Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Butterfly Fairy

Today 365 Cards is challenging you to an "Opposites Attract" challenge. Make a card using 2 main colors, one that you love to use and one that you hate to use, or don't use a whole lot. One of the colors I use a lot for projects is blue and I rarely use orange, so I used those two colors on this card. Not to mention that blue and orange really are opposites on the color wheel. I used this week's sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches for the layout of the card.
I used a digi image from Stitchy Bear Stamps. I colored it using Prismacolor pencils. I made the card 5 1/2"x4 1/4." I used scalloped circle punches by Fiskars and an EK Success punch for the butterfly. I punched the butterfly first and then centered it in the smaller scalloped circle. I left a sentiment off so that it could be used for just about anything, just tailor the inside message.

Pink Oven

This week is template week at Just Us Girls. They are featuring Clear & Simple Stamps and ask you to use one of their templates, or make your own. I chose to use a CSS template, called "bun in the oven." I made a card not long ago along the same line. I thought this template would make a great addition to the card, as a gift card holder or for small presents or it would be perfect for a baby shower. This one is also for My Sheri Crafts where it is "baby week." I made it in shades of pink and brown for a baby girl. The burners on the stove and the bottom of the oven are Stickles. I also used Stickles on the brads that are the control knobs.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Sweet Birthday

This card makes me hungry for something sweet! I made this for the Cuttlebug Spot challenge, which is to make something inspired by the fair or carnival. I know that whenever I go to a fair I go for the food. I get cotton candy, ice cream, pretzels, hot dogs and so on. Mmm...makes me want to go to a fair! This is also for Cupcake Inspirations, I used the colors for this one. I am also entering this in the challenge at Crafting With Cristina, which is to make something for a birthday. Finally I used the sketch from 365 Cards Sunday sketch challenge. I know it is a little late, but I liked the sketch and since I got home so late on Sunday I didn't get a chance to use it then. This is a 5"x7" card, made out of a glittery green paper. I used some purple cardstock and ran it through the Happy Birthday embossing folder. I used some Glossy Accents on some of the embossed images. I put a ribbon on the bottom and adhered it on the green card. I cut the sundae from Sweet Treats and ran the ice cream through the D'vine Swirls embossing folder. I used Glossy Accents on the sundae sauce. The pretzel is from From My Kitchen and I ran it through the Swiss Dots embossing folder. I used a white gel pen to ink the embossed dots for the salt. I made the cotton candy using my Gypsy. I flipped and enlongated a triangle for the cone and I just welded a bunch of cirlces together for the cotton candy. I then flocked it with some pink flocking powder. When I got done with it I was ready to start eating it, it looks very real in person. The inside is stamped with a stamp from my stash.

Back from Deadhorse

Well, my husband and I made it back from Deadhorse safe and sound. Actually, the trip went very well. We had great weather and the road was actually pretty good. The views were amazing and I can now say I have seen, and touched, the Arctic Ocean!

Now I can get back to creating and here is my first one for the week.

This one is for a few challenges:

Pile It On: "Farewell to Summer"-make a goodbye, farewell, or miss you card

Paper Cutz Challenge: make a project using some kind of metal (I use brads in the center of the vellum flowers)

Alphabet Challenge Blog: "R is for Roses" (I used a rose stamp I found in my stash)

Card Patterns: I used sketch #79 for the layout of my card

Picture Perfect Creations: black, red, pink and blue

365 Cards: "Digging Deep"-use an item, not paper, that is at least 6 months old (I have had those brads and the ribbon for a while); use 2 sheets of patterned paper you have not used before (the black background paper and the pink flower paper are ones I have not yet used until today); use an embellishment you have had for a year (the vellum flowers have been in my stash for over a year, I can't believe I haven't used them before today...I love them); and use a stamp that you have had for a year but have never used (I have had this rose stamp for a while, I can't even remember when I got it, but I have never used it before).

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bee Happy

This is my last post for the weekend. My husband and I are heading up the Dalton Highway to Deadhorse, AK...gonna see the Arctic Ocean. For those of you who are fans of "Ice Road Truckers" you will recognize this road. For those of you not familiar with the Dalton Highway, it is an unpaved road between Fairbanks and Deadhorse. Deadhorse is the town that exists pretty much for the people who work at Prudhoe Bay (the oil fields). That means I get to see the Trans-Atlantic Pipeline for most of my trip. It's going to be a long one, but I'm looking forward to it.

This is for the Jitterbuggin' sketch. This week's rules for Jitterbuggin' are to follow the sketch, make it square, put a Cricut "B" somewhere (this can be a bee or a B) and use some scraps. I made mine a 5"x5" card. I used some scraps from my stash for the squares in the background. Those were cut at 2 1/4" square. I cut the cloud at 2 3/4," I got it from Create a Critter. I used Sentimentals for the rest of the cuts. The bee is cut at 2" and "Bee Happy" is cut at 1." I used scraps for all those cuts as well. The base layer of the sentiment is the same color as the base of the card. I then doodled in the flight path of the bee and went over it with some black diamond Stickles. Enjoy and see you on Monday!

Fishing You a Great Day!

This is a super simple card, but I think it turned out really well. Today at 365 Cards the challenge is a "white space" challenge: keep your card blank in the white areas and put your decorations in the black areas. This is also for Cuttlebug Challenges, where the theme is "Under the Sea." I made the card 5"x5" and embossed the whole thing with the Polka Dots embossing folder. I cut out three different sized circles, two of them I cut smaller circles out of so that I would have rings. On the smallest circle I stamped a fish that I found in my stamp stash, I believe it is from Inkadinkado, but I'm not positive. I embossed the middle circle with Swiss Dots and the largest ring I stamped with a Scrappy Mom's sentiment. The stamp is straight, but I curved it on the block to stamp on the ring.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Flower Fairy & A Good Luck Dolphin

Here are a couple of cards I made today. They are both for a couple of challenges each. The first one I made was this flower fairy card. I got this digi image from Stitchy Bear Stamps, I won five images for a card challenge a while back and really wanted to use this one. I colored it with my Prismacolor pencils and paired it with some patterned paper. The rose in the corner is from Picturesque, I just used a marker around the edges and the petals. I added some ribbon and pop dotted my fairy. I also blinged up her wings with some diamond Stickles. This card is for today's 365 Cards, which is: "imagine this - sugar" and this week's Color Throwdown, their colors were: pretty in pink, rose red, so saffron, and pear pizzazz.

The other card I made is a good luck card featuring the dolphin from Life is a Beach. I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketchs for the layout of this card. I also made it for Fantabulous Cricut, where the theme was: "It's Hot-tropical theme." I used some great shaded yellow and orange paper to feel like a tropical sunset. I used some K&Company paper for the water, I used the waves from Life is a Beach welded to George and Basic Shapes. I adhered it on the card and then trimmed all the corners off. I had this great swirl of bling that I thought would look great in the ocean, as a wave or eddy, just a feel of movement. I cut the dolphin at 4" and had it jumping out of the water. I used some Stickles around the edge of the card and the top of the waves for some fun sparkle. I then found this stamp in my stash to finish it all off. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Be Yourself

This card is 5"x7." I used plain white cardstock for the base of the card. I layered on a piece of green cardstock that I embossed with the Polka Dots embossing folder. I left the bottom two inches un-embossed. I put a piece of ribbon around it and then tied a bow and attached it on. The white squares are 2"x2" and matted with pink and purple that are 1/8" larger. The flamingos are cut at 2" and are from Life is a Beach. I used my Gypsy and the hide contour feature to not make the cuts on the beak. I used a pen to doodle on the beak. I used a Fiskars stamp for the sentiment and then added some bling to finish it all off. This one is for a few challenges:

Bitten By the Bug - to use the Life is a Beach flamingo cut

Mojo Monday - sketch #153

Picture Perfect Creations - colors: concord crush, blissful bride, wild wasabi, very vanilla

Whale Song

I just love this card. It turned out so cute! This card is for a couple of challenges: Doodle Dragon Studios Challenge Blog and 365 Cards. The challege at Doodle Dragon Studio was to use one of their images and no designer paper. That can be a tough one because who doesn't like using all that fun, pretty paper? I used the sea floor background image and the humpback whale image from Doodle Dragon Studios. The challenge today at 365 Cards is "Color 4 Ways." You need to show how to add color to your project in four ways, other than with paper. For this one I colored the background in marker, the whale is colored with my Prismacolor pencils, I inked the edges, and my last bit of color comes from some Stickles on the sand and the bubbles. For some added effect I put some pearls inside the oysters. Enjoy!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Lavender Flowers and Baby Bear

This was a super simple card, but I think it turned out really well. I used this week's cupcake from Cupcake Inspirations for both the colors and the look of the card. I used Lyrical Letters for the flower frame. I cut it at 5 1/2" and cut it from both black and lavender. I then cut the flowers out from the lavender frame and attached them to the black frame. I ran the white background through the Cuttlebug with the Floral Fantasy embossing folder. I added some flat backed pearls to the centers of the flowers and a stamp from my stash and done! Easy, right?
My second card of the morning is a cute little card for a baby girl. This week at the Cuttlebug Spot the challenge is, "Oh baby," to make a baby themed project. I used the sketch from 2S4Y and I did some paper piecing and paper piercing, which is the challenge for today's 365 Cards. The base of the card was run through the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots embossing folder. I then paper pieced the background. I pierced the bottom of the card to say "baby girl." I embossed a piece of vellum with the baby carriage stamp 2"x2" embossing folder. The little bear is a Sizzix die that I inked and added Stickles to the eyes and nose.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Button Dragonfly

This is a cute little card for a few challenges. I used Just Us Girls for the colors, which are: hot pink, teal and lime green. The layout is sketch #78 by Card Patterns. The theme of the card is "miss you," the challenge this week at My Sheri Crafts. I also used the card recipe from Pile It On this week. The recipe is: 3 patterned papers, 2 stamped images, 7 buttons, ribbon and something clear.

The base of this card is cut using pink polka dotted paper from the Black Currant stack by DCWV. The other two pieces of patterned paper are ones I found in my stash. I used a Martha Stewart punch around another piece of the pink paper. I then layered on a tela piece of cardstock. I stamped the teal cardstock with the Swirl with Flowers stamp by Hero Arts. I used Tsukineko Versa Magic ink in Sea Breeze to make the image blend with the cardstock. I didn't want it to stand out too much and overwhelm the focal point, my dragonfly. The "miss you" sentiment is a stamp from my stash. I stamped it with ColorBox cat's eye ink in the color Rouge. I made the dragonfly from seven different sized buttons. I used a piece of acrylic and cut the wings out. I then used a blue Sharpie marker to draw on the wings and make them look a litte better. The ribbon is from my stash.

Wedding Wishes

I absolutely love how this card turned out. I wanted it to be simple, elegant and beautiful and I think I achieved that. This card is for my cousin who is getting married in early October. I just found out today and I immediatly sat down and created this for her.
I used today's "Super Sketchy Sunday" sketch from 365 Cards. I made the card 5"x5" out of plain white cardstock. I then cut the black cardstock 1/8" smaller. I then used some shimmery white cardstock and embossed it with the Lace embossing template from Fiskar's. I cut a small slit in the side of the card to thread the ribbon through and then I tied it in a knot. I added some flat back pearls to the ribbon for some more elegance. I then used the Wedding cartridge to cut the cross. I cut it at 2," first out of black cardstock using the shadow feature, then out of plain white cardstock and the final layer is cut out of the shimmery white cardstock. I stamped the inside with a wedding sentiment stamp from Inkadinkado. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Follow Your Dreams

The theme for today's 365 Cards challenge is the song, "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack. I made a this card based on the feel of that song.
The ballerina is cut at 4" and is from Joys of the Season. I did some doodling on her tutu and then pop dotted her on the card. The card and the embossed piece are both a light purple, which doesn't show up very well in the photo. The embossing is done in the Cuttlebug with the D'vine Swirls folder. I matted it with a dark brown piece of cardstock and stamped "follow your dreams" on the card with a stamp I found in my stash, didn't even know I had it. I love it when it works out like that. :)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Purse Note Card Set

I absolutely love how this thank you note card set turned out! This one is for today's 365 Cards, which is "don't forget your purse;" Alphabet Challenge, which is "Q is for quotes;" Color Throwdown, the colors are: soft sky, chocolate chip, kraft, and certainly celery; and Paper Cutz, which is "anything goes." The purse is from Forever Young and cut at 5 1/4." I stamped both the front and back of the paper with a flower stamp before assembling it; the inside is stamped with green ink and the outside with brown ink. I cut two rectangles of brown and blue paper and then rounded the corners. I had a vellum quote in my stash that I really liked, so I trimed it to fit. I embossed the blue paper with Stylized Flowers. The cards are all 3"x3" and cut out of the green paper and kraft paper. I layered the brown and blue papers again, running the top one through the Cuttlebug with the Stylized Flowers embossing folder. I stamped "thank you" on the bottom of the cards with green or brown ink. The envelopes are cut to fit the cards, I rounded the corners for a nicer look. The inner liner is also stamped with the same flower as the purse. I then cut a flower from Forever Young at 1 1/2" to put on the back of the envelopes. It was actually quite simple, just took a little time. I want to thank the Paper Boutique for the inspiration!

Third Time's a Charm

I don't know why but I had some real trouble making a card that I liked for this week's Jitterbuggin' challenge. I made three before I actually liked the end result, like they say, "third time's a charm." The rules this week for Jitterbuggin' were: follow the sketch, use a Cricut animal (0r two, or three...), and add stripes. I think it was the stripes rule that had me, I'm not sure why, but I had some problems with finding striped paper or striped anything that I liked with my creation.
This one is the card I actually liked. The cuts are from Pagoda, the panda is cut at 2 1/2," the branch at 1 1/2," and the flower at 1." I used the Plum Blossoms embossing folder for the cream cardstock that the panda is matted on and some ruby slipper Stickles on the flowers. The paper used as the base of the card is from the Far East stack by DCWV and the striped paper is from my stash as is the stamp. I will also be entering this into Paper Playtime's "zoo" challenge.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


It's Thursday and that means another Throwback Thursday challenge at My Creative Time. This week Emma chose Paper Doll Dress Up as the cartridge to use and "frame it" as her theme. I chose to make a Halloween card because I really liked the frame I used and I wanted to use the owl. I went with the Frankenstein monster doll. The frame is one of the accessories on the vampiress and the owl is one of the accessories on the wizard. I used some ink and pen on the owl and doodled on the frame. The frame is cut at 6" using the real dial size feature and the owl is at 1 1/2" also using real dial size. Frankenstein is cut at 3 1/4." The background paper is from the Midnight Spell stack from DCWV. I used foam adhesive on the frame to pop it up over my Frankenstein.

Pretty Peacock

Peachy Keen has a combo challenge this week, the sketch and a color combo. Their colors for this challenge are: apricot, teal and orchid. As soon as I saw those colors a peacock sprang to mind and I knew I wanted to make a card with one. I used French Manor for the peacock and cut it at 3." To get the blacked out orange part of the tail I used my Gypsy and used the hide contour feature to get rid of the cuts that made the holes for the plumes. I added a gemstone for the eye and some pen around the wing and tail and on the feathers on the peacock's head. I used the Plum Blossom embossing folder on the orange strip and the purple strips. I also included some butterfly stickers and some orange gemstones. I also made this for Crafty Creations, which is to use butterflies on your project and for Cricut Cardz, which is "anything goes." Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Here is another one for today using the Create a Critter cartridge. I really do like that one, I guess it shows. ;) I made it for the ABC Challenge, which is "B is for Blue" and for Cuttlebug Challenges, which is to make something relating to or featuring books. I started off with the open book, which came from the Wedding solutions cartridge. It is cut at 3" and I then embossed the pages with the Script Texture embossing folder. I ran some ink over the script for added dimension. The stack of books is from Cursive 101 and cut at 3". I used a similar color paper as the background, I didn't want them to stand out too much, but I did ink the edges. The worm is from Create a Critter, cut at 4." Both layers of the worm are the same color paper, I just ran the top layer through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder. The white paper on the inside is also embossed with the Script Texture folder and then I stamped "Happy Birthday!" over the top of the embossing with a stamp from my stash. I made it a birthday card because I already know the perfect bookworm to give this card to.

A Terrible Pun...

This is such a cute little card, with a really terrible pun on the inside. It is my kind of humor, so hopefully whoever I give it to will understand. :) 365 Cards had a color challenge today: grey, brown, and yellow. I knew a little mouse and cheese would be perfect for that color combination. I am also entering this in Card Creations & More by C. This is her first challenge and I wanted to submit something to get her off to a good start. She has some really great cards, so be sure to stop on over and check her out. :) Her challenge was to use the Create a Critter cartridge. I obviously used the mouse and cheese, the cheese was cut at 4" and the mouse at 3." The card is 5"x5" and I rounded the corners. The inside of the card says, "I swiss you..." and I used stickers to create it. I told you it was bad! ;

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Baby Boy Onesie

I made this baby boy card today and managed to fulfill four challenges on it. Today's 365 Cards challenges you to use four elements: buttons, flowers, circles and the color green in threes. For my card the three buttons are the two real ones and the stamped one on the onesie; the flowers are along the diagonal of the first pocket; the circles are two of the buttons and the circle that the onesie is on; and the color green is the button, the stamped button and the frog. Critter Sketch's challenge this week is to create a card or scrapbook layout for a boy and use some glitter on it. My card is for baby boy and there is glitter on the flowers and around the circle. I made this a baby card to work for Made by Momo's challenge, which is: "babies, diapers, & onesies, oh my!!" Finally I made a diagonal double pocket card to fulfill the challenge from Tuesday Morning Sketches. They posted a tutorial that I looked over and then made my card. Check out that tutorial here if you want to learn how to make this card yourself, it is really easy! I used New Arrival to cut out the onesie, giraffe, elephant and frog. I also used it to cut the circles, it is one of the foundations on this cartridge. The buttons and flower stickers are from my stash. I used Fiskars stamps for the button and the sentiments on the tags. I cut the tags from Ashlyn's Alphabet, one is cut at 2 1/2" and the other is cut at 2." I use some ribbon from my stash to finish it all off. All the paper is K&Company, their Small Wonders stack.

Monday, August 16, 2010

A Little Birdie...

I got one more for the day and then it is time to get ready for bed. This one also fulfills multiple challenges. I used the sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You to make the layout of the card. The colors are this week's challenge at Picture Perfect Creations. Today at 365 Cards their challenge is to use the sentiment "a little birdie told me" on your card, you can use any theme you would like as long as you include this certain sentiment. This is another 5"x7" card. I embossed the base of the card using my Fiskars Scrap Boss and the Mystical template. The other white layer is embossed with my Cuttlebug and the Leafy Branch folder. I used an EK Success border punch for the bottom. The cardinal comes from Winter Woodland and is cut at 3 1/2." The sentiment is computer generated.