Happy Monday to you all! The weather here is just perfect and I'm planning on spending some time cleaning up the yard today. I love this time of year when it's not too hot or too cold and I can turn of the air conditioning and open the windows.
For my card today I decided to make another card for Today's (CAS) Clean & Simple Challenge splitcoast challenge. For today's challenge we were to make over one of our previous cards in our gallery.
I decided to make over this card from my gallery. I really wasn't happy with my earlier card, so I was glad to try and make it again. This time I only used the smaller flower, I eliminated one layer, I used white card stock, I used a different birthday sentiment, and a wider grosgrain ribbon. The ink pad colors I used were: Lavender Lace, Lovely Lilac, and Apricot Appeal.
To make my card all I did was stamp my flower image using the rock and roll technique and then I punched the flowers out using the coordinating SU Spring Bouquet flower punch. The flower stamp set I used is SU's Looks Like Spring (I always have a hard time using this set).
My sentiment is from SU's It's Your Birthday and my ribbon is from Offray. To create the score lines above and below my punched out flowers I used my scor-pal! Thanks so much for looking and have a great day!
I chose to redo this card from my splitcoast gallery. On this card I eliminated three layers, the sponging technique, and some of the dots. I always wanted to try and make that card again and this challenge was the perfect opportunity.
I stamped the flower images using Black Stazon and I colored it using my SU markers. I used white, black, and Barely Banana card stock and Certainly Celery, Barely Banana, and Apricot appeal markers.
Once my card was finished I felt that my background needed a little something, so I decided to use my Swirls Cuttlebug Embossing folder. My ribbon is from Offray! I'm going to try this challenge again tomorrow. I already have a card in mind, but it's getting late now and I'm off to bed!
All summer I wanted to take our son to the Crayola Factory in Easton, PA. It's only about an hour and 20 minutes from us and so we decided that today we would go.
My son had a good time, but it was very crowded and I was a bit disappointed that there were not Crayola employees guiding us or demonstrating what we were to do. I sort of felt that we were on our own and we had to constantly try and find an employee and ask questions about the craft stations and displays.
It cost us just under $30 for the entrance tickets for my husband, myself, and my son (the baby was free). To be quite honest I don't think that I would go back again, but it was a fun day for my son. In the first picture here he was making a sand art project, and of course that was an additional fee of $4.
In the second picture here my and my husband are drawing with side walk chalk on the floor in the side walk station.
My son loves to draw with his side walk chalk at home; it's one of his favorite outside activities.
In this picture my son is playing with the water table. This is a large table that you can move the yellow and blue plastic pieces to create sort of a pathway for the boats to float through.
My son loved doing this and we spent most of our time here, he just didn't want to leave.
That's the baby sitting in her stroller and playing with her toy phone. She was pretty good throughout the entire day and didn't fuss too much.
The last picture that I thought I would share with you all is a picture of my baby girl standing. Here she's only 6 1/2 months old and this is her first time standing.
I ran for the camera so fast in hopes that I could catch this moment. I love this picture, she's laughing at me as if to say...ha, ha...you can't stop me now....LOL
We were to pick from either shoes or bags from Anthropologie.com.
This is the purse/bag that I chose to use for my inspiration.
My sentiment is from SU's Thoughts & Prayers stamp set and my ribbon is from Offray. Thanks for looking and have a great day! I won't be around much this week because my sister will be visiting with me for a few days.
Here's my submission for today's limited supply challenge. For today's challenge we were to create a masculine teen or adult card, but we were not allowed to use any flowers, ribbon, or bling.
Believe it or not this is the first time that I've ever used this stamp set and I've had it for a few years now.
My card was pretty easy to make, all I did was stamp the image using Chocolate Chip ink. Then I stamped it again using Bashful Blue ink and I punched out the U using a 3/4" circle punch and placed it over top using a dimensional.
I added some faux stitching to my card base and I created a faux belt along the bottom of my Bashful Blue card stock. To the left side of my Bashful Blue card stock I also did some paper piercing.
After seeing several cards similar to the one I made here I decided to go ahead and give it a try.
I made this card yesterday, but then I tried making it again. You can see my first card here.
This time when I made my card I stamped the sentiment suing Chocolate Chip ink instead of the Black ink and I tried to stamp the background trees a little lighter.
I'm very pleased with this card, it really was quick and easy to make. I created an oval mask and used my stipple brush to make my background. I stamped the larger group of tree image using Old Olive ink. I inked up the stamp and then stamped off and then stamped my card stock.
For the larger single tree I used Old Olive ink, but this time I didn't stamp off first. Then using my Chocolate Chip marker I colored it a bit for the branches. I added some paper piercing (free handed) along the outside of my oval and I added some Old Olive color ribbon.
And finally I have one last card to share with you all today. I originally made this card for the CAS DT search, but I decided not to submit it because I felt that perhaps it wasn't clean and simple enough.
This image is from an older Stampin Up stamp set (from 1999) called 'Great Groupings'.
All I did to create my card was stamp my image and I colored it using SU Watercolor crayons and a blender pen.
I added some paper piercing along the outside edge of my Old Olive card stock and my ribbon is from Offray. My sentiment is from SU's Happy Fall Y'all.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you all have a great weekend. I probably won't be able to post tomorrow because we are invited to a graduation party.
The first card that I made is a Christmas card. I used my SU Snow Swirled and Holiday & Whishes stamp sets to make my card.
For my background paper I just took the small snowflake stamp and stamped it randomly using Old Olive and Real Red ink. My tree image is stamped using Old Olive ink and then I added a few red bling gems.
I used my wide oval punch for my sentiment and my red ribbon is from Offray.
The next card that I made was another Christmas card and it even easier and quicker to make.
I used the poinsettia stamp from SU's Perfect Presentation stamp set. I colored the poinsettia using my Real Red SU marker because I didn't want to stamp the wording that is around the poinsettia image. Then I just stamped a few of them together in a row. I did end up using my stamp-a-ma-jig so that I could get them lined up nicely.
I then layered my stamped panel onto Real Red card stock and then I decided to add a gold brad to the center of each poinsettia.
I found the decorative paper in my scrap bin and I thought it would be perfect for my card. My sentiment is stamped using gold encore ink and my red ribbon is from Offray.
And this is the last Christmas card that I decided to make. I really like the way this card turned out, but my husband hated it, oh well! What do husbands know anyway, right? So, against his advice I've decided that I'm going to submit it for the Autumn CAS DT challenge.
I received this image through an image swap that I hosted this past summer. This was another pretty quick and easy card that I made. I used my SU watercolor crayons and blender pen to color the image and it really only took a few minutes to color.
In the upper right and lower left hand corners of my main image panel I decided to do some decorative paper piercing.
I wanted to add a touch of green card stock, so I decided to add a small piece using my SU Scallop border punch. My red ribbon is from Offray.
I ended up making an autumn themed card for this challenge as well.
I stamped my image using brown Stazon ink and again, I colored it using my SU watercolor crayons and blender pen. I used SU's Give Thanks stamp set to make this card.
I added some decorative paper piercing along the left side of my ruby red card stock and my green (Old Olive color) ribbon is from Offray.
Once I had my card finished I still felt like it needed a little something more, so I decided to add some faux stitching along the bottom of my More Mustard card stock.
I wanted to post the two cards that I made for the CAS DT search challenges. The second challenge was to create a Monochromatic brown card using just a touch of red. The red may be an embellishment, a small part of a colored image, a small piece of cardstock, etc. We had to keep the red to a minimum.
The idea for the first card that I made came to my mind right away. I stamped the reindeer and colored it using my SU Creamy Caramel marker. I added a red craft sequin and red bead for his nose. This image is from SU's Merry & Bright stamp set.
I made the decorative paper using the snow flake stamp (from the same stamp set) and then I added some white dots using a white gel pen. It's layered on Chocolate Chip card stock and then I added some paper piercing along the top and bottom portion.
My sentiment is from SU's Sincere Salutations and my ribbon is from Offray.
This is the second challenge card that I made. I used SU's Thoughts & Prayers stamp set. I inked the stamp using Close to Cocoa ink and then I wiped off some of the leaves and I colored some of them using Real Red and Chocolate Chip SU Markers.
My sentiment is from the same stamp set, I only used part of the image. On the right hand side of my card I added some decorative score lines using my Scor-pal.
In the lower left side of my stamped image I used my paper piercing tool and I pierced a tiny bit of the corner section. For my small bit of red, I used a tiny piece of Real Red card stock and a small bit of red ribbon.
Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day!
The Autumn CAS DT (Clean & Simple Design Team) search is under way. Here is the link if you would like some more information on how you can participate in the design team challenge cards. Jen has listed three different challenges that we are to create cards for.
The first challenge is a sketch challenge. The sketch from this card (made by girlydecou) is the sketch that we were to follow.
For my first card I used my SU stamp set Baroque Motifs. I just stamped the flourish stamp in the lower right corner and then I added some glitter over the thicker black swirls using my versamark marker and iridescent ice embossing powder (it's really hard to see in the picture, but it looks really pretty in person).
I decided to add a few small punched butterflies and a dab of liquid pears in the center. My ribbon is from Offray. I was thinking that this would make a great wedding card and that's why I decided to use the word cherish for my sentiment.
I made a second card for this sketch challenge. I decided to use an older SU stamp set called Wishing Well.
This card that I made was a super easy one. All I did was stamp my image and colored it using my SU markers. The wishing you well sentiment is from the same stamp set and my ribbon is from Offray.
I'll be posting the rest of my cards for the Autumn CAS DT in the next few days. I have them finished, but I didn't want to post them all in one post. I made two cards for the color challenge and I made four cards for the theme challenge.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
Well, I'm exhausted from all of the work that we did yesterday, so I'm planning on taking it easy today. My husband's grandmother came over today to visit with the children. It was pretty hot outside so they ended up staying inside and playing.
My children loved the movie at the park last night. (They showed the movie called Bedtime Stories). The children were well behaved and the baby slept during the movie, it was some nice family time.
My card for today is for the clean & simple challenge. Today's challenge was to create a masculine card.
I decided to make a square card today and my card was really quick and easy. I just stamped my image, assembled my card, distress the Close to Cocoa card stock layer, and added my embellishments.
The image I used is from SU's Noble Deer stamp set. My decorative paper is also from SU, but I'm pretty sure that it's a retired pattern.
Well, I have to run, I have some housework to finish and it's almost lunch time. Have a great day and thanks for visiting!
This is the card that I made for today's featured stamper. Today's featured stamper is Stamp Muse. This is the card from her gallery that I chose to case. I really love all white cards especially for wedding cards.
I wanted to try using a few different Cuttlebug embossing folders on my card, but no matter which ones I picked it just didn't work for me, so I ended up using only one Cuttlebug folder. Also I didn't have a large butterfly like she used on her card, but I did end up adding some small punched butterflies.
Like her card, I used all white card stock, organdy ribbon, and the same sketch, but I turned the sketch sideways.
I made my card by using the Birds & Swirls embossing folder, my Martha Stewart 3 in 1 butterfly punch, SU's Sincere Salutations for the sentiment, organdy ribbon, and liquid pearls. My sentiment is punched using a wide oval punch.
My daughter and I were able to find some of the '$50 off $100 or more' coupons for Old Navy. If you would like more information on how you can find some Old Navy coupons here is a link from one of my previous posts. I have more information posted there.
I was talking to my brother in law just a few days ago and I told him that I would make Christmas cards for him this year. I loved the clean & simple challenge from this past Monday and I wanted to make some more cards using some form of bling. I also wanted to make some Cuttlebug cards and so these are the cards that I came up with. I was also trying to see if I could come up with some cards that my brother in law and his wife might like to use for their Christmas cards this year. (Hi Angie & Brian ;)
The first card that I made was really easy to make. I used the Winter House embossing folder and I just added some glitter to the roofs of the houses and on the snowflakes in the sky. I added the glitter using Iridescent Ice embossing powder and a versa mark marker.
The snowflakes are from a Cuttlebug die called Snowflake #2. I added a bling gem in the center of the snowflakes. The Season's Greetings sentiment is from SU's Snow Swirled and my organdy ribbon and silver cording are from SU.
The second card I made is embossed using the Cuttlebug embossing folder called 'Snow Dots'. To make this card I placed my card stock partially inside the embossing folder and then ran it through my Cuttlebug machine.
Right below the snow dots embossing I used my scor-pal to add three horizontal embossed lines (it's hard to see because my ribbon is placed over it, but I wanted to create some sort of separation from the embossed area to the non-embossed area).
Again the snowflakes on this card are from a Cuttlebug die called Snowflake #2. The Season's Greetings sentiment is from SU's Snow Swirled and my organdy ribbon is from Offray.
My next card is created using the Snow Dots and Swiss Dots embossing folder.
I partially embossed the top part of my card stock using the Snow Dots folder. Next, I used my Swiss Dots embossing folder on the other side of my card stock and I ran that through my cuttlebug machine. Then I added a decorative score line, using my scor-pal, below the Snow Dots embossed area, and above the Swiss Dots embossed area.
I decided to add some Liquid Pearls in the center of each embossed snowflake, but now I'm not quite sure that I like the way that it turned out. I think next time I'll skip the Liquid Pearls.
My organdy ribbon on this card and my silver cording are both from SU. Again, my Season's Greetings sentiment is from SU's Snow Swirled.
This is the last card that I made using my
cuttlebug folders. I think that I like this card the best. It's similar to the card that I made earlier this week for Monday's clean & simple challenge. You can see that card here.
I used my Cuttlebug Lace Tree embossing folder on this card. I placed the tree to the right side of my card and then I used my scor-pal to create the vertical score lines on the left side.
I added some red and clear bling gems to my embossed tree image.
My sentiment is from SU's Cute Converse stamp set and it is layered using Real Red cardstock.
I used my small and large oval punches for my sentiment and my ribbon is from Offray.
Well, that's about it for my Christmas themed Cuttlebug cards! I wish you all a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!
My card for today’s is for the ways to use it challenge on splitcoast stampers. For today's challenge we were to find ways to use Variegated Color. It could be using some variegated ribbon, variegated thread, yarn, paper, etc.
I ended up using a Kaleidacolor spectrum ink pad for my main image. After I stamped my image with the spectrum ink pad I decided that I wanted to add some glitter over my image. So I used my VersaMark ink pad and iridescent Ice embossing powder and then I heat embossed the glitter. You can sort of see the glitter effect in my picture.
My Pink Passion paper is stamped using the small flower from the stamp set. Again, I used the Versa Mark ink pad, but I didn't emboss this time. I used my white gel pen for the center of the flowers. I used a small strip of Green Galore card stock along the background of my card. My variegated ribbon is from Offray. Thanks for stopping by!
Here's my card for today's sketch challenge (I had to make it a quick one today). I was going through some of my decorative paper that I have and I realized that this paper matches SU's Polka Dots & Paisley stamp set. I decided to use the colors of the decorative paper so the card stock that I used is: white, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, and Barely Banana.
This card was super easy to make (I just love quick and easy cards; especially when I have three kids and a husband ...LOL) All I did was cut my decorative paper and the Bashful Blue paper to fit into today's sketch. Then I stamped my flowers using my SU ink pads. The stems are Certainly Celery green and the flowers are stamped using Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, and Barely Banana ink.
I decided to use the sentiment that came with this stamp set. I figured the word Happy would be suitable for a birthday card. The ribbon I used is from Offray. I have to run, have a great day!
I made this card for Sunday's splitcoast featured stamper. This week's featured stamper is Sleepyinseattle. Her gallery is awesome and there are so many cards to choose from. I had a hard time picking one to case, but this is the one that I decided to go with.
I used almost the same colors as she did and I used the same background stamp, but I used my SU Garden Silhouettes stamp set, I changed the sentiment, and I didn't add the Hodge Podge hardware, or the decorative pin she used on her ribbon.
I stamped my background using pretty in pink ink and the large swirly stamp from SU's Baroque Motifs stamp set. My flower image is from SU's Garden Silhouettes stamp set. I colored the stamp using my SU markers and then I stamped my image.
My sentiment is from SU's Circle of Friendship. I just stamped it and punched it out using my circle punch. I ended up stamping one more flower and adding it to the center. I used my SU eyelet border punch on the Certainly Celery cardstock that is just to the right of my flower image. My ribbon is from Offray.
Happy Monday to you all! Well, it's that time again for this week's clean & simple challenge. For today's challenge we were to create CAS cards using some form of bling.
As soon as I read today's challenge I knew I wanted to create some sort of snowflake card and I decided to use my SU Snow Flurries stamp set.
My card is super quick and easy to make. All I did was stamp the snowflakes and my sentiment and then add my bling. I glued my bling gems using Crystal Effects.
My second Christmas card didn't start out as a Christmas card, but after I added my red bling and my red ribbon I thought it looked more like Christmas so I decided to add a Merry Christmas sentiment.
I just purchased some new Cuttlebug embossing folders last week and I wanted to try them out. The folders I purchased had 5 little strips instead of the one larger size A2 folder. What I great idea these strips are. Now I can add embossing to any portion of my card easily. I used my scor-pal for the decorative score lines above and below my embossed Cuttlebug area. The name of the folder that I used for this card is called 'Just My Type'.
I glued my bling gems using Crystal Effects. My sentiment is from SU's All Year Cheer.
This has to be one of the most time consuming cards that I've ever made. It literally took me about two hours to finish it. First, I stamped some ivy along the top of my white cardstock. Everything else is stamped and cut out. I stamped the monkeys, pineapples, banana, the truck, and graduation caps and then I cut them all out. For the pickup truck I used the paper piecing technique. To make the road I cut a piece of black cardstock and I added the yellow lines using my zig painty gold marker. The signs that the monkeys are holding are computer generated and they read 'Erin Graduated' and 'It's A Party We'll Be There'. I used my SU Word Window to punch them out.
Finally, I added some sponging along the edges of my white cardstock and the truck's tires, bumper, and door handle are colored using my zig painty silver marker.
Happy Friday to you all!!! Here's my card for today's limited supply challenge. For today's challenge we were to create a card using a food type image and using only colors with food type/edible names.
Well, I have to say that this really was a challenge for me. These colors are way out of my comfort zone and I'm still not sure if I like this card, my daughter was even helping me try and figure this one out.
I ended up using several different ink pads on my card. I used the rock and roll technique for the fruit and the colors I used were: Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Only Orange, Apricot Appeal, and So Saffron. My cardstock colors were: Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery, and So Saffron.
All I did to make my card was stamp and punch (using 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches). When my card was finished I felt that it still needed a little something so I decided to add some glitter along the outside of my fruit.
My sentiment is from SU's Crazy for Cupcakes and my ribbon is from Offray.
I'm not sure if I'll be able to post this weekend because we are going to be busy. We are planning on finishing staining our deck and I was hoping to take the kids swimming. Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!
To make my main image panel I just stamped the outline stamps and then using my stamp-a-ma-jig I stamped the solid image stamps. I used the following ink pad colors: Pink Passion, Pixie Pink, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Black Stazon.
I decided to go with faux stitching on my card. I used my SU mat pack to create the holes and using my Pixie Pink marker I drew in the stitch lines.
Since I had this flower stamp lying on my table I decided to make another card with it. I just colored my stamp with my SU markers and stamped it on my paper. Next, I assembled my card and added my ribbon treatment. My ribbon treatment is a bit different than from what I generally use, but as I was putting my card together I was going to tie my usually ribbon knot, but then I got to thinking about a thread I was reading on splitcoast. This thread was asking for different ways that you use your ribbons so I thought I should try something different and this is what I came up with.
I'm not sure how I came up with my layout, I was just digging through my paper scrap box and it sort of went from there. I tried to add some bit of Close to Cocoa paper without adding too much of it.
My sentiment is from SU's Warm Words. I've been using this set and Small Script more and more lately. I really like how well they both work with my small and large oval punches.