Sunday, February 28, 2010

Thanks a Latte!

I started making this card at my Girls Night and finally finished it last night. I made it for my daycare provider as she is retiring from daycare and moving into another field. I didn't have my Memento ink with me so I wasn't able to color her with my Copics. I then remembered how much I loved my copics. I don't have very many but I do miss the few I have when I can't use them. I was able to fit this card into quite a few challenges one at Stamp Something, one at Tuesday Morning Sketches, one at Raise the Bar, and the last one at Get Sketchy.

Card Formula:
The sketch for this card is from Get Sketchy. When I was flipping through some challenge blogs I found a color challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches (Chocolate Chip, Always Apricot, Very Vanilla). I found the perfect pattern paper to fit this challenge from Bo Bunny's Flutter Butter Collection. I stamped "lattebella" from Stamping Bella on Very Vanilla Cardstock and coloured her with Stampin' Up markers. I mounted her on a light yellowy peach paper as I didn't have any Always Apricot. I added brown photo corners with my EK Success corner punch. The challenge at Raise the Bar was to have something in "3". I wanted to put on 3 brown buttons but couldn't find any I liked so I went with the Kiwi Kiss Corduroy buttons from Stampin' Up. I also didn't have any skinny brown ribbon to tie through the buttons, so I took my white skinny ribbon and coloured it with my Brown Copic. I really love this trick. I created the sentiment on my computer with Adobe Photoshop. I made the letters look embossed and added a small shadow. It is hard to see in the picture. I mounted this on the same light peachy scrap that I had. I added four small brown pearls in the corners
to finish it off and add some balance to that side of the card. I also decorated the inside of the card with my left over scraps. When I was finish I realized that my card fit into the recipe challenge at Stamp Something (designer paper, ribbon & buttons).


Saturday, February 27, 2010

Happy Birthday John!!

I have just arrived home from a wonderful evening of Stamping, Scrapping and Yapping with some good Guiding Friends. I met these 5 wonderful ladies through Girl Guides but they have evolved into some pretty good Scrapping friends. They even joined me in making a Stamping Six group. I love getting together with all these ladies and scrapping booking all night long. And I really mean all night ... I think we finally went to bed at 4:00 am. Some of them even stayed up even longer!! I had a ton of fun showing them the blogging and challenge world. However my favorite part was the amazing Lunch we had today. Karen made the most amazing perogies I have ever tasted I think I could have eaten about two dozen on my own.

Now onto my card. I made this card for my friend Pauline's husband for his upcoming birthday. Pauline asked me to make a card for her husband as I have already finished my items that I had brought with me and I was ready for another challenge. I really like how it turned out, hopefully John does too!

I am enjoying the bog the Daily Dare. Thanks Shanna! It has the latest and up to date blog challenges that are out there. The blog refreshes everyday to show you which are the new challenges for that day. As I was creating this card at about 2 am I didn't realize that the Daily Blog does update her site at midnight my time but not everyone else in the world has the same time zone as me. So I made this wonderful card to fit a few challenges only to realize afterwards that a few of them had already ended. Not to worry I did still manage to fit it into one challenge The Sweet Stop.

Card Formula:
The sketch came from The Sweet Stop. I used Old Olive cardstock for the base. The pattern paper is from the DCVW Winter Paper pack. To give the card some texture I crumbled up both the rectangle and the circle, then flattened them out and sanded them lightly with some sand paper. I added five Blue Rhinestones from Me & My Big Ideas around the right side of the circle. The button was a nice added touch and the marbleized blue just seemed to blend right in. Thanks Carol! The stamp is from "Beerafella" from Stamping Bella. I coloured him with my Copics.
I distressed both the pattern paper and the white cardstock with some Night and Navy Ink. I also used the Stampin' Up marker spritzer to spritz around him with a bit of bordering blue ink to reduce some of the starkness of the white.


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Scuba Thank You

I took my Trex unit Scuba Diving this week. We had a fabulous time, a lot of it due to our fabulous instructor. I decided I needed to send her a Thank You card to tell her how much we appreciated her knowledge and skills she shared with us. I knew right away that I need to use the Scuba Diving Changito. Unfortunately I didn't have him in my stash, no worries I made a few calls and my friend Shanna (The Banana Stamper) came to the rescue. My friend Krista (Live....Laugh... Scrap)
didn't have the Scuba Changito but She did have a super cute snorkelling one, so I decided to use him on the inside. I was able to enter my card in a few challenges!! One atMojo Monday, one at Paper Sundaes, and another at the ABC Challenge.

Card Formula:
The design of the card came from the sketch at Mojo Mondays. Loved the sketch I made a few changes by adding a sentiment and placing my image over the ribbons rather then under them. At Paper Sundaes they challenges everyone to due some distressing. I distressed the edge of the patter paper with a distressing tool from Tonic Studios. I like the look as it kind of made the paper look like the "white cap" of a wave. The paper I used also had a distressed look built into it.I also distressed my white paper with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. I used the Sea Glass Mist and the "New" Waterfall Mist. I don't know if it really counts as distressing or not, but I thought it was worth a try. At ABC Challenge they challenge us to only use one sheet of Pattern Paper. My wave paper and distressed paper came from the same sheet of paper from Around the Block. It was a two sided piece of paper. I colored my Monkeys with my Copic markers seen below. I also added a little Liquid Glass to his mask so that it gave the illusion of the plastic lens. I used some scraps of ribbon I had laying around from other projects. The sentiment is a rub on from Karen Foster and the 3 Dots in the corner are Bella Bling. I used my small hole punch to punch out four small circles to place in the four corners of my image. On the inside of the card I stamped the Changito on my pattern paper and then paper pieced the coloured parts onto him.


Saturday, February 13, 2010

I Made Top 5 ...

Thank you to all who commented on my Bee Card. I was so excited to receive an email from my friend Shanna (The Banana Stamper) letting me know that I made the Top 5 at Get Sketchy. This is the first time I have received an award for any of my creations. I thank the ladies at Get Sketchy for this wonderful and touching award. It means a lot to me!


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Simple Boy Birthday!

Here is a simple boy birthday car I made for a birthday party my daughter is going to this weekend. I tired to keep it simple as it is for a young boy, and as we all know you boys don't care to much about the frilly stuff. I also wanted a chance to use my new stamp from Stampingbella. The paper is an old line from doodlebug that I had in my stash of birthday paper. I used a combination of copics and Stampin' Up markers to colour him. I also masked him with a scrap paper and then spritz around him with the marker spritzer from Stampin' Up. It is one of my new favourite tools!!! I used Brilliant Blue cardstock and Tempting Teal as a mat. Both are from Stampin' Up. The ribbon is from a Heidi Grace Ribbon pack and the bling in the corners are Bella Bling from Stampingbella. The Happy Birthday stamp is from the Happy Birthday set from Close to my Heart. I used the card sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches Challenge Blog. I was also able to enter it in the "N" Challenge at ABC Challenge Blog. The "N" was for new stuff. I used both a new stamp and a new tool.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Buzzing By to Say Hi....

I made this card for a dear friend. I am hoping it lets her know that I am thinking of her often and sending good thoughts her way. I thought I would give a try at paper tolling, thanks to the blog challenge at KL Stampin N Scrappin. Their challenge was to try paper tolling or what they like to call "Pop it Up". When I was a child I did a paper tole project that I had received as a gift. I can't remember what it was or where it has gone, but I do remember how long it took me to finish it and how proud I was when it was done. I also remember the smell of the glue that came with the kit. It was a thick clear glue that you made into a ball to pop the image up. I am so glad that someone invented the pop up foam sqaures. Way Easier!!! I also thought I would pull out my water colour crayons to colour the image. My copic collection has grown but still not enough to allow me a huge variety in colour. I also had no yellow!! With time I imagine my collection will grow and take over another area of my scrapbook room just like all the other addictiteve items I have collected. LOL! I will have to tell you a funny story about this card. I have fallen away from 6x6 card for quite sometime as I always found them to big and I would have a hard time filling the space. I only started to make them again last week when I made the Monkey Birthday Card. I created my image first and then layed it out to see what size card it would fit best on. It seemed to fit perfectly to fit on the 6x6. I worked for sometime on the card
and I was very proud of it when I was finished. I couldn't wait to put it in the mail. When I went to get an envelope I realized that I no longer had any envelopes left that were big enough to fit a 6x6 card. I then spent a whole day going to every stationary store I could think of. No Luck. The closes thing I found was a padded envelope made for CDs. Not the prettiest thing but it did the trick, unfourtunatley it did cost me about twice as much to send due to its thickness. I have now learned the lesson to check for an envelope before you finalized the size of you card. I was also able to enter my card in the Get Sketchy Blog Challenge and at Paper Sundaes Blog Challenge.

Card Formula:
The card is a 6x6 card made from a bade of yellow-orange bazzil cardstock. The pattern paper is from Daisy D's Gypsy Harvest Line (an old line I had got from Scrapfest 2006). The strip of brown pattern paper on the left hand side is also from the same pack. The stamp set is "Buzzing By" from Stampin' Up. I coloured the hive and the bees using my Stampin' Up water colour crayons. The hive is popped up into four layers. I also popped up the bees bodies and bent the wings up to look like they are flying. The ribbon is from Bo Bunny. I used the my Spritzer from Stampin' Up to speckle the background and take away some of the starkness of the White around the hive and the bees. The white card stock is mounted on Chocolate Chip and Morning Marigold Stampin' Up Cardstock. I also glimmer misted the Morning Marigold Cardstock but it is hard to tell in the picture. My last touch was to add some shimmer to the bees wings with a little bit of Stickles.


Friday, February 5, 2010

Valentine's Stamping Group Project

I made this card for my Stampin' Up Stamping Group. We get together about every two months to do a project and place our Stampin' Up orders. I must admit that I had some help from my friend Shanna (The Stamping Banana) to get this card to come together. I was trying to demo as many tips and tricks as possible in one card, it was giving me trouble, and I had a hard time getting it to come together. II was also having a hard time because on of my group members asked me if I could demo the Cuttlebug using the embossing technique that leaves a blank space. It took me sometime but I managed to find a tutorial on You Tube demonstrating it. It was a huge help as I had already gone through many piece of cardstock trying to do it on my own. Here is the link so that you can check out the video. Thank God for technology! The card is a easle card design. I love this design and have seen it around on many blogs so I thought I would try it out. I also wanted to use the new Candy Holders from Stampin' Up on the card . The box was an added treat for my girls. We made the box using the Peek a Boo box instructions. I was able to enter my project in two challenges, one at Paper Sundays and one at Stamp Something.

Card Formula:
I used Pretty in Pink and Melon Mambo Stampin' Up cardstock. I cut the scalloped circle with the Nestabilities. I used the Cuttlebug to make the dotted embossed background. It is not easy to see but I also embossed a larger scalloped circle with the inside being a blank space. The heart is from the Stampin' Up stamp set Sweet Centers. I used Melon Mambo Ink stamp the heart. I then used a 1 3/8 punch to cut the middle out of the heart for the candy holder. The ribbon is Pretty in Pink Organza from Stampin' Up. I found the charms at our local dollar store. The Happy Valentine's Day Stamp is from Close to my Heart February Word Puzzle. I used the Stampin' Up lace border punch to finish off the bottom. There are two small pink brads holding the card up.


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Getting Ready for Valentine's Day

I was so happy my 3 new cricut cartridges came in the mail. I got them as a gift from my aunt. She got them during the Green Wednesday Sale. I got the Spring Bundle and it included Love Stuck, Easter and Mother's Day. I thought I would try out LOve Struck to make some Valentine's Decorations. I also tried out my new Gypsy that I got for Christmas. I was so nervous to load my cartridges and use it. I was in away forced to chose the Gypsy as I no longer had my Cricut Design Studio. When I upgrade my computer to a Mac, I never thought about the fact that the Design Studio is not Mac compatible. I was really missing my Design Studio. So I turned to looking at the Gypsy. I was really nervous about whether I would like it or not. Well the verdict is in and .... I Love It. I really like the portability and that all my cartridges were in one place and I could use more then one on a design with out having to switch cartridges. I also really like the search feature. My Valentine's Day letters were cut in White Window Cling material using the Opposites Attract cartridge. I used the Love struck Cartridge to make all the images. I really like the lips and the heart made out of many hearts. The images are all cut out of Red and Pink Window cling material. With the Gypsy I was able to layout all my designs on my mat and get the most out of each sheet of cling with the least amount of
waste. I loved make the images and my daughter had even more fun putting them on the window.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Happy Birthday Krista!!

Well I am on the mend and I am starting to get back into the groove. I missed scrapbooking so much while I was healing. I am glad it is over and that I am getting back to normal. I made this card for my dear friend Krista. It is her birthday today. It took me a lot longer then I had expected but it was worth it in the end. I had a hard time getting into the groove so I took some advice from my friend Shanna. I searched the web for some challenges to get my "mojo" going. Wow, I was surprised how many different challenges there was out there. I am going to enter this card into three challenges one at KL Stampin' n' Scrappin', another at Stamp Something and another at Everything but the Kitchen Sink. I really recommend you checking out all the challenge blogs that are out there.

Card Formula:
The card is a 6x6 card. The pink pattern paper is from My Minds Eye "Laundry Line". The brown pattern paper I made with some coffee bean stamps and brown ink. I then sprayed the brown piece with Tattered Angles Glimmer Mist "Coffee Shop". The monkey stamp is a Changito from Stampendous. I coloured him with my Copics (imaged below). I then made a template of him an used the Stampin' Up spritzer tool to add some texture to the white cardstock around him. I cut him out with a 3" scalloped circle punch and mounted him on pink card stock which I had also spritz with Tattered Angles Glimmer Mist "Pearl". I used the EK Success photo corner punch to make the brown photo corners. I used some cardboard from a cereal box to make the coffee cup on the side. I cut the cardboard with my Cricut using the "Christmas Cheer" cartridge. I then sprayed the cardboard with ... you guessed
it .... Tattered Angles Glimmer Mist "Sand". I punched out a small pink heart and glue it on the cup. In the top left corner I glued 3 Bella Bling Dots. I finished it up with a brown organza ribbon and a small tag saying "Happy Birthday". The tag was made with the window punch from Stampin' Up andthe Happy Birthday stamp is from the Close to my Heart Happy Birthday Set.