Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Flowers of Tomorrow Card

Whew! Today is the last day of July 2012 and I say good riddance!!!  Here in Oklahoma, July was hot.  Too hot for my liking.  I stayed indoors a lot and made cards.  This Flowers of Tomorrow card was made for The Paper Players Tic Tac Toe challenge.  I picked the diagonal direction containing: floral, dry embossing, and favourite colour.  Favourite colour being purple, followed by green and I love yellow as an accent colour. This challenge was a lot of fun. In fact, I may have to play again.  Thanks for stopping by my blog and have a happy and crafty day!

Flowers of Tomorrow Card Supplies:  White cardstock, shades of purple cardstock, patterned paper by Anna Griffin (AG1644), scrap yellow patterned paper, gumball green cardstock by Stampin' Up!, swiss dots embossing folder by Cuttlebug, Texture Boutique machine by Sizzix, eyelet border punch, blossom punch, boho blossom punch and 3/4" circle punch all by Stampin' Up!, Cricut machine, Cindy Loo Cricut cartridge (vines), mixed bunch stamp set by Stampin' Up! (125537), flowers of tomorrow stamp by Verve Stamps (VS-09-PJ013), ColorBox chalk ink pad in lavender, corner rounder, rhinestones, and stampin' dimensionals.

Monday, July 30, 2012

U Rock Card

It was time to use more zebra patterned paper and the Mojo Monday challenge was the perfect place to use it.  The challenge today was either a round or square card.  Until today I had never made either.  So, I chose the square and made mine 5" x 5".  My nieces were the inspiration for my card.  They participate in a lot of activities during the school year and this card will be a fun encouragement card.  Thanks for stopping by my blog and have a happy and crafty day!

U Rock Card Supplies:
  • Paper: White cardstock, apple crush cardstock by Bazzill Basics (5-5128), black cardstock,  aqua cardstock, silver cardstock, and zebra - rainbow patterned paper by The Paper Studio (501312).
  • Stamps: U Rock stamp by Craft Smart (125530).
  • Ink: Black dye ink by Stampabilities.
  • Other Stuff: Fiskars edge punch, Cricut machine, George and Basic Shapes cartridge (circles and small hearts), full heart punch by Stampin' Up!, and stampin' dimensionals.

I've also linked this card to the FABulous Make It Monday blog.  Go check it out!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Teddy Present Birthday Card

If you like color challenges, Catch The Bug Challenge Blog just started a great one.  The colors have a lot of different possibilities.  I decided to create a birthday card for this challenge. My Teddy Present Birthday Card was made using a digital teddy present stamp by Bugaboo Stamps and I colored the image with Copic markers.  Go ahead an catch the bug and make a card for this fabulous color challenge.


Teddy Present Birthday Card Supplies:
  • Paper: Brown cardstock, white cardstock, slate blue cardstock by Basic Grey, and patterned paper by Bo Bunny (Lemonade Double Dot #12LD784 & Chocolate Dot #12CHD930).
  • Stamps: Teddy - Present digital stamp by Bugaboo Stamps and Little Happy Birthday stamp by Hero Arts (A2153).
  • Inks & Coloring: Copic markers (B34, E00, E15, E27, E49, Y17, and colorless blender) and classic stampin' pad in early espresso (119670).
  • Other Stuff: Fiskars circles corner punch, Cricut machine, Cricut Straight from the Nest cartridge, corner rounder, postage stamp punch by Stampin' Up! (122344), brown doodle twine, rhinestones, and stampin' dimensionals. 

Saturday, July 28, 2012

With Love Card

One of my favorite colors is purple, but for some reason it doesn't show up in my cards very often.  Well, I decided that needed to change.  This With Love Card was made using a monochrome purple color scheme for the monochrome challenge at Charisma Cardz and I used the sketch from Card Positioning Systems. If I ever have a question about color schemes I like to consult the online color scheme designer. It is super easy to use and can help select colors that go well together.

With Love Card Supplies: Shades of purple cardstock, purple damask patterned paper by The Paper Studio, corner rounder and small flower punch by Creative Memories, 1" circle punch, With Love clear stamp by Hero Arts (CL500, Love Every Day), VersaMark watermark stamp pad, Stampendous! Pearlustre embossing powder in amethyst, velour brads by The Paper Studio, and stampin' dimensionals.

Friday, July 27, 2012

CFC63 Thank You Card

My schedule today was packed full of card making fun.  I taught a card class at the Sooner Scrapbooks store in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  It was a lot of fun and a great break from my normal Friday routine.  However, my Friday would not be complete without submitting my entry for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge.  This week is a clean and simple color challenge using lime, aqua, and navy. Wishing you a crafty and happy weekend!


CFC63 Thank You Card Supplies:
  • Paper: White cardstock, lime dot patterned paper by Recollections, aqua zebra patterned paper by The Paper Studio, aqua cardstock, and midnight muse cardstock by Stampin' Up!
  • Stamps: Thank You circle seal by Stampabilities (D1200).
  • Inks: Classic stampin' pad in midnight muse (126860).
  • Other Stuff: Edge paper punch by Martha Stewart Crafts, Cricut machine to cut circles, and stampin' dimensionals.

Big Hugs Card

The Big Hugs card I made today is for a friend who is going through a personal issue.  To help create this card I used the challenge sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and a colour challenge from ColourQ.  I have to admit that these colours were truly a challenge for me.  My ink stash was not stocked with the right colors and I had to dig deep to find the right cardstock.

Big Hugs Card Supplies:
  • Paper: Regal rose cardstock by Stampin' Up!, bright blue cardstock by Recollections, white cardstock by Core'dinations, parakeet cardstock and tropical cardstock both by Bazzill Basics.
  • Stamps: Big Hugs sentiment stamp by studio g/Hampton Art.
  • Ink & Coloring: VersaMark watermark stamp pad and embossing powder in party pink by Recollections.
  • Other Stuff: Cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder, Texture Boutique by Sizzix, Fiskars apron lace edge punch, wavy paper trimmer by Creative Memories, Offray ribbon, and blue rhinestones. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Bright Butterfly Card

One of my favorite things about summer is butterflies!  I have a row a sage bushes in the backyard that they love.  If you were to look through my stamp stash you would find that butterflies are well represented.  The butterfly used on this bright butterfly card is a digital stamp from Bugaboo Stamps.  Isn't she cute?  This card was made for the sketch challenge at Catch The Bug. So, click on over and check out all the great entries.  I'm also linking this up to the wonderful Make It Monday blog.

Bright Butterfly Card Supplies:
  • Paper: White cardstock, patterned paper by Pebbles (Hip Hip Hooray! collection, 751230, Yippie), and pool party cardstock by Stampin' Up!
  • Stamps: Digital butterfly stamp by Bugaboo Stamps and sentiment stamp by TPC Studios (greetings, ST93416).
  • Inks & Coloring: Black dye ink for sentiment and Copic markers for butterfly.
  • Other Stuff: Custom cutting system from Creative Memories, random yellow ribbon from my stash and stampin' dimensionals.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Floral Sympathy Card

Today, I've created a Floral Sympathy Card by combining the CR84FN color challenge with the Mojo Monday sketch challenge.  I was happy the colors in the Bo Bunny Little Miss collection worked great for this challenge.  I did flip the sketch to make sure the cute little hummingbird didn't get covered up by the center image.   Have a crafty day!

Floral Sympathy Card Supplies:
  • Paper: Tan cardstock, brown cardstock, patterned paper by Bo Bunny (Little Miss Jaquoya #12LMQ613, Little Miss Brenna #12LMB668), and ivory cardstock.
  • Stamps: With Sympathy sentiment stamp, Studio g by Hampton Art (dollar bin at Michaels).
  • Ink: Classic stampin' pad in early espresso by Stampin' Up!
  • Other Stuff: Real Estate punch by EK Success, Cricut machine, Cindy Loo Cricut cartridge,  Boho Blossom punch by Stampin' Up!, little flower punch by Creative Memories, rhinestones, and stampin' dimensionals.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Hummingbird Thank You Card

Hummingbirds are delicate and intriguing birds.  I love to watch them in my backyard.  So, when I was picking out stamps to use today my backyard hummingbirds were my inspiration. This Hummingbird Thank You Card features heat embossing.  I was a little brave today and I used three different colors to emboss the hummingbird.  For the card design I used this weeks sketch from The Paper Players challenge.  Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Hummingbird Thank You Card Supplies:
  • Paper: Very vanilla cardstock by Stampin' Up!, patterned paper by Crate Paper (Farmhouse collection, Handpicked #FH957), burnt orange cardstock by Paperbilities, and midnight muse cardstock by Stampin' Up!.
  • Stamps: Hummingbird stamp (99260) and Floral Flourishes (97633) both by Inkadinkado.  Thank You sentiment stamp was a free stamp with a purchase of Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine.
  • Inks & Coloring: Bamboo Leaves by Memento, classic stampin' pads in summer starfruit and midnight muse both by Stampin' Up!, VersaMark watermark stamp pad, Stampendous! Pearlustre embossing powder in cornaline and lapis, and Zing! embossing powder in teal metallic finish.
  • Other Stuff: Offray ribbon from Michaels (103676), and stampin' dimensionals.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Snowflake Holiday Card

When it comes to card making I love using patterned paper, stamping, and embellishments.  Keeping a card one layer and casual can be a challenge for me.  This Snowflake Holiday Card was made using one layer and I kept it simple.  This is my first one layer card.  I'm entering it in the CASology challenge.  The challenge is to make a card using the cue word: happy.

Snowflake Holiday Card Supplies: White cardstock, black dye ink, snowflake stamp by studio g, Happy Holidays sentiment stamp by Stampabilities (swirly happy holidays, DR1138), Copic marker (B02), Ice Stickles in Arctic Ice, and rhinestones.

While I was busy posting my card, my cute crafting buddy was sunning himself next to my desk.  He doesn't have to work very hard to look this cute.  Have a wonderful Saturday!

Friday, July 20, 2012

I Love You Card

This week I came across a couple of new challenges that I wanted to try.  This I Love You card was made combining Our Creative Corner Color Challenge and a favorite animal theme challenge from Charisma Cardz Challenges.  This card was a lot of fun to make.  The digital stamp came colored and the sweet image is of my favorite animal the cat. 

I Love You Card Supplies: Aqua blue cardstock, navy patterned paper by Pebbles (Sunny Side collection, 751278, Happiness), patterned paper by Echo Park (Hello Summer collection, HS29006, For The Birds), light pink cardstock, white glitter cardstock, Purrfect Valentine digital stamp by Jamie Kay, decorative corner punch, corner rounder, Cricut machine, Stamping cartridge (heart chain), white glitter tape by Recollections, rhinestones, and stampin' dimensionals.

Halloween Spider Card

The challenge today at CAS-ual Fridays is titled Back in Black. I was inspired by Christina MacLaren's halloween card to create my Halloween Spider Card.  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  It could be the chocolate or the spooky fun but, I couldn't resist making a Halloween card for this challenge.  Have a crafty Friday!

Halloween Spider Card Supplies:
  • Paper: Black folded card by Recollections, black spider web glitter paper (this was from the $1 bin at Target last fall), orange glitter paper by Core'dinations, and lime green glitter paper by Recollections.
  • Stamps: Happy Halloween sentiment stamp by Inkadinkado (60-00290).
  • Ink: VersaMark watermark stamp pad and Zing! embossing powder in black glitter finish.
  • Other Stuff: Halloween spider stickers by K & Company (30-622296).

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Floral Congratulations Card

The color green is one of my favorite colors.  My paper stash includes many different shades of green.  There is olive green, emerald green, dusty green, leaf green, bright green, and I could go on.... but you get the picture.  So, where was the mint green when I needed it?  Well, evidently the law of creativity states that what you need you never have.  This weeks color challenge at The Play Date Cafe includes: mint, soft yellow, coral, and tulip.  The colors together are very soft and pretty and I was determined to find something that worked.  I ended up using a patterned paper from Emma's Shoppe Collection from Crate Paper.  The design for this floral congratulations card is from this weeks sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches designed by Jen Mitchell.  Creating with circles is always fun and this card was no exception.

Floral Congratulations Card Supplies:
  • Paper: White cardstock, patterned paper by K & Company (Sweet Nectar designer mat pad, 30-657083), soft yellow cardstock, and patterned paper by Crate Paper (Emma's Shoppe Collection, ES868).
  • Stamps: Congratulations sentiment stamp by Stampin' Up! (Curly Cute stamp set, 120510).
  • Ink: VersaMark watermark stamp pad and Zing! embossing powder in white.
  • Other Stuff: Doily flower sticker by Martha Stewart Crafts (41-00158), fancy scroll Glitter on a Roll by Recollections (181164), and stampin' dimensionals.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

XOXO Flower Card

Today, I received my first crafting injury.  I was punching out the corrugated kraft flower and pinched the palm of my hand pretty good.  So, I now have a bruise from crafting.  Oh well, beauty can be painful. 

The XOXO Flower Card was made using the Retro Sketches challenge and the colour challenge from ColourQ.  I love the simplicity of this weeks sketch, it was super easy to put together and still maintains a dramatic look. 

XOXO Flower Card Supplies: Black folded card by Recollections, real red cardstock, whisper white cardstock, and Summer Smooches dsp by Stampin' Up!, parakeet cardstock by Bazzill Basics, kraft corrugated paper (source unknown), Fiskars apron lace edge punch (01-004597), blossom punch by Stampin' Up! (125603), 1" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, Cricut machine, Straight from the Nest cartridge (leaves), Charming stamp set by Stampin' Up! (retired), black dye ink, XOXO sentiment stamp by Stampabilities (A1026), VersaMark watermark stamp pad, Zing! white embossing powder, heat tool by The Paper Studio, rhinestone brad, and stampin' dimensionals.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Mischief Cat Hello Card

I believe the words mischief and cat go hand in hand.  My cat is constantly stealing my chair when I get up and if there is mischief to be had, he will find it.  The digital stamp on my card today is from Bugaboo Stamps.  This mischief cat hello card was made using the Sweet Sunday sketch.  I really love the versatility of the sketch layout.  There are a lot of amazing cards already linked up for this challenge.  So, click on over to the Sweetest thing and check them out.  I'm also linking this up to the Simon Says Stamp no rules challenge.

Mischief Cat Hello Card Supplies: White cardstock, light blue cardstock, royal blue cardstock, green cardstock, patterned paper by K & Company (Julianne designer mat pad 30-657113 and Confetti designer mat pad 30-626768), digital stamp by Bugaboo Stamps, computer, printer, Copic markers, various colored pencils, Fiskars grass edge punch, butterfly prints stamp set and butterfly punch by Stampin' Up!, classic messages sentiment stamp by Hero Arts (CL414), dye ink pad in royal blue, rhinestones, and stampin' dimensional.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Butterfly Miss You Card

Recently, I found a new challenge called The Pink Elephant and this week their challenge is to use the color orange.  It just so happens that I recently made this Butterfly Miss You Card that I needed to post on my blog.  I love it when things work out.  I'm also linking this to the Make It Monday blog.

Butterfly Miss You Card Supplies: Cream cardstock, white cardstock, patterned paper by Basic Grey Sweet Threads collection, windowpane monarch stamp by Hampton Art (PS0520), VersaMark watermark stamp pad, Stampendous! Pearlustre embossing powder in cornaline, sentiment stamp by TPC Studios (greetings set, ST93416), Stampendous! Pearlustre embossing powder in jade, heat tool by The Paper Studio, Cricut machine, Home Accents cartridge, orange glitter brads, and foam tape.

Thanks So Much Card

The great thing about having Monday off is I can do laundry and work on the Mojo Monday challenge with no interruptions.  The sketch today was pretty labor intensive and it looks like a paper bomb has exploded on my desk.  What do you think, is the yellow flower too bright on my Thanks So Much Card??? Have a great day!

Thanks So Much Card Supplies: Pink cardstock, white cardstock, Little Bo Peep patterned paper by Crate Paper (Matilda #680063 & Charlotte #680065), Emma's Shoppe Collection by Crate Paper (#ES868), Cricut machine, Cindy Loo Cricut cartridge, Verve Stamps (Thankful Accents, VS-09-049), Hero Arts chalk ink in grass, dimensional zinnia sticker by Martha Stewart Crafts (M355004), gemstone by The Paper Studio, and stampin' dimensionals.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Ability, Motivation & Attitude Card

During the day I'm a Business Instructor teaching Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management classes.  When I found the rubber stamp used in today's card I had to buy it.  The three traits ability, motivation, and attitude are the topics of many conversations I have with my students.  So, I may frame this photo and put it on my desk.  This ability, motivation & attitude card was made using the sketch from Card Positioning Systems and for the The Paper Players wordsmith challenge.  The sketch was perfect for this sentiment and the star worked great with my paper choice.

Ability, Motivation & Attitude Card Supplies: White cardstock, red cardstock, patterned paper by Adorn It (Dizzy Stars, 21963), white glitter cardstock, sentiment stamp by The Paper Studio (Ability, Motivation, Attitude, I1083), classic stampin' pad in midnight muse (126860), Cricut machine, George and Basic Shapes cartridge (red and white stars), blue glitter epoxy sticker by The Paper Studio (501379), and stampin' dimesionals.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Penguin Christmas Card

Penguin images just make me happy.  This Penguin Christmas Card is made with a digital stamp by Bugaboo.  I'm trying to trick my mind into cooler thoughts by making Christmas cards and by doing a little Christmas ornament shopping at Hallmark this morning.  It's been really hot here in Oklahoma. I'm hoping the mind over matter theory really works. The penguins in this image are delightfully cheerful and just what I needed to work on today. I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
I colored the image with Copic markers and added some sparkle to the ornaments with a Gelly Roll pen in clear star.  The patterned paper is by doodlebug design inc. (1166, Christmas loopy stripes) and I adhered the image with foam tape to give it a little more dimension.  Since I didn't use a sentiment on the front of the card I added a Christmas greeting and a little decoration the the inside of the card.  This Penguin Christmas Card is a simple design that would be easy to make multiples of for all your friends and family. 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Butterflies & Zebra Birthday Card

When The Play Date Cafe color challenge came out yesterday I knew I had to play along.  The colors in this challenge are beautiful together.  I decided to combine the colors with a sketch challenge at Card Positioning Systems.  I gathered all the patterned papers and cardstock that would possibly work but once I found the yellow zebra paper I had to use it.  The end result is this butterflies & zebra birthday card.

Butterflies & Zebra Birthday Card Supplies:
  • Paper: White cardstock, textured pale yellow cardstock, poseidon cardstock by Core'dinations (GX-OS040), portrait collection patterned paper by Crate Paper (PT906), and yellow zebra patterned paper by The Paper Studio (460964).
  • Stamps: Curly Cute Happy Birthday sentiment by Stampin' Up! (120510).
  • Inks: ColorBox chalk ink in aquamarine.
  • Other Stuff: Butterfly punch by Martha Stewart Crafts, corner punch, rhinestones by Recollections, and stampin' dimesnsionals.

Rainbow Stripes Thank You Card

Do you ever wonder what to do with all the odd and end pieces of leftover cardstock?  When I read today's challenge at CAS-ual Fridays: Let's Strip, it occurred to me that now was a good time to utilize my cardstock scraps.  I found seven colours and cut them into 1/2" strips then taped them together and trimmed the sides to make sure it was even.  I layered the strips on a white piece of cardstock, then wrapped and secured a little purple doodle twine, cut out the sentiment with the Cricut machine (Alphalicious cartridge), ran the sentiment through the Xyron create-a-sticker, adhered sentiment, and adhered panel with foam tape.  Whala, a fun rainbow stripes thank you card.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Hexagon & Twine Note Card

There are so many great card challenges online that it's really hard to pick which ones to participate in.  Tonight I combined the Color Throwdown challenge and the Moxie Fab World hooked on hexagons challenge.  I started by using my Cricut machine to cut out the hexagon shapes and the fancy hexagon shadows featured on the Winter Wonderland cartridge.  Then I knew I wanted to use twine and the design just evolved from there.  This card has that modern feel that reminds me of the contemporary card I made back in May.  

Hexagon & Twine Note Card Supplies:
  • Paper: Very vanilla, chocolate, tempting turquoise, pumpkin pie, and pink cardstock by Stampin' Up!, and green polka dot patterned paper by Paper Pizazz.
  • Stamps: TPC Studios greetings set, ST93416.
  • Inks: ColorBox chalk ink in chestnut roan.
  • Other Stuff: Cricut machine, Winter Wonderland Cricut cartridge, brown doodle twine, and stampin' dimensionals.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

With Sympathy Card

It's never my first choice to make a sympathy card. However, a father of a friend passed away yesterday and I wanted to make something special.  The recipient is a male so I wanted to keep the colours masculine and for the design I used this weeks Freshly Made Sketch  by Tui Nathan.   

With Sympathy Card Supplies:
  • Paper: Brown cardstock, pacific point cardstock and International Bazaar dsp by Stampin' Up!, green patterned paper by Basic Grey (out of print, giclee/ m-out-3318), and metallic brown cardstock.
  • Stamps: Tim Holtz Visual Artistry (CSS25856, Flights of Fancy), and Hero Arts (CL476, With Sympathy).
  • Inks: ColorBox chalk ink in chestnut roan by Clearsnap, classic stampin' pads in lucky limeade and early espresso by Stampin' Up!.
  • Other Stuff: Fiskars upper crest edge punch, blue gemstones by The Paper Studio (rainbow mosaic asst., 319236) and stampin' dimensionals.