Sunday, July 31, 2011

Leaf Clusters Card Set



I have a wonderful retired minister in my church who is simply lovely. There's a stigma on retired ministers who join congregations, that they try to sabotage the ministry going on, that they are petty or just unpleasant, especially to younger pastors. I can say my pastor is the antithesis of all that. During an especially trying time in the life of our church, he was always there for the church and for me and my family. He is thoughtful, kind, and what I want to be like when I grow up. So, I made him some cards. He won't let us give him anything for what he does around the church, but I hope he'll take some handmade cards. I have some more with Bible verses I'm working on for him.

The image is from the Hero Arts Leaf Clusters set, and I embossed them all in various colors, using powder from Michaels and from my friend's stash.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Mojo Mondays 201



I am very excited to have found the Mojo Mondays Challenge. I just bought some Verve stamps, so I'm trolling the Internet for Verve challenge sites. This site does not require Verve, though that is how I found it. This was quite a challenge for me, as CAS is more my style.

With the busier sketches I worry that my interpretations look like I threw in the kitchen sink, though this time it was a rocking chair card from Pink Paislee! The card is 4.25 by 4.25, as the requirement this week was a square card. It's nice to streeeeetch in cardmaking, eh?

Here's the sketch: (I'm not sure why it's SO teeny. If you click on it, it will get bigger).

Friday, July 29, 2011

Five on Friday Family Edition

Fair warning, this post does not have any cards in it. I began this blog as a way to share cards, and also to improve (hopefully) my short form writing. I do a lot of writing at the 1800-2000 word range, and have gotten pretty hopeless at the 200 word length. So, here is a leeetle post in the style of some friends who write 10 on Tuesday. Given that it's Friday, and my most important work happens over the weekend, and I should really be preparing for that work let's go with five instead.

1. I am performing or have performed 6 weddings over the last year. Each one is it's own version of wackadoo and blessedness. My husband is also performing about 6 weddings, and I think we have about 4 friend weddings in the next 12 months. Sheesh. Stay tuned for more wedding cards soon.

2. Sometimes I feel terribly, terribly boring. How did I end up a wife and mother of two, living in the suburbs with a regular job? To be clear, I am wife to one, mother to two. Why am I not a missionary somewhere, or someone with a busy, important job who drinks lots of coffee and carries a calculator? That was my idea of important when I was 12. Weirdly, neither of my parents carried calculators, and both of them are important.

3. Sometimes I am overwhelmed by how beautiful my children are, especially first thing in the morning when they are so delighted to see me. I try to soak that in for when 10 years from now they think I'm an idiot. I'm told that lasts until they have their own children. Here they are with their father, up in a tree. Because that's how we roll.



4. My brother was just named one of the Top 20 in their 20s by a local business magazine. They took his picture and everything. Cool!

5.Isn't my mom the cutest? My parents are coming for a long overdue visit soon, and I cannot wait to see them.

Papertrey!




I am really, really excited to have finally purchased some Papertrey stamps. I have been eyeing them for a long time on others' blogs, and finally just did it. This card uses the Grunge Me set, which is very flexible. I used most of the stamps in this set to make a card for my sister-in-law, who just got a job as an art teacher in an elementary school. Yeah, Lindsay.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Just Us Girls Challenge


The ladies over at the Just Us Girls site have a different sort of challenge this week. It is to decorate a gift bag. This was great timing for me, as I need a gift bag for my son's friend Fiona whose birthday is this weekend. I went with a girlie design and lots of pink. She very much likes the pink.

Operation Write Home and Wee Memories





If you are here for the cards, and not just because you're my mom (Hi, Mom!), I hope you already know about Operation Write Home.They collect handmade cards and send them to our deployed troops so that they can send nice cards home to their families. I have done this a couple times and always feel really good doing it. Such a teeny thing to do, but hopefully it makes a difference in the lives of someone else. Anyway, I saw that 2Peas was advertising new digital stamps, which I've used a couple of times. I'm definitely an amateur when it comes to digital, but I really liked this dandelion stamp and thought it was just right for a Missing You card. The sentiment is French Script MT font.

I am entering this in the Wee Memories Challenge for Clean and Simple cards. I bet 90% of the cards I make would fall into this category :)

Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger



The trigger this week over at the Moxie Fab World was an afghan. It seemed like the perfect chance to crack open my new PaperTrey stamps (Simply Stationary). I used the colors in the afghan, and thought the stamp shapes resembled the afghan. It's too bad it's WAY too hot for afghans this time of year, because that's a sweet one.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cas-ual Fridays Challenge CFC12

This week's challenge for Cas-ual Fridays was to use stickers or rub-ons. I wanted to make an unusual (for me) shaped card, so I went with very skinny. The flowers are from Martha Stewart, and the border punch is from Paper Source.



I was gone all last week for the church mission trip, so I made a bunch of cards before I left and scheduled the posts. It had been about 10 days since I had made any cards between then and last night. I'm sure my husband wondered where I was while he was trying to corral the kids and make dinner. "She went to the bathroom 20 minutes ago". Ha ha! I just had to dash off a couple cards. I love the stress relief that being creative gives me, and the inspiration from the Challenges.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Play Date Cafe Challenge 91

The challenge this week at the Play Date Cafe is black and white with a splash of color. I chose orange as my color, which is not my usual choice for cards. But, I had just purchased this bright orange stamp pad, and these Verve stamps were itching to make their debut. For the corners, I used a border punch into which I inserted the corner of my card. I think it turned out quite nice.

Unfortunately, I think I'm going to need to use this sympathy card right away.



This was the challenge inspiration photo:

Friday, July 22, 2011

Striped Wedding




This card was made with patterned paper and gemstones from the Paper Source. The stamp is from Stampendous, which I think would make a great pseudonym. "Who are you, ma'am?" "I'm Stampendous!" :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Lord is Good, Part 2




Yesterday I showed you a card with the center of a piece of paper from Grandma's Kitchen. This card has the very pretty edge piece. I cut it to size and to get the prettiest piece. I was pleased with how the two cards turned out. It's nice to use one sheet of paper to make 2 totally different cards.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Lord is Good




I needed some new thank yous for church, so I whipped this up. I used the middle of a sheet of paper from Grandma's Kitchen. I couldn't find another name for the sheet, but I think I remembered it being part of a set. Sorry for the lack of supply direction! The sheet had really pretty flowers on the upper right and lower left of the sheet. I cut them out and used them for another card, and used the grid in the middle for this one.

The stamp is from Stampabilities. The strip of patterned paper comes from American Crafts and is called Hello! Sunshine. The opposite side of the brown is pretty yellow and white swirls.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Clean and Simple Mind




This pretty paper is from My Mind's Eye. I used the front and backs of two different sheets. The flower is from Martha Stewart. I used a design I had seen on Verve, though I simple-d it up. Clean and simple, that's me.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Shiny


The term of appreciation in one of my favorite series "Firefly" is shiny. If something is good, it's shiny. If someone is looking pretty, they're shiny. Shiny is good, even if we aren't in a space western tv show from the last decade.

These flowers are shiny. Friend Jennifer gave me these embossing powders and I finally got a chance to use them. They are forest green, sapphire and dark purple. I rounded the edges along the bottom. I think I might add a sentiment, but I might wait until I find out what I need it for. The flower is from Paper Source. Thanks for the visit.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Repurposed Snowflakes




I've been inspired by several people using stamps with things like the Mehndi Designs over at Papertrey. While I wait for mine to arrive, I thought I'd try using this snowflake I had lying around. I stamped it in red, green and blue and added a sentiment. I don't think it's nearly as cool as a proper mehndi, etc, but I liked the experiment of using something for a totally different purpose. I hope you like it.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger



This card was inspired by this week's Tuesday Trigger. The picture was of a ruffly yellow coat which made me think of this yellow ribbon I've been hoarding:) The scan flattens it, unfortunately. It really is gorgeous.

The dressmaker form is from The Girls Paperie. It came as part of a set full of great die cuts. The patterned paper and the punch (can you see it? It's on the right edge of the card) are from Paper Studio.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Yippee! Monkeys!


What else is there to say, but Yippee! Monkeys! I have to say I have a new respect for monkeys now that my kids are old enough to go to the zoo. Before I had a prejudice against them, probably due to the Wizard of Oz.

These cute monkeys, however, give me no trouble. I stamped them with a Hero Arts stamp onto various Basic Grey paper, mostly from the Curio set. The twine is My Mind's Eye, and I inked the grass pieces, which I fussy cut. Thanks for coming by.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Celebrate Girl



This card was inspired by a card from the Stamp it! magazine I got this week. It's a pretty broad interpretation, so I hope I'm not breaking copyright law :). The die cut was a leftover from a Tea for Two project I made in April. Lin over on the Hero Arts Flickr group suggested it. She's since taken down the picture, so I can't link over. Basically, it's a mini-folder, kind of accordion style, with two tea bags inside of it. The edge of the tea bags are visible courtesy of the die cut space. The two tea bags are for you to enjoy tea with a friend. Very cute idea.

I love that little girl stamp from Hero Arts. The Celebrate stamp is partially inked from Hampton Art.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Dog in a Cup for LilyPadz

LilyPadz is sponsoring a monthly Card Chain Challenge . I am excited for this challenge because it is a little different. Each person signs up, makes a card, and mails it to someone else in the group. Mail! I love mail!

The challenge had several options, including the colors I used below, and a sketch, which I also used. This little dog stamp is getting a workout.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wplus9studio Challenge

I just discovered the neat-o website Wplus9Studio. They had some really pretty summery colors for this week's color challenge. I liked them so much I made two cards. For the first, I was able to use my brand new Pixie-Licious paper from Cosmo Cricket. I'm really giving my die cuts a workout this weekend. The gems are from Martha Stewart.



Here's the second one. I used the Hero Arts stamp Flowering Meadow, colored with my Faber Castells, and used a little twine to finish it off. I like the flexibility using markers gets, plus the soft colors are pretty with the flowers.




Raffles


When I was about 6 years old my grandparents' church was having a raffle fundraiser. Being one of the youngest of the crowd, I was chosen to pull the tickets and announce the winners. The first one I pulled was my aunt's name. Then my mom's. Then my own. Of the about 10 winners out of something like 1,000 tickets, 4 of them were related to me. I can still see people's faces as they tried to decide if I was somehow gaming the system. I was not, but I haven't been allowed to pull the raffle tickets since. :)

I kind of felt like that when I won over at the PaperCraftsConnection blog last week for a comment I made. I won a free copy of Stamp It! magazine and this gorgeous card by Lucy Abrams. They came in the mail yesterday. It was so exciting to win, especially something by Lucy, who is one of my favorites. She inspired me to try digital stamping, which I'm still just beginning at. Thanks to PaperCrafts and Lucy!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Play Date Cafe Challenge #88

The colors for this week's challenge at the Play Date Cafe were Red-ish/Orange,Yucky Yellow and Juniper. They chose the descriptor yucky yellow :) The inspiration photo is at the bottom of this post.

This weekend turned into Die Cut weekend. Funny how we get into a rut, huh? The card itself is a series of die cuts from Spellbinders. I cut the blue cardstock on the fold. The bicycle in the center is from Paper Source. I think this card will go to one of the boys' birthdays we've got coming up.




Monday, July 4, 2011

Just Us Girls Sketch Challenge

The Just Us Girls ladies had a great sketch for this week's challenge. I love how busy it is. I decided to start with the Pixie-licious paper from Cosmo Cricket and see where it would take me. The twine is from My Mind's Eye and the tiny flower heart is from Hero Arts. I love these colors.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Cas-ual Fridays Challenge #9

This week's challenge for the Cas-ual Fridays was for masculine cards made with kraft paper. Just my thing! I got this dog in a tea cup as a gift from a friend. I love it. I envision him saying all sorts of sassy things.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Happy Fourth of July and Thanks

Paper Crafts is teaming up with Operation Write Home to collect patriotic cards this weekend. They are sponsoring a blog hop, which might be how you found me.

This is my little contribution using Paper Studio stamps. Those red flower look like fireworks, I hope.

I have donated to OWH a couple times and always feel glad to contribute. My dad served for 30 years in the Air Force, and if a few cards will help those serving, count me in.

Peacock Wedding




I haven't used these stamps from Hero Arts as much as I assumed I would when I bought them. They are simply glorious, and seem to call for a fancier card than I usually make. So I was pleased when we started on wedding season and I started using them more. I think these are perfect for wedding cards. Since my husband and I are ministers we not only perform a lot of weddings for church folk, we also get to attend or perform our friends' weddings. This card is for a friend's wedding tomorrow. I am still considering whether this card needs a ribbon somewhere. What do you think? I handwrote the sentiment. That way I can trust it gets where I want it.

Happy 4th of July, my fellow Americans. Happy weekend, everyone else :)