Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Boxed note cards

This is a quick set of CAS embossed note cards in a box to give away.  I'm trying to have a few things done ahead so that when I need a gift, I have it.  I thought this would be a good one.  I hope to do some craft shows eventually and this would be a good item for that, too, I think.

Cuttlebug Spot - "box it"
clean & simple 175 - sketch
BBTB2 - Dimensional flower

The box is the crayon box from Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More cut at 8 1/4" I think.  It fit on a 12x12 sheet.  The swirl is from HA.  The flower is from April Showers cut 4 sizes.  The dsp is Fancy Pants, I think.  Basic Grey brads for the latch.

I used Glossy Accents for some shine and dimension.

Four cards and envies fit inside.

This was such a great sketch!!

All stamps were from Inkadinkado.  Divine Swirls embossing folder. 

Stars embossing folder. 

Perfect Paisley embossing folder.  Silk flowers from my stash.

Swiss Dots embossing folder.

And today is January 31!!  Supposed to be winter!  Our kids are taking ski lessons!  I live in upstate NY!!   This temperature is terrible!!!  I WANT SOME REAL WINTER!!!!!!  (the snow was soooooo sticky today!!)

Thanks for stopping by!!!!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Boy's easel birthday card

When I began to make cards, I had a lot of trouble with masculine cards.  They are still not my favorite, but I found out that having the right paper helps.  :)  A while ago, I got the DCWV All About Boys stack.  It's great!!  Whenever I need something for a boy, it works for me!  And I've used a lot of it, so I must need to go paper shopping again, right??  :)

~Birthday Sundaes #41 - easel card (b'day wording on front)
~Cards for men challenge 2 - "boys and their toys"
~Celebrate the Occasion #47 - masculine birthday
~Tuesday Morning Sketches #130 - sketch

I used...
~DCWV All About Boys dsp
~Inkadinkado 'happy birthday'
~tiny letters from a set I got at J's a long time ago
~yellow braiding cord

Thanks for looking!!!!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

"I Love You" Valentine card

Here is a quick Valentine card that is a little less 'cutesy' than I normally would make, but I like how it turned out.  I love the muted colors in this paper. 
It could work to give to just about anyone that I love. :)

Mojo Monday 225 - sketch
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - make a heart stand out  ...I have 4 ;-)

~Basic Grey Wassail dsp
~Inkadinkado sentiment
~hearts from George cut at 1 1/4"
~ribbon from my stash

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Easel Christmas card

After cooking up a cheesecake and some cookies, I was able to 'cook up' a card, too.

I wanted to make a triple easel, but can't figure out how to make the triple easel I saw on a blog.  I know how to make a triple easel, but the dimensions of this one escape me.  I'll keep trying! :)

So this is a simple easel card.

jingle belles - "a banner holiday" -get inspired from thier banner... i'll let you try to figure out what part inspired me!  :)
Sweet n Sassy Digi Challenge: SNSDC37 - make an easel card, use a digi

~Paper Studio dsp
~"jingle belles' from Stitchy Bear Stamps (not sure which designer)
~punches, popdots, bling, ribbon from stash
~'for you' from Clear Dollar

Thanks for looking!!!

Yummy cookies!!!

I have this blog to share my crafts, but surfing the web, I have found so many wonderful recipe blogs and so I've posted a few delicious recipes, too.  This one is awesome!!  Do you like Oreos?  Are there people who don't??!!??  Do you like chocolate chip cookies?  I know there is not a person on earth who does not like chocolate chip cookies!  This recipe combines them!!  :)

Chocolate Chip Oreo Cookies!!!  (click on the name to go to the recipe)   I found these at Lovin' From the Oven.  I have so many recipes from there bookmarked that I want to try!!!

Here are a couple of pics of mine...

They really are yummy!!!!!!!  But we found that they are better cool.  I LOVE choc chip cookies warm, but the Oreo taste is more prominent once they are cool.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

CAS-ual note card

In viewing a blog this week, I saw a post for a challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays.  I'd heard of it before, but had never gone to visit.  Well, I visited the blog, liked what I saw, and wanted to join in, so here is my card for CAS-ual Fridays' challenge CFC36... in honor of National Penguin Day... clean and simple card in only black and white, not even a tad of color!

~Colorbok Textured white cardstock
~"Girls Play" stamp by Rubber Stampede
~not sure who made the sentiment stamp.. from a clear stamp set I got long ago.
~Nestabilities Label 4 for label and shadow
~ribbon from my stash

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Sweet treats favor box/card

I was thinking it is about time to start thinking about Valentine favors, so I did some more thinking, came up with this idea, played around with MTC and came up with this favor box/card combo.  I'm thinking it's too big and heavy to put on the front of a 'real' card, so will leave it plain.  What do you think? 
I promise I am now all done using the word 'think'!!

I dug out this paper, remembered the lollipop on Mickey & Friends and thought decided they would work together.  I realize it is not Valentine-y looking, but I think imagine my kids would still like it!  This actually looks more birthday-ish. 

Bitten by the Bug 2 - numbers challenge
Fantabulous Cricut #95 - "Label me"

More pics and directions if you scroll down after this pic.

(the dsp and swirl both sparkle but I didn't get the right angle for it to show)

~Bazzill rose cardstock
~DCWV Sweet Stack dsp
~Slice Shimmer Pearl Vine paper
~lollipop from Mickey & Friends cut at 3"
~'just 4 u' from Alphalicious, welded
~label from Sentimentals, stretched in DS

Welded shapes to make box

Scored, added Scor-tape and acetate ready for the window

the window is in and the bottom is taped

The 'box' is 1 1/5" square, so I scored lightly for lining up where it will be taped

Adhered that side, then bottom

It took 6 minis but then I decided to fill it with Peanut M&M's

 I am probably going to change the file a bit.  I'll make the shape more rectangle so it is not sticking out so far from the card.  I' also add side flaps at the top so the lid won't go in too far.  Otherwise, I was pleased with my first attempt at making a file for my own boxes. 

So what do you think?  Oops!  I mean, what's your opinion?  :)

Thank for stopping by!!!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Blog candy WINNER!!

Thank you to all who commented on my blogiversary post, and I have a winner...

drum roll, please..........

#1 MELISSA... the very first commenter!!   We connected early on through Cricut Cardz Challenge, I think, and I've enjoyed hearing from her and also viewing her creations at her blog, Moe Creations.  Check out her great stuff! :)

I'll send you an email, Melissa, so you can send me your mailing address.

THANK YOU, everyone, and CONGRATULATIONS to Melissa!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

New Challenge Blog-Krafty Girls

Just learned about a new challenge site... Krafty Girls

Krafty Girls

The start date is Feb 14th and they are having a giveaway so hurry over and check them out!!

I Love You BEARY Much!!

It won't be long until February is here!!  I know... you don't want to hear that... January just started, didn't it???   Oh well, time marches on and Valentine's Day will be here before we know it!   Time to start making those lovey-dovey cards!!

I'll post this one to a couple of challenges...
Whimsical Wednesdays challenge #38 - "Let's Get Sketchy"
Get Hippity with Ippity challenge #13 - "It's all about hearts!"

~Colorbok "Love" dsp
~Bazzill cardstock
~Clear Dollar colored digis
~Cuttlebug Divine Swirl and Swiss Dots embossing folders
~Fiskars heart corner punch
~bow and pearls from my stash

Thanks for stopping!! 

Another Christmas card

Last year, I made a lot of Christmas cards throughout the year but not near as many as I needed, so I hope to do a little better this year.   I've mentioned that I find card making much easier when I have a recipient in mind, but having a challenge that tells me what to do helps, too!  :)

This is for...
jingle belles - "Sketching through the snow"
Whimsical Wednesdays - "Anything Goes"
Celebrate the Occasion challenge #46 - any occasion (must use polka dots)

~Paper Studio "Holly Jolly" dsp
~Craft Smart snowman stamp
~StazOn Blazing Red ink
~various punched
~brown baker's twine
~'Merry Christmas' sentiment stamp from ???

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Mojo Monday encouraging card

I got some new digis this week and really wanted to use this one.  The sketch seemed to fit the feel of the image and sentiment.

Mojo Monday 224 - sketch
Stampin' Sisters in Christ #122 - something new (new digis) 
    *this is my second card to enter there this week, and I think it is fitting since the devotional was about letting 'God do' in us rather than our own resolutions.

~Basic Grey Wassail dsp
~Clear Dollar digi image and sentiment from "Morning Devotions" set

Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

"Sometimes you need a friend" card

Wow!  My second card of the evening.  With colored digis, it is a little quicker!  I would like to make a couple more or do a LO, but I better go do some cleaning... company coming for lunch tomorrow.   :)

Tuesday Morning Sketches #129 ~ sketch
Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge #19 ~ use DP image
Card Crafter's Challenge #6 ~ 'bear with me' (the bunny is holding his teddy)

~colored digi and sentiment from Doodle Pantry "Bunny Friends" set
~Making Memories 'Just Chillin' and Echo Park 'Splash' dsp
~Tim Holtz Walnut Stain distress ink
~flower, brad, ribbon from my stash

Thanks for dropping by!!!

Eccl. 3:11 note card

Here is a quick note card I made this evening following clean&simple's sketch 174.  (I turned the sketch)

I'm submitting it to Sweet n Sassy Digi challenge #36 - monochromatic colors

~Cuttlebug Stars embossing folder
~Digis from Sweet n Sassy "New Creature" set
~Copics-B95, RV95
~Fiskars Threading Water border punch

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

"Happy Brrrrthday" telescoping card

Click HERE for my blogiversary blog candy post.  Only a couple of days left to comment for a chance to win!   (I've added some stamps and a postcard kit to the pile!)

I saw this type of card a couple of weeks ago and decided to try to make one.  It's not hard at all.  After seeing one open HERE on Youtube, I tried it, and after a few tries with one or the other pieces upside down, I did it!!  I think they are so cute!!  The image on the front, the sentiment inside, and I put a place for signing on the last layer.  The sentiment tag on the front serves at the tab for opening. 

~DCWV Sweet Stack dsp
~Digi snowman and sentiment from Clear Dollar  *I just won their blog hop and used the prize and got these new today!!!!
~Scallops and circles from Mini Monograms ~can't tell you how long it's been since I've used that cartridge!!!
~Cuttlebug Divine Swirls embossing folder
~variety of inks, stamps and markers
~brads and button from my stash

For Challenges.....
Stampin Sisters in Christ #122 ~ "something new" -my new digis! :)
Birthday Sundaes #39 ~ inspiration photo, must have snowman
Simply Sunday Challenge at Getting Cricky with K Andrews ~ Let it snow/use embossing
Fantabulous Cricut #94 ~ Snow fun (snowman or snowflake)
Cuttlebug Spot ~ "Wintertime" -winter with texture (felt or buttons)
The Stamping Boutique #24 ~ Die cuts

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

"Have a ball" boy's b'day card

Flowers and ribbons and all those type of embellies are so fun to add to my cards, so I find making cards for girls is much easier than for boys!   But once I decided on this image, coming up with something for a boy card was easy!!   I am really pleased with the result because those little 'gumballs' are just so cute!!

The Stamping Boutique #23 ~ "twelve" (I used 12 mini brads)
Birthday Sundaes #38 ~ birthday card
Celebrate the Occasion #45 ~ child's birthday
Fantabulous Cricut #93 ~ "Man Time" masculine card
Card Crafter's Circle #5 ~ "Happy Birthday"

~DCWV 'All About Boys' dsp
~Bazzill cardstock
~The Stamping Boutique digi image
~used GBS and the center cut feature on my E to cut out the image 
~Copic, American Crafts, and Zig markers, gel pen
~computer generated sentiment
~mini brads from J's
~J's grosgrain ribbon

Thanks for stopping by!!

"Thinking of You" card

It's Friday evening and this is my first post of the week!  I had great intentions, but woke up last Sunday with a doozy of a stomach bug, so between that, kids' ski and music lessons, and some rough days of homeschooling, this week did not turn out as planned.  

But I was able to make a 2-pg LO and 2 cards this evening and maybe I can squeeze some craft time in tomorrow, too.  :)

This first card is for 3 challenges...
Stampin' Sisters in Christ #121 ~ "Thinking of you" card
Cards for men challenge 1 ~ recycling (the buttons came off of my Christmas table runner!!!)
Tuesday Morning Sketches #128 ~ sketch plus make it vintage

~all the paper came from my scrap piles so I'm not sure of the maker
~buttons from my runner :) 'stitched' with hemp cord
~Studio g rubber stamp
~StasOn Timber Brown ink
~J's Essentials grosgrain ribbon

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out my blog giveaway HERE and comment for a chance to win!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Best of 2011

Whimisical Designs' Whimsical Wednesdays Challenge is "Happy New Year" or "Favorite Project," so since the year is no longer new, I'll post my favorite project of 2011 which was also my first and only year of blogging. (Click HERE for my blogiversay give-away)

It was kind of hard to pick just one, so I'll post my top 5 leading up to 'the winner'! :)

#5 - Puppy b'day card for little boy

#4 - Blue, green, white valentine card for my daughter

#3 - "O Come All Ye Faithful" musical Christmas card

#2 - Pink and brown thank you card

#1 - Card for baby boy

 I love the giraffe, the paper, and just how it all came together.  It was my first step card, too.
Thanks for stopping by!!!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Progress - more LO's!! =)

For my blog candy giveaway, click HERE =)

I've been doing some quick LO's because I really want to get last year scrapped. 

Here are a few I've done in the last week.

  For this one, I cut the holes in my 12x12 and put the pics behind.  The label and 'crash' were cut in MTC.  I made the warped label and the font is 'InkPen 2 chords'

I'll edit to add... no injuries, PTL!!!

Vellum sentiments from DCWV love stack


This one followed the sketch over at Multi-photo Scrapbooking Layouts Gallery. I sent it in for their Dec/Jan sketch challenge.

These pretzels really are worthy of their own page!!  We made them 3 times at home and then made them for our whole church!!   You can find the recipe here at Allrecipes.com  Yummy!!

More snow!!  The paper I used for 'winter wonderland' is Slice specialty 'metallic silver.'  In the second pic, see how thinly I could cut it??  I have a Cricut E, not one of the other pricey machines that will cut so well.  This paper is awesome!!!  I got a stack of it at an Ollie's so if you are near one, go look!
Impact and Loki Cola fonts cut with MTC
that is a regular straight pin

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Cocoa+friends note card

I'm realizing that I need to keep a good stock of note cards on hand!  Don't you find it more enjoyable to write a note on a card you made rather than one you bought??   I still use those some.... cuz I don't have enough made yet!! :) 

This card is for 3 challenges...

Card Crafter's Circle - "Anything Goes"
Fantabulous Cricut - "Warming up with Hot Cocoa" -use a cup, or chocolate, or brown
Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge - "Let's Case It" - case (copy) from the DT  ~I copied the basic sketch (and used a Cookie digi) of Makiko Jones' card

Here's my take on it...

~scalloped card from A Child's Year made A2 size in DS
~K&Company "Julianne" dsp
~Sweet n Sassy Cookie digi and sentiment
~American Crafts and MS markers
~Tim Holtz walnut stain distress ink
~ribbon from my stash

Thanks for stopping by to visit!!!

Winter LO

I've been doing scrapbook LO's for the past couple of days.  I planned to scrap 2011 as it happened.  HA!  I just finished February! 

This is a snow LO.  We had so much snow last winter!!  (And sadly, hardly any this year! Sob!)  I'm beginning to learn my camera a little more so I hope this winter's pics will be better, but no matter how bad the pic, I think snow is beautiful!!!

I'm submitting this to Sketchy Thursdays challenge.  I like this sketch.  I actually did a couple of other pages with it, but they include people that I've not asked for permission to post their faces on my blog, so they'll just go right into the scrapbook. 

~DCWV Holiday Stack dsp
~snowflake punch
~ribbon and button from my stash

Thanks for looking!!  Don't forget to check out my blogiversary give away HERE.