Thursday, May 24, 2012

Where Does The Time Go?

I know my husband will be asking that question as he celebrates another birthday this week. Today I have his card to share with you. But now I am asking myself where the time goes as I am thinking about the fact that it's time for me to share my last card with you before our ABC Toys & Crafts DT Summer break! Seriously.... where does the time go???

I know this kind of looks like a kid's card, lol, but I just couldn't wait for a child's birthday to use this adorable stamp ;-) It's from the Inkadinkado set Kid Quotes "Friendly Advice" which has some of the cutest sentiments- all quotes kids have actually said. This one was from Shane O'Donnell, age 4. The kids' names are also on the stamps, but I chose to leave it off this time as it fit better on the Spellbinder's classic and scalloped oval dies that I used.  Some of the other adorable quotes are : "You make me smile all over my face" -Ian Hobson, age 5 and "All you need in life is a friend who has chocolate" -Sophie Diehl, age 11 and how about this one: "Getting married means sharing your toys" -child at wedding. How cute is that?!

Anyway, I think my husband will get a kick out of the card. I made sure to use his favorite color, blue. The paper is from the Authentique 6x6 bundle collection "Genuine". The background pattern looks like denim; it's really cool. I embossed it using the Cuttlebug Perfectly Paisley embossing folder and sponged some navy blue ink over it. The balloons are punched out using more paper from the same paper stack. I just added some twine to them and found an old button from my stash.

I hope you have been enjoying the cards I have made for the ABC DT blog. It been so much fun designing for them I know I will miss it over the Summer. But, as we all know, come Fall we'll once again be asking "Where did the time go?"!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are having a wonderful day! :-)

Items used to make this card include:
Stampin' Up! Night of Navy card stock
PTI white card stock
Patterned paper: Authentique 6x6 "Genuine" paper stack
SU! Night of Navy classic ink
Cuttlebug Perfectly Paisley A2 embossing folder
Spellbinders Nestabilities dies: classic ovals and scalloped ovals
Martha Stewart balloon punch
Inkadinkado Kid Quotes Friendly Advice clear stamp set
Navy/white twine
Vintage button

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Best Friends

I am often reminded of just how blessed I am to have so many wonderful friends in my life. But there are friends, and then there are those really, really good friends that are among our best friends! Today I have a card to share with you that I made for ABC Toys & Crafts, that is perfect to send to one of those special people.

I love the patterned paper I used. It's from the Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Pastel collection. It is absolutely my favorite paper right now. This paper pad has really become my "go-to" paper; I just can't seem to stop using it, lol. To add a little more interest, I embossed it with the 5x7 Cuttlebug Kassie's Brocade embossing folder. I love that this folder is a 5x7 size! And even though I turned it sideways, the pattern worked fine anyway. The design is super pretty- it's a great embossing folder!

The cute sentiment is from the Hero Arts "Good Friends" clear stamp set. I used one of the awesome tag dies from Spellbinders Fancy Tags Two die set to stamp it on. With pearls, and a few vintage buttons I got from my stash, and some vintage lace trim, my card was soon finished and ready to send to a special friend. 

You've got a couple more days to catch the Hero arts and Spellbinders sale at ABC Toys & Crafts; it ends May 19th. So hurry on over to the store and stock up! And don't forget about our fun graduation and wedding challenge going on over at the challenge blog, too!

Wishing you blessings as always~

Items to make this card include:
PTI white card stock
Stampin' Up! Brocade Blue and Pink Pirouette card stock
Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage collection patterned paper
Cuttlebug 5x7 Kassie's Brocade embossing folder
Hero Arts Good Friends stamp set
Stampin' Up! Rose Red ink
Spellbinders Fancy Tags Two die 
Want 2 Scrap fancy tags two pearls
Vintage buttons
Vintage lace trim

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Scrap Your Crap Challenge: Chipboard!

It's that time again.... for another fun challenge over at Scrap Your Crap. This month the challenge is to use chipboard in your project.  I had SO much fun with this! Here is the card I made:

I just love how it came out. It was perfect for the occasion: my daughter's best friend's 18th birthday. As a matter of fact, just this afternoon we went over to her house and gave it to her. She is such a sweet girl and my daughter thinks the world of her. It made me so happy that she loved the card and thought it was perfect to give to her BFF :-)

I have to say, I really, really enjoyed making this! The Tim Holtz dress form die is awesome! After cutting it out, I painted the dress form with Jenny Bowlin pink dabber paint and let it dry thoroughly. Then I die cut another dress form out of a piece of patterned paper from the Crafty Secret's Heartwarming Vintage Pastel papers. (These have seriously been my favorite papers for months now.) I also used paper from that collection for the main card layer, as well.

Then I made the skirt. I had some awesome lacy vintage trim in my stash (I think I bought it from Etsy) and wrapped a piece around and glue-dotted in in the back. Then I added some A*Muse flowered trim for the waistband. The necklace is made from an iridescent pearl strand I had in my stash. I just cut a small piece off and wrapped it around and used some adhesive under some of the beads.

The beautiful lace butterfly is from Martha Stewart, and the little "celebrate" sticker embellishment is from K&Company/ Brenda Walton which I have had in my stash for years. I love using stuff I have had for so long! I guess that's why I love Scrap Your Crap so much... I am finally using some of this stuff (or shall I say "crap") up AND having a blast doing it ;-)

I hope you will check out the challenge over at SYC and play along. There are lots of great examples from the other DT members over there too, so go take a look. I am sure you'll be wanting to use up some of your chipboard, too ;-)

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Please leave me a comment and make my day :-) I always love hearing from my readers!

As always, I wish you many blessings~
Items used to make this card include:
Stampin' Up! Pretty In Pink and Going Grey card stock
Patterned papers from Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Collection "Pastels"
Medium Weight chip board
Tim Holtz Alterations "Sewing Room" die
Ranger dabber paint by Jenny Bowlin, pink
Grand Adhesions Beyond Postmarks sticker by Brenda Walton/ K& Company
Martha Stewart lace butterfly
A*Must white floral trim
Pleated vintage lace trim from my stash
Irridescent pearl strand from my stash
Stampin' Up! glue dots and sticky strip
Zutter Distrezz-It-All electric distressing tool 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Victorian Friendship

Hello and happy Thursday! Today I have a friendship card to share with you that has a real Victorian feel to it. I made this card for ABC Toys & Crafts- and that's where you'll find some of the awesome products I used to make it. I love the patterned paper I used as it reminds me of Victorian wallpaper. And paired with the beautiful die cut frame, I think it looks kind of like an antique silhouette hanging in a parlor in a beautiful old Victorian mansion ;-)

The paper is from the Crafty Secrets "Classics" collection paper pack. I have used it on so many things and never ever tire of it. It's so beautiful!

And this awesome frame is from the Spellbinders Floral Ovals frames die set. Gorgeous, isn't it? I love all the detail and by adding some tiny pearls it looks so elegant. 

I used Stampin' Up!'s "Victoria" lace on top of some lovely old vintage peach colored lace I had in my stash that I got at an antiques show. And the flower is a big Prima flower that looks/ feels like a real dried flower, which had also been hanging around in my stash waiting to be used ;-)

The two little stick pins are a couple that I made and as simple as they are, I think they add just the right  touch to finish things off. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you'll leave me a comment and let me know what you think. I'll be back soon with another card to share with you!


Items used to make this card include:
Stampin' Up Naturals Ivory, Soft Suede and Chocolate Chip card stock
Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage "Classics" patterned paper
Hero Arts 3 Silhouettes stamp set
SU! Chocolate Chip ink 
SU! Oval punches
SU! Dear Friend stamp set (sentiment)
Spellbinders Floral Ovals die
SU! Victoria lace
Want2Scrap baby pearls
Prima flower
MArk Richards pink rhinestone
EK Success 3D dots

Sunday, May 6, 2012

ABC Design Team Challenge: Wedding & Graduation

We've got a new challenge for you over at the ABC DT Challenge Blog
This is the time of year for weddings and graduations, so this month we challenge you to make a card or other project choosing either of those occasions as your theme.

I chose wedding as my theme. And since I knew I should have a few wedding cards on hand, I decided to make more than just one. Each is just a little different from the others. 

And with the sentiment I used, the first two I have pictured could actually be used either  as engagement/shower cards or anniversary cards, as well as wedding. 

So hop on over to the ABC DT Challenge Blog for all the details. 
The winner (being picked randomly this month) will receive a $20.00 store credit- and has the ability to earn an extra $5.00 as well! 
I hope you will play along... I can't wait to see what you create!

Many thanks for stopping by today. I will be back again in just a few days with another card to share with you. Please don't forget to leave me a comment; I always love hearing from you! :-)

WIshing you blessings~

Items used to make these cards include:
SU! Naturals Ivory; Blush Blossom card vellum stock
PTI white card stock
Pattern papers: All from Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Classic paper pad  
Spellbinders Labels 6 dies
Cuttlebug Birds & Swirls and Swiss Dots embossing folders
Prima flowers; Prima pearl swirls
SU! Vanilla and white satin ribbons
Stamp set: SU! Occasional Quotes 
Ink: SU! Early Espresso and Ranger Black

Thursday, May 3, 2012

May Flowers

Well I hope it's true that all those April showers we had will indeed bring May flowers. I am so ready for lots of sunshine and blossoms! So today I am sharing a floral card I created using the wonderful Penny Black clear stamp set "Illumination Flowers". 

I started out with a plain white card stock base and ever so lightly dry embossed it with a faint pattern. Then I added a doily. Over that I put some die cut leaves and then used my Spellbinders classic and scalloped ovals dies for my image. Instead of stamping in ink, I decided to color the flower and butterfly stamps with markers. I love the water colored effect that gives. A few little pearls were added as an accent. More Spellbinders dies were used for the sentiment stamp (also from this beautiful set) and my new favorite flowers- Prima's Caboodles- adorn the corners. And, as I so often do, I used lots of  EK Success 3 D dots for "pop"! :-)

Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you'll leave me a comment and make my day :-)
I'm wishing you a very happy month of May filled with sunshine, flowers and blessings~

Items used to make this card include:
PTI white c/s; Stampin' Up Pacific Point and Old Olive c/s
SU! Pacific Point ink (for sentiment and sponging); SU! markers: Old Olive; Pacific Point; So Saffron and More Mustard
Stamps: Penny Back clear set "Illumination Flowers"
Lace doily from Little Yellow Bicycle
Stampin' Up!/ Sizzix  "Perfect Details" Texturz embossing plate (for card base)
Dies: Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish; Spellbinders classic ovals; scalloped ovals; teardrop circles
Stampin' Up! 1 1/4" circle punch
Flowers: Prima Caboodles
Pearls: A*Muse small lime adhesive pearls
SU! Dimensionals and EK Success 3-D dots