Thursday, September 24, 2009

Angel in Pink

What would I do without challenges, probably nothing! This card is for OCC challenge to use light pink, hot pink, white and chocolate chip. The other challenge is for CCC to have a window on the card. Silly me thought this would be a piece of cake, but trying to make a window with 2 mats was an all day ordeal, but the results were worth the time invested.

Light pink was the base of the card, the cutting system from Creative Memories was used to make the window in the card with the oval. It was necessary to cut the smaller oval in the front of the card first using hot pink. The next oval was white cut a little larger and then the final oval out of chocolate chip.

The first card the angel was stamped on the inside of the card on pink, but this just didn't show off the stamp. Wanted the stamp to be a little bighter so the angel was stamped on the oval that was left when cutting out the mat. Colored pencils were used to color in the stamp which is from Inkadinkado. Purchased this stamp at Michaels, they have expanded their selection of clear stamps.

Used chocolate chip ink from Stampin Up for the design. Felt that the card wasn't quite complete so the hot pink ribbon was added and also the punched flowers in hot pink. This punch is also from Creative Memories.

Time for me to head off to work, it is my Monday. Have a crafty day.

P. S. My sister had started to blog, check out some of her work here.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tea Time

Crafty Creations Challenges this week was tea or coffee. Tea is an every day part of my life. My S.O. has at least 10 cups of tea a day he says it is good for him, that it has antioxidant, which does, it he didn't added sugar the tea would be much more beneifical, he won't give the sugar and cream. Oh well, he has given up smoking and that is great.

The stamp used is from Hero Arts and is one of my oldie but goodies. It was a set with teapots and also had a tea cup border. Had used the border before, so I really wanted to use a different stamp for this challenge. The papers used are from Lasting Impressions and were perfect for the layout.
The squares reminded me of a quilt, thus I added the faux stitching, love the outcome of this card. Found the perfect saying at Quote Garden to finish the inside of the card, this is where I go to find all types of poems or sayings.
A limited edition corner rounder was used for the sentiment. Hope everyone has a wonderful week and a crafty day. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Fall is in the Air

My favorite season is fall, mainly because in Las Vegas, there is no fall. No wonderful trees changing colors, palm trees just aren't the same. Love to go to the canyons in Utah and see all the amazing colors for the season. This card is a representation of the season, and the sentiment "Thinking of You."

The motivation came from a couple of challenges, Rosie Dee's which was 2 squares and a rectangle. The other challenge came from OCC which is fall this was a no brainier.

Using a pattern paper for the background, the two squares are green and brown solid card stock in the corners of the squares I used a gold gel pen to get a faux look a very small brad. The leaves were created with a paper punch from Creative Memories. The tree from Stampin' Up, Thoughts and Prayers Set, with chocolate chip ink. The sentiment is from a K & Company set. It is hard to see but I also added stitching about the tree in brown.

This was such a fun card to do and everything came together with hardly any effort. I did pick out the stamp first, which I really need to do each time a card its made. It seems that I get too involved in the layout, and then don't have the right stamp to finish the card, have everything backwards.

Hope that this card inspires everyone to do something with these wonderful colors. Have a great day and take the time to do something creative.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Oh My! Pink and Purple

A special card and gift for one of the ladies at work. She loves the color purple, her car is even purple. On one of my trips to Utah, I found some wonderful beads at Hobby Lobby and ask my daughter (Kaylene) to make Gigi a beaded watch. This is the result, love it, know that she will also love it, not just because it is purple. The band can be changed to match your outfit, and she will be getting a different band for Christmas. These are such unique watches and can be personalized for anyone.

Thanks Kaylene for making such a perfect gift, know that Gigi is going to flip.

Of course it was necessary for me to make a birthday card, had a pink envelope and that is where the inspiration came from for this card. Used some patterned paper from Lasting Impressions and then the classic scalloped circles and ovals from Spellbinder. Would have never thought to put circles and ovals on the same card, I was always taught not to mix strips and plaids when growing up, so that is just the way my mind thinks. Years ago we would have never thought to mix patterns, in our clothing, but it is so excepted now that it is the norm, now I am telling my age.

The inside had to be a little funny, hence the quote from Lucille Ball---
The secret of staying young
is to live honestly, eat
slowly, and lie
about your age.
Used the classic oval once again to carry through the shapes on the front, and added the finishing touch of a flower in the corner. This was such a fun card to make and a one of a kind. I've been making 10 of all the cards I've been making lately, but wanted this one to be unique.
The only stamp used on this card was the Happy Birthday. Am so excited about giving Gigi her gift and card, can't wait to get to work. (I must be crazy!!)

Have a great weekend and crafty day.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Embossed Snowflakes

Believe it or not I have been working on some cards, have completed them, taken pictures, but just haven't posted them. My mojo is basically gone at this moment, well all of that is going to stop today, will be showing you some of the cards that I've been working on. The first one today is for the CCC #32 challenge to using embossing. The card is embossing by using my Sizzix and Big Shot with snowflakes, then stamped embossing for another snowflake and the sentiment.

Hope you can see the detail, but don't know, sorry for the lousy photo, that will have be my next learning experience, how to take better photos.

Think I am going to have to try and master the basics in cards, once again. When I first started scrapbooking everything was about making a beautiful page and I would spend hours making it perfect and forget that the focus should be on the pictures and memories, not all the extras, will be re-evaluating my thinking on cards.

Have a special card that will be posted tomorrow, it is for one of the ladies at work. Will also show you the beaded watch my daughter made as a gift.

Have a great crafty day.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Oh My! Patterned Papers

This has been a funny few days off, can't seem to get motivated to do anything. Have been checking out all the challenges to get the juices flowing. Once I checked them out it was a matter of using what I have on hand to try and conquer those challenges. CCC is one of my favorite sites. Their challenge this week is to use at least 3 patterned papers on one card, it may sound easy but for me this is really hard, just can't seem to wrap my mind around this concept. I went through all my scraps and came up with a few pieces that I thought might coordinate, this was part of my own challenge to use scraps, as there are so many.

The first card is using western paper, so denim seemed to be the perfect match, but what could be added? Why not a cowboy hat from another western print, the only sentiment that seemed to fit the bill was "Howdy" which once again was computer generated, hence this was the result.

Had quite an assortment of western paper so I did make a few more cards to use the paper, thus having less scraps in my stash. The other cards don't have three patterned papers, but it was fun to try and use what was on hand.

Had some other papers that were pink and this is my second card for the challenge. In my quest for inspiration, happened to land on Rubbernecker Stamps challenge for Wednesday which was "Cut It Out". Found this stamp that I have had for years, it had writing around the edge which I didn't want to use, thus I cut out the image and added it to my card. The lady on the stamp seems to be thinking of someone that is far away. Coloring in the stamp was done with colored pencils.

Well, it is time to get ready for work. Hope everyone has a crafty day.


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