Friday, May 31, 2013

Kraft/JustRite Miss You card





Happy Weekend!

I finished a Miss You card to send to my mom.  The card will be sent to her after I visit her on vacation.  I figured it would cheer her up after I have left.

The card was made using Kraft paper as the base and also the center vertical strip.  The layout is as per the Cardabilities Sketch #76 with a bit of artistic independence.  :)  


The center was embossed using the Sizzix Tim Holtz swirl folder and then the swirls were distressed using Tim Holtz's Bundled Sage distress ink.  The flower stamped image is Hero Arts' Floral Scallop.  It was stamped in Rich Cocoa by Memento dye ink onto watercolor paper.  I used Distress Stain Bundled Sage and Victorian Velvet on the flowers.  After drying I applied Antique Linen over the entire image and Walnut Stain along the edges.  The image was cut out using Spellbinders Labels Seventeen.  The die cut piece was spritzed with gold mist.  Lace edging was applied onto the Kraft embossed paper and the die cut stamped image was foam taped on top.  


The maroon paper is a paper that I have had for well over 4 years.  This paper was part of a special pack of maroon paper and I have been unable to find the same pack anywhere else.  I have not used the paper in the pack...until now.  (Wow-the challenges out there calling for us to use our stash is a good thing!  Got it..might as well use it!)

The Miss You stamped sentiment is from JustRite's Fancy Frames and was stamped onto a die cut banner from JR Vintage Labels & Banners Dies.  Spellbinders' Twisted Metal Tags and Accents provided the flourish near the flowers.  

After the card was assembled, I added the double pearls in each corner since the corners seemed to be missing some flair.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you all have a fun weekend!

This card is entered into the following challenges:
Kraft Journal, Use a Sketch: http://thekraftjournal.blogspot.ca/2013/05/make-it-monday-with-kraft-outlet-use.html
Cardabilities Sketch #76: http://cardabilities.blogspot.ca/2013/05/sketch-76-design-team-reveal.html
Through the Craftroom Door, AG: http://www.craftdoormagazine.com/2013/05/throught-craft-room-door-challenge-may.html
Use It Tuesday, AG: http://useittuesday.blogspot.ca/
Word Art Wednesday, AG: http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.ca/2013/05/challenge-82-anything-goes-sponsored-by.html

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Krafty Group Portrait Card


Hello!

In some posts earlier this year I talked about my crafty group.  The four of us crafters meet every month or so to make cards, have desserts and enjoy an afternoon together.  It is always a fun time and I am so lucky to have such wonderful and crafty friends.  Well, as soon as I saw this stamp I said "This is our crafty group!".  From left to right you see Valerie, me, Rebecca and Janice.  Yep. It is totally us.  For example, the one for Janice suits her: she is wee in size but has a huge heart. 


I decided to use this stamp of us on the current Stampotique challenge (Anything Goes).  The layout is from the Sweet Sunday Sketch #185.  Kraft paper was used as the card base and the ribbon edging so the card also fits into this week's Kraft Journal challenge.  Foam tape was used to elevate the image (Pause Dream Enjoy Challenge).  Ribbon and twine was used as shown (Craftin' Desert Divas Challenge).

The paper is from a new pad I picked up: My Mind's Eye "Happy Day".  They named this pad correctly- it is so happy!  That is why I picked the paper for this card because it describes our little crafty get togethers perfectly.  Spellbinders Reverse Wonky Rectangles was used to cut our portrait.  Both papers were dry embossed with a Cuttlebug folder (the pattern matched the paper on the left side of the card) and the Martha Stewart bubbles edge punch was used to make the Kraft paper edging.  The hearts were punched out of scrap Happy Day paper and a gem matching each of us was placed a heart.

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to see my crafty friends.  Also, if you like to see more happy cards made from MME paper, you should really check out Kristi's blog ( http://kristispapercreations.blogspot.ca/ ).  She has been making awesome cards from the MME pad "Up and Away".  Well worth the trip!

Have a good one!
Hugs.

This card is entered into the following challenges:
Kraft Journal, Use a Sketch: http://thekraftjournal.blogspot.ca/2013/05/make-it-monday-with-kraft-outlet-use.html
Sweet Sunday Sketch #185: http://kgiron.blogspot.ca/2013/05/sweet-sunday-sketch-challenge-185.html
Stampotique, AG: http://stampotiquedesignerschallenge.blogspot.ca/2013/05/sdc100-anything-goes.html
Pause Dream Enjoy, Foam Tape: http://pausedreamenjoychallenges.blogspot.ca/2013/05/ch-11-use-foam-tape.html
Craftin' Desert Divas, Ribbon or Twine: http://www.craftindesertdivas.com/2013/05/craft-it-up-link-it-up-party-7.html
Paper Playtime, AG with 2 or more ribbons, twine, etc: http://paperplaytime.blogspot.ca/2013/05/ch-11-2-or-more-ribbons.html 
Through The Craftroom Door, AG: http://www.craftdoormagazine.com/2013/05/throught-craft-room-door-challenge-may.html
Sister Act Card Challenge #8: http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.com/2013/05/challenge-8.html

Sunday, May 26, 2013

JustRite Challenge #097, Color Inspiration


Happy Sunday!

I would like to share a card I made for the JustRite Color Inspiration Challenge.  The challenge was to use JustRite product on a card or project and use orange, beige and blue. 

The background was stamped with JR Floral Flourishes in Martha Stewart's teal blue ink and then heat embossed.  Tim Holt's Distress Stain Spiced Marmalade was then applied. 

The funny thing about this card:  My "Spellbinders used" list could be very long, as could paper used.  There were 12 Spellbinder die sets that I tried out for this card that I just did not like.  Because of the tries and misses, many papers were cut and eventually set aside.  You should have seen my craft desk!  Orange, beige and blue papers were strewn everywhere!  I won't even begin to tell you about the ribbon and embellishments.  LOL.  That is what I get for trying to make a card without a sketch.  Lesson learned.  :)

My Spellbinders used list ended up as: Labels Twenty, Floral Flourishes, Twisted Metal Tags and Accents, and Timeless Rectangle.  The JR stamp set Special Gifts Labels Twenty Nine provided the sweet sentiment. 

As a heads up, Joann Fabrics is having an online sale on JR stamps!  I believe it ends today or tomorrow.  Very good prices!  And there is a shipping code SHFP146 for $2.95 shipping!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  To my peeps down in the States, have a great Memorial Day. 

This card is entered into the following challenges:
JustRite Challenge, #97, Color Inspiration: http://justritestampers.typepad.com/justrite-inspiration/2013/05/justrite-friday-challenge-097-color-inspiration.html

Monday, May 20, 2013

Celebrate Spring!

 
Hi Crafteteers!

A card to share...a card that almost did not exist.  There is a pad of paper hanging on my peg board: Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary.  It has only been opened to look at and I never wanted to use the pretty paper since it is the only pad of it that I own.  Well, there are several challenges this week that just called out for the Ladies Diary paper and then Use It Tuesday said the challenge was "You Can't Touch This".  The challenge is to use something that you had not used and liked so much that you avoided using.  You all should have seen me when I pulled out the first sheet.  I laughed and said "Nah, I will use a different pad" but then I realized that I cannot keep doing this to pretty paper!  I have to use it.  It felt good to do so!

 
The layout came from Retro Sketches Challenge #64.  The color scheme/bunny was picked by the Ribbon Reel blog: green, yellow, white/ivory and a bunny.  The Ribbon Carousel and Kraft Journal provided the theme: Celebrations. 

The goods: The card was made from Kraft paper. Kraft paper was also punched with Martha Stewart's Deco edges and added on the green striped Ladies Diary paper as shown.  The bunny stamp was hand made from local crafter extraordinaire, Brianna Corr Scott. (http://brianacorrscott.com/stamp-shop/ ) A bit of ivory twine was added around the bunny's neck.  The stamp Happy Day was a Michaels bin purchase.  Light green gems were added along the Kraft edging and on the banner.  The flower bundle is from an unknown supplier and I wrapped it in yellow ribbon.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope the Happy Day bunny card put you in the spirit to celebrate spring!


This card is entered into the following challenges:
The Ribbon Carousel Challenge, Celebrations: http://blog.ribboncarousel.com/2013/05/rcc81-celebrations.html
Simon Says Stamp, Flower Power: http://simonsaysstampschallenge.blogspot.ca/2013/05/simon-saysflower-power.html
Ribbon Reel, Spring is here: http://theribbonreelchallenge.blogspot.ca/2013/05/challenge-53-spring-is-here.html
My Sheri Crafts, Flower Power: http://myshericrafts.blogspot.ca/2013/05/my-sheri-crafts-challenge-110-flower_11.html
My Crafty Spot, Ribbon and Twine: http://craftspotbykimberly.blogspot.ca/2013/05/my-craft-spot-monday-challenge-98.html
Retro Sketches, #64: http://retrosketches.blogspot.ca/2013/05/retrosketches-64.html
One Crazy Stamper, May Flowers: http://onecrazystampercom.blogspot.ca/2013/05/may-flowers-challenge.html
Use It Tuesday, You Can't Touch This: http://useittuesday.blogspot.ca/2013/05/challenge-55-you-cant-touch-this.html
Kraft Journal, Celebrations: http://thekraftjournal.blogspot.ca/2013/05/make-it-monday-with-kraft-outlet.html

Purr-fect Birthday card


Happy Monday!

Another birthday card to share!  This card is for my brother-in-law.  He is as animal lover and when he stays at our home our furry family goes right up to him for attention.  It is so cute! 

I had some help with this one: My Mind's Eye blog had a sketch challenge so I used the sketch as the layout for the card.  The paper is My Mind's Eye "On the Bright Side" and is perfect for a birthday card.  The sketch used vertical lines so I made sure to use the chevron paper on the vertical.  The card is Kraft paper and it was also used behind the image.  Ah, the image.  This stamp is so sweet!  It is Art Impressions Fur-ever Set.  Originally I wanted the cat as black and white (my cat, Pepper is black and white) but it did not photograph well so I went with grey.  Both animals were colored with pencils and gamsolled.  To add texture, I ran the denim paper and square Kraft paper through Cuttlebug folders Wicker Weave and Polka Dots, respectively.  The Happy Birthday stamp is a Michaels bin find.  The polka dot edge was made using Spellbinders Banner Basics Three.  Also used was Classic Squares (LG).  I applied different colored gems in the locations shown.

Only one more birthday card to make.  Then it is Father's Day x2 and an anniversary card!  Too fun!  :)

Have a great week and thanks so much for stopping by!
Hugs, Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenges:
Kraft Journal, Celebrations: http://thekraftjournal.blogspot.ca/2013/05/make-it-monday-with-kraft-outlet.html
My Mind's Eye, May Sketch: http://mymindseye.typepad.com/blog/2013/05/may-sketch-challenge.html
Cuttlebug Mania, Purr-fect challenge: http://cuttlebugmania.blogspot.ca/2013/05/you-are-purrrrrrrrfect-challenge.html 
Pause Dream Enjoy, "Happy _____": http://pausedreamenjoychallenges.blogspot.ca/2013/05/ch-10-happy-fill-in-blank.html
Crafty Creations, KISS: http://craftycreationschallenges.blogspot.ca/2013/05/challenge-222-kiss.html

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Kraft/JustRite Blue Birthday card



Happy Sunday, All!

Great day here in Halifax.  Our Bluenose Marathon took place this morning and we had a record number of participants. 

Maintaining the blue/sea theme of the day, I made a quick Kraft paper birthday card using a lighthouse stamp hand made by a local crafter, Briana Corr Scott (http://brianacorrscott.com/stamp-shop/ ).  The banner stamp is from JustRite's Anchors Away.  Spellbinders used were JustRite Vintage Labels and Banner, Resplendent Rectangles and Radiant Rectangles.  The edges were distress inked in Tim Holtz's Faded Jeans.


Congrats to all the participants of the Bluenose!

Thank you for stopping by and have a good evening!

This card is entered into the following challenges:
Kraft Journal, Red, White, Blue: http://thekraftjournal.blogspot.ca/2013/05/make-it-monday-with-kraft-outlet-red.html
Pause Dream Enjoy Challenge, "Happy ___": http://pausedreamenjoychallenges.blogspot.ca/2013/05/ch-10-happy-fill-in-blank.html
Through the Craftroom Door, AG: http://www.craftdoormagazine.com/2013/05/challenge-may-14-20.html
Craftin Musketeers, Anything Goes: http://craftingmusketeers.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/welcome-to-our-1st-challenge.html
Crafty Ribbon Challenge, No Designer Paper: http://craftyribbonschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/challenge-45.html
Sister Act Card Challenges, AG: http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.ca/2013/05/challenge-7.html
Every Day is an Occasion, Sunday Funday: http://everydayisanoccasion.com/sunday-funday-9/

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Red, White and Blue Birthday Kraft Birthday card


Hi again!

Made a quick little red, white and blue Kraft birthday card to share.

The card base is die cut Kraft paper using Spellbinders A-2 Fancy Ribbon Threader.  Clear vellum was dry embossed using a Cuttlebug scroll folder then die cut using Spellbinders Labels Three.  Red and white polka dot paper (October Afternoon) was die cut with Labels Fifteen and Labels Three.  Navy blue paper was die cut with Medallion One.  Light ivory linen card stock was cut with Standard Circles (LG) and then stamped in Majestic Blue (Versafine) sentiment "Happy Birthday and Many More" from JustRite set Forever Friends.  Tim Holtz's Fired Brick was inked along the edge of the circle.  Blue twine was stitched into the base as was ivory ribbon.  Recollections' blue rose button was assembled to the bow.  Martha Stewart's butterflies were punched in ivory and blue. 

The above looks like a lot of steps/work, but the card went together quite quickly.  I find with the A-2 die that cards just seem to fall into place easily.  :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

This card is entered into the following challenges:
Really Reasonable Ribbon, Red, White, Blue: http://reasonableribbon.blogspot.ca/search/label/challenges
Twine it up!, Kraft + Twine: http://trendytwine.blogspot.ca/2013/05/may-challenge-kraft-trendy-twine.html
Paper Playtime, Brad or Button: http://paperplaytime.blogspot.ca/2013/05/ch-10-buttons-or-brads.html
Kraft Journal, Red, White, Blue: http://thekraftjournal.blogspot.ca/2013/05/make-it-monday-with-kraft-outlet-red.html
The Paper Shelter, Anything Goes: http://thepapershelter.blogspot.ca/2013/05/challenge-112-anything-goes.html
Stampin for the Weekend, Button it up: http://stampinfortheweekend.blogspot.ca/2013/05/button-it-up.html
Through the Craftroom Door, Anything Goes: http://www.craftdoormagazine.com/2013/05/challenge-may-14-20.html
Pause Dream Enjoy, "Happy ----": http://pausedreamenjoychallenges.blogspot.ca/2013/05/ch-10-happy-fill-in-blank.html
Simply Create, Anything Goes: http://simplycreatetoo.blogspot.ca/2013/05/challenge-37-anything-goes.html

My Craft Room

View when you first walk in my craft room
 Hi All!

Craftin' Desert Divas challenge is "Show me your craft room".  Admittedly, only 3 or 4 people have ever seen my space in five years.  I always keep the door shut and I give excuses why people cannot go in!  I love my little room but I do not want people to think I am disorganized or that I have too much stuff or some other silly reason.  So, this was actually a tough challenge for me: do I finally show people the room or continue to have the room hidden?  Well, you all know what I decided.

First of all, the room is actually a baby's room.  (It is small and in the corners of the room on the hardwood floor are painted stencils of rocking horses.)  Since December my husband and I have been doing small improvements to better utilize the space.  The view above is the view of the room when you first walk in.

The desk is quite thin and I have had it since college.  A nice memory/working piece for me!  To the left of the desk is a paper sorter unit I picked up for $20.  Super sweet.  It holds all my letter size card stock and is sorted by color.  To the right of my desk is the bottom half of a china cabinet I bought at an auction for $30!  The top half is used as storage in our basement.  Well spent $30!  On the wall is a peg board my hubby installed in January.  My friend gave me the peg board (score!).

Desk with project bucket on floor
You may wonder why I have a bucket next to my desk.  Every time I work on a project I put the materials or tools I used into the bucket.  When the project is done, I take photos of the project and bring the bucket to the computer with me.  I find the bucket method helps to list items I used.  :)
Area next to china cabinet

Near the china cabinet base is this little area.  Above the iris boxes is a wall unit that displays my Peanuts stamps!  What a happy couple of shelves.  :)  To the left of the unit is an almost bare wall area.  My husband is going to install another peg board in that area for me.  Yay!  On top of the iris boxes you can also see my two white boxes of scrap paper...boy, I need to find more uses for that paper!
Snoopy stamps...and buttons...and ribbon
The photo below is the area even more to the right (behind my desk).  The tall unit contains my small paper pads, loose ribbon and JustRite stamps.  The two door unit contains photo albums and more 12x12 paper.


The photo below shows the wall to the left of my desk.  This is my Cuttlebug machine working area.  More stamps and goodies on the wall.
Cuttlebug area

Facing back to the door is the special storage area many of you may have seen already.  A great use of space and so easy to find ribbon or stamps.  
Area behind my door- more ribbon and stamps!

So, that is my craft room.  It is small with a lot of stuff...and I love it!  I try to keep it tidy and when I finish a card I clean up so that I start with a clean slate...well...sometimes that does not happen but I try to do it!  When the peg board and other improvements are completed, my room will be much more organized and cleanup will be even quicker.

What do you all think? 

Looking forward to seeing every else's room/area!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

The above crazy, crowded room is entered into the following challenge:
Craftin' Desert Divas, Show me your craft room: http://www.craftindesertdivas.com/2013/05/craft-it-up-link-it-up-party-6.html


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Super Hero Monster

Happy Tuesday!

A quick post of another Stampotique Monster card.  This little guy tugged at my heart strings.   The super hero costume is just the cutest! 

I kept the card simple to show off the stamped image.  The background paper is from K & Company (Sera Sera).  The Hello stamp is JustRite's Fancy Frames stamp set.  The two dies are Spellbinders' Standard Circles LG and Beaded Circles.  The image was colored using pencils and Gamsol.  Stickles were applied on the super belt and crown.

Both today and yesterday's cards were made with my friend, Rebecca.  She is new to the blogosphere (her first card post was Sunday!) and her cards can be found here: http://rebeccabillard.blogspot.ca/  Feel free to drop in and say hi!  :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! 

This card is entered into the following challenges:
Stampotique Challenge, Summertime: http://stampotiquedesignerschallenge.blogspot.ca/2013/05/sdc99-summertime.html
The Sweetest Thing Sunday Sketch, #184: http://kgiron.blogspot.ca/2013/05/sweet-sunday-sketch-challenge-184.html
D.L. Art Linky Party: http://dianamlarson.blogspot.ca/2013/05/dlart-thankful-thursday-linky-challenge.html

Monday, May 13, 2013

Stampotique "Monster of a Hug" card


 
Happy Monday!

Yesterday I went to a friend of mine's house to make a couple of cards using Stampotique stamps.  It was a perfect day to do it: it was rainy and gloomy outside.  Making cards with a good friend turns any gloomy day into a sunny one.  :)

The stamp is just too cute.  On most Mondays I feel like the monster looks (minus the horns and yellow teeth) so it seemed appropriate to post this card today. The background paper is from a paper pad I never used because I thought it was too pretty to cut up, Crate Paper Fourteen. I cannot tell you how long I have had this pad but it was time to use it and I am glad I did.  Other materials used were: Spelbinders Labels Four, Tim Holtz Lipstick Red Distress Ink, Stickles and flowers were from Michaels $1.50 bin.  You can barely see the scroll in the background but that was a scroll from the Ironworks Cricut cartridge.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  <Hugs>


Stampotique Designers Challenge 98, Pink and Turquoise: http://stampotiquedesignerschallenge.blogspot.ca/2013/05/sdc98-pink-turquoise.html
D.L Art Challenge, Flowers: http://dianamlarson.blogspot.ca/2013/05/dlart-thankful-thursday-challenge-109.html
D.L Art, Monthly Linky Party: http://dianamlarson.blogspot.ca/2013/05/dlart-thankful-thursday-linky-challenge.html
My Sheri's Crafts, Flowers: http://myshericrafts.blogspot.ca/2013/05/my-sheri-crafts-challenge-110-flower_11.html
Hiding In My Craftroom: http://www.hidinginmycraftroom.com/2013/05/himcr-97-super-scraps-satruday.html
 

Saturday, May 11, 2013

JustRite Challenge "Sew Good" Butterfly card



Happy Weekend, Everyone!

Another card to share for the JustRite "Sew Good" Challenge.  The challenge is to use stitching, buttons, fabric, etc on the card or project.  I do not sew fabric well and would be doubly horrible on paper so on this card I drew the black stitches in.  :)

The ivory card was made from Spellbinders 5x7 Elegant Labels 4.  The middle die from that set was stamped in gold using JustRite background Floral Flourishes.  The middle die cut piece was eventually foam taped to the front of the card.  A cut was made through both papers using Spellbinders Labels Four. 

The butterfly is from JustRite stamp set Botanical Butterflies. The butterfly was stamped twice and embossed. After embossing, they were colored using Copic markers. The butterflies were taped back to back and fishing line was inserted in between.  The fishing line ends were then assembled in between the two top layers on the card.   

Black faux stitching was added around the paper as shown.  Wooden Buttons were colored using an orange Copic and then assembled onto either the flowers or the top of the polka dot bow.  An ivory doily was mounted under the bow assembly.

The inside cutout was made using Labels Four and then embossed using Cuttlebug folder Birds and Swirls.

Thank you very much for stopping by and have a great weekend!

This card is entered into
JustRite Challenge #96, Sew Good: http://justritestampers.typepad.com/justrite-inspiration/2013/05/justrite-friday-challenge-096-sew-good.html
Sunday {Fun}dayLink party: http://everydayisanoccasion.com/sunday-funday-9/
Divas By Design, AG: http://divasbydesignchallenge.blogspot.ca/2013/05/anything-goes.html
My Sheri's Crafts, Flower Power: http://myshericrafts.blogspot.ca/2013/05/my-sheri-crafts-challenge-110-flower_11.html
Simply Create Too, AG: http://simplycreatetoo.blogspot.ca/2013/05/challenge-37-anything-goes.html
Paper Crafting Journey, AG: http://paper-craftingjourney.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/anything-goes.html
D.L. Art May Linky Party: http://dianamlarson.blogspot.ca/2013/05/dlart-thankful-thursday-linky-challenge.html

Friday, May 10, 2013

Kraft Journal Feature Me Friday Designer

 Happy Friday!

Today is a very wonderful day!  Not only because it is Friday but because the Kraft Journal kindly made me the Feature Me Friday designer for their blog.  http://thekraftjournal.blogspot.ca/2013/05/feature-me-friday-kathy-jo-of-im-little.html  It is an honor and pleasure.  I cannot tell you how happy I was to receive notice of the feature. Thank you so much! 

I would like to share a card I am submitting to the Kraft Journal's Challenge "Just for Her".  What a fun card this was to make.  Most of my cards do not involve a lot of coloring so this card was a little out of the norm.  It is always nice to change things up!  The stamp is called Marilyn and is made by Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps.  She was colored using the following: Copic Flesh, Copic Lipstick Red, Tim Holtz Distress Marker Broken China, and Ivory Yellow coloring pencil (Gamsoled).  Pink and dark pink chalks were used to add cheek blush. Two Spellbinders (Labels Eight and Labels Four) provided the die shapes.  White pearls, mini blue gems and a big clear gem were applied in areas shown.  All of this was place on Kraft paper and outlined with silver.  The inside sentiment is so true "We are all of us stars and deserve to twinkle".


Thank you all for stopping by.  A big thanks to Kraft Journal for the Feature Me Friday spot.  (hugs)

Have a great weekend!

This card is entered into the following challenges:
Kraft Journal Just for Her Challenge: http://thekraftjournal.blogspot.ca/2013/05/make-it-monday-with-kraft-outlet-just.html
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Challenge #6 Buttons, Bows and Bling: http://kraftinkimmiestamps.blogspot.ca/2013/05/krafty-krop-challenge-6-buttons-bows.html
Sweet Stamp Blogspot, For Mom: http://sweetstampsblog.blogspot.ca/2013/05/challenge-116-for-mom.html
Paper Crafting Journal Blogspot, Anything Goes: http://paper-craftingjourney.blogspot.ca/2013/05/anything-goes.html
Love to Create, Mom or Special Lady: http://lovetocreatechallenge.blogspot.no/2013/05/challenge-64-for-mom-or-special-lady.html
DL Art, May Linky Party: http://dianamlarson.blogspot.ca/2013/05/dlart-thankful-thursday-linky-challenge.html
Craft-Dee BowZ, Anything Goes with Bows: http://craft-deebowz.blogspot.no/2013/05/may-challenge.html

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

JustRite Challenge #096 "Sew Good" card


Hello All!

Hot air balloons are so hot right now (no pun intended...wait, I take that back...pun intended).  I have wanted to make a hot air balloon card for a while now but was unsure what to do: buy a die? Buy hot air balloon patterned paper?  It finally hit me today that I could make my own hot air balloon using materials I already have. 

JustRite stamp Harlequin Script is the balloon pattern.  Stamp markers by American Crafts were applied to the stamp.  Spellbinders Standard Circles LG die cut the image.  The tricky part was applying the black string to the balloon.  I ended up using glue dots in the clinched locations shown.  Blue gems were applied over the cinched areas to add a little sass.  Pink paper was cut to size and a stripe embossing folder from Lifestyles Crafts gave it texture. 

Tim Holtz's Distress Ink Tumbled Glass was applied to JustRite background Elegant Fronds (a must have for all paper crafters!) and stamped onto white paper.  The edges were distressed using the Tim Holtz distresser.  Faux stitches were applied inside the edges.  Buttons were added to the top corners.

JustRite "Give Flight to Your Dreams" from Botanical Butterflies was stamped onto die cuts from Samantha Walker's Blossom Tags and Accents.  Tumbled glass was applied to the edges.

It was interesting trying to figure out how to make the balloon.  I learned some things along the way and hopefully my next balloon card will be better...with more bling...and a bow somewhere!  (Feels so strange to not put a bow on a card!!)

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

This card is entered into JustRite Challenge 96, Sew Good: http://justritestampers.typepad.com/justrite-inspiration/2013/05/justrite-friday-challenge-096-sew-good.html

Mother's Day card


 Happy Hump Day!

Yet another Mother's Day card to share.  This was for my mother in law last year.  Just like yesterday's post said: a year late to post is better than never!

The papers were a mix of several different lines: some Glitz, some Basic Grey and one sheet from Recollections.   Inkadinkado supplied two of the stamps and Spellbinders Nested Hearts were also used.  A Cheery Lynn doily die (French Pastry) accentuated the locket.  Of course, Stickles were applied at will!

Funny, I happened across the photos of this card and yesterday's card while I was looking for a photo of something else.  At the time these cards were made: I had my Cuttlebug for a little under a year, had very few embossing folders or dies, and my Tim Holtz inks were probably around 10 or so.  I did enjoy making cards but only two a month max.  Blogging was almost non-existent as I only had perhaps 5 or 7 (?) entries until January of this year.  My goodness...a lot can change in a year!

Hope you all don't mind me posting outdated cards.  Blogging is a perfect library for our crafty treasures!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by.  :)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Bingo Mother's Day card

 

Happy Tuesday, All!

Another Mother's Day card to share.  This one was for my mom last year and I was not an active blogger at that time.  A year late to post is better than never!

As you can probably guess, my mom likes playing bingo so the Art Impressions stamp of Bingo Jean was used.  Spellbinders Beaded Circles and Labels Nine as well as Tim Holtz's Bingo card embossing folder were applied as shown.  Jean was colored using Glaze Pens and Copic marker Lipstick was used on the beaded ring around the image. The sentiment stamps were from Michaels $1.50 bins. 

Inside of card
Back of card
Thanks for stopping by and have a good evening!

This card is entered into the following challenges:
V's Sweet Ideas Blog, Mother's Day: http://www.vssweetideas.blogspot.ca/2013/05/mothers-day-theme-vsc-11-challenge.html
My Sheri's Crafts, Mother's Day: http://www.myshericrafts.blogspot.ca/2013/04/my-sheri-crafts-challenge-109-mothers.html
Love to Create Challenge, Mom or Special Lady: http://lovetocreatechallenge.blogspot.no/2013/05/challenge-64-for-mom-or-special-lady.html
 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Secret Garden Mother's Day card




Hello Crafteteers!

I would like to share a card I made for my mother-in-law.  She is an avid gardener so Graphic 45's Secret Garden paper had to be used!

The layout was from a sketch on Will Stamp for Wine (http://willstampforwine.blogspot.ca/).  I realized after I assembled the front of the card that I forgot to emboss the blue vellum paper.  It was all taped down so I could not disassemble.  Perhaps you can imagine how great the embossed vellum would look.  :)


Dies used on the front were Couture Creations Alcyone Doily die, Spellbinders Eyelet Circles, and Spellbinders Standard Circles LG.  The stamp is from the JustRite set Fancy Frames.  Tim Holtz's Tattered Rose was used for stamping and distressing.  K & Company button from Hannah Stitched was applied to the ivory bow. The ivory lace is from Recollections Lace on a Roll.





 




The inside used more Secret Garden paper.  An ivory paper lace border was punched using Martha Stewart edging.  The sentiment (so lovely!!) is from Quietfire Design: Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while but their hearts forever.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

This card is entered into the following challenges:
My Crafty Spot Challenge #96, For Mom: http://craftspotbykimberly.blogspot.ca/2013/05/monday-post-96-for-mom.html
Word Art Wednesday's, Anything Goes: http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.ca/2013/05/challenge-78-anything-goes.html
Eureka Stamps Challenge #38, Mother's Day: http://eurekastamps.blogspot.ca/2013/05/challenge-38-mothers-day.html
D.L. Art Thankful Thursday May Month Linky: http://dianamlarson.blogspot.ca/2013/05/dlart-thankful-thursday-linky-challenge.html
V's Sweet Ideas Blog, Mother's Day: http://www.vssweetideas.blogspot.ca/2013/05/mothers-day-theme-vsc-11-challenge.html
My Sheri's Crafts, Mother's Day: http://www.myshericrafts.blogspot.ca/2013/04/my-sheri-crafts-challenge-109-mothers.html
Love to Create, Mom or Special Lady: http://lovetocreatechallenge.blogspot.no/2013/05/challenge-64-for-mom-or-special-lady.html
Craft-Dee BowZ, Anything goes with bows: http://craft-deebowz.blogspot.no/2013/05/may-challenge.html


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Kraft "Pop of Color" Challenge card



Happy Sunday!

It is looking to be a fabulous day here in Nova Scotia.  Yesterday was gorgeous and today looks like a repeat.  I hope wherever you are that the day will be wonderful!

I would like to share a card I am submitting for the Kraft Journal Challenge "Pop of Color".  Last week I was unable to participate in their challenge due to a very busy schedule but I made sure to set aside time this week (i.e. not do some of the housework) to make a card.  :)

The card was made using Kraft paper and Spellbinders Tear Drop Circles (S4-344). The band was made using scrap yellow/white paper and brown ribbon. The butterflies are Spellbinders' Les Papillions Two (S4-395). The frame is constructed from Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals (S4-113) and Jewel Frame Accents (S5-144). The sentiment "Spread your wings and fly" is from one of my favorite JustRite stamp sets Spread Your Wings (CL-02170). Inks used were Memento Rich Cocoa and Tim Holtz's Scattered Straw. 
 
As an FYI: it appears that I went a little pearl crazy on this card.  I did not have intentions of putting the white pearls on. Originally, I had use the white pearl accents pen in the areas shown but I mis-shaped a couple of them so I used the store purchased pearls instead.  Honestly, my pearls looked like I applied them with my opposite hand...and my eyes  closed.  LOL
 
Have a good one and thanks for stopping by!
 
This card is entered into the Kraft Journal Challenge "Pop of Color": http://thekraftjournal.blogspot.ca/2013/04/make-it-monday-with-kraft-outlet-pop-of.html

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Happy Scrapbooking Day from my Saint Bernard, Ella

 
 
Happy Scrapbooking Day!
 
I would like to share a scrapbook page I made for my sweet Saint, Ella. She is not only a big sweetie, but she also has a lot of character and sass.  This paper screamed Ella and I had to use it for her! 
 
The paper is called "Big Deal" by Marah Johnson of Creative Imaginations.  Spellbinders Blossom Four and Sizzix On the Edge Bracket were also used.  The pink bling I picked up at the Dollarama.
 
The large photo is a close-up of her at the local dog park.  The small photo is her Halloween shot: she wore an adorable pink boa around her leash to celebrate the day and greet the kiddies.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!

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