Saturday, December 10, 2011


Just a quick post (enabler alert)....I'm sure most of you have heard of Blitsy already. Well, I took a chance and ordered from them. The prices were great and the delivery time was quick. I am very pleased so far. If you haven't heard of them, or have heard of them but not checked them out, try it!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Simply Sunday at Getting Cricky - Give Thanks

Well, it's been almost a month since I posted anything. There's been a lot going on. I have made some things but haven't felt like posting, I think it's time.
The theme at Getting Cricky for this Simply Sunday challenge is give thanks. We were supposed to show something we were thankful for. Last week was my birthday and a friend organized a birthday lunch one day at school. This is for her to thank her for everything she does for me.
This is an A2 size card. The paper is K and Co. The ribbon is from Walmart. The ink is a combination of the two greens in Tim Holtz' winter collection (check out if you haven't already, some great deals and fast service), and the flowers were cut from the Flower Shoppe cartridge. I think I'm really going to like it! The stamps are proof of the versatility of K Andrew Designs stamps. They are from the Winter Wishes set and it's decidedly not a winter looking card. I hope everyone is having a good pre-holiday season.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Elizabeth Mae's challenge from 10-2

The challenge at Elizabeth Mae's this week was to use hearts. I chose to use one of her digis and just color the hat (with a Promarker). The hearts are punched from DCWV glitter paper. (It's pretty flat so it would be really easy to mail.) The sentiment is from the K Andrew Designs Fashionable Friends set. The black and white paper is a scrap from my stash (I should know who it's from but don't remember).

Birthday Sundaes: Ribbon

This card is for the Birthday Sundaes challenge. This week there needed to be ribbon on the card. The image is from A Day for Daisies. I colored it with Promarkers. The ribbon is from the clearance section at my Walmart. The paper is all DCWV from a variety of stacks. The sentiment is from the K Andrew Designs Coffee and Tea for You and Me stamp set. I used Stickles on the the frosting and a glitter pen on the flowers and around the cupcake holder. I ran the purple through the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder. I used my pink ATG gun for the adhesive. I used a Viva Decor pearl pen for the flower centers.

Simply Sunday from 9/25

I'm not doing my best work lately, don't know what's going on for sure. This card is for the Simply Sunday challenge at Getting Cricky. It was supposed to be fall related so I made this card that I will probably stick in the mail and send to my mom (she's in a nursing home) or a friend of hers (mine too) who is feeling her age lately. She's in her upper 80's so that can be a lot to feel some days (she would appreciate the play on words, promise!). The paper is random pieces I pulled out of my scrap pile. The round stamp is one I found at Big Lots. It's from Inkadinkadoo. I used Kristal's Fall-O-Ween set inside the circle. Her stamps are clear plus they are mix and match. I put the stamps inside the circle and figured out where they looked best, then put the acrylic block on top and they stayed in just the right position. I used a glitter pen that Mary from Cardz TV showed a few weeks ago. It's really cool. I went over the flowers and the capital letters for a little extra shine on a pretty muted card. The brad is from the Eyelet Outlet. There is a little hook on the bottom that you can string things through. The ribbon is some old stuff I had around the house. (Yarn is a bad 4-letter word to my daughter, I have so much). The circles were cut with the scalloped circles Nestabilities die. (hate it when I spell stuff and it just looks wrong:( ) We're having a rainy weekend, which is great for crafting! Hope everyone has a good one.

Friday, September 30, 2011

CDAC progressive challenge 1 part 3

Better late than never seems to be my mantra of late. I think I may need to break out of this before it becomes a habit. This is the third part of the first CDAC progressive challenge. Confused? Head over there and check it out, it was really fun! The image is from Just Inklined and was given to the participants to use. I "antiqued" the card with distress ink. The ribbon looks really droopy in the picture and it's actually not too bad. The background paper is a combination of stash and DCWV. The stamp is from K Andrew Designs Fall-O-Ween stamp set. It's a mix and match set that can be used for all the fall holidays plus some.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Shopping our Stash

Better late than never, right? The current challenge at Shopping Our Stash is to NOT color anything. You could ink in color, use printed paper, etc., just no coloring. I used a stamp I've had for so long I don't even know where I got it. The ink is Martha Stewart. All of the paper pieces were from my stash so they were odd sizes and I ended up with a little larger white border than I thought I would, but it worked out. This is the first time I've tried to pleat ribbon on a card (need a little more practice). This card is for a friend who had a rough day today. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Super simple Simply Sunday

The current challenge at Getting Cricky is to make a Halloween project. I used the design from Joy at Joy's Life to make this really quick Post-it Note holder (these are the for real, super sticky ones). The stamps are from Kristal's
Fall-O-ween stamps. They are really versatile and I will be using them to make several more of these for some of my teacher friends. I love the little bat! The bat paper is Recollections by DCWV and the solid is from the DCWV fall solid stack (don't remember the name. The black paper is from Colorbok. The oranges don't match too well, but they do look better IRL than in the picture. The notes were on clearance at Walmart over the summer. I used my Nesties to cut the circles and inked all of the edges with Martha Stewart black ink. There is foam tape between the layers for more dimension. I used Scor tape to attach the Post-its to keep it securely in the holder.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

MAG Challenge

The MAG challenge by the page this week was page 43 from the Forever Young cartridge. I have this one, yea! I went out of my comfort zone as far as colors this week. I don't use green a lot in my cards. The paper led this card. It is all from a DCWV mat stack. Unfortunately the cover is gone and I don't remember the name. All of the printed paper came from the same stack. The blue piece that the sentiment is stamped on is DCWV also. The black is Recollections. The green pieces on the top are cut from the same piece the dress is from. The girl is cut at 3 1/2". The circle behind her is a Nestabilities die that I embossed. I put Stickles on the dots to add some more glitter. The sentiment is from the K Andrew Designs Fashionable Friends stamp set. I'm glad I was able to participate this week!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

CDAC progressive challenge Part 2b

This card is for the second part of the CDAC progressive challenge. The cute digi is by Linda Tieu at Tortagialla. It was colored with Promarkers. I used a Nestabilities die to cut around her and left it on while I inked the edges. It leaves that nice white frame around the image. The papers are from Recollections and DCWV. The star glitter and beads were from the Art Co. Michael's had them on clearance a couple of weeks ago so I stocked up. I used gold spray, also from Art Co., on her. It was a lesson learned. Never assume that two bottles of spray will work the same way, even if they're from the same company. Thankfully I was able to wipe some of the mess off without too much damage. The sentiment is from the K Andrew Designs Positive Thoughts stamp set.

Simply Sunday at Getting Cricky

The current challenge at Getting Cricky was to make a "winged thing". I used the Paisley cartridge to cut the cute little bee. It's cut at 3 1/2". The stamp is from K Andrew Designs Positive Thoughts set. I find myself going back to that particular set quite often. The patterned paper is a mix of K and Company, DCWV and some random pack I picked up at Tuesday Morning. There may be some Colorbok in there as well. The circles were cut with Nestabilities scalloped circle. Oh, the bling is from Creative Charms (thanks to Kristal's Ustream!). I'm also entering this into the Shopping our Stash challenge as it qualifies (the bling is new but I didn't buy it, the rest is stash stuff.)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Elizabeth Mae's challenge

Elizabeth Mae's is a relatively new challenge blog. She has come really cute digi's that make great cards. This week the challenge was to bling up your project. I used one of the Alex digis available on the site. I colored her with Promarkers. The patterned paper is from K and Co. The vellum is from Memory Makers. The buttons and ribbon are from Walmart. The bling is I-rock bling. The sentiment is a K Andrew designs art stamp. I stamped it with Momento black ink and punched it out with a MS scalloped circle punch. The red was punched with a Fiskar's circle punch. I used Stickles around the sentiment for more sparkle.

Karber Challenge

This week's challenge at Karber Challenges was to do a project depicting hobbies and leisure activities. I used the Leslie with a coffee cup digi for my card. The background papers are from the appropriately named Latte mat stack from DCWV. She was colored with Promarkers. A nice relaxing warm drink at the end of a long day is a great thing. The card is A2 size. The twine is Martha Stewart.

Monday, September 5, 2011

CDAC progressive challenge #1 part 2

This card is for the second round of the first progressive challenge at CDAC. The image is from Stamp N Doodle and reminds me of my daughter when she was young. I chose one of her favorite colors to use for the card. She's gone through phases but there were, and still are, times when she loved purple. That being said, there always had to be pink in the mix somewhere, which is why the backpack is the way it is. The image is colored with ProMarkers. I got the paper from my stash and the buttons and ribbon are from Walmart.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

CDAC Progressive challenge

This is my entry for the CDAC's first progressive challenge. I love using digi's on my cards and it's a great place to find them and lots of inspiration!  My coloring is still not great, but it's still fun;-)

This is an A2 card and the digi is from Priscilla's Styles.  It was printed on my computer, colored with Promarkers, then cut out with a Nestability.  The background paper is from the DCWV performance mat stack and the vellum is from Making Memories (I need some vellum glue/tape).  The in used is Tim Holtz distress ink and the ribbon is from Walmart.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Birthday Sundaes: It's all about the brads

So, brads are the challenge this week at Birthday Sundaes. You had to use at least 3 on your project. The purse is from the Paisley Cricut cartridge cut at 3 1/4". I put the flower from Creative Charms on instead of the last couple of layers, it added some dimension since it's a simple card. The patterned paper is from Me & My Big Ideas. I got the yellow at JoAnn's recently when it was on sale and the black and white are stash papers. I've had the brads forever but they are also from JoAnn's. I used a MS edge punch to do the lattice. It doesn't match up exactly but I decided it was ok anyway, adds a little more interest. The yellow paper has a little texture to it so the stamp isn't completely solid. Liked that too (looks better in person) so didn't try to fix it. I tried to get all of the brads to go a little sideways at the same angle but there was one that wouldn't cooperate. They look pretty decent in the picture but no guarantee how long they'll stay like that;) Have a good day!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Link Up Love Party with K Andrew

Kristal at Getting Cricky, has these linking parties once a month to help us expand our bloggy horizons. They look like fun BUT I have never done one before because I'm always afraid I'm going to do something wrong. Trying anyway this time, guess that's the important thing;-) If you choose to participate you will get to see some hopefully new blogs and maybe make some new bloggy friends. It's a win/win for all of us!

Kristal has asked us to link a favorite project. I chose this because it's a little different as far as style goes. (Not the best picture, sorry.)

She also would like us to tell something we are grateful for, there is so much that it's hard to pick one thing. This week my kids and I are all headed back to school so I'm picking something that goes with that theme. I will miss my son when he's at school but I am very grateful that both of my children have the opportunity to attend college. My daughter is almost done (she lives at home which has worked for her-me too). It's been really great to see them grow as people!

I look forward to seeing the other blogs. Have a great day!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Blue heart

Cricut Cardz Challenge's theme for the week is a heart/thank you card. You could use any cartridge or any color as long as it wasn't pink or red. I used one of the hearts from the "A Child's Year" cartridge. It is cut at 3 1/4" and I dry embossed it with the D'vine Swirls (sp) Cuttlebug folder. It was a little too deep so I flattened it out some. I went around the rose and the outside of the heart with Stickles. The brown piece was cut with the largest Nestability in the set (labels 1) and was embossed with the Swiss dots Cuttlebug embossing folder. The white piece came with the pinking already done and it was embossed with one of the folders from the Sentimentals coordinating set. The colored paper is all from Colorbok, The stamp is from a really old set in my stash and was stamped with brown Momento ink.

Single layer Christmas

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas challenge this week was to make a single layer Christmas card. This card is an A2 size. The layer paper is from Recollections. I stamped with Ranger perfect medium and embossed it with white MS embossing powder. The three brads were attached and then I used a combination of glue plus snow glitter and Stickles to create the snowy background. (I think it needs more snow). It was a really quick card, which are my favorites, but it doesn't look nearly as neat as the one on their blog. It's beautiful. I got the stamps last year at Michael's and don't remember who made them. I think they are there again this year and I need to check.

Fantabulous Bug

The challenge this week at Fantabulous Cricut is to make a bug. I used the cute dragonfly from the Doodlecharms Cricut cartridge. It is cut at 3 1/2". The paper is from the Echo Park "Walk in the park" 6"x6" pad. I love that pad and will be really sad when it's gone:( There is some tone on tone action going on with the ribbon and the background but it looks pretty cute. The ribbon is from Details. The face is a Peachy Keen Stamps mix and match set. The sentiment is from the Joy's Life Lots of Puns set. The teal paper was embossed with a cuttlebug folder and it looks a little like grass. I put some I-rock gems on the wings to add a little bling.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


The challenge at Shopping Our Stash this week was to use vellum or violet or violins. You could use one, two, or all three. Mine kind of uses 2 as there are some purplish shades involved as well as the violin.

I picked up the kraft card bases and matching envelopes at Michael's on Sunday as they were on clearance. I've never used these before so we'll see if I like them. The are A6 size (4.5 x 6.25) which is a little larger than I'm used to. I messed up one cut because I wasn't paying attention and just went back to what I usually do. Thank goodness I had enough left to fix it. The violin was cut from the Cricut Quarter Note cartridge at 3 1/2". The paper is from a Provo Craft Scrap pad that I've had for at least 5 years. This is a birthday card for a friend who just came back from Italy so I thought it was appropriate. The piece under the violin is a 4"x4" square that I dry embossed and then inked with a bronze colored ink. That part is better in person because there is a slight metallic shine to it that doesn't show up in the picture. The piece under the sentiment is glossy paper with alcohol ink on it. I tried to match the colors in the base paper. I've had them for months but it's the first time I've tried using them. I don't have any blending solution and think I need some.

Base: kraft premade base
Patterned paper: Provo Craft Scrap pad (something about Europe)
Cricut cartridge: Quarter Note (a must if you like music)
Cuttlebug folder: Moroccan
Sentiment: K Andrew Designs Positive Thoughts (another of her sentiments inside the cards says "Live the life you want")
Embellishments, etc.:
Viva Decor pearl pen, Martha Stewart (ink, pop dots, brown ribbon), misc. ribbon, Adirondack Alcohol ink, metal hot fix brad tops from Walmart.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Scrappy card

Becky at Squirly Girl Creations is having a challenge on her blog and I thought I'd give it a try. You have to only use scraps and you have to use a K Andrew Designs stamp. No problem there, I have plenty of scraps and love Kristal's stamps.

The paper is mostly from DCWV. I know the pink looks big but there are actually things cut out of it behind the flowered piece. The pink strip across the card is a piece of watercolor scrap that I inked with MS ink. I did the weaving and then cut it out with a spellbinder die. It shifted a little when I cut so the right side is a little messed up and I'm trying to figure out how to fix it. I may add some Stickles around it to cover the mistake. (If anybody has any other suggestions I'll take them.) I rounded the corners with my corner chomper (yes, one is different - on purpose). The stamp is from Kristal's Positive Thoughts set. Head over to Becky's blog if you want to play too!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Blue birthday

Post #2 for today, who knew that could happen?? Anyway...this is a super quick card I put together for the weekly challenge at Birthday Sundaes. This week there was an inspiration photo to follow.
It is very summery and just begged to have sharks on it, although dolphins would have probably worked. Most of the paper was from the DCWV Linen Closet mat stack, the blue glitter is theirs as well. The tan is Recollections and the blue "water" is from my stash. The sharks are from the Life is a Beach Cricut cartridge and are cut at 2". I used the "flip" feature on my Expression to cut them facing each other. The sand dollar is a brad from the Eyelet Outlet. I punched the bubbles with a MS edge punch and the sharks are on MS foam circles. The stamp is an old one and I have no idea who made it. Remember I said it was quick? I didn't ink around any edges or do anything fancy and I think it took a grand total of 20 minutes to make and most of that was picking out papers and making the beach ball. That's actually the second ball, I tried to put some designs on the other one with a Sharpie and the ink ran on the paper. In the future I will try to remember to check on a scrap first when I do things I'm not sure about.

Rocket boy

I had a hard time with this card and I'm not sure why. I took forever getting started on it, and after I did things just kept going wrong. We all have those days, I know, but they are a pain in the tush. The most disturbing thing was discovering that my I-Rock is broken :( I will be replacing that thing asap if I can't figure out a way to fix it (it's not the batteries). I use it too much not to have one. Enough lamenting, on to the card.....!

This card is for the Simply Sunday challenge at Getting Cricky. The theme was "Freedom isn't Free". (Part of the reason I was having a problem is that I don't have any Cricut Cartridges that have a military theme.) I hopped around to some of the other entrants for inspiration and got some ideas. I picked up some A2 cards on clearance at Michael's last week that came with the edges already pinked on the white layer so I used one of those. (I like the way it looked but the ribbon didn't like it so much, it didn't want to lay flat.) The colored paper is all Making Memories. The boy was cut at 2" from the A Child's Year cartridge. I used my Spellbinders scalloped circle for the circle shapes. The little gold stars are from Walmart (also clearance - I'm a sucker, can you tell?). I don't remember who the ribbon is by and I think it's on a plain white spool, not helpful. The stamp is from the K Andrew Designs Splashtastic Summer set. I find more things to use that set on, it's pretty amazing! The white paper has a texture to it and the stamp worked great. I used Memento ink in tuxedo black. I did use a sketch from Pagemaps for inspiration, I think I forgot to mention that earlier.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Whimsical melon

The challenge this week at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday, the challenge is to make a project with a melon. I used the Simply Charmed cartridge to make the melon. I originally cut it at 3" but it was way too big for the card. This melon is 2 1/2". The melon paper is Colorbok, the polka dots is Making Memories and the plaid is from a DCWV self-adhesive pack I picked up at Ross for $$3.99 (they had some cute things a few weeks ago). The punches I used were both Martha Stewart. The sentiment is from K Andrew Designs Positive Thoughts stamp set. She just came out with 2 new sets, so check those out while you're there;) I used some Stickles to add a little bling. I also put the melon on an Action Wobble which definitely adds the whimsy! I tried to upload a video but it didn't work (uploaded but wouldn't play, alas). Oh well, moving's a simple summery card. Have a great day!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Simply Sunday "Fashion-ista" challenge

This is for the "Fashion-ista" challenge at Getting Cricky. I'm in a rut and haven't been overly pleased with my cards of late. I know we all go through this, it's just annoying. Here it is anyway...
It is a basic easel A2 card. The cartridge is Forever Young and it's model 13. I cut her out at 4 1/4". I didn't use the top layer of the dress as I didn't want the flowers, just the basic dress. I cut the solid blue as the shadow so she didn't disappear on the card. The patterned paper and the glitter paper are all DCWV. The solid blue and black are Recollections. I cut the word "Chic" from model 9 (pretty sure) and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I used the Lacy Labels cartridge for the glitter paper. The piece on the bottom that is holding the card up is the piece I cut off the front. It matches and continues the pattern to the base of the card. I do like how that worked. The model and the word are popped up with M.S. foam tape. Really simple card, I liked the paper so I let it do most of the work.
Have a good weekend.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Water themed challenge

This week at Fantabulous Cricut the challenge was to do a water themed project. Here is my entry. (I have to admit I'm getting really frustrated with blogger. I have to use IE to upload my pictures because they won't load on Google Chrome and then I have to go back to GC to post because IE won't let me post. EXTREMELY annoying. Almost makes a person want to give up this whole thing.)
Anyway, back to the card. Most of the cardstock is from Colorbok. I used the Disney Pixar cartridge for Nemo. The cuts on this Disney cart are a little more user friendly than some of the other cartridges. It's been fun to use so far (think it's time for a blade change, however). Nemo is cut at 3". The stamp is from K Andrew Designs. It's from the Splashtastic Summer set and is very cool because you can mix and match your sentiments (and they still look great!). I used blue Martha Stewart ink which doesn't show up well in the photo, but looks pretty cool in person. The little pearls in the corner are from Creative Charms. I used a white gel pen to do some outlining and a tiny amount of Viva Decor pearl pen on the bubbles. Thanks for looking:-)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Simply Sunday at Getting Cricky

The Simply Sunday challenge this week was a summer themed project. I'm not overly thrilled with my card, but really wanted to use my new Disney Pixar cartridge. Dory is perfect with the K Andrew sentiment I used. The card has a little added twist, it is a left-handed card. I made one by accident for another challenge but showed it to a friend anyway. She asked me to make her sister one, as she had complained recently that all cards open the same way and it wasn't fair to all the lefties out there. I am trying to keep that in mind now because my son is also a leftie and I never really thought about it before (bad mom:( ). The majority of the paper is from Colorbok. The vellum is Making memories and the yellow is the back of a random patterned paper. I cut Dory at 3 1/4". The vellum is embossed with a cuttlebug folder and the ends were punched with a Martha Stewart punch. The blue bubbles are from Creative Charms and the sentiment is from the K Andrew Designs Splashtastic Summer set. The little pearls on the bottom are Offray. I used Stickles on some of the embossed "bubbles" for a little extra sparkle.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Simply Sunday at Getting Cricky - penned

I'm re-posting this on Getting Cricky because she has challenged us to post one of our favorite cards using her stamps.  This is one of mine.

I'm actually getting the Simply Sunday challenge done on Sunday this week. Go me, as my daughter used to say when she was little;-) Kristal's blog post this week is very real, something we all deal with all the time. Check it out if you get a chance.

The challenge this week was to use a pen in the project. I used a black Pilot precise pen to make small dash lines around the mat and the sentiment. I also used Promarkers to color the image from A Day for Daisies. The sentiment is from the KAndrew Designs (love typing that) Positive Thoughts stamp set. The image is printed on watercolor paper and I really liked coloring on it. My coloring still needs much work, but I enjoy it. The image and sentiment are popped off the page with foam squares. I made the little puff at the top by putting some Score Tape on a 1" circle, placing the end of the fiber in the center and winding out. I probably should have started from the outside but wasn't sure if I wanted it to go all the way to the edges (I didn't). Have a super week everyone!

Paper - Making memories
Image - A Day for Daisies
Sentiment - KAndrew Designs - Positive Thoughts
Spellbinders nestabilities - Labels 4
Ribbon - May Arts
Promarkers: Canary, Lemon, Blush, Ivory, Tan, Caramel, Amethyst, Ice grey 1, Soft peach, and one other color (possibly Oatmeal)
Pens: Pilot precise, white gel pen
Misc.: Score tape, Martha Stewart punch, ATG, foam tape, Momento ink

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Simply Sundays at Getting Cricky - face

Kristal at Getting Cricky asked for faces this week in the Simply Sunday challenge. I used the Create a Critter cartridge to cut the snail at 3 1/4". I cut the base layer out of the green and didn't use the first layer because I wanted to use some of my Peachy Keen faces. I have some but rarely use them as I don't have a gypsy and haven't played with Design Studio enough to make it an easy thing to use. The card is an A2 size card. The patterned paper is DCWV and the solid is Martha Stewart. I got the ribbon at Paper Maniac (it's very possibly May Arts but don't quote me on that). The stamp is from Joy at Joy's Life, Lots of Puns stamps. The ladybug, or should I say bead, is from Antelope Beads. I went to a bead show this morning with a friend of mine who is creates amazing beadwork pieces and found all these cool tiny pewter beads. I keep reading that you can color things with your Promarkers (or Copics) so I tried it on the bead. I was very pleased that it did indeed work, yea! I could have made it match the card but I was afraid it might get lost if I did. I used Perfect Pearls on the blue piece. It looks pretty good in person but it looks like a mess in the picture:( I still don't have the hang of that completely. The ink on the sentiment is peeled paint Distress Ink.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Operation We R Grateful #7

This is for challenge #7 at Operation We R Grateful on Inking It Up Crazy. The challenge was to make a thank you card. I cut the lamb from the Create a Critter cartridge at 3 1/". The background paper is DCWV (I think - it was in my scraps so I'm not sure). The rest of the paper is scrap and/or Recollections. The stamps is one of Joy's (Joy's Life). The green is punched with a Martha Stewart edge punch. It is an A2 size card, which is a requirement for the challenge.

Now I need to go mail this and the others to Kassidy. I really hate going to the post office, but it's a good cause.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

ADFD New technique

A Day for Daisies had a new release June 10th and the challenge to go with it was to try a new technique. I ended up trying several new things. Guess that's one way to vent.... I used my watercolor pencils for the first time on the image. It turned out ok after some tweaking. The flower was also my first try and it's probably the most distressed thing I've ever made. Not sure how I feel about all of it together, but it was fun. Other than the image being from ADFD and the Nestability (duh), The only thing I know is the flower was made from a 1" MS scalloped punch. (Did I mention I was irritated!) Oh yeah, the ink is peeled paint distress ink. The ribbon had a cute little line of pink in it which I used as a gather thread, very convenient.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Operation We R Grateful

Kassidy at Inking it Up is have a challenge day to make cards for those soldiers who are deployed to use to write home. It's a great thing for her to do. I have only managed one today but plan on doing most of them before the deadline. Challenge #1 was to do a thinking of you card. I used the Just Because cards cartridge for the tree. I had to cut it at 6" to get the size I wanted. The cartridge is a little funky with its cutting measurements so it took some experimenting to get it to look the way I wanted. There is a jumble of papers in here, Recollections, Martha Stewart and a couple I don't remember. The butterfly is new but I'm too lazy to go see what it is. My daughter said it looked like a daydream, which was appropriate for the card. I inked the tree with M.S. ink. It is an A2 size card as that is a requirement.

Simply Sundays at Getting Cricky

This card is for the Simply Sundays challenge at Getting Cricky. It turned out to be more like an experiment than a card. I got new paper for use with my Promarkers and, unfortunately, my printer ink bleeds:( I used the picture anyway because the image is so cute. It is from A Day for Daisies. I love their digis. I also played around with the size of the card and how I wanted to put it together. Very little is regulation size. The patterned paper is K and Company, the solid is from my stash. I had also wanted to try making the rolled paper roses, so that is another experiment. I used a 1" Martha Stewart circle punch to make the flowers and rolled them around a toothpick. The centers do have little tiny rhinestones in them. I used Stickles on some of the flowers to add some interest and used a Cuttlebug folder on the pink. A friend of mine just had her first grandchild so this will probably go to her.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Vintage wallpaper

This card was inspired by the vintage wallpaper on the Capadia Designs blog. The card is simple (my usual) but kept to the idea of the challenge which was to make something inspired by one of the papers. I chose to use the last wallpaper of the several designs she showed. I used the Pagoda cartridge and cut the temple out at 3.5". The bamboo was cut at 3.75" and the flowers were cut at .75". I used Tim Holtz distress ink in Vintage Photo on a sponge and dragged it across the background paper to mimic the lines in the background of the wallpaper. It doesn't show much in the picture. All of the paper is from a scrap bag I got from Michaels. The centers of the flowers are Viva Decor pearl paint. The bamboo is glued flat against the card as is the lowest flower. The temple is raised with Martha Stewart pop dots and the other 2 flowers are glued directly on it. I'm not sure who did the stamp, but I stamped it with more distress ink.

A Day for Daisies challenge #19

I made this card for the current challenge at ADFD. The challenge was to use black, white, and one other color. The card is an "S" fold card that is graduated. I used a Martha Stewart edge punch along the top of the card. The black and white paper is from Making Memories. I used the Labels four nestabilities for all of the shapes. The yellow behind the image is one nestie smaller than the white. I cut it in half and split it behind the image. The flower is from "Got Flowers" and the center is an I-rock gem. I colored the image with a buttercup Promarker. The ribbon is Offray. There is a white piece inked in yellow in the center section. I left it blank so it can be written on.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Happy birthday moose

This card was made for the current challenge at Birthday Sundaes, where the theme was to make a masculine birthday card. I have exactly 1 set of Stampin' Up stamps and I used it here. The moose was stamped using Tim Holtz distress ink in vintage photo. I also used that to ink around all of the pieces when I was finished cutting them out. (got a little heavy with the ink in one spot). I think all of the papers are Recollection. I cut the moose and the background out using Nestabilities labels one. I created the background by stamping the pine branch with peeled paint and vintage photo distress ink onto a piece of beige card stock. The sentiment is from Hampton Arts. The metal brad is from JoAnn's and the ribbon is M.S. The corners were chomped with my corner chomper.

Card dimensions: 4"x5.5"
Cardstock: Recollections
Stamps: Moose and pine branch - Stampin' up, sentiment - Hampton Arts
Ribbon: Martha Stewart
Nestabilities: Labels one
Adhesive: Pink ATG

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Mucha style flower

This card was created for the Mucha style flower challenge at A Day For Daisies. I stink at trying to combine challenges, so each card usually ends up being for a single challenge. The image was provided for the challenge and there was a sketch to follow as well. Check it out, it was fun to do. I colored the image with Promarkers. The majority of the paper on the card is Pink Paisley (gorgeous, btw). The green was stash paper. The edges were dabbed with Tim Holtz peeled paint distress ink. Every piece was an odd size, but since it was a sketch the cards were similar. I used some yarn I had in place of ribbon and the green pearls are from Michael's.

Retro Daddy card

This card was made for the Retro Daddy Simply Sunday challenge at 'Getting Cricky' with KAndrew. She said we could use anything, so I did. I found the image on a blog that has vintage images. Naturally I didn't write down the blog address, sorry about that. The card is 5 1/2" x 4". I printed the image (about 3"x4") on white cardstock and inked the edges with Tim Holtz vintage photo distress ink. The circle was the center from a card I cut on my Cricut (from the Wildcard cartridge, I think). The background paper is from the DCWV Natural matstack. I love that stack and will probably end up getting another one next time I go to JoAnn's. The brads are from my stash, most likely from JoAnn's. (Our local store closed about 5 years ago and I got tons of that type of stuff during their sale.) The corners of the picture were rounded with my Corner Chomper. I printed the sentiment on my computer and inked as well. I should have added "shape and" in the top part but it was too late by the time I thought about it. Oh well, oops... I actually put a little paper on the inside with the printed sentiment.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Graduation pens

I made these for some of my students for graduation this year. They had to sign some paperwork before they could graduate and I made these for them to sign with. The hat is from the Wild Card cartridge. I cut it at 3 1/2" and folded it over the top of the pen cap. I glued them together and held them with paper clips until they dried. I got the pens at Walmart. I ended up making around 40 of them. Some of the kids thought they were dumb, but most of them thought they were an ok thing.

Pooh playing card

I am playing at Capadia Designs this week. She challenged us to us a playing card in a creation. I have some Winnie the Pooh playing cards (yes, they are mine) and decided to use one of the extras on a card. It actually turned out pretty cute. I had solid stash paper that matched the card. I embossed the blue piece with a Cuttlebug folder and heat embossed the pink piece with a butterfly stamp and clear MS embossing powder. I am thinking about putting a 3D butterfly in the upper right corner but don't want to take away from the playing card. I used my corner chomper on the 1/4" side to round the corners on all of the paper to mimic the card. The flower is from Got Flowers. The ribbon looks bluish in the picture but it is very purple. I believe it is May Arts ribbon. The card is 5"x7", btw.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

A couple of digi cards

These cards were made for Crafters Digital Art but I thought I'd put them here as well. One of the digi's is Nana Vic's (the hippo-cute, huh!) and the other is from Ellephantastic.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Sew Fabulous at Getting Cricky

This card is for the Simply Sunday: Sew Fabulous challenge at Getting Cricky with K Andrew. The picture doesn't do the paper justice. It is all DCWV from 3 different stacks. The background is from the Black Current stack, the red is from the Performance mat stack (there's music behind the flowers), and the dress form is from the La Creme mat stack. The black on the bottom of the dress form is flocked and you really can't tell. I cut the dress form out last week from the Forever Young cartridge and don't remember exactly how big it is, I think 3 1/2". I used the labels 4 Nestability to cut the background. The corners are rounded (1/4" corner chomper) and the back layers are all adhered with ATG tape. The ribbon is from my stash and the bling (from Ebay) was attached with my I-rock. I didn't put a sentiment on it because I couldn't decided what kind of card it needed to be. I will add it when I decided where it's going.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

NSD #11 - pink, green and black

Challenge #11 at My Pink Stamper was do something with pink, green and black. Of course if you are a Pooh fan, who else do you think of but Piglet?? He was cut from the Pooh and Friends cartridge at 4". The picture does not show the colors very well. The background is light green and the flowers are almost the same color. Most of the papers are scraps from other projects so I don't know what they are. The flowers are from Got Flowers, and there are I-rock heat set gems in the center of each flower. He just looks like he's enjoying the day.