Friday, September 30, 2011

Today I have for you two more cards made with Spookville paper from We R Memory Keepers and stickers by Sandy Lion. The paper came in a 6 by 6 pack, which is perfect for cardmaking. It's enough to make 2-3 cards from each design, or more if you're thrifty. With that many cards I feel like I've used it well before getting sick of it, but I don't tend to hoard it because its scarce. Perfect.

The die cut here is from a Spellbinders die, which I hole punched and added twine.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ten on Thursday

10. Thank you to everyone who have made suggestions for my kids' Halloween costumes. I especially loved Amy's suggestion about a pencil and eraser. I think the boy wants to go with a fire fighter (though he keeps calling it a fighter fighter - what would that be? A police officer? hee hee) I was thinking I could dress the girl as fire. Or an extinguisher. Hmm.

9. If you want to see some gorgeous cards, check out Virginia Lu's blog. She is very creative and also VERY nice. I love how she calls her husband Dr. John. Cute.

8. My church just started a Parents Group. We have two new moms in our church who were gung-ho about getting a group going, which I was excited about too. We had no idea how it would go. Our first meeting we had 10 families come. We needed 2 babysitters! If you're looking for an easy way to organize, I'd recommend There is a charge to start your Meetup Group, but it's a nice way to do it, easier for a recurring group than Facebook, I think.

7. My good friend Lee had a baby Tuesday. Hip hip hooray! And he's a boy! I'm not partial to boys, particularly, but we've had a huge number of girls born to our friends, especially around here. At the girl's birthday party we had 8 kids, and my boy was the only boy. Not that it really matters when they're so young, but we need to have more boys to marry them off to when they're 16. TOTALLY KIDDING. Anyway, congratulations to Lee and Rob. I think Lee did it all naturally, too, so way to be a rock star.

6. My friend Laura Jean had a gorgeous girl a couple of weeks ago IN NICARAGUA! Her family are missionaries and decided to have their second daughter while serving down there. Speaking of rock stars... So, prayers for Lee and baby Jonathan and Laura Jean and baby Maya.

5. I've been reading an amazing blog by a woman who lost her son a few weeks ago. She is just amazing. If you need to be inspired and perhaps cry a little (am I the only one who sometimes needs a good cry?) you can find it here.

4. Or if you need something on the other end of the spectrum, can I recommend Drive with Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan? How do you punctuate a movie? Italics? I don't think it's underline. And here, folks, is why I mostly write for speeches/sermons. No one can see my punctuation. My husband is the print writer. Anyhoo, Drive is a surprisingly quiet and spare movie with some pretty great acting and a good story of someone caught in a series of events they have to play out. Sometime life's like that.

3. I have been catching up on Heather Pulverienti's blog. I absolutely love what she does with color. She has a very inviting style - it looks so easy. As they used to say in ballet class, "never show your work". She's figured that out to gorgeous effect.

2. My husband bought me tickets to the ballet for Mother's Day. We're going to the Joffrey (in Chicago) next week. I had season tickets before my son was born and loved it. Then we moved to the 'burbs, etc, etc. I am very glad to get back. They are doing Don Quixote.

1. And most excitingly, my husband has a new job. It's in his intended field (he didn't intend to be a freelance writer, though he is VERY, VERY good at it. I'm totally impartial), which he is glad for. We've been juggling calendars all week like grown-ups. It's been fun. We went with him to church on Saturday and played in the church nursery. They have a huge train set, so the boy has been asking every day this week to go back.


Today I have for you a couple cards made with Spookville paper from We R Memory Keepers and stickers by Sandy Lion. I am making some cards for my 10 and 12 year old cousins, and I thought these little people were a nice mix of creepy and ironic. :) I will have a couple more tomorrow.

Do you see the Boo! Boo! strip on the right half of the card? That was trimmed from the bottom of the left section. I didn't want to waste it and thought the card needed a sentiment. Don't you love it when cards come together like that?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Cas-ual Fridays Monochromatic

Last week I made the dangerous and exciting discovery that my local Hobby Lobby was carrying 6x6 pads of the nicer lines of paper. They were also having a 50% off sale. Clutching 4 pads of paper (3 by MME and one BG) I raced to the front counter before I could reconsider buying that much paper in one trip. :)

And boy was I glad I had done so when I saw the challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays. It is to use 3 shades of the same color plus some brown. I sat down at my table with the intention of making a cream/white card, but somehow ended up with this pink one, which I am also happy with. I love that about cardmaking - sometimes where you end up is totally different than your plan. This paper is from My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Madison Avenue collection. Say that 3 times fast. The little tag on the left side has a baby pink swirly pattern, and then Eiffel tower is a medium pink. I used those brassy pink nailhead embellishments to hit my 3 shades of pink. I also border punched just the corners of the right sides. Happy Monday!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Screw You, Cancer

Supplies: Paper Studio pp, spellbinders die, clip art
Recently one of my husband's cousins was diagnosed with some pretty serious cancer. I wanted to make a card that was a little bit funny. I couldn't find what I wanted amongst the digital stamps on 2Peas (they had screw heads, but not full screws), and I don't have a screw stamp, so I went with some clip art on my computer. The paper is from Paper Studio. I don't know if those are supposed to be Christian fish or the ribbons they use for diseases, but figured it fit either way. They are a church-going family too. The family would appreciate your prayers, if that's the kind of thing you do. Thanks.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Skipping Stones

The last (which was the first) time I posted a card for the challenge at Skipping Stones, the ladies were SO incredibly nice with comments that I was eager to try again. This time I wanted to make a Halloween card and use up some patterned paper left over from last year so I would have an excuse to buy some more :) I followed the sketch pretty much as is.

I've been trying to think of costume ideas for my kids. I have a tiny 2 year old girl and a very tall 3 year old boy. Any ideas? I'd like to dress them as a theme, if I can manage it.

Oh, and Here's the sketch:

Oh, and the paper is from the Paper Studio.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Bamboo Forest

This pretty design comes from a digi kit you can find at Two Peas here. I used it as it came since it was so pretty already. I added a bit of twine on the left and on the button, which is wooden. Easy, peasy. Happy Friday :)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Arrrrgh, Lily Pads for Me

Sorry about that. I guess National Talk like a Pirate Day passed me by(as it always does), and I didn't get a chance to brush up on my pirate-talk skills. This sweetie image is from a digi called Cute Pirate Stickers by My Cute stamps. I got it over at Two Peas here. I colored the sweetie girl with Marvy markers and used some Paper Studio paper. I am playing along at Lily Pad for the card challenge sponsored by Hero Arts. This is actually my third post with this sketch. The first, which has the sketch, is here. Thanks for swinging by. And, watch out for those landlubbers.

Yeah, sorry again. :)

Lily Pad Challenge

Lily Pad cards is having a sketch challenge sponsored by Hero Arts. I am crazy about Hero Arts, and took the opportunity to make a couple cards for the challenge. You can submit an unlimited amount. Here I am using some fancy pants paper. The polka dots come on the back of the monsters. It's great, all 3 designs shown here are from just 2 sheets of double-sided paper. I chose the sentiment "Blargie, Blargie" from a book my kids love called Cat the Cat from Mo Willems. He is best known for his Pigeon series, but they also like the easier to read Cat books too. The sketch is on this post. Like I said, I made a couple :)

New Mercies Mistletoe

I have two pictures for your today of this little card which was inspired by Lynn and Lucy. I couldn't get all the detail I wanted to show in one. Lynn made a cute square card here which got me thinking squarely. Lucy used a digi of a leaf branch here to make mistletoe. I just so happen to have this leaf thing from a Verve set called New Mercies, which I used upside down to make my mistletoe. I added some red gems and some green tiny pearls. I got the pearls in the July Card Chain Challenge over at Lily Pad cards.

About that knot: I tried to make a bow honestly like, 20 times, before I decided a nice knot would do the trick. Me and bows need to have a come to Jesus moment, or at least a tutorial. I can tie my own shoes... The sentiment here is from SRM stickers, which are so easy to use and cute, cute, cute. The card is 4.25 square.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Edited: I added a scan of this card, as I was really unhappy with the quality of the photo I took. I was rushing through to get it on the PDCC site in time at the expense of quality. Here's a better image:

This was the original:

A quick and easy card using the PDCC challenge colors. I used 2 different Hero Arts stamps, Hearts Trio and Striped flower. I stamped the hearts in lavender. They are mostly hidden behind the flower, unfortunately. You can play along with the playdate cafe here.. I hope you will.

I am also planning to submit this to the Lily Pad sketch challenge. Their sketch was:
Oops, forgot. The sentiment is from SRM stickers. ;)

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

CFC #20 Mini

Ha ha! I will not be thwarted! Ahem, so I figured out how to get a photo of this wedding card from my house onto the blogosphere. I took a photo of it on my lap as we drove to the wedding with my cell phone. My dress was black. My husband wasn't sure about all this, but he was driving, so he had to focus on the road. :)

This card is for the Cas-ual Fridays challenge to make a mini card. This is 4x4. I hope you like it.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Six on Saturday

Our computer is toast. That is, it is delicious former bread waiting to be turned into something sustaining. No, that' s not right. Well, it will be fixed by next Tuesday or so and I will have new cards to show off for you. I might find a few from the archives in the meantime.

While we wait, a few things that are important to my family:

6. Music Together. We absolutely love their classes. While they are pricey, they are definitely worth it. Both my kids (who are 2 and 3) can hit a pitch and have a semblance of rhythm after just a year of class. We aren't concerned with raising musical geniuses or anything like that, but we love that they have some musical appreciation. It also would be better if their singing ability resembled their father's, rather than their mother's.

5. Foster parenting. We are DCFS licensed. More info is here. I would be happy to talk about this more with you. Just leave me a comment with your email and we can get emailin'.

4. Gardening, or that strange new term I've learned, urban homesteading. But if you're jonesing for the real thing, try Sofya. She has everything from lessons in how to use butter, freeze corn, and dress a deer. All with pretty pictures and good stories about her gorgeous kiddos.

3. The boy child and I went here on Monday all by ourselves. It was gorgeous and really fun. Right up until we ran into a mom from one of the groups we go to. Then I had to worry about whether I had various substances on my clothes. But I console myself that she might have wondered that too about herself. Probably not, though. She looked really well put together. Way to focus on the important part of the story, Kerry.

2. This is the new card making site I discovered. The ladies there are SUPER nice and generous with the commenting. Of course the card making world is super nice and generous with commenting. I am so glad I fell in with the good crowd this time. Ha ha.

1. My national church is doing some important natural disaster relief. If you want to help those who got hit in Joplin, the Dakotas, Haiti (yes, still), and Texas, to name a few, I'd suggest donating to them.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Silly scape

This is my second post today. I am feeling productive :)

Supplies: Hero Arts Digi kit Silly Scape (from Two Peas in a Bucket), Hero Arts gem, sentiment handwritten with white pen

Well, this card kind of looks like it's in prison or in the infrastructure of a high rise, waiting to be created. I took a photo of it on my shelving unit. It's one of those wire ones you can construct into a variety of shapes. We have them all over the house.

I made this card using the new digital sillyscape kit from Hero Arts. I found it on Two Peas here. I have been wanting to make a thank you card for my in-laws who took my whole family downtown for a couple days of vacation in August, but didn't have the right stamp. Tuesday was new release day, and to my great delight, they had the silly scape as a digit. It even comes WITH the clouds! What a great bargain. The "thanks" was handwritten. It was supposed to look like the banner of an airplane, with the airplane out of sight. I didn't have an airplane at home, which is weird given that my dad is a pilot. I guess that's next on my list :) Have a good weekend!

Moxie Fab Tuesday Garden Glory

Supplies: Paper from Jillybean Soup, Stamp from Stampendous, ribbon from my girl's birthday present :)

This card was inspired by the Moxie Fab photo below. I chose to use the colors from the background of the inspirational photo for my card's background, and the flower on the pillow. Don't worry - your eyes aren't going blurry. I was experimenting with my stamping technique, which resulted in this blurry image. I kind of like it, but I don't know that I'll do it again. The flower panel is pop dotted up.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Joy, Joy

I bought this digital stamp a few weeks ago and have been trying it out with various cards. It comes in different colored versions, so I started from there before trying out some modifications. You can see another design here. I bought it at Two Peas here. I hope you like it. It will be interesting (to me) to see how many different designs I make from this one digital stamp between now and Christmas. Thanks for coming by today.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Sticky Birthday

The pretty patterned paper here is from K and Company. It is adhesive paper, which is at times very convenient and at times very hilarious as I try to avoid sticking it to everything including myself on its way onto the card. I border punched the bottom with my trusty Fiskars punch. The sentiment is a SRM sticker from the Happy Birthdays set (#51003). They are really great stickers because they blend into the background and are more predictable than stamping a sentiment. The flowers are Hero Arts. Happy Hump Day.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

To Be Loved

The card on the front of the larger card is a part of a piece of paper from Fancy Pants Design. It came with 12 different little cards. This was the first one I have used. The patterned paper of the card base is from Basic Grey. The flowers are Hero Arts. And can you see the teeny staples? I bought the Tim Holtz Tiny attacher for a project a while ago, thinking it was kind of a silly thing to buy. When would I ever use it again?


All the time, actually. I've had to go buy replacement staples for it, seeing as how I've gone through all that were included. At least once a week I think "this could use a few tiny staples". I am so glad that I use it so much.

And in the top right corner, do you notice the punched out piece? I put the corner of the card into my border punch. This is what it normally looks like. I like the effect of using it on the corner only. I've been doing this more with different cards. It's a good way to get more mileage out of a punch.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Chicago cuties

In August we used a day off to enjoy downtown Chicago. We rode the Metra in, took a water taxi (awesome!) and played in Millennium Park. Here's a few photos from the gardens near the Art Institute. They have these shallow pools where people were sticking their feet in. I don't know if it's approved behavior, but nobody stopped anybody from doing it. There's something so primal about slowly moving water, isn't there?

I'm not sure what the girl is doing here, but it is freakin' cute. Is it a bird? A plane?
Dance! Everybody dance!

The boy has reached a stage where he only wants to be photographed in particular positions and at certain times. If you take it at a different time/way he makes strange faces. He doesn't usually have so much lower jaw :) I think it's very funny how dictatorial he is about photos. I usually just ignore him and take what I want. After all, I'm The Mom. Also, look how cute my husband is. So cute.
Speaking of The Mom, that's me.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Cake pops and birthday girls

Triumph! Not only did I make the cake pops successfully, I got a photograph of them this time. Here is a single cake pop. I'm not sure why the camera chose to focus on the car in the background, but it makes it kind of artsy. Or blurry. Whatever.
And here's the whole platter. I made half the cake into cake pops and simply frosted the rest for any guests who might want just cake, or perhaps both. Some few folks had both, which was cool. Because who can resist pastries on a stick?

Nobody in this picture can. Here's we're singing Happy Birthday in case you were wondering why our faces look like that.
I love this tiny little two year old charmer.

Our three year old was ecstatic to be reunited with his friend from Music Class. When I told him that she would be coming to the party his eyes literally lit up. It was so precious. Also precious, they must have run a mile back and forth through our backyard. We also had some water games, hence his swim diaper. Her mother was more responsible (read, not lazy) and brought her suit and super cute hat. I hope we can see them again soon.
Do you have some birthday traditions? Cake pops were ours for the summer, but I don't know what next year will bring. Except for me, the whole family's birthdays are in the summer, so I have some time to decide.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Easy Christmas Four

This is the post Blogger ate. (That sounds like something in a book I'd read to my 3 year old).

This simple little card is part of my rapidly expanding simple Christmas cards. I want to have a base from which to start so I can tamp down any last minute card making panic. Last year I was very lucky to get lots of orders and made more than 200 cards, so I want to plan ahead, just in case I'm lucky again.

The polka dot paper here is from Jillibean Soup. It was leftover from last year. I love using leftovers. It makes me feel so eco-conscious. That's eco for economy and the environment :). The Joy piece is a digital kit from Hero Arts. I love that I can size it as I need.

My favorite part of the card is the bow. I am TERRIBLE at bows. But this one turned out all right. In fact, I liked how it turned out so much that I sacrificed having a clear scan because I didn't want to squish it. I hope you'll forgive me. Ho ho ho!

Double Patterned Paper

This is my second post today. I appreciate you checking out the other one below, if you wish. {EDITED: Blogger seems to have eaten my first post. Grrr.}

I was happy to discover the challenge over at Our Creative Corner to stamp on patterned paper. I had this paper just waiting to be used, plus the stamp from Verve's Abundant Blessings set. The ribbon is from American Crafts and the buttons from the $1 bin at Michaels. I like the wooden buttons with the neutral background. I think it accented the hot pink ribbon well.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Basic Celebration

This card was inspired by the sketch over at Skipping Stones and the colors for the card chain challenge over at Lily Pad Cards. The paper is Basic Grey. The flowers are from Hero Arts, and I used pearls that my giver from the last card challenge sent me. The big flowers have white pearls, and the teeny flower has a purple one. The sentiment is a SRM sticker. Love, love those stickers.

Here's the sketch from Skipping Stones: (I love what they did with the ribbon)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Two Good Men

One of my friends asked me to make a wedding card for a service she is performing in October. I used the design I have used for wedding cards, but (obviously) made both characters fellas. The paper is from the Echo Park Christmas paper, which I have been using for nearly every other card I've made in the last 2 weeks, despite only having one sheet of it. The card itself is white, which doesn't really show in the scan. The sentiment strip is from some Paper Studio patterned paper. I hope you like it.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Some Pig

One of my favorite books as a kid was Charlotte's Web. My mom would often read it to my brother and me. When I read the challenge at Cas-ual Fridays to create a card with black, white and red colors inspired by a book, it seemed like a natural. I also had this paper out on my craft table because I was using it for Halloween cards for my cousins.

I tried to make a spider's web up in the corner. They are, ahem, harder than they look. I used some of the twine still in my pocket from staking up some of my tomatoes. The paper is from Paper Studio, and the stickers are from Echo Park, one of their paper packs that comes with little stickers. I cut a circle into the heart on the bottom.

Happy International Literacy Day! P.S. I was especially tickled that my last post was from a book too. I didn't use it because it violated the colors rule. Maybe books should be my theme this week...

Supplies: Distress inks: Dusty concord, worn lipstick, faded jeans, Abundant Blessings Verve stamp, sentiment from computer 

My son has a book of Children's Classic stories. It is full of great stories like Ferdinand and Madeline, and the inspiration for this post, Miss Rumphius. Miss Rumphius is urged by her grandpa to "do something to make the world a little more beautiful". She lives an adventurous life until eventually she is bedbound. When she feels better she plants a few flowers that become more and more flowers that people love. Anyhoo, one day as I read the story to my 3 year old son for the third time in a half hour, the idea for this card came to me. I hope you like it, and that you are doing something to make the world a little more beautiful.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Easy Christmas Three

This card uses a digikit from Hero Arts. I used the Harrington font in my Word program. The gems are from Martha Stewart and are lavendar, turquoise, and green. I wanted to use some unusual colors. I hope you like it.

With Sympathy

The patterned paper panel is from SEI, the Dill Blossom collection. I have had this paper for a long while, and I bought it on huge discount, so it could be even older than that. I thought it was a nice, CAS pattern for a Sympathy card. The sentiment itself is from My Sentiments Exactly Rub-ons, Sympathy Cards. It had about 8 different sentiments, all pretty for a sympathy card. I like to have a lot of these cards on hand, as I never know when I'll need to send them. Most of the ones I make have the 23rd psalm, but that's not an appropriate sentiment for everyone.

How do you handle sympathy cards? Do you make a lot and have a stash, or do you make them on a case by case basis?

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Mojo Monday 206

I just got the circle dies from Spellbinders. What better way to use them than with this great sketch from Mojo Mondays? I simpled it up for my purposes, which were to use this cute Winking Reindeer (Hero Arts) and Echo Park paper again. I'm really using every last inch of the striped paper. The snowflake is from a different sheet of the same collection.

I love the Mojo Monday sketches. They're so different than what I do the rest of the week. Happy Labor Day weekend.

Easy Christmas Two

This pretty stamp is from Stampendous. I stamped it directly onto the dark blue cardstock and embellished in silver. I added a little silver gem to the star. Easy, peasy.

Friday, September 2, 2011

All Tied Up Ribbon Carousel Challenge

I think this is my third post for the day. Absurd, I know, but I made all these cards for various challenges and want to be sure to get them up in time. I hope you enjoy them.

This was my first time trying something for the Ribbon Carousel Challenge. The task was to make something that used at least two items that came from a spool. Mine are twine, in pink and green. I found these flowers at Archiver's yesterday and literally cradled them in my arms. It was a little bit silly, but maybe you know how that goes. Also silly? I had planned for this card to have the blue base you see, but a kraft panel for all the flowers/twine/sentiment to go on. I was SO excited to use these new flowers (K & Company) that I didn't remember until I looked down at my table that I had not used the kraft panel. I think it turned out all right, though. The sentiment is a sticker from SRM. They have some great ones. I bought the birthday set and Happy Holidays.

This is a pretty simple card for the Ribbon Carousel Challenge. I loved what the DT did. Here's the inspiration sketch: