Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Riley Goes Camping!

I have always been a huge Riley fan. Although I have never purchased a Riley stamp yet. I was lucky to borrow this stamp from a friend, thanks Danderella, and stamp him out a few times. She has quite the collection, I am so jealous. Now I am thinking I will need to buy a few as I loved colouring him.

I started with this weeks sketch from The Sweet Stop. I made the card be 5 1/2 x 5 1/2. All the pattern paper I used is from the new "The Great Outdoors" line from Reminisce. The base of the is Chocolate Chip CS. I also used it for my matting along with Soft Suede CS. I coloured Riley with my copic markers and distressed the edge of the cardstock with Soft Suede Ink. I stitched around the outside twice with my sewing machine and some brown thread. The "Great Outdoors" ribbon is from my LSS where you can buy some super cute ribbons by the foot. The tree button is from a package of camping themed buttons I had in my stash. I used my border punch from SU along the bottom edge of the Chocolate Chip strip. To finish it of I added two photo anchors from the Hodgepodge Hardware set from SU.

I also decorated the inside of the card to match the front. The base CS is Always Artichoke from SU. I also stitched around the edge with my sewing machine, this time with just a single line. I coloured Riley with my copics and cut him out. I left the inside blank so that I can add just the right sentiment later.

I entered this card in The Sweet Stop sketch challenge for this week. I also enter it over at La La Land Crafts Blog for their "Try Something New" Challenge. As well as the Nutshell Blog for there "Summer Fun" Challenge.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

An X-Rated Thank You!

Well it is the end of the school year and summer is coming. Our students at work are leaving for the summer and wanted to say Thank You to there Clinical Instructor. In case you are wondering I work( as an X-ray Tech at our local Hospital. The students approached me and asked if I could make them a personalized Thank You card. How much more personal could I make it then to have each one of them on the card. They are a class of 8 and there is only one boy in the class. Because THANKS is only 6 letters I added an exclamation mark and someone holding a chest x-ray to give everyone something to hold. The letters are suppose to look like bones so that they all look like they are holding X-rays.

Card Formula:
I LOVE MY GYPSY! This card would not have been easy if it wasn't for my Gypsy. I laid everything out on different layers (Thanks to the new update). The people were on one layers, their clothes are on another, all the bones and shoes on the last. I used both Paper Doll Dress Up catridges for everything except for the black x-ray background, I used George Basic for those. The letters are made from individual bones that were available on the Paper Doll Cartridge. I rotated them and welded them together to make the letters. The bones in the x-ray of the chest are from the skeleton costume in the Paper Doll Dress Up Cartridge. I did have to cut them out by hand a bit as it only draws the outline.

The base of the card is made from Pacific Point Cardstock. The card is made to fit a letter envelope (4 x 9 1/4). The multi colour pattern paper and the yellow pattern paper is from Stampin' Up designer series paper "Good morning Sunshine". The green pattern paper in from Stampin' Up designer series paper "Kiwi Kiss". I added 2 Pacific Point Corduroy Buttons to finish off the outside of the card.

I also decorated the inside of my card to co-ordinate with the front. I used some scraps left over from making the front. I also added a Pacific Point Blue Corduroy Button on the inside too!

I was able to enter my card into two challenges this week. One at The Sweet Stop for their "Sketch with a Spin" challenge. And the other was at a new challenge site Freshly Brewed Challenges for their "Anything Goes" challenge.


Sunday, June 13, 2010

Grill It UP!!

I love summer BBQs! And it seems that I also like BBQ stamps. In the last couple of week I have added four to my collection, a collection that I never knew I had or was developing. However I have found that they are quite useful for masculine cards! I made this card using this weeks sketch from Mojo Monday! It also happens to be their contest week but unfortunately I miss the cut off time by about two hours. Oh well one Father's Day card down, three more to go!

The Card
To make the card I started with Old Olive CS for the base. I then matted with Real Red CS and the scalloped bottom border is made with More Mustard CS. The PP is from the Reminisce Line "The Great Outdoors". I stitched around the edge of the paper with my sewing machine and some green thread. The stamp is from Stampin' Up in the current mini. I coloured him using my copic markers. (Sorry it was late and I forgot to keep track as I was colouring). I made the sentiment on my computer and punched it out with a 1 3/8 circle punch. I matted it with More Mustard CS. I distressed the edges of the Whisper White CS with More Mustard ink. I finished of the card with two pewter photo anchors and two larger pewter brads.

The BBQ Gift Card Holder

This was a very cool find. I purchased this template from Lorri Heiling at Confessions of a Stamping Addict. She has tones of great templates for sale. You should check them out! I loved, loved, loved this BBQ from the moment I saw it. I decided right there that everyone was getting gift cards for Father's Day! LOL! The instructions were great and simple to follow. I love how it turned out in the end. Unfortunately after I took the picture I realized that I forgot to add the brads on the front of the doors. Good thing I caught it before I gave them away. Thanks Lorri for the great template.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Collin!

Today is my daughter's friend Collin's Birthday. They have been friends since they were in our tummies. My husband and Collin's dad have been best friends since they were 9 years old. We both managed to get pregnant at about the same time, and there was no discussion or planning to that! Rhys was born on June 6th and Collin was born 4 days later on June 10th. Collin's mom and I have been doing things together with the kids since they were about a week old. We attended Mommy and Baby play groups together and still do. It has been really nice to have a close companion for Rhys. They also only live about three blocks away from us, which makes it even easier to hang out.

Now on to the card. Collin's party is a Thomas themed party. He loves Thomas as much as Rhys loves Elmo! I bought him 3 Thomas trains for his wooden train set from a local store that carries every Thomas item imaginable. Except for a Thomas stamp! There was also no Thomas paper at my Local Scrap Booking Store. She did have some Train paper but I was hoping for a real Thomas Card. I did however find a package of Rub Ons at the Thomas Store. I fell in love with my friend Danderella's Card, she used a card layout from The Sweet Stop. I used the same layout but change a few things. The pattern paper is from an old Stampin Up Designer Paper Series "Good Morning Sunshine". I used Pacific Point CS for my base and matting. I put the Thomas rub on on Whisper White paper that was spritzed with some Brocade Blue ink. The Happy Birthday is from CTMH "Happy Birthday" & "Say it with Style" stamp sets. I punched out the tiny circles from Morning Marigold CS with a small hole punch. The corners on the Thomas part are from my new EK Success Photo Corner punch. I finished the card off with two Pacific Point Corduroy Buttons. On the inside of the card I used my computer to print the sentiment. I used the RGB color sheets to have my color match my cardstock. I added two more rub ons from the Thomas rub on set to finish it off.

I was able to enter my card in the Stamp Something Challenge "Happy Somethings".

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

It's an ELMO Party....

This past weekend we celbrated my daughter's 2nd birthday. It was a huge hit! She is madely in love with ELMO so after getting the Elmo Party Cricut Cartridge I went to work! I made the invites, the thanks yous that I attached to the take home treats (loop bags), and a poster. I was hoping to do a lot more but time just got away from me and before I knew it the party was here. We sent out about 30 invites and to our surprise almost everyone came except for about one or two families. Beacuase she is only two we did a family and friends combination party. We had just a open house BBQ and people stop by as they could. We did rent a inflatable jumping toy to keep the kids entertain. It was amazing and everyone had a great time! Here are some pictures for the items that I created.

The Invite
The invite was made using the Elmo Party Cricut Cartridge and my Gypsy. I used my Gypsy to place all my piece on the mat and get the most out of one piece of paper. I love my Gypsy!!! I did glimmer mist the yellow cardstock to give a bit more dimesion and a little more of a girly feel.

The Sign
I made the sign to hang on outside gate entering our back yard. I used the Elmo Party Cartridge and made the Elmo using two sheets of Red Bazzil Cardstock. I glimmer misted the "Happy Birthday Rhys", the balloon and the "2". I added the hat to Elmo's head using my Gypsy.

Thank You Treats
We decided to give out Bubble Wands as a loop bag. We had such a variety in ages of kids attending the party it was hard to find something suitable for all the ages. Everyone loves bubbles so we thought that was pretty safe. The kids also got to take home the candy from the Pinata.

The Pinata
I did not make the Pinata I found it at our local bulk food store "The Bulk Barn". I also purchased all my candy from there to fill the pinata. I decided to pre bag all the candy so that each kid got a bag and there was no excessive fighting. The pinata was called a "Pull" pinata it had a series of ribbons coming out the back. Each child got to pull a ribbon, but only one ribbon would pull the back open and release the candy. Unfortunately I had him stuffed so tight that when the back opened nothing fell out.

My last picture is a picture of my daughter at the end of the party try to catch some sleep on the deck. She was so tired she just kept asking to go "Night Night". What a great Day!