Thursday, March 31, 2011

Scrappy Friends Card

I made 8 of these fun little cards for some local scrappy friends of mine :)  

The main image is from Lettering Delights - the Craft Queen Graphic Set

"Happiness is..." was stamped from Pink By Design's set called Country Living.

The sentiment along the bottom was spelled out using a couple SP & Company sets.  The "a" is from Fashionista Alphabet.  The words "Fantabulous" and "Friend" are from Mix 'n Match Friends.

I just used various patterned papers from my stash, a Stampin' Up marker to do some doodling, and some embellishments from the $1 bin like a couple flat backed purple pearls and a button - which I threaded with slivers of cardstock.

The border punched used on the side is EK Success's Open Scallop.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Some Bunny Loves You Tag

I made this tag to go on my daughter's inexpensive little Easter basket.

It was my project for Tracy over at Craft Junkie Too today.  She has challenged us to make an Easter project.  Be sure and head on over to her blog today to see what the other gals came up with and submit your own project to join in the fun :)  

I know you can't see very well in the above photo, so I'm including a close up shot of the tag.  You can click on the photo to see it larger for more detail.

The tag is cut from the Easter 2010 cartridge at 3.5 inches.  I went around and did lots of stitching lines with a pink marker.  

The basket is from Doodlecharms and is cut at 3.75 inches.  I embossed it using the Oriental Weave Cuttlebug folder and added a sticker from my stash that says "Some Bunny Loves You."  

The eggs are all from Doodlecharms as well and are cut at the same size as the basket, 3.75 inches - so they are proportionate to fit inside it.  I hand doodled all the details on each egg.  

I hung the tag from the basket using some cute ribbon. 

The plastic eggs in the bottom of the basket were decorated by my little daughter.  It was a fun project I let her do one day.  I gave her the plastic eggs and some Easter stickers and let her decorate them herself. Now she can hunt for the pretty eggs she decorated.  She'll be sure to have fun :)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Thank You Bunches

Here's a very simple card that I think turned out really beautifully.  

I used a full 6 by 6 inch square from the Basic Grey Kioshi collection's 6 by 6 inch pad.  I used some Lullaby Blush Foam Thickers to spell out "Thank" some flat yellow letter stickers to spell out "You" and some Daquiri White Foam Thickers to spell out 'Bunches."

The buttons are just from the $1 bin at Michaels.  I took some white letter stickers I had and cut a few tiny slivers out of them to thread the buttons with.  Then I finished off by tying some ribbon from Michael's into a bow.  I positioned the bow next to the bouquet to kind of be like the bow holding the bouquet together - although since it's facing the other direction I don't really think that "works" the way I had it in my head. *LOL*

Really easy one!!!!  That's all I did :)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Winner of Rain Boots Stamp Set

I have just chosen the winner from Saturday's blog hop to win SP & Company's Rain Boots stamp set :) chose number 62
62 LesleyfromWI said...
Cute card. Love the little Easter eggs!  


Lesley you haven't left me an e-mail and your blogger profile is private so you will need to contact me first since I have no way to e-mail you :)  Please contact me via the contact me page on my blog within 1 week to claim your prize.
If I don't hear from Lesley I will chose another winner next week.

Thinking of You Spring Easel Card w/ Video

Today's project is for the brand spankin' new challenge over at Scrapbookaholic by Abby!  The theme this time is anything spring.  You'll want to go check it out so you can see the whole design team's projects and also submit your own for a chance to win a fantabulous prize :)

For my card today I created an easel card, but I used kind of a different shape and different measurements than are considered traditional for this style.

I have decided to include a video tutorial as well as a written explanation - so you can choose which format works best for you if you want to duplicate this card :)

Here's the video:

Here's the written instructions:

To make the easel base I started off with a piece of cardstock that was 4 inches wide by 9 inches long.
I scored it at 2 and 3/4 and 5 and 1/2

The piece in the front that is holding the card upright is 1 and 1/2 by 4.  I tied the ribbon around it before attaching it with pop dots.

This is what the base of this card would look like from the side with no embellishment.  Just remember, I tied my ribbon on before attaching the bottom piece.

To create the main scene on the front of the card I cut an oval shaped card from the Smiley Cards cartridge at 4 inches.  Then I cut it in half.  This gave me 2 ovals with a flat bottom, so I could make 2 cards out of that.  If you don't have an oval shaped card just cut an oval and then trim one of the longer sides flat on your paper trimmer.

The grass and stems are all one piece cut from Straight From the Nest at 2.5 inches.
The flowers are all from Serenade and cut at 1.25 inches.

The flower centers are just circles from Plantin' Schoolbook cut at .5 inches.

I finished off the card with a stamp that says "Thinking of You" from My Pink Stamper's Everyday Occasions set stamped in Stampin' Up's Pixie Pink.

I went around the card with A Stampin Up Marker in Tempting Turquoise to create stitching lines.

I added Stickles in Waterfall, Yellow, & Fruit Punch to the flowers as a finishing touch.

Now, I want to highly encourage you to go join in the fun over at Abby's Blog!!!

Here are the rules to enter your project into the challenge!
Link your ORIGINAL post with your project up to Mr. Linky (on her blog)
Mention that your project is for her challenge
Project must be entered by the deadline before Mr. Linky closes.
Project must be on the challenge topic.
Have fun!

You can read the rules over on her blog as well when you go to link up :)

So... head on over to Scrapbookaholic By Abby to see all the other designers' fab projects - and also to enter your project for your chance to win!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Happy Spring Project for Jen's Craft Corner's Spring Blog Hop

Hello and welcome!  I just got my first ever order from Peachy Keen stamps and just had to try them out on this project :)

If you are participating in the Spring Blog Hop for Jen's Craft corner you should have arrived from The Purple Scrapbooker.  If not, and you would like to go ahead and start the hop, you can go to the start of the hop at Jen's Craft Corner

Now, I haven't decided if I should turn this into a card, or a little wall hanging.  It will be one or the other.

It measures 6 inches square.  I used a full sheet of some Erin Lee Creative Paper from her My Favorite Things Stack for the base.
The grass along the bottom is a Stampin' Up patterned paper punched with the Martha Stewart grass punch.
The eggs along the bottom are from Recollections by Michael's.

The kids are both cut from the Cricut Lite cartridge called Playtime.  Their faces are from Peachy Keen Stamps Wide Eyed Kids face assortment.  To the little girl I added dew drops in her hair, and real blush to her cheeks using a q-tip (since I don't have any chalk.)  The patterned paper for her dress is from Echo Park's Little Girl collection, and the heart on her dress is a sticker from that collection.

The little boy has a couple metal Irock embellishments on his overalls.  I created them using Coordinations cardstock as I thought it looked nice as denim.  

The stickers that spell out the sentiment are from the Echo Park Little Girl collection.

I have some great blog candy for you today!  It's a perfect stamp set for Spring!!!!

This beautiful set is by SP & Company and it's called Rain Boots.  I really love my set of it and have used it several different ways!  It's photo-polymer so it's clear and super high quality to stamp well with any ink. 

For your chance to win this great set please leave a comment on this post :)  You don't have to follow me if you don't want to, but you may want to leave an e-mail address in your comment if you won't be checking back to see if you won.  If you do follow me, then that's awesome too ;)

I am now officially closing the comments for this post to chose and announce the winner.  Thank you for all your wonderful, sweet words :)

If you want to continue the hop please head on over to Lisa's Blog Crop & Create

Here is a full hop lineup list in case you need it :)
Jen - Jen's Craft Corner -  You Should Have Started Here
Amber - Staying Crafty (You are HERE)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Playing With Rub Ons

My friend sent me some awesome Stampin' Up stuff, including a set of rub ons that I thought was really cool.

These are a couple cards I made and they worked up SO quickly!  So much fun!

For the owl card I created a window in the card and a frame for it using some Nestabilities dies.  The bottom is punched with the Fiskars Threading Water punch and the top edges are rounded at 1/2 inch.

The images and sentiments for both cards are the rub ons.

Here are the insides:

I also did just a tiny bit to the backs too.  The rub ons were so fast and fun I couldn't help myself.

How rewarding it was to put two cards together this quickly!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Some Fun News & Crazy Spring Cleaning

Hello all my fabulous crafty friends :)  Today I want to share with you something fun I 'll be participating in.  The Whimsical Wednesday challenge blog.  It's going to be a ton of fun!  The  new blog is open now and they are already having give-a-ways!!!  They have Peachy Keen Stamps and the Shabby Vanity as their sponsors for that first give-a-way and you won't want to miss your chance!!!  Why don't you head on over to Whimsical Wednesday now and enter to win :)  If you have a little time to spare be sure and visit my new teammates, they are all super talented and you're sure to find their blogs fun and inspiring!  I have them listed in my sidebar now as well for future reference so you can check them out from their also :)  There will be a fun blog hop coming up on April 1st with prizes and fun to help introduce the new team.

I have been away from my computer a lot this week.  I caught the spring cleaning bug and I am positively going NUTS cleaning, organizing, and getting rid of things!  I am feeling really proud of what I'm accomplishing, but I am falling behind on e-mails and my favorite blogs and will try to get completely caught up this weekend after I finish the last of my cleaning.  If you don't get a response from me by Monday you may want to contact me a second time.  My apologies.  It's unusual for me to fall behind on e-mails, but it does happen from time to time.

Anyone else spring cleaning?  Do you have any little cleaning & organizing tips or tricks to share with me today?  If so leave them in the comments below :) 

May Your Day Be Filled WIth Color Card

This was a fun card to put together using a little of this and a little of that!

The green patterned paper is from Stampin' Up

The Label is a die cut from Basic Grey

The buttons were from the $1 bin at Michael's and are threaded with hemp

The sentiment is from Lucky Day by SP & Company

The ribbon is a Target $1 bin find

The pink polka dot paper is from Echo Park and is border punched with the Fiskars Threading Water Punch

Quick and simple!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Card Class I Taught

Here are some simple cards I taught in a class on Monday evening.  I did the class for some members of a local moms group for a nice moms evening out activity.  I figured a boy card, a girl card, and then a feminine thank you card were a good mix.

I'll keep these descriptions really brief today.

All Stamps from My Pink Stamper
Patterned Papers are all DCWV
I did die cuts with my Cricut for easy assembly

Airplane card - Airplane is from New Arrival and is on an Action Wobble.  I used the sentiment "You're my hero" as I intend to donate this card to a sick little boy, however the girls at the class chose the sentiment "Happy Happy Birthday" instead.

Monkey Card - Monkey is from Life's a Party, sentiment is on Nestabilities cuts.  It says "Celebrate Today" I know the light ink is hard to read when it's photographed. 

So Super Sweet Card - Heart and Flourish are from Straight From the Nest - I had to hand cut the pink heart away from it's flourish.  The embossing is the D'vine Swirls Cuttlebug Folder.  The border punch is Eyelet Lace from Stampin Up.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Yellow Makes Me Happy Gift Set

I made this set for a friend who's favorite color is yellow.  

I made a personalized box using my Gypsy to design everything.  I measured the top of the box, then I made a rectangle on my Gypsy that was the size of the box top so that I could design all the elements there and see exactly how they would fit without doing any test cuts and wasting paper.  

Here's what the top of the box looks like
First I painted the outside of the box white. Then I added all my cuts with some Scotch Quick Dry and Mod Podged over everything.  The paper is Stampin' Up.

The font is from Ashylyn's Alphabet.  

The flourishes and swirls are all from Straight From the Nest.  The one on the bottom is 2 that I welded together.

The butterflies are from Serenade.

Inside the box I painted yellow, and then added more Stampin' Up paper.

Inside is a little crocheted purse that I made for her & her card.  I really wanted them to match nicely.  For the card I added some Stickles to the flowers, but it didn't show up in the main photo, and I didn't want to take a whole bunch of photos so sadly you won't be able to see that detail.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, March 18, 2011

You're My Sunshine Rainbow Card

I will be stepping down a little bit early from my position as the design team leader for SP & Company. 

I have recently been offered some new positions to design for some fun challenges and such, and now my schedule will be much more hectic.  Samantha also needs some fresh blood to help make a wider audience aware of her fabulous stamps. 

After she and I spent some time discussing it we found it may be a bit easier to end my term a bit early so she can fill the position and I can concentrate more fully on my other commitments.  Since we are friends we wanted to make this easy for both of us - and ending things a bit early seemed like a simple solution.

For the time being she'll be her own DT leader, but she'll be looking for a new team very soon if you're interested. 

I will still be designing with the stamps and sharing some projects, just like I do with my other crafty goodies.

So, here is my last "official" project as the DT leader. 

The card measures 4 and 1/4 square when folded.  I used Kraft colored cardstock for the base. 

I stamped a cloud background from Hero Arts using Soft Sky ink and cut that layer to 4 inches square.  I went around the edges of that piece with Waterfall Stickles to create a glittery frame of sorts.

The rainbow was stamped in Memento ink from the SP & Company Lucky Day stamp set.  I colored it in using Stampin' Up's markers in the colors Real Red, Only Orange, YoYo Yellow, Garden Green, Brilliant Blue, and Lovely Lilac.  I went over the rainbow with some Glossy Accents.  I wanted the coat to be even and thin, so I used a scrap of cardstock to gently scrape over it, helping the coating be flat and remove a little of the excess.  Then I sprinkled on some Dazzling Diamonds glitter from Stampin' Up.  I set this aside to dry and then cut it out.

The pot of gold is also from the Lucky Day set and was colored using YoYo Yellow and Garden Green.  I went over the gold with Gold Stickles, and the pot with Green Stickles. 

The sentiment along the bottom is from SP & Company's Rain Boots, and is stamped in Perfect Plum Ink.  Even though Lucky Day comes with a lot of it's own fabulous sentiments I really loved this one for this particular card. 

I think this would be a wonderful card to brighten someone's day when they are feeling down, to encourage them to get well quickly, or maybe just to show them how very special they are!  Perhaps I went a bit crazy with the glitter, but I sure had fun doing it :)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Thank You House With Trees

I used Storybook for the font.  I made the letters 1 inch tall, and I did some welding with my Gypsy.  

The trees are cut at 3 inches from Straight from the Nest.  One of them is flipped so they can face each other.  

The grass is a Martha Stewart Punch.

The house is from the Handy Man Lite cartridge and is cut at 2.5 inches.  I used a tiny dab of Silver Stickles for the doorknob.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Hi Chickie

I used the Basic Grey Kioshi papers - from the 6 by 6 paper pad for everything except the birdie.  The paper on the birdie is from Stampin Up.

I used all stamps from SP & Company's Easter Eggy stamp set. 

I started off with the eggs.  The set comes with a simple outline egg that I used to stamp 3 patterned papers from the Basic Grey Kioshi collection (the 6 by 6 paper pad)  I then cut them out.  The other 2 eggs are more plain papers from the collection that I used the patterned eggs in the stamp set for.  The 2 patterned eggs are the green one in the top left and the blue one in the bottom right. 

I knew I wanted to create a scene.  So I used the same papers to create a blue sky and some green grass.  The grass was punched using a Martha Stewart punch.  

After arranging my eggs with these elements I started working on my little chick.  I stamped her in orange directly onto the blue sky paper.  That gave me her beak and her feet.  Then I stamped her twice onto some yellow patterned paper from Stampin' Up.  I cut her whole body once, and then just her top wing again.  I attached the top wing with a pop dot.  I stamped her one more time in blue onto white cardstock to create her eye color.  

I wanted the little chickie to be saying hi to one of her friends.  So, I got brave and freehand cut a speech bubble.  It's far from perfect, but it worked.  I outlined the edges of it with a blue marker, and then stamped the sentiment in purple.  

I finished off with some nice green satin ribbon and some very subtle stitching around the edges of the card.  I am really in love with this stamp set and I can't wait to do more with it :) 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Flower Buggies Card

I wanted the layers on the card to look like a flower, sort of like the one in the image. 

I used an old Stampin' Up set called Ladybug Picnic for the image.  I stamped it onto white cardstock and then cut it out using a circle shaped Nestability.  I colored in the image using some Stampin' Up markers, and added stitching lines around the circle.  I cut a slightly larger circle in yellow to mat this onto.  

Then I cut a scalloped circle in a pink polka dot paper to be the back layer of my flower.

The card is a square card - I think it was either 4 inches or 4 and 1/4 inches.  I added a smaller layer of green Stampin' Up patterned paper.  I finished off by pop dotting the flower scene I created onto the card.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Blog Hop Winner & Cutest Critter Ever :)

Oh my gosh!  I just want to love him and squish him forever!  It's a Wombat!  I just discovered what these cute little critters are and have been scouring the internet for adorable photos.  I get positively giddy when I see one :)  

I think I am going to get a plush wombat and put him on my desk so he can be my new crafting buddy. I need a furry crafting buddy!

So, this adorable critter is here to assist me in announcing my blog hop winner!
It is....

Marianne said...
Great card! I love how you blinged the ribbon and made the window for the sentiment. Thank you for sharing it on this hop.

Marianne S.

I have e-mailed you Marianne.  So, just go ahead and reply with your mailing info when you get a chance :)   

If you aren't the lucky winner and would like to purchase the set you can check it out here!
I did post a project in the wee hours of the morning!  It's a fun one, and it links to a challenge you can participate in for your chance to win a prize :)  

Something on a Stick Day

I am so excited to share this fun project with you!  It is my first project as a designer for Scrapbookaholic by Abby.  She challenged us to pick a random holiday for this month, and there is a great list of unusual holidays on this page for reference.  I chose Something on a Stick day which is celebrated March 28th each year.  What better for that idea than a corn dog, right?!  

I wanted to create a fun shaped card - so I used my Gypsy.  The shape is from Just Because Cards, but I did mess with it to get the size I wanted.  I took the aspect ratio link off so that I could skew it any way I wanted.  With the actual size button on it is 4 inches wide by 5.45 high.  I welded 2 of them together using a rectangle to make the shaped card using Kraft colored cardstock.

For the patterned paper layer I used Echo Park paper and cut that same shape at 3.39 wide and 4.78 high with the actual size button on.

Sorry if that portion is confusing to those that don't manipulate the images a lot, but remember you can use a shaped card already on a cartridge and get a similar look if you want :)

The corn dog is from the Carousel Lite cartridge.  I thought it was so adorable I was pretty excited to use it.  I cut it out at 3.5 inches.  I cut it twice.  Once in Kraft color, and once in burnt orange.  On the burnt orange piece I cut off the stick portion so that the Kraft colored stick would show through.  I glued both of these pieces to a white cardstock, and hand cut around it to create an extra wide shadow.  Then I added some yellow and red Stickles to mimic Ketchup and Mustard.  I wish real condiments were so glittery and fun!  *LOL* 

The banner is from the Wedding solutions cartridge and is cut at 1.25 inches. I took a stamp from Pink By Design's Simply Everything set and placed it on my block in a curved way to mimic the banner.  After stamping I did some stitching on both the banner and the border of the card. 

I want to encourage you to join in the fun!  Abby would love for anyone and everyone to participate in the challenge for a change to win a wonderful Cosmo Cricket 12 by 12 pack that they so generously donated.  

Here are the rules to enter your project into the challenge!
Link your ORIGINAL post with your project up to Mr. Linky (on her blog)
Mention that your project is for her challenge
Project must be entered by the deadline before Mr. Linky closes - this time it's March 26th
Project must be on the challenge topic.
Have fun!
You can read the rules over on her blog as well when you go to link up :)

So... head on over to Scrapbookaholic By Abby to see all the other designers' fab projects - and also to enter your project for your chance to win!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Happy Birthday Blog Hop

Hello crafty people :)  Today we're hopping along to celebrate Jen's birthday.  Jen runs the blog Purple Scrapbooker and she is the start of this hop!  I am the second stop - so make sure and visit her first, and then come right back here to continue the fun :) 

My card is pretty simple today.  I used the stamp set from SP & Company called Lovely Labels to stamp a pretty label on the front of my card.  Then I used a circle Nestability to cut out the center of the label.  I stamped "Happy Birthday" from the same stamp set on the inside of the card, and the covered my label with some Fruit Punch colored Stickles.

I used some Echo Park paper along the bottom, punched with the Stampin' Up Scallop Border Punch.  I added a very thick ribbon, and then added a strip of bling onto it.  I finished off the outside with some stitching lines.

Since "Happy Birthday" is already stamped on the inside of the card I figured I may as well decorate it a little.  I added another strip of Echo Park paper along the bottom and some stitching lines to match the front.

I hope you enjoy this simple birthday card :)

Now.... how about some blog candy?!  Would you like to win the Lovely Labels stamp set I used to make this card?!  If so just leave a comment on this post for your chance to win.  

I have now closed the comments for this post!  I did this so I can draw a winner and no one will leave a comment thinking it counts for an entry for the candy.  Thanks to everyone for your sweet words :)

Now, it's time to continue the birthday hopping fun and head on over to Sarah over at Pink Cricut.

Just in case you get lost I'm posting the whole hop lineup here
Jen - Purple Scrapbooker You should have started here
Amber - Staying Crafty (You Are Here)
Sarah - Pink Cricut  You should go here next!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Just Because Ladybug Card

This card is so cheerful it makes me smile.  

I started off by stamping the clouds.  It is a large background stamp from Hero Arts.  I stamped it first, and then trimmed down the paper.  

Next I stamped my ladybug and kite.  This is from an old Stampin' Up set called Ladybug Picnic.  I bought it used and the copyright year was 2004.  I was stamping over the blue clouds so the black lines looked fine, but any areas that needed to be filled with color needed to be paper pieced.  I could have avoided this by masking, but I honestly thought this would be easier this time around because of all those skinny lines.
I stamped the kite portion onto a pink polka dotted paper and cut out the main part, and the 3 bows.  After I adhered them I stamped the ladybug again onto white cardstock.  I colored her in.  I cut out just her body and her head.  Her antennae, eyelashes, and limbs are all on the cloud piece and looked fine.

I added some grass from a Martha Stewart Punch. 

I decided to make a pleated ribbon down the side.  I put adhesive on the back of the ribbon, and also in a straight line down the paper where I wanted to ribbon to go.  I carefully worked slowly creating the pleats.  Then, I went back and put more adhesive in each pleat to hold them all down.

I matted the stamped and ribbon embellished piece of cardstock on a pink card base and then did some doodling around the edges.

I decided I wanted the sentiment to be inside one of the clouds so I picked one and stamped "Just Because" from SP & Company's Ultimate Sentiments I  using a hot pink ink.  Then I went around just that one cloud with Diamond Stickles. 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ultra Girlie Thank You Card

Hello crafty friends :)

Today I'm sharing this super girlie thank you card.

Everything I used on this card is from one collection, except for one thing.

The metal swirly thingies *LOL* are from Close To My Heart.

Everything else is from the Echo Park Collection called Be Mine.  Although the theme of the collection is love I decided to do a super girlie thank you card with it instead.  So quick and easy to put together!  The pink tag on the front was cut from a 12 by 12 sheet that comes with all tags on it - you can just cut them apart and use them.  The back paper is also just cut from a big sheet.  The letters, crown, and key are all just stickers.

If you're interested in seeing more of this paper collection it's in stock right now at the SP & Company store on their Echo Park Page

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Hello Card

This week Tracy over at Craft Junkie Too challenged us to make something that had to do with Spring.  Make sure and stop by her blog today to check out what the other gals came up with.  She has been having her readers participate for the chance to be a featured guest designer for the next challenge.

My card is a slightly unusual size.  It is 4 by 5 and 1/2 inches, instead of the usual 4 and 1/4 by 5 and 1/2.  The reason was that I wanted that base layer of orange, and my scrap was only 4 inches wide.  So... I used it anyways and modified the card size :)  I'm trying to use up my scraps!

I did some doodling around that base layer of orange using a pink marker from Stampin' Up.  Then I added a pink layer that measures 3 and 3/4 by 5 and 1/4.  I tied a cute orange ribbon around my card and tied a bow.

The sweet little girl and her accessories are cut from Once Upon a Princess at 4.25 inches.  I wish I had some Peachy Keen face stamps, but I don't.  So, I have to make due by drawing on the faces by hand - which I don't think I'm very good at.  However, I still think my hand drawn face is cuter than the Cricut face.  The sparkle on her cheeks is from some Fruit Punch Stickles. 

I also doodled lines in her hair, some stitching lines, and some hearts on her rain boots.  I used Stickles for her buttons and the top of her umbrella - the color of those is Magenta. 

I wanted to place my sentiment inside the umbrella for something fun and different, so I used My Pink Stamper's set  Everyday Occasions for a simple "Hello."

The colors of this card make me smile :)  I feel like the rain accessories and happy colors say "Spring" to me.   I hope maybe it brings a little sunshine to your day as well.  Thanks for visiting me today! 

Thank You Card With Lots of Brown Shades

I kept the colors in this very neutral, with just a touch of pale green in the ribbon.  I tend to like a lot of color, but I  am trying to practice more neutral color schemes.

I used all SP & Company stamps for this, except for the birdcage image.  That image is from a Stampin' Up set called Happy Moments - it was available last year for Sale-a-Bration.  

The frame is from Lovely Labels.  As you can see from the birdcage I found to fit inside it, the frames can be used for a lot of things.  One of the great things about the clear stamps is that you can easily see if something will fit the way you want it to.  I'm not much for sketching things out in advance, and I prefer this hands on play with it until it looks right approach.

The background is from Scripty Scripts.  I did a tone on tone effect with the chocolate brown hues.  The sentiment is from Ultimate Sentiments I.  

I used the Stampin' Up Eyelet Lace border punch along the bottom.  The ribbon is just from one of my local craft stores.  I love that little touch of color, and I think the shade of green is nice with all these browns. 

I later rounded the top 2 corners, but I had already taken the photo and decided not to revise it. 

Thanks for stopping by today, I have another post going up shortly of a super cute card for spring.  Be sure and see that one, it's extra cute :)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Thanks Nest Card

Here's a simple thank you card.  I thought it would be great for anything to do with a new house since people could call their home a nest, and also to thank someone for a nice baby gift because of the eggs on the card - but really it's pretty generic and would work for pretty much anything.

The nest is from the Straight From the Nest Cricut Cartridge and is cut at 3.5 inches.  I embossed it using the Oriental Weave Cuttlebug Folder.  I think it really needed that bit of texture.

"Thanks" is from the Winter Woodland cartridge - cut at 1.5 inches.

Both the green main color, and the blue "thanks" have a bit of shimmer and shine to them.  I just purchased a variety pack of colors at my local Michael's store.  I used some kraft colored cardstock along the bottom that I punched with the Stampin' Up Scalloped Border Punch.  I rounded the top corners with the 1/2 inch setting on my Corner Chomper.  I added some stitching lines using a Stampin' Up marker, and finished off with some satin ribbon.

Monday, March 7, 2011

I feel like celebrating - I've got some fun news :)

Today is an exciting day for me because I get to make a special announcement!  I have been chosen to be a member of the Scrapbookaholic By Abby design team!  I will be having fun doing projects a couple times a month based on different challenges that Abby comes up with, and you'll be able to play along and join in the fun :)

Today Abby is introducing the entire design team!  There's a ton of talented ladies to bring you lots of inspiration.  I hope you'll go visit Abby now to see the whole line up.

Today I have used a fabulous digi from Kich N Bleus.  It's from their Celebrate Collection.  Be sure and stop by their store page if you're interested in viewing the designs for purchase, and you can check out their blog for fun and inspiration.  

The card is the standard 4 and 1/4 by 5 and 1/2 inch size.  The top is embossed with the Tiny Bubbles Cuttlebug Folder.  I used some stitched ribbon that came from the dollar section of Target.  I added a border along the bottom that was punched with the Fiskars Threading Water punch.  The border is about 1 and 1/8 inch tall, and stretches 4 and 1/4 inches across the card front.

I printed the image, trimmed it down to 3 by 4 and 1/4, and colored it in using mostly Stampin' Write makers from Stampin Up and a few Copics.  I matted it on some green cardstock that measures 3 adn 1/4 by 4 and 1/2.  I attached this with some pop dots to raise it up from the card base.

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you like my simple celebration themed card :)  Enjoy meeting Abby's new design team!  I can't wait to get to know them better myself.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Thank You House Card

I designed this card for a Realtor.  By changing the sentiment it would be a great card to say "Congrats" for someone who has just purchased a home.

The house is from the Handy Man Cricut Lite cartridge - cut at 3.5 inches.  I added a little mirrored gem using my Irock to accent the doorknob. 

The grass is from a Martha Stewart punch.

"Thank You" is from Stampin' Up's Short and Sweet set.

The sign was cut and written on by hand - and was actually my hubby's idea.  As cute as it is, I'm not the one that thought of it :)  

I finished up with some stitching using a marker.  

I really love this cartridge, and I want to start using it more often.  There are a ton of tools on it that are well suited to masculine cards.  

Have a fabulous, and very crafty Friday!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Thanks So Much Card With Lots of Flowers

I used a lot of Stampin' Up products on today's card.
I bought this stamp set just for watercoloring with, and that's what I did here.  I used Stampin' Up's watercolor paper, their Aqua Painter, and their inks.  It is easy, and fun.  Basically you squeeze your ink pad to transfer some ink onto the lid, then you use the ink in the lid by picking it up with your Aqua Painter and applying it.  The stamp set is called A Flower for All Seasons.  I used all 4 images that come in the set.  The sentiment is also Stampin Up, and is from Sincere Salutations.  

I won't get too specific on sizes because I played around with them for awhile and they aren't very exact.  The card is a standard size. 

Thanks for visiting today! 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wishing You A Marvelous Mardi Gras

I had so much fun with this one!  Yay for sparkle and my favorite color... purple.

So, I wanted to have a cute little mask on my card, but I couldn't find the kind I was looking for on any of my Cricut cartridges.  I just found a simple line image online.  I printed it and used it as a template for cutting one by hand.  Since it's a simple shape it didn't take long.  I added some Lavender Stickles around the edges to give it a little more fun, and it is up on Pop Dots.

For the paper behind the mask I wanted to create my own glittery polka dotted paper.  I cut it down, and punched the bottom border using the Eyelet Lace border punch from Stampin' Up.  Then I got out Stampin' Up's Dot Dot Dot stamp and my Stamp-a-ma-jig.  I stamped the dots twice using Versa Mark, then I poured on my Stamp N Stuff Embossing Powder in Green Tinsel.  It's made by Stampendous and I buy mine at Michael's.  I LOVE the stuff :)  

For the sentiment along the bottom I used my wonderful SP & Company Mix & Match Sentiment sets.  You can spell SO many things with them.  It's a lot of fun to pick your words and create your own phrases.  The words "wishing you a" and also "Mardi Gras" are from Mix & Match: Occasions.  The word "marvelous" is from the set Mix & Match: Friends.

Of course I added little details like doodling and some fun ribbon from my stash too. Here are some sizes for you.  The big purple layer is 5 and 1/4 by 3 inches.  The green polka dot layer is 5 by 2 and 3/4 (remember this is AFTER punching it.)  The layer the sentiment is on is 5 and 1/4 by 1 inch.  
Have a fabulous, and very crafty day!  I really appreciate all of you that take the time to stop by my crafty little corner of the world :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Love You Cherry Much Soda Can Card

I had the BEST time making this card!  The whole inspiration for the card was my new paper stack.  I ordered the My Favorite Things Stack from Erin Lee Creative.  It is SO cute :)  When I saw the adorable little cans of soda with cherries on them I was inspired to make this card.

The card is a standard A2 size, that opens from the top.  The soda can is from the Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge.  The original design includes a straw coming out of the top of it, and a smiling face on the can.  I trimmed the straw off with a pair of scissors after cutting it, and I used the hide contour feature to avoid cutting the face.  The can was cut at 4.5 inches.  

To get the cherries for the front of the can I used the Preserves Cricut cartridge.  I used the hide contour feature to make these cherries a simple cut with no notches marked to add layers to.  They are cut at 1.25 inches.  

I layered the can onto a piece of vanilla cardstock that measures 2.25 by 3.25 inches.  I added some stitching lines with a Stampin' Up marker, and then put scalloped borders on each side.  The borders were punched with the Stampin' Up Scallop Border Punch.

For the bottom of the card I cut a vanilla layer at 1 and 1/2 inches tall by 4 and 1/4 wide.  I took a sentiment from Pink By Design's Country Living set for the sentiment.  I used some small post it notes to help me do some masking so that the word "cherry" would be a different color than the rest of the sentiment.  I used SP & Company's Rain Boots stamp set to stamp the little cherries on either side of the sentiment.  I added some more stitching lines with my marker.

I showcased the adorable inspiration paper from Erin Lee Creative by using my Scallop Border Punch again and attaching a strip to my card.  I added some ribbon over the top of it.  Even though it is just one row of those adorable little cans I think it pops nicely.
I had a blast with this card, and it was fun to use several products made by crafters for crafters :)  Be sure and check out Erin's new paper!  I'm so glad I ordered some.  I'll be featuring more projects with it soon b/c I have a ton of ideas for it.