Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Happy Birthday Charlie! (DD#32)

Well, I'm a little late in posting this, but Happy Birthday Charlie!!  This was the card I made for our little pal's birthday!  She's a very girlie girl and loves everything pink and princesses!  I knew she would just love the pink rhinestones....what little girl wouldn't??   I actually fell asleep on the couch early on the night I had scheduled to make her birthday card and got up frantic in the morning to try to whip something out.  I used an old sketch challenge from Freshly Made Sketches and the color challenge from Dynamic Duos .  Let me tell you, when you need to make a card quickly, using challenges is the way to go!  They practically make themselves. haha  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Greetings of the Season- TSOT95 and PPA148

Hi there!  Tonight I'm posting the card I made using the sketch from  Try Stamping on Tuesday Challenge #95 and the color challenge from Pals Paper Arts .  For this card, I used the Lovely as a Tree stamp set and the stampin-off technique.  I've always loved the way that technique looked but never actually tried it.  This stamp set seems like it was meant for this technique.  After I stamped, I spritzed the trees with my shimmer paint/alcohol mix to make it shine!  I haven't yet figured out how to make the spritzer show up in pictures.   Seems like the chaos of the holidays is in full swing, so squeezing in time to stamp becomes less and less likely.  I feel like I'm missing something during the busy weekends....and realize that what I'm missing is my craft room!  Anyone else feel like that?

PPA148 Dec 6th 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012

Bright and Shiny--FTL218 and CQC165

Here's a fun little holiday card I made while crafting with my friend Jen a couple of nights ago.  Jen is super-duper crafty, check out her blog Midnight Martha .  This girl can do it all--cooking, all kinds of crafts, makeup, hair--you name it!  She's so talented, not to mention hilarious and all around awesome!  I was having difficulty getting the "cord" to look right and she just swooped in and free-handed it.  Now, I definitely can't take credit for the idea of making a string of lights, I've seen them all over blog-land.  I used the layout from Clean & Simple FTL218 and the color combo from ColourQ #165.    The "lights" are cut using the Holiday Ornament Framelits, then I just used a black marker and a white gel pen to turn them into lights!  Quick and easy!

Another Challenge Combo--DD#31 and FMS63

Here's another challenge combo card I made.  I combined the color challenge from Dynamic Duos and the sketch challenge from Freshly Made Sketches .  I actually sort of thought of this as an inspiration challenge too, and here's why:  I make myself lists with all the challenges I want to participate in throughout the week.  Next to this sketch, I wrote "Fresh" to remind myself which blog it belongs to, so while thinking of what to create "fresh" was in my head...hence, the apple.  The apple was created using the heart punch then I covered it in Crystal Effects to make it shine!  All the elements (other than the base) were created from scraps!  LOVE THAT!  The base is the retired confetti white.  Man, that stuff is awesome!  I love the weight of it and it really adds that extra something to a simple card.  I wish I had appreciated this stuff more before it retired.  I haven't used the natural white cardstock from Stampin Up yet, have you?  I wonder if it is similar?  I think this card will go to the director at my son's school.  She's such a sweetheart!  It's so wonderful to be able to drop off your kid with someone that is so nice and cheerful!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Glitter ornaments--HSS146

This card was MESSY!!  Holy moly!  There was is glitter everywhere.  It was really fun to make. I made this card for the Hand Stamped Sentiments inspiration challenge #146.  I actually used the Jumbo Sticky Rounds from the Stampin Up Holiday catalog.  I used 3 of them for this card.  I started with the blue ornament.  I stuck one sticky round in the corner then I punched another using the boho blossom punch "star/flower" shape.  I stuck those pieces right on top of the sticky round but I didn't remove the red backing.  Then I covered the sticky round with my blue glitter (non-su), tapped that off then removed the red backing from the stars and dumped some purple glitter on it.  Then I just used the same concept on the gold ornament.  However, for the gold ornament I just used strips of sticky strip to create the stripes.  For the ornament toppers, I cut 2 of the tops using the ornament framelits from brushed silver paper.  The hangers are just some 1/8" black taffeta and a bow.  Turned out pretty cute!  And so much fun! 

Funny story (sort of): while I was in the middle of making this card, someone came to our front door.  So, I ran downstairs to answer the door.  While talking to our visitor, my four year old runs up and says, "Mommy, you gotta come upstairs".  Ok, gotta go.  Run into my craft room and this is what I found:
See the four little EMPTY jars of glitter....and my two-year olds feet in the background?  Well, needless to say, the canister on my vacuum is very glittery and shiny now!  Four jars of beautiful glitter down the tubes.  UGGGHHH   Lesson learned!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Cookies for Santa--MOJO269

Who doesn't love cookies??  I mean really!!  This card came to me during an episode of "Mommy Brain".  No that's not the most recent reality show on TLC or Lifetime!  You know, it's when you are thinking of the fifteen things you need to do/should be doing/would rather be doing.....all at the same time.  So, I really wanted to make a card to post for MOJO Monday Sketch challenge #269 and I was in the begining stages of planning our 2nd annual Cookies for Santa party!  I was also wondering how we are going to be able leave a glass of milk and some cookies out (even for the relatively short time it takes us to transition our kids to bed) considering we have a crazy "teenage" kitten who is into EVERYTHING.   So....take all those thoughts, now swirl them around (moms: I know you know exactly what I mean) and you can all see exactly how I came to this card!  Anyone else have a hard time photographing vellum??  Anyone have any hints?  Anyway, I hope you like it! It was pretty fun to make.

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