Monday, August 24, 2009

M is for Monogram

The challenge today at 365 cards was to use a monogram. I made a wedding card for Ashley and Bryce who will be married in less than a month now. I've been helping out A LOT with this wedding, so I'm happy it's almost here. It will be great to see everything come to fruition. I think this card is still missing a little something, but I want it to be simple, and I like that it looks vintage since that is a major theme of the wedding.
Here's the back:
The shape is lily bee French Couture die cut.
Jenny Bowlin Chipboard buttons
Marcella K sticker letters for monogram
Vellum stickers on back and front K & Company.
Thread and ribbon is from my stash.

This one is for Card-A-Licious ~ Pink, Green and Orange Friendship card
I used my Tim Holtz mask and blended pink ink all over white card stock. Then I used some orange scraps I had to make the frame. Outlined with my black flair marker and slapped on the Spoil Yourself stamp from Craft Affair. Then the inside (below) is a Inkadinkado set. I stamped both in distress ink peeled paint. I don't know why, but neither stamp photographed well.

That's it for me. Now I need to clean up around here, so maybe the hubs and I can shake this funk we've been in!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Me, I'm doing well...

I've been in a bit of a crap mood the last couple days. It doesn't help that the hubs is out of town. Well, it does and it doesn't. I just got a bunch of new crafty stuff and now am on a spending freeze b/c it got a little crazy there for a while. So, here I am trying to look on the bright side...
Super Sketch Sunday over at 365 Cards: Sorry for the fuzzy photo, but here's my take:
I wanted to do a tiny card b/c I thought that would be faster. Not really! The card base came from a Mackenzie Mae kit, the patterned paper is Sassafras as are the stickers (pop dotted), and the ribbon is Cosmo Cricket. I did some faux stitching to give the illusion of a pocket and that stamp is Inkadinkado.

365 Day #175 Stampin' Saturday
I'll let Pam explain this one, "The challenge for today is all about layering stamps. Now, I'm not talking about masking, but actually overlapping stamps to create a really neat effect. Probably the best way to do this is to create a background, but it's not necessary." This was my first time doing this and I really enjoyed it. Other than it being messy... I hate creating a mess. It helped that I just got all my Ebay purchases yesterday! Including 7 sets of Tim Holtz stamps for only $25! Anyway, I used the script stamp and stamped lightly in Colorbox "Stucco," then stamped the frame and the bird in black and heat embossed the Love stamp. I also added the flower stamp as an after thought also in the Stucco... wish I didn't. Then I just used the blending tool around the edges so the middle would appear brighter. Oh, and the paper is Sassafras.

Day #174 ~ Just Peachy
Peach had to be the predominant color on the card. I think I achieved that, although I do think one girl's peach is another girl's coral, but whatever. I used the same flower stamp as above (no clue what company) and stamped it with the same "Stucco" ink on the peach scrap I had. Then I layered some vellum over it that is printed with leaves. Then I put the Cosmo "Jack's World" rub-on over that, added some brads in the corners and voila!

Day #166 ~ Recipe
I had to wait to do this one b/c I didn't have any embossing powder.
The recipe:
4x7 card
5 blossoms
wet embossed statement
3 different patterned papers
OK, so this turned out alright... not great, but it'll do. The patterned papers are all Sassafras. The Thank you stamp is "Jack's World" from Cosmo Cricket. I just got the Martha Stewart doily edge punch, so I HAD to use it. The flowers are prima and I used glitter pens on them. I despise loose glitter. This was my first time doing any embossing with my heat gun. I had a lot of fun with it... The only thing I don't like is the way it warps the paper. Am I holding the gun too close??
OK, that's all for now. Have a lovely Sunday!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Candy Girl

There are lots and lots of people out there being super generous, so I thought I'd try to take a few of them up on their generosity!
Here's what they are offering up at the Crafty Den: And the loot at Scrapping with Vision:
More stuff at Sassy Designs by Susie:

I think they have some stamps at Priscilla Styles:

A Scrap Addict has candy!
One of these days I will post my own candy... but for now I'm still trying to win win win! Wish me luck!

I'll think of a title later...

2 Sketches 4 You Mine:

This also works for 365 #43 ~ Gift Card holder
Cosmo Cricket tag, BG Junebug paper, CC Jack's World scalloped ribbon. The rest is random stuff.

Day 171 ~ Trio = Button, Triangle, Sticker
I used Sassafras stickers (buttons at corners and star), the star has 10 triangles in there (count em!), and if you can't figure out the buttons... The tag itself is My Mind's Eye. It took me a while to get my head wrapped around this one, but I like the result. Tammy's DT example was so good, I couldn't think of anything but trees for days. LOL

Day #172 ~ ABC's and 123's
Had to use letter stickers and a number. I don't know what company these letter stickers are, all I know is I have A LOT of them. My guess is American Crafts. The card base came from the Michael's dollar bin. This is another inside joke card. It's in celebration of being friends for 10 years. The joke centers around a rap song (Drama "Left, Right, Left"). They spell out stuff in the song and we could never figure out what it spelled. It was later pointed out to us (several years later) that we could have written down the lyrics or maybe looked up the lyrics. Anyway, this all probably falls under the category of "You had to be there...", so I'll spare you the rest.

Day #173 ~ Mixed Message
I'll let Pam explain this one in her own words:
Incorporate THREE ways to create a sentiment to make one big sentiment. Mix and match things like stamped, alpha stickers, handwritten, computer-generated, transfers, etc.
I'm not sure I quite met the challenge, but I used the ribbon, some thickers and my dymo. I was really just messing with some ribbon scraps and playing with my glue dispenser and noticed there was a new challenge up. I was already half done with the card. I was also playing with some embossing. LOL. This card is such a mixed bag, I'm not sure what to think of it. Do not ask me where I got any of this stuff b/c it was all scattered across my desk.
That's it for me. Night Y'all!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Double Duty

Pam posted this challenge at 365 ~ Today's challenge is called Double Duty because I want you to make a card that doubles as something else.... examples would be a bookmark, a place card, or some sort of pocket card. HOWEVER - NO GIFT CARD HOLDERS OR MONEY HOLDERS!
I was already in the process of making this box for our neighbors. How very serendipitous! This will hold some cookies for our neighbors who are always helping us out with something.
Top of the box is above (you'll see lots of my messy craft space in the background). The envelope is attached to the top of the box and there is an insert that slides out to express our gratitude in a few more words.

Another look...

Here's the inside:
And the bottom of the box which will be covered in cookies very soon!
Paper = October Afternoon Vacationer Motel (box top)
Ribbon = Cosmo Cricket Jack's World
Envelope = Sassafras Sunshine Lollipops
Bamboo Letters = Making Memories
I made the box with the Ultimate Crafter's Companion. I bought this a while ago and haven't really used it... then I started making some boxes and envelopes and tying bows... I'M IN LOVE! It's so helpful. Speaking of love... I want 20 more sets of those bamboo letters. They are fabulous.
OK, that's it. You think the neighbors will like it?

Sunday, August 16, 2009


My girlfriend broke plans with me tomorrow, so I can sleep in... And what am I doing? Staying up late (obvs).

Here is Super Sketchy Sunday over at 365 and a color scheme ala Double Dutch Everything on here is Sassafras and from Mackenzie Mae card kits. It's looking a little sloppy. More early am crafting from me. The sketch is below. This is one of my favorites from Pam so far. I hope to use it again (maybe not at 1am).

Double Dutch's color scheme was pink, brown and cream from what I can tell.

Cupcake, anyone?

Above is so you can see the dimension. This is one of my favorite cards ever! It looks better IRL.

This is for a few challenges:

365 #9 Use only scraps ~ All Sass and cs from Mackenzie Mae kit

Heart Hugs ~ inspired by picture below

Cinema Saturday ~ inspired by Sixteen Candles (so fun)

3 Clovers ~Use something digital (digi stamp)

Last, but not least...

Pile It On ~ Make it Masculine
Tim Holtz stamp says "to be all that is possible, we must attempt the impossible. to be all that we can be, we must dream of being more."
Rubbernecker ~ make a card using a favorite memory in your past as inspiration. It can be a favorite moment, event, trip, article of clothing...anything that brings a smile or a giggle. Oh, one more must tell us the story behind the memory!!!

I've been to Venice twice. Once as a 5 year old as seen below (and that's my little brother, Lance).

That hat I'm wearing was given to me by one of the Gondola drivers. I was obsessed with it for quite some time. I loved everything about it and jumped at the chance to go back when I was a freshman in high school. I loved it again at 14 and was thrilled to get hit on by Italian men and have the Gondola drivers sing to me. It's been far too long since I've been back to Italy and this pic always puts a smile on my face.

Seems like I'm always coming from behind...

It was a rainy weekend here, so the hubs and I had a Dexter marathon and I didn't craft AT ALL! I didn't think this was possible... so here I am at midnight on Sunday getting last weeks cards done.
365 #168 Toile Well, this is something I know about. I worked in a fabric store for several years and actually sold this very print for several nurseries. I just found the picture online. I think I'll make some note cards like this. I wish I hadn't added the ribbon. I like the button though (Jenni Bowlin chipboard buttons).
365 #167 Gift
The challenge was to make this look like a wrapped gift. I think Pam said beautifully wrapped gift, but mine is just wrapped. I used Sass papers and CC ribbon. I'll fill out the heart tag when I decide where this is going.

365 #165 Shape Up
We had to make a star the dominant shape (it didn't have to be a star shaped card). I bought these shape card templates from the Cutting Cafe and then forgot about them. I love the star shape and thought it was perfect for my cousin that just went through a very difficult labor (she now has a beautiful baby girl to show for it). I wanted to recognize her and not just the baby, so this is for Jess! I used BG paper and a Sass sticker that I put on cs and pop dotted.

365 #164 Color Scheme

Well, I completed the challenge, but boy is this blah! The stitching got really wonky and overall this doesn't make me want to jump up and down. Oh, well! I almost forgot.... Sass polka dots. The blue filmstrip is from a Mackenzie Mae kit and the letters are Pink Paislee.

365 #163 Mask
I haven't done much masking. I generally don't like to get too messy. I did buy a bunch of Heidi Swapp masks on clearance, so I'm glad we had this challenge. I used the frame mask and my branch mask and the polka dot mask. This is a very sparkly card. I doused it in glimmer mist and used A LOT of my gold glitter pen.
Hope you enjoy the catch up!