Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Speech Bubbles

Sitting on the table was this piece of paper with speech bubbles on it and I thought that would make a cute card.  I saw some red paper and laid it underneath the image.  Matched perfectly.  Someday that would be a card.  On Tuesday I was out cruising the challenge sites I have for Tuesday and would you believe one of them was speech bubbles - so I got busy and made that card.  The challenge site is City Crafter.  I don't know if I have done one of their challenges before but I do have them listed on my challenges.

Here is my card.

I grabbed some of my Hello stamps and added all of them on bubbles.  On the last bubble, I stamped a Paper Smooches Miss You sentiment.  This card will go in my next Operation Write Home box.  See those little hearts.  I had a couple ink spots so those little Paper Smooches hearts covered up the ink spots.  Whew.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Oldie Moldie Monday

Needed some quick thank you notes so used up some paper with pretty colors in it.  Right now I do now know who makes this paper.  It was in a 6 x 6 pad I had.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.  You can get 2 cards out of your main paper.

Remember to show some love to your old supplies.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

CAS and Grunge

The challenge on Addicted to CAS is Grunge.  I think that is a hard one to carry off but I am going to give it a try.

When I think of GRUNGE I think masculine.  Some of the sample cards on the Addicted to CAS site aredefinately not masculine.  Maybe I will have to try a feminine version.  I could not go single layer.  Single layer cards scare me - really scare me.

Since I think masculine, I dug out my favorite truck stamp.  It is an old stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms.  I do not believe the new owners have brought back this image.  They really should.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.  I distressed the edges of the image, mat and sentiment with my Tim Holtz distresser.  I did some embossing on the upper corner of my card and then I got out a mask and used some distress paint to add the green and blue color to the card front.

I hope I achieved CAS and also GRUNGE.  I am going to go make another card like this since I cut a 12 x 12 sheet of card stock and can make one more card.  Both these cards will go in my next Operation Write Home box.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Feminine Version of Monday's Card

I you check back on Monday's post you will see the same design for the card.  This time I made a feminine version of the card.  I am making a group of these cards for a demo I am doing and wanted to show how different the same sketch could look by just changing up the colors and elements.

This is a Stampendous Stamp.  It will go in my next Operation Write Home Box.

I think I goofed up my next card with this design but I will keep it and show how sometimes things go wrong.  Maybe when I am done - it will look OK.  Maybe I will do some distressing, etc and make it kinda shabby.  Come back tomorrow and check it out.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Paper Smooches Spark Challenge - Anything Goes

I am returning to card making slowly.  I have been trying to participate in Paper Smooches Spark Challenge each week.

 I have missed for awhile but hope I can participate each week now.  This week it is anything goes.

I wanted to send my daughter a card to let her know I love her.  I am sure she is still getting sympathy cards in the mail so I think this will be a welcome change to her.

The card is smaller than the normal A2 sized card.  The banner makes it about 4.25 inches across.  All the little hearts have glossy accent on them.  I hope it makes her smile.

If you too want to go buy your own Paper Smooches stamps, you can do it in their online store.

Everyone enjoy your evening.  I think I should do dishes tonight and maybe start another card.  I am working on some cards for an Operation Write Home event being held at a scrapbook store in Milwaukee.  I am going to cover sketches.  I will try to make a masculine and a feminine version of each sketch.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Graduation and SRM Challenge

One of my favorite products - SRM Stickers - has started a challenge blog.  I am just sliding in under the deadline.  I am trying to get back in the mode of making cards.  Their first challenge is Celebrations.

Graduating from college with your master's degree is one reason to celebrate.  This card is for my graduate assistant.  In honor of Earth Day - all the paper used is from recycled commencement programs.  I was so happy when they switched from the purple covers to white covers - so much more versatile for making card bases.  I combined several stickers from SRM Stickers along with a stamped sentiment from Stampendous.  I was lucky to have these purple toned pearls sent to me by my good friend Ivanka.

Everyone have a wonderful evening.  I guess it is time to start thinking about work tomorrow and getting things together.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Oldie Moldie Monday

Once again it is Monday, time to show some love to your old supplies.  I wanted to make a boy card today so I found a 6 x 6 pad from Echo Park - A Boy's Life.  It has a date of 2011 on it.

The first card is for a little boy in my hometown who is battling cancer.  I am trying to send him a card every month.  My monkey stamps are guaranteed smile makers.  Thank you Stampendous for your great monkey stamps.  I used a sketch from Just Add Ink.

Here is my take on the sketch.  I did add a half circle in the upper left corner - I thought I needed a little red to balance off the card.The banner and flag were cut with my Silhouette.

Since I had another monkey stamped and colored, I wanted to make a card for my Operation Write Home Box.  I used the challenge from the Paper Players - Clean and Simple with Washi Tape.

I put my washi tape on a piece of white card stock.  I then embossed the cardstock so I know that washi tape will stay stuck on the card.  I added a Paper Smooches sentiment. I covered the sentiment mat with the red washi tape so it would match.  I know that some child will love getting this card from their parent who is serving overseas.

Remember to show some love to your old paper and supplies.  They still make great cards.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Seize the Sketch and Basic Grey

This week on Seize the Sketch challenge blog they have a great sketch.

I needed to make some thank you notes for my daughter.  She has had some wonderful friends who have helped her through a very rough time in her life.  Her good friends came and took care of the dogs many days so Staci was able to be at the hospital with her husband and while the family were with Chris during his final hours, they brought the family food and drink to sustain them through the night.  What can you do to thank a family for such kindness and friendship?

This is my version of the sketch made into a square card.  I thought this image of a dog was very appropriate since one of Staci's dogs is a yellow lab and Axel alias Squirt is also yellow in color.  I just noticed I forgot to color the collar.  I think it will be red.  Both stamps are from Whipper Snapper Stamps.  The paper is from Basic Grey.

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Golf Card

My cousin needed a golf themed thank you card.  A friend got her tickets to the Master's Tournament and she wanted to send him a special card.  She likes my cards.

I hope you enjoy this card.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Unity Itty Bitty Stamps

Sharing a couple thank you cards I made for my daughter.  The flowers are white embossed and I used distress paint to color the background.  I matted everything with a darker shade of teal.  The sentiments are SRM Stickers.

The stamp is an Itty Bitty from Unity Stamps.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Anything Goes With Paper Smooches

This week the challenge on the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog is Anything Goes.

I have not been making too many cards lately.  I have missed some of the weekly challenges on the Sparks blog.  This week I needed to make a bridal shower card.  I decided to use the word "shower" as my inspiration.  I cut an umbrella with my Silhouette.  I cut two layers.  The bottom layer is glued to the card front and then I pop dotted the top of the umbrella.  The rain is hearts.  I used two different hearts from two different Paper Smooches sets.  I colored them with Copics.  Some of the hearts have glossy accents on them.  The sentiment is from a Christmas Sentiment set.

I even decorated the inside of the card with more hearts and another sentiment.  I thought this sentiment was perfect for a card raining love.

I used a different heart stamp underneath the sentiment.  I wish I had colored it with Copics so the color matched better.  Some of these hearts also have glossy accents on them.

If you wish to purchase your own fun stamps from Paper Smooches, you can find them in their online store.

Off to do some cleaning.