Tuesday, May 26, 2009

GC11: Color Challenge--Yellow, Dark Brown, & Green

It was necessary for me to work on Memorial Day, and Billy worked last night and tonight, this is the perfect opportunity for me to do what I call "play."

When I saw this challenge, at Gingersnap Creations, and the Black eyed Susan's, I knew the card to make was a flower gift card holder. The colors are perfect and are so cheerful, that is the feeling I hope anyone who receive it would feel.

To make the flower I used my cutting system from Creative memories and 1" circle punch for the outer petals, using these tools it is simple to make a circle into a flower. The first layer of petals is a print paper, I used small dots, the second layer was solid yellow card stock. This is so versatile you could use prints or solids, there is not limitations, just your imagination. Brown stitch lines were added to give the petals more accents. Leaves were cut and then folded to give dimension. The center pocket is dark brown card stock which I add lines to make the the lattice look, used a gold gel pen and also added dots to the center. The picture below the center of each square is pierced and then added a dot in the center so that it would show more.
I was talking with my daughter Jamie, who is a teacher. she told me about some of the projects she does and that they have a lot of scrap paper. This would be the perfect project for the scraps and am sure that her students would come up with some very creative and unique flowers. The project is easy and fun, once you make one you want to make more.

My other daughter Kaylene is looking for a job and can use some cheering up, these bright colors will definitely put a smile on her face.

You don't have to use it as gift cardholder. by adding a sentiment on a card it can be placed in the pocket, sure anyone would love to receive this flower which would last a long time.

Thanks for the inspiration. Now go out and create something fabulous.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Symphony of Sympathy

This is my first ever challenge, guess you never know where you will get your inspiration. Challenge #16 Metal, at Crafty Creations, check out all the other cards by clicking here.
It was necessary to make a sympathy card, and remembered reading about this challenge, it just seem to all come together. The young man that passed was into music, knew that I had musical paper and this is the result, added the metal musical notes to finish off the card. Wanted to keep the card very clean and simple, thank you for the challenge. Hope that this card with give his family comfort in this very difficult time.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Footprints Sympathy Card

It has been crazy around here the last few days. Sunday night while at work we got a call from one our co-workers that her son had accidently shot himself. I rushed off to be with her and try to give her some comfort, as you can image losing a child is horrible.

Have been trying to put a couple of collage frames together for the funeral, and also wanted to make a card for everyone at work to sign. The result of the card is shown, made like a book so that people were not restricted on how much room was on the card, the pages were dark, added white paper on the top so that we didn't need a special pen. Printed the Footprints in the Sand poem from the computer and also added sentiments on each page. The sentiments are a classic oval, and matted the scalloped oval.

The front of the card is matted 3 times, wanted to keep the card clean and not too many frillys. Did use a corner rounder that I had from Creative Memories for each corner. Used a piece of ribbon to keep the book or card together and added brads at the top, they were silver, and I later found out that was his favorite color.

The viewings are today and tomorrow, the collage frames are complete, everything will go to my dear friend today. Hope that these creations will comfort her and her daughter in these difficult times.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Father's Day

Really quick post for a Father's Day card. These cards were included with the card box that I presented my girls with for Christmas. My goal for my days off is to make 12 Father's Day cards and take to work to see if anyone will be interested in purchasing them.
These were very simple and you can use any paper that looks like a shirt, prints are great and are a fun result.
Sentiment inside says: The greatest gift I ever had came from God.....
I call him Dad!
Used a 1" punch for the sentiment on front.
Happy crafting.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Want A Be Sunflower Card

The inspiration for this card came from Inspired Designs, love the colors and of course the sunflowers.

When starting the card I knew what directions it was headed, but it took on a life of its own, liked the results using the scalloped circles from Spellbinders thought it would make a great picture. The orginial card was 5"x 5" , checked out the local Dollar Store and found an 8"x 8" frame. Will be making another one the same size and then use the larger scalloped cirles and make a bigger version, then will have a three picture grouping. When completed will take photos so you can see the finished product. This will have to wait a few days, as this is my Monday for work.

Kept looking at the picture, and found it necessary to go ahead and make another card. Scored the base of the card to give a lattice look and pierced the paper where the lines intersected. Love all the dimenions. Very simple sentiment finishes off the card using oval shapes.

Have fun with this card, let your imagination run wild.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tuxedo Card

When I saw a version of this card, knew I had to try one. A tuxedo is part of my life with all the limousine drivers that I work with, this was just a natural.

Wanted to make the card match the ribbon dress card that I finished, that is why we there is the pink accents on the card. Used brads instead of buttons for the studs. Rolled the collar to give more dimension and used smalled brads for the buttons on the collar.

Was going to make a paper bow tie, but just didn't look right so 7/8" pink ribbon was my choice.
My "SO" always has a hankie in this tuxedo pocket so this really made it personal, although his is usually red. This is one of my favorite cards and can't wait for a birthday to give it away.
Thanks for stopping by today, keep smiling.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Pink Ribbon Dress

While browsing SCS yesterday, I happen to find a beautiful card by "Jakester" it was so pretty that it motivated me to try one for myself, this is what came out of her idea. The card is 5" x 7", the dress measures 5 1/2" tall by 3 1/4" wide at the widest point. You could make this any size you would like. I used #3 sheer ribbon for the dress, you will use 3 yards to complete the dress. The mat behind the dress was embossed with white pearl embossing powder, the stamp used was from Inkadinkado. the ink was a VersaMark.
Flower rhinestones from Michaels were used for the finishing touches, you can embellish the dress with flowers or other accessories whatever you prefer. My granddaughter, Katie, will be going to Prom soon and she loves the color purple, obviously that will be my next project.

When attaching the ribbon to the cardstock pattern I used a taperunner, but when I got up this morning all the ribbon had come off the form, I then used a spot of Tacky glue to re-attach the ribbon, this works much better.
Would love to see everyones take on this dress. Tomorrow have a card to go with this one, check back to see what I'm working on. Have a great day of crafting.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

A very special wish to everyone out there, have a wonderful Mother's Day. Unfortunately I will be at work, thought it would be nice to give the ladies that work with me something special. Went to Home Depot, bought some plants, made a special pot out of DP, added a pick with "Happy Mother's Day." Mostly work with men that are limo drivers and shuttle bus drivers so this was a perfect opportunity to treat the ladies, know that it will put a smile on their faces. I saw the pattern for the little pots, or boxes along time ago and don't remember whose website had the tutorial, sorry. This is an easy project here are the steps:

l. Cut 2 strips of DP 3" x 11"

2. Score at 1" , 4" , 7" and 10"

3. Fold all score lines.

4. Lay one strip on top of the other so you have an X, use tape to adhere.

5. Use decorative border punch for flaps. The border can also be punched before putting them together.

6. Punch a small hole on each corner, use ribbon or raffia to tie corners and you have a pot for a 3" plant.

7. Spellbinders classic scallop oval #3 and classic oval #2 were used for the sentiment, there was computer generated.

8. Used floral wire for picks.

The hardest part of this project was to make sure the plants didn't die, should have bought them on Sunday, I have a brown thumb, LOL!

Happy Mother's Day!!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Seed Accordion Gift Card

One of my favorite sites to check out on a daily basis is "No Time to Stamp?" Sharon has some wonderful projects and tutorials. When I saw her accordion cards it was a must to try them out, my first attempt was a Valentine Card that Billy really liked, even more than the brownies I made for him.

Sharon made a spring card that had pockets and I knew it was a must, I even got seeds, all though I can't use them here in Las Vegas, but will be sending them to my daughter in Reno.

This was a really fun project, the paper used was from my stash, it had to be old. The circles were made using the cutting system from Creative Memories and also the classic scallop circles from Spellbinders and my Big Shot, love these new toys.
Eyelets and raffia were used on the top to complete the card, my alphabet stamps are in Utah so I did used computer generated letters.
This would be a great card for any occasion, let your imagination run wild. Thanks for stopping by today.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Homemade Cookies

When my girls were growing up I didn't cook or make cookies, as I was a single mom working 60 or more hours a week. Now I take advantage of making cookies with my grandson's, they really enjoy it and of course love eating the cookies. My oldest grandson helps me make chocolate covered strawberries, it is one of his favorites. My girls now document my cooking because they can't believe it. The pictures are now in my scrapbook, the 2 page layout is simple, with rounded corners, I found these great rub-ons at Michaels, had to have them. This is an easy page to do, part of my philosophy is to scrapbook so that my pictures are in a book, every page doesn't have to be a work of art. Start scrapbooking, no more excuses!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

If friends were flowers....

While checking out some of my favorite sites, I landed at Winnies Whims and My Crafts where she had made a waterfall card, love it! This is my finished card, and I can't wait to make more, thought it was going to be hard, but it was really easy, click here for instructions for this great card.

Check out the cards Winnie has made, they are so creative and just plain cute.

This is really a fun card and can be used from any ocassion. The words "waterfall card" seems a little intimiating, but it was really easy to do and I can't wait to make more, know this is a card I will do often.

The stamps I used were Inkadinkado, and markers were used to color in the stamp, very simple but with a great result. The eyelets were added to the edge of the card using a Crop-A-Dile, am learning how to use this tool in different ways each day. The inside sentiment was computer generated. A small piece of ribbon was added for the pull. Hope this inspires you to try a waterfall card, it truly is fun.

Monday, May 4, 2009

A Pretty Dress...for a beautiful daughter!

With Mother's Day around the corner, it is time to send my girls a card. This is not your traditional Mother's Day card, but am sure that it will put a "smile" on their faces.

The dress pattern can be found at Patty's Stamping Spot, check it out here, she has some great projects. know that you will get inspiration from her "Stamp A Stack class card #3-Dress Card."

I used the classic scallop circle from Spellbinders, which I just purchased while on my trip to Utah. Unfortunately there is no one in the Las Vegas area that carries this product, have been looking for them for months and was lucky enough to find them at the Hobby Lobby in Layton, Utah. To make the ruffle on the bottom of the dress, I used half of a scalloped circle in a contrast color.

Added embellishments with ribbon and rhinestones, and used a corner rounder to scallop the edge of the card, learn how to use your corner rounder for scallops at SCS, finished by piercing each scallop on the dress and edge of the card.

The inside of the card features the print of the dress which was used for the sentiment on the brown dress, the pink dress I added a contrast border on the outside of the card, and used that as a mat.

Know that my girls will love this really "girly" card. Hope these cards put a smile on "your" faces.

Have a great week.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Lemonade Stand Award

Sherri from roses in my heart has sent me this wonderful award today! Sherri is one of my favorite bloggers and has some wonderful ideas that motivate me to create each day. Thank you so much Sherri for this honor!!

The Lemonade Stand Award is for being a blogger who shows great attitude and gratitude. To pick up the Lemonade Stand Award:- Comment on this blog.

- Cut and paste the award logo and use it in your own blog.

- Nominate 5 to 10 blogs you feel show great attitude and gratitude.

- Link to your nominees within your blog post.

- Comment on their blogs to let them know they've received the award.

- Link back to the person who gave you the award to show your appreciation.

I would like to nominate the following bloggers for this award:
Thank you to these ladies for inspiring me each day and sharing your talent and creativity.


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