Tuesday, March 31, 2009

For a Good Cause

Jen Tapler (Jen Tapler's Designs) is asking all us crafters to send her some cards. She is going to raffle them off and donate the money raised to the Alzheimer's Association.
I made three birthday cards to send to Jen. You are probably saying, 'I see six cards.' There are actually three, but they can be used either way, so I took two different pictures. (I really need to learn how to take better pictures!) I used the same stamp and patterned paper for each card, just changed the color of the ink and card stock.
Jen is also celebrating her 1st Blogerversary, and you know what that means...candy! You have until 10:59 PM Eastern time Friday, April 3 to enter her candy. What do you have to do? Very simple, post a card(s) that you will donate and link it to her blog. If you don't have time to be creative that fast, that's OK, you have until April 20 to send your card(s) to her. You can visit Jen here and learn more about her efforts in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.
Thanks for taking the time and visiting.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Candy, Candy

Blog candy that is!

Carolina (Carolina's Creative Pad) has the most adorable Lip Balm Holder posted. You must check it out! She is also offering some birthday blog candy. For a chance to enter, visit Carolina here today.

Marni (StampMonkeys) is celebrating 500 posts and her 3rd Blogerversary. She has a great gallery for you to peruse. For a chance to enter her candy, stop by here before 10:00 PM (Eastern) tonight.

I'll be celebrating my 1st Blogerversary in April. Check back for my upcoming candy.


Saturday, March 28, 2009

Paper Garden Projects' Birthday Bash

Have you heard of the Great Pretender? Well, I'm the Great Procrastinator!
Paper Garden Projects has been having a month-long Birthday Bash. Each week there is a different challenge and a different prize being offered. What did I do? I procrastinated and today did all four challenges! Now, wouldn't it have been easier and less stressful to participate each week? Of course it would have, but I guess I like being under pressure.
Week one's challenge was to create either a humorous birthday card or one using primary colors. I chose primary colors. I used the SU Argyle and Small Dots texture plates on the navy card stock. I added red with the ribbon and yellow with the square scalloped punch.
Week two's challenge was to use a flower on a card or project. I stamped the background with a Judith flower stick. The flower on the tag was cut from Vellum with a Sizzix die and mounted on Magic Mesh. The 'birthday wishes' is from the SU Wow Flowers set. (This card would have qualified for week four too.)
Week three's challenge was to create a thank you card. I punched the butterflies from the right and adhered them on the card with pop dots. The thank you stamp is also from the SU Wow Flowers set. I stamped it twice and cut the flower from one of the images and attached it with a pop dot to the main image.
Week four's challenge was to use a stamped background on a card or project. I stamped two different size circles and a Judith asterick stick for the background. I also used the Judith stick for the background of the birthday sentiment.
Paper Garden Projects' Birthday Bash ends on March 30, so there is still time to participate! For details, visit their blog.
Thanks for stopping by and have fun if you decide to join PGP's Birthday Bash.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

StampTV Color Challenge #5

Here is the card I created for this week's StampTV color challenge. The colors to use are Lavendar Lace and Old Olive.

I stamped, embossed, and watercolored the Pansy stamp from the (retired) SU Flowers of Gratitude set. Unfortunately, the picture I took is a bit washed out. Anyway, I used SU Lavendar Lace card stock and Bazill Guacamole card stock (which is similar in color to SU Old Olive).

I used the positive and negative sides punched with the MS Floral Lace punch. The edges were done with a Paper Shapers corner punch.

Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, March 21, 2009

StampTV Color Challenge #4

Happy Saturday!
So, what do you think of my inspiration for this week's StampTV Color Challenge?
The colors this week are Barely Banana, Blush Blossom, and Certainly Celery. I was sitting in my kitchen yesterday wondering what to do with these colors when I looked at the light hanging over the table and the light bulb went on in my head! These are the colors of my kitchen light. The background of the light is a pale peach and the leaves of the flowers are a pretty light green.
The base of the card is Blush Blossom (it looks very pink in the picture, but it is BB). The flowers (SU Botanical Blooms) were stamped on Whisper White cardstock and the leaves on Certainly Celery. I used black pigment ink and clear embossing powder. The leaves were glued onto the card. After putting gold brads in the centers of the flowers, I adhered the flowers with medium glue dots. I decided to use this as a sympathy card since I need one to send to a neighbor. The sentiment (Michael's $ bin) was stamped with Versafine Black Onyx on Barely Banana and matted on white. The corners were made with my SU Ticket Corner punch.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Just a quick little posting today. I made some York Peppermint Patty sandwiches. The stamps are all the same ones I used in my posting here with the Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups.
The closure on the baggie is the SU Top Note die. If you don't have this yet, it is a must have! I love this die. The possibilities are endless.
Thanks for stopping by today.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Few Things...

Hello and Happy Wednesday!
I have a few things to share with you today.
First up is my entry in this week's StampTV Color Challenge. What, you haven't heard of or joined StampTV yet?!?!? That's OK, check it out here. The colors this week are pink, red, and black. I really didn't know how to use pink and red together, so I decided to make the card base pink. The crab was stamped and embossed in black on watercolor paper. He was colored in with SU Real Red and I added a bit of pink to his eyes. The 'birthday wishes' is from the SU Wow Flowers set and was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black. The 'netting' was cut from a bag that pearl onions came in (gotta love recycling, right!). The shells are from Impression Obsession, Inc. It's a wood cube with four different shell images. I bought it a couple of years ago at a LSS that is no longer in business. By the way, this is also my first ever shaker card! So, what do you think?
Next up is the blog candy I recently won. Cathy (Ink It Up Stamp It Out) generously offered candy five days in a row and I was the lucky winner on Day 4. The candy package was the same each day except for the unmounted Dog Gone Stamp. Each winner received a different stamp. Cathy recently posted an adorable card she made with the stamp I won. By the way, this is the fourth time in less than a year that I have won blog candy. How lucky have I been?!?!?
On to some more blog candy news...Melissa (Creating From the Heart) is offering a great candy package. If you feel the Luck 'o the Irish coming your way, visit her blog by the 17th and enter for a chance to win.
And, while we are on the subject of blog candy, next month is my first blogerversary so make sure you come back for my candy!
Thanks for stopping by today.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Kevin's Birthday Wallet Card

I am so excited about this wallet card I made for my brother Kevin's birthday!
Please visit Lorri's blog for the original tutorial. I changed a couple of things for this one. Since I wanted to put a picture on the left side rather than credit card slots, I cut the piece of card stock on the left at 4 1/4 x 3 1/4. The opening is 3 3/4 x 2 3/4. I put a piece of plastic over the photo just like in a real wallet. I also changed the measurements for the card stock pieces for the credit card slots. The upper one is cut at 4 1/4 x 2 and the lower one is cut at 4 1/4 x 1 3/4 (actually 1 score mark bigger than 1 3/4). I put a Target gift card in the upper slot and our birthday sentiment (which was made the size of a gift card) in the lower slot.
The paper used is double-sided mulberry paper from Michael's. I thought it looked quite a bit like leather. The holes for the 'stitching' were made with a paper piercer and I drew the 'stitching' with my SU Chocolate Chip marker. Kevin's initials were stamped with the JustRite Stamper Curlz font and embossed in gold. I slightly distressed the edges of the patch and wallet with a sanding block.
The wallet looks so 'real' in person. The pictures really do not do it justice. Can you tell how pleased I am about this?!?!? I can't wait for Kevin to open it next Friday.
Thanks for stopping by. If you have a moment, please leave a comment letting me know what you think of the wallet.
Until next time, happy crafting!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

It's St. Paddy's Time

I made this St. Patrick's Day basket with two layers Reese's peanut butter cup 'sandwiches' inside.
For the basket I cut Bazzill Guacamole cardstock 7" x 7" and scored it at 2" all around. I cut along the score lines on two opposing sides and adhered with red line tape. The handle is cut at 12" long by 1 1/4" wide for the card stock and 1" wide for the patterned paper. I attached the handle with a brad on each side to ensure it would hold with the weight of the chocolate. The patterned paper is from Michael's.
I originally saw the leprechaun and pot of gold on SCS and followed the link to Samantha's blog. She has quite a lot of punch pals featured. They are just adorable.
For the Reese's sandwiches I used two different Studio G clear $1.00 sets. I stamped with Versafine Onyx and Olympia Green on SU WW cardstock. The images were colored with markers and pencils. I used Liquid Applique for the beer foam and cloud. Also, I covered the beer mug with Crystal Effects to give it a 'wet' look and there is a bit of gold Stickles on the pot of gold. Punches used were SU scallop and circles.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope the luck 'o the Irish is with you.