Saturday, May 29, 2010

My OSCC Debut Card - Wahoo for Hannah!

Yep, I'm still on a high for being asked to join the uber-talented team at One Stop Craft Challenge. This is my first creation as a member of the DT. The theme this week is Pearls & Swirls. How fun is that for something girly or a wedding card? I went with a baby theme as a good friend recently welcomed Hannah to their family. I managed to mix in several other challenges as there's so much great inspiration in blog land. I'd love to see you join us at OSCC.

Sketch Inspiration ~ Sweet Sunday Sketch #70
Color Inspiration ~ Creative Card Crew # 51 ~ Pink and Green
Real Life Inspiration
Timeless Tuesday #66 ~ Picture It (photo as inspiration) Meet Baby Hannah, lovingly welcomed to the world 2 weeks ago.
One Stop Craft Challenge #82 ~ Swirls and Pearls
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #60 ~ Pearls and Swirls
The Crafty Pad #72 ~ Over the Edge
Pile it On #20 ~ Out of the Box
I was pushed out of my box with the 'over the edge' challenge and pearls. I seldom use either option (this is my first over the edge challenge). I mail most of the cards I send so I stick to clean edges. Since I was tucking this card in a small package, I wasn't too worried about the 'over hangs' getting damaged.
Paper Popsicles May Challenge 5/24 ~ Four Legged Friends
House Mouse & Friends #51 ~ Song Title/Lyrics
Inspired by the song “I Saw God Today” by George Strait. Hannah is a true miracle baby and a true answer to prayer. I love seeing God's plan unfold in Hannah's family. Here's some of the lyrics from the song:
I've been to church, I've read the book, I know he's here, But I don't look, Near as often as I should, Yeah, I know I should, His fingerprints are everywhere, I just slowed down to stop and stare, Opened my eyes and man I swear, I saw God today
Got my face pressed up against the nursery glass, She's sleepin' like a rock, My name on her wrist, Wearin' tiny pink socks, She's got my nose, she's got her mama's eyes, My brand new baby girl, She's a miracle, I saw God today
My Creation
Thanks for hanging in through all the details, here's my Hannah Creation. The photo didn't pick it up very well, but I'd spritzed the pink flourish, H, and card base with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch to add to the pearliness.
Image Detail
I used a simple Stamping Up rub on for the sentiment. Hannah is a true dream come true to her parents and big sister.

Ins and Outs ~ Wahoo for Hannah
Stamps: House Mouse from Stampabilities (Monica with Pacifier and Monica with Blanket)
Paper: DCWV Luxury and Shimmer

Ink: Copics (G40, 82; E00, 31; R81; YR00; RV09, 32, 34; YG0000), Spicas (Pink, Black); White Gel Pen

Accessories: Vanilla Shimmer Smooch

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Mary’s Birthday Fairy

I made this card for a very special woman in my life; my aunt (Mary, don't peek just watch the mail). I'm quite late for her birthday (she celebrated on May 2nd and it was kind of a significant one - don't worry, I won't spill the beans). I've always had a special relationship with her from attending her wedding when I was 3 months old, through today. We share a love for things silly and 'interesting' fashion. She moved to Florida 5 years ago and I joked that I'd need to visit often and inspect her closet for anything with a large floral print. It's only fitting my birthday fairy is sporting the popular Floridian fashion.

Sketch Inspiration ~ Mo’s Guest Design Team Call June Challenge
I fell in love with Mo Manning's artwork several months ago after I saw this image on a crafty blog. I had yet to dive into digi's and was thrilled to find it offered from Stampavie. Many of Mo's images are now available through Stamping Bella now; but I actually prefer the digis! They are more economical, can be sized for any project, don't take up much shelf space; I urge you to give them a try. I used the Mo's DT Call sketch for my card.

Color Inspiration ~ Stampavie Challenge #24 ~ Favorite Colors
Use a Stampavie image and your favorite colors. I'm into greens and blues right now and thought the coral-ey orange was a nice contrast.

I've always loved the OSCC blog and am still THRILLED to post this card as a just for fun entry. Next week's card will be as a Design Team member! This week's challenge is to be inspired by birthstones. Mine is the Diamond and I wanted to pay homage to the sparkly gem, but not go the white route. Instead I added about as much bling as I could .
One Stop Craft Challenges #81 ~ Birthstones
Charisma Cardz #20 ~ 3D
Mo’s Digital Pencil Challenge #32 ~ What’s Love Got to Do With It
This isn't a typical romantic love card, instead it's for the special love between an aunt and niece.
Crafty Creations Challenge #68 ~ Encouragement or Celebration
Flutter By Wednesday #110 ~ Flowers
My Creation

Image Detail
As if all the rhinestones weren't enough, I liberally used Spica pens to add more shimmer and glitz. The fairy's dress is paper pieced.
My aunt is going to chuckle over the pudgy fairy on the front and again with the sentiment. Mostly because I'll add a smart aleck comment about how at her age any moment she can remember is magical! We often joke about our forgetfulness. If I gave her a serious card, she wouldn't know what to make of it.

Ins and Outs ~ Mary’s Birthday Fairy
Stamps: Fairy (Mo Manning Stampavie)
Paper: DCWV Metallic, SU Whisper White and unknown scraps

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics (E15, 21, 50; B000, 00; BG05; R000, 02; YG0000; Y21), Spicas (Gold, Red), Red Brush Marker, Clear Star Jelly Roll Pen

Accessories: Creative Imaginations Sticker, Colorbok Vellum Sentiment, SU Ribbon, Darice Gems, Nesties

Techniques: Paper Piecing

Warm Fuzzies and WAHOOS!

I was blessed with some serious warm fuzzies this past weekend. First of all, I found a box of goodness on my doorstep from Craft Critique when I got home Friday.  
If you haven’t seen their blog, I know you’ll love it. They have a group of great reporters who test craft supplies from all areas and give readers the pros/cons plus usually share a few great ideas. Often the manufacturers of the products being tested will offer some samples for readers to try and win. I was extremely fortunate enough to win this AWESOME basket of adhesives (plus the uber cute pink basked) from Glue Arts. I’d only recently tried the Glue Glider Pro and think I’ve finally found my go to paper crafting adhesive. I can’t wait to try the other products and I know one of my kitty princesses will claim the basket once it’s empty. LOL
The other excitement in my world is that I’ve been asked to join a Design Team. Not just a Guest Design Team spot, which are always an honor, but a real spot on the One Stop Craft Challenge team. I saw it on their blog HERE before checking my email and almost got whiplash from my extreme double take. Then I checked my email and literally jumped for joy. It was the middle of the night and I could only share the news with the fur herd as everyone else I knew was sleeping. I am P-R-O-U-D to say:
I Design For......
The team over at One Stop Craft Challenge is AMAZING!! I still can’t believe they want me to contribute. I’m looking forward to getting to know all the gals and an thrilled to be part of a team that works to inspire others. The weekly challenges are fun and I’ll be posting my card for Challenge #81 ~ Birthstones in a bit. I so hope you'll join me on my first experience with an active Design Team! I'm so tickled I can hardly stand it.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Graduation Hat Template

This is my first attempt at linking to a template, so keep your fingers crossed that I did it correctly. I see the edges got cut off, but at least you can see the measurements. This link is to the template for the card I made below. I hope it works and would love to see how you use it!!! My original post with the card details can be found here. Thanks for all the comment love and I hope your weekend is wahoo-able. I hope to spend all day tomorrow organizing my studio. I'm sure I'll find supplies I forgot I had!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Queen Kitty Thanks

This was the second card I made for my coworker to choose from. When she saw it her face totally lit up and she knew it was PURRFECT. Turns out she jokingly calls her associate Queenie for taking such good care of her. I knew my coworker was a cat lover and used that as my launching point. I had no idea the royal theme would also apply. I love making people happy!

Sketch Inspiration ~ Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #54
Oh my, I'm actually playing with the Madness Crew on time! I usually don't get my cards done until they are past the current challenge. I took advantage of their Monday sneak peek to try and get ahead of the game. I left off the upper corner accent as I though between the major bling and somewhat busy patterned paper, there were already enough elements on the card! LOL
S2G Challenge #56 ~ Home Sweet Home with Ribbon
My home is ‘owned’ by six cats, four of whom believe they are Queens of the castle and their 2 brothers the jesters. My husband and I are the servants who tend to their whims.
Saturday Challenge #83 ~ Metal (Do rhinestones count as metal? They have that ‘look’ anyway.) :o)
A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge #104 ~ Cute & Girly
HFOS #28 ~ Get Your Shine On
Spicas, Shimmer Cardstock, Rhinestones PLUS Diamond Glaze - YOWZA
365 Cards Day 72 ~ It Needs Something: Create an object to fit in with the image
(I bejeweled her collar and made it into a Titanic-esqe heart pendant necklace.
365 Cards Day #76 ~ Criss Cross Applesauce (use a criss cross pattern)
Inky Impressions Challenge #35
Please check out the challenge link, as you can choose 2 inspiration 'letters'. F-L-O-W-E-R, each letter has a different inspiration. I picked R for RIBBON and S for SPARKLE
CCEE Stampers #1019 ~ Nursery Rhyme
WE were to use a nursery rhyme as inspiration. I chose The Cat and The Queen.
Pussy-cat, Pussy-cat where have you been? I've been to London to look at the Queen.
Pussy-cat, Pussy-cat, what did you there? I frightened a little mouse under her chair.
My card shows what happened after the visit. The cat was adopted by the Queen and given a throne of her own for a job well done.
My Creation
Image Detail
Can you see the subtle spica sparkle? I colored her eyes with a gold spica and then added Diamond Glaze for even more shine. A few gems give her a true royal feel.
I had a few pre-formed letters, but had to get crafty with my craft blade to create a few.
I had this verse in my stash. I believe it came as a freebie from a craft solicitation mailing.
Ins and Outs ~ Queen Kitty Thanks
Stamps: Princess Kitty (Karen’s Doodles)
Paper: DCWV (Linen Closet, Shimmer), SU Whisper White

Ink: Laser Printer, Copics (C1, 3, 5; E50; B41; R00; RV34; YG03), Spicas (Gold, Blossom, Clear)

Accessories: Misc Gems, Scrap Ribbon, Diamond Glaze

Tweet Day

I had another request for a card, this time a co-worker wanted something to send to an associate who always goes above and beyond for her. It was to be special, yet not schmoozey or syrupy sweet. I don't have many Thank You stamps, or at least any I could find in my initial search of my supplies. I had this Doodle Pantry image hanging out on my hard drive and though it would be perfect for a generic hello card and she could write whatever she wanted inside. Plus, if she didn't like it, I could easily use it for a number of occasions.

ETA -I presented 2 cards and this was the 'reject' card. It's not that she didn't like it; it was that the other card was PURRFECT (scroll down for that post).

Pile it On Challenge #19
I picked up on the greens, blues, and browns in the photo and what I took to be birds flitting around on the walls.

365 Cards Day #74 ~ Recipe (4.25 x 5.5 card; 2 patterned papers; stripes; 1 piece of ribbon, stamped/digi image; sentiment)
KLSNS #30 ~ Let’s Show Our Animal Friends Some Love
Paper Popsicles May Challenges ~ 5/17: Favorite Cardstock
I'm in love with Die Cuts With a View cardstock and supplies. Their themed stacks, all coordinating, with the options of prints, solids, glitter and more, make creating SO simple. I don't have to worry about things matching!

My Creation
My photos came out a bit dark and if I tried adjusting them on the computer they got really severe looking. I went for the dark look instead. The 'flight pattern' is just a doodle line I added.

Image Detail
I used Spica pens to color the birds. I love the sparkle, but the ink sometimes isn't smooth and consistent.

A pretty ho-hum inside, but just a bit of pattern carry over to create a space for a note.
Ins and Outs ~ Tweet Day
Stamps: Tweet House & Verse (Doodle Pantry)
Paper: DCWV Linen Closet, SU Whisper White

Ink: Laser Printer, Copics (E55. 57; C3; G00, 12; B41; BG0000), Spicas (Orange, Baby Blue, Mint, Turquoise), SU Black Marker

Accessories: Scrap Ribbon

Monday, May 17, 2010

Graduation Money Holder

ETA - If you'd like a copy of the template, click here. It should print to a standard 8.5x11. Otherwise, the measurements are also included.

This card is the second one my mother-in-law chose. It was pretty simple to do, and I may try a few more as they work great for tucking in every grad's favorite gift - cash!

Little Red Wagon Challenge #28 ~ Brads
Cute Card Thursday #112 ~ Someone Special
Stamp Something Challenge ~ Celebrate Somethings
Creative Belli Challenge #91 ~Hole Punches
I used up some of my paper stash and a leftover heart from Valentine's Day, plus THREE brads (one is holding the tassel on the front of the card.
Crazy 4 Challenges #37 ~ Create a Pocket
365 Cards Day 78 ~ Imagine This: Money
I was inspired to make a card where I can stick in a bit o' the green stuff for a graduate.

My Creation

Image Detail
Ins & Outs ~ Graduation Money Holder
Stamps: Go Graduate (Stamping Up)
Paper: Stamping Up (Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Gray)

Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Stamping Up (Creamy Caramel, Going Gray, Close to Cocoa, Ballet Blue, Pumpkin Pie)

Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder

Techniques: Wet Embossing 

Friday, May 14, 2010

Vintage For You

This card was super quick and easy thanks to the help of a card kit. Why is it I don't think about colors at all until SU decides to yank them? I've fallen back in love with the softness of Barely Banana. Pairing it with black is so elegant. Oh well, maybe if I actually USED all my colors, I wouldn't feel they were neglected when they retire.

Sketch Inspiration ~ CPS Sketch #166

365 Cards Day 71 ~ Do that Decade 1920
I'm not sure that I got this right. This card made me think of toile and soft happy colors. I thought it was another aspect of the 1920's, but maybe I'm thinking 1820's! LOL
Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge ~ CAS

My Creation
I had a heck of a time getting a good photo, so I scanned in a copy as well. The colors are truest in this pic than the next.
Here's the photo'd version showing the envelope I stamped to match.

Image Detail
I used spica pens on the flowers and leaves for some sparkle.
Ins & Outs ~ Vintage For You
Stamps: Elements of Style (Stamping Up)
Paper: Stamping Up (Barely Banana, Black, Vanilla)

Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Stampin Up (Old Olive, Barely Banana), Copics (Y000, G21), Spicas (Mint, Buttermilk)

Accessories: Brads

Techniques: Ink Distressing

Pretty in Pink Wedding

The bones of this card are from a recent stamp camp I attended. I switched things up a bit by adding a DIY ribbon flower, and some fancy beaded ribbon.

Color Inspiration
Paper Play Challenge ~ Brown and ?? (I chose Melon Mambo)
365 Cards 365 Cards Day #73 ~ Tri-Colored (Melon Mambo, Soft Suede, Pink)

365 Cards Day 22 ~ Movie Monday: Alice in Wonderland
I know, you're thinking, HUH? How was this card inspired by Alice? Well, for me colors are always a big inspiration. I loved the bright, bold hues in the movie which led me toward Melon Mambo. I'm also intrigued with the shrinking part of the story. I didn't have a mushroom stamp, but the silhouette of the daisies gave me the same feeling Alice must have had when she was in mini form.
365 Cards Day 64 ~ The 3 F’s: Fringe, Fairy tale and Favorite color
Based on my previous explanation, the fairy tale part is Alice in Wonderland. The beaded ribbon is fringe and my FAV SU color right now is Melon Mambo.
Quixotic Challenge #25 ~ Let Your Garden Grow (DIY Flowers)
One Stop Craft Challenge #79 ~ Wedding Wishes

My Creation

Ins &  Outs ~ Pretty in Pink Wedding
Stamps: Upsy Daisy, Well Scripted (Stamping Up)
Paper: Whisper White, Melon Mambo (Stamping Up)

Ink: Melon Mambo, Soft Suede (Stamping Up)

Accessories: Stampin Up Polka Dot Ribbon, Unknown Fringed Bead Ribbon, SU Scalloped edge punch

Petal Fold Graduation

My mother-in-law asked for a few graduation cards. For some reason whenever I make cards on request I get REALLY nervous. I’m usually given free reign to do whatever, but I worry it won’t be what they wanted. I ‘whipped up’ (by which I mean stayed up half the night futzing) a few options for her. This is one of the cards she chose. They left early yesterday morning for the drive from MN to TX. It will be a short weekend to attend my niece’s college graduation. My hubby and I were unable to attend, but I feel better knowing my card made the trip!

Color Inspiration
365 Cards Day 5 ~ Fancy Folds: Petal Card
365 Cards Day 59 ~ Moving Parts
The die cut cap spins around so you can open the 'petal'
KL SNS Challenge #29 ~ Easy as 123
1 Ribbon (hopefully 2 pieces of the same ribbon count), 2 Designer Papers (dots and grad), 3 Embellishments (brad, rub on, die cut)

My Creation

Image Detail
You can easily slip in a few bills and not worry about them falling out!

The verse is a simple rub on.
Ins & Outs ~ Petal Fold Graduation
Stamps: None
Paper: DCWV, The Paper Studio

Ink: None

Accessories: Rub on sentiment, brad, die cut, SU Ribbon

Techniques: Petal Fold  

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Graduation Card for Margie

Graduation season snuck up on me. Typically I'm working on High School Graduation cards (which I do need several of) but this year I have a few COLLEGE grads in my world as well. My sweet sister-in-law Margie walked across the stage this past weekend. It was a fun event and maybe I'll be inspired enough to get my high school cards done early! This card was made about 2 am the night before the graduation. Ugh.

Sketch Inspiration ~ Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #112
I always love the weekly sketches and FINALLY dug out my TE stamps when I played along.

Creative Inspirations Challenge #33 ~ Congratulations
365 Cards Day 40 ~ Friday Five There must be 5 of 5 things on your card:
BEar with me here, I was a 'bit' flexible, but here they are: 5 gems, 5 colors (green, yellow, red, blue, tan), 5 yellow stripes on the balloon, 5 stamps (the grad balloon was stamped 3 times with the layers), 5 'shiney things' (gems, spicas, red glimmer paper, basket & large balloon have diamond glaze)
Our Daily Bread Challenge ~ Graduation
ABC Challenge ~ U is for Unused Stash
I just HAD to get this stamp set when it was released several months ago. Stems from a life long love of Dr. Suess my mom passed on (she was a Kindergarten teacher). However, it’s sat NEGLECTED since it arrived at my door.
The real inspiration for the card is graduate Margie flanked by her a'dork'able kids JR and Mara. JR will be getting one of those high school cards in a few weeks.

My Creation
Yep, the card was made in the wee hours and the photos of it were taken while we were driving to the event. Hubby was driving, I was co-piloting trying to get a snatch of sunshine for the photos. As you can see, it was a pretty cloudy day.

Image Detail
I couldn't get a good shot that showed the sparkle and shine; one of the challenges in taking photos in a moving car on a cloudy day. There's diamond glaze on the balloon and basket. The red mat is shimmer cardstock and I used spicas to highlight the edges of the image.
At 2 am, I thought I was being pretty clever with my paper piecing. I stamped the image on the background and then 2 times on the DP. I planned the 'face' of the ballon to land so it looked like a few curls of hair were hanging out from under the cap. The hat is then cut and layered on top.

How are your graduation cards coming? I'd love to see them and get some inspiration!
Ins & Outs ~ Graduation Card for Margie
Stamps: The Places You’ll Go (Taylored Expressions), Well Scripted (Stampin Up)
Paper: DCWV (Shimmer and Spring), SU Whisper White

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics (R29, BG0000, Y11, YG03, E41, E50), Spicas (Lemon, Melon, Pitch Black)

Accessories: Nesties, Gems

Techniques: Paper piecing

First Communion Easel Card

This card was made for a special little girl, Bianca. I mentioned her in my previous post about her mom Erica's birthday card. My hubby and I were honored to help her celebrate her First Communion. The invitation she'd sent was so cute, I decided to go green and recycle the paper and ribbon in the card. The orangey/peachy dotted paper and striped ribbon are from the original invitation. This is my first 'true' easel card. The treat box I did a few weeks ago was under the supervision of my SU friend. This card? A solo flight with only slight turbulence. LOL. I think I'd even do it again.

Sketch Inspiration ~ Friday Sketchers #101
The sketch is pretty simple and the triangles in the background made me think of a tent, so I made it into an easel card.

Stamp Saturday Challenge #82 ~ Recipe: 3 Embellishments (Ribbon, Smooch, Cross), 2 Papers (Pink CS, Orange DP), 1 image
Bianca was my true inspiration!

My Creation
Isn't this image from Karen's Doodles just precious? There's a matching little boy and another girl as well. Plus, she has a great confirmation set.

Image Detail
I colored her with Copics, added a bit of Spica sparkle to the veil and edges, and gave the whole thing a few spritzes of Vanilla Smooch.

I forgot to take a photo before I wrote in the card, so you get to see my personal message as well. I'd picked up the cross pendant on clearance awhile ago and knew I wanted to incorporate it into a card. It's the perfect accent to hold up my easel!
Ins & Outs ~ First Communion Easel Card
Stamps: First Communion Girl (Karen’s Doodles)
Paper: SU Whisper White, Misc CS from Invitation

Ink: Copics (E000, 30, 31; R22; 100; C1, 3, 5, 7; BG000; RV000), Spicas (Clear, Black, Blossom), White Gel pen, Clear Star gel pen

Accessories: Vanilla Shimmer Smooch, Misc Ribbon, Cross pendant

Techniques: Easel Card