Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A sympathy card

The card I made today was a sympathy card for my In-Laws, they lost their sweet dog Dusty last week. Any pet parent can tell you how difficult it is to lose your pet, even when you know it's coming.  So I wanted to make them a card to let them know I'm thinking about them and that they will always have the memories of that sweet little girl.

For this card I used the colors from the challenge over at the CR84FN Color Challenge.

This was a CAS card to put together.  The heart stamp set is from Close to My Heart, it's called Hope and it's the set they sold after the earthquake in Japan to help with relief efforts.  

For the inside I used Photoshop and my laser printer.  The flowers are a Photoshop brush. That quote I have always felt explains it all.  I know that is how I feel about my pup.

Monday, October 17, 2011

This is Halloween

Is everyone getting in the Halloween spirit?  I am! I'm getting the decorations up and I've got a bunch of candy for the Treat-or-treaters.  So for today's post I wanted to participate in CAS-ual Friday's challenge this week which is to create a CAS Halloween project with absolutely no orange! So here is what I came up with:

I took some creme cardstock and used distress ink on it for that dirty look. The letters I cut out with my Silhouette.  I cut out the blood drips freehand and then used glossy accents over them to really give it a wet blood look.  The next picture I took at an angle so you could get a better view of the effect.

 So after I finished the card, I figured my nails needed to be done in the spirit of Halloween too!

That's it for today! Have fun with all those Halloween projects!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Some Steampunk Minis

So I'm kinda feeling the steampunk vibe lately.  Hence these cute little mini 3x3 cards.  This is for the challenge over on CASE Study this week. I really liked Niki's card with the frayed canvas so I decided to go for that kind of look but with distressed paper.

These were a lot of fun to make. I used Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutante paper line, the ribbon is by May Arts, Cardstock is Bazzil, then some random bits and pieces. Check out the images of the individual cards below!

 That's it for today!  As always, Happy Scrappin!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Steampunk Card

Okay, so this card is supposed to be for CAS-ual Fridays challenge this week.  The challenge was to make a project with a ribbon tab or loop.  This card ended up more shabby chic than clean and simple, but I went where the mojo took me!  So I hope you guys still enjoy it!  Here it is:

So since this was a ribbon challenge, I started with this beautiful shear teal ribbon from May Arts.  And looking at that I thought it went perfectly with Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutante line. I took a piece of gray Bazzil embossed cardstock and I sanded it down a bit then went to work on the edges with my distressing tool. I added a gray felt flower from Prima and a little metal key from 7gypsies. It's not my typical CAS design, but I really love it.

I also added a matching piece of teal cardstock inside the card and I had picked up this cool stamp of a penny-farthing (yep, that's what those bikes are called) at Michael's in the dollar bin! Don't you just love it when you find a deal like that?

That's it for me today.  I've also been putting things in my Smash book for a while and I know I haven't done an update on that, so I'll try to put that into a post this week. Until then, Happy Scrappin'!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Fun Monochromatic Card

Hi Everyone!  Today I wanted to play along with the challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays. The challenge this week was to create a clean and simple project using at least 3 shades of a monochromatic color of your choice plus Brown. So here's the card I came up with:

The cardstock I used for the base provided my brown background color. Then I took a simple little flower stamp and stamped it on white cardstock with three shades of green.  I added the "a little note" sentiment in there and the just a touch of Diamond Stickles in the center of each flower. Cute!

I decorated the inside of the card as well, this was kinda hard to photograph.  My camera just did not want to focus in on this.  Just a simple scroll stamp and another flower (also with Stickles) complete the inside.  Now someone just needs to write a sweet message in there!

So that's it for today!  Two of my best friends are coming up to visit me tomorrow and I'm so thrilled to see them!  So I will go ahead and wish you all a happy weekend and happy scrappin'!

Friday, September 23, 2011

I'm Back! And with a Fall Card!

Hi Everyone!  I have been away for about a month! Wow!  It's been a busy few weeks for me.  First we evacuated for Hurricane Irene, then we had to come home and clean up.  Then it was just getting back into routine.  Most recently, this week I got a job!  I'm very excited about it and I am able to work from home! Hope everyone else has been doing well!

Anyway, today I have a card inspired by the Fall weather that's starting to show itself.  I love Fall.  I love the colors, the cool breeze, the nice warm hoodies I get to wear...this list just goes on and on. So over at The Play Date Cafe, they happen to have Fall colors for their challenge this week so I went with that.  Here's the color scheme:

And here is the card I created:

Those beautiful sparkly leaves I found at Target in the dollar bins they have up front!  Amazing deal - they are foam stickers and there's 22 of them on the sheet.  The patterned paper is from Cosmo Cricket's Social Club line and the ribbon is from Ki Memories.  The stamp sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Up, Up and Away line (which I love, by the way). 

Also, another thing I wanted to mention today - if you're don't like May Arts on Facebook, you really should!  Not only do they share some wonderful projects and ideas, but they are constantly giving away free ribbon!  I won two contests were you name the ribbon and they pick a winner and send them a huge spool of that ribbon!  Here's what I got:

So this is a great reason to like them. That's all I have for today.  I'm planning on starting to work on a paper bag album over the weekend and maybe some more fall cards.  I have so many projects stacked up to work on!  What are you working on this weekend?  Whatever your projects are - happy scrappin!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Birthday Mini Cards

Mini cards! That was my project for today.  I decided to do this set of three cute birthday mini cards.  I love this 3x3 size because they are so perfect to just tape to a package and you don't feel like you have to write a whole story inside the card!

The patterned paper I used is Basic Grey Blush collection, this one is called Admire.  It's really pretty and I thought perfect for these little cards.  I inked the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink.

Aren't those puffy little cupcakes adorable! I found these at Michael's and had to get them. They are by KI Memories  and they're called Puffies.  They have several different designs and really aren't that expensive.  I think I'll be going back for more of these in different themes.  They really just make the card.

The sentiments are stamps onto vellum and then attached to the cards.  I attached one with spray adhesive but honestly I hate working with that stuff.  It smells and it's messy and I just don't like dealing with it.  So the other two cards I just used some glue dots and put some bling over top of where they were on the card so you don't even know they are there! Ha!  The card with the little bow on the edge is the one I used the spray adhesive on.

So that's it for today.  I'm working on a few other card projects that I should have ready to post soon.  I'm thinking about trying to sell some things on Etsy but I'm not sure how I would do.  Have any of you sold on Etsy?  I'd love to hear your experiences with it!

Friday, August 5, 2011

A Must Do CASE

So I had already completed my entry for this week's CASE Study challenge, but after going through the blog hop, I got so many great ideas!  And there was one that really caught my eye that I just had to CASE now - Debby's beautiful notecards!  Click here to check out her post. Her cards were so stunning and would make such great gifts, I just knew I had to recreate them!  So here is what I came up with. (As always, click on the images for a larger view!)

The owl stamp is by Inkadinkado - so cute!

I used Martha Stewart pigment inks in Aquarium colors.

I added gems to match the color of the owl next to the sentiment.

Like Debby, I included envelopes and tied it all up with some sparkly twine.
 I am seriously in love with these notecards.  I think everyone I know needs a set.  I think we need to go back to sending actually notes instead of emails.  Who doesn't love getting a great card in the mail?

Thursday, August 4, 2011


Hi everyone!  I've been busy and haven't posted in a bit, but the good news is my house finally sold in Georgia!  So Yay for that and Yay for only having to pay rent at one place now!  I hope everyone else is having a great week!

So if you don't know this week marks CASE Study's one year anniversary!  How awesome is that?  Congrats to them!  Plus they are having a blog hop with lots of goodies so if you haven't checked it out, stop on by!

CASE Study Anniversary Blog Hop

So for the challenge this week (CSC51) you were supposed to pick your inspiration from one of the team members.  I decided to pick a card from Chupa and you can check out her blog here. The card I picked to CASE is just beautiful!  So here is the card I used for inspiration:

So for my card, I used the We R Memory Keepers Fiesta line.  I have been wanting to use this for a while.  The colors are so bright and the images are super fun. 

I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder on the yellow patterned paper and then sanded it down.  I love the effect it had!  A simple sentiment stamp at the bottom and a few little gems at the top finish off the card.  Isn't that Chihuahua adorable?  I just love it!

I also adorned the inside of the card with a few gems and the little Hola sentiment from the papers.  I'll be making more cards with this line soon.  I think it's so fun and cheery, it's sure to make someone's day when they receive a card made with these papers.

I also have one other project to share today.  I have been working my way through a vacation album for a trip to Maine we took in 2009.  I know, I am so behind!  Anyway, I had this little bag of sea glass and stuff I had collected up there.  Well I found the Tim Holtz Pocket Watch at Michael's and just knew it would be a great way to show off some of that sea glass!

This was so easy and only took a few minutes to do.  Plus the back snaps on and off so you could easily open it up and switch out what you have in there.  I did put a little circle of patterned paper in the back just in case there was some room where the glass was sliding around so that you don't see just the metal.  I had a long chain in my jewelry box that I slipped this onto and you're ready to wear!

So that's it for today.  Until next time, Happy Scrappin!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Smiles across the Miles

Hi Everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Hubby and I went and saw Captain America and loved it!

So today I have a card for the challenges at The Play Date Cafe and CASE Study.  This one was fun because you were supposed to work with neutrals except for one pop of color.  Fun! 

For my card I used the DCWV Bella Armoire Stack, which is all black and white and just plain elegant! Then I used the Papertrey Ink Up, Up and Away set for the balloons and sentiment.  I got the die so the balloons are easily cut out and then I stamped them.  I added some Stickles to them because of course you have to have sparkle!

Click for a larger image!

So that's what I have for today!  Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look.  Until next time, Happy Scrappin!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Scrappin the Past

Hi folks!  Today I decided to play with some very pretty papers I had for Bo Bunny and participate in their layout challenge over on the Bo Bunny blog!  The pictures I decided to scrap today are from my Senior Prom!  Wow!  Interesting fact - I went with my now husband.  That's right - we are high school sweethearts!  Ha ha.  Anyway here's the sketch that was given to work with:

And here is the page I created using the sketch and some BoBunny papers:

I used BoBunny Gabrielle Flight for the background, the cutouts are from Gabrielle Cutouts, and the accent strip of paper is Abbey Road Truffle. I also used some bling and ribbon to finish off the page.  I love how these colors work together!  This was a lot of fun to do!

Close up of the ribbon detail, two different types here.
Here's the bling, looks like a flight trail from the butterfly.
Beautiful quote from the cutout page!
I think it's always fun to pull out some old photos to scrap.  On my long list of things to do is a heritage album.  I need to do some more research on the family tree before I start that one though!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Scrappin!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Beautiful Things

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  Today I have a card for two challenges - The Play Date Cafe color challenge and the layout challenge on CASE Study.  I really love the colors this week!

These are such awesome colors, I had to use them!  And then the inspiration at CASE Study was this:

So here is the card I came up with (please click on the image for a larger view)! I used papers from the DCWV The Mod Retro Stack, which worked out perfectly with the colors.  I popped up the top layer of papers for dimension.  I added some pearls and the little purple magenta flowers are for Recollections.

Here's another shot of the card that really show the depth of the layers.  Thanks to the hubs for being awesome at taking pictures!

I love the look of this card.  I don't usually make square cards, but I thought that I would give it a try here and I really think it worked out well.  Thanks for checking it out!

Friday, July 15, 2011

I'm on a Boat!

I've been working on finishing up a scrapbook for the vacation we took to Maine in 2009.  So today I have a two-page layout that I did for that.  I used the DCWV Stack-A-Holic Template Challenge for this.  I also used the City Crafter challenge to add some sunshine to it!  So here's my layout:

This was so much fun!

For the cardstock I used paper from the Mariposa cardstock stack and then all the other patterned paper is from the Green Stack.  I used an EK Success border punch to create the little bubbles border. Then I added the sun and the little shell to the pages, these are K&Company.  The letters are Thickers. Here are a couple close up shots of the pages.

Close up of the first page
Close up of the second page
These challenges were great because they gave me the motivation I needed to continue to work on this album!  I am one step closer to finishing it!  So happy Friday everyone and happy scrappin!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I'm off to see the wizard!

That's right - I have completed my Magic of Oz tray!  And I must say, it is stunning.  These Graphic 45 papers were a dream to work with! So without further ado, here it is (click on it to view a larger image):

Oh I am so happy with this project!  The papers are gorgeous and a few little touches of Stickles here and there really made it pop. That's a bit hard to see in the image but I have some close ups to share too.

The shoes glitter with red Stickles and Dorothy's name is popped up.

These three panels were cut from the same background - I love the effect it has!

Some more Stickles on the Heart word. Road to Oz is popped up.

This is my favorite panel. Glinda's dress, crown, and wand sparkle with Diamond Stickles.  The munchkin and Oz logo are popped up for dimension. The pearl accent is perfect for Glinda!

The group on their way to see the wizard! Dorothy and Toto have both been overlayed and popped up for added dimension. Hey, watch out for those flying monkeys!

You can almost see the sparkle on those shoes! It really shows in person. Here's the Cowardly Lion and his good friend Toto.

Dorothy had it right - there is no place like home. Her shoes are glitterly here as well.

Here's that Wicked Witch! On the popped up version, her dress and hat are all sparkle. I figure even a wicked witch likes some glitter now and then.

The Tin Man just wanted a heart, which are popped up and Stickled. In the next box, Glinda's name is all sparkly too, like any good witch's name would be.

Here's the wizard, surrounded by green. Magic of Oz logo is popped up. Added stickles to the big gem and a few gems above the wizard.

Here's the Scarecrow with a few friends. Also looks like a munchkin asleep in the poppies! And of course, the magic slippers.

So that is my Magic of Oz tray! I hope you love it as much as I do.  It was a lot of fun to make, and I think I would love to make something like this for friends.  Themed paper is so great to work with for these kinds of things.  Oh and I have some Magic of Oz paper left over, so I might have another project up my sleeve.

I am entering this in the Anything Goes challenge over on Lollipop Crafts.

Until next time, Happy Scrappin!