Wednesday, August 31, 2011

G is for Game night!

The challenge at Cards for Men this week is "G is for...." I  chose G is for "game night." The sentiment is from the SU set, game night. I stuck with the red, black and white colors from the DP.

You can check out the other cards here.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Reach for the stars!

The challenge at Just for Fun this week was black, white, silver,and one other color. I chose red! I think red really pops with the black and white. The silver part of the card are the stars on the paper.

The sentiment is stamped in SU black ink from Hampton Art. I used my SU star die for the red stars, and added some bitty buttons in the centers. The ribbon is black checkered from Offray.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Weekend Wows

Good morning!

 I'm starting something new here on my blog called, Weekend Wows. Every weekend I spend alot of time visiting blogs and I find so many awesome cards. I've started pinning them on my boards at Pinterest under "cards that inspire me." I decided it would be fun to share some of them with you!

This weekend I found:

                                                                        Sounding Joy
                                                                         wee inklings

                                                                tami mayberry

                                                     confessions of a stamping addict

                                                                Flower Bugs Inkspot


                                                                  Stampin Pretty

 Hope you enjoyed them!                        

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Joy ornament card

The challenge this week on Less is More was to make a card that used 3 of their past challenges. This is only my second week participating, so I went back and looked at some of their past posts to get some ideas. I really am enjoying this....I love CAS cards!

The card I made fits the following:
Things that move
Use ink
Shades of blue

For this card, I used my SU ornament punch. I punched the ornament out on white and then backed it with some SU retired designer paper. The card stock is SU baja breeze. I tied a silver bow with SU elastic cord on top of the ornament. I used SU black ink for the sentiment, which is from Stampendous, called "Sripty Stems."

You can check out the other Less is More cards here!

I also linked this card to Christmas Stampin All Year Long, you can check out those cards here.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Shadow box

I made this shadow box for my daughter for Christmas this year and just found the photos I took. I meant to post it but I never got around to it!

I got all the supplies at Craft Direct in St. Cloud, one of my favorite craft stores.The picture was from a visit to her place last summer with my mother in law. The 3 of us had such a fun girls weekend... I wanted her to always remember it. My only wish was that we had a picture of  all 3 of us...I guess we'll just have to have another girls weekend again and find someone to take one!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

SU workshop

Oh it's been so long since I went to an SU workshop...or held one either! I quit being a demo this winter when I was sick. But, a few days ago I was able to go. It was alot of fun!

Here are the cards we made:

There was alot of talk about this embossing folder from the Designer Frames set. My lighting is so poor on this photo you can't see, but because the folder is so small it leaves lines on the card. If anyone out there has figured out how to emboss without those lines, let me know! The folders are really cute, but hard to use.

We all liked this folder.....called stripes. I loved the colors on this card, too.

I really like this new border just may have to go on my wish list!

Our gift was this cute little purse:

I chose the pool party new favorite color! I LOVE that ribbon too.

And lucky me, my friend gave me this bookmark she made:

I'm so glad I got to go!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Stampin Up Sail Away Birthday card

I made this card for a couple of challenges. I just started participating in some and I find I really enjoy it.

At Cards for Men the challenge was "anything goes." I'm really excited to be participating in this challenge because I struggle making guy cards. BUT it just so happens I have SU's new Sail Away stamp from the summer mini  that is perfect for masculine cards!

Over at Just for Fun the challenge was to use black, white, and silver. Love that combo.

It worked well to combine the two challenges. I used SU retired DP, black, and white card stock. The sentiment is from Lizzie Ann called Little Bits. I tied some SU silver cord around the bottom with a silver button I found in my button jar.

This was so much fun!

Less is more challenge

The challenge for this week over at  less is more is "things that move."  I thought the pinwheel card would be perfect for this.

When I make cards, I usually start several at one time and lay them on my desk for a few days before I adhere them together. I like to be able to walk by and change them around or add more{or less} if I want. Sometimes if I walk away and come back I am able to see it another way that I hadn't before.

Anyway, this pinwheel card has been sitting on my desk most of the summer. I wanted to get a stick for the handle but kept forgetting. When I read about this challenge I went out and got some sticks so I could finish the card.

The pinwheel is just a square piece of SU designer paper cut in from each corner. I pulled the corners together and added a button for the middle. The sentiment is from SU "tiny tags"...I just love that little set!
I tied a bit of bashful blue ribbon to the stick handle.

I'm not sure if this meets all the requirements of a clean and simple card for the challenge. After I had already adhered the stick handle I thought maybe I should have left it off. I used SU Crystal Effects to adhere it all though... so it's on there for good!

 Oh well...after all the work of buying the sticks I decided to enter the card "as is" anyway!

This card is obviously not one I would mail. It wouldn't fit in an envelope. I often like to lay my cards inside gift bags..right on top so they can see it right away. I try to coordinate the color of the bag with the card. It's always so much fun to watch people as they see the card right away! People love handmade cards!

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Made it myself Mondays

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Strawberry jam

I made some toppers for my strawberry jam to give as can find the recipe and more photo's on my other blog, Cookin up North. I tied some SU real red polka dot ribbon around the jars. For the toppers I used SU real red, black and white cardstock. The sentiment is stamped in SU black with "From the Kitchen." I added a red button on top with some black and white checked ribbon. Hope they like it!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cricut Sunshine Card

Once again I used the Just Because cricut cartridge to make this card. I love all the images on that cart!

This sun is kinda funky so it caught my eye right away, and I cut out several to have on hand for future projects. I used 2 for this card and put a button on the top big sun to add alittle interest. I stamped You brighten my day with SU black ink from Close to my heart's set, Because of You.

I work at a gift shop in the summers and we sell alot of sayings and signs..."You are my Sunshine" has been a popular sign this season. So has "Twinkle twinkle little star." People buy them to decorate their nurseries. I always have a lot of fun watching people pick out their purchases...sometimes I can even guess what they will buy!

Have a sunny day!

Stamp something

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Clean and Simple Butterfly


I made this card for a challenge over at the Less is More blog. The challenge this week was to make a card with one layer.

I inked up a clear acrylic block with SU Pixie Pink and stamped directly onto the white card stock. The butterfly was stamped on top of that with SU black ink. I added a sentiment from Lizzie Anne's Little Bits at the bottom corner of the card. The only embellishment I used was an SU pearl for the butterfly.

That's it!

Now I'm headed outside to enjoy this sunny summer day!

whats on your work desk wednesday

Monday, August 15, 2011

Make a wish card

Yes, I'm still digging through my stuff in attempts to make use of all the stamps and products I already have! This card is made with the stuff I dug out yesterday.

  I stamped the sentiment in black using "Cupcake Wish" from Kolette Hall. It's a single rubber stamp I got for my Birthday a few years ago. The paper is some retired DP from SU.... it's so bright and cheerful! Perfect for a Birthday card. The flowers are cut out from the other side of the DP. I also added a pearl to the center of the largest flower.

 I tied some bakers string on a Birthday candle and used SU Crystal Effects to adhere it to the white label.{that stuff really holds} I actually have quite a few of the labels in different sizes and colors because I borrowed the label nesties form a friend one weekend and cut a bunch out. I can't even keep up with how many different label nestabilities that they have come out with now. I think these were label four.I like having some cut out if I need a quick card. You can check out all the different label dies here.

I made this card for a friend..I hope she likes it!
show me how

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Cute get well card

I think this is SO stinkin cute!

It wasn't my idea though, I cased the card from here.

It was so easy to make. I used glue dots to adhere the google eyes onto the band aids. The sentiment is from SU Wellness Wishes, stamped in black.

I just smile every time I look at it, so I figure it will certainly cheer up anyone I give it too!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Sending you SMORE love......

I have been digging in my stamp drawers again and found this smore stamp I bought at a garage sale. I think it's so cute and needs to be used, so I made this card with it!

The sentiment I just did on the computer...I have heard this saying before and thought it was so sweet. I also made a little smores kit to go with it:

Here's what the set looks like together:

So much fun to make...and to give!

Paper: SU real red, black, white
Stamps: Inky Antics
Ink: SU creamy caramel
Other: ribbon,circle punches.eyelet, heart punch

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Stampendous Scripty Stems Thankyou card

Lucky me!

My mother-in-law bought me this awesome stamp set from Stampendous called "Scripty Stems." The sentiments are such a nice size and the flowers will be perfect for lots of projects.

For this card I used Bermuda Bay ink for the flower and black for the sentiment...which is from Angel Company.  I also used some Bermuda Bay polka dot ribbon that I think goes well with the Swiss dot embossing.

I think I'll go make some more cards with this set..I just love it!


Paper: SU Bermuda bay, white, so saffron
Ink: SU Bermuda Bay, black
Stamps: Stampendous Scripty Stems, Angel Company Tiny Words
Other: Oval Nesties, CB Swiss Dots embossing folder, Bermuda Bay polka dot ribbon

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Paper Creators crafts

Monday, August 8, 2011

Cricut Sailboat Card

Good morning!

I made this card for the sailboat challenge on Cooking with Cricut. 

The sailboat is cut out with the Just Because cartridge, and the sentiment is form SU's retired set, "Calm Seas."  I really like that set and use it often, especially for guy cards.

I don't do alot of distressing as I'm just not that good at it, but I did do a bit on this card. I used SU Old Navy ink and a sponge dauber.

You can check out the other cards here!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Tim Holtz Embossing folder

I've been diggin' through my stuff!

Way last winter, or maybe even fall, I bought this beautiful tree embossing folder....and of course never used it.

 So sticking to my plan this summer of trying to make good use of what I have, I made a set of clean and simple sympathy cards.

The folder is a Sissix fromTim Holtz.

The stampset is Verves "Notes of Prayer."

I'm off to see what else I can make with this folder...I just love trees...and I especially love the look of these embossed pines!

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