Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tilted Design

For my Pintrest Inspired card I turned to my board with the pinned card sketches.  I knew I wanted to add a tilted panel.  I had this great die that cuts out the panels from Papertrey Ink for a while, but think I had only used it one other time.  So I wanted to dust it off and put it to use.

I found a card sketch I like from this pin.

I started out with a top folding card in kraft (Recollections) that measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.

I die cut the panel out of a 6x6 paper pad titled Birthday Wishes by Echo Park.

I then die cut a green label using my sizzix die out of green cardstock in my stash.  I embossed the sentiment also by Papertrey Ink in with white embossing powder.

The main image, a birthday cake is a digital stamp.  I can't remember the source.  I colored it with copics and die cut around it with a scalloped circle by quickcutz and cut out another scallop circle larger from a darker green cardstock.  This too was from my stash of leftovers.

I am entering this in the Male Room's: Spots and Stripes Challenge #15
and the Addicted to Stamps and More's: CAS #154 Challenge

Sunday, July 26, 2015

When Life Gives You Lemons...

Thanks to another great Mojo Moday Sketch...I have another card for you today.

This card measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  It is a side opening card full of lemony goodness.

First I knew I wanted to have a sliced lemons, maybe a whole lemon....and a glass of lemonade.  So I went on a mission to find what I wanted. I found a set of Digital Stamps with the images I wanted from wwwlemonselfstudio.com.  They had the perfect images  including a lemonade stand.  

Then I chose the lemon slice, the whole lemon and a glass of lemonade for my cards in design space on my cricut.  I sized them where I wanted and did the print/cut feature.  My glass wasn't cutting the way I wanted so I had to nix that image for the card.  I did however, break out my Lawn Fawn milk and cookies set.  I stamped the glass and straw. I then got out my new Copic set of 24 to color the image.  Using Copics is new to me...I know where have I been? Under a rock? 

I just have never dived in the Copic pool.  But I did it.  Lots of practice still needed, but you have to begin somewhere.

This glass of lemonade is on a white panel of cardstock cut out using my Memory box cross stitched dies.  To this I added the lemon, lemon slice, and a gold sequin. 

I had a big empty space at the top.  I wanted to add a sentiment but had already die cut the panel.  So I went back to design space and found the sentiment.  It was to be a cut out but I turned it into writing.  Using my black fine tip Cricut marker I had it written and cut out on a square.  I used the tip to color the square yellow to give some definition.

The background I used black Recollections cardstock with an orange/yellow panel at the bottom.  The yellow trim is Bazzill cardstock die cut with a Sizzix border die.

As usual I loved using the sketch as a begin point to see where I would end up.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


This card began with a great sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.  You can see the # 132 sketch here.  

I needed another birthday card, so I came up with this simple little card that has a cute envelope to go with it.  It measures 3 x 3 inches and begins with simple white cardstock by Recollections.

I then stamped a square by Stampendous that I have had in my arsenal forever.  I stamped it in Tangelo Twist.  Now this stamped really dark so I had to stamp it off once before putting the square on my card.

I then added the sentiment by Unity in Staz On Brown.  

Finally, I added a green Prima  flower and a nice blue pearl by Recollections in the center.  

Very simple card.  I also completed a nice envelope using my envelope punch board using that same 6 x 6 Graphics 45's Time to Flourish pack.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Happy Birthday Mojo

As usual, I started my card out using this weeks Mojo Monday Sketch # 406.  It's a wonderful sketch.  I love using a sketch to start out my process to build a card.

I used several different elements to bring this together.  It wasn't quickly put together but I loved the process.

The card base is white Recollections card sized 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 squared.  I sponged some distress inks along the edges (Mustard Seed and Scattered Straw).  I added a layer of paper by Graphic 45's Time to Flourish 6 x 6 collection.  It is double sided so I just cut it down and flipped one side to the solid background.  Each panel measures 2 1/4 x 5 1/4.

The next layer is also from recollections Tattered and Worn collection in am mustard colored check.  I believe this measures 3 1/4 x 3 1/4.  

Next comes the tag which I popped up on foam squares.  This tag is part of my Pintrest inspired and I got the inspiration from this pin.  The tag is from Recollections and is white.  I used some distress inks on this as well in Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, and Gathered Twigs.  I then inked up a script stamp by Inkadinkado in Staz On brown to add the script at an angle.  

Next is that cute giraffe by Unity Stamps.  I sponged him as well with Mustard Seed and Scattered straw distress inks.  Then, I colored in his dots with a brown sharpie.  I fussy cut him out.  The original image comes with a heart shaped balloon attached, but I decided not to use that.

Instead, I used some twine that attaches my tag to the balloon.  That way the balloon can't fly away.  The balloon is a left over from project last week that I cut out using my Cricut.

Finally is a sentiment by Unity that is popped up on a scrap of the paper from Graphic 45.  It is stamped in the brown Staz On ink as well.

Monday, July 13, 2015

A Pintrest Inspired CAS(E)

This card is so stinkin' cute in person.  I am in love.

I started out with this week's CAS(E) this sketch # 131.  That's another thing I love...this sketch.  It is so versatile.

I used a top folding 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card in white cardstock by Recollections.  I got out my wonderful Cricut and cut out balloon images from the first few years cartridge.  I placed them where I wanted and then sliced them out of a piece of white cardstock.  This layer measures 4 x 5 1/2.

I cut out a piece of patterned cardstock by Amy Tangerine's Rise and Shine 6 x 6 paper pad in the same measurements to use as a backdrop for my balloons...hence the nice striped/patterned balloons.  

Here's where I was inspired by Pintrest.  You can see the pin here. I just loved the initial use of HB for Happy Birthday.  For my card I cut out the letters using the Cricut in thin chipboard and also some Graphic 45's Time to Flourish 6 x 6 paper pad that coordinates beautiful with the collectioin by Amy Tangerine. It looks like they were made for each other. 

I then stamped the sentiment in Black Staz On ink on vellum.  Cut the end to make it look like a banner and curled it a bit using my bone folder.  The sentiment is from Unity Stamp Company.  I also used a bit of the Amy Tangerine paper at the end to make it look like it was part of the banner, but it really was to hide the glue.

I hope you enjoy seeing this card.  I know I enjoyed making it.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Late night Mojo....

I want to start this post off by saying...I am not in love with this card.  I am also late getting it posted so it won't make this weeks Mojo Monday #405 Contest.

My son has developed a love for computer games so now it is a challenge to get the time to post when he isn't on the computer.  All the other times, I am busy doing other things.  I think I will have to begin doing the majority of the my posts from my nook.  We'll see...but back to the card.

I struggled with this weeks sketch.  The diagonal element I wasn't in love with and did not know what to do with.

Anywhoo, I began with a digital stamp by Bugaboo Stamps.  I used the print and cut feature on my Cricut to cut out this cute bear in a square image.  I colored it using Sharpie markers.  I really had a difficult time with the coloring as well.  I don't have any light brown or flesh colored Sharpie markers, so I made the bear two toned in grey and brown.

The base card is 5 1/2 x 4  1/4 in kraft.  The polka-dot paper is by Graphic 45's Time to Flourish 6 x 6 paper pack.  I backed it with some light blue cardstock and then added some glitter paper in silver to the bottom.  All the other paper in this project is by Recollections.

I added a row of buttons in Navy by Recollections).  Told ya I didn't know what I wanted to do with the diagonal element.  

I then popped up the digital stamp with foam mounting squares.  This stamp did not really go with the glitter paper and looks weird where it is placed.  Not sure what I will end up doing with this card, but I may want to try it again another time with some different pieces.

Tell me what you would do different?

I also realize I need to invest in Copics, I just haven't yet.  Any suggestions on where to begin with them?  Did you buy three in a color family each week or what?

Monday, July 6, 2015

Cofee love....

It's time for some coffee love.  I started out with a great sketch from CAS(E) this sketch!  You can find the sketch # 130 here.

I got a bit fancy with my Cricut.  I created the card base myself with a simple square that I made into a rectangle and the edge I welded from an image from Creative Cards cartridge.  The card is cut out of black cardstock by Recollections.  The final folded image measures 4 1/2 x 3 6/8.  This is just a simple gatefold card.  

After scoring the card.  I cut out another of the images slightly smaller from the Creative Cards cartridge to go on top in white cardstock.  I cut it down to the size i wanted and added the Coffee image in Staz On Black ink. The image is by Unity Stamps. I then colored in a few places on the image with a Pink Sharpie.

On the bottom half of the card I added some patterned paper by Recollections.  I then added a single pink button by Recollections on a foam square to hold it closed.

I used my envelope punch board to make a cute envelope out of textured Recollections cardstock and used the same patterned paper to make an envelope liner.

This could easily hold a gift card for that coffee lover friend.  It is totally cute!

Thanks to CASE(E) this Sketch Blog for another great sketch!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

You Rock!

I think I completed this card a couple of weeks ago.  I did not finish it in time to link up to Mojo Monday's # 402 sketch challenge.  But the start of this card was from that sketch.

In this card I also used some pintrest inspiration.  I used this pin to create the enamel "dots" you see on the card. This totally worked.  I am now so excited I can make my own enamel dots pretty cheaply.  I have also used The Frugal Crafter's take on this.  You can see how she does that here.  Both of these work beautifully.  You can now have the entire rainbow at your disposal.

Ok, now on to the card....The card is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  The card base is in Tempting Turquoise cardstock by Stampin Up!  I then cut some recollections creme cardstock the same size as the base using the Sports Mania cartridge.  I then cut out 4 varying sizes of circles using scraps from my paper stash.  I also cut out 2 varying sizes of stars using patterned paper and vellum from my left over papers.  I added a bit of dimension by scoring the star to make it pop up a bit and elevated it on foam squares.

The guitar is a cut and print image from the cricut library and the cartridge is listed as JT.  

Finally for the sentiment I cut out a couple of ovals.  The You Rock sentiment is from Studio G and is stamped in Tempting Turquoise ink.  I popped this up on foam squares as well.

Not sure who I am going to give this cute card to, but it is definitely for someone who can rock it out!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Pintrest Inspired....

I don't know about you but, I spend way to much time on Pintrest!  It's addictive, fun, inspirational, relaxing, and way cool.  But, as much time as I spend there, I go through long periods of time where I pin but don't act.  I want to become more intentional about trying all those things I pinned. 

So here on my blog I am going to try to use a sketch, a card inspiration, or tutorial I have pinned once a week.  The above is inspiration from this pin I have on my Card Inspiration board.

It's clean, simple, and I am in love with this card!  I bought the embossing folder a few months back knowing I had the triangle stamp.  But I had yet to use it.

I started with a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 top folding card made with Recollections White Cardstock.  I then cut apiece of the same white cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4.  I ran that through my BigShot using my triangle embossing folder by Lifestyle Crafts.  I also cut out a banner using a Papertrey Ink banner die.  On that I stamped the sentiment by Unity Stamps in Stampin Up's Tangelo Twist.

I then stamped the triangles in tangelo twist, hello honey, and blackberry twist using a stamp I have had forever.  It is made by Just for Fun.  It is a block stamp and has a triangle on one side, a diamond, a rectangle, and a square on other sides.

I also added some Wink of Stella to each of the triangles to give some sparkle.

I am entering this in Addicted to Stamps Challenge Blog # 151:  Anything Goes