Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I am Sew happy! I received some wonderful goodies in the mail yesterday from Crafty Secrets and had to play! I got this new sewing stamp set and some vintage cardstock die cuts. My morning yesterday found me at a local second hand store where I had a ball!!! I found some old crochet doilies for 25cents (I cut these circles down to fit my card), some satin ribbon (50 yeards for 75cents), old buttons, OLD childrens book that I can cut to my hearts content (35cents each) and even a cute pair of shorts for me!
I used some Wild Asparagus paper, inked in black to add distressing (age), used some seam binding for my ribbon. I love the final look even though I am not crazy about the brown and blues.
I am showcasing this card in the CARDS blog challenge of punny sayings "I am SEW happy we're friends" and also Moxie Fab challenge: Fabric. I think I used fabric in a new way....doilies on my card, seam binding instead of satin ribbon, and the use of busts on the card where you would hang a garment to hem and tuck before final fittings. That could be a bit of a stretch.....hehehe! This card also works for the stamp something challenge of using 2's of things for their 2 year anniversary (2 doilies, 2 patterned papers) and for the Stampin'Sisters in Christ challenge to add Distressing to your card to give a vintage look.
I just love happy days and recycling old stuff. Do you shop a thrift stores? Any good or favorite finds?
Friday, May 21, 2010
This card is a bit different for me. I typically don't do chipboard, but after seeing the fun things that can be done with it, I opted to try something new. I covered this heart in pink DP, then added lots of "sugary" glitter to it. The bird is from Inkadinkado that I cut out. All pieces are added with foam tape for dimension! I made the flower using seam binding tape that I did a loose stitch and pulled tight, then sewed the ends together making a circle. Quick and easy! Love to make these new flowers (between this type and the tissue paper flowers, my table is covered in blooms!!!)
I am entering this card in a few challenges:
Stamping Sisters in Christ #39: make a joyful noise or something showing music. What better way to celebrate the new spring than to listen to the birds chirping. My youngest wanted to do bird feeders this year and it has been a pleasure to see all of different birds that eat from the feeder. But boy to they make a mess!! seeds are everywhere- find myself yelling at them just like I do the kiddos about eating what is here before giving them more! yikes!
Papertake weekly: say it with flowers. Made my own and the bird has flowers on her belly!
Tuesday Morning Sketches: #46: use your fave color combo and glitter. I love PINK and GREEN together!
Charisma Cardz: #20 3D- the bird and saying on 3d foam tape, then twine and flower add texture and dimension
Stamp Something Challenge: use 2 of something. they are celebrating their 2nd birthday. I have 2 kinds of hemp, 2 types of flowers (stamp and made) and 2 types of curves- apron punch and the heart which add softness to the card with the other hard lines
Stamping 411: loose interpretation of the #151 sketch this week9 use a shape on the front and I used a heart.
Thanks for stopping over today, have a great weekend and enjoy the spring!
Monday, May 17, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
I am trying to get a little bit of a start on end of year teacher's gifts. I usually like to write a nice card to show our appreciation for the hard work that they put out teaching and a small gift card to a local ice cream parlour. This year I am opting to put a small pack of greeting cards together. This is one of them.....
Totally Stampalicious: flower power
CAS-tastic challenges: b'day cards
Belli Challenges: b'day cards
Paper Play Challenges: stamp something and bling (glitter and rhinestones)
Stamp challenge: b'day challenge
Clearly Inspired: may flowers
Supplies: pink cardstock from CTMH, Happy Birthday greeting from CTMH, tulips from the Springtime set CTMH, the white cardstock is scored with a fiskars tool (took out the blade and used a scoring blade- makes it very easy to figure out my lines!), colored in with more CTMH markers, prisma glitter, ribbon from Tuesday Morning and the pink rhinestones from Taylored Expressions.
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Thursday, May 6, 2010
This is my last week designing for Charisma Cardz and I thought I would go out with a bang! Schedules at our home are CRAZY with the kids in sports, traveling hubby, and my own business blooming. This week's challenge was issued by Jan and it was to create a Wedding Card. I made a very similar card for the Shabby Tea Room challenge a few weeks ago, but found this ribbon and these great black rhinestones while cleaning, and well you know, along came another card using these scraps of Anna Griffin paper....!!! I actually was able to sell the original one at a craft show that my sister, Kris, and I participate in. The purchaser was quite impressed with the rather large gray satin bow on it!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Her yellow card inspired me to make a SIMILAR design for mothers day. Sad thing....I just bought some cards because I wasn't sure I would have the time to make them :( Life of a cardmaker!LOL!
This card uses all scraps from my bin: white 7x6 cut down to fit the 5x7 card. The yellow for the border and rose flower used an old bobunny patterned paper, they were 12x1.5" strips (which I cannot believe I kept!) Rhinestones, satin ribbon, prisma glitter finish off the card. The mothers day sentiment was typed on the computer and cut with my nesties.
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Cards Blog challenge: mothers day card
For fun challenges: mom
Crafty cardmakers: distressed (I inked all of my edges with a dark yellow ink to add depth) and I crumpled the edges of the flower to bend the edges back to make it more realistic.
The Pink Elephant: Mommy I love you
Totally Stampalicious: flower power
Ooh-la-la creations challenges: minimalist, white space essential
just scraps: scraps only and shades of yellow
The Shabby Tea Room: Blinged out ( lots and lots of glitter on the flower for shine!!)
Delightful Sketches: use your punches (I used the ek success scallop to make the border and the make the rose flower...!)
Cheers and challenges eclectic ensemble: new challenge, celebrate mothers day
Raise the Bar: mothers day challenge
no time to stamp: mothers day
I am so excited! My sister uploaded a new photo image software program on my 'puter to help with my cards! She walked me through the steps today and this is the final product! I love it! This card is for a teacher that is just incredible this year, just what our second grader needed. Firm, nuturing, and has high expectations for her. DD is thriving- will be sad to see the school year end for her.
The pages are from Websters and Kris made some of these fabulous tissue paper flowers made out of an old pattern. She glittered them and added the mulberry flowers with a button. I printed the sentiment from a site on the computer and printed out. Used a nestibility punch to give an added flair to the card. I took the lace and "coffee" dyed it using instant starbucks sample that I was given recently. It added the perfect vintage look I was looking for. In case you ever want to "tea or coffee" dye some off white/cream or even white lace or seam binding. Heat the water, add the tea (steep for 5 minutes or so for depth of color) then add your product. Check on it every so often for the color that you are looking for. I then folded in a towel to pull off the excess moisture, let sit in the sun for a day to dry. Viola! I have some more stuff to make using the hem binding and lace that I just dyed. My mojo is tearing loose!
Stop by later for more cards! Thank you for visiting! If you leave a comment to tell me that you were here, you can be entered into my give away for some blog candy! US residents only, please due to shipping costs. I have been blogging for just over a year now, have over 20K hits, and made some great new "friends"! So I have lots to celebrate. Winner will be chosen by Random.org on May 15th!
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