Sunday, January 31, 2010

You're Just a Thought Away

Since I have these brand new Verve sets, with 3 more new ones on the way I thought I'd try out the Verve Challenges on Splitcoaststampers this month. How fun are they!!!! You have a sketch and then an inspiration piece and there ya go.

So if you decide to check out the challenge I used dining room number 3 as my inspiration and followed the sketch they provided. I love the way this turned out, so bright and fun.  The card came together rather quickly.  The card base is Pumpkin from SU, the dp is DCWV citrus stack...talk about bright colors and a fun stack it just screams sunshine and I love it.  The balloon and clouds are from the Verve stamp set Up Up and Away and both are popped with dimensionals. The sentiment is Whimsical Words from SU sab. That word set goes so well with the hot air ballons, this is the second time I've used them together.  Thanks for stopping by and taking a look, hope you have a sunshine filled day.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Teacher Appreciation

There are so many great cuts on A Child's Year cartridge for every kind of occasion.  The card was inspired all from the apple. I wanted to do something with that image and what better than a thank you for a teacher.  I mistakenly cut the girl image out instead of the boy so I will have to make a duplicate of this for my son to give his preschool teacher at the end of the year.

The base is just white cs, next layer is red by the paper company, I then took the dp from DCWV summer mat stack and layered it on misc blue, the same blue I used for the scalloped edge. It doesn't show in the photo but this panel is raised with pop dots.
 I cut the apple image out at 3 in. once on reg cut, then on tag, then on shadow.  This is also adhered with pop dots.  I then stamped the curly label in real red with thank you from warm words I think or short and sweet SU.  Oh I also used the photo corner punch SU, stickles lime green, the scalloped edge punch SU, Satin ribbon.       Thanks for stopping by....hope you have a great day.

I've added to my project list and separated out the cricut carts I've used on different projects so things will be easier to find and you don't have to look through all the cricut projects if you're looking for one specific cartridge.  Also my goal is to take one month and explore one cartridge seeing how many projects I can create from it. I'm going to start with A child's year since I have several cards made with it already so look for more posts using this cart in the future.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hey Diddle Diddle

I love when a card turns out exactly how you envisioned it.  I had the idea for this baby card in my head for weeks and finally got around to making it. First I needed to come up with a layout and as soon as I saw Mojo121, I knew I had it but couldn't figure out a color combo that would be gender neutral until I saw Karen's color combo on her Long Stem Posie card and that was the final piece of inspiration I needed to complete this.

I used the cricut cart Paper Doll Dress Up, cutting the moon at 2 1/2 inches. I cut it out twice once in yellow and white then cut the stars off and glued them on the yellow moon. I also chalked the edges of the moon and adhered with pop dots.
The cow was cut at 3in 3 times, once in black, then tan and brown.  I used chalks, watercolor pencils and black marker to give the cow its color.  I then cut its front legs off and repositioned them so it could jump over the crescent moon. I adhered it with pop dots. The only stamp on here is circle of friendship from SU stamped in more mustard.  DPs are a mix of dcwv and SU.  I also used SU circle punches, scallop punches.

Not exactly sure what I'll do with this card since I don't know anyone having a baby...but I don't know if I could part with it anyway, have you ever had one of those cards you  make and love so much you have to hold on to it or is that just me? lol  Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great day.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Follow Your Heart

I hadn't planned on posting any cards today till I saw the sketch challenge on splitcoaststampers for SC265.  So I dropped my son off at preschool, ran to walmart and thought of nothing else the whole time but how could I use my new stamps with this sketch and this is what I came up with.

The stamp is a birthday gift from my sweet friend Sarah,who I just adore and I met her through Splitcoaststampers and we've formed this wonderful friendship over the past couple years, don't know what I'd do without her...BIG HUGS SARAH!!! 

Anyway I fell in love with the Verve set Up Up and Away, and couldn't wait to have it.. Am I rambling cause it feels like I am LOL...bear with me...I'm a brand new Verve owner and have to say I'm loving their stamps.  So back to the card
The base is SU black, the green dp is DCWV summer mat stack, the blue is SU bashful.   I stamped the balloon on red dp out of the same summer mat stack cut it out. Then stamped the balloon on the blue layer and layered on the red. Stamped the clouds, cut them out and popped them with dimensionals.  Now to find a saying, I think this saying goes perfectly with this image...the sentiment is from SU sab Whimsical Words.  So since you're to follow your heart what better than to punch a heart and float it in the clouds. Oh and I used the SU scallop punch.

Thanks Sarah for the wonderful birthday gift you know I love it and thanks to all of you for stopping by and listening to my ramblings today. Have a wonderful day.

Sweet Friends


I received this wonderful sweet friends award yesterday from Patty over at LaLatty's Stamp N Stuff  Thanks so much Patty, that was so sweet.  Be sure to stop by her blog she has wonderful cards and I love her CAS cards, they are fabulous.

Now it's my turn. I am supposed to list 10 things that make me happy, and then send this award to 5 other bloggers. Wow it will be hard to pick only 5 people.  Here it goes....

Becki at Rocky Road Forever
Karli at Crafting with Class
Loretta at Stamping with Loretta
Anne at Stargroves
Laura at Whirlpool of Imagination
Be sure to stop and check out their wonderful blogs. They are full of inspiration.  Now you ladies will need to copy and paste the award to your blog, note who gave you the award with the link to her blog, and then pass the award to 5 more bloggers. Be sure and visit their blog and let them know.

Here's my 10 things that make me HAPPY in no particular order...
1. Being a mother
2. Family
3. Papercrafting
4. Reading
5. Watching chick flicks
6. Summer
7. Spring or any day with warm weather
8. Making my son laugh
9. Showing Gratitude
10. Friends

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Let Freedom Ring

I was trying to create a card the other night and I just kept drawing a blank so I sat there for what seemed like forever and decided to play around with my Christmas gift A Child's Year cartridge on my cricut.  When leafing through the booklet I saw a frame they did using this cut with a flag type background and I decided to recreate it into a card.

The base is SU night of navy, the red is SU torn and layered on a white square. I then rubbed tea dye ink all over that layer, added 3 star brads and adhered to the base.  The center image was cut at 2 1/2 and then shadowed with white cs that I also rubbed with tea dye ink.  Thanks for looking and taking the time to stop by. 

PS... Take time to remember our Troops who protect us and fight for our freedom and take the time to tell a Soldier Thank You, they don't hear it often enough.

Monday, January 25, 2010

WINNER WINNER

Winner winner chicken dinner...lol. Anyone else watch Guy Fieri on Diners Drivin's and Dives on the Food Network? I love his show, even my 5yr old likes watching him. Guy is always using that phrase when he likes one of the meals. Anyway I'm posting to announce the WINNER for the Kanban Billy Diecuts from the Thank You challenge .... drumroll please...............

And the winner is LYNN!!!!!! Congrats Lynn, my little one pulled your name out of the basket.(then he pulled everyone's name and said they all needed to be winners lol)

  Don't forget to stop by Lynn's blog she makes some wonderful creations you can find it here Creative Crafts by Lynn   I will get those diecuts mailed out to you very soon, can't wait to see what you do with them. Thanks for playing. 

New challenges coming at a later date.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Simple Valentine


I had a good birthday, got some new stamps woo hoo.  Can't wait to ink them up. Also got my SAB order that I haven't had a chance to play with yet so a lot of new rubber in the house, need to get to creating something. But until then....here's another valentine. This time I wanted to keep it simple, simple layout, simple coloring and not a lot of embellishments. The base is SU wild wasabi, the stripe paper is DCWV summer stack, the image is from Pink Cat Studio...Billy.  I used the SU scallop punch for the border.  I colored Billy with SU markers and added a little glitz to his heart with stickles. Oh and the Be Mine is a stamp from the dollar bin at Mikes.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Will be announcing the winner tomorrow for the THANK YOU CHALLENGE.  Remember to stop back and see if you've won. Have a great day!

Friday, January 22, 2010

OMG I'm 40!!!!!!!!!!


Well the day is here, as much as I tried to avoid it and as much as I tried to pretend it wasn't coming. It did! It came anyway even with all my pleading of no its not time, its too early, just a little longer in my 30's. LOL  One of my good friends told me "40's are the new 30's".  I love that so I'm going to use that as my motto. A new decade, maybe even a little wiser, definitely more experienced, and yet still new things to learn and discover.  I ended my 30's on a high note of being published so I'm looking forward to what's in store for me in my 40's.

So enough rambling...I thought Grumpabella would be perfect for my card post today.  After all its Exactly how I feel in the mornings.  All I need is my cup of joe to get me going.  I originally did this card for SCS (sc262) sketch challenge  Here's what I used.... card base is choc chip SU, the dp is dcwv from the glitter stack, the small square is saffron that was embossed with the cuttlebugs swiss dots folder, the sentiment and coffee cup came from TPC Coffee Cafe. I finally broke into my In color pack and used some melon mambo (su) for the strip punched with the eyelet border and I colored Grumpbella with a melon mambo marker.  Thanks for stopping by going to enjoy some banana cream pie for dessert tonight...yum!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Masculine color challenge


I have a hard time making masculine cards and I really  need to get better at it with all the men in my life.  I created this card  for a color challenge on SCS,  you can find it HERE. So with that combo I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to make a masculine card. I've had this For Father set for a couple years now and I think I've only used it once or twice so it was nice to "dust it off" and use it again. I'm happy with the results of this card and I am loving the color combination.  Here's the supply list...
Base...white
Dp is from SU from the older SAB catty. I didn't have ruby red so I substituted riding hood red SU, and used close to cocoa.  I colored the images with various markers and then added paper glaze to certain apples to add some dimension though it doesn't really show in the photo.  The punches are by SU scallop and photo corner and the white brad is misc.  Oh and I used the Argyle cb folder.  I'm still trying to get the hang of cropping these pics down and I think I'm making them too small, I guess it will be trial and error for awhile. Thanks for taking the time to look.

Monday, January 18, 2010

More than just a Thank You...A Challenge

As I get older I have come to appreciate the phrase Thank You more.  Its not that I didn't appreciate it before it just seems to hold a lot more meaning when I hear them now. Maybe its because as my son grows older I'm trying to teach him about gratitude and being grateful and not just assuming people are supposed to give you things.  Some days this is a losing battle for me and other days I know I've gotten through when he comes up to me and says Thank You Mommy for (blank)... without being prompted to do so.

I think there is nothing more special than that hand written note, whether it be in a handmade card, store bought card, email, scrap paper, whatever, expressing your gratitude for someone or something that someone has done and I know in my heart that note means just as much to the receiver.   When I asked friends do you send a thank you note I got a wide variety of answers from...well I always have good intentions but never get around to it..to Oh I always send a thank you...to well I drop a line on facebook... to I send an email when I remember but it may be late. 
So I offer up to you a challenge. It won't take much of your time. Here it is...I challenge you to say Thank You to someone (I edited this so you only have to do one...not all 3)

1. Tell someone thank you by leaving a comment on their blog thanking them for inspiring you or

2. Send someone a handwritten Thank You note...do it on scrap paper if you have to but tell that person what they did that meant so much to you and how grateful you are or

3. Send out that belated Thank You...no matter how late it is

I'd love to hear your stories whether you write it in the comments here or write it on your blog...just leave me a link where I can find it.  So as I close this post for today I say THANK YOU to you...for taking the time to read my ramblings, taking the time to stop by my blog and taking the time to follow me. I am truly grateful. Have a splendid day.
PS...If you decide to take on this challenge and you post in the comments here I will put your name in a drawing to win one Sheet of the KANBAN Billy Diecuts that I used on my mojo121 card.  You have one week, I will post the winner name on Jan 25th.

Oh for those interested in products used on this card...SU soft sky cs, wild asparagus DP, vanilla cs, eyelet border punch, cricut storybook cart, Fifth Ave Floral SU, watercolor pencils

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Sometimes It Just Needs to be Simple

The Glitterbee blog group I belong to offered up a second challenge this time a color challenge. You were to use bashful blue, certain celery and positively pink on your card.  I pretty much followed it except for the pink.  This card was put together and torn apart numerous times. I had a different dp, didn't work, tried stamping the base with a background stamp... that didn't work for me either and then I realized I just needed to keep it simple. 

The base is SU bashful blue, the dp is from the sweet stack DCWV, the green lace is SU certain celery that I cut using SU eyelet border punch.  This sweet little image is from TAC Dear Friend set, same with the sentiment. I colored the image using a combo of SU markers and Tombow. It doesn't show in this pic but the flowers are covered in stickles.

Fun color challenge and if you 'd like to give it a try feel free to stop by the glitterbee challenge blog and give it a whirl. Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Upsy Daisy Birthday


I hosted my last card swap for my card swappers group on Facebook this month. I decided to close that group down and focus on my blog and start challenges from here. So in honor of my birthday this month...more about that at a later date...I decided the theme would be birthday, who doesn't need a stash of birthday cards on hand.  Well I did my cards in advance then ended up with more people playing than I expected, so I needed more cards. Well bad news, I was out of the papers I used on the other one so here is the second version of my swap.

This card also qualifies for StampinGHMom's challenge of What can you create Wednesday where you don't use a sketch, color combo etc.

I am loving the SU Upsy Daisy set, don't know what took me so long in ordering it.  It makes such easy cards.  I used up some K&Co paper this time for the dp. The card base is SU old olive. I stamped the daisies and sentiment in regal rose and added a little diamond stickles to the tips of the flowers.  I also added a strip of SU river rock embossed with my Finial Press.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cupcake Birthday

This will be a quick post since I'm off to get my son from school in 20 mins.  I saw this great sketch at Pickled Paper Designs and couldn't wait to try it. I'm trying to explore my cricut carts more to see exactly what designs I already have avaliable to me before I buy any more carts.  I have a small collection of carts (9) compared to some.  So anyway here's my creation for this sketch.

Base is choc chip SU run through the cb with D'vine swirls folder. The yummy cupcake paper is from DCWV of course, their sweets stack.  I just picked up new nesties...well new to me Labels 2 I believe they are called.  The cupcake came from the doodlecharms cart. I cut the choc base out at 3 1/2 the I creased the bottom to give it some dimension. I then cut the top out at the same size and ran it through the cb also with D'vine swirls. I added stickles to the swirls and the adhered it to the card with pop dots. The Cherry on top is from SU tart and tangy.  Wish big sentiment is from SU Short and Sweet and it was punched out with the small oval SU and layered with DCWV pink cs and the lg oval.  The border is SU eyelet lace that I've used several times before...love that border punch. Well that's it for today, have a great one and stop back soon...some fun challenges will be coming up.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Latte Scrapling


I had seen on Splitcoast a challenge to make some of these little scraplings which are perfect for using up those scrap pieces you have laying around. So I thought why not give it a shot. I loved making this. It was quick, easy and used up quite a bit of my scraps...I made 8 of these.  I think they will be perfect to use as a bookmark since it opens like a card and can slide down over the top of a book page.

The finished size of this is 5 1/2 long x 2 wide.  You could make 4 scrapling bases cutting lengthwise on a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of cardstock if you didn't have scraps.  I stamped the latte image from Like it a Latte (SU) in choc chip. The foam was stamped on a scrap piece of white then cut out and applied with pop dots. I added some diamond stickles to the foam too. The straw was stamped in regal rose along with the heart.  The ribbon was from the bargain bin at Michaels...gotta love those dollar bins.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my creations I always appreciate your comments.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Mojo121 Easy Peasy

I dropped my son off at preschool this morning and thought I'd run to the LSS to see if they had anything new.  Well I was disappointed they didn't have any of the new cricut carts in yet which is what I was really hoping for BUT they did have these fab new die cuts by Kanban...never heard of them but the die cuts are adorable and make super fast cards.  This is Billy, isn't he just adorable? The die cuts come with a fronts and back so you have him here on the outside of your card looking at you but inside you see the back of him and he is really standing on his tip toes on his skateboard.  Hard to explain should of taken a pic of the die cut sheet before I punched everything out.

Anyway I went ahead and used this weeks Mojo sketch, which I really liked.  The papers are SU from SAB last year.  I couldn't fit the circle on since Billy's head is so big so I used the bee in place of the scalloped circle on the sketch.  Thanks for stopping and thanks very much if you left a comment, they make my day :)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Vintage Owl

I made this card a few months ago and it is one of my favorite cricut cards. I used the Storybook cartridge for most of the elements on the card.  The base is DCWV textured cardstock, layered with another DCWV brown cardstock. I had some left over Wild Asparagus patterned paper which really was the color inspiration for this card.  For the brown borders at the bottom I used the SU eyelet border punch. The large circles were cut out with Spellbinders circles and scallops.  The owl was cut twice with the cricut once on reg and then on shadow. I inked the top layer of the owl with vintage photo ink. I then cut several leaves or branches from the same cartridge to add to the opposite side. The flowers are primas with copper brads added to the center and the sentiment comes from TAC tag tidbits set.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Mariposa Butterfly

StampinGHMom has posted a Challenge on her blog What can you create Wednesday where you're supposed to make a completely unique creation not using a sketch, color combo chart etc. So I thought I'd play along. It went a lot smoother than I originally thought. 

My inspiration for this card came from this fabulous paper. I picked up a new DCWV mat stack that just hit the shelves (yes I bought more paper, shame on me) I couldn't resist it the papers were just too beautiful. When I saw the butterfly on the paper I knew I wanted to use SU God's Beauty set. I stamped the butterfly in versamark then black pigment ink then covered it with black embossing powder and heat embossed then colored the butterfly with SU markers...bermuda bay, saffron and tombow 192. My card base is SU Wild Wasabi, I wish they would bring this color back it is one of my favorite greens.
I ran the edges of the card base through the cuttlebug with one of the cb borders. I don't know which set its from. So I put it all together and it was just missing something, so that's where the leaf frame came in at. I used the Home Decor cart and cut the frame on the cricut at 2 1/2 inches in wasabi.  Still it was missing something so thats when the top and bottom scalloped edge was added using the SU punch.  Finally I used the bermuda bay marker and colored the flower image from the God's Beauty set and stamped it twice, cut it out and VOILA the card was complete. Fun challenge really gets your creativity going.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Spidey Thank You


We held our son's 5th birthday party on Jan 2nd and he wanted a Spiderman theme this year. I actually broke down and bought the invites but wanted to create my own thank you for him and considering I don't have any thing spiderman in the way of stamps (not sure if they even make Spiderman stamps) I had to think of something. This is what came up with...

Since Spiderman's outfit is blue and red that is where the color inspiration came from for this card using misc red and blue papers. I then searched through all my halloween stamps for a spider and found this one that didn't require any coloring with an Inkadinkado set called All Hallows Eve. This also gave me a chance to use my spiderweb cuttlebug folder for the first time.

I think the card turned out pretty good. I know the photo isn't the greatest though, I don't know why it is blurry, this was the 8th photo I took...ugh. I need a photography lesson. lol

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

MOJO 120 Sweet Love

Here's my take on the MOJO120 sketch. I had a hard time with this one, though I really like the finished product. I geared it towards Valentines though it could be adapted for many things. If I redid this I would change out the embossed heart for the SU Fifth Ave Floral rose then it could be for an anniversary or birthday.

Here's what I used...Card base is SU Pretty in pink, the dp is from the Sweets stack DCWV. I embossed the white panel with SU Finial Press folder, I love this folder.  I actually used my marvy punches for the circles instead of getting out my nesties.  The heart is from Gentler Times SU, I stamped it on pretty in pink with versamark then covered with holographic powder and heat embossed.  I can't tell you where the ribbon came from its so old and the gems were from Michael's dollar spot.  Oh and the border punch is SU eyelet border.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Double Blog Challenge

Well here is my attempt at combining the 2 challenges for both the blog groups I belong to. First challenge is from Stamps R Us where I am supposed to get inspiration from a cake design. I choose to use the cake that was all pink and white with the pink roses on it.  My second challenge came from The Glitterbees where they had a sketch to follow.

The dp is from the Luxury stack DCWV. I used the swiss dots (PC)  and the Finial Press (SU) folders through the cuttlebug.  The rose is from SU Fifth Ave Floral. I stamped it on SU Pretty in Pink 3 times cutting each rose out smaller then pieced them together using pop dots for dimension. The one thing I would change about this card if I was to recreate it is not to run the rose through with the swiss dots. Its too much.  I added some color to the rose with SU watercolor pencil and a blender pen.  Thanks for the challenges ladies, it was fun.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

S.W.A.K.

Well I bought myself one of the new cricut cartridges that just came out called Love Struck. Its a solutions cartridge so it has minimal images on it but it has some really great images on it. I couldn't wait to try it out and when I saw the layout of this card I had my inspiration for my Valentine card.

The card base is SU black embossed with the cuttlebug D'vine Swirl folder. I then cut a piece of SU real red and embossed it with the Swiss Dots in the cuttlebug. I love using the Martha Stewart heart border punch on my Valentine cards, so you've probably been seeing it a lot if you've been looking at my blog.
The scalloped square is a nestabilities die, also cut out in real red.  I cut the lips from the Love Struck cart.  I even broke out some of my gazillion alpha stickers and added the SWAK on.

Thanks for taking a look and I love reading all your comments.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year

Well its the New Year and with the holiday hustle and bustle finally over I had a chance to sit down and start scrapbooking the pics from Christmas.  I love this picture of my husband and I. Our 5yr old son took this on Christmas Eve. He's quite the shutterbug. 

The pic on here doesn't do the paper justice. Its full of glitter and sparkle. I loved the color combo on the paper and thats when I thought a black and white photo would go better than the color one. 
The paper is from the Rustic pack DCWV.  I added all the gold brads to the swirls, then broke out my trusty cricut with the Storybook cart for the bird and corner embellishment. I sponged the bird and the leaves with SU More Mustard and added sparkle to them with some Stickles. Thanks for looking and have a wonderful New Year.

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