Embossed Happy Holidays

Hi all!  Again, a quick post!  I have the general holiday card my friend chose for his cards this year.  I really like how this simple design turned out.

I have never been a huge fan of kraft paper, but I think I have turned a corner and fallen in love with it.  This is a kraft base and the Cuttlebug Winter House (I think) was a perfect compliment for a simple card.  I stamped Happy Holidays from MFT’s Clearly Sentimental about Christmas in MFT Electric Red.  So simple, yet so pretty!

Challenge Submissions
Crafty Calendar — Cold & Frosty 
Drunken Stampers — Embossing

Embossed Happy Holidays: MFT CS about Christmas; Gina K Soft Sand, white card stock; MFT Electric Red; Cuttlebug winter house embossing folder.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Elegant Heart

Good Morning! We are starting out the week HOT here. I guess we are truly in the dog days of summer. I won’t complain because it is going far too quickly. Today starts a new Kaboodle Doodles challenge. Our challenge this week is to add a little metal to your card. Our sponsor this week is Crafts 4 Eternity and up for grabs is 3 digi images from the store.

For my card, I chose the heart #1 image. Initially when I chose this image and knowing the challenge of adding metal, I thought I would use metallic thread to sew the scroll design on the hearts. I attempted this, but the thread was too thin and the stitching above my sewing skills. On to plan b.

I printed off the heart, cut it out and simply colored the rim with an R46 Copic. Then I added sterling Martha Stewart glitter to the scrolls with a Quickie Glue Pen. I chose a really striking color combo of black, red and silver. My silver is Stardream Metallic and it is cover sheet weight. I embossed it with the D’vine Swirls folder and love how deeply the embossing takes. Two ribbons, each with a ruffled edge, and some Mark Richards metals complete the card. I left off the sentiment, allowing the card to be used for any occasion.
Challenge Submissions
Paper Sundaes — #30 Metal

Elegant Heart
Stamps: Crafts 4 Eternity Heart #1
Paper: Basic Black, Pure Poppy, Stardream Metallic Silver, Select White
Copics: R46
Other Stuff: Sterling Martha Stewart glitter, D’vine Swirls Cuttlebug folder, May Arts ribbon (black), Hobby Lobby ribbon (red), Mark Richards metals

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Sure hope you will play along with us — just link up your newly created project using metal to the blog.

Shoebox Swap

TGIF! Today was my daughter’s pre-k graduation and my son’s last day of “school.” I can’t believe the year is over or that I will have a kindergartner in the house in September! I’ve been busy all week putting together teacher gifts, which I hope to show you tomorrow. I have to say, I am so looking forward to making one card at a time. With shoebox swap I attended last week and the gifts, I’m wiped!

Today I have my shoebox swap card from last weekend. I wanted a card that didn’t require coloring, so I decided to use a sentiment as a focal point.

I chose one of my favorite color combos – Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose and Pretty in Pink. The Pretty in Pink is embossed with Polka Dots, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite Cuttlebug folders. I punched a piece of Chocolate Chip with a Martha Stewart punch and then added in some ruffled ribbon. This ribbon is really pretty and I’ve had multiple rolls in my stash for about 2 years. The sentiment is from PaperTrey Ink’s Heart Prints Sentiments.

I also provided an additional set of circles and papers for the inside. A few of the ladies kept the additional set for another card instead of using it on the inside.

Shoebox Swap
Stamps: PaperTrey Ink Heart Prints Sentiments
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Other Stuff: Dew Drops, Martha Stewart punch, Cuttlebug polka dots, ribbon, Nesties

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hopefully, I’ll have the teacher gift baskets I made tomorrow for you.


It’s like…totally ’80s!

Good Morning! Today is another great sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches. The sponsor this week is Some Odd Girl and there are some absolutely adorable images in the store.

First up is Melissa’s sketch for us all.

Next up my card. When I visited the store, I knew the image I was using as soon as I saw the ’80s Kaylee.

Isn’t she, just totally awesome?! When I chose my colors, I was thinking of the hot pink 1984 sweatshirt (yes, it said 1984), checked pants and turquoise suspenders I had back in the day. It was quite the look! Still, I love those colors so I chose Bermuda Bay and Raspberry Fizz. I colored Kaylee up with Copics, giving her some awesome hot pink leg warmers and mismatched star earrings. She has a few highlights of pink in her hair, which are additionally highlighted with glitter. To work in the sketch elements, I cut out a large Labels 8 (2nd largest) of white and then wrote a border of Valley Girl speak. Now, I have to say this was the hardest part of this card. It wasn’t difficult to come up with the sayings, but my handwriting was difficult to keep neat around the edge of that label. The Raspberry Fizz panel is embossed with the new Seeing Spots Cuttlebug folder and the Bermuda Bay is embossed with Polka Dots.

Inside I added an additional layer of embossed Raspberry Fizz with another Labels 8 panel. I printed off a birthday sentiment in Valley Girl speak and added in a few Glitter Dots to finish it off.

It’s like…totally ’80s!
Stamps: Some Odd Girl ’80s Kaylee
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Raspberry Fizz (PTI), Select White
Copics: BG13, BG23, BG49, C7, E000, E13, E21, E51, RV04, RV25, RV10
Other Stuff: Cuttlebug Seeing Spots, Polka Dots; Glitter Dots, Martha Stewart crystal fine and Tourmaline glitter, Labels 8 Nesties

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Make sure you check out the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog for the other DT inspirations. We’d love to see what you came up with so link up your new project over at the blog.


A Patriotic Thank You

Good Morning! Happy Memorial Day! Just a real quick post today as we are getting ready for a parade.

An equally quick card this morning. I pulled out my Cuttlebug folders — there are two of the newly released folders here — the polka dots (on the red) and Seeing Spots (on the white). I added a bit of Martha Stewart Crystal Fine glitter to the stars and a sentiment from PaperTrey Ink’s Mega Mixed Messages. Very quick and very effective!

A Patriotic Thank You
Stamps: PaperTrey Ink Mega Mixed Messages
Paper: Brilliant, Pure Poppy, Select White
Ink: Memento Ladybug
Other Stuff: Cuttlebug embossing folders Stars, Seeing Spots, Polka Dots, rhinestones, Modern Tag punch, Martha Stewart glitter

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Make sure you check back tomorrow – I’m Guest Designing for Tuesday Morning Sketches for the month of June AND I’ll have an exciting announcement for you!


A Chocolate Bath

It is hard to believe it is Wednesday already. My mojo has been a bit hit or miss. I blame an external factor. It looks like this.

That would be one of the 3 groundhog babies living under our back deck. They may look all cute, but I’ve seen the parents & grandparents (who are under our deck too) and they aren’t that cute. This twirp was standing on our top step, looking in our 3 season room and pawing at the screen. WAY too close for my comfort! We are in the process of evicting them — they hate the smell of ammonia, so we are soaking t-shirts in ammonia and stuffing them in their holes. Hopefully, after sending them packing, we can get a barrier up that will not allow them to dig under our deck again. UGH!

Today I actually finished a card! One of my favorite images from the newly released Ruby Chocolate collection at Bugaboo Stamps is the bathe in chocolate.

Ruby is so glamorous! When I colored her up, I was thinking of my mom’s best friend’s beautiful home. She has a log cabin and in the lofted bedroom is a brilliant red, claw-foot bathtub. I went with a more muted red, but did give Ruby red hair like my mom’s friend. Using this week’s Our Creative Corner sketch challenge for a layout, I matched Ruby with Scarlet Jewel, Sweet Blush and Basic Grey Bittersweet. I kept things fairly simple, letting the colors & image do the “talking”. The bubbles in the tub get their sparkle from Martha Stewart crystal fine glitter. The feet are painted with Gold Lame Smooch paint. I’d love to be as relaxed (& glamorous!) as Ruby!

Challenge Submissions
Our Creative Corner sketch challenge

A Chocolate Bath
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps Ruby Chocolate – bathe in choc
Paper: Scarlet Jewel, Sweet Blush, Select White (all PTI), Basic Grey Bittersweet
Copics:B00, E000, E00, E07, E11, E18, R11, R46, R59, YR18
Other Stuff: Cuttlebug D’vine Swirl, Gold Lame Smooch, Sweet Blush satin ribbon, Nesties, Martha Stewart crystal fine glitter, rhinestone

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

What a Bunch of Clowns!

Are you all enjoying your Friday? We have a beautiful day here. I have some peace & quiet, so I thought I would show you the final pieces of the kid themed cards I made for the fundraiser. There will be quite a few pictures in this post, so grab your afternoon pick-me-up or your Happy Hour drink of choice, then sit back & enjoy!

I did the 3 cards each for boys & girls and then wanted something to put in a gift bag that wasn’t so gender specific. The Clown Numbers from Bugaboo are perfect for this. Jodie has 0-9 in the store and you can get a fantastic bundle rate on them by buying all at once. I wanted to gear this toward the age group of the children at the school, so I made 10 cards total, two each for 2-6.

I kept the colors all very bright, primary and fun. The clowns are, of course, colored with Copics. Each one has a bit of Glossy Accents on their nose and cheeks (#3). Then a touch of Stickles on the hats, sleeves, or ties, as well as the dripping wax. I really think they turned out so, so cute.

The papers are from Stampin’ UP and PaperTrey Ink. Each number is cut out with a Labels 12 Nestie. I alternated using an accent color cut with the Nestie or embossed with a Cuttlebug folder for each pair of numbers.

I know a lot of kids are scared of clowns, but I think these will definitely give them a laugh!

After putting together all of these cards for the fundraiser, I needed something to carry them in — certainly couldn’t just give them a stack and say “here you go.” Ever since I saw Nichole Heady’s post with this project back in March, I’ve been wanting to make one of these little carriers. This worked out perfectly for the set of kid cards.

I love this little tote and want to make more — but I’m running low on PTI boxes — might have to buy more stamps! Aw shucks! LOL! I followed Nichole’s tutorial for this, using three boxes. I do not have the set Nichole featured in her tutorial, so for my handle pieces of cardstock, I cut them accordingly and used my Crop-a-dile to punch the holes for the ribbon. I picked two of the Wee Ones and bookended them around my title. An apropos title since this really is all about the kids. The color scheme was based on the lovely Quite Contrary paper and keeping it relatively neutral. Spring Rain & Spring Moss from PTI go very nicely with this design. This is also perfect for the Digital Tuesday Challenge of ABaC.

Here’s a side view of it chock full of the cards.

Finally, here is a picture of the full collection that I donated for the fundraiser. So far, it has received rave reviews, so I hope people bid on it & it gets the school some money.

Challenge Submissions
Digital Tuesday Challenge — ABaC

What a Bunch of Clowns!
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps Clown Numbers
Paper: Brilliant Blue, Only Orange, YoYo Yellow, Orchid Opulence (SU), New Leaf, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Select White (PTI)
Copics: B16, C1, E51, G14, R46, V15, Y06, Y19, YR07, YR18
Other Stuff: Stickles — Yellow, Christmas Red, Lime Green; May Arts ribbon, craft store ribbon, Glossy Accents, Cuttlebug embossing folders — Swiss Dots, Spots & Dots, Stars; Labels 12 Nesties

It’s All About the Kids Tote
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps Wee Ones Balloon Girl & Birthday Boy
Paper:Spring Rain, Spring Moss, Select White, MME Quite Contrary
Copics: B12, B14, C7, E00, E39, E41, E71, G14, R46, R81, R83
Other Stuff: PTI boxes, Scor tape, Spring Moss grosgrain, Nesties, Glossy Accents, Christmas Red & Eucalyptus Stickles

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I’ll be back tomorrow with the first of my cards from “The Man’s Survival Card Kit” I made for the fundraiser.