Monday, May 28, 2012

Get Color!!

Today I have the honor of posting to the Scrapstreet Magazine blog. Below is the card I created. Find out how I came up with the color palette using a new free tool called Chip It! (No, I'm not getting kickbacks from Sherwin Williams. I just think this is a neat tool for artists and crafters.)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Frosted Designs Sketch 19

Hi everyone. It's Card Sketch Tuesday at Frosted Designs. Today I actually made a card with someone in mind. This is a graduation card for my nephew Ryan, who will be graduating from high school in a couple weeks. I'm  pretty sure he doesn't read my blog. (17-year-old boys don't really fit my demographic. LOL) His mother, my sister, may read this. Ellen, if you read this, don't show it to Ryan!

I created the stars and sentiment with my Silhouette Cameo. The image is from this week's sponsor, Floppy Lattes Digital Design. I imported it into my Silhouette, cut it out and colored it with my Copics.  Hop on over to Frosted Designs, enter the challenge and you could win some fun digis.

Here is the card:

Here is the sketch:

Here is my  nephew:

Monday, May 14, 2012

Thank You, Ginger

I love the crafting community. Not only are they talented and creative individuals, but most of them are honest, sincere, warm-hearted people. Almost every comment I read on blogs are positive and encouraging. On the rare ocassions when someone makes a negative comment, I read several more offering support and encouragement. You are all a special breed and I am honored to be a part of this great group.

However, something that happened to me recently has impressed me beyond measure. A couple months ago I was at a scrapbooking expo in Columbus. At the end of the show, I was checking out when I discovered the bag of goodies I had purchased earlier was gone. I looked all over the booth. I retraced my steps. I asked everyone at every booth I visited if they had seen my things, but to no avail.  I went to the lost and found. Nothing. I left my name and number with everyone in case it would show up later. I walked out  disappointed, mostly with myself for not keeping track of my goodies.

Then, nearly a month later, my husband answers the phone. It was Ginger, a woman at the show who found my bag. She wanted to return it. She got my number from one of two credit card receipts - not the new digital receipts, but the old fashioned kind that you swipe. Turns out the card number was on them, too.

Last week, I was pleasantly surprised (and relieved) to find a package with all the crafty goodness I bought at the show inside. The credit card receipts were in it too.  Ginger had taken it upon herself to see that my bag was returned to me safely. Thank you Ginger, for your honesty. The world needs more Gingers out there.

I made this card mostly with the items Ginger returned to me. I am sending it to her to let her know how much I appreciate her honesty. I'm also sending her money to cover the cost of shipping my package to me. I really love the result. I think it's because I made this from deep within my heart (no pun intended). Seriously, I poured all of my gratitude into this card. I hope it shows and I hope it blesses Ginger, who greatly blessed me.

Paper - Recollections
Patterned paper - Jillibean Soup
Washi tape - Love My Tapes
Wooden Thank You Tag - Jillibean Soup

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

My Favorite Kind

Howdy everyone.

I'm sharing a quick card today. I made this for the Frosted Designs Card Sketch challenge and the Pink by Design blog. Yup. I'm killing two birds with one stone.

The card is based on the sketch below. Feel free to use it as inspiration and play in the Frosted Designs challenge located here.

I cut the funky shapes with my Silhouette Cameo. The file, called Retro Shapes, can be found at the Silhouette store. The stamp is one of Pink by Design's new releases called My Favorite Kind. The set contains a lot of  kind, encouraging sentiments. You can find it here.

 One More Thing ...

Pink by Design is giving away a Silhouette Cameo!! There are many ways to enter and increase your chance of winning. No purchase necessary! Click here for you chance to win a new Cameo!!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

National Scrapbooking Day Blog Hop!!

Hi friends and Happpy National Scrapbooking Day!! I have the honor of participating in a blog hop for A. Jillian Vance Design today, where the theme is to create a project using black, white and red. If you're participating in the hop, then you probably came from Rhonda's blog. If you came across my post in another way, then I invite you to join in on the hop. The lineup is listed below. 

If you've never heard of A. Jillian Vance Design, you should check them out. The company started in 2010 by Jillian Vance when she was - get this - 10! That's 10 years old!! I'm amazed at her creativity and drive. The stamps are really cute, too. She has some very unique designs. 

One of those sets is a personal favorite of mine because it celebrates my all time favorite sports team and alma mater, The Ohio State Buckeyes!! Woo hoo! Go Bucks!  Did I mention that Jillian is also an Ohio native and a fellow Buckeye fan? It's no coincidence that the blog hop color palette matches OSU's colors of Scarlet and Gray. 

Go Bucks!! 

Go Bucks by Annette Witherspoon

Buckeyes Medallion

To make this card, I stamped the silhouette of the people in O-H-I-O formation in gray. Then I stamped Ohio State in red on top of the silhouette. Both stamps came from this set. Then, I used some Buckeye twine, which is also from A. Jillian Vance Design. The medallion is hand-crafted from scratch by yours truly. I cut a strip of red paper and scored it 1/4" apart. Then I cut a smaller strip of specialty Ohio State paper from my local craft store, scored it at 1/4" again and adhered it to the red paper. Next, I folded each scored line in mountain valley style like an accordion, glued the two ends together and pressed the inside flat to create the medallion. I stuck a Buckeyes sticker (also from my local craft store) in the center and voila! I'm really happy with the outcome. I hope I am just as happy with the outcome of the upcoming fall football season! Hopefully Urban Meyer can get us back to national championship status!!

Here is the lineup: A Jillian Vance Design Jillian Vance Crafty and Green (Tina Keller) MargieH (Margie Higuchi) Misty Christensen Rhonda Van Ginkel A Jillian Vance Design   

Once you complete the Blog Bash list, please back over to the A Jillian Vance Design blog, become a follower and leave a comment on what you thought of the bash! {Make sure you leave some love on everyone's blog too!}
Two winners will receive a Gift Certificate for $5 off anything in the store!


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