Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Everybody's doing it...

Have you tried drawing a box around a focal image yet? I have seen this again and again in recent days. I like to think that my friend Tiffany helped to make it popular...no one does it better :) I couldn't find an actual card that she made using this technique, so I linked to her blog. Snoop around a bit.

These cards were super easy. Have you seen the new line from K and Company? Actopus to Zelephant? Love it. Found these grand adhesions stickers and paired them with some stamps in my vast collection. Very sendable don't you think?

Cardstock: Archiver's
Stamps: Paper Makeup Stamps, PTI
Ink: Stampin Up
Stickers: K and Company

Monday, June 29, 2009

Where have I been?

So although I have posted several times I have been on vacation! My parents own these two cottages just over the Wisconsin border in the Upper Pennisula. We have had them for almost twenty years, so I have lots of memories of this place and the area surrounding it. The weather was great, the bugs were terrible (my little guy got so bitten up at night when he was sleeping it looks like he got chicken pox). Now I am back to reality and back to blogging....

I had to make a card for my MIL's bday that is coming up this weekend, so I employed some assistance from my little guy...the rest was easy, just some cardstock and ribbon! Off to see what I have missed in the blog world this week!
Cardstock: PTI, Stampin Up
Paint: Making Memories
Ribbon: Dots and dashes
Twine: PTI
Stamps: PTI
Ink: Memento

Friday, June 26, 2009

Kick Back and Relax

I love these bunny slippers from My Favorite Things! I had lamented to my friend Tiffany that I didn't have any pink flocking (I have since remedied that situation, but didn't remake the card). I did add some sparkle to the card with a Veramark Glitter Pad. The ribbon is something that I picked up at Michaels and I thought it coordinated perfectly!
Cardstock: Wausau Paper, Bazzil
Stamps: My Favorite Things
Ink: Memento, Versamark Glitter Pad
Ribbon: Dots and Dashes

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Believe in You

Ok, the blog seems to not be scheduling like I want it to, my Father's day post went up and said it was Saturday when I posted it on Thursday night. Sigh

This is another quick card with the Fancy Pants journaling cards. Nothing fancy here. Just some cardstock and a Fab button (using up scraps!)

Cardstock: PTI

Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants, Basic Grey,

Button: Foof a loof

Twine: Walmart

Monday, June 22, 2009

You are in my Thoughts

I still had all of the scraps on m table from the card exchange last month, so when my mother said she needed a sympathy card I just grabbed a bunch of scraps and this is what I came up with! I think I would just keep making stuff with Amy Butler papers if I didn't stop myself. I also love that I cut some extra butterflies with my silhouette- they come in so handy!

Patterned Paper: Amy Butler
Stamp: Amuse
Button: Fancy pants
Twine: Walmart

Saturday, June 20, 2009

I Love Dad

edited: I don't know why this posted. Notice that it says it is posted on Saturday, yet today is Thursday. This irritates me. I have another post I want to schedule, but I don't want to bombard the blog. Sigh....

Happy Father's Day! I hope that all the Dad's out there will have a great day! Since I am on vacation, i am sure fishing will be on the agenda!

This card is a layout I have used before (truth time, I frantically made this card when I remembered I needed a Father's day card for my husband and that I needed to go and pack for my trip...like immediately.) Colored Bronto with copics, added some buttons....Perfect!


Carstock: Bazzil, PTI

Patterned Paper: Basic Grey

Stamps: Studio G, Paper Makeup Stamps

Markers: Copics

Buttons: Basic Grey

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Congrats Grad

I am going on vacation, so I won't be posting as often. Hopefully I scheduled the posts correctly. I won't have internet either (gotta love the Northwoods), so don't think I haven't forgotten about everyone!
This card is another that I made for a graduation. Very quick and simple. I just a patterned paper from my stash and added some hibiscus burst ribbon, the star stamp is from PTI and the swirls are something I picked up at the $1.99 bin.
Carstock: Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Anna Griffin
Stamps: Hero Arts, Papertrey Ink
Ink: Memento
Ribbon: Papertrey Ink

Monday, June 15, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #9

Another color challenge from Dawn McVey! I love these colors, but of course when I went to sit down with them I was itching to throw some Kraft cardstock in. I resisted that urge, but my craft table is piled high with green, black, and cream ribbons, papers and accents - does that happen to anyone else?

I just got this pom pom ribbon at Archiver's this weekend. It was one of those "it's green" (my favorite color) purchases. Plus I have been seeing the pom poms everywhere and I was determined to make a card using it. The chipboard letters were a $1.99 spot purchase at Archiver's as well. It just didn't look right with just the pom pom and the letters, so I put a Heidi Swapp flower under the letters and added some stamping with Retro Basics. I could have added more, but the clean and simple cardmaker in me called shot clock and I determined that I was done.
Hope you like it! Off to see what you created!
Cardstock: Stampin Up
Stamp: Retro Basics (Papertrey Ink)
Chipboard Letters: Pressed Petals
Flower: Heidi Swapp
Ink: Memento

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sweet Sunday

Another Sunday coming to a close. I am really enjoying playing along with Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch. I put the baby to bed, and then come down and relax in my fab scrap room with some tunes or the t.v. on. This week's sketch was a little difficult at first, since there were two circles. But then I had to remind myself that the sketch is only a guide. So this is what I came up with.

I love the series of boy quotes from Cloud 9. I use them all the time it seems! The cards with those sentiments always tend to be a little shabby chic, which isn't my typical style, but I just go with the flow. Hope everyone has a great week!
Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants, The Paper Wardrobe, random scraps (green)
Stamp: Coud 9
Sticker: K and Company
Ink: Memento, Ranger Distress
Ribbon: Making Memories

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Color Inspiration Challenge #54

YAY! I was able to make a card for the color inspiration challenge this week. Last week was bad with my family being sick. Of course I am terribly behind on everything else, so this card had to be quick.

I decided to use one of my stamps from Paper Makeup Stamps. They have the best dinosaurs! I paired it with my favorite dinosaur-like embossed background and added a senitment. The dino was colored with Copics.

Cardstock: Stampin Up, Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Paper Makeup Stamps
Ink: Memento
Ribbon: Stampin Up

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Quick Graduation Card

This is my fall back card template. I needed a couple quick graduation cards for this week, and this became one of them. I really love the contrast of black and white with red and to be a bit different I used my other favorite - Kraft! Nothing fancy here folks, of course the bow looks terrific because nothing ties like the PTI ribbon.
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: American Crafts
Stamp: Hero Arts
Ribbon: Papertrey Ink

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Sweet Sunday Sketch

Sometimes I see a sketch and the card makes itself! This card was one of those times. I had all my Amy Butler papers spread out from yesterday, and I still had some of the purses from a sticker set I had gotten 50% off at Archiver's. It took maybe 10 minutes to put together...love that! It was very fun to punch out a bunch of squares and arrange them on the front of this card; I'll have to keep this sketch in mind to use up scraps in the future!

Cardstock: Stampin Up
Patterned Paper: Amy Butler (K and Company)
Purse: K and Company
Ink: Stampin Up
Stamp: PTI

Monday, June 8, 2009

My card for the June Card Exchange

I think I am finally coming out of the fog that was the last week. It is amazing how illness can bring things into perspective. I am a little bummed because there were a ton of challenges and sketches that I missed out on participating in. My mojo took a big hit too. That happens when I go through the blogs and see what wonderul things you are all creating.

This is my card for this months card exchange. Its a sketch based challenge, but of course, I don't have the sketch handy....This was a tough month for a lot of us in the exchange, many had to opt out due to family stuff.

This card is full of Amy Butler goodness....plus a butterfly cut using my Silhouette.

Have a great Tuesday!

Patterened Paper: Amy Butler
Cardstock: Stampin Up
Stamp: Amuse
Ink: Stampin Up
Button: Making Memories
Twine: Walmart

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Another Man Card

Another Man Card! I am trying to get my Father's Day cards all in order and this was another one I made for Michelle. I really like how it came out. It didn't take all that long to put together. I enjoyed doing the distressing of the images, and I liked finding just the right paper.

My son is still sick, but I think we turned a corner today. Now my husband is sick...fun times folks.

Stamps: Thomas Kincade, Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Karen Foster
Cardstock: Stampin Up
Ribbon: May Arts
Brads: Making Memories

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Just Saying Hello

This has been a very long week. My son went to the Dr and has bronchiolitis and an ear infection. The bronchiolitis is not bad, but bad enough that he pretty much wakes up every 45 at night. So I do as well. Needless to say, between half days at work (hubby and I are tag teaming) and getting nothing done at home it leaves little time to stamp. I did want to throw this card together though before you all gave up on me! The image is from Amuse and their stamps are always so simple that they demand minimal treatment on a card to look right. I colored the tent with Copics (thanks for the shading lesson Tiffany) and just added the sentiment (Hero Arts). Here's hoping to a night with a few hours of uninterupted sleep! Hope you had a great week- TGIF!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Father's Day Card for Michelle

So here is another Father's Day card I was asked to make. This one is for Michelle's husband's father. The main image is a journaling card from Fancy Pants. I mounted it on sme Kiwi Kiss, popped it up and then added the piercing and button treatment. The stamp is from an old Stampin Up set....sorry it's so short my little guy has a 102 degree fever and I have to take care of him (he is sleeping now but it promises to be a looong night).