Thursday, January 22, 2015

What a beautiful day!

Hey everyone....last night I was having a little creative session in my scrapbook room and after completing a page in my son's album decided I was going to work on a Valentine or two.  I pulled out a lot of Close To My Heart stamps sets that had some hearts, love or otherwise Valentine-like potential and got inky.  The result?  Not a Valentine by any stretch of the imagination!  Oh well....I do love the card that resulted, even if it's not a Valentine!


What I used for this card:
CTMH Trees & Things
A variety of SU ink pads
Red scrap paper
Old Olive SU Cardstock
and a sponge for the edges

This week has been a trying one at our house.  There's been some stressful events, my son is on the verge of not feeling well and our schedules have been sort of crazy.  The time I spent making this little card brought a nice reprieve from reality.  It brought some BALANCE to my week.  And the more I look at this card...it was *exactly* the card I was meant to make yesterday, because it was indeed a beautiful one my in corner of the world.

Sometimes you have to get ink on your fingers for things to fall back into place.  I hope you have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Grandparents Day: A scrapbook page to share

Hey everyone....I have another scrapbook page to share with you today!  I'm working on pictures from my son's fourth grade year and this page has a wonderful picture of my son and all four of his grandparents at his school for Grandparents Day.   

Check it out:


I'm a total slacker...I have no clue what papers I used, just that I really, really liked them!  I know they came from one of my last stops at Archivers after a bike race we had been at.  I sure miss those stops, such a fun way to end bike weekends and to quickly add a few fresh things to my scrappy stash.  I cut the funky font on my Cameo.  

Have a great day!





Friday, January 16, 2015

Happy!

Hey everyone...I'm so glad it's Friday!  I'm sure you are, too!   I have a sweet birthday card to share today.  I used up the last of one of my favorite 6 by 6 paper pads to create it, which really makes me super HAPPY!  Check it out:


The background sheet was the last one in the pad and I just had been struggling with how to use such bold prints with any level of success.  For this card, I stamped the letters using a My Craft Spot stamp set onto pennants made with the SU pennant punch.  The border in pink was cut using my Cameo.  I added tiny little pearls in between banners.  The inside greeting is what makes it a birthday card.  I just love the result!

Hope you have a great weekend!



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

First Day of School!

Hey everyone...I am a bit behind again on scrapbooking.  I realize that I need to BALANCE (there's that word again!) my cardmaking along with creating some scrapbook pages.  So I recently sat down and went to work on a few pictures from my son's fourth grade year of school.  

Check out this first page:


The title and the "4th Grade" are both cuts from the Silhouette Online Store.  The papers are from Carta Bella.  My local scrapbook store had a Black Friday deal on scrapbook kits and I took full advantage of it--I used to get a monthly kit shipped to me, which I loved and really enjoyed putting to use.  Having pre-matched papers ready to go really helped me make progress quickly!

Sure feels good to switch things up a bit!



Monday, January 12, 2015

More birthday "packages"...

Hey everyone!  A few weeks ago, I shared a card where I used punches to create packages fit for a birthday card.  I liked the look of that card so much, that I decided to make a more whimsical version using up some last bits of my Echo Park "Hello Summer" six by six paper pad.  This card completely wiped out every last little bit of that paper that I loved so very much!  

Check it out:


Materials used:
Cardstock - SU Bashful Blue
Yellow Paper - scrap
Punches - SU
Ribbon-old Christmas ribbon
Stamp - PTI Mega Mixed Messages
Cuttlebug embossing border folder
Gem
Patterned Paper - Echo Park Hello Summer

Hope you have a super day!



Friday, January 9, 2015

Hearts on a String...

Hey everyone....it's been wicked cold here in my neck of the woods.   Ok, compared to some parts of the country it isn't so bad, but for us....it's cold.  So I totally gave myself permission to stay at home, blow off any errands that needed to run and basically keep warm.  Oh, and maybe get a little crafty, because that's a good "inside" thing to do! And I'm running a bit short of some cards.  But here's the problem....I just really wasn't all that inspired to make anything!  My first card went into the trash bin (and I have to admit, tossing a failed card front felt pretty darned good!).  Rather than waste a good day of potential craftiness, I turned to my Pinterest boards and found THIS GEM.  I loved the simplicity, but decided I'd put my spin on it by using up some tiny scraps of patterned paper that I just loved too much to toss.  Here's my version:


The paper scraps for the hearts are from MME.  I dug the lime green mat out of my Big Blue Tub O'Scraps, too.  The brads are the tiny ones that SU sold awhile back.  I'm not sure if they still sell them, but if they do...these are a good buy.  Nice and small and the backs are good and sturdy, too.  The stamp is one of the Tiny Tags sets from My Craft Spot.  I drew the lines with a Copic Multi Liner black pen.  Here's a tip...start drawing off the page then continue all the way across and off the other side.  It keeps you from getting the blotchy start/stop lines.

So happy with my version and many thanks to the original artist for her version!

Have a super weekend!




Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A Llama Card...and some thoughts on our hobby...

Hey everyone!  This week was a bit of a sad one in our hobby.  Two of the best stamp companies around made announcements that they were no longer selling stamps.  Like many, I'm happy for the employees/owners and what they have to look forward to in their personal lives, but selfishly...I'm sad for the holes that are left in the stamping world.  Probably unique to our hobby, we get invested into these products, their lovely design teams, the challenges, and the wonderful owners themselves.  We await releases with excitement and credit cards ready! And when they go away...there's a void.  A sadness, even.  Maybe that's just me being a bit over-dramatic, but if you're reading this tiny little blog, you must feel at least a little bit that way, too.   So when one of these companies email notification showed up in my inbox, I immediately filled up a shopping cart--desperate for one more order.  And then I paused...and thought about my OLW:  BALANCE.   Was this one last purchase going to bring balance into my world?  Was I willing to give up space (which I'm really short on!) in my craft room for this purchase?  Was there a gap in my craft supplies that needed filled out?  And after closing down that shopping cart not once, but twice, I resisted placing that one last order.  I figured it was the world's way of telling me to use what I have or to move onto something new.  Because when one door closes, another one opens--there's always balance to be found.  While some of my favorite stamps are no more, there's new companies up and coming in our hobby and one of those is Pretty Cute Stamps.

So today, I'm sharing a card made with a llama stamp set I got from Pretty Cute Stamps.   I knew when I saw the llama set, I had to have it.  Rather than let it collect dust...I'm inking it up.   You'll see it a bunch in the future on my blog, as it's unique and super fun.  

Check it out:


The inside says "Happy Birthday".

I made this card using all scraps!  I colored the llama with Copics first, then covered him/her with glue and pressed Fun Flock all over the body.  Now there's a blast from the past!  Who else still has Fun Flock in their stash?  ME!  In several colors, but I'm beyond thrilled with how this lovely llama came out with flock for fur.  Or is it fleece?  This card is the perfect BALANCE of old (paper, flock, brads) with the new stamp set and SVG cut file to match. 

That's all for today....I hope you have a great day!





Monday, January 5, 2015

Tote-ally Tess for a stampin' friend

Hey everyone...I have a birthday card to share today for my Aussie friend who shares my love of stamping.  I used one of my most favorite SU stamp sets of all time, Tote-ally Tess.  Check it out:


Materials used:

Cardstock: PTI Black
Echo Park For The Record 2 Patterned Paper
Tote-ally Tess by SU stamps
Copic Markers
Jute Twine by My Craft Spot

Notice her pants? I always use paper piecing to give her some funky pants to wear.  Always.  She just looks better in prints, don't you think?

Have a super day!



Thursday, January 1, 2015

Cheers!

Hey everyone.....It's my design team day over at She's a Sassy Lady.  I'm super excited about this card as it checks a couple of things of my "goals for 2015" that I shared yesterday on my blog.  

Check it out:


My first goal is to use my Copic Markers more...and I used them to color this sweet image with that ginormous glass of bubbly (perfect for celebrating the new year, no?!).

I also am wanting to use my stamps that have, sadly, never seen ink.  While this is a new stamp to my collection, it sat a few weeks without ink.  It's called "Cheers" by My Favorite Things.

One of my other goals this year is to spend more time creating and less time shopping.  I started this last year and it worked really well for me.  For this card in particular, I found some Echo Park "Sweet Day" paper scraps and made them into this card. 

Last year for each post I did at She's a Sassy Lady, I made a Christmas card. I had a lot of fun doing my cards throughout the year and will continue to do so and share on my personal blog near the 25th of each  month.  I'd love to hear what your goals are for 2015 for your papercrafting!

Cheers,
Sonya



Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

Hey everyone!  And Happy (almost) 2015!  I hope this new year brings you healthy, happiness and lots of creativity.  I would like to start this year by declaring my crafty goals for the year.  

* Use my Copic Markers more.  I bought 'em....now I need to use 'em!

* Focus on using "uninked" stamps.  I have plenty in my shelves that have never seen a drop of ink.  It's time.  Heck, it's long overdue.

* Keep up with the spend less-create more mantra.  I did it last year and I had a LOT of fun cutting up paper that was "too nice" to use.  I don't miss any of it.  Not a single, solitary sheet of paper, chipboard shape, sticker or embellishment.  I'm glad I used them and will continue to do so.

* My craft room needs a bit of a makeover.  It's overstuffed.  I have water damage on the ceiling that needs repaired.  I want to paint when the ceiling gets fixed.  I want to move my heat press up in that room, which means a large TV unit needs to go.  But I wish to keep my beloved stereo....so I've got a big project ahead of me.  It will get worse before it gets better.  Stay tuned, I'll try to take pictures once this gets started and share with you all.


* Get back to completing some scrapbook pages on a regular basis.


On a personal level, it's also time to reveal my "One Little Word"....and for this year, it's BALANCE.  Things were a little crazy for us last year.  I need some balance on a lot of fronts.

Being alone at home vs. spending time being social

Time spent online vs. time doing other more productive things

Balancing my eating vs. exercise plan

You get the idea.  Making balanced choices that ultimately bring me happiness and health. 

With that...here's my card that I'm sharing today:


Super simple....I'll add a greeting on the inside later, but this card features just the cute paper, which is Echo Park Sweet Day.  I used up a couple of small Prima Flowers and two little brads.  The "sweet" greeting is a piece of chipboard that added the perfect touch of dimension.  My "Sweet Day" stack is just about all gone.  I have a handful of six by six pads set aside that I want to focus on using up first.  They're nearly used up and I'm just hanging on to a few scraps.  This is the year those get used up...first!  I'm determined!

Happy 2015!