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.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Be Inspired # 102 - Whoopsi Daisy!

Linnie, artist of Whoopsi Daisy digital stamps, is sponsoring this week's challenge at Cuttlebug Challenge blog. Isn't this little witch adorable? I colored her with copic markers V09, YG05, and YR16. I pierced the white card stock to frame her, and popped her up on dimensionals. My striped designer paper is by K&Co. There are swirls in the green stripe that coordinate perfectly with the Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls embossing folder. I used that folder to emboss the orange card stock layer. Other supplies: DMC floss #310, SEI buttons, CM circle punch, gingham ribbon (Michael's), and glue dots.

I used more adorable Whoopsi Daisy digital stamps on a Halloween LO...but you will have to come back on Friday to see it. Aren't I a stinker to tease you like this? While you are waiting, why not make a card, LO, or project using at least 2 buttons and 1 bow and link it to Cuttlebug Challenges #102? There is lots of eye candy to inspire you :)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Crafty Secrets & embossed flowers

My husband & I have been very fortunate to take some very nice trips while we both were young and B.G. (before girls). Doug asked me 6 or 7 years ago if I would scrapbook a few pictures of each of our trips (mental groan from me.) I asked him if he could help me recall them, and he started documenting them on his computer (you think you can remember them all, but it can get fuzzy!) At that time I began taking Ziploc freezer bags for the brochures & ticket stubs, etc. from each excursion. I like the freezer bags because #1 they are more durable and #2 they have a white rectangle on the front for easy labeling! I also purchased an Iris 12x12 craft container to house these Ziploc bags.

Since Cuttlebug Challenges started Cuttle Your Pages Fridays, I have had a chance to start some scrapbook albums. So far I have only worked on my own heritage album of me and my ancestors. This week Crafty Secrets is sponsoring Cuttlebug Challenge blog. I thought their Creative Scraps "Travel" items would be a great way to start the travel scrapbook dh asked for so long ago. This is my cover page at the front of the album. I chose a picture from our honeymoon in Maui and a few from our Europe trip on our 5th anniversary. We were the youngest couple on that European trip (we were only 29yo); all of the other couples were in their 60s & 70s. Many had difficulty with all of the walking and steps, so dh & I were especially glad we could enjoy the trip without aching knees! Now that my cover page is complete, I can start creating 2 page LOs of each excursion we have taken over the years.

This week's Cuttle Your Pages featured technique is to emboss your flowers. I placed my prima flowers in my Cuttlebug Script embossing folder, then I spritzed them with Tattered Angels glimmer mist. They look really good IRL! All of the papers used are by Outdoors & More. For documentation I used my DYMO...this was inspired by LFL (lovely friend Lauren). Thanks, L!!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Be Inspired #101 - Nostalgia

Crafty Secrets is sponsoring this week's Be Inspired challenge at Cuttlebug Challenge blog. I created my card around this fun image from Crafty Secrets' Creative Scraps "Travel." Did you notice the ladies are driving and the men are in the camper? I imagine that the girls are having a grand time chatting and may miss a turn, but at least they will stop for directions :)

I embossed Core'dinations white wash card stock with my Cuttlebug Floral Screen embossing folder. They coordinate quite nicely IRL with the trees in the Crafty Secrets background. I added the Embossible Designs palm tree for added dimension. I used my Martha Stewart border punch to create grass on the green Bazzill card stock. My sentiment, "The road to a friend's house is never long - Danish Proverb" is by A Muse.

Create your own "Nostalgia" card and link it to Cuttlebug Challenge Be Inspired #101 for a chance to win similar embellishments by Crafty Secrets!

Friday, September 10, 2010

My first birthday! It's Cuttle Your Pages Friday emboss borders

Happy Friday! Cuttlebug Challenge blog is 2 years old this month, so our LO theme this week is "birthday" and "emboss borders." My LO is of my first birthday party from nearly 43 years ago (*yikes*) that included my parents, grandparents, my aunt, and both of my cousins.

For my embossed button border I used Cuttlebug "Just My Type" embossing borders. The papers, alphabet, and die cuts are all by Outdoors and More and the mini brads are DCWV.

I invite you to join us. Create a birthday theme LO of a pet, niece, nephew, your children, or of yourself!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Be Inspired #100 - Happy Birthday to us!

Cuttlebug Challenge blog is 2 years old! I hope you have enjoyed the inspiration. We value your input and appreciate your participation in our weekly Wednesday Be Inspired challenges. In honor of this anniversary our theme this week is birthday.

For my card I used the Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles embossing folder on Core'dinations card stock. I lightly sanded the Core'dinations to allow the white core to show through. The die cut image (Outdoors & More Party elements) is attached with Making Memories snaps in Spotlight. I layered a strip of Outdoors & More Party Script paper beneath the die cut.

Don't forget to come back on Friday for layout inspiration :)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Cuttle Your Pages - My 7th Birthday!

I am 7! In 1973 my mom & I went to Lancaster, PA for my birthday weekend. I loved that trip. My favorite part of the weekend was touring Amish farms and shopping in the general store. We also went to Dutch Wonderland...I will have to do a scrapbook page of that part of the trip another day.

"It's your bird-day!" seemed perfect for my LO. I used a Punny-licious stamp from My Pink Stamper. I embossed the Fresh Cuts sign posts with my Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes embossing folder. The faux red check ribbon is a die cut sticker by Real Life. I added the "30" to the Fresh Cut with numeral stickers from Making Memories.

Don't forget to enter the Be Inspired #99 challenge this week at Cuttlebug Challenge blog. The prize is a set of Punny-licious stamps from My Pink Stamper!

Have a safe, happy and fun Labor Day weekend :)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Be Inspired #99 - My Pink Stamper

Can I get a "whoot whoot"? My Pink Stamper is sponsoring this week's Cuttlebug Challenge blog's Be Inspired #99 challenge. My card was made with the Punny-licious stamp set (love these cute sentiments; thank you, Robyn!)

I used 2 different Cuttlebug embossing folders: Floral Fantasy (kraft background) and Distressed Stripes (tree branch). My card was inspired by the Cornish Heritage Farms forum (the owl stamp is from the Kim Hughes collection.) My papers are by Cloud 9 Design, Bazzill (dark brown card stock), and SU kraft card stock. I colored the owl with E09 and paper pieced the rest of him from the Cloud 9 paper. (Crazy, I know!) I used the SU 2-step bird punch (just the leaves) then doodled and cut those off too.

I hope you will enter a card, LO or other project this week at Cuttlebug Challenge. Up for grabs is a Punny-licious stamp set from My Pink Stamper! Come back Friday for my Cuttle Your Pages's udderly moovelous :)