Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tuesday "blues"

No, this isn't a sad post! Quite the contrary! I am happy that I was able to make a "blue" card at 6:30am, no interruptions, no kids, no dogs, no hubby around....pure joy at being able to craft for a bit!

This card came together quite easily today. The cupcakes (EK success dimensional stickers) were my starting point. Then, found paper that coordinated with the paper on the cupcakes, and viola! Instant birthday card!

Today, this card meets the following challenges:

2 Sketches 4 You: sketch #55
CAS-tastic: #9, blue, yellow and neutral
Stampin' for the weekend: #41, blue and yellow combo
Party Time Tuesday: #5 Anything Goes Birthday

Monday, June 28, 2010

Scrap Happy

What to do with the left over pieces on the crafting table? Sometimes, if they are small, honestly I pitch them. Usually when the pieces are that small, I am just plum tired of seeing the paper and don't want to even begin to think of another use. If the pieces are still salvagable, I may put them away for another day. However....lately, I have been making extra cards. For sale. The first card (pink and brown) I only had a 4" piece of the flowered DP. But I adore the bracket edge and wanted to make just one more card. So, using the same Get Sketchy sketch, just on a smaller card, put my scraps to work. Even the ribbon is a scrap about 10" long- and it was completely used up! The chocolate background paper is down to a 1x4" scrap- tossed (quite freeing actually!) I looked at my challenges for the day and it even met the Corrosive Challenge: use lots of flowers.

The next card uses up the remains of K&Co paper. But I totally LOVE this card, the color combo just pops! Now, this makes me wish I had more of the paper to make a few more cards with this combo!! The tissue flowers are a kick of mine lately. Just about finished off the sewing pattern on the table as well. The thicker the layers the puffier the flower. The button is from K&Co as well. Twine instead of ribbon (which I rec'd a package in the mail and my order was wrapped in this raffia. I kept it for a "rainy" day and love being able to recycle!) The card meets 2 challenges: Unscripted Sketches #61 (I used to be on the DT and LOVE the sketches! It was fun to participate again!) The other challenge was for Our CReative Corner: color combo keep it cool to use greens and blues.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Happy Birthday America!

I cannot believe that the 4th of July is next weekend! Seems like summer is just starting, the 4th hits, then BAM! back to school will be here before you know it!

Using some old papers that have been lying around in a pile, these papers were perfect for creating the card that I wanted to today to CELEBRATE the upcoming holiday. Perfect for the CARDS Blog challenge: 4th of July.

Here are the other challenges that I was able to meet:

Card Positioning Systems #173 sketch (turned sideways)
Paper Sundaes: create a birthday card (happy birthday America!)
Stampin' Sisters in Christ: #45, use stripes on the card (on the DP, swirling like a flag in the breeze...)
Stamptacular Sunday Challenges: #65, to use stars and stripes on your card

come back tomorrow for 2 more cards that I made for blog challenges......

Friday, June 25, 2010

challenge friday

On a roll! This is my second post for today, but this card meets a few challenges:

Get Sketchy #44
Crazy 4 Challenges: paper flowers (I love making these flowers out of old sewing patterns!)
Sew Many Challenges #19: anything goes
A Different Challenge: flora and fauna (however my card is 8x3, not 5x3)
Stamp Something: Flowers and Vintage (right up my alley!)
color Throwdown: pink, chocolate and green

Fun Friday

Up and at 'em! Yes, I am a total early bird. While waiting for the kiddos to awaken (and as I type they are STILL sleeping..!LOL!) I wanted to play some more. These papers are all BoBunny- kindly donated to me from Kristen, my fabo sister!

The bottom card is for the challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches #51(I love this site! Great sketches to help me along in crafting!). I changed the direction of the sentiment and added the flower to the side, instead of the bottom.

The black Blessing card is for A Crafty Little Place #44, sketch. I decided to use a prestamped diecut "index card" to hold my punched flowers. The sentiments are both from Stampin'Up!

Other items: MS leaves stamp cut out, CTMH sweet leaf and black inks, twine, flowers from the wedding aisle in LSS, black satin ribbon, twine, buttons, mini rhinestones, fiskers punches.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sweet Cherry Time

Oh did I have fun today making some cards! I have been hesitating creating- just feel a bit overwhelmed with my craft room lately. Stifled is more like it.

I had picked up this adorable mat stack from DCWV- nana's girl nursery and couldn't wait to start playing. But, life took a bit of a detour and I put it away. As I was going through the papers, I came acrossed it again and inspiration hit. Plus....I bought a new stamp set from Close to My Heart, So Sweet. Ain't it cute?

So, I am entering this into the blog challenge: Friday Sketchers #107, cute cute sketch that I will be using again (it is the card with the big white satin bow!!)

Off to make some more cute cute fruity cards to "cherry" me up!!

Vintage Cards

I struggle with masculine cards. However, I stumbled upon this image and realized that it would make a great card for the men in my life. I made my father one (he collects lighthouses) and my FIL (who loves to visit his daughter in Maine and visit 2 Lights Park.) I used my trusty old watercolor pencils and waterbrush, inked the edges, and that is about it. Hubby thought they were perfect!

The other 2 cards I am in love with! Webster pages are new to me and I adore how these turned out! I have one more, but haven't taken its photo yet. I will when it ain't so danged hot outside (97' here in PA...) I think I am really onto doing more vintage styled cards!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

What a Crazy Month!

It has been a bit since I have last posted. I know, I should have done SOMETHING....I did and it was involving all of my girls! The last few weeks of school have been so busy and on top of it, I got incredibly sick. It has been 3 weeks since I got an upper respiratory infection and I am still not 100%. I have a persistant cough that gets so bad, I cannot breathe. I completely understand how asthmatics feel, it is truly scary not being able to catch a breath..... I am sleeping now, which makes all of the difference in the world. My girls are enjoying sleeping in and .... staying up late which cuts in on our couple time. Still working on those kinks. My DD broke a finger this weekend playing in an all-star softball game. Guess this is going to be a regular. This is the 3rd time being at the orthopedic office for broken bones. Of course, this puts her softball 'career' on hold for the summer..... always something with her!

I decided that today I would play, no matter how the outcome was for the cards. I needed to get the mojo out and working again. Though, I have had 2 big workshops in the past week and made oodles of card designs for those. So, cruising the blogs, I came across these 2 that I wanted to participate in: Caardvarks- dry embossing for their June challenge and Krista-Kris-challenges #37: color challenge of Kraft, dark pink, and black.

My sister Kris, gave me some Heidi Grace stickers that I have been wanting to use, but they are BIG. So I cut one in 1/2 to use 2 ways. I like how the black makes everything POP!

Thanks for coming back and visiting! I am working on a schedule to post and have GOBS of ideas floating through my head now! Can't wait to make more!