Thursday, December 30, 2010

A little Glitz and Glam

Here I am checking in with a card for the Holiday Vacation Challenge #10.  OWH is finally able to add a R after their name and so the challenge is to go round in it's honor!!  I didn't have any round sentiments or ones that started with a R but I did have one about smiles...and who wouldn't love a smile in the mail!
You Make Me Smile
I love when a card starts out one way and ends totally opposite of what you started.  I'm breaking out stamp sets I haven't used in a while and trying to make use out of them again.  This stamp set is from Verve.  My daughter had fun helping me punch out all those little circles and I used a circle cutter for the big ones.  The butterflies were stamped and cut out and then covered in Stickles.  I then stamped them again on the circles before adding the cut outs with some glue in the centers and SU Dimensionals on the wings.  I wish I would have started using them sooner since I found out they are thinner then the ones I've bought from Michaels and Joann Stores.  I love 'em! =)  The paper is out of a shimmer stack that I've been hoarding.  I made the most of my paper by cutting the center from the back layer to make my circles and adhering it all to a card base.

Well I'm winded but I hope you've enjoyed!  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Anything But Pink?

Today's Holiday Vacation Challenge #9 was to make a card that was Anything But Pink. With Valentine's Day coming around, the shippers have been seeing maybe a little too much.  While my card is not Valentine's themed, it's also not pink!
Fun right?  This card was a headache!! I think I cut up 3 patterned paper before deciding not to use any at all!  For those of you with amazing eye site you may have noticed my wet glossy accents on the brads.  They were glitter brads and I wanted to make them safe to ship to our Heroes.  I used the glossy accents and then let them dry...but not long enough!  So I had to add more glossy accents to fix my smudges.  I used a metallic silver pen to color the stars on the Verve sentiment and then added some stickles!  The ribbon is from SU as well as the die.  It's actually the Top Note Die but with a little playing around!

I hope you've enjoyed!  Have a great New Years!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Missing You

Hey All!!  My Lainey bug and I spent the afternoon crafting away while my husband and son took a nap.  I love being able to spend time with her and I love how she is my biggest fan.  It doesn't matter what I make, she loves it all.  Her and I are working on some Valentines but they are still in the coloring stages.  I do have a card to share with you though.  I actually started it last night but no matter how much paper I cut it just didn't want to come together.  So I said sleep on it. Today, I changed my stamps and ribbon and colors and it all clicked.
Missing You
The only piece I stuck with was the music note paper which was an awesome clearance find at I really needed more paper =)  The stamp set is from Verve.  I stamped the stars and then stamped another set to cut color and sparkle! I'm very proud of my ribbon as well...Sandy showed me how to do it at an OWH party.  Thanks Sandy!

This card was made for the OWH Holiday Vacation Challenge #8 - Missing You!!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

End of Year Sketch Challenge #49

Hey everyone! I hope you all have enjoyed your Christmas and are ready to put your crafting presents to good use!  I have two cards for you tonight..a little bit of a his and hers card making.  Both cards were made for the OWH Sketch Challenge #49.  Enjoy!
You Rock Star
I tried so hard to steer away from my normal color combos.  I hand stamped each layer myself to create my own paper.  I think I would really like to try it back in my safety zone of reds and black but overall it's good.
He Rocks
Yay for the hubby!  He made this card completely without stamping and even layered the guitar! (Hard to see but it's a guitar cut out and propped on pop dots and placed over another guitar).  The Diamond Plate EF is his new favorite.

Well I hope you've enjoyed!!  Leave a comment so I can come check you out!!  

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Midweek Throwdown

Oh my goodness..maybe it's the Holiday Vacation Challenges or maybe it's that all my shopping is done but my mojo is back and on fire!  I made 3 cards tonight of the same design but different colors.  They are for the OWH Midweek Throwdown and Holiday Vacation Challenge #5!  Enjoy!
This is the first of the set and my favorite.  I liked it so much I made a couple in this color.  The hearts and the word LOVE are from the SU Filled with Love set and the ribbon is out of my stash.  Love my new Seeing Spots EF =)  The hearts are popped up on some 3d foam.
The ribbon on this one is actually 2 different ones.  I have so much ribbon but never the 'right one' for the job. So I made my own =).  The flower brad is SU.  I wanted to change it up just a little but I think if I mass produce this one I would leave it out.
S&W Love
The last one!  This one was my attempt for the monochromatic Holiday Challenge.  My husband told me the others weren't monochromatic so hopefully this fits the description.  The ribbon again is 2 different ribbons pieced together to get something close to what I was looking for.  I tried to use silver embossing powder with glitter in it but it turned out terrible and kept flaking off....SAFETY HAZARD!  So instead I used some silver ink I picked up years ago at Target.  I really like how it turned out.

Well I hope that you've all enjoyed! I can't believe tomorrow is Christmas Eve! I am so excited for Christmas this year since my husband is home with us and it will be his first with my son.  He missed out on so much last year and we are making up for it this year.  I hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas and are able to spend it with those that you love!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Hey everyone!   I'm here tonight with an Elmo card for the Holiday Vacation Challenge #4.  Making cards for our little heroes should be so much easier for me but it's not!  The first card I'm going to show you is one I've been working out for awhile and the second is one I came up with today to make life a little less challenging.
Elmo and Friends
This card was a tough one.  Figuring out the right size and then manipulating my punches..ehh headache.  I promise to follow up with some instructions to prevent the headache for the rest of you!
This is the one I made tonight.  Elmo is the easiest guy to recreate.  I make a lot of Elmo faces but they always seem to disappear and wind up in my son's room.  I was happy to use my new Seeing Spots EF but I'm still  not in love with the card so please leave your suggestions!  My son loves it but I'm a little indifferent.
One last card for you.  My crafty friend who randomly is featured on my blog created this one for the OWH Sketch Challenge #48.  He used the Diamond Plate EF and the stamp set was from Inkadinkado.

Well I hope you've all enjoyed!  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

OWH Sketch Challenge 48

Quick post for you tonight.  I made the following card for the OWH Sketch Challenge #48 and for the Holiday Vacation Challenge #3.  Enjoy!

I used the SU Filled With Love set and the SU Tiny Tags Set.  I'm very proud of myself for making this card completely out of my scrap paper pile!! WAHOO!  The bling part of this cards is Stickles and the metallic on the ribbon. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Feeling like a Mad Crafter =)

I have 3 special cards to share with you today all in honor of OWH.  It's been hectic around here with a lot of handmade presents to be done.  I feel totally relieved to have finally finished a baby scrapbook for my brother.  I feel so challenged going from cards to scrapbooks.  It just feels like there's too much space and then not enough.  Well now that the gifts have come to an end I can get back to the card making. Phew!!
Isn't this guy just awesome!  He's a freebie for the OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge.  Dude Times Doodles generously donated him so go snag one up!  Nothing to special going on with this card.  I colored him with colored pencils since my Copic supply is embarrassing small.  The sentiment is SU Service and Sacrifice.  The ribbon and star brads are out of my stash and the camouflage paper is a special gift from my mom. =)
Valentine Defined
So I actually made this card for yesterdays OWH Holiday Challenge #1 but forgot to post it...ooops!  Well here it is anyway.  The technique used was can see it on the white piece.  I used the upcoming SU Valentine Defined set to stamp the flamingos.  The love tag is from the SU Tiny Tags set.  I finally ordered some liquid pearls but I wasn't very happy with how they turned out.  Still need some practice I guess!
I love you snow much!
This card was made for todays OWH Holiday Challenge #2.  I didn't think very much about the time it would take to mass produce but after a few hours I managed to make 9!  I've been really wanting to clear these snowman digis from my space and the challenge was the perfect chance.  I believe they are Bugaboo.  Please correct me if I'm wrong.  SU products used were the Petals-A-Plenty EF and the Top Note die.

Well I hope you've enjoyed stopping by and please feel free to leave comments...I always take a peak back!
Merry Christmas..Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sketch Challenge #47

Hey All! I finally managed to squeeze in some time to play along with the OWH S&S Sketch Challenge #47.  My crafting buddy was even inspired to play along.  Enjoy!
I've been noticing these wreaths a lot lately over on and I just had to figure a way to make one myself.  They are so much easier to make than they look!  I changed the sketch a little bit by moving the large square layer over a little but I pretty much stayed with it.  I used all products from my stash except for the SU Melon Mambo cardstock and SU Basic Black Ink.
Everything to Me
Masculine? I think it could totally work!  This one was created for the same sketch challenge as well.  He actually finished it on Sunday...WHAT! Before me?!?!  The stamp set used was SU Always and there's even a little SU Waffle Paper on there!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Yay Me!

I know it sounds funny to have a post labeled Yay Me! but I've been missing my mojo for 2 weeks YAY ME! 
You're in my thoughts
A white card! Ahh who would have thought! The white theme is for the Pals Paper Arts PPA72 Challenge.  The sketch is for the OWH Sketch Challenge #46 and the ribbon is for the OWH Midweek Throwdown.  It's really hard to see but I used sparkle embossing powder on one of the layers.  Hopefully this close up will show that off better and the ribbon. =)
Close Up
The sentiment is popped up with some 3d foam and stamped with silver ink. It's from the SU! set Word Play. The Flowers are from the Verve set Great Friend. I won them a while back and still love them! The background is dry embossed with the SU! Square Lattice EF.

I thought I'd share how to do the ribbon. I have no video skills so I'm showing it off with photos.

First you will punch two small holes into your paper where you would want the center of the ribbon to be. If you don't use a small punch you will see your holes. Next, you will thread both ends of your ribbon through the holes to the back side. Cross over the ribbons on the back and thread them back through. Pull both ends and play with it to achieve the look you want.

Punch Holes

Thread Ribbon

Cross and Thread (shown with one threaded)

End Result
Well I hope the I've inspired you or that you atleast enjoyed taking a look.  Thanks for stopping by =)

Stylish Blogger Award

So I received a blog award from 2 very awesome blog buddies out there and wanted to share that!
Here are the rules when you receive this award:
1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this blog award.
2. Share 8 things about yourself.
3. Pay it forward to other bloggers!

1.  Thank you Lisa and Holley for making me feel special!  These ladies are talented so go check them out!

2.  So now I have to tell you 8 things about myself..YIKES!
 Well I'm a (1) military wife to my Army Soldier and (2) we have two very crazy kiddos ages 1 and 3..soon to be 2 and 4.  Many people don't know that (3) I'm an Army Veteran myself so I guess I can throw that in there.  (4) I'm a very quiet person until you get me started and then I'm not very good at shuttin up!  (5) I love to papercraft but I can throw down some sewing skills as well. (6) I was born in Ohio and have been to almost every state due to a mom that loved to travel and a military lifestyle.  (7) My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving because I love to eat!  (8)  I can honestly say I listen to all music types..who else do you know with a play list that goes from Alternative to Rap to Country to Techno to Pop to 50s in 6 songs =)

I'm not very good at talking about myself so I hope that satisfies you all =).

3. There's so much unbelievable talent out there so this is a tough one too.  I want to share with you the blogs I check daily so maybe they can inspire you as well! Holley and Lisa are on my list as well!

Mary Fish
Sandy Allnock
Jane Hunnicutt
Teresa Kline

Please check them out =)