Sunday, September 27, 2009

Dino Birthday - SSS23

Hello all. Hope you had a wonderful Sunday. I stayed home today and watched my home town football team loose again. =( Sadly the Buffalo Bills are NOT having a good season, but what else is new. I wanted to share a card I made for the Sweet Stop Challenge this week. Korin provided us with another great sketch this week. Stop by the Sweet Stop blog to see this weeks sketch and play along. Here is what I came up with.

I used the dinosaur from the Sweet and Sassy stamp set "Dino-mite". I stamped him onto green CS, then stippled brown onto him. I ran him through the cuttlebug to add some texture. I layered him onto some brown patterned paper. All the background/printed papers I used on this card are from the BasicGrey Archaic Collection. I layered the dino onto the dinosaur PP, then layered that onto the stone looking PP. Before adding the brown to the green base, I used a dinosaur boarder punch along the top. When all was together, I added some eyelets along the dino PP.

Well, that is it for today. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a great week!


Friday, September 25, 2009

Cowboy Birthday! SSS22

Howdy y'all! Today I have a sketch with a spin card for you. I made this for the Sweet Stop Challenge. I used the sketch from this challenge for the card, and the spin...which was to use the colors red, tan, and black. Here is what I came up with.
I went with the cowboy theme for 2 reasons. First, I needed a "boy" themed card for a birthday party next weekend, and second because I just got this TAC set and really really wanted to use it. The stamp set is called wild west (t-2633), and is available from the Angel Company current catalog. I just thought this little guy was adorable. I stamped him on tanish kraft CS, and colored him using watercolor crayons. I did add a little twinkling H2O yellow to the star...since every cowboy needs a gold star. I layered the image onto red CS. Then I made the background paper using some of the other stamps from the set. The black background paper is the co-ordinations blackmagic CS. I ran it through the cuttlebug, and sanded it for the red to show through. Here is a close up of that.
I layered everything onto the tanish kraft CS, added some little red brads and red ribbon.
For the inside I attached a red paper pocket to use as a gift card holder. The sentiment was a sticker I received as a free sample in the mail from one of the papercrafting magazines. Here is a picture of the inside.

Well that is all for today. Thanks so much for stopping by.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Happy 1st B-day Esther and a Fall Mojo - MOJO105

Not the snappiest title tonight, but nothing would come to me. I have 2 cards for you tonight. First is a card for 2 different challenges, and the 2nd is just a little birthday card.
This first card I created using this weeks MOJO Monday Sketch. I also made it a fall themed card to use for my LSS challenge this week. Without further ado...
I stamped the acorn image from a new TAC set. The set is called give thanks, and can be found in the new AVENUE magaloge. The set also includes some adorable Thanksgiving themed stamps, which I hope to use around that time. I stamped the acorn using brown ink, then colored it in with watercolor crayons. I added some gold stickles to the "vines", and some crystal stickles to the leaves. I punched it out with a square punch, and layered it onto the scalloped square. The "scalloped" look along the bottom I did by punching out circles and layering them. I used some PP I purchased a LONGGGGG time ago from the Target dollar section. The felt leaves are also from the Target dollar sections...probably the same year I bought the paper. The ribbon I found in the $1 bin at my LCS.
My second card is for my dear friend's youngest daughter's first b-day.

I used the cupcake image from TAC. It was a SOTM set back in April. I stamped the cupcake on cream CS, and paper pieced the DSP onto it. I punched it out with a scalloped square punch. I layered it onto the pink CS base, which I had already stamped the little "1" s all over as a background. The sentiment is from a SU always I blank on the name of the set. I added a strip of the DSP to the inside of the CS base for some extra detail. I added some liquid applique, and glitter to the cupcake as well. Here is a close up of the cupcake.Well that is all for today. After typing this all, I realized maybe I should have titled this post something about scallops. I think I used that word about 1000 Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, September 21, 2009

Halloween Hedgehog - CCC58, CBC74

Hello all, and happy Monday. Today I have a quick Halloween card for you. I created this card for two different challenges. The first challenge is from the Cupcake Craft Challenge, which was to use the distressing technique. The second is from the Creative Belli Blog, which was simply to create a fall or Halloween card. So here is what I came up with.

I used the hedgehog image from the TAC set Hedgehog Halloween, which is a new set just released at the beginning of September. It can be found in the magaloge Avenue. The set is just adorable. I am hoping to be able to show you a few more of the little hedgehogs in upcoming posts. I only had time to make one card before feeding the family dinner. I stamped the image on Kraft CS, and colored it with water based markers. I added a googly eye to him, and some brown fun flock (also available from TAC) to the back part of him. I layered the hedgehog image onto olive CS after distressing the edges of both CSs. The sentiment is also from the same stamp set. I colored the "Halloween" word in with orange marker. I layered that onto the olive CS and distressed the edges of that as well. The background printed paper is something I had "laying around" (which is part of the fun of the Creative belli use up or just use stuff we have laying around.). I believe I purchased it last year from the Target dollar spot. I added the ribbon which I also just had on hand. Here is a close up of the distressing, and you can also see the flock a little better.

Well, that is all for now. I am hoping to be back soon with another challenge post for you too. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great Monday!


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Monotone card

Hello all. I have a quick post for you tonight. My hubby came home and asked for a couple sympathy cards. I HATE making them, so I decided to use one of the challenges I like to do as a way to make it slightly more enjoyable to make. My LSS has a blog, and posts weekly challenges. I have played along a couple times, but just haven't had a chance the past few weeks. HERE is the link to the blog. This weeks challenge was to create a monotone card. Here is what I came up with.

I used the color green, which I had the mono color CS set from TAC. The stamped images are from the SU set Thoughts and Prayers. The sentiment is from another SU set that I can't remember the exact name off hand, and didn't bring it up from the stamp room with me. I stamped the images, layered them onto the base. Added some green ribbon, and green brads. Very simple! Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A swirly sketch challenge...and a scrapbook (SSS21, CCC57)

Hello and Happy Tuesday. We are back into the swing of things at our house. School is in session, and all our activities have started. Schedules make life so much easier!
I have two things for you tonight. First is a card I created for 2 different challenges. I used the sketch from The Sweet Stop Blog and added the challenge from the Cupcake Craft blog. The Cupcake challenge this week was swirls and pearls. Well, I did the swirls, but kinda skipped the pearls...but love the way the swirls turned out. Check it out....
I used the cuttlebug embossing folder to create the background. I used the black magic Coordinations CS. This paper is really is black, but when you emboss, sand, etc, it brings out the color underneath. I embossed and then sanded the CS to show the colors threw. The first section is yellow, then orange, and then another small strip of yellow. I added some yellow ribbon. The used the SU set for the images. I used markers to color the stamp, and then stamped the image onto cream CS. I used the scalloped square punch to punch them out. The sentiment is from a SU rub-on set.
Next I have been doing something that is not my usual craft room activity....Scrapbooking! I am more of a stamper then a scrapper, but wanted to create something with all the photos I took of my girls in the wedding on Labor Day weekend. So...instead of buying an album, I decided to use my new binding system and make one. I don't have any super fancy layouts or anything, but I am trying...ha ha. Here are a few photos of what I have done so far in the album.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A box and a few challenges. MOJO103, SSS20, CCC56

Hello everyone, and happy Tuesday! Hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend. We had a bit of craziness, but it was fun too. My girls were in a wedding on Sunday, and they looked ADORABLE, so that means we had rehearsals and all that to go with it. Well, anyway I wanted to try to get a couple challenges in today. So I created a card and a box today.

My first project is for the Mojo Monday Blog 103 and the Cupcake Craft Challenge 56. I used the sketch from the Mojo blog, and the color challenge from Cupcake blog. The colors for this challenge were red, white, and blue. Very patriotic for this holiday weekend! Here is what I came up with.
I used the SU set Cheep Talk for the branch, the birdy, and the sentiment. The red polka dot background paper is from Papertrey Ink. I stamped the branch, then put the little birdy on it. I added some candy cane red stickles and white liquid pearl to the birdy. Then I layer the white CS onto red CS. The blue CS strips were actual some scraps from my Christmas cards I have been cutting. The ribbon was just some ribbon I had in the ribbon drawer. All was layered onto a white CS base.

My next project tonight was going to be a card, but ended up a box. I used the sketch from the Sweet Shop Blog, and here is what I came up with.
Like I mentioned I was going to make a card, but wanted some kind of crazy folds. Some how when I got all the base scored, I realized I had the base of a box. So I went with it! The base is cream CS. I then scored a slightly larger piece of red CS. The apple background paper is from a set I purchase in the Target dollar spot last year. The little pie is from a digi stamp from Sweet and Sassy. It had a cherry on the top of it, but I cut that off when I trimmed it, and attached an apple from the BG paper instead. I layered the trimmed pie onto cream CS, then red CS. I used my CM oval cutters to cut the ovals from cream and red CS. I added some little buttons in red and green, and stickles to the pie image. The words, I used a rolling alphabet stamp to create. I thought the little box would be cute for a little mini pie, or some other little sweet fall gift!
If you are interested...The base CS is 8x8 and the top CS is 8 1/2 x 8 1/2. The Base is scored at 2" and 6" then rotate the cardstock and score again at 2" and 6". The turn the CS diagonal and score diagonally at the corners, but only to the previous score lines. Then fold, and glue. The Top is scored @ 2 1/4 and 6 1/4, turn and repeat. (if you want the lid to be a little looser, you could also score at 2" and 6 1/2". Turn the CS diagonal and score the corners only until the previous score lines. Sorry if this is not super clear. I have never really written a tutorial before, so it isn't my forte. I am better at showing then explaining...haha.
That is all for today. Tomorrow my oldest goes back-to-school, then Thursday my middle daughter starts school. They are sooo excited, mom however is still so-so about it all. We had such an awesome summer together this year.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Happy Labor Day Weekend!!! CBC73, SSS19

Labor day already!!!! The summer just flew by, not that we had much of a summer here in Buffalo. I think there was a total of maybe 2 weeks of nice weather. Hard to believe I will have 2 of my 3 girls in school next week too! Well, I have a very crazy weekend ahead. No picnics for us, just a wedding, and all the things that go with it. Saturday is the rehearsal, and Sunday is the wedding, which means the girls will be up late both nights, and TOTALLY exhausted I am sure. I wanted to try to get a couple of projects made before the craziness begins though. I have 2 projects to show you tonight. The first is for the Sweet Stop Challenge Blog (which will be a new sketch tomorrow, but I was happy to get at least done before the new one is posted), and the other is for the Creative Belli Blog.
This is what I came up with for the Sweet Stop Sketch.

I used the owl from Owl Celebrations from Sweet and Sassy Stamps. I just love this owl!!! I stamped her once on white CS, and again on PP from Basic Grey Archaic paper. I then paper pieced the belly onto the colored image. I added some yellow stickles to the eyes. I then layered it onto some brown, from the same paper collection, and cream rectangles. The ribbon is from The Angel Company Willouby (spelling isn't correct here...sorry) Ribbon Set. The polka dot paper is also from the Archaic set. I used a rolling letter word stamp to create the sentiment.

My next project tonight is for the Creative Belli Blog CBC73. The challenge this time is to create something with an apple or pencils theme...basically back to school. Here is what I came up with.

I thought this would be a cute little back to school gift for a teacher. I used the blank memo cubes from Oriental trading. I then used my brayer and some red ink to cover each side. Little side note...the one side of the cube had the seal/glue stuff that holds that pad together, well the ink doesn't stay well on me! =) I have red fingers right now...haha. Anyway, after brayering the sides I used the Teacher's Pet "A is for Apple" stamp from Imaginisce on 3 of the 4 sides (didn't do the side that got my fingers all red). I used a black stamping spot for the apple, and a green one for the stem part of the stamp. That was pretty much it! I did use some cute fall ribbon to tie it all together to give as a gift.

Well that is pretty much it for today. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hopefully I will be able to get some great pictures of my little girls as flower girls this weekend, and post them soon. They are so excited to get all dolled up!