Sunday, September 25, 2011

Squares Galore ... You're on my Mind

Do you have a lot of dp scraps laying around?  Well today's card is the perfect way to use them up.  It's all about the squares ...

I punched the squares out at 1 1/2 in.  You need about 3 of each of 4 patterns, at least that's what I found was a good amount for an even design.  When I started to lay them out I found I had to overlap some of the squares but by placing the large image in the center its not noticable.  All the dp is from All Dressed Up DCWV stack.  I've used that paper quite a bit recently, hence the pile of scraps.  The center image is SU Upsy Daisy which I stamped in Baja Breeze ink.  Layering the image with black and baja and repeating the same for the sentiment.

I hope you liked today's card.  Are you ready for Halloween?  Have you started on your cards?  Ahh my favorite time of year ... watch out for some bewitching cards next month.  See you then.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

3 Cards for the Price of One

How about 3 cards for today.  Instead of spreading this out over 2 or 3 weeks I thought I'd show all the cards I made with one set (Sewing by TPC Studio bought at Joanns).  I'm trying something a little different.  It won't be like this all the time but I would hate for my readers to get bored with the same type of posts week in and week out, since I'm only posting once a week now.  By the way is everyone liking the 1 per week or does it matter?  Well let's get to the card making.

A Rainbow of Color ... The layout for this card was a sketch on SCS.  I can never get those done on time anymore so I just add them to my sketch book and refer to as needed.  I think the spool of thread in this set is cute and decided to add one on each of the panels.  I colored them with SU markers crushed curry, pacific point, melon mambo and the green is colored with Bic mark its.  I tried to layer each panel with the same color but its hard to see.  The pin cushion was colored with tombow markers.  Border is done with SU scallop trim border punch.

1 card 2 versions ... The next set of cards are identical except for the paper and color scheme.  The first is more elegant or fancy using the same spool of thread stamp.  I cut the card as if I was making a card with the fold at the top, then I cut an inch and a half off the bottom top layer and turned the card on its side.

The black layer is embossed with Tim Holtz folder and the pattern paper is from the DCWV All Dressed Up Stack.  I grabbed scraps for the border in the center which is baja breeze. The same color I used to color the thread.  The little white buttons were cut from the SU embosslit Sweet Buttons.  Inside is stamped the same sentiment from the other card ... Friendships are sewn one stitch at a time. 

This version is a little more fun with the diamonds embossing on the mambo layer and the orange DP from the Summer DCWV stack.   The color inspiration came from the small strip that is on the side of the card with the pink, orange and white flowers, also DCWV paper.  I added the same buttons from the SU embosslit.

So which one is your favorite?  Thanks for dropping by.  Hope to see you again next week.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunshine ... Inside and Out

August was quite the month for us.  It seemed like when one issue was done being dealt with something else happened.  The sentiment on today's card couldn't be more fitting for what we went through.... Wherever you go, no matter the weather, always bring your own SUNSHINE.  This sentiment is from Verve Blue Skies set and my goal was to showcase it on a card. 

Here's how it was made. The base was covered with some Kraft paper from Joann's.  I had the yellow plaid from a very old DCWV mat stack.  The scalloped edge is from SU scallop trim border punch.  The blue panel is embossed with the cuttlebug and I forget the name of the folder. The sunshine and clouds are from the cricut lite cart Celebrate with Flourish.  Did you know Walmart had those on sale for $20.  Well a girl can't pass up a sale. The sun and clouds were cut out at 3 1/2 inches.  The ribbon, oh how I'm trying to use up some of my ribbon.  Anyone who visits frequently will know my love hate relationship with bows.  So I made a faux bow today.  I took the brad wrapped the prongs around the ribbon and Voila...a bow.  The mushroom is from SU's Unfrogettable set and was a last minute add on for a pop of color ... is it too much?  Maybe.   Oh and I actually did the inside of the card too.  Nothing really fancy but that is my new goal, not to leave the insides blank.  I mean why else am I saving all these scraps. I might as well use them.

The little bird is a Verve stamp from Wordy Birds set.  Thanks for stopping today.  Don't forget to check out the winner's post to see if you won last week's blog candy.

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I just wanted to add that I FINALLY added a follow by email link on my blog in the sidebar.  I've had a couple people request that and I never got around to adding it but its there now so I hope that makes it easier for some people.  Have a great day!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

100 ... I Think Someone Deserves some Candy

Can you believe the summer is over, tomorrow is Labor Day and my son is an official first grader.  I don't know where the time has gone.  So I wake up one day pop on my blog and see I have finally reached 100 followers.  I have to say I was very excited.  I know many say why does it matter who follows or not.  I'm just glad someone is reading it.  I'm hoping that you find a little inspriation here.  I'm not big on techniques and I don't really do anything fancy.  I just do what I love, play with paper. lol  No wonder I loved coloring so much as a kid.  So to say Thank You to all you wonderful blog readers out there I'm giving away a little blog candy  Here's what you have to do.  Leave a comment on this post and please leave me a way to contact you.  I'd love to hear how you found my blog.  Make sure you check back next Sunday to see if you won.  So here's what I have 

A little bit of everything.  First off a great book with ideas and sketches from Cardmaker's, some Brenda Walton 6x6 paper and matching embossed label stickers (great for scrapbooking or to embellish the inside of a card), some chipboard accents by colorbok, a stamp set from scrappy cat and some cuttlekid alpha dies.  Don't worry if you don't have a cuttlekid machine as long as you have a cuttlebug they work just fine.  If you have a blog and post a link to my candy that would be great but its not a requirement. 

How about a little card for today too.  Can I just say I love the Cricut Magazine and I owe it all to my friend Sarah who I talk about often on here for getting me a subscription for my birthday.  I will say the magazine however is bad for my wallet.  It makes me want way more cartridges than I really need.  The following card is a case from the June/July issue.  I changed it up by adding a sentiment instead of making it a party invite and I changed the colors.  But because of that card it just sealed the deal that I had to get the Forever Young cartridge and the rest is history so they say.  Here's the card

All the papers are from DCWV All Dressed Up Stack.  The models were all cut out at 3 inches.  The sentiment is from SU.  Thanks for stopping by and don't forget about the blog candy.  Winner will be announced on Sunday Sept 11.


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