Sunday, October 30, 2011

Blast Off Birthday Card

 I spent a few hours this morning on a card for my friend’s son.  I thought it would take 30 minutes maximum to finish – but apparently since I am not a boy – it is hard to take what I like and translate to the audience (a first grader) something that they will like.  I will not know until his birthday, but knowing him, when nobody is looking, he will take the card out and play with it (at least to see the googly eyes bounce)!  I really love how the Fluorescent Yellow Orange Copic ink almost glows off the page – which makes the inside of the card my favorite part. 

I used several different stamp companies in this card – especially for the planets.   While I was using the arrow stamp – it reminded me how difficult some clear stamps are.  In this case – this company’s stamps cannot tolerate any pressure put to them because it immediately flattens the stamp – distorting the image.  Fortunately, this stamp set was gift from a friend – so I have just learned to work with it.

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey, (silver glitter) DCWV, misc. blue cardstock scraps
Stamp:  (happy everything) Amuse Studios, (robots) Recollections by Michaels, (fun & Funky Arrows) Hot Off the Press, (seeing spots) Stampin Up
Ink:   Distress Ink (Chipped Sapphire) Ranger, (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Copics:  B23, B24, B26, FB2, FY1, R14, C00, C1, C2, C3
Other:  (Stardust) Stickles, (silver fox) Smooch, googly eyes, Glossy Accents

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Wishing for Summer Days

Hello to all!  I am counting down the days until the online Holiday Boot Camp class - but I have a few cards to share over the next few days thanks to my friend Shelley, who took some amazing photos – so very different from my photography!

This card is my first tri fold attempt.  I started with a 5 ½ “by 12 “piece of Papertrey Ink white cardstock – it is a nice durable cardstock that folds beautifully.  I scored the paper at the 1”, 2”, 4”, 6” and 9” marks on my Martha Stewart scoring board.   Then I just had the fun of decorating – and dreaming of summer!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Printed Paper:  Mini dicuts from Moxie (tiny prints used for her hat), (Splash Dance collection) Imaginisce
Stamp:  (fun in the sun) Penny Black, (studio sampler one) Amuse Studios
Ink:   (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Punches:  (scallop) Stampin Up, (grass) Martha Stewart, (sandcastles) EK Success
Copics:  E08, E09, E50, E53, E95, E97,  BG10, BG13, YG41, YR04, YR31, YR61, G02, Y38, R02, R22, W00, W1, W3
Other:  stickles

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Halloween 2011

I spent last evening at Croptoberfest – and worked on my Halloween cards – in between eating too many treats!
The catalyst for the cards came from a blog I read on a regular basis, and Amy mentioned some adorable stamps she had used were from the $1 bin at Michaels – and off I ran.  I was so happy to find them!  What a bargain and so very cute!  Then I used the skills I learned from my online class (thank you, Jennifer McGuire) and quickly made a bunch of rosettes to embellish my cards (adding a strip of washi tape to them before folding). 
I had fun coloring the little witch – since she made me smile the whole time (really, when do you get to work with green as a skin tone)!  Now I just have to get these cards into the mail.

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey, (Heather, Blackberry, Onyx, Wasabi) Amuse Studios
Printed Paper:  (Ambrosia collection) Basic Grey
Stamp:  (Witch, Halloween) Craftsmart – dollar bin at Michaels
Ink:   (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Copic:  YG00, YG01, YG03, W00, W1, W5, W7, W9, BV00, BV04
Ribbon:  (black ruffle) May Arts, (heather satin) Amuse Studios
Other:  (blackberry buttons, onyx baker’s twine, washi tape) Amuse Studios, (small rosette die) Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Stickles

Monday, October 10, 2011

Catching Up!

Hello again!  I have been laid up due to a neck injury the past week - still hurts to sit up too long - which means no crafts, no computer and I had to cancel a trip to San Diego (and that is when my family knew I really hurt)!  However, I wanted to remind everyone that there is another online class scheduled, Holiday Bootcamp, and you can register here: .  So if you keep meaning to make homemade Christmas cards etc. - this class is the one for you.  Now I just need to heal up prior to the class so that I can enjoy my hobby again.

Since I have not made my Halloween cards yet for this year, I've included photos of last year's cards.  I used Papertrey Ink's jar stamps (love them), the paper, accessories etc are from Making Memories Toil & Trouble, and I used the Martha Stewart drippy goo punch.  I loved using so many prints on one card - just by cutting the paper into strips.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A Little Thing Called Croptoberfest

If you do not have plans on October 14th, and you could use 6 hours to work on all your unfinished scrapbook pages, join the Croptoberfest celebration here  .
For a small charge -not only will you be provided dinner but there will be raffle prizes and goodie bags – and I have done my part and thrown a few card kits into each bag.  However, it is filling up quickly (Saturday is already full)!

Here’s a sneak peek:
 Just a simple waterfall - always impressive but easy to do (not sure if you can see all the bling on it?)!

And the cutest things:

The concept for these boxes is strictly Inky Antics – in fact, I can see myself buying all the holiday "Maker" pieces because they are so cute!
Hope to see you there!