Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
For Use It!, the challenge was to use scraps of any kind (I used cardstock and paper scraps), punches and/or diecuts (my ladybug is made entirely of diecuts and a hole punch), two or more different ribbons (baby girl ribbon and brown grosgrain ribbon), and one or more embellishment that you used to use a lot but haven't used in a long time (the paperclips--it took me forever to find them!). Thanks for looking!
Cardstock: Making Memories and various scraps
Patterned Paper: gcd studios
Stamp & Ink: Vap! Scrap sentiment in StazOn Timber Brown
Diecuts: Sizzix circles and Sizzlet script alphabet
Miscellaneous: American Crafts and Michael's ribbon, paper clips
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm tired of crafting and blogging so I think I'm going to call it a day. I have my Omaha Etsy craft night tonight, and we're altering shoes, so hopefully I'll be recharged by then. Thanks for looking!
It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be, but it never is. I had trouble finding patterned papers in my stash I liked, and then I didn't have any buttons that matched so I used some brads. Trying to find the right sizes of paper was troublesome at first, but it's a great way to use up scraps. Thanks for looking!
Friday, March 27, 2009
I used textured navy blue cardstock for the card and corrugated cardstock. I scored the ivory cardstock with my Scor-it and used some Tim Holtz vintage photo distress ink to emphasize the scoring. The star is a Sizzix die cut that I painted, sanded, and distress the edges. My final bit of texture is the piece of ticking fabric. Thanks for looking!
I was immediately drawn to the colors and floral pattern, but I love just about anything that has green in it. Here's my card:
I used by Cuttlebug to emboss the cardstock and used a little white paint to emphasize the embossing.
For Day 26, the challenge was to use colors we normally don't. I surveyed my cardstock and paper stash and found a lot of unused gray and yellow from my paper packs, so I made this card--
It reminds me of the circus. I printed "happy birthday" on the inside and will be mailing this one off to my good friend tomorrow. Thanks for looking!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Kind of looks like a swarm of butterflies fluttering through the trees. I also cheated because this is a remake of a card I made awhile back (just with a different patterned paper and sentiment). I always want to remake cards I really like but never do because there are so many new cards to make. The sentiment stamp is one I had in my stash but had never used. I felt it was fitting for this card, though. Thanks for looking!
The color combination was inspired by the skirt I'm making myself for Easter. I cut the little flowers from some pink fabric using a Sizzix die and put some Stickles in the middle. Kind of plain.
And my card for Day 23 - Crossword Connection--I stamped the background repeatedly with a "forever" stamp. The crossword is attached with foam squares, so it has a little dimension. It's simple, but a good masuline card. I'll save this one for my husband--maybe for our anniversary. Thanks for looking!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
I used a star punch to make the little see-through border on the bottom. I love that the card looks kind of plain from the outside but kind of fancy on the inside.
I also whipped up a card for Day #21 - Sing Along Saturday. I also really like the song "Stand by Me" and feel like this card reflects that theme--I made the stamp at one of my Omaha Etsy team meetings last year. I haven't used it since I made it, but I thought the tree image was fitting for the sentiment which I printed using my computer. It's clean and simple, but it would be a great card to show somebody your support. Thanks for looking!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I used my computer and printer to make the sentiment. It was something I saw on a picture frame at Hallmark a few years ago. The original wording had "Grandpa," but my dad is a "Papa" so I used that instead. I think he'll like it.
This week, we were also invited to share a card our child(ren) made. Logan and I sat down on Tuesday morning so he could make this card for Daddy's birthday next month--
Pretty good for a two year old considering I didn't help him that much (except for the cutting and applying the glue). He first colored the card (front, back, AND on the inside). He then picked out the paper pieces and die cuts he wanted to use from my scrap box. I put on the glue, and he showed me where to place them. His favorite part was the glitter glue. We had a lot of fun, and I look forward to many future art projects. Thanks for looking!
For Day 19 - Keep it to Yourself, I made this birthday card.It's supposed to be a party hat. It kind of looks like a party hat, doesn't it? Now off to do some tidying up before my hubby gets home. I have to make it look like I got something done on my day off. :)
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
We have had a lot of sunshine-filled days recently, although it's been bitterly cold up until a few days ago. I love the beautiful blue skies, and I tried to capture that with my card.
And my card for Day 17 - Buttons and Bows. You can barely see the 3 buttons since they're covered by my 3 bows, but they are there!Kind of simple, but cute. Thanks for looking!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
One great thing about all of these challenges is I'm getting quicker at making nice, good-quality cards (at least they're nice in my opinion). I check in at 365 Cards first thing in the morning, think about the challenge while I'm going out my day, then try to crank out a card before the day is over. Thanks for looking!
Cardstock: Making Memories, ivory linen from http://paperandmore.com
PP: K & Company
Stamp/Ink: studio g letter stamps (sentiment), Stampabilities script stamp (on ribbon), StazOn Timber Brown ink
Other: wired ribbon, buttons
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I used that paper twist stuff to make my flower. I cut one edge of the paper with scallop scissors then gathered and glued it to the card. It looks more like a county fair blue ribbon than it does a flower. It's a good thing my mom thinks every card I make is beautiful. :)
I completed the whole week of challenges, so I'm pretty proud of myself. I have so many sewing projects lined up now that it may be awhile before I complete another full week.
Friday, March 13, 2009
I think the card is really plain, but I suppose you don't want a really jazzy sympathy card. The beautiful photo is from Stacy M. Smith. She was kind enough to send me several photos last summer, and I was supposed to try incorporating them into my cards. I make holiday photo cards with pictures of my son all the time, but this was a bit of a challenge for me.
Day #12--Thursday's ThemeMy moving card can be used for somebody who is moving away or just "moving on" to bigger and better things. I have students who work for me, so this would be a great thank you/congratulations/best wishes type card when they graduate. I used my new K & Company papers, Making Memories brads, machine stitching, and a computer-generated sentiment.
Day #13--Festive FridayI also think this card is kind of plain, but I guess it's a good masculine or kid's card. I used textured red cardstock, ProvoCraft paper, a candle stamp colored with chalk and Stickles, and a "wish" stamp. Thanks for looking!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
This paper (maybe K & Company?) is what is leftover from a disasterous attempt at covering a cigar box at my last Omaha Etsy team meeting. At least this card turned out better than my box. :)
I had purchased a stamp with this sentiment, but it was too large for the card so I printed this using my computer and fancy printer. Now that I have a nice printer, I shouldn't be buying anymore sentiment stamps. I don't have that much willpower, though. I got the cute little bunny stamp from the $1 bin at Michael's. Now I just need to find a cute picture of my son to go inside and make more for the grandparents and great-grandparents. Thanks for looking!
Supplies: Making Memories and Hobby Lobby cardstock, KI Memories brown polka dot paper, the Paper Studio blue polka dot paper, studio G bunny stamp, buttons & machine stitching
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The papers (MME "Magnolia" slab) are all scraps, which is a bonus. Even the stamped sentiment (Wordsworth by Rubber Soul) is a leftover I found in my scrap pile. For my embellishments I used three ribbons, three buttons, and machine stitching. Thanks for looking!
Thanks for looking!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
I never use much bling, so this is about as flashy as I get. It's really cloudy today, so the picture isn't great and doesn't really catch all the sparkle. I used a silver Archiver's flat card, some sparkly silver ribbon, and a Sizzix die cut heart with purple Stickles. I embossed the heart with the Cuttlebug swiss dots folder to give me a template for where to put the Stickles. The sentiment is Kolette Hall stamped in purple ink.
PP: ProvoCraft (green) and the Paper Studio (blue)
Sticker: JoAnn Craft Essentials
Other: ribbon, machine stitching
Saturday, March 7, 2009
I also made a thank you card for the Day #5 challenge. This should have been easy, but I always try to make things more difficult than they should be! Here's what I finally ended up with which is a repeat of a design I have made several times before--I'm going to attempt to finish the other two cards tonight, but it may not happen. I'm pretty pleased with my progress this week and the cards I've made. I don't know if I can keep this up for 51 more weeks, though!
It wasn't until after my card was complete that I realized there isn't any red in my patterned paper--it's orange. So it doesn't really coordinate too well with the red felt balloon, cardstock, or sentiment. I guess that's one of the downfalls of working in a poorly-lit basement!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
I think it's easier to use fewer embellishments on masculine cards. Thanks for looking!
Cardstock: Making Memories
PP: Provo Craft Sizzix paper pad
Stamp/Ink: Stampabilities stamp with StazOn jet black ink
Other: twine, gray paint
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Cardstock: Making Memories (yellow and navy blue), Paper Relfections (corrugated burgundy)
Stamp/Ink: Kolette Hall stamp, Marvy prussian blue brush marker, Tim Holtz vintage photo distress ink
Other: Offray ribbon, green button from my stash, twine, machine stitching
Sunday, March 1, 2009
My Omaha Etsy team held is monthly meeting last night. We all brought crafting supplies we didn't want anymore and had a swap. I got some of the most beautiful scraps of fabric from Mari. The fabric scrap I used on this card provided the inspiration for the color scheme. Thanks for looking!
Cardstock: light orange-Archiver's, brown-Making Memories, teal-painted cardboard, not sure on the darker orange
Embossing Folders: floral screen and floral fantasy (for the leaves)
Stamps/Ink: studio g letter stamps for sentiment in StazOn teal ink, Tim Holtz distress ink in vintage photo
Other: fabric, raffia, silk flowers, brad and eyelet are Making Memories