Friday, May 16, 2008

Challenge cards

I made the Father's Day card last night in preparation for my Stamp Camp next week and I made the "nurse" card last week for my BIL's girlfriend, who just graduated from nursing school. I signed on to SCS today and their Limited Supply Challenge was to use alphabet stamps for the sentiment--how funny is that? All supplies SU! Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

On a scale of 1-10...

...for cuteness, I think they are a 20. I might be a teensy bit biased, but I don't think so. ;)

Friday, May 9, 2008

A two-fer!

Well, I was able to get one card made today that accomplished two things! First, I participated in the first challenge on the new blog Stamp Something! Go check it out for yourself and stamp something. I love challenges. This challenge allowed me to make a Criss-Cross Card for the first time, which is something that I have always wanted to do, but never sat down to attempt because it always seemed a little bit more involved than I usually like. It was fun and surprisingly easy, though, since the tutorial had all of the cutting and scoring measurements right there. :) Finally, this challenge provided me with the opportunity to make my second Mother's Day card, this one for my Mom. Hope she likes it! Thanks for looking everyone. :)

Supplies: Cardstock--Bazzill Basics and Stampin' Up!, Patterned paper--Stampin' Up! (retired), Scallop pink border--Bazzill Basics Just the Edge Cardstock Strips, "Silk" Flower--Doodlebug Designs, Scallop circle punch, tab punch, flower punch, and circle punches--Stampin' Up!, Stamps and ink--Stampin' Up!, Olive Poly Twill Ribbon--Stampin' Up!, Buttons--extra from one of my DD's outfits

Thursday, May 8, 2008

MOM and SANDY, DON'T LOOK BELOW (at least until after Sunday) :)

This is one of the Mother's Day cards I made today. It will probably go to Sandy, my wonderful mother-in-law. :) This was a pretty simple card, but it took me forever for some reason. Probably because I stamped "mom" about 100 times before I was satisfied with it (not really, more like 5, but who doesn't enjoy an exaggeration now and then? Haha!)

My Stamp-a-ma-jig was downstairs and I didn't feel like getting it, so I just eyeballed it. I punched a 1 3/8" circle from So Saffron cardstock, punched out random holes with my 1/8" hand punch, and mounted it on a Rose Red scallop circle punch. The word "mom" was stamped with Short Order Alphabet in More Mustard ink and then outlined with Not Quite Navy marker. The stem and heart "leaves" were created from Certainly Celery Designer Prints paper. I stamped the word "wonderful" from the Warm Words set in Not Quite Navy ink on a square of Brocade Blue cardstock and mounted it on a square of Whisper White cardstock. The final touch was the little butterfly from the hostess set Cause for Celebration, which I stamped with a Not Quite Navy body/antennae, So Saffron Wings, and then dotted with my So Saffron marker after I stamped it. I drew in the little flight path myself with a Not Quite Navy marker (got the idea from a Jennifer McGuire card class that I took a couple of years ago--so cute!)

Back later with the other Mother's Day card...I need to get my work done before 4:00! Thanks for looking! Any comments are welcome. :)

Don't you just love a repurpose?

Okay, before you even ask, yes, I am procrastinating. Does anybody want to do my work for me today?? ;)

We have been buying a lot of wheat bread, tortillas, and flatbreads lately and they were driving me nuts on top of the microwave...very visually unappealing. Yesterday we were cleaning and I had a stroke of inspiration. We had this basket that we bought on clearance at Target years ago to put on our coffee table. It originally contained a stoneware bowl and a candle with a berry wreath around it and most of the time it sat on top of my entertainment center because Gracie can't leave the berries alone. :) I put the bowl and candle in my china cabinet and the basket is now a perfect fit on top of my microwave for a bread basket! Yay! I love it when I can take something from one room in my house and make it work for another purpose somewhere else, don't you?



Friday, May 2, 2008

Family Mini Album--Updated

So I felt like being creative today, but I didn't really feel like thinking much about it, so I went to my old standby of CASEing a project (CASE: Copy And Steal Everything). This is not a total CASE, because I didn't copy and steal everything, but it's mostly a CASE. ;)

I got my Stampin' Success magazine in the mail the other day from Stampin' Up! (a publication that demonstrators get) and they featured a really cute mini album using the chipboard circles from the On Board Accents. They used a heart stamp, a felt flower, and a button (all different colors from the ones I used). I decided to cover my album with Certainly Celery Designer Prints patterned paper and used a heart from the On Board Accents for my heart. I painted a Bashful Blue craft reinker onto the heart and clear embossed the chipboard for a shiny look. I stamped the words "happy" and "family" on a small scrap of Whisper White cardstock, cut them into rectangles, and adhered them behind the heart. The Rose Red felt flower and Apricot Appeal button (threaded with linen thread) completed the project.

The Stampin' Up! project used ribbon tied through the holes, but I thought this metal bead chain was cute and sturdy, so I went with that. I might still add some ribbon tied onto the chain eventually. I will post the pictures of Sean and me later...we ran out of printer ink. :)

Supplies: All Stampin' Up! except for the bead chain--On Board Accents (circles and heart), Accents & Elements felt flower, Fresh Favorites I buttons, Certainly Celery Designer Prints paper, Crop-A-Dile, Linen Thread, Bashful Blue craft reinker, Crystal Clear embossing powder, Everyday Flexible Phrases stamp set, Old Olive ink, Coluzzle, Sanding block