Friday, December 28, 2012

Make It Monday #97: 2012 A la Carte

Hi everyone!  I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays!  It always amazes me how quickly they speed by!  I am here today to enter the make it monday challenge this week.  I missed PTI's blog hop but the entries were so pretty!  Being a nurse means I work through Christmas so there was no time for card making.  Today I had a chance to make a card for this week's make it monday and I love the theme of choosing from one of 49 different challenges.  I actually wound up making a card that used two different techniques. 
MIM #54  Glitter Buttons
MIM # 58 Graduated Backgrounds
Once I stamped the cute little bear from Baby Button Bits onto my graduated background, I just knew he needed a glittered button on his tummy!  So here is the end result:
Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy and Safe New Year everyone!
Have a great day!
I already am!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Make It Monday #96: Patchwork Die-Cuts

It's not unusual for me to fall in love with Melissa's work, I enjoy her style so much!  I have to admit that when I saw this week's MIM challenge I wanted to copy it exactly.  Money is tight so I haven't had a chance to buy any of the new releases at PTI this month so I tried to copy Melissa's card as best I could.  Here is the end result and I love how it came out! 
I really love the technique of patchworking die cuts  I will definitely be using this technique again!
Have a great day everyone!
I already am!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Helping The Children of Newtown & MIM 96

If you are any warm blooded human with a heart than I know you have been saddened by the horrific tradgedy in Newtown last week.  I know I have wept over an over for all of the victims and families who's lives were forever changed on that horrible day.  It's so hard to make sense of senseless violence in this world.  Today I was drawn to a blog that I have been to before and I found something that I would like to share with whoever reads this post.  Amber of Damask Love is organizing a wonderful project to help the children of Newtown through art therapy.  She is a pediatric psychologist and she is urging us to help her by sending art supplies to  Newtown Youth & Family Services Center.  The fundraiser is called Drawn Together and if you click on the link, it will take you to Amber's blog to give you all the information on how you can help. 
It really is a wonderful fundraiser and I have made a card this week for the PTI make it monday challenge to include in my package of art supplies.  I encourage you all to do the same.  They are trying to put together creative kits for the children of Newton because art may offer a healthy coping mechanism for children experiencing difficult emotions.  You can make a monetary donation or send art supplies.  Anything would help!
Here is my card for the make it monday challenge and for my donation to Drawn Together!
Please share this information with all of your crafty friends!
Together we can reach a lot of people!
inside of card
Hug your children a little tighter today and every day like I've been doing
and have a wonderful day!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Making washi tape

I wanted to share a card I made today with washi tape.  I saw a tutorial on how to make your own and I've been wanting to try it.  To be honest I might try buying it from now on.  It was fun but a little bit of a pain in the neck.  I got tissue paper in a few gifts recently and I used it to make the tape.  The tissue paper from the store Brighton reminded me of a zebra print and I also had some red tissue paper from Victoria's Secret.  Well, see for yourself, here is the card with the tape.
I like the way the card turned out and the tape looks cool but I think it's just way easier to buy it already made.  It's not that expensive and there are oodles of patterns available!
Well, that's it for now. 
Have a great day!
I already am!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Make It Monday #95: Layered Glitter Shapes - Take Two

Hi everybody.  I'm back again with another card for the make it monday challenge.  I had so much fun making the first card I wanted to give this technique another try.  I liked the idea of the ornaments with the decorative strips across them so I thought I would re-create that look with hearts for Valentine's Day.
Here is my take on the challenge.
See you soon!

Make It Monday #95: Layered Glitter Shapes

Here I am again playing along with another Make it Monday Papertrey project.  Oh how I love my PTI stamps and dies!  This week for the layered glitter shapes I chose to glitter up some pretty little butterflies from the Heart to Heart #10 die collection.  I layered some little hearts on them before I glittered them and then added some dainty pink rhinestones for some extra bling.  The sentiment stamped on the tag sale 6 die is from the half and half stamp set.  I love the detailed stitching too!  I wish my sewing machine wasn't so heavy because I would probably stitch on every card.  I've got to find a permanent home for it!
Here's my card for the week:
Have a great week everyone!
I already am!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Make It Monday #94: Detail Glitter Technique

Good morning.  I always look forward to Monday mornings to see what make it monday challenge Nichole has on her blog.  Thanks to Erin, I will be covered in glitter until next year at Hanukkah!  This challenge was so much fun and I immediately thought that the perfect place for glittery highlights would be the lights on the Menorah! The Menorah Medley stamp set with matching dies was the perfect tools to make this lovely card!  I love Hanukkah for so many reasons but to see the Menorah fully lit is such a beautiful sight, I loved re-creating it on this card.  I hope you enjoy!  I managed to glitter the candles and the borders on the top and bottom of the card.
Have a great day everyone and if you celebrate Hanukkah like I do than you know we are celebrating in less than a week! 
Happy glittering everyone!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Make It Monday #93: Splitting Die Cuts

It's time for another Make it Monday challenge.  Thank goodness there's a whole week to play because life is soooo busy!  I've been thinking about splitting dies and which ones to split and how to split them.  It wasn't until I decided to use my new soft blush pattern pack that the fillable frames 5 die jumped out at me and asked me to be cut in half.  Sounds silly but with all it's rounded edges it just seemed to match the pattern on the paper.  I split the fillable frames die and turned the pieces around so the rounded edges faced into my card.  Here is a sweet little baby card for the make it monday challenge. 
Ok there is the front and inside of my card.  Hope you enjoy your day!
I already am!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Papertrey Make It Monday #91: Faux Pockets

Good evening everyone. Tonight I am playing along again at what it is quickly becoming one of my favorite weekly challenges!  Dawn McVey has created a very cute card with a faux pocket on the front for this week's PTI Make it Monday Challenge.  I Love watching her videos!  She is so easy to follow and understand and I love her classic style!  I chose to use my heart to heart stamps for this challenge because I thought those adorable coffee cups would look so cute on the front of the pocket.  Here is my take on the challenge.
(front of card)
(full view of tag)
(inside of card)
Such a cute idea! 
Have a great night everyone!  See you next week for another MIM!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 171

I've recently discovered another designer that I am in awe of.  If you haven't visited Karen Giron's blog already, I suggest you head over there now.  She is so talented and makes the cutest cards.  One of the reasons that I am so impressed with Karen is because she decorates the insides of her cards to match the fronts.  I have always wanted to decorate the inside but I always seem to draw a blank by the time I finish the front.  Karen has given me new inspiration and now I have been decorating all of the insides of my cards. 
The sketch this week on Karen's blog for the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge looks like this:
Here is my take on the sketch.  I used one of my favorite images from the Pure Innocence collection and colored her with copic markers. 
(front of card)
And I'm proud to say that thanks to Karen I am getting more and more comfortable and creative with decorating the insides of my cards.
(inside of card)
I enjoyed using this sketch and some fun colorful papers!
Have a great day everyone!
I just did!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Papertrey Ink MIM #90 and a little inspiration!

Good morning everyone.  Today I have a card to share with you that came from a very unusual place!  We all know that inspiration is everywhere and that includes the break room at work.  I went to get a cup of coffe before my shift and I found this beautiful mug sitting on the microwave.  Well, I did what any of us crafty cardmakers would do.....I took a picture.  LOL 
I knew I just had to recreate that design onto a card as soon as possible.  I just can't resist the pink and brown with polka dots and stripes!
The very next day I was over at Nichole's blog to see what the make it monday challenge would be and I instantly knew what I was going to make.
Here is the card that was inspired by a mug and the Papertrey Ink MIM challenge.
(front of card)
(inside of card)
The Make it Monday challegne was to create a focal point sentiment with stamps and dies.
I used the sentiment "I believe in you" from Flower Fusion #12 and I substituted the word "YOU" with the block alphabet dies.  I stamped the roses inside and out with stamps from The Sweet Life stamp set. On the inside I die cut the roses with The Sweet Life dies.  The polka dot background is from the Bitty Dot Basics paper pack. 
I hope you are all enjoying your day and I hope everyone gets out and votes today!!!!
If you need any information on voting Nichole has put together a great blog post on the history of women's right to vote with some informational links on voting in your state.
Have a great day!
I already am!
 I really love how the card turned out! 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

More Make it Monday with PTI #89

Good afternoon everyone!  I just couldn't resist making one more card for PTI's make it monday challenge (Creating windows for floating images.)  I watched Nichole's video again and got inspired.  I wanted to make another floral card in pink and green with a layered flower.  Here is my second card for the challenge!
Have a great day everyone!
I already am!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Papertrey Make it Monday Challenge #89

Hello again.  I have been busy making cards but not necessarily blogging.  It just doesn't seem like there is time for everything.  Crafting, blogging, picture taking, organizing and running a house with 3 kids.  I'm not complaining but I wish I had more time for crafting.  I even forced myself to open my Etsy shop again.  SO MANY CARDS just sitting in boxes, so we'll try Etsy again. 
Ok so on to the crafting!
 Last night I was up in the middle of the night and I came across Papertrey's Make it Monday video.  Creating Windows for Floating Images.  I immediately fell in love with Nichole's technique and card.  I am creative but sometimes I need inspiration and I just had to copy Nichole's card as close as possible before I could branch out on my own.  Here are the three cards I came up with.

I am entering the Holiday card into the challenge since the first two are so similar to Nichole's.  I really enjoyed making these cards and I can't wait to try some more variations.  Maybe with a Chanukah card. 
Have a great day!
I already am!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Oh So Cute

Quick post today with a cute card!  Just love these bathroom symbol people! 
 Such a cute idea for a love card!
Enjoy your day!
I already am!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Shabby Tea Room

I am very excited because I just finished a card specifically for one of my favorite challenge sites.  The Shabby Tea Room is dear to me not just because I love all things shabby but because I used to be on the design team and I loved every minute of it!  Debbie is a sweetheart and a talented designer and she is the busiest paper crafter I know.  Anyway, on with the card.  The minute I saw this week's challenge, I just knew I had to make a card and my stamp set from PTI was the perfect centerpiece.  The Sweet Life stamp set has the most beautiful rose images with different layers that they almost look lifelike.  The Shabby Tea Room week #135 theme is Beautiful Romance and here is the card I am entering.  It's been a long time since I entered a card challenge and I missed it so much! 
Enjoy your day everyone!  I already am!


Sunday, October 7, 2012

4 New Cards

Good morning.  I just got home from work and I am exhausted but instead of sleeping I detoured into my card room and created a wedding card that I have been wanting to make.  One of my favorite designers is Lucy Abrams and I visit her blog regularly.  She does some beautiful work, very clean and colorful designs.  I made a few cards based on some of her designs.  I am loving the feeling of creating again in my new room and can't wait to get back to creating and blogging on a regular basis.
I have 4 cards to share today and then it's off to bed for me since I am due back at work in less than 12 hours.
Have a great day everyone!
I already am!

Friday, October 5, 2012

New Craft Room

Wow, I can't believe I haven't blogged since January.  I really do miss it but life was so overwhelming for a while it was hard to get into my card room and when I did, it was so messy I just couldn't think or create.  I am a very lucky girl though.  Recently my dad renovated a room in my house to accomodate all of my supplies and now I have a new craft room!  He is very handy and was able to create a new space for me that is cozy and functional.  Thanks Dad!!!  I got a bookcase from Ikea for storage and several towel racks for my punches.  I love Ikea and I wish they were closer.  It's about an hour drive for me but totally worth it.  Here are a few snapshots of my new space.  I'm still getting organized but I am having fun doing it.
Well that's all for today.  I've created 2 new cards and some cute earring cards for my daughter since I'm in my new room and I'll post them later today maybe. 
I can't wait to start creating again.  I miss being on a design team and I am hoping to work my way back on to one again. 
Have a great day everyone!  I already am!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone!  Once again I'm missing my blog and want to get back to updating it and posting cards.  Maybe this time will be the charm.  I decided to blog today because I've created a card that I love and wanted to share.  My daughter just got a Vera Bradley backpack as a birthday present and I am in love with the pattern.  I decided to replicate the colors onto a card to match the bag and I am quite happy with the results.  Here is a picture of the backpack and the pattern is called "Safari Sunset".
I needed a birthday card for one of her friends who is getting the same backpack so here is the card I made to go with it.
It's amazing the results you get when you put Vera Bradley together with PTI, Sizzix and Spellbinders.
The color combo is so pretty!
Have a great day everyone!  I already am!