Sunday, July 31, 2011

Busy, but Dazzling

I've been kept pretty busy this past week.  Once my work week was over, I spent a few days with my mom taking some classes at the Creating Keepsakes Scrapbooking Convention.  We took SIX classes and spent lots of time walking the show room and spending lots of money on new toys :-D  I didn't have much time to make my own creations, but here are the cards we made with the Dazzling Cards kit taught by Boxer:
Birthday Dazzles
Heart Dazzles

Star Dazzles

Friday, July 22, 2011

Hey There...

I'm not sure why, but I've been itching to make an easel card.  And since I wanted to use my Paper Smooches Chubby Chums set I thought I'd use one of their color schemes and enter it the:

I decided to try the color combo in the third column:
white, sunshine, baby pink, grey

Once I had my colors decided on, I figured I would use CPS sketch #227 for the layout:

The card is 4" by 4".  For the front, I used some Stampin' Up! Designer Patterned Paper.  I cut the Spellbinders Labels Five die using some scraps of pink and gray that I had laying around.

The "hey there" is from Paper Smooches Sampler Sentiment.  I drew the speech bubble using a Memento Tuxedo Black Marker.  The cats are colored in using some of my Copics - Y38, YR16, W3, R32, and 100.  I put a few dabs of Glossy Accents on their eyes.

For the inside of the card, I stamped the "Let's Play" sentiment from Chubby Chums and repeated the paw print from the same set up the side of the card.  I drew in the two little mice.  Then made a little ball of yarn out of some Blossom twine from the Twinery.

So when is all is said and done, I got my easel card while getting play with twine and Chubby Chums... what a great Friday!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

CAS Many Thanks

Today is my last day off before heading back to work.  It was nice having a little vacation to play in my craft space.  I just have a quick card today, nothing too fancy, to go along with Wee Memories CAS challenge...

I found a stash of circle cards that I must have bought from AC Moore or Michael's at some point and knew I wanted to use one of them.  The stamps are from Lawn Fawn.  I've ordered a few things from them and each time there's a little extra thank you stamp in with my purchase.  

I used Stampin' Up!'s Rich Razzleberry ink for the "Many Thanks" and added a strip of Rich Razzleberry Paper that I punched using the Large Lace Ribbon Border Punch.  Over the center of the punch, I added a piece of Rich Razzleberry Ribbon.  I love purple and this is one of my favorite shades!

To finish it off I added three rhinestones along the edge.  

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Happy Birthday to... You?

I know a couple of people with July birthdays, but none that would appreciate a handmade card.  I didn't let that stop me from making a birthday card for the iCopic Weekly Challenge #38.  I used the sketch over at CPS:

And came up with this birthday card - 

I used a 4-1/4 square (4-1/4 x 8-1/2 paper) of Early Espresso from Stampin' Up! for the card base.  I used Spellbinder's Lacey Circles to cut the largest circle from Tim Holtz's resist kraft card stock.  I threaded some Lilac twine from the Twinery through the holes then added some white metal accents with my iRock where the twine was behind the paper.  

I used the third smallest Classic Scalloped Circle by Spellbinders to cut a piece of Basic Grey's Kioshi paper.  Using another piece from that same line, I cut a small square and round the corners.  I put it on a diagonal because I liked the diamond shape behind the image more than the square. 

Finally I found a Cupcakeabella from Stamping Bella that I colored right after I got some of my Copics - I had stamped a bunch of images and just went to town coloring them all!  I fussy cut around the image and added it to the center on some dimensionals.

And to not leave out the inside of the card, I added a little of the coordinating paper and a couple of sentiments from Amy R:

And one bit of exciting news... I decided to start selling some of my creations on Etsy.  So if you want to purchase any cards from me, you can visit my etsy shop here.  Right now, it's pretty sparse, as I'm just starting out and still deciding what I want to sell (it's tough to part with some of them!), but here's a little preview of something I plan on putting up - 

set of 4 Comfort Food gift cards (3 x 3)

Happy birthday to all you July babies!!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

And now one for Grandma

I spent most of the day with my mom yesterday and one of our tasks was to get crafty.  While she was busy working on her mother-in-laws birthday cards, I was busy working on a card for my grandmother.  She's taking the plunge... she's moving to Florida this month.

My mom bought some fabric from one of our local scrapbook shops - Farmhouse Memories (you can see the whole fabric by visiting their blog here) - where we had taken a class on how to make cards with fabric.  Very fun technique.  So using the fabric my mom had all ready for this card, here's what I came up with -

We were working at her place, so I didn't have my usual supplies near by, but that was okay with me because I got to unwrap her Grand Calibur by Spellbinders!!  I used the Labels One Grand Nestibilites to create the shaped card.  I made a frame using the smallest die inside the third smallest die.  I attached some sand paper that she dug out for me at the bottom of the scene then attached the frame on dimensionals.  I also cut out the hats from another piece of the fabric and popped those up for a little dimension.

Once the outside was done, I moved onto the inside (still being inspired by Lawnscaping Challenge #13 - Don't Forget the Inside) - 

(sorry the pictures a little grainy)

I cut the girl out from another piece of fabric, added some more sandpaper, and a sentiment that was stamped and then cut out with the Spellbinders Fancy Tags (the stamp set is made to coordinate with these tags, but I can't remember who makes them right now).

So with that, best wishes in Florida, Grandma and happy summer to everyone else!!

(and since it's summery, I'll also be entering it in the Wee Memories #61 Challenge - Summertime)

Friday, July 8, 2011

One for Mom

I had off work today.  The end of a long week - working both last weekend and the holiday -  and the start of what I hope to be a long vacation (why do the days fly by so fast when I'm not at work??).  I got an email from my mom today who asked why there was no blog entry today since I was home ALL day.  So after doing some laundry, grocery shopping, and just plain crashing on the couch, I finally made it to my craft space and thought I'd do one just for my mom today :-)

I decided to use one of my new Gorjuss stamps - My Own Universe and follow some guidlines set up by three challenges the card will be entered in:

1. Lawnscaping Challenge #13 - Don't forget the inside
2. iCopic Challenge #37 - Red, white, and blue
3. CPS #225 sketch
Here's the final product - 

 I started by coloring using Copic markers:

Ciao markers used were 0, YR00, and E37
I filled her crown in with Liquid Pearls and added some Diamond Stickles to the stars.  I rounded the corners of all of my papers.  I layered the image on a piece of Stampin' Up! Real Red Designer Pattern Paper and layered that onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock that I distressed with the Tim Holtz/Tonic Paper Distresser.  I wrapped a piece of Maraschino baker's twine from the Twinery around that piece before added the piece with the image on dimensionals.  That was all layered on two pieces of Tempting Turquoise Designer Pattern Paper, which were adhered to the Real Red card base.

Unforgotten Inside

 For the inside of the card, I stamped the image off the bottom right corner of the white card stock in Real Red, then layered it on the same papers I used for the card front.  It keeps the inside flat and simple enough that when a sentiment gets added, it won't get lost.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Scooter = Monster?!?!

Did you enjoy the Young Crafters Unite Blog Hop??  If you missed my post, you can find it here.  I had a great time look at everyones blogs and seeing all of their favorites.

When I first saw the Spiffy Scooters set by Paper Smooches, I had to have it.  I don't know why but something about it drew it in.  I was sitting at my desk the other day staring at the set deciding what I wanted to do with it, when I noticed a pair of eyes staring back at me.  Can you see them...?

Well, once i noticed them, I knew I had to use the scooters to create a face of some sort. Then today, I read over at the Paper Smooches blog about their July Sparks Challenge so I took some inspiration from the color combos and the sketches for this month:


I used the color combo in the far right column and the lay out in the bottom left corner to create this card -

I started with the pink card base.  Added a chocolate brown panel with strips of purple/wine colored washi tape.  Then finished it off with my teal scooter turned monster.  His face is a Spellbinders Blossom Two die.  The eyes are the scooter's wheels :-) AND his eyebrows are the sides of the scooter that is in the bottom left corner of the set.  When it was all put together, I thought he looked like a perfect creature for a get well card, so I added the Get Well sentiment from Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler.

And because I had so much fun making this little guy, I went ahead and made another little card - 


Friday, July 1, 2011

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Welcome to the next leg of the Young Crafters Unite Blog Hop!!  If you're following the hop, you should have arrived from Efrat S's blog.

What makes me a young crafter??  Well, 1.  I'm enjoying the last few months of my twenties and will call myself young until I can no longer get away with it :-) and 2.  i love crafting.  Crafting of all kinds.

The theme of the blog hop is "Our Favorite Things."  Wow... I didn't realize how many favorite things I had until I was getting this post ready!  I eventually narrowed it down to four - twine, Lawn Fawn, Paper Smooches, and embossing.  Using my four favorites, I made this card up for a coworker who is due with her third child in August - 

I started with a card base of Early Espresso card stock and cut a piece of Crumb Cake card stock that would fit nicely on the front - about 1/4" smaller on all sides (all paper products are by Stampin' Up!).  On the Crumb Cake piece, I stamped the stars from the Teeny Tiny Backdrops set by Lawn Fawn - I have many of their sets and this is one that I use A LOT -  in Versamark ink.  Once the whole piece was covered, I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  In the center I cut out a shape that resembled a onesie.  

On a smaller piece of Crumb Cake card stock, I stamped then clear embossed "Congratulations" from the Sentiment Sampler by Paper Smooches.  I love the handwriting font on all of the Paper Smooches products!  I layered this piece on a slightly larger piece of Early Espresso.  I put a button brad on each end.  Before adhering it to the larger Crumb Cake piece with dimensional adhesive, I Caribbean and Cappuccino twine around that piece.  

I ran a piece of scrap paper through my xyron to make the whole piece nice and sticky.  With the adhesive side up, I covered the piece with Caribbean twine from the Twinery.  Once the whole piece was covered, I added some pieces of Cappuccino twine where the seams would be.  I placed this piece on the Early Espresso card base (make sure that it would cover all of the onesie cut out on the Crumb Cake.)  Lastly, I took the decorated piece of Crumb Cake and placed it on the card base, over the twine square, using dimensional adhesives.

Thanks for joining the blog hop.  Please continue on to Joy Taylor's blog for the next stop.  And don't forget to leave a comment by end of day Monday, July 4th, to be given a chance to win a prize from - 

$20 prize
Choice of One Stamp Set
Choice of One Stamp Set

Participating Bloggers - be sure to stop by all of them and leave a comment!
  1. Marie
  2. Aditya Gupta 
  3. Leanne
  4. Ruby
  5. Khushboo
  6. Kim Hughes
  7. Jen Rzasa
  8. Stephanie
  9. Jamie Leija
  10. Heather Ruwe
  11. Chari Moss
  12. Janice Daquila-Pardo
  13. Kelly Latevola
  14. Bunny Vance
  15. Cathy Pulickal
  16. Jan Hunnicutt
  17. erin t
  18. Priya Mohan
  19. Kathy Nakata
  20. Ezlie Perez
  21. Karen Baker
  22. Amy Courchaine
  23. DianetheLibrarian
  24. Christiana Reuling
  25. Jill Foster
  26. Isha
  27. Lynsey V.
  28. Danielle Walls
  29. Nina R.
  30. Donna Bowman
  31. Cynthia
  32. Neha
  33. Mary McCarthy
  34. Tania A
  35. Ujjwal
  36. Amber R. 
  37. Shelley
  38. Deena
  39. Kristy Smith
  40. Jillian Vance
  41. Ashley N Newell
  42. Danielle Daws
  43. Paulina Nakamura
  44. Michele 
  45. Tanya M
  46. Kathy Racoosin
  47. Natasha
  48. CiCi
  49. Laurel Beard
  50. Melissa Shea
  51. Deborah Nolan
  52. Faith Abigail
  53. Vicky Papaioannou
  54. Heather I.
  55. Jess Larsen
  56. Anna K.
  57. Brittney Baker 
  58. Madison
  59. Efrat S.
  60. Angie Ha  <--You are Here
  61. Joy Taylor
  62. Lauren S.
  63. Wendy Frederick
  64. Glorimar
  65. Linda E
  66. Lisa Geraty
  67. Elizabeth Campau
  68. Sandra
  69. Casey Gainey
  70. Patricia
  71. amanda
  72. Britta Swiderski