Thursday, March 31, 2011

Blog Hop!

Today is the start of Cindy Echtinaw's blog hop! It is a "Thank You" blog hop in honor of the sponsors of her StampingScrapping Design Team. If you want to follow the "hop" (and enter to win the pize!) start at Cindy's blog:

Blog Candy @ Scrap Garden

The "Scrap Garden" blog is having a birthday...the very 1st! So "Happy Birthday" to you! Jamie is offering blog candy to celebrate so I became a follower...only partly because of the candy! There is a lot of neat stuff on her blog as well as on her "Beary Scrap Design Team Challenge Blog"! If you want to go look here are the links: (for the candy!) and...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Special B-day Card

This birthday card is special simply because it is for a special lady: my sister-in-law Julie. She is such a sweet and talented "girl" (she still has a couple years before she hits the big 5-0)! By profession she is a floral designer but she does so many artsy craftsy things...she is amazing! SO creative AND such a big heart! Did I say, she's amazing? She is! For this card, I followed a color "sketch" or theme required for a certain challenge: using kraft, cream, dark brown, + "choice"... and I chose aqua.

  • My ingredients:

  • Paper- most is from my stash, the brown w/aqua swirls is K&C.

  • Stamps- Lg. swirl is "Vintage Flourish" from Stampabilities, Sis is Storybk alphabet from Stampendous, connected hearts are from "Anglaise Lace" from, plus a few others; on the inside is a Bible verse from Verve Stamps.

  • Die-cuts- Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 4

  • Rhinestone gems- Basics by Kaisercraft

  • Ribbon- from my "growing!" stash.

Entering this card in 2 challenges: - "Colors: Kraft, etc." - Challenge #42, "Special Birthday"

Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Wedding Card for Ben

Today is "Wedding Day" for my daughter Chris's brother-in-law Ben. I don't usually spend so much time on cards for people that I don't know very well but I was looking for an excuse to make another one of these! It is somewhat different than the other one (posted Feb. 18) and I was not able to enter that one in any challenges, so now I will! The ingredients: *both lavender papers and the pearls are from my stash *the off-white irridescent paper is the Cryogen *all the stamps are from the "Lacey Circles" set from (except for the flower in the very center of the circle and the "Best Wishes" sentiment) *the ribbon and tiny flowers are from HobbyLobby *I used the Martha Stewart punch "Scalloped Flower Border" and the Cuttlebug embossing folder "Swirls" I am entering it in 2 challenges: "Pastel Colors with Bling" - "Pastel Challenge" - Well, off to a quick clean-up job on my house to get ready for babysitting my 2 little grandsons during the wedding & reception! Happy Saturday to you all!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"Fabric" Card with Handmade Flowers

Here is another attempt at using fabric on a card. I did the same thing as on the last card only I used a larger piece of fabric for the whole background this time: I stamped the fabric with blue and 2 greens to go with the flowers.

I sewed it on the paper with a straight stitch (but the paper is a little too smooth so the machine slipped on it & my stitches aren't even :-( Oh well.
The black die cuts are Spellbinder Shapeabilities "Fleur de Lis"; the little "Thinking of You" & circle border are from the Lacey Circles set from Cindy's stamps at The flowers & leaves I made out of polar fleece! That was something I'd wanted to try for quite a while and was very inspired by seeing a lot of handmade fabric flowers on other peoples' blogs and challenges.

I've added Stickles to the flowers and around the words & swirl stamp (got to have a little sparkle!) and the cardstock and ribbon are from my stash.

I'm entering this card in 4 challenges:

1)Challenge #41 "Fabric" -

2)Challenge #30 - OOPS! CLOSED

3)Challenge #38 "Make It Sparkle" -

4)"Green" Challenge -

Saturday, March 12, 2011

March Road Trip & "Green" Card

No, not the Green Card that keeps you from being an illegal's the "Green" card that I made for Anary's challenge blog! A St. Patty's Day card. It says "Aye, and may the luck o' the Irish be with you!" I used a Tilda that is really a Christmas Tilda but I colored her apron green and put shamrocks in her pigtails and have her holding a string of shamrocks. Or are they 4-leaf clovers? Does someone out there know the difference?
I sewed a piece of fabric across the card which I had first stamped with green ink so it would match the other colors better. The light green behind Tilda is embossed with the flower folder from Cuttlebug. Tilda is colored with colored you like her red hair? She's got a bit o' the Irish in her, don't ya know.
And a Happy St. Patty's Day to you all!

Hey, I just got back here to snow-country from "down south" where it is, yes, WARM! Hubby and I took a spur-of-the-moment road trip.
The destination was Gulf Shores but we meandered through Indiana, Kentucky (went to the Creation cool!), Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, and then to Gulf Shores, AL for a few days.
We got to see our very first Mardi Gras parade! Came home with a ton of bead necklaces and Moon Pies! (NO flashing involved! Eeewwww!)
I ate several kinds of "Southern" foods on this trip: deep fried okra, greens with pork, sweet potatoe fluff, fried green tomatoes, black-eyed peas. I think I ate several kinds of EVERYTHING! I know I gained weight on this trip. Good thing spring is just around the corner so I can get outside and get busy with my flower gardens soon.
That was just a little depressing coming back up north watching the trees have less and less buds and greenery on them...and more and more snow on the ground! Oh well, we had a great trip and feels so good to be home again...and back in my craft room!!

This St. Patrick's Day card is being entered in 4 challenges:
1)"Buttons & Bling" @
2)"Fabulous Fabric" @
3)"Luck of the Irish" -Week 52 @
4)"Sketch" @

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