Friday, February 5, 2016

The day one card went wrong....and ended up very, very right!

Hey everyone!  I set aside the entire afternoon to work in my scrapbook room.  Who cares if the kitchen needs picked up, right?  Anyway, I set off to make two of these cards.  I cut all the pieces and had stamps laid out, but then my circles that I punched got off center, the stamps didn't ink properly and I had to snag pieces from the second set to finish the first card.  Which turned out cute--pretty much identical to the inspiration card but using supplies I had in my room.  Here's mine:

(Bikes from Heron Arts, sentiment from Pretty Cute Stamps)

I like it, and with all my cycling friends I think I'll find a good person to send it to.  But since I had to steal pieces from the second card (since I really wanted two on hand), and this point I really didn't want to recut pieces, I found myself looking at a pile of discarded circles and rings just haphazardly strewn on my desk.  And I loved the look, especially with the grey and black together.  So I abandoned the thought of the second card like the one above and  put this together instead.

And oh sweet circles, I just love the clean, crisp result.  

The stamped sentiment is by My Craft Spot (no longer in biz, sniff!).  I honestly like the second card even better than the first.  What a pleasant outcome due to sheer laziness.

Have a great weekend, everyone.  Mine will be spent in a gym--gotta love basketball season!


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Winter Snowman

Hi Everyone!  We had unseasonably warm and stormy weather last night.  Lots of rain, but no snow thank goodness!  I'm sharing a card I made awhile back.  I made several versions of it and really love how each and everyone turned out.  The basic layout is the same, but I changed up the stamps or die cuts I used.  Check out this one:

The stamp I used is from the PTI Winter Friendship Jar Fillers.  Papers are by DCWV and the cardstock is SU.  

So on a different note...I have been losing blog followers like crazy lately.  Is anyone else experiencing that or is it just me (yipes!)?  I know that blogging is probably a bit on the technological dinosaur end of things with all the social media outlets available, but I still enjoy it and will continue to share my projects this way for awhile.  I got into blogging because I wanted to enter contests and try for some design teams.  Over the years, I've come to enjoy it as a communication tool.  Communication is important, especially when you're a stay at home mom and can spend hours not really interacting with anything but the washing machine, dishwasher, etc... LOL.  So to those of you who are still hanging around and checking out my crafty endeavors, thank you.  I really do appreciate it and am grateful for your time and occasional comments.  It means a lot to me.  Anyone have any thoughts on blogging your craft projects?  I'd love to hear them.  

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hope you're FELINE better soon!

Hi Everyone!  This card is another in the set of cat themed cards I gifted to our neighbors at Christmas.  It's a get well card...check it out!

The patterned papers are by Echo Park.  The stamps are from Cattitude by Pretty Cute Stamps. I cut the shapes using cut files from the Silhouette Online Store.

Hope you're having a great day!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Serene Silhouettes Birthday Card

Hey everyone!  I found the layout for this card on Pinterest.  I loved how simple and easy it was, and decided to search my stash for any stamps I could use that would create a similar effect.  

Here's my version:

I started out with grey cardstock that I embossed using a woodgrain embossing folder.  Then I sprayed it with Shimmer Mist (or whatever it is called).  I can never get that stuff to spray evening, so I'm calling that splotchy look that resulted *exactly* the look I was going for.  The stamp I used is from Serene Silhouettes.  I bought that stamp when I went to a Michelle Zindorff stamp class ages ago.  I never would have bought it on my own, but will fully admit I have used it a ton.  I felt the stamp needed a tie in to the coral color, so I added some liquid pearl "berries" on those branches.  Perfect touch.  The card really does look better in person.  Quite elegant in its simplicity.  I liked it so much I made three...and the fourth that I cut out I did something completely different for that version soon.

Have a super day!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Locker Decorations for Basketball Players

Hi Everyone!  I have something a little off the beaten path to share today.  Our school's cheer coach approached me about making the locker decorations for the boys basketball team, and of course I said I'd be happy to do it.  I admit I did have to go buy some cardstock, as I didn't have enough on hand that all matched.  I wash kind of surprised--I figured my stash was well stocked enough that I wouldn't need a trip to the local craft store, but no such luck!

Here's what I came up with:

Yes, there are 16 of them.  And yes, that was a lot of cutting and pasting.

Here's a close up.  I started with a cut file from the Silhouette Online Store for the jersey.  I added the mascot and each boy's name and number.  Good thing I take a lot of pictures so I had access to each number.  

My son said they were the best decorations this year.  He kinda made my day.  *smile*

Have a super day, and wish us luck in our tournament!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Gymnast birthday card: Oh, happy day!

Hi everyone!  We have a family friend who is a very talented little gymnast.  Her birthday is coming soon, so I wanted to make a super special card for her that reflects her love of all things flipping and tumbling.  

Check out this birthday card:

The gymnast is a cut file from the Silhouette Online Store.  It is intended to be wall art, but sure did make a cute cut for the card.  I just added a stamped sentiment where the name should have gone.  The patterned paper is by Echo Park from Love Story.  Pink with black accents is always a classy choice for a classy girl, right?  This card literally took me less than 10 minutes to make, but I bet our little friend will be delighted! 

Have a super day!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Hey everyone...I have a Valentine card to share today.  It's super easy and you can make quite a few at once if you need to make cards for a crowd!  

Check it out:

I decided to use my Cameo to do most of the work for this card...I designed a mat then placed the heart inside and let the Cameo cut away.  I then just adhered a patterned piece of paper behind the opening of the heart shape.  Using some scraps, I cut more hearts and used some pop dots to add dimension.  I love the D'vine Swirls embossing folder, so I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the mat.  I still had some silver glitter scraps leftover from Christmas/winter cards, so that was what I used for the "LOVE".  Simple, yet effective.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Love is a four legged word...

Hi Everyone!  I'm entering a card in the LOVE challenge using Pretty Cute Stamps.  I made this card as part of a gift set I gave my cat-loving neighbor for Christmas this past year.  

Check it out:

I colored the kitty from "Cattitude" with my Copic markers.  The tag is a shape from the Silhoutte online store.  All patterned papers are from Echo Park's Love Story paper pad.  I added a small glitter heart brad that I have had around my scrap room for ages.  I love the animal prints for that kitty cat!

Have a fantastic day!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Owl Anniversary Card

Hey everyone...I have an anniversary card to share today.  I found something similar on Pinterest and changed up the papers a bit to make it my own:  

It was good to put some older SU punches to use.  I like the silhouette of the owls against the moon.  Super sweet.  

I have a feeling more snow is on the way....while I hate it, I do enjoy the forced time indoors to get crafty!  Have a great day!!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Feel Better

Hey everyone!  I have a friend who does beautiful print and cut work with her Cameo.  She doesn't own a single stamp, but her cards are amazing because of the sentiments she creates using her Cameo and her printer (Ok...and maybe her Minc, too), but anyway, she's inspired me to attempt to use my print and cut on the Cameo a little more often.  I started simple....very simple.....   

Check it out:

The print and cut portions were simple the black frame and the verbiage.  Easy peasy, right?  Well, not so much.  I learned a little bit along the way, like how you need to stay in the registration marks or it doesn't cut your side of your mat.  Oops.  

The cat is a stamp by Pretty Cute Stamps from Cattitude.  I bought the coordinating SVG, so I just adhered it to the corner of the frame.  I added a gem to the cat's collar and a few sprinkled above the cat to just add some interest.  The pink mat was a scrap, gotta love using scraps for a fresh looking card!  I sent this to our neighbor's daughter who parted ways with her gall bladder right after the new year.  She's a cat person, I hope she enjoyed the card!

That's all for today...have a great one!