Thursday, December 29, 2011

Season's Greetings

This is one of the cards I made in bulk to send out to friends and family for Christmas.

For those interested, here's how to make it:

All materials Stampin’ Up! Except bakers twine and button.

  1. 8 ½ x 5 ½ Soft Suede card stock base / score and fold.
  2. On 5 x 3 ¾ Very Vanila card stock, mask a 2 ¾ x 2 1/8 rectangle in center and sponge lightly with Soft Suede ink.
  3. Stamp image (Lovely As a Tree) in Early Expresso ink across center
  4. Stamp sentiment (Snow Swirled) in Cherry Cobbler ink
  5. Emboss Very Vanila stamped panel with Square Lattice embossing folder; adhere to 5 1/8 x 4 Cherry Cobbler card stock; wrap with bakers twine; adhere to Soft Suede card base
  6. Add button with glue dot.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Card Mini Swap

On December 10th, five of us girlz got together for a mini Christmas Card swap at my neighbor's home.  We each brought 20 kits - so everyone could make 5 cards of each design (not counting their own).   Everyone left with 20 awesome Christmas cards :)
Marsha's card

Angie's card: CASEd from the Laurel Shoe Box Swap

Davina's card

Denise's card: CASEd from a previous Shoe Box Swap

Vicki's card

Friday, December 9, 2011

Be Strong

Since I haven't had time to post any new cards lately, I'm posting a few cards I made in October for a few of my friends who are breast cancer survivors.  They are amazing women, and one can only hope to have their strength and courage on any given day.

The stamp set used is "Be Strong" by JustRite.  JustRite Crafting For a Cause donates 20% of the sales from this stamp set in 2011 to Ovarian Cancer Research.

I also used a couple different embossing folders and Spellbinders dies, and colored the ribbons with Copic markers.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

You add sweetness to my life!

This card was  made with another scrapbook kit received during the 2011 Buggies and Buds Shop Hop.  This kit was from Times to Remember in Lancaster.

I added my own Chocolate Chip SU card base, inked some edges with Chocolate Chip SU ink, and inked the sentiment (from an old SU set called "Fairies" that I got on the yardsale table at a recent crop I attended) in Chocolate Chip.  Everything else was from the kit.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Spirit of Christmas

I went to my friend Jane's house to do some stamping the other day, and she had a card our friend Amanda had made using overhead transparency sheets.  So, she gave a class and we made some clear cards :)

In a nutshell, you take an overhead transparency, cut it to size, score it, fold it, then stamp your background design on the front side using White Opaque Stazon (don't use SU White Craft because it won't dry!). 

The next part of lining up the images, etc., from front to back it a bit tricky (maybe if I get the time I can do step by step photos, but don't hold you breath for me to actually do, but you have to cover all 4 parts of the card with the same size cardstock.  If you adhere the front layer first, then turn the complete card over and line up the exact same size piece on the back (it's clear, so you can line it up exactly).  Then you can put your other pieces on the other 2 sides of the card.

It was a bit difficult to photograph a clear card, so I hope you can get an idea of how it turned out.

I like the way it turned out, and it was really fun to make.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Country Cottage Mice

Country Cottage Creations in Paradise, PA, was my Home Store during the Buggies & Buds Shop Hop.  This year, they gave out an adorable 8x8 scrapbook kit with a number of mice images.  I colored one of the images with Copics and added some color-coordinating card stock and turned the scrapbook kit into a card.  I think I have enough DP left over to make another card with one of the other mice images provided.

Update:  I'm adding the second card I made.

And another update.  I'm out of mice images now :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Live, Love, Bark!

A friend broke her foot, so I wanted to make her a card.  I had made this card, but didn't know what to use it for.  So, since my friend also has Westies, I made it a Get Well card for her!

I think she'll like it!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

L & L Bear

I made this card out of the 8x8 scrapbook page kit I received from L&L Rubber Stamps and Scrapbooking in Ephrata, PA, during the Buggies & Buds Shop Hop 2011.  I added the bling, black card base and ribbon.  Everything else was in the kit - including the stamped image, which I colored with Copics.

I have a few more kits I need to turn into cards.  Hopefully, I'll get to those sooner than later!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Love Life!

I had a terrific time at this year's Buggies & Buds Shop Hop.    Last year we did ALL of the shops, this year, we decided to only do 6 - and add more sightseeing into the trip.

This year's take-n-makes and/or make-n-takes were mostly 8x8 scrapbook layouts as each hop registrant received an 8x8 album and each shop was supposed to provide a page kit.  However, some shops offered a choice of an album page or a card kit.  As a cardmaker, I chose the card when possible (and will make cards out of the album page kits).  This is the card from "From the Heart" in Paradise, PA.  Isn't it cute?  Now just need to find a gift card to slide into the little envelope and a reason to send it to someone!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Be Merry

September 24th was the Maryland City Shoe Box Swap.  The theme was Christmas or Winter.

This is the card I made (of course I cased the idea from elsewhere).

I am also using this design for the Splitcoaststampers "Non-traditional Christmas/Holiday cards swap." The challenge is to not use use red or green as the main color.  No problem!

Since I had to do directions for the shoe box swap, I've included them below in case you'd like to have them.  Of course, you can use whatever colors you'd like!

1.      Create a 5 ½ x 4 ¼ card base using Brocade Blue card stock.

2.      Using 1 x 3 ¾ Old Olive card stock, punch with Scallop Edge Border and adhere to 3 ¾ x 3 ¾ Night of Navy card stock; cover seam with white ribbon; and adhere to front of card base.

3.      Using 4 coordinating designer papers, punch a 1 ½ and 1 ¼ square of each paper.

4.      Corner round punch opposite corners of each square.

5.      Adhere larger squares on card front.

6.      Pop smaller squares, aligning inside corners.

7.      Add self-adhesive rhinestone in center.

8.      Stamp sentiment (SU! Warm Words) on bottom of card front in Night of Navy ink.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Purple Butterfly

I was playing around with a big daisy stamp, and colored it shades of purple, then wanted to see what it would look like if I used the doily die on it.  Then I didn't know what to do with the middle.  Tried a few combinations, and ended up with what you see.  There was no just happened. Too bad I'm not a better photographer because you can't really see the bling or the glittery pen I used on the butterfly.  Oh well.  I think I'll give it to my friend who loves purple everything!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Play Date Cafe Challenge PDCC 100

Here is my submission for The Play Date Cafe Challenge #100. 

You can find a Quilted Card Tutorial online at Splitcoaststampers. 

The instructions are to follow the color combination of the photo below as closely as possible making those colors the focus of your creation.  Hope you like it!

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Pink Elephant Challenge #117

This week's Challenge at The Pink Elephant in an Inspiration Challenge.  You just need to create a card or project taking inspiration from the photo below. You can use the colors, theme, a single element, etc., from the picture.
As soon as I saw the photo, I had an idea for a card!  Unfortunately, that idea didn't translate well to paper, so I scrapped the original idea and made this card.   I've never participated in a TPE challenge before, so here goes!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Big Sister Cards

Now that this Secret Sister round is over, I can reveal that I was the Big Sister to Jane!  Below are the cards I've sent her for the past 3 months.

Peace Out
(Images: Studio G)

Little Red Dress
(Pattern: Paper Crafts March/April 2009)

Hugs and Kisses
(Image: Ann-ticipations)

Bargello Technique

I Do Own the Road
(Image: Stampalicious)
I love the button tires...wish I could find more of these buttons!

100% Pure Bull 
(Images: Make An Impression)

It was sure fun being Jane's Secret Sister!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Dr. Painless

My awesome allergist, Dr. Abrishami, who I've been going to for 20+ years, is retiring.  His assistant (a high school classmate of mine) is putting together a memory book for him, consisting of notes and photos of his patients.  So, I made him this card.  I initially colored the image with Copics before planning on the card stock colors I was going to use.  I think the black and purple turned out really well.  I hope he likes it!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Cheer the h*ll up!

I made this card for a good friend who had surgery recently.  On the way to the hospital to visit one day, another friend calls me to warn me that the patient is "in a mood" and fussing at everyone.  Ok, so I walk in her hospital room and she's on the phone crying, complaining, hating life, threatening to walk out, blah blah blah.  So, I hang out with her a while and start asking questions, and realize, she's missing a medication she normally takes, and it's been 3 days.  Not good.  In a nutshell, I tell the nurse, she calls the doctor, my friend gets her medication...all is well by that evening :)

She's home now recuperating and doing really well.  Her favorite color is purple - hope she likes the card!  I'm sure she will, but even if she doesn't, it makes me laugh!

And...I've entered this card in The Play Date Cafe Challenge #99.  I just ran across the blog and they are doing a challenge featuring the colors lavendar, soft yellow, and white.  Perfect for my card!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

April Birthday

I was going to post a different card today, but realized it was too much like one of the cards I sent during this Secret Sister round, and our Secret Sister reveal isn't until Saturday.

So...I happened to run across this card on my little laptop (that I don't use regularly).  I had sent this card during the last Secret Sister round (April 2011).  It just so happened to be her (Mary) birthday that month too!

Supplies: Designer paper (BasicGrey 6x6 cappella paper pad); Punch (Martha Stewart Crafts Doily Lace Edge Punch); Stamp (DRS Designs); Ribbon (Offray); Cardstock (Stampin' Up!); Self-adhesive rhinestones.

Monday, September 12, 2011

For You (actually, it's for me)

I received this adorable card from my Secret Sister.  I believe this is the last one for this round....waaaaaaa (I like to whine), and we're not doing another round until next year (waaaaaaa!).

I really like how it's a hanging picture...I will have to CASE that idea! 

Thank you Sis!  See you soon!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Kitty Sympathy

I made this card for my friend and co-worker who recently had to send her Ollie Cat to the Rainbow Bridge.  He had been sick for several months, and she did all she could for him until it was time to "walk him home."  It's never easy losing a beloved pet.

~ Supply List ~
Stamp - Purrs & Pants
Paper - SU! Cherry Cobbler and scraps of white and some other unknown grayish color.

Inks & Markers - Momento Black, SU! Cherry Cobbler (sponged); Copics, Gelly Roll Clear Star (wings)
Accessories - Spellbinders Classic Frame and a little bling.

Here's a close up of the wings so you can see how glittery and pretty they are.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Another Red Hat Westie!

The artist of this stamp is Deborah Colvin Borgo of Borgo Illustration.  She is a terrific artist who also breeds and shows Westies.  She's painting the trophies for my local Westie dog club, and since I needed to mail her a deposit check for the club, I decided to throw together a card using one of the few designs that she turned into rubber stamps. 

I hope she likes it!

Monday, August 29, 2011

I won a challenge!

I found out I won the "public vote" in the Quirky Crafts Challenge 17 - Red Hat Society Challenge!

Unfortunately, I didn't win the Design Team's vote, so I don't win any free images, but I was invited to be a guest designer.  I'm not sure yet if I will do that.  Maybe.   If I do, I'll let you know. :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Red Hat Westie

I came across the Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog recently, and they are having a Red Hat Society challenge this week.  It just so happens that I had made a couple of Red Hat cards recently, so I figured, what the heck, I'll enter the challenge and see what happens.  Wish me luck!

~ Supply List ~
Stamp - Borgo Illustration
Paper - Stampin' Up! Poppy Parade and Perfect Plum
Ink - Momento Tuxedo Black

Accessories - Doily, Copic Markers, Offray Ribbon, Spellbinders Nestabilities, and Stampin' Up! Embossing Folder

Here's another version.  Enjoy!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Ribbon Challenge #1

Notice I titled this with a "#1" because I hope we do more - it was a lot of fun.

Prior to the last Ft. Meade Shoe Box Swap, we were all sent a yard of this green/brown/orange/white ribbon, and we were asked to make a card using any or all of the ribbon.  We were to bring the un-named/un-signed card to the swap where all of the attendees would vote for their favorite.  The winner got to take home ALL of the cards.

This is my submission.  I came in second place.  Amanda won with her amazing creation.  You can see all of the cards here: "Stamp Me" - Amanda's card is the second one down.  It's much more striking in person than in the photo.  It was very cool what she did with her ribbon to create the flower.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

August Secret Sister Card #1

I got flowers from my Secret Sister!  Nice!

Not sure if you can tell, but the pink flower in the middle is popped out! 

Very sweet.  Thank you my friend!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Who's Your Mummy? (Tutorial)

This card is totally CASEed.  If anyone knows who is the original creator, please let me know as I would love to give proper credit.  I posted a similar Who's Your Mummy? card back in February - without instructions.  I used this card as my Shoe Box Swap card yesterday (Meade Girls Halloween/Fall Shoebox Swap), and since I had to write instructions for that, I figured it was a good time to share them with you.  Have fun!

 ~ Supply List ~

Paper - SU! Very Vanilla, Really Rust (retired - pick your favorite shade of orange), Basic Black Whisper White

Ink - SU! Creamy Caramel (retired - pick any beige or tan)
Accessories - Circle Punches: 7/8", 1 1/4", 1 1/2" ; sponge, paper cutter, scissors

1.   Sponge the fronts of the Very Vanilla pieces with Creamy Caramel.

2.   Sponge the edges of the Very Vanilla strips.

3.   Tie long thin strip of Very Vanilla into a paper knot – sponge it with Creamy Caramel. (Note: it really is possible to tie the knot - just don't try to pull it tight, tie it the best you can and flatten it out)

4.   Assemble/adhere eyes using:

a.       1 ½ circle punch: Really Rust

b.      1 ¼ circle punch: White

c.       7/8 circle punch: Black

5.   Adhere eyes to large piece of Very Vanilla.

6.   Starting at the top, adhere the strips of Very Vanilla.

7.   Turn over and trim off excess strips.

8.   Assemble card using Black card base, Really Rust layer, then Mummy face.

9.   Adhere knot to Mummy face.