Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Christmas In July- Countdown

I was just at Hobby Lobby last week and I saw Christmas decorations follow by "Let It Snow" on the radio this weekend.  I got inspired and pulled out my Christmas stickers and stamps.  I have been making notecard gift boxes for the past couple of weeks so it goes without saying that I should make a Christmas card.  When I showed my husband the card, he asked me the significance of the numbers and I told him that it is the number of presents I will be getting?!  LOL!  I had to tell him that, but actually, I thought it would a good countdown to Christmas day.

I used washi tapes to create a background and embossed the white cardstock with the dot embossing folder.  I added present stickers from Martha Stewarts and adhere it to the card base after I rounded the corners.  I finished the card with red dash lines.

This card is entered in the Simon Says...Anything Goes Challenge.

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Thanks! With Summer Theme

This summer has been nonstop and a lot of driving around.  So sorry for being MIA.  I have been working on some things but often get distracted or rather pulled away.  I'm not complaining, for sure.  It's good to be busy with life and living it.  I love this Magenta stamp, it symbolizes summer to me.  It always make me happy to see it.
I used Lawn Fawn's Blue Skies stamp set to stamp the sentiment and arrows on the corner of the card base with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Marvy Matchables yellow ink pad.  I have to admit that I am a big fan of Lawn Fawn, their stamps works great with my dye ink pads and the quality of their stamps are excellent so there is no distortion even if you should press too hard.  Love, love, love that!  Anyway, I stamped the image from Magenta and color it in with Marvy LePlume markers.  I layered it with black cardstock and added it to the card base with foam adhesive.  I rounded the top right corner and added gems to the flip flops to finish off the card.

I entered this card in the Simon Says Summer Food Challenge .

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Watercolored Happy Birthday Card

Last night I watched a video from Jennifer McGuire using this technique of scribbling some Tombow marker onto watercolor paper and wiping the ink with a baby wipe.  I was curious to know if it works with my LePlume markers, so I tested it out, and it worked!  I'm always learning something new from her.  She's my crafty idol!  Anyway, I also use this other technique of hers where she layered the die cuts to make it pop out  like chipboard.  This card took some time to make but very satisfying and fun to make.
I used LePlume markers #106 amethyst, #10 lt.  blue? and  #48 leaf green, on watercolor paper and wipe with baby wipe after applying each color.  That spreads the color around and creates a quick watercolor look in no time at all.  Love it!  I originaly stamped the "birthday" sentiment using Lawn Fawn Quinn's ABC but the letters were not all close together, so I cut it out.  I cut the paper in strips and adhere them to white card stock.  I cut 3 die-cuts of the letters spelling "happy" and glue them together.  I glue all the letters to the watercolor strips.  I added some heart die cuts from Simon Says Stamps and put crystal lacquer on them to give them shine and dimension.  Then I added the paper clip with washi tape flag to give it flare.  While I was setting up to take a picture of this card, I dripped some water from my wet hair onto this card and that is why you see a bright spot by the 'B'.  Thank goodness it still works since it is a water color background.  I'm happy with the way it came it out and I learned something new.  Yay!

This card is submitted to Simon Says Pin It! Challenge.
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Note Cards With Matching Gift Box

Lately, I've been running around so much with my boys that I am too tired to get into my craft room at night. Plus, they've been staying up late.  I literally was ready for bed at 7:30pm the other night.  Sad to be getting old.  :-)  Anyway, my mother-in-law's birthday is coming up and I wanted to make her something.  My mother-in-law is a sweet and loving woman who raised a fine, sweet man, AKA my husband.  :-)  She loves to mail out cards, so I thought monogram notecards would be perfect for her.  I've been wanting to make her monogram notecards for the longest time, so I finally just did it.  I found a tutorial on making a box for 3x6 notecards and used it as a template.  I modified the measurements to make it bigger so I can fit 4.25x 5.5 cards and envelopes, and more of them.  I'm thinking this may make nice Christmas gifts too.  Yes, I'm one of those people who thinks of Christmas around this time of the year.

The notecards were made by running white cardstock with the Sizzix flower embossing folder through the Fiskar Fuse.  I used Spellbinder dies to cut circles and scallop circles.  I stamped the letter onto the white circle and placed it on top of the scalloped circle.  I used the letter from Inkadinkado Months and Dates stamp set since I don't have any fancy font stamps.  I finished it off with dashed lines around the circle using a white gel pen and adhered it to the card base with foam adhesive.  The matching box with the notecards are just the items I am drawn to at a stationary store.


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Red, White and Blue Thank You Card

I have to admit that I love the dynamic view on my blog.  I love being able to see everything all at once.  I think for this same reason, I love pinterest.  Everything is there in your face and you click on the image that you want to read more about.  It is perfect for card makers but unfortunately, it is not very friendly to pin in pinterest.  I'm still debating whether I want to stick to this view.  I enjoy seeing all my cards in the categories too.  Let me know what you think in the comments.  Anyway, I've been going through a little bit of creativity drought.  I had to switch over to making scrap pages and that usually take me forever to do but surprisingly, I have been cruising through a couple.  I did, however, make this card in the spirit of Independence day.  You will see here that I am still on my clean and simple kick.
I stamped the diamond shape in Memories Cherry Red ink and Blue ink.  Then I stamped the sentiment from Stampin' Up.  I added a heart and stars from Simon Says Stamp dies as embellishments.  I drew in a little arrow tip and added Crystal Color Lacquer to finish the card.

 This card is entered in Simon Says Stamp Patriotic Challenge.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Dude, U Rock! Masculine Card

I'm really getting into these Clean And Simple (CAS) cards lately.  I normally am not drawn to them, but lately, I realize how much fun it can be to make them.  It's all about the design and color.  Another challenge for me.  I love it!  Another plus is they are so mail friendly.  I don't have to worry if they will have enough postage to mail.  Anyway, I have been meaning to make this card for a long time, and it suddenly came to me last night.  I thought of my nephew as I made this card.  He clearly rocks; not only is he musically-gifted, but just an all-around awesome young man.
All the colored ink used are from Colorbox ink pads.  I stamped the guitar in Robin's Egg ink, the bubble circle in Lemongrass ink and the arrows in Lime ink.  The sentiment is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  For the sentiment, I used Lawn Fawn Quinns alphabet (totally love this set) and another stamp set that I got from this woman and have no idea where it is from.  If you know what company this clear stamp set with the guitar came from, let me know in the comments, I would greatly appreciate that.  Another simple and quick card to make, love it!

 This card is entered in Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge and Cas-ual Fridays Hunger Games Challenge.

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