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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Babies!!!

My friend Milissa, just had her second baby. She had a girl and her name is Grace, she is just gorgeous! So far, I have only seen pictures, but I will definatly have to be seeing that little doll one day soon. I have a little gift for her and wanted to make a pretty card to go with it.

This pink card is to go with Grace's gift. I used the same technique to make this background as I did with the flocked paper in the post below, but used glitter instead. And I really love this glitter. This glitter is from Cathie Filian who is the host of Creative Juice, she has a wonderful crafting blog, has published a couple books on crafting and done a lot of other cool stuff. If you follow the link to her blog and scroll down a bit, on the left hand side you will find a link to her Etsy shop where she sells the glitter. I happened to win the glitter I have and she sent me 7-8 different colors and the colors are so cool. The glitter is very fine and I love working with it. Yes, I know glitter gets everywhere. But it is sooooooo pretty, don't you think? And if you are careful it isn't so bad! Everyone needs a little bling on their skin, in their hair, on their clothes, right?

Anyway, back to the card. I used stamps that I picked up at Big Lots for $1.00. They are made by Hampton Arts. I stamped them, colored them and cut them out for the front of the card. I really like the way these acrylic stamps work with the Versafine ink. Wish I'd run into more of them at BL!
This second card is for a baby shower that I am going to this weekend. I know that the baby is a girl, but I just wanted to do something different than pink, so I chose the purple and yellow. I really like how it turned out. I used the same stamp set for this card, there are a lot of stamps in this set and they are the cutest darn things! On both cards the small stamped images are adhered with foam tape to give them demension.
A word of warning, don't try to adhere the foam tape to the glittered area, it just isn't gonna work. I learned that from experience!
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Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

What was I thinking?!?!

I love this owl! It is exactly how I think I look sometimes. This is
Sleepy Owl from QKR Stampede. I stamped him onto white cardstock and used watercolor pencils to color him. I used Fun Flock on his hat, can you tell I love that stuff? Seems like all the cards I've been showing lately have some Fun Flock on them. Honestly, I don't use it on all of them!

I printed the sentiment from my computer, cut out the owl sitting on the moon and adhered it to the purple cardstock. I distressed the edges to go along with the poor distressed owl.

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Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Christmas cards already?

This is a card I made for QKR Stampede. They put out a call for card fronts, as they will be doing their first trade show in September. I think this wise old owl is darn cute! The stamp is called Christmas Cheer, I colored him with my trusty watercolor crayons. (But of course!)


The striped background paper is some that I made. I so enjoyed doing this. First, I cut some white cardstock. Next I adhered it to my cutting mat with repositionable tape. I then used the measurements on the mat to lay down some wide Scor-tape (1/2" wide) at equal intervals (1/2"). Next I used the narrow Scor-tape (1/8" wide) and placed that the same way, between the wider tape. I rubbed the cardstock with my Embossing Buddy to remove any static (a dryer sheet also works well) I pulled the backing off the wide Scor-tape exposing the adhesive and poured on the red Fun Flock, being sure to pat it down onto the adhesive. Once this was done, I shook off the extra Fun Flock and poured it back into the jar. Then I repeated the process with the green Fun Flock.

I cut out the owl and used Stickles on the hat and candy cane. I used Glossy Accents on his glasses to make them look like glass.

Once everything was good and dry I used foam tape to adhere him to the flocked paper. Once that was adhered to the green cardstock, I tied the ribbon around it to finish it off. I wrote the Happy Holidays with a Zig pen.


I love this card! I had so much fun making the striped, flocked paper. Now I'm looking for some more ideas that I can use this technique for. I've made some with glitter and it is just beautiful. Now what to use it for?!?!


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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

It's all about LOVE today!

Today I'm showing you two cards, both of them are "all about love"

This first card was made with a stamp from QKR Stampede. This stamp is called Warm and Fuzzy and that is just what he is! After I stamped him on white cardstock, I painted him with watercolor crayons. I used a glue pen to outline the cute little guy and applied Fun Flock to make him fuzzy. I wish it showed up in the picture better, but my camera just isn't good enough to capture that.

I cut out the heart on my Cricut Expressions and adhered all the pieces to the base. The white dash lines were made with a white gel pen.

The little diamonds in the upper corner are small mosaic tiles that I have a stash of.

I think this guy is a real cutie, what do you think?



My second card today is another QKR Stampede stamp called In Love. He certainly is smitten isn't he? He is also painted with watercolor crayons. The "I Love You" is part of another QKR stamp titled
Love You This Much. I masked off parts of the stamp when I was applying the ink so I would just get the 'Love You', stamped it, then did the same with the 'I'



The heart I cut freehand from a scrap and the scallops at the bottom were made with an EKSuccess border punch.



Once I had the corners rounded and the card put together, I added the dash lines with a Zig pen and had this adorable card.


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Until next time Happy Crafting!

Monday, August 23, 2010

A QKR Christmas card

Today I'm posting a card I made with a QKR Stampede stamp. This stamp is called Christmas Cactus and I think it's pretty cute.
I stamped it with Versafine black onyx ink then colored it with watercolor crayons. I used Fun Flock on the cactus, you can't see in this picture how really neat it looks, but the entire cactus is fuzzy with flocking. I thought it made it look more "cactusy" (is that even a word?)
I also put a little red flocking on the snakes Santa hat. Fun!

Once I had the image and the flocking done, it looked too plain so I used the watercolor crayons to color the sky and grass.

I rounded the corners, adhered it to some red cardstock, rounded those corners and have a cute western Christmas card.

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Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Simple card

Hi y'all! Today I have a very simple card to show you. Very simple, but pretty!

I started with a lilac cardstock cut to 5.5"x 8.5" and scored at 4.25" Then I used my Cuttlebug to emboss some white cardstock with the Swiss Dots folder and layered that onto the card.

I cut another piece of lilac and punched it with an EKSuccess scalloped border punch, tied a piece of white satin ribbon around it, stamped it with "thank you so very much" then adhered it to the card front. Card done, very simple and quick.

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Until next time, Happy Crafting.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

More QKR cards.

Hi y'all! Today I'm showing you a couple more card fronts that I made with stamps from QKR Stampede. This first one is s sweet little girl and her basket of fresh picked flowers, just for you! I colored her with Aqua crayons, after stamping her on plain white cardstock with Black Onyx Versafine ink. I used foam tape to give her demension when I adhered her to tan colored cardstock. You know what I'm going to say next, right? It was from my stash of scraps, so I don't know what company it was from. But I do know that the paper flowers are ones that I got on clearance at Micheal's this last week. They are from Recollections and for $.45 for a pack of 12, who could resist? I got some blue ones too!

For those of you who know me well, you will be surprised that I hand wrote the "for you" I had to practice for a while until I got a look that I liked. I do hate my handwriting and almost never use it on cards like this, but this time I think it came out nice.

The flowers are attached with brads that I got when I won a contest on the Devine Moments blog. Amy said she would send me something nice and when I got the package there were about 25 packages of brads, all sizes and colors. Amy is the sweetest gal. She sells through Etsy and there is a link on her blog if you are interested.

Lastly, I drew dash lines around the cut out image to finish off the card and rounded the corners with my Corner Chomper. I think she turned out pretty cute.

This second card is made with a cute little ant stamp from QKR. What better image than an ant roasting a marshmallow for an invite to a picnic. All the printing was done from my computer and he was colored with watercolor pencils. After rounding the corners I attached the invite to brown cardstock, again from my scrap stash. Yes, I do have the biggest scrap stash in Western NY!

I thought I'd add a little humor and printed "Is this what you call a "Fire Ant"??? at the bottom.

I have been working hard on some more cards for QKR, if you could call all this fun stuff work, and will be posting more for you to see during the week.
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Monday, August 9, 2010

Impact! Dirty Scraps #14

Recently I found a blog called Dirty Scraps. They put up challenges twice a month, each challenge is to create a layout using the prompt word(s) I haven't had time to really look around yet, but it seems that the whole point is that life is sometimes dirty and everything isn't always peachy. Sometimes we need to scrap about the good, the bad and the ugly. The most recent challenge #14, is to use the word IMPACT in your layout. Hop on over and take a look at the blog, you may just want to join in on the next challenge.
My layout is about Dr. Mason and my total hip replacement. I can't tell you what a huge impact this has had on my life. It has been years since I could walk with out pain and now I can. Today it is 8 weeks since I had my surgery and I am walking with out my cane much of the time, I only use it when I go out in public or if I need to walk a distance. I am soooo thrilled with my recovery and Dr. Mason is my new hero!

Thanks for stopping by, please feel free to leave me a comment and hop on over to Dirty Scraps and see what it's all about.
Until next time, Happy Crafting.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

A little treasure.

I was going through my cards a little while back and I found this card. I totally forgot about it. Don't you love when you find something you'd forgotten about? It's like finding a little treasure.

I love this card! Maybe it is just it's simplicity, I don't know. It was a simple card to make using some cardstock from my never ending stash. I used an EKSuccess border punch for the scalloped border. Then I found some matching embroidery floss and these great little buttons. How easy is that? I love this little sentiment stamp from "Stamp Works" who I can't find anywhere on the 'net. The date on the stamp is 2003, so who knows.
I hope you enjoyed your stop here, thanks for coming by. Leave me a comment. Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Another card for QKR

Today I am showing you another card I made for QKR Stampede. This one is stamped with their Birdhouse and Vines stamp. Stamped as usual with Versafine Black Onyx ink then colored with water color pencils.

I then layered it onto a piece of purple cardstock that had been embossed in the Cuttlebug. The funny thing is that a few years ago when the Cuttlebug first came out, I embossed a lot of paper with my friend Mary's Cuttlebug and I haven't begun to use it all. This is one of those pieces.

I then layered it onto some green cardstock and used an EKSuccess rub-on for the sentiment.
I hope you enjoy this card. Thank you for stopping by. Leave me a comment and become a follower if you wish. Come back soon. Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

3 Cards 1 Stamp

QKR Stampede put out a call for card fronts using their stamps, as they will be doing their first trade show in September. For each card front sent in they will give me a stamp of my choice. What a great deal!! I have a few of their stamps and there are more that I would love to have, so this works out great for me.

Below I am showing 3 different cards using the same stamp in 3 different ways. The first card is a Thanksgiving card using their Pumpkin Vine stamp.

First I printed the sentiment from my computer onto plain white cardstock, then stamped the image with Versafine black onyx ink, then colored it with Aqua Crayons.
I used my 'ribbon hole' punch to punch the holes at the bottom and threaded brown satin ribbon through and once it was layered onto the orange cardstock I attached the ribbon to the back of the cardstock.
Then I layered it onto brown cardstock and it was done.


This second card was done with the same stamp, stamped and colored in the same way, but this time I cut the image out and cut the vine and leaves at the top off completely.

The sentiment this time was put on with rub ons, I attached a ribbon from my stash, layered it onto brown cardstock that had been punched with an EKSuccess border punch. The pumpkin was then attached with foam tape to pop it up a bit and give it a little demension. Finally, I layered it onto white cardstock, rounded the corners of the card was done.















For the third card, I stamped the same as the other two. This time I cut out only the pumpkin. I colored it with Aqua Crayons and used my black Zig pen to draw the face on the pumpkin. I then adhered the pumpkin to brown cardstock.
I have had these leaves in my stash of supplies for ages, they are all in a jar and I have not had the chance to use them before. They were perfect for this card. I put down some ATG tape and started sticking the leaves down randomly around the pumpkin, when they needed to be a little more layered, I used mini glue dots to adhere them.
The BOOO! was put the orange cardstock on with TLC rub ons, then I adhered it to the brown cardstock and layered the entire thing onto some Gem Opal Co'ordinations cardstock. I think he turned out very cute.
I hope Meribeth, at QKR likes what I have done. I think it shows that the stamps can be used in more than one way.
I have several more that I will be showing soon, so stay tuned! I also have some more to make in the next couple weeks.
Thanks for stopping by, leave a comment if you wish, become a follower too! Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Monday, August 2, 2010

2 Awards and a prize!

Today I was given two blog awards from Scrappy Jess. I met Jess on the iVillage Scrapbooking Message Board and have been following her blog. She has some wonderful projects posted so stop by her blog and have a peek.

You can see my two "Award Badges" on the right side of my blog. They are the Sunshine Award and the Trendy Blog Award. Thank you Jess!

Now I am to award 10 others who have inspired me. Here they are, in no particular order. Thank you ladies for inspiring me and others. Feel free to copy and paste the awards to your blogs! I do hope these wonderful ladies make a trip to my blog, as I don't know how else to pass the awards on.

Jessica
Carol
Dawn
Kristina
Christina
Lisa
Enfys
Barb
Michelle
Penny
Click on their names and the link will take you to their blogs. They are all very talented gals. Enjoy!

The other news is that today I checked Pinky's blog, which is another one I follow and totally enjoy, and I saw that I won a prize from her! I will soon be the owner of a very cool pink "Slice" apron. Pinky was at CHA this week and gathered gifts from several companies to share with her followers. I was the first name drawn and I got my top choice. I'm going to wear it when I am working in my craft room. I do have to admit that sometimes I get a little messy in there.

Thanks for stopping by, leave a comment if you wish. Until next time, Happy Crafting!