Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Ack, so sorry!

Well if you hadn't noticed, I've been slacking for the last week or two. Life just got a little busy all at once and it won't slow down until after Christmas. But hopefully after the craft sale in mid November I'll still be able to get some cards done. Cardmaking really is my therapy.

I've been super busy the last two weeks getting my kid's halloween treats ready for their classroom parties, I decided to make about 50 pop top cans. I kept them simple as I figured the kids wouldn't notice if I hadn't gone all out on the extras. For the inside I added some halloween smarties, bubble gum and rocket candies. Even I"m tempted to open one, or more...

My sister in law had a baby and so I made 50 baby showers favors which also kept me busy. I think they turned out pretty cute, and cheap since I had a friend who was able to give me her empty baby food jars.

Last but not least, I did make another Christmas card, and if it looks familiar, it should. I used the same design a few weeks ago but in baja breeze and this card is made the same way using old olive.

Thanks for looking and I'll try not to have such a big gap between postings!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Simple, Simple.

Today I made two cards that were both very simple one layer cards. I love those kind of cards but too often I don't think of making them. I'll also be selling these at our local craft show, I hope I won't be too disappointed in sales...

The first card still has me wondering if I should maybe add some white tafetta ribbon to the top. I tried and I like it both ways but I do want to keep it simple. There is a fine line between simple and plain and I'm aiming for simple.

Stamps: Peaceful Wishes, Holidays & Wishes
Ink: Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy, White Kraft, Sahara Sand
Paper: Sahara Sand

The following card looks so much better IRL. I added crystal effects to the red spots on the trees which adds a subtle elegance to it. I colored the trees with my aqua painters and classic ink pads, so easy.

Stamps: Merry & Bright
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red
Paper Whisper White
Other: Crystal Effects

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Have I mentioned...

That I love Christmas! LOL. It doesn't help that the craft sale I'm in is towards the beginning of November so I'm really busy trying to get all my Christmas cards ready for that.

This card is an idea I got from KWerner designs, (I have her blog on my list on the left hand side). I love how simple yet elegant this card looks. I used the swirly stamp from "Priceless" to get my design on the circles with heat & stick powder and then the dazzling diamonds. TFL.

Stamps: Priceless, Sincere Salutations
Inks: Versamark, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla
Other: Heat & Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds, Hemp Twine

Friday, October 3, 2008

Here's some advice!

If you don't want to lose all your hair, don't go shopping with one 4 year old and two 5 year olds too often. Wow. I took the kids to the city to try and get new snowsuits for the winter. I had at least a hundred questions thrown at me today, at least 100 moments of bickering about wether "Barbie" was sick or not, or wether she had feelings, and at least 100 "Mommy I'm tired, I'm thirsty, I want to watch the movie NOW" But through all of that, we still managed to have a good day, a very tiring day, but a good day. And I got what I needed, SNOWSUITS. Yeah!

So since I was buying a snowsuit, you know I had to make another Christmas card. This is another card that I saw on SCS. I'm waiting for the DSP out of the new Holiday Mini Catty but I have no patience so I made one with what I had on hand. I really like this one, I will definately be making these for the craft show, although with SU's DSP since it will be a Stampin Up! booth...

If you wondering about the clear strip it's your cheap transparencies paper that I bought at our local Office Depot, otherwise it's actually a very easy card to make.

Stamp: Random stamps from our LSS
Ink: Baja Breeze, Versmark
Paper: Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Transparency pp, DSP from our LSS
Other: White Embossing Pwd, White gg ribbon from Michaels.

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Good Morning!

I'm on such a Christmas kick these days, I think I'm scaring my husband. It seems that every year I get started just a little earlier then the previous one. And the funny part, our three kids are becoming Christmas addicts like me, he he.

This card is one of those that looks so much better IRL. I got the idea from SCS but changed the snowflakes a little. This card is definately not what most would call a traditional Christmas card, and I love traditional so I'm surprised that I like it.

Stamps: Sincere Salutations, snowflake is from the LSS
Ink: StazOn Black, versamark
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black
Other: Ribbon from Michaels, Silver EP

This one is also one that looks better IRL. It has a very soft neutral feel to it. I bought this stamp set when it came out in the Holiday Mini last year thinking I would have so many cute cards to make with it, and now I struggle with it. I cannot seem to make a card with this stamp set that I truly love. Maybe it's because I didn't spend the extra $$ to buy the matching sentiment. But it was not cheap so I'll force myself to use it, even if it is just to relieve some guilt.

Stamps: Holy Triptych, Holidays & Wishes
Ink: Versamark
Paper: White mulberry, Base cs is from the LSS
Other: SU! Gold cording, ribbon from Michaels, Gold EP

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Happy Wednesday

I hope everyone is having a great week, we sure are. We've had a week of great fall weather, the leaves are changing colors and falling off the trees but it's still warm enough to be out in shorts. Love it.

I made three cards today, all of which I'm not sure about. I'm sure most of us make cards that we're not loving, I usually don't have three at the same time but oh well. Can't win 'em all.

The first card is a very simple card with some watercoloring done. I used the new in color pink pirouette, love this color. It's the prefect baby color.

Stamps: Embrace Life
Ink: Pink Pirouette, rose red, chocolate chip
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, the light beige is unknown
Other: Chocolate Chip ribbon

Next is another card with the same color theme. I used my versamark and pink pirouette ink to emboss the heart. It's hard to see in the picture but I also matted the focal point with vellum.

Stamps:Always, Warm Words
Paper:Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette, Vellum
Ink:Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, versamark.
Other:Chocolate Chip ribbon, cuttlebug folder swiss dots

This next card gave me some grief. I had envisioned a soft colored card but ended up with a much brighter card then planned. I might try and add something to this one to make it look more finished. I used my nestablilites to cut out the circle in the card base and then used one larger size to cut out the vellum and the tangerine orange circle. TFL.

Stamps:Fundamental Phrases, Always,
Ink:Kiwi Kiss, White Kraft (for the small flower)
Paper:Whisper White, Tangerine Orange, DSP from the LSS
Other:Ribbon from Michaels, Prima Flowers, Button ?

Thanks for looking, have a great day!