Monday, May 23, 2011

A Cheery Sympathy Card

I see a lot of sympathy cards that to me are just depressing.  I think a sympathy card can be bright while still showing sympathy so I tried to make one of my own that I will be adding to the Wee Memories #57 challenge and the CPS #219 challenge.

Here's the sketch from CPS: 
And here's my 'bright' sympathy card:

Elena's Easel Turtle Tots - Picking Posies
Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler
Spellbinders Labels Three
Crafters Workshop Daisy Clusters Template
Dusty Concord, Broken China, Shabby Shutters Distress Inks
Copic markers - R32, YR65, Y21, G21, G94, E35, and B00
Black Fine tip marker
Pink Floss

Hey Chickie!

Using the sketch from LilyPad:
I made a card to use in both the Lily Pad challenge and the WeeMemories #57 challenge.  I wanted to make a shaped card with one of my Spellbinders dies and though this little chickie fit inside perfectly.

I think since I made the little chick on polka dot paper, I will also enter this card in the Lawnscaping Polka Dot challenge.

Paper Smooches Chubby Chums
Lawn Fawn Teeny Tiny Backdrops
Caribbean Twine from the Twinery
Milled Lavender Distress Ink
Provo Craft Paper Pad
Orange Glaze Pen

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wee Memories #56 and Lily Pad Embossing Challenges

Today I created a card that can be used in two challenges - Wee Memories #56 and Lily Pad Cards Embossing Challenge.  I've been dying to try the dry embossed frame that I saw on Kristina Werner's Make a Card Monday video and finally had a reason to do it!!  It turned out much better than I expected.  I added some heat embossing and a Dazzles stacked rose for the final card:

Stampin' Up A Word for You
Glaze pens
Silver Embossing Powder

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

CPS #218 and Lawnscaping #10

I have a vacation week this week and have every intention of doing some major spring cleaning of the basement and my craft space.  I've been working so hard the last two days, I've been to exhausted to do much crafting, but today... TODAY I made a point of doing a little something fun.  Using the sketch in CPS #218 challenge:

and the call for Polka Dots at the Lawnscaping challenge, I was inspired to do a birthday card -

Lawn Fawn's Bake me a Cake
Basic Grey Kioshi Paper Pad
Flower Brads
Bazzil Paper Flowers
Ranger Distress Inks in Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord (to make the vertical strip behind the flowers)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

CPS Card Sketch 217

**This is my second post today so please scroll down to catch both posts!"

I like the challenge of fitting things to a sketch but still making it my own.  I was psyched when I found CPS's Card Sketch Challenge.  Here's the sketch:

And here's my card:

Cupcake Kiki La Rue by C.C. Designs
Kaiser Kraft Peachey Keen Paper
Ranger Distress Ink in Antique Linen and Vintage Photo
white gel pen

Wee Memories Challenge #55 - C.R.A.F.T.S

This week's Wee Memories Challenge is C.R.A.F.T.S - Color, Ribbon, Acrylic, Floral, Twine and Stamps.  I wanted to make a simple card that combined a couple of these items, so here it is:

Started with a 4 3/4 square card base.  I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the dots to give the background some interest.  Stamped and embossed the sentiment.  Tied the twine around the card.  Added the flower. And rounded the bottom two corners.  

Stampin' Up!'s A Word For You Stamp Set
Twine from the Twinery in Cappucino, Honeydew, and Blossom
2.5" Pajama Grosgrain Flower by Bazzill
White Embossing Powder
Swiss Dots Embossing Folder

I think in the end I combined Color, Ribbon, Floral, Twine, and Stamps.  Now if only I could have found some acrylic to go with it!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Paper Smooches Guest Designer Search

Happy Mother's Day!!  After spending quality time with my mom - planning which classes we want to take at our upcoming CKC Convention -  I came up with this card for the Paper Smooches Guest Designer Search.  

Bee and Thanks DigiStamps from Paper Smooches
Clouds stamp by Hero Arts
Ranger Distress Inks - Broken China, Wild Honey and Shabby Shutters
Basic Grey Oliver Bloomers
Spellbinders Blossom Two

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy NSD!!

What crafty things did you create during National Scrapbooking Day??  I had the unfortunate pleasure of working this weekend, so I did not get to spend as much time crafting as I would have liked, but I forced myself out to one of the local stores to gather supplies during the sales for NSD and was inspired to get something done before heading off for bed and another day at work.

I also realized - tomorrow is Mother's Day.  I've had a few little gifts stashed waiting for the day, but I never took the time to wrap them, so...

I crafted a cute little gift bag for mom.

Finished bag minus the gifts :-)
I've been dying to use the Fanciful Frames set from Lawn Fawn and had the perfect idea for the gift bag.

Close up of the center
I think my mom will enjoy it!

Stamps - Lawn Fawn's Fanciful Frames and Jessie's ABCs; Ketto's Dolly from Stamping Bella
Kioshi Paper from Basic Grey
Bloomers from Basic Grey
Twine from the Twinery in Cappucino, Peapod, and Lavendar
Antique Linen Distress Ink
Various Copic markers
and some paper tape I had lying around

Enjoy what's left of NSD and to all the mother's out there - Happy Mother's Day!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Two Challenges! (continued)


The next card I came up with, I had my sister-in-law in mind.  Her birthday is next Monday and I wanted to make a cute card for her.  She studies crows on an island in the Pacific so I had to do something with crows.  I saw the pop-up card idea on a you tube video which I can't seem to find now (if someone knows where it is let me know so I can give credit!).

card front
card inside
Stamps - Stampin' Up! Party Hearty and So Happy for You
Ink - Distress Inks by Ranger in Dusty Concord, Broken China, Dried Marigold, Fired Brick,
        Wild Honey, and Shabby Shutters
Other - Bakers Twine from the Twinery
           Stampin' Up! Two Step Owl Punch
           Tim Holtz's Tiny Attacher
           Glossy Accents
           Orange Glaze Pen

Two Challenges!


This week I found two challenges that I couldn't wait to take part in.  The first is a paper piecing challenge over at Wee Memories and the other is a party themed challenge at Lawnscaping.

For the paper Wee Memories paper piecing challenge, I created a little snapshot of a sneaky little racoon.  The racoon, log, cupcake, and picture frame have all been paper pieced.
Stamps - Lawn Fawn Critters in the Forest and Say Cheese
             Stamping Bella Cupcakabella
             Stampin' Up! Party Hearty
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - Kioshi Paper Pad by Basic Grey
           Hey Birdie by Kaiser Kraft
Other - Bakers Twine from the Twinery
           Diamond Stickles
           Red Stickles

Check out my next post for part two of "Two Challenges!"

Sunday, May 1, 2011

A Beginning

Hello blog world!  I hope you enjoy my creations as much I love putting them together.

I'll start with a card I made for the Lawnscaping Challenge #8.  I had just gotten the stamp sets in the mail when I found this challenge so I HAD to do it.  Enjoy!

Kaiser Kraft Paper 
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Copic markers

I love the adorable hedgehog and have a feeling I'll be using a lot of him in the future.