Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Birthday Cupcake!

I made this card for this week's Play Date Cafe Challenge #83. I'm barely making the cut-off time, but I've been thinking about it all week and finally got an idea today when I saw a cupcake in a magazine add with blue/green icing. The challenge was to use black & white with a splash of green. Thanks for taking a look. Below is the inspiration photo.


Here's what I came up with


Materials
Card stock - Basic Black, Whisper White (Stampin Up) Green (Michaels)
Ink - Black (Stampin Up)
Stamp Set - All Holidays (Stampin Up)
Dies - Circle, Scallop circle (Nestabilities), Big Bold Cupcake (Stampin Up)
Embossing Folders - Spots & Dots (Cuttlebug), Lines (Sizzix)
Rhinestones - Gray, Green (Michaels)


Instructions
1. Create card from card stock - finished size is 5 x 5
2. Cut green and white squares and adhere to card
3. Stamp sentiment on white square
4. Cut green cupcake top and black cupcake bottom in die machine, then run through each on in embossing folder
5. Adhere cupcake top to cupcake bottom with foam tape then adhere to card with foam tape
6. Adhere rhinestones to scallop circle and cupcake top

Monday, May 30, 2011

Congrats Grad!!

I made this card for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge #4 this week. The challenge is to make a graduation item. I used my new letters to make this CAS graduation card. I really love using these letters, they're so cute and graphic. Thanks for stopping by!!



Materials
Card stock - Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Basic Black (Stampin' Up)
Stamps - Quinn's ABCs, Hats off to You (Lawn Fawn)
Ink - Black (Memento)
Markers - Cool Gray 6, Antwerp Blue (Copic)
Border Punch (Stampin' Up)


Instructions
1. Create card from card stock - finished size is 5 x 5
2. Cut black card stock to 5 x 4, punch border, adhere to card
3. Cut white card stock to 5 x 3, stamp letters and hat, color and adhere to card

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Classic Bloom with Crayons

I got this new Hero Arts stamp today because I thought it would be a good one to try out my new Watercolor Crayons I bought from Technique Tuesday. They were fun to use and really easy to blend with damp brush. I still need practice, but I'm pretty happy with how these turned out. Thanks for taking a look.


Materials
Card stock - watercolor paper (Papertrey Ink)
Decorative Paper - Coordinations
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Color Medium - Watercolor Crayons (Technique Tuesday)
Trim - Neighborhood Collection (Crate Paper)


Instructions
1. Add decorative paper to front of card - finished size 4.25 x 5.5
2. Cut watercolor paper to 3.25 x 5.5
3. Stamp flower randomly with Memento Ink on watercolor paper
4. Color with crayons, then blend with damp brush
5. Adhere watercolor paper to card
6. Adhere white elastic trim

Friday, May 27, 2011

New Crafty IKEA Desk

Well, it's been a busy week and I haven't been too crafty the last couple of days. The end of school is always tiring and today was our last full day so keeping the kids under control was a task. I wish I had a three day weekend, but I'm working at school all day tomorrow. I'm trying to get a little extra money to support this paper crafting addiction of mine!! 

Anyway, something exciting did happen today. My Vika Annefors desk came from IKEA!!! I was looking for a desk with a large surface area to hold all the things that I use all the time and need to keep out including my Cricut (which had been on the floor of my living room), my paper cutter and Martha Stewart scorer (which were living on my dining room table) and my Big Shot which had a nice spot on my kitchen bar. Now they can all live together nicely in my crafty room. And as a bonus this desk has storage in the legs! I can't wait to fill them up. Those middle shelves aren't part of the desk, they're keeping the DVR out of the way. BTW, the desk was super easy to put together, you just need a regular screwdriver and a hammer. I did all by myself - no problems.


So after school is out next week, my first project will be to reorganize the craft room and take lots of pictures to share with you here. I've been totally inspired by Creative Spaces Magazine to get in there and get organized. Hope you have a great Holiday Weekend!


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Thanks!

I'm not one for buying alphabets, but when I saw this in the new Lawn Fawn sets, I thought it looked fun and would be relatively easy to use. I was right. It was so easy to put these on a block and they stamped out great. And, they were really fun to color. I just kept it simple and graphic on this card. I'm entering it into this week's Wee Memories Challenge to use stamps. 




Materials
Card stock - Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
Stamp set - Quinn's ABCs (Lawn Fawn)
Ink - Black (Memento)
Markers (Copic)


Instructions
1. Create card from card stock - finished size 4.25 x 5.5
2. Arrange letters on acrylic block and stamp 5 times on card - I just freehanded it
3. Color in with different colors of Copic Markers - I used Apple, Peacock Blue, Amethyst, Lipstick Red and Chrome Orange (I'm better with the names than the numbers) - easy peasy :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Whimsical House Scene

Today I just felt like using some distress inks and making a little scene with some stamps I haven't used in a while. So I used this Hero Arts set called Whimsical Houses. I couldn't find a place to put a sentiment that I liked so I left it "All Occassion." Thanks for stopping by and taking a look. 


Materials
Card stock - Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
Decorative Paper - Coordinations
Stamp Set - Whimsical Houses
Ink - Black (Memento), Distress Ink - Peeled Paint, Broken China (Tim Holtz), Assorted Copic Markers
Die - Label (Spellibinders Netabilities)

Instructions
Create card from card stock. 
Add decorative paper to front of card.
Round corners of card.
Stamp images, color and cut out.
Create background with distress inks - I sponged them on and stamped the grass with the distress ink.
Die cut the background.
Adhere images to die cut and adhere to card with foam tape.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

For Your Baby Shower

I made this card for Umbrella Day for the Paper Crafts A Card A Day Call for Submissions. It was not accepted to so I changed the stickers to say For Your Baby Shower. I took it to a baby shower I went today - perfect timing. 



Materials
Card stock - peach - (Bazzil Basics)
Decorative Paper - Salt Air (Cosmo Cricket)
Stamp Set - Plus One (Lawn Fawn)
Letter Stickers - Mini Mono Alphabet Stickers (Basic Gray for Studio Calico)

Crochet Trim- Robin's Egg (American Crafts) 
Instructions
1. Adhere peach panel to front of card
2. Stamp umbrellas on different decorative paper and cut out
3. Cut out decorative paper strip and adhere to card
4. Adhere umbrellas to strip
5. Adhere crochet trim to bottom of card
6. Affix letters to card

Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger - Happy Birthday!

I made this card for this weeks Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger Challenge. The cake is from the May Unity Stamp Co. Kit of the Month. I was mostly inspired by the colors of the trigger photo.


Here's what I came up with.



Materials
Card stock - Ivory (Stampin' Up) Textured Ivoery Card Stock (Studio Calico May KOM)
Vellum (Papertrey Ink)
Decorative Paper - Happy Go Lucky (Pebbles)
Stamps - Unity May 2011 KOM, Sentiment - Something to Celebrate (Stampin' Up)
Ink - Black (Memento), Assorted Copic Markers
Die - Label (Spellbinders - Nestabilities), Banner (Papertrey Ink)

Instructions
1. Create card from card stock - finished size 4.25 x 5.5
2. Create textured and decorative paper die cuts, ink edges and adhere together
3. Stamp cake, color, cut out and adhere to die cut with foam tape
4. Create banner on vellum, stamp sentiment, ink edges and adhere to card

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Wishing You A Speedy Recovery

I made this card for the Lily Pad Cards Sketch Challenge. I used the brand new Lawn Fawn stamp sets On the Mend and Bon Voyage. I am loving the new Lawn Fawn releases. They are so cute and fun to use. 

Materials
Card stock - Crumb Cake, Whipser White (Stampin' Up)
Decorative Paper - Life of the Party (Hero Arts/Basic Gray)
Vellum - (Papertrey Ink)
Stamp Sets - Turtle (On the Mend) Cloud (Bon Voyage)
Ink - Black (Memento), Assorted Markers (Copic)
Paper Snips (Martha Stewart)]
Punch - corner rounder (Stampin' Up)


Instructions
1. Create card from card stock - finished size 4 x 4
2. Cut 3.5 x 3.5 panel from decorative paper, round corners and adhere to card
3. Adhere webbing to card
4. Stamp images, color and cut out - adhere to card with foam tape
5. Add decorative brads

Friday, May 20, 2011

Enjoy the Ride

I made this card for CAS-ual Fridays 3rd Challenge to Bring on the Bling. I used the brand new Lawn Fawn Admit One Stamp Set. I think the ferris wheel is so cute. I think it's a cheery card that was fun to make. I also added it to the Simon Says Stamp Sparkle & Shine Challenge this week. And thanks to Simon Says Stamp for the speedy delivery on my new Lawn Fawn stamps!!


Materials
Card stock - Whisper White - Stampin' Up
Ink - Black - Memento
Markers - assorted colors - Copic
Stamp Set - Admit One - Lawn Fawn
Rhinestones - Doodlebug Designs, Michaels


Instructions
1. Create card from card stock - finished size is 3x3
2. Stamp Ferris Wheel and Sentiment
3. Color with Copic Markers
4. Add rhinestones

You're So Cool - Polar Bear

I made this for the Paper Crafts Card a Day call for submissions. I guess they didn't go for my interpretation of International Polar Bear Day which is February 27. But, after it was rejected I realized it fit perfectly in the Lawnscaping Polka Dot Challenge this week. Thanks for checking out my cool Polar Bear card.




Materials
Card stock - Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Decorative Paper - Scratchy Dots (Stamping Station)
Stamp Set - Critters in the Snow (Lawn Fawn)
Ink - Black (Memento) Copic Marker - Light Gray 3
Punches - Modern Label Punch, Corner Rounder (Stampin' Up)
Twine - white (Stampin' Up)
Pearls (Stampin' Up)
Webbing - Local Scrapbook Store - Scrapbook Utopia - Lexington, SC
Paper Snip (Martha Stewart)

Instructions
1. Create card from card stock - finished size 5 x 5
2. Adhere decorative paper to card
3. Stamp images and cut out
4. Adhere webbing to card (I added double sided tape in areas I knew would be covered by stamped images)
5. Adhere Stamped images
6. Stamp sentiment, punch, add twine
7. Add pearls

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Get Well Soon!

I made this card for this weeks Play Date Cafe Challenge. Below is the inspiration picture for this week's challenge. I'm also entering this in this week's Lawnscaping Challenge since I just realized I did use polka dots on the frame. 



Here's what I came up with. 


Materials
Card stock - So Saffron, Baha Breeze, Soft Suede (Stampin' Up)
Decorative Paper - All Patched Up (Karen Foster)
Stamp Set - On the Mend (Lawn Fawn)
Ink - Soft Suede (Stampin' Up)
Die - Label (Spellbinders)
Embossing Folder - Perfect Polka Dots (Stampin' Up)


Instructions
1. Create card from card stock - finished size is 4.25 x 5.5
2. Cut yellow panel and adhere to card
3. Cut decorative paper panel and adhere to card
4. Run Baha Breeze and So Saffron through die machine
5. Dry emboss larger label die with polka dot embossing folder
5. Stamp image and sentiment on yellow panel
6. Adhere die cuts together and adhere to card

Impression Obsession Black & White Challenge

I made this card for the Impression Obsession Black & White Challenge. I also used a little gray!! I love this stamp and had the idea to paper piece it. Here's what I came up with. 

Materials 
Card stock - Black & White (Stampin' Up)
Decorative Paper - White & Gray (Stampin' Up)
Stamp - Cabbage Roses (Impression Obsession), Envelope Background (Hero Arts)
Die - Label (Spellbinders)
Paper Snips (Martha Stewart)

Instructions
1. Create card from black card stock - finished size 4.25 x 5.5
2. Stamp white paper with background stamp and run through die machine twice to make frame and adhere to card
3. Stamp Cabbage Roses stamp on multiple pieces of decorative paper and cut out and piece together - adhere to card with foam tape

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Friends Are Special Watercolor Pencils Card

I made this card for this month's Hero Arts Challenge to use flowers or colored pencils. I used watercolor pencils for this card. I love colorful flower cards. It was fun to use a technique I don't do often. Thanks for taking a look. 


Materials
Card stock - Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up)
Linen Vellum - Papertrey Ink
Color Mediums - Ink - Black (Memento), Watercolor Pencils (AC Moore)
Stamp Sets - Layered Flowers, Essential Messages (Hero Arts)
Fiber - Local Craft Store - Scrapbook Utopia


Instructions
1. Create card from card stock - finished size 4.25 x 5.5
2. Adhere white trim to top and bottom of card
3. Stamp flowers on watercolor paper and color with water color pencils, cut out
4. Stamp sentiment on card
5. Adhere flowers on card with foam tape

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Material Girl Best Friends

I've had these chipboard stickers for a while now and I knew I wanted to make a card with these cute girls, so I used them on this card I made for the Wee Memories Sticker Challenge this week. I just love Cosmo Cricket Material Girl and it's so fun to create cards with stickers - makes things so much faster!!


Materials
Decorative Paper - Material Girl - Cosmo Cricket
Ink - Black - Stampin' Up
Stamp Set - Material Girl - Cosmo Cricket & Unity Stamp Company
Chipboard Stickers - Material Girl - Cosmo Cricket


Instructions
1. Create card from card stock - finished size is 4.25 x 5.5
2. Adhere decorative paper panel
3. Stamp words
4. Adhere chipboard stickers

Monday, May 16, 2011

Nautical Celebrate

I entered this card in the My Unity Place Embossing Challenge and the May Lily Pad Cards Embossing Challange. I haven't used this set yet, and I think the Sailboat and the Celebrate both look great. Thanks for stopping by.



Materials
Card stock - Cajun Craze, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake (Stampin Up)
Stamp Set - Celebrate - Itty Bitty (Unity Stamp Company/Websters Pages)
Craft Ink - Cajun Craze (Stampin Up)
Embossing Powder - clear (Martha Stewart)
Embossing Folder - Dots (Stampin Up), Lines (Sizzix)
Label Die - Spellbinders
Paper Snips - Martha Stewart

Instructions
1. Create card from card stock and dry emboss
2. Die cut label die and dry emboss and adhere to card
3. Stamp images with craft ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder
4. Cut out images and adhere to card with foam tape

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Chevron Favor Bag-WINNER!! Moxie Fab World Chevron Chic Challenge




This favor bag is entered in the Chevron Chic Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. Click the link to participate in this fun challenge too!!



Materials

Cardstock - White (Michaels)

Ink - Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo (Stampin' Up

Stamps - Background Basics - Chevron Stripes (Papertrey Ink) - AWESOME SET!!

Ribbon - Pacific Point (Stampin' Up)

Die - Fancy Favor (Stampin' Up)



Instructions

1. Stamp alternating colors of chevrons on a 12 x 6 piece of cardstock

2. Run paper through die machine - I used the Big Shot

3. Fold favor box and adhere pieces

4. Punch holes in top for ribbon

5. Add ribbon and tie bow


Buttons & Twine Thank You

I made this card for the 2nd CAS-ual Fridays Challenge. The challenge was to use twine and buttons. I just came up with this simple design that was easy and fun to make. Thanks for taking a look.




Materials 
Cardstock - Confetti White, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up)
Ink - Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up)
Stamp Set - Short & Sweet (Stampin' Up)
Buttons - Stampin' Up
Twine - The Twinery
Die - Lots of Tags (Stampin' Up)


Instructions
1. Create card from card stock - top fold - Finished size 4.25 x 5.5
2. Cut out pink and brown die cuts
3. Adhere twine and buttons to die cuts
4. Adhere finished die cuts to card
5. Stamp sentiment

Friday, May 13, 2011

Butterfly Love

I made this card for this weeks Play Date Cafe Challenge PDCC81. Below is the inspiration photo. I love the colors and saw this butterfly stamp that I have never used, so I thought I would try it. Thanks for taking a look. 



Here's what I came up with.


Materials
Card stock - Sahara Sand, Certainly Celery, Perfect Plum (Stampin' Up)
Ink - Perfect Plum (Stampin' Up)
Marker - Certainly Celery (Stampin' Up)
Stamps - Butterfly - Gem Stone Insects (Inkadinkado), Sentiment - Butterfly Prints (Stampin' Up)
Die - Top Note Label (Stampin' Up)
Rhinestones - Michaels

Instructions
1. Create card from purple card stock - finished size 4.25 x 5.5
2. Cut green and purple rectangles and adhere to card
3. Run light card stock through die machine
4. Stamp images, color with marker
5. Add rhinestones
6. Adhere die cut to card with foam tape


Monday, May 9, 2011

Cool Card

This is one of the card we made at Stamp Club last week. It's summery and fun. I love the colors and images. 

Materials - All Stampin' Up
Card stock - Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Melon Mambo 
Decorative Paper - Wild Wasabi
Stamp Set - Sunny Fun
Twine - white
Ink - black
Markers - Tangerine tango, Wild Wasabi, Melon Mambo
Punch - Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Unity Baby

I made this card for the Unity Kit of the Month Club Sketch Challenge. I only have one kit so far - the April 2011 Kit. I love these stamps, they're so easy to work with and cute. Below is the sketch.

Here's what I came up with.


Materials
Card stock - Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue (Stampin' Up)
Decorative Paper - Certainly Celery (Stampin' Up)
Ink - Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue (Stampin' Up) London Fog (Momento)
Stamps - Unity April Kit (Unity Kit of the Month Club)
Embossing Folder - Polka Dots (Stampin' Up)
Dies - Circle, Scallop Circle (Spellbinders Nestabilities) Scallops (Stampin' Up)
Twine - White (Stampin' Up)

Instructions
1. Create card from card stock - finished size 4.25 x 5.5 (top fold)
2. Stamp harlequin background
3. Stamp Baby circle, cut with circle die, cut scallop circle - adhere together and adhere to card
4. Add decorative paper to bottom of card
5. Cut paper strips (run pink through embossing folder) and adhere to card
6. Run blue paper through scallop die and adhere to card
7. Tie white twine
8. Stamp onesies on decorative paper, cut out and adhere to card with foam tape

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Lauderdale Sunshine ATC Set

I made this set of ATCs for the Hero Arts May Challenge. I wanted to use some of my new Hero Arts/Basic Gray Stamps and Paper and this was the perfect way to try them out. Thanks for taking a look!


Materials
Decorative paper - Lauderdale Paper Pack (Hero Arts/Basic Gray)
Ink - Black (Stampin Up)
Stamps - Lauderdale Sunshine (Hero Arts/Basic Gray)


Instructions
1. Cut card stock to  5 x 3.5 and fold in half - finished size is 2.5 x 3.5
2. Stamp images on paper and adhere to card
3. Ink edges

Friday, May 6, 2011

Just a Note

I made this card for the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge called Texting Skills. The Challenge is to use text. So when I got my 1st Studio Calico Monthly Kit today and saw this paper with text all over it I was inspired to make this kind of vintage card. It's completely from the Lawn Party kit and Pink Lemonade Add-on. It was so easy with my new coordinating pieces and fun to make!



Materials
Card stock - Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up)
Decorative Paper - Portrait Collection - Pearls (Crate Paper), Spring Fever - It's the Little Things (Fancy Pants Designs)
Letters - Black & Cream Sticky Keys (October Afternoon)
Cardstock - Typewriter, Word Strip - 5 & Dime Miscellany Bag (October Afternoon)


Instructions
1. Create card from card stock - finished size 5 x 5
2. Cut decorative paper to 4.5 x 4. 5 and 4 x 4 and adhere to card
3. Put on letter stickers
4. Adhere typewriter and word strip

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Thank You!

I made this card for this weeks Play Date Cafe Challenge. Below is the inspiration photo and colors. I used several different stamp sets on this card. Thanks for taking a look!


Here's what I came up with


Materials
Card stock - white (Staples)
Ink - Tangerine Tango, Real Red (Stampin' Up)
Stamp Sets - Background Basic Gingham (Papertrey Ink), Messages (Hero Arts), Gerty Girlie Stamps (My Minds Eye)
Pom Pom Trim - Tangerine Tango (Stampin' Up)

Instructions
1. Create card from card stock - finished size 4.25 x 5.5
2. Stamp background in alternating colors
3. Stamp doilies and sentiment and cut out
4. Adhere doilies and sentiment to card with foam tape and add rhinestones

Whale Wishes!

I made this card for this week's Impression Obsession Challenge. It's to use your favorite Impression Obsession stamp and of the ones I have I think the whale is my favorite followed closely by those mermaids! Thanks for taking a look. 


Materials
Card stock - Taken with Teal, Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
Decorative Paper - Snow Day (Crate Paper)
Stamp - Big Whale (Impression Obsession)
Ink - Black (Memento) Markers - Assorted Colors (Copic)
Paper Snips (Martha Stewart)

Instructions
1. Create card from card stock - finished size 4.25 x 5.5
2. Cut decorative paper and adhere to card - the bottom layer with foam tape
3. Stamp Whale, color, cut and adhere to card with foam tape


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Grad Party!

I made this card for this weeks Lawnscaping Challenge the theme is Let's Party so for this one I went with a happy graduating Owl inviting people to his graduation party. It's fun to play with Lawn Fawn critters!


Materials
Card Stock - Crumb Cake, Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
Ink - black (Memento)
Stamps - Critters in the Forest, Bannerific, Plus One, Hats Off to You (Lawn Fawn)
Decorative Paper - Little Yellow Bicycle (Elizabeth Park)
Markers - assorted colors (Copics)
Pearls - Prima
Satin Ribbon - Black (Stampin' Up)
Die - Label - Spellbinders
Paper Snips - Martha Stewart


Instructions
1. Create card from card stock & ink edges - finished size is 4.25 x 5.5
2. Stamp images, color and cut
3. Run decorative paper through die machine and adhere deco paper to card
4. Adhere all images to card with foam tape
5. Adhere pearls to card
6. Tie ribbon around card


Monday, May 2, 2011

Swirls & Flowers

I made this card for the Hero Arts May Challenge. It uses flowers and colored pencils. I'm better with watercolor pencils, but I gave this a try! I stamped the image with VersaMark and embossed with clear embossing powder. Thanks for taking a look!


Materials
Card stock - Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry (Stampin' Up)
Stamp - Flowers & Swirls (Hero Arts)
Ink - Water mark ink (Versamark)
Embossing Powder - Clear (Martha Stewart)
Color Pencils (Crayola)
Pearls (Hero Arts)


Instructions
1. Create card from card stock - finished size is 5 x 5
2. Cut Crumb Cake panel to 4.25 x 4.25
3. Stamp image with VersaMark and emboss with clear embossing powder
4. Color with colored pencils
5. Add pearls
6. Adhere panel to card
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