Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Scrapling Just for You

Time for another Friday Mashup, where the heck did the week go?

This weeks challenge is brought to us by Heidi. I have to say, I learned something new with this challenge. Heidi wants us to create a "Scrapling" or a project that uses scraps of ribbon and DSP. I had never heard of a scrapling before so I read Heidi's description, and then watched a video on Youtube(thank you to all the stampers that have the patience to make videos so visual folks like me can learn!). It's a cute little thing, and I could see myself making some of these at Christmas as tags.

I did Mashup the challenge and used scraps of DSP and ribbon on my scrapling. I'm not a fan of pink so this was a good way to use up scraps of pink paper I have laying around, that normally wouldn't get used.

Make sure you head over to The Friday Mashup blog to see the rest of the projects from the rest of the design team. Also, I am REALLY behind on commenting so please be patient with me, I'm not purposely ignoring anyone! Long days at work and having my kids home on summer break means very little computer time right now for me.

A scrapling is a little card, notecard, or tag that you would make out of the scraps that are left from your card stock after making a square card. What do I mean? If you started with an A2 card base, 4-1/4 x 5-1/2", and then cut it down to make a 4-1/4" square card, there would be a 1-1/4 x 4-1/4" base left. That's the starting point for your scrapling. It could also be 1-1/2 x 4-1/4", if you had made a 4 x 4" square card previously. It is lots of fun to decorate this small space!

  1. Make a project using " Scraps of Pattern Paper or Ribbons ".
  2. Or Make a " Scrapling ".
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a " Scrapling using Scraps or Pattern Paper or Ribbons. ".


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

2 Card Tuesday

Managed to get 2 cards done today. Its my last day off of work before switching to days for the summer, and I'll be working 10 hr days so my crafting time is seriously going to disappear the next 2 months. However my friend Holly is bringing back her Sunday Stamps challenge so I wanted to make sure I played along with the first one, which is a color challenge this week.

The color challenge is for the colors Pool Party, Sahara Sand and Wisteria Wonder. I am cool with the first 2 colors but I cannot stand purple, so working that in was a bit hard for me but I did it! Head over to Holly's blog to check out the new challenge!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Up in the Air
Paper: Sahara Sand, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Whisper White Ribbon, Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots EF, Paper Piercer, Dazzling Details

My 2nd card uses the sketch from this weeks Friday Mashup challenge. I said before I loved it...this is my 3rd card in a week using the sketch! However this one isn't masculine as its going to one of my sons interpreters to thank her for all she did for him in high school.

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Take it to Heart
Paper: Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Attic Boutique DSP
Ink: Black StazOn, Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade, Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Big Shot, Framelits Hearts Collection, Calypso Coral Ribbon, Everyday Enchantment Brads, Blender Pen, Dazzling Details, Dimensionals


Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

Today (and this entire weekend) my family and I have honored and remembered those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country in order to keep us free. This weekend is not about BBQ's or welcoming summer to us, its about the men and women who served in our nations military, and who will never be coming home.

I'll be leaving the house in a bit to accompany my friend to Anchorage for a Memorial Day ceremony. My friend is a Gold Star Mom, which means she lost a child to war. He was killed Jan. 7, 2006 in a helicopter crash in Iraq and he is one of the young men being remembered at today's ceremony.. This day is for him, and for all the other fallen heroes. Thank you, and we will never forget.

Yesterday we attended the ceremony at the Alaska Veterans Memorial at Byers Lake with the same friend I'm going to Anchorage with today. The dog tags on these boots are from fallen Alaska warriors. Her son's dog tags are on these boots.


Friday, May 25, 2012

Another Man-Card for Friday Mashup

As I said in my first post for this weeks Friday Mashup challenge I love masculine cards and I love the sketch Holly has for us this week so this morning I whipped up another card for this challenge. I used another favorite for this card, moose!! Right now moose all over the area are giving birth to their babies and folks have been submitting some awesome shots to our local news stations. I havent seen any little ones in my area, but I sure do enjoy seeing the pics people submit on Facebook!
Anyway, here is my moose card for Fathers Day!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Definitively Decorative Pines, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Naturals White, To The Nines Speciality DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Bakers Twine, Modern Label Punch, sponge, dimensionals


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Masucline and Sketchy for Friday Mashup

This week for The Friday Mashup Holly is bringing us a great challenge...make a masculine card, create a project using the sketch provided or mash it up and create a masculine project using the sketch.

I was really happy to see this challenge. I'm not a frilly type of girl and I tend to gravitate towards darker colors, colors more associated with guys I guess! Its just easier for me than trying to figure out what to do with softer, more feminine colors.

For this card I mashed it up and used a set that will be retiring in a matter of days...Nature Silhouettes. I've loved this set for a while but only bought it when I found out it was retiring. Nothing like that's procrastinating! It's okay though because if you have been by my blog before you'll know that I use retired sets all the time! If I like it, its going to get used, retired or not :)

I used Woodland Walk DSP to go along with the sketch and image. Talk about perfect for this stamp set! I really like how this came out and I think I'll be giving this card to my hubby for Fathers Day!

Now that you're done checking out my card why don't you head over to The Friday Mashup and see what the rest of the design team has come up and then play along with us!
  1. Make a project for " That special Man in your life ".
  2. Or Make a project with the " Sketch ".
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a " Masculine card using the above Sketch ".

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Nature Silhouettes, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Naturals White, Woodland Walk DSP
Ink: Garden Green, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Brads (non SU), Modern Label Punch, sponge

Polka Dots and Trees

Today's card combines 2 challenges...The Paper Players and Freshly Made Sketches. Unfortunately weather and poor lighting conditions created a picture that doesn't really do this card really is quite pretty in person. *The sun peeked out today(Fri) and so I snapped a better pic and replaced it***yikes, so I just viewed the photo on my desktop and I dont know why its so dark! Not my week for photos I guess! Sorry!**

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Lovely As a Tree
Paper: More Mustard, Garden Green, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard DSP, Garden Green DSP
Ink: Garden Green, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: 1 3/8" square punch, 1 1/4" square punch, sponge, dimensionals


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Old Fashioned for Merry Monday

I'm playing along with Merry Monday again and this weeks challenge really had me struggling. I've posted before about how much I dislike ovals...I don't know what it is but I have a horrible time trying to get an image in an oval and looking right. Yesterday morning I started this card and by the end of the day I had gotten rid of the original DSP and stamp set I had started with and ended up with something completely different. It may have taken me all day, with my attention being diverted several times throughout the process, but I am quite happy with the end results. I did turn the sketch but stayed true to everything else about it.

Supplies(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Christmas Lodge, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Sahara Sand, Ruby Red, Whisper White
Ink: Crumb Cake, Ruby Red
Accessories: Coluzzle, Modern Label Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Pearls, sponge, dimensionals


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Gift Card for Jingle Belles

My schedule has been crazy and some weeks I've been able to play along with Jingle Belles at the last minute, and some weeks I haven't been able to play along at all. I had some crafting time Saturday afternoon so I made sure to get this weeks challenge over at the Jingle Belles blog done right away.

This weeks challenge is to make a gift card holder. I've never tried this before so I used this Splitcoast tutorial to give me a hand. It was very easy to do...being my first try there are some things I need to tweak for the next time but overall I am happy with how this came out!

The gift card holder closed...just slide the ribbon off(or untie it).....
 And it opens up to this.......
Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Deer Friends, Bright Christmas
Paper: Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Holiday Treasures DSP
Ink: Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Old Olive ribbon, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Paper Piercer, Simply Scored, dimensionals, sponge


Saturday, May 19, 2012

You're My Type

The husband and youngest went fishing, the oldest is gone for the weekend and the daughter is doing her own thing so I took the opportunity to stamp and play along with the Dynamic Duos challenge for the first time.

This week the colors are Basic Black and Daffodil Delight (and the use of neutrals, I used Whisper White) and a dessert option of dry embossing, which I also did. I inked up the set You're My Type for the first time---I thought this was the perfect challenge to use it on, thinking about all the old black typewriters I used to see in various family members houses.

The black strip across the middle is embossed with the Argyle folder from Cuttlebug.

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Your're My Type
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight DSP
Ink: Black StazOn
Accessories: Basic Black Brads, Cuttlebug, Argyle EF, dimensionals

Friday, May 18, 2012

Best Wishes for FMS

I'm still playing catch-up on challenges, and today's card is for this weeks Freshly Made Sketch. This sketch is a great one for showing off some DSP. On this card I used some velvety paper from S.E.I. with an elegant design. I kept it simple by just adding the small sentiment in the middle.

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Petite Pairs
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Basic Black, Whisper White, PP from S.E.I. Memento collection
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Basic Black ribbon, pearls, paper piercer


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Decorative Friday Mashup

It's time for another Friday Mashup...lets see if we can get everyone out from hiding again, since my patriotic challenge seemed to send all the crafters into their corners for the week!

This week our challenge is brought to us by Kasey and sad to say, this is her last challenge as a Friday Mashup design team member. She is moving on and we're all going to miss her. She definitely challenged me at times and got me to think out of the box, so thank you Kasey, its been a pleasure working with you!

This week Kasey wants us to use a decorative edge on our project, use ribbon  OR mash it up and use both decorative edges and ribbon. I went ahead and mashed it decorative edges are in the middle of the card though so hopefully that still counts!

Make sure you head over to The Friday Mashup to check out the rest of the inspiration from the design team and then play along with us, we'd love to see what you come up with!

  1. Make a project " with a Decorative Edge! "
  2. Or Make a project with " Ribbon and or a Bow. "
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a project " with a Decorative Edge & Ribbon ".

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Lighthearted
Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Poppy Parade, Attic Boutique DSP
Ink: Poppy Parade, Soft Suede
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, So Saffron ribbon, Soft Suede ribbon, sponge


Stars and Santa for Merry Monday

I'm trying to get back into the crafting swing of things after the last couple of hectic weeks I've had so today I sat down and played along with the Merry Monday challenge.

This Santa with the stars was the perfect image to use for this weeks sketch. I used gold Stickles to fill in the stars for a little extra "oomph" and the main image panel is popped up with dimensionals. Santas hat, part of his coat and hair are lightly colored with Going Gray.

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Star Santa
Paper: Crumb Cake, Naturals White, Deck The Halls DSP
Ink: Black StazOn, Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Going Gray, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Gold Stickles,Watercolor Pencils, dimensionals, aquapainter

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

No stamping lately...but good excuse

I havent had any time to craft the last few days but I have a good excuse and being a proud mom I just have to share....our firstborn graduated last night! He is an official high school graduate, wooohoo! Now I think I need to take a few days and process the fact that this means I am getting old!! ROFL

Our proud graduate, Alexander:
 Mom(me), Alexander and Dad.....hubby and I were just bursting with pride!


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Patriotic for Friday Mashup

Welcome back for another challenge at The Friday Mashup. Lisa here and this week I've got a Mashup that honors a holiday that is very near and dear to me.

In the US we celebrate Memorial Day the last Monday in May. It was formerly known as 'Decoration Day' and honored the Union soldiers lost in the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day was a day to remember ALL our men and women who have been lost while serving in the military.

Some people use Memorial Day weekend to usher in the summer, to BBQ and hang out with friends and family . My family does something a little different.....  We attend local ceremonies in town that honor those that have been lost, we walk through the cemeteries and pay our respect to the fallen warriors. As a military family it is important to us to pay our respects and teach our children what the day is really about. This year we will be joining my friend, who is a Gold Star mom, at the Alaska Veterans Memorial to pay respect to her son, and to all the others who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

So as a challenge we are asking you to make a patriotic card or a card of remembrance for someone you may have known, use the colors provided below or mash it up and create a patriotic/remembrance card with the colors provided. We've also got a special part to this challenge....take your project and donate to a wounded warrior, to a loved one of a military member that has passed or to your local veterans chapter. You can also mail your cards to Holly and she will hand deliver cards to Walter Reed National Military Hospital.

  1. Make a project that's "Patriotic or for Remembrance".
  2. Or Make a project with the colors " Whisper White, Night of Navy, Poppy Parade & daffodil Delight."
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a "Remembrance or Patriotic project using the colors above."
  4. Donate your card to a Wounded Solider or that Special Service Member in your Life!

* If you would like to Donate a Card to a Wounded Service Member you can send your cards to Holly. The Red Cross at the Walter Reed National Medical Center will accept the cards and distribute them to Wounded Service Members throughout the hospital. Please send your cards to Holly Endress P.O. Box 18 Arnold, MD 21012 no later then May 31st. She will be hand delivering them to the Red Cross.

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: The Free and the Brave
Paper: Night of Navy, Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Ink: Black StazOn, Poppy Parade, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Distressed Stripes EF, Cricut, Stand and Salute Cartridge(yellow ribbon), blender pens, dimensionals

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

And To All a Good Night for Merry Monday and Jingle Belles

Today's card is for the Merry Monday Christmas challenge and also for the Jingle Belles challenge. I love this set and wanted to use it and so instead of using the oval shape from the sketch I went more rectangle and just rounded the corners to try and stay close to the sketch.

The Jingle Belles challenge is to use embossing, either dry or heat, and for this card I used both. The image is heat embossed with a dark blue embossing powder and then the 2 panels behind the main image are dry embossed.

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Wandering Words
Paper: Early Espresso, Riding Hood Red, Marina Mist, Naturals White, Letters to Santa DSP
Ink: Early Espresso, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Embossing Powder, Heat gun, Big Shot, CB Swiss Dots EF, SU Snow Burst EF, Round Corner Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, sponge, dimensionals


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Popping Up Mothers Day with Friday Mashup

Hello again! It's Friday and that makes me especially happy because next Friday I start a weeks vacation from work and boy do I need it! LOL So YEAH for Fridays!

Of course another great thing about Friday is that its time for another Friday Mashup challenge and this week our challenge is brought to us by Heidi. She wants to create a project for mom, create a pop up card or mash it up and do both! We've also got another little twist this can also choose to use the photo as inspiration, as we are joining forces with Paper Lovin' Gals for this challenge.

I am not going to lie, I don't like projects that require a lot of scoring, cutting or measuring. I just don't have the patience for it. I wanted to mash up the challenge but due to the reason I just gave I went with one of the easiest pop up cards you do :) You can find the tutorial here.

Since this was my first pop up card I kept it pretty simple with just the sentiment and the addition of the butterflies. From the picture I drew some inspiration from the darker edge of the plate and some of the hearts. The rest of it is WAYYY too pink for me...I am not a fan of pink at all, lol.

Make sure you head over to both The Friday Mashup and Paper Lovin' Gals to see the projects each design team came up with for this!

  1. Make a project for "Mom, Grandmother, Aunt etc...".
  2. Or Make a project with a " Pop-Up Element ".*
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a " Pop-Up Project for Mom".
  4. Or join in Both challenges and create a "Pop-Up Project for Mom using the inspiration photo "

*There are many different variations of Pop-Ups... Make sure something pops up when you open your project.
The card popped up:

And laying flat: