Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Long Overdue Memorial Page

I decided to spend some time today in my craft room to get organized for this weekend's crop. I only had about 3 layouts left in my Creative Memories box...and several hundred more photos to go through. 

I came across the photos of my little furry friend, Huck, and couldn't resist working on the pages (despite the fact that the ones before it aren't completed). We had to put him down at the end of this summer after he battled kidney and thyroid disease for more than 2 years. We had 17 terrific years with him, but it was still very hard to say goodbye to him and I wanted to make sure that the layout did him justice. I had the kids help me come up with the "things we love about Huck" comments. It helped them to remember the good times that we had together and some of the memories made us really laugh.

I know he is in a better place and not suffering anymore. And now we have this nice memorial page to look at whenever we're sad and missing him.

Black Friday Bonanza

Black Friday starts late in this part of the woods. Thanks to the Blue Laws in Massachusetts and Rhode Island stores can't open on Thanksgiving we have to wait til the stroke of midnight to start the insanity. I am not normally one to head out. I am never quite organized enough to have a shopping list ready. But this year, Joann's flyer drew me in. 75 % off Christmas could I resist?

I was in line with a bunch of die-hard quilters and other sewing when the doors opened they ran right to the fabric racks and I walked leisurely and determinedly toward the papercraft isles. I couldn't believe my luck. They were empty, I had plenty of time to browse at my leisure. I met a couple of very nice ladies who joined me 10 minutes later and we chatted briefly. There was plenty of stock so we didn't even have to negotiate who got which embossing folders. Stamps and ink were marked 40% off and eligible for the early bird 25% coupon.

My total haul cost only $31.36...and I saved almost double that! And look at all the fun goodies I have to play with now. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Another Green and Red Card

Yes, I know I said I was going to try to move away from the traditional colors...but I just can't. I keep finding ideas that I want to try out and gravitate to my stash of red and green paper (plus, I have a lot of scraps in these colors and the goal of my card making was to use up scraps of paper instead of recycling them).

I used some acrylic stamps to make the branch and evergreen fronds and then used Winter Frolic (like I did before) to create the ornament. If I make this card again, I think it would look nice to use a border punch along the sides of the green background mat...but I had already adhered it when that brilliant thought came to me. Oh well, next time.

I've got another day or two before I need to mail these cards to Ohio for the Cards that Care drive. So maybe I'll get some other colors in there.

Next up, I am going to try to make some Chanukah money enclosures for my nieces and that will get me out of the red and green theme for awhile. Also, I am going to use my new Martha Stewart score board and attempt to make coordinating envelopes, since I couldn't find any in blue at the local Michael's store.

Stay tuned!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Elfin Fun!

I spent last night at a scrapbook crop...but got very little accomplished. I just couldn't wait to get back to card making! After producing a couple of cards that I didn't really love, I came up with this little cutie.

I used a simple swirl stamp with my Momento ink to create the background pattern. Then I cut out a circle window using my Creative Memories cutting system. But what to put in the window? I tend to avoid the cute stamps, but couldn't resist this little elf that just seemed to be just calling to me.

I used my jelly roller pens to color him in and finished it off with a little red and green bow.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Little Ball of Joy

Okay...I know, it's another red and green card...but it's the last one for awhile.

I really wish I could remember where I saw the inspiration for this card...probably one of the Paper Craft books I recently checked out of the library. In the inspiration card, it looked like a bunch of tiny leaves stamped in a circle. Since I didn't have the same leaf stamp...I used what I had, which worked well. I actually think it came out very cute and very homemade. No one will ever accuse me of making cards that look too professional. At least this early in the game.

I colored the leaves with my Copic markers and added some red Stickles for the berries. Finished off simply with a red bow and then I used the same ribbon for a border on the side since it needed just a bit more color.

I think if I did it again, I'd stamp the banner onto some red cardstock but I was afraid the black wouldn't show up even if I embossed it. Maybe I'll play around with it and make a second version to see how it comes out.

Snow Cute!

With all the cards I am trying to create for the Cards that Care drive...I find myself gravitating to the red and green paper over and over again and the designs are starting to blend. So today I decided to switch gears and bring a little snow to the festivities.

The ribbon started to fray after I attached it to the card, which reminded me of a winter rather than fight it....I just used it in my design.

I hope this card brings a smile to someone!

Happy Holidays Card

Somehow yesterday got away from me and I never managed to post my creations. Luckily it was a rainy day, so I got a lot done and played in my craft room quite a bit.

Here's another simple card I made using a stamp from Outlines Rubber Stamps and some Glossy Accents (to highlight the berries). I love how Glossy Accents adds dimension and brightens the color underneath.

I"ll be sure to post my other creations as soon as I get back from work (yes, I actually have to work today!)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Oh Christmas Trees

I've been having so much fun creating Christmas cards...and I've been resisting the urge to listen to Christmas carols while I craft. Have to hold out until Thanksgiving at least.

The next card I made is one of my favorites. I had a lot of scraps of ribbon lying around and tried to figure out how to incorporate them into my design. I created three isosceles triangles in Microsoft Word and cut them out with a craft knife. Then I made three more of the same size, but cut them an 1/8 of an inch larger to give me a border mat. Then I wrapped the ribbon around the cardstock of the smaller trees and voila! I think I'll have to make some more of this one!


Crafting with a Purpose...Cards that Care

With the holidays fast approaching, I know that my crafting will have to take a back seat to more the more pressing needs of my family. But crafting for me is my way to unwind and to find peace. So I wanted to find some way to jump start this holiday season with a that would make me dedicate time each day to crafting and get me in the holiday spirit. And then I found it!

One of my favorite paper crafters, Jennifer McGuire of Jennifer McGuire Ink, is co-hosting a Cards that Care card drive. The goal is to motivate other crafters to make and donate cards that will be delivered to elderly residents in nursing homes. What a great cause and a perfect excuse for me to spend more time in my craft room.

I"ll post some of my favorite designs. If you'd like to get involved with this project, click on Jennifer's link above for directions on where to send the cards.

Today's card was made using a stamp from Outlines Rubber Stamps, some Copic markers, and Stickles. 

You've Found It...a Little Peace of Paper

My name is Stacy and am a paper addict!
There, I said it! I've been scrapbooking since my son was born 10 years ago and have recently expanded my paper obsession to include gift bags, tags, and cards! I follow a lot of crafting blogs, and I in no way want to compare myself with those creative folks, but rather have a place to document my work and store my favorites. Along the way, maybe someone will stop by and be inspired to create, just like other blogs have inspired me.
I'm migrating my blog over from WordPress and so it will look like a lot of projects all got done at once. But eventually, I'll be back on track. My goal is to post a couple of times a week...that way I'll make sure I am getting some good quality craft time in. And hopefully getting some peace with each project I work on.
Today, I took a break from some of the holiday cards I've been creating (more on that later) to whip up a quick Thank You card for some friends of ours. They are having us over this weekend for dinner and I wanted to make sure that the card was ready to go!
The inspiration for this card came from another blogger, Linda at Papertracer. I love how she used mini flowers instead of leaves for the tree. So I attempted my own. Hope she doesn't mind.