Monday, October 27, 2008

Finally trying an Inchie

You're probably going to think this is funny, but I find Inchies to be very challenging. There are so many beautiful images available for these sweet little creations, and I just adore them, but I haven't really sat down and created with them until recently.

One thing that I enjoy about the Spellbinders Tag 5 die is that I usually have extra dies after I cut it. For example, I needed the long tag the other day, but cut all five just to have the extras. It was then that I realized how cute an Inchie would be on one of them.

For this, I used the Itty Bitty Lavender and Itty Bitty Checkered Frame from Lockhart Stamp Company. Since these are so tiny, detailed coloring isn't necessary (or even possible for that matter!). I did add some detail to this, though, with foam tape. I created multiple layers by popping up the lavender and popping up the ribbon (on top of that, so I actually have three layers).

I will probably add this to a card in the near future, but for now, it is really just sitting on my desk making me smile. I hope it did the same for you.

Be well.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Live Your Bliss

Isn't that just a great sentiment?

Be well.

Paper: Neenah Classic Linen Classic Natural White, Papertrey Ink Pink Patterns
Papertrey Ink Mixed Messages, Cornish Heritage Farms Sophisticated Swirl
Die: Spellbinders Tags 5

Ink:Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet
Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet Stitched Grosgrain
Other: Making Memories brads, corner rounder, safety pin

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I got lost in the layers!

Does this ever happen to you? You do something a little (just a little!) different, only to find that you just love it? That's what happened to me today. Usually, I'm a bit of a minimalist when it comes to layers, but with this card, I got a little carried away. There's lots of die cuts on this (Classic Squares, large and small, Long Classic Rectangles, Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles, Classic Ovals and Labels Trio), some older Making Memories paper and ribbon(Fresh Anthology Sydney), Ranger Liquid Pearls. The stamps are from Lockhart Stamp Company - the sentiment cracks me up with this tissue box.

Yellow is my favorite color, and I just love it paired with blue. I thought it would be a cheerful color combination for a sweet get well card. Luckily, I don't know anyone in need of this right now, but it is one of those sentiments that I like to have on hand for when I do.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Be well.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Project over at CardMaker

I made a fun holiday project some time ago and it is now featured on the CardMaker Magazine website. It is a CD holder; the idea is that you put your family's favorite holiday songs on a CD and pass it on to someone else. The sweet people at CardMaker made a nice .pdf download with pics and instructions, if you are interested.

I had a very humbling day today. I baked UGLY cookies (at least they taste good!), and I had a true 'Dum-As' (parent-code between Ward and me when Wally and the Beav are around) moment on my scooter today. I rode it over to Barnes & Noble to look at Country Living (more on this in a moment) and parked it at a bike rack. Well, the bike rack was turquoise...guess what I have on the pink scooter now? Yep, turquoise paint. Hence, the dum-as moment.

OK, so Country Living. Last year, I went out to Omaha to attend the Silver Bella event. It was fantastic - a great experience! Well, Country Living sent a couple of editors and photographers to cover the event for the magazine. The issue just hit newsstands, so that's why I wanted to go to B&N. It is a great spread, a cool pull-out section with all sorts of photographs (I didn't make it into any). I noticed that they had an extra section of photos online, so I came home to check it out. Well, if you scroll to picture number 9, my tool bag made it. Yes, that's Wally and the Beav's pic in my tool I didn't make it into the spread, but my kids did.

Humbling. Oh well, it's good for the soul, right? ;)

Be well.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I'm title-challenged

I realized that I forgot to give yesterday's post a title, and quite honestly, I can't even think what to title today's post, so I will readily admit that I'm title-challenged.

I did a little coloring again today, and you know that when I'm in the mood to color, I usually pull out my Lockhart stamps. This image is called the Harvest Basket.

Here's a closer look at the image:

I tried something a little different when I was coloring the basket; I treated the weaves separately. I colored the weaves going left with one brown, the weaves going right with another. I then used my colorless blender pencil to blend the two together. I really like the dimension that I achieved by doing this!

To finish it off, I cut it out with Spellbinders Classic Small Ovals and layered it with the matching Scalloped Oval. A little cardstock behind, with a backing made from patterned paper from GCD Studios (love this company's papers!)and you have a great card. Top it off with a little machine stitching and a sentiment from Papertrey Ink (First Fruits, again!) and you're done.

Don't forget to check out the new releases at Papertrey Ink tonight! The design team has been working overtime with all the new products - you're sure to find some very inspiring ideas!

Have a nice evening. Be well.

Monday, October 13, 2008

First Fruits is such a gorgeous stamp set. I love how versatile and classic it is! I created this card with a masculine look in mind, and I think the finished product met that criteria very well!

Cardstock - Vintage Cream, Kraft (Papertrey Ink); Stamps - First Fruits, Mixed Messages (Papertrey Ink); Ink - Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink), Creamy Caramel (Stampin' Up); Ribbon - leaf ribbon (Papertrey Ink); Dies - Small Labels (Spellbinders Paper Arts), small tags (Provo Craft)

We've been gearing up for another great release at Papertrey Ink . I can't wait for you to see all the great new products. Keep checking out Nichole's blog, as well as the other Sr. Design Team members' blogs for peeks at what's coming up.

I have a fun Halloween project at the Pursuit of Craftyness blog today. If you're looking for a quick project for the little ones, I think this one would be great!

Be well.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Oh, it's really fall!

I hope that your weather is as amazing as mine is! I have the windows open, letting the sunshine and cool air fill my room (and me!) with happiness. I love fall!

I'm in a huge colored pencil phase right now, thanks mostly to my wonderful class with Karen Lockhart, I think! I love this Hydrangea and Berries image from Lockhart Stamp Company, but I have to admit, it's been a really challenging image for me. I have wanted the crock to take on the appearance of a salt-glazed piece of pottery, and it hasn't been as quick coming to me as I initially thought! But I kept at it, and got this one (which looks pretty good to me - what do you think?). Mission accomplished!

I had the best weekend - my mom and dad came to visit! It was the first time seeing the new house. We went to a craft fair and house tour in Waterford, Virginia. WOW - if you ever the opportunity to go to this, I really recommend it. It was just beautiful. Saturday, we went to the National Zoo, but because we were six people, and we no longer have our SUV, we had to take two cars. You know what that translates to? Yep, my first driving experience in the District - with my poor Mom in the car! I don't think I've seen her look quite so nervous since I got my permit!

Saturday evening, my moped arrived! It was kind of fun that my folks were here to watch me drive up and down the driveway, giggling on the top of my lungs! (You know what I need now, don't you? I think I need a little moped stamp!)

Sunday, we went to a soccer clinic for VW kids - with the players from DC United! TOTALLY cool!

That's Wally taking on an MLS'er.

And that's Beav scoring on an MLS defenseman. Yeah, I think they had a BLAST! It was an amazing opportunity!

I guess that's everything for the time being! I hope everything is going as well in your corner of the paper-crafting world.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

A WCMD winner!

Thanks for all the nice comments that you took the time to leave! They really brighten my day!

So, from
Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:

Timestamp: 2008-10-05 22:13:36 UTC

Which means that Scrappin4twins is the winner! Her answer to my question was:
Love that snowman set! I might just have to go and get that one now!

I've been card making and scrapbooking for 13 years now! Love it!

Happy WCMD to you too!

I can't wait to send out this fantastic magazine to you, scrappin4twins! Just email me your address and I will get it right out to you.

I hope that you had a great WCMD. Thanks so much for playing along with me! Be well.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Happy WCMD - and a giveaway!

I can't believe another year has passed! It's time to pull out your card-making supplies and spend the day CREATING! (What a fun way to spend the day.)

Paper Crafts is spear-heading the third annual World Card Making Day, and in celebration of that, I'm honored to be joining 49 other talented bloggers in a fun giveaway! I'm happy to send out a copy of Paper Crafts "Cards, Gifts, & More" to a lucky winner who leaves me a comment today. Just tell me how long you've been making cards to enter! I will draw a winner Sunday evening at 6pm.

I always like to use WCMD to jump-start my holiday cards! I plan on using PTI's Made of Snow for our family's cards this year. I usually make around 75-80 cards, so I like to make them simple, but always try to add an element that is a bit unexpected (i.e., that little 'wow' factor to impress my card making friends!). Spellbinders dies are perfect for this! Here, I embossed my card front with a scalloped rectangle Nestabilities to match the scalloped edge.

The sentiment was stamped with white pigment ink and heat-embossed with a glitter embossing powder. I used the SU key tag punch and popped it up with a little foam adhesive. For the snowman, I used Prismacolor pencils and a little Glossy Accents on the eyes and buttons. Cute and easy!

OK, confession time! See the ribbon on the left? It's covering up a really bad black ink smudge. So my mistake turned into a great opportunity for just one more little extra - I love that!

Don't forget to let me know how long you've been making cards in the comments. I hope that you have a great day creating!

Be well.