Saturday, March 26, 2011

Helloooooo Sunshine!

I need sun!! Since the real sun has decided to hide behind the clouds in Columbus, I had to make my own!! It's actually for the Splitcoast Free for All challenge - to make a card inspired by the sun.

I punched a circle and cut out the rays with an Exacto knife. Then, I inked the edges of the sun with a yellow Sharpie. I used some yellow chalk ink on the background between the rays to give the illusion that the rays were illuminating light. I wrote hello with a white gel pen and then found some gold alpha stickers in my stash. I topped it off with a blue button to add just a touch of color.

I'm visiting my 90-something year old grandma tomorrow. She recently broke her arm and is recovering in a nursing home. I'm going to give this card to her. I hope it will cheer her up and brighten her room.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Have Faith

I just bought the Stampabilities Faith Hope and Love stamp set from Hobby Lobby and couldn't wait to use it. I absolutely love, no - make that LOVE, the Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 paper and I've been waiting for an opportunity to use it. It all came together.

I used the sketch from Wednesday's SCS sketch challenge, but turned it on its side. I used Nestabilities oval and fancy label dies for the sentiment. I made handmade flowers. Oh and the brad is from My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose collection.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wishing You Peace

Aaahh ... peace. I love peace, especially since my days are filled with a lot of loudness. Toys, tvs, children, electronic gadgets, etc. are a big part of most of my day. But after the kids go to bed, the toys are put away, and the tv is at a much lower volume (though still on) my day gets a little more peaceful, which brings me to this card.

It's for the inspiration challenge at SCS featuring Kirklands. I found a nice trio of wall decor as my inspiration piece. I liked the colors and felt it would make a nice sympathy or pick-me-up card. Like many card crafters, I find sympathy cards difficult to make. It's even more difficult when you're making it for someone you know. I like to keep some in stock that I can pull out when I need them. That way, I'm making the card in advance for nobody in particular.

I stamped the sentiment, flowers, stems and leaves on watercolor paper. I colored them in with my Tombow markers. (I don't own Copics ... yet. I'm seriously thinking about them, though!) Then I found some buttons to match each flower.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Out Of This World!

I'm trying something new. I'm entering my first challenge at Moxie Fab World. It's called The Cityscapes Are on the Rise Challenge. The challenge is to create a card with a cityscape. They will pick a few submission to feature on their blog. I checked out my "competition" and they are good - really good! (Thank God there are so many wonderfully creative people out there. It makes the world a much more interesting place!) Anyway, I knew I had to do something really unique to stand out, so I made my cityscape on the moon!! Yep, I imagined I was 1,000 years into the future. We were colonizing the moon with really funky whimsical buildings. We all flew little mini saucers. It was the Jetsons meet Dr. Seuss! I had fun making this card. I hope you have fun looking at it!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Two Challenges; One Card

Have you ever heard of Bargello? I hadn't until recently. It's actually an embroidery technique, but some brilliant paper crafter out there figured out how apply it to paper. (Click here for a tutorial on bargello.) I used this technique to make today's card. It was inspired by another cardmaker, Bridget (a.k.a bfinlay on SCS). She was the featured stamper on Splitcoast. I made my card based on this card.

As luck would have it, another challenge - the inspiration challenge featuring Fossil - had an adorable patchwork wallet. I was able to use the wallet as my inspiration, as well. 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

An Edgie Birthday Card!!

Today's card has a little edge to it ... literally! I created this with my awesome Silhouette die cutting machine. I love that thing. I made this for the Splitcoast challenge, which was to create a card with an interesting edge.

I'm also submitting this to another challenge on another site called Two Peas in a Bucket. One of my favorite card designers is Kristina Werner. She does these wonderful card tutorials. Today's video was an adorable card (they're all adorable) that had stripes on it made from strips of paper. She challenged her followers to create a card with stripes made from paper. This is mine.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

It's Disco Night!

I just started participating in a new challenge at Splitcoast Stampers called teapotters. What a fun group of creative ladies! Our challenge today was to make a card inspired by A Night At The Roxbury. Remember that silly movie based on the two SNL characters who dance to "What is Love?"  Chris Kattan just cracks me up! Anywhoooo ... I was being nostalgic and remembering when I was in my 20s and dancing at the clubs. I was never much of a drinker, but I sure loved to dance. I wanted my card to include four things: A disco ball, a cityscape, a stiletto heel and lots of bling. It was too much for one card, so I made two!! Here they are:

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Cozy Cherries

Another inspiration challenge, another card! Today's challenge was to create a card inspired by something from Cath Kidston. I found this adorable egg cosy. I found the cherries online, colored them with permanent markers and Prismacolor pencils. I also created the cherry background paper using an image I found online. Aren't these little cherries cute? They're in looooooove. :-)

Rooting for Bobby

This card is going to a young man named Bobby, who was badly burned after he was burning leaves and a gas can exploded on him. More than 65 percent of his body was burned.

One of the SCS challenges I do is called Teapotters. We are to make cards inspired by a teapot. This week's was a sports-themed teapot. Bobby is an avid sports fan. Because I don't have any sports-related stamps, I decided to make some images in my Silhouette machine. I decided to approach it from the angle of a sports fan. I wanted to let Bobby know we are cheering for him. Go Bobby! Heal soon!! You're in my prayers.

Ruched Ribbon

I've been wanting to try the ruched ribbon technique for awhile. I finally decided to go for it. The paper is by Papertrey Ink. It's my favorite paper. I just love paper. I could sit and admire paper for hours.Why? Because I'm a nerd.


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