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

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Colors I Never Put Together

So had a little time yesterday after a long day of work.  My Aunt's birthday is coming up and I needed to make her a card.  It cam out so cute that I decided to make an extra one to sell at my little shop.

I was inspired by this week's Color Throwdown challenge in choosing the colors and Mojo Monday's sketch challenge.  Never thought about putting black, lime green, and basic gray together.

The flower is handmade.  My first attempt at making a handmade flower.  I found this great tutorial at Pretty Paper blog.  It was really fun to make.  I used cream colored cardstock and cut out circles in various sizes.  I then sponged the circles with lime greeen stamping ink and colored the edges with a sage green marker and added pearl and sage green glitter to the edges.  I think it turned out pretty well given my first handmade flower.  I really like how the card came out.  I think I will use the same color combos for some Halloween cards.

Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge 191

Card Challenges Entered
Claudia & Company - Challenge 82: Birthday Card for a Girl
Crafts and Me Challenge - Challenge 35: Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Challenge 119: May Flowers
Color Throwdown - Challenge 142
Mojo Monday - Sketch Challenge 191
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Bloom & Grow Challenge

Black Cardstock
Cream Cardstock
Lime Green Cardstock
Lime Green Decorative paper with ash black circles
Grey Cardstock sponged in black stamping ink and the edges frayed
Flower Decorative Paper
Happy Birthday Stamp
Pearl and Sage Green Glitter

Sunday, May 15, 2011

On the Road

It's getting a little late over here and I need to get to bed.  Just wanted to post this card up before hitting the fluffy pillows.  Will write more about this card tomorrow when I wake up.

Card Sketch Patterns - Sketch 115 Challenge

Challenges Entered
Card Sketch Patterns - Sketch 115 Challenge
Cards for Men - Challenge 10: Someone Special
Crafty Creations Challenges - Challenge 118: Anything Goes
Flourishes Timeless Challenges - Timeless Tuesday 117 Challenge: Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet Challenge - Tags or Banners
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenges - Challenge 5: To Die For
My Time to Craft Challenges - Challenge 140: Scallops 
Scrappy Frogs Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Stamp Something - Anything Goes Challenge 
Sugar Creek Hollow - Recipe Challenge
Tuesday Throwdown - Challenge #48: Die Cuts 

The Nifty Fifties Cricut Cartridge - Car Die Cut
Cricut Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge - "DAD" Die Cut
Cream Cardstock
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Retro Grunge Paper
My Mind's Eye Complete Boy Paper
Paper I Bought and I have know idea who made it
Green, Black, Silver Cardstock for the Retro Car
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Sprockets
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Vintage Photo
Machine Stitching

Road to Nowhere

Good evening fellow bloggers and anyone else who happens across my little blog.  A fairly productive weekend even with fighting off some bog.  Apparently there is something going around and I was privileged enough to catch it.  Oh least it isn't as bad as the cold I had last December.

I'm trying to get some Father's Day cards done to post at my Etsy shop before the end of the month...can you believe it is already the 15th --- time sure does move fast.  I've been in a retro grungy sort of mood lately (might be because I am under the weather) so some of the latest creations have a 50s feel to them.  The Nifty Fifties Cricut Cartridge certainly has been very useful and has a ton of images I can't wait to use.  A lot of cool images to cure your retro urges.  I added some pearl glitter to the headlights for a little shimmer.

A close-up of the car and the panels.

A close-up of the greeting.
CPS - Card Sketch Weekly Challenge - CPS 218
I was inspired by CPS-Card Sketches Weekly Challenge - CPS 218.  This blog has one of the best sketch designs I have seen.  They are always coming up with something unique and fabulous.  I had a great time cutting out all of the panels and adding stitching to the borders.  The Tim Holtz Idea-ology Retro Grunge paper and sprockets really added a nice touch to the card.  Have I told you guys I am having a love affair with Tim.  Okay..not really with him...more like all of his products.  I would love to meet him one day to tell him face-to-face how much I love all of his stuff.

Card Challenges Entered:
Card Positioning Systems Weekly Sketch Challenge - CPS 218 
Creative Belli Blog - Challenge 117: Starts with an "S" Challenge (my "S" is sprocket)
Emerald Faerie Garden - First Challenge: Anything Goes
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes
Lothian Crafts Online - Easel Card
One Stitch at a Time Challenge Blog - Challenge 62: Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - Challenge 53 Anything Goes
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle Saturdays - Old Supplies Challenge (old supplies used: red buttons, sprockets, brad, and glitter)
Wags n' Whiskers Stamps - Challenge 54: Circles 
Sew Many Challenges - Anything Goes

Cream Cardstock
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Retro Grunge Paper
My Mind's Eye Complete Boy Paper
Red, Black, Silver Cardstock for the Retro Car
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Sprockets
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Vintage Photo
Machine Stitching
Embroidary Thread

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Shaken, Not Stirred - Father's Day Card

Good evening everyone.  I had a great mother's day with my mommy.  We spent an hour waiting to have brunch at this great place in San Francisco - Brenda's French Soul Food.  Oh my GAWD!!!  It was worth the wait.  If you live in the city or are just here should totally check it out and order yourself up some Crawfish Beignets.  I love my mom dearly.  We do a lot of things together.  I know this is going to sound corny..but she is my best friend. I look forward to spending many more mother's days (and everyday) with her.

So...its been awhile since I have posted.  April was a busy month with gearing up for our Annual Easter Party and work related adventures.  I'm hoping as always to be able to post some new creations at least once a week.  I know everyone (at least those who actually take the time to blog) says that --- but I'm gonna at least try.

Enough with the excuses and resolutions and on to a new card I created for Father's Day.  I can say that I always struggle a little creating Father's Day cards.  Probably because I do not have a lot of masculine looking do-dads (pun intended) to embellish the card.  I could go for the old stand by and make a tie card...but my pop doesn't wear ties.  I decided this year that I would focus on some unique looking "masculine" cards that any non-tie wearer would love.

Inspired by Card Patterns Weekly Sketch Blog's Sketch 114 Challenge, I went a little retro-Mad Men-chic with this card.  Here is the Sketch Challenge Picture...

Here is what I came up with...

I really loved the idea of the little border circles on the challenge.  I thought adding the olives would be cool accents. I used vellum paper and wrapped it around the center of the card.  I like the effect it gives to the paper underneath.  Here are a few more pics.

Materials Used:
Black Card Stock for the Base
Olive Cardstock from Bazzill Basics
Moonrise by SEI
Vellum Paper
Stamping Ink
Nifty Fifties Cricut Cartridge

Card Challenges Entered:
Card Patterns Weekly Sketch Blog - Sketch 114 Challenge
Sentimental Sundays - Anything Goes Challenge
Divas By Design - Anything Goes Challenge 
The Craft Pad - Spots & Dots Challenge 120
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - Give Us A Quote/Sentiment Challenge

Monday, March 28, 2011

Leaf Shaped Card with My Little Owl Buddy

I've been really getting into the card blog challenges that folks are having.  The challenges are very inspirational and they get my creative juices going --- just like a good cup of coffee.  Creative Inspirations' challenge this past week was to create a no square card.  Wow.  Interesting.  I thought to myself that I could do that...and I had the perfect idea for the challenge.  A leaf card.

I found this great tutorial last year for leaf card that I have been meaning to try out.  Now I had the perfect opportunity.  It took me a two attempts and fussing around with the color scheme (several layers and shades of green cardstock) to have a finished product that I was happy with.  I sanded the edges of the card for a more worn look and added a machine stitched border to the front and inside of the card. 

Because I sell cards on etsy, I wanted the card to stand.  Martha Stewart has a good tutorial on creating a menu stand.  Pretty basic origami stand that you can decorate.  I choose to add a die-cut owl and some leaves from the Give a Hoot Cricut Cartridge. The little guy is pretty thick.  He has several layers and gold bead eyes.

My little guy on an origami menu stand.

Inside of Card
I've been working on a lot of Spring themed cards the past couple of months.  I'm not sure this particular card qualifies as a "Spring themed card," but I think it turned out rather cute.

Challenges Entered
Creative Inspirations - Challenge 104: No Square Cards Allowed
Lollipop Crafts - Challenge #32 - Shape Up 
CES Challenge Blog - Challenge #29 Die Cut Crazy
A Gem of a Challenge - Challenge 17 - No Square Cards
Crafts and Me - Anything Goes Challenge 27

Monday, March 21, 2011

Harvesting Roses

Wanted to get this card up before I head off to work.  Will write up a little something about the card later.

Challenges Entered
Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog - Challenge 55: Easel Card 
Southern Girls Challenge - Flowers
2 Sisters Challenge Blog - Furry Friends 
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Easter Time 
The Creative Cottage Challenge Blog - Spring Has Sprung 
Stampin with the Dragon Challenge Blog - Bring on Spring
Miami Doodles: Digital Stamps Challenge: Celebrate Spring
Stamps R Us Challenge Blog - Celebrate Spring

Can't Get Enough Butterflies

Happy Monday peeps of the blog world.  I do have to say it is a good Monday.  I had a great night's sleep.  I didn't wake up once.  My cats let me sleep-in a little without one of them smacking my face to wake me up to feed them.  Birds are actually chirping outside my window --- too bad I have to go to work today. 

I'm posting and listing a new card that I created yesterday.  I'm also going to enter it in a few challenges that I found in my reading list.  How lucky am I that folks are having challenges that fit my card.  We must be in sinc. 

Can't Get Enough Butterflies

The card is pretty basic but I think it turned out rather pretty.  I have a thing for orange and especially a rusty colored orange.  A diverse color perfect for Spring and Autumn...what the heck..perfect for anytime of the year.  I had purchased these Spring themed die-cuts by K&Company back in December thinking that they would be perfect for my cards.  They are so pretty and very vintage looking.  The main image I used for the center of the card is from Susan Winget Spring Blossom Seed Packet Die-Cut Cardstock.  It has touches of glitter on it.  So pretty. The leafs and butterflies borders used at the bottom of the card are also from K&Company.  I ripped open the package so fast to put in my storage I forgot to keep a tag with the name of the adhesive borders.  Sorry.

Can't Get Enough Butterflies 
Materials: two layers of cream cardstock for base sponged with cocoa stamping ink; cantaloupe cardstock by bazzill basics; green woodland by dcwv; k&company die cuts; recollections' boutique fleus floral embellishment; vintage lace; machine stitching

I also used this beige vintage lace that I purchased from EKSupplies (one of my fellow Etsy sellers).  She's got some great stuff.  You should check her out when you get a chance.  I had to hand stitch the lace on the card which took a little time.  I think it adds a nice vintage touch to the card. I have also added machine stitching to the inside and back of the card.

Card Challenges
Lollipop Crafts - Lollipop Challenge 31: Butterflies...Butterflies
The Sweetest Thing - Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 109

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Shamrocks & Irish Tartans

I know St. Paddy's Day has past but I thought I would showcase one of my creations this year.  I love the tartan ribbon and finally found something to do with it.  During the holidays I purchase those little bags of confetti because I love having some motion with my cards.  I added three shamrock confetti pieces to the card.  The bottom panel of the card is a stamped & embossed Irish Blessing.

Whatcha Think?

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Fab & Funky Challenges - Challenge 64 - All Things Green or Happy St. Paddy's Day
Crafty Purple Frog Challenge - Going Green 
Delightful Challenges - Show Us Some Green

Flowers & Butterflies

I've been in the process of working on collection of cards for Spring (including Mother's Day).  It seems that I have chosen to do a lot of cards with flowers and butterflies for my collection.  I guess when I hear the word Springtime...that's what I think of.

Spring is Time for Flowers & Butterflies

Anyway...I got the inspiration for this card from the Card Positioning System's #210 Card Sketch Challenge.

The flower and two butterflies were created using vellum paper and hand punches.  There are several layers to the flower and butterflies to give them some dimension.  

I have this great pad of designer paper from Penny Lane.  All the paper is glittered and embossed.  I love it a lot and have found myself using it quite a bit this past month.

My favorite part of the card are the butterflies.  They actually look like they are flying.  

Challenges entered:
Card Positioning System's -  #210 Card Sketch Challenge.
Aly's Sunday Challenge - ASC38 Happy Spring
Wags n Whiskers Stamps -  Challenge 50 - Spring

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Frisky Cat

I woke up this morning...poured myself a cup of coffee..and started reading some of the blogs I subscribe to.  I came across a challenge using recycled items.  What a great idea.

I looked around my room and then ventured into the garage to see what I had laying around.  As soon as I walked back in my room, my cat came in after his morning restroom stop wanting his breakfast.  I opened up his can..washed it out for recycling...and was about to toss it in the recycling bin when it hit me.  I had the perfect item for a few challenges - the cat food label.

Needless to say, the label was wet after I washed the can out.  No worries..I just went to the grocery store the other day and had bought a ton of food for the my little darlings.  I ripped off a few labels, broke out the Cricut and the Nifty Fifties cartridge, got the sewing machine out, and started my project for the day.  The card is pretty heavy.  There are a lot of layers.

It is going to definitely be interesting the next couple of feedings...I have know idea what the cats are going to eat.  At least I ripped off labels from a variety of cans.

I have entered my Frisky Cat card in the following challenges:
Our Creative Corner - Don't Throw That Away
Card Makin Mamas - Challenge 17 - Animals
Paper Cutz Challenge - Challenge #83 - Anything Goes
Clear It Out Tuesday - Challenge #2 - Buttons
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Trio Tastic
Totally Gorjuss - Button It
Sugar Creek Hollow - Anything Goes 
My Grafico - Anything Goes Monthly Challenge 
Charisma Cardz Challenges - Challenge 11: To Die For 
Wild Orchid Challenge - Challenge 19: Dieing to Punch it Out  
Shelly's Images - Show Us What You Got: Anything Goes 


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Roses for You - Easel Card

I love easel cards.  The tutorial over at Splitcoaststampers is so easy to follow.  You can do pretty much any size you want to.  I chose to make the card about 5 1/2 inches when folded --- primarily due to the fact that I have some envelopes that I purchased that would fit the card perfectly.

Card Challenges:
Mojo Monday 174

Roses for You - Easel Card - Handmade Vintage Inspired Valentine's Day Card

I went to Micheal's on Saturday after dropping off my brother at the airport and ran across these Kelly Panacci Valentine Ephemera Die Cut Cardstock.  Super cute and definitely awesome for some vintage looking Valentine's Day cards.  I highly recommend getting yourself a pack for your card creations.  In making the card I started off using Vanilla Cardstock from Bazzill Basics for the base of the card.  I cut the 12"x12" sheet of cardstock to measure 5 1/2"x11".  Because I suck at figuring out measurements, I folded the card in half and then folded one section in half.  I used a scoring board to help make the folded sections more crisp.

Its all about layering when you are creating cards.  I layer my pieces first before I mount them to the base of the card.  Also a good idea to do this especially if you are going to do some machine stitching.  The front of the card is layered in Whirlpool (blue) Cardstock from Bazzill, cream colored cardstock and this cool designer cardstock by TPC Studio that I machine stitched together.  Before attaching to the base of the card, I added the ribbon to the layers card.  The inside of the card is layered in Whirlpool (blue) Cardstock from Bazzill.  I chose add a little more color and fashion to the card and layered the bottom of the card with a  piece of designer cardstock from the Lovely Valentine Paper Collection by K&Company that I had machine stitched.  I took another piece of  of designer cardstock (cut at 2" in height) from the Lovely Valentine Paper Collection and using the Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page Heart Chain, punched the top of the strip that I cut out and adhered it to the the inside of the card.

Using my Cuttlebug, I die cut three tags and machine stitched each tag  to serve as a background for the die-cut rose.   I mounted the rose (and the two smaller roses) and the two hearts with double sided tape to add a 3-D effect. Finally, I attached the little girl to the card, tied a little bow, and stamped Happy Valentine's Day.  There you have at. Oh...all the edges of the elements on the card have been been sponged with coffee bean stamping ink, water, and coffee to add an aged effect to the card.

Materials Used
Vanilla Cardstock from Bazzill Basics for the Base
Whirlpool Cardstock from Bazzill Basics (layer front and inside of card)
Little Lovin' Frames and Words by TPC Studio
Machine Stitching (pink & blue thread)
Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page Heart Chain
Happy Valentines Day Stamp by Craftsmart 
Cuttlebug - Stamps Die
Coffee Bean Stamping Ink by Brillance

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Its Alright to Be A Little Blue on Valentine's Day

After making the Teabag Folded card for my mom, I went searching for some new and interesting techniques on card folding.  I came across StampARTic's blog and she had an interesting folding card tutorial.  She's got some amazing tutorials that I want to try out (and I recommend that you check them out in your spare time).

Her folding technique is gorgeous and definitely has a vintage feel.  She was gracious enough to grant me permission to use the technique for a card that I wanted to make to sell at my Etsy shop.  I wanted to go a little vintage and use non-traditional colors for the card.  I went to Michael's on Thursday on my way back from Fresno, and found some great blue and cream colored designer paper by My Mind's Eye 29th Street Market Classic "Everyday" Fresh Linens.   Now all I needed to do was get home and work on my card.

Card Challenges:
Creative Card Crew Challenge -  Lets See Some Fancy Folds
Paper Pretties - Wednesday Challenge PWC136
AllSorts Challenge Blog - Week 85 Fancy Fold

Its Alright to Be A Little Blue on Valentine's Day - Handmade Vintage Inspired Card

After two attempts of using the folding technique and the Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page Heart Chain (I realized the Whirlpool Cardstock from Bazzill Basics was a little larger than the 12x12 size used for the technique), I was able to get the fold for the card completed. The punched edge hearts got a little squished when folding the the edges of the paper but I think it adds more of a vintage feel to the card.

I used four different designer papers to decorate the card (you have to cut out different size triangles to do to this - again check out the folding card tutorial).  I decorated the inside and outside of the card.  For the larger triangle folds for the inside of the card, I added a some pale blue ribbon just to embellish the card a little.  The card is already pretty embellished with all of the different papers used...but what the hell....ribbon is pretty.

In order for the card to close, you need to create a belt to wrap around the card.  You can probably do whatever you want to keep the card close.  I decided I wanted to use a bow to fasten the card.  After cutting out two different strips of paper for the belt, I attached two grommets to the card to thread the pale blue ribbon through for the bow.  I cut out four hearts (using cream colored card stock) from the Love Struck Cricut Cartridge and stained the the hearts using Broken China Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad.  I layered the hearts to create two hearts which I mounted on both sides of the card.

There you have it.  It took me all day but I am very happy with the card.  I think it is perfect for Valentine's day.

Materials Used
Whirlpool Cardstock from Bazzill Basics for the Base
My Mind's Eye 29th Street Market Classic "Everyday" Fresh Linens
Linen Closet Paper Stack with Glitter by Die Cuts with a View
Complete Boy Paper Pad by My Mind's Eye
Cream Colored Cardstock
Broken China Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad
Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page Heart Chain
Love Struck Cricut Cartridge
Light Blue Ribbon
Silver Grommets

Saturday, January 8, 2011

A Little Birdie Told Me

Well...we are on Day 2 of my mom being in the hospital.  She is doing really well and we hope to have her home soon.  I created another card for her to look at while she's recuperating.  I wanted to keep it simple and cute.  My mom loved the card.

I've also decided to enter the card in a few Challenge Blogs.  I think the card fits perfectly with the following challenges:

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge: Challenge 116
Crazy4Challenges C4C69
PaperPlay Challenge - Clean & Simple

Materials Used
Cream Cardstock for the Base
Berrylicious from Bazzill Basics
Bird Iris Folding Template from 460 Iris Folded Cards to Make: The Complete Iris Folding Compendium
Pink Vivid Inkpad
Oragami Paper
Washi Paper
Black Beads
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