Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Birthday Party Invites

Hi everyone. Sorry for the absence, we have been gone some and I haven't had a chance to post since last Monday. But I am back with you today with three cards for ya. I was asked to make some birthday invites for my niece and so I made three different ones and thought it would be fun for her to pick her favorite. And here is her number one choice (the card below). And secretly, it was my favorite one too. She has good taste. :o)

I used one of my favorite companies to make this card, Cosmo Cricket. I love their new paper line, Garden Variety. So full of yummy goodness. The stamped image is from Stampin' Up! and I just paper pieced the frosted top to that cupcake. And of course it can't go unnoticed one of the best border punches ever, the loops edger punch by Martha Stewart.

My son picked this one as his favorite. The colors really pop off the card on this one. The stamps I used are from Hero Arts titled Elephants. I love that big elephant in that set, so easy to cut out and looks really cute too stamped on patterned paper if you want to spice it up a bit. And of course in true Julie fashion, I had to use another one of my favorite border punches by EK Success, the large embossed scalloped.

Here is the last card I made and I did another one of my loves, embossing. I love my embossing folders, they give just a touch of interest to a card without being distracting. The stamps I used for this card are also from Hero Arts, love that galaxy of stars stamp set by them.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great week!!!
Card 1
cardstock - Papertrey Ink, Stampin' Up!
stamps - Stampin Up! (cupcake), Cosmo Cricket (sentiment)
patterned paper - Cosmo Cricket
punches - Creative Memories (circle, square), EK Success (scalloped circle), Martha Stewart (loopy border)
die - Spellbinders
ink - Tsukineko, Papertrey Ink
Card 2
cardstock - Papertrey Ink, Stampin' Up!
stamps - Hero Arts
punches - Creative Memories (circle), Stampin Up! (small scallop border), EK Success (large embossed scallop border)
glitter glue - Ranger
ink - Tsukineko
die cut - Cricut cartridge Home Accents (sun)
Card 3
cardstock - Papertrey Ink, Stampin' Up!
stamps - Hero Arts
embossing folders - Cuttlebug
twine - Papertrey Ink
border punch - EK Success
ink - Tsukineko

Monday, March 22, 2010

Let's Play Ball

Hi everyone. Back with another LO for you. I made this one a couple of months ago of Zach playing baseball. The picture was from last summer but pictures are always good for any time of the year scrapping. That is one of the things I love about crafting, it goes at your own pace and you can scrap anything your little heart desires, whether it is a photo from 40 years ago or a current one.

I have to admit, it is kind of rare for me to use stamps on my pages. I don't know why that is, but you think I would use stamps more because I have so many of them with my cardmaking. But, I had this idea with the star strip and knew I had the perfect stamp set to create it. I hope I use more stamps in the future, but if I don't, I'm OK with that because when I create a page I just go with what I feel. I never want to make myself use something because I think I should.

cardstock - Stampin Up!, Papertrey Ink
patterned paper - Cosmo Cricket
journaling spot - October Afternoon
stamps - Papertrey Ink
ink - Tsukineko, Memories
letter stickers - American Crafts
punches - Stampin Up! (label), Martha Stewart (scalloped circle), Creative Memories (small star), EK Success (large star)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Best Wishes

Happy St. Patrick's Day. Although I am not one to celebrate the day, I did make sure my school bound kids wore a green shirt. I don't plan on pinching my two at home so they should be safe without green. :o)

I have a masculine card here for you. And I did the same for this card as I do for most of my masculine cards, I kept it simple. A little background effect, simple sentiment, and a little twill to pull it all together. I absolutely love that Upper Crest border punch for guy LOs or cards.

Enjoy your day and all that is green!
cardstock, stamps - Papertrey Ink
circle punches - Creative Memories
border punch - Fiskars
ink - Tsukineko
twill - craft supply

Sunday, March 14, 2010

New Lawn Fawn Stamps

Hi everyone, happy Sunday to you!! In case you haven't heard yet, there is a new stamp company out there that has the most wonderful stamps, Lawn Fawn. I recently purchased two of their stamp sets on their release day, March 10, and can you believe I already have them and have made two cards with them. Talk about fast shipping. A huge plus. Also their stamps are made in the USA. Another plus. AND... You wouldn't believe how wonderful the images stamp. The edges are crisp and clear, a stamper's dream. If you haven't checked out Lawn Fawn yet, click on the link above and check them out. You won't be disappointed.

Here is the first card I made. I love flowers and there are so many to pick from in this Petite Florals set. And what is also fun about these stamps, I get to use my copic markers. Bonus.

Here is the second card I made. I loved the kitty from the very beginning and knew he would be on my first card from this set. So cute. I am also in love with the tree from this set, Critters in the 'Burbs. All the images are great. This will be a great card for my niece, her birthday is coming up.

Thanks for stopping by!!! Have a great week, more daylight, that is always good!!!
Thanks card -
cardstock, ribbon - Papertrey Ink
stamps - Lawn Fawn
ink - Tsukineko
border punch - Martha Stewart
corner rounder - EK Success
color medium - Copics
Kitty card -
cardstock, twine - Papertrey Ink
stamps - Lawn Fawn, Inkadinkado (word bubble)
ink - Papertrey Ink, Tsukineko
border punch - EK Success
color medium - Copics

Friday, March 12, 2010

My Lil' Fish

I figured it has been a while since I posted a scrapbook page so here you are. I made this one at the beginning of January. I go in spurts sometimes with my scrapbooking. If I feel the desire to make a page or two I go for it and get as much done as I can. But I don't push it if I don't feel like making a page because I will sit there literally for hours just trying to make it all work. I can make cards under pressure, but a lot harder for me to "make" myself do a scrapbook page. I used to only make scrapbook pages when I first started crafting and now look at me. I make one or less in a week now. Crazy. I still love to scrapbook but for now the small size of a card is appealing to me.

I love these little fish and I can't get enough of my Everyday Paper Dolls Cricut cartridge. It has everything in there. If you don't have the cart, you would be shocked at all you can create with it. One of my favs and my kids' because they like to make their own little people to play with.

cardstock - Stampin Up!, Papertrey Ink, Bazzill Basics Paper
patterned paper, date journal tag - October Afternoon
letter stickers - American Crafts
journaling sheet, rubon letters - Making Memories
gems - Hero Arts
border punches - EK Success
fish - Cricut by Provo Craft (Everyday Paper Dolls Cartridge)

Monday, March 8, 2010

Olympics of Stamping - Christmas Card

Hi all. I'm back with my last card for the Olympics of Stamping Contest over at the Moxie Fab World Blog. Today is the last day to submit so I thought I would go out with a Christmas Card. I love making Christmas cards, and I love even more using nontraditional colors. I don't know that I have ever made a Christmas card with red and green as my main colors.

I was going to stamp a few of these pink ornaments and just cut them out and adhere to my card. But when I was stamping them on my cardstock, I thought that they fit so well stamping them in layers with the shape of the ornament that an idea was born for this card. I did cut out one of the ornaments but only to make the sentiment pop a little. It is amazing where ideas can come from when you are least expecting them.

Thanks for such a fun challenge, Cath!!
kraft cardstock - Stampin' Up!
all other supplies - Papertrey Ink

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Embellish Magazine Color Challenge with Borders

Back for another challenge with Embellish Magazine.com. When you look at these inspiring photos and see the yummy colors for this challenge, you just can't help but play along. I am seriously in love with these colors and I feel that spring has arrived.

My card is pretty simple but sometimes I can be in the mood for a fun, quick card. And being such a linear person, I was extra cautious to make sure everything was lined up just right. I can't stand uneven lines on my projects and it is so hard for me to tilt a design. Therapy may be in order. :) Someday I will be able to mess things up a bit because to be honest I get kind of jealous of crafty people who can do this and make their cards look fabulous. Kudos to all of you!!!

I hope you have a wonderful week!!!
cardstock, buttons, stamps, ink - Papertrey Ink
gems - Hero Arts
border punch - Stampin Up!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Spring is in the Air

Nothing is better than the happy thoughts of spring. Even though we still have many inches of snow on the ground, I can't help but think of the colors of spring and everything being renewed. Just brings a smile to my face. Even now, the sun is shining and the temps are warming up, all is good.

Here is a springy card for you. The black doesn't really a spring color but I added for some boldness and to make the card pop a little more. And isn't that border awesome. I made that with my new scalloped border die from Papertrey Ink. They have three different scalloped sized to pick from.

cardstock - Papertrey Ink
stamps - Hero Arts (background of buttfly and card), Stampin Up! (sentiment)
twine - Stampin Up!
ink - Papertrey Ink, Tsukineko
die - Stampin Up! (butterfly), Papertrey Ink (scalloped border)
circle punchs - Creative Memories