Friday, May 31, 2013

Purple Happy Birthday Card With Speech Bubble

I wanted to make this card for a new papercrafting friend.  She is so friendly and nice, and very forward which I like but it still surprises me.  I'm finally meeting more people that are interested in paper crafting.  For the longest time, I had such a hard time finding someone local to share my hobby with and now, I find them everywhere I turn.  It's wonderful!  Anyway, I know speech bubbles are part of the trend these days, so I had another friend of mine cut a few for me from her Cricut; such a handy machine to have.  Everyone I know who paper crafts have some kind of machine, mostly Cricut.  Now that my friend showed me some of the things she can cut, I can see how essential it is to a scrapbooker.  I told my husband this and for my birthday, he surprised me with a scavenger hunt of the reviews of them, though he really intended on getting me on.  He didn't know which one I really wanted since I told him days before my birthday about the Silhouette Cameo, so he is leaving it up to me to research it and pick one.  I can make due with what I have so I am taking my sweet time researching it.  Apparently, I'm not alone in this task, since I read tons of women taking a year or more to figure it out too.  I would love to hear more opinions on the Cricut versus Silhouette machines.    
I punched a purple strip of paper with the Fiskars vine border punch.  Then I stamped the houndstooth background stamp from Cloud 9 in Memento London Fog ink onto the purple paper to give the paper some texture.  I sponged the paper with Distress Dusty Concord ink and adhered it to the white cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts and sponge with the same purple Distress ink.  I die cut the flower from Stampin' Up Secret Garden dies set and put them together with foam adhesive.  Then I added glitter embellishment to the center of the flower and place it onto the card with foam adhesive.  After cutting a small slit on the card, I tied a bow with a black and white twine around the card to finish the card.

I'm entering this into the Simon Says...Anything Goes Challenge.  I'm having a lot of fun doing these challenges when I get a chance to do them.


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Fabulous Dresses Birthday Card

Lately, I have been getting in touch with my girlie side.  For people who know me, I am not one of those girlie types.  My wardrobe contains a lot of black and solids.  However, I have been mixing it up in my later years and adding floral and prints.  I know, I am so wild!  LOL!  Also, when I saw this video from Vicky P., I was really inspired to have a dress on my creations.  This reminded me of this post from one of my favorite blogger, Tanya Bell.  I couldn't wait to make one when I saw this but I have been waiting awhile since I've been so busy, but it's so worth the wait.  I love these dresses!  I printed the dress template and cut it out to use as a template.  I used the plastic sheet that I got from JoAnns in the quilting section, when I used to do a lot of quilting, to make my templates.  It is much sturdier and I have it forever.  I keep it with the original template printout in a binder.  Yes, I have been doing a lot of organzing, both in my craft room and the rest of the house.  Never a dull moment here!  That is, if organizing is your thing.  :-)
I used black cardstock as the card base and scored it.  I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts in Versamark ink and emboss it with white embossing powder.  I wrote in the word, 'fabulous', in the sentiment in pencil first and then used my white gel pen to trace it.  I used my new white gel pen, Uni-ball Signo gel pen and it is great!  I love my other white gel pen too, but the Uni-ball pen is more opague and thicker.  It depends on what you want.  In this application, it works great.  I love the way it came out.  I showed my husband and told him how I did it, and he was surprised.  He said, "Fabulous looks fabulous!"  :-)  I have a built-in fan base at home.  I know, I'm so lucky!  :-)  Anyway, I trace out the dress on pattern paper and fold the dress.  I adhere the dress to the card and dress it up with some blings or pearls.  I had so much fun making these dresses that I had to make a few.  Something new for me, especially since, I don't like to make a card more than once.  
The pattern paper for this dress is from the Authentique 6x6 paper pad.  The paper from this pad is so beautiful, and a great bargain too, since there is 48 double sided pages.  Love it!  I added the silver ribbon from Martha Stewarts Christmas collection.  I thought it made a nice belt for this dress.  I enter this into Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes Challenge especially since I used paper from Authentique. 

The pattern paper for this dress is from American Crafts Dear Lizzy Neopolitan collection.  It's so pretty!
The pattern paper is from Stampin' Up Beyond The Garden collection.  This was the first dress I made and I love it!


Monday, May 27, 2013

Plain And Simple Thank You Card

Still on the thank you cards.  I decided I should try something simple and it is for a man so I had to hold back the flowers and butterflies.  I love the look of dry embossing so I give it try with this simple thank you card.  Clean and simple.
I used Martha Stewarts Score Board to create embossed lines for the borders.  I used the Sizzix dot embossing folder with white cardstock in the Fiskars Fuse.  I added the thank you sticker to the center of the embossed cardstock before wrapping the twine around the card and tying a bow.  I pop it up with foam adhesive on the card base.  Told you it was simple :-)


Friday, May 24, 2013

My Favorite Combo - Flowers and Butterflies in Ocean Teal Thank You Card

Love, love, love this combination.  The pattern paper from Crate paper is so beautiful.  I found it on my trip in Amish Country.  As a matter fact, all the paper in this card are from that store in Paradise, PA, called Farmhouse Memories.  I'm doling out my goodies from there slowly to savor and remember my trip there.  I tend to do that as a treat to myself, so I have something new to use and play with.  Yes, I use the reward system on myself , as well as my kids.  :-)  It works like magic to get things done, most of the time.  Though, lately, I have been bad and breaking all the rules.  You know, like not getting the things on my to-do list done and just playing in my craft room instead.  Oh well, you only live once.  Though, a friend of mine (whose this card is made for) would say that I went beyond "not getting my list done" to fall on the bad girl category. ;-)  Anyway, I'm getting antsy for summer to be here, and to have the freedom to go anywhere and do whatever I want.  I always get this way around this time of the year, for some reason.  I'm not alone, apparently, since some of my friends told me the same thing. 
I layered the Bazzill ocean teal cardstock on the card base.  I cut a strip of pattern paper from Crate paper and created ribbon tails.  I placed it on the card base with foam adhesive.  I die cut some flowers with Stampin' Up Secret Garden dies and the Fiskar Fuse.  I distress the edges of the flower with Distress Worn Lipstick ink and put all the flowers together with a fabric covered brad from Basic Grey Fiction collection.  I love those brads.  They are too pretty to use.  I love looking at them all nice and neat and pretty in their packaging.  I placed the flower onto the pattern paper, and also, adhere some wooden butterflies from Recollection with some bling onto the card base.  I stamped the sentiment from TPC Studio in black Memories ink.  I finished the card with faux stitching with my white gel pen.


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Blue Floral Lawn Fawn Thank You Card

I love my new stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn.  I like the colors pink and purple, but lately, I am very drawn to blues.  I'm still on my thank you cards kick, so, of course, I had to make a thank you card with blue tones.  My Mind's Eye paper pad is just perfect for this card.  I love this pad so much that I'm running dangerously low.  I'm trying to be good, and not run out and get another one.  I am forcing myself to use my stash, and I have to admit that I am starting to get a stash.  YIKES!  My husband's sentiment exactly.  :-)  Anyway, I love the way this card turned out.  It has the lace border punch from Martha Stewarts that I love too.
I used my Sizzix flower embossing folder on blue cardstock with my Fiskar Fuse.  I rounded the corners on the white card base and blue cardstock.  I used the pattern paper from My Mind's Eye Moments 6x6 paper pad and rounded the top corners.  I used my Lawn Fawn Quinns Alphabet to die cut and stamp the sentiment.  I color them with my LePlume markers.  Yes, it has been awhile since I broke them out.  I'm still learning to use them and be more comfortable with them.  I'm admiring the Copic markers that everyone is using, but they are so pricey.  So I have to admire them for a longer time and make use of my current set of markers. :-)  I adhered the letters with the help of my T-Square ruler.  I also cut a small strip of diagonal stripes pattern paper from the same collection and attach them to the yellow pattern paper.  I punched out the lace border and attached it underneath the stripes.  I used foam adhesive to adhere the whole centerpiece to the blue cardstock.  I added blue butterflies die cut from Stampin' Up Beautiful Wings Embosslits.  I love the silhouette flowers in the pattern paper; such a great collection!


Friday, May 17, 2013

Pink Floral Lawn Fawn Thank You

Sometimes, I don't have much to say and struggle with something funny or witty to write about, but frankly, I have been very tired lately.  Granted that I had parties to throw and all the preparations with them, along with spring cleaning to do; it's still no excuse for me since I'm always thinking about something.  Don't worry; I'm not really a talker, just a thinker.  Anyhow, I have been making a lot of thank you cards.  I thought I have a big stash by now, but most have been given away.  I didn't send out thank you cards until I met my husband, whose family is big on cards.  They send a card for every single occasion.  I think the cards are nice, but I really enjoy it more when they write something other than their name.  I guess that is why I make a lot of blank cards with sentiments on the front.  The other reason why I don't have a stash is I usually make a different card for the person.  Really if I just duplicate them, I would have a nice stash by now.  I think I better, since I seem to always need one.  Anyway, I finally made my big purchase at Simon Says Stamp for the stamps and things I cannot find at the local stores.  I did spoil myself for my birthday but I slowly dole it out to fully appreciate all the goodies.  I was so excited to try Lawn Fawn stamps and dies and boy, did they deliver!  I follow the Lawn Fawn blog and her video on youtube are so much fun to watch.  You hear the smile in her voice and her excitement for her products.  I love it!  The Quinns Alphabet stamps and dies were perfect together and stamp so easily.  The stamps were very sturdy and did not distort even if you press hard.  I'm quite impressed!  Of course, she just launched another release of awesome stamps and dies right after I placed the order.  That's my luck at work.  :-)

I layered the card with pink cardstock and pattern paper from Echo Park Paper Sisters collection.  I die cut and stamp the sentiment with Lawn Fawn's Quinn Alphabet and dies.  I color them with LePlume markers before attaching them to the card with the help of a T-square ruler.  I added the flowers, butterfly and glitter epoxy dot stickers to the flowers on the pattern paper.  Simple card and very girly.  Love, love, love it!


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Everything Is Better With Friends and Flowers Card

I love it when my tulips pop out this time of the year.  If it was up to me, I would plant them all over the place.  The deer would love that, for sure.  I could only plant them in one spot next to my house that the deer have not found yet.  Anywhere else, they end up being very expensive deer food.  That’s life in the country!  I remember loving the sight of deer when I first came to live in the country, now they're a pest and enemy to the gardener in me.  I did recently find another way to enjoy tulips; I bought tulips grown in a vase.  Below you will see my tulips and the inspiration for this card.  I made this card for my friend who I craft with.   
The tulips are stamped from the Recollections Flowers For You stamp set.  I colored it with an aqua pen and Marvy Matchables red and green ink pads.  I took a strip of green card stock and cut little thin triangles to make it look like grass.  I add this to the bottom of the tulips.  I sponged the top edge of the tulip card to give it a sky background with Distress Tumbled Glass ink.  I adhered black card stock to the white card base, and then used foam adhesive to place the tulips on.  I stamped out another tulip, and colored and cut out the flower before placing it on top of the tulip with foam adhesive.  I added Crystal Color Lacquer to the tulips to give it dimension and shine.  I also used a white gel pen to add some dew to the leaves.  I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts in black Memories ink to finish the card.

Look at these beautiful blooms.  I'm loving them!


Monday, May 13, 2013

First Communion and Thank You Cards

One of my sons had his first communion and he was full of jitters the two weeks before the main event.  Thank goodness for my husband.  He was able to calm his nerves by walking him through everything over and over again.  On the day of the big event, he was happy and did not even mention a word of it.  During the event, our priest asked if anyone had questions, and after a moment of silence, my son spoke up and said, "I don't have any questions because my Dad told me everything I need to know."  That just melted my heart!  What a wonderful way to honor my husband!  The day was perfect.  My son was the main attraction and he owned it!  I'm so proud of him.  We had a big party to celebrate with him and everybody had a great time.  I have been spending weeks preparing the house and menu for it.  The funny thing was while I was doing my usual duties of getting all the food out, I overheard one of my sons telling our guest that he is tired since he has been so busy preparing for the party the whole day.  Hmmm...  It cracks me up because you know all I did was lay on the couch and munch on Bon-Bons.  LOL!  On top of that, all I heard from our guests was how nice the grass looks.  Never mind the flowers I planted or the garden that I cleaned out.  It reminds me of Rodney Dangerfield's slogan, "I get no respect".  LOL!  It was a glorious day and I was so happy for my son.  I made a quick card for my son and the thank you card to match, you know, since I had nothing else to do.  :-D

The cross and sentiment are from Stampin' Up Crosses of Hope set.  I stamped the cross with Memories blue ink and punch it out with a 2" circle punch.  I sponge the edges with Distress Tumbled Glass ink.  I punch out a scallop circle with a 2 1/4" punch.  I placed the cross circle on the scallop circle with foam adhesive.  I placed a light blue cardstock on top of the card base and stamped the sentiment in the same ink color.  It’s a really simple card, but just right for my son and occasion.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Retreating with Henry

I just went on my first scrapbooking retreat ever, a couple of weekends ago, and I had a great time!  I reconnected with some people, and met some really nice people too.  Our wonderful hostess, Jessica Madden, was super friendly, and clearly an expert in running a successful retreat.  She also had tons of prizes, and devised many fun ways for us to win them.  And boy, were they great prizes too!  Definitely a positive incentive to get those pages done!  :-)  I have gone on quilting retreats before my boys were born, but never a scrapbooking retreat, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun it was.  I wished I have gone on this retreat earlier.  It's so awesome to be around people who enjoy the same hobby.  Majority of the women were scrapbooking, but there were a few card makers; though I focus strictly on my scrap pages.  They really should rename these retreats to scrapbooking marathons since people were whipping out pages left and right into the wee hours.  I don't remember the last time I stayed up to 3am or even know how I manage to do it.  Wowsers!  I'm sure that people who knows me are thinking the same.  Well, the saying, "Time flies when you're having fun", is totally fitting here.  Anyhow, I'm very new to the scrapbooking world, so I was super slow at coming out with a page.  Despite that, it was great to get some pages done, and I was so inspired by the tremendous talents surrounding me.  If scrapbooking and papercrafting were not going to draw you in, the resort, Sunny Hill, definitely will.  The resort in NY has amazing views of the Catskills, and the staff were so friendly and accommodating to us.  It was definitely a nice treat to relax with friends and enjoy our hobby together, and not worry about cooking or family duties.  It's definitely a nice Mother's Day gift.  I know you are wondering, well, what did I make there?!  Well, here is one of the pages I made.  It's the first page I made when I got there.  Funny, how it's of Henry and not of my boys.  Don't worry, I did do pages of them too :-) ....eventually.  Ha ha.

I used the pattern paper from Basic Grey Fact 12x12 paper pad as a background.  I used my Fiskar Fuse with the Sizzix Curlz alphabet die to cut out the title on white cardstock.  I rounded the corners of the photos and the journaling card from WeRMemory. and adhered them all with the title letters.  I stamped the wagging dog and cut out him out.  I didn't bring any dog bone stamp so I just winged it and free-hand cut it.  I used Distress Walnut ink to sponge the bone and the journaling card.

Here is a picture of the hall we scrapped in.  It had beautiful views of the mountains.

I have not been able to post or even craft, as much as I like.  It has been a whirlwind of events, one after another, nonstop.  Things will slow down more, next week for me, so hopefully, I can do more of the things I love, like craft and blog.