Friday, August 29, 2014

Merry Penguin Christmas Card

Not to frighten anyone but there are less than 120 days until Christmas and I am catching some serious fever. Today I have a simple Penguin slider card with an inside sentiment that says "Have yourself a Merry little Christmas."

I thought the merry sentiment would be fabulous for a penguin die cut that slides across the front of the card.... how Merry!! 
In order to make this card, I first started with a standard piece of blue cardstock which I stamped snowflakes onto using a matching ink. I wanted it to feel like the penguin was sliding across ice so I placed some shimmer tape (from CTMH) across the front keeping to blue shades. The patterned paper comes from my scraps and I have had it forever and I thought it would be great to add some color and to allow those pennies to slide.
So what exactly is a slider card?? Sliders are really easy cards to make, which add a very fun element, and can be made at a low price (two 3-D circle dots and two cents, to be exact.) To make the penguin, or any die cut, slide I just added a penny to the back of the die, then I layered on a 3-D circle to give the die something to slide on, and then I layered on another penny and stuck it through that 1/2" slot across the front. As always Easy Peasy! The pennies give it weight and the circle dot and raised front pattern paper help the die sled from side to side.
On this card the top portion of the patterned paper is a little to thin for my liking so I just wanted to make a note to let everyone know that it would lead to a sturdier card (and slide) if you left a little more room above the slot.
Well thanks for joining me today and I hope you were inspired! Have a great weekend.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Holiday Wishes Christmas Card

I have a Christmas card to share with you today that was stamped and colored in. I absolutely love the holiday warmth that the fire mantel stamp provides and I wish I knew where it came from so I could share it with you. However, I received a magical box of paper, stamps, Xyron stuff, and other miscellaneous scrap stuff from a wonderful family member and these two stamps came from that box so I have no clue what the origins are.

This card was easy to throw together, but became a little time consuming with the cutting and the coloring. And to be completely honest, my fiancĂ© did his majority of stamping and cutting (isn't he the best!!) I think that he enjoyed helping me out with this one :) I also sponge dabbed on some green ink to give that sentiment piece a little pop.

Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope you enjoyed the card.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Just 4 You and some Challenges!

Happy Friday! I have a c&s card to share today which I have entered into a couple of challenges hosted by some lovely people.

The first challenge that caught my attention this week was the Paper Players blog where the design team challenged readers to create a clean and simple child's birthday card. I LOVE the clean and simple design and birthday's so I was all over the chance to build my birthday stash back up a little.
The next challenge that I wanted to combine with the Paper Players one is the challenge offered over at  Poppy Sketches where they challenged you this week with a sketch and with some color.
So with those two challenges in mind I set out to make a child's birthday card, using the simple sketch, and those patriotic colors!! And here is what I came up with.

I used the create a critter 2 cartridge for the phrase and a white gel pen for the dotted borders. The inside carries over that stripped paper and has a "Happy Birthday" sentiment stamped and raised with 3-D foam tape. (So sorry that I could not get a good picture of the inside.)

Well I hope you enjoyed my post and that you come back next week for some more inspiration!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

1st Paper Pumpkin!

Welcome back!! ...Today I reveal to you what I received in the mail this weekend... and I hope you're ready for it.
Have you guessed what it is yet.  I provided a clue in this post...Lets check it out, pay close attention to the sentiment stamps.  

That's right!! I came across an ad for the Paper Pumpkin and of course I LOVE paper (and pumpkins or anything and everything fall related) so I just had to do some research and figure out what this paper pumpkin was all about.

So here's the deal... Paper Pumpkin is all about paper! This a monthly paper kit club offered by Stampin' Up that is meant to inspire and even challenge you. The kit includes everything you need to make the project of the month, which can range from cards to 3-D projects. Yes everything you need includes stamps, ink, paper, embellishments, ect.. everything you need. So this being my first month in this new reasonably priced club I was super excited to check out the quality and the merchandise.

Yes twine included, everything seen on the pink thanks card. The one on the left was made with the supplies and from the kit but then I wanted to use an extra embossed card I had on hand

 I love the way that both of the cards came out. I think the paper is so wonderful and the petite stamp set had 3-4 small phrases on them. BTW check out the embossed background.. I finally broke down and bought a embossing machine.. and I LOVE it. I think it gave the overall feel of the card a fun celebratory theme.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my newest creations!
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cherry Birthday Cake!!

 Welcome to another challenge day over at Pause, Dream, Enjoy where today we start another challenge and this one is all about Punches and Metal Dies!

This is exciting and really a true challenge for me since I do not own any metal dies and I only have 1 punch!! So, for a solution to my problem I decided to dig out my 1" hole punch which Amber over at DeMask Love rocks! - if she can then I can too! Right!! And  I decided make this  really cool card with a the punch cut out cherries. Seriously check out those lovely cherries cut using just a 1" circle then sliding some twine through. Oh yea and make sure to check out the leaves also cut from the punch. :)
Go ahead and check out how Amber does it I swear you'll never want to stop making cherries. So easy to create and you have all the material right on hand.

I loved them so much that I added another set to the bottom corner of the envelope - right below the address section. And as for the cupcake - I cut him out from the "Create a Critter" cartridge, but if need be you could easily free hand two pieces of cardstock and then attach with your adhesive so that they overlap.

I also have been working on color combinations so I challenged myself and played along with SCS Challenge #491 
So Saffron
Bermuda Bay
Blackberry Bliss

Dessert Option: Put a sentiment on it!
Check out that sentiment... can you guess what I got in the mail the other day!!! .. if you're not sure then make sure to come back tomorrow and check it out... I promise to "ooohh. :)...

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Hot Air Moments

I was inspired last week as I was surfing around the web and I found a challenge related to the sky and how you would "fly" if you could - I'm sorry that I am not too sure where the website is so if anyone knows please do link it below in the comments.

Anyway I figured this beautiful CTMH paper would be fabulous for flying in the sky. Check out that paper, it has hot air balloons and a very pale yet exquisite color combo of blue, pink, and cream. Just simply beautiful.
I tried to get a close up of the quote but the photos just would not come out right. The quote reads "a mother touches her child's hands for a little while and their heart forever" which is perfect for Miss Abigail's second page!

This layout was super easy and can fit four "different sized" photos or you can even put your journaling on one of the squares and have it surrounded by photos. I decided to use two pieces of paper for the background border but that could easily be one as long as it's 2" X 12". Then just some ribbon and a few embellishments.

Thanks for stopping  by today and I hope to see you back tomorrow as we start another challenge over at PDE.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Birthday and Holiday 3x3 sets

As promised I have a quick post today which shows some cards that cover the basics of how to use a single layout to make multiple cards each with their own style.

Here is a copy of the sketch (or layout) that I used. As you can tell the sketch is very open to interpretation right down to the flipping and flopping of it. I've heard people call this a sketch, a layout, a floor plan, ect.. it's all the same general concept that your design is pre-determined on the most basic level. Some people like to take the shapes and make them an embellishment - for instance, in the sketch below they would put a pretty little butterfly (or any embellishment) in place of the pink rectangle.

Pretty simple right... The thing I like most about using sketches is that it takes all of the heavy lifting out of creating a card leaving just the fancy embellishing and glitter for you to think about.

Take a look at the first set of cards I made using this sketch. Again very straight forward and simple, in fact the only thing that is changed on these from card to card is the stitching. On some I decided to zig-zag across the bottom and on others I sewed a loose box around the polka dot paper. Also as you can see I colored in the stamps on some and left others blank and if I really wanted to switch it up a little more I could have added different stamps or even used different birthday themed die-cuts, again in place of that small pink rectangle.

Here is a close up of the stitching and the various ways that you can stitch a card. My recommendations on stitching is to mark the dots (or to punch out) a template of where you want the stitching to go prior to getting out the needle and thread - this will also ensure that the lines are straight.

I also have a Christmas card using the same layout except the layout is turned so these cards open vertically instead of on the bottom. I also made these cards all the same, very clean and simple.
This picture below shows you how easy it is to take a simple sketch and to easily transform it into multiple cards. Again all the guess work and heavy lifting is done for you so you can easily take some 12x12 and punch out some easy and pretty 3x3 note cards.

I hope you liked looking at my cards today. If you would like to try out the sketch you can feel free to share over on my Facebook page or even share a link to your blog in the comments section - I love meeting new crafters.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Tri Squared Birthday Card

I got a request last week for some more birthday cards so I decided to switch my focus from Christmas and start building a larger stash of birthday cards and tags.
This layout idea came from the CTMH idea book called "Originals" which is a great book for designs, layouts, and inspiration and I strongly suggest it for anyone looking to get into or just beginning their card making journey. "Originals" provides some great tips and tricks that are shared throughout the book and the designs are shown in both the layout form and then a couple of versions of the finished product giving you plenty of room for creativity.

I wanted to get a closer up on both that little red square and the statement which I stamped onto the card.

I decided to sand the edges giving the card more texture and I also used thread for the first time on a card! Sewing on cards provides such a great appeal and yet it is very simple to do, so simple that there are even kits which allow you to poke out random (or not so random) shapes so that way all you need to do it run the needle and thread through.

Over all I am happy with this design and how easy the card is to throw together. The card itself has a lot of different elements to it, yet with a couple of stamps and some scrap paper the card comes together in no time. 

Make sure to come back next week for some more inspiration and in the meantime make sure to stop over to Pause, Dream, Enjoy and join us for this week's link party which is all about kids.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Ornamental Reindeer Card

Christmas time is a huge holiday for cards and tags and it's always easier to have a simpler design for the masses. This card was pretty easy to put together and helped me focus on the colors and the ability to make 10 of these cards in one quick shot - or 20 depending on your family size ; ).
This chocolate card base is a 5X5 vertical card with a white piece cut just a 1/2" small on the two sides leaving it a 1/4" smaller on all edges - just enough for that beautiful chocolate to take a peak. I then added a Red 3 1/4 X 3" piece of card stock held on with 2 brass brads...say that 10x fast. Then finally some red and black twine tied around the front flap of the card.

I think that a key to designing a clean card is to really focus on those design elements and principles. Just think basic art class -  balance, color, texture.. The clean cards manage to bring that simple, not overly embellished design back and again can allow you to make multiple cards in one sitting.

Well that's all I have for today. I hope you join me again for a lesson on how to make a beautiful set of note cards using this c&s idea.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

PDE Kids Challenge

Happy Tuesday! That means that today is the new beginning for another bi-weekly challenge over at Pause, Dream, Enjoy! For this week's Theme we are focusing on Kids and being that I have a ton of kids birthday cards I decided to focus my thoughts this week on color and feel and I think that my card shows this through the fun and bright patterns and colors.

The bunny was cut out using the "Create A Critter 2" cartridge for my cricut and the rest came from my stash making this a very easy card to put together.
For the challenge you can click on this link. The challenge runs for two weeks and again it's an anything goes challenge as long as you are following the theme. Make sure to head on over and see what the other DT's are cooking up for this fun theme and to submit your project for a chance to be showcased for your work.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Christmas in July Holiday Card!

Happy Last Day of July!! I hope everyone has had an excellent week! I apologize for not posting on Wed. but this was my first week back from our family vacation (scrap pages yet to come) so I was still relaxing.
My inspiration for cards this week (and again I didn't craft a whole lot!) was Christmas in July!! I love that idea and how motivated it makes you to get all of those holiday cards done in time for the busy season.
This card was really easy to put together and the layout can easily be transferred to multiple cards or even to a page layout, of course on a larger scale. I started with a 6X6 white card base which is usually a larger card for me but since I have extra envelopes (weird right?!) that fit this size I decided to make a couple larger cards.
I then added those little 1 1/2" green squares attached at an angle with 3-D tape accompanied by some lovely bells (stickers picked up at the dollar store!) The red side bar is a cool textured paper and the white is simply stamped cardstock. As far as the "Season's Greetings" is stamped and then popped up with 3-D tape adding to the simplicity of the card.
I hope you enjoyed my first 2014 Holiday Card and that you'll be back next week for some more cards! Oh and just in case you were wondering the family vacation was camping at a beautiful lake and enjoying some time at Water Safari Fun Park so please do come back to see those wonderful and fun scrapbook additions that I will soon be adding!

"Remember you're the one that can fill the world with Sunshine!" - Snow White

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