Monday, February 20, 2012

Anniversary card

This is the card I made this weekend for my parents anniversary... I am late... I just totally missed it... they have been married for 52 yrs!!!   It is basic and says "happy anniversary" on the inside and leaves room for me to write a note.

After this post, I'll be absent for a few days.  There was a death in my family this weekend, and we will be taking off tomorrow for NB to be with family and for the funeral later this week.  

Cricut Cardz Challenge #102 - "a stitch in time" (real or faux stitching)
iSpy Sketches ISSC03 - sketch
Card Crafter's Circle Challenge #10 - "to die for" (use die cuts)
Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge - "wedding bells are ringing" (wedding or anniversary)

~Fancy Pants "it's the little things" dsp
~grosgrain ribbon and tiny brads from my stash
~Fiskars sentiment stamp
~Fiskars scallop punch
~oval from George and Basic Shapes
~faux stitching - Cutterbee bug to pierce and black gel pen

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More CAS sympathy cards

A couple of quick post today of cards made this weekend.  My family will be going away for a funeral later this week.

These are a few more CAS sympathy cards.
One of the recipients is a card maker.  When she thanked me, she told me that sympathy cards are difficult for her to make but she liked the one I gave her because it was bright and encouraging. I made 3 similar but the yellow is my favorite.  The blue totally hidden behind the yellow is just like it (only blue!).

I'm submitting this to CAS-ual Fridays #40- "tie one on" (use ribbon)

~Clear Dollar digi images, paper pieced
~cardstock scraps and ribbon from my stash

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

CAS sympathy cards

Unfortunately, this week I need several sympathy cards.  This is a type of card I don't just make to have on hand, though I probably should.   Not  my favorite to make!  There were 2 deaths this week that are related to 6 families with ties to our church.  So I need to make a few more.   There is sorrow, but not "as others which have no hope."  Their loved ones are with Jesus!

I'd been looking at clean&simple stamping's sketch 177 and when I heard of the deaths, it immediately came to mind.  

The inside says "Our caring thoughts are with you during this difficult time"


They are 4 1/4" square.

~Floral Fantasy and Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folders.
~DCWV Hippie Chick colored cardstock
~Clear Dollar stamps

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Season's Tweetings -Christmas card

Third and last post of the day!  Almost time to go skiing! :)

This is a quick Christmas card for a favorite challenge - jinglebelles - and for a new challenge for me - iSpy Sketches.  

~snowman (colored digi) and sentiment from Clear Dollar
~Paper Studio "Holly Jolly" dsp

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for MY Valentine

Here's the card I made for my hubby.  I won't show you the inside because that is full of mushy stuff! :)  And I did tell him that I feel that way every day, not just today!!!

I did make it at the last minute (I was busy working on my kids pop top can treats), but there are challenges still doing Valentine's...

BBTB2 Couples Heart Challenge - use cut from Love Struck (or other like it - I used Sweethearts)
Card Crafter's Circle #9 - Valentine Love Hearts
Cards for men challenge 4 - Valentine card for husband
Celebrate the Occasion #50 - Valentine card (must use heart)
Whimsical Wednesdays Colors of Love - red, white + one other color (mine is tan)

~Cloud9Design dsp
~couple from SWH (I cut them off at the knees-ouch!!)
~heart from Doodlecharms
~Inkadinkado clear stamp sentiment

Thanks for looking!!  [ FYI my hubby like it! :) ]

Pop-top can Valentine gifts

My Kitchen-Aid can opener was great for many years, but about a month ago, it died.  *moment of silence*
My husband bought one that opens the can with "no sharp metal edges"!  Thought came to mind (but not expressed) "Why didn't you get me another Kitchen Aid opener??"  But then I had a light bulb moment... I can now make pop top can gifts!!

I made them for my kids for Valentine's Day today! :)   Here they are...  (scroll down for pics and instructions)  I'm entering this is the Cuttlebug Spot Sweetheart Challenge -hearts (mine are embossed) and a stamp.

Cloud9Design, K&Company, Me & My Big Ideas, and Basic Grey papers
My kids LOVED them!!  One of my daughter's said, "Oh, I've got to get a picture of this before I open it!"
Argyle Cuttlebug folder on band  (this was my son's)

can't remember where I got this stamp

Cuttlebug Love Stamp folder, tag is heat embossed

Here's how to make one...

1. Open your pop top can on the bottom.   These soup cans are kind of big... the mandarin orange cans are a great size, but I didn't have enough of them.   If your family is helping you get your stash of cans, make sure everyone knows to save the bottom they cut off!!! :)

2. Have lunch :)

3. Remove label and clean out well
4. Cut your paper to fit around the can (this one was 4 3/4" x 10 1/2")  Use a strong adhesive especially on the edge that laps over.  I used Sticky Strip on that edge and used my ATG tape on the other edges.
5. Cover can.  I added a second band around that I had embossed.
6. Cover lid, if desired.  I had to cover the lid because it had writing on it.  Cut a circle that fits and cut out the area around the tab.

7. Fill with goodies and 'top' (it will be on the bottom when opened) with basket filler, if desired.
8. Put a bead of hot glue around the rim of the bottom.  **Lesson learned... DO NOT use low temp glue!  It will harden before you can get the lid on!  
9. Place on can and push all sides in.  I used my little hammer (I think it was for eyelets) to help get it on tight.  It dries quickly so you have to move fast or you'll be pulling it off, removing the glue and doing it again.   Yeah, I learned that lesson, too! 

10. Embellish sides and top as desired.  It is such a fun gift!  Most people will wonder where you bought a can of their favorite candy!  Crafty people will wonder "How did you do that??"   Just smile!!

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

My Redeemer Liveth! -Easter card

I don't have all my Valentine cards and treats ready for my family, but I made an Easter card!!    Valentine's is a wonderful day to express our love to our sweethearts, family, and friends, but Easter is when God expressed His love for us all!! 

This week's challenge at Word Art Wednesday is to use the verse Job 19:25...  "For I know that my redeemer liveth..."  This verse tells me not just that He loved me, but that His love is fulfilled!!!  I have the assurance of eternal life because Jesus died for my sins, was buried, and rose again!!

New stamps I recently got from Clear Dollar Stamps fit this  verse perfectly!!  I used the empty tomb stamp from there and computer generated the verse.  I'm putting this is their Clearly Inspired Challenge #45-use pink, green, purple, and white.

I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches #132.   Beautiful sketch, as always!!!

When I looked at Stampin' Sisters in Christ's challenge #126 this afternoon and saw that their theme was based on Job 8:21 and we are to "create a happy card - happy news- rejoicing in life" I knew this would work!  The resurrection represents the best news of all!!!

~K&Company dsp
~Clear Dollar "Jesus Paid It All" stamp
~Nesties "Doodle Parts"
~Nesties Large and Small Labels

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Friday, February 10, 2012

"Patchpal" ducky birthday card for little boy

Here's a birthday card for a little boy... probably for first or second birthday.  

After burning (I mean really burning!!) some brownies and making my whole house reek, I decided it was time to head for the craft room!   I got some new stamps from Clear Dollar this week and was eager to use them!  Isn't this little patched ducky just the cutest??

Mojo Monday 227 - sketch
Birthday Sundaes #42 - Birthday with wording on front
Celebrate the Occasion #49 - anything goes birthday

~Making Memories 'pitter patter' dsp
~Patchpal Ducky and sentiment from Clear Dollar
~Copics and distress inks
~Large and Small Labels Nesties
~ribbon and button from my stash

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Merry Christmas tall (long?) card

Another Christmas card.  I'm trying to keep up with the jingle belles challenges this year.  Since they are only every two weeks, I should be able to, and when I can, I will try to make at least 2 cards.  It's kind of funny that for this challenge, I was the first poster, and now I'm going to be close to being the last one, too! :)

I really love the sketches at clean & simple!   I've pointed a friends who are wanting to start making cards to this site.  The sketches are clean and simple, but beautiful!! 

This is for both of these challenges...
jingle belles - "a banner holiday" -this time I took the colors and bells for my inspiration
clean&simple 176 - sketch -I made mine a little longer

~Colorbok white cardstock
~Core'dinations red and blue
~Slice shimmer pearl vine for the bells
~Sizzix Snowflakes and Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folders
~MME sentiment
~bells at 1" from Christmas Noel cart
~Fiskars Threading Waters punch
~hemp cord
~foam dots

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Tiny Valentine card

Here is a little 3x3 card.  It looked better in my mind when I was planning than it came out.  :(    My camera had trouble focusing, too.  I think it was because of the plaid paper.  Oh well, here it is...

Mojo Monday 226 - sketch (round or square)
Fantabulous Cricut #96 - 3x3 Valentine card
Cricut Cardz Challenge #101 - Valentine card

~made with all scraps and odds and ends from my stash :)
~cuts are from G&BS

Thanks for looking!!!

White embossed thank you card

 Monochromatic isn't often my first choice, but I need to do it more because I like it!!  This is an all white card except for the image.  

I just got a new Impressabilities die and was eager to try it out, too!!

Celebrate the Occasion #48 - thank you card and must use a punch
Tuesday Morning Skethes #131 - sketch
Card Crafter's Circle #8 - white on white (can have colour on image)  *I didn't misspell... I may live in NY, but I'm CDN, and this challenge is based in Australia!  :) :) :)

~Colorbok cardstock
~Impressabilities circles
~Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes embossing folder
~Fiskars threading Water border punch, circle and scalloped punch
~ my own image  from clipart -I used crayon resist technique tha I heard about from TMS #94
~sentiment stamp and ribbon from my stash

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Best friend card

Wow!  I'm getting this card done at the last minute for a couple of challenges.  It's a best friend card and hopefully, it will be in the mail to my best friend in just a couple of days.

I saw this digi stamp on someone's card and had to have it!  I got it from Stretch n Bubbles just before they closed in December.

Clearly Inspired Challenge #44 -pastels
Card Crafter's Circle #7 - friendship

the 'blue' is really a little more teal -- I don't like cloudy days!

~MME fine and dandy dsp
~digi from Stretch n Bubbles
~button and ribbon from stash
*see my 'ribbon'???  I cut the dsp from the bottom and that is the little band of the other side showing.  :)  I'm sneaky! :)

Thanks for stopping by!!!  I hope to get some time in my craft room this weekend... I got some new Nesties and an embossing plate in the mail this week!  Gotta love eBay! :)