Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sending Birthday Wishes

 **This is my second post for today (crazy I know!). You can see my first post here or scroll down.**

Here is another sweet card based on a sketch from Taylored Expressions. This time I used the Echo Park Springtime paper line.

I like how the papers look like they have something to do with sewing...the first one looks like buttons, the middle one has stitches for the flower stems and the last one looks like fancy stitching or zippers. I added some buttons to accent, they are from a giant bag of buttons I bought at Michaels.


Here is the sketch...there's still some time to play along! I m also linking this cutie up with the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge because anything goes right? =)


Paper: Echo Park Springtime, Recollections Cardstock, DCWV Fresh Floral Stack
Stamp: Recollections
Ink: Studio G
Ribbon: Offray
Buttons: Michaels
Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Glue Arts Adhesive Squares

Thinking of You

This sweet card is based on a sketch from Taylored Expressions. Taylor has decided to end her sketch challenges and I for one am a little sad. I love sketch challenges, they are such a great starting point for creating especially when your not feeling very creative. Even though they are ending I am excited to see what Taylor comes up with next!

I used paper from the Dear Lizzy Neapolitain line and I have to say I am loving it. The line is very sweet and almost vintage-y. The colors are bright yet muted at the same time. Yeah I know is that really possible?


Here is the sketch...there's still time to play along! I am also linking this up with the following challenges: Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes


Paper: Dear Lizzy Neapolitain, Recollections Cardstock, DCWV Fresh Floral Stack
Doliy: Wilton
Punch: Martha Stewart Doliy Lace & Butterfly
Pearls: Recollectons  
Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Zig Zag 2 Way Glue Pen

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Worlds Best Dad

I just wanted to say Hi and thanks to my new followers! I hope I can provide you with some inspiration which most of you provide me with. I also wanted to point out my new blinkes...my Thank You Floral card made the Top 3 at the Made Especially for You blog challenge and the Kraft Journal blog challenge as well as was the Feature Me Friday pick at the Kraft Journal. Little happy dance!

This is for my DH from my little Sophie because he truly is the best Dad ever! Though he doesn't read my blog...so maybe not the best husband ever...just kidding =)


I found the heart shaped earth on my Cricut Give a Hoot cartridge. Isn't is cute? The letters are cut from Lyrical Letters.


I used My Minds Eye Playful Posies for the earth heart and the letters. The white and orange cardstock is Recollections.


I am linking this cutie to the following challenges:



Paper: My Minds Eye Playful Poises, Recollections Cardstock
Cricut: Give a Hoot, Lyrical Letters
Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Zig Zag Two Way Glue Pen, Xyron Sticker Machine

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Air Mail

When I was younger, my mom would write to her parents in Taiwan and I always remember having the Air Mail envelopes around the house and thinking they were so cute. And now I have to say that I think this is one of the cutest cards I've ever made. I totally had those envelopes in mind when I was creating this.


I used the colors from the Play Date Cafe Challenge #133 - Cherry, Baby Blue and Denim. I cut 1/2 inch strips of white, red and blue cardstock and smooshed them up next to each other to create my "air mail" background.


The little bird and hearts are from the Create A Critter cartridge (my fav) and I made the little envelope from some scrap cardstock. I added a little white gel outline to the bird's wing and I popped it up with pop dots for some added fun.


The "just for you" stamp is from Stampin' Up Teeny Tiny Wishes and the "Hello Friend" is from the Michaels dollar bin.

Here is the inspiration photo from the Play Date Cafe. Awesome isn't it?!



I am also linking this up with the Moxie Fab World Postage Challenge. There's still time to play in both of these challenges!

Paper: Recollections Cardstock
Cricut: Create A Critter
Stamps: Stampin' Up, Michaels
Twine: The Twinery
Ink: Studio G, Recollections White Gel Pen
 Adhesive: Scotch ATG, ZigZag Glue Pen, Recollections Pop Dots

Monday, May 21, 2012

Dad's Day

Now that Mother's Day is over its time to get ready for Father's Day. Masculine cards are not easy for me because I always want to add a flower or butterfly to them and we know that's just not manly. I'm sure it can be done but I haven't figured it out just yet. So instead I'll settle for working in stripes. Reminds me of a tie actually.


This paper actually is accented with glitter but I like the blue and orange tones. I figure a little glitter doesn't hurt anyone right? I actually don't have a "Happy Father's Day" stamp so I typed it up on the computer and printed it out. Easy peasy.


I am linking this up at the Paper and Such Design Blog. It's their first anniversary and they have quite a few challenges to play in thru Wednesday. This challenge is for the boys. Oh and they are also offering 25% off everything in the store...enabler I know. =)

Paper: Recollections Cardstock, My Minds Eye Playful Poises 
Cricut: All Mixed Up
Brads: Recollections  
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Happy Birthday Buttons and Banner Card

Yes, me again...just trying to get those weekend challenges in. I'm sure you know how that goes...

I was checking out my scrap paper pile, which is growing by the minute. I think it multiples overnight or something. Of course I found all these great little scraps...a little red and white gingham, a little green and white chevron so I thought why not a card with a little banner.

 I have to say I really love the way this birthday card turned out. The colors are so vibrant and festive and I got to use my scraps for the little banner! Whoo hoo for using scraps right?!



Here's hoping your weekend is a blast!

Paper: Recollections Cardstock, DCWV Fresh Floral Stack
Stamp: TPC Studios
Ink: Stampin' Up
Buttons: Fancy Pants
Twine: The Twinery
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

For the Newlyweds

Here is another wedding card for my friend Danielle. This one is pretty flat so it can be mailed since our friend Rosy will not be able to attend the wedding. She is expecting her her 2nd bundle of joy right around the same time, so expect to see a "congrats on your new baby" card soon. =)


I used my Martha Stewart doily punch for the lace borders. The hearts are cut from the Create a Critter cartridge, love the images on there. I used my Fresh Vintage floral stamp from Stampin' Up on the white hearts. I used textured cardstock so it kind of gives it a linen look.



Hope your weekend is still amazing!

Paper: Recollections Cardstock
Stamps: Stampin' Up Fresh Vintage & Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Stampin' Up, Studio G
Cricut: Create a Critter
Punch: Martha Stewart Doliy Lace
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Thank You Floral

Do you find you are always in need of Thank You cards? I do and playing along with sketch challenges always allows me to think outside the box and come up with some great cards.

I created this card using the Made Especially for You Sketch (see below). The flower is the middle was stamped, fussy cut and piece together. I think the card has a country feel to it...I really love the way it turned out., th sketch was definitly outside my normal layouts.


This is the first time I used my Stampin' Up Real Red and Daffidil inks and man are the colors AH-mazing! They are so rich and vibrant - these pictures do not do them justice.


I did a little faux stitch around my banner and added a sweet twine bow. Loving it!
Here is the sketch...


Have an amazing weekend!
Paper: Recollections Cardstock and Kraft Cardstock, DCWV Fresh Floral Stack
Stamps: Stampin' Up Pretty Petals, TPC Studios Thank You
Ink: Stampin' Up  
Punch: Martha Stewart Butterfly
Twine: The Twinery
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

With Love....

My friend Danielle is getting married this June and her wedding theme is Paris. I hope she doesn't read this or at least will be too busy with last minute details to notice this post but I thought I'd share her wedding card with you.


I used Echo Parks Be Mine Collection. I LOVE this collection and have been hoarding it since I bought it last year! I cut the postage stamp on my Cricut and adhered the front and back together to form my card. I used a doily to create faux lace.


The Eiffel Tower was stamped from the Mon Ami set from Technique Tuesday onto metallic silver paper and then fussy cut. I love this stamp set, the details on the tower are amazing! The little hearts, stamp and "with love" are all from the EP sticker embellishment sheet.


I am entering this into the Moxie Fab World Doliy and Lace Challenge (I used doilies to make faux lace) and their Postage Challenge. There's still time to play along too...so come join in the fun!

I'm also linking this into the Simon Says Stamp and Show Anything Goes Challenge...because hey anything goes right?

Paper: Recollections Cardtock, Echo Park Be Mine  
Stamp: Technique Tuesday
Ink: Studio G
Cricut:
Doliy: Wilton
Embellishments: Echo Park Be Mine
Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Recollections Pop Dots

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Birds of a Feather...

Flock together. That's why my poor little owl is missing you.

I made this clean and simple card using the first set of stamps I purchased from Stampin' Up. This set is so versatile and adorable, but with all the new stuff I've been purchasing lately (oops!) it sure has been neglected, so I thought I would break it out and put it to good use.


This card is so out of my comfort zone. Clean and simple I am not. I tend to want to add more and more to my cards so making something super simple like this is hard for me. I have to say though I am LOVING it!

I paper pieced and pop dotted the owl so he stood out a little more from the crowd. Not like he really need the help.



Paper: Recollections Cardstock
Stamps: Stampin' Up Aviary, TPC Studios Sentiment
Ink: Stampin' Up Basic Black, Studio G
Twine: The Twinery  
Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Recollections Pop Dots

Sunday, May 13, 2012

May Flowers

Yes, April showers do bring May flowers. Our garden is just over flowing with flowers as well as fruits and vegetables. I'm overly excited to share our sun-ripened strawberries with my little Sophie and thrilled that I have zucchini coming in. Can't wait for the tomatoes, cucumbers and blackberries!

Over at Paper and Such Design Blog they are having a flower challenge. I love their poppies stamp so much that I've used it in several challenges. I'm still working on the coloring part of stamping but I think this one turned out pretty well.


To color the poppies I used a Q-tip and "dipped" it in my ink. Then I smudge the color on creating dark and light spots. I like the semi-watercolor effect this gives.


Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Mother's Day!

Paper: Recollections Cardstock, DCWV Fresh Floral Stack
Stamp: Paper and Such Poppies, TPC Studios
Ink: Studio G
Ribbon: From my stash
Pearls: Recollections
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Congratulations Wedding Card

Lots of weddings this year...we have 3 to go to in the next 2 months and one lucky couple will receive this gorgeous card.


This yellow and grey combination has not gotten old...I am in love with it. I cut the flowers from my Sweethearts cartridge and layered them together with clear gem brads. I added some sheer yellow ribbon leaves and voila...so cute!



This is another fabulous vintage style key from JoAnn's craft line. I love these keys and use them a lot.



Paper: Recollections Cardstock, DCWV
Stamp: Stampin' Up
Ink: Stampin' Up
Cricut: Sweethearts Cartride
Key: JoAnn's Craft Essentials
Ribbon: Offray
Brads: Recollections Gem Brads
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Friday, May 11, 2012

Summer Spectacle

Summer is fast approaching which means it'll be time to hit the beach soon! Well actually here in (mostly) sunny California, we've actually already gotten some beach days in...I know we are so extremely lucky. I generally over pack when we go to the beach, thus making a huge spectacle of myself as I'm trying to walk across the sand with 3 bags stuffed with towels, extra clothes, toys and lotion. Not just sunblock, regular lotion...I mean who brings lotion to the beach? LOL!

Here is a fun little card I as part of the Moxie Fab World Spectacle Challenge. I was inspired by the word Spectacle as oppose to actual spectacles. Though these little sunglasses would count.


 I found these darling little glitter sunglasses at Michael's and just had to have them. I cut the circles out on my Cricut and then hand cut and pieced them together to look like beach balls.


What do you take to the beach?

Paper: Recollections Cardstock, Echo Park Splash
Sunglass: Recollections
Stamp: TPC Studios
Ink: Stampin Up
Cricut: Mini Monograms
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mother's Day

Can you believe Mother's Day is this Sunday? Half the month is already over and before we know it summer will be here and gone and...and...oye time sure does fly.

Back to Mother's Day, hope everyone has something great planned. We are going to enjoy some yummy sushi with family. And no Sophie doesn't eat sushi...I know some kids do but not her. She loves rice and edamame mixed with a little miso soup. Yummys in her tummy!

Here is one last Mother's Day card. I have a few extra Mother's in my life and I've learned so much from all of them.


I cut the frame from the Home Accents Cricut cartridge. It's one that I don't use often but when I look at what it offers I always wonder why I don't use it more.

 I added the tiniest pearls I could find to the little flowers on the frame and 3 strips of stain white ribbon. Very clean and simple yet feminine and pretty.

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Mother's Day!

Paper: Recollections White, Pink and Kraft Cardstock, DCVW Fresh Floral Stack
Cricut: Home Accents
Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps and Technique Tuesday (filagree)
Ink: Studio G
Ribbon: Offray
Adhesive: Scotch ATG and ZigZag Glue Pen

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

iCelebrate

We all know an Apple lover...not the fruit (though Sophie is that kind of apple lover) but the brand. We have several Apple products in our home and yes, Sophie is pretty proficient at operating all of them, but I know there are people who only have Apple products - ONLY. It's quite scary actually...Apple's pretty expensive- we held out for years before we broke down and bought the iPad.

Part of what I like about Apple as a brand is the simplicity and ease of using. Over at CAS-ual Fridays, they are all about simplicity. And since it is their first birthday I thought what better way to celebrate than with a cupcake Apple style.


I used metallic silver cardstock and Bazzill's pearlized white cardstock...not the easiest to photography if your an amateur like me.


I cut the cupcake from the Cricut Celebrations cartridge and flipped it (it just looked better). I then took a "bite" out of the cupcake. I used pop dots to give the frosting top a little lift (kinda hard to see here) and I masked and stamped the "icelebrate".

Happy 1st Birthday CAS-ual Fridays!

I am also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog - it's their 3rd birthday.
 Happy 3rd Birthday!!!

Paper: Recollections Metallic Cardstock, Bazzil Pearl White Cardstock
Cricut: Celebrations, Mini Monograms
Stamps: TPC Studio
Ink: Stampin' Up
Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Recollections Pop Dots

Monday, May 7, 2012

Live, Love, Laugh

Okay so I didn't get to anymore NSD challenges this weekend, but that's okay. I spent the time with family enjoing our wonderful CA weather! Okay and I did a little crafting.

I created this card for the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger - Vintage Vouge. I loved the colors, lace, sequins - pretty much everything the trigger offered!


I stamped the background with a set from Teresa Collins. Not only does it say "Live, Love, Laugh", the little words read "dream, laughter, smiles and wishes". I thought they would compliment the theme of an anniversary - where you would "live, love and laugh" with your spouse as well as share "dreams, laughter, smiles and wishes". A little sappy I know, but that's me.


The card is very shiny thanks to the metallic gold cardstock and toffee colored crystals I used.
Here is the Moxie Fab inspiration photo...there's still time to join in the fun! Have I mentioned how much I LOVE the Moxie Fab World?


And I am also entering it into the A Blog by Hero Challenge #3 Topsy Turvy (I used my sentiments to create my own pattern paper).

Paper: Recollections Cardstock
Stamps: Teresa Collins, Stampin' Up
Ink: Studio G
Punch: Fiskers Round Edge
Lace: From my stash
Flowers: Michaels Dollar Bin
Pearls & Crystals: Recollections
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Saturday, May 5, 2012

National Scrapbooking Day

Today is National Scrapbooking Day. I started off scrapbooking about 10 years ago but have shifted into card making the last 2 years. Both are so much fun...I need to get back into scrapbooking since I have about 2 1/2 years worth of Sophie photos to scrap. But that's for another day...hee hee.

Being such a great paper crafting holiday, lots of blogs and paper companies are having challenges so I'm going to try and get a few out there in the next two days, sorry in advance for the extra posts!

Here's a great challenge offered over at the Pumpkin Spice blog...actually they have a few challenges running through Sunday night. Make sure you check them out and join in on the fun!

The challenge was to make a card with the following: something blue, something round and at least 3 layers or patterns of paper. I think this fits the bill...

 I used SEI's Black Orchid paper and fussy cut the vine and fan flowers. I popped up the flowers with pop dots and added a little pearl for more of a tropical feel.


Hope you're enjoying the weekend and crafting!

P.S. Have you ever shopped at Pumpkin Spice? They really do have some great prices! Start shopping here.

P.P.S I reached 1000 views today! Small for some but super big for me! I'm so excited, thank you to everyone whos stopped by, viewed, commented and followed. I could use a few more followers actually...feel free =)

Paper: Recollections White and Kraft Cardstock, SEI Black Orchid
Stamp and Ink: Stampin' Up
Pearls: Recollections
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Kaleidescope of Color

Everyone needs a versatile birthday card on hand for that birthday you forgot. Here's mine and I love the way it turned out! It can be for a guy (which I struggle with - guy cards, not guys) or it can be for a girl. It's perfect...
All the My Mind's Eyes items used to create this card (paper and pendents) I won in a local scrapbook store giveaway! It was my first time winning ANYTHING and I jumped up and down when I found out. My little Sophie looked at me like I was crazy but I was so excited.


I used pop dots to give the pendents some dimension. Love this paper and all the colorful embellishments that came with it! I am entering this in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Kaleidoscope of Color Challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by...leave a comment if you can, I'd love to hear from you!
  
Paper: My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline, Recollections Cardstock
Stamp: TPC Studio
Ink: Stampin' Up
Twine: The Twinery
Ribbon: Misc scraps
Pendents: My Mind's Eye Rub Ons
Cricut: Plantin School Book Oval
Punch: Martha Stewart Butterfly
Adhesive: Scotch ATG