Saturday, March 31, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
I also used a punch to remove the top right corner of the layers on the card front, to reveal some bright yellow sunshine.
And of course the flowers needed a bed of grass in which to reside, so I used a Martha Stewart grass punch to create t hat.
I hope Paola loves getting flowers, because these cards are on their way to her house right now.
Sentiment: My Favoritie Things
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock: Paper Reflections (Green), Stampin' UP! (Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Real Red, and Yo Yo Yellow), and The Paper Company (Black)
Designer Paper: Recollections (Light Blue Distress)
Embellishments: Hobby Lobby Ribbon, Paper Studio Brad, and a Button (Vendor Unknown)
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Well............. look what I made!
It's NOT a card! It's what we'd call ABAC (Anything But A Card). It is a calendar page.
The proud sponsor for this challenge is Meljen's Designs!
Thank you, Meljen's Designs, for providing the prize package for one lucky participant, and for giving the design team an image to work with, too!!!
I did this calendar page in layers. I printed the image and cut it out with a Nestability, then layered it onto another Nestabilty cut. I added punched elements to the calendar, too.
It's a functional project, but does have a little bit of depth to it. That works for some calendar pages, but others need to be flat, one-layer sorts of calendars... so I got to playing around in Microsoft Word. I put the calendar on the page and then opened a text box in the lower right-hand corner. I then inserted the Meljen's Designs Love Duck into that text box. It worked perfectly.
I took one of the plastic pieces that is used to hold several pages together in a document. You know the sort of thing. It comes with a clear acetate cover. I put a strip of magnet on the back of the plastic piece, making it possible to stick this calendar on the refrigerator, where it will be both cute and handy.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
No, it isn't my birthday, but the Calendar Girls (who post on the 28th of every month) have been challenged to celebrate our birthdays today.
April (Miss March) is our hostess this month. When she posted her challenge, I was a bit stressed......... and a bit challenged. Tee Hee! (I guess that's the point of a challenge, right?) In April's words: I want you to make a birthday card based on your date of birth. I would love you to use two parts of your birthdate and use the corresponding color and sketch challenges available on the [SCS] forums.
Okay, that presented a problem... since I regularly lie about my age. I always say I'm 17, so there's no way that I'm revealing what year I was born. (Barb, don't even try to get me to do that.) Therefore, I only had two numbers to work with. I'm mathematically challenged or I guess I could have figured out what year I would have been born in if I truly were 17, but hey! That is just TOO much work, which would have taken time away from my crafting time. So I went with the numbers 10 (October) and 26.
I used sketch #10...
... and the colors from Challenge #26, which are Tempting Turquoise, Gable Green, and Lavendar Lace.
As you can see, I decorated the inside of my card, but I didn't put a Happy Birthday sentiment there. I could have, but since I'm also using this card in a swap I'm in on SCS (Barb's What's In a Letter Swap - the Letter L = Lavendar), I didn't think the birthday sentiment seemed appropriate. I'm sorry, April. I hope you don't mind.
Now let's be sure and check out the birthday cards that my fellow Calendar Girls made. You can find the links to their blogs in my left side bar. Be sure to wish them a Happy Birthday - oh, wait! That's not right, since it isn't their birthdays either. Instead, leave them a comment and tell them how awesome their card is, okay?
Thanks for stopping by. Come on over to my house and we'll have cake and ice cream to celebrate my birthday.
Image & Sentiment: My Favorite Things It's a Cupcake Kind of Day
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Black, Gable Green, Lavendar Lace, and Tempting Turquoise
Designer Paper: Paper Studio Sugar & Spice Paper Pad
Embellishments: Stampin' UP! Delphinium Grosgrain Ribbon and Buttons (vendor unknown)
Thursday, March 22, 2012
So, yesterday I made my trip to the thrift store. With just $12.00, I purchased some great items - four shirts, a pair of pants, a pair of capris, a sweater, a rubber stamp set, and this...
Granted, I have no clue what "this" is, but I saw potential in it. Remember from a previous blog post, I found a CD/DVD stand at this same thrift store and now use it for my larger paper punches storage. If you missed that blog post, click here to see how it looks.
I carefully unwrapped the packing tape and assembled these two items. hmmmmmm... I still think my plan might work.
I retrieved the storage bin of larger rolls of ribbon (the ones that had too much yardage on them to put in those little drawer units where I organized all my ribbon).
I'm so excited!!! My idea worked!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
That being said, I remember, way back when. When I first started making cards, I was a Stampin' UP! images, ink, etc. kind of girl. I didn't even know about coloring images back then. I know... GASP! Soooooooooooo for this card, I decided to go back to my first love (no coloring)... and I had so much fun!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Linda (gimmeahaller on SCS) is the hostess this round. She sent us the awesome My Favorite Things image, as well as some desinger paper from Close to My Heart.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
It's time for a new challenge...
The Cutting Cafe is the proud sponsor of this challenge! Not only have they donated a wonderful prize package for one challenge participant, they also gave the Craft Us Crazy design team images to work with. THANK YOU, Cutting Cafe!!!
I used the sucker image and coordinating sentiment from The Cutting Cafe Sweet Stuff set for my card.
On the 15th of every month the Divas and the Dazzlers get to show off their theme-appropriate creations. This month, Michelle was the hostess for the Dazzlers and Barb was the hostess for the Divas. They chose a St. Patrick's Day theme.
Michelle's kit ws full of so many fun items, including designer papers, embellishments, and even an Irish Blessing. She told us we could add an image of our choice, so I went with a freebie digital coloring book page that she gave us the link for and printed out the adorable little St. Patty's Day Bear. Isn't he cute???
Michelle also challenges us to describe any St. Patrick's Day traditions that we have. Hmmmmmm... I thought... and thought... and thought some more........ and came up with NOTHING! I guess there's not an Irish bone in my body, because I usually don't even remember to wear green on St. Patrick's Day, and I don't like corned beef (though I do like cabbage). I'm sorry, Michelle. I hope I don't get kicked out of the Dueling Darlings over this!
Speaking of the Dueling Darlings, let's go see what they made...
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
There will be a new challenge posted on the Twisted Tuesday Challenge blog. In Melina's words, it will be a "basic" challenge along with a twist. Hmmmmmm... doesn't that sound fun!?!?! I wonder what Melina has in store for us?
Oh, and she's looking for two more design team members, so be sure to go to the Twisted Tuesday Challenge blog and check out the details! Who knows, Melina might just "twist" your arm and convice you to apply for a position on her design team!
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Sooooooooo, I joined April's Humorous Card swap over on SCS.
There were so many images/stamps to choose from. I finally went with Grey, a rubber stamp from American Art Stamp Company.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Melina was the hostess this month. She gave us three guidelines:
1. Include 2 different shades of green
2. Make the sentiment a "blessings" or "thankfulness" theme
3. Add a nature element somewhere on our creation
Here's my card: