Sunday, January 31, 2010

CASE-ing the joint. . .

Ahh, this weekend is just full of scrap from OWH's new blog Stars and Stamps! Another fun project that they have posted is to CASE someone elses card. . . CASE stands for Copy And Share Everything! It's also known as SCRAPLIFTING but in this case. . . er. . . situation. . . it is done with all of the best intentions and to show what we love about someone elses' work!

First I had to find a card to "CASE" and boy was I in luck. With so many fantastic bloggers involved with OWH I was able to find tons of ideas. I also just got this huuuuge new batch of beautiful Petaloo flowers from Peachy Cheap and I was looking for something fun to do with them! It wasn't long before I found Marianne's blog . . Petunia's Paper Passion and I just love her cards. . . particularly this one. . .

This card had everything that I was looking for! I love the square shape, the flowers, and the ribbon around the patterned paper! I love the bright springy look of this card. I suddenly remembered that I have a whole bunch of wide ribbon sitting unused in one of my storage bins. Wow. . . use for my flowers AND my old ribbon? Could it be true??? I gathered up my scrap and here is what I came up with!

I used some of my own favorite colors . . . purple for the background and I did cut a little purple lace edge strip to go along with the ribbon. I also had to use a little bit of white paper for a background for my ribbon because the ribbon that I had was opaque. I used the green and white patterned paper from the DCWV Garden Party stack . . . also sitting unused and waiting for just the right embelishments! There are my pretty Petaloo flowers too. . . I can't believe that Marianne had the perfect use for them! :) I stitched a large safety pin to the back of the flowers after mounting them together so that the recipient of the card can keep the flower after they are done with it. . . the flower, I thought, would be bright and cute as an accessory on a hat, bag, or lapel maybe. How springy! Here is a close up of the work.

Thanks again OWH for the fun events this weekend - and thanks Marianne for letting me CASE your card!

Stars and Stamps Forever!

Operation Write Home has outdone themselves this time. They have a brand new blog called Stars and Stamps . . . there is so much fun stuff going on there! First of all, they are offering challenges. Challenge #1 was to make a card using this sketch:

I can't wait to participate in these challenges. I love to make cards from sketches and use supplies that I already have on hand. A little twist to this challenge was to incorporate a star into the layout some how. Well, I set to work and here is what I came up with.

I cut my one inch strip of patterned paper from a leftover scrap of On The Dot paper and used some DCWV textured white core paper for the other side. I ran it through the Cuttlebug using a star template. I used a couple of old ribbon scraps and a star eyelet. Finally - I used my printer to create a sentiment that I thought would be fun for the troops. I might just send this card to my favorite troopers!

Here is a copy of the "friends" sentiment for you - it prints out at 2" x 2.5"

Will you use it on a card? I would love to see what you can do with it.

Happy weekend everyone! We are snowed in and I am taking advantage of the day by catching up with laundry and cards. Hooray!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Alien Valentine!

I've posted a new video today about how to make this really fun Alien Valentine - perfect for those little boys in your life that don't want something toooooo mushy. . . he's just cute and funny and he gets the point across if you know what I mean! This video also showcases what I like to call the BOOGER TECHNIQUE. This technique of using glue dots to make your embelishments and die cuts look 3-D or popped up can be used for making lots of other valentines or things to be featured on your cards and scrapbook pages. Happy Valentine making. . and thanks for looking!

Did you know that I have a YouTube Channel??? Awesome. Stop on by!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Birthday Madness!

This month's meeting of the Card Day Club adjourned at Tiffani's house and our theme was Birthday cards - it will be nice to start out the new year with some great Birthday Cards on hand for those Birthdays that seem to creep up on us so quickly!!!

Without further ado - here are the cards - the ladies did awesome as usual and here are some really fun ideas.

Debbie's card was made on a really colorful stripey paper background - the next layers were solid orange with stitching around the outside - yellow, and finally another bright yellow and the card is topped off with a cupcake from Cricut Doodlebug cartridge - we added some stickles to the candle flame and some really cute little buttons for the cupcake topping! How fun!

Hanna's card was all cut from the Cricut cartridge that makes cards. . . Wild Card is it? And I believe that the birthday cake in the window and the "Make a Wish" sentiment was done with a Cuttlebug. This cartridge makes really fun and cute cards - I think that I am going to have to invest in it soon. . .

It doesn't take much to figure out that this is Tiffani's pink and brown card. Tiffani is all about the pink and brown stuff you know? This card, she says, is a collection of some of her favorite pink and brown paper that she has collected over the years - now wasn't that nice of her to share them with the CDC? :D The background is a solid pink mat - the next layer is two patterned papers cut in half - they are stiched down to the pink mat. A brown ribbon was tied around the middle next where the two patterned papers meet. The flower was next - it is a pink patterned paper circle mat, a solid pink flower mat, and two brown felt flowers topped with a pink button and some brown floss. What a cute flower! We ran the brown paper through one of those paper - texturing things to make it all /\/\/\/\/\/\/\ textured. :) Finally, a sentiment was stamped in brown on the pink marquee sign mat. Loads of layers! Way to go Tif. . . I love this card!

It's kind of funny how you start to recognize cards by their designers. We giggle about Tiffani and her pink and brown - the same could be said for me about my glitter I guess, and the use of my favorite products - here is some more Imaginisce for the card that I made - It was nice to make a card using bright pretty colors after all of the holiday season red/green. The bottom mat is a pretty lime green and it is topped with a glittered patterned paper from the Birthday stack. The edges are torn - The top mat is a plain purple. The next step was to add some of this gossamer ribbon and a couple of Imaginisce paper flowers. I used doodlebug sugar coated brads to hold them on. The sentiment was cut from one of the Birthday stack papers that is all words - I just cut out an area that said "Happy Birthday" and matted it on a bit of green. The sentiment is popped up using dimensional squares.

Finally, I also brought along kits to make these cards featuring some digital stamps by Dustin Pike. I am trying to get the whole CDC addicted to his stamps, see? They are just so fun! This card was super quick - the base is plain blue cardstock matted with a striped pattern - also from the Imaginisce Birthday stack. A strip of blue cardstock with a scallop punch edge was glued along the bottom third. The digital stamp was matted onto another piece of blue cardstock and I cut the little sentiment tag using Cricut - George & Basic Shapes. The sentiment inside says, "Sadly, I am NOT an elephant." Now then, just because we are prepared with a card for forgetting someone's birthday, doesn't mean that we should do so on purpose just to use this card. :)

That is all for the January CDC - I believe that Febuary will be at Hanna's house and we will do Valentines and Baby cards. . . yaay! Happy New Year CDC!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy January Expressions!

Ahh, the new year! The new month! That means it's time for NEW KITS from Express the Moment! Hooray! I am so excited to be a part of the design team this year. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the Expressions kit and as usual, Kim had a great idea about featuring things to do with chipboard this month! Chipboard is one of my very favorite things, and I was able to put together a few ideas to get people started. Chipboard is fun! The possibilities are endless! It's like a blank canvas! Only. . . it's cardboard! :D

Kim was also thinking that it would be a cool extra side project to do one 8x8 page each month with what is left over from the kit when you are done making cards. Believe me - this is totally do-able! I am forever having little bits and pieces left over from my kits each month and I wonder what to do with them. . . an 8x8 page is a great idea. You could make your page about your kids, your pets, your sister, your . . . whatever you want! At the end of the year, you will have twelve completed 8x8 pages, and how much fun is that? It's also like a running record of the things you got in your kits too. SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!

Here is my 8x8 page for January for starters, and this month's feature. . . January Expressions. . . things to do with Chipboard! Hooray! Kits will be ready soon. . . watch for that e-mail from Kim!