Monday, November 29, 2010

Four Trees for Christmas

This is the last of the cards I made while cleaning up my craft area. When I dumped out my little baggy of bits and pieces I found these four little Christmas trees that I had cut out (with Nestabilities) last year. It was so easy to affix them to a scrap of white card stock and layer them onto some Christmas paper (also from last year) stamp a sentiment and hey presto a Christmas card was made. Only so many more to make.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Trio of Sympathy Cards

When I was cleaning off my craft desk I came across three stampings of JustRite Sympathy images that I had colored and set aside. They
then became buried under a lot of other stuff. I took the opportunity to use them and quickly made these three cards. I have finally used up the last of the baby shower card stock (I am so GLAD of that) and all the rest of the DP are scraps.
Me desk is cleaner (note I didn't say clean just cleaner) and I'm feeling a little more creative.
Hope you like them and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sit Back and Relax

I had some fun making this card. The chair is from Papertrey's On My Couch . I used the co-ordinating die to cut it out of some DP and then stamped the image. This was another of the 'bits and pieces' I've had laying around. I had already cut it out with an oval Nestabilities and I just air brushed some 'ground' under it so it wouldn't look like it was floating in space.
I used other Nesties to cut some mats to give the image more presence. The sentiment is from Lockhart stamps.
Now for the flower, I had the card all done and was moving it and it hit an open stamp pad (my bad) and left a mark. I wasn't going to let it ruin the card so I grabbed a Michael's wedding flower and air brushed it to match, slapped a flat back pearl on it and hey presto card is done.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas Tagaroos

Well I blew this one. Papertrey was having a blog hop and the challenge was to make tags and post them. Problem is they had to be posted by midnight yesterday. Well yesterday was Thanksgiving and who had time to do anything crafty yesterday. 136 people, that's how many were posted.
I really struggled making these, I actually threw out three before getting these done the way I wanted them.
I used Tree Trimming Trio and the die for the trees. The red tree is some Stardreams metallic card stock from with flat back pearls for ornaments. The sentiment is from Holiday Wishes (Papertrey). The green tree has Background Basics Text Style stamped all over it in Fresh Snow with red rhinestones for ornaments with a sentiment from Holiday Wishes. The last one is embossed with gold detailing powder and green stickles for the ornaments with another sentiment from Holiday Wishes.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Leftovers

Mmmmm! Leftovers from Thanksgiving are one of life's greatest treats. Nothing is better than a turkey sandwich with homemade cranberry sauce, or hot turkey sandwiches with dressing and gravy. Now I'm hungry.
But this post is about a card I made using leftover bits and pieces. It all started with this scrap of Thanksgiving paper, I had just found this leaf (Cuttlebug I think) and the plaid scrap and felt it would all go together very well.
I'm still working my way through the card stock I used earlier in the year for my nieces baby show so that is the card base and the green was also part of the leftover pile. So this card is all about leftovers, don't you love it?
Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a terrific holiday.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Fashionably Late

This is another card that was a result of my 'cleaning' binge. A while back (actually I just realized it was a year ago) I was playing around with Amy R's Boutique set. I make a set of cards for each family member and a few friends at Christmas time and I wanted some cool cards for the girls. I thought Amy's set would work perfectly for these cards. I took the dress stamps and stamped out a lot of them on various patterned papers. I ended up with quite a few leftovers and put them in a little baggie for future use.
Well the future is now, I ran across this DP from My Minds Eye called Laundry List and that sparked an idea. I grabbed the little baggy of goodies and picked out these three dresses, used a little Copics to highlight areas of the dresses and strung them up on some twine. The sentiment (computer generated) and matting were among the 'bits and pieces' so it ended up a very simple card to assemble. Love those easy peasy cards. Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Christmas Snowflake

I am so not ready for Christmas, but this card sort of fell together. My cousin Mary called me last week for some help making these snowflakes from the Cuttlebug set. You know the set that you cut out the flake then put it into the embossing folder. Yeah that one. Well I couldn't remember off hand how it worked so I made a couple of them to refresh my memory. The only thing extra I did was run it through in the Swiss Dots folder also. Again I put it aside and when I was sorting out the bits and pieces of my c#*p I put it together with these scraps I had cut out with a Nestabilites die. It seemed to fit perfectly, so I grabbed my glue pen and attached it and decided a little silver glitter pen around the edge would finish it off nicely. Well then I had to come up with some DP for backing and found this paper in my stash from a couple of years ago. I also had this silver cord for a final touch.
I like how it turned out and I hope you like it also. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Mary C.

Last August at the Novi show I picked up an accordion fold kit at the Paper Cut booth. I finally found it buried on my craft desk and thought I would use it for a birthday card for my cousin. If I had known how fiddly it would be I might have hesitated. The kit actually comes with the pre scored cards and an assortment of plain colored card stock pieces for decorating the cards. I however wanted some DP and had to pull out the ruler and measure each segment and start cutting. The striped paper is from Kaiser Craft Devonshire and the solids are from the kit.
I used the flowers from the Gina K Botanicals stamp set, the stamped sentiment is from Papertrey's All Booked Up set. I used a Martha Stewart Glitter Marker to write Happy Birthday and then I took gold Twinklette pen and added some sparkle to the flowers.
It took me some time to figure this all out but I like how it turned out. What do you think?
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Recycled Tea for Two

Last July I made a card for a competition and used these parts on it. You can see it here. Well it didn't win anything so I just put it aside thinking I could do something with it later. Well later came yesterday when I was cleaning up my desk. I pulled the card apart and kept these items to reuse. While I was fiddling around with it I found this card base all read to go so I slapped them together and voila I have a card. I'm putting it into my blank card pile since I haven't decide if it will be a birthday, sympathy, get well or whatever. Love the versatility.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Get Well Cards from Cleaning My Desk

When I was cleaning my craft desk I started putting items into piles trying to sort out all the c@*p I have. What I found was enough c@*p to make a dozen cards. First up was this get well card using a digi image from Digi Stamp Boutique. It was actually a freebie and I had printed off several copies of it. It was all colored with Copics so I was ready to go. I had the embossed layer sitting in another pile and it was already to go so I just found a scrap of dark brown card stock (Gina K) and some kraft card stock for the base and I was all done. The embossing was done with a Tim Holtz folder.
As I continued to clear up the desk I found another copy of this same image also colored up and

found some scraps and another kraft card base and easy peasy two cards are added to my stash.
See it pays to clean doesn't it? Now if only I could find money!!!
I found all kinds of fun things to play with but it'll have to wait til later in the week since I now have to prepare for Turkey day.
I'll be posting some of the other cards I made using bits and pieces over the next few days.
My habit of playing with my new toys and setting the results aside is coming in handy.
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 19, 2010

A Cleaner Desk

My cousin asked me the other day when I was going to show the after photo of my cleaner desk. Well it was in even worse shape than before so I got busy and started to clear it off. I had several packages of card stock 8 1/2 x 11 that I cut in half first of all and set it up in a basket with dividers to show what company they are from, then I sorted out stamps that I had bought and not put away and got them taken care of. The ribbons got put away, and embellishments stored.
Then I started on the bits and pieces that were laying on top of everything. I actually ended up making a card during all of this and I'll post that tomorrow but you can see that I cleared my desk enough that I was able to air brush the image, whoeee progress.
My biggest item left is digital images that I've run off on the computer and set aside to color and stamped images waiting to be used.

and this is the rest of the story. lol
need to get back to work.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Happy Birthday Marianne

This card came together in a funny way. I got this Martha Stewart punch a while ago and decided to try it out on a piece of scrap card stock. I set it aside and one day picked it up and thought it might look good with ribbon in it. Well I cut off a section of what I thought was white ribbon and started to weave it through and realized it was a pale grey. It looked good so I set it aside and went on to other things. When it came time to make Marianne's card I wanted to make something special so I went looking at what DP I have (and believe me I have a lot) and found this from an old favorite DCWV Cafe Mediterranean. I added the punched strip and let that be the focal point. The sentiment is from Papertrey's Birthday Basics. A few flat back pearls and the card was done. Hope she likes it and that you do also. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Get Well Hedgehog

I have been fascinated by the whole inchie thing. I first ran across it on the Ellen Hutson site and all of the Lockhart inchie stamps are so cute. I just didn't know how to make a card with them.
Well when I placed an order I saw these inchie squares--well there are inchie squares and inchie+ squares (inchie+'s are just enough bigger to make matting easy) and I saw possibilities. I have a lot of Rosie Roadshow stamps and many of them are small and I thought okay here's an idea.
The hedgehog stamp and the sentiment go together I just added the ? to the end (it made more sense to me). I didn't color the image since I wanted to keep the black and white theme (yes I know I added a little color under Hedgy so he didn't look like he was floating in air). I added the white on the black inchie+ with a white gel pen and the 'ground' with Copics.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sit Back and Relax

This is another of the gatefold cards I made this week. For this card I chose to use the Lockhart Vintage Chair and sentiment from Ellen Hutson. I've ordered the other two chairs that I don't have and am looking forward to using all of them together. Should be a challenge.
Anyway I again used only scraps for this card (and I still have lots more). I cut the image out with Nestablities and for the mat I used a white gel pen to add the dots. I sometimes (really I always) forget how much embellishment you can add with just a pen.
I think it's a bright cheery card. Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Birthday Kite

A couple of weeks ago on StampTV Gina K did a gatefold card with a twist, you can see it here . I really like the idea and on Monday when I had some time to play I took my Scor-pal and scored a bunch of card stock for gatefold cards and then went to work (or play really).
I looked at my desk and found some scraps for the front and then pulled out my Papertrey Up Up and Away set for my images. I used only scraps on this card and wow I really like how it turned out. Just love using up existing supplies. Hope you like it also and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Gobble, gobble

Monday I had a chance to play and I needed to make some cards for my church group mailing for this month so of course I went with Thanksgiving. I wanted to keep them somewhat simple but still with some interest.
I pulled out my Papertrey Gobble Gobble set and started playing. I wanted to keep it one layer so I stamped directly onto the card base, stamping first the turkeys body then after masking it I added the feathers using different Memento tear drop pads. I then went scrounging through my supplies and add the ribbons and the brads. The brads I cut off the flanges(?) and then glue dotted them to the cards. Added the sentiment and I'm all done.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like them.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

For Lucy

This was a little easier sympathy card to make. Lucy was the mother of a neighbor and friend of our family. She passed away at home surrounded by family at the age of 97. I didn't know her that well but everything I've heard tells me she lived a pretty terrific life and will be sorely missed.
For this card I used one of the bird images from a Martha Stewart set, colored with Copics and again all card stock is Cryogen white. I used the Swiss Dots folder for this card. I also went back to an old corner punch and added the copper metallic thread for some embellishment.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope to get back to card making soon.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

For Jimmy

I had to make a couple of sympathy cards and it was a difficult job. This card is for a friend of my husband and also a golfing partner.
Jimmy was an avid golfer and had suffered a series of stokes over the last few years that ended is joy and passion for the game.
In the spring a golf event will be held in his memory and the word has gone out about it and I think it's going to turn out a large crowd.
For this card I used a stamp from Northwood Rubber Stamps, that I stamped using Memento Rich Cocoa. All card stock is Cryogen White and the embossed layer is Cuttlebug.
The other sympathy card will be posted tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Kellen Paul

I don't have a card to post and may not have one for a few days. I'm just back from meeting the newest member of the family. Steve and Michelle (nephew and niece-in-law) had this little bundle of joy last month. Two of my sisters and I descended on the Grandma and Grandpa, otherwise known as Meme and Papa, last weekend for a few days of baby madness.

We spent as much time as possible holding him and taking photos. I'm sure the poor tyke is going to suffer from trauma of flashing lights or else he'll think he's a star and the paparazzi are after him.

I hope to be back to card making tomorrow but the new roof is going to be started tomorrow AM so we'll see. Thanks for listening to my ramble.
I actually drafted this post last month and just now found it. He's even cuter and I won't get to see him until Christmas boo hoo.