2009 Birthday

Birthdays always encourage me to not only take pictures, but to look at old ones. I have bins of pictures waiting their turn to be put into a scrapbook, and I finally finished a page that I had started 4 years ago!

I had done the first layout pretty soon after James’s 4rth birthday and had started the one of Leona and Dayla and never finished it until today. I had put their pictures onto patterned paper and for one reason or another, that is as far as I had gotten. I have quite a few more pictures to scrap of that 4rth birthday party at Beringer Farms Pumpkin Patch, but I am pleased with how these two layouts turned out.

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Birthday Card CAS

After a long hiatus from crafting, I’ve been chomping at the bit to get inky again!

As I was watching Kristina Werner video tutorials I got a birthday card idea for my grandson’s birthday which I needed the next day.

Simple. I have tons of paper, I would just CASE her idea and no problem. She used an adorable banner die from Simon says Stamp to make a candy corn banner. It was so cute I just knew I could find paper similar to hers, cut some triangles and there you go!

After spending all Tuesday evening and all day on Wednesday working on that blasted card, I finally found a font for the word “birthday” that I thought worked with the overall card, even though it was not EXACTLY what I was looking for. I can’t tell you how many alphas from my stash that I went through; dies, chipboard, bottlecaps, stickers, stamps, Cricut, you name it!

Then there was the color. Do I use black or orange, maybe white??? I thought black glitter chipboard stickers would look cool! Too bad all of mine were too big for that spot on the card where I wanted to put it. Poo. Then I got the idea of taking my last piece of Doodlebug black glitter paper and make my own, with my Tim Holtz “word play alphabet” die. What a genius I am! That is until I ran it through my Vagabond machine with the paper facing the wrong way and all the letters were backwards!!! I wanted black glitter, dang it, if I flipped them over to the other side, they would be glossy white. Aaaaaarrrrh!

SO. I still have the other half of my 12 X 12 paper, so I ran it through again, this time being very careful to place the paper the correct way and voila! Perfect black glitter letters! Except for one thing. Too big for the placement on the card.

At this point, I thought “You know, it’s OK to go out and buy a card, even though you have enough supplies to put Jo-ann’s, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, AC Moore and Archiver’s to shame, but it really is OK. Well, NO, IT WAS NOT OK. I was going to make this card if it took me to his NEXT birthday!

This is what I finally ended up with, which is much different than Kristina’s card, which is fine, except that I REALLY liked hers…

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The pictures are not the best, actually,they are horrid, but I just clicked a couple of quickies and  ran out the door, closing the door to the craft supply tornado that was my room.

Since I did not have the SSS die that KW used, I made due with the “merry and bright” Christmas tree from PTI and a smaller trangle die from Spellbinder’s Media Mixage.  I used white twine for the banner string, colored my candy corn with copics, then decided to glitter the orange and white part, I used Art Institute Hot Lava glitter, and Great Impressions Sparking Ice. The stamp is also from Great Impressions.  I used my Cricut cartridge “Plantin Schoolbook” for the letters and used a Y19 Napoli Yellow Copic marker to color them. (Which by the way made them VERY wet and hard to stick onto the card even though I had put them through my Xyron machine. I used paper tape for the binding because it was very thick c/s from my stash and was cracking a bit. Not sure I really like it, wouldn’t do it again. To finish it off, I used one of my Viva Pearl pens to make the little accent pearls. It was either cream or ice white, not sure. Not sure if anyone cares what supplies I used, I listed them FMI In case I ever want to CASE my own card!

No pictures of Mother’s Day cards :(

…..so, I won’t be posting the cards I made for my sister and my mom!

However, I have a few that I will post from the last few months. The first was made for my niece.

I love making “girl” cards and although pink is not my favorite color, I find it very easy to work with.

The next one was made for Whitey’s niece who had a baby girl;

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and the last one was made for my mother-in-law for her birthday in February;

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See what I mean about pink????? ;)

Christmas Card Challenge 2013 @ SCS

Wow, it’s been a while since I have posted. I really did not do a lot of card making this year until I decided to do Christmas cards at the last minute!

I decided to join the Splitcoaststampers Christmas Card Challenge and challenge myself to do at least 4 cards a month. If I can pull off more than that, good for me! I am also going to try and do the All Occasions Card Challenge to get some cards made ahead of time so I can  be on the ball when a birthday/wedding/anniversary etc, etc comes up!

For January, one of the challenges is to use non traditional colors and another challenge to make a card that you have CASE’d, which means to make a card using someone else’s card for inspiration, giving them credit of course! So I put both challenges together and came up with my CASE’d card using non-traditional Christmas colors.

Here is my inspiration card by Maile Belles;

And here is my creation;

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I used PTI “In the Meadow” and “Holiday Photo Finishers” dies and stamps. The twine is from The twinery in “stone”.

1 down for January and 3 to go for the CCC13

0 down and 4 to go for AOC13

Papertrey Ink Get Well Cards

I recently found out that a good friend of mine who battled breast cancer a few years back has been diagnosed with pelvic cancer.

On Tuesday, I was told that another friend has double pneumonia.

I had been feeling sorry for myself because on Friday night, I lost my water. Well pump went kaput. It really threw me for a loop. Still makes me sick to think about it. Still, in light of the news of cancer and pneumonia that my friends are having to deal with, my close to 3 days without water seems almost trivial.

I bought the Papertrey “Postmarks” stamp set a while back, but  have never  used  it. Because  I wanted to make a couple of get well cards, I looked for inspiration on my Pinterest board and found exactly what I was looking for. Something clean, simple and quick. The card I used for inspiration was from a  March 2011 post on the PTI blog.

I really love it’s simplicity.

These are what I came up with;

I really like how they turned out and they were quick and easy!

Along with the PTI Postmarks stamps, I used Memento inks in Rhubarb, Rose Bud, Bahama, Pear Tart and of course, Black.

I added Pink Sorbet twine from The Twinery in the first card, just because I thought it needed “a little something”.

In the second card I used my Process Blue Copic marker to make my twine from just plain white Wallmart twine. I also spotted some paper tape on my desk that I had gotten at Target and  never used. I thought that the stripes gave it the kinda “postmarks” feel.

Now I need to get busy with some Christmas cards!

Rejoice

I made this card for a friend of mine who is going through a whole slug of on-going health issues. She is a very special person in my life, a rock, and spiritual mentor. Her strong faith and sense of humor in the middle of such difficulties is an inspiration to me. Although I doubt she knows about my card blog, I will say it anyway………………….Betty Ann, you ROCK!

Ok, I feel better now! :)

This shot is a little washed out. Still haven’t read my camera manual~;)

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Christmas in May

Back in December of last year, I challenged myself to “re-purpose” some of the Christmas cards I had made years ago but didn’t make the cut for sending out. I even humbly posted some before and after pictures.

Well, making barb’s card yesterday kind of sparked some creative juices in me so I’m back at it today. It feels pretty good actually.

I don’t have a “before” picture of  this one, but the original card was 4×4 and had the greeting underneath the image. I cut out the image and made the greeting seperate, adhered it to a red base and added a row of glittery hearts that I cut out with my new PTI die cut.

My dear friend barb

I have not been in a creative mood for a while now.

Until I got a cute card from my friend barb yesterday. I wanted to send her a card back but, honestly, did I want to buy one with the gazillions of stamps and supplies that I own??? No.

So I dug through my stash and came across one of the first cards I ever made. Back when I had fun making cards and it wasn’t a “job”.  Back before I didn’t care if it was “perfect” or not. It spoke to me. Maybe because I had to put one of my horses down on Tuesday and I really connected with this image. I suddenly felt the creative urge to “update” this old card into something I could send my dear friend barb.

I met barb when she had first found out she had stage 4 breast cancer. She wanted to know if she could still attend my card classes. Hello?

She became my biggest fan, cheerleader and made me feel as though my classes had saved her life! Me and my “students” got to walk through the horror of this dreaded disease that also took the life of my husband on January 30th of this year. Was God preparing me???

Anyway, barb has been an inspiration to me and I love her dearly. Thank you barb for all you’ve done for me!

By the way, barb does not capitalize her name because her belief is that there is only One who’s name is worthy of capitalization!

Have a Great Day!

I made this card a while back, but I needed to remind myself that everyday is a gift, and not to ever take that for granted.

Birthday Card Trio

I did not plan to do 3 cards, it just turned out that way!

I needed to make a card for my middle son who just turned 31, so I had to make the much dreaded masculine card.

That is when I decided to do something with the  woodgrain background that I won from an Amuse challenge I participated in. Since he has recently taken an interest in photography, I decided to use an Imaginesce camera stamp that I’ve never used as well as a Heidi Swapp “smile” stamp that I have had forever and never used :(

On the first card, I had the camera in the middle, smile on the bottom and woodgrain over everything.

I then decided to make the card again, but have the camera directly over the greeting because I felt the camera got a little lost in card #1 . Also, I decided to mask the camera so that the woodgrain would not show up on the image.

Still not totally happy with the card.

So, for card #3 I decided that I would use black chalk ink instead, and color the camera in with copics.

Did not like it.

Thank goodness for clear stamps, because I was able to stamp over the chalk ink images with my black Versafine ink and emboss with clear powder. The camera had been stamped before the woodgrain, so it still shows on the camera, but I re-stamped the greeting after  the woodgrain (over the chalk ink) and embossed with clear powder and I like how it turned out!

Clear as mud?

My vote is for #3

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