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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Trees

Hello there bloggie friends!

I hope spring is popping out in your area.  We are, at least, having some warmer temps in my area, although today was a bit chilly and very windy.  But at least now I feel like spring is pretty close to staying with us.

Today I have a card that I made with Trees (#21704) from QKR Stampede and Baroque Background (#57701) from Eureka! Stamps.

I inked up the Baroque Background stamp with VersaMark ink and stamped onto the red card stock.  This gives it a very subtle look that doesn't show very well in the photo, but it just adds that little something extra to bring the card together.

The Trees were stamped with VersaFine Black Onyx ink.

Did you know that QKR Stampede and Eureka! Stamps are sister companies? And there is a 3rd sister too, Biblical Impressions.  These 3 companies have some really fabulous stamps, there is something for everyone, so go check them out.  I'm sure there will be something you love.

I have just gotten some new Eureka! stamps and have started to use them. 
So many stamps, so little time!
You will be seeing more of their images in the future here on my blog.

I hope you have enjoyed my card, leave me a comment and let me know what you think. 
Thanks for stopping by, come again soon.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Shower invitations and Thank You cards.

Hello friends, I'm hoping you're having a wonderful day!  Thanks for making me and my blog a part of it!

Today I'm showing you the invitation and Thank You cars set that I have just finished.  My niece asked me to make these for her.  Her friend is getting married and these are for her shower.  I think they turned out really nice, I'm hoping they think so too.
I tried to get a good picture of her name, but couldn't get as close as I wanted.  I used a little crystal bling to dot the i in Elise.  Gives it just that little bit of sparkle.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my invites and thank you cards.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

"A Slow and Steady Blog Crawl"

Hello blogland friends! 

Welcome to A Slow and Steady Blog Hop Crawl!  This month's theme for the QKR Stampede Blog Hop Crawl is Turtles.  And let me tell you QKR Stampede has some really adorable turtles.  I have 3 of them to show you today.  You can see them and many more at QKR Stampede.

If you have happened upon the blog hop crawl by stopping at my blog, you will want to go to the QKR Blog and start there.  You won't want to miss any of the wonderful turtle projects that our design team has created.  If there is a link that is not working somewhere along the way, just hop crawl on back to the
QKR Blog where you will find the line up.

If you have come from Debbie's blog, you are on the right track and I'm sure you were inspired by her project.

Now for my turtle cards.
This first card is made with "Drop Me A Line" (#6503) I stamped it with Moss Green VersaFine ink.  The Green card stock was run through my Cuttlebug in an Argyle Embossing folder, I added a bit of brown ink to enhance the embossed design.
This 2nd little guy is simply titled "Turtle"  (#16315)  I love how he is sticking his neck out.  I'm thinking the inside of this card would say "to say thank you for sticking your neck out to give me a hand"  or something to that effect.
He was stamped with Onyx Black VersaFine ink and colored with watercolor crayons.
My 3rd card is my favorite turtle image. "In Love" (#10806) and I thought he was perfect for an anniversary card.  He looks total smitten, doesn't he?
He is stamped with VersaFine ink and colored with water color crayons and is attached to the card with foam tape.
The little flowers in the lower corner were stamped, colored and fussy cut from this little guys bouquet and attached with foam tape also. 
Is he just too sweet or what?!?!
I hope you have liked my turtle cards, please leave me a comment and let me know you stopped by and what you think.
Then you need to crawl over to see what wonderful project
has to show you.  I'm sure you will be inspired.

Don't forget to pop into the QKR Stampede store and check out all the adorable turtles and other images that are offered in both rubber and digital stamps.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!
  

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New Cartridge give away on Going Buggy

Hello all!

My blogger friend Enfys is having a give away on her blog Going Buggy.
All you need to do is go over to her blog and comment, if you have a blog it would be great if you helped spread the word too.

The prize is one of the new summer Cricut cartridges called
Happy Graduation.

So pop on over and maybe you'll win.  While you are there take a look at her other posts, she is quite talented and her posts always bring a smile or a chuckle to my day.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Chopped Challenge LO.

Hello crafty friends!

Tonight we had a crop at My Happy Place and one of the things I wanted to do was a layout for a challenge on the iVillage Scrapbooking Message Board.

A couple months ago we started doing a "Chopped Challenge" based on the tv show Chopped.  We each choose an element and then are challenged to make a layout with all those elements. 

This month the elements were:  Use only 1 picture, use something round, use something that isn't a scrapbooking supply, use something that gives texture, and use ink.

Here is the layout I made tonight.  I love it!

My friend Lisa was there and had an extra picture of her kids and jokingly asked if I wanted it.  To her surprise I told her I'd love it and that it would be perfect for this challenge.

Here are the elements:  Obviously 1 picture, the round element and the non-scrapbooking element is a coaster, the ink is on the edge of the coaster and the texture is the brads.

Let me know what you think.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Life is Good!

The other day I got some new stamps from QKR Stampede and today I would love to show you one of the cards I have made with one of those new stamps. 

"Flower Border" (#17915) comes in two sizes, this is the larger size which measures 4.5" x 1.5"  The smaller one is called "Sunflower Border" (#17501) and measures 3" x 1"  I have both of these images and plan to make a card with the smaller image soon.

I recently purchased a blender pen and wanted to try it out, so once I had stamped the image onto white card stock, I used the blender pen and inks to color this image.  I do like the control it gave me and liked the results.  I don't think I would use a blender pen for larger areas, but for small images it works great.

I knew I had some scraps of the yellow plaid paper and the flowers matched perfectly with it.  Once I adhered the yellow paper to the kraft card base, I fussy cut around the image and put that on with foam tape.

The "Life is Good" (#16307) sentiment is also from QKR Stampede.  That is also adhered to the card with foam tape.


Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you have enjoyed my card.  Stop on over to QKR Stampede to see these images and so many more.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tuscany

Hello friends!

A couple weeks ago I went to my local stamp store, Buffalo Stamps and Stuff and did a little browsing.  I came upon this stamp that just took my breath away.  It reminded me so of the time Dave and I spent in Tuscany, Italy several years ago.   I had to have that stamp.  It is from Stampendous and is called "Poppy Scene"

Below is the first card I made with that stamp.  I used VersaMark embossing ink and black embossing powder on white card stock.  I then colored it with water color crayons.  

I fussy cut the image, adhered it to black card stock and again fussy cut it.  I adhered that to white card stock and added the black line around it to mimic the image.  This I did by using a Ranger Perfect Medium Pen and black embossing powder. 
The red flower is a silk flower folded and held with a black brad.


Thank you for stopping by today.  If you have ever been to Tuscany, I hope this brings back some lovely memories.  If you have never been there, this is just what it looks like.  It's beautiful!

Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.
Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Another oldie, but goodie.

Hello friends!

I have been thinking a lot about past projects lately and thought I would share one of my favorites with you. 

It took a bit for me to find it, but finally I clicked on the right date and there was the picture I needed.

Let me start by telling you that I have a friend, Mary, who lives in Toledo and when I go to visit I often take her some kind of little gift.  Her grandson used to live with her and John, her hubby, and I always took him some home made goodies of some kind.  One day I realized that I never take anything to John, so I decided it was about time to make something for him. 

John is a pediatrician and is the president and CEO of a children's hospital, so I decided to make something for his office.  Below is a picture of the plate I made for his office. 
The hippo in the center is Hugs the 'mascot' of the hospital.  I'm sure you know the rest of the characters.  I had so much fun making this for John and he loved it.  It now hangs on the wall in his office area.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have enjoyed seeing this project, leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!