Sunday, February 28, 2010

Hoo loves U baby?

This card is too cute if I must say so myself!! I hand cut the tree from some kraft paper that was used as packing material for something I bought ages ago; the owls and the mushrooms are STICKERS! that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. The background paper is from the Autumn Recollections collection that M's carried this past fall.

Just wanted to say....

I had some upsetting news this past week - my supervisor from my last job (17 years ago) is battling breast cancer. This news was devastating to me - she is only a year older than me and is so vivacious and full of life; we were very close while we worked together and have kept in touch over the years. I have not talked to her since hearing the news but have been told by one of her co-workers that she has a positive attitude and has recently completed her first round of chemo. Hopefully the treatment will work and she will be back to work and back to being herself.

I made this card to let her know that I am thinking about her. I used the Martha Stewart double loop border punch, random ribbon and my brand new stamp, Talkalotta Bella since Karen and I usually talk each other's ears off when we do connect.

Karen - please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers! Kick ass girl!

Made during my all day online crop

For my online crop we had a bingo card with challenges to complete - this card fulfilled the pop dots challenge. The patterned paper is from DCWV - the one for baby girls {sorry I don't remember the correct name}. The solid papers are SU! barely banana and certainly celery which I ran through the cuttlebug using the swiss dots embossing folder, one of my all time favs.

Not sure of the brand of the ribbon but I know I bought it at Inky Fingers when they were closing! The yellow and pink flat back adhesive pearls were bought at M's - their Recollections brand.

The Stamp is from The Greeting Farm, Hope and Grace Snuggle
The border punch is Fiskars Lace. I used SU! markers to color the image.
The following card fulfilled the "try a new technique" challenge. I used my brand spanking new Martha Stewart Score Board - {on a side note RUN - don't walk to your nearest M's and purchase this tool - it's only $19.99 (cheaper if you use a coupon) and is very user friendly}.
The bunny is a stamp from M's $1 bin (gotta love that place), the paper is from K&Co, the button is PaperTreyInk. I used my Label One Nesties to cut and emboss the base for the bunny which I colored with Crayola pencils. The little Easter egg is from the package I received from sister Vera - M's Recollections.
The only thing I do not like about this card is that I don't think the button is enough to keep the card closed. I tried to reinforce it today and managed to rip the paper. I think the fault lies with the card stock I used; PaperTreyInk card stock is very thick and sturdy which is usually a very good thing but in this case I think a thinner stock would have worked better.

I made this card for my sister in law Mary whose birthday is next week. The usual Bella, random unknown patterned paper {I just know that I have had it for eons}. I finally used some tulle on a card - have seen several gorgeous examples from my MB sister IvaR.

Here is a detailed look at my coloring - all done with SU! markers except for the flesh tone which I used my lone Copic.
Here is a close up the rhinestone-y ribbon slide I used to accent the tulle. This card completed the "BLING" challenge.

This sweet little Easter card was really easy to make - the patterned paper is from an ancient DCWV spring stack, the bunny and the sentiment are both from the $1 bins at M's, American Crafts ribbon and card candy. I used the Label one Nesties. This was made to fulfill the "animal" challenge.

My friend Rachel (hi!!) turned me one to these cute little paper accents - card candy - for some unknown reason they can only be found overseas!??? These I found on EBay and are much smaller than the ones she uses on her beautiful cards but they turned out to be the right size for this spot on the card.

This card completed the challenge to use scallops. I used my Nesties - absolutely love these and can not imagine NOT using them when ever I get the chance. Random sheer ribbon, a Bella (surprise) Basic Grey background and patterned paper from the Lemonade collection.were used. The "Sparkle" sentiment is from SU!

This card was made for a BIG FAT LIAR! One of my clients tried to tell me that she was no longer involved with this person whom had a very bad driving record (I'm in the insurance business) and requested repeatedly that I remove him from her policy (after she found out the extent of his tickets). Long story short- several weeks ago the local Fire Dept (she's a member) put up a huge sign congratulating her on her engagement to him!! Guess they got back together once her policy cancelled. ... (please insert scarasm here).
I am sending her this card with a picture of the sign enclosed ..........

This is the lone Layout that I made during my crop. Friday was a beautiful day but there was a ban on all unnecessary travel for the county that I work in so the regional manager sent us home. I decided to make a snowman - the snow was perfectly packy. I used my gloves and a scarf that I had knit for myself several years ago, Dove chocolate foil wrapped hearts for eyes and buttons, a shriveled carrot for his nose and Chuck's John Deere hat. I think he was pretty cute - he has since gone the way of most snowmen; first he fell backwards and now is part of the lawn.

I used the cutest chocolate colored pom pom trim - I should have uploaded a close up. You certainly can not tell from this picture but I stickled the green snowflakes. The paper is from K&Co and there is a pink striped twill ribbon on top and underneath the pom poms. For the title I used thickers I had purchased from QVC.

It was a long and productive day for me - I was online from 5AM to 9PM with breaks for meals and housework!

All day online crop

My online "sisters" from the Cricut MB had an all day online crop yesterday (2/26/10). As part of our fun we were assigned a sister to send a small gift - mine was to go to Sarah aka Cuttergirl.

I made this "magazine rack" resized to hold greeting cards (5 A2 cards with envelopes fit perfectly) however I had no cards on hand so I sent this on so that she would have it in time for the crop along with some baby girl rub-ons (she had a sweet princess Attleigh Jane earlier this month). I told her that she would be getting another package in the coming weeks as I plan on sending her the cards. This was made from double sided MME paper - I do not know what colllection but I know that I purchased this from QVC in the old days when they actually had craft days. The flower is made out of 2 primas layered with a Making Memories brad. I used little rhinestones from M's $1 spot for accents on the upper rim and in the centers of some of the flowers. I made this card for her as a congratulations on the recent expansion of her family. I am not sure of the origins of the patterned paper or the rosebud ribbon but they really did match much better in real life - the colors are off in this picture. The border punch is Fiskars Apron Lace. The stamped image is a Bella from this summer's image swap.

Recent cards

This is a card I made for my friend Rachel using one of the Bellas I received in an image swap this summer, DCWV patterned paper (both) random ribbon and a handmade crocheted flower.
Here is a close up of the crocheted flower - I need to make more of these - gave away too many! and here is some detail of the inking I did on the edges - green then black.

This card was for Rachel's daughter, Brooklyn - this was extremely easy to throw together as the paper was already printed with all the glittery cupcakes, cute butterflies and the cute critters- the paper was from the Naughty but Nice 6x6 paper stack by Smirk - I was talked into purchasing this paper while on vacation in CT this past summer - imagine that - someone enabling me?? Who'd a thunk it?
I added the chipboard "B" after I inked it an appropriate shade of PINK then distressed and added the little butterfly and the card candy in the corners. TA DA done!

I inked the little butterfly also - it came from the American Girls punch that Rachel enabled me to buy.. thanks Rach!

This card was made for Rachel's little man, Westin who was turning 2 - where has the time gone? He was just a newborn!

I used George cricut cart and cut the 2 three times out of chipboard (was trying out the deep cut blade my niece bought me for Christmas) then covered with orange DCWV glitter paper. The background paper is also DCWV - I think its from Animal Crackers?...

I even broke out the Dyno label maker for this card and some sheer orange ribbon to accent the corner.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

trying to catch up on my postings...

This is my first attempt to create with The Greeting Farm stamps - I really like these guys.....this is Hugh NOT Edward as I thought when I made the card. My BFF Karen is a newly converted Twilight fan - so I used a quote from the book for her birthday greeting. I am not a good colorist; only own one Copic which I used for his face; used a combination of Bic, Sharpies and Stampin' Up! markers for the rest.
I used the new Herringbone (I think) cuttlebug folder on the background and some really narrow ribbon from Walmart.

This card I made for my NSSS Jenny for her February package - this image was from an image swap,background paper is from DCWV, Nana's Kids stack (I think),the orange and the lime green are from random DCWV glitter stacks and some purple grosgrain ribbon, hand dyed skittles and some little white baby prima blossoms. I even used my brand new Nesties, label one.

{This is supposed to be me and Jenny}

A simple birthday card

I made this card for my brother in law Dave's birthday using a stamped image I received in a swap, some DCWV paper (from the Green Stack) and some dotted orange ribbon. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.