Month: May 2009

Clearly A Birthday Card

I love the limited supply challenge!   Maybe it’s because I like to keep things simple.  I have probably said this before, but I’m saying it again. Simplicity is beautiful to me.  I strive for it.  I am a perfectionist at heart, (I see it as a downfall) and I am a conflicted, complicated person too, just ask my husband! 🙂  A huge part of why I love him so is because he helps simplify my life.  He calms me.  No mind games, no complex ideas of rearranging the world,  just keeping it real.  Simplicity is so important to me.  Life is complicated enough without making it more so, don’t you think?   But before I end up  talking philosophy, I better get to my card!   The limited supplies list was one base of cardstock and no other card stock.  Some decorative papers, and limited embellishments.  Simple, but with impact nevertheless.  At least I think so.   Hopefully you agree!   Have a look… I was inspired by the Flourishes Focus today.  Laura was talking about Crystal Clear …

A Sunny Day

This week’s Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge (FTTC17) was set by guest challenge host Connie, and she is challenging us to use sponging on our cards.   I was up for that challenge!   I also used the colors from this week’s color challenge on SCS. I decided to make my background using emboss resist,  by stamping Fifth Avenue florals in versamark on whisper white paper, and embossing with clear embossing powder.  I then lightly sponged on bashful blue ink on the flowers and pumpkin pie ink around the flowers. Then I wiped off the embossed flowers for the finish.   The focal image is stamped in bashful blue,  and the pitcher is sponged in bashful blue too.  I lightly sponged the base area around the pitcher in pumpkin pie.   The embellishment is a button I covered with dp and clear crystal effects, and  the ribbon is So saffron ribbon from Stampin’ Up.  This card makes me think of the warm sunshine filled days of summer!  I can’t wait for those!! I think I’ll be sending this out …

Butterflies and Owls

I am up way way past my bedtime, so this is going to be quick !  I wanted to show you the owl note cards that I made using that new set i was talking about yesterday…and I have the Crafty Creations Challenge to share with you today too!! The Crafty Creations Challenge this week  is a BUTTERFLY theme!  Come join us and enter your crafty creation! We have a wonderful sponsor; SHOOTING STAR JEWELRY , and we are giving out  a Guest Design spot too!  So come on over to CCC and have some fun!!  Tell them I sent you! 🙂 A couple of weeks ago I was making baby shower cards for expecting mothers and now the babies are being born and I am busy making New baby cards!!   Definitely keeping me busy!   What do you think of the owl cards?  I thought the idea was cute,  do you? Thanks so much for stopping by and have a creative day!! Any questions, or comments are always welcome!

You’re a Hoot!

Hi everyone!!  I hope all my U.S  friends had a good long weekend!! Todays technique lovers challenge on SCS was to make a hinged card, so I thought I’d give it a try as I have seen these around, but had never given it a try!  I finally jumped on  the OWL TREND  bandwagon and bought a cute set from Hampton Art last week.  I know…I’m weak!!!  But aren’t they cute???  I also made a stationery set of note cards for everyday use with the other owl in the set, that I will show you all tomorrow.   Let me know what you think. I used Urban Oasis dp from Stampin’ Up! , Kraft, and whisper white.  I embossed the kraft paper using Forest Branches folder in my cuttlebug.  The owl is cut out and popped up on foam adhesive.   If you want a good tutorial on how to make a hinged card like this, go HERE.   It’s easy!! Have a creative day all!!

Friendship Tag Album

I thought I’d show you another little tag album I made.  I am really having fun making these! I’ve used jenni bowlin 4″ x 4″ papers from Flourishes to decorate each tag.   The final size is about 3.5″ by 2.25″ .  The tags are cut from recycled card board using Nestabilities Labels Four, and  are held together with a brass binding ring.   I’ve stamped  Flourishes Timeless Quotes and Stampin’ Up pocket silhouettes on them and left some space for small photos or personal embellishments to be added. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

A Metal Challenge

Hi my friends! It’s time for another Crafty Creations Challenge!   The theme is METAL.  I know…sounds tough, but maybe you haven’t yet thought about  metal brads, or eyelets, or charms, or maybe you have a tin that you’ve been waiting to decorate!!  Any crafty creation is  welcome! How about jewelry, or key chains? I know you can come up with your own unique twist on this challenge, so go ahead and have fun with it!  There is a fabulous prize again this week.  Have a peek at the BEAUTIFUL earrings that The Earring Boutique makes, and play in the challenge for your chance to win a pair! Here’s the tag album I made with a METAL book ring to bind it and some added charms too. This tag album was so fun to make! I used my nestabilities Labels Four to cut out the papers and thin card board for the tags, then embellished with stamps, charms and punched papers for a collage effect.   All that’s left to do is add some small photographs from …

Here Comes Baby

I had a another baby card to make,  this time for a baby boy.   I was asked to make a large format so there would be enough room for everyone to sign  (it was being  passed around the office for a co-worker), so this is  5″ x 7″. I used my scalloped rectangle Nestabilities to cut and emboss the center panels. The dp and the stamp are from Stampin’ Up! I added two little blue button brads for the wheels of the buggy, and the ribbon on the buggy panel is just passed through punched holes on either side and adhered to the back of the panel. The long ribbon is a separate piece atached to the base panel. Today we’re getting all our yard work done, since it’s the first nice day we’ve had since Friday.  Des is putting out our deck furniture now too, although it is still too cold to sit outside for very long.  At least it is sunny, and we will get to bbq our steaks tonight! Thanks for stopping …