Sunday, October 30, 2011

Autumn Woods

Hi friends! I made this card for the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger. I took inspiration from three elements in the trigger photo (shown below): The wonderful autumn colors; the wooden texture; and the various depths of the pegs.

I'm also entering it into the CAS-ual Fridays challenge, which is to make a card using the sketch below. I've been really enjoying the CAS-ual Fridays challenges. You still have a few days to enter that challenge and play along!

It's also a little extra special because it's the first card I'm posting using Joy's Life stamps. The Happy Thanksgiving sentiment is from her Holiday Occasions set. If you're into cards with cute, punny sentiments, I invite you to check them out. I'm so honored to have been selected as one of her designers and I am eager to get started!!

I used a Stampin' Up! punch to create the hearts, and the wood background is from Unity. All the wood grain was created with Versamark ink and the sentiment was stamped with Stampin' Up! Pumpkin Spice ink. It's hard to tell in the photo, but some of the hearts are stacked three high, some are two high and some are just one single, lonely heart. I hope you [heart] this card.

I also hope you are all enjoying this gorgeous fall foliage as much as me!!

Autumn woods inspiration for Moxie Fab World
CAS-ual Fridays sketch

Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween Goodie Bags

So I stayed up til 2:30 in the morning today, but it was all worth it. I was up making goodie bags for my son's fall party. I think the kids really enjoyed them. I'm posting some quick pics and a screenshot of the Silhouette file I created to make them.

The ghost and monster were created in Silhouette. The mummy was made by simply cutting strips of scrap paper and distressing the edges with ink.

Hope you have a great Halloween and happy crafting!

Friday, October 21, 2011

3-D Treat Bags

Hi all. Just a quick post today. I have a sick little girl who needs some love and attention. Just wanted to share with you some 3-D treat bags I made for the ScrapStreet Magazine blog. You can get more information about it from their blog. Now I'm off to try to calm down a crying three-year-old.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Exciting News!!

And a Couple of Cards, too!

Hmmmm ... which shall I share first, the cards or the news? 

Okay, I thought about it. I'm sharing the news first because I'm just so stinkin' excited. I was selected to be on the design team for Joy's Life stamps. If you haven't seen them, you totally have to check them out! Her stamps are punny sentiments for just about every occasion. I have so many clever ideas on how to use them. I am just thrilled about the opportunity to design for her and work with the other designers. Go to Joy's Life and check them out! You will not be disappointed.

 Now onto the cards. Last week I made a couple fall thank you cards just for grins and giggles. I thought now would be an appropriate time to post them because I am very thankful for the opportunity to work with Joy and the rest of the designers!! Here are the cards:

Stamps: Lawn Fawn
Ink: Stampin' Up!, Memento, Copics
Card stock: Stampin' Up!
Accessories: Ribbon

Stamps: Hero Arts
Ink: Versamark, heat embossing powder
Accessories: ribbon, twine button, gems

Saturday, October 15, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays=Spooky

I really enjoyed playing in CAS-ual Fridays last week. So much so that I am playing again this week. You can, too! The challenge? To make a Halloween card without using any orange. It was a challenge, but I did it!

Go ahead, try to find some orange. I dare you. You won't find any. Instead, you'll see white, black, yellow, gray and a tiny bit of purple. You'll also see some sparkles on the spider web, where I blinged it up with Diamond Stickles. I created everything with my Silhouette SD machine. The spider web and witch hat are Silhouette files. I created the sentiment and the spider. We had fun. (We being the spider and I.)

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Operation Julie's Smile

I have been eyeing the CAS-ual Fridays challenge for a while, and thinking about playing in it. When I checked the blog on Friday and saw that this week's challenge also helped a fellow cardmaker, I knew I had to do it.  The challenge is to make a card inspired by the sentiment "Everyday you spend without a smile is a lost day." It is in support of a fantastic cardmaker named Julie Ranae Murray.

I read Julie's story about a month ago and it touched my heart. Julie, who designs for many companies because she's so awesome, has had some pretty major dental surgeries in her lifetime as a result of medication she took as a child that left her teeth in an irreparable condition. She recently had to have emergency oral surgery to remove her front teeth. In addition, the dentist believed the best course of action was to have all of her teeth removed and replaced with dentures. Unfortunately her surgery is not covered by insurance and there is no payment plan. Until she has the money to cover the cost, she must remain without her two front teeth.You can read more about Julie's story and the blog hop to help cover the cost of surgery and replacement dentures here.

I have never interacted with Julie, though I've "seen" her around the online cardmaking world. She makes beautiful cards. My heart goes out to her. I can't imagine not being able to smile because everyday you spend without a smile really is a lost day. Therefore, I am sending her some smiles with this card:

I've had this Lawn Fawn stamp in my stash for a couple months. I have been brainstorming since I got this set on how to use this sentiment. I've used other stamps from the set, but not this one. Then I came across these cool happy face dingbats called Fazings One and an idea was born. I installed the dingbats and then used my Silhouette to print and cut them. I colored them with Copics. Because I didn't have any cloud paper on hand, I created my own. I used a Stampin' Up! cloud outline stamp from the Up, Up and Away set. I colored the clouds in with a white Prismacolor pencil because I wanted it to have a soft cloud look. I folded white card stock into the envelope and used a circle punch at the top for the opening. I'm really happy with the result. I hope it makes Julie smile, even if it's on the inside. 

I'm also entering it into the Just Add Ink challenge. This will be my second time playing with them. You should give it a try, too. It's a lot of fun. This week's challenge is to add a die cut. Since all the little smiley critters were cut with my die cutting machine, it qualifies for the challenge!!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Causing a Scene

I wanted to take a minute to share with you a card I made for my niece, who just turned two.  I love creating whimsical scenes that take an object out of its expected environment and  put it in a whole new unexpected situation that you would never see in the real world. You see, in card world, anything goes.

I call this Monsters at the Circus. In the real world, you would never see monsters at a circus. Heck, you would never see monsters anywhere because monsters don't really exist (despite what my kids may think.)

If you want to read more about this, feel free to check out my blog post at ScrapStreet magazine. And don't forget to check out the post below for an opportunity to get published. I need talented cardmakers to submit a winter-themed thank you card by Oct. 30!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Have Fun and Get Published!

Hello my crafty friends!! I know most of you are working on Halloween projects and you are probably gearing up for Christmas, too. I'm also working on projects for those two occasions, but as a magazine writer, I have to think way ahead - beyond Christmas and waaaay beyond Halloween. I'm thinking about January. Yep. January. I am working on an article for the January issue about thank you cards, specifically winter-themed thank you cards. I am seeking talented cardmakers to submit winter themed-thank you cards. Here is the call:

Thank You Snow Much
 January is National Thank You Month. Now that all the holiday hubbub is over, it’s the perfect time to show your gratitude. Perhaps you want to send thank you cards for Christmas gifts, or show someone your appreciation for helping you during a difficult time. Show us your winter-themed
thank you cards. 

Deadline is midnight October 30th

Please send a separate email for each submission
you would like to have considered for publication.

Please keep the image size around 600 x 600 pixels.

Please send your work to
Be Creative and Have Fun!!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

It's a Celebration!

Today is a special day for all of us cardmakers out there. It's World Cardmaking Day. I celebrated by making three cards for the World Cardmaking Day contest over at Papercrafts Magazine. I'm planning to make a few more before I ship them out to the judges. Eeek!

I'm also celebrating the release of the October issue of Gingerscraps Magazine and the Fall issue of Scrapstreet Magazine, where I was published!! Woo hoo! Two of my cards appear in Scrapstreet Magazine and I have an article in Gingerscraps Magazine. Feel free to check out both publications. There are tons of interesting articles, beautiful pictures, calls for publication and a FREE Digi Kit!!


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