Saturday, March 28, 2015

Shaped Easter Bunny Card

Hey everyone....you can probably assume by my lack of regular posts that "real life" has gotten in the way of my crafting lately.  My son is on Spring Break, and while I think we are about the only people in our district who did not travel--we managed to fit in a lot of fun things that frankly didn't leave a lot of time for me to get ink on my fingers.  I did mange to eek out four of these sweet cards...so easy, since it's a ready-made cut file from the Silhouette Online Store. 

Check it out:


I re purposed some WRMK Valentine's Day paper for these cards.  I figure polka dots are not specific to any holiday and the sweet light blue color is perfect for Easter. And I feel really good about making something cute without spending money for the *perfect* paper!  I added a glitter dot for the nose and a googlie eye for well...the eye, duh!  I had a ton of googlie eyes, but I can't find them all the sudden.  If I happened to have loaned them out to any local peeps, can you please shoot them back my way?  (I honestly can't recall what I did with them...getting older stinks!)


Anyway....I have a few more Easter cards to make, so time to get crackin' while I have a few free minutes.  Have a super Saturday!



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Super duper quick Christmas cards!

Hey everyone...I really wasn't in the "Christmas mood" this month, so the cards I made are very quick, very easy and the result was something I really like!  I was up in my craft room a couple of weeks ago (hiding), while my son and husband put the finishing touches on a science fair project.  I didn't have access to my laptop and didn't feel like using my Cricut, so I decided to go very "old school" and see what I could whip up.  These three cards were the result!

I had been making a scrapbook page and was using the red snowflake paper (by Simple Stories).  I had a nice, long strip of a scrap left and it started as my inspiration for thse cards.

I also used a piece of Echo Park Tis the Season paper for the stripes at the bottom and for the stickers that became the focal point of each card.

I wish I had a large silver snowflake brad to put into the ribbon, but I've run out and decided I could live with these.  In fact, they're really growing on me!

Sometimes going "old school" and creating something without any die cutting assistance is a lot of fun.

Are you making holiday cards all year long?



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Floral Sympathy Card

Hey everyone...It's my designer day at She's A Sassy Lady--be sure to hop over there and see what my sister design team members have been up to!  The project I am sharing today is inspired by a Pinterest find.  I didn't copy the card so much, as I took a few elements of the card I found and made them work for what I had on hand. 

 Check it out:


I liked the wide banner cut from the original card and I liked it paired with an oval.  When I put my oval over the banner, it just didn't look right, so I offset the banner to the left and really liked the result.  Here's a tip....I really, really like this layout and plan to use it a lot going forward.  I saved the banner and ovals as a .studio file to cut out with my Cameo going forward.  I started a new file folder of card layouts like this one, so that when I am in need of a quick card, I can go back to a "tried and true" layout that I know I like.  

For this card, the patterned papers are by Echo Park For the Record 2.  The stamps are by My Craft Spot, as is the jute twine.  I added three yellow pearls, to bring out the pretty yellow tones in the floral paper.  

I hope you have a fantastic day and are able to do something creative!!



Thursday, March 19, 2015

Simple birthday....

Hey everyone!  I have a simple birthday card to share today and the best part?  I used a "beloved" sheet of paper that I've held on to since 2009.  Yes, 2009.  I vow to never hold on to a piece of paper that long ever again!  I made four of these and used every bit of those lovely polka dots. 


The green banner is what was on the backside of this paper.  And you know what?  Now that I look at it, this paper is not even *that* fabulous.  Lesson learned, no more holding on to things that long!  

Things in our corner of the world have been very busy!  My son's team wrapped up their season with a championship win at their last tournament.  He participated in the regional science fair and won his age division, so in addition to his really cool iPod that he won--he gets to participate at the state level science fair this weekend.  Our weather is starting to feel a bit spring like, so we're all ready to get out on our bikes and ride.  

Hope you're having a fantastic day!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

One card two ways....

Hey everyone!  I had to run to our local office supply store yesterday to pick up some things we had run out of.  A large display of funky tape caught my eye.  Now...I need to stress that I have typically been "washi tape challenged" but I think it may be because my tapes really never matched anything I had in my stash.  So I carefully looked over the selection and picked a three pack, plus one additional tape roll that coordinated with the three pack.  I even had a project in mind!  My son's best friend (and basketball teammate) has a birthday coming up, so I needed to make something with a basketball on it for him.   

This is what I came up with:

First, just CAS...clean and simple.  No basketball.  



Now with the ball added!  I had hoped my orange tones would match a little better, but I liked the polka dots as it really does make this cut look more like a real basketball.  So I'm pushing aside my OCD tendencies and  I'm letting the color mis-match slide.

The stamped sentiment is by CAS-ual Fridays stamps from "Amazeballs".  The inside says "totally Amazeballs."  The tapes are by Scotch.  The papers are SU cardstock.  And the basketball is a Cricut Sports Mania Cut.

Have a super day!



Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Celebrate!

Hey everyone!  I had pinned a card quite similar to this one a long time ago.  I loved the clean and simple graphic look of those strips of cardstock and knew I'd like to try to put my spin on it.  This was my result:


This is a great way to use up some thin paper scraps!  I started out by stamping my sentiment, which is a stamp from CAS-ual Fridays on a white piece of cardstock.  Knowing that size was important to be able to trim the three strips.  To tie it all together, I added three tiny pearl adhesive dots.  I wish I had some bling, but these matched much better than what I had in gemstones to work with.  I think this will be a nice masculine card to send out for birthdays.

Hope you have a super day!


Monday, March 9, 2015

Lucky!

Hey everyone!  I have a fun St. Patrick's Day card to share today.  I am an avid reader of the craft blog "Simplicity" and was reminded of this technique a few days ago in one of Susan's posts.    I had to put my spin on it!


To make this card, you simply cut a shape out of scrap paper.  I cut a shamrock on my Cameo.  You place this negative cut over your card.   I then took a dotted stamp from and old SU set called Basic Backgrounds and inked it up and stamped over that negative cut, leaving the shamrock stamped beneath.  The title was cut out on my Cameo, too.  I added a green mat to give the card a bit more dimension, but in general this is very Clean and Simple.  But super, duper cute!

We seem to be back to normal at our house this week.  Temps are in the normal range, so no snow or weather delays are expected.  My son will be in the science fair at a local college on Thursday, so we were busy over the weekend using craft supplies to make his poster look sharp! 

Hope you have a great week filled with creativity!


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Snow Day Scrapbook Page

Hey everyone...hope you are having a great weekend!  We're finally thawing out.  I'm hearing large chunks of snow and ice sliding off the roof above my scrapbook room.  I'm so glad to have warm sunshine pouring in!  My room isn't so cold, my mood is improved and I was feeling very creative today!  I have made a ton of projects that I'll be sharing soon.  I was sort of "holed up" in my scrapbook room today while my husband and son were wrapping up a science fair project.  I started several projects that didn't require my laptop and then when they were done, I finished them up while I was still feeling inspired.  It wasn't a bad way to work, to be honest!

So since we still have a bit of snow left in the yard, I thought I'd share a "snow day" layout.  And with full disclosure, the pictures are from last year.  I'm still quite behind in my scrapbooking, but I'm feeling very inspired again so you'll be seeing some layouts mixed in with my posts soon.   Check this single page layout out:


I'm not one to just have a single picture on a layout, so this four pictures-cut into squares-format works very well for me. There's nothing but more snow that I cropped from the photos and it allowed for me to have plenty of room for my patterned papers and embellishments.   All papers and stickers used today are from the Echo Park "Winter Wishes" scrapbook kit.  I cut out the "snow day" title using my Cameo and a font called RR Snowflake.  I'm a huge fan of the Echo Park scrapbook kits.  I used to receive one monthly, but my source for that kit is no longer in business.  I picked up a couple from Amazon a few weeks ago and I have a sneaky suspicion that I'll be ordering more once I've dwindled my stash down a bit.  They're seriously awesome scrapbook kits and will be sure to inspire you to do some memory keeping!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend....maybe next week I'll get to wear something other than fleece and wool socks---whoooooohoooooo!  (Yes, I've been cooped up way to long....)

 



Friday, March 6, 2015

Get Whale Soon

Hey everyone...we're snowed in (again) and have yet another snow day.  Actually the roads are not too terrible, so my son and I ventured to our gym this morning for some exercise, which always improves my outlook on the day!  Yesterday I spent some time on the message boards over at Splitcoast Stampers.  There was a thread on using various forms of bling, which you can read HERE if you are interested.  It got me thinking about the various supplies I have in my stash and what I was in the habit of using of late.  I decided to test myself on what all I could put on a card and still have it be in my "style".  Oh, and seeing how I used up my last get well card earlier this week, it had to be on a get well card.  This was the result:


Supplies used:
SU Cardstock
A really old sheet of striped paper, no designer label to be found!
Cricut Create A Critter
SU Pun Fun for Sentiment
SU punches
Darice Embossing Folder
Stickles
Gemstones
Liquid Pearls
Ribbon that is also ages old

Putting those Liquid Pearls in the middle of the embossing folders is one of my favorite little tricks.  You do have to be patient when using both the Liquid Pearls and Stickles, which is why a lot of people said on that thread that they were getting away from using those sorts of products.  I like that they add shimmer and shine without dimension so it's worth the time to wait on drying in my book.

I hope you have a fantastic Friday!



Thursday, March 5, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Hi Everyone!  It's my design team day at She's A Sassy Lady.  Do you send St. Patrick's Day cards?  I send a few, not really because there's much significance to the holiday to my family....but rather it's a good excuse to let people know we are thinking of them by sending a handmade card their way.  

Here's one I made recently....check it out:


The large balloon is a cut I found in the Silhouette Online Store.  I tied some jute twine around the balloon and used some balled up glue dots that I rubbed between my fingers until they were just a fine line of adhesive to adhere the twine in that curly-que pattern.  I used the negative cut at the bottom of the card on that little banner.  It's always nice to use negative cuts--makes me feel resourceful!  The sentiment is a stamp by SP&Company (no longer in business).  This was an easy card so if you need to make a bunch...this is a great design to use. And, it could easily be adaptable to a birthday design!

I hope you have a wonderful day!