Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Yankee Doodle Dandy Birthday

This card was created just for my nephew, who was born on July 3rd.  He likes to refer to himself as a "Yankee Doodle Dandy boy."  He also LOVES knights.  I doubt that this card would have come together so quickly if I hadn't just finished purging my craft room and reorganizing my stamp sets; I mixed so many varied supplies.  I think because everything I currently own is fresh in my memory that I was able to get this card to come together in less than an hour.

I used a "You are my" die, but cut the 'a' twice to change the phrase to "You are a".  The distressed stars background is from a Simon Says Stamp card kit (August 2016), but I used distress oxide inks to  make it patriotic.

inks:  Ranger "Fired Brick" and "Faded Jeans"; Hero Arts black dye
card stock:  Simon Says Stamp
dies:  PTI "double-ended banner" and "Phrase Play #1" vol.8 no.2; My Favorite Things "Blueprints 24"
stamps:  My Favorite Things "Good Knight"
Copic markers:  C3, C5, and RO8  

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Princess Thank You cards

I am on a "use it up" kick right now...these papers came from a 12x12 pad of princess-themed papers.  I *almost* used up what was left of this collection creating a set of thank you notes (24 in total) for my daughters' princess-themed birthday party.

There are only two 12x12 sheets left of the original 12x12 pad; they are both of pink hearts, so I filed them with my Love/Valentine-themed papers.
My friend made the birthday cakes; Julia wanted a chocolate Cinderella cake and Kathryn wanted a banana Belle cake.  Yes, that is a real rose in the center of the Belle cake!  The cupcakes have pumpkins or magic wands (Cinderella) and the Belle cupcakes have rosebuds.  I found old pictures of the girls in their princess dresses and framed them with frames from the dollar store to add to the party decor.

stamps:  Hero Arts "Thanks a Bunch" (thanks!) and Stamping' Up (princess crown)
dies:  My Favorite Things "Blueprints 24"
ink:  Close to my Heart bubblegum

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Orange You Glad It's Christmas challenge

Jingle Belles has an inspiration photo challenge going on right now.  Challenges are so much fun, especially when they take you out of your comfort zone with non-traditional colors or in this case, a color I rarely craft with...ORANGE!  Here is the inspiration photo:

I tried to copy the tree and I also tried to find a background paper similar to the trefoil pillow at the bottom of the photo.

This is not a card I would ever mass-produce; but it was fun to make and it was a great way to use up scraps.  The tree is created from a Martha Stewart branch punch (I punched 68 white branches all from white card stock scraps) and the bows are cut from a My Favorite Things Die-namics Blueprints 26 (from Bazzill scraps).  The trefoil paper is by Echo Park.  The sentiment is a Lawn Fawn stamp from "Toboggan Together".  Lastly, the Fresh Peach ink and pearls are both by Hero Arts.

I like making stuff; especially when it involves using up scraps :)

Monday, March 26, 2018

Vintage-y challenge

I really enjoy old book stores especially for perusing children's books.  The art work from Dick and Jane books or old Little Golden Books (and the like) make my heart happy.  Whenever a vintage card challenge arises I always think I should find damaged books at a yard sale and up-cycle the pretty art onto a card...yet I have never done so.  I do have a little bit of October Afternoon "Under the Tree" ephemera, like the reindeer on this card, which is similar in style to vintage children's books.

I found a 6x6 sheet of music paper from an old card kit.  The music paper is mounted on a 6x6 sheet of snowflake paper by My Mind's Eye "be merry" collection.  The reindeer competed too much with the music paper for my liking, so I found a scrap of vellum to glue the reindeer on, which I anchored with an Echo Park "Christmas Cheer" chipboard element (black pennant w/ snowflake).  Lastly, my sentiment is a rub-on from Creative Imaginations.

This card is for the "Spirit of Christmas Past" challenge at Jingle Belles.  Thank you, Stef & Lauren for helping me create a card that is out of my comfort zone; it wouldn't be a challenge if it didn't stretch our creativity.  And I have one more card ready for Christmas 2018.

Happy creating!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Sing a Song for Christmas challenge

The current Jingle Belles challenge is to create a card incorporating the theme of music.

I have waited until the eleventh hour on this challenge because I wasn't sure what to do, but then I decided to clean up my craft room and as I was putting away a box of Simon Says Stamp goodies I spotted this stamp set:
Sometimes you just need to go shopping in your craft room :)

Dies:  Jingle Snowflakes (Simon Says Stamp);  Stitched Retangle (MFT De-namics Blueprints 24); Small Scalloped rectangle MFT De-namics Blueprints 20)
stamps:  Simon Says Stamp (Fa La La set)
ink:  Indigo Impress die ink
papers:  white card stock, navy linen card stock, and 6x6 Color Burst Splash by Ken Oliver Crafts

Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Birthday Card (Set of 6)

Do you make crafty New Year's Resolutions?  My 2018 resolution is to "Use It Up."  Are you ROTFLOL?  I am actually doing quite well so far...even though I probably have enough patterned paper for two lifetimes.  So far I have not purchased any new patterned papers, but that does not apply to Simon Says Stamp card stock nor steel dies; especially steel dies :)

My supplies for this card are:
Simon Says Stamp Lake Shores ink, Simon Says Stamp Ring Wreath die, Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes stamp set, and the following Simon Says Stamp MME puffy stickers:

 (Simon Says Stamp September 2016 card kit)
And yes, I used the entire pack of puffy stickers to create these 6 cards.  I am very happy with these fun birthday cards.

I hope you will join me in this fun challenge.  Happy Sunday!

Inchies Christmas Cards

I created two INCHIES cards for the current challenge at Jingle Belles' "Have Yourself a Merry LITTLE Christmas"; i.e. use inchies, twinchies, or other small shapes on your card.
I stamped in Stampin' Up! Real Red ink using a My Pink Stamper Biggie Christmas sentiment.  The patterned papers came from a discontinued card kit.This challenge was the perfect opportunity to use my My Favorite Things Blueprints 20 dies that I purchased with my Christmas money:

Happy Sunday!