Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Hump Day - Yeah

Good evening - boy it is hard to get back into the swing of making cards after being on vacation.  Trying to work the rust off the mo jo.  I had seen this sketch site (Freshly Made Sketches) in the last few weeks so today I saw their weekly sketch and decided I would try it out.  It is a very versatile sketch and then comes the hard part - what paper to use, what stamp to use - sometimes that is almost overwhelming.  I finally settled on paper from this 6 x 6 pad from Simple Stories - Happy Day.

The stamp is from my collection - I have used it in the past.  It is by Hero Arts.  I stamped the image in VersaMark and a distress ink and then clear embossed.  It did not all clear emboss.  After the card was assembled I added a little color to the image with Copics. 

I think this will be a great card for my next Operation Write Home box.  Everyone enjoy the remainder of your evening - I suppose I need to figure out what I will wear to work tomorrow and wind things down for the evening.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Still Feeling Punny

Thanks to CAS-ual Friday - I am having a punny week.  Fun to make a punny card sometimes and bring smiles to people faces.

I have a friend who has a PIG collection (Ivanka would be her name) - so I do have quite a few pig stamps and some sentiments also.  This pig stamp and sentiment are from Inky Antics.  I used some Authentique paper for the card.

This card will be for Operation Write Home - guaranteed smiles. 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Oldie Moldie Monday

Yes - it is Monday - Oldie Moldie Monday - time to show some love to some old paper - I am a collector of 6 x 6 pads - and am excited more companies are offering 6 x 6 pads - so I can add to my collection - and unfortunately sometimes you don't use them up - or you don't use them - and they become "oldie moldie" - Monday makes me bring it out and show some love to it.

This Basic Grey Collection is - Olivia.  CAS-Friday is having a challenge this week to "be punny" - so I did a card on Sunday for that - but I felt the need to continue being punny this week.  Thus - being a true Wisconsin "cheesehead" - I had to make a cow card - isn't it utterly fabulous.  The stamp and sentiment are from a local stamp company Crackerbox Palace. 

I clean embossed the sentiment and cow - my Colorbox Chalk ink was the perfect color but I wanted a little depth - so I first inked my stamp with VersaMark and then with the chalk in.  I used a clear embossing powder and got the look I wanted.  I backed each paper with black to set it off some.  The sentiment is pop dotted. 

This card will go in my Operation Write Home box - I am sure there is someone who this card will make smile.

Hope your Monday is Utterly Fabulous. 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Did You Miss Me?

I was on vacation in Naples, FL - although Wisconsin has not had a bad winter - Naples weather was much better.  Warmth and sunshine.  I got to see many things - alligators, beautiful homes, the beach, lots of great shopping - but unfortunately - no paper or stamp stores in the area - so sad.  Coming home was an adventure in several ways but we are trying to forget about that and just remember the best parts of the vacation.

It was good to get home and play with my paper.  Yeah - I do miss creating - CAS-ual Fridays challenge is "Jest for the Pun of it" - that is a fun challenge.  Hopefully my card is clean and simple enough for the challenge.  I used the Basic Grey collection - Little Black Dress - for the paper selection.  The stamp is from Stamps by Judith.  The stamp was clean embossed so it has a little depth.  The card design was based on a card I saw on the Hero Arts Blog from this last week. 

Another friend is starting her battle with breast cancer so this will be one of her cards to cheer her along her road to recovery.

Thanks for stopping by.  Now to find something to make for Oldie Moldie Monday.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Another CPS sketch and the last valentine card of the year

My last valentine card for this year - this was sent to my oldest daughter and her husband.  Since she is not a fan of the color pink - I went with very non traditional colors - this card is based on Day 3 of the CPS 5 Year anniversary.  I move the sentiment to the other side and added lots of layers - what else is new for me.  I do love layers.

The monkey stamp is by Stampendous and the paper by Echo Park Paper Company. 

I do wish I could have done all the sketches but was busy doing other things.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Eat Cake Graphics and Oldie Moldie Monday

Meet Oliver - a cutie from Eat Cake Graphics - with his little paw in the air - I feel like he is probably saying "High Five" - my granddogs can do that.  Can your dogs do that.  I was babysitting one week end and I decided little Londyn needed to learn how to do "High Five" - she wasn't a year old yet - and by the time Mom came - she knew how to do High Five. 

It is Oldie Moldie Monday - so I dug in my paper - actually I just went to where those 6 x 6 Basic Grey pads are and grabbed one and started making this card - I have started to really like to create with orange.  Normally I like to create several cards for Oldie Moldie Monday - but too much on my plate right now - plus I was playing all week end with Operation Write Home and their virtual card making party.

This card is based on the sketch at Card Positioning System - it is part of their 5 year anniversary celebration.  This is the sketch from Day 9.

Enjoy your Monday.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Card Positioning System Anniversary Pary

The final push to get my own valentine cards made - I have to put the insides in 4 and still make one - so I think I am doing pretty good - I hope.  This card design is based on Day 13 sketch on the Card Positioning Systems 5th Anniverary celebration - This card is for my Mom - her favorite color is pink so - of course - the card had to be pink.

The paper I used is by Authentique - this particular grouping had just the right colors for the valentine card.  My other loves flowers so I choes to cut my heart where the roses were.  I highlighted them with a Stardust pen to give them some sparkle.  I also used a Martha Stewart Doily.  I added a SRM Sticker and the card is finished - well almost - I need to do the inside yet.

Happpy Sunday - today I need to accomplish so much - first load of laundry is washing - going to bake a dessert and then when I go into town to get a few groceries and last minute things for my trip - I will pick up some hart shaped pizzas for my neighbors and deliver them with the dessert for Valentine's Day.  $6 for a gift for a family - not too shabby - plus dessert - they will love it.

Enjoy your day.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

More CPS and OWH challenges

Time to start on my next box of cards for OWH - I sent a box of 63 cards off today.  This card is based on the sketch at Card Positioning System - they are having a 5 year anniversary celebration - OWH is also having a virtual card party/challenges - and the challenge was to use a ship - of course I have made all those sticker cards in this last week - but I found one boat stamp in my collection which I embossed with some navy embossing powder (fits the next challenge on OWH) - I have no idea who makes the stamp - It really isn't a ship more like a dinghy.  I do like how it turned out though.. 

Happy evening.

Valentine Day Cards

Ok Valentine's Day is next week so I do need to send a few - gee - how long does it take to get mail to Alaska - my youngest now lives there - hopefully it gets there sometime next week.

The image is the Friday Freebie from Dustin Pike.  Isn't it cute - made making the cards so fast.  I had this great set of paper from Die Cuts With a View - but it has glitter so I won't use it for my Operation Write Home Cards.

The first card is based on the 14th day sketch at CPS's five year anniversary

Well gotta go - need to get to the post office - I have a 2 hour window here in my little town - and need to clear the sidewalk.  Have a wonderful day.

Friday, February 10, 2012

CPS and OWH Challenges Unite

A card I made - covers a few challenges - first is Day 6 sketch on Card Positioning System - celebrating 5 years.  Congratulations.  Also Operation Write Home is having a virtual card making party - two new challenges each night - this card first two of the challenges - tropical colors (pink, yellow and green) and birthday card.  I used my Silhouette to cut the lattice work - new designs this week and just perfect for a cardmaker.  I just bought one set - (4 in the set) wanted to see if I liked them - guess what I llike them.  I stamped a Hero Arts flower in VersaMark and embossed with clear embossing powder and then layers a couple more flowers to add some depth.  One flower was cut with the Silhouette.

I do need to make valentine cards.

Everyone enjoy your Friday.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Mother's Day card

this is my card for the Operation Write Home sketch this week.  I used the free digi designed by Sandy.  I think I made another CAS card - maybe I am getting better at this. 

I printed out the image, matted it in black.  The card base is Hero Arts paper - so it is white on the inside - a very pretty blue.  The patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye.  I added a black bow.  I am also adding this to the ribbon challenge. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Card Positioning Systems, Penny Black, and Operation Write Home

Card Positioning Systems is celebrating their third anniversary with 15 days of sketches.  This is my take on the sketch on Day 4.  More Authentique paper, Penny Black sticker and SRM Sticker.  This card is going in my next box for Operation Write Home.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

More Penny Black Stickers

OWH Stars and Stamps is having a virtual card party - one challenge last night - was masculine/nautical - I do believe this card qualifies.  If you check out Saturday's post - you will see a couple other cards made with these Penny Black Stickers - they are so gorgeous.  I have used some great Authentique paper as the accent color and an SRM sticker for the sentiment.

Everyone have a wonderful Tuesday.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Oldie Moldie Monday

I grabbed another one of those wonderful 6 x 6 Basic Grey pads and made my cards for this day.  I have made 2 of each design.  The cards are for Operation Write Home.  I think the top card could be used for Mother's Day or any time you want someone to know they are very special.  Of course, who doesn't love cupcakes - doesn't have to be a birthday card.  The sentiment is from Eat Cake Graphics.

Everyone enjoy your day and dig into some of that older paper and make some beautiful card.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Stampendous Belated Birthday Wishes

Good Sunday morning - are you ready to watch the super bowl or the commercials?  I will listen to it and pay closer attention to the commercials.  Since the Green Bay Packers are not playing, it does not mean as much to me.

My card today is based on one of the sketches from Card Positioning System - they are celebrating their 5th anniversary - with 15 days of sketches - this sketch is from Day 2.  The challenge from Stampendous this month is to use texture.  I have added texture with an embossing folder and have pop dotted the image and sentiment. 

The stamp is from Stampendous and the birthday sentiment is from SRM Stickers.  Of course, I had to add a little bling because every little girl loves bling and Molly's favorite color is purple. 

Thanks for stopping by today.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

CAS Card Class and OWH SKIP

Good Saturday - today I am sharing a couple cards I made.  They are posted on the Stars and Stamps blog today for the introduction of a SKIP.  We have ten posts with cards inspired by the CAS online class we took.  Please go check it out. 

Few details about my cards.  My focus - embrace your white space - well I am embracing my "cream space".  I wanted to make some masculine cards and use these Penny Black stickers.  Aren't they great stickers.  My cream background is dry embossed.  It is a Cuddlebug folder.  I used both sides of the embossed cardstock.  Which do you prefer - embossed side up or down.  I cut a shape from a Spellbinder die cut.  I used SRM Stickers on each card. 

Have you tried to make any CAS cards (clean and simple)?  I don't think it is easy to make a nice CAS card.  Did I achieve it?