Monday, October 5, 2015

You are AWESOME!

Hey everyone!  Our local half marathon was this past weekend.  My best friend from college always runs in it--she's such an inspiration to me!  I wanted to send her a little card congratulating her on her finish.  

Check out what I made for her:

I started out cutting the image of the runner and double matted it.  The paper is by Colorbok for the background.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark then heat embossed it using black embossing powder.  The stamp set is called "Wait for It" by CAS-ual Fridays stamps. 

I think it will bring a smile to her face--she ROCKS!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Happy Harvest!

Hi Everyone!  I try to send my niece who is away at college a card every 3-4 weeks.  It is time I drop some happy mail to her, but I really didn't have a card on hand that would work, so I took some time today to make her one.  I went with fall colors, since I imagine her campus is starting to look like fall is in full effect.  

Check it out:

The  border, tag and flower cut are all from the Silhouette Online Store.  The stamped sentiment is by SP&Company (no longer in business).  I added an old brad that I had in my stash for the center of the flower and a bit of twine on the tag.  I think the honeycomb embossing really makes this card something special!  Hope my niece enjoys hearing from us!

Have a great day!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Getting a jump on some Christmas cards!

Hi Everyone!  Today's my design team day at She's a Sassy Lady and I am sharing a Christmas card today.  This is a super easy card that can be made with scraps or in bulk--it's that easy!  Mine happens to use some very traditional paper by Echo Park's "Christmas Reflections" line of paper.  

Check it out:

I started with SU cardstock for my base. I then added a layer of kraft cardstock that I ran through my Cuttlebug using a striped embossing folder.  The stamped sentiment is by My Craft Spot from the "Mistletoe" stamp set.  I stamped it on a banner cut from the Silhouette Online Store that I sized for my stamp and card. I decided the kraft was blending in to my card too much, so I inked the edges for all of the kraft pieces, which provided just the right touch.

I hope you have a wonderful day!  

Saturday, September 26, 2015

King of the Grill

Hey everyone!  Does anyone remember a Stampin' UP! set from a long time ago called "King of the Grill"?  I picked it up ages ago because it is perfect for masculine handmade cards.  I will admit that initially I really struggled with coloring this image.  It has a lot of shades of white, black and grey and before I bought Copic markers I just really never got the hang of this stamp.  And...when I use this stamp I nearly always color the grill red, because we have a red grill and I think it adds a great pop of color to a stamp that might otherwise become very "blah".  (Good descriptive word, right?!)  

Anyway, check out my card:

The papers I used are from Echo Park and are scraps that I've been saving.  I really enjoy using 6 by 6 paper pads and keep every bit until there is just not anything useful left.  The pad I pulled these from is just about to that point.  I love the feeling of using things up!  And, I really love the feeling of having a fun card for a male all ready to go in my stash of cards to send!

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Friday, September 25, 2015

The pool is calling....

Hey everyone!  I haven't dropped completely off the Earth!  Things have just been busy around here.  I've had family and friends visit from out of town, done some biking, read a TON of books, oh and I was in a car accident a week ago, so crafting has taken a bit of a back seat to life.  The good news is for the most part, the things that have distracted me have been a lot of fun!  And, I was uninjured in the car accident, so that's good news, too.  But I did finally get some time today and decided I was in the mood to scrapbook some pictures.  Here's a clean and simple page I did of my son swimming:

The base paper is Bazzill Bling.  I bought it a long, long time ago at a scrapbook store in Ohio.  My husband had a business meeting and dropped me off at a scrapbook store while he was in the meeting.  I enjoyed my time there and did some shopping.  I only have a couple sheets of the Bling paper left.  I wish I had bought it!   The title is a cut from the Silhouette Online Store.  The patterned papers are all scraps of Echo Park papers that I had cut into for other projects. I love using scraps!  My layout is totally clean and simple, but I am happy with the result! 

Feels good to work with paper again!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Wedding Dress Shaped Card

Hey everyone...It is my design team day over at She's a Sassy Lady and do I have a pretty card to share with you today. Our family's first baby sitter is getting married in October and I wanted to create a special card for her special day.  

Check out this shaped card:

The card is a cut file from the Silhouette Online Store.  It has a rectangular back and a dress shaped front.  I used a dark grey for the card base and the rest of the papers are Neenah metallic papers.  I bought them at my local big box office supply store--so worth the money!  The papers are so shimmery and cut beautifully in my Cameo!

I added a few pearl accents, along with embossing so the dress was more interesting than just a flat piece of cardstock.

I think this may be my "go to" wedding card in the future.  So easy, yet huge impact.  Gotta love that!

Have a super day!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Halloween Bear

Hey's still too hot to do anything outside, so I enjoyed some time in my craft room today thinking about Halloween!  Here's a sweet Halloween card that I made using a stamp that my sister gave me for my birthday.  

Check it out:

The paper underneath the grey piece has glitter bats on it--perfect for Halloween!  I colored the bear using my Copic Markers.  He's very sweet....I added some Stickles to the orange parts and the honey has been coated with Glossy Accents to look like really sticky honey!  The frame shape was a cut file from the Silhouette Online Store.

Have a super afternoon!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Apple Thanks

Hello everyone...I have another apple card to share today.  I'm making a few cards to give to a teacher friend, and this one uses a scrap of really cute apple paper.  

Check it out:

The paper is a scrap that I had picked up a long time ago at an Archivers Store. I so miss stopping in Archivers to shop while we were out traveling.  *sigh*  Anyway, I had enough to make two cards, so that started as my inspiration.  I cut the banner, scalloped piece and the circles using my Cameo.  The "thanks" is also a Silhouette Store find--isn't it perfect!  I simply adhered everything, then added a couple of shiny brads and had two cards made in no time flat.  I can hardly wait to give my friend a good supply of cards to have on hand.

I hope you are having a fantastic day!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Happy Halloween....using embossing powder!

Hey everyone...I'm doing my best to "will" Fall into arriving in my neck of the woods.  It's a scorching hot week and frankly...I'm over it.  I'm a boots, scarves and anything pumpkin spice kind of girl, so I'm really ready for cooler temperatures. So in that spirit, here's a Halloween card for you today.  Do you remember the first time you either saw or tried to use embossing powder?  I remember when I saw it demonstrated at a Stampin' UP! event and I immediately was thrilled to see the powder change right before my eyes.  I bought quite a few colors, and guessed it, they have become part of my rarely used stash.  But with the layout of the card I made today, using white embossing powder was perfect for the sentiment.  

Check it out:

This card is so simple it is almost scary!

I cut the ghosts using my Silhouette.  I added a black scrap behind their eyes, because I think all ghosts need black eyes.  Haha!  The polka dotted piece was a scrap of MME paper that had hot air balloons on the other side.  The balloons were hideous, but polka dots are priceless in my world, so I kept the scrap.  So glad I did, because it was perfect for this card. Then....the sentiment.  What do you do on black?  I could cut something out, but it would have been rather small.  I didn't want to add any more layers, because I really think the impact of this card is in the clean and simple/graphic type of layout.  So, I found a stamp in my stash of PTI stamps and broke out the Versamark, embossing powders and heat gun to emboss it.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the result.  Yep, love it.  Just what I had in mind. send some cool, Fall breezes my way.  I'm sick of humidity and wearing the same clothes over and over.  Oh, and let me know what old school crafty product you're loving all over again!


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Happy Birthday!

Hi everyone...hope your week is off to a good start!  I had some quiet time alone this afternoon while my guys went to see a movie, so I decided to finish up a couple of scrapbook pages that were on my desk and also make a card for an upcoming birthday.  I used some scraps from one of the scrapbook pages to come up with this sweet card:

The stamped image is from "In Love Emma" by SP&Company (no longer in business).  I colored her with my Copics then fussy cut the girl and the package (which I adhered with a pop dot).  I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the white background before I adhered her to it.  The papers are scraps by Echo Park and Carta Bella.  I added a bit of twine to fill what seemed to be a blank space at the bottom.  

Quick.  Easy, and oh so cute.  This one will go in the mail this week!

So you might have noticed a huge pause in my posts lately.  I have been doing a lot of reading, some scrapbooking that I'd rather not share with the world, some shopping, some biking and just a bit of other things here and there.  Sometimes you just have to go with the direction life takes you every now and then and I do believe it's "ok" to do that.  I just wasn't feeling all that crafty, so to force myself would have been a huge waste of time.  I am starting to feel it again and I notice if I sit down to read, I feel maybe the tide is turning.  I am wanting to do some Halloween cards, but I am seriously lacking in stamps and paper in that department.  Do you have any product recommendations to share?  Leave me a comment. Thanks in advance!