Thursday, October 29, 2009

Butterfly Thank You Card

Good morning!! Today I'm in a great mood, despite the weather and despite having to go to the dentist today... I'm planning some shopping this afternoon- all by myself- which almost never happens! Hee!

Today I'm sharing a card I made using Embellish Magazine's latest challenge:

I sat with these colors on my desk for soooo long! I just couldn't decide what to do. Finally, I grabbed an old favorite that hasn't gotten to play in a while, my Simple Friendship set, and finally, the idea came! Here is what I made:

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Stamps: Simple Friendship set, Thank You Kindly set
Ink: Melon Mambo, Basic Gray Classic inks
Paper: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, Basic Gray, Whisper White cardstock; Going Gray textured cardstock; Walk in the Park DSP(retired)
Accessories: Top Note Die, Melon Mambo polka-dot grosgrain ribbon, White Signo Gel pen, paper piercer, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Fire Circle Rhinestone brads

Have you ever tried to pop the rhinestones out of the Fire and Ice brads? It's a toughie but I did it for my butterfly's wings. I also loaded her up with lots of Dazzling Diamonds glitter. I also flipped the ribbon so that the polka-dots wouldn't be seen- an easy trick for a totally different look!

I am so glad that people post challenges like this that make me use products I haven't in a while... it is like a little breath of fresh crafty air! I think tonight I'll pull all my stamps out and grab another I haven't used in awhile for my next card!

Hope you all have a great Thursday! It's almost Friday!! Yeah!! Thanks for stopping by today, too!


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Christmas Scrapbook Page


I've been trying to scrapbook a little more and here is a page I made recently:


Paper: Mistletoe line by Making Memories; cardstock by Bazzill
Accessories: Stickers by Making Memories; Letter Stickers by Doodlebug Designs; Glimmer Mists by Tattered Angels; polka dot mask by Heidi Swapp; rub ons by Daisy D's for Recollections

This was our family picture from last Christmas. The girls always have such cute Christmas jammies so I decided that that would be a fun theme for the picture! We took it just after waking up one Saturday morning and I think it turned out pretty cute! Hee! Now to think of a fun one for this Christmas...

Hope you are enjoying your day!


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Happy Fall Card

Good Morning! Hope you are all off to a good start!

I made this card over the weekend with the new Nutmeg line by Cosmo Cricket...


Paper: Cardstock by Bazzill and DCWV; patterned paper by Cosmo Cricket and Chatterbox
Accessories: Acorn template by Lasting Impressions; Scallop Edge punch and hemp twine by Stampin' Up!; brown marker by American Crafts

I've been having fun with my Lasting Impressions templates lately! The Acorn template I used here is too cute! I thought it would go perfectly with the new Cosmo papers!

I'll keep this short and get busy on my day! Hee!

Thanks for looking!


Monday, October 26, 2009

Halloween Candy Card


Hope everyone is having a great Monday! It's a fun week for us... we had family pictures taken yesterday and visited with my sister; today Zoey had show and tell at school; Wednesday we will visit the Pumpkin Fairy and Friday, Zoey's class has a Halloween party and costume parade! I can't wait!! We are also having fantastic weather so that makes it even better...

Today I'm posting a cute Halloween card I made over the weekend:


Stamps: The More the Merrier set (hostess) by Stampin' Up!
Ink: Basic Black classic ink by Stampin' Up!
Paper: cardstock by DCWV, Bazzill, and Stampin' Up!; Patterned papers by Pebbles and Doodlebug Designs
Accessories: paper piercer, White Signo Gel pen, Basic Black narrow grosgrain ribbon by Stampin' Up!; Scallop Edge punch by Fiskars, Candy Embossing Template by Lasting Impressions; Stickles by Ranger

While I was at my LSS last week, I picked up the Doodlebug candy paper knowing exactly what I wanted to do with it! I've had this Candy template by Lasting Impressions for years now and it was begging to be used on a Halloween card! I embossed all the candy pieces in different colors, sanded them, and stickled them. I used Vellum to emboss the wrapper part and pieced them all together. I love the dimensions this card has!

My girls are busy crafting this afternoon so hopefully, I'll be doing the same! Hope you enjoy the rest of your day!


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Collector's Club: Tree Trimmings Edition

Good morning!

I am holding a new Collector's Club Class in November, this time featuring the Tree Trimmings set! Here is a picture of the class samples:

We will be making two of each design so you will go home with 10 cards! You will also go home with the Tree Trimmings and Christmas Greetings stamp sets.

Here are the details:

When: Sunday, November 22nd at 1:30pm
Where: Kristen's house in Lorton, VA
What to bring: paper trimmer, adhesive, bone folder, scissors, and if you have one, a Stamp-a-ma-jig!
Cost: $36.00

I already know this class will be a blast! If you are interested in attending, please email me!

Hope you have a great day!


Monday, October 19, 2009

Glimmer Mist and Tulle...

Good Morning! Hope you all enjoyed the weekend... mine are never long enough! I did get to play a little down at my favorite LSS Scrapdoodles though and that is always fun!

Today I'm sharing a card I made using some homemade glimmer mist tissue flowers. I found this technique featured in CK over the summer and thought they were cute and very easy to repeat! I made several in all different colors- this card shows three of them:


Stamps: Upsy Daisy set by Stampin' Up!
Ink: Basic Black by Stampin' Up!
Paper: Basic Black cardstock by Stampin' Up!; patterned papers by Crate Paper
Accessories: Pashmina, Lime, and Raven Glimmer Mists by Tattered Angels; Dew Drops; Glitter by Stampin' Up!; Tulle by Bazzill Basics; white tissue paper

To make these flowers, you need plain white tissue paper to start with. You can punch out or hand cut out lots and lots of circles in all different sizes. This is pretty easy because you can do about 6 sheets at a time because it is so thin! If you are hand cutting the circles, don't worry about them being perfect- you want them to ruffle up anyways!

Once you have your circles cut, lay them out on a piece of newspaper and spray them all with the glimmer mist of your choice. I really saturated mine. Next, heat set them to speed up the drying process. Then, adhere the layers together... I found glue sticks to work the best for this- they aren't bulky and didn't tear up the tissue paper. I started with the smallest one and just built back from there. You can add different items to the center of your flowers, too. Here, I used glitter, Dew Drops, and a button.

I created the tulle ruffle by running a little adhesive to my card base. I stuck the tulle down, bunching it as I went. Then, I went back and back stitched a line of DMC thread to hold it all in place. The texture is really pretty in real life!

I hope you enjoy your day! Thanks for stopping by for a peek at what I made!


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Cardinal Christmas Card

Last year, my mom bought A Cardinal Christmas set to do her Christmas cards with. I got to play around with it for a couple days before sending it to her and just loved it! This year when we were talking about the different sets to use, we decided to make a trade- I sent the one I used for my cards last year and she sent me A Cardinal Christmas! Hee! Here is what I made with it:

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Stamps: A Cardinal Christmas
Ink: Jet Black StazOn; Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Soft Suede classic inks
Paper: Watercolor paper; Chocolate Chip and Real Red cardstock; Christmas Cocoa DSP
Accessories: White Signo Gel pen, paper piercer, Aqua Painter, Valet Ribbon Originals (retired)

I was keeping this card simple and elegant and I love how it turned out! I just watercolored the image onto watercolor paper and then added faux stitching around the outside edge. I inked around the focal point and the patterned paper edges, too!

Well, hopefully you are having a great Thursday today! We have rain so I think it will be a craft day for my two little girls... I'm thinking finger paints!!! I can't say that too loud though or they'll go bazurk! Hee!



Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A Fun Emboss Resist...

While going through my blog roll this week, I found a great tutorial from Jennifer McGuire showing an updated emboss resist technique. It looked so great, I had to try it out myself! Here is what I made:

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Stamps: Christmas Punch hostess set
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black classic inks; Versamark
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Whisper White, Brushed Silver cardstock
Accessories: Basic Black narrow grosgrain ribbon, Clear embossing powder, Latte button assortment, Dimensionals

I followed her directions from the video. First, I inked around the edges with Rich Razzleberry ink. Next, I stamped the snowflakes with Versamark and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. Then I rubbed in some more ink using a sponge and working from the outside towards the center. The snowflakes really popped after I wiped them off again!

Hope you are all enjoying your week! I had a super creative weekend but seem to be in a little funk right now... time to focus on other projects! Hee!

Thanks for checking out the old blog today!


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Christmas in the Round...

I played along with a new challenge over at Embellish Magazine... to create a circle card using thier color pallet... the colors weren't too tough but a circle card? Yikes! I think this may be the second one I've ever made... Here is what they challenged us with:

and here is my card:

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Stamps: Patterned Pines set , Christmas Punch set, Season of Friendship set, Warm Words set
Ink: Certainly Celery, Soft Sky, Basic Black classic inks, Whisper White craft ink, Versamark
Paper: Soft Sky, Whisper White cardstock
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds; rhinestones are from my stash

For the background, I stamped the snowflakes from Christmas Punch with Versamark and then stamped the snowflake from Season of Friendship over the top of it with Whisper White craft ink. I also inked around the edges with Soft Sky ink. The trees are just stamped in Certainly Celery on Whisper White cardstock. I added a few rhinestones and glittered the snow just for fun!

Thanks for the great challenge Ashley!


Fall Love Card

A while ago, my friend Andrea and I decided that we would challenge each other back and forth with an inspirational something that we found... she challenged me with this book cover and now it's my turn to challenge her! While shopping online for my girls, I ran across these cute boots from Gymboree:

Great color pallet, right? My card idea was already brewing... Here is what I made:

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Stamps: Love You Much set; Sprinkles set
Ink: Basic Black, Soft Suede, Ruby Red, Pretty in Pink, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Kiwi Kiss classic inks
Paper: Whisper White, So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie cardstock; The Write Stuff Specialty DSP
Accessories: Kraft taffeta ribbon, paper piercer, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds, Dimensionals

The base is stamped with the hearts from Sprinkles. I inked around the edges before adhering the patterned and torn pieces. Next, I stamped out the Love you Much image and watercolored it. I matted it, added piercings, and adhered the flower with dimensionals. Last, I added the Crystal Effects and Dazzling Diamonds.

I can't wait to see what Andrea comes up with!! Also, if you would like to play along, I'd love to see what you create, too! Just link your finished project in the comments...

Thanks for stopping by and have a great fall day! I think it will be a beautiful one here...


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A Couple of Pages...

I've been scrapping again lately and I'm loving it! The two pages I am sharing today were started over a year ago... They sat, half finished in a pile of 'to do' projects for way too long! Here they are:

My girls and thier cousins on my hubby's side:

My cousin Gretchen on her wedding day:

I've been trying to take better pictures of my pages but it is a little tough for me... I think I need a camera upgrade...

We have a lot going on around the house today but I'm going to try to squeeze in a couple of cards... I've been missing my stamps a little! Hee!

Hope you are all enjoying the day! Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Give Thanks

Good morning! I woke up to another pretty fall day... I love it! We don't have anything planned for today so I am going to try and get out there to enjoy it! Hee!

Today I'm sharing two cards I made recently to show others how thankful I am for them. They have a pretty fall look to them, too! Here they are:


Paper: Bazzill cardstock; patterns by Creative Imaginations, Jenni Bowlin, Bo Bunny
Accessories: Pumpkin Die, Flirt Alphabet and Polkadot Embossing plate by Quickutz; hemp twine by Stampin' Up!; Brads by American Crafts; letter stickers by Pink Paislee


Stamps: Falling For You set by Bo Bunny
Ink: Versamark; Dark Brown Colorbox ink
Paper: Kraft cardstock by Bazzill; patterns by Basic Gray and Pink Paislee
Accessories: ribbon by Making Memories, letter stickers by Pink Paislee

Don't forget to let the people you are thankful for know that you care.

Have a great day!!


Monday, October 5, 2009

Scrap Pink Weekend


I thought I'd pop on tonight and share some of my layouts from this weekend- I attended a local Scrap Pink event at Scrapdoodles and had lots of fun scrapping the whole weekend! I am the world's slowest scrapbooker though- maybe that is why I generally make cards- it takes less time and I don't have as much space to fill up! Hee! On top of it, when I get together with my scrappin' buddies, we usually end up talking and laughing more then anything! Hee! Spotted Elephants! Hee! Anyways, here are the three finished layouts that I came home with:

Shy Girl:

Her Blue Eyes:

Sleeping Beauty:

The first layout was inspired by a page in the most recent CK magazine... my friends and I all CASEd it and I love how all of our layouts are the same but a little different...

We had a fun weekend and I'm now super inspired to work on my layouts again! They have been few and far between over that last 2 years since Recollections closed... hopefully I can get back into the swing of things and make them a little more regularly!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you all had a great Monday!


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Be Merry

Good Morning!

I stamped this card when I was in the mood for Christmas. Winter weather isn't my favorite but I love snowflake stamps! Especially when they are accompanied by pretty swirls!

For the focal point of this card, I first stamped the swirly snow stamp with blue ink onto white cardstock. Next, I stamped the same image with Versamark on vellum, placing it slightly off of the blue image behind it. I heat embossed it and then stamped the sentiment with blue pigment ink onto the vellum, heat embossing it as well. I attached the vellum to the white cardstock using brads. It is very pretty in real life!

I am hoping that the winter weather stays away for a long, long time! Stamped snow is more fun then real snow any day! Hee!

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