Sunday, February 24, 2013

I CAS(E)d this Sketch to Create a Late Birthday Card

Last night I played around with a lot of new things....well new to me that is to create a very late birthday card for my nephew Will. Will's birthday unfortunately falls two days before Christmas and in the hustle and bustle of the holiday, combined with packing our family for a surprise Disney trip, his card got lost in the shuffle. Both my husband and I thought we had mailed the card...but here it is two months later and he never got it. Big oops! So much for us being at the top of the favorite uncle and aunt list.

Anyway, back to the card. I just purchased some "gently used" Papertrey Ink stamps and the coordinating die from a fellow crafter.  Thank you, Emily! I've had my eye on the The Enjoy the Ride set for while now, and luckily she was looking to find a new home for hers. This set is so adorable and can be used for a number of occasions. In addition to stamps for both the outline and the inside of the car, the set includes a number of sentiment stamps and little greetings that go inside the license plate area. I love the versatility of the sayings. And I just couldn't wait to ink it up.

For my layout, I chose this week's CAS(E) this Sketch by Karolyn Loncon. I thought it would be the perfect sketch for the card I had in mind. And I had the perfect paper for my background from the Road Trip All-in-One Scrap Pad by K&Company that I found on the clearance shelves at TJ Maxx for only $2. It came together so quickly and I think turned out so cute. 

Inspiration for this card actually came from a cute card that Nichole Heady, co-owner of Papertrey Ink, created for another vehicle release, Hot Rods, this past summer. You can scroll through her blog post to see her Speed Limit card here. I just loved the idea of including the birthday age as the speed limit. I used Paper Smooches Alphadots to create the lettering and a Fiskar's set for the numbers. I used a little Copic B00 in the window and some YR12 and glossy accents on the taillights and was done! A super simple, super cute card.

I hope my nephew likes this card enough to forgive us for being so late!
Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

TAWS Be Inspired Challenge

There are only 4 more days to play along with The Alley Way Stamps Be Inspired Challenge #22. They've picked a really interesting photo of a lime green chair and table set that could inspire a lot of different ideas. 

Obviously, a tropical or floral scene would be a natural fit. Unfortunately, I don't have any floral sets from TAWS...but for some reason, when I looked at this picture I thought of a coral reef with all the different colored fish and plant life. And since I own the adorable Castaways set...that's what I went with. Although the set comes with some adorable sayings and phrases, I wanted something more unique and so I crafted the sentiment "go with the flow" from a combination of words from the Mad Gab set.

Can't wait to head over to the blog to see the other entries! Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Play Date with Mojo

Today, I came up to the craft room to make a birthday card for my nephew Ben. He's all grown up now and just moved to New York City, so I need some help coming with an idea for a masculine card. Luckily, I had lots of inspiration right in my inbox. 

I absolutely love this week's sketch (#281) created by Mary Fish over at the Mojo Monday blog. It's clean, it's simple, and lends itself well to coordinating pattern papers within the circles. I knew it would be the perfect design for my  masculine card.

Once I had the sketch selected, then I needed to pick a color scheme. Today, The Play Date Cafe (in partnership with the Twinery) offered up this color scheme to the left--stone, buttercream and denim. Unfortunately, I didn't have any Twinery twine in the right colors so I had to substitute with gold and royal embroidery floss. I really wish I had their Buttercream bakers would have been the perfect finishing touch.

Here is the card that I created (with the help of my "Play Date with Mojo"...
Supplies: Pattern paper by K& Company and Echo Park,  Lattice stamp by  Savvy Stamps,
birthday present from unknown source, small sentiment stamp by Hero Arts.

I'll be entering this card in both the Mojo Monday Sketch #281 challenge and The Play Date Cafe challenge #170. But first, I better get this card in the mail before I miss Ben's birthday!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

OWH Midweek Throwdown--Fun Folds & a Focal Point

Operation Write Home's Mid-week Throwdown challenge is to create a fun fold card. A couple of weeks back, I created a tri-fold shutter card (here) thanks to one of Sandy's tutorials, so for the challenge I wanted to try something different. After scouring Pinterest, I came across this card featuring a modified joy fold. And here's my take on it:

To create this card, you take an A2 base card and affix flaps to both the right and the left of the card. For the left flap I used the largest of the Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 10 and for the right flap I used the oval shape from my Creative Memories cutting system. Once you've attached both the right and left flaps you can cover it with a sheet of card stock cut slightly smaller (seen in white). The image I used is called Guitar Kody and he is a digi stamp from Some Odd Girl colored with various Copics. Isn't he just adorable? The blue papers (both solid and patterned are from K&Company.)

Because the flaps of the card overlap and don't necessarily lay flat, I've used a button (adhered with a glue dot) to tuck the right flap under without having to tie it down. There are a number of other ways you could keep the card closed...but this was the best way to close it without interfering with the image.

I think he came out super cute...and I think he also fits with this month's OWH Bootcamp lesson of creating a strong focal point for your card. Don't your eyes just go right to his? If you haven't checked out Paula's OWH bootcamp, jump right over. There are some great lessons to be learned and the homework is always fun!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

OWH Virtual Card Making Party--Challenges 3, 5, 6 & 8

Rather than write a blog post for each of the remaining challenges, I decided to combine a few more of them into a longer (and sorry, photo heavy) post. Up til now, I have completed challenges 1, 2, and 4 for the Virtual Card Making Party over at Operation Write Home. Here are my creations challenges 3, 5, 6 & 8. 

Challenge #3--Beth over at Bunny Scrap came up with a Selective Embossing challenge. This technique " creates an area where the embossing folder doesn't make an impression and you have an area you can stamp in or even add a different texture from another folder." I have to be honest...this one was really hard for me to pull off. Although I created my own "diffuser" I just wasn't happy with the results on the earlier attempts. I ended up having to put the green frame around the non-embossed area to define it properly. So here's the final result: 

Embossing folder and leaf die cut from Sizzix. Flower from Flutter By by Lawn Fawn. Green Hills
shadow ink from Hero Arts. Sentiment from Hero Arts Everyday Expressions.

Challenge #5--Leslie at the Crooked Stamper came up with the Disappearing Stash challenge. She asked us to take a sheet of 12 x 12 paper from our stash of 12x12 and use it along with Sketch #62 from the OWH archives to create multiple cards. The paper I chose was a left over piece of the Paper Studio that I used to create my tri-fold shutter card here. Although I didn't make a lot of these cards, the result was the same...a quick easy birthday card that is easy to mass produce.

Patterned Paper from the Paper Source (Hobby Lobby), Sentiment from Big Wish by Inkadinkado

Challenge #6--The first challenge awaiting us on Sunday morning was by Linda at Creepin Along. Her challenge was to incorporate an image "with wheels"...which is perfect for those masculine cards that are sometimes difficult to create. I used the car from my trusty Paper Smooches My Guy stamp set. And since it was a guy's card, I kept it pretty simple using some patterned paper from My Minds Eye and a computer-generated sentiment from my computer. I love the colors in the card and think guys will appreciate the simplicity of the card.

Challenge #8--Donna at Indiana Inking challenged us to use Washi Tape. Well that was an easy one for me. I have been hoarding washi tape for quite a while now and it felt good to actually put it to use. I pulled out a number of rolls that seemed to go together and started laying them down on the diagonal. The end result was a pretty background pattern that reminded me of summer. I thought it would make the perfect background for some Lawn Fawn Swimsuit Season stamps and the 'stay cool' sentiment was the perfect way to create a card that a soldier could use anytime to keep in touch with a loved one. 

Well I had hoped to tackle all of the remaining challenges today, but the season finale of Downton Abbey is on tonight and so I have to pull myself away from the craft room to see what happens to the Grantham/Crowley clan! This has been so much fun. I hope to finish up the other 3 challenges in the next few days. I've got a pretty busy schedule, but want to make sure I do all of them. 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great night!

OWH VCMP Challenge #4--Things with Wings

If you've been following along with the Virtual Card Making Party over at Operation Write Home you'll notice that I am slightly behind on the challenges. There were 5 posts yesterday and they just announced the 4th post for today. I've only completed 2 challenges (3 if you count the one that I am about to reveal). I better get going.

Not only am I behind, but challenge #3 has me really stumped, so I am going to have to take more time to make that one happen. In school when I was stumped on a question, the teacher always told me to skip it and come back to it later, so that's what I am doing with challenge #3...but I will come back.

For challenge #4, Yvonne over at Penguin Papers challenged us to create a card "With Wings"... immediately I thought of bees buzzing around a hive. So I created a mini hive here:

First I embossed some Bazzill paper with the Honeycomb embossing folder by Cuttlebug and cut out a circle with my Spellbinders Nestabilities (I also cut a thin circle from black to frame the cut out). I wanted to make it look like you were peering into the bee's nest, so I used some Scattered Straw distress stickles behind a sheet of acetate to resemble honey and stamped a few bees from an unknown stamp set to hover over their supply. The bee on the outside of the frame was cut from the Cricut Garden Soup cartridge and the sentiment is actually from the Paper Smooches Cyber Cafe set, which is all about coffee and tea...but seemed to work perfectly for bees as well :-)

Okay, off to tackle the other challenges. I hope you'll play along with us. This is such a fun way to push your creativity and inspire you to try new things.


Saturday, February 16, 2013

OWH Virtual Card Making Party Challenge #2

Just popping in real quick to post my second entry for the Operation Write Home Virtual Card Making Party. This is it for me for while since I have to go to work and then to my parent's house for a birthday celebration. So no more crafting today :-(

Misty over at DeLiteful Gifts has posted challenge #2: All Creatures Great and Small. Her instructions were to create a card featuring a critter. I think the goal was to create cards for kids, but I am going to use my card as an Any Hero card, since my box is a little low on those.

Without further ado, here's Ciara:

The background paper is from a very old (to me) stack from Tim Holtz called Retro Grunge. I bought the pad on clearance years ago, but still have a couple of pieces left and thought it would be the perfect one to go with Ciara in camouflage stamp from Stamper's Best that I bought when I first heard about Operation Write Home. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches Woofers and Tweeters set.

I can't wait to check back in later and see what the remaining 3 challenges are for the day. I hope you'll join us. I can't wait to see what you create.

It's a Virtual Card Making Party at Operation Write Home

In honor of President's Day, Operation Write Home is hosting a Virtual Card Making Party on their blog. Over the course of today and tomorrow, 10 hostesses will post card making challenges on their blogs. All you have to do, is follow the instructions, create a card, and link it up. This is such a great way for me to get the mojo going and to create at least 10 more cards for our heroes.

First up, Erika challenged us to "get our zig on"... using the trendy chevron pattern to create a card. Here's my version... 

I stamped the chevron background from the Paper Smooches Geo-graphic set in three shades of Hero Arts shadow Ink (soft pool, mid-tone navy, and mid-tone Green Hills. The sentiment and little alien are from the Paper Smooches Little Fella set and colored with Copic markers. You can't tell from the photo but popped him up on foam adhesive and I coated his eyes with glossy accents to make them sparkle a bit.

Next up on the challenge, Misty has challenged us to create a "critter" card. I've been waiting to ink up a stamp of our OWH mascot, Ciara, so that will be my critter. Unfortunately, I have to go to work the challenges may have to wait a bit. The links will stay up until February 25th, so there is plenty of time to create along with the hostesses. Please join the fun!

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Paper Smooches February Designer Drafts Challenge

I've been away from the craft room for a bit...thanks to getting hit pretty hard by the Blizzard of 2013 (not so fondly known as Nemo). It is amazing how quickly the temperature in the house can drop without power. Luckily, power's back and the snow is melting...soon it will all be just a memory.

A weekend without crafting has left me seriously behind on my card  making though. First up, a card for my dad's birthday next week. I love the sketch that is featured on this month's Paper Smooches Designer Drafts challenge and decided to use it for his card.  Sometimes I just can't figure out how to pull a card together, so working from a sketch makes the process go much quicker. It requires less thinking on my part...all I have to do is pick the papers and choose what image or what stamps I am going to use. The rest is easy.

The card is pretty straight forward. I used paper from Echo Park's Times & Seasons Collection and stamps from Paper Smooches My Guy set. My dad loves to play golf so the sentiment is perfect for him. And after this past weekend of snow shoveling, we are all certainly thinking of spring and craving warm-weather outdoor activities like golf.

Thanks for visiting! Have a great night.


Friday, February 8, 2013

Happy Chinese New Year Blog Hop

Sunday, February 10th marks the beginning of the Year of the Snake and to celebrate Emily Leiphart is hosting a Chinese New Year blog hop. Not only is it fun to see what she and her designer friends have created to share, but along the way several artists have created free digital stamps that you can use to play along. The sponsors of the blog hop are giving away some amazing I just had to make a card to submit. I had every intention of using ALL the digital images together...but I simply couldn't pull that off.

For my card, I used two of the digi images (the lanterns and the sentiment) from Melania Deasy of Deasy Designs. Melania also created an adorable little snake to go with this stamp collection, but I decided to ink up my snake stamp from The Alley Way Stamps Tropic Topic set. The cherry blossom branch was cut using the Cricut Pagoda cartridge.

Thanks Emily for hosting a great hop and for the designers and sponsors for the great digis and prizes. This has been a really fun way to spend a snow day here in the Northeast! Let someone else find Nemo...I'm crafting :-)

Monday, February 4, 2013

A Tri-Fold Shutter Birthday Card

For Christmas, my brother's wife Jess, found an adorable book of Pop-Up Cards written by Mari Kumada.  And since it's her birthday on Wednesday, I decided that I should use that book to create her birthday card. After looking through all the designs and templates in the book, I realized that I might have to start with a pop-up card that was a little more basic (there was a simple birthday present card, but my sister in law is a designer and so I need to work a bit harder to impress her :-)

Anyway, going through the book reminded me of a tutorial that I saw posted by Operation Write Home leader, Sandy Allnock, for a tri-fold shutter card. The thing I love about Sandy's tutorials is that in addition to printed directions she walks you step by step through the project in a video, which makes it so much easier to follow along. So without further's my sister-in-law's pop up birthday card. I just put it in the mail today (so Jess if you are reading this...don't peek)!

Opened up

A view from above

How cool is that? The patterned papers I used are from The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby) and the balloons were punched with the Martha Stewart punch. I used Paper Studio's Everyday Expressions clear stamps to create the sentiment on the front of the card and inside I used a wooden stamp from Great Expressions. 

Thanks for stopping by!