Thursday, September 18, 2014

On a bicycle...

Hi everyone!   You all know we are avid cyclists, which means we also have a lot of friends who ride bikes, too.  We met a cyclist a year or so ago on some casual rides who was unfortunately diagnosed with cancer.  I've sent her a few cards and goodies throughout her treatment process.  I just recently sent her a note on this card:

The bicycle is a wafer thin die by Die-Namics and I love it because you get such a crisp, clear cut using this die.  I added brads to the hubs to bring in the rich, blue tone.   The background papers came from a paper stack I got for Christmas.  It's really fun when I get paper from other people, as it is often different than my usual tastes, but I end up having a lot of fun using it!  The background shape is a cut from the Silhouette Online store.  Cardstock is Stampin' UP!

I hope you have a better day than I'm going to have....I have to go to the dentist.  Ick.

See ya later!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

An apple card...

Hey everyone....I had posted a couple of these apple cards several months ago, but I found one I hadn't posted yet and thought this might be a good time of the year to share a card appropriate to give to a teacher.  Check it out:

The apple is from the CM "Seasons" Cricut cartridge.  The stamp is by SP&Company.  The papers are from a paper pad I got at Hobby Lobby.  The paper is super thing, so I've found it better for backgrounds than for die cutting.

I gave a gift set of these cards to my son's teacher.  I probably need to get cracking on some things for his current teacher!

Have a great day!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fall Birthday Basket

Hey everyone....fall is in the air in my neck of the woods.  And I have a "fall inspired" birthday card to share today.  It's going to a super special lady--my neighbor, who is turning 60 today! 

The paper is "Breeze" by MME.  The stamps are by PTI and are from the Vintage Picnic Basket stamp set--one of my favorites!  I colored the image with Copics and for that cute napkin? I stamped the "napkin" stamp on a scrap, then cut around it, making sure it was the perfect size. I think that's what makes this card super special.

Hope you have a super Monday!  I see some cardmaking in my future today!!

Friday, September 12, 2014

A Knotty-Do-It-All Bracelet

So apparently I've reached "that age".  You know...the one where you can't remember what you did 10 minutes ago?  Let alone three days ago!?!    I posted a card this morning that I posted just a few days ago.  Big oops...but hey, it happens.  So, to make up for my faux pas, I'm going to share a bracelet that I made a couple of weeks ago.  I love this one!

I really love those earthy, rich colors.  And this is such an easy project that looks like it would be really hard.  I picked up a Knotty-Do-It-All Board at my local bead shop and have been enjoying making these cute bracelets.  

Have I made up for my "oops"?   I hope so!  

A great use for brads..

Hey know you have them--brads that is!   And if you're like me, you have a lot of them left over from that phase of our hobby.  Today I have a super simple card to share that is a great way to use up some of those tiny metal attachers!!  Check out this super fun card:

How I did it?

First...I made a lot of score lines on a card mat.  Next up, I used five ink colors in rainbow order and stamped the flower from the SU set, Holiday Blitz.  I added a corresponding color brad to the center of each flower.  The sentiment is by CAS-ual Fridays and is from the Shenanigans stamp set.  I attached that card front to the base card using some dimensional tape....and voila, done!

I am going to make more of these--so happy and cheerful!

PS:  I just realized I had already shared this card....oh my am I embarrassed.  Yipes!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Happy Birthday!

Hi everyone!  I'm finding myself running low on birthday cards and I have a friend in need of a few, so I got motivated to create a variety of birthday cards a few days ago.   This card is straight from the Silhouette Online Store.  I even followed their sample color scheme because I really thought it was attractive.  Check it out:

These pre-designs cards that Silhouette offers are a wonderful way to be creative--especially when the creative juices might have come to a screeching halt!   Along with that cut file, I used a stamp from SP&Company and a few scrap papers from MME.  I made two of these identical cards in no time flat.  Gotta love the sense of accomplishment that comes with that!

Have a super day!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

September Holiday Card Share

Hey's my design team day at She's A Sassy Lady, so that means it is time for another version of a Christmas card.  The card I'm sharing today is pretty traditional, featuring some beautiful papers from the Echo Park Christmas This and That 6 by 6 paper pad.  

Check it out:

I used a lot of scraps for this card.  I keep my scraps of each 6 by 6 pad in a clear baggie tucked inside each separate pad.  That's an organizational method that has worked well for me and I find I actually use a lot of scraps up this way.  For this card, the oval shapes were cut using the Creative Memories oval cutting system.  I inked the edges of the white oval using Cateye Chalk Ink.  The basket was stamped on a scrap from that paper pad and then I cut it out using my Cutterbee scissors (love those!).  I stamped the basket filler and colored it with Copic Markers.  The basket stamps are by PTI and are from the "Vintage Picnic Basket" stamp sets.   The banner is a shape I cut using my Silhouette Cameo.  The sentiment is from SP&Company's "Oh Christmas Tree" stamp set.   And those tiny brads....they came from Stampin' UP!

Here's a close up so you can see that adorable basket.

Are you working on your holiday cards yet?  Do you make a variety or are all your cards the same?

Have a super day!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

August wrap-up and a CAS card!

Hey's time for me to tally up what all I accomplished in August!  

Drum roll please........

I made 22 tee shirts, six layouts, four cards and three bracelets!   That's a lot of creativity!!!

And I only spent $12.18.  So yay for the goals of making more and spending less! 

I have found that using Pinterest to inspire my cards has really been a useful tool.  I can find awesome ideas, then adapt them to the stamps that I have been hoarding/collecting for ages.  Like this was totally inspired by a Pinterest find:

Does it get any easier than this?  I don't think so.

I used a small flower stamp from SU Holiday Blitz.  I popped a coordinating brad in the center of each flower.  Then I made a few score lines and finished the card off with a big, bold sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays' Shenanigans stamp set.  I will definitely be making more cards like this one!

What are you working on this week?  I really need a few more birthday cards in my tubs and then to make some Halloween cards!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Medallion Thank You

Hey everyone...we're having a rainy weekend so far.  I have been working on shirts this morning and am looking forward to an afternoon of making birthday cards!  I'm low and I have a friend who wants some, so I'm going to be motivated by the cruddy weather to get creative.   But first, I have a thank you card to share.  Simple...but really lovely (if I do say so myself!).

What I used:

Cardstock: Soft Sky and Soft Suede by SU
Stamps: Medallion and Wonderful Words by SU
Other: Sponge for inking edges and metal bit by CTMH

You could whip out a ton of these cards in no time.  I must use that large Medallion stamp more!

Have a great day!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Silver and blue bracelet using the Knotty Do It All Board

Hi everyone!   A few weeks ago I took at class at our local bead store.  It actually was a day long event, and the store employees taught participants how to use a bead making device called a "Knotty Do It Al Board".  I decided to buy the board, which allowed me to go back to the store for future classes for free.  I had a great time that day and learned how to make a variety of pieces, my favorite being a funky bracelet.  But.....I forgot how to finish the bracelet off!  I could assemble most of it, but just could not for the life of me recall how to attach the clasp.  I was in the shop last week buying some leather cord and decided to set up an appointment to go into the shop to get a refresher course on completing the bracelets.  I made two at home (except for finishing them) and left them attached to the board.  Alex, the wonderful shop owner, helped me finish those bracelets today.  While I was there I made another bracelet (basketball themed!) and thoroughly enjoyed my time in their lovely little store.  I love to support local businesses as much as I can, because the personal touch they can offer is second to none. 

So today, I'm going to share the silver and blue bracelet that I strung, but needed a bit of help to complete.  Check it out:

I'm so happy with how it turned out and cannot wait to wear it! 

Watch for the other two that I made in future blog posts.   Thanks for stopping by today!