Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Joys of the season...

Its starting to feel more like Christmas. I think its the blanket of white snow that is covered everything on Sunday night. Personally, I haven't made (almost) any Christmas preparations yet. Cmon wasn't it just Halloween?
I did make a festive card for The Play Date Cafe color challenge this week

. I waited until last night to make this card, because this challenge was really challenging

. I wouldn't have thought to use those colors together on my own, but i'm actually happy with the way this card turned out. 

Well mostly happy. My wrinkle ribbon was a tad too wrinkly! Look at that funny bow...lol.
I'm too lazy a crafter to re-do it though.

Supplies: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink kraft Stamps: Papertrey Ink Wreath for all season & 2010 Holiday Tags, Waltzingmouse Stamps sheet music background stamp set.
Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress ink in pumice stone and walnut stain. 
Embellishments: K and Company Yuletide acetate snowflake flourish, Martha Stewart lacey label and MS Glitter, Crafty secrets Christmas scraps ticket, Seam binding, Star is made by me.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Glittery snowflake ornaments

I broke out my new plum Cricut Expression last night. You know, I had to test it out. I've been wanting to make these little snowflakes for a while, so thats the first thing I cut.

 I used the back of my 12X12 paper packs. Its a lightweight chipboard, about the same as a cereal box. I layed out all the snowflakes on my gyspy, that way I was able to fit 9-12 snowflakes per 12X12 mat.

I used some spray adhesive to completely coat both side of the snowflakes. It is so much easier than trying to cover them with a liquid adhesive.

Then I picked out some pretty colors of Martha Stewart glitter and went to town.

I decided to hang a few from my red chandelier, since I have yet to put up a tree...(or anything else)

I love how the sun catches all that glittery shine. I love glitter! 

By the way, I used the "When its cold outside" Cricut cartridge for these. If you'd like me to make you some, let me know and I can add some to my new Etsy shop. :) 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Santa Claus is coming to town!

 What a Jolly Santa! I just want to pinch his rosy cheeks.

The Play Date Cafe Challenge chose some beautiful pictures for this weeks challenge. Just look, wow.
Look at those itty bitty sucker pins! Love! Don't you just want everything in this picture? Or is that just the hoarder in me talking? eee.

I'm in love with this tree die from Papertrey Ink. And their 100% wool felt is so yummy too! 
Supplies: Carstock: PTI rustic Cream, PP: My minds eye
Dies: PTI, Tree and snowflake, Spellbinders, PTI  Woodgrain Impression plate
Ink: Colorbox catseye dune color
Embellies: PTI buttons, PTI button twine
, K&Company Yuletide scraps, K&Company Yuletide adhesive borders
Crafty Secrets Christmas Scraps, Joann's craft glitter

I love making cards with a lot of layers like this one. So fun, but soo time consuming. The K&Company Yuletide line is great too. 
I'm still not feeling particularly wordy. 
Waltzingmouse challenge card to come...

Colorful snowflakes

I used my favorite My Minds Eye paper on all these cards, don't you just love those colorful snowflakes?

Supplies: Cardstock: PTI rustic cream PP:My Minds Eye, 
Stamps: PTI 2010 Holiday Tags, and Holiday Treats
Dies: Spellbinders and PTI, Ink: PTI Raspberry Fizz, Plum pudding, colorbox dune
Embellies: Michaels Ribbon, Martha Stewart Lacey Label
Supplies: Cardstock: PTI Kraft and Rustic Cream, PP: My Minds Eye
Stamps: PTI 2010 Holiday Tags
Die Cuts: Spellbinders, PTI Ink: Colorbox Moss, Black
PTI fine linen Ribbon,  Mellissa Frances Mica Flakes, Joann's craft glitter

Supplies: Cardstock: PTI Kraft and Rustic Cream, PP: My Minds Eye
Ink: Momento Rhubarb, Maya Road Ribbon, PTI button twine, Melissa Frances Mica Flakes

Supplies: Cardstock: PTI Kraft and Rustic Cream, PP: My Minds Eye
Stamps: PTI Fillable Frames, Ink: Colorbox raspberry, lavender. 
Dies Cuts: Spellbinders, PTI FF and Peace be still dies
Ribbon: Crochet from Michaels, Wrinkle ribbon from Prairie Bird Boutique on Etsy,
PTI button twine, Embellies: PTI Button, Crafty Secrets Christmas scraps, 
Martha Stewart Glitter, candy ornament from hobby lobby

Supplies: Cardstock: PTI  Rustic Cream, PP: My Minds Eye
Stamps: Studio G and Waltzingmouse Stamps,
 Ink: Ranger Distress fired brick and crushed olive, Colorbox dune
Wrinkle Ribbon from Prairie Bird Boutique, snowflake from hobby lobby

I don't have much to say today (whew!
I am planning on making a card for the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge... 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Shabby Christmas

Here is a card I created for a couple of challenges. 

The color scheme is from the CR84FN4 challenge 

(I couldn't get the picture to show the silver music lines going vertically across the card, try squinting...lol)
I followed this sketch from the 2S4Y challenge

I just LOVE love love those itty bitty snowflake stamps from Waltzingmouse, they are soo teeny and cute. (Why does tiny always =cute?)

Supplies: Stamps: Waltzingmouse stamps Nutcracker Sweet and Music background
Cardstock: both purples are DCWV, cream colored cardstock is PTI.
Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket mitten weather
Ink: Lavender and Dune colorbox ink, Pumice Stone Ranger Distress Ink,
 Starlight silver brilliance ink. 
Die Cuts: spellbinders nestabilities
Embellies: Cream frame is Tattered Angels, 
sparkle button and pearls are from recollections(Michaels brand)
Seam binding wrinkle ribbon is made by me, lace is from walmart.

This is my first time entering a card in a challenge (my blog is still a baby). 
I actually created this card all in one go too! 

Retro card parade

Here are some happy cards :)

Since these cards all use the same supplies I thought I'd just type one up for all of them :)
Patterned paper on all cards is from the Cosmo Cricket Garden collection. Cardstock is from Papertrey Ink. Aqua Ribbon is from Papertrey Ink.
Bakers Twine is from the Twinery. Pom-pom trim is from walmart. All Dies and stamps are from PTI. Stickers are october afternoon-farm fresh.

The color scheme of these cards remind me of a retro kitschy kitchen... Something about those colors just make me happy :) 
I realize that my pictures are not the greatest. Anyone want to teach an online photography for dummies class? I could use some help. 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pumpkins and apples and Jars...oh my!

 See? I promissed Autumn cards.

Stamps:PTI friendship jar and fall fillers (colored in with copics), 
Purple Onion thanksgiving noteblock stamp.
Patterned Paper: K&Company, Cardstock: DCWV
Embellies: PTI vintage buttons and cream twine, and lace is from my stash.

Stamps:PTI friendship jar and fall fillers (colored in with copics), 
Purple Onion thanksgiving noteblock stamp
Patterned Paper: K&Company, Cardstock: DCWV
Embellies: PTI vintage buttons and cream twine.
seam binding is from Prairie Bird Boutique. 
Martha Stewart and fiskars border punches

Can you tell that I love these jars? I really do. 

Okay i'm not typing out another huge product description-lol... 
stamps are the same as the last two ;) 
Paper is from michaels
This time I added some Melissa Frances mica flakes

Oh, and that Purple Onion Noteblock stamp- love it! It totally reminds me of vintage subway signs. Yes?

PTI vintage baskets stamp, Purple Onion noteblock stamp, PTI vintage cream and rustic cream CS
PTI vintage button and cream twine, Doily and ribbon from stash, patterned paper is from Joann's. Copic markers.

This last card is not my favorite... something about it bugs me. But oh well. I spent way too long coloring that silly basket to just let it sit unloved. 

Its pretty obvious that I used a lot of the same supplies on all these cards. Thats how I roll. I like to stamp several of the same images, leisurely color them in, and set them aside. I cut everything up and keep them in my "element buckets" (these are sorted by theme) when i'm ready to create a card I just pick an element from the bucket and match it up with papers and go from there. Occasionally I create a card from start to finish in one go... but mostly I just like to piece things together from pre-made, prepared, pre-stamped stuff (was that redundant?). Its easier on my mojo. (yes, I said mojo)
I hope that made sense. That was a lot of words. 

Tomorrow I have some birthday cards to share.
Thanks for stopping by <3

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Better Late....than never?

So I know Halloween was like a whole 2 weeks ago.... BUT I didn't have a camera then, so here are a couple of my Halloween cards.

paper=Basic Grey and Heidi Grace
I colored in the stamp with copic markers
Star is made by me

Pattern paper & Stamps= Papertrey Ink
copic coloring
Lace is from my stash....

stamps and paper are PTI
copic coloring
I also used a fiskars border punch

For this one I used my cricut expression with the happy hauntings cartridge. I embossed the coredination paper with my cuttlebug, then sanded.

This card was made from Graphic 45 halloween papers, a couple glitter stars I made and some seam binding. 

I used the cricut for this card too. The cartridge was a child's year.

Sorry about my lame product descriptions...I'll be more thorough when my kids aren't dumping cereal on the floor. :)
Tomorrow or later tonight  i'll post some Autumn cards I made. Thanks for looking!