Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Summer Card Camp Week 1 - Card 2!!!

Window cards!!!
I always wondered how you made one.  

Well in today's "Technique" video, we got to learn just that.  This was another 2+ hour  I'm starting to believe that I'm just a slow processor.  My mind goes in about 50 gazillion different directions as I start and then I keep narrowing and narrowing down those ideas until I finally get something that works.

This worked!
If you click to enlarge you can see that the flowers on the inside of the card are purple, pink and orange.....I used another new IO CAC stamp for this card, too!  I don't have Staz-On ink, so I cold not stamp on the acetate window.......but, it is on my "crafty" list now!

I loved how Jennifer stamped the background of the inside panel so it came through the window, but I wanted a space to write on.  I came up with putting a lighter color of patterned paper from the front also on the inside.......Instant writing panel!  ;-)

Again, I'm using the color combination for this week:

Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Think Big Favorites #5 stamp set
Flower Fusion #3 stamp set
Fillable Frames #4 die
Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card - Sketchy Flowers stamp
DCWV patterned paper - Nana's Kitchen
Raspberry Fizz & Stamper's Select White cardstock
Wright's Purple Pom-Pom ribbon from JoAnn's
Memento ink - Grape Jelly
VersaMagic ink - Mango Madness and Purple Hydrangea
Raspberry Fizz ink

Thanks so much for stopping by and looking at another card, today!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Summer Card Class Color Challenge for Week 1

Starting this week, I get to enjoy an online Summer Card Camp class.
Basically, there are lessons and challenges every day for 4-weeks.  There are going to be challenges and prizes and you get to use what you have on hand......Perfect way to make me "stretch" my skills a little bit and learn something that I'm so very passionate about.
Can I just say that I'm going to love, love, LOVE this card camp..........
It's already pushing me wayyyyyyyy past my

Seriously, I just spent over 2 hours making this card.  I am just going to admit that I am definitely color challenged!!!  From looking at the card, you would never suspect that it took me that long to make, but I had such a difficult time using the 5 colors for this challenge.  Pink, orange and purple are difficult enough for me.......then they have to throw blue into the mix.......Sheesh!!! LOL
I guess this is why I need this class.  I would never have put all of these colors together on my own.  I am sooooooo happy that Jennifer and Kristina are making this a bit challenging.....I'm totally going to love the next 4 weeks!

So........Here's the 2-hour + card!
I just stopped at 2 scrapbooking stores while camping over the weekend.......The paper I used was from one of those stops.  Gotta love getting to play with your new goodies right away!

I just love these angled shots, and I couldn't decide which picture I liked better, so I included both!  ;-)

Here is the color palette for this week:

Thanks Jennifer and Kristina for pushing me on the first day, yet having me anxious enough to look forward to day two!  This class is going to really do me some good!

Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Daydreamer stamp set
Echo Park - Sunny Days patterned paper & brad
We R Memory Keepers patterned paper - Tiffanys
Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card - Screen
Stamper's Select White and Spring Rain cardstock
Charming Crochet - Crocheted Flower
Raspberry Fizz ink
Brilliance ink - Pearlescent Sky Blue
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black

Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting my blog, today!

Monday, June 27, 2011

It's Squigglefly Monday Challenge Day!!!

Good Morning, everyone!!!

It's a Squigglefly Monday!
So, that means there's a challenge and it's another fun, fun, fun challenge!

But, before I get into the challenge, I just want to thank Vicki my Squigglefly DT leader.  Our term for Squigglefly is up and she is not staying on because she is one creative and busy lady.  I'd just like to say what a joy it was working with her, Holly and the other DT members.  Coming in as a total newbie (never on a DT prior to this), I can't believe how much fun they made this term for me.  HUGS TO ALL OF YOU!  Keep visiting us!
Okay........enough of that sappy stuff! *sniff, sniff*

This week we are celebrating the 4th of July!  In order to show our American pride, we want you to use the colors of red, white and blue (like the American flag).  You don't HAVE to make a July 4th Celebration project to appreciate the red, white and blue color combo.....just use it as your inspiration this week and have fun with it!!!

I don't give out many 4th of July cards, but I do LOVE these colors together; so, I chose one of my absolute "go-to" images on Squigglefly and that is the Shy Bear images by Lynne Stansbery.  When I went looking at all of them, I really couldn't decide until I saw Shy Bear: Tubin Bear.  It was perfect since the inner tubes had stars on them.........but, I was torn between this one and a FREEBIE Shy Bear.  Have you seen the Shy Bears: God Bless Our Troops Bear???  This is another perfect image for this week's challenge!  

Here is my red, white and blue card!
When I was cutting up another 12"x12" patterned paper pad, I came across the sand and beach ball papers.  I honestly said to myself, "I probably won't use that paper anytime soon."  And, look!  LOL

The waves were on the same sheet as the beach balls separated into strips.......perfect for decorating the inside.

I hope you will take part in this week's challenge and go check out each and every one of the DT's cards so that you can get some red, white and blue mojo flowin'.

Don't forget to link up your card on the Squigglefly Blog, so that you can be eligible for a prize.  Remember that you can use any other stamps you want with your card, but in order to have a chance at some free digi images, you have to use at least one Squigglefly image!

Good Luck to you!

In addition to the color challenge, I also am entering this into the i{heart}2stamp challenge for June.  It was the perfect sketch to show off all of this awesome paper!

Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Squigglefly Digital Images - Shy Bear: Tubin Bear
Cloud 9 - Chocolate Chalet stamp set
DCWV patterned paper - The Stack 6
Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy and Stamper's Select White cardstock
Nesties - Small circles and small scalloped circles
Smooch - Illuminate (on the stars, but it didn't show too well in the photo)
Copic markers - R24, R29, B21, B23, E57, E59, B37, E00 and BG70
VersaMagic ink - Night Sky

Thanks for visiting today!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Sun, Moon and Stars for a Squigglefly card

Good morning, crafty friends!

Just a quick post with a Squigglefly card.

I was trying to prepare my card for Monday's challenge ahead of time since I'm away and I totally didn't read the directions, when I went to post it, I couldn't use

So, I scrambled to make another card for the challenge and this one got to be posted today.

For this card I used Roann Mathias's Sun, Moon & Stars digi image.  I resized it to 2" and then printed it on a 6"x6" piece of patterned paper.

I just love sentiments as the main focal image on a card........and this one will be perfect for my Mikes on any given day, for any given occasion. 

Click to enlarge this so you can see it better, but I just love this Taylored Expressions impression plate.  The stars are so whimsical and fun!

This was the first time I've ever used Sizzix Adhesive Stickers.  I wanted my star to have glitter but didn't want to use a ton of glue and then wait to let it dry.  These adhesive sheets were so slick to use and worked perfectly for the glitter.  I'll be using them often, from now on!

I'm entering this card in the Off the Wall Craftiness #56 Color Challenge!  The colors are just perfect and who says patriotic has to be a "true" blue???  ;-)

Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Squigglefly Digital Images - Sun, Moon, Stars
Taylored Expressions - Stars impression plate
DCWV patterned paper - The Stack 6
MFT - Decorative Doily die
Seeing Stars die
Limitless Layers - 2 1/2" Circles dies
The Twinery - Caribbean
Stamper's Select White and Pure Poppy cardstock
Martha Stewart glitter - Feldspar
Sizzix Adhesive Stickers

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

More.......Yes, More Christmas cards!!!

Can you believe it?  
 I am on a Christmas card roll!!!

Actually, I only have 1 of these done, but when I get home from camping, I'll have 14 more!
I always try to plan my card making projects ahead of time when we go to our river lot.  This is going to be the longest trip we've spent there, so I want to have enough activities to keep me busy.

So far, I've got these 14 cards to make, cutting down FIVE 12"x12" paper pads, cataloging all my new June release stamps and looking at 3 new card magazines.  Not reading those 3 magazines for the week I've had them has been super tough......but, I did it.  I also have a new book to read and review for Book Rooster on my new, I think I'll be pretty productive.

Here's the card I'm making 14 of:
Isn't it cute??? This is another from cutting up a 12"x12" paper pad!  I liked this paper so much that I found a seller on eBay who had 14 sheets of it and ordered all 14  That felt snowflake was a sale item from SU that was discontinued in the, my cards will have both blue & white snowflakes.  The package also came with red ones, but I'm not quite sure how I'm going to use those ones, yet.

And here's all the prep done ahead of time:
I just pre-cut all the card bases and  inside & outside panels.  I put my stamps and snowflakes in little baggies and I have my Score-Buddy already packed!  Fun weekend ahead at the picnic table!

I have some blog posts ready to go while I'm, keep checking back!

Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Holiday Wishes stamp set
Inside & Out: Holiday stamp set (inside sentiment)
Echo Park patterned paper - Wintertime
Stampin' Up - Big Felt Flurries
VF - Onyx Black

Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Donna made me do it!!!!

First, you are probably wondering who is Donna?
Next you are probably wondering why I am blaming her.

Well, it all started on the PTI forum and Donna posted a question basically asking if she would regret cutting up all her 12"x12" patterned paper into 6"x6" squares for better storage.  Since she only makes cards and doesn't do any scrapbooking she didn't think it would hurt.

After reading her post and realizing that I have five to eight 12"x12" patterned paper pads before I stopped buying them, that I should do the same thing.  I'm just going to work on 1 pad a night so it doesn't become overwhelming.......but, I decided to do the same thing (since I also only make cards).  Here's the link to the thread, if you are inclined to see everyone's responses:  

The first patterned paper pad that I decided to cut is one of my favorites that I got this spring from DCWV called Green Tea Stack.  It's a ton of lime green, blues, and aquas.  Just gorgeous!  I never thought that I would end up with THIS much, though:

While cutting it up, I ran across 2 sheets that had this huge beautiful foil flower.  It was so, so pretty and I just had to use it.  So, I did what any good crafter would do.......I stopped cutting up the paper and I started crafting with those  I'm glad I did because look what came out of it.

These were probably the most simple cards that I ever did make.........but they are one of my favorites, too!

I am officially blaming Donna for these two cards!!!
I guess I better go start cutting paper pad #2 so I can find another gem!  ;-)

Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Big & Bold Wishes stamp set
Inside & Out: Thank You stamp set
DCWV patterned paper - Green Tea Stack
Simply Chartreuse cardstock
Misc. sheer chartreuse ribbon
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black

Thanks so much for stopping by, today!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Best Wishes for Verve challenge

Happy Monday, everyone!

Today's card is made with summer in mind.  
All these gorgeous flowers are difficult to ignore and why would you want to?

This card was inspired by the Color Throwdown #146 Color Challenge.  When I saw the fun spring/summer colors I knew I wanted my design to include flowers........bright orange ones!!!

What better stamps to use than PTI's Anniversary set!
I'm using some of that new PP I talked about in my video the other day......I should have many more cards using it, too, since I bought so much of

This card was also made using the Verve - June Week 2 Sketch Challenge.  I simply turned the sketch on it's side and used it that way instead of vertically.  I really like how it turned out.

Here are the 2 challenges that I combined to make my card:

Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Botanical Silhouettes stamp set
DCWV patterned paper - Lemon Flower
Rustic White cardstock
Taylored Expressions green cardstock
Medium Scalloped Border die
Nesties - Small Ovals and Small Scalloped Ovals
VersaMagic ink - Persimmon and Key Lime
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Martha Stewart - rhinestones

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Birthday Blocking with CAS-ual Fridays Challenge

Color Blocking???  
Have you ever heard of that?
This fairly new cardmaker hasn't, so I loved looking at all the DT examples.

It's rather fun, if I do say so myself.....but, I need more practice at it.
I'm sure hoping that mine works for this theme and challenge!

Please click to enlarge........It looks so much prettier when it's at it's full size.

Isn't that crocheted flower just adorable???  I have a very talented friend that makes Cozies (gorgeous quilted covers) for all kinds of craft machines/electronics (Cricuts, Big Shots, Kindles, Big Kicks, Vagabonds, iPads, Cinch machines, etc.) and I'll be introducing her Etsy store to you later this month........BUT, her talented sister makes these adorable flowers.  I just happened to have a brad that matched my patterned paper perfectly and using it with the crocheted flower was a match made in heaven. 

If you would like to get some of these little flowers you can click HERE for Linda's Etsy Shop.
If you decide to purchase any.........please tell her that "Stephanie" sent you!
She'll get a kick out of knowing that you all like her flowers for embellishments.

This card was inspired by CAS-ual Fridays' CFC #7.  

Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Ad Sense stamp set
Basic Grey patterned paper - Sweet Threads
Fillable Frames #1
My Mind's Eye Lush brads - Green
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Don't forget to check out those little crocheted flowers!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Welcome to the new Squigglefly DT!!!!

Today is another Squigglefly Monday 
We've got a special surprise for you along with the weekly challenge.

First the challenge!
It's a super fun one...........You get to pick your favorite Squigglefly image and have fun with it!
Yep that's it!  I'll be posting mine later this week, but you have many options to  play this week.

Don't forget to enter your creation on the Squigglefly Blog in order to have a chance at a prize.  You can create anything and use any other stamps, but in order to be in the drawing you must use at least one Squigglefly image!  I can't wait to see what you create this week!

Now for the surprise!!!

It's the new design team for the remainder of 2011!!!
I'm so excited to stay on board with this wonderful group of talented women and can't wait to share some digitally designed papercrafts with all of you until the end of the year.

These girls are going to knock your socks off!
Here are wonderful two teams!

Heather’s Team  

Heather Strenzwilk
Tammy Hair    
Holley Barnhart
Loretta Rodger
Stephanie Mino
Pat Martin       
Debbie Ebat    
Peggy Elms         
Jill Dian           

Marlene’s Team 

Marlene Shaw    
Dani Chapman  
Janice Richardson
Rebecca Grohall
Kim O’Connell 
Linda Weber    
Deena Perreault
Rhonda Zmikly 
Stephanie Clark
Jane Westling   

If you get a chance, checkout their blogs and be sure to give them some kudos for joining the team!

Snowmen in June!!! Yep.......Getting more of those Christmas cards done!

I honestly didn't plan on making a Christmas card when I sat down to think of something for the Skipping Stones Design #80 Sketch Challenge......but, that's exactly what ended up happening.

It's a good thing, because now there are 56 cards made for the holiday!  ;-)

Click to enlarge to see all of the fun details!  I'm loving this aqua/red color combination for Christmas cards

I love Skipping Stones Design stamps and this card was made using their Sassy Snow set.  I have a few people that just love snowmen and would love to have them on Christmas cards this year, so I used one of the snowmen in the set along with a sentiment from PTI to make this card.  Adding the Flower Soft makes it a bit fun.......but, the best part is that it is a mailable card!

Here's the sketch for the challenge:

Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Skipping Stones Designs - Sassy Snow stamp set
Holiday Button Bits stamp set
Echo Park patterned paper - Wintertime
Rustic White cardstock
Flower Soft - Polar White
Memento ink - London Fog
Dark Chocolate ink
Copic markers - BG72  , R27  , B99  , E18  , T1, and YR09
Martha Stewart punch - snowflakes
Michael's - various gemstones

Thanks for looking and I hope you have a wonderful Monday!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

My very first videos!!!

Good morning, everyone!!!

I'm starting this Sunday off with something a bit different...........
A video of my "Scrappin' Room" aka my craft area.

I've been wanting to do one of these for a long time, but honestly, I didn't have the time to tackle how to do everything through YouTube using my FLIP camera.

There probably is a much easier way to do this, but for now, I'm happy with the outcome.

I'll apologize up front for how long it is.  I thought you could upload a 30min. video to YouTube and I was exstatice that mine clocked in at 28:52...........Then I read that it can only be 15mins. so I clipped it to 2 15 minute parts.

Please grab a cup of coffee and sit back and relax.
I hope you enjoy the videos and get some tips as you watch!

Part #1 (14:53)

Part #2 (13:58)

Thanks for taking the time to watch and leaving comments.
Any suggestions to make my space even more useful would definitely be appreciated!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Fun Sunflowers!!!!

Just a super quick post this morning to add a quick card!

I used Nichole Heady's trick of outlining the flowers in a Copic close to their color.  Love how this looks

Just a strip of the sunflowers cut off the front panel makes for an easy border on the inside.

A few weeks ago, Impression Obsession came out with 12 or so (maybe it was 16) new Cover-A-Card stamps and I fell in love with this one from the very start.  

Sunflowers to me ARE summer!!!  I once was in total awe when we passed a sunflower field on the PA turnpike because I swear for 3-4 miles it was just a sea of golds, yellows and browns.  It was just stunning.

I'm entering this card into the Impression Obsession's "Fun in the Sun" challenge this week because I just love their stamps.......and to me, flowers are the fun part of summer!

Have a great summer day and go enjoy some flowers!!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

13 more Christmas cards - DONE!!!

I'm so happy that I got 13 more done!
That brings my total made for 2011 up to 52!

I got the idea for these Christmas cards from the Christmas Card Challenge #28.  I always check in with them on Sundays to see if I have what I need to meet the challenge and when I saw the sketch (posted below), I knew I could create a bunch of them.  My main goal was to use as much of my old Christmas patterned paper as I could because I just know that I'll want the new stuff being released this holiday season.  It worked because I only have six 6"x6" sheets left from Echo Park's Wintertime

Here are the 13 cards that followed the challenge.  Please click to enlarge the photo as they seemed to get blurry because of the size change to fit blogger.
These 3 used the Wintertime pp for the background and the 2 tinier panels.  Love the fact that Ocean Tides plays an integral part of the holiday colors instead of traditional Holly Green.
Here are 3 more using a softer aqua/Ocean Tides background.
My favorites used Pure Poppy as the background that was stamped with Impression Obsession's Cover-A-Card Snowflakes using VersaMagic's Dazzle.  You can't see it in the photo, but it looks so awesome in real life.
This is the basic inside for all 13 cards.  The only difference is the snowflake punched panel is on different pp that matched the outside.

And here's the sketch that made all of these cards happen:

 Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Technique Tuesday - O' Christmas Tree stamp set
Holiday Wishes stamp set
Inside & Out: Holiday stamp set
Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card - Snowflakes
Echo Park patterned paper - Wintertime
Pure Poppy, Stamper's Select White, Ocean Tides and Rustic White cs
VersaMagic Dazzle ink - Frost
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black and Crimson Red
Brilliance ink - Galaxy Gold
Ocean Tides ink

Thanks for taking a look at my blog today!!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Little Things = Lots of FUN!!!

Yep..........FUN!  FUN!  FUN!
I had so much fun creating the card I'm posting today.
Again, it's one that is totally out of my comfort zone, using materials I've never used, doing things with materials I've never done and combining 3 challenges to get there!

Here it is!!!

Aren't those little spools of ribbon just darling?

For some reason, I decided to check out Moxie Fab World's inspiration challenge yesterday called "Rainbow Bright".  When I saw the awesome colors I had all kinds of ideas floating around in my head.  

I had little wooden spools from one of my Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients kits.  I honestly thought I would never EVER use them......but, just look at that! 

So then the dilemma became.....
"What can I use as thread?"  At first, I thought of wrapping floss around the tiny spools, but I didn't have the right colors.  The only other option was ribbon.  So, I cut a little snippet of ribbon and wrapped it around the center in which I attached a piece of 1/8" scor-tape.  Perfect result!
Finally, used my new Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card stamp called Stitches.  I simply layered on the rainbow colors in various colors and then rolled it over the paper using the Mega Mount.  I'm so excited that everything pulled together for this inspiration photo.

I'm also using this card for two other challenges.
The first challenge is one that I look at every week, but have yet participated.  The CAS-ual Fridays challenges are just that.......Clean & Simple!  They have challenged all kinds of things since they started but I really liked their "Bingo" style this week in their CFC #6 challenge.

I used the line straight across the middle.  The ribbon is on the spools.  And I cut the felt doily using a die!  I originally cut out a piece of Plum Pudding cs and then went to check the challenge, so I used felt instead!

Lastly, I used a CAS sketch from 365 Cards to put everything together!

Once I got the idea, everything came together pretty quickly!
Thank goodness!  LOL

Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise mentioned):
Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card - Stitches
Little Lady stamp set
Limitless Layers 2.5" Circles
MFT - Decorative Doily die
Royal Velvet felt
Various Inks and Ribbons

Thanks for stopping by to read my post today!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Squigglefly Monday!!!

If it's Monday.............
It's time to Squigglefly!!!!

This week's challenge is all for the men!!!

 You need to 

Since we are getting near Fathers' Day (June 19th, in case you need that, thoughts seem to turn to the MEN in our lives this, let's make a creation just for them this week!!!  Make it masculine!!!

Now, I've taken a bit of a twist on this challenge as all of my Fathers' Day cards have already been made.  I made it masculine by using Grumpy Gordon image by the talented Marlene S.  This humorous card will be for a friend who sometimes jokes about "stupid" arguments that he and his wife have (he even calls them that......stupid).  Hopefully, he'll get a bit of a chuckle out of it.

The original sentiment was stacked with the word "Arguing" on top of the rest.  That's where the beauty of digi images comes in.......I needed it to go straight across so I could "hang" Gordon's arms over the text, a little digital manipulation and there you have it!  Worked perfectly!

Isn't this inside sentiment just perfect???  Love Marlene's humor!

So, although this card is not for Fathers' Day...........
It is for a man and hopefully he'll get a chuckle out of it.

I'm also using this card for several challenges.  

First and foremost, this card was made to fit this week's Squigglefly challenge.  You can go to Squigglefly's Blog to see all of the details and to get some inspiration from the other DT members.  I love getting inspiration from them!!!  Also, please remember that you can enter the challenge using ANY images or stamps but in order to win the prize you must also use a Squigglefly image.

I'm also using this card for the Color Throwdown #145 Color Challenge (colors below) and Crazy4Challenges #91 Challenge in which they also ask you to create a masculine card.  So, lots and lots of challenges to inspire you this week.

One last note before I let you go...........In this week's released images (every Saturday, in case you want to check back often) Squigglefly introduced the Fairy Klara image by Jane Beljo.  All proceeds will go to Caylin's Cure - A Fundraiser for Hope which supports the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  You can read about this fundraiser HERE.

I know that this image will not fit this week's them of "masculine" but why not throw it in your cart when you are checking out.  It is such a cute image that can easily be used for many situations and you are helping to support diabetes research!!!

Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Squigglefly Digital Images - Grumpy Gordon
Basic Grey patterned paper - Lime Rickey
We R Memory Keepers patterned paper - Tiffanys
PTI - Stamper's Select White card stock
Copic markers - B14, B16, E11, E00, E000 and Y00

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today and don't forget to visit the other DT members, too!

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