Friday, May 26, 2017

Two More Cards...

I have another pair of cards made from the same sketch to share. This time I used this week's sketch from Sketch Saturday: 

First up is a sympathy card. I used some bits and pieces for this card. Patterned paper and an embossed piece of vellum are used for the background. I made the banners from various patterned papers. The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed. A sticker arrow and glitter glue and liquid pearl spots finish off this card.

For my second card (a birthday card for my 21-year-old niece) uses a piece of patterned paper and foiled transparency for the background. I borrowed a set of stamps from my daughter for the feathers. The white one was stamped and fussy cut. The red one was already cut, and I just stamped on it with a feather with a similar size and shape.

Birthday and Anniversary Cards- Same Sketch!

It's that time of year where I am cranking out cards as fast as I can because our families have lots of birthdays and anniversaries. Sometimes that means I make a couple of identical cards, this time I made two with the same overall design, but different stamps and papers. I started with this sketch from CAS-ual Fridays:

Here are the two cards I made:

First up is a birthday card for my niece who turns 5 on Monday. I stamped and fussy cut the butterflies and used a dot of glue to attach them to my card front. For the sentiment, I stamped the colored circles first and let them dry. I ran my anti-static tool over it and then stamped in black, and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. The circle was attached with foam tape for dimension. I finished off the card with a bit of glitter glue on the butterfly bodies and a couple of ribbons across the bottom.

Next, I have an anniversary card that I made for my in-laws. I was inspired by this week's inspiration piece at Inspired by All the Little Things:

I was mostly inspired by the colors in this piece. Again I stamped the images and fussy cut them. For this card, I then pressed each circle onto a Versamark pad and then sprinkled it with clear glitter embossing powder. I popped up the heart for dimension.

52 Week Photography Challenge- Week 19

Hello! I am finally back with another installment of my weekly photography challenge! I am a few weeks behind again, and I only have one photo to share today. I'm hoping I can catch up this weekend!

The prompt for week 19 was "birds". I had the opportunity to go to the Arboretum yesterday and this family of geese was hanging out by the irises. They were pretty tame as they didn't seem bothered at all by the people walking by, including the 3 first grade boys with me.

Monday, May 22, 2017

June Calendar Page

Hello! I'm here to share my June calendar page and I even finished it early! I started with the two page sketch from Stick It Down:

I stayed pretty true to the sketch, but I split a few of the photos in two to get more on the layout. I used a 6x6 paper pad for the patterned paper pieces. After I attached them, I used my sewing machine to zig zag stitch over each seam. The rest of the page was embellished using stamps! I pulled out several flower stamps, stamped them on white cardstock and fussy cut them. The title was stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed before being fussy cut. I attached some of the flowers with foam adhesive to give them some dimension. I finished the flowers off with Liquid Pearl centers.

Cardstock- American Crafts, Georgia Pacific, Bazzill
Patterned Papers- American Crafts
Stamps- Stampin Up, American Crafts, Autumn Leaves
Ink- Stampin Up, Ranger
Buttons- Oriental Trading 
Liquid Pearls- Ranger
Border Punch- Martha Stewart
Pens- Signo Uniball, GelWriter
Thread- Coats and Clark

Friday, May 19, 2017

Congratulations- Graduation Card

Hello and Happy Friday! I have a new card to share today. I made a graduation card and an anniversary card with the same design. I used this week's image from The Card Concept for inspiration:

I started with a text print patterned paper. I used Walnut Stain Distress Ink and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink to ink the paper. I did second generation stamping with Forest Moss ink for the leaves. I stamped the solid and outline images for the butterflies. I then used colored pencils to add details. I finished off the butterflies with a glitter pen. I wrapped the panel with twine and added a stamped sentiment. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Birthday Party- Creative Scrappers #306

Hello all! I had some time to do a layout this week! I started with this sketch from Creative Scrappers:

I decided to go with bright colors to go with the bright background of the photos. Black cardstock made it all stand out. I fussy cut the two frames from a sheet of patterned paper, as well as the circle with the heart and the circle with the flower. I used my Cricut to cut the big star. I pulled some stickers and chipboard to embellish the page. I decided the page needed a little something yet and used my sewing machine to add a white frame to finish of the page.

I was also inspired by the new Add It Up challenge at Paper Issues. The challenge was to use the points on the chart below and create a layout that totaled more than 100 points. I had 4 photos for 20 points, 1 sheet of cardstock for 5 points, 3 sheets of patterned paper for 15 points, 1 cut file for 5 points, 2 inks for 10 points, 2 different alpha stickers for 10 points, 1 tag (3), journaling (5), 4 chipboard pieces (12), 2 stickers (4), the date (1), 5 enamel dots (5), stitching (10), and stamping (10) for a total of 125 points.

Cardstock, stamp- American Crafts
Patterned paper, die cuts, enamel dots- Simple Stories
Chipboard- Simple Stories, Project Life
Stickers- Simple Stories, Bo Bunny, Colorbok
Ink- EK Success, Heidi Swapp, Colorbox
Pnes- Sharpie, Signo Uniball
Thread- Coats and Clark
Cartridge- Doodlecharms

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there today! I am sharing the card I made for my mom, mother-in-law, and my two grandmas (I made 4). I started with this inspiration image from Inspired by All the Little Things:

I started by stamping a wreath of flowers on my card front. I used my Cricut and the Holiday Cakes cartridge to cut the sentiment. To make the panel pop a bit more, I inked the edges with a light green color. The sentiment is attached with foam tape to give the card some dimension.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Butterfly cards

Hello! I hope you are having a great weekend so far! I am sharing a couple of cards I made this past week with a couple of different butterfly stamps that I own. 

First up is a thank you card that was inspired by the last Fusion Card Challenge

I stamped the butterflies with Versamark and heat embossed it with clear powder. I then took a paint brush and spread some spray inks that coordinated with my patterned paper over the butterflies. I mounted the patterned paper, stamped paper and a piece of ribbon on my card front. 

The second card I made this week was a sympathy card for our neighbors whose baby was born too early and passed away last week. :( I decided to go with soft colors and the baby was a boy, so I made the single butterfly blue to represent him.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Sketch Saturday- Happy Woof-day!

Hello! I'm back today to share a birthday card I made earlier this week. I started with this sketch from Sketch Saturday:
I used my Cricut to cut out the dog. I added some googly eyes to make it more fun. I cut the ovals from patterned paper. I decided everything needed more definition, so I inked the edges with black ink. I started with a blank piece of cardstock for the background, but decided it needed more so I used a background stamp and orange ink and then inked the edges in black.

I finished it off with a stamped and hand-written sentiment and some twine.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

52 Week Photography Challenge- Week 18

Hi all! I'm getting to this late in the week, but better late than never, right? The prompt for week 18 was In Bloom. We have an ornamental crab apple tree in our backyard and I look forward to it blooming every spring and it is blooming this week! I got out last night and took some pictures of it.

Have a great rest of the week!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Build a Bear

Hello and Happy (inter)National Scrapbooking Day! I hope you are having a good day and get some time to do something crafty. Unfortunately, we have a full day so there will most likely not be any crafting for me, which is typically the case. Why isn't National Scrapbooking Day in February or something, when there is nothing going on and it is gross outside? Anyway, I finished this layout this week and I wanted to share it. 

I started with the tic tac toe challenge at Scrap Our Stash for this:

I made my supply selections based on the left column. I used yellow in a few places, a journaling card for my journaling on the right page and more than three different patterned papers. I didn't have much for premade embellishments that when with the products I used or the theme, so I ended up using some pretty basic ones and cutting the cat face with my Cricut.

Cardstock, Washi Tape- My Mind's Eye
Patterned Paper, buttons, badge enamel shapes- October Afternoon
Stickers- Glitz, Fiskars, Basic Grey, Echo Park
Journaling card- The Paper Studio
Liquid Pearls- Ranger
Rub ons- Art Warehouse
Die Cutter- Provo Craft
Cartridge- Doodlecharms

Sunday, April 30, 2017

52 Week Photography Challenge- Weeks 15 and 16

Here I am, playing catch up again. I had a photo for last week's prompt, I just never got around to posting, so here goes.

Week 15's prompt is family. We have spent a lot of time with family this month between a baptism, Easter celebrations, a birthday celebration and my daughter's first communion. This photo is from one of our Easter celebrations and it is of my father-in-law and two of his grandsons.

The week 16 prompt was water. I ended up going back to the beginning of the month because I love how this photo of my nephew being baptized turned out.

Thanks for stopping by to check my photos, Hopefully I'll be back next week with a photo for "In Bloom."

Saturday, April 29, 2017

May Calendar Page

Hello! Can you believe it is the end of April already?! It sure doesn't feel like it around here, but it sounds like the weather will take a turn for the better in a few days.

I have completed my calendar layout for May and it really got me thinking about warmer weather! I started with this sketch from Stick it Down:

There wasn't really any spots for patterned paper in this sketch, so the only patterned paper I used was for cutting the title. I started the layout by brushing gesso over the two sheets of cardstock. After that dried, I scribbled some green and blue gelatos on a piece of plastic, sprayed them with water and then smooshed them onto my layout. I splattered and sprayed some pink mist. After all of that dried, I decided to add another layer of the gelatos. I then attached my photos, stamped some journaling lines and added the recap of the month. The die cuts and stickers are all from the Pebbles Fun in the Sun collection. Some washi tape and rub ons completed my page.

I was also inspired by the Pinspired challenge at Paper Issues:

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The colors are so bright and fun! I also love the striped lollipop in the center and used a multi color striped paper for my title.

Cardstock- American Crafts
Patterned Paper, die cuts, stickers, enamel dots- Pebbles
Rub ons- Basic Grey
Stamp- Stampin Up
Ink- Stampin Up, Heidi Swapp
Gelatos- Faber Castell
Pens- Sharpie, Uniball Signo
Gesso- Liquitex
Tape- Pinkfresh Studios
Font- Quigley Wigley

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Birthday card- Fusion

Hello again! I have another card to share today. This time it is a birthday card inspired by the sketch and inspiration photo from Fusion:

I made two cards like this, one for my mom and one to save for later. I started by stamping the roses on vellum. I again used the Vintage Flowers set. After I had stamped everything and the ink was still wet, it didn't look great. I left it alone for several hours and when I came back, the ink was dry and the flowers looked beautiful! Patience pays off! I used grey cardstock for my background. I added some texture to it with a striped embossing folder. I finished off the card front with a stamped and heat embossed sentiment on coordinating cardstock and a couple of stick on pearls.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

First Communion Card- Mojo Monday #493

Hello again! We are gearing up today to celebrate my second daughter's First Communion. I made a card for her using the sketch this week at Mojo Monday:

I used my Cricut and the "New Testament" cartridge to cut the chalice.  I heat embossed one layer. For the topmost layer, I used a gold Gelato and a water brush to give it some shimmer. I finished it off with gold Liquid Pearls. The host is simply a circle with a small cross drawn on it. I used some vellum for the background and a strip of velour ribbon. An embossed sentiment finished off the front of the card.

Here is a closer look at the chalice. I am really happy with how the different golds turned out.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Retirement card- Sketch Saturday #459

Hello and happy Friday! I hope you have had a great week! We are gearing up for a big celebration here, but I wanted to share some cards I made earlier this week. I used this sketch from Sketch Saturday:

I made a retirement card and a Father's Day card. We have so many birthdays and anniversaries in our family in June and early July, I decided to get a bit of a head start and make a card with the same design. 

I stamped and heat embossed the image on some cream cardstock. I then watercolored the paper with some yellow ink. To make the clock face glossy, I colored over it with my Versamark pen and heat embossed it with clear powder. I did this two more times to get the desired thickness and shine. I then inked the edges of the piece. For the background, I stamped a plaid stamp in a subtle shade to add some texture. The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed as well. I matted all of the pieces on dark brown and finished off the card with some gold ink splatters.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Birthday Card- Rainbow Challenge

Hello and Happy Easter! He is Risen! I have a fun spring birthday card to share today. I used the Altenew Painted Butterflies stamps for this card. I pulled three shades of each color to stamp the butterflies. I then blended Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink onto the card. I splattered a little water onto the ink for some added interest and texture. I finished it off with a heat embossed sentiment.

I was inspired by the current challenge from CAS-ual Fridays: Rainbows.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

First Birthday Card- Stick it Down

Hello! Welcome back! I have another card to share today that I made for my niece who turns 1 today! I started with this inspiration photo from The Card Concept:

I coupled that with this sketch from Stick it Down:

And I came up with this. When I saw the different shades of purple, my mind immediately went to Alcohol Inks. I cut the balloons here from some acetate with gold foil polka dots. I then used purple alcohol ink and blending solution to color them. I used Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink to stamp the background. I hit that with a mist of water and splattered some turquoise ink on the background. I then attached two of the balloons directly to the card and two I popped up with some white craft foam cut into the same shape. Some twine strings finished off the card.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Shower Card- Altenew Inspiration Challenge

Hello all! I have a card to share today that was inspired by a new (to me) challenge. This month Altenew has an inspiration challenge:

The colors for this challenge are beautiful and I need to make a shower card for a wedding where the colors are navy and gold so I felt they worked pretty well. I used the Vintage Flowers stamp set. I found three shades of blue and two of green. I used Versamark and gold embossing powder for the outlines to add some elegance. I finished off the card with a stamped and heat embossed sentiment and a couple of strips of ribbon across the top of my card. 

52 Week Photography Challenge- Weeks 12-14

Happy (holy) Good Friday to all of you! I've fallen a few weeks behind on the photography challenge, but I've finally put together the photos for this post.

First up is Week 12, which was Far Away. My kids decided to play a little soccer at the park with another kid who was there.

The Week 13 prompt was Black and White. This one is from a newborn shoot that I did a couple of weekends ago.

Week 14 (which I am a few weeks early on) is Light. This shot is from the same night at the park as the one above, but I tried shooting into the sun and I thought this one turned out pretty cool.

And, for my own reference, the list:

Friday, April 7, 2017

April Calendar Page

Hello all! I am (finally!) here with my April calendar page. I, once again, didn't plan ahead very well and ended up scrambling into the new month to complete it. I started with last month's sketch from Stick it Down:

I had planned to follow the sketch closer, but when I edited and printed my photos, I didn't double check my sizes and orientations, so I ended up with different sized and shaped photos than what the sketch called for. I went with it and made what I had work with the sketch. I splattered some spray ink on my background for interest. I used some Distress Stains and water to color my pieces for the "Just Add Watercolor" collection. A few patterened paper scraps and some acetate die cuts were scattered around the page. I cut my title with my Cricut. 

I was also inspired by the Take 5 challenge at Paper Issues:

I used yellow, numbers (on my photos for the dates), stars, cardstock, and buttons.