Wednesday, March 28, 2012

S&S Sketches 26-29

For the next three sketches, I used the same patterned papers. I love these two papers together, the rocks and stripes. The first two sentiments are all from my mom's stash and the third is Kid Quotes by Inkadinkado. There's some Pearl Pen on all of them to make them pop.

The last one for today is sketch 29. I used my brand new Stampin' Up! set Best Dad Ever for the sentiment and ties. The ties were stamped on the white paper, then stamped again on the back of patterned paper, cut out and paper pieced. The background is a Cuttlebug EF. I made four of these for the new masculine card challenge at Operation Write Home.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Monday, March 26, 2012

S&S Sketches 21-25

Without any delay, let's get to it! First up is sketch 21. The "wood" paper is DCWV. I'm not sure about the sentiment, but it's embossed in black. I pierced the outer edge and used a black pen for some faux stitching.

For sketch 22, I used some Graphics 45 paper and a Fiskars sentiment. It needed just a bit more, so some Pearl Pen was added.

The sentiment for sketch 23 is from Hero Arts and everything else is from my stash. I made this card by starting with the button and working around it. Love this button.

This sentiment, for sketch 24, is actually three different stamps all from one set by Hot Off the Press. The patterned papers are from two different DCWV pads. The ivory paper is handmade and I added a bit of Pearl Pen for a bit of bling.

This next one is sketch 25 and took a couple of attempts. For some reason, I just could not get the dimensions right. The sentiment is from my mom's stamps as well as the brown striped paper. In fact, so is the Pearl Pen since I made the card at her house.

That's it for today. I'm happy with my forward progress working on the S&S sketches. It makes me feel good to keep moving down the list.

Happy day!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Two Hearts Coming Together

My husband has a friend who just got engaged and he asked if I would make a card for her. My first question was "what's her favorite color?" His reply was blue lol. So today we went to the LSS and I had him pick out the blue he wanted me to use. I figured it was simpler than trying to determine which blue he wanted. This is what I came up with. I'm not sure who makes the flourish stamps but the EF is from Cuttlebug. After I saw the picture, I went back and added Glossy Accents to the dots and the end of the flourishes. The blue really pops; he picked a great color.

Yesterday I made a couple of cards with buttons I've had for awhile. I had the hardest time coming up with ideas to showcase the buttons themselves because they are so pretty and I didn't want them lost. The shapes are all Nesties, the AEIOU stamp is Hero arts, not sure about the miss you stamp.  The EF is Geo Flowers from The Paper Studio. I'm still not completely happy with them, but they'll have to do.

This one was inspired by a pin on Pinterest. I was dying to make a pretty spring card. The flowers are Hero Arts Earth Flowers, the sentiment is Magenta and the EF is Cuttlebug. I used Nesties for the ovals. The flower is embossed with Recollections Snow embossing powder.

Now if it would just stop snowing here, I'd be all set for spring!

I hope your day made you smile.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A few cards...

Today I'm sharing a few cards I've made just sketch, no challenge, simply enjoying my crafting time.

I've made one of these before in a Disney theme and the bottom was closed. I left this one open so it can slide in and out easier through the top or bottom. The papers I had on hand, the scalloped circles are Nestabilities and the stamp is Fiskars.

This one I CASE'd from Pinterest. The big flower punch is EK and the small one is Fiskars, the distress ink is Tim Holtz. I always have fun using my piercer and this one used it a lot. The sentiment is Stampin' Up! and some buttons I already had. I moved my jar of buttons to my craft table, so I see them and use them. I simply used my fingernails to give the small flowers some curly petals.

I don't remember where I saw this sketch, but so many ideas for it flashed through my head. The first one has a Fiskars sentiment and some small red buttons with tan ribbon as the background accent. The purple one uses several Stampin' Up! sentiments, a bit of white ribbon, buttons and baker's twine. All of the patterned papers are from Provo Craft Bitty Pads. It's a lot of trimming, but worth it.

I hope you're enjoying National Craft Month as much as I am.

Be well,

Monday, March 19, 2012

S&S Sketches 17, 18, 19, 20

I had fun today working on some more S&S sketches. Today I have four for you. The first one is sketch 17. I used the Sizzix Hearts EF. On the small piece, I inked the folder before I used it and cut out the hearts with Nesties. All of the papers come from my stash. The black dots are Pearl Pen.

Next is sketch 18. The stamp is Earth Flowers from Hero Arts and colored with Tombow markers before I stamped it. I saw the technique about two years ago and it popped into my head for this sketch. It's the first time I've tried it and I really like how it turned out. The purple paper has a slight metallic sheen to it and I added the pink bling to finish it off.

For sketch 19, I could hear my monkey stickers from The Paper Studio calling out to be used. I picked this one and sure enough, he looks happy with the hearts. Again, I used Sizzix Hearts EF and some Pearl Pen for accents. The smile stamp is from Magenta, ribbon and papers from my stash. I like how this can be used as an adult or kid, male or female card.

Last, but not least, sketch 20. I found these papers while digging through one of my drawers. I had totally forgotten about them. I believe they're from DCWV. The stamp is Fiskars and dots are Pearl Pen. I love the metallic look of the paper.

Here is one extra picture. People have been talking about how they store their ribbon. This is how I do it. I cut out 3x5 pieces of thin cardboard, from cereal boxes, granola bar boxes, etc. I tried 3x5 cards, but they were too thin. I wrap the ribbon around them and sometimes use a glue dot to secure the end. This makes it easy to see what colors and patterns I have. It also shows me I don't need any white ribbon for awhile! It takes up a lot less space than having all of those spools and it's easy to see how much I have left of a particular ribbon. I hate it when you pull ribbon off a spool only to discover you only have three or four inches.

How do you store your ribbon?

Smiling because I can,

Saturday, March 17, 2012

S&S Sketches 15 & 16

Two more S&S sketches for you today. I'm slowly wittling away at them.  Are you one of the many people who resolved to get them all done this year?

My take on sketch 15:

The stamps are all from Hero Arts Big Candles. I used an EK border punch and Copics to color the candles. I inked the white edges with black to make them blend a bit better. A good masculine birthday card, I think.

Here is sketch 16:

I embossed the blue with Polka Dots and the flowers are from Our Craft Lounge Pretty Petals. I colored them with Copics, cut them out and popped with some dimensionals. I like the look of only half the corners rounded and find myself doing it a lot more lately.

I hope you're having a good Saturday. And if you have nice weather, send some here please. We had snow again today!


Friday, March 16, 2012

March ODBD, MWT, Sketch 112

It's rare that I have a card that meets more than one challenge. But today I have one that meets three of them!

The March ODBD challenge is a tic-tac-toe challenge. I chose to use a digi stamp, layers and embossing. You can find the digi here on Paula's blog. It's one of my favorites for OWH cards. It's colored with Copics and I used a stencil for the heart. The heart has Glossy Accents to make it shiny. The red is embossed with Sizzix Hearts folder. The background is stamped with a Provo Craft stamp I inherited from a dear friend.

Here is where you can find sketch 112 and here is the current MWT which is making a miss you card.

Don't forget March is craft month. It's also been proven that it helps you relax, de-stress and improves relationships. I knew there was a reason I love doing it.

Now go get crafting!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

This Time It's for Me!

It's very rare that I make something for me when I craft, but when I saw this idea, I knew I had to do it. There wasn't anything wrong with the way I kept my cards separated before except it was with scraps of paper that always seemed to slip down into the box and get lost. This is my interpretation:

I chose to use soft colors for the dividers which are 6x6 and used my corner rounder. Then I cut copy paper into quarters and rounded the corners. I scored 1 inch from the top to give myself a reference point for the stamps. I had a stamp for all of them but 1. It was fun looking through all of my stamps to find ones for the holidays/seasons. I had to use an alphabet set for "fall." I also made a couple of blank dividers.

Here are the categories I have in no particular order: Mother's Day, Father's Day, Valentine's Day, Halloween, Happy Birthday, Thank You, Just Because, Miss You, Thinking of You, Winter, Love, Christmas, Easter, Fall.

They were simple to make and make me happy when I look at them. It will also be easier to see what categories I need to fill in. It's the simple things in life that make me smile.

Enjoy the simple things!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Spring Has Sprung! (and S&S Sketches 13 & 14)

Crafty Contagion is challenging us to make a spring card over the next two weeks. We've had snow here and 60 degree weather in the last week or so, so I'm more than ready for spring! For my card, I used S&S sketch 14:

The image is Rainy Day Ruby from Sparkle Creations that I got when I took a Copics class but never had a chance to color. I think it's the perfect "spring" stamp considering the weather in WA this time of the year. The sentiment is from OWH Hero Arts All the Time set. I used white Gelly Roll pen to add the dots to her umbrella. The background was Cuttlebugged with Swiss Dots. All of the papers I already had.

I also finished S&S sketch 13. When I first saw this with a diagonal sentiment, my mind went blank. I'm more of a straight lines kind of person. But thankfully there was an example to give me some inspiration.

The letters are A Muse Graffiti alphabet with the Cuttlebug folder Floral Fantasy as the background.The floral paper is by DCWV. The flowers are Prima and I was happily surprised to see how well they went with the paper. I'm not sure where the flower brads came from. Again, I already had all the papers on hand. It's a bit over the top for me, but hubby assured me Mom cards should always be over the top lol.

Today is a busy day for me with a SU party at 10, my craft group and a friend's birthday party. But I'm looking forward to all of it!

Happy Saturday!

Friday, March 9, 2012

S&S Sketches 11 & 12

I've done a couple more sketches from the Stars & Stamps blog. I'm slowly working my way through them. I'm trying to do them in order. Let's see if I can keep it up! Here is sketch 11:

The flower paper is DCWV and the embossing folder is Geo Flowers. The buttons and other papers are from my stash. The sentiment is Fiskars. I'm not quite happy with the finished card, but hubby liked it, so that was enough for me! He never has any problem telling me if it needs something or has too much of something else.

For sketch 12, I came up with this:

When I saw this sketch, masculine popped into my head. I'm not sure why, but some of them just seem to look that way. I used one of the new OWH Hero Arts stamp sets, All The Time, that I got for my birthday. I really like how the layering on the sketch makes the image stand out. The only embellishment I used was a dot of Pearl Pen on the center of the clock. I used an EK border punch on the brown paper. All of the papers I had on hand.

Time to try a few more sketches. After all, March is National Craft Month!


Thursday, March 8, 2012

OWH MWT and Sketches 9 & 10

This week the Midweek Throwdown at Operation Write Home's Stars & Stamps blog is to make a Mother's Day card. Here's one using sketch 9:

I wanted a flower and I happened to have my jar of buttons sitting on my craft table. That's a lacy circles Nestie for the flower base. I used a Fiskars border punch to double edge the pink paper. There is wide white ribbon under it and some wired sheer ribbon with a touch of silver on top of it. I stamped the sentiment, from Fiskars, in Memento London Fog. All of the papers were from my stash.

Another sketch I worked on was sketch 10 and is a birthday card for a friend.

The tags are a SU punch. I used a cotton ball and some Studio G ink to distress them and a Fiskars alphabet set for the letters. I used the same method for the sentiment which is from Paper Pizazz. The flower paper is from DCWV and the background is from the Divine Swirl embossing folder. I added brads to the tags for a bit more dimension.

Hope you're having a great week,

Masculine Birthday

Here's another masculine birthday card, but according to my hubby it can be a feminine one as well. What do you think?

All of the papers are from my stash, as well as the blue eyelets. The letters are from an A Muse set I've had for awhile. I love how well they stamp the first time. Again I used the black pearlized paper and the tag layer is silver. No Cuttlebug or Nestabilities used!

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Happy Birthday

Here is another card I made for a gift pack of cards. You can never have enough masculine cards, don't you think?

The wood and brown papers are from a DCWV pad and the sentiment is DeNami. The pearlized  black mat paper is my new favorite color from Core'dinations. It's so much more elegant than plain black. I added some white eyelets for a bit of depth.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Mickey Mouse

When I saw this card on Pinterest, I knew I had to CASE it. The idea came from here. Mickey is my absolute favorite Disney character. I even have a book, "All I Really Need to Know I Learned From the Mouse."

I enjoyed figuring out the dimensions and how to close the bottom so the card part didn't slip through. (It's a piece of 12x12 paper cut at 5 1/2 and scored at 4 and 8.) I think next time, I'll leave both ends open so the card can be slipped through either end. I used my Cuttlebug for the background and Nesties for the circles. The ribbon was part of a Secret Santa gift. Pearl Pen provides a bit of bling. I lined the front and back of the card so both sides can be used for writing. I love this idea for all types of cards. It will definitely go into my repeat file.

Enjoy your week!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

It's Pluto Time

Disneyland is easily my favorite vacation spot in the world. We even went there for our honeymoon! So when I saw this Disney paper, I had to get it. It has several characters on it, but for these cards I focused on one, Mickey's dog, Pluto.

I love the look of squares with opposite corners rounded. This one I tried to make a bit more masculine with my paper choices. All of the patterned papers are DCWV. The background was Cuttlebugged to add a bit more texture and the sentiment, I believe, is from Hero Arts. I added little Pearl Pen dots to add some more dimension.

I've been trying to do more masculine cards lately and I think this one qualifies as well as the previous one. I like the look of the script embossing folder; it's elegant yet simple. I added two colors of twine in a crisscross pattern to give it a little more oomph.

There's no pretending this one is masculine! Don't you just love the polka dots? I used silver Pearl Pen on all of the white dots. The ribbon was some my mom gave me. I thought there was more of it, but it was just enough for one card, so I'm glad it went on a Disney card.

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

OWH MWT - Use a digital image

This week over at Stars and Stamps, it's time for a challenge using a digital image, or digi stamp as they're commonly known. I made two cards with the same image.

The image is from Tiddly Inks and his name is Bo. The sentiment is Inkadinkado. I colored the image with Copics and kept most of him white to resemble more of a beagle. I added a few layers of paper and the background was Cuddlebugged. This card was for a sick friend who needed some cheering up. He had a beagle when he was younger.

This is a completely different use for Bo...a birthday card. Again he was colored with Copics. The sentiment is from a Fiskars birthday set. This was part of a set of cards I gave for a birthday gift. All of the papers for both cards came from my stash.

Hope you have time to get inky this weekend!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Think Green

Over at the Crafty Contagion blog, they're having a "green" challenge. There are lots of sample cards created by the DT that all use the color green. And I happened to notice a lot of the cards I made this week had green in them.

This one is pretty simple but she is such fun to color. All of the papers, ribbon and bling were in my stash. The patterned paper is from Paper Pizzazz. She is colored with Copics. I added Stickles to her hair bow, then put Glossy Accents over it. I also used Glossy Accents on her earrings and boots.

This card is made with some blog candy I won over on Kathryn's blog, Kathryn's Cards. I put the stickers on the paper then ran it through my Cuttlebug. I love the look. Next, I added some pretty sage colored ribbon to bring out the green on the stickers. It's a simple card that can be used for any occasion.

For this one, I used one of the shaker hearts I made for a bunch of Mother's Day cards. I love the different textures on the purple and green papers. I stamped a DeNami sentiment in white and it was done.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!