Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A very special card with a purpose

Hi everyone,

Before leaving for Mexico, I found out about a great idea from the Damask Love site. All of us are so heartbroken about the tragedy in CT. And Amber decided to get a art supply/cards/donation drive for those that survived this horrific ordeal.

Although I'll be out of the country, I wanted to make sure to send a card along. My kids and I will be making more once we return but, for now, I was able squeeze in time for one. And I used the sketch from the MOJO Monday site to help me out with a starting point.

Here's the sketch and my card:
Aren't these little moose cute? I thought they'd be perfect for the kids in CT. I actually colored in the moose using my new Inktense watercolor pencils--LOVE them! And I used a glaze black pen for their eyes and some stickles...and although I'm really happy with the card, I have to admit that making it made me very sad. Ugh...what is this world coming to?!

PLEASE, if you can, please check out the damask love site and see how you can help. This card is just a small way of showing these kids that we care.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Scoring time!

Hi everyone!

Well, I'm almost packed for my vacation in Mexico but I wanted to share a card that was super quick to make and looks really elegant. It's for the latest challenge on the CAS-ual Fridays site. The challenge was to incorporate some scoring on your card. Lately, I've been pinning tons of cards using score lines so this challenge was one that I was dying to try!

Here's the badge and my card:
I ended up using 2 different embossing folders on the card--making sure to leave some space in the middle. To delineate those areas, I scored 3 lines right next to the embossed areas. Super easy with the Martha Stewart/Scor-Pal boards! And then I stamped the $1 stamp sentiment and added some green gems. Super quick card--but it looks really nice!

It's a great prize up for grabs this week--hope you can join in the fun! And thanks, so much, for stopping by!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Favorite Die for my Favorite Couple

Hi friends!

I'm stopping in with a card for a very special couple of friends. Truth be told, I hate good-byes. And our friends are moving and I made them this card to just tell them how special they've been in my family's life.

I also wanted to play along with the latest Simon Says Stamp! challenge site. The challenge is to use your favorite stamp, tool, paper, etc. For me, it was a no brainer! I LOVE the Simon Says Stamp! dies! LOVE them!!!

Here's my card:
I used some papers from Teresa Collins--another fave of mine! Her style is so elegant and I just love it! I used the chainlink fence die from Simon Says Stamp! and the Meadow Rue die from Simon Says Stamp!, too. Talk about an easy way to get an elegant card done...and at the bottom of the chainlink die, I added some ribbon. The ribbon is actually only gray and white but I layered a small strip of peach-colored ribbon on it, too. The sentiment is from the Apothecary Labels set (love this, too!) and it was perfect for my friends. As a touch of "glitz", I added some small turquoise gems to the card. Lastly, I used a dark gray cardstock to add some contrast to the card. I really like how it turned out...

I head out to Mexico next week so this may be my last post (maybe) til the new year but have a wonderful Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year, too!

Monday, December 10, 2012

A Play Date Bday Card

Hi everyone!

We've had a few babies born in our church and I was thrilled to make a cute easel card for a little boy. I used the colors from the latest Play Date Cafe challenge. Here's the color badge and my card:

Here's what it looks like when you open the card:
And here's a side view--you can see there's enough room to write a message, too.

This was such a fun card to make! I used a "J" b/c that's the first letter of the baby's name. The cute little hands and feet were stamped in chipped sapphire distress ink and I got the stamp for $1 at JoAnn's Fabric. Yay! And then I simply layered papers and followed the directions off of a youtube video to make the easel. It took a bit more time than a regular card--or even a gatefold card--but it's so cute!

Thanks for stopping by! And hope you are all having a great Monday!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

An Unscripted, Knotty Christmas Card

Hi friends!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! I was able to craft some cards for church tonight and then I decided to play along with a few challenges.

First, I knew I wanted to make a Christmas card so I joined in with the PaperPlay Challenge site. Their challenge was simple--make a Christmas card. Then, I knew I needed it to be simple and the challenge at the CAS-ual Friday site was to make a CAS card with a knot on it. Lastly, I wanted to play with a sketch so I used the sketch from the Unscripted Sketches site (LOVE them!).

Here are the challenge badges and my card:
Although the card may look complicated, it's really not. I used some Christmas papers from the DCWV's Ultimate Scrapbook kit: Christmas. I stamped and heat embossed the dear and then used my cuttlebug to emboss the border. I then inked the border, mounted it on a scalloped piece of cardstock and tied a knot around the top portion. The sentiment is on the inside. It was actually such a quick card that I may try it in different color combinations, too! :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Sunday!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

10 Minute Craft Dash card!

Hi everyone!

Well, I've just had my craft workout for the day! :) I checked out a new site called Pretty Pink Posh and they were having a challenge that has left me feeling like I've just sprinted a 100 yard dash! The challenge was to do a card in 10 minutes! Now, I typically do not like very tedious cards to begin with...but THIS was crazy fast! Oh--and the card had to have a dash of red on it, too. We were allowed to lay out the supplies--thankfully! But once the timer started, you had 10 minutes to complete the card. To add to the fun, I knew I wanted to also incorporate snowflakes because that's the latest challenge on the Simon Says Stamp! challenge blog. Talk about a tall order!

Here's the challenge badge and my card--that I did, in fact, do in 10 minutes! :)
To say that the card was a mad dash, that's an understatement! I knew I needed to lay out the supplies but once the timer started, I couldn't find my die for the tree! And then the paper needed to be trimmed down and I thought for sure I wouldn't make it. But, I finally found the die. The tree and snowflakes were stamped quickly and then I added a few pearls to the snowflakes. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up and it's on the inside and it states "may all the blessings of Christmas be yours". Total time--9 minutes and 58 seconds! That's right--I was THAT close! But I'm glad that I was able to do it...It was fun AND I like how the card turned out, too!

There is a giveaway on the site, too, so I hope you can play along...It's amazing how fast 10 minutes go! :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tuesday Trigger Tree

Hi friends!

I'm sure all of you are familiar with the fantastic site Moxie Fab World. I LOVE seeing the inspiration on that site--and only wish I had more time to play along with the challenges. But today, I lucked out! When I saw the "trigger", I immediately thought of my favorite kind of tree--a silver shiny one! I saw the sparkly design in my mind and had some fun!

Here's the trigger and my card:
The background stamp is a fabulous stamp that I bought on clearance after Christmas last year and it's from Hero Arts. LOVE it! I inked it using a ColorBox pigment ink (chianti color) and then I pressed the paper onto the stamp--instead of the stamp onto the paper. That seemed to work the best in getting the best coverage. I then put that on some black cardstock to make the panel really stand out. I also used my gelly roll glitter pen to color in the lights seen in the background. Hard to see in the picture but a nice touch in real life. I cut out some silver cardstock and then embossed it. I then added some gems in the traditional Christmas colors. Using some kraft cardstock, I inked it using my distress ink and made the trunk. A really festive, glittery card!

Tons of time to play along still...Hope you can join in!

Thanks for stopping by!

An Unscripted Christmas card

Hi again,

The folks at Unscripted Sketches have yet another great sketch this week. Here's the sketch and my card:
So, I decided that the "strip" in the middle of the sketch, would actually be the opening of the card...so it's a gatefold card. Here's a picture of the inside.
For this card, I used some DCWV Christmas papers and a VERY old stamp from Stampin' Up. I colored in the bow with a silver pen and then colored in the stars and twigs. The flowers were also colored in and then I added some stickles to them to make them pop out a bit more. Up close, you can see the silver shimmer of the bow and the glitter on the flowers. Here's a close up pic of that.
By no means a difficult card but perfect for this time of year when you have to make tons of cards quickly! :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Christmas Card

Hi everyone!

It's been a few days since I've posted but life sure is busy this time of year!

Today I wanted to share a card I did for the Ribbon Carousel site. It's been awhile since I've played with their challenges but since the challenge for the month is a holiday theme, it was easy to play this week!

Here's my card:
I was DYING to use a new Hero Arts stamp set called "Greatest Gift". I got it for quite a deal at Michael's at 60% off the regular price! Yay! I knew I wanted to use my distress inks, too. So, I started out by stamping the image and the sentiment in black pigment ink and embossing it. Then, I inked the center of the card--where the image is--in mustard seed yellow b/c I wanted it to have that glowing look of where the Savior was born. Then, the rest of the card was inked in broken china and chipped sapphire distress ink. I inked up some cardstock in mustard seed yellow so that I could layer the panel on yellow and then added the ribbon with a button with twine. As a final step, I spritzed it with some Tattered Angels shimmer mist. The sky looks so lovely with that subtle shimmer...sorry you can't see it on the photo! Anyway, I hope you take some time to remember the real reason for the season...

Thanks for stopping by!