Tuesday, June 30, 2009
i used Colorbok paper (from Forest Friends i think it's called) and some basic grosgrain ribbon from Michael's. the little button brads were perfect (from Making Memories) for the suspender buttons on the kraft cardstock overalls.
i used the sketch over at Card Patterns. it's my first time participating, but i love having fresh ideas for cardmaking, so i definitely think i'll be coming back for more :D
thanks for looking, and hope you enjoy!
Monday, June 29, 2009
so i made this card for him in honor of his baptism. i thought the cute K&Co cutout was perfect for the occasion, and didn't make the card too girly. (yes, i realize i put pom poms and buttons, and a twine bow on there, but still!) this card came together pretty quickly after i got over my OCD tendencies to get the polka-dot background "just right." (i stamped a dot background then threw it out cause it wasn't perfect, then i decided to get it "close enough"... btw, the stamp comes from DeNami Design, and the heart comes from Stamps by Judith.) i used the sketch (day #120 - super sketchy sunday) over at 365 cards, and i'm really excited to continue checking in on the creations and challenges every day :D how handy, right?
our church, Trinity Baptist Church in Renton, WA has really neat traditions during the summer. we have a Sunday evening service with a Berry Feast, and one with an Ice Cream Feed. last night was the Berry Feast, and it was AMAZING! i love berries... raspberries have to be one of my favorite fruits. it was perfect to have a celebration after all the baptisms and testimonies we heard all day (there were a total of 16 baptisms throughout the day, and at LEAST 12 testimonies to join the church). i personally enjoyed the crisps--the blackberry crisps, the strawberry & rhubarb crisp, and most of all: FRESH RASPBERRIES :D
okay, enough talk about food... it's about lunch time so i think i'm going to scrounge something up. hope you enjoy, and thanks for looking!
i didn't use a sentiment on these cards because i thought they could be an everyday kind of card. the stamp comes from Impress Rubber stamps, and i love using it --the swirl looks like stiching, and with the right ink color, it's awesome :D
anyway, i'm trying to come up with some plans for 4th of July... i usually go with my family to a big party/ gathering with friends from church, but this year, no one is hosting one! plus, my parents will be out of town at a family reunion, so i'm trying to get some friends together on my own. we'll see how that goes. what are your plans for the 4th? bbq, fireworks? making sure your dog doesn't run away from all the noisy "pops" and "bangs"? (we have to bring Cookie inside every 4th--else she whines the whole night through.)
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
i am probably going to give this card to my aunt Cynnie who is leaving for NY tomorrow... she just got back from a week-long kayaking trip with my mom (her twin) in the San Juan Islands.
i just have to say, that i LOVE DoodleFactory Stamps... and they're sooo cute... Twinx has to be one of my favorite characters :D check out some of the cards i've made here:
thanks for looking and have a fabulous Friday!
here are 2 more cards i made using the same base and double sided paper as the cards in THIS post. you should check them out. as i said before, i think my editing program, my lighting during photos, or just my computer screen has skewed the beautiful coral and brown colors, so you'll have to believe me that these look better in real life.
on this second card, i added some gold glitter with the sentiment "i [heart] you" which turned out on the cool angel heart piece of chipboard (as i call it). i LOVE that big ribbon too, it's so bold!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
BUT! in general i think that both cards showcase who i am... colorful, bright, and (generally) cheery. the "live well" sentiment is covered in citrine glitter from DeNami Design, and the stencil is a great buy from a scrapping/ stamping show i went to in May courtesy of my friend, Paulina, who works for DeNami Designs. i had so much fun and got to browse a lot of different vendors. i made a FABULOUS purchase there too, i totally recommend one if you don't already use one--an ATG gun (i think that's redundant, bcause ATG stands for adhesive transfer gun). but really, the gun has a great applicator (pull trigger, press, roll), and can be refilled for CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP! ($4 for a roll of tape 36 yds long!)
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
BUT! there is always a day for firsts :D i decided to make similar cards using BOTH sides of double sided paper, and not use the whole thing on just one pattern. it's not my favorite card ever, but i think i'll used the color scheme again. i don't know how it looks on your computer screen, but my card is light brown, dark brown, and coral pink. there's a little light blue on the ribbon, too.
i used an Impress stamp (the swirl) and DeNami Design sentiment, one of my favs, "sending you love."
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
check it out, and read some of her hilarious anecdotes about her life... i <3 her tons!
okay, onto the card... my dad turned 64 on June 16th, and i wrote a blog post honoring him... i made this card using a DoodleFactory stamp, and a stencil alpha stamp set. i tried to go as masculine as possible, but i'm still working on that...
(i even snuck some glitter onto this card... do you think it's going too far?)
i think overall, it fits the "guy card" bill, but my brothers don't like buttons or ribbon still. glad that my dad doesn't mind and just likes the fact that i made him something. he's really an awesome guy, and i can't wait to spend more time with him this summer since school's out :D if you're into gardening or anything handy, you need to check out his totally informational and sweet blog he started about his gardening exploits--he's so good at explaining things!
Monday, June 22, 2009
WOW! it's been a week since school got out! unbelievable! well, the last week hasn't really meant "Summer" for me because i've been into school every day since we got out on tuesday... i am moving schools/ classrooms/ grades, so that involved packing up 25+ boxes for the district to move, and then taking a carload to my new school. i also had 2 inservice days, so my summer will really start today. i made this retirement card for my friend Skip, who taught the Honors kids in English. he was so easy-going and sincere, i'm really going to miss him! i wrote "oh the places you'll go!" reminiscent of graduations/ Dr. Seuss books on the inside of the card. i thought it was appropriate.
i just LOVE the DoodleFactory stamps, and i especially love this guy named Twinx. i brought him to school on the last day and stamped kids hands with it--they were *SO EXCITED* (and they're 8th graders!) one of my boys said, "Miss Larsen, you have legit stamps!" which cracked me up...
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
- he's funny. not funny-looking, just funny. he has a great sense of humor, his laugh is INCREDIBLY contagious, and he can make up jokes. i remember sitting at the top of the stairs by my room listening to my parents watch movies. i was always so jealous because my dad would be laughing his head off while i was supposed to be "in bed." no fair.
- he's creative. he'll be retired for 2 years now from Boeing, and he's still loving it. he spends a lot of his time in the garden, building structures for the garden, or reading/ writing about garden things, or his life. he's been a writer all his life, and i'm so thankful for his creativity... some's rubbed off on me. check out his creativity over at his Garden Handyman blog--he'd be honored if you left a comment!
- he loves God. i wouldn't be the person i am now without my dad's great example. (thanks dad!)
- he likes movies, food, and music. i can always count on my dad to watch a movie with me, and maybe even cry at the same parts... or to get up and do some funny dance moves while i'm listening to something "catchy." he's easy to be around, and people are surprised to find out he's so cool... which i don't get--he's ALWAYS been cool in my opinion. (okay, so maybe there were a few times in jr. high where he embarrassed me, but oh well.) it's nice to know that he's not shy around family.
- he's a great dad and i know he'll be a great grandfather... (not that i forsee that becoming a reality in the near future... i'm not engaged, dating, or even have possibilities... ditto w/ siblings) my dad had tickle wars in the living room, chased us around the house, around the tree fort, built the tree fort, taught us how to mow the 5 acres of grass, how to use a saw, how to do laundry, how to build things, and how to scream going down rollercoasters.
i am so grateful for my dad.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
well, i made two cards using the same materials, the same sketch (Laura's #27 from 2sketches4you) and i think the graduating girls will like them. i don't know what their favorite colors are, and i can't always assume that girls will like pink, but this SEI paper (Bridgeport line) is super fabulous and classy... i figured i couldn't go wrong.
the SEI paper also features some butterflies, and i thought my Martha Stewart punch would go perfectly on the leafy/ flower print. anyway, i added some cute details like the ribbon border (Jo-Ann's) and the rhinestones to fill in the "for your graduation" part instead of checking it off.
anyway, hope you enjoy! thanks for looking and leaving all your sweet comments! :D
Friday, June 5, 2009
well, in honor of the 1 yr. anniversary, laura and kazan are hosting a fabulous contest. i can't tell you how much i want to be one of the top 30 finalists... but who knows--there's a TON of gorgeous cards and amazing talent among the entries. and no wonder! the prize is super fabulous! anyway, i created away last night with the sole purpose of making something beautiful, and i think i met my goal (hope you all think so too *smile*)