Monday, May 30, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
This week at I Did It Creations a freebie image is being offered up to use as your image on your card. His name is Happy Harry so I thought what a perfect image for a birthday card.
The black and white polka dots is ribbon by Offray, border punch by Fiskars, flowers by Prima and the ones sprayed with Glimmer Mist are by Recollections. The sparkle brads are by Making Memories, HB stamp by Hero Arts, ink by Versa Mark and embossing powder by Stamp n around, card base is by Halcraft and scissors are Pioneer.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will join us at the IDIC blog for this challenge.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will join us at the IDIC blog for this challenge.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
This week at Shannon's Sentiments the challenge is a friendship card using the colors purple, green, black and white. My purple isn't that of royalty but it is a shade of purple.
Leaf-Prima, flower-Petaloo and inside is Prima, card base-RE, Dies-SB, PP-TPS, die CS-TPCo and SEI and Stickles -RI.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card. I hope you will refer to my key on the right sidebar for the abbreviations of the supplies. Have a great weekend.
Friday, May 27, 2011
I would just like to say, I don't drink and do not endorse these beer companies nor am I receiving royalties for displaying their bottle caps on my blog. However that being said I could be if someone wants me sponsor my paper craft habits. lol. When people come to our cottage and drink beer they throw their bottle caps in this pot (I guess that's what you would call it-like a pot you would put a plant in). We get a large variety of beer caps and so my husband figured out how to pound them down "flat" so the edges would flair out ever so beautifully. I've had them for a while and when I was asked to make some Fathers Day cards for a local scrapbook store I thought they would be a perfect accent to a male card. So here are three that I made.
Blue CS by PC and white by RE, Dad stamp by CTMH, ink by VM by TK, embossing powder by RI, ribbon by OF, Sentiment by Netty's, embossing folder by CB by PC, other bottle cap.
I'm entering this card into:
Creative Card Crew(TU 5-24)-Anything Goes
Truly Scrumptious(W#57)-Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments(W#29)-Male card
Charisma Cardz(TH#21)-boy oh boy
PP by K & Co, stamps by LF, ink by VM by TK and blue by CTMH, die by SZ, blue CS by Sunborn, brads UK, circle cut by CC and bottle cap.
I'm entering this card into:
The Paper Shelter(W#15)-Anything Goes
Meljens Designs(W#60)-Dad card
Card base by RE, CS by Pressed Petals and Sunborn, Embossing folder by CB by PC, ink by CTMH, die by SB, brads by 3B, Sentiment by Shannon's Sentiment, PP by KC.
I'm entering this card into:
Digi Stamps 4 Joy(W#19)-Boys Boys Boys
Pals Paper arts(TH#95)-Brads
Little Miss Muffet(T#10)-Metal Embellishment
Thanks for checking out my bottle cap card creations.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
I used this old paper by Prima on some Fathers Day cards and thought I'd share the three different cards. I have to start using abbreviations for companies because I have 293 pictures in my May of 2011 downloads file. Granted those are usually two pictures of each project but that is still a ton of stuff to mark and give credit to. So refer to my sidebar for abbreviations of companies that I use most often and tire of typing the name out. Call me lazy if you want but I would rather refer to it as budgeting in my time management department. Lol
Card base by Recollections, PP by Prima and DCWV, CS is UK, stamps by CTMH and ink by Colorbox by Clearsnap, dies by SB.
Card base by Recollections, stamps and both green inks by CTMH, brown ink by SU, CS is UK, PP by Prima
Card base by Studio G, Chipboard by AC, floss by KF, circles cut with the CM's cutting system, corner rounder by CM, digital stamp UK-I looked every place I could think of and couldn't find it's owner. The border punch is UK I received it in a swap.
I have so many fathers day and graduation cards to share that you are going call me crazy. So stay tuned for daily posts by me for a while.
30 more minutes and it's Friday in Michigan. What are you doing this holiday weekend?
We are looking for several new members for our design team.
You will be provided with digital images each month to work with.
You will be expected to participate in weekly challenges.
Our challenges are on Sunday, and you will need to have your creations in to our design team leader, by Wednesday before each challenge.
You are required to post your challenge items on your blog with a link to the challenge blog and current sponsor. You may be asked to promote certain activities such as blog hops too.
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Please provide a brief bio and also a link to your blog.
This Design team call ends June 5th.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
I thought I would share a few different shades of pink I used in my dance scrapbook that I just completed.
The background paper is by MME with We R Memory Keepers on top of that and pressed Petals on top of that. The letter stamps are unknown (they are the titles to the song of the costume). Right flower by Stampin' Up and left flower stamp by Close to my Heart. Sticker by creative Memories.
Black paper by The Paper Co and all other paper by Creative Memories. Flowers are unknown and outer border is tinsel from an old gift bag.
This an old layout that I revamped for her book so I don't know all the particulars in supplies on this one. 2008 stamp by Technique Tuesday, flourishes by Recollections, journal spot and we sticker by K and Co. Hope you have a great Wednesday.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Here is my second addition to Thank you cards for my husband although he thought the dragonfly was a little iffy. I thought it was more manly then a butterfly. Next time I'll use the bee and sting his little behind:)
I love that Core'dinates paper and how fun it is to emboss and then sand out the greenish color. The sentiment is by Shannon's Sentiments newly released set of thank yous and thanks. There is so much to offer in that set. The die cut is by Spellbinders, which I sprayed with Perfect Pearls and water. The dragonfly is by K & Co, the embossing folder and Cuttlebug are by Provo Craft and brads are unknown.
Thanks for stopping by to see another Manly Monday card.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
This week at I Did It Creations our challenge is ANYTHING GOES. We are sponsored by Toucan Scraps and were given a few digital papers and images to go with them. I chose the peach colored paper and scalloped circle for my card.
I used some old Pebbles paper for the background and Stampin' Up ribbon in the middle. The eyelets are unknown but the flowers are by Petaloo.
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to enter your project into the ANYTHING GOES challenge at IDIC.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
This week at Shannon's Sentiments the challenge is to create a birthday card. I used a tag from an older set called Vintage tag set for my card today.
The tag can be found in THIS set. I love how much use I get out of Shannon's sets. Supplies: Cardbase from Michael's dollar bin for 8 (like that price), stamps by Studio G (leaf), Hero Arts (circles) and Imaginisce (Sentiment), ink by Close to my Heart, Tsukineko and Ranger industries, cardstock is unknown except the kraft paper is from Oriental Trading Co, Liquid Glass by Close to my Heart and pop up foam by 3M.
Thanks for stopping by and looking. I hope you will join in on our challenge at Shannon's Sentiments. Shannon's challenges run monthly so now is about the time you should be getting those submissions in.
May 7th was a Get well card
May 14th was three flowers and no patterned paper
May 21st is a birthday card
There's only one more left. Link your projects to the side bar for May's challenges and you could be chosen at random for a $10 gift certificate to Shannon's store. Those that participate the most for that month receive an image worth $3. See the blog for all the fine print and the store for what you are going to buy even if you don't win the gift certificate:)
Have a great weekend.
Friday, May 20, 2011
While I wait for this silver Smooch to dry I wanted to show you one of the invitations I made for my sister-in-laws family reunion. I went very simple because I was low on time and so was she.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
These two layouts are fun and bright for a Thursday.
The letter tags are by Current from eons ago along with the Stampin' Up dance stamp and stars stamped with Pink Passion ink by SU too. Superstar sticker is by Jollee's/EK Success, floss by Coats and Clark and the the patterned paper is by Basic Grey.
When I started to put this book together I thought I would include layouts from my personal books that she was in the pictures of. At that time I was scrapping 8.5x11 and therefore had to adjust them to make 12x12 layouts. This is one of them where I didn't change anything to the smaller layout just added to make it the size I wanted and am using now.
Supplies that I know of: pink & blue cardstock are by Sunborn as well as the title paper. Background paper by Basic Grey, stickers by Moxxie, mask and star punch by Creative Memories, mist by Tattered angels, font by Quickutz, glitter by Stamendous.
Thanks for looking today. I hope Thursday is a great day for you:)
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I made this card for a challenge at Imaginisce. The challenge is to have a masculine theme, use a snag stamp and 75% of Imaginisce products with in your card. Here is my card
The background paper is by Core'dination, ink by Versa Mark, embossing powder by Ranger and everything else is Imaginisce. Thanks for looking.
I am also entering this card into the following challenges:
A Spoonful of Sugar (TU#152)-Anything goes
Jac-inks(TU#8)-Heat embossing (the red shape in which the presents and candles are in are heat embossed stamps)
Sweet Stamps(TU#15)-Birthday card
Lexi's Creations(M#40)-spots or stripes
Make it Monday(M#37/5-16)-Anything goes (every week)
Karen's Doodle shop(M/5-16)-Bold and Bright
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Every year around the time school starts back up I start to gather photos from the year and make calendars for family members. This year I made (5 brothers, M&D Groh, Grandma, the oldest niece, my Mom and Brother) 11 of them plus I have one in my office that is different from everyones. I thought I would share the different ones that I had for April and May.
My brothers calendar April calendar page:
For his calendar I used these stripes of sentiments (in the right upper corner) throughout the entire calendar. I found them at My Simple Stories, which are still free and available. It just gave his calendar some unity which I liked and may do more so in the future. That big oval is a recycled card, blue paper by CM, The pink is very old and the purple is by Colorbok. Border sticker by Current, chipboard by Making Memories and bunny sticker by Karen Foster. This family has an annual Easter Egg hunt and these are all the cousins.
This is my moms April calendar page:
The picture isn't the greatest (sorry) I believe the patterned paper is by K and Co, the pink paper is by CM, April showers is by Provo Craft (very old),dies are by Spellbinders, egg stamp and ink by Close to my Heart and the stickers I think are by Stickibilities.
This is my in-laws May calender (they all had the same photos per month just variations of those photos depending on paper availability).
All the patterned paper by CM, stamps are by Close to my Heart (letters and leaves) and Martha Stewart (leaves and acorns), embossing flowers under right photo and brown paper is by Cuttlebug/Provo Craft, and the button leaf is by I think All dressed Up is the company name.
This is my mom's May calendar
The green patterned paper to the left is by Sunborn and under the squares is by CM, square stickers by Provo Craft, circle stickers by Basic Grey, Livin' Loud card by Fancy Pants (I think), blue papers by DCWV and the rest of the paper is just scraps from my stash.
So as you can see these calendars are a great way to use up old product and my families (not to be mean) don't know if the products are new or old. You can also tell the different photos I am working with per family. My husbands grandmothers calendar included pictures of her other children and I come from a divorced family therefore the pictures of my moms calendar vary from that of my brothers calendar. My brothers calendar includes photos from my dads side of the family. So there are 7 calendars that have all the same pictures in them and the remaining 4 (and my office calendar) have some different pictures.
I do have a system to my calendar madness that I will share with you. This year I took all my Creative Memories paper and put it in a bag. Each time I would start a page to any calendar I would go there first. Then if I couldn't find a match I would go to my Sunborn paper that I bought from Sam's Club a few years back. If I still was striking out with paper I would go to my stash. The problem with going to the stash is the time it takes to go thru the stash and find the right paper. Well I didn't have that kind of time so I really limited myself in what supplies I used, other wise I would have to start them in January to get them out for Christmas gifts.....um no thanks. Besides I like to use photos from the year before and no older. It is a progression of how much the kids and adults have grown or changed that makes it fun. At the end of each year we rip them out of the calendar, trim them up all pretty and put them into a Pioneer 8.5x11 scrapbook and use it as one of our many coffee table albums. It's fun for people to look at all the different years and fun for me to see my style has evolved from year to year.
One final note and then I have to get back to this scrapbook I am working on. I put the families birthdays and anniversaries in the calendar so people can look on their calendar and remember to call each other on their event. I send cards to each and every single person in our families but for other it's a great way to stay connected with the family since we are in Michigan and we have family that live in California.
Hope you have enjoyed these two months worth of calendars. I will have more to share in the future and won't have to explain as much. Have a great Tuesday:)
Monday, May 16, 2011
This week and next week our Manly Monday is going to be thankful for the things others do. My husband has people that donate products to his classroom and he wants thank you card the kids can sign but doesn't want flowers on it. I know, what's wrong with flowers, right? So I have made him some manly non flower thank you cards to share with you.
The circle outlines were made by Cricut and are Sunborn paper, the blue circle was punched using a Creative Memories circle punch and then it and the die cut were inked by Close to my Heart Moonstruck ink. The die cut is from Spellbinders and the sentiment is from Shannon's Sentiments Thanks set, which was released on May 15th. The background stamp is by Maya Road and I used Stampin' Up ink on it. Blue paper and the stamp underneath the sentiment (to cover up an oops I made) is by SEI
This one is a recycled card that I acquired from one of my mothers and it works perfectly for a male thank you card.
This one the sentiment stamp is by American Crafts and the border by Fiskars, die cut by Spellbinders, ink by Ranger Industries
Same stamp sets as card above.
These are husband approved cards to use for another man. I guess less is more in his eyes. Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my Manly Monday series of cards. Some day when I get to scrapbook my own pictures I will be able to share boy/manly layouts. However, I can't see that happen just yet.
Happy Monday everyone.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
This week at I Did It Creations our challenge is to include ribbon and lace to your project. We are sponsored by Stitchy Stamps and I chose this cross with Our Father inside of it. I colored the image using my Aqua pen by Stampin' Up and inks by Ranger and Close to my Heart.
The yellow on the left is ribbon by Stampin' Up; ribbon by Offray; border stamps by Close to my Heart; embossing powder by Ranger; ink by Versa Mark; card base by Kaiserkraft; cardstock by Sunborn and Core'dinations and die cut by Spellbinders.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will join in on our challenge. Then come over to the BLOG to post your creation. Easy Peasy, right?
Today's the day!!!!!!!! All the May release sets are now available in the store. And the design team has some amazing projects to share with you today. Including all our new members!!!! Please welcome them to the team along the way.
Here's the entire hop order in case you get turned around along the way.
Linda Bowman - Guest Designer
Shannon Hawkins - Owner
For todays blog hop my card uses a sentiments from the Thanks so much add-on set. There are so many wonderful thanks, thank you and gratitude sentiments on this set. You are sure to find one that fits your needs.
The cupcake sticker is by Martha Stewart, brown paper by SEI, brads are unknown, circle paper by Sunborn, green paper by Colorbok and ink by Ranger Industries and Memento ink.
The next stop on the hop is Michelle's blog!!!! Don't forget to leave some love along the way.
Sale: May 15th - 22nd
Use code: MayRel25
Chat tonight......at our CDAC group page. Starts at 8pm EDT and goes until we all get too sleepy to type. We'll see you there!!
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Welcome to preview day 1 of the new release at Shannon's Sentiments. I made my card using the Independence day set stars:
I used patterned paper by Basic Grey and cardstock by Provocraft, who also makes the embossing folder and Cuttlebug, and The Paper Co, who also makes the ribbon. Stamp by Elle's Studio and ink by Close to my Heart and Colorbox by Clearsnap. Thanks for looking.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Today is day 2 of the previews for Shannon's Sentiments May release which will be May 15th. Here is the card I made using a sympathy sentiment from one of her sets.
The stamps are from SEI and ink by Close to my Heart. I used the Spellbinders dies for the ovals, brown card stock is by SEI, kraft paper by Oriental Trading Co and striped paper by Creative Memories. The circle punch is by Marvy. Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to stop by the blog and what the others have done with this set.
I'm entering this card into the challenge at My mum's craft shop for the use of die cuts.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Here are a few more layouts I have been working on for my young ladies dance album. This will give her an idea of how much journaling she will need to do once she gets the book or before hand. *A note to her and her mom the words created by me in the bottom right corner will not be there. It's for online purposes only.
So this first page you won't need to journal on but
This page you will write on the white paper with lines. The top page and this page, go side by side.
You will need to journal a little in the left bottom corner. This is the only layout of this dance.
You will need to write in the pink open box on this page and
on this page as well. Since this dance did so well I thought you may have a little bit more to write about. If not we can improvise and add something to those journal blocks.
I hope you like what you see so far. There are so many more layouts in this book and I think it is turning out quite lovely. Look for more tomorrow.
This weeks challenge at City Crafter is sponsored by our very own Shannon's Sentiments. The theme for this challenge is "By the Sea". Winner of this challenge will receive a $10 gift certificate to Shannon's Sentiments store, which you can find right HERE.
I have chosen Shannon's Sailboat image, which you can find HERE. You could also use the Hands of Time set using the compass or the Spare Change Jar set and add into the middle boat fund or this Pier image to name a few.
To color this image, I used Ranger Distressing inks sprayed with Perfect Pearls and water with my Aqua Pen from Stampin' Up.
The top background paper is by Imaginisce; brown paper by Creative Memories and the others were just scraps. The ribbon is very old and it's packing says The Lion Product. The cloud punch doesn't have a manufacturer on it. Thanks for looking and be sure to stop by City Crafters blog to play along with the "By the Sea" themed challenge for your chance to win a $10 gift certificate to Shannon's store. Good luck.
Monday, May 9, 2011
I used some Basic Grey stickers and paper to make this guy card. The banner is from Maya Road, alphabet stamps by American Crafts and the font stickers are by Creative Memories.
Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to check back on the May 12th-15th for Shannon's Sentiments preview of the new release and then blog hop. Best wishes for now.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
This week at I did It Creations our theme is monochromatic and we are sponsored by Beary Dust. I chose a dog image to make a thank you card for my mom. She is my biggest fan and does soooo much for me that she deserves a thank you card every now and then.
I used distressing ink combined with Perfect Pearls and water to color the image in using an aqua pen by Stampin' Up.
The dies are all Spellbinders; font stamps by Lawn Fawn; stamp on ribbon by SEI; floss and patterned paper by Karen Foster; ink by Memento and Ranger; brads by Close to my Heart; and perfect pearls by Ranger Industries.
Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check out the other DT creations on the blog.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
This week at Shannon's Sentiments the DT challenge is to create a get well card. Check out the blog for more details on why this certain subject was chosen. I used a sentiment from the Get Well collection that Shannon has made as a special release on May 1st.
My background patterned paper is by DCWV and the die cut patterned paper is by Colorbok. The flower stamp is by Stampendous and I used three different inks, Close to my Heart, distress, and Colorbox by Clearsnap. The flower is by The Oriental Trading Company and brad is by Making Memories.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card. I hope you are having a good weekend so far. Be sure to stop by tomorrow for I Did It Creations challenge and then Manly Monday on May 9th. Then on May 12th, 13th & 14th I will have new cards to show you that gives you a glimpse of the new release from Shannon's Sentiments. The release date is always the 15th of the month and we have a blog hop on that day for you to join in on. That gives you four days of guaranteed card goodness coming your way. Plus so much more. So check back everyday for something new. I'm scheduling a ton of posts tonight for you to view in the next 2 weeks. I hope you like what you see:)
Friday, May 6, 2011
I made this tutorial as an option for the newsletter but it was decided that it's length would be too much for a newsletter. Therefore I decided to share it with you here on my blog. I've formatted it so the instruction is on top and the picture is below.
Thanks for viewing my tutorial and I hope you will try it yourself. If you do be sure to put a link in the comment field so I can come check out your work.
It's Friday and National Scrapbook day is tomorrow so let the party begin. I will be over at Two Peas and a Bucket for the challenges all weekend long. I'm hoping to use the challenges as inspiration on a scrapbook that I need to finish. Wish me luck.
Also we can't forget that Saturday is a new challenge at Shannon's Sentiments, Sunday is a new challenge for I Did it Creations and then finish the fun with my very own series I like to call Manly Monday where I post a card that is intended for a boy/guy. I get my husbands approval on the card first, before posting it as a Manly Monday card.
Supplies for tutorial:
Inkadinkado Masking paper
some way to score your lines as in a scoreboard or I used a paper trimmer
a stylus to emboss the image
Ranger Ink essentials blending tool and pad
Ranger distressing ink Broken China
Memento ink Bamboo leaves
navy blue, green and white cardstock