Sunday, October 31, 2010

Another Christmas Card

I'm loving these challenges because it keeps me on the ball and makes me get cards done, which has happened....NEVER, lol.  Here's an easel card I made following the Just Magnolia Challenge sketch for the week.  I love this sketch, it's simple but elegant.  For this card, I used my very first sheet of Graphic 45 paper EVER!  Noone around here sells it, so when I was at a scrapbooking shop out of town and saw some, I just had to have it!  I used the Tilda with Jolly wreath stamp by Magnolia and colored her in with my Copics.  I added Diamond stickles to her angel wings and halo to make them sparkle.  The flowers on the front are the Prima Mini Roses and the flowers on the inside are Recollections. 

Here's a close-up of Tilda with Jolly wreath:

And one final picture of the easel card:

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Just Magnolia - Sketch
Creative Card Crew - Let's Punch It
4 Crafty Chicks - Roll with the Punches

Friday, October 29, 2010

Magnolia Calendar

I wanted to share another project with you that I'm working on for one of  my swaps.  It's a Magnolia Calendar and I am loving the way it's turning out!  Here is the month I just finished, October.  I used the Tilda with Pumpkins stamp and colored it in with  my Copics.  I also used the Copic Spica Orange pen to go over the pumpkins to add some glitter.  I hope you like it!

Here's a close-up of the Tilda image.  I distressed the edges with Tim Holtz Black Soot.

I'm entering this project in the followng challenges:

Penny's Paper Challenge - Black, Purple, and Orange
Paper Playtime - Halloween
Crafty Creations - Halloween or Autumn
Easy Craft Projects - Fall or Autumn

Halloween Card

I wanted to share a Halloween card I made this morning.  I combined a lot of different techniques and tools in this card, so I hope you'll like it!  The paper I used is Purple Fog from the Frightful Collection by Little Yellow Bicycle and Kioshi from Basic Grey.  I made this card with a couple of challenges in mind, which shaped the direction the card would go.  For the Magna-liscious Highlites Challenge, we were to create a fall project using a Magnolia stamp and a paper bag in some way.  I chose to use the So Spooky Tilda and I think she is adorable!  I used Copics to color her.  I used a black paper bag as a mat and I ran in through the Cuttlebug with the Scrollworks folder.  I love how deep the embossing is on the paper bag and it ran through so smoothly!  I also used the black paper bag to punch out the bats using the Martha Stewart bat punch on the inside of the card.  I really like the look this created!  I then used Spellbinders Scalloped ovals to highlight the image of my card.  The iron gate is from the October 31st cricut cartridge and I love using this one with my Tilda images!  The flowers are from Dazzlers and I love the color of them.  The sketch is from the Pixie Cottage challenge and I thought it worked well with this card.  The  black mesh trim and the bat trim are both from Great Impressions RS Inc.  Spellbinders Labels 4 was used to highlight the sentiment on the inside of the card, which is from Hero Arts.

Here is  a close-up of So Spooky Tilda:  You can really see how well the paper bag embossed in the Cuttlebug!

And finally, here is the inside of the card.  I hope you like it!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Magna-liscious Highlites - Fall + Magnolia + Paper Bag element
Basic Grey - Autumn/Harvest Time
Cuttlebug Spot - Fall
Pixie Cottage - Sketch
Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Black and Purple
Fantabulous Cricut - Halloween
Cooking With Cricut - Halloween
Tuesday Taggers - Halloween + Purple
Crazy 4 Challenges - Halloween
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Spooky
Ooh-la-la - Spooky Stuff
Paper Play - Haunting We Will Go
Totally Tilda - Halloween
Creative Cottage - Embossing

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Precious Moments Card & Envelope

This is another project I completed for a swap partner.  We were to create a handmade brick card.  This was the first time I had attempted a card like this, but I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out and I hope she will be too!  I used one of my old Precious Moments stamps (I think they're so cute!) and colored the image with Copics.  I then lined the image in "bricks": 1/2" in length and 1" in width.  I then cut it out and assembled the pieces together.  I added two Recollections flowers and a brad.  The sentiment is also a Precious Moments stamp as well.  I then made the matching envelope using by MS Score Board.

Here is a close-up of the image:

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Charisma Cardz - Match Master
Meljendesigns - 2 for - Use 2 images
Wee Memories - Cute Holiday
Flourishes - Anything Goes but Buttons and Bows

Monday, October 25, 2010

Altered Shopping List Notepad

I made this cute little notepad out of a file folder for a future swap I am in.  I love making these because they are so cute and so functional, as inside, there is a 4x6 pad of paper, perfect for making grocery lists.  There's also a pocket on the left panel, which is perfect for including coupons or housing the recipes for the next week.  I love how this one turned out and I hope my parnter will too!
The designer paper is Bittersweet by Basic Grey, and this was perfect because I knew I wanted my project to be pink and brown (starting to become one of my favorite color combinations!).  I used Chef Tilda and the Rolling Pin by Magnolia and used copics to color them both.  I added stickles to the trim of her hat and dress.  I used my Spellbinders, Prima roses, and pink bling by Queen.  I also used a magnetic disk by Basic Grey to keep my project closed (I LOVE these things!)  Here's a close-up of Tilda:

Finally, here is a picture of the inside of the notebook, with the pocket on the left and the pad of paper on the right.  I hope you like it!

I am entering this project in the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Sketch
Magna-liscious Highlites - Magnolia & Food/Recipe
Pixie Cottage - Something Sweet
Just Magnolia - Think Pink
Totally Tilda - Pink & Pearls
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes
I Did It Creations - Surprise Me
Frosted Designs - Die Cuts
Sweet Stampin - Anything But a Card

Gift Card Holder - Santa's Little Helper Edwin

I made this gift card holder for the upcoming holiday season.  I used some holiday Christmas paper from my stash and Santa's Little Helper stamp - I think he's so cute!  You can find the gift card tutorial I used for this project here.  I also used a small magnetic disc from Basic Grey to keep the gift card holder closed.  Sorry the pictures aren't that great - the first one is with the flash, but I had to turn the flash off to get any close-ups.  Hope you can see it well enough!

Here's a picture a little more close-up.  I used Copics to color in Santa's Little Helper Edwin:
Hat, Jacket, Pants: R39
Boots, Belt, Glove: Special Black 110, W3
Buckles - Y08
Face - E00, E11
Hair - E57, E33, E11
I also used Diamond Stickles for his hat, cuff links, pant cuffs and liner of the jacket.

Here's the inside of the gift card holder.  I love how the gift card pops up!  (Yeah, I know this is just my AC Moore rewards card in the picture, but it'll be a gift card before long!)  Sorry the picture looks a little blurry!

And here's one more picture of it from up top, looking down on the gift card holder.  I used a Merry Christmas stamp by Stampabilities and stamped it in Lady Bug Memento Ink.  I then inked the edges with a sponge dauber and the same Lady Bug Memento Ink.  I hope you like it!

I'm entering this project into the following challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
Delightful Sketches - It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes
All Sorts Challenge - Spots & Stripes
Wee Memories - Cute Holidays
Thoughtful Thursdays - Letter "H" - Holidays
Totally Gorjuss - Sparkle

Happy Mail

This month, I've received some GREAT happy mail from the Cricut Message Board!  First, Kittyshoes, an AMAZING lady and friend is in the process of doing a month long RAK to celebrate her one year anniversary of participating in the monthly Happy Mail swap.  She has sent out over a dozen of small DECORATED flat rate boxes filled with goodies and I was lucky enough to receive one!!!  I was so happy when I opened the mailbox expecting a pile of bills and saw that smiling box!  Her artistic ability blows me away (as does her overwhelming generosity!).  My beautiful box was decorated in a beach theme, which is my absolute favorite!  I couldn't take pictures for a while because I've been having some camera woes, but I finally found one that is working for now!  Check out these amazing goodies she sent me - I'm still in awe, almost two weeks later!  Isn't the box adorable?!?!  I told you she was talented!
And here's the goodies inside: NINE Copic Sketch Markers I did not have, two things of stickles, a neat Halloween bag, Beach Bingo cards, and a journal!  Thanks again Lisa, you're amazing!

Then, for the month of October, I also got some great Happy Mail from my sender Ansley.  She sent me some amazing things as well and she really spoiled me!  She sent me a pack of Neenah cardstock, which I was in desperate need of, 5 copic sketch markers that I didn't have, Scor-tape in 1/4" and 1/8" which I was out of too, some pretty deco pins by Maya Road for me to try, some pop dots,  and a cute Tilda stamp I didn't have either - She's adorable!  Here's a pic of my goodies from Ansley - thanks so much, you really spoiled me too!!!

Some amazing blog candy!

Hey guys!  Just wanted to share some amazing blog candy I found at The Stamping Boutique.  Spellbinders and Copics, what could be better?!?!  Check it out for yourself and good luck!

Here's some more great candy I found here.  Check out all of these awesome images!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

My first entry

I never thought I would have a blog.  Well, other than the ones from college that is.  But this one hopes to be completely different than the ones that documented the daily life of a college student.  I've had a couple of projects that I've completed within the past year or so that I would like to share with you.  Bare with me though, as I'm not sure how much time I will have to dedicate to my little corner of the world.  Leave comments and tell me what you think!