Sunday, February 28, 2010

SG13 - Fortune Cookie Fun

Hola chicas! Sorry for the long delay in posting. The fam and I just got back from 5 days in fabulous Las Vegas (cue Elvis music). My sister lives out there, so it's always fun to go out because we wind up seeing and doing things that a normal "tourist" wouldn't do. Bottom fun. We did pretty well on the slots (we are not big gamblers), and saw the Circ show KA (awesome acrobatics, not much plot). Went to some great local bars. Fun times. I also got these boots from the boot barn on my birthday. They are super fun and look great with jeans. I got a bunch of hair "bling" as well. I will have to post some photos.
On to the sketch. This month's sketch is sponsored by The Wild Flower Patch ! This week's winner will get 5 free digi images from the store. Which will be a really sweet score for someone!
On to my card. I remembered I had to do this card the day it was due, while I was on the treadmill recouping from vacation (training for the half marathon remember). So once I finished a moderately respectable 4 miles, with an interuption from a very disgruntled almost 2 year old who wanted his mommy, I flew into my craft room and got to work. I had bought the fortune cookie and fortune cookie word set from Amuse earlier this month with my birthday discount (10% any order your bday month! Sweet) and hadn't used it yet. This sketch just called out for it. The little banner just said "place fortune here" (Although the first time I stamped the sentiment it was slightly crooked and I knew that someone...ahem Randee...would have pointed out that it was crooked). Anyway, I love this card. I love the words set from amuse. My only decision now is do I go with the demure "The cookie has spoken" on the inside, or the more risque "in bed"....hmmmm
Now it's your turn. This sketch is really easy, so if you have been hovering this is YOUR week.
Go to the sketch girl blog and post your creation!

Monday, February 15, 2010

SG12 Celebrate Today

Another sketch from the sketch girls! This month's sketch is sponsored by SassyStudioDesigns. They have fabulous digi images like the one I used in my card below. The winner of this month's sketch will get to select 4 digi images from the site! Fabulous! I have never used a digi image before, but I think my card turned out really well!

I had to use copics and colored pencils on this card. Some of the facial details needed a softer touch (the eyeshadow and blush). I love the striped chatterbox paper. I have been raided my stash of paper lately and it feels great!

So go on over to the Sketch Girl blog and post your card!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Fun Notebook Covers

I made these notebooks for the girls that I work with as a Valentine's day present. I felt that the quote was a very good reminder to those single gals that life is not all about waiting for your handsome prince. The stamp is from Paper Makeup Stamps. I love their quote stamps and their monsters. These notebook covers were easy to make and I am hoping that the girls will like them! The PP is really old Chatterbox (using the stash!), some bitty dot paper from PTI, and some berry sorbet PTI twill and buttons.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Love card

Ahhhh. I crafted for over 12 hours on Saturday. Thanks to my mom who came and helped my husband watch my son. I had so much fun with Tiffany (and even more fun watching her drool over my sewing machine :)

We went to Craft Fancy in Arlington Heights, it was a cool store with some off beat products. I got a couple stamps sets I am going to be excited about making cards with.

But I digress. I needed to make a man card. For my DH. Because he doesn't get mad at me when I tell him that I will be crafting from 9 am Saturday to 1 am Sunday and even makes me and Tiffany smoothies and homemade pizza. (delicious)

It needed to not have pink, or ribbon. But I snuck in some stiching. So I made this card. And I finished the inside too. Go me. I think he will like it.

Paper from Making Memories, stamps Technique Tuesday, button PTI.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

How I use "flair"

Today's cards feature "flair", you know, like the buttons one might wear on a jean jacket. Only these are better because they have and adhesive back. Sometimes it's hard to figure out how to use these suckers. I got three sheets of them when I got the rubons from peachy cheap. And I made the card above. I had gotten the embossed heart background folder on clearance somewhere last May, glad I could bust it out. A little corner rounding and a nice bow with a PTI sentiment. The photo stinks, but I am not in a place to retake it. So I gave a bonus card.

This is a smaller card and was FAST to put together. I grabbed a scrap of Valentine paper from three years ago (stored with my other Valentine specific scrap paper- I know it's anal, but hey it works for me!) and added the foam letters from American Crafts, and the heart flair. The ribbon was an after thought because it looks naked without it.
And another thing. Some of you know I am running the Shamrock Shuffle March 21 (for those of you not familiar with the Shuffle, it's an 8K run through downtown Chicago with 36,000 others). Yesterday I asked Tiffany if she wanted to run it and she declined. Today she not only says she running it, but asks if I want to do the half marathon in Kenosha. I crazy? Apparently. So we are both signed up, and now accountable because I have just told you all about it. That race is May 1. Here's to finishing.....

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Love is in the Air

So it's time for another holiday season that most people exchange cards at. Well, at least one card. I am not a girly girl, but there is just something fun about pulling out the pink, red, and white cardstock and going to town.

I got a slew of American Crafts Valentine stuff from peachcheap. I love peachycheap. (I actually got today's deal too (a ton of basic grey stuff AND free shipping for $12.99 - yes please!)

Anyway, I took my Valentine goodness and laid it out before me. New stuff makes me happy. Then I made what I am calling the Valentine Tree card. So fun. So pink and girly, yet with the sometimes annoying habit I have of making things analytical and precise (or clean and simple if you want, but I know it's the scientist in me struggling for order!)
I used a quickutz embossing plate to give the background some texture, and then stiched around that layer. I have a stash of precut scallops from my Silhouette, and so I took one of those and an oval and then used an American Crafts rubon for thefocal image. A few Melon Berry buttons, some Doodlebug ribbon, and a PTI stamp and this card was done. Actually only took like 20 minutes, including sewing. Love that! Now....who gets this card?