Sunday, July 31, 2011

Let's Dance Card

This week the challenge at I Did it Creations is DANCE. I love this little dancer getting ready in her tutu. Super cute image by Sylvie's Stamps.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look. See you tomorrow for the new challenge at Christmas cards all Year Round.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Brown Sympathy and Get Well Cards

I taught a class how to make this first card on Thursday and then another full group today as well. It is fun to teach. The only iffy thing I have about it is I make up the stuff so long ago that when it comes to the day of the class I have to remake the card or whatever so I am fresh with what I am teaching. I just made up another class that I won't teach until the middle of September. On that one I took a ton of notes on each little step that I did to make the layout. It's a good workout for my brain, that's for sure. So I taught the ladies how to distress the edges using different tools they probably already have at home. One being an emery board. It works like a charm on the embossed cardstock. I also have small pieces of sand paper in my stash that the husband gave to me. That works well too. I also use the emery board on the edges of the brown paper too. It just gives a little worn look to it. 
Isn't Crackle paint on that die cut fun to look at? I just adore Crackle paint right now. I love trying out new things to do with it. Did you know that Smooch ink dries on top of Crackle paint but doesn't dry on Liquid Pearls paint by Ranger? I found that out last week while playing around. It looks so cool applied to the Crackle paint. Next week I will have a project showing you what I did. But for now here are my two cards. I will quit talking now:)

The second card says Feel Better Soon. I'm not fond of the brown embossing powder that I am using. Does anyone have a suggestion of a good medium brown colored embossing powder that rocks? I am all ears. On this card I used a stamp by American Crafts Dear Lizzy Warable stamp set. I put distressing Stickles on the edges of the flower.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed the tip at the top of the page and will come back tomorrow for more inspiration.

Friday, July 29, 2011

3 Cards using American Crafts Products

I made the following cards using the American Crafts collection called Abode. I really love the bold colors of this collection and how I was able to take other collections from AC and add them together. This first card has ribbon by Dear Lizzy, the stamp is from the I Do stamp set and the flower is by an entirely different collection as well. I took the chipboard buckle by Colorbok and painted it with a bingo dabber and then sprayed it with Perfect Pearls and water. The flower had a glitch in the corner so I took some Martha Stewart glitter glue and went around the edges of it. Now you would never know that something was wrong.

This happy birthday card is all American Crafts products except the thread, which is by Gudebrod. Oh and the ink on the yellow rectangle is by SU

Almost all of this card is by American Crafts. That rectangle rub on is from an older collection of rub-ons. the ink is by SU and the card base by Studio G.

Thanks for checking out my cards today. See you again tomorrow for something new. I have things lined up to post until August 2nd. So be sure to come back each day for some new inspiration.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


I used a distressing tool and ink by RI to do the sides of the patterned paper. The doves matched the dove in the drape on the podium. They are stamps by We R Memory Keepers using Versa Mark ink and Stampendous gold embossing powder. I then fussy cut them out of the cardstock. The letters are by CM, small date circle by ES; PP as a border is by Cosmo Cricket; digital stamp by Robyn's Fetish, colored in with Copic markers and then distressed. Thanks for looking at my layout today.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Merry and Bright

I have a few Christmas cards to share today. I know it's super early but I like to do things a little bit early and then have a million other things to do as the time draws near. This one is inspired by Creative Belli's challenge Christmas challenge. See the photo on their blog. The PP is by Best Creations; sticker by Imaginisce and rub ons by K and Co.

This next one is left over scraps from a squashed album class I took on Saturday. I loved the papers so much I made them into this simple card. Stamped sentiment by CTMH; PP by K and Co; CS by SU and RE; center stamp and snowflake rubon by American Crafts; ink by Clearsnap and RI.

This last one is a nontraditional colorful Christmas card that I made using papers from DCWV and the card is by Studio G. The stamp is by TPCo; ink by Versa Mark; embossing powder by SP; rick rack by TPS, rhinestones by BG and snowflake stickers by Jolees.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Christmas in July

Here is my Christmas in July card that I was going to use for CCAYR August challenge. Can you guess what our challenge will be? It's not that simple.

Using up some old supplies while using some new die cut shapes that I borrowed from a friend. One of those new to me things. I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnut (SA7-23)-Reindeer
Simply Create(F)-Christmas Time
Craft your passion(M#68)-Christmas in July
Die cut dreams(M#94)-Animal Antics
Paper Creations Ink(M#5)-Christmas
Christmas Inspirations(SU)-Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations(SU#64)-Christmas
Designed to Delight(SA)-Christmas
Totally Gorguss(SA#90)-Die cuts
Stampin 4 the Weekend(F)-Four legged animal
Delightful challenge(TH)-Christmas

Monday, July 25, 2011

Manly Monday

This week I have a layout and a card to share. I love this layout and it's not toad-ally manly. It's more little boy cute than anything else.

I'm not sure who the paper is by but the ribbon is by OF; letters CC; stamped letters LF; border punch by SU; green punched paper by CM.
I'm entering this layout into the challenge at Lasting Memories for the big bold titles challenge (#48).

My card is one I sent to our teenage nephew and I really liked how the Bo Bunny paper looks with the SU star stamps. The sentiment is by HA and ink is by Clearsnap. Brads by Bo Bunny and CTMH.

I'm entering this card into the following challenge:
Totally paper crafts(FR)-One for the boys
Digi Doodles(TH#68)-CAS
My Mums Crafts(W#15)-For a teen
Clear it out(TU)-Anything Goes
Lady bug Crafts(TU)-Summer birthdays
2 Sisters Challenge(SA#49)-Anything Goes
Send a smile for kids(SA)-Card for the boys

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my "Manly Monday" post. Stop back tomorrow for some more inspiration. I still have a lot to show you for the month of July.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Bookmark I Did it Creations Challenge

This week at I Did it Creations we are sponsored by Robyn's Fetish and the challenge is to make a bookmark.

Thanks for stopping by today and checking out my bookmark.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Happy Birthday card

My card for today is a little bit busy for me but it's good to try something new. This card base was white and I used RI distressing inks to alter it's color. Also the tag started off as a nice BG tag and I heat embossed it with off white embossing powder-I'm not sure I like it-and then I inked the entire tag with distressing inks. 

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Bearly Mine(TU#15)-Use a tag on your project
Ruby's Rainbow(W#8)-Vintage
Penny's Challenge(W#58)-Alter it. (the tag is by BG and I heat embossed it and inked with RI inks)
Paper Pretties(W#163)-Embossing
Southern girls Challenge(TH#23)-Happy Birthday
Sugar Creek Hollow(SA7-23)-Tag it
Crafty Ann's Challenge(SA#45)-Embossing
Stamp Man challenge(F#27)-Anything Tim (the distressing inks and tool used are TH)
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Purple encouragement

Purple clean and simple card to spice up Friday. I used a ton of old products on this one. I love using up old supplies. My mom snatched this one up for her collection right away. As for supplies, the chipboard is by Colorbok; flower and brad by LSS; scallop circle punch by EK Success and bigger one cut by CC Storybook cartridge; STickles by RI; PP is UK but the CS is by DCWV and TPCo; rub on by Kaiserkraft. 

I'm entering this Get well card into the following challenges:
CCEStampers(TH CCEE1129)-Encouragement card
Digi Doodles (TH#68)-Clean and simple
Sassy Studio designs (TH#82)-Clean and Simple
Shelly's Images(TH7/21)-Show us what you got challenge
Crafts and Me Challenges(W#44)-add a flower
The House that stamps built(ends 8-2)-glitter on your card. (The purple scallop edge 
has purple Stickles on it)
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Happy Anniversary

Today is my cousins anniversary so I felt an anniversary card should be seen in honor of a wonderful couple that has stayed together through thick and thin. They are a beautiful couple and I pray they stay together forever.

PP by KCo; background stamp by HA-ink by VM-embossing powder by SP; sentiment stamp by Fiskars-ink by RI; flowers and brad by LSS; Smooch ink by Clearsnap.
Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pink Wednesday Scrapbook Layout and Card

Today marks 14 months since my injury at work. Not a very good way to start the day so let's put something cheery out there for your viewing pleasure.
Nothing is cuter than this sweet baby girl in a very berry pink layout. I love pink. It just screams girlie!
And then a Happily ever after card to boost the pink-ness of today.

There is so much product to this layout. PP by KCo; bl CS by TPS-wh CS by RE- pink by Sunborn; die cuts by SB; stickers-square SRM and border by Doodlebug Designs; frame by MM; letters by CC Elegant Cake by PC; paint by Tulip-stamps by Heidi Swapp.
I'm entering this LO into the Shopping your Stash (TU#9) challenge of using an old technique. I chose to use paint and foam stamps on the black cardstock, which is something I haven't done in a long time.

CS by RE; PP by IM; flower by Prima; punch by EK; brad by BB; Stickles by RI; stamps-sentiment by Fiskars-ink by RI and background by HA- ink by VM and RI-embossing powder by SP.
I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Everybody Art challenge(TU#151)-Dots (in the background stamp)
Kaboodle Doodle (M#76)- embossing (heat embossed the background)
Simon Says(M)-embossing
Gingerloft (SU)-Make it sparkle (I added Stickles to the flower)
Paper Creators Craft (SA#3)-Weddings 

Thanks for looking. See you tomorrow:)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

American Crafts stamp

I made this fun yet simple card using two stamp sets from American Crafts. The dress is by Dear Lizzy Warble stamp set and the sentiment is from the Thanks stamp set.

The gold paper is by CM; kraft paper is unknown; embossing powders by SP; ink by VM; card base by RE.
I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Kaboodle Doodle (M#76)-Embossing
The Kraft Journal (M)-My favortie things (clothes)
Simon Says (M)-Embossing
Thanks for looking.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Manly Monday

This week I bring to you a manly birthday card a little geared more towards fall but still approved by the hubby as Manly Monday worthy.

I used a rubber stamp and made a mask with Inkadinkado masking paper. Love that stuff for masking. Card base is CS by CM; white CS by RE; red CS by PC;
the leaf that is popped up has been painted with clear crackle paint by RI-distressing ink by RI;
circle paper by SEI-sprayed with gold Perfect Pearls and water-sentiment stamp by Fiskars-ink by RI
All other inks were by RI or CTMH.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out Manly Monday.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

CAS card

This week at Wee Memories the challenge is for a CAS-clean and simple card. So I just made this card for such the occasion.

I'm also able to use this card for the Shopping our Stash challenge of something old and something new. That ribbon has been in my stash for eons but the rub ons from Kaiserkrafts and the ink is a new to me ink as well.
Other challenges:
Sundays with Crissy (M)-Distressing
Aud Sentiments (W#32)-two word sentiment
Thanks for stopping by:)

Don't Feed the Bears Frame for I Did it Creations Challenge

This week our challenge is sponsored by JLJ Designs and provided us with the bear image and both background papers. I wasn't sure what type of card to make out of the image we were given so I made it like I would make a card and then framed it instead. So this first photo is without the frame and the second photo is with the frame. This way when I can still make it into a card by just taking it out and adhering it to a card base.

I'm using my frame art for the challenge at Going Grey of 2 patterned papers and 2 embellishments (jute and chipboard circle and Do it with Digi's challenge of including an animal.

Thanks for stopping by and see you tomorrow for Manly Monday.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Mid Month reminder for CCAYR

Don't forget to submit your cards over at Christmas Cards all Year Round for the month of July. Now is the time to get those pesky things done and out of the way. 

July Challenge 
With summer weddings coming up, white should be a main "colour" and then we'lll need some bling - gems, plearls, glitter, etc. 
Added challenge for fun - Flower(s) of some kind too!!! 

I used white crackle paint on the white cardstock and after applying it I added glitter to it. The glitter then dried in the crackle paint and is embedded into it. 
Supplies: Crackle Paint by RI; flower by IM; leaves by Prima; 
snowflake die cut by SB-silver paper by CM
Sentiment by DCWV; card base by RE and brad by LSS.

Stop by Christmas Cards all Year Round and submit five cards for your chance to win a fabulous prize and get a head start on those Christmas cards.

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:
CES challenge(SA#45)-Christmas
2 sisters challenge blog(SA#48)-Christmas in July
Sparkles Forum(M-July)-Glitter
Stampin with the Dragon(F7-8)-Christmas in July

Friday, July 15, 2011

Loving cards

I'm showing a wedding card and a with love card today with similar colors. I really like the peach color and keep finding myself reaching for it over and over again.

This card has the following products in it: PP by KCo (I just cut with the wave of the paper free hand);
flowers & brad by LSS-Smooch ink by Clearsnap-embossing folder by SZ;
peach paper by MM-background stamp by HA-ink by VM-embossing powder by SP-distressing ink and tool by RI;
white CS by RE-sentiment by Fiskars-ink by Clearsnap.

This next card's base is by Studio G, which I buy at Michael's;
CS by Bazzill, RE and Dollar General;
PP by KCo (I drew the line of the card base on the back of the PP and free hand cut it out to match the card)
die cuts by SB-embossing folder by CB by PC-ink Tea Dye by RI;
flower and brad by LSS;
scallop circle punch by SU-spray/mist Smoochie by Clearsnap;
ribbon by OF; Border punch by EK; Rub on by Kaiserkrafts.

Thanks for stopping by a taking a look at my most recent creations. More to come for the next 4 days.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Imaginisce Prom Layout

This week I took a small break from the blog land action to work a few things out. So far it's been a better week then the previous 3 or 4 and with that I'm going to stay optimistic. Coping/dealing with the stress of medical issues has become a puzzle that needs to be solved. I have found a few pieces and have attached them for my own sanity, which I am thankful God lead me to those coping remedies and many other things. 
Today's layout features my niece's Prom pictures from this past May. I used the Garden collection from Imaginisce and love the way it turned out. The flower rub ons in the Spellbinders die cuts are from the Twitter patted collection. 

Trying the close up shots again.

CS is by Dollar General; cross is by Colorbok; embossing powder by The Powder Keg; circle stamp by CTMH; border punch by EK Success; Silver paper in title by CM; Stickles and liquid pearls by RI; kraft CS by OTCo; rhinestones by Basic Grey.

The title die cut comes from Cricuts cartridge Locker Talk. That one takes a while to get the best results but I was pleased with it's sparkle and how well it matched the patterned paper. Here's a few pictures of the production of decorating the die cut.
This first one is where I marked off where the frame would be so not to lose it in the glitter. Then I placed white Martha Stewart glitter glue down on the "ribbon" and topped it with MS green glitter for added dimension.

This next picture is the completion of the glitter on the "ribbon".

The picture below shows the start of the black Stickles for the frame of the die cut. Multiple layers of Stickles are needed to give the die cut full coverage.

And then I didn't (forgot to) take a photo in between the next step and the final product. The next picture is what the die cut looks like on the layout except I think I filled in that kraft colored corner )upper left) with Liquid Pearls by RI.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my layout.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Manly Monday

Sorry for the delay. I woke up to no power. I have a birthday card for you that is on the summer side of things. I used products from Echo Park; stamps by Lawn Fawn; ink by CTMH and the cardstock is from RE. The arrow was (I think) cut on my Cricut but it could have been a borrowed punch from a crop as well.

The second picture is the inside and the stamp is by Stampendous using ink by RI and sticker by Three bugs in a rug.
 I may have another one later on to share but this is all I have for now. My mojo has been a "no show" these past few stressful days/weeks. I hope this week is better then the past few. 

Ooh the mail guy just came knocking.........a new Stampin Up catalog is here for my viewing pleasure. Things just got better already. Gotta go dream I have a million dollars to spend in there and then have all the room to store everything:) See ya tomorrow.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

I Did it Creations Challenge

This week at I Did it Creations are challenge is sponsored by Glitterbabe's and the theme is FLORAL:)
We received this beautiful silhouette flower as our image and I thought a get well soon card would be good. I picked a shade of blueish green for a calming effect. Idk, what do you think?

Rubons by Kaiserkrafts; ribbon by Pebbles; PP by K and Co and Daisy D's; CS by HL; card base by Michael's; ink by Stampin Up.
So be sure to stop by the blog and check out the other DT inspiration and join in on the fun at IDIC.

Don't forget about IDIC SNR (Scrapbook News and Reviews) group. If you post your card into the photo album or just let me know that you have linked up a card for this weeks challenge and then let me know by either a message or write on the wall I will get you a freebie from Robyn's Fetish. The only thing is you must be a member of the IDIC SNR Group. Otherwise-Easy as that.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Dancing layouts all with red

I have a few dance layouts to share with you. I made them in May but haven't had a chance to show them. These are double page layouts the first page being the left side and the second page being the right side. This first one is fun because the paper I used is made to correlate with Mickey Mouse embellishments. But with two all black costumes I needed to add some color in there and dance and stars go hand and hand. The little tags were for her to journal on. Since there were a lot of good pictures to showcase, that left little room for a spot to journal.

I'm not one to do my pages exactly the same on each side but I did for this particular set.

The next set are more what I do for left and right. Similar color scheme with maybe an embellishment in common. In this case the polka dot flowers and the opposite color of ribbon from the same place are on each layout. I love that the stars paper came out of a Christmas stack and I used it for a dancing layout.

The gingham paper in this one is super old by Creative Memories but it matched well enough for me to use it on her layout.

And the same goes for these last two side by side layouts. They share in common two patterned papers.

The big difference between these two would be one has everything corner rounded and the other is not but they still looked fabulous side by side.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my layouts. Leave a comment if you see something you like:)

Friday, July 8, 2011

My blog award

My blog has been featured on Blog Awards where there are thousands of blogs that may be of interest to you. Has anyone ever heard of this place before? Here is a link. I hope it's legit. Best wishes:)

Christmas card Friday

Seems like there are a lot of Christmas in July challenges this week so I will share some I did last week at the LSS. I love hanging out there with my friend the owner, however I don't get a whole lot of work done but we have a good time.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Get well Thursday

Since we were at the hospital yesterday for my husbands pneumonia I felt a get well card for today would be appropriate. Although I wouldn't give him this one. But my mom loved it for her stash and snatched it up to give to someone:) There's nothing more flattering then someone saying can stealing your card and saying  can I have this one?

Supplies: PP by K and Co (I think), CS by Bazzill; ribbon by Offray; flowers, rhinestone and brad by LSS no manufacturer listed; rub on Kaisersraft; card base RE; ink by SU and RI; Embossing folder by Sizzix
**I hope you like it and it inspires you to use two totally different colors together on your creation today.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Ooh La La (MO#83)-Summer Flowers
Crafty Ann (FR#44)-Get well card

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Peaceful Banner Wednesday

I'm still messed up from the Monday holiday. Wednesday just doesn't seem right but that's what the calendar says so we'll go with it.
Here's the banner I wanted to show you. The theme of her graduation was Peace Out. The invites we made had a (Unity) bug car stamp and the license plate said peace out. So everything was very groovy for her party.
I wanted to make a banner just because I had only done one before and wasn't pleased with the results. (and the friend who I sold it to hasn't brought it up so I'm thinking it didn't work as planned) So for this one I wanted it to be easy enough I could do it the night before her party. So I printed out these digital pennants that I have to fit the entire 8.5x11 sheet of cardstock. Oh and I also didn't want to fussy cut-just use the old trimmer and call it good. Well that is just what I did and I was proud/happy with the results. Now my niece took the close up shot and I'm thinking she might just be better at close ups then I am:)
There is a crepe paper flower like thing and this is how I made it: I took some wire out of this ribbon that had wire in it. After I accordion rolled the crepe paper (very sloppy like-no perfect inch folds here) I secured the middle with that wire. Then I fanned it out to meet the other side, added adhesive (This and That by American Crafts) to one of the sides and repeated on the other side. You have to do a little fluffing of the shape but that's about it and you are done with that part.
The ribbon was left over from when we made the invitations. All the cardstock is by Recollections.

I used my Cricut to cut out the circles and letters, ribbon by Michael's and the peace punch is by Oriental Trading Co.

So I hope this inspires you to try something new today, even if it's not in your scrap room. 
Thanks for stopping by today. Come back tomorrow for some cards I have been working on.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tuesday after the holiday

This always messes me up when a holiday is on a Monday. The week just feels off to me because the trash day changes and what not. I can't think of any other examples as to why life is different but it just feels odd:)
Today I thought I would share a few layouts that I have made recently. The first being the first page in my nieces' scrapbook and then the second is the last page of  her scrapbook.
I haven't done many in fact I can't think of any off hand layouts without photos. So this was a little new for me. I loved the yellow and pinks in these Stampin' Up patterned papers along with her love for Peace signs and my favorite color green. I made my sister cry with the write up/journal. One thing I love about this LO is the little details that are hard to see from a far. So I'm including some close up shots of those details but please keep in mind I'm not the bomb at the close up shots, yet. I'm working on it.

This first one, I had the yellow die cut butterfly (an old one from Creative Memories) and I stamped/heat embossed it with a HA background stamp. Then I sprayed it with my Clearsnap smoochie spray and OMGoodness did it ever sparkle. Loved it.

This second picture just shows the different things I did with the middle border. They are all stamped/heat embossed with Stampendous embossing powder and Versa Mark ink. Then on the first flower I colored it in with Copic markers, 2nd and 3rd images I used Stickles by RI to bring out the image and the 4th stamp I just kept the same.

Here is another picture of the rest of the border where I used Stickles to make them appear a little different rather than all the same stamps used across the border. Stamps are by RE and TPCo.

This last page of her book The paper was perfect for her senior picture that sister secretly got me a 5x7 of and then a wallet that we got from her. Peace stickers are by Little Yellow Bicycle; stamps by Unity Stamp Co (sentiment) and Lawn Fawn (letters); ink by SU; tag by MME; brad by Eyelet Outlet; CS by RE.

Thanks for looking. come back tomorrow when I share the banner I made for her party. It really turned out lovely.