March 31, 2011

Scalloped Shaped Birthday Card

One of the challenges this week at RAQs Challenge on the Cricut message board was to make a circle or shaped card.   I made this card using the Paper Lace cartridge.

  I first sized the scalloped "just because" cut on page 55 of the handbook, then I hide contour all the lines that cut out the words in Design Studio.  I wanted just the design around the edge.  Then I took the plain scalloped shadow, copied, pasted flipped the second one and welded them together in Design Studio.  I also placed a small rectangle, very small from Plantin Schoolbook and welded it in the center so there would be a a place to fold it.    I then cut another shadow scallop out of the brown and place a circle in the center, so when it cut I had that circle to use on the front of the card.  I hope this makes sense, I guess I could have cut the circle from the center of the pink so the brown showed through but I wanted the circle separate so I could pop dot it.  The card measure about 5 inches.  The papers are from DCWV Linen & Lace stack and there is a pattern on them but it is hard to see.  The happy birthday was also cut from the Paper Lace cartridge.  Here is a closer side view.
The flower is a crumpled flower I had in my stash.  I love making these and try to make several when I do so I have them handy. :).   I added brown pearls around the pattern on the front and tied a bow at the edge.  I also cut another base card out of pink to line the inside with.
I made this card to give to my grandson's girlfriend for her birthday.

Thanks for visiting my blog and I would love to hear your comments.

March 30, 2011

Honor America Card

I am sending this card to my Grandson who is in the Navy.  I created it following the sketch this week at Mojo Monday,  stop by and check it out.
  Our challenge was to make a different shape card, I chose to make a 5 1/2 inch square card.

Happy Mojo Monday!  For the last week of the month, we like to mix things up and focus on non-traditional sized cards.  So since it's Round or Square week try a round card, a square card or both if you're feeling really inspired!!  {If you're not sure how to make a round card, I described my process in the 2nd paragraph of this post on my blog a few months ago.} 

I think is looks very patriotic, which was my intention.

The "honor" I cut using my Stand Salute Cricut cartridge that I just got.  I think I will get a lot of use out of it with my grandson in the Navy.  There are some great cuts on this cartridge.  The "America" is a sticker and the red border across the bottom I cut using a Martha Stewart punch.  I didn't think about it till the card was put together, Stand & Salute has a border feature and I am sure I could have found a great border there.  Oh well I hope I remember next time.   
I carried the theme to the inside and think the sentiment fits as he enteres this new venture in his life.
I hope you can read the saying, it came out kind of light when I stamped it.  It is a Gina K Designs stamp. 
Thank you so much for stopping by, I really appreciate, leave me a comment to let me know you where here :).

March 28, 2011

Wishing you a Happy Birthday

I have a lot of birthdays coming up in April.   I made this one following a sketch at RAQs Challenge on the Cricut message board.  It is also following an Ad Color Challenge.  I love this combination of colors, yellow, black and white.

The strip across the center is from a Martha Stewart pinch that I ran ribbon through it twice.

I just love making crumpled flowers.  I made this one cutting the flower image on Sentimentals cartridge at several different sizes.  I sprayed them with Glimmer Mist Lemon Zest till tehy were wet, crumpled them up and slowly unfolded them.
The sentiment is a Verve stamp that I stamped and heat embossed using black sparkle embossing powder.  I cut the ovals using my Nesties.  This card is a 5 1/2 inch square card

I am very glad you stopped by, please leave me a comment.  Thanks!

March 24, 2011

What would YUDU giveaway

Wow you have to get over the the Cricut Couples blog and enter for this giveaway.  They are giving away a complete YUDU card maker.  Boy woud I ever love to have one of these.  I have been waiting for them to put it up on the rewards site

So what are you waiting for head on over and try and win this blog.  Hey and if you go there form here tell them I sent you.

March 23, 2011

Sending Prayers & Thoughts

I thought this card looks comforting and caring all at the same time.  I figured it could be used for a sympathy card, an after surgery, or even when someone gets some bad news. 
Now this week at Crafty Creations Challenge the theme is "in stitches' although this card is by no means funny I did however use my Jamone sewing machine.
The flower is a Inkadinkado stamp, that I stamped on Cryogen white paper I got from Paper Temptress and colored using my ProMarkers.  The Cryogen white paper works great with alcohol markers and has a sparkle to it that shows through even after you color it.  The sentiment is a Gina K Design stamp, that I stamped on an oval I cut using my Cricut.  I also added some faux or hand stitching around the oval.
After I stamped and colored my flowers I cut them out using my deckled edged Nesties, one from the Cryogen white and the other from a very deep purple/maroon and then stitched them together.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and don't forget to stop by Crafty Creations and join us this week.

Thank you "sew" much

This is my second week being on the Design Team at Crafty Creations Challenges.  Our host/sponsor this week is Jamie and her theme is "You have me in stitches", either using stitching on the card or a funny saying.  Make sure head on over to CCC and join us and find out what our sponsor has to offer.

This card was fun for me to make and rather quick for me also, less than a day, but you will see why later.

Now for most people when they say fast card it would be an hour or so, well one day is fast for me even with all the help I got on this one using Dazzle Stickers , I still had to pick out my papers and toy around with the design and which stickers I would use.  Plus I think I get distracted a lot (my own fault)LOL.
If you are not familiar with the Dazzle stickers check them out they come in all different kinds of things.  As delicate as they look they are very sturdy, in fact I had put the sewing machine on there twice and had to remove and reposition since it was crooked, but once you get the correct placement I just run them over with my brayer and they are stuck down!  Isn't the ruler part the coolest, it is a Dazzle also.
The background is DCWV paper from the Crafty Stack that has button and spools of thread on it.  The yellow frames piece on the upper left side I embossed using the Houndstooth folder in my Cuttlebug, then I  inked it slightly, you can't really see it.  The cream colored piece behind the sewing machine I stamped a pair of scissors all over it using my VersaMark stamp pad, again hardly visible.  Then I cut a circle and a scalloped shadow using my Cricut and stamped the saying on it, added a heart button and that finished it off.

I also made this card following the sketch this week at Mojo Monday #183, this is a fund challenge that I like to participate in whenever I can. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and as always if there are any questions I would be happy to answer them.  Or you can leave me a comment, I love them!

March 20, 2011

You're A Classic..................Stair Step Card

This is the first time I made a stair step card, oh wait as I am typing I remember making another one a year or two ago (I won't share that one LOL).
I made this for my brother-in-law, I won't tell  his age but he is old enough to remember these cars. :).
The car I stamped on chipboard type paper and heat embossed it, then I stamp it again onto the brown kraft colored paper, I cut around both and glued them together to give them some body to stand up.  I guess I didn't really need to heat emboss the first layer, oh well habit I guess I heat emboss most everything I stamp.  I then pop dotted it onto a deckled edge rectangle I cut with my Nesties.  I Cuttlebugged the red layer.
It is hard to take pictures of this kind of card so here is a few angles.

I stamped on each folded area.  Here it is from the side.
This fun and I will have to try more of these.  It is a small card that fits into an A2 sixe (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) envelope.
Thanks for stopping by

March 15, 2011

Cart of Love..........Mothers Day Card

I am so honored that I was asked to be on the design team at Crafty Creations Challenges.  This is my first week on the design team and this week our hostess is Bernie at Crafty Be  blog, our sponsor is The Stamping Boutique where you will find some fabulous images.  I chose the "Flower Cart" image to make a Mother's Day card as this is the theme this week.
I printed the image on Gina K Pure Luxury cardstock and colored it using a combination of Copic markers and ProMarkers.  My Copic marker collection is very small, but I have all the ProMarkers colors so I used both.    I hope to expand my Copics as time goes on and as the budget allows (or when I stop buying other things LOL).  I was very unhappy with the way the umbrella came out, but once I placed it on the bright green mat paper, that I pinched the corners with a Fiskars punch I was quite pleased.   The salmon colored background paper is from DCWV Flower Shower stack.  The Happy Mothers Day I cut from the Cricut cartridge Holiday Cakes, I love the cake cartridges for sentiments.  I actually mounted the sentiment with removable adhesive as I am not sure I will leave it as a Mothers Day card.  My Mom was here and saw it so I guess I will need to make another one.  I think it would make a great get well card as it is so bright and cheery.

Well thanks so much for stopping by and I would love to hear what you think of my card.  Be sure you check out the Crafty Creations Challenges, there is a new challenge every Wednesday, I look forward to being on this Design Team!

March 14, 2011

Fancy Coyote Card

I found this place that sells a lot of Southwestern type stamps.  My Heart Stamps 4 U check them out they have a large variety of all types of stamps and there service was speedy. 
I made this card for my husbands birthday that is coming up in early April.  He makes things out of wood and is always telling me I should make southwestern cards so here it is.
 I will add "Happy Birthday later.  The coyote I stamped and heat embossed with copper, then colored it in using my Promarkers.  I see now that I put the bottom brad on crooked Oops!  The pot looks popped in the photo but it is not, I may go in and stamp another one and raise that area up or cover it with Crackle Accents.

Well thanks so much for stopping by.  :)

March 10, 2011

Well wishes card.....................

.........for my grandson that just went into the Navy (yesterday).  This week on Stamp TV we had to make a card using the following sketch.
so here is the card I made following the sketch to send him (when I get his address) LOL

This sketch was a real challenge to cut the striped background paper to line up correctly.  Looking at it you would think it wasn't a big deal but cutting angles like that on a rectangle is a bit different then on a square at least for me.  What I did was score it corner to corner, then folded it and cut on the folds.  It worked for me.  
The anchor is a Gina K design stamp from the Enjoy the Sunshine set, I stamped it and heat embossed it with pewter embossing powder.  The second time I stamped it I cut it out and put Tim Holtz Crackle Accents on it.  I then pop dotted it on top of the other one.

The sentiment stamp is also a Gina K design stamp from the same set.

The center label I cut from the Sentimentals cartridge, then I finished the inside with the same cut and left it blank for me to write a note in.
I am so glad you stopped by and would love to hear your comments.

March 9, 2011

Flowery Happy Birthday

I bought this paper at Joann's and I just loved the bright cheery print.  I finally put it together in a card.
The card is a 5 1/2 inch square, the center I layered to papers and distressed the edges with my Tim Holtz distress tool.  I love this thing (when I remember to use it).
One of the swirls is stamped and the other cut using my Cricut.  Happy birthday is a Gina K Design stamp.  
The inside is just plain paper that I stamped swirls on with Versamark ink, just to give it a subtle pattern.

Thanks for stopping by. 

March 5, 2011

Let it Snow..........................a little early

I know that most of you back east are very tired of the snow and I also realize it is a bit early to be doing a Christmas card however this week at RAQ's Challenge   on the Cricut message the only thing that kept coming in my head was snowflakes.
The snowflakes are from several cartridges, Holiday Cakes, Accent Essentials and Winter Lace to name a few or maybe all I don't remember, LOL.  I do love the way it turned out and thought about making it my Christmas card this year, but I am no so sure with cutting out all those snowflakes.  Well I have a few months to think about it!  There is one snowflake hidden in there that was a Martha Stewart punch.  I sprayed all the snowflakes with Glimmer Mist, some Glacier and other Dazzling Diamonds.  The happy holidays is a Gina K stamp, that I stamped on a Spellbinder Nestie cut out. Here is a close up of some of the snowflakes.
The snowflakes are pop dotted at different hieghts, then added bling to the centers and called it done.
I am glad you stopped by.

March 3, 2011

My blog has Style!

Really, well according to The Cricut Couple they think I do.  They have awarded me the "Your Blog Has Style" award, wow thanks!
Back in the summer there were several people that kept telling me that I should have a blog, well I was scared and intimidated about having one but with much encouragement from my Cricut message board friends I started one and I love it.  It opened up my world to all kinds of new blogging friends.  Thank you to Jill & Bobby at the Cricut Couple that awarded me this honor.

So to accept this award, I need list 5 things about me makign sure that I tell why I like crafting.  I also have to pass this award on to 5 other bloggers telling why I like their blog.
Things about me
1.  I am married to the most wonderful man, that treats me like a queen and is so encouraging of my hobby.
2.  I worked full time for the same company for 26 years till 3 1/2 years ago when they discovered a tumor in my spinal cord, after 2 surgeries I am unable to walk unassisted so I can no longer work.
3.  I have always loved some kind of crafting from, painting t-shirts to crocheting to anything else I ran across that I wanted to try.
4.  I love making cards and have been for about 15 years.  I am thankful that I had this hobby when I became disabled, which is now my full-time job :).  I get to go in my room and play each 7 everyday.
5.  I am very thankful for my wonderful supportive family and friends that are there for me every step of the way through my new live journey.   And also my many blogging friends that I have "meet" in the last 7 months.

Now here are the 5 blogs I want to pass this award on to.

1.  Melissa Made, i know that Melissa was already awarded this my Bobby & Jill, but I absolutely could not pass up on me awarding it to her also.  Without her I probably would not have a blog, she has continuously encouraged me and is always complimenting my work.  besides all that she can do wonders coloring with Copic markers, if I could color 1/4 as well asher I would be happy.

2.   My Sheri Crafts Sheri is also a person that was instrumental in setting up my blog.  She even spent time with me on the phone to help me get it all set up and give me hints and tips on how to manage a blog.  I love her blog because she has a challenge each week that helps get your creative juices flowing.  She also has a great store with fabulous prices and out of this world customer service, check it out My Sheri Crafts Store

3. Tiffany Doodles  You have to check out Tiffany's web site, she has some of the best digital images out there and they keep getting better all the time.  She offers freebies on Thursdays.  I love her site because I am just learning the marker coloring thing and I love her simple but stylish designs. 

4.  Scrap Happens  if you have never been to Rhonda blog you just have to visit,  She make the most awesome mini albums you will ever lay your eyes on.  And then she gives them away, I was lucky enough to receive one just before Christmas.  I have never attempted one of these but I may have to after seeing Rhonda's.

5.  Crafting the Web  I just recently found this blog and immediately fell in love with it.  With my recent quest for learning to color with Copic and my ProMarkers I quickly discovered I would find great help here.  Theresa's tutorials are fabulous, she takes you step by step of coloring and showing you exactly which markers she used.  You can bet I will be visiting this blog also.
Thank you again Bobby & Jill you have no idea how much it means to me to be honored and recognized this way! 

March 2, 2011

Thanks berry much

I love the way this came out.  I made it this week for the sketch challenge at Stamp TV.
Here is the sketch we had to follow.

As you can see I twisted (literally) it up a bit, but I think you can still see the basic sketch.

This card was actually built around the ribbon.  I had this ribbon for some time now and when I saw this sketch I knew this was the ribbon I wanted to use.  The strawberries are from Gina K Designs "Enjoy the Sunshine" set that is so versatile, I love it.  The thank you berry much is also from that same set.    I stamped the strawberries using Memento black on Gina K Pure Luxury cardstock, then colored them with my Copic markers.  I only have a few Copics and I am still learning how to use them, but with this paper they blended beautifully.  It leaves such a smooth silky like finish to the image. 

I embossed the background using my Cuttlebug, and I knew there was a way to leave a section not embossed.  I was determined to do it this way so I checked out You Tube and around the internet and I found a tutorial on Ikki's Cuttlebug Cupboard, what a great resource for using your Cuttlebug, be sure you stop by and check it out.
Then after I spent an hour or so yesterday trying to find this technique I get my newsletter from Splitcoast Stampers this morning and sure enough their tutorial this week was on exactly that topic!
Anyway what I did was set up a cut file in my Gypsy for a 5 x 7 rectangle with an oval approximately 1 x 2 cut out at the spot I wanted left unembossed, then I cut it out of chipboard type material.  It worked great, boy can I see a lot of possibilities for this!.
I made this inside rather simple, just using a Spellbinder die and cutting out the strawberry image, I wanted to leave room for a hand written note.

I am so glad you stopped by, I would love to hear you comments on my card.

March 1, 2011

USN Birthday Card............

............for my Grandson.  I made this birthday card for my grandson who turned 19 on February 24th and is going into the Navy on March the 9th.
Although the colors aren't the traditional navy blue, I followed the colors in the center sticker.

 I made this card following the sketch on RAQs Challenge on the Cricut message board.  When I first saw the sketch I thought about a medal.

The star were cut using Indie Art from bronze and cream colored paper.  After I layered them I covered them with Glossy Accents to make them 3 dimensional.  
Here is what I did with the inside.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I would love it if you would leave a comment so that I know you were here :).