A "Home Sweet Home" Card...

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hello!  I have a quick and easy card to share with you today.  I didn't use any foam dimensionals on this card, so even thought it has layers, I'm gonna consider it a one layer card.  This would be perfect for mailing since there's no bulk.

The papers I used today all come from the Echo Park "Life is Good" collection. The strip of houses comes from a sheet full of borders.  The blue sentiment panel was cut from a narrow strip of paper that had a very subtle pattern on it.  I curved the edges of the sentiment panel by sliding the ends through one side of a circle punch.  I love that little trick.

Thanks for stopping by!  See you tomorrow for the Clear & Simple Stamps release day!!!

{Home Sweet Home}
Stamps: Daily Designs Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)  
Card Stock: Creamy Caramel (SU)
Patterned Paper: Life is Good (Echo Park)
Ink: Close to Cocoa (SU)
Accessories: Raspberry Fizz Ribbon (Papertrey Ink), Circle Punch (SU), Pink Rhinestones (Michaels), Stampin' Sponge (SU)
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A "Wishing you well" Card...

Monday, August 30, 2010

Hey guys!  I made this happy little card this morning using this week's CPS sketch.  All of the papers on my card come from a 6" x 6" paper pad called Hippy Girl from Kaiser Craft.  Not only are the colors and patterns to die for, but they also include 4 sheets of die cuts.  Most of the die cuts are labels and are perfect for stamping sentiments.  That's what I did on my today.
Please ignore the shadow of my head in this photo!  I wanted to make sure you can see the dimension of the sentiment panel as well as a close up of the burlap string.  One day I'll get this whole photography thing down.

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit me today!!!  I hope are having a great start to your week.

{Wishing You Well}
Stamps: Everyday Classics (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Hippy Girl (Kaiser Craft)
Ink: Old Olive, Perfect Plum (SU)
Accessories: Burlap String (May Arts), Foam Dimensionals, Pink Rhinestones (Michaels), Stampin' Sponge (SU)
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OCC Color Challenge

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hello!  I hope you are enjoying your Saturday so far.  I have a card to share with you for this week's Our Creative Corner challenge.  This week is a color challenge.  These color swatches are Stampin' Up colors, but feel free to use whatever similar colors you have on hand--I did!!!

I've been dying to make a flower like this for so long.  I can never remember to do it when I'm in my studio.  Anyway, the flower is made from 4 scalloped circles that are folded in half and then in half again.  The red polka dot paper I used is actually from a Christmas paper pad.  The back of the patterned paper was white, so I took a sponge and sponged it yellow.  I really like the contrast it adds.    
The leaves on my card are one stamp, but they were too close together so I stamped one side first and then the other, leaving just enough room for my flower.  The stamp is from PTI's Blooming Button Bits and you are supposed to use buttons where I used the paper flower.

If you didn't come here from the Our Creative Corner blog and check out the other card samples from the talented design team.  I hope you can join us this week.  Have a great day!!!

{You're on my mind}
Stamps: Blooming Button Bits (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Chocolate Chip (SU), Lemon Tart, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: 'Tis the Season (Kaiser Craft)
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, Barely Banana (SU) 
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch (SU), Edge Distresses (Heidi Swapp), Stampin' Sponge (SU), Foam Dimensionals, Button, Glue Dots 
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Hope your day is fabulous...

Friday, August 27, 2010

Hey there!  I am really running behind today.  I was hoping to get this card posted much earlier, but hey, that's life!  Anyway, the card I made today uses this week's CPS sketch.   I kept the sketch the same but made my card a square instead of a standard A2 size.   I have to tell you that I've had those decorative brads for years.    I've tried to use them many times, but they just didn't look right on any of my cards, until now that is!!!
I know I've said this before, but those rhinestones are light pink.  I can never get them to photograph right.  It's so much prettier in person.

I hope you all have a great weekend!  I can't wait to get ours started.  We're having a family movie night tonight and then we are going to a winery tomorrow.  I can't wait!!!

{Hope your day is FABULOUS}
Stamps: Signature Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Kraft, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Life is Good (Echo Park)
Ink: Close to Cocoa (SU)
Accessories: Jumbo Brads (Making Memories), Pink Rhinestones (Michaels), Corner Rounder Punch (EK Success), Foam Dimensionals, Stampin' Sponge (SU)
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Paper Maniac Thursday - Back to School

Thursday, August 26, 2010

It's Paper Maniac Thursday and this week's theme is Back to School.  Since my kiddos went back to school a week and a half ago I decided to make a Thank You card fit for a teacher.  I know there will be many occasions throughout the year where a Thank You card will be needed.

My card is a 4.25" square.  I chose to use some apple patterned paper from the "Apple Cider" Paper Pad by imaginisce.  The green swirly paper is also from that pad.  I also used some paper from the Basic Grey "Basics Manila" paper pad.  There are a few pages that look like notebook paper.  I used one of those pieces for the sentiment and then I cut out the brown notebook page from a different sheet.

I hope you enjoyed my card for today!  Have a great day!!!

{Thank You}
Stamps: Essential Messages (Hero Arts)
Card Stock: Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Apple Cider (imaginsce), Basics Manila (Basic Grey)
Ink: Really Rust, Close to Cocoa (SU)
Accessories: Labels 9 Nesties (Spellbinders), Paper Clip, Ribbon (Offray), Foam Dimensionals, Stampin' Sponge
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Clear & Simple Stamps - App Sneak Peak

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hello again!  I almost forgot to share that I have a card featured today on the Clear & Simple Stamps App.  You can see a sneak peek below.  This is a project I created exclusively for the APP and you won't see it anywhere else.  If you haven't downloaded the APP, you can click here to do it.


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Thoughts of you...

Hi friends!!!  In my happy mail from last week I received some Echo Park goodness.  This is my first experience with Echo Park so I wasn't sure what to expect when it came.  Sometimes you buy something and have all these plans and then when you actually go to use it, it just falls short of your expectations.  KWIM?  Well, I'm happy to report that the Echo Park "Life is Good" Collection Kit definitely surpassed my expectations.  It comes with 12 double sided sheets of 12" x 12" patterned papers along with 2 sheets of stickers (1 alpha and 1 images).  Even though the sheets are 12" x 12" the patterns are a good proportion for card making.  They also include a lot of images that can easily be cut out and applied to cards.  Love it, love it!!!

My card uses today's sketch challenge from SCS.  It's such a simple layout and I love simple.  The flower is a sticker from the Echo Park "Life is Good" Collection Kit.  I simply applied it to a piece of scrap card stock, cut it out and then applied it to my card using foam dimensionals.  That way it won't stick to anything it shouldn't.
The little flowers that are peeking out from behind the striped panel are from the PTI set, Mailbox Greetings.  The sentiment is also from this set.  I love to curve my sentiment panel like it's a banner in the wind.  Such a cute finishing touch.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a great day!!!

{Thoughts of You} 
Stamps: Mailbox Greetings (Papertrey Ink) 
Card Stock: Kraft, Lemon Tart (Papertrey Ink), Chocolate Chip (SU)
Patterned Paper: Life is Good (Echo Park)
Ink: Close to Cocoa (SU)
Accessories: Flower Sticker from Life is Good (Echo Park), Edge Distresser, Foam Dimensionals, Scissors
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A "Just a Note" Card...

Monday, August 23, 2010

Hello!  Hello!  We received a cute card from our neighbor over the weekend thanking us for her graduation gift. The card was store-bought but it was just my style, clean and modern.  So, I decided to steal the layout and make a card of my own.  Here's a picture of the store-bought card on the left.

I knew I wanted my card to be colorful and decided to use all of the colors from my Colorbox Queue stack.  I punched the circles with white card stock and stamped them with the PTI stamp set, Dot Spot.  All of the circles are glued directly on the kraft base, this is truly a one layer card, no dimension at all.  How'd that happen?
This card was super quick to make until I decided to add faux stitching around the circles.  I think all the faux stitching took longer to do than the card itself.  Plus, I had to take a break after my hand cramped.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day everybody!!!

{Just a Note}
Stamps: Dot Spot, Daily Designs Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Kraft, SS White (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Yellow Citrus, Lime Pastel, Orchid Pastel, Lipstick Red, Blue Lagoon, Lavender (Colorbox), Close to Cocoa (SU)
Accessories: White Gel Pen (Sakura), Circle Punch (SU)
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OCC Challenge - Sketch Challenge

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Hello!  I have a card to share with you today for this week's challenge at Our Creative Corner.  This week we are challenging you  with a sketch.  For my card I used some new paper from Kaiser Craft called Hippy Girl.  This is my first time using any Kaiser Craft paper (in fact I didn't even know they had a line of paper).  The paper comes in a 6" x 6" pad with 30 sheets of patterned paper (some of which have glitter and flocking) and  4 sheets of die cuts.  I love the colors and patterns in this collection.  I also purchased a coordinating set of rub-ons.  See the flower in the circle?  That's a rub-on.  Such a happy card.

If you haven't already, check out the samples from the rest of the talented ladies at Our Creative Corner.  Thanks so much for visiting!!!  Enjoy your weekend!!!

{Happy Birthday}
Stamps: Communique Curve Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Kraft, Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Hippy Girl (Kaiser Craft)
Ink: Perfect Plum (SU), Lime Pastel (Colorbox)
Accessories: Hippy Girl Rub-On (Kaiser Craft), Circle Punch (Paper Shapers), Kiwi Kiss Ribbon (SU), Glue Dots, Foam Dimensionals
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A "Birthday Wishes" Card ...

Friday, August 20, 2010

Hi there!  I received some happy mail earlier this week from Paper Maniac and couldn't wait to play around with these new clear stamps from American Crafts.  This stamp set is called Enjoy.  This card is super clean and simple with no layers, just good old stamping.

I created the square using one stamp repeating it 4 times.  The rhinestones are a sage green color.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I'll be back bright and early tomorrow with a card sample for this week's Our Creative Corner challenge.  Have a great weekend!!!

{Birthday Wishes}
Stamps: Enjoy (American Crafts), Daily Designs Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Perfect Plum (SU)
Ink: Lovely Lilac (SU)
Accessories: Light Green Rhinestones (Kaiser Craft)
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Paper Maniac Thursday - Shaped Cards

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Hello friends!!!  It's Paper Maniac Thursday and I'm here with a fun shaped card.  I rarely make cards that are not a rectangle or square, so this was really fun.  It was so easy I'm going to have to do it more often.  This card is approximately 3.5" x 3.5".

First I used the largest Labels 9 Nestabilities Die to cut two shapes out kraft card stock.  I scored a line about half an inch across one side.  Bend along the score line and apply glue (snail adhesive or sticky tape) along the half inch strip.  This creates a hinge for opening your card.  This is also a great method for making a card if you don't have a large enough piece of card stock to fold in half to make a card and you can also make the front and back different colors.
Besides the kraft card stock, I used items from the Green at Heart Collection by Basic Grey.  Most of items came from the card kit, except for the striped paper ribbon that is sold as a coordinating embellishment (along with two other styles of ribbon).  Since the ribbon is made from paper I was able to adhere it to the orange paper first and make one cut with the Labels 9 Die.  That saved some time for sure.  The orange paper, leaf die cut, chipboard heart and the rub-on all came in the Green at Heart Card Kit.   The one thing I love about rub-ons is that you are able to manipulate them (especially sentiment ones).  This rub-on originally said "who loves you, baby?".  While that is a cute sentiment, it didn't really fit with the feel of my card.  So, I cut off the "who", the "s" in "loves" and "baby?" and added the three dots with a black fine tip sharpie.  Now it reads "love you...".  

Have a great day!!!  

{Love you...}
Card Stock: Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Green at Heart Card Kit (Basic Grey), Green at Heart Doily Ribbon (Basic Grey), Ice Green Pearl (Kasier Craft), Labels 9 Nesties (Spellbinders), Flower Punch (EK Success)
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Sending a happy hello...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

 I'm sending you a happy hello today!!!  My kids started school today and it was so nice to sit in my studio and make two cards (you'll see the other one tomorrow) from start to finish.  That is something that rarely happened this summer.  Fortunately Halle and Colin love school and I think that's why I'm not sad about my little guy starting Kindergarten.

I made this card using this week's Mojo Monday sketch.  I was organizing my desk and came across a ziploc bag full of scraps from a pad I bought of couple years ago that I still love.  It's the Amy Butler Designer Series Paper Pad by K & Co.  I literally only  have scraps left.  See the rectangle of gray and blue paper?  That's actually two pieces I had to glue together, LOL.
This card looks so much better in person, trust me.  I do love the shabby chic look of this card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!!  I'll be back tomorrow with a card and some pics of the kiddos.

{Sending a happy hello...}
Stamps: Everyday Classics (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Kraft, Spring Moss (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Amy Butler Designer Series (K & Co.)
Ink: Blue Lagoon (Colorbox), Chocolate Chip (SU)
Accessories: Cream Sheer Ribbon (Offray), Button, Labels 9 & Oval Nesties (Spellbinders), Stampin' Sponge (SU), Glue Dots, Foam Dimensionals, Corner Rounder Punch (EK Success), Butterfly Trio Punch (Martha Stewart)
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Sending smiles across the miles...

Monday, August 16, 2010

Hello!  When I first laid eyes on this hot air balloon stamp from the Across the Miles set, I immediately knew I wanted to use a paper piecing technique and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.  I used a piece of swirly blue patterned paper for the background.  It gives the light and airy feeling of clouds.  I chose two bold pieces of patterned paper to stamp the hot air balloon image onto using Perfect Little Black Dress ink.

It's hard to see in the photo, but the inside of the white label panel is sponged in Trendsetter Blue ink leaving a white border around the edges.

You can see in this photo that I stamped the white card stock first and applied the patterned cut-outs using foam dimensionals.  The hot air balloon basket was stamped on Kraft Like a Rockstar card stock, cut out and applied directly to the stamped image on white.

Thanks so much for joining me today!

{Sending smiles across the miles}
Stamps: Across the Miles (Clear & Simple Stamps)
Card Stock: Kraft Like a Rockstar, A Blanc Check
Patterned Paper: Modern Milan (Me & My Big Ideas)
Ink: Perfect Little Black Dress, Trendsetter Blue, Night of Navy (SU)
Accessories: Labels 9 Nesties (Spellbinders), Foam Dimensionals, Stampin' Sponge (SU)
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