An Earthy {Hello} Card...

Friday, May 27, 2011

Happy Friday!  I made another card today without using any challenges or CASEing anyone's card.  I picked these papers simply because they were sitting out on my desk from yesterday.  Actually a lot of the items I used for this card just happened to be laying on my messy desk.

I was used a dry embossing technique on my card.  The background that looks like tree bark was achieved by rubbing my distressed stripes embossing folder with brown ink before putting the kraft card stock in and running in through my cuttlebug.

This card has an earthy feel to it, maybe that has something to do with the dreary weather we've been having lately.  We've gotten a lot of severe weather and rain lately, as you can see from the super green grass in the background of my photos.
Here's a different view of my card so you can see the layered dimension.  I use 1/8" dimensional tape so I can  have many layers without making the card cumbersome or awkward.

Have a great weekend!!!

Stamps: Communique Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Kraft Like a Rockstar, Trendsetter Blue (CSS)
Patterned Paper: Hattie (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Dish All the Dirt Brown, Simply Blue-tiful (CSS)
Accessories: Oval Nesties (Spellbinders), Distressed Stripes Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Heart Punches (Paper Shapers), Rhinestone Brad, Foam Dimensionals, Sheer Brown Ribbon (Offray), Stamping Sponge


A {Happy Father's Day} Card...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hello!  It's never too early to make Father's Day cards.  It'll be here before you know it.  I've been doing a lot of design work lately and it was really nice to make a card just because.  

I make quilted cards a lot but what's different about this one is that once all the squares were in place, I embossed it with an embossing folder.  The embossing shows up a lot better on some of the papers than others.  
I found this button in my stash.  I love that it has a woodgrain look, perfect for a masculine card.  

I appreciate your visit today.  See you tomorrow!

{Happy Father's Day}
Stamps: A Guy Thing (Clear & Simple Stamps)
Card Stock: Kraft Like a Rockstar, Your Style Blue Me Away (CSS)
Patterned Paper: Hattie (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Your Style Blue Me Away, Creamsicle Cardigan (CSS)
Accessories: Circle Punch, Button, Sheer Navy Ribbon (Offray), Birds & Swirls Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Edge Distresser, Glue Dots, Foam Dimensionals, Stamping Sponge


A {Welcome Home} Card...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

*This is my second post for today, make sure you scroll down to see both... 
Hello!  Today is the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop and the theme is FLOWERS.  I saw this card on Maile Belles blog yesterday and I knew I wanted to CASE it.  I changed a lot on my card, but the idea came from her card.

The colors I chose came from the patterned paper.  It may be hard to see, but you can click on the pictures to see the wreath close up.
The middle of each flower is filled using white acrylic accents.  The dots flattened out when they dried, I was hoping they would keep their "pearl" look.  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope you enjoy the hop.  Have a great day!
{Welcome Home}
Stamps: Wreath For All Seasons (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: I'm a Princess Pink, Simply Blue-tiful (CSS)
Patterned Paper: Gertie (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Simply Blue-tiful, Creamsicle Cardigan, Paint the Town Pink (CSS), Moss Green (ColorBox)
Accessories: Labels 9 Nesties (Spellbinders), Stamping Sponge, White Acrylic Accents (Ranger), Foam Dimensionals, Edge Distresser


Blogher Book Club Review: Girl in Translation

Hey there!  I little something different to share today.  I was asked a little while ago by Blogher to read and write a review of Girl in Translation.  You can read my review HERE on the Blogher Book Club Website.  I had so much fun doing this.  I have my bachelor's degree in English Literature, so this really took me back to my days of writing book reports.  Gosh I love to read good book!

I'll be back shortly to post my card for today.


A {Congrats Fella} Card...

Monday, May 23, 2011

Happy Monday!  I hope you're all having a great day.  It's a pretty normal day here, and I love that.  I'm such a creature of routine and habit.  I'm also a big planner.  I like to know what's going to happen and when so I can plan.  I love when things are going as planned.

Anyway, I'm happy to be able to share this card with you today.  It uses the new stamp set from Clear & Simple Stamps for May called A Guy Thing.  I just love those shoes!  What are those called?  Chuck Taylor's???  I thought that the plaid paper was just perfect for the shoes.  I stamped the shoe image on the plaid paper, cut them out and  then paper pieced the white soles by stamped the image again on white paper.  
This is such a CAS card.  It's perfect for a guy.  If I would have added anything else it would be too fussy for a guy.  It's hard to see in this photo, but the white paper in the background of the card has a distressed look to it.  It kind of look solid white in the photo.  I think I'm gonna use this as a graduation card.  You can't have too many of those this time of year.

Thanks so much for coming by for a visit with me today.  Hope you are having a happy day!!!

{Congrats Fella}
Stamps: A Guy Thing (Clear & Simple Stamps)
Card Stock: Kraft Like a Rockstar, A Blanc Check (CSS)
Patterned Paper: Marjolaine (Basic Grey)
Ink: Perfect Little Black Dress (CSS)
Accessories: Little Black Dress Brads (CSS), Corner Rounder Punch, Foam Dimensionals


A {Friendship} Card...

Friday, May 20, 2011

Hello there!  Just a quick post for me today.  It's been a busy day and I still have a lot to do.  This card is what I thought would be a quick and easy card.  I wasn't completely wrong, but it's not as easy as it looks.  The idea for this card came from this card on Susan Raihala's blog, which I just started to follow recently.  I don't know how I stumbled upon it, but I'm so glad I did.  She makes a lot of one-layer cards that are simply stunning.  

Anyhow, I decided that faux stitching the frames would go with the sentiment.  Since I only have two colors of fine tip markers, I decided to use only two frames.  Instead of using a frame stamp (because I don't have one), I used a ruler and pencil.
I think the longest part was choosing which buttons I wanted to use.  I have so many, it was really hard to decide.  The buttons are threaded with slivers of pink card stock.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Stamps: On the Mend II (Clear & Simple Stamps)
Card Stock: I'm a Princess Pink (CSS)
Ink: Paint the Town Pink (CSS)
Accessories: Buttons, Black Fine Tip Pen, White Gel Pen (Sakura), Ruler, Corner Rounder Punch


A {Just a Little Something} Card Set...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hey guys!  I thought I would start out simple since this is my first day getting crafty in a week and a half.  Well, my card is simple but I made a whole set of 5.  The idea for today's card came about when I saw this card on pinterest (click here to see my pinterest boards).
This was so easy!  I simply punched a bunch of hearts using scraps from the Offbeat paper pad from Basic Grey.  I scored a line down the center of each heart, stacked three and sewed a line down the center.

One the lines were sewn, I fluffed up the hearts a bit to add some dimension.  Then I stamped the sentiment.  
Thanks so much for taking a little time out of your day for a visit, it means so much!  See you tomorrow!!!
{Just a Little Something}
Stamps: Everyday Button Bits (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Kraft Like a Rockstar (CSS)
Patterned Paper: Offbeat (Basic Grey)
Ink: Dish All the Dirt Brown (CSS)
Accessories: Heart Punch (Paper Shapers), Sewing Machine & Thread, Baker's Twine (May Arts)


We're back from Las Vegas!!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hey guys!  My husband and I were in Las Vegas last week.  He went there for work and I just tagged along. We flew out on Sunday night and returned early Friday morning.  Scott's convention didn't start until Tuesday, so we were able to have a whole day together on Monday.  The rest of the week I was on my own during the day.  

We stayed at The Luxor hotel, which is one of the southern most hotels.  First thing Monday morning we took a taxi to the northern part of the Las Vegas strip (we didn't have a rental car) and over the course of an entire day, walked back to our hotel.  

I don't know if you are familiar with the show Pawn Stars, but this is where our first day started.  Scott and I love watching this show and were hoping to see some of the workers from the show.  The store is actually really small and we didn't see anyone there from the show.  It was still a neat experience seeing a place in person that we've seen hundreds of times on TV.  You can see from the photo that it was dreary that first day, temps in the high 50's.
Here's a picture of me in front of a fountain inside Caesar's Palace (or somewhere close to it).
 The Bellagio.  This day we caught the tail end of the fountains going off.  
This is inside the Bellagio.  I just love all the larger-than-life artsy displays.
Scott took this cool picture of the Encore hotel.  I love how the building reflects the sky.
This is inside the Venitian.  It's one of the big things on the list of things I wanted to see. 
We walked so much that first day, these massage chairs at Brookstone were our saving grace.  I think we sat there for about 45 minutes.  Pure bliss.
 That was pretty much our first day.  These next pictures are ones I took during the next few days while walking around town by myself.  

 This is New York, New York.  
This is part of the fashion district.  Lots of high end stores like Louis Vuitton, Prada and Gucci.  
The Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel.  This is where I put $3 in a penny slot machine and walked away with $18.  Yay me!  That's pretty much my biggest win of the week.  
When I told Nikki from Clear & Simple Stamps that I was going to Las Vegas she said I just had to go to the Sugar Factory at Paris Hotel.  So I went and ohhed and ahhed over all the candy and treats.  I didn't realize it was a full restaurant, I thought it was just a candy store.  Since I was by myself I didn't want to eat alone at a restaurant, so I actually ended up not buying anything at all.  Next time I'll definitely have to eat there.  
What was a thinking passing up all these mouthwatering treats.  My waistline I guess!
This is Caesar's Palace.
And this is us one night before we went to a show.  
While we were there we saw three shows: Carrot Top, Zumanity (Cirque Du Soliel), and Criss Angel.  Of those three we both agreed that the best show was Carrot Top.  We laughed our butts off.  We also ate at some great places: Rainforest Cafe, Tacos & Tequila, and House of Blues.  

One of the highlights of our trip for me was that our hotel room had a big bath tub.  We have just a regular tub at home and I rarely get a bath.  I took at least one long bath a day and read.  It was great for my aching hips and feet.  I did so much walking, I didn't feel bad at all for getting off my running schedule.

Overall we had a great time.  It was a little boring for me on the days I was by myself.  It was a nice little break from the kiddos and all their activities.  It was fun talking to them everyday and they were so excited to be spending so much time with their grandparents.  We could not have gone on this trip without all the help from our parents.  We are so lucky to have them!

As you can imagine it was hard to get back in the old routine.  I made plenty of cards ahead of time and scheduled them to post last week.  I didn't think to make an extra few when I was too exhausted to make anything to share.  

I hope you enjoyed today photos!  I hope to have something crafty to share tomorrow!!!


A {here to give you a lift} Card...

Friday, May 13, 2011

Happy Friday!  I hope you all had a great week.  I made this fun card using some flowers I've had lying around for a while.  You are supposed to put buttons on the balloon strings stamp to make it look like a bouquet of balloons, but I like how the flowers look.

The sentiment is a straight line.  To get it to curve, I just placed it on an acrylic block and kept bending it and testing it out, bending it more and testing it out, until I got it just right.
This is not a card I'll be sticking in the mail, it's way to bulky.  That's okay though, since I love handing out cards in person.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Enjoy your weekend!!!

{Here to give you a lift...}
Stamps: Everyday Button Bits (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Dish All the Dirt Brown, Kraft Like a Rockstar, On the Catwalk Cream (CSS)
Patterned Paper: Gertie (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Brown Leather Satchel, Dish All the Dirt Brown (CSS)
Accessories: Flowers (Maya Road), Oval & Labels 9 Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Foam Dimensionals 


A Masculine {Happy Birthday} Card...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I will be totally honest with you guys.  I loved making this card, and then when it was finished, it just looks BORING.  Nothing exciting going on here.  I still thought I would share it in case someone thinks it's no boring and wants to make one just like it.  You never know!

I used black enamel accents where all the lines intersected.  It did look really cool at first, but then they flattened out.  I'm not sure if maybe I sat something on top of it before it was completely dry or what.  
I made this card with my Dad in mind.  That's why I used the screw brad.  Even though I'm not thrilled with this card, I still think my Dad would like it.  

Thanks so much for spending a little bit of your day with me.  Have a great day!

{Happy Birthday}
Stamps: A Guy Thing (Clear & Simple Stamps)
Card Stock: Kraft Like a Rockstar, Your Such a Gray-cious Host (CSS)
Patterned Paper: Hattie (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Perfect Little Black Dress (CSS)
Accessories: Black Enamel Accents (Ranger), Screw Brads (Michaels)


Clear & Simple Stamps: Group Project

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Welcome to this month's Clear & Simple Stamps group challenge!!!  This month the challenge was to create a card/ project using Kraft Like a Rockstar card stock.  Pretty much every single card I make uses kraft, so the only hard time I had was picking which card to post today.  

I love when manly men wear floral ties.  I just absolutely love it.  None of my ties are paper pieced with floral paper, but I love the floral background .  
This card still looks masculine even though it has a floral element.  Plus, I think the silver brads and distressed edges add a masculine feel.  

With the sentiment "hey fella" you can practically use this card for any occasion for any guy.  Love that!

Make sure you check out all the other group project participants by visiting the Clear & Simple Stamps Blog. I promise you will not be disappointed!  

Have a krafty day!

{Hey Fella}
Stamps: A Guy Thing (Clear & Simple Stamps)
Card Stock: Kraft Like a Rockstar, Your Style Blue Me Away (CSS)
Patterned Paper: Marjolaine (Basic Grey)
Ink: Your Style Blue Me Away (CSS)
Accessories: Corner Rounder Punch, Stamping Sponge, Edge Distresser, Foam Dimensionals, Silver Brads


A {Baby Congrats} Card...

Monday, May 9, 2011

Hello!  I had so much fun making this card.  I love green, yellow and pink for baby girl cards.  Like I said the other day, there is a baby boom going on in my extended family and I need to be prepared with cards.  This one uses scraps I've already accumulated from the new Gertie line from My Mind's Eye.  
One of my favorite cards to make are the quilted kind.  I just love mixing and matching those papers, just like fabric.  I've been really into layering ovals with the labels 9 die.  I think they are perfect together.

That's all for me today!  Hope you are having a good start to your week!!!

{Baby Congrats}
Stamps: Signature Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Kraft Like a Rockstar, I'm a Princess Pink (CSS)
Patterned Paper: Gertie (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Moss Green (Colorbox)
Accessories: Labels 9 & Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Foam Dimensionals, Edge Distresser, 

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