Wednesday, October 31, 2012


This layout is so pink, but I kind of love it.  I fear I've been officially pinkified by my daughters.

This one is for the Elle's Studio's October Challenge (to use a 4x6 journaling tag for the journaling) and ScrapFit's High Flying Flag workout.

The photos are Ellie's five year photos from JCPenney.  I wanted to document my feelings about where she is at five, as well as recount her recent parent teacher conference, which went really well.  It was so nice to hear from her teacher that she is sweet, kind, a great example, never a problem, etc.  One of the things I worried about when she started public school (and still do) is that she'll change, become a mean girl, become calloused, but it was wonderful to hear that she is still her, and she is doing so well at school.

I again reached for GCD Studio's Sweet Tooth collection, I find myself gravitating towards it so often these days, it's just perfect for girls stuff, and I have a lot of girl photos.

That border in the center of the page is the Elle's Studio doily stamp, and the bottom border is fussy cut from one of the Sweet Tooth papers. 

The title is also Sweet Tooth, cut using the Cricut Artiste cartridge.

I created two washi tape and toothpick flags (one from Target and the other was some blog candy I received that is available at several online washi stores) to go with the Elle's Studio pennant flag.  I also created the little heart over the i with a doubled up piece of washi that was cut freehand.

Hope that you are all doing OK.  We survived the storm with very little trouble.  Monday was just rainy most of the day, didn't get really windy until around dinnertime.  Ellie and I both managed to wear our pajamas ALL DAY....Carina would have too if she wasn't such a huge mess when she eats.   Ellie calls the two of us the  'sweeties', and Andrew and Carina are the 'salties' based on our favorite types of treats.  So periodically she'd look at me and say "The Sweeties are still wearing pajamas!"    Anyway, we did lose power around 9 in the evening, so we just headed to bed early.  Thankfully, my parents never lost power, so we spent most of Tuesday at their place.  Our power came back on around 5, so we were able to come home and sleep in our own beds last night.  Could have been so much worse, and we feel very fortunate as the next neighborhood over is still without power.

Hope you have a great and sugar filled Halloween!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  GCD Studios - Sweet Tooth papers; CTMH - White Daisy cardstock
Stamps:  Elle's Studio Doily stamp
Ink:  Hero Arts - Bubble Gum
Other:  Elle's Studio - Spooky Tales Large Journaling Tags, True Love Pennants, The Sweet Life Tidbits; Toothpicks; Target Washi Tape; Misc Washi Tape; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Xyron 5" Creative Station

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Fabulous Dahling! SSD #152

This is my last guest post for Skipping Stones Design.  I can't believe how quickly the month has flown by!

This week's retro sketch was designed by Jen Del Muro, and I'm using Birthday Purses again, I just love this set!

Most of the papers I'm using are from Simon Says Stamp's August card kit, which includes a lot of My Mind's Eye Indie Chic.

The focus here is really on that great purse.  I stamped it on that chevron pattern which I used as a base for my piecing.  Then I stamped it twice on black cardstock, once for the sides/top/bottom of the purse and the second time for the straps.  I also stamped on the pink pattern for the bow.

Besides the piecing on the purse this card came together very quickly. 

I want to thank Heather and Katie for giving me the opportunity to guest design this month.  I had a blast, and was especially excited when I saw that the other guest designer for the month was my buddy JJ

Please head over to Skipping Stones Design and play along this week!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Simon Says Stamp August Card Kit (MME Indie Chic papers, and base cardstock); CTMH - Autumn Terracotta and Black cardstock
Stamps:  Skipping Stones Design - Birthday Purses
Ink:  CTMH - Black
Other:  Kuretake - Glue Pen; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; CTMH - Craft Knife; Hydrangea Hippo - Black Trim; EK Success - Black Zig marker (for inking pieced edges)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Be Happy (and stay dry)

Busy day today finishing up lots of projects and preparing for the storm. 

I really wanted to play along with Pamela Young's sketch for this month (the prize is FANTASTIC), but since I was pressed for time, knew I had to make it easy.

So, I pulled out Little Yellow Bicycle's Hello Spring collection.  There are a ton of great embellishments, and this card came together in no time.

The tags are from the Tear-Out Ticket and Journaling Card Book, and I added some of the flowers from the cardstock stickers to them.  Then cut down some of the papers and added another sticker for the sentiment.

So easy.

Hope that you are all staying safe and dry.

School and the federal government are closed tomorrow, so we'll be home hanging out, hopefully with electricity....

Supplies Used:  Little Yellow Bicycle Hello Spring Collection - Papers, Cardstock Stickers, Tear-Out Ticket & Journaling Card Book; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Happy Sunday!

Can't believe it's Sunday already.  My parents and sister agreed to take the girls yesterday, so I got to sleep until almost 8 this morning....can't remember when that happened last!  Usually we are up by 6.

Got a lot done around the house yesterday, went to the gym, out for dinner with Andrew and to a Halloween party!  I've been doing a fair amount of crafting this weekend too, but not anything that I can share yet, so I thought I would pop in and share this card that I made a while back.

The hourglass and heart shapes I made myself, and I used real sand on the card too. 

The background paper is fromt he retired Elemental pack, and the wooden pieces were made by spraying Studio Calico mist on the paper and quickly brushing it to create a woodgrain.

Alphas are from A Typeface.

And it's true for today....I am counting the seconds until the girls come back....a lot to try and get done by then.  Ha ha..

Have a great end to your weekend!


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Hello from Little Miss Mia

This is one of my two favorite WCMD cards that I sent into Paper Crafts Magazine.

You'll see the other one on Sunday when I'm participating in a WCMD reject blog hop with my friend Jingle.

Anyway, this is Jane's Doodle's Little Miss Mia image, and the sentiment is from JD's Garden Friends set.

I just think she is so cute.  I primarily used Teresa Collins' Tell Your Story 6x6 papers, although the shoes are from a MME pattern, and the skin/hair/sock are CTMH cardstock.

I wanted to add dimension through piecing, so I used the skin tone as the base for the figure and then layered the other elements on top.  Where possible, I added layers:  there are two layers of hair; the socks are layered over the base piece and then the shoes are layered on top of that; the pocket is another layer on the dress; etc.

I added a little shadow/shading to the underside of the hat with my blending pen, and added little pale blue shading to the socks with a Spectrum Noir pen. 

The washi tape is also Teresa Collins Tell Your Story.

Hope you have a great day and thanks for coming by!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Teresa Collins - Tell Your Story 6x6 Papers; CTMH - Parchment, Chocolate, and White Daisy cardstock, White Daisy bulk card base
Stamps:  Jane's Doodles - Little Miss Mia and Garden Friends
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black
Other:  Teresa Collins - Tell Your Story Washi tape; Spectrum Noir - BT1; Kuretake - Craft Glue Pen; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Ranger - White Opal Liquid Pearls; CTMH - Blending Pen

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Verve WCMD Diva Dare Sketch card

Squeaking another challenge card in under the wire.

The good thing about never cleaning up your work space is that you often find stuff there that you can throw together quickly.

I really like this sketch, and went super CAS with it.

Lots of vellum on this card.  It's over the card base and also over the patterned paper to soften it.  The pennant is from the Pretty Little Studio Sand Castle collection.  Then I used some sheer ribbon from Michael's and a very thin piece of vellum for the rest of the center portion. 

I didn't really use any actual adhesive for most of the card, it's all stitched onto the card base at the top.

I used some SC wooden star veneers to accent the stamp.

Hope that you had a good day.  I was a little disappointed I didn't get a fun email from Paper Crafts magazine today, but if you come back tomorrow I'll share with you one of my favorite cards that I sent in for WCMD.

Have a great evening!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Pretty Little Studio - Sand Castle, Michael's - Open Stock Vellum; CTMH - White Daisy cardstock and White Daisy bulk card base
Stamps:  Verve - Little Star Plain Jane
Ink:  CTMH - Juniper
Other:  Studio Calico - Star Wood Veneer Shapes; Michael's - Sheer White Ribbon; CTMH - Dimensional Foam Tape; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; 3L - Small Dodz Adhesive; Sewing Machine

Apple Picking

I'm so excited about this layout!  I have been wanting to scrap some old photos of myself and have finally done one!

I really loved this week's sketch at Elle's Studio, and the bonus was that I got to use some of my leftovers from recent projects (die cut leaves and burlap trim).  Since I'm using some of my leaf die cuts I'm going to link this up over at the October Oozak challenge too. 

My best friend growing up was Karen Chen, and we would go apple picking with the Chens every fall (they had three girls the ages of myself, my younger sister and my younger brother).  I love this photo, those hats are crazy, and they are covering up the fact that we all have the same Asian bowl cut.  That's me on the right in case you are wondering.

I have been reluctant to scrap my old photos because I don't have any negatives for them, and while I want to preserve the memories, I don't want to have them permanently adhered into a scrapbook page in case someone wants to make copies, look at the back (sometimes there are handwritten notes), etc. later on in life.  These Scrapbook Adhesive photo corners are the perfect solution, and I love that they come in kraft.

Lots of machine stitching, and I even created an embellishment that is far from flat with some burlap trim, Elle's tags, die cuts, and button/twine.  Unusual for me, but I love how it looks. 

Hope you are having a great week!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  MME - On the Bright Side (red polka dot); SC - Memoir (orange); CTMH - Dotty for You (yellow); Misc cardstock for die cuts
Other:  Elle's Studio - Bright Pennants and Spooky Tales Large Journaling Tags; CTMH - Cricut Artiste Cartridge, Burlap Trim, Liquid Glass; The Twinery - Cappucino Twine; AC - Nutmeg Thickers; Misc Button from ETM kit (actually says Old Navy on it); Tombow - Mono Adhesive; 3L - Large and Small Dodz adhesive and Kraft Photo Corners, Pigma - Micron Pen Brown; Sewing Machine

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Snowman Poop - SSD #151

This week's retro sketch at Skipping Stones Design is by Amy Sheffer.

I pulled out my Sassy Snow set and stamped the blue background with the snowflakes from the set.  The snowflake ribbon came from Michael's. 

I stamped the snow woman, colored, and fussy cut her, then cut the circle and adhered her to it.  I stamped the bottom of the snowman again on a longer piece of cardstock to create the snow border.  Then I added some additional 'snow' lines at the top of the border.

I added some more ribbon below the snow border and floated the snow on top with dimensional foam tape.

Hope you are having a great week, stop by Skipping Stones Design and play along with this week's sketch!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  CTMH - Pacifica and White Daisy cardstock, White Daisy bulk card base
Stamps:  Skipping Stones Design - Sassy Snow
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black; CTMH - White Daisy
Other:  Spectrum Noir Markers - BT1, GB5, CR10, CR11; Michael's - Red Snowflake Grosgrain; CM - Custom Cutting Circles; CTMH - Dimensional Foam Tape; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Monday, October 22, 2012


Another layout to share today.  This one is for the current Pretty Little Studio sketch as well as Kerys from Scrappin' n' Happy's October challenge to use a one word title.

It's kind of a different layout for me since it's a photo that doesn't include people, but I wanted to capture this image of Carina's crib....which is gnawed down to bare wood.  The girl does not like to sleep!  Ellie, who is three years older, still sleeps more than Carina does.  We're lucky if we can eke a one hour nap out of her on the weekends.  I have to sit in the room until she falls's like she needs moral support to go to bed.  Her teacher told me, she's always the last kid to fall asleep....I guess she feels like there's nothing better to do once everyone else is asleep.

Anyway, this layout is a bit of an experiment with mist.  The circles were cut using my CM punch from cardstock that I misted.

I stitched them onto the layout, and then I unscrewed the cap and kind of painted a strip of the mist across the page by each of the circles.  Then I splattered some on also.  I think it looks OK.  Mist is so random, but somehow I feel that I need to practice more at it.

Sorry the photo is so screwy.  I'm going to try and retake it later when the sun is out.  The flash on the camera is such a pain when it comes to reflecting off photos.

Hope you had a good start to the week.  I pledge not to stay up late tonight watching a movie I have already seen at least twice on a cable....

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Pretty Little Studio - Sand Castle collection papers; CTMH - White Daisy
Other:  Studio Calico - Mister Huey's Water Cooler; American Crafts - Amy Tangerine White Muse Thickers; Creative Memories - Circle Punch; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Sewing Machine

Sunday, October 21, 2012

In & Out

No, not the fast food chain, although that is always one of the highlights of my trips to the West Coast, but rather a 'game' Carina plays in the mornings. 

After all the cards I've been making, I really needed to do some scrapbooking, and I've been wanting to do this series of photos for a while.  This one is just for fun, just for me, no challenges involved. 

These photos are from June.  She still does, this although not nearly as often as before.  She would take all her books, dump them in her crib, 'read' them, and then chuck them out of the crib.  Repeat.

It was great when she first started doing it because it allowed me a little more flexibility/time to get ready in the mornings.

I'm using GCD Studio's Sweet Tooth collection.  It's become one of my favorites for the girls layouts.  It's plenty girly if you want to go there, but doesn't have to be overtly girly.  The green prints were perfect to highlight the greens from Carina's nursery.

I did a fair amount of stitching on this layout.  Not over everything, but to add a little more texture and interest.

The letters and ampersand were cut using the Cricut Artiste cartridge - the font on there has become one of my go-tos.  I love how CAS it is.  I stitched around the ampersand to highlight it and ran it through my 5" Xyron.  This 'locked' my stitches which was important since I had to cut it since it spans the left and right pages on the layout.

Hope your weekend has been great!  Enjoy what's left of it!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  GCD Studios - Sweet Tooth collection; CTMH - White Daisy cardstock
Ink:  CTMH - Topiary
Other:  CTMH - Cricut Artiste Collection; Xyron - 5" Creative Station; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; CM - Photo Splits; Elle's Studio - Lil' Snippets: This Week - Gray and and Tiny Labels; Sewing Machine

Saturday, October 20, 2012

The rest of the Unity WCMD cards

I totally DID NOT plan to complete all the Unity challenges for WCMD.  I had a couple that I wanted to do, and then ended up getting ideas for a few more when I was looking through my stamps, and then realized that I really only had a couple more to do, and what the hey, might as well do them all and try for the big prize, right?

Some of these I like more than others, but here they all are (I'm not going to include full supply lists in the interest of time, but if you have any questions please ask):

Shaped Challenge - I'm not generally a shaped card kind of girl, so I went for an easier shape.  This one was so easy to do.  Word bubbles are so in right now, so I basically cut a rectangle (leaving a small part uncut for the little tail) and then rounded the corners.  The 'hi' sentiment in the background paper is from Frames in the House, and then I used some vinyl thickers for the main sentiment. 

Fall Card - I knew I wanted to use Brave Boots for this, and the sentiment came to me while I was falling asleep one night.  The die cut alphas are Taylored Expressions, and the little alphas are Jenni Bowlin.  The leaves were cut using the Cricut Artiste cartridge and I ran the leaves and die cut alphas through my 1" Xyron to make it easier to put together.  I'm linking this one up over at the Oozak October challenge to use Die Cuts too. 

Sketch - This one I am still not sure about.  Sometimes I love it, sometimes, I think it's just a 'clown card'.  I kind of did it on purpose.  I colored the socks first and wanted to kind of highlight the idea of 'mismatched' (although all those papers come from Echo Park's Happy Days collection so it's not really that mismatched I guess.  The scallopped edges were drawn freehand with a Zig marker, again to get that kind of mismatched imperfect look.  The stamp set is the Matching Socks Itty Bitty.

Texture - This is one I had high hopes for, but I'm not sure it worked out in the end.  It was a bit of an experiment.  That's some Coredinations Glitter Silk paper that I embossed the sentiment on.  Added some pom pom trim, and instead of using regular ink, I used a Jenni Bowlin paint dauber on the stamp.  The red strip on the left is AC glitter tape.  The stamp set is the everyday, EVERYWHERE Itty Bitty

Colors - This is by far my favorite of all the cards I created for Unity's WCMD challenges.  It uses the Perfect the Way You Are Itty Bitty.  I colored it with Spectrum Noir markers, and I just love how the color combo turned out.  The butterfly is adhered with a glue pen just in the center, and then I used dimensional foam tape to pop the wings out.  I'm also entering this one into Crafter's Companion's October challenge - to use fall colors.

So there you have it.  Now I HAVE to get back to my regularly scheduled programming....I actually have several deadlines looming that I have been ignoring.....

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Owl You Doin?

Waiting til the last minute again!

Here's my card for the current Sweet Stamp Shop challenge, which was a sketch challenge. 

Isn't he cute?  I have to say I'm starting to enjoy the whole coloring thing.  I was so intimidated about it, but it's fun, and makes me feel like a kid again.

I'm using Melvin from Melvin and Vernie.

I stamped him four times, and cut away part of his feathers each time so I could stack him and create some texture/depth/dimension.  He's colored with Spectrum Noir makers.  I only adhered the pieces at the head so that there's some movement.  Here's a closeup so you can get a better idea of what I'm talking about. 

The branch was cut using the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and papers are from my 6x6 stash (MME, and Crate). and I added a little CTMH burlap ribbon for more texture.

Fun right?

Hope they think so over at Sweet Stamp Shop!

Have a great weekend.  I'm off today with Ellie since her school is closed.  We've been running around doing errands, but 'rest time' is almost over so I gotta run...

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Crate - Pretty Party and Little Bo Peep 6x6 papers; MME - On the Bright Side One 6x6 papers; CTMH - White Daisy cardstock and Colonila White bulk card base
Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop - Melvin and Vernie
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo black; CTMH - Chocolate and Sky
Other:  Spectrum Noir markers:  TN7, TN8, EB7, EB8, GB5; CTMH - Burlap Ribbon, Dimensional Foam Tape, Liquid Glass, Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge; Foam Tool; CM - Corner Rounder; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Sewing Machine

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Wanted to share a birthday card that I made with Jane's Doodle's Garden Friends set.

I colored the critters with my Spectrum Noir markers and then fussy cut them.  The letters for the signs were hand written, and then attached to toothpicks. 

Lots of pieces, but such a fun card to put together.

Hope that you guys are having a good far it's been one of those week's here, but I've still been able to have some fun crafting and have gotten some great happy mail to create with.  :)  Halfway to the weekend!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  CTMH - White Daisy, Topiary, Chocolate cardstock
Stamps:  Jane's Doodles - Garden Friends
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black
Other:  Spectrum Noir Markers (is it really bad that I don't remember all the ones I used?); CTMH - Dimensional Foam tape; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; EKSuccess - Zig Black Marker; Toothpicks

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Skipping Stones Design Sketch #150

Halfway through my guest month at Skipping Stones Design, and I'm having lots of fun!

Today's sketch is from Heidi Van Laar, and today the SSD DT and guests are all using Fangs or Fur. 

I used the round image from the set to create the background paper for the top half of the card as well as for the round element on the sketch.  I really like how the background piece turned out, kind of subtle and graphic.

I also really like to mix trims, and had fun doing that here.  I've got that brown velvet paired with the light blue velvet circles and then the natural ric rac.  Kind of fun and unexpected. 

Want to win some stamps of your own?  Head over to Skipping Stones Design and play along with the sketch!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  CTMH - Desert Sand and Colonial White cardstock, Colonial White bulk card base; Basic Grey - Paper Cottage 6x6 pad
Stamps:  Skipping Stones Design - Fangs or Fur
Ink:  CTMH - Desert Sand
Other:  CTMH - Foam Tool, Dimensional Foam Tape; Hydrangea Hippo - Brown Velvet Trim; Helmar - Quick Dry 450; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Misc - Blue Velvet Trim and Natural Ric Rac

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Trust in the Lord With All Your Heart

Quick post today to share this card for Unity's monthly challenge which is to create a project with a pennant/banner, and for CAS-ual Friday's challenge to use hearts on your project.

I'm using the Trust With Your Heart Itty Bitty.  There's this great little row of hearts, within the stamp.  I wanted to make a little banner with them, so I masked the stamp with tape and stamped it.  Then I stamped again to get the hearts.

I colored the hearts with my watercolor pencils (using Cranberry and Holiday Red) and then cut them out.

It was a little tricky to create the banner - used my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher - just need a steady hand.  Then I added a little dimensional foam tape under the hearts.

Actually a relatively simple and quick mini card (finished size is 3" x 3").

Have a great end to your weekend!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  CTMH - White Daisy and Cocoa cardstock
Stamps:  Unity - Trust With Your Heart Itty Bitty
Ink:  Cocoa
Other:  CTMH - Watercolor Pencils; Dimensional Foam Tape, Liquid Glass; May Arts - Burlap Twine; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

Saturday, October 13, 2012

You can NEVER have too much Happy

Another card for the Unity WCMD challenges.

This one features a couple Unity Itty Bitties:  Happy, Happy, Happy and Never Too Much Happy.  That's a lot of happy!

This is for the stamp a border using non-border stamps challenge.  I created a sentiment border with the Happy Happy Happy stamp.  The actual sentiment from the card and the bottle are from the Never Too Much Happy Itty Bitty.

I actually stamped the bottle three times.  Once in Cocoa as the base, once with the yellow color for the 'wrapper' and once in Cranberry for an extra straw. 

The papers are My Mind's Eye, On the Bright Side. 

Hope that you are having a great weekend.  I've been finishing up a couple more cards to mail into the World Cardmaking Day contest, but getting the itch to do some scrapbooking....

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  My Mind's Eye - On the Bright Side 6x6 paper pad; CTMH - White Daisy cardstock
Stamps:  Unity Stamp Co. - Happy Happy Happy, Never Too Much Happy
Ink:  CTMH - Cranberry and Cocoa; Hero Arts - Butter Bar
Other:  CTMH - Dimensional Foam Tape; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Kuretake - Craft Glue Pen; May Arts - Burlap Twine

Thursday, October 11, 2012

More WCMD - Unity Coloring/Pamela Young Sketch/Ellen Hutson Holiday Card

Couple more cards for World Cardmaking Day.

First off, is a card for the Unity coloring challenge as well as Pamela Young's sketch challenge.

I'm using the Life is a Verb Itty Bitty.  I colored the body of the wagon with colored pencils, and the wheels/handle with the blending pen.  I stayed pretty true to the sketch, and used some May Arts chevron twill, kraft buttons, and twine to embellish it.  The alphas are from Basic Grey.

I also finished designing the Christmas cards we're going to send out this year.  I'm sharing this one (of five) for Ellen Hutson's Holiday Card challenge.

It's really CAS. The stamp is from the Pear & Partridge cardmaking kit. It's stamped in Cocoa, and I used a sponge dauber to color the birds red. I didn't clean them off/mask them off so it's a more subtle color since it's a blend of the Cocoa/Cranberry.

One more day til the weekend!

Supplies Used

Card 1
Paper/Cardstock:  CTMH - Kraft, Cranberry, Black and White Daisy cardstock
Stamps:  Unity - Life is a Verb
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black
Other:  CTMH - Colored Pencils, Blending Pen, Kraft buttons; The Twinery - Maraschino twine; Basic Grey - White Alphabet Stickers; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; 3L Dodz Adhesive

Card 2
Paper/Cardstock:  CTMH - Colonial White and Olive cardstock, Colonial White bulk card base
Stamps:  CTMH - Pear and Partridge Workshop on the Go stamp set
Ink:  CTMH - Cocoa, Cranberry

Other:  CTMH - Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon, Sponge Dauber; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

4 Generations

I've been making so many cards lately because of WCMD, I needed to take a break and do some scrapping.

This layout is for Elle's Studio's current sketch. 

This photo is a really special one - from my grandmother's visit this past June.  My grandmother is an amazing lady, she's dealt with ovarian cancer, knee surgery, and this summer was the first time in a LONG time she was able to come out to the East Coast.  She'd never met either of the girls, and it was great to introduce them. 

I'm using CTMH's Avonlea papers.  Aren't they pretty?  They're perfect for a heritage style layout.  I did some fussy cutting from one of the sheets of paper to get some of the embellishments (flower and doily type emblem), the Cricut Artiste cartridge for the letters and numbers, and the sewimg machine to add some texture/structure. 

Hope that your day is going well....I ended up having to come home early.  Something I ate last night did NOT agree with me.  The good news is that I was able to catch up on the DVR and do some fussy cutting at the same time....feeling loads better now!

I'm going to link this up over at ScrapFit for their paper piecing challenge too.

Have a great evening, I'll have some more of my WCMD cards to share tomorrow.

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  CTMH - Avonlea Level 2 Paper packet; Michael's - open stock vellum
Other:  Elle's Studio - Lil' Snippets, This Week - Gray; CTMH - Cricut Artiste Cartridge; Xyron - 1" Sticker Maker, 5" Creative Station; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Pigma - Black Micron Pen; Sewing Machine

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Good Day Sunshine - Adventures in Embossing

So I made my first card that involved hot embossing the other day.  It was a ton of fun, and I thought I would fire up the craft heater for another card tonight - which is for the Unity WCMD embossing challenge and Kim Kesti's sketch challenge.

I love the way this looks, except for the little stray embossing powder specks.

I used four Spectrum Noir markers to create the ombre coloring and then embossed my image on top.  Not sure if it's because I did all that coloring and the powder kind of stuck to it more, but I had a hard time getting the powder off.  I also embossed the little circle around the hole in the tag.

So, for all you embossing pros out there, help a girl out with your best strategies/tools for preventing stray embossing powder specks. 

Other than that, I really do like the look of this, and I do plan to try it again, after I figure out how to keep it a little cleaner.

Thanks for coming by!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  CTMH - Dreamin papers, Black and Colonial White Cardstock, Colonial White bulk card base
Stamps:  Unity - Good Day Sunshine
Ink:  Versamark
Other:  CTMH - Black embossing powder, craft heater; Spectrum Noir Markers - OR1, GB5, CT4, CT3; The Twinery - Marigold Twine; 3L - Small Dodz Adhesive; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Skipping Stones Design Sketch #149

I'm back with another great sketch from Skipping Stones Design!

Last week I used my very first SSD set for my card.  This week (since it's a retro month and SSD is using some of their old sketches), we are actually using the very first sketch that I played along with at SSD (and the one where I won the stamp set I used last week), by Cristina Kowalczyk.

This time I'm using some of my newer SSD sets:  Pumpkin Seed Sentiments (to create the background pattern on the horizontal strip), and Birthday Purses.

I stamped the purse on some paper from BG's Paper Cottage collection, cut it out, and squeegeed Liquid Glass over it to get that patent leather shine.  It's so shiny I had a really hard time getting a good photo! 

Hope your week is off to a great start!  It's back to work for me.....

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Bazzill Card Shoppe - Licorice Twist; CTMH - White Daisy and Lagoon cardstock; Basic Grey - Paper Cottage 6x6 papers
Stamps:  SSD - Pumpkin Seed Sentiments, Birthday Purses
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black; CTMH - Lagoon
Other:  CTMH - Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge; Cutting Knife, Liquid Glass; Tombow Mono Adhesive; Helmar - Zapdots; Michael's - Black Ribbon

Monday, October 8, 2012

WCMD - Pink Paislee Mini Cards

Today I wanted to share another of my WCMD projects. 

One of the challenges over at Pink Paislee was to make a mini card. 

I don't make mini cards very often, but I should because they are a lot of fun, and they don't take nearly as long as regular cards.

I'm mostly using Pink Paislee's Hometown Summer collection, although that strip of green paper is from the CTMH Bliss collection, and the sentiment is CTMH also.

Did some fussy cutting from one of the papers to get the houses and clouds, and really then it was just assembly. 

Thanks for coming by, and hope that you are enjoying the benefit of a day off!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Pink Paislee - Hometown Summer collection; CTMH - Bliss collection and Colonial White cardstock
Stamps:  CTMH - Say It in Style
Ink: CTMH - Black

Other:  CTMH - Dimensional Foam Tape, Bonding Memories Adhesive; Tombow - Mono Adhesive