Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I'm in need of some thank you cards to give as a gift to my niece and I need to send some out from myself.  This card uses last week's MOJO sketch.  I actually had the card done in time, but didn't take pictures until yesterday.  My excuse ... Bethany was home on Spring Break last week and I wanted to do stuff with her.  I am really good at putting stuff on the back burner ... especially when it comes to my children.

This card will be given to my brother's mother-in-law.  She is being very generous and sharing her Master's tickets with us.  I am so excited about attending again this year.

Stamps:  Elegant Thank You, Language of Friendship
Paper:  Lavender Lace, Certainly Celery, White
DSP:  The Classics by Paper Studio
Ink:  Certainly Celery, Memento Black
Accessories:  White Baker's Twine, Boho and scallop border punch, pearls, dimensionals, Spellbinders rectangle dies, Copics
All products are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.

I like the way this card turned out but if I were to make it again, there would be a few changes.  First, I would reverse the DSP so the trio of flowers would be against the polka dots.  I would also dry emboss the rectangle panel and emboss the sentiment.  Who knows, there just might be a take two on this card.

Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day!

Monday, March 26, 2012

The lovely whippet ...

Today's card has a story with it. About a week ago Terry was at Lowe's and saw a woman walking in the store with her whippet. He had to take a second glance at the dog as he looked just like our Banjee. Terry went over to her and started a conversation. To make a long story short, they exchanged names and numbers to set up a play date for the dogs. How funny is that? This past Saturday she had us over to her house to visit and let all three whippets play. Her whippet, Scout, is much older and is pretty much in the just chillin' stage of life. He is such a sweetie! Banjee and Sadie just wanted to wander through her house and get treats. It was a fun morning and I could tell it meant a lot to Charlotte. She too is a sweet person ... I've always had a soft spot in my heart for older people.

This card is for Charlotte and her best friend, Scout.  I used this week's MOJO sketch as my beginning point.
I am more of a square person when it comes to cards but I love circles on my squares.  Here is my ending point ...

Stamps:  Fabulous Phrases, Whippet (source unknown)
Paper:  River Rock, Chocolate Chip, White
DSP:  Slab III (Paper Studio)
Ink:  Memento Black, Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  Prismacolor pencils, OMS, ribbon and brads (H.L.), Spellbinders rectangle, square and scallop dies, spritzer, dimensionals
All supplies are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.

This is a 4 1/4 by 4 1/4 card.  

Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day,

Monday, March 19, 2012

Man's best friend ...


Today's card is for my brother who just had to put down his yellow lab, Bailey, last week.  My heart just aches for him and his family.  Our dogs are truly the best friend we will have.  They are always happy when they see you ... no matter if you're gone 5 minutes, 5 hours or 5 days.  

I used the Pals Paper Arts sketch this week for my starting point.  

I stayed pretty true to the sketch, except for the banner at the bottom.  I could not get it to look right on my card.  I fell back on 'ole faithful ... punches!  Here is my finished product ...

Stamps:  Fabulous Phrases, Will & Way (from H.L.)
Paper:  More Mustard, Black, Vanilla, Cajun Craze
DSP:  Cajun Craze
Ink:  Memento Black, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue
Accessories:  Copics, Bic marker, Spellbinders rectangle dies, word window and modern label punch, sponge daubers, dimensionals
All products are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.
  • The vanilla panel was sponged with Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue to make a sky and grass.
  • I added rhinestones, which I colored black, on the modern label before I sent it off.  Added a nice touch.
I spent last week having a great time with Michael while he was home for his Spring Break.  No stamping for me and I didn't even miss it.  Though, I totally enjoyed my craft room today! :)

Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day,

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Another Fresh Sketch

It is time for another great sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week it is one of my favorite Pals, Linda at Stampin' Seasons, who designed the layout. This is what gets your creative juices flowing ...

This is what my inky fingers created ...

Stamps:  Summer Solstice
Paper:  Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Regal Rose, White
DSP:  Night of Navy
Ink:  Regal Rose, Night of Navy
Accessories:  Cuttlebug script embossing folder, Paper Studio brads, Nestabilities square and scallop die, ribbon (non SU), sponge dauber, corner rounder, dimensionals
All products are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.

I knew I wanted to use this flower so that was my starting point ... after knowing I was going to use this sketch.  This is one card that I really struggled on to get it to "work".  It turned out to be an all afternoon project.  I hit the craft room at 1 p.m.  By the time I was trying to cut out the butterfly (I don't like fussy cutting at all and it shows), my husband was home from work.  He works until 6 p.m. and then has a 25 minute drive.  Phew, I got it done and am satisfied with the end result.

The tails on my ribbon ended up a bit on the short side.  I kept whacking them off for one reason or another.  Thankfully, I put the scissors down and didn't have to make a new bow. I added the yellow panel to brighten up the Night of Navy.  I'm still feeling the spring colors ... love 'em!

Thanks for stopping by and as always,

Have a great day,

Monday, March 5, 2012

Some Spring for The Paper Players

This week at The Paper Players, Jaydee is hosting and she has a theme challenge ... Spring has Sprung ... to play along with.  I dusted off an old SU set, flipped through some layouts, pulled out some markers and got inky.  There are a lot of little squares in my trash that just didn't work.  So here is the final card ...

Stamps:  Hello Spring 
Paper:  White, Blushing Bride
DSP:  Blushing Bride
Ink:  Memento Black
Accessories:  Prismacolor Markers, CB square die, So Saffron ribbon, rhinestone ice brads, Boho and itty bitty punch, pearl, stripes embossing folder, dimensionals
All products are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.
  • This layout is from a previous MOJO sketch by Mary Fish.
  • This square die cuts out the square and a border.  I colored each border with a Prismacolor Marker.
  • This stamp set is from 1997 and I've loved it since I first saw it.
  • I thought the card looked a little "empty" in the middle of the squares so I punched some flowers out, glued them together and added a pearl.  It's amazing what effect a little flower can have.  
Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Have a great day,

Friday, March 2, 2012

Freshly Made Sketch with the Pals color

It has been a day full of tornado warnings here in North Alabama.  Thankfully, nothing happened right around me.  Unfortunately, there was a lot of destruction just north of where I live.  The worst part about this damage, it is the same area that got hit badly last April with tornado's.

To break up the day and to take my mind off the weather, I headed upstairs to my craft room.  I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and the color challenge over at the Pals Paper Arts for my inspiration. 


From the above challenges, I created this ...

Stamps:  Need for Speed
Paper:  White, Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke, Lucky Limeade
DSP:  Always Artichoke
Ink:  Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake
Accessories:   Non SU - crop-a-dile, eyelets, CB sticks embossing folder, Nestabilities rectangle dies, edge distresser; SU - sponge dauber
All products are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.
  • The edges were distressed and then sponged with Crumb Cake and Always Artichoke.
  • Two corners were rolled upwards and the DSP was sponged with Always Artichoke.  Wanted to give a worn and rough look to the card. 
This will go to Michael for his birthday next month. 

Thanks for stopping by and as always,

Have a great day,