Wednesday, June 29, 2011

How Rectangles Became Circles... SC339

I'll be the first to admit that I have an obsession with polka dots and stripes, especially here lately!  So, today when I started a card for the Splitcoast Sketch Challenge 339, I grabbed some American Crafts paper (Tea Party) with polka dots.  As I cut out the rectangles for the challenge, I was highly unsatisfied with all of the white background space.  After taking FOREVER to finally decide how exactly I was going to "fix" my problem so I was satisfied, I decided to punch out the large polka dots with the white background.  I kept the circles in their same place, but I got rid of all of that extra white space.  After I punched the circles, I pretty much abandoned the rest of my idea of how I had planned to do the card and just ran with the circle concept.  So... while I really was going for rectangles, the circles just won out.  I guess you could say it is a very loose interpretation on this week's sketch!  However, I'm quite happy with how it turned out.  It makes me smile just looking at it! :)

I love it!

Up close... see how it's popped up?

 You can visit my splitcoast gallery here

I'd love to hear your comments!

Have a wonderful evening!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Lots of Hugs

I woke up this morning thinking about using my Coluzzle to create a rainbow to use on a card.  After searching the normal blogs I love, I found that the Splitcoast Challenge of the week incorporated a half circle (enter rainbow!) and I found another link to Embellish Magazine that was using rainbow colors.  I guess it was meant to be! 

This card is for my mother-in-law, whom I love dearly.  She is currently undergoing chemo treatments weekly. She LOVES getting cards, so I think I will have my dear  2-year-old Addison send this to her 'GG'.  I think she'll smile when she opens it. :)


(As you can see, I flipped the sketch on its side & moved the smaller circle over a little bit to make it accommodate this card.)

You can access my Splitcoast gallery here

I hope you enjoy this card. 

Please take a moment to leave a comment. Your 30 seconds makes me smile ALL DAY! :)

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Just for You CAS-ual


Yet another card sketch challenge... I'm on a roll!

I'm linking this one up to CAS-ual Fridays Challenge CFC8

I got "edgy" with a little scallop edge punch in the middle of the card.  I am also linking up to Card Positioning Systems Sketch CPS 224 part 1:

As you will see, I turned this sketch on it's side. :)

Here's the card...


I love your comments, so please leave your thoughts! 

Have a blessed day!

Make a Wish with Mojo Monday 197

I LOVE making cards that are not standard size, and something especially draws me to square cards.  I think it's because I crave a sense of symmetry. 

Anyhow, I just loved the Mojo Monday sketch this week, so I had to give it a whirl this morning for a birthday card I need this week.  Here it is...

I'm linking it up to the Mojo Monday Sketch 197

I used a piece of white cardstock for the base & cut it down to 4 x 4 square.  I used a piece of polka dot paper from American crafts in a slightly smaller square and rounded all of the edges.  I used some new stamps I got from the dollar bin at Michael's called i-cling.  I  stamped the candles in SU Basic Black and colored them with markers and stamped "Make a Wish" in SU Pixie Pink.  I mounted that square on some green scraps I had that coordinated to the polka dots in the paper.  I added a little blue/turquoise ribbon to the bottom and top of the sentiment and topped it off with a big pink button.  I think it turned out cute, and I think it will make the recipient smile. 

What do you think? I absolutely LOVE reading your comments. :)

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Challenge Happy Card!

I've long admired my many fellow stampers who participate in challenge after challenge online.  I gain inspiration and ideas from the hours I spend perusing the many blogs that now take up residence on my favorites link.  However, this past school year was WAY too busy for me to consisently participate in anything... so I didn't.  However, with summer now here, I plan to try to participate in a few to share the creations that bring me so much joy!  I hope you like them!

Here's the first, of what I hope to be many! :)

I'm entering the following challenges...

Mojo Monday 196

Pals Paper Arts-  PPA99-CAS Element of Style - Stars


Cupcake Inspirations- Challenge #117

Grab Our Button  

Comments are always welcome!  Have a blessed Sunday.


Saturday, June 25, 2011

A Paperless Project for a Patriotic "Princess"

So... my baby girl is 2.  And yes, she is VERY two... in that it's all her way all the time.  'No' and 'why' are constant vocabulary words, along with the current trend of  'where?', pronounced in her very cute "two"-tone of 2 syllables  (way- er?).  She is also ALL GIRL.  She has just discovered a love of princesses.  Being that I have a love of girly things as well, this is no problem for me.  So, today Mommy took it upon herself to make the princess ensemble... frocked FULL of countless yards of ribbon.  (Yes, I am a ribbon addict..  and YES, I have that much ribbon on hand.) 

Here are the pieces up close. 


"Crown" head piece


Everything was easy as can be to make.  For the skirt, I looped ribbon through itself onto a piece cut to match her waist.  I used the silky sheer ribbon, so it doesn't fray and is very "airy."  The wand is a paint stick.  I used metallic scrapbook paper for the star.  (Hot glue did wonders for adhering it all.)  I used pipe cleaners measured to fit her head for the crown.  I covered it in ribbon and again looped the ribbon through itself in the back. 
What do you think?  She LOVED it and that made me smile.  Off to the grandmother's house to show it off...her idea of course! :)

Have a fabulous day!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Happy Hellos

Happy Friday!  I hope today finds you ready for the weekend.  I know I'm looking forward to it, though I must admit that I almost didn't realize it was Friday!  Having the summers off with my baby girl is SO nice... sometimes I lose track of the days.  (Nice problem to have, huh?)   My card making group meets tomorrow, so I am happy to be making some things for that meeting.

Speaking of my group of lovely ladies, dubbed the "HappyScrappers" by our 'founder' Becky, we're having a card swap tomorrow.  Everyone makes cards of their choosing, and we swap them with one another to get new ideas and revel in the talent of each other. :) 

Here are the cards I made.  I got a little over-achieving and made two kinds to give to everyone.  :)

Aren't they sweet? :)

In red...

In green...

Outside and in

Up close of the outside

I took a little shortcut with the first cards.  I used pre-cut and scored cards with matching envelopes to expedite the process since I was making a bunch.  Then I used SU's scallop circle punch and cut 2 scallops out of some American Crafts paper.  (This works best with plain or polka dot paper... though I love stripes, it turns out a little "off.")  I folded the circles in half, matching up the scallops.  Then I rotated the circles, folding them in half each time to match up the next "scallop."  When finished, I cut on one fold into the center.  Then you accordion fold the paper circle and use some adhesive to attach the two circles you've cut.  (I cannot take credit for this technique.  After seeing it on a MILLION cards and not wanting to purchase any new materials, I searched it on YouTube and found a great tutuorial  by a SU demo.)  I used a retired set from SU; I think it's called Hi and Hello.  (Bought off of eBay... love it!)

The bottom cards are a little more masculine- a struggle for this lover of ribbons and rhinestones and all things sparkly!  I used a tutorial off Splitcoast to get the idea for this card.  You cut an 8 1/2 by 11 piece of cardstock in half lengthise.  Score at 3.5 inches and 7 inches.  (I actually make the first one a tiny bit off so it is easier to fold and stays flat.)  Then I used the SU label punch (??) to cut out the center after adhering a rectangle of "manly" paper from my stash.  Being EXTREMELY careful, I stamped the sentiment on the inside panel.  I stamped the inside image with a stamp from Michael's dollar bin.  (LOVE IT!... and they just got a HUGE new assortment at our Michael's!)  The "tab" is made with SU's retired punch.  I was able to get mine recently from a demo who was selling hers.  I put a brad in the tab to give it a little polish. 

I hope you like what I've made.   I'd love your comments.  Have a WONDERFUL day!