Monday, July 30, 2012

Runway Babies

Congrats to Cristina and Sarah on their new babies! Two of the ladies who design for the Runway Inspired Challenge welcomed little ones recently, and the challenge at RIC is to make baby cards. I made a boy and a girl card.

This card uses a stamp from Hero Arts and my handwriting. I couldn't find my baby stamp... :) I stamped onto pink grid paper and then cut it out. I wanted to do one neutral color with pops of color like the girl's jacket.
This card uses some Echo Park paper. I stamped the onesie onto some brown flecked paper to give it some texture, and did some more handwriting. I used the stars to mimic the pattern on the boy's jacket. How cute are those babies?!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

A to Z with a Rooster in between

This week's photo inspiration from the Ribbon Carousel reminded me of our recent trip to California. On our way we stopped at the Salt Lake which is just amazingly huge. The stark tree and the colors also spoke to me. I chose the rooster as my main image because our trip included camping near the rooster/chicken coop on the ranch where we stayed. It was a cool trip.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger

I was inspired by the photo over at Moxie Fab to make this little card. I started with the flags, which I tried to mimic with these sweet pinwheels from Lawn Fawn. I also used some pink and some yellow and an encouraging sentiment. I tried to leave some extra white space because of the white cake. Thanks for swinging by!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Soap Spheres

One of the crazy crafts I started this spring was making cold process soap. Cold process is the hard way, but definitely the most fun. These soaps were my first step into the world of 3-D soap making. I love it, but I think I'll mostly be sticking with bars. These are supposed to be perfectly spherical (the one in the middle is the best representative of what it should be), but my soap got too traced for it to obey me and get in the mold properly. Oh well, right? They look hilarious, and I enjoy hilarious soap too. I have been thinking a lot about what I'm trying to get out of soapmaking, and I think it's like my philosphy of cardmaking: have fun and stay in the black. I'm working on the staying in the black bit with soaping, as the start up materials are a bit of a bear. Plus, there are lots of cute molds and fragrance oils and weird colorants. I'll get there.

Anyway, it has been a challenging summer, and I appreciate being able to face the day with some awesome smelling soap that I made myself. These are scented with a free sample I got called Buttercream and Snickerdoodles. It's very sweet, and has some vanilla in it which will make the white soap darken over time. I'll post another photo in 4 weeks when it's cured.

I also have a card to share. It features the Hero Arts Starburst Lace stamp and some rock and roll inking in two shades of pink. The sentiment is from Verve.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Papertrey Blog Hop

I had planned to hop along with the PTI monthly blog hop, but was too late thanks to a work snafu. One of the cards I made used the colors for the challenge and the PTI set Simply Stationary.

Thank you for coming by. I appreciate your visit. Tomorrow, I'll have some photos from the soap I made this week and another cards for the challenge (which has expired - bummer). I broke out my new sphere soap mold! Come back for a glimpse of the insanity that ensued.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Feeling Sketchy

I used some more of that gorgeous Crate Paper for this card and some ribbon from the Ribbon Carousel. It was pretty straightforward. I love the sketch from Feeling Sketchy. What are you up to this weekend? My church had a garage sale today. I am so tired! :)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Inspired by Lucy

I am playing along with the A Blog Named Hero challenge to be inspired by a Hero Artist. While each of the ladies is amazing, I find myself gravitating towards Lucy Abrams' style. I wanted to use some digital images, but my computer nuked itself and is off being fixed for the week. So, traditional stamps, ink and paper it is. I used pink and kraft and some seam binding - samples in her cardmaking. The stamp is the awesome dogwood. It's such a lovely stamp that I use over and over.

This was a fun challenge. Thanks A Blog Named Hero!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Retro Crate Paper

I have been cleaning out my craft area in preparation for our move in a couple weeks and came across this Crate Paper that I love. I had bought it in the fancy version at Archiver's, and then it was at Hobby Lobby! Anyway, I've got a few sheets of each design, so you'll see more of it this week :) I'm playing along with the Retro Sketches challenge. This one stumped me a little, which I appreciate. It's good to get the melon muscle (as my friend's grandma calls it) moving. Thanks for coming by!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Dream Big

I'm playing along with the Lawnscaping challenge and the Play Date Cafe. I was inspired by the carousel and the colors in the picture from Lawnscaping, which were similar to the PDCC colors. Isn't this carousel stamp the cutest thing? The sentiment is from Verve. The set has a bunch of great sentiments.

Thank you for stopping by! I love to hear from you.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Wedding Zipper

Alas, this is not some hilarious post about some wedding I officiated (I'm a minister) with a disastrous zipper. It's just a zipper card using a zipper die from PaperTrey Inc. Ta da:

It's hard to tell from my terrible photo, but where the white piece looks like it has been bitten is actually the opening for the zipper, you pull it open, and there's a message underneath. It says "Congratulations". It's kind of tricky to get it positioned correctly, because you have to put it in place before you add the white piece. It's a good challenge. I threw on some floaty heart-shaped gems and a cake stamp from the dollar bin at Michaels.

Does anyone else have these dies? I get a bit of a line around where the zipper teeth are. I wondered if it was a problem with my die cut or what. Thanks for any advice!

*This is an older card I don't think I've posted before. If I have, apologies. I still have vacation brain :)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

4,612 miles and only 600 to go

We have been fortunate to be on vacation for the last two weeks. Through a coincidence of need and opportunity, we drove out of town two weeks ago for Kansas, Minnesota and California. We have been wanting to take our four year old son to California where my husband went to college for some time, and this was the perfect opportunity. We'll be back in Chicago tomorrow, God willing, and life will soon swing into motion. We've had some big family changes which I will write about when time affords and I can do it. But for now, some pictures of our trip.

On our second long day of travel, we stopped in Salt Lake City. This is the great salt lake, where it is dried out. It is amazing and very bright. Please ignore my travel clothes.

 Then we arrived in California, at the ranch where my husband went to college. It is called Deep Springs College. Here he's holding our boy near the fence with the cows. Our boy absolutely loved it. Look at those great mountains behind him!
 He also loved the welcome center in Utah. Until he fell asleep...

When we were in California we went to the Bristlecone Pine Forest. We went to the point where it is at 9,000 elevation. It was amazing. The trees there are 4,000 years old, but are very short because of the high elevation and low moisture of the desert. 
It's been a good trip, but we're looking forward to being home. At least until we move in 3 weeks. Eeek!

What's up with you?