Wednesday, June 12, 2013

My son joins in on the fun!

Hi friends,

Those of us who make cards know how much fun it is. However, when you can share your hobby with one of your kids it's even more special. Last week, my eight-year-old son, Jonathan, decided to join me in my craft room. He wanted to make a card for a special friend. After I saw what he'd created, I remembered the current challenge happening now at the Ribbon Carousel blog. Their challenge is "fun in the sun" and Jonathan's card definitely captures his idea of fun in the sun. With very little help from me, he created a fun card. Here it is:

I know he used distress inks and markers to make the sand and water on the card. The stamps he used are from the dollar bin. He colored in the pail with distress markers, too. Then he cut out a scrap piece of cardstock to make his blanket and added a zigzag line on both sides. The sentiment is from the Apothecary Labels from Simon Says Stamp!. As a final touch, he added the ribbon up top and I tied the knot! :)

He had so much fun creating this card. It's interesting to see a child craft. They don't necessarily think about the "rules"--they just have fun! I should take note of that more often.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Graduation time!

Hi friends!

Sorry for the absence. We are wrapping up the school year in our home (we homeschool) and it's been a mad dash to get everything done! But tonight I got inspired to work on a graduation card. I used the sketch from the CAS(E) this Sketch! site and some inspiration from the Pinspired Challenges site.

Here's my card and the challenge badges:

I'll admit that when I first saw this sketch, I was at a loss as to how to work with it. But then I thought of the diploma and that was all I needed to finish my thought! I used the D'Vine Swirls embossing folder to add texture to the purple cardstock and then just layered the pattern paper and a strip of green to the card. The diploma is actually from the dollar bin. The sentiment is from Hampton Arts and I heat embossed it in white and LOVE how that turned out! The pattern paper, which has the purples and green from the "pin", needed a bit of glitter. So, I used my glitter pen to add some shine to the center of the flowers. The picture doesn't do it justice but it did add a nice touch. May just make several of these because they're quick and easy!

Have a great rest of the week and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 3, 2013

S is for Slanted Stamping!

Hi everyone!

I hope everyone had a good weekend! Ours was busy but a quiet Sunday awaits at the end of this week...

I wanted to share a card I made for the latest challenge at the Simon Says Stamp & Show site. The challenge? Share something that starts with the letter "S". So, maybe you love Simon Says Stamp! and you use some of their products. Or maybe there's a stamp that you love and you use that stamp. Whatever you use, it needs to start with the letter "S". Also, the Inkspirational site has an "anything goes" challenge that I'll play with, too. Here's my card and the challenge badge is below.

I LOVE this flower stamp from Teresa Collins. And I really wanted to have the stamp slanting downward across the card. It took 2 attempts but I finally liked how it looked. (I could almost picture a dress with this design, too.) I inked the stamp with Frost White Colorbox ink and then heat embossed it in white. The sentiment is also from Teresa Collins and I used my spellbinder die to create the label and then added a few gems to add some bling. Getting the stamp lined up the way I wanted was really what took the longest on this card but it's simple and elegant.

Hope you can join in on the fun--there's a great prize up for grabs! :)

Thanks for stopping by!