Thursday, July 30, 2009

CHA news and give aways!

If you're wondering what's new and amazing at this season's CHA in Orlando, get right on over to the Scrap 'n Art Blog! There are give aways, sneak peeks, and videos of some of the coolest new things. Don't miss out! For instance, would you like to win this?
Get over there!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Tickled Pink

On the cardmaking forum, there is a laid back daily challenge that some of us try to do when we can. Saturday's challenge was to do a monochromatic card. I usually don't do cards in just one color, so I had to try it out :) I ended up with this pink card, which Alexis is totally head over heels about.

On Dawy McVey's blog she had a gorgeous card using text, so that was fresh in my mind. Come to think of it, she also has been posting a wonderful pink series of cards...but I promise I didnt' copy her on that! :) Pink was just in my brain today, probably from a certain little girl that lives at my house. I didn't use any patterned paper, because I didn't have any pink paper the shade that I wanted. So I pulled out an old text stamp that I got at Goodwill this year and stamped with Versamark onto white cardstock. I embossed it with clear powder and then rubbed Angel Pink Memento ink over the top with a cloth. The end result is raised white words on a filmy pink paper. I used Rose Bud Memento ink to stamp the butterflies (Verve Stamps) onto the paper as well as the flourish at the bottom left (7 Gypsies). Where the embossing is, it resists any ink, so it creates a neat effect.

I stamped the same butterflies onto light pink cardstock and cut them out to place them over their stamped images on the card. I glittered them with Stickles and Martha Stewart white mica flakes and curled their wings out. Really this all sounds like such a process, but the card only took about 15 minutes to make because I knew what I wanted to do. And because I had twice the amount of hand stamped paper I needed, I made this card as well!

I used a pretty damask stamp from Papertrey Ink's Damask Designs and the Rose Bud ink and stamped it along the edge of the embossed paper. I loved how the white words showed through the damask!

Both of the scallops on the cards are by Spellbinders Nestabilities, and I used a Martha Stewart Lattice punch on both cards as well, and an EK Success Diamond Lace punch on the 2nd. The sentiments on both cards are from Papertrey Ink's Mega Mixed Messages. Such a versatile set!

Maybe I got pink out of my system now :) Thanks for peeking!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Hot Stuff!

I think that boy's cards are very hard to do for some reason. I guess part of the reason for me is that I rarely find paper or embellishments that I really like for boys. I don't want to give an 8 year old kid a card and have him stare at me like, "what are you thinking lady?" Luckily I happen to have an 8 year old son at home, so I run my boy card designs by him first :)

This is one that he was especially excited about, so I thought I'd share it. I bought the cute dragon stamp at a garage sale for 10 cents about 4 years back. Micah has always loved dragons, so I knew I'd get to use it some day. When I was looking at the new Prima paper I had in my drawer, I realized that they were the colors that I needed AND they were boy papers that I actually liked. So the Hot Stuff card was born!
The cool paper is the Just Corina "Little Guy" line from Prima Marketing. The whole line is very bright and fun. The stamp is by Stampendous! and the red letters are from my stash. I used Spellbinders nestabilities circles for the white and black circles.
The dragon image was stamped with Brilliance black ink and colored in with Prismacolor markers. You can't see very well, but I used Glossy Accents on the blue parts, so they're shiny and raised. Isn't that dragon cute?
In kitty news, Sohpie had 5 kittens! Sadly one was dead when I went in today to see them :( It was one of my favorites too, and all gray one. The others all seem healthy though, so hopefully they'll be ok. Now we have an orange and white one, a black and white one, a calico, and a cream colored one. They're so cute!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Where has summer gone?

I know it's still summer, but wow it's been flying by! I can't believe that August is just around the corner. And once that hits, it's just a matter of time before fall because we'll be so busy getting ready for school - and college for me!- and getting back into the school routine. We've had a weird summer weather wise. In June we had several days of 100+ heat index and that's not very common. We usually get 100+ temps in late July and August, not in June. So we were worried that it was going to be a very hot summer! However, once July rolled in, we got some wonderful weather that is usually reserved for June. Now it's getting into the 90's again, but it's still wonderful :)

I got to sell some of my excess/old scrapbooking items at the annual down town sidewalk sales this week. It's for down town stores, but my LSS is in the old down town area that's near our house and the owner rented me an 8' table for $5 to sell some stuff. I sold more than half of it, but would have loved to get rid of more! I have several friends who scrap here though, so I know I won't have a problem giving it away.

In other exciting news, my sweet cat Sophia is ready to have her kittens! I'm hoping she'll have them today, she's been nesting in a cardboard box in the basement. It's her first time, so she's a little stressed. I can't wait to see the new babies!

Today I'd like to share a card I made for a Paper piecing challenge at It's a daily challenge, each day is different, so come on and join us sometime. It's in the cardmaking/stamping area of the forum.

I used Daisy D's paper for the paper pieced background and sewed it before adhering it to the white paper. The brown piece of paper was embossed with my Textile Cuttlebug folder and inked slightly. The gold sentiment was made with a corner punch from MultiCraft and inked. The sentiment stamp is from Papertrey Ink. The flowers are from Prima, the butterflies from K&Co. and the lace is from my stash. I have a tiny bit of Martha Stewart lattice border punch peeking at the bottom.

Oh I almost forgot my extremely EXCITING news! I was the Day 13 winner of the huge Spellbinders blog give away! So that means I won a whole load of the beautiful new dies that were just released. You can scroll down to see my response and the dies I won at their blog:
I'm so excited!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

More Damask Designs

Here is another card I made with my new Damask Designs stamp set. I love making coordinating paper!
Paper: Bazzill cardstock
Stamps: Papertrey Ink "Damask Designs" and "Mega Mixed Messages"
Ink: Papertrey Ink, Tsukineko
Tools: Martha Stewart border punch, EK Success border punch, Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Nestabilities
Misc: pearls, ribbon

Monday, July 13, 2009

I ♥ Damask!

I got my Papertrey Ink package last week, and I have had a bit of time to play today. Still not feeling great, but if I take cold medicine round the clock, I can function. I hate being sick in the summer time!

Here is a card that I did with the Demask Designs stamp set and my new Summer Sunrise ink.

Paper: Bazzill, Kraft paper
Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Ink: Papertrey Ink, Tsukineko
Tools: Cuttlebug machine, "Swiss Dots" Cuttlebug folder, Spellbinders Nestablilities
Misc: ribbon

Thanks for coming by!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Masculine happy birthday

Here is a simple card I put together this last weekend to sell at the store. It seems that my masculine cards tend to go faster than I anticipated, so I need to start making more! I tend to keep the masculine cards simpler because chances are, they don't appreciate the work that goes into them as much as women do anyway, LOL.
Stamp: Stampendous!
Ink: Tsukineko
Rubon: Black River Designs
Paper: Pink Paislee, Prima
Misc: Buttons, Ribbon
Tools: Silhouette

I'm not a very happy camper today, I ended up with a sinus infection and conjunctivitis (from the infection). I also have been having a problem with my back, and today I realized it's just not healing at all. So I need to get in to see a doctor. booo... I can't even sit down or stand back up without using my arms, which is not the norm for me at all. Something is way out of place.

I have tomorrow off work, so hopefully I'll be able to finish up my Scrap 'n Art work for Sept/Oct and get good photos! Maybe I'll even get some cards done. Oh! And I'm sure that I'll get my Papertrey package I ordered last week too! It was supposed to come today (another booo!) but it didn't. For some reason it took 3 days to travel from Ohio to Omaha, NE. Priority mail my eye!

Thanks for stopping by ☺

Monday, July 6, 2009

Jack & Jill

I've always liked the nursery rhyme stamps at Hobby Lobby, but I never did buy any because I was trying to wean myself off of wooden stamps. Well, I saw them for only $2.50 last week, so guess who bought one? ☺ Just one though! I knew it would be perfect for baby cards/shower invites. Here's a card I did with the stamp last week.

Stamp: Stampabilities
Ink: Tsukineko
Markers: Copic, Prismacolor
Trim: Offray
Paper: American Crafts, The Paper Studio, MME "Penny Lane"
Border Punch: Martha Stewart "Lattice"
Tools: Cuttlebug machine, Cuttlebug "Swiss Dots" embossing folder, Spellbinders nestabilities

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

I've got no 4th of July cards to share with you, but how about one that's got red, white and blue on it? ☺ I love cherries, and this Jenni Bowlin paper was perfect. I don't know where I got the wood grain tag. The ribbon is from Alexx Kesh.

Hope you're all having a great weekend (holiday weekend for some of you)! Happy Anniversary Dayna, hope you guys are having a great time ♥♥♥

Friday, July 3, 2009

Showers of Blessing

Here is a fun card that I made today. I cut out the circle/square shapes and the umbrella on my Silhouette. I had just a bit of this rain drop paper by Bella Blvd, so it had to go on this card!
I sold 9 cards in the month of June, so that's 19 so far in two months. I worked today and made up 5, so sometime this week I'll have to drop them by the store.
This past weekend, my best friend Dayna and her hubby Troy came to visit us. We had a lot of fun! Dayna is getting into scrapbooking and card making, so she gets to "shop" in my stash when she comes ☺ Here's a pic of us last Saturday.
It's their 5 year anniversary tomorrow, Happy Anniversary!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

It's HERE!

This is such a cool issue! Our new design makes it just like sitting down with a paper mag, and did you SEE all that stuff we're giving away? WOW!!