Saturday, January 29, 2011

Best Birthday Yet

I created this birthday card for one of my best friends who is also now my sister-in-law.  Her favourite colour is orange so every year I try to incorporate some orange into her card.  I like this colour combination and I hope she does too.  She's had a wonderful past year, meeting the love of her life so I'm excited to see what the coming year has in store for her.

The inspiration for this card came from Sandy's card.  I've changed the colours and the stamp sets, but the layout is the same.

Thanks for looking,


SU Card Stock - Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, Summer Sun
SU Ink - Whisper White Craft, Not Quite Navy
Stamps - Hero Arts S5033, PTI - Signature Greetings
Accessories - White Embossing Powder

Coloured Panels are 1.25" x 2.25"

Heartfelt Sympathy

Sympathy cards are never easy to create.  Like so many cards, it would be a great idea if I had a few made for when I need them, but I've yet to get myself ahead of the game.  I created this card for a friend who lost her grandmother recently.  It was inspired by Daria's card.

Thanks for looking,
SU Card Stock - Whisper White, Brocade Blue, Basic Black
Ink - SU - Brocade Blue, VersaFine Onyx Black
Stamps - Hero Arts S5033, PTI - Through the Trees
Accessories - Gingham Ribbon, Foam Tape

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Blog Award

I am very humbled to have received my first blog award.  Thank you, Natasha.

Upon receiving this award I must thank the person who gave this to me and link it back to their blog.  I need to share eight things about myself and pass along the award to eight other individuals that I have recently discovered and leave a comment so that they can pass along the recognition.

Blogs I Enjoy:

Jennifer's Hooked on Stamping
Erin and Lisa - impressions
Heather's Bits and Pieces
LaLatty's Stamp 'N Stuff
Ange's Creative Inspirations
Beth's Big Sky Paper and Designs
and one I just found this morning that combines my two crafting loves - Gale's Stamps and Stiches

Hmmmm... 8 things about me:
1.  Besides creating cards with stamps and my Cricut, I also enjoy using Photoshop Elements for Digital scapbooking... though I haven't done as much as I would like to have done!
2.  I enjoy making baby quilts for family members. I am just completing a "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" for my great nephew who was born last Friday.  For those of you who don't know, "Brown Bear. Brown Bear" is a children's book.  As an elementary school librarian, I can't tell you how excited I was to find this quilt pattern!
3.  If I had more time, I could easily add more hobbies to my life.  Recently I have been intrigued by cupcake and cookie decorating.  I haven't taken the bite yet...
4.  I love Motown music.  Have you heard Phil Collins new cd - he's singing Motown classics!
5.  I don't watch a lot of TV, but I do enjoy sitcoms like "The Big Bang Theory".
6.  I enjoy reading - surprising statement from a librarian!  I just wish I could find enough time to read all the books on my reading list.
7.  I love to research things - another surprising statement from a librarian!  I love learning new things!
8.  My husband and I enjoy geocaching.

Again, thanks Natasha for the award.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Live for Today

I was thrilled to make this card as I am sending it to a special young lady who is going to be celebrating her one year anniversary of being drug and alcohol free!!!!!  I am so incredibly proud of her for all the obstacles she has overcome in her life.  The day before her anniversary, she will be starting college to become an addictions counsellor!  Yahoo!

Natasha's card was my inspiration for this card.  I love her use of bright colours and I love that this card is not too "girly" which will really suit the recipient.

Thanks for looking,

SU Card Stock - Real Read, Only Orange, Whisper White
Ink - SU - Real Red, Only Orange, Tempting Turquoise, Yoyo Yellow. VersaFine - Onyx Black
Stamps - SU - Seeing Spots, PTI - Through the Trees
Accessories - Foam Tape

Saturday, January 15, 2011

50th Birthday Card

We're off to a surprise party tonight for a friend who is turning 50.  I created this card using Maile Belle's 30th birthday card as inspiration.  I cut the numbers, scalloped circle frame and the other frame with my Cricut and Sure Cuts A Lot software.  The scalloped circle is from Two Peas in a Bucket.  The Pale Plum piece is just scalloped circle f from the same file squished. I'm wishing now that I had put the numbers on more of a slant, but I was struggling with them and finally got fed up and went with straight.  I should have walked away for a bit and came back and tried it.  Oh well! 

Thanks for looking,

Card Stock - PTI - Stamper's Select White for base, SU - Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Pale Plum
SU Designer Paper - Cottage Wall
Ink - VersaMark
Stamps - ? Given to me by my sister-in-law
Accessories - Sterling Silver embossing powder, Martha Stewart clear gem stickers, vellum

Saturday, January 08, 2011

17th Birthday Celebration

Well, I almost royally goofed up this card.  I had it in my head that it was my nephew's 16th birthday coming up so I was very set on using the number 16 on the card.  After I had cut out 16 using my Cricut and Sure Cuts A Lot software, but thank goodness BEFORE I had glued it down, I did a little math and realized that no, he is already 16 and is turning 17!  Another quick cut to swap the 6 to a 7 and I was set to go.  I used the Arial Black font for the numbers.

Thanks for looking,

SU Card Stock - Real Red, Pacific Point, Whisper White
SU Designer Paper - Celebrations
Accessories - Clebrations Quick Accents

Winter Birthday

When I saw Heather's card last night, I just HAD to duplicate it for my niece's birthday card.  The only problem was that I don't have snowflake stamps that are the right size for this layout.  When I woke up at 4:30!!!!! this morning I pondered going to the nearest stamping store (25 minutes of highway driving), but really thought that I was being a bit impulsive.  I then thought I'd find out if my two stamping friends had snowflake stamps, but knew I had better wait until a much more reasonable hour.  And then it hit me - I could use my Cricut to create snowflakes instead! 
Thanks to my Cricut, Sure Cuts A Lot software and a free svg of snowflakes from My Cricut Scrapbooking, I eventually came up with a card.  I really like Heather's clear embossed tiles, but when I tried to duplicate it, it made my snowflakes quite yellow.  I'm not sure if it is because of my embossing powder or if it is because I was embossing on white paper snowflakes rather than white embossed snowflakes.  Does anybody have any words of wisdom?

When I was going to comment on Heather's card, I noticed Chrissie's comment stating that she had done her own version.  I also checked that one out and it is quite lovely and worth having a peak at!  So, I decide to try again and this is what I came up with:

I'm to too thrilled with the pictures of these cards.  I think they look better in real life.  There is a scored line on the top and the bottom of the navy panel that you can't see in the picture and you can't tell that the squares on the second card are popped up.  I wish I could figure out how to take better pictures of cards - especially on these drab winter days!

Thanks for looking,
Card Stock - SU - Whisper White, Night of Navy, PTI Stamper's Select White (base of the second card)
SU Ink - Lavender Lace, Brocade Blue, Night of Navy, VersaMark
Stamps - PTI - Through the Trees
Accessories - Foam Tape (second card)

Funky Cake

I created this birthday card for my sister-in-law using a Elizabeth Crafts Designer Sticker from Funky Cakes.  This time I coloured the cake using my Stampin' Up markers.  I like the bold, funky look of the card.  I've taken a few closer up pictures of the stickers so you can see how beautiful they are.  They are like embossing, but neater and shinier.

Thanks for looking,

Card Stock - PTI - Stamper's Select White
SU Ink - Basic Black, Markers - Tempting Turquoise, Lovely Lilac, Pink Passion, Yoyo Yellow, Only Orange
SU Stamps - Whimsical Words on the inside
Accessories - Elizabeth Craft Design Sticker - Funky Cakes

Monday, January 03, 2011

Christmas Penguin

I think this is the last of my Christmas bird cards.  I created this one for my daughter and her boyfriend and tucked to ski passes to the local mountain inside.  The penguin is a svg file from My Scrap Chick .  I created the snowflake from an image of the SU Original Dies - Snowflake #2 just like I did on this card.  Both images are cut using my Cricut and Sure Cuts A Lot software.

Thanks for looking,

Card Stock - SU - Real Red, Glorious Green, Basic Black, Summer Sun, Whisper White, PTI - Stamper's Select White for snowflake because it is thicker than SU's
Accessories - Snowflakes Cuttlebug embossing folder, foam tape


Christmas Crow

My library assistant really likes crows, which isn't the easiest thing to find when you are shopping for gifts!!!  I created this card for her using my Cricut, Sure Cuts A Lot software and a svg file from A Whimsical Winter created by My Scrap Chick.

Thanks for looking,

SU Card Stock - Basic Black, Real Red, So Saffron
SU Designer Paper - Holiday Treasures and Merry Moments
Accessories - white gel pen


Christmas Cardinal

I created this card for my brother-in-law's mother who LOVES birds and nature.  Again, I used my Cricut and Sure Cuts A Lot software along with a svg file from My Snowman Collection created by My Scrap Chick.  I also used the SCAL software to create the labels.  I just used the Designer Label punch image from Stampin' Up to create a svg file and then I stretched it to fit my sentiment and then enlarged it slightly to create a frame.  If you need more detailed directions, just leave a comment and I'll get back to you.

Thanks for looking,

SU Card Stock - Real Red, Basic Black, Summer Sun, Whisper White, Brushed Silver
SU Ink - Basic Black
SU Stamps - Warmest Regards
Accessories - Snowflakes Cuttlebug embossing folder, foam tape, white gel pen


Let it Snow

I used this for a Christmas card, but it could be used for just a winter card... just trying to justify posting Christmas cards in January!  I used my Cricut and Sure Cuts A Lot software to cut the svg file from My Snowman Collection, created by My Scrap Chick.  I found it best to do a multicut for the white part of the words so it would be a clean cut with the tiny snowflakes.

Thanks for looking,

SU Card Stock - Night of Navy , Bashful Blue, Shimmery White
Accessories - Martha Stewart clear gem stickers, foam tape, Snowflakes Cuttlebug embossing folder, ticket corner punch

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