Sunday, December 26, 2010
My grandson celebrated his third birthday today. His parents planned a "Thomas the Train" party, and I found the perfect chipboard designs with which to make a card. Even though we had a lot of snow (see photo of our house below), we had a great birthday celebration.
It started snowing around 7:00 p.m. on Christmas and snowed all night and part of the next morning. We had not had snow on Christmas in North Carolina since 1947! According to our trusty measuring gauge (a ruler), we had about six inches of snow at our house, enough to cover the lawn, shrubs, trees, and house!
Friday, December 24, 2010
I entered this card in the Wee Memories Challenge #36, Colors of the Season.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Update: My card was chosen as one of the winners of Craft Your Passion Challenge Blog Challenge #37!
The challenge this week at The Shabby Tea Room was to create a Scandinavian Christmas card. I have a huge stash of Christmas papers, stamps, and ribbons and two new toys--a Cricuit cartridge that cuts snowflakes and a Spellbinders poinsettia die. I decided to make a criss-cross card using a variety of red and white papers, a lot of glitter, rhinestones, and yards of lace and ribbons! I also found a SU brad in my Valentine's stash that was a perfect topper for my snowflakes. I then hand delivered the card to a special paper-crafting friend in my neighborhood. Enjoy!
I also entered this card in the following Christmas challenges: Craft Your Passion Challenge #37, Paper Playtime Challenge #30, Sugar Sweet Paper Treats, Christmas Card Challenges #3, Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog #49, and Critter Sketch Challenge #45.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
For my sister and my daughter, I cased a card from Sandi MacIver.
For my sister's card, I used SU's retired DSP Razzleberry Lemonade and accented it with SU's Crushed Curry and Melon Mambo paper.
I entered both of these cards in Top Tip Tuesday's "Layer upon Layer" challenge.
I also had to make two masculine birthday cards--very hard for me because I can't add lots of ribbon, glitter, or bling!
For my brother-in-law, I continued my series of map cards. At our library's recent book sale, I was able to add another atlas to my card-making collection, and I found the perfect map of Illinois. I cut out one of the cars, added some Crystal Effects, and popped it up with some dimensionals.
The Shabby Tea Room's Challenge #37 is "Pick A Cause," and I have chosen the American Heart Association for several reasons. My son-in-law is a cardiologist, and because of his advice, my husband and I are trying to lead a more "heart-healthy" life. In addition, several of my family members have had heart procedures that have improved their quality of life. I made this card for a family member who will undergo a heart procedure in early December and plan to give it to her before her operation. I've also entered this card in Top Tip Tuesday's "Layer upon Layer" challenge.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Paper: Fancy Pants Designs, SU's Very Vanilla; Stamp: SU"s Whimsical Words; Punches: SU's Round Tab, Scallop Circle, Heart to Heart; Ink: Tsukinenko Pearlescent Crimson; Accessories: Button, Fancy Pants Designs; ribbon and brads from Michael's.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
I also entered this card in The Paper Players Challenge #22--Anything Goes!
Stamp: SU's Whimsical Words; Paper: SU's Night and Day (retired); Punches: SU's Decorative Label (extra-large), Martha Stewart butterfly punch; Accessories: Me & My BIG Ideas rhinestone bling; Making Memories brad, and ribbon and flowers from AC Moore.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
This week at The Shabby Tea Room, vintage Halloween cards are the challenge. I have six Halloween cards to make for my grandchildren, so I thought I would get started by entering my older granddaughter's card in the challenge. I printed out the poem on my computer and then assembled the card.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Paper: SU Green Galore, Pretty in Pink; Debbie Mumm's Baby Girl patterned paper; Ink: SU Blushing Bride; Punch: SU Scallop Edge; Embellishments: K & Co chipboard tag, dress, flowers, and hearts, gingham ribbon from Michael's, and SU button.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
I used SU's Well-Scripted birthday stamp for the sentiment and punched it out with my trusty Marvy Uchida scallop oval punch which I seem to used all the time! I also used SU's Build-A-Brad to create a unique brad to go with the paper!
Stamp: SU's Well-Scripted; Paper: SU's Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla, Crate Paper's Prudence Collection; Ink: Ranger Vintage Photo; Accessories: SU's Build-A-Brad, Marvy Uchida scallop oval punch, lace from Joann's, and scrumpled seam binding from Deb's Simple Treasures Etsy Shop.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Several months ago, I bought some Wausau Royal Metallic Chalice Silver paper at Office Max, thinking that I could use it when I made Christmas cards. However, The Shabby Tea Room's Challenge #24, "A Little Bit of Metal," was a perfect use for this paper.
On the left side of the card, I added some bling as well as several silver metallic flowers (that I took apart and reassembled) and a butterfly that I also embossed.
I am also entering this in Flutterby Wednesday #119 --anything goes as long as there's a butterfly, fairy, or angel on the card.
Stamp: SU's Well Scripted; Paper: SU's Basic Black, Wausau Royal Metallic Chalice Silver; Punches: Martha Stewart butterfly, Marvy Uchida scallop oval; Embellishments: Wilton silver foil doily, Reflections flowers, Me and My Big Ideas rhinestone bling, Plaid rub-ons; and Ranger Silver metallic embossing powder.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Recently, I sent my brother-in-law and sister-in-law a gift card, and I did not want to just put it inside the card I made for them. Using my Cricut, I made an envelope and then used it on the front to hold the gift card! I also stamped the top of the card with one of SU's Elements of Style stamps and then embossed the images.
Stamps: SU's A Word for You and Elements of Style; Paper: SU's Basic Black and DSP Day and Night (retired); Ink: StazOn black and white; Accessories: ribbon from Michael's, embossing powder from Joann's, SU's Beautiful Wings Embosslits, and Marvy Uchida oval scallop punch.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Since the challenge was to use stripes or colors found in the inspirational photo above, I searched through all of SU's DSP and found a stripe that was very similar to the comforter in the photo.
My card base was SU's Chocolate Chip, and besides SU's Sweet Pea DSP, I used SU's So Saffron, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Whisper White.
Not wanting to put a large sentiment on the front of the card, I noticed that there were fruit and vegetable signs above the bureau, so I found a picture of peaches online and used it as my focal point.
For the rest of the card, I used flowers, butterflies, scrumpled seam binding, and buttons in colors to compliment the striped DSP. In addition to the "For You" sentiment on the front of the card, I chose two other sentiments to reflect the soothing nature of the photo.
I always have difficulty finding flowers for my cards, so once again I took apart some flowers that I bought at AC Moore, sponged them with Ranger Vintage Photo ink, and then painted Stickles on them with a small paint brush. I found that by painting Stickles on the petals, I was able to mute the ink and add a dash of subtle glitter to each petal.
Stamps: SU's Elements of Style and Graceful Words, Hero Arts; Paper: SU's Sweet Pea DSP, SU's Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and So Saffron; Ink: SU's Old Olive, Ranger Vintage Photo; Accessories: Spellbinders Nestabilities, SU's Beautiful Wings Embosslits, flowers and brads from ACMoore, image from Vintage Holiday Crafts, Stickles, scrumpled seam binding from Deb's Simple Treasures Etsy shop, and buttons from my stash.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
UPDATE: My card was chosen as one of the Top Five for the Scrapmaster's Paradise Color Combo #49.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
UPDATE: My card was chosen by Pals Paper Arts as one of the Best of the Best for 2010. Check out the information here, scrolling down to May! I received this badge to display on my blog. What an honor!
UPDATE: My card was chosen as one of the three winners of the Pals Paper Arts Theme Challenge--Memorial Day, and I also received an Honorable Cup of Tea for The Shabby Tea Room's Challenge--Week #10.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
UPDATE: My card was chosen as one of the Terrific Top Three for The Shabby Tea Room's Week #9 challenge.
Living beyond the edge of the world causes a real problem when I need craft supplies. If I can't find something in my stash, I either have to drive 14 miles to the nearest craft store or figure out what I have that I can use!
This was the case with The Shabby Tea Room's Week #9 challenge: Chipboard Challenge! Well, the only chipboard pieces I have are little bunnies, ducks, and other assorted baby-theme items that I use for my granddaughter's scrapbook. So I drove to the craft store and could not find any chipboard embellishments that I wanted to use!
When I got home, I grabbed an old legal pad, ripped off the back, got out my heart Nestabilities, and created some chipboard hearts! I also punched out the backing for the sentiment with my Marvy Uchida punch, but I would not recommend doing that very often as it was extremely difficult to punch through the faux chipboard.
Supplies include 29th Street Market designer paper, SU's Small Script stamp, SU's Rich Razzleberry ink, FolkArt and Americana acrylic paint, Stampendous pink glitter, flowers from ACMoore, and scrumpled vintage seam binding from Deb's Simple Treasures Etsy shop.