Friday, October 10, 2008

Autumn Fun

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World Card Making Day Challenges

Wow...long-time no blog....Here are three cards I made for a World Card Making Day challenge on the CLASSroom.

First up is a single layer cardstock card. This was my first attempt at this style of card. I really like it. I used Autumn Leaves stamps for the background and the ghost. I colored the candy corn with Copics, added some clear glaze and glitter. I traced a rectangular piece of scrap paper with my glue pen and added glitter, a trick I learned from Mish Mash. She used a nestability, but I don't have the right shape yet.

Next is a card with texture using the cute little cupcake stamps from Taylored Expressions. Love these! I added texture with glitter, some felt rick rack and baubles.

Lastly is a card I did some stitching on...again my first attempt. I like that it keeps my pocket card closed for good, unlike adhesive. There is a little framed photo inside that comes out.

These were fun challenges that made me try some new techniques! Yay for that!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Please vote for me!!

My Halloween countdown calendar (see previous post) is a finalist in the JustRite champion contest.

I would truly appreciate your vote!

Thank you!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Halloween countdown

I used a magnetic board to create this Halloween Countdown. I stamped the numbers with the JustRite number set and the words on the magnetic ring are from the small letter set. You move the ring every day to count down the days.

The great thing is nothing is adhered down so I can change it out for Christmas, or another holiday.

The other card is my first attempt at criss cross. Love this concept. It also follows the clothing inspiration from Libby's Little Addiction.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Personalized ornament

Two projects for today...a personalized ornament and a recipe card. I haven't made this type of ornament in a long time. I updated it by stamping first with my JustRite monogram stamper. I had the tassel in my stash from a really, really long time ago. It matched perfect with the paper. Initially I wanted a jingle bell, but couldn't find them.

The recipe is part of a very belated birthday gift for my sister. The rest of the gift will include a limoncello carafe and glasses from Napa Style.

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Tick Tock

Per my husband's request, I made a birthday card for his brother, Joe. I created a clock face using the numbers from the small letter JutRite set. I had a Sizzlit die cut of gears that I hadn't used yet, and pulled that out to add something extra to the clock face. I made my own arrows and attached them with brads.

My trusty Cricut helped me make a title to go along with the clock theme. The patterned paper is some I picked up on clearance at Hobby Lobby.

And since I had spent all that time getting the numbers just so for my clock (I have the inky fingers to proof it!), I brainstormed another project. This is what I came up with:

It's a telling time practice book for my first grader. I stamped a cover and then added pages with blank clocks. I used the large JustRite numbers to stamp a time. Now, she will have to draw in the arrows to reflect the written time.
I bound the book with brads, so I can add and substract pages as she fills it up. Once we've mastered the full hours, it's on to the half hours.

These were fun to make, and pretty quick (once I had the stamp prepped).

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Even more JustRite

I'm having so much fun playing with my JustRite stuff and getting some great inspiration from the ongoing contest. I was so excited to have my Mizzou card featured on the blog.

For the 8X8 scrapbook page I made a custom embellishment to write out All Star First Grader and Emma's name. I made it look like a blue ribbon.

In the corner of the photo there is a custom made 1st button that I made with the large numbers and white shrink plastic. I punched two holes before shrinking so it would like a button.

I continued the button theme with the next project. I thought they make nice custom embellishments to use on a card or scrapbook page. I went with our last initial. I put them on a card so they would like store-bought buttons.

Monday, August 25, 2008

JustRite Mizzou

I had this idea floating around in my head for a while and today's JustRite challenge of using the small letters fit perfect.

This is in honor of my Mizzou Tigers who take on the Illini this Saturday. Go Tigers!

I used Gina K's tiny tees and my JustRite monogram stamper with the small letters. I had some Mizzou stickers I bought forever ago, and added a little embellished tag to the corner. I thought it needed more, so I added tiny pawprints.

More JustRite

I created these items for my Secret Sister in a swap I'm in on PaperCrafts web site.

I used the JustRite monogram stamper with the From the library of border. I thought these would be good to use when you borrow a book to someone. They not only get a bookmark, but a reminder of who the book belongs to.

The scallop circle goes over the pages to keep your place. I got this idea from Dawn's Stamping Thoughts. Check out her great video tutorials.

Next is a note set with a storage box. For this, I used the From the desk of border. The box (from my mom) is the perfect size for standard sized cards. I used just one sheet notecards for this. I distressed everything with the Old Paper Ranger Distressing Ink.

I hope she likes them. They were sure fun to make!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

JustRite Scrappy Page

Here is a scrapbook layout I made for a monthly swap I'm in. I combined it with a JustRite contest going on right now.

I used the monogram stamper to make the title "All About Me" and the journaling circles. Pretty straight forward. I have some ideas for a few more JustRite cards. I'm waiting for an order to come in with more borders and the curlz font.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Clothing challenge

I came across a great blog the other day, Libby's Little Addiction. Once a week she has a challenge based on one of her daughter's outfits. I thought this was a great idea and had to play along.

From her example, I was inspired to use my Verve stamps that had to get ink. I've had this green paper forever, and thought of it immediately when I saw the dress inspiration.

The flowers were stamped in Basic Brown and cut out. I added cinnamon Stickles to the centers and covered the entire flower with Diamond Glaze. They look great IRL. I stamped the Congratulations and because I don't have the greatest white ink, I went over it with my Sakura pen (the best white pen ever). The sentiment is punched with a Marvy Uchida oval scalloped and popped up on some more great Dollar Store 3-D adhesive. Ribbon is American Crafts.

I can't wait for the next inspiration piece.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Pool party fun!

Here are some photos from Emma's pool party on Sunday!
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A couple of cards

Here are some cards I made last night.

This is first one is a birthday card for Cheron, my sister. I used Taylor's Cupcake sketch from last friday. I really like this sketch; it's nice and versatile.

Paper is Reminisce and the stamp is Inque Boutique. I stippled on Old Paper Distress Ink on all layers and roughed up the edges. I tied on some rafia and added orange brads. Funny story on the rafia...I had it on the couch the other night as I was finishing up the centerpiece for my daughter's birthday (more on that later). I was too tired to pick it up and put it back in my scrap area. When John, my DH, came home, he thought it was hay (why would I have hay in the house??) and threw it away. Luckily, I found a lone piece in my stash.

The other card is for a wedding this weekend. The paper is from the new Martha Stewart line at Wal-Mart. Love the patterns. Stamp is Always from SU! I stamped it in Basic Gray and then added clear embossing powder all over the image. I glued each of those pearls on by hand because I was worried they would go crooked if I kept them on the string. Of course, then my sentiment was crooked! Oh well....

Thursday, July 24, 2008

My greatest creations

So, I don't think I'll do so good with every day posts. Oh well, I'm hoping for a few times a week.

I'm loving the challenges. I'm planning on trying a few more this week, especially since I've cut back on swapping.
But before I get to paper creations, I wanted to share a photo of my two greatest creations ever:

Aren't they sweet sisters? This is from a quick trip to Nashville this summer. They came with on a business trip and played with Dad while I sat in conferences all day.

It's hard to believe Emma will soon be 6. She "graduated" from the Starfish level in swim class today. She was the only one to go off the diving board.

Here's an ATC I made for a swap on Papercrafts magazine. I used a text background stamp (not sure of the company) and a retired set of SU! stamps for the Eiffel tower and poodle. The poodle is colored with Copics and popped up on some great dimensional adhesive I found at the $1 store. It's a huge pack, and they're a nice size. The ribbon is Making Memories and the flower is American Crafts. These were fun and quick, the best kind for a swap!

I'm in the process of trying to organize my scrap space. Of course I've been trying to do that for a few months now.

I think I will post some pics in another post of my before to motivate me to get to the after!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sketch challenge

I started this blog several months ago, but haven't posted until today. I've been stalking several papercrafting blogs the last several months and think I'm ready to share my creations.

This card was made using a sketch from Taylored Expressions Friday Cupcake Challenge. She has the best sketches.

The paper is from Memory Makers and the stamps are from Inque Boutique (love those $3.99 sets!). I used buttons from my stash, including a clear button that I backed with the same paper used on the cup. I also added flocking to the steam on the cup. Pretty straightforward, but fun to make and good for any occasion.

Thanks for visiting! I hope to post almost every weekday!