Sunday, January 30, 2011

Get Sketchy #72 for Charlie

While lots of crafters are off seeing all the new goodies to see at CHA in California, I am here on the east coast wishing I could see it all too.  So thanks to everyone there who has been sharing the sights with the rest of us through your blogs and facebook.  It is keeping me inspired to create!

I wanted to make a card to help out with Britta's card drive for a little boy named Charlie, which you can read more about here on her blog.  I don't get the opportunity to make cards for little boys very often, and I find it to be a bit of a challenge.  But I did have some cute robot/space stamps I got awhile back to make a card for my Dad that were begging to be used again and I found this to be the perfect opportunity.  I also made this card for the Get Sketchy Challenge #72.
Here is the sketch...

And here is my card for Charlie

inside of card
The Robot and the Rocket are from a set by Recollections and I used Lawn Fawn's Harold's ABC's for the sentiments.  Bazzill Basics Cardstock in color Rain makes up the body of the card with patterned paper from Cosmo Cricket's The Boyfriend collection and shimmery vellum for the accents.  Other materials used are Glossy Accents for a shiny robot, Martha Stewart Glitter Markers, Copics, Cuttlebug star dies and Smooch Spritz in Sun Kissed and Vanilla Shimmer.

I hope my card brings smiles to Charlie and his family, and I pray for his treatment and healing.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, have a great week!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Lawnscaping Challenge #2 - Case Kelly

I was so excited yesterday when my new Lawn Fawn stamps showed up in the mail.  I couldn't wait to use them!  I have been waiting on them to arrive to make a card for the Lawnscaping Challenge #2 - Casing Kelly Alvarez.

The Challenge was to choose a creation of Kelly's from her blog and case it.  I had a hard time narrowing it down to which lovely creation I wanted to use for inspiration but I finally settled on this little penguin cutie.

Kelly's Cutie Penguin Card
And here is my card...

Milk + Cookies = Love

I have been wanting to try a circle shaped card since the first time I saw them on Kelly's Blog and I really wanted to make a card with the milk & cookie theme because that is also our wedding invitation theme. So I am of course wrapped up in milk & cookie world while working on wedding details. So I sort of cased myself too!

I used some cute Cosmo Cricket paper for the background and border, I just love the colors.  The milk & cookies are from Lawn Fawn's Cozy Christmas set and I used Harold's ABC's for the sentiment (also pulled from my wedding invitation).  I have no baker's twine unfortunately (it's on my wishlist) so for the finishing touch I recycled a piece of the blue string that the Lawn Fawn stamp sets come tied together with.  I just love that they come with a thank you note and tied up with string... these are a few of my favorite things. :)

Only 66 more days! Yay! I can't wait!  I will have more wedding fun to share in the coming months.

Our invitations (aren't they cute?)

Matt + Me (the milk & cookie) <3

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Get Sketchy Challenge #71

While patiently waiting for some new stamps to come in the mail I thought I would do this week's Get Sketchy Challenge #71.  Here is the sketch...

Get Sketchy Challenge #71

I have been in a Valentine card making mood lately, so of course I just continued that with this challenge.  I wanted to use this new stamp of valentine chocolates, but didn't realize until I started to make the card that I didn't own any chocolate brown ink!  Oh my!  Just when I thought I would have to hold off making my yummy chocolate card until I could snag some brown ink I came up with the bright idea to use some clear embossing.  It was just meant to be, the embossing added much more to this card than straight up ink ever could.  With a little sugary glitter and a some white gel pen piping these little gems look good enough to eat!  Yum!

Chocolaty Love

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Get Sketchy!

This week I had my eye on a couple different challenges and decided to try a sketch challenge first.  I  decided to go with the challenge from the Get Sketchy Blog.  Here is the sketch...

Get Sketchy Challenge #70

And here is my card! 

Polka Dotty Pear

This card was another opportunity to continue exploring the super cute My Silly Valentine set from Lawn Fawn.  Hopefully I can make a card with all the stamps in this set before Valentines Day (that's my own personal challenge).  I had a few new things to try on this card.  Number one, a new boarder punch. I really love the small scallops with the tiny holes.  Number two, Glossy Accents!  I have seen this used but never had used it myself, so I got some and gave it a try.  I like the dimensional affect it gives the little pears, So Shiny!  And number three, Copics!  Since starting my blog hopping journey I have become enamored with copic markers.  I have seen many other papercrafters use these markers with beautiful results.  At first I thought, "what's so cool about these markers?"  But the more I saw them sued the more inadequate my markers seemed.  So I took the plunge and invested in a few Copic Markers.  It is safe to say that I love them, and can't wait to get some more colors to expand my very small starter collection.

pretty little pears

Big Thanks to the designers at Get Sketchy
for picking my card as one of the top 5!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A little love for St. Jude

Participating the the Lawnscaping Challenge introduced me to some great designers.  I loved blog hopping and seeing everyone's projects!  I never thought I would start to feel like a part of a group by doing this, but there are such great opportunities you can find by hopping around, for instance the St. Jude's Card Drive being organized by Winter who participated in the Lawnscaping Challenge as well!  I think the card drive is a fantastic idea, and big thanks to Winter for organizing it!

Valentine's cards for the St. Jude Card Drive was a great chance to use some new stamps too!

For the Little Love Apple card I used my brand new Cuttlebug to emboss the dot background.  I think I am already in love with my Cuttlebug even though I have used it only twice.  I had to color the apple and the sentiment from Lawn Fawn's My Silly Valentine set red because well Red is an awesome color! So it inspired me to use one of my favorite color combinations.  The red and white really pop with the black accent ribbon.  I just love Red & White...Go NC State! :)

Little Love Apple - Valentine's Day Card
Little Hearts of Apple Love
For my Swirly Cutie Pie card I used the Pie and matching sentiment from the My Silly Valentine set as well.  I tried my hand at some subtle distressing of the swirly background, distressing the edges and using antique linen distress ink.  I paper pieced some brown paper for the pie crust and added a little sugar on top with Martha Stewart coarse crystal glitter.  Even pies deserve some sparkle!

Swirly Cutie Pie - Valentine's Day Card
A Little Sugar on Top!

I purchased this I {Heart} Hearts set from Stampin Up last winter, but have never used it, until now.  I'm very happy with how the grouping of various sized, patterned & colored hearts came together on the white background.  This simple design called for a simple sentiment and I think the hugs and kisses from Lawn Fawn's Sophie's Sentiments works perfectly.!

Bunches of Love

Saturday, January 8, 2011

First Card Challenge!

This is my first card challenge ever, and what better way to start than with a newly created challenge blog using my new favorite stamps, Lawn Fawn!  For the Lawnscaping Challenge #1 I decided to make use of the super cute Winter Bunny and the Frosties stamp sets from Lawn Fawn.

The Challenge was "All About Snow"!

This was my first card using paper piecing technique and I just got my Cuttlebug in the mail yesterday (YAY!) so it was the perfect opportunity to make use of it for the first time too.  That is a lot of firsts but it's a new year full of adventure (yes, my word for 2011) so let the adventure begin!

To make this card I used Bazzil Basics Cardstock, color Tropical, for the background and stamped Lawn Fawn Frosties with VersaMark Dazzle Frost ink (appropriate for Frosties don't you think?).  I picked White Rice Paper for the snowy hill because of it's texture and flecks of shiny fibers.  This little bunny got a new purple sled for Christmas, and a matching scarf too, made from Purple Brocade patterned paper from TPC Studio.  The tag was cut using the Tiny Tags die cuts from Cuttlebug, and the Let it Snow sentiment from Frosties fits on this particular tag perfectly.  And the final touch was some white flocking so my bunny could have a fuzzy little tail.  How cute!  The Dazzle and rice paper give the snow and flakes the sparkle of fresh fallen snow.  I love the way it all turned out, and couldn't resist actually photographing it against the fresh snow that fell outside this morning.

Paper Pieced Purple Scarf & Sled
Tiny Let it Snow Tag

Sunday, January 2, 2011

One Little Word for the New Year

2010 is behind us and it is time to move on into 2011 with the hope better things to come.  I was recently introduced to the One Little Word concept through a Lawn Fawn facebook post.  Basically you choose one word to be your word to focus on for the new year.  I thought I would give the idea a try and I was torn between a couple different words to choose as my word for 2011, but finally settled on ADVENTURE! know that 2011 holds some big changes in my life, like getting married...yay! :) and I wanted to continue to remind myself to focus on the fun and exciting parts of those big changes!  I also want to focus on trying new things in the coming year.  Nothing too daring, but just a change in the same old routine, so I think my word will help me along the way.  You can read about the One Little Word concept at the link posted below.  What would you word for 2011 be?

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