Monday, December 20, 2010

Wishing you joy

Wishing you lots of joy this Christmas season!

Gold heat embossing and glitter go together like peanut butter and chocolate. I think it really dresses up this beautiful "JOY" stamp. I have a brief tutorial posted at Betty Bee's Buzz today. I hope you have time to check it out :)

The J and Y would be plain without the silver dots added...

This is one of my favorite holiday cards to make. Metallic papers are tricky to photograph, but I hope you are inspired to try this technique to spruce up your stamped art work :)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Holiday thank you: Buzz, Brag & Bee Happy Friday

I found this blingy tree in my drawer of images, bits and pieces that never made it to a card. I knew I wanted to use BasicGrey Lime Rickey papers, but I still struggled with a sketch. I decided to start with a quilt card (easy tutorial here). I like layers and dimension, so I embossed the quilt panel with Cuttlebug Spots & Dots and the base card (DCWV) with Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls.

What fun things have you created this week? Link your creation (or leave a lovely comment) at Betty Bee's Buzz. We love to hear what is going on in your hives!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Cocoa for Christmas - Teacher Gifts tutorial

It's crunch time to try to get my teacher gifts made. I think I will make a dozen of these to start with. I was inspired to make this from my friend, Shantaie. Click here to see her beautiful version.

1. Fill one disposable piping bag with 2 packets of hot cocoa mix. Cut off excess and fold over. *Place in a second disposable piping bag.
2. Starting with your smallest sized "sprinkle", layer your toppings. I layered mini chocolate chips, cinnamon drops, then miniature marshmallows.
3. Close bag with ribbon and attach tag.

* this will keep the cocoa from making your marshmallows look dirty :)

Are you in holiday crunch time too? Head over to Betty Bee's Buzz for more holiday treat ideas!

Happy Wednesday!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Doin' Disney...

I will be MIA this week (sort of...I have auto-posts already scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 15th and Friday, Dec. 17th) because we are going to Disney World!

dhDH (dear husband Doug Houck) has planned this trip for us, without our children. Seems a bit cruel, doesn't it? I have always wanted to see DW at Christmas...this is a dream come true for me.
We will return on Dec. 16th. I have a special post planned for Monday, Dec. 20th...hope you will have time to check it out :)

I hope you are enjoying the holiday season with the people you love the most!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

EAD designs stickerz card & gift card holder tutorial

EAD designs is sponsoring us this week at Betty Bee's Buzz. This is my first experience with their products, and I am totally enamored with their stickerz. They are re-positionable, which was lucky for me, since I had to try each word twice to get them on straight! I used EAD stickerz for my sentiment for this birthday card.

But I could not stop there...
I have a drawer full of Altoids tins in my craft room to re-purpose. They have been there for more than 8 1/2 years completely untouched. My niece just turned 2yo (happy birthday, Addison) and I wanted to give her a Toys R Us gift card. How much fun would it be to girl it up a little?

I placed the EAD stickerz sentiment on pink paper and fussy cut around it.

Then I mad a little card to fit inside (the gift card is inside the little blue card).

Much cuter, right? This was so much fun, I know I will have to do this again!

Other supplies

  • Tim Holtz die and distress inks
  • Hero Arts stamps (flower & polka dot background)
  • K&Co. gem
  • K&Co. papers, die cuts, and acrylic alpha stickers
  • Bazzill card stock (blue)
  • SU pink ribbon
I hope you check out these EAD can color on them with your markers to coordinate with your project...I gotta try that next :)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Masculine Birthday card

I made this card for my sweet sweet sister's dh, my #1 b-i-l (hi, James!)

I made the main image in Jennifer McGuire's Color My World class in September. I am pretty sure the stamp and base card is Hero Arts and the shape die is Tim Holtz. The inks are Tim Holtz distress inks Broken China and???? I layered the main panel on Core'dinations card stock (a dark grey) and fussy cut. The base layer is a navy Bazzill embossed with Cuttlebug Stars embossing folder(I'm not sure why it is not showing up in my is nicer IRL.) I added star embellies (punched from white card stock and gem stars, courtesy of Jennifer McGuire.)

Speaking of birthdays...EAD designs is sponsoring this week's challenge at Betty Bee's Buzz. Betty and the HoneyBees will be making birthday cards using fabulous stickerz by EAD designs (these will post Wednesday, December 8th.) In the meantime, head over to Betty Bee's Buzz to see an inspirational video on ways to use EAD stickerz by HoneyBee Court! She is fabulous, I promise :)

Happy Monday!!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Buzz, Brag & Bee Happy Friday: ATC swap

I have a small group of very special paper-crafty girlfriends (Deanna, Sheryl, and Chris). We try to get together the first Friday of each month to share, laugh, and enable each other. Deanna named us the "Design Divas." On occasion, we set an optional monthly challenge. Deanna set the current challenge: create 3 ATC cards to swap with each other at the next meeting...which begins this morning @ 9:30am!!!

These are my ATCs ready to go. I am anxious to see the ones I will receive from the other divas.

Have you had a crafty week? Have good news to share? Please link up your recent creation(s)/leave a comment at Betty Bee's Buzz for Buzz & Brag Friday each week.

Happy Friday, Darlings!

papers & gems: K&Co. Que Sera Sera
rub-on sentiment: Making Memories
punch: Martha Stewart

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Have a monster-ously fun birthday, dh!

Today is my hottie husband's birthday :) Happy Birthday, Sweetie! He is 8 weeks younger than I, but we both like it when we are the same age. Now we are 44 together...and we met at age 19...yikes!
I have admired these monster stamps at Michael's for many months, and I finally purchased them in October. I used a balloon stamp (Flourishes) and fussy cut it out, then drew a string to the monster's hand. I was completely inspired by Michele Boyer's Stamping Bella monstah bash card in Paper Creations magazine Fall 2010 issue.

Other supplies
  • decorative papers: Cosmo Cricket the Boyfriend and Early Bird deck
  • black card stock : ACMoore
  • black button from my stash
  • copic markers

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Fred She Said/ Tim Holtz vintage ornament card/gift card holder

It's a card and a gift card...
...all in one! I added foam tape to the back of the Tim Holtz shape die only at the top and bottom so that the gift card would slide in.

Fred She Said
is sponsoring us this week at Betty Bee's Buzz. The beauty of digi images is the ability to print them any size you want. I knew I wanted to use my Tim die for this card and the BasicGrey Fruitcake paper "Vintage Ornament." I distressed the edges of the die with Tim Holtz distress inks. I colored my image with copics and Bic Mark-it. Before I invested in copic markers, I tried a set of Bic and Sharpies markers. I find they both Bic & Sharpie color well, but I had trouble blending colors for shading AND if I made an error it could not be erased. I love my copic 0 colorless blender...I make a few errors when coloring sometimes and this erases beautifully :)

Check out Betty Bee's Buzz and leave a comment for a chance at blog candy; join us for our challenge this week and earn a chance at winning a gift certificate to Fred She Said too. I hope to see you there!

Friday, November 26, 2010

BasicGrey Nook & Pantry Birthday Cards - Buzz & Brag Friday

Happy Friday! Two of my favorite people were born in November (hi, Cathy & Reagan!) Last year my sweet friend, Tracy, bought me the BasicGrey Nook & Pantry 6x6 papers and coordinating acrylic stamp set. She also included a card idea. My card is a CASE of that card idea.
I made the second card from the scraps from this card and previous cards I have made from this 6x6 pad (I love to use up scraps!)

What have you made this week? Link your project to Betty Bee's Buzz "Buzz & Brag Friday." Haven't had time to craft? Then leave a comment sharing good things that have happened in your hive this week :)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cricut Vinyl projects - Wednesday Showcase

I made this wood plaque following this tutorial at Betty Bee's Buzz. This will be a gift for my sweet sweet sister and b-i-l. I finished early this morning and when my dh saw it he asked if I would make one for us! Yep, he's a keeper :)

For even more fabulous ideas using vinyl, head over to Betty Bee's Buzz right now for her Wednesday HoneyBee Showcase. My supplies include: acrylic paints, crackle finish, adhesive-backed vinyl, die ink, and my cricut machine (more details at Betty Bee's Buzz.)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The BeSt Wax Museum (Susan B. Anthony & Betsy Ross together at last!)

Here are Susan B. Anthony & Betsy Ross; together at last! At Belmont Station elementary (BeSt), one of the programs for the 3rd graders is a wax museum. The students wear a button (Kathryn has hers on in the pic) that says, "Push to talk."
The students have researched their famous American for the past month and create a poster. The 3rd graders are seated in the hall beneath their poster. When someone pushes their button, the child stands and recites one fact about their famous American (6 facts total.) This was so cute! My mom sewed their costumes. I have to admit these are two of the cutest girls at BeSt!!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Look who's coming to dinner...

My mom is coming for dinner on Thursday, so I thought I would make this napkin ring for her. The napkin ring is Roe's idea, actually. I followed her easy tutorial and made this in less than 30 minutes! Roe is hostessing this week's Monday Motivation. Click on over to the hive (Betty Bee's Buzz) for lots of samples and inspiration! Why not give it a try yourself? I think this would spruce up any table, then you could link our creation to Betty's Buzz & Brag Friday.

paper: Secret Garden by The Paper Company Studio, Bazzill Bling, and black card stock
fancy brad: (I purchased recently at Hobby Lobby)
chipboard tag: Secret Garden by The Paper Company Studio
die cuts: Provo Craft French Manor Cricut cartridge & square Spellbinder Nestibilities
border punch: SU

Friday, November 12, 2010

Buzz & Brag Friday: Iris Sympathy card

Happy Friday! It's time to buzz and over to Betty Bee's Buzz and leave a comment about what you have been up to this week or good news to share and/or link a recent creation. What's going on in your hive?

My step-mother passed away last week and I made this card for my step-brother, Douglas. Whenever I need to make a sympathy card, I use this iris stamp by PSX. I first stamped the background with a linen background stamp on kraft card stock. I colored the irises with my Prismacolor pencils and added some bling.

stamps: SU (linen background) & PSX (iris)
inks: Tim Holtz pumice stone & antique linen & Memento black
papers: Bazzill (purples) & SU (kraft)
bling: Hero Arts pearls and gems
border punch: Fiskars threading water
Prismacolor colored pencils

Monday, November 8, 2010

How Can You Resist? Last call for blog candy!

It's my turn to teach a Motivation Monday tutorial at Betty Bee's Buzz. You can click there for more details AND to leave a comment or two or twenty for a chance to win Betty's blog candy. Blog Candy closes tonight!
Both of these cards are examples of heat emboss resist. I have tips on what to do and what I learned (lol) at Betty's blog :)

Pears card:
  • papers: 6x6 Cosmo Cricket Early Bird & Core'dinations card stock
  • ink: SU chocolate chip
  • stamp: A Stamp in The Hand Co. Pear Border #2
  • hello sentiment: BasicGrey rub-on
  • ribbon: SU
Floral card:
  • papers: hand-made pattern paper (manufacturer unknown), ACMoore (black), and Magenta (silver paper)
  • stamp: SU Heartfelt Thanks
  • ink: Memento
  • ribbon: (manufacturer unknown)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Merci! Masculine Card

Lots of "firsts"! I have a new Provo Craft Cricut Expression and I just had to play :) I cut out the Eiffel Tower and the "Merci" sentiment. This machine is amazing. It has a place of honor right now in the middle of my kitchen table for all to admire. I usually have anxiety when I need to learn how to do anything machine-related. (Learning to blog was a huge learning curve for I took the machine out of the box, set it up following the easy-breezy directions, and cut out these two items with no trouble; all in less than an hour! This machine has infinite capabilities, and I am ready to learn. If I can do it, anyone can.

I had an idea in my head for a card with the Eiffel Tower and a "merci" flag flying from it with a script background. Yes, my mind goes to Provo Craft products first...I luv my embossing folders and dies! I did not have any other plan for a sketch or other embellishments. I started with the flag and then thought it might be fun to make a flag of France. I needed my Tweezer Bees to glue on the "Merci". I love that little tool! After I embossed the kraft card stock, I wanted the script to "pop", so I distressed it. Michael's has Martha Stewart border & corner punches on clearance (score!), so I tried my new border punch. I have had the black studs (yes, they are black IRL) in my stash for over a year, and I thought this is a perfect time to try them.

I know this sounds like an ad for Provo Craft, but I promise I have not been paid to do so!

Eiffel Tower: Cricut Wall Decor and More cartridge
Merci: Cricut French Manor cartridge
embossed background: Cuttlebug Script embossing folder, distressed with Tim Holtz inks (pumice stone & vintage photo.)
border punches: Martha Stewart French Scroll and SU scallop
studs: Prima

Friday, November 5, 2010

Buzz, Brag, Bee Happy Friday & Blog candy

Today is Buzz, Brag & Bee Happy Friday at Betty Bee's Buzz. Click over and link a recent creation, or leave a comment about what good things have happened for you this week. I was able to have a play date with my card-making girlfriend yesterday and 3 more today! I love and admire each of these ladies; we have so much fun and laugh A LOT. I can't think of a nicer way to start the weekend!

My card today was inspired by a card I saw at Nancy Riley's blog recently. I was so taken with it that I knew I wanted to make one similar. I hope you like it too :) What has inspired YOU recently?

Happy Friday, Darlings!

Stampin' Up!: lattice die, embossing folder, kraft card stock
flowers: K&Co.
mini brads: DCWV & Bazzill (red)
corregated paper: Michael's
black card stock: ACMoore

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Give that candle a facelift! Did I mention blog candy?

Good morning! Today is HoneyBee Showcase Wednesday at Betty Bee's Buzz. Our inspiration this week is to give our candles a facelift.
I found this frosted glass candle in my closet and I added some SU rub-ons to make it a little more festive.
This candle came from the same closet. I stamped on tissue paper with various stamps and die inks, then I adhered the tissue paper to the candle with my heat gun.

Please check out Betty Bee's Buzz. Here are the hive-lights:
Motivation Monday: new inspirational tutorials every week
HoneyBee Showcase Wednesday: samples by the HoneyBees (our take on the tutorial)
Buzz & Brag Fridays: sharing good news...YOU can share what good things are going on in your hives or something fun you created this week

And there is honey at the candy up for grabs!
HOW TO BE CONSIDERED: Just leave us a comment or two or ten at Betty Bee's Buzz, and if you post a project, or become a follower, that would be really nice, too. We'll count them all up, and put them in a bonnet, and draw a winner! We'll choose a winner on Monday night, November 15th (really late, so you can comment on that day's Monday Motivation!!!). Any questions?
PS. Don't forget that we have a link from Thur. for you to post your Halloween Costume photos! We want to see them, and they count toward the blog candy, too!!!

Did You Moose Me?

We have enjoyed a nice long weekend four day weekend...Monday was a teacher workday and yesterday the students were out of school for election day. I hope your Halloween was SPOOKtacular, but I am already looking forward to Thanksgiving. I think Riley Moose is excited too :)

I made this card for the current color challenge at Passionately Artistic (formerly known as Cuttlebug Challenge blog.) Use brown, green, and orange (Autumn colors).

Papers: BasicGrey Origins & Memory Box Twilight
Stamp: Riley Moose by Hanna stamps
Punches: Fiskars border (threading water) & Martha Stewart (fence)
dies: Spellbinders Nestibilities
ink: CM marker (faux stitching), Memento black & copic markers

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tomb it may concern: Halloween Treat Boxes for teachers

I made 18 (yes, eighteen) of these cute gift boxes for my daughters' teachers, bus driver & assistant, school secretaries, speech therapist, and their OT. I went to Michael's last week and they already had Halloween paper crafting items on sale for 50% off. I snagged the last 3 packages of the coffin boxes (6 in a pack) and a package of K&Co. die cut labels. The ribbon was in my stash. Each box easily holds 16 miniature Hershey bars. Yummmm, these boxes smell good!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Treat boxes, candy wrappers, and a card for teacher gifts

The HoneyBee hive is alive and celebrating EEK WEEK at Betty Bee's Buzz. Betty has Halloween inspiration there every day this week.
I made these in part for teachers, but also for both of my daughters for Halloween this year. I have many more treat boxes to make, so check back later this week. I don't like spiders, but that one-eyed guy is pretty dang cute! Head over to Betty Bee's Buzz for the details on these projects :)

Monday, October 25, 2010

New Teaching & Sharing blog!

What is all the buzz? It's Betty Bee's Buzz TEACHING and SHARING blog which opens today. Betty is one of the most talented people I have ever met. You can imagine the thrill I felt when Betty invited me to be one of her HoneyBees!

I hope you will visit the hive and follow her inspiration. The blog will officially open on November 1st, but Betty has a "soft" opening of the blog starting today. Betty is celebrating EEK WEEK with loads of Halloween inspiration every day. Halloween means trick-or-treat and that candy!

Check out Betty Bee's Buzz today and every day. I have several share tomorrow, but go there now and see the fab inspiration Betty has for you today!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Love You Much, Jennifer McGuire, Hero Arts, and SU!

I met Jennifer McGuire IRL! I took her Color My World class in September. We played with various Hero Arts stamps, Tim Holtz inks and dies, and we tried 7 different techniques for inking/coloring. The eighth card was a kraft card stamped with these Hero Arts flowers and background stamp. Jennifer asked us to color the flowers at home with Prismacolor pencils.

Obviously I had to buy those two Hero Arts stamps, but I used a SU! sentiment. Jennifer rocks CAS (clean and simple), don't you think? I think this may be the first "no layers" card that I have made this century! CAS does not necessarily mean "quick"...this took me 1+ episodes of Glee to color, but very therapeutic. I love to color but I have not used my colored pencils in years. How fun! I hope you are inspired to get your colored pencils out too :)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

3X Thank You: Tim Holtz, BasicGrey & Hero Arts

I made these cards for both of my grandmothers and my step-grandmother. (I fortunate am I to be 44 yo and have three wonderful grandmothers to enjoy?) When I think of them, I automatically think of BasicGrey Nook & Pantry papers. Remember when I made this card? The teal scallops at the bottom of cards are scraps from the previous card.
I stamped the friend definition text (Hero Arts) in chocolate chip in cream card stock, then die cut the flower (Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Alterations).

Other Supplies
Adhesive lace: Hero Arts
Sentiment: Anna Griffin
Mini brad: American Crafts
Branch: EKSuccess punch

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Puttin' on the Glitz :)

Happy Halloween! Get your glitz on...

I have not played with glitter in years, but I don't know why I don't play more often; probably because I like instant gratification :) It is really pretty easy. I have two "rules" I follow:
  1. Choose an image with bold solid lines.
  2. Allow drying time between glitter colors.
Are you ready to shine? Link your creations here. Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a Cricut Designer's Calendar cartridge!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Triple Challenge: Thank you owl card

I am a huge fan of Julee Tillman, the genius behind Mojo Monday sketches. I have not played along in a very long time, and I sure have missed her weekly inspirational cards at Mojo Monday - The Blog! This week is Mojo Monday sketch #159.

I also admire the Creative Card Crew, and this fortnight they have another bloomin' marvelous challenge...use flowers.

Last, but NOT least: the fabulous Kay Sibley, guest designer at CupCards {to go}, has a challenge to alter chipboard or grungeboard. I punched my chipboard branch with my SU punch (I do not hurts your palms!!! These punches were meant for card stock...) I inked it up with Tim Holtz inks, then spritzed with glimmer mist.

Other supplies:
Cuttlebug Birds & Swirls embossing folder
K&Co. Que Sera Sera designer paper and flowers
MFT sentiment samp
Bazzill card stock (orange-gold)
EKSuccess border punch; SU flower punch
Spellbinders Nestibilities ovals
DCWV brads
Recollections dimensional sticker (owl)

Happy Columbus Day weekend, my USA friends. Happy Thanksgiving, my Canadian friends. Happy Sunday to the rest of the world :)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Rated PG-13 card! (Breast Cancer Awareness)

*Save 2nd base.

I am entering this card in the Breast Cancer Awareness challenge at My Sheri Crafts.
My pink ribbon is created from CTMH Autumn Garden pink card stock. (I used my Autism Awareness ribbon magnet off of my car as a template.) I found some stickers in my stash by CM (ball cap) and Nicole (ball, bat & glove) that I placed on white card stock and fussy cut to have a 1/16" border for a little added dimension. I embossed the pink card stock with Diamonds in the Rough embossing folder and added some tiny diamond bling for some femininity. Baseball has diamonds, right? :)

Wanna play too? Click here to link your creation at My Sheri Crafts #25 - Breast Cancer Awareness.

*I wish I could take credit for my witty sentiment, but it was completely inspired by my friend, Deanna. Thanks, D!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Happy Birthday, Martha! Breast cancer survivor :)

Life without friends is like a garden without flowers. These ladies pictured are 3 of my most cherished girlfriends (pictured left to right): Kaye, (me), Sharon, and Martha. I am very fortunate to have had a close circle of girlfriends when I lived in NC. We took weekly field trips to the local scrapbooking store and the tri-fecta: ACMoore, Michael's, and Hobby Lobby. Martha was the person who got me interested in scrapbooking! This picture was taken around the time Martha was diagnosed with breast cancer. We all knew she would beat it; she truly is the strongest woman I have ever known. After she defeated breast cancer, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. Martha outlived her diagnosis by two full years! Martha passed away on March 17, 2010. Today she would have been 79 years old. I think about her every time I sit down to create. When I think of her, I do miss her, but I try not to focus on the date October 8th or March 17th, but rather the "hyphen" in between. Martha LIVED her life. I love you, Martha :)
I think embossing adds so much class to a card or LO. I tried something new for this LO (new for me)...I had these pretty vellum stickers in my stash, and I embossed them with my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder. Works like a charm, don't you think? The stickers have a shiny gold outline, so I used my shiny gold MM brads on the LO. Funny how my tastes have changed; I used to only like gold, but now I prefer silver...
On another tangent, I had to have these floral stickers that have been in my stash for 6 or 7 years; honestly I crinkle my nose at the thought of using stickers. This trend was big then, but now not so much? If you have followed me for a while, you may know that I love to use stash...old and new. I have lots of old stash because I couldn't bare the thought of cutting into pretty papers or using up something I loved. I have *mostly* gotten over that because there are so many new wonderful products available for paper crafters.

Martha, I think I can hear you saying, "June, that is adorable!" Thanks, Girlfriend. Happy Birthday!

Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots
Stickopotamus photo safe vellum stickers
Colorbok Kathy Davis collection: Big Flower stickers
Making Memories: Butternut Twine Plaid paper, Maize card stock, White card stock, Country Green card stock, circle brads in gold, alpha stickers, and Sun Yellow scrapbook stitches

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Trick or Treat, Paper Players & Daring Cardmakers!

I have been admiring The Paper Players challenge blog for a while now, but I have not been able to play until today. There is loads of wonderful inspiration there! This week's theme challenge is monochromatic. I do so love my papers, especially BasicGrey. I used my BG Ambrosia papers, some Martha Stewart felt spider web ribbon, a sentiment tag, a tiny binder clip, and SU scallop border punch. The 3 little bats I fussy cut from a scrap of the BG paper and adhered them with glue dots. Go check them out! You have until 8pm tonight to join in this challenge.

Daring Cardmakers' challenge is to use office theme/office equipment. My tiny binder clip came from my office desk...does that count?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Be Inspired #104 - Breast Cancer Awareness

This is in honor of all of the ladies who have survived breast cancer. I am fortunate to know a few paternal grandmother, my husband's great aunt, my mother-in-law, my dear friend (Martha), my daughter's teacher, and our bus driver assistant (hi, Pam!) I know each of them would get a chuckle out of this card; it is a bit out-of-character for me to create lingerie from paper :) For my loyal blog readers and friends, no doubt you gasped out loud when you saw it*! This card went to Pam, our bus driver assistant. Her breast cancer has returned after 5 years. I hope you will send her happy thoughts and well wishes to beat breast cancer once and for all. She is a fabulous lady! She laughed hysterically when she saw this card and said it was her favorite of all that she has received.

Here are the details:
Provo Craft Cuttlebug embossing folder, Swiss Dots
Provo Craft Cuttlebug embossing folder, Spots and Dots
Core'dinations white wash card stock (bra, dark pink layers, embossed layer)
KI Memories papers
scrap of white ribbon colored with copic marker RV17 and glued with a mini glue dot
Spellbinders Nestibilities small scallop circle die
SU word window punch (bra strap) and border punch
white card stock

*Sorry, Mom, when you see this I know you will be the most shocked!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Me & My Happy Place - Happy World Card Making Day!

At Cuttlebug Challenge blog we are celebrating World Card Making Day by creating cards using our favorite technique(s). I added my card to a LO of me in my happy craft room :)

Some of my favorite techniques are:
Cuttlebug embossing (Swiss Dots on Tilda's dress),
stamp and color with copic markers,
paper piece (Tilda's dress & socks),
doodle (little black triangle dots on top note die),
lots of layers,
and paper pierce (bottom layer of designer paper by Making Memories).

Will you celebrate with us? Go to Cuttlebug Challenge blog Be Inspired #103.
Your Challenge
What:One of the amazing things about this hobby is the amazing people you meet, and this week as we celebrating World Card Making Day, your Challenge is to create a favorite card with a favorite technique and send it to a friend just because.
We would love to see the projects you have created for World Card Making Day, we have included Inlinz for you.

How: Enter to win the two cartridges by becoming a follower and leaving comments on all the posts. Yes, it is that easy! And don't forget to tell your friends...
You have until October 9th to leave comments, and winners will be announced on October 10th!

Prizes: We are giving out 1 Cricut Home Decor Cartridge & 1 Cricut Winter Frolic Cartridge.

Go create! Happy crafting :)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Be Inspired #103 - Celebrate World Card Making Day

World Card Making Day is this Saturday, October 2nd. In honor of this super fun day, this is this week's theme at Cuttlebug Challenge blog. I decided to try to use many of my favorite techniques all on one card:
Cuttlebug embossing (Swiss Dots on Tilda's dress),
stamp and color with copic markers,
paper piece (Tilda's dress & socks),
doodle (litlle black triangle dots on top note die),
lots of layers,
and paper pierce (bottom layer of designer paper by Making Memories).

I hope you will celebrate with us! Make a card and upload it at Cuttlebug Challenge - Be Inspired #103...and don't forget to use a Cuttlebug product somewhere on your card. I hope to see you there :)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Crazy 4 Challenges Bling & Card Patterns 83

My twin daughters will be attending a birthday party this afternoon! I think I am more excited than my girls :) I wanted to make a card for each of my daughters to give to the birthday girl. I went in search of inspiration, and I found it at Crazy 4 Challenges-Bling and from Card Patterns sketch #83.
I started with a K&Co. 8.5x8.5 Scrapbook kit - Birthday. There is not much left in this kit...several die cuts, a few stickers, and scraps of paper. I liked the "birthday girl" die cut, so I started with that. I knew my Cuttlebug Bloom Dots embossing folder would coordinate, so I went in search of orange Bazzill to match. To add some bling, I used two flower bling brads to dot the i's and mounted everything to a DCWV pink glitter card. Finally I spritzed with glimmer mist to make the whole card sparkle.
I was having so much fun, I chose another die cut, "make a wish", and I wanted to make it work with Card Patterns Sketch #83 and Crazy 4 Challenges bling. I chose some of the K&Co. papers from the kit, 2 more bling flower brads, and a Pure Innocence MFT stamp Birthday Princess. I colored her with copics and added bling to her crown. I wanted her to shine, so I spritzed the entire card with glimmer mist.

I had so much fun making these. Thank you to Crazy 4 Challenges & Card Patterns for the inspiration!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Cuttle Your Pages Friday - Double Trouble

Witchin' you a happy Halloween! My daughters were witches last year for Halloween. Whoopsi Daisy is sponsoring this week's challenge at Cuttlebug Challenge blog. When I saw the Whoopsi Daisy spiders, I knew I wanted to do a Halloween LO. Our LO challenge is to emboss a punch image. I used my SU photo corners punch with Core'dinations Black Magic card stock. They blend in well with the 12x12 background! I was going to title my page "Toil & Trouble", but then I thought "Double Trouble" would be a good play on words for my twin girls. So I couldn't stop with just one page...
The 12x12 papers are by Best Creation, Inc. The photos are on purple Bazzill card stock. The border punch is by SU. My title is created with Thickers.