Thursday, April 29, 2010

Hello Everyone,
Today is going to be a really short post because I have little critters living in my attic and the pest guy is coming on over to check it out. This week has just been one of those crazy weeks, if you know what I mean? So I apologize for the quick post and the lack of posts this week.

Here is my card using Digital Doodles stamps for this week.
I used the K is for Kite stamp and Spring Garden stamp. Right now Kathy has a challenge going on over at her blog "Card-Blanc." If you sign up to be a member of the Digital Doodles Club you could play along. The challenge is to create a card using one of her stamps, if you win, you get the latest stamp and a guest designer spot. Got to Card-Blanc for more details. Good luck and have a great week :)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Gluten-free Hopes and One layer Challenge!

Hi Everyone,
I am so happy its Friday and I may have the opportunity to eat some actual baked good items this weekend. If you have been reading my blog, you might remember that I mentioned that the doctor put me and my husband on a gluten-free diet. It has been so challenging! Everywhere we go we smell yummy bread, ice cream, and pizza. It is torture knowing we can never eat these treats again. I have also tried baking gluten-free items but they just turn out yucky tasting. We just found a cheese cake store in our city that makes gluten-free pizza, cupcakes, cheesecakes, etc. We are going to try it this weekend! Oh I hope it tastes good!

Now for my crafty share of the day..... I am entering this card in the "One Layer Challenge" over on Kristina Werner's blog. The Challenge was to make a card using only one layer of elements. Quite a challenge for me because I am the embellishment queen, but I tried it anyways and this is what I came up with.
I used stamps to create the design of the card. I embossed straight lines across the card to create a little more detail to the card. To finish the card off, I used glossy accents on the card to add slightly more interest. It turned out to be a clean, simple card that was very quick to make. Thats all for today! Have a great weekend everyone :)

Card Recipe
Embossed Lines: Martha Stewart Score Board
Stamps: October Afternoon, American Crafts
Kraft cardstock: Bazzil

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Digital Doodles Bonus Card

Hi Everyone,
Just popping in quickly today to show you another hybrid card using Digital Doodles. How lucky we get two new stamp releases in one week! This stamp is called "Darling Duds" and you can purchase it at Two Peas in a Bucket for .99. Not Bad, right?
I wanted to try making these spiral flowers. I made it out of some felt I had lying around the house. They are so easy to make. I will create a tutorial in the near future for those of you who may not know how. I pieced the stamp image together by printing the stamp out onto several different colors of cardstock. I then, cut each piece out and glued together on my card. Next I printed my sentiment out onto my cardstock. It is such a simple but a beautiful technique to use for stamps.
Card Recipe
White cardstock (Bazzil)
Aqua Cardstock (Bazzil)
Chipboard circles (Heidi Swap)
Tiny buttons
"Welcome Baby" sentiment (Everytime I miss you)
Pattern paper (Girl's Paperie and My Mind's Eye)
Clothespins (Recollections)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Hi Everyone,
I am so excited to share this project with all of you. For the first time in a long while, I finally sat down and created an actual scrapbook layout and NOT a card. If you have been reading my blog for a while now you might have remembered that I made a goal for myself to complete at least one scrapbook layout a week. Well.......I have failed miserable at that goal but I am hoping that this will get my mojo back for scrapbooking.

Now this project is one of my faves because it is my best friend's sweet little baby. I have the honor of creating a baby album for her. I am just having so much fun making baby layouts. I can't wait to do another one : ) For this layout I decided to use Cosmo Cricket's "Earth Love" collection. I think it just compliments baby pictures perfectly, it is not traditional baby pink but is so "baby" in a modern way.
Here is the original picture that I was given and the edited photo in photoshop. I wanted to blur out the laundry basket in the background and give the colors a softer tint. I think it turned out wonderful :)

Here is a technique that I will be making a tutorial for in the future. I created my own faux chipboard letters. Can you see the depth of the letters? It kind of reminds me of the American Crafts chipboard letters that are all the rage right now.I finally got to use my Heidi Swap photo corners that have been sitting in my stash for centuries! They seemed to go perfectly with the muted colors in the layout.
This is a close up of the journaling block that I left empty for my friend to write her journaling in.
Thanks for stopping by :) Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sky's the limit

Hi Everyone,
I haven't been updating my blog as much as I should be and I apologize for that. I really have grand hopes for this blog and plan to make it a little more interactive where we all can learn from each other. I also want to help you out by providing tips and videos for scrapbooking and card making. This blog is still a work in progress so please be patient with me : ) Lately, I have had so many ideas running around in my brain that I just wanted to get in my craft room and create. This past weekend, I was working on a few projects that I will share on Wednesday. I am so excited to share these projects with all of you that I can hardly wait :)

Now on to the project for today......
I designed this card using the new "Digital Doodles" stamp release from Kathy Martin. It is called "K is for Kite" and is a very versatile and fabulous stamp. I began making my card by copying the kite stamp onto the cloud paper. Next I made several copies of the Kite stamp on various sheets of colored cardstock and paper pieced the kite together. I typed my sentiment and printed it out on the computer.

I attached small buttons to the kite strings for a little dimension...
I thought it would be fun to add a row of hearts on the bottom of my card just to add a little bit of interest. I really think the hearts turned out cute :)

Card Recipe
Border punches: Fiskars(threading water) and Ek Success
Hearts Punch: (not sure has been in my scrap stash for years)
Digital Stamp: "K is for Kite" "Digital Doodles" available at Two Peas in a Bucket
Cardstock: Bazzil
Buttons: Recollections at Michaels
Computer Font: "Everytime I Miss You"
Cloud Paper: Doodlebug

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Happy Tuesday!

Hi Everyone,
I hope that all of you are having a wonderful Tuesday. I am so excited to share with all of you the new card I created this week for Digital Doodles. The digital stamp that I used this week is called "Spring Garden" and is available exclusively at Two Peas in a Bucket for only .99 cents. I just love this little bird image from the stamp collection.
I created this card by first choosing my papers. I wanted to go with bright colors that reminded me of spring time. So I chose to use one of my favorite paper companies "October Afternoon" I just love their fun style! Next, I printed out the digital stamp several times on different colors of pattern paper. Then I pieced the images back together. The music notes are from the "Thrift Shop" stamp collection from "October Afternoon" I also machine stitched along the edges of my cardstock. I used my cricut machine to cut out the oval and my Martha Stewart punch to cut out the lacy edge. Lastly, I printed my sentiment out on the computer and glued on chipboard letters to finish it off.

I have also entered this card in the Lucy Abrams card challenge over on her blog. This week the challenge is stitching. Thanks for stopping by this week :)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Hi Everyone,
I hope your week has been a fabulous one and you are ready to enjoy the weekend. I don't have any plans this weekend but thats alright because I really enjoy not having an agenda :) I just saw "The Time Traveler's Wife" last night which I thought was alright but a little confusing to figure out. I am so in the mood to watch a good movie but I am not sure what is out there that is good to see? Anybody have any suggestions? Moving on to crafty talk..... Today I have two cards that I made to share with all of you. The first one reminds me of spring and friendship. I used Basic Grey's Kioshi line for the flower and the pattern paper. I am not a big huge fan of Basic Grey, especially for cards, but I thought I would give it a whirl. I also pop dotted the flowers on the pattern paper to give some dimensional qualities to it.
The next card I made is for Mother's Day. I used some very old "Fancy Pants" rub-ons that I had in my stash for forever. I also used "Cosmo Cricket","Little Yellow Bicycle", and "Girls Paperie" for the pattern paper.
Thats all I have to share for now :) I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Time for Some More Doodles!

Happy Tuesday Everyone,
It is Tuesday once again, and that means its time for a new stamp release from Digital Doodles. I really enjoyed working with the stamp this week. I have been really into making cutesy cards lately and these stamps perfectly match my style. For my card this week, I decided to go with softer, more muted color palette rather than the more vibrant colors that I am use to using.
I was inspired to create a baby card and hidden journaling tag for my best friend, Monet, who just had her baby, and my friend Sophie, who is expecting. I am suppose to make a baby album for Monet's baby so I think I might use the tag for that project. I have another project that I am working on and should have it uploaded by tomorrow. Until then have a great day :)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Hi Everyone,
I hope that you all had a wonderful Easter. I had a great time this weekend. My husband cooked some yummy spaghetti from scratch. It was so delicious! And the best part about it was that I didn't have to cook it :) We also attended church on Sunday and had a good time just relaxing. Somehow in between all that relaxing and eating, I managed to make a few cards this weekend. I made these cute mini notecard lamb set using Hero Arts stamps, computer generated font, and baker's twine. My tip for this card is to add some stitching to your cards and layouts it will help make your projects look complete. I love adding stitching to almost everything I do. Well thats all I have for today :) I will be back tomorrow with a new card plus a tag that I created for "Digital Doodles". Have a great Monday!

Materials Used
cardstock (Bazzil)
lamb, cloud, sun, star (Hero Arts )
Baker's Twine