Wednesday, August 27, 2014


This card is 4 1/2"x6 1/4."  I used white card stock for the card base.  The grey mat is 4 3/8"x6 1/8, and the blue plaid mat is 4 1/4"x6."  The grey strip is 2"x5" and the blue polka dot strip is 1 7/8"x4 7/8."  I added three aqua gems to the bottom corner of the strip.

The unicorn is a Paper Smooches stamp.  It is from the Spectrum set.  I colored it and covered parts of it with Stickles.  Turquoise and midnight blue for the hair and turquoise and silver for the horn.  I also covered its hooves and eye with glossy accents.  I also added some aqua hearts, from the same stamp set, around the unicorn.  It is on a piece of white card stock, cut at 2 7/8"x2 3/8."  I matted it with grey card stock, cut at 3"x2 1/2."

The sentiment and banner are both also Paper Smooches stamps.  The banner is from the set called Streamers and the sentiment is from the set called Sentiment Sampler.  I stamped the banner, then cut it out and stamped the sentiment.  I adhered the banner with foam tape for some added dimension.

I made this for the following challenges:

Tuesday Throwdown: anything goes

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hoppy Birthday!

Today's card features a cute little birthday frog!

The card is 5 1/2"x4 1/4" and is folded at the top.  The card is made from white card stock with a navy blue card stock mat, cut at 5 3/8"x4 1/8."  The purple patterned mat is 5 1/8"x3 7/8."  The navy blue card stock strip is 2"x3 7/8."  I embossed the strip with the D'vine Swirls embossing folder and my Cuttlebug.  I then covered the swirls with midnight blue Stickles.

The white mat is cut with a Spellbinders die.  It is from the Labels 8 Nestabilities.  I stamped my sentiment, which is from My Pink Stamper, on the top right of the mat.  The image, from the Silhouette Store, is called "Birthday Frog" by PPbN Designs (#48459).  The frog is about 3 3/4" tall, without the lily pad.  I covered the lily pad and the frog's eyes with diamond glaze.

I finished the inside pretty much like the outside, sans blue embossed strip.  The navy blue mat is 5 3/8"x4 1/8" and the purple patterned mat is 5 1/8"x3 7/8."  The white mat is again cut with the Labels 8 Nestabilities die from Spellbinders.  I used a stamp from Scrappy Moms Stamps for the "hope your birthday is" part of the sentiment.  It is from the Amusing Animals set.  The "unfrog-getable" part of the sentiment is from My Pink Stamper.

I made this for the following challenges:

Cupcake Inspirations: photo inspiration (party time)

Color Throwdown: color combo

The Friday Mashup: create a project with die cuts

Stuck On U Sketches: use a die cut that has to do with a party

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Coffee Stains

Today's card is clean and simple, and super quick to make.

The card is 5"x5" and made of a dark brown card stock, folded it half at the top.  The tonal tan card stock is cut at 3 1/2"x3 1/2."  The coffee stain was created with a Tim Holtz stencil called "Splatters."  I inked up the portion I wanted, masking off what I didn't want, with jumbo java ink by Tsukineko.  The sentiment is from Scrappy Moms Stamps.  It is from the Freshly Brewed set.  The sentiment was stamped in walnut stain Distress Ink.

I made this card for the current CASology challenge.  Their cue word is "java."

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


I decided to try my hand at making similar cards with the Cricut and Silhouette again.  It has been fun to find similar images and creating two cards at the same time. 

Both cards are 4 1/4"x5 1/2."  I used glittery black card stock for the the card bases, then cut some green patterned card stock at 4 1/8"x5 3/8" as my mat.  The patterned paper at shimmery green used on the limes are from a stack called Specialty Cardstock by Me & My Big Ideas.

First the Cricut card.  I used "Elegant Edges" for the label.  It is on page 25 (oblong-shift, shadow-shift features) and is cut at 4 3/4."  The limes are from the Cricut Lite cartridge "Cherry Limeade."  The lime slice is cut at 2 1/2" and the full lime is cut at 2 1/4."  I added a little accent with a white gel pen to the lime.  The sentiment is from Scrappy Moms Stamps, the Good Eats set.  I curved the stamp to fit around the curve of the lime.

Now the Silhouette card.  Both the label and limes are from the Silhouette Store.  The label is from a set called "Vintage Badges and Banners" by Sophie Gallo (#27305).  I only used one, turned on its side, and cut it at 4."  The lime slice and full lime are a cut file called "Limes" and are by Sarah Bailey (#61561).  The lime slice is cut at 2 1/2" and the full lime is cut at 2 1/4."  I added a white accent to the lime with a white gel pen.  The sentiment is from Scrappy Moms Stamps, the Good Eats set, like the Cricut card.  However, it isn't curved quite as much on this card.

I made this for the current challenge at Scrappy Moms Stamps, which is to create a food-related project.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Beach Birthday Cards

I made two similar cards today, one with the Cricut and one with the Silhouette.

Both are 5"x5," made of white card stock, with a cloud mat that is 4 7/8"x4 7/8."

The Cricut card was made with the three different cartridges: "Create a Critter," "Wild Card 2," and "Teddy Bear Parade."  The sun is from "Create a Critter," page 52, with the face hidden in Cricut Craft Room.  It was cut at 3 1/2."  The waves are from "Wild Card 2," page 25.  They were cut to fit the width of the card, 5."  The bear is from "Teddy Bear Parade" and I hid the face of both the bear and the duck inner tube in Cricut Craft Room.  The sand is hand cut.

I gave the bear and duck Peachy Keen faces.  The eyes of the duck are from the Kawaii Face Assortment.  I used a white gel pen to add a little accent to each eye and covered them with glossy accents.  The bear's eyes are from the Cornies Assortment.  I accented them with white gel pens and then covered the entire opening of the face mask with diamond glaze.  The bear's nose and mouth is from the Cute and Cuddly Face Assortment.  I colored in his nose, then accented it with a white gel pen.  I also used a light brown gel pen to color in the mouth.  The nose is then covered with glossy accents.  He is adhered to the card with foam tape.  The sentiment is from the June 2014 Stamp of the Month kit.

The Silhouette card was made with three cut files found in the Silhouette Store.  The sun is called "Echo Park Sun," and is by Echo Park (#55052).  The waves are called "Wave Border" by Silhouette (#1846).  The penguin is called "Penguin Girl Too Cool Summer" by Stinkin' Cute Paper Piecings (#42587).  They were all cut at as close to the same sizes as the Cricut card as I could make them.

I did not cut the sunglasses for the penguin, so that I could use Peachy Keen stamps for her eyes.  They are from the Cartoon Bombshell Face Assortment.  I colored them in with a light blue gel pen, then added some orange and paprika Stickles to her beak.  She is adhered to the card with foam tape.  The sentiment is the same as the other card, from the June 2014 Stamp of the Month kit.

I made this for the following challenges:
BBTB2: use a sun
Fantabulous Cricut: inspired by the outdoors
Peachy Keen: sketch

Friday, August 15, 2014

Fishing Plaque

This creation took a little time in making, three days actually.  The wood plaque is something I had on hand, I got it at either Michael's or JoAnns, I don't know which anymore.  I then stained it, which took two days, what with the actual application of the stain and the drying, and the second application and the second drying.  I love the golden color that was the result though.

The images are from "Outdoor Man."  The mountain lake background image is on page 35 of the handbook.  I cut it at 6."  I inked the edges of everything with different colors of Distress Ink.  Faded denim for the mountains, tumbled glass for the lake, mowed lawn for the trees, and walnut stain for the tree trunks.

The fisherman image is on page 34 of the handbook and it was cut at 3."  I inked the boat with tea dye Distress Ink and the water with tumbled glass Distress Ink.  I also covered the water with glossy accents.  I made an actual fishing line from some brown and white baker's twine.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Luau Oalf

My cousin usually asks me to make invitations and decorations for her daughter's birthday.  This year they didn't start planning it until it was too late to ask me to make anything.  So, she ordered the invitations from online and same with the decorations.  However, she did ask for my help in getting them put together since I have more experience with it.  So, here we go:

The party theme is a luau, but it features Olaf, the snowman from the Disney movie "Frozen."  This is the happy birthday banner I put together.  I cut out all the pieces, then punched holes in the corners and strung them with green ribbon.  

I had two of the Olaf pieces so I figured I would use them at either end.  That meant I needed something to put in between the words.  I used "Elegant Edges" to cut the shape and I used my Silhouette to cut the tiki.  The label image can be found on page 21 and it was cut at 7 1/2."  I edged it with icicle Stickles and added a couple of dark pink glitter gems.  The tiki is from the Silhouette Store and is called "Tiki" and is by Sarah Bailey (#10202).  It was cut at 6."

She also requested a cake topper and instead of using the same Olaf image I created my own from a few different cut files.

I used a cut file from PPbN Designs for the actual Olaf cut, it is called "Happy Magic Snowman."  He is cut at about 7 1/2."  I used the lei from the tiki that you saw earlier.  The grass skirt and sunglasses are both from the Silhouette Store.  The grass skirt is from a set called "Hula Costume" and is by Silhouette (#1694).  The sunglasses are a cut file called "Sunglasses" and are by Sarah Bailey (#44999).  Everything was sized to fit Olaf.  I cut everything twice, one of those on flipped, then adhered it all together and to a popsicle stick for my cousin to stick in the cake.