Sunday, November 6, 2011

Clear Dollar Stamps Presents Kathy’s Lily Pad Palette Challenge over at Lily Pad Cards

Hi!  I've made a card for the Clear Dollar Stamps Presents Kathy’s Lily Pad Palette Challenge over at Lily Pad Cards.  

Here are the colors:
Here is my card:

I wanted to make something simple and I recently was looking at some cards online and I love the use of solid color cardstock with embossing folders.  I tried many different backgrounds and I settled on this great shimmery paper that looks like swirling snow.  I apologize that my picture doesn't do it justice, I tried many ways to capture it but with no luck.  Also I admit getting the blue on there was difficult for me, I already had the idea of making a card with the poinsettia and I really wanted to push myself to complete this card.  I finally came across that blue button and it just begged to be on there.  I hope you enjoy!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Tiffany Doodles Presents: Kathy’s Lily Pad Palette Challenge over at Lily Pad Cards


I finally have another card to share with you, I know it has been awhile but man who knew this time of year would be so busy for me.  This card is for the Tiffany Doodles Presents: Kathy’s Lily Pad Palette Challenge over at Lily Pad Cards. 

Here is my submission:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Hero Arts Presents… a Sketch Challenge! 3rd Submission

As I posted previously I had trouble getting this sketch out of my head so I made not one, not two but three cards!  I know it seems excessive but I just received my new Gazelle cutting machine and I really wanted to use it.  I ordered it in March and it feels like it took forever to get here.  The people over at Bosskut had a sale right around the time Make-the-Cut and Provocraft came to a sad conclusion with their lawsuit.  I know quite a few Make-the-Cut users decided to grab a Gazelle while they were on sale and alas they ran out of stock.  They had some bumps here and there to get them back in stock but I will tell you the people who make and sell this machine are amazing, they were so helpful and even gave me some free graphics for my long wait. I've been using it for about five hours and I can tell you that it is a wonderful cutting machine. I can't recommend it highly enough!! 

But enough of my babbling here is my 3rd card for the Hero Arts Presents… a Sketch Challenge! over at Lily Pad Cards.

Here is the sketch:

Here is my Card:
 I have really been in love with Basic Grey's Out of Print paper it is so beautiful!

Here are some of the supplies I used:

Hero Arts Presents… a Sketch Challenge! 2nd Submission

Well I couldn't get this sketch out of my head so I decided to make another card for the Hero Arts Presents… a Sketch Challenge! over at Lily Pad Cards.

Here is the sketch again:

And here is my card:
 Here are some of the products I used:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hero Arts Presents… a Sketch Challenge! Over at Lily Pad Cards


I have another contest entry to share with you today for the Hero Arts Presents… a Sketch Challenge! over at Lily Pad Cards. Here is our inspirational sketch:

Here is what I came up with:
Some of the supplies I used:

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Day for Daisies Presents Kathy’s Lily Pad Palette Challenge


I've made another card for a challenge over at Lily Pad Cards. It is A Day for Daisies Presents Kathy’s Lily Pad Palette Challenge. Where the only requirement is that you use colors similar to these.

Here is my card:

Here are some of the products I used:

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Basic Grey Project Challenge over at Two Peas

I decided to enter the Basic Grey Challenge over at Two Peas. I love the collection Oxford it is so wonderful! Please enjoy!
Here are the products I used:

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Simon Says Stamps Presents a Resist Challenge


I decided to play along in Simon Says Stamps Resist Challenge over at Lily Pad Cards and I have two cards to enter.  I made one and it was so much fun I decided to make another one.  Take a look!

Here are some of the products I used:

Friday, September 2, 2011

Cork? Really?


I came across these cork sheets at JoAnns and I decided I needed to put it on a card.  This card was fun and easy to make I hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Guest Designer at Lily Pad Cards!

Well I've been away for a while and now I can show you why.  Here is a sneak peak of what I've made for Lily Pad Cards.

Click here to see my cards over at Lily Pad Cards!

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Craft’s Meow Presents Lucy’s Lovely Lines Challenge


It's time for another challenge over at Lily Pad Cards!  This is another Lucy's Lovely Lines sponsored by The Craft's Meow.

This is the sketch:
Here is my take on it:
I found a Cuttlebug flower die on sale and I was so excited to make some felt flowers with it.  I embossed the white cardstock with the Victoria Cuttlebug folder and cut out the banner using Make-the-Cut.  I used a stamp from Studio G ditto set for the sentiment.  No idea why I've been going for the clean and simple look lately, I think it has something to do with my new Cuttlebug folders, I just don't want to cover them up :).

I'm going to a friends wedding this Saturday and I think this will be the perfect card to give her and her new husband.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A couple of cards.

The reason I headed to Denver was to attend a wedding and I made this card for the Bride & Groom.

This is the outside:
This is the inside:
I've been really into dry embossing with a stylus and my scoreboard.

While we were in Denver my boyfriends mother was so awesome to me, it was my first time there and I really didn't know what to expect.  I made her this card to say Thank You.

Tickled Pink Stamps Presents… Kathy’s Lily Pad Palette Challenge!

I'm back!  Sorry it's been so long but my desk I usually work on needed a new coat of paint and I've taken the opportunity to organize my creating area.  Here is a card I made for Kathy's Lily Pad Palette Challenge over at Lily Pad Cards.  You were supposed to get as close to the color pallet as you could and this is what I came up with.

The best part is I had all of these great colors in scraps so it was really easy to make.  Please enjoy!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Lucy's Lovely Lines - Lily Pad Cards Challenge

Hello again!

I've made a card for Lucy's Lovely Lines Challenge over at Lily Pad Cards.  I recently picked up some Barefoot & Bliss paper by Bo Bunny and I really loved how masculine they are.  I have a hard time making cards for guys and I was so inspired by these papers I had to make a masculine birthday card.

Here it is:

 Bo Bunny also had this great idea to make these coordinating papers and I loved the orange so much I used it all over the card.  Please enjoy!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Thank God for the kindness of strangers!


Recently I had some problems with my leg and when I went in to see the doc they told me that I had a blood clot in it....  I went on a long car trip and didn't move enough (I will never do that again) not exactly what I wanted to hear.  I have had trouble finding a good job (recent college grad and crappy economy = no job with benefits) and hence no health insurance so when they told me the medicine I needed was $1,100.00 for ten doses (I also had two refills) I literally freaked out.

Thank goodness I live in North Dakota where if people don't use their medication they can donate it to a pharmacy (if it is sealed in individual packages) and people like me can get it for free.  The pharmacists at the clinic I went to helped me get in touch with Oliver and he helped me get the first seven doses.  He didn't have any more doses available but I was so happy with my seven doses I didn't really focus on the fact I didn't have enough.  Then something more amazing happened...  on my way home Oliver called me and said he called around and found me more medicine and that I would just have to come pick it up!  He was such a wonderful person I had to make him a thank you card.  He was my silver lining on a really shitty cloudy day.

Here is what I sent him:

It's a lot like the Mother's Day card I sent my mom, but her idea for the sentiment made me want to make it.

Here is the inside:

Thank you mom for the wonderful idea and like I said before, thank God for wonderful people and their willingness to help!

Hero Arts Presents… A Digital Challenge with Shari Carroll!

Hello All!

One of my new favorite blogs is Lily Pad Cards they always have wonderful ideas available for inspiration and  I missed out on the last Digital Challenge they hosted so I had to make a card for the new one.  Shari Carroll designed the most wonderful files and I really wanted to make a movie themed card.  I absolutely love movies and so does a friend of mine so I thought this card would be a good idea as a gift.

I decided to make a pop-up tent card using silver card stock.  I used the filmstrip, the clapboard and the stars from Shari's set.  I made the popcorn bucket a while back and I was so excited to use it with this card.  To add more detail to the pieces I hand embossed the popcorn to give it texture, put glossy accents on the stars, added the diagonal white stripes to the clapboard and drew on it with a white gel pen to make it look realistic.

I secured the pop-up flap with some more popcorn on the inside.  I then decided I needed tickets and everything I found in the stores near me had the store names on them so I made my own.  I made the Admit One graphic in Make-the-Cut and printed it I then cut the tickets out using my Cricut.  I cut a slit on the inside black piece to secure the tickets (when I give it away I will put real tickets in ;) even though the new ones are so ugly) and added the sentiment. 

I really enjoyed making this card so I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Robot Birthday Card

I made this card for my boyfriends nephew he turned 12 recently and we both thought he would enjoy this card as much as a 12 year old could enjoy a card, lol.

I used Lettering Delights "Doug's Robots" for the robot and I made the white squares background using tools in Make-the-Cut.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Mother's Day Cards


I made two cards for Mother's Day this year, one for my wonderful mother and one for my boyfriends mother (My boyfriend tells me "I know you really like using your Cricut could you make me a card for my mom?"  Isn't he cute?  He not only lets me go crazy with the crafting but he is encouraging it as well :))

The first card is for my mom I used Lettering Delights Balloon Craze to make the hot air balloon and I used some of the clouds from the same set to make the background.  Enjoy!

The next card I made for my boyfriends mom.  Her birthday is right around this time too so he wanted me to make a card that would work for both Mother's Day and her birthday.  I used chipboard to make the flower pot and I used the 3D flowers set from SVG Cuts.

The front of the card was so bulky it made the inside look really flimsy by comparision so I put a layer of red cardstock and then a layer of white to write on to add some stability.  I also added some embossing using my score board hopefully you can see the detail in these pictures.  the inside line is embossed so the texture is raised and the outside line is embossed to be sunken in it looks so wonderful in person you will just have to take my word for it :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 25, 2011

My Gathered Paper Flower

Ah what a beautiful day!

I just wanted to share some cards I made awhile ago using the same technique showed on Kristina Werner's Design Blog you can find the original post and video here

Ok now on to the cards!  I cut a standard A2 size card in half to come up with this sized card (pretty sure now that I look at the original post I got the idea from Kristina :) but they are such a great size!) and I used Basic Grey's Koshi paper to make the flower and  Basic Grey button.  The Hello sentiment (Stampendous - Happy Messages) and Leaves (Stampology - Mindy's Flowers) were embossed on the card with white embossing powder and I drew on the white dashed lines with a white gel pen.

For my next card I used some paper from Cosmo Cricket's Wanted 6x6 paper pack.  I used the same sentiment stamps and stamped the sentiment on with some brown ink and drew the stems with brown marker.  Since I used 6x6 inch paper for these flowers they are smaller, it is really neat that your paper length/width determines how big the flower is going to be so you can totally customize them.  To finish I added some sparkly buttons and some distress inking around the edges.  Please Enjoy!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Lily Pad Cards: Globecraft Challenge

I decided to enter a challenge over at Lily Pad Cards.  They wanted a card with a frame employing 3-D foam for a framed 3-D result.  I made the frame out of black chipboard using Make-the-Cut and my Cricut.  I then adhered it to my card using dimensional foam.  I also cut the inner white piece and stamped my sentiment directly on it.  I used the same technique in creating the phone as I did before the only difference is that I used white chipboard instead of kraft.

It was hard to see the 3-D effect with this picture I took another one hopefully this one is better.
Patterned Paper:  K & Company - Black & Ivory Fusion
Cardstock:  Bazzil - Diamond
Chipboard:  Colorbok - Basic Board Pack
Stamps:  Hero Arts - Just Saying Hi & Everyday Sayings
Ink:  StazOn - Jet Black

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Just Saying Hi!

Hello Again!

I really wanted to make a card using my Hero Arts "Just Saying Hi" stamps.  I also wanted to try to stamp them on chipboard cut out to match the stamp. 

This is what I did: I stamped the image filled in the white spots with black permanent marker and then scanned the sillouette into my computer.  I then traced the image with Inkscape and made a SVG graphic which I then cut with Make-The-Cut and my Cricut.  I know a ton of work for just a chipboard embellishment but I figured I could use it again and again and I loved how it turned out once I stamped the image on it.  Please check out my card and I hope you enjoy!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Little Notepads & a Journal

I have been tinkering with little notepads that I found at an office supply store, I used Curio paper and pieces  from Basic Grey  my computer and my Cricut to create all of these:
It's kind of hard to see the words the first notepad has "thoughts & ideas" and the second has "take note".  I also used distressing ink to age the paper and pieces.
On the second notepad I also used We Are Memory Keepers Wide Eyelet  I loved the way the dark metal looked with the paper!
All of the words are in the font Gill Sans MT which is one of my favorite fonts lately.
I didn't put any wording on this notepad because I really liked the message on the Basic Grey "in my dreams..." piece.  It just worked so well the way it was.
I also found journal refills and thought why couldn't I recover that and make it my own journal?  I love the way it turned out!  I used the shape from one of the Basic Grey pieces and made my own on my Cricut.  I stamped the flowers with distressing ink in Walnut Stain and layered it with an eyelet.
I just wanted to post the journal along with the notepad so you could see the size difference.  The notepads are 3.25" by 4.5" and the Journal is 4.75" by 6.5".  I'm really glad I found those little notepads they will work so well for jotting down any thoughts I may have (I always seem to have tons of post-its floating around in my purse so this should help with that).  Thank you for taking a look and I hope you like them,  I do have more Curio paper so hopefully I'll have a couple more to share!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Simple Masking Card

Hello again!  I made this wonderful simple masking card using black and grey ink and some stamps I recently purchased at my favorite craft store (K & Krafts) Semi-Annual garage sale aka. have no idea the brand and the new Hero Arts Joy ride stamps.  Please enjoy!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Christmas Cards

I made these cards with wonderful paper from Crate Paper's Snow Day Collection.  I stamped on the bottom and the trees and snowflakes were made with my Cricut and the Make the Cut program.