Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Easter Card 2

If you have never looked at the clear stamps from My Favorite Things I would really recommend it. Call it enabling, but look how cute this main image is from the Easter Greetings set.
Cardstock: Neenah Cardstock (White), Stampin Up (Pink)
Ribbon: Stampin Up
Stamps: My Favorite Things

Monday, March 30, 2009

Easter Card 1

I made this cute Easter card the other night. It was really easy, all the shapes were cut using my silhouette! I cut a bunch of the eggs and grass so that I could make a bunch. I modified the design to make cards for my son's daycare teachers as well.
Cardstock: Stampin Up and Papertrey Ink
Stamp: Amuse
Ribbon: Papertrey Ink

Saturday, March 28, 2009

SFYTT- Rain or Shine

I had to channel Randee for this one; she always makes such awesome cards with the My Favorite Things images. I finally got a few MFT stamp sets and when I saw the SFYTT tonight I knew that this was the image I was going to use.

I had such a fun day today. I went to this HUGE 100 family garage sale. It was in a large warehouse, and my favorite purchase was a giant jar of vintage buttons. The woman told me some were from the 60s. I got the jar for $5 and then I spied another one that I got for $3. Anyway, when I got back to my mom's house and showed her my treasures she knew I was dying to start sorting them and so she went and got some old muffin tins. Then she got some baby jar lids for my son to sort because he wanted to play with "buttons" too. Just shows you that mothers never stop mothering :)

So that was a long story to indicate that the button on this card is a vintage mother or pearl. The bling I started with just didn't look right. I am so please with my first MFT card!

Cardstock: Stampin Up
Patterned Paper: KI Memories (from the giant pack my mom found at Tuesday Morning)
Flowers: Prima
Stamps: My Favorite Things
Brad: Bazzil
Button: Vintage
Colored with Copics

Thursday, March 26, 2009

KWerner Color Challenge #47

I look forward to the KWerner color challenge every week and I was so excited to see the colors this week. These are my colors. They are very harvesty and fall; but I resisted the urge to get out my Halloween stamps (It was really hard; I kept wanting to stamp pumpkins).


I decided to use my Silhouette and one of the new images they released this month. This tree is so fun! I was going to use this layout for my Paper Challenge Girls (PCG) card, and I still might. I grounded the image by stiching around the edge of the watercolor paper. I added some crisscross stiches so it wouldn't look so flat. I love how this card came out!

Cardstock: Stampin Up
Patterned Paper: Scenic Route Paper Co
RubOn: American Crafts
Other: Twine (Stampin Up), Buttons (from the stash), Thread

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Fabric Card

This past weekend when I was at Archiver's I found some Amy Butler accents in the clearance section. I was thinking about what I could do with them, and so I went into my fabric bins for some inspiration. I happened to have some polka dot Amy Butler fabric that coordinated perfectly! I used my Xyron to put adhesive on the back of the fabric and then trimmed around the cardstock.

I had a lot of fun making this card. I think it was because I was using fabric; something I have never done before.
Cardstock: PTI

Fabric: Amy Butler
Accent: Amy Butler for K and Co
Ribbon: from the stash
Stamp: Stampin Up

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Another Flower

I am really really loving the Blossom and Blooms set from Whipper Snapper. Maybe it's because the images are so much fun to color with Copics!

I am also way addicted to using Kraft Cardstock. There is just something about the contrast of the image on the kraft color. And I am really loving the ribbon from Papertrey Ink. It is by far the best ribbon that I have ever used. This is another very simple card. I really into making clean and simple cards right now.

Stamps: Blossoms and Blooms, Hero Arts

Cardstock: Kraft (PTI), Red and Brown (Archiver's), White (Neenah)

Ink: Memento Black, Staz On Timber Brown

Twine (Stampin Up), Ribbon (Papertrey Ink), and Copics

Monday, March 23, 2009

Gift Card Holder

I have a friend who owns a coffee shop, and he has agreed to let me sell my cards there (Russo Espress0 in Fairview Park, Ohio - check it out if you are local). I am very excited for this opportunity and tonight decided to make a gift card holder for the gift cards the shop sells. I used the Warm Happiness set from Papertrey Ink, as well as some of the Everyday Blessings paper that Tiffany told me I needed to buy because it was totally me (she was right). I used Basic Grey's Notch and Die tool to put the half circles to hold the gift card. I am very happy with how it came out. I see more gift card holders in my future. *Grin*

Cardstock: Kraft (PTI), White (Wausau Paper)
Patterned Paper: PTI
Ink: Ranker Ink Brushed Corduroy, SU Soft Sky and Wild Wasabi
Ribbon: Papertrey Ink

Sunday, March 22, 2009

SFYTT Be Happy!

It seemed like spring this weekend (finally). I know it was cold here at night, but I feel we have turned a corner!

I went shopping on Saturday night at Archiver's, and this panel was part of a 12 x 12 sheet of paper that found it's way into my basket (the buttons came along too). It was so fun; look for more cards made from it! I made this card for the SFYTT challenge. I really look forward to these challenges. I always check the sketch in the morning and think about it all day Saturday. I didn't get a change to play with it until tonight though.

Hope everyone takes the time to be happy! Enjoy the start of your week.
Edited: The sentiment is on the paper. The 12 x 12 sheet is divided into 12 journaling blocks. It is pretty terrific. Each block either has a sentiment or some sort of lines for journaling.
Cardstock: Kraft (Papertrey Ink), Pink (Bazzil)
Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants
Buttons: Basic Grey
Ribbon: Papertrey Ink
Twine: Stampin Up

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Caardvarks Sketch and many cards

It started innocently enough...with the Caardvarks challenge for this week which was a sketch. Then I decided I liked the paper and wanted to make another card. And then I made another and another. Eleven cards later I was out of patterned paper. It is so much fun to take a piece of 12 x 12 paper and make cards until there is no more paper. (My best was 25 cards from one sheet; see this post and this post. It was one of my paper challenge's.) My goal is to keep moving, and not get stuck on thinking if I like a card or not. Simple is also key.

Let me know which you like best!

Common Supplies for the cards: Cardstock: White Wausau paper, Really Rust Stampin Up, Kraft Stampin Up; Patterned Paper: Umm...no idea It was from a pack of clearance paper from Michaels, Ink: Really Rust Stampin Up

The one that started it all...The Caardvarks Sketch. Stamp: Kolette Hall, Ribbon (May Arts)

Card #2: Thoughts of You (on loan from Tiffany, also by Kolette Hall)

Card #3: Thank you very much (Rub on by American Crafts), Ribbon (Daisy D's)

Card #4: Thinking of you (Stamp by Hero Arts), Ribbon (May Arts)

Card #5: Thanks (American Crafts Thickers), Ribbon (May Arts)

Card #6: Many Thanks (Stamp: Stampin Up)

Card #7: Road to Friend's House (Amuse), Ribbon (Amuse)

Card #8: Just Saying Hello (Hero Arts), Image (Big Lots), Brads (Making Memories)

Card #9: Just a Note (Stampin Up), Ribbon (Offray)

Card #10: Hi (American Crafts Thickers), Ribbon (May Arts)

Card #11: Fabulous Birthday (also on loan from Tiffany, Hero Arts), Ribbon Unknown

Card #12: Hugs Scrapling (Stampin Up), Bling (Kaiser), Ribbon (May Arts)

I put the last one next to the battery so you could see how small it was. It's called a scrapling. I didn't coin the phrase (I wish I had). It is the leftover scrap of white paper you have when you make a 4 x 4 card.
So those are my cards. Hope you like them. Hope they inspire you!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Baby Card for Friends

Hi Everyone! I want to give a special shout out to my new blog followers Tiffany and Gogizmo; thanks for following me ladies!

I was disappointed with how my KWerner card came out this week, so I had to go into my stamp room and make a card I did like!
Some friends (Karlie and Angelo) just had a baby boy, so I made a card to go with the package I am sending to them. I am so much happier with this card!

The stamp is from Imaginisce ($1.99 bin at Archiver's). I stamped it in Ranger distress ink and colored it with my Copics. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. Can you tell that the white background actually has an embossed alphabet? So cute for a baby card.

Stamps: Elephant (Imaginisce), Sentiment (PTI); Cardstock: Blue (Stampin Up), Yellow (Bazzil), White (K and Co); Ribbon: Making Memories; Twine: Stampin Up; Copics: W1, Y21

Thursday, March 19, 2009

KWerner Color Challenge #46

These colors messed with my brain! The blue and pink together kept telling me to go "baby", but I couldn't do it with the red and black there.

Finally I decided to bust out my Technique Tuesday flower petals and pair it with a stamp from an Ali Edwards Kit that Creating Keepsakes sold eons ago. I colored the petals with copics. I like how that looked versus just using the cardstock. I popped the petals off the page with some pop dots (check your dollar store people - they have a large sheet of them and they work terrific!). I thought about distressing the background, but again, less was more here as I wanted to let the flower take center stage. Hope you like it! The heart is a quickutz die that I punched and then colored with Copics. A big departure from my usual style.

edited: Ok, I couldn't take the floating card. I grounded it on a red and black base....ah much better.

Stamps: Technique Tuesday (flower petals), Creating Keepsakes (live life everyday)Cardstock: Stampin UpInk: Memento Tuxedo BlackCopics: R10, RV81, R85, R27

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I appreciate you!

First, is this not a better picture then yesterday's? Man, I was not loving the yellow cast from yesterday. Here is the trick, change your color setting on your camera to tungsten and make you ISO at least 800. That is what I did here. This card came about because I was playing with my new Blooms and Butterflies set by Whipper Snapper (designed by Anna Wight). I wanted this set since it came out and I just had to get it when i was at Creative Pals in Brookfield, WI this weekend. I colored it with Copics, but stopped short of getting out my pencils to shade. That will be the weekend. This card is an interesting size 5.5 x 3, and is one of those designs that you could make a set of cards with different images but the same layout...in fact I may try just that this weekend. Happy Thursday!
Stamps: Image (Whipper Snapper), Sentiment (Hero Arts)
Cardstock: Stampin Up
Ribbon: May Arts, Twine (Stampin Up)
Ink: Memento Black Ink, Ranger Distress Ink Tea Dye
Button: From the stash

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

With Sympathy

It is never easy making a sympathy card, but I hope that it brings comfort to the recipient.
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey
Cardstock: Stampin Up (Brown and blue), Bazzil (Green), Papertrey Ink (Kraft)
Felt Ribbon: Stampin Up
Brads: Making Memories

Monday, March 16, 2009

Happy St Patty's Day!

This was a quick and easy project. I wanted to make gifts for Jack's teachers at the daycare, and my silhouette sure came in handy again! I simply cut out the shamrock, and then used the computer to write the sentiment! The mini shamrock stamp is from Papertrey Inks Limitless labels set. The bag has Andes mints - they go with the holiday and they are made in a peanut free facility!

I can't wait to give them out tomorrow!
Paper: Some random green from my stash, Certainly celery (SU)
Ribbon: Offray
Ink: SU
Stamp: Papertrey Ink
Bags: SU

Sunday, March 15, 2009

SFYTT and Caardvarks - Monach Butterfly

I had a fun day yesterday with some of my stampin friends Sady, Tiffany, Marisa, and Jeanne! Sandy has this great stamping store near her mom in Brookfield, WI - Creative Pals. We took a combination Copics/ Colored Pencil class from a woman who has been using Copics for 8 years (way longer then they have been the "it" marker for stampers). I couldn't believe all of the tips she gave us, and you won't believe how cool some of the cards come out! (I have to practice a bit more on the colored pencils). Anyway, I picked up a few goodies (some rubbah as Jen would say), and was so excited to see that I could use one of them on the SFYTT! I also classify the butterfly as a critter, so I am going to post it on the caardvarks critter challenge as well!

Of course, the entire time I was thinking about all the tricks I learned, and how much fun I had! You can't see it in the photo, but the yellow paper is actually Bazzil's new Swiss dot. I like that I don't have to get another die cut machine to get the fabulous embossed look! I also used twine to tie my ribbon as some of MSG's (my swap girls) have done. I was going to add a button, but there is a lot of hardware going on with this card, so I opted not to. And Papertrey's Retro Basics set added just enough contrast to qualify as another layer below the ribbon. Hope you enjoy!


Cardstock: Kraft and Black (SU), White (Neenah Solar White), Yellow Swiss Dot (Bazzil)

Stamps: Butterfly (Impression Obsession), Background and Sentiment (Papertrey Ink)

Hardware: SU

Ink: Memento Black

Copics: Y15, Y21, YR15, YR68

Tools: Silhouette (Oval and Scalloped Oval), Notch Punch (SU)

Ribbon (May Arts) and Twine (SU)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

KWerner Challenge #45

Another Kwerner Color inspiration. This was almost a monochromatic feel for me. It was fun pulling out all of my black, white and gray embellishments to see what would work.

I settled on a Basic Grey rub-on and some bling. I was going to add a ribbon, but it just didn't look right.

The Love sentiment is from an old set of Making Memories Baby themed rubons. The bling is from Crystal Elements. I used my silhouette to cut a scalloped border for the card, and I am very happy with how it came out!
Cardstock: Stampin p
Rubons: Basic Grey, Making Memories
Bling: Crystal Elements

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

March Card Exchange

Time for another card exchange! This month's theme was Sympathy or Get Well cards. We had a bunch of different takes on this theme...see for yourself. Oh, and notice the better lighting...I didn't get a fancy light box. I just got my husband to show me how to take better photos. Hint: use the white balance feature on your camera!

My Card:

Cardstock: Stampin Up
Stamp: Stampendous
Ribbon: Dashes, Dots, Checks
Bling: Crystal Stickers

Alyson's Card

Chris' Card

Joan's Card

Michelle's Card

Teresa's Card

Sandy's Card

Susi's Card

See Randee's Card here.

See Tiffany's Card here.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Caardvarks Critter Challenge- Heard you caught a bug

I have had the idea of this card for awhile. Since I got the Stampin Up set actually. It was a fun card to make, but the inside of the card is what makes me smile....

There are so many people getting sick lately (me included!) that I was inspired to make this card.


Stamps: Stampin Up (bug and bug spray), Feel better (Amuse), Heard you caught a bug (Stampendous)

Cardstock: Stampin Up

Patterned Paper: Die Cuts with a View

Markers: Copics

Sunday, March 8, 2009

SFYTT - St.Pat's Card

I realized yesterday that I needed to get hustling on some St. Pat's cards. I know not everyone sends St. Pat's cards, but it is a fun holiday to make cards for - especially for someone who loves the color green! I was struggling for what image to use for SFYTT (and actually was going to do something with flowers), and then I remembered the new images for the Silhouette. I pulled out my St. Pat's papers, and this card was completed very quickly. It is probably very different from the other participants, but I like the way it came out! Look for more St. Pat's cards this week...

Cardstock: Stampin Up

Patterned Paper: Reminensce

Stamp: Studio G

Ribbon: JoAnn's

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Happy Birthday Boy!

My son's first birthday is 3/5, and I made these invitations for his party this weekend. It was fun to find patterned paper that was not to "baby". I used my silhouette to cut the numeral, and stiched the paper with my sewing machine. Another use of Kraft cardstock, I am totally on a kraft kick!
Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny
Cardstock: Stampin Up
Stamp: Amuse
Brad: Making Memories
Metal Tag: Eyelet outlet

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

KWerner Challenge #44

Odette asked where the bunny stamp was from. It's from the $1.99 bin at Archiver's and came with a giant egg with flowers and scallops.

Marisa asked about the scalloped. It is a Marvy Punch. The pink one. Is that the mega or giga? I think mega size.

It is pretty funny...when I see the KWerner colors for the first time I get a rush of ideas. Then I get home and I start to create and I wind up changing my mind what seems like a million times. I figured that the majority of people would go elegant with these colors, and I kept wanting the white to be creme for some reason, so I took it another way...

I used this bunny once already, but a brown color scheme was just asking for it to be inked again. Plus it was out on my desk. I searched for some patterned paper, but wound up making my own with Pink Pirouette cardstock and an image from Noteworthy (old SU sale-a-bration) stamped in Pretty in Pink. I had my sewing machine out still, so I added some stiching. Fun note: the ribbon is left over from my wedding programs..from almost 7 years ago. I purchased 2 spools of it and I still have almost a spool left. I am glad that I still love it- it's so versitile! Hope you enjoy!


Stamps: Bunny (Scrappy Cat), Sentiment (Papertrey Ink), Background Stamp (Stampin Up)

Cardstock: Stampin Up

Ribbon: "Decorative Ribbon" from Hobby Lobby

Buttons: Walmart

Twine: Stampin' Up

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Paper Challenge #3 (Two More Cards)

This is a continuation of the post from yesterday. I have two more cards to share for the paper challenge. I still can't believe I was able to make 25 cards from one sheet of patterned paper. Plus I think the cards are very different from each other. I cut the flowers, butterfly and grass with my silhouette. I am so happy with how these came out, and I hope my friends are happy with the cards that I have created!


Cardstock: Wausau Paper

Patterned Paper: K and Co

Stamp: Hero Arts

Bling: Kaiser

Cardstock: Wausau Paper, Stampin Up
Patterned Paper: K and Co
Bling: Kaiser
Stamp: Stampin Up
Marker: Stampin Up