Saturday, August 30, 2014

Medallion Thank You

Hey everyone...we're having a rainy weekend so far.  I have been working on shirts this morning and am looking forward to an afternoon of making birthday cards!  I'm low and I have a friend who wants some, so I'm going to be motivated by the cruddy weather to get creative.   But first, I have a thank you card to share.  Simple...but really lovely (if I do say so myself!).

What I used:

Cardstock: Soft Sky and Soft Suede by SU
Stamps: Medallion and Wonderful Words by SU
Other: Sponge for inking edges and metal bit by CTMH

You could whip out a ton of these cards in no time.  I must use that large Medallion stamp more!

Have a great day!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Silver and blue bracelet using the Knotty Do It All Board

Hi everyone!   A few weeks ago I took at class at our local bead store.  It actually was a day long event, and the store employees taught participants how to use a bead making device called a "Knotty Do It Al Board".  I decided to buy the board, which allowed me to go back to the store for future classes for free.  I had a great time that day and learned how to make a variety of pieces, my favorite being a funky bracelet.  But.....I forgot how to finish the bracelet off!  I could assemble most of it, but just could not for the life of me recall how to attach the clasp.  I was in the shop last week buying some leather cord and decided to set up an appointment to go into the shop to get a refresher course on completing the bracelets.  I made two at home (except for finishing them) and left them attached to the board.  Alex, the wonderful shop owner, helped me finish those bracelets today.  While I was there I made another bracelet (basketball themed!) and thoroughly enjoyed my time in their lovely little store.  I love to support local businesses as much as I can, because the personal touch they can offer is second to none. 

So today, I'm going to share the silver and blue bracelet that I strung, but needed a bit of help to complete.  Check it out:

I'm so happy with how it turned out and cannot wait to wear it! 

Watch for the other two that I made in future blog posts.   Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hot Tub Birthday Card

Hey everyone....I have a great card to share today.  It features the "Girlfriends" stamp by Art Impressions.  The AI stamps are on the large side, so I often just focus on the image and not so much on the embellishments when I use those stamps.  I made this card for one of my college roommates.  We're getting old enough that I figured this stamp was appropriate!

With these stamps, there is always a great color sample on the package.  I followed the sample on this stamp set almost to the letter.  I liked what that artist did and did my best to imitate it.

Here's a close up of my Copic color for this image.
The inside greeting says, "Wine gets better with age.  We get better with wine!".  I couldn't agree more!

Thanks for stopping by has been a little hectic for us as far as getting into the back-to-school routine, so forgive me if my posts are well....sporadic at best.  It happens.

Have a super day!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Pocket Scrapbooking: YO HO HO!

Arrrrrgh, mateys!  It's Monday already!   Did you have a good weekend?  We sure did--it was a race weekend for my guys, which is always a great time for our family.  Both guys did great, no podiums this weekend, but still a lot of fun hanging with some of the coolest cyclists in the Midwest.  

I have a scrapbook page to share today.  It's a double layout using pocket scrapbook pages and is from that same ol' trip to Florida that I've been working on lately.  Check 'em out:

Left side...used my Cameo for the words and journal boxes.

Right side.  Again, I used my Cameo for the journal box.  The red piece is a canvas sticker that came from the CTMH "Tommy" line of products.

This was SUCH a fun day...if you are in the Panama City Beach area and have kids younger than about 10 years old....definitely look up the Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise.  My son had a blast and it was a great time for parents to relax a bit, as the crew definitely entertained the kids the entire time!  Well worth it!

Have a super day!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Hello, there!

TGIF--right?!    This was my son's first full week of fifth grade.  He's really enjoying it so far, but I'm not kidding when I say we're all dragging our tails from the hectic pace of life once school starts up.  We're ready for a weekend, that's for sure! 

I'm sharing a card today that I'm going to drop in the mail to my niece, who has just moved into her new dorm as a Freshman in college.  I loved getting mail when I was in college and I think she will, too.  I made this card very quickly this morning so I could get it in the mail later today.  Check it out:

Materials used:
Cardstock: SU
All inks: SU ink pads and markers
Stamps: Cheep Talk by SU
Patterned Papers: MME scraps
Fiskars border punch

I forgot how much fun it was to use markers to ink up stamps.  That's how I accomplished the two-tone tree branch with green leaves.  

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pocket Scrapbooking - Destination: Relaxation

Hey everyone....the scrapbook page I'm sharing today highlights a few pictures we took around the condo that we stayed in during a trip to Florida.  

All papers are by Echo Park or are scraps of cardstock.  

One thing I've learned about pocket takes up much less space!  What I probably would have made into a 20 page album is going to be done in just a few pages for this trip!  I think I'll probably go ahead and do our next vacation in pocket style scrapbooking and just add it to this album, perhaps calling it "Family Vacations" or something like that. I've worked on a few more pages since my son has gone back to school and have nearly completed this trip!  So exciting to make progress!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Floral Wreath Sympathy Card

Hey everyone...I realized that I was running low on sympathy cards again and decided I'd break out my Copics and color a stamp that has become one of my favorites--it's "Floral Wreath" by GinaK and I got it free.  When I first received it, I remember thinking it wasn't really my style...but the more I looked at it, I realized it had all sorts of potential.  Check out my most current creation using it:

I really think the coral, red, black and white are so very striking.

Close up so you can see how I colored those flowers and added a drop of Stickles to each center.

What I used:

Cardstock:  PTI
Patterned Paper: Echo Park scraps
Stamp: Floral Wreath by GinaK
Sentiment: PTI Mega Mixed Messages
Copic Markers
Creative Memories Circle Cutter
EK Success Edge Punch

That's all for today....hope all is well in your world!

Friday, August 8, 2014

For a mom-to-be

Hey everyone...I have a friend who is expecting her first baby and I wanted to share with you the card that I made for her.  She's not too far along, so I sent a gender-neutral card.  Check it out:

What I used:
Cardstock: SU and scraps (green and yellow)
Embossing folder by Darice
Stickles in each embossed swirl
Stamps: Goody Goody Gumdrops by SU
Copic Markers

So yesterday was my son's first day of school.  I missed him a ton during the day, but spent a lot of time scrapbooking more of our Florida trip. I'm debating about whether I'll share more of those pages with you.  I need you all like the pocket page posts or not so much?  It's all good....I can take your honesty.  But back to my son...when he got in the car he announced it was his best first day, ever.  Music to my glad he's excited about a new school year.  I'm a happy mama.

Have a wonderful Friday.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

August Christmas Share....Snowmen in shades of blue

Hi's my day to share a card over at She's a Sassy Lady, so that means I'm sharing my monthly holiday card.  I've been making a different holiday greeting card each month to hopefully inspire you to get a jump start on making your Christmas cards.  It won't be long they will be on everyone's blogs!  

Are you ready for some snowmen?

So along with my goal of creating something monthly to be ready for the holidays, I've also been on a bit of a spending freeze.  Today's card is a wonderful reflection of what one can create from all sorts of things found in what we all probably have on hand!  The patterned paper is by DCWV from the Winter Basics 6 by 6 paper pad.  I used one entire sheet--the paper is two sided, so I simply flipped the leftover cut strip over and decided I liked the contrast of the stripes against the subtle plaid background.   The white and navy shapes were leftover from another project.  I probably cut them from Elegant Edges, but they were just sitting on top of my workspace (taking up valuable real estate!), so I stamped the snowmen from the Stampin' UP! set, The More the Merrier.  I colored them with my Copic markers and added a few Stickles.  The felt snowflake had the year 2006 on the bottom of the jar and I know I've had those snowflake brads for at least that long, too.  The supplies may be old, but I think the result is adorable!

Here's a close up of my coloring for you.  I didn't do much blending because my white base is really cheap paper and wasn't going to blend very well.  The sentiment is from SP&Company's "Snow Much Fun" set.

Thanks for stopping by today....make it a day filled with creativity!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Pocket Scrapbooking: Father & Son

Hey everyone and a very happy Monday to you!   I have to take my son to the dentist today and neither of us are very excited about it.  He has a chipped tooth and another one that is probably a good candidate to be pulled, as he is terribly slow at getting loose teeth out of his mouth.  Ugh....send good thoughts our way today!

I have another pocket page from our Florida trip to share today:

Materials used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned paper: Echo Park
Border Stickers: Echo Park
Cameo for "Father/Son"
"&" is a sticker from Echo Park

That's all for today!