Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Runway Inspired Challenge!

The first Runway Inspired Challenge is on and I am entering this card on to the runway! I think this angel is just like the gal on the runway, lots of sparkle and shine! 

Stampendous 'Wire Works' Angel stamp
Stampin Up Daffodil Delight card stock and ink and  Stampin Up Whisper White card stock. 
Stampin Up Lace Ribbon Border Punch  

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Bright and Merry CARDS that CARE


Just wanted to show off a couple more cards I made for the Cards that Care  card drive. They are collecting holiday cards for the elderly in nursing homes. For all the info on sending in cards, you can go HERE. All cards need to be sent in by 11/30. I am getting a big batch in the mail today. I loved doing them and it really got me in the mood for Christmas. Now, I just need to start making my own Christmas cards!!!
I think this is possibly my favorite card out of the bunch I made and the easiest. Frosty the Snowman with his buttons bedazzled... I think it made him bright and merry!

And, following up that one, is this Christmas Ball cut out of some pretty Christmas card stock paper and a add a little lime ribbon and a lime sentiment and look what we've got:

Monday, November 14, 2011

Missing My College Girls!

For Jennifer...cause I miss her so much! I can't wait to see what she writes on her blackboards. They still use blackboards in schoolrooms, right? 

Stampin Up Real Red and Basic Black card stock
Ribbon: Bobbin Ribbon - School Days and Ruler
American Crafts - galaxy marker: opaque ink
Studio g - apple punch

And this is for our other college daughter, Kate. She will be 22 next Monday. I saw this paper and fell in love with it. Stripes and swirls with some splashes mixed in...I just love all the changes in it. It reminds me a lot of Kate.

Bo Bunny Back to Basics Reversible Paper - Mama Razzi Stripe
Stampin Up Very Vanilla card stock
Stampin Up Lucky Limeade ribbon
Stampin Up Seasonal Sentiments

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Embellish Color Challenge!

So, I decided to enter this challenge, an Embellish Color Challenge. I just love the colors and loved highlighting them in the card. I don't know why, but navy card stock is one of my favorites. It's just so rich. The picture could never do the color justice. Take a peek!

Navy, burgundy, craft, and green. Oh, and leaves! We had to include leaves in the card!

I'm using Night of Navy and Lucky Limeade card stock.  I used burgundy and craft colored thin ribbons. My sentiment is Seasonal Sentiments from Stampin Up. The stamps I used for the leaves are French Foliage from SU. On the navy card stock I used versa mark and on the Lucky Limeade I used Kraft Pro gold embossing powder.

Again, love the colors! It was fun to pull them all together. Wish me luck!

I Couldn't Sleep at All Last Night...CARDS THAT CARE

I had so many things going through my head that I just decided to go downstairs and stamp for awhile... two hours, three cards for the "Cards that Care" project and two other cards later...
This just reminds me of how heavy the Christmas balls are and how they weigh down the branches. I embossed the ball with glitter and the cap on the ball is embossed with silver. I also stamped one extra branch out on card stock and popped it out on the card...I had to have a place to hang my decoration!

Oh, such an easy card. I made a strip of bird cages on my cuttlebug and trimmed it with a piece of real red ribbon. I stamped "Merry Christmas" and the two little birds that escaped with SU Real Red.

I used an embossing folder on the black card stock to get these great Christmas greetings on this card. Then I decided to use the brayer and the white pigment ink to bring out the words. They showed up a grayish light blue. I could have gone over it another time, but I liked how it looked. I added a die cut snow flake with a silver brad and another greeting.  

Personally, I think it's too early for Christmas (what happened to Thanksgiving?!) but the women running "Cards That Care" need them early and I figured it was for a good cause, so here they are! 

Boy card!

I like this card because I think it could go either way. I am giving it to my brother-in-law but I think you could easily give it to a girl too! I put sparkles on the icing and on the cupcake liner... and it just made me want to go have a cupcake!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Cards That Care

Cards that Care 

The Holidays are about family, kindness and joy.  During the Holidays the elderly who live in nursing homes start to feel lonely and miss their families.  We would like to bring a smile to their faces and brighten their Holiday season by simply making cards and let them know they are not forgotten.  Please join us in spreading cheer.  For all the details please click HERE for how you can be a part of a special cause and to view prizes.  There is still plenty of time to be a part of 
Cards that Care♥.

These companies have generously offered prizes (Lawn FawnPenny BlackSweet Stamps ShopAvocado Arts & I Love It AllHero Arts ).  Winners will be picked randomly from comments left on participating blogs.  So make sure and leave a comment on each blog to better your chances of winning one of these fabulous prizes.

So today I started making holiday cards. I made three cards and I liked this one the best. I have had this stamp for forever but it's so cute! I embossed it and added the silver snowflakes. I stamped the white card with Real Red from SU to match the Real Red cardstock. 

Card ideas

Coming up with card ideas...

I made this card using a white chalk ink pad and a white pigment pad. I also embossed the sentiment in black. It came out looking very soft.  It's funny, this is the second time this week I saw a shirt that gave me an idea for a card. 

This card was just so easy to make.  I have a sweater with flowers on it just like this and I thought it would make a pretty little card. I used the same set of Stampin Up stamps as the card above. My sister's birthday is next week... she will be getting this bunch of flowers in the mail!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

It's your birthday!

It took me a few cards to make the perfect birthday card for my good friend. But each card just didn't seem to fit her. This one is a negative die cut. 


This one is also a negative die cut. I just used patterned paper for the cut instead and  used SU Rich Razzleberry Stamp pad and a ribbon to match.

 Than I made this card. She is a quilter and I had known I would eventually use this paper to make a card with some kind of idea like this...

I was really happy with how it turned out. Each piece is raised off the piece underneath it - three layers. And it doesn't show up but I embossed the birthday message with some glitter.  We had a nice lunch together and shared some laughs.


Monday, October 31, 2011

Thinking of my friend

This is one of my favorite stamps from SU - 'Because I Care' set. There is so much detail in the flower and I think it is such an old fashion flower. I embossed the flower and then used this ribbon because of the white and old olive running through it. I made a flat bow and used a silver brad to hold it together. I stamped the sentiment with SU Rich Razzleberry. It was a perfect match for the color in the ribbon. I am sending it to my dear friend in Chicago. She is missing her son who would be a senior in high school. We usually go to lunch this week because it is his anniversary. I see on Facebook that her other friends are keeping her busy... so glad to see that. She is a great friend to all and I miss seeing her.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Just Smile

Yes, I would love to enter this challenge...and I even stayed up late tonight making a card. But, first, I think the colors are a bit off. And, second, when I take a picture, the words are backwards and I can't flip the picture on my mac. Now that I have the two of you following me I am so excited. I feel like I don't need to win anything else this year! Here is the card I made tonight...

I used the camera on my Mac because my phone died. And if you are wondering what it says...    SMILE   (I'm not). 

So, I just retook the picture today and ...

I turned my frown upside down! I see a big difference in the colors of the card because of the background and the lighting. The green is much softer than it looks in the picture.  Needless to say, I am not entering the contest. I am not even sure how to describe the things I am doing but, I did find this on the info page about the Blogger site in general:
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And, boy was that disappointing! It was supposed to show up as a button that said 
"Power Blogger". 
Haha - I'll see if I can put it somewhere else on my page. 

Owl on a limb...

Ok, so the paper I used here is really cool with pretty fall colors and small splashes of gold. I picked up these colors in the background paper with the boarder paper, the owl, and the leaves. Then I used a SU stamp of a branch and embossed it with gold embossing powder so the owl would have a perfect perch!

Happy Birthday to my friend...but, not with this card! I made this card last night for my friend but, my daughter saw it this morning and said it was nice...just not good enough for our dear friend! I love the purple, brown, and green together. I used the fiskar crimper for the brown paper. I used two small embossing cards for "HB" and the birthday cake and ran them through the cuddlebug with vanilla paper. I had the ribbon to 'tie' it all together. Guess who got the card??? My daughter's best friend - she turns 16 tomorrow!
Happy Birthday Lindsey!
...and the card for MY friend? I made it today and I am very pleased with it. My friend is the only one to read this blog so, I can't post the card till after her birthday.

I wanted to make this card because I saw this stamp set being used in a magazine with the polka dot paper. I wanted a card that I could use for a boy or girl --- black and gray, I think, does the trick. I embossed the black card stock first to add some texture and lifted the b off the card. I really like this stamp set from SU.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

This is the first card I am posting on here. (Not the first card I have made.) It took me forever to make. I needed it to be just right because it was for my daughter Kaitlin. She is a Senior in college and she is in Kappa Kappa Gamma. I wanted to give her a card to congratulate her on how hard she is working in her final year of nursing. I had alot of input from my stamping friends - Ginny and Cathy. 'It takes a village to raise a card' least this card!