Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Less is More Week 8 Sketch

Lucky for me I just found some great #10 envelopes on sale at Office Max because this week's challenge over at Less Is More is a tall card. Using this week's sketch I created this 8" x 4" Thank You card that will be great when I have alot to be thankful for. I used my new Cuttlebug Script folder for the bottom portion, some brown Basic Narrows ribbon from Michael's, a sunflower digi stamp I created from clip art in Word and colored with my new Copic markers. The sentiment is a stamp from the Greetings pack from TPC Studio. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Operation Write Home Sketch #61

Here is my take this week's sketch  #61 over at Operation Write Home. I'm making a dozen of these cards to send in my first box to OWH. You can't really see it well in the photo, but the cardstock is ribbed and I love that it is white on the backside. No need to add a liner. I used a heat set gem by the sentiment. The flowers were solid yellow so I used a Copic marker to darken the inside and feathered out towards the ends of the petals. They are not as bright in real life as they appear in the picture. I used Glossy Accents to adhere the flowers and the pearl inside the flowers. That stuff is pretty strong, so they should stay in place through all the shipping. The ribbon is some paper ribbon I have in my stash, not sure what brand or where I got it. I love the retro paper from K&Company's Super Paper Pad. It's one of my favorites.  I'm also entering this in Cooking With Cricut's Challenge #21, using two shades of green. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Masculine Thank You card

I created this card during the Operation Write Home Facebook Party. That was alot of fun. I only got to particpate in two card challenges as I had plans during part of the day. But there were some awesome cards created and a fun tutorial. I thought this card would work for this week's Less Is More challenge to create a masculine card. I wanted the sentiment to be the focal point of the card and I think it turned out nicely. Thanks for stopping by.

Hubby's birthday card

Here's the card I made for my husband's birthday which is coming up on Monday. I also made multiples of this card for a card swap group this past week and I wouldn't let my husband see them. I took them all to card swap and didn't have any left to bring home. So I made up another one just for him. :) The card fits in well with Birthday Sundaes challenge #1 since it's anything goes. I took apart a chain that was in the "vintage" jewelry making section of the scrapbooking store. I distressed the wooden sign with sandpaper and distress ink and then stamped the sentiment and left the sign free hanging. I also used distress ink on the black sign holder to give it a more worn look and used black dimensionals.Thanks for stopping by.
Card Base: A2 4.25"x5.5" Kraft cardstock
Papttern paper: The Paper Studio Wooden Fence
Die: Tim Holtz Hanging Sign
Cardstock: Core'dinations
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Weathred Wood and Fired Brick, Memento Tuxedo Black
Sentiment: Stampabilities

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Shhh....Don't tell my brother

On Saturday I received a box in the mail with some new Cuttlebug folders and I wanted to play. I didn't want to waste any cardstock so I grabbed some sample paint cards and ran them thru the Cuttlebug. They looked so awesome I couldn't throw them away, but didn't know what I would do with them. I also made some birthday cards for a swap using Tim Holtz Hanging Sign die. When I cut the sign holder I had all these extra small scraps where the cardstock overlapped the sign. Those looked too cute to throw away also, so I saved them. Today I saw the challenges over at The Cuttlebug Spot (to use twine on a card) and Really Reasonable Ribbon (to use ribbon, lace or trim) and I knew just what I could use. I used the paint card that I had used with the snake skin folder and a scrap piece of sign. I put them on a piece of black cardstock, stamped the sentiment and used holographic embossing powder on it, added some black 3D squares to the back of the black faux binding, added some floss and I was done. I thought it turned out great. So now my brother will be getting a card next week made from scraps and a paint card. LOL

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Less is More - Off the Page Challenge

I'm feeling so much better after hearing from my son in Japan yesterday. I have to say making cards this weekend has kept my mind off of worrying about him. He will be going to Sendai today to help with the relief efforts there, so I'm sure I won't hear from him again for a few days. I did spend some time trying to work out some challenging cards. This week's challenge over at Less is More  was to create a one layer card with part of the image off the page. This was even more challenging for me than the previous ones, because I am not a stamper. I only own a few stamps and I mostly handwrite or print out from MS Word my sentiments. I do mostly die cutting and using embellishments. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Springtime card while I wait...

I'm waiting to hear news of my son in Japan. He did post a message on his Facebook page from his iPhone after the earthquake, but no word since the tsunami hit. My comfort is that the Pentagon said all military members are accounted for, but the base he is at is without electricity. Hopefully, I will hear from him soon. I need to keep my mind occupied so I went over to My Pink Stamper's blog to check out the blog hop. There were some awesome projects there, so I decided to make one of my own. This card also fits with this week's challenge over at Cricut Cardz Challenge to make a 9"x4" card and Cooking with Cricut's Challenge 20 to use a reference to time. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for helping me pass the time until I hear from Dylan.
UPDATE 9:21am on 3/12/2011: Just received a text from Dylan that he's okay. Thank God! I thought I was done worrying about him when he finished his deployment in Iraq. Guess mom's never stop worrying, huh?
Card size: 9"x4"
Card base: White Colorbok
Pattern paper: All K&Co Super Paper Pad
Card stock for frames: The Paper Company Natural Fashion Colors Pack
Flower: Cindy Loo cartridge cut at 4.75" with stickles added to the center
Sentiment: Sybil Green printed from my computer
Embossing folder: Swiss Dots

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Less is More (Take 2)

After Mandi had a go at me on my first entry, I decided to make another entry for the Less is More Challenge 5, using pastels. Here's what I've come up with. Thanks for stopping by.
Card Size: A2
Card Base: White Colorbok
Pattern Paper: Nana's Nursery Baby Girl Pack
Ribbon: Celebrate It! Basic Narrow from Michaels
Sentiment: Printed from my computer adhered using Zots 3D Dots
Embellishments: Stickles formed into mounds.

Clean and Simple Card

I decided to create a card for a girlfriend that I don't see very often. I've been looking more and more at CAS cards and have made a couple. They are not that easy to make and I sometimes feel like there is something missing. For my card today I embossed the paper and added a tone on tone ribbon. I liked it so much I didn't really want to add a sentiment on the front. I thought it would take away from the simplicity and beauty of the card, so I wrote the sentiment on the inside. That is a big leap for me out of my comfort zone of card making, but I'm happy with how it turned out and I'm entering it in the Less Is More Challenge 5, which was to make a card using pastel colors. Thanks for stopping by.
Card size: A2
Card base: White Colorbok
Pattern paper: K&Co Super Paper Pad
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug Stylized Flowers
Ribbon: Offray Spool O' Ribbon from Michaels

After reading Mandi's feedback, I decided to add a couple of Recollections pearl stickers to the center of the two flowers. I like it even more now. :)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Birthday card for Cynthia

I've been MIA for a bit, but I have been creating, just no time for posting. I'll get caught up, I promise. I have a couple of projects completed that I will post shortly. I wanted to get this card posted so I could enter it in a couple of challenges. Cooking with Cricut is having a challenge to use at least two colors of cardstock, two patterned papers and two embellishments. My inspiration for this card was some super cute cut files from Mary Rudakis at to make birdhouses and I used it to enter the montly challenge on their forum. I used some of the elements to make the birdhouse and the flowers. I used the Heritage cartridge for the leaves and Simply Charmed for the bird. I printed the sentiments on my computer. The ribbon is Offray and the flower centers are Recollections Boutique Fluer Mini Rounds, all from Michaels. The base is from DCWV's Immortal Love collection (my current fave) and the pattern paper is from K & Co Super Paper Pad. The rest of the cardstock was just from my scrap stash. Thanks for stopping by.