Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Card For David ...week 15

Not too many weeks left to go now till David turns 50. This card was made using some scrap green patterned paper I had left over from 3 years ago!!! :0)
I have FINALLY organized and gone through ALL my scrap paper so I need to start USING it. I stamped the saying(PSX) on a cream cardstock in black and then layered it with a piece of vellum. I attached it with two brads. Very clean and simple design but I just love the way it turned out.

A quick reminder I am still looking for more ideas for masculine cards. I will be drawing at the end of the month for a really cool prize. Check my earlier post "Card for David...week 16" for how you can be eligible for the drawing. And I wanted to say I loved your idea Denise and WILL be using it for sure! :0)

As always I wish you time to be creative but most of all time to stamp!

Till my next post...

Monday, May 30, 2011

Back Home

Well, we are back home from a trip to Missouri to visit my brother David and his family. We had a wonderful time. It was nice to see my nephews. They are getting so big. The oldest of the boys had his birthday and is now 9 years old! It was nice to celebrate with him. His birthday is 2 days after my niece's birthday. We had a great time at her 2nd birthday party the weekend before we left for Missouri. It has been a nice month seeing all the family.

But now it's time to get back to some card making! :0) The pictures posted are not as good as I could get of them but they are of the "explosion box" I made for my brother for week 16. I was to afraid to mail it so I just hand delivered it. It turned out so well. I will have to make more!

As always, I wish you time to be creative and most of all time to stamp!

Till my next post...

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Winner of the Blog Candy is...

I am so sorry that I can not figure out how to link the little box(widget) to my blog that shows the number of the winner. I am going to have to get my husband to show me how to do it. What am I saying? I will get him to just do it for me. HA! :0)

The winner was #4. It is a post by Anonymous. I'm not sure who you are but you mentioned you learned about me through Red Letter Journals in Grove City, Ohio. :0) Please contact me by Monday evening to collect your prize. :0)

If I don't get a response I will draw again for the big winner. I also drew 2 extra numbers. You each will be sent a smaller but really cool prize package! The winning numbers were, #7-Paula(I guess it paid to suck up...hehe) and #9-Lisa. I'll get them mailed out to you on Monday. I just know you will love them!

I would also like to thank Tonya, the owner of Red Letter Journals again for the wonderful prizes she donated for the blog candy this month!

Next month we will have 2 blog candy drawings! I know you are going to just love the prizes next month!

Congratulations to all the winners!

As always I wish you time to be creative and time to stamp!

Till my next post...

Birthday Card for Natalie's 2nd Birthday

Yes, another Ultimate Glider Card! It's just the cutest way to give cash/check. We got Natalie the cutest little book with a finger puppet of a fawn in the center and this card with a nice check in it so Mom and Dad can get her what she really needs. I'd say gift well done! :0)

Supplies used:
The papers and matching establishments from Little Yellow Bicycle(purchased at Red Letter Journal in Grove City, Ohio). The stamped sentiment is from Stampin Up Sale-a-bration set called So Happy For You. I used a Tempting Turquoise marker and colored the saying in sections (it was a long saying that wouldn't fit into the square opening). Stamping 'wishes' first so I knew it didn't go under the edge. Then just stamped 'birthday' above it. The little embellishment with the button is a sticker. Since I didn't want it to stick over the opening I punched out a 1 3/8 circle using a punch from Stampin Up. I then adhered the sticker to the punched circle and placed 2 dimensionals on the card base close to the corner and then put the embellishment onto the dimensionals. I did it that way so I wouldn't have it adhere to the inside of the cut out making it unable to open. (Can you tell I did just that on one of my cards without thinking!)

Hope you like the card. I made one similar for my neighbor Kirsten for her Graduation. We moved in to our home in 1993. She's grown up before our very eyes. I am really beginning to feel old! Take care and remember, I love hearing from you.

As always, I wish you time to be creative but most of all time to stamp!

Till my next post...

Card For David ...week 16

Week 16! His 50th Birthday is almost here. This time I thought I would try a different style and size. I have never used my distressing tool and 6"x6" is one good size card!

Supplies used:
I have been using up old cardstock and have no idea what color it is or what company the striped paper is from. Stamps sets used from Stampin Up: "Plane and Simple" and "Happy Greetings". I used Baroque Burgundy to stamp the border and greeting. Stazon Timber Brown to stamp the planes. I used the Stampin Up Cutter Kit, which has the 7-sided distressing tool. To finish off the cards I used a brown waxy flax from Martha Stewart and used Stampin Up dimensionals to pop up one of the planes. I also used Scor-Tape.

Now, just a quick personal review about this Scor-Tape. Tonya at Red Letter Journal asked me to try it and let her know how I liked it. I have always used Tacky Tape(you know the red tape). So let me talk Scor-Tape for a moment. First,you CAN just pull it apart, no need to cut. That is a big plus. I wasn't so sure of how it holds. Well, I am becoming an advocate for this adhesive! It really holds(make sure you are using the appropriate size, it does come in an assortment of sizes). Tacky Tape can sometimes be hard to peel off the red cover and the red cover has so much static it tends to stick to you and everything else. Scor-Pal tape is so easy to peel off and doesn't stick to you or anything else. Score-Tape can also be embossed, foiled and strong enough to hold micro beads. I have not tried these techniques with it yet but I will next month and give you a full review with samples. Ok, I digressed a bit here. :0)

So, anyway, I thought when I started making the cards for David that it would be a snap. But trying to make a nice assortment of masculine cards is turning out to be harder than I thought! I am always looking for more masculine card ideas. I'm always surfing the web, blog spots, Splitcoast Stamper's gallery. I think my next card is going to be a wild one. I can't wait till you see it! :0) BUT...

I think this would make a fun contest! How about leaving me a comment on this post with an IDEA FOR A MASCULINE CARD and I will draw a name from the comments(just like the blog candy) and will award a very nice prize!

Ok...put on your thinking caps and lets here your ideas. Remember not to duplicate something I've already done. (you can see them in you use the search on my blog. just type in David's card and they will come up.) I'll give you 2 weeks to give me some ideas and I'll draw June 4th! I'm really looking forward to your comments.

As always I wish you time to be creative but most of all time to stamp!

Till my next post...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

April's Card Night "Card Exchange"

Well, it's about time I finally got these posted! We have had so much trouble with our internet server. We still get dropped from time to time but I've got it now so I'm making up for lost time on my blog. :0)

Well, lets go through the cards from the top to bottom. Our theme was "Flowers".

This first card is AMAZING!!! This card is by Denise. She used a textured cardstock, distressed the edges and stamped "heartfelt wishes" in a puprle color. The flower is made of ribbon/material that she burned the edges with a lighter! It makes the edges curl ever so lightly and a bit glossy. All, I can say is I love, love, love this card! What a great job. (sorry I couldn't get a great picture of this card but trust me it is awesome!)

Next, this card is so fun!!! You can't help but smile when you look at it! Of course it's by Paula. :0) It has a lovely flower backgound paper and flowers on the tote. Notice how well she colored the striped bag. Every color defined and crisp! Love how she stamped the tag and folded it to attach it. Inside are two girls on phone and the saying says "One day isn't enough to celebrate someone as wonderful as you...let's party all week!" Paula, I know I must say this every time but you never miss a detail. Super fun and totally FAB card!!!!!

Talking about detail. This lovely card by Barb is so soft and just sweet! The background is a deep purple(Concord Crush?) embossed with small dots. Strip of white with scalloped edge, then layered with a designer series paper with the dots and then image and saying stamped on white circle scallop. Each of the scallops has the added touch of a small purple dots. Love the glitter around the flowers. The little dragonfly punch image adds nice movement. And the final touch the inside says "Thinking of you". Lots of wonderful details. Love, love, love the way you used dots through out the card!

Next is Sonja's beautiful tulip card. The simple yet very elegant design is a total winner! The saying is embossed in silver along with the delicate border in silver. The way she used 3 tulips is just enough to give movement on the card. It is very appealing to the eye. But Sonja always goes the extra mile on every card and doesn't forget the inside. This is one of her best! I just love the soft deckle edge she used and adding another tulip really gives the card real continuity. Overall I have to give this card A++++!!!!

Diane's bright colorful card is next. Diane what a winning color combination! The soft blues and yellows are so spring like. The card has so many details too. Two different but coordinating patterned papers along with the 3 soft paper flowers with the pearls for a perfect finishing touch. The saying "A little something for you" along with the swirls is just perfect. I especially loved how you used a crisp white cardstock to layer your papers. And the added inking around the edges of the white layers really helps make the decorative and stamped image really pop! Diane, all I can say is your cards just get better every single time! Wonderful card, great job!

Mary's is next. Mary loves to always add black cardstock whenever she can. I have to say, it really suits this card. She used an embossing folder on the background to give it great depth. The little matching brads add a nice pop. The focal images is soft and the added glitter to the purple buds is so pretty. The little strip of matching ribbon give it a nice divide and helps move your eye around the card. I know Mary is just getting into card asking but you would never know it looking at her cards! Really great job Mary!!! (Notice I didn't mention that you used purple again...opps, I just did! HA!)

And last but not least, mine. I used a flower embossing folder for my background and added small pearls to the centers. The mouse stamp is from PSX (sugar & mice series). I then layered it onto a scalloped border punched piece of card stock. Wrapped it with a piece of Bermuda Bay polka-dot ribbon and added the pearls between the scallops. I stamped the saying in Stazon black ink and then added a strip of more pearls. The image is colored using markers and a blending pen and then glitter added to the flowers. The colors of cardstock use were Whisper White, Bermuda Bay and Barely Banana(I wish they hadn't discontinued this color!)

I hope you enjoyed the cards as much as I have. I can't tell you how much I appreciate the hard work and all the details that go into each and every card. What a great bunch of talented ladies I stamp with. I am so proud to be able to share their creative work with you all. And a big thank you to all the girls for letting me post them. You gals are the BEST!!!

If you have a moment tell me what you liked best about the cards. I always enjoy your comments, thoughts, ideas and suggestions. :0)

As always I wish you time to be creative but most of all time to stamp!

Till my next post...

Card For David...Week 17

This card is called the "Ultimate Glider Card". I got the tutorial from Lynn Pratt. Her blog is www.stampndesign.blogspot.com. She has a ton of ideas for some really cool cards and if you like using punches you have to check out her plethora of ideas! (aren't I using big words this early in the morning! HA!)

The card slides out then unfolds to show the gift card or good old cash holder. I used the new Stampin Up stamp set The Open Sea and matching Designer Series paper called Nautical Expedition. The card stock base is Crumb Cake and Cherry Cobbler. I used Baroque Burgundy Ink to stamp the anchor on whisper white card stock.I don't have Cherry Cobbler ink pad yet but I think it still matches very well. I then cut it out and attached with pop dots.

The snake one is for my nephews birthday. I used crumb cake cardstock and some animal print paper, not sure of the company now, it has a bit of a texture to it. I stamped the snake(retired Stampin Up) with Versamark to create the watermark images around the front border, then again on crumb cake with Early Espresso and colored in with Mellow Moss and Going Gray. I then cut it our and attached with pop dots. The button is a kraft corduroy button(discontinued Stampin Up) and I used the gray floss from the "sew easy floss gray set".

I think they will be a big hit and who doesn't love the extra little surprise inside. :0)

Hope you like them. I enjoy hearing your comments and ideas. If you have a moment let me know what you think. Any requests for cards or scrapbook pages you would like to see?

I wish you time to be creative but most of all time to stamp!

Till my next post...

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Blog Candy Time!

This has to be some of my favorite papers ever! I love all the bright colors and of course right now anything sewing or cooking is really hot.

I want to thank Tonya, the owner of Red Letter Journals for her lovely gifts to add to my blog candy this month! Your the best Tonya! All I can say is if you haven't visited her store, you really need to stop by. You will get great service and most of all if you can't find something she is happy to find it for you! Tonya's gift is a retail value of $40.95! Of course that alone would be a great blog candy. Notice the paper pack matches the stamp set...so awesome! But anyone that knows me knows I love excess! So I've added some cool papers(24 sheets to be exact), 2 packs of brads, 2 more colors of stickles, 4 sheets of stickers and 2 cute cuts die cut sheets. the total package is worth over $105.00! And remember if you are a follower of my blog you will receive another gift! And as everyone that knows there is always one extra chance to win another really cool gift.

Now to win the blog candy all you need to do is post an your answer at the end of this blog post.

The blog candy question this month is:

What 3 tools can't you live without while stamping or scrapbooking?

My three are Score Pal, Zutter Cutter and tacky tape(it is my favorite adhesive for paper projects that you want to really hold and last). I can't wait to see your answers! I will post the winners on Saturday May 21, 2011.

Good luck to you all...

Catching Up :0)

Hello all!

We have been having major problems with our Internet server. We will hopefully have a permanent fix soon. Thanks so much for you patience. SO just in case I am dropped...AGAIN...before I can post, I will make this brief.

We had our card night at Diane's and did a card exchange(which I will post later). I shared how to make these cute bubblegum machines and cards. I got the directions from Connie Babbert's blog. It's hard to tell but the card has a piece of acetate over the gumballs. It gives it that extra touch. The ones pictured here were sent to my brother for his weekly card/gift. The were a big hit. Thanks go out to my sister-in-law for setting them up for everyone when they got home.

The items used were:
Assorted color card stock from Stampin Up for the gumballs,silver, basic black and real red cardstock for gumball machine, brilliant blue and brilliant blue Designer Series paper for card, circle punches, silver brads, Real Red Ink(to do a bit of edging around the "machine" part to give it a more weathered look, Dots embossing folder for the background, acetate, sizzix circle die, sizzix big shot and orange ribbon by Offray. And of course Tacky Tape, it really holds! :0)

I will be posting more today. It's time for Blog Candy! You won't believe how kind Tonya, the owner from Red Letter Journal is!!!!! She gave me some wonderful prizes to use for the blog candy. So check back later today.

Take care and most of all I wish you time to be creative but most of all time to stamp!

Till my next post...