Friday, February 25, 2011

Papertrey's February Blog Hop Challenge

Yay! My first Papertrey challenge!! This month the challenge is to use scallops. I happen to love scallops here we go, using PTI cardstock (of course!)

BTW, Papertrey paper is truly the only paper I like to use any more. It is so sturdy...a great companion to use in my Cricut machine.

Just sayin'.

Card for my sweetie

I know this is late in posting, but here is the card I made for John for Valentine's Day.

Stamps: Close To My Heart, Stampin' Up
Ink: Stampin' Up
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Stampin' Up

By the way...Stampin' Up ink works FABULOUSLY on CTMH stamps!!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Thank You card

Usually I have to base my card design off of something else I've seen....but this card is ALL ME.

Please to enjoy:

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Scrap Lifting

Do you ever see a card in a magazine and think "I'm going to make one like that one day?" only to find that day never comes? Well I do it all the time. And so my inspiration pile grows without having any cards to show for it.

My friends, times are a changin'.

I saw a super simple card by Maille Belles in the CARDS Magazine and immediately made one. Yay me for overcoming my procrastination tendencies!!

What I did differently: Where her instructions say to trim the card front back a 1/4" and back it with black paper, I glued a strip of black paper right onto the card front.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine's Day Project: Cards for Teachers

Now you can't drop your kid off at daycare with gift ladden arms and not having something for the teachers, right? After all, they deserve some recognition for taking such good care of my little Sweet Pea. These cards will accompany some very delicious gourmet choco covered pretzels bought from a local shop. I had to buy extra containers of pretzels because I ate some and didn't have enough for the teachers. *oopsies*

Valentine's Day Project: Snack Bags

These are also for the kids in Brooklyn's Toddler Class at daycare. They are packages of Teddy Grahams. I know toddlers don't give a rip about the packaging, but I just had to make them look more festive.

Thank God there are only 5 kids in the toddler room. I think as she progresses to the next classroom where there are 8 or more kids I may have to simplify. Or quit my full time job to make crafts. Darn....what a horrible idea. LOLOLOL!

Valentine's Day Project: Heart Bean Bags

I found this idea at Make and Takes. What a cute little site with lots of fun project ideas! Anyway, I made 5 of for each of the kids in the Toddler Room at Brooklyn's daycare. I will ask the teachers to play hide-n-seek with the kids tomorrow using these bean bags as the toy to seek.

Here are the things I did differently:

1) I sewed my pieces together rather than using glue.
2) I used rice rather than beans, but 'rice bags' don't sound as fun.
3) I used fleece rather than felt.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Man Card

It's not that I hate making cards for my men friends, it's just that I never know 1) if men think hand made cards are stupid and 2) how to decorate something without ribbons, glitter, flowers and non-manly things.

Alas, I have a friend who's birthday is coming up and this is my attempt at a man card.

Warm Wishes

Stamp: Hero Arts
Cardstock: Stampin Up
Ink: Versamark
Border Punch: Fiskars
Ribbon, Button, Twine: Craft Supply

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Friend Card

I know I'm way late to the 'gray is the new hot color' party. My card was inspired by this card made by a great artist I stumbled upon several months ago and have followed ever since. Laurie is a sweet person and has such a clean quick style that is perfect for me, a working mom with precious little time to craft. Thanks for the inspiration, Laurie!

Stamp: Stampin Up
Ink: Tsukineko
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Dies: Spellbinders
Embossing folder: Cuttlebug
Ribbon: recycled from a gift I received

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Doilies are all the rage...

Do you ever just feel like playing around? I saw an artist on another blog (can't remember which one...sorry) create a beautiful doily image by repeating a stamp that, by itself, looks nothing like a doily. Here is my attempt.

The larger image was made by rotating the stamp completely around and the smaller image was made by rotating the stamp around it's own midpoint.

I really love seeing people use their stamps in new and out-of-the-box ways. It definitely increases the usefullness of every one of the bajillion stamps I own.