Thursday, December 27, 2012

Bright Birthday

It's been awhile since I played along with a blog challenge so I decided to look for inspiration from some of my favorite sites.  They didn't disappoint!  I love Mojo Mondays and Annabelle Stamps!
Here are the layout and color challenges:

I made a fun birthday card but the lighting isn't great and you can't see how lime green my paper truly is!

I started to build my card first by going through my pattered paper stash.  When I found this floral print, I was excited to see all the required colors on it!  I mounted that on red cardstock and added the adhesive ribbon before gluing it to my base.

The birthday cake is a clear stamp from a local craft store, stamped in Stampin Up! red ink.  The scallop circles were done with a nestabilities set.  The center of the flower was done with punches, same with the little branch.  I added Stickles glitter glue to the candles, flower center and branch.

The inside of my card is simple but coordinates with the front.  I like using leftovers inside.
Thanks for swinging by!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

New baby

Although I haven't participated in online challenges or posted here, I've been making many cards throughout the summer!  I started a Facebook group as mentioned in my last post.  I also have a button to the right here on my blog if you wanted to link over.  

But I'm still here!  This blog started so I could play along with different online challenges.  So fun!
Today, I  turned to Freshly Made Sketches for inspiration before making "welcome baby" cards for two friends who've given birth recently.  They don't know each other but both their boys are named Elijah!  Here is the sketch:

And here one is my cards (the other is identical but with a rocking horse die cut):

Card is a light blue base.
Patterned paper over that.
Blue layer has scallop edges from Fiskar border punch.
The cream color layer is linen paper with bits of brown threads in it.  So pretty!
Welcome stamp from my stash
Big oval made using Creative Memories oval cutter
Sponged edges in Pacific Point SU! ink
Elijah: Close To My Heart alphabet
All letters in Pacific Point SU! ink

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Saturday, June 2, 2012


I started a new Facebook page because I have officially gone public to take custom orders.  I blogged about it HERE on my personal blog since this blog is typically for card challenges.  So it was thru that announcement that a friend asked me to make a card for her.  She needed a birthday card for someone who likes the beach.

Someone at my card group made a super cute beach babe using different shapes from punches.  I googled it and found Lynn Pratt's blog for a sample.  I didn't have the same punches so had to tweak it a bit.

Head: Scallop punch, circle punch, glasses are smaller circle punch, jewel rhinestones for the earrings, hand drawn nose & mouth
Body/bikini: Oval punch, heart punch
Legs/arms: Word window punch (bent for the arms)
(All these punches were bought thru Stampin Up!)
Sentiment: Annabelle Stamps, All Things Grow set
Towel: Made from linen paper & I snipped the ends of the towel to give it a fringe.
Sand:  done with sandpaper.
Beach bag:  sticker from Creative Memories
I'm submitting this card to Allsorts challenge: "By The Seaside".

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Copy cat card

I subscribe to Paper Crafts magazine and get tons of card ideas from that site.  Like this one:
Click here for link to the PaperCraft site where I got this photo.

And here is my card:

I have no idea how to get the white brushed on as well so if you have input, I'd appreciate it!  I just rubbed it in after using a paint brush dipped in white craft ink.

I used:
Brown cardstock
Stampin Up! Basic Black ink and Whisper White ink.
Clear stamps from local craft store.
Thinking of you is from Close To My Heart
Red adhesive beads from a kit I rec'd as a gift.

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

My son's 2nd bday card

I made my son a Curious George card based on a blue color theme and a fun sketch from A la Card Monkey:

Here's my card:

Because it's for a child, I kept the card super simple.  Just swirly papered paper.  Stamped the images from a set we got ages ago.  Used a circle punch to cut them out.  Rubbed blue ink on the cake circle and used pop dots so that stood out.

Then the inside:

Again nothing fancy... just another happy George with my own handwriting.  Punched it out.  And voila.

My monkey will be TWO!  Where does the time go??!!!
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Pastel, For You card

When I have a card to make, sometimes I just don't know where to start.  I super love online challenge blogs to help me with a starting point.  Stampin Sisters in Christ has a challenge to use pastels and I saw this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:

And here is my card:  

I stamped the background with a butterfly stamp I got years ago.
I used a Creative Memories corner punch on the big square piece of patterned paper (rec'd as gift and I don't know brand) and rubbed ink on the edges.
The butterfly is a 3D sticker.  The 'for you' sentiment is a stamp from Stampin Up!  They are mounted on a scallop circle punch, also from SU!
The 3 little flowers are small SU! punches with SU! pearls.  

I'm using this card for Mother's Day.  :o)
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Monday, April 23, 2012

Birthday stripes

Do You Stack Up has a stripe challenge.
And The Paper Players had a sketch challenge:

The birthday girl likes zebras and purple so glad they had a stripes challenge this week!  Here is my card.

I layered all the patterned paper.
The zebra paper has chalk rubbed on the edges.
I used my new Fiskars border punch on the striped paper.
The 7 is a sticker and that's mounted on a little square that I punched using a pretty Fiskars lace corner punch.
I didn't follow the sketch exactly because I put my sentiment up higher but I wanted to tie it all together and liked how it looked.

Here is the inside after I wrote on it!  I edited it a bit in Photoscape to hide my writing (great free editing program).

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Hey chick!

My friend Darcie who sells Stampin Up! and has monthly workshops, posted a cute chick using a top note die cut on her Facebook group.  I didn't attend but I knew I wanted to copy her idea as soon as I saw it!  

Do You Stack Up is having a challenge to use friendly critters on our cards.  This little chick is pretty friendly don't you think?  So I'm entered her into their challenge this week.  I don't get to play often but I love following this group for inspiration!

It's for my friend's birthday so I printed: "Hey Chick! Happy Birthday" from my computer directly onto the pink cardstock.
Top note die cut used for the body.  I sponged a little "Daffodil Delight" ink on the outter edges although that's hard to see in this pic.
I used a flower punch for the wings, trimmed and sponged those too.
Eyes are just two diff punches.
And the beak I cut from orange scraps.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Girly Girl challenge

This is the first time I'm playing along at My Craft Spot but they have a fun challenge this week.  It was a "Girly Girl Challenge" and I thought the Valentine's Day card I made for my daughter was perfect.

The girl is cut out from an old calendar.  I added a little glitter (Diamond Stickles) to the heart.  The sentiment is stamped from a set I got at a yard sale.  Says "Rubber Stamps of America" on the block.  The scallop border, corner glitter roses and the I love you are all stickers.  That was really it.  But I liked how it all came together.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day card

I just bought Valentine cards this year for the kids to hand out to their classmates.  As a cardmaker this was kind of hard to decide but ultimately, I didn't want to spend the time on that project when I have many other things on the go.  BUT I couldn't give my 4-year old's teachers, super hero cards.  So I made theirs. :o)
I knew I wanted to use this sentiment which I found online here made by Dixie Allan.  I love the images on this site and they're FREE!

But when I printed it, the red turned out more like burgundy on the pink paper.  (I used my Stampin Up! large scallop punch to cut them out.)  I went to my stash of paper and found this pretty diamond pattern that matched perfectly.  It was from there that I chose the green as my base.

I added a pink ribbon and die cut leaves and here is my card:

I didn't see any challenges to enter this card so I'll just share it here because I wanna!  :o)
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Flower friendship

The Paper Players have a challenge this week to use flowers.  Pretty awesome considering I've been wanting to use this new stamp!

Blue cardstock is the base.
Layered pretty floral patterned paper on that.
Stamped the sentiment in white Stampin Up! craft ink.  Corner punched that and layered on yellow.
Finished off with the daisy embellishment.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Die cut and pattern paper thank you

Sentimental Sunday has a challenge to use die cuts.
I was happy to do this because I haven't used my Nestabilities sets as much as I want to.  I had this embossed thank you sentiment for some time in my stash.  I used "Labels Three" and cut out 4 shapes.  Edged them in Whisper White ink from Stampin Up!  Added a little Creative Memories flower sticker.  And finished it off with liquid pearls (which I am not great at using yet but LOVE the look!!)

Do You Stack Up wanted us to use patterned paper.  I have so many pretty papers and just went thru them til I found one to use with my purple THANKS.  I love blue and purple together.  Makes me so happy.  I layered my pretty patterned paper on solid purple card stock and voila:

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Hearts on the mind

Stampin' Sisters in Christ wanted a heart to be the focus and that's exactly what was on my mind as I started a birthday card for someone whose birthday is in February.  I loved the card so much I did a "Just a note" card too.

I used a Sizzix embossing folder called "Elegant Lines" from Stampin Up! with my Big Shot.  
Birthday sentiments and gift are clear stamps from Hampton Art.
'Just a note' stamp is also clear from Studio G.  (I love how the swirls match the embossing.)
Heart punch from Stampin Up!  (My first time using it! LOVE IT!)
Pink ribbon from a craft store and the black/pink ribbon is from a Target dollar bin.

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(edited jan.24 to include embossing folder name)