Monday, July 27, 2009

Down the Hatch! K&Company Citronella AMYRS5

Today I found more time to play and decided to check the Prairie Paper & Ink blog. I looked at the sketch challenge, which looked like fun, so I sat down, after shopping for some groceries and visiting the Post Office and made another card. Several weeks ago, I found some cute dp from K& Company as well as some adhesive embellishments to match. The line is Citronella and is perfect for summer theme cards. The sentiment is from Rubbernecker. The flowers are Primas and the dp leaves were done with a MS punch. The Summer Sunrise ribbon is tied in a knot (Papertrey Ink). Does this card make you want to take a sip of pink lemonade? Nah, I didn't think so; you probably prefer a delicious glass of homemade sangria :-D

Thanks for stopping and taking a peek today; I appreciate it.

Inkido Butterflies from Altheasmix

Good morning, friends! Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at today's card. It's a gatefold that has a main image stamped with butterflies from Altheasmix and French script from SU! A friend asked about the trifold card (see below) and I want everyone to know that each of these unique fold cards were created from a tutorial over at Split Coast Stampers (SCS); check out the resource section, if you're interested in learning different folds.

The main image was first stamped with the French script, on Select White paper (Papertrey Ink), and overstamped, using distress ink Scattered Straw, with three difference sizes of butterflies from Inkido Altheasmix has in her store. It was bordered with True Black cs (Papertrey Ink). The medium butterfly was colored with Copic markers and cut out. It was popped up with foam dots for dimension. True Black satin ribbon (Papertrey Ink) was tied into a bow and is used to keep the card closed. Small black rhinestones (Michael's) were added for some bling.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Bildmalarna Ahoy

If you're interested in purchasing some adorable Bildmalarna stamps, please visit Altheasmix. Mita has a great selection of stamps to choose, not to mention all kinds of tempting embellishments you'll want to buy, too! I fell in love with two of the nautical-looking images, so took time out today to step into the "studio" and make a card. Now you're probably wondering what kind of card is it, right? Well, it began as a tri-fold card, but since the image was too large for the measurements on SCS, I decided to "adapt." If you know me, "adapt" means eyeball the measurements and go with instinct...haha! I thought it turned out well for someone who hates measuring anything except for cooking ingredients :-D The ribbon is removed to open the card and to help keep it closed. Actually I wanted to use the Scor-Pal again; it's so much fun scoring cards! Hmmmm, think I'll venture back into the "studio" and try scoring a grid-looking card and see how the measurements turn out...wish me luck!
Card Info:
  • Stamps: Bildmalarna (Altheasmix)
  • Paper: Bazzill, Select White, Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
  • Accessories: Pure Poppy ribbon (Papertrey Ink), Copic markers, corner rounder punch (SU!), chalk, ef (Cuttlebug), foam letters (Altheasmix), Scor-Pal, Spellbinders, flowers (Prima)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Accordian Fold Flower

I've long admired the accordian fold flowers that many of the bloggers use for their card embellishments. In fact, it's one of the reasons I purchased the Scor-Pal; it's so much easier to score and fold when using this tool. A good friend of mine is celebrating a birthday in August and I thought she would enjoy receiving this card; it was made with her in mind because she has such a happy attitude towards life.
Why is it when looking at a card, after photographing it, all the little imperfections show up? The ribbon knot looked good when it was tied; now it looks frayed...darn! Oh well, my friend probably won't notice it...let's hope she doesn't...haha!
Recently purchased a birthday candle border punch and it's great for embellishing cards with a birthday theme. The dp was purchased at Michael's some time ago and the last time I was checking out their paper section, there wasn't anymore of this very bright and cheerful dp. A Cuttlebug die was used for the Make A Wish sentiment as well as SU's birthday circle sentiment used for the flower center. SU's photo corner punch was also used to balance the card's appearance, or so I think it does :-D

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Hot Stuff CPS 7/12/09

Lately I've felt the warm weather call of summer, which in turn, has called me to use more bright and cheerful dp on cards. This one, Basic Grey's Lime Rickey, is no exception! The image is one of Rubbernecker's fun one from the old character section. The sketch is the weekly CPS one; you can find it here.

What I used today:

Stamps: Rubbernecker

Ink: Tuxedo Black

Paper: Select White (PTI), Bazzill, Lime Rickey dp

Accessories: Rhinestones (Mike's), ribbon, rectangle Nesties, Copic Markers

Thanks so much for taking a peek today; come back anytime!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Rubbernecker Down the Hatch! Flip Flops from the Cutting Cafe

Today there are two cards I would like to share; one card uses a sentiment from Rubbernecker and is so appropriate with the dp and wooden glass. The other, the flip flop, is a digi image from the Cutting Cafe; you can find it here. The dp is very summery looking and so yummy, too! Michael's has the cutest wooden pieces you can color up; the glass was colored with Copics and the colors matched the dp perfectly. The flip flops have faux stitching and are embellished with some odd ribbon, rhinestones bought from a friend who shops at a wholesale place (very inexpensive buying from her :-) Epoxy stickers are so old that I can't remember when or when they were bought, but look perfect with these two projects.
Thanks so much for looking today; hope that you come back soon!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

CPS123 Thank You...

Blog business first: What do you think of the new blog background? I found a cute background on someone's blog this morning and saw that it was a freebie and checked into it. Unfortunately there wasn't one background that looked good with the "personalized" banner Jami Bova designed for me. So, I googled some freebie background sites and found The Cutest Blog on the Block; you can check it out here. There are so many selections and lucky me found the perfect one...yay!
Now on to the CPS123 challenge. I love this sketch! It allows you to use favorite dp scraps and there is room to embellish, too. Fun fun fun! Although very few people comment on my cards, I still feel that in my heart I did my best and that's what counts. There is always room for improvement and that's one of the reasons I continue to check out blogs, YouTube videos, and subscribe to magazines. I believe that a person should learn at least one thing a day and it doesn't matter what, so that is why I attempt to try old and new techniques, participate in challenges, and enter contests; there are so many talented and artistic people out there and they inspire me to reach even higher. Okay, I just stepped off the soap box :-D
There is a tool that Scor-Pal sells and it perforates paper; it's perfect for faux stitching and I believe it retails for $6.99. It's so much easier to use than the SU! paper piercer template (mine never stays in place, even with tape and you can only go so far with it before having to move it again). With this little tool, you simply place your paper on the Scor-Pal, use a grid line for a guide, and run the tool over the paper. I'm not sure if the explanation is clear enough, so if you want more info, let me know, or check out the Scor-Pal website.
Here are some details for the card:
Ribbon: Papertrey Ink
DP: Autumn Leaves Poppy
Tag Punch: SU!
Cuttlebug Vintage Corner Punch: Altheasmix
Cuttlebug Doodle Parts
Outside Sentiment: Flourishes Poppy
Border Punch: MS
Thanks so much for taking time to look at my blog; I know your time is valuable.
Enjoy a wonderful week!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Mojo Monday 94 Wacky Wednesday #18 Challenges

Today was a good one for working in the craft room. I was able to participate in a few sketch challenges and also combined the Rubbernecker Wacky Wednesday with the Mojo Monday one. Time to close shop for the night and enjoy some television with my sweet hubby :-)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday Sketchers Challenge #59

This card is made using a sketch from the Friday Sketchers Challenge team; you can check it out here The image is from Magnolia-Licious and the sentiment is from the Rain or Shine set My Favorite Things has for sale. Since purchasing a Scor-Pal, I try using it as often as possible; it really does make embossing lines look professional. My stylus is now getting a break; it was previously used to score cards. The dp is from Making Memories and was found at Michael's; the colors are so soft looking. The cs is Wild Wasabi, which may have gotten retired (I haven't seen a SU! catalog yet.) Well, it's off to make thank you card. Some friends invited hubby and me to a cook out yesterday and we enjoyed such a wonderful time with them, not to mention enjoying a delicious meal. I met the husband through my hubby (we all play golf), and got to meet the wife yesterday for the first time. We are making plans to get together again since we all had such great fun.
On the 4th, hubby and I went to the annual Tiger Woods Congressional Golf Tournament. The weather was perfect for watching golf at a gorgeous venue. There was a young man, from our home town, who played, so it was really great seeing him in person, too. We didn't make it to the annual fireworks display at the National Mall this year, but I assure you, if there is ever an opportunity to see it in person, you won't be disappointed.
Have a wonderful week and hopefully your weather is as beautiful as ours today.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Mojo Monday 93 SCS CC225

The other day, while finding something to use a %50 discount coupon (never let a %50 expire:-) at Michael's, there were some cards in a box that are discontinued and are priced very low. The title of this particular box is called, "Kitchen." The cards, three designs, 12 cards,are blank and the weight of the paper is good. I participated in the weekly MojoMonday sketch challenge and combined it with the SCS color combo challenge.

Thanks for looking today!