Friday, July 13, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays #61

Huge surprise to me that I am back today for another challenge, especially since I am leaving tomorrow on a road trip to Chicago. Long, happy, sad story... have my first daughter, daughter grows up, she goes to college, we move away from that college, she stays at the college, she graduates from college and finds a wonderful job near her college. So I am happy for her success and so very proud of the wonderful job she will be starting as a pediatric nurse. I am so sad she is getting an apartment 800 miles away from us. Couldn't she commute?

The challenge this week is to use strips of colors or pattern in your Clean and Simple Design. I just so happened to have rub-on's by K&Company. I have never used rub-on's on a card but I loved how easy it was to do. (I feel I cheated a little bit.) I also didn't make a card but a little note pad for my daughter to leave on her bookcase at the door in her apartment. She can use it for making little notes or for her shopping list. The colors match the vase we bought for the bookcase.

I made the cover from two pieces of card stock so it is nice and firm and wrapped it around the tablet.
Maybe she will drop me a note in the mail?!?!

I cried when I made this for her. Haha - no surprise. She is my love. I am happy that she has succeeded so far in life. I am glad that I can help her move, starting tomorrow. I guess I have been helping her move for years.  : (

Check out CAS-ual Friday's blog to see all the great cards over there and add some work of your own!

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Christmas In July (sorry- I was even humming Christmas songs)

I have to confess, the second I started making this card, I started humming a Christmas carol. I immediately realized that I had to stop at one card or I'd be playing Christmas songs on my play list. But, it did get me in the mood for Christmas. Here's my card....

I tried to meet Jay Gee's Nook Challenge by keeping the card crisp and clean like the photograph of the headboard. That is a beautiful headboard! I used Papertrey white Card stock and also the Papertrey Mehndi Medallion Stamp Set. It is embossed with opaque embossing powder.

Little Red Wagon just wanted a lovely Christmas card ... so easy to add the SU sentiment, embossed with Ranger silver embossing powder. I used the two punches to give it a nice layered look when I popped it up. Adding the bling just gives it a little sparkle for the holiday.

Over at The Craft's Meow they had a sketch to follow. I did my best to follow the sketch by using the medallion and then having the sentiment coming off to the side. I went pretty CAS with this card. 

These are the links to the three challenges, Great ideas at all three blogs. I enjoyed viewing the DT's cards. Stop by and take a look.

Jay Gee's Nook Challenge #21
The Craft's Meow July Sketch Challenge!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Casual Friday Challenge Card 2

                             CFC60 USE TEXT IN YOUR CLEAN AND SIMPLE DESIGN

So, I am back with my second card for CAS-ual Friday. This card idea has been floating around in my head for months, sans the text inside the letters. This morning I thought it would look pretty neat if the text were in each letter. I was going to make the heart smaller but when I cut this heart out I loved what words, and parts of words, showed up... crosswords, horoscopes, weather, gossip, food, reviews of movies. I had to leave the heart the size it was and send the card to my girlfriend. She does so much for others and she never gets much thanks.

I used SU black Cardstock and newspaper print paper.

Casual Friday Challenge and CASE Study Challenge

I don't ever do this... but, I made one card for two different challenges. It wasn't like I wasn't focusing completely on either challenge. They both just seemed to go together nicely with this card, I hope!

                             CFC60 Use text in your Clean And Simple design


Both CAS-ual Friday and CASE Study have wonderful design teams with great card ideas. Click on the links above to see what they have cooking over there this week! 

My card needed to be clean and simple (CAS) and use text in the main part of the design. That was what was needed for the CAS-ual Friday card. For the CASE Study Challenge card I had to have a card based on a card made by the talented  Kristii Lockart. You can view her card on her blog. This is what I came up with:

I made the card 5 1/2 x 4 1/2. Normally, that would be 4 1/4, but I wanted the extra edge so I could stamp additional text going in different directions. I used opaque embossing to give it a nice cream look next to my off-white satin ribbon, SU newspaper paper, and the paper I put in the typewriter. I also embossed the SU typewriter with Ranger Black embossing powder. I did pop up the typewriter except under the keys, that way I could run my ribbon under it nice and easy. That was not always the case with ribbons and typewriters! Since I was going for old fashion, I stapled the ribbon. Not that the stapler is old fashion, but it's getting there!

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Wine and Jennifer Rzasa

Jennifer Rzasa had adorable wine charms over on her blog. You can click here to see them. I am moving my daughter 800 miles away next week to start her new life as a nurse - she just graduated from college. She has been away for the last four years but this seems so final. So, I decided to make her a little gift that had pictures of things that remind me of her. And every time she has a glass of wine she can think of me... right.

I used a sheet of shrink film, punched a 2 1/2" circle, and punched a small circle in that so I could put a ring on it after I shrunk it. Then I took the 2 1/2" circle and stamped it with a design using StazOn Black Ink Pad. I than colored it with permanent markers. This one is an old Stampin Up stamp with a little girl in overalls tending a garden. My girls always wore cute little overalls - I put Kate's name on it, the name of her new hometown, and "est. July 2012". It came out so cute. They shrink down to about 1" in size. I made 8 wine charms for her. 

Cats, sending her kisses, and St. Pat's Day...

...Believe, KKG and a key, a tree, and Mowgli, of course.

Today we were downtown Philadelphia in this cute little wine shop. They had this adorable 'can' of wine called Red Barn. Taste delicious and is from a local winery called Paradocx Vineyard. The can of paint wine comes with a paint stirrer that says 
I just love the whole marketing idea that they went with for this wine. 

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Runway Inspired Challenge #15

There is a new Runway Challenge - you can check it out at ric#15 - Lacoste. And, not to disappoint the DT over at RIC, I looked at the other outfits that Lasoste has out this season. I grew up with Lacoste shirts and belts and I just needed to see what else was on the runway. WOW - rugby dresses - I don't think I have ever had the figure for a rugby dress. They sure were cute though! 

Lacoste Fall 2012

And my plaid dress-wearing turtle card:

I even painted her nails cause that's how she rolls... or walks real slow!

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Embellish Color Challenge - Tea Party

So this challenge is the Embellish Color Challenge - Tea Party. And you have to incorporate some type of tea product in your card. A pot, cup, bag ... and the colors that they show below.

I knew I had a stamp to fill the bill for this challenge, it was just a matter of pulling it out and dusting it off. I think the Stampin Up set, Nice and Easy, is circa 1996. I hope it is okay to enter a challenge with stamps that are that old... haha. 

I love teapots. My favorite gift from my Dad was a teapot. I treasure it and use it often. And, having three daughters, they all had tea sets and many tea parties. ....But this was the only stamp I could come up with? Ugh - what is wrong with me? 

I used my Copic Markers to color the stamp in and wished there was a bit more detail to color. I love using my markers. I popped up the tea set and the sentiment with the ribbon underneath. 

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Cardstock: PTI - white  /  Stampin Up - Soft Suede
Stamps: Stampin Up - Nice and Easy 1996, Itty Bitty Banners / Inkadikado - hearts
Ink: Stampin Up - Soft Suede
Stampin Up Itty Bitty Banner Framlet
Copic Markers: 

Make It Monday #73: Stamping on Patterned Paper

Well I wanted to make a bunch of thank you cards today so I decided to do it by way of any challenges that were going on this week. I just grabbed my cup of coffee and let the challenges begin...

Make It Monday #73: Stamping on Patterned Paper

 So the Make It Monday #73: Stamping on Patterned Paper  challenge over at Papertrey Ink was a bit out of my comfort zone. Not stamping on a clean slate?  I guess that is why they call it a challenge.

I decided to use a long card, 7 1/2 inches, because the sentiment was long and I liked how it looked on that length of card stock. I stamped it on the patterned paper and then embossed it with clear embossing powder. 

This is the first time I have made a card this length so I lined the envelope with the same patterned paper to add a little something extra. 

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Cardstock: PTI - white - I'll say it again - - love this paper! /  Stampin Up - Melon Mambo
Patterned Paper: Colorbok
Stamps: Inkadinkado
Ink: Stampin Up - Melon Mambo
Embossing Powder: Recollections Clear Embossing Powder
Trim: Stampin Up Scallop Edge Border