Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Anything Goes

Creative Inspirations and Simon Says challenges this week are entitled 'Anything Goes'.  So, OK.  That's my cue to design something different.  Something that is kind of  'out of the box' so to speak.  I wanted a card that would be unique, so I ransacked my stash for several items that I have been wanting to experiment with.  First I pulled out some craft card stock to use as the base of the card.  Something different?  OK, I'll make it a gate-fold card.  Next my eyes fell on some adhesive paper stacks in oranges and turquoises.    I then began looking through a new stack of scrapbook papers called 'Lady Couture' that had some awesome images of ladies that I wanted to cut out and use on something.  As I looked through these papers I also came across some flower images that looked like they may have some potential, so I cut out some of them as well.  Yes, it was kind of tedious cutting these out by hand, but the end result was very satisfying to me.  I had some small orange silk flowers that I had been saving for something special and I pulled them out now.

The silk flowers were mounted to the left front of the card with a card stock banner placed beneath them that reads 'Lovely'.  My cut out lady was put on the right front.  The cut out flowers were mounted on the inside of the card and a simple sentiment 'Be Yourself' was computer generated on adhesive paper and added to the right inside flap.  All of the card stock cut outs are mounted with dimensional adhesive.  A little bling in the way of adhesive jewels was added to the silk flower centers and to my lady's neckline.  I also gave her a satin belt and added a satin ribbon to tie the card closed.

The front of the card.

 The inside.

This card will be perfect to encourage a friend who might be a bit down on themselves.    Bright, cheery and different.  Mission accomplished!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sketch Challenge

I made this card for a sketch challenge over at There She Goes.  I like the versatility and freedom that comes with sketch challenges.    For this one I was delighted to be able to use my new Martha Stewart border punch for the lace edging effect.  The sentiment is stamped on and the butterfly is die cut and dry embossed for texture.  Tiny jewels add a bit of bling and I love the green and pink together.  This card will be suitable for a number of different occasions.

For the Guys

I am the mother of 3 sons and 4 grandsons, not to mention a fantastic son-in-law and grandson-in-law, so I am always trying to come up with different masculine card designs.

This card was made with colorbok papers from our local Walmart.  I love the combination of designs in greys, black and white.  The bird is hand cut from red cardstock and the background for the bird was die cut from my nestabilities set.  A simple sentiment 'celebrate' makes this card suitable for most occasions.  3 vintage buttons sewn on by hand complete the card.  The inside is blank.

I am entering this card into the Cards for Men sketch challenge 5 and the 'boys will be boys' challenge at Creative Craft Challenges.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Hurry Spring!

Hi all.  I've been out of town for a week visiting kids and grandkids in Ohio and having a blast!  I kept up with visiting most of my favorite blogs but didn't get any crafting done.  Well, when given the choice of crafting or playing with my adorable grandkids, the grandkids will always win.  

However, I am back home and  ready to get back to my crafting table.  I have some new tools and papers that I just can't wait to  play with.    

Spring is just around the corner and that is the inspiration behind this card.   I used random papers, an edge cutting die and letter punches.  I made a frame with the edge die cuts and added a fabric flower bouquet  tied with a grosgrain ribbon in the center of the frame .

I am entering this card into the.CASE STUDY CHALLENGE #79.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Blue, Brown and Cream Color Challenge

This simple little card is being entered into 2 different challenges, Creative Inspirations and Creations by Gillm.   I made this card for a special male family member, so had to fore-go my usual flowers and butterflies.  I did use one of my embossing folders to emboss the edges of the cream and the right border of the blue card base.  I also added a brown ribbon and a manly button.  The brown printed panel was edge punched and the sentiment was stamped up with brown ink from Stampin-Up.

About 80% of this challenge for me was how to make this a masculine
card, but I think it turned out OK.

Color and Sketch Challenge

This card was designed for The Paper Players color challenge.  While I didn't have all of the exact colors, I tried to match as closely as possible from my paper stash.  I really love these colors together and will probably used them again.  I am also entering this into the Made Especially for You sketch challenge this week.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Greens, Pinks and Purples

This is my latest card creation and I think it turned out pretty nice.  The inspiration for this card came from 2 different blogs.  There She Goes Clear Stamps issued a color challenge using Regal Rose, Rich Razzleberry, and Old Olive colors.  While I didn't have all of the exact colors, I tried to match them as closely as possible from the supplies I had on hand.  My second inspiration comes from the sketch challenge at  Made Especially For You.

Charity, my 13 year old granddaughter came over yesterday and asked if she could make a card for her momma. She has not shown as much interest in crafts as her sister, Des, but I think there may be some hidden talent in this girl!  Here is the awesome card she created.  I love the sentiment she chose!


Sunday, February 12, 2012


I love the color challenges. This card is inspired by the colors in this photo from The Play Date Cafe.  Very bold and bright!

I gave this some thought and decided I wanted to try something more of a masculine theme, as the colors just lend themselves perfectly to that. One of the design team members used a cute little car on her card and that gave me some additional inspiration. I pulled out my brightest blues and golds and some awesome old car stamps and got to work.  I stamped the old model T truck in dark blue onto some lighter blue cardstock and cut it out.  I did the same with the old time clock in the upper corner using gold cardstock for the base and placing a brad in the center.  My pretty striped paper made the perfect 'road' and some gold border punched cardstock gave the appearance of a 'fence'.  The sentiment is stamped from the same set of stamps and works perfectly for what I had in mind.  Pop dots give the elements some dimension.