Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A welcome card

I was asked to make a card as a welcome that will be sent with flowers.  I was very flattered that someone asked me to make the card rather than buying one from the store, but along with that flattery came a bit of worry.  I am my own worst critic.  (I'm sure many of you can relate) so I was worried that I wasn't going to do the card right, or pick the right colors, or whatever it is one worries about/   I was very happy with how this card turned out after all.  I hope it went well with the flowers that were sent.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

First time

I'm so excited how this turned out.  It was my first time ever making a diaper cake, and I love how it turned out.  What do you think?

This cake has a bottle full of candy inside and wipes in the center.  I hung pacifiers on the side, and an outfit on the top, and wash clothes behind the outfit.  I really like how it all looks.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Still experimenting.

I just got my huge order in and of course I have to play!  I ordered the Simple Flower (p. 215) and the Square Lattice (p.214) and just had to try them out together.  Here's what happened.
I'm not sure if I like it.  I like the color combo, (all brights), but I'm not sure the flowers showed up to well with this technique.  I've got an Easter idea with this technique, so I'll have to dive into that idea tomorrow.  For today, this is what I came up with.  What do you think?  Thanks for stopping by!  I really appreciate all of your kind words.  (:

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

My Swap card

Here is one of my swap cards,  I used my new square lattice embossing folder to do it and my butterfly punch that I've had forever and have never used.  I was really wanting to use black and white, I think it looks really neat that way, but as you can tell I used red and white.  One of these days I'll be able to come up with a black and white card. Till then, I like this look.  What do you think?  Simple ha?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

My Easter Lay out

I know I've mentioned it before, but in case anyone missed it, I have a swap group with my up-line and a couple of friends who all do Stamp in Up!   This month our technique is the bouncing brayer, and a scrap book page.  I have already posted my card using the bouncing technique, but I'll be adding a couple more cards soon.  I've used the exact same card, but I've added a couple of colors.  Anyway, here's my scrapbook lay out. 

What do you think?  I've included some room for journaling and a envelope on the bottom of the second page just to hold a little treasure.  (I love that little envelope).  I also used the little bubble things I made.

  I always struggle with coming up with a layout and then to make it look like it goes together.  It's tough for me.  I also only like the 8.5 X 11, so I always have to cut things down to fit that size.  I like it because I can stick my pages in sheet protectors and a binder.  Simple!  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Lookie what I made...

I am so excited!  I came across a tutorial for Faux page pebbles and I made some!  WOOHOO.  I think they turned out awesome!  Here's how they look when you first put the crystal effects on.

Here's what they look like if you move your project to another table so you can keep doing your "stuff".
DO NOT MOVE YOUR DOTS!  Pick a good work surface that you don't need to use for several hours and you can avoid this look.  I was super careful moving them, and it still messes up.

This is what this beautiful project looked like this morning when I woke up.  Of course I had to hurry down here to see if it had turned out.  I'd say they sure did.

Here's a close up of what they look like.  Not the best picture, but you can see they look really good.  I used the red glitter paper, and the pink DSP from sale-a-brations, and a few other DSP's.  I am so excited to do a project using these. 

Now, for the good part, here's  the tutorial so you can make your own!  It really was super easy and so fun to see them when their all finished.  I'm off now to make some projects using them.  Thanks for stopping by, and as always, I LOVE comments.  It's so nice to hear from you all. 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Baby wipe technique tutorials.

I had said that I would add the tutorial for the baby wipe technique.  To save me some time though, I'll just add a couple of links.  The first one I saw was at Split Coast.  That one is a written tutorial, easy to follow. 

I also LOVE you tube.  Sometimes its easier for me to follow directions if I can see what's going on as opposed to reading it.  This is an easy to follow video tutorial.  Have fun, and I can't wait to see what you come up with.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bouncing brayer technique...

I have just made my first ever card using the bouncing brayer technique.  It was kinda fun.  I'm not sure I totally love how my card turned out,  but it's alright.  What do you think?

I used pumpkin pie ink and ribbon, and Baja breeze ink.  I used the brayer (obviously) and black Staz On ink.  I also used the Just Believe stamp set.  Now for the tutorial.  There are several on you tube.  The technique video that I really liked is here.  All of the others were good too, but for some reason this is the one I liked.   I'd love to know what you think of my first attempt at the bouncing brayer technique.  Thanks for stoppin by!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The scallop circle flower tutorial

So I had said that I would add the flower tutorial that I used in my previous post.  I did in fact post it for a few minutes.  I have since figured out (someone told me) the correct link, and have talked to the actual creator of the flowers, (Beth).  I think their amazing, so if you would like to take a look you can find them here.     Out of respect for Beth, I am sending you to her blog.  Here is a picture of one of the flowers that I did using her tutorial, it was super simple and I love how it turned out.  Stop by and check it out. 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A new technique

I am so excited for this post!  I tried a couple of techniques that I have never tried before.  First, the baby wipe technique.  I absolutely love this technique now. It's so much fun!  No two cards look alike.  On the same card, I tried making a flower using the scallop circle punch.  It absolutely made this card.  You defiantly won't be able to mail it, but I still LOVE it!   Let me show you the first card that my technique club did yesterday.
This card I used the pretty petals background.  Notice how neither cared is exactly the same?  You can use the same ink pad you made (the baby wipes) and get two different colors.  I did notice though that it's easier to use this technique on smaller stamps.  Like this one below.

With this card I used the FREE stamp set I got with sale-a-brations, Punch Bunch,(pg.5) and the FREE paper from the DSP & quick accents pack.  (find it on pg. 7 of the sale-a-brations catalog).  I LOVE FREE!  And let's not forget, I used my new tulips folder.  This cards was different because I actually came up with the center piece very easily, but then I couldn't come up with a card to put it on, then I thought about some of the new things that I had bought and hadn't used yet.  The framed tulips worked beautifully!  (you can find that in the mini catalog on pg. 12.  It's only $7.95!  What a steal.) I then wiped my ink pad, (baby wipe) along the sides of my card.  I think it made a very nice color.                                                    

Now, one thing I absolutly love about my group of gals is that they don't always make their cards exactly like I do.  It's always fun to see what someone can come up with using the exact same supplies.  So here is one card that one of my ladies, (Robyn) did.

Isn't that great!  I like how she turned it and added a bow.  Same card, but different.  Now here's the one her 7 year old grandaughter did.  Lexi.
I will post the tutorial for both the wipe technique and the scallop circle flower technique soon.  Probably tomorrow.  Thanks ladies! 

Sorry for all the different shades of red.  Every time I added a picture my ink color would go back to black, so I would pick the red I thought I had picked before and just now as I look at the entire thing I realize that I was picking all the different shades of red.  So I hope it doesn't hurt anyone eyes and that you can read it. 

Monday, March 7, 2011


Here are the cards as promised.  Again, I want to thank everyone who has helped me with this cause, both with support and donations.  With time, and supplies.  Thank you!  I feel so passionate about this cause and it's so nice to have the support.  This card uses the Retired stamp set "And many mower".  It's one of my favorite masculine stamp sets.

The stamp sets, colors, and punches used are all SU.  The paper and ribbons may or may not be.  I asked for donations of paper (I can't fund this myself, though I'd love to). 

                                           This is using the same stamp set "and many mower". 

For this card, I used the  Big Shot and the Big Bold Cupcakes, the many mower happy birthday punch, the eyelet border punch, the scallop Oval punch, the oval punch, and the Define your Life set.

For this card, I've still got to glue it onto a card base, but I loved this card because the night we were doing these cards there was a quilt set up for anyone who didn't want to do cards.  (It was to be donated too.)  So I thought this would be perfect for the cause.  Quilt cards, and a quilt.  These cards are so easy to make and using our scraps, we used the 1 1/4 square punch glued it onto our sheet, and then I ran it through the Big shot with the top note die cut.  I LOVE my Big Shot!  This card is by far the easiest one to throw together.

So, there you have it, our cards for OWH.  What do you think?  I can't wait to get my first box together.  It's gonna be a great feeling to know our cards are on the way.  I'm so grateful for the sacrifices that our Military Members make and for their families sacrifices too.  It's really hard, but I'm thankful my husband does what he does, and for all of you other people out there who care so much too.  THANK YOU!!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

My first one ever...

WOW!  I feel like I have been crazy busy, and I'd like to get away from this whole card making thing for awhile, but it's never ending.  Last night we had our first get together for OWH.  We made 60+ cards!  I'm so excited about it.  I will be posting those cards later.  Thank you so much all you wonderful ladies who donated your paper, or time to help me with this wonderful cause.  I appreciate all of the support so much!  As always, I  have to thank my friend Kathy for all her help and her wonderful husband who's business has bought us ribbon, paper, and envelopes.  (He's a great chiropractor too.  I use him all the time.  :)) 

Now, for my next first ever... I made a spinner card using my new owl punch!  I LOVE IT!!  It was for one of my card swap groups.  What do you think?

As always, thanks for stopping by and your kind comments!  It's so up-lifting and means alot.  Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.