Monday, July 11, 2011

First Christmas Card for 2011

Whatcha Think?

Challenges Entered
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog - Challenge 32: Must Have 2 Sentiments (I have "White Christmas" & Tidings of Joy")
Bows & Berries -  Challenge 9: Use Kraft in Your Project (I used kraft paper for the base of the card)
DYSU Challenge Blog - Use Chipboard (The greeting tags I used are chipboard)
Little Red Wagon - Christmas in July 
Moving Along With the Times - Christmas in July
The Paper Variety - It's Christmas time
Tuesday Throwdown - Throwdown #56: Christmas in July

Kraft Paper (used for the base of the card)
Vintage German Scrap
Chipboard Stickers
Machine Stitching
Die Cut

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Pink Butterflies

June was a busy month with work...especially with the end of the fiscal year.  I survived with my sanity.  Now I can focus on creating.  Made this card yesterday for a friend of mine. Her friend's daughter is celebrating a birthday and really likes flowers and butterflies.  Really...what 10 year-old doesn't.

I got a little crazy with the layers on the card.  It is pretty darn heavy.  At least she doesn't have to mail it.

I love Ranger's Stickles.  Not only adds shimmer but creates a great texture.
Challenges Entered
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Challenge 159: Sewing
Bearly-Mine Challenges - Challenge 14: Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz Challenges - All About Flowers (hope the beaded flowers and flower paper count)
Clear it Out Challenge - Wing It
Creative Craft Challenges - Pretty Blossoms (hope the beaded flowers & flower paper count)
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog - Cards
Divas by Design - Punches/Die Cuts (for the butterflies I used Sentimentals Cricut Cartridge)
Flutter by Wednesday - Challenge 161: Open Challenge
KB Cute Monday - Challenge 20: Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes
Truly Scrumptious - Challenge 60: Things With Wings

Jolie Paper Pad Chocolat
Cream Colored Card Stock
Sentimentals Cricut Cartridge for the Butterflies
Pink & Lavender Card Stock from Bazzill Basics
Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Stickles
Color Box Pink Stamping Ink
Machine Stitching

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Rockin' Out - Graduation Card

I had a lot of fun creating this card for my friend Corey.  Her friend's daughter just graduated high school is off to UC Davis.

Big thank you to Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge for the wonderful sketch.

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge
Challenges Entered
Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge - Challenge 107
Order of the Opus Gluei - Girl Things
Paper Sundaes - Challenge #73: Girly Girl
The Emerald Faerie Garden - Challenge #2: Lots of Bling (I hope the bead work counts
The Paper Shelter - Challenge 17: Celebrate

Rat Pack - Swing Card

I'm up a little late this evening.  Way too much coffee today.  I probably should hit my pillow soon but I wanted to share a card I made for my friend's husband.  She wanted something a little "Mad Men" and a little "Rat Pack."  Her husband loves scotch so I went with a hand-drawn scotch filled glass. I decided to go with a swing card.  This is the first time I made a swing card.  I think it turned out well...and goes with the entire theme of the card. 

Wish I new who made this paper.  I have so many scraps of paper and it is hard to keep track of where I got it from.

I punched out some black circles and strong them with embroidery thread. The little circles move as well.

Challenges Entered
Bows and Berries - Challenge 7: Masculine 
Craft Your Passion - Challenge 61: Anything Goes 
Crafting for all Seasons Challenge Blog - Challenge 2: Father's Day
Creative Craft Challenges - Movable Parts Challenge
Creative Inspirations - Dad/Man in Your Life (I hope this counts even though this is card is for my friend's husband)
Delightful Challenges - Father's Day
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge Blog - Its All About Males
The Crazy Challenge - CCH#70: Father's Day 
There's Magic in the Air - Magical Monday: Masculine 
Top Tip Tuesday - Challenge 37: More Than 1 Fold

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Cranes & Flowers

Good Morning Bloggers.  Hope all is well in your universes.  I have had a busy two weeks.  I finally finished the birthday invitations for my friend's daughter.  They took a lot longer than I thought.  But that is the nature of crafting and creating something special.  Work has been a little hectic and dealing with those things that come  up on a daily basis has taken time away from my craft time.  I'm hoping to get cracking on some cards this weekend and playing in the garden.

With that being said.  I was able to get one new card done on Monday night.  I wanted to do something simple but elegant.  I had gone to the Japanese Tea Garden with a friend last week during one of my breaks between meetings.  I love the garden.  It is so serene and gorgeous.  You can just get lost in all of the beauty.  The cranes in their pond and the garden's flowers inspired me to make this card along with Crazy 4 Challenges Inspiration Challenge.  As I am sure it is with many of you, a lot of my inspiration for creating cards comes from my everyday life.  

The Crane fan is Victorian Scrap from a great Etsy Shop It's Always Fabulous.  When you run your fingers across it the grooves actually feel like fan grooves.

Flowers were created using the Pagoda Cricut Cartridge.  I added antique gold brads to the center of the flowers and Tim Holtz distressing glitter for a little shimmer.
Crazy 4 Challenges Photo Inspiration Challenge

Challenges Entered
Bearly-Mine Challenges - Anything Goes
Craft-Room Challenge - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew - Wings
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Karens Doodles Challenge Blog - Brads And/Or Eyelets
Make It Monday- #40: Linky Party
My Time to Craft Challenge - Challenge 144: Wildlife Reserve 
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Animals 

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Little Bubble Bath

Can't tell you how much I love bubble baths.  I really need to schedule more of them.  I used to take one once a week.  I have no idea why I haven't had a bubble bath in ages.  I think after I do this posting, I might hop in the bath for some me time.  Hope I have some bubble bath laying around.

I wanted to go for simple, chic, and elegant when creating this card.  I think I achieved what I was looking for.  Hope you like it. 

Challenges Entered
2 Sisters Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Bloggers Challenge - Make it Shimmer
Clear It Out - Colors (Any Color Medium)
Crafting for all Seasons Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes 
My Time to Craft Challenge - Use a Die Cut
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Pale, Pretty, Pastels
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Clean & Simple
Sew Many Challenges - Circles (hope my bubbles count)
Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog - Ooh La La 
The Emerald Faerie Garden - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes

Cream Card Stock & Designer Paper (the designer paper is from some scrap I had laying around that I have had for a few years...have no idea who made it...I'm sure all of you can relate to that.)
Stamp from Burnt Cookie Rubber Stamps
Frame Die Cut from Happy Hauntings Cricut Cartridge
Prismacolor Pencils
Tea Bags for Staining
Tim Holtz Cotton Candy Stickles
Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Stickles
Tim Holtz Tattered Rose Stickles

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Nadia's 1st Birthday Invitations

Hope you all had a great weekend.  My weekend was filled with gardening but I did get a chance to work on a few cards.  My good friend Beth's daughter (Nadia) is turning one in June.  She is so damn adorable.  I just love kissing on her cheeks.  Her brother (Adian) is also a little looker as well.  Beth and her husband Geoff sure make pretty babies.

Anyway...Beth asked me to come up with a design for some b-day invitations for Nadia (which is Aidan's name backwards).  This is what I came up with.

Nadia - The Birthday Girl
I wanted to go for some neutral vintage colors but had to add a little color (pink) to the card.  I added some Cotton Candy Tim Holtz stickles to the flag and also added pink ribbon and used pink thread for the machine stitching.  Only 24 more invitations to go.

Card Challenges Entered
Alphabet Challenge Blog - Clean and Simple
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes 
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Children Cards
Creative Card Crew - Cute & Girly
Diva's By Design - One for the Girls 
I Did it Creations Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
If The Shoe fits... Scrap It! - Clean & Simple
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Night-Shift Stamping - Challenge 67: Monochrom
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Anything Goes
Ribbon Carousel - Clean & Simple
Tuesday Throwdown - Baby/Child 
Truly Scrumptious Challenge - Challenge 57: Anything Goes

Cream Cardstock
Nursery Rhyme Cricut Cartridge
Studio G Stamps for the "Join Us.." Tag
Tim Holtz Cotton Candy Stickles
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Vintage Photo
Machine Stitching
Pink Ribbon
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