June 25, 2007
This card is for today's SCS challenge. We were asked to make a long card, one that will fit in a business envelope. We were also supposed to use a set that will be retiring. I made this card to send to Dustin's cousin, who is pregnant with her second baby. My card base is Real Red. I just got this fabulous Bo Bunny paper over the weekend, and I know it is not your traditional baby card, but I LOVE this paper. I had to use it. The set I used is Swell News. Congratualtions Marianna!
As promised- here it is. This one is for my boys' camping birthday party invites. The tutorial pictures provided are for the inside of the card only.
2-5x10 pieces of cardstock (one for card base, one for inside) Any colors
craft knife/hobby blade
anything else you want to use for embellishments
For the Outside:
Fold one piece of cardstock in half so that you end up with a 5x5 square. This will be your card base. I cut a smaller square of Very Vanilla and stamped and embellished it for my card front.
For the Inside:
Fold your other piece of cardstock in half. With a ruler find the middle of the fold line. For a 5x5 that would be at 2.5". Put another mark on both sides of the middle mark. One at 3" and one at 2".(picture 1) You can erase the mark at 2.5". Now you are going to use your ruler again and at the 2" mark draw a line 1" above the fold and 1" below the fold. (picture 2) Take your craft knife along your straight edge cutting along the 2 lines you just drew. (picture 3) Pull that pice that you just cut toward youand crease it in the middle. This will become what you attach your image to. (picture 4) Now add what ever image you want for your pop-up. I attached it with dimensionals, and decorate the rest of your card as desired. I added the party info. (picture 5) I hope this was easy enough to follow. Feel free to email me with any questions:firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Here is what the winner of the blog candy/ inspiration challenge is going to get: A white -ready to alter- frame, giant wood paper clip, bag of primas, bad of brads & eyelets, bag of ribbon, metal letters, and 2 check book covers that can be decorated. Also, Ashley is having another challenge now through Wednewsday. Check it out!
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Summer is officially here, and our schedule is getting even busier than normal. I have so many things I want to share with all of you, and I will, but probably not until tomorrow. You will get that pop-up card tutorial as promised as well as more cards. And it looks like nobody wants blog candy. What's up with that?
Anyway- the first picture is of Austin and Cameron pretending to love eachother for 2 whole seconds. I can't believe they are in eachother's air space with out pummeling one another. Second pic is of Carter at a friend's house. He loves to "smell" flowers, but actually he blows on them! Too cute. And the last one is a crappy picture of me, but can you guess who the big guy is? I'll give you a hint...he's a pro football player for the Buffalo Bills and used to play for Ohio State, and his initials are T.J.A. Any guesses? There may be a prize in it for the winner. And Erin you can't play! I'll announce the answer on Monday along with the blog candy winner. That is - if anybody plays!
Most of you know that SCS has an inspiration challenge every Saturday. And most of you know that Dr. Pepper is my favorite drink. So yesterday, while pouring a glass of Dr. Pepper, the colors on the 2-liter caught my eye and I thought why not offer this as inspiration!. I normally drink the regular stuff, but this week I bought the Berries and Cream kind - to try it. I love it, but that's besides the point. So this is your challenge- create a card using this photo as your inspiration. Then leave a comment on this post as to where I can find your card (email, blog, where ever). Then on Monday night I will draw a name from those who participated. That person will be our winner, but I'll let you know what your prize will be when I figure that out!!
Friday, June 22, 2007
Today's SCS challenge was to use a set that has been neglected, or not used in a while. That means a lot of things to different people, but I haven't touched my Doodle This set since before Mother's Day. To me- that's neglect! I've been pretty good at getting as much use out of all my sets before the new catty comes out! My card base is Tempting Turqouise. On the inside I attached a scrap of patterned paper I had in my scrap box. I stamped the flourish from the set in black on the patterned paper. Then I used a small bowl to trace a half circle on the card front and cut it off. I stamped "a happy life is made of little things" from Papertrey.I stamped the flower first in black, on white c.s.- cut it out, then stamped it again in Sahara sand and cut it out. I mounted them to the card front and attached a clear rhinestone to the center. Well, the work week is finally winding down. I have some late nappers, so I've been able to get several things done. I may not get them all posted tonight, but I'll try. TGIF!!!!
I used the sketch from Julee that is for her blogger bingo for this card. I used Cranberry Crisp for the cardbase. I stitched down the right side. I used some patterned paper leftover from the previous post. I omitted the turkey that chefabella was carrying and left the "apple pie". I typed the sentiment "as american as apple pie" on the computer. I added a little metal clip with a star on it and some primas. I hope I did Julee's sketch justice!
I made this casrd yesterday for Dustin just for the heck of it. He's not into all the "bling" so I kept it simple. The card base is Buckaroo Blue. The circle are punched out with different size circle punches. I used Cranberry Crisp, Going Gray, and patterned paper for the circles. The sentiment "I love you with all my heart" is from TAC. I attatched that with a hodgepodge keyhole anchor. He appriciated my loving gesture.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
I've never made this type of card before, and if I had more time it would be a little different on the inside, but I wanted to try it first. Today's SCS challenge was to make a square card, any size. The outside is pretty self explainitory, but the inside is equally as simple. I cut another piece of cardstock the same size as my card base (4x4). I used my hobby blade to cut two slits that run vertically through the fold of the card. Adhere the two "cards" together and attach whatever you want to the piece that has been cut. Maybe I'll try another later.
Stamps: In The Spotlight (hostess)
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Cool Caribbean, Marigold Morning, White
Ink: Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi, Marigold Morning, Cool Caribbean
Accessories: Cuttlebug & embossing folder, ribbon, dazzling diamonds glitter, two way glue pen, chipboard, hobby blade
This card is one that I will be demonstrating at my workshop on Sunday. It's a simple 4th of July card, but since SU! has limited patriotic stamps I had to go another route. I will be using the Hot To Dot wheel on the white part since I can't use the bug for embossing. Today's posts will be short and sweet, because on top of the daycare kids- the boys invited friends over. Not much quite time today!!
Stamps: Warm Words (sparkle)
Paper: Real Red, Ballet Blue, White
Accessories: Paper Piercer, ribbon, cuttlebug & embossing folder, heat and stick powder, silver glitter, chipboard (star), circle punch, corner rounder punch, white gel pen, heat gun
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
This card is for today's sketch challenge. I used the Stampin' Fun For Everyone set. The colors I used for this one are Groovey Guava, Certainly Celery, and So Saffron. The paperclip is by Bo Bunny. I scalloped my Guava card base with the corner rounder punch and used the 1/16" punch for the holes in the scallops. I might use this card as an invite to a stampin' event. Halfway throught the work week! Enjoy!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Today's SCS color challenge is to use Real Red, Creamy Carmel, and Barely Banana. I thought I'd pull out my Bundle Of Joy set. I haven't used if for a while and my baby card supply has quickly diminished. We had a bunch of new babies born this month, so I made a couple of baby cards to restock the supply. The card base is Real Red. I stamped dots in Versamark for the background. The bottom is Creamy Carmel embossed with the Cuttlebug. I tied ribbon around that. The main image is colored with watercolor crayons. I flocked the brown spots so they are fuzzy. I layered him on R. Red and Barely Banana. I used the word window punch for the C. Carmel tabs on the main image and I added brads to hold them in place. It's fairly simple, but I wanted something I can mass produce.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Almost a week later and I'm still getting birthday cards! How lucky am I? Ashley sent me one today with images of Veggiebella. I was whining to her that I want her, but I'm holding off buying anything new until the the new SU! catty, so being the sweetie that she is.... sent me a handful. She is so much fun to color. I used Not Quite Navy for the card base. Ruby Red was used for the next layer. The True Thyme band across the middle was embossed with the Cuttlebug. I tied brown polka dot ribbon around it and tied on a sunflower charm, from Walmart. The sentiment is also from Stamping Bella. Bella is colored with watercolor crayons and blended with an aqua painter. I put dazzling diamonds on her overall pocket and the centers of the flowers. The flower in the top right corner is chipboard petals from the new catty. I inked them with Ruby Red and put a clear rhinestone in the middle. I distressed everything with Creamy Carmel ink. Hope you enjoy her. I sure am!!
Meet Bubblebella! She looks so relaxed in her bubble bath. I think the next time I use her I'm going to remove her brush and give her a glass of wine! I used the colors Elegant Eggplant, Marigold Morning, Black, True Thyme, & White. I stamped some swirls on the background in black. I stamped the sentiment "take time for yourself" in white. I colored bella with markers and put stickles on her bubbles. Happy Monday!
Sunday, June 17, 2007
I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. We went camping and just finished cleaning up stuff from the camper, so I don't feel like stamping. These are a few coaster boxes that I made for Father's Day gifts. They are so easy. You start with 5 chipboard coasters. With the Crop-A-Dile I punched 5 holes down 2 sides of 4 coasters. I covered them with paper, stamped, and embellished. Then I tied the 4 together with ribbon. Then the 5th coaster I attached at the bottom with crystal effects. So simple! Have a great night! I promise to be more enthusiastic in the morning, but the sun has got me wore out!
Friday, June 15, 2007
This card didn't turn out exactly as I had envisioned it, but I still like it. I made it for today's limited supplies challenge: making a patriotic card without using patriotic stamps. This was originally Cosmobella, but I removed her glass. I used the Papertrey set Green Thumb for my sparkler. I used one of the stems and the "sparkler looking" flower.I stamped it in gold ink and added dazzling diamonds to get the sparkly effect. I cut out a red circle with the coluzzle and embossing it with the swirls embossing folder.I also added a silver star eyelet. Bella also has dazzling diamonds on her shirt. This card is going to be for Dustin's grandma who has a birthday on the 4th of July.
I made this card for my "stepdad",Jerry, who is always in the workshop making SOMETHING. He's is great at what he does- especially being there for me and my brother and his own kids. I got behind this week on the challenges with the SCS glitches and everything, so I incorperated this week's sketch in this card. I added a screw brad and a tape measure charm because Jerry always carries his tape measure with him. Happy Father's Day!!
Thursday, June 14, 2007
I bought this easel thing a while back to alter and put recipies in. Actually, I was going to use it for camping recipies and keep it in the camper. I haven't gooten in the mood to do that yet, but Amanda had a great idea for a journal to keep the SCS challenges in. Life gets a little busy sometimes and it would be easier if we had the challenges at our fingertips all of the time. I used the Friends & Flowers (hostess) Simply Scrappin' Kit to decorate it. It's not quite finished, but I wanted to show it to you anyways.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
...From Leave It To Beaver. That's why it took me so long to buy this set. I just got it and love it. I have several things I want to do with it. This card is for yesterday's SCS color challenge. The color combo is Cameo Coral (a color I find hard to use), Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, and Temping Turqouise (which was optional).I also used a recent sketch for the layout. Not much to explain on this one. Pretty simple. It's been so busy around here lately, that I'm finding it hard to stamp. We are going camping this weekend, so I have lots to catch up on before we go. Have a great night!
Finally....my order of bellas came yesterday! This is Winobella. I order a package of long envelopes for a project, and I had some extra-so I decided to make a long card. I used Cranberry Crisp for the base. I used my wine patterned paper. I used the ticket corner punch on the top corners and scalloped the bottom. I put a band of So Saffron and Old Olive toward the bottom that says "here's to you!" (also from Stamping Bella). I tied a white ribbon around it and added a bottle opener charm. Bella is stamped on white. I colored her in with watercolor crayons. I put crystal effects on the wine glasses and dazzling diamonds on her dress. I used the paper piercer to poke holes in the top right and bottom left corners. I layered her on So Saffron and Old Olive. She is also up on dimensionals. I just wanted to say thanks to all my family and friends for your birthday wishes, emails, phone calls, cards, and gifts yesterday! I had a wonderful day thanks to all of you!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Here is the new fella..grillafella. I used Old Olive for my card base. I used scraps of patterned paper for the middle and bottom of the card. I cut the middle piece at an angle for something different. I added two snaps on each side. I randomly stamped BBQ from the Backyard BBQ set on the Old Olive with Chocolate Chip ink. Fella is stamped on white and colored with markers. Tonight's a perfect grillin' night!
Well, I caught heck for not posting yesterday. I'm sorry, but I took my kids to the park instead. Please forgive me. Here is a card I made yesterday, though. My s-i-l got me the Tiny Mosaic cuttlebug embossing folder for my birthday. It reminded me of snake scales, so I made her a thank you card with it and the new Zoofari set (available July 1st). The card base is River Rock. I sponged it with R.Rock ink. Then I put a 2" strip of Marigold Morning, also sponged with R.Rock on the right side. I used the slider die and the bug to cut out the Wild Wasabi slider tag. I attached it to the M. Morning strip with ribbon. I printed the sentiment "snakes so much" on the computer and punched it out with the circle punch. At the bottom of the card I put a Wild Wasabi strip that I ran through the bug with the new folder. I added 3 brads to it. I stamped my snake on confetti white and colored him in. And lastly, I added a M. Morning "photo corner". Hope everyone has a great day. I know I will because IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!!! Who care, right!?!?
Sunday, June 10, 2007
This morning I took the boys on a nature walk around the trails that are about 2 minutes away from our house. We had never been there before, and it was such a beautiful morning. We didn't see too much in the way of wildlife, but the boys love looking for it. They took their binoculars are were seriously searching. We did catch a glimple of a few bullfrogs, severals snakes, and snails. He are a few pics I took.
Here are some thank you cards that I made for previous hostesses that I will give to them at hostess appriciation in July. Without them I wouldn't be as successful as I have been so far in the short 8 months that I've been a demonstrator. I used the butterfly from the hostess set Reason to Smile. I used three different colors for the cards- Almost Amethyst, So Saffron, and Rose red. The d.p. is from Palette O' Prints that will be available in July. I started with white as my base. I stamped the butterfly image in one of the colors and mounted it on coordinating cardstock. I used versamark, heat & stick powder, and dazzling diamonds on parts of the butterflies as well. I used the matching color of POP paper on the bottom half and a strip of the same solid color of cardstock to cover the seam. I used white embossing powder for the words "thank you" from the set Wonderful Words. I am putting a great deal of time and thought into this hostess appriciation party because I feel it is important to thank these wonderful friends of mine for their loyalty.
Today's SCS featured stamper is Sarah (seewah). The card I chose to modify from her gallery can be seen here. The colors I chose were So Saffron, Rose Red, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, and White. I also the the Friends & Flowers Simply Scrappin' Kit. There was actually no stamping done on this card. I distressed the edges of everything with Creany Carmel ink. There is a lot of piercing on this card also. But other than that- it's pretty simple. Also, like Sarah's card I wanted to use a sentiment for my main image, but didn't know what stamp I was going to use for this. I took a break to check my email and the one I got from my grandma said this at the bottom..."Do not walk in front of me, I may not follow. Do not walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend." I thought that was a sweet sentiment, so I just typed it on my computer. The rest is pretty simple, but I wanted a quick card because I'm taking the boys on nature walk.
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Happy Saturday everyone! If any of you are like me, you probably have a ton of kids' birthdays this summer. This card I made for an upcoming workshop. It was quick and easy and would work perfect for a kid's birthday. It reminds me of summer. I used Real Red, Black, and White. I randomly stamped my ants in black all over the white cardstock. Then I layerd red and black together and punched through it with the 1 3/8" circle punch. I adhered a piece of transparency (since SU! no longer carries window sheets) to the back . I stamped "Warm Wishes On Your Bug Day" and a couple more ants on the red cardstock. I used the word window punch to punch out the black "magnifying glass" handle. I mounted the main image square on dimensionals. How simply cute is that?!
Friday, June 8, 2007
Today's challenge was to use stamps that aren't comsidered background stamps-for your background. No wheels, cuttlebuggin', or patterned paper was allowed. I recently got the Green Thumb set from Papertreyand I love the strawberries in the set. Dustin's grandma bring us a quart of fresh picked strawberries every week while they are in season, so I thought I'd send this one to her. The sentiment (also from Papertrey) says "thank you berry much". I used Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Black, and White on this card.I cut out an extra strawberry and mounted it on dimensionals on the band of the card. I hope she likes it.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
and the cutest kids, but we're not talking about them right now. Most of you know that my birthday is next Tuesday. And if you didn't- you do now!! Dustin is like a child that can't keep a secret when it comes to buying gifts. I didn't think he was going to get me much of anything this year because we just got a camper, we are getting a new roof, and things like that. In the car tonight on our way home from Walmart he starts gabbing about memory cards and blah, blah, blah, and truthfully- I wasn't listening, but he did tell me he got me a present (I heard that part!) and wanted to know if I wanted it now. I told him it's not my b-day yet so I can wait. He couldn't though. We got home, unloaded groceries, and I was at the table and he said to close my eyes. When I opened them he handed me a plastic bag (from Best Buy), but I didn't even notice that. It was a memory card. I was bummed and tried to tell him (gently) that I already had two and don't need another. He got that puppy dog look on his face and played me for a fool for the longest time. He then says "I guess I'll take this back then". OMG!!! It was a new digital camera. There isn't anything WRONG with the one I have, but I wanted a better one. This one is awesome and so small!! It's a Kodak V1003. 10 MP. Holy cow!! I think photography is going to be my next love. So now Father's Day is coming up and how do I top this!?
I just got this hostess set (Reason To Smile). I didn't think I liked it so I waited this long to get it. It has grown on me though. Today's SCS challenge was to use chipboard and though I didn't use much on this card- it added just the extra touch this card needed. I used Cranberry Crisp, True Thyme, Chocolate Chip, Groovy Guava ('08 In Color), and Very Vanilla. The butterfly was first stamped in G. Guava and I did the rock-n-roll technique in C. Crisp to add a touch of darker color to the edges of the image. I covered the chipboard strip with C.Chip c.s. and attached them to the card with a copper brad. So SMILE... it's almost Friday!!
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
This card isn't using any of my new stuff, but I did today's sketch challenge again. I love how this turned out. I rarely make anniversary cards, so I forced myself to this time. Oh I guess I did use new stuff. The "happy anniversary" sentiments is from the set Hugs and Wishes that will be in the new catty. I used True Thyme, Ruby Red, So Saffron, white, and patterned paper by Scrapbook Walls. And the other set I used is Doodle This. Hope you've enjoyed today's cards. Have a great night.
Here's another quick card I whipped up while the daycare kids are napping, but I probably won't get anymore done until tonight. I love the new In Colors. This card is using Wild Wasabi and Purely Pomagranate. The main image has dazzling diamonds on the spots. The sentiment "everybody's favorite" is from Cute Converse and the cat is from Zoofari. I punched out the sentiment and attatched to a slider that I cut out with the cuttlebug. Hope everyone's having a great afternoon!
I think moneys are too cute and when I got the Zoofari set I knew the monkey would be the first stamp out of it that I would use. It reminded of these monkey pajamas that Carter got for Easter.And that is where I got the color combo from. These monkeys have such silly faces. The card layout was inspired by today's SCS sketch challenge. I hope to get a lot more posted through out the days, so keep checkin' back!! Happy hump day!!
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Here are the ATC's that I finished for Amanda's flower ATC swap. I love how these turned out. I used Bodacious Bouquet for the flowers. I cut them all out. Some are up on dimensionals and the leaves are cut out too. I used my cutter kit with the scoring tool over all the veins in the leaves so they bend up. The ribbon is from Joann's. I hope the groups likes them.