Sunday, July 31, 2011

Any Occassion

Good morning !  Its been three days since I have posted on my blog or looked at anyone else’s.  That has been the longest I have gone without looking for a long time.  Summer is crazy and we have so many things to do.  Friday we had a huge party.  Saturday we had cleanup from our party and wedding at night.  So now I am posting a card before we are off to another birthday party.  Crazy, crazy.  So I was able to put together a handmade card yesterday.  This was my first attempt so I thought it turned out pretty good.  This was one of those ideas that actually worked out on paper like it did in my head.  Imagine that.    I am not sure  why but most of my cards tend to be black,  so this time  I started out with Real Red paper. I then embossed the saying in black embossing powder, and put black organdy ribbon underneath.  Next I embossed the image in silver embossing powder on the black.  I then layered it with Night of Navy paper and added 3 square brad on top of the image and 3 red jewels on the bottom.  The words and image are from the same Stampin Up set called All that I Have Seen.  As you can see I tore and layered again.  I can’t help it.   So give me  a shout and let me know what you think of this one.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Birthday Card

Its been a busy couple of days.  It is my sons 15th birthday today and we are having a party on Friday.  The party started out being a small one but now we have like 25 families invited and there is a ton of work to do and I am starting to stress a bit.  I sat down tonight to make a card that I could post on my blog, but  I have a ton of things to do getting ready for this party and I think my heart is just not  in it tonight.  Two days ago I bought  some new Cricut Cartridges and I wanted to make my handmade card using one of them tonight.  I used the cartridge Wall D├ęcor and More.  I haven’t made any man or boy  cards lately so my ideas had to be manly.  I picked out this tow truck.  My thinking was that every  man and boys like  trucks.  So I put this card together a couple different ways and this was the best I could come up with.  Like I said I think I just am not into it tonight.  Its okay maybe just a little plain.  What do you think??  Have  a great night!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Welcome Baby Cards

Well its Sunday night and I hope that everyone had a great weekend.  We had an awesome weekend.  Yesterday was relaxing time,  we did absolutely nothing.  It was great.  Today as a family we dedicated our lives to Jesus and we were baptized together.  It was a special time for my family and there is no other feeling that can compare.  So my card today are welcome baby cards.  I used this bear last week I think.  He was so cute so I decided to use him again.  There are 2 different version of cards.  Obviously the pink will be for a girl and the blue for a boy.   I used my Stampin Up markers to color the bear and flowers.   I just bought these pink teardrop stones so I had to use them.  I know that I have mentioned this before but I am definitely in a tearing paper and glitter phase.  So I did both on each card.    I also just bought some metallic eyelets and as you can see I used them on the blue card.   So what do you think of my new ideas?  Love to hear any feedback.   

Friday, July 22, 2011

Red White and Blue

Well Friday is finally here.  I know everyone has big plans for the weekend but not me.  I am actually looking forward to having no plans and just being able to relax and go with the flow.  We have had such a busy summer so far and some down time is looking really good right now.  So my cards theme today is the stars and the red, white, and blue.  I found these stars at a garage sale.  I used them on card that I posted last month but I liked them so much I wanted to make another handmade card using them.  They are called Foil Rimmed Acetate Shapes by Lil Davis Designs. They come clear so I  put red and blue paper under the big stars.  The stamp sets I used in this card are Warm Words, So Happy for You, and Wonderful Words.  The colors are Not Quite Navy and Cherry Cobbler.  As you can see this is a fairly simple card but so cute.  When I put it together I raised the big stars for some dimension.   This card  could be used for any occasion.  Hopefully I’ll have lots of time for creating new cards and ideas this weekend.    I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Card In Progress

Try # 1
Try # 2
Good morning everyone!  This is going on day number 4 of the temps being in the ninety’s.  Hopefully we’ll get a lot of pool time today to keep cool.  So my card today was a work in progress.   My first attempt of  my handmade card today looked like this.  The flower is a stamp from the set called Delight in Life.  The words are from the set Short and Sweet. Both from Stampin Up.  I used Always Artichoke paper.  As you can see I stamped the flowers and cut them out.  Next I added the brads in the center of the flowers, and three  white brad to the bottom. Then stamped the words Best Wishes layered and tore around them.  I tacked it all down and added some white organdy ribbon.  So this was my first try with this idea.

 It was not working for me , I thought it was lacking so I tore it apart and made a few changes.  I layered the flowers with black, changed the cards base to black and layered the words with more black and put it together again. This was try number 2.  It still was missing something so I tore it apart again.

This time I took it apart and added black  swirls in the background.  The swirls came from the Delight in Life set also.  I then put the card back together and added some black organdy ribbon.  This time I liked what I saw.  So I believe this card is finished.    It definitely was a work in progress. I am happy that the ideas in my head do sometimes work out.    What do you think about the changes I made??  Leave me a comment and let me know.  Thanks!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Card for my Sweetie

I had a great birthday.  My kids cleaned the house.  My mom came up and we went  shopping and out for lunch. Then we went and sat in  my in-laws pool for a couple hours.  My husband got home from work at 5:00 and had a small  surprise get together planned,  a couple close friends.  Starbucks is my favorite so I bought one in the morning and then my husband surprised me and got me one on his way home from work.  Starbuck twice in one day is absolutely a great day.    So my card today  was made for my husband, he is a great guy.  So I started with my fish(my husband likes  to fish) stamp.  It is from the set Fishy Friends. I embossed it with Night of Navy.  The love you is also embossed with the Night of Navy.  As you can tell I love to tear and layer so that is what I did next.  The red paper is Cherry Cobbler and the blue is Night of Navy.  Next I added all the little hearts in Night of Navy ink and then colored them with Glossy Effects. Everything  used for this card is Stampin Up.    I am really please on how this card turned out.  Sometimes my ideas don’t come out quite as I picture them.  This will be a great handmade card for my sweetie.  Have a great night!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Bear Card

Good morning everyone.  Its supposed to be a hot one today.  In the 90’s I heard.  Lots to do so I am posting early again.  Also It’s my birthday today  and I know the family has things planned.  Hopefully it has something to do with water or keeping cool.    I am posting 2 handmade cards today.  Same card just a little different version.  This bear is one of my favorite stamps.  He is so cute.  I stamped him with black ink and  colored him with my Stampin Up markers.  The bear is colored with Creamy Caramel and Going Gray.  The stem is Green Galore.  The flowers are Pacific Point and Pink Passion in one and Pacific Point and Tempting Turquoise in the other.  For his nose and mouth I used Pretty in Pink.  I then layered the bear with black paper and Pacific Point paper.  I am pretty sure that Pacific Point is a pretty new  color new  from Stampin Up.  It replaced Brilliant Blue.  .  Brilliant Blue was one of my favorites and I was pretty bummed but I think I am going to like this new color just as much. So on the fist card I just added some blue jewels to the corners, on the second card I used blue Stickles on the flowers and added some black organdy ribbon on the bottom.  Great all occasion cards.   Love that glitter.  Hopefully I’ll have time to come up with some new ideas.  Stay cool today!!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Cherry Card

Well yesterday was the first day in quite a while that I did not post a  handmade card.  My sister and I canned three bushels of peaches so it was a pretty busy day.  By the time I got home I was so tired and did not have any cards or ideas going on  so I decided to take a day off.  The day before my family went and picked cherries so that is where the inspiration for today’s card came from.  I love to eat fresh cherries.  For every one that goes in the bucket you have to eat one.  Lol.  So this card is pretty simple.  I have this big cherry stamp.  I used my Stampin Up markers to color it.  Next I layered the cherries with real red paper and put 3 glorious green eyelets in the 2 corners.  The stamp on the bottom is embossed.  I know that I have told you this before but I love glitter and sparkle so I just bought  this glittery stuff called Stickles.  I colored the cherries with the red  Stickles for some shine.  So I  spent some time in  my craft room today and have come up with some new cards and ideas so I will be posting again soon.  Have a great night.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Fishy Friends

Another early morning for me. Lots to do so I am getting my post in early.  My handmade card today again is 5x5.  I used the same stamp set as yesterday called Fishy Friends.  The blue paper is Bashful Blue and the green is Gable Green.  All Stampin Up colors. I really like both colors so I tried to make this card work.  I first stamped the bubbles on the background of the card in Gable Green.     I then stamped each fish and put layers under it.  I am not sure if you can tell but I did stamp bubbles on all the blue paper with the Gable Green.  Next I used my chalks to color the fishes.  After I put the card together it still was a little plain and need something more.  I then used my chalks to give the background a little more color and I added the little colored dots  for breathing bubbles.  It helped some.  So this is all that I could come up with.  Not one of my best ideas or cards but it was cute enough.  Sometimes I think I have  a creativity block and some days every card and idea is great.  I believe I had the block going yesterday.  Hopefully my handmade cards and ideas with be brilliant today.  I guess we will see .  Maybe you’ll want to check back tomorrow.  Lol.  Have a great day!
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Octopus Card

Good morning!   I hope everyone  had a  great day yesterday.  I was planning on having a stay at  home day to  do  a bunch of  things around the house but then last minute one of my sisters  called to see if we wanted to go to Bay Beach(an amusement park).  So off we were.  It was a great day.   It was warm but cloudy with a little breeze.  Could not have asked for a better day.  We did not get home until quite late so I did not post  one of my handmade cards . I wanted to get right on top of that today so I am getting it done first thing.   Usually my cards are 5 ½ by 4 ¼.  As I have been blog hopping I see that there are many different sized cards  and ideas out there so I thought I would try a different sized card myself.  So today’s card is 5x 5.  It was pretty fun.  I had a little more room to work with.  Like I said before my favorite stamps are animals of any sort so I dug out a stamp from the set called Fishy Friends by Stampin Up.  My colors are Real Red and Brilliant Blue.  I stamped the octopus all over the background in Real Red.  I then stamped the  big red octopus and layered it with the red and blue paper.  The colored squares are really cool.  I bought a Square Stax that is what they are called.  It is a stack  about 5 inches high with different colored squares with different edges on too.  Pretty neat.  The you make me smile stamp is from the set Simple Saying from Stampin Up also.  I then added some little red jewels on the top and bottom .  Would love any feedback.   Have a great day!
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Monday, July 11, 2011

Picnic Card 2

Had a great day.  It was very hot so I got my work done this morning and then me and the kids played in the pool all afternoon.  I didn’t even have to cook supper because we grilled  out at the in-laws house.  Whenever I get out of cooking its always a great day.  So I really liked the picnic card I made yesterday and I received  some feedback  so I thought maybe I would  use the same ideas but  different colors.    I used yellow this time.  I think my yellow handmade card is cute but the red one is way better.  What is your opinion?  Well it’s  been almost a month since I’ve stared my blog and I have been having a great time.  I have posted something almost everyday, which was one of my goals so  I am very pleased with that. I   have been in my craft room almost everyday trying to come up with new cards and ideas and I am having a blast.  I really forgot how much I enjoy making cards.  Its great to find others out there  who love it just as much as I do.  Have a great night!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Picnic Card

Good morning!  I am up kind of early today.  I want to post this new card that I made yesterday.  After I was finished  making this card I took it and asked my husband what he thought about it.  He said that it was nice( but then he says that about all the cards I show him) and then all of a sudden it just came to me.  It is my picnic card.  I think it’s the white and red checkered butterflies.  In movies the picnic blanket is always checkered , isn‘t it? .  So I guess this thought just pooped into my head. Lol.  So anyways, I really like this card.  My sister gave me these butterflies.  They are pieces of fabric shaped into butterflies with stickies on the back.  Pretty neat!  she gave me other colors too,  so today I plan on  using them and hopefully I’ll post those tomorrow.  So I traced around the butterflies to add a layer.  I picked some red textured paper for the card itself.  Next I took some white paper and tore it to cover a good portion of the front.  I then added 3 Real Red eyelets to the top, and red ribbon to the bottom.  I thought it still needed something so I added the red jewels on the left.  Then at the top I added the bible verse   In everything   give thanks.   1 Thess. 5:18   The verse   is just what this handmade card needed to finish it off.  Hopefully I get some time today and be able to come up with some new ideas and cards for tomorrows post.  Have a great day!
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Saturday, July 9, 2011

New Card

I hope everyone had a great day.  Mine was pretty relaxing,  however it is getting quite late and this is the first time I got to sit at the computer today to post a new handmade card.  I did get a couple of hours earlier to organize my craft room a little and to come up with some new ideas and cards, so that was great.  So I was sitting there looking at this Metallic Copper stamp pad and I was like yup this is what I want to use today for some new cards.  I tried a few different things before I came across this flower stamp.  It is from the Stampin Up set called Cottage Rose.  It’s from 1999 catalog so it’s quite old but I thought it was perfect.  I stamped the big flower with the copper metallic ink  and layered it with Creamy Caramel paper.  I then attached t3 brown eyelets to the bottom corner.  Next   I embossed the happiness always with gold powder. That saying is from the set called Happy Harmony.    I then layered that also with the Creamy Caramel paper  and then tied black organdy ribbon on the bottom..  Next I took a smaller flower stamp from the same set and stamped little flowers on the whole background with the copper metallic ink and then attached the pieces together.  I think this handmade card turned out great. I feel that is is very elegant.  This is usually not my style.  I showed this to my sister and she was like you made that.  So I guess maybe my cards are changing some.  I keep looking  at all your great cards and I think that they inspire me.  Have a great night .

Friday, July 8, 2011

Flower Card

Good morning!  Its going to be another beautiful day.  I don’t have a whole lot planned for this morning but a pretty busy late afternoon and evening tonight.  I have been using more borrowed things from my sisters.  It’s great having new things but not having to buy them yourself.  So I am using this huge flower stamp from Stampin Up.  This one is monstrous.  Almost just the stamp itself would be cute.  I however did add a few embellishments.  I used white pigment ink for the flower.  It is very neat I have not used it before. It has a very different texture than regular ink.   I then embossed the  saying with white embossing powder. .   It is from a Stampin Up set called Sweet and Simple.  As you can see I made 3 cards but each one  is a slightly different version. I put a little flower on the inside of each flower.  The first one has a yellow flower and yellow eyelets.  The second one has a white flower inside and white eyelets.  The third has a white flower in the inside and I used black organdy ribbon on the bottom.  This was a very simple card.  I am sure you could come up with a bunch of great ideas with this one.  I hope you enjoyed this handmade card. Would love any feedback or comments.    Have a great day and try to stay cool.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

New Card

Another beautiful day, it  was way more relaxing than yesterday.  I had several hours to play around in my craft room and clean up a bit.  I also got a little shopping in and bought a couple new  decoration for my handmade cards.  I have noticed that a lot of peoples ideas have ribbon on them also so I bought some of that too!  Over the weekend I spent some time with my sisters and I borrowed quite a few things from them that I don’t have.  First was a punch from Stampin Up.  As you can see it is a flower punch.  So that is where this idea started from.  So I punched some white and black flowers, and used a glittery brad to keep them together.  The black strip of paper on the bottom of the card I put through this crimping tool.  You put the paper through and it comes out crimped.(I am not sure if I am spelling the  word crimped  right?)  Very cool.  I embossed the saying on the front with white powder. It is  a stamp set from Stampin Up called Happy Harmony.   So I tacked the black to the card  first.  Then I took some white ribbon and tacked it right above the black.  I don’t think I have ever used ribbon on any of my cards before. Then I put on my flowers.  The 3 white button things  on the black paper is an embellishment  that I just bought.  I thought they very cute and added just what my card needed.   I Think black and white go great together.  What do you think??  Have a great night. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Flower Card

Now that the holiday weekend is over it back to the real world.  Had a busy, busy day.  Two cleanings, husband at the hospital, doctor appt for one of the kids, guitar lessons for the other one, and church.  Now its me time.  I have managed to get about 45 minutes to myself so I made this card and wanted to post it real quick.  My sister borrowed me a bunch of different embossing colors .  I saw the hot  pink and knew I had to think of some cute ideas for it.   I then saw the purple and said yes I need to use the purple too!  So I started out  with the big flowers they are embossed.  The big  flower is from the stamp set called Friendship blooms.  I  then dug out a smaller flower that sort of matched the big one.  I cut each  big flower out and put an eyelet in the center of each.  I then embossed a bunch of little  pink flowers in the background.  The saying  Your Friendship makes my Heart Happy is also from the Friendship Blooms set.  It is embossed and then I put a layer of pink paper underneath it.  I added a little pink flower jewel thing on the corner of the saying.  The big pink flower is raised off the card for a little effect.  .  I wasn’t sure if I like this one at first or not, but this handmade card is growing on me by the minute.  I hope you are enjoying my cards and ideas.  Would love any feedback.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th

I hope everyone had a great 4th.  I sure did.  It was a  wonderful day with family,  great food,  and lots of volleyball. I did not get to any fireworks displays though.  I guess I’ll have to catch some next year.  Just wanted to post a quick handmade  card today.  I love tearing paper.  I know that I’ve said it before.  So I was sitting there thinking of  any ideas to use but nothing was coming together and I know that I’ve said this  before but when in doubt tear.  So I got out this stamp.  It is from a Stampin Up set called Little Layers Plus.  I embossed this heart with black powder.  I then added a couple of layers on black the other is Real Red.  I tore around each layer.  Two  of my favorite colors are  Brilliant Blue and black.   Those colors go great together.   I made the card itself  blue  and then tore some more black to go on the front.  I then embossed the saying with red.  I’m not sure which Stampin Up set it came from.  As always would love to hear any feedback.  Thanks!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Fairy Card

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  I know  I am.  I have been  loving all this hot weather and a lot of great food.   So I have been using my chalks again on this handmade card.  I love the card and the colors  it turned out great but my camera did not do it any justice.  It did not matter what light I was in or what different angle I went from the colors did not appear as they are.  I am still enjoying using the chalks so even thought  my camera was not cooperating I still wanted to post it.  I dug out this stamp.  I knew when I saw it I could make some pretty cards.  This stamp is called Fairy by Stamps Happen.  I then  used my chalks to color it.  I am not sure if you can tell but I glittered all the flowers.  The paper and the three  brads  are Pretty in Pink by  Stampin Up.  The cute pink drops  on the bottom under the fairy are called rain dots.   They are stickers that are raised and shiny.  Those are by Cloud 9 designs.  These  are really neat,  they  come in a ton of different shapes and colors.  You could use these and come up with some really neat ideas.  I really enjoyed the soft colors that I used for this card .  Wish I could of posted a better picture.  Oh well!  Have a great night.