Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Big Flower

I love this big flower. I have used it on something like half of the cards I've made this month. Here I embossed it in white on pink vellum. The pinkness of the vellum is very subtle. The patterned paper is from some baby paper my friend Deirdre gave me. Nice, huh? I like baby cards/papers that aren't pastel. Some babies need cards with a little pizzazz, am I right?

This is not a baby card, just something pretty to send to someone for any occasion. Thanks for coming by.

Monday, May 30, 2011

With Sympathy

In my work, I send a lot of sympathy cards. And a lot of them are horrible. Not the ones I send, I mean the ones available to choose from. That sandy beaches with the "your footprints live forever in my soul" one? Not for me. I like a little flower, a little scripture, and room to write something personal inside. And since I am lucky enough to make my own cards, ta da. Just what I wanted. Lucky me.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Play Date Cafe Challenge 83

This week the ladies at the Play Date Cafe changed it up a little bit and had a Color Splash. The colors for the week were white and black with a splash of green. Perfect! I had just bought this balloon stamp which I was eager to use, and got to use some markers too. The stamp is from Inkadinkadoo, which has to be the best stamp company name, right?

Between blogger's addition of a white border and my scanner, the outside of the card is somewhat unclear. But, the card has rounded edges and is plain white.

Have a good week.

Friday, May 27, 2011

And Such

I have a Facebook page for my cards, and when I first made this card I put it in the album, which I labeled "Thinking of you and such". The other cards were generic, no sentiment. My mother, God bless her, then commented "Who is Such? I'd like to think of him too!" You see how I got this way?

Here's one of the Thinking of you cards. I love that little stamp for the sentiment. The rest is patterned paper from, I believe, Paper Studio.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My Mind's Eye

This paper is just glorious. I keep seeing beautiful cards on other people's blogs made with several sheets combined in striking designs, but I can't seem to bring myself to use that much of it at once. I bought the 6 x 6 pad and love it so much. So, a clean and simple card using two of the designs from My Mind's Eye.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger

I just love those ladies over at Moxie Fab world. They sponsor a challenge each week with a neat-o picture to inspire cardmaking. This week's had this yummy-looking cake with a quote from Marie Antoinette.

I stuck with the same basic colors, using a cream card base and mauve punched out borders at the top and bottom. I chose to use a flower because, well, I love the flowers, and because a party isn't a party without cake and flowers. I went with the Merci because of ole' Marie's quote. I colored in some of the petals with a marker, but I'm not sure how I feel about its affect. Too zebra-y? Also, I still can't figure out where the cable to connect my camera to my computer is, so we're back to scanning. I think one of my toddlers ate it. Ah, the glamorous world of the mother of small children. At least I get to craft. With no further ado: Voila!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cas-ual Fridays Challenge

This little card is for the Cas-ual Fridays Challenge. The challenge was to make a clean and simple card that used buttons and twine. I was down to a teeny bit of black twine, so I designed the card beginning with the twine. It's a great way to begin a design- totally different than what I usually do, which is consider the occasion and the recipient.

I figured out how to use our new camera in time to lose the connecter cable, so I had to scan the card. I'm sorry for the crummy picture. The card features ColorBok paper. Thanks for visiting.


As a pastor, I go through a lot of sympathy cards, as do my friends. Last month I was on a tear with them and made about 15 in 2 days. And yesterday I sold the very last one. Rough month, huh? Anyway, the design below is one I return to over and over.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Ten on Tuesday

10. We had had gigantic storm the last few weeks and all of a sudden our garden looks like a jungle. The boy and I tried to clear out about a 1 by 2 foot square yesterday and it took an hour. These huge leafy bush things had very deep and bulbous roots. It was aggravating but also quite satisfying. The girl sat in her plastic car and supervised.

9. The last meeting of the school year for my local ministers' group is today. It meets once a month but feels more frequent. The other leader and I are very different, which has been good for me.

8. We have some really good friends who came to dinner last night on just a couple hours' notice. It helps that my husband is an excellent cook and our kids are the same age. I enjoy that sort of drop-by that feels like college.

7. I am wearing new clothes today, thanks to a donation made to our church's Clothes Closet ministry. People donate clothes, other people buy them, money goes to the Food Pantry. Everybody wins.

6. I need a new task to organize my crafting for. I had 2 big events this month which were both fruitful and I feel a little bit at loose ends.

5. My sister-in-law got a teaching job. Halleluja. She will be an amazing teacher.

4. I love celebrity gossip to an unhealthy degree.

3. I am thinking about starting a foster parent support group. The closest one to us is an hour away. To the Research!

2. Parenting is so much easier when it's nice outside.

1. I made a 4 page to do list for the house. First on the list: painting the darn bathroom. I painted 80% of it in October and ran out of paint. And, then I never went back to it. I resolve to get it painted before next October.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Origin stories

So, Smallville, that plucky story about Superman's origins as a winsome, young farmboy from Kansas has retired from the airwaves after 10 seasons. I was a big fan in the beginning, being from Kansas and being a fan of superheroes, though I'll admit to liking a complicated hero more as I get older. Hello, Jackson Teller.

When I began cardmaking it was solely for the purpose of using up some supplies in the basement. I found some chalks and some sketch paper and started drawing. Then I cut them into smaller pieces and glued them onto cardstock. Voila. You know, except for when the chalk smeared all over, well, everything. Thankfully my sister is an artist, and hooked me up with some Krylon Workable Fixatif. That kept the chalk where it was supposed to be. Here are a few cards from the golden days of 2009. Thanks for coming 'round.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Echo Park

I cannot get enough of this Echo Park paper. I bought it originally to make some Mother's Day cards. I had some page-a-day calendar pages from an awesome calendar called Retro Mama that my best friend gave me. They have quotes and funny pictures from 1950s catalogs.

This flower is huge and lovely. I love brassy cards, and this EP is definitely brassy. Have a good one.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Play Date Cafe Challenge

Those nice people at the Play Date Cafe sponsor a weekly challenge which gives participants a couple colors from which to make a card. This week's colors were red, lime and grey.

I made this little card with a new stamp I had been coveting for a long while before getting sucked into "buy the last one in the store before it's gone forever" marketing. I'm glad I did.

And here was the inspiration photo:

Second Hand Lions

Yesterday Ben and the girl child were in the kitchen, Ben cooking biscuits while E was supervising. Soren decided that he and I should be lions. He is on a lion tear. We carefully crawled around the living room roaring at various things.

Then we decided we should sneak up on Ben and E and "roar them". We had a blast the first two times we did it. Then Soren decided we should lure Ben out to the dining room, catch him, and eat him all up. The first part of the plan went pretty well. Ben has a barely developed sense of danger when it comes to lions, I guess. But as soon as I tackled him (gently), Soren jumped instead on me. "I'll protect you, Daddy! Go away, Mommy Lion!"

That kid. More of a lamb than a lion, really. I love it.

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Wheels in my head keep on turning

I absolutely love this Crate Paper patterned paper. I actually bought another sheet after using up the first sheet I had.

I like this design because the patterned paper strip in the middle is only 2 1/2 inches wide. It is a good way to use a little bit o' paper to go a long way.

With this paper, it meant that I had a bunch of very different designs, so the card set included some with this olive background but others with pinks and turquoise.

We had a great weekend with my parents and niece in town. My children are absolutely in love with my niece and they are hilarious together. The two big kids like to pull the little one around, declaring "We're helping her". Yeah, her expression totally says that.

My church is having a big craft fair this weekend with 37 vendors and a bake sale. The real question isn't whether I'll be able to sell some cards, but whether I'll make any money after blowing it at the bake sale. Mmm, church food.