Saturday, June 30, 2012

Thinking of You for Sunday Stamps

This week over at Sunday Stamps Holly has a great sketch for us! I normally have trouble with sketches that involve circles but as soon as I saw this one I knew right away that I wanted to use the set Greeting Card Kids.

For my colors I played along with the Dynamic Duos challenge. You are to use Crumb Cake plus another color, so I chose Riding Hood Red.

Head over to Sunday Stamps and play along with us!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Greeting Card Kids, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Paper: Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Black StazOn, Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red, Soft Suede
Accessories: Crumb Cake ribbon, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Nestabilities dies-Lacey Circles and Standard Circles, Big Shot, Paper Piercing Tool, Aquapainter


Vintage Sketch for Christmas

I havent had much time to play along with any challenges lately and I've missed making Christmas cards, so this card combines 2 Christmas challenges. The first one is the sketch from Merry Monday and the 2nd challenge is from Jingle Belles, which is to create a card with a vintage look.

I'm not really sure if I captured a vintage look...maybe more of a retro look? My husband said the reindeer on the paper look vintage but the colors of the card and embellishments remind him of the 80's, LOL. So maybe a retro-vintage look is what I've got going?

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: none
Paper: Marina Mist, Pretty In Pink, Whisper White (inside card), paper from K & Company
Ink: none
Accessories: Chipboard from Fancy Pants Designs, brads(non-SU)


Friday, June 29, 2012

Punchy Animals with Friday Mashup

It's Friday and I am late with my Friday Mashup, bad me :( Life is running at a 100 mph right now and I am behind on a lot of things, so please forgive me!

Todays challenge is brought to us by one of our new designers, Liliana! She wants us to create a project using our favorite animal, make a project with punch art or mash it up and create your favorite animal using punch art!

Now I know this may come as a suprise(not!) but my favorite animal is the moose. I love, love, love moose and can spend hours watching them, especially when they are in my yard! However I didnt mash it up...most of the punch art moose are too "cutesie" for my taste. I used a retired set for my moose, as well as retired DSP.

I also played along with Freshly Made Sketches by using this weeks sketch for my card!

Head on over to The Friday Mashup to see the rest of the great projects from the rest of the design team and also a big huge congrats to DT member Rita and her husband Jason, who welcome sweet little Laila to the world on Weds!! Congrats Rita!!
  1. Make a project with " Punch Art ".
  2. Or Make a project featuring your " Favorite Animal ".
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a project " with an Animal made from Punches ".

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Definitively Decorative Pines(retired), Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, Very Vanilla, Woodland Walk DSP(retired)
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Chocolate Chip ribbon, Modern Label Punch, Garden Green Brads, sponge, dimensionals


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Asking for thoughts

No card today, but I am asking for thoughts...

I live in Alaska, but spent my teen yrs growing up in Colorado Springs CO. That town is now going through a horrific event, with a wildfire working its way through the west side. I have many friends and family members still there and they are all affected by the fire in one way or another.

Please, keep the people of Colorado Springs in your thoughts.

The first 2 photos were sent to me by a relative:

These 2 photos were taken from the United States Air Force Academy:

 This one was the view from the commissary on the Air Force Academy:
 View from a Walmart on the north end of town near the Air Force Academy:


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Summer Colors for Sunday Stamps

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone is enjoying the last day of the weekend! I had a very busy weekend an I'm not ready for 5:30am Monday to get here, but I know its going to arrive way too soon!

I've been playing along with the new challenge blog Sunday Stamps and good news, I've been accepted as a member of the design team for the blog, woohooo! I'm really excited about it and I hope all of my friends out there in blog land come and play along with us.

This week its a color challenge and Holly says she pictures lots of daisies and dandelions with the colors she gives us this week.....Daffodil Delight, Basic Black and Old Olive. I love all 3 of these colors!

I used a newly retired set, Upsy Daisy. I kept saying I was going to buy this set, and when I saw it was being retired I finally went ahead and got it. Should have done it sooner but oh well! I like it and I'll use it, retired or not.

Remember, head on over to Sunday Stamps and play along with us!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Upsy Daisy, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Watercolor Paper, Very Vanilla(inside card)
Ink: Old Olive
Accessories: Daffodil Delight, Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots EF, dimensionals


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Celebrating with Friday Mashup

Hello to everyone! Friday is here and I'm so happy! It's been a long week and I am happy my day off is finally here...I'm ready to celebrate!

Celebration is the theme that Amanda brings us this week at the Friday Mashup. She wants us to make a box in the bag, a project with a party theme or mash it up and create a box in a bag with a party theme. Don't know how to do a box in a bag? Amanda has a great tutorial on her blog HERE.

I decided to go with a birthday theme and used the retired Everyday Enchantment DSP. I just thought it totally rocked the party theme! I used the Framelit Labels to decorate both the front of the bag and the card.

Make sure you head over to The Friday Mashup to check out all the other great projects from the DT and then play along with us, I'd love to see all my crafty friends joining in!
  1. Make a project using the " Party Time " theme.
  2. Or Make a project using the " Box in a Bag " tutorial.
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a "Box in a Bag with a Party Time theme."


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Getting Sketchy with Sunday Stamps

Holly has a great sketch this week on Sunday Stamps. Nice and CAS, I love it!

This morning when I woke up and checked my Facebook I found out a mutual friend of Holly and I's got engaged last night in WA state, and so she was the inspiration behind today's card. It's definitely more girly than I usually make but being a bride is usually about being girly though right :0)

 Did you know that June is the most popular month for weddings? Yep, its true! Guess I stayed true to form by being different and getting married in February(18.5 yrs ago!), which isnt even in the top 10 for wedding months, lol. We'll have to see what month our friend chooses :)

Make sure you head over to Sunday Stamps and check out this weeks challenge, and word on the blog strip is that Holly will be introducing design team members, plus is also still looking for folks for the DT, so go check it out!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Love & Laughter
Paper: Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Twitterpated DSP
Ink: Blushing Bride, Basic Gray
Accessories: Scallop Edge Border Pumch, Modern Label Punch, Basic Pearls, sponge, dimensionals


Friday, June 15, 2012

Birthday Cupcakes for Sunday Stamps

This card was made for this weeks Sunday Stamps challenge. I tried to get it in before the link closed but I missed it by about 30 mins, oooops! Next time I wont eat dinner :)

This week it was a color challenge, using Riding Hood Red, Regal Rose and Soft Suede. I decided to use the cupcake builder punch for a nice CAS birthday card. I don't care for the color pink so using Regal Rose was a bit hard for me but I incorporated it as the top portion of the frosting!

Make sure you head over to Sunday Stamps and give it a try. It's a new challenge blog started by my friend Holly!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: sentiment from Petite Pairs, Background Basics
Paper: Soft Suede, Riding Hood Red, Regal Rose DSP, Candy Lane DSP(retired)
Ink: Soft Suede, Riding Hood Red, Regal Rose, Versamark
Accessories: 1 3/8" square punch,Cupcake Builder Punch,  Dazzling Details Cherry Cobbler, sponge


Special Request for Fathers Day

Earlier this week I received an order for 2 Fathers Day cards. The gal wanted one with blue and green and a grilling theme, and then the 2nd card was to be maroon with a train theme.

For the maroon card I used Bravo Burgundy cardstock, DSP and ink in conjunction with the Happiness Is a Journey set. I love this train stamp! To give the background a little more pop I used the Flannel Plaid stamp.
For the grilling card I use the King of the Grill stamp along with Not Quite Navy cardstock and Well Worn DSP. Always Artichoke was used for a touch of green. The gal had seen the "U Rock My World" sentiment on another card I did and specifically requested that sentiment for this card. Happy Fathers Day is stamped on the inside.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Pretty Colors and Paper Piecing for Friday Mashup

Howdy howdy :) Time for another Friday Mashup and this week our challenge is from Tara and its her first challenge with us as a new design team member! Make sure you head over to the Friday Mashup blog to play along and welcome Tara to the team!

For her challenge Tara wants us to use the color combo of Pool Party, Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry or do paper piecing on your project OR mash it up and use the color combo plus paper piecing! Remember, its paper PIECING, not piercing. This is where you cut out your images for a 2nd time on DSP, and adhere it to your main image. On my project the Rich Razzleberry polka dot DSP is what I paper pieced to create the dresses on the little girls. (and yes, my picture sucks...its been raining here all week, which is good, but leaves me little light inside or outside to take good pics, so sorry for the quality!)
  1. Make a project using the " Paper Piecing " technique.
  2. Or Make a project using " Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight & Pool Party ".
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a " Paper Piecing Project using the above colors."


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Birthday Gift Card Pop-Up

My youngest son was invited to a birthday party for one of his friends today so yesterday we went into Wasilla to hit up Target and grab a gift card for his buddy. We got him one for Cold Stone Creamery and since the gift cards don't come with envelopes I decided to make a pop up gift card holder.

I have to admit, I wasn't sure what colors I should use, and I don't really have any sets geared to teen boys, so I went with DSP from Well Worn and since we're in Alaska I used the moose image from Definitively Decorative Pines. The text/ sentiments are from the set Bring On the Cake.

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Definitively Decorative Pines, Bring On the Cake
Paper: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Well Worn DSP,  Neutrals DSP, Whisper White for the envelope
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: 1 1/4" circle punch, Simply Scored Tool


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Friday Mashup Sketchy Bird

Whew, I was so happy to see Friday approaching on the calendar! I was called in for jury duty earlier this week, and then I also started a special summer position at work, supervising a work crew of 4 teenage boys for 10 hrs a day, 4 days a week. If that doesn't make a person desperately want Friday to arrive then nothing will, LOL.

Its my turn again to host the Friday Mashup challenge and unlike my patriotic challenge, which sent everyone into hiding, I think this weeks is very simple and straightforward. All you have to do is use the sketch I provided, create a project that has a bird or  birds on it, or mash it up and create a project with the sketch that also incorporates birds. I just adore birds and I can spend hours in my backyard and around the area with my camera, stalking some birds and waiting for THE picture! Right now I've got a pair of tree swallows nesting in my yard and I just adore their beautiful colors!

Make sure you head over to The Friday Mashup blog, the rest of the design team came up with some awesome projects this week, I just love them all! Play along with us and show us what you've got this week!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Language of Friendship, sentiment from Perfect Words
Paper: Island Indigo, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Twitterpated DSP
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Island Indigo, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Bird Builder Punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Dazzling Details, Paper Piercer, dimensionals

Monday, June 4, 2012

Summer Sketch

Wow, a 3rd card for today? Yep, I was on a roll! I wanted to knock out some cards and challenges before I start my 10 hr workdays tomorrow.

This card uses the sketch from Sunday Stamps over at Holly's blog, and the theme 'summer' is this weeks challenge over at The Paper Players. I'm not a fan of summer, its my least favorite season, so I don't have a lot of stamps that I could consider representative of that time of year. I finally decided on using the set Peace Within(which just retired). Although my kitties are strictly indoor they do love to watch the activity outside and are always happy to curl up on a chair!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Peace Within
Paper: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Cottage Wall DSP(retired)
Ink: Black StazOn, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Chocolate Chip, River Rock, Dusty Durango, Only Orange, Basic Black
Accessories: Scallop Edge Border Punch, Blender Pens, dimensionals


Christmas Music with Jingle Belles

Yep, another Christmas card for today!

Its time for a new challenge over at the Jingle Belles blog and this week we are to "create a card (or gift card holder, or whatever else you'll be needing for the holidays) that incorporates music, that is inspired by a holiday song, or that includes a holiday song title."

I was so happy to see this challenge because I LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas music! I listen to it all year round....just the other day I was listening to some Michael Buble and Straight No Chaser Christmas albums. It's a good thing I work alone, I would probably drive my co-workers crazy...or make them realize that Christmas music all year is a good thing :0)

I used one of my favorite sets, A Christmas Carol. Unfortunately it didn't seem to be very popular with others and retired pretty quickly. I think its a great set, but I love images of an old-fashioned Christmas.

If you have been to my blog recently you may recognize the sketch. It's from last weeks Friday Mashup challenge.
Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: A Christmas Carol
Paper: Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, pattern paper from Hobby Lobby
Ink: Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Bravo Burgundy, Night of Navy
Accessories: Blender Pen, Cherry Cobbler ribbon, dimensionals


'Tis The Season

Well, I guess it really isn't THE season for this card since its June 4th, but that's OK :)

For this card I played along with the Merry Monday challenge. The only change I made was moving the shape on the right down. I tried the star on the right and I just didn't like how it looked, so I moved it down to the strip going across the card and added a 2nd star. Other than that I stayed true to the sketch!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Yule Bits and Borders
Paper: Old Olive, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Naturals White, Holiday Treasure DSP
Ink: Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Scallop Edge Border Punch, Alpine Ribbon, paper piercer, dimensionals