Friday, December 11, 2009

Mojo Monday 116

It's that time again for the Mojo Monday sketch challenge. Every Monday they have a sketch and you come up with the rest. Every first sketch of the month is a contest. This sketch was a fun one! Since I still had more Christmas cards to make, I decided to do one for the challenge. To check out the sketch for this week click here.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Card Club night change AGAIN!!!

You're not going to believe this............My husband's holiday party got changed to the 18th now so we're back on for the 11th. Sorry for all the confusion. I will count on those of you who confirmed the first time and if anyone else is going to join us that hasn't confirmed, just let me know by the 6th.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Change in Card Club Night

My husband just told me last night that his office is doing their Christmas party on the same night as our card club. With such a busy month, I hate to change the date but I have to. I hope that you all can make it still and maybe the ones that couldn't can now come. The new date is Friday the 18th at 7pm.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Snowman Poop

Aren't these just the cutest little things. I made them to put at the kid's table on Thanksgiving. Most of the kids can read, so I know that they'll get a kick out of it. They will love the fact that it says Poop on it because that words seems to always make them giggle and who doesn't love marshmellows. I'm also going to be making these as favors for my daughter's holiday party at school in a few weeks. I've added this item as a set of 10 in my Etsy shop.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Card Club December

Our next card club will be meeting on Friday December 11th @ 7pm. This is the project that we'll be making along with the 2 cards posted earlier in the week. This faux leather purse is so cute and such a great gift idea with the holidays coming up. It will hold 10-4x4 photos and has a velcro closure. Please confirm that you will be joining us by 12/5 so that I can get your project together.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Christmas card #2

Here is the 2nd card that we'll be making at the next cardclub. The picture isn't the greatest but it was the best one from the bunch. The Jingle all the way is stamped and embossed with red tinsel so it really is much nicer in person. I will be posting the picture of the project that we will be making along with these 2 cards as soon as I'm finished putting it together. I am going to add both of the cards to my etsy store.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Merry Christmas card

Here is a peak at one of the cards that we'll be making at our December card club. It looks sooooo much better in person. I'll be uploading the photo of the other card tomorrow night. I tried to take a picture tonight but I wasn't happy with the way it came out so I'll have to give it a try again. I'll be adding it to my etsy store shortly.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Mojo Monday 111 Contest

I almost missed it. It's Sunday night and almost the deadline for the Mojo Monday sketch challenge. I didn't even have enough time for my silver stickles to dry before taking the picture. I've been wanting to make a card using triangles as trees for a long time and now I'm very happy that I did. The're so simple to do and look so pretty on paper. I used many dimensionals on this card. I popped up the snowflake, the large square and a couple of the trees to create a layered affect. I added some crystal glitter by Martha Stewart before adding the trees. The paper is by DCWV and paper trey ink-kraft.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Card Club Information for November

Hello Everyone,
Our November card club will be held on Friday night the 6th at 7pm. At our last card club someone asked if we could make something that could be given as a gift since the holidays are coming up. I put together this note card holder with matching notecards inside. It's a black and white themed set and will left sentiment free so that they can be used for any occasion. Please remember that space is limited so contact me if you plan on attending no later than Nov 1st.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Christmas tags

I was in one of those crafting moods today but didn't feel like making a card or scapbooking. I wanted to try out a stamp that I haven't used yet so I used this mitten from this Christmas set by Stampin up. I stamped it with clear embossing ink and embossed it with red embossing tinsel. I then cut out 2 for each tag and connected them with some twine and dimensionals. I cut the scallop circles in 3 1/2 inches using my mini monograms cartridge and my cricut. I did th 3" circles in this really cute holiday paper that I found in the target dollar bins last year. I added the to & from to the backs and added twine again for the ties. I've added this set to my etsy store.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Uncle Bart's birthday

It's my husband's uncles birthday on the 22nd and this is the card that I made up for him. I found this adorable little trees in the dollar bins at Michaels a few weeks ago and I was so happy that I had an occasion to use them. I also used a material that I haven't used much in cards. Mulberry papper. It's the green pressed paper used along the bottom of the card. I used a water brush and a tooth brush to create the feathered edge. The background paper used is from a mat pack by dcwv and I think it's called "once upon a time".

Scrapbooking again

It's been a very long time since I have scrapbooked. Once I started making cards and other paper crafts, I got very behind on my scrapbooking. I enjoyed doing it again but, when I started to pick out paper I started to think that I forgot how to do it. It slowly came back to me. I try to create a left and right page of the same theme. I think that it looks alot nicer in an album. This 2 page set is from my daughter Hayley's 2nd dance recital in 2004. I cut out the Dance letters from my cricut using the George basic cartridge and did all my journalling inside of them. I used some silver stickles to match the silver crown on her head. I'm not the kind of person that will put 1 or 2 pictures on a page. I fit 11 pictures on this 2 page layout.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Christmas gift tags

Ok, I couldn't wait to start making some Christmas gift tags for this year. Of course I'm not going to make them for all of my holiday gifts but they do look so nice hanging off of gift bags and wine bottles. Here are just 4 different kinds that I came up with the other night while I had some quiet time in my scraproom. I think that I'm going to give them away to someone in my cardclub this Friday night. Paper crafts are so much fun to make and even more fun to give away.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Mojo Monday Madness

It's time once again for the Mojo Monday sketch challenge and once again they came up with a great layout. This one was easy because I used a Martha Stewart stamp set that I've been wanting to use for a while now. This set is a 2 step stamp set that has the solid part of the flower and the 2nd step outlines the flower. I used a marker to color in by the center of the flower and red ink to do around the petals. I outlined in colorbox fluid chalk warm red. I used paper from a DCWV mat pack and dry embossed the black with my cuttlebug. It's pretty simple, especially when the layout was all done for me. If you want to see some more cards made with this same layout, just click on the link in this post or click on the blinkie on the left bar of my blog. The design team came up with some great ideas.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sure cuts alot

I'm so excited to tell you all that I have recently become an affiliate of sure cuts alot by Craft Edge. If you're someone who owns a cricut or cricut expression machine, you would probably want to hear about this product. This program lets you cut out any font that you currently have on your computer or any shape that you can create or download for free off the internet. It also cuts out the wingding and dingbat shapes that you have too. You can also weld your letters together so that it cuts it out in one whole piece like the cricut design studio does but you don't need to buy the cartridges to do so. Think about all of those font cartridges that you will never need again. All you need is your computer and a usb cord that will plug into your cricut machine. You can create on the go on a laptop, and then plug it into your cricut when you get home and cut your original creations. If you are someone who has already heard about this product and would like to purchase it, you can just click on the icon located to the left of this post. If you have any questions, post a comment and I will try to answer your questions right on the comment board for everyone to read.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Card club project

Hi everyone, Here is a photo of the project for our October card club. I had to start thinking about Christmas because it's right around the corner and there are only 3 card club until then. We will be making a handmade gift bag with handle, a gift card holder (much needed for the holidays) and we will throw in some gift tags at the end of class. This is a perfect time to start making your Christmas cards, tags and gift wrap so that you aren't stuck in December with a ton of things to do.
As I put in a previous post, card club will be on 10/16 @7pm. General info. is listed in the left bar of the blog. Please let me know by 10/11 if you'll be attending. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Hayley's Party Invitations

My daughter Hayley is turning 11 and is having a sleepover party with her friends. Since there were only a few girls coming, I decided to make the invitations myself. The size of this card is 3 1/2 x 6 1/4. The papers that I used on these cards all came from the same DCWV mat pack. Even the butterflies were on a page in the pack and I cut them out. I used dimentionals on them to make them pop. I used the Martha Stewart lattice punch to the bottom edge. I tried this somewhat of a new technique by adding a window sheet. I just sliced a middle section out of the card. Stamped my sentiment on the inside paper and added the window sheet to the cover. I think that it turned out really nice.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Card Club

Hi girls,
I figured that I would post October's card club. Friday October 16th will be our next card club at 7pm. I will be posting a picture of the project that we'll be making as soon as I have a sample done. I hope that you enjoyed last month's project and Vicky sent me pictures of her final album before sending it out as a gift to someone. Thanks Vicky, It looks awsome! If you need any information of card club you can see it right on the left bar of my blog and if you have any questions, you can just click on contact me and send me a message. I'll be in touch soon.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Mojo Monday Sketch challenge

I've been so sick this past week that I haven't had any time to do my Mojo Monday sketch challenge card. I made a halloween card for this one. I used paper from a DCWV mat pack. They are just the right size for making cards. The pumpkin stamp was actually picked up at a target $1 bin. Now that's what I call a deal! The punch going along the bottom is from the Martha Stewart border punch collection. I also added some bling to the black strip going along bottom to give it some more shine. The pumpkin looked a little plain so I spread out some diamond stickles and filled it in to give it some more shine. OH....By the way, how do you like my new fall colors on the blog. I figured that I would change the colors since fall is coming up so quickly. I think it looks festive.

Halloween cards

Hello Everyone, I had card club at my house last night and we made our 4x4 albums that I had in my last post. Everyone did such a nice job on their projects. We even had time to make a card, so I chose to do a Halloween themed card. Isn't this little spider so cute. Of course, he wouldn't be so cute if he was real because I hate spiders but I like the ones that are made of black cardstock. I did the accordian fold technique shown on Becky Ochlers' blog. The patterned paper used came from the Slab XI by Provo Craft. The green paper is just textured card stock with ranger distress ink around the edges and my happy little spider was cut out from the doodlecharm cartridge of my cricut. I used white dimensional paint for his eyes and a white gel pen for his little web handing down. Hope you like it.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Card club information (4x4 mini album)

Sorry it's taken me this long to post the project for the upcoming card club. The project that we will be making will be this 4x4 mini album. It holds a total of 12 photos. The size is perfect because your photos are already printed 4x6 so you only need to trim 2 inches and you will have a perfect fit. In this sample, I added some pictures from our trip to Nestlenook resort in NH in 1999 that I never scrapbooked (cover design will vary for our class). I left a few pages blank because I'm making some journaling pages and I have to write on them before attaching them. After you learn how to make this album, it can me modified to make as a 5x5 or 6x6 if you choose but I like the 4x4 the best because the pictures fit out to the edges. Card club is the 9/11 @ 7pm sharp. Space is very limited and I need to prepare your project ahead of time so please respond by 9/6. I will not be taking any new people after this date because my schedule doesn't give me much time to get ready for the class. Please click on the contact me button on the left and let me know if you'll be attending and I will send you back any info. you will need.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

For a Gracious Hostess

Hello Everyone. Tomorrow I'm going to my friend Carol's house for her house warming party. I wanted to make her a card to put along with her gift and this is what I came up with. I have to say, this was somewhat of a cheater card. This beautiful embellishment on the left of the card was already on the cardstock. It came from a matstack by DCWV called Garden Party. The papers from this pack are so pretty. It's so easy to just throw together a card in a short amount of time when the inspiration is given to you. I cut out the butterfly on the right from the home accents cricut cartridge and embellished it with some silver stickles. Popped up his wings and glued him on using tombow mono multi purpose adhesive. I wrapped a ribbon around the cardstock and the sentiment again is from my mega mixed messages by paper trey ink. LOVE that stamp set. I have their link down on the left of my blog.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Miss you

My husband was going away for a business trip so I made a card for him and hid it in his suitcase. I've attached a picture of me, our daughters and our dog to the inside with a little message. This was a really easy, super quick card but also gave lots of impact. I used a 1 1/8 square punch. Picked out 4 coordinating papers and punched 3 of each pattern. Dry arranged them glued them down. Stamped my sentiment with the same coordinating papers. Finished it off with some inked edges and paper piercing and dimensionals. The 2nd picture is the one that I glued to the inside of his card. He was so surprised when her found it.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Card club update

Hi girls. It's been 3 months since we got together for our regular card club. We all know that summer time is so busy and there's something going on every minute of the day. Now that fall is right around the corner, I thought that I would start them up again. Our next date will be Friday September 11th. Look out for a posting in the next few days so that you know what we will be making and all of the tools that you will be needing. I can't wait to see you all again.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge

Once again, I'm joining in on the fun at the Mojo Monday site. If you'd like the see the original sketch for this challenge you can click here. I kind of got a little funky with the colors but it's summer time after all. I love to use these bright fun colors. I started this card with some dry embossing with the cuttlebug spots and dots folder. The background patterned paper I used is from the girly glitter pack from AC Moore. The wonderful label shape comes from my new Spellbinder nestabilities set called Label 1. It works so great and I can't wait to get more shapes. The strip down the left side was made using Martha Stewart's doily border punch. This card was left with no sentiment and can be used for almost any occasion. It's going into the Etsy store shortly for sale.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Blog Award

What a surprise I got when I was told that I was nominated for the kreativ blogger award by Jenn. I certainly wasn't expecting this. She was actually my first blog that I started following and the reason that I created one myself. Thanks Jenn!!

In order to accept the award I have to 1. Thank the person who nominated me for this award. 2. Copy the logo and place it on my blog. 3. Link the person who nominated me for this award. 4. Name seven things about me that people might find interesting. 5. Nominate seven Kreativ Bloggers. 6. Post links to the seven blogs I nominate. 7. Leave comments on all seven blogs letting them know I nominated them. So here goes:

Seven things about me:

I am a mother of 3 girls

I've been married for almost 13 years

I love to cook and entertain with friends

I am a huge fan of the show Lost and NCIS. I usually watch them while I create in my scrap room.

I hold card clubs at my house once a month for me and my friends and friends of friends. Our little get away from the husbands and kids.

I have a large family, living in USA, Portugal & Canada
I'm fluent in 2 languages

Here are some great blogs that I would like to nominate








Monday, August 10, 2009

Anniversary card

There was no real reason for making this card except that I wanted to use some of my new paper that I picked up today by DCWV. I also wanted to use these owls that I bought on Ebay months ago (don't know who they are by). I stamped and embossed them on watercolor paper then watercolored them in. I used the martha Stewart doiley border punch on the right. Added some faux stitching with a white gel pen and wrapped a ribbon. The sentiment again is by Paper Trey ink's Mega Mixed Messages. I love the way it came out and it's going into the Etsy store soon.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Purse gift card holder

I saw this done on Dawn's stamping thoughts and loved it! It's just the cutest little gift card holder. I made one for my niece Adryanna's birthday. I bought her an outfit with some accessories. One was a set of earrings. I decided to put those in the holder instead of a gift card. There is a clear plastic pocket inside to hold whatever you are giving. I used a girly glitter designer paper that I picked up at ac moore for the bottom of the purse and the top was just some solid cardstock that I had that matched the patterned paper. I ran the solid paper through my cuttlebug with the swiss dots embossing folder and used the riveting stamp set by stampin up for the clasp of the purse. It's a great gift idea. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. This item will also be in my etsy store.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Luke's 1st Birthday card

I'm still working on my next sketch challenge card so I'm not ready to post it yet, so I decided to post a card that I made for my nephews first birthday. It was a cowboy themed party and she even have 2 horses come by to give the kids rides around the yard. It was a big hit. I knew that I wanted to use this red gingham paper on the card because it reminded me of a bandanna. I also used some star punches and punched out some chipboard that I colored with some ink pads. I cut out a number 1 with my cricut (george basics) and glittered it by using my zip 2 way glue pen. I needed something else for the card, I looked around my scrap room and up on my cork boards where I keep all my stickers I saw a K and company heritage set that I picked up a long time ago at a building 19 store. They were so cute that I figured that I would use them someday. That little cowboy on the horse was perfect. It's also an embossed sticker so it gave the card a nice dimension. Super cute boy card. Super cute boy.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Mojo Monday Challenge

I'm nice and early this week. I wanted to join in on the Mojo Monday challenge last week but I ran out of time to enter. I just started participating in on the fun going on at all the blogs out there and wanted to do too much at one time. This time I'm pacing myself. I'm actually hoping to start doing videos soon as soon as I can get it set up. Well, onto the card. This is a pretty simple layout that they asked for so I kept it simple in design. I used 2 papers from a me and my big ideas pack. I also used a textured piece of light blue card stock. The butterfly on the circle was already on the printed card stock and I outlined it with diamond stickles. The antennas are strings of pearls that I found in the wedding section of Michaels. The blue strip on the left is also a piece of the same light blue card stock except that I paper pierced it and added some white gel pen to create some faux stitching. I topped it off with some rhinestones and button. Dimensionals are also used to make the card pop. This card will be found in my etsy store.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Baby Onesie card

This is the cutest card ever. I made one in Pink for my friend Betsy's baby shower. She comes to my card clubs so I know she loved it because she knows how much better a handmade card is compared to a store bought one. The cardstock is green with white ruffles. It was just an 8 1/2 x 11 pack of card stock that I picked up at my local AC Moore store. I used the swiss dots embossing folder from my cuttlebug to do the top layer of the card. I just wrapped a ribbon around the chest part of the top layer just to add some embellishment and dimension.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Sketch Saturday Challenge entry

Here's a card that I made for this weeks Sketch Saturday. The sketch sites are located to the left of my blog in case you wanted to check them out. This card has one of my favorite stamps sets by Stampin up called Tart n tangy. The sentiment is from the mega mixed messages by paper trey ink. Not really sure what paper packs these came from since I found them in my scrap draw. I also added some diamond stickles to the dots on the strawberry and apple. This card is also being added to my etsy store.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge

Yes it's true, I had to take my card outside to take a picture. This card is for the Sweet Sunday sketch challenge and the deadline is in a few hours. The sun has already gone down and I had no more natural light in the house. I had to take it out to the front steps. The cardstock base was embossed with the cuttlebug D'vine Swirls folder. The olive green cardstock was also embossed with the "just my type" border set. The paper in the 3 circles are from a handmade paper pack that I picked up a couple of years ago of pressed leaves. A button, prima flowers and a congrats stamp finish off this card. Let me know what you think.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Happy Birthday cupcake

I have 2 posts for today. This one is a very easy layout. You know when you get those days when you want to make something but nothing inspires you. I found that the best thing to do is cut out strips of different papers with different patterns or textures and just line them up together. Add one of your favorites toppings and call it a day. I was very pleased with the way this one turned out. Not only is it a great layout, but I went into my paper scrap draw and used up some old scraps. I even ran some of the solid papers through the cuttlebug with the swiss dots embossing folder. I used the cupcake stamp set that I used in another post and dressed it up. That top note shape on the top of the card was from a Martha Stewart frame stamp set that I stamped and cut out. I love that shape. I also used a Martha Stewart doily border punch. This card will be for sale in my etsy store.

Friendship greeting

I just love these little birds by Inkadinkado. They remind me of a bunch of girlfriends talking. I had no real occasion for making this card except that I wanted to use this paper pack by K and Company. I thought that it was a good enough reason to make a card. I love new products or tool. I usually use them within the first day of having them. The sentiment on the card is again by my favorite sentiment set Mega Mixed Messages by Paper trey ink. I will be listing this one in my Etsy store for sale.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Accordian fold technique

This is a great technique that I discovered over at Becky Ochlers' blog. The bottom piece of patterned paper is scored every other 1" and 1/2". It's folded like an accordian and then glued down to kind of make a ruffle at the bottom of your card. Some faux stitching with a white gel pen, prima flower, flourish clear stamp in white (colorbox ink) and ribbon finish off a very easy card.

Cupcake birthday

Here is a card that I made for my Niece Emma's 5th birthday. This was from a paperpack that I picked up at my local Michaels store. It's an awsome set from "me & my BIG ideas". The scallop on the bottom of the stripes were already on the paper but you can always add your own scallops with a border punch. I don't remember the name of the stamp set that I got this cupcake from. Cupcakes are so hot right now that it shouldn't be any problem finding one. I stamped it in blue colorbox fluid chalk and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I continued to color it in with la Plume markers. Let's not forget the frosting. I used a zig 2 way pen to add some adhesive and sprinkled some crystal glitter. My sentiment is by Paper trey ink. It's the mega mixed messages. It's wonderful and it's got everything you need.

My Scrap Room

Here it is. My room in the basement where I try to escape to as much as I can but don't see often enough. I hold card clubs here once a month and can seat up to 8 people. I love having my own space and could not imagine if all of my supplies were all over the house. I'm very lucky.