Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
i love my new velvet ribbon! it's so soft, and you really only need a knot and some hot glue to make any card special.
here's what i did with some colors i rarely put together/ use--goldenrod and red. i just don't pair them up if i have a choice--usually i'm a brighter color kinda girl... but i think these cards turned out pretty great, especially thanks to the velvet :)
i recently gave away some red velvet pants during a room cleaning purge. they were cool, but i'd only worn them a couple of times. i didn't feel too bad giving them up for adoption because they were a "sale buy" for me (aka real cheap). oh, and what prompted this purge? a prank some friends and i played on a mutual friend for her bday. we went to her house w/ her parents permission and saran wrapped her bunk beds, chair, drawers, and containers, streamered EVERYTHING, and put candy and pipe cleaners all over the place. we put up a cat poster (she hates them) and wrote in lipstick on her mirror. we also pipe cleanered all of her shoes together in a long strand. oh! we also cleaned in the process--it just felt like a logical step to take... hehe, we had fun. so all of us pranksters decided during the cleaning process that NONE of us were allowed to do this to each other... but i've received threats of "pay back" so i decided i had better do some cleaning before i became royally embarrassed in case i had some "visitors" on my bday coming up this week...
anyway, thanks for looking, and have a great week!
COUNTDOWN UNTIL BIRTHDAY (and therefore, a Cricut Expression!) = 3 days!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
here's a really quick post. i got to play with BOTH sketches over at 2sketches4you this week. the first sketch came from Ewonne, and you can find my interpretation HERE from a previous post.
anyway, one of my good friends, Tabi, has a birthday tomorrow, and i had this cute little chipboard cupcake that was begging to be used on a birthday card, so i pulled out some scraps (the pink border, and pink sentiment) and jewels, and Costco ribbon that i mentioned in a previous post.
i think it turned out pretty fab, and i even got to finish the INSIDE of the card too...
well, hope you've enjoyed looking! i'm so excited for next week, May 1st! it's my birthday, and i'm getting a Cricut Expression! :D
have a great day, and TFL!
P.S. Joey made me some ribbon helpers, i'll take some pictures later to show you. so sweet, right? if you don't know what i'm talking about, look at the "adore" card in previous post.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
this week's sketch comes from one of the designers, Ewonne, and it's great!
i started making this card with a white base (you can see it actually), but ended up mangling it with my bow-tying skills... in other words, i pulled too hard (really hard, actually) and my base ripped. sooo, i improvised and transferred the front of the card to a different base, and here we
i think the blues and whites are so pretty--and the sketch worked perfectly with this chipboard piece from Colorbok from their "Sweet Life" line... too cute, right?
my brother Joey was watching me tie the bow (and pull too hard) and he promptly whipped out his cell phone to leave himself a note to make me some sheet metal strips to lay underneath my card base when i tie my bows. he's so sweet :)
in the midst of the tearing of the card base, Joey asked, "What is this card for?" I told him it was for a sketch challenge, and he said, "It doesn't have to be perfect... *long pause* you could give it to me." haha! he really is sweet--i told him i would have to fix it anyway (i have standards) and told him i thought it might be a little girly for him. his reply was, "It's blue. I would like getting it."
so, in short, Joey's great (such an encouragement), but this card will probably go to my mom for Mother's day, and i'll make something funkier and more colorful (hopefully more guy-ish) for Joey :)
hope you enjoy, thanks for looking and all your sweet comments!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
i know this is late, but really, it's only a week off... i made this card REALLY quickly for my mom for Easter. when i got up for church and got to the table for breakfast, i found lovely cards from my brother and mom and dad, and remembered that i hadn't made any cards (or even thought to make one) for my mom or family members. sooo, i had already been thinking about using the "flower lollipop" technique to make a cute retro flower to stick on a card, and i thought Easter would be a perfect occasion. i just picked some papers and punched out circles using McGill, Paper Shapers, and Marvy punches. i crinkled the flower circles by wadding them up into little balls then unfolding them and smoothing them a bit. then i added the cute button and a bow to the top, used glue dots to stick it all together, and picked out some green ribbon for the stem. i also used the Fiskars "Threading Water" punch for the 'grass' because i thought it would work. the sentiment is from a $1 bin at Michaels that has some other cute stamps to go along with it. i used Stickles to add a touch of bling to the corner, and VOILA! i had an Easter card. all in all, i think it took 10-15 minutes... really quick :) hope you enjoy, and TFL!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
today was not my favorite day ever... i reeeaaalllly wanted to sleep in instead of going to school, especially because i had to proctor the WASL (Washington Assessment of Student Learning) today for round 1 of a six round routine for the next week or so.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
anyway, i also made a set of 5 cards like this one--it's using the same damask stamp i had used in THIS POST before, and i just rotated the sentiment. it's not my favorite, but i still think it's cute.
hence, you see the holes (and probably run away scared... or not so much, i'm not as good of a shot as my dad or Joey) and understand why my birthday wish list (yay May 1st!!!) includes a gun. i really will probably get myself one sometime this summer because i'm going to be taking a gun safety class from my pastor in July, and i want to try out as many guns as possible before buying one.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
again, i'm using the red, black, and white combo--so crisp and elegant. i used VELVET ribbon on this, buttons from my stash, a Fiskars border punch, and stamps from Starving Artists (the cupcake) and Impress Rubber Stamps (the sentiment). i paper pieced the cupcake together with cardstock and patterrned paper from American Crafts, and i even popped out the icing like i did in a previous post, and i love the end result! today is one of my fellow teachers 30th birthday, and i gave her one of my cupcake cards, and she loved it. how can you resist such a cute image?
Wish List (this is truly a wish list, items are in random order):
Thursday, April 9, 2009
i just got back from a polo game tonight (actually two) where we won the JV game, and lost the Varsity game. so hard to see my team lose... especially when it's a team i KNOW we can beat, and i've done all i can as a coach to help them (minus getting in and playing for them). oh well. here's a card that i stamped shortly after i got the damask stamp last week--it was just calling to me, and i love the orangey-yellow colors here... and it's so SIMPLE!
it's funny because my mom said, "you don't even need a sentiment, it looks find plain!" i wasn't too sure whether or not to trust her, and all the cards i DID stamp have a sentiment on them... so what do i do? new sentiment? no sentiment? keep it? i'm so glad i have you as a bouncing board for opinions :)
and then this is a different card for me in terms of COLORS. i actually am not attracted to any of these colors... i wouldn't be surprised if these were the last colors in my stash (of cardstock, and or patterned paper) but i wanted to challenge myself to use something new, and also just to "get rid" of some of my stash that i haven't used. sooo, i coordinated (as best i could with colors i don't exactly love) and came up with this... and i actually like the design and my execution (see the bow?) but like i said--the colors are iffy. anyway, this would be a good general purpose card--no sentiment--and it's also kinda "guy-ish." maybe that's what i was thinking when i made it ;) the only thing i stamped was the damask in black again.
i used the same design in colors i LIKE, so i'll be sharing those cards with you shortly.
thanks so much for stopping by, hope you enjoy, and HAPPY EASTER! (i haven't even colored eggs... gotta get on that!)
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
i know you didn't think it was possible, but today when i woke up (fashionably late... last Saturday of spring break) i looked out the window to sun, birds chirping, and my dog Cookie sleeping in our backyard on a sunny patch of grass.
amazing how a little thing like sun can change your day. i thought this card (actually 4 of them, 2 types) would be perfect to post today... it's filled with fun colors--albeit in a surprising combination--and it's simple, so even better :)
the ribbon is SEI, the stamp is Heidi Grace, and the punches are Fiskars and Paper Shapers. now you probably want to know about the paper, but i can't remember at the moment... i'll look in my stash and tell you later. (i checked and it's K&Co "Happy Trails" from a Mat Pad)
anyway, i'm about to head out the door to walk my dog, get some fresh air, and then sit down to create some more cards. i'm listening to some awesome uplifting music right now, you might like it too: "My Deliverer" by Mandisa, "I'm Letting Go" by Francesca Battestelli, and "Shadowfeet" by Cadia. also, other exciting news... i'm going to Ecuador this summer for a missions trip with my church! i'll be helping out with VBA's (Vacation Bible Adventures... like VBS but it's our church's own curriculum, songs, activities, etc...) last summer i had the privilege of telling the Bible stories--seriously the most rewarding experience EVER! (and so much fun... i love geting in front of people and telling stories, jokes, giving speeches. i know that's quite opposite of a lot of people, but i guess i'm gifted like that.)
hope your day is as sunny as mine! thanks for looking :)
Thursday, April 2, 2009
woohoo! i got to play with Kazan's sketch over at 2sketches4you. i LOVE looking at the incredible talent, getting ideas for my own cards, and of course, playing along! this time i decided to use some of my favorite colors (to wear and use) RED + BLACK. i love this card that resulted from Kazan's sketch. sooo elegant, don't you think? i love the gems, the ribbon (i tied it so well, if i say so myself!), and the flowers too :) ah, i just <3>
again, this is a card i used the damask stamp on, plus DeNami Designs "Greetings" stamp. i love the fact that it goes with just about any combo. (have you noticed that i "love" a lot of things lately? it might be the fact that i'm still on SPRING BREAK and it's having a positive impact on me. sure hope so :)
oh, and you've probably noticed that my blog post title mentioned "birthday"... and i'm so excited to tell you why. this year i asked for a Cricut Expression (from multiple givers, mind you), and yesterday & today my mom and i went shopping, found the best price, and bought one! :) *BIG SMILE* now i just have to wait a month until May 1st when i can actually open it up and use it! :) we also went cartridge shopping (just looking, though) and i found a couple of cartridges i'll probably want, but i was wondering... what's your ABSOLUTE FAVORITE cartridge and why?
i'm interested to know what you say, because i really want to get the most use out of whatever i buy... you know, not just using part of it. oh, part of the shopping process was to go to Costco (that's where we bought it... $279.99--best price around) and i got some more ribbon :) haha, i know you're saying... she doesn't need any, but it was too cute. red with white polka dots (grosgrain), zebra stripe (satin), and light blue with white stitching on the edge (grosgrain). 50 yds each spool, $6.99 a spool... can we say YUM!?
ahh, i know this has been a long post, but you can probably tell i'm excited. seriously can't wait until my birthday. usually i feel like people forget it because it's the first of the month, and people aren't thinking ahead (i am NOT complaining, just my observations), but this year i'm so stoked :)
thanks so much for looking, and have a great day... i love reading your comments, and i'd LOVE to hear your answers to my plethora of questions! XOXO, take care!