Saturday, February 28, 2009

Get Well Doggie

I have been wanting to stamp this little guy for awhile, especially since I have started "collecting" Copic Markers. The sketch that Jen posted today for the SFYTT just fit this image. I am totally in a Kraft paper mode lately as well (which works nicely in with the Caardvarks challenge). So technically this is my first card for two challenges! (Go me!) I thought about doing something with the background on the kraft, but then the analytical side of my brain took over and said "No Katie, less is more for this one". I did use my Scor-it to score the navy-ish paper at the bottom. Here is a close up of that:

I really like this card. Clean and simple. It didn't take me that long to conceptualize, although the coloring and such took longer then expected because I was playing. Oh, and for those of you who are using Copics, if you have not tried Neehah cardstock you are totally missing out! Sooo much easier to blend and shade colors.
Cardstock: White (Neehah Cardstock), Kraft (Stampin Up), Navy (American Crafts), Red (Archiver's)
Stamps: Doggie (Whipper Snapper), Sentiment (Papertrey Ink)
Markers: Copics
Ribbon: Amuse (did you know amuse made ribbons? I do now, and I may be in trouble)

Friday, February 27, 2009

KWerner Color Challenge #43

I really liked the colors in the KWerner Challenge this week. Last week I just wasn't feeling it. The red and brown really stood out for me, so I wanted to make sure I used those in larger amounts. It helps me to think of the gallon, quart, pint rule when it comes to colors - especially these challenges. If I try to use all of them in equal amounts sometimes the cards look out of balance. So here is my card:

Can I tell you how much I love my Silhouette cutter? It was super easy to size this scalloped rectangle just how I wanted it!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Stampin Up
Ribbon: Offray
Brads: Queen and Co

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Another CASE..or CAST

I saw this card on Meg's blog (the last one on the post) and I just had to CASE it! I just love the Archaic Line from Basic Grey. It just screams little boy to me, and now that I am paying attention to the boys vs girls scrapbook materials there is not a lot of stuff for little boys. This card came together very fast . I love this card design, I can see using it to make some cards after doing a scrapbook page!
edited: Apparently I didn't CASE this card. I was inspired by the other words I CAST (Created and Shared Template)

Cardstock: Stampin Up
Patterned Paper: Archaic by Basic Grey
Cardstock Sticker: Basic Grey
Stamp: Hero Arts

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Silly Monkey

I got this Stampendous stamp at Archiver's last week. It's one of their new rubber cling stamps. I completely fell in love with the image. I was going to use it for a Father's Day card, but that was just too long to wait! I was just playing coloring with my COPICs on some new cardstock (finding the name of it), and the image colored so well I had to make a card!
Cardstock: Wausau Paper, Bazzil
Patterned paper: Bo Bunny
Stamps: Stampendous, Hero Arts
Eyelets: Stampin Up
Ribbon: Michaels
Markers: Copics

Monday, February 23, 2009

You Make Me Smile!

When I saw this card of Randee's, I knew I was going to have to CASE it. I knew I had a bunch of chipboard birds from Scenic Route, so all I had to do was find the papers and the sentiment. I had a lot of fun trying to find the papers (I have a lot of paper, as do most of my friends). This card is a little bigger than Randee's (4 x 6) in order to accomodate the sentiment. This is my first actual CASE and I am thinking that I may do it more in the future.
Cardstock: Bazzil
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Urban Couture
Chipboard Bird: Scenic Route
Brads: Making Memories
Stamp: Hero Arts

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Happy Easter Already? SFYTT

Ok so I know it is no where near Easter...but I just got this bunny stamp from the $1.99 bin at Archiver's and when I saw the SFYTT (Sketch for you to try) on i{heart}2stamp I couldn't resist inking it up. I also had to dig out my sewing machine for another card (card exchange folks take note) so I figured stiching would look great on this card as well! I stumbled across this challenge on Kelly Lunceford's blog. I really like her cards and how she puts them together. Anyway, this little bunny is going to see a lot of ink the next few months. When I got him I kept thinking chocolate bunny and Tiffany commented I could use a scallop to take a bite out of him! Look for that card coming soon....probably after I get the St. Pat's cards done!
Cardstock: Wausau Paper
Patterned Paper: Rusty Pickle (Chocolate Bunny, seriously that is the paper line)
Stamps: Happy Easter (Papertrey Ink), Bunny (Scrappy Cat)
Ink: Basic Brown (Stampin Up)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

3D Butterfly

I felt like playing with my silhouette tonight. A bunch of my friends got cuttlebugs recently, and I was feeling like it was something else I "needed". But then I found this butterfly download for my silhouette, and I remembered how cool this cutter is. Any size I want, plenty of new dowloads that are really really cool! Plus they lowered the price for the downloads to $1.99 and they did this subscription service thing that drops the price even more. I had fun getting a lot of new images tonight. I would totally recommend the silhouette to anyone who wants a digital cutter. This card was so easy, the most difficult part was picking out the paper! Yet again I didn't use ribbon or brads or any other adornments. I guess I am in a simple card mood. This card is a bit bigger 5.5 x 5.5 inches.
Cardstock: Kraft (Stampin Up), White (Archiver's)
Patterned Paper: Chatterbox
Stamp: Stampin Up

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

KWerner Color Challenge #42

This card had to be completed quickly. Sick baby, sick husband, sick Katie means not a lot of time to play. I did need to just play with stamps a bit tonight though. I find it relaxes me before I go to sleep. All I kept thinking when I saw these colors was "fall". So I went with that. I could see doing a bunch of cards like this just to have in stock for those "need a card" moments. The leaf on this card is a retired SU set (Autumn) that I love! I love fall in general. I had tried to do this whole layering of leaves thing and it just got too complicated, so I returned to basics.

Supplies:Cardstock: Stampin Up

Stamps: Stampin Up (Autumn, Linen Background), Hero Arts Thinking of you Set

Chalk: Stampin Up

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Cute Little Monkey

I am still trying to learn how to use Copics properly. I have gotten the purchasing of the Copics down; I am busily accumulating my stash. I just have to start practicing more. This card started with the palm tree; I thought it would be easy enough to color and shade. Then I stamped the monkey, then the bird. Of course they were on little bits of paper that in no way resembled a card, but tossed on my desk I thought- Hey I could put those together. So I cut them out (no easy task, I am not an expert in cutting intricate details), and then popped them up a bit. I didn't mess with the whole adding shadows thing, perhaps on the next card. I did use black Memento ink and I could see a difference, Memento is definately the way to go. I kept looking at the card thinging what else I could add- a button, ribbon? I may add some twine at the top, but for right now I think this is cute just the way it is.
Stamps: Susie's Zoo Autumn Leaves, Hero Arts (sentiment)
Cardstock: Wausau Paper (white), KI memories (blue)
Ink: Memento

Monday, February 16, 2009

One Last Valentine

I wanted to share one last project that I did for my son's daycare teachers. This is an easy project you could customize for any holiday, changing the candy inside to match the holiday. You just need to save the baby food jars! The fabric is from JoAnn's, and the ribbon is from Michaels.

Paper: Making Memories
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (sentiment), Stampin' Up (heart)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

KWerner #41

Another Kwerner Challenge! This one I almost didn't get to finish...I have been sick, and there were lots of jobs around the house that needed to be completed. I am happy with how this card came together, not quite as Valentine's as I thought it would be. I think I was over the holiday.
I always start by pulling out a sheet of each color paper, and then go where the creativity takes me....

Cardstock: Stampin Up
Ink: Stampin Up
Stamps: Autumn Leaves, Heidi Swapp
Ribbon: JoAnn's
Bling: Crystal Stickers

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

February Card Exchange Roundup

So I did remember the cards today! Go me. We all complained about this color combo, and I don't know if I would ever make a card with all of these colors again, but I am really happy with how the cards came out....

Alyson's Card

Alyson's Supplies
Paper: Stampin Up
Stamps: Stampin Up
Ribbon: Metallic Wire from Yellow Bird
Ink: Joann's Craft Essentials Gold
Embossing powder: Ranger Distress Embossing powder
Rinestone stickers: Michaels

Chris' Card

Joan's Card

Sandy's Card

Susi's Card

Teresa's Card

For Randee's card click here

For Tiffany's card click here

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Luggage Tags

So I know many of you are expecting to see the card exchange cards. What can I say, I left them on my desk at work :( I was really bummed, but its not the end of the world. I will post them tomorrow (As long as I remember to put them in my bag! Remind Me!)

Instead I decided to show you these cute luggage/diaper bag tags I made for the babies and teacher's in Jack's daycare class. They were inspired by tags that my friend Joan made for our create at will month in the card exchange!

I wanted to make Valentine's for the class, and I thought that since they are infants and can't enjoy candy, these would be more fun for their parents. I also wanted to use papers that were not too "baby". I like how they turned out and I can't wait to bring them in! I cut the initials with my silhouette- love that tool!


Girl Tags: Paper: Making Memories, Stickers (I think they were Making Memories as well, my mom tidied up my craft room and threw away the packaging....), Ribbon (Amazing Savings), Plastic sleeves (Walmart)

Boy Tags: Paper: Basic Grey, Stickers (same as above), Ribbon (Amazing Savings), Plastic sleeves (Walmart)

Monday, February 9, 2009

Card Exchange: Color Challenge

This month in the card exchange we decided to do a color challenge. The colors we chose were So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Elegant Eggplant, and Almost Amethest. We used a color generator to select the colors ( I must admit that I have never used these colors together, but I am pleased with the results. I was shocked when I found some patterned paper in my stash that had the exact colors of the challenge. I used my Silhouette to cut out the "hi", Times New Roman font. I think this color scheme was a challenge for all of us, so I am excited to see what everyone else came up with!


Cardstock: Stampin Up

Patterned Paper: Stampin Up

Ribbon: Certainly Celery (Stampin' Up)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Papertrey Ink Dot to Dot Challenge

I woke up this morning all excited to see what everyone did for the PTI color challenge, and was so surprised to see another challenge! The sketch for the challenge was a dot to dot; remember those from when you were a kid? I have never done a card with this sort of sketch, and I thought I should tailor it to the upcoming holiday. I used some Making Memories paper that I have had stashed for a long time, and stamps from Stampin' Up and Katie and Co. I know I didn't use any PTI supplies, I think that is a hint that I need to do some more shopping!


Cardstock: Stampin Up

Patterned Paper: Making Memories

Stamps: Sentiment (Stampin Up), Hearts (Katie and Co)

Ink: Stampin Up

Friday, February 6, 2009

Papertrey Ink Color Challenge!

I was so excited to be able to participate in tonight's card challenge from Papertrey Ink! I discovered Papertrey when I was on maternity leave last Spring, and I was instantly hooked. I am slowly building my supply of PTI products, and I have yet to get any of their paper. A random winner of the challenge will get $100 in Paper! These colors were so fun to work with, definately a palette I am comfortable working with. The papertrey colors were pure poppy, ripe avocado, summer sunrise, and ocean tides. I substituted baja breeze, real red, summer sun, and old olive.
Stamps: Flower (Stampin' Up), Sentiment and Polka dots (PTI)
Ribbon: Michaels
Cardstock: Stampin' Up

Thursday, February 5, 2009

KWerner Color Challenge #40

Another KWerner Challenge! I stayed up late to post this one. I didn't really know how I was going to put these colors together, so I just started to pull out papers and stamps and play until I found something I liked. The colors really played to layering, and I had neglected the Materpieces of Paisley set from Technique Tuesday for too long. Once I decided on what order the colors should layer in, the rest was easy. Adding the beads was inspired by a card made by my friend Sandy. Hope you enjoy!


Stamps: Paisley (Technique Tuesday), Sentiment and Rectangle (Papertrey Ink)

Cardstock: More Mustard, Taken with Teal, Whisper White (Stampin' Up)

Ink: So Saffron, Taken with Teal, Old Olive (Stampin' Up)

Ribbon: Unknown

Beads: Blue Moon

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Green Stack

My mom surprised me with the new Green Stack from Die Cuts with a View last Saturday. I have been wanting this since I saw it in Creating Keepsakes back in December. I spent a few days just flipping through the papers, and then decided to make a card using this cute little guy. I can't wait to use more of the papers.
Patterned Paper: Die Cuts with a View
Cardstock: Stampin' Up
Stamp: Hero Arts

Edited: The Green Stack is made with 70% recycled paper (that is why it is "Green"). It includes lots of woodland images, as well as environmentally angled papers (with sayings like "Go Green" and "Save the earth")

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Wall Art

It took almost 10 months, but I finally got some art on the walls of my son's room. I had purchased these letters before he was born, but I had no idea how I was going to decorate them. Enter the Archaic collection from Basic Grey. I love this paper. It is so fun for little boys. I also purchased the chipboard shapes and they were a great addition.

My mom painted the letters a chocolate brown before I added the papers using modge podge. I trimmed around the letters and then inked the edged with chalk ink. The hardest part was hanging it on the wall!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Paper Challenge #2

Let's review.

This was the paper that I was given. I called it paper impossible. The rules were that I had to make something with whatever paper I was given, and make enough for each of the 5 of us in the exchange. Here's what I came up with:

There wasn't a rule about adding other papers. *grin* I was very happy when I found this Mickey Mouse paper, and added a fun sentiment from Papertrey Ink. The card is a gatefold, and in the inside I printed Happy Birthday in the Walt Disney font. Not too shabby; sendable no? Just so my fellow paper challenge gals know, the Mickey is different on each card. Oh and what's this....
A little bonus notecard. I had some Disney rubons that just needed to be used with this paper. Again, there are assorted characters on the cards. So that's my answer to the paper challenge.

Patterned Paper: EK Sucess
Cardstock: Archiver's
Rubons: Unknown
Ribbon: Offray (red), Bazzil (Polka dots)
Stamp: Papertrey Ink

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Good Luck for Friends

I was asked to make cards for two of my colleagues that are moving on to new positions. These cards had to be a decent size because a large number of people will be signing it. Plus, I didn't have much time to make them so they had to be simple. So I found a couple of fun patterned papers from my stash and used my favorite basic template of patterned paper, ribbon, and sentiment. I also found an old plate stand that helps keep the cards straight....nice!
Good Luck
Cardstock: Unknown scrap
Patterned Paper: Wild Asparagus
Ink: Kiwi Kiss
Stamp: Katie and Co.
Bling: Crystal Stickers
The Best is Yet to Come
Cardstock: Melissa Frances
Stamp: Stampin Up
Ink: Close to Cocoa
Ribbon: Unknown
Pearls:Kaiser Scrapbook