Friday, November 20, 2009

Snowman Christmas Card Wannabe.....!

This little guy is so cute! I love snow men/ladies! This card was inspired by a similar card by Kim Teasdale, although her card is WAY WAY better than mine! Hers featured many more layers and sewing, and nicer sponging and coloring, and also had Charlie as the 'snowhorse'! Super cute! But, here is my feeble attempt to mimic her talent and artistry.........not so good! I am actually quite embarressed by the sewing! For whatever reason, I just could not keep it straight, and when using dark thread, it shows vividly! I would probably feel better about this card if I had gotten it nice and staight.
The background paper is from SU, and I ran it through my CB with the Snowflake folder. I sanded the flakes slightly for more dimension. I stitched the papers to Brilliant Blue cardstock. Mr. Snowman was stamped on Whisper White and watercolored with dye inks, then cut out with nesties. I tryed my best to sponge on a sky background....but seriously need to practice that a LOT! I added Liquid Applique for puffy snow. The scalloped circle is heat embossed with sparkly powder, and I added sheer ribbon, a felt snowflake and some brads to finish things off.
The inside of the card features better sewing than the front!! :)

So, all in all, I think I have nothing on Kim Teasdale!! :) But I will certainly be practicing!! I go to get some chores done and do more stamping! The latest Caardvarks challenge is up and it is an easy one! 'Color it!' I am in!!
Stamp something today!!

SK111409 @ Paper Craft Planet

This is a card I made for the sketch challenge at Paper Craft Planet. It has been a while since I participated, so I thought I'd better get with the program! I noticed also, that hardly anyone is doing the PCP challenges these days. I guess with so many out there, it is hard to do them all! I know I am overwhelmed with them all! So...this sketch is fairly simple and pretty fun. I used my cute Santa from an Inkadinkado set, some Basic Grey paper, and Stampin Up stuff too. It turned out pretty well, and I will probably make more like it!

My family had come down with the most horrible cold, and we are at the tail end of it now. Major congestion and so tired! I did not get a lot of crafting done this last week, but I am feeling like stamping now! I am so glad we are through it!

Hope you are all staying well and busy!


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

WSC102 My VERY late card!

I created this card last Friday using the WSC102 sketch challenge from Beate's blog. But, I never got around to posting it. I've got to get on top of that! One hard thing about that is, that I have dial-up Internet service, and it takes WAY TO LONG to do anything online. So I have to pick and choose by how much time I have to sit and wait!

So, this card uses Papertrey Ink's Autumn Abundance stamp set. The color combo is Old Olive, Bravo Burgundy, Elegant Eggplant, and More Mustard. I got the combo right off of the SU Color Wheel, because I knew the flowers were going to be yellow-ish. And this jumped out at me. I really like the combo! I used my aqua painter and dye inks to watercolor the stamped image, then cut it out with nesties. I wanted to add a sentiment, but it looks so good without one, so I added the half pearls where I thought I would have placed the sentiment. And it worked out! The patterned paper is SU's Autumn Vine dsp, and the long Burgundy strip has been embossed with a folder.
I plan on making more cards with this stamp set, it is so great! Hey, maybe I should buy more PTI stamps, huh?? Then we won't get tired of seeing this one over and over! (light bulb!) I think they have a new release on the 15th of each month. I will have to go see if there are any sneak peeks going on! Fun fun!
Go stamp something!

Autumn Splendor ~ Thinking of You

O.k....another card made with the Autumn Slendor set from SU! I can't help myself...I told you I love it! This one uses Indian Summer paper from Basic Grey. Wow! So gorgeous! I think that paper pad has become my favorite of all! I stamped the leaves with Basic Black ink and heat embossed them with fine black powder. Then I cut each one out and attached them to the card front with pop up dots. The background is the designer paper matted on Melon Mambo, and stitched with black thread. I added shiny black brads for more dimension and interest. The sentiment is from a clear stamp set from Inkadinkado, which is heat embossed too, making it raised and shiny.
For the inside, I stamped more black leaves and did some more sewing. I think it looks great!
I know that Fall is almost over, but I will certainly be making more cards with these stamps and papers! I love them too much to move on to Winter yet!!
O.k....on with the show! I made a ton of cards this last weekend. My hubby took the boys roller skating, and I had 5 hours to myself! It was fabulous! I made cards and jammed out to MY favorite music the whole time! No housework for me! (Thank you sweetie!!)
Leave me a note to let me know what you think of this Autumn card! And, don't foget to sign up as a 'Follower' - I'd love to see who is reading my posts!

Autumn Splendor Note Card Set

I love to create little note card sets. They are so fun to make, and really come together quite well. These cards measure 3-1/2 x 4-1/4 inches, and you can cut 3 out of an 8-1/2 x 11 inch sheet of cardstock. The envelopes are 4-bar or A1 sized, and are mailable too! I find them on ebay. For this set, I used SU's Autumn Splendor stamp set and dsp. The leaves were stamped in Choc Chip, Really Rust, and Mustard, and then hand cut and attached with pop up dots. The background papers were stitched with staight and zigzag stitches onto a mat of Choc Chip cardstock, and then adhered to the card front with runner tape. I added some gorgeous Teal rhinestones to tie it all together. Love it!

For the inside of the cards, I mirrored the front with great papers, stamping, and more sewing. I love how this set turned out! And I am not the only one, because someone put them in their etsy shopping cart before I was finished setting them up in my shop! Awesome!

Well, I have plenty more posts to add here today! Hope you enjoyed this set! Feel free to leave a comment!
Hope you find time to stamp today!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Another fun fabric card ~ For You

I thought I would share another fabric card with you! It utilizes the same fabric as yesterday's card, but I focused on other colors in the fabric square. Taken With Teal and Rich Razzleberry look fantastic together, don't they?I stitched the fabric to the Teal layer before adding it to the card front so that no stitching shows on the interior of the card. The frame around the sentiment is from SU's 'Gallery' stamp set, which I stamped and sponged with Teal, and then heat embossed the edges with shiny glittery powder! The flower embellishment was made with SU's 'For All You Do' stamp set, and attached with a teal brad from HOTP.
By the way, the threads I use for sewing are from an assortment I found on ebay which included about 50 different mini spools of colorful threads. It was a great buy at about 10 bucks. The spools are pretty little though, but fit on my machine just right. It was worth the money to have all these coordinating colors for my cards!

Well, that's a wrap for now! I am going to play accountant today, and get my father's bills in the mail. He has a mental disability from a head injury in 1986, and I am his Representative Payee for his moneys. It is not a difficult job, but can be time consuming about twice a month. He really made a mess of his finances after a divorce, and I am at the tail end of sorting it all out for him. I am so blessed to have all of my own bills paid and in good standings!! I would hate to deal with all of these collection agencies and bill collectors for my own finances! They are heartless and cold! But, people create their own circumstances, and have to deal with the consequences. I though, am just the representative for the slacker! So be nice!
Have a fantastic day! Stamp something!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Fabric Friendship Card

Good Morning! Today is Wednesday! Where did the week go? Yikes!
The card I am sharing with you today is super fun and easy. I love to add fabric squares to my cards, and this one has a designer fabric I found by Alexander Henry, at Hawthorne Threads.
What grabbed my attention to this fabric was that it matches the new In-Colors by Stampin' Up! perfectly. It contains every color! There are 4 diffrent swatches that I purchased, and I cannot wait to make more cards with them!
This particular card uses the butterfly fabric, which I layered and stitched onto Pomegranate, then Kiwi and onto the Melon base. I frayed the fabric edges carefully to show there is actually fabric there, not paper! Then I stamped the element and sentiment stamps from SU 'Great Friend' in Kiwi and Pomegranate, sponged it slightly and added a few dots, then attached it with foam dots over Melon grosgrain. I added Leafy Branch and Flower Fusion die cuts, and a couple of brads to pin it all down! Super sweet and easy to make! I like those kind of cards!

Inside, I stamped cute flowers from SU 'For All You Do' and sponged all around in Melon and Pomegranate, then stitched some more! Cute!
Well, I am off to pick up my little one from preschool, run to the bank and do a little shopping! Maybe I will find some great Christmas stamps! Or gorgeous paper! Wait....I am going to the grocery store!! Dang it!
Hope you find time to stamp today!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Mojo Monday 109 Birthday Card

Hello everybody! I finally took pictures of my first try at a Mojo Monday sketch challenge. this sketch was about a week ago, so you can see how far behind I really am! But it is a great design, and I am glad I tryed it! This card turned out great! The card base is Rose Red, one of my absolute favorite SU colors! The background papers are Basic Grey's Lemonade, which are matted and sewn onto Pink Pirouette. The bear image is from Stampavie, and I watercolored it with dye inks, and added Crystal Effects and Stickles. I cut it out with a Large Label Nestie. The sentiment is from an old set from Impression Obsession, stamped in Rose Red and punched out with circles. I added Pretty in Pink taffeta and Pink Pirouette buttons to finish off the card front!
Inside is similar to the front, with sewing and a cute pink button! I love that paper!!

I hope you have enjoyed reading about this card! I have plenty more to come!
Last night I attended a parent meeting at my son's H.S. It was about applying to college, and all it entails. I REALLY cannot believe we are at this point in our lives, and especially my son's life. He turned 18 about a month ago, and I still have not accepted that, let alone the aspect of college next Fall! But, I could not have asked for a better son. He is so smart, handsome, and responsible. I know he will do well in college, and in his life. And I am not just saying that because I am his mom, he really is an awesome kid! I am just struggling to let go a little more...and a little more....and a little more.....! :) *sigh*
It's funny too, that as he graduates school, my youngest son STARTS kindergarten in the Fall! So I have one finishing, and one starting! wow! That makes me all sentimental too!
Thanks for stopping by! Leave a note to let me know you found your way safely!
Hope you can stamp today!