Friday, July 31, 2009

Blogger's Challenge - Sketch

This week was a fun sketch! That simply means that you are given a "sketch" of a layout of a card and you create it according the sketch. I personally love these challenges because it kind of gives you a starting place, especially if you're lacking in your mojo! LOL! Here's the sketch:

And here's my card that I made:

I used my new favorite product from our new catalog - the Sunny Day Simply Scrappin' Kit. I absolutely love the colors, the images and the papers in this kit. You simply HAVE to have it!! I started out with a white base, and added the top background layer, which is a paper from the kit. Then I decided to add the Big Shot Die "Swirly" in a couple of different colors. After I cut them out in the Pumpkin and the Pink Passion, I decided to try to piece the different colors together for the next layer! It turned out really cute, I thought! Then I added another little piece of the Pink Swirly and trimmed it off at both ends after finding the perfect place for it on the card. The flower images and the cute little birdie tag on the top are some of the cardstock stickers from the kit. The sentiment is from the Best Wishes and More set. I sponged a little of the turquoise chalk around the tag to add a little shading. I was pretty darn pleased with how it turned out!

Can't believe that summer is coming to an end already. Time for school shopping, school open houses, locker check outs, schedule pick ups, and more. Oh we go again!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Some fun gift ideas!

My projects are using the fabulous set called "Wings of Friendship". I love this set with the new Designer Series Paper "Razzleberry Lemonade". I made a little gift set that features several different projects. Take a look:

Isn't it cute?! Here's a closer look at the individual projects (with a little better lighting!). The first one is a Post It Note holder. I used the Razzleberry Lemonade papers and the sentiment stamp that reads "Your friendship means the world to me". I also used a little of the Razzleberry Polka Dot ribbon. I used a hair band for the closure. I put it underneath the ribbon, so when you open it, the band stays attached to the cover so it won't get lost! In the picture, you can really see my dimensionals I used to attach the sentiment (which is on vellum, by the way!), but it's really not that noticeable in real life. Just the lighting of the camera, I guess.

Here's a picture of it open:

Next is the matching pen! I used some of our Sticky Strip red line tape, which is the bomb for sticking paper, glitter, beads, ribbon, kids up on the walls.......just kidding about that last one! But it's pretty sticky, it would probably work if you wanted to try it! ha ha! I just wrapped the Sticky Strip around the pen and cut a piece of the DSP to fit and rolled it around. And there is some of that awesome Razzleberry Ribbon again!

This is a mini magazine holder shaped box to hold some little 3 x 3 gift cards. I used the Crushed Curry cardstock, stamped some of the other images with the Curry ink to give it a tone on tone look. To jazz it up a little, I stamped the bird and the flower images on vellum with the Razzleberry ink, cut them out and adhered them using dimensionals. I used a strip of the DSP and ribbon around the bottom. Here's a 360 of the box: (just ignore the little back pieces of the dimensionals that are static stuck to the bottome! I don't know how I didn't notice that while taking the pics!)

Here are the cute little 3 x 3 cards that are inside the box. I used most of the patterns of the Razzleberry Lemonade DSP on them with the sentiment again. Our Wide Oval punch and Large Oval Punch work so great with many of our sets! These are all of the new In Colors! Minus the Rich Razzleberry - it's the color of the ribbon I've used on it. The colors are - Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede, Dusty Durango, and Crushed Curry. Don't they sound as yummy as they look?!

Well, that's all my projects! I hope you enjoyed them!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Blogger's Challenge - CASE

This week, the challenge was to CASE ("Copy And Steal Everything") a fellow Blogger's Challenge member. EVERYONE is so talented, it's hard to choose one! But I kept coming back to this card, made by none other than my BFF Lisa Martz:

I love the layers and the different's just a fun card! Here's my CASE:

My CASE was the sketch, or the layout of the card. I obviously changed the colors and the images to make it my own. I used some of the new In Colors that I absolutely love this time! My base is Rich Razzleberry, and the next layer is a piece of the textured Melon Mambo and a piece of the Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper (LOVE THIS!). The next layer up is another piece of the Razzleberry Lemonade paper in a different color/pattern. I used images from the stamp set Blooming With Love. I replaced Lisa's beautiful coloring on her card with paper piecing on mine! I'm not a very good colorer! I'm working on it though! The pot is another one of the new In Colors called Dusty Durango - it makes a great terra cotta pot! The flowers are cut out and layered on also, that's how I got them to overlap the pot. I JUST got the eyelet border punch -- can you believe that?! I've survived this long without it! It's very fun and I'll be using it a lot now that I have it! I stamped the watering can on the Melon Mambo piece with the VersaMark pad. That part was an after-thought -- it may have made the card a little bottom that I think about it, there's nothing wrong with bottom-heavy! ha ha! Bottom heavy is beautiful! I think this may have opened a new door for me -- I think this is the first project I've done with NO ribbon in a long time!

Well, that's it for today. Gotta go clean some more and cut paper for my open house tomorrow. (Anyone that is local is welcome to come! Email me if you need info.)

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

SNR Card Universe 4th of July Blog Hop!

I'm so glad that you could join the SNR Card Universe Blog Hop! If you came from Janice Webb's blog, you're on the right track! If you didn't, you may want to hop to SNR Card Universe to start at the beginning. So grab a cup of coffee, sit down and enjoy!

Our assignment was to do a red, white and blue project. Here's my card:

I started out with a white base and just added the cut out stars. I cut a few of them out of patterned paper and a few I stamped. I didn't have a large enough star punch, so I found a large star stamp in one of my sets and stamped it on the back of the patterned paper and then cut it out. Worked perfect! I also popped them up using some dimensionals. The USA is made from some fun chipboard stickers that I got at the craft store. I just pounced them upside down in my blue ink pad to color them. Then tied the ribbon on......that's it! Really easy! To make the ribbon fray like that, just cut the edges off and pull it apart. (this only works on grosgrain ribbon) This is the second patriotic card that I've done using this technique -- it reminds me of fireworks! That's it for me! You can click on my blog title to see the rest of my blog and projects. I hope you come back and visit soon!

Your next stop on the blog hop will be Thena Smith! I know she'll have something great for you to see! Enjoy the rest of the tour!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Blogger's Challenge - Patriotic!

I love the spirit of 4th of July, all the family get-togethers, cook outs, summertime, etc, etc, etc. BUT......I hate fireworks! I love looking at them from afar.......very afar! I don't like the idea of being around them or the thought of my kids being around them even more. Of course, they hate that! My brother is really good about putting on a "show" for us and picking one's that are safe for them to "do" themselves. Just another area that, as a mom, I'm "no fun"!! That's from my kids - I happen to think I'm very fun! Ha ha!

Anyways, here is my project. It's not very often that I do a clean simple design that I don't end up with the feeling that something is missing! But I like this one!

I know what you're thinking......"uh, have you ever heard of a stamp-a-ma-jig"??? Funny thing is, I used one! Ha ha! If you don't know, a stamp-a-ma-jig is this cool little tool to help you stamp an image straight and exactly where you want it EVERY TIME -- in this case, it was operator error! I added the stamped image AFTER I put the ribbon on, so it was hard to position without the ribbon getting in the way, therefore making it hard for me to see if it was really straight. Oh well, you get the idea! To fray the ribbon like that, you just cut the edge off each side and just pull it apart. This technique works with the grosgrain ribbon - I don't think it would work with silk or other kinds. I love the look of stamping the inside of the cards a little, but hardly ever think to do it! (my picture was a little blurry for some reason - those are little stars that I stamped with versamark and then with white)

Supplies used for this project were: brillian blue cs, real red cs, whisper white cs, real red 5/8" wide grosgrain ribbon, white 1/4" wide grosgrain ribbon, Celebrate This stamp set, star punch and white craft ink. The stars on the inside were from the retired Sporting Goods stamp set.

Have a wonderful and SAFE holiday weekend! I get to go to the Larry the Cable Guy show! They are filming it for the Comedy Central channel, so watch for me!!