Jun 30, 2009

Happy Birthday

Hey there! Today's card is for a friend who is having a birthday this week:

This card... boy oh boy. I loved it, then I hated it, then I just lived with it. I love when you learn something new. And boy did I ever! Ok. So I love that you can emboss on vellum. It totally rocks. So I did two embossed flowers on the card base and two on the vellum and then stitched it together. But I used a super small stitch. Note to self *oops* Don't do that again! It was like a little saw just cutting away through the paper. I had to tape this baby up so it won't fall apart. It's so bad I might not even give it to my friend. It's craftmanship is a bit clunky and I don't want to feel like a heel when I give it to her ; )

Ok. One other thing I wanted to tell you about. I used the new ZING Embossing Powder from American Crafts. OOOOOH Baby! Let me tell you if you haven't tried it, you must! It totally rocks. I can't wait to get my hands on every shade (which could take awhile... there is a lot!). And if you have taken a look at their colors you know what I am talking about. There are some bold, bright and just plain fantastic colors to choose from. Uh, they even have a fluorescent line. sheesh isn't that exciting!? So go ahead... take a gander

Ok. that's it for today. I think I want to eat, but you know that is nothing new ; )
Hope you have a glorious day! Are you gearing up for the holiday this weekend? (that is if you live in the US?) What plans do you have? It finally feels like summer here because we have had 2 days of NO rain. Hallelujah! 

Thanks for checking in! Have a good one!

Stamps: Friends Til The End and Birthday Basics by PTI
Ink: Fresh Snow by PTI
Paper: Vellum by PTI, Not Quite Navy by SU!
Accessories: Zing White Embossing Powder by AC, sewing machine aka "the saw", corner rounder

Jun 29, 2009

Cosmo Cricket DT Submission

Good Morning people!! Another new week is here and are we ready to have some fun??? I sure am! I am starting out the day sharing with you some of my Cosmo Cricket creations. They are searching for some new DT members and I thought it would be a shame to not apply since I have a love for Cosmo Cricket! Here they are in no particular order:

I know some of you have seen these cards before, but I wanted to get them posted since the deadline is in only two days!! Wish me l.u.c.k.!  

I hope you have a fabulous monday! Today I am reading up on a new way to make bread. Mostly because I want to be able to make artisan kinds myself and I have found a great book that has taken a lot of the "time" out of it. I will be reading THIS BOOK. (Just in case you are interested). And I will be gearing up for a few sneak peaks for Pam at Mackensie Mae Card Kits coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that. You are going to LOVE this kit! And our dear Nation's Birthday is this week. Hope to squeeze a fun card in for that as well. All in all it seems to be a very promising week right? Oh, you better believe it missy...
take care

Cosmo Cricket Products:
Mr. Campy Stamps/Paper/Stickers
Hello Sunshine Paper
Dutch Girl Paper/Chipboard
Honey Pie Paper
Cogsmo Paper

365 Sketchy Sunday: LOVE

Hey there ladies (and gents!.. if there are some ; ) I am SO sorry this has taken me so long to get posted. We had a wonderful time yesterday boating then when we got home we did some yard work and cleaned the house. Got the kids in bed, spent some time with my husb and by the time I knew it the night was gone. I can honestly say I fell asleep before my head hit the pillow. Then I slept in too late, so it was a rush to get to church which took up all the morning. We had people over for a late lunch so it was  lot of cooking before hand. They have now left and my DH is cleaning the kitchen. I told him I HAD to go so I could post this for my peeps! So here I am... finally! Thanks for hanging in there with me! So this is today's sketch over at 365 Cards.
Here is my take on it:

Now you might not be able to tell but the diamond part of the sketch IS actually in there. Its a cut acetate sheet and then I stamped the flourish and sentiment on it. You can't really see it, but it is there ; ) This damask paper is from SEI. I got some scraps of it last year when I visited Logan Utah (that is where they are based out of). It is actually a velvet paper. Its really fun and kinda soft. 

Ok. Rose asked me how to make these flowers. they are super easy. I used 2 different sized circle punches and punched out my velvet paper. (it is a little difficult with textured paper and will require some muscles).  Then I wadded them up until they were nice and crinkly. Then I took my ink pad and rubbed it across the wrinkles. This makes them show up nice. I added a button for the flower center. If you want a step by step tutorial on how to do this, you can stop by Dawn's blog. It's where I got the idea from. (she uses actual flower punches instead of circles) I double stamped my base card stock with both Dark Chocolate and Vintage Cream using my Text Styled Background stamp. 

And that's it! How is your sunday!? I hope to kick myself into gear a bit more this week and get ahead on my card making. We will see how that one goes. I'm excited for this week. Its a short one and we get to celebrate the wonderful crazy country in which we live. This is my favorite holiday! Have a great night. 

Stamps: Beautiful by CHF, Text Styled and Text Boxed (sentiment) by Papertrey Ink
Ink: Dark Chocolate, vintage Cream by Papretrey Ink, Jet Black by StazOn
Paper: Melon Berry by Papertrey Ink, Acetate, SEI Damask Velvet
Accessories: Dark Chocolate Grosgrain and Vintage Button by PTI

Jun 27, 2009

Taking The Day...

Hey all. I am out today boating because I have really generous friends and needed the day off! ; ) But I will be back tomorrow for 365 Sketchy Sunday so be sure to check back! Hope you have a wonderful day!

Jun 26, 2009

More Purple.... Thank You!

Hey there folks. I have been working on a few things that I can't show you until July so my mojo is a little on the 'used' side. But I still have these thank you cards I wanted to get done for my sil (to be). Her shower is tomorrow, these won't actually be done, or get to her till next week, but I did start them. Because my mojo is a little MIA, I decided to let my patterned paper do all the work for me:

I only have three done. But wanted to share so you had something to look at today!
Thank you for visiting me this week and for all your lovely sweet comments.

You people are wonderful! Have a great weekend. 

Stamps: Everyday Classics, Text Boxed by PTI
Ink: Basic Black by SU!
Paper: Lavender Moon, Plum Pudding, Guidelines Patterned Paper by PTI
Accessories: Ribbon, Vintage Buttons by PTI, Circle Punch by Marvy, Bakery Twine by Martha Stewart

365 Cards: Simply Stamped

Ok people... better late than never! I finally got to do today's challenge which is hard only in that it's difficult to tell when a card is "boring" or not when you are used to putting a lot on a card. Well, this challenge I decided to use some embossing powder and one stamp in white. here it is:

This is for my soon to be sister-in-law who's bridal shower is this weekend. This will be accompanying a set of thank you cards. Her bridal colors are purple and sage. I decided the white would pop more on the dark purple. Now two things I learned with this card. 1. I need to practice my embossing skills. I have powder all over some of which you can still see floating on this card. And there really are certain kinds of ink that don't do as well with embossing powder. This Brilliance White is one of them. 2. Is that this purple paper changes color when it's heated. I am sure there are a lot of colors that do (especially these dark tones) but it definitely left a lighter maroon colored halo around the stamped image. It actually isn't too bad, kind of gives the card more interest.
Ok. I must run. There is a boy yelling for me from the bathtub. Have a great night!

Stamps: Scattered Showers by PTI
Ink: Brilliance White
Paper: Plum Pudding by PTI

Jun 25, 2009

Sherry's Blog Candy!

ok, so check it out if you haven't already Sherry, my online friend who sent me some nice BG scraps in the mail (for this card), has reached 10,000 hits! She is giving away the May Kit of The Month from Unity to one lucky winner! And if you haven't seen this kit yet, just let me tell you, you want to win this baby! It's my fav and went on sale last wed. for one day and I didn't get it. I am kicking myself I tell ya! So I needed to join this candy giveaway!!
Congrats Sherry!!!

Jun 24, 2009

365 Cards: Keep It To Yourself Wedding!

Yay! It's wednesday again which means it's my turn for a challenge day at 365 Cards. Today's challenge is to convey the message without putting the sentiment on the front of the card. Oh, and to make it a wedding card! Well, this was really fun because it does make you think a bit. I have NO wedding stamps... I quickly learned this must be remedied soon! So to make up my card I pulled out the outline polka dot stamp from this set. Here is my card:

As you can see I used it to make the rings. Added a diamond jewel and kept everything silver. I used Encore silver ink with my new background stamp set from PTI. I also use the Silver Deco Pen to draw a frame around the white square and also added some score lines to bring your eye into the image of the rings.

I hope to make another of these for my brothers wedding but with their colors instead. Of course this will totally do too if I never get around to making another one! How is your wednesday going?? The sun has finally come out and we are SO grateful. Hopefully it will stay for the rest of the week, but honestly I am not holding my breath  ; ) All is well here and I hope it is for you too, wherever you are.
Have a good one!

Stamps: Backround Basics: Text Styled, Polka Dot Basics by Papertrey Ink
Ink: Encore Silver
Paper: Stampers White by Papertrey Ink
Accessories: Silver Deco Pen, Fresh Snow Twill by PTI, Score-It Mini, Jewel

Jun 23, 2009

365 Cards + CPS 121

Hello today! I do have a card to share. I combined two challenges for my card today. At 365 Cards our challenge is to paper piece something. I paired it with the sketch from CPS.
Here is the sketch:

Here is my card:

I didn't add a sentiment because I think it says baby enough don't you think?? That is it for today. I have a list of projects I need to do so I hope to get cracking on them soon!
Hope you have a great day!

Stamps: Bitty Baby Blessings by Papertrey Ink
Ink: Spring Moss, Plum Pudding by Papertrey Ink, Basic Black by SU!
Paper: Lemon Tart, Spring Moss, Plum Pudding and Bitty Baby Blessing Pattern Paper by Papertrey Ink
Accessories: SU! Scallop Line Punch, Lemon Tart Grosgrain, Lemon Tart Button

Jun 22, 2009

Happy Monday!

Hello to you there. Today I have a project to share that is actually a Mother's Day gift but since it has to travel far far away I decided to wait until the accompanying Father's Day gift was completed as well before sending it all off in a big care package.  I chose to doll up a lacing card flip book that I got from Cosmo Cricket. I used more of my Dutch Girl papers.

I blurred a few of the pictures to protect the innocent. On the last page I used rub-ons and my own handwriting to leave a message for Mom/Grandma. I had this entire page of Family Rub-On's I got from a friend. Thanks friend! I used them ALL over the place!
This is the back pages. You can see lots of rub-ons in a collage sort of way. On the front of the book I made a pocket with one of the Dutch Girl journaling cards. I used to pocket to hold the Mother's Day Card I made:
You can see the card now out of the pocket. Most of the time when I am making a project, the card gets done last, so my creativity is usually drained by then. At that point I usually choose to use a tried and true layout, and keep it simple so I don't go crazy. (its usually late at night too, which really "ups" my crazy potential!)
And that is all for today and this project. I am using one of the Father's Day cards I made last week to send to Grandpa and a reading book too. I hope this all makes it to them soon and that they know how much we love them! Have a happy Monday everyone. So far my neighbor has called me three times warning me about my kids in the yard. sheesh, that is getting old. but she is 90, so I can't really blame her. She is a worrier. So must go tend to the little 'uns. Have a good one!

Stamps: Mother by PTI
Ink: Dark Chocolate by PTI
Paper: Dark Chocolate, Stampers White by PTI, Dutch Girl by Cosmo Cricket
Accessories: Rub-Ons, Lacing Cards by Cosmo Cricket, Twine, Buttons, Pictures, Crop-a-dile, sewing machine

Jun 21, 2009

365 Sketchy Sunday!

Happy Sunday to you all!! What a weekend it has been. I have done SO much shopping I don't care if I never go out again! I did finally find something to wear to my brothers wedding (after 2 days of searching), so now its just a matter of staying the same size! Patrick and the boys went camping and I got to sleep in! And I got in touch with a long lost friend which is something SO glorious it can't be described. So all in all a wonderful weekend for me. How was yours? Tell me what did you do? I hope it was wonderful as well!! 

Ok, onto today's sketch. Pam did it again... (uh, why is this pic so itty bitty??)

And here is my card:
I will say its a bit basic in comparison to the sketch but the first thing I thought of when I looked at the sketch was a spinner card and I have been wanting to make one for ages and never have, so I took the plunge. If you want to make your own spinner card you can follow the tutorial I found on SCS. It's easy and really fun! 

I got my PTI order this weekend too (adding the perfect weekend touch!) and I got to use one of the stamp sets... Fruitful.  I have been wanting a fruit set for quite a while and haven't been happy with what is out there. But this set is really fun. I can't wait to use more of it.
Here is my card trying out its "spinning" action. You can kind-of see a bit of movement in that top one. I was going to computer generate my sentiment but my printer ran out of ink so I hand wrote it instead. It was the only thing that I could think to do! Thanks to the challenges that Pam has given us, I wasn't scared at all to write my own. Thank you Pam for making me a more confident crafter! 

Have a wonderful day and I hope to hear from you!

Stamps: Fruitful by Papertrey Ink
Ink: Tangerine Tango by SU!, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf by PTI, Chartreuse by Palette
Paper: Stampers White, Summer Sunrise by PTI, Lime from stash
Accessories: Pop Dots, Pennies, Basic Black SU! marker

Jun 20, 2009

365 Cards: Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl!

Ok, before we start today, I just wanted to say that I had an old friend comment on my post yesterday but I don't know how to get ahold of you! ANGIE... If you are reading this, EMAIL ME!! (link below my pic) so I can contact you!!! It's been ages. What a wonderful surprise!

Ok onto the card. And can I just say that I finished this card and then realized it didn't quite fit the challenge.... oops. I was so excited to find a journaling card with LOVE on it and whipped up this pretty card (well, I think it's pretty) only to realize this is NOT a card you would give to someone at a wedding. Unless you were professing your love for either the bride or groom, both of which would be bad bad bad on someone else's wedding day! Anyway. Enough chatter. Here is my card:
Now I do think this is the kind of card you would give to someone on say, and anniversary... right? Ok, so as you can see I fudged just a bit, but it is still done and fits about half of the criteria ; ) Onto the details.... I used the journaling card from Honey Pie and it miraculously fit the colors from the Dutch Girl Line (both cosmo cricket). I trimmed out one of their lined papers and scored it every 1/2 inch. Gathered it up a bit to make a nice lace ruffle and adhered with glue dots. You can see more detail here:
I added the chipboard heart, bow and button and it was done! I really like how it turned out. I will not be using this for my brothers wedding this summer (it's not his colors!) but I will be making those soon and hope to show you. Its coming quick so I really better get started. 

Ok, how is your saturday going?? Let me know what you are up to. I hope its good weather where you are! Have a great day!

Paper: Melon Berry by PTI, Dutch Girl and Honey Pie by Cosmo Cricket
Accessories: Aqua Button and Ocean Tides Ribbon by PTI, Chipboard Heart by Cosmo Cricket

Jun 19, 2009

365 Cards: Cosmo Cricket Hello Sunshine!

WOW! Can you believe that it's friday? I am beyond excited. It has rained all week, the husb has been working late for the last two weeks and he finally is taking a half day to take the kids so I can go shopping with a friend. I am SO excited, I can't even contain myself. They were supposed to go on a Father and Son's campout but the rain is so miserable I think they will camp in the living room instead. Regardless, a great time will be had by all! So lets get crackin' on today eh? Here is my card for today's 365 Card Cosmo Cricket Challenge:

The challenge is to use bold colors and lines all over the card. I pulled out one of my favorite paper lines by Cosmo Cricket: Hello Sunshine. It is bright and fun and has a lot of these "grid patterns" in it. I learned this technique over at Jennifer McGuire's blog. That woman is a genius with an ink pad, I tell ya! Basically you score the lines through the patterned paper, fold the paper and sand each score line and then rub it with an ink pad to help it pop. Its a fun technique that you should try! Click on THIS LINK for the tutorial. 

Ok, that's all for today. Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you tomorrow for the last day of our Cosmo Cricket Week (*sniff * sniff*). What a glorious time it has been!
love to you

Ink: Pure Poppy by Papertrey Ink
Paper: Smokey Shadow by Papertrey Ink, Hello Sunshine paper and Journaling Tag by Cosmo Cricket
Accessories: Red Button from stash

Thank You Jeannie!

I received this wonderful award from my 365 Card friend JEANNIE!! Thank you so much for thinking of me and for always supporting me and sharing your love with each post. I have met such wonderful people through this craft and this wonderful Challenge Blog, you guys make me smile! Thank You!

Here's the rules:

1. Add the award to your blog
2. Link to the person from whom you received this award
3. Nominate 7 more blogs
4. Leave a message on their blog letting them know they have received 'One Lovely Blog Award'

I want to pass this award of to a few people. Some are people I have see around for awhile and others are new people I have run across. If you have a moment, be sure to click on their names and check out their great work. They are inspiring!

Jun 18, 2009

365 Cards: Cosmo Cricket for Father's Day

Hey! It's another rainy day here in NY and the boys are sitting next to me as I write. We are scheduled to go to a friends house but I wanted to get this posted before we left. They are anxious to go... so anxious they are crawling all over me and the keyboard. UGH! We were out all day yesterday so I haven't had a chance to stop by everyones blogs to see what you made yesterday, but I will be doing that today... can't wait to see!! 

So todays challenge is to make a masculine card using argyle as inspiration. Well, lucky for me Mr. Campy had some flannel print (argyle enough right?) and I made up 2 Father's Day cards for the grandpa's this year. Here they are in no particular order:

I used the Mr. Campy tree stickers and outlined them with a brown marker. Added matted 'argyle' paper and added a PTI 'Father Knows Best' stamp. Very Simple.

Next Up:
I loved the idea of folding over this paper to create a flap so you can see both sides of the paper (which is FABULOUS!). Added an eyelet and tied my twine into knots and adhered it with some tape. Again, Mr. Campy stickers and another PTI Father Knows Best stamp for the sentiment and also I added the compass stamp to the red side of the paper in red to make it subtle.

Pretty simple today and not very amazing. BUT they are both done and now it's just a matter of figuring out what to send with them. Hmmmm. I wonder. Any ideas? Send 'em my way! I am thinking food, but that is only because I am hungry right now.

Ok, the boys are dressed in their batman outfits and have donned their swords. I think its time for our playdate! They are such boys, its hard to fathom any girly-ness in my life. I feel totally out numbered by testosterone craziness. But it's fun!!

That's it for today. Have a good one!

Deets: "My Shelter, My Mentor, My Father"
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Father Knows Best
Ink: Moonlight White by Brilliance
Paper: Mr. Campy by Cosmo Cricket, Dark Chocolate by Papertrey Ink
Accessories: Twine, Rustic Button by Papertrey Ink, Die Cut Stickers by Cosmo Cricket

Deets: "Happy Father's Day"
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Father Knows Best
Ink: Moonlight White by Brilliance, Ruby Red by SU!
Paper: Mr. Campy by Cosmo Cricket, Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream by Papertrey Ink
Accessories: Twine, Rustic Button by Papertrey Ink, Die Cut Stickers by Cosmo Cricket, Eyelet

Jun 17, 2009

365 Cards: Cosmo Cricket Mr. Campy!

Happy Wednesday! It's my day to show you the fun you can have with Cosmo Cricket's Mr. Campy! Today's challenge is to make a girly card using these nice earthly colors. Here is my card for the day:
So, here is the funny thing about this card. The ink is STILL wet! I thought I purchased the right ink. I even read the back which said it would dry fast for vellum and other glossy papers, but I guess unless it reads good for ACETATE, then it's no good. So I decided to take the picture and then wipe it clean and get some StazOn. The store I went to was out, but I will have to find it somewhere so I can finish this card off and send it out. I'm a silly ink shopper.

Anyway, I also purchased the Mr. Campy stamp set because I have been wanting it for awhile and thought this was the perfect excuse. I used the woodgrain stamp from it for the background.
I ripped some circles for the flowers and then fussy cut the leaves out of some of the pattern paper.  I love how it turned out (uh, besides the wet ink ; )  It's about as girlie as I could get it! Hmm, now that I think of it, I should have added glitter. That might have helped girl it up a bit.

Anyway, that's all for today. Hope you like what you see and feel inspired! Can't wait to check out your creations so get crackin'!
have a great day~

Stamps: Mr. Campy by Cosmo Cricket, Faux Ribbon by Papertrey Ink
Ink: White by Brilliance, Dark Chocolate and Melon Berry by Papertrey Ink
Paper: Clear Cardstock by Short Cuts, Mr. Campy by Cosmo Cricket, Vintage Cream by Papertrey ink
Accessories: Vintage Buttons by Papertrey Ink, Bakers Twine by Martha Stewart, Corner Rounder, SU! Tab Punch

Dang! I missed it AGAIN!

ok, so here is my card I made for Dawns Raspberry Suite challenge, and would you believe that I missed the deadline again? What is up with me? I really need to start a better list of when these things are due so I can at least play along! Ok... the challenge was to use Cream, Celery (I used Spring Moss) and Black. 
My brother is getting married and one of his colors is sage. This really is a green color even though it is showing up yellow-ish. I kind of got crazy with the color balance and then ran out of time to fix it. I MUST go to bed!
I had all these extra rub-ons from a valentine's set by Piggy Tales. I decided to join them all together for my focal point to make a wedding card. Add some ribbon, a button and you are done!

That really is it for the day. Nighty Night!

Paper: Spring Moss, Vintage Cream by PTI, Patterned Paper by Scenic Route
Accessories: True Black Twill and Vintage Button by PTI, adhesive gem by K&Co

365 Cards: Cosmo Cricket Week!

Ok, I know I said I was done for today, but it seems I have something else up my sleeve. I had originally made this card before I realized this was the same paper pack that was being show-cased today. I didn't want to put up two cards with the same pack, plus it's not my pack to show. But I did have it in my stash and I just love it so much so I made up something and thought I would share it anyway. Here is my boy's birthday card using Jack's World:

I made up some 'happy birthday loads' (uh, that sounds odd) to put into my train. I added some stickles to make it a sparkly load hoping it would feel a little more birthday-ish. I realize it could just make me look crazy ; )
And of course I had to add some buttons which I tried really hard to leave off of the card earlier today. I just can't go a day without them! So that really is it today. Hope you have a great night and see you tomorrow for my 365 Cards Cosmo Cricket Challenge!

Stamps: Birthday Basics by Papertrey Ink
Ink: Dark Chocolate by Papertrey Ink
Paper: Jack's World by Cosmo Cricket, Ocean Tides by Papertrey Ink
Accessories: Mini buttons, Adhesive Gems (K&Co.), Stickles, twine

Jun 16, 2009

365 Cards: Cosmo Cricket Week!!

Oh what fun yesterday was with all the girly-ness 'in the house'! Today we are switching it up. The challenge at 365 Cards is to make a boy's birthday card. Tammy is showcasing another Cosmo Cricket paper pack so be sure to stop by her blog and check it out! I think I forgot to add in Gloria's link yesterday, so if you didn't get a chance to see what she made yesterday (so cute and girly) stop by her blog too to say hi. Ok, for today I pulled out another Cosmo Cricket pack I have in my stash; Cogsmo.
Here is my card:
All of it is from the Cogsmo paper pack except the rocket stamp (by Pink Paislee) which I paper pieced onto CC paper and the 'happy birthday' sentiment which is Papertrey Ink. I love making cards with these packs, they honestly come together SO fast, which is great when you still have a bazillion other things you need to do before bedtime! Here is a close up:
I picked up some Gelly Roll pens today with a 50% off coupon. So I drew on the rocket a bit to give it some interest. It was boring me a bit ; ) AND I picked up this cute circle/bubble line punch too. It's REALLY fun to play with cause it leaves all these little circles all over your desk! I am pretty sure the kids and I will love playing with it and mr. husb will hate the mess it leaves all over the floor ; )

ok, so that's all for today (I think...) I plan to show you an ALL Mr. Campy card tomorrow with a fun challenge so be sure to check back! The card I made to show you is still drying... you will see why tomorrow ; ) I hope it's done by then! 
Thanks for stopping by and for leaving me love! Have a great day!

Stamps: Vintage Pop by Pink Paislee, Birthday Basics by Papertrey Ink
Ink: Basic Black by SU!
Paper: Cogsmo by Cosmo Cricket, Lemon Tart by Papertrey Ink
Accessories: Yellow Fibers by Making Memories, Gelly Roll Pens, Bubble Line Punch by EK Success

Jun 15, 2009

365 Cards: Cosmo Cricket Week!

Happy Monday to ya! I just want to start out by saying that Sponsor Week over at 365 Cards has got to be my favorite thing! And of course I adore Cosmo Cricket so I am extra excited to get started. Ok, now that we got that out of the way, todays challenge at 365 Cards is to make a girly card and use the word GIRL on it. I believe Gloria is working with the Girl Friday Paper Pack today which is so fun and so girly.  Well, you know I have the Mr. Campy paper pack  and lets just say its full of flannel print and cars... NOT very girly. Plus I actually have some specific challenges that I want to save it for so I thought of using another Cosmo Cricket line today that I have in my stash,  AND it has a Girl Sentiment. So Win-Win! Here is my card using Honey Pie:(click on this link to see the entire line!)

If you have never been a proud owner of a Cosmo Cricket Paper Pack, then you are in for a real treat. One of the few things I LOVE about them is they come loaded with journaling cards and sentiments (plus all the gorgeous paper!), and they even have sketch and layout ideas included to help you jump start your creativity. All of their packs are strongly designed and so much fun that I have a bit of a hard time cutting into it. That means it is LOVED! We hope you love seeing this week all the wonderful things Cosmo Cricket has to offer!

Isn't that GIRL STUFF card just perfect for a girly card?? I thought there would be nothing better than to make this a baby card. Of course I am now seeing the phrase "girl stuff" paired with a carriage kind of has a double meaning... which I think is extra fun!
I used some stickles for the carriage and added my current favorite embellishment: PTI Buttons. I just can't get enough of them! I will try really hard not to use too many this week : )
That's all for today. Pretty straight forward. I am so excited to see what each DT does with their paper pack. I think it's safe to say that we each LOVE Cosmo Cricket!

Thanks for checking in with my today. Have a great one!

Stamps: Bitty Baby Blessings by Papertrey Ink
Ink: Basic Black by SU!
Paper: Sweet Blush by Papertrey Ink Honey Pie by Cosmo Cricket
Accessories: Marvy Heart Punch, EK Success Tab Line Punch, Twine, Papertrey Ink Vintage Buttons, Stickles, Twill Ribbon PTI

Jun 14, 2009

365 Cards Sketchy Sunday + Cosmo Cricket!

Ok, how totally exciting is it to have Cosmo Cricket as the sponsor this week!?!?!? I am uber excited (to say the least) and can't wait to get started. Each DT member received a different kit from Cosmo Cricket and I am going to try my hardest to use it for every challenge this week. Even the girly ones! My kit is Mr. Campy which is SO fun and makes me want to eat smores. SO here is today's sketch :
And here is my card (flipped) using Mr. Campy by Cosmo Cricket!
I added a few non-CC products to finish my card off. And there you have it! Each day there will be a DT member showcasing a different paper pack with the days challenge. And you can check back here too since I GET to participate with each Cosmo Cricket challenge this week! I also have plenty of other packs here in my stash so you might see a few different things this week.
Thanks for checking in with me today and I hope to see you tomorrow! Have a crafty time!

Stamps: Thoughtful Messages by Hero Arts
Ink: Vintage Cream by Papertrey Ink
Paper: Mr. Campy Paper Pack by Cosmo Cricket, Vintage Cream by Papertrey Ink
Accessories: Mr. Campy die cut stickers, Nestabilities Circle, Sewing Machine, Dark Chocolate Grosgrain and Vintage Button by Papertrey Ink

Jun 13, 2009

Oh Drat...

... I am taking a break today. I have a church activity that I am in charge of so I have to shift focus. But be sure to check back tomorrow for 365 Cards Sketchy Sunday and Cosmo Cricket Week!!!! I can't wait! I just love love love Cosmo Cricket!

On a second note I was so surprised and thrilled to find out that I was the Fresh Face winner for the Background Challenge last week over at Hero Arts! You can see my card HERE. (its the first one) I am SO excited and flattered! Thank you Hero Arts!!

Also, if you haven't checked them out yet (and how could you have not?) one of my favorite company's Papertrey Ink is in the middle of their monthly release. You have to check it out but be warned you WILL drool on your keyboard.

And last but definitely not least, I wanted to say THANKS for checking in with me this week. I love hearing from you! Hope your day is glorious and fancy free! 
love to you~


There are none silly... I'm only taunting you.

Jun 12, 2009

See The Flowers Smiling...and other ramblings

Hey there everyone! Today's card started out with a purpose but ended up short and sweet. Last night I had wanted to do Kazan's Sketch for the week. I looked at it, I thought, yup I can do it and boy do I want to win some Sakura Pens! But then I sat down to create.... I looked at my stamps and actually groaned! (can you believe it?). I stared into space wondering what I should do. I was totally and utterly uninspired. My husband says that when you aren't inspired that means you don't have enough 'data' going into your brain. (he is a designer so I guess he would know.) Every good idea is started by something. So I went to the internet. I looked up a color combo from this website that Melissa Bickford posted about this week. I picked the first color combo that struck me (uh, it was the first one I saw!)  I picked a stamp set and started. 

It came together in the end but I seriously kept wanting to stop and just watch a movie. My brain was mush! I totally contribute it to the late night before finishing teachers gifts, the lb. of cookie dough and diet coke I had at 9:30 in the AM (thanks Wendy!) and the sugar crash nap I had in the afternoon. All in all, not my best day. I pretty much couldn't think straight! But because of yesterday today I started out with a run and hope to eat better. And I get to post a card that never ended up matching a card challenge this week, but that I love anyway. (goodbye sakura pens *sniff*)

Ok, like I said a lot of rambling. So lets get to the nitty gritty. What I did for this card is stamped and cut my flowers out with a punch, added a sentiment, then stamped the vine on some acetate and stitched it over the flowers. Simple and straight forward. I have been working on my photog skeelz after another great tut from Lisa Spangler. Ok. so with that I will leave you to it! Take a second today to be kind to yourself and then spread the love!
Have a great day!

Stamps: Garden of Life by PTI, Farmer's Market by Basic Grey, Thoughtful Messages by Hero Arts
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky, Summer Sun, Basic Black by SU! Summer Sunrise, Lemon Tart, New Leaf by PTI
Paper: Vintage Cream, Aqua Mist by PTI

365 Cards: Card Recipe #3

Today's challenge at 365 Cards is to use this card recipe:

Solid Background
2 Patterned Papers
Stamped Sentiment
3 Jewels

I was putting together some card sets for Ronin's school teachers and thought I would use this recipe to make up a set. I made up 5 for the set:
I had a hard time getting a good photo of all of them, so (lucky you) I posted them all individually! I wanted them to be modern and simple. I chose to sewing as my 'adhesive' of choice:
You can see. Simple. 2 patterned scraps. I think this recipe is a GREAT way to whittle down your scrap stash. I did 5 cards and still only used a little bit of paper.
I used two different styles of sentiments because I just couldn't decide which I liked best.
I also busted out the zigzag stitch which makes this SO fun!
I used two different colors of gems. Blue and green. Depending on how they looked with the paper.
This last one I tried to curl up the edges a bit to make a little flag. What a simple and fun way to make a card set! They all match, used up some scraps and fit the card recipe. I am pretty sure they will make someone smile too. 

Glad you visited today. Thanks for all your sweet comments and for stopping by!

Stamps: Everyday Sentiments By Papertrey Ink, Thoughtful Messages by Hero Arts
Ink: Dark Chocolate PTI
Paper: Vintage Cream PTI, Amy Butler Lotus
Accessories: Gems from Michael's

Jun 10, 2009

365 Challenge Combo #1:

Hey there 365 Cards peeps! Today's challenge I felt was extra special because essentially YOU get to pick what the challenge will be! This is called the Challenge Combo. Pick one challenge from March, one from April and one from May to combine together to create your card.
Now this is an EXTRA challenge for me because I am somewhat 'combo challenge' challenged... if that makes any sense. It tends to squish my brain a bit to think of all those things at once. But I did it! And here is my card:

I picked the following challenges:
1. See Thru Saturday: (may) Use acetate for the card /base or part. I used Short Cuts clear cardstock for my card base.
2. Four Corners: (april) Design/embellish the four corners... this one is a bit loose, but I used my sewing machine to stitch in each corner.
3. Touchy Feely Friday: (march) Incorprate 3 textures into your card. I added paper piercing to the outside clear cardstock, and dry embossing and distressing to the inside vellum. here is a close-up of the inside:
You can see the dry embossed square frame, and I guess the stitching could be considered texture as well. Here is a picture of it standing on its own:
And I did actually add another challenge from May. Recycled Elements. These cute tissue paper flowers were actually given out by the veterans during our Memorial Day Parade. I just couldn't throw them out when they would make the perfect embellishment!
So that's it for my Challenge Combo! So get over to 365 Cards and check out the challenges from the past three months and pick the ones you want to do! It's so fun and the sky's the limit!
Have a great day!

Stamps Out on a limb Sentiments by Papertrey ink
Ink: Pure Poppy by Papertrey Ink, Jet Black by StazOn
Paper: Clear Cardstock by Shortcuts, Vellum by Papertrey Ink, Patterned Paper by American Crafts
Accessories: Veterans flowers, Ribbon and Vintage Button by Papertrey Ink, Distressing Tool, Score-It Mini, Sewing Machine.

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