Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sketch Girl Sketch #2

Hi Everyone! I hope that you are as inspired as I was with this week's Sketch Girl Sketch! As you will come to see, I am usually a clean and simple card maker. I admire those who can throw everything but the kitchen sink at a card and have it come away looking all shabby chic. But that's not me (I think it's the scientist in me; anything but straight lines have me hyperventilating. I have on occassion been known to tilt an image; but that's as crazy as I get)
Anyway, this was a fun card to make. I have been in a Kraft mood lately, which happens, so I started by finding some colored cardstock to use as a base. I grabbed green, which really isn't earth shattering for me, but I wanted a soothing color as a base. A little tone on tone polka dots and a few swirls and the base was complete. I could completely avoid the kraft, but it does kind of fade back with the distressed panel. The heart I die cut at Archiver's (left over from a valentine's project), and the sentiment is from the heartfelt sympathy: pet set from PTI (the set was only $5 people). This is a card I never hope to have a need for. I want to add a paw to the sentiment (and I actually have) but I am out of time this evening so you can imagine it for yourself.
Can't wait to see what all my other Sketch girls and YOU come up with! Oh and if you go to the Sketch Girl Blog and become a follower, then you could be entered to win one of 3 stamps sets! Woo hoo!
Cardstock: Stampin' Up
Ink: Stampin Up, PTI
Twine: Walmart (big roll $4)
Stamps: PTI

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sketch Girl Sneak Peek

So if I had really been on top of it, I would have posted this sneak peek last night. But I wasn't (I was making teacher cards and wrapping gifts). But better late then never. Make sure you all come back to see the finished card tomorrow, and make sure you are following the Sketch Girl's Blog because there will be PRIZES Up for grabs!
See you all tomorrow!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Teacher Thank Yous

I had to make some thank you notes for my son's daycare teachers. He is transitioning to the toddler room next week. I can't believe he has been in daycare over a year already. It's very hard to be a working mom, and the daycare my son is at makes it a lot easier.

This was the first card I made, I will show more of the others later this week. (and don't forget to check out this week's sketch on the 30th. There may be a sneak peek...if I can finish it before the 30th *grin*). I like using premade accents on my cards when I have to make a bunch. It simplifies things and the premade accents are so much better constructed these days.
For this card I used the PTI Teacher set. I love this set. I know that this will be my go to set for any card I make for teachers. Then I added a bug accent from The Paper Company Studio. It is on a little spring and is so cute! I used my Silhouette to cut some grass and added some punched flowers with a little bling. A quick and simple card that any teacher would love!
Accent: The Paper Company Studio
Cardstock: Stampin Up
Bling: Crystal Stickers
Stamps: PTI
Ink: Stampin Up

Friday, July 24, 2009

With Appreciation

I have been on a little hiatus from blogland. I have been relaxing and reading and enjoying summer. Sometimes you just have to take a step back.

I got the new In Bloom paper pack with my new PTI order and I wanted to use these citrusy colors to make a fun thank you card. Of course I had to add a bit of Kraft cardstock :)

Hope you all are looking forward to a great weekend!

Cardstock: PTI, Archiver's
Patterned Paper: PTI
Ribbon: May Arts
Sentiment: PTI
Ink: Memento

Monday, July 20, 2009

New PTI- Just a little something

Whew! It has been quite the busy week for me. I know I haven't posted in awhile, but there was work, and there was a picnic to plan and go to, and then there was the recovery from said get the idea! But I did get a chance to order some new PTI goodies last week, and look at the fun card I was able to make! I can tell the button set is going to be one of my favorites. It has a bunch of images and all you ahve to do is add the buttons!

I kept this card simple. I added some making memories buttons to the stamped images and paired it with some K and Company paper. Of course it was on a base of Kraft cardstock...I can't get enough of that!
Hope you all have a great week!
Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Buttons: Making Memories
Ink: Stampin Up
Ribbon: Dots and Dashes

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

What's the Buzz? -Sketch Girl DT!

Totally exciting news! I am a Sketch Girl Designer! I can super excited! Here's the skinny....

Today is the offical start of Sketch Girl! Sketch Girl is a bi-weekly sketch challenge created by Annie B (Leigh Ann). The Sketch Girl blog will be home to all the sketches in one place, so run on over and add yourself a follower so you can get an update as soon as a new sketch is added. In the future there will be a contest or two with prizes! If you make the sketch and upload to a forum, please use keyword SG1. Annie's Blog is where the details are right now. This is a very new thing for me and I am way beyong thrilled that I was selected. Now for my card:

I had made a Father's Day card with this beehive and I thought it would translate perfectly for this sketch...what do you think? The hive is colored with my Copics (the poor things have been sorely neglected lately), and I love the yummy felt ribbon from Making Memories. So come on, let's see what you do with the sketch!
Cardstock: Stampin Up
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey
Stamps: Saltbox Studio (the set was on sale for $3.90 on the Amuse website a month ago)
Button: Basic Grey
Ink: Memento
Markers: Copics
Twine: Walmart

Monday, July 13, 2009

Christmas in July- Card Exchange

The theme for the card exchange this month was Christmas in July. I just finished my cards tonight and they are due tomorrow (whew, I always sweated a deadline). I went with what my friends may call a "Classic Katie" Card. Simple, yet elegant...not to mention easy to duplicate. The Basic Grey paper was great for the base and I decided to make a Thank you card instead of a Christmas card to send out (I have a few more months to work on that concept!).

Hope everyone's Monday was ok!

Cardstock: Stampin Up
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey
Ribbon: May Arts
Foil Stick ons: JoAnn's
Other: Thread

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Flocked Thanks

First, I love this paper. Second, I love the rhinestone bling- its from the vintage button score that I got at a garage sale a few months ago. I finally found a card to use it on. The paper is the flocked Doodlebug designs. This card was a 5 minute card and I love it!
Sorry I have been a few days away. I rediscovered how much I love to read. I went to the library for the first time in ages and got some books, so that has taken some time as has some stuff at work. My little guy is feeling much better! We had a great day today he was very playful and fun and we even had out second swimming lesson. Hope you all are having a great night!
Patterned Paper: Doodlebug
Ribbon: from the stash
Rhinestone bling: Vintage
Stickers: Making Memories

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Sweet Sunday Sketch

Apparently I am not the only one to have issues with automatic posts when I went on vacation. Karen over at the Sweetest Thing also had some problems,which is why the sketch was not posted until tonight.

I haven't posted in a couple days because the little guy was sick again (it's been a bad month). Thankfully my mother was able to come over and take care of him so that my husband and I could still go to work. And of course Jack loves his Grandma...

For this card I just wanted to put something together that was simple (and a Birthday card of course). The sketch lended itself to that beautifully. I love the paper line "offbeat" from Basic Grey.

Hope you all have a great week!

Patterned Paper: Basic Grey
Cardstock: Archiver's
Stamps: Stampin Up, Hero Arts

Saturday, July 4, 2009

New Color Challenge!

I wasn't looking for a color challenge tonight. Honest. I was just going to play a bit in my craft room and then go to bed. I blurfed a bit and saw that Randee, Sarah-Jane , and Kelley all had the same color challenge submissions on their blog (Seriously, I started to think I had missed the memo ladies). It was a new challenge Travellingmama had started. So fun! Then I started sorting and putting stuff away in my room. I sat down and made a card (wasn't really planning on doing a challenge tonight) and when I was done I looked at it and thought, well I could use this for the Traveller's challenge! So here it is:

Nothing really fancy here. I am a pro at nothing really fancy. My copics are crying in their little boxes right now....
I used a felt flower from K and Company and added some gable green and raspberry fizz cardstock. Then used the patented Tiffany punching technique to add some visual interest and added a PTI birthday sentiment (still building the birthday stash).
Hope it inspires you!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Raspberry Suite #11

I was a little nervous when I saw the colors for this week. Five colors?!!! Seriously? So last night I made some just to create (which was fun) and tonight I tackled the colors challenge. Out came all the paper and embellies that had these colors.

What resulted was a card that has a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I love mixing manfacturers. All of the flowers are from Prima and I layered them myself. I capped them with a fabric brad from K and Company (I am addicted to the fabric covered brads). The paper is from PTI and Stampin Up, the ribbon is from Michaels and the stickers are Making Memories.
I need to increase my stash of birthday that was my self imposed challenge as well. Hope you liked it!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Pink Paisley Thanks

Hey everyone! I was unsure what I was going to make tonight. One of those nights where I had just cleaned the kitchen, picked up the toys and moved a couple piles from one place to another. I saw Dawn McVey's Color challenge, but the colors are a little scary...5 colors! Oi!

So I just grabbed a bit of this and a bit of that and did a typical Katie card. So fun and relaxing. Helps that my Cubbies are majorly kicking butt tonight as well...and its a Holiday from work tomorow! Have a great 4th of July!

Patterned Paper: Basic Grey
Cardstock: PTI
Sticker: K and Company
Letter Stickers: Making Memories