Saturday, October 29, 2011

Wedding Shower Card

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I'm going to a wedding Shower tomorrow for my niece Kaitlin. I am so excited for her, She has found a really nice young man and I truly think they are going to be really happy together. Oh young love! It is very nice to see.
I've been looking on line for the last few months checking out wedding and shower cards and came up with my own version of several cards that gave me a lot of inspiration. Here it is.
I drew the dress freehand and cut it out on velum. Then ran the skirt part through the Big Shot and left the bodice plane. I had to cut a white dress and attach it to the back of the velum piece to make the dress show up a bit more.
All wedding dresses have to have some bling of course, so I added just a touch of Basic Pearls and a sash of champagne ribbon to match the Tie.
I went on line and found directions on how to tie a mans Tie lolol. I found some good instructions at Brooks Brothers   I hope that helps. I tied the Tie around a small dowel as I needed something small to work with and that worked great.
I am always so impressed with the amount of information there is out there if you just look for it. I tucked the edges of the tie under the shirt collar and taped it in the back behind the white panel. Oops, I noticed from my photo there is a little piece of Sahara Sand missing from the neck? I better find that before I give this card away lololol! The little piece of Sahara Sand made the white collar pop.

Sentiments are kind of hard to find that say what you really want to share with newlyweds, so I typed up my own and used a fancy script and printed it on to card stock, then highlighted the edges with Soft Suede. The side panels were stamped using the scroll from Elements of Style stamp set in Crumb Cake classic ink.
This was certainly not a 20 minute card, but it was totally made with love.
Congrats Jefty and Kaitlin. We love you and wish you a long and happy life together.

Oh, and the other good news I spoke to you about yesterday is that a card I submitted last week to the Stampin Queens Sketch Challenge was selected as one of the top three. How cool is that Right! This was my first time ever as having a card that I created selected as a top anything on a sketch challenge lolol. Hip Hip Hooray!
Thanks ladies and I'll keep submitting your sketches a fun.
I have more good news too that I am very excited and honored to have had my work appreciated and taken notice of , but I have been sworn to secrecy. You can be sure when the time comes I will share it with you (Big Smile)! Until then Mum's the word!
Now it is your turn to go and create something fun.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

It's Sketch Frenzy Friday time!

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

It's been a very busy week for me, as I am sure for the rest of you too! I was sick last week and had to start playing catch up this week. I finally was able to have a nice long visit with my Mom and that felt good. No way was I going to go to a Skilled Nursing Facility with a cold! She should be coming home in a few weeks, but I'm still asking for prayers for her recovery.
I also cooked several meals for a girl friend who just has surgery and got that off to her family. Then had a couple dates with my other girlfriends one who came over to our new place to visit she and her husband ended up staying for dinner. It was a good day!

Yes, thank goodness it is Sketch Frenzy Friday Time! I am so grateful I am on this Team. It keeps me creating and keeps me accountable. So many wonderful things are happening in my creative life I am just in aw to be  acknowledged for my work. Somethings I can share and some I can't just yet. But more about that tomorrow as it's SFF time Yippee!!!

Tammy Fite made this amazing sketch for us this week and I just love it. Take a look for yourselves.
Here is my interpretation of this sketch.
I love this little stamp set C is for Cat and the DSP Frightful Sight has this fun black cat paper that I thought would be great with this stamp set. That kitty is all over those fish lololol.
 Here is a look at the inside . I hope you enjoyed my card and have fun making one for us to see.
Your next stop on our mini blog hop is to visit Robbie Rubula
If you would like to submit your sketch please upload it to our site

Speaking of cats Bob thought he would get into the action and mess around on my desk while I was making this card
He is becoming such a clown! He is now taking on his two furry Big brothers. He stalks them and then jumps up on them as they walk by and or he'll come up to rub on their faces and bats them in the head a few times instead. It is really funny to watch them play.

Well its your turn to create something fun, until next time create away!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Stampin' Queens Sketch Challenge

Hello to all my blogging friends,  I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I am so glad I am feeling better!!! I don't like it when I don't create something fun at least a few times a week. It feels like something is missing.  I have wanted to participate in the Stampin' Queens Sketch Challenge for a few weeks now but just haven't made the time to do it. So today I did
and here is their fun sketch for this week. There are a lot of elements to this sketch which made it a nice challenge.
and here is my interpretation of it
I had fun playing around with the Baby Wipe Technique that I saw on Jennifer Weide's blog the other day and made 2 sample background pages of that tech The first sheet I used on the SFF Sketch Challenge  yesterday and this is a portion of the second sheet using more of a Fall color scheme. I wish you could see the  card in real life, as I spritzed all the leaf images with Shimmer Mist. The images are so pretty and it made the images turn out really soft and shinny. I even cut a thin slice of the background sheet to make my own crinkle ribbon piece along the left side of the card. I hope you like the card and give this Sketch and the Baby Wipe Tech a try.

Heris a look at the inside. This will give you a good idea of what the Baby Wipe Tech looks like up close. Just click on the photo to enlarge it.

Now it is your turn to create something fun!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sketch Frenzy Friday 10-21-11

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Yes! It's Sketch Frenzy Friday Time!!!
Sorry I haven't posted all week! I had a really bad ear ache and felt under the weather. But, I am on the mend and feeling my Mojo kicking in. Finally! I hate it went I feel so yucky that I don't even have the energy to create! Yikes, even my honey knows that it's bad when that happens.

Here is this weeks sketch, it was created by Tammy Baldwin. Isn't it fun, lots of different shapes and room to play around with.

I don't have any small stars in my stash so I chose the Hummingbird from the SU Elements of Style stamp set. I also finally tried the Baby Wipe  Technique. I have always wanted to gave it a try. I got the idea from one of our SFF Design Team Members Jennifer Weide here is her link
I used several SU re-inkers and a gold re-inker that I have had for a long time. I couldn't believe it was still good after all this time. It just needed a good shaking and it worked out just fine. Who knew right! Too bad you really can not see the beautiful glimmer the gold gives off. I cut the hummingbirds out and mounted them on Concord Crush card stock as the darker color when added to the birds really made them Pop. I added a few leaves from the SU Bird Punch and a few different sizes of Basic Pearls. The sentiment is also from that stamp set and was punched out with the Modern Label Punch just cut down and re sized.
Now hear is a look at the inside of the card.
 I hope you like it and it inspires you to try the Baby Wipe technique. It was really easy and lots of fun to play around with. I am sure you can find a video and or a tutorial over at Split Coast Stampers
Your next stop on our mini blog hop will be to visit Robbie Rubula. She always has something wonderful to share with us.
If you would like to show us what you have created from this weeks sketch challenge please upload it on the Sketch Frenzy Friday webpage we would love to see it.

I hope you have a awesome weekend and get lots of time to create something fun!

Friday, October 14, 2011

It's Sketch Frenzy Friday Time

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

It's Sketch Frenzy Friday and I am excited to show you what I made from today's sketch. Sharon Wheet designed this sketch. I looked and looked at it and  was making way too much out of it. So I put it away for a few days and it finally came to me just this evening. It is a very simplistic sketch and yet you can go in so many directions with it. With out further ado here is her sketch and my card!

See what I mean, simple but sooo much potential. Great sketch Sharon!

I've had these Side Notes for a while now and decided this week I was going to use them and I did for this sketch.

I cut along the edge of the  flower and slipped the friends piece inside to give the flowers more dimension. I colored in the Friend sign and the Flower piece with various SU Markers. I distresses all the pieces with either Marina Mist and or Kraft classic inks. I ran the Marina Mist Piece through the Big Shot with an Embossing Folder? (I must have left my SU  Catalog in the car so I can not tell you the name of it?) But it is in the Catalog hehe! I used a silk Rosett and a couple leaves from the Build a Bird Punch and added Basic Pearls and a few Embossed Butterflies.
Wow this is hard with out my Catalog!
I did a little something to the inside too.
Have a great day, I hope you got a bit of inspiration from my card and enjoy the rest of our Blog Hop!
 Robbie Rubula is up next and you will just love what she has created for us this week. She always does such a fantastic job designing her cards.
If you would like to create a card from this weeks sketch please upload it to our home page we would love to see it.

Now it is your turn to go and create something fun. Have a great weekend and do something nice for yourself.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Birthday Gift for a Freind

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I made a cute birthday gift set for a friend of mine the other day and thought I would share it with you this week!
The Gift Set includes a CandyJar, Gift Card and a Personalized Journal.
Here is a close up of the Candy Jar and the Gift Card. Tomorrow I will show you the Journal.

I used the Top Note Die and the Oval Die on the front of the Candy Jar, in addition to various punches. I love dangling ribbons on gift items, I think they give the items a bit of a dressier look. Hidden in the bow at the side is a hanging circle tag with a coordinating punched out flower on it.You have to add some bling on a gift, so I dressed it up with Basic Pearls and little punched flowers. The lid screws off and and the hanging ribbons are attached to a bow. I added a DSP Circle to the top of the lid and added a multi colored scalloped flower to the top of that.

I used all the same embellishments on the card as the Candy Jar because it is part of the set, so I don't think I will repeat the description again hehe. This is a give away card as I made a separate gift card that matches this one as my BD Card to my friend.
I even decorated the envelopes and insides of the cards.

I really like this DSP  that coordinates with the Stamp Set Fabulous Florets, how about you?.
I sure hope you enjoyed this little project and come back tomorrow to see the Journal.
Have a great day and I hope you get a chance to create something fun.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Toilet Paper Roll Album Tutorial

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I want to disclose I am not the original creator of this project. This is my version only. I asked on line if anyone knew of the creator and or other links on who showed us how to make this album. This is what information I received; Robyn Correa, Wanda McGlamery  and Dawn Griffith, You Tube...  I finally got a hold of  the video I saw on line a few weeks ago given by Dawn Griffith here it is.

This is the Album I came  up with.


Card Stock:
Marina Mist, Glossy White, Naturals White and Various patterns of blue 6 x6 pieces of Stampin Stack card stock.

Stamp Sets:
Snow Swirled, Snow Buddies (Hostess 2010) and Berry Christmas (retired).

Classic Ink:
Marina Mist

Silver Embossing Powder, VersaMark, Bordering Blue and Brocade Blue Stampin' Write Markers, Ruler, Pencil, White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, three 1" Book Rings (found at Staples) Tacky Tape, Crop-A-Dile, Decorative Label Punch and three empty toilet paper rolls flattened in half lengthwise (Use a Bone Folder or Big Shot to flatten the TP rolls). One Stampin' Dimensional cut in half.


Cover Wrap for the toilet paper (TP) rolls you will need- 3 pieces of Marina Mist CS 4 1/4 x 6" and 6 pieces decorated Glossy White CS  2 6/16 x 3 12/16".
Pull out pages you will need- 6 pieces Natural White CS 2 7/16" x 3 12/16".
Cover sheet for pull out pages you will need- 6 pieces various patterns of blue Designer Series Paper (DSP) 2 1/4 x 3 3/4".
Two punched pieces of  the Decorative Label in Marina Mist cut in half (width wise not length wise).

Score Lines for the Cover Wrap -from left to right (These measurements will vary depending on the TP Rolls you use)
1/4" , 6/16, 3", 3 2/16
(I  gave myself two score lines  about 2/16th" wide for each of the side folds for the flattened rolls so the card stock would not buckle or bulge).

Here are photos I hope will make the directions and measurements easier to follow. I am a visual gal and pictures tell a thousand words for me. Audio is also very helpful too (Smile).

Step One- Flatten your toilet paper rolls in half lengthwise.I have read that you can run the TP roll through the Big Shot to flatten and or do it the old fashion way like I did and use the Bone Folder to flatten the edges.

Step Two- Make the cover pieces for the TP Rolls
 At every step I shaded all the edges of card stock with Marina Mist classic ink as you can see from this photo. You can also see where I made the 2/16th " score marks for the edges of the TP roll.

Step Three- Take a look at the tacky tape that I added to the TP Roll and the Marina Mist Card stock. Try to line the CS as straight as possible on the roll edge the first time as the tacky tape is unforgiving.
Then fold the cover piece all the way around the roll and remove tacky tape to secure.
Step Four- Decorate your Glossy Card Stock pieces with VersaMark and Silver Embossing Powder however you like. I tried to use a sentiment and a stamp on one  page and a image only on the other page so every other page had a sentiment starting with the front cover. I should have taken a close up shot of the Snow Men as I cut out their hats and colored them in with the Stampin Write Markers and then popped the hats up 3 D style with a half of a Stampin Dimensional for extra dimension. I also added a touch of color to their scarfs. You could also add Rhinestones or Basic Pearls to add additional Bling to the images for fun.

Step Five- Make the pull out pieces buy taping the 6 Natural White  2 7/16 x 3 12/16  pieces together to make three pull out pieces, but first tape the Decorative Label half pieces at the top right, center, and left hand sides. The following photo describes what I mean here.
Once the six pieces are attached together and the half piece of the Decorative Label sticks out at the top evenly you are ready to sponge the edges with Marina Mist and attach the six various DSP pieces as follows.
This photo only shows three sides but you will also have to do the back sides too. Notice I went dark, light, dark when attaching the card stock. I wanted to make sure it looked purposeful in the finished project.

Step Six- At this point you could add additional embellishments and or photo corners to the pieces. I did not know what I wanted to make at the time, either a photo album and or a memory book embellished with personal items or not so I left them undecorated.
I'm showing you an additional photo here because I made a mistake and I want you to avoid this if possible. I failed to leave room for the punched ends of the TP rolls and had to cut the above pieces about a quarter inch smaller. I remembered that I wanted these pieces to be able to be pulled out not stuck inside (Duh). See the photo below

Notice the three holes in the bottom of the cover pieces. Remember you do not want to punch holes in the pull out pieces! The measurements for the pull out pieces have been adjusted so no need to alter them. I measured the placement of where I wanted the holes with a ruler and used the Crop-A-Dile to punch the holes, Then I lined up the second piece to the first piece and used a pencil to color in where I should punch next, I did the same to the third piece.

Step Seven- Put the album together as you are almost finished. See how the pull out pieces fit inside the
I added white ribbon around the Book Rings for fun, but you do not have to.

Finally the back piece.
I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have as much fun as I did in making yours. I have saved several more TP Rolls and will be making these for little thank you gifts for Christmas and or any time.
If you have additional questions on how I made this project, please do not hesitate to contact me by e-mail or leave me a comment with an e-mail address and I will respond as soon as possible.

Now it is your turn to go and create something fun!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sketch Frenzy Friday 10-7-11

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Happy Day It's SFF and we have a great new sketch challenge for ya this week. It is brought to us by no other than my blog hop neighbor Robbie Rubula. This is a great sketch Robbie ! Thanks for the inspiration, and here is her sketch.
I love clean and simple cards and sketches but hardly ever make one myself. I think -no it needs a layer here or add something extra over there... I tried to control myself as much as I could and this is what I came up with for this one hehehe.
I really did try to keep it as CAS as I could. A Friend of mine sent me several images of the Greeting Card Kids stamp set and I thought this would be great to have as my focal point on this sketch. I am trying to use up my new DSP Frightful Sight so that is the background paper. Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black and Cherry Cobbler are on the front. I used various Ink Pads to color in the image I used a very small paint brush in order to color it in. There are three large Basic Pearls on the lower right hand corner of the card a six medium pearls, three on each side of the sentiment. Sentiment and bats are from the Howl-o-ween Creeps stamp set and I used the Modern Label Punch for that too.
Here is a photo of the inside of the card, just a little something to brighten it up a bit.
I hope you like my little witch sitting on a pumpkin card and come back to see what else I have come up with lately.
Now off to see what Robbie has in store for us this week.

We would love to see your creations too. You all have really been doing a great job with the previous sketches, so if you would like to show us yours for this week, please upload them here
Now it is your turn to go and create something fun.

Post Script: (Smile)
Sorry it is taking me a while to get the Tutorial out to you on the Toilet Paper Roll. I searched all day yesterday on Splitcoast Stampers to try to find a video tutorial for ya but I couldn't pull anything up on it??? I guess I am going to have to put a shout out on line to try to find one for you. I also wanted to give the creator of the project credit and name her in my post. So I still have a bit more research to do yet. I am working on it that's for sure.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Just for fun

Hello to all my blogging friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I have a couple cards to share with you today. The first one was for my husband birthday. He likes very masculine cards and says this one was a really good one. Because it had lots of texture and elements to it. I hope you like it!
The second one is a card I CASED and added a few extra layers to it to make it my own. Something for a Dog Lover.
and here is a peek at the inside.
I'm working on my tutorial for the Toilet Paper Roll Scrapbook today that I showed you all in this weekends blog hop, so this is going to be a short post today!

Now it is your turn to go and create something fun.