This is a card I made for one of my son's friends. To give a quick rundown on what was used: I Dig You stamp set and Just Add Cake DSP. The colors are pulled from the DSP: Peach Parfait, Wild Wasabi, Baja Breeze, Early Espresso and So Saffron. The tires are just Basic Black.
I am going to try to catch up on posting some of my truckload of projects, so I am going to keep the text to the bare minimum. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to drop me a line.
Took me longer than I had planned to get this post out. Again. Hopefully, better late than never. This was our groups challenge for November. You can find the details here on Cindy's blog. The group's projects are found here. Check out all of the buckles on Cindy's card. I LOVE IT!!!! These colors just beg for a masculine card.
I kept mine very simple. The sentiment is from Word Play and I used the retired background stamp Sanded on my Crumb Cake layer. The only extras added were a couple of eyelets on each corner with some hemp twine ran through them.
Thanks again for stopping by and spending a little of your day with me. Have a great Super Bowl Sunday!!!!
We have been busy, busy, busy. My DD made the "B" team in basketball at her school, which means practices and/or games 4 days a week. She also is participating in an indoor soccer league on Saturdays. Thank goodness my son has chosen to not do basketball or indoor soccer. His sport is fall soccer and he is completely content with just that. Hopefully, with all of this winding down, I will be able to post a little bit more. I have been stamping a little here and there, so I do have bunches to share, I just haven't had the time to type everything up. I also must admit to a mojo deficit right now, so I am hoping that will come back once I start sharing my older projects.
So, as the title states, these projects are what I did for the October Simply Paper Design challange. October?!?!?!!?? That long ago?!?!?!?!?!? My, time really does fly. You can find the challenge details on Cindy's blog here and all of the team's projects here. You will also see one by Cindy's friend Regina that is so, so cute.
For mine, I used the retired stamp set Booglie Eyes (except the "BOO!" sentiment, which is from a non-SU! set). I could not decide which image I liked best, so I did two cards, using the same layout for both, just switching the paper on each --- my witch with the skull paper (from the Cast-a-Spell DSP) on an orange layer and my little ghost with layers of purple cardstock and the batty paper (from the Ghostly Greetings DSP). The images were colored with blender pens. Then, just add a little ribbon and some googly eyes and you have a couple of (not so) spooky Halloween cards.
Thanks so much for stopping by!!! I will be showing you my November challenge card next, so check back soon.
It's time for another challenge. Where in the world did the month go???? Here is where you can find the challenge details and the design team's projects. This was my entry:
I used the Pretty in Pink cardstock as my base, using my Versamark to add a few flowers for background. Then I layered the Basic Gray, Night of Navy and Rose Red. I used some of my pewter Jumbo Eyelets to loop the satin Pretty in Pink ribbon through. The image is from Of the Earth (retired) and is stamped in all four colors and raised up on dimensionals. This is definitely not a card you would want to mail, with all the layers and hardware, but it is quite pretty in real life (if I must say so myself).
I loved this sketch so much, I also made my hubby a birthday card using it. I used the Jumbo Eyelets (in Antique Brass this time) with the Hemp Twine looped through it. The stamp set is the long retired Wildlife Reserve. The cardstock base is Crumb Cake with Always Artichoke and Soft Suede layers. The image blocks are mounted on Basic Gray squares and raised on dimensionals. The DSP is from the new pack called Well Worn --- great for masculine cards.
Thanks for stopping by and keep an eye out for the next challenge --- the months are flying by, aren't they? It will be Christmas before you know it.
Every year, I seem to be late on certain birthday cards. I like to think I am an organized person, but I believe I am only fooling myself. Did I mention the cards are for guys? I wonder if there is some underlying issue there, since I have such a hard time with masculine cards. Of course, that doesn't explain much about my other procrastination problems.......
Speaking of procrastination, as you can see by the date stamp on my photo, I have been delaying this post for quite a while, too. It uses the Bugs and Kisses (retired) stamp set. I used it on Whisper White cardstock to create my own DSP using a primary color scheme of Garden Green, Crushed Curry (retired), Cherry Cobbler and Brilliant Blue (retired). I also used Basic Black to stamp the ants. Once I had stamped my paper, I cut out a strip and then cut it into thirds. These squares were mounted on a strip of Basic Black. That strip was then placed on the base of Garden Green layered with the Cherry Cobbler. The base layer was wrapped with some of the super cool baker's twine (love it!!!). The last detail is the sentiment circle mounted on the Garden Green circle mounted on the card with dimensionals.
Simple and easily mailed card. And my motto is "Better late than never", which was probably first said by one of my procrastinating ancestors.
Boy, was I sweating it. August was rapidly flying by and I was getting no stamping time in. But I forgot how quickly a card can come together when you have a sketch and colors to guide you. Here is the challenge for the August Simply Paper Design Challenge:
And this is what I came up with:
I used the adorable little turtle out of the Fox and Friends set. I stamped him twice, cutting out his shell and raising it up on dimensionals. I used four punches to get my sentiment shape: Scallop Oval, Large Oval, the now retired other oval and the Small Oval. The sentiment itself is from the retired Tiny Talk. The whole card was softened up with Very Vanilla satin ribbon and a few well placed pearls.
I even prettied up the insides:
Now, don't forget to head over and see what Cindy did with the challenge here. I also noticed that Debbie tried the challenge out here. Great cards, ladies!!!!
Where in the world did August go???? Where in the world did summer go???? My August turned out to be super busy. This post is so that I can prove, in pictures, that I have not been goofing off (most of the time, anyway). The picture above is from our beach trip. It was a bit warm, but we loved our week there.
Then, as soon as we returned, soccer practices started. This pic is of my daughter (in blue) at a practice tournament with her travel team. This is our first time doing travel, so it is a real eye-opener for us. My son is playing on a rec team, but they will not start games until September.
Then, along comes the first day of school. The kids were actually excited to be going back. Here they are getting ready to catch the bus.
This last picture is of my son at his SOL Awards program. He received medals for getting perfect scores on 2 of the 3 SOL tests they took last year. They were for math and Virginia studies (history). He was the only one in his grade at his school that had a perfect score on the history test. We are so proud of him. (In case you are wondering, he takes after his mother.)
And to top all of that off, I am taking my girl to get braces today. Wow, she is growing up so fast --- both of them are. I feel so old now. I'm going to take a nap.............
Check back tomorrow to see my card for the August Simply Paper Design Challenge.........
It's that time again --- the Simply Paper Design challenge for July. You can find Cindy's card here and the original challenge post here. Being for July, of course the colors were red (Real Red), white (Whisper White) and blue (Pacific Point). And, being July, it's all about the fireworks. Even at my age, I am still in awe of fireworks. The stamp set I used is the retired July Fourth. I love all of the stars. The card is pretty simple. The base is Real Red, layered with Pacific Point and then a Whisper White panel covered in RR and PP "firework" bursts. It is wrapped with RR ribbon with a strip of PP layered on top of it (both retired). The center is a bunch of punched circles mounted on dimensionals. The stars were stamped, punched, and bradded (is that a word? can it be?), then also mounted with dimensionals. How easy can you get?
I really don't have much of a call for a 4th of July card, but I do have a friend with a 4th of July birthday (and yes, she is quite the firecracker). So, I changed up the sentiment with one from the Oval All set and --- presto, chango --- birthday card!!!
Happy Birthday to Delores!!! and Happy Birthday to the USA!!!
At the end of June, I joined my friends Cindy and Debbie in Chantilly for a scrapbook convention. One of the things that caught my eye, and some of my money, was a kit that you used to make a canvas wall hanging. I actually purchased 2 of them. They were the inspiration for my contribution to our gift exchange for the shoe box swap yesterday.
I decided to do 2 coordinating pieces using the Inspired by Nature stamp set. The DSP is from the long retired Flowers for You. Each canvas is 6 X 6. They are about an inch thick, so they can hang or sit up on their own. I sponged around the edges, one with Regal Rose and the other with Certainly Celery. The other colors used are Lovely Lilac (retired) and Tempting Turquoise. The butterflies are from the Big Shot embosslit Beautiful Wings. The grass was stamped in Certainly Celery and Old Olive, to give it a little depth. The flowers were colored with markers directly on the stamp. To finish them both off, I added some ribbon and pearls.
This is how I packaged it. The gift was to be around $10 and the canvas's did not cost quite that much, so I was going to throw in some chocolate to make up the difference (because chocolate and stamping just go together). Well, lo and behold, I see online where some of the plastic scrapbooking cases that people use to store projects were on sale for only 2 days. The pictures fit perfectly, don't you think?
Wrap it up, add a bow and --- Viola!!! Oh, yeah, and Wendy chose my gift. I hope she enjoys them.....
Today was my Little Debbies summer shoebox swap meeting. I always love these get-togethers and today was no different. I am part of such a talented group of ladies, hard to believe they are all so nice, too. I got to see some ladies that I had not seen for a while and met some new ones. We stamped, we ate (don't even get me started on the food) and we talked and laughed. Fun, fun fun. Six hours passed in no time at all.
This was the card I did for the swap. I used the Grunge Rock stamp set. I just purchased this set when it was on sale in May (I think). I cannot believe it took me so long to get it. I love how this turned out --- and I even received an "It's okay" from my soon to be teenaged daughter. I started out with a Cherry Cobbler base and added a Basic Black panel layered on top of it. The stamped panel is Whisper White and has some of the Baker's Twine wrapped around it. The guitars are cut out and raised on dimensionals. The "real" circle was stamped twice, then the center was punched out with the 1" circle punch from the Cherry Cobbler and the ring of words was Basic Black with the 1-3/8" circle punch. This all was raised on dimensionals, too. If you noticed, the background was color spritzed with Cherry Cobbler and Black. I added a little sparkle with the rhinestones on each guitar, for the rocker girl. If they were left off, I think this would work for a rocker boy.
I will post a picture of what I made for the gift exchange tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by!!!!
This is the last in the group of sympathy cards I did. I finally used my Lovely as a Tree stamp set. I heat embossed the trees with clear embossing powder and then sponged over them with Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler. The DSP is the Jolly Holiday paper from the now retired catalog. I did add some brads to this one, because it was being hand delivered. I really like how this turned out, but it kind of looks like a Christmas card. What do you think?
Thanks so much for stopping by!!!! Have a great day!!!!
This is another card done for the family who lost their father/brother. This one was CASE'd from my friend and upline, Debbie Naylor and you can find her's here. I used the Crumb Cake cardstock again for the base. It is topped with layers of Night of Navy, Marina Mist and Whipser White. I stamped the larger white layer 3 times with the flowers from the Just Believe stamp set in Night of Navy. The smaller white layer was stamped with the frame in Marina Mist and the sentiment with Night of Navy. Another nice flat card for easy mailing.
Thanks for visiting!!! Come back tomorrow for the third card I did.
A local gentleman recently passed away and, although I did not know him personally, I know his son, daughter and brother. This is one of the cards made for them. I used the color combo of Crumb Cake, Old Olive and Chocolate Chip. The Old Olive layer was ran through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice embossing folder. It was then layered on top of the Crumb Cake card base. The image is the tree from the Thoughts & Prayers stamp set that was colored on the stamp with the markers, "huffed" on and stamped on Very Vanilla. This was then layered on the Chocolate Chip panel that was then attached to the Old Olive on the base. The sentiment is from the same set and was stamped in Chocolate Chip.
I kept this card nice and simple, since it was being mailed. No ribbon, buttons or brads to make it bump up in the envelope. Plus, I like to keep sympathy cards as simple as possible (not sure why, but it seems like the thing to do).
Obviously, I am not posting things in a timely manner. I must do better. This is the card I did for my niece for Easter. It was made to hold a gift card. I found this on Debbie Naylor's blog here and she has even listed the punches used.
Thanks for stopping by!!!! Hope you have a great week!!!!
I am a little late on posting this, but what's new, huh? This is my first card as part of the Simply Paper Design Team. You can find the sketch/colors and Cindy's card here. I love the flower stamp Cindy used from the Because I Care stamp set (now retired). And that satin ribbon is just gorgeous!!! Debbie is being fashionably late, so I will link hers when Cindy posts it.
Here is my card. I really wanted to use some of my new stuff that I received with my pre-order from the new SU! catalog. It went into effect yesterday, so I am getting my wish list together. It has some great new stamp sets and accessories that I can't wait to get ahold of. But I digress --- back to the card. I used the new Lace Ribbon Border punch and added some pearls to the centers to class it up a bit. I stamped color on color using the Delicate Doilies stamp set and layered them using dimensionals, finishing it off with a pearl for the center. I love how this stamp set coordinates with the punches, making it easy to cut the shapes out. The Basic Gray one is punched using the solid or first layer of the Doily Triple Layer punch. It was a little tricky trying to figure what to line up where, but I finally got what I wanted. The sentiment is from the Watercolor Trio set (retired) and is layered with the oval, scalloped oval and decorative label punches. Again, I added pearls. Too much???
Can you believe it???? I have been awarded The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award from my friend/upline, Debbie Naylor. Her blog is Unfrogettable Stamping and is pretty sweet itself. According to the rules, I have to tell you 7 things about myself. Hhhmmmm....... this could take awhile.....
1. I am the baby of my family, with only an older sister who happened to turn 50 this year. When you start talking in numbers like that it kind of voids out the baby thing, doesn't it?
2. My husband and I just celebrated our 23rd anniversary. We dated over 6 years before we were married, so we pretty much have been together absolutely forever.
3. I have a 12 year old daughter and a 10 year old son. And because of them, I also have a dog. The dog is almost 2 years old and is a miniature Australian shepherd. Never again (referencing both the kids and dog).
4. I at first resisted going to a stamping workshop, figuring why buy stamps that I will only use once. Then a friend talked me into going to one and I was hooked. She, on the other hand, doesn't stamp anymore. Me, I signed up to get the discount and have not had any trouble making my minimum (and usually more) all by myself. Of course, actually paying for it is a different matter. As for the using the stamps only once, as most of us that have this addiction, I have stamps that have never seen ink --- some I have are not even mounted yet. One day........
5. By day, I am a mild mannered (most of the time) draftsman in the mechanical engineering department of a local business that designs and manufactures specialty machines. I have also become the somewhat social director of our department, planning the birthday lunches, holiday gatherings and what not. I also do whatever everyone does not want to do --- can you say "bottom of the totem pole"? But, I do like my job, even if I do complain about it.
6. I love action movies!!! The Transformers, Indiana Jones, National Treasure to name a few. I like chick flicks, too, but get out voted if I want to watch one.
7. I have dabbled in all sorts of crafts over the years. I have taken classes for sewing and painting. My mother owned a ceramic shop at one time, so I was into that for a while. The twist is that I am not all that good at any of it, but I guess you can call me persistent. But there is no natural ablility that has shown up at any time, so far. Thank goodness for blogs that can inspire us..........
Speaking of, I am now suppose to list the blogs that inspire me (not counting Debbie, who gave this award to me, and Cindy, who was also on Debbie's list, but if I could name them they would be on the top of my list). Just so you know, this is just a very small part of the blogs I try to follow.
I received a comment on my former post here, which is the card shown, asking for a few instuctions on how I did it. It was a CASE from here, but she didn't have any instructions either. So let me see if I can remember how I did it.
The black part of the penguin was punched out using the Owl Builder punch and then, although it sounds cruel, you cut off the feet and ears. The white part is also a piece from this punch, as are the feet that are punched out of Pumpkin Pie cardstock. When you do the feet, cut up into the body so that you can keep the feet together and have some material to put adhesive on to attach it onto the back of the body. The nose is just a free cut triangle, also out of Pumpkin Pie. The heart is the smallest heart from the Heart to Heart punch. The hat is stamped from the soon to be retired Party Hearty set and is cut out and popped up on a dimensional. A shiny rhinestone is added to the top for good measure. The balloons are circle punches with the owl feet added to the bottom to look like the end that you tie up. I used the Linen Thread for holding the balloons. You add a couple of googley eyes (the only thing I did not get from SU!) and you have a party penguin ready to shake his (or her) groove thing.
The sentiment is punched out with the retired Key Tag punch and mounted on top of the Decorative Label punch, with a couple of more rhinestones added to each side. The DSP used is the retired Sweet Always --- love that paper!!! A piece of ribbon is added to cover up the seam. I think that about covers it. If I have missed something, please do not hesitate to leave a comment.
Thanks so much for stopping by!!!! Have a great day!!!!
This past school year, my DD went to middle school and rode a different bus from her brother. She absolutely loved her bus driver. And, in return, he spoiled her horribly (along with the rest of the bus). On the really hot days, he had bottled water for anyone who wanted it. He bought cupcakes for the whole bus on my DD's birthday. He had even promised to take her to Wendy's for an end-of-the-year treat. Due to unforseen circumstances, he was unable to do the Wendy's trip, but did give her a gift certificate. Well, with budget cuts and changing school times, a whole bunch of drivers lost their jobs for next year, with his being one of them. So, I wanted to make him a special card and placed a little gift in it. This uses the For Father retired set --- love it!!! It was colored with blender pens and a little texture added with the square lattice folder. To give it some interest, but not make it too girly (or, hopefully, not girly at all), I added the gold brads and a little hemp twine.
I really appreciate you stopping by. Have a wonderful day!!!!
I fell in love with this set at first sight. Nothing new, I know, when it comes to cutesy stamp sets and me, but I am so not a cat person. However, I just could not resist this kitty. I made this card for one of my stamping friends birthday --- hope it brought a smile. It was CASEd from here on Diana Gibbs blog. She is great at coloring. The DSP is from the SAB Ice Cream Parlor pack. It's all tied up with a Daffodil Delight bow. The kitty is such a Diva ---- see the rhinestone bling on her collar?
I just loved this card when I saw it here. I CASEd it to give to my great-niece for her birthday. I think the googly eyes make it. I also added some bling in the form of the rhinestones on the tip of the hat and on each side of the label. Fun card....
I did this CASE before I did this CASE. I really love the simple design of this card. It is so quick and easy, but is just a pretty card. On this one I used Pretty in Pink, Rich Razzleberry and Early Espresso.
I was on a roll with these cards a while ago. This one was made for my good friend, Melletta, whom I don't get to see near enough. The grass was stamped with the Inspired by Nature set and then the little Beautiful Wings butterflies decided to take flight. I added Marina Mist ribbon and a few pearls to finish it off.
Now that you have seen what I had planned on doing for the teachers, let's lookey at what they are getting. These little clipboards are quick and easy to dress up. I think I got them from SU!, but I do not think they carry them anymore. I covered them with the Ice Cream Parlor DSP and Quick Accents from SAB. The card was a CASE of a CASE that originated from here (with this being my first CASE of it). The notepads have the teacher's name at the top (I placed it in the clip to cover the names up) and were ordered online at Personalized Paper Store. I had them in my hands in three days and they look great. I added a rhinestone to the center of the flower to give it a little bling and ribbon to the clip for a little more interest.
Closer look at the card:
Closer look at the clipboard:
This is one of them --- come back tomorrow to see the other one.
I was honored to be asked to be the Demo of the month on Debbie Naylor's blog (Unfrogettable Stamping) for the month of April. One of the items I did for that was a hanging chalkboard/magnet board that I had planned on doing for end of the year gifts for my son's teachers. Alas, as so often happens, I decided to keep it for myself. I am soooo selfish!!!!
The Celebrations DSP was used to cover a piece of chipboard from SU!. I used the Teacher's Pet stamp set (getting ready to retire) for the elephant on one side and the pup on the other. The "note" and "detail" is from the Notes & Details set (pretty neat, huh?) that was in the Occasions Mini. The brad is the flower from the Designer Brads. I looped the Real Red ribbon through a couple of Jumbo Eyelets. The magnets for the magnetic side were stamped with the Every Little Bit set and covered with Crystal Effects. (Side note on that: The Crystal Effects made the red marker run a little bit.) The magnet and chalkboard are also from SU!.
This is the chalkboard side:
And this is the magnetic side with the magnets:
Take a look at the pictures Debbie took of it here --- they are so much better than my pictures.
Come back tomorrow and see what the teachers are going to get instead.
This card was made for my upline, Debbie Naylor. She is not just the most awesome and talented person to have as an upline, but she is also a great friend. Check out her blog Unfrogettable Stamping.
This is the Lap of Luxury DSP --- I will miss this when it is retired --- and the cardstock colors are pulled from it. I added the satin Pretty in Pink ribbon and a couple of pearls to give it a little class. I really like how it turned out after I ran the DSP layer through the Big Shot with my Dots folder.
It is rare that I get to make a card for a bride-to-be. This one is for a daughter of one of my hubby's cousins --- and she and her intended make the cutest couple. Now, to be honest, I hate shower games. Most are so lame. But the games done at her shower were so much fun. I guess that is because they were arranged by her friends and were new, hip games. I feel so old sometimes........
Anyway, I CASEd this from one done by my upline Debbie Naylor. You can check that one out here. (But don't stop at this card, her blog is full of awesome projects.) I did not have any of the DSP that she used for her dress, so I thought running it through the Big Shot would give it a nice texture. I kept to the basic black and white color scheme and added a little bling in the form of a rhinestone on the sentiment punch out and a rhinestone brad around the ribbon waistband on the dress. Clean and simple --- love it!!!!
You will not believe this. I am now a member of the design team for the Simply Paper Design Challenges!!! Eeeekkkk!!!! I am so honored. And excited. And nervous. I am in really talented company with Cindy and Debbie. I am hoping their talent will rub off on me. My last two posts were what I did for the May challenge. Then they asked me to be a member and I was soooo psyched, I did another one for the team post. Check out Cindy's and mine here on Cindy's blog. Debbie is still perfecting hers, but I am sure it will be worth the wait.
Here is my card:
The stamp set is Just Believe. I love that set and especially love this sentiment from it. This was a fun sketch and a great color combo that will be placed on my favorites list.
This is my card for the color part of the challenge. I CASEd a card from one of our downline shoebox swaps from this past December. It was done by Wendy Booth and you can see hers here on Debbie Naylor's blog. I needed a quick card to send to one of my daughter's teachers who is retiring. She is also working through some health issues, so I am praying for healing for her and a long, happy retirement.
The colors are Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist and Daffodil Delight. The stamp set is Just Believe. There are some of the pearls added to the flowers.
Thanks for stopping by to take a look. Have a great day!!!!
Yes, it's time again for another challenge over on Cindy's blog. Here is the link to this month's sketch and colors. For today's post, I am using the sketch (I am still working on the colors). This is using the Beyond the Garden DSP and the cardstock colors are pulled from it. I ran the DSP layer through the Big Shot to give it some texture and sanded the high spots so it would show up a little better. The Wild Wasabi strip across the middle was pierced and then I added brads on each end. The cake and gift bag are from the Bitty Birthday stamp set and the sentiment is from Occasional Quotes
Check out the challenge and play along. Cindy and Debbie will be posting their creations at the end of the month, but they do not put a time limit on the challenges that I know of. They have really came up with some interesting sketches and colors and I look forward to seeing what they come up with each month.